Tottenham 4-1 West Ham: Spurs extend unbeaten run to 12 games as red-hot Kane scores again

first_img Tottenham striker Harry Kane 1 Harry Kane continued his red-hot scoring streak with a brace as Tottenham claimed an impressive London derby victory over West Ham to move within two points of fourth-placed Arsenal.The England striker now has 11 goals for club and country this season, with his double at White Hart Lane – a goal in each half – meaning he has netted in four consecutive Premier League games, while Spurs extend their unbeaten run to 12 league games.Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld’s first-half header was sandwiched between the two Kane strikes, with a late Kyle Walker beauty capping off the rout before Manuel Lanzini netted an even later consolation.But Spurs really could have scored about six or seven as Slaven Bilic’s side seemingly felt the full force of Dimitri Payet’s absence.The French attacker has been the driving force behind the majority of West Ham’s best performances this season – including wins over Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal – and without the injured star they were outclassed and lacked any real cutting edge, even with the return of Andy Carrol and Diafra Sakho up front.Tottenham dominated from the start, with Hammers stopper Adrian called into action early on to deny a fiercely stuck effort from Christian Eriksen.The Spaniard’s gloves were all that stood between Spurs and a total whitewash at White Hart Lane, but unfortunately his errors equalled the number of his crucial saves, as a blunder saw Kane open the scoring on 24 minutes.Hesitant defending and a fortuitous bounce saw the ball dribble through on the edge of the box to Kane, who stood off his man, turned and fired left-footed into the roof of the net. Adrian should have done better, with the shot sailing through his open arms.To their credit West Ham refused to let their heads drop in those early stages, and they appeared inches away from an instant equaliser when Cheikhou Kouyate broke free and his ambitious close-range overhead kick rattled the crossbar, though he was flagged for offside anyway.From then on in it was one-way traffic, and Spurs soon doubled their lead when Alderweireld scored with a bullet header from a corner. Again it was grim viewing for Hammers fans, with Andy Carroll inexplicably beaten at the near post as he failed to spot the Belgian’s run.Spurs had a host of chances to effectively seal all three points before half-time, but were either denied by the quick hands of Adrian or the cruelty of the crossbar.First it was Son Heung-min who went close, seeing his delayed shot well saved after a wonderful team move involving Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, with recent England debutant Alli heading the rebound onto the woodwork.And Kane was then left red faced as he squandered the opportunity to land the killer blow on the stroke of the break. A lucky ricochet off a West Ham defender allowed the England star to run through one-on-one, but he uncharacteristically shanked his shot horribly wide.The hosts’ dominance continued after the break and it wasn’t long until Kane bagged his second on 50 minutes, although Adrian again should have done better as he seemed to dive over the striker’s low effort from 22 yards.The pace slowed noticeably as Spurs stepped off the gas, but Adrian proved he was still alert with a fine double save to twice deny substitute Ryan Mason.But the glovesman was soon beaten again as Walker romped forward from right-back and played a one-two with Son on the edge of the box, before nonchalantly stroking the ball home with the outside of his boot.Lanzini gave West Ham fans at least one reason to smile with a 90th minute consolation, beating Hugo Lloris at his near post with a strong hit, or least he would have done if the away stand was not mostly empty as Hammers fans streamed for the exits.It was not all happy news for Tottenham, either, as a fifth yellow card of the season means Deli Alli will miss next weekend’s clash with Chelsea.last_img read more

Forget MVP, Warriors’ Steph Curry will win scoring title, says NBA stats cruncher

first_imgI’ve always believed that an unhealthy preoccupation with sports-driven data, statistical minutiae and intense quantification was a sign of a stunted social life. And until a few years ago I had the Strat-O-Matic scoresheets to prove it.But ESPN’s Zach Lowe has me reconsidering my position. Host of the “Lowe Post” podcast Lowe bounced a few numbers off guest Kevin Arnovitz on Tuesday. If Lowe is on the ball, you … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Gift of the Givers: 25 years of philanthropy: Emily Thomas

first_imgIn a series of five articles, we share stories from Gift of the Givers volunteers in their own words as the organisation marks its 25th year of serving humanity. Emily Thomas, who works in logistics, tells us about what she does.Bringing water to the thirsty, Emily Thomas helping with drought relief programme in the Free State. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Sulaiman PhilipEmily Thomas: LogisticsI had just returned from leave in January 2016 when I was asked to go to Bloemfontein to help with our drought relief programme, where we distributed thousands of litres of water to communities around the Free State. It was really so sad to see people queue from five in the morning hoping that a water truck would come pass. Elderly people had to pay someone to fetch them buckets of water; children in creche were forced to carry two litres of water for the day.Listening to farmers when we brought them animal feed moved me. They would speak of how they ploughed and planted in hope and how they lost it all as the drought went on. I could feel and see the heartache and pain this drought visited on them.Listening to farmers talking about having to kill their animals brought home the despair people live with. (Image: Gift of the Givers)The animals were thin, sickly and dying. To remove yourself is a coping mechanism and I kept thinking about how this would affect the price of meat. Then you listen to the farmers tell you how hard it was to shoot their animals because they could not stand to see their suffering, and you realise the despair and hopelessness they live with. This donation of animal feed brought them new hope. The drought was an act of God, but through us He brought hope.I am a Gift of the Givers employee and I’m on call 24/7, but I see this as a calling, not a job. I have been doing this for so long – for nine years – and I have learnt that every distribution or disaster comes with its own unique challenges. It’s my responsibilty to make sure that logistics are in place and to be aware of the things that could possibley go wrong.On my first mission I thought of none of that; I was thinking only that our donations were going to make people’s hearts happy. Then the reality of the amount of work and planning that goes into every distribution or mission dawns on you. I work with an incredibly experienced team that helps to ensure that everything runs smoothly and without any security hazards.When people ask I always tell them my journey with Gift of the Givers started as an intervention by God. When I think of who we are and what it is we do I am filled with pride. We are an organisation that brings hope and restores dignity to people’s lives. I lost my job in June 2008. I remember I was standing outside when two gentlemen stopped to talk to me. We prayed together and one of them said: “In a month from now God will give you a job.”Exactly a month later I was planning to spend the day in bed because I was so depressed about still being unemployed when I got a call from my priest, Reverend Eve. Some flats close our church in Mayfair had burnt down and she wanted me to help with the residents. I could not tell her I was still in bed feeling sorry for myself, instead I jumped up and got ready.The Gift of the Givers were there as well and we all worked to determine what the residents immediate needs were. I accompanied Uncle (Badr) Allaudin to the warehouse to get some food and basic hygiene products. When he heard I was unemployed he asked me to accompany him to Orlando in Soweto to distribute food and blankets.In Orlando he asked me to say a few words and, not knowing anything about the organisation, I shyly and nervously read the Gift of the Givers brochure and ended with a prayer. Driving back Uncle Allaudin simply said: “I don’t think Im going to let you go, I want you to join the foundation.”Read the next profile on Ahmed Bham who heads the search and rescue department of Gift of the Givers.Our first profile was on medical co-ordinator, Dr YM Essack. Click here to read more.To find out how beekeeper, Owen Williams, has contributed to the organisation, click here.Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Livan Meneses-Turino, shares his experience in Nepal, Haiti, and Palestine.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Harry Kane brace saves England the blushes vs Tunisia

first_imgEngland began their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign by stuttering to 2-1 win over Tunisia as a injury-time winner from skipper Harry Kane at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on Tuesday.England almost looked like they would be met with the same fate as Argentina were also held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland, Brazil to another 1-1 draw by Switzerland. But Kane had other plans.Kane soared high to meet the ball and guide it past the Tunisia keeper for the win after a Ferjani Sassi penalty had cancelled out Harry Kane’s 11th minute opener.Incidentally, this was England’s first 90+ winner in a regular time in a World Cup match.Kane stooped at the far post to turn in a header in the 91st minute just when it looked like England were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments.Kane had put England ahead in the 11th minute of the Group G game when Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen could only palm a strong header by John Stones on to the foot of the striker.England promised to launch their campaign with attacking football and they tore into Tunisia before and after Kane’s opener, creating a string of chances only to be let down by a lack of composure in front of goal.They paid the price when the North Africans were awarded a penalty before the break.England defender Kyle Walker swung an arm behind him and caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face and Colombia referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot.advertisementFerjani Sassi, after appearing to whisper a prayer to himself, scored low to the right of England keeper Jordan Pickford to equalise.After the break, England struggled to maintain the intensity of the opening period and Tunisia looked more comfortable as they contained their opponents’ attack until Kane’s winner.From a Kieran Trippier corner, a glancing header from Harry Maguire found Kane at the back post and he cleverly nodded home to give England a winning start.The result means Belgium top Group G on goal difference after a 3-0 over World Cup debutants Panama earlier on Monday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Schools Benefiting From Leadership Training of Principals

first_img The Ministry’s policy position is that no principal can be appointed to lead an educational institution unless he/she has done the requisite training at the NCEL. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that schools are benefiting from the effective management of principals who have been trained and certified by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL).The Ministry’s policy position is that no principal can be appointed to lead an educational institution unless he/she has done the requisite training at the NCEL.“We have seen the tremendous result of that, where the schools that have these trained and certified principals are emerging and they are doing well,” Senator Reid said.He was addressing the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) Sixth Biennial General Meeting and National Conference held at Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Saturday (July 14).NCEL is the premier educational leadership training and development organisation creating world-class leaders for Jamaica and the global community.Its mission is to develop and support highly competent, educational leaders, who are able to create and sustain effective schools, thereby contributing to national development.Minister Reid told his audience that the NCEL is moving to equip vice principals, senior teachers and bursars “because the Ministry wants to ensure that people are trained appropriately for the roles and responsibilities that they are asked to take on”.“We must strive in all we do to make sure that the persons serving our children at all levels within our schools are highly trained, highly effective, so that quality education can be delivered to the population,” he stressed.Senator Reid encouraged members of the NPTAJ to continue to serve on school Boards, which are charged with ensuring the effective management of institutions.“Stakeholders like parents are very important. It is a role that we want to cement,” he said. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that schools are benefiting from the effective management of principals who have been trained and certified by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL). “We have seen the tremendous result of that, where the schools that have these trained and certified principals are emerging and they are doing well,” Senator Reid said.last_img read more

Paul Drops 40 Leads Clippers to Defeat Nuggets in

Chris Paul dominated the game with a high of 40 points and 11 assists to bring the Los Angeles Clippers to a 118-111 overtime defeat over the Denver Nuggets at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night.Paul made a layup with 22 seconds left in regulation sending the game into overtime. In a total of 42 minutes he added seven rebounds and 12 of 13 shooting to his efficient game.Paul had 15 points by halftime, when the Clippers trailed 47-46.The Nuggets lost their chance to win in regulation when JaVale McGee missed a 6-foot jumper at the buzzer.Clippers’ Darren Collison looked good with his 27 points, hitting 10 out of 13 shots. Blake Griffin scored 17 points with eight rebounds in 39 minutes of play for the Clippers.Evan Fournier and Anthony Randolph both scored 16 points for the Nuggets, while veteran Andre Miller dropped 15.Los Angeles shot 52 percent from the field compared to the Nuggets’ 49 percent.According to Yahoo Sports, “This is the second straight year the Clippers played at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Last year, the first time the Clippers hosted a game in Las Vegas, Ty Lawson’s layup at the buzzer gave Denver a 106-104 win.” read more

Quaders heart working fine without artificial support

first_imgAwami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP) machine, which was set up in the heart of ailing road transport minister and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, was removed on Thursday morning as his condition is improving gradually, reports news agency UNB.“His heart is working fine without any artificial support,” Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) director Abu Naser Rizvi, who was accompanying the minister, informed media referring to the statement of cardiologist Philip Koh of Mount Elizabeth Hospital at noon.The kidneys of the minister have been functioning better than before and the quantity of sedative has also been reduced, said Rizvi.”The minister is also responding to doctors’ call,” he added.He further said many of his infections are under control.His wife Isratunnesa Quader and Md Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore were also present at the briefing.Quader, also general secretary to ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL), was flown to Singapore on Monday for better treatment as per advice of renowned Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty.The minister was admitted to the BSMMU on Sunday morning following breathing complications. Later, physicians conducted an angiogram and found three blockages in his coronary arteries.last_img read more

Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping speaks flanked by his wife Peng Liyuan (R), French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on 25 March. AFP File PhotoThe leaders of China, France, Germany and the EU were set to meet in Paris on Tuesday for “unprecedented” talks on how to improve ties, despite growing jitters over Beijing’s massive investments in Europe.It comes ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month and a day after Chinese president Xi Jinping signed an array of deals with France including a huge aircraft contract.At a glitzy state dinner on Monday evening French president Emmanuel Macron said he hoped to build a “new global governance” with China and would discuss this at the “unprecedented meeting with the German chancellor and the president of the European Commission”.”This is an important gesture that we are making now. It is testament to your deep attachment to China’s cooperation with Europe… and my desire to build a strong Europe,” he told Xi.German chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will join Xi and Macron at the Elysee Palace to explore “points of convergence” between the two trading giants.On Monday China and France inked a dozen deals on nuclear power, cultural exchanges and clean energy, while Beijing also committed to buy 290 Airbus A320s and 10 A350 airliners from Europe’s Airbus conglomerate.The order, originally for 184 A320s for 13 Chinese airlines, was first announced during Macron’s state visit to China in January 2018.All of the deals, including one on French exports to China of frozen chicken, amount to a total of some $40 billion.Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while pushing back against Beijing’s growing global clout.Speaking at the Elysee Palace on Monday following talks with Xi, Macron called for a “strong Europe-China partnership”, adding that this must be based on “strong multilateralism” and “fair and balanced” trade.Meanwhile Xi stressed that “a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world”.”China will always back European integration and its development,” he added in a statement to the press.Around 200 guests including the French actor Alain Delon, who is widely known in China, French electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and Chinese actress Gong Li attended the state dinner on Monday.New Silk RoadEarlier on his trip, Xi visited Italy, which became the first G7 state to sign up to China’s vast “New Silk Road” infrastructure project that has sparked unease in the US and the European Union.Macron announced that France and China will cooperate on a number of investment projects in some of the countries involved in the initiative, a massive undertaking to link Asia to Europe.Italy’s participation comes despite misgivings over the huge venture by other European nations wary of China’s growing influence.Xi has insisted the project will be a two-way street of investment and trade.But EU Budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger in a newspaper interview over the weekend expressed “concern that in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, high speed rail lines or harbours are no longer in European but in Chinese hands”.Europe’s distrust of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in next-generation 5G mobile technology worldwide, is also emblematic of the increasingly rocky relationship.The US is pressuring European allies not to use Huawei technology, saying it creates a security risk by potentially letting Beijing snoop on sensitive communications.France has so far not ruled out using Huawei technology.As well as addressing commercial cooperation and strategic issues with Xi, Macron has also been urged to deal with the case of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese former head of the France-based Interpol police agency.Meng’s wife has had no news of her husband since his arrest in China nearly six months ago. It emerged Sunday she had written to Macron asking him to bring up his disappearance with Xi.Meng is believed to be facing corruption charges.Despite the many sources of friction, France wants to engage China as a closer partner as Washington becomes more isolationist under Trump’s “America First” policy.For example, Macron may seek more Chinese support for the French-backed G5 Sahel force fighting Islamist extremists in Western Africa, French presidential aides said.last_img read more

Halloween in Delhi

first_imgEvolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. To celebrate the night of the dead, Delhiites dress up at their spookiest best.Skeletons, tombstones, spider webs and glowing pumpkins are amongst the popular decor items, but the list can go on and on. The day has become yet another excuse for youngsters to dress up at their horrific best and have some fun. Party stores, costume shops and make-up artists are gearing up to cash in on the trend to transform people into creepy characters ahead of the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Know to be an American holiday, Halloween seems to be gaining fast popularity in India. “People have started getting quite serious about their looks, as many popular pubs and nightclubs in the city are throwing parties that hold ‘ghostly’ competitions and give away fancy prizes to the best dressed,” said – a makeover expert. Recognising an increasing demand for Halloween parties director of a local bar said, “We have decorated our pub with scary chandeliers and skeletons, making it look like a dark dungeon. Our in-house DJ will play scary music all night to make it a complete Halloween experience. We are also calling three artists to paint faces.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChild-friendly Halloween setups also seem to be in demand as they are being organised to cater the needs of both parents and toddlers. “The idea is to involve the whole family in this festival, which is why we are going for a lighter Halloween theme party this year. We will have people dressed up in cartoon characters such as superman, spiderman etc. We are also organising a best-dressed competition and children will also be allowed to take instant photographs with their favourite cartoon character,” said an event organiser. In spite of being the most ‘in’ thing recently, Halloween somehow seems to be stuffed within the boundaries of a clubhouse or a private party. The famous trick or treat tradition is not that successful in a country where parents spend a lot of energy warning children not to talk to strangers. This puts us in a position to question the custom we have adopted mindlessly. Because let’s face it, no Indian parent would want their children to dress up in a blood sucking vampire costume, they would rather dress them up as engineers or doctors! While Dussehra was celebrated to fight good over evil then why to bring evil back in the form of Halloween? Think about it!last_img read more

What Your Business Can Learn About Leveraging Big Data From Netflix Eloqua

first_imgDecember 19, 2014 4 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For many organizations, big data is the engine of their success. Netflix , Eloqua and Obama’s 2008 winning campaign for the presidency provide key lessons for entrepreneurs looking to harness the power of big data. Each of these businesses used big data to get closer to its customers — and to develop a successful strategy. In show business, a sector traditionally ruled by executives making decisions based on gut instinct, Netflix brought big data to the table when making the initial decision to invest in what eventually became a huge hit, House of Cards. When pitched the show that other producers had passed on, Netflix consulted its viewership data, according to David Carr of The New York Times. Related: Mine Big Data’s Promise. Selling Info You Gather Is a Profitable Sideline.After seeing that it had enough viewers who watched the films of David Fincher (who was directing the series), movies with Kevin Spacey (who was the star of the series) and the original British version of the show, Netflix agreed to invest $100 million to produce the show. The company was so confident in the data that it took the unusual step of green-lighting two seasons. Netflix originally started as a mail-order to alternative to Blockbuster. But at its heart, Netflix is a data play. The selection queue gave Netflix insight into its users’ viewing habits and enabled it to recommend movies and TV shows its customer might enjoy. That capability has been expanded and made more immediate now that Netflix streams entertainment to its viewers. Related: 5 Ways to Pull Big Data Into Your Marketing StrategyEloqua is another startup that rode big data to success: This marketing-automation software company was sold to Oracle in 2013 for $957 million. One of the secrets to Eloqua’s success was its software-as-a-service model. Because it hosted its solution online, Eloqua had access to rich data on how its customers were using the product, which gave the company tremendous insight into how to serve individual customers and how to make the software better.   “I think what’s interesting about the technology phase we are in today is that for the first time we have a pretty good sense of how people are using our software and when they’re using, how frequently they’re using, and how many people are using it,” Joe Payne, the former CEO of Eloqua, explained in an interview for my book The Big Data-Driven Business. “If you pay attention to all of those things, it can give you insight that will help you win your market.” In 2008, Obama for America in 2008 used big data not to win a market but win a presidential election. Dan Siroker was the director of analytics for the initial Obama campaign for the White House. In this role, Siroker focused on website optimization — often using A/B and multivariate testing. Obama’s campaign embraced the use of data, particularly for the campaign’s website, and this was critical to getting supporters’ email addresses because each individual averaged $21 in contributions to the Obama campaign. To drive sharing of email addresses, the Obama team tested a variety of combinations of visuals and calls to action, 24 in all. Using A/B testing, the campaign discovered the combination that outperformed the others: A photo of Barack Obama with his wife and children combined with a call to action of “learn more” drove 11.6 percent of visitors to share their email address, which was a 40.6 percent improvement over the 8.26 percent average of the 24 combinations, according to a blog post written by Siroker.  Ultimately, that combination led to the collection of 2.88 million additional email addresses and an extra $60 million for the campaign, Siroker said. In 2010, he used the lessons he learned on the campaign trail to launch his own big-data business, Optimizely, a platform that helps companies get the most from their websites, email marketing and other digital marketing. Next on Optimizely’s plan is to help improve mobile marketing for its customers. “Our vision is to enable the world to turn data into action,” Siroker said. “We think website and mobile optimization are just the first steps on that journey.”Related: 5 Ways Open Government Data Can Inspire Startup Innovation This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more