Reaching out to the poor, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Uttar Pradesh government has distributed free power connections to over 58,000 persons from economically weaker sections in the State.The government carried out the programme through 624 camps organised by the U.P. Power and Energy Department on Sunday.A total of 86,101 power connections were distributed.Out of these, 58,596 “free” connections went to persons living in the Below Poverty Line category. Another 27,505 power connections were distributed to persons belonging to the Above Poverty Line (APL) category under the Sugam Sanyojan Scheme. The second category will avail easy installments.”This is the first time that such a programme was conducted in the State,” a government spokesperson said.U.P. Power and Energy minister Shrikant Sharma said the BPL beneficiaries in urban areas also received free cable and metre connections.The State selected the beneficiaries by identifying them under the National Food Security Scheme and the Ujjwala Yojana.Most of the beneficiaries were from the Purvanchal region, with 30, 470 connections, said Principal Secretary, Energy department, Alok Kumar.Allahabad division had the highest number of beneficiaries with 10,211 connections, while Lucknow had 8,708Bareilly 7,058, Kanpur 5,974, Mirzapur 5498, Gorakhpur 5434, Moradabad 4,458Ghaziabad 4,399 and Varanasi 4,038.The government also distributed 38,249 LED bulbs and 2,577 tubelights, a spokesperson said.
The BJP’s Mizoram unit president, Professor J.V. Hluna, said on Wednesday that his party’s central leadership “blessed” the Mizo National Front more than the its own candidates in the State.The MNF had downplayed its association with the BJP through the North East Democratic Alliance, an anti-Congress front, to return to power after a decade by winning 26 seats in the 40-member State Assembly.“We expected five-seven seats but ended up with one. One of the factors was that our central leadership did not bless us properly and gave attention to the MNF. They dictated us instead of consulting us,” Mr. Hluna told The Hindu.Mr. Hluna, who forfeited deposit in the Tawi Assembly constituency, attributed the BJP’s poor show to Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla’s “manipulation” of the church and influential social NGOs.“Mr. Lal Thanhawla used the [former Chief Electoral Officer S.B.] Shashank issue to mobilise opinion against us. He made it seem like the BJP was behind everything that happened,” the State BJP chief said.Mr. Shashank was replaced by Ashish Kundra midway through the electoral process after a coordinated body of church-backed NGOs demanded his ouster for removing a Mizo IAS officer over alleged interference in the enrolment of the minority Bru voters. “Lal Thanhawla also mobilised the church against us. Church leaders made it seem that supporting the BJP was like converting from Christianity to Hinduism,” Mr Hluna said.
BMJ has published the latest volley in a battle over one of the most controversial drugs of the 21st century: the anti-influenza compound oseltamivir, better known as Tamiflu. A working group of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international network of scientists that performs systematic reviews of the medical literature, has carried out the most exhaustive meta-analysis yet of the drug’s efficacy—and its conclusions are, once again, pretty damning.Tamiflu can make flu symptoms disappear a little sooner than they would otherwise, the authors say, but there is no evidence that it can prevent serious complications from flu, or keep people out of the hospital. The group questions the wisdom of buying massive stockpiles of the drug to prepare for influenza pandemics, as many countries have done.The review comes after a long, drawn-out fight to obtain all available data from Tamiflu trials from Roche, the company that produces the drug. The Cochrane group, with active support from BMJ, eventually won that tussle, and in doing so made Tamiflu the poster child for a successful broader campaign to ensure access to clinical trial data. 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Studies have pretty consistently shown that it can shorten the duration of symptoms, which normally last about a week, by up to 1 day. But the current debate is whether Tamiflu can also prevent serious complications and hospitalizations. (The data have never been strong enough to warrant conclusions about whether it prevents death.)The Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group, led by Tom Jefferson, an independent researcher in Rome, published its first review of Tamiflu’s efficacy in 2006, based on published papers. In it, they confirmed the then-conventional wisdom that Tamiflu could reduce flu complications and hospitalizations risks in adults. But in 2009, the group received a letter from a Japanese pediatrician, Keiji Hayashi, who questioned the data.To the group’s surprise, eight out of the 10 studies reviewed in a 2003 meta-analysis co-authored by Roche scientists—and favorable to Tamiflu—had never been published. Roche initially refused to hand over these data. “I don’t like being made a fool,” Jefferson says in a story in the current issue of BMJ by science journalist Julia Belluz. “I trusted literature. I trusted people who were doctors and researchers. I trusted the archive. I trusted Roche.”In an updated review published in December 2009, the group concluded that, lacking these privately held data, there was no evidence that Tamiflu prevented complications or hospitalizations. The findings changed public views about Tamiflu, and led to buyer’s remorse in some of the countries that stockpiled the drug.Hayashi’s letter also marked the start of the Cochrane group’s quest to obtain the full data from Roche. The company promised to send the so-called clinical study reports—massive documents that contain the patient data underlying the conclusions in scientific papers—as early as 2009, but it wasn’t until last year that the full data sets actually arrived. The Cochrane group says that Roche was stonewalling them; the company says the delay was due to logistical issues, legal and privacy concerns, and miscommunication with the Cochrane scientists.Now that the group has crunched the hard-fought numbers, the conclusions aren’t much different: Patients get better a little sooner with Tamiflu, but there is not enough evidence to say that they are at lower risk of complications or hospitalizations. What’s more, the authors write, side effects such as nausea and vomiting are more common than was known so far. “We believe these findings provide reason to question the stockpiling of oseltamivir, its inclusion on the [World Health Organization] list of essential drugs, and its use in clinical practice as an anti-influenza drug,” the group writes. (In a separate paper, the group finds similarly disappointing results for another flu drug, zanamivir, also known as Relenza, which sold far less than Tamiflu.)Many flu scientists have disagreed with the Cochrane group’s previous analysis and dispute the new findings as well. Shortening the duration of symptoms, for one, isn’t useless, wrote Wendy Barclay, chair in influenza virology at Imperial College London, in a statement distributed by the Science Media Centre (SMC) in London. “Although one day does not sound like a lot, in a disease that lasts only 6 days, it is. In the community this gets people back to work and school,” she wrote.But perhaps more important, some researchers object to the group’s conclusions about Tamiflu’s usefulness in an influenza pandemic. During the most recent pandemic, in 2009 and 2010, scientists didn’t carry out randomized clinical trials of Tamiflu, the gold standard in medicine, and the Cochrane group did not take into consideration so-called observational studies. But a review of such studies done during the pandemic, published last year by Jonathan Nguyen-Van-Tam of City Hospital in Nottingham, U.K., showed that Tamiflu did reduce the risk of severe outcomes. “We now know that antivirals saved lives during the pandemic and we risk losing one of the few weapons we have because of overly negative publicity,” said Peter Openshaw, director of the Centre for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London, in a statement to the SMC.Dissatisfied with the work of the Cochrane Collaboration, another group of scientists has already said that it will repeat the work independently. The Multiparty Group for Advice on Science, which has an unrestricted grant from Roche, has said it will take the observational data into account. Virologist Albert Osterhaus of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who launched the initiative last year, says its results will be announced at an influenza meeting in Riga in September.One way to settle the questions once and for all would be to set up new clinical trials with oseltamivir. The question is who would fund them. There’s little incentive for Roche to do so; the patents on the drug will expire in most countries in 2016, clearing the way for generic competitors to produce the compound, Financial Times journalist Andrew Jack writes in a story also published in BMJ this week.That may mark the end for an amazingly successful run for Roche. Since the drug was launched in 1999, Tamiflu has generated more than $18 billion in sales, Jack writes. Roughly one-half of that was for pandemic stockpiles, the vast majority of which were never used and will soon expire; the U.S. government alone spent $1.3 billion on its Tamiflu cache.
India has won an election to a crucial non-governmental organisation committee in the UN after garnering the highest number of votes besides getting elected by acclamation to other subsidiary bodies in five separate polls.The UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held elections to a number of its subsidiary bodies on Monday. The ECOSOC focusses on advancing the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.Read it at Times of India Related Items
For the last several weeks, you have likely been a riveted and bewildered spectator to a slow motion horror film. You have watched with a mix of awe and trepidation the dizzying fall of global stock markets. Venerable institutions like Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch have crumbled before your eyes.During the past decade, financial institutions and hedge funds have used what is essentially fake capital, packaged under exotic “derivatives” to take enormous gambles with other people’s money, all the while rewarding themselves in the billions of dollars. Derivatives, ironically, were designed to reduce risk. But in the hands of wily Wall Street investment houses they were transformed into instruments that allowed capital to be multiplied several times. Under federal law, a bank is restrained from leveraging itself no more than 10 times its capital base. But these unregulated high coasting investment banks and hedge funds leveraged 30 to 35 times their capital. Thus extended, it is easy to be exceedingly successful even with mediocre performance. An anemic 2% return on capital multiplied 35 times yields a whopping 70% return. Any wonder that everyone operating in this fake economy was whooping it up.So long as no one questioned (or understood) the inherent risks, everything was rosy. But at the first hint of trouble, starting with the foreclosure crisis, panic set in. Just as a 2% profit multiplied 35 times is scintillating, a 1% loss repeated 35 times is deluging. Those who spun the cobwebs that masked the enormous risks on which they had constructed their castles, comprehended well the economic tsunami they had unleashed.It is hard to sympathize with the arrogant and pompous fat cats who lived high on the hog all these years as they come crashing down. Notwithstanding the massive infusion of capital in the market by governments all over the world, we are on the cusp of a global recession that will linger for some time.Unbridled capitalism, championed by Wall Street and the Republican Party, has collapsed as decisively as the autocratic socialist Soviet state did 17 years earlier. Unfortunately, the Bush administration and its inept minions were so blinded by their political and ideological orthodoxies of deregulation that they refused to stir even as the tremors of the impending tsunami grew louder.It is time to move past spent and outmoded economic and philosophical obsessions. We need new, thoughtful economic models that foster and reward individual entrepreneurship while also regulating and managing avarice and risk.Indian Americans benefited greatly as the rising tides of the last decade lifted all boats. Tens of thousands of them made their fortunes on Wall Street. We, like all Americans will, no doubt, suffer harshly as the economy deflates. Already thousands have been laid off on Wall Street and even more layoffs are on the horizon. In India, the stock market has fallen by almost 60% from its peak at the start of this year, among the most precipitous declines in the world.But brace yourself; the worst has yet to come. Indian Americans ought to be prepared for these hard times. Your just have to be as imaginative and inventive as you were that hapless first moment when you arrived on American shores. Related Items
Two pieces of news caught ones attention on Saturday. The first was the BCCI’s decision to terminate the IPL Deccan Chargers (DC) franchise. And the other one concerned the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which announced the launch of a twenty20 league.DC, owned by the cashstrapped Deccan Chronicle group, had not paid the salaries of the players and the support staff.DC, thus, became the second IPL team whose innings were cut short by the BCCI in two years after Kochi Tuskers Kerala were thrown out before the start of last year’s edition due to financial reasons.Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have also suffered at the hands of the BCCI. Kings XI got away by the skin of their teeth and played the 2011 season of the IPL, thanks to a court order.Pune Warriors, the team brought by the Sahara Group for a whopping Rs 1900 crore, also got into a fistfight with the BCCI, before the start of last year’s edition when they pulled out from sponsoring the Indian cricket team. That they came back is another matter.What does all this tell the cricket fan? With the BCCI cracking the whip on ‘errant’ teams, the message going out to certain franchisees is clear. Shape up or ship out!With due respect to them, the BCCI did try and negotiate a deal for DC, but an offer of Rs900 crore from an approved bidder proved too little for the Hyderabad-based group, thanks to the huge amount that Sahara invested to buy the Pune team.The other bit of news that was tucked away in a corner of the sports pages mentioned that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) plans to start a T20 tournament, the Mumbai Premier League (MPL). President Ravi Savant made the announcement saying this step would provide cricketers in the city an additional avenue to make money.This is the start of a new trend in the city that is considered the home of cricket in India. The word ‘money’ does not go down well with the traditionalists and romantics of the game – and there are plenty in the metropolis. Savant has a big job ahead of them. With 80-plus tournaments in the city’s cricket calendar, accommodating the MPL is a tough ask.It seems that the MCA is planning to move with the times. The cricket system in Mumbai is not the same as it was a decade ago – as it churned out top-class talent ready for the longer format. With the announcement of the MPL, money matters take a priority over spotting talent. The MCA is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea with its balance sheet in the red. One has to wait and see how it would fill its coffers with T20 wealth and what impact this would have on spotting the next Sachin Tendulkar or Zaheer Khan. The last Mumbai cricketer who debuted in a Test was Romesh Powar in 2007.(The writer is a former Cricket Club of India captain and Bombay University cricketer)advertisement
Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion NBA looking into circumstances of Patrick McCaw signing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES “I can’t control what people say about me, or what they say about our future and what I should do,” he said. “I come to work every single day and life will figure itself out.”Even though the former NBA Most Valuable Player could still end up staying with the Warriors, Durant seemed resigned to the fact that a potential move will be a topic of conversation, no matter what the two-time defending NBA champions are doing on the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 30-year-old’s future with the Warriors came under scrutiny in November after his spat with teammate Draymond Green, although Durant said that it wouldn’t influence his decisions about his future.“I wish it was the other way, where it was totally about the game but I get it,” he said. “Our league has grown so much in popularity. The sexy thing is what happens in the summer more so than what happens in the season — playoffs and free agency is the big thing now. I get it.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. – Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted on January 8, 2019, he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season. “I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination. (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted Tuesday he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season.“I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments
Wahab Riaz has sent out a stern warning to England: Pakistan will retaliate sharply if the hosts sought to engage in verbal assaults in the upcoming four-Test series, the first of which starts at Lord’s tomorrow. (Mohammed Amir didn’t deserve a second chance: Kevin Pietersen )Pakistan are in England for a full bilateral series for the first time since the infamous spot-fixing scandal of 2010 that snared Salman Butt, Mohammed Amir and Mohammad Asif.Of the tainted trio, Amir is set to make a comeback and showed glimpses of his dangerous form in a warm-up game against Sussex last night. However, the young speedster has had to deal with unkind comments from Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann, who believe that Amir did not deserve a second chance. (Amir’s return to international cricket will make me sick: Graeme Swann )England captain Alastair Cook and pace spearhead Stuart Broad have also warned Amir to be wary of crowd reaction at the Mecca of cricket. UGLY PAST AT LORD’S Besides, it was at Lord’s where Riaz and Jonathan Trott had to be separated after an altercation during a nets session ahead of an ODI.Tempers, therefore, could be high ahead of the opening Test but Riaz issued an open threat to douse any fire burning in the English camp.Recalling the Trott incident, Riaz said the former English batsman got what he deserved.”He was a bit rude and when it comes to being rude you can never beat the Pakistanis on it. We are the most rude when it comes to it.advertisement”We are nice but if somebody is rude we won’t spare it.”He (Trott) was a bit rude, he was angry, he was not scoring runs, he was getting out early in the ODIs – he was doing well in the Tests.”Riaz had earlier firmly backed Amir and said he was like family, after unsettling comments from several England players.
Manchester City have been fined 300,000 pounds and banned from signing academy players for two years after breaching Premier League transfer rules.City were found to have approached the family of two young players, who were registered with other clubs.The players in question were an 11-year-old who joined City from Everton last year and a 15-year-old midfielder from Wolverhampton Wanderers.The Premier League club now cannot sign youngsters aged between 10 and 18 who have been registered with Premier League or EFL clubs in the past 18 months.Part of the ban will only come into effect if the club re offends in the next three years.Last month, Liverpool were fined 200,000 pounds and banned from signing youngsters for two years.It was ruled the Reds had broken Premier League rules by offering inducements to the family of an 11-year-old Stoke City player.”The Premier League has sanctioned Manchester City FC for breaches of its Youth Development Rules,” goal.com quoted the Premier League as saying in a statement.”The breaches concern approaches to two separate Academy players whilst they were each registered with another club,” the statement added.
India’s first ever WWE Tryouts saw a variety of participants from across the country put their best foot forward, literally and figuratively, in the hopes of becoming the next WWE Superstar.Over three months, WWE received volumes of applications on its online portal with talent from across the country. India’s first ever female WWE performer Kavita Devi along with, SVP of Talent Development Canyon Ceman, visited Rohtak, Chandigarh and Delhi – travelling to akhadas and training schools and narrowed down the selection list down to 80 participants (60 men and 20 women) from across the country to Mumbai for the final round.The selected 80 all came from diverse backgrounds in sports and athletics including kushti, kabaddi, wrestling, basketball, combat sports, cricket and bodybuilding.Coach @RobbyBrookside keeps a watchful eye on the #WWETryoutIndia athletes! pic.twitter.com/iVtlrkOjlAWWE (@WWEIndia) March 5, 2019Five-time WWE tag team champions ‘The New Day’ along with local NXT talents like Kavita Devi, Jeet Rama, Saurav Gurjar, Rinku Singh and Jinny Sadhu were also in Mumbai for the event.”With 90 million Indians tuning into their platforms every week, WWE India has the largest fan base in the world and hence the tryouts were a historic event in our country. India has some fantastic talent potential and the Tryouts have truly been a catalyst to consolidating India’s potential and visibility on a global scale.” said Sheetesh Srivastava, WWE VP and General Manager, South Asia..@RealRinkuSingh has now taken over the training sessions! #WWETryoutIndia pic.twitter.com/N8FF7nWepKWWE (@WWEIndia) March 5, 2019″We were absolutely overwhelmed with the response and the enthusiasm we received when we announced the Tryouts in December. The sheer volume of applications received were incredible and the talent and diversity we have seen thus far has been outstanding. We have definitely found talent here that we want to bring onboard and you will hear about this mighty soon,” said Canyon Ceman.advertisementThe event also also had matches featuring the like of Kavita Devi taking on Jinny Sadhu as well as Rinku Singh and Saurav Gurjar facing Jeet Rama.
YearRoundPickPlayerPositionTeam 2009120Brandon PettigrewTEDetroit Lions 2016232Emmanuel OgbahDECleveland Browns 2010124Dez BryantWRDallas Cowboys 20057249Billy BajemaTESan Francisco 49ers 201418Justin GilbertCBCleveland Browns Carson Cunningham and I talked a lot last year after the Baylor-OU-Ole Miss disaster for Oklahoma State to end the season about how OSU needed to accumulate more horses (athletes, studs, Justin Gilberts if you will). This is primarily done through recruiting of course, and takes years, but maybe we undersold the short-term future of OSU as a horse-generating D1 school.Robert Allen wrote on Tuesday that NFL scouts were starting to roll through Stillwater to check out some of OSU’s stars. Presumably Jordan Sterns, Blake Jarwin, Mason Rudolph, James Washington and Vincent Taylor are at the top of that list.Here’s what Allen wrote.It helps when you have good players and today’s practice saw the NFL scouts start their parade through Stillwater. The Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and the Super Bowl 50 teams of the Carolina Panthers and world champion Denver Broncos had scouts at practice. One scout said Oklahoma State has more NFL-caliber prospects than they’ve had in several seasons.I like that. Here’s a look at all the players drafted out of Oklahoma State in the Mike Gundy Era (I don’t believe I missed any but I might have). 20105137Perrish CoxCBDenver Broncos 20066199Charlie JohnsonTIndianapolis Colts 20114115Kendall HunterRBSan Francisco 49ers 20135151Joseph RandleRBDallas Cowboys 20074132Ryan McBeanDEPittsburgh Steelers 20076209Corey HilliardOTNew England Patriots 201215Justin BlackmonWRJacksonville Jaguars 201016Russell OkungTSeattle Seahawks 20157252Josh FurmanDBDenver Broncos 2012122Brandon WeedenQBCleveland Browns 20126190Markelle MartinFSTennessee Titans 20107250Zac RobinsonQBNew England Patriots 2005256Darrent WilliamsCBDenver Broncos It sort of shocked me to realize that OSU has only had four players drafted since the Weeden/Blackmon duo left (and one of those was a transfer). That’s not particularly compelling as evidence for horse-accumulation. But I do think this team has some studs on it. Guys who could play their way into the third or fourth round or even higher (depending on how talent evaluators view No. 2).It’s one scout and it’s anecdotal, but it’s also encouraging that OSU seems to be moving the right direction towards building a legitimate powerhouse football program. It will likely never be OU or Florida State or Ohio State, but it can at the very least become a variation of one of those programs which can absolutely win you Big 12 titles in the future.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 2005373Vernand MorencyRBHouston Texans
World Cup Barcelona icon Messi never considered representing Spain Dom Farrell 19:27 5/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adidas World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina v Iceland Argentina v Croatia Nigeria v Argentina Argentina Spain Barcelona Primera División Despite joining the La Masia youth academy at the age of 13, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner never thought about switching allegiance from Argentina Lionel Messi insists he only ever had designs on playing international football for Argentina and was not tempted to represent Spain.The Barcelona star has endured a mixed relationship with Argentina’s support throughout his international career, with the fact he left home for Catalonia aged 13 sometimes used to argue he lacks true commitment to the cause.Nevertheless, La Albiceleste are unquestionably indebted to their record goalscorer, whose sensational hat-trick against Ecuador last October salvaged qualification for Russia 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “The other day I was talking to a friend and he was saying, ‘Look, if you had stayed with Spain, you would be world champion,'” Messi explained to El Trece, having watched his Barca academy colleagues Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Gerard Pique lead a glorious era for La Roja.”But it would not have been the same. Obviously, it never crossed my mind.”Messi suffered final heartbreak with Argentina in three consecutive years as Germany’s extra-time win in the 2014 World Cup showpiece was followed by penalty shoot-out reverses against Chile at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.Gonzalo Higuain was made a scapegoat for those losses in some quarters following a string of high-profile misses, but Messi reported the Juventus striker is in high spirits ahead of Russia 2018.”He is very relaxed, aware of what is coming, he is very involved,” he added.”He said a great truth – it is a new opportunity, more than a rematch.”This group had too many criticisms. We reached three finals, but we received a lot of criticism. We became stronger than ever.”
Watford open talks with Galatasaray for Ozan Kabakby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford have opened talks with Galatasaray for Ozan Kabak.The young defender has been linked with a move to England for several weeks, though he also has been the subject of enquiries from Inter Milan and Roma.However, Italian sources say Inter agents have learned Watford are now in talks with Gala for the defender.And the Hornets are willing to meet his €7.5m buyout clause to bring him to England.Watford management are in the market for a young centre-half signing as they seek to drive down the average age of their defensive options. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Written By: Steve Hirshan, Senior Vice President of Sales Support – Avoya Travel “I’ve got some spare time on my hands,” said no independent business owner ever. You have a long list of things to get done every day, and your time is valuable. Every minute spent, whether it be searching for new clients, managing your customer data, or finding the best promotions for your clients, is energy better suited toward making that next sale. Small businesses spend an average of 20 hours per week on marketing alone, according to Small Business Trends. On top of that, 32% of professionals spend over an hour a day on data entry and analysis, per Introhive. Add that up and that’s more than half your week, gone in a flash. Time isn’t the only precious commodity as an independent business owner; your expenses are equally important. Why not save both time and money when it comes to sourcing new clients? According to Survey Anyplace, the average cost per lead in the travel and tourism industry is $29. Let that sink in for a moment. So, what’s the solution to all this?At Avoya Travel®, we are continually pioneering to provide Independent Agencies in the Avoya Travel Network™ with the very best resources and cutting-edge technology to make it easier to run an independent business and sell more travel. With the offerings of Avoya’s powerful technology suite, you can save time and money, while also increasing your sales and efficiency. Even if you are a technology novice, our easy-to-use system can help you maximize your income and productivity. Avoya’s patented technology incorporates all the functionality your independent travel business needs into one accessible source. You have the freedom of running your own independent business, while having the best support along your road to success. Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network have exclusive access to Agent Power™, Avoya’s state-of-the-art technology. This comprehensive system allows you to streamline your workflow into one platform, with access to award-winning marketing programs, efficiency-boosting support resources, and so much more. Here’s how you can take your agency to the next level with some of the exclusive and invaluable resources included in Agent Power, at no additional cost. Get New Clients Delivered Directly To YouWasting your valuable time and money to find clients is a thing of the past. You’re here to sell memorable vacation experiences, not worry about where to find your next customer. So, let Avoya handle the marketing, and instead channel all your energy into making sales and building relationships with your clients. Day or night, you can get new clients sent directly to you with the industry’s most successful leads program, Live Leads™. Through Avoya’s patented technology, travel seekers are matched to you by your specialty. They’re also sent to you and only you, so there’s no need to worry about being in competition with your colleagues in the Avoya Network. With access to qualified customers 24/7 via web, phone, or mobile app, you’re never limited in your selling potential – it no longer matters where you work. Want to sell travel while relaxing on the beach? No problem – the world is your office! This optional program is the #1 solution to one of the biggest challenges that travel professional’s face, and it’s available at no additional cost to you. Make Stronger Strategic Business DecisionsWhen it comes to your client data, the difference between simply having access to it and knowing how to utilize it is integral to the success of your business. We believe in supporting you, the travel seller, and provide the best high-tech resources to help you understand and leverage your client database to ultimately get more completed bookings. Sometimes, data can be overwhelming. The numbers seem to be just that – numbers. But harnessing that data and transforming it into meaningful, practical information can tremendously help you to make better business decisions. Avoya’s powerful CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system, a fully-integrated digital resource, provides you with vital customer data and insights to help you increase your productivity while easily managing your client information. Client information can be effortlessly loaded and accessed, freeing up your time for more important tasks. With access to information regarding clients, booking sales, closing rates, and more, you’ll have all the information you need to improve relationships with past and future clients, streamline processes, and increase profitability. Improve Agency Operations With Performance ReportsWithout knowing how well your agency is doing, as well as where you have room for improvement, there is no way to grow. Tracking the performance of your business is an important resource in ensuring your business, and your sales, continue to progress. Avoya’s Agency Dashboard™, an easy-to-understand resource integrated into Agent Power, provides you with direct, daily access to reports and insights crucial to running your travel business. Using actionable reports, you can get deeper insight into your agency performance, in turn helping you make the best data-based decisions to employ a strategic plan to propel your future bookings and incomes. The best part: the metrics are clear and easy to understand, so no need to worry about any statistical know-how. The value of truly knowing and understanding what this data means is priceless. You can take your success into your own hands and your business to new heights! No More Searching For The Best DealSo many promotions to sift through, but which ones actually apply to your client’s booking and provide the best value for what they’re looking for? Save time and skip the hassle of searching with Avoya’s Smart Value System™. Using this innovative technology, you can seamlessly find the best promotions available for your clients all in one easy-to-use booking engine. Customers are always looking for the dollar-value as the bottom line, so why not give it to them? By providing your clients with high-quality quotes showing the dollar-value associated with the perks they’re receiving, you’ll increase the likelihood of closing that sale. Save Time With All The Essential ResourcesAlong with all the incredible marketing and technology offerings detailed above, Avoya’s Agent Power offers many more dynamic resources to enhance your daily business processes and continually drive you on the path to success. Back-Office SupportWith an integrated email interface and calendar, back-office tasks can function like a breeze. Appointments, reminders, and automated notices help you keep in contact with clients 24/7 and ensure a payment deadline is never missed. Integrated Booking EnginesProvide you with exclusive access to Avoya’s preferred supplier partner inventories, allowing you to easily book tours, cruises, hotels, and more, all in one central place. Plus, you’ll earn the highest commission rates in the industry, and get paid sooner with weekly direct deposit. Educational and Professional DevelopmentContinue to learn and grow as a travel professional with educational and professional development resources found within Agent Power, including Avoya University™, featuring hundreds of interactive recorded lessons, an easily-searchable online Knowledge Base, and weekly webinars with sales best practices, supplier updates,and more. Live SupportYou’ll never feel alone in the Avoya Network. Support is easily accessed through Agent Power, and available 7 days a week. You’ll also have the support of your fellow travel professionals in the Community Forum, featuring a wealth of shared network knowledge. Accounting & Commission TrackingEasily manage and ensure that your bookings are accurate, while also keeping track of your commission reports. Travel Professionals Love These Resources Because They WorkIndependent Agencies in the Avoya Network continually outperform their peers in other leading networks. Voted Best Host Agency five years in a row, our goal is to empower travel professionals with the best resources to be more successful than ever before. Avoya has programs for both experienced travel professionals and entrepreneurs new to the industry. Whether you’re searching for a new host or looking to supplement the offerings of your current host with the programs and resources in the Avoya Travel Network, contact us today at 1-888-320-4670 or visit www.JoinAvoya.com to learn more.