Oppo is set to bring the Find X to India on Thursday, July 12. The latest flagship from the company is the first Find-series phone in seven years. Oppo has taken its time in bringing out the Find X, and its efforts show as the flagship brings a stunning true bezel-less display with an attractive curved glass back and a pop-up mechanism that hides the cameras and sensors, among other things. The launch event will start at 12:30PM and you can catch the livestream here.The Find X was first unveiled last month in Paris and it looks as every bit futuristic as it was touted to be. The phone has no notch and barely any chin for an edge-to-edge display similar to the Vivo Nex S. It brings an all-glass design with the back offered in stunning Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red colours.The most notable aspect about the phone is what Oppo calls a Stealth 3D Camera, which is a slider mechanism that raises the cameras in about 0.5 seconds when unlocking the phone using the 3D facial recognition and while using the camera app, among other things. Unlike the little pop-up selfie camera on the Vivo NEX, the Find X has the whole top of the phone slide up revealing both the front and dual rear cameras. This allows Oppo to offer a display that is as close to bezel-less as possible minus a notch and practically no chin for a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio.The Find X has a 3D glass design with a curved OLED display up front similar to the Galaxy S9 Plus. It sports a tall 6.4-inch 1080p+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. It also comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The Find X runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS and is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging. The cameras fitted in the slider mechanism includes a 25-megapixel front sensor with 3D portrait lighting features and an Animoji feature that Oppo calls Omoji. The dual rear camera setup includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor with OIS.advertisementOppo Find X expected India priceWith a premium design and high-end price tag comes a premium price tag as well. The Find X comes with a exorbitant price tag of 999 Euros which roughly translates to Rs 78,699. There is no word yet on what the price of the Find X will be in India, but if its international price is anything to go b, the Find X may sit somewhere close to the iPhone X. That being said, Oppo has typically priced its phones competitively in the country, so the Find X’s India price could surprise one and all. We’ll know more in just a few hours.
Completing our 2010 GHG inventory allowed us to set three reduction targets from a 2010 baseline: a 20-percent reduction in emissions from business travel; a 50-percent reduction in emissions from purchased electricity; and a 20-percent reduction in Scope 3 emissions, with a focus on purchased goods and services. Our goal is to achieve these reductions by 2020.The Road AheadDo we know exactly how we’re going to accomplish these goals? Not really, although we do have a few ideas. However, what we absolutely know is that without reducing our value chain’s GHG emissions, we cannot help prevent climate change’s new and unpredictable risks to our ecosystems.WRI isn’t going to shrink, either: By 2020 we plan to grow as an organization in order to achieve even more world-changing outcomes, which makes reaching these targets even more challenging. WRI’s Sustainability Initiative will identify innovative ways to meet our reduction targets while increasing our positive impact on the world. Some of these ideas will come from engagement with other NGOs and like-minded organizations through a group we formed called the Sustainability Mangers’ Round Table. Others will come from projects within WRI, like the Next Practice Collaborative, which challenges companies and organizations to go beyond best practice and pioneer new, innovative approaches to achieving success in a zero-carbon, climate-resilient economy. Even more will come from WRI staff, the real champions of sustainability. Without buy-in, support, and enthusiasm from our president down to our newest intern, we will not achieve our goals. Moving forward, we will expand the initiative beyond reducing greenhouse gases to ensure that our sustainability actions support all of WRI’s programmatic goals.With the public announcement of our GHG reduction targets, we are asking for your help and support. We plan to document our path toward reducing emissions – the strategies that worked and the ones that didn’t – in an effort to help others cut their own emissions. In that spirit, if you have a successful strategy to reduce your organizational (or personal) footprint, we encourage you to tell us about it by leaving a comment below. At the bare minimum, just having you know about our targets will motivate us to achieve them. We look forward to “walking the talk” with you.Please visit our Sustainability Initiative website for a copy of the 2010 inventory report, previous reports, and to learn about updates on our progress. At WRI, we pride ourselves in being a mission-driven organization that defines success as bringing about positive outcomes in the world. But what about our own operations? Along with the work we do externally to achieve our mission, we have a responsibility to ensure that our own actions are the best reflection of the changes we want to see in the world.WRI’s History of SustainabilityWe recognized the need to “walk the talk” back in 1999, when we became the first NGO to complete a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventory and set a net-zero reduction target. At that time we also relocated to a green office, striving to incorporate our values directly into our physical surroundings.In 2010, we took a step back to reflect on the past 11 years. Sure, we had helped similar organizations do their own GHG inventories, partnered with our landlord to install a green roof on our building, achieved LEED gold certification for our interior space, and met our own net-zero GHG target each year through the purchase of carbon offsets. But despite these efforts, our yearly emissions were steadily increasing—in part because we were doubling in size. We knew that the catastrophic effects of climate change are mitigated through absolute emission reductions, not through relative reductions that cut emissions on a per-capita basis but still allow for absolute emission increases due to growth. As other companies and organizations were achieving absolute reductions, the truth was that we were no longer setting an example of leadership, but rather sliding toward “business as usual” by relying solely on the purchase of offsets to meet our target.Then and there, WRI leadership knew it was time to make a change. We ended our net-zero commitment and instead, reinvested the money we were spending on offsets into hiring an internal sustainability manager—me! As someone who was already working with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol team, I was eager to jump into the role and put our own standards and tools into practice. In February 2011, I began devoting half of my time at WRI to reinvigorating our walk-the-talk culture through the Sustainability Initiative.Reducing Our Greenhouse Gas EmissionsWRI’s 2010 Organizational Greenhouse Gas Inventory The first thing to do was establish new GHG reduction targets, but what were our largest emissions sources? GHG accounting best practices no longer look only at emission sources within a company’s operations, so we used the GHG Protocol’s new Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard to get a complete snapshot of our impact. The Scope 3 Standard provides requirements and guidance on calculating the full value chain of an organization’s emissions, from energy used on-site to the goods and services purchased and sold.Like many organizations that use the Scope 3 Standard, I was surprised by our largest emission contributions. We had been calculating business travel impacts for a while and knew they, along with our electricity use, would be considerable. But what surprised us was the significant impact purchased goods and services had, constituting approximately 60 percent of our total carbon footprint. Most of this included purchased services like information technology support and the work we do with partner organizations. While we calculated most of our Scope 3 inventory using average data and rough estimates, it was an extremely valuable exercise to ensure that we focused our reduction efforts in the right places. Over time, we plan to improve data quality and reduce uncertainty. More information on how we calculated our full corporate inventory is available in our 2010 inventory report, published today.2010 GHG inventory.
Ligue 1 Depay to be fined by Lyon after training no-show Stephen Creek 15:50 7/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Ligue 1 Olympique Lyonnais Milan Serie A Memphis Depay Transfers The former Manchester United winger’s future is in doubt, with the club confirming he will be punished for no-showing a session Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio has confirmed that Memphis Depay will be fined after failing to report for training on the first day of pre-season preparations at the Ligue 1 club.Depay, who scored 19 goals in 36 league appearances as Lyon finished third in 2017-18, has been linked with a transfer to AC Milan after hitting a rich vein of form in France.He joined Lyon in January 2017 on a four-and-a-half-year deal after falling out of favour at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, but his time at Groupama Stadium could be coming to an end. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘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 At his first press conference of the season, Genesio told reporters: “I’m happy to see [the squad] again. One player out of 27 is missing. It’s Memphis Depay.”He will be punished financially when he returns. He had five weeks of vacation like everyone else.”It is unclear if the 24-year-old’s absence from training has anything to do with attempting to secure a move away from the club.Depay made over 120 appearances before a move to United, but he flattered to deceive, scoring just seven times in 53 appearances.He has also won 38 caps for Netherlands.
Does the idea of creating video content intimidate you? It’s okay—you aren’t alone. Many nonprofits are wary of diving into video, fearing it’s too difficult or expensive, but a simple one- to two-minute film can really hit home and connect people to your cause. It can also be affordable and easy. The most important thing, like any other story you tell, is to make it compelling.Ready to roll camera? Here are the keys to creating engaging videos for your nonprofit:Focus on the quality of the story, not the quality of the video. Instead of getting bogged down in technical stuff, remember that your video is really about the story you’re telling, whether it’s about your mission, a person who benefits from your organization, or the volunteer who actively supports your cause. You don’t need fancy equipment or a big production crew. All it takes is a simple camera that can shoot video, a YouTube account, and a good story.Make it short. Your audience’s time and attention span is short, so your video should be too. Aim for a length of two minutes or less.Keep it tightly focused. Like all good nonprofit stories, your video should focus on just one idea or one or two people. This might be someone who benefits from your mission, a volunteer, a donor, or even a board member.Give it a logical flow. No matter the subject or how short, your video should have a beginning, middle, and end.Include a call to action. Don’t just leave viewers hanging with a great story. Guide them at the end to take the next step in becoming active supporters. Invite people to volunteer. Give them a link to register for your event or donate to your cause.Include your nonprofit’s branding. People need to know the video is coming from your organization. Make sure to communicate your organization’s mission statement and include your logo.Use humor. If you can make people laugh, they’re more likely to remember your message, connect with your cause, and share your video. Of course, humor isn’t appropriate in every context, but try to keep the tone light when you can.Make it easy to share. Always include social media icons or a shareable link wherever you post your video. Encourage viewers to share it with their social network.Now you know the secrets of great video. Here are some stories you can tell:Tell people who you are. Share your organization’s mission, vision, and history.Spread awareness. Talk about your current campaign or the cause you’re promoting.Inspire action. Invite people to participate in your next event or campaign.Share your impact. Show the results of your nonprofit’s mission. Highlight hitting your goals for past year or what you hope to achieve in the coming year.Personalize your mission. Put a face to what you do by featuring staff members, beneficiaries, volunteers, and board members talking about their involvement with your nonprofit. Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “How to Use Content to Boost Donations” with Taylor Corrado from HubSpot. Download the full webinar here.
Read more on The Nonprofit Blog Luke loves the human interaction and enjoys speaking with our nonprofit partners daily. Luke is passionate about the good nonprofits do across communities and his goal is to help as many organizations as he can raise more money and help more people.“Every day I love hearing about more nonprofits and their missions to see how I can get behind the work they’re doing and help them reach new heights”Q&A with Luke Attardi, Fundraising Sales ConsultantWhat do you do at Network for Good?I reach out to nonprofits to learn about the challenges they’re facing with fundraising and present a solution using our tools and resources. After my initial outreach, I organize meetings with our fundraising consultants to present a solution that is tailored to the organization’s needs. Following these sessions, the fundraising consultant will use my notes to finalize the sale and bring on a new client. It’s not a direct sales role, but I help identify prospective clients who could benefit from NFG’s solutions. We find out how they’re currently raising funds to see if using our software and coaching can help them reach their goals.What is your experience with nonprofit organizations outside of Network for Good?To be honest, I haven’t had a lot of experiences with nonprofits outside of NFG. However, I was raised in a nonprofit atmosphere. I was born and raised in the DMV area and my parents worked for National Geographic. When I was younger, I spent many days visiting their D.C. headquarters before finding out they were a nonprofit. As a kid, you could describe me as wide-eyed and open to learning, but I didn’t have a deeper understanding of Nat Geo’s impact until much later. Now that I’m older and have a better grasp of just how far their reach extends, it has encouraged me to become more interested with nonprofits in general.What attracts you to nonprofits? Honestly, the good they’re doing across communities. These organizations are making a huge difference in people’s lives. When people think of corporations, community activism might not be the first thing that comes to mind. I want to make those opportunities available to everyone and personally make an impact on people’s lives. My current line of work is so rewarding and I am so glad I found something extremely fulfilling. My background prior to NFG was in videography and at one point that was my chosen career path. What makes it similar to NFG is that videography allows you to tell stories and connect with people on a personal level. By using NFG’s software and coaching, organizations can leverage the power of those personal stories and their impact on people’s lives to raise more awareness for their mission. Spreading that good word. As I continue my tenure with NFG, my goal is to help as many organizations as I can raise more money, and in turn, help more people.What do you enjoy most about your work? I love the human interaction and I especially enjoy speaking with our nonprofit partners daily. That’s my primary motivation behind coming to work. Every day I love hearing about more nonprofits and their missions to see how I can get behind the work they’re doing and help them reach new heights. The small organizations we speak with are organizations the greater public might not know exist. Unfortunately, they’re not getting that national press or recognition that I believe every nonprofit we collaborate with should receive.What do you enjoy doing outside work? Outside of work is just as important because I’m able to recharge my batteries. NFG is great because the work-life balance is wonderful and everyone really values and respects each other’s personal time. I enjoy spending time with family and girlfriend. We love to ride our bikes on the trails around Rock Creek Park. Growing up in D.C. has also made me quite a foodie and two of my favorite local eateries are Zaytinya and Agora.Lightning RoundDream vacation? Always wanted to go to Italy. That’s where my family’s from and always a place I see on Food Network and Travel Channel that has excellent food and great architecture. Tour of the country and hopefully go within the next year.Most recent book read? “Altered Carbon” by Richard K. Morgan. It is a sci-fi novel has been made into a series currently airing on Netflix. Would absolutely recommend.Last movie seen in movie theater? To be honest, I really don’t go to the movies often. However, I do remember it was a comedy of some sortTheme song? Theme song from “The Office”Favorite color? PurpleAll time favorite athlete? As a Liverpool fan, it has to be Steven Gerrard, who was one of the best captains the team has ever had. He also captained England’s national team for many years
Posted on May 6, 2016May 19, 2017By: Haodan “Heather” Chen, Intern, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security ProgramClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last October, on the heels of the UN General Assembly agreeing to the Sustainable Development Goals, the global health community met in Mexico City to discuss strategy for achieving the “grand convergence”: finally bridging the gap between maternal and newborn health in rich and poor countries.“Mexico marked a significant point in the development of this community,” said Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, assistant administrator for global health at the U.S. Agency for International Development, at the Wilson Center on April 13. “It gave us the opportunity to bring together all of you…champions, partners, countries, all gathered together, to really maintain a momentum that has really been unprecedented in my 30 years in global health.”Significant strides have been made in reducing maternal deaths, from 380 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 210 in 2013. But “we all know in this community there are still too many mothers and too many babies dying,” said Pablos-Méndez. Three quarters of maternal deaths are preventable, caused by complications such as severe bleeding, infections, high blood pressure, and unsafe abortion.The Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference gathered more than 1,000 policymakers, researchers, practitioners, and advocates from all over the world to discuss existing challenges in reaching under-served women and practical solutions. “Quality, integration, and equity” were the primary themes. This spring, the Women Deliver conference will continue the conversation in Copenhagen. What’s needed to carry on momentum? What lessons have been learned? Where do we go next?New Priorities, New FinancingThe Millennium Development Goals, agreed upon in 2000, spurred a number of improvements to maternal health interventions, but problems persist, such as inequality and poor quality of care. To discuss solutions to these problems in the successors to the MDGs, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates from 75 countries gathered in Mexico City.The event was a significant milestone – “the first gathering of maternal and newborn colleagues together to discuss how to accelerate progress for mothers and babies,” said Joy Riggs-Perla, director of Save the Children and co-chair of the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference. The fact that it took place in Mexico – a country that has made significant strides in improving maternal and newborn health – was also significant, said Pablos-Méndez, proving change can happen quickly.Dr. Mariam Claeson, director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said she is happy to see positive movement. One of the most prominent is investment in the quality of labors and deliveries. It really provides “quadruple benefits,” she said, reducing maternal and newborn mortality, reducing and preventing stillbirths, and reducing and preventing disability.Other recent changes include increased focus on measurement and financing. There’s an estimated $30 billion funding gap for maternal and child health programs every year, said Pablos-Méndez. The Global Financing Facility, a new instrument created by the World Bank, will play a crucial role in raising more funds. Incorporating private and public finance flows worldwide, the facility does not simply transfer money from donors to developing countries as countries submit proposals, but will instead mobilize funds based country needs, which will be assessed through case investigation. This novel mechanism is intended to improve consistency across programs as well and reward results. More than a billion trust funds have already been set up and are ready to flow into countries with significant funding gaps for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, said Pablos-Méndez. Through the facility, developing countries are able to “borrow from the future to save lives now,” he said.In India, several recent programs have helped significantly reduce maternal and newborn deaths, said Jyoti Benawri, state program manager of Jhpiego. One is the birth-companion initiative, which allows a female companion of the mother inside the labor room to comfort, reassure, and praise her. The presence of a female relative has proved beneficial to the laboring mother in terms of reducing stress.In Uganda, due to the limited number of midwives, there is an emphasis on improving their service quality and efficiency. Catherine Mwesigwa Kizza, who was recently honored for her “game-changing” coverage of maternal, and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues for the Ugandan paper New Vision, said only 40 percent of the midwives work in rural areas, where 80 percent of the women in need reside. Training and empowering midwives is therefore critical to “bridge the gap,” Kizza said. “If you get a midwife with skills trained and supported in a functional enabling environment, you are able to get the most vulnerable the care they need.”What’s Missing?The panelists also discussed outstanding problems that might be touched on in Copenhagen.Dr. Peter Waiswa, a lecturer at Makerere University in Kampala, said that while critical in assessing service gaps and measuring outcomes, “data can tell lies.” There is much more national and global level data available than local and specialized data, he said, which can hide inequities within countries and different demographics.Additionally, data should always be interpreted in context. For example, most maternal mortalities occur after 4 pm, especially on weekends, said Waiswa. The data gives little hint at why, however, which he said is in part because senior health workers do not want to work after regular hours, which leads to less supervision and fewer experience staff during those times.Another concern regarding maternal and newborn health data is its complexity. Many times data is very technical and only understandable to NGO workers, doctors, and researchers. “It’s never interpreted – you don’t know what it means, even the local leaders will not understand it,” said Kizza. There are few channels to effectively convey information between researchers and others, she said. Making data more accessible is also important to hold governments accountable to the goals and targets they have committed to under the SDGs.According to Kizza, many women in the most at-risk areas have superficial knowledge of maternal and newborn health. “Some of them think if they only go there and have the chat, that is enough,” she said – the value of follow-ups and regular visits are not well understood. Education is therefore another area where more effort is needed. Ordinary citizens need to know their rights, what mothers should do and not do during pregnancy, and the services available at health facilities, she said.Even with continuing challenges, Dr. Ana Langer, Director of the Women and Health Initiative and Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, emphasized the need to generate solutions rather than rehash problems at the upcoming conference in Copenhagen. One of the goals will be to expand the conversation beyond mortality to morbidities, stillbirths, and child development.Claeson asked the health sector, private sector, and governments to imagine a future that provides user-centric, woman-focused health services to all mothers and newborns. “I think the biggest risk, frankly, for all of us, is staying focused,” she said, and keeping other sectors focused on women and newborns too.“Our goal is to end preventable child and maternal deaths in our generation,” said Pablos-Méndez. “Over 100 million lives were saved in the last 20 to 25 years, and another 100 million lives can be saved by 2030.”Event Resources:Ana Langer’s PresentationPhoto GalleryVideoSources: Global Financing Facility, The Guardian, Maternal Health Task Force, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (India), PLOS, Save the Mothers, World Bank, World Health Organization.Photo Credit: Mothers wait to vaccinate their babies in Bamako, Mali, courtesy of Dominic Chavez/World Bank.This post originally appeared on New Security Beat.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on May 17, 2018May 18, 2018By: Teertha Arora, Candidate for Masters in Public Health (Global Health), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The neonatal period, from birth to one month, is a critical phase during which nearly half of all under-five deaths globally occur. Preterm birth is a major contributor—accounting for approximately 35% of neonatal deaths. However, a large portion of deaths among preterm and low birthweight newborns are preventable. Research suggests that kangaroo mother care (KMC) can significantly reduce deaths in newborns as well as the risk of hypothermia and severe illness. Furthermore, it can lead to improved growth, breastfeeding practices and mother–child bonding.KMC comprises several components, including skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her newborn (kangaroo position), exclusive breastfeeding (kangaroo nutrition) and early discharge from hospital (kangaroo discharge). A supportive environment is crucial for these three pillars to achieve the intended results.Components of KMC (Source: Healthy Newborn Network)Even though it is a simple and low-cost intervention, adopting and scaling up KMC depends on the strength and resilience of health systems. A recent study conducted by Chan et al. systematically reviewed the barriers and enablers of KMC within a health system, where health facilities and health care workers (HCWs) were the two prominent implementation agents. The following themes emerged from their analysis:Buy-in: acceptance of KMC and its benefitsSocial support and empowerment: encouragement in performing KMCTime: time to train and implement KMCMedical concerns: health status of mother or newbornAccess: availability of training and related resourcesCultural norms: sociocultural factors of newborn care and norms of the facilityThe researchers also identified key factors related to health systems that both supported or limited the implementation of KMC, as listed below.Social support and empowermentThe researchers cited interest as critical to scale any health care intervention. However, HCWs often struggled to implement KMC due to lack of support from parents. For instance, some parents were not willing to help transfer the newborn in and out of the incubator to initiate KMC. This was a barrier for nurses with already limited capacity.Leadership buy-inIf the management of the facility expressed that newborn care using KMC was not a priority, it inhibited the uptake of KMC. Support from leadership is key for the adoption of KMC by health care professionals and parents. Unfortunately, nurses and other members of the health care workforce often faced challenges negotiating more resources and space for implementing KMC.Access to trainingIn the case of HCWs, lack of training in KMC led to conflicting information about time and duration of skin-to-skin contact even in the same facility. For health facilities, having inadequate ambulatory services was a barrier to access follow-up care. Further, crowding or restricting visitation rules due to shortage of space and staff can slow down the process of initiating KMC.Clear and consistent communicationTransparent two-way communication channels are a critical enabler for successful implementation of KMC, especially between HCWs and facilities. Coordination on guidelines amidst all health care workers in the value chain of newborn care and between different facilities can assist in strengthening continuity of care for mothers, when transferring hospitals.RecommendationsAccording to Chan and colleagues, it is critical to establish KMC protocols at the facility-level. This would call for checklists to ensure compliance and continuity for the mother and her child. At the regional level, training for HCWs by the government can act as catalysts to scale-up the adoption of KMC. Mali serves as a best-practice example where two tiers of involvement were facilitated. Firstly, there were “refresher sessions” on KMC in facilities and development of strong referral links between district hospitals and community health centers. Secondly, success stories were shared for advocacy at different levels. At country level, commitments from the Ministry of Health or other relevant bodies will help create a national momentum towards KMC. Increased communication among policymakers, HCWs and other stakeholders is needed to improve the implementation process.Understanding how best to support KMC for women and newborns at different levels within the health system will help countries to address critical gaps, so as to facilitate the adoption and scale-up of KMC.—Read about how Kangaroo Mother Care has improved newborn health outcomes and supported moms in KenyaShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
It’s not often Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez can put their feet up and watch Barcelona rack up a big win from the front row, but Antoine Griezmann and Carles Perez gave the South American duo plenty to smile about on Sunday.Both Messi and Suarez are out injured, along with Ousmane Dembele, and after Barcelona’s opening day defeat at Athletic Bilbao they were among the 80,000 inside Camp Nou fearing the worst when Real Betis took the lead.However a Griezmann double, Perez’s third and strikes from Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal got Barcelona off the board in La Liga, earning the Catalans an emphatic 5-2 win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The best news for Barcelona was Griezmann’s display, as the French star became the first Barcelona player to score twice on his home debut in the 21st century – and the first football player ever to throw glitter confetti in the air after doing so as part of an elaborate pre-planned celebration.After whipping in his excellent second goal Griezmann made a dart for the corner flag and grabbed a handful of confetti from a club employee, flinging it into the sky in front of the Barcelona fans.It was a homage to basketball player LeBron James’s chalk toss, a legendary icon of the sport whom Griezmann likened Messi to in interviews when he arrived.Some will wonder if this kind of frippery is going to detract and distract from Griezmann’s Barcelona career, especially after the kerfuffle over his 2018 documentary in which he rejected a switch to Camp Nou, but his performance glittered too on Sunday.Barcelona dominated the early stages and one move in particular between Griezmann and Rafinha Alcantara sliced open the defence beautifully, although Betis eventually scrambled the ball away.However a perfectly weighted Loren Moron pass found Betis’s star summer signing Nabil Fekir, who finished sublimely. Neither the assist nor the strike had an inch of leeway to spare.But Barcelona, despite missing their two figureheads, continued to drive forward and got the equaliser their performance merited when Sergi Roberto dinked a neat ball to Griezmann, who lunged in to slide home.Off the mark, then, and hungry for more – five minutes into the second half Griezmann scored his second, and this felt like the moment from which his Barcelona career will really take off.The striker also expertly slid a ball across the box for Vidal to ram in Barcelona’s fifth goal on a wild night.A word too for Perez, who lacks the sheer quality Dembele possesses but whose work-rate, concentration and willingness to adhere to the tactical desires of the coach exceed the former Dortmund winger’s performance in those areas.Perez plugged away and got the goal he deserved after a good link-up with Nelson Semedo.It was a good night for Barcelona academy talents, with Ansu Fati making his debut at 16 years, 298 days old and becoming the second youngest player to feature for the club.Although he came on while the players were celebrating Vidal’s goal and moments later had to watch Ter Stegen picking the ball out of his net after Loren Moron’s screamer, it was an exciting 15 minute cameo for the teenager.Ansu may not get the chance to play with Messi for quite some time but there was plenty here for the Argentine and the club’s supporters to enjoy.On tonight’s evidence Messi will already be looking forward to getting back on the pitch and linking up with his new playmate Griezmann.
Karim Benzema was often overshadowed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as part of Real Madrid’s fearsome ‘BBC’ frontline, but claims to have “made it all work”.The French frontman was acquired by the Blancos in the same summer as a Portuguese superstar arrived in a record-breaking deal.He was a proven goalscorer in his own right and has enjoyed a productive 10-year career at the Santiago Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Benzema was, however, to find himself playing a support role to Ronaldo, with Bale then joining the Real ranks in 2013.A formidable trio helped Madrid to an enviable haul of La Liga and Champions League honours, with all three making important contributions.Benzema saw his value questioned at times, but always worked hard for the collective cause and considers himself to have been the glue which held three ambitious figures together.The 31-year-old told RMC Sport: “You had a rocket (Bale) and a goalscorer (Ronaldo), and then there was me, the piece that made it all work.”Benzema added on the changes he had to make to his game after arriving from Lyon: “Here, the finisher was Cristiano.“I played a different role. I was involved more in the construction of moves and trying to open up spaces. “For me, he was the best goalscorer even if he played on the left. I moved away to open up space and let him score.”Benzema enjoyed plenty of memorable moments himself, despite Ronaldo dominating the headlines, with the deadlock opened in a 2018 Champions League final clash with Liverpool as he made Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius pay for a costly error.“I needed that goal,” he said, as the Blancos ran out 3-1 winners on the night.“It was one of the best feelings I’ve had since I was little.”Benzema also helped Real to European glory in 2017, with arch-rivals Atletico seen off at the semi-final stage thanks in part to one moment of magic from their French forward which saw him evade three defenders on the touchline and help to tee up an effort for Isco.“That’s how I define football,” said Benzema.“If I’m a fan who goes to the stadium, I’m going to see that, because there are always goals, but things like that don’t happen every day. “In a game like that, against a rival like Atletico, for me it’s worth more than a goal. It’s the best thing I’ve done in the Champions League.”
The MLS playoff race may be a tight one this season, but Los Angeles FC won’t be sweating it out. Bob Bradley’s league-leading side clinched a place in the 2019 MLS Cup playoffs with nine matches remaining in the season. A 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in a match that saw both sides finish with 10 men, coupled with FC Dallas’ 3-3 draw against the Montreal Impact, was enough for LAFC to earn its playoff spot in mid-August. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Carlos Vela has been the star man all season long and scored from the penalty spot on Saturday to open up a lead for LAFC, who were playing with 10 men at the time following a second booking for Walker Zimmerman. Vela won the penalty himself before tucking it away, with Salt Lake’s Aaron Herrera the man guilty of pulling the Mexican star down in the box just after the hour mark.Herrera was sent off for the tackle, putting the sides back even in terms of players on the pitch, but LAFC didn’t stop there. Adama Diomande tucked home a second in the 84th minute, giving the side a bit of a cushion for the final few minutes of the contest. LAFC have now racked up 18 wins to just three losses and four draws across 25 matches. The 58 points leaves the club 21 better off than Dallas and Portland and 20 ahead of San Jose, the clubs currently sitting sixth, seventh and eighth in the Western Conference standings. Bradley’s side is 16 points clear of nearest challenger Minnesota United, and holds a game in hand on the Loons as well. The win continues the club’s assault on the MLS points record, which sits at 71 and was set last season by the New York Red Bulls. Should LAFC break the current record, it would mark the third season running a club has hit a new record points total, with Toronto FC having hit 69 points in 2017. The win also saw Vela continue his assault on the MLS record books. His opening strike saw him reach 39 combined goals and assists for the season, one better than the 38 Sebastian Giovinco contributed during the 2015 season. Vela’s 24th goal of the season also pulls him close to Josef Martinez’s single-season record of 31, with the Atlanta United star having set that mark just last year.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may be the FIFA Best for 2019, but he admits that Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola is easily the finest that he has coached against.Two of the top tactical brains in world football have crossed swords on a regular basis in recent times.Klopp was still at Borussia Dortmund when Guardiola arrived in 2013 to take the reins at Bayern Munich. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The pair then ended up becoming domestic foes again in England, with high-profile posts filled at Anfield and the Etihad Stadium.The 2018-19 campaign saw Klopp and Guardiola go head-to-head in a battle for Premier League title glory, with the latter emerging successful as the former landed the Champions League crown.That success was enough to earn a German boss the top managerial prize at the recent FIFA gala in Milan, but he admits that he faces fierce competition for such a standing.Klopp, who edged out Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino to claim The Best gong, told FIFA’s official website: “I respect them a lot.“What [Mauricio] Pochettino did last year was so exceptional. Many times when you don’t win a title, people don’t remember you but he was extremely impressive. He has built his team step by step, keeping the team together.“Pep Guardiola… what can I say? He has won so many titles, the way his teams play. He’s so exceptional; hands down, the best manager I’ve coached against. It was an honour to be nominated alongside them.”While pleased to have claimed a prestigious prize, Klopp is eager to point out that any recognition that comes his way is a direct result of the collective effort being put in on Merseyside.He added: “Of course, absolutely. In terms of football, I am who I am because of my players but, as a person, I am who I am because of my family, and I am very grateful to them as well. They are everything to me.”Klopp is hoping to enjoy further success during his time in England, with an admission on his part that an influx of top coaching talent has helped to restore the Premier League’s image as the most competitive division in world football.He is not convinced that a trend has been set when it comes to those in the dugout, but is happy to see the English game flourishing.“The Premier League has a big influence from different managers,” Klopp said.“It’s not reflected in the results every time because that’d be impossible but, in the long term, we have been influential.“I don’t think it’s a trend because football always changes but there are so many good teams in the Premier League fighting for something.“It’s not that we have made Spain or Germany smaller, it’s that the competition can be of six or seven teams and that makes it really special. And those teams obviously have great managers.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Lionel Messi did his best to save Ousmane Dembele from a red card in Barcelona’s clash with Sevilla as he explained to the referee that his team-mate doesn’t speak Spanish very well.Dembele was dismissed during the latter stages of the Liga fixture on Sunday.There were just two minutes left on the clock when the France international winger was given his marching orders and it came just 60 seconds after debutant Ronald Araujo was also dismissed in Barca’s 4-0 win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Messi had hoped to avoid seeing Dembele join Araujo in heading down the tunnel, with the World Cup winner accused of verbally abusing match referee Miguel Antonio Mateu Lahoz.The 22-year-old is said to have told the match official “you’re very bad”, with a red card then flashed in his direction.Messi was among the first on the scene to remonstrate with Lahoz, with the Argentine claiming there had been a misunderstanding.He suggested that Dembele does not know how to express himself properly in Spanish and deserved to be let off the hook as a result.📰 — Messi tried to save Dembélé by telling the referee that Ousmane cannot express himself in Spanish.Messi (to Lahoz): “He can’t speak.”[marca] pic.twitter.com/FJPSj34ZXd— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 8, 2019Messi’s argument fell on deaf ears, with Dembele now facing the threat of missing out on a Clasico clash with Real Madrid on October 26.The length of his ban is yet to be determined, but Barca have only one more Liga outing to take in – against Eibar – before welcoming their arch-rivals from the Spanish capital to Catalunya.Gerard Pique was another who tried to prevent the Frenchman from being stung with a suspension.He joined the protests alongside Messi, with the experienced centre-half claiming that Dembele had said “very badly” rather than calling Lahoz “bad”.No leniency was shown, though, much to the frustration of those in the Barcelona ranks.Blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde expressed his surprise after a convincing win over Sevilla at seeing Lahoz so quick to reach for his pocket, especially as Dembele barely speaks Spanish.He told reporters: “The red cards? It’s the referee’s decision. Everyone has their opinion. I’ve seen a pretty clean game.”I don’t know what Dembele may have said to the referee but I don’t think it’s a long sentence because it’s hard to hear him speak Spanish.”
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has admitted there will be a time when he will have to sell star defender Kalidou Koulibaly.Koulibaly has established himself as one of the best and most in-demand defenders in the world since joining Napoli from Genk in 2014.The 28-year-old Senegal international was heavily linked to Manchester United before the Premier League giants signed Harry Maguire in a world-record transfer prior to the transfer window closing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Koulibaly continues to be linked to United and when asked about Napoli’s centre-back, De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia a future sale is inevitable. “I loved Koulibaly the man so I refused €105 million, but a time will come when I’ll have to sell him,” he said. “Whoever says we didn’t improve our defence is wrong.”Asked about recent transfer speculation, Koulibaly admits he’s used to getting plenty of attention and knows how to shut it out.”I’m used to it,” Koulibaly said. “So many [stories] come out each day, which say I’m leaving. Right now, my only objective is to win with Napoli. I don’t care about the rest.”Our objective remains to beat the best teams in Italy and win the Scudetto. This season is more difficult because all the teams have got stronger and Serie A has become more competitive.”We must think positively and be aware that we can do well. My objective is to help the club and team win a trophy now.”Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz is also attracting plenty of interest amid links to La Liga pair Barcelona and Real Madrid.Fabian swapped Real Betis for Napoli in a €30m deal in 2018-19 and the Spaniard has starred in Serie A. “Fabian’s always been a top player,” De Laurentiis said. “If I convince myself to pay a stranger €30m, I do it for a reason and now I know why.”It’s one thing to play for your country and another to do it for a team who play every three days. We found Fabian, but we’ll find more like him. The door’s always open. I don’t get attached to players.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs time and patience at Manchester United, says Mark Bosnich, with the former Red Devils goalkeeper pointing out that Jurgen Klopp has had four years to get things right at Liverpool.Another change in the dugout at Old Trafford is being mooted, with the progress expected by an ambitious outfit having not been made since Jose Mourinho was shown to the door.Solskjaer remains adamant that he has the full backing of his board, having committed to a three-year contract, but results will determine how long he remains in the hot seat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Delivering those has been an issue of late, but Bosnich is among those who believe that long-term vision needs to be shown by a fallen giant – such as that which has allowed Klopp to turn Liverpool into Champions League winners and Premier League title challengers.The ex-Red Devils custodian told talkSPORT: “They haven’t had a good start, we know that, there’s a lot of pressure on Ole Gunner Solskjaer and the whole club.“There’s a lot of talk from Manchester United fans about whether Solskjaer should stay or go, but you’ve got to have some patience.“What are they going to do, just keep sacking managers year-in, year-out? You’ve got to give the man a go!“Jurgen Klopp has had four years at Liverpool, and it hasn’t even been a year since Ole was appointed – you’ve got to give him time!”United’s next outing will give them an opportunity to prove that they can compete with the best, as table-topping Liverpool are due to pay a visit to Manchester.The Reds could equal Manchester City’s record of 18 successive Premier League wins with another triumph at Old Trafford, but Bosnich believes the Red Devils will raise their game for a crunch clash – even with Paul Pogba and David de Gea being ruled out through injury.He added: “It’s always a massive game against Liverpool and hearing that two of their players are out is not great, but Manchester United when they’ve got their backs to the wall can be very, very dangerous.“No one is giving them a chance in hell, but they’ve got a very good record against Liverpool at Old Trafford.“Liverpool are going great guns, but they’re away from home and it’s after the international break, which can throw the chips in the air, so you never know.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
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Playa Hotels & Resorts’ All-Inclusive Hyatt Brands, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara, Selected As “The Best Hotel Chain In Mexico” – 2018 Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2018 — Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ: PLYA, “Playa”), the owner and operator of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, was honored this evening at the 16th annual Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards Gala in New York City. For the second year in a row, Travel Weekly’s dedicated audience of global travel professionals has selected Playa’s all-ages Hyatt Ziva and adults-only Hyatt Zilara brands as the “Best Hotel Chain in Mexico.” “We are honored to receive this highly coveted award for the second year in a row. Playa’s strategy of partnering with the preeminent globally recognized brands, to bring innovative design and Playa’s legendary Service from the Heart ® to guests in the most popular beach destinations in the Mexico and the Caribbean, continues to yield results,” said Kevin Froemming, Playa’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We are excited to continue our growth along-side these dynamic and industry-leading brands as the construction of our all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara resorts in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic are on-schedule for Q4 2019 grand openings,” added Froemming. The Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice award winners represent the best in travel. These prestigious awards are presented annually to top industry suppliers who lead the way in both product and service. For more information on Playa Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara all-inclusive resorts, visit PlayaResorts.com or contact your preferred travel advisor. About Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V.Playa is a leading owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations in popular vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Playa owns and/or manages a total portfolio consisting of 21 resorts (7,769 rooms) located in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. In Mexico, Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Panama Jack Resorts Cancun, Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen, Hilton Playa del Carmen All-Inclusive Resort, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta and Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos. In Jamaica, Playa owns and manages Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa, Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort, Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa, Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort and Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa. In the Dominican Republic, Playa owns and manages Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Family Resort and Hilton La Romana All-Inclusive Adult Resort. Playa also owns four resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party and Playa manages the Sanctuary Cap Cana, in the Dominican Republic.