Marc has the stats, Pau has wins in Gasols’ playoff battle

first_imgMarc has let his teammates know as well.He immediately got after rookie Andrew Harrison for not playing better defense when Pau hit a 3-pointer in Game 1. Pau, the NBA’s 43rd all-time scorer, is still capable of hitting big shots.“It’s a little frustrating as a guard,” Conley said. “You have to hear Marc get mad at you for letting Paul score. It’s always fun to see them compete, especially at the highest level.”Of course it’s even more fun when you’re winning.The Gasols tipped off against each other at the 2015 All-Star Game, becoming the first brothers to play against each other in that event. They are also Olympic teammates on Spain’s national team.Now they can add another milestone to their list of achievements, becoming the sixth set of siblings to meet in the NBA postseason.George and Ed Mikan were the first brothers to battle in the playoffs, facing off in 1949, 1950 and 1953. In 1983, Bernard King’s Knicks played brother Albert and the Nets, while Chuck and Wesley Person played each other in 1996. Harvey Grant with the 76ers met Horace Grant and his Orlando Magic in 1999. A year ago, Dorell Wright with Miami played brother Delon and Toronto.Pau says it’s hardest on their parents when he plays his little brother. Even though they take pride in one son being a two-time NBA champion and another the league’s 2013 defensive player of the year, these games can be tough.“They don’t enjoy the games that we play against each other too much,” Pau said. “They suffer. They don’t want us to hurt. One is going to be happy after the game, one is going to be upset. So you feel for the one that is upset. It is what it is. Now we’re in the playoffs, everything gets a little maximized, magnified.”Marc easily has outscored Pau so far with a career playoff-best 32 points in a href=’https://www.apnews.com/ed81ca9ea96b41a9ac9abf21c46e279f/Leonard-has-32-points,-Spurs-rout-Grizzlies-111-82-in-Game-1’Game 1 in a 111-82 loss to the Spurs/a, and he had 12 as San Antonio took a href=’https://www.apnews.com/378fc443779d4c19875cc1bebf36e914/Leonard’s-37-points-lead-Spurs-by-Grizzlies-96-82’Game 2 by a score of 96-82/a. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ The Gasols have been competing with and against each other since they were children — with Pau winning most of time. And Pau is enjoying the upper hand once again.“Put all those emotions aside and try to focus on what the Spurs have to do to beat the Grizzlies,” Pau said. “That’s what I’m going to try to focus on and help as much as I can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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LATEST STORIES FEU dumps UST in UAAP men’s Final Four Whatever the stats are, Pau is busting with pride over the little brother he watched work so hard to become one of the NBA’s top centers.“I think he’s had an incredible NBA career so far,” Pau said.And there’s little doubt Pau wants Marc to have even more success — next year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions View comments SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac towncenter_img Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town FILE – In this April 15, 2017, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) is defended by San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) and center Pau Gasol during the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in San Antonio. Pau and Marc Gasol have been battling each other on a basketball court since they were children with the older brother always finding ways to win. Now little brother Marc is doing his best to rally the Grizzlies to avoid being swept away in their first playoff meeting. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)Marc is winning the individual battle. Older brother Pau is walking away with the victories in the Gasols’ first NBA playoff battle.The sibling showdown between the Spaniards has added another dimension to the Grizzlies-Spurs opening-round Western Conference series.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christmas Eve chaos in Hong Kong as police and protesters clash PLAY LIST 01:17Christmas Eve chaos in Hong Kong as police and protesters clash00:50Trending Articles01:54Taal Volcano blankets towns in ash01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Pau is returning to the city where he started his NBA career looking to do something he never managed while playing for the Grizzlies — winning a playoff game in Memphis. Pau’s Grizzlies set an NBA record for playoff futility, losing their first 12 postseason games with him on the roster.Playing for San Antonio ensures a mix of boos and cheers for Pau, who was Memphis’ first All-Star. His trade to the Lakers in 2008 helped bring Marc to the Grizzlies, and now Marc is a three-time All-Star and team leader alongside guard Mike Conley — and trying to beat his big brother yet again.“Now he has a better chance today than when he was younger,” Pau quipped.At 36, Pau no longer is the big man that leads a franchise, coming off the bench for San Antonio as the scoring option behind Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker.“I wish he was starting so we could get more minutes against each other,” Marc said of Pau. “He knows what it’s about. He knows what I stand for, and how much I want to beat his team.”ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig outlast_img read more

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For the record

first_imgAn editorial in Monday’s paper incorrectly reported the first name of the newly appointed interim president of Mission College. His first name is Ernest. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Wine in three languages

first_imgVineyards at the Kleine Zalze Wineland and Golf Estate near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Junior winemaker Philani Gumede tests a new batch of wine at the Orange River Wine Cellars. The dictionary contains wine industry terms and descriptions for viticulturists, producers, winemakers, wine marketers, writers and students.(Images: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos visit the image library) Dr Michele van der Merwe says the trilingual dictionary will fulfil an important educational need in the wine sector and help to establish isiXhosa as a scientific language.(Image: Justin Alberts)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dr Michele van der MerweProject leader+27 21 808 2396RELATED ARTICLES• SA’s wine tourism, best in the world• SA’s wine consumers on the rise • Transforming SA’s wine industry • Instilling a love of reading Wilma den Hartigh South Africa’s first trilingual dictionary for the wine industry is now available online. The specialised subject dictionary contains translations and descriptions of 3500 industry terms in English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans.Stellenbosch University’s Dr Michele van der Merwe, who heads up the project, says the new dictionary is a valuable addition to South Africa’s wine industry, renowned internationally for its outstanding wines.“There is a big need for the dictionary and the request came from the industry,” Van der Merwe says.In the past few years the industry has been at the forefront of innovation and has experienced significant growth.The introduction of new trends created a need for a single point of reference where everyone in the industry could find credible descriptions of new terminology, instruments and concepts.An up-to-date dictionary published in three languages was the ideal solution.The project was established as a joint initiative by Stellenbosch University, Wintech, responsible for co-ordinating research in the wine industry, and wine certification body Sawis.The dictionary will fulfil an important educational need in the sector and help to establish isiXhosa as a scientific language.Something for everyoneContained in the dictionary are current wine industry terms and descriptions for viticulturists, producers, winemakers, wine marketers, writers and students.“Somebody who does training in viticulture does not necessarily have the necessary knowledge of language,” explains Van der Merwe. “I hope that it can be used as widely as possible – from students and researchers to people who simply love wine.”The dictionary contains a comprehensive list of terms such as bottle sizes, cultivation practices, marketing, trellising, distillation, crushing, grapevine physiology, diseases, and even waste management.It also contains interesting expressions, such as “wine thief”, which refers to a long tubular instrument used to test the sugar content of wine, “hogshead”, a type of barrel, and “angels’ share”, a term that describes a portion of brandy lost through evaporation.And if you’ve ever felt out of your depth at a wine tasting, struggled to tell a blanc de noir from a blanc de blanc, or couldn’t differentiate between a noble, medium-bodied or ordinary wine, this dictionary is also for you.Van der Merwe explains that the last dictionary for the wine industry in South Africa appeared in 1973, but it was just a word list without any descriptions or user guidelines.“Since then, a lot of research had been done and knowledge about the industry and relevant fields expanded immensely,” says Van der Merwe, who is also a qualified lexicographer (someone who writes and edits dictionaries).Science in isiXhosaThe dictionary is a useful teaching tool for students, not only in formal tertiary education but also for people who work in the wine industry.Emerging producers who do not have training or a background in the sector can use the dictionary to familiarise themselves with important terminology.This is why the isiXhosa translations are an important part of the project.“We live in a multilingual country where an increasing number of isiXhosa speakers in the Western Cape are becoming involved in the wine industry,” explains Van der Merwe.“It is so much easier to understand the wine industry in your own language.”She adds that as the wine industry is predominantly based in the Western Cape, they wanted to publish the dictionary in the three official languages of the province.“There was previously no isiXhosa wine terminology. I hope that this dictionary fills the gap,” she says.Easy to useOn the landing page users can select their preferred language and then search for a particular term or browse through the subject fields.The word and a complete definition, as well as a translation of the term, will appear.Most of the terms in the dictionary are divided into subject fields, making it easy for users to distinguish between viticulture or oenology terms.The subject field viticulture includes, for example, terms relating to organic growth and production, soil science, plant biotechnology, vine viruses and plant improvement.The oenology search field includes terms related to production technology, bottling, packaging and distribution, as well as microbiology.Finding and translating the terms was a daunting task.For the past five years Van der Merwe worked closely with a team of industry experts and staff from the university, including Professors Melanie Viviers and Florian Bauer, both bio-technologists, and Piet Goussard, a viticulturist.“Another challenge was translating, as there are many English words that don’t have an equivalent in isiXhosa or Afrikaans,” she explains.“We had to describe the concepts using a few words. For the Afrikaans translation we had to add a lot of words together to make compounds.”People with limited internet access can also use the dictionary.“We are encouraging people who work in cellars to print the whole dictionary and keep a hard copy on hand,” she says. “If you don’t have access to the internet this is the ideal way to access the dictionary.”South Africa’s language heritageVan der Merwe says the trilingual dictionary has another important function of preserving South Africa’s wine industry language heritage.What she found interesting was how, over the years, people have used human attributes to define processes in wine production, diseases or characteristics of vines.“Tandpyn”, an Afrikaans word for toothache, is used to describe a fungal disease that affects vines. Different parts of the vine are also often referred to as an arm or shoulder.“People have been very practical in their naming of concepts,” she says. “I realised that wine terms share many characteristics with people.”The dictionary can be accessed free of charge at http://www.sawis.co.za/dictionarylast_img read more

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Shoplifting Methods and Designing Out Crime

first_imgBooster bags, or so-called “magic bags,” continue to be one of the more popular shoplifting methods used by professional thieves. These foil-lined carriers work because the lining prevents the alarms actually connecting with the tag when passing through scanners.Despite penalties imposed on thieves for going equipped with these bags, and despite the best efforts of detectives as well as technology to spot magic bag use, the foil-lined bag remains a useful tool of the would-be shoplifter.No wonder the National Retail Security Survey indicates that shoplifting is still a significant problem; the rate of shoplifting as a percentage of inventory shrinkage reached 35.7 percent on average in 2018. Similarly, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Retail Crime Survey indicates that the average cost of customer theft reached almost half a billion pounds in 2017, which was nearly 15 percent higher than the previous year.- Sponsor – Shoplifting Methods from the Queen of ThievesI became interested in shoplifting when writing Gone Shopping—The Story of Shirley Pitts, Queen of Thieves (Bloomsbury 2012, first issued by Penguin in 1996). I found out that my subject had spent 50 years shoplifting with few arrests because she intelligently exploited shopping environments that did not fully anticipate criminal opportunism. Shirley Pitts was taught her trade as a school child by Alice Diamond and the Forty Thieves from South London. Shirley was introduced to them by her father, who was a burglar.In the late 1940s, when rationing increased scarcity and demand, the Forty Thieves employed young Shirley as a decoy to wrong-foot shop assistants. They created distraction scripts involving her.One of their favorite “crime scripts,” as described in the afterword of my book, was the pretext of “buying” clothes for a child. They dressed Shirley up in a school uniform, complete with a straw boater hat with ribbons down the back, to play her part. In the shops, this girl gang appeared to act almost theatrically to measure clothes against the apparently innocent schoolgirl, which concealed the fact they were stealing while the unsuspecting shop assistants looked on.The account from Shirley about being a prolific adult shoplifter who conned retailers and shop assistants by constantly changing her appearance, or being part of a gang of thieves who “steamed” shops to steal, or who used numerous shoplifting methods and crime scripts to steal, would be hilarious as stories of “a vanished way of life”– if such techniques were obsolete.Apparently, this is not the case and similar scams are repeated in many contemporary crime reports.Shoplifting is often viewed by professionals and amateur thieves as a low-risk versus high-reward business. As Martin Gill of Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International has documented, many shops and stores do not do enough to dissuade the rational criminal, who scans every environment for an opportunity. Gill discusses the unspoken questions a thief considers before making a decision to steal, which is summarized below from his 2007 publication, Shop Thieves on Shop Theft: Lessons for Retailers:
Why do I choose that store to steal from? On entering the store, does this look easy?On searching for goods to steal, can I avoid attracting attention?
On stealing the goods, can I avoid being seen?
On getting away, can I be sure no one is following me and no one will apprehend me?On selling the stolen goods, how will I get my money and avoid being traced?Of course, common changing room and numerous other shoplifting methods have been anticipated and/or addressed in many retail contexts by retrofitting Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies and/or by Problem-Orientated Policing (POP) and other security approaches.Clearly, the shoplifting problem is not just linked to the motivation of thieves, but the fact that the design of some retail environments is complicit because it makes it easy for the thief.Design by “Thinking like a Thief”Architects as well as interior, product, and packaging designers are rarely taught about shoplifting methods or how to avoid creating criminogenic environments by “thinking like a thief” as well as a user. Consequently, few of the designed fittings in the store that staff and customers use every day, have benefited from crime prevention thinking.To successfully design against shoplifting takes a committed designer who is aware of the fact that there are many competing objectives linked to retail environments between crime prevention and other business requirements. These include attracting the right staff, maintaining aesthetic appeal/brand awareness, addressing company values, and developing and positing marketing materials to maximize profits.Perhaps the clearest example of how these competing drivers operate can be seen from the way self-scanners were introduced by supermarket chains to increase speed and reduce staffing costs at checkouts. Shoplifting was considered, but few effective measures were put in place.According to the article “3 Ways to Stop Theft at the Self-Checkout” on RetailCustomerExperience.com, shoplifting at self-scanning points has been recorded to be five times higher than is usual, and has generated serious losses because thieves use their ingenuity to avoid paying. There are numerous scams that occur, from passing through without paying and bar code switching to fake weight strategies, such as pretending to weigh and pay for vegetables while sneaking through more expensive items—a crime script that could be avoided if the fraudulent opportunities self-scanning brings had been anticipated. Some retailers consequently now think the cost of theft from self-scanning is too high and are abandoning it.Self-scanning seems to mean that the stores lose profit; customers, who appear to benefit from conversation and engagement with shop assistants lose community; while those who are desperate to find work lose opportunity.Even ECOBAGS, which are designed to help supermarkets become more sustainable, have also been found to accommodate shoplifting. Burlap or reusable bags created to reduce plastic consumption are also a useful aid to shoplifters. They provide an alibi during some crime scripts where the shoplifter can pretend that the unpaid goods in their bags (to be stolen from the store) have been purchased on a previous shopping trip. Some thieves work with an accomplice and a bag, after buying legitimate goods, to use the receipt as protection to enable them to feel safe in stealing the same items again and again.Investment in Design Education Can Deter ShopliftingOne of the reasons why I enjoy documenting and visualizing crime scams is that I teach designers to design against many types of crime. If you want to involve designers in preventing crime through canny design, it is important that you first make sure they understand precisely how thieves do it.Design can deliver the sort of creativity needed in our stores that will look good to the eye, increase spend at the checkout, and work to thwart thieves. This is unlikely to be delivered by discourses from crime prevention, security consultants, or short-term retail thinking or technological reliance. The problems are complex and competing objectives often need to be reconciled and addressed.Design can provide a paradigm shift, but designers need to be given equal respect as crime science or security consultants. Design is not the bit that should be added on at the end of the process. To find robust solutions to shoplifting, designers and what Tim Brown in his book Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation calls “design thinking” needs to be part of the whole process so designers can identify the multiple drivers and do their best to address them.To achieve this, more investment in design education is needed by the retail industry that could make a difference in the long term to reduce the growing problem of shoplifting. New courses, curriculum, and design prizes as well as jobs are needed to encourage design schools and tutors that it is worth “having a go.”This article was originally published in LP Magazine EU in 2013 and was updated February 20, 2019. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

first_imgOsmond, in her best performance of the season, nailed everything with speed and precision to wind up third with 78.87 points. Daleman looked confused and made a gesture with her hands as if to say “What happened?” after going down on the second half of a combination jump. She was seventh Wednesday.“I left nothing out on the table and I’m really glad I could do that,” said Osmond, the 2017 world silver medalist.Italy’s Carolina Kostner, the bronze medalist at Sochi and, at 31 the veteran in this field, struggled and wound up just ahead of Daleman.It was not a strong showing for the Americans, each of whom had a major mistake.Nine days after becoming the first U.S. woman and third overall to land a triple axel in the Olympics, Mirai Nagasu came down on two feet on the jump, then fell to the ice. While the rest of her program was clean, Nagasu’s chances for an individual medal to go with her team bronze were damaged. Nagasu, 24 and the fourth-place finisher at the Vancouver Games, earned 66.93 points, a season’s best, but was ninth.“Sometimes it isn’t the right day, and today was one of those days,” Nagasu said. “This isn’t a sport where mistakes are forgiven. You only get one shot.”U.S. champion Bradie Tennell went first among the 30 skaters, hardly an advantageous position. She led for 2 hours, 40 minutes until the upper echelon began skating and Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto passed Tennell. A fall on the back end of a combination jump — Tennell had been virtually perfect with her jumps in her breakthrough season — was costly.“It was definitely unexpected. I don’t remember the last time I made a mistake in my short program, especially on the jumps,” Tennell said. “But things happen. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. You just have to get up a keep going. I’m definitely a fighter. I do not give up.”Tennell ended up 11th, one spot behind Karen Chen, the 2017 American champ. Chen put a hand down on her triple lutz and couldn’t finish a combination jump.“I’ve been nailing that every day in practice and I expected myself to, and to not be able to do that was a huge disappointment,” she said. “For sure, I was a little flustered after that. But I sold my program the best I could, got the most points I could and I’m proud of that.” PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid The United States’ worst top placement in a women’s Olympic event since the games resumed in 1948 after World War II is sixth. Getting that high will be a huge challenge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva will almost certainly take gold in one of the Winter Games marquee events after they went 1-2 in the women’s short program Wednesday with the highest scores ever. The 15-year-old Zagitova and the 18-year-old Medvedva train with the same coach, hang out together and set world records just minutes apart.With a dominating lead over the field, their friendly competition is the main drama left when the women compete in the free skate Friday. With all of Russia waiting for the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics, you’d think their relationship could become frayed, but only on the ice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We can talk about anything to each other,” the 18-year-old Medvedeva said, “and when we take the ice it’s sport and we must fight. Every competition I feel like (is) a little war.”Added Zagitova, 15: “We are friends first and rivals second, because you have to have competitiveness in sport.” BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives So, another world record, 82.92.And again the Russian fans rocked back and forth, this time chanting Zagitova’s name.“Well done to her,” Medvedeva said. “She did everything she could.”Not exactly, Zagitova said.“A few imperfections,” she explained.Oh really?“I’m happy I was able to cope with my nerves and skate well, set a world record,” she added, “but I’ve still got something to work towards and I can’t afford to relax.”Medvedeva had set the previous record for a short program in the team event last week, when her team won silver. Zagitova handled the free skate.Russia had never won Olympic gold for women until Adelina Sotnikova took home the medal in Sochi. The nation could have two straight after the free skate.Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman, second and third respectively at last year’s worlds, had varying success. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games MOST READ Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Medvedeva had not lost a competition in two years until she was beaten by Zagitova at the European Championships in Moscow. That set the stage for a showdown with a glaring spotlight — as the Russian fans are hoping for a high-profile success at this Olympics where the nation is officially banned because of a doping scandal.The youngsters responded with world records. Yet neither thought they had done their best.“I’m satisfied with my performance today. It was not my best, but it was OK,” said Medvedeva, who held the record for a few minutes with a score of 81.61. “All the battle is still ahead.”A group of Russian fans swayed together in the stands and chanted her name when that number was posted.Three skaters later came her training comrade, who put down a more difficult program, including a triple lutz-triple loop combination that outdid Medvedeva’s flip-toe loop combo.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais UAAP volleyball: Ateneo still on a roll, survives Adamson in 5 sets Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ In this combination of photos, Russian athletes Alina Zagitova, left, and Evgenia Medvedeva react as their scores are posted following their performance in the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. They will compete for the gold in the free skate Friday, Feb. 23. (AP Photos/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Friends, rivals, and soon, medalists.The only question is: Which Russian teen figure skating star will end the nation’s gold medal drought?ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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New automatic 4×4 Scorpio to cost Rs 14.32 lakh

first_imgThe prices of the new automatic Mahindra Scorpio have leaked on to the internet ahead of the company’s official announcment. According to the price list that was leaked out on Team-BHP, the automatic version of the Scorpio will be available in 2×2 and 4×4 models with both priced at Rs 13.6 lakh and Rs 14.3 lakh, respectively.Photo Courtesy – Team-BHP The automatic version of the rugged SUV will be available only on the top-end variant of the car. It will be powered by the same 2,179cc, 4-cylinder mHawk diesel engine that is present on the manual version of the car.Photo Courtesy – Team-BHP The automatic Scorpio is slated to get a six-speed transmission, operated by a hydraulic clutch. It will sport “Automatic” badges on the tailgate and the sides of the car to differentiate it from the manual version of the car.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni Showcases His Painting Skills

first_imgAdvertisementMS Dhoni, who is all set to travel to England for the ICC Cricket World Cup, recently shared one of his ambitions that is with him since his childhood. He also gave a hint of what career he might take up post his retirement from professional cricket.In a video posted online, the former India Team Captain showed a few paintings that apparently painted by him.In the video, Dhoni was heard saying “I wanted to share a secret with all of you. Right from when I was a kid I always wanted to become an artist,”Dhoni with his glovework too is nothing short of an artist for his fans as he never fails in amazing the viewers with his wicket-keeping acumen and his abilities with the bat.It was interesting to see the popular cricketer come out and share his desire towards becoming an artist, which definitely surprised his fans. He also shared his aim of having an exhibition of his artworks someday in the future.However, the paintings in the video seemingly came across as childlike, fueling the speculations that it was Dhoni showing his funny side yet again and those paintings presumably were of Dhoni’s four-year-old daughter Ziva. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Goa gets green light to host FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgThe Local Organising Committee (LOC) along with a 13-member FIFA delegation on Saturday carried out an inspection to ascertain Goa’s readiness to host matches and training sessions at the football U-17 World Cup, to be hosted by India in 2017.The LOC and FIFA experts expressed their satisfaction with the work which has been put in at the venue, according to a release. Tournament director Javier Ceppi, who has overseen the progression of preparations at the venue, said: “Goa hosted the AFC U-16 Championship, which helped it get into very high infrastructure-compliance levels and gives us enough confidence to ratify it as a venue for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.””Now, it is the moment to start focusing on all operational aspects to ensure a flawless delivery of the event.”Also present on the occasion were Goa Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, Sports Authority of Goa Executive Director V.M. Prabhudesai, AIFF Vice President Shrinivas Dempo, LOC Project Director Joy Bhattacharjya and FIFA Project Lead for U-17 World Cup India 2017 Tracy Lu.Describing the preparations at the venue, Lu said: “We last inspected the venue in February and I am delighted to see the progress on all fronts over the last six months.””The venue, in fact, has already been tested through the AFC U16 Championships and, from what the reports suggest, they did a great job. That adds credence to Goa and thus the venue certainly deserves to be a venue for India’s first FIFA World Cup.”Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar was ecstatic at the prospect of the state hosting its first ever World Cup.advertisementHe said: “Goa just hosted the AFC U16 tournament, where the four Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup were decided. Needless to say, we are extremely proud to be given this opportunity to host the tournament… it will most certainly be the next feather in our cap.”The team also visited the training sites proposed for next year’s event — Tilak Maidan Stadium, Cana Benaulim Ground, Bambolin Stadium and Utorda Ground.Goa became the third venue to get the go-ahead from FIFA, after Kochi and Navi Mumbai, to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.The delegation will travel to New Delhi on Sunday to inspect the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium there.last_img read more

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What’s on at Anfield? Matches, gigs, Rugby League & events

first_imgAnfield is one of the most iconic football grounds in the UK, not only the main base of Liverpool but also its fans – a stadium Kopites call home.For decades, Anfield has built a reputation for being one of the most best-supported stadiums in both the Premier League and Europe, with opposition teams struggling to do well when they visit L4.The stadium is known for its unique cultural mainstays such as the famed Kop End, the Shankly Gates and the Hillsborough Memorial in addition to having hosted some of the most memorable football matches in modern sporting history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! So ahead of Anfield’s cultural expansion into hosting music and other sporting events,  Goal brings you everything you need to know about what’s on and when.How to get to Anfield Stadium Getting to Anfield to watch a sporting event or attend a concert is a straightforward task, but may be a struggle for fans who aren’t local and supporters who are visiting from foreign shores.Taking the bus  to the ground is the easiest and most straightforward mode of transport from Liverpool city centre, which is also where Liverpool Lime Street station is located if you’re visiting from out of town and are arriving in the city by train.The 917 bus departs from St John’s Lane, opposite Lime Street Station starting from 3.5 hours before kickoff. From Liverpool City Centre, fans can also take the 26 from Liverpool ONE bus station, 17 from Queen Square Bus Station or the 917 from St John’s Lane, directly to the ground (around 30 mins).Taxis  from the city centre to Anfield usually cost between £7- £9, though you may want to depart town with good time to spare as the city usually fills up quite busily on matchday.If you’re a keen biker , fans can use the Cycle Hub – a FREE service that allows fans who cycle to the game to drop-off and park their bike safely and securely with an attendant. The Cycle Hub is situated in Stanley Park Car Park, a few minutes’ walk from the Anfield Road end of the Stadium.If you’re planning to travel using your own car , you will need to have reserved a pre-booked car parking pass to be guaranteed a parking space near the Stadium, where a resident parking scheme will be in operation.What was the Anfield redevelopment scheme? Anfield Main Stand 2018In April 2014, Liverpool revealed plans for a first phase of an expansion of the Main Stand which included adding a new third tier for seating, additional matchday facilities and enhanced corporate spaces. The new stand was going to add 8,500 seats for matchday and take the overall capacity of the stadium to 54,742. Work for the Main Stand expansion began in December 2014 with a view to be finished and operational for the start of the 2016-17 season, with the structure of the brand-new stand uniquely built around the main stand to enable the existing stand to continue to be used at full operational capacity throughout the season.Demolition of the stand took place in summer 2016 and was completed in time in September 9 2016 for the first home game of the season, where Liverpool won 4-1 against Leicester City.The second phase of Anfield’s redevelopment will be to rebuild the Anfield Road stand with design proposals still under consideration, with the club already having received initial outline planning permission in 2014 for the reconstruction.The initial goal is to increase the overall capacity by 4,825, giving Anfield a total capacity of 58,000 – however, it has since been reported that the club are looking to expand capacity even further to “above 60,000” , with Liverpool’s chief operating officer Andy Hughes stating: “one of our main objectives is to maximise capacity in this design”.Liverpool matches at Anfield Below is a list of the remaining Liverpool games which will take place at Anfield in the 2018-19 season.  Date Match Competition Nov 11, 2018 Liverpool vs Fulham Premier League Dec 2, 2018 Liverpool vs Everton Premier League Dec 11, 2018 Liverpool vs Napoli Champions League Dec 16, 2018 Liverpool vs Manchester United Premier League Dec 26, 2018 Liverpool vs Newcastle United Premier League Dec 29, 2018 Liverpool vs Arsenal Premier League Jan 19, 2019 Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Premier League Jan 30, 2019 Liverpool vs Leicester City Premier League Feb 9, 2019 Liverpool vs Bournemouth Premier League Feb 27, 2019 Liverpool vs Watford Premier League Mar 9, 2019 Liverpool vs Burnley Premier League Mar 30, 2019 Liverpool vs Tottenham Premier League April 13, 2019 Liverpool vs Chelsea Premier League April 27, 2019 Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town Premier League May 12, 2019 Liverpool vs Wolves Premier League You can find out information regarding tickets on the club’s official website by clicking here .Rugby games and other sports at Anfield Stadium Liverpool fans 2018International rugby league is set to return to Anfield in November 2018 when the stadium hosts England’s second Test against New Zealand.Anfield was already the host venue for the final of the Four Nations between Australia and the Kiwis in 2016 and this next Test is scheduled to take place for the afternoon of Saturday, November 4 and is preceded by a game between the two teams at Hull’s KCOM Stadium a week prior.The three match Test series will then be completed at Elland Road in Leeds, Sunday November 11.Following the expansion of the Main Stand at Anfield, the stadium has hosted a variety of non-Liverpool specific sporting events – and most recently welcomed Brazil and Croatia in an international friendly on June 3 as a warm-up fixture ahead of the World Cup.The likes of Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren had the chance to represent their nation on club turf, and similar sporting events of that size are expected to take place at Anfield across the coming years.Concerts & music gigs at Anfield StadiumAnfield had been granted planning permission to host concerts at the stadium starting from 2019, which will mark the first music event held at the venue in over 10 years.The stadium hosted a slew of gigs during Liverpool’s 2008 European Capital of Culture celebrations where the likes of The Zutons, Kaiser Chiefs and Paul McCartney all performed, and 2019 is set to introduce a new era at the venue where it will evolve from sporting stadium to major entertainment hub.Concerts at Anfield Stadium Date Artist / Event Tickets Jun 6, 2019 Take That Ticketmaster Jun 19, 2019 Bon Jovi (w/ Manic Street Preachers) Ticketmaster Jun 25, 2019 P!nk Ticketmaster As of next year, the city will have a two-year licence to hold 50,000 capacity events at Anfield – including music concerts, boxing matches and other stadium events.Among those just announced to play Anfield are British pop group Take That and American pop star P!nk. Bon Jovi is set to return to Liverpool for the first time in 33 years next summer too and Manic Street Preachers will support. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Horrifically Helpful Freelance Advice from Neil Gaiman

first_imgNeil Gaiman, master of horror and fantasy, author of Stardust, The Sandman __graphic novels, Coraline, and mountains of other geniusness, also considers himself a life-long freelancer.As Gaiman says in his Address to the University of the Arts class of 2012, “more and more of today’s work is freelance.” And he spends the rest of the inspirational (and humorous) speech talking about how he made it as a freelance artist — though his words apply to anyone who gigs for a living.I highly encourage you to watch the video. I’ve picked out some the highlights below.Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.1. It is never “only a dream”, John ConstantineMany people don’t think freelancing is realistic. In his speech, Gaiman says that, “The rules in what is possible and impossible were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them — and you can.”I think freelancers understand this intuitively — that’s why they started freelancing in the first place, and most of you did so “before it was cool.” There have probably been times when one of these rule-makers asks you, “is it even possible to make money doing that?”It is, thanks very much.2. Saying no to proper jobs“I said no to proper jobs that would have paid proper money,” Gaiman says, “because I knew that for me, they would have been walking away from the mountain.”At times when your gigs are low or you’re doubting yourself, it’s easy to look towards the cozy comforts of full-time employment with regret.And trust me, the more experience you get freelancing, the more valuable you’ll be, and job offers will come your way. But just remember Gaiman’s advice: “Nothing I did where the only reason for doing it was the money was ever worth it, except as bitter experience.”3. The secret brewGaiman gives us a simple formula for a successful freelancer: “The work is good, they’re easy to get along with, and they deliver the work on time. And you don’t even need all three. Two out of three is fine. People will tolerate how unpleasant you are if your work is good and you deliver it on time.”I talked with a freelancer a few weeks ago who told me that when he started working freelance for X company, that company was this close to never hiring a freelancer again.Why? No one was ever good at getting back to them in 24 hours. And repeatedly they just floated away halfway through the project.Don’t give freelancers a bad name! You don’t even need to be especially brilliant if you deliver work on time and are easy to get along with.4. “I learned to write by writing.”If only I remembered this more often, I would save myself a lot of time.Instead, I say, “I’ll do THAT [thing I’ve wanted to go into for a while] once I’ve done THIS [impossible prerequisite].” Is it any surprise to me that I haven’t gone into interaction design, for instance, when I say I’ll only get a job when I learn more about interaction design, and I’ll only learn more about it when I find the time?Let’s say you want to get a gig in X field. But that field seems to always require lots of experience in that field. Instead of not approaching a prospective client or answering an ad, get out there explaining all the experience related and around that field that you have. It’s called the 1 + 1 approach, where experience in healthcare plus experience filming interviews could land you a gig where you’re shooting wellness or fitness tips, even when you don’t have experience doing exactly that.Eventually, someone will listen.5. Fail for good​Gaiman once misspelled Caroline as Coraline. Talk about a useful mistake — that name became the title of one of his most successful novels, which then became a blockbuster movie.But it’s bigger than that. Who doesn’t have piles of failed pitches? An entire folder called “failed writing/design/art/code/video?” Gaiman reminds us that you can learn just as much from that as from the good stuff. We’ve heard it before, but it’s so hard to remember after you’ve made a mistake that you’re sure will be “the kind of embarrassing failure that people would gather together and discuss until the end of time.”Take it easy! You might get fired by a client. You might have that client tell their friend how terrible you are. But you’ll get more gigs. You’ll get more gigs and be better at it.There’s a point in the Sandman series when a 500-year-old character meets Dream (the main character) and says the following: “I’ve learned from my mistakes, but I’ve had more time to commit more mistakes.” Even if you lived forever, you wouldn’t stop making errors.We’re remembering you today, Neil Gaiman, for being a great writer of freakishly frightening stuff, a great freelancer, and you know, cooler than shades and a leather jacket.last_img read more

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