SA, Botswana in rhino translocation deal

first_img The project has the support of the Botswana Rhino Management Committee, as well as assistance from the Eastern Cape’s Chipembere Rhino Foundation for telemetry and tracking equipment being used by the game scouts. 11 March 2013 South African travel company andBeyond’s Phinda private game reserve in KwaZulu- Natal is involved in a groundbreaking deal to translocate six white rhino to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It has been reported as the first private game reserve donation of rhino to another country. The translocation began in February following years of negotiation and planning. It is still under way. “The Okavango Delta has proven to be a successful rhino relocation habitat and Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place whereby the military helps to protect the species,” andBeyond said in a statement at the start of the translocation process on 8 February. Game scouts from Botswana received tracking and monitoring training from Phinda to assist with the move. “The movement and behaviour of the six rhino will be closely monitored using satellite collars and telemetry and tracking equipment,” the company said. It forms part of andBeyond’s rhino protection efforts, which fall under its Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People vision. The translocation was facilitated in partnership with conservation organisation Rhino Force and funded by insurance administrator Motorite Administrators. It follows in the wake of a 49% increase in illegal poaching in 2012, when 668 rhinos were killed in South Africa. “Botswana has an excellent security system in place to protect these endangered animals and will be a safe haven for the six relocated rhino,” said andBeyond CEO, Joss Kent. “Translocations are fundamental to secure the ongoing survival of endangered species and this groundbreaking project led by andBeyond’s conservation team aims to increase Africa’s dwindling rhino populations for future generations to enjoy.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Cathay Pacific to serve US capital with A350-1000s

first_imgUnited States Capitol and the Senate Building, Washington DC . Image: Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific will use the Airbus A350-1000  to connect Hong Kong to Washington, DC, for the first time in 2018 with a four-times weekly direct flight.The service to Dulles International Airport will be the longest in the Cathay network at 7,085 nautical miles (8,153 miles or 13,122kms) and is part of a strategy by the Hong Kong carrier to expand its nonstop routes using next generation aircraft.The fuel efficient aircraft allow it to open up routes it would not otherwise have considered.The airline is also spruiking 2018 as one of its most significant years in terms of expansion.Other services to be launched next year include year-round services to Irish capital Dublin in March and to  European political center Brussels in June.A seasonal service to Copenhagen in Denmark begins in May and frequencies on popular routes such as Barcelona, Spain, and Tel Aviv, Israel, will be increased in 2018.The new Washington route will complement existing routes to the East Coast, including Boston and New York’s two main international airports – John F Kennedy and Newark Liberty.Cathay is fighting increased competition in its home market and announced in August a first-half loss of $HK2 billion ($US262m), compared to a net profit of $HK353 million in the first half of 2016.  It predicted at the time the second half would likely be just as bad.The new route also comes as US carriers have strengthened their ties with mainland Chinese carriers determined to increase their presence in the North American market.American Airlines in March announced a $US200million equity investment in Guangzhou-based China Southern  that brought together two largely complementary networks and gave American a foothold in burgeoning Chinese market.Delta Air Lines a 3.55 per cent stake in Shanghai’s China Eastern and is poised to help the Chinese carrier set up operations at Beijing’s giant second airport, Daxing, when it opens in 2019.Cathay Pacific chief executive Rupert Hogg said that the new service has been introduced to cater to the growing demand for travel to the Washington region while giving   US-based passengers with more convenient access to Asia and beyond through its Hong Kong hub.“Our customers have told us they want greater options and increased flexibility – and we’ve listened,” Hogg said in the announcement. “Much like Hong Kong, Washington DC is a vibrant and dynamic destination and we are thrilled to soon be providing the only direct flights between these two great cities.“Establishing new direct air links to destinations that aren’t already served from Hong Kong enhances our city’s status as Asia’s largest international hub and allows us to secure new and important sources of revenue.’’The A350-1000 is the bigger sister of the A350-900 already operated by Cathay. It has less range than the -900 but offers good operational economics in terms of costs per seat-mile.It will feature a three-class cabin with business, premium economy and economy classes.READ: Cathay Pacific’s new A350 a winner for passengers.Cathay has 45 A350s on order and until recently had planned to take 26 of those as -1000s. In September, however, it converted six of the -1000 orders back to the smaller  -900s.last_img read more

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Orlando City 2018 season preview

first_imgMLS Orlando City 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 00:18 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dom Dwyer Orlando City Bill Streicher/USA Today MLS Orlando City Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram and Oriol Rosell are among the signings brought in this offseason as a new-look Lions squad eyes the postseason If Orlando City again fails to make the playoffs in 2018, the club certainly won’t have complacency to blame.Perhaps no MLS team reinvented itself more this offseason than Jason Kreis’ Lions, who parted ways with club icons Kaka and Cyle Larin while bringing in a host of newcomers, including proven MLS standouts Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram and Oriol Rosell.Orlando still hasn’t been to the MLS playoffs since entering the league in 2015, but there’s no doubting the club’s ambitions this year. Entering his second full season the job, Kreis will surely be feeling the pressure to end that drought and bring postseason soccer to Central Florida. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp How did Orlando City perform in 2017?Kaka Orlando City2017 finish: 10th in Eastern Conference (10-15-9), missed the playoffsA 6-1-0 start seemed to place Orlando among the Eastern Conference contenders, but the Lions promptly fell off a cliff. Kreis’ side managed just four wins the rest of the season, going 0-6-2 from July through early September and ultimately finishing 11 points out of a playoff spot.Orlando City’s key offseason lossesKaka Cyle Larin Orlando CityBrazilian legend Kaka announced his retirement after three MLS seasons, having faded into a bit-part player down the stretch last season. He was followed through the exit door by leading scorer Cyle Larin, who prompted a messy divorce from Orlando by forcing through a move to Besiktas.While Kaka and Larin were the two biggest names to leave Orlando, the housecleaning was exhaustive: part-time starters Jose Aja, Tommy Redding, Antonio Nocerino, Servando Carrasco, Giles Barnes and Carlos Rivas have moved on as well.Orlando City’s key offseason additionsSacha Kljestan New York Red BullsThe headliner is Sacha Kljestan, who arrived via a trade with the New York Red Bulls following back-to-back seasons leading MLS in assists. Justin Meram, meanwhile, was acquired from the Columbus Crew after notching a career-high 13 goals in 2017.Orlando also was busy with signings from abroad. Paraguayan playmaker Josue Colman, 19, has joined as a young designated player, while veteran Senegalese center back Lamine Sane was brought in from Werder Bremen to solidify a leaky defense. But the most influential addition could be former Sporting Kansas City defensive midfielder Oriol Rosell, who joined Orlando after a stint with Sporting CP.Libya international Mohamed El-Munir is a candidate to win the job at left back, while Amro Tarek, R.J. Allen, Jose Villarreal and Stefano Pinho have been signed as depth. The club also added two midfield prospects, acquiring the homegrown rights to Cam Lindley from Chicago and taking Chris Mueller sixth overall in the MLS draft.Full Orlando City roster entering 2018 seasonJonathan Spector Joe Bendik Orlando City MLS 04292017Goalkeepers: Joe Bendik, Earl Edwards Jr., Adam Grinwis, Mason StajduharDefenders: R.J. Allen, Pierre Da Silva, Mohamed El-Munir, Victor “P.C.” Giro, Lamine Sane, Jonathan Spector, Scott Sutter, Amro Tarek, Donny ToiaMidfielders: Josue Colman, Cristian Higuita, Will Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, Richie Laryea, Cameron Lindley, Justin Meram, Dillon Powers, Tony Rocha, Oriol Rosell, Jose Villarreal, Yoshimar YotunForwards: Dom Dwyer, Chris Mueller, Stefano PinhoOrlando City’s projected starting lineupOrlando City projected XIBendik is locked in as the No. 1 between the posts, and Sane figures to partner with Spector in central defense while Tarek provides depth. Sutter and El-Munir should be favored to start at fullback, though Allen and Toia are established options.Whether Kreis goes with a 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 diamond or something else entirely, Rosell can be expected to sit in front of the back line. Yotun will be shaded toward the left, and Kljestan should play as a No. 10. Meram and Colman are versatile enough to play out wide or in central attacking roles. Expect Higuita, Powers and Johnson to be in the mix for midfield minutes, as well.Having shared the front line with Larin following his midseason arrival, Dwyer can now play the lone striker role he flourished in with Kansas City. If Kreis does play a 4-4-2, Meram and Pinho are the top options to partner with Dwyer up top.Orlando City’s national TV coverageOrlando City fansNew York City FC vs. Orlando City – Saturday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UnivisionOrlando City vs. New York Red Bulls – Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. ET on UniMasOrlando City vs. Portland Timbers – Sunday, April 8, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNPhiladelphia Union vs. Orlando City – Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNColorado Rapids vs. Orlando City – Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNOrlando City vs. Atlanta United – Sunday, May 13, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1Atlanta United vs. Orlando City – Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNLos Angeles FC vs. Orlando City – Saturday, July 7, at 4:30 p.m. on FoxOrlando City vs. New York City FC – Thursday, July 26, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNLA Galaxy vs. Orlando City – Sunday, July 29, at 9:30 p.m. ET on FS1D.C. United vs. Orlando City – Sunday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1Orlando City vs. Atlanta United – Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNChicago Fire vs. Orlando City – Sunday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. ET on FS1last_img read more

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Ozil reaches Arsenal century against Milan

first_imgMesut Özil Ozil reaches Arsenal century as he delivers for Wenger in Milan Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:19 9/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Mesut Özil Arsenal Milan v Arsenal Milan UEFA Europa League Premier League Stats Having provided the assist for Aaron Ramsey during a crunch Europa League clash, the World Cup winner has now been involved in 100 Gunners goals Mesut Ozil has become an Arsenal centurion, with the World Cup winner having now been involved in 100 Gunners goals.The Germany international has reached that mark in 189 appearances, having moved to Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid in 2013.Arsene Wenger invested £42.5 million worth of faith in Ozil’s creative instincts and has been rewarded by his contribution across multiple competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The 29-year-old has struggled for consistency at times, but his value to the Arsenal cause has rarely been questioned.He is one of few world-class talents in the Gunners squad and is looked upon to provide inspiration when it matters most.Ozil stepped up to that plate in a crunch Europa League last-16 encounter with AC Milan which had been billed as a make-or-break fixture for under-fire boss Wenger .Arsenal needed a result at the San Siro and their cause was aided considerably by a man who recently committed to a lucrative new contract .Having already teed up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to open the scoring against Milan, Ozil then repeated the trick in first-half stoppage-time as Aaron Ramsey doubled the away side’s advantage.That assist saw him reach a notable landmark, with a hand having been played in 100 goals.100 – Mesut Özil has now been directly involved in 100 goals in all competitions for Arsenal (37 goals and 63 assists). Maestro. pic.twitter.com/ZMHETXBVWi — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 8, 2018 Arsenal will be hoping there are many more goals and assists to come from Ozil.Whether his efforts are enough to keep Wenger in a job is, however, open to question.The long-serving Frenchman has fallen under mounting pressure in north London, with Europa League success offering a final route to silverware and a return to a Champions League stage.last_img read more

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Dzeko sends Roma into quarter-finals

first_imgRoma 1 Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (2-2 agg): Dzeko edges Italians through on away goals Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 14/3/2018 EdinDzeko - cropped Twitter (@asromaen) Shakhtar Donetsk fell short of just a second Champions League quarter-final appearance as their 10 men were beaten by Roma and Edin Dzeko. A second-half Edin Dzeko strike earned Roma a 1-0 Champions League last-16 second-leg win over Shakhtar Donetsk, enough to narrowly progress on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.Cengiz Under’s goal and a string of Alisson saves in a 2-1 away first-leg defeat had kept Roma in the tie, and Eusebio Di Francesco’s men edged to victory in the return to reach the quarter-finals despite a dismal display in which Dzeko’s winner was scarcely deserved.Indeed, despite needing only a draw to themselves reach the last eight on Wednesday, this was no backs-to-the-wall job for Paulo Fonseca’s Shakhtar as they sought to enjoy themselves at Stadio Olimpico. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp An assured away performance was led by Manchester City target Fred as Shakhtar had the better of the opening 45 minutes, pressing the Serie A side when out of possession and then attacking at speed.Chances were few and far between, though, and a lack of cutting edge in the final third was ruthlessly punished by Dzeko seven minutes after half-time.Shakhtar’s desperation for the away goal they now required left gaps in defence and Ivan Ordets was dismissed for halting a late Roma breakaway, Alisson holding on for a fourth consecutive home Champions League clean sheet to seal the hosts a place in the draw for the last eight.FT | #RomaShakhtar – (*2-2)Edin Dzeko scores the crucial goal… and #ASRoma are through! pic.twitter.com/vRz9m7DvFZ— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) March 13, 2018It took Dzeko just 22 seconds to work Andriy Pyatov for the first time, but Shakhtar would not bow easily to the hosts’ early pressure and were soon knocking the ball around with confidence in the Roma half.Alessandro Florenzi flicked a risky backwards header just wide of his own goal and a nervous home crowd witnessed the visitors maintaining a level of control throughout the first half, Pyatov intercepting when Aleksandar Kolarov led a rare Roma foray.Taison flashed a 25-yard effort over the top, before Federico Fazio recovered in time to force Facundo Ferreyra wide having cheaply given up possession to his fellow Argentinian.Kolarov then crucially swept the ball away from Ferreyra’s toe inside the Roma box as the sides went in level at the break.Roma did not initially improve from the restart but, when the Shakhtar defence switched off the first time, a clear chance finally fell for Dzeko and he made no mistake.Kevin Strootman hooked a hopeful pass forward to set his team-mate away, Dzeko in the clear and reaching the ball ahead of Pyatov to prod a finish through the goalkeeper’s legs.1 – Edin #Dzeko has scored his first goal in a Champions League knockout phase game. Wait. #RomaShakthar— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 13, 2018Diego Perotti fired straight at Pyatov as Roma chased a second and Dzeko then almost struck again with a wonderful curling shot that just faded wide, before Shakhtar redoubled their efforts.Fred recycled the ball and Taison danced by challenges, but they could not muster the necessary response and tempers flared as Ordets tugged back Dzeko to see red with 11 minutes remaining, Ferreyra clashing with a ball boy to earn just a yellow as Roma held on. Key Opta Facts:- Roma have reached the quarter finals of the Champions League for the third time in the club’s history and for the first time since 2007-08.- This is the first time Roma have progressed from a knockout tie in which they have lost the first leg; ending a run of five consecutive knockout tie defeats.- Roma have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Champions League home games, winning the last three (W3 D1 L0).- Shakhtar Donetsk however, have lost seven of their last eight Champions League away games (W1 D0 L7).- Shakhtar Donetsk failed to register a single shot on target against Roma in this match.- Iven Ordets red card was the second Shakhtar have received in the competition this season – as many as in their previous four Champions League campaigns combined.- Edin Dzeko has had a hand in 55 per cent of Roma’s 11 goals in the Champions League this season (4 goals, 2 assists).  read morelast_img read more

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Ballack criticises ref as Chelsea crash out

first_imgUEFA Champions League ‘Same old story’ – Ballack criticises referee as Chelsea crash out of Champions League Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:59 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Damir Skomina Getty Images UEFA Champions League Chelsea Barcelona v Chelsea Barcelona Lionel Messi Ousmane Dembélé Damir Skomina rejected a penalty appeal for Chelsea against Barcelona, much to the displeasure of the former Blues star Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack criticised the referee’s decisions after his old club were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona.Lionel Messi scored twice and set up Ousmane Dembele in a 3-0 win for Barca at Camp Nou that sent his side into the quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate.But former Germany international Ballack felt Chelsea were unfairly treated by referee Damir Skomina, who rejected a penalty appeal when Gerard Pique challenged Marcos Alonso in the box, with the score at 2-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Same old story #referee #BARCHE— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) March 14, 2018″Same old story #referee,” Ballack wrote on Twitter, seemingly referring to the infamous semi-final between Chelsea and Barca in the 2008-09 Champions League.On that occasion, Chelsea felt wronged by a series of controversial calls from Norwegian official Tom Henning Ovrebo, who told the media he received death threats following the match. Ballack was playing for Chelsea as Ovrebo rejected a handful of penalty appeals made by the Blues, who were eventually knocked out by a dramatic late goal scored by Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta.The 41-year-old later offered a more clear-minded assessment of the game on Wednesday, writing: “Messi made the difference.”last_img read more

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Poland vs Senegal: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPoland v Senegal Poland vs Senegal: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:45 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Senegal World Cup Shaun Botterill Poland v Senegal World Cup Poland Senegal Powerade Group H is arguably the most competitive at the World Cup and both teams will be looking for a positive start to the tournament in Russia FULL TIME:  Senegal win 2-1 and this group has been blown wide open with the two favourites to progress both losing 2-1. Senegal and Japan are in the driving seat but it’s a tough one to call.90+1: Poland win themselves a corner now, and swing it in quickly; Khadim N’Diaye makes a great diving take to pick it out though. Senegal hold on for now. Four added minutes88 Mins: Senegal Sub: Senegal try to sure things up as Kouyate comes on for N’diaye. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 86 Mins: GOAL! We are in for a nailbiting final couple of minutes. A good free kick from deep is put into the area where Krychowiak rises above everyone and finds the back of the net. Great header. 2-183 Mins: Poland Sub: Poland make their final change with Piszczek replaced by Bartosz Bereszynski82 Mins: Lewandowski and Rybus combine in the box as the former bursts into life for a moment with a little bit of magic to get around three Senegal defenders, yet the pass from the former to the latter is flagged as offside.80 Mins: Kownacki rises up to meet a Rybus square cross bulleted in from the left, but can only plant his header straight to the keeper.79 Mins: Poland’s midfield has, for most of this game, looked to be out of ideas, sluggish and stocky in the middle. Shy of something special, they’ve taken a big knock to their hopes of topping Group H today.75 Mins: Senegal Sub: That knock is proving too painful for Niang; Moussa Konate duly replaces him as the goalscorer leaves to applause from the Senegal fans.73 Mins: Poland Sub: Arkadiusz Milik is replaced by Dawid Kownacki.72 Mins: Yellow card for Idrissa Gana Gueye.70 Mins: Milik! The Poland man just clips a flat pass at the near-right post wide from Piszczek after slipping in around the back. The time to pull a result out of the hat is running out.65 Mins: Cionek and Mane tangle as the Senegal man seeks a third goal; the free-kick goes the way of the former just on the edge of the Poland box.64 Mins: That has got to be one of the biggest mistakes of the World Cup so far. Poland have a mountain to climb now; will they introduce their last two changes sooner rather than later as they look to claw themselves back into competition?63 Mins: Senegal Sub: Poland appear to be absolutely furious about something, loudly remonstrating with referee Nawaf Shukralla, as Senegal make their first change ahead of the restart. Diouf is off and it is Cheikh N’Doye of Birmingham City who takes his place.Mbaye Niang Senegal World Cup59 Mins: NIANG SCORES! 2-0 TO SENEGAL! It’s an absolutely awful error from Poland to gift their opponents a second goal. Just inside the centre circle, under little pressure, Krychowiak clips a high back-pass to Bednarek that the substitute is completely unprepared for. Niang races in unmarked off the right wing and beats both the defender and Szczesny, who tears out of his box to try and stop it. A neat chip over the keeper leaves an open net and the Torino man taps home for his first international goal. 2-0 to Senegal after an hour!56 Mins: Piszczek! The Poland man has a great chance to level the scores as Rybus tips a lovely flat cross wide to the right of the box from the left flank, but the defender fails to catch it on the volley and smothers it wide instead.54 Mins: Diouf should have made it two for Senegal! The striker is met by a lovely cut-back 10 yards out, and stumbles over the ball, allowing Piszczek to take it away. Niang looks to claim it back quickly but instead fouls the Poland man and concedes a free-kick.52 Mins: Down the other end, Mane arrives into the Poland box to blast a Diouf cut-back into the legs of Pazdan as Senegal create a swift counter-attack, with the deflection spilling to Cionek who clears deep.50 Mins: CLOSE! Lewandowski’s free kick is on target but it lacks the power to beat Khadim N’Diaye whp parries it away acrobatically.48 Mins: Lewandowski starting to come alive? He bursts through the Poland back line before Salif Sane comes across and fouls him. Yellow card for the defender and a free kick in a dangerous position.46 Mins: With barely a minute on the pitch, Bednarek goes down under a high challenge in his own box after Niang lofts a cross in. He gets back to his feet after a few moments following treatment by the medical staff and is good to continue.46 Mins: Poland get the second half started.Poland Sub: Jakub Błaszczykowski comes off for Jan BednarekExpect Poland to potentially make some changes to their rather central bearing midfield at the break as the look to cover the gaps out on the wings exploited by Senegal. As for Ailou Cisse’s team? They may introduce an additional defensive player at around the hour mark if their lead remains, in order to sit back and defend their advantage.An Idrissa Guye strike that took a big deflection for a Thiago Cionek own-goal is the difference at Spartak Stadium between Poland and Senegal at the break, but it has been an uninspired showing from Robert Lewandowski and his side in Moscow. Unable to get good service from his midfield, the Bayern Munich forward has been mostly an isolated figure as Sadio Mane’s team have outmuscled them in the centre of the pitch – and now they must overcome a one-goal deficit in order to get their World Cup campaign back on track. At half-time, it’s Poland 0-1 Senegal.HALF TIME: Senegal go in 1-0 up at halftime, can they hold on and start their second World Cup campaign with a win? Poland have been nullified in attack with Robert Lewandowski barely getting a kick in the first half. Improvement needed for both sides. 42 Mins: It’s nearly two goals in five minutes for Senegal; on the back of a corner conceded by Pazdan, Sane heads Niang’s set-piece play wide at the near-right post after being left unmarked. Poland look all at sea around the back after that opener.38 Mins: GOOOOOAL! It took a stroke of luck for their to be the breakthreough, Idrissa Gueye strikes it from 25 yards, the striker looks like no danger to the goalkeeper but a massive deflection from Thiago Cionek has seen the ball go past Szczesny. 1-0 Senegal through an own goal.36 Mins: There has yet to be a shot on target in this game; the only other match in this World Cup that failed to register such an effort in the first half was Croatia against Nigeria.34 Mins: Or will they? Diouf spurns a golden chance to head home an opening goal for Senegal as his just leaps under a cross squared in from Sabaly out on the right wing, though a belated flag from the linesman would have nixed any potential score regardless.32 Mins: It’s been an even-keeled affair for the most part – but both sides are missing a killer instinct right now. There’s no real sense of danger that either will find a breakthrough before half-time.Sadio Mane Senegal Robert Lewandowski Poland World Cup30 Mins: Lewandowski nips into the Senegal box seeking a long ball put in from the left wing; it bounces kindly for keeper Khadim N’Diaye however and he has no trouble snaffling it from under the Bayern Munich man’s nose.29 Mins: Poland’s more direct approach of the last ten minutes has seen them gain an upswing in time on the ball; they currenly have a shade over 60 percent possession.26 Mins: Wague clips Grosicki with a short challenge as the pair tussle for possession inside the Poland half; the latter comes up with a free-kick as a result24 Mins: N’Diaye is the latest Senegal man to trouble the Polish defence and another communication error opens up a gap for him. His effort comes to nothing though, spilling wide under belated pressure; Szczesny gets the goal-kick.22 Mins: That’s more like it fom Poland; Zielinski tips a ball into the Senegal box on the right that sweeps over the defence and finds Grosicki who just heads it over the crossbar.20 Mins: Poland are looking prone to switching off in both attack and defence so far; they haven’t been able to supply Lewandowski with the deliveries he needs, and now Pazdan clears a Senegal cross into the box by almost kicking his own goalkeeper in the face. They need to sort out their communication, and fast.18 Mins: What a chance for Senegal! Sabaly picks out a loose pass from Zielinski inside his own half and breaks into a run down the left flank, stepping in off the wing to clip a fabulous ball through for Niang. Level with two defenders and with only the keeper to beat, he skews it somewhere between a shot and a square pass, and the ball flies out wide by the far-right post. A frustrating finish to a fantastic piece of play.16 Mins: Senegal think they have a shout for a penalty after Rybus clips Diouf inside the Poland box with both in pursuit of a Niang through-ball; the referee waves it away and VAR does not subsequently intervene either.14 Mins: Down the other end, Koulibaly concedes a corner under pressure from Lewandowski, who has been kept rather quiet so far by Senegal. Poland swing it in flat and low, only for Milik to lose it to Sabaly on the edge of the box, who clears deep and away from danger.13 Mins: Sane steps up to take and duly curls it over the wall and well wide of the goal to the left. It’s a maddening effort from the defender, and Poland have a goal-kick.12 Mins: Having been dispossessed by Mane, Krychowiak lunges after Niang and gets the ball back; yet the referee deems the latter tackle to be a foul and duly books the Poland man to his anger. Free-kick 30 or so yards out slightly to the left for Senegal…10 Mins: Despite looking a little loose around the back in the opening minutes, Senegal have settled the better of the pair in Moscow. Mane looks to slip a pass through into the left of the Poland box, around Cionek for Diouf; he doesn’t get the weight behind it though and the striker oversteps the ball, allowing Szczesny to claim.8 Mins: Blaszczykowski is flagged for offside as Poland look to alleviate the pressure on their defence with a long ball down the right; Sabaly traps him smartly and wins his side the free-kick.7 Mins: Senegal’s corner only finds the first man and Poland look to have survived the attack, only for Niang to dart back in with a loose pass on the left. He tries to curl it back towards the centre of the box, seeking Mane; Szczesny dives low off his line to claim before it can reach the striker.6 Mins: Cionek gives a needless corner away for Poland now after Diouf ran him close into the box; the Senegal forward slipped, yet the defender still opted to head out rather than to his keeper.4 Mins: It’s a cagey opening from Poland, who probe down the middle before going left instead from halfway. A nice cut-back cross is tipped in for Blaszczykowski; Sane gets in under his feet to sweep the ball away from danger3 Mins: Some loose passing around the back of their defence causes a momentary worry for Senegal, but Sane and Wague manage to create a fluid move down the right channel to lift the pressure off their back third of the field.1 Min: KICK OFF! Senegal get the game underway  The teams have emerged at Spartak Stadium for the national anthems. The heavy rain that drenched Moscow in the build-up to the game appears to have abated for now, though conditions may be a little slippery underfoot.Senegal meanwhile are also unbeaten in their previous group stage appearance in 2002; aside from that famous victory against France, they also drew against Denmark and Uruguay to claim second place and progress to the round of 16, where they also defeated Sweden.Poland have met – and are undefeated against – African opposition on three previous occasions at the World Cup; Tunisia in 1978, Cameroon in 1982 and Morocco in 1986. Combined, the trio of encounters have produced only a single goal; a winning strike from Grzegorz Lato against Tunisia.Whilst Mane may have only picked up a single goal in qualification, in a 2-2 draw against Burkina Faso, the Liverpool forward helped his country arrive in Russia with an unbeaten record; they won four and drew two in a group including former hosts South Africa as they progressed to their sophomore tournament. The effect of captain Lewandowski on Poland cannot be downplayed; the Bayern Munich star was the top scorer in the UEFA World Cup qualifiers with 16 goals, netting 56% of his side’s total haul on the road to Russia. Only one other player scored more than once; Kamil Grosicki mustered three.Senegal’s return has taken even longer; it’s been 16 years since their only previous appearance, at South Korea and Japan 2002. On that occasion, they shocked the world, defeating reigning champions France in the group stage and making it to the quarter-finals where they fell to Turkey. Aliou Cisse was captain of the national side that day; now, he takes charge of his second major tournament as manager, having guided his team to the quarter-finals of the 2017 African Cup of Nations.It’s taken over a decade for Poland to get back to the World Cup, having last competed in Germany 2006, but the wait very well may be worth it; since taking charge in 2013, manager Adam Nawałka has led taken them to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 and a top-ten place in the FIFA World Rankings that sees them as the top seed in Group H. They haven’t been out of the group stages for 32 years though, since Mexico 1986; can they bag three points against their opponents today to set them on the path to breaking their streak?As for the rest of the lineups, both teams have named strong starting XIs for their first game of the tournament; defender Kamil Glik is the only major absentee for Poland, named on the bench as he continues to recover from a shoulder knock, whilst Senegal name two further English-based players alongside Liverpool’s Mane in the shape of Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye and Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf.30 Mins to KO: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia as Poland and Senegal wrap up the first round of fixtures in the group stages with a clash at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. The pair face off the for this time in their history in the second match of Group H today – and with Japan springing an upset victory over 2014 quarter-finalists Colombia in Saransk, will either of them snare a win in the capital to join them in the race for the round of 16? Game Poland vs Senegal Date Tuesday, June 19 Time 4pm BST / 11am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) Confirmed Line-upsPoland will be relying upon their all-time leading goalscorer Robert Lewandowski to fire his team through the group stages and further into the tournament. Much of the Poland team has remained the same in recent years, with the trio of Blaszczykowski, Zielinski and Grosicki  to offer the support behind the Bayern Munich frontman. Confirmed Poland XI:  Wojciech Szczesny; Lukasz Piszczek, Maciej Rybus, Thiago Cionek, Michal Pazdan; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Arkadiusz Milik, Kamil Grosicki, Piotr Zielinski; Robert LewandowskiPoland Subs: Dawid Kownacki, Bartosz Bialkowski, Rafal Kurzawa, Jan Bednarek, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Bartosz Bereszynski, Jacek Goralski, Karol Linetty, Kamil Glik, Slawomir Peszko, Lukasz FabianskiThe spearhead of this promising Senegal side is Liverpool’s Sadio Mane , who has scored 20 from his 44 appearances in all competitions at club level this season. With Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly the defensive lynchpin.Confirmed Senegal XI:  Khadim N’Diaye; Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Youssouf Sabaly, Moussa Wague; Alfred N’Diaye, M’Baye Niang, Ismaila Sarr, Idrissa Gueye; Mame Biram Diouf, Sadio ManeSenegal Subs: Cheikh N’Doye, Moussa Sow, Alfred Gomis, Adama Mbengue, Abdoulaye Diallo, Diafra Sakho, Keita, Lamine Gassama, Cheikhou Kouyate, Badou Ndiaye, Kara, Moussa KonateTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV or streamed live online using the ITV Hub. 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Villarreal sign Funes Mori from Everton

first_imgTransfers Funes Mori departs Everton to join Villarreal Patric Ridge 14:23 6/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Funes Mori - cropped Getty Images Transfers Primera División Everton Villarreal Premier League Having fallen out of favour at Goodison, the Argentine has moved on to pastures new as Marco Silva shapes his squad ahead of the new season Everton have sold defender Ramiro Funes Mori to Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee.Argentina international Funes Mori arrived at Goodison Park in September 2015, with Roberto Martinez – who was Everton manager at the time – splashing out a reported £10 million ($13m) to sign him from River Plate.A regular starter in his first season, Funes Mori slipped down the pecking order under Ronald Koeman before a knee problem restricted him to just four appearances in the 2017-18 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The 27-year-old, who missed out on Jorge Sampaoli’s World Cup squad, has now signed for Villarreal, penning a four-year deal with the Liga club.The Argentine’s departure is sure to be just a small part of the shake-up at Goodison as new boss Marco Silva looks to make a positive start the 2018-19 season after a disappointing campaign last time out.| @funesmoriofi25 has joined @Eng_Villarreal on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.https://t.co/2izpI3LYWe pic.twitter.com/ZalDRAblh9— Everton (@Everton) June 21, 2018Having spent big last summer and largely failing to deliver, Toffees fans will be expecting a higher standard of football as the Portuguese trainer prepared to head into the new term.Funes Mori made a total of 67 appearances for Everton across all competitions, scoring five goals.last_img read more

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WATCH: Late Kroos stunner earns win for Germany

first_imgWorld Cup VIDEO: Late Kroos stunner keeps Germany World Cup hopes alive Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:41 6/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Toni Kroos Germany Sweden World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup Germany Germany v Sweden Sweden Videos The defending champions’ hopes of repeating were growing slim until the Real Madrid man came up with the goods in stoppage time It was all looking bad for Germany . Joachim Low’s side, who trailed at half-time against Sweden, pulled level just after the break through Marco Reus, but for much of the second half of the match Sweden’s defence looked unlikely to surrender a second goal. With Mexico having already beaten the Germans and Sweden sitting on three points coming in, anything other than a win would have been near disastrous for Low’s men, leaving their hopes of advancing to the last 16 hanging by the thinnest of threads.  Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar But Toni Kroos came up with a moment of pure magic, and suddenly things aren’t looking so bad after all. In the fifth minute of stoppage time the Germans earned a free-kick down the left, just outside the penalty area, and the Swedish back line that had fought so hard to hang onto their point were left in a precarious spot. Despite the tight angle, Kroos took on the job, touching the ball to Reus to give himself a slightly better look at goal before bending a perfect strike around the goalkeeper and into the net. TONI KROOS HAS THE CLUTCH GENE pic.twitter.com/YDO2nNQty7 — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 23, 2018 GOAALLL!!!! A late, late winner for Germany as Toni Kroos bends in a brilliant free-kick! #GER #SWE #GERSWE #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Kt6yUs51Jt — ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 23, 2018 The goal from Kroos was the latest ever scored by Germany in regular time in the World Cup finals, and it may well have changed the very nature of this competition moving forward. 95 – Toni Kroos’ strike (94:42) was Germany’s latest ever World Cup goal scored during regulation time (excluding extra time). Poise. #GERSWE #GER #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/n6yomGJSAx — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2018 The defending champions have gone from the brink of elimination to very much back in the running.last_img read more

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Cultivating a garden of supporters

first_imgJay Baer’s Youtility truly puts smart marketing to the test.The book’s premise is that marketing should be ‘about help not hype.’ Instead of the now-antiquated push marketing (Think: The earth is polluted! Children are starving! Our nonprofit is remedying these problems!), Baer argues the collaborative economy and nature of social media leaves consumers wanting help from nonprofit and corporate brands, not more marketing speak.Your cause is important. If it’s important enough to dedicate a staff to, it’s important enough for people to support your cause. It’s entirely reasonable—and advisable—to share all the great work you’re doing with current and potential donors. That said, there are certain factors worth considering as you’re crafting any external communication (either to gain new supporters, or retain past donors).To do that, ask yourself and your team, what is the audience you want to cultivate? When you have an answer, consider Baer’s three questions below, and apply them to your marketing efforts.1) How does your audience discover information? Are they using a search engine? Personal referrals? Perhaps they rely on social networks?Focus your marketing in the areas in which your audience already resides. There’s no need to create communities if yours already exists somewhere! Tap into those networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to share relevant, timely, and helpful information.2) What are their preferences for communication? Are they big on personalized communication? Use the preferred tools to connect deeply with your audience.Let’s say your audience prefers personalized emails. If your staff doesn’t have the bandwidth to drop their day-to-day work and e-penning notes, consider dedicating one hour a week to meeting your targets’ preferred communication needs. When you connect with a prospective audience in the way they want to hear from you, you open up the possibility of transforming passive supporters into active cause ambassadors.3) What motivates them to take action? It’s likely something personal. If your audience doesn’t have a personal connection to your cause, how can you make it personal? Can you relate it to a local event?A deluge of images relating to your cause may not be the best way to communicate your cause. Consider getting more personal, and explain how individuals can get involved to make a true difference. Demonstrate the impact of donations—you may be surprised at how compelling of a case you’ve now made!Question for discussion: When have you used a personal appeal successfully? Did it surprise you?last_img read more

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