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Easy like Lionel Richie

first_imgOn a rare balmy December night, a superstar swept through Harvard. He was tall and handsome, and came with a legendary musical repertoire that even your parents knew.One doesn’t immediately associate Lionel Richie with “Harvard.” But the same sentiment applied to the award-winning artist, who remarked that when he learned he’d be visiting the University, he expected to hear the grand, sweeping sounds of Bach.But Richie heard instead the traditional sounds of Mexico as performed by Mariachi Véritas de Harvard, which ushered the legendary singer into Kirkland House’s Junior Common Room Monday evening for a special question-and-answer session and reception with Harvard College students.Richie, in town to receive the Harvard Foundation’s inaugural Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award, looked dapper and ageless and answered questions about his sprawling career in entertainment with a down-to-earth demeanor.Originally an economics major at Tuskegee Institute, Richie and his band the Commodores went on tour with the Jackson 5, which halted Richie’s studies. Because he missed classes, his grades fell.“I went in and met with the dean, who told me I was making more money than him. He said, ‘School is a place to develop a scheme to make money, if you don’t already have a scheme,’ ” said Richie. “But I returned four years later, with a No. 1 record with the Commodores, and I went back to school and finished that last year.”Alongside the late Michael Jackson, Richie famously co-wrote “We Are the World,” a charity single to help alleviate the famine crisis in Africa that featured dozens of singers, including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan. The song was repurposed in 2010 to raise money for victims of the Haitian earthquake.“I do believe there’s a higher calling for all of us,” Richie said. “When ‘We Are the World’ came along, it was the best opportunity for me to show off all this talent and give some money back to some lives. So in terms of my most valued period, Michael and I with ‘We Are the World’ was just amazing.”After the Harvard reception, Richie was treated to a dinner with Harvard students and performances by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College and Harvard College KeyChange. Harvard Foundation Director S. Allen Counter emceed the event and presented Richie with the 2011 Gomes award for his worldwide humanitarian contributions, which include raising more than $3 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation after seeing his grandmother suffer from, but ultimately survive, the disease. She lived to be 103.“I thought, in her name, in her honor, it was necessary to get on board, necessary to be a support unit for this life-altering disease,” said Richie, whose grandmother was a close friend of Gomes, who was the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and who died from a stroke in February.“He watched me grow up,” Richie revealed.Richie and his family, who hail from Tuskegee, Ala., first encountered Gomes while he taught for two years at the institute.“My grandmother and he would get together and talk about things, and I was surrounded by his genius and his humor,” said Richie. “He put a real, everyday face on a subject like religion. He made it real.”“Rev. Gomes served Harvard for over 40 years … and I cannot begin to tell you all that he did for this University,” said Counter.Richie, who tossed his planned speech aside, said: “I had no idea about this experience. I didn’t realize at Harvard I’d get a gospel group, a jazz group, a mariachi group, all this talent. … I had a speech designed, but it’s not necessary because you’ve all upstaged me completely.”“To me, ‘humanitarian’ means only one thing. It means lover of people, all people, for no other reason but for the fact that they’re alive. We find so many times in life that we travel the world criticizing why people are not like we are. And what I’ve learned, if nothing else, is that you live for the fact that we’re different,” he said, adding, “I write about three corny words that will never go out of style: I love you.”Edwin Magema ’15 (left) is called up to meet Lionel Richie after Magema admits that Richie is a reigning superstar in his homeland of Kenya.last_img read more

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ADHD at Work: Tips and Trips from Dell Team Members

first_imgHighly energetic.A problem-solver.Quick-witted.Collaborative.Creative.Honest.Sound like someone you would like to have on your team?These are the valuable attributes an employee with ADHD can bring to your workplace.ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that affects the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors – attention span, hyperactivity and impulsivity.  You may relate ADHD to a childhood syndrome, but since it is a neuro-behavioral condition, most children don’t outgrow it; they simply learn to accommodate in their adult life. Data shows that approximately 3.4 percent1 of the global adult population functions with some level of ADHD.So it is vital that adults with ADHD learn coping mechanisms to succeed in their personal and professional lives.  It is equally important for employers to recognize the accommodations they can take for their valuable ADHD team members.Since coping with ADHD in the workplace is not one size fits all, I spoke with a few of my fellow Dell team members to learn tips that have been effective for them, as well as some trips (those tools that did not work so well). Tips for Coping with ADHD at work: Take a breakStart each day with intent. I spend 5 or so minutes each day on self-awareness and the intent I plan to use it.  – Miranda Caenepeel, Sales Operations ManagerExercise. I find taking an hour walk early in the morning prior to starting my workday enables me to offset my hyperactivity and stay better focused!– David Ford, Senior Education Account Manager and North America Communication Lead for True Ability ERGBe honestI used to be ashamed or afraid to tell my teams, co-workers or bosses about my ADHD, but I have learned that it is crucial to make sure they are all aware so that my:Boss knows that I may not be the best to be point on a project, but that I can help in many areas.Co-Workers & Team know that they need to always follow-up on conversations and/or make sure that I follow-up so that I don’t forget.– Mike Cook, Manager Enterprise ServicesUse the technology that’s at your fingertipsUtilize resources to the upmost extent. I understand that I may forget things such as meeting times, deadlines, etc. I have made great efforts to utilize my Outlook calendar to remind me of these.– Nick Turner, Customer Experience Advisor and North America True Ability ERG LeadWrite it downWrite ideas down – Like most with ADHD I have more thoughts before 8AM than others do throughout their day. With that, I’ve learned that if I want to discuss something or have an idea, I put it on my calendar right then so that I don’t forget and I can go back to it.  – CookLimit known distractionsTry to keep your workspace clean so that little things don’t distract you (i.e. what’s that paper, did I finish that, etc.). My phone is on silent while I’m at work. I have alerts if family needs to reach me for an emergency.  – CookTurn off the chime on your phone and other notifications that you know will distract you and simply drive you crazy. A great example is Outlook – do you really need the chime and pop up every time you get a new email? Turn it off. Do you really need Facebook letting you know when another notification has surfaced? Turn it off. By reducing these distractions, you take back control of your focus and how you spend your time. You also don’t run the risk of being distracted from something more important – like a conversation with a colleague or teammate. – Jennifer Newbill, Director Global Employment BrandDon’t start down a YouTube rabbit hole!  – TurnerRealize your strengths and weaknessesI know my limitations surrounding my ADHD and seek to enhance my strengths derived from my diagnoses looking to improve at every opportunity.  – FordAsk for resources to study. I often lose attention in long meetings and miss some key points due to my mind wandering for a few minutes or due to the fact that I am still pondering the previous slide. There is no harm in following up with the person speaking and asking for material to go over on your own.   – TurnerSet your yourself up for successI take my medication regularly. In the past I would not take my medication to try and “overcome” ADHD on my own. However, I have found keeping up with my medication as I am supposed to have greater benefits than not taking it.  – TurnerJoin an Employee Resource Group (ERG) and invest your time and talent educating yourself and others on ADHD.  – FordFind a career that mimics your energy level and the ADHD traits that you personally carry. In the 5 years at Dell, I have never once dreaded coming to work. As a company it matches many of the traits I carry. It is high energy, ever changing, creates break through innovations and is hyper focused on customers. It is like a match made in ADHD heaven!  – CaenepeelTrips when Coping with ADHD at work:When I forget my calendar! I have now added Outlook on my personal cell phone as well. Technology is great, I can now just push a button, speak my reminder and my phone sets it for me!  – CaenepeelRoutine – The most important thing that all physicians, psychologist or ADHD specialists stress is “ROUTINE.” However, I find that a routine makes me lose focus or become very bored so I don’t stick to the same routine as most ADHD individuals do.  – CookLack of educating others about my ADHD thereby not fully taking advantage of mutual beneficial learning opportunities for self-growth as well as others.  – FordActing with impulse – I constantly remind myself to not impulsively blurt out my ideas the moment I have them. Instead, write them down, analyze the validity of the idea, and present them in the proper fashion.  – TurnerLastly, what is the one thing that all adults with ADHD can relate to?Thinking every thought you have needs to be broadcasted immediately and is the most important thing in the world.  – TurnerThat moment when you’ve been waiting, trying not to impulsively interrupt so that you can share a story/idea. Then you get ready to share but you forgot what it was you wanted to say.  – Cook1http://adhd-institute.com/burden-of-adhd/epidemiology/last_img read more

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Pennsylvania releases COVID-19 update with report on health care workers

first_imgThe health department says that of the statewide total deaths, 1,614 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.  HARRISBURG, Pa (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania Health Department gave a statewide update on the coronavirus on Saturday. The health department reports 187,071 negative tests to date. They have provided an age breakdown of the patients who have tested positive. The breakdown is as follows: Nearly 1% are aged 0-4Nearly 1% are aged 5-121% are aged 13-18Nearly 6% are aged 19-24Nearly 38% are aged 25-49Nearly 27% are aged 50-64Nearly 27% are aged 65 or older Additionally, they say approximately 2,989 of the total positive cases are health care workers.  For statewide updates on the coronavirus, visit pa.gov.center_img Pennsylvania residents can sign up for AlertPA, which is a notification system for health, weather, and coronavirus updates. Residents can sign up online at this link. The health department has provided a report on nursing and personal care homes in the state. They say there are 8,827 cases among residents and 1,148 among employees. That makes a total of 9,975 in 478 different facilities.  The health department reports 1,334 additional positive cases, which brings the statewide total to 48,305. They also say there are 64 additional deaths, bringing the total to 2,418 For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

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Buttigieg stops in Mason City

first_imgMASON CITY — Former South Bend Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg made four stops throughout Iowa on Wednesday, including last night in Mason City, one day after the final Democratic presidential candidate debate before the Iowa Caucuses.Buttigieg says the next president needs to be able to rally Americans to get things done. “We’re going to need a president determined to rise to meet those big issues and one with a plan on how to do that in a way that will actually have America more united and not divided from before. That tall order, that big job, that is what I believe the presidency is for. I’m asking for your support, and I’m running for this office, because I believe the presidency has a purpose. The purpose of the presidency is not to glorify the president, it is to empower and unify the American people to get those big things done, that’s why I’m running.”Buttigieg says the next president has to unify and not divide Americans.  “My sense of patriotism, my love of country begins with the understanding that our country consists of people. You can’t love a country if you hate half of the people in it. We have to do better than that. We have to make sure that we lift one another up, protect one another, and if we’re serious about protecting each other, that starts right here at home.”Buttigieg says those currently serving in the military deserve a better Commander in Chief. “Those troops deserve a president who carefully reads all of the intelligence that is submitted on important decisions, who consults with Congress on major issues of life and death, war and peace, who is in touch with our allies on whose cooperation or safety often depends, and who think through the consequences and the moves and the counter-moves that could follow from any decision that’s made in the situation room. Does anybody think that’s what this president is doing when it comes time to make those decisions?”Buttigieg says people are being underpaid and it’s hurting the economy. “The bottom line is that most people are struggling right now to hold on to what they’ve got, let alone to get ahead, which is supposed to be that American dream. In order to do something about that, we’ve got to face the fact that not only are there very complicated, very sophisticated things happening in the economy, there’s some really simple problems, extremely simple problems like this one. People are not getting paid enough. To me that’s the number one problem in the economy, and that’s what we’ve got to fix, and we can do it by supporting workers as well as making things more affordable on the other end.”Besides stops yesterday in Newton, Tama, and Cedar Falls, Buttigieg will be at the Wilcox Performing Arts Center in Algona this morning at 10:30 before traveling later today to Emmetsburg, Arnolds Park, Orange City and Sioux City.last_img read more

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South African referee honoured by IRB

first_img19 June 2012Paul Dobson was presented with the IRB Referee Award for Distinguished Service 2012 by IRB Council Member and South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux at the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals in Cape Town on Sunday.In a life devoted to rugby, not just as a referee, but also as a schools coach and writer, Dobson has made an exceptional contribution to the game in South Africa since taking the whistle of his first match in 1955, while a student in Pietermaritzburg.He joined the Western Province Referees Society in 1968 and took charge of more than 40 first class matches, becoming renowned for his authoritative, knowledgeable and fair style.“The IRB Referee Award for Distinguished Service recognises those who have contributed significantly to the area of officiating and there are few who have given more to referee development in South Africa than Paul Dobson. His contribution to the game over five decades as a referee, referee administrator and schools’ coach has changed the landscape of refereeing in the nation,” said Roux.‘An icon of refereeing in South Africa“He is an icon of refereeing in South Africa and is the mentor of guys like Andre Watson and other leading South African referees.”One of Dobson’s lasting legacies was his drive to unify the two different referees’ societies in South Africa, representing the then different Unions. By the end of 1991, Dobson had successfully navigated the merger and the referees were the first rugby body to achieve this, a year ahead of the unions becoming joined.“It’s always nice when your own people recognise you,” said Dobson after receiving the award. “But, they didn’t have to do it.“Dr Danie Craven said, ‘If you love something you never have to make sacrifices’, so I’ve never made sacrifices or felt I was serving. I loved doing it. I loved being with referees, I loved the whole business of refereeing and I’ve been one since 1968.‘I’ve enjoyed it tremendously’“It’s the friendship of it, being part of rugby football in a very special way. I’ve met marvellous people from all over the world and that’s been great. I’ve enjoyed it enormously,” he added.Dobson became chairman of the Western Province Society in 1985 and managed all aspects of refereeing in the region until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of the Western Province Rugby Council for 15 years. He is now a life member and honorary life president of the Western Province Rugby Referees’ Society.Dobson has, in recent years, turned his hand to rugby writing and his books on the game include: The Official History of South African Rugby, Doc: An Autobiography of Danie Craven and biographies on Nick Mallett and Andre Watson. He also manages content for the South African Rugby Union Referees’ website.His career as a school master saw him become South Africa’s youngest headmaster when he was appointed to the role at St Charles aged just 25. He joined the Bishops’ staff as a Latin teacher and during his 27 years on the staff he coached the under 15s and 16s.IRB AwardsThe IRB Referee Award for Distinguished Service is the second of the IRB Awards to be presented in 2012.In May, New Zealand’s playmaker Tomasi Cama was named IRB Sevens Player of the Year, in association with HSBC. Later this week, the IRB Junior Player of the Year 2012 will be announced following the conclusion of the IRB Junior World Championship.PREVIOUS WINNERS 2011 – Keith Lawrence2010 – Colin High2009 – Francis Palmade2008 – Andre Watson2007 – Dick Byres2006 – Peter Marshall2005 – Paddy O’Brien2004 – Jim Fleming2003 – Derek Bevan2002 – Colin Hawke2001 – Ed Morrison SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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SAAF: working in war and peace

first_imgAviation enthusiast Dean Wingrin’s new book, Tumult in the clouds: Stories from the South African Air Force 1920-2010, brings to life the history of the South African Air Force. (Image: DefenceWeb) Oryx 1228 of 19 Squadron, May 2011. The air force is not just about war, aircraft and weapons. It has also assisted in countless relief and rescue missions in southern Africa. (Image: Dean Wingrin) The South African Air Force aerobatic team, the Silver Falcons, regularly participate in air shows around the country with aircraft flying and static exhibits. (Image: silverfalcons.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dean Wingrin   +27 21 794 6177 RELATED ARTICLES • Gripen flight school in 2013 • Air Force goes hi-tech in flight training • Yvonne urges women to aim high • Rooivalk gets its wings Wilma den HartighAviation enthusiast Dean Wingrin’s new book brings to life the history of the South African Air Force (SAAF) through previously unpublished stories of heroism, duty and adventure, told from the perspectives of the people who served as members of the Air Force since its inception in 1920.Wingrin compiled Tumult in the clouds: Stories from the South African Air Force 1920-2010 to ensure the many stories of current and veteran airmen and ground crew, spanning over 90 years since the establishment of the SAAF, are preserved for future generations.“This book is not here to glorify war, but to celebrate man’s ability to overcome difficulties and hardships, to honour ingenuity and the love of flight,” he says.His interest in and knowledge of all things aviation led him to establish the unofficial website of the South African Air Force, and it is through this platform that he heard many of the stories that appear in the book.“I received so many letters and emails from people who were willing to share their stories,” he says, adding that initially his idea was to publish these on the website. But, then he got the idea to rather compile a collection of these stories.He realised that as veterans get older there is a real danger that many of these fascinating stories – and photographs – could be lost forever as people pass away. An individual perspectiveNumerous books have been written about the history of the SAAF, but many were authored by people who were not there, written in a style that focuses on dates, facts and figures.What have always been missing are the people behind the story, and this is what stands out about Tumult in the clouds.It tells the story of the SAAF, in the voices of those who were participants in that history.The book is a collection of hundreds of personal accounts and memories of those who served in or with the SAAF since its establishment, from the Second World War to today. Wingrin interviewed and corresponded with nearly all the contributors.“This is a book that describes their personal experiences,” he says. “These stories are told in the words of the actual participant, exactly as they perceived their experience.”The stories have been collated in nine parts: formation of the SAAF, 1920-1939; World War Two, 1939-1945; Berlin Airlift, 1948; Korea, 1953 to 1955; Rhodesia, 1967 to 1980; Border War, 1960 to 1988; post-war years, 1946 to 1994; post-1994 and display flying. An important mission, often misunderstoodWingrin says the SAAF, the second oldest air force in the Commonwealth, has a proud history rich in tradition, heroism and sacrifice. But through the contributions it becomes clear that the air force is not just about war, aircraft and weapons.“It is about those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow countrymen as well as those living in foreign lands,” he says.In the earlier years of its existence the air force played an important role in securing victory for the Allies during the Second World War, in the 1948/49 Berlin Airlift, and in Korea in the 1950s.The SAAF also assisted then-Rhodesia – now Zimbabwe – in the 1960s and 1970s and made a major contribution to the Border War in South West Africa, now known as Namibia, and Angola.More recently, it participated in the transition to a new democracy in South Africa and the air wing continuously supports South African peace missions in Africa.It has also assisted in countless relief and rescue missions in southern Africa, often under harsh conditions. Tragedy and loss but also humourAmong the inevitable stories of tragedy and loss are also many humorous tales – the author says it was important to retain these while selecting the stories.To complement the stories, the final chapter includes a collection of squadron pub songs from the Second World War, Korea and the Border War.In the foreword, Lieutenant-General Denis Earp, chief of the SAAF from 1984 to 1988, says all members of the SAAF have stories to tell. “Some are very remarkable stories, some mundane. But the stories are not easily told,” Earp says.Wingrin was surprised by people’s willingness to share their stories, and have them published.“The majority of people were keen to talk about their experiences,” he says, adding that he noticed some commonalities between the stories.“A common thread that struck me during the compilation of this book is that despite all the tragedy and horrors of war, it is the lighter moments that shine through,” he says. “The human mind has a tendency to shut out the bad memories while celebrating the good.”The veterans he met were also modest. “I am continually amazed at how selfless the veterans are: no loud shouting of gallant deeds, no boasting of any kind.”In fact, he says many didn’t even think their acts of bravery, for which they received medals or commendations, were even worth telling.“Numerous contributors have stated that serving in the SAAF was a privilege, a period of their lives that they enjoyed and look back on fondly.”He struggles to single out any favourite stories.“All of them have something special about them,” he says. “It is amazing how many veterans account their tales in such great detail.” A labour of loveThe author and aviation photographer says he is fortunate to have had access to so many personal accounts.He spent many hours in the evenings and over weekends conducting and transcribing interviews, trawling through photo albums and putting the book together.Wingrin, who is a forensic accountant by profession, has no formal training in aviation. It is just something he’s been interested in since he was a child.“I’ve always had a love of flight,” he says, and as he got older he developed an interest in the SAAF. “The air force has something magical about it that captures the imagination.”And, he says there are still many stories left to publish. He is already thinking about compiling a second book. • Tumult in the clouds: Stories from the South African Air Force 1920-2010 is available online at The Airforce Shop and selected Exclusive Books stores. Contact the author for details about other stockists.last_img read more

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Arellano tries to remain in final 4 chase

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Game time is at 2 p.m., with the Chiefs gunning for a sixth victory that will keep their faint postseason hopes alive, just a year after battling San Beda in the finals.With a 5-9 record, the Chiefs have a mere outside chance of keeping alive their streak of Final Four appearances, which started three seasons ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLyceum and San Beda already own the twice-to-beat bonus, but the race for the last two remaining Final Four spots looks like its down to three teams with Jose Rizal U having the upper hand with a 9-6 record, while Letran (8-7) and San Sebastian (7-7) are also in the running.A defeat by the Chiefs will end their hopes of reaching the Final Four. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “We just want to take it one game at a time,” said Arellano coach and PBA legend Jerry Codiñera. “Our fate is not in our hands, but of course, we want to finish the season strong.” MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  CHED: Get PSC endorsement if you want to represent PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong PLAY LIST 02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong02:27NCAA Season 93 Preview: St. Benilde Blazers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Arellano University tries to stay in the Final Four hunt as it battles St. Benilde on Thursday even as Mapua and Perpetual Help clash in a showdown of eliminated teams in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Tormentor on the prowl: Chris Gayle

first_imgChris Gayle has not really come to the party in a big way at the ICC World T20, but that did not affect his confidence one bit.In the second semi- final against Australia, Gayle rose to the challenge blitzing a 41- ball unbeaten 75.His innings took the men from the Caribbean to a total of 205, putting the match out of reach for the Australians, to a large extent. True to form, Gayle told the Sri Lankans in no uncertain terms that there was not much point in having any title aspirations on Sunday.It is amazing to think that such a destructive player did not feature in the Windies side till very recently. Gayles differences with the West Indies Cricket Board have their seeds in the 33- year- old Jamaicans match- winning ability in the Twenty20 format, due to which he is the biggest drawcard in any domestic league.As has been the case between Kevin Pietersen and the England and Wales Cricket Board, the blame for their absence from international cricket has to be shared by the player as well as administrators.If one looks at Gayles approach to batting in T20, he seems to have realised in the last couple of years that 20 overs is still a long time to bat. He takes two or three overs to get set and gauge the nature of the pitch. He does not swing wildly at deliveries and picks one or two every over to have a go at.Once he gets the ball anywhere near the middle of his enormous bat, there is no ground big enough in the world to contain him. Gayle averages 39.04 in T20 Internationals.A strike rate of 148.32 clearly proves that he rarely gets caught in the deep while going for his big shots.advertisementlast_img read more

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Goal hero Balotelli can do ‘much better’, Mancini warns

first_imgItaly ‘Balotellli can do much better’ – Mancini wants more from Super Mario Patric Ridge 07:25 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Balotelli - cropped Getty Images Italy Mario Balotelli Italy v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Friendlies Finding the net against Saudi Arabia has only partially impressed the new national team coach, who wants more from the Nice attacker Mario Balotelli must improve to be sure of his place in Italy’s starting XI, according to new Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini.Former Inter and Manchester City boss Mancini got his Italy tenure off to a winning start on Monday, as goals from Balotelli and substitute Andrea Belotti secured a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia.With no World Cup campaign to prepare for, Mancini has named a relatively inexperienced squad for his first batch of fixtures at the helm, with Balotelli returning from the international wilderness to make his first appearance since 2014. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But despite Balotelli’s scoring return, Mancini insists the 27-year-old, who is out of contract with Nice at the end of June, can offer more to his side.”Balotelli can do better, much better, but I thought he did pretty well in the first half,” Mancini said.”He scored a goal, which is important for a striker, but of course he can do more.”We all know what a player he is, he has made a great goal. Mario is an extraordinary player who can give us a great hand.”Balotelli’s superb strike put Italy ahead and, after Domenico Criscito had hit the woodwork, Torino striker Belotti added in the second half.Saudi Arabia pulled one back through Yahya Al Shehri though, with a fine save from Gianluigi Donnarumma late on ensuring the victory, and Mancini emphasised there were improvements to be made all over the pitch, with friendlies against France and the Netherlands next up.”The first half went well, as we had 16 shots on goal and 11 corners, but then as fatigue emerged later on, we lost intensity,” he added.”It’s always good to win, especially after such a long time. When you play against a stronger side, the performance will probably be higher, but our problem against France will be maintaining intensity over 90 minutes.”We’ll use other players against France, probably younger ones, and I think it’ll be a very important learning experience for them.”It was my first game, so important to win. Saudi Arabia are a long way behind us in the ranking, but they are preparing for the World Cup right now and that’s not to be taken for granted.”A victory keeps confidence high, we now prepare for France. It’s the end of the season, our players are all tired.”last_img read more

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10 months agoMan City midfielder Leroy Sane: Chelsea defeat hurts

first_imgMan City midfielder Leroy Sane: Chelsea defeat hurtsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Leroy Sane admits defeat last week to Chelsea “hurt”.City lost their unbeaten season run in London.”It is always kind of annoying and it hurts, to lose especially a big, important game,” Sane told Sky Sports.”We were really disappointed because even at the beginning the game looked in control and we had quite a few good chances. We didn’t find our finishing.”If you’re not awake in those games or make small mistakes then you get punished. We did that in the Chelsea game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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