Roses confirm Series squad

first_imgEngland will once again face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in a series of games.The first half of the series will be played in Durban, South Africa, before the second half of the competition moves to England.Once again Ama Agbeze will lead the side with England’s most capped player, Jade Clarke, taking on the role of vice-captain.This squad sees some new and returning faces as the Roses work on rotation for their best possible combinations in this crucial time in the four-year cycle as they look towards the Commonwealth Games in 2018.A new recruit has been named in the Roses squad as Chelsea Locke (nee Pitman) joins the line-up for the first time.The former Diamond qualifies to wear the red dress as her father originates from Yorkshire.The Roses squad selected for the Netball Quad Series is as follows;Ama Agbeze (captain), Eleanor Cardwell, Jade Clarke (vice-captain), Beth Cobden, Kadeen Corbin, Jodie Gibson (subject to fitness), Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Chelsea Locke, Geva Mentor, Natalie Panagarry, Rachel Shaw, Summer ArtmanReserves: Amy Clinton, George Fisher, Hannah Joseph, Leah Kennedy, Laura Malcolm, Chiara Semple.last_img read more

Treu’s SA hoodoo bites as Kenya crash

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 26- Paul Treu can still not fashion an answer against his former side as Kenya crashed out of the Main Cup at Las Vegas 7s following a 7-19 loss to South Africa.Two defeats in Pool B against Canada in the opener and Blitzbokke in their must win last match after success against Wales provided hope saw Kenya relegated to the Bowl quarters where they beat Spain 24-0 to qualify for the semis. However, that is scant consolation for Treu after his side fell to his former employers for the third time in a row following defeats in Dubai and George with Werner Kok, Stephan Dippenaar and Seabelo Senatla scoring the tries, two which were converted, to send Kenya crashing out of the Main Cup.Stand-in skipper, Collins Injera, scored his 169th try for Kenya to level matters after Kok went over at the stroke of half time with Biko Adema’s boot bringing the sides level.South Africa, winners of the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s in George, returned after the breather and after Billy Odhiambo was sin-binned to leave Treu’s charges a man short, Dippenaar grounded the ball with Cecil Afrika missing the convertion.Barely three minutes later, Senatla put further distance between his team and Seabelo Senatla duly converted to seal the result.With Canada beating Wales 21-19 in a close encounter, South Africa sealed top spot as Kenya slipped to third and Bowl quarters against Spain.Injera got Treu’s charges off the mark with 4:16 gone before Odhiambo got into the act to give Kenya a 10-0 lead at the breather.Horace Otieno and debutant Tony Owuor added two converted tries to round up the win as Kenya failed to make the Main Cup quarters for the first time this season as they set up a meeting with Scotland in the Bowl semis.As Kenya faltered, Pool B rivals Canada performed heroics to reach only their second-ever Cup semi-final in IRB Sevens rugby, joining defending USA Sevens champions South Africa, New Zealand and Samoa in the final four.The South Africans, the most recent winners on the HSBC Sevens World Series, have conceded just seven points in their four matches so far at the Sam Boyd Stadium and beat Argentina 36-0 in their quarter-final with tries by Cecil Afrika, Branco du Preez, Seabelo Senatla, Chris Dry (2) and Werner Kok. They next face Samoa in an enthralling match-up between the only two sides to have won a Cup in Las Vegas.The 2010 and 2012 champions, Samoa, came from 10-0 behind to beat Australia 12-10 with tries from Sani Niue and Lio Lolo.In another enthralling quarter-final Canada came from 14-0 behind to reach their first Cup semi final since the Tokyo Sevens back in 2000, defeating France 17-14 with Connor Braid scoring two tries before Nanyak Dala snatched the win. The Cannucks will face Series leaders New Zealand after the All Blacks Sevens proved too strong for England in the last of the quarter-finals, winning 24-7 spear-headed by a hat-trick from Waisake Naholo. Gordon Tietjens’ side will be without George Tilsley for one more match, however, and Sam Dickson for eight more matches after both players received disciplinary sanctions following their match with Fiji. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool to battle European heavyweights in race for £53m Sporting Lisbon star

first_img1 Barcelona and Bayern Munich are interested in landing Liverpool target Gelson Martins before his £53million release clause expires this summer.Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for the 22-year-old winger, who has scored five goals in 21 league games for Sporting Lisbon so far this term.As talkSPORT told you last month, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo rates Martins so highly that he even advised his employers Real Madrid to land him as soon as possible.But Portuguese sports newspaper Record have suggested Liverpool have been joined by Bayern and Barca in a three-way tussle for the Cape Verde-born ace.However, they all face a race against time if they want to sign him for the £53m stated in his contract’s release clause as it runs out as soon as the World Cup in Russia starts.Sporting would then be able to command whatever fee they like for Martins – which could be high should he impress during the tournament. Sporting Lisbon star Gelson Martins is wanted by a host of European giants last_img read more

A380 gets second lease on life with HiFly

first_imgA Singapore Airlines A380. Photo: Steve Creedy Portuguese wet-lease specialist HiFly has become the first airline to take on a second-hand Airbus A380 after it Thursday announced it had welcomed a former Singapore Airlines superjumbo into its fleet.The A380, which HiFly described as its “first”, makes it the fourth European carrier to take the big plane and the 14th operator globally. It is one of the A380s  Singapore handed back after their leases expired.The Portuguese company took the double-decker plane in a deal done with German lessor Doric and said it would operate it in Singapore’s 471-seat three-class configuration, although it noted it could seat up to 853 in a single-class layout.“We welcome the arrival of the Airbus A380 in our fleet and we are extremely happy with the market reaction so far on this new availability in our wet lease product offering,’’ HiFly chief executive Paulo Mirpuri said in the announcement.“The A380, besides being the largest and most comfortable airliner in the world, is a star and the preferred aircraft from a customer experience perspective, including double first class suites, lounges, extra-large business class seats and individual IFE at each ergonomic economy seat.”HiFly specializes in supplying aircraft and crew, maintenance and insurance — wet leasing — to airlines.The news will be welcome in Toulouse after German leasing company Dr Peters confirmed in June that two other Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s were to be broken up and their components sold.READ: A380 faces uncertainty as it marks 10 years in service.Dr Peters said the decision came after intensive negotiations with airlines such as British Airways, Iran Air and Hi-Fly did not result in lease agreements that would satisfy investors’ requirements.“The market for the A380-800 aircraft type has not developed positively in recent years,’’ Dr Peters chief executive Anselm Gehling said at the time.“Some airlines have canceled orders from Airbus, while others have opted for smaller long-haul jets.“Finally, the ongoing negative discussion about the A380-800 has not led airlines to increasingly rely on this type of aircraft.”The A380 was thrown a lifeline when the world’s biggest operator of the plane, Emirates, signed a deal for up to 36 aircraft to be delivered from 2020.The deal for 20 firm orders and 16 options was valued at $US16 million at list prices and allowed Airbus to continue production.The new order brought Emirates’ commitment to the A380 program to 178 aircraft worth more than $US60 billion.New Airbus chief salesman Eric Schulz told reporters at the sidelines of this year’s  IATA annual meeting there were still market opportunities for the A380 with existing and new operators.He said the Emirates order had ensured the aircraft was industrially viable and could remain in production.He also argued the concept of being able to better service saturated airports had been proven by the aircraft’s popularity at London Heathrow, where 10 percent of flights were on A380s.However, he conceded there were not as many slot-constrained airports as had been predicted a decade agolast_img read more

What Apple’s Chomp Acquisition Means For the Future of the App Store

first_imgWhenever somebody we know gets their first iPhone, it seems the first question out of their mouths is always the same. “What apps should I get?” It’s seldom anything about how the phone’s user interface works or how to do certain day-to-day tasks. That much tends to be obvious once even the least tech-savvy person gets their hands on an iOS device. When it comes to finding applications, however, things are not always as straight forward. The iTunes App Store makes it easy to find the most popular apps or break them all down into general categories. If you’ve been using the device for awhile, the Genius recommendations can help, but even they can be of limited value. The selection has expanded so much over the last few years that app discovery has become a little cumbersome. Apple knows this. To help build out a better system for app discovery, they just acquired a company called Chomp, Techcrunch reported today. Chomp is, quite simply, a search engine for mobile applications. It spans both the iTunes App Store and Android Market and offers more sophisticated and contextually relevant results for search queries. As the company explains on its website, “Chomp’s proprietary algorithm learns the functions and topics of apps, so you can search based on what apps do, not just what they’re called.”The company first grabbed attention in the mobile space by landing significant funding from well-known angel investors and venture capital firms. It counts among its advisors tech scene hotshots like Kevin Rose and Ashton Kutcher.The Chomp acquistion is reportedly intended to help Apple completely overhaul the way apps are searched for and discovered in the App Store, according to Techcrunch. With Chomp’s technology integrated, searches for iOS Apps will return more useful results and recommendations could be aided by additional data points, such as social cues and other aggregate user behavior data.In the end, Apple’s selection of more than 500,000 mobile and tablet apps will be easier to sift through and developers should have an easier time getting exposure for their work. Chomp also has a Google-style text ad platform in beta, although it’s not clear if that will play a role in Apple’s integration. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement john paul titlowcenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Bicameral, Bipartisan Lawmakers Urge Treasury to Revisit Proposed Debt-Equity Regulations

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportBoth Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate have voiced concern recently over the Treasury Department’s proposed Code Sec. 385 debt-equity regulations (NPRM REG-108060-15, I.R.B. 2016-17, 636; TAXDAY, 2016/04/05, I.5). Lawmakers have consistently expressed concern that as the proposed regs stand, American businesses could be negatively impacted.House Ways and Means Committee Republicans sent Treasury Secretary Jack Lew a second letter on August 22 requesting a complete overhaul of the proposed regs published in April. Their first letter expressing such concern was sent in June (TAXDAY, 2016/06/29, C.1)Ways and Means Democrats also sent a letter to Lew on June 22 stating their similar concerns. Democratic lawmakers wrote they were concerned of potential “unforeseen circumstances” adversely affecting business transactions because of the proposed regulations.House and Senate taxwriters held a bipartisan meeting in July with Treasury officials regarding the proposed regulations. “As we stressed during our July 6 discussion, any proposal that would effectuate such a broad change to the U.S. tax law should be analyzed for the potential effects on the American economy before any finalization,” Republican Ways and Means Committee lawmakers wrote on August 22.Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, also sent a letter addressing the proposed regulations to Lew on August 22. Hatch asked the Treasury to re-propose the Code Sec. 385 regs. “Finalizing the regulations, without another round of proposed regulations, would be imprudent,” he wrote.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffWays and Means Press Release—New W&M GOP Letter to Treasury: Proposed Regs Will Hurt U.S. Economy, Stifle Job Creation at HomeWays and Means GOP Letter to Treasury Regarding Code Sec. 385 RegsSFC Press Release: Hatch Calls on Treasury to Re-Propose Debt-Equity Ruleslast_img read more

Champions League venues finalised

first_imgMatches in the September 10-26 Airtel Champions T20 League would be held in four grounds in South Africa – Wanderers in Johannesburg, St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth, Kingsmead in Durban and Centurion Park in Centurion.The decision to play the matches in four SA centres was taken by the Governing Council of the League headed by BCCI president Shashank Manohar, it was announced today.A total of 23 matches (the same number as 2009) would be held and the tournament format and match schedule would be decided at the next CLT20 Governing Council meeting on June 28 in Singapore, a media release said.Ten teams from six countries, including three from India, have qualified for the cash-rich tournament with the other seven teams from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.IPL III champions Chennai Super Kings, runner-up Mumbai Indians and third placed Royal Challengers Bangalore would represent India in the tournament.The other teams in the line-up are: Victorian Bushrangers, South Australian Redbacks (both from Australia), Warriors, Highveld Lions (both from South Africa), Central Stags (New Zealand), Wayamba Elevens (Sri Lanka) and the West Indies domestic T20 champions (to be decided in July).CLT20 chairman Manohar said the Governing Council of the League was happy with the four venues recommended by Cricket South Africa.last_img read more

Report: Lazio 1 Juventus 2

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty with two minutes remaining as defending champions Juventus somehow avoided their first Serie A defeat of the season with a come-from-behind 2-1 win away to Lazio.Substitute Joao Cancelo’s first Juventus goal looked to have salvaged a fortunate point, but the visitors then went one better as he won a late penalty which was converted by Ronaldo, the forward’s 15th league goal of the campaign.Cancelo, having just come off the bench, had struck with 16 minutes left, cancelling out Emre Can’s earlier own goal as Juve moved to 21 games unbeaten in the top flight this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They go 11 points clear of Napoli – who drew with AC Milan on Saturday – at the top of the table, despite having been second best for much of Sunday’s match at Stadio Olimpico.0 – For the first time since Opta collects this data (2004/05) Juventus have not even attempted a shot in the first half of a Serie A game. Harmless.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 27, 2019 Massimiliano Allegri’s men failed to register a single shot during a first half where they lost an emotional Leonardo Bonucci to injury, with Wojciech Szczesny making a superb save from Marco Parolo and Daniele Rugani clearing a Ciro Immobile effort off the line to somehow keep the match level.Can’s mistake just before the hour mark eventually gave Lazio the lead, with Juve never looking likely to respond until Cancelo’s impact from the bench.Lazio should have led when Wallace mistimed a free header, while Joaquin Correa – having earlier caused panic in the Juve defence with a fine solo run that caused Bonucci’s injury – forced a save from Szczesny.Szczesny was tested again by Luis Alberto, and had to be at full stretch to make a magnificent one-handed stop from Parolo’s 18-yard strike.Juve had two penalty claims for handball against Wallace turned down prior to losing Bonucci, who had limped through much of the half, before Immobile’s flicked finish saw Rugani forced into a crucial clearance, atoning for his own poor header.Luis Alberto fired just wide after the break, but he then contributed to an opener that had long been coming. His excellent 59th-minute corner towards a cluster of players around the six-yard box led to a stooping Can diverting it into his own net.It should have been game over when Immobile was played in by Correa, but the striker blazed over, and that glaring miss proved costly as Juve turned the tables.Federico Bernardeschi’s fine work down the left set up Paulo Dybala, whose shot was parried by Thomas Strakosha, but Cancelo found the bottom corner with the rebound.Lazio then fumed when Senad Lulic was adjudged to have tugged down Cancelo off the ball prior to a Bernardeschi cross, Ronaldo keeping his cool to send the match-winning spot-kick straight down the middle as Juve escaped with the points.FT: WHAT A TURNAROUND IN THE CAPITAL!!!!!!!! #LazioJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/PxhcnbnjS1 — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 27, 2019 What does it mean? Juve, somehow, extend lead Lazio remain three points adrift of the top four, while Juve extend their lead at the top of the table, a sickening blow to Napoli, who looked like they were about to be offered a glimmer of hope in the Scudetto race as Allegri’s men struggled throughout.In 10 matches against teams in the top four this season, Lazio have now lost nine and drawn one. They proved they are more than capable of matching it with the big boys in this one, but paid the price for failing to build more of an advantage in an opening 70 minutes they completely dominated.Cancelo contribution crucial Cancelo only had 20 minutes to make an impression, but he made full use of his time on the pitch. He scored the equaliser and won the decisive penalty, sparking life into a Juve side that offered nothing going forward before he came on, despite having Ronaldo, Dybala and Douglas Costa in attacking areas. Bernardeschi, who also came off the bench, had a hand in both goals too.Can clueless for Juve The own goal was poor, with Can getting himself into an awkward position and misjudging his attempted clearance, but the former Liverpool midfielder also produced a disappointing all-round display as he continues to struggle to establish himself with the Italian champions.He was booked before the break for a petulant tug on Correa, and had another mistake that led to a Luis Alberto chance. Going forward, he failed to create an opportunity for his team-mates.Key Opta Facts:- The only other Serie A season, in the three points era, with at least 11 points of difference between first and second team after 21 matchdays was 2006-07.- Lazio have scored at home against Juventus in Serie A for the first time since January 2014.- Ronaldo is the first player in the three points era (1994-95) to score in eight Serie A away games in a row.- Juventus have gained the most points from losing positions in Serie A this season (13).What’s next? After a tough double-header against Napoli and Juve, another big game is up next for Lazio when they travel to Inter in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Thursday. Juve are away to Atalanta in the same competition a day earlier, prior to a home league game against Parma on Saturday. read morelast_img read more

What’s Missing from Your Small Nonprofit’s Fundraising Plan

first_imgThe secret to better campaign results, more engaged donors, and board buy-in is a thoughtful and clear fundraising plan. While we all know we need a plan, sometimes it’s not always easy to make time to create a realistic plan and in many cases, we may not have the information we need to make the right strategic decisions. If you’re like most small nonprofits, it’s likely that your plan is missing a critical element—clean, accurate fundraising data.Your Fundraising Plan Must Be Based on Accurate Fundraising DataHaving the right data on your campaign performance, funding sources, donor history, and giving patterns will allow you to make smarter decisions on how to spend your time and resources going forward. Why is this so important?You’ll know what’s working, and what’s not.Sounds obvious, right? But most nonprofits are surprised when they see their aggregated fundraising results and campaign data. As trends emerge, you can make better decisions on what to do more of…and what to stop doing in the coming year. You can double down on the tactics and messages that work best for your supporters.You can identify donor segments and create strategies for them.Once you understand who your new, major, recurring, lapsed, and event donors are, you can develop tailored outreach to best reach and convert them. (Just getting started with donor segmentation? We have a simple planning template that will help you maximize your communications.)You’ll have more credibility with your board.You can feel more confident presenting your plan to your board when you have the data to back it up vs. relying on a hunch or opinions. Having a data-backed plan will also help you answer questions and fend off “creative tinkering” from well-meaning board members.You’ll know what you need to spend to meet your fundraising goals.Armed with the data about your past fundraising results and donor opportunities, you can project how much you’ll need to spend (and which resources to allocate) to make the plan happen.Need some help getting a better fundraising plan in place and figuring out how to collect, compile, and understand the data you need? Check out this upcoming webinar to learn simple steps for quickly creating a solid plan that will allow you to reach your small nonprofit’s funding goals this year.Register for this webinar now and learn How to Create Your 12-Month Fundraising Plan!last_img read more