Pacquiao signs contract to fight Aussie Horn

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Padda teases ‘hungry’ Adamson squad for next season Boxer Manny Pacquiao makes his “Grand Arrival” to the Wynn hotel-casino on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Jessie Vargas on Saturday night at the Thomas&Mack Center. APManny Pacquiao has signed the papers that would officially pit him against Australian Jeff Horn for the WBO World welterweight title, the Los Angeles Times reported.“We’re slowly finishing up the deal to fight… people have agreed on essential points,” Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said in the report.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Dutertecenter_img “Paperwork takes time, particularly when it’s not the usual thing of getting it done in the United States. We’re dealing with an Australian promoter, the state government…. Here, in this case, you’ve got to cross the T’s and dot the I’s, and that’s what we’re in the process of doing.”As per news.com.au, Horn’s promoters plan to meet with the state governments of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia to keep the fight within the island.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockout) putting his WBO belt against the former Olympian Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) was Arum’s original plan before the Filipino and manager Michael Koncz pushed for a fight against Amir Khan in Dubai.That, however, fell through but Arum said a fight against Khan is possible in November. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska townlast_img read more

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WATCH: Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their picks of NBA champs

first_imgPBA personalities weighed on the matchup between the three-peat seeking Warriors and the Finals newcomer Raptors, and some have a hidden desire for the upstarts to take the crown.It’s almost unanimous that Golden State could very well end up with another title but there’s also the intriguing option that Toronto, a first-timer in the championship round, could pull off the upset.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MANILA, Philippines—The upcoming NBA Finals series between the defending champions Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors has some PBA players thorn.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Things to know about these most-international NBA Finalscenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Philippines surpasses 2017 SEA Games gold medal haul

first_imgLava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES View comments Floor flairDancesport has so far produced the largest number of golds with 10 after a spectacular showing in the one-day event on Sunday. Arnis also produced five on the first day of festivities.ADVERTISEMENT NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominationscenter_img SEA Games: Dominant Gilas sweeps 3×3 prelims MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine delegates wave during the opening ceremony of the 30th South East Asian Games at the Philippine Arena, Bulacan province, northern Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MANILA, Philippines–Hitting 25 golds in just the second day of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines has surpassed its gold medal output from the 2017 edition of the regional sports meet.Golds from Monica Torres (duathlon), Lea Denise Belgira (women’s downhill mountainbike) and John Derick Farr (men’s downhill mountainbike) early Monday assured the country a better finish than the 2017 Games, where it only got 24 golds overall.ADVERTISEMENT Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arnis medal machine whirs to life on first dayFEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Based on the SEA Games official medal tally as of 12:18 pm, the Philippines also has 15 silver and nine bronze medals.But the Philippine delegation is just scratching the surface of its potential with more golds expected in the coming days as more events kick off. The biennial sportsfest ends on December 11.last_img read more

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FISHERMEN OPPOSE BARMY EU FISH-DUMPING LAWS

first_imgDONEGAL fishermen are opposing barmy new EU laws aimed at banning the practice of throwing fish they can’t sell back overboard.They say they have no choice in the matter…and the EU fails to understand anything about the industry, particularly off the Donegal coast, where fishermen inevitably net species they don’t want and then return them to the sea.The Federation of Irish Fishermen has welcomed the publication by the country’s Marine Institute (MI) and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) of the “Atlas of Demersal Discarding,” described as an atlas of discarding profiles by the Irish demersal fleet with a “toolbox” of mitigation measures. FIF say the document clearly identifies the complex nature of discarding and provides a range of workable and stock specific potential solutions rather the “simplistic and populist” approach adopted by barmy EU Fisheries  Commissioner Damanaki.FIF Chairman Seán O’Donoghue said:  “This atlas is a positive step by Ireland in addressing in a meaningful way the extent of  discarding in certain demersal fisheries and in putting forward a range of options for reducing discards. Discards must be tackled with a view to their reduction to the lowest practicable level on an EU-wide platform – not just by Ireland.”FIF has “trenchantly” expressed the view that  Commissioner Damanaki’s stated objective for the future Common Fisheries Policy of banning discards and forcing fishermen to land fish which has no prospect of sale –  which would then have to be transported great distances to be processed as fishmeal –  is totally unacceptable, uneconomic and most importantly will not contribute to the sustainable exploitation of stocks.“The Commissioner’s approach demonstrates only a superficial and PR-driven approach to the issue. The EU measures taken must of course address conservation issues but also must be practical and allow the fishing fleets operate in an economic manner,” they say. A key component of the Atlas, say FIF, is the substantial treatment given to modifications to fishing gears and other measures to reduce discards. Irish fishermen already have taken a “leading role” in promoting such measures:For FIF say seasonal closures for cod fisheries off the North coast (Greencastle Box) and off the South-east coast (Celtic Sea Box), promoted and supported by the Irish industry are proving highly beneficial with a resultant major improvement in Celtic Sea cod stocks for example and whose value is accepted scientifically at EU level.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved.The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comFISHERMEN OPPOSE BARMY EU FISH-DUMPING LAWS was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:barmy EU lawsdonegalfishermenlast_img read more

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Arsenal’s head of football in contact with ex-Barca boss to replace Emery

first_img Getty Images – Getty 4 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:27Loaded: 36.37%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Danny Mills says Unai Emery hasn’t improved Arsenal since Arsene Wenger left“I know when we win, they are going to be happy and when we lose, they are going to be sad. It’s normal.“We need to stay calm and also keep improving things. Today we got one step ahead by being together and being strong defensively. But we lost because we were playing a very strong team in a good moment.” Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Luis Enrique over the possibility of replacing under-fire boss Unai Emery.Red-hot Jaime Vardy piled the pressure on the former Sevilla boss as the Leicester striker continued to haunt the Gunners. AFP or licensors Emery has led the Gunners to just 2 wins from their last 10 games 4 4 4center_img The forward scored his ninth goal in nine starts against the Gunners to inspire the Foxes to a 2-0 win and into second in the Premier League on Saturday night.Vardy, the top flight’s 11-goal leading scorer, also set up James Maddison’s clincher as Emery’s side slumped to a limp defeat at the King Power Stadium.Alexandre Lacazette wasted Arsenal’s best chance and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a goal disallowed but the visitors were poor.The Gunners, winless in the Premier League for over a month, slipped eight points behind the top four with Emery’s position under increasing scrutiny. Getty Images – Getty Enrique is a proven winner in the dug out after a successful career as a player Getty Images – Getty Luis Enrique has been approached by Arsenal, according to reports Reports in Spain suggest his time at the Emirates is up, with Enrique the frontrunner to take over in north London.Spanish media outlet El Confidencial claim Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi is already sounding out potential candidates to take over.And they claim he has been in touch in Enrique, who has been out of work since leaving his role as national boss for personal reasons in June just months before his daughter sadly passed away.Despite winning just two games from their last 10, Emery is adamant his squad are improving. “For me, as a coach, it’s about continuing stronger and improving with our players,” he said.“I am speaking with the club to stay calm and to stay patient to improve and recover some confidence with some circumstances.“We are receiving criticism but I know that’s my job. I’ve had lots of moments like that but I’ve recovered by working to get confidence, being together with the club and players.“I accept all (of the criticism). I accept the applause and I accept it when they criticise us. Arsenal have looked devoid of ideas and shaky at the back at times this season last_img read more

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Post Office campaigners to deliver message to Letterkenny

first_imgA group of community activists from Gweedore are planning a protest in Letterkenny in a bid to save their local post offices.The campaigners are bringing their action to Letterkenny on Saturday 8th December after local protests failed to save several services in West Donegal.The protest will be staged at the main Letterkenny Post Office at 11am. Independent Councillor Mícheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said that it was intolerable for any community to put up with what An Post is doing to rural Donegal at the moment.He said: “We have already lost four post offices in Burtonport, Dunfanaghy, Gort a’ Choirce and An Bun Beag and we are awaiting the result of a review of the decision to close the post office in Bun na Leaca. “On other areas, like Churchill, Quigley’s Point, Ballymagen, Ballyliffin, Burnfoot, Culdaff, Culkeeny, Dunaff, Dunkineely, Kildrum, Meenaneary and Rossnakill, post offices are either closing down or are threatened with imminent closure. This is death by a thousand cuts.”Mac Giolla Easbuig says the post office issue is just a symptom of a ‘greater disease’ affecting the whole county, and rural areas in particular. He said: “Since the foundation of the State, successive governments led by both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, have starved Donegal of infrastructure such as hospitals, railways, motorways, broadband and proper electrical and gas networks. “Some rural areas become inaccessible during the winter because of lack of funding to the County Council. The list is endless. “It is time communities came out and took a stand and fight for their survival because government policies are killing communities throughout rural areas, not just in Donegal, but throughout the country.”“We were advised by establishment politicians that the only way to fight post office closures was to make submissions to the review body. This approach has patently failed and it is now left to the communities to fight their own cause.”Mac Giolla Easbuig added that people from other rural areas will be welcome to join campaigners from Gweedore on 8th December. Post Office campaigners to deliver message to Letterkenny was last modified: November 30th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gweedoreletterkennypost officeslast_img read more

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Blaze Pizza: A Fast Favorite at Disney Springs

first_imgShare This!As I mentioned last week, Disney Springs has had so many new restaurants open in the past few months. Just last Friday, one of the final pieces of the dining puzzle opened its doors to welcome pizza lovers from near and far. Blaze Pizza, located in the Town Center area just across the springs from Homecoming Kitchen, is a fast casual chain that promises fast-fired pizzas and salads in just 3 minutes. The easiest way to think of Blaze is to look at it as Chipotle for pizza: pretty much everything is customizable, from the crust, to the sauce, toppings, and pizza finishes.After my first glance at the menu board outside the restaurant, I was excited to try Blaze just based on the price – a plain cheese pizza, 11” personal size (as all pizzas are served here), is just $7.25; add one topping out of a huge selection, and the price is $8.45. For any and all toppings you want, or one of the specialty pizzas, the price is still less than $10, at $9.65! You can even have your pizza made half-and-half, if you’re indecisive or looking to split a pie with a friend, at no additional cost.I visited Blaze not long after it opened a few days ago for an early lunch, so there wasn’t yet a long wait that particular day (though a queue was set up outside for later use during rushes). Once I was greeted inside, I was introduced to the huge variety of topping options and the four “simple salads” available. I decided to leave my first pie at Blaze Pizza up to the experts, so I ordered half-White Top (white cream sauce base, mozzarella, bacon, garlic, oregano, and arugula) and half-Art Lover (artichoke, mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, and dollops of red sauce on top). I also chose to add pepperoni on the Art Lover half, just to see what the portion size was like there, too.I’m glad I took a chance adding a topping here, because my expert pizza makers made it clear that some who’ve passed through the doors of Blaze had already made a fatal pizza flaw: too many toppings. They really do know their stuff – too many toppings leads to soggy pizza, one that’s harder for them to cook and for you to eat.Simple is better here, and while you don’t get a ton of each topping on your pizza, everything I tasted on my pie was fresh and flavorful to the point that I didn’t really miss the extra few bites. I chose the standard crust, which is thin, almost like a flatbread. The high-rise crust was explained to me as being a bit more like what most would think of as “normal pizza crust”, but at $2 more, I felt like the standard crust was just fine.Gluten-free crust is also available, though the pizza makers warned that they can’t guarantee against cross-contamination as far as allergies are concerned. For vegans and vegetarians, there is a vegan cheese option, and a TON of fresh veggies – seriously, this was a huge, very pleasant surprise to me. Between the inherent customization of each pie and the number of options for toppings, Blaze rockets to the top of the list as one of the most vegetarian-friendly quick service options at Walt Disney World.So, how was the pizza? Overall, pretty good. The best comparison I can think of in terms of toppings, crust, and bake is Via Napoli. Blaze has the same distinctive pizza oven char on parts of the crust (I love this flavor, but I know some don’t), and the portion and price make this a great option if you’re craving Via Napoli but it’s not your day to visit Epcot.The White Top half of my pizza featured a garlicky white sauce base, a ton of chopped, salty bacon, and a fairly thin but tasty layer of mozzarella, perfectly melted on top. The Art Lover half featured several large chunks of artichokes, set off by creamy ricotta and a really, really tasty red sauce: acidic from the rich tomato flavor, but herbaceous with lots of oregano and basil, and not too runny.On its own, this 11 inch pie was plenty for me for a meal (and a great deal at that). If you’re not overly hungry, my recommendation is to split one of these pizzas and one of Blaze’s “simple salads” with a friend. On the day I visited, Blaze featured four salads: simple Caesar, tomato and mozzarella (not pictured), kale and quinoa, and an arugula/fresh fruit salad. I chose the last option, and was pleasantly surprised at the portion size for this “side salad”, featuring crisp arugula dotted with a few ripe, sweet blueberries and bits of goat cheese and drizzled with a zingy balsamic vinaigrette.I ended up taking home about half of it for a meal later in the day (along with a slice of pizza in the convenient to-go boxes available near the door). For a lighter, fresh lunch option, you can add any protein to one of these salads for $2 – large enough for one person, and still a deal.To complement my meal, I tried the blood orange lemonade. $3 for a drink is kind of steep to me, especially when it’s a smaller size than a “regular” Disney fountain soda. The lemonade, though, was a fair trade for that price – a little sweet, with a tad bitterness from the blood orange, and lots of sourness. I wouldn’t order it instead of a soda or water every day, but it was a refreshing splurge for this meal.Also a splurge: the “s’mores pie” I got for dessert – two McVitie’s digestive biscuits (sort of like a graham cracker, but a bit more substantial, so it holds together better) sandwiching a layer of marshmallow and chocolate. It was tasty, to be sure (with those flavors, not hard to do), but next time I’ll likely save my $3 and invest it in an Amorette’s specialty.Blaze Pizza is sure to be a very popular option here at Disney Springs – it’s actually good pizza, super-customizable, and quick; plus, everyone loves pizza. The best part (which I hate mentioning, for fear of rising prices)? It’s “cheap” by Disney standards, even for quick service. A pizza at Blaze with whatever you want on it is cheaper than the also-great BB Wolf’s Sausage Company’s options, and far better than anything I’ve tried at The Daily Poutine. I’d venture to say it also gives Splitsville’s pizza a run for its money, considering the toppings at Blaze are noticeably fresher. All in all, it’s safe to say Blaze Pizza is worth a stop on your next visit to Disney Springs if you’re looking for something fast but also just plain delicious.last_img read more

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Miller and Duminy: biff bang pow

first_imgIn their opening World Cup match against Zimbabwe, the Proteas’ David Miller and JP Duminy made a couple of records in what Britain’s Ebony Rainford-Brent called “some of the best hitting I’ve ever seen”. It was an unbeaten partnership that rescued South Africa and will not be soon forgotten. JP Duminy takes a swing at Zimbabwean bowling on the way to his unbeaten 115. (Image: Cricket SA) • Cricket World Cup 2015: End of the Proteas’ “choke” hoodoo? • Green and gold rivals from Down Under • CSIR helps cricketers up their game • Maasai hope to bowl Cape Town over • Rhinos in Boucher’s safe hands Sulaiman PhilipImran Tahir had career best figures of three wickets for 36 runs in the Proteas’ victory over Zimbabwe; but his success was overshadowed by the Duminy and Miller show. David Miller and JP Duminy shared a world record unbroken fifth wicket partnership of 256 to help the Proteas defeat the dangerous minnows by 62 runs.In the end it looked like a convincing victory but in reality it was only in the 47th over that South Africa stood above the Zimbabweans in the over by over run comparison. It was the 30-run 48th over that helped push the partnership into record territory.South Africa is ranked third in the Reliance International Cricket Council One Day International (ICC ODI), Zimbabwe 10th. But games between the neighbours are derbies, and anything can happen in a derby. Form and history do not matter because both teams are doubly motivated. Away from the World Cup, South Africa has won 34 of 37 matches. At the World Cup the teams have faced each other twice, with a victory each.Miller (138 not out) and Duminy (115 not out) rescued a South African innings floundering at 83 for four when Duminy joined at the crease. “The team was in a little bit of trouble, and I thought to myself, you know, just try and build a long partnership here with JP,” Miller told the BBC in his low key way. “I just needed to construct a partnership with someone, and JP was the man today. It was tough up front and a bit slow initially, but it definitely eased up towards the end.” Youthful Miller and Duminy started slowly, showing deference to a bowling attack that had worked through South Africa’s world-class top order. Once they both reached 50, the attack on the Zimbabwean bowling intensified. The blitz in the last 10 overs was so brutally aggressive the pair scored 146 runs, with 96 coming in just the last five overs.By the 40th over the pair had been together for almost 20 overs when the onslaught began. Miller went from 40 to 100 in 28 balls. When it was over his unbeaten 138 came off 92 balls and included nine sixes (one of which was smacked out the grounds), another World Cup record. As Miller explained in the post-match press conference, the innings was “very fun. I’d worked really hard for the last 25 overs, and we still had wickets in hand, just to try and express myself toward the end.”In setting the new mark, the pair won praise from English women’s star Ebony Rainford-Brent, who told the BBC the partnership would not be soon forgotten, and not just because it was a record. “I was really impressed with the way South Africa applied themselves as they had to stick in and build a strong partnership. Their running between the wickets was excellent, and then it was some of the best hitting I’ve ever seen.” The Proteas win was a team effort, Miller and Duminy with the bat and Imran Tahir who had his best ODI game. (Image: Cricket SA)Miller and Duminy demolished the previous record set up Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara, scored by the English pair against Ireland. The previous best for a South African fifth wicket pair was the 183 scored by Jacques Kallis and Jonty Rhodes against Pakistan in 1983.last_img read more

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Seven Tips for Effective Networking

first_imgAs many of you know, the State Policy Network Annual Meeting is just around the corner. Those who have attended understand that it’s one of the best free-market networking events of the year. As such, I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate this month’s Talent Tip to networking.If you’re like many people, your palms are already sweating as you think about how to mingle with senior leaders, board members, VIPS, and other movers and shakers.Fear not! Here are seven tips that will make networking a breeze.1. Be proactive. As you can imagine, VIPs, executives, and influencers are incredibly busy at SPNAM. So, if you want to connect with someone, you will need to make the first move. That means proactively approaching the person and introducing yourself. Sound awkward? It won’t be if you’re prepared. See tip #2!2. Be prepared. If there is someone you want to connect with at the meeting, do your homework in advance. Read the person’s bio and LinkedIn profile to get a good understanding of his/her background and interests. Not only will this provide needed context for a productive conversation, but it will also generate plenty of fodder for an ice-breaker.For instance, if you wanted to connect with me, your research would tell you that I went to Notre Dame. So, you could introduce yourself and then shout out a gratuitous “GO IRISH!” That would instantly make us best friends and the rest would be easy. For less adventurous types, a simple comment about the person’s work will suffice. “Hello, Claire. I admire Talent Market’s work and just wanted to introduce myself.” It’s just that easy!3. Be respectful of his/her time. Because senior leaders and other professionals have such overbooked dance cards, you’ll want to be respectful of their time. The key item is making the connection: introduce yourself, have a brief conversation, and set the stage for future communication. You don’t need to have an hour-long dialog there if you can just as easily arrange a phone call later. And whatever you do, don’t attempt to corner someone in a networking function and hold the person against his will. If you notice the person’s eyes darting around looking for an escape route, you’ve talked too much and need to set him free!4. Be appreciative and keep in touch. Even if you spend only five minutes talking to someone or asking advice, be sure to thank the person. Tell him/her it was great to connect and that you’d like to stay in touch. Offer your business card and ask for one in return. Don’t forget to follow-up via email after the meeting and keep in touch.5. If it’s just about you, you’re not networking. “But enough about me, let’s talk about me.” Are you that guy? If so, you’re not networking. In fact, you’re doing the opposite of networking. Effective networking is a two-way street. A strong networker is eager to learn about new people and genuinely wants to help others.6. Change the way you think about networking. My friend Pagona Stratoudakis makes this point beautifully: “The real aha moment I’ve had about networking is the term is almost the antithesis of what it should really be. It’s not working and it’s not just about building a web or applying a program. It’s about meeting people, caring enough to listen to them, being considerate enough to think of them, and helping them progress even if they don’t ask — and not expecting anything in return and being gracious and grateful if something comes your way. Its just being a good person and making friends.”7. Have fun! SPNAM is one of the best networking event of the year — but your networking doesn’t have to feel like work! That means your conversations don’t have to revolve around the intricacies of tax policy or the long-term consequences of Janus. They can be fun! One of my most memorable networking conversations at SPNAM was with a gal who told me about her family’s rescue dogs. She had learned I had a rescue dog and she used that information as our conversation-starter. Because our interaction was personal, it stuck with me. As a result, I’ll always remember Dana…not to mention Winky and Abby (the dogs!).Hopefully this advice helps prep you for this year’s SPNAM! See you in Salt Lake City!This post first appeared on talentmarket.org.last_img read more

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Former Oz pacer McGrath engaged to girlfriend Sara

first_imgTwo years after the death of his first wife Jane, former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath is all set to walk down the aisle once again after getting engaged to his Italian girlfriend of seven months Sara Leonardi.Jane died following a long battle with breast cancer and two years after the tragedy, McGrath got engaged to Leonardi, a 28-year-old interior designer by profession, last week.”We are engaged and we’re really happy,” McGrath told the Herald Sun newspaper.The 40-year-old cricketer’s manager Warren Craig also confirmed the news: “They got engaged about a week ago. Glenn and Sara haven’t spoken to any (magazines). There has been no story told or anything like that, and they’re not planning on speaking to anybody about the engagement.”Leonardi has been snapped wearing a diamond engagement ring presented by McGrath while out walking with him and his two children, ten-year-old James and eight-year-old Holly, near their south Sydney home.Leonardi met the former Test cricketer at a party in Cape Town in 2009 while he was playing for the Indian Premier League team Delhi Daredevils, sparking a friendship that blossomed into love later in the year.McGrath, still raw from the death of his wife Jane, said he never believed he’d fall in love again but Leonardi changed all that.”After Jane passed away, I never thought that I could love another woman. I was adamant about that. But I am in love with Sara, totally and completely and absolutely,” McGrath said when his relationship with Leonardi became public earlier this year.advertisement”I think marriage is definitely in our future. I can’t picture life without her,” he added.Jane, who married the bowlers in 1999, passed away on June 22, 2008.last_img read more

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