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Personal Finance and the Web

first_imgContributions by Molly Herndon and Carolyn BirdThe recent Financial Blogger Conference, and the tweet-ups that accompanied the event, shone a light on how many financial blogs exist out there in the webisphere. It seems like everyone with a computer and a half hour of free time in their day is creating a blog, and many are doling out financial advice. Some may be seasoned financial professionals and others might have no business at all giving financial advice. How can you encourage your clients to become financially savvy and to safely use the Internet to their advantage without getting taken advantage of?Be Wary of “.com”The Web address designation is the first step in identifying the source of information on the web. The “.com” stands for “commercial” and that means the entity posting the information is a for-profit organization. There are a variety of ways a company can profit through its Web site, including the sale of advertising space or goods or services. Either way, the important thing to keep in mind that making money is the primary purpose of this website, not distributing unbiased financial advice.This doesn’t mean there isn’t great advice to be had on .com sites. Many reputable news organizations, blogs, and trustworthy financial authorities have .com web addresses. Other useful Web site extensions for your clients to know are:• .org – these are sites are hosted by non-profit organizations• .net – this extension is most commonly used by web hosting companies and business’ Intranets• .gov – indicates sites that are hosted by U.S. government agencies• .mil – extensions are reserved for the U.S. Department of DefenseTake Information with a Grain of SaltRegardless of the source of information, advice provided on a static page is general advice. It’s not tailored to meet the needs of any one person’s specific financial situation. The web is a great resource for general information to familiarize yourself with a topic, such as checking accounts or investment trends. It is a great way for service members to do background research to gain a sense of the number and variety of options available. But when it comes to their personal situation, specific advice should be sought by speaking with a Personal Financial Management Program manager or counselor. Nothing can replace a genuine conversation about a family’s finances.Make the Internet Work for YouThe Internet is a virtually unlimited source of information. Savvy Internet browsers can learn a great deal about finances online. Encourage your clients to become a part of the conversation online by signing up for web alerts around topics they’re interested in learning more about. Google Alerts offers this service and articles on client’s selected topics will be emailed to them each day. Many financial blogs allow users to subscribe so new posts are delivered through email or via Facebook or other social media tool. And encourage clients to share their resources with others. Tweet it, post it to Facebook, save it to a page bookmarking service like Diigo, and email it to your cousin; these capabilities are what make the Internet so great. Sharing information creates dialogue about the topic and that increases the likelihood the user will invest in learning more about the topic.How has the Internet helped or hindered your work as a PFMP?last_img read more

The Best of The Beat: PremiumBeat’s Most Popular Posts of 2016

first_imgBest of The Beat: Staff PicksTo finish up the list, we asked our blog staff to pick the articles they enjoyed writing the most. Here’s what they had to say about their personal favorites.Caleb Ward: 20 Pieces of Film Gear You Can Print With a 3D Printer“It seems like everyday there’s a new product that says it’s going to ‘change’ the film industry, but few innovations actually live up to the hype. I think that 3D printing is the future of film and video production. Gone are the days of buying gear and adapters online.”Jourdan Aldredge: The Science Behind 4k Restorations of Classic Films“This was an interesting article to research and explore. It’s really a fascinating process and, in itself, a great way to learn how films are captured, restored and digitized so they can be preserved for future generations to watch and enjoy.”Lewis McGregor: How Focal Length Alters the Psychological Impact of Your Images“I’m a huge advocate of exploring how various visual properties provoke different emotions. Focal lengths are prime for this topic. A quick switch from a wide-angle to a telephoto can give your image an entirely new meaning.”Logan Baker: Cinematographers Who Establish an Instantly Recognizable Look“Researching the ins and outs of the work of major cinematographers was not only eye-opening, but motivational to me as a filmmaker, demonstrating the importance of finding your own vision.”Michael Maher: The Media Machine Behind the Dallas Stars“As a hockey nut and Dallas Stars fan, getting to spend a whole day following the team and video crew was a blast. This was an experimental piece unlike the content you’d typically find on PremiumBeat, and its success allowed us to go behind the scenes in other industries — like visiting Atomic Fiction’s VFX house in Montreal and interviewing the robotics crew behind Microsoft’s Surface Pro commercial.”And so we say goodbye to 2016 — but not before offering our heartfelt thanks to YOU, the faithful readers and loyal customers who make all of this possible. Sound off in the comments with your favorite articles, any feedback, or anything you’d like to see in 2017!Oh, and since you made the effort to read all the way down to here, we’ve got a little treat for you as a token of our gratitude.Send Michael Maher an email ( with your name and physical mailing address and you’ll receive a free PremiumBeat sticker. He’ll keep sending them until we run out!Thanks again. <3Your PremiumBeat Staff Best of The Beat: The Top Technical Tips of 2016Finding solutions to common video workflow issues is something we talk about in the office every day. Next time you run into a problem on set or in an edit, take a second to search the blog — chances are, someone on staff has encountered the situation and shared the fix. If you don’t find an article that addresses the problem, shoot us an email, Facebook message, or tweet and we’ll see what we can do! Here are PremiumBeat’s top technical posts of 2016.The Most Common Framing Mistakes in Cinematography12 Video Editing Tips for Cutting a DocumentaryHow to Create a Dolly Zoom With Just a Prime Lens9 Helpful Audio Tricks for Recording Documentary InterviewsVideo Editing Quick Tip: How to End a Track With Reverb Best of The Beat: The Top Video Tutorials of 2016PremiumBeat increased our output of original video tutorials in 2016 — and you’re about to see a lot more, thanks to our new in-house studio that goes operational in early 2017. We want our video tutorials to be as helpful as possible, which is why we include free project files and assets whenever we can. Take a look at PremiumBeat’s top video tutorials of 2016.Create a Spellbinding Doctor Strange Shield in After EffectsHow to Create a Star Wars-Inspired Hologram in After EffectsEverything You Need to Create a Rad 80s Logo Reveal in After EffectsHow to Create a Vintage Effect in After EffectsEasily Create Captions in Adobe Premiere Pro Best of The Beat: The Most-Shared Articles of 2016Some of these posts blew up on social media, some were picked up by other blogs and filmmaking sites. Either way, these posts — the most-shared PremiumBeat articles of 2016 — got the community talking.The Biggest Camera Flops of 2016Favorite Focal Lengths of Famous DirectorsThe Basics of Building a Color Correction Suite26 Totally-Free Assets for Wedding VideosManipulating the Audience’s Emotions With Color In which your pals at PremiumBeat reflect on 365 days of film and video news, tips, talking points, hacks, freebies, and more. Did your favorite posts make the list?Top image via ShutterstockIt was a big year for PremiumBeat’s blog. We wrote a ton of articles in 2016 — 445 including this one. We gave away hundreds of free elements, project files, a filmmaking book, and even added a Free Downloads category for you to find them all. The Beat also increased our full-time writing staff and brought in some great new contributors from across the globe. And that’s just on the blog side!We can’t forget to mention all the high-quality new royalty free tracks and 100,000+ new SFX on the audio side of things. Our music team made major strides in curating more world-class songs, including the new Independent Collection. Plus, with you in mind, we simplified our licensing and now include loops and short versions with every purchase.We promise 2017 will be even bigger — we have some massive projects in the works — but for now, let’s look back at some of the highlights of 2016. These blog posts kept people coming back, kept the conversation flowing, and hopefully helped keep you on top of your video-production game.Best of The Beat: The Most-Read Articles of 2016These are the articles that keep readers coming back to The Beat over and over again. Our Greatest Hits, if you will. It might not hurt to bookmark a few of these for future reference! Here are the most-read PremiumBeat articles of 2016.How to Upload 60-Second Videos to Instagram10 Free Packs: Over 125 Must-Have Assets for Video EditorsLighting 101: A Quick Guide for Lighting FilmThe Basic Fundamentals of Lighting a Green ScreenHow to Use a Third Camera on Interview Shootslast_img read more

Frolicking while the giant sleeps

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games In this Commissioner’s Cup, under an equally legendary coach in Tim Cone and a similarly prolific import in Justin Brownlee, the Gin Kings have ruled the elimination round and are looking ripe for yet another championship.The difference this time is that this batch of Gin Kings pulled it off when their version of a gentle giant was asleep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo with the impending return of the 7-foot Greg Slaughter later in the playoffs, how will he be of help to a team that is playing with such great speed and chemistry and has found ways to win using one of the smallest front lines out there?Or, are the Kings better off without him? Star escapes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sister team San Miguel Beer has been labeled as the team to beat in this conference mainly because of the presence—and the sustained dominance—of reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.Plus, the Beermen landed a prized import in Charles Rhodes, who packs a mean inside-outside game that has made San Miguel even more formidable.This is where the coach in Manotoc comes to fore, thinking match-ups way before they happen and figuring how useful a lumbering Slaughter could be to a Ginebra squad that, as the pundits say, can unleash its run-and-gun game more efficiently without him.Since Ginebra and San Miguel will only collide if they reach the best-of-seven title series, Manotoc points out that Slaughter, if he comes in earlier than the Finals, will not only help the Kings in the Final Four, but also preserve Brownlee for the long haul.“I think Tim will be breaking him (Slaughter) in slowly for the Finals,” Manotoc says. “And if he can do that, he takes a lot of pressure off Brownlee in doing the chores underneath. The best thing about Slaughter’s return is that Tim can have someone who can match up with Fajardo.”Meneses agrees: “It will be a good match-up if ever they meet in the championship.”Manotoc believes that the absence of Slaughter has helped Ginebra a great deal in another aspect. Japeth Aguilar, he says, is finally showing great improvement playing in the shaded lane.“Japeth’s playing so well and I don’t think that his playing time will be affected (when Slaughter comes back) because he can easily slide to his old spot,” Manotoc says. “That will be a very strong team once all the pieces fall into place.”Cone has said there’s a 20- to 80-percent chance that Slaughter will make his return in the playoffs. Although he didn’t really say how he will use his franchise player, he telegraphed his anticipation by breaking the news with a wide smile.San Miguel vs Ginebra or Ginebra vs San Miguel for the Commissioner’s Cup championship series will certainly be a box-office smash. And because of the quality of the player slated to make his return, there’s no doubt that the resurgent Gin Kings will be a lot better with the big man around. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments With Greg Slaughter in sick bay, Ginebra’s fleet-footed Gin Kings have enjoyed great chemistry. Now two former coaches say that the Kings will become even more lethal with the 7-footer’s return. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwenty seasons. That’s how long it has been since the Barangay Ginebra franchise last topped an elimination round of a PBA conference.Gordon’s Gin, as the team was known then, had an explosive import in Chris King and a gentle giant in Marlou Aquino when the squad went on to win the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup under legendary playing-coach Sonny Jaworski.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? “That’s a good question,” Grand Slam champion coach Tommy Manotoc says, admitting that it will be quite a situation for Cone to handle. “Tim would know how to use him (Slaughter). It will make them deeper because they now have a legitimate inside threat.”Manotoc, who posted a Triple Crown sweep in 1983 with a Crispa Redmanizers crew many consider as the best team of all time, says that if he’s the one coaching Ginebra now he would welcome Slaughter back to the team.“Greg will be a good reserve (in the playoffs) and a good post presence,” Manotoc says. “Tim doesn’t have that at this time. Greg can match up with the bigger guys, even with the slower imports.”Ginebra has made do with Dave Marcelo as its only pure center in the roster, with Japeth Aguilar, a natural big forward, and Joe Devance both putting in some time in the spot—and doing a tremendous job while Slaughter is in sick bay with a knee injury.“I would rather have a 7-footer in the lineup than not have one at all,” says Vergel Meneses, a PBA all-time great and former Ginebra player. “Coach Tim will know what to do.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

F2 Logistics, Petron build up hype for first meeting

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PBA admits ref’s error, vows improvement “We’ve been seeing the improvement of the team but we can never be contented on what we have right now,” he said. “We have to maintain this kind of performance or even level it up for us to reach our goal.”The Lady Realtors dropped to 1-4 as they struggled in matching up to the level their imports were playing—a problem that seems to plague the rest of the teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Petron’s Katherine Bell dwarfs the wall put up by (from left) Sta. Lucia’s Souzan Raslan, Molly Lohman and Casey Schoenlein during yesterday’s Grand Prix game. —Sherwin VardeleonF2 Logistics and Petron are too good, they make the rest of the field look bad.The league’s super teams, with their big-named rosters, blasted their respective opponents on Thursday night and built up momentum for their inevitable title collision.ADVERTISEMENT F2 Logistics drubbed Foton, 25-20, 25-20, 26-24, while Petron routed Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-8, 25-8, 25-18, as both teams stayed unbeaten at the top with four wins each in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.The way they have gobbled up foes thus far has created intense anticipation for their first meeting this conference on March 7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAlex Cabanos did a superb relief job setting for F2 Logistics, making 20 excellent sets in subbing for ailing Kim Fajardo.“I didn’t know I would start until just before the game started but coach said we always have to be prepared, and I’m very grateful the team supported me and got my back,” Cabanos said. Former MVP Lindsay Stalzer scored 18 points to lead the Cargo Movers.“We just have to take care of the little things, focus on passing and trusting each other,” Stalzer said.Earlier, the Blaze Spikers have not lost a set in four matches but they scored their biggest win so far in disposing off the Lady Realtors.Stephanie Niemer and Katherine Bell starred for the defending champion, scoring 24 and 17 points, respectively.But Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said it wasn’t the true measure of their strength.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Boxer Vijender Singh to make pro debut on October 10

first_imgOlympic bronze medal-winning Indian boxer Vijender Singh will make his long-awaited professional debut on October 10 at the Manchester Arena.The 29-year-old begins his pro career on the huge double world title show headlined by Terry Flanagan’s WBO World Lightweight title defence against Diego Magdaleno and Liam Smith’s challenge for the Vacant WBO World Super-Welterweight title against John Thompson.Vijender had a decorated amateur career that includes winning the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze, silver at the 2006 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, bronze at the 2006 Asian Games, 2009 World Championships and 2010 Commonwealth Games, gold at the 2010 Asian Games, and was rated the World No.1 middleweight pugilist in 2009.Also read: Vikas Krishan wins silver at the Asian Boxing Championships To make the transition from amateur to professional, Vijender has set up his training base in Manchester at the gym of trainer Lee Beard.Vijender’s first fight will be over four rounds in the middleweight division against an opponent to be confirmed shortly. He will compete in the weight classes also comprising of elite fighters Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto, Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders.”I’m so excited to be making my professional debut at the Manchester Arena on October 10 and to show that India is the new force in professional boxing. This means so much to me personally and to all my fans in India who have supported me all this way,” said Vijender.Vijender is being promoted by Neerav Tomar, CEO of IOS Boxing Promotions, and Francis Warren of Queensberry Promotions.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Tourists warned about Rio Olympics, 117-year-old batting record broken and more

first_imgStay away from Rio Olympics, warns Brazil football great RivaldoBrazil football great Rivaldo is telling tourists to stay away from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of the danger of endemic violence.Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow break a 117-year-old batting recordEngland batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow warmed up for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka in style as the duo smashed a host of Yorkshire records in their triple-century stand against Surrey.MS Dhoni has not lost faith in R Ashwin, says Ajit AgarkarRavichandran Ashwin has bowled 30 overs in 10 games, instead of the full quota of 40, and has taken only three wickets so far in this season of the IPL.Pune Supergiants battle for survival against in-form Sunrisers HyderabadWith just three wins out of 10 games, Pune are placed at a lowly sixth spot on the points table, while Hyderabad have been a dominating force in this edition with six wins and three losses to capture the second spot.Under-fire owner hopes for Force India boost in SpainEmbattled Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya will not be attending Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix but he is hoping for a change of fortune on the track at least for his Formula One team in Barcelona.last_img read more

England’s Fabian Delph ruled out of Euro 2016 squad

first_imgManchester City midfielder Fabian Delph has been ruled out of England’s 23-man squad for next month’s European Championship in France because of a groin strain. (Euro 2016: Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane in England’s provisional squad, Theo Walcott left out)Coach Roy Hodgson said on Thursday that Delph, who has struggled with injuries this season, would miss Friday’s friendly against Australia in Sunderland and will now only be on his standby list for the tournament.”I’ve spoken to him and he’s stayed in Manchester,” Hodgson told reporters. (England capable of matching anyone at Euro 2016, says Wayne Rooney)”I’ve made it clear to him that this means he probably won’t be with us in the final 23 unless, of course, we have injuries.”I’ve actually put him on the standby list, which he understands and accepts. I don’t think it’s going to be a really long-term injury for him so, if I needed him and I wanted him to come with us, it would be easy for me to ask him to do so.”Hodgson said Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who missed England’s 2-1 win over Turkey last weekend in the first of three warm-up games for Euro 2016, had not trained for two days because of a calf problem.The England coach added that Manchester United’s 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford, one of the English Premier League’s emerging players this season, would play a “serious part in the game”.Captain Wayne Rooney will start the friendly on the bench.last_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Najam Sethi manhandled by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supporters at Champions Trophy final

first_imgChairman of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Executive Committee Najam Sethi has said that he was manhandled, pushed and shoved by a small group of PTI supporters at The Oval on Sunday post India versus Pakistan clash in the ICC Champions Trophy final.CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEO”I was manhandled pushed and shoved by a small group of PTI supporters. Police pulled me to safety. Overwhelming love and affection though,” Sethi tweeted.I was manhandled pushed and shoved by a small group of PTI supporters. Police pulled me to safety. Overwhelming love and affection though. Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) 18 June 2017″Several journalists & eyewitnesses confirm a group chanting pro-PTI slogans was involvd in manhandling @najamsethi outside Oval #PakVsIndia,” said a Twitterati, to which Sethi replied, “That is correct.”That is correct. Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) 18 June 2017Pakistan came out with a splendid all-round performance as they defeated arch-rivals India by 180 runs to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India bowed down before the Pakistani bowlers and got all out for mere 158 runs in 33.3 overs.Chasing such a big target, that too in the finals was never going to be easy and India had pinned all its hopes on Virat Kohli, one of the best chasers in the world as he had done so many times for the Men in Blue in the past.last_img read more

Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki off to winning starts

first_imgSerena Williams swapped the skin-tight catsuit that caused a stir at the French Open for a more conservative look as she marked her return to Wimbledon for the first time since becoming a mother with a 7-5 6-3 first-round win over Arantxa Rus.The seven-times champion, who missed last year’s tournament while pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, is considered by many as the woman to beat at these championships despite her lowly ranking of 181.On Monday she proved that she was not back to simply make up the numbers in the women’s field.Neither a tumble on Court One’s manicured lawn nor falling a break behind in the second set caused much alarm.As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss.She did need six match points to finish off the Dutchwoman but a netted backhand finally sealed the American’s passage into round two.”She played unbelievable today, I’ve never seen her play like that before…I didn’t play my best but I’ll get there,” Williams said soon after walking off court. WOZNIACKI STARTS STRONGCaroline Wozniacki crushed a nervous Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 6-3 on Centre Court when she opened her bid to add Wimbledon to her Australian Open crown.The Danish second seed strolled though the first set before meeting some resistance from her American opponent at the beginning of the second, finding herself a break of service down before recovering to wrap up the win in 59 minutes.advertisement”It was great just to get in and out. I didn’t have much of a turnaround from Eastbourne,” she said referring to the preparation tournament she won on Saturday.”It was nice to get on court today, win, then I have a day off tomorrow. I can enjoy a little bit of downtime,” added the 27-year-old.Wozniacki, who took her tournament tally to 29 titles at Eastbourne, said she was comfortable on grass as she looks to progress beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.”I love playing on the grass. It’s great. I love this surface,” said the former world number one, who added that her victory at Eastbourne was a more immediate boost than having won the Australian Open in January.”Right now I think Eastbourne. I just won that a couple of days ago. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well, I’m doing great,” she said.”Obviously, the Australian Open is a great booster, as well, knowing that I can do it and I’ve gone all the way in a Grand Slam. It feels great.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Sentencing Chelsea to a short period of mild inconvenience

first_img Twitter Pinterest Read more Pinterest Facebook Sports quiz of the week: losing, posing, dancing and talking trash Football Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger They will, to be specific, be unable to register new players for two transfer windows, have to “regularise the situation of the minor players concerned” and pay a £460,000 fine. Chelsea swiftly issued a statement of their own, insisting they “categorically refute the findings” and promising to “shortly be submitting its appeal”. Well, of course they will. Barcelona did the same when they were given a two-window ban for similar offences in 2014, and in the eight months it took for the appeal to wind its way gently through the system before being emphatically dismissed they gleefully replenished their player ranks, snaffling Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic and Marc-Andre ter Stegen among others and collecting an almighty haul of trophies.In all likelihood, Chelsea will have ample opportunity to add to their 25 senior players, the 60 Under-21 players they currently have registered with the Premier League, youngsters who emerge through their youth system over the next two years, and the 42 players they currently have out on loan before any ban comes into force. And they’ll still be able to sack their managers, so there’s no need to completely change the culture of the club. Like the family who returns from holiday to an empty fridge and is thus forced to raid their cupboards for supper, Chelsea might occasionally have to make do with what they’ve got. Though instead of tinned baked beans, dried chickpeas and a two-years-out-of-date packet of wholemeal fusilli they have Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Michy Batshuayi. And approximately 100 other footballers. In Chelsea’s case, it was the way they went about stocking the larder that might eventually force them to actually use it. Though by now it is so absurdly overburdened that however hard Fifa tries to induce a famine, at Stamford Bridge they will still be able to feast.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Simon Burnton for pwopa nawty Friday night Lahn derby MBM coverage of West Ham 2-0 Fulham.QUOTE OF THE DAY“We had some land on our farm with maize to feed the pigs. My father made a small football pitch and me and my brothers would play there. People told my father he was crazy because he would lose a lot of corn. He said: ‘I’m doing it for my children.’ We were there all day” – Those pigs’ loss is now Wolves’ gain, as midfielder Leander Dendoncker tells Jacob Steinberg. Not that it’s top of their priorities at the moment, but Chelsea have been drawn against Dynamo Kyiv in the next round of the Europa League. Arsenal will play Rennes in what’s already being known as the Kaba Diawara derby.If you wanted to put pressure on a newish manager, would you compare him to his club’s greatest ever boss? Maybe. Apropos of not much, here’s Jürgen Klopp saying Ole Gunnar Solskjær is doing things Lord Ferg style. Ole has also been harking back to the past, saying beating Liverpool would be right up there in the annals of United’s history.Olé! La Liga is going free-to-air, with games on ITV4 every weekend until the end of the season, starting with Levante v Real Madrid this Sunday.The EFL have warned Coventry they might be expelled from the Football League if they don’t sort out where their home next season will be.And in a tribute to Gordon Banks, Stoke keeper Jack Butland will sport a special green nameless, sponsorless shirt in nets against Aston Villa tomorrow.STILL WANT MORE?Like football? Like nice round numbers? Like things? You’ll be delighted with our 10 things to watch out for in this weekend’s football, then.This whole Chelsea hoopla is bad news for everyone except Olivier Giroud, writes Dom Fifield. Well, sort of.Manchester City’s Demi Stokes has been out for eight months with a grim-sounding hip injury, but now she’s back for the Continental Cup final against Arsenal. Louise Taylor spoke to her.uiz…quiz…quiz…quiz…quiz…quiz…qFancy some box-fresh match previews? Step this way.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!THREE MORE SLEEPS The Fiver (BLUE IS) THE COLOUR OF MONEY“The protection of minors,” Fifa wrote in a statement issued today regarding Chelsea’s apparently repeated and flagrant flaunting of regulations concerning the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18, “is a key element in Fifa’s regulatory framework relating to the transfer of players and effective enforcement of these rules is paramount.” Chelsea, it appears, breached these rules not in one case, not in two cases, not in three cases, not in four cases, not in five cases, not in six cases, not in seven cases, not in eight cases, not in nine cases, not in 10 cases, not in 11 cases [skip to the end – Fiver Ed] but in 29 cases. Not only that, they also “committed several other infringements” which Fifa did not feel inclined to go into. This kind of shameless approach to wanton regulation-breaching, particularly in such a “paramount” corner of the Fifa regulatory framework, clearly merited swift and savage punishment, and on this occasion, as on so many others, football’s global governing body has not let us down. Today they delivered their bombshell verdict, sentencing Chelsea to a short period of mild inconvenience. Share on LinkedIn Wolf power! Photograph: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC/Getty Images features Twitter Chelsea Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email FIVER LETTERS“Chelsea fans will be devastated to hear about their transfer ban, which leaves them with nothing except an endless stream of managers, 25 first team players, 42 players that are currently out on loan and 22 U-23 players. To make things worse, Fifa have given them a £460,000 fine. First-world problems and all that…” – Noble Francis.“Continuing the theme of taking people to football (Fivers passim), on every trip to see my Bavaria-born wife’s family, my father-in-law has very generously procured me tickets to accompany him to Bayern Munich games. On one of their trips over to the UK, I returned the favour by taking him to see my beloved Wycombe. The game was played in driving rain and the ball barely touched the ground for 90 minutes. Needless to say, when I’ve offered him the opportunity of a return trip, he’s politely declined” – Ben Graham.“My wife’s first ever football match was the legendary Jimmy Glass game, when the goalkeeper scored in the last minute of injury time to keep Carlisle United in the Football League. My wife and my 67-year-old mother joined me in the immediate pitch invasion, and the whole place went absolutely crazy. ‘I love football, it’s amazing!’ cried my wife from the melee and she continued to say this for some time afterwards. The next game we got to was a 0-0 draw against Torquay in front of 2,000 fans. She hasn’t been to another game since” – Andy Park.“Yes, German fans do make a lot of noise as Peter Hehir has noted (Thursday’s Fiver). The reason being that, unlike British fans who rely on spontaneity, they have ‘conductors’: cheerleaders who stand at the front with their backs to the match, telling the crowd what to sing, which way to wave their hands and scarves, how fast to beat the drums etc. Kind of impressive, but also naff and slightly sinister” – John Caley.Send your letters to And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our letter o’the day is … Andy Park, who wins a copy of Football’s Flaws and Foibles by Richard Foster. Plenty more prizes to come.BITS AND BOBSThe 32-year-old Manchester City fan injured in an alleged assault in Gelsenkirchen has been placed in a medically induced coma. “Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family,” said Pep Guardiola.Chelsea have put England assistant Steve Holland at the top of their list of names to replace Maurizio Sarri, presumably written on a discarded packet of tabs. Share on Pinterest Topics Reuse this content Holland, you’re the one? Photograph: Mike Egerton/PAlast_img read more

Extreme Weather Policy

first_imgWith the recent extreme heat making its way across the country, affiliates are reminded of the updated Extreme Weather Policy in the Risk Management Manual that was released in December 2013. For more information, please click on the attachment below. To access the Risk Management Manual, please visit the Affiliate Management Resource Initiative section of the TFA website – Filesnew-_tfa_extreme_weather_policy_jan_2014-pdfRelated LinksExtreme Weather Policylast_img read more

10 months ago​Tottenham manager Pochettino: I tell Rose to stop thinking so much!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham manager Pochettino: I tell Rose to stop thinking so much!by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the advice he gives to his left back Danny Rose.There was a time when it seemed as though Rose would be on his way out of Spurs.But he has fought back and emerged as their best left back again.When asked about Rose, Pochettino said to the Evening Standard: “Yes. There’s no doubt about Danny Rose’s quality. He’s a great player. “But like all players with quality, he needs to be focused on his job — focus, train and care about yourself and don’t think too much. “I’m always saying, ‘Danny — hey, you’re thinking too much, you need to stop, work and deliver the job we want!’ “When he arrives at the training ground, he asks, ‘What are we going to do? Laps, a training session, a tactical session? Gym or no gym? Shower or no shower? Eat or not eat?’ Stop, relax! “We think for him, but sometimes he tries to think for us. We’ve said, ‘Danny, you spend too much energy in thinking about everything. You need to stop. When you drive home, you can start to think again.'”He spends too much energy and then he doesn’t have energy for what he needs to do. And that is a dangerous situation.” last_img read more

Former world and Olympic champion Li Xue Rui retires from international badminton

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 18, 2019UPDATED: October 18, 2019 08:51 IST Li Xue Rui was among the most dominant players of her time before an injury at the Rio Olympics disrupted her career (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLi had won gold at the London Olympics and All England Championship in 2012Li last played the Korea Open last month when she retired from her first round matchLi has won 14 Superseries titles in total and was BWF Female Player of the Year in 2013Former Olympic champion Li Xue Rui has announced her retirement from international badminton, the BWF announced on Thursday.The 28-year-old Chinese, who won gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, was among the most dominant players of her time before an injury at the Rio Olympics disrupted her career.Li had announced her arrival when she had beaten Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal and compatriot Liu Xin as a 19-year-old on way to her first major title at the Badminton Asia Championships in 2010.She soon emerged as one of the most difficult players to beat as she dominated the top-tier events.She won the 2012 All England Championship before going to claim the coveted gold medal at the Olympics.Li went on to win silver medals at the 2013 and 2014 editions of the World Championships, beaten in the finals by Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon and Spain’s Carolina Marin respectively.She had entered the Rio Olympics as a favourite but suffered an injury, which was later diagnosed as an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture, at the semifinal against Marin. She lost the match and was out of action for over a year.On comeback, Li won the Lingshui China Masters in April, before completing a hat-trick of titles — winning the US Open and the Canada Open.The Chinese, however, couldn’t reclaim the form at top-tier events. She last played the Korea Open last month when she retired from her first round match against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi.In her illustrious international career, Li has won 14 Superseries titles and was named the BWF Female Player of the Year in 2013.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Li Xue Rui Former world and Olympic champion Li Xue Rui retires from international badmintonLi Xue Rui had won the 2012 All England Championship before going to claim the coveted gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Britains political hiccups

first_imgThis weekend’s marches against Boris Johnson and his government displayed an eclectic mix of slogans and motives. For many demonstrators, these were protests against an unelected Prime Minister and his right-wing policies. They were rightly demanding a general election so that the electors can decide whether they want yet more austerity, privatisation and tax cuts for the rich and big business. Others were marching against Johnson’s advice — or instruction — to the monarch to prorogue the Westminster Parliament for around five weeks in the run-up to the Queen’s Speech on October 14 and our fourth ‘Brexit Day’ on October 31. By adding an extra few days to the habitual parliamentary break over the party conference season, he is hoping to avoid defeat in the Commons by MPs who want to delay Brexit Day yet again. Also Read – A special kind of bondMany more demonstrators on Saturday were continuing their campaign against Brexit itself, demanding — while claiming to defend democracy — the cancellation of 17.4 million votes for it in June 2016. Whatever people’s views on any of these questions, there is one reactionary aspect which threatens to engulf the whole debate. This is the emergence of “identity politics” as the overriding characteristic of significant forces on both sides. On the pro-Leave side, there has long been the presence of right-wing, neoliberal, anti-immigration and British nationalist elements who see the return of sovereignty as both a means to pursue their reactionary agendas and an end in itself. They regard themselves as the only true British patriots and brand their adversaries as unpatriotic traitors. Their prominence in the pro-Brexit movement has been greatly assisted by the desertion of large sections of the Left and the Labour movement of the anti-EU cause. Also Read – Insider threat managementSome such socialists and trade unionists believe that Brexit should only be seen as an option or a necessity when we have a Labour government struggling to implement a Left manifesto against massive EU obstruction. Many more fear being labelled as racists or fascists for simply opposing EU membership. Which brings us to the identity politics now gripping large parts of the pro-Remain, anti-Brexit movement. They see themselves as the only true “Europeans” and therefore the only genuine internationalists. Increasingly, they dismiss and deride most if not all anti-EU, pro-Leave supporters as narrow-minded nationalist and racist bigots. One of the fundamental problems of an identity-based outlook on either side is that it can quickly take on a subjective, emotional character, becoming impervious to evidence and reasoned argument. As passions are inflamed, this could lead to violence which might indeed threaten democratic and political rights. We saw the dangers on Saturday. Hysterical slogans equating Boris Johnson, Brexit and the prorogation of Parliament with Hitler, fascism and the death of democracy are dangerously deluded, provocative and insulting. Some far-right, pro-Brexit groups tried to disrupt people’s right to march. Of course, there must be the necessary vigilance and action to confront any attempt to curtail democratic rights whether inside or outside Parliament – but grossly exaggerating those threats at any given time risks desensitising people’s responses in the future, when democratic rights are genuinely under threat. What is needed now, above all, is a return to class politics on the Left and in the labour movement. The stereotyping, name-calling, labelling and intimidation must stop so that important questions are discussed and answered. Which policies are in the interests of the working class and the people? How does EU membership affect those policies? If Britain leaves the EU on October 31, what should be the left’s response? What policies can a left-led Labour government pursue in post-Brexit Britain?(Courtesy: Morning Star. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Fate of Manitoba politician accused of sexual comments may be decided next

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba government backbencher who reportedly made inappropriate comments to female staff may be removed from the board of the province’s energy utility and could have his future decided by caucus next week.Colleen Mayer, minister for Crown services, said she and her Progressive Conservative cabinet colleagues are to meet soon to decide whether Cliff Graydon should remain as the government representative on the board of Manitoba Hydro.“Internal discussions are happening. It is a cabinet decision and it will be discussed as soon as we are able to convene together,” Mayer said Tuesday.Justice Minister Cliff Cullen said the governing Tory caucus is to meet next week to discuss Graydon, although Cullen refused to say whether the options include expelling Graydon and making him sit as an Independent in the legislature.“We will be meeting as a caucus next week to review the facts and have a caucus discussion,” Cullen said.The Winnipeg Free Press and the CBC, quoting unnamed sources, have reported that Graydon told a caucus worker she should sit on his lap during a luncheon where there was a shortage of chairs.The newspaper also said Graydon on another occasion was told by a female staffer he had food on his face and he invited her to lick it off.Tory caucus chair Wayne Ewasko, without mentioning Graydon by name, has said an inappropriate comment was made at the legislature and was dealt with immediately. The matter was resolved to the satisfaction of the target of the comment, who has asked that the matter remain confidential, Ewasko added.Graydon, first elected in 2007 and now in his early 70s, told The Canadian Press last weekend he was involved in a matter that was dealt with and he sees no reason to resign. He did not rule out running again for re-election in 2020.Graydon did not respond to an interview request this week regarding the alleged face-licking comment. The legislature is on a break with many politicians out of town and working in their constituencies.It’s not the first controversy involving Graydon.The MLA, who represents the Emerson, Man. area where asylum-seekers have been walking across the border from the United States, last winter called immigrants a “drain on society” and retweeted other people’s posts that called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a traitor, a scumbag and a disgrace.Graydon apologized, deleted the tweets and agreed to step back from social media and undergo sensitivity training.Mayer refused to say Tuesday whether she had personally witnessed or heard inappropriate comments from Graydon since she was elected in 2016. She also declined to say how she feels about the controversy.“I will discuss this situation that has come to light in the media … internally,” Mayer said.“Any woman who has concerns should be taken very seriously. As an elected official, I take those seriously … and will be dealing with my cabinet colleagues at that time.”last_img read more

Newfoundland town fears fate of stranded seals swarming its streets

first_imgRODDICKTON, N.L. — Seals have been swarming the streets of a northern Newfoundland town, with residents fearing for the animals’ safety but being warned to stay away.Brendon Fitzpatrick of Roddickton said seals had been spotted in the area as early as October, but in recent weeks the animals have wandered into town, sometimes in the middle of the road.Images posted to Fitzpatrick’s Twitter feed show the seals crawling along town streets, swimming in a brook and climbing a snow bank near a gas station.“People chase them, people [are] there every day on snowmobiles stopping and looking at them, and the animals, they won’t move from you,” he said Monday.Fitzpatrick has seen the animals in groups of two or three and more than 20, and expressed concern that the animals could be injured by vehicles or curious onlookers.The ice has frozen, making it nearly impossible for them to swim back to the open ocean.Fitzpatrick said he hopes the federal Fisheries Department will be able to step in and bring the seals back to the ocean.“Nobody likes to see something in a place where they’re trapped in,” Fitzpatrick, a former hunting and fishing guide, said in an interview.“You gotta wonder if they’re going to survive or why the Fisheries Department don’t do something to take them out.”The Fisheries Department  issued a statement saying the situation is being monitored and reminding people that it is illegal and dangerous to disturb a marine mammal.“Seals are wild animals that can be unpredictable, and may become aggressive in order to protect themselves. In rare cases, seals carry infections that can be passed on to humans,” the statement read.“We would like to remind people that it is illegal to disturb a marine mammal and human interaction can disturb an animal’s normal life processes and can result in injury or death of the animal.”Fitzpatrick said this law puts residents in a bind, however, because the seals are often on public roads where they could be hurt.“It’s hard to stay away from them sometimes, there might be one in your driveway,” Fitzpatrick said.  “People are worried about touching them, about taking one and moving them from the road because you don’t know if the Department of Fisheries is going to charge you if they come.” Earlier this year, a harp seal that charmed spectators on a Newfoundland beach was found dead a few days later.At the time, Fisheries officials warned the public against touching seals as they can become scared and lash out.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Of Downton Abbey Show Support For WaterAid

first_imgThe cast of Downton Abbey has embraced ‘water bottle-gate’ by posing for a picture to promote WaterAid’s work.The Cast Of Downton AbbeyA publicity still released last week hit the headlines when a plastic water bottle was spotted in the corner of the picture. The official photograph of The Earl and Lady Edith was cropped and used during the launch of the new season, but it was when an uncropped version of the image worked its way onto the internet that it sparked a global press frenzy.An itv spokesperson said, “After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters. They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity – WaterAid.”Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, said: “It brought a really big smile to my face when the cast of Downton Abbey said that they wanted to support WaterAid’s work. How fantastic that the attention created over one water bottle ends up benefiting some of the world’s poorest communities through access to safe, clean water today.“Every pound and penny WaterAid receives will be matched by the UK Government, which means we can reach twice as many people with desperately needed clean water and sanitation.“Thank you so much to the cast and the producers of Downton Abbey.”If you enjoyed the photo, donate online or text WATER to 70007 to donate £3, to help get clean water and safe toilets to the world’s poorest communities.last_img read more

Sudan top UN envoy speaks out against shooting of officers

The top United Nations envoy to Sudan today strongly condemned the shooting by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of a military observer with the world body and a national monitor with the Sudanese forces.Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, called on the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to identify the SPLA soldier or soldiers responsible for wounding the two officers and to bring those behind the “egregious act” to justice.He “strongly urges the parties not to allow this incident to impede or interfere with implementation of the Abyei road map, which is so vital to maintaining the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] process,” referring to the 2005 pact ending the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan.The main parties of Sudan’s Government of National Unity recently unveiled a joint plan to resolve their dispute over the situation in the oil-rich area around Abyei, which lies close to the boundary between the north and south of the country.The plan follows deadly violence last month that led to the destruction of much of Abyei and the sudden displacement of tens of thousands of residents, prompting concern from senior UN officials about the grave humanitarian situation and the threat to the CPA.The shooting occurred in Agok, where thousands of Sudanese displaced from Abyei have taken temporary shelter. 7 July 2008The top United Nations envoy to Sudan today strongly condemned the shooting by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of a military observer with the world body and a national monitor with the Sudanese forces. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9991Brazil real 0.4033China renminbi 0.1872Euro 1.4928Hong Kong dollar 0.160882India rupee 0.01975Indonesia rupiah 0.0000940Japan yen 0.01141Malaysia ringgit 0.2940Mexico peso 0.07042N.Z. dollar 0.9347Norway krone 0.1592Peruvian new sol 0.3884Russia rouble 0.02089Saudi riyal 0.3354Singapore dollar 0.9253South Africa rand 0.09407South Korean won 0.001115Sweden krona 0.1553Switzerland franc 1.2976Taiwanese dollar 0.04162Thailand baht 0.03782Turkey lira 0.3556U.K. pound 1.6519U.S. dollar 1.2578Vietnam dong 0.000055 read more

Reginald Cooray Niluka Ekanayake to head state institutions

Former Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray and former Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province Niluka Ekanayake have been appointed as heads of two state institutions.Reginald Cooray has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority while Niluka Ekanayake has been appointed the Chairperson of the State Timber Corporation. (Colombo Gazette)