Ray Parks of the Philippines soars for an easy layup during their match against Thailand in the men’s basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Games late Sunday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The Filipinos won, 81-74. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — It was a close call for Gilas Pilipinas as it barely escaped hard-fighting Thailand late Sunday night.Even the big Filipino crowd was shellshocked as the Thais made the Filipinos work doubly hard for the victory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball opener.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Filipino basketball officials said there is little chance Belo will be allowed to play at all, although he showed up in plain clothes and sat on the Philippine bench.RELATED VIDEORavena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 The nailbiter, according to Gilas cadets coach Jong Uichico, “was a bad game for us.”The Philippines, still brimming with talent despite being a watered down version of the Fiba Asia Gilas squad simultaneously playing in Lebanon, made just 6-of-30 three-point shot attempts, and gave away 19 offensive rebounds which the Thais gamely took advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn the most trying times — the final four minutes of the match that saw a capacity crowd at MABA Stadium — Uichico was telling his team “make some adjustments, try not to give second chance points and make the basket.”He cited first-game jitters for the weak stand against a team that the Philippines would normally bury in double-digit leads from the opening buzzer to the end. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The absence of Mac Belo and that Christian Standhardinger, who just arrived from Beirut, Lebanon after playing in the Fiba Asia Cup, wasn’t able to practice with the team also didn’t help the Cadets.“And for one, Mac Belo wasn’t able to play,” added Uichico. “And here comes the guy (Standhardinger) who came from Lebanon, never practiced with the team.”He lauded the Fil-German naturalized player for scoring 15 points and providing a power in the paint.“But the guy came from Fiba Asia and he’s playing 20 minutes and we have Belo practicing with the team for last nine days and all of the sudden he can’t play,” said Uichico. “That just mixed up my rotation.”Belo wasn’t included in the initial lineup due to an injury, but when he was given the green light to play, SEAG organizers refused to allow him, demanding proof that he indeed got injured.ADVERTISEMENT No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 30, 2016 Coach Alberto Salazar looks on as Galen Rupp celebrates after winning the Men’s 10000 Meter Final during the 2016 U.S. – With Nike-backed athletics coach Alberto Salazar slapped with a four-year ban for doping on October 3, 2019, the US sportswear giant risks being caught up in the scandal — its CEO is even quoted in the suspension ruling. (Photo by Andy LYONS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Nike said on Friday it was shutting down its Oregon Project distance-running group that has produced a host of world and Olympic gold medals after top coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping.Salazar founded the Portland-based elite training group with funding from Nike to challenge the stranglehold of Kenyan and Ethiopian runners at elite level.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The sportswear giant had initially backed Salazar last week after he was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a catalogue of drugs violations.Salazar’s doping offences include trafficking in testosterone, tampering with the doping control process, and administering illicit infusions of the fat-burning substance, L-carnitine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHe denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to appeal the ban and just last week, Nike chief executive Mark Parker announced that the company was standing behind Salazar, a former marathon champion and the leading figure in American distance running in the modern era.However in a memo to staff Friday, Parker said the Oregon Project was being terminated because of the scandal. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue World Series in Houston a homecoming for Nats star Rendon LATEST STORIES – Athletes facing questions –Oregon Project athletes won three gold medals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha that ended on Sunday.Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won the women’s 1,500 metres and 10,000m while Donavan Brazier of the United States took the men’s 800m gold. There is no suggestion either athlete has been involved in doping.An angry Hassan said she was happy to be tested “every single day” to prove she was a clean athlete.“I believe in clean sport, I’m always clean, I will always be clean. I believe in the Oregon Project. I’ve seen Alberto. He’s worked really hard and that is what I know,” she said in an emotional outburst after running the sixth-fastest time in history to win the 1,500m.British athlete Farah is also facing new questions about his involvement with Salazar. Farah, who has never tested positive, waited more than two years after the accusations were first made against Salazar before parting ways with the coach in October 2017.Farah will run in the Chicago marathon on Sunday, with Galen Rupp, another NOP athlete, also taking part.Nike’s decision to shut down the Oregon Project came after athletes including US runner Kara Goucher, who was coached by Salazar from 2004 to 2011 and provided key evidence in the case against him, told the BBC Nike could not justify keeping it open.“It has to go,” Goucher said. “If I was Nike I’d be bringing in some new coaches and move on from this Oregon Project, because clearly it had principles not in line with clean sport and we have to just start over.”Jeffrey Brown, a Texas endocrinologist who treated many of Salazar’s athletes at the Oregon training hub in Portland, was also suspended for four years.Nike’s share price has been hit by the Salazar scandal but following Friday’s announcement, it was up 1.08 percent at $94.00 in early trade in New York. Becoming his own man MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The US company has $4.5 billion in annual running-related sales, according to Bloomberg data, and it is the biggest sponsor of running around the world.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “This situation, along with ongoing unsubstantiated assertions, is a distraction for many of the athletes and is compromising their ability to focus on their training and competition needs,” Parker said.“I have therefore made the decision to wind down the Oregon Project.”Parker said however that Nike would still support Salazar, best known for coaching Britain’s four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah, in his appeal against the ban.“A four-year suspension for someone who acted in good faith is wrong,” said Parker in the memo, adding that “the panel found there was no orchestrated doping, no finding that performance enhancing drugs have ever been used on Oregon Project athletes and went out of its way to note Alberto’s desire to follow all rules”.However, he admitted that “Alberto can no longer coach while the appeal is pending”.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp burst into an improvised rendition of the 1990s classic Let’s Talk About Sex by Salt-N-Pepa after their Champions League final win over Tottenham.The Reds won their sixth European crown with a 2-0 win in Madrid on Saturday through an early penalty from Mohamed Salah and a Divock Origi goal in the second half.Having lost the final to Real Madrid last year, Klopp was elated to finally get his hands on the trophy, saying it is “maybe the best night of my life” as he congratulated his players on the victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the German coach was still in a singing mood as he hit back at those who criticised his team last season with a new version of the iconic hip-hop trio’s hit to celebrate the latest trophy in the club’s collection.Let’s talk about six, baby…@ViasportFotballpic.twitter.com/hv2HUK4jGU— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019″There are always a couple of people who can tell you ‘yeah but they didn’t win’,”, he said when he was interviewed by Norwegian TV channel Via Sport. “So now, let’s talk about six baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about six.”The victory in the Spanish capital brings an end to Klopp’s unlucky run of six defeats in finals, stretching back to his time with Borussia Dortmund.Although the 51-year-old is not bothered by his reputation as a runner-up, he is eager to add even more winners’ medals to his collection.”We spoke two days ago about my unlucky career. I can see how people see it like that, but I think my life is cool,” he said in his press conference after the game. “It’s just really important we build on what we do. We want to win things. This is only the start for this group. I’m really happy. I have a lot of silver medals and now I have a gold medal to go alongside them which is cool.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
New Delhi: The BJP is likely to fight the assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand, all three ruled by the saffron party, under the leadership of incumbent chief ministers, party leaders have said.While BJP president Amit Shah made it virtually clear at a rally in Haryana on Friday that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will again be the party’s choice for the post, sources said Maharashtra’s Devendra Fadnavis and Jharkhand’s Raghubar Das will be the party’s chief ministerial candidates in their respective states. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’At the rally in Jind, Shah urged voters to give his party 75 seats in the 90-member assembly for the return of a “Manohar Lal Khattar sarkar”. “All three chief ministers have ruled their respective states for five years. Their performance is one of our key poll planks. They are the obvious choice for heading the respective government if the BJP returns to power,” a party leader said. The BJP had fought the 2014 assembly polls in the three states without projecting a chief ministerial face and announced its picks only after the results were declared. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhile in Haryana, the BJP won 47 Assembly seats, it bagged 122 of Maharashtra’s 288 seats and 37 of Jharkhand’s 81 constituencies. A senior BJP leader said all three leaders have run “scam-free and honest” governments in the states which, under the preceding dispensations, were associated with “corruption of huge proportions”. “Be it Khattar, Fadnavis or Das, all three enjoy a clean image among the people,” he claimed. Assembly polls in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand are slated for later this year. The saffron camp is confident of retaining power in all three states riding on popular support to recent decisions by the Modi Cabinet, work of their own governments in the states and “disarray” in the opposition camp. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal popularity, which was the biggest factor behind the BJP’s impressive show in the 2014 assembly polls in these states, remains high, BJP sources said. The party believes that the central government’s decision to nullify provisions of Article 370, which granted Jammu and Kashmir special status, has received people’s endorsement, forcing even some opposition leaders to welcome it. The induction of a number of local satraps from the opposition camp into the BJP in these states, especially in Maharashtra and Haryana, has also boosted its prospects, the feel.
Azamgarh (UP): Rubbishing the BJP’s claim that it was doing good in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, leaders of the opposition BSP-SP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh said on Wednesday that on the contrary, its prospects were improving day by day.”Our (electoral) prospects are improving…the prospects of the opposition alliance will further improve in the remaining two phases of Lok Sabha polls,” BSP chief Mayawati said at joint rally with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghRLD chief Ajit Singh also addressed the rally at the Azamgarh Muslim Education and Welfare Trust ground. The BSP supremo said ever since the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) was formed, “BJP leaders have lost their sleep”. Mayawati appealed to the voters to ensure a historic win for Yadav, who is the joint opposition candidate from the seat held by the SP in the outgoing Lok Sabha. Hitting back at the BJP, the BSP chief said, “We are not ‘mahamilawati’, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is ‘mahamilawati’ (highly adulterated).” Modi has often labelled the opposition alliance as “‘mahamilawati”. Dubbing the Congress and the BJP as two sides of the same coin, she said, “Dono kaa chaal charan ek hai (both have same nature and character).” She said Modi would try to create more confusion in the days to come and appealed to the voters not to fall prey to his designs. PTI
The government noted that Sri Lanka has gained two more years to implement the recommendations agreed in 2015, at the session held in March 2017. A committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to be appointed to look at implementing the recommendations on Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.Cabinet has approved a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to appoint a committee of Ministers chaired by him and a committee of Officials to assist the main committee in this regard. As a result it was decided to appoint a committee to look at the technical assistance Sri Lanka can obtain from UNHRC member countries when addressing the human rights issue and other steps which need to be taken to implement the recommendations in the Resolution on Sri Lanka which was adopted by the UNHRC in March. (Colombo Gazette)
Particules fines : alerte pollution déclenchée dans plusieurs départementsPlusieurs départements français ont franchi le niveau d’alerte à la pollution de l’air aux particules fines. Les autorités recommandent aux personnes sensibles de limiter les activités intenses en plein air et aux automobilistes de réduire la vitesse voire de laisser leurs voitures. L’alerte a été déclenchée pour l’ensemble de la région Rhône-Alpes, la quasi-totalité des Pays-de-la-Loire ainsi que pour la Haute-Normandie. Depuis le début de la semaine, les observatoires régionaux de la qualité de l’air ont en effet relevé des taux importants dans l’air de particules fines. Des taux qui auraient aujourd’hui dépassé le seuil de recommandation et d’information fixé à 50 microgrammes par mètre cube d’air. Dans la région normande par exemple, douze capteurs sur les treize disposés par le réseau Air normand ont enregistré à 8 heures des concentrations supérieures au seuil. La valeur la plus élevée a été mesurée dans le centre du Havre. Cet épisode de pollution résulte d’une “combinaison défavorable entre la pollution de l’air et certains paramètres météorologiques (vents, températures…)” , a ainsi commenté Air normand cité par Liberation.D’origine locale ou lointaine, les particules fines (de diamètre inférieur à 10 microns) sont produites naturellement ou proviennent de l’activité humaine comme le chauffage, les industries ou les transports. Mais les conditions météorologiques peuvent favoriser leur accumulation. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueTant que l’alerte n’est pas levée, les autorités conseillent donc aux personnes sensibles, enfants, personnes âgées et insuffisants respiratoires, d’éviter les activités physiques intenses et de s’abstenir de fumer voire de respecter le cas échéant leur traitement médical. Les automobilistes sont également invités à réduire leur vitesse, d’au moins 20 kilomètres par heure si la vitesse est supérieure à 70km/h. Le mieux restant de réduire les déplacements. Si le pic semble passé selon les réseaux de surveillance, aucune amélioration sensible n’est attendue dans les prochaines heures. Le 18 janvier 2012 à 18:09 • Maxime Lambert
Salvador Dolly and her family are currently in a foster home in Dallas. Hearts & Bones Animal Rescue, which is working with teams in Dallas and New York City, said when the puppies are done nursing, they will be searching for foster homes or permanent homes in New York at the end of August. Visit Heart & Bones Animal Rescue’s website for more information on fostering and adopting.More on Geek.com:Puppy Rescued From California Canyon Turns Out to Be…Not a PuppyWatch: Puppy Born With Upside-Down Paws Recovering After SurgeryWatch: Cute German Shepherd Sets Off Home Security Camera Stay on target Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Instagram users thought Salvador Dolly was so cute and commented on the rescue’s “perfect name” for her.“Salvador Dolly I cannot,” one user wrote with eight heart emojis in her comment.“An artiste!” Another user replied to Hearts & Bones Animal Rescue’s post. A 5-week-old rescue pup reportedly born with a “fur mustache” is melting people’s hearts on Instagram.Hearts & Bones Animal Rescue, a non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and finds them forever homes, recently posted a video of the puppy with her siblings and mom, which has more than 7,000 views on Instagram, Fox 35 Orlando News reported. Volunteers at the rescue named the puppy “Salvador Dolly” after the Spanish painter Salvador Dali, who was also known for his unforgettable mustache.
The Pakistani Aquaculture Trade Team meets with the Counselor General and Trade Minister of the Pakistan Consulate in Chicago, and other Pakistani businessmen living in the area.The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) welcomed a trade team to the U.S. from Pakistan last week as part of the USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan project. During the team’s layover in Chicago, they met with the Counselor General of the Pakistan Consulate, Mr. Tirmazi, the Trade Minister and other leading Pakistani businessmen living in the area.The group was briefed on the FEEDing Pakistan project and recent improvements in the Pakistani aquaculture sector. Members of the trade team and leading representatives from the aquaculture industry in Pakistan discussed investment opportunities with the group.
The cruise ship’s itinerary was extended for three additional days due to the hurricane.Passengers on board the ship said they were well-accommodated during their extended vacation.“They kept us well informed,” said passenger Mike Picard. “We knew that the storm was coming, and they decided to turn at Haiti and go back to the Western Caribbean, which was fine, [they] extended it three days due to the high seas at the time we were supposed to return, so everything was good.” Welcome back @RoyalCaribbean Allure of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas. #HurricaneDorian pic.twitter.com/76Q8r0eYkK— Port Everglades (@PortEverglades) September 4, 2019 Port Everglades reopened on Tuesday afternoon.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Cruise ships out at sea while Hurricane Dorian struck Florida’s east coast and the Bahamas have returned safely to Port Everglades.Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas was the first ship to return to the port on Wednesday morning.
Kakinada: East Godavari SP Adanan Nayeem Asmi paid floral tributes to revolutionary and freedom-fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju on his 122nd birth anniversary on Thursday. At the programme at district police office, SP said that the Alluri fought against British imperialism from forest areas in East Godavari and from neighbouring Visakha district. Alluri stood in the forefront of Indian freedom fight, Nayeem Asmi said. Additional SP SV Sridhar Rao, OSD Chakravarti and other police officials were present.
Story Links PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – University of Louisville senior guard Asia Durr is one of four finalists for the Dawn Staley Award, which recognizes the top guard in the country.Durr is joined by Sabrina Ionescu, University of Oregon, Arike Ogunbowale, University of Notre Dame and Cierra Dilliard, University of Buffalo.”The Dawn Staley Award is given to the most outstanding collegiate guard in the country, a player who exemplifies the skills that Dawn possessed during her career (ball handling, scoring, her ability to distribute the basketball and her will to win),” says Michael G. Horsey, Founder of the Phoenix Club of Philadelphia.Dawn Staley will present the award during the Phoenix Club of Philadelphia’s Dawn Staley Award reception Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the prestigious Union League of Philadelphia.Print Friendly Version
Kolkata: Organs of a brain dead patient at a private hospital in Alipore is expected to give fresh lease of life to five patients lodged at different government and private hospitals in the city.Kolkata Police had created a Green Corridor for shifting three of the patient’s organs on Thursday that included his heart, liver and a kidney. The donor, Sajal Kar, was grievously injured in an accident after he skidded with his motorcycle on a slippery road at Kolaghat in East Midnapore on Monday night. The 20-year-old, a student of BCom first year, was at first taken to nearby Tamluk hospital and was later transferred to a private hospital Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifein Alipore. The youth succumbed to his injuries at the private hospital on Wednesday evening following which his family members decided to donate his organs. Kolkata Police created a Green Corridor in the morning to carry Kar’s liver to SSKM hospital for transplantation. The victim’s heart was transported through the Green Corridor to Calcutta Medical College Hospital which was transplanted on one Habibur Rehman, a resident of Murshidabad. One of the kidneys was transplanted on a patient at the Alipore hospital itself, while another was carried to a private hospital at Phoolbagan for transplantation on one Joypratim Ghosh of Baruipur. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Kar’s skin and cornea have also been preserved for transplantation. The skin transplant is expected to take place at SSKM hospital, while the cornea will be donated to a noted eye hospital in Salt Lake. Sajal’s family members informed that he was a student of Bagnan College in Howrah and hailed from Mahisda area in Kolaghat. The accident took place while he was travelling from Mecheda to Haldia with one of his friends riding pillion. It was raining and the motorbike suddenly skidded, resulting in serious injuries in his head and chest. He died on Wednesday evening. “We are heart broken at his sudden demise. But we have a sense of relief that he has given a fresh lease of life to five people,” Sajal’s uncle said.
Kolkata: Quest Mall, located in the heart of Park Circus, will be hosting a flower show called ‘Floral Fantasy’ from January 11-17, 2019.Considered to be a first-of-its-kind flower show in the city, it will see six internationally acclaimed designers decorate Quest with beautiful flowers and installations. Renowned floral designers from around the world — Přemysl Hytych (Czech Republic), Tomas De Bruyne (Belgium), Andy Djati Utomo (Indonesia), Anson Low (Singapore), Kazuhiko Tanaka (Japan) and Phubast Chesdmethee (Thailand) will be displaying their designs on all seven days from 11 am to 9 pm. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThis is Quest endeavour to bring something unique to Kolkata and begin the New Year with something flowery! The flowers for the week-long event will be sourced from all over the world. Among the exhibits will be flowers like proteas, tulips, pincushions and wax flowers. ‘Happiness’ is the theme for the installations. Flowers instantly spread warmth and happiness, they create an ambience of beauty and freshness. Hence, the theme ‘happiness’ has been kept in accordance with the floral extravaganza. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe flowers from far and near will also be preserved in interesting and scientific ways for seven days so that they don’t wilt or wither. They will be specially treated, watered and fed sugar to retain their freshness. “A flower show is being hosted in a mall for the first time in India. Our attempt is to constantly reinvent Quest and give our city something different, something never-seen-before. We wanted to do something unique to honour the city. I was present at the New York Macy’s Flower Show in America and had been keen to create something similar at home. That show was my inspiration,” said Shivika Goenka, vice-president, Special Projects, Quest.
June 7, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Twenty years ago, virtual private networks (VPNs) were almost exclusively connected to businesses. The consumer VPN industry, as it is now, was pretty much non-existent, with many people using proxies to access blocked sites. However, with more streaming sites and faster speeds, consumers have begun to take to VPNs. A huge factor in the increase in consumer VPN usage is streaming content – especially Netflix – with nearly half of all people using VPNs for entertainment. Only 31 percent of consumers use VPNs for greater anonymity.For that reason, VPN services have also become extremely user-friendly, with many applications allowing users one-click connections. That way, even the most non-technical user can get started with VPNs. Geo-blocked content, censorship and prosecution are many of the reasons why the VPN industry is expected to grow to nearly $54 billion by 2024, and why entrepreneurs should take advantage of this booming trend. Who’s at the top of the consumer VPN industry?The time is right for entrepreneurs looking to leverage this trend for their own businesses or create in this space. With such a huge demand for such a niche industry, you’d expect the number of VPN services vying for the top spot (and the biggest piece of the pie) to be growing every year, and that’s exactly right.There are hundreds of VPN providers currently on the market, offering both paid and free plans, all promoting their high level of security and ability to bypass geo-blocking measures. However, the reality is many VPNs aren’t able to meet these promises, and only a few major providers are able to rise to the top. In fact, these providers are beginning to employ marketing strategies to allow them to appeal to an even wider audience.Cybersecurity experts at VPNpro recently analyzed the marketing impact of 100 popular VPNs. According to their VPN market share research, there were three real leaders over the last year: ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Hotspot Shield.ExpressVPNOverall, ExpressVPN was found to be the current market leader in terms of its monetary value. Using website metrics, the research found that ExpressVPN had monthly traffic roughly $700,000 higher than the second place, NordVPN. ExpressVPN was also a top contender in the other areas analyzed, including overall popularity.NordVPNNordVPN seems to do the best in terms of reaching most consumers. VPNpro research looked at how many searches each VPN provider gets for their brand name and its variations. Here, NordVPN has the most in terms of both global searches and searches from the lucrative US market — a total of 1.2 million per month. They were also the provider with the most servers in their fleet and have been effective in accessing geo-restricted content, like Netflix or BBC’s iPlayer.Hotspot ShieldOne of the big dominators of the consumer VPN industry also happens to be one that has a free version: Hotspot Shield. While Hotspot does have a paid option, most of its users come through its free offering.For that reason, Hotspot Shield dominates the market when it comes to the total number of VPN app installs on Google Play and the App Store, totaling 1.75 million installs. They were also found to have the biggest social media following, with 4.1 million from Facebook alone. However, it is unclear how this translates to actual revenue for the company, since its popularity in the market hinges mostly on its free VPN services.The future of VPNsWhile the research looked at the current situation of the consumer VPN market, it’s important to consider what the VPN industry will look like in the upcoming years, especially for entrepreneurs looking to build in this space or leverage VPNs for their own businesses. Due to the current political and copyright landscape around the world, growth projections show that the VPN industry will continue to take off.Here are some predictions for the upcoming years that will lead to increased consumer VPN usage:1. Wider political repressionMany countries around the world have begun blocking certain websites and online services from being accessed inside their borders. Twenty countries, including Sri Lanka, Turkey and Uganda, have shut down social media sites and applications from being used in their countries.Then, of course, there are the usual restrictive regimes like China and Russia that continue to restrict how their residents use the internet. There are also questions about Brexit and the EU’s Article 13 that may contribute to an increase in VPN usage.2. Successful clampdowns by Netflix and other streaming sitesFar and beyond, the main reason consumers are attracted to VPNs is to access geo-restricted content from services such as Netflix, Hulu, iPlayer, Spotify and even YouTube. While VPNs include strong privacy and security features, 49 percent of consumers use VPNs purely for entertainment. As these services improve their geo-restricting capabilities, and as more content is restricted, more consumers will be forced to use VPNs.3. Increased fear of data breachesLastly, the data scandals surrounding social media sites, especially Facebook, have impacted consumers to where they are constantly concerned about their online privacy. In fact, trust in Facebook has dropped 66 percent since the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. This, coupled with major data breaches from healthcare and finance organizations, is causing consumers to turn to VPNs.For all of these reasons and more, the future of the VPN industry is bright — but mostly because the future of online privacy and security is so bleak. As conditions worsen, and as VPNs continue to reach more consumers, VPN usage will continue to skyrocket. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Register Now »
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice and paramedics were called after a car ended up on its roof following an accident this afternoon. Emergency services were called to Loomer Road in Chesterton earlier today. Staffordshire Police confirmed no other vehicles were involved in the accident. West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended but no one is believed to have been injured. Inrix, the traffic data company, has not flagged up any reports of traffic issues in the area as a result of the accident. Read MoreArrest after man on monkey dust tries putting out lit cigarette with petrol pump Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.
Image via Club MedClub Med announced today its partnership with Facebook, making it the first global tourism company to offer Facebook at Work to its staff, i.e. around 13,000 employees in more than 40 countries around the world.Facebook at Work is a version of Facebook intended for business and a ground-breaking tool that is changing the way employees communicate.For Club Med, operating in 66 resort villages and present in the five continents, Facebook at Work will help connect all of the teams – representing more than 110 different nationalities – with the goal of sharing and enhancing the guest experience.Club Med revolutionized how people think about holidays by creating high-end all-inclusive holidays with no constraints. With this same pioneering spirit, Facebook at Work will help transform the way Club Med teams communicate and collaborate with each other.User-friendly Facebook at Work, based on the Facebook application (with the same “like”, “chat”, “survey”, translation, etc. functionalities), is devised for mobile use and increases tenfold the possibilities for pooling ideas and innovation by employees, who will be able to contact each other via their mobile phones, tablets or computers across time zones, languages and platforms.Therefore, all members of the company will be connected from Gentils Organisateurs (GOs) to members of the General Management Committee, in the four corners of the world.Anne Browaeys-Level, Chief Digital Marketing Officer at Club Méditerranée, stated, “We are proud to be the first global tourism company to deploy Facebook at Work. Our mission is to please our customers when they stay at Club Med resorts.“This mission feeds our employee culture, where we strive to be transparent, multicultural and innovative. We’re always looking for new ways of fostering this culture across the whole company.“Facebook at Work is a user-friendly mobile tool which will be essential to contribute to pooling ideas and innovation at Club Med, creating a more productive workplace.” Club MedSource = Club Med
The Arizona Cardinals defense was hungry for the pigskin on Sunday night. The team forced eight turnovers in a 27-3 preseason win against the Dallas Cowboys.The Cardinals had three takeaways in an 11-play span. Special teams recovered a Cowboys muffed punt for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Arizona a 7-0 lead.Cornerback Patrick Peterson highlighted the turnover frenzy with a 30-yard pick-six in the first quarter. In the next defensive possession, he forced a fumble that linebacker Josh Bynes recovered. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Travell Dixon (27) celebrates an interception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In Peterson’s new role with playing more zone defense under new defensive coordinator Al Holcomb, Peterson appears to be more than ready for the adjustment. He was one of eight players with a takeaway on Sunday.The Cardinals finished with five fumble recoveries and three interceptions in total for the night.Related LinksBy the numbers: Arizona Cardinals’ win over the CowboysPeterson gets pick-six, forced fumble to help Cardinals take halftime leadCardinals running back D.J. Foster injures knee, carted off fieldA few such defensive players are fighting for a spot on the team — Dennis Gardeck, who had a fumble recovery, and Trent Sherfield, fourth-string wide receiver who recovered Dallas’ first quarter muffed punt for a score.Defensive end Cap Capi is having another phenomenal preseason and is putting together a strong case to make the team, finishing with a sack fumble and recovery. Last year, according to Pro Football Focus, Capi had 18 quarterback pressures, more than any defensive player in a single preseason since 2013 when the site began collecting preseason data.One of the team’s interceptions came from Travell Dixon, who is currently listed as the fourth-string free safety.Through three preseason games, the Cardinals have 16 takeaways. – / 28 2 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact