Virat Kohli creates a positive environment in the dressing-room: Wriddhiman Saha to India Today

first_img2010 – Test debut. 2012 – Second Test. 2014 – Third Test. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha had to wait for almost two years to play each of his second and third Tests. (Kohli on Test series against Australia: Not bothered about the opposition)Saha had long led the life of a reserve wicketkeeper (both in domestic and national teams) despite being the best in the business and is a perfect example of why being the best was not always good enough. (Virat Kohli won his battles against Joe Root, can he trump Steve Smith?)To enter the Bengal side, Saha had to wait for Deep Dasgupta’s exit and to get into the national side, he had to bid his time behind the shadows of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Five India vs Australia controversies that shook the cricketing world)The diminutive 32-year-old made his first-class debut in 2007 and didn’t waste any time to mark his presence. He became the 15th Bengal player to score a hundred on Ranji debut. But while things were falling in place for Saha in the domestic circuit, a national reckoning was far-fetched. (Aussies just don’t have the arsenal to walk the ‘sledging’ talk)The big day, however, came in 2010. A last-minute injury to Rohit Sharma handed Saha a Test debut against South Africa in Nagpur. It took him another two years to play his next match in whites. And that too was fortuitously – a result of captain and regular wicketkeeper Dhoni’s suspension for slow over rate against Australia in Adelaide, 2012. (India would treat Australia like any other team, says Kumble)advertisementIt was only in December 2014 in Australia that the doors of the Test team were opened for Saha following Dhoni’s sudden retirement from the longest format of the game. (Tendulkar vs Australia or Kohli-Australia: Which rivalry is more fun?)Since then, Saha has featured regularly in the national Test team and is probably one of the three indispensable members of the Virat Kohli-led side after Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.WATCH FULL VIDEO HERESaha, an owner of one of the safest pair of hands, ticks off most of the boxes for Kohli. He has a sound knowledge of his craft, is gutsy and courageous. (Tendulkar a legend but hard to look past Kohli: Chris Woakes)However, Saha’s journey from the reserve benches to the core of the national Test side was nothing short of a long test of strength and mental preparedness. (Sledging Virat Kohli will hurt Australia: David Warner)In an exclusive tete-a-tete with, the soft-spoken, easy-going Saha revealed what kept him going during those long waiting periods, and why he feels that it is a challenge to play in Kohli’s No.1 Test team.BCCI PhotoExcerpts:Question: Your journey in Indian cricket has always seen long waiting periods, be it the domestic or the national teams. What did you do waiting for all those years to suddenly making an impact after MS Dhoni left?Wriddhiman Saha: I was always focused on my game. Since my childhood, I have always looked to keep myself prepared for the match at any point of time so that whenever I got a chance to play, I should be able to perform. Whether I had the chance to play or not, I always kept myself prepared. I have always been mentally strong. (Virat Kohli not Australia’s only threat: 4 other concerns for Steve Smith’s men)Q:How would you describe Kohli’s impact on your performance and on the team, overall?Saha: Virat Kohli always stays positive. Whenever he talks to the players, he always creates a positive environment in the team. Obviously, it is a challenge to play in the team because it is a matter of winning or losing. Personally, I love this challenge and I like the way how Kohli remains positive under any circumstances. Winning or losing is a part and parcel of the game but if you stay positive, you have maximum chances of winning. (Steve Smith’s men weakest Australian side to tour India, says Harbhajan Singh)Q: What makes Kohli’s team so special where players thrive under any circumstances?Saha: Right now our team environment is very positive and that’s our plus point. We always back each other despite the performances. One can endure a bad day on the field but we always support and motivate each other. When someone performs well, we all take pride in that and when someone has a bad day, we try to back him to perform better. This is the kind of team environment we have at the moment. This is basically due to the fact that all the players are in similar stages of their careers. Overall, this environment is a big bonus for all of us. The coach and team management are also very supportive and they always tell us to play according to our style. (Australia just don’t have the arsenal to walk the ‘sledging’ talk)advertisementQ: You are regarded as the best wicketkeeper in the country. However, keeping wickets to Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in Indian conditions is not an easy task. What kind of challenges do you face?Saha: It feels great to keep wickets to two of the top spinners of the world (Ashwin and Jadeja). You have to stay alert and you can never lose your focus. There’s never a place for relaxation on the field. You have to be always ready. It is a challenge that I enjoy. I never premeditate while keeping. I always take it ball by ball and enjoy my work as I feel that if I enjoy it, it will help me perform better.Q: How do you asses India’s use of the Decision Review System? Take us through the on-field actions when Kohli decides to review the original decision.Saha: We have been told to give our views whenever the captain decides to go for the Decision Review System. There’s no pressure on us. We have been told to give our direct views on it. We can be right or wrong, but that’s not a factor.last_img read more

U17 WC: USMNT Under-17’s weakness

first_imgU17 World Cup Under-17 World Cup: What is USMNT Under-17’s weakness which India can target? Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 05:27 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Sands, New York City FC Alex Bregman U17 World Cup India U17 v United States U17 India U17 United States U17 Goal looks at the probable chinks in the armour of the USMNT Under-17 team who shall face India on Friday… India face the USA test on Friday in their opening Group A game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.USA coach John Hackworth in an exclusive interview to Goal has claimed that his side go into the game as favourites  and are expected to progress into the knockout rounds of the competition.India coach Luis Norton de Matos would hope that his boys take his lessons in organization to heart and do not get jittery when they take the field for the very first time in a packed stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. There will at least be one chance coming towards India’s way or there is a possibility of someone committing a horrible error which India needs to capitalize upon. Can India make the most of the half chances?Every team in the world has certain areas which can be targeted upon. This USMNT Under-17 team is no different.Goal USA’s chief correspondent Ives Gallarcep pointed that USMNT U-17’s Achilles heel could be the central defence. The reason being that both James Sands and Chris Durkin are not centre-backs by trade.GFX USA U17 Weak PointSands is New York City FC’s first homegrown player and is a highly regarded prospect by coach Patrick Vieira. However, he is more of a right-back and defensive midfielder at the club level as opposed to being a central defender. Another point to note is that although he is very technical, he isn’t a big defender.Chris Durkin is among the taller players in the USMNT U-17 squad. He is a defensive midfielder but has been asked to operate as a central defender due to injuries. The 16-year-old is already part of D.C.United’s squad in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Although a highly regarded prospect and being scouted by several clubs in Europe, he isn’t a natural central defender.Having two players who aren’t central defenders fill in the crucial role could prove to be an area of concern for coach John Hackworth. USMNT U-17 could face problems if they come up against big strikers, something which Matos would take note of.last_img read more

Exeter eager to emulate gold standard set by Saracens in Champions Cup

first_imgShare via Email There is no debate over Europe in rugby union. Everyone wants to be in and for the British teams who fail to make the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup, the tournament will end in Brexit tears. The debate over exit strategies will revolve around how to get out of trouble against Saracens, who are aiming to emulate Toulon by winning the tournament for a third successive season. Mark McCall’s side start next Sunday against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens, a ground where they have not lost in the Premiership since 2013, and they will arrive armed with the boost of a 55-point haul against the Saints at Twickenham last month.In the first round last season Saracens stunned Toulon with their pace, power and precision at the Stade Félix Mayol and inflicted a first home defeat in the competition on the team they had succeeded as champions the season before. For all the talk at the tournament launches about the need to win at home and pick up at least a bonus point away, Saracens have learned the value of a fast start.It has not been lost on the Premiership champions, Exeter, as they prepare for their fifth European Cup campaign. They have won their opening match only once and their record in the second round is the same. A year ago they suffered a humbling 35-8 defeat by Clermont Auvergne at Sandy Park, a reverse that came in the middle of a run of five matches in all competitions without a win and proved defining.Rob Baxter, now the Chiefs’ director of rugby, says: “What I hope we have learned from previous European experiences and playing in big games in the last couple of seasons is that we have to make it about ourselves in the early rounds and play the way we play, not think we have to change something massively. Rugby union Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Sportblog Topics Share on Pinterest Champions Cup Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Exetercenter_img features Since you’re here… Reuse this content Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Saracens “Our opening-round defeat at Ospreys two seasons ago, when we ended up not getting a point from a game we should have won, was down to us thinking we had to do things differently in Europe. If we had played Exeter rugby, we would have won.“In earlier times there was an element of putting the Premiership before Europe but we are now at the point where, if what we do is good enough to beat Wasps and Saracens in the Premiership play-offs, it should be pretty successful in Europe. We do not need to find a miracle off-load or chip and chase to create something. We have to do what we do and do it very well. A great marker of that are Saracens. They have an innate confidence and they are effective across competitions. We will talk about what we want to achieve in the first round and then the second. After that what will be will be.”Exeter’s first match is at home to Glasgow, the Pro14 side who, after the opening month of the season, were the only unbeaten side in Europe’s three major leagues, and their second is at Montpellier, the free-spending Top 14 leaders who have scored 182 points in their four home league matches this season.If the Champions Cup this decade has been about teams defending the title – Leinster and Saracens once and Toulon twice since Toulouse’s success in 2009-10 – teams such as Glasgow, Exeter, Montpellier and Scarlets, who have never reached the final, have been made stronger by failure in a tournament that now offers little in the way of refuge.Italy’s flag has flown at half-mast in the tournament’s 22 years but from next season the 20 contenders will be decided on league position, not nationality. As the Pro14’s two conferences stood at the start of this weekend, Zebre would qualify; they, like Treviso – who are in a group with Bath, Toulon and Scarlets – have won two of their opening five matches.The two Italian sides are made up largely of home players, with journeymen foreigners having been told to look for a pay packet elsewhere. It is part of Conor O’Shea’s revolution in the country: Treviso last month ended Richard Cockerill’s Scottish honeymoon by winning in Edinburgh and Zebre last weekend halted Ulster’s unbeaten start to the campaign. The stirrings are hardly enough to suggest European conquest but Bath would be rash to be writing out a slip for a winning bonus before they face Treviso at The Rec next Saturday, six days before a Friday night trip to Llanelli.Matt Garvey, the Bath captain, says: “We have this season won at Leicester and Wasps but lost at home to Newcastle having beaten Saracens. Consistency comes down to the mental side. It is easy getting up for Saracens and as individuals we have to prepare the same way for every game, spending hours on analysis. Against what you perceive as a lesser club, not that there are any, did you spend the same amount of time or leave it to someone else to tell you what they did? On paper you cannot compare Treviso and Toulon but the challenge for us as players is not to look at where Treviso have been recently but to remember there are no easy games and that we cannot afford to slip up on Saturday.”Bath are one of 11 former winners of the cup and one of five English clubs to prevail, along with three from France and three from Ireland. Scotland has barely made a ripple and neither has Wales since regional rugby was introduced in 2003. But, with the New Zealander Dave Rennie following Gregor Townsend at Glasgow and Scarlets flourishing under the New Zealander Wayne Pivac, the knockout stage is an attainable target, although Ospreys are struggling.If Exeter’s pool, which includes Leinster, looks the most competitive with all four teams going into the weekend in play-off positions, Saracens’ group contains the French champions, Clermont – who slumped to ninth in the Top 14 last weekend after losing at Castres – and Ospreys, who went into Saturday night’s derby against Scarlets joint bottom of their Pro14 conference, with Cardiff Blues.Europe, though, is about more than league form. It is for some a step into the unknown, new opponents and venues, although Leicester are grouped with Racing 92, the 2016 finalists who are showing signs of wear and tear, and Munster.Analysis goes only so far and so does money, with the European club with the biggest playing budget, Toulouse, in the Challenge Cup. It is, as Saracens have found and Exeter are striving for, about being who you are, not what you perceive you ought to be.Guide to the poolsPool 1 Harlequins, La Rochelle, Ulster, WaspsUlster’s winning start to the season came to an unexpected halt at Zebre last weekend but they look equipped to make more of an impact than last season when they lost their last three pool matches. La Rochelle, who finished first in the Top 14 table in 2016-17, have been in rampant form at home, putting 50 points on both Clermont Auvergne and Oyonnax. Wasps have advanced to the knockout stage for the last two years but they have started the Premiership season poorly while Harlequins continue to struggle to back up results. Table toppers Wasps Pool 2 Clermont Auvergne, Northampton, Ospreys, SaracensSaracens are looking to emulate Toulon’s feat from 2013-15 of winning the trophy three years in a row but they are grouped with the last team to defeat them in the tournament, Clermont Auvergne, and Northampton, who have rallied after being well beaten by Saracens on the opening day of the Premiership season at Twickenham. Clermont are in the bottom half of the Top 14, without a win away from home, while Ospreys are joint bottom of their Pro14 conference. Table toppers SaracensPool 3 Exeter, Glasgow, Leinster, MontpellierThe most intriguing of the groups pits the Premiership champions against Montpellier, who led the Top 14 going into this weekend; Glasgow, who headed their Pro14 conference; and Leinster, who are two points behind Scarlets in their conference and are the only one of the four with European pedigree, having won the tournament three times. Exeter have tended to start their European campaigns slowly but, in a pool where away victories will be precious, they have to start in step at home to Glasgow. Table toppers LeinsterPool 4 Castres, Leicester, Munster, Racing 92Leicester were pooled with Racing 92 and Munster last season as they lost all three away matches while scoring 16 points and conceding 114. Castres may offer some relief: in 13 European Cup campaigns they have only once reached the knockout stage and not since 2005 have they recorded more victories than defeats. Racing have declined from the side that reached the final in 2016 and won the Top 14. Munster, beaten by Saracens in last season’s semi-finals, are growing in experience. Table toppers MunsterPool 5 Bath, Scarlets, Toulon, TrevisoThe presence of an Italian side invariably means a knockout place for the team that finishes second in the group but Treviso have won at Edinburgh and at home to Ospreys this season, so Bath cannot assume they will bank five points next Saturday. Toulon are not the force they were but still rarely lose at the Stade Félix Mayol, while Bath remain fickle, losing at home to Newcastle one week and winning at Wasps the next. Scarlets, who won the Pro12 last season, play with flair and have learned how to win away. Table toppers Scarlets Share on Messenger Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Catapult, a New Crowdfunding Platform to Advance the Lives of Women and Girls

first_imgPosted on September 11, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A message from our friends at Women Deliver and Catapult, a new crowdfunding platform that supports projects advancing the lives of girls and women around the world:As the Catalyzing Partners, Women Deliver and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have invested in the development and implementation of this platform in order to drive investments from people to projects that advance the lives of girls and women globally.For an introduction to Catapult, please watch our 2-minute video at Platform operates through donors browsing different projects by location, topic or need and donating individually or creating donor teams to fund those projects that interest and inspire them. Once a project is fully funded, donors can access detailed information on how their funding has been used to change lives. At the same time, through Catapult’s “Curator” feature, champions for girls and women can promote projects in their specific areas of focus thus fueling a funding powerhouse for girls and women. Catapult never takes a fee from partners – it’s free!As you probably know, online crowdfunding is transforming how people give. As of 2011, charitable giving through crowdfunding platforms exceeded 676M and grew at an average rate of 43%. Women Deliver’s goal for Catapult is to establish and maintain sustained, long term funding infrastructure capable of scaling many thousands of projects and delivering millions of dollars in funds to benefit girls and women over the next decade.By listening to women’s funds and organizations, and providing a platform for their projects, Catapult will strengthen the efforts of individuals and organizations working for gender equality. The platform provides an open, direct channel between projects in need of funds and a new generation of citizen donors, leveraging existing networks to fund, sustain and bring work to a global audience.If you are interested in learning more about Catapult, please contact is also looking to engage girls and young women as advocates of crowdfunding for girls and women, and would welcome your nominations of girls and young women whom they believe would be great at communicating this message.For more information on the Catupult project, click here!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

The Consequences of Unintended Births for Maternal and Child Health in India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 7, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new study, The consequences of unintended births for maternal and child health in India, published in Population Studies: A Journal of Demography, uses data from the Indian National Family Health Survey to look into the relationship between pregnancy intention and maternal and child health outcomes in India.From the abstract:Data from the Indian National Family Health Survey, 2005–06 were used to explore how pregnancy intention at the time of conception influences a variety of maternal and child health and health care outcomes. Results indicate that mistimed children are more likely than wanted children to be delivered without a skilled attendant present (OR = 1.3), to not receive all recommended vaccinations (OR = 1.4), and to die during the neonatal and postneonatal periods (OR = 1.8 and 2.6, respectively). Unwanted children are more likely than wanted children to not receive all recommended vaccinations (OR = 2.2), to be stunted (OR = 1.3), and to die during the neonatal, postneonatal, and early childhood periods (OR = 2.2, 3.6, and 5.9, respectively). Given the high levels of unintended fertility in India (21 per cent of all births), these are striking findings that underscore the importance of investments in family planning.Access the article here.Share this:last_img read more

Network for Good Named Top 100 Impact Companies

first_imgWe’re thrilled to announce that Network for Good has been named one of the Top 100 Impact Companies by Real Leaders.Business As a Force for GoodThe Real Leaders Top 100 Impact Companies is the first-ever listing of companies making a positive impact and growing by doing good. Each company featured embraces a vision of business that proves companies can thrive as a force for good.“We’re honored to be featured on the inaugural list of Real Leaders’ Top 100 Impact Companies,” said Network for Good CEO Bill Strathmann. “Our fundraising software has helped thousands of small nonprofits across the country raise $2.5B so far… and we’re just getting started. We want to unleash generosity on a massive scale and believe in leveling the digital playing field so small nonprofits can better engage consumers with easy-to-use donor management and communications software. What’s our Impact? Generosity Unleashed.” Since 2001, Network for Good has helped over 125,000 nonprofits raise over $2.5 billion in donations. We’d love to work with you to achieve your mission. Ask us how we can help your nonprofit. And the winners are…Real Leaders, Big Path Capital, and B Lab created a list of vanguard businesses dedicated to improving the world. Each company’s “Force for Good” score was determined by reviewing their revenue, growth rate, and B Impact assessment score.“The Real Leaders 100 list is the first ranking of positive impact companies in North America and leverages the engine of capitalism for great profit and great good,” said Michael Whelchel, Managing Partner, Big Path Capital.The 100 winners will be celebrated at a formal event in April at the Momentum (MO) Summit in Asheville, North Carolina.Be a part of the 125,000 nonprofits who have put Network for Good’s vision to work for them. Find out how we can support you today!Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Benzema: I made BBC unit work

first_imgKarim Benzema was often overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as part of Real Madrid’s fearsome ‘BBC’ frontline, but claims to have “made it all work”.The French frontman was acquired by the Blancos in the same summer as a Portuguese superstar arrived in a record-breaking deal.He was a proven goalscorer in his own right and has enjoyed a productive 10-year career at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Benzema was, however, to find himself playing a support role to Ronaldo, with Bale then joining the Real ranks in 2013.A formidable trio helped Madrid to an enviable haul of La Liga and Champions League honours, with all three making important contributions.Benzema saw his value questioned at times, but always worked hard for the collective cause and considers himself to have been the glue which held three ambitious figures together.The 31-year-old told RMC Sport: “You had a rocket (Bale) and a goalscorer (Ronaldo), and then there was me, the piece that made it all work.”Benzema added on the changes he had to make to his game after arriving from Lyon: “Here, the finisher was Cristiano.“I played a different role. I was involved more in the construction of moves and trying to open up spaces. “For me, he was the best goalscorer even if he played on the left. I moved away to open up space and let him score.”Karim Benzema Real Madrid Liverpool UCLBenzema enjoyed plenty of memorable moments himself, despite Ronaldo dominating the headlines, with the deadlock opened in a 2018 Champions League final clash with Liverpool as he made Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius pay for a costly error.“I needed that goal,” he said, as the Blancos ran out 3-1 winners on the night.“It was one of the best feelings I’ve had since I was little.”Benzema also helped Real to European glory in 2017, with arch-rivals Atletico seen off at the semi-final stage thanks in part to one moment of magic from their French forward which saw him evade three defenders on the touchline and help to tee up an effort for Isco.“That’s how I define football,” said Benzema.“If I’m a fan who goes to the stadium, I’m going to see that, because there are always goals, but things like that don’t happen every day. “In a game like that, against a rival like Atletico, for me it’s worth more than a goal. It’s the best thing I’ve done in the Champions League.”last_img read more

Arsenal set unwanted milestone as Watford fightback to earn point

first_imgArsenal could not withstand a second-half barrage at Vicarage Road on Sunday as Watford fought back from two goals down to secure a dramatic point, with the Gunners achieving an unwanted new milestone in the process.In total, Arsenal faced 31 shots against the Hornets, the most they have ever allowed another Premier League side to have against them since Opta began collecting data in the division in 2003. It is also the most shots Watford have had in a Premier League game, with 23 efforts coming in the second half alone.The Gunners looked set for a comfortable afternoon when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double put them ahead in the first half, the opener coming from a 20-pass move, the most passes in a move leading to a goal in the English top-flight so far this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream However, Watford capitalised on some sloppy Arsenal defending at the start of the second period as Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave the ball way inside his own area, allowing Tom Cleverley to score.The Hornets continued to pile on the pressure and had the chance to equalise when David Luiz fouled Roberto Pereyra in the area. Pereyra took the spot-kick himself and sent Bernd Leno the wrong way to drag Watford level. That was the 10th penalty Arsenal have conceded since the start of last season, no side has conceded more, with three of those coming this campaign alone.In a breathless finish, Quique Sanchez Flores’ side could have won it in stoppage-time but Abdoulaye Doucoure could only shoot straight at Leno from inside the area.In the end both sides had to make do with a point, though Unai Emery will rue yet more mistakes from his defence. Since the start of last season, Arsenal’s players have made a combined 14 errors leading to opposition goals in the Premier League, at least two more than any other club in this time.It is the first time Arsenal and Watford have drawn in 22 meetings in all competitions stretching back to December 1984. It is also the first time Arsenal have failed to win a Premier League game in which they were at least two goals ahead since a 3-3 draw against West Ham in April 2016. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Kane: Misfiring Spurs are out of excuses

first_imgHarry Kane admits that Tottenham have already run out of excuses in 2019-20, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side having stumbled out of the blocks in the Premier League and suffered a humbling Carabao Cup exit to Colchester.Having reached last season’s Champions League final and secured another top-four finish, Spurs were expected to kick on again in the current campaign.Pochettino has overseen a period of gradual improvement in north London, with the Argentine opting to stay on for at least another year after conceding that European glory could have seen him walk away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career He has been unable to inspire his troops to make the start they were after, with just eight points taken from a possible 18 in the league while another route to potential silverware has been cut off after being beaten on penalties in cup competition by League Two opposition.Star striker Kane concedes Spurs have not been good enough, telling Sky Sports: “I’d say it’s been disappointing, I don’t think there’s any hiding behind that.”To only win two games out of our first seven is not the standards that we’ve set in previous years.”Obviously the two draws at [Manchester] City and Arsenal are not terrible results, but being 2-0 up at Arsenal and drawing does feel like a terrible result.”We’ve put ourselves in good positions this season, we just haven’t managed to see the game out or find a way to win like we have in previous years.Harry Kane Tottenham 2019-20“It’s a disappointing start, but there are plenty of games to turn that around, starting with the game on Saturday [against Southampton].”[Game management] is something we need to get better at, when we go ahead in games we need to be more confident, to see the game out, whether we drop behind the ball or carry on playing, whatever suits that game.”We’re not inexperienced any more, we’re not young any more, the excuses aren’t there for us anymore. It’s down to us players to take responsibility.”While Spurs have frustrated so far, time is still on their side.Kane believes a title challenge could yet be staged, despite Pochettino’s team already slipping 10 points behind table-topping Liverpool.The England international added: “If this was January or February people would be saying there’s no chance of us winning it.”Obviously it’s not the ideal start, but stranger things have happened. You can never rule yourselves out until it’s done.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sinfully Good Cocktails: Villains Tavern

first_img How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Editors’ Recommendations The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Imagine if a Sherlock Holmes villain, an evil English wizard, and a Wild West American outlaw joined forces to open a bar. They would surely open Villains Tavern, one of LA’s best bars for atmosphere, live music, and your favorite poison. It also set the scene for an episode of “American Horror Story.”Related: LA’s No Vacancy Speakeasy In keeping with its theme, from the outside it’s not exactly a welcoming-looking place. Situated in the Arts District on a street with a miraculous amount of available parking, the tavern looks dark and shut off. But once you get inside, it’s a riot of color and eclectic detail that looks carefully collected by an evil mastermind. A huge gothic mirror takes up one wall, while another wall is covered with colorful bottles, no doubt containing concoctions and ingredients for spells. Chandeliers, a dark stout bar, forlorn, creepy statues, and ruby red walls round out the malevolent motif. It’s on the small side, but there are tables upstairs (get there early to snag one) and an outdoor patio.Villains Tavern is one of the best bars for live music, fostering outlaw-like artists who don’t want the glossy life of a label band. You’ll get to hear the likes of We The Folk, The Vignes Rooftop Revival, Moonlight Graham (the band, not the baseball player), Urban Grass, and The Rayford Brothers. Never heard of these guys? It’s time you did and there’s no better venue: Villains offers up bluesy, dark, soulful, sometimes country-ish music perfect for the decor and even better for getting up to no good. Did we mention there’s never a cover? They may be villains, but they’re not picking your pockets.Since it’s a bar, we should probably talk about their booze. Great beer list (Three Weavers is a must if you like IPAs), but it’s their cocktails that take center stage. Generally named after dark things, like the Poison Apple (vodka, Granny Smith apple juice, citrus, and Aztec chocolate bitters), the Fatal Hour (rye, bitters, and Luxardo cherry), and the absolutely delicious Belladonna: Makers Mark, citrus blackberry bramble and shaved ice, topped with a luscious, bleeding blackberry that soaks the ice. Even the mischievous god Loki gets a cocktail, which is the perfect hot summer night choice: vodka, sage, honey peach syrup, citrus, and soda. The cocktail menu rotates and you should be prepared for a little bit of a wait (nothing egregious) for your drink: they use all homemade syrups and juices. You can order cocktail classics if you like, but their menu is definitely worth branching out for. The prices are pretty standard for LA craft cocktails, about $12-14 per cocktail, but go at happy hour and they’re only $8!The food is certainly criminal as far as your waistline is concerned, but it’s worth it. Good luck picking between the Thick Cut Onion Rings, Deep Fried Mac n’ Cheese Bites (20 to an order), and the nachos: just go ahead order all three. If you want a full on meal, the Angus Beef Chili Cheeseburger shouldn’t be missed, but be prepared for a messy meal. If you love live music, good booze, and indulging your inner-Steampunk villain, you’ve found your haunt.last_img read more

Community scoreboard, Nov. 5

first_img Nov. 1Sr. Monte Carlo — Men: Mark Swenson 188-190-223 601. Women: Connie Stevens 116-193-183 492.At Husted’s Hazel Dell LanesOct. 23Alki-Nuts — Josh Wills 227-300-277 804.Oct. 25Women’s Classic — Cassie Huit 194-214-190 598.Economy — Men: Derek Donohoe 189-191-232 612. Women: Shannon Frantz 187-198-135 518.HD Commercial — Men: Jason Lower 258-237-213 708. Women: Shelby Neves 204-225-236 665.Oct. 26Senior Roller — Men: Jay Vallandingham 190-209-259 658. Women: Karla Aspinwall 186-164-190 540. By The Columbian GO Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: BOWLINGLOCAL LEAGUESAt Allen’s Crosley LanesOct. 26Merry Mixers — Sam Allen 191-225-243 659.At Bailey’s Tiger BowlOct. 30Tuesday Tigerettes — Karla Aspinwall 158-157-170 485.At Big Al’sOct. 2954”40 Mill and Friends — Men: Jonathan Prue 192-190-202 584. Women: Jan Mills 173-135-158 466.Oct. 30Young @ Heart — Men: Mike Ladage 268-163-233 664. Women: Sharon Wannamaker 191-179-201 572.Oct. 31Coors Light Renegades — Men: Chris Boone 186-279-266 731; Women: Ashli Mortensen 157-183-181 521. Oct. 27Saturday Nite Sudsers — Men: Jack Jefferies 234-215-213 662. Women: Kim Heying 184-169-188 541.Oct. 29Cosmopolitan — Chip Fulbright 246-224-257 727.Oct. 30Spotters — Lori Ehmke 141-167-222 530.HONOR SCORESMen300, 277 — Josh Wills, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, Oct. 23299 — Randy Pepper, Hazel Dell Cosmopolitan, Oct. 29290 — Ron Edwards, Hazel Dell Cosmopolitan, Oct. 29280 — Jason Derheim, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, Oct. 23279 — Mike Armstrong, Hazel Dell Cosmopolitan, Oct. 29279, 266 — Chris Boone, Big Al’s Coors Light Renegades, Oct. 31278 — Scott Dees, Hazel Dell Cosmopolitan, Oct. 29270 — Michael Paulson, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, Oct. 23269 — DJ Jones, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, Oct. 23268 — Dave Creek, Hazel Dell Alki-Nuts, Oct. 23268 — Matt Eichler, Hazel Dell Cosmopolitan, Oct. 29268 — Mike Ladage, Big Al’s Young@Heart, Oct. 30Women267 — AJ Schock, Hazel Dell HD Commerical, Oct. 25234 — Lori Harken, Hazel Dell HD Commerical, Oct. 25233 — Bonnie Duback, Hazel Dell Women’s Classic, Oct. 25 Published: November 5, 2018, 6:27pm Share: Community scoreboard, Nov. 5 By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

ARC’s Memo Manager Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. – August 22, 2017 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of ARC Memo Manager. Developed in 2007, and starting with just over 140 debit memos from one airline, Memo Manager has grown to become the go-to memo management tool for approximately 175 carriers and nearly 7,000 travel agencies. The product processed more than 500,000 debit memos in 2016. ARC’s Memo Manager opened the door for the concept of online resolution and payment of debit memos through electronic communication, memo actioning, and automated memo processing between airlines and travel agencies. Enabling real-time correspondence between carriers, travel agents and system providers drastically reduced memo processing time and costs industrywide. The need to manually enter data into ARC’s system has been virtually eliminated by the tool, resulting in faster debit memo resolution for all parties and a more productive industry as a whole “Protravel has developed an all-inclusive solution to streamline debit memo receipt, dispute and payment for our independent travel agents leveraging data from ARC’s Memo Manager. What used to be an all-day manual process, now takes less than two hours, with little manual intervention needed,” said Protravel International Business Process Manager, Carlyn Andre. “The increased transparency into our debit memo trends allows us to pinpoint and resolve issues quicker. We have seen faster submission of disputes to carriers and faster resolution of memos overall.” Sarah Sager, ARC’s Memo Manager product manager, commented, “By working together, we have continued to devise common solutions that benefit the industry as a whole. By improving transparency into an industry pain point, ARC is striving to continually reduce debit memos and deliver proven solutions to our partners that not only advance, but also unify, the industry to make the work we do better every day.” Out of its success, ARC designed its well-known Debit Memo Working Group (DMWG), which now consists of 94 carriers, agencies, GDS representatives, and additional industry stakeholders. The DMWG successfully continues the work Memo Manager first set out to do: improve the efficiency of the debit memo process and reduce the volume of invalid memos. Additional information about Memo Manager is available online.  About ARCThe Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with leading business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and financial management tools and high-quality data. In 2016, ARC settled $86 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions for nearly 7,000 travel agencies with more than 12,000 points of sale. Established in 1984, ARC is an ISO 27001 certified company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit and read more

Embassy Suites by Hilton Debuts in College Station, TX

first_imgOctober 3, 2017 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas and MCLEAN, Va. – Embassy Suites by Hilton, a global brand of upscale, all-suite hotels from Hilton (NYSE: HLT), announced today the opening of a newly-built hotel in College Station, TX. Embassy Suites by Hilton prides itself on providing guests an approachable and stress-free experience at each of its spacious, all-suites hotel properties. Embassy Suites by Hilton College Station offers a central location to Texas A&M University, the ideal home base for travelers in town for the big game or an official college visit. Kyle Field and the George Bush Presidential Library are just miles from the hotel and visitors can explore the nightlife scene at the Northgate Bar District. Nearby attractions include Bio Corridor, Veterans Park and Athletic Complex, Grand Station Entertainment, Santa’s Wonderland, Museum of the American G.I. and Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley. Owned by Mac Haik Enterprises and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality, the property welcomes guests to enjoy its two-room suites where travelers can spread out, enjoy a free, cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary drinks and snacks each night. With 162 contemporary, spacious suites and more than 4,500 square feet of meeting and banquet space, Embassy Suites by Hilton College Station provides customer service that always anticipates travelers’ needs and delivers what matters most. “Embassy Suites by Hilton College Station is a great addition to our portfolio, bringing leisure and business travelers the amenities and space they love to their favorite college town,” said Alan Roberts, global head, Embassy Suites by Hilton. “With its ideal location, guests can explore all that the city has to offer.” The property also boasts amenities such as a fitness center, an indoor, heated pool, as well as The Saber Bar and Grill. The restaurant is known for its signature pizzas baked in a brick-style oven, hand cut Chairman Reserve Steaks and chef-inspired sorbet. The Saber Bar and Grill serves lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 – 11 p.m. “We are excited for guests to experience all that College Station has to offer,” said Mechelle Milliorn, general manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton College Station. “Whether it’s the big game or a business trip, guests can enjoy our free, made-to-order breakfast as the perfect start to every day.” Embassy Suites by Hilton College Station participates in the Hilton Honors® loyalty program, which is open to all guests and free to join – visit here for enrollment information. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app, where Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. In celebration of the recent opening, the property is offering 1,000 Bonus Honors points per night from October 11, 2017 – February 28, 2018. Embassy Suites by Hilton College Station is located at 201 University Drive East, College Station, Texas, 77840. For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call +1 808 674 8222.last_img read more

Smart Travel Group Promotes Three Team Members in Marketing, Supplier Relations and Sales

first_imgAmber Blecker Joins Smart Travel Group as Manager of Sales & Product Strategies, Kameish Stanley Named VP of Marketing for Smart Travel Group, Lisa Baron Promoted to VP of Supplier Relations for OASIS Travel Network  Boca Raton, FL (March 19, 2018) – Just in time for International Women’s Month, Smart Travel Group that was started by CEO Lee Smolinski, today announced the promotion of several team members, establishing one of the travel industry’s most powerful female leadership teams. Effective immediately, Amber Blecker has been named manager of sales and product strategies for Smart Travel Group, Kameish Stanley has been named vice president of marketing for Smart Travel Group, and Lisa Baron has been named vice president of supplier relations for OASIS Travel Network, the company’s independent contractor division. A seasoned travel industry veteran with 16 years of experience selling and marketing cruise and land vacations, Amber Blecker will manage all aspects of Smart Travel Group’s sales and product strategies. Most recently, she was in the same position for – the company’s internet cruise division. Blecker has been listed in Travel Agent Magazine‘s Top 25 Travel Agent List and in USA Today’s CruiseLog Top 10 Cruise Specialist List. She also founded, a site devoted to help solo cruisers find reduced single supplement sailing. Stanley  – who previously served as senior director of marketing for – joins the Smart Travel Group team in a similar capacity, where she will oversee marketing, ecommerce initiatives and supplier relations. Her previous experience includes product development and operational management positions at Online Vacation Center in Fort Lauderdale. Stanley holds a degree in marketing and international business from Florida International University. Baron will take on additional responsibility, overseeing all supplier relations and distribution of supplier promotions and information along with management of OTN members websites, emarketing, and client reach-out. In her new role, she will also work closely with Signature Travel Network and liaise with OASIS Travel Network’s valued cruise and land supplier partners. Prior to joining OASIS Travel Network, Baron headed International Conferences, a division of cruise planners that provided accredited continuing education conferences onboard cruise ships for doctors and attorneys. Before that position, she worked on the supplier side of the fence for most of her career, most recently with Norwegian Cruise Line as the manager of the Hawaii desk. “Amber, Kameish and Lisa are three very talented travel industry sales and marketing professionals and we are thrilled to recognize them for their efforts now, during International Women’s Month,” said Lee Smolinski, CEO of Smart Travel Group. “Our team continues to excel and with these three strong female leaders as part of our management team, we are excited about what is to come.” For more information on Smart Travel Group, please  About OASIS Travel NetworkOASIS Travel Network is the independent contractor division of Smart Travel Group, a full-service retail travel agency. The host agency encompasses more than 70 full-time employees and 700+ independent contractors across the country who sell cruises, escorted tours, land packages, air and more. A proud member of the Signature Travel Network, OASIS Travel Network has become a leading agency in the State of Florida and a major seller of cruises in the United States. To provide agents with a plan that works for their personal goal in the industry, OASIS Travel Network offers three different plans for agents to pick from including a basic, elite and platinum plan. New2Travel, the agency’s program for “New Sellers of Travel” is a hand-picked curriculum that the host agency created to prepare new independent travel professionals, which includes an in-person three-day boot camp training. OASIS Travel Network also offers its agents various technologies and marketing solutions free or at very reasonable cost to help agents grow their business. For more information on OASIS Travel Network, visit read more