Japan Commends Liberia for Monitoring and Evaluation Unit

first_imgThe Government of Japan has commended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for establishing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Unit for the Counterpart fund at the Ministry. Speaking at the Foreign Ministry during the signing ceremony of the US$4.2 million Non-Project Grant Aid, Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Kaoru Yoshimura, noted that it is based on the establishment of the M&E Units that the Government of Japan selected Liberia as one of the beneficiaries for the Non-Project Grant Aid. The M&E Unit has good track records of carrying out valuable counterpart fund projects for social and economic development, stated the Japanese Ambassador.Ambassador Yoshimura emphasized that the Japanese Government is determined to provide this Aid to Liberia, based on the belief that the aid will be able to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic situation in Liberia.According to Ambassador Yoshimura, the Non-Project Grant Aid will be of great help in boosting social development in Liberia. He said, Under the Aid, the government of Liberia will receive products, for example petroleum products which directly contribute to the recovery of the social economic situation.Ambassador Yoshimura was delighted that the Non-Project Grant Aid is being granted at a time when Liberia has successfully overcome the plague of the Ebola Virus Disease and is taking steps to recover from the socio-economic damages Ebola left behind.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DD LOCAL: JIMMY DUFFY’S ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgJimmy Duffy’s Annagry Community Notes November 19th – 22t BOWLING CLUBBowling will be held on a Sunday night at 7.30 to the Burtonport Community Centre. All new members welcome. There will be members there to show new members how it is done. GOOD MORNING SERVICEThe Good Morning Service involves local volunteers making a regular phone call to people aged over sixty, so as to ensure they are safe and well. The service is free and confidential. We also advocate for older people and refer clients to health services and any other organisation that may be of help in relation to each individual’s concerns. We have 6 centres around Donegal with our local centre located in Burtonport Community Centre. You can contact us on 086 8856241 or 086 4008673 or 086 1098696. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the service you can give us a ring on the above numbers.CRAFT FAIRThe Annual Craft Fair held in Caisleain Óir Annagry will take place on Friday December 5th. To book a table contact Seamus at 074 9548723 or Caisleain Óir Hotel at 074 9548113. SYMPATHYSympathy of the community is extended to her relatives and friends of the late Rose Doherty (Mary Hughie) New York and Ranafast who died recently.LOTTOThere was no winner of the €2480 jackpot in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto for November 12th. The numbers drawn were 2-6-11-15. Deirdre Ruadh Rann na Feirste, Ann Marie Boyle Bunaman, Mary Boyle Annagry West, Bríd Mcdevitt Braade, Ciaran Mcginley Calhame,Síle Ferry Cúl a’Cnoic matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on October 19th is €2540. If you’re not in, you can’t win!SCÓR NA NÓG Best of luck is extended to Róise Nic Ruairí Rann na Feirste who is representing Fo Chumann CLG Naomh Muire in the County Scór na nÓg Final to be held in John Bosco Centre Donegal Town next Sunday November 23rd at 3pm.DD LOCAL: JIMMY DUFFY’S ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AnnagrycOMMUNITY NOTESnewslast_img read more

Disney course no longer kids’ stuff

first_img The Funai Classic at Disney, which starts today with Ryan Palmer as the defending champion, is a pro-am the first two days on the Palm and Magnolia courses, with the final two rounds on the Mag. The tournament has had an odd collection of winners over the last dozen years — from Tiger Woods (twice) to Bob Burns, from Singh to Duffy Waldorf. One thing they all had in common was shooting low scores. Palmer is not related in the least to Arnold Palmer, but he made a back-nine charge that would have done Arnie proud, closing with four straight birdies for a 10-under 62. He finished at 22-under 266, and that tied for the worst score to win at Disney in the last five years. Is length the answer? Woods, who will put the latest Nike driver in play this week, isn’t so sure. “Look at some of the golf courses where we’ve had from single digits under par, maybe 10 under par, on the shortest golf courses we play all year,” he said. One of those was two weeks ago at Harding Park in San Francisco, which measured a scant 7,086 yards as a par 70. Woods beat John Daly on the second playoff hole. Most players point to Hilton Head with its winding fairways and tiny greens. It’s a 6,973-yard par 71, and Peter Lonard won at 7-under 277. Soggy fairways have made the course play even longer — and perhaps tougher. “More than the length, it’s the fact that every ball is backing up,” Woods said. “Every ball picked up mud. That’s the hardest thing in the world. You can have length, and you can have longer shots to the green, but if you don’t have a clean ball, it makes for a very difficult golf shot.” Woods, Singh and Retief Goosen highlight the field at Disney, with Woods still entertaining hopes of breaking the single-season earnings mark of $10.9 million, set last year by Singh. He is just under $1 million short with two tournaments left, Disney and the Tour Championship in two weeks at East Lake. The key this week is not to lose ground while playing the easier Palm course, which has stayed the same at 7,015 yards and has a par 5 that is 495 yards — shorter than the par-5 ninth on the Mag (500 yards). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The train whistle blows every 30 minutes across the street at the Magic Kingdom. Players still spend half their time on the golf course, the other half standing in line with their kids at Space Mountain. The Funai Classic at Disney appears to be the same as ever, with one notable change. It no longer is played on a Mickey Mouse course. The Magnolia course has been stretched to 7,516 yards, the latest tournament that figures the most viable way to challenge the best players is by making a course longer. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They just don’t get it,” Frank Lickliter said Wednesday. “Grow the rough. Tighten the fairways.” What irritated the folks at Disney was seeing players hit wedge into the 455-yard 18th hole, which architect Joe Lee intended to be played with a middle iron. At least in the practice round, they got their wish. Vijay Singh, one of the few players to embrace the 326 additional yards, hit 6-iron into the final three holes during his practice round Wednesday. He used to hit sand wedge on some of them. “It’s not a matter of liking it,” Singh said. “It needed some sort of a change, and hitting sand wedges on the last two holes, wedge on the last hole … doesn’t make it a good finish. I think it’s good. I think it’s very fair.” If players want a break, they still get one day at the Palm course. last_img read more

KCCA hope to consolidate top spot when Ndejje rolls into Lugogo

first_img Tags: KCCS FCndejje universityStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop KCCA FC are three points clear atop the league standings (file)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueKCCA FC vs Ndejje UniversityStarTimes Stadium, LugogoSaturday, 08-12-2018 @04:00pmLUGOGO – KCCA FC will be hoping to strengthen their grip onto top spot of the SUPL on Saturday afternoon when they host Ndejje University at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.The Kasasiro Boys start the day three points clear of the chasing pack and know a win will ensure they are still top after Match-Day 10, regardless of the other results.Despite coming up against a side that has lost six games already in the season, KCCA FC head coach-Mike Mutebi assured that his side will take the game seriously.“We are taking the game seriously, said Mutebi ahead of the game.“It is a precursor for our continental game and we know a win will boost our confidence and belief, so we will take them (Ndejje) seriously and try to win beautifully.KCCA FC are boosted by the return to full fitness of several key players. Saddam Juma, Muzamir Mutyaba and Gift Ali have all shaken off injury and are expected to feature so Mutebi will have a full strength squad to choose from on Saturday.For Ndejje University, all is not well at the moment following head coach, Raymond Komakech’s attack on fans in their last game. The tactician attacked a section of fans who hurled insults at him during the 0-0 draw at home to Kirinya JSS but reports indicate that the situation was sorted by both parties after the game.The University side currently occupy the last relegation spot on the table with 7 points from their first 9 games but if they van somehow grind out a result away to KCCA, it will be a huge boost and possibly kick start their season.Match Facts:This will be the first top-flight meeting between the two sides.KCCA FC’s only meeting against a newly promoted side this season saw the Kasasiro School Nyamityobora 6-1 at Lugogo.KCCA are currently unbeaten in their last 14 league games (W10 D4). The last time they lost a league games was in the 3-2 loss away to Vipers on 27-04-2018.At home, the Kasasiros have been formidable, not losing in any of their last 23 games at Lugogo (W18 D5). The last visitors to walk away from Lugogo with three points was Vipers who managed the fate on 25-04-2017.For Ndejje, they come into the game having won only two of their 9 games this season (D1 L6). The two win were 1-0s at home to Paidah and Mbarara.Away from home, Komakech’s side are yet to pick up a point, losing all of their four fixtures and conceding 9 goals in the process.The other games of Saturday (all at 4pm):-Onduparaka FC vs Paidah Black Angels-Kirinya JSS vs Express FC-Bright Stars vs Bul FC-Mbarara City vs URA FC-Tooro United vs Nyamityobora FCComments last_img read more

Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Ahmad Khan hopes to get back his job

first_imgOut on bail after spending seven months in jail in connection with the deaths of infants in a Gorakhpur hospital, Kafeel Ahmad Khan, doctor, is anxious about his future. He has not heard from the government and is wondering what its next step will be.While the legal battle for him is far from over, he says his priority is to get reinstated at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur from where he was suspended last year after 30 infants died allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply.He was then a nodal officer of the National Health Mission and an Assistant Lecturer in the paediatrics department of the hospital.“We will wait for the government to revoke my suspension. I will start again,” the doctor told The Hindu here on Sunday.However, if the government does not reinstate him, he has an alternative plan: to set up a 500-bed encephalitis treatment centre in Gorakhpur to battle the deadly disease which consumes thousands of lives, mostly children, in the poverty-stricken region of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.“Many NGOs, both Indian and from abroad, are in touch with me and have offered to fund the project. Not only will I be able to make a living but also serve people. There is no way I am leaving Gorakhpur,” Dr. Khan says.On April 25, the Allahabad High Court granted him bail, observing that there was “no material on record which may establish medical negligence against” him individually in connection with the death of the infants.He says he had no regrets about his efforts to get oxygen supply during the crisis. “There were infants dying in front of us one by one. Parents were losing hope and could have easily thrashed us due to their emotions. I would do it again, even if it meant saving only a single child. I didn’t do anything wrong,” he says.last_img read more

PMC drops bid to rename Patna’s Dak Bungalow chowk

first_imgThe Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has dropped its bid to rename Patna’s landmark Dak Bungalow intersection named earlier in 2002 after Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, after reports about the move hit headlines. The PMC was to discuss the proposal at its Empowered Standing Committee (ESC) meeting on December 20 to rename Patna’s Dak Bungalow intersection from Tagore chowk to Atal Bihari chowk.Sources in PMC, though, told The Hindu that chief minister Nitish Kumar himself took notice of the media report and stepped in to stall the PMC from renaming the Tagore chowk.The Bihar Bengali Association and other party leaders too had protested the move.The PMC commissioner Anupam Kumar Suman told journalists, “Proposal of renaming the Dak Bungalow chowk was to be discussed in ESC meeting on Thursday but the agenda was not finalised…the proposal may have been shot down at the meeting after review.”The ESC, headed by Patna Mayor Sita Sahu, would now explore the possibility of setting up a statute of Rabindranath Tagore at the Dak Bungalow chowk with a signage to make it popular as Tagore chowk, added PMC commissioner.Mayor Sita Sahu said that an another upcoming park at city’s Rajendranagar locality will be named Atal Bihari Vajpayee chowk.last_img read more

Lung research survey highlights lack of minority subjects in many biomedical studies

first_imgFewer than 5% of lung disease studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the past 2 decades have included a statistically meaningful number of participants from racial or ethnic minorities, concludes a new analysis. The finding highlights the continuing difficulty of adequately representing minorities in biomedical research, the authors say, but they argue the problem could be remedied through a number of steps.NIH officials don’t dispute the results, but note the survey’s focus on published results may understate the agency’s ongoing efforts to improve minority representation in clinical research and other studies.The new survey, published online last month in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, examined respiratory disease studies published between 1993 and 2013. A search of PubMed found 58,160 studies that reported NIH funding. Of these, 2534 studies—just 4.4%—reported that minorities made up 25% or more of the study population. Below the 25% participation threshold, it can be difficult for statistical analyses to detect racial or ethnic differences in risk factors or disease effects, write the authors, led by physician-scientist Esteban Burchard of the University of California, San Francisco.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Over the 20-year period, minority inclusion increased slightly, from just over 2% of studies in 1993 to nearly 5% in 2013, the study found. Over the same time period, the authors note, the proportion of people in the United States who identified as part of a racial or ethnic minority group increased from 26.5% to 38.9%.“The findings are disturbing given that we know many lung diseases disproportionately impact underrepresented minorities,” says Patricia Finn, a pulmonologist at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and immediate past president of the American Thoracic Society. (Finn was not involved in the study.)The study is the latest in a long line to put the spotlight on minority representation in clinical research. Last year, for example, a similar review of cancer studies funded by the National Cancer Institute found that fewer than 2% focused on minorities. In 1993, Congress ordered NIH to step up its effort to recruit more minorities into federally funded studies, and the agency has since launched an array of efforts, including programs aimed at recruiting Latinos and African-Americans into asthma studies.The new survey may not fully capture those efforts, NIH officials say, because not all studies have published results. “Analyses that focus on selected publications may not … completely reflect the inclusion of all individuals enrolled in studies supported by NIH,” wrote a representative for NIH’s Office of Extramural Research to ScienceInsider in an e-mail. The agency says that, in 2013, about 30% of all clinical research it funded included some minority participation.Efforts to fully represent minority populations in biomedical research are becoming increasingly important as new “personalized” or “precision” approaches expand, researchers say. The approaches aim to use each person’s specific genetic and other traits to develop tailored treatments, and “in order to harness the power of this science, we need to include everyone,” Finn says.Better representation also helps researchers understand disparities in disease rates among different ethnic groups, said the study authors. Studies have shown that African-Americans may be more likely to develop some forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after smoking than whites, for instance. They are also more likely to die of lung cancer.Health disparities are especially glaring in asthma, according to Burchard. Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting about 26 million people in the United States. Prevalence is higher among Puerto Ricans and African-Americans than non-Hispanic whites, other Hispanic groups, or Asians. Black children with asthma are four times more likely to die of the disease than white children with asthma, according to studies.Environmental and socioeconomic factors play a role, but so does ancestry. In a previous study, Burchard and colleagues found that one genetic mutation linked to asthma severity was about 40% more common in African-Americans.Even the effectiveness of treatments may vary by race or ethnicity. For instance, albuterol, the most commonly prescribed asthma medication, is less likely to work in African-Americans and Puerto Ricans than in whites. “Ethnic background is the single strongest predictor of response to albuterol,” says Burchard, who has helped start two large gene-environment studies of asthma among minority children in the United States. (The studies are known as GALA, or Genetics of Asthma in Latino Americans, and SAGE, or Study of African Americans, Asthma, Genes, & Environments.)Burchard and his team say a number of factors contribute to the underrepresentation of minorities in NIH-funded studies. They include a lack of training on how to run inclusive studies, a lack of incentives to run inclusive studies, the relatively low numbers of minority scientists, and “a dearth of successful partnerships between academic medical centers and under-represented communities.” Addressing those problems systematically, they suggest, could help shift the numbers.last_img read more

Ajit Wadekar dies at 77: Cricket fraternity mourns death of legendary captain

first_imgBishan Singh Bedi, Madan Lal expressed their grief over former India captain Ajit Wadekar sudden demise at the age of 77 in Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital late on Wednesday.Wadekar, who played 37 Tests for India and scored 2113 runs including one hundred and 14 half-centuries, led India to historic series triumphs in the West Indies and England in 1971.Bedi tweeted that the pair had different opinions but he was a fine batsman and a respected cricketer.”ALW was good contemporary-we had differences o opinion but always respected glory o Crkt-fine batsman & great close in catch-served Indn Crkt w/aplomb as player/Selectr/Coach-RIP Jeetu,” tweeted Bedi.Also read – Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar dies aged 77Madan Lal on the other hand paid his condolences to Wadekar’s family.”Ajit Wadekar ji my captain a true inspiration for all of us, my heart felt condolences to his family. RIP Ajit bhai,” tweeted Madan Lal.V sad news-Ajit Wadekar passing away-only Indn Capt to win 3 series in a row-2 away 1 at home-ALW was good contemporary-we had differences o opinion but always respected glory o Crkt-fine batsman & great close in catch-served Indn Crkt w/aplomb as player/Selectr/Coach-RIP Jeetu!Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) August 15, 2018Ajit Wadekar ji my captain a true inspiration for all of us, my heart felt condolences to his family. RIP Ajit bhai.Madan Lal (@MadanLal1983) August 15, 2018Wadekar will be remembered for his gutsy knocks at the crucial number three position for years. He was also a great fielder in the slip cordon.advertisementWadekar took over as captain of the Indian team from MAK Pataudi and proved to be a good leader of men. After leading the country to memorable series wins in the West Indies and England, Wadekar oversaw another series win over England in 1972-73, at home.However, Wadekar had to retire after India were blanked 3-0 on the tour of England in 1974.This is how the cricketing fraternity reacted to Wadekar’s death:Sad moment for Indian cricket to lose one of its most successful captains. Shrewd to the core. Condolences to the entire family #TeamIndia #RIPAjitWadekar pic.twitter.com/0xC0fv3ArkRavi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 15, 2018Oh, I will dearly miss himThis pic taken in that same match. I was very fond of him and I guess he didnt mind me too much either.#RIPWadekar pic.twitter.com/lvFbcA3gx2Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 15, 2018So many memories of Ajit Wadekar. None more powerful than leading India to series wins in 1971 in England and the West Indies. Much admired, much loved. Page in Indian cricket and in our memories.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 15, 2018Very very sad news: the iconic former Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar is no more. Sir, will miss you ! RIPRajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) August 15, 2018Extremely saddened by the news that former Indian cricket captain #AjitWadekar is no more. He led India to many historic victories! My condolences to the friends & family! RIP Sir, you will always be missed!Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 15, 2018Deeply saddened by the demise of an iconic Indian cricketer Ajit Wadekar ji. Thoughts with his family and close ones. May his soul rest in peace.Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 15, 2018Extremely sad to hear the passing of Ajit Wadekar ji. Thoughts and prayers with his family. His legacy will go on for ever.Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) August 15, 2018Saddened to hear about the passing away of Ajit Wadekar Sir. He was a great captain who led India to series wins in England and West Indies in 1971. May his soul rest in peace. #RIPAjitWadekar pic.twitter.com/O2NTykieqbMANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 15, 2018Deeply saddened by the passing away of our former captain Ajit Wadekar sir who led our team to many memorable victories against England and West Indies. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/w66Xc6uOn1R P Singh (@rpsingh) August 15, 2018With a heavy heart we bid adieu to Ajit Wadekar. The former India captain is no more. Cricketer, Coach, Manager and Chairman of Selectors – Mr Wadekar served Indian cricket in many different ways. pic.twitter.com/6zdFtleXB9BCCI (@BCCI) August 15, 2018last_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan attends fan Mesut Ozil’s match

first_imgShah Rukh Khan is one star that has a global fanbase of almost 38 million and one of them is Arsenal’s Mesut Özil.The renowned German professional footballer who plays for Premier League club, had invited the Indian superstar to the Arsenal vs Newcastle United match held in London.Khan, who is an avid sports fan and also the co-owner of the IPL team KKR, obliged by attending the match Sunday night at the Emirates Stadium.Other celebrity fans include Coldplay singer Chris Martin who gave a shout out to Khan from his Twitter handle: “Shah Rukh Khan forever”.Oscar winner Leonardo Di Caprio has said if he stars in a movie with the Zero actor, he’d become more famous. While Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has admitted he wants to star with the “epitome of style and class”, as has Hollywood hottie Penelope Cruz.Music sensation Pitbull, who visited India during IPL season said he was “charmed” by Khan. “I got to learn a few Bollywood footsteps, thanks to Shah Rukh. He is an amazing performer, full of energy I would definitely work with him”.Akon who collaborated with him on Ra. One was quoted as, “SRK is an incredible guy. The hospitality I’ve received here could not match anybody. He’s a sweet person, a great soul”.last_img read more

Gressel named Goal’s MLS Rookie of the Year

first_imgMLS Julian Gressel named Goal’s MLS Rookie of the Year Allen Ramsey Last updated 2 years ago 12:49 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Julian Gressel Atlanta United Brett Davis MLS Atlanta United The Atlanta United midfielder had a stellar first season in Major League Soccer and has been named Goal’s top rookie for 2017 Coming into the 2017 MLS season, the race for Rookie of the Year looked to be a tight one, with talent at the top of the draft and several players who seemed primed to step in right away and make an impact. Julian Gressel, the eighth overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, made sure that at the end of the year, there was one clear answer as to which rookie deserved the honor. Despite flying a bit under the radar, Gressel settled into the lineup with expansion side Atlanta United early on, starting and playing well in the team’s first ever match against the New York Red Bulls and going on to play 32 times for the club, making 24 starts along the way. The German, who spent his college years as a star for Providence, fit right in with Tata Martino’s star-studded and attack-minded team thanks to his willingness to take on defenders and the space afforded to him by the rest of Atlanta’s powerful attacking unit.  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 The 23-year-old also proved to be a versatile piece of Martino’s puzzle, stepping into the playmaking role at times when Miguel Almiron was out of action, regularly roaming the wing and doing well when called on to play deeper in the center of the midfield, though even then he was more of a deep-lying playmaker than a true defensive midfielder. Where he will settle as a professional has yet to be determined, but his ability to plug holes in Atlanta’s lineup made him a vital cog in a team that racked up 55 points and finished fourth in the Eastern Conference. A star showing in a win over the Philadelphia Union and fellow Rookie of the Year candidate Jack Elliott in late September may have cliched the award for Gressel, with the midfielder scoring a goal and adding an assist in the match that clinched a playoff spot for his side. It’s worth noting that the vote among the Goal USA editors was unanimous in favor of Gressel for Rookie of the Year, one of only two Goal award-winners to pick up first-place votes from the entire staff. After just one season, the future certainly looks bright for Gressel and Atlanta United. Julian GresselHonorable mentions2. Abu Danladi: The first overall pick of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft did not disappoint in his first season, though it was tough sledding for Minnesota United in year one as a team. Danladi netted eight times and added three assists despite starting just 15 games in his rookie season. 3. Jack Elliott: The 22-year-old became one of the steadiest defenders in Major League Soccer in his first year with the Philadelphia Union, racking up 2621 minutes played for a side that had the best defensive record among all non-playoff teams. Not bad for the 77th overall pick in the SuperDraft. 4. Jake Nerwinski: Picked one spot ahead of Gressel in the SuperDraft, Nerwinski wound up starting 19 games on Vancouver’s back line during the regular season and started all three of the club’s playoff matches, showing well at right back against the Seattle Sounders despite his side falling to their Cascadia rivals. T5. Kortne Ford: Signed as a homegrown after a standout college career at the University of Denver, Ford made 19 starts for the Colorado Rapids and played well along the back line for a team that seemed to be under pressure more often than not. T5: Nick Lima: Another homegrown signing who had a standout college career for Cal, Lima chipped in two goals and an assist in 22 appearances for the San Jose Earthquakes, playing primarily as a fullback.last_img read more