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November 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgKorean managers of the Rs 16,000-crore LG Electronics, based in Greater Noida, routinely play nukkad cricket, baseball style, with their colleagues on the company’s premises. They do not understand the game but know that cricket is religion in India. That’s a fact that the company, one of the 10 on-ground sponsors of the 2011 World Cup, has come to realise. No wonder, it will spend close to Rs 100 crore on cricket-related activities this year.Rs 150 crore will come from ticket sales in the World Cup, Rs 700 crore from TV ads.The company’s association with the sport has not only boosted tv sales-at least 50-60 per cent during the cricket season-but also built stronger brand equity for India’s largest consumer durables manufacturer. LG isn’t alone. Any marketer, wanting a strong toehold in the subcontinent is targeting cricket, be it Reliance Communications, Hero Honda Motors, PepsiCo or even those companies which have earlier invested in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “When we up the ante on cricket, our brand scores show an upward swing,” says Anil Dua, senior vice-president (marketing and sales), Hero Honda Motors.And the stakes are just going up. Around Rs 1,500 crore will be spent on cricket-related activities on tv alone during the World Cup and IPL 4. Of this, Rs 700 crore will be spent on the World Cup, while Rs 800-900 crore will be riding on the IPL. Only half of this amount was spent during the last World Cup in 2007, when India crashed out ignominiously in the first round. Comparatively, advertisement volumes for IPL 2 grew 17 per cent over IPL1. IPL 3 saw a rise of 35 per cent since the inaugural IPL in 2007. Sponsors Hero Honda, LG and PepsiCo would be spending Rs 70-80 crore each, estimate agencies.advertisementHyundai, the official car partner of the 2011 World Cup, will spend Rs 200 crore on ICC-related events till 2015. Sony India is planning to spend Rs 100 crore this year. Reebok India is planning to hike its advertising spending by 25 per cent. Sixty per cent of its total marketing budget will be consumed by the cricketing season.Around 70 million Indian households will be watching the ICC World Cup 2011.Is IPL bigger than the World Cup when it comes to advertising revenue on tv? Samir Kale, managing director of CMCG, a sports marketing consultancy, thinks so. “It has three times the playing time of the World Cup and primetime viewership which makes it more attractive for advertisers.” While average tv advertising rates would be around Rs 1-1.5 lakh for a 10-second commercial, it could go up to Rs 3.5 lakh on broadcaster ESPN Star Sports during the World Cup. Compare that to Rs 5.5 lakh during IPL on Set Max. “IPL’s tv viewership could be much more than the World Cup that has only six guaranteed India matches in the first round of 42 matches, making advertising spend riskier,” says Hiren Pandit, managing partner, GroupM.That’s the reason why LG, despite being a ground sponsor, is not buying airtime on ESPN Star Sports. “If India doesn’t do well, or doesn’t make it to the quarter-finals, public interest will drop,” says L.K. Gupta, marketing head, LG India. IPL guarantees more bang for the buck. According to tam Media, the IPL has been generating average television ratings (TVR) of 4.2-4.7, with finals shooting up to as high as 10.5, while the 2007 World Cup had average TVRs of 2.1 with the finale touching only 4.5.For some sponsors, however, both are important. While the World Cup is all about nationalistic fervour, IPL is about being with it. So Hero Honda, which was one of the ground sponsors of IPL 3 and also sponsor of the Delhi Daredevils, is ICC’s global sponsor for World Cup too.last_img read more

November 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni (right)The ongoing political thaw between India and Pakistan seems to be paving the way for the resumption of the bilateral cricket series too. One off-shoot of Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif attending the oath-taking ceremony of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi is that the cricket boards of the two countries have got talking in positive tone about resuming the mouthwatering bilateral encounter.It is reliably learnt that the boards have been discussing on playing a short series of One-day Internationals/Twenty20 Internationals this year itself or at the beginning of the next year, despite the teams’ cramped international schedule. Interestingly, this news comes just 20 days before the foreign secretaries of the two countries meet in Islamabad – a sign of the two neighbouring countries’ willingness to maintain friendly relations. Cricket is expected to be discussed during the meeting.It’s also gathered that the series, if it materialises, could be played either in India or in the UAE. A source in the Board of Control for India (BCCI) also indicated that if the series is staged in India, one of the matches would surely be played in New Delhi. And if that happens it is likely to be attended by the top politicians of the two countries – and, who knows, maybe even the two prime ministers.Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas, who till a few days ago was part of Pakistan Cricket Board’s management committee, and sources in the BCCI confirmed that talks have been going on for some time. “I also heard a talk within the PCB that a (short) series could be played with India. I heard that when I was a member of the PCB management committee till 10-15 days ago,” Abbas said.advertisementAbbas, whose wife is from Kanpur, welcomed the likely resumption of series. “It’s always good when India and Pakistan play cricket with each other. The bilateral series between them must start as soon as possible. It is the duty of both countries to play with each other,” Abbas, known as the ‘Asian Bradman’ for his prolific scoring, said. The BCCI source told Mail Today : “Yes, there have been discussions between officials of the two boards since Sharif accepted Modi’s invite to attend his oathtaking ceremony in New Delhi.Talks about resumption of a series are on at the government level.” A source in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said cricket could help bring peace. “There’s no decision on revival of sports ties but an issue like this could come up when foreign secretaries meet,” the source said. The last time the two countries played a match was on January 6 last year when Pakistan played a ODI in Delhi during their short tour. And the last Test match between the two teams was played six-and-a-half years ago, in Bangalore in 2007.Former Pakistan opening batsman Mohsin Khan also welcomed the move to play a short series. “The demand for the India-Pakistan series has gone so high that it has left behind Ashes series between England and Australia in terms of popularity. India is one of the best teams of the world and so is Pakistan, and they should play each other, but with a gap to maintain the series’ primacy,” Khan, who acted in Bollywood films in 1980s and early 1990s and married Indian actresses Reena Roy, told Mail Today from Pakistan.Both teams have a busy schedule this year. The Indian team will return from England on September 8 and the some of the players will get into Champions League T20 from September 13. After the Champions League T20 ends on October 4, India’s home series against the West Indies will begin a few days later and go on till November 18.Pakistan, on the other hand, is schedule to play back-to-back series – against Sri Lanka (ongoing), Australia and New Zealand – and will be free only on December 19. So a short India-Pakistan series can only take place after December 19 or maybe in January.last_img read more

November 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNew Delhi, May 23 (PTI) Delhi High Court today directed the Delhi University (DU) to apprise it about the procedure followed by the varsity in the admission process of students applying under sports quota.A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said this while hearing a petition seeking a direction to DU to centralise the admission process in sports quota and also for devising a mechanism for coordination between colleges in this regard.”You (DU) file an affidavit and tell us about the procedure followed by DU as on today. We will consider it,” the bench told the lawyer appearing for the university.The counsel sought time to file an affidavit after which the bench posted the matter for hearing on August 17.The petition, filed by NGO Child Health Organisation, sought a direction to the DU to “make the admission through sports quota more streamlined and centralised so that all the applicant get equal opportunity” of getting admission.It alleged that rules regarding admission process of students applying under sports quota were “flawed” and there was no coordination between the colleges about the trials.”An individual seeking admission cannot attend two trials at the same time and on same date at different colleges. This plays a pivotal role in jeopardising the future plan of the meritorious students/players,” the plea claimed adding that tests for various colleges for same sports were scheduled for same day and almost same time.It sought a direction to the DU to amend the guidelines for students seeking admission under sports quota.advertisementThe plea also sought a direction to the DU “to devise a mechanism for coordination between colleges to have coordinated trial procedure among themselves so that every student is able to try for every college.” PTI ABA HMP DVlast_img read more

November 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMumbai, Jun 21 (PTI) Softening its stand against the BJP after censuring it over a host of issues, the Shiv Sena today said criticism over policies should not be taken personally and that those who want to improve, take comments with an open heart and bring about necessary changes.”Criticism done on policies should not be taken personally. Doing so increases stress. Governments keep committing mistakes. But, in a democracy, it is necessary these mistakes are pointed out,” an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said today.”Criticism is not only done to change or remove governments, but to improve its functioning. Those who want to improve take criticism sportingly and with an open heart. A good ruler needs to place his feet on the ground, keep his mind calm and respect criticism,” the ruling ally said.On Sunday, addressing Shiv Sena workers at the partys golden jubilee year celebration, Uddhav Thackeray had said he would not have any “twisted” alliance with the ruling partner BJP for BMC polls, and asked the cadres to be ready to contest the polls without alliance.Notably, a senior BJP minister had yesterday said despite Uddhav Thackerays assertion that he would not accept a “twisted” alliance deal with BJP for the next years civic polls in Mumbai, he was keen to sew up an alliance.Meanwhile, reacting to the Senas change in stand, the opposition Congress and NCP said these comments were expected.”We had expected the Sena to soften its stand against the BJP. The Sena knows the corruption that it has allowed in the BMC running into thousands of crores, will ensure that it does not retain power. Thus, they now want to use the BJP to fulfil its agenda,” Congress spokesperson Al-Nasser Zakaria alleged.advertisementNCP legislator Kiran Pawaskar alleged, “BJP has a policy of teaching a lesson to anybody who revolts against it. It feared Eknath Khadse, so his PA was found involved in corruption and subsequently the minister had to resign.””Now, the Sena is a thorn in BJPs throat. We wonder if the BJP wanted to play a similar tactic with Deepak Sawant, through his PS Sunil Mali and this made the Sena go soft against the BJP,” he further claimed. PTI MM GK RCJlast_img read more

November 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIndia A coach and Indian stalwart Rahul Dravid feels Yuzvendra Chahal should play more red-ball cricket to gain experience in the longest format of the game and focus on developing his skills for Test cricket.Leg-spinner Chahal has formed a lethal combination with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in white-ball cricket but while Kuldeep found a place in India’s Test squad, Chahal is yet to prove himself in that arena.Dravid feels that Chahal has the skills to excel in red-ball cricket and he is getting the chance to prove himself and play the longest format in the ongoing ‘A’ series against South Africa.Dravid said that Chahal had a lot of success in white-ball cricket when he toured for ‘A’ series in Australia and he sees no reason that the same can translate into red-ball cricket.Also read – Mohammed Siraj stars in India A’s resounding victory over South Africa A”Chahal is someone the Indian selectors are keen on and they want to see how he does in red-ball cricket because he has not played much. So, it is nice that we gave him a couple of chances and it has worked out nicely. So, the more Chahal plays red-ball cricket, the more experience he will gain. There is no doubt, as we see, that he has got skills, but he needs to play a lot more,” Dravid said after India A beat South Africa A by an innings and 30 runs.Dravid was also pleased with the development shown by players like Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw and Mohammad Siraj. Siraj, who took 10 wickets against South Africa to help India ‘A’ received special praise.advertisement”I think they have shown over the last year or so with their performances that they are playing very good cricket. It’s nice to see them developing and growing as players. Whether there is an opportunity or not is not for me to decide. But they have played really well. Mayank Agarwal was quite exceptional in this game and Prithvi has shown continuous improvement in every level he has played,” he told reporters at post-match session.”I think maturity is one thing. Definitely, the way he [Siraj] has bowled in last three to four games for us in England and here has been absolutely terrific. He has taken 26 wickets in last three to four games. Also 10 here. He is maturing and bowling good, and also he is becoming stronger physically,” Dravid said.”For someone, who has not even played a lot of junior cricket coming up. He has not been really a part of the system. He has played 17 or 18 first class games. So, he is learning.”Dravid asserted that Siraj was still on a learning curve and said he would not judge him too quickly or harshly.”He has played a little bit of IPL and has been in and out. He has not had that much opportunities. The more he plays, the better he will get. I think, this is great and good step,” Dravid told.Dravid said that the organisers are trying to create conditions where fast bowlers can develop their skillset.”We are trying to create conditions – have more grass on the wicket so that it is bit more challenging for our batsmen while our seamers come into play. This hones their skills and gives them a chance to develop their skills,” Dravid said.Dravid said that planning and scheduling of the A series is very critical, which requires to be done in advance in reciprocal way between various boards just to create opportunities for players.”I see this A series a good bridge between domestic cricket, national and international cricket. It gives boards chance to give exposure to players. So, we work on planning and scheduling to make this happen. It opens up more options for selectors.Dravid said the focus on the ‘A’ series is not just on “winning games” but to keep a constant flow of players for the national team.”Our role is to develop young talents and give opportunities to them. Another role we play is to see what are the requirements of the national team and how we can help them,” he said.”Whether it is Murali Vijay or Ajinkya Rahane or Yuzuvendra Chahal, we try to see who can fit the bill of the national selectors.”There are times when he has to give opportunities to Indian players who are looking for a recall, he added. From his perspective, Dravid said they organise A series so that the players get more opportunities to play against quality Australian and South African players.advertisement”We have organised a triangluar series – there will be 30 players on display when we play one day series and Test matches in Australia and South Africa. So, more of our guys get opportunities to showcase their talents against some of the really talented players of the world, the better,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Support The Guardian Topics Nick Tedeschi Share on Twitter Castleford “For me, it’s the biggest prize without a doubt,” Powell said. “Winning the championship and finishing top is the truest test of being consistent over a whole season in my opinion.“Warrington [last year’s League Leaders’ Shield winners] were the best team last year, regardless of what happened in the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final [they lost both finals] – they were the best team and they finished top to prove it.“There’s now more prize money being given to it and I agree with [the Leeds chief executive] Gary Hetherington. When we first started with the Grand Final concept in 1998, a lot had to be put that way in terms of building it up – but for me, the best team finishes top. Although of course, we want to win both.”Powell, a former Great Britain international and now widely-regarded as one of the best coaches in the world, also insists helping Castleford to a first-ever first-placed finish would rank as his greatest achievement in the sport.“There’s little doubting it would be right at the top,” he said. “There have been so many people who have been on this journey with us and to get this club to being the number one side in Super League – which is what we will be if we win this – would have to make it the biggest.”Powell has transformed Castleford from relegation candidates upon his arrival in 2012 to the undoubted favourites to win the Super League title at Old Trafford come October: but he dismissed any talk of their first piece of major silverware in over 30 years this weekend being the pinnacle of his side’s evolution.“I’ve made the point to people so many times that this is a long-term journey we are on,” he said. “We’re on a mission to be an outstanding team in this sport for a number of years; we’ve been building and in recent years we’ve finished fourth and fifth, but now, with this squad, we’ve got a real opportunity to go on and do something special.”Confirmation of top spot on Thursday night would bring with it £100,000 in prize money and, perhaps more importantly, a place in next year’s World Club Series. The Super League boss, Roger Draper, confirmed last month that a two-game series between Super League and the NRL’s leading sides is “more or less” in place. Share on Messenger Since you’re here… The Castleford coach, Daryl Powell, has insisted the League Leaders’ Shield is the biggest prize available in rugby league as his side close in on winning it for the first time.Castleford have never finished top of rugby league’s first division in their 91-year history, a record they will lay to rest on Thursday night should they avoid defeat against local rivals Wakefield.The general belief in Super League is that the competition’s season-ending showpiece, the Grand Final, is the biggest accolade: but Powell, who played in the first-ever Old Trafford final in 1998 for Leeds, disagrees. news UK Sport Super League XXII Share on Facebook Super League Share via Email Read more Reuse this content Clash of the Titans: Jarryd Hayne and Neil Henry on collision course from outset Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Rugby league … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgArnautovic agent: West Ham should accept lucky China offerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic wants to move to China.That is according to his agent and brother, Danijel.West Ham have received a £35million bid from an unnamed Chinese Super League club for the Austrian. And Danijel says the club should accept after paying 20m to sign his brother from Stoke City in the summer of 2017.He said: “West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market.”They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players’ award.”Now West Ham have a fantastic offer. It is close to double what they paid for him.”He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles. This is what he wants. It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China.”He knows the West Ham fans love him and he has a special connection with them, but things move on, this is the world of sport, and he hopes they can understand.”Marko is professional and is preparing himself for the Arsenal game. He will give 100 per cent for West Ham. That is Marko. He will never change.”Until he is no longer a West Ham player, he will give everything to the club. He hopes the fans can respect his wishes.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHouston walk on scholarships awarded at team film session.YouTube/UHAthleticsWe can’t get enough of videos of college football walk-ons getting awarded scholarships. The life of a walk-on can be pretty thankless at times, especially when players have to balance schoolwork and all of the rigors of Division I athletics, without the benefit of a scholarship. A full ride can be life-changing for walk-ons and their families, and these videos always show how important those guys are to their teammates.On Wednesday, Houston head coach Tom Herman awarded two walk-ons—senior tight end Hayden Daniels and senior cornerback Tyler White—with scholarships for their final years. Herman was a bit tricky about it, opening by getting on the walk-ons who hadn’t yet had holds lifted by the university, chastising the group for a lack of “urgency,” before surprising the pair with their full rides. Daniels appeared in four games for the Cougars last year, while White played in all 13 games, registering 12 total tackles and fielding a crucial onside kick that helped spark Houston’s 35-34 comeback win over Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Bowl.last_img read more

October 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Rohan Sen MumbaiMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 18:01 IST Indian players wore special Army caps during the 3rd ODI vs Australia in March this year (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said his team would be looking to win the World Cup 2019 for Indian ArmyKohli said his players will be looking to draw inspiration from the Indian armed forcesTeam India will begin its World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on June 5 in SouthamptonTeam India not only want to win the World Cup this year for the billion-plus people of the country but they also want to lift the trophy for the Indian Army this time. India captain Virat Kohli spoke about the Indian Army at the press conference in Mumbai before departing for London where he said that if they winning the World Cup brings a smile on the faces of the Indian soldiers and their families then that will be the biggest achievement for his players.Virat Kohli was responding to a question from a journalist who reminded the captain about how former India all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath recently donated the prize money he got at the CEAT awards to the Indian Army Welfare fund. Amarnath also motivated the Indian cricketers to play the World Cup this year for the armed forces as he felt there can be no bigger motivation than that.Earlier this year the Indian players paid tribute to the armed forces in the 3rd ODI against Australia in which they wore special Army caps during the game. India’s tribute to the armed forces came after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad on February 14.The team even decided to contribute their match fees from that game to the National Defence FundTalking about getting motivation from the armed forces, Kohli said on Tuesday that the contribution of the soldiers is incomparable and they will try their best to win the World Cup for the jawans and their families.advertisement”You get motivation from a lot of sources, the point mentioned here is a very big one. I don’t think there can be a bigger motivation than that. When you talk about the Indian Army, the role that they play for the country, there is no comparison with that.”If we go in with that motivation that we can do something for the Army, you will see a different level of passion coming out of us. But that also depends on a lot of other factors. Every individual has a different motivation while playing in the World Cup.”I think if everyone keeps the Indian Army in mind then we will get an extra boost from it,” Virat Kohli said at the press conference in Mumbai.It’s a packed house here at the BCCI HQ – #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli & Coach @RaviShastriOfc address the media before they head to England for #CWC19 (@BCCI) May 21, 2019The 15 Indian players along with the support staff and reserve players will be departing for London tonight. Captain Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri addressed the media in Mumbai before their departure where they answered a host of tough questions but both sounded confident of bringing the World Cup back home.”Kedar will come with the side and as far this tournament is concerned its an opportunity. If you look at this team and what they have done over the last 5 years, they have played wonderful cricket. Like Virat said, it’s about striving for that consistency. And not playing any differently just because its a World Cup.”World Cup might be a stage but stage is to be enjoyed. Most important thing is get out there and enjoy it. And if you play to potential, that Cup might be here,” head coach Ravi Shastri said.#TeamIndia for @ICC #CWC19 #MenInBlue (@BCCI) April 15, 2019India have a terrific record in the World Cup having won the showpiece event twice in 1983 and 2011. Out of 75 matches played in the World Cup, India have won 46 games and lost 27 times with two no results.The team will open it’s World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.Also Read | MS Dhoni will be a big player in World Cup 2019: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | World Cup 2019 will be the most challenging World Cup I have played: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Team IndiaFollow Indian ArmyFollow World Cup 2019 Indian Army an inspiration for Virat Kohli’s Team India at World Cup 2019Virat Kohli said on Tuesday that the contribution of the Indian soldiers is incomparable and his team will try its best to win the World Cup for the Indian Army.advertisementlast_img read more

October 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend, June 4-5, offers families a chance to take part in one of the province’s most popular pastimes for free. This year, non-residents can also fish without a general fishing licence on this weekend. “Sportfishing Weekend is a great opportunity for families to be together and enjoy the outdoors,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “I encourage beginners, fishing enthusiasts and especially young anglers to come out June 4-5 to discover or rediscover the joys of angling.” The sportfishing weekend is organized by the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and supported by more than 20 community organizations, with fishing derbies throughout the province offering fun and prizes. Sportfishing is one of the most popular active outdoor sports in Nova Scotia, with an estimated 100,000 people participating each year. Sportfishing is worth about $92 million to the province’s economy annually. Anglers are reminded to use caution when fishing and although a licence is not required, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. For more information on sportfishing, visit .last_img read more

October 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe NASCAR Foundation will host its first-ever Honors Gala at the Marriott Marquis in New York City Sept. 27 to unveil the winner of its signature Betty France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide.Multi-platinum selling pop star Rachel Platten will perform live with music from her major-label debut, Wildfire, which debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 Chart in the U.S. and spawned chart-topping singles “Fight Song” and “Stand by You.”The gala will celebrate “10 Years of Giving” for the NASCAR Foundation which has donated $25 million to more than one million children since its inception in 2006.Betty Jane France, Founder and Chairwoman Emeritus of The NASCAR Foundation, will present the Humanitarian Award to the NASCAR fan who has shown tremendous dedication to improving the lives of children in their communities. This Award has benefitted nearly 200,000 children since launching six years ago and the winner will be chosen following a public vote of four finalists that begins July 13.At the event, The NASCAR Foundation will hand out a series of awards including its first-ever Founder’s Award to Mark Lazarus, Chairman of the NBC Sports Group. The Founder’s Award honors contributions to philanthropy through use of time, talent and resources – both personally and professionally – to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children.Lazarus serves on the board of governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as the board of directors for the Atlanta-based East Lake Foundation, helping families build better lives through community revitalization with mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education, and health and wellness programs.“Mark is simply an exceptional individual and we could not have chosen a more deserving person to receive this inaugural award,” France said. “This will make the evening even more memorable and we thank all of our partners for their continued support.”In addition, the annual Children’s Champion Award will be given to a medical professional that has showcased significant contributions, leadership, and dedication to enriching the lives of children.The NASCAR Foundation will also announce the launch of the Speediatrics Children’s Fund through a long-term partnership with a New York-area medical organization providing services to children in need. Today, The NASCAR Foundation helps provide state-of-the-art medical treatment to more than 50,000 children annually.“It is exciting to host this event in New York, the home of many great philanthropists, and to honor individuals that give so much of their personal time and energy towards helping others,” said The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Lorene King. “We would like to thank Nationwide and all our partners for their support as we look back on what we have accomplished in 10 years and look forward to achieving even more going forward.”The event will also host a live auction featuring the artwork of the 2015 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide winner Jeff Hanson, a philanthropic artist whose artwork gifted to charity has generated nearly $2 million.For ticket information or table sponsorships, please visit read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgVladivostok (Russia): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was looking forward to his first talks with President Vladimir Putin as he arrived in Russia on Wednesday seeking support in Pyongyang’s nuclear deadlock with the United States. Kim’s armoured train rolled in to the Tsarist-era station in Russia’s Pacific port city of Vladivostok, where the summit will take place on Thursday. Wearing a long black coat and fedora, Kim stepped out onto a red carpet on the station platform before making his way outside to be received by an honour guard and military band. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US His limousine drove off after the welcoming ceremony, bodyguards in suits running alongside. The talks, only confirmed at the last minute, will be Kim’s first face-to-face meeting with another head of state since negotiations with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi collapsed in February. “I hope this visit will be successful and useful,” Kim told Russian television in the border town of Khasan, where women in folk costumes welcomed him with bread and salt in a traditional greeting. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “I hope that during the talks… I will be able to have concrete discussions on resolving situations on the Korean Peninsula and on the development of our bilateral relationship,” Kim said. Putin was due to arrive in Vladivostok on Thursday, then fly on after the talks for another summit in Beijing. Russian and North Korean flags were flying on lamp posts on Vladivostok’s Russky island, where the summit is expected to take place at a university campus. The island is connected to the rest of Vladivostok by a bridge built in 2012 that crosses a harbour used for commercial and naval ships. Kim plans to stay on in Vladivostok on Friday for a series of cultural events, including a ballet and a visit to the city’s aquarium, Russian media reported. The talks follow repeated invitations from Putin since Kim embarked on a series of diplomatic overtures last year. Since March 2018, the formerly reclusive North Korean leader has held four meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, three with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in, two with Trump and one with Vietnam’s president. Analysts say he is now looking for wider international support in his standoff with Washington, while Moscow is keen to inject itself into another global flashpoint. In Hanoi, the cash-strapped North demanded immediate relief from the sanctions imposed on it over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. But the talks broke down in disagreement over what Pyongyang was prepared to give up in return. North Korea last week launched a blistering attack on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, insisting he be removed from the negotiations just hours after announcing it had carried out a new weapons test. Moscow has already called for the sanctions to be eased, while the US has accused it of trying to help Pyongyang evade some of the measures — accusations Russia denies. Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told a briefing on Tuesday: “The focus will be on a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula. “Russia intends to help consolidate positive trends in every way,” he said, but added that no joint statement or signing of agreements was planned. Moscow was a crucial backer of Pyongyang for decades and their ties go back to the founding of North Korea, when the Soviet Union installed Kim’s grandfather Kim Il Sung as leader. The Soviet Union reduced funding to the North as it began to seek reconciliation with Seoul in the 1980s, but Pyongyang was hit hard by its demise in 1991. Soon after his first election as Russian president, Putin sought to normalise relations and met Kim Jong Il — the current leader’s father and predecessor — three times. The first of those meetings was in Pyongyang in 2000, when Putin became the first Russian leader to visit the North. China has since cemented its role as the isolated North’s most important ally, its largest trading partner and crucial fuel supplier, and analysts say Kim could be looking to balance Beijing’s influence. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that Beijing was happy to see talks between its “friendly neighbours”. “We believe this will contribute… to peace and stability on the peninsula and in the region,” Geng said, noting that China and Russia “have always maintained close communication and coordination” on the issue. While ties between Russia and North Korea have remained cordial, the last meeting between their leaders came in 2011, when Kim Jong Il told then-president Dmitry Medvedev that he was prepared to renounce nuclear testing. His son has since overseen by far the country’s most powerful blast to date, and the launch of missiles capable of reaching the entire US mainland.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Rabat- Moroccan Singer Dounia Batma is expected to perform at the twelfth birthday of Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan on Friday.According to Alyouam24, the Moroccan artist was invited to perform in the festivities organized in the royal palace in Salé, the twin city of Rabat, by the royal family to celebrate the twelfth birthday of Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan.In August 2013, on the occasion of the his 50th birthday, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI bestowed the Royal Wissam of “National Merit” on Dounia Batma. The artist recently shot in Marrakech the video clip of the song “Al Maghrib Maghribna” (Morocco is ours). The song has been reportedly dedicated by Dounia Batma to the Moroccan sovereign after he was named the 2015 Personality of the year for family cohesion by an Emirati organization. read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Rabat- Photos of the newly completed train station has been circulating online today. On the request of King Mohammed VI, French President Emmanuel Macron will attend the inauguration of the LGV on Thursday, November 15 .After a series of delays, the train, which was set to be finished in 2015, and later delayed to 2017, is finally finished. Morocco’s 200-kilometer long LGV is the first of its kind in Africa, linking Casablanca and Tangier in two hours and 15 minutes instead of the usual 5 hour train ride. Several French companies collaborated in the construction and furnishing of the LGV, including SNCF, Alstom, Cegelec, and Ansaldo-Ineo. The cooperation has led international media to describe the LGV a “flagship project of the bilateral relationship.”King Mohammed VI and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched the project in 2007.  Construction was launched four years later in 2011.Read Also: Macron to Visit Morocco Next Week to Launch LGV with King Mohammed VIThe project cost €2 billion. According to BFMTV, the French government financed 51 percent of the project through various loans, including one granted by the French development agency of €220 million. In October 2017, the French Development Agency (AFD) granted a loan of €80 million to fund the last segment of the Tangier-Casablanca high-speed train project.This followed the French agency’s initial grant of €220 million in 2011 to establish the project. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

An all-female climbing team supported by the United Nations today reached the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, in celebration of International Women’s Day, which will be observed on 8 March.The team, made up of seven Nepalese women and three African women, participated in the expedition as a way to raise awareness of the importance of women’s rights, in particular education for girls.“We are on the top! Nothing is impossible if we struggle to pursue our dreams,” said Nimdoma Sherpa, who is also a former recipient of school meals provided by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal.“Nimdoma is an example of what girls’ education can do,” said Shailee Basnet, the leader of the Nepali group. “We know there are many more Nimdomas around the world and we hope we can motivate them to achieve their dreams.”“This has been such an exciting experience,” said Anna Indaya, a member of Tanzania’s endangered Hadzabe people, who is a teacher in a WFP-supported primary school in Arusha, Tanzania.“I had to fight to receive an education when I was growing up and I certainly had to fight to get up this mountain. Now, as a teacher, I see every day the struggle that young Tanzanian girls go through to attend school. I never thought I’d have this amazing opportunity to show girls and young women everywhere what you can achieve through sheer determination.”The team, which began their ascent on 28 February, documented their journey on the online platform Twitter, using the hastag #WFPkili2013. In coming days, they will visit schools around Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Moshi to share their inspiring stories and talk about the importance of education. “This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” said Hlubi Mboya, a South African actress and WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger, adding that her message to girls across the African continent is to “never give up, be your own hero, never quit, never fear failure.”The climb was supported by the Tanzanian Government, WFP and Child Reach International, a non-governmental organization working with communities to improve children’s access to education and healthcare. read more

September 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

During warmups prior to Tuesday night’s Houston Rockets game, center Dwight Howard and Rockets mascot Clutch the Bear had an unofficial contest to see who could be the first to hit an over-the-back halfcourt shot, with Clutch pulling off the surprise upset.Howard could probably use his warmup time more productively by focusing on his free-throw shooting, but he didn’t need to for this game against the Boston Celtics. Howard compiled another double-double of 10 points and 11 boards helping the Rockets open the game on an 18-1 run and had a 40-18 lead after the first quarter, improving to 8-4 on the season.The Rockets have won three in a row after Tuesday’s 109-85 defeat of the Boston Celtics. read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #WARNING: The Irish Coast Guard is warning people to stay away from exposed coasts — 130km winds are forecast to combine with high seas this afternoon, leading to an increased flooding risk.2. #BLAZE: The massive fire in Ballymount, west Dublin, is still burning this morning. Five fire units are at the scene, amid warnings the area may not be declared safe for several days.3. #QUANGO: The Department of the Environment has so far spent €5.7 million on a ‘mini quango’ established to help set up Irish Water, The Irish Mail on Sunday reports. The ‘Water Services Transition Office’ has set up two new offices — one in Dublin, and another in Waterford.4. #MIXED FORTUNES: Two new opinion polls give contrasting takes on the ‘state of the parties’ this weekend — a survey in the Sunday Independent shows support for the coalition parties up by six points, while a one in the Sunday Business Post shows a downturn in the Government’s fortunes.5. #PERFORMANCE: Teachers not performing in their roles will soon face “fitness-to-teach” hearings, The Sunday Times reports this morning. It’s part of a drive by the Government to improve standards in the profession, and new legislation is currently being prepared by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn.6. #CHECKS: Social welfare inspectors have paid home visits to over 1,000 widows and widowers in the past year to check it they’ve remarried, according to The Sunday Business Post. The paper reports that it’s the first ever crackdown of its kind.7. #UKRAINE: Protesters in Kiev have seized a building that was being used as a base by police. The move comes after Ukrainian opposition leaders rejected a deal seen as the Goverment’s most serious bid yet to end the continuing crisis.8. #CLASHES: At least 49 people have been killed in violence across Egypt, as the country marks the third anniversary of the uprising against the government of Hosni Mubarak, the BBC is reporting. Dozens more were wounded.9. #KIBERD: Why was Ariel Sharon’s funeral such a lonely affair, columnist Damien Kiberd asks: “The great and the good, who fought for front row seats at Mandela’s protracted funeral, decided a ‘no show’ was the wisest course of action”.last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWe’ve talked a few times about iRobot’s tiny Scooba 230 floor washing bot. The 6-inch diameter robot is built for negotiating tight spaces and keeping your floors, be they tile, linoleum, or treated wood, as clean as possible. It does this without any moving cleaning parts, rather it just scrubs away with numerous bristles and moves in cleaning motions. Its algorithmic approach to cleaning makes sure each part of the floor is covered multiple times.The time-lapse above shows the Roomba 230 doing one complete cleaning cycle in a small-ish bathroom. The complete cleaning routine took about 30 minutes and, as you can see, left the room pretty much spotless. If anything it didn’t clean the grout thoroughly, but you need some real elbow grease do to that, which is beyond the capacity of today’s home-use robots. The rest of the floor was thoroughly cleansed with a combination of water and iRobot’s enzymatic cleaner.AdChoices广告If you are curious about the time-lapse, it was taken with a Canon A620 digital camera running the CHDK firmware and an intervalometer application. The only other equipment necessary was a tripod, and then the software tools to combine the 631 images taken for the time-lapse into a video. Adobe’s Premiere Pro does this extremely well, but there are lots of other programs out there that can work with numbered stills.last_img read more

September 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Atletico Madrid star has said before he would love to retire in the MLS and David Beckham says he would love to have him thereIn the past, Atletico Madrid and France national team star Antoine Griezmann has expressed his desire to retire in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.And now David Beckham, owner of the new Miami club, is saying he would love to have him there.“It’s always nice to have great players want to come and play for our team,” Beckham told ESPN FC.Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“He’s such a great player. I’m a fan of his, he’s a fan of mine, so maybe one day he will be gracing the building in Miami and that’s what we want.”“Of course I have had a lot of players contacting me and not just because they want to play for the team,” he added.“They want to live in a great city, they want to live in a city that is vibrant, that is exciting, that really wants to be something and already is something. That’s exciting for people.”“We already have a short list of coaches, of players, so we’ll be putting a team together over the next 6-9 months,” he continued.last_img read more

September 10, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) MSRP $74.99 $60 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS $69.99 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See it on Amazon Mamba Elite Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See it on Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Kiyo web cam See it $520 at HP $69.99 Amazon’s PC gaming sale isn’t limited to Razer products, either. Corsair’s Scimitar Pro RGB mouse designed for MMO games is $45, down 44 percent from $80. Meanwhile the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is cut from $100 to $70 and the G910 Orion Spark RGB mechanical keyboard from Logitech is 50 percent off at $90.  See It See it on Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $299 at Amazon $999 $59.99 Tags $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 0 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sale price Sarah Tew/CNET Laptops Gaming Accessories Post a comment Razer,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags $99.99 Chris Monroe/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $99.99 Firefly Soft gaming mat Boost Mobile Razer’s Deathadder Elite has custom RGB lighting and 7 programmable buttons. Dave Cheng/CNET Razer’s Deathadder Elite is one of the most popular gaming mice available and that’s in spite of its regular price of $70. And today you can pick it up on Amazon for $37.99.Incredibly accurate with imperceptible latency, the corded Deathadder Elite has mechanical switches Razer says are tested to 50 million clicks. It’s also got seven programmable buttons, customizable Chroma RGB LEDs and switches to control sensitivity on the fly. It’s also a comfortable and accurate mouse. Don’t need a mouse? Razer also has deals on some of its other gaming accessories to help round out your setup. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Razer gaming accessories See It $59 at eBay $34.99 Read Google Home Hub review The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it on Amazon Turo See It Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Deathadder Elite Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice $999 7 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The Cheapskate DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Read DJI Osmo Action preview I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See at Turo Angela Lang/CNET Amazon $69.99 Best Buy Seiren X microphone Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Share your voice Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $155 at Google Express Availability Rylo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $37.99 $210 at Best Buy See it on Amazon $89.99 $6 at Tidallast_img read more