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Premier League: Riyad Mahrez in full flow ahead of January transfer window

first_imgLeicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has found his form at just the right time.With the January transfer window kicked off, his current form is sure to impress suitors and he may well be able to embark towards his bigger dreams.On Monday night, Mahrez produced the kind of magic that led to the fairytale Premier League victory for Leicester.In Leicester’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town, Mahrez not only scored a goal but it was his agility, precision and movement that saw Leicester completely dominate their opponents.In the close season, Mahrez’s potential move to Serie A club AS Roma broke down and that unsettled the Algerian, who believed by then that he needed to move out of Leicester to further build on his potential.”I am fiercely ambitious and feel now is the time to move on to a new experience,” Mahrez said at the time in a statement.Leicester rejected two bids from AS Roma and as the transfer window shut for the clubs, Mahrez had to settle with Leicester for his fifth season.”We wanted a left-footed winger to replace Mohamed Salah and put it all on Mahrez, but the only reason he didn’t come was because the club (Leicester) wouldn’t sell,” Roma sporting director Monchi had told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.The entire transfer saga seemed to have taken a toll on him and he failed to perform to the standards he had set early in the season.Apart from two assists in his first two Premier League games of the season, he remained quite for the next five matches and did not contribute much.advertisementBut since that dry patch, Mahrez started hitting his target and in his last 15 league appearances, he has been involved in 12 goals — scoring seven and assisting five.But it was to be December, right before the transfer window opened again, that Mahrez found his purple patch and dazzled on the pitch like people are used to seeing him.Not just the goals he has managed to put on board but it is actually the number of chances he has created that carry all the weight.In each of the matches against Burnley, Newcastle United and Southampton, he created more chances than in his 14 previous appearance and his impact shone far more under new manager Claude Puel.Then, after Leicester had an off day in losing at home to Crystal Palace, Mahrez set up Jamie Vardy for the opener against Manchester United, scored in the defeat at Watford and provided another for Vardy at Liverpool before a goal and assist against Huddersfield hours before the January window opens.”I would like to keep all my best players,” Puel said after Mahrez’s fantastic display on Monday. “We will ask him the question. For me I am happy to play with the team with Riyad.”Leicester fans will agree with that sentiment after seeing a player who was so instrumental to their 2015-16 Premier League title success return to his best form.However, with Mahrez having already expressed a desire to leave, he could be angling for a move in the coming weeks. This time, Leicester may just get an offer they cannot refuse.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Rangers Rout The Pens, 5-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist was still wary of the Pittsburgh Penguins even as he and the rest of the New York Rangers dismantled the hottest team in hockey.A three-goal lead after one period was nice. A four-goal edge through two was even better. But a sure thing? No chance.“I didn’t feel safe after 4-0, to be honest with you,” Lundqvist said.The star goalie had no reason to worry in the end. He stopped all 33 shots the Penguins fired his way, and the Rangers cruised to a 5-0 win Nov. 11 that snapped Pittsburgh’s seven-game winning streak and broke New York’s skid at two.“You never know. They can turn things around so fast,” said Lundqvist, who earned his third shutout this season and team-record 53rd.The Penguins haven’t just been winning but dominating — outscoring opponents 33-8 during their streak. Pittsburgh had scored at least four goals in each of its previous four games.“We kept talking about making good decisions throughout the game,” Lundqvist said. “You’re never safe. A hockey game can change so fast. You have to be smart, especially when you play one of the best teams.”Mats Zuccarello, Martin St. Louis and Kevin Klein scored in the first period, Derick Brassard had a power-play tally in the second, and Rick Nash — who had two assists — scored a short-handed goal in the third.The Penguins (10-3-1), who will complete a five-game trip Nov. 14 at Toronto, hadn’t allowed a power-play goal in 10 games, and their streak reached 39 kills before Brassard’s goal.Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots for Pittsburgh, 5-1-1 on the road.“I want to stop the puck, and five went in,” Fleury said. “It (stinks) but you deal with it. They came out strong right from the start.”The Rangers (7-6-2) shook off their lackluster performance in a 3-1 home loss to Edmonton on Nov. 9 and jumped all over the Penguins.“Not one guy in this room was happy or was going to accept the way we played the last game,” defenseman Marc Staal said. “We wanted to respond. We know what kind of team we are. We just have to get the confidence to play like that consistently.”The Rangers are 6-3-2 in their last 11 and 5-1-2 in their last eight at home.New York drew an interference penalty against Sidney Crosby just 57 seconds in. It didn’t produce a goal, but generated four shots and set the tone. Fleury was sharp early and kept the Penguins in it as long as he could.“It’s always frustrating to have a game like that,” Crosby said. “Right from the start we were outplayed.“However many in a row we won, that’s no excuse. We weren’t good enough. Sometimes you don’t have good starts, and you don’t always pay for it. Tonight we definitely did.”Pittsburgh was being outshot 9-3 but nearly grabbed a 1-0 lead when a drive got behind Lundqvist and slid toward the empty net. Rangers forward Tanner Glass alertly swept the puck away from the goal line just in time with 12:18 remaining.“It would have given us a big boost,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said, “but at the same time, we didn’t have the intensity we were talking about to get on those loose pucks.”No one bailed out Fleury.Derek Stepan won a faceoff in the right circle back to Zuccarello, who snapped a drive that beat Fleury at 8:23 for his third of the season — all scored in his past six games. It was also his 100th NHL point.Just 2:36 later, St. Louis doubled the lead with his fifth. Staal’s shot from the left point struck defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in front, and the rebound came to Nash, who quickly slid the puck to his right to St. Louis, who slammed it past Fleury.Klein pushed the advantage to three with 5:13 left in the first. “We were a little more flat,” Fleury said. “It’s unlike us.”The Penguins received their first power play in the final minute of the first, but couldn’t take advantage, even with the benefit of clean ice at the start of the second.Fleury returned to the sharp play he displayed early and held off the Rangers for a while. He even got the benefit of a waved-off goal because of traffic in the crease.But the Rangers broke through the Penguins’ formidable penalty-killers and made it 4-0 while Steve Downie served a roughing penalty. Brassard skated into the circle and deftly snapped a shot that appeared to glance off Fleury and sail under the crossbar with 9:11 left in the second.Lundqvist remained steady and made his best save when he turned aside a quick one-timer from in front by Chris Kunitz with 2:51 left in the second. Nash made it 5-0 with his 12th of the season at 7:45 of the third.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Virat Kohli a fantastic captain and his teammates follow him: AB de Villiers

first_imgAB de Villiers backed Virat Kohli as a captain to get a lot of success with Team India in the next few years, asserting the fact that he has enjoyed his time as a player under Kohli and he has seen him evolve from close quarters.Former England captain Mike Brearley recently said that Kohli’s “articulacy, his charisma, his presence, his skill, his fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical, a bit autocratic.”De Villiers, however, backed his good mate and said “he leads by example and his teammates follow him”.”Virat is a fantastic captain. We’re friends, I have seen him grow from strength to strength in the last few years and there’s no doubt that he’s a great captain. I really enjoyed playing under him, he leads by example and his teammates follow him. So, I’m expecting a lot of success for him and his team in the next few years,” de Villiers told indiatoday.in on the sidelines of Royal Stag Perfect Strokes event in New Delhi.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers was also very sure about the quality of Indian batsmen despite their failure in England during a five-match Test series. Barring Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the others struggled to make an impact as India lost 4-1. AB de Villiers said failures are part of sport and so is criticism. (India Today Photo)The Indian batsmen faced a lot of criticism for their technique and temperament but de Villiers strongly believes that they are all match-winners and said failures are just part of the sport.advertisement”Every batsman in the world goes through phases, no matter who you are, and the minute you fail everyone goes like ‘but he was just exposed, oh wait, it’s in England so okay he’s bad in England conditions’. The Indian batting line-up is one of the best in the world if not the best so they didn’t play so well collectively in England and now everyone’s suddenly saying that they can’t play in England, they should be dropped and whatever. That’s the nature of sport and I have had 15 years of that.Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990s”The minute I fail people go like ‘alright, why has he failed? Probably because of the wicket and he probably can’t play on that kind of wicket. So I can’t play spin or I can’t play seam, which is quite funny.”There is nothing wrong with the Indian batting line-up, believe me. They are all match-winners, they are incredibly talented, gifted players. Whether they are backed by people above them or by the media, that’s a different beast but there’s no doubt they can all be no.1 players in the world,” de Villiers further said.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers, who announced a shock retirement earlier in the year after South Africa’s victory over Australia in a home Test series, explained the logic behind his decision.What prompted him to hang up his boots after he finished a triumphant series as the second-highest run scorer with 427 runs in eight innings.Did pressure play a big part?”Yes, part of, big part of it. It’s not really pressure, it’s nonsense.”People always see the best of me and not behind closed doors. Some of what is said gets to you and some stupid comments do bother you. Personally, I always have this fear of embarassing myself. All that travelling 12 months a year and the time away from family, it gets to you. I try to give time to the fans and to the media but it’s not always possible. But I have had good 14-15 years in cricket.” AB de Villiers said some negative comments do bother him. (India Today Photo)De Villiers very fondly spoke about his time playing international cricket for South Africa and how he kept driving himself to do better every time he stepped on the pitch.”You don’t say it often but like most guys on the pinnacle, you do believe you’re the best and can produce miracles. I have always had that inner belief and luckily, I have managed to do some cool stuff on the field and I have enjoyed my cricket.”I will always miss it [international cricket]. It has taught me everything but for me, the end was perfect, it may not be for the others but I liked it. I have two young boys at home and I want to spend time with them. And then I am still available to play in the league. So, I get to stay with my family and still play cricket all over the world.”advertisementDe Villiers went on to say that captaining was an extremely tough part of his career but it helped him perhaps become a better player.”Captaining was tough and initially it was difficult to man-manage. But somehow, it improved my performance, that extra pressure, it helped me find my feet. With captaincy, it is about getting the best from your players and getting everyone in the right system. The support system you have during captaincy is very important.”Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990sThe friendship between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers is very well documented and so is the Indian public’s love for de Villiers. The South Africa said there was a time when he first visited India, he did not want to come back but the country eventually grew on him.”I have no idea [how I got so much adulation in India]. It is very humbling the way I’ve been accepted here. I remember it was a culture shock to me the first time I came here as a 19-year-old. It was that Christmas, New Year time and I was missing my family and we were staying somewhere around Faridabad.”As a 19-year-old, I thought I didn’t want to come back but then over the year, I began to love this country, the people, the culture. When I walked on to bat and heard the crowd chanting, I went like ‘is that my name that I’m hearing’? I was shocked at first but then I started to thrive under that love and cheer.”I have a very healthy friendship with Virat. We don’t talk about it but there’s a really good competitiveness between us where both of us want to be better than each other and that helps. It is certainly a lifelong friendship and there have been some great moments between us on the field.” AB de Villiers has said that he and Virat Kohli share a “lifelong friendship”. (BCCI Photo)AB de Villiers also called his friendship with Kohli a “perfect” one.De Villiers gave India a good chance in the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup and said that the wrist spinners and having previously won the Champions Trophy in England, gives them a good edge.”In the World Cup, India have a good chance. They have some really good wrist spinners who are getting wickets around the world. They previously won the Champions Trophy when no one though a subcontinent side to win it in England and then this time Pakistan, another subcontinent team, won the Champions Trophy. Also England and Australia are always favourites.”advertisementThere is a constant debate on how Test cricket will survive in the age of Twenty20 but de Villiers said he believes Test is ultimate format of the game and he hopes it can survive.”I’m not sure [how Test cricket will be taken forward]. I personally believe it’s the ultimate format and I have seen incredible things happening in Tests. I really hope the people who are responsible find a way and hopefully, there’s a way for both [Tests and T20s] to survive.”De Villiers is an all-round sportsperson and he was also very good at academics. It was evident when he was asked about who he thought were the ‘perfect’ sportsperson and what would he have pursued if not cricket.”Rafael Nadal [perfect sportsperson] when he is at his best, that fierceness is what I like. I always feel Federer does not have the kind of fire I see in Nadal and Djokovic. I’m more of a Nadal and Djokovic-kind of a guy. Also Tiger Woods because of the kind of comeback he has had.”I have always had this affinity towards learning so if not cricket, medicine.”last_img read more

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Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India Today

first_imgFormer India cricketer VVS Laxman feels Virat Kohli still has a lot to learn as captain but praised the world number one batsman for the way he has embraced the added pressure that comes with the job.Kohli is the second most successful Indian Test captain after MS Dhoni but just two of his 24 wins have come out of the sub-continent (excluding the West Indies series).This year India gave a good fight in South Africa and England but faltered at crucial junctures during both the series which led to their downfall.VVS Laxman reveals he was not fit enough to play 2001 Kolkata Test vs AustraliaNow they are preparing to face Australia and many experts believe this is India’s best chance to clinch its maiden series win Down Under. Kohli knows the challenge that awaits his team and Laxman also believes the Indian team can stun the Aussies.Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain? “Virat knows he missed a great opportunity in South Africa and England because the Indian team was more superior on both occasions than the opposition. He knows his team has got the potential to go out and beat Australia in Australia.Bishan Singh Bedi on Kohli-Kumble fallout: One person is doing all he wants”Kohli will be focussing on that and thinking positively about the challenge down under. He won’t be thinking about the if not’s but will be thinking about how his team can beat the Aussies,” Laxman told India Today in an exclusive chat.advertisementMaiden hundred in Sydney Test removed all doubts I had about my game: VVS LaxmanLaxman also praised the way Kohli has evolved as a captain but said that he is still a work in progress.”Virat Kohli’s performance speaks for itself. Even in the first Test match he captained in Adelaide in 2014 he went for the win and I was happy with the approach he showed. That also shows his personality which is very positive, aggressive and he is always looking to create an impact.It is not easy being Virat Kohli: Harbhajan Singh to India Today”That attitude has rubbed on to the rest of the boys. With more success on overseas tours he (Kohli) will gain more experience as a captain. I definitely feel he is a good captain in the longer version. He relishes challenges and loves the responsibility.WATCH – Virat Kohli is making everyone proud: Harbhajan Singh”I have seen some captains succumb to the extra pressure but in Kohli’s case it has enhanced his performance and his reputation as a batsman since the time he started leading the team. I believe he is a good captain but still work in progress,” Laxman said.Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubIt is impossible to interview Laxman and not talk about his knock of 281 in the 2001 Kolkata Test against Australia, especially when his autobiography is titled 281 and beyond.Faf du Plessis suggests Australia to give Virat Kohli the ‘silent treatment’India registered one of its greatest Test wins at the Eden Gardens 17 years ago with Laxman playing a starring role in that match and the Hyderabadi spoke at length about his knock and the crucial role that Rahul Dravid played during their record partnership which led to the Indian triumph.Mitchell Johnson takes a dig at Kohli: I look forward to no Virat send offs”What really went through my mind was to just go out and play to the merit of the ball. It was a great learning experience for me and the entire team during that (Kolkata) Test. Till the time the last ball is bowled or the last run is scored, never give up.Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging war”When you are in that position you don’t think about the future or the result. All you can think about is being in the present, focussing on the process and play each ball on its merit but at the same time show a lot of self-belief in your abilities. Only then you can play your natural game.”What I enjoyed about that knock was I went out and played my natural game. I should also thank Rahul for the grit and determination he showed during that partnership. He was also down with viral fever before the Test and he had a tendency of cramping but he endured all that pain. We kept on motivating each other. From that day onwards be believed that nothing is impossible,” Laxman said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Sarri stands by decision to rest Mertens

first_imgUEFA Champions League Napoli boss Sarri stands by decision to rest ‘extraordinary’ Mertens Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 07:07 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MaurizioSarri - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Napoli Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli Shakhtar Donetsk Maurizio Sarri says he did not take the decision to rest Dries Mertens lightly after Napoli were beaten 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.The Serie A outfit started with Mertens on the bench, eventually introducing him when trailing 2-0, and the Belgium international won the penalty which Arkadiusz Milik converted.Napoli 9/2 group winner Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 But Napoli and Mertens could not force an equaliser and coach Sarri explained his decision, insisting it could have paid dividends had Facundo Ferreyra not nodded in a second for Shakhtar.”[On Tuesday] I was accused of not making enough changes; now I am accused of too many,” he told Mediaset Premium.”Dries is extraordinary and we don’t leave him out lightly, but pace is his greatest strength and he can’t have 50 to 55 games per year.”He was coming off international duty, too, so we decided to rest him and let him come on later.4 – Napoli have lost four of their last seven CL games (excl. qualifiers), winning just once in the process. Hard. #ShakhtarNapoli— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 13, 2017″If we had managed to keep it at 1-0, he could have got us the equaliser. He has certain characteristics and qualities so it’s not easy to leave him out, but sometimes we have to.”And Sarri believes the result can serve as a reminder that Napoli face a tough ask in progressing from Group F, which also includes Manchester City and Feyenoord.”We must not forget that we lost 2-1 at the home of the seeded team in this group,” he added.”If anyone thought the Champions League would be a walk in the park for Napoli, they have their feet back on the ground now.”Despite a disappointing Napoli display, Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca felt his side deserved credit for their own performance.”To Napoli, I say that it is not fair to say that they took the wrong approach to the game,” he told a post-match news conference. “From my point of view, we were good at cancelling out their strengths. We won against a very, very competitive opponent – and it was on merit.”last_img read more

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Lamar Jackson: from a running back disguised as a QB to potential MVP

first_imgShare on Twitter Support The Guardian Read more Jackson’s rushing onslaught came from his ability to scan the field, pinpoint defensive collapses on the edge and use the fastest man on the field to take advantage. But he also executed a crafty playbook that featured screens, misdirections and plenty of strikes. All told Sunday’s encore, while not perfect, was in many ways more impressive than last week. In showcasing his complete bag of tricks, Jackson further solidified himself as the Ravens’ maestro, and he deserves us all to harmonize from a mountaintop: LAMAR JACKSON IS A QUARTERBACK.Exhale. That was a long time coming.Jackson won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore at Louisville. Sure, he tallied a lot of yards with his feet but also displayed innate instincts as a passer and the type of field vision that is critical at the next level when everything is in double speed. Still, he was tabbed by scouts as a project, supremely talented but raw. As an aside, this type of “project” distinction is rarely used on white quarterbacks or any that fit the size and stature of a prototypical quarterback.The Ravens moved up to nab Jackson with the 32nd pick in the 2018 draft, assuming he would study under the veteran Joe Flacco for a year or so. But Flacco , who has been on the decline since the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013, was benched. Last year’s conservative offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg lacked an elaborate plan for Jackson, nor did he trust Jackson as a regular play action quarterback so the rookie ran and ran and ran some more. Paired with a top flight defense, the Ravens went on a winning streak until they fizzled in the first round of the playoffs.Everything was different this offseason. Flacco was shipped to Denver, Mornhinweg was replaced as offensive coordinator by the far more dynamic Greg Roman and Jackson operated like the team’s leader. He led offseason throwing sessions with his receivers, which now included the speedy rookie sensation Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. He bulked up. He studied the new playbook. He showed up at training camp ready to execute a bold offense.There were multiple moments in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals that showcased both Jackson’s ability and Roman’s trust in his quarterback. Moments that never would have been schemed last season. The first came in the first quarter when Jackson faked an end-around screen to Brown, dropped back and then hit a wide-open Mark Andrews for a 27-yard touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger was sidelined with an injury picked up during Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. Photograph: Gene J Puskar/AP NFL The other sealed the game. With 3:03 left and the Ravens up six facing 3rd and 11, Jackson dropped an absolute beauty of a rainbow in the waiting arms of Brown for 41-yards.The runs were spectacular as well but they really stemmed from Jackson’s ability to recognize coverage at the line, such as another key moment in the final quarter on 3rd and 20 when he took off after seeing man-to-man. Few of the runs seemed by design.The Ravens are now 2-0 in a division that so far isn’t quite powerful as many predicted. The Steelers and Bengals are 0-2, the Browns lost in Week 1. Of course there are more impressive accomplishments in this world then defeating the tanking Dolphins and the still getting to know each other Cardinals.Jackson, for one, didn’t have his usual swagger when speaking to reporters about his performance after Sunday’s victory, the expectation for perfection seemingly set.“I feel like it was all right. I could have been better. There’s a lot of passes I want back.”Spoken like a true quarterback.MVP of the weekAgainst all odds, Chicago’s newest sports hero is a kicker. With one second on the clock, Eddy Pineiro hit a 53-yard field goal to punctuate the Bears’ 16-14 win over the Broncos in one of the strangest finishes you’ll see. To recap: The Broncos scored with 37 seconds left and could have kicked an extra point to tie. Instead new Broncos head coach Vic Fangio, who was the Bears defensive coordinator the past few seasons, opted to go for the win. One delay of game, a Bears penalty on the missed extra point and a successful two-point conversation later, the Broncos took a one-point lead. With 31 seconds left and aided by a questionable roughing the passer call on Bradley Chubb, the Bears were in field goal range and voila, Pineiro temporarily rid the franchise of its demons.The Bears were devastated by Cody Parker’s 43-yd double doink miss in the NFC divisional round that ended the Bears last season. Head coach Matt Nagy let the storyline linger all summer. They team brought in kicking specialists and held weird kicking competitions with dozens of prospects forced to prove their worth from, of course, the 43-yard-line. Pineiro emerged and amid all the emphasis on kicking success has been stellar with a perfect 4-for-4 on the season. He was instrumental Sunday in a defensive battle where kicking was crucial, knocking two field goals 50-yards through the uprights. But the deeper impact is a Bears win that changes the trajectory of their season. For now.Quote of the week Twitter After his Week 1 masterpiece against Miami, which included five touchdowns and a perfect passer rating, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson mocked the long-held notion that he is an NFL running back disguised as a quarterback. It’s been a hard stigma to shake for Jackson given his usage last year featured almost as many rushing attempts per game (9.2) as passing attempts (10.2). But two games into the season we have a vastly different narrative. Jackson has emerged as an early MVP candidate on the strength of his arm.This week in the Ravens’ 23-17 win over Arizona, Jackson rushed for 122 yards on 13 carries, a spectacular stat line for a running back. Yet this game showcased Jackson’s maturation as a quarterback. Jackson again commanded the aerial attack, passing for 272 yards, two scores and no turnovers. His pocket awareness and ownership of the offense was on display throughout. Baltimore Ravens Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook NFL round-up: Brown catches TD in Patriots debut; Roethlisberger hurt in Steelers loss Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss)Bill Belichick on throwing when up by 37 points late: “We’re playing 60 minutes.”Tom Brady on if he was surprised to still be in the game: “No. Last year (in Miami) it came down to 60 minutes of football. We were talking about 60 minutes of football and that’s what it took.” pic.twitter.com/fmCxvkjq8XSeptember 15, 2019 • The San Francisco 49ers are now 2-0 after back-to-back road wins to open the season. The defensive front with the additions of Nick Bosa and Dee Ford looks especially deep and special. The last time the 49ers started 2-0 start was 2012. Jim Harbaugh was the head coach, Alex Smith was the starting quarterback and the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl.• The Saints signed Sean Payton to a contract extension that will keep him in New Orleans through 2024. Translation: Payton’s not going to Dallas any time soon, a rumor that pops up from time-to-time. Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook US sports This Drew Brees interception that popped out of Jared Cook’s hands and eventually landed in the arms of Rams safety John Johnson led to an early Rams field goal. Los Angeles never relinquished the lead from there.Stat of the weekPatrick Mahomes put up a spectacular 30/44 for 443 yards and four touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 28-10 win over Oakland. Oh, and Tyreek Hill was sidelined. Mahomes is now on pace for 56 touchdowns and 6,568 yards. Lord, he’s special.Elsewhere around the league• Antonio Brown made his Patriots debut and wasn’t exactly eased into the passing game as had been anticipated. He was the passing game. Brady went to Brown early and often. He only finished with 56 yards but did score and was Brady’s favorite target with eight attempts. Many believe Brown should not have suited up while the league investigates a civil suit filed last week accusing Brown of rape. (Did the Pats really need him against Miami?) The NFL is meeting with Brown’s accuser Monday.• Expect NFL officiating to be under major fire this week after a bevy of miscues and controversies. As mentioned above, a quite questionable roughing the passer call on Bradley Chubb aided the Bears to victory. The Saints, who adore NFL officials, had a fumble recovery touchdown called back due to a premature whistle.• Both Drew Brees (right hand) and Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) exited their respective games with injuries. We’ll learn more early in the week about the extent of each injury. Teddy Bridgewater is Brees’s backup and Mason Rudolph is Roethlisberger’s. Either of the starters missing time would be crushing to their teams. Pittsburgh’s may come with a side of drama as Roethlisberger publicly expressed frustration when the team drafted Rudolph last year. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… features The Checkdown (@thecheckdown)This interception is CRAZY 😱 pic.twitter.com/mLzhKtcjtJSeptember 15, 2019 Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens)WHAT ❗️❗️@Lj_era8 to @Primetime_jet for 41 yards❗️❗️ pic.twitter.com/vgbZDHLLwBSeptember 15, 2019 Reuse this content Stay classy, New England. Both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were hellbent on playing 60 minutes despite the sizable lead. Brady does have a strange history against Miami but this was a clear blowout.Video of the week Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Share on Messenger Share via Emaillast_img read more

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Suarez welcomes Coutinho to Barca

first_imgTransfers Look away, Liverpool fans! Suarez welcomes Coutinho to Barcelona Joe Wright 22:22 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) philippe coutinho luis suarez - cropped Twitter @LuisSuarez9 Transfers Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Liverpool Primera División Premier League Luis Suárez The playmaker’s first full day as a Barca player included a welcome message from former Reds team-mate Luis Suarez Luis Suarez has vowed to help Philippe Coutinho achieve his dreams following his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona.The Brazil star finalised his move to Camp Nou on Monday, signing a five-and-a-half-year contract after a reported fee of €160 million was agreed between the clubs.Suarez, who played alongside Coutinho at Anfield until he joined Barca in 2014, is looking forward to great success with the playmaker after being reunited. 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 Writing on Twitter alongside a picture with Coutinho, Suarez said: “Welcome my friend, how nice [it] is to share [a] team with you again.”Lots of success in this new stage [sic], we will achieve them all together!”WELCOME my friend @Phil_Coutinho  how nice is to share team with you again  Lots of success in this new stage, we will achieve them all together! pic.twitter.com/fTpYn4wS6d— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) January 9, 2018Coutinho had earlier met Gerard Pique and Paulinho on his first full day at the club. @Phil_Coutinho meets some of his new Barça team-mates! #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/DV5fL85ihu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 9, 2018last_img read more

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Mbappe, Martial & the world’s most expensive teenagers

first_imgTransfers Mbappe, Martial & the world’s most expensive teenagers Ronan Murphy 22:00 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe Anthony Martial Split Getty/Goal Transfers List Manchester United Premier League Teenage talent is among the most valuable in football with clubs looking to build for their futures but which young stars have switched for big money?last_img

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Quebec court invalidates portions of medical aid in dying laws as too

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec Superior Court has invalidated parts of the federal and Quebec laws on medically assisted dying laws, declaring them too restrictive and therefore unconstitutional.A judge today found the “reasonably foreseeable natural death” requirement of the Criminal Code, which prevents some people from accessing medical assistance in dying, invalid.Quebec Superior Court Justice Christine Baudouin also invalidated a section of the Quebec law that says people must “be at the end of life.”The case was brought by two Quebecers — Nicole Gladu and Jean Truchon — who did not meet the criteria and had their requests for assisted death turned down by doctors.They launched a legal action against the federal and provincial governments, claiming their right to life, liberty and security, guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, was infringed.They both suffer from incurable degenerative diseases, and lawyers argued the condition that a person’s natural death be ”reasonably foreseeable” before they can receive medical assistance in dying was overly strict.The pair argued a 2015 decision decriminalizing medical assistance in dying established suffering, not imminent death, as the most important consideration.They asked the court to allow doctors to provide them with medical aid in dying and to invalidate the articles of the federal and provincial laws that blocked their requests.Application of the judgment is suspended for six months to give legislators a chance to modify the legislation.But the court granted an exemption to Truchon and Gladu allowing them to seek medical aid in dying during this period if they satisfy the other conditions.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Yao Ming Premieres The End Of The Wild

first_imgCelebrities, conservationists, political officials and the media recently gathered for a special premiere screening of “The End of the Wild,” a new documentary that follows basketball legend and committed conservationist Yao Ming on a fact-finding mission into the heart of Africa’s wildlife conservation crisis.Both Yao Ming and Peter Knights of WildAid (who accompanied Yao on his 12-day trip through Kenya and South Africa) addressed the media and were joined by representatives from CCTV, which is airing “The End of the Wild,” and CITIC Publishing Group, which is releasing the film’s companion book, “Journey in Africa.”Yao visited Kenya and South Africa in August of 2012 to learn about the poaching crisis and witness the dramatic toll that poaching is taking not only on Africa’s endangered elephant and rhinoceros populations, but also on the human communities that coexist with them. “End of the Wild” follows Yao as he meets wild elephants and rhinos before encountering the butchered bodies of five poached elephants in Kenya and a poached rhino in South Africa. In Nairobi, Kenya, Yao tours the “ivory room,” an underground vault filled with thousands of confiscated elephant tusks and other wildlife remains. He also visits local school children, whose education is funded by revenue from wildlife tourism, and meets with conservationists and government officials working to protect these endangered species.“The End of the Wild” aired in two parts on CCTV-9 on August 11 at 9:00 p.m. (21:00 CST) and August 17 at 10:00 p.m. (22:00 CST). Part one focuses on elephants and the ivory trade; part two shines a light on the recent explosion of rhino poaching.A BIG STEP IN THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST IVORY AND RHINO HORNIn April 2013, Yao launched the “Say No to Ivory” and the “Say No to Rhino Horn” campaign with WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation, and Save the Elephants. He has been a leader in the effort to reduce demand for ivory and rhino horn, and has been featured in television ads and billboards. WildAid’s elephant ivory public awareness messages have aired 7,697 times on over 25 television channels in 2013 amounting to US$15 million in-kind broadcast value. This is the amount certified by the media monitoring firm CTR and does not include several major media outlets and could account for only 50% of the actual total broadcast value.In March 2014, Yao delivered a petition during the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) asking China’s government to ban sales of ivory. The “End of the Wild” documentary is yet another big step in Yao Ming and WildAid’s effort to save endangered species by encouraging the public to stop buying wildlife products. In the documentary Yao clearly states his intent, “I believe what people will see in those pictures, [they] will remember it. That’s what we’re here for: film this, bring it back home … and show everybody the reality.”“With this film, Yao is helping to spread the word about the ecological and human costs of the illegal wildlife trade,” explains Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid. “We hope that with more public awareness and support, that China will become a true global leader in conservation and help save elephants and rhinos.”Yao previously helped to reduce China’s demand for shark fin through his campaign with WildAid. He appeared in public service messages that have reached hundreds of millions of consumers throughout China on broadcast and satellite television, LCD screens on trains and in subway and railway stations, airports, airline in-flight entertainment, shopping malls, banks, taxis, and universities and hospitals. Yao’s messages helped change public opinion and encouraged President Xi’s administration to ban shark fin from state banquets. A 2013 survey revealed that 85% of respondents in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu had stopped eating shark fin soup within the last three years. Sixty-five percent of those who quit shark fin cited public awareness campaigns as a reason.An estimated 33,000 elephants are killed each year for their tusks, and 95% of the world’s rhinos have been lost over the past 40 years. Growing demand in China and Southeast Asia is driving sharp increases in poaching. In China, ivory is prized as a status symbol by the nation’s growing affluent and middle classes, and the country’s legal market perpetuates demand and provides a laundering mechanism for illegal, poached ivory from Africa. Rhino horn is highly sought after for purported health benefits. In Vietnam, rhino horn has a reputation as a cancer treatment and a hangover cure regardless of the fact that the horn is composed of keratin (the same substance as human hair and fingernails).last_img read more

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Why Canadas reputation as a kids TV production powerhouse is under threat

first_img Facebook Boat Rocker Media had a hit on its hands. The Next Step, a tween-targeted show about an elite dance troupe, drew the highest ratings the Family Channel had ever seen for a premiere at the time, with 574,500 people tuning in. Over five seasons, the Canadian-made series found an audience – in more than 120 countries, viewers were following the drama of a telegenic squad of teen dancers as they competed to win championships, formed friendships and rivalries, and pursued their dreams. The company drew in viewers to its YouTube channel as well, where it posted dance sequences regularly watched by tens of thousands online.“It built a global juggernaut,” said Jon Rutherford, president of rights at Toronto-based Boat Rocker.But by the sixth season, Boat Rocker’s financing in Canada was no longer enough to get production off the ground. DHX Media Ltd., which now owned the Family Channel, was still paying a fee to license the show, but “their total financial contribution was much lower,” Mr. Rutherford said. So last summer, Boat Rocker turned to U.S. channel Universal Kids, seeing an opportunity to work out the first deal for the show with a major American TV broadcaster. In August, Boat Rocker announced that Universal Kids had acquired the rights to the first five seasons and would be a production partner on the sixth. Advertisement Advertisement It might seem surprising that a hit show would face an investment shortfall in Canada. But it didn’t come as a surprise to Boat Rocker, because they had already noticed the landscape in kids’ TV production start to shift drastically. “In the golden era,” Mr. Rutherford said, “you could get upwards of 80 per cent of your financing in Canada” to get a show off the ground, when taking into account the broadcasters’ investments as well as government-led incentives for Canadian content. (A “semi-scripted” show such as The Next Step – scripted, with improvisational scenes – typically has a budget of roughly $375,000 to $500,000 per episode.)In this new era, Canadian financing often falls short. The Next Step required financing from both the U.S. and Canadian broadcasters, other international partners and funds Boat Rocker itself put up for the show to go on. It was hardly an isolated case. The Family Channel’s ‘The Next Step.’center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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American Agents at Canadian Borders Deny Entry to Canadian Muslims

Rabat – A total of six Canadian Muslims have been refused entry to the United States in recent weeks. The incidents have raised concerns among Canadian immigration lawyers.Among the Muslims denied entry is Imran Ally, a Guyanian Imam in a mosque in Toronto who was questioned for more than five hours at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Fort Erie. Ally’s wife and his three children were also interrogated, according to Radio-Canada.Authorities at the crossing point took a photograph of Ally as well as his fingerprints, before denying him entry. An American agent told him that he has the same name as a wanted criminal. Ally, who was traveling to New York for the wedding of his best friend’s daughter, was interrogated about his donations to organizations that help to resettle Syrian refugees. Authorities also confiscated his cell-phone.“I knew that my first trip to the United States was not going to be on a red carpet. We had prepared for [a long interrogation], but I never thought they would deny entry because of my name,” Ally told CBC News.The president of Toronto-based Iraqi Turkmen community group, Nejmettin Vali experienced a similar situation. American authorities interrogated Vali and his family for more than four hours and seized their cellphones, before denying them entry.Vali has, however, traveled to the US in the past to support his three children when his son – a former Iraqi police officer – was killed by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters.“We’ve had many cases in the last couple of weeks and we do not know what to attribute them to,” said Ali Daud a lawyer specializing in Migration told CBC.“We know that the climate in the US has changed, but, at the same time, there should be procedures and ways of doing things, and people should have the opportunity to appeal their cases,” Ali added.Neither Iraq nor Guyana are listed in Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ which bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the US. read more

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Unveiling of new Timorese Government welcomed by UN envoy

Mr. Gusmão – the country’s former President – was selected as the new Prime Minister after the 30 June legislative elections failed to produce a single outright winner. In the recent polls, five parties and two coalitions won parliamentary seats in proportion to their share of the vote.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Atul Khare welcomed today’s decision, which was announced in the capital, Dili, by President José Ramos-Horta.Mr. Khare, who is also Head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), paid tribute to Mr. Ramos-Horta for having consulted widely on the matter and devoting great effort to finding a solution “which serves the best interests of the country,” and praised the Timorese people for their “exemplary commitment to the democratic process.” Noting that the former ruling party, Fretilin, has stated that it will only use legal means to oppose this decision, Mr. Khare stressed that “a criminal act in the name of a political cause is still a criminal act, and will be dealt with firmly.”He also noted with appreciation the statements of Mr. Ramos-Horta and the President of the National Parliament Fernando de Araujo Lasama, envisaging concrete steps to ensure a meaningful role for the opposition. “UNMIT looks forward to working with the authorities of Timor-Leste and its people on the urgent issues facing the country, such as security sector reform, strengthening of the justice sector, the promotion of democratic governance and social and economic development,” Mr. Khare said. 6 August 2007The top United Nations envoy in Timor-Leste today welcomed the announcement of a new Government to be led by Xanana Gusmão in the small Asian nation, which the world body helped shepherd to independence in 2002. read more

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On International Day UN says learning lessons of intolerance critical to eliminating

“We have seen the end of colonialism, the dismantling of apartheid and the rise of a global movement for equality,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in his message for the Day. “Yet, as history and current events attest, racial discrimination still presents a clear danger to people and communities in all regions.”The UN General Assembly, in a show of solidarity with the anti-apartheid movement, established this Day to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, when 69 people were killed and many others injured as police opened fire on a peaceful protest against South Africa’s appalling pass laws.This year’s theme – “Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today” – aims to explore the root causes of racism and racial discrimination and will stress the essential need to learn the lessons history has provided in order to combat racism and racial discrimination today.In his message, Mr. Ban observed that 2015 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the launch of the International Decade for People of African Descent – two cornerstones of the UN’s effort to preserve the memory of perpetrated injustices and eradicate intolerance. He added that learning the lessons of history was critical to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and an opportunity to renew a commitment “to building a world of justice and equality where xenophobia and bigotry do not exist.” “Lasting peace can only be built on the premise that all people have equal rights and dignity – regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, social or other status,” the Secretary-General continued. “To that end, I urge all nations to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, to promote historical accuracy and put in place robust policies and laws that will end all forms of discrimination as enshrined in the Convention.”In a statement delivered by the Permanent Representative of Tajikistan, Mahmadin Mahmadaminov, the President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, similarly extolled the importance of learning from “the profound and lasting impacts of historical human rights tragedies” such as slavery, the slave trade, and the oppression of institutionalized racism.“We should draw important lessons from these past tragedies, so that we may use this knowledge to address contemporary manifestations of racism and racial discrimination,” said Mr. Kutesa. “Prejudice must not be allowed to rake root in our societies. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”Calling upon all Member States and global citizens “to continue to reject and prevent discrimination” in all its forms, the General Assembly President urged the international community to do its best in preventing the growth and spread of xenophobia, stereotyping, hatred and marginalization which, he said, have “the potential to compromise peace, stability and development around the world.” read more

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Redskins Williams apologizes for comments about Foster move

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins senior vice-president of player personnel Doug Williams has apologized for remarks he made in a radio interview defending the team’s decision to claim Reuben Foster off waivers.The Redskins were the only team to put in a claim for Foster after the San Francisco 49ers released him following a domestic violence arrest over the weekend. In an interview with a Washington radio station Wednesday, Williams said the Redskins were willing to take the public relations “beat up” for signing Foster and added, “We’ve got people who are in high, high, high, high places that have done far worse.”After practice Friday, Williams issued an apology to the organization, his wife, mother, sister and six daughters, saying, “Never in my life have I said anything so insensitive.”Williams did not take any questions.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

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Meghan strikes back friends rally to deny rumours of Difficult Duchess

Five close friends of the Duchess, each speaking anonymously, have provided a glowing tribute to her in the pages of an American magazine, sharing details of their private visits to Kensington Palace to relay the “truth” about her. Saying the Duchess has “silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths” since she joined the Royal Family, her friends have now moved to paint a picture of “elegance, grace, philanthropy”, calling her “selfless”, devoted to God, and able to “make… The Duchess of Sussex wrote to her father begging him to stop “victimising” her after the Royal wedding, her friends have claimed, as her inner circle go on the offensive to confront what they call “global bullying”. read more

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Sony sends man 7 broken desktops instead of a returnbox for his

first_imgWhen your laptop is in need of repair, the only thing you have on your mind is sending it off to be fixed and getting it back good as new. Perhaps all the troubles Sony has dealt with this year have put a strain on the company, allowing little mix-ups to happen here and there: A customer receives the wrong instruction booklet with a product, another customer receives the wrong charger, and so on. But it seems Sony really messed up this time.A man from Johnstown, Ohio decided to send his computer to Sony for repairs. As per Sony’s instructions, the man, named John, waited for Sony to send him the appropriate box so he could ship his broken laptop to Sony. Somewhere along the way, someone at Sony must’ve pressed the wrong button or entered John’s address in the wrong field as it was appearing as the return to address.As John continued to wait for his return box, he received another, much larger box. And this box wasn’t empty, like the one he was waiting for; it had someone else’s desktop computer in it. Also odd, earlier that day, John got a call from a man asking if he was a Sony technician. John thought it might just be a coincidence, and maybe the information on his box and on the caller’s box got mixed up somehow. The desktop computer that arrived on John’s doorstep had a document with all of the computer’s problems. Like most tech support experiences, John then spent a long time on the phone with Sony customer support. The representative was located in another country and didn’t understand John’s problem, so wouldn’t connect John to a supervisor.John then received two more desktops the next day, and four more from all over the country soon after. Judging by the video below, it looks like John is a pretty trustworthy man who has no intention of looking at other people’s files on the desktops that were accidentally sent to him. However, this is a grave error on Sony’s part. If the computers were sent to someone else who had more malicious things on their mind, they could see all of the files on the computer, including bank information, personal correspondence, photos, and so on.It looks like the man’s Johnstown home is big enough to store seven extra desktops. In fact, Sony told John that he could be receiving five more desktops within the next few days. God forbid Sony makes the same mistake with someone living in a shoebox-sized studio apartment in New York. The kicker of the whole story is that the box Sony finally sent John for his broken laptop was too small. We hope Sony compensated John for all his trouble in some way.via The Consumeristlast_img read more

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The Kings of Java

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram From inception up until the setting-up process, how did you start your business?The vision of The Coffee Club, as it is today, was that of my two partners and founding Directors; Emmanuel Drivas and Emmanuel Kokoris. I joined their original team as a store manger at the first store, which still exists at The Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane CBD. After opening a further six stores as a manager I joined the Emmanuels as a partner and the rest is The Coffee Club History. Today our brand is an iconic household name and The Coffee Club is one of Australia’s fastest growing and well recognised cafe groups.Has your Greek-Australian background played any role in your business?Both the Emmanuels are from Peloponissos and I am from Rhodos, so yes I believe our Greek background and culture has helped. Greeks ‘do’ hospitality and they do it well! I like to treat every one of our customers as though they’re walking into my own home. And that’s how we try to educate our team at The Coffee Club.How is business currently?The Coffee Club is still experiencing growth despite the economic downturn, and our franchisees alike are optimistic about the future. In the last quarter, we achieved significant growth so it is clear that our organisation and in fact our industry is defying the global trend. By mobilising our marketing resources and motivating franchisees to drive sales at a local level, business confidence and positivity has increased and franchisees are now trusting that we, as a franchise, can overcome the challenges of this so-called recession. As the ‘R’ word nears and squeezes household spending, The Coffee Club is continuing to prosper with our customers seeing our signature blend as a necessary, well-priced luxury. Consequently, The Coffee Club is serving over 40 million cups of coffee a year and is still the preferred venue for millions of coffee drinkers throughout the Asia Pacific region. Our customers perceive us as affordable and value for money. What would you say stands out as the comparative advantage of your business over the competition?At The Coffee Club, we’re not just about serving you a cup of coffee or a meal, we aim to make each visit a pleasurable experience. Whether you’re staying for breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply ordering coffee and cake, our team is sure to impress you! We’re all about the ‘whole experience’ and of course good food, great service and excellent coffee is always there!What is your vision for the future of your business?With more than 230 outlets throughout Australia, 26 in New Zealand and stores now in Thailand, The Coffee Club is forecasting major growth ahead, especially in the overseas franchising market. I have great expectations for our business; I simply don’t have any set time lines for these expectations to come to fruition.Do you have any tips for young entrepreneurs who want to invest in the hospitality industry?Good ethics in business and positive business acumen are the only tools required for what I believe is the recipe for success; that, and a commitment to excellence, a thirst for knowledge and a passion for your chosen profession.last_img read more

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Title match set for RAW next week in Memphis 821 PostRAW videos

first_imgFacebook International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed Alexa Bliss August 22, 2017 at 12:20 pm WhatsApp Sasha Banks Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 5.46%0:01Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? …Shit. Does anyone know anything more about what happened with Cass? Google+ MCL tear possibly? Hopefully when he returns it won’t be in this feud. WWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About Concussion Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods August 22, 2017 at 3:41 pm Jeffery Adam Phillips Al79 Now Playing Up Next Title match set for RAW next week in MemphisAs announced on last night’s WWE RAW from Brooklyn, a championship rematch was setup for next week live in Memphis, Tennessee.Sasha Banks will defend the WWE RAW Women’s Championship against Alexa Bliss in a rematch from Sunday’s SummerSlam when Banks won her fourth title.NEXT WEEK: #TheBoss @SashaBanksWWE will defend her #RAW #WomensTitle against #TheGoddessOfWWE @AlexaBliss_WWE! pic.twitter.com/ip7kYx1H1a— WWE (@WWE) August 22, 20178/21 Post-RAW videosWWE posted these videos after last night’s RAW in Brooklyn. 2 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury Twitter Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Pinterest Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Trump standins struggle to speak for and defend nominee

first_imgWASHINGTON — Donald Trump isn’t making it easy for top supporters and advisers, from his running mate on down, to defend him or explain some campaign positions.Across the Sunday news shows, a parade of Trump stand-ins, led by vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, couldn’t say whether Trump was sticking with or changing a central promise to boot the roughly 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally, with the help of a “deportation force.” And they didn’t bother defending his initial response Saturday to the killing of a mother as she walked her baby on a Chicago street.Questioned on whether it’s a problem that the GOP presidential nominee has left key details on immigration policy unclear so late in the election, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus demurred: “I just don’t speak for Donald Trump.”It was a striking look at Trump’s leadership of a team he had said would help drive him to victory in the Nov. 8 election.The very purpose of surrogates is to speak for and back up their presidential nominee. But Trump’s struggled to do so even as they stayed tightly together on the details they know: Trump will issue more details on the immigration plan soon, the policy will be humane, and despite his clear wavering, he’s been “consistent” on the issue. Any discussion of inconsistencies or potentially unpresidential tweeting, Pence and others suggested, reflected media focus on the wrong issue.last_img read more

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