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Windies preparation taking shape – Ambrose

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose says that the preparation camp here over the last two weeks has allowed West Indies to fine-tune their game as they take aim at the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week.The Caribbean side has been training here and has also played three unofficial warm-up T20 games to gain match practice ahead of the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India.Sir Curtly said that he saw improvement in the two opening games against Zimbabwe last week and in yesterday’s contest against English County Warwickshire, which West Indies won by 11 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.”I think the bowling is really coming together. We have had a couple of good games so far, and there’s room for improvement, obviously, but I am quite satisfied at the moment with the way the guys are bowling,” Sir Curtly said following the game.PLAN GOING WELLHe added: “As a bowling unit, we are working with a plan and, so far, the plan has gone well and I’m just hoping by the time we get to India, everything will just come together where we can do well in this tournament.”He said Windies batting had also performed well on tour and pointed to the depth as the key to its success.Pointing to the opening game against Zimbabwe and yesterday’s game against Warwickshire, the former West Indies paceman said that the Caribbean side showed it possessed quality batting all the way through the order.”The good thing about this team is that we have depth in our batting. We are a team that doesn’t rely on one or two players. We have depth, and that is going to be key,” he stressed.”When we lose early wickets, guys in the middle and lower order can still come in and get us to a good total, so that, to me, is the strength in our batting so at the moment, I am quite comfortable with both bat and ball.”The fielding has been good, but we still can improve, so generally, I am quite satisfied.”last_img read more

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CONFIRMED! Man United flop Falcao completes Chelsea switch

first_img1 Premier League champions Chelsea have completed a season-long loan deal for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.The 29-year-old Colombian international endured a miserable spell on loan at Manchester United, scoring just four goals.But Blues boss Jose Mourinho has handed him another chance to make an impact in the Premier League.“I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can’t wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe,” he told the club’s official website.Falcao failed to find the net for Colombia as they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the Copa America, has enjoyed success throughout Europe since initially moving to Porto in 2009.He made his Champions League debut against Chelsea and also hit a hat-trick against the Blues in the European Super Cup during a goal-laden spell at Atletico Madrid.Falcao then made his way on to Monaco but his big-money move was less successful as he suffered a serious knee injury in 2014 and missed half the Ligue 1 season and the World Cup.He moved to Manchester United as manager Louis van Gaal looked to assemble a side capable of once again challenging for Premier League success, joining other well-respected names such as Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo in sealing deals at Old Trafford.Despite an injury-hit season for fellow forward Robin van Persie, Falcao could not capitalise on the opportunities presented to him – scoring just four times in 26 Premier League outings for the Red Devils.It took him until October to break his duck with a goal against Everton and he added to that with efforts against Aston Villa, Stoke and Leicester.That was not enough to convince Van Gaal to sign Falcao permanently but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be hoping he can help the forward find the kind of form that turned him into one of the most lethal strikers in the world and add to the goals of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard as the Blues look to build on their Premier League and Capital One Cup success last season.Falcao is now expected to link up with his new team-mates on a pre-season tour of the United States, with his return to Old Trafford pencilled in for December 28. Radamel Falcao last_img read more

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Big 2nd half propels Meralco over debuting Ginebra

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’ “I’m very happy with our effort to night especially on the defensive end. We played good defense the entire game. A lot of people were involved with that,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Cliff Hodge did a great job defensively today. LA Tenorio got off to a quick start but after that I thought Chris Newsome also picked up his defense against LA. I think overall it was just a great defensive effort.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Bolts outscored the Gin Kings, 29-12, in the pivotal third period where swingman Jared Dillinger fired 12 of his 17 points.“In the second half we played much better offensively, moved the ball better, started to make some shots. JD (Dillinger) made some outside shots for us and 3-point shots that opened up their defense,” said Black. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Overall it’s just a great start for us. I’m really happy for the players they worked hard in the offseason,” Black added after his team rose to 2-0.Meralco also ruined the return of Ginebra center Greg Slaughter, who played his first game in 10 months due to an ACL injury.Slaughter finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham had another dominating outing and Meralco shook off a slow start to rip debuting Barangay Ginebra, 93-78, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham bullied his way to 30 points and 24 rebounds with nine assists to power the Bolts, who trailed by as much as 11 early before a big third quarter got them cruising to a big win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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The beautiful thinkers

first_imgThey are naturally beautiful but they prefer to flaunt their brains instead. From curves to charms, they have them all but the endgame is simple: these women are a thinking man’s dream come true. Talking to them can conjure fantasies that makes touching dumb belles feel like lifting weights. A,They are naturally beautiful but they prefer to flaunt their brains instead. From curves to charms, they have them all but the endgame is simple: these women are a thinking man’s dream come true. Talking to them can conjure fantasies that makes touching dumb belles feel like lifting weights. A checklist of the top Thinking Man’s Sex Symbols in Delhi and what some men who matter feel why they are what they are.Chitrangada SinghThere is a mysterious air about her which makes Chitrangada a perfect combination of beauty and talent. Maybe that is the reason why director Ketan Mehta describes her as rare. Passionate, inquisitive and compassionate are the adjectives she uses to describe herself. “I’m a very regular person and do a lot of the usual stuff,” says she. What appeals to her in men is their confidence and honesty.Raseel GujralWhen asked to describe herself in five adjectives, the first thing she mentions is. “I am deeply loyal.” And that’s the reason, she votes for her husband, Navin as the sexiest man alive.”I am not a window shopper. But I find George Clooney and Sean Connery sexy too.” She is constantly stimulated by design, beauty in space, objects, art and textiles. “I often need to unwind myself and I do that by reading, watching films and spending time with my younger son as he is uncomplicated.”In touch with reality, Gujral prefers to call herself a girl next door.Jagi PandaStanding at five-foot-nine inches with an impeccable look, Jaggi Panda, wife of parliamentarian Jay Panda, has donned many hats-an airhostess with Air India to a supermodel to a broadband entrepreneur. She negates the typical image of a neta’s wife. An ideal example of beauty and brains, Panda keeps herself intellectually stimulated by following what’s happening in the industry worldwide by attending conferences and reading industry related books or magazines. Work takes most of her time while fitness comes second. “Five days a week, both cardio and weights is a must.” She runs two companies, has some 500 employees working under her, but that doesn’t take away some of the girl next door qualities she has. “When at home, I love looking at magazines on interiors and doing little things for the house.” She likes men who are compassionate, good communicators, large hearted and have a vision. And the sexiest man alive, according to her is Denzel Washington.Soha Ali KhanHer charming smile and almond eyes make million hearts go thump. She is the ultimate beauty who has made a name for herself. She turned out to be a fine actress and after her kissing scene with Emraan Hashmi in Tum Mile, she became the talk of tinsel town. This alumni of British School, Delhi, calls herself a boring person and one who doesn’t like many changes. When it comes to food, she prefers a simple meal. Dal, roti and vegetables form part of her staple diet. But she loves to binge on the Bengali food that her mother cooks.Kalyani ChawlaA patron of the arts and fashion, Kalyani Chawla and her grandeur is hard to miss. Being a successful art curator and the vice president of Dior India, she has set a high benchmark for not just her peers but aspiring fashionistas and art lovers. But behind her enchanting avatar is a traditional Bengali girl who like most Bengalis is a culture vulture with a superiority complex that she claims to be rightfully true. “My love for European art, books and music was derived from my father who is the best looking grey haired Bengali bhadrolok I know,” she smiles.Indrani DasguptaThis glamrous diva considers fashion the most important thing in anyone’s life.Before she entered the world of fashion, Indrani wanted to be a lawyer. That’s what makes her a voracious reader. “I read whatever I get my hands on. Newspapers, magazines, fiction and non fiction.I love the smell of books, old or new,” says Dasgupta. She describes herself as a girl next door. When she isn’t walking the ramp in her high heels, she loves to curl up in her oldest tee and pajamas. And when it comes to men, she adds, “I like a man who has a funny bone and a good sense of humor. Somebody who wears his skin well.”Ayesha SharmaThis young TV anchor is a muse for those who aspire to follow the same career. While men think of her as a perfect example of beauty with brains, Ayesha, on the contrary, says, “Beauty has little to do with intellect but it’s true that people react differently to someone who looks good.I don’t think the two need to be mutually exclusive.” She is a foodie and loves to binge on but her keen interest in sports keeps her fit.Meera AliWith unmatched enthusiasm and charm, Meera Ali is every thinking man’s fantasy. She keeps herself busy by meeting people who are not affected by their own status in the society, working with the rural folk, craftsmen and children whose minds are open to new and challenging ideas. “Listening to poetry from my husband, reading and designing for my fashion label keeps my mind active,” says the woman who feels looks will only take a person that far, but beyond that, each person needs to be intellectually sound.Manjari ChaturvediBeing the only Sufi Kathak dancer in the world, Manjari Chaturvedi has combined the mysticism of Sufi traditions with classical Indian dance to create a stunning new art form. “I read a lot and I am obsessed with my dance that gives me no time to think of physical beauty,” says Chaturvedi who insists on wearing black to negate all the attention so that the audience sees beyond the body. “When not dancing, I like to sew and want to make a sewing room in my house,” she smiles.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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More Children with Special Needs to be Reached

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reach more children with special needs.Education Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who spoke with JIS News at the official opening of the $70-million Stimulation-Plus Early Childhood Centre in Rockfort, Kingston, on Friday (May 18), said the collaboration will ensure that all children who suffer from various disabilities or challenges receive the necessary early-intervention services.He said he has requested data from the Social Security Ministry to ascertain the number of underserved children across the island. “We need to have that data, so we have everybody accounted for,” he noted.Minister Reid is encouraging parents not to be ashamed if their children have any kind of disability, noting that “it is just how God made them, and we need to give them more love and care, so that they can become independent adults”.He pointed out that with adequate early stimulation they can make a meaningful contribution to society.“Your child may be born with these challenges, but, with support, they can make something good of themselves,” the Minister said.Executive Director of the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP), Antonica Gunter Gayle, said the partnership between the two Ministries is welcome, as many more children will be reached.“This data that is requested by the Minister is important in order for us to provide for them. Children with special needs have potential; they only need the opportunity. We ask that parents give them support to become the best that they can be,” Mrs. Gunter Gayle said.The Stimulation-Plus Early Childhood Centre, operated by the ESP, comprises seven classrooms, administrative offices, sickbay, physiotherapy room and specialised play area, among other amenities.It was built through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He said he has requested data from the Social Security Ministry to ascertain the number of underserved children across the island. “We need to have that data, so we have everybody accounted for,” he noted. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reach more children with special needs. Education Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who spoke with JIS News at the official opening of the $70-million Stimulation-Plus Early Childhood Centre in Rockfort, Kingston, on Friday (May 18), said the collaboration will ensure that all children who suffer from various disabilities or challenges receive the necessary early-intervention services.last_img read more

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Stars Support Roald Dahl Charity

first_imgLast Tuesday night, Tim Minchin, Quentin Blake and Heston Blumenthal joined Samantha Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street to celebrate the work of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, helping to support seriously ill and disabled children around the UK.Tim Minchin, award-winning composer of smash hit West End production Matilda the Musical, said: “This marvellous charity believes that every child has the right to have the best life possible, however difficult and short that life might be.”He said, “The charity has a brilliant holistic approach, helping children with rare and severe disorders of the brain and blood, to have better health, a fuller life and a happier family.”Ongoing support and donations are crucial for the charity in its work, which was set up in 1991. The charity provides practical help by supporting families to assist with equipment purchases such as wheelchairs, supports grassroots projects, funds specialist paediatric neurological and haematological nurses, and provides grants for training and research.Special guests included the families helped by the charity such as Kharis and Edward. Kharis (13) and Edward (9) Botchway both have sickle cell and are patients of Phil Daly, a Roald Dahl haematology specialist children’s nurse at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.Chief Executive, Richard Piper, said: “I’m delighted that we were able to host an event at Downing Street. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity exists to fill gaps and those gaps are still enormous. For example we have received 16 enquiries in the last 12 months for our unique specialist nurses programme. But at the moment we only have the funds for one.”Visit roalddahlcharity.org to find out more.Source:RoaldDahlCharity.orglast_img read more

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Dances For One Week One Cause

first_imgDon’t miss the chance to see your favorite dance stars up close and personal in SWAY: A Dance Trilogy!This all-star production is set to premiere on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at The Olympia Theater at Gusman Center in downtown Miami, FL during Art Basel week.Starring Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis, and special guests, SWAY presents the glamour and passion of ballroom and Latin dancing in a whole new way. The all-star cast will feature world-class celebrity dancers. Audiences can expect spectacular visuals, original choreography, a fusion of multiple dance styles, and incredible performances from Dance With Me professionals.This star-studded engagement of SWAY will feature five (5) stunning shows running from Thursday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 6th, a fundraising gala, golf tournament, and an educational dance camp — all to benefit One Week, One Cause, a weeklong fundraising effort to support Alfalit International’s work to end illiteracy around the world.SWAY offers a glimpse into the lives of Maksim, Tony, and Val off-screen, which comes to life onstage. SWAY is divided into three parts, each anchored by one of the stars of the show. SWAY whisks audiences through the timeless elegance of ballroom’s golden era, to modern dance fusion of today’s urban youth, climaxing with the heart pounding rhythms of the Latin night-club scene. The show also features innovative choreography from two of ballrooms’ emerging standout artists: Joao Tiago Fernandes and David Thomas Moore. The mesmerizing visuals, which allow for an interactive audience experience, are guaranteed to delight theatergoers. Dance With Me is excited to take live theatrical ballroom dancing to a brand new level.VIP ticket holders will get a chance to meet the stars at the exclusive pre-show meet and greet, and also attend Saturday night’s official after-party hosted by Maks, Tony, and Val. Tickets are now available to purchase online! To purchase tickets please visit www.swayshow.com.Alfalit’s inaugural golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Turnberry Isle Miami, an award-winning golf resort that has hosted the PGA and the LPGA on its two championship courses. Alfalit supporters will have the chance to play golf with SWAY stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Henry Byalikov. The tournament schedule will include breakfast, 18 holes of golf and an awards luncheon.One Week, One Cause was conceived by Alfalit’s volunteer President, Joseph Milton, who also serves as CEO and President of J. Milton & Associates. Mr. Milton selected Ms. Alexia Echevarria, executive editor of Venue Magazine, and Roger Huxman, Founder of Huxman Financial Services, as event chairpersons. “We are thrilled to take Alfalit’s annual fundraising event to a whole new level this year. SWAY and the golf tournament are exciting additions to the weeklong events surrounding Art Basel. We are grateful that these amazing artists and athletes are coming to Miami and supporting Alfalit’s mission to deliver literacy, basic education and life-changing programs to the neediest populations around the world.”For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Todd Talbott, Director of Communications at 323-804-0521 or email at [email protected] in 1961, Alfalit International, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides literacy, basic education, pre-school, community development, health, disease (HIV/AIDS, Cholera, Malaria and TB) prevention, nutrition and job skills and vocational training programs. Alfalit currently serves 120,000 men, women and children in 24 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the United States. The organization has been recognized at both the 2006 and 2007 White House Conferences on Global Literacy, and received honors as well as the First Price in Adult Literacy Programs from UNESCO. For more information, please visit www.alfalit.org.last_img read more

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NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Celtics And Nets Up Heat And

With only eight days remaining in the 2014-15 regular season, it’s time to check in on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. If you’re wondering how these numbers work, the short version is that all 30 NBA teams are ranked according to a projection of their true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology,1This week, we tweaked the simulation methodology to include the NBA’s official tie-breaking procedures. Before this week, we had been approximating tie breakers. see our introductory rankings post.The Eastern Conference playoff plot continues to thicken. Last Monday in this space, our model listed the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers with playoff probabilities of 76 percent and 50 percent, respectively, with the Brooklyn Nets (38 percent) and Boston Celtics (25 percent) likely to be on the outside looking in.Now, the tables have turned.The Celtics, aided by a 3-1 record over the past week (and an improved power rating), now sport a 57 percent playoff probability and more expected end-of-season wins than either Miami or Indiana. Likewise, the Nets leapfrogged the Pacers and Heat by an even greater margin after going 4-1 over the past week-plus. Brooklyn’s chances of making the playoffs are now nearly 77 percent, a radical departure from its 17 percent postseason probability of two weeks prior.And if Brooklyn and Boston are now in the driver’s seats for the final pair of Eastern Conference playoff berths, that means the Heat and Pacers are currently both underdogs to make the postseason. Miami has lost four straight games, and its power rating is down because several of its good RPM players (such as Luol Deng, Hassan Whiteside and Chris Andersen) are listed as day-to-day with injuries. And for its part, Indiana went 2-2 on the week-plus, but even at .500, the Pacers lost ground to the surging Celtics and Nets.The Heat have things a bit better than the Pacers. They face an easier remaining schedule, and the league’s tie-breakers favor them in the event of a tie with Boston and/or Brooklyn, which accounts for Miami’s superior playoff odds despite a projected win tally identical to that of Indiana. But for each team, it’s a big reversal from where they stood just a week ago.So while there’s little time left in the schedule, the Eastern Conference playoff picture is no clearer than it’s been the past few weeks — the front-runners to get in are just different. read more