AD-Vantage BJP

first_imgNever in the annals of political advertising in India has such heat and dust been generated as in Election 2014( All three players, especially traditional rivals Congress and the BJP, pulled out all the stops to turn on the heat, blitzing all conceivable traditional and new-age channels, including social media, to offer a 360 degrees whammo, like there was no tomorrow.Yup. The NaMo-RaGa slowdowns were show-stoppers all the way, but as the results rolled in, the Congress blamed its advertising agency Dentsu for its poll debacle. No doubt, the inside track of the blame-game will undoubtedly take on a life of its own — losers are always bad news — and clearly the strategy to position Rahul Gandhi as a young and dynamic leader out to empower the common man, didn’t work.The BJP campaign was brilliantly structured, strategically sound and totally clear.The BJP recruited two of the biggest and finest ad practitioners in the business, Piyush Pandey, executive chairman and creative director, South Asia, and Prasoon Joshi, chairman and chief, South Asia, at Ogilvy and Mather. They both come with a dazzling track record and a proven connect through their insightful understanding of the mitti of the land.Joshi explains that the BJP communication demanded two kinds of messaging: Tactical, embracing the here and now. Conceptual, playing out the party’s philosophy. For the latter, the multi-faceted ad-man (who is also a celebrated Bollywood lyricist and a fine, published poet in his own right) created an anthem called Saugandh, to which the prime minister designate gave his voice. Joshi’s deep understanding of the party’s brand values helped him pen the lines, which formed an intrinsic part of the overall communication, used in digital and TV film, as well as audio-track to enthuse, motivate and inspire party workers.Regarding the now famous tag line Ab ki baar, Joshi confides that his preference was Desh ki pukaar, Modi sarkar to emphasize the disappointment, disillusionment, frustration and the feeling of being let down by the general public, but Team BJP over-ruled it, going with Ab Ki baar, Modi sarkar, because Ab ki baari, Atal Bihari had worked brilliantly in the past. Joshi had no hesitation in admitting that they struck target because their version was direct and simpler.Both Joshi and Pandey were clear from day one to not confuse political campaign with regular brand-building campaign. Joshi lays it on the line when he explains that a product has no personal voice. Political parties, however, are live, throbbing, vital entities, consumed by their constituencies, all the time. They communicate to their target audience across a wide variety of forums, with rallies, interviews, speeches, press conferences, debates, etc. on an overdrive. Most of these today are telecast and on the net, so they work like ads. Secondly, unlike a product, where you interact only with the product’s marketing and brand managers, here, tons of party workers are on your radar and their suggestions — many brilliant — need to be considered and sometimes executed, because they are the foot soldiers, umbilically connected with the flotsam and jetsam of the public mood. Egos and arrogance — major issues in adland, especially with creative mavericks — also need to be under a tight leash, because this is a different ball game and the insights of non-expert party functionaries are likely to carry more weight than conventional advertising wisdom. It also needs to be understood therefore that this brand of communication is a collaborative venture, where chest-thumping by a single genius plays no role.Congress Party’s ad campaign was as listless as the man it was peojecting.Pandey says there is a popular misconception that political parties are usually clueless about the art and science of advertising, the perception and positioning aspects, which direction the communication will pursue, why and when to garner what kind of specific result. He was startled by the detailed homework the BJP team had done in terms of research, locating and understanding their target group’s mindset, what to say, whom to say, including tone-of-voice. The brief — the best he has come across in his entire career — was simple: Prepare a message around the sad state of affairs the country faced during the UPA regime and communicate it simply, but engagingly, across the country.It was all brilliantly structured, strategically sound and totally clear. The BJP core team leveraged the creative talent available from the right creative teams, comprising writers and musicians, picked their partners judiciously and divided and compartmentalized responsibilities in amazing fashion.Regarding social media, Pandey explains that despite the ridicule and mockery from some sections of the Congress Party regarding being a conservative, old-fashioned lot, ignorant of new-age digital communication, fact is, Team BJP was there well before the basic brief was culled and ad agencies selected. Why? To understand the critical issues and problems plaguing the common man before addressing them with passion and purpose in their quest for vote support. Ultimately however, both Joshi and Pandey agree that the product advertised needed to be solid and credible with a brand promise that rung true and a credible solution. A bad product is killed faster with good advertising, because it generates excitement and curiosity that belies the performance slot — an unforgivable marketing sin.Compared to the brilliant strategic and tactical ad campaign of BJP, the Congress campaign was listless, tepid, boring, uninspiring and lacking credibility. Sans style, substance, form, content, the Rahul Gandhi-specific campaign (Har haath shakti, har haath tarakki) was a giant leap in the wrong direction. Unlike the BJP narrative, it had no new, urgent story to tell, churning out a tired combination of old slogans about empowering the have-nots and new fantasies about the young. No wonder people fell, in large numbers, at seductive slogans like Achche din aanewala hain and Ab ki baar …When you goof up on the four basic principles of effective advertising — Attention, Interest, Desire, Action — then your achche din turns into a nightmare. Perhaps, agli baar? Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian TV Soaps Hum Paanch,  Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hain  to Get Foreign Adaptations

first_imgPopular Indian television series  Hum Paanch  and  Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hain  are set to get British and Anglo-Spanish adaptations, respectively. While Hum Paanch will be renamed Lala’s Ladiez for the audience abroad,  Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain has been tentatively titled  Love Thy Neighbor.ZEE to Create Content in Foreign LanguagesZEE Studios International, which was launched in Vancouver, Canada, on Sept. 21, aims to create global content in various international languages. A large part of the content will be based on popular Indian creative ideas and concepts.“ZEE has always been a cultural ambassador of India, taking its rich and engaging content across the world,” Amit Goenka, the CEO of the International Broadcast Business at Zee Entertainment Enterprises, said, adding that Canada is known as a large production hub for various Hollywood companies, as the country offers the requisite infrastructure, talent pool, scenic locales as well as a favorable government incentive scheme.“After a series of discussions with the government of British Columbia, Canada, we were invited to set up a production company in Vancouver. Our endeavor through this venture is to produce global content for mainstream audiences across various international markets as well as take care of our domestic requirements,” added Goenka.Popular serials on Indian TVThe Ashok Saraf, Rakhee Tandon-starrer comedy series Hum Paanch will stay alive in the minds of those born in the 1980s in India. The show, aired on ZEE TV during 1995-99, featured the story of a family with five daughters. It is considered by fans as an all-time classic, rated one of the most favorite comedy serials of the time, along with  Dekh Bhai Dekh.In an attempt to cash in on the popularity, the series returned again in 2005. But in its second coming, the show was not a grand success like its predecessor, and it ran for just 18 months.Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hain, on the other hand, was premiered in March 2015. It is continuing its successful run on the &TV channel in India. The series revolves around the lives of two neighboring couples who live in the fictional Modern Colony in Uttar Pradesh. Related ItemsBhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai adaptationHum Paanch BritishHum Paanch CanadaZee CanadaZee Studios Internationallast_img read more

Call for Dinner

first_imgVidhu Mittal’s Pure & Simple: Homemade Indian Vegetarian Cuisine is a culinary tour through your mother’s kitchen. Anyone from Uttar Pradesh will be quickly transported to the sights and smells of the kitchen of their memories. Overseas Indians who frequently find themselves fumbling trying to recreate the magic now have the ultimate dummies guide for recreating mummy’s meals. Pure & Simple is packed with recipes and visual instructions for 100 soups, appetizers, vegetable and rice dishes, as well as breads and desserts.  Remember the spicy spinach fritters or pani puri? How about pakodi kadi, sukhe aloo mattar or bharwa mirchi? And when was the last time you lapped up aloo ka jhol or dug into sabzi pulao for a Tuesday lunch. And how can you forget Usha Masi’s suji halwa or nariyal burfi?At a time when Indian cookbooks are experimenting heavily with fusion foods, new dishes, exotic spices or novel vegetables, Mittal transports you to the simple meals from the unadulterated kitchen of your past. Mittal, who is an established culinary expert and cooking instructor in Bangalore, says the recipes capture “the characteristic flavor of my native province — Uttar Pradesh” and that her “emphasis has been on crafting delicately spiced dishes, contrary to the hot flavors stereotypically associated with Indian food.”The book includes hundreds of stunning photos of the dishes and visual instructions for cooking them as well as for cooking processes, such as how to temper dals, blanch vegetables or set yogurt.This is one of the best Indian cookbook that we have seen in a very long time and one deserving of space on your kitchen shelf, if not for what you will try, then for what you will remember and miss.Magori Palak ki KadiIngredients1 cup sun-dried green gram dumplings (magori) 2 cups spinach (palak), chopped, cookedvegetable oil for deep-frying1½ cups yogurt (dahi), sour2 tbsp gram flour (besan)1 tsp ginger (adrak) paste1 tsp green chili paste1½ cups WaterFor the seasoning½ tbsp clarified butter (ghee)Pinch of asafetida (hing)1 tsp cumin (jeera) seeds¾ tsp turmeric (haldi) powder½ tsp red chili powderFor the tempering1 tbsp clarified butterPinch of asafetida¼ tsp cumin seeds¼ tsp red chili powderHeat ½”-deep oil in a shallow pan; deep-fry the magori in medium-hot oil until light golden brown. Remove, crush them lightly and set aside.Mix yogurt, gram flour, ginger paste, and green chili paste with water to a smooth paste; set aside.For the seasoning, heat the pressure cooker for 30 seconds; add ½ tbsp clarified butter and the remaining ingredients in the same order; mix. Add fried and crushed magori; mix. Add 1½ cups water and ¼ tsp salt; cook to one whistle, and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat.Open the lid when the pressure drops. Add yogurt mixture and salt to taste; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.Add cooked spinach and bring to a boil. Remove and transfer to a serving bowl and season with the tempering.For the tempering, heat 1 tbsp clarified butter in a pan; add all the ingredients in the same order mentioned. Pour over the prepared dish.Gobi AlooServes 4–6Ingredients 1 cauliflower (phool gobi), medium-sized, cut into 1½” florets2 potatoes, medium-sized, peeled, cut lengthwise into ½” pieces1½ tbsp vegetable oilPinch of asafetida (hing)½ tsp cumin (jeera) seeds2 tsp ginger (adrak), chopped1 tsp green chilies, chopped¼ tsp turmeric (haldi) powder½ tsp red chili powdersalt to taste½ tsp garam masala ¼ tsp mango powder (amchur)1 tbsp cilantro (dhaniya) leaves, choppedHeat 1½ tbsp oil in a heavy-bottom saucepan for 30 seconds; add asafetida, cumin seeds, ginger, chilies, turmeric powder, and red chili powder; mix.Add cut potatoes, cauliflower, salt, and ½ cup water. Cook, covered, on high heat, stirring occasionally, until the water dries up or the potatoes are cooked.Add garam masala, mango powder, and cilantro leaves; mix well. Serve hot.Sabz PulaoServes 2–4Ingredients1 cup basmati rice2 potatoes, medium-sized, cut into cubes1 cup cauliflower (phool gobi) florets1 cup green peas (hara mattar)1 tbsp clarified butter1 tsp cumin (jeera) seeds½ tsp turmeric (haldi) powder2 cups water1½ tsp saltWash and soak the rice in plenty of water for 30 minutes. Drain.Heat 1 tbsp clarified butter in a pan for 30 seconds; add cumin seeds and turmeric powder. Add potatoes, cauliflower, and peas; mix well. Cook for a minute on medium heat. Add soaked rice and mix.Add 2 cups water and salt; bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low heat till the water evaporates or until rice is done.Recipes and photos from Pure & Simple: Homemade Indian Vegetarian Cuisine, by Vidhu Mittal; published by Interlink Books; $29.95 hardcover. Related Itemslast_img read more

Delhi, Kolkata Rank Poorly in Global City Sanitation Rankings

first_imgVienna has been rated as having the highest quality of living in the world for the ninth year in a row in a recent survey. Vienna is followed by Zurich at the second spot, while Auckland and Munich hold the third rank jointly, according to Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living survey, released on March 20.In the city sanitation rankings, Indian cities were ranked among the lowest, with Mumbai occupying the 223rd spot, while New Delhi was at No.228, and Kolkata occupied the 227th position. Dhaka was ranked 230 in this segment. Honolulu was ranked as the city with best sanitation, followed by Helsinki and Ottawa.The survey included 231 cities across the world. It provides a separate ranking on city sanitation, analyzing cities’ waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious disease, air pollution, water availability and quality – all important aspects of a city’s attractiveness for both talent and businesses.Hyderabad retained its position as the top Indian city according to quality of living, for the fourth year in a row. Hyderabad is joined by Pune, both ranked at 142, with Pune jumping up three spots this year as the two newer technology hubs ranked highest among the seven Indian cities surveyed. New Delhi, on the other hand, was the lowest ranked city in India for the third consecutive year. The city “continues to face challenges in traffic and air quality,” the survey said.Other Indian cities surveyed — Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru — also ranked lower on the Quality of Living Index.Honolulu tops the City Sanitation ranking, followed by Helsinki and Ottawa in joint second, whereas Dhaka, ranked 230, and Port au Prince at 231, are at the bottom.The survey pointed out that despite economic volatility in Europe due to uncertainty around Brexit as well as increased political uncertainty in the region overall, many of its cities still offer the world’s highest quality of living and continue to remain attractive destinations for expatriates on assignment.“How successful an international assignment is hinges on the personal and professional well being of the individual expatriate and the welfare of their families. As well as a significant hinder to a city’s, business and talent attractiveness, poor quality of living can considerably impact on an expatriate’s lifestyle,” said Slagin Parakatil, principal at Mercer and global product owner for its Quality of Living research.Parakatil added that younger generations, millennials in particular, often have high expectations in terms of lifestyle, leisure and entertainment opportunities. Companies sending expatriates abroad need to get the full picture of conditions on the ground in order to compensate their employees appropriately for any decrease in living standards.According to the survey, in the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore remains the highest-ranking city in the 25th place whereas Dhaka ranks 216th. In Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur is ranked 85 and follows Singapore. Other key cities include Bangkok at 132, Manila at 137, and Jakarta at the 142nd slot.Dubai, at 74th place, continues to rank highest for quality of living across the Middle East, closely followed by Abu Dhabi, which is ranked 77.New Zealand and Australia continue to rank highly in quality of living. While Auckland is at number three, Sydney is ranked 10th and Wellington is at number 15.Top 10 City Rankings 2018 1Vienna2Zurich3Auckland3Munich5Vancouver6Dusseldorf7Frankfurt8Geneva9Copenhagen10Basel10Sydney Related ItemsQuality of LivingsanitationViennalast_img read more

One in Four British Persons Admit to Holding Racial Prejudices

first_imgOne in four British people and one-third of Brexit Leave voters admitted to holding racially prejudiced views. As many as 22 per cent of them admitted that they would mind if a close relative of theirs is about to marry a person of black, West Indian or Asian origin, a survey showed.World Advances, Racism PrevailsThe survey, conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and Runnymede among 2,200 people showed that 26 per cent of the participants described themselves as being “very” or “a little” prejudiced towards people of other races.While 34 per cent of the Leave voters admitted to holding racist attitudes, 18 percent of Remain voters held similar views. Men were found to be more likely to be racially prejudiced than women.The study also found that the acceptance of same-sex marriages has increased quickly in the last four years, especially among Christians.The Racial Prejudice in Britain Today study has been conducted since 1983. The number of people saying they are racially prejudiced has never fallen below a quarter ever, peaking at 39 per cent in 1987 and hitting 37 per cent in 2011.“These numbers provide clear evidence that a significant minority of people in Britain feel prejudiced towards people of other races,” Nancy Kelley, the deputy chief executive of NatCen, said. “Prejudice on this scale is something we as a society should be concerned about, not least as there is a significant body of evidence that even subtle racial prejudices contribute to racial inequality in areas such as education, employment and in the criminal justice system.”Dr. Omar Khan, the director of Runnymede, said that the findings of the study are deeply concerning. “This matters because the picture across society is one of the unequal outcomes for BME citizens. People are consciously and unconsciously making decisions that impact negatively on black and Asian communities. We have been far too complacent about a rising wave of tolerance leading to a less prejudiced society,” he said.“While it is true that a majority of the public do not consider themselves racially prejudiced, a considerable minority describe them as prejudiced, and there are sound reasons to believe both that the actual prevalence of racial prejudice is likely to be higher, and that some of this prejudice is of a very significant nature, such as believing that some races are born less intelligent,” the report said.Profiling of Muslims and Arabs Receiving SupportThe attitudes in the United Kingdom toward the Arab world earlier indicated that more than half of the British population support the profiling of Muslims and Arabs, citing security reasons.The study revealed that more than 80 per cent of the Leave voters believe that the Arabs and Muslims who migrated to the United Kingdom live in isolated communities and have failed to integrate with Western societies. On the other hand, 45 per cent of the Remain voters held similar beliefs, getting the average to 60 per cent.Only 28 per cent of British people believe that migration of Arabs and Muslims will benefit the nation. Related Itemslast_img read more

Pharma Billionaire Arrested on Charges of Fraud to Prescribe Opioid Painkiller

first_imgJohn N. Kapoor, the billionaire majority owner and founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc., was arrested on Oct. 26 in Phoenix. Kapoor faces charges of using bribery and fraud to promote prescription of an opioid pain medication to patients.Kapoor, 74, who had stepped down as the CEO of the pharmaceutical company in January this year, was charged with RICO conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to violate the anti-kickback law. Six other former executives of the firm were charged and arrested in the same case in December last year.Kapoor’s attorney said his client “is innocent of these charges and intends to fight the charges vigorously,” CBS News reported.“In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic that has reached crisis proportions, Mr. Kapoor and his company stand accused of bribing doctors to overprescribe a potent opioid and committing fraud on insurance companies solely for profit,” William D. Weinreb, acting U.S. attorney, said in a statement. “Today’s arrest and charges reflect our ongoing efforts to attack the opioid crisis from all angles. We must hold the industry and its leadership accountable — just as we would the cartels or a street-level drug dealer.”Subsys PainkillerInsys is accused of bribing several doctors to push the fentanyl spray called Subsys, and market it to patients who did not need it. Subsys was meant to use spray technology to administer fentanyl, a narcotic said to be 80 times more potent than morphine, under the tongues of cancer patients to ease the intense pain they suffer from. Kapoor lost his wife Editha to metastatic breast cancer in 2005.However, the company was accused of achieving huge sales by getting Subsys prescribed to patients who did not have cancer. Last month Deborah Fuller, who has been leading the accusations against Insys, after her daughter Sarah died in March 2016 following usage of the medicine, told a Senate roundtable in Washington: “The only thing that keeps us going at this point in our lives is that the people who did this to my baby will be held accountable for their actions.” She added: “Losing a child is agonizing, but then learning that [daughter] Sarah died from a drug that she should never have been prescribed has caused us so much more anguish and outrage,” according to ABC News.Checkered PastKapoor, who is estimated to have a net worth of $1.8 billion, remained on the Board of Directors after stepping down from the CEO’s post. Born in Amritsar, India, Kapoor earned an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Bombay University, followed by a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972. During his four-decade career in the pharmaceutical industry in the United States, Kapoor has been at the center of several controversies, including a $100 million lawsuit filed against him in 1990 by Japanese drug major Fujisawa Pharmaceutical. Kapoor made a settlement for an undisclosed amount in 1999.The accusations of racketeering against Insys started in 2015, when Heather Alfonso, a nurse practitioner in Connecticut, pleaded guilty to charges of federal anti-kickback laws. She was accused of receiving speaking payments worth $83,000. Prosecutors alleged she prescribed $1.6 million worth of Subsys, mostly of patients who did not have cancer. The same year, Insys paid doctors $6.3 million for activities including giving talks, according to data collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Forbes reported. Four other doctors were given fees of over $100,000, while 11 more were shown to receive about $75,000.In December 2016, six Insys executives were arrested and charged: Former CEO Michael Babich; Alec Burlakoff, the former vice president of sales; Richard M. Simon, the former national director of sales; former regional sales directors Sunrise Lee and Joseph A. Rowan; and former vice president of managed markets, Michael J. Gurry.“As alleged, these executives created a corporate culture at Insys that utilized deception and bribery as an acceptable business practice, deceiving patients, and conspiring with doctors and insurers,” Harold H. Shaw, the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, said in a statement. “The allegations of selling a highly addictive opioid cancer pain drug to patients who did not have cancer, make them no better than street-level drug dealers. Today’s charges mark an important step in holding pharmaceutical executives responsible for their part in the opioid crisis. The FBI will vigorously investigate corrupt organizations with business practices that promote fraud with a total disregard for patient safety.” Related ItemsInsys fraudJohn Kapoor arrestJohn Kapoor InsysJohn Kapoor opioid fraudJohn Kapoor pharma scandalJohn N. Kapoor subsyslast_img read more

NRI Voice: Revving Up the Glamour Quotient in Dubai

first_imgDubai-based Bijal Soni is known as one of the hottest bloggers in the city. She works for a fashion e-commerce company and also runs her own blog, which is dedicated to her love of fashion.A third-generation ethnic Indian living in the United Arab Emirates, Soni spoke to Little India about her life and work involving the world of glamor.Dubai is HomeI was born and raised in Dubai – this city has always been my first home, as it was for my parents and my grandparents. My grandfather came to Dubai in 1964 when water used to be transported via donkeys.I have seen Dubai change from a desert to the cosmopolitan city it is today and I feel deeply connected to it as I feel like I have been a part of its growth and transformation. I studied at one of the local Indian schools here, which was not a great experience but at that time we didn’t have a lot of options that we have today.A People PersonI studied public relations (PR) at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, and joined a PR agency immediately after graduation. I have always been a people person, so it just made natural sense.I think the reason for my obsession with keeping up with the latest fashion trends is to have the ability to express a part of myself and my personality with clothes. I also love the fact that fashion is in a constant state of evolution. It definitely adds ten-fold to your confidence level when you wear what makes you look best. It helps you carve your unique identity.Blogger by the NightWriting my blog myprdiaries is separate from my day job but there are instances when the two complement each other quite well. I manage the PR and Communication at Namshi.com, which is an online fashion and lifestyle e-commerce destination for the GCC countries. A huge part of my day job is to build relationships with the media, influencers and stakeholders.One of the things that I believe in is staying true to yourself. It’s so easy to get carried away imitating what every blogger does but it’s crucial to carve your own identity because if you don’t believe in what you are talking about, then your followers won’t either.Growing up IndianThe Indian community is one of the biggest in Dubai. I have had access to Indian food, people, shopping, culture and even Bollywood. I’ve never really felt disconnected from my home country. Even today, my favorite meal is a full-blown thali. I go to India at least once a year, either for shopping or to meet some of my mother’s relatives or if my friends have a Big Fat Indian Wedding.Spending Time in IndiaI travel a lot so I have been to places such as Goa, Delhi, Kerala, etc. and have always been amazed at how cultural and warm every city is. I have spent a lot of my time majorly in Mumbai and every time I go, I cannot get enough of the street food, the local bazaars — you discover so much walking down the busy streets.Some of the things that have resulted in a lot of Indians leaving the country and settling in other parts of the world is the lack of basic infrastructure facilities. Another would be the bureaucratic roadblocks. For example, it takes an amazing number of permits to start even the smallest of businesses. Also, the poverty saddens me every single time and I wish there was more I could do to change even 0.1 per cent of it. My family and I try to sponsor children in orphanages every time we visit India but it’s just not enough. Related ItemsDubaiFashionUAElast_img read more

Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA Draft

first_imgArchers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZChristian Standhardinger has thrown his name into the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 6-foot-7 forward beat the deadline for Fil-foreign applicants on Monday, as his entry boosted the stock for what could be a loaded draft class.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Also declaring for this year’s draft are Cignal HD standouts Jason Perkins of La Salle, Davon Potts of San Beda, and Andreas Cahilig of EARIST.Scorer Robbie Herndon, forward Julian Sargent, bruiser Felix Apreku, and sniper Zach Nicholls have also submitted their applications for the draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo A relative unknown earlier in the year, Standhardinger burst into the scene after coach Chot Reyes enlisted him in the Gilas Pilipinas pool. He made his national team debut in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-German averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, before being a more well-rounded performer in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, netting 13.8 markers, 11.0 boards, and 1.4 assists.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 openingDrafting him, though, comes with a risk as the 28-year-old had earlier signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions for the upcoming 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.Still, the mother ballclub who decides to pick Standhardinger can field the big man as early as next season’s Commissioner’s Cup, granting he secures a release from his ABL team. View commentslast_img read more

Wanted Rio Olympics controversy to last long, says Salman

first_imgMumbai, Jun 19 (PTI) Superstar Salman Khan, whose appointment as goodwill ambassador for Rio Olympics, had kicked up a storm, says he was not troubled by the controversy as he felt the issue helped spread more about the sports gala.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had announced Salman as the Goodwill Ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics 2016.His appointment drew criticism from some sportspersons, experts and analysts, who felt a sportsperson would have better suited the job.When asked about the controversy, Salman said, “I just wanted this controversy to last long so that everyone gets to know about Rio Olympics. It fizzled out soon. When Sachin (Tendulkar), who plays cricket and Rahman (A R Rahman) who plays music, were made brand ambassadors, there was no controversy, which is disheartening.”The actor, 50, said he thought the issue would drag for two-three weeks “but that did not happen.””Our generation knew about Olympics as in our books we used to have logo of the Olympics, but its not there today,” he said.Those who were opposing Salmans appointment had also raised the issue of Salmans pending legal cases.”Lot of people said I shouldnt be there because of the court cases. Even though, there are cases in the court, why cant I be made the goodwill ambassador for Olympics? I am not convicted.” he said.The actor will be seen next in Ali Abbas Zafars “Sultan” opposite Anushka Sharma. PTI KKP NP BK BASlast_img read more

(REOPENS MDS1)

first_imgGeorge claimed he had no contact with Ganapathy since 2014.”As I recollect, in March 2014 he was serving at Rajgopalnagar Police Station (in Bengaluru). He was suspended in a case, after which he came to me asking me to intervene in the matter, but I clearly told him I could not do so because I cannot interfere in matters of police department. Thereafter there has been no contact,” George said, adding he had not spoken to any other police officials regarding Ganapathy.Ganapathys brother Thammaiah, also a senior police official, said his allegations against senior officials were imaginary.”Please dont compare with other cases, he was under severe depression. He was undergoing treatment at M S Ramaih Hospital. After coming to Mangaluru he was under treatment from his friend who is a doctor.”His allegations are imaginary…; Im not trying to defend anybody,” Thammaiah said.Maintaining that his brother was unable to handledepression, he said, “No one from the department had harassedhim. Not even one promotion or increment was delayed to him.”He also said he was not speaking under pressure from government or senior officials. “All our batch mates knew that Ganapathy was under depression.”Home Minister G Parameshwara said, “He has named ADGP Prasad pointing out that some thing had happened when he worked with him eight years ago.”He had also named Mohanty (IGP, Lokayukta Police) and also Minister George.”We cannot say anything without inquiry,” he said, adding, Ganapathy had never got in touch with him or spoken to him.advertisementIGP Southern Range B K Singh said no death note was found.He said on searching the room two empty cartridges were found and two rounds were fired. Also, some medical treatment slips were found.Singh said Ganapathys father had given a complaint stating that his son “was in depression due to family problem.”A case of unnatural death had been registered under CrPC section 174, he added.Ganapathy was a native of Munjarayapattana, Siddhapur near Madikeri and belonged to the 1991 batch.He was a former sportsman and entered service through the sports quota.PTI KSU BDN RA VS DVlast_img read more

Simeone buoyed by Costa and Vitolo arrivals

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone ready to unleash Costa and Vitolo alongside Griezmann Dom Farrell 03:39 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DiegoCosta - cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid Copa del Rey Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid v Sevilla Sevilla The three striker are yet to line-up in the same Colchonero XI but could do so against in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash against Sevilla Diego Simeone hopes Diego Costa and Vitolo’s extra firepower can inspire Atletico Madrid to greater heights before the end of the season.Costa and Vitolo could line-up with Antoine Griezmann for the first time when Atleti host Sevilla in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Wednesday.An all-action second debut for Costa in Atletico colours ended with his receiving a second yellow card for celebrating in the crowd after scoring against Getafe, while Griezmann was rested in the previous round of the Copa against Lleida Esportiu as Vitolo made his bow for Los Rojiblancos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A FIFA player registration ban meant a delay over Costa and Vitolo’s introduction, but Simeone’s men still find themselves as the closest challengers to Barcelona in La Liga following Real Madrid’s collapse in form.”The squad until December came together, making a great start to the season, especially in the league,” Simeone told a pre-match news conference.”The arrival of Costa and Vitolo empowers the group and gives us many more alternatives.”Having them in this game gives us some possibilities.”pic.twitter.com/4FeDXtMwUk— Diego Costa (@diegocosta) January 6, 2018Sevilla have taken one point from their past five matches in LaLiga and have new coach Vincenzo Montella bedding into the role.Nevertheless, Simeone is wary of the club’s formidable cup pedigree at home and abroad over recent seasons.”Sevilla are a cup team and have always done impressive things [in the Copa],” he said.”They have been hurt from their recent results, but they are a wonderful team and they are very dangerous, especially from the midfield and forwards.”We will have to take the match to where we feel most comfortable. On paper the match against them is the most competitive [of the quarter-finals] and we have to pay attention to a team that has such good players.”Atletico have won six games in succession at the Wanda Metropolitano and Simeone feels his players and their supporters are becoming increasingly attuned to their new home.”We have a wonderful stadium, maybe the best in the world, and day by day people are closer to us and participate more,” he added.”We also feel more comfortable game by game and we feel it as our own stadium, which will lead to better things.”last_img read more

‘Devil incarnate’ Bennell gets 31-year sentence

first_imgPremier League Ex-football coach Bennell labelled ‘devil incarnate’ and sentenced to 31 years Iain Strachan 01:18 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Barry Bennell YouTube video Premier League A judge at Liverpool Crown Court branded the ex-Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra youth coach “sheer evil” as he announced his punishment Former football coach and scout Barry Bennell has been sentenced to 31 years for child sexual abuse crimes.Bennell, 64, was convicted of 43 offences against 11 boys aged eight to 15 between 1979 and 1991 by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court last week.AdChoices广告The former Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City scout admitted to seven charges of indecent assault on three boys before the trial, two of whom were also part of the allegations he was tried on. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bennell, who had previously appeared via a videolink during his trial, was present in the court room for the first time to hear victim impact statements on Monday prior to his sentencing by judge Clement Goldstone.Goldstone asked police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider if there is “continuing public interest” in bringing new criminal court proceedings against Bennell based on further allegations.The judge went on to describe Bennell as “sheer evil”, and said: “To those boys you appeared as a god… in reality, you were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhood and heir innocence to satisfy your own perversions.”He added: “If the boys tried to resist, you convinced them their football careers would suffer.”His former employers City this month issued a statement expressing sympathy with the victims and detailing an internal review launched in 2016, which is on-going and has identified allegations of child sex abuse in relation to two men with potential historic connections to the club, one of whom is Bennell.Crewe, meanwhile, expressed their “deepest sympathies” to the victims of Bennell, and stressed their commitment to “continue to provide cooperation [to the police] as and when required.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

New Guidelines for Postnatal Care: a Long Way to Go to Ensure Equity

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 20, 2015October 13, 2016By: Katie Millar, Senior Project Manager, Women and Health Initiative, 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)Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministries of Health of Sri Lanka, Rwanda and Ethiopia gathered yesterday to discuss an often forgotten part of the maternal and neonatal health continuum: postnatal care (PNC), which is critical to both the health of the mother and newborn. Even when progress is seen in facility care and skilled birth attendance (SBA), PNC lacks behind and has the lowest coverage of any care type along the continuum. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, only 35% of mothers receive PNC, while 93% have SBA, said Etienne Langlois of WHO.With the majority of deaths for women and newborns happening after birth and within the first month of life, standards for PNC reflected in policy and practice are crucial. The new postnatal guidelines released by the WHO this month will hopefully serve as a catalyst to amplify efforts for PNC.Bernadette Daelmans, coordinator of policy, planning and programmes in the department of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health at WHO, presented the process adopted to create the evidence-based guidelines and what changes have been made since the last iteration. So what is new about the guidelines? It is now recommended that women should receive facility care for at least 24 hours after birth, an increase from the previously recommended 12 hours. In addition, there should be at least three PNC visits. The timing of these visits, on day 3, between 7-14 days and six weeks after birth, are selected for the unique impact they can have on mortality and morbidity.Another large change to the PNC guidelines is in regards to neonatal skin care. For years, studies have shown that chlorhexidine used for umbilical cord care after birth can decrease neonatal infections and death. Now, WHO has a guideline and recommendation for this practice. Women who give birth at home in areas with a neonatal mortality rate greater than or equal to 30 neonatal deaths per 1000 live births, should apply chlorhexidine daily to the umbilical cord for the first week of life. For newborns born in health facilities or where the NMR is low, clean, dry cord care is recommended, with chlorhexidine used where traditional, yet harmful substances are used on the cord.But what does this mean for countries? How can they implement these changes in a context specific way? WHO recommends creating a continuum between facility and home, ensuring adequate infrastructure so providers can provide care respectfully and implementing the baby-friendly hospital initiative. Though this sounds straightforward enough, country experts reveal the challenges around implementing PNC and these new guidelines.Currently, PNC has some of the greatest inequities, with coverage currently favoring urban settings. What does this mean and how can we address these inequities? Community-level interventions are needed but “we also need health systems that deliver quality PNC services. We need to strengthen delivery at health system level,” said Langlois.Kapila Jayaratne, national programme manager in the family health bureau at the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka, noted that sufficient human resources are often a problem in reaching women and newborns with PNC. Catherine Mugeni of the Ministry of Health in Rwanda echoed the issue of human resources. Turnover of staff is high and even where numbers of health workers are sufficient, keeping them properly trained and updated is difficult.Part of this problem may be that often community health workers who serve on a volunteer basis don’t have the resource or renumeration they need in order to provide sufficient and quality care. Lisanu Taddesse of the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia, noted a solution to this problem in the structure of Ethiopia’s Health Extension Worker (HEW) Program where HEWs are government employees. This improves regulation and supervision, he argued.Taddesse summarized the successes they’ve had in increasing both facility birth and PNC in Ethiopia, but also the challenges. Where neonatal and infant mortality are high, women and families don’t consider the newborn a full human being for the first days or months of life. This coupled with cultural practices of maternal isolation after birth are barriers to seeking postnatal care where home visits are not possible.As Jayaratne, Taddesse and Mugeni summarized their current approach and considerations for context specific implementation, Langlois issued a reminder. “When the PNC guidelines are implemented at the country level, adaptability can’t inhibit fidelity,” he said. Robert McPherson an independent consultant at Save the Children, agreed. Guidelines are connected to outcomes by evidence and when that evidence isn’t applied, the results we’re aiming for won’t be realized.As we move forward in implementing the new PNC guidelines, we must do so carefully, to both maintain fidelity but also ensure the care is meeting the needs of the women and children it is meant to serve. Certain aspects of the guidelines, like facility watch for 24 hours after birth, may inhibit facility delivery for women who, due to cultural or livelihood reasons, may not be able to stay that long. In addition, women and their families need supportive education as the world adopts new cord care standards that replace valued traditional practices.Photo: ©2014 Katie Millar/MHTFShare this:last_img read more

Misoprostol for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Empowering Health Workers to Save Lives

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 5, 2017January 6, 2017By: Shafia Rashid, Senior Technical Advisor, Family Care International (FCI) Program of Management Sciences for 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)In Senegal, approximately 1,800 women lose their lives every year while giving birth. The major cause of these deaths is uncontrolled bleeding after childbirth, or postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). More than half of Senegalese women live in rural areas and have limited access to well-equipped health facilities that can prevent or treat many of these deaths. Many women give birth, attended by matrones or volunteer birth attendants, in maternity huts. Recognized as essential health care providers by their communities, matrones have some formal training and are now registered with the Ministry of Health (MoH).To effectively prevent or treat PPH, women need access to uterus-contracting drugs, or uterotonics, such as oxytocin or misoprostol. The recommended uterotonic, injectable oxytocin, requires cold storage and technical skill to administer. Misoprostol is a safe and effective alternative where oxytocin isn’t available or feasible; it doesn’t need refrigeration and is easy to use—particularly important features for use in remote, rural areas.From 2013 to 2014, the Government of Senegal’s Direction of Reproductive Health and Child Survival, in partnership with USAID and Gynuity Health Projects, examined the use of misoprostol (600 mcg oral) or oxytocin (10 UI) via Uniject® for prevention of PPH at the community level. Matrones were trained to assist with deliveries and administer the designated intervention. According to the study, both misoprostol and oxytocin in Uniject® were equally effective and safe in preventing PPH, and matrones posted at the health huts were capable of administering the medicine they were assigned.As a result of the study’s findings, the National Health Commission approved the use of misoprostol for PPH in health huts across the country and granted matrones the authority to dispense medication and attend deliveries. Prior to the release of the study findings, the Ministry of Health did not consider matrones sufficiently qualified to administer life-saving interventions. They were only authorized to intervene in cases of imminent birth; otherwise, they referred women in labor to higher levels of care.Senegal’s recent commitment to empowering matrones and supporting community-based distribution of misoprostol for PPH prevention was codified in the National Strategic Community Health Plan (Plan National Stratégique de Santé Communautaire, 2014-2018). The government registered misoprostol for PPH prevention and treatment, making misoprostol commercially available in 2013, and included it in the update of the National Essential Medicines List in 2013.Senegal’s National Health Plan now officially recognizes matrones as a cadre of health provider in the country’s health system and the critical role they play in providing care at the community level. Matrones and other primary level staff from all 14 regions of Senegal participated in a national training so that they can effectively contribute to the roll-out and expansion of the national program for PPH prevention. Ongoing supportive supervision and close monitoring of the program is essential to ensure that matrones have the support they need to provide essential, life-saving care to women in their communities.This post originally appeared on Rights & Realities, a blog by the FCI Program at MSH.Share this:last_img read more

Improving Health Facility Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for Enhanced Delivery of Quality Maternal and Newborn Health Services in Kenya

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 22, 2018March 23, 2018By: Abdi Hassan, WASH Specialist, UNICEF Kenya; Lutomia Mangala, Health Specialist, UNICEF KenyaClick 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)Efforts for improving maternal and newborn health (MNH) often focus on implementing specific measures of maternity care, strengthening health systems and increasing women’s demand for giving birth in health care facilities—sometimes with little or no attention paid to the conditions of the places in which women give birth. Among these conditions is the availability—or lack—of clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities.Inadequate access to clean waterA 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) rapid assessment of WASH coverage in health care facilities in 54 low- and middle-income countries found that 38% of these facilities lacked access to an improved water source, or one that is likely to be protected from outside contamination. Furthermore, 35% did not have water and soap for handwashing, and 19% did not have improved sanitation, or a system that hygienically separates human excreta from human contact. The percentage of facilities without improved water rose to 42% when only countries in the African region were considered.This is consistent with the situation in some parts of Kenya, where a 2016 multi country analysis of WASH in the childbirth environment found only 18% of women delivered in an environment with improved water. UNICEF in Kenya has been supporting the government of Kenya over the past year to improve WASH conditions in select health facilities in the MNH high-burden districts of Kakamega, Homa Bay, Turkana, Garissa and Nairobi.A clean water, sanitation and energy planTo identify health facilities in great need of improved WASH facilities, UNICEF in partnership with United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) supported the government in undertaking a comprehensive assessment of health facilities to determine their WASH birth environment. One example is Homa Bay County’s Nyandiwa Health Centre, which—despite being on the shores of the second largest fresh water lake by area in the world—had no reliable supply of clean water. Nyandiwa was among 50 priority health facilities in the five districts that were eventually selected for a clean water and sanitation improvement plan.The improvements at Nyandiwa entailed rehabilitation and upgrading of existing water supply system to provide sustained WASH services to the health facility. An automatic water pump on the shores of Lake Victoria pumps water from the lake to raised water tanks with a combined capacity of 20,000 liters. These act as a reservoir and are connected through a piped system to various water delivery points within the health center, including the delivery room.A UNICEF-supported green energy project has also installed a solar system which provides reliable energy to the water pumping equipment, as well as lighting to the sanitation and hygiene facilities. Health facility managers and workers were trained on hygiene promotion as well as on operation and maintenance of the water system for sustained delivery of WASH services. For example, the health center has trained and assigned a Community Health Assistant to conduct routine operation and maintenance of the WASH facilities. The health center also conducts regular cleaning of the rain water harvesting tanks which provide clean drinking water for the staff and patients.Impact on maternal newborn healthAt health facilities, hygiene workers deliver messages promoting safe waste disposal, handwashing at critical times and drinking safe water through sessions with mothers during routine maternal, newborn and child health visits as well as through posters and fliers. Although there is a dearth of rigorous research quantifying the impact of WASH on MNH outcomes, available evidence, based on biological plausibility, suggests WASH interventions could improve MNH. It is therefore hoped the improvement in WASH in Nyandiwa and the other 49 health facilities will contribute to improvements in MNH service utilisation, and ultimately better health outcomes for mothers and newborns. Governments should develop plans and frameworks to continue improving WASH in health facilities and ensure that adequate financial resources are available to realize these goals.—Join the conversation on World Water Day by using #WorldWaterDay.Read about giving birth without clean water.Photo Credit: Eric Sakwa, UNOPS Engineer, KenyaShare this:last_img read more

Urban Meyer Has Changed His National Title Pick Again

first_img But now, Meyer is changing his pick yet again. This time, he’s sticking in the SEC, but thinks the LSU Tigers will win this year’s national championship.Check out all of the Fox Sports College Football analyst’s predictions below.Who’s on your list of CFP picks?@ReggieBush, @CoachUrbanMeyer, @MattLeinartQB, @joelklatt, @Brady_Quinn and @RobStoneONFOX make their picks through week 7 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/fhz9kTGCnk— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 18, 2019Matt Leinart is also picking LSU to win the title. But the rest of the FOX Sports crew is split.Reggie Bush and Brady Quinn are both sticking with Alabama. But Joel Klatt and Rob Stone are rolling with Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Interestingly, just two of the six analysts are picking Clemson to make the College Football Playoff. Klatt is the only analyst to not include LSU in his CFP prediction.Back to Meyer — his other playoff picks include Oklahoma, Ohio State and Alabama.As the season progresses, Meyer will probably switch around his predictions a few more times as he’s done already. A closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)For the first time in years, it seems like there’s actual parity in college football. Alabama and Clemson have been the sport’s best for a while. But both look vulnerable as other teams are starting to rise up.Who’s going to win the national championship this year? Analysts are starting to weigh in.Urban Meyer may not be on the sidelines coaching anymore. But now as a FOX Sports analyst, he’s as dialed in to all of college football as he’s ever been.Just two weeks ago, Meyer made his 2019-20 national title pick, going with the Alabama Crimson Tide. You can read more about that here.last_img read more

Larsson leaves Swedish club over ‘verbal abuse’

first_imgHenrik Larsson has left his role as manager of Helsingborgs over “verbal abuse”, the Swedish club announced on Friday.The former Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United striker ends his second spell as the club’s coach after a shock cup defeat to Oskarshamns.A club statement confirmed Larsson, 47, opted to quit due to the ferocity of the criticism he has received. 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 “It is extremely sad that it should be this way,” Helsingborgs chairman Krister Azelius said.”We take a serious look at the verbal abuse and will get to the bottom of it.”Everyone who works at Helsingborgs always does the best for the club. The job Henrik was given was to keep the team in the Allsvenskan.”When he took over the team was in a relegation play-off spot and right now we are in 12th place with two points down to the relegation play-off place.”Based on where we stand now, he has completed the assignment.”Larsson’s first spell in charge of Helsingborgs, who he enjoyed two stints with as a player, ended in November 2016 following the club’s relegation. The former striker enjoyed a successful playing career winning domestic titles in Scotland, Spain and England, while also winning the European Golden Boot in 2001.After hanging up the boots in 2013, Larsson’s managerial career has struggled to hit the same heights with a low point coming after he oversaw Helsingborgs’ relegation in 2016. Following late defeat in a relegation play-off, both Larsson and his son Jordan were confronted by angry fans at the time. “I didn’t see that they attacked Jordan but if I had, I would have gone in there towards him,” Larsson said.”I was not going to run from there. If they turn on me, they turn on me. I had been beaten.”Helsingborgs are now back competing in Sweden’s first division and currently sit 12th after 20 games with just four wins to their name. With 10 league games remaining, the club are just two points shy of a relegation play-off spot and must now look to avoid the drop with a new manager at the helm.last_img read more

Arsenal to sanction Monreal move & want Kolasinac to step up

first_imgArsenal will sanction Nacho Monreal’s move to Real Sociedad, if the defender decides he wants to return home.The La Liga outfit are hoping to sign the experienced left-back before the Spanish transfer window shuts on September 2 and have been in talks with the Gunners over a deal for the past fortnight.Nothing has been agreed between the two clubs, despite reports in Spain at the weekend suggesting a transfer was imminent. 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 But Sociedad are hopeful of convincing Monreal to end his stay in north London and are believed to be offering him a three-year deal.Monreal’s contract at Arsenal has one more year to run and he is aware that it is highly unlikely he will be offered an extension at the Emirates. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!So the long-term contract on offer from Sociedad is an appealing one and should he decide a move back to Spain is the best for him and his family, then Arsenal will not stand in his way.Talks are continuing this week, with the north London club looking for around £3 million ($3.66 million) for the 33-year-old, who has started all three Premier League games so far this season.Speaking after last weekend’s defeat at Liverpool, Emery admitted that there was a possibility that Monreal could be on the move.“Some players can leave but we cannot sign another and it depends a little over the next days how we can decide about some circumstances with some players,” said Arsenal’s head coach.“With Nacho one possibility is open and we are going to speak about that.”Nacho Monreal Arsenal 2019-20Monreal, who arrived from Malaga in 2013, has trained as usual this week at London Colney and Emery is still planning on the defender being available for Sunday’s north London derby against Spurs at the Emirates.But with Kieran Tierney due back to fitness in October, Arsenal believe that they have enough cover for the left-back position, should Monreal opt to move on.There is also a sense behind the scenes at the Emirates that Sead Kolasinac needs to step up and show he can provide Tierney, signed for £25 million ($30.5m) from Celtic on transfer deadline day, with genuine competition.Kolasinac is on £100,000 a week in north London having signed from Schalke on a free transfer in 2017 and he has impressed at times with his attacking prowess down the left-hand side.But question marks remain about his defensive capabilities, especially when playing in a flat back four, and Arsenal want the Bosnia international to show he is good enough to remain at the Emirates for the long-term.Should a deal be done for Monreal, Arsenal still hope that they can also find a way of securing moves out of the club for Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny.Both players have been told hey are surplus to requirements, with Emery publicly admitting it would be best for their careers to move on.There is interest from Galatasaray in Elneny, while Mustafi has been linked with the likes of Roma and Monaco. But so far there have been no firm offers for either.last_img read more