PSV sign Sainsbury and want Chelsea’s Aina

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook PSV Eindhoven are interested in Chelsea youngster Ola Aina and have confirmed the signing of Trent Sainsbury, who was wanted by QPR.West London Sport recently revealed that QPR were looking to secure a deal to sign Australia defender Sainsbury and later also revealed that PSV had shown an interest, leading Rangers to look at other possible signings, including Huddersfield’s Michael Hefele.AdChoices广告Sainsbury moved after terminating his contract with Chinese club Jiangsu Suning.He was keen to stay in Europe, having ended last season on loan at Swiss club Grasshoppers. He was previously on loan at Inter Milan.A friend and international team-mate of QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo, Sainsbury, 26, featured in the recent World Cup.Defender Aina, 21, has attracted interest from several clubs in the Championship – including QPR – and in Italy.PSV want to take him to the Netherlands on loan.Aina has made six first-team appearances for Chelsea and spent last season on loan at Hull City. See also:Hazard returns – and settles Chelsea friendlySarri refuses to comment on Courtois’ futureUnited not looking to sign Chelsea’s ZoumaQPR miss out on defender HefeleQPR reject Blackburn’s offer for FreemanMiddlesbrough enter race to sign Hugilllast_img read more

Hundred delay will rob women’s game of momentum, fears Edwards

first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – Women’s cricket risks losing momentum after the launch of The Hundred competition was postponed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, former England captain Charlotte Edwards said. The women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia proved a massive success this year with an 86,000-plus crowd watching the hosts beat India in the March 8 final in Melbourne.The global health crisis has since halted professional cricket and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last week decided to postpone The Hundred, which was scheduled to begin in mid-July.The innovative franchise-based league includes an American sports-style draft and features eight city-based men’s and women’s teams with names such as London Spirit, Manchester Originals and Trent Rockets. “There are so many mixed emotions really,” Edwards, who led England to Twenty20 and one-day World Cup titles in 2009, told BBC World Service.“Obviously it’s the right decision but it was such an important year for women’s cricket on the back of the hugely successful World Cup in Australia, where nearly 90,000 people watched the game.“We just really felt the momentum was with the women’s game and we were also going to introduce contracts this summer for 40 professional cricketers, and it’s all been put on hold at the moment,” the 40-year-old said. For several uncontracted female cricketers in England, the new league was to be their only source of income this year.“A lot of players were hoping to have contracts for the Hundred, which were quite lucrative for some of them, and everyone’s going to miss out which is so unfortunate and at such an important time for women’s cricket,” Edwards said.The ECB still plans to award 40 new full-time contracts at some stage as part of a plan to invest 20 million pound ($24.9 million) in the women’s game. “We have been guaranteed that the ECB will still go ahead with their 20 million pound investment into the women’s game, which is something that is obviously keeping us all going at the moment,” Edwards said.last_img read more

Saints blast Spartans to move within a win of fourth BCIHL title

first_imgFacing BCIHL Second All-Star Team goaltender Silas Matthys who backstopped his team a first round upset over Simon Fraser University in last weekend’s semi-final, the Saints pounced quickly.Defenceman McLeod’s shot from the point eluded Matthys just 24 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead.The Saints then peppered Matthys with seven shots in the first five minutes where they dominated play. A pair of penalties in the second half of the first period doused Selkirk’s momentum and Jamey Kreller scored on a breakaway to tie the score with two minutes left in opening 20.Sookro scored 25 seconds into the second period when he stuffed away a rebound that came after Dane Feeney dangled through three Spartan defenders.Calvin gave the Saints a two goal lead seven minutes into the second when he fired a laser top shelf over Matthys’ blocker. Selkirk’s third powerplay goal of the period also came courtesy Calvin with helpers from fellow Beaver Valley Nitehawk alum Edwards and Sookro.Vlanich scored his fourth of the post-season midway through the third when he moved with purpose through the Spartans’ zone on a great individual effort.Trinity Western threw 11 shots on Prigione in the gritty final period where the intensity is sure to carry forward to Saturday night’s Game Two. The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League’s (BCIHL) championship best-of-three final opened Friday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex with a 5-1 Selkirk College Saints victory over the Trinity Western University Spartans.Game two of the series goes Saturday at 7 p.m. tonight in Castlegar at the Arena Complex with the Saints looking for a league record fourth straight BCIHL title.Ryan Edwards played set-up man with four assists, Dallas Calvin scored a pair with Ashton McLeod, Ryon Sookro and Jamie Vlanich providing the rest of the offence.Saints starting goaltender and recently announced BCIHL First Team All-Star James Prigione stopped 24 shots in the win.last_img read more


first_imgIf you would like to find out more about triathlon, take up the challenge of becoming a Triathlete in 2017 or maybe you are keen on taking your running, swimming or cycling interests to another level. This is the perfect opportunity to find out how you can take on the sport of Triathlon with Galway Triathlon Club, get fit, have fun and make new friends! Galway Triathlon Club is delighted to announce the return of the Beginners Morning to its calendar for 2017, taking place in the Salthill Hotel and Ocean Fitness on Saturday 28th January from 9am – 1pm. The Beginners Event and New Members Day is open to all GTC members and the general public with an interest in dipping their toes into multisport endurance racing. The Club caters for athletes of all abilities who have an interest in Triathlon racing whether you come from a single sport as a seasoned runner, swimmer or cyclist to those who have never participated in any sports.The club has a wide range of accomplished athletes and members who took up the challenge originally to get fit and complete a sprint triathlon but have since completed a long distance triathlon or indeed raced at the World Championships in their chosen distance.  There is something for everyone so if it’s a sprint triathlon, the opportunity to learn how to swim or you dream of racing for your country or completing an IRONMAN we can help you achieve your goals.Admission to this event is free and will include a general triathlon information session for the aspiring triathlete, triathlon training tips, demonstrations on transitions in Triathlon racing, information on nutrition, stretching and an opportunity to meet and chat with many members of Galway Triathlon Club.For more information and to register to attend please email [email protected] or check out our Facebook pageMake 2017 your year to TRI something new! You never know where it may lead you!print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Aintree Racing Festival -Day 1 Preview

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Tip of the Day: Getaway Katie Mai 5.10pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email There are four grade ones on the card of the opening day of Grand National Festival at Aintree. In the absence of Buveur d’Air, the Jessica Harrington-trained Supasundae is the odds-on favourite for the Aintree Hurdle at 3.25. The first race of the day – the Manifesto Novices’ Chase – is off at 1.45. Looking ahead to the action is George McDonagh…last_img read more

Alli believes he showed he can keep temper in check after Shawcross battle

first_imgDELE ALLI believes he showed he can keep his cool after a battle with Ryan Shawcross.The Tottenham midfielder, 21, was clattered twice by the Stoke defender in the 2-1 win on Saturday.4 Dele Alli kept his cool in a confrontation with Stoke defender Ryan ShawcrossCredit: REUTERSBut he held himself together and created the opener for Christian Eriksen, notching up yet another telling contribution in the final third.Dele has developed a reputation for reacting to opponents winding him up after landing a three-match ban for punching West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob when Spurs were challenging Leicester for the title two seasons ago.After the victory over Stoke, Dele said: “I’ve been trying to improve a lot of aspects of my game and I want to keep my head [in those situations].”In the Stoke game, when the first tackle from Shawcross came in, I knew straightaway what he was trying to do.4 Shawcross clattered Alli twice in the early exchanges in Spurs’ win over StokeCredit: Getty4 Alli and Shawcross came close to a flashpoint during Saturday’s gameCredit: REUTERS”He’s a nice guy but that’s the way he is – he’s an aggressive player. I didn’t want to react to him. I wanted to play my own game and I was really happy with the result.”Eriksen was also credited with Spurs’ second goal in a win that extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 14 matches.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashBut Spurs have now appealed the decision to hand it to the Dane as Harry Kane claims he got the last touch.The 24-goal hitman is five strikes behind Mo Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.4 Harry Kane has claimed Spurs’ second goal in the win, which has been officially given to Christian EriksenCredit: Getty ImagesChristian Eriksen cross of Harry Kane header? You DecideTOTT DOGS Tottenham top Premier League table since Christmas… with Man City struggling in thirdKane said: “I swear on my daughter’s life that I touched the ball, but there’s nothing I can do.”If they (the Premier League) turn it around, they turn it around. If they take my word, they take my word. It is what it is — the most important thing is that we won the game.”I still believe I can (catch Salah). Look, whatever happens, there are still games to go. I’ve got to focus on my game. I can’t control what he (Salah) does.”Stoke 1-2 Tottenham: Christian Eriksen double seals points for Spurs as they go level on points with Liverpoollast_img read more


first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to New York City for two non-conference dual meets against NCAA competition.Toronto’s women defeated NYU, while the Blues men topped Columbia. The Blues dominated the competition, winning all but one event between the two meets.”This has been a great experience because we raced people we have never seen and had a tough day of travel and still swam well later that night,” said Varsity Blues head coach Byron MacDonald. “I also loved the fact we had an alumni weekend here and so many showed up.”Over 20 alumni were at the meets and reception. Some alumni are based in New York City and some flew down to make a weekend out of it. “This is quite impressive and shows the strength of the swim alumni,” said Robin Campbell, executive director of advancement and alumni affairs, who was also on hand to celebrate. The star of the meet for the Blues was fourth-year veteran Hannah Genich, who won three individual races in the 100 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke.”Hannah has had an ankle injury ever since the FISU world university games in July and has had to swim with a brace on her ankle ever since. It has been very frustrating yet she has persevered and only recently was she allowed to race without it. She is right back on top form,” added MacDonald.Ainsley McMurray won the 100 and 200 freestyle events, while Kate Randall won the 500 1000 freestyle races.  Rookie Abby McDonald had a pair of gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Solo wins were registered by fourth-year captain Rachel Rodé in the 100 backstroke, Sarah Polley in the 50 freestyke and Georgia Kidd in the 200 IM.Almost all of the men’s races were tight contests and the Blues came out on top in all but one race. “Winning by tenths is exciting and it means the athletes are learning to do the right things when it counts,” said MacDonald.The men had five swimmers win a pair of wins each. Captain Cam Kidd continued his resurgence as a dominant sprinter by capturing the 50 and 100 freestyle.Fifth-year veteran Oswald Nitski had a great race in both butterfly events with a rookie from Columbia who is from the Toronto area. Sophomore Graeme Aylward won the 100 and 200 breaststroke, while rookie Bernard Godolphin showed his freestyle process with wins in the 200 and 500 freestyle races. Rookie Tyler Wall continues to impress, winning both the 100 and 200 backstroke.”Tyler was a key recruit for us and he is showing why. His backstroke wins were impressive,” said MacDonald. “It can be a challenge to convince the athletes from the West coast to venture East so this was a big step for Tyler and a real coup for U of T.”For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

How Zimbra Went From Web 2.0 Poster Child to $350M Yahoo! Acquisition, in 2 Years!

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Last week Read/WriteWeb editor Richard MacManus interviewed Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO. The result is a 30 minute podcast available on Read/WriteTalk (transcript included). The following post is highlights from the discussion, which focused on Zimbra’s journey from October 2005 Web 2.0 Conference launch to September 2007 acquisition by Yahoo! for $350M.In September 2007 Web Office startup Zimbra was acquired by Yahoo! for $350M. As I noted at the time, it seems like only yesterday that Zimbra was the buzz of the 2005 Web Conference (which incidentally was the first Silicon Valley conference I attended). Yet in just under 2 years from launching, Zimbra went from Web Office poster child (one of them at any rate) to a company worth $350 million. How did it happen? What lessons can aspiring entrepreneurs learn from Zimbra, as they attempt to create a multi-million dollar business too? For me there was only one way to find out: interview Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO.The entire interview is up on our podcast show, Read/WriteWeb. Here are some of my favorite bits:Question: who came up with the idea for Zimbra and when did that happen?Satish: “While we were brainstorming on ideas – and we cycled through a lot of them – we always kept coming back to: What are the big things that people do on a computer? Well, they search and they web browse and they read email. We started believing that people spend more time on email than search or web browsing, and so we said, ‘Man, that’s huge.’ It seems so evident but that was basically the genesis. Well Google is tackling search and, obviously, Firefox and IE are tackling the web browsing issue, and then we have Outlook or Thunderbird or Entourage for email. Well, that seems really broken. […]Then at the same time, we were thinking about technologies and how the web browser is becoming the predominant platform of modern day computing. Do we really need to have a desktop app and can we do everything on the server side? That’s something to break into.”Question: […] What was the initial reaction to the product when you launched in October of 2005?Satish: “Peoples reactions to it was unanimously: ‘I can’t believe this is a web browser. I can’t believe that this can be done all inside of Ajax and all with a server that’s not hosted or with data that resided remotely.’ Our goal was to basically blow the pants away of Outlook or any other client in terms of user interactivity, even though it was inside of a web browser. I think when we launched, we successfully got that kind of a reaction from people who were just totally wowed with it. They were all extremely excited that somebody was putting up such a huge and competitive product in the mail landscape which people had thought had been written off.Then, for us, we knew in our hearts, and we didn’t want to be a web 2.0 company that’s just all hype and glam. We knew that we had planned all of this carefully with our board. We had always wanted to start making money. It has happened. As soon as we launched in October, back before we started making money, before we sold to Yahoo, we were handsomely cash flow positive. So we’re always proud of what we went through as a company: got a lot of bugs, got a great product but at the end of the day, we were making money. That was basically the difference that set us apart.”Question: One thing that web 2.0 critics often derive about the current generation of web apps is that they are features and not businesses. Also, the web 2.0 startups have too large a reliance on M&A as the end goal. This is something we constantly hear from critics of web 2.0. Zimbra was obviously a very successful buyout. Was that your plan from the start or did you start out with the aim of being a viable standalone business? Back in October of 2005, what was your end goal for Zimbra at that point?Satish: “Honestly, I can say this. We set out to build a great company with a real business behind it. That’s what I think people should do when they start a business. They [have] got to think about: How do I make this an independently successful cash flow self-sustaining business? Then, there’ll be very interesting M&A opportunities that will come and knock on the door. If instead we started a company thinking that there is going to be a quick flip, [in] 90% of the cases that does not work out because no one is interested in buying – or they want to buy you off really cheap. We were not thinking of an ideal nor were we thinking of an M&A. We were just thinking: Let’s go and create a compelling product and create some real business in specific markets. That’s what we started out to do and that’s what we did.”Listen to the full podcast for more insight into the growth of Zimbra and some of the tactics they employed to build their ultimately successful web 2.0 business. richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

I’m Not Ready for Dessert, I Just Want Some Leads!

first_img Inbound Marketing Use a landing page to capture leads Originally published Nov 30, 2010 1:00:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 I hope that the Crazy Baker sees the sanity in these suggestions, and that you can take away some of these tips and adapt them for your business.   . then allows users to create separate lists dependent upon which form a visitor converted on and send them personalized emails.  Of course in order to have a landing page you must have something to offer in return for the visitors information.  In Hitzig’s case perhaps he could offer some recipes for some of the pastries he has created over the years (of course he wouldn’t want to give away all of his secrets ) I think it’s great that the Crazy Baker is utilizing social media with presences on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn, but honestly there’s only so much you can promote if you aren’t constantly creating useful content.  The easiest way to consistently add content to your website is through a blog.  A lot of people worry about not having anything interesting to blog about, and most of the time they just aren’t looking in the right places.  Hitzig, for example, could blog about his experience at Culinary School, his training at hotels and restaurants in the US and abroad, and about the many other baking questions he probably gets asked on a regular basis from friends and through email.  Instead of answering a question for someone in a one on one scenario why not turn that into a great blog post and share that knowledge with the world?   Topics: Use Simple, Action Driven, Calls-To-Action Thanksgiving is over and after the amount of pumpkin pie I ate over the weekend I thought I would never want dessert again.  That was until I , and his premium desserts which are made from 100% pure vanilla, fresh local eggs, imported chocolates, and high quality flours.  Got your taste buds watering doesn’t it?  He’s even attracted the attention of Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray which in turn has driven lots of traffic, but converting that traffic into customers is where this batty brownie baker is struggling.  The problem that Hitzig is facing is one that many online business face, which is that people are often not ready to make a purchase on their first visit to a site.  Most of the time people need a little appetizer to get their stomach growling for the full meal. the Crazy Baker Like I said before, most people are not willing to make a purchase on their first visit to a site.  Many people probably visit Hitzig’s site and think to themselves, “These pastries look delicious.  They would be great for a special occasion.  I’ll come back in a couple months.”  Unfortunately for Hitzig most of these visitors probably forget to come back and he has no way to remind them. If he had a landing page and a form to capture the name and email of these visitors he could easily create a list and email them special promotions or offers during a time they might be more inclined to purchase premium pastries…maybe the week before Christmas? HubSpot, for instance, has a The link that stood out most was the “Click here for Customer Service” link, and I don’t really think that Hitzig’s primary goal is to drive visitors to his customer service page.  I would remove many of the superfluous links contained on the page and replace them with one large call to action to “order some premium pastries today!” Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

5 Reasons Why You Should Transform Your Marketing Agency—NOW!

first_img Switch to the retainer model. It’s better for your business, because you’ll have reliable income. It’s better for your client, because you’ll be required to deliver ongoing value to them, so they can justify paying you.  At the end of 2010, HubSpot surveyed approximately 3,000 marketing agencies and consultants about the financial health of their businesses, as they registered for our free  no retainer clients.  now 1. Agencies need recurring revenue.  How to Transform Your Marketing Agency What we found was not encouraging—variable cash flow, lack of new leads, difficulty signing new clients, and few (if any) sources of recurring revenue. Most of the agencies and consultants that participated in our survey generate their revenue from project work. And the average project size? Less than $5,000—with many agencies accepting average projects for less than $1,000. Here are the five critical reasons marketing agencies must transform Want more tips and ideas on how to transform your agency? Stop pushing tactics. If that’s not a wake-up call for transformation, what is? 5. Lead-generation is a BIG ongoing challenge. —and that may in fact be a rather generous estimate.  The vast majority of retainer-based clients generate <$1000 or revenue per month. A surprisingly large number of agencies are signing retainers of <$500/month. This blog post is part of HubSpot's  Join us for us a special episode of HubSpot.TV on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 12pm EST. Topics: Marketing Transformation Week 4. New business cycles can be long—and painful. fewer than two new clients per month Learn, win, transform! > But the BIGGEST challenge of all? Generating new leads—a problem that can and should be addressed with a few small but critical changes to your agency’s overall marketing strategy.center_img marketing services delivery process inbound marketing training Stop selling projects. Ben Franklin once said that the definition of insanity was “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” We couldn’t agree more. Most agencies generate less than 25% of their revenue from retainer clients. Many agencies have Stop writing pitches and proposals. 3. Project-work is typically low-yield and high-churn. When we asked agencies what their biggest business challenge was, we got a mix of answers, from “Difficulty keeping up with technology” to any and all of the challenges listed above. Yes… social media is the shiny new toy every potential client is asking for. But most businesses will have a really hard time generating ROI from social media alone. Deliver the right services at the right time for the right client. , so that you’re not reinventing the wheel for every client. While creativity is still key to successful marketing campaigns, processes are key to reliably improving results over time. Our data show that most marketing agencies acquire Create (or borrow) a Originally published Apr 6, 2011 9:10:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 , April 4-8, 2011.  Find the business challenges that your clients will pay to fix. Develop marketing and sales programs that will help them fix them. 2. Agencies need larger retainers. Agency Marketing series designed exclusively for agencies. It’s time for real transformation—and we’ve got a handful of tips to help you get started! , based on our recent survey: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more