Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award National University brushed off an earlier mistake and fended off Adamson University in four sets, 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13, in the opening game of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Bulldogs momentarily lost track of its goal and stumbled in the third set, but the ladies in navy-and-gold ultimately recovered in the fourth frame.ADVERTISEMENT Santiago topped all scorers with 16 points while Aiko Urdas and Audrey Paran had nine points apiece.Permentilla had 12 points to lead the Lady Falcons while the returning Mylene Paat added 11.Although the two teams didn’t show that much disparity in their offensive games, Adamson held a 39-37 advantage in spikes, it was in the defensive aspect that NU differentiated itself with the Lady Bulldogs gaining a 12-6 difference in blocks.The Lady Bulldogs also enjoyed 35 free points due to the Lady Falcons’ errors.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Super sub: Rozier powers Celtics past Hawks, 119-110 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaja Santiago gave NU a 14-6 lead in the fourth set as the Lady Bulldogs’ cruised to victory from that point on.“The first game is always exciting and I told my team to always remember to enjoy themselves because they also worked really hard for this,” said NU head coach Babes Castillo in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think what happened in the third set was they seemed to lack the energy and their movements slowed down. That’s our struggle for now but we’ll of course look into it.”Setter Jasmine Nabor then, made a crucial block on Adamson’s Chiara Permentilla to put NU at the 24-13 match point.
A Liberian pastor, the Rev. Torli Krua, has told an American group in Portland, Maine in the United States that the widespread infection of Ebola in Liberia is an international concern that they must help. Rev. Krua, who is on a mission to inform Americans on what is going on in Liberia, said “Here we have Ebola. What can we do together to help? That is my message to people. We as the human family need to reach out to other human beings.” Rev. Krua has visited Maine many times over the past decade speaking at programs in schools and churches about Liberia but these days the only talk about Liberia focuses on the Ebola outbreak and he said most people in America don’t realize just how bad it is. “Everyday I hear stuff that doesn’t go on the news about people dying, about children who have been abandoned,” he said on an NBC program. He had spoken at the Boothbay Baptist Church and made friends with a Southport Island resident, Jason Schlosser. The two men planned a trip to Liberia, but canceled it due to the growing Ebola crisis. Schlosser said, “Part of me wants to go. There’s a crisis. There’re people in need. Let’s go, let’s do something.” Instead, he and the pastor are spending their time in Portland, Maine, trying to make people more aware of what’s happening in West Africa and urging them to help. Pastor Krua has set up a website fightebola.us that spells out several ways people can help. Rev. Krua, who runs a church in New England, owns the YOUNG-Africa Incorporated that provides information for young people to be able to make their lives better in useful ventures.In one of their last visits to Liberia, several young men and women, some from universities in Monrovia, went through seminars to change their focus to become entrepreneurs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough have reached an agreement to sign Spanish striker Kike from Real Murcia.The 24-year-old, whose full name is Enrique Garcia Martinez, will complete his move to the Championship club next week once he has completed a medical and received international clearance.Kike came through the ranks at Murcia and has netted 48 goals over the past six seasons.He enjoyed his most prolific campaign to date last term, striking 23 times in 43 league appearances, and previously represented Spain at Under-20 level.Boro boss Aitor Karanka knows Kike well, having worked with him during his spell as a youth team coach for Spain.
UNDERAGE PRESENTATIONOur underage presentations were held last weekend with awards being presented by county stars Leo McLoone and Geraldine McLaughlin. The girl’s award for under 10 outstanding contribution was won by Caitlin McLaughlin. The under 10 most improved player was won by Alana Glackin. The under 10 player of the year was won by Aisling O’Neill. The under 12 final player of the match was won by Aine Monagle. The under 12 most improved player was won by Courtney O’Connor. The under 12 player of the year was won by Sophie Murphy. The most improved under 14 player was won by Rachel Harkin. The under 14 player of the year was won by Tara O’Connor. The Mary Houten tournament runner-up team were Aine McColgan, Suzie Lafferty, Caoimhe McCallion, Claire McGilloway and Sarah Glackin. The winning team was Caitlin Kelly, Aisling O’Neill, Aine Monagle and Caitlin Monagle.MOVILLE MINORSThe Moville Minor Ladies were well beaten last Sunday by Clann Eireann in the Ulster Minor Final in Celtic Park. The Club would like to congratulate Moville on getting to the Minor Final, a fantastic achievement and commiserate them on a tough loss. A very special Well Done to our own Aoife McColgan, the Moville goalkeeper, who won Player of the Match for her magnificent display denying Clann Eireann on numerous occasions with her outstanding saves. LOTTOThere was no winner of this week’s jackpot of €700. The numbers drawn were 3-6-1-7-2-5-4 and the €50 winner was Pauline McLaughlin (F), Auchayclay with the €20 seller prize going to Christopher McLaughlin, Auchayclay. Next week’s jackpot is €750.SHOPThe club shop is open every Saturday from 12.00 – 2.00 and Sunday from 11.20 – 2.00 or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242 . The shop also has a great range of stock in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats, new gear bags and much more club merchandise. Make sure to order soon to make sure any Christmas presents are in stock. GAA NEWS: AISLING O’NEILL NAMED MALIN U-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: December 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This morning the Online Strategy Roundtable for entrepreneurs ran very smoothly. The five entrepreneurs who presented are all at various stages of validating who their best customers are. The best conversations during these roundtables usually stem from the businesses that have already been validated to some degree, simply because I am often not the target customer for a product.All entrepreneurs need to speak directly to their real customers – the people who are willing to pay money for their product or service – in order find out if you are solving a real problem. It is your potential customers who will give you the most valuable feedback, and these conversations should happen very early on, preferably before you have spent precious time and money building a product or service. Sramana Mitra is a technology entrepreneur and strategy consultant in Silicon Valley. She has founded three companies and writes a business blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her three books, Entrepreneur Journeys, Bootstrapping, Weapon Of Mass Reconstruction, and Positioning: How To Test, Validate, and Bring Your Idea To Market are all available from Amazon. Her new book Vision India 2020 was recently released. Mitra is also a columnist for Forbes and runs the 1M/1M initiative. Ellen Badinelli started off by introducing her business, ScanAvert. This is a mobile dietary application that scans products’ barcodes and alerts the consumer to dietary incompatibility based on their user-created profile. For example, if you are following a gluten-free diet or avoiding certain ingredients that may cause a bad reaction to a drug you take, you can scan the bar code and quickly find out if the ingredients you are avoiding are in a given product.There have been 5,000 users so far, giving Ellen a good idea of who the best demographic is for this product right now. She is looking to get financing to beef up PR efforts as recommended by some angel investors. Unlike advertising, you don’t get more PR by spending more money. I recommend she does some more guerilla PR herself Using the demographic information learned from the 5,000 customers who have already downloaded the app. She should target the top bloggers and media for each of the largest segments. I would like to see Ellen ramp up a bit more and get more conversions. As long as she can continue to bootstrap, she will improve the valuation. Next Bradley Owen presented TxtJet, which delivers email on cell phones for free, as text messages. He plans to use an advertising revenue model which will begin in six months or so to run a short ad tied to key words in the message. The ads are based on key word density and the geography of the user. I have my doubts on how well this will monetize because it would be tricky to target the ads based on the wording of email messages.I suggested that building an ad server to do this might be a more interesting product, although Google is already working on similar efforts. We discussed using SEO optimization around the key words “free mobile email.” I suggested he may also want to explore doing a deal with the carriers by offering a product to help transition text messaging customers into email customers. This, of course, would depend on how strong Bradley’s intellectual property is. They won’t be interested in something they can easily create for themselves. He’s launching this product tomorrow, so he’ll soon be able to see exactly where his customer base is coming from. Good luck! Kendra McKeever was up next to present Sock Monkeys Clothing, which offers clothing appropriate for infants with eczema in 3-month- to 1-year-old sizes. Apparently 20% of babies have eczema in the U.S. – including her daughter – and she is targeting the parents and grandparents of those children. She says there are a handful of competitors, but all are located in Europe, making the products expensive. She has great endorsements from parents and pediatric dermatologists, but this has not converted into sales.We discussed the importance of focusing on SEO marketing; she needs to be on the top of the page for those searching for infant eczema. I suggest she does a laser-focused outreach to bloggers, especially mommy bloggers who are already discussing this topic, to see if they are willing to write about her product rather than going after the larger iVillage-type bloggers right now. Also, trying to get into publications read by pediatric dermatologists is worth exploring. Although doctors don’t sell clothing, this could also help get the word of mouth going.Then we had Dhaval Sharma, who has been working on a back-end solution to make pooling (as in carpooling) easier to organize. Dhaval spoke about all he has been doing and his ideas, but he has yet to speak to his potential customers to see if they are willing to pay for this. I’m not yet convinced by his value proposition because I think there are free solutions already available.Dhaval needs to focus on one segment; mass pooling is too large. Once he has found his strongest segment to zero in on, he needs to stay with that one line of thought and go out and validate that there are people willing to pay for his solution. Don’t spray and pray! You should always try to validate your idea first, build your product later.Up last was David Braxton presenting for HighPerformanceU, which will offer an audio program that shares a business coaching methodology he has helped to develop through his one-on-one coaching experience. They would like to eventually offer this as a reasonably priced, customized solution for a company’s sales force, for example. He has been able to sell a very similar program to two companies so far, which is a good data point for David. But he really needs to validate his assumptions with his potential customers. I recommend he speak to 100 sales managers to ask them for feedback, and maybe offer the service for free at first and develop some success metrics. If they like the product, he’ll have his first customers. This can be done by phone or through connections on LinkedIn, doesn’t need to be done with in-person meetings. More validation needed. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ Methodology which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures.You can find the recording of this roundtable session here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here. . Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups#tips sramana mitra Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Everything is important, but not everything can most important. When it comes to metrics, more is not always better. There are, however, some metrics that tell you much about your sales results—and your challenges. These three metrics in sales can tell you a lot about what you need to know to improve.New Opportunities CreatedOne metric towers above all others and that metric is “new opportunities created” and the value of those opportunities. Because it’s true that you cannot capture an opportunity you haven’t first created. New opportunities created is the start of all good things.This metric is a gauge of your effectiveness in acquiring meetings. It tells you how well you are doing prospecting, and it also might provide an insight into your work ethic. It’s good to be an excellent prospector, but not if you don’t do enough it. A good work ethic will take you most of the way to your goals, but not if you are ineffective.Opportunities created is a critical metric for another reason: It is the best indicator of your ability to engage in sales conversations that result in your dream client deciding to explore change—and eventually agree to change. New opportunities created means you are adept at the exploration conversation about why your dream client should change in a way that allows them to engage with you on what is sometimes a tricky conversation—and often the conversations that cause them to buy from you long before you get to the Commitment to Decide (what you know as closing).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Average Deal SizeI tend to like all deals, small, medium, and large. I’ve had small sales grow up to monster deals. I’ve also had huge deals turn out to be something less than I imagined possible. You can grow deals, and contracts can also occasionally shrink through no fault of your own. There is also the fact that a deal that might be small in some company or industry might be a massive deal in another company or industry.Deal size does tell you a lot about where you spend your time. It indicates what kind of targets you are pursuing. Because it is rare for large clients to pursue sales organization outside of an RFP, large deals that were created by a sales rep suggests they are targeting hard-to-win, competitive displacements, something you might think of as your “dream clients.” Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchTiny deals might mean you are not targeting the prospective clients that would benefit the most from your solution, and it might also mean you aren’t as effective in larger, more complex deals. You might be creating many opportunities that aren’t large enough to allow you to reach your goals.One of the ways you make it easier to reach your goals is to win deals that are larger than your average sales. You need to create and win fewer deals. Your average deal size can tell you much.Win PercentageThere it is: Ink! Alternatively: “No ink!” You win some, and you lose some. You want the balance to be “won,” but no one goes undefeated in sales. The very best reps with the highest close rates still lose plenty of deals.Your win rate provides an idea about how well you sell. It’s the ultimate metric because, in the end, you will reach your goals or quota by winning opportunities (either new revenue or new logos or some combination thereof).Won deals indicate that you created a preference to buy from, “preference” is a complicated mix of intangibles, many of which your dream client wouldn’t recognize as a reason for giving you their business. A high win rate is often an indication of how well you control the process. In many cases, a high percentage of won deals measures how well you create value for your dream client; their experience working with you is a preview of what your dream client hopes will be their experience with your company.A low win rate is an indication of a lack of effectiveness, even though it can be incredibly difficult to tell where you might be struggling to produce better results. It could be a lack of ability to control the process. Frequently, the challenges show up early in the sales conversation, the exploration of change. If there is one area where the real struggle exists in improving win rates is in building consensus.What Else These Metrics Tell YouYou might have wondered about metrics like the number of phone calls you dialed or the number of meetings. The three metrics above will tell you if you are doing enough to get meetings.These metrics, over time, whether or not you are improving. Deals getting bigger and win rates improving is usually a sign you are getting better over time.You can look at a host of other metrics, like deal cycle times, the profitability of deals, the time deals are in stages of your sales process, and the growth of existing clients. There is no end to the number of metrics that might show up on your dashboard, but these few fundamental metrics are often enough to decipher where you are succeeding and where you might need to improve.With these three metrics, you can keep your own scorecard.
HONOLULU—Could glowing microbes be enticing ocean fish to snack on bits of plastic trash? That’s the intriguing idea floated here this week at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting by researchers studying the “plastisphere”—the sea’s millions of tons of drifting synthetic detritus. “It’s a whole new ocean habitat created by humans,” says microbiologist Tracy Mincer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. Past studies have shown that more than 1000 kinds of seagoing bacteria and other microbes can live on the plastic bits, which are often smaller than a fingernail. “Out there in the middle of the ocean, [microbes] are really looking for surfaces to glom on to,” Mincer says. But some colonizers do better than others, he reported. One big winner, according to a preliminary genetic analysis, are bacteria in the genus Vibrio—many of which are bioluminescent. Indeed, researchers making nighttime trawls for plastic trash noted that up to 40% of their catch was glowing. And such shimmering refuse could be especially attractive to fish that hunt by sight, Mincer says. That could be bad for the fish, but good for the microbes, which can thrive in fish guts. “It’s a good gig for the bacteria—they have all the right genes to put a tap in that keg.”See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
TNT KaTropa and Meralco tangle in the rubber match of their best-of-three quarterfinal series for the right to play the top-seeded Gin Kings in the semifinals and the 7 p.m. game at Smart Araneta Coliseum will certainly take something out of the Texters and the Bolts.“I wish they go to a Game 3 and play triple overtime,” Cone had said earlier in the week after following San Miguel Beer to the Final Four. “But either team will be a tough match for us because of their huge imports.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It will be a dogfight,” Meralco coach Norman Black said on Wednesday night after a 103-100 overtime decision of the Texters that forged this KO match. “We just have to be ready because they are a very talented team.”Meralco carved out the win despite not having an import in the last 1:54 of regulation, surviving after going scoreless for the last six minutes or so of the fourth. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Valdez, Creamline keep head high despite semis exit The Bolts get their inspiration and confidence from their man-mountain of an import, who doesn’t really score a lot but goes after all those rebounds and changes practically every shot in the shaded lane.He had just seven points in Game 2, and his last foul, a silly nudge on Kelly Williams in a rebound play, almost ended the Bolts’ season on Wednesday night.Kelly Nabong literally filled in Stepheson’s shoes, shooting seven points in overtime to bail the Bolts out. He will definitely be in the TNT defensive radar for this game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ The Texters, meanwhile, will be trying to avoid a repeat of an upset loss to the Bolts in the Governors’ Cup last season, when Allen Durham spearheaded Meralco to its first title series appearance which many believe cost Jong Uichico his coaching job at TNT.And the Texters and the Bolts grinding it out one final time sits perfectly well with Cone, who is wary of facing either team because of their huge imports who can pose matchup problems for Ginebra in the best-of-five series.San Miguel, the No. 2 seed, and Star, the third-ranked squad, already sealed their places in the Final Four and will play Game 1 Saturday at 5 p.m. also at the Big Dome in Cubao.That means whoever wins between the Texters and the Bolts will return to action in less than two days, tangling with the Gin Kings at 6:30 p.m. for their series opener on Sunday.Alex Stepheson will have to watch out for his fouls and definitely avoid a repeat of his Game 2 exit, as the Bolts might not be as lucky this time around.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Tim Cone got his wish and the foe Barangay Ginebra will face in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup’s Final Four will be quite weary after Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
sport SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Published on × Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin announces the winning bid for the 2022 games in Birmingham, Britain. – Reuters Birmingham has been chosen as the host venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, organisers announced on Thursday with the Midlands city being the only bidder.Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin announced the decision at a press conference in the city.“We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on today’s announcement it is a defining moment for this truly Commonwealth city,” she said. “With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth.”Durban, South Africa was originally awarded the Games in 2015 before being stripped of the event in March because it failed to meet promises contained in its bid.Birmingham was chosen as Britain’s candidate city in September, beating a rival bid from Liverpool and receiving UK government backing. The city’s bid was judged to be not fully compliant with all the criteria in October, leading the CGF to extending the deadline for other bidders, but no other cities came forward.Birmingham bid organisers have said that 95 per cent of the competition venues are already in place with Alexander Stadium, an established athletics venue, set for an increase in capacity and facilities upgrade. The only new venue proposed in Birmingham’s bid is the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, which will host Swimming, Para Swimming and Diving. The city centre Victoria Square will also be used for 3×3 Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball.At an estimated 750 million pounds ($1.00 billion), the Commonwealth Games will be the most expensive sports event staged in Britain since the London 2012 Olympics. “The UK has a brilliant track record for putting on the biggest sport events in the world and it is great news that Birmingham has been selected to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said. “I am sure that we will put on an event that will make the country proud, leave a strong sporting legacy and strengthen relationships with our friends across the Commonwealth.”The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia from April 4. Birmingham bid organisers have said that 95% of the competition venues are already in place with Alexander Stadium COMMENT Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin announces the winning bid for the 2022 games in Birmingham, Britain. – Reuters SHARE December 21, 2017
World number one Simona Halep continued her dominance ahead of the Australian Open with a crushing straight sets victory over fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu to reach the Shenzhen Open final in China on Friday.In an hour an 29 minutes, Halep triumphed over Begu 6-1, 6-4 and sealed a second career final at Shenzhen.Halep’s precision and counter-attack helped her dominate Begu and her 15 winners on the day powered her to victory.The top seed began in a perfect fashion and broke Begu early on to race to a 4-1 lead. Begu kept faltering, unable to find her stride, and it was a comfortable first set victory for the world No.1.It was not all that easy for Halep in the second set as Begu kept her on her toes, even leading the set 3-2 at a point. However, Halep put that big forehand of hers to perfect use and sealed the match.”It was a tough match,” Halep said in a courtside interview. “I know she is a strong player and in the second set you could see she was improving her game so it was a tougher battle.”I think I was strong enough to stay there and hit the ball stronger in the end because the energy was falling a little bit. I came back, I served pretty well in the last game and I’m pretty proud of my victory today, it was a tough one.”Halep will be up against defending Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic, who later in the day beat former world No.1 Maria Sharapova in a gruelling three-setter.advertisementSharapova battled for almost two hours against the defending champion but the challenge proved to be too strong for the Russian star, who is still trying to hit her stride since returning from the doping ban.In an hour and 55 minutes, Siniakova beat Sharapova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to set up the title defence clash against Halep.It were Siniakova’s 10 aces as compared to Sharapova’s just one that made the difference in the match.Siniakova completely dominated Sharapova in the first set and without much breaking much sweat, she powered to a comprehensive first set victory.Sharapova, however, came roaring back in the second set and upped her game to take the second set 6-3. Sharapova’s fighting spirit, something that has been her hallmark throughout her career, shone through in this set.It was a very close game in the final set but again, Siniakova planted those big serves in the right moments to edge out Sharapova.(With inputs from Reuters)