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Lampard ready to make LA move – report

first_imgFrank Lampard is ready to become David Beckham’s replacement at Los Angeles Galaxy, according to the Daily Mirror.The MLS outfit are one of several clubs to have been linked with Lampard, whose Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season.Chelsea will reportedly not offer him a new deal or allow him to leave in January – apparently ruling out a move to QPR for the 34-year-old and leaving him on course for a summer switch to the States.With Beckham leaving the Galaxy, Lampard could take advantage of the ‘designated player’ rule and not be subject to the MLS salary cap.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Trio in action on Groves’ Wembley bill

first_imgSteve O’Meara, Gary Corcoran and Mitchell Smith will appear on the undercard of George Groves’ European super-middleweight title fight at Wembley Arena on 16 March.Groves, the Commonwealth champion, will face Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye for the EBU belt recently vacated by his arch-rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale.And O’Meara (pictured above) will be in action for the first time since an unsuccessful attempt to win the Commonwealth light-middleweight belt in December.The 29-year-old, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, remains in the hunt for a major title.Welterweight Corcoran, from Wembley, will be looking to extend his unbeaten record, as will Harrow Weald’s super-featherweight prospect Smith.See also:Corcoran easily extends unbeaten record O’Meara suffers defeat in title clash Groves tipped to win world title in 2013Groves set to fight for European title Groves to fight for title at Wembley ArenaGroves lining up world title challengeThe press conference to announce Groves’ Wembley returnTrainer Booth discusses George Groves’ European title fightGroves ready to add European belt to his title collectionGroves warned ahead of title 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Jerry Rice says Antonio Brown ‘badly’ wants to play for 49ers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Antonio Brown not only has Jerry Rice’s blessing but also an apparent passion to join the 49ers.With Brown’s Pittsburgh Steelers tenure likely ending with a trade in the upcoming months, the wide receiver is eyeing refuge on Rice’s former team.“He wants to come here really bad,” Rice said Monday morning on 95.7 The Game.PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a 7 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter during the game against Eric …last_img read more

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The Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 Begins Friday!

first_imgEarn Your First New Souvenir This WeekendBeginning Friday, June 19, you can earn your first brand new souvenir of the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15. All you have to do is find a geocache with 10+ Favorite Points. Any geocache, anywhere—as long as it has 10 or more Favorite Points. You can learn more about the Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 and the 15 Years of Geocaching celebration here.Check out the latest Featured Search on our brand new search page to find favorited geocaches near you. Geocaching Premium members can use the Geocaching app to apply filters and sort nearby geocaches by Favorite Points.You have until September 2 to earn this souvenir, so don’t worry if you don’t find it right away. This also happens to be the perfect time to start awarding all those Favorite Points you’ve been saving up.Search for Favorited Geocaches NowShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYou’re Days Away from a Brand New Souvenir! #Geocaching15April 27, 2015In “Community”GeoTours Deliver More Fun With FavoritesJune 29, 2015In “GeoTours”Sneak Peek: The First Geocaching Road Trip ’15 SouvenirJune 17, 2015In “15 Years”last_img read more

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Are You Motivated by Comfort?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Even if you believe you are not motivated, you are. You may not be motivated by success, money, freedom, security, or happiness. But you are in fact motivated, and it could be that you are motivated by comfort.If you want to stay in bed and hit the snooze button three times, you are motivated by the warm comfort of sleep. Sleep is necessary, but the additional comfort of nine minutes is not.Entertainment is a form of escape. It isn’t necessarily negative, unless it consumes more of your time than it should, and unless is subtracts from your higher calling. That escape is a form of comfort. It prevents you from having to deal with the part of your reality that isn’t comfortable.The avoidance of constructive conflict is a form of comfort. Not having to have necessary—but difficult conversations—is another form of comfort that may motivate you, in this case the motivation is avoidance.Some people are afraid to share their voice, fearful that they will be judged as not being good enough—or worse, ridiculed. They find comfort and safety in the fear of not having to risk being criticized.Comfort is a growth and performance inhibitor. It prevents you from being more, having more, doing more, and contributing more. If you are not uncomfortable, you are not growing. More still, you are not making the contribution you are capable of making.Comfort should motivate you. But in the ways described above it should be a warning sign that you need to make a significant change now, and you should stretch yourself beyond whatever you are comfortable with now.last_img read more

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Using ‘digital Lego’, communities redesign India’s slums

first_imgWhen urban designer Trupti Vaitla asked residents of a Mumbai slum what new features they’d like to see in their dilapidated public space, she was surprised by one popular answer: a patch of grass.The Lotus Garden is the only open area for about 200,000 people who live in cramped and squalid tenements abutting the city’s biggest landfill. The municipal corporation had done little for its upkeep and it was littered with trash.Three years ago, Vaitla and her team were tasked with transforming it into a space that people would actually use. They expected residents to suggest elements like lighting, elaborate landscaping and a gym.The team didn’t expect such enthusiasm for a simple lawn.“But they were excited to be involved, and for them, a patch of green was really important – a small oasis in their otherwise drab and congested world,” said Vaitla, chief executive of Mumbai Environmental Social Network (MESN).Vaitla’s team, backed by funding from United Nations Habitat, which promotes sustainable urban development, spent months cleaning up Lotus Garden. They installed lights and water, planted shrubs and grass, and built an open-air gym.From the very first day, residents including women and children who had earlier avoided the space, swarmed in, Vaitla said.The appetite for areas like the Lotus Garden is not surprising. In Mumbai, with its population of 18 million and counting, soaring real estate prices and relentless construction, public spaces are shrinking.“In a crowded slum, these spaces are particularly relevant, as people have nowhere else to go,” said Pontus Westerberg, digital projects officer at UN-Habitat.“These spaces also impact on their health, sanitation, safety, access to emergency services.”Digital LegoEncouraged by their success with Lotus Garden, MESN and UN-Habitat collaborated on another space in the nearby Gautam Nagar neighbourhood. This time, they decided to use technology to encourage even more community involvement.The team settled on Minecraft, a video game that allows players to build their own worlds using virtual Lego-like pieces.For the past five years, UN Habitat has used Minecraft in its Block by Block programme, which aims to encourage some of the poorest communities in the developing world to participate in upgrading their common spaces.The programme is a partnership between UN-Habitat, Mojang, the creator of Minecraft, and Microsoft, which owns Mojang.“It can be a challenge to mobilise people in slums – especially the youth – who are resigned to their environment and don’t feel a sense of ownership,” said Westerberg by telephone from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.The traditional approach, using maps and drawings, often draws little interest from residents, he said.“But with an interactive design tool like this – I call it digital Lego – they are so engaged, and that makes the process more democratic,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.The Block by Block programme was launched in Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum. It has since been used in about 50 locations in more than 20 countries including Indonesia, Nigeria and Mexico.Once UN-Habitat selects a site, a Minecraft model of the site is built using photographs, videos, maps and Google Street View, if it is available. UN-Habitat then holds a workshop.Residents are put into groups of mixed ages and genders, and given a laptop with the Minecraft model. They learn the game in a matter of minutes or hours, Westerberg said, and everyone pitches in on the redesign.The designs are then discussed with local officials, one design is chosen, and the project is handed over to a local architect to execute.No swimming poolWhen Vaitla brought Minecraft to a workshop in Gautam Nagar, participants used it to create plans including better lighting, seating, trees and play areas for children.The slum’s 6,000 residents live in close quarters, among open drains and common spaces strewn with garbage. They were looking for realistic solutions to improve their lives.“The designs they came up with were all sensible,” Vaitla recalled. “No one said, ‘We want a swimming pool.'”Other organisations are also putting digital tools like Google Earth and smartphones to work for disadvantaged residents of India’s urban areas.Shelter Associates, a charity that focuses on slum upgrades, is working with residents to create maps of slums that need amenities like sewage lines, or are at risk of eviction because they are on disputed land.This is particularly relevant as the government’s Smart Cities plan risks hastening slum evictions.In the western state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, Shelter Associates has mapped about 500 settlements of more than 200,000 homes, said Executive Director Pratima Joshi.“There are so many low-cost technologies that are easy to use, and we train slum residents to use them as a first step towards mobilising the communities,” she said.As for Lotus Garden, residents continue to take pride in the space they redesigned, said Vaitla.“The lawn is a bit scraggly, but still being maintained, as are other amenities,” she said.“If you involve the community, they will participate, and they will take better care of these spaces.”last_img read more

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