MNF will withdraw support to NDA over Citizenship Bill if situation arises: Zoramthanga

first_imgMizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said on Thursday that the ruling Mizo National Front would not hesitate to snap ties with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not revoked. Addressing MNF workers at Aibawk village near here, Mr. Zoramthanga said that the party and his government had been making all-out efforts to ensure the defeat of the bill.“The ruling party would withdraw its support to the NDA if situation arises,” he said. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian nationality to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and entered India before December 31, 2014.“The state cabinet adopted a resolution opposing the proposed legislation and I have met both the prime minister and the Union Home minister to inform them about our opposition to the legislation,” the MNF chief said. The party would be at the forefront of the movement against the proposed bill, Mr. Zoramthanga asserted.“The bill should not be enacted as it does not value the historic Mizo accord signed between India and the erstwhile underground MNF in 1986,” he added. The Mizo National Front was formed in 1950s to protest against the inaction of the central government towards the famine situation in the Mizo areas of Assam. Following years of underground activities, it signed the Mizoram Accord with the Union government in 1986, renouncing violence. The party cruised to an absolute majority last year, winning 26 of the 40 seats in the Mizoram Assembly.last_img read more

MSC Bank loan scam: police file FIR against directors

first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police on Monday registered a first information report (FIR) against directors of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank for allegedly disbursing fraudulent loans leading to losses to the tune of crores of rupees. While no one has been named in the FIR yet, the bank’s directors, at the time of the alleged offence, include senior Nationalist Congress Party leaders like Ajit Pawar, Vijaysinh Mohite Patil and Anand Adsul.Joint Commissioner of Police (EOW) Rajvardhan Sinha confirmed that the FIR was registered on Monday. The Bombay High Court (HC), which is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) regarding the case, had last week directed the EOW to register an FIR in the matter within five days. “We have only mentioned directors of the bank as the accused in the FIR for now, and further action will be based on investigations,” Mr. Sinha said. The FIR has been registered under the relevant sections for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code.The HC issued the directive on a PIL filed by activist Surinder Mohan Arora, who alleged lack of police action on his complaint regarding the fraud.The PIL was filed on the basis of a National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development inspection report in 2011, which indicated widespread malpractices while granting loans amounting to crores of rupees by the bank to various cooperative sugar factories. The report indicates that the losses caused to the MSC Bank were to the tune of ₹2,061 crore.The HC Bench had last week observed that the report indicates bank records were forged and profits were fraudulently declared, and that non performing asset accounts were kept hidden while sanctioning illegal loans.last_img read more

Sacramento Kings confirm appointment of Luke Walton

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue 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 MOST READ The Kings and Walton started talks on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the coach’s exit from the Lakers.“I have known Luke for many years and I am so excited to welcome him and his family to the Sacramento Kings,” said Kings General Manager Vlade Divac in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I look forward to his leadership on the court as we work to build a winning culture for many years to come.”Terms of Walton’s contract with the Kings were not revealed. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 39-year-old coach joins Sacramento after a disappointing end to his tenure with the Lakers, which saw them fail to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season despite the arrival last year of superstar LeBron James.Walton arrives in Sacramento after three years with the Lakers which saw the NBA giants improve year-on-year.However, his position with the iconic franchise had been the subject of intense speculation for several months as the team faded from playoff contention.Prior to his stint with the Lakers, Walton had been an assistant to Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr from 2014 to 2016. He led the Warriors to a 39-4 start in the 2015-2016 season when Kerr was sidelined with a back problem.ADVERTISEMENT Tiger Woods’ win could have golf industry roaring back LATEST STORIES FILE – In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gestures to players during the second half against of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, in Chicago. The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Walton as their coach just days after he parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The Kings announced Monday, April 15, 2019, that Walton will replace Dave Joerger.(AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo, File)Luke Walton was confirmed as the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings on Monday, marking a swift return to the NBA just days after parting company with the Los Angeles Lakers.Walton, whose departure from the Lakers was announced on Friday, was rapidly identified by Sacramento as their preferred successor to Dave Joerger, who was fired last Thursday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Education to be accessible to all, says Union minister Prakash Javadekar

first_imgIn order to upgrade the education sector and make it competitive and intellectually sound, Prakash Javadekar, Union minister of human resource development stressed on the need to make education accessible to all, and announced that the government is working in that direction.This issue was discussed at the ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) National Education Summit and Edu-shine Excellence Awards 2019, with the topic ‘Making India Global Powerhouse: Catalysing Reforms and Innovations. The event took place on February 21, in Delhi.Speaking at the ASSOCHAM event through video conferencing, Javadekar said that students need exposure across all spectrums of education.”Introduction of affordable education, of over 1.3 million teachers, and improved schooling are some of the aspects that we have implemented across the country. We have studied and worked towards bringing a holistic approach to the Indian education system where handling of students at lower levels, ensuring pre and post matrix scholarships and increased exposure to research has been given priority.”Javadekar also said, “The transformation that has happened in the past four years has resulted in maximum enrolment and reduced drop outs. We have introduced a system that makes teachers accountable in terms of the outcomes of examinations and facilitating options for students in the events of failures.” Javadekar added that education should be holistic in nature.”There is a need to change the way education is perceived. We have included sports, life skills and values in the education system that would improve students in their personal lives. We have also started constructing technological labs, for schools and research, and sanctioned Rs 33,000 crore for additional academic infrastructure,” Javadekar said.advertisementHe further said, “This way we will ensure quality at all levels and improve research and innovation. We have started social research, joint cooperation between foreign universities, and a Gyan-digital library with 18 million books where anyone can be a member free of cost.”Pranab Mukherjee, former President of India, Suresh Prabhu, minister of commerce and industry, Uday Kumar Varma, ASSOCHAM secretary general, and other dignitaries were also present.Pranab Mukherjee said, “India boasts an ancient education system which now needs to excel at global level. India’s demographic dividend has the potential to add significantly to its GDP.”Suresh Prabhu stated that, “The purpose of education should be uniform in order to expose new areas of education to improve employability.”In his remarks Varma said, “We have the third largest education system in the world, which claims to have a turnover of 90 billion US dollars and is likely to cross 100 billion by 2020. With 44 central universities, 90 private, and 903 state universities including technical ones, the growth has been satisfactory. Now the focus should be on rural transformation through education and the skilling architecture.””We have highlands of excellence but there is vast mediocrity. We can be on par with foreign varsities with flexibility and transparency in our education sector”, Varma added.Also Read | People angry but no threat to Kashmiri students, assures Prakash JavadekarAlso Watch | Not rewritten a single history chapter in 4 years, says Javadekarlast_img read more

Oklahoma State Plays the Longest College Football Games in the Country

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Do you ever watch an OSU game and think, “This is taking forever?”There’s a reason for that. College football games are at an all-time high in terms of length and Oklahoma State games take the longest. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote a very interesting piece on that phenomenon and its contributing factors.Oklahoma State ranked first (or last, depending on how you look at it) in average game length at 3:57. He did qualify the two back-to-back weather delays against Pitt and Baylor. If you remove those, the Cowboys are still ninth on his list.“An average Oklahoma State game lasts three minutes short of that four-hour mark. The Wall Street Journal in September reported it was possible to fly from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in less time than it took to play a college football game.”He brings a very interesting point that “fast-paced” offenses actually tend to drag the overall length of the game out. It makes senses. With each first down, each incomplete pass, each score, each change of possession you’re stopping the clock.Another reason given is the steady increase in the use of official reviews.“A record 727 games last season included at least one review stoppage. Through nine weeks, that record was on pace to be shattered — 765 games before the bowls even kick off.”Big 12 commissioner and chairman of the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee offered a possible solution.“If we decided we weren’t going to kick off anymore or only kickoff in certain situations, you save a fair amount of time then,” said Bowlsby, also the Big 12 commissioner. “That’s exactly why we put the oversight committee together — to take a holistic look at it. It’s going to continue to be on our agenda.”Whether such drastic changes are made or not, it does not appear that game length has negatively affected TV ratings. Although this weekend’s game against Texas Tech which could legitimately last five hours might challenge that.What about you? How do you feel about committing half of your Saturday to watch a football game? Let us know how you feel in the comment section.last_img read more

Five Things You Should Know About TCU

first_imgAfter experiencing the definition of the Frogs being “gigged” in Stillwater last October to the tune of 49-29, the Horned Frogs will vie for revenge this week after thumping Baylor two weeks ago in Waco.1. Stillwater SouthIt may feel like Stillwater South this weekend with former Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh (2012-15) joining co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham (alum who coached on Gundy’s first staff from 2005-12), defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow (played at OSU from 1991-93, coached as a GA after as well) and running backs coach Curtis Luper (played in Stillwater from 84’ to 87’ before transferring, coached Kendall Hunter and Keith Toston as running backs coach from 2005-08.A couple of things here: how in the world is it legal for J.W. Walsh AKA the General allowed to drive down I-35 with his playbooks walking into Frog Camp looking for a job?If Coach Bro can delay Baker from playing in Norman for a year we’ve gotta look into something about this. TCU coach Gary Patterson mentioned that “all of OSU’s signals will be changed because of J-Dub” but competitively this just feels funny.Also, while offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is becoming more culturally acceptable, how much does Coach Gundy kick himself for not hiring Meacham internally?Letting him walk to Houston is one of those “what ifs” for Cowboy fans. The guy almost won the top assistant in the country award in 2014 and he just looks like he doesn’t care at all with those Ray Bans.He looks like the offensive coordinator version of Matthew McConaughey. 2. Justice Hill could become/is our Kyle HicksTCU coach Gary Patterson was quoted this week talking about junior running back Kyle Hicks saying “I think he’s our best player… He lines up in empty, he can be a wide receiver, he motions out, and he understands everything. He’s a great jump cut guy and he’s got natural speed.”Hicks torched Baylor for five touchdowns (only one behind LT’s record!) on 26 carries for 192 yards (7.4 yards per carry). Hill? He’s done nothing but average 100 yards per game in conference play and revitalize a dead heart of a rushing attack.Justice Hill (@jhill21_) became the first #OKState freshman to run for 100+ yards in back to back games vs top 25 teams — 135 yards, TD. pic.twitter.com/wYKLlIq9x2— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 2, 2016Coach Yurcich raves about Hill’s ability to “make you miss” and how effective that makes him. It’s hard not compare them, Hicks came in at 5’10”, 195 and Hill came in at 5’9” and 170 and if you looked at the B12 rushing totals right now? Justice Hill and Kyle Hicks both have 789 yards (Hicks has one less game but still). They both have four 100-yard games on the season.When Hicks is ripping off 6.8 yards per carry at times, just take a deep breath and get excited about what we have in No. 27.3. How the Cowboys FinishTCU is one of the best four-loss teams out there, three out of four of their losses are by 12 points total. With that being said, “you are what your record says you are” and the Pokes are 8-2, doing the things it takes to win close ball games.Good teams do things like turn over Bill Snyder-coached teams in the end zone, truck defenders and kneel on Kingsbury’s Raiders to run out the time and ride a future NFL quarterback to pick apart a previously unsolved Mountaineer defense.”Mama, here comes @chriscarson29, and ain’t nothin I can do about it.” pic.twitter.com/nb42xYGHJF— Recovering OSUaholic (@RobertW_OkSt) November 13, 2016That’s nothing against the Frogs who have dealt with a ton of injuries this season, have a smothering pass rush, a top-15 coach worth every penny of the four million he gets paid, and likely lead the league in playmakers per capita with Hicks, receivers Desmon White and KaVontae Turpin.But close out Tech and Arkansas at home and this is a ranked matchup not being played at 11 a.m. in November.4. Mason and Company vs A Gary Patterson DefenseLet’s pan over to Mason and James Washington when they see who’s next on the schedule and remember what they did last year: Now, TCU has a ferocious pass rush (Josh Carraway with 6.5 sacks and fellow end Mat Boesen are top five in the conference) and some solid ballhawks but every coach to play the Pokes lately reflects on how tall of a task this passing offense is.Washington is averaging 20.21 yards per catch (!), Percy McCleskey has 720 yards and seven scores and then you’re getting into the best third, fourth and fifth receivers around. TCU’s five defensive backs on the field will get plenty of work this Saturday.5. All the FoodsIf you’re going to the game in Fort Worth this weekend (and aren’t a DFW native), please eat at a few places for me: anything “extra trashy” at Torchy’s Tacos, a burger at Kincaid’s or Dutch’s, and kick back at the Rodeo Goat downtown. I hear Joe T. Garcia’s is incredible for a nice Mexican dinner as well. And if you head over to Dallas, hit up Pecan Lodge. Just make sure and bring a wheelbarrow for someone to roll you back to your car.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Spring Retrospective: Jarwin, Veatch to be Missed at Cowboy Back

first_imgCW1 (Blocking)Sione FinefeuiakiJr. CW1 (Receiving)Keenen BrownR-Jr. Keenan Brown and Britton Abbott are fine players, but they are not and will not be what Zac Veatch and Blake Jarwin were in 2016. Let’s continue with a look back at spring practice with a dive into what we saw from the cowboy backs.SummaryOnly a few weeks before National Signing Day, coach Mike Gundy said he was still looking for another cowboy back to come in and fill the blocking role Veatch left.Gundy got him in Sione Finefeuiaki, but he won’t be on the field until the fall. The way Gundy talked about him made it seem as if he would change the outlook of the position. That’s good because the group seems like it is one name away from having a chance to have a meaningful impact on the field.“We’ve chewed on them pretty good, they have big shoes to fill,” Gundy said. “We couldn’t have won 11 (LOL) games last year without Veatch and Jarwin. We don’t have a lot of experience at that position. We’ve got guys here that have skill and need to develop.”The effort was there all spring. Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo had his guys out at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center before any other position group. They even beat the reporters. McEndoo stood across from his group with a laminated piece of paper and shouted blocking calls that the cowboy backs walked through.It seemed monotonous, but it must have been working to some degree.“They’re dedicated, and they’re working hard,” Gundy said. “They understand the importance of that position in our offense. I would say that’s why they’re out here (early).”In the spring game, cowboy backs combined for a pair of completions for 30 yards. Still, if Gundy feels like he isn’t getting enough bang for his buck, he shouldn’t have a problem going to four or five receivers, which is something he has said will be used more in 2017.Camp StarOn a fourth and three at one point last season, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich drew up a play for a walk-on.Britton Abbott flooded to the flat and was open but dropped Mason Rudolph’s pass. Turnover on downs.In the spring, it was a turnover of leaf for Abbott.“Britton Abbott’s twice the player he was at this time last year,” Gundy said.Abbott is a blocking-first, Veatch-esque cowboy back who is part of a family of athletes. His brothers play football at Tulsa, and his dad spent time in the NFL with the New York Giants. Abbott hasn’t been a game-changer by any means for the Cowboys through his first two seasons in the program.At a position with less skill than normal, that is likely to change.Projected Two Deep CW2 (Receiving)Tyler FergusonR-Jr. SpotPlayerClass CW2 (Blocking)Britton AbbottR-Jr. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Victor Salako Invited to Philadelphia Eagles Rookie Minicamp

first_imgOffensive lineman Victor Salako was not selected in the NFL draft and did not sign an undrafted free agent deal like several other departing Cowboys, however he’s still getting a shot at the next level.According to SB Nation, Salako is one of 20 players who is being brought in on a rookie minicamp tryout with the Philadelphia Eagles, which began on Friday. Salako joins Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans and Tulsa wide receiver Keevan Lucas among local products getting a shot with the franchise.Salako joined the football program in 2015 after the UAB football program dissolved and was an immediate plug-and-play left tackle for OSU, proving to be one of the more durable and reliable big men on the offensive front that produced 2,550 yards on the ground and helped freshman running back Justice Hill earn All-American status in the 2016 season.The Eagles signed just one undrafted free agent offensive lineman, center Tyler Orlosky, and did not draft an offensive linemen in the NFL draft. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: It’s Never Too Early for an OSU Football Hype Video

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’re closing in on two months before college football starts. You know what that means. We all still have time to grow out our mullets before the season opener.And with Mason Rudolph and all of his weapons returning, we’re chock full of grandiose expectations and as excited for fall as ever.But if you want to add a little more hype to your weekend (who wouldn’t?) take a gander at this clip. It’s sure to whet your appetite for college football.last_img read more

Throwback Thursday: Mike Gundy’s 50th Victory Almost Didn’t Happen

first_imgIn honor of Mike Gundy’s 50th birthday last weekend, it only seemed right to look back at his 50th win as the head coach of Oklahoma State. Luckily, it just so happened to be one of the craziest games OSU has ever played. Not because of the score, but because it almost never kicked off.For those who don’t remember, on September 17th, 2011, OSU was in Tulsa set to kick-off against the Golden Hurricanes in the third week of the season. The game had been scheduled to start at 9:10 p.m. (because T.V.) but due to a storm system that rolled into town, didn’t officially kick off until 12:16 a.m. Central time on September 18, 2011.Had the game suffered one more lightning delay, it would have been canceled.AdChoices广告Instead, fans who didn’t have a ticket were allowed to enter the rain soaked Tulsa stadium for free and enjoy some late night early morning football.As to be expected after a three-hour delay, the Cowboys came out a little sluggish. On the opening drive, Brandon Weeden threw an interception that the Golden Hurricanes turned into three points. That seemed to jolt the Cowboys awake. Justin Gilbert returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown and OSU never looked back.OSU led 31-6 at halftime, and 45-6 midway through the third quarter before Tulsa ripped off three touchdowns on their next three possessions. It didn’t help Tulsa any that they lost their starting quarterback to injury in the first quarter.When the game officially ended, the score was 59-33 and the clock read 3:35 a.m.“When we won the game, everybody’s obviously very excited about the game but everybody’s just walking around like zombies,” Weeden said. “Everybody’s pretty fatigued.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Notes from the game:• Justin Blackmon’s NCAA record run of 14 triple-digit receiving yard games ended this night. He totaled 57 yards and a touchdown.• The NCAA doesn’t keep records for latest start or finish times, but this one had to have been in the top 3.• On a sad note, this was the game then defensive line coach Glenn Spencer lost his wife Angela. He had to rush back to Stillwater and missed the game.• Fun fact! This year’s season opener is the final game of a three game deal that included the 2011 game in Tulsa and the 2010 game in Stillwater. This year’s game was supposed to have been played a few years ago, but was rescheduled for either the Mississippi State game or the Florida State game. I can’t remember which.• Just hours after this game was over Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they were leaving the now defunct Big East football conference for the ACC. Speaking of Pitt, we play them Week 3 this season!• The kickoff attendance of the game was an estimated to be 18,000 to 20,000. Can you imagine waiting three hours at TU’s stadium until after midnight to watch a college football game?• If Oklahoma State beats Tulsa this year, the six-game win streak will be the largest for either team in the series.last_img read more

Agent: ‘Huge interest’ in Milinkovic-Savic

first_imgTransfers Huge interest in Man Utd and Madrid target Milinkovic-Savic, says agent Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:46 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MilinkovicSavic-cropped Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Real Madrid Lazio Serie A Clubs from Italy, England, Spain and France are interested in the Lazio midfielder, according to his agent Agent Mateja Kezman revealed there is “huge” interest in Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from “great” clubs in Italy, England, Spain and France.La Liga and Champions League titleholders Real Madrid and Premier League giants Manchester United have been linked with moves for midfielder Milinkovic-Savic, while Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested as well.Clubs have already been warned that bids in the region of €70 million will not be enough to tempt Lazio into selling the 22-year-old Serbia international, who scored twice in Sunday’s 3-0 victory at Sassuolo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Providing an update on his client, Kezman told Tuttomercatoweb: “There’s huge interest in him from great clubs in Italy, England, Spain and France.”I don’t want to talk about numbers, but I’m sure Sergei has it in him to be the best player in Europe in the next few years.”Still, we’ll talk about transfers at the end of the season. Lazio, for now, are playing great football and having an important season. We’re all focused on this.”Milinkovic-Savic has flourished this season, scoring nine Serie A goals and 11 across all competitions for Lazio.last_img read more

Pique’s group Kosmos set to revamp Davis Cup

first_imgPiqué Barcelona and Spain star Pique’s group Kosmos to invest €3 billion and set to revolutionise Davis Cup Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 19:11 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Gerard Pique Getty Barcelona Primera División The defender’s investment group has teamed up with the International Tennis Federation in a lucrative new 25-year partnership Barcelona ace Gerard Pique’s group Kosmos has teamed up with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) to revamp the Davis Cup with the introduction of an annual World Cup of Tennis Finals from 2019.There have long since been calls for a Davis Cup shake-up and the ITF board of directors have endorsed a 25-year $3billion partnership with Pique’s investment group Kosmos for that to come to fruition, subject to approval at the governing body’s annual general meeting in August.Spain defender Pique, 31, founder and president of Kosmos. last year emerged as an unlikely key figure in proposals to introduce the new competition amid concerns over the absence of high-profile players from Davis Cup contests. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal backed Pique’s plans and the ITF on Monday revealed that 18 nations are set to compete in a one-week tournament staged at a world-class location in November, with the winner crowned Davis Cup champions.If the proposals are passed, the event would be staged in the same week that the Davis Cup final is currently held, with a round-robin format followed by knockout stages and ties consisting of two singles and one doubles match.There will be no change to the format of zone group competition.Pique said: “Kosmos is thrilled to join in this exciting partnership with the ITF. Together we can elevate Davis Cup by BNP Paribas to new heights by putting on a must-see World Cup of Tennis Finals featuring the top nations and top players.teamsdaysworld-class venueThere are some big changes proposed by @ITF_Tennis and Kosmos for #DavisCup!Full storyhttps://t.co/NKbCxmYHg5 pic.twitter.com/ApthQl6oMP— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) February 26, 2018″Kosmos will also invest $3billion over 25 years into tennis that will help develop the game worldwide.”ITF president David Haggerty said: “This is a complete game-changer for the ITF and for tennis. Our board has supported a bold and ambitious plan for the future of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, one of the sport’s most cherished and important events and a key cornerstone in our ITF2024 strategy.”Our vision is to create a major season-ending finale that will be a festival of tennis and entertainment, featuring the world’s greatest players representing their nations to decide the Davis Cup champions.”This new partnership will not only create a true World Cup of Tennis, but will also unlock record levels of new investment for future generations of tennis players and fans around the world.”last_img read more

Busquets: Barca ready for tough Atleti clash

first_imgBarcelona Busquets: Barcelona ready for tough Atletico clash Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 11:39 2/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) SergioBusquets-cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Las Palmas Las Palmas v Barcelona The midfielder lamented two dropped points against lowly Las Palmas as he looked ahead to Sunday’s visit from Diego Simeone’s men Sergio Busquets said Atletico Madrid will be a tougher battle as the Barcelona midfielder quickly turned his attention to the top-of-the-table clash following Thursday’s shock draw at Las Palmas.La Liga leaders Barca dropped points against relegation-threatened Las Palmas, who earned a 1-1 draw after Jonathan Calleri’s penalty cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 21st-minute opener.Las Palmas were gifted the opportunity to equalise following the break when referee Antonio Mateu pointed to the spot, with Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde lamenting the “invisible penalty” post-match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The result saw Barca’s lead over second-placed Atletico left at five points and Busquets said: “We’ve dropped two points [against Las Palmas] in an important moment.”But we knew that it was a difficult ground to come to, even though they’re in the bottom three. “Sunday’s game against Atletico will be the tougher battle.”We are in a privileged position in La Liga and we’re going to try and keep it that way with a win this weekend.”On the penalty incident in the 48th minute, Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta added: “I didn’t see the penalty, but the referee referred to possible hands.”It is a contrary situation, as the [Las Palmas] goalkeeper’s handball outside the area before half-time was very clear, but we can’t change the result now.  “We leave with a bittersweet sensation, because we’ve let two points go. We lacked that final pass in the final third and we weren’t able to build a bigger lead when we got ahead.” Undefeated Barca welcome Atletico to Camp Nou on Sunday.last_img read more

Seaman: Arsenal so far away from top teams

first_imgArsenal Arsenal have slipped ‘so far away’ from top teams, warns Seaman Dejan Kalinic 16:01 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League Gunners greats, including Sol Campbell, understand why the Premier League club’s fans are so frustrated at an alarming slump under Arsene Wenger David Seaman understands the frustration of Arsenal fans and believes displays like the 3-0 Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City demonstrate that his former club are “so far away” from the level of their rivals.Arsene Wenger is under increasing pressure at the Emirates Stadium, with his team’s chances of finishing in the Premier League’s top four appearing remote.However, the Gunners are in the last 16 of the Europa League – where a tie against AC Milan awaits – and success in that competition would secure a place in next season’s Champions League. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Wenger’s side were beaten 3-0 by City in the Carabao Cup final and then lost to Pep Guardiola’s team by the same scoreline in the Premier League.Seaman said the performance at Wembley was an indication his former club are well behind the best.He told Omnisport at the London Football Awards: “I know where people who are criticising Arsene are coming from.”It’s so frustrating, especially when you see, I was at the cup final, when you see that, it just makes us look so far away from the top teams now.”OK, we don’t always play that bad but it was just disappointing the way we didn’t turn up for a massive game.”Sol Campbell, another Arsenal great, believes the frustration has built up at a club which last won the league title when he was still playing in 2004.”Some of the results have been disappointing this season and I think it’s just a compounding of the years [of disappointment],” he told Omnisport.”It’s always nice to win an FA Cup and things like that, it’s great. I think it’s just frustration.”I don’t think it was actually the League Cup [final performance], I think it was just a combination of year after year [of] not challenging for the Premier League.”I think it’s just frustration through that really.”last_img read more

‘Lukaku knew he’d dominate Lovren’ – Mourinho

first_imgManchester United Lukaku was confident he could dominate Lovren, says Mourinho Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 01:57 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Liverpool Liverpool José Mourinho Marcus Rashford The Belgium international gave Liverpool’s defence a torrid time at Old Trafford, earning the praise of his manager despite failing to find the net Jose Mourinho admitted he was delighted to see Romelu Lukaku give Dejan Lovren a nightmare 90 minutes in Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool. Lovren and fellow Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold endured an afternoon to forget as they were continually outmuscled by the Belgian in a 2-1 reverse.And while Lukaku did not find the net Mourinho was pleased to see him making an impact, while insisting that he did not go out to target Lovren. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “We gave options to the players. I am not the kind of mechanic coach that says A pass to B, B to C, C to D. We have different options,” the manager explained to reporters.”We have also the possibility of the long ball to [Scott] McTominay and to play against [Andrew] Robertson in the air. Lukaku was confident from experience that he could be dominant towards Lovren.”Marcus Rashford was also on form for United, ending a 10-game run without scoring with a double.They were United’s only two shots on target in the entire match and Mourinho believes Rashford’s brace – which came in front of England manager Gareth Southgate – will be a huge boost to his self-belief.”He scored two goals in a big match against a top-class opponent,” Mourinho told a post-match news conference after United moved five points clear of Liverpool.”The good thing was he scored from the first chance he had, because the last few months that was not happening with him and he was feeling that a little bit in terms of his confidence.”But today a big game, probably unexpectedly, we trusted him, we felt the game could be adapted to his quality. He is improving a lot in training and sometimes that’s the point.”You are not in the training ground, you don’t see what’s going on, the self-confidence, the moods, and the feeling with him was that he was improving in the last few weeks.”What a result! Stadium was rocking #MUFC pic.twitter.com/0GhxEzALgh — Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) March 10, 2018 Rashford was replaced by Marouane Fellaini in the 70th minute as Mourinho added an extra body to the midfield, prompting boos from a large number of supporters.The manager was not worried about that response, but was unhappy with the jeers for Scott McTominay after he passed the ball backwards during a second-half counter-attack.Mourinho said: “The fans can do what they want. I am not upset at all with that reaction, I am upset with a reaction they had to Scott McTominay. A kid of 20 years old was making all the right decisions and they want him to make the wrong decisions.”So, when the kid decides to break the intensity of the game, not to lose, keep possession, play a back pass and give a solution to keep the ball in the opponent’s half. It was a wonderful solution that many, many top players with experience don’t do it.”The kid did it and the fans reacted against the kid, that for me was the bad one.”68′ – Here comes our first change of the afternoon! @MarcusRashford rightly receives a standing ovation as he makes way for @Fellaini , who is on for his 150th appearance for #MUFC . #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/5DxLIYJblj — Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 10, 2018 Nevertheless, the United boss was overjoyed with the final result, though he admitted the display could have been better.”Perfect result yes,” Mourinho said. “Three points is very important. I wouldn’t go so far as saying it was a perfect performance.”In the first half the game gave us the opportunity to be direct, fast and score goals, more than we did. A third goal from [Juan] Mata would’ve been fantastic.”last_img read more

Where to watch all UK TV football this week

first_imgPremier League Live football on TV: UK match schedule this week, online streams & free to air websites Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:20 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Getty/Goal composite Premier League UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League FA Cup Primera División Bundesliga Serie A Ligue 1 If you are planning to take in some live football on television this week, Goal has a comprehensive guide to what’s on Trying to figure out what football is being shown live on TV this week? Look no further!There is plenty of action taking place across the globe, not least in Europe’s top leagues, with some interesting match-ups that are bound to get you excited.Four Champions League last-16 ties will be decided, with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Man City and Juventus in action, while Arsenal continue their Europa League campaign against AC Milan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United take on Crystal Palace on Monday before heading into a crunch clash against rivals Liverpool later in the week, while Barcelona will look to take a step closer to La Liga glory.As well as that, there are some enticing derby games going on in Scotland, with Edinburgh giants Hibernian and Hearts facing off before the Old Firm between Celtic and Rangers.To help you choose what to watch, Goal has taken a look at all the football on TV in the UK today,  tonight and this week, including some that you can watch for free and live stream. All live football matches on UK TV this weekSaturday March 10, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix A-League 08:50 BT Sport 2 Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners A-League 11:00 BT Sport 2 Darmstadt vs Ingolstadt Bundesliga 2 12:00 BT Sport 1 Eibar vs Real Madrid La Liga 12:00 Sky Sports Football Man Utd vs Liverpool Premier League 12:30 Sky Sports Premier League Chelsea vs Crystal Palace Premier League 17:30 BT Sport 1 Aston Villa vs Wolves Championship 17:30 Sky Sports Football Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga 17:30 BT Sport 2 Getafe vs Levante La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Red Button Willem II vs PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 18:45 Sky Sports Red Button Cardiff Met. University vs The New Saints Welsh Premier League 19:00 S4C Verona vs Chievo Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 2 Malaga vs Barcelona La Liga 19:45 Sky Sports Football Chicago Fire vs Sporting Kansas City MLS 23:00 Sky Sports Football Sunday March 11, 2018 Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel Espanyol vs Real Sociedad La Liga 11:00 Sky Sports Mix Fiorentina vs Benevento Serie A 11:30 BT Sport 3 Rangers vs Celtic Scottish Premiership 12:00 Sky Sports Football Wrexham vs Chester National League 12:00 BT Sport 1 Arsenal vs Watford Premier League 13:30 Sky Sports Premier League Anderlecht vs Antwerp Jupiler League 13:30 FreeSports Ajax vs Heerenveen Eredivisie 13:30 Sky Sports Red Button Juventus vs Udinese Serie A 14:00 BT Sport ESPN Nottingham Forest vs Derby County Championship 14:30 Sky Sports Football Stuttgart vs RB Leipzig Bundesliga 14:30 BT Sport 3 Atletico Madrid vs Celta Vigo La Liga 15:15 Sky Sports Mix Feyenoord vs AZ Eredivisie 15:45 Sky Sports Red Button Bournemouth vs Tottenham Premier League 16:00 Sky Sports Premier League Lyon vs Caen Ligue 1 16:00 BT Sport 2 Borussia Dortmund vs Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 17:00 BT Sport 3 Genoa vs AC Milan Serie A 17:00 BT Sport 1 Las Palmas vs Villarreal La Liga 17:30 Sky Sports Football Atlanta United vs D.C. United MLS 19:00 Sky Sports Mix Athletic Bilbao vs Leganes La Liga 19:00 Sky Sports Football Inter vs Napoli Serie A 19:45 BT Sport 1 Toulouse vs Marseille Ligue 1 20:00 BT Sport ESPN New York City vs LA Galaxy MLS 21:00 Sky Sports Football How to watch football for free in the UKToni Duggan Demi Stokes EnglandThere are a number of games throughout the week that can be watched live for free on a variety of different channels.National broadcasters such as BBC, BBC Scotland and S4C occasionally show matches from the UK, with a few available to watch this week.Free-to-air channel Freesports shows games from Portugal’s Primeira Liga and Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, while BritAsia TV broadcasts games from the Indian Super League.See the table below for the free games on UK TV this week. Match Competition Kick-off time (GMT) Channel USA Women vs England Women SheBelieves Cup Mar 8 / 00:00 BBC Two Cardiff Met. University vs The New Saints Welsh Premier League Mar 10 / 19:00 S4C Anderlecht vs Antwerp Jupiler League Mar 11 / 13:30 FreeSports Furthermore, highlights from all Premier League matches are shown on BBC One’s   Match of the Day programme, which generally airs on Saturdays at 22:30 .On Channel 5, you can watch highlights from the Championship on Football on 5: The Championship , which airs on Saturdays at 21:00.Sky Sports News , which regularly shows clips and highlights from games, is available to all Sky and Virgin Media subscribers regardless of package.How to legally stream football in the UKAshley Young Jordan Henderson Manchester United LiverpoolAs well as being able to watch football on TV in the UK, fans can stream games live online and using various apps.Sky TV customers, for example, can access the Sky Go facility, which allows users to stream matches live and on demand on any mobile, laptop or tablet device.BT Sport, similarly, offer the BT Sport app, through which customers can stream games live and on-the-go on a variety of devices.The likes of Sky Go and the BT Sport app are generally available for most Apple iOS and Android devices.Furthermore, for games that are broadcast on BBC, viewers can opt to use the BBC iPlayer, which is a streaming service compatible with Windows, macOS, iOS, Android and a host of other platforms. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Messi quicker to 100 CL goals than Ronaldo

first_imgLionel Messi Messi quicker to 100 Champions League goals than Ronaldo Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 05:13 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(43) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Lionel Messi UEFA Champions League Barcelona v Chelsea Chelsea Barcelona The Argentine star hit the milestone with a brace in Barca’s last-16 second leg against Chelsea, joining the Portuguese in the exclusive club Lionel Messi scored his 100th Champions League goal in Barcelona’s last-16 second leg against Chelsea, joining Cristiano Ronaldo as the only players to hit that illustrious milestone.The Argentine star scored his 99th goal in Europe’s top club competition in the third minute at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, slipping a near-post shot between the legs of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to mark the fastest goal of his career for club and country .And after setting up an Ousmane Dembele strike, Messi hit the century mark in the 63rd minute with a second nutmeg of Courtois. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp That tally capped Barca’s 3-0 win on the night, with the La Liga leaders advancing via a 4-1 aggregate triumph.Messi and Ronaldo are now the only players with 100 Champions League goals, though the Barca star managed the feat in 123 matches — 14 fewer than the 137 games his Real Madrid counterpart needed to reach the threshold.A closer look at the numbers shows Messi was decidedly more economical on his road to 100 goals, with the 30-year-old needing 1,758 fewer minutes and 266 fewer shots than Ronaldo.But Messi still has work to do if he wants to catch Ronaldo as the competition’s all-time leading scorer, with the Portuguese star currently on 117 goals.The brace marked the latest standout performance in another prolific season for Messi, who has scored 34 goals through 43 matches in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.Congratulations Lionel Messi!   pic.twitter.com/4FankvI04Y — Goal (@goal) March 14, 2018 100 – Lionel Messi took 14 fewer apps, 1758 fewer minutes and 266 fewer shots to score his 100th Champions League goal than Cristiano Ronaldo. Greatest? pic.twitter.com/20Fyle8yOn — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 14, 2018 Barca will discover their Champions League quarter-final opponent Friday, with Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Liverpool, Sevilla and Roma joining Catalans in the final eight.Messi and Co. then return to the pitch on Sunday when they resume La Liga play with a match against Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

I’ve not peaked yet – Spurs FA Cup hero Eriksen

first_imgChristian Eriksen I’ve not peaked yet, claims Spurs FA Cup hero Eriksen Ryan Benson 23:42 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) eriksen-cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur Swansea City FA Cup The Dane scored twice for his side as they dumped Swansea out of the competition and he believes there is more to come Christian Eriksen is hopeful his fine form has not yet hit its peak after he helped fire Tottenham past Swansea City and into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 triumph. The Denmark international produced an excellent display at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, breaking the deadlock early on and then completing the scoring in the second half after Erik Lamela had struck. Though content with his recent showings, Eriksen expressed an eagerness to strive for more as Spurs seek to secure a top-four berth and silverware this season.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “I’m in a very good place, but not sure it’s the best I’ve been,” he told BT Sport.”Hopefully there’s something more to reach, but I’m happy where I am and where the team is and we’re going in the right direction.”Victory means Spurs will feature in a semi-final at Wembley, which is their home ground this term, and Eriksen conceded it will be “weird” playing there without being able to fill the stadium with their own fans.”Of course with the semis coming up, it’s going to be fun to play at Wembley in a different meaning,” added the 26-year-old. “Of course, it’ll be weird, because as you say it’s our home stadium in the FA Cup, so it won’t only be our fans in the stadium. It’ll be fun to play.”last_img read more

Tell a story (and get free training if you’re stuck)

first_imgStories are the most powerful form of expression, and as marketers and writers, we should never make a point without telling a story. When one person tells another person a story, the two people are transported together outside the present moment, to another time and place. They are living an experience together as one person recounts what happened and another imagines it in his or her mind. What better way to communicate our cause?If you doubt the power of a story, think about the last time you gave money to a good cause. I’m willing to bet a free copy of my book that a story was behind your gift.I looked at ten charity websites today and not one had a story or link to a story on the home page. Through direct mail, I get some stories, but they tend to sound like they were written from a fundraising 101 template. Where are our stories?! Where is your story? Get one now.Need inspiration? Order Storytelling as Best Practice if you don’t already have it. Or if you don’t want to spend the $15, sign up for a May 24 free training with its author, Andy Goodman, who is its author and the best guy on storytelling for nonprofits, hands down. (It’s free for the first 125, according to Andy’s site, so hurry.)Once you’ve done this, start writing some stories about what you do, why you do it, and how important it is.A really talented writer I used to work with at CARE is Gwendolyn Driscoll, who is now a journalist. She wrote this article in the Orange County Register.I went to the Saddleback Church website and found its story:When Rick and Kay Warren first arrived in the Saddleback Valley in December of 1979, all they had was what they could fit in the back of a U-haul truck. Fresh out of seminary, the young pastor and his bride dreamed of planting a church that would be “a place where the hurting, the depressed, the confused can find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness and encouragement.” With many good Bible-teaching churches already in Southern California, Pastor Rick turned his attention to those who didn’t attend church regularly. Two weeks after Pastor Rick and Kay arrived in the Saddleback Valley, they began with a small Bible study, meeting with one other family in the Warrens’ small condo.On Easter of 1980, Saddleback Valley Community Church held its very first public service and 205 people, most of whom had never been to church, showed up. That began one of the most exciting journeys of growth that any church has experienced in American history. In more than two decades of ministry in South Orange County, God has continued to expand the church’s influence. Currently, Saddleback Church has more than 200 ministries serving the church and community. One in nine people in the area call Saddleback their church home. How do you tell the story of your organization and its start? Is it this colorful? It is this compelling? I’m not a churchgoer, but I’m taken with this story. Not surprising given the man behind it wrote the Purpose-Driven Life, which sold 16 million copies. He is a storyteller. You can – and should – be one, too.last_img read more

Power to the People: How to Use Policy and Advocacy Tools to Improve Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on August 30, 2010June 21, 2017By: Janna Oberdorf, Communications Manager, Women DeliverClick 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)At today’s session on “Policy and advocacy tools,” panelists presented on web-based and new media options for disseminating maternal health research and messages. Though online technology is an often-untapped resource for the maternal health field, the panelists laid out specific ideas and strategies that have the potential to catalyze policy change.Panelists discussed:•    Leveraging new and online technology for maternal health advocacy and communication; Mari Tikkanen, M4ID•    An Atlas of Birth: mapping the global challenges and solutions to maternal mortality; Sarah Neal, University of Southampton•    Lives Saved Tool: influencing maternal and child health policy; Koki Agarwal, MCHIP“Maternal health doesn’t have a global movement,” said Tikkanen. “We need these tools to reach out to a broader audience.”It was interesting to hear the panel talk about the need to present evidence in ways that capture attention and provoke action among a diverse array of stakeholders. It’s true. Research is incredibly important. But we also need to take scientific research, like the data used in the Lives Saved Tool (LiST), and make it accessible. Data visualization and creative maps, like those created in the Atlas of Birth, are fantastic ways to capture policymakers and express complex issues quickly.But maps are a natural next step for researchers and academics. What else can we be doing? We can be blogging, updating our Facebook pages, tweeting, downloading iPhone apps, sending text alerts, and more. I am a strong supporter of all new media initiatives, but I think it’s important to remember the difference between awareness-raising and advocacy. Though raising awareness is a step towards advocacy, we should be mindful that our social networking and online tools have an intended impact on policy change. It is not enough to just exist on social networks; we must strategize and use tools that benefit our organizational mission and the broader maternal health cause. And we must tailor our messages to specific audiences.We also need to work hard to combat those who think online tools are trivial. Betsy McCallon of the White Ribbon Alliance and moderator of the session gave a great example: “In the US, where global development aid support is sliding, policymakers need to hear from their constituents that these issues are important,” she said.I encourage maternal health organizations who look down on new media, or who fear the rapid pace and inherent transparency, I encourage you to join the movement. Social media and online tools put the power in the hands of the people. It’s our job, as maternal health advocates, to make sure that power is maximized and targeted.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTFand @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, clickhere.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more