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Portend it like Beckham: England v Argentina in World Cup final

first_imgEngland have long stuttered on the big stage and they last reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 2006, when Beckham was captain. Their only World Cup final was way back in 1966, when they beat Germany at Wembley.“I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” Beckham predicted at an event to promote China’s largest collegiate football league.“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.But the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, a veteran of three World Cups, warned that the road ahead looked hard for Gareth Southgate’s team.“I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said. “England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”Beckham’s assessment may also have been influenced by the struggles of some of the top teams in the early games, including Mexico’s defeat of defending champions Germany.Argentina, who could meet England in the semi-finals or final, drew 1-1 with Iceland in their first game as Messi, their talisman, missed a penalty.Improving Chinese football at the club and national level has been a priority for President Xi Jinping, who aims to make his country a global power in the sport.But it is a Herculean task for China, who have only ever qualified for one World Cup, in 2002 — when they exited without scoring a goal.Beckham said the world’s most populous country, currently 75th in the FIFA rankings, is heading in the right direction — but that there was still a long way to go.“This is where it starts, with universities, with young children — to educate the children to become professional and then become leaders in the game,” said Beckham, who played an exhibition game with Chinese youngsters.“In the future this country has a real opportunity to become one of the powerhouses in the sport, but this takes a lot of investment and hard work,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Beckham played three World Cups with England. © AFP / FRED DUFOURBeijing, China, Jun 21 – Former captain David Beckham has tipped England to play Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the World Cup final, reflecting rising optimism about the Three Lions’ chances after a positive start in Russia.Beckham was speaking at a promotional event in China after England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game, boosting their chances of reaching the knockout rounds.last_img read more

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Champions Trophy 2017: Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga suspended for two games

first_imgSri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended for two matches due to his team’s slow over rate in Saturday’s Champions Trophy game against South Africa, the International Cricket Council said.Sri Lanka completed their 50 overs more than half an hour behind schedule during the 96-run defeat by the South Africans at The Oval.”Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” the ICC said in a statement.Tharanga, deputising as captain for the injured Angelo Mathews, will miss Sri Lanka’s remaining Group B matches against India and Pakistan.last_img read more

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Source Interlink Sells CDDVD Distribution Business

first_imgWhen contacted by FOLIO: late last month, a Source representative said the company was not nearing a deal to sell Alliance. UPDATE: In a phone conversation Thursday, the representative said Source was “not actively marketing” a sale of Alliance and that the deal came about “very quickly.”Alliance Entertainment was founded in 1990 in Coral Springs, Florida and currently has distribution centers there and in Louisville, Kentucky. The company merged with Source Interlink in 2005. Source Interlink Companies has officially sold Alliance Entertainment to M&A firm Platinum Equity and the Gores Group, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Alliance is a wholesale distributor of CDs, DVDs and games to more than 14,500 locations in the U.S., including retailers like Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon.com. It also provides fulfillment services, among others.According to Steve Yager, a senior managing director at the Gores Group, Alliance Entertainment is a “fundamentally solid business” but also faces “substantial challenges in a rapidly changing distribution market.” Alliance will be managed by Project Panther Holding Corp., a joint venture between Platinum Equity and the Gores Group.“This transaction will allow Source Interlink to focus on the continued growth and investment in our core competencies of wholesale magazine distribution and the further integration of our enthusiast media properties across multiple platforms,” Source CEO Michael Sullivan says in a statement.last_img read more

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Know why women are better at reading mind

first_imgEver wondered how your wife or partner is able to read your thoughts and emotions just by looking at your eyes? Her ability to interpret may be the result of a gene influence, say researchers, one of Indian-origin.The findings showed that the genetic variants on chromosome 3 in women are associated with their ability to read the mind in the eyes — known as cognitive empathy.The closest genes in this tiny stretch of chromosome 3 include LRRN1 (Leucine Rich Neuronal 1) which is highly active in a part of the human brain called the striatum — which has been shown using brain scanning to play a role in cognitive empathy, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This is an important step forward for the field of social neuroscience and adds one more piece to the puzzle of what may cause variation in cognitive empathy,” said Varun Warrier, doctoral student at the University of Cambridge. Scientists have built upon a study first performed 20 years ago, called the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test.For the new study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the team analysed cognitive empathy in 89,000 people on this test. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results confirmed that women on average do score better on this test because of gene’s influence.In addition, the researchers found that genetic variants that contribute to higher scores in the test also increase the risk of anorexia, but not autism, the researchers noted.”We are excited by this new discovery, and are now testing if the results replicate, and exploring precisely what these genetic variants do in the brain, to give rise to individual differences in cognitive empathy,” explained Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor at the University of Cambridge.last_img read more

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Be draped in these puja classics

first_imgIt is the time of the year to look your best and create an aura in whichever Pandal you visit or party you attend with friends, family or with your beloved. With Durga Puja around the corner, the fashionistas are gearing up to shop their favourite attires. And what better than to don a saree during this grand celebration. To add to the festivities, leading retail saree store of Bengal, Indian Silk House Agencies, launched Pujor Shaaj, their Durga Puja special collection. Renowned actor, Konineeca Banerjee unveiled the special collection in the presence of Pratibha Dudhoria, Director, Indian Silk House Agencies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “The Pujor Shaaj collection is inspired from the goddesses Durga, Saraswati and Laxmi. The designs are exquisite and unique, which will appeal to the saree lovers across the globe. This year we are also focusing on our youth as well by providing them with sarees that are light, comfortable, trending, and perfect for any occasion and at a very reasonable price, which they can wear with great panache”, said Dudhoria.The exclusive Pujor Shaaj collection comprises of Kanjivaram, Arni Silk, Garad, and Uppada in a range of Rs 2500 and above. Gadwal, which starts from Rs 4500, and Kora, Matka, Chanderi, whose range starts from Rs 1000. Printed fabric starts from Rs 2000, whereas, Tussar, Handloom, Maheshwari, Benarasi and Katan sarees in varied colours and outstanding designs are available at a starting rate of Rs 3000. This new collection will be available across Indian Silk House Agencies outlets in Rashbehari Avenue, Barasat, New Market, Gorabazar, and Kanchrapara.Indian Silk House Agencies also has a range of costume jewelry available to complement these sarees.last_img read more

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Google Shuts Down ComparisonShopping Site to Focus on Future Innovations

first_img Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Google is shuttering Google Compare, its U.S. comparison-shopping site for auto insurance, credit cards and mortgages after one year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.The quick reversal is a setback to the Alphabet unit’s efforts to use its enormous reach to provide consumers with niche shopping services and financial-services tools, the Journal said.The company said in an email to its partners on Monday that Google Compare’s U.S. and U.K. services would start winding down this month and terminate on March 23, according to the Journal.Google said the service didn’t meet its expectations and that the company will now focus on AdWords and future innovations, the paper reported citing the email.Google could not immediately be reached for comment outside U.S. business hours.(Reporting by Eric Beech in Washington and Vishal Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler and Gopakumar Warrier) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals February 23, 2016last_img read more

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