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  • Haryana protester breathes last

    first_imgA man, who set himself afire in Rathdhana village of Sonipat district last month when Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ was passing through the area, died at a Rohtak hospital on Thursday, said officials. Rajesh succumbed to his injuries at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, they said. After setting himself aflame on August 26, Rajesh had told reporters that he took the extreme step because his son was jobless despite having been “assured” of employment when he had met the Chief Minister earlier. The yatra was nearing a halt in Sonipat district when the man doused himself with some inflammable material nearby and set himself on fire, police had said. Haryana Minister and BJP MLA from Sonipat, Kavita Jain had said that when the yatra reached the village, they saw a man engulfed in flames after which security officials were asked to rush to his help.Referred to PGIMS The seriously injured person was referred to PGIMS hospital, police said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had flagged off the Jan Ashirwad Yatra for the Assembly polls in Haryana, from Kalka on August 18.last_img read more

  • Ex-NBA star OJ Mayo joins Fubon Braves in ABL

    first_imgBecoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES He is just the third player in ABL history with NBA experience joining Alab Pilipinas’ Renaldo Balkman and Saigon Heat’s Gary Forbes.Mayo had a decent NBA career across eight seasons averaging 13.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steals but was slapped with a two-year suspension after violating the NBA Anti-Drug Policy in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHe joined in 2008 NBA Draft where he was picked third overall by Minnesota but was shipped to Memphis.The 6-foot-4 shooting guard will form a backcourt with Lin Chih-Chieh in the debuting Braves, who replaced defending champions CLS Knights of Indonesia. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Fubon will play its first game on the opening day of the season against Macau on Nov.16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Bulgaria football coach quits, 5 more arrested after racism Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ FILE – O.J. Mayo #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on February 20, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Former NBA lottery pick O.J. Mayo is taking his talents to the ASEAN Basketball League, joining newest member Fubon Braves.Mayo is suiting up for his third team in Asia after Taiwan’s Dacin Tigers and China’s Hunan Jinjian Miye.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View commentslast_img read more

  • Niese Leads Mets Over Phillies, 3-2

    first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Aaron Harang would like to have one pitch back.Juan Lagares homered off Harang and Jonathon Niese pitched seven strong innings to lead the New York Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on May 9.Lagares, not known for his power, lined Harang’s 1-0 pitch into the seats in the left with one out in the seventh to put the Mets up 3-2. The two-run homer, Lagares’ first of the season and ninth of his career, broke an 0-for-16 skid.“It was supposed to be down and away and I totally missed my spot,” Harang said. “You can tell by his swing he was looking fastball.”Harang (3-3), who was pitching on his 37th birthday, gave up three runs — two earned — and eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.The right-hander, who signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia in the offseason, had pitched 14 1/3 scoreless innings with four hits and 14 strikeouts in his first two home starts with the Phillies.“Harang was outstanding (except for) one high fastball he’d like to have back,” Philadelphia Manager Ryne Sandberg said.Philadelphia went ahead with two runs in the sixth inning that started with rookie second baseman Dilson Herrera’s error on Ben Revere’s grounder. Revere scored on Jeff Francoeur’s sacrifice fly and Darin Ruf reached on Carlos Ruiz’s double just inside the bag at third.It was the first error in the seventh career game for the 21-year-old Herrera, who is the youngest position player in the majors.The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning before Buddy Carlyle, the third Mets pitcher in the frame, escaped the jam by getting Ruiz to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.“The inning was set up nice,” Sandberg said. “I thought the shortstop made a good play.”Sandberg said he thought about pinch-hitting Ryan Howard in Ruiz’s spot, but let Ruiz bat because he is a contact hitter and he’d been swinging well during the game.Howard, who entered 4-for-26 off Niese, was kept out of the starting lineup. He flied out in the ninth as a pinch-hitter.Niese (3-2) improved to 5-0 in his last seven starts against Philadelphia, surrendering two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Neither of the runs was earned.Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless ninth to take the league lead by converting his 12th save in as many chances.Lagares’ long ball resulted in the first two earned runs of the game.The Mets went in front in the fifth when Ruben Tejada reached after second baseman Cesar Hernandez’s fielding error on Lucas Duda’s grounder should have been the third out.Hernandez was filling in for the struggling Chase Utley, who was out of the starting lineup for the third time in four days after an 0-for-4 outing Friday dropped his average to .099.New York threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out against Luis Garcia, but pinch-hitter Johnny Monell grounded into an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play in his Mets debut.(AARON BRACY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • 3 Ways for Floundering Agencies to Find Growth

    first_img Originally published May 2, 2013 2:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Scaling an Agency Have you had a conversation with a college sophomore lately?In this example, it is also the equivalent of talking with a 7-year-old.“I want to be a nurse or a psychologist. I want to save the world. No, I want to make money, so I’ll be a lawyer. But I really like writing, so I’ve thought of getting an English major and then getting my master’s in education. I heard the job prospects were bad for accountants, so I was thinking of going into engineering.” Ask any 7-year-old the same thing: “I want to be a fireman and a ballerina and an astronaut and maybe a teacher.”Ask most agencies what they do and you’ll get a similar response — a list of things they can do, want to do, and might be able to do. It’s a dizzying response to a basic question. And the answer has much larger consequences.Running an agency requires more clarity and focus, and without it, most communication firms move forward like they’re stuck on those banned playground merry-go-rounds. There’s little chance for growth when you’re simply spinning. An agency loses an account and fires three people. It wins an account and brings on five new employees. It changes its branding every two years. It eliminates departments. It adds new services based on one client. There’s little stability, and its biggest selling point is the brands it has worked with.So, how you can stop the madness and point your agency toward growth?Find a FocusA marketing agency has to be a chameleon; with each new client comes a different audience, voice, mission, and goals. In order to do this — and do it well — the agency is constantly changing its mindset to accommodate its clients’ needs.This innate ability to adapt leads to two types of problems for the agency’s own brand: it either creates a blank slate, where clients’ work and PR shout-outs command the attention, or the agency tries to be all things to all types of clients by listing off services like The Cheesecake Factory’s 50-page menus.A Pinterest/YouTube mashup of past work isn’t necessarily detrimental to an agency’s ability to land an account. But seeing isn’t believing, and in this case, thoughtful, knowledge-based information about a specific area of expertise or industry will do more to convince a client of the possibilities that a partnership will bring.The same is true for the agencies that create a rolling list of services — everything from direct marketing to event activation to SEO. Few clients truly believe that you can do all those things you list off well. They are looking for an agency that specializes in marketing to a niche audience while having a strong history of, say, successful public relations campaigns. They are searching for an agency that has experience matching live events with social media and technology. Show this, but also talk about the strategy, challenges, and unique insights your company brought to the project.Having more than one service gives you the ability to create an integrated marketing experience for clients, but having a clear focus will bring the clients to you.Invest in EducationLiving in a town with one of the best journalism schools in the country has given me the opportunity to meet, mentor, and train young talent who are looking to jump into the advertising industry after graduation. This has also given me the opportunity to see first-hand the substantial disconnect that exists between traditional training and the real world. Agencies that hire based on a book of designs and copy are doing a disservice to their existing team. Hiring someone who can create the “big idea” is not enough anymore.Unfortunately, it is then up to the agency to train and evolve to make up for this gap in knowledge. Someone who knows “how” to use a CMS is much different than someone who understands the possibilities and limitations of the platform. A social media manager who can throw in a few hashtags but doesn’t understand the rules of engagement in a crisis is less useful than a fax machine.Allison Kent-Smith, founder of Smith & Beta, a digital-centric educational program said: “For years, the industry has continued to look mostly outside agency walls for digital talent. We continue to trade and exchange the same talent with an average tenure of about 18 months. A formal agency digital education program elevates the literacy of many, rather than relying on the expertise of a few. Reality is, a few experts does not scale. So if an agency wants to grow and evolve (or lead), they must invest and reinvest in employees. This education investment does not start and stop — it is an integrated, ongoing part of everyday 21st century work.”Marketing firms that implement a structured, year-long learning program to create a knowledge base of content, SEO, user experience, data mining and analysis, information architecture, and technology will not only create big ideas but will also be able to execute (on time and within budget) on those strategies.Acquire New Business StrategicallyMany marketing firms are great at building relationships with existing clients and maintaining those for years. But more troubling to agency leadership is the quality of new business opportunities. A big part of this is a lack of structure and strategy. If the agency does have a dedicated new business professional, she usually lacks the resources and support from leadership to develop and implement a sales strategy, one that includes tracking and managing leads and informing how the agency is marketed and seen by prospective clients. New business then becomes a goose chase — responding to RFPs, making calls, networking, spamming people on LinkedIn, etc.New business needs to be a cross-functional role where not everyone is expected to bring in new leads, but each staff member should be required to provide support to the new business department on an ongoing basis.”I often hear advertising and digital agencies lament the fact that they have an on again off again business development program,” said Peter Levitan, a new business consultant. “I think the only way that an agency can overcome this malaise, the malaise of not having a consistent business development plan, is to make sure that the plan and process is baked into the agency’s DNA. That means that the CEO, ECD, and partners must wake up hungry every day and make sure that all employees understand that their futures are dependent on agency growth.”Growth of an agency needs to be strategic. Bring on clients who understand, believe in, and support how you approach work. Don’t hire more talent that isn’t a fit for your culture just to be able to support a client win. Think through how “big” you can get and still feel like the same agency you were passionate enough to build. Find your focus and plan for growth. The merry-go-round might just stop long enough for you to find yourself on stable ground.Jami Oetting is the executive editor of The Agency Post, an online publication for marketing and advertising professionals. The publication is running The Agency 100, an annual ranking of the fastest growing marketing companies in the U.S., to celebrate growth, solid client relationships, and stability. Connect with her on Twitter @jamioetting or on Google+.Image credit: The Knowles Gallery Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! 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  • Instagram Shopping: The Ultimate Guide

    first_img How to Set Up Instagram Shopping Glossier is an online cosmetics brand boasting $1 billion in sales, a rare sight for a four-year-old company. To what does the company owe its success? In part, to Instagram Shopping.70% of shoppers turn to the app to do their online browsing. Because of this, Glossier CEO Emily Weiss brought Glossier to where her target audience was: Instagram.While shopping on Instagram isn’t the newest integration for the social networking service, it has been creating, refining, and fine-tuning its shopping experience, adding new features to the shopping experience for consumers, like Checkout, which allows users to purchase directly in the app.High fashion brands are releasing entire clothing collections on Instagram and businesses are offering online tutorials on the platform. Instagram is a multi-faceted way to get customers interested and keep them scrolling. So, who wouldn’t want in on Instagram shopping?New Data: Instagram Engagement in 2019Well, let’s break down how to step up or start Instagram Shopping for your company. Here’s what you need to know.What is Instagram’s Shopping Feature?Instagram Shopping allows customers to make purchases directly through the Instagram app. Upload photos and tag products with the product name, price, and link to buy.It’s something 130 million users each month are interested in, and marketers should take note. If your target audience includes anyone under 35, there’s a strong chance that they are using Instagram. Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Oct 3, 2019 4:00:00 AM, updated October 03 2019center_img Create a business account Configure a catalog Be patient Upload images/videos Share 1. Create a business accountInstagram’s Setup guide offers a great checklist to see if your business qualifies for Shopping. TL;DR: your company’s market (location) needs to be supported on Instagram, sell physical goods, and offer e-commerce. Click here to see if your country’s market qualifies.Your Instagram business account needs to be connected to Facebook. To connect the two, open Instagram and tap ‘Settings.’ Then, tap ‘Account,’ and open the section labeled ‘Linked Accounts.’ From there, sign into your Facebook profile.2. Configure a catalogAfter that, connect to a catalog on Facebook. The catalog is how your product tag, price tag, and sticker tag will end up on your Instagram images. Facebook will guide you through a list of steps to connect an existing catalog or create one.For online tags and price stickers to appear on photos, choose ‘E-commerce.’Once connected, Instagram will let you set up Shopping. Open the app and go to your profile’s settings. Once there, the sequence is “Business Shopping on Instagram.” You must submit your account for review. Give yourself at least a few days for the account review process, because it may take that long to be approved.3. Be PatientInstagram will notify you once you’ve been approved through the catalog manager. This process can take between a few days up to about a week and a half. Then, you can continue to set up Shopping in Instagram’s settings using the app.4. UploadOnce your account has been approved, you’ll see a new option to tag products when you upload an image to your feed or Stories. Tapping this new prompt will let you select an item from the catalog you created on Facebook. From there, your followers will see the items up for sale tagged on your photos.Image Source: Facebook5. ShareInstagram imposes a limit of five products per photo and up to 20 for carousels. This option is how fashion and beauty industries release entire product collections on their feeds. Remember, you can go back and insert Shopping choices on older posts as well.Shoppable StoriesTo upload a shoppable story, the process looks a little different. When your account is approved for business and Shopping, stories are included.With Stories, businesses can add one product sticker that’s shoppable. This leads the customer to the same shopping page they would visit if they saw this post on their feed. The sticker has the same product and pricing information as a feed post.To do this, simply add to your story as you would do a regular post, opening up the Stories feature and choosing the option from the taskbar once you have a photo selected. From there, tap the sticker option and then click ‘Product’ to add your item. Remember, you can only add one of these tags per story.Stories with a product tag will appear with a shopping bag icon on the post to notify customers there’s a product attached. The shopping bag icon can be selected by users. When selected, it takes customers to an in-app landing page with the option to view or buy the item on your company’s website.Instagram Shopping AdsIt’s important to note that Shopping is currently a feature for organic sales only. This means businesses using ads on Instagram aren’t able to include Shopping posts in those ads. Even so, when advertising on Instagram, you can encourage shoppers to go to your feed to see new changes or updates.A great way to let consumers know your business has added Shopping to their Instagram feed is to announce it on your story and advise them to check out your page for more information. Another way you can unveil Shopping is to use the image captions to make the big announcement.Optimize Instagram ShoppingShopping revolutionizes the way you market your products online. It facilitates a seamless purchasing process for consumers. Here are a few helpful tips to put your best photo forward when introducing Shopping to your audience.1. Be consistentYour photos and videos should accurately represent the product they’re advertising. For instance, if you’re a SaaS company using Shopping to sell your new software, the post should truthfully depict what the customer is buying and how it will benefit them.For example, if you’re an advertising agency, it’s a good idea to have your posts geared towards client testimonials, client spotlights, and stats that draw potential customers into your business with a Shopping tag embedded into CTA posts. It’s probably not a good idea to post low-quality memes or content that strays from your company’s mission.2. DescriptionsCaptions are the key to acing the Instagram algorithm and hooking potential customers. As a consumer, a good caption can set a business apart and tell me that I want to learn more or move on. Using descriptive hashtags gives potential customers insight they need.Users can follow hashtags like #veganrecipes, and descriptions can make your posts easier to find, such as #VeganRecipeEbook. Try using a mix of broad and specific hashtags. Going back to the software example, possible hashtags could be #B2B, #new software #tech #iOScompatible.Image Source: Later3. Use high-quality contentConsumers are going to be critical of Shopping posts — more than they are of other posts on Instagram. Make sure posts include high-quality photos, correct tagging, and website links. Match the aesthetic of your brand to stand out and keep your regular consumers coming back to what they know and engage with what they love.For more inspiration on how to use Instagram Stories to engage your audience, check out these 19 examples, ranging from NASA makes space accessible with stunning visuals to how America’s Test Kitchen ranks the crispiness of their bacon. Instagram Marketinglast_img read more

  • Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova headlines opening day action at US Open 2019

    first_imgThere will be no shortage of big-name players in action when the US Open begins on Monday but the talk around New York for days has centered around the marquee matchup between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.Williams and Sharapova – for years the two most recognizable names in women’s tennis – will open the evening session at Arthur Ashe Stadium with their first-ever New York meeting in a match that may just have the feel of a championship final.”Of course I’m going to watch it,” defending U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka told reporters. “I know you all are going to watch it. I think everyone in New York is going to watch it.”At every Grand Slam there is always some sort of drama. You know what I mean? Like a first round. Like, Oh, my God. So this match just happens to be that for this tournament.”‘That’s going to be a match to watch’Eighth seed Williams, who is seeking a record-tying 24th career Grand Slam title, owns a commanding 19-2 career record against Sharapova, who last beat the American in 2004 and has fallen to 87th in the rankings amid an injury-hit 2019 season.”Definitely. That’s going to be a match to watch,” said Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu, who is seeded 15th and plays her first match on Tuesday.Among the other top names in action on Day One of the year’s final Grand Slam are defending champion Novak Djokovic, five-times winner Roger Federer, Australian world number two Ash Barty and Venus Williams.advertisementWhile that talented group will surely draw plenty of attention, the anticipation for their respective matches will pale in comparison to the Williams-Sharapova matchup.Williams and Sharapova have not played each other since the 2016 Australian Open. They were set to meet last year at the French Open but Williams withdrew injured moments before their fourth-round match.While five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova may be far from her top form, she could still present a challenge for Williams, who has not competed since retiring from the Toronto final against Andreescu with back spasms.And while their clash is highly anticipated, not everyone in the tennis world is planning their day around the match.”There are a lot of other quality first rounds. It’s not the only first round in the draw,” said French Open champion Barty, who kicks off the action at Arthur Ashe Stadium against Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.”I think more importantly I’m focused on my first round on Monday, and that’s all I’m worried about for the moment.”Also Read | Roger Federer god of tennis, super happy to play him: Sumit Nagal on US Open 1st round tieAlso See:last_img read more

  • Juan Correa in induced coma after fatal F2 crash

    first_imgAmerican-Ecuadorian Formula Two racer Juan Manuel Correa has been placed in an induced coma after suffering acute respiratory failure following a crash in Belgium last weekend that killed French driver Anthoine Hubert, his parents said on Saturday.They added in a statement that the 20-year-old was in a ‘critical but stable’ condition in a London hospital.Correa suffered a spinal injury and fractured his legs in Saturday’s horrific crash during the support race for the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.He was transferred to Britain from a hospital in Belgium on Tuesday.Correa, a development driver for the Alfa Romeo Formula One team and grandson of former Ecuadorian president Rodrigo Borja, underwent more than four hours of surgery in Liege after the accident.”As time has progressed, new complications have surfaced as a consequence of the massive impact he suffered Saturday in Belgium,” Juan Carlos and Maria Correa said.”On his arrival to London, Juan Manuel was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This is an injury considered common in high impact accidents such as this one.”The family statement said Correa had fallen into acute respiratory failure and been placed in an “induced state of unconsciousness and under ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support)”.”We are confident that our son will surprise us like he always does with his tremendous fighting will and strength and will recover completely,” the statement added.Hubert, 22, died after his car was hit at speed by Correa’s after the French driver had gone off into the barriers at Spa’s fast Raidillon corner.advertisementHe was the first driver fatality at a Formula One race weekend since Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed at Imola in 1994.Formula Two is one rung below F1 and many of the drivers are affiliated to grand prix teams. Britain’s George Russell, now with Williams, won the F2 title last year after Monegasque Charles Leclerc, now at Ferrari, in 2017.Also Read | Being disconnected with Saurabh Chaudhary is secret of our pair’s success: Manu BhakerAlso see:last_img read more

  • Leaked videos show how Pixel 4’s Motion Sense, face unlock features work

    first_imgHere is your daily dose of Pixel 4 leaks. If you have been following Pixel 4 leaks over past couple of months you would know that Google’s next generation Pixel smartphones would come with face unlock technology and motion sense technology that would be powered by the company’s Soli radar chip. Google confirmed these features in a blog post back in July. Now, days ahead of the official launch, which is scheduled to take place on October 15, two new videos have surfaced online. These videos demonstrate how the two features would work on the Pixel 4 smartphones.The first one of the two videos accessed by 9To5 Google shows how…rather how fast and efficiently…the face unlock feature would work in case of the Pixel 4 smartphones. The video, which appears to be a promotional video for the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone shows a woman checking a notification on what looks like a Pixel 4 smartphone with P4 wallpaper almost instantaneously. The time lag seems almost negligible.The other video is more thorough as it demonstrates various situations in which Pixel 4 users can use the phone’s Motion Sense technology to swipe their hands across the phone’s screen to perform various tasks. These use cases that the second promotional video demonstrates include — silencing an alarm, silencing an incoming phone call and skipping tracks in YouTube Music. All users had to do was swipe their hand across the phone’s screen.Separately, the publication has also shared the entire specs sheet for the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. The Google Pixel 4 will come with a 5.7-inch Full HD+ Smooth Display and a 2,800mAh battery, while the Pixel 4 XL will come with a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Smooth Display display and a 3,700mAh battery.Both the phones will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and come with Pixel Neural Core for processing images. The two phones are likely to sport 6GB RAM and come in 64GB and 128GB memory variants. Both the phones will come with a dual rear camera setup consisting of a 12MP dual pixel lens and a 16MP telephoto lens. However, there is no word on details pertaining to front camera yet.ALSO READ: | How Google’s Pixel smartphones would save your lives in futureALSO READ: | Pixel 4’s Motion Sense gestures may work in 53 countries, support 23 appsALSO READ: | Pixel 4 image leaked ahead of October 15 launchlast_img read more

  • French Open: Saina Nehwal knocked out in quarter-final after loss to teenager An Se Young

    first_imgLondon Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal’s ordinary season continues as the Indian shuttler was knocked out in the quarter-final of French Open Super 750 tournament by Korean teenager An Se Young on Friday in Paris.Saina Nehwal had headed to Paris on the back of 3 successive 1st-round exits. Injury concerns coupled with dip in form saw Saina struggle to reach the business end of tournaments on the tour since her title-winning run at Indonesia Masters in January.However, there were signs of improvement when Saina Nehwal started the ongoing Super 750 tournament in France with 2 relative comfortable wins. The 7th seed had beaten Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong and Liane Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in straight games before setting up a quarter-final clash with the highly-rated An Se Young.An Se Young needed just 49 minutes to defeat Saina Nehwal 20-22, 21-23 and progress to the semi-final. Notably, the 17-year-old from Korea had knocked out PV Sindhu in the 2nd round of Denmark Open earlier this month.Young started on the right note by taking a 2-point lead in the mid-game interval of the the 1st game. However, Saina came up with a determined attempt to close out the gap. The Indian shuttler had a game point at 20-10 but Young held her nerves and won the 1st game 22-20.In the 2nd game, Saina Nehwal put up a strong fight despite trailing 13-18 at one point in the game. Saina saved 2 match points but it wasn’t enough as Young showcased tremendous tenacity to take the game 23-21 and reach her 1st semi-final at a Super 750 tournament on the tour.advertisementNotably, An Se Young’s win over former World No.1 Saina Nehwal comes a week after the 17-year-old defeated PV Sindhu in the 2nd round of Denmark Open.Also Read | French Open: Indian challenge in men’s singles ends after Subhankar Dey exitAlso See:last_img read more

  • Justin Gilbert’s Time in Cleveland is Not Going Well … At All

    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. There might not be anybody in the NFL who cares less about football than (Justin) Gilbert.And you thought Johnny Foot’s time in Cleveland was going poorly. A recently article on Cleveland Scene went absolute scorched earth on both Jonathan and Gilbert, doing everything but calling them cancerous tumors within the Browns locker room.A sampling!Unlike Manziel, who loves football and abused the stardom that comes with it, Gilbert seems like he wants nothing to do with the sport. And while Manziel’s path of destruction has been aired out in public eye, Gilbert’s has played out behind the scenes. The clues were there from the beginning though.AdChoices广告Weeee!Gilbert just doesn’t get joy out of breaking down the Xs and Os. Flashy plays get him going, not the nitty-gritty details that define professional football.I believe that.Browns community and marketing staffers rarely bother asking him to participate in activities with fans — usually a must for recent draft picks. “He just doesn’t get what the NFL is about. At all,” said one veteran (Browns player). “How could they miss this badly?” said another about the front office.So that’s not great. On the other hand, there’s potential for Gilbert, Weeden, Randle and Blackmon to throw together the greatest flag football team in history next season in any city of their choice. Weeden and Gilbert will probably still be playing, but at least it’s an option.last_img read more

  • Updating The Juggernaut Theory: What About Clemson?

    first_imgLast year, friend of the blog Justin Browlee wrote a terrific piece entitled The Juggernaut Theory. Many of you will remember this as a long essay on why the same teams keep winning (and playing for) national championships in the modern era. If you haven’t read it yet, you can do so here.I was re-reading it the other day and came upon an interesting part.The early November rankings of 2015 were probably the most laughable of any. While Clemson, a non-juggernaut, albeit a Southeastern school with some tradition. We should add here that Clemson is ranked No. 1 because of wins over juggernauts in Notre Dame and Florida State. If they would have beat a one-loss Utah and a two-loss Syracuse, they probably wouldn’t be there held down the top spot, the rest of the top four were juggernauts. The most glaring aspect of the three juggernauts is that two of them are ranked in the top 4 with a loss, while several non-juggernauts sit outside of the top four with no losses!So did a non-juggernaut just play for two straight titles (this was written before last year’s title game) and win one of them? I hit up Justin (and Carson Cunningham) and we discussed whether The Juggernaut Theory is dead.Kyle PorterSo … what do we do about Clemson now? I was about to re-post the juggernaut theory post today, and I came across that line. Is the juggernaut theory dead?!Carson CunninghamThey are a curious case because they won a national title in 1981. In my opinion they have taken Miami’s place in the national sphere. It’s them or FSU in the ACC every year now. But if they had two losses they probably don’t get the nod over Oklahoma for the playoff. So not quite a Tier 1 juggernaut, in my opinion.Justin BrownleeMan…that is a great question. My wife and I were talking about that after the game, they’ve really thrown a wrench into the theory. Ultimately, I think that the playoff is the catalyst that opens the door to common programs. At eight teams, the door is cracked open, at eight teams, it’s really open.As for Clemson, I think a couple of things are at play. For starters, that region can only support a couple of great teams. Think about UGA, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, maybe you would throw Tennessee and North Carolina schools in there … recruiting wise it’s not Texas, Florida, Louisiana … yes there’s way more talent in that region than Kansas, but it can’t support 5-10 great programs. So UGA and USC were really solid for 7-10 years, they both fall off and here comes Clemson.Now I have to wonder what kind of level Clemson is cheating at. I’m sure tons of programs cheat and stuff, but they were very average-to-good for decades and all of a sudden the second UGA and USC slip a little they have monsters all over the field. I feel like they lost some real athletes last year and came back with grown men on both sides of the ball.Keep in mind, before these last two years, they had the one BCS bowl game they snuck into and upset Ohio State, but past that there was only one BCS bowl appearance and it was the orange bowl that WVU demolished them (basically the same WVU team that the big 12 dominated in 2012). I don’t think they had a conference championship in either of those years, so I would argue Oklahoma State and Kansas State are more accomplished programs (that’s if you buy into my thought that ANYTHING prior to 90s means very little) prior to 2015.But, without going on too much longer, Clemson is totally a juggernaut now. You win it all, that’s it. You’re in the club. Regardless of me thinking they could be below OSU/KSU two years ago, they won and that’s a really really big deal.That’s an interesting debate though, whether or not The Juggernaut Theory is dead. There’s a lot of different interesting talking points we could discuss with it — what does it take for someone to drop out of the juggernauts, what’s it take to get in, who are the programs that have tradition but aren’t there and why aren’t they there (A&M, Penn State etc) … shoot, Clemson has raised their profile by catching juggernauts at the right time the last three years (Ohio State in 2014, FSU, Miami, auburn this year before they got hot). You can be rewarded in the polls for beating over ranked juggernauts (N.D., Texas)PorterI was actually surprised Clemson wasn’t in that original “I don’t know what to do with them” group with Auburn and Oregon (do we count them … they don’t seem to be in the same class as Auburn/Clemson) I’m not as much of a CFB history buff as you (or probably Carson), but it seems like they would have fit that bill.If that is (retroactively) true then I don’t think them winning it all is a death to the theory. I think there is a group of sorta-juggernauts (those three and maybe a few others) that can win it all and it still holds up. I actually would have more of an issue with the theory if Oregon had won it all (RIP Joey Heisman’s campaign).BrownleeI will say this with The Juggernaut Theory — the biggest argument against me that came up was that I just looked at the last 20 years or so and put everyone that made a title in the group and called it a theory. I obviously disagree, and while my list isn’t perfect, it is pretty solid. I don’t think I would retroactively add Clemson as much as I would just say that a national championship opportunity growing from two teams to four and hopefully to eight will slowly breakdown the juggernauts’ stronghold on college football.With Clemson and their national perception, you’re not wrong. I think lots of people two years ago would put Clemson in a list of top 15-20 programs. Maybe it’s because of the 80’s title … and few people embrace my idea that any title before the 90’s is comparable to maybe winning a single conference road game today and I get that.That also goes to show how big of a deal a national title is. How many times have you heard someone talk about a non-juggernaut team and say how miraculous it is that they win or ask, “how could you ever convince a kid to come to Manhattan, KS?!?” I mean, have you seen these other college towns?South Carolina is consistently voted one of the five most miserable states in America. There is nothing in Clemson, just like there is nothing in Auburn, Lincoln NE, and upwards of 80-90 percent of all college towns. Most schools don’t get to call Austin or L.A. home, most schools are in a boring tiny town 3-5 hours away from a metroplex.But no one ever asked that about Clemson. They were given more respect, even two years ago, whether that was appropriate or not. (Obviously now it’s extremely appropriate) 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 Preview: Versatility of Safeties Allows Different Looks on Defense

    first_imgSpring practice is a time for trying things out. With most position groups, we’re looking for which freshmen can make a play and give us a first glimpse of their potential for the future.But with the safety position in 2017, it’s all about familiar faces learning new roles.As part of the Cowboys’ apparent transition (at least part-time) to a three-down front, Ramon Richards, the only cornerback on the roster with any starting experience, has been effectively moved to safety. Safety Kenneth Edison-McGruder has moved to linebacker.Mike Gundy explained the move during this spring press conference on Monday.“A lot of (the move) has to do with that 3-down, 4-down (linemen) concept we’re going to now,” Gundy said. “Having that guy that can play both, if you really have one of those guys, then they’re potentially a high-round pick because they’re skilled.”So not only does Glenn Spencer lose the leading tackler of Mike Gundy’s tenure in safety Jordan Sterns, he’ll be working in a new scheme which necessitates the position shuffling.Spencer acknowledged the difficulty of learning multiple systems — and the need.“Part of out learning process this spring is going to be how much can we have in our toolbox to be effective on Saturdays, without doing too much,” said Spencer.Tre Flowers is back for his senior season and is the Cowboys active leading tackler. Flowers and Ramon would be tabbed as the starters. Jerel Morrow is also a senior and figures to start when the Cowboys use that 3-3-5 formation.After those three you have three redshirt sophomores — Za’Carrius Green, Winston Westbrooks and Philip Redwine-Bryant — and true sophomore walk-on Chance Cook. Of course, all are seeing action this spring and will get a chance to show out in the Spring Game on April 15.In the fall, Spencer will also have true freshmen Malcolm Rodriguez, Kris McCune and Tre Sterling at his disposal. All three are 3-star recruits. All could play given OSU’s relative lack of depth at the position.With all the changes expected on defense, Spencer, now in his 10th spring camp in Stillwater and fifth as defensive coordinator, understands what spring ball is – practice and exhibition.“That’s the good thing about spring ball,” said Spencer. “Nobody’s keeping score. If we had to line up tomorrow, I don’t know what we would do. It probably wouldn’t be this.”Luckily, Glenn Spencer and his staff have six months to figure it out. 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

  • Former OSU Signee Tramonda Moore Commits to Oklahoma

    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. The long saga that is Tramonda Moore’s recruitment has seemingly come to an end, as the former Oklahoma State signee announced on Sunday he is switching to the dark side and committing to the Sooners. His decision comes just hours after garnering a scholarship offer from Oklahoma earlier in the day.Here’s the message he shared to his Twitter account.Honor to God because without him nothing would be possible. It has been a long time coming and my faith never abandoned me. I thank my family and my mentors for not giving up on me, I appreciate it, and to my coaches at Independence that I will always respect, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity that brought me to this point, I am so thankful for that. I am a witness of my own testimony and it is about time for me to use the tools God gave me to chase my dream. I am honored and blessed to say I have decided to further my education and football career at the University of Oklahoma.Moore was the highest rated signee of OSU’s 2016 recruiting class but failed to qualify academically. He spent the last season at Independence Community College where he garnered offers from Oregon, OU, Mississippi State, UCLA, South Carolina and Texas Tech.Six months ago—before Josh Henson took over duties coaching the offensive line, mind you—Moore had an interesting description of what he was looking for in his next school.“Less depth. Not saying I am afraid of competition, but I want to go somewhere I can make an immediate impact.”Although OSU signed him in the 2016 class and the original plan, it seemed, was to re-sign him again 2018, it was clear Henson made no effort in recruiting him following the departure of Greg Adkins.Although the addition of Moore could have worked out, Henson’s objective since taking over this spring was to bring in high school offensive lineman — not junior college prospects. In less than six months, Henson has earned commitments from five offensive lineman: Bryce Bray, Hunter Anthony, Tyrese Williams, Jacob Farrell and Hunter Woodard.last_img read more

  • Messi takes the blame after penalty woe

    first_imgArgentina Messi takes the blame for draw after ‘painful’ Argentina penalty miss Jamie Smith 02:37 6/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Lionel Messi Getty Images Argentina World Cup Argentina v Iceland Iceland Lionel Messi Despite enduring a miserable opening to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Argentina’s captain says there is no need to go ‘crazy’ Lionel Messi called for calm and said there is no need for Argentina to go “crazy”, despite failing to beat Iceland at the World Cup, partly thanks to his “painful” penalty miss.Argentina’s opening match at Russia 2018 ended in a 1-1 draw in Moscow after Alfred Finnbogason’s historic goal cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener in Saturday’s Group D meeting.Messi was denied by Hannes Thor Halldorsson when he took a second-half spot-kick – and he recorded 11 shots in the game without beating Iceland’s goalkeeper. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Argentina’s captain, a three-time beaten finalist at major tournaments with his country since 2014, does not want to panic after Iceland claimed a major scalp on their World Cup bow.”It was hard for us to break, it’s not easy when a rival plays so far back,” Messi told reporters. “The penalty was painful, I feel responsible.”We do not have to go crazy, we deserved to win, but we have to improve a lot, now we have to be calm.”13 – Since 1966, only Luigi Riva has attempted more shots in a World Cup game (13 vs both Sweden and Israel in 1970) without scoring than Lionel Messi did today against Iceland (since 1966). Shocker.#ARGISL #ARG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/rhnROlfewx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 16, 2018Barcelona superstar Messi has now failed to convert four of his last seven penalties for club and country.But the 30-year-old is ready to look ahead to Argentina’s next match, against Croatia on Thursday.”This is just beginning and we knew it would not be easy,” Messi said.”It’s a bad fight because we deserved to win, we were superior to Iceland.”We have things to improve, we’re going to beat Croatia.”last_img read more

  • Sarri waiting on second Chelsea signing

    first_imgMaurizio Sarri has repeated his wish for Chelsea to make a second January signing in order to replace Cesc Fabregas.Two-time Premier League champion Fabregas departed Stamford Bridge for Monaco this month but the only player to arrive at Chelsea in recent weeks has been Gonzalo Higuain, the forward himself replacing Alvaro Morata.One reported midfield target Leandro Paredes completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, but links to Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic have also now emerged. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Sarri retains hope with just two days of the transfer window remaining.”You know my opinion; I thought it was important to have two players,” Sarri told a news conference on Tuesday. “One has arrived. I am waiting for another.”If he arrived, I will be very happy. But I won’t be too worried. I am happy to play with these players.”Discussing his options in midfield if no new signing were to arrive, Sarri turned his attention to teenager Ethan Ampadu and loan star Mateo Kovacic.”Ampadu didn’t play very well in that position [against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday], but he is very young,” the Blues boss said. “It is a new position.”In the second half, we tried that with Mateo and he can move the ball very fast and clean. We have to see if he can play there in a defensive match, then we can try.”Chelsea were handed a boost in the build-up to Wednesday’s away match against Bournemouth as Callum Wilson – a reported Blues target before Higuain joined the club – is a doubt for the Cherries.”Callum is going to be a doubt for the game,” said Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. “It’s a knee problem but we’re going to wait and see. We’re going to give him all the time he needs to try to get fit for this game.”Howe added that Bournemouth have had no contact from any club regarding former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, who has also been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

  • Projecting the USMNT lineup versus Trinidad and Tobago

    first_imgConfirmed U.S. national team starting lineup vs Trinidad and Tobago. Gregg Berhalter didn’t deploy his strongest possible lineup in the U.S. national team’s Gold Cup opener against Guyana, but we should see the Americans trot out a first-choice group for Saturday night’s match against Trinidad and Tobago.Forward Jozy Altidore is expected to get the nod at striker after being rested in the Gold Cup opener, with Gyasi Zardes taking a seat after scoring a fortuitous goal in the 4-0 win against Guyana. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Weston McKennie looked to be a question mark after suffering a hamstring injury against Guyana, but Berhalter said on Friday that McKennie was healthy and available for selection. Berhalter could choose to rest McKennie as a precaution, with Cristian Roldan the player most likely to step in for the Schalke midfielder.Another question mark for the USMNT lineup is in central defense, where Matt Miazga could step in for Walker Zimmerman, who earned the start next to Aaron Long against Guyana. Miazga’s last Gold Cup start came in 2017, also in Cleveland, when he scored the vital goal in a 3-0 USMNT victory that helped the Americans win their group.GFX USMNT Projected XI 06222019The rest of the U.S. lineup should look similar to the group that defeated Guyana, with Tyler Boyd and Paul Arriola reprising their roles on the wings, with Cristian Pulisic working as an attacking midfielder on the left side of the dual-10 setup in Berhalter’s system. Michael Bradley is still working his way back to full fitness, but should get the nod as the defensive midfielder against Trinidad and Tobago after having his minutes limited against Guyana. Bradley, Pulisic and Altidore would give the Americans three players who were in the starting lineup in the 2017 World Cup qualifying loss to the Soca Warriors. Omar Gonzalez also started in the 2017 loss, but is unlikely to get the nod on Saturday. Nick Lima should earn the start at right back, where he posted another solid showing in the win against Guyana. Tim Ream is the projected starter at left back, and could also function as a left-sided central defender if Berhalter decided to experiment with a three-centerback setup in the 5-4-1 system we saw from the Americans in the pre-Gold Cup friendly against Jamaica.last_img read more

  • Premier MacDonald Suspends Ernie Fage

    first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald today, Feb. 20, announced that Ernie Fage is suspended from government caucus pending the outcome of a court case into a charge that he failed to remain at the scene of an accident. Mr. Fage will continue to represent the people of Cumberland North. He stepped down from cabinet and as minister of human resources on Jan. 4.last_img

  • RCMP planning to enforce court injunction over antiLNG pipeline protest in BC

    first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. — The RCMP says it is enforcing a court injunction today requiring the removal of a blockade to a forest service road in northern British Columbia that is preventing access to a pipeline project.In a statement, the Mounties say they are enforcing an interim injunction issued by the B.C. Supreme Court in mid-December that ordered anyone who interferes with the Coastal GasLink project in and around the Morice River Bridge to remove any obstructions.Members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have set up a camp and a checkpoint in the area, southwest of Houston. The injunction gave protesters 72 hours to remove obstructions and the police say that has not happened, preventing Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Ltd. from being able to do any work in the area.The pipeline by TransCanada subsidiary Coastal GasLink would carry natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat. The company says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route for LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, but demonstrators argue Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent.A news release issued Sunday on behalf of Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says all five Wet’suwet’en clans, including the Gidimt’en, oppose the construction of oil and gas pipelines in their territory.“The provincial and federal governments must revoke the permits for this project until the standards of free, prior and informed consent are met,” Phillip says in the release.The RCMP says people in the Houston area would notice an increase in the number of police officers as a result of the action it is taking to enforce the injunction.“We are very hopeful that there will not be violence or disorder as we enforce the court order; however, the safety of the public and our officers is paramount when policing demonstrations, particularly due to the remote area in which the bridge is located,” it says.The Mounties say exclusion areas and road closures were also planned in the area the Morice River Bridge.“Those areas will be clearly marked and media/public are welcome to stand at the perimeter, but no one will be allowed to enter the exclusion zones,” the statement says.The RCMP says it is not taking sides in the dispute.“The conflict between the oil and gas industries, Indigenous communities, and governments all across the province has been ongoing for a number of years. This has never been a police issue,” it says in the statement. “In fact, the B.C. RCMP is impartial and we respect the rights of individuals to peaceful, lawful and safe protest.” Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Auditor of UN OilforFood programme to answer US congressional inquiries

    In a letter sent to Senators Norm Coleman and Carl Levin on Monday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Chef de Cabinet, Mark Malloch Brown, said Dagfinn Knutsen would be available to brief them and their colleagues from the other investigative committees.”As the lead auditor of all of the OIOS audits into the Oil-for-Food programme, no one is better placed to answer whatever questions Congress members may have on this particular issue of audits,” UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.He recalled that last week in Washington, DC, Mr. Malloch Brown told US lawmakers that the UN would work with Congress to ensure an orderly process that meets the needs of all the congressional committees and those of the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) commissioned by the Secretary-General and chaired by former US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.Senator Coleman is the Chairman of the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which is holding hearings on Oil-for-Food. Senator Levin is its ranking minority member. read more

  • UNICEF 70 per cent of children in Central African Republic still not

    Seven out of 10 primary school students in the Central African Republic (CAR) have not returned to school since the conflict started in December 2012, according to a recent survey by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners.About 65 per cent of schools surveyed were looted, occupied or damaged by bullets or shells, the agency said in a news release about the survey, which was carried out in August in 11 of the country’s 17 prefectures.“A school is meant to be a safe space for teaching and learning, but in some areas there is nothing left,” said UNICEF Representative in CAR Souleymane Diabaté. “Without teachers, desks, textbooks – how can a child learn?”Four out of five people said that fear of violence is the main reason students are reluctant to return to school. Almost half of the schools remain closed and students have lost an average of six months of schooling.“Both the access and quality of primary education in the Central African Republic have severely deteriorated since the beginning of the crisis,” said Mr. Diabaté. “And if we do not act now, more children will lose the entire school year and are at risk of dropping out.”UNICEF called on the CAR authorities to take concrete measures to support the permanent and safe return of all teachers and students to school.Plagued by decades of instability and fighting, the CAR witnessed a resumption of violence last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.There is now a transitional government, headed by Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, entrusted with restoring law and order and paving the way for democratic elections. But armed clashes in the north-east have increased since the beginning of August, and the country is facing a dire humanitarian situation that affects the entire population of some 4.6 million.UNICEF said almost 25,000 children affected by conflict are now in ‘catch-up classes’ to prepare for this year’s final exams, with an additional 40,000 children scheduled to re-start learning in the upcoming weeks.Almost 20,000 students have received school supplies and schools have been received furniture which has already helped to re-open schools. UNICEF plans to support an additional 105,000 children to get back to their classrooms by the end of the year.UNICEF’s 2013 emergency appeal of $11.5 million, issued before the crisis, has since tripled to $32 million. The agency has only received one third of the funding requested, and $21 million is urgently needed to provide education and emergency assistance to conflict-affected children and women in CAR. Meanwhile, a team consisting of officials from UNICEF, several other UN humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations are continuing their visit to CAR to take stock of the humanitarian crisis and response in the country. Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said the team had meetings with the authorities and humanitarian partners in Bangui yesterday. Today, they are in the field in the north, in Bossangoa and Kaga Bandoro.The crisis that began last December has displaced more than 394,000 people within the country and sent another 64,000 people to neighbouring countries in search of refuge. Persistent insecurity, the absence of the rule of law and attacks against humanitarian personnel and assets continue to prevent life-saving assistance from reaching people in need, said Mr. Laerke.However, UN humanitarian staff have been redeployed to five locations outside Bangui and mobile humanitarian teams are also on the ground and providing aid in Bossangoa, where there had been a recent flare-up in fighting between various armed groups. Humanitarian partners have reached nearly 180,000 people with food assistance and nutrition programmes; 573,000 people have benefited from water and sanitation programmes; and more than 200,000 have received health support. read more