first_imgAdvertisementForward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5 million deal with the Sacramento Kings. Days after Nemanja Bjelica reportedly reneged on a verbal agreement with the Philadelphia 76ers, saying that he wants to stay in Europe, the 6-foot-10 Serbian forward instead agreed to a deal with the Kings, team spokesman Chris Clark confirmed Friday evening.A league source confirmed Wednesday that the Kings reached out to the free agent after his one-year deal with Philadelphia fell through.Forward Nemanja Bjelica has agreed to a three-year, $20.5M deal with the Sacramento Kings, league sources tell Yahoo. Third year will be non-guaranteed.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 21, 2018Bjelica originally agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the 76ers, but reconsidered the agreement because of family, professional and personal concerns.Bjelica has spent his three NBA seasons with Minnesota after being the No. 35 overall pick in the 2010 draft from Serbia. A second-round draft pick in 2010, the 30-year-old forward was the EuroLeague MVP in 2015. He and Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic were teammates on the Serbian national team and with Fenerbahce Istanbul in Turkey. Bjelica averaged 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli’s recent dream run has convinced Michael Hussey that the 27-year-old would be able to either match or overtake Sachin Tendulkar in the years to come. In 2016, Kohli has hammered 381 runs in five ODIs, 625 runs in 12 T20 International innings and a record-shattering 865 runs including four hundreds in the ongoing Indian Premier League. “One of Tendulkar’s greatest strengths was his longevity and if Kohli can stay fit, he could be well on his way to emulate Tendulkar as a player,” Hussey was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia’s official website. “He has evolved into an amazing player,” said Hussey, who said AB de Villiers and Steve Smith were his contemporaries. “These three are all probably at a stage now where they know their game inside and out and they stick to it as it has given them so much success over the years. I simply love watching them bat.” Kohli, on his part, has always downplayed the comparisons with Tendulkar, saying that being equated with the legend is embarrassing. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgToday, 360i released a new report on The Future of Viewability, which addresses the challenge of ad viewability for marketers. The report summarizes a study led by the “Making Measurement Make Sense” (3MS) initiative, a multi-organization initiative comprised of the IAB, the 4As, the ANA and MediaLink.As part of the group’s core mission “to propose standards for metrics and advertising currency that will enhance evaluation of digital media and facilitate cross-platform comparison for brand marketing,” the 3MS engaged several partners – including 360i – for a pilot program focused on the topic of ad viewability. The attached report outlines the discoveries of the 3MS program, and the short and long-term implications of these findings on both the digital industry and the overall media landscape.Key learnings include:[1] The viewable ad impressions metric is a necessary evolution to the online advertising model. Adoption of the ad viewability metric will ensure marketers understand the real impact of their media investment.[2] Measuring viewability is an ongoing pursuit that will be pushed forward by innovators, with greater polish and evolution emerging as more people adopt the new metrics. As for now, the pilot uncovered challenges that must be overcome before ad viewability will be embraced.[3] The implications of a standardized viewability metric are substantial and tremendously positive for publishers and consumers alike. The ad viewability metric will shift how the industry perceives the monetization of online real estate.Download the reportlast_img read more

first_imgWho would have thought that a holiday that began as the commemoration of an ancient saint would become one of the biggest spending days of the year? According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend $130.97 on… Full Story,Aside from the temperamental weather, scarcity of holidays and pervasive universal cranky moods, one of the worst parts of winter is the feeling of being trapped indoors for months at a time. While bears are too busy hibernating to take… Full Story,I recently joked to friends that late last year most of the updates on my social networks involved mass food consumption (and accompanying pictures.) For the first week of the New Year, most of the updates involved or included exercise… Full Story,We are three days into the New Year and you may already be having a hard time following through with your resolutions. Financial resolutions are always popular choices but sticking to a budget and tackling your financial goals is an… Full Story,My inbox is full of questions about how to usher in the New Year while getting the most bang for your buck. As with most of my Q&A columns, the following are composites of several similar questions. At Home Celebration… Full Story,You’ve made your list and you’ve checked it twice. You’ve even added it to your Google calendar and synced with your extended family members. You are probably so efficient that every gift on your holiday list is not only accounted… Full Story,It’s December and you know what that means: The frenzy of the gift-giving season has begun again. I’m a fan of gifts of experience and “two-part” gifts. The gift of an experience can harbor memories that last a lifetime. For… Full Story,One of the more interesting facts to emerge from the Black Friday shopping weekend is that a majority of us splurged on ourselves instead of others. Since many of us still face daunting gift lists, I’ve enlisted the help of… Full Story,If you’re reading this, chances are good that as much as you love the turkey, trimmings and time with family, you’re already secretly plotting the best holiday shopping plan of attack. To save you time crowded against thousands of other… Full Story,If there is one wardrobe staple that gets a lot of play every winter, it’s your coat. It doesn’t matter how well cut your pants are or how striking your sweater is, and even if you live someplace only a… Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgHave you been to a wedding that used Honeyfund or similar registry in place of traditional gifts? These new-age registries are becoming more and more popular and a variety of reasons has lead to the sudden increase. Couples are more likely to live together before marriage and are moving to smaller apartments in big cities.Either way, a honeymoon fund – commonly referred to as a honeyfund – is a great option for those who want to take a grand vacation after their wedding but need a little help. But, what is the polite way to ask for this kind of gift?How to Spread the WordThe best place to spread the word is your wedding website. Most templates come preloaded with a page specifically for registries, making it easy to add the link to your honeymoon fund there. You can also add a small story, or give some context, to why you are choosing a honeymoon fund over traditional registries. When my husband and I were engaged we did just this. We explained we were about to move to NYC, a city notorious for tiny apartments and were only moving with the bare minimum. We told our guests that coming to our destination wedding was a gift itself! But, if they still wanted to gift us something we had a honeymoon fund set up.You can also choose to add a small registry card to your main wedding invitation. This is very popular as well and an easy way to reference your honeymoon fund and your wedding website.Setting up Your Honeyfund AccountSetting up an account with Honeyfund, the most popular of the honeymoon fund websites, is extremely easy. Once you register, you create a profile adding your wedding details and honeymoon dreams. You can then design custom gifts for your guests to choose from. Money for airline tickets, hotel upgrades, spa visits, excursions. All of these are created by you, so the sky’s the limit! Do be aware if a guest gifts you $100 towards airline tickets you don’t have to use the money on airline tickets. The gifts are in name only.Fees on Honeymoon FundsThere are actually very few fees that are associated with most online honeymoon funds. If guests gift you via gift cards bought through the web services or offline they pay zero fees. Any credit or debit gift is charged a small fee between 1-3%.Other Registries Besides HoneyfundWhile Honeyfund was the first and most well known of the new-age registries, there are a couple other choices that all offer different advantages. Check out Zola, Blueprint Registry, or Travelers Joy for other options.Bottom LineAt the end of the day if you still feel weird, remember that all wedding registries used to be considered tacky and these new registries are becoming much more common. Just don’t forget to send out thank you cards!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more

first_imgEarlier this week, I shared some of the most taboo topics that shouldn’t be discussed in social media. And it may have left some people wondering, “What on earth can I post to my company’s social media accounts?” While there are plenty of topics still up for grabs, I consolidated some of the best topics to discuss in social media that won’t offend and will entertain. If you incorporate a healthy mix of these types of updates into your regular posting mix, you’ll find you have a well-rounded social media presence with active members and a growing fan and follower base.1.) Links to New Content – Whenever someone gets started with social media and blogging, I always tell them the lowest barrier to entry is by sharing your blog content in social media. By posting the blog content to your network, you’ll get more site traffic and subscribers to your blog, and if you include social sharing and follow buttons on your blog, you’ll turn blog readers into fans and followers on your social network. This principle is applicable for not just blog content, but also for any new content you develop.2.) Links to Other Helpful Content – The job of a successful inbound marketer is to be, above all else, helpful. And you’re not the only person who creates remarkable content. Share content other experts in your industry have published that your followers would also appreciate reading. It strengthens your relationships with your network when you share their content, and it shows your followers that you value helpful content, regardless of the source.3.) Lead Generating Offers – Pull out an interesting quote or data point from a whitepaper or ebook you’ve published, and share it on social networks with the audience most likely to enjoy that content. And don’t forget that you can actually generate leads right from within your social network with Social Landing Pages.4.) Contests and Promos – What good is a contest or promotion if nobody knows about it? Leverage your social network to get more participation in contests you’re running or get the word out about end-of-month promotions that help you meet your sales quota. You’ll be reaping the benefits with more engagement and sales, and your network will appreciate the opportunity to benefit from your fun and advantageous offers.5.) Surveys – Polls and surveys are a crucial part of an inbound marketer’s toolkit. After all, what better way to customize your business to your audience’s needs than going directly to the source? Check out how DoubleTree ran a successful survey leveraging Facebook and Twitter, or check out HubSpot’s own survey we’re promoting using social media to collect your much needed feedback.6.) Industry News – Just as it’s important to be the first to write about breaking industry news to leverage Google’s freshness algorithm update, it’s also important to post about it on your social media accounts. Doing so establishes you as a thought leader in your industry who stays up to date on important, breaking news. If you have room to do so in the update, provide some commentary, too. Or, just link to the blog post (you totally wrote one, right?) that explains the update and how it affects your audience.7.) Search Optimized Content – The line between social media and organic search is getting closer and closer; just look at the integration of Google+ into search results. You should never sacrifice engaging copy for keyword stuffing (just like any copy you write!) but you should make an effort to include important keywords for which you’re trying to rank. Public social media sites are crawled by Google, and you want your brand to be associated with your target keywords.8.) Funny content – Who doesn’t love to laugh? Next time you draft a status update, see if you can inject some levity into it. Not only does it increase engagement (look at those likes and comments, below!) but it also associates something positive with your brand.9.) Visual Content – Just as people love to laugh, people love visuals. Or they just hate reading. Either way, your followers will enjoy viewing cartoons, graphs, infographics, and videos in your status updates. While Google+ and Facebook are better suited to visual content, Twitter has TwitPic that users can click through to see images like the one below.10.) Answers to Common Questions – Whether someone poses a question to you, or you think of a tidbit about your product, service, or industry that would help make your fans’ and followers’ lives easier, including a tip or answer to an FAQ can really make someone’s day. It’s just one way you can continue to provide value in your social networks without requiring your followers to click through to your website or download another form of content.What types of updates do you like to post to your social networks, and which do you find deliver the most ROI?Image credit: byJoeLodge Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social Media Originally published Jan 20, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Topics:last_img read more

first_img Originally published Jul 22, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated August 27 2017 It’s no secret that internet users are no strangers to seeking out the information they need online — in fact, Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second. And as the volume of search queries continues to climb, advertisers are recognizing an opportunity to introduce a number of different types of ads. (Think: pop-up ads, autoplaying video ads, and the dreaded mobile ad that takes up the entire phone screen.)As a reaction to some of these disruptive online ads, internet users have started installing ad blocking extensions by the millions. In case you’re wondering: Ad blockers scan websites for advertising code to prevent them from loading on a browser.Here’s a visual look at how they work:To help marketers get a handle on the state of ad blocking today, HubSpot Research dove deep into the issue to create this report. Below, we’ve outlined some of they most noteworthy statistics and takeaways from our research to get you up to speed quickly.11 Ad Blocking Stats You Need to Know1) Adblock Plus, the world’s most popular ad blocking extension, has been downloaded over 500 million times.Many research and news sites have different numbers, but it’s hard to ignore the hockey stick growth in adoption here.Image Credit: PageFair2) Ad blocking is blamed for costing the advertising industry $22 Billion in 2015. Why is ad blocking a big deal? When ads aren’t displayed, content sites that host ads and the advertiser lose out on potential revenue. And the losses have been enormous.3) As for potential revenue losses in the future, Ovum predicts that $35 billion in ad revenue will lost by 2020 because of ad blocking.4) 64% say ads today are annoying or intrusive.5) Pop-up ads, autoplaying video ads, and online video ads are the most disliked online ad types.6) 70% of respondents say they would have a lower opinion of a company that uses pop-up advertisement. 7) 34% of people say usually click online ads by accident.8) Adoption of mobile ad blocking is growing even faster (90% YOY) than desktop-based ad blocking adoption. A study from Priori Data suggests 419 million people (a fifth of the world’s internet users) have some type of mobile ad blocker installed.9) 83% of online browsers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and France say they’d like to block mobile ads.10) 73% of people stated that ads that cover the entire screen on a phone are the most annoying, followed by ads that track browsing (65%).11) When asked about the best way to support websites (to cover costs), the majority (68%) of respondents say they don’t mind seeing ads — as long as they’re not annoying.The lesson? Marketers need to use unobtrusive forms of advertising (native ads, social ads, etc.) that people tolerate more than interruptive ads like pop-ups. (Check out this post on native ad examples for inspiration.)Want to learn more about ad blocking? Check out the full report here. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

first_imgGoogle is hosting its annual Made by Google event in the New York City on October 15. The event will begin at 7AM PT or 7:30PM IST and it will witness the tech giant unveiling “few helpful things”. The star of Google’s this year’s hardware event is most likely going to be the Google Pixel 4 and the Google Pixel 4 XL smartphones that have been the subject of countless leaks over the past couple of months.However, Pixel 4 smartphones are not the only Google-y gadgets that the Mountain View, California based tech giant is expected to launch. Apart from the Pixel 4 successors, Google is also expected to launch the Nest Mini, which is going to succeed the Google Home Mini, the hockey-puck shaped smart speaker that Google first introduced back in 2017. In addition to that, the tech giant is also expected to launch its next generation Chromebook , Pixelbook Go.Rumour mill hints that Google has more tricks up its sleeves and is likely to launch a host of other Made by Google gadgets at its event tomorrow. You can watch the event live from Google’s official Made by Google handle on YouTube. Before Google unveils the mystery, let’s take a look at everything that Google is expected to launch at tomorrow’s event:Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 smartphonesGoogle Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphone are arguably the most leaked smartphones of the year. In the past couple of months we have seen everything from specs and hands-on videos to gaming reviews going viral on the internet. What has added to the overall allure of these leaks is the company “leaking” critical details of its upcoming premium budget smartphone. So what do we know about the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL smartphones?advertisementFirst the specs: Pixel 4 smartphone will come with a 5.7-inch full HD+ display and sport a 2,800mAh battery while the Pixel 4 XL smartphone will come with a 6.3-inch full HD+ display and sport a 3,700mAh battery. Reports have indicated that both the smartphones are likely to come with a feature called ‘Smooth Display’ that would enable the user to switch between a screen with 60Hz refresh rate and a 90Hz refresh rate. Image Courtesy: Evan BlassIn addition to that the Pixel 4 smartphones will come with a dual-rear camera setup that will be housed inside an iPhone 11 Pro like square camera module – a feature that has already been confirmed by Google. Reports indicate that the two phones will come with 12MP dual pixel lens and a 16MP telephoto lens at the back. The details about the front camera remain a mystery as of now. But what we do know is that on the front, Google will ditch the notch to opt for thick bezels that will house the famous Soli radar chip and the Face Unlock system.The Pixel 4 smartphones will come with an upgraded camera app and offer features like a better Night Sight, Social Share, Frequent Face and Dual Exposure. The two phones will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and sport 6GB RAM with 64GB and 128GB memory options. In terms of colours, the Pixel 4 smartphones are likely to come in Just Black, Clearly White and Oh So Orange colour variants. However, some reports indicate that Google might add a dash of colour to the Pixel 4 colour palette.5G Pixel smartphoneGoogle apart from launching the standard Pixel 4 smartphone is also expected to launch a 5G variant of its smartphone. According to a report by Nikkei, Google has already begun the test production of its 5G Pixel smartphone and it could showcase the device, which is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, at its upcoming event. Interestingly, the report also states that Google could unveil its 5G phone alongside the successor to its Pixel 3A smartphones.All said and done, it seems highly unlikely that could would unveil a 5G phone at the moment. The report states that the phone is still in test production and not ready for mass production. And so the chances of Google launching a 5G Pixel phone at its upcoming Made by Google event look slim.New Google AssistantGoogle first demonstrated the next Generation Google Assistant at the Google I/O 2019 back in May this year. At the time the company had said that the new Pixel phones would run on-device, would be faster than the current Google Assistant and be available on the “new Pixel phones later this year”. With Google gearing to launch its Pixel 4 smartphones on Tuesday, the next generation Google Assistant is expected to occupy a significant time at tomorrow’s Made by Google event.advertisementSo what should we expect? Well, rumours indicate that the new Google Assistant would be extremely fast and come with an upgraded design. It is also expected to come with a feature that would save users from listening to boring music when their call has been put on hold by giving them the option to chat with the Google Assistant instead. Beyond that we will have to wait for Google to surprise us.Google Nest MiniGoogle hasn’t refreshed its line of smart speakers in quite sometime now. The tech giant launched the Google Home Mini back in 2017 and it hasn’t updated the device since then. Now reports indicate that Google is planning to launch Home Mini successor – the Google Nest Mini – at its upcoming event. The device is expected to come with a design that is similar to the Home Mini. However, it will come with a wall-mount design that would eliminate the need for the users to using third-party wall mounts. Image Courtesy: Evan BlassBesides this, the Nest Mini is expected to come with a higher maximum volume, better bass and some kind of proximity awareness that will enable it to determine the volume level as you approach it.Google Pixelbook GoEarlier this year, Google scrapped its Pixel Slate divsion to focus solely on its Chromebook. Reports in the past couple of months have indicated that Google could launch a brand new Pixelbook at its upcoming event. And last week we saw those report materialising into something more tangible. Google is expected to launch a brand new Pixelbook – the Pixelbook Go in Black, Pink and Coral colour variants. Image Courtesy: 9To5 GoogleIt is expected to come with a 13.3-inch HD touch-screen display with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a 2MP camera on top. The upcoming Chromebook is expected to be available in full HD or 4K Molecular Display variants. As far as other details are concerned, the Pixelbook Go is expected to be available in three processor variants — Intel Core m3, Intel Core i5, and Intel Core i7 that will be paired with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and either 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage space.Google Nest Wi-FiGoogle is also expected to launch the Nest Wi-Fi at its upcoming event. This will succeed the original Google Wi-Fi. Reports indicate that Google is making a host of changes to the Nest Wi-Fi. Besides an upgraded design, the Nest Wi-Fi will come with a primiary router that will be accompanied by Amazon Eero-like beacons that will double as Assistant speakers that will come with a performance that is identical to the Home Mini smart speaker and expand the outreach of the Google Assistant to all corners of the house.A report by 9To5 Google indicates that the Google Nest Wi-Fi will be available in three colour variants that will enable users to colour code their homes in accordance with their smart speaker.advertisementGoogle Pixelbuds 2Lastly, Google is expected to launch next generation Pixelbuds at its upcoming hardware event. The next generation Pixelbuds are expected to be powered by Google Assistant. While the details remain scarce at the moment, reports indicate that the Pixel Buds 2 could come with a design that is similar to the Amazon Echo Buds and the Microsoft Surface Buds.ALSO READ: | Google to launch Pixel 4 on October 15, here is how you can watch the Made by Google eventALSO READ: | New images of Pixel 4, Pixelbook Go leaked ahead of October 15 launchALSO READ: | Google likely to launch 5G Pixel phone along with 4 smartphones on October 15last_img read more

first_imgAfter India were hammered by Bangladesh in the 1st T20I on Sunday in Delhi, questions have been started to be raised about the team’s approach in the shortest format of the game. While India brushed aside the West Indies 3-0 in a T20I series earlier this year, since then they have been forced to draw level with South Africa at home before losing a T20I for the 1st time against neighbours Bangladesh.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, in an interview with Sports Tak, conceded that unless India start winning more and more big matches, it ‘won’t be easy’ for them to win the 2020 T20 World Cup.”In ICC rankings India is at 5. If they are to go to 2/3, they will have to win some big matches. And if they can’t do this, it will not be easy for them to win the (T20) World Cup,” warned Gavaskar.Lessons from Delhi”We need to learn from the Delhi loss. You can’t just forget this. We have seen that whenever the team bats first they play a lot more dot balls as compared to when they’re chasing. In Delhi, I think there were 55 dot balls in the 1st innings, which in my opinion is too much,” said Gavaskar.On the form of Shikhar Dhawan”Questions will be raised on Shikhar Dhawan if he doesn’t bat well in the next 2 matches. The team is not going to benefit if you’re scoring 40-45 runs from the same number of balls. He will have to think about this. When players come back after the gap, it does take a lot of time to get back the rhythm,” explained Gavaskar.advertisementEarlier on Sunday chasing 149 for victory, Bangladesh rode on Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 60 off 43 balls and Soumya Sarkar’s 39 off 35 balls to reach the target with 3 balls to spare. Mushfiqur and Sarkar were part of a 44-run partnership for the third wicket while Sarkar also added 46 with debutant Mohammad Naim, who made 26 off 28 balls. The half-century was Mushfiqur’s 5th in the format.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Juve tell Liverpool of Can talks Goal Last updated 1 year ago 19:01 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Juve tell Liverpool of Can talksJuventus have informed Liverpool of their negotiations to sign Emre Can on a free transfer, claims Tuttosport .Can is out of contract at the end of the season and Juve have offered the Germany international a five-year deal to move to Serie A.And, in an attempt to tie the deal up as quickly as possible, Juve have told Can’s current club of their talks as they try to avoid missing out on the midfielder. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Origi keen on Wolfsburg dealDivock Origi WolfsburgDivock Origi has admitted that he is open to a permanent transfer from Liverpool to Wolfsburg.The Belgium international moved to the Bundesliga on an initial loan deal in the summer and has since scored four goals for the club in 15 games.He said: “I think everything’s possible. I focus on the here and now. I have a good relationship with Liverpool, but feel really well here at Wolfsburg. We’ll sit down at the end of the season, and talk we’ll see what’s next.”Read the full story on Goal! Coutinho paid part of his transfer feePhilippe Coutinho LiverpoolPhilippe Coutinho agreed to pay part of the £142 million fee that sealed his move to Barcelona from Liverpool, according to The Times .The Brazilian, who will be introduced by the Spanish club on Monday, is believed to have paid about £9m out of his own pocket and will have to dish out another £2.5m in the future.The controversial leak by Nike last week resulted in a change of the terms of the British record deal.Madrid would have offered £177m for CoutinhoPhilippe Coutinho LiverpoolReal Madrid were willing to offer £177 million for Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho before he agreed to join Barcelona in a £142m move, Mundo Deportivo reports.However, it is unclear if Los Blancos were just looking to increase the price tag to throw off their Liga rivals and slow down the transfer process.Coutinho had made it clear that he had been interested in leaving Liverpool for Barcelona, who will be formally unveiled on Monday.Pep asked City to prioritise Alexis over Van DijkVirgil van Dijk Jurgen KloppPep Guardiola asked Manchester City to prioritise a deal for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez over any possible move for Virgil van Dijk, according to reports ( via Metro ).Van Dijk completed a £75 million transfer to Liverpool at the beginning of the window.The Gunners want £35m for Sanchez but City could sign the Chilean on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season.Liverpool looking to speed up Keita arrivalNaby Keita Luca Waldschmidt RB Leipzig Hamburg Bundesliga 892017Liverpool are hoping to accelerate Naby Keita’s arrival from RB Leipzig after the departure of Philippe Coutinho, according to The Telegraph .The Reds have already secured Keita in a £57 million deal that would see the 22-year-old midfielder arrive over the summer, but the club are now willing to pay more to add him this month.Although Keita would prefer to join Liverpool this winter following RB Leipzig’s Champions League elimination, the Bundesliga side want to keep the Guinea international as they look to qualify for next season’s competition.Liverpool won’t make Lemar move in JanuaryThomas Lemar MonacoDespite losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool not be making a move for Monaco star Thomas Lemar this January, Sky Sports reports.The big-money departure of Coutinho has left a gaping hole in the Reds’ attack, but the report suggests that Lemar will not be filling it, this winter at least.Indeed, Monaco have already insisted that the France international, who is also thought to be a target for Arsenal, would not be leaving the club in January.Liverpool not interested in MahrezRiyad Mahrez Leicester CityDespite rumours that Riyad Mahrez would be having a medical with Liverpool on Sunday, Sky Sports have claimed that the Reds have no interest in signing the Leicester City star.While Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new attacking option to replace Philippe Coutinho, it is thought that Mahrez would cost well more than the £49 million being reported, and Liverpool are not interested in the Algerian in any case. Reds delay Woodburn loanBen WoodburnLiverpool will delay Ben Woodburn’s loan to Sunderland after the club sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, The Daily Mail   reports. The youngster was set to go on loan to Wearside, but Coutinho being sold and Mohamed Salah’s recent injury mean he may be needed at Liverpool. Klopp: Coutinho was insistent on exitPhilippe Coutinho Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolJurgen Klopp conceded Philippe Coutinho made it known to everyone, including his team-mates, that he wished to leave Liverpool to join Barcelona, making it impossible to keep him at Anfield any longer.”It is with great reluctance that we – as a team and club – prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Philippe Coutinho,” he told the Liverpool’s official website.Read the full story on Goal!last_img read more

first_imgJustice Hill accomplished a lot this season. But to really appreciate his accolades we need to go back almost a year ago.In the spring of 2016, the thought of an upcoming 1,000-yard rusher would have put smiles on the faces of Mike Gundy and OSU fans alike. But if you’d taken a poll among the orange faithful, few would have picked the true freshman from Booker T. Washington to fill that role.For the second-straight year Oklahoma State welcomed a transfer tailback who would be give every chance to thrive. Many people (myself included) expect Barry J. Sanders to earn the starting spot in the backfield. Behind Sanders, was last season’s starter Chris Carson and a third senior, Rennie Childs.Those three seniors brought in a combined 437 Division-I carries. The logjam at tailback figured to amount to a red-shirt season for Hill. Even Raymond Taylor, who had seen touches the second half of 2015, saw the writing on the wall and transferred to Tulsa.But Hill, through an impressive fall camp and some nifty wiggling, forced his way into the starting lineup by week four. And he solidified himself as the running back of the future when he inked his name in the record books.Let’s take a look.• Against TCU on November 19, Hill passed Thurman Thomas for a most yards by a Cowboy true freshman. Thomas’ record 843 yards was back in 1984 and stood for 32 years. Hill finished that game with 943.• A week later, in Norman, Hill went for 99 yards, passing Mike Hamilton’s 2005 record for most rushing yards by an freshman at OSU.• Add the 100-yard Alamo Bowl performance and Hill’s 1,142 yards are the most by any Cowboy rusher since Joseph Randle’s 1,417 in 2012.• With 1,142 yards, Hill is set to win the NCAA freshman rushing crown for 2016.• Justice Hill is the only OSU freshman to record six 100-yard games.• His 5.5 yards per carry are the best by any leading rusher since Joseph Randle’s 2011 campaign (5.9).For his trouble, Hill was named a Freshman All-American, earned Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and Second-Team Honors and AP Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.But Hill has done more than just cement his place in OSU history and rack up a bunch of awards. He’s helped breathe a breath of fresh air into the OSU offense which might just be elite next season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

first_imgWho is the next first-time champ?Only AP/BCS/CFP titles count which our 1945 title doesn’t fall under. So this is interesting. They have OSU at No. 6.The Cowboys might be higher, but I’m still not sure how long Mike Gundy (and his glorious mullet) stay in Stillwater. Plus the Big 12 remains last among the Power Five programs, and I’m not sure that will change soon. [Tampa Bay Times]I also probably agree with Wisconsin at No. 1 although I could be talked into any of those teams in any given year.OSU games in top 100Bill Connelly went through the top 100 games of the college football season. OSU got five of them in including the one it didn’t want.Can a game be great if the last play shouldn’t have actually counted? When the last play is this amazing, yes. [SB Nation]Sad!Wallace Twins TalkOn their way home from the official visit weekend in Stillwater, Tracin’s phone went to voice mail, but Tylan answered. “Yes, Tracin is asleep. But no, you didn’t wake me up,” Tylan Wallace said. “It was good, really good. The food was great all weekend and J.D. (King) is right, Coach Gundy’s house is amazing. [Go Pokes – $]Yes it is.Bedlam will be for Big 12 title (again)Pretty early to be making this prediction, but I like it.Count on Oklahoma and Oklahoma State playing for a league title for a third consecutive season. The Sooners and Cowboys have what everyone else craves in a conference where the 30-yard pass trumps the 3-yard run — difference-makers at quarterback. Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph return. As long as they stay healthy, the race is for third place. [Tulsa World] More Stuff I’m ReadingA NASCAR writer starts his own site and funds it independently, amazing … Reading out of love for others. The hunt for an OLGood story here by Kyle Fredrickson on how OSU tries to have backups for their primary recruiting targets.In 2016, the Cowboys scrambled to land a late-commitment signature at quarterback after the December flip of Nick Starkel (Texas A&M). With one week until signing day this cycle, OSU will likely have its sights set on several high school pass and run blockers to keep its quarterback upright. Will the Cowboys find a Keondre Wudtee style fit for its offensive line?  [NewsOK]Can you imagine trying to sell this? Well, you were definitely our No. 1 choice and no there’s no real reason I’m only hitting you up 7.5 hours before National Signing Day … look at my mullet!More OSU/Sports NewsMichigan will pay three (!) assistants over $1 million a year … Kyle Hicks pulled a Jhajuan Seales …More PFBUnderwood says Dillard is “country strong.”What makes Jawun Evans great.Good Q&A with Cowgirls tennis coach Chris Young here.Bring me all the Hill brothers.Where does OSU currently stand when it comes to safeties.center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OKC Dave has completed yet another Oklahoma State fan survey, and this one had (by far) the best data yet as he collected nearly 2,500 responses. I read through it a bit yesterday to get a feel for everything, but today I went back and jotted down 10 thoughts (ok, maybe more) that I had about the survey heading into the 2017 season. Here they are.1. A 44 percent increase in participationThe year over year increase in responses is staggering to me. A 44 percent increase?! I know we live in a more social, shareable era than when Dave started the survey a decade ago, but that still astounds me. Five years from now, Dave is going to be running the steps at Boone Pickens in the third quarter of the first game of the season collection scantrons from folks who are filling this thing out!AdChoices广告2. Wins and Ranking Never MatchIt makes me laugh every year, but our ability to properly align final ranking in the polls with total number of wins is ridiculously bad. I know the data can be skewed a bit, but we said OSU would finish with 9.1 wins but be ranked No. 5 in the final poll. I also know that this is regular season wins only, but it is statistically impossible for OSU to be ranked anywhere near No. 5 having only won nine regular season games (or probably even 10).Also, we have only once underestimated where OSU would finish in the season-ending polls (last year). But six times we have underestimated how many regular season wins they would end up with.While we’re here — I’m also a little bemused by the 9.1 wins number. We thought the 2009 team would win more than that. And I love that we always undervalue how many games this team is going to win. I wonder how many perennial top 15 schools’ fan bases do that. Probably not many. It’s the 1990s OSU fan in us.3. Iowa State has scarred us foreverJust look at this chart showing confidence in winning games from 2011 to 2017.I know Iowa State is better (I guess), but they’re not that much better than they were in 2011. I’m just not sure we’re ever going to be able to look at an Iowa State-Oklahoma State matchup objectively again. Seneca Wallace’s great grandchildren will be lining up for Iowa State, and there will be a faction of us saying, “Remember when OSU should have played for the title in 2011?”4. A must-win BedlamI’m not surprised that 91 percent of us said that if we could choose one game to win this year, it would be Bedlam. I am surprised that this number has never touched 90 percent before and has only twice been in the 80s. Also, that Art Briles hate was strrrrrrooooong.5. Absence makes the heart grow fonderI don’t know the formal name for the cognitive bias that attributes greater disdain to entities that are more often in the news, but it seems like that’s what’s going on with our prediction of which teams will win the Big 12.What are the non-Oklahoma State schools OSU fans hear about most often? Texas, OU, Baylor and probably Texas Tech, right? Look at the four schools we said would finish worse than expected in the Big 12 this year.6. A Much Better OffenseTo the 25 percent of us who said we expect OSU to have a “much better” offense this year than last: Oklahoma State had the No. 17 overall offense in the country last year from a points per drive perspective and the No. 6 Power 5 offense. How much better can it get?7. Good News for PFBI saw this chart about halfway down the page.And this was my reaction.8. Will OSU play for the title?Oklahoma State fans seem bent on the idea that OSU will play for a national title in the next decade. That’s not super surprising. Every school’s fans think they’re going to play for the title despite the existence of the Juggernaut Theory. Now I will say the introduction of the CFB Playoff has provided a better opportunity for this to happen if you’re a Washington or Oklahoma State or Pittsburgh fan.What’s interesting about our confidence, though, is that it was at a four-year high in 2015 after one of the worst seasons of the Mike Gundy era. I understand the 89 percent in 2012 following that 2011 season, and I understand the 77 percent this year. But 78 percent certainty in 2015 after we watched Daxx play 5,000 all season with his receivers? I know the Rudolph-beating-OU-on-the-road thing was immense, but was it that immense?9. Whose girlfriend did Kingsbury steal?Coach Bro is not feeling the love from Oklahoma State fans. I guess maybe a lot of folks just ranked these in terms of their kids going to winning schools, but I’m not sure in what world I would rather my son play for Dana Holgorsen than Kliff Kingsbury.10. Gundy’s TenureAs Dave pointed out, 97 percent of OSU fans think Gundy will coach 5+ years. Bring me your money and some halfway decent odds, and we will stop having to ask for contributions. I’m not saying he’s not going to coach for five or more years. I’m saying that if you give me 33-1 odds (roughly the scenario above) that he coaches for four or fewer, I’d put $100 on it.Let’s do a couple of bonus thoughts, too.11. The Mike Holder Hate Is RealThis is approval rating for coaches/administrators.What’s interesting to me is that Holder is held responsible for what happens in hoops (negatively) but not given credit for figuring out the Mike Gundy contract situation or for bringing in Underwood to begin with. Look at Holder’s line. It gets mildly bumped with Underwood’s entrance but then it is almost directly tied to Boynton. That seems, uh, unfair.And the Holder narrative is such a social media-enabled one. Oh well my cousin talked to him at McAllister’s one time, and he wasn’t very nice. And then that gets passed around and around and around. All you can do is judge him based on the success of the athletic program, and there has never been a greater era in Oklahoma State athletics history. Yet his approval rating remains just above Nixon’s exit approval after Watergate!12. Hoops InterestThis saddens me. 13. Wave the WheatOn the topic of traditions, here is what OKC Dave wrote.I was informed my many of you that we don’t wave the wheat at OSU (it’s true). Still, that’s how I’ve always referred to it and my informal Twitter poll shows that 61% of you agree with me (33% call it the “waving song”, 6% something else). Whatever you call it, the Arm Waving Thing OSU Fans Do After We Score is pretty popular at 83%.First, this made me laugh harder than any other thing in the post. Second, call it literally whatever you want. There was a long thread on Orange Power roasting me a few years ago for not knowing that this was not called waving the wheat so of course that’s what I’ve called it ever since.14. Weeden to ?The “which combo would you pick when down at the end of a title game” question was such a great one. I went Weeden-Blackmon as did the majority. I think our familiarity with it trumps the allure of Weeden2Dez or Mason2Dykes etc. But man, there are some unbelievable combos in there. I think the first five should probably be Weeden to ———– just because of how money he was in the red zone. Weeden to Hart Lee should definitely be higher.All in all, another gem from Dave, and his efforts are very much appreciated. He has been a long-time contributor to this site, and his work is always of the highest quality. You guys should give him a follow on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kane reveals Spurs frustration: This is my toughest spellby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane admits this is his toughest spell at Tottenham Hotspur.Spurs have won just three times in 12 matches this season, including Saturday’s scrappy 1-1 draw with Watford.”Yeah, probably, I’d say [this is the toughest spell],” he said. “When you look at the results it’s not been easy. Of course we all want to be winning games. The manager wants to be winning games.”It’s another challenge, another challenge in my career, the club’s time and team’s career. It’s about trying to overcome that. It’s not going to be a straight path to success.”There’s going to be bumps along the way. At the moment we’re at one and we’ve got to overcome that.”I think the standards we’ve set over the last four or five years have been very high. We’ve spoken about maybe being ahead of the plan when the gaffer and myself first started.”Now when things are not going so well, people are going to wonder why of course and try to put a finger on it. This season little things haven’t gone our way which in other years might have done.We’ve got to find a way to overcome that. It’s not easy, we’re playing in a league and the Champions League with the best teams in the world. We’ve become one of them.”We’ve got to find a level back to where it has been and all we can do is work harder and take that on the pitch.”If we can win tomorrow night it will put us in a better position [in the Champions League] than last year and we ended up going to the final.”Kane added: “We have to believe and every game fight and fight for each other and who knows what’s possible.”It is important to start well, come out of the blocks with loads of energy, with and without the ball, and try and get ahead and win the game.”It is important for us as a team to stick together, keep working hard, doing our best on the pitch and hopefully we can win tomorrow and it can kick us on to another winning run.” last_img read more

first_imgConor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov suspended, fined for UFC 229 brawlConor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov were involved in brawl inside and outside the ring after their official fight at the UFC 229 back in October of 2018advertisement Next Associated Press Las VegasJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 00:14 IST Conor McGregor had tapped out during a chokehold by Khabib Nurmagomedov in the fourth round of their fight (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSConor McGregor has been fined $50,000 and suspended for six monthsKhabib Nurmagomedov was fined $500,000 and suspended for nine monthsThe suspensions for both fighters are retroactive to October 6Conor McGregor has been fined $50,000 and suspended for six months for a brawl inside and outside the octagon after his fight with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Nurmagomedov was fined $500,000 and suspended for nine months.Nurmagomedov’s suspension can be reduced by three months if he participates with Las Vegas police in an anti-bullying public service announcement, according to a settlement approved Tuesday by the Nevada Athletic Commission. The commission must approve the PSA and how it’s distributed.Nurmagomedov’s fine will be taken from his share of the purse for the October 6 fight.The suspensions for both fighters are retroactive to October 6.Nurmagomedov climbed over the cage and scuffled with a fighter in McGregor’s corner after McGregor (21-4) tapped out during a chokehold by Nurmagomedov (27-0) in the fourth round of UFC 229. Video showed McGregor both trying to climb the cage to apparently join fighting outside and attempting to strike another person doing the same. (WATCH)McGregor and Nurmagomedov had been suspended since shortly after the fight and remained so while the brawl was under investigation.Nurmagomedov has said previously on social media that he was being unfairly punished. He complained that discipline didn’t follow an incident last April in Brooklyn, New York, when McGregor shattered windows on Nurmagomedov’s bus with a wheeled cart.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Conor McGregorFollow Khabib NurmagomedovFollow Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregorFollow UFC 229Follow UFC 229 brawllast_img read more

first_imgStudents at École Stella-Maris in Clare, Digby Co., will havemore opportunities to be active and healthy. Their school islaunching its Active School Community project on Tuesday, Sept.30. The school’s three-year project is one of 11 pilot sites forActive School Communities, a component of the province’s ActiveKids, Healthy Kids Physical Activity strategy. It is also acomponent of the Department of Education’s Learning for Lifeplan. “Across the province there’s a need and a desire to get our youngpeople active and École Stella-Maris is taking the steps to makethat happen,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald.”Their initiatives will benefit and improve the health of youth,families and the community of Clare.” École Stella-Maris has partnered with the Municipality of Clare,Clare Recreation Department, the South West Nova District HealthAuthority, the local detachment of the RCMP and volunteers fromthe community, including parent and students. The programhighlights the strong partnership between the school and themunicipality. Through it’s funding for the project, the school hired a full-time physical activity co-ordinator. The co-ordinator willconsult with the committee to develop and implement a Walk orBike to School program, field days, and family activities such ascurling, bowling and biking. Parents and teachers will provideworkshops and resources on physical activity, for students. “With a range of daily physical activity opportunities andnutritious food choices, it is our hope that students at ÉcoleStella-Maris will understand the importance of healthy living andwill participate in events with enthusiasm,” said Sean Aucoin,the physical activity co-ordinator. “We want to introduce healthylifestyle habits so that our youth can adopt them now.” Aside from the pilot project committee, Mr. Aucoin is workingwith a volunteer parent committee to offer more nutritious foodchoices and decrease non-nutritious foods at the school’scanteen. The Office of Health Promotion and the Department of Educationare each investing $10,000 per school site for the pilotprojects. The Active Kids, Healthy Kids strategy is based on thevision that, by the year 2010, Nova Scotia will be known as aprovince that experienced a fundamental shift in its support foractive, healthy lives for children and youth.last_img read more

first_img Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 will have alternating lane closures for cold planing, repaving and shouldering from Tuesday, April 29 to Friday, June 27. Alternate route is available at Trunk 3 from Exit 6 to Exit 7 from Hubbards to East River.last_img

first_imgRace to Erase MS has announced that fashion designer and philanthropist, Tommy Hilfiger will be honored with the 2015 Medal of Hope Award at the 22nd Annual Race to Erase MS event, hosted by Nancy Davis, taking place on April 24th, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.For over 30 years, Tommy Hilfiger has brought classic, cool, American apparel to consumers around the world. What many don’t know about Hilfiger is his philanthropic efforts. Hilfiger began his relationship with Race to Erase MS as a sponsor, and developed a relationship with founder, Nancy Davis. Hilfiger shared her deep dedication to find a cure as his family member also suffers from the neurological disease. Hilfiger has co-chaired and been the visionary behind over two decades of Race to Erase MS events. Davis and Hilfiger share a mutual desire to find a cure for MS in the fastest way possible. They have had events from Aspen to Vail to Las Vegas to Los Angeles, always hosting creatively themed events with many celebrity fashion shows and the hottest most current entertainment.Now in its 22nd year, Nancy Davis is honoring the man who has been responsible for the vision and success of Race to Erase MS.“I’ve been proud to support the Race to Erase MS over the years and am humbled to be this year’s honoree,” said Hilfiger. “Nancy has been a great friend and champion of the cause to raise awareness and funds to fight this horrible disease. I am truly honored.”The legendary, celebrity-filled gala has raised over 32 million for Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program. This year marks the 22nd annual event, where guests will be able to participate in a silent auction before enjoying a dinner gala featuring live musical performances. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring a bespoke Aston Martin designed by this year’s honoree Tommy Hilfiger. The auction will also feature exclusive celebrity opportunities and amazing St. Regis trips around the world. To celebrate Tommy Hilfiger, American Pop Artist Burton Morris has designed the artwork for the invitation and event materials.“I am thrilled to be honoring Tommy Hilfiger,” said Nancy Davis. “A good friend, humanitarian and the most generous person I know. There are now 11 FDA approved drugs on the market for MS and as a team we have been able to take the stigma away from hopelessness to hopefulness.”The evening is generously sponsored by Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Aston Martin and Associated Television International.In addition to the great fundraising this night provides, Race to Erase MS also supports the “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” awareness month, throughout May. The campaign features a variety of orange products (the vibrant color chosen to represent Multiple Sclerosis and hope) to be sold with all or a portion of proceeds benefiting the cause. Some items include a T-shirt designed by Nancy Davis and modeled by Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, Invicta watch sold on Evine Live also modeled by the Osbourne’s and a bracelet by Alex and Ani, sold annually, which has solely helped raise over $750,000 to date. To purchase any of these items please visit www.shop.erasems.org.Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS. Funding research is the core focus of the foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this debilitating disease. At the event’s inception 22 years ago, the absence of medications and therapies encouraged its involvement; the Race has been instrumental in funding many pilot studies that have contributed to drugs now on the market and other very important therapies that are improving the lives of people suffering from MS.All funds raised support the Center Without Walls program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat MS. It is the hope of the Race to Erase MS that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, awareness will be created by educating the public about this mysterious disease.Tickets to the 22nd Annual Race to Erase MS start at $1,000 and tables start at $10,000. To purchase tickets for the event, please contact info@erasems.org or (310) 440-4842.last_img read more

“Armed combat, presence of irregular groups, targeted killings and landmines all contribute to the rising trend of forced displacement,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond said of the latest incident involving 1,018 Awá in southern Colombia, almost half of them children under16. The local authorities have delivered food for the past three days, a doctor is on site and UNHCR has offered to meet the needs in water, sanitation and accommodation, Mr. Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. The area is part of the department of Nariño, which in recent years has suffered some of the worst violence in Colombia. Since the start of 2007, there have been 18 cases of mass displacement involving more than 50 people moving at one time within Nariño, forcing more than 10,000 people out of their homes. The four decades of conflict between Government forces, leftist guerrillas, rightist paramilitaries and criminal gangs has not only affected the south of the Andean country. Over the past year the violence has also uprooted indigenous communities in north-western Chocó region near the border with Panama. UNHCR has repeatedly warned that some indigenous communities, displaced from land to which they are tied by their culture and traditions, are in danger of disappearing altogether. Under the UNGuiding Principles on Internal Displacement, the State has a special duty to prevent the forced displacement of indigenous people and others with a special relation to the land and Colombia’s Constitutional Court is holding a hearing today to seek more information from the Government on measures to protect indigenous people. Indigenous representatives from all over Colombia, including the Awás, are to present the situation in each community, and at the Court’s invitation UNHCR will take part. Last year, the Court found that there were “persistent gaps” in specific attention to the rights of indigenous people, which could put at risk the cultural survival of displaced communities. There are 87 different indigenous groups in Colombia, making up 3 per cent of the population of 42 million. They comprise one of the richest and most varied indigenous heritages in the world. 21 September 2007More than 1,000 indigenous Colombians have taken refuge in a school to escape fighting between the army and an irregular armed group, the latest victims of more than 40 years of conflict which has uprooted 3 million people and has recently had a disproportionate effect on the country’s original inhabitants, the United Nations reported today. read more

TORONTO — Consumer protection agencies are warning those shopping for used cars to stay alert as some vehicles damaged in the recent floods south of the border may appear on the Canadian market.The agencies say vehicles caught up in hurricane Harvey and other disasters will likely be disposed of by insurers but some may be imported into Canada and sold to unsuspecting drivers.They say the vehicles may seem to be in perfect condition because the damage caused by flooding can take months or even years to manifest.The Automobile Protection Association says the issues may not be flagged in a history report or come to light in an inspection.It recommends buying from a dealership or finding out where a used vehicle comes from and steering clear of those from the areas hit by extreme weather.The association’s director, George Iny, says no cases have been reported so far, likely because any flood-related problems have not yet emerged.“It wouldn’t happen so quickly, that a consumer would become aware of that,” he said.Typically, vehicles damaged in floods make their way across the border after being sold for parts, then are cleaned up and reassembled, he said.“They would put it on the road and it would be retailed to someone here, possibly as a U.S. vehicle, but they wouldn’t tell you it was a U.S. write-off,” he said.Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator and Quebec’s consumer protection agency both issued warnings this month about flood-damaged vehicles from the U.S.“Authorities in the U.S. have told us they expect about half a million vehicles to be flooded as a result of hurricane Harvey alone,” said Tom Girling, director of investigations for the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. “And they expect many of them will end up being exported — including to Canada.”Water is “insidious,” said the council’s director of communications, Terry O’Keefe. “It gets into everything and causes corrosion.”Over time, water damage can keep airbags from deploying, cause the car’s computer to shut down or ruin electric steering systems, he said.Registered dealers are legally required to disclose if a vehicle has been declared a total loss or has sustained flood damage, among other things, but private sellers are under no such obligation, the council said.It also said to beware used vehicles priced below market value. read more