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  • UN peacekeepers killed in Mali

    first_imgUN peacekeepers in Mali Six U.N. peacekeepers were killed in an attack on their convoy in northern Mali.5 other soldiesrs were seriously wounded.A spokesperson for the country’s UN peacekeeping mission says they have ordered reinforcements to the scene of the ambush.UN security officials told the Reuters news agency that the attack occurred close to Goundam, a town in the southwest of the northern city of Timbuktu.All of the dead and wounded came from MINUSMA’s contingent from Burkina Faso, the United Nations said.“Those responsible for this ignoble crime must be identified and brought to justice as quickly as possible,” said Mongi Hamdi, MINUSMA head and special representative of the U.N. Secretary General.Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attack on the U.N. convoy.A French-led military campaign in early 2013 liberated northern Mali from al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels, who had seized control of the area after a Tuareg uprising led to a military coup that plunged Mali into chaos.The latest attack took place less than two weeks after the Malian government signed a peace deal with the Tuareg-led northern separatist rebels, in the hope of allowing government forces to concentrate on fighting armed Islamist groups.Since the beginning of MINUSMA’s mission in April 2013, 42 peacekeepers have been killed by hostile acts – including 10 so far this year – and 166 wounded, the United Nations said.The U.N. Security Council voted this month to impose sanctions on those responsible for attacks on MINUSMA.last_img read more

  • Mandela grandson’s case postponed to Monday

    first_imgCase pushed to Monday to allow Rwandan opposition get a lawyer Related Court proceedings in the rape case against the grandson of the former president Nelson Mandela have been remanded to Monday because the magistrate who is hearing the case was not present on Friday.The rape case against the grandson of late former president Nelson Mandela has been postponed to Monday to amend bail conditions.The 24-year-old father of three made a brief appearance at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday after being accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.The prosecutor requested a postponement for the presiding officer to be present as bail conditions needed to be amended.Dressed in a navy jacket and black trousers, the grandson nodded in agreement.During his bail application, he requested that he “not be treated as a Mandela but a normal citizen of the country” South Africa confirms first case of Zika Virus Remembering Nelson Mandela last_img read more

  • Sebastien Desabre’s Pyramids make impressive African debut

    first_imgAmir Sayoud starred for Belouizdad, creating the first goal for Ahmed Gasmi midway through the opening half and scoring the second eight minutes from time.African newcomers Paradou AC, the other Algerian contenders in the second-tier Confederation of African Football competition, were even more impressive, hammering Guinean visitors CI Kamsar 3-0.The most convincing first leg winners, though, were two other debutants, Esae of Benin and Triangle United of Zimbabwe, who each scored five unanswered goals.Esae triumphed 5-0 away to ASC Snim of Mauritania in Nouakchott and Triangle exploited home advantage to thump Rukinzo of Burundi 5-0 in a southeastern Zimbabwe town.Ulrich Dah Acheffon scored the first and fifth goals for Esae, who had completed their demolition job with a quarter of the match remaining.Allan Takarwisa led the Triangle goal romp, bagging a first half brace to help his club to a 3-0 advantage by half-time.US Ben Guerdane of Tunisia also scored five goals as they trounced Amarat United from South Sudan 5-1 with Brazilians Melo dos Santos and Ricardo Pereira bagging two goals each.Return matches are scheduled for the weekend of August 23/25.Share on: WhatsApp Desabre joined Pyramids after AFCON. PHOTO PYRAMIDS FCGhanaian Antwi stars for PyramidsJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Ghanaian John Antwi scored twice for Sebastien Desabre’s Egyptian outfit Pyramids as they lived up to a billing of being a club to watch in the CAF Confederation Cup this season.The debutants thumped Etoile of Congo Brazzaville 4-1 in a preliminary round first leg to virtually seal a round-of-32 place ahead of the return match in central Africa.Burkinabe Eric Traore and Egyptian Ahmed Ali also netted for the home side, who led by three goals at half-time, while Yan Mukumbu was the lone Congolese scorer.Wealthy Saudi sports official Turki al Sheikh bought underperforming Al Assiouty Sport last year, changed the name of the club and went on a spending spree.The impact was immediate as they finished third behind traditional African and Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Zamalek in the national league.French coach Sebastien Desabre was hired after taking Uganda to the knockout phase of the Africa Cup of Nations this year for the first time in 41 years.There was also more signings with former Ahly forward Antwi among those who joined to strengthen the squad for the first African campaign.Assuming Pyramids eliminate Etoile, they are likely to face CR Belouizdad of Algeria, who built a 2-0 home lead over AS CotonTchad of Chad in Algiers.last_img read more

  • Chef Michael Symon Inspires a Record-Setting Night at Saint Martin’s Gala

    first_imgFacebook106Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityA spirit of generosity took center stage Saturday night at Saint Martin’s University, as celebrity chef Michael Symon cooked and joked his way through the 2013 Saint Martin’s Gala, inspiring a crowd of more than 600 guests to raise $960,000 for student scholarships. This marks the highest amount the Gala has raised in its eight-year history.The annual Saint Martin’s Gala, held Saturday, Nov. 2, featured Symon, the award-winning culinary giant best known as an Iron Chef and a co-host of the ABC talk show The Chew. Flanked by students dressed in chef’s whites, Symon made his entrance into Marcus Pavilion, which had been transformed into an elegant silver and white dining space accented with shimmering tablecloths. Symon went right to work on the Viking-sponsored stage, charming his audience with his vivacious laughter and ebullient personality.Symon, the second Iron Chef in three years to headline the University’s signature fundraising event, offered a culinary demonstration accompanied by a five-course dinner and live auction. The chef’s signature laugh rang out throughout the evening, whether he was cooking, talking about his family or sweetening an auction item. Symon expanded one item — a trip to Cleveland to dine at his Lolita restaurant — by agreeing to meet the highest bidder in his hometown for a round of golf.Several guests had the opportunity to join Symon on stage, including those whose winning bids landed them on barstools “in the kitchen.” When two guests were offering competitive bids on a chance to work alongside Symon as his sous chef, the celebrity chef invited both on stage to share the role.Another auction item, a trip to Rome featuring a private, after-hours tour of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican galleries, brought in $16,000 for student scholarships. The highest-fetching auction item of the evening was an authentic Italian picnic for 30 people, which raised $24,000.Emcee Elisa Jaffe, of KOMO News, and auctioneer Jeff Stokes, of Stokes Auction Group, led the Gala festivities.As in years past, students played a major role in the event. Saint Martin’s junior Jeneva Burton welcomed the crowd to the Gala and introduced President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. Later in the evening, senior Dillon Linhart shared his story of success and expressed his gratitude for the financial assistance he has received. Inspired by the students’ remarks, guests “raised their paddle” to make gifts toward the University’s “Feed-a-Mind” scholarship funds. This portion of the program alone raised $343,000 — more than $130,000 above last year’s total.“Every dollar we raise through Gala goes toward funding student scholarships,” Heynderickx told the crowd. “We have more than 150 volunteers at this year’s Gala, and many of them are our students. They are here because they are dedicated to serving you as our guests.”When Symon arrived on the Saint Martin’s campus Friday, Nov. 1, a crowd of enthusiastic, sign-waving students gathered at the Baran Drive entrance to welcome him as he cruised by in his vehicle. Soon after his arrival, Symon took part in “Symon and Saints,” a meet-and-greet event with 80 students in the University’s Trautman Union Building.During the event, Symon delighted students with stories of how he became a chef, recounting how a badly broken arm ended his career as a high school wrestler. The injury cost him any possibility of receiving college scholarships. “I started working in a restaurant that summer, and that experience profoundly changed my life to being able to do something that I love to do for a living,” Symon told the students.The co-chairs for the 2013 Saint Martin’s Gala were Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali and Rick and Pam Panowicz.Next year’s Gala is scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Marcus Pavilion, and will again feature a celebrity chef. Those interested in attending the 2014 Gala are encouraged to check Saint Martin’s website, www.stmartin.edu/gala, for updates on next year’s celebration.Saint Martin’s University thanks the following Gala Event Sponsors:Presenting Partner: Bon AppétitSaint Martin Table Patrons: Forma Construction; Armandino ’59 and Marilyn Batali, Brian and Debbie Charneski, Terence ’62 and Mary Louise ’60 Monaghan, Rick and Pam Panowicz, and John and Hollie Xitco; and Joe and Liz WilliamsSaint Benedict Table Patrons: Cronk Family Foundation; Financial Advocates; Jim ’72 and Melissa Guerci; Matt Marcus ’94; The Rants Group; Salumi Artisan Cured Meats; Sunset Air, Inc.; and Viking Range CorporationSaint Gertrude Table Patrons: Joe HS ’62, ’66 and Betty Alongi; Charlie’s Produce; Jack and Luellen Charneski; Dunamis Interiors & Setina Manufacturing Co., Inc.; Kathryn Fies; Jim and Linnea Bremner, Bill and Jacki Gavin, Fred Goldberg and Carolyn Lakewold, Larry and Gail Larson, Richard and Laurel Seaman; GM Nameplate; Heritage Bank; Kathy Lombardo and Fred Wright; Lucky Eagle Casino; Miller Nash LLP and Strader Hallett CPAs; Olympia Federal Savings; Panagiotu Pension Advisors; Panowicz Jewelers; Rice Fergus Miller Architecture and Planning, Propel Insurance, and SCJ Alliance; Rob Rice Homes; Dick ’64 and Karen Roney and Phil and Judy Weigand; Jay and Carla Rudd; RuffaloCODY; Saint Martin’s Alumni Association; Soderstrom Architects; South Puget Sound Community College; Sur La Table; Attila ’78 and Katalin Talaber; U.S. BankSaint Scholastica Table Patrons: Waite ’65 and Patty Dalrymple; Mary ’73 and Fred Gentry; McGranahan Architects; Metropolitan Market; Kathleen O’Grady; Saint Martin’s College Class of 1959; SkyCity at the Needle; The Stars Foundation of Thurston County; Timberland Bank; Virgil Adams Real Estate; Robert and Joan WubbenaIn-Kind Sponsors: Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters; Caffe Vita Roasting Co.; Capitol City Press; Charlie’s Produce; g. miller Olympia; Glass Distillery; Grand Central Bakery; Lucky Eagle Casino; Olympia Olive Oil; Ostrom’s Mushrooms; Ralph’s Thriftway; Ramada Inn Olympia; Sur La Table; Taylor Shellfish; Viking Range CorporationSaint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 375 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more

  • STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 23, 2015

    first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mike Puype323669%$197,910 Flavien Prat601313222%$715,800 ESPINOZA, BAFFERT INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE AT STRONACH MEDIAXpressbet’s Aaron Vercruysse recently caught up with American Pharoah’s jockey and trainer, Victor Espinoza and Bob Baffert, for in-depth interviews regarding the colt’s upcoming pursuit of the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.The informative and entertaining sessions can be viewed at Stronach Media’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDgBpujf7ok Fernando Perez64129819%$439,230 Gonzalo Nicolas6056108%$178,728 Michael Machowsky1433121%$94,120 Felipe Valdez63710511%$285,200 FINISH LINES: Joe Talamo hopes to “win one for the Knapper” on Harlington’s Rose in today’s Spring Fever Stakes. Steve Knapp, who trains the 4-year-old filly, had his gall bladder removed Friday at Mission Hospital in Orange County after experiencing stomach pains. The 58-year-old native of Chino Hills expects to be back at the track in a few days . . . Elvis has left the building: Jockey Elvis Trujillo will move his tack Monday from Santa Anita to ride regularly at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Through 17 racing days, Trujillo, who won his 2,000th career race here on May 9, had five wins from 48 mounts . . . Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red worked four furlongs for Keith Desormeaux Saturday in 49.80, while Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind went five furlongs under birthday boy Victor Espinoza (43 today) in 1:01.80 for John Sadler.  Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian, prepping for the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby at 1 1/8 miles on July 4, went four furlongs in a bullet 46 flat for Jerry Hollendorfer, who also sent California Derby winner Cross the Line seven furlongs in 1:26 for the Grade III Affirmed Stakes on June 7 . . . Bolo, who finished an eventful 12th in the Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:04 under Rafael Bejarano. Trainer Carla Gaines has the son of Temple City ticketed for the Grade I, $1,250,000 Belmont Derby Invitational at 1 ¼ miles on turf July 4 . . . Jockey Gonzalo Nicolas loses his five-pound apprentice allowance on Monday, Memorial Day, and begins riding as a journeyman next Friday . . . Congrats to TVG’s Christina Blacker and her husband, trainer Dan, on the birth of a five-pound, 11-ounce baby girl this morning . . . Santa Anita will race through Monday’s holiday, then be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday and return with live racing Friday at 4 p.m. There will be simulcast racing Thursday, June 4, with free parking and free General Admission . . . Santa Anita will host a book signing of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . . Tom Quigley‘s guests Sunday and Monday at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens will be Frank R. Scatoni, co-author of Six Secrets of Successful Bettors, and TVG analyst Nick (The Sarge) Hines . . . Little Red Feather Racing has three horses in today’s stakes: Rocko’s Wheel, who makes his turf debut in the Snow Chief; Sheer Pleasure, who seeks back-to-back stakes wins in the Melair; and Chati’s On Top, gunning for three straight when he runs in the Snow Chief . . . And there’s the gag about a confused bettor at Golden Gate Fields who didn’t know whether to play a horse trained by Jonathan Wong or Blaine Wright, because “he didn’t know Wong from Wright.” Dan Hendricks831038%$71,890 ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR FAVORED IN WHITTINGHAMAshleyluvssugar seeks his third straight win, his second straight stakes win and his second in a row at a mile and a half when he runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes for three year olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf.The 4-year-old California-bred gelding won the Grade II San Luis Rey at a mile and a half on March 21.“I’ll just leave up to Gary,” trainer Peter Eurton said, addressing tactics and referring to Gary Stevens, who was aboard in the San Luis Rey for a 2 ¼-length upset over favored Finnegans Wake. “He knows the horse pretty well.“We got a decent enough draw on the outside (five in a field of five). At a mile and a half you never see a lot of pace. It just all comes down to who’s a little too eager. That’s why they’re going a mile and a half. It’s wait, wait, wait and run.”The field for the Whittingham, race three of nine: Divine Oath, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Crucero, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 7-2; and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 6-5. William Spawr1432221%$86,110 Bob Baffert1542227%$183,310 Edwin Maldonado55712913%$273,930 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Robertino Diodoro1832317%$109,990 Mario Gutierrez2432513%$162,128 Martin Garcia1742224%$111,050 Drayden Van Dyke4574516%$277,888 Elvis Trujillo4854710%$260,170 EURTON IS SWEET ON FAVORITE IN WHITTINGHAMDISTINCTIV PASSION BACK HOME FOR LA STAKESESPINOZA, BAFFERT INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE AT STRONACH MEDIATALAMO HOPES TO ‘WIN ONE FOR THE KNAPPER’ Tyler Baze9616122017%$678,360 Doug O’Neill521012519%$453,528center_img MALDONADO SAYS DISTINCTIV PASSION BACK ON COURSEEdwin Maldonado expects Distinctiv Passion to make amends when the front-running Florida-bred goes in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs.The 5-year-old With Distinction horse never got untracked in the five furlong Al Quoz Sprint on a “good” turf course in Dubai on March 28, finishing 13th of 16.“The grass was too long and wet, and he just couldn’t get a grip, not at all,” said Maldonado, who has ridden Distinctiv Passion in 12 of his 16 career starts, winning seven.“He came back well after the trip to Dubai and he likes this track,” Maldonado said. “He’s been training lights out.”Distinctiv Passion, trained by Jeff Bonde for owners Edward Brown, Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz, has four wins and a third from seven starts at Santa Anita, including the San Pedro Stakes in January 2013 and the Grade III Midnight Lute last Dec. 27.The Los Angeles field: Five Palms, Martin Garcia, 4-1; War Academy, Elvis Trujillo, 12-1; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 12-1; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 8-5; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; and San Onofre, Mike Smith, 9-5. Tiago Pereira2866321%$218,420 Brayan Pena373128%$71,730 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Mandella2165229%$436,220 Mark Glatt2834411%$155,374 Alex Solis1533220%$156,010 Richard Baltas2883229%$374,820 Peter Miller38811121%$306,610 Santiago Gonzalez4841038%$188,226 Mike Smith2156124%$456,080 Vann Belvoir2535412%$123,890 Philip D’Amato2693335%$320,890 (Current Through Friday, May 22) Bruce Headley931033%$68,950 Martin Pedroza523766%$189,394 John Sadler3556514%$204,758 Eddie Truman1151145%$145,150 Joseph Talamo651431322%$449,798 Rafael Bejarano6815161322%$687,802 -30-last_img read more

  • South Africa’s economy not declining but it faces difficulties

    first_imgIn the current challenging economic climate, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), delivered to Parliament on 26 October 2016, focused on social development and transformation. The biggest challenge South Africa faces, Gordhan said, is slow global growth and its effect on investment and trade in South Africa.This is one of the reasons for a R23-billion shortfall in projected revenue, a deficit that will have to be recouped through raised tax rates. The minister conceded that he faced a challenge of implementing measures that raised government revenues without inhibiting investment.Gordhan’s solution is to stabilise and consolidate national debt and prioritise capital investment.Over the next three years, R900-billion will be invested in infrastructure development with an emphasis on the telecommunications, energy and transport sectors.Additional funding will be channelled into health services, tertiary education and social programmes.Minister Gordhan stressed that government priorities remained:Progress in providing housing, clean water and sanitation for all.Creating equal access to health care.Accelerating job creation and small enterprise development.Expanding access to further education and advancing the country’s technological capabilities.South Africa’s economy faces difficulties, but the economy is not in decline, Gordhan stressed.To take advantage of the opportunities for growth, government would prioritise the financing of education. “We are especially mindful of the need to expand access to post-school education opportunities,” Gordhan said, but added “this is not enough: our progress rests on improvements in the entire education system.”In addition to a R16-billion boost to the higher education budget, a further R9- billion is earmarked for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. The effect of fee increases will be bankrolled by an additional R8-billion to aid households with an income under R600 000. These measures recognise that graduates do contribute, through taxes and loan repayments, to the next generation of students.All of these objectives, the minister explained, had to be met without leaving a legacy of debt for future generations. These aims, summed up as social transformation and inclusive economic growth, would ensure opportunities and the chance of a better life for all South Africans.Economic growth would ensure a stable and vibrant democratic South Africa.By prioritising where the government can best spend revenue and, more importantly, cut unnecessary and wasteful government expenditure, the ministry will be able to increase social grants. This modest increase – an additional R10 a month – has been necessitated by rising food costs.Other social programme spending includes:An expansion in government HIV/Aids programmes, which now reach 3.5 million people.Increases in the National Health Insurance’s conditional grant to continue the contracting of general practitioners and bring professional capacity into the School Health Programme.New conditional grant for employment of social workers.Extended child support grant for orphans.Funding for 39 000 Funza Lushaka bursaries for prospective teachers.Minister Gordhan’s statement also covered economic development, especially growth that encouraged the building of a more inclusive economy. Over the medium term the minister has proposed:R45-billion to promote industrialisation, economic transformation and sustainable resource management.An agri-parks initiative to help small farmers with production, marketing and training.A reassignment of housing funds to speed up investment in rental housing units and planning of catalytic projects in large towns and cities.Establishment of the National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute.Funding for the N2 Wild Coast road, the Moloto road and improved maintenance of both national and provincial roads.High-speed internet access in government buildings.“Fifty-five million South Africans want to see and experience real change in their lives, and continuous progress,” Gordhan emphasised.The minister challenged all South Africans to embrace a collective and concerted effort to find solutions for sustainable growth and eradicating poverty. If South Africans want the promise of the National Development Plan to be realised, Gordhan said, the country needed to embrace stable and sustainable public finances, as well as economic reforms and a transparent monetary policy.There are promising “green shoots” in the economy that can only be nurtured if the finance ministry’s holistic package of measures to grow the economy are enacted. “No one measure will work,” Gordhan said, “our approach is to mobilise efforts across many fronts, and to recognise a diversity of contributions in an open and multi-faceted development framework.”Gordhan’s MTBPS once again reaffirms an approach to building a national consensus on development and transformation. The minister set out the aims of his budget:The objective is inclusive growth.Limits would be set on government debt and expenditure while the administration would encourage public and private sector investment.The government-endorsed nine-point development plan would guide policy.Broadening inclusive participation, growth and development will require multi- ministerial policy initiatives.“All of us have expectations of government, of the economy and indeed of our political system. We expect delivery,” Gordhan concluded. “We expect change for the better. We expect progress in South Africa. Above all, we expect a better future for our children – particularly through education.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

  • 18 inch LIGHT BLONDE, Can’t complain for the price I paid compared to most

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  • Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts

    first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trailing, 102-101, the Beermen had a chance to take the lead inside the final 10 seconds and they wisely went to the reigning three-time PBA MVP to bail them out.Fajardo shot over Bolts import Allen Durham but his floater came up short as it hit the front rim.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was my fault. It was a good look and I missed that final shot. We should have won,” said a frustrated Fajardo in Filipino after the Beermen’s 104-101 defeat.The loss didn’t just cause San Miguel the game, but also a seat in the top four as they wound up in sixth place heading into the quarterfinals. The Cebuano giant went hard on himself despite posting a team-best 26 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.“I won’t be able to sleep tonight. I’m really sorry and I promise to bounce back,” he said.San Miguel will now have to beat defending champion Barangay Ginebra twice in the quarterfinals for its Grand Slam bid to go on. A win by the Gin Kings on Wednesday would send the Beermen into an early exit.“We’re still not out. We still have a chance to win. We just have to stay positive. Our will is still strong and we’ll take this one game at a time even though we have to go through the eye of the needle,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Bolts claim top spot, rally past Beermen Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight PBA IMAGESNine times out of ten, June Mar Fajardo would easily make a basket from five feet.It just unfortunate for San Miguel Beer that the rarest of times Fajardo would miss from close range came on Sunday night in an all-important game against rival Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

  • Behind rookie Collin Sexton, Cavs thwart bruised, Giannis-less Bucks

    first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director The Bucks are staggering toward the end of what has been a special season. The Eastern Conference leaders were without Antetokounmpo, one of the top MVP candidates, who missed his second game in a row with a sprained right ankle. They were also down five other rotational players including starting guard Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and forward Nikola Mirotic (thumb).Khris Middleton scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe 24 for the Bucks, who couldn’t wrap up their first division title since 2001. They were at a disadvantage as Antetokounmpo sat in warmups and watched from the end of Milwaukee’s bench.“When you don’t come out on top it never feels good,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “The guys, the competitive fight they brought in not the easiest of circumstances, I’ll take that any night.”Down 105-102, Milwaukee had a chance to tie it but had an ugly turnover without getting a shot off with less than 10 seconds remaining.Cleveland’s Kevin Love, who missed Monday’s game in Detroit with a sore back, left in the third quarter with an apparent head injury. He banged into Bledsoe late in the second quarter and played just three minutes in the third before going to the locker room for evaluation.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Since March 11, the Cavs have beaten Toronto, Detroit and Milwaukee — three probable playoff teams and in the Raptors and Bucks, the two top teams record-wise in the league.“Since the All-Star break, we’ve been playing well,” said Thompson, who had seven points and six rebounds in his first game since Jan. 16. “We’ve been playing well at home, beaten some good teams at home. I’d like to say if it was the NCAA Tournament, we’d definitely be a bubble team. We’ve got some good big wins.”TIP-INSBudenholzer and Bledsoe were given technicals for arguing during the break between the first and second quarters. … Antetokounmpo scored 44 with 14 rebounds in Milwaukee’s win at Cleveland on Dec. 14. … Dropped to 13-2 in the Central.Cavaliers: Nance finished with seven points, a team-high five assists, two steals and two blocks. … Although having Thompson on the floor would have certainly helped them win some games, Drew said the Cavs didn’t push Thompson. “I was hoping we would have gotten him back sooner,” Drew said. “But any time you are dealing with an injury, you can’t rush players back. ” … G Matthew Dellavedova missed his seventh straight game with a concussion.UP NEXTBucks: Host Miami on Friday.Cavaliers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) drives past Milwaukee Bucks’ D.J. Wilson (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 107-102. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Collin Sexton has left a sluggish, sometimes painful start to his pro career, behind him.He’s taking off, and he might just take the Cavaliers with him.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sexton scored 25 points and became the first NBA rookie to score at least 23 in seven straight games since 1998 as Cleveland delayed Milwaukee from clinching the Central Division on Wednesday night with a 107-102 win over the bruised Bucks, who were without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.Sexton made a 3-pointer with 1:42 left and dropped a driving layup one minute later as the Cavs held on for one of their signature wins in an otherwise dismal season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSexton’s development has been one of the bright spots for the Cavs, who have undergone a coaching change and been riddled with injuries. His seven-game scoring streak is the longest for any rookie since Tim Duncan did it 21 years ago.“That’s what’s up,” Sexton said, smiling. “It’s cool. He’s a legend. We got the win against the No. 1 team, so that’s even better.” NBTC: RJ Abarrientos shines as FEU stuns Canada Durham to enter semis MOST READ The team did not have any further information on Love, who finished with 10 rebounds in 18 minutes.“He didn’t seem to be himself,” coach Larry Drew said.While the Bucks are nursing injuries, the Cavs were as close to full strength as they’ve been in months as Tristan Thompson returned after missing 26 games with a sore left foot. It was a rare chance for Drew to have three of his top frontcourt players in Thompson, Love and Larry Nance Jr., who had missed the previous five games with a chest bruise.“It felt good having that many bodies,” Drew said.Middleton did all he could to carry the Bucks in the first half by scoring 18. But without enough support, he couldn’t keep up with the better-balanced Cavs, who built a 16-point lead and went into the locker room at halftime leading by 11.MILWAUKEE’S MASH UNITThe Bucks were also without guards Sterling Brown (wrist), Donte DiVicenzo (heel), George Hill (groin) and center Pau Gasol (ankle).Budenholzer dismissed a report that Mirotic, who got hurt during Tuesday’s win over the Lakers, could be out for as long as a month. The Bucks did not provide a timeline in their release.“These things can always change,” he said. “In a perfect world, they’re less. Sometimes they take longer. This is a little bit of a unique injury.”MARCH MADNESS Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other View commentslast_img read more

  • 8 Ways to Solve Prospects’ Problems Through Your Marketing

    first_img Originally published May 14, 2012 12:48:00 PM, updated August 26 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Content Creation You’re in business because you provide solutions. You’ve got answers. You’re the (wo)man with the plan. Let’s take a look at some of our customers, for example. AmeriFirst Home Mortgage helps home buyers find the right mortgage for them. In The News helps businesses memorialize their accomplishments with custom lamination and engraving. HubSpot helps marketers get an end-to-end view of their marketing activities to determine which channels provide the most ROI.Notice how none of those explanations of what each company provides focused on the specific product or service? That’s because the product or service isn’t what makes a lead want to be your customer — it’s a solution to their problem that people care about. Your business is successful because it provides some solution, but if your campaigns seem to be flailing a bit, it may be because you haven’t applied that problem-solving principle to your marketing.Plan your content for every persona and stage of the buying cycle. [Free Content Mapping Template]Not yet, anyway. This post will give you plenty of ideas to implement that will make your marketing more solution-oriented. That way, your prospects see you as a helpful problem solver they actually like and trust … not just a peddler of your product or service!How to Inject Problem Solving Into Your Marketing1) Create how-to blog content. As most inbound marketers know, success starts with content; so begin by writing blog posts that solve peoples’ problems! If you’ll allow me to get meta for a minute, this very blog post about how to be a problem solver is, well, solving a problem. People reading this presumably want to know how to inject more problem solving into their marketing, and this post is providing solutions to that problem. When writing your how-to blog content, focus on providing actionable advice. There’s already a ton of content out there that says a lot without really saying anything at all. But you want your content to give you credibility and authority; you can do that by making sure your reader walks away from the blog post with at least one thing he or she can do to be better.2) Create lead gen offers that make people’s lives easier. Helpful content doesn’t end with blog posts, nor does successful marketing. You need to convert that blog traffic into leads, and if you’ve written some amazing content, your readers will probably want to learn more from you. Create lead gen content that will help your readers be more successful — at work, at home, whatever it is your customers need. For example, HubSpot has released tons of ebooks that show marketers how to do something, like set up their Facebook page timeline, for instance. Or perhaps you’d like to create some templates for your audience, like we did with our downloadable leads waterfall graph that we encourage all marketers to use. If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve written an entire guide to creating lead gen offers quickly.3) Source problems to feed your content. I’m asking you to create all this content, but where will the topics come from? You should be speaking with the people on the front lines of your business on a daily basis — employees working in Services, Support, and Sales hear questions from prospects and customers during every conversation. Ask all employees to document these questions and problems and send them your way to feed your solution-oriented content. And if any of them fancy themselves a writer, they can document their answers, too, for a guest spot on your blog! (Tip: As you write this content, be sure to keep other departments in the know. Sales, Services, and Support should be equipped with an arsenal of content they can send to their prospects and customers that answers their questions. This will not only establish trust and authority between employees and your prospects and customers, but for Sales, it could shorten the buying cycle, too.)4) Leverage the brainpower of your community. Part of being a helpful, solution-oriented marketer is connecting people with content that solves their problems … regardless of the source. Look, nobody knows everything. You’re surrounded by people that have data, research, insights, and experiences from which your audience would benefit. Tap into that brainpower, and be the one to share it with the rest of your community! We’re doing this now, in fact, with our push for our social media community to contribute ideas for our next blog post.Want your Twitter username FT’d on the greatest list of marketing pet peeves? Respond with what annoys YOU! Follow us to hear the best ones.— HubSpot (@HubSpot) May 14, 2012Not only is this an excellent way to build strong relationships with others in your industry, but it also shows that you’re committed to providing answers for people regardless of the source.5) Monitor and respond to social media inquiries. Speaking of social media, your active presence on social sites can contribute to your reputation as a thought leader, problem solver, and all around awesome business. This means more than just monitoring your Twitter stream for questions you can answer, though. Think outside of the box a bit! Visit places like LinkedIn Answers, Quora, and industry forums to see what problems people are having. Take a look at how HubSpotter Meghan Keaney Anderson improved both HubSpot’s clout, and her own, by answering Scott’s question on Quora. Take special note of how she linked back to a blog post HubSpot wrote that answers his question, too!6) Optimize for long-tail search. Long-tail search is a critical component of any well-rounded SEO and content strategy, and it provides tremendous opportunity for marketers that are looking to be more solution-oriented with their content. That’s because many long-tail keywords are centered around interrogative queries, like “what makes a good blog post,” or “where should I host my blog,” or “how to start a blog.” Not only does centering content and SEO around long-tail keywords of this nature give you another avenue to assert yourself as a helpful marketer instead of a pushy salesperson, but it also helps you achieve higher search rankings quicker, and with a more niche market than short-tail and head terms allow. And if the keywords provide solutions to evergreen problems — in other words, problems that your audience will always face — your website will also enjoy ongoing organic traffic as a result of your high ranking for these long-tail queries!7) Nurture leads with emails based on their problems. Now that you have all of this fantastic, solution-oriented content, you should use it to nurture your leads! After all, you can’t have a successful lead nurturing program without a full arsenal of content. Consider segmenting your lists and creating lead nurturing tracks that address specific buyer problems. You can identify the problems right in your landing page forms. Take a look at the optional field we at HubSpot include on almost all of our landing pages to allow us to do this type of nurturing.By asking leads to identify their biggest marketing challenge, we get a better idea of what problems our audience face so we can create content to address it, and simultaneously target prospects in our email sends according to the problems they need an answer to.8) Create apps and tools that help solve a problem. Tools and apps — especially free ones — are mutually beneficial for businesses and their audience. Let’s take one of HubSpot’s free tools, Marketing Grader, as an example. Marketing Grader helps solve a problem many marketers face … they don’t know how good their marketing is. When you enter your website into the free tool, you get a comprehensive report that tells you not just an arbitrary grade, but also actionable advice on exactly what areas of your marketing need improvement, and how you can do it. It even provides links to content that helps solve your problems. So ask yourself: “Self, is there a tool or mobile app I could develop to help my leads and customers?” If there’s a problem people in your industry face, make your business the one that solves it!How do you inject problem solving into your marketing to gain the trust and loyalty of your prospects?Image credit: Tomasz Stasiuk Topics:last_img read more