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first_imgChampions elect? Manchester City are 1/8 to win their first title in 44 years when they entertain QPR, who are 2/1 at BetVictor to be relegated to the Championship on Sunday.Bolton, who need to win if they are to have any chance of staying up, are 19/10 to win at Stoke and that is likely to be enough as few give the Hoops any chance of halting the City charge at the Etihad.14/1 to score the opener.Or can they? Rangers are 18/1 at BetVictor to gain a shock win with Lord Frodsham aka Djibril Cisse 14/1 to score the opener.Yaya Toure was simply irresistible against Newcastle last weekend and is 5/1 to score the opener on Sunday.We make City our 13/8 favourites to win next season’s title and many believe we will see the start of a City dynasty to replace that of neighbours United on Sunday – but we’re not convinced.FA Cup winners Chelsea are 1/3 to finish their domestic season on a high and they should have too much for a Blackburn side who were relegated earlier in the week.Fulham travel to White Hart Lane and are 8/1 to finish their long season with a bang.Sunday is the only day of the Premier League season when all 20 teams kick off at the same time. We have markets on the highest scoring game and which team will score first and, sorry Hoops fans, make Manchester City our 13/2 favourite to calm the nerves at the Etihad with Chelsea 8/1 and Spurs and United at 19/2.City are 2/1 to be the highest scoring team on the final day and we have an enhanced acca of 9/2 for the final day ‘good things’ Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, City and United to all oblige.We have a sensational offer for the forthcoming Euro 2012 tournament: place a bet on the outright market and if holders and world champions Spain retain their European crown in Kiev on 1 July we will refund losing bets up to £50.Thus if you fancy Germany, Holland or – don’t laugh – England, we will refund your losing stake if Spain continue their recent monopoly of major tournaments.This offer is backdated and lasts until the first ball is kicked in Warsaw when the hosts Poland meet Greece on 8 June.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_img10 December 2009Online applications for accommodation during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ are now open to international and local soccer fans on the Fifa.com website.This follows the recent launch of the online accommodation service by the World football controlling body, Fifa.Accommodation and ticketing provider Match has secured 1 725 190 room nights for next year’s World Cup, and 43% of the entire inventory (741 832 room nights) in the 1 007 properties will be reserved for the general public.Instant accommodation searchThe accommodation service will enable fans to instantly search the available inventory and make bookings.The process is simple: one just visits the Fifa World Cup section on Fifa.com and clicks on “Destination” and then on “Accommodation”. Enter the desired dates and location to view the available options, and you can immediately book the accommodation of your choice.Chartered domestic flightsMatch has also signed a service agreement with South African Airways to lease 20 aircrafts for the duration of the World Cup. These will provide 100 000 seats on scheduled domestic flights on match days during the month-long tournament.The domestic flights will fly to destinations such as Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, Polokwane and Port Elizabeth.This will help supporters find flight connections to smaller city destinations from their accommodation base.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Four Ohioans who have committed their lives to working in, promoting and advocating for Ohio’s farm community were honored Friday, Aug. 2, by the Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC), when they were inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.The Ohio Agricultural Council (OAC) inducted Bryan Black of Canal Winchester, Charles A. “Al” Holdren of Ashland, Lewis R. Jones of Grove City and Robinson “Rob” W. Joslin of Sidney, into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame during a special breakfast ceremony held in Kasich Hall at the Ohio State Fair. The 54th annual event will attract more than 600 guests to honor these four professionals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio’s agriculture community.“This is a very special class of inductees, and I am so pleased to recognize their expansive contributions to Ohio agriculture,” said Hinda Mitchell, OAC President. “With representation from state agencies to agribusiness to those who spent their lives working a farm, our 2019 inductees have given of their time, talent and leadership to advance the interests of Ohio agriculture and to serve our farm community with distinction.”The following four inductees will join 229 prior recipients named since 1966 when the program was incepted. Bryan Black — Canal Winchester, OhioA true advocate for Ohio agriculture, Bryan Black has spent decades investing in the future of the industry, on the county, state and national levels. Starting in 1980, Black partnered with his father, Ned, and brother, Barry to manage Ned Black & Sons LLC — a 600-acre grain and livestock farm — and serving as its owner since 2008. In addition, Black has worked for Kalmbach Swine Management for seven years, serving as the production supervisor to select maternal females for internal replacement and external sales.From the early stages of his career, Black has served on numerous committees and boards for the good of the industry. As a National Pork Producers Council board member, Black was instrumental in guiding the industry through trade disputes, increasing pork consumption in school lunches and fostering relationships with allied industry members. Black served as a president of the NPPC and was also a National Pork Board committee member. In Ohio, Black is an Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Member, developing swine standards for the board, and has served as a member and president of the Ohio Pork Council.Black has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including National Pork Producers Council All-American, National Pork Board’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Ohio and Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award. Charles A. “Al” Holdren — Ashland, OhioA pillar in the cooperative community, Charles A. “Al” Holdren has always had the ability to make “work” seem like “fun.” Holdren began his cooperative journey with management training at Fayette Landmark, before transitioning to the CEO at Ottawa Landmark. He seasoned many company changes and mergers, landing as the CEO of Town & Country Co-op. Holdren served as CEO for 26 years, retiring in 2017 after leading the merger of Western Reserve Farm Cooperative to form today’s Centerra Co-op.In his cooperative career, Holdren committed his company to improving the industry. He established the annual Ladies Luncheon to recognize and honor the never-ending work of women on the farm and female employees of Town & Country Co-op. He also worked with CEOs from other cooperatives in Ohio to form Cooperatives for the Cure to raise cancer research funds though initiatives like Fueling the Cure and Growing the Cure. He also has a passion for student scholarships, working tirelessly to raise funds for students in Ohio and abroad.Holdren was a member of the OSU LEAD II class and was recognized as its Distinguished Alumni in 2006. He has also been recognized by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association as the Golf for Scholarships Honoree for his scholarship efforts. Lewis R. Jones — Grove City, OhioLewis R. Jones is a constant fixture at the Ohio State Fair, having dedicated his life to the betterment of Ohio agriculture, with a special focus on the dairy sector and a passion for youth development. In his decorated career, Jones has served the Ohio Department of Agriculture in numerous positions, including Weights and Measures Division Chief, Dairy Division Chief and Deputy Director. Jones has also served the industry as executive secretary of the Ohio Milk Haulers Association and the American Guernsey Association.In his capacity as Dairy Division Chief, Jones was tasked to establish new show-ring ethics for fairs across the state, utilizing his vast industry experience to implement protocols used at the World Dairy Expo. He also instituted the practice of collecting and testing milk samples at the Ohio State Fair to demonstrate federally-expected dairy inspecting and sanitation procedures.Jones continues to give back to his alma matter, The Ohio State University, through scholarships. He is an alumnus of Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity. In 2011 was inducted into the Ohio Dairy Hall of Service, selected by the Department of Animal Sciences and in 2017, recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of the OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. As an Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame inductee, Jones follows in the footsteps of his father, Rueben, who received the honor in 1990. Robinson “Rob” W. Joslin — Sidney, OhioAnyone who spent time with Robinson “Rob” W. Joslin enjoyed his enthusiasm and true dedication to agriculture, evident in everything he put forth. A full-time farmer for 40 years and true family man, Joslin worked nearly every day beside his wife, Ellen. Joslin was always an “early adopter” of new farm technologies, realizing the value of new practices and implementing them on his farm. For more than 25 years, Joslin’s operation was dedicated to conservation tillage and 100% no-till.With farm roots well planted in Shelby County, Joslin gave much time to its betterment. He was an active member of the Shelby County Farm Bureau, served on the Shelby County OSU Extension advisory committee and was a 4-H adviser for 20 years. Joslin also served as a trustee on his local township zoning board for more than 20 years, to help plan housing developments and industrial parks that would provide the least interference with the local agricultural community.Joslin was also dedicated to improving the industry outside his county, serving both the Ohio Soybean Association and American Soybean Association. During his time as ASA President, and after, Joslin lobbied on behalf of farmers before Congress on important policy issues like trade, conservation, sustainability and more. After his untimely passing in 2016, Joslin was posthumously bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Soybean Association.last_img read more

first_imgCrowdfunding your startup through sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGO has become an interesting, and in many cases, quite viable way of financing your project. A number of individuals and companies have been able to raise pretty substantial amounts of money through these services, going well beyond what they initially set as their funding targets.Most notably of late, was the success of Lunatik/TikTok iPod Nano wristwatch, which set the record for the most money raised via Kickstarter to-date: almost $950,000 from over 13,000 backers. Not too shabby considering Scott Wilson and his MINIMAL design studio set out to raise a mere $15,000 in order to get licensing and manufacturing for the project under way.What made this project so successful? After all, there are other iPod Nano projects. And it’s a wristwatch, which even with the addition of a Nano, might not be the coolest or most necessary of accessories.Bryce Roberts, the Managing Director of O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, points to some reasons he’s identified that contributed to the success of the Lunatik/TikTok fundraising endeavor. These lessons that can be seen in other successful Kickstarter projects (such as Diaspora), but they’re also applicable in many ways to more “traditional” funding efforts.Tell a personal storyThe Lunatik/TikTok “pitch” wasn’t a bulleted list of qualifications or clients. Rather, the members of the team “told personal stories that created a connection to the project that had nothing to do with their professional pedigree.” While this sort of storytelling doesn’t boost their professional credentials, Roberts argues, it does give the entrepreneurs a certain personal authority and helps to connect them to funders and potential funders in a different way.Roberts argues that the best fundraising pitches always emphasize this personal aspect. “It’s a given,” he writes, “that if I chose to invest in you I believe I can make money, but there are the intangibles around personality, perspectives, and life experiences that will make a potential funder more likely to want to believe you.”Tell the product’s storyIf you watch the TikTok video (below), you’ll see the product is featured throughout. This demonstrates what the product can do – and that it can do what the startup promises. The video also demonstrates the larger potential of the product. These might be “small, nice little features” that some investors would dismiss. But with the crowdfunding model, the right storytelling around this seems crucial. “The difference between a nano strapped to a wristband and a premium quality, highly designed, customizable piece of wearable technology is simply a matter of how you tell the story.”But even when you aren’t using a site like Kickstarter to raise money, it’s crucial that your product be front-and-center in your presentations.Give rewards and issue progress reportsInvestors, by definition, invest in order to make a financial return. Nonetheless, argues Roberts, you should offer more than simply the promise of “making money.” These sorts of non-financial rewards can be personal and personalized. By design, Kickstarter tells its users, “the best way to inspire support is to offer people great rewards. Everyone loves limited editions, one-of-a-kinds, and fun experiences (parties, screenings, balloon rides!). Spend some time brainstorming your rewards and people will respond. No one needs another coffee mug.” And as your project and your company are constantly evolving, it’s good to keep investors and potential investors up-to-date on your progress. In the case of TikTok, the creators even filmed themselves in China when they traveled to the factory where the watch kits were being made. But the same could be said for all funding relationships; keep your investors apprised of “how you’re making progress and how your story is continuing to unfold in a big and important way.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img audrey watters Related Posts Tags:#start#tips last_img read more

first_imgFour students were injured when the police fired tear- gas shells to disperse agitating students who tried to raid the house of K. Yugindro, the acting Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University, on Saturday night. The students, representing six students’ bodies, are demanding unconditional release of six MU professors and 10 students.They were arrested during the September 20 raids on MU hostels. Chief Minister N. Biren justified the raids, saying in the past a professor was gunned down while two others, including the then V-C Prof. N. Bijoy, were kneecapped. However, as part of the ongoing negotiations, police and paramilitary personnel were withdrawn from the campus.“The teachers and students were arrested on the basis of an FIR filed by Prof Yugindro. If the FIR is withdrawn, the arrested persons could be released,” the CM had said.However, Prof. Yugindro sent a letter to Union HRD Ministry on October 1, contending that Governor Najma Heptulla and Mr. Biren were siding with “terrorists”. Both the Governor and the Chief Minister have not publicly reacted to this serious charge. Veteran politician and former Minister O. Joy said: “The charge is outlandish and highly condemnable.”Meanwhile, in response to an PIL, the Manipur High Court gave time to the MU authority till October 11 to restore normality on the campus. The Division Bench of Justices N. Koteswor and Kh. Nobin said after this deadline, the court would intervene to restore normality.After 85 days of closure of the MU, classes and official work were resumed once the V-C, Prof A.P. Pandey, was given forced leave. However, the academic atmosphere was vitiated when Prof. Yugindro was appointed the V-C in charge.Girl students have been on relay hunger strike demanding release of the teachers and students. A two-member inquiry committee headed by N. Nandakumar, retired acting Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, is looking into the charges against Prof. Pandey.Though police and security personnel were withdrawn from the campus as part of the interim agreement, the police have beefed up security measures on the MU campus.Armed and riot police have been deployed in the Thangapat areas of Imphal where the house of Prof. Yugindro is located. No vehicle is allowed in the locality.last_img read more

first_imgTio, despite his hot shooting, said he still needs to adjust to playing in the UAAP and it just so happened he had the stroke against the Fighting Maroons.“I won’t say I already grasp the UAAP but at that moment I was feeling good so I had the confidence to shoot,” said Tio. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Tio was perfect from the field going 6-for-6 en route to 14 points in just 11 minutes as he helped Ateneo flatten University of the Philippines, 92-71, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I was excited to play but I wasn’t thinking that I had to score this amount of points, I just wanted to make sure that I played correctly,” said Tio, who had 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 5-foot-11 guard wasn’t able to play in Season 79 as he couldn’t secure a Philippine passport in time and was considered as a foreigner.Ateneo had Nigerian Chibueze Ikeh in the roster and the UAAP allows just one foreigner per roster.center_img SEA Games medal-winning PH sepak takraw team treated to hearty lunch Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo guard Tyler Tio had to sit out Season 79 due to his citizenship, and when Season 80 started he had to wait once again as his bum ankle wouldn’t allow him to play.So when he finally got the chance to hit the floor on Wednesday, the Canadian-born guard released his pent-up frustrations.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia Queensland branch and University Sport are working together to run the Northern University Games Touch Championships to be held at Quad Park Kawana from 3rd to 6th July 2006. REFEREES ARE REQUIRED for this event and they will be paid at a rate of $20 per single and $10 per Dual.If you are interested in refereeing at this event, please contact Glen Richardson at glen@austouch.com.au to register your interest.This is a great event and heaps of fun and a good chance to earn a few dollars along the way.All referees will also be given a social pass to attend the night time functions – if that interests you?Any assistance will be appreciated! Register your interest now.For Further information check out the Unisport website : Northern University Games Websitelast_img read more

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. The new Garmin Vivosmart fitness tracker is out now – featuring Garmin’s ‘Elevate’ heart rate on your wrist technology. This device is 50m water resistant, sends smartphone notifications, count steps, floors climbed, distance, calories and sends an inactivity alert reminding you to move. It can be all yours for $182!To check out the great range of Garmin Vivosmart fitness trackers, please click here. To take advantage of this deal, you’ll need to use the code TOUCHNOV15 to redeem (online only). Hurry, the offer is only valid from Friday, 13 November until Friday, 20 November. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Deallast_img read more

first_imgDuke and UNC face off.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 7: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Former Duke star J.J. Redick is back in Durham this week, and worked out at the team’s facility yesterday. He’s back out there today, and shooting like he used to do for the Blue Devils, according to the Duke basketball Twitter account. All-time Duke scoring leader @JJRedick shooting 92% unofficially in this workout. The guy can’t miss. #DukeFam pic.twitter.com/qH5Bg6imDZ— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) September 15, 2015Crazy to think that Redick is entering his 10th NBA season. Time flies.last_img read more

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The U.S.-China trade war, the Saudi crown prince’s first trip abroad since the brutal killing of a newspaper columnist and the Ukraine crisis will grab the world’s attention at this week’s G-20 summit.None of those issues is on the agenda at the two-day meeting that was meant to focus on development, infrastructure and food security. But the gathering of leaders from the world’s top industrialized and emerging nations will be eclipsed by discussions and controversy on the sidelines.“The G-20 summit features high drama on the turbulent global stage, with U.S. President Donald Trump, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin playing leading roles,” said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think-tank .Here’s a look at the main issues during the two-day meeting that begins Friday:___U.S.-CHINA TRADE WARThe global economy is at stake when Trump and Xi meet at a high-stakes dinner in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Can they reach a truce on a dispute that has rattled markets? Trump promises to impose new tariffs on imports from China if they don’t. Most analysts doubt they will reach any overarching deal this weekend that would settle the conflict for good. But if the two sides agree to a cease-fire, it could buy time for more substantive talks.“Whether they shake hands and announce some kind of agreement, or whether they don’t, we don’t think that anything substantial is going to happen in the broader U.S.-China trade conflict,” Willis Sparks, director of global macro politics at Eurasia Group.“It involves a lot more complex issues that are not going to be resolved over the course of a single dinner.”___PRINCE OR PARIAH?Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is at the summit in the wake of the gruesome slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and allegations that he ordered the killing inside the country’s consulate in Turkey’s capital last month. Trump has given the prince a pass while citing exaggerated claims of Saudi military contracts and investments in the U.S., and Putin has not criticized Saudi Arabia or the prince either. But European and other leaders are likely to try to avoid a photo-op that could cause backlash at home by appearing to legitimize the man who U.S. intelligence agencies concluded ordered the killing.Human Rights Watch has accused the crown prince of war crimes in Yemen and responsibility for Kashoggi’s killing, and Argentine legal authorities are considering a request to prosecute bin Salman for alleged crimes against humanity.“A cloud of suspicion will loom over him as he tries to rebuild his shattered reputation at the G-20, and world leaders would do well to think twice before posing for pictures next to someone who may come under investigation for war crimes and torture,” Human Rights Watch said.___UKRAINETrump cancelled a meeting with Putin at the summit, citing Russia’s recent seizure of Ukrainian naval vessels and crews. Russia has said Ukraine didn’t have permission to pass between Russia’s mainland and the Crimean Peninsula, while Ukraine insists its vessels abided by maritime laws. Analysts say the question will be how much pressure will Trump and the EU put on Putin over the issue.___TOUGH TIMES FOR U.S.-EUROPE RELATIONSEurope is on weak footing at this year’s G-20. France fears Trump will block or eclipse any progress at the summit, and President Emmanuel Macron’s main task will be making sure Europe’s voice is heard and doesn’t get diluted by internal divisions.Trump recently lit into Macron over his suggestion that Europe build up its militaries because the continent can no longer depend on the U.S. Trump also criticized him over French tariffs on U.S. wine and even Macron’s approval ratings.Trump also said British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement “sounds like a great deal for the EU” that would make it more difficult for the U.K. to strike a trade deal with the U.S. The British pound fell in the wake of his comments, which were countered by May.“The Europeans know that they need to get along for the greater good of the trade relations. But the relations between Trump and the European leaders that he’s going to see in Buenos Aires are really bad,” Sparks said. “The word that comes along to me when it comes to the relation between these leaders is: Icy.”___NAFTAMexico and Canada recently reached agreement with the Trump administration on a revamped version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the deal is expected to be signed during the G-20 summit, though it won’t take effect until approved by the countries’ legislatures.“Maybe the one bright spot (at the summit) is the signing of the new NAFTA,” said Shannon O’Neil, an expert on global trade at the Council on Foreign Relations.The renegotiations, however, left a bad taste among the partners, Shifter said.While the three leaders are supposed to be at the signing ceremony, Sparks said the possibility remains that it could be left to less senior officials because Canada and Mexico are not happy Trump did not lift tariffs on steel and aluminum.“What was supposed to be an event that would mark a turning point,” Sparks said, “is looking like lower down on the bill.___LOW EXPECTATIONSEven the host country of the summit has lowered expectations.Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentina’s lead organizer for the G-20, acknowledged last week that it might not be possible to reach a consensus on a final statement.Patricio Navia, a political science professor at New York University, said there are “way too many ongoing conflicts” and potential sources of instability at a summit that will likely be “an echo chamber for the lack of co-ordination and co-operation” seen at other forums.“It is unlikely that the G20 meeting will provide any guidance as to what will happen next,” Navia said. “In fact, the meeting will probably end up generating even more instability, precisely because there will be many confusing signals coming out of the meeting.”___Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Peter Orsi contributed to this report.___Luis Andres Henao on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuisAndresHenaoLuis Andres Henao, The Associated Presslast_img read more