Qatar to host 2019, 2020 FIFA Club World Cup

first_imgParis: FIFA has appointed Qatar as the host of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2019 and 2020 to function as test events for the next FIFA World Cup in 2022.Qatar will host the 2019 and 2020 editions in its existing seven-team format, with a revamped edition of the tournament featuring 24 teams to be played from 2021 onwards, reports Xinhua news agency.For FIFA, the 2019 and 2020 editions of the competition will serve as “valuable test events in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022”.The world football governing body added that the timing of the tournament, usually around early December, corresponds with that of the next FIFA World Cup, allowing for testing under similar climatic conditions.“There is no doubt that the Club World Cup will be a very important test event for us,” Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary general of Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar, told reporters following the meeting.The FIFA administration will analyze and approach potential hosts of the expanded FIFA Club World Cup in 2021 before making recommendations at the next FIFA Council meeting in Shanghai in October.The FIFA Council also approved amendments to the organisation’s code of ethics, disciplinary code and regulations on the status and transfer of players. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Choo-Tjoe steams ahead

first_imgThe Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steams acrossthe Kaaimans River bridge.(Image: Spoornet) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sandile SimelaneTransnet Freight Rail Communications+27 11 544 9584• Kobus VolschenkOperations manager, Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe+27 44 801 8289• Tammy EvansMedia liaison, office of Alan Winde+27 82 378 2235USEFUL LINKS• Western Cape Provincial Government• South African Railways Steam• Friends of the Rail• Heritage Rail Association of South Africa• Dias Museum Complex• Mossel Bay Tourism• Choo-Tjoe faresJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, the only scheduled steam train still running in Africa, will re-launch on 1 October 2009 after a repair and maintenance spell of several months.Maintenance is carried out during South Africa’s winter months, when the passenger load is lighter. This year work on the train was slightly delayed because vintage spare parts are becoming harder to find.The train, one of the Western Cape’s most popular tourist attractions, links the Garden Route towns of George and Mossel Bay, about 40km west of George.Travelling along a scenic coastal route, the Choo-Tjoe plies its trade on a daily basis in summer and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in winter.The train is operated by state-owned national port, rail and pipeline company Transnet. However, the company is currently looking for another operator, to be appointed through a tender process. Transnet wants to focus on its core business of transporting heavy freight, which means that the primarily tourist-oriented Choo-Tjoe must find another owner.The company has allayed train enthusiasts’ fears that the Choo-Tjoe will be closed down permanently, saying that it will continue to operate the service until a suitable buyer is found.At a meeting held in mid-August, Western Cape minister of finance, economic development and tourism Alan Winde, reportedly a Choo-Tjoe enthusiast, discussed the way forward with Transnet representatives.Also in attendance were members of local tourism associations, local government, and the mayors of Eden District, Knysna and Mossel Bay municipalities.Winde said afterwards that the service would be relaunched in October in coordination with the regional municipalities and tourism associations. He added that the Western Cape provincial government would be involved in every step leading up to the handover, although Transnet would oversee the process.Picturesque routeConstruction of the track started from both ends in 1924 and was completed in 1928.The carriages are generally pulled by an 80-ton Class 19D locomotive, out of the yards of the North British Locomotive Co. Occasionally a Class 24 or Class 23s diesel engine will take the load, particularly when there is a high fire hazard in the ecologically sensitive areas through which the train runs. Passenger carriages are veterans too, some dating back more than a century.The Choo-Tjoe’s two-hour route between the two Indian Ocean towns is one of the most picturesque of any South African train. It passes through the farmlands that lie at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, and through the seaside towns of Little Brak River, Great Brak River and Hartenbos on the way.An estimated 70% of the train’s more than 115 000 annual passengers are foreign visitors.The point of departure in George is the Outeniqua Transport Museum, and in Mossel Bay it is the Dias Museum Complex. This is the site of the 500-year-old Post Office tree, and the place where explorer Bartolomeu Dias stopped for supplies in 1488 after he became the first European to round the notorious Cape of Good Hope.The train’s original route took it to Knysna, about 60km east of George, where it crossed the Knysna lagoon via the Kaaimans River bridge, reportedly the most photographed railway bridge in the country. The train has even been been known to stop so that photographers can get the perfect shot.Damage from floods and landslides to the line in 2006 forced a change of route in 2007. The line is due for repair in 2009.The new route, said Mossel Bay Tourism chair Louis Cook, gives transport enthusiasts the chance to explore the history of various modes of transport. These range from the rare vehicles and historic cars and trains at the Outeniqua Transport Museum, to the maritime museum and life-size replica of Dias’s caravel in Mossel Bay.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Do What You Believe Is Right

first_imgSales has no rules, and you have to know them all. You have to make decisions. You have to decide to act, or not act. You have to choose to pursue one strategy, or attempt a different one, never being 100 percent certain which, if either, leads to success.Do you stick with the stakeholder that brought you in and helped you create an opportunity? Or, instead, do you switch your focus to a stakeholder further up the organization hierarchy, believing that you need executive engagement more than you need executive sponsorship.Do you increase the size and scope of your solutions to create so much differentiated value so as to block your closest competitor? Or do you limit your initial approach, knowing that increasing the size and investment, believing that your client will be cautious and make a smaller move than what they are capable of? Even though you know what’s right, that doesn’t mean you can necessarily win that way. Do you look at incremental change?There are no guarantees. You can do something that works perfectly in one opportunity while failing in another with a very similar set of circumstances. You can recognize a pattern that suggests that one course of action is better than another, winning in some cases, and losing in others.This is why you have to play the game. You have to do what you believe is the right thing to do, even though others will give you advice to the contrary. You have to take your very best shot, and you have to play your game, win or lose. You are responsible for the wins when you are right, and when things turned out the way you suspected they would. You are also responsible for your losses, whether you played the game the way you saw it, or whether you took someone else’s advice.In the end, you have to play. Do what you believe is right. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Middleton made seven of Milwaukee’s franchise playoff-high 20 3-pointers, helping the Bucks even their second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics with a 123-102 victory Tuesday night.Antetokounmpo, one of the top candidates for NBA MVP, went 7 for 16 from the floor and 13 of 18 at the foul line. It was an important turnaround for Milwaukee after he had 22 points on 7-for-21 shooting in Game 1 on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMiddleton finished with 28 points. Bledsoe, who was held to six points in the series opener, finished with 21 points and five assists.The Bucks led by as many as 31 points after a closely played opening half. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series is Friday night in Boston. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PNP ready to dismiss, file raps vs 13 Pampanga ‘ninja cops’ after DOJ review PLAY LIST 01:30PNP ready to dismiss, file raps vs 13 Pampanga ‘ninja cops’ after DOJ review00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MIDDLETON’S NIGHTMiddleton went 7 for 10 from deep. He also grabbed seven rebounds.“I think one of our main things is playing with pace,” he said. “They’re a great defensive team once they get set. So the main thing for us is to try to get a stop and get out and run. And I was able to find open 3s and pull-up 3s with that.”TIP-INSCeltics: Morris started at forward for the second straight game in the series, with Horford at center. Backup center Aron Baynes was available after twisting his left ankle in Game 1 and played 10 minutes while picking up four fouls. Stevens said Baynes’ role would not change. “He will rotate off Giannis and their other bigs,” Stevens said before the game. … Boston has won five of six playoff series against Milwaukee, including the 1974 NBA Finals. The Celtics won that series in seven games, taking three of the four games played in Milwaukee.Milwaukee: F Nikola Mirotic was in the starting lineup in place of Sterling Brown, who struggled in Game 1 and also experienced back spasms. Mirotic picked up two quick fouls guarding Jaylen Brown and was replaced by Connaughton with 8:43 left in the opening quarter. Mirotic finished with nine points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes. “He added a physicality; his defense is what stood out to me,” Budenholzer said. “He’s such an incredible shooter. To get him in the game more, to get that 3-point threat out there just makes sense.”UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night in Boston. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “We weren’t very good on either end,” coach Brad Stevens said.Milwaukee broke it open by outscoring Boston 39-18 in the third quarter. Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in the period, including a 3-pointer over Horford to give the Bucks an 81-71 lead with 5:33 left.Antetokounmpo tipped in his own miss and made another 3 to help Milwaukee pull away. The Bucks went on a 24-2 run to carry a 98-73 lead into the fourth.“I think in Game 1 I didn’t do a good job finding my teammates,” Antetokounmpo said. “So of course I wanted to be aggressive, but then you’ve got to make the right plays. At the start of the game tonight, the right play was the pass.”Irving credited the Bucks’ defensive plan.“They did a great job of switching tonight and forcing me left,” Irving said. “I started the game off well getting downhill and setting an example for my teammates of how we want to play. I just didn’t put my stamp on that.”Brook Lopez and George Hill each finished with 10 points for Milwaukee, which went 20 for 47 from beyond the arc. Pat Connaughton grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Bucks to a 54-45 advantage on the glass.Milwaukee switched on screens more often than usual and held Boston to 39.5% shooting (34 of 86).“That’s an easy thing for them to adjust to and I thought they did a very good job of it,” Stevens said. “Basically, Giannis and smaller were doing that and they kept Lopez as a protector. They have a lot of defensive versatility. Everybody knew Game 1 was not going to repeat itself.“They did a good job of owning the space on both ends of the court.” “I think that’s more what we’re accustomed to seeing,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I liked our spirit, our activity, our competitiveness all up and down the roster. Giannis and Khris and Bled really set a tone.“We need to capture that, take it to Boston with us and play that way up there.”Marcus Morris paced Boston with 17 points. Jaylen Brown had 16, and Al Horford finished with 15.Kyrie Irving, who had 26 points and 11 assists in the Celtics’ 112-90 victory in Game 1, had nine points on 4-of-18 shooting.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to drive past Boston Celtics’ Al Horford during the first half of Game 2 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 30, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE— Giannis Antetokounmpo attacked the rim, Khris Middleton connected from long range and Eric Bledsoe turned in an effective performance.The Milwaukee Bucks looked more like themselves in Game 2.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ichiro Suzuki back with Mariners as special assistantlast_img read more

10 months agoPrem trio join race for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez

first_imgPrem trio join race for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarezby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDenis Suarez is not short on suitors.The Barcelona midfielder, who is unhappy at what little playing time he has received, is being linked with a loan move in the transfer window.And Sport claims that three English clubs have an interest.West Ham, Everton and Watford are the teams mentioned.An earlier report in the BBC had suggested that Arsenal may also look at Suarez as a short term option, should they lose Aaron Ramsey this month.Sport also suggests Barca would prefer a permanent transfer with a fee higher than €10 million. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Toronto Photographer Ren Bostelaar avoids criminal record after posting revealing pictures of

first_imgAdvertisement An amateur photographer was spared a criminal record after posting revealing photos of women he knows and contact information about them on the Internet without their consent.Ren Bostelaar, a former photography store worker, agreed to a one-year peace bond on Wednesday in Old City hall court that limits his Internet privileges and blocks him from contacting complainants in his case without their consent.Bostelaar didn’t comment to the court or the press on Wednesday, leaving that to his lawyer, Sam Goldstein. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Goldstein said that his “happily married” client, who has young children, feels deep shame because of the case.READ MORElast_img read more

AAA Michigan gas prices fall 12 cents to 249 per gallon

first_imgDEARBORN, Mich. — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 12 cents in the past week to about $2.49 per gallon ahead of the Thanksgiving travel period .The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is at its lowest level since February amid continued declines in oil prices.AAA says gas prices in Michigan for Thanksgiving are at their lowest level in two years.The state’s highest average was $2.71 per gallon in the Marquette area. The lowest was in the Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon areas at $2.34 a gallon.The Detroit-area’s average was down about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.55.AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.___Online:http://www.fuelgaugereport.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Site C construction schedule for March 417

first_imgDam site area – north (left) bank and south (right) bank . Contractors will continue to move equipment and material to site. This includes deliveries by rail.. Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas. This includes the main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation.. Water management activities may take place.. Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River.. Construction activities, such as drilling, blasting, crushing, earth moving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance, will continue. Tower and mobile cranes will be used on site.. Site preparation will continue at the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands. Work has begun on building the conveyor that will deliver fill material to the dam site.Highway 29 . At Halfway River, clearing and vegetation removal is continuing. Environmental and wildlife monitoring is taking place to support clearing.. At Farrell Creek and near Dry Creek west of Farrell Creek Road, geotechnical investigations may begin. This could include drilling, digging test pits, surveying, minor vegetation removal, and some traffic control.                                                                   . At Portage Mountain Quarry, site investigations and surveys have started in preparation for site clearing.                                                                                                            . Wood waste may be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris, hauled off-site, or burned. Burning may take place, as permitted by ground conditions, the fire danger rating, and venting conditions. Electrical distribution poles will be temporarily moved in the Cache Creek West area.Reservoir area. Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations will continue near and along the reservoir area.. Clearing activities are taking place in the eastern and lower reservoir areas (dam site to Cache Creek), Moberly River area and Cache Creek area. This includes access road upgrades, logging, log hauling and debris disposal.. Some clearing activities may begin in the middle reservoir area around Cache Creek and Halfway River on BC Hydro-owned properties. This includes road upgrades, log hauling and debris disposal.. Wood waste may be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris, hauled off-site, or burned. Burning may take place, as permitted by ground conditions, the fire danger rating, and venting conditions.Transmission works . Clearing will continue in the transmission corridor. Wood waste may be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris, hauled off-site, or burned.. Maintenance and upgrade work will continue on roads that provide access to parts of the transmission corridor.. Construction of temporary roads within the transmission line right-of-way will continue.. Material and equipment are being delivered to the marshalling yard at Moberly Lake and the temporary field office on Jackfish Lake Road.. The transmission line contractor will continue assembling towers on the ground, and installing and testing helical pile foundations at various sites along the right-of-way.. The transmission line contractor will continue installing transmission towers on the foundations.. Site investigations, including stripping and data recovery of archaeological sites, geotechnical work, and structure staking, may take place.. Upgrades will continue at Peace Canyon Generating Station.Other areas . Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel enhancements..  Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. Material will be transported by rail and road to the dam site.What to expectWork will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend, until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect the following:                                       . Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor assembling electrical towers. For your safety,please stay clear of the work areas.. There will be project-related traffic on public and resource roads, including petroleum development roads..  Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas. This includes Old Hope Road and along Highway 29 at Cache Creek and Halfway River. Please use caution when meeting a pilot car and observe all warning signs..  Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works.. Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Pile driving may take place near the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands..  There may be smoke in various areas as a result of planned burning. Burning will only take place when permitted by the fire danger rating and when venting windows are available..  For your safety, please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are clearly identified with signage and markings.Note: In BC Hydro’s technical documents, the north bank may be referred to as the left bank and the south bank may be referred to as the right bank.To view the Bulletin; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  With 3,107  people working on the project in December, work continues on the Site C Dam project.Below is a copy of the construction schedule for the next two weeks.The following construction activities are scheduled to occur March 4 – March 17:last_img read more

Amul hikes milk prices by Rs 2litre in Delhi NCR from today

first_imgNEW DELHI: Dairy major Amul said on Monday that it will increase milk prices by Rs 2 per litre in Delhi NCR, Maharashtra and other states from Tuesday due to an increase in production cost. Milk prices were last revised two years back in March 2017, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells milk and milk products under the Amul brand, said in a statement.The new price will come into effect from May 21 onwards and on all six brands being sold in major markets of Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, West Bengal, Kolkata, Uttaranchal, Maharashtra and other states, the GCMMF said in a statement. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe revised price of 500 millilitres (ml) pack of ‘Amul Gold’ in Ahmedabad will be Rs 27, ‘Amul Shakti’ at Rs 25, ‘Amul Taaza’ at Rs 21 and ‘Amul Diamond’ at Rs 28, it said. “This increase in milk prices by Rs 2 per litre has happened after a gap of two years with an aim to provide remunerative milk purchase price to our milk producers owing to drop in milk production and increase in the cost of production,” GCMMF said. Considering the increase in the cost of milk production, all member milk unions of Gujarat have increased the milk purchase price by a minimum of Rs 30-50 per kg fat (5-8 per cent) over the last few months, it said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaMilk prices were last revised two years back in March 2017, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells milk and milk products under the Amul brand, said in a statement. According to GCMMF officials, the national and international dairy markets have witnessed adverse conditions for the last two years. Due to this, there has been a steep decline in the prices of commodities such as skimmed milk powder and butter oil which had resulted into decline in producer prices of milk across India leading to adverse impact on milk producers. “The milk cooperatives of Gujarat, however, continued to pay remunerative prices of milk to its producers and the average final price of milk paid to our producers has increased from Rs 710 per kg fat in 2017-18 to Rs 730 per kg fat in 2018-19,” the release states. The milk prices are being hiked due to increase in the price of major cattle feed ingredients such as de-oiled rice bran, rice polish fine, molasses, maize which has resulted in an increase in the cattle feed price by over 15 per cent.last_img read more

Former Olympian Jenny Potter looks to guide new era for OSU womens

OSU women’s ice hockey coaches including head coach Jenny Potter (third from right), pose for a picture. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWhen the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team dropped the puck to open its season on Friday, it did so with several new faces but perhaps none more significant than its four-time Olympian head coach.Jenny Potter was named the third head coach in program history less than one month after the resignation of Nate Handrahan, who coached the team for four seasons before stepping down on March 11.“Obviously, you think about the long history of athletic tradition, and I am excited to be a part of trying to win here,” Potter said.Potter, 36, played collegiate hockey at Minnesota-Duluth and was most recently the head coach at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, for two seasons. While there, the Bantams won the 2015 New England Small College Athletic Conference championship, their first in program history. Now she is at a much larger university, albeit with a less storied hockey program, in OSU.However, Potter is looking forward to instilling her brand of hockey right away in the team’s 16th season.“I know there are expectations, and I’m not sure that we’re going to be the most talented team. But we will be the hardest-working team on the ice, and I’m expecting us to compete every whistle,” Potter said.Potter is one of the most decorated coaches to ever be hired by OSU, winning six gold medals in international competition and leading the United States in scoring at the 1999 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship. However, she said coaching after retiring from play does not bother her.“I always knew I was going to stay in hockey and coach in hockey when I was playing,” Potter said. “I’ve spent my whole life in it.”The stability that comes with a hockey life is important for a team that experienced turnover in more areas than just its coaching staff. In addition to Handrahan’s resignation, the team graduated all three of its captains last spring and welcomed five freshmen to the 2015-16 squad.“We’re looking for some of these young women to step up, but I know that they can, and I think we can expect to see that right away,” Potter said.Perhaps the program already has. In the first weekend with Potter at the helm, the team won its first two games against Lindenwood, scoring a combined eight goals, including five in the first game and two from senior forward Kendall Curtis. Last season, the team scored more than four goals in just three games.Potter said she hopes the team’s play so far this year is out of respect for the coaching staff, not out of reverence.  “I hope I can teach these young women,” Potter said. “I think we’re all interested in just building a winning tradition here.”The building will continue this weekend when the Scarlet and Gray travels to Madison, Wisconsin, to face the Badgers in its Western Collegiate Hockey Association opener. Puck drop is set for 3:07 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. read more