Chelsea v PSG line-ups: Matic returns as Blues eye semi-final place

first_imgAs expected, Nemanja Matic returns to the Chelse side for the Champions League last 16 second leg at Stamford Bridge.Oscar also starts and Gary Cahill partners John Terry at centre-back for the Blues, who drew 1-1 in Paris in the first leg. Kurt Zouma and Willian are among the home side’s substitutes.Former Chelsea man David Luiz is in the Paris St-Germain starting line-up. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Willian, Cuadrado, Remy, Drogba. PSG: Sirigu; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell; Verratti, Motta, Matuidi; Pastore, Ibrahimovic, Cavani.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

NBA punishes Warriors’ Iguodala for throwing ball into stands

first_imgWarriors forward Andre Iguodala was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday as further punishment for firing a basketball into the stands at the end of the first half in Portland.Iguodala, who was given a technical foul and ejected at halftime from the Warriors’ 115-105 victory Saturday night, was assessed the fine for “recklessly throwing the game ball” into the stands. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was at first taken aback by the news of Iguodala’s fine. “It kind of surprised me that …last_img

New terminal at OR Tambo Airport

first_img21 April 2010 Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport has officially opened its new central terminal building, positioning it as a world-class facility with a passenger capacity of 28-million. The domestic and international terminals have now been linked to improve passenger experience and orientation at the airport, while a multi-storey parkade for 5 200 vehicles has also been completed, bringing the total number of parking bays in and around OR Tambo International to 17 500. Additional storage tanks capable of holding 60-million litres of fuel are also now in place. South African President Jacob Zuma opened the new central terminal building on Tuesday, a day before the country marks 50 days to go to the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ kick-off. “Our vision of a truly international airport has been realised,” Zuma said, adding that it was a practical example of South Africa’s readiness to host the biggest sporting event in the world. The revamped OR Tambo International is a culmination of a decade of work, following the government’s decision in 2005 to approve R20-billion in funding for the expansion of airport infrastructure across the country. “We are now starting to see the results of that investment,” Zuma said, adding that the economic spin-offs of the World Cup and its impact on job creation have been remarkable. “With the completion of the Gautrain mass rapid transport route from the airport to Sandton, we are confident we will move all our visitors in safety and control once they land.” He said it was not a coincidence that Africa’s biggest and busiest airport has been named after Oliver Tambo, leader of the African National Congress until 1993. “Oliver Tambo was a true international statesman with the highest regard for the values of human dignity and compassion.” With the name change, South Africa sought to celebrate Tambo’s sacrifice for equality and freedom. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

What the Perfect Sales Collateral Won’t Do

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The perfect business card will not win you new accounts. It might look better than any other business card your dream client has even seen, but it will not do enough by itself to create any real value for them, nor will it define you as the right business partner. There is little reason to obsess over your business card.No one has met a person who really wants your four-color glossy sales brochure. That person does not exist. What does your sales collateral really do for your prospective client other than cure their insomnia or give them something to throw away later? If you expect a brochure to help you displace your competitor, you are going to be disappointed.There aren’t many people who love a good slide deck as much as I do. My main deck has hundreds of slides, all of them professionally designed. I want the concepts to be clear and compelling, so I in invest in making sure that this is true. The deck, however, supports a conversation, a dialogue. As good as a deck may be, it cannot do your selling for you. It is only there to support you with visuals, nothing else.Design matters a great deal when it comes to proposals. The presentation of the idea is enhanced by great design and excellent graphics. It shows an attention to detail, and it helps to prove that you are buttoned up and professional. It will not, however, win a deal for you. The work you do leading up to the presentation of the proposal is going to outweigh any design aesthetics, as nice as they are. The content of the proposal, the solution if you will, is more important than the design.For most of my life, I have walked into sales meetings with nothing more than a legal pad and a pen, believing everything else is a gimmick at best, a distraction at worst. The intangibles, like your business acumen, your situational knowledge, your rapport skills, your ability to shape a compelling future vision, and your ability to help people produce better results count for far more than your business card, your brochures and sales sheets, your slide deck, or your proposal.There is no tangible substitute that eliminates the need to develop the intangibles.last_img read more

Talking Touch

first_imgPlease click on the following links to read about what has been happening around Australia.Two From College SelectedRed Bend College representatives Toby Evans and Jake Dooley were selected to play in the NSW State Combined Catholic College’s (CCC) Touch Football team recently. The boys played their way into the state team with fantastic performances over the last six months. Action Aplenty At Touch Gala DayThe annual Eurobodalla Reconciliation Touch Football Gala Day was staged at Hanging Rock Sports Complex on Saturday and proved to be a huge success both on and off the field. The event attracted over 300 players and spectators to Batemans Bay with 16 teams competing in two divisions. Touch Of NT Magic In PerthThe Ramingining community in northeast Arnhem Land is sending a crack representative team to this month’s WA State Touch Championships. The 12-strong squad has been preparing for the November 19-21 titles since June and are well placed to make an impression on the field. Yowies Too Much Class In Avery Touch TournamentA team made up of players from Taree, Sydney and Newcastle took out the inaugural Anthony Avery Memorial Touch Tournament in Taree. Known as Yowies, the side defeated Kempsey nine touchdowns to four in the final. Wylie Win Against QueenslandThe New South Wales under 15’s Touch Football team scored a thrilling 7-6 win over Queensland at the National Championships in Deakin on Friday. And Benjamin Wylie, a year nine Yass High School student, was in the thick of the celebrations. Teens Ready For Top BillingLook out – we’re coming for you.That’s the warning from up and coming Touch Football stars James Baartz and Jayden Benbow. Clare Student Plays Touch For SAClare High student Nick Edwards has just returned from Canberra, playing in the U15 Touch Football SASSSA team. He was selected from Year 8/9 knockout Touch. From there he had to attend trainings in Adelaide every Saturday for 15 weeks, and also beach trainings through the holidays. Wagga Police Officers Look To Win Prestigious Golden BootWagga police officers are desperate to bring the prestigious Golden Boot back to the city today after the station lost the privilege to display the revered touch trophy last year. An experienced team will represent the Wagga station at the Police Golden Boot Touch Football tournament in Narrandera today. Sarah’s Deft Touch Has Taken Her To The Top Of Her GameSarah Peattie has plenty of options when a footy is in her hands.If she isn’t darting through gaps with Manly-Warringah’s Premier League women’s squad, she is creating overlaps for the Australian under-18 female team. All Positive For Trainee RefereesA program that aims to encourage youngsters to pick up a whistle in a safe and positive environment is working wonders for touch football in Nelson Bay. World-class referee Sam Clark is in the midst of running the Play By the Rules program in which budding referees between the ages of 12 to 15 learn to officiate games without being subjected to abuse from players, parents, coaches or spectators. Jake’s A Real ChampTalented footballer Jake Parker, 12, Muswellbrook, has had a full-on year of sport representing the state in league, touch and athletics and his parents couldn’t be more proud. “He’s a little champion,” his mother Megan said. Terrific Touch TitlesKids flooded the Queens Park playing fields in North Ward recently to compete in the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones Junior Touch Football Championships. About 1640 players in 128 teams crammed the fields to battle sides from Cairns, South Mackay and Charters Towers. Touchdown For Dray In Golden Win Gympie’s Pam Dray still has the golden touch following an outstanding performance at the Pan Pacific Games at the Gold Coast last weekend.Playing in an over 45 women’s Touch team, Dray claimed a gold medal after her side defeated Sydney 3-1 in the final. Duo In Touch With Footy In two days they will both be heading to New Zealand – but while Hervey Bay’s Sophie O’Toole and Lauren Scholl will be doing some sightseeing it won’t all be a holiday for the Xavier Catholic College students.Both girls were selected to compete for their state in Touch Football after impressing selectors at the Sunshine Coast touch football carnival held in Maryborough in August. Kids Show A Touch Of ClassRedland junior Touch Footy players Joanne Miller, Bridget Farley and Adam Russell represented Queensland and helped their teams to wins in the 2010 National Touch Football Championships held recently in Canberra. Ramingining Warriors Battle Their Way To DarwinNothing is stopping the Ramingining rugby touch team from reaching their goal of playing in the WA championships.It really is like the plot of a great movie. Think Cool Runnings done Arnhem Land style… Great Start To Touch The Harden Touch competition has got off to a great start with some teams showing they are strong contenders, whilst some teams are having a ball just by getting out there and having a go. If the amount of talented children playing in this competition is any indication, Harden Touch Football appears to have a great future. Girls Grab Second Touch TitleBanksia Beach State School has again won the Queensland All Schools Girls’ Touch Football Championships.In securing the trophy for 2010, Banksia Beach became the only school to have won the competition twice since its beginning. Beer To Take On KiwisKirsty Beer has been revealed as a frontline weapon for the Australian Touch Under-20 team as preparations begin for the Youth World Cup Trans Tasman Series. Bethany’s Touch Of Class SalutedTyndale College student Bethany Fairfield had even more reason to celebrate the end of her Year 12 exams last week.On Tuesday, the first day of her summer break, the 17-year-old discovered she had just won the 2010 Pierre de Coubertin Award. Natalie Shows She Is In Great Touch Maybe it was her speed, her athleticism or the way she attacked the line. Perhaps it was a combination of all three. But Victorian selectors noticed something about the way Natalie Frizzell played touch football in her first season in the sport five years ago, and she has been a state squad member ever since. Working Through School RivalriesInter-school rivalry hit the paddock last week as St Mary’s Central School and Wellington High School junior secondary girls played a game of touch football to build their sports skills and school relations. Winning bragging rights by one point, the high school scored seven tries to St Mary’s six, but both school coaches were proud of how the years 8 and 9 girls played and their gutsy efforts. If you have seen a Touch Football story in your area that you would like to see on the website, please email it to [email protected]last_img read more

Doctors warn of cannabis risks for pregnant or breastfeeding users

first_imgOTTAWA – The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning pregnant and breastfeeding women about the potential dangers of cannabis use.The society points to evidence-based studies that suggest potential growth and development issues if cannabis is used while pregnant or breastfeeding.That includes pre-term labour, low birth weight, lower IQ scores and impulsivity and hyperactivity in childhood.The group says the main psychoactive component of cannabis — THC — crosses the placenta into fetal tissue and can also accumulate in breast milk. And that’s regardless of whether cannabis is vaped, smoked, eaten, or in pill or topical form.The organization announced its public awareness campaign on April 20, a date associated with pro-cannabis activism. The campaign includes two videos and material on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.The doctors’ group also pointed to research that suggests 70 per cent of pregnant and non-pregnant women believe there is a slight or no risk in using cannabis once or twice a week during pregnancy.“Should cannabis become available for sale this summer, it is important that individuals be aware of the health risks, particularly for vulnerable populations such as pregnant women,” the society’s head, Dr. Jennifer Blake, said Friday in a release.last_img read more