Portugal end Switzerland’s winning run to qualify for World Cup

first_imgEuropean champions Portugal qualified for next year’s World Cup with a convincing 2-0 home win over Switzerland on Tuesday, ending their rivals’ perfect record in Group B after an own goal by Johan Djourou set them on their way.With midfielder Bernardo Silva giving one of his best performances for Portugal, the hosts did not even need a goal from captain Cristiano Ronaldo as they pulled level on 27 points with Switzerland and won the group on goal difference.The unlucky Djourou put the ball through his own net four minutes before halftime and Andre Silva sealed the victory in the 57th minute with his ninth goal of the campaign.The Swiss had led the group since beating Portugal 2-0 in Basel in their opening match in September last year and gone on to win all nine matches before Tuesday’s encounter in Lisbon, while Portugal had won their subsequent eight.Aside from a penalty shootout defeat by Chile at the Confederations Cup in June, the defeat by Switzerland was the only competitive game Portugal have lost since Fernando Santos took over as coach in September 2014.Switzerland will now enter a playoff over two legs with another European group runner-up in November for a place in Russia. The draw for the playoffs will be held next Tuesday.Ronaldo should have scored his 16th goal of the qualifying campaign when he was sent clear in the 78th minute but he over-elaborated as he tried to get around Yann Sommer and allowed the goalkeeper to claim the ball but the points were already safe.advertisement”I always believed we could do it,” said Santos. “I believed in the players and fortunately they gave me this present.””When you have quality and organisation, you are always closer to winning. The whole 90 minutes weren’t perfect, but fortunately we won and we are going to Russia.”DEFENSIVE MISFORTUNEThe Swiss were cool and comfortable for the first half hour, stringing together some neat moves in midfield, while Portugal were let down by poor crossing and struggled to get the ball to Ronaldo.But after Silva had a rasping drive tipped away by Sommer, the hosts moved up a gear and went ahead with the help of some defensive misfortune for the visitors.Eliseu fired in a low cross which Sommer parried, only for the ball to ricochet off Djourou into the net.The hosts took control after the break and scored again with a superbly-worked goal. A quick exchange of passes freed Silva on the right and his low cross was turned in by Andre Silva at the second attempt to send the Estadio da Luz into raptures.Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka admitted that his side had not performed well enough. “Today, we were somewhere between bad and very bad,” he said.PANAMA REACH WORLD CUP, USA OUTPanama qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time on Tuesday after a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in the final round of CONCACAF qualifiers that also saw Honduras pip the United States to a playoff place against Australia.Honduras beat Mexico 3-2 to set up a date with the Socceroos in November, while the United States lost 2-1 to Trinidad & Tobago and will be absent from the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.last_img read more

Fisher’s Knick Debut Stinkaroo

first_imgHARTFORD, Conn. — Derek Fisher lost his coaching debut with the New York Knicks when Jared Sullinger scored 23 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 106-86 preseason win on Oct. 18.Fisher played 18 seasons in the NBA before he replaced the fired Mike Woodson in June. The Knicks went 37-45 last season and missed the playoffs, just a year after winning the Atlantic Division and advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals.Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 18 points. Carmelo Anthony added 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting.Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Thornton had 12 points apiece for the Celtics, who beat Philadelphia 98-78 on Oct. 6 in their preseason opener. Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart each scored 11.Boston shot 48 percent from the field and made 11 of 22 3-point attempts. Sullinger scored eight points in the fourth period as the Celtics pushed their lead as many as 27.Smart, who missed all eight of his field-goal attempts in his team’s preseason opener, was 4-for-8 from the field and had six assists. He was selected by Boston with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Two women commit suicide in separate incidents in UP

first_imgBanda: Two women allegedly committed suicide in separate incidents in Banda district, police said on Monday. The first incident took place in Pangara village on Sunday, where a 20-year-old woman, identified as Aarti, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her room over being scolded by her mother, Additional Superintendent of Police Lal Bharat Kumar Pal said. In the second incident, which took place in Murwal village under the Baberu police station area on Sunday, Seema, 26, allegedly set herself ablaze after she had a tiff with her husband on phone. She had come to her stay at her parents ‘place and was to return to her in-laws’ by Tuesday, Pal said. Police said the bodies have been handed over to their family and investigation in both the cases is underway.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki to Recall 103311 Units of Ertiga Swift and Dzire

first_imgMaruti Suzuki, the country’s largest car maker on Friday issued a voluntary recall of 1,03,311 units of Ertiga, Swift and DZire in India to fix a problem with the fuel filler neck.The company will recall 47,237 units of its popular hatch back Swift, 42,481 units of its sedan DZire and 13,593 units of its multi-passenger vehicle Ertiga. The company said the recall is limited to the aforementioned models, which were manufactured between 12 November 2013 and 4 February 2014 and the dealers will contact the owners of the affected models directly.”This exercise is limited to vehicles within the above specified range and does not pertain to any other vehicle of the company,” Maruti Suzuki India said in a statement. The problem with the fuel filler neck may also lead to fuel smell and also to fuel leakage in extreme condition, if fuel filled up to the fuel cap, beyond the ‘auto cutoff level’.The users can visit company’s official website www.marutisuzuki.com to check if their models also have been affected by entering the 14 digit chassis number. The latest recall of Maruti is believed to be the largest recall announced by any auto maker in India.In November 2013, Maruti had recalled 306 units of Ertiga, 592 units of Swift, 581 units of Dzire and 13 units of A-star models in the country to fix the problem with the steering column. Previously, the company had taken back 13,157 units of Dzire, Swift and Ritz in April 2011. In February 2010, around one lakh units of Maruti’s flagship export model A-Star were also recalled.Earlier this week, Toyota issued a recall for 45,000 units of its multi-utility vehicle (MPV) Innova, which were manufactured between February 2005 and December 2008, over a problem with the steering column.  Globally, Toyota has recalled the Yaris, Urban Cruiser (manufactured between January 2005 and August 2010), RAV4 and Hilux (between June 2004 and December 2010) models to fix problems with the wiring harnesses, steering column and seat railings.(ED/VS)last_img read more

PM Modi threatens Mamata saying 40 of her MLAs are in touch

first_imgSrirampur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally in Srirampur, West Bengal on April 29, 2019.IANSPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday warned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that her MLAs will abandon her after the results of the Lok Sabha polls come and said 40 of them were already in touch with him.”When the lotus will bloom all over Bengal after May 23, Didi (Banerjee), you will see that your MLAs will also abandon you and run away. Forty of your MLAs are in touch with me even today,” Modi told an election rally in Sreerampur in Hooghly district.”It will be tough for you to save yourself. You have cheated the people of Bengal,” he said.PM Modi said that despite all the attacks and intimidation by the ruling Trinamool Congress, the people of Bengal had only one motto in this Lok Sabha election.”They have only one motto… chup chap kamal chap, booth booth se TMC saaf (silently vote for the lotus symbol, remove TMC from all booths),” PM Modi added. Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’BrienIANSThe Trinamool Congress hit back at PM Modi by calling it ‘horse-trading’. TMC MP Derek O’Brien called out the Prime Minister for his comments on Twitter. Calling the PM as ‘Expiry Babu PM’, O’Brien wrote that no one would go to him. Charging PM Modi with ‘horse-trading’, O’Brien tweeted, “Expiry Babu PM, let’s get this straight. Nobody will go with you. Not even one councillor. Are you election campaigning or horse trading! Your expiry date is near. Today, we are complaining to the Election Commission. Charging you with horse trading #LokSabhaElection2019.”These potshots have taken place just days after PM Modi’s interview with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar when the PM said that he has an amicable relationship with TMC president and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. PM Modi went on to say that she sends him Bengali sweets very often and also chooses and sends him kurtas too.last_img read more

How Event Management and Analytics Gave This EVite Company a Boost

first_img Register Now » When global streaming music juggernaut Spotify hosts an event–which it does a couple of hundred times per year–it relies on Splash to get the invites out. Part online invitation platform, part ticketing service and part event showcase, Splash is “the greatest event-management platform ever,” according to Ben Hindman, the company’s co-founder.Hyperbole aside, Hindman says New York City-based Splash is the first platform that allows users to manage the entire life cycle of an event, from sending out invitations and selling tickets (if necessary) to hosting post-party photos and video.While anyone can use Splash to create a party or sell tickets to a show, Hindman says the service is ideal for branded events looking for a unique, high-quality presentation, rather than a generic template to fill in.”Basically, I built this product for people like me,” he says.In his former job, as director of events for lifestyle site Thrillist, Hindman was in charge of throwing can’t-miss events around the country. He envisioned an online tool that could help him manage parties from start to finish–one that would make the invitations irresistible and help him keep the shindigs memorable long after the lights were turned off. In 2010 he partnered with developers Brett Boskoff and Chris Clement to build out the platform; they launched the company a year later.Clients design their invitations on the Splash site, choosing imagery, fonts and color schemes and deciding on the placement of elements such as buttons for RSVPs and ticket sales. During the event, the site streams photos and video, then keeps them online for posterity.For individuals, bare-bones invites are free, but corporate clients readily pony up a couple thousand dollars per month for unlimited access to more invitation features, design and marketing assistance, analytics and 24/7 support. If a company charges attendees, Splash takes 2 percent of ticket sales plus $1 per ticket sold to process the transactions.Hindman points to Spotify as an ideal client. “They’re doing all these events, but they need to keep a consistent voice and brand, and they also need to collect all this information on the attendees to determine the success of these events. We help them micromanage everything, from setting up the ‘save the date’ e-mails to creating a photo gallery and even pulling together a Spotify playlist.”Hindman says revenue has tripled every year since launch. Last year, Splash’s 12-person team helped manage 80,000 events that drew a total of 1.6 million attendees and sold $3.5 million in tickets. Clients include Facebook, NPR and the NBA; one big-name beer company is using the service to manage 50,000 events this year alone. No surprise that all that helped Splash blow past its 2014 goal by March.Power ServeAn external iPhone battery case doubles as a sleek mini-serverSmartphone accessories rarely save the day, but the mophie space pack can. This rechargeable battery case can revive a spent iPhone 5 or 5s at the flick of a switch and, at the tap of its accompanying and intuitive Space app, boost the phone’s memory, adding up to 32 GB–enough to store an extra 16,000 photos, 14 hours of video or 9,000 songs. An engineering marvel, the case ($150 for 16 GB; $180 for 32 GB) amps up power and storage but adds very little heft. –J.P.P. This story appears in the July 2014 issue of . Subscribe » July 27, 2014 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more