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Southampton defender called into England Under-21 squad

first_img1 Matt Targett in action for Southampton Southampton defender Matt Targett has been called up to the England Under-21s for the first time as Gareth Southgate’s men prepare for matches against the Czech Republic and Germany later this month.The 19-year-old has been a regular for Saints and for the England Under-20s but could now win a first under-21 cap, either for the game against European Championship hosts the Czech Republic in Prague or against Germany in Middlesbrough.Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and fellow defender John Stones of Everton both feature, having been part of Roy Hodgson’s senior set-up recently.Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard has been called up for the first time since last May, with injuries having kept him out of Southgate’s plans this season.West Brom striker Saido Berahino is also back in the under-21 squad having been part of the senior group in November.Squad: M Bettinelli (Fulham), J Bond (Watford), J Butland (Stoke); C Chambers (Arsenal), E Dier (Tottenham), L Garbutt (Everton), B Gibson (Middlesbrough), C Jenkinson (West Ham, loan from Arsenal), M Keane (Burnley), L Moore (Brentford, loan from Leicester), J Stones (Everton), M Targett (Southampton); T Carroll (Swansea – loan from Tottenham), N Chalobah (Reading – loan from Chelsea), J Forster-Caskey (Brighton), W Hughes (Derby), J Lingard (Derby – loan from Manchester United), A Pritchard (Brentford – loan from Tottenham), N Redmond (Norwich), J Ward-Prowse (Southampton); P Bamford (Middlesbrough – loan from Chelsea), S Berahino (West Brom), D Ings (Burnley), C Wilson (Bournemouth).last_img read more

Latest: Derby County 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgIn-form Championship side Derby made a lively start to the FA Cup third-round clash at Pride Park.Ashley Cole did well to clear a dangerous early cross from Jeff Hendrick before David Luiz blocked a driven shot from Rams midfielder John Eustace.Luiz is alongside Gary Cahill at the back for Chelsea, as skipper John Terry is on the bench with Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.Samuel Eto’o is up front for the Blues but has been unable to make much of an impression so far.The winners of the tie will be at home to Stoke City in the fourth round.Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Buxton, Keane, Forsyth, Eustace, Hughes, Hendrick, Dawkins, Ward, Martin.Subs: Legzdins, Freeman, Sammon, Bennett, Whitbread, Bailey, Cisse.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Essien, Mikel; Ramires, Oscar, Willian; Eto’o. Subs: Cech, Kalas, Terry, Baker, Hazard, Mata, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa marks World Aids Day

first_img1 December 2015As South Africa marks World Aids Day today, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country had made great advances in its HIV treatment programme.“We have acted in various ways – big and small – to spread information, to fight stigma and to promote healthy lifestyles,” he said. “We have made protection our priority, from classrooms to sports fields, from the factory floor to our homes, from our bedrooms to our boardrooms, and all corners of our society.”South Africa had one of the biggest HIV treatment programmes in the world, he said, with more than 3 million people on anti-retroviral drugs.It had resulted in people living longer. Life expectancy had increased from 53 years in 2006 to just over 62 years in 2013 and mother-to-child transmission had also been reduced.“We are inspired by the many actions taken by South Africans from all walks of life over many years to achieve an Aids-free generation.”ThemesThe global theme for World Aids Day is “Getting to Zero”. South Africa’s approach is “Towards an HIV-Free Generation: Rise. Act. Protect. Zero.” It serves as a call to action for all communities.“As a nation we must rise to this challenge determined, committed and confident that we can succeed as a people and as individuals we must act to inform and support and encourage.“No action is too small, no contribution is wasted; we must protect ourselves and those who are nearest to us. We must protect the vulnerable, we must combat stigma and create an environment in which all can feel safe and comfortable to test and be treated. The end of HIV as a public health threat is in sight.”This Tuesday is #WorldAidsDay! Get Tested. Know Your Status. and Join @NAT_AIDS_Trust to Think Positive #RethinkHIV pic.twitter.com/UCirXihQf3— Buqisi-Ruux (@Buqisi_Ruux) November 27, 2015ChallengesThe country, though, still faced a few challenges. Young women and girls still accounted for a high number of new HIV infections.“We need to spread the word about prevention, encouraging all sexually active South Africans to use condoms,” the deputy president urged. “We need to encourage people to test for HIV and TB. We need to ensure that all those who need treatment receive treatment and that they remain on treatment.”He concluded that with harder work and greater determination, an Aids-free South Africa and an Aids-free world, was achievable.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

USDA Sees Higher Farm Income

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Net farm income is expected to rise 8.1% in 2019, according to the latest projection from USDA, but the increase won’t make up for the 17.8% drop in 2018.USDA released its first farm income forecast for 2019 on Wednesday.In its broadest measure of income, net farm income, USDA projects a $5.2 billion increase to $69.4 billion in inflation-adjusted 2019 dollars. Net farm income is defined as incorporating non-cash items, including changes in inventories, economic depreciation and gross imputed rental income.Net cash farm income, a look at cash receipts and government payments minus expenses, is projected to rise $2.7 billion, or 2.9%. Despite the rise, net cash farm income is still expected to be the second-lowest level since 2009.Both of the major income values are still projected to be below their averages from 2000-2017.Commercial farms, which USDA pegs as having more than $350,000 in sales, will average $131,608 in farm income, a 10.3% bump from 2018.According to USDA’s forecast, crop and livestock receipts are expected to rise a combined $8.6 billion.The bulk of income gains for farmers will come from higher commodity prices, USDA stated. Crop receipts are expected to increase $4 billion, or about 2%. Corn cash receipts are projected to rise $2.5 billion, or 5.2%. Cotton, fruits and nuts, and wheat are also expected to see rising cash receipts. But soybean cash receipts are expected to decline $2.6 billion, or 6.6%, because of both lower prices and lower volumes sold.Livestock receipts are projected to rise $4.6 billion, or 2.6%. Cattle and calf sales are expected to increase $2.6 billion, or 4%, and dairy is expected to see a $2.7 billion increase, or 7.8%. Hog receipts are expected to decline $700 million, or 3.2%, because of lower prices.Government payments are expected to decline $2.3 billion to $11.5 billion. Market Facilitation Program payments are projected at $3.5 billion for 2019 after $5.2 billion in payments in 2018. Payments that are a function of crop prices — the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs — will drop $1.7 billion in 2019, a 45% decline. Conservation payments are expected to increase 8.6% to $4.3 billion.Expenses will increase $2.2 billion, or just 0.6%, overall. USDA sees lower fuel, rent, pesticide, seed and fertilizer prices for crop farmers, partially because of a decline in crop acreage. Livestock and poultry purchases are also projected to drop in price. Interest costs, feed costs, labor and property taxes or fees are all expected to rise.When adjusted for inflation, farm equity will rise $16.3 billion, or about 0.6%, but overall farm debt is forecast to increase 2.1%, adjusted for inflation, which is led by an increase in real-estate debt.The widely watched overall sector debt-to-asset ratio will increase to 13.86% for 2019 from 13.55% for 2018. The farm sector’s risk for insolvency is the highest since 2009, but not nearly as high as the 1980s or even as high as 2002.USDA’s next farm income forecast is set for Aug. 30.More details about USDA’s farm income forecast can be found at: https://www.ers.usda.gov/…Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Why the Hard Close Isn’t Working

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The salesperson was struggling to “close” his prospect’s business. The presentation went well, and the prospect understood the value the solution would create for her. But at the end of the call, when the sales person asked his prospect to buy, she hedged. She said “I’d like to think it over. Can you get back to me next week?”The salesperson’s manager insisted that his team push hard to close. The salesperson, doing what he was directed to do, pushed the prospect. He said, “You need this. Your business needs this. If you don’t do this now, you know you never will. What credit card are you going to put this on.” That failed, and he tried again with even more aggressive language.The last thing the salesperson heard was the sound of his proactive client hanging up.How to Lose a DealThe sales manager is wrong. He’s not wrong for directing that his salespeople ask for the business at the end of their presentation. He is wrong in believing that the hard close is the right strategy for winning business.Attempting to push the prospect into buying screams self-orientation. This approach ensures that the prospect knows that this deal is all about the salesperson and their company and that it has very little to do with serving her or her needs. The sales manager is trying to use a sledgehammer to turn a doorknob; you may get the door open, but you’ll break it in the process.Equally important, ignoring a prospect’s real needs is no way to win customers. The prospect isn’t ready to buy because she has concerns. She’s concerned about spending the money. She’s not sure she is going to use the product enough to capture the value. She doesn’t know what her partner is going to say. Whatever her concern, for her it is real.No one needs time to make a better decision. They need more information. Pretending that the prospect’s concerns aren’t real or that it isn’t your job to resolve those concerns is one way to alienate would-be clients while ensuring that they tell everyone they know that your name belongs right behind Hitler’s, Stalin’s, and Mao’s.Not Liked or TrustedNo one has to buy from you. They’re going to buy from someone they know, like, and trust. It’s a poor strategy to make people know they don’t like or trust you.Force is the choice of those who are truly weak. Influence is the choice of the powerful.last_img read more

Assam Islamic seminary tightens admission rules

first_imgA 121-year-old Islamic seminary in southern Assam has made its admission rules stricter in a bid to stop criticism of harbouring illegal immigrants and fundamentalists.The Darul Uloom Banskandi in Cachar district, situated about 13 km from district headquarters Silchar, issued a notice on Thursday making it compulsory for students seeking admission to submit their legacy data along with the application form.Legacy data are a set of documentary evidence which establish that the family of a citizen of India has been living in Assam from before 1971. This is a requirement of the National Register of Citizens of 1951 being updated in the State with March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date. In other words, people who entered Assam after the cut-off date would be marked illegal immigrants and deported.“Students will have to submit their legacy data that establish members of their family have been living in India before 1971. They will also have to submit proof of permanent residence and voter’s identity card in the case of those who have attained the age of voting (18 years),” Hamid Ahmed, the rector of the seminary, said.last_img read more

Pramod Sawant to meet Modi and Pralhad Joshi to seek solutions to restart mining industry in Goa

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Mines Pralhad Joshi to seek solutions to restart the mining industry in Goa, which stands banned by the Supreme Court since 2018. Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a function in Panaji on Sunday, Mr. Sawant said he would meet them both after Mr. Joshi familiarises himself with his portfolio. He reiterated that resolving the mining deadlock was a priority for his government. Last month, Mr. Sawant had said harvesting of mining dumps near the mining leases was one of the options his government was examining to resume the mining activity in the interest of stakeholders, despite the Supreme Court ban on mining in 88 leases. There are currently over 736 million tonnes of iron ore dumped in mountain-like heaps in Goa’s mining belt. Mr. Sawant is expected to finalise a policy for dump ore harvesting by July this year.last_img read more

Taylor Swift confirms that Justin Bieber cheated on Selena Gomez back in

first_imgTaylor Swift and Scooter Braun’s bad blood has had a few casualties with all the other celebrities who have had to comment and take sides. One of them is obviously, Justin Bieber, who did support Braun which only resulted in Taylor allegedly revealing a crucial detail about when Bieber dated Selena Gomez. She supported a comment that hinted at Justin Bieber cheating on Selena Gomez when they were dating.Basically, here’s how the drama unfolded. Over the weekend, Swift took to Tumblr to speak about Braun’s company Ithaca Holdings LLC and how they have acquired her former record label Big Machine Label Group. Stating how she was “sad and grossed out” over the sale of her music catalogue. She further called Braun’s act as “incessant, manipulative bullying.” In support of Scooter, Beiber stated, “Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.” He also added, “What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? Seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, one thing I know is both scooter and I love you,” and concluded, “love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or…any feelings that need to be addressed.” Justin Bieber’s Instagram postInstagramOf course, Swift did not appreciate his words but she had a different way of retorting to Bieber. As JB’s words took social media by a storm, one particular post said, “‘We haven’t gotten to communicate our differences.’ You cheated on her best friend and then publicly sided with the man who made revenge porn against her was she supposed to invite you over for tea??? F–k outta here.” Of course, as Taylor Swift liked the post, fans took screenshots of it and let everyone know that yes, Justin Bieber did cheat on Selena Gomez when they were going together. Others clearly interpreted that perhaps Swift confirmed how JB cheated on Selena when they were together.Noting the same, in the past Bieber did shed some light on his perspective of the stories about him allegedly cheating on Selena. He told i-D, “We were working out how to be in a relationship, how to be ourselves, who we were, in the middle of having people judge our relationship through the media. I think that really messed my head up too. Because then, it’s like trust and all this other stuff that starts messing with your mind. You’re on the road. And there are beautiful women on the road. And you’re just getting yourself into trouble.” Taylor Swift’s postInstagramThings did not go down well between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez after they split up over cheating allegations as they continued to blame each other. Other celebrities such as Halsey, Cara Delevingne, Demi Lovato and Todrick Hall also shared their opinions on the same. Currently, Bieber is happily married to Hailey Baldwin Bieber while Selena Gomez is focussing on her career.last_img read more

UPDATE Melania Trump Travels To Arizona To Visit A Migrant Facility

first_img Share AP Photo/Carolyn KasterFirst lady Melania Trump arrives at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Thursday, June 28, 2018, en route to a U.S. Customs border and protection facility in Tucson, Ariz.First Lady Melania Trump is paying a second visit to children detained under her husband’s “Zero Tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings. She arrived at Tucson, Ariz., where she will visit a Customs and Border Protection facility and participate in a roundtable discussion with Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service and a local rancher.The trip follows a visit last week to the border town of McAllen, Texas to a shelter for children separated from their parents.“She wanted to see everything for herself,” her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said at the time. “She supports family reunification. She thinks that it’s important that children stay with their families.”Grisham confirmed on Tuesday that a second trip was being planned, but details were kept under wraps.During the trip to McAllen, the first lady’s choice of a jacket emblazoned with the words, “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” prompted controversy and speculation about its meaning. Her spokeswoman said it was simply “a jacket” with “no hidden message.”She did not wear the jacket Thursday.The initial trip took place the day after President Trump signed an executive order aimed at ending family separations. A White House official told NPR that Melania Trump pressed her husband to stop separating children from their parents.On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Diego ordered the administration to stop separating parents and children and said that all immigrant children detained under the Trump administration policy must be returned to their parents within 30 days.Since the ruling, Grisham said Thursday, the first lady is “anxious to learn how they’re implementing the new process. There was a court case that threw a wrench in the works.”last_img read more

Long delays on M6 after camper van fire blows smoke across motorway

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect long delays on the M6 as a camper van fire blows smoke across the motorway. Emergency services were called to the scene on the northbound carriageway between junction 14, for Stafford North, and 15, for Stoke-on-Trent, shortly before 2.45pm. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were attending the incident not far from junction 15. Traffic monitoring company Inrix reports all three lanes are being temporarily held as the fire service arrive at the scene. An Inrix spokesman said: “All traffic is being temporarily held and there is stationary traffic due to vehicle fire and smoke blowing across the road on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area. Read MorePolice name man arrested and charged with attempted rape of young girl   “All traffic was held at around 2.45pm. Currently we are unable to tell what type of vehicle is on fire, but the fire service is in attendence.” Highways England is also aware of the incident. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more