The past fortnight has been massive for Indian football. Skipper Sunil Chhetri touched international 100 caps, fans turned up in huge numbers at the stadium to support their national team in the Intercontinental Cup 2018 and India clinched the trophy by beating Kenya 2-0 in the final.The most striking part of the Intercontinental Cup turned out to be the massive crowd that made it to the Mumbai Football Arena, the wheels of which were put in motion after Chhetri put up a video pleading fans to flock to stadiums for India matches.Except for India’s opener against Chinese Taipei, after which the captain made the appeal, the next three matches including the final saw a full house.The skipper thanked the fans for their support and urged them to sustain the buzz around Indian football.Also read – Sunil Chhetri’s achievement must not be overshadowed by Messi’s greatness”Thank you so much this is just the beginning. Every time we play for our country come up and support us in numbers. We’ll try our best to give you a show,” Chhetri told IndiaToday.in.The Bengaluru FC player shared he was hurt to see a thin crowd during India’s match against Chinese Taipei forcing him to record the video. India’s inaugural match against Taipei, which the hosts won 5-0, was watched by a little over 2000 people at the Mumbai Football Arena.”There were no emotions man, there were no thoughts. It was just something which I thought in the morning after the game against Chinese Taipei. I didn’t think too much before making the video, it was just in one take. And I didn’t even think before uploading it,” said Chhetri.advertisementAlso read – 2018 Intercontinental Cup: Virat Kohli lauds Sunil Chhetri’s Team India”Very happy with the traction it got. Thankful to all the eminent personalities who jumped in and spread the word and eventually when you see the stadium packed it feels good.”As India lifted the Intercontinental Cup trophy, once again, the charismatic captain was the source of inspiration behind the Blue Tigers’ successful run as he scored eight goals in the tournament including the two in the final.Chhetri, however, is not ready to rest on his laurels. With 2018 Asian Cup in his sight, the 33-year-old wants India to play more away games in order to get ready for the big boys.Also read – Sunil Chhetri brace helps India lift 2018 Intercontinental Cup”It’s just preparations,” Chhetri said. “To just play against Kenya and New Zealand brings different challenge. They were very organised that gave us a different challenge. We are happy that we got those games.”It’s very very important that we get more games, preferably away because our away form hasn’t been great. And also against tougher opponents because for sure UAE, Thailand and Bahrain are going to be three-four levels up. So we need to be as prepared as possible. I hope when we regroup in December, everyone comes prepared and improved,” Chhetri added.Also read – Aim to break into top 10 in Asia first, World Cup later: Sunil ChhetriWhile it was a convincing win in the final, India succumbed to a disappoint 2-1 loss to New Zealand in a league match of the tournament. The loss also put India’s weak bench strength in the spotlight and Chhetri admits that team needs to improve on multiple fronts ahead of the Asian Cup.”We have to improve a lot. We worked hard that’s why we won the tournament. New Zealand and Kenya were good opponents but Asian Cup opponents are going to be of different level. No matter how much we improve it might still be less. So it’s important right now to keep your head down and keep improving,” Chhetri said.Also read – Comparisons with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo unfair: Sunil ChhetriChhetri was in New Delhi on Monday to congratulate the kids picked as India’s official match ball carriers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia under the initiative by KIA motors.
Last month, 40 nations agreed to restore 5 million hectares (12.4 million acres) of degraded lands and areas of low-quality bamboo production into productive, healthy bamboo forests at the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan’s (INBAR) Ninth Council Session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This pledge will help answer the Bonn Challenge—an effort to pledge to have 150 million hectares (370 million acres) of degraded and deforested lands in restoration programs by 2020—and could create significant environmental and climate benefits, if bamboo can overcome its image problem. International alignment behind bamboo restoration is a huge step toward maximizing bamboo’s potential to tackle land degradation, carbon emissions and population growth challenges. Bamboo can make an immediate contribution to landscape restoration due to its ability to rapidly grow, bind soils, and maintain slope stability. Bamboo can also sustainably support local resource-based economies and has proven high carbon sequestration capacity to support climate change mitigation.Some countries and organizations have already recognized bamboo as a secret weapon for forest restoration and land management. For example, the Chinese State Forest Administration has pledged to plant one million hectares and restore 3 million hectares (7.4 million acres), the Philippines will reforest at least 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres), and India will have 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of degraded land under bamboo restoration programs by 2020. The Ethiopian government plans to increase bamboo coverage by 5 percent annually until 2015, with plans to restore nearly 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) of degraded land. Africa Showcases Bamboo’s Potential and ChallengesHolding the INBAR session in Africa was no coincidence. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to approximately 3 million hectares (7.4 million acres) of bamboo forest, primarily Yushania alpina (a highland bamboo) and Oxytenanthera abyssinica(a lowland bamboo) growing on arid or very poor soils), and the experiences of two African nations highlight the potential and challenges facing bamboo restoration.Consider Ethiopia, home to the largest area of natural bamboo in Africa: about 67 percent of all African bamboos and 7 percent of all global bamboo resources are found in the country. Ethiopia has committed to restore a sixth of its land into productivity by 2025, with bamboo playing a key role in the effort. President Mulatu Teshome opened the INBAR and Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture’s Bamboo and Rattan in the Green Economy Policy Dialogue, which convened African decision-makers, development experts, and the private sector. Ethiopia’s Minister of Agriculture touted bamboo’s potential, saying, “Here and in many countries, bamboo has a place at the center of integrated watershed strategies and land management schemes.”In comparison, Ghana has 400,000 hectares (988,000 acres) of bamboo, including eight native and 14 introduced species, but little progress is being made on restoration. Gold mining has resulted in severe forest and land degradation, and bamboo can rehabilitate land in denuded landscapes scarred by mining activities. While successful small-scale bamboo restoration pilot projects have been conducted by mining companies with legal agreements to restore the land, the scale of degradation caused by illegal mining and the need for large-scale trials utilizing bamboo as a pioneer species to reclaim degraded areas is not being addressed. Ghana aims to pilot 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of bamboo restoration in two regions, but still lacks funding and investment for the projects, even with a national goal to restore 20,000 hectares (49,000 acres) of land annually for the next 20 years. Overall, bamboo restoration’s main challenge may be its brand, a debate on full display at INBAR’s session. The European Union’s ambassador to the African Union, H.E. Gary Quince, put it bluntly: “Bamboo has an image problem.” Meanwhile, the deputy director general of China’s State Forestry Administration, Wang Chengfeng, underlined the need to integrate bamboo into national definitions of forests by urging the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to develop a methodology for carbon stored in bamboo and to include bamboo in national greenhouse gas inventories. World Bank representative Million Alemayehu Gizaw and United Nations Environment Programme representative Desta Mebratu both welcomed research and development into potential impacts of bamboo to ensure it supports the ecosystems it intends to restore. GIZ representative Melaku Tadesse noted commercializing bamboo products still faces research, product innovation, information, technology transfer, and marketing hurdles, despite its promising market potential. Fortunately, WRI and INBAR are already building a partnership to explore how bamboo can be used for restoration. Getting Beyond Bamboo’s ImageWhile it may be seen as a weed or perceived mostly as an invasive species (although there are native bamboo species on almost every continent), the perception of bamboo needs to be updated, and brought into mainstream forestry institutions. While no silver bullet exists for the restoration challenge, bamboo plays an important role in building a sustainable future, whether it be carbon sequestration, erosion control or livelihood development. If bamboo’s biggest hurdle is its image, we can overcome it. But to address concerns and fully understand the potential of bamboo as a resource, we need data from successful restoration projects to educate policymakers and drive investment in research and development. Only then can bamboo realize its potential as a scalable solution to some of our biggest challenges in a warming world.
As fundraisers, we often want to know why and how our supporters plan to donate in any given year. As donors, we usually want to know the same thing from the organizations we support. If I give to your organization, what can I expect? Do you have a plan for me if I am a new supporter? A lapsed donor? A major donor? A peer-to-peer giver? A recurring donor? If you don’t have a plan for me, how do you expect to develop a relationship with me as a donor? We often talk about segmenting lists and personalizing communications, but when it comes to your various donor and supporter types, do you have a holistic plan for identifying, nurturing, and retaining each unique tier of support? While you may have the best intentions, without a clearly articulated plan, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to successfully execute tactics that will help you create a well-rounded, long-term fundraising approach for each type of donor (or potential donor).For best results, your comprehensive fundraising strategy should include: a list of key segments for your organizationhow your organization defines each segmentthe historical and projected fundraising results from each groupthe specific tactics and messages that will help you build relationships with each type of donor You should also understand how each segment interacts with the rest of your donor pool and which triggers move someone from one tier to the next (in either direction). If you don’t have this data, start by talking with your most loyal donors to find out what has them giving year after year.Need some help thinking about this? Download the archived presentation of our free webinar with Sea Change Strategies’ fundraising experts Alia McKee and Mark Rovner. Listen to the recording f to learn from these two fundraising gurus, get an inside look at The Missing Middle report, and get your mid-level donor questions answered.
On World Humanitarian Day, a Focus on Reproductive and Maternal Health Providers in Humanitarian Settings
Posted on August 20, 2013February 16, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Yesterday, on World Humanitarian Day, K4Health launched a new Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings toolkit, a set of resources that offer guidance for health care providers, emergency workers, communications professionals and others. It covers a range of health issues, including a module on maternal and child health, and brings together a range of resources that K4Health began compiling following crises in Haiti and Pakistan, which inspired the creation of a general toolkit for use in a range of humanitarian settings.In addition, UNFPA marked World Humanitarian Day with a profile of Muneera Sha’aban, one of Jordan’s first midwives, who is now working in a UNFPA-supported clinic to ensure that Syrian women who have fled conflict in their home country to Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp deliver safely.From the article:The 69-year-old midwife says she enjoys doing her job regardless of all the difficulties she encounters serving in one of the UNFPA-supported clinics in Za’atari Camp for Syrian Refugees in Jordan.Muneera’s days start very early, as she makes her way from Amman to the camp, some 80 kilometres away. She leaves her house at 6 in the morning and takes two buses to arrive at the camp by 9.“I have to work to make a living, but without the love I have for the work I am doing, life could have been more difficult,” she says, adding, “I return to my house at 6 in the evening, backed with satisfaction.”World Humanitarian Day also marked the launch of “The World Needs More #___” a campaign that invites the public to share their answers to the question: “What do you think the world needs more of?” Check out campaign submissions on Twitter.For more on the vital role that midwives play in ensuring that women deliver safely in the midst of conflict, catch up on coverage from NPR and the MHTF blog.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has withdrawn from the England squad with a back injury.The 21-year-old was included in the senior squad for the first time for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.But after arriving for training at St George’s Park he was diagnosed with a back problem and released back to his squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? No replacement will be called-up to replace Wan-Bissaka as Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate already has two right-backs in his squad in Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.Wan-Bissaka has started all four matches for Manchester United this season since his summer move from Crystal Palace in a deal worth £50 million ($63m).His move to Old Trafford completed a rapid rise for the Croydon-born defender, who only made his senior debut for Palace 19 months ago.He never lost his place in the Eagles starting line-up after breaking into the team and made 39 appearances in all competitions last season.The full-back also earned three caps for the England U21 squad including an appearance at the European U21 Championships in June, though that game against France ended in disappointment with Wan-Bissaka scoring a stoppage-time own goal in a 2-1 defeat.His withdrawal means there are just three uncapped players in Southgate’s squad; Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings – who is in the squad for the first time – Leicester’s James Maddison and Chelsea’s Mason Mount.Maddison and Mount earned their first call-up for Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain last October, but neither player have yet to earn a senior cap.However, they are in contention to make their debuts at Wembley on Saturday after making impressive starts to the season.Mings has also been rewarded with a call-up after a fine run of form for Aston Villa.The 26-year-old helped the Midlands club earn promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs in May. He turned his loan from Bournemouth into a permanent transfer over the summer and has started all five of Villa’s matches in all competitions so far this season.The Three Lions are currently top of Group A with six points from two games, after convincing wins over Montenegro and the Czech Republic in March. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Next 6 for 7. Meet Sri Lanka’s 17-year-old Slinga who bowls like MalingaIn his debut game for Trinity College, a 17-year-old Sri Lankan bowler Matheesha Pathirana picked up 6 wickets for just 7 runs with an action that reminded everyone of the great Lasith Malinga.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 13:03 IST Lasith Malinga has inspired many like Matheesha Pathirana (r) (IANS Photo/Screengrab Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSMatheesha Pathirana is a 17-year-old Sri Lankan bowler whose action is similar to that of Lasith MalingaPathirana impressed with his pinpoint yorkers picking up 6 wickets for Trinity CollegeMalinga recently retired from ODIs but continues to play T20Is for Sri LankaThere is no doubt that Lasith Malinga is one of the all-time greats of limited-overs cricket. Having retired from ODIs in July 2019, the 36-year-old gave everyone ample proof of his greatness by picking 4 wickets in 4 balls in a T20I against New Zealand on September 6. No doubt, the bowler has inspired many young turks with his slinging bowling action, funky hairstyles and the hunger for wickets.In a video which has recently surfaced on the internet, it is claimed that a 17-year-old Sri Lankan pacer, who seems inspired by the great man, took 6 wickets for just 7 runs in a college game. Playing for Trinity College, Kandy, Matheesha Pathirana can be seen bowling deadly yorkers to fox the batsmen.Here’s the video:Trinity College Kandy produces another Slinga !!17 Year old Matheesha Pathirana took 6 wickets for 7 Runs on his debut game for Trinity !! #lka pic.twitter.com/q5hrI0Gl68Nibraz Ramzan (@nibraz88cricket) September 26, 2019In the video, it is evident that Pathirana bowls with a similar slinging arm like Malinga’s. Also, his pinpoint yorkers rattling the stumps are quite reminiscent of Malinga disturbing the furniture behind the batsmen quite often in his heyday.It is also surprising that Pathirana is doing this in his debut match for Trinity College. If the young pacer can continue like this, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he could be seen in the Lankan colours in the very near future.Earlier this year, Malinga finished as the 3rd highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket for Sri Lanka with 338 wickets in 220 innings with only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) above him on the list.advertisementBetween 2006 and 2013, no other bowler took more wickets than Malinga’s 267, this despite him missing 15 months of action in 2008-09 owing to knee troubles.Malinga also finished as the team’s highest wicket-taker during the recently concluded World Cup 2019 where he took 13 scalps in 7 innings. Malinga is also the only bowler to have taken 2 World Cup hat-tricks (2007 vs South Africa, 2011 vs Kenya). He had already retired from Test in 2011.Also Read | Right time for me to retire from ODIs: Lasith Malinga bids adieu to 50-over cricketAlso Read | Rohit, Bumrah post heartfelt message for Lasith Malinga as he retires from ODIFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Lasith MalingaFollow Sri Lanka Cricket
Ian Holloway has sought to clarify his controversial comments linking the introduction of the new handball rule to English football to the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union, stating that he is “not that stupid” to believe one is responsible for the other.The former Queens Park Rangers and Blackpool manager raised eyebrows earlier this week when he appeared to make the claim that delivering Brexit will give back control to the FA to make their own rules.In a statement made on Sky Sports’ The Debate, the 56-year-old spoke of the arrival of the rule change in a manner that left many feeling as though he blamed the EU for implementing it. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Since attracting widespread criticism and mockery online, however, Holloway has now claimed in a fresh tirade that he did not link the two at all, and that he was using Brexit as a comparative metaphor for how FIFA and UEFA dictate regulations throughout the game, despite doubling down on similar comments.“People don’t listen,” he told the Mirror. “What I’ve said, and I can say it very clearly, is I’m sick and fed up of being told what to do by people who aren’t running our country.“FIFA and UEFA have brought these rules in, they told us we’ve got to use VAR that I’ve got no problem with, but that handball rule that they’ve made up, I don’t want to listen to them. That’s nonsensical.“It’s just in the same way that I’m sick and fed up of us in the UK being told what to do by the EU.“Brexit is nothing to do with the football rules, is it? I’m not that stupid, so I suggest people wash their ears out and listen.“What I’m saying is, as an English person, I’m sick and fed up of being told what we’ve got to do. Our country is fantastic. If you let us make our own rules up, do what we want to do, we’ll be in control of it a lot better.“I don’t like UEFA and I don’t like FIFA telling us what we should do in our English football game. We should take control of our own game, then that wouldn’t have happened.“We should give the referee an earpiece, so he can explain to the crowd what’s happened with VAR, and we should get rid of that handball rule when you’re checking for goals. It’s unfair and it doesn’t sit well in football.”Holloway went on to claim that he feels Brexit should be a springboard for English football to have autonomy to dictate its own rules away from FIFA and UEFA.“As for Brexit, that’s totally different,” he added. “All I’m saying is I’m sick and fed up of our Prime Minister and other parties arguing over something we (Leave voters) all voted for and we all want them to produce for us, whether it’s a no deal or not. That’s what I’m sick and fed up with.“Let’s get out and stop the EU dictating to us what we can do. I feel exactly the same with UEFA and FIFA over our football – I think the English FA should have more power and we should believe in ourselves, and I believe the EFL should have more power rather than the Premier League telling them what to do.“People who listen, I would suggest they actually listen to all of it and stop going off on a tangent.“I know exactly what I meant and what I said. I’m sick and fed up, like a lot of people in this country, of being told what to do by people outside our country. In politics, and in football, particularly with UEFA and FIFA changing the rules.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
And this was supposed to be the B team. Tata Martino would never call it that, and some of his best took part in a 3-0 cruise past the United States on Friday. Yet, Mexico is keeping plenty in reserve. Hirving Lozano came on for a cameo that delighted the pro-Mexico crowd, assisting Uriel Antuna for the third goal in a game that never felt that close. Andres Guardado and Hector Moreno started. Otherwise? The focus for Martino is on Tuesday when Mexico will face his native Argentina, a game he views as a more difficult challenge for his squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream He’s right to see it that way. Mexico rolled through the United States on Friday night. Its relentless pressure, helped on by the high work rate of all-time leading score Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and suffocating steps forward from midfielders Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera, suffocated the Americans in the first half. There was no exit from the back, and when Mexico got the ball it quickly created scoring chances. “If that’s the B national team and we won 3-0 against the United States, I think that’s a good national team,” goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco said after the match. “For me, there’s no A or B. I represent my country. That’s the most important thing for me. When I put on the badge, the most important thing is just to represent my country well. You can call it what you want to call it, but for me it’s about working hard, doing things well and taking care of what we need to do.”It’s not a revelation but rather a reinforcement of something we already felt we knew. When Mexico won the Gold Cup without Lozano, Herrera, Chicharito, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona, or Miguel Layun, we saw a somewhat depleted El Tri team still become the continental champion. Friday’s blowout only increased the sense that even a “Mexico B team” can hang with their biggest Concacaf rivals’ best (while John Brooks and Tyler Adams would strengthen the United States, it’s tough to imagine they would’ve made that much of a difference in this contest). Perhaps it’s a bit disingenuous to say Herrera and Corona are part of the lesser group. Yet, that’s how Martino sees them, with both players in their first camp under the Argentine manager. Herrera played well in the middle of the three-man midfield, where he’s struggled in the past, and Corona turned the United States’ outside backs inside-out and outside-in, assisting the opener with a stunning bit of skill and showing why he’s such an intriguing addition to Martino’s group .Either one could easily be part of Mexico’s best XI. The talent that didn’t take part – Wolves forward Raul Jimenez, Lozano, Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez, Tigres center back Carlos Salcedo, America goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa – also is plenty impressive.Not only is Mexico playing well, it’s getting better. That was Martino’s biggest takeaway from the contest. His players are better understanding how the press works. When the press gets broken players are making the right moves to recover. They’re making good decisions when they’re on the ball. Those are signs of progress. “I think the good of all this is that every time we get together the team shows some level of growth,” he said after the match. “You don’t win a title in these games, but they do have value in growing in the function, in winning – with players always wanting to keep the mood high, to not lose. “We need the team shows positive direction toward how we play in every game. I think up to today, that’s happening.” It’s happening all throughout the squad. Even the deep reserves on this 31-man squad Martino brought for this pair of friendly matches, players like Uriel Antuna, look crisper and more comfortable than their American counterparts. It doesn’t hurt, though, that Antuna is getting picture-perfect setups from Lozano. However, when the United States’ best player, Christian Pulisic, went on a winding run past several Mexican defenders, he found no further assistance from his teammates in completing the play.The icing on the cake was a penalty save from Mexico’s No. 2 goalkeeper Orozco, who denied Josh Sargant’s 88th minute penalty kick. It was a picture of where this rivalry is at the moment. Mexico’s second-best are more poised, understand better what they have to do and execute better than a U.S. team that has promise but simply isn’t there yet.Maybe it will change sometime in the next World Cup cycle. For now? El Tri continue to be the undisputed kings of Concacaf. Martino putting the focus on the game against Argentina is understandable. He wants to show Mexico’s focus should be wide. Concacaf has been conquered. Now his team can look to become kings of the Americas.
Emile Heskey has opened up on his battle with depression following his move from Leicester City to Liverpool.He joined the Reds in 2000, five years after making his debut for hometown club Leicester City, becoming Liverpool’s record signing at the time.Heskey went on to win several trophies at the club in the most successful spell of his career as a footballer, but he initially struggled with homesickness after arriving on Merseyside. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “It lasted six months,” Heskey told The Guardian. “I had to grow up very quickly because I had kids, I had a girlfriend. I literally laid on the floor and started crying. I was like, ‘What have I done? I don’t know if I have done the right thing’. But the weirdest thing was I’d go to training [and] I would be all right.“Then like a drop of a hat I found a barber, I found friends, a routine. Yes, it was a tough time but it was weird, I was silly and looking back you think, ‘Why didn’t you just go and sit with mates?’”The former England striker also brushed off criticism of his strike-rate, having scored 111 Premier League goals from 516 appearances, while notching 60 in all competitions for Liverpool from 223 games.“I play for the team; it wasn’t anything that really bothered me,” Heskey continued.“I know [some] forwards will go out and if [the team] score five and they don’t, they are fuming. I don’t care. I still got to the top 1 per cent or whatever of the game.“Your son is eight. So if I tell you by the age of 24 he would’ve represented England youth all the way through, would have made his debut at 17 and gone to three cup finals in four years for his hometown team, then been sold for a record to Liverpool – one of the biggest clubs in the world; then he’d go on to win the treble [FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup] that first season, represent England at two World Cups, in the European Championships, and play in one of England’s most memorable games to date, winning God knows, six or seven trophies by the age of 24, how would you feel?” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Arsene Wenger is on the verge of returning to football in a new technical role with FIFA.The former Arsenal boss has been out of work since ending his 21-year stay in north London in May 2018.But sources have confirmed to Goal that he will soon be confirmed in a new role at FIFA following prolonged talks with football’s international governing body. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Wenger will take up many of the responsibilities that had been held by Zvonimir Boban, who left his position as Deputy Secretary General at FIFA to become the new Chief Football Officer at AC Milan in May.But Goal has been told that the Frenchman will be given latitude to define his job as it develops, with FIFA also keen to tap into his vast array of coaching experience and knowledge as they continue to try and develop the game around the world.How long Wenger remains in the role remains to be seen, however, with the 69-year-old admitting in recent weeks that he still plans on returning to a management role in the future – potentially even for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”I could see myself working for a team,” he told beIN SPORTS.”I will have enough time and distance with my last job [to give me perspective], and I would not be against that.“I must say I always wanted to go to the World Cup because I felt it is the job of a manager to be where the best football players in the world play football.”Hopefully, you will see me, touch wood, in Qatar in three years’ time.”Wenger has been offered numerous routes back into the game since he took charge of his final match as Arsenal boss at the end of the 2017-18 season.But he says he deliberately decided to take an extended break to recharge his batteries following his two-decade long stay in the Premier League.”I enjoyed a bit to take a distance [from football],” he said. “I had a reluctance to go back into the heat again.”I still cannot live today with the fact that I will never be on the bench again. I might go for an intermediate position.”What I want for sure is to share what I know, and what I have learnt as much as I can in the game.”I would like to experience one more time the intensity of the competition.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
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Lionel Messi has dismissed suggestions he did not want Barcelona to sign Antoine Griezmann as a “lie”.Griezmann joined the La Liga champions in a long-anticipated €120 million (£108m/$132m) transfer ahead of the 2019-20 season.Barca were also heavily linked with trying to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou but Messi insists a desire to be reunited with his former team-mate did not mean he was cold on the Griezmann deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “Obviously it is a lie that I did not want Griezmann,” he told RAC1.”Last year I said he was one of the best and the best are always welcome. I also wanted Neymar to come for the same reason, because he is different – one of the best, and to have him here would have been important for our goals.”But with Ney we had to look beyond sports, many parties did not want him to come [due to] everything that had happened.”Griezmann has scored three times in seven La Liga appearances but struggled to hit the heights that made him one of the most sought-after players in the world while at Atletico Madrid.He completed 90 minutes and failed to score in the three games in which Barca have dropped points in La Liga this season, while he is without a Champions League goal and was an unused substitute for last weekend’s 4-0 win over Sevilla.The France international said Messi’s early season calf injury and the fact neither player talks too much had made it “difficult” for them to establish a relationship.Messi maintains there are no issues and knows adapting to Barcelona and the current interpretation of their famed style takes time.”For any player who does not know the Barca method, coming from outside is very difficult,” he added.”Griezmann is an intelligent player, of great quality, and he will end up adapting.”It has been a difficult start to the season for Barca as a whole, with the Camp Nou side second behind Real Madrid in the Primera Division, having suffered a couple of defeats already this season, while they had to come from behind to record their first Champions League win against Inter a week ago.
Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed he has been forced to learn how to walk again after suffering an Achilles injury at the end of last season.The incident took place during the Blues’ end-of-season friendly against the New England Revolution, which ruled him out of the Europa League final meeting with Arsenal and the start of the current campaign.It has been a long five months for Loftus-Cheek since suffering the injury, and the England international has opened up on the full extent of the problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “I’ve had to learn to walk again,” he told Wow Hydrate. “As soon as I came out of my cast, I could barely lift my heel off the ground in a sitting position.“When it happened I turned and pushed off and I heard a clap, it was really loud and I thought someone had smashed me from behind. The referee gave a free kick, he blew the whistle so he must have been close to me, but watching the tape back nobody was near me.”To lift my leg up took maximum effort. With a big injury it’s really hard, you don’t see a difference every day, you don’t wake up and think it’s a lot better every morning, it’s over a period of time. It’s more exciting the closer I get to making my comeback, the more I keep pushing. I will be there soon.”The timing of the Achilles injury has proved especially unfortunate for Loftus-Cheek after a superb 2018-19 season when he played 40 games for the Blues in all competitions, his highest tally to date.The 23-year-old also registered 10 goals last term, the most he has ever managed in a single campaign.Unsurprisingly, given the new youthful look to this Chelsea side, Loftus-Cheek is looking forward to returning to the team, but he admitted the mental aspect of recovering from a long-term injury can be especially tough.“The big side of injuries is the mental side of it, so I had to stay positive and keep the right mindset. Even a tweet or a message from a fan makes a big difference to me,” he said.“To be honest I didn’t leave my house much, especially as I’ve been on crutches. I’ve just been playing on my Xbox. I’ve been on holiday once, it wasn’t great as my leg was in the cast so I couldn’t swim and it was really warm.“I’ve been at home with my mum, two brothers and my sister, they needed to look after me a lot. It was hard getting around in my cast. It was quite fun getting my sister to make me food all the time,” he said with a laugh. “My family have been fantastic through that period,” Loftus-Cheek continued.“When you have a good day you get excited, getting that much closer to getting back on the pitch again playing football, getting back in the gym and pushing it, so we will see how it goes.“I’ve actually had a few setbacks that have put me behind which has been quite frustrating to be honest.“Before I got injured I was playing my best football. I’ve missed feeling tired from running, from hard work, that feeling of being in a game again.“I’ve only just got pain free but for sure I’m going to come back stronger, sharper and do whatever I can to be in better shape.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Manchester United’s striking options following Roy Keane’s suggestion the club should sign Harry Kane, while former team-mate Edwin van der Sar has distanced himself from the vacant director of football role.Following United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, ex-captain Keane – working as a pundit for Sky Sports – stated United should buy England forward Kane from Tottenham to solve their issues up front.Marcus Rashford scored in the stalemate at Old Trafford, taking his tally of league goals for the season to four, but Solskjaer’s options up front have been diminished by Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leaving for Inter, while Anthony Martial is only just returning from injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Solskjaer insists he is satisfied with his current pool of strikers, although acknowledged having a player of Kane’s quality would always be a bonus.”Roy’s quite straightforward, isn’t he,” Solskjaer told a news conference when asked about his former team-mate’s comments ahead of United’s Europa League meeting with Partizan Belgrade.”For us it’s [about] working hard. Getting Anthony back is going to be a massive boost for us and I’m sure, when he comes back, that’ll help Marcus as well. “With the forwards we’ve got and the pace, I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”There aren’t many [Robert] Lewandowskis and Harry Kanes – they’re like [Alan] Shearer, [Ruud] Van Nistelrooy, fantastic players.”Ours are different types of players but I like someone who can finish half a chance and Harry does that, but Harry’s a Tottenham player.”With United’s transfer dealings having come under scrutiny in previous seasons, the club are reportedly still in search of a director of football.One name consistently linked with taking up the position has been former United goalkeeper Van der Sar, who has enjoyed success as Ajax’s chief executive officer. However, Van der Sar says he is not considering leaving the Eredivisie champions at the moment, telling BT Sport: “I’ve said before, I want to make this a success at Ajax.”As a player, you always needed to build up qualities and your strengths. Now I’m trying it out and experiencing a lot of different things here, I’ve still got some unfinished business.”If we could have taken it one step further last year [getting to the Champions League final], it could have been a step already, but at the moment I’m concentrating on Ajax.”
Winning Entries Receive Cash Prizes to Help Students Explore the World Richmond, VA, January 22, 2018 — Allianz Global Assistance USA, a leading provider of travel insurance, has announced the winners of its 2017 annual“ScholarTrips” essay and video contest. More than 40 students have received nearly $40,000 in prizes in this year’s contest, bringing total prizes awarded by the program since its inception to more than $175,000. The ScholarTripsprogram recognizes college and high school students who want to explore the world and has provided funding to contest winners since 2004. The contest required students to submit a video or essay that answers the question: Who your ideal travel companion is (can be living or dead), where you would go, and why. This year, the company received a more than 800 entries. Six First Place winners received $2,500, Ten Second Place Winners received $1,500 and 25 Third Place winners received $500 each. Each video or essay was scored based on its passion, impact and creativity. Samples of outstanding entries include Jining Yan’s “An Experience is Only as Good as You Make It,” Sophia Pitney’s“Don’t Let Dreams Be Dreams,” and Kathleen Shanahan’s “Come Fly With Me.” A full list of winners can be found on the ScholarTrips website. Allianz Global Assistance hopes that winners will use their awards to help fund their desire to travel to new places and experience new cultures. “We were overwhelmed by the creativity and passion for travel that we saw in this year’s entries for our annual ScholarTrips contest,” said Joe Mason, Chief Marketing Officer at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “We’re proud that thanks to ScholarTrips, hundreds of students have been able to realize their dream of international travel. We feel strongly that travel brings people closer together and makes the world a better place and we’re honored to sponsor this terrific contest.” For more information, including rules and a full list of winners, please visitScholarTrips.org. Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. We provide insurance to 25 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance*, please visitallianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS. *Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series, or Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies (One Nationwide Plaza, Columbus, OH 43215-2200), under Form Nos. SRTC 2000 and NSHTC 2500, each rated “A+” (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., depending on state of residence. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are marks of AGA Service Company or its affiliates. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of these plans and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company. Non-insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.
With More Product Offerings Avoya Accelerates Growth and Enhances Vacation Planning Experience Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – July 18, 2018 – Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s most innovative travel brands, has made a significant investment to expand its product portfolio and accelerate growth through a new partnership with The Mark Travel Corporation. By making more resort vacations available to Avoya travelers and accessing new customer bases, Avoya continues to further scale its vacation platform, enhance the consumer experience, and increase sales opportunities for Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network™ to grow their businesses. The new partnership combines the best of Avoya and Mark Travel’s advanced technologies and product offerings to provide customers with more full-service booking options and to increase booking efficiencies for Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network. Together, Mark Travel and Avoya created custom technology that empowers Avoya Network members with access to more resort products and promotions than ever before and integrates a more seamless booking process through Agent Power™ – Avoya’s award-winning Travel Agency Operating System™. In conjunction with the partnership launch, Avoya built a more modern experience for travelers online at www.AvoyaTravel.com with newly added resort product and destination pages that offer customers more rich content, promotions, and booking options. Combining this with the personal service and value of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network, Avoya has created a unique and even better way for travelers to book resort vacations. The company’s move to offer more resort vacations to customers and generate more selling opportunities for the Avoya Network is powered by the innovativeAvoya 2025 plan that was recently announced at Avoya’s 2018 Conference. Avoya 2025 sets the course for creating more powerful customer experiences that combine modern technologies with personal service of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network as well as generating deeper collaboration with supplier partners. Avoya’s Mark Travel partnership is part of the first phase of the 2025 plan and reinforces Avoya’s innovative position in the marketplace. It further strengthens Avoya’s Shared Success™ model, supporting Avoya’s desire to continue to expand its product portfolio in the leisure travel space and serve customers for their vacations of choice. “The Mark Travel Corporation is very excited to partner with Avoya Travel to bring the best resort vacation products together with the expertise and value of Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network,” said Jacki Marks, Executive Vice President, The Mark Travel Corporation. “We’re confident that travel-intent customers will experience the best in vacation planning and booking, and we look forward to shaping the future of travel with Avoya Travel.” “We’re thrilled to embark on this new partnership with The Mark Travel Corporation and begin introducing Avoya Travel customers to their portfolio of excellent vacation products,” said Jeff Anderson, Executive Vice President, Avoya Travel. “Through our strategic partnership, Avoya Travel is better poised to become an obvious consumer choice for full service vacation planning by providing value and options for travel beyond cruising.” To learn more about opening an Independent Agency in the Avoya Network, visit: www.JoinAvoya.com. About Avoya TravelAvoya Travel is a family-owned company with a longstanding reputation for being one of the world’s most innovative marketing and travel technology companies. As an American Express Travel Representative for more than 30 years and one of their largest sellers of cruises and tours, Avoya is deeply committed to Integrity and Professionalism™, service, and value in every aspect of planning cruises and vacations. Through an elite network of independently owned and operated travel agencies, Avoya provides exclusive discounts, amenities, and first-class customer service to travelers worldwide. Cruise lines and travel partners recognize this, as Avoya has received numerous accolades, including being repeatedly named Travel Partner of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruises, American Express, Oceania Cruises, MSC Cruises, and more. Today, Avoya is headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with support offices throughout the United States. Travel agency owners, travel professionals, and others interested in owning and operating their own travel business should contact Avoya Travel at 800-521-2597 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com. Travelers interested in booking their next vacation with Avoya Travel, should call 800-753-1463 or visit www.AvoyaTravel.com.