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first_imgChelsea lead in the crucial game at Anfield courtesy of Demba Ba’s goal just before the break.Premier League leaders Liverpool looked to make their now trademark fast start but failed to score a first-half goal for the first time in 26 matches – and then fell behind following a mistake by Steven GerrardReds skipper Gerrard slipped and Ba raced through to score a potentially pivotal goal in the title race.Chelsea had spent much of the half under pressure but had the best chances and might have had a penalty before they went ahead.The home fans were quickly complaining about time-wasting tactics by the injury-hit visitors, who got men behind the ball and then had the first effort on goal.Ashley Cole, who has never scored under Jose Mourinho, brought a good save from keeper Simon Mignolet with a stinging 25-yard shot.Liverpool responded strongly and Philippe Coutinho missed a decent chance for them, side-footing a volley into the side netting after being found by Luis Suarez.And when Cole had to clear off the line following a corner, Suarez thumped the ball back into the danger zone and centre-back Mamadou Sakho blazed over.At the other end, Chelsea felt they should have been awarded a spot-kick when Mohamed Salah’s shot struck the hand of left-back John Flanagan.Suarez then went close, firing just over after Cole had given the ball away.Chelsea boss Mourinho, without the injured Petr Cech, John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o, as well as the suspended Ramires, named Gary Cahill among his substitutes and gave Czech defender Tomas Kalas, 20, a full debut.Kalas made an impressive start and had a great chance just before the goal, glancing a header wide when found by Frank Lampard’s corner.But Ba, Chelsea’s match-winner in vital games against Swansea and Paris St-Germain, made no mistake, calmly slotting home his fifth goal in eight matches.Former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been nursing a hamstring problem, came on for Liverpool just before the hour mark as the Merseysiders went in search of an equaliser.And they would have found one had stand-in keeper Mark Schwarzer not produced a fine save to stop Joe Allen’s volley.DembA baaaaaaaaa❤️❤️❤️❤️— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) April 27, 2014Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Kalas, Cole; Lampard, Mikel, Matic; Salah (Willian 61), Ba, SchurrleSubs: Hilario, Ake, Cahill, Van Ginkel, Baker, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Puppetry used to tackle abuse

first_imgUbuntu Puppets uses puppetry and storytelling to address social issues affecting children who do not have easy access to professional support and counselling.Ubuntu Puppets uses puppetry and storytelling to address social issues affecting children who do not have easy access to professional support and counselling.Ray MaotaPuppetry is being used as a therapy, to help empower victims and as a violence prevention intervention, all of which help young people to deal better with situations that affect them negatively.Lawrence “Lonny” Mongalo, the man behind Ubuntu Puppets, was a volunteer telephone counsellor with Childline Free State, screening calls and providing counselling on its 24-hour crisis line.This experience drove him to start bereavement and grief support groups as well as therapy sessions for orphaned and vulnerable children using adventure-based therapy.Later, he started a drug abuse support group to help young people faced with issues such as teen sexuality, HIV/Aids, cyber safety, sexual exploitation, peer pressure, substance abuse and bullying.In 2014, Mongalo set up Ubuntu Puppets, which uses puppetry and storytelling to address social issues that affect children. He started in his hometown of Mangaung, Bloemfontein in the Free State.He said: “The problem is that most children don’t even know they are experiencing abuse, because the same person abusing them could be the person they trust.”Making and selling puppetsMongalo uses his work to advocate for children’s rights and the values of ubuntu, which means having compassion and empathy for all humans.He not only makes a living by performing at schools, but he also sells the puppets to the schools and trains the teachers how to use them.When he came second last year in the Engine Pitch and Polish competition, a national workshop and competition programme that teaches entrepreneurs how to pitch their business ideas, he injected the money back into the business so he could create more puppets.“I used that money to buy the machinery to make the puppets, and it made it easier for me to make diverse puppets for different lessons and in turn make my shows more interesting,” said Mongalo.In need of fundingMongalo’s goal is to take his puppetry to schools in rural and marginalised areas where many children do not have easy access to professional support and counselling.But to do this, he wants to raise R100 000 towards buying a small vehicle and sound equipment to use when he speaks at community gatherings.He has started a Thundafund crowdfunding campaign to get people to donate money towards this dream. Each donor will be rewarded for their contribution.For the first donation over R5 000, Mongalo will make a puppet named after the donor and use this in his upcoming shows. For the second, he will hold a special performance at a school of their choosing in the Free State and provide a letter signed by the children thanking them for their contribution.Others contributing over R5 000 will get a replica of his Mongalo’s Uhuru puppet.Those donating between R1 000 and R4 999 will get a set of mini-puppets and a special mention in his shows this year as a thank you. Donors giving less than R1 000 will get a small puppet and a thank you letter with illustrations of all the show characters.last_img read more

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Digg Sees the Light of Profitability at the End of the Startup Tunnel

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts jolie odellcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Social Bookmarking#web Digg CEO Jay Adelson told FOX Business tonight that ever since rolling out Digg Ads, the social link-sharing service has been making money and that profitability is right around the corner.Although advertising continues to be the only seemingly reliable model for monetizing content-centric websites, Adelson reports that click-through rates are higher than expected. That being said, typical rates for online advertising are generally abysmal, so if Digg’s ads are working better than most, good for them, and let’s all study their model. Read – and watch – for the rest of the story on how Digg has grown and will continue to expand and monetize.The FOX interviewer asked Adelson if micropayments were considered as a monetization option, “I think that micropayments is interesting,” he replied. “I think that if it works though – the level that it’s going to work is between somebody like Digg and the newspaper, as opposed to necessarly expecting that consumer to subscribe to some sort of micropayment system.”This sort of talk would surely come as good news to Rupert Murdoch, who was referenced in the interview and has stated plans to charge search engines – and perhaps aggregators – that index and share snippets of the relevant, timely, and expensive content that traditional news outlets still struggle to integrate with modern Internet-enabled user behavior.What about selling anonymized, aggregate user data? Adelson says he doesn’t want to sell that information unless users are generally cool with the idea. “I think that users are pretty sensitive now; they’re pretty savvy and they understand the idea that they have to be private.” But data on trends and user attention – data that would be highly valuable for old media to have and that might actually contribute to a better user experience – might be more in line with what Digg execs are willing and able to sell.And what about the possibility of an IPO? Hold onto your hats, day traders. Adelson says that, while he feels he owes it to investors and employees to “go public at some point,” he’s waiting for two factors: A valuation he likes and the day that Digg needs “hundreds of millions of dollars for something.” In other words, we’re not shaking the quarters out of our piggy banks just yet.So, what is coming next for Digg? It seems the company is planning to follow in Twitter’s footsteps and release international versions of the site. “About 40% of our traffic comes from international, but we have no other languages on Digg right now, so why not go there,” said Adelson.Check out the whole interview below:last_img read more

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