Coronavirus cancels 4000-strong real estate conference

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#AFCONonCiti: Morocco vs Benin [Match Preview]

first_img Source: Bernard Esar | | Ghana The stage is set for continental glory as the 2019 AFCON reaches the round of 16.The Atlas Lions of Morocco will take on the Squirrels in the first Round of 16 game of the tournament.Morocco has never lost a competitive game against Benin and coming into this game, they will fancy their chances against the West Africans.MOROCCO:The North Africans have had an impressive run in the tournament as they have won all three games they have played.Morocco finished the group stage with nine points, scoring three goals and not conceding any as they topped Group D.With the vast experience of their coach, Herve Renard, the Atlas Lions will be looking to going a little further in the tournament. The French coach knows how to win the AFCON as he has two titles under his belt with Zambia and Ivory Coast.PREDICTED LINEUP: (4-2-3-1)Bounou, Dirar, Benatia, Saiss, Achraf Hakimi, Mbark Boussoufa, El Ahmadi, Hakim Ziyech, Nordine Amrabat, Belhanda and En Nesyri BENIN:The Squirrels of Benin qualified into the round of 16 with three straight draws in the group stage.The West Africans started the tournament by holding the Black Stars to a draw in a goal fest in Ismailia. The two goals they got in that game are the only ones Michel Dussuyer’s team have got so far.They have been strong-willed, and most of the credit certainly goes to their French manager. He will be looking at frustrating his compatriot in the other dugout.PREDICTED LINEUP (5-4-1)Farnolle, Baraze, Adilehou, Adenon, Verdon, Imorou, Pote, Sessegnon, D’Almeida, Djigla, Mounie. PREDICTIONThe squad depth of Morocco should be enough to see them through to the quarter finals.The game will be played at the Al- Salam Stadium, Cairo at 16:00GMT and will be live on Citi TVlast_img read more


first_imgNicole Beck was an obvious choice as captain of the NSWCHS women’s team. A couple of months ago Beck got the call up to the National Women’s Open Squad and watching her play here at this tournament, it is not hard to see why. Getting the call up was something which she had dreamed of, and was not expecting it at all. Beck thought she hadn’t made the squad after missing out the initial on selection. “I was heaps shocked, but heaps happy too,” said Beck.Her talent shines here at this tournament, with skills that others are only just aiming to accomplish. But she believes that it is her commitment and determination in wanting to win that is her best attribute. “It’s my competitiveness, I hate to lose,” Beck said.Although Beck is not currently a part of the Australian Team to compete in the World Cup in South Africa next year, she is aiming to be a part of the following World Cup and will continue to strive for that goal. “I am just looking to keep learning and improving and hopefully in the future make the team,” Beck said. Beck’s message for the 750 athletes competing here this week who are looking to further their Touch career, is “keep going, set your goals high and keep your head up.”“I live by the motto: shoot for the moon because even if you miss at least you’ll land among the stars.”Influencing Beck’s Touch style is playing with and learning from players like Rachel Holden, and coaches like Tracey Bills. “I have been coached by Tracey Bills for about seven years and I have learnt a lot from her, actually almost everything,” Beck said.Beck’s NSWCHS team is now into the grand final against QSST and is hoping to repeat last year’s efforts, taking the title of under 18’s National Champions.last_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) have great pleasure in announcing current Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Touch Association President Michael Rush as a new Director on the TFA Board of Management (BOM). Michael Rush joins returning member Brian Rooney as a Director after the TFA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at Bankstown Sports club in Sydney on Saturday 21 October 2006. Both gentlemen were elected to the TFA BOM via a ballot undertaken at the AGM by delegates representing each State.The five-member TFA BOM now consists of Chairman Michael Sparks, and fellow directors Bill Ker, Bruce Ainsley, Brian Rooney, and of course “new boy” Michael Rush.Michael has had a 15-year association with Touch Football, and boasts experience across many of the sport’s arms, including refereeing and referee coaching, playing, and administration.Michael has tertiary qualifications in economics and works in programme management in the Public Service.His experience in strategic analysis and planning, financial management and working with community entities will be invaluable assets to the TFA Board of Management, as the sport enters a new and exciting phase of growth, expansion, and professionalism.Michael brings a perfect balance to the Board of Management position, combining an impressive skill set in business with a very “hands-on” appreciation, knowledge, and experience of the sport of Touch Football and our affiliated members.In addition to being the ACT Touch Association President since 2003, Michael was the Vice-President of the organisation in 2001-02, and has been an ACT Touch Association Board Member since 1998.Michael has been a member of the National Referees Panel since 2005, is the current ACT Director of Referees and a past president as well as long-serving Committee Member of the ACT Touch Referees Association.Michael is a Level 4 Course Presenter and a Level 3 Referee Coach.Michael is excited about his new role and about having an opportunity to contribute in this way to the future opportunities for the sport and we welcome him on board.last_img read more

17 days agoArsenal stopper Mustafi reveals he played injured in Liverpool thrashing

first_imgArsenal stopper Mustafi reveals he played injured in Liverpool thrashingby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has revealed he played through injury for Arsenal last season.The German endured a terrible night in the 5-1 loss to Liverpool in December 2018, but he has revealed he wasn’t fit enough to play the game.”I had missed three weeks injured and then went into the game without training with the team because the coach needed me,” he said. “At half-time it was 4-1, I had a few bad moments and injured myself again. “Afterwards, I got a lot of negative comments from Arsenal fans on Instagram and Twitter, and articles were written in which I was harshly criticised.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Saks accused of race age discrimination in lawsuit

first_imgNEW YORK — Eight former employees at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store have filed a race and age discrimination lawsuit against the high-end store and its corporate parent.The suit was filed Tuesday in New York.Attorney Derek Sells says the black, white and Hispanic men were subjected to a hostile work environment and then fired.He says managers made it difficult for them to get customers from store foot traffic, berated them, didn’t promote them and allowed younger, white colleagues to harass them.Some of the plaintiffs say that even when they made sales targets, managers would find other metrics to evaluate them poorly.Saks’ parent organization, Hudson’s Bay Co., says it is committed to diversity and inclusion and takes the allegations seriously. It is declining to comment on the litigation.Deepti Hajela, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Canticos creators on leveraging culture for global brands

first_imgNEW YORK — In “Pass It On,” Associated Press beat reporters ask executives to share experiences and insights that will resonate with anyone managing a business.The AP interviewed Susie Jaramillo and Nuria Santamaria Wolfe, co-founders of Encantos Media Studios. It’s the family-owned company behind Canticos, a brand of bilingual books, interactives apps and videos inspired by classic Spanish-language nursery songs. Nickelodeon adapted Canticos this year to create a series for toddlers, available on its digital platforms.Santamaria Wolfe is a former head of multicultural strategy at Twitter and Jaramillo is a former co-owner of a Latino-focused ad agency.Q: Nickelodeon saw mainstream appeal in your Hispanic-inspired brand. What advice do you have for other multicultural brand developers?Jaramillo: People will find your culture appealing. When it comes to products, sometimes people get narrowed-minded, thinking, if I leverage culture I won’t appeal to my general market. My mantra is, “Yes you will, if you do it well.” If you leverage culture elegantly, you will create a product with global appeal.Q: What were the biggest hurdles in launching your company and how did you overcome it?Jaramillo: The hardest thing to do is finding partners you can trust, taking a risk and not being afraid of failure. Seek out partners that see your audience as a business imperative. And when I say partners, I mean distribution partners, clients who you go into business with. Seek out like-minded professionals who are really passionate about the same ideas you are and don’t be afraid to trust them.Q: Canticos was first released on its own YouTube channel and individual apps. How do you harness digital technology and social media to reach your target audience?Santamaria Wolfe: I understood the power of tech and digital to really enable a small brand to gain customer attention just as a bring brand would. One is having a presence. Moms are on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Two, is making sure you are connecting with the customer on an emotional level. Create little moments so that they know that you are a brand for them. We are brand by moms for moms.Alexandra Olson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Kindergarten registration now open for School District 60

first_imgThe School District is reminding parents to register directly at your home school. If you are uncertain of the school boundaries (also known as catchment areas) you can contact the nearest school or check the School Catchment Locator. It is strongly recommended that you register at your earliest convenience.French Immersion Kindergarten is available at École Central Elementary School of the Arts only. You can call the school, at 250-785- 4511, for further information regarding the French Immersion Program. For students entering Grade One, French Immersion is also a possibility at Ecole Central depending on space.Blended kindergarten learning and distributed learning are available at the Key Learning Centre only.  You can call the school at 250-261-5660 for more information.Busing will be provided for rural Kindergarten Programs. Availability and times vary for each school. You are encouraged to contact your school for details.For further information on the registration process, you can visit the School District 60 website or you can call Stephen Petrucci, Assistant Superintendent, at 250-262-6017. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is now accepting Kindergarten Student Registrations.Registration for Kindergarten Students for the 2019/2020 school year will take place in all Elementary Schools during regular school hours.Children who will be five years of age by December 31, 2019 are eligible for registration in Kindergarten at their local schools.last_img read more

SDMC told to submit report on illegal encroachments at Samalkha Extension

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the deputy commissioner of South Delhi Municipal Corporation to come up with a report on illegal encroachments and unregulated markets at Samalkha Extension near Kapashera here. The order comes as a Delhi Pollution Control Committee report that a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had gone through. The DPCC status report states that while concerned authorities have taken some steps in the matter, it is not clear whether any effective action has been taken at the ground level, the tribunal noted. “Let a report be filed in the matter before the next date by the deputy commissioner, SDMC,” the bench, also comprising Justice K Ramakrishnan, said, setting July 25 as the next date for hearing the matter. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe order comes on the back of a plea filed by resident Narendra Vats contending that illegal encroachments and unregulated markets have come up at Samalkha Extension, East Telephone Exchange Road near Sonia Gandhi Camp, Samalkha village and National Highway 48. He alleged that various complaints were made to authorities concerned but no effective action has been taken till date. The plea also alleged that the municipal solid waste and other garbage generated by the hotels near the airport was disposed of unscientifically.last_img read more

Alternate governance

first_imgAs India prepares for the results of another general election and with Congress and the regional parties gaining ground with each phase of the electoral battle, the question of getting into governance for those now in opposition with concrete and common agenda is up for public debate. There should have been such an agenda declared before the elections but instead, major opposition parties chose to announce their individual manifestos. The only way to combat the Modi-Shah juggernaut and war-chest with huge resources, even if NDA does not get a clear majority, is to quickly close ranks as results keep coming across May 23-24, and put before the nation a combined opposition government on the basis of a Common Minimum Programme (CMP). Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe alternative force in India cannot just be of parties but of an alternative world-view, and of an alternative approach to governance, and must take the major opposition party, Congress, the regional and the Left forces together to present a rainbow coalition. What should be the corner-stones of such an alliance? First, pledge to protect the Indian Constitution and its basic tenets. So, commit to true secularism where the state does not negate any faith but also does not become a party to any faith. Neither Hindutva nor Muslim appeasement, pledge to uphold socialistic welfare economy envisaged in the Constitution because the marginalised people, with their per capita income far below the subsistence level, cannot survive unless supported with minimum access to food, clothing, housing, public health and minimum assured education. So NYAY or a variation of it is a must. Basic Minimum Income in a world with extreme disparity is an essential element of governance, not just a desirable one. A pledge to protect democracy and hence leave media, entertainment, culture and education to be run not by bureaucrats but by professional experts. And, above all, a pledge to protect legislatures by not short-circuiting their sessions or taking the ordinance route to governance, and to protect the independence of the judiciary by not interfering in their recruitment, postings, promotions and processes. Safeguarding democracy also needs to be through police reforms, administrative reforms, judicial reforms, and electoral reforms, and through an all-out implementation of the institution of the Lokpal, apart from protecting the independence of the constitutional positions like those of CBI Director, RBI Director, Election Commission and Chief Information Commissioner. Also Read – The future is here!Second, uphold multi-cultural plurality of India. All communities need to be assured that India is theirs, but they need not be appeased too. The Sachar Committee report shows the lack of socio-economic and educational development among the Muslim minorities and their representation in positions of power and responsibility. The situation is exacerbated today with a visible alienation of them from the political mainstream. Also, if forest rights are not given to the tribal users of minor forest produce as per the forest dwellers’ act on minor forest produce, and land rights are not given to the tillers, there cannot be a visible change in the country-side and no end to Naxalism. Then, social assimilation will need distinct ways and means to empower women as well, particularly ensure their security in public places, raise conviction in cases of assault on women, and enhance their socio-economic participation. The British era sedition laws must go, AFSPA implementation has to be need-based, and not geography-based, and very rare. Attempts to dilute Article 370 without taking Kashmiris into confidence need to be thwarted. Third, economics, and not politics, need to be the focus ahead. United Opposition must promise a slew of economic measures, including viable Minimum Support Price and implementation of MS Swaminathan recommendations for agriculture, gradual recovery of all NPAs (specially in cases of willing defaulters), banking autonomy with SOPs on banking operations insulating them from political interference with RBI independence ensured, recovering black money in land, jewellery and foreign assets, and encourage investments in education and health with tax holidays and other benefits. This plan also shall underline a fair share of funds between Centre and States, respect for economic federalism especially in the provisions of the Finance Commission, and execution of truly one nation one tax system through a uniform GST. Interestingly, it is important to increase investment in education and health up to 20 per cent of the total national budget, which is around half today. Investment in health insurance and not on public health infrastructure does not augur well for the man on the ground. Filling up vacant government positions, and heralding a start-up and SME driven local economies in states are must to tackle the jobs crisis. Fourth, on the global front, multilateralism is the desired way ahead. The relations with Iran needs to be protected for oil and strategic reasons, with that of Russia to be preserved for military and other cooperation, with the US as well for reasons of NRIs there, and with Europe, there is the need of enhanced engagement. With China, India needs a cautious friendship taking Pakistan into confidence taking advantage of earlier peace gestures from PM Imran Khan. This is not to mean that we need to lower our guard at all. It is possible to have a non-aligned multi-lateral national interest-driven foreign policy, with focus on peace and economic diplomacy, but without letting any lethargy on military preparedness. In fact, the Indian military needs better amenities for the tasks they perform. Even internal security needs a fresh approach, which looks first at the development of economic and human conditions of the people in troubled areas of Jammu & Kashmir, Northeast and the Red Corridor of the nation. There is a real possibility of a win for United Opposition in the next Lok Sabha polls, only if it puts a Common Minimum Program at the core of its governance, and not repeat the mistakes that Janata Party did in 1977 battling another authoritarian ruler, Indira Gandhi. But, is the Opposition listening? (The author is a media academic. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more