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first_imgIf you are grateful for this day, what will you do with it? If you are grateful for the time you have been given, you will not waste it. Someone else should be able see your gratitude in the actions you take, as well as those you don’t.Time is your single finite, non-renewable resource. Let your actions display your gratitude.If you are grateful for your gifts, what will you do with them? You have an opportunity to make a difference here. There are people who need your help. You were born with the capacity for good, the talents necessary to do something special. The way you express the gratitude you have for the gifts you have been given is to use them.Your talents aren’t for you alone. They are for you to share, and doing so is proof that you are grateful.If you are grateful for the help you’ve been given, if you want to demonstrate your gratitude for the help you have been given, you provide help to those who need it. When someone reaches out their hand to pull you up, you use your free hand to reach out and grab another, lifting them up with you.The evidence that you appreciate the help you have been given is the fact that you multiply it by following the example, and in doing so, create one.If you are grateful for having been forgiven, you will forgive. If you have been forgiven for what you have done that required some form of pardon, you’ll provide that same gift to those who have in some way wronged you. If you are not willing to forgive, then you are not grateful for having been forgiven.You take my point by now. If you are grateful for what you have been given, whatever that is, you will recognize that those gifts are not finite, that they can be given again and again without ever being depleted. If you understand the nature of the gift and are grateful for it, you will give it. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgA life-altering harshest 40-day winter spell, known locally as Chillai Kalan, began in the Kashmir region on Friday, as the sub-zero temperature froze parts of many water bodies, including the famous Dal Lake, and water taps, as it set off a cold wave across the State.J&K’s summer capital Srinagar witnessed a minimum temperature of -4.4 degree Celsius on Thursday night. The sub zero temperature resulted in the formation of a sheath of ice on vehicles.In tourist hotspots of Pahalgam and Gulmarg, the minimum temperature hovered around -7.5 degree C and -6 degree C.“There will be no change in the cold wave in the next 24 hours,” said a meteorological official.In Kargil and Leh, the minimum temperature in many parts has dipped to -10 degree C, forcing a large population to shift to dry latrines.Due to the severe cold wave, people in the Valley prefer to start their day very late in the morning. Even shops and markets opened after 10 a.m.People are already resorting to modern as well as traditional modes of heating, which include wood and coal driven heaters and hamams, a facility in houses in the Valley where fire is put beneath the surface to keep rooms warm.The winter spell also results in lower electricity generation in J&K, as the glaciers in upper reaches turn into mountains of ice and the water discharge is negligible into rivers and streams.The reduced electricity supply exacerbates locals’ hardships and they find it hard to keep the houses warm. “Kashmir is also reeling under an unprecedented power crisis. Students and the elderly are facing immense hardships due to the unsteady supply of electricity,” said National Conference (NC) provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar.last_img read more

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first_imgNoorjehan Reclines, the chaise longue from Mozez Singh’s Mughal pop collection for Good EarthThe pursuit of beauty was a favoured occupation with the Mughals; nubile nymphs or majestic mausoleums, all things beautiful found patronage in the courts of these devoted aesthetes. Though the powerful sovereigns now only exist in the,Noorjehan Reclines, the chaise longue from Mozez Singh’s Mughal pop collection for Good EarthThe pursuit of beauty was a favoured occupation with the Mughals; nubile nymphs or majestic mausoleums, all things beautiful found patronage in the courts of these devoted aesthetes. Though the powerful sovereigns now only exist in the pages of history, their architecture and design continues to act as a muse for designers who are reinterpreting the old motifs in new ways. I Am Love, the lamp from Mozez Singh’s Mughal pop collection for Good EarthBe it parchin kari (pietra dura or marble inlay) which is a leitmotif common to many Mughal structures, or the myths surrounding their beautiful consorts, the empire is fertile ground for design inspiration.The Begum and Badshah cushions from Play Clan offer a pop art take on the trend”The Mughals aced their sense of proportion because they patronised many artists and the amalgam is an unbeatable one. Crafts like fluting and dhokra metal work were perfected during this period and the influence cuts across all our collections,” says Vikram Goyal, the man behind the luxury decor label Viya Home. The Hundred Lotus Petals light showcases the craft of fluting from Viya HomeThe patterns and crafts perfected over centuries have been handpicked and used in a modern context to create products which are far from a literal translation. From window shades inspired by the ornate latticed windows which are a Mughal signature, to wash basins in antique gold finishes, the artistry of the past has been recreated by artistes under the trained eyes of Goyal who believes that far from being a trend, these are staples of good taste which have survived over centuries and will continue to be favourites.Antique finish wash basin from Viya HomeWhile Goyal’s inspiration were the Mughal edifices, designer Mozez Singh from Mumbai chose to draw on the lifestyles of the fabled monarchs in his collection for lifestyle store Good Earth. Instead of taking the tried and tested route, Singh decided to be different and chose to be inspired by Persian calligraphy, digital prints and semi-precious stones for some added glamour. He created the chaise longue called Noorjehan Reclines, a black and red seat with an arabesque lattice, and even a light named ‘I Am Love’ crafted out of black acrylic. advertisementThe jaali can from Sahil and Sarthak Design Co.Others who have jumped onto the Mughal bandwagon include Delhi-based design duo Sahil Bagga and Sarthak Sengupta who have a collection dedicated to the erstwhile empire. “Mughal motifs strike a beautiful balance between nature and geometry, an example being the quintessential Mughal ivy pattern which at a micro level is an array of geometric patterns arranged in perfect symmetry,” says Sengupta. Furniture inspired by the beautiful ramparts of the Red Fort and accessories which are a modern take on the shapes and colours popular in the era are part of their collection.Mughal chair from Sahil and Sarthak Design Co.The Mughalmania finds reflection in several other popular home brands like Baaya Design which has Mughal miniatures on display which can add a historic touch to your walls, or Cocoon Rugs, which offers knotted wonders sporting Persian and Turkish designs selected from an early 19th century archive. A knotted wonder from Cocoon RugsIf you want a colourful take on the trend, then head over to Play Clan which offers everything from journals to cushions and play cards emblazoned with begums and badshahs.last_img read more

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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. caroline garciadusan lajoviceugenie bouchardkarolina pliskova First Published: August 26, 2019, 10:47 PM IST New York: Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova struggled into the second round of the US Open on Monday while 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori of Japan needed only 47 minutes to advance.Pliskova, who has a chance to finish the Flushing Meadows fortnight as world number one, held off 138th-ranked Czech qualifier Tereza Martincova 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3) after an hour and 46 minutes. “It’s tough to play Tereza,” Pliskova said. “We never played and especially tough to play in the first round.”Not my best performance today for sure, and she made some great shots.”Seventh seed Nishikori reached the men’s second round 6-1, 4-1, when 205th-ranked Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti retired with a back injury.”It’s a little bit sad to see. He’s a great player,” a consoling Nishikori said of his stricken opponent. “For me, I played great tennis from the beginning and I’m happy with the way I played today.”Afternoon matches include top-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia facing Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena and reigning French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, facing Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.Serena Williams opens her quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles crown against Russia’s Maria Sharapova, a five-time Slam winner, in the night feature in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will follow against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal.Pliskova and her compatriot exchanged breaks of serve through the first six games of their match, Martincova breaking again for a 5-4 edge and coming within two points of taking the set before Pliskova rallied and broke back to equalize at 5-5.Pliskova took the first tie-breaker with forehand winners on the final two points, then squandered a 3-0 edge in the second set before taking the final four points of the last tie-break, smashing a service winner to claim the match.”Not happy that I lost three breaks of serve in a row. That’s not possible for next time,” Pliskova said. “I’m happy I could get through. And happy to win in two tie-breaks. That hasn’t happened for a long time.”Pliskova, Barty, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka all have a chance to stand atop the rankings at the end of the US Open.Osaka and Halep must win the title to be number one. Pliskova needs at least a quarter-final run while Barty is the front runner, defending fewer points from last year’s Open than Osaka.OTHER RESULTS:Dusan Lajovic (SRB x27) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 7-5, 6-3, 6-3Bradley Klahn (USA) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3Rebecca Peterson (SWE) bt Monica Puig (PUR) 6-3, 6-3Ons Jabeur (TUN) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA x27) 7-6 (8), 6-2Ana Bogdan (ROM) bt Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-3, 6-1Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x12) bt Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 6-3, 6-3SERENA ‘READY’ FOR OPENWilliams, seeking her seventh US Open title, is chasing her 24th Grand Slam singles crown, which would match Margaret Court’s all-time record.The 37-year-old American is 0-3 in Slam finals since becoming a mother two years ago, her last Slam crown coming at the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, but she appears to have shaken off back spasms that nagged her earlier this month.”Ready in NY for the US Open,” Williams posted Monday morning on Instagram. “I’m on tonight.”She’s facing an emotional rival in 32-year-old Sharapova, who defeated Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final and the 2004 WTA Tour Championship. Since then, Williams has won 18 matches in a row over the Russian, the most recent in the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals.Williams has never played Sharapova at the US Open, which the Russian won in 2006. Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam singles titles contested, launches his bid to become the first back-to-back US Open champion since Roger Federer won five in a row from 2004-2008.Djokovic owns 16 Grand Slam titles and is chasing the record 20 won by Roger Federer with Spain’s Rafael Nadal on 18. Together the “Big Three” have won the past 11 Slam titles and are again heavy favorites. last_img read more

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first_imgYuvraj Singh, Ishant Sharma and Kevin Pietersen will be among the eight marquee players up for grabs at the IPL 2016 Player Auction schduled to take place in Bengaluru on February 6.As many as 351 cricketers will go under the hammer, out of which 230 will be Indians and 131 foreigners. Interestingly, there are 29 Australians amongst 130 capped players in the auction list, three more than the number of capped Indians.The capped players from other countries taking part in the auction come from South Africa (18 players), West Indies (20), Sri Lanka (16), England (7), New Zealand (9) and Bangladesh (5), besides the associate nations of Canada (2) and Ireland (2).A total of 219 uncapped players will feature in the auction, with 204 of them being Indians playing on the domestic circuit. Yuvraj and Ishant are the two Indian marquee players and it remains to be seen how they fare in the auction after being released by their respective teams.Yuvraj has been released by his franchise, Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, for the last two seasons after attracting the highest bid in the previous auctions, while Sunrisers Hyderabad let go of Ishant after he had a forgettable last edition where he picked up one wicket in four games.The remaining six marquee players are Shane Watson, Aaron Finch, Dale Steyn, Dwayne Smith, Martin Guptill and Pietersen.”The player auction will kick-start the countdown to the ninth season of one of the most popular sporting events in the world. The franchises have returned to the drawing board, reworked plans and devised new strategies, over the last few months. They will have the opportunity to bid for some of the biggest names in the game,” IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSlovakia defender Martin Skrtel will have no second thoughts about kicking England striker Daniel Sturridge, his Liverpool team mate, to help his country win their final Euro 2016 Group B game on Monday.England top the standings with four points from two games, one ahead of Slovakia and Wales with Russia at the bottom on one. (FULL EURO 2016 COVERAGE)”We can be friends before and after the game but on the pitch there is no friendship and I am sure Daniel would tell you the same thing,” Skrtel told a news conference on Sunday.”So if I have to kick him to help my team, I will,” the 31-year old added with a smile.Sturridge scored a stoppage-time winner in England’s 2-1 victory over Wales after coming on as a halftime substitute.”It’s not only about Sturridge, it’s about all their strikers so it doesn’t matter if it’s him, (Harry) Kane or (Jamie) Vardy in the starting lineup,” Skrtel said.”We have to be ready for their entire team, who showed in the opening two games that they are one of the best in the world.”We have to control them and be better than them. As for one-one-one duels with Sturridge, of course we know each other very well but it is difficult to predict specific situations.”Skrtel played under England manager Roy Hodgson at Liverpool and he said his former boss had exceptional qualities which helped him get the national team job in 2012.”The time Hodgson spent at Liverpool wasn’t very successful for the club but I rate him very highly because in my eyes he is a quality manager,” Skrtel said. advertisement”He has done a great job with England in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and is doing very well here.”Slovakia coach Jan Kozak acknowledged that his team had everything to play for at the highly atmospheric Geoffroy Guichard stadium in St Etienne. (ALSO READ: Slovakia compound Russia’s problems with 2-1 win)”I think we need to get at least a draw to advance to the knockout stages so there really is a lot at stake,” he said.”It’s been a long and difficult journey to reach the European Championship and of course we want to stay here.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata, Nov 9 (PTI) Mahendra Singh Dhonis eye for detail is well documented and no wonder the former captain did a have a look at the Eden Gardens strip for the first India vs Sri Lanka Test despite the fact he no longer plays the five- day format.Dhoni was in the city for a commercial shoot with another former skipper Kapil Dev.In the morning session, the retired Test cricketer Dhoni was seen talking to curator Sujan Mukherrjee, checking the Eden Gardens strip that will host Virat Kohli and Co in their first Test against Sri Lanka from November 16-20.”Dhoni really appreciated the pitch preparation and wished us for the Test match,” Mukherjee later said.Dhoni and Kapil spent the whole day bowling and batting as per the shooting requirements and were joined by a host of kids.First it was Kapil who was seen bowling to Dhoni as the film rolled it was role reversal with the Indian legendary wicketkeeper rolling his arms to the 1983 World Cup winning captain in the ad sequence of 33 seconds, directed by noted Bengali producer-director Arindam Sil.Sil, who has acted in a number of feature films, telefilms and mega serials termed it a “lifetime experience” and said hes feeling very lucky and blessed to have shot his first TV ad with the two World Cup winning captains at the hallowed turf of Eden Gardens.”Its the Mecca of Cricket and I had two World Cup winning captains shooting for me. Its the most memorable day in my life,” Sil told reporters.advertisement”They were the the best of the captains. I felt nostalgic. I have watched them play from the same galleries here but to shoot with them now at the same venue is a lifetime experience,” Sil added.Sil further said he made them slog under the scorching sun but they were very humble and patient.”Kapil said he would get tired to bowl but once he went to his bowling marks he went on and on and bowled numerous deliveries. He also batted and it felt the Kapil Dev of old is back.”Dhoni also interacted with a dozen of kids and offered them some invaluable tips of the sport.”He told them on how to play aggressively about the stance and all of this in the midst of the busy work. Its brilliant,” the director said.He termed Dhoni as a natural actor.”I didnt require a retake from Dhoni, he was natural in front of the camera.”Thanking the CAB president Sourav Ganguly, Sil said: “I am thankful to Sourav (Ganguly) for providing us the Eden. He said please go ahead.”Towards the evening while the duo were taking a break from the shoot, they were joined by Ganguly as the three successful former captains made up for a photographers delight in one frame together.The final part of the shoot will take place a in a studio tomorrow and the next day Dhoni will fly to Dubai to launch the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy on November 11, Mihir Diwakar, Dhonis commercial partner in Aarka Sports and former Jharkhand cricketer told PTI.”He flew straight from Thiruvananthapuram after playing the final T20I (against New Zealand) yesterday afternoon. His schedule is hectic but he keeps himself fit sticking to his regime,” Diwakar said. PTI TAP KHS KHSlast_img read more

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first_img Continue Reading Previous ADLINK: fanless Embedded computers with Windows 7 supportNext Keysight and China Mobile continue collaboration to accelerate 5G technologies Kontron announces the new COMe-bCL6 in the COM Express basic Type 6 form factor (125×95 mm). It is based on processors of the latest 8th Gen Intel Core/ Xeon E family with a mobile chipset (CM246/QM370 PCH). The COMe-bCL6 offers highest industry-grade quality and allows for flexible application scenarios.The new COM Express module is available in different processor variants, including hexacore CPU versions. All variants are available with up to 64 GB non-ECC/ECC DDR4 storage, a third and fourth slot can be equipped on demand. The new Kontron COM Express module supports the fast Intel® Optane(TM) systems acceleration for quick high-capacity mass storage data transfer, as well as the fastest available storage technology NVMe SSD in a very compact design. USB 3.1. support with up to 10Gbps and USB Type C support offer twice the bandwidth as compared to USB 3.0 for fast data transfer. The COMe-bCL6 also benefits from the excellent graphics performance of the 8th generation Intel processors. Four 4K displays can be controlled, three of them separately. UHD streaming supports high quality video applications.By consistently continuing slot allocation and feature implementation, the COMe-bCL6 is well suited as a high-performance successor for existing solutions. Typical areas of application include communications, digital signage, professional gaming and entertainment, medical imaging, surveillance and security, as well as the control of industrial systems, machines and robots on the shop floor level as well as in the control room. In its robust R E2S version, the COMe-bCL6 meets the particular demands of the defense and transportation sectors by offering integrated rapid shutdown, ECC storage support, and deployment in industrial temperature ranges from -40 to +85°C.Additionally, the new COMe-bCL6 supports the Kontron APPROTECT Security Solution. Based on an integrated Wibu-Systems security chip and in tandem with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as “pay per use”, demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation functions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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first_imgMLS MLS Review: Schweinsteiger lifts Chicago, Orlando thrashed Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 13:19 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire MLS Eric Bolte MLS Chicago Fire New England v Orlando City Dallas v New York RB Montreal Impact v Chicago Fire LA Galaxy v Colorado Rapids New England New York RB Colorado Rapids Montreal Impact LA Galaxy Orlando City Dallas A goal from the German helped the Fire edge past the Montreal Impact in MLS action Bastian Schweinsteiger lifted the Chicago Fire to a much-needed MLS win, while Orlando City was thrashed on Saturday.Schweinsteiger side-footed in a Matt Polster cutback in the 59th minute to help the Fire to a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.Deian Boldor had been sent off for Montreal just after halftime, and Chicago made the most of the numerical advantage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The win saw the Fire end a four-match losing run, and they sit third in the Eastern Conference.. @MattPolster delivers, @Bschweinsteiger finishes. #MTLvCHI #cf97 pic.twitter.com/60q2SS2sre — Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) September 3, 2017 Orlando has also been in bad form and it continued as the side was crushed 4-0 by the New England Revolution.Kei Kamara scored a hat trick and Teal Bunbury sealed New England’s win, as Orlando’s winless league run was extended to eight matches.Cobra Kei! #NERevs pic.twitter.com/HASkvvtu88 — NewEnglandRevolution (@NERevolution) September 2, 2017 Jose Aja was sent off in the 80th minute for Orlando, which was trailing 2-0 at the time.New England is eighth in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando has fallen to 10th.Elsewhere, a 10-man Dallas held the New York Red Bulls to a 2-2 draw and the LA Galaxy ended a 10-match winless league run by beating the Colorado Rapids 3-0.last_img read more

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first_imgWorld Cup Quiz time. How many players have played in consecutive World Cup finals? The Italians did it in 1934 and 1938; Brazil did in 1958 and 1962 – and then in 1998 and 2002; the Netherlands lost the 1974 and 1978 finals; Maradona captained Argentina in the 1986 and 1990 finals; and West Germany went one better by contesting three successive finals between 1982 and 1990. A few players have graced consecutive finals but only one has done it while representing two different countries: Luis Monti, who starred for Argentina in the first World Cup final in 1930 and then won it for Italy four years later – all while dealing with various threats on his safety.Monti was born in Buenos Aires in May 1901 and began his career with local side Atlético Huracán, winning his first championship in his only season at the club before stopping off briefly with Boca Juniors on his way to signing for San Lorenzo, the club where he would make his name. Although rugged and robust when seeking the ball, Monti was also technically astute when in possession. His dynamism across the pitch inspired his nickname, Doble Ancho – meaning Double Wide, in recognition of the space he covered for his team. As a deep-lying playmaker, he shielded his defence and then sparked attacks for his team-mates.Monti won three league titles with San Lorenzo – in 1923, 1924 and 1927 – and earned a call-up to the national team in time to win the South America Championship in 1927. He also picked up a silver medal at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, scoring his team’s only goal in the final as they lost out to neighbours Uruguay. Twitter Monti joined Juventus in 1931 and helped the club win four straight Scudetti. During his nine-year career in Turin, he played more than 200 games, scoring 20 goals from defensive midfield and even graduation to the role of captain. But Monti had not just been brought to Italy to win trophies in Turin. He was there to help Italy win the World Cup on home soil in 1934. And so, when Italy kicked off the tournament on 27 May 1934 with a 7-1 win against USA at the now-defunct Stadio Nazionale PNF – named in honour of Mussolini’s Partito Nazionale Fascista – Monti was in the team. That same day Argentina, his former team, were knocked out of the tournament by Sweden in Bologna.Italy’s victory over USA set up a quarter-final against Spain, which finished 1-1 and had to be replayed the next day. The first fixture had been robust in the extreme, with the referee particularly lenient on the home side. When Spain came out for the second fixture, they were missing seven of their first-choice players – including the famous goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora. Tempers hadn’t cooled in the previous 24 hours and three Spain players had to leave the field injured as Italy won a snarling encounter thanks to a goal from legendary forward Giuseppe Meazza. Just when it looked like defeat was inevitable, Raimundo Orsi fired home for Italy in the 81st minute to bring the crowd, and Mussolini, to their feet. Orsi, another former Argentina international who had played alongside Monti at the 1928 Olympics, took the final into extra time. The momentum was now with the home team. Angelo Schiavio became Italy’s hero when he drove the ball past Frantisek Planicka from a narrow angle to score the winner.At full-time, the Azzurri were not just presented with the Jules Rimet Trophy, but with a particularly large cup Mussolini had commissioned as he considered the Fifa award much too small to reflect the glory of the winners. Mussolini was much warmer in victory. “After the match, by decision of Il Duce,” recalled Monti. “We were allowed to ask whatever we wanted: women, money, jewels, cars, house. We were the privileged human beings of Italy.”Monti had written his name into the record books for his unique achievement. Not only had he won the World Cup for his adopted country but he was the only footballer to have played in World Cup finals for two different countries. It’s difficult see how that will ever change. So, if you are ever asked that quiz question, you know the story of Luis Monti.• This article is from These Football Times• Follow These Football Times and Gary Thacker on Twitter Share on LinkedIn The Argentina team that lost the 1930 World Cup final to Uruguay. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Read more Arrigo Sacchi and Italian football’s ethical dilemma about foreign players Read more Pinterest Argentina Facebook Twitter Guardian Sport Network Twitter The Italy team pose before the 1934 World Cup final in Rome. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Neutral’s choice: who are rest of the world supporting at the World Cup? The day before the final a telegram reportedly arrived at the Italian team’s hotel, addressed to both manager Vittorio Pozzo and the players. “Good luck tomorrow,” it read. “Win. If not so, crash.” The telegram was signed by Mussolini and few doubted the implications of its final word. It was already the biggest game of their lives and now the pressure on the players had been ratcheted up even further.The problem was that no one had told the Czechs their role in this final. They were meant to be the weaker of the two semi-finalists – an Italian referee had been put in charge of their semi-final against Hitler’s Germany supposedly to ensure they made it to the final – but they started well and the game was still goalless at half-time.At the interval, another less than subtle message from Mussolini was delivered to Pozzo to read out to his team. Monti later pointed out the strange irony of the threats he received during each of his World Cup finals. “My grandfather often told us he had to play two World Cup finals under threat,” said Lorena. “He used to say that in 1930, in Uruguay, they wanted to hurt him if he won. In Italy, four years later, they wanted to hurt him if he lost.”The dictator’s prompting did little to improve matters in the second half and it was no surprise when Antonin Puc gave Czechoslovakia a 1-0 lead with just 19 minutes to play. The Czechs should have sealed the game but Jirií Sobotka missed an open goal and Frantisek Svoboda struck the upright. Their squandered chances would prove costly. Share on Twitter Facebook Italy Share on Messenger features Pinterest World Cup 2018 Facebook Share on Facebook Enrique Guaita scores Italy’s controversial winner against Austria in the semi-final in 1934. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Share via Email Topics Regardless of the bumps and bruises, Italy had secured a place in the semi-finals against Hugo Meisl’s great Austria side. Nicknamed Das Wunderteam, they played a neat passing game that would influence the development of Total Football. If Italy were to overcome their extravagantly talented neighbours, they would need to silence Matthias Sindelar, Austria’s centre-forward, captain and inspirational leader. Monti was the man for the job.Austria’s silky style of football was compromised by the heavy rain that fell inside the San Siro but the way Monti nullified Sindelar’s threat helped Italy finish off the job. Austria had plenty of possession but, with Sindelar restrained, there was a lack of bite to their attacks and Italy were able to win the game by a single, controversial, goal. In the 19th minute, Meazza crashed into the Austria goalkeeper and jarred the ball loose from his grasp. It rolled against the post and Enrique Guaita – another player born in Argentina – stabbed it home.Swedish referee Ivan Eklind was criticised for favouring the Italians, not least for their goal. Unsurprisingly, it did him little harm. He was also selected to officiate in the final, where Italy would face Czechoslovakia at the Stadio Nazionale PNF in Rome. By the time Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup finals in 1930, Monti was one of the best defensive players in South America. Argentina began their tournament with a 1-0 win against France, with Monti scoring the only goal of the game – Argentina’s first at a World Cup finals. Two more wins in their group – a 6-3 thrashing of Mexico and a 3-1 victory over Chile – took Argentina into the last four. Monti scored the opening goal in the semi-final in a 6-1 win over USA to set up a final against Uruguay, who had beaten Yugoslavia 6-1 in the other semi-final.Before the final in Montevideo, there were rumours that Monti had picked up an injury. He had one of his rare mediocre games in the showpiece at the Estadio Centenario as Argentina threw away a 2-1 lead at half time to lose 4-2. Many years later, Lorena Monti suggested her grandfather’s performance was affected by more than injury: “At half-time, when Argentina were leading 2-1, they said that if Argentina didn’t lose, they would kill my grandmother and my aunt.” Monti also told his granddaughter that other Argentina players had received veiled threats, but nothing as specific as the one delivered to him.In the end, Uruguay lifted the trophy, Monti’s family were safe and he returned to San Lorenzo to continue his career. But a visit from two Italians was about to change his life and legacy forever. The story goes that Monti’s visitors told him he would shortly receive an offer from an Italian club and, if he accepted, his monthly wage would climb to $5,000 and he would be given a house and a car. Apparently the person promoting the deal was none other than Benito Mussolini.The next World Cup was to be held in Italy and the dictator was intent on raising the nation to the forefront of the world powers. Monti’s ancestors were from Emilia-Romagna in northern Italy and he had been chosen as the next piece of the jigsaw for the national side. When the offer landed, it was not from Lazio, the team Mussolini supported, but Juventus. Tempted by the lure of the lira, Monti moved to Turin and became an Italian citizen. He had played 16 times for Argentina, scoring five goals, but his future appearances on the international stage would be for the Azzurri. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgAndrew Vorhees, a four-star offensive tackle from Kingsburg, California, provided some great news for USC Friday night. Vorhees, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound player for the class of 2017, announced his commitment to the Trojans on Twitter. Vorhees chose USC over nearly every other Pac-12 school, including Oregon and UCLA.Vorhees is USC’s eighth commitment for the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports.I’m committed! #FightOn pic.twitter.com/LrbtMy7OFg— Andrew Vorhees (@AndrewVorhees55) June 10, 2016Vorhees is ranked as the 37th-best player in the state of California.last_img read more

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first_imgMOSCOW – Masha Klimova and Alexei Kolesov have spent more than a year driving around in their food truck to serve their fellow Russians heaping helpings of a hearty Quebec staple.They’ve been testing their own twist on the French Canadian comfort food since opening up Poutinerie in 2017, finding what they describe as “a young, dynamic target audience that is open to new experiences,” as they drove from festival to festival perfecting the menu.As the couple and business partners plan to open their first stand-alone restaurant later this year in Moscow, they found were clients hot for the grub, even if formal relations between Russia and Canada remain decidedly cold.The couple have garnered more and more attention online in recent months, and said they’d welcome a culinary ally from Quebec or elsewhere in Canada who could provide the one essential ingredient that’s been missing: those elusive, squeaky cheese curds.“At the moment, the main problem is the cheese curd, which simply doesn’t exist in Russia,” said Klimova in an email interview. “No cheesemaker … could exactly repeat this cheese for us.“We invite all Canadian chefs who are interested to come here and help us master the product to make a version that is most faithful to the original.”Passionate about food, the couple has always liked the idea of opening their own restaurant, and have adapted the Quebec favourite — french fries, cheese curds and gravy — for the Russian pallet.Klimova said at the top of the list among the local clientele is a version garnished with bacon, blue cheese sauce, pear and crispy onion.“The most courageous opt for the poutine with crab, coconut sauce and lime,” Klimova added, calling it “a cool combination, but not for all.”Her personal favourite — the one she says is best adapted for the Russian market — is the Stroganoff: beef with mushrooms in sour cream sauce and lightly salted cucumber.“It looks like a homemade, native dish,” she said.Reviews of the couple’s take on the Quebec classic have included some clients from Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City who’ve offered their thoughts, leading to a continual improvement of the product.For Russian clientele, many are surprised to discover that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a dish that bears his name — as Putin translates to Poutine in French.“Everyday, we respond to guests who say: ‘What? What is Putin? Putin is a dish with fries in Canada?,” Klimova said.For some, the name is difficult to digest.“Some in the minority react negatively and they blame us for making fun of the president,” she said. “On the other hand, it is only a minority of people.”Klimova said for all the political disagreement between Moscow and the West, the one thing that ties the two sides together is the almighty potato. She figured Russians would enjoy the mix of ingredients.“In the United States, Canada, Belgium and many other places, people like potatoes a lot,” she said. “Russia is no exception.”Klimova, 25, studied journalism at the University of Moscow before embarking on her restaurant career. She was introduced to poutine while studying French in high school at Saratov, about 700 kilometres southeast of the Russian capital.The optional course included a discussion on Quebec culture. She also tried the dish during a visit to France.“It was OK,” Klimova said.“But I know the best poutine is only in Quebec.”last_img read more

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first_imgAnnie Lennox is set to present a BBC Radio 4 Appeal for homelessness charity Shelter.Each month the BBC highlights the work of a chosen charity in their Radio 4 Appeal. And, on Sunday 5 June, it is the turn of Shelter, with their appeal set to be broadcast at 7:55am and 9:26pm.Annie will tell the personal story of Louise and her family. Homeless, they spent over a year sleeping on people’s sofas and living in one room at a B&B. That is until they turned to Shelter, and thanks to the charity’s support, they have been able to find a safe place to call home.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We’re pretty excited about the news we’re sharing,” Telefilm’s executive director Carolle Brabant told NOW, an hour after releasing the preliminary results for 2017-2018. The final results will be released in 2018.The projects are either signed or recommended: signed means the films are ready to go into production, while recommended ones are still awaiting a green light pending certain conditions, such as a promised star or other financing partners.READ MORE A year after setting a goal for gender parity in Canadian film by 2020, Telefilm is closer to the finish line than everyone expected.Among the film projects the federal funding agency has in the pipeline for this fiscal year, 44 per cent have a female director attached, 46 per cent feature a female screenwriter and 51 per cent have a female producer.The figure is a heartening leap from the 2013-2014 fiscal year when only 17 per cent of Canadian film projects had women directors. That number plummeted to four per cent for films budgeted over $1 million. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgLiberia’s ex-warlord Charles Taylor was on Tuesday transferred from The Hague to a British prison to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes, the Special Court for Sierra Leone said.“Charles Ghankay Taylor… was transferred today from the Netherlands and the custody of the Special Court to the United Kingdom, where he will serve the remainder of his 50-year sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the court’s Freetown office said in a statement.last_img

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TORONTO — Netflix is betting that most consumers are willing to pay an extra $1 a month to binge on “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”The popular streaming service has implemented another price hike for new customers, its second in about a year and a half.Canadians looking to sign up for Netflix’s standard plan will now pay $9.99 a month.The basic plan, which does not offer high definition video quality and only permits one stream at a time, remains at $7.99 a month.The premium plan, which offers up to four simultaneous streams with the same login and ultra high definition 4K content, also holds steady at $11.99 monthly.Netflix last raised the price for its standard service in May 2014, when it asked for $1 more while also launching the basic tier. At the time, Netflix said existing customers wouldn’t see a bill increase for two years.On Thursday, Netflix said standard-plan customers not already grandfathered into a lower price will continue to pay $8.99 until October 2016.Carl Icahn exits Netflix Inc stake after stock split announcementNetflix impressed Wall Street and now its shares are soaringThe company would not say whether the standard plan is Netflix’s most popular in Canada.“To continue adding more TV shows and movies including many Netflix original titles, we are modestly raising the price for some new members in the U.S., Canada and Latin America,” the company said in a statement.In a telephone poll of 4,002 anglophone Canadians conducted for the Media Technology Monitor last fall, 39 per cent said they had access to a Netflix subscription, up from 26 per cent in 2013.MTM also found that 82 per cent of Netflix subscribers said they used the streaming service every week.The results are considered accurate within 1.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20.The Canadian Press read more

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Minister of Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Harin Fernando today denied claims that internet broadband speeds will be reduced.Fernando tweeted saying internet broad band speeds will not be affected instead the Government is in the process of strengthening it through FBH (Fiber to Home). (Colombo Gazette)

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Thanks to $1.6 million in federal funding, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) is taking the lead on a new project to help combat sexual harassment in the workplace.“We know from the individual complaints we receive that year after year this is definitely quite a large problem,” said Norma Gunningham-Kapphahn, executive director for the SHRC.Over the next five years, a coalition of local stakeholders led by the SHRC will design and implement a strategy that aims to dispel myths and misinformation surrounding sexual harassment, train employers and employees, and increase public awareness.It will also provide access to employment counselling for people in Saskatchewan who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.“We’re hoping that this is going to be very effective in terms of reducing the number of incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace,” said Gunningham-Kapphahn.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Related The cost of a conviction: Sexual assault survivor navigates post-#MeToo world Sask. Human Rights Commission supports removing gender from child’s ID In 2016-17, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety reported 213 investigations related to workplace harassment — not all sexual — and 190 investigations in 2017-18.During that same period (2016-18), 14 per cent of all human rights complaints in Saskatchewan alleged sexual harassment, said the SHRC.But the problem isn’t isolated to just one province.In 2018, Statistics Canada released a study on all forms of harassment in Canadian workplaces. It found 19 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men reported that they had experienced harassment in their workplace and women were more likely to report sexual harassment in their workplaces.“We are going to be developing tool kits, training seminars, workshops, online training tools, for both businesses … and for individual workers that are entering the workforce,” said Heather Heavin, associate dean of research and graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan.The U of S is one of the coalition members.The strategy will roll out over the next five years, but Heavin said the coalition hopes to have some information and training sessions ready next year.The coalition also includes the Saskatoon Industry Education Council, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS).To complement their efforts, the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan will receive separate funding to set up a program that provides free legal advice to people who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.“Part of what goes along with this funding is ensuring a good evaluation of the effectiveness of the activities that we’re going to be engaging in,” said Heavin.The U of S is working on an evaluation model that will include continuous feedback on the activities themselves and the impact they have. Tracking any changes in the number of complaints will be key.“We may see increases initially and that might be a good thing because it might be demonstrating that we actually have more information that’s getting out to workers and more people are comfortable actually coming forward,” said Heavin.Workplace sexual harassment not only impacts the individuals who experience it, but also the businesses they work in, Gunningham-Kapphahn pointed out.That’s why she feels the partnership with the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce will be particularly effective.“There are very negative outcomes for businesses that have the atmosphere of sexual harassment in the workplace,” she said. “It impacts their bottom line and the moral of the workplace.“We’re hoping that this project really helps to curb that trend that we see.”This corrects an earlier version that misstated workplace sexual harassment statistics due to incorrect information provided to the Leader-Post.jackerman@postmedia.com read more

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by News Staff Posted Sep 28, 2012 5:16 am MDT TOKYO – Japan’s manufacturing contracted further in August, dropping 1.3 per cent from the previous month on weakening auto and electronics output, as anti-Japanese riots in China darkened an already bleak outlook for both economies.Data released Friday also showed core consumer prices, excluding food, continued to fall last month in another sign that Japan, the world’s third-biggest economy, remains in the doldrums.The weaker industrial output is the fourth straight month of decline and reinforces expectations that Japan’s growth will shrink in the quarter that ends in September. It follows a 1.2 per cent decrease in July.Data for the first 10 days of September show exports to the world plunging 20 per cent year-on-year, said Takashi Shiono, an economist at Credit Suisse in Tokyo.“September exports will probably be very disappointing,” he said. The friction with China over disputed islands in the East China Sea, which boiled over into sometimes violent protests in many Chinese cities, will “have an impact on exports in September.”Despite those gloomy trends, other economic data showed the unemployment rate improved slightly, to 4.2 per cent, while core consumer prices, minus fresh foods, fell 0.3 per cent. That reflects persistent deflation, which also drags on economic growth.Weak global and domestic demand is weighing on manufacturers, particularly electronics makers, who are facing intense competition from South Korean, Taiwanese and other Asian manufacturers. The strong yen, which erodes overseas earnings and makes Japanese-made products relatively more expensive, is also eating into profits.The lift some Japanese industries got from reconstruction following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami is waning as rebuilding slows following the initial rush.Given these factors, Japan’s central bank followed the lead of the U.S. Federal Reserve last week in extending its monetary easing, hoping to help spur lending and other business activity while forecasting that the recovery could pick up momentum late in the year.Japan’s industrial production fell 4.3 per cent in August from a year earlier, as factories reduced output of electronics and components, communications equipment, chemicals and large passenger cars, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.Output is expected to fall further, by 2.9 per cent, in September, the ministry said, a forecast that likely takes the China problem into account, and to remain flat in October. Although Chinese authorities have acted to quell the recent anti-Japanese turmoil, it forced many factories to close temporarily and is hitting sales of Japanese-brand vehicles, further darkening the outlook for manufacturing.An overall slowdown in China’s economic growth has also hit demand for construction materials, iron and steel and other industrial inputs.But the weakness in output also reflects deliberate efforts to keep inventories under control, Shiono said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Japan’s industrial production slides 1.3 per cent in August read more

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A major concern is the displacement of some 355,000 people driven from their homes since the conflict erupted a month ago between President Salva Kiir’s forces and those of former deputy president Riek Machar, throwing into turmoil the agricultural sector at a time when preparations should be underway for plantings or harvests, “generating an alarming risk of food insecurity and malnutrition,” according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“Timing is everything,” FAO country Representative Sue Lautze said today in Juba, the capital. “There are fish in the rivers now, pastoralists are trying to protect their herds and the planting season for maize, groundnut and sorghum starts in March.”The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said yesterday that as it gains access to besieged areas, the number of people killed “must be much higher” than the 1,000 figure given earlier in the conflict.Under the UN Crisis Response Plan, FAO and its partners are seeking $61 million for crucial efforts to get seeds, livestock vaccines, fishing gear and other agricultural inputs and services to vulnerable rural and urban families whose production and income activities are being disrupted.”It is essential that security and stability return to South Sudan immediately so that displaced people can return to their homes, fields, herds and fishing grounds,” Ms. Lautze said. “Even before the recent fighting, which has displaced more than 352 000 people, some 4.4 million people (out of a total of some 11 million) were already estimated to be facing food insecurity in South Sudan in 2014” FAO Emergency and Rehabilitation Division Director Dominique Burgeon said at the agency’s headquarters in Rome. “Of those, 830 000 were facing acute food insecurity.” FAO’s priorities include restoring the animal health system by rebuilding the cold chain needed to store and transport vaccines, reviving community-based animal health networks, increasing access to seeds and micro-irrigation equipment, support for fishing, and promoting the efficient use of fuels by internally displaced persons (IDPs).The conflict is affecting major supply routes, displacing traders and leading to rising food and fuel prices, along with the breakdown of local markets which are crucial to rural farmers, fishers and livestock-dependent populations.”South Sudan was already facing challenges in terms of livestock diseases,” Ms. Lautze said. “In some areas, young animals have been dying at a rate of 40-50 percent. FAO and its partners had recently made progress in partially controlling these diseases and reducing mortality through systematic vaccination, but we estimate that more than half of the country’s capacity for vaccine storage and distribution has been lost and must urgently be restored.” For its part, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new $57.8-million emergency operation to expand food aid for up to 400,000 IDPs over the next three months, including specialized nutritional support for new mothers and young children who are most at risk from a disruption in their food supply. “While we and our partners are reaching more people every day, we still face difficulties accessing some areas, and the looting of food and other assets from a number of our compounds and warehouses around the country,” WFP East and Central Africa Regional Director Valerie Guarnieri said on a visit to Juba. WFP fears the impact on food security will be significant for some time even if political talks now underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, succeed in end hostilities. With fighting continuing, aid agencies are having trouble reaching many areas of South Sudan. WFP food stocks pre-positioned at nearly 100 sites around the country facilitate the relief effort but these same stocks are also at risk. So far, WFP estimates that 10 per cent of its food in the country has been looted – enough to feed some 180,000 people for a month. “WFP urges all parties to protect civilians and safeguard humanitarian assets, such as food stocks, so that they can be used to provide critical relief, especially for women and children, affected by the violence,” WFP Deputy country Director Eddie Rowe said. “We join our partners in urgently appealing to both sides to allow access for humanitarian agencies to safely provide assistance to those in need.”Since about 60 percent of South Sudan is inaccessible by road during the rainy season, WFP would, in a normal year, now be beginning the annual effort to pre-position food in remote locations before the rains start in April or May. Conflict makes that difficult or impossible in some places, and it is likely that some communities in need will be reachable only by air.Meanwhile, UNMISS continues to protect nearly 60,000 civilians inside 10 bases across the country, and is creating a new site in Juba, where 30,000 IDPs are already seeking shelter at two UN locations. It said today anti-Government forces are in control of Bor in Jonglei state, amid reports of sporadic gunfire close to the UN base there, while Bentiu in the north, where nearly 9,000 civilians are being protected by 570 UN peacekeepers, remains relatively calm. Aid agencies are extremely concerned about reports of violence against civilians and aid workers, and the looting of humanitarian compounds and commandeering of vehicles. Tomorrow, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic will visit South Sudan to assess the situation amid reports abuses by both sides. read more

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