The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has named Alison Franklin director of communications. A 1990 graduate of Harvard College, she brings to the institute 20 years of experience as a communications professional in government, politics, and the nonprofit sector.From 1996 to 2002, Franklin was communications director and press secretary for Massachusetts State Senate President Thomas F. Birmingham ’72, J.D. ’78, and was named top press secretary by Beacon Hill, the Boston Phoenix, and the State House Press Association. She has also worked on statewide campaigns in California and Massachusetts.Prior to joining the Radcliffe Institute staff, she was City Year’s director of communications, leading media and messaging for the Boston-based headquarters and the organization’s 20 locations in the United States.Whether she was working for elected officials, campaigning for candidates, or growing a nonprofit, Franklin’s work involved developing and implementing communications strategies, assessing and revitalizing brands, creating effective messages, and working with media. She is eager to put that expertise to work at the Radcliffe Institute.“The ideas, people, and events that propel the Radcliffe Institute are characterized by excellence and energy, and I’m honored to be part of the institute and help share its work in new and powerful ways,” said Franklin. “We will be communicating the mission and messages to convey the intellect and innovation that are hallmarks of the institute.”
Odion Ighalo has been spotted at the Manchester United’s Carrington base for the first time after being “quarantined” amidst coronavirus fears. The 30-year-old had been kept apart from his new team-mates for two weeks after completing his loan move from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. United loanee Ighalo had been training alone in England while his team-mates were on a warm-weather training camp in Spain. He was pictured leaving the Lowry Hotel on Thursday, but he was sent off to a private facility with a personal trainer. Sources at the Manchester hotel have revealed his exclusion during the winter break was merely a precaution. And the veteran striker was chauffeured into Carrington training ground for the first time this morning. The Deadline Day loan signing will be available for Monday’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Earlier this week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed: “I never said he was gonna be ready to play on Monday, he’ll be involved with us and he will travel down with us. “Now he’s out of that two week period, precaution and just a precaution we made and let’s see if he’s involved or not. “We’ve kept in touch with him and of course we’ve done our own programme, he’s done his. “It was always gonna be a case of him having to integrate having been out in China and needs to get used to the players, and the team, up to speed as quick as he can, he’s been working really hard. “I think he is probably pinching himself at times at his favourite club at the age of 30 but he’s earned that one and hopefully he impresses us so we can see him play.” SunSport exclusively revealed that Ighalo plans to dedicate every goal he scores to his late sister Mary. Read Also:Ighalo reveals who he will dedicate every goal scored at Man United And he has revealed that he will even have her name inscribed on his boots ahead of his debut. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith
Valencia and Barcelona are set to battle it out in a top of the table clash this evening at Valenciaâ€™s Mestalla Stadium. Marcelinoâ€™s team have put together an eight-game winning run, which has seen them rise to be Barcelonaâ€™s nearest challenges at this stage of the season.They are just four points off the La Liga leaders, but Marcelino will have to watch todayâ€™s game from the Mestalla stands. He was handed a two-match touchline ban following his dismissal during his sideâ€™s 2-0 La Liga win at Espanyol last Sunday.This will be their biggest test of the season against Barca, who have won 11 of their 12 league games. Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is well aware of the significance of the game. â€œItâ€™s a very important game for us because it could leave us seven points clear at the top of the tableâ€ he said.â€œI know [Valencia manager] Marcelino very well because I played under him at Villarreal. His teams like to play on the counter, make quick transitions and are always very strong in defence.â€œThey play Marcelinoâ€™s favourite 4-4-2 system. It wonâ€™t be easy because it never is down there, and theyâ€™re playing some incredible football this year.â€Simone Zaza, Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes should all return for Valencia after they were rested in the win at Espanyol last Sunday but Jeison Murillo and Javi Jimenez remain on the sidelines.Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season last weekend against Leganes while Sergi Roberto, Andre Gomes, Rafinha and Javier Mascherano are all missing through injury.Lionel Messi, who signed a new contract yesterday, was rested against Juventus in midweek but will start.Valencia have won only two of their last 20 league games against Barcelona (losing 13 of those), and both were as visitors (3-2 in February 2014 and 2-1 in April 2016). However they have won eight consecutive games in La Liga, their best winning streak in the competition.Messi has had a hand in 26 of Barcelonaâ€™s last 33 goals against Valencia in La Liga (with 20 scored and six assisted).Santi Mina has already scored five league goals in his 12 appearances this season, having hit just six in his previous 29 league games. Mina, with two, is the only Valencia player to have netted more than one goal against Barca.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Interesting transfer news are out claiming that AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic is being linked with Barcelona.Teleradiostereo reported that the Spanish giants are preparing an approach to Roma for the 23 year old Bosnia international.Barca are set to return to the transfer market for a new midfielder with local products Cristian Tello, Thiago Alcantara and Jonathan dos Santos all ready to move on this summer.Pjanić was born in 1990 in Tuzla, from 2007 to 2008 he played for Metz, then moved to Lyon and from 2011 he’s been playing for Roma. He started playing for BIH national team in 2008.(D.J.)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing down reports of a rift with New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.She had a private half-hour meeting with the freshman Democrat this morning and was asked if the two buried the hatchet.Pelosi said, “There never was any hatchet.” She called the meeting very positive and said Ocasio-Cortez is very gracious.If Pelosi joins with AOC, and the freshman democrat “kisses the ring” this is the furthest left the party has ever been which President Donald Trump believes helps his chances to win reelection in 2020. Pelosi held a press conference after the meeting.
Loading…Sponsored ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Spurs 129, Celtics 114Boston (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points to lead San Antonio past Boston.The Spurs scored 22 of the first 25 points and held on through a slightly more competitive — and controversial — second half.Kemba Walker returned after missing three games with the flu and was ejected with back-to-back technical fouls when he argued a non-call in the third quarter. A full bottle or cup was thrown from the stands, landing in front of the San Antonio bench; no one was hit. The game was delayed briefly while the court was cleaned.The hubbub — Celtics coach Brad Stevens also was given a T — slowed a Boston rally that cut what had been a 22-point deficit to 76-69.Lonnie Walker IV added 19 points for the Spurs. Gordon Hayward scored 18 points and Jaylen Brown had 16 for Boston. The Celtics have lost two in a row for just the third time this season. Bucks 107, Warriors 98San Francisco (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 12 rebounds while leading four Milwaukee starters in double figures, and the NBA-best Bucks held off Golden State.Khris Middleton added 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee.Alec Burks scored 19 points and Glenn Robinson III and Damion Lee added 15 points apiece for the cold-shooting Warriors, who lost their sixth straight game and third in a row at home. Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds.Draymond Green was back for Golden State after sitting out Monday with a sprained right ankle and had five points on 1-for-7 shooting, eight rebounds and eight assists. Heat 122, Pacers 108Indianapolis (AP) — Tyler Herro had 19 points, Duncan Robinson scored 11 of his 17 points in a decisive third quarter and seven Miami players scored in double figures in a win over Indiana.Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones each scored 18 points, Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn added 15 each and Jimmy Butler pitched in 14 for Miami.The Pacers (23-15) were led by Domantas Sabonis, who finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds for his 30th double-double of the season. Jazz 128, Knicks 104Salt Lake City (AP) — Emmanuel Mudiay scored a season-high 20 points against his former team, and Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 16 rebounds to power Utah past short-handed New York.Mudiay, who played for the Knicks last season before signing with the Jazz in the summer, made 8 of 12 shots and added four assists.Bojan Bogdanovic also scored 20 points and Donovan Mitchell had 16 in limited minutes for Utah, which has won seven straight and 12 of 13.Frank Ntilikina had 16 points in 19 minutes and Bobby Portis added 13 points and 13 rebounds for New York. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) shoots as Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Atlanta. Houston won 122-115. (AP Photo/John Amis)Atlanta (AP) — James Harden scored 41 points, including 22 in the first quarter, to lead the Houston Rockets over Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks 122-115 on Wednesday night. Nuggets 107, Mavericks 106Dallas (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 26 of his 33 points in the second half, including the winning basket with 7.9 seconds left, and Denver pulled out a win over Dallas.Jokic backed down Dorian Finney-Smith on the right side of the lane and got a favorable bounce on his left-handed layup.On the Mavericks’ final possession, Finney-Smith’s pass from the baseline to Tim Hardaway Jr. was off the mark.Luka Doncic led Dallas with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. The Mavericks played their fifth straight game without Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness).The Nuggets were missing two starters. Will Barton, second on the team in rebounding, missed the game for personal reasons. Paul Millsap sat out with a bruised left knee. Young had 42 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He and Harden are the first players to post 40-point triple-doubles in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.The Hawks pulled within three late in the fourth quarter, the last time at 118-115 on two free throws by Alex Len. Harden sank four free throws in the final 10.4 seconds.Clint Capela had 22 points and 22 rebounds, and Ben McLemore had 18 points in Houston’s third straight win. Harden had 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his second straight triple-double. Magic 123, Wizards 89Orlando, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points, Evan Fournier added 19, and Orlando beat Washington.Admiral Schofield scored 18 points, and Troy Brown, Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards.Orlando took control with a 23-5 run to close the second quarter for a 69-52 lead. The advantage ballooned to 29 points in the early stages of the third quarter.A rash of injuries left the Wizards with only nine players available. Pelicans 123, Bulls 108New Orleans (AP) — Brandon Ingram had 29 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and New Orleans dealt Chicago its fifth straight loss.JJ Redick hit six 3-pointers on his way to 24 points, while rookie Jaxson Hayes had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to help the Pelicans win for the seventh time in 10 games.Zach LaVine scored 32 for the Bulls, who are in the midst of their longest losing streak this season. Thaddeus Young scored 18 in his return to the city where he was born. Raptors 112, Hornets 110, OTCharlotte, N.C. (AP) — Serge Ibaka made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left in overtime and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds as banged-up Toronto edged Charlotte.Terence Davis also had 23 points and 11 boards, OG Anunoby added 19 points and Kyle Lowry had 15 points and nine assists while having to play 43 minutes due to injuries. Patrick McCaw added 13 points and 11 assists as the Raptors avoided taking losses on back-to-back nights for the first time since Dec. 26-27, 2017.Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 27 points, but his 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime fell short. Miles Bridges added 26 points and nine rebounds and P.J. Washington had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
ANKARA Turkey (AP): Turkish 10,000-metre runner Elvan Abeylegesse could be stripped of silver medals from the world championships and Olympics after testing positive for steroids in a reanalysis of her doping samples. The Turkish Athletics Federation says Abeylegesse was among the 28 athletes whose doping samples came back positive in retroactive testing from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships. The federation said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has asked the 32-year-old Ethiopian-born Abeylegesse to submit her defence concerning test samples from 2007, when she won silver in the 10,000 in Osaka, Japan. The IAAF announced Tuesday that 28 athletes had been caught in retests of their samples from the 2005 and 2007 worlds. The IAAF said it had provisionally suspended the athletes, who were not identified. Turkish newspaper Radikal said Abeylegesse’s sample tested positive for the steroid stanozolol. “I never used such a substance and never even thought about it,” Abeylegesse said. “I am experiencing deep disillusionment and sadness.” She said she was also asking the IAAF to retest samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she won silver in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres. If doping violations are confirmed, medals will be reallocated as necessary, the IAAF said. If Abeylegesse is stripped of the 2007 silver, US runner Kara Goucher would stand to be bumped up from bronze to silver. If Abeylegesse loses the Beijing Olympic medals, Shalane Flanagan of the US could be promoted to silver in the 10,000, and Ethiopia’s Meseret Defat moved up to silver in the 5,000. Zaman newspaper said the Turkish federation dropped Abeylegesse from the national team. It said she can ask for her backup ‘B’ sample to be tested but would be banned for two years if it also comes back positive.
For the Going The Extra Mile project, 2017 was a year of milestones and great successes, with volunteers from around the country banding together to make a difference in their communities. Take a look back at a few of the organisation’s achievements last year.“There are so many positive actions taking place and so much joy and happiness being spread,” says Camilo Ramada, co-founder of GEM with David Shields.Mathiba MolefeFor the Going The Extra Mile (GEM) project, 2017 started off well enough, with its volunteer community growing steadily as word spread of its work, but few could have guessed the scale of its success.In 2017, Going the Extra Mile touched the lives of more than 30,000 people, with about 4,000 of them being direct beneficiaries of the efforts of the many volunteers who gave up their time to work towards improving lives.Throughout the year the project listed more than 370 events in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, working with 45 non-government organisations.At more than an event a day, GEM offered almost everyone an opportunity to make a difference at some point during the year.“There are so many positive actions taking place and so much joy and happiness being spread,” says Camilo Ramada, co-founder of GEM with David Shields.“There’s a social activity for everyone on the GEM app and if you haven’t already, download GEM project & check it out for yourself.”Onwards and upwardsHaving raised the bar in 2017, GEM is gearing up to make similar strides in 2018 with the continued support of its volunteer and stakeholder community.“We’re definitely keen on going nationwide,” explains Ramada. “What we want to do is identify champions in the communities we haven’t reached yet and get them to help us spread our reach and build our network of non-profit organisations and volunteers.”Currently working in three of the country’s nine provinces, in 2018 GEM aims to offer people across the entire country an opportunity to work for the greater good while earning rewards either for themselves or the listed organisation of their choice.Getting as many South Africans actively involved in the improvement of society as possible remains key to building a country that all residents can proudly call home. This is a view shared by Brand South Africa and, through partnerships such as the one with GEM, it is definitely a possibility.“We hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone,” says Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing.Getting as many South Africans actively involved in the improvement of society as possible remains key to building a country that all residents can proudly call home.Get involvedRamada concludes: “South Africa is one of the best countries in the world, so why not get involved, why not work together to do good, feel good and be good?”To find out how you can volunteer for one of GEM’s projects, check out the GEM website and download the app or simply dial *120*GEM1# to get started. You can also follow GEM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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