Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AFC Under-19 Championships 2020 QualifiersFlyod PintoIndian under-19 football team First Published: November 7, 2019, 3:05 PM IST Al Khoba: India will take on hosts Saudi Arabia in their second match of the AFC Under-19 Championships 2020 Qualifiers on Friday, after beginning their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Uzbekistan in the Group F opener.”It was not the result that we wanted but there’s no time to sulk on the first loss,” head coach Floyd Pinto was quoted as saying by the AIFF. “We have to pick up and dust ourselves off. The recovery process has started and all the players are determined to do everything it takes to win the next match,” he added.Saudi Arabia, who clinched the AFC U-19 Championship in 2018, picked up three points in their opening qualifier against Afghanistan. Talking about the challenge they pose, Floyd stated that it will be a “difficult” game and he hoped that the team can rally together and gain a positive result.”Even though they won (against Afghanistan) 1-0 through a penalty kick, they dominated the game from start to finish and should have scored many more goals. As expected, it will be a difficult game against them. I am confident that the players will recover from the previous result — both physically and mentally — and continue to put in their best efforts.”The head coach also stressed on the importance of keeping their composure and focus throughout the 90 minutes as it was two strikes in the second half that cost India the game after a balanced first half that saw Vikram Partap Singh and Gurkirat Singh coming close to finding the net.Floyd remarked: “I cannot fault the players for the effort put in by them. We played a good first half but in the second, we started slowly, dropped too deep and gave the ball away too much. One lapse of concentration and they scored. Against Saudi Arabia now, it is imperative that we put up a strong showing in the second half as well and if we can do so, there’s no reason why we can’t gain the result we need.”The match against Saudi Arabia will be India’s second in three days.According to 18-year-old Jitendra Singh, who led the team to the SAFF U18 title earlier this year, it is the “small things” that enable faster recovery for a player.He explained: “It is extremely important to recover well for the next match. We came to Dammam a few days in advance, which helped us acclimatize well and will come in really handy as we get back in shape. It is the small stuff — like taking the right amount of water, the right food, getting adequate rest and listening to one’s body — that is important during recovery and I’m sure all the players will be at their 100 percent level ahead of the game.”The youngster, who made 32 appearances for the Indian Arrows in the last two domestic seasons, shared his thoughts on India’s next opponents and labelled them as the “best team in the group”.”Saudi Arabia are the strongest team in the group. We cannot afford to make any silly mistakes or we will be punished. After the Uzbekistan result, all the players are determined to correct their errors and get a good result against the home team. The first match is history now — all our focus is on the next game and we are looking to put our best foot forward,” he concluded.The match between India and Saudi Arabia will be played at the Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium.
The Ministry of Education is inviting small community enterprises to submit proposals for school feeding projects that will support the Government’s efforts to fulfill the nutritional needs of students.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on May 15, said the initiative “should open up huge opportunities for farmers, small community enterprises and voluntary inputs”.“Communities need to come forward with credible projects to feed school children using local products wherever possible. We will consider giving them money to help,” he stated.“All the Ministry of Education wants to know is that the nutrition is adequate, that no needy child is denied and there is accountability for the money,” he pointed out.Minister Thwaites appealed to Members of Parliament from rural constituencies to support the initiative, pointing to a school feeding experiment in North West St. Elizabeth that is doing well.“It is feeding the children, largely using local produce and weaning them from the diet of fried chicken and rice every day,” he stated.The Minister informed that there is just over $4 billion available this year to feed the nation’s school children, including students under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).“Right, now we are offering 136,000 units of bulla and bag juice daily. In addition, we spend nearly $3 billion buying foreign dry goods. We feel we must do much better,” he stated.He informed that Nutrition Products Limited will increase its volumes and diversify its offerings to include, for example, muffins with sweet potato, carrot or banana. “We have also made provision to use local eggs instead of imported butter oil,” he noted.“We must use local fruits in increasing proportions to manufacture a nutritious drink. Can you imagine having to import juice concentrate from Vietnam and Indonesia? This is a small business opportunity,” the Minister pointed out further.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards
AddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327EMAIL: [email protected] University expert who conducted Groupon research available to comment on new Google ventureAfter failing to reach a deal worth billions of dollars to acquire Groupon, Google is now testing and poised to launch its own online coupon venture. According to media reports, the project is tentatively called Google Offers. Social promotions such as those offered by deal-of-the-day website Groupon are wildly popular with shoppers, but they might not be as big a hit for businesses, according to a recent study by Utpal Dholakia of Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.According to the study, Groupon promotions were profitable for 66 percent of the businesses surveyed for the study, but they were unprofitable for 32 percent. More than 40 percent of the respondents indicated they would not run such a promotion again.Groupon is a social promotion site that features a daily deal for each city in which it operates and offers consumers a significant discount for a local good, service or event. The discount is valid only if a minimum number of consumers purchase the deal.Utpal Dholakia, author of the study and associate professor of marketing at the Jones School, conducted surveys with 150 businesses spanning 19 U.S. cities and 13 product categories that ran and completed Groupon promotions between June 2009 and August 2010. The study provides evidence that “satisfied employees” is the most important factor for the Groupon promotion to work successfully for a business. If employees remain satisfied through the promotion, the likelihood of its profitability is significantly higher. The percentage of discount offered and the number of Groupons sold did not predict the deal’s profitability, nor did the percentage of Groupon users who purchased beyond the Groupon’s value or purchased again at full price.“Because the Groupon customer base is made up of deal-seekers and bargain shoppers, they might not tip as well as an average customer or be willing to purchase beyond the deal,” Dholakia said. “So employees need to be prepared for this type of customer and the sheer volume of customers that might come through.A large number of social promotion sites have launched in the last year, and Google Offers is the latest in this line. ”The social promotion industry reminds me of the Internet boom’s heyday. We are in the midst of a dynamic and exuberant period, and once the dust has settled, I expect the industry will look vastly different than it does today, with consolidation and savvier small-business customers,” Dholakia said.Other findings include:Groupon promotions offer the most benefit for businesses in which the promotion does not cannibalize sales to existing customers. Among the service businesses (restaurants, educational services, tourism and salon and spa), restaurants fared the worst and salons and spas were the most successful. Businesses with unprofitable promotions reported low rates of spending by Groupon users beyond the Groupon’s face value and low rates of return to the business again at full price. Respondents indicated they had largely negative perceptions of Groupon’s competitors. “I think these findings show that social promotion companies need to better balance consumer appeal with positive outcomes for the small businesses offering them,” Dholakia said. “Right now, these deals are tilted too far in consumers’ favor.”The complete study can be found at https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG16693.jpg” alt=”last_img” />