first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC): Kieran Powell said West Indies were keen to put in a really big effort to win the decisive third and final Test of the current series against Pakistan, starting tomorrow at Windsor Park here. The Windies are eager to prove that their stunning 107-run victory in the second Test which ended last Thursday at Kensington Oval in Barbados was no flash in the pan, as they aim to win their first Test series in four years and over a side ranked higher for the first time in eight years. “The guys are very happy about the performance in Barbados,” Powell told reporters on Sunday following a training session at the match venue. “The bowlers have been very consistent and they have been giving us an opportunity. Now it’s left for us – the batsmen – to put our hands up and put some good totals on the board, particularly in the first innings, so we can be far more competitive.” He added: “It does not happen often, so when West Indies are in town, we the fans should come out and support the team and encourage us to play some good, entertaining cricket. “It’s a Test match, so it would not be hurrah, hurrah. We expect it to be a long, hard graft over five days and we are hoping that we are the side that works harder and gets the positive result.” Powell has returned to the side for the series against the Pakistanis, starting with the preceding one-day internationals, following a three-year, self-imposed exile. Prior his walking away, he had been clearly identified as the other half of the solution to the opening batting problem that had plagued the side. Things have not quite worked according to plan. Though Powell had gotten starts he has failed to carry on and the problem at the top of the order has been compounded by a lack of success for the typically reliable Kraigg Brathwaite. “Returning to the side has not been that difficult,” he said. “If you take a shark out of the water and put it back in, it will swim – so I am swimming. “There are some areas in my batting that I have identified with the batting coach that we are working on. “The video data analyst has provided some footage and we have been examining it. I have also spoken to some people – some former players – so that I can try to rectify it for this match.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Prince of Wales has officially opened a purpose-built “home away from home” for the families of wounded troops being treated in hospital.Prince Charles Opens Fisher HouseHis Royal Highness met wounded service personnel and their families before cutting a ribbon and unveiling a plaque to mark the opening of the Help for Heroes-backed Fisher House at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The facility, thought to be the first UK-US military charity partnership, will provide long-term support to the loved ones of servicemen and women with life-changing injuries.The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, Help for Heroes and American charity Fisher House Foundation have formed a partnership to create the 18-bedroom home. A five-minute walk from the wards where military patients injured overseas are treated, the new accommodation will be made available to their families at no charge.Offering spacious bedrooms, kitchen facilities, living rooms and a garden, the new £4.2 million building is designed to allow military families to share their experiences and support each other.The Prince of Wales, who has made numerous private visits to injured troops at the hospital in recent years, also chatted with staff who will help to run the newly opened home, which is modelled on a network of similar facilities in the United States.Earlier, The Prince visited Solihull in the West Midlands in his role as patron of Marie Curie Cancer Care.The Prince was joined by girl group The Saturdays as he officially opened a new £20 million Marie Curie Hospice.Building work at the site in Marsh Lane began two years ago and The Saturdays have supported the project since its inception.His Royal Highness visited the hospice’s day service centre with the pop stars and met in-patients privately before also meeting volunteer gardeners and staff.Commenting after the visit, Marie Curie chief executive Dr Jane Collins said: “We are honoured that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Saturdays were able to attend today and open our new hospice and meet our staff, volunteers and patients.“We are grateful to everyone who has been involved in raising the funds to build this fantastic new hospice, which will allow us to care for more patients across the West Midlands.”The Saturdays member Rochelle Humes, making her first public appearance since giving birth to a baby girl in May, said: “It is such an honour to be part of such a special day and amazing to see how fantastic the hospice looks.“We are all very proud to be ambassadors for Marie Curie.” read more

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It looks like today was Legends of Tomorrow’s turn — again — to host the four-way crossover of The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends.Legends of Tomorrow’s Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) shared a photo of himself with The Flash’s Barry allen (Grant Gustin) and another with a P.O.T.U.S. podium inside. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img

first_imgManchester City winger Leroy Sane has no doubts over Fernandinho’s importance to them following their 2-1 win over LiverpoolThe Brazilian midfielder played his second game since returning from a two-week layoff and put in another outstanding performance as City closed the gap at the top of the Premier League to four points.Fernandinho’s absence coincided with City’s back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City last month with pundit Paul Merson believing the 33-year-old is key to their title hopes.Sane, who scored the match-winner at the Etihad Stadium to inflict a first league defeat to Liverpool, held out special praise for Fernandinho.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Everyone knows Fernandinho is important for us,” Sane told CityTV.“He has to defend the ball, win the ball, pass the ball!“He had an amazing game and I’m so pleased he is back for us.”Pep Guardiola’s side will next face Rotherham on Sunday in the FA Cup before taking on Burton in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash next week.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes has predicted a bright future for young winger Vinicius Junior can following his excellent displays in the Spanish capital.The Brazilian has become a regular in Los Blancos following the absence of Gareth Bale and Isco who has fallen down Solari’s pecking order.The 18-year-old who completed a €45million move to Madrid in July 2018 scored his second La Liga goal of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Deportivo Alaves.8 – Vinícius Júnior has been involved in eight goals for @realmadriden in Copa del Rey this season (two goals and six assists), more than any other LaLiga player. Start— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 6, 2019And was impressive in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona on Wednesday.Morientes said via FourFourTwo: “We were all keen to see Vinicius play, to see how he develops. I think he’s a very impressive player, he’s very good in one-on-ones and making runs.“He’s still very young, we need time to see the kind of player he will be but if he continues to play the way he is now he’ll be a world-class player, no doubt.“We should give him time though, you can’t burden such a young player with too much responsibility especially at a club like Real Madrid.”Morientes says Vinicius reminds him of Savio – the former winger who claimed three Champions League crowns with Madrid around the turn of the century.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Obviously Savio was a little older but they have similar traits; daring, pace on the ball and one-on-one ability,” added Morientes.“And they’re both Brazilians, of course. Both came from a very different football style in Brazil, but they adapted quickly.“So I’d say Vinicius reminds me of Savio, for their playing style and their position out on the left.”📊| Only Karim Benzema (23), Gareth Bale (16) and Sergio Ramos (11) have been involved in more goals than Vinícius Júnior (10) for Real Madrid in all competitions this season. #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid News (@onlyrmcfnews) February 4, 2019Morientes a former teammate of Solari at the Santiago Bernabeu had some kind words for the Argentine gaffer.He said: “Solari was a great team-mate. A very nice, friendly guy.“He liked to joke around. But he was also a very hard worker, a top professional, the kind of guy you always want in your team both when he’s playing and when he’s not.“He always contributed, and not just on the pitch. A great player and a great team-mate, both on and off the pitch.”last_img read more

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending Updated: 8:40 PM Posted: November 16, 2018 November 16, 2018 Surprise siamang gibbon birth at the San Diego Zoo KUSI Newsroom Photo taken by: Christina Simmons, San Diego ZooSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 37-year-old siamang gibbon at the San Diego Zoo recently gave birth to the zoo’s first siamang baby in 12 years despite being on birth control, the zoo announced today.The siamang, named Eloise, gave birth in its exhibit on Nov. 12 while zoo volunteers and guests looked on. Eloise and a 35-year-old male siamang had conceived six baby gibbons in the past, but the newest one came as a surprise to zoo officials.Given that their genes had clearly been passed on multiple times, the zoo had limited the two siamangs’ fertility with chemical birth control for an undisclosed number of years prior to the surprise birth.“It was amazing to see Eloise give birth this week, because she showed no outward signs of being pregnant,” said Zoo Animal Care Manager Jill Andrews.  “We’re not certain why birth control didn’t work in this case, but as with humans, it is not uncommon for contraceptive failure to happen from time to time. Still, we are overjoyed — because any birth of an endangered species is a reason to celebrate.”Siamangs are an endangered species of gibbon found in parts of India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. According to the zoo, their endangered classification by the International Union for Conservation of Nature is due to habitat loss brought on by logging and agriculture as well as illegal pet trading.Zoo guests can visit the three siamangs along the zoo’s Orangutan Trail. The zoo’s animal care staff will determine the baby’s gender in the coming months when they have a chance to give it a full health examination. FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_imgIrvine, California-based Duncan McIntosh Co. has a new plan for the editorial staff at Editor & Publisher, the former Nielsen title the company acquired earlier this year.  As a result, longtime editor Mark Fitzgerald, managing editor Shawn Moynihan and senior editor Jim Rosenberg have been fired, according to a statement e-mailed to FOLIO: by Fitzgerald.In the statement, Fitzgerald says he was told the company wants to take Editor & Publisher in an unspecified “other direction editorially.” Citing a company memo, Fitzgerald says the magazine will be “utilizing more individuals for the print edition who are experts in their individual fields as opposed to reporters who track down experts and put the expert’s story into the writer’s words.”No word yet about what the changes mean for the future of Editor & Publisher or its Web site. Duncan McIntosh did not immediately return a request seeking comment.UPDATE: “Moving toward expert-generated copy is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” McIntosh tells FOLIO:. “We need to utilize as many experts in the field as possible. I’d rather clean up their copy than rely on reporters who might not know to ask the right questions.” McIntosh says that while content creation will be farmed out to experts, the editorial management of the magazine will be handled in-house by his team. “We knew when we took over the magazine that it had to change, to adapt to where the newspaper industry is headed,” he says. “We just weren’t getting the changes we were looking for with the staff that we had in place. “All three of them are great guys, and accomplished journalists,” he adds. “We wish them the best.”The magazine’s publisher, Charles McKeown, as well as its associate advertising director remain with the magazine. Editor & Publisher was shut down in late 2009 by former owner Nielsen Business Media, roughly two weeks before being acquired by McIntosh, which publishes several marine-related publications, including Boating World, Sea Magazine and The Log newspaper.Today, McIntosh says the magazine’s revenues are still about where they were a year ago. “It’s close to self-sustaining,” McIntosh says. “And the mission of the magazine is just as strong as ever.”last_img read more

first_img“We like to play with the line quite a bit and some argue that we cross it, but the best way for us to figure that out is to gauge reactions on social media,” says digital producer, Jordan David.Nearly crossing (or sometimes) crossing the line seems to be paying off. This year the website’s traffic is up 300 percent when compared to 2012. And social media drives 55 percent (up from 31 percent in 2012) of traffic, which is largely due to Facebook, according to David.The publication admits that much of its success in the space is due to the nature of the content itself. Still, as marketing manager Bob Marshall points out, content can’t do all the heavy lifting. “There will be times we introduce a headline and don’t see a lot of traffic from it so we spin it a little bit and just release a quote from the story that’s maybe out of context in some weird or bizarre way,” Marshall says.Beyond anything else, David and Marshall maintain that the hundreds of shares each post usually generates is the metric they value most. “Until Facebook pays me for likes I’m really not all that intrigued by them. But shares do a lot more for sustainment. I can see what my friend likes, but I may not care, but when they share something it’s a stronger endorsement,” David says.Publication: Real SimpleSocial Network: PinterestFollowers: 329,634It is not subjective to state that Real Simple and Pinterest are an ideal match. As a magazine, Real Simple offers insightful lifestyle content accompanied by rich visuals. And as a social network, Pinterest offers users an opportunity to seek out insightful lifestyle content accompanied by rich visuals.“Pinterest is such a natural fit for us,” says Kathleen Harris, managing editor of “It can be summed up by just the photographs alone; as we like to say: A picture is worth 1000 pins,” she adds. And perhaps that is why Real Simple entered the space in October 2010–several months before most had even heard of the platform.The velocity of growth in recent months has been impressive. It took Real Simple nearly two years to reach 100,000 followers, but it has grown 250 percent since June 2012. Harris says, “The growth is very organic. We have partnerships but what’s amazing is we haven’t done any massive campaigns to get people to follow us.”In many ways the Pinterest platform is similar to a digital edition. That is, the brand’s 109 pin boards maintain its core content objectives. What’s different, however, is that Pinterest allows for curated content.“So much of what’s happening on Pinterest informs us of what’s going on elsewhere and we can use that for the magazine. It makes us think about what kind of content people want,” Harris says.Publication: National GeographicSocial Network: InstagramFollowers: 2,111,978There are very few magazines that are as naturally fit for Instagram as National Geographic. Photographs are ingrained into the DNA of the 125 year-old magazine, and Instagram lets it showcase its images in an entirely new way.The magazine established one of the first partnerships with Instagram, but waited to enter the space until it determined an effective strategy. National Geographic’s vice president of social media, Robert Michael Murray explains: “We wanted to see what was happening. We did as much listening as anything else,” he says. Murray goes on to say, “We want to do everything with purpose.”Purpose has led to 80 million engagements on the Instagram platform. And that is with only 1,700 photos, meaning each photo generates an average of nearly 50,000 reactions.Instagram has shown National Geographic that there is an audience for every photo they post. Still, Murray says, “People like awe-inspiring content, and are usually more interested in the story being told behind the image.”Given its scale, National Geographic is a tough model to compare against, but Murray does offer some tips for those looking to enhance their presence in the space: “One, you have to know who you are as an organization. Two, you need to know your audience. Three, you have to set specific goals. And most important, don’t try to mimic somebody else,” he says. Publication: WIREDSocial Network: TwitterFollowers: 2,078,058When it comes to Twitter, WIRED executes the same strategy that it does across all its platforms—accessibility. Of course, accessibility is much easier said than done when your Twitter following is in the millions. Still, New York editor, Joe Brown insists that, “WIRED is a much friendlier brand than a lot of other media brands, because it came about from a democratized set of tools and we have always maintained a more relatable tone,” he says.Terms like authentic and relatable are often tossed around in connection to Twitter, but WIRED stresses that its objectives within the space are not self-serving and engagement is their top priority.“We reach a large audience so when we post something out there the results are typically good. It’s easy to abuse your following by over-promoting; you need to talk to your readers; be accessible, lead the conversation and be friendly,” Brown says.On a typical week, WIRED averages between 8-9,000 retweets and more than 5,000 “favorites.” Additionally, its top tweets usually attract between 200 to 300 retweets and “favorites.”Even though quality engagement is WIRED’s primary goal, its growth within the twitter space is impressive. WIRED has increased its following by 33 percent when comparing July 2013 to July 2012. The company credits its content and commitment to accessibility as its growth catalyst. “We have kept the habit of actually having real people tweet for us, it’s really important,” Brown says. Much like trends in magazine publishing, social media is becoming a niche-focused market. This means there are an increasing number of networks that serve very specific functions. For instance, the difference between Instagram and Twitter is similar to the difference between a photography enthusiast magazine and a newsweekly.Keeping that in mind, there are platforms that are naturally suited for some publications, while others might require a more forced effort. Still, even if your content is well matched for a social platform, you can’t bank on that alone.Publication: The OnionSocial Network: FacebookLikes: 2,396,117For a pure-play publisher like the satirical “news” site The Onion, social media objectives are centered on driving traffic to the homepage. Not only that, but Facebook also offers readers an outlet for comments and conversation.last_img read more

first_imgCommunities will need to find new ways to support military families and veterans as the military adapts new strategies and personnel policies, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday.Carter mentioned two changes the military is considering as it designs new personnel policies to build and retain the Force of the Future.“Transition out of the military will look different than it did 70 years ago, or, for that matter, 10 years ago,” he said, reported DOD News. “It’ll mean that in the future, some might only serve for a time, while others may spend 25 years moving back and forth between national service and other opportunities.”Officials also are exploring adjustments that would reduce the frequency of moves for service members, allowing military families to stay in one community longer and establish more stable lives.And because many of the changes DOD is contemplating are designed to ensure the military attracts the nation’s top science and technology talent, Carter urged NACo members to continue the emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math programs in their schools.The bottom line is that counties and local communities “are the source of the American military’s enduring strength, because you provide our men and women in uniform the preparation, the care and the purpose they need to defend our country,” Carter said.The secretary pressed communities to strive not only to support the members of the armed forces, “but to know our troops.”“Let’s make a future where this is a two-way street where both military and civilian communities contribute to each other,” he said.When veterans come into communities, “empower them with opportunities to continue leading lives of meaning and purpose,” he told the audience.“To be clear, they aren’t looking for handouts,” Carter said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more