Report claims Redknapp wants Fer, while Blues are linked with Pastore

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp wants to sign Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer for £6m, the Sunday People claim.West Ham and Southampton are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old Dutchman, who featured for his country at the World Cup in Brazil.The People also say Redknapp wants to seal the signing of Rio Ferdinand on an £80,000-a-week deal and that out-of-contract Rangers striker Bobby Zamora is set to reject Millwall and continue discussions at Loftus Road.Related West London Sport stories: QPR chairman could block Ferdinand moveZamora rejects contract offer from QPRChairman Fernandes could block a deal to sign Ferdinand.Chelsea have again been linked with a possible move for Atletico Madrid’s Spain international Koke, this time by the Sunday Telegraph.Meanwhile, the Sunday Express suggest Chelsea could be interested in Roma’s Medhi Benatia and may also target  Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore, who is apparently available for £25m.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Southampton v Chelsea line-ups: Trio start, Saints star returns

first_imgFilipe Luis, John Mikel Obi and Andre Schurrle have been included in the Chelsea starting line-up at Southampton, whose captain Jose Fonte returns from suspension.Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand cannot play against the Blues under the terms of his loan deal so he has been replaced at left-back by youngster Matthew Targett. Southampton: Forster, Yoshida, Fonte, Alderweireld, Targett, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Tadić, Mané, Pellè.Subs: K. Davis, Gardos, Long, Ward-Prowse, Isgrove, Reed, McCarthy. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Mikel; Schurrle, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Willian, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

2010 is a media not soccer event

first_imgThe 2010 FIFA World Cup is more than just a soccer event. It is both an opportunity and challenge for Africa, particularly its media, to use the occasion of this world event to counter the wrong perceptions of Africa by projecting the positive image and values of the continent globally.Only a fraction of the followers of the beautiful game will be physically present at soccer matches in South Africa. The large majority will depend on the media to bring them live action on the playing field.This was said by Mr Ben Egbuna when addressing the second 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference taking place today at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.Egbuna is director-general of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and president of the African Union of Broadcasters.Download Ben Egbuna’s full presentation…[PDF: 384KB]He stressed that one of the challenges in hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup is that much more effort is needed to meet and even surpass the standards of previous hosts. Many critics expect a flawed and mediocre organisation of the tournament.To ensure this is not so, Africa must be shown to deliver service, display attitudes that will earn Africa a good reputation, ensure present benefits and guarantee future profit with friendly, hospitable and industrious people.“Africa is the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and South Africa is the stage”, Egbuna said at the Conference, which was organised by the 2010 National Communication Partnership. The Partnership includes communicators from government, business and civil society working together to take advantage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the country and the continent.The year’s Conference, themed “Africa’s time has come”, brings together marketers, communicators and other interested stakeholders from across Africa to discuss how to create a new and lasting impression of Africa that will encourage foreign investment and a global mind-change about the continent.Welcoming delegates to the Conference, the chairperson of the Communication Partnership, Mr Nkenke Kekana, said that communicators must take advantage of the opportunities created by the 2010 FIFA World Cup to project Africa positively.Yet communication is about much more than football, it “is part of a new moment in Africa’s history – a moment of growth, development, and the rebirth of the continent”.He stressed that hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup is a communication opportunity of a lifetime for South Africa and the African continent.This means going beyond showcasing soccer. It must express and promote unity, create a positive communication climate to promote development and opportunities, inspire the youth, market the country and continent within a common framework and messages, plus fostering African solidarity.Kekana also noted that the Conference was one of many processes in building partnerships across Africa.Download Nkenke Kekana’s welcoming address…[PDF: 53KB] and presentation…[PDF: 461 KB]What kept her awake at night, said Ms Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), was that she felt so “sorry for the next World Cup hosts – they will find it very hard to beat the standard that we are going to set”.She spelt out what the event would do for Africa: grow investment, tourism, thus the economy and employment and give Africa global airtime in people’s headspace over a concentrated period of time which will help in changing perceptions.The 2010 event can be made an African World Cup by working towards changing perceptions of the continent, by African communicators using the world spotlight on the continent to profile the “majesty, spirit, energy, and successes of Africa” and communicate about legacy projects.Download Yvonne Johnston’s presentation…[PDF: 2 MB]Speaking at the Conference, Dr Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee, said the 2010 FIFA World Cup will take forward a new element that came out of the previous World Cups – a festival for the fans. For those who could not attend the actual games, huge TV screens were put up in public spaces and in Germany 21 million people in twelve cities watched the 64 games.But, Jordaan stressed, the World Cup is about more than the game. It is also about supporting African Legacy programmes, such as promoting African Renaissance projects, developing the game of football and also its people – players and fans.He showed the progress made with the various stadia, stressing they are on track; and affirmed that South Africa would host the most successful World Cup.Download Danny Jordaan’s presentation…[PDF: 3.5 MB]Download all presentations…[ZIP: 5.8 MB]ENDSIssued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of: International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC)For more information, please contact:Claire Taylor: 011 772 1000/ 072 341 [email protected] Dlamini: 011 772 1000// 082 686 [email protected] Theys: 083 444 4755last_img read more

LOC calls for 5 000 volunteers

first_imgA worker at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in North West province. The stadium, which is currently undergoing major renovations, is one of 10 that will be used to host both the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Hannelie Coetzee, For more photos, visit the image library.) Tamara O’ReillyRecruitment and training of about 5 000 volunteers needed for organisational activities during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup will begin on 1 July this year.The success of major events such as World Cups and the Olympic Games relies heavily on volunteers as a high level of organisation is needed in many facets in and around stadiums as well as other areas where visitors will converge like spectator parks. While 5 000 volunteers will be needed for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup about 15 000 will be required for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, which is largely seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2010 football event, will take place between 14 and 28 June 2009. The trophy is contested by 8 nations namely South Africa as the host nation, Italy as the current world champion, USA as CONCACAF champion, CONMEBOL winners Brazil, Iraq as AFC champion, CAF champions Egypt, winner of the 2008 UEFA championship and winner of the OFC nations competition.Games will be held at 10 venues in nine cities across the country in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth. Although there were doubts about Port Elizabeth’s ability to have the stadium ready in time for the Confederations Cup, these have been laid to rest following steps and assurances by the municipality that the stadium will be prepared to be included in the tournament.According to a Fifa volunteer handbook, volunteers will go through different training programmes to understand their responsibilities, the venue operation and general information about the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009. Volunteers will be trained in customer services, taught how to deal with spectators and also to understand the behaviour of fans from different places around the world.Selection processVolunteers will be sourced from the football fraternity, tertiary institutions, existing volunteer organisations, and the private and public sector. South African citizens who will be 18 or older on or before March 1 2009 can apply and various age groups from youth to retired citizens will be considered.“The most important thing we’re looking for in volunteers are people who are committed to helping us successfully host the World Cup,” said Onke Mjo, the Volunteer Programme Manager of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa. “The World Cup will call on us to step beyond our boundaries and experiences and cater to the whole world. Volunteers will be crucial to that process. We’re looking for open-minded, proactive South Africans who will always be willing to assist an individual who needs help with anything.”To ensure that all South Africans get the opportunity to become a volunteer for the Fifa events, 2009 Confederations Cup volunteers will have to reapply for inclusion in the 2010 event’s volunteer programme.“When South Africa was awarded the World Cup on 15 May 2004 it was a victory for South Africa and the entire continent,” said Mjo. “All South African say they are looking forward to it and want to participate in it. The volunteer programme is the platform giving thousands of South Africans the opportunity to do just that.”Application forms can be downloaded from the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup website between 1 July and 28 August. Emails can also be sent to [email protected] you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] articlePE Stadium still in the game Useful linksFifa SA 2010last_img read more

Healthy babies for HIV couples

first_imgThe Cape Fertility Clinic laboratory whereprocedures are done to help HIV-positivepeople have healthy babies. (Image: Health-E) Tamara O’Reilly South Africa holds a number of unenviable records when it comes to addressing HIV/Aids, but a laboratory opening at the Cape Fertility Clinic signals hope for HIV-positive couples who want to take no chances when it comes to having a healthy baby.  Although the techniques used at this clinic have been helping HIV-positive people around Europe conceive HIV-negative babies for many years, the laboratory is the first of its kind in Africa. Every month about five or six couples with either partner or both infected with HIV indicate a desire to have healthy children.Although the high costs of the procedures at fertility clinics make it somewhat exclusive, in a country where 92 000 babies contracted HIV in 2007 alone, it shows the medical fraternity’s commitment to offer HIV-positive people an equal chance to have healthy babies signals that HIV-positive people are making informed decisions about parenthood.The laboratory, by law, is separated from others at the clinic to ensure the risk of passing infection to other clients is contained.“HIV is no longer seen as a death sentence but a chronic disease,” says Cape Fertility Clinic Director Klaus Wiswedel. “People with chronic diseases are entitled to have fertility treatment. We can safely deliver an HIV-negative child and, with the right treatment, the parent can live a long life.”How it’s doneThe clinic deals with dual HIV-positive couples or where either partner is infected. In cases where both partners, or only the woman is HIV-positive, doctors make use of artificial insemination. Once pregnant, the HIV-positive mother-to-be’s progress is monitored by an HIV specialist. The mom has to continue taking antiretroviral medication, and has to the deliver the child by Caesarean section to reduce the risk of transmission to the infant.If only the man is HIV-positive, the sperm undergoes a procedure where it is “washed” to separate the seminal fluid which contains most of the cells carrying the virus, from the sperm. The sperm is retested for the presence of any remaining virus and if found to be HIV-negative, the woman can be inseminated.According to the clinic, the transmission rate is found to be less than one percent if these procedures are precisely adhered to.UNAIDS estimates that every day about 1 200 children worldwide under the age of 15 become infected with HIV, and at the last count in 2007 there were 2.1-million children living with the disease. The disease is transmitted either before they are born, during labour or during breastfeeding. About 50%of children who contract HIV from their mothers die before their second birthday.The South African picture“The prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is not only effective, but also a human right,” said UN Aids Executive Director Dr Peter Piot. “We are seeing good progress in many countries, especially in parts of Africa, but we need to significantly scale up HIV testing and treatment for pregnant women.”In South Africa, the number of pregnant women receiving drugs which prevents HIV transmission to babies rose from 15% in 2003 to 67% in 2007. Neighbouring Botswana, which has one of the highest HIV/Aids statistics, provided antiretroviral treatment to 95% of HIV-positive pregnant women in 2007.In January this year the Department of Health unveiled their revised Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PTMTC) introducing stronger doses and more effective medication to HIV-positive mothers. This means that pregnant women enrolled in PMTCT programmes go on AZT treatment (the drug which prevents mother to child transmission) from the last four weeks of pregnancy and during labour. At birth the baby is given a week-long course of AZT and as a further precaution is tested at six weeks.All pregnant women attending the 1 315 antenatal care clinics across the country are also being offered voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) on their first visit. Those women who test HIV-negative are offered a follow-up test at 34 weeks into their pregnancy. Those who test HIV-positive will be offered a viral load test at the time of their HIV-positive diagnosis to ascertain the level of infection.Related articlesRidding Africa of HIV in 10 years Vaccine hope for SA women HIV/Aids in South Africa Useful linksUniversal Declaration of Human RightsHealth-eCape Fertility Clinic Treatment Action Campaign Department of Healthlast_img read more

Qantas to benefit from online shoppers

first_imgAustralian carrier Qantas is hoping to capitalise on growing levels of e-commerce after extending its International air freight contract with Australia Post.The agreement currently sees Qantas Freight handle 12,000 tonnes of mail and parcels out of Australia each year.This deal and a recently signed domestic freight agreement are worth more than $A500 million to the airline over five years and form Australia’s biggest air freight contract.Although the volume of letters being sent by Australia Post has plummeted with the spread of electronic communications, the number of parcels has been rising to become an increasing proportion of the postal service’s business.  Letter volumes fell almost 10 per cent in 2016 – the biggest 12-month decline on record – while strong growth in online deliveries saw parcel profits rise 8 per cent to $A314 million.The new deal gives Australia Post access to the Qantas Group’s more than 1500 international weekly flights and interline agreements with other carriers ensure global access.“We have a well-established relationship with the Australia Post Group and the growing international parcel business makes this a substantial contract to secure,” said Qantas International and freight chief executive Gareth Evans.“We have transformed Qantas Freight to deliver flexible and efficient operations for the changing needs of our customers.“This partnership sees the Australia Post Group and Qantas Freight well-positioned to support the e-commerce industry, which relies on air freight for express delivery of its steadily increasing volumes of international packages and parcels.’’Qantas Freight was the airline’s only major business unit not to record a record profit last financial year, with earnings down 44 percent to $A64m.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast November 14, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry and sunny through most of the day today as we are in-between systems. However, clouds will start to build later this afternoon, particularly in south and southwest Ohio ahead of our approaching moisture surge from the south. It should be a nice day today in many areas, but still chilly.Moisture is coming about 6 hours faster with our next event. By this evening, moisture will be pushing into far southern Ohio and will be fully across the southern quarter of the state midnight tonight. From there, moisture spreads across the rest of the state through the overnight and through Friday morning . We are keeping liquid equivalent precipitation totals at a few hundredths to .5”, with coverage at 90% of the state. Snow totals will be from a coating to 3” with coverage at 75% of the state. The southern third of the state may end up with lesser snow potential with more rain around. Temps over Ohio look to largely be above 35 degrees through the day tomorrow, which will allow snow flakes to fall, but perhaps not stick around as much to accumulate. Or, we may see predominately rain in some areas. It all comes down to temperatures tomorrow, and right now that is what makes Ohio tough to call on rain v. snow. Either way, all precipitation should be done by sunrise Friday.  The map at right shows potential snow through Friday morning.We should be dry in all areas Friday afternoon through next Wednesday. This is a drier forecast, as we are taking precipitation out on Saturday. There can be some clouds around, but the disturbance is losing moisture quickly, and will have nothing left as it drifts across the state. The weekend should be decent.While we are taking moisture out for the weekend and giving a longer dry window in this forecast this morning, we are going to have to pay for it. That comes next Thursday, on thanksgiving. We are projecting clouds to increase through the midday and early afternoon, and we can’t rule out a bit of moisture, light rain and light snow, from late afternoon through the evening. Rain continues through Black Friday. Totals do not look too dramatic, but still, we will be calling for a few hundredths to .3” with 75% coverage.The extended 11-16 day period starts drier, and we are taking rain out of the forecast for the 24th. However, we are leaving a good slug of moisture in or the 25th and 26th. To be clear, we are still taking about all rain, as temps begin to climb after thanksgiving.  Since we are lopping the 24th off of this precipitation event, we are drawing the top end of the rain projection back slightly and are looking for half to 1.5” rain totals, with coverage at 90%. A second minor batch of moisture arrives a few days later around the 28th and 29th but should produce under .25” of moisture. We cool down with that system and may have to look at a rain/snow mix.last_img read more

Live Blog: How the Smart World Emerges

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#cloud#news alex williamscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We’re starting another day at IBM Pulse and today the discussion moves to how smart technologies are getting integrated into business and the world of smarter cities. We’ll look at this by exploring the meaning as it relates to virtualization and cloud computing.We will look at how these businesses are changing its systems to adjust as infrastructure gets older. How does that relate to the cloud?Let’s get started.8:22 a.m.:Companies now face data, connection and challenges in complexity. About 15 petabytes of new information is being generated every day. The connectivity is through a systems of systems.The city of Cambridge in Cambridge,Canada looked to make all of its infrastructure connected by integrating all of its roads and other physical points. 8:27 a.m.:Is security keeping pace with the data influx and connected systems? Discussing Wikileaks and what it represents in terms of internal security. And then there is Stuxnet. The Stuxnet malware gives insights into how complex things can be and how long it can be on a system. NASDAQ OMX was a virus that gained access to NASDAQ management infrastructure. Mobile and cloud are the big topics today. We are seeing the consumerization of security.8:41 a.m.: Security is becoming more about management. Automation provides the capability to manage the hundreds of thousands of end points.8:58 a.m.:We’re hearing from Washington, D.C.’s general manager for DC Water, who is cracking up the crowd. He is an incredibly passionate guy, a great advocate for cities everywhere to change their infrastructure.9:02 a.m.:ING executive is developing a platform-as-a-service with the ambition to deliver IT as a service. On the people side, there are training programs that are mandatory to do.Training covers virtualization and cloud computing. It’s a whole process integration.9:06 a.m.: One thing we see at IM Pulse is this whole concept of patterns. In smarter cities, the data from people’s homes tells city managers that there are problems that are coming up again and again. Those problems could not be seen before. With the data being analyzed, problems can be solved that need solving. The city managers become service providers.9:15 a.m.: Jamie Thomas of IBMis on stage. Here come the demos! Finally!9:17 a.m.: The airport is a complex place. It’s a system of systems. Wing To of IBM is doing a demo to show how integrated service management is managed in a cloud environment. Bowman Hall of IBM, Jim Fletcher and Robert Uthe are coming up to do the demo.The demo shows that before the integration, it was a fragmented network of systems. Today, the airport is managed through a control panel that shows the runways, operations, passenger and associated issues related to each.The demo shows how an existing IT infrastructure can be provisioned to create a new service that is cloud-based. These applications can be deployed immediately as mobile apps. The infrastructure can be managed in real-time. Power consumption, for instance, can be managed through the control panel. A heat map can show the data center and what needs cooling. 9:26 a.m.: The demo is showing what happens at an airport during a snowstorm and how issues can be predicted to act faster. With cloud computing, the airport can dynamically scale and respond to the problem. The system starts to automatically re-allocate services. You can see the passenger problems and the capacity that is needed. Work loads can be moved to different servers. The application, in the process, gets supported. 9:31 a.m.: Analytics can tell a story that extracts patterns. For example, the demo shows memory usage is high. They can also show there has been an update to the application. The correlation shows that the app needs to be reverted to a prior version so there is no issues for the user. Great demo!9:34 a.m.: You can see the virtual server backup and restore capabilities in the control panel. Files are restored as they are requested. They are showing an attempted security breach by adding malicious code to the passenger portal. The attacks are immediately detected. The control panel gives a profile and removes the hacker form the wifi network.9:38 a.m.: Control panel shows a map with the snow plows and other vehicles on the runways. This data can be used to better show how to respond to the storm.9:39 a.m.: The airport is a complex operation with thousands of moving parts so to speak. The virtualization of a data center provides power but there is an abstraction on the storage. 9:42 a.m.: Tivoli is announcing a new virtualization management strategy. Tivoliis announcing a cloud management system for companies wishing to connect data centers to the cloud. Images can be moved to the cloud. Storage is becoming a service. But what about security? In the context of the airport, the system allows for the management of thousands of devices, all connected within the network where all the assets can be seen. The airport facilities and the data centers are interconnected. This means that the luggage trucks and all the other assets can be seen.9:50 a.m. Tivoii is also announcing Service Management Connect, a community network. 9:52 a.m: IBM provides the back end system for GoGo, the inflight Wi-Fi network. Love that service. 10:01a.m.: Finishing up the morning keynote.We’ll be back in a bit.12:51 p.m.: Listening to Tom Cross, a threat intelligence manager for IBM. The topic is mobile security. Vulnerabilities that are reported have gone way up this year. These vulnerabilities also affect desktop environments. Exploits of these vulnerabilities are way up, too. A number of exploits are due to the users interest in jail breaking their device. Those jailbreaks can be used to create new exploits. That’s a trend.1 p.m.: A few points:Vulnerabilities and attacks exist but exploitation is not prevalent.IT sees the threat as the data that can be stored on the device.Security concerns are also about the devices and how people use them for personal purposes.Enterprises have to set policies for how data is managed on the tablet or the smartphone.1:08 p.m.: 5 Tips for Enterprise Smartphone ManagementContain smartphone VPN accessControl the installation of third party applicationsEstablish a password lock policyEstablish procedures for employees to follow in case of lost or stolen phone.Evaluate the smartphone for anti-virus solutions.1:29 p.m. IBM executives now here to discuss cloud computing. Ric Telford of IBM says the cloud is what you need for the industrialization of IT. For years, IT has been a craft. But that does not scale. Very simple analogies for cloud. They keep trying to compare it to the move to bank ATMs and other examples. What has really changed? The network is getting flat. We’re not hearing that here. Telford takes more of a business approach, saying the clouds of the future will be industry specific.1:40 p.m.: Dennis Quan of IBM is discussing Tivoli Manager product for creating automated workflows. It is designed to work on multiple hypervisors, including Xen, KVM and VMware.1:40 p.m. Announcing Tivoli Storage Manager for virtual environments. It is for making it possible to do backups on virtual machines. 2:01 p.m.: Lockheed Martin’s Melvin Greer is talking about the context for cloud computing. He is pointing to the U.S. federal budget deficit which is now about $1.6 trillion. Considering that, cloud computing is considered appealing. Geer says IT is not going away. He sees federal government taking a hybrid approach. But the impediments to cloud computing are considerable. Security and privacy are considerable concerns. What data can be shared? What data can be used? Lockheed Martin sees innovation as a key driver in cloud computing for:Biologically inspired engineeringEcology and conversationGenomics/biotechAdvanced game theorySciencesDisclosure: IBM graciously covered travel expenses in order for me to attend this event. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Candidates with unique stories mark victory in the polls

first_imgPune: The results to the civic polls in the Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune Municipal Corporations, which witnessed an unprecedented Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sweep, also put a spotlight on a number of unusual candidates, who were different from the clichéd crorepati corporators.For 21-year-old Computer Science graduate Prachi Alhat, her win from Panel 26 (encompassing the city’s Kondhwa-Mohammadwadi area) was doubly sweet as she became the youngest candidate to win the election. She withstood the BJP’s wave by winning comfortably on a Shiv Sena ticket. The party itself barely managed to win 10 seats in the PMC.Ms. Alhat said, “My win is yet to sink in. I had planned to take up a job in the IT sector, but this win has altered my dreams. Now I’m eager to work towards the development of my ward in particular, and society in general.” Her exultant family has not stopped distributing sweets since the news came through. Ms. Alhat graduated from the city’s St. Mira’s College for Girls. A political neophyte, she was a silver lining in the Sena’s dark cloud in the PMC polls. Her family has also been in politics for a while. Her husband, Ashish Alhat, is a dedicated Sena worker.Likewise, Ashwini Landge did her party, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), proud by being its only candidate to win a seat in the PMC polls.Ms. Landge, one of the few Christian candidates in the fray, won from Panel 6 (the city’s Yerwada area), thereby securing a foothold fro her party in Pune’s politics. She is well-regarded for her social work in her area, and has earned respect for her efforts to improve basic amenities like water-supply and sanitation.Inspirational winThe most inspiring story of them all is that of Rajashree Kale (32), a single mother who works as a humble peon in the city’s Abasaheb Garware College.Ms. Kale contested on a BJP ticket from Panel 7 in the city’s University-Wakdewadi area. She hails from Solapur district and is a member of the nomadic Pardhi community. She arrived in Pune in 2004, soon after her marriage, only to be abandoned by her husband following the birth of her daughters.Her job as peon with the Abasaheb Garware College has sustained her family for the last several years. The college authorities speak admiringly of her as a woman of great stoicism and courage, who displayed a keen awareness of social problems.Speaking to reporters after Thursday’s results, Ms. Kale said, “I never imagined I would contest an election. Our community is very backward. The BJP gave me an opportunity and party workers worked very hard for my victory.” Ms. Kale won .Ms. Kale’s kin say that her win has opened a new window of opportunity for their community. Rekha Shinde, Ms. Kale’s younger sister, said, “We are four sisters and a brother and she [Rajashree] was always the sharpest among us.” Police in politicsThe BJP’s Dhanraj Ghogare, a former police constable, made his political debut on Thursday with his maiden win.Mr. Ghogare was up against a stiff competition in the NCP-Congress dominated Panel 25 in the city’s Wanowrie area.He said, “While I was aware that competition was exceedingly tough, my father, who was with the State Police Reserve Force (SPRF), had forged enduring bonds with the citizens here. I, too, have continued this tradition of maintaining a personal connect.”The panel was especially noteworthy as the incumbent Mayor, the NCP’s Prashant Jagtap, contested from here and won.last_img read more

No. 1 Tennessee beats Florida for 18th straight win

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “I appreciate how hard they’ve competed,” Barnes said. “I appreciate the fact they do want to get better, and we can get better. I think they believe, like our coaching staff, that our best basketball’s ahead of us. It’s not going to be easy, but they’re competitive. Where we are, they deserve the credit.” LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tennessee’s winning streak includes a 78-67 victory at Florida on Jan. 12. Immediately after that game ended, all five Tennessee players on the floor performed a ”Gator chomp ” in a mock version of the cheer favored by Florida fans. Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield said at the time the Vols were responding to “disrespectful” and “inhumane” comments Florida fans had made during the game.This time, Tennessee’s players had a more muted celebration but fans started doing the Gator chomp in the final minute and continued it as the final horn sounded.“Poetic justice,” said Schofield, one of four Tennessee players to score in double figures. “At the same time, it’s all in good fun. A deep rivalry, but many years of tough, hard-fought football games, tough basketball games. At the end of the day, I think a lot of people just enjoy the intensity of our rivalry with Florida.”Florida (12-11, 4-6) lost its third straight and fourth in its last five games.“They’re the best team in the country,” Florida coach Michael White said. “They’re equally as good defensively as they are offensively.”ADVERTISEMENT Schofield scored 14 points, Jordan Bowden had 13 and Jordan Bone added 10 for Tennessee. Noah Locke scored 17, Jalen Hudson had 15 and KeVaughn Allen added 11 for Florida.Tennessee led by as many as 16 late in the first half before Florida rallied to get within 36-30 at the intermission.Florida cut Tennessee’s lead to 40-36 with 17:37 left, but Tennessee answered with a 12-2 run that included consecutive 3-pointers from Lamonte’ Turner. After Florida scored seven straight points to get the margin down to seven, Tennessee responded with a 9-0 run that featured another Turner 3-pointer plus two dunks from Schofield.Schofield said after the game that the Vols responded to the way Barnes had challenged them.“Winning isn’t what it’s about,” Schofield said. “That’s not why we got into the game of basketball. Competing is why we got into the game of basketball. That’s what we love about basketball. This week we’ve been doing a lot more competitive drills… just really getting the juices focusing and it really helped us really refocus on why we started playing this game.“When you’re winning so much and winning consecutively like this, you can get lost in it and little things become big things. We didn’t want that as a team. We had to get back to realizing why we even started paying this game — and that’s competing. Coach challenged us to just go out and compete tonight.”BIG PICTUREFlorida: The Gators are barely above .500 but entered this game 42nd in the NET rankings, indicating their postseason chances weren’t over yet. But three straight losses to Kentucky, Auburn and Tennessee have dealt a big blow to their hopes for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. The Gators still have two games with No. 21 LSU plus road trips to Alabama and No. 5 Kentucky.Tennessee: The Vols have said for several weeks they must recapture the defensive intensity they showed last season. They’ve started showing that form lately. After playing outstanding defense Tuesday in a 72-60 victory over Missouri, the Vols held Florida to a total of three points for a stretch of over nine minutes Saturday.MEDICAL REPORT BEST VS. BESTTennessee entered the day leading the SEC in scoring (86.0) while Florida had the SEC’s top scoring defense (63.4). Tennessee ended up below its scoring average but still won that matchup by shooting 52.8 percent (28 of 53), including 59.3 percent (16 of 27) in the second half.UP NEXTFlorida hosts Vanderbilt on Wednesday.Tennessee hosts South Carolina on Wednesday. Tennessee guard Admiral Schofield (5) dunks the ball in front of Florida center Kevarrius Hayes (13) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 73-61. (AP photo/Wade Payne)KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s players resisted the temptation of staging a repeat performance of a postgame “Gator chomp” after their latest victory over Florida.The sellout crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena did it instead.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robert Whittaker out of fight against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grant Williams scored 16 points as the top-ranked Volunteers defeated Florida 73-61 on Saturday to extend their school-record winning streak to 18 games.Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) owns the longest active winning streak of any Division I team. This also marks the biggest winning streak of Rick Barnes’ 32-year head coaching career, surpassing the 17-game string that started Texas’ 2009-10 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Tennessee was playing without reserve swingman Yves Pons, who had suffered a facial injury while colliding with a teammate during Thursday’s practice.Barnes expressed optimism that Pons would return Wednesday against South Carolina. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View commentslast_img read more