Tearful Chiellini Inspires Juve to Spurs Win as Italy Mourns

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Giorgio Chiellini roared in delight as captain Gianluigi Buffon grabbed him by the neck.It was a fiery show of appreciation from the goalkeeper to the colossus at the heart of the Juventus defense on an emotional night at Wembley Stadium.Chiellini hadn’t scored against Tottenham but made the last-ditch intervention required — clearing Son Heung-min’s cross — as the clock wound down at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. It protected a 2-1 victory, secured by Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala scoring twice in three minutes, to send Juventus through to the Champions League quarterfinals.“We suffered,” Chiellini said after the 4-3 aggregate win. “It was very difficult. But we maintained the calm.”On a night when it was so difficult for Chiellini and his teammates to remain composed when Italian football is still shaken, still mourning Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.Tears rolled down Chiellini’s face amid the celebrations as he paid tribute to his 31-year-old occasional Italy teammate, who was found dead in his room before a Serie A match on Sunday.“We dedicate it to him, not only this match but every mind on this day,” Chiellini said. “I cried many times. He was a fantastic player. … We would like to continue with his smile in our hearts.”Juventus’ Alex Sandro performs an acrobatic kick during the Champions League, round of 16, second-leg soccer match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur, at the Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)The rugged image of Astori appeared before kickoff on big screens as Wembley fell silent to remember the defender.“It was very difficult during the match,” Chiellini said, “because we had to think of the game and the outcome and it’s not easy.”And however raw the grief, football does eventually resume.Juventus displayed the resolve missing in the first leg against Tottenham, evidence of the doggedness that has taken the Italian champions to two Champions League finals in the last three seasons.While Juventus collapsed in Turin to draw 2-2, it was Tottenham’s turn on home soil to throw away a winning position on become the first English team to be eliminated this season.Chelsea and Manchester United will complete their second legs next week, but two Premier League clubs are already through. A day after Liverpool eliminated Porto, Manchester City advanced Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Basel despite losing 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.Unlike City, Spurs lacked a comfortable lead to be so relaxed. But they had chances to build one early in the second leg.Harry Kane broke past Chiellini and rounded Buffon only to hit the side netting, while Son skewed a shot wide of the post before finding the breakthrough in the 39th minute.Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain scores his side first goal during the Champions League, round of 16, second-leg soccer match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur, at the Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Christian Eriksen slipped the ball through to Dele Alli but Andrea Barzagli intervened with a sliding tackle. The ball reached Kieran Trippier on the right and a cross was whipped in for Son, whose scuffed shot found its way into the net.When Tottenham rues its second-half capitulation, it should remember how fortunate it was to avoid losing a player and conceding a penalty in the 17th minute when Douglas Costa was tripped by Jan Vertonghen.Juventus was not going to go down without a fight. Chiellini was going to make sure of that — the 33-year-old defender charged into Alli to cut out his run after the break, earning a booking.So much of this last-16 match-up hinged on brief passages of play. For Juventus that came around the hour mark.First came the substitution and a tactical switch from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 by Massimiliano AllegriKwadwo Asamoah came on for Blaise Matuidi, while Stephan Lichtsteiner replaced Medhi Benatia. And it was Lichtsteiner’s cross that Sami Khedira headed on to Higuain at the far post to reduce the deficit in the 64th minute.Before Tottenham could regroup it was trailing, with Higuain the creator. Three Tottenham players were held off by Higuain before he released a pass for Dybala to run onto and lift the ball over goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, right, celebrates with his teammate Gonzalo Higuain after scoring his side second goal during the Champions League, round of 16, second-leg soccer match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur, at the Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)“I think we conceded three chances and they scored twice,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “I am disappointed because we missed a lot of chances and because the team deserved more.”From a position of strength, this was a capitulation stemming from a loss of concentration and composure by Tottenham. As Chiellini alluded to, it was clear which team has won the last six domestic titles and which has gone 57 years without a championship success.“It’s the history of Tottenham,” Chiellini said. “They always create many chances to score … but at the end they miss something.”There was one chance to force the game into extra time in the 90th. Kane’s header hit the post and the ball crept across Gianluigi Buffon’s goal line before being hooked clear by Andrea Barzagli.It was agonizing for Tottenham, which beat Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the group stage. There will be no third European Cup quarterfinal in its history.While Juventus advances and challenges for another Serie A title, Tottenham tries to hold on to its top-four position in the Premier League to secure its return to the competition next season.—AP-SOC-Tottenham-JuventusMar 08, 2018 3:03AM (GMT 01:03) – 884 wordsBy ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterEds: Updates throughout with details, quotes. With AP Photos.Tottenham’s Son Heung-min, left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal with his teammate Kieran Trippier, during the Champions League, round of 16, second-leg soccer match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur, at the Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Big Papi Wins World Series MVP Leading Red Sox

Photo by The Associated Press.David Ortiz, affectionately known as “Big Papi,” etched his name and nickname deeper in Boston sports lore Wednesday, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.Ortiz did not even get a hit in Wednesday night’s 6-1 clincher; the Cards gave up trying to get him out, so they walked him four times, three times intentionally. But he had done enough damage in the previous five games to take the trophy.“I know I’m one of the forces for this ballgame and I like to take things personal,” he said. “And that’s been my whole career, a challenge. I wasn’t trying to be the guy, but I know I got to get something done to keep the line moving. I don’t even have to do anything (Wednesday). I guess, the rest of the team took over.”Ortiz batted .688 for the series with two home runs and five RBI in the Series. Consider that the rest of the Red Sox hit .169 with a 484 OPS and two home runs.Manager John Farrell was asked to describe Ortiz. “Well,” he said after a pause, “I’d probably rather let his bat do the talking, because it’s pretty special.”The Red Sox faithful at Fenway Park rained chants of “MVP, MVP” during each of his plate appearances Wednesday night.“He just keeps writing new chapters,” general manager Ben Cherington said. “I know great players are great, are more likely to be great in any moment but it’s hard to see him in those moments and not think that there’s something different about him. He’s locked in. We’ve seen him locked in before but to do it on this stage, and do it in so many big moments, I can’t add anything more to the legend that’s already there, but he keeps writing more chapters on his own.”Ortiz’s .760 on-base percentage and batting average were the second-highest in Series history, trailing only Billy Hatcher’s marks of .800 and .750 in 1990 for Cincinnati.“This guy’s unbelievable,” St. Louis catcher Yadler Molina said on Fox audio. read more

Infosys Top Executives See 170210 Hike in Compensation but CEO Vishal Sikka

first_imgTop executives at India’s second largest IT firm, Infosys, saw their compensation packages rise by a whopping 170-210% in FY15, however, CEO Vishal Sikka is not the highest paid in the company.The compensation details submitted by Infosys to US Securities and Exchange Commission showed that Chief Operating Officer UB Pravin Rao was the highest paid top executive in the company during the fiscal year 2014-15, The Financial Express reported.Rao, who took over as COO of Infosys in June 2014, saw a 204% increase in his total compensation standing at $9,70,646 or ₹5.82 crore compared to the $3,18,954 he received in FY14.Since joining Infosys in 1986, Rao has held a number of senior leadership roles in the company.Same is the case with Rajiv Bansal, the chief financial officer, whose total compensation rose by 174% in FY15. Bansal was the second highest paid executive in the company.Srikantan Moorthy, who was the head of HR department until recently, also received a 211% increase in his compensation to $6,42,628 in FY15 compared to $2,06,958 in FY15.However, the compensation of CEO Sikka stood at $7,16,539 or ₹4.3 crore, less than that of COO’s, as he did not receive any bonus or incentive in the financial year ending March 2015.Sikka, the first non-founder head of the company, took charge as the chief executive of the company from 1 August 2014.Rise in compensation for top executives comes in the wake of many senior-level executives leaving the company in the past two fiscal years. However, the attrition rate came under check after Sikka got appointed as CEO.The Bengaluru-based company recently announced an average salary hike of 6.5% as it faces the highest attrition rate among domestic IT firms.While announcing its results for March quarter, CEO Sikka said the company aims at boosting revenues to $20 billion from current $8.7 billion over the next five years.last_img read more

Latif Siddiqui falls sick during indefinite hunger strike

first_imgThis photo shows independent candidate from Tangail-4 (Kalihati) constituency Latif Siddique is being taken to Tangail General Hospital after he falls sick while continuing his indefinite hunger strike protesting an attack on his motorcade during electioneeringIndependent candidate Abdul Latif Siddique was admitted to Tangail General Hospital after he had fallen sick on Wednesday while continuing his indefinite hunger strike protesting an attack on his motorcade during electioneering, reports UNB.Demanding the withdrawal of the officer-in-charge of Kalihati police station and immediate arrest of those attacked his motorcade, the former Awami League minister, who is contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections from Tangail-4 (Kalihati) constituency, went on hunger strike on 16 December.He fell sick on Tuesday night while continuing his protest in front of the office of the returning officer and deputy commissioner of Tangail Shahidul Islam for the second consecutive day, braving cold and rain.As his condition deteriorated, the expelled AL leader was admitted to Tangail General Hospital around 9:00am on Wednesday.Latif Siddique came under attack allegedly by the supporters of a local MP-backed union parishad chairman in Soratail of Kalihati upazila that left 20 people injured.last_img read more

Bangladeshi student wins Huntley Schaller Award

first_imgFabiha Bushra. Photo: BSSFabiha Bushra, a Bangladeshi student at Carleton University of Canada, has been awarded with the prestigious ‘Huntley Schaller Award’.Fabiha, a student at the Economics department of the university, won the award for the year 2019 for the best research paper in Economics, according to a press release.The award is given to an outstanding graduate student annually by the dean of Graduate and Post Doctoral Affairs on the recommendations of the chair of the Department of Economics, the release said.Fabiha, from Chunati under Lohagara upazila in Chattogram, completed her MA in Economics this year from the Carleton University.”She has been accepted for PhD Programme in Economics commencing from Fall 2019,” the release added.last_img

Trump Kim to hold second summit in late February

first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses with Vice Chairman of the North Korean Workers` Party Committee Kim Yong Chol, North Korea`s lead negotiator in nuclear diplomacy with the United States, for talks aimed at clearing the way for a second US-North Korea summit as they meet at a hotel in Washington, US, on 18 January 2019. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February but will maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang, the White House said on Friday after Trump met Pyongyang’s top nuclear negotiator.The announcement came amid a diplomatic flurry in Washington surrounding the visit of Kim Yong Chol, a hardline former spy chief, and marked a sign of movement in a denuclearisation effort that has stalled since a landmark meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore on 12 June.”President Donald J Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half to discuss denuclearisation and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. She said a location would be announced later.The summit was announced even though there has been no indication of any narrowing of differences over US demands that North Korea abandon a nuclear weapons programme that threatens the United States and Pyongyang’s demands for a lifting of punishing sanctions.Sanders said that Trump’s talks with the North Korean envoy were productive but added that the United States “is going to continue to keep pressure and sanctions on North Korea.”South Korea’s presidential office said it expected the upcoming summit to be a “turning point to lay the firm foundation for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.”South Korea will work with the United States and other countries to “achieve concrete and practical results towards complete denuclearisation and a lasting peace regime through the North Korea-US summit…,” presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a statement on Saturday.South Korea will also expand inter-Korean dialogue to help a successful meeting between Trump and Kim, he added.The first summit produced a vague commitment by Kim Jong Un to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but he has yet to take what Washington sees as concrete steps in that direction.Nevertheless, both he and Trump had expressed an interest in arranging a second meeting, something some US-based analysts see as premature.Critics of US efforts say the first summit only boosted Kim’s international stature without much to show for it, and some believe Trump may see a second meeting as a way of distracting from his domestic troubles.Trump declared just after the Singapore meeting that the nuclear threat posed by North Korea was over. But hours before Kim Yong Chol’s arrival on Thursday, the US president unveiled a revamped US missile defence strategy that singled out the country as an ongoing and “extraordinary threat.”Harry Kazianis, an analyst at the conservative Washington-based Centre for the National Interest, called the agreement to hold another summit positive. But he added: “Both nations must now show at least some tangible benefits from their diplomatic efforts during a second summit, or risk their efforts being panned as nothing more than reality TV.”Communist-ruled Vietnam, which has good relations with both the United States and North Korea, has been widely touted as the most likely site of the next summit. There has also been speculation about other possible venues, including Bangkok, Hawaii, or a return to Singapore.Trump seeking ‘win’? A senior US administration official said there was an exchange of letters for the leaders during the White House meeting, but gave no details of their content.On his last visit to Washington in June, Kim Yong Chol delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump that helped overcome obstacles ahead of the summit in Singapore.Kim Yong Chol, regarded as a member of Kim Jong Un’s inner circle, also had talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US special representative on North Korea, Stephen Biegun.A State Department statement said that after Pompeo and Kim met, the two sides had “a productive first meeting at the working level”, and that Biegun would travel to Sweden at the weekend to attend an international conference.The conference is also being attended by North Korean vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui. Washington has been keen to set up talks between Biegun and Choe but North Korea has resisted, apparently wanting to keep exchanges high-level.South Korea’s nuclear negotiator, Lee Do-hoon, also would attend the conference, the country’s foreign ministry said, although it gave no indication of whether he would meet with Choe and Biegun.US-based analysts said that North Korea, which has developed missiles and nuclear weapons in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, would likely be seeking a clearer message from the Trump administration on any concessions it may be willing to make.”The North Koreans need a real indication of what the US is willing to put on the table,” said Jenny Town, a North Korea expert at 38 North, a Washington-based think tank.South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Wednesday that if North Korea took concrete steps toward abandoning its weapons programs, Washington could offer a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, humanitarian aid or a permanent channel for bilateral dialogue.Victor Cha, a former White House adviser on Asia under President George W Bush, suggested that Trump may be so desperate for a policy “win” that he could be vulnerable to a bad deal with North Korea.”I worry that the timing works to North Korea’s benefit,” Cha said, citing pressures on Trump such as the partial US government shutdown and the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian ties to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.Earlier this month, Trump defended the stuttering progress on North Korea by saying that Pyongyang had stopped missile and bomb testing and if it had not been for his administration “you’d be having a nice big fat war in Asia.”last_img

Vegas rebranding shows difficulty of messaging after tragedy

first_imgTags: Las Vegas LAS VEGAS — As volunteers streamed in to donate blood, doctors tended to the wounded and investigators scoured the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas tourism officials moved quickly to protect their valuable franchise in a city where branding is everything.“What happens here, stays here,” the official slogan advertising agency R&R Partners developed in 2002, with a wink to naughty behaviour, no longer seemed appropriate after the Oct. 1 attack that killed 58 people.The city put that motto on hold, and the public agency charged with marketing Las Vegas went to work creating a new pitch for the tourist destination.Initially, it unveiled messages that focused on how the community came together after the mass shooting, with average people joining first responders in helping victims.A spot featuring a cityscape and the voice of Las Vegas native and retired tennis star Andre Agassi won praise for its sensitivity. “What is strength?” Agassi asks, playing off the #VegasStrong slogan that exploded on Twitter. “Strength is valet parkers who become medics, mothers who become emergency responders.”The response has been more mixed to the TV ad that followed, showing just how difficult it can be for organizations to hit the right tone after a deeply tragic event. It also underscores how a message that resonates with fans can fall flat with others.That spot – shown nationally starting late last week on networks including ESPN, Fox Sports, Bravo, TNT, The Weather Channel and Travel Channel – features real-life social media messages posted after the shooting.“NO ONE and NOTHING will stop me from going to Las Vegas,” reads the first message.“Will be there in 5 days,” writes another Las Vegas fan.Paul A. Argenti, a Dartmouth College professor considered a pioneer in corporate communication, said he was taken aback by the advertisement, which he saw during a televised sports event.“It’s a little too tacky to continue to promote tourism” two weeks after the attack, he said. “It’s really something for three months down the line.”More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsArgenti said organizations risk consequential mistakes if they don’t carefully consider messaging after tragic events. British Petroleum, maligned for its clumsy handling of the Deep Horizon oil spill in 2010, continued ads touting its “green” record because they were already paid for, he said.Instead of national advertising, Las Vegas should consider “hypertargeting” people most likely to return, focusing on fun and excitement while avoiding even subtle reminders of the shooting, said Eric Schiffer of ReputationManagementConsultants.com, which specializes in cleaning up reputations.“People move away from pain much faster than they move toward pleasure,” he noted.Top officials with R&R Partners and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said they were certain their most recent ad hit the perfect pitch, and seemed surprised it raised eyebrows.The posts they chose featured people “speaking out with their hearts,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, the authority’s president and CEO.Ralenkotter likened the fan’s insistence on returning to Las Vegas to people who won’t let fear change their lives after a terrorist attack.“If you look at the social posts out there, there are a lot people saying things just like that,” said Arnie DiGeorge, executive creative director for R&R Partners. “That’s a pretty universal statement.”“#VegasStrong” billboards and images of people donating blood were also recently included in a video assembled by a coalition of southern Nevada government officials and economic development agencies to demonstrate the city’s resilience while promoting the region as a potential site for Amazon’s second headquarters.Las Vegas’ rebranding began shortly after a gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino opened fire on a country music festival below.The visitors authority, charged with delivering nearly 43 million tourists to Las Vegas annually, quickly brainstormed with its ad agency for a new message to keep Las Vegas out front in a tasteful way.“We felt it was still important for the town to have a voice,” DiGeorge said.More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckMGM Resorts International, owner of the Mandalay Bay, also immediately shelved a slogan it unveiled weeks before: “We are not in the hotel business … we are in the holy s_ – business.” MGM changed its digital signs to #VegasStrong, and in his first public address after the attack, Chief Executive Jim Murren urged convention organizers to keep believing in the city.Electronic billboards along the Strip that typically promote restaurants, concerts and a topless pool broadcast a phone number victims and their families could call to reach an assistance centre. They expressed appreciation for first responders, casino employees and visitors.“We’ve been there for you during the good times. Thank you for being there for us now,” one billboard message read.After digital marquees throughout the city were briefly dimmed to honour victims, another new slogan appeared: “When things get dark, Vegas shines.”Retailers jumped in, selling #VegasStrong T-shirts for $18.75 in airport gift shops. Proceeds from the shirts will go to an official fund to benefit victims, a shop salesman said.In southern Nevada, where statistics show the leisure and hospitality sector accounts for nearly one-third of the workforce, government officials also embraced rebranding.Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, a Democratic candidate for governor, told reporters soon after the massacre it would be officially referred to as the “1 October” event. News releases and other county communications adopted that language, omitting the word “shooting” and calling it an “incident.”Haemoon Oh, dean of the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina, said he has no doubt the city will recover as long as it focuses on healing and refrains from aggressive marketing.“One distinct characteristic of the hospitality and tourism people and industry is resilience,” he said. “The city will rebound, and people will regroup stronger.” Share Monday, October 23, 2017 Vegas rebranding shows difficulty of messaging after tragedy By: Anita SnowSource: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more