De Sanctis: ‘No Roma alibis’

first_imgRoma team manager Morgan De Sanctis stood up for Nicolò Zaniolo and urged them not to use the injury crisis as an “alibi.” The Europa League game with Borussia Monchengladbach kicks off at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. Gianluca Mancini seems to be moved into midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but the Giallorossi are keeping their cards close to their chest. “We’ll see what happens…” smiled team manager De Sanctis on Sky Sport Italia. “We don’t want to focus on the difficulties, as that would be like looking for alibis. It remains an ambitious project, we are a little behind in terms of results, but we knew it would take time to work together and we’ll take the season before evaluating the situation.” Alessio Riccardi is on the bench today and could make an appearance during the injury crisis. “Riccardi is probably the clearest talent in the Roma academy. He has been under the spotlight for a while already, but remains 18 years of age and we are monitoring him carefully. The club and coach Paulo Fonseca consider him highly and he is moving gradually into the first team.” Fabio Capello caused controversy last night on Sky Sport Italia when suggesting Inter striker Sebastiano Esposito should not follow the example set by Zaniolo, a comment that infuriated the player’s mother. “Zaniolo has always delivered and for a year now has been a protagonist in the squad. He has always done what was asked of him, both on the field and off, while we renewed his contract. “With all due respect to Mr Capello, who made football history also with Roma, it was a real slip-up. We are receiving so much from Nicolò and there was no need to consider him outside of the rules or the profession.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Ind vs Aus 2nd T20 preview: India look to avoid T20 whitewash

first_imgStung by a prolonged losing streak in what has turned out to be a nightmarish tour, a hapless India will now look to avoid a Twenty20 whitewash when they lock horns with Australia in the second match here on Friday.Completely outclassed in the humiliating 0-4 Test loss against the hosts, India had hoped for redemption in the limited over format but they again succumbed to a 31-run defeat in the first Twenty20 on Wednesday.The young legs did show some energy on the field but at the batting crease, they were no different to their Test seniors and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has to do something to inpsire his team on Friday.In the bowling department too, the Indians failed to make early inroads in the Australian line-up and now that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s card has been shown up to be blank by a rampant David Warner last night, Zaheer Khan’s return would be crucial to India’s chances.The wicket at the MCG also might not suit spinners on Friday so overtly as it did in the ANZ Stadium last night.It’s a batting wicket and the skills of the bowlers would be tested utmost.Dhoni believed it was the uneven surface which did his batsmen in and MCG might reflect their preparedness in a better light.As things stood though, Indians checked in at their hotel in Melbourne this morning and would stay indoors though there was a word that a few youngsters might visit the MCG later in the afternoon.advertisementIt’s better they do, for if Australia seizes an early momentum, they would be difficult to put down in the one-day internationals. The corresponding effect of despondency in Indian ranks would be palpable too.Australia, on the other hand, have been simply ruthless so far as after mauling India in the Test series, the hosts notched up a convincing victory in Sydney last night and they would now look to complete a twenty20 clean sweep against the visitors tomorrow.Australia would only go better once Daniel Christian, Mitchell Marsh and Clint McKay get an opportunity to show their wares and chances are they would in front of 90,000 strong fans who are likely to turn up at the MCG, home of Australian cricket.Christian has been on the fringes of selection in the Test side this summer and is viewed as one of the upcoming stars of Australian cricket.He was the top scorer in domestic one-day matches and was also the second highest wicket-taker. A powerful hitter, Christian didn’t get a chance to bat last night but picked up two for 35 with his fast deliveries.Marsh, younger brother of Shaun, has set the domestic stage ablaze with his powerful hitting. Just 20, Marsh likes expressing his talent both with bat and ball and is one of the many multidimensional cricketers who are coming up through the ranks in Australian cricket.McKay, a 194cm tall right-arm fast bowler, is renowned for his control and economy. The 28-year-old local boy is said to possess enough variety in his armoury.The fast bowler is a handy lower order bat too and has already represented Australia in all three formats?Tests, ODIs and Twenty20 internationals. More PTI AS ATK MRMThe variety and the options Australia has in bowling is equally befuddling. George Bailey, the home captain, said as much when he said he has quite a few bowlers who could bowl in the death overs.”It could be Lee, Doherty, Hogg or Faulkner -? anyone,” said Bailey.The hosts are well-served by explosive left-handed openers in David Warner and Matthew Wade and the two are likely to be top draw this whole summer.Squads:Australia: George Bailey (capt), David Warner, Travis Birt, Daniel Christian, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, David Hussey, Brett Lee, Clint McKay, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Matthew Wade and Brad Hogg.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt.), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Parthiv Patel, Rahul Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja and Manoj Tiwary.The match will start at 2.05 p.m. IST.last_img read more

SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasse

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 In a joint statement released on Friday, San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia said they are still allowing their players to suit for national team duties for the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers as part of the PBA’s agreement with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).READ: Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resign FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“All five teams composed of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star Hotshots, GlobalPort and Kia Picanto will continue to make available its players to the Philippine team that is preparing for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier and other league functions. We believe this should not be adversely affected by the board members’ differences in opinion,” the statement read.“We reiterate that we are doing this to protect the league we all love, the game of basketball and the millions of fans who continue to support us.” ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Stephen Curry puzzled over mention in GOP tax proposal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA governors may be at an impasse when it comes to the matters about the Commissioner’s office, but the teams remain united when it comes to the national team.The five teams supporting the extension of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said that they won’t allow the controversy to affect the league’s commitment to Smart Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img MOST READ READ: Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principleNational team head coach Chot Reyes can heave a sigh of relief as he begins the Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations on Friday evening.Players like June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, and Von Pessumal of San Miguel, Japeth Aguilar and Kevin Ferrer of Ginebra, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon of Star, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, and LA Revilla and Russel Escoto of Kia have the greenlight to join the national team’s preparations for the Asian qualifiers.The Philippines is set to open its first round assignment against Japan in Tokyo on November 24, before playing Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo will still ‘definitely’ be part of Gilas in 2023, says Austria

first_imgDo we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES The question, however, is if the 15-year-old Sotto and the 18-year-old Edu will be mature enough at that time to battle against the world’s best players.“I think those players are big and can do what June Mar is doing right now, but it will depend on their maturity because international competitions are not easy tournaments, especially with this setup which is home-and-away. You can never know what will happen,” Austria said.That’s why Austria has his full belief that Fajardo will still be donning the national tri-colors come 2023.“Maybe if June Mar wins a fifth of sixth MVP, they will think about it,” he said. “We want nothing but to help Gilas be better because they’re representing our homeland.”ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img June Mar Fajardo. Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup is still be five years away, but San Miguel coach Leo Austria still expects June Mar Fajardo to be a major part of the national team at that time.“[2023] is still a long time and there will be a lot of changes that might happen. It depends during that span of time on the players that will develop, but definitely, I think June Mar Fajardo will be a candidate when that time comes,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Go for Gold adds Kent Salado Still at the peak of his powers, Fajardo is still a mainstay on coach Chot Reyes’ roster for the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with his resume boosted by his accomplishments in the PBA as a four-time MVP and a five-time champion.And barring any major injuries, Austria is expecting the Cebuano giant to continue having no letups in the growth of his game as the buildup for the country’s hosting of the global basketball extravaganza approaches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingFajardo will be 33 years old by 2023.Austria also acknowledged that Reyes has an abundance of talent at his disposal with 7-footers Kai Sotto and AJ Edu both part of the “23-for-23” cadet pool. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View commentslast_img read more

Movie review: Khwaabb is quite off the mark

first_imgKhwaabbCast: Navdip Singh, Simer Motiani, Bajrangbali Singh, Rishi Miglani, Nafisa AliDirector: Zaid Ali KhanRating: A poster of the movie Khwaabb.The film promises to tell the story of an athlete’s dreams, struggles, and determination but after seeing the film you can’t help but feel a little disappointed mostly because of the film’s weak storyline. There’s hardly anything worth mentioning here.Sanjay and Kiran belong to the same village. And Sanjay has developed quite a liking for Kiran. While Kiran is an ace swimmer, Sanjay does nothing and knows no better. Only he can run pretty fast. So far he’s been living a life dealing with his alcoholic father’s beatings. And no sooner than you can spell your own name, the head of sports academy, Ram Prasad Lakshman spots the talented two, and brings them back to his academy.Kiran makes the most of this opportunity and works hard on her talent, while Sanjay only has eyes for her and not on the track or field. And so he doesn’t even approve of Kiran’s friendship with a boy called Samir. Soon enough Kiran and Sanjay end up dealing with issues at the academy that make them realise that their dream is the only thing they’ve got. But they’ve yet to deal with something as serious as a dope test. And whether they’ll be able to clear the dope test and realise their dreams is exactly what the film tries to focus on.The film fails at dealing with the small details that make the big picture. There’s nothing on the charm of sports, nor any in-depth look at the lives of athletes. Everything looks a bit superficial.advertisementThe acting, too, isn’t compelling enough, and hardly does much to compensate for the lack of a good story. All in all, the movie fails to impress and barely even manages to make it to the ‘average’ slot.last_img read more

ISL: Santos’ late goal gives Delhi Dynamos 1-0 win over Pune City

first_imgBrazilian winger Gustavo dos Santos’ magical left-foot kept Delhi Dynamos in contention for a semifinal berth as they defeated Pune City FC by a solitary goal in the 13th round encounter of the Indian Super League.Dos Santos, who scored his fifth goal in the tournament, broke the deadlock in the 88th minute to take Dynamos to 17 points and upto the fourth position in the league table. A win in their last away encounter against Chennayin FC will be enough to take Dynamos to the knock-out stages while Pune at 16 points and in sixth place will now have to win their last game and look forward towards favourable results.Dos Santos, who probably has been only second to countryman Elano Blumer in terms of exhibiting brilliant individual skills weaved past a couple of defenders before slotting it from a narrow angle beating Pune FC custodian Arindam Bhattacharya.What makes his goal special was the move initiated from the right flank and Dos Santos again did all the spadework with his left-foot. Alessandro del Piero got some 22 minutes of match time but didn’t look like bothering the Pune defence.Pune should have got the equalizer in the dying moments when their Nigerian striker Dudu Omagbemi had a free header from a cross essayed by Saidou Panandetiguiri. But Dudu failed to direct his nod with Kristof Van Hout at his mercy.The closest that Dudu came to scoring was in the 77th minute when a misdirected header from Jermaine Penant left Dudu with an opportunity to score from a sniffing distance but his shot went booming over the horizontal.advertisementEven Greek World Cup Kostas Katsouranis was guilty of not able to head home a perfect cross from Korean Park.last_img read more

Here is your horoscope for the day: December 26, 2014

first_imgARIESYou achieve victory in competitive ventures after a period of difficulty today. There is gain in business, success in assignments and love in personal relationships to rejuvenate your self-esteem and confidence. This is a good time to attempt difficult tasks. Lucky number 6. Colour red.TAURUS You handle difficult situations with practical wisdom and subtlety today. You are able to manage things well with a firm and clear perspective, indicating priorities and goals. Mental stress can manifest health problems so avoid it. Enjoy celebrations! Lucky number 7. Colour blue. GEMINILet go the past, especially hurtful relationships and memories. A professional opportunity should be considered seriously before you make plans for the future. It’s important not to repeat old patterns or mistakes. Money transactions go smoothly and honestly. Lucky number 3. Colour green. CANCERRelationships are sealed and promises are fulfilled today. Work and pleasure can be combined today as you enjoy what you do immensely. You are nearer to actualizing an important personal plan. Trust your feelings and intuition about people and situations. Lucky number 1. Colour lotus pink.LEOYou are practical and grounded while dealing with business, finances and property matters today. You are emotional and spiritual in relationships, and family matters. You are inspired by divine wisdom and insight as you toil persistently to achieve targets. Lucky number 5. Colour brown. VIRGO You are youthful and intense in all areas of life but mask passion with a calm surface. Your mystical personality attracts some interesting people. You achieve success with your own wisdom and resources. A personal involvement has qualities of love and freedom. Lucky number 8. Colour blue.advertisementLIBRAProfessional success is on the cards! Power and influence help you turn things around in the business area. You are noble and generous in family situations. Beware of friends who are conceited due to wealth and position. Art, music, and sport can be engaging. Lucky number 6. Colour pink. SCORPIO You tend to be busy with professional matters as you build up your commercial aspects, reputation and stability. You may start new ventures and make plans for the future that are exiting and lucrative. Spend quality time with family and children. Lucky number 3. Colour tomato red.SAGITTARIUS Nine Cups full of light bring happiness in personal relationships and satisfaction in professional ventures. Physical well-being allows you to indulge in sporty activity and exciting pastimes. You are lucky in love today and can expect some surprises. Lucky number 9. Colour pink.CAPRICORNMaterial gain is on the cards today. You retain a position of power at work and affirm personal commitments with promise. Labour to business goals brings wealth. Your investments and plans prove to be gainful, be it buying property or starting a venture. Lucky number 1. Colour green.AQUARIUS ‘The Queen of Wands’ allows you to achieve success with energy and calm authority. You adapt well to new situations and developments. You can be impatient of opposition at home or in the work area, as you need authority to express leadership qualities. Lucky number 8. Colour crimson. PISCES You may feel insecure while the changes are taking place but a detached view allows you another perspective. New developments prove to be more positive and progressive. It’s best to meet changes halfway and flow with them rather than resist them. Lucky number 16. Colour fiery red.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar announced as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 ambassador

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday announced Sachin Tendulkar as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador. It will be the second time he will be the Ambassador of ICC’s pinnacle tournament. He fulfilled the role in the previous event, which was co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka in 2011.In his role as ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Ambassador, Tendulkar will promote and support a variety of ICC initiatives to enhance the profile of the tournament, which is the third biggest sporting event in the world and will take place in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March, PTI reported. Tendulkar retired from international cricket last year after representing his country in 200 Tests, 463 One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International. In a career spanning 24 years, the 41-year-old scored a total of 34,357 international runs and 100 centuries. Tendulkar added the missing World Cup title to his long list of achievements in his sixth attempt in 2011. He is the all-time leading run-getter in World Cup history with 2,278 runs in 45 matches at an average of 56.95. For his 673 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, he was awarded player of the tournament as India finished runner-up to Australia. Commenting on his appointment, Tendulkar said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed ICC Cricket World Cup Ambassador for the second successive time.” “After playing in the last six editions, the upcoming World Cup will be a different experience as I will follow it from the sidelines. It could probably be comparable to the ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 where I was a ball boy, enthusiastically cheering every ball. “The excitement of the World Cup grows with every new edition and this year’s host nations, Australia and New Zealand, are known for their sporting culture, great cricket facilities and knowledgeable crowds. Lifting the World Cup is every international cricketer’s quest and the tournament brings out the best of individuals and competing teams. “The image of the champion team lifting the World Cup inspires many youngsters around the world and gives them a dream to chase – a dream which I fulfilled after 22 years of relentless pursuit by being part of the victorious Indian team in 2011.” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “The ICC is delighted to once again have Sachin as an Ambassador for its biggest and most prestigious tournament. Sachin is not only an inspiration to cricketers but to all sportspeople for his endurance, perseverance, talent, personality and commitment to the game.” The 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup kicks off in Christchurch on 14 February when co-host New Zealand take on former champion Sri Lanka. On the same day at the picturesque Melbourne Cricket Ground, four-time world champion Australia will square-off against England, which reached the final the last time the event was staged in Australia/New Zealand in 1992. A total of 49 matches will be played across 14 venues, seven in New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington) and seven in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney). The format of the tournament is the same as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, i.e. two groups of seven sides each, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. All the knock-out stage matches will have reserve days. Apart from the 10 Full Members, four qualifiers – Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates – will take part in the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

Robert Downey Jr debuts first image of daughter Avri

first_imgAvengers star Robert Downey Jr shared the first ever image of her baby daughter Avri.During his appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman”, the proud father was all smiles as the photo of his cute little girl was projected on the show’s giant screen, reported Ace Showbiz.Five-month-old Avri could be seen on the snapshot having wide blue eyes. She was spotted sporting yellow hoodie as she stared into the camera.Daughter of Robert Downey Jr Avri. (Pics: CBS)During the interview, the 50-year-old actor also told host David Letterman about his recent birthday celebration that took place in an airplane hangar.The actor has two-year-old son Exton with his producer wife of nine years. He also has a 21-year-old son, Indio, from a previous marriage.The actor had earlier admitted he can’t stop taking pictures of Avri.He had written: “After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project.””Principal photography commenced 11-14 and will continue until she says, ‘Dad! You are embarrassing me…I’m 30, this has gotta stop.'”Robert Downey JrRobert previously confessed he was nervous about raising a daughter.He said: “I’ve never had a daughter before, so I don’t know what really prepares a dad. I’m asking around. But I did my part and now I’m just going to show up and do what I’m told.”(With input from agencies)last_img read more

AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube

first_imgThe Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world’s most comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date.The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers.The YouTube channels will include more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day. For example, viewers can see video from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Marilyn Monroe captured on film in London in the 1950s and Twiggy modeling the fashions of the 1960s.”The AP archive footage, combined with the British Movietone collection, creates an incredible visual journey of the people and events that have shaped our history,” said Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of international archive. “At AP we are always astonished at the sheer breadth of footage that we have access to, and the upload to YouTube means that, for the first time, the public can enjoy some of the oldest and most remarkable moments in history.”Stephen Nuttall, the director of YouTube in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, comments: “Making this content available on YouTube is a wonderful initiative from AP and British Movietone that will breathe new life into their footage and no doubt delight our global community – from students researching history projects to curious culture-vultures and the billions in between. It’s an historical treasure trove that will give YouTube users around the world a moving window into the past and I can’t wait to explore it.”advertisementContent on the channels will also include surprising videos from different regions across the UK, fashion through the ages, sporting coups, entertainment, extreme weather, technological innovations, the evolution of eating and drinking habits, political milestones and historical moments. They will be continually refreshed with up-to-date contemporary footage.last_img read more

Roelant Oltmans to be India hockey coach till Olympics

first_imgHigh Performance Director Roelant Oltmans was on Saturday appointed coach of the Indian hockey team, replacing Paul van Ass, who was unceremoniously sacked after a bitter spat with Hockey India president Narinder Batra.The 61-year-old Dutchamn, who has been associated with Indian hockey for close to three years now, will be at the helm of affairs at least till next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.The decision to appoint Oltmans was taken at a meeting between Sports Authority of India’s director general Injeti Srinivas and Batra.”Oltmans has agreed to be the coach till the Rio Olympics and we would want him to continue after that,” Batra told reporters after the meeting.Batra said that Van Ass’ ouster was a disappointing chapter but it was important for Indian hockey to move ahead.”We should move ahead, coaches come and go. We want to look ahead and prepare the team for the Olympics. we will talk to Oltmans about his requirements regarding the support staff and will give all possible assistance,” Batra said.Earlier on Friday, a nine-member committee headed by Olympian Harbinder Singh, formed to decide Van Ass’ future, recommended that the Dutchman should not be continued.Van Ass blamed an “autocratic” Batra for his ouster and said the recommendation to remove him did not come as a “surprise” to him.Oltmans has been associated with Indian hockey for nearly three years and to add to it, the players also gel well with him and some have even aired their views of handing the reins of the team to the Dutchman after Van Ass’ ouster.advertisementVan Ass, who was appointed at the end of January this year, was awarded a three-year contract till 2018. The World League semifinals in Antwerp, earlier this month, was the Dutchman’s second assignment with the Indian team.last_img read more

Jaunti village set to become Delhi’s favourite tourist jaunt

first_imgA beautiful and historically-rich village on the outskirts of Delhi is being developed as a major tourist hotspot. Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC), a body under the Ministry of Urban Development, is preparing a master plan for village Jaunti, nine kilometer from Kanjhawala in the northwest. This includes erecting ‘dwars’ (ornamental gates) to the hamlet bordering Haryana, charting heritage trails to its Mughal-era fort and talab, and streetscaping. Its traditional havelis (mansions) will also be an important feature in the tourist attraction plan.Jaunti is believed to have been established in the 17th century, during the reign of emperor Shahjahan. It is known far and wide for a ‘shikargah’ (hunting lodge) with an impressive brick pattern and a large adjoining talab (water tank).These are said to have been used by Shahjahan and successive Mughal kings on gaming expeditions when the village was densely forested and frequented by tigers and antelope. The village’s old core and by-lanes retain some havelis which have architecturally-rich facades. Jaunti also played a key role in the Green Revolution of 1960s when Dr MS Swaminathan planted the ‘Jounti Seed’ in the village.In 2014, Member of Parliament Dr Udit Raj adopted it under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana or Prime Minister’s Model Village Scheme. A team of town planners, heritage conservationists and village youth, led by the MP, have since been working on enhancing its physical features as well as uplifting it socially.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Dr Raj said: “We chose Jaunti of all the villages in my (Delhi northwest) constituency as it is still a ‘rural village’, unspoilt by construction and pollution. Its small population size has also helped it remain beautiful.”advertisementDUAC Chairman Dr PSN Rao, who is now working on the ‘Mera Jaunti’ plan, said: “We have about three months at our disposal to complete the design. The aim is to finish it before November – the first anniversary of the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram scheme.”A DUAC consultant, who is part of the project, said: “The village is highly inaccessible. One has to change buses twice even from the Rithala Metro station. We plan to put up ornamental dwars on all three approach roads to Jaunti – from Haryana, Nizampur and the main Kanjhawala Road. The heritage trails encompassing shikargah, pond, havelis and temples are being drawn. Streetscaping, developing lighting, signages and parking is also part of the plan.”Kiosks and camel rides are envisaged around the pond on the lines of Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur. Management of tourism around the pond could be handed over to Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), Project Director Rekha Vohra said. “We have grand plans to empower the people of Jaunti. This area, which includes Nizampur village, has given the country an Arjuna awardee and gold medallist kabaddi player. An international sports academy will be set up. A 100-bedded hospital is coming up and agricultural education is being provided to farmers.””Embroidery training is being given to local women and they have been approached by international brands to work for them,” she added.last_img read more

Salman Khan excited about Sylvester Stallones new film

first_imgMumbai, Sep 27 (PTI) Salman Khan is “amazed” by the tough guy image of Hollywood superstar Sylvester Stallone in his upcoming sports drama “Creed”. Sharing the link of the films trailer on his Twitter page, Salman wrote Stallone, 69, looks amazing as always. “Creed Releasing on 25th Nov @TheSlystallone Looks Amazing as always,” Salman, 49, who is a big fan of the action star, wrote. The “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” star has earlier confessed that Stallone has always inspired him in his life. “Creed”, a seventh film in the “Rocky” series, focuses on a man following in the footsteps of his late father, Apollo Creed and getting a mentor in the now-retired Rocky Balboa (played by Stallone). The Hollywood star is also producing the film. It stars Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad and Tony Bellew besides Stallone. PTI NDS NDSlast_img read more

I was thinking about quitting Badminton last year, says Saina Nehwal

first_imgWorld Championship silver medallist shuttler Saina Nehwal feels her decision to change base to Bangalore under Vimal Kumar’s tutelage turned out to be a masterstroke as it helped her regain her game and prolong her career, which was in serious doubt last year.Saina reiterated that she contemplated quitting last year following a string of poor performances but Vimal came as a saviour and instilled confidence and self belief in her.Also read: SRK fan Saina wants to be the queen of Badminton “It really really helped (decision to shift to Bangalore) and everyone can see that. A lot has changed since then. I have changed as a person. As of now I have become World no. 1, won China and India Open, reached the finals of All England and World Championships. All these happened only as I moved to Bangalore,” Saina said after returning from World Championship in Jakarta, where she lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in final.”It was a move from Hyderabad but I did it because I wanted to improve and I think it was a good decision. Vimal Sir’s influence is the biggest change. I really want to thank him for spending so much time with me in the court and making me believe everyday that I am a champion, I can be number one.Also read: ‘Saina is not mentally fragile'”Even physically I am feeling much better. It’s because, when you get personal attention you are naturally going to improve. The whole attention is on you. He is working on areas in which I am weak,” Saina pointed out.advertisementA year ago, things were not going according to plan and Saina thought of quitting badminton after last year’s World Championships following a series of defeats. But training under Vimal helped Saina rediscover herself.Thinking about quitting “I was thinking about quitting (last year) because I thought I was getting irritated with the kind of performances I was giving. I was not happy with the way I was playing. It was not happening, I was not finding out ways to win. It was getting challenging for me because I knew I was a world class player,” Saina said.”Losing without a fight was not me. That was not the Saina I knew and only because of that I felt ‘why push yourself like this’. That moment Vimal Sir joined the Uber Cup team after a long time. He worked on my game and I started winning games in Uber Cup and then I won the Australian Open.”Geared up for Rio Having created history by becoming the first Indian woman to enter the finals of the World Championship, Saina is now all geared up for next year’s Rio Olympics.”It’s (World Championship medal) one of the special medals because it is going to give me lot more confidence to be ready for the Olympics. That is for sure. Olympics will have the same players coming in. Olympics come every four years. It will be lot more pressure. But same kind of players will be there,” she said. This was the first time that Saina managed to clear the quarterfinal jinx and she said it came as a “big relief”.”A big relief coming out of that quarterfinal stage. Now when I play the big events, the only thing that will be in my mind is to win the tournament,” she said.You want to win Saina said she tired her best to win the final match.”Of course, when you reach finals, you want to win it.Even I wanted to do that. Sometimes, things does not fall in place. But I gave my best. I am very happy that I reached finals of two big events this year,” she said.”It was disappointing to lose in the finals. But I have to take the positive out of it.”Numero uno Despite the 16-21 19-21 loss in the final, Saina became the world’s numero uno shuttler.”I feel great. I am very happy that my performances are coming out well. The important thing is that I am able to give more medals to my country. It is a very proud moment for me.This will only help me to achieve many more good results in future,” Saina said.”I’m very happy that things are finally falling in place.With the kind of training I am doing results will come.”On the Spaniard Carolina Carolina seems to have become a thorn in the flesh for Saina as it is against the Spaniard that she lost in the final of the prestigious All England Championship earlier this year.advertisement”I gave a much better account of myself in the World Championship than the All England final. I fought till the end here. But I need to find some ways to beat her (Carolina). She is in very good form.”The next time when I play her again I am sure I will be much better than this time,” she said.last_img read more

Rani Mukerji debuts baby bump

first_imgMumbai, Sep 13 (PTI) Actress Rani Mukerji, who tied the knot with filmmaker Aditya Chopra last year, has been pictured sporting a baby bump. The latest pictures, showing her baby bump in a floral maxi dress, however, confirm her pregnancy. Rani and the YRF honcho filmmaker secretly married in Italy on April 21, 2014. It is the first marriage for Rani, 37, while Aditya, 44, who is known to be a very private person, was previously married to Payal Khanna but they got divorced in 2009. In her 16-year-old career, Rani has given many hits including “Saathiya”, “Hum Tum”, “Veer Zaara”, “Bunty aur Babli”, “Black” and “No One Killed Jessica”. PTI PSH BKlast_img read more


first_img“He (Chen) is a difficult player. He is so confident “He (Chen) is a difficult player. He is so confident about his fitness and is very patient. He gets back all the shuttles and also he is solid at the nets. I was returning his smashes but mistakes cropped up in my game later in the match. So there are a few areas which I need to improve but there are a lot of positives to take from the match,” said Jayaram. Currently ranked 32nd, Jayaram is expected to make a big jump in world rankings when the fresh list is released on Thursday but the Indian said he is not concerned about that and wants to focus on consistency. “I am not concerned about ranking right now. I know I will be within top 25 next week. But I want to concentrate on getting some good wins, reaching quarters and semifinals regularly and that will take care of the ranking,” he said. Jayaram had come within touching distance of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics, only to lose the berth at the last moment to P Kashyap, who toppled him in rankings following a walkover in the India Open. “It was disheartening to lose out in Olympics race,” Jayaram said. “I was unlucky in the last tournament but there were many events before that were I should have done better. It was hard mentally to accept but then I reached the semifinals of China Open and it felt great.” Asked if this performance has spurred him to go for next years Rio Games, Jayaram said the Olympics is not in his mind right now. “To be honest, I am not thinking about that right now because then you stray away from what you enjoy doing. I know Olympics is a great honour but there are other tournaments as well which you can win and then if you do well, it will take care of the qualification,” he said. MORE PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC Test rankings: Joe Root back as No 1, Yasir Shah 2nd best bowler

first_imgEngland batsman Joe Root has regained the No.1 ranking while Pakistani wrist spinner Yasir Shah has become the second highest-ranked bowler in the world in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings released on Tuesday.Root scored 88 and 71 against Pakistan in the Dubai Test which has helped him reclaim the top spot from Australia captain Steven Smith.Root, who entered the Test trailing Smith by 13 points, now leads the Australian by three points. This means the Yorkshire batsman will have to perform strongly in the third Test, starting in Sharjah from Sunday, to retain the position he first achieved following the Trent Bridge Test against Australia in August.Younus Khan, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq have also reaped the rewards of good performances in the Dubai Test, which went down to the wire.Also read: MS Dhoni climbs two places in latest ODI rankings Younus has returned to the top-5 in fifth position following knocks of 56 and 118, Misbah has moved up five places to 11th following his scores of 102 and 87, and Asad Shafiq has achieved a career-high 12th after he scored 83 and 87.For this performance, Asad has earned 43 points, which, in turn, has put him ahead of Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brendon McCullum and Faf du Plessis.The Dubai Test was also a memorable one for Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who achieved the No.2 ranking for the first time in his career. Yasir picked up 8/180 in Pakistan’s 178 runs victory, which earned him 25 points. This has enabled him to leapfrog the pace trio of England’s James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and New Zealand’s Trent Boult.advertisementGiven that Yasir is still in the qualification period for bowlers, it is likely that he will be able to further reduce the 78-point gap with World No.1 Dale Steyn if he puts up another solid show in Sharjah.There is no change in the team rankings. Sri Lanka and West Indies continue to hold seventh and eighth positions.However, Pakistan have given themselves an excellent opportunity to claim the second spot. To make this happen, they will have to win the Sharjah Test. And should Pakistan win, they will join Australia on 106 points but will be ranked above Australia when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.If England draw level, both sides will retain their pre-series rankings and points. In case of a draw, England will drop to fifth to push both Pakistan and India one place up.ICC Test team rankings1. South Africa 125 points2. Australia 1063. England 1024. Pakistan 1015. India 1006. New Zealand 997. Sri Lanka 938. West Indies 769. Bangladesh 4710. Zimbabwe 5ICC Test batsman rankings1. Joe Root (Eng) 913 points2. Steven Smith (Aus) 9103. AB de Villiers (SA) 8904. Hashim Amla (SA) 8815. Younus Khan (Pak) 8546. Angelo Mathews (SL) 8517. Kane Williamson (NZ) 8138. Alastair Cook (Eng) 7839. David Warner (Aus) 77510. Chris Rogers (Aus) 761ICC Test bowler rankings1. Dale Steyn (SA) 905 points2. Yasir Shah (Pak) 8273. James Anderson (Eng) 8244. Stuart Broad (Eng) 8175. Trent Boult (NZ) 8146. Mitchell Johnson (Aus) 7737. Vernon Philander (SA) 7708. Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind) 7609. Rangana Herath (SL) 75110. Tim Southee (NZ) 713last_img read more

BJP MLA O P Sharma suspended from Delhi Assembly for session

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) Delhi BJP MLA O P Sharma was today suspended from the Assembly for the rest of the ongoing Winter Session by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel for using derogatory language against ruling AAP MLA Alka Lamba.Goel also referred the matter to the Ethics Committee of the House for further probeas six women MLAs of AAP, sporting black badges, sat in the well of the House demanding permanent suspension of Sharma and that he be “jailed”.As uproar continued, the Speaker adjourned the House twice.The resolution to suspend Sharma, one of the three BJP MLAs in the House, was moved by Najafgarh legislator Kailash Gahlot, while the one on Ethics Committee by Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra, AAPs Karawal Nagar MLA.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia urged the MLAs to withdraw their protest. However they did not relent. He had earlier demanded that the BJP suspend Sharma.The nine-member committee oversees the moral and ethical conduct of members and examines complaints relating to unethical conduct of a member referred to it by the House or Speaker.It has been tasked with submitting a report before the commencement of the next session of the 70-member legislature.Delhi Assembly Speaker Ramniwas Goel had suspended Sharma till November 26 for using derogatory language against the Chandani Chowk MLA during a discussion on night shelters. PTI BUN SBR RTlast_img read more

WB govt to allot land for cricket stadium, football academy

first_imgKolkata, Dec 1 (PTI) To develop infrastructure for hosting more sporting events in the city, the West Bengal government will allot plots for a new cricket stadium, football academy and an indoor stadium.At the Khel Ratna Samman ceremony, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said they are ready to give land to the CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal) to develop a cricket stadium in Rajarhat.”I will give you (CAB) land, you prepare the stadium. One stadium (Eden Gardens) is not enough. With another stadium we will be able to host more sporting events,” she said adding that ISL franchisee Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) wants to establish a football academy in the city for which they are giving them some land in Dumdum area.”I want them to nurture local talent in soccer. Take five clubs from Kolkata and five from the districts and nurture them. You spend so much money in ISL I want you to spend something for Bengal,” Banerjee said.Besides the government also has plans to set up a new indoor stadium at a 20 acre plot in Rajarhat with a capacity of 20,000, she said.On the Sports Village in Jalpaiguri district she said it will be of international standards but sought the support of the corporate sector in running it under a PPP (public private partnership) model.”We have made the infrastructure and now if the corporates run it we are ready to extend all co-operation. They can take over and run this,” Banerjee said.The chief minister also stressed on the need to have sports school so that football stars like Messi can be produced from the state.advertisement”A committee with experts and corporates will identify which sports needs to be promoted and in what way. We want to nurture talent,” she said.Altogether she said there are 26 new stadiums which are coming up in different parts of the state.Kolkata has been selected as one of the venues for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.The chief minister also announced that around 6000 clubs which had received a grant of Rs 2 lakh earlier will be given Rs 1 lakh for the next three years.During the award ceremony, veteran footballer P K Banerjee and veteran tennis player Akhtar Ali was honoured with lifetime achievement award by the state government.Another 31 sportspersons were awarded Khel Ratna Samman and 11 coaches given Krira Guru Samman. PTI NIK MM RGlast_img read more


first_imgTwenty rebel Congress MLAs, 11 of BJP, two independentsTwenty rebel Congress MLAs, 11 of BJP, two independents impeach Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia. PTI UPL DKB SK SKlast_img


first_imgAfghanistan then had some fine moves in the Indian half Afghanistan then had some fine moves in the Indian half and made some threatening crosses but the home side defence were able to clear them. But they were not to be denied in the 69th minute with Zubayr Amiri giving Afghanistan the lead. Faysals pass sneaked past Arnab Mondal and an overlapping Amiris left footer beat Gurpreet before crashing into the Indian net. India struck back immediately with Jeje bringing the scoreline on level terms in the 72nd minute. Narzary crossed the ball into the box which was headed by Chhetri. Jeje came behind Afghan defender Sayedh Hashemi and slotted the ball into the far corner of the net. Hashemi expected goalkeeper Azizi to come off his line and collect. Both players looking at each other in disbelief. India threatened to take the lead towards the end of the match but Afghan goalkeeper were upto the task to deny them. First, he tipped over Narayan Das long range effort in the 84th minute after the Indian player saw the goalkeeper off his line, and then saved Chhetris right footer from a free-kick. The match went into the extra time and talismanic captain Chhetri scored the winner. Chhetri got the better of Afghan defender Hashemi and he kept his balance intact before sending his low right-footed sliding shot into the corner of the net to the wild jubilation of the home crowd. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more


first_img7th and last race:The Manjari Plate, 1600 M.7th and last race:The Manjari Plate, 1600 M.Southern Sky(Mr.RM.Lakshmanan)61.5 Shahar Babu firstThe Ministerian 62.5 Tanveer Alam secondAmsterdam 54.5 A.Ayaz Khan thirdGlorious Regime 60 Md.Hesnain fourthAll RanWon by: Short Head, 3/4L, 3/4L.Time: one min, 44.30 secs.Tote: Rs.16 for win,Rs.14,Rs.6 and Rs.14 for places.Winner trained by: B.SureshFavourite: Southern SkySHP: Rs.39Quinella: Rs.79 carried overForecast: Rs.80Tanala: Rs.113 on one ticket.PTI COR BN TRK TRK ATKlast_img read more

Youth falls to death while taking selfie

first_imgJammu, Jan 9 (PTI) Trying to take a selfie atop a fort proved fatal for a youth as he fell from there and died in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said here today.The deceased, identified as Abhishek Gupta (20), went to the Reasi Fort along with his three friends yesterday, a police official said here.Abhishek climbed to the top of the fort to take a selfie. Suddenly, he slipped and fell on a boulder resulting into head injuries, he said.He was rushed to the district hospital in Reasi where doctors declared him as brought dead, the official said.”Though his friends advised him not to go to the extreme end to take the selfie but he insisted and lost his life,” the official said.He said the body was handed over to the family members after conducting all legal and medical formalities. PTI TSS AB DBSlast_img read more

Dominant RCB thrash Kings XI by 10 wickets to live another day,Dominant RCB thrash Kings XI by 10 wickets to live another day

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore batsmen Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel celebrate their victory during IPL cricket match against Kings XI Punjab, at Holkar Stadium, in Indore on Monday. – PTI × Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel celebrate their victory during IPL cricket match against Kings XI Punjab, at Holkar Stadium, in Indore on Monday. – PTI COMMENT Published on May 14, 2018 cricket Royal Challengers Bangalore produced a dominating performance to outclass Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets and stay afloat in the Indian Premier League here today.After bundling out Kings XI for paltry 88, RCB chased down the target with consummate ease, reaching 92 for no loss in 8.1 overs.Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat with an unbeaten 48 while Parthiv Patel made unbeaten 40 to help RCB romp home.Kohli struck six fours and two towering sixes during his 28-ball unbeaten knock, while Parthiv’s innings was laced with seven boundaries.While Kings XI slumped to their third successive loss, RCB improved upon their net run rate by sealing the victory in 8.1 overs.RCB now have 10 points from 12 games, same as Kings XI with two games remaining for the both teams.Earlier, Kings XI wilted under pressure as a spirited RCB bundled them out for paltry 88 in the must-win match.Sent into bat, Kings XI innings never got going as they lost wickets like pack of cards from the onset to be bowled out in 15.1 overs.Backed by some good fielding, Umesh Yadav (3/23) came up with an impressive bowling effort up front to destabilise the Kings XI innings.Besides, Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal (1/6), Colin de Grandhomme (1/8), Moeen Ali (1/13) and Mohammed Siraj (1/17) picked up a wicket each.Aaron Finch top-scored for Kings XI with a 23-ball 26 while KL Rahul made 21 up the order.RCB bowlers were very well complemented by some good outfield catching and three runs outs.Kings XI witnessed a terrible start to their innings after being sent into bat as they lost four wickets with the scoreboard reading just 50 in 6.5 overs.Rahul gave Kings XI a brisk start with a 15-ball 21 in the company of Chris Gayle (18) before Yadav struck twin blows in the fifth over, dismissing both the openers.While Rahul pulled one straight to de Grandhomme a deep square leg, Gayle departed in similar fashion caught by Siraj off another short delivery three balls later.To make matters worse for Kings XI, Karun Nair edged a delivery straight to RCB skipper Kohli at the lone slip in the next over.Wickets kept on tumbling for Kings XI as Marcus Stoinis and Mayank Agarwal too perished when their team needed them the most.While Stoinis was cleaned up by Chahal, Agarwal got a faint edge to a de Grandhomme delivery in the leg side and Patel did the rest behind the stumps.From there on, Kings XI never really recovered and were eventually bundled out for the second lowest total of this years IPL, courtesy some brilliant work at the field by RCB fielders. SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

Diksha Dagar becomes youngest Indian woman to win on Ladies European Tour

first_imgPublished on sport × Diksha Dagar’s story is unlike any other. A wisp of a girl with a shy smile, she is a profile in courage. And, a good portion of that has been acquired from her tenacious father, Col Narinder Dagar, who has not wavered from the belief that his daughter, born deaf, is world-class in sport.On Saturday in far-off Cape Town, South Africa, with her father being her caddie, Diksha wrote her own piece of history by becoming the youngest Indian woman to win on the Ladies European Tour (LET).“I just went out today trying to play my normal game,” said Dagar, who plays with a cochlear implant that helps her to hear at close-to-normal levels. “I really didn’t expect to win, but it happened and I am very happy. I got two lucky breaks towards the end, with a long birdie putt on 15 and then the chip-in on 16. Normally I would just try to chip it close and make the par putt, but this time I had a feeling I could do it and it went in.”Top amateurIn 2016, while still being an amateur, Diksha was given a place to play at India’s biggest women’s pro event, the Hero Women’s Indian Open. It was her first appearance on the LET and the then 15-year-old from Haryana made the cut and finished as the top amateur.Aditi Ashok, who became the first Indian to win a LET title, had won the event. At that time, Diksha said, “It’s great to see Aditi win and very nice that she’s the first Indian to win the tournament. I will take a lot of motivation from this and her performance on the LET. This year has instilled a lot of confidence in all Indian players.”On Saturday, as Diksha emerged triumphant in Investec Women’s South African Open in Capetown, Aditi congratulated Diksha on Twitter. Diksha thanked her for showing the way. Col Dagar had then observed, “I’m convinced that Diksha has a lot of raw talent as she is effectively self-taught. She’s also a leftie, so she’s more crafty. She is fearless in her shot making. She has great ball striking but will need technical support.”Dad doubles up as coachCol Dagar, whose life in the Army had given him access to golf, played at almost scratch handicap at one time. He brought a semblance of normalcy in his daughter’s life with cochlear implants and then began coaching her at age six. Diksha, recalling those early days, said, “I have been learning golf since the age of six. I love to play the sport, but no one was ready to provide coaching. So, my dad became my coach.” “Despite his job, he coached me and my brother, who also had hearing problems like me. I could not have played alone, so he coached my brother (Yogesh Dagar), too. I hardly had any friends. Besides my family, golf is my life.” In 2017, she represented India at the Deaflympics in Turkey and took a silver medal. She dominated the Junior circuit and the Ladies circuit. She won a Women’s Golf Association of India pro event while being an amateur.She represented India at the Queen Sirikit Cup team event and in 2018 won the Singapore Open. She wore India colours at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Her father confided that by year-end he was planning to turn his daughter professional.She played the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School in Morocco and finished T-21 to get a status. Weeks later, she gained status on Australian Ladies Pro Tour’s Qualification. Diksha began her career Down Under and played six events, including the Vic Open co-sanctioned with the US LPGA, but missed the cut. Of the rest, three events were co-sanctioned with the LET. The last one was NSW Open last week and she logged her first top-5 by finishing fifth.Bright futureFrom Australia she flew to Capetown for the Women’s South African Open. A tired Diksha double bogeyed the first and third holes to be four-over after three. Then, she shifted gears and dropped just one more bogey in the next 51 holes. Her last 42 holes were bogey free.Diksha’s win can change her life and open new doors. The Olympics is still some distance away, but who knows Diksha and Aditi together could be doing National duty at Tokyo in 2020. golf Coached by her father, she overcame a hearing impairment to excel at the sport COMMENTS COMMENT March 17, 2019 SHARE Diksha Dagar Diksha Dagar SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more


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XXX The Return of Xander Cage: Deepika Padukone and Vin Diesel’s first look is out

first_imgDeepika Padukone’s Hollywood debut has been the talk of the town for a while now. Deepika recently flew down to the US to begin the shoot for her first Hollywood film XXX The Return of Xander Cage. She will be seen opposite Vin Diesel in the action flick, directed by DJ Caruso.Vin, who plays the role of Xander Cage in the film, took to Instagram to share the first look with Deepika. The Bajirao Mastani actor will be seen playing Serena in the film. He captioned the image: “First day of filming…Xander and Serena…P.s. 17 million beautiful souls. Thanks for the love (sic).” He also shared one more picture from the sets on Facebook. In the pictures, Vin has gone shirtless actor sporting numerous tattoo and Deepika looks stunning in her racy avatar. Director DJ Caruso also shared a picture on Twitter and  wrote, “#academyaward winner #Russellcarpenter sets his 1st shot with @deepikapadukone. #xandercagereturns #xxx3  stunning (sic).” Deepika has been working out really hard for the film. From a lot of weight training to a heavy protein diet, she is all set to pull off all stunt sequences in the action flick. In an earlier, Deepika had said, “In the few two or three interactions that I have had with him (Vin Diesel), he is just a very warm person. He is very generous among most of my co-stars that I have worked with. I think it will be a fun experience working with him.”Apart from Deepika and Vin, the film also stars Nina Dobrev, Samuel L Jackson, Ruby Rose, Jet Li and Tony Jaa.advertisementlast_img read more

Twitter reacts to the controversial DRAW between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder

first_imgHe was robbed. But what an astonishing comeback fight by ⁦@Tyson_Fury⁩. We all thought he was done as he lay on the canvas in the 12th. But somehow he got back up. The Gipsy King is the real life Rocky Balboa: a warrior with incredible guts & a massive heart. 👊👍— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 2, 2018 Tyson Fury’s instant zombie-like revival to that knockdown in the 12th will be one of Boxing’s most iconic moments in years to come, absolute chills, what a comeback from the big man, he’s been proving everyone wrong his whole life, that’s a true champion in my eyes.— Al Foran (@ImpressionistAL) December 2, 2018 I could get all annoyed about the scoring but I’m accustomed to this crap. I made my point. Fury defused him, survived the bombs and won the fight @Tyson_Fury @BronzeBomber #wilderfury #boxing— Tom Gray (@Tom_Gray_Boxing) December 2, 2018 Getting up from that knockdown, coming back to taunt Wilder and then back him up, tells you everything you need to know about @Tyson_Fury!WHAT A FIGHT!!! 👏 There is definitely unfinished business… #WilderFury— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) December 2, 2018 Man that was the funniest/craziest fight I’ve ever seen in my life. What the H-E-🏒🏒 just happened?!?!?!— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 2, 2018 This #WilderFury judging takes me back to my first fight with @holyfield Just goes to show how hard it is for a Brit to come to America and take someone’s belt even tho that’s what we clearly saw. Big up to @Tyson_Fury who never ceases to amaze me. Hold ur head high! 👊🏾💥— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) December 2, 2018 Tyson Fury is the no.1 heavyweight in the world. I do not give a fuck what anyone says.— The Superfly Boxing Podcast (@PulgasBoxeo) December 2, 2018 AdvertisementLineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder battled to a majority draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.In a classic battle of the two big heavyweights, many scored the fight for Tyson Fury even though he got knocked down twice in round nine and twelve.  The judges gave Wilder the nod 115-111 on one card, Fury 114-110 on another and the third scoring the fight 113-113.There most definitely going to be a rematch either in the United States or the United Kingdom, as Fury had previously expressed interest in fighting Wilder at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.Twitter went bonkers on the official decision and argued that Tyson Fury was the better man in the fight and should have emerged victorious.ROBBERY!!!— Eddie Chambers (@champfasteddie) December 2, 2018 Tyson Fury clearly outboxed Wilder for 10 of 12 rounds, but what upsets me most isn’t that Fury proved, in terms of skill, that he is the world’s best heavyweight. It’s that Fury survived what should have been one of the most brutal knockouts of the last decade to claim that win.— The Naked Gambler (@NakedGambling) December 2, 2018 What a man Tyson Fury is! 😂🙌🏽 got knocked tonight big time… The Gypsy King is back! 💪🏽— James DeGale (@jamesdegale1) December 2, 2018 Even though I’ve made money on the draw, I don’t believe it was. Wilder has two 10-8 rounds and at the most two 10-9 rounds so he scored 112 points Therefore, Fury scored 114 and in my eyes, WON the fight #WilderFury @Tyson_Fury— Adam Catterall (@AdamCatterall) December 2, 2018 If you were lucky enough to listen to @joerogan podcast with @Tyson_Fury and witnessed him get off the ground in that 12th round. That spoken absolute volumes to me. He’s been in a lower place than that canvas. Shivers when he got up 🙌 #WilderVsFury— Rory’s Stories (@RorysStories) December 2, 2018 Massive respect to @Tyson_Fury he’s a champ, a phenomenal comeback I’ve never shouted so much at a tv, be proud you’ve brought so much excitement to British boxing tonight congratulations your a winner in my eyes & the rest of the UK Draw my arse!— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) December 2, 2018 @Tyson_Fury not over beat drink and drugs be city and mental health issues he also beat @deontaywilder #TheRealChamp— Master Knowledge (@Spencer_Fearon) December 2, 2018 Advertisement RUN. IT. BACK.Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s fight results in a draw.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 2, 2018 Great night for the heavyweight division, great night for boxing, and two MEN who have every reason to be proud. So grateful to work with the @BronzeBomber, a great champion. Hail @Tyson_Fury, the Gypsy King. #Boxing won tonight.— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) December 2, 2018 If you don’t respect @Tyson_Fury after that, if you don’t rate the man’s skills, if you don’t admire his fighting guts, then you’ve never competed in a combat sport in your entire life, and you don’t have a clue what you’re watching! @BenDavison_ #wilderfury #boxing— Tom Gray (@Tom_Gray_Boxing) December 2, 2018 Great Heavyweight Championship Fight! I thought @Tyson_Fury won and still Lineal Champion, judges somehow gave edge to the Champion. Respect to both guys, Wilder almost pulled off the KO in 12th round. #WilderFury— Tom Loeffler (@TomLoeffler1) December 2, 2018 I’ve never seen a man die and come back to life all in 10 seconds until I saw what Tyson Fury did tonight.— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) December 2, 2018Also Read-Boxing: Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder CLASH at New York Press conference (VIDEO) All bookies should pay out on a tyson fury win. Please retweet 🙂— Gamal Yafai (@Gamal_yafai) December 2, 2018 Thank you Paulie Malignaggi . Someone has the guts to tell the truth !— Eddie Brown (@EBBronx) December 2, 2018 As a sportsman what @Tyson_Fury has done tonight must be respected. What he has been through in his personal life, to put in a performance like that. 🙌🏽 #AJvFury— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) December 2, 2018 All im going to say is.TYSON FURY 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— Liam Smith (@LiamBeefySmith) December 2, 2018 Tyson Fury got up after this… 😳— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 2, 2018last_img read more

VIDEO: Gervonta Davis brutally knocks out Hugo Ruiz in the first round to defend…

first_imgAdvertisementFloyd Mayweather’s protege and boxing superstar Gervonta Davis brutally knocked out Hugo Ruiz in the first round to successfully defend his IBF super-featherweight title at the Dignity Health Sports Center in Carson, California.The 24-year old star from Baltimore hit the Mexican with a big straight right and then dropped him with a crushing right hook and ultimately referee Jack Reiss had to step in and stop the fight. Ruiz suffered a broken nose in the process.It was former three-division champion Abner Mares, who was supposed to fight him but ultimately he had to pull out following a detached retina.“Tonight, I just wanted to put on a great performance,” Davis said. “I was scheduled to fight Abner Mares, but he had an eye injury, so my main goal tonight was to make a great performance, which I did.”This was Davis’s 12th straight stoppage victory and he has now improved his record to 21-0-0 with 20 KOs.“I knew it was coming,” Davis said. “When I touched him with the jab, I seen his arm was in front of his face, so I knew if I threw a hook or an uppercut, it was right there to land.”VIDEO:Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. ALSO READ:VIDEO: Boxer brutally knocks out his opponent and then does a ‘Fortnite’ dance Advertisementlast_img read more

Zlatan tells Kane to switch ‘normal’ Tottenham with bigger club

first_imgAdvertisementLos Angeles Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could move to a bigger club in the future in lieu of seeking success. The MLS outfit ace highlighted for Kane that playing for his ‘normal’ Tottenham side is much different than playing for another bigger club. Kane has impressed and shone severely following Mauricio Pochettino arrival at White Hart Lane, as Tottenham boss back in 2014, becoming the Premier League’s top goalscorer in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons consecutively, grabbing the attention of Europe’s big guns.Winning the Golden Boot in FIFA last year added another feather to his cap, prompting La Liga giants Real Madrid to try to acquire his signature. However, the England national team captain signed a new deal with the PL outfit which ties him to them till 2024.Recent Premier League losses to Burnley and Chelsea following the Englishman’s return to action from injury had Pochettino declare their Premier League title push over, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, speaking to Bethard, believes Kane should sign for another bigger club.“I think he (Kane) can do it [play for a big team]. He just has to take the first step,” Ibrahimovic said.The former Barcelona and PSG ace went on to add:“He does it well, but I’ve always said that playing in a big club and being successful is different than being in a normal club. With all due respect to Tottenham.”Read also:-Pochettino says Premier League title for Tottenham is a decade away Advertisementlast_img read more

Former England player claims making Paul Pogba captain of Manchester United will be as…

first_imgAdvertisement Paul Pogba might become Manchester United’s captain the next season and not everyone is happy with itAdvertisementRumors are floating in the internet that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hand over captain’s armband to Paul Pogba the next season in an attempt to keep him at Manchester United. While the fans are happy with it, former Leeds and England player Danny Mills believes that it will be a disastrous move.Paul Pogba might become Manchester United’s captain the next season and not everyone is happy with itHe even compared it as catastrophic as David Beckham leading England under Sven-Goran Erikkson. Beckham got so much power in the team that he even dictated the team on what to eat at what restaurants. Mills believe the same will happen with Manchester United if Paul Pogba is maid the captain.“He is already the pin-up boy for Manchester United; he’s on all the posters, he is what sells, he is the main reason why they have got a lot of these commercial contracts and brings a lot of money into the club. If you start giving him even more power and give him captaincy, his attitude is not the greatest and we’ve seen this season that he can down tools at times. His attitude is not always spot on.”Also Read:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to change his approach : Paul Incelast_img read more

ICC CWC 2019 Preview: Sri Lanka vs. Australia & South Africa vs. Afghanistan

first_imgAdvertisement ALSO READ:Neymar admits only wanting Barcelona and not Madrid AdvertisementThe ICC Cricket World Cup finally after quite a while saw a game yesterday that was not at all marred and ruined by rain in any form at all. Today in the ICC Cricket World Cup, two matches are scheduled to be played, and like every time in England, rain is also expected to happen.The first match of the day is scheduled to take place between two traditionally strong teams in Sri Lanka and Australia. While the second will be played between two comparatively weaker and struggling teams South Africa and Afghanistan.Sri Lanka has struggled a lot lately and ever since the retirement of key players and former captains like Kumara Sangakara, Mahela Jaywardane, Sanath Jayasuriya, TM Dilshan, etc, they have had a very weak and watered down squad.On the other hand, Australia is just as mighty as ever and are clearly one of the teams to beat in this tournament.Sri Lanka has also been struggling with a lot of their players like Angelo Matthews being massively out of form. Lasith Malinga is also old and out of his prime now and is not the same bowler he used to be.Australia has plenty of X-factor players in their team. However, the way in the last game their batting order failed apart from the openers should surely be a cause of worry.In the second game of the evening, i.e. South Africa vs. Afghanistan should have been a routine winnable game for South Africa. Though, in this tournament, they have been in terrible form. Both teams are low on the points table and will be looking to get their first win.For South Africa, Lungisani Ngidi’s injury has further bogged down their campaign and has left them unable to take wickets. Their batting has been rather toothless as well, with all their star batsmen like Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, etc all failing miserably so far.Afghanistan is relatively young in the cricketing world and for them to even qualify for the tournament is a victory in itself, but if they can secure a win in even one of these CWC game, especially beat a team like South Africa will be to massively punch above their weight, something which they will surely fancy.last_img read more

Michael Vaughan predicts a India vs England Semi-Final in Birmingham

first_imgAbsolutely and it’s England vs Australia final 🙌👍 the ashes final on 14th July…we all are waiting for it..the margin of win of Australia will surely high but England should also try to beat India with a margin of minimum of 100 runs in semi finals— Deepak Yadav (@DeepakY13148266) July 3, 2019 So IND n NZ didnt push for the win agnst ENG to maintain good NRR.They have successfully made ENG into believing that their pathetic bowling line up can defend 300+ agnst quality teams.ENG to get knocked out in semis #OnOn #EngvNZ #NZvEng— Bruno Fanx (@KhabriBiggstFan) July 3, 2019 🤣🤣🤣 India gonna still win this world cup🏆🏆#TeamIndia #cwc19— Pradyumn Aggarwal (@impradyumn1998) July 3, 2019 i’m sure they’ll roll over for you just like they did on sunday— younas (@yunussaeed) July 3, 2019 So England will be knocked out by India in Birmingham 😋— नम्रता (@_Namrataa) July 3, 2019center_img Why? India might be a bit off last time against England but I think if India plays England, I think they have a better chance to go to the final.— England Cricket Portal (@ecpofficial_) July 3, 2019 AdvertisementEngland beat New Zealand in their final group stage match, by a huge margin of 119 runs. This win on Wednesday in Chester-le-Street guaranteed the semi-finals berth for the English side. The host has gone through a roller-coaster ride, as they won 6 and lost 3 of their 9 league games. But, this is the first time that England has reached the semi-finals of the World Cup since 1992. England is assured of the third spot, but the fourth spot is still up for grabs. Though there is a big chance of New Zealand being the fourth team, Pakistan too has a chance.Former England captain, Michael Vaughan has predicted the semi-final fixture for England. According to Vaughan, India will finish second and go against England in Birmingham.Great performance .. Strong mentality over the last few days .. Bring on #India in Birmingham .. #CWC19— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 3, 2019England would face either Australia or India on the 11th of July, in Birmingham. Current table-toppers Australia will play against South Africa in their last league game. On the other hand, India has its last game against Sri Lanka.If Australia loses against South Africa and India win against Sri Lanka, it will take India to the top of the table. And in that case, it will be Australia vs England in the semi-finals.Coming back to the tweet, many fans agreed to Vaughan but were predicting successful revenge for India who lost to England on 30th June. Many replies saw India thrashing England and making it to the finals. While some other tweets also saw India topping the table and England going against Australia in the semi-finals.Australia is going to lose to SA and India is winning against SL. So it’s gonna be Aus vs Eng. Save this tweet.— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) July 3, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

Gladiator’s stance: Russell Crowe expresses his love for The Ashes as Edgbaston test heads…

first_imgAdvertisement Read Also:Ind vs WI 2nd T20I Review: Men In Blue clinch series as Windies receive wake-up callRob Key irks Indian fans as he says Steven Smith better than Virat Kohli AdvertisementRenowned Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, who is a known admirer of cricket, made his love for The Ashes known through a post on Twitter. Russell Crowe, who is the brother of former New Zealand skipper Martin Crowe has often expressed his opinions on cricket from time to time. The actor has always stressed that the test format remains the closest to his heart.With The Ashes being the most exhilarating brand of cricket to be played in the longest format, it is no surprise that the actor is a huge fan of The Ashes. The series, which is contested in England this time around is off to a great start with the first test heading into an exciting final day.The Ashes is a constant singular symbolism of traditional cricket with the sport being revolutionized rapidly. The New Zealander posted the following on Twitter:“I love The Ashes. The pulse, the swings of dominance, the pressed whites, the intensity amongst the players, the red ball, English crowds at home or away. This is the pinnacle. Merely a sport… no… The Gentleman’s War.”Check out the tweet below:I love The Ashes.The pulse, the swings of dominance, the pressed whites, the intensity amongst the players,the red ball, English crowds at home or away. This is the pinnacle. Merely a sport… no… The Gentleman’s War.#Australia #Ashes19— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 4, 2019last_img read more

CoA confirms Rahul Dravid has no conflict of interest

first_imgAdvertisementThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Tuesday, declared that there is “no conflict of interest” against Rahul Dravid’s appointment as the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).“There’s no conflict on Rahul’s case. He has got a notice and we have cleared his appointment. We had seen no conflict, but if the Ombudsman sees any, we will submit our response to the Ombudsman stating why there is no conflict. Then, he has to consider. It’s a process and it will continue,” said Ravi Thodge the new member of CoA.Dravid, one of the most respected person in Indian sports was issued a conflict of interest notice by the BCCI after his appointment at NCA. The embroilment started because, Dravid is an employee of India Cements, a company which owns the Chennai franchise in IPL. While appointing, the CoA had asked him to renounce his post in India Cements or to be on leave till his tenure ends. But instead of resigning, Dravid took a sabbatical without pay which prompted a MPCA member to file a complaint against him.“In NCA, there are a few things that need to be done. There are shortage of grounds, staffs and coaches. There has to be continuity.” Thodge said.“Someone of Dravid’s stature will have to ensure that the NCA is of international standard. He has given his vision and we are fully in support of his vision. We will work together,” the CoA member added.Advertisementlast_img read more

I-League clubs accept AIFF’s 2-3 years status quo proposal

first_imgNew Delhi: Six I-League clubs Thursday accepted the All India Football Federation’s proposal to maintain the status quo by continuing I-League and Indian Super League for another 2-3 years but rejected the idea of ISL winners being given the AFC Champions League slot. AIFF president Praful Patel had Wednesday assured the I-League clubs that he will approach the AFC to ensure the two leagues co-exist for another 2-3 years, after a meeting with representatives of the clubs, who threatened to move court against the federation’s plan to make ISL the top league.Related News Sunil Chhetri is irreplaceable, says Igor Stimac World Cup Qualifier: Inconsistent India face Afghanistan in must-win tie Boom boom Bhumika! Patel had asked the I-League clubs to respond to his proposals within 24 hours and they did that on Thursday but rejected the AIFF’s suggestion on the crucial issue of who represents India in the AFC Champions League play-offs. In a joint statement issued by Minerva Punjab, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Aizawl FC, Churchill Brothers and Gokulam Kerala, the clubs thanked Patel for hearing their grievances and said they agreed to the broadcast and scheduling plans for the upcoming I-League season. “In the spirit of compromise, I-League clubs agree to the broadcast plan and scheduling plans for the upcoming season even though it is not ideal. I-League clubs also agree to continue with the two league system for another 3 years despite initially demanding immediate resolution with a unified league,” the statement said. “However, the clubs are not in favour of giving away their rightfully earned and longstanding AFC Champions league spot till a proper plan for unified league is initiated. “The United I-League clubs insist that the AFC Champions league spot must remain with the I-League as it is the I-League clubs that have (over the years) earned the AFC spots for India to enjoy today. The AIFF has already granted AFC Cup slot to ISL in 2017 and the same arrangement should continue till there is one unified league.” The I-League clubs also submitted a 10-point ‘Roadmap for League Football in India’ to the AIFF, which, among others, pitched for the formation of a Working Group with representations from the AIFF, FSDL, I-League and ISL clubs to plan for the introduction of a unified league involving both I-League and ISL clubs with promotion and relegation. The roadmap recommended that a tri-partite agreement be signed between AIFF, FSDL and I-League clubs, giving details of the arrangement for the next three years to avoid recurring confrontations among the stakeholders. It also recommended the immediate formation of an I-League Committee with representatives from AIFF and I-League clubs with sole responsibility of taking decisions regarding I-League, 2nd Division league and Youth Leagues. The I-League Committee will negotiate and finalise the production house and 50 percent of the total cost of production to be borne by FSDL with the remaining 50 percent to be paid by AIFF. The other recommendations are: I-league to be referred as the National Football League; I-League champions to get AFC Champions League slot; all matches of I-League to be shown live on HD Channel with improved production quality (8 camera set up with specifications mentioned); I-League matches to start at 5 pm and 7 pm (for non-floodlight venues, kick off timings to be 2 pm/3 pm). The I-League clubs said that the roadmap needs to be approved by the AIFF Executive Committee and should be simultaneously announced, giving all details, including present status of I-League and ISL, and the future plan also. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board buys bulletproof buses to woo back visiting teams

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has bought four bulletproof buses in its effort to try and convince other international teams to shed their security apprehensions and visit the country. (Misbah leads the way for Pakistan with maiden Lord’s ton on Day 1)Pakistan has largely been shunned by teams since 2009 when gunmen attacked a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, injuring six players and killing six security personnel and two civilians. (After jail and ban, Mohammad Amir returns to scene of crime)The incident has forced Pakistan to play their ‘home’ matches at the United Arab Emirates and the country has since remained starved of international cricket at home, barring Zimbabwe’s limited-overs tour in 2015.EFFORTS DOUBLED BY PCB”We have bought these four Coaster buses as part of our efforts to revive international cricket in the country,” a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. (Sorry no talent! Shahid Afridi blasts Pakistan cricket)”There will be high expectations from teams willing to visit Pakistan and we want to ensure that we provide them with the best possible arrangements.”Having these bulletproof vehicles would play a major part in convincing teams (about security arrangements).”The spokesman said PCB wanted to host the final of the Pakistan Super League, the inaugural edition of which was held in UAE earlier this year.”We have to have discussions with the (overseas) players about their safety and security and I think this new addition in our security facilities will definitely give us an edge,” the spokesman said.”Our ultimate goal is to revive international cricket, and we are doing our best to make sure we can.”advertisementlast_img read more

Bill in LS to provide transgenders separate identity

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 2 (PTI) A bill seeking to empower the transgender community by providing them a separate identity and putting in place a mechanism to punish those who exploit them was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, seeks to define a transgender person and prohibits discrimination against them.It also confers the right upon transgender persons to be recognised as such and also grants them right to “self-perceived” gender identity.N K Premchandran of RSP opposed the introduction of the bill by Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot saying a similar private members bill passed by the Rajya Sabha is pending in the lower house.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled that while the two bills may have similar provisions the one introduced by the government is different.The bill also provides for a grievance redress mechanism in each establishment to ensure the rights of transgenders are protected and they are insulated from any sort of harassment or discrimination.The measure provides for a jail term from at least six months to a maximum of two years with a fine for those found guilty of of using transgenders for bonded labour or begging.Also, those who deny them any basic right or force them out of their homes or villages will be handed down similar punishment.According to the 2011 Census, India has 6 lakh people belonging to the transgender community.The community is among the most marginalised communities in the country because they dont fit into the categories of gender of men or women.advertisementThey face problems ranging from social exclusion and discrimination to lack of education and medical facilities, and unemployment.The private members bill moved by Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva was passed by the Upper House on April 24, 2015.This was for the first time in 45 years that a private members Bill was passed by the House.The government had then assured the House it would bring its own bill in Lok Sabha after wider consultations. PTI KR NAB TIR TIRlast_img read more


first_imgThe shooters continued to misfire as rifle shooters Gagan The shooters continued to misfire as rifle shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh failed to make the final of the 50m 3-position event, finishing a lowly 23rd and 33rd respectively, to end the countrys dismal campaign. Women marathoners O P Jaisha and Kavita Raut were also out of depth and finished way behind in 89th and 120th spots clocking unimpressive time of 2 hours, 47 minutes, 19 seconds and 2:59:29 respectively. Boxer Manoj Kumar lost 0-3 to Uzbek rival Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in the light welter (64kg) pre-quarterfinal bout. The former Commonwealth Games gold-medalist Manoj Kumar put up a spirited show but could not match the power of fifth seed Fazliddin Gaibnazarov and bowed out. The biggest talking point before Dipas stupendous show was the shock ouster of world no. 5 Saina, who created history four years ago in London by winning a bronze medal which was the first by an Indian in the sport. She later revealed that she played with pain in her knee. “I had a knee pain and could not give my best. It was heavily strapped, and I tried my best. My movements were not smooth and were painful. Its heartbreaking loss. I also feel very bad about it,” said the former world no. 1 after her shock loss to the tall Ukrainian, who qualified from Group G. According to the star Indian shuttler, the injury happened during training before the Olympics and it got worse after she reached Rio. “It happened just before the Olympics about one and half weeks back. It happened during training and got aggravated after coming here,” she said. Srikanth, the lone Indian in mens singles, kept himself in the hunt by reaching the knock-out pre-quarterfinals from Group H by defeating Swedens Henri Hurskainen 21-6 21-18 in his second match to make the grade. Lanky Sindhu later brought some cheer to the dejected Indian camp by making it to the pre quarters of womens singles from her Group M after getting the better of Michelle Li of Canada 19-21 21-15 21-17. PTI TAP SSR PDS SSRadvertisementlast_img read more

Shivajians sign Irish midfielder Shane McFaul

first_imgPune, Aug 17 (PTI) DSK Shivajians Football Club today confirmed the signing of former Irish youth international Shane McFaul for a two-year term from 2016 to 2018. The midfielder joins the Pune-based squad after plying his trade in England, United States of America, Finland and Ireland. His playing career so far has been decorated with two major honours with Irish sides. The first being an FAI Cup winner with Sporting Fingal (2009), followed by the League of Ireland Premier Division title with Dublin-based St. Patrick?s Athletic FC in 2013. Other teams Shane has represented during his career include; Notts County and Brighton and Hove Albion FC in England and Finland Premier League sides FC KTP (Kotkan Työväen Palloilijat) and FC Haka. For the record, Shane has been capped numerous times as a youth player at various levels (Under 14 to 21) for the Republic of Ireland. The 30-year-old is a ball-winning midfielder who is equally adept distribution and thus, becomes the second foreign player to be signed by DSK Shivajians FC for the season ahead. Earlier, the club renewed the contract of Spaniard winger Juan Quero. The central midfielder began his career playing local club football in Ireland when he caught the eye of League One side Notts County, and was promoted to the senior squad in 2002 at the age of 16. In 2005, he moved to American side Virginia Beach Mariners, where he spent a year, before signing for UCD Dublin. In January 2008, he signed for Brighton and Hove Albion FC where he made his debut in a 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra. Later that year, he sealed a move back to UCD Dublin before moving to Sporting Fingal for the 2009-10 season. He then moved to St. Patrick?s Athletic FC in 2011. In 2012, he had a successful stint in Finland with FC Haka which led to St Patick?s Athletic FC bringing him back for another season. In 2014, he signed for FC KTP in Finland and captained the side in 2016 and played a major part in their promotion-winning campaign, before turning his eyes to the Indian subcontinent and landing a contract at DSK Shivajians FC. PTI BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

12 Gold Standards For Recruiting: How Does Your Employer Measure Up?

first_imgIt’s a tough economy and a lot of people are looking for work. For the past few years, employers have been playing the card, “There are so many of you job seekers, and so few jobs; we get to call the shots.” Some of them are realizing that their advantage won’t last forever, and that eventually they’ll have to start treating job seekers like human beings in order to get anyone to work for them.Smart employers will overhaul their creaky, off-putting recruiting-and-selection processes now before the economic uptick puts them at a hiring disadvantage. They’ve realized that the most marketable candidates won’t stand for bureaucratic, unfriendly treatment during a job search. As a service to those forward-looking employers who want to get a jump on the action, here’s our guide to building your own Gold Standard Recruiting System. Employers who can claim these 12 top-drawer, talent-aware Gold Standard recruiting practices will gain a huge advantage in the war for talent, by removing obstacles that deter great candidates from pursuing jobs in their organizations.We’ve listed the 12 elements of the Gold Standard Recruiting System in the form of an announcement from one (imaginary) Gold Standard employer, explaining each item and its purpose. Take a look: How does your employer measure up?Gold Standard Recruiting PracticesDear Friends of Angry Chocolates, Inc.:I am thrilled that you’re considering employment with our company. Here’s a statement from me, our CEO, to let you know our commitments to the talented people who inquire about jobs with us. If your experience in our recruiting pipeline doesn’t meet these standards, I would like to hear from you at my email address right away. Thanks for taking a look at Angry Chocolates. We think it’s a great place to work. We know you could use your talents at a lot of different, great employers and we would love to sit near the top of your list.Yours,Declan McManusCEOAngry Chocolates, Inc.Practice 1: You Write, We ReadIf we post a job opening and you apply for it, we will read your resume — no ifs, ands or buts. We won’t use a keyword-searching algorithm to scan your resume for buzzwords. A living human being in our office will review your resume within three business days after we receive it. We don’t cast a huge, wide net for candidates and then ignore most of them. We cast a small net (starting with employee-, customer- and vendor-referrals) and grow the net as we need to. That way, we don’t get so many resumes that we can’t read ’em all.Practice 2: We Read, and Then We WriteIf you apply for a posted job in our company, we’ll write to you and let you know what we think about your resume. We won’t insult you by writing “Your background doesn’t meet our needs.” We’ll say “We need someone with more Direct Marketing experience for this job,” or “Your experience is great, but we don’t have anything in Purchasing available right now.” Our agreement with candidates is that after we share this feedback, we won’t have time to talk on the phone or begin an email correspondence about it; there are too many candidates for us to be able to do that. Still, we hope that the specific feedback is more helpful to you than a generic “No Thanks” or no communication at all.Practice 3: Are We Your Kind of Place?If you don’t see a great match for yourself among the jobs posted on our website, you can apply for employment with us anyway. In that case, we don’t commit to read your resume right away or respond to you quickly, because we can’t predict how many people will contact us. Still, we’ll let you know that we received your resume, and this group of candidates will be our first resource when new openings pop up. From time to time we’ll write to you to ask you whether you’re still interested in swimming in our talent pool.Practice 4: Busywork is for NinniesWe don’t ask our candidates to fill out long, tedious online applications to tell us where they’ve worked since high school and what they earned at those jobs and what their supervisors’ names were. Heck, we can barely remember what we had for breakfast. We let our candidates compose a free-form essay that tells us why they contacted us and how they might be able to help us. Then we let them upload a resume. No application form, no dates, no bureaucracy. We hate bureaucracy. Don’t you?Practice 5: No Arbitrary RulesWe’ve heard that some companies shun job seekers with resume gaps, career changes or outside-of-the-industry experience. We think this is goofy. We love people who’ve done adventurous things and spent time with their kids and stepped out of traditional career paths to take chances and learn amazing things. We don’t follow any arbitrary rules in our hiring processes, and we don’t believe that all the knowledge that can help us will come from people with chocolate-industry experience. (If we did, I’d never have started this company, myself!). Quirky candidates are welcome here.Practice 6: Horse First, Cart in the RearWe think your time and your privacy are important. We won’t ask you for the names and phone numbers of your references, or permission for us to do a credit check, or your social security number or your past W-2s before we’ve even met you. (As for the W-2s, we won’t ask for those at all.) We want you to feel comfortable with us before we start poking and prodding into your personal life. If we need to run a credit check (for instance, if you’re handling cash) we’ll do that in good time.Practice 7: We Trust OurselvesWe trust our managers and our HR team to decide whether a candidate is a good fit for our team and whether we’re a good match for him or her. We don’t ask job seekers to give us copies of old W-2s or other kinds of income verification. If we did, we’d be saying “Hey, we don’t trust ourselves to decide whether you’re worth the salary we’re contemplating!” That would be very embarrassing.Practice 8: Let’s Talk When It’s ConvenientWhen our recruiters call candidates to conduct phone-screens, they don’t disappear if the call can’t happen then and there. We know that you have a busy life. We try to use email to schedule phone interviews a couple of days in advance, but sometimes (especially if we love what you’ve sent us) we may call to see if we can grab you live. If the time isn’t good for you, just let us know. Once we commit to talk with you, we’re not going anywhere. As long as you’re available sometime during the next three business days, we’ll conduct the phone interview and we won’t knock you out of the running. We work hard to hire the best candidate, not the most-available or the most-compliant one.Practice 9: Ask Your Questions – It’s Your Interview Too We think that a job interview is a great place for you to learn about us and to decide whether it’s worth your time to continue the conversation. We try to do the same thing, so that we don’t waste your time if we don’t think a given job is a great match for you. Our telephone and face-to-face interviews are based on the notion that you get as much time to ask questions as we do. Please bring lots of questions with you to the interview. We love ’em!Practice 10: Everything But My Prom PicturesIf you’re interviewing with us, we’ll share any relevant information with you that we can. Employee handbook? Just ask for it. Sales comp plan? You’ve got it, if you’re interviewing for a Sales job with us. We figure that we’d rather get your reactions to our plans and practices before you join our team, rather than have surprises later.Practice 11: Pick Up the Red PhoneWhen we contact you for a telephone or face-to-face job interview, we’ll introduce you to the Talent Coordinator on our team who’ll be your point of contact during the recruitment and selection process. You’ve got a hotline to that person, and can expect an answer to any question you ask him or her within 48 hours (weekends not included). We don’t believe in shipping job candidates to Radio Silenceland. So we don’t.Practice 12: Decisions, DecisionsIf we make you a job offer, we’ll give you five business days to decide whether you’d like to join our gang, or not. If you need an extension because of an international trip or illness or some very big deal, we’ll grant it. We don’t like to make offers that aren’t accepted, but we really, really hate to make offers that are accepted because a candidate was pushed to make a fast decision. Accepting a new position is a huge life decision. We want you to have all the information you need and all (or nearly all) the time you need to sift through the facts and issues. By the way, we’d never ask you to make a yes-or-no decision without the full details of the written offer in front of you. (We’re horrified to think that any employer would.)Questions about our recruiting practices? Please write to us at and let us know. Now that you know where we’re coming from, please tell us more about yourself!last_img read more

Wouldnt endorse a pan masala ad: Hollywood actor Martyn Ford

first_imgBengaluru, Oct 7 (PTI) Hollywood actor and professional bodybuilder Martyn Ford said he wouldnt endorse a pan masala advertisement like the one done by James Bond star Pierce Brosnan.”Personally, I wouldnt promote this (Pan Masala) type of products. I would only promote life-saving or health-related products,” Ford told PTI here.”I dont smoke and drink and it will be weird to be an ambassador for such products and companies,” he added.Brosnan had received a lot of flak and was even trolled on Twitter for featuring in advertisement of a pan masala brand.In response, Brosnan had expressed his distress over Pan Bahars “unauthorized and deceptive” use of his image to endorse their range of pan masala products.Asked whether he would advise or discuss about the controversy with Brosnan, with whom he is doing a film “Final Score”, Ford said, “I dont know whether Pierce is going to listen to my advice.”Ford is in the city to promote bodybuilding in India and take it to international level. He is attending “Fitfactor”, acompetition for body builders, which is being organised by United Kingdoms Bodypower in association with WTF, Bengaluru.Ford has also acted in “Undisputed 4″.Asked which Bollywood actor is best suited to play James Bond, Ford said John Abraham.”I believe there are many Bollywood stars who are eligible, but to me, John Abraham has that kind of looks, the talk and body – I mean someone of that caliber. I definitely see, Abraham doing that type of role,” he said.advertisementBefore being a bodybuilder, Ford wanted to be a professional cricketer, but could not fulfill his dreams due to an injury, and chose bodybuilding as his profession.On impact of cricket on his professional life, Ford said the sport laid foundation for his success in life as it ingrained the values of discipline.”As an youngster, I learnt a lot from cricket. It made me a strong, determined and focused professional. Hundred percent I would say, cricket was my foundation for my success,” he said.Ford said, of the three professions, he feels more comfortable attending training sessions in his gym.”I enjoy training the most. The environment which I find myself more comfortable is the gym in my house. That is the safe place for me, but facing camera is stressful, but I enjoy the challenge,” he added. PTI BDN RA VS JCHlast_img read more

On comeback trail, Woods is leaner but “nervous” also

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore Nassau (Bahamas), Nov 29 (PTI) Returning to a golf course after one of the longest lay-offs of his illustrious career, 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods is feeling “fitter than he has been in a very long time” but also nervous going into his own tournament, the Hero World Challenge, which begins at the Albany Golf Club on Thursday. Exactly a month away from his 41st birthday, Woods has taken hundreds of pain-free swings preparing for his long-awaited return at the sunny and windy Nassau. “I am nervous but I am looking forward to it. It shows that I care,” says Woods. “I am nervous. Thats good. As I have always said every tournament I have played I have always been nervous. That means I care. Sometimes I am at home, tinkering around with my buddies, just saying I dont care whats going on but I care. I can channel that energy into focus, aggression, a heightened feeling. I want to to feel that. But its upto me to control. Thats something I havent done in 15-16 months. “I am going to try and get a feel for here. A lot of players talk about getting into the flow of the round – I need to find that flow quickly,” he added. Woods and his kids had not been keeping well. “I am leaner than I would like to be. I got sick, my kids got sick. My son got it, daughter got it, I got it and then I started feeling crappy then he got it again, then he got it again and then she got it again. Before I could get it (again) I came here. I am down than I would like to be, but I am fitter than I have been in a very long time. I would like to be a little bit heavier now.” Woods says in the time he was away from the sport, he missed the competition and the camaraderie among his peers. “I have missed the camaraderie. The fraternity… of being out here. I mean these guys… these guys are my friends. I know we are trying to beat each other all the time, but we are friends. “Once we are inside the ropes, its a different story. Now we are competitors. Now we are there to compete. Now we are there to win, but outside of it, going out there and having dinner and having a few drinks with the guys, we have been doing that and then I just had merely to get out here. I missed that, I missed the needling and missed the jabbing … that part is good. “Its been good to see the guys out here again. I got a chance to experience that at the Ryder Cup but…I want to be the player.” Woods was accompanied by Pawan Munjal, CMD, Hero MotoCorp ahead of the tournament. More PTI AH PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Agency denies tax evasion by Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho

first_imgThe soccer agency Gestifute has denied that clients including Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho are involved in any tax evasion after a media consortium reported that they had used tax havens to handle tens of millions of euros in earnings.A group of 12 European news outlets on Friday began publishing the results of months of investigations into a vast trove of more than 18 million financial documents, obtained by the German magazine Der Spiegel and dubbed the “Football Leaks”.”Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities,” Gestifute said in a statement.”Any insinuation or accusation made to Cristiano Ronaldo or Jose Mourinho over the commission of a tax offence will be reported to the legal authorities and prosecuted.”The European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) consortium, which includes Britain’s Sunday Times, Portugal’s Expresso and Spain’s El Mundo, intends to release details of its findings over the next three weeks. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo accused of hiding money in tax havens)Reuters was unable to independently confirm the accusations.Spanish prosecutors did not respond to requests for comment; nor did Real Madrid, Ronaldo’s present and Mourinho’s former club. Mourinho’s new employer, Manchester United, said the allegations predated his arrival there and that it would have no comment.One of the publications, the French investigative portal Mediapart, said Ronaldo and his Portuguese compatriot Mourinho had benefited from a tax optimisation system developed by their agent Jorge Mendes, who owns Gestifute.advertisementMediapart said the system Gestifute employed for its various clients, using a network of offshore accounts and companies, represented a total potential loss to tax authorities of at least 185 million euros.In its statement, Gestifute said that “neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Jose Mourinho have ever been involved in legal proceedings regarding the commission of a tax offense”.last_img read more

PETA CEO offers wholehearted apology to actor Suriya

first_imgChennai, Jan 28 (PTI) PETA has offered “wholehearted apology” to Tamil film actor Suriya, days after he served legal notice on the animal rights advocacy group for its claim that he was supporting Jallikattu only to promote his upcoming movie “S3”, which has been rechristened to “C3”.CEO of The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals Poorva Joshipura, through the actors advocate R Vijayanand, offered “wholehearted apology” for implying that his pro-Jallikattu comments might be related to the planned release of his upcoming movie.”We received a copy of the legal notice sent to us through the law firm you engaged. If what you are now saying is correct, please consider this a wholehearted apology for implying that your public pro-Jallikattu comments might be related to the planned release of your upcoming film,” she said in the letter.”We support the promotion of a good film but not the promotion of cruelty to any living being, or spectacle that put animals or humans in harms way and we thought you would feel the same way,” Joshipura said.Sharing a link to a video on cruelties to animals taken by officials of Animal Welfare Board of India at Jallikattu events, she said, “In Singam film, you are a honest, dutiful police officer. I hope the role of this character could help you appreciate why it is so important for us to ensure the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 is honoured and upheld.”Suriya recently issued the legal notice to PETA for its claim that the actor was supporting Jallikattu to promote his upcoming movie, saying it caused “mental stress” to him and asked the NGO to apologise or face legal proceedings.advertisementIn the notice dated January 20, the actors advocate Vijayanand said Suriya had reiterated his commitment and support for the bull-taming sport on several occasions in the past and there was no need for him to indulge in “cheap publicity.” PTI VIJ BN NSDlast_img read more

Despite President Trump’s promise, Honda, GM to jointly produce fuel cell power system

first_imgHonda Motor and General Motors (GM) will jointly produce pollution-free hydrogen fuel cell power systems in the United States from around 2020, despite President Donald Trump’s promises to dismantle US environmental regulations intended to spur green car demand.At a briefing in Detroit, GM executive Mark Reuss said the fuel cells could be used in autonomous vehicles, as well by ride-sharing companies, such as GM affiliate Lyft. He also said fuel cells could have aerospace and military applications.ALSO READ:Volkswagen sells more cars than Toyota in 2016The companies on Monday said they will invest $85 million to add a production line at a GM battery plant in Brownstown, Michigan, and create 100 jobs. The fuel cell production line will be partly automated and is designed to be quickly scaled up if demand warrants.The companies’ US investment plan is the latest this month from the auto industry after Trump urged car makers to raise production in the United States and vowed to cut regulations, including environmental ones, and taxes to make the US more business friendly.Honda on Monday said fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) remained central to new-energy cars making up two-thirds of its line-up by 2030 from around 5 percent now.ALSO READ:Toyota unveils all new Camry in the US”The United States is where demand for fuel cell vehicles is going to be among the highest so we’ve decided to consolidate our manufacturing operations into one location there,” Honda spokesman Teruhiko Tatebe said at a joint news briefing in Tokyo.Honda is among a handful of automakers to develop FCVs, which combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity and emit only water. But limited fuelling infrastructure has limited demand while in the United States while low petrol prices have pushed consumer preference toward sport utility vehicles and pick-up trucks.advertisementHonda has produced just 118 of its Clarity Fuel Cell cars since its US and Japan launch last year at a relatively high price of 7.66 million yen ($66,795).ALSO READ:GM puts on hold investments on new products for IndiaHonda makes that vehicle’s components in Japan but on Monday said it would eventually shift production of fuel cell power systems to the US to cut costs. It said it had not decided whether to continue assembling FCVs at home in the longer termAt GM, research into hydrogen as a fuel stretches as far back as the mid-1960s with a modified Chevrolet Corvair minivan.As part of a development partnership formed in 2013, the latest agreement will see GM and Honda each hold 50 percent of newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC. Their future FCVs will share the same power system from around 2020.ALSO READ: GM India celebrates highest number of exports for Beatlast_img read more

Last six months of hard work is paying off now: Umesh Yadav

first_imgIndian pacer Umesh Yadav, who claimed four wickets on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Australia here, revealed that his plan was to bowl the tight line and minimise scoring opportunities for the batsmen. (Scorecard)Yadav scripted Australia’s downfall with figures of 4/32, while the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (2/59), Ravindra Jadeja (2/74) and Jayant Yadav (1/58) shared five wickets between themselves as the visitors lost five wickets for just 56 runs in the third session after pacer Mitchell Starc’s unbeaten half century at the end lifted Australia to 256/9 at stumps. (Pune Test, Day 1: Starc defies India after Umesh grabs 4/32)”I was trying to bowl very tight lines on this wicket and hoped that the batsmen would make mistakes. I was trying to minimise the bad balls and the scoring opportunities,” Yadav said after the match. (What a cacth! Wriddhiman Saha flies to pull off a stunner)”I knew if they go for their shots they would play the false stroke and I would be helped by the reverse to get wickets,” he added. (India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1: As it happened)Yadav also informed that he was working on his line and length with coach Anil Kumble and Sanjay Bangar in practice sessions. (Dry pitch for Pune Test could play into Australia’s hands: Shane Warne)”I was practising with Anil (Kumble) and Sanjay (Bangar) about what my line and length should be in the practice sessions. The hard work that I have done in the last six months has been paying off now. That is very important on such wickets,” Yadav said.advertisementThe 29-year-old pacer separated the Australian openers Matt Renshaw and David Warner, who forged an 82-run partnership for the first wicket.Commenting on Warner’s wicket, Yadav said: “My spell started late and I knew that the ball was moving around quite a bit. I tried to get it much fuller to him and prevent him from freeing his arms. That is exactly what I wanted.”last_img read more

Melbourne, Perth lead Australian push for 2022 Commonwealth Games

first_imgCity officials in Perth and Melbourne are leading an Australian push to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the right this week.”An event of the scale of the Commonwealth Games would further enhance Perth as a world-class city and destination and greatly stimulate the economy,” Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi told Australian Associated Press in a statement.Melbourne hosted the 2006 Commonwealth Games and local residents would gladly welcome the 2022 event, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said.”We are one of the few cities in the world with existing sporting infrastructure that can cope with a major world event like the Commonwealth Games,” he said. (Disappointed South Africa denies skimping on Commonwealth Games budget)English cities Birmingham and Liverpool have already made a pitch to step in for Durban, having already targeted the 2026 event.The northern city of Manchester, which hosted the Games in 2002, also declared its interest, British media reported on Wednesday, citing a city council spokesman.The Commonwealth Games Federation will invite cities to host the Games rather than launch another bidding process.Victoria state capital Melbourne has a long tradition of hosting major sports events, including the Australian Open tennis and the series-opening Formula One race at Albert Park.Perth, the capital of resource-rich Western Australia state, also boasts extensive sports infrastructure and hosted the 1962 Commonwealth Games.The state governments will need to throw their weight behind the push for Melbourne and Perth to be considered.Neither have committed to an official pitch but Victoria premier Daniel Andrews said his government would have a “close look at it”.advertisementAustralia’s former International Olympic Committee vice-president Kevan Gosper urged officials to back Melbourne’s claims.”There will always be critics and naysayers but Melbourne could lay it on tomorrow if it wanted. It has the facilities. It has the crowds,” he told local media on Tuesday.Commonwealth Games Australia has said it would support the CGF “in any way required” to find a new host.The quadrennial Games bring together athletes from the 52 members of the Commonwealth, most of which were at one time colonies of Britain.last_img read more

Virat Kohli ecstatic after historic triumph: ‘Our best series win so far’

first_imgVirat Kohli might have missed out of the series-deciding Test in Dharamsala due to an injured shoulder but he was a happy man after India had wrapped up victory by eight wickets to win the four-Test series against Australia 2-1.Ajinkya Rahane, who led the team in Kohli’s absence, led with aplomb and everyone stood up to compensate for the loss of the best player in the team.Watch: Biggest takeaways from India vs Australia Test seriesNot surprisingly then, Kohli, who even carried drinks to come out and chat with his mates in the course of this Test, was elated.”Unbelievable. This is our best series win so far. I thought England was intense, but the way Australia gave us a fight, it was amazing on their part but our guys kept bouncing back,” Kohli said. Overall, this season has been outstanding. All these home series have been challenging one way or the other. “Kohli said it all started with the series against South Africa but every team thereafter came with a different set of challenges. He picked the fight back in Sri Lanka, the persistence against England and the keen contests against Australia as the most challenging in the last 17 months.Kohli was also in awe of Rahane’s leadership skills and lauded his team for following its strict fitness regimes in the course of a packed-home season.”Ajinkya led the team really well. The changes we made in our fitness regime have paid off. Guys have been able to sustain the performance throughout the season. In the past we have had sessions where we have given away the game easily. Not this season. Been a team season,” he said.advertisementKohli had smashed double hundreds in successive series before the start of the Pune Test but he finished with only 46 runs in five innings. He was expected to score big in Dharamsala but his injury ruled him out eventually. But it was the captain who kept insisting that his team was good enough to fire even if he had an off day.At tht foothills of the Himalayas, Kohli stood vindicated with the likes of KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav putting in impressive performances.”Not one or two individuals who have stood out. It is unbelievable…. the kind of fitness and desire the fast bowlers have shown, it has been game-changing,” he said.last_img read more

Four ways to inject social contagion into your outreach in 2012

first_imgA recent review of more than 20 academic papers on social contagion, published in the book Consumer Insights: Findings From Behavioral Research, shows that consumers are heavily influenced not only by word of mouth – which we all know by now — but also by merely observing the behaviors of others, even if no communication takes place.In your outreach in 2012, make sure that you keep this in mind. Here are some ideas on how to apply these findings:1. Include social sharing links in all of your outreach to encourage word of mouth2. Include a quote from a donor about why they support you on your home page3. Have beneficiaries write your acknowledgements to encourage work of mouth4. Have donors or volunteers write your next appeal, with details on why they support youRemember, you are rarely as effective a messenger as your supporters are.last_img read more

Three Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Message is Failing

first_img2. Forgetting that we’re not the audience.The messages that appeal to us aren’t the ones that necessarily resonate with others. Every assumption should be suspect until we understand our audiences’ mindsets. When we assume our audience thinks the way we do, we are at odds with the principles of marketing. We must think like the people we want to reach if we want to succeed.3. Treating marketing as an afterthought.Marketing and communications are often tacked on to a good cause’s efforts at the last minute. In treating nonprofit marketing as an afterthought, we deprive ourselves of the great benefits that marketing can bring to all our work. A marketing mindset throughout every dimension of our cause can help us design more effective projects, better meet the needs of people we want to help, win us more donations and support, and motivate people to act. If your nonprofit message isn’t getting through or your nonprofit marketing campaign isn’t making a difference, it is probably due to one (or all) of these three reasons.1. Falsely assuming that information results in action.It’s tempting to assume that if people have information, they will act on it.  But sadly, information doesn’t equal action. We know it’s healthy to exercise every day – but that doesn’t mean we’re going to do it. Inertia is a strong force. Good causes are forever in conflict with the status quo and business as usual. We can’t just lay out information.  We need to create a compelling reason for taking action that beats doing nothing. In marketing terms, we need to improve our reward and lower our price.last_img read more

6 Ways to Create a Habit of Giving

first_imgMany psychological studies have shown the power of habit. Once people have established a behavior, they are primed to stick with it. Changing a habit takes a lot of effort and when the reward is consistent, these routines are almost impossible to interrupt. The best part is that this holds true for good habits, not just our questionable ones. Fundraisers can use this principle to nurture a pattern of generosity. What if you could make giving a habit for your donors? One really effective way to do this is with a strong recurring giving program. Here’s how:Make it a priority for your organization. To begin a monthly giving habit for your supporters, you first need to make it a habit within your organization. To do this, include recurring giving targets in your marketing and fundraising goals, and make it a point to discuss your monthly giving program any time you talk about your fundraising strategy. Add appeals for monthly giving to your communications plan and create a special donor relations track for your sustainers.Always leave the door open for recurring giving. Habits rely on cues to signal a behavior. In your fundraising appeals, on your website, and on your online donation pages, always highlight the option to make a recurring gift. Well-positioned recurring gifts give supporters more flexibility and allow them to make a bigger impact. Also, don’t forget to follow up with one-time donors and ask them to consider becoming monthly sustainers. Donors give more over time and you have a steady stream of dependable funds. Make it easy. Do everything you can to make it dead simple for your donors to opt for and set up a recurring gift. Of course, online giving makes this hassle free. With services like DonateNow, recurring donations are automatically processed—no extra effort for you or your donors. Do a quick test run of your monthly giving program. When you think you’ve made your recurring donation process easy, try simplifying it even further. Then ask yourself, is it easy enough?Make an offer they can’t refuse. In line with making it easy, is your monthly giving offer compelling enough? Break down your monthly giving amounts into meaningful actions that attach a reasonable monthly ask to a measurable outcome. Tell specific stories that show the collective impact of your sustainers and highlight how every member of your program makes a difference.Start donors as recurring donors. Want to establish a routine that helps your donors expand their impact and improves your revenue and retention goals? Small monthly gifts can be an manageable entry point for new donors. A gift of $15 or $20 a month feels more doable than a one-time gift of $100. Of course, once they’ve created their monthly gift, it’s easy for them to keep it going.Focus on the reward. Habits are reinforced by rewards, and the good feeling of helping others is huge. Make sure monthly giving is a gratifying experience from the donation confirmation page to the first thank you to ongoing recognition. Let your monthly donors see exactly how their contributions add up and how they make your mission a reality.Need some help with your monthly giving program? Want to win some cash? Network for Good’s Recurring Giving Challenge has you covered. Take the Challenge and get step-by-step guidance with our free e-course. Plus, NFG clients are eligible for Challenge Rewards and get access to campaign templates and personalized coaching. Find out more and sign up today!last_img read more

Report: Leicester 2 Man City 1

first_imgManchester City dropped to third in the Premier League as Leicester City made it back-to-back defeats for Pep Guardiola’s men – Ricardo Pereira’s spectacular 81st-minute strike securing a 2-1 triumph. The reigning champions have lost three of their past four top-flight outings and lie seven points behind Liverpool, whose closest challengers are now Tottenham – six points back of the leaders. As in their weekend defeat to Crystal Palace, Manchester City took a first-half lead but were quickly pegged back – Bernardo Silva’s goal cancelled out by Marc Albrighton, who also equalised when the sides met in the EFL Cup quarter-finals last week.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A 1-1 draw on that occasion ended with a victory for Manchester City on penalties but Leicester prevailed this time, with hero Pereira on the receiving end of a rash challenge that saw Fabian Delph sent off in the closing minutes. Such a turnaround appeared unlikely when Aymeric Laporte fizzed a 14th-minute pass into Sergio Aguero’s feet and the Argentina striker played in Silva for a neat finish. The lead lasted only five minutes, though, as referee Mike Dean waved away claims for a foul against Danilo and Leicester made the most of an undermanned defence – Jamie Vardy crossing for Albrighton to head in at the far post. Aguero almost restored the visitors’ advantage following excellent work from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane, though they needed a trio of saves from Ederson to deny Vardy, James Maddison and Hamza Choudhury before half-time. What do you think of #LeiMci so far, #lcfc fans? — Leicester City (@LCFC) December 26, 2018 Manchester City resumed after the break in similarly ragged fashion but began to turn the screw after the hour, with Sane unable to scramble home after Raheem Sterling sent Aguero to the byline inside the box. Leicester attacks had started to dry up, although Laporte needed an inch-perfect tackle to thwart the ever-alert Vardy. Pereira’s opening was nowhere near as enticing but he struck a beautifully clinical blow from the edge of the box when Sane could only partially clear a corner. Guardiola’s Christmas nightmare was compounded when Sane lashed a chance to equalise over and Delph lost control.What does it mean? Champions losing touch with LiverpoolA two-point advantage earlier this month is now a considerable deficit and Manchester City, so imperious for most of 2018, have faltered at an untimely moment, leaving them with a mountain to climb in the title race. Liverpool’s trip to the Etihad Stadium on January 3 is now a must-win encounter. Leicester climb to seventh and this result, on the back of a 1-0 win at Chelsea, will do much to quell murmurs of discontent around manager Claude Puel.Pereira crowns brilliant display with show-stopping strike The former Porto defender’s game-settling strike was a moment to savour, further enhancing his overall performance. Pereira’s duel with Sane was absorbing throughout and he looked to drive forward from full-back at every opportunity.A Christmas cracker! #LeiMci — Leicester City (@LCFC) December 26, 2018 Sterling fails to shine So often a decisive star in big moments for Manchester City over the past 18 months, England forward Sterling was hampered by poor decision-making, heavy passes and an uncertain touch in an outing to forget.Key Opta Facts- This is the first time Manchester City have lost consecutive Premier League games since December 2016, with the second defeat in that run also coming away at Leicester.- Leicester have won their last two Premier League games against ‘big six’ opposition, as many as they had managed in their previous 19 in the competition (W2 D2 L15).- Manchester City have conceded a goal from their first shot faced in three of their last four league matches (Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester).- Of Pep Guardiola’s 11 Premier League defeats, six have come in the month of December.- Bernardo Silva has had a hand in nine goals in his 18 Premier League appearances this season (5 goals, 4 assists) – just one fewer than in his 35 games in the competition last term (6 goals, 4 assists).- With Ricardo Pereira scoring for Leicester and Bernardo Silva netting for Manchester City, this was the first time a Premier League match saw a Portuguese player score for both sides. What’s next Guardiola’s side are back on the road away at Southampton on Sunday, while Leicester host Cardiff City a day earlier. read morelast_img read more

Gig On! Freelancers Are Well-Compensated, Optimistic About Next Year

first_imgAre you getting paid as much as other freelancers? Are you the only one who has trouble finding clients? Does your city have a lot of freelancers, or are you the only one?Sometimes, as independents, it’s hard to get a sense of how other freelancers are faring. That’s why we love this great infographic from Anna at GraphicDesignDegreeHub, which gives us the answers to these and other important questions. We are happy to see that 90% of freelancers are happy working solo, but know that in the future, we’ll have to work together to figure out new systems that mitigate risk from all of the “cons” of the freelance life, like access to affordable benefits, the feast or famine cycle, and work/life balance.Source: The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancerlast_img read more

6 tips for working from home (and one great grilled cheese recipe)

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Working from home seems so glamorous when you’re stuck in a more traditional work environment. You don’t need to get dressed. There’s nobody around to bug you, check up on you, or tell you what to do. And you can make grilled cheese for lunch every day!Then it happens: you look around your home office and realize, well, it’s pretty lonely here. And wearing these pajamas every day has really been stifling your productivity. That daily grilled cheese probably isn’t helping either.So, how do you work from home without losing your mind or in turn, driving your family insane? I’ve been doing this for 5 years from an 800-square-foot Brooklyn apartment and I didn’t even have a home office or spare closet to convert. Here’s what I consider to be essential to making your home-office employment a positive experience:**1. Get dressed. Seriously **Whenever I delay getting ready for too long, I can feel my energy levels sink, and my entire day winds up being less productive. One of the perks of working for yourself is that there’s no dress code, but for the love of all that’s holy, please mandate some sort of regular attire for yourself other than the clothes you sleep in.2. Have a designated office spaceThere’s something about sitting in a chair, at a desk, with your feet on the floor that lets your brain know you’re in “work mode”. Even if you live in a small studio, create your work space in a corner or keep your table clean and ready for your laptop. A space that has a door and doesn’t offer a view of the dirty laundry or dishes is best.3. Get out of the house at least once each dayYes, I’ve been guilty of not leaving my house for 2 days or more. It’s just so easy to do. But those days wind up leaving me anxious, so I make sure to take a walk, run an errand, or work in a coffee shop. Don’t let the “I’m so busy” excuse prevent you from getting fresh air daily, as your mind and body physically need it to function at peak performance.4. Exercise when you wantIt’s such a blessing to be able to take that noon yoga class and not panic about getting back to your desk if the class goes too long. Try to make exercise a priority in your routine, and commit to doing what you enjoy when you enjoy it at least 2-3 times a week.5. Interact with othersJoin a coworking space, create a mastermind group, or just schedule a regular hang with your fellow work-from-home entrepreneurs. This doesn’t have to be expensive at all, just a way for you to be around people who understand your situation. I introduced a small group of Brooklyn-based female entrepreneurs to each other, and we take turns hosting a brunch each month. It’s been happening for years and I always look forward to hearing their updates and challenges, while offering them my resources and empathy!Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member6. Take advantage of working from homeYou have to take time to do the special things that would only be possible working from home. For me, it’s all about buying a ticket to a Wednesday matinee or knowing that I can spend the afternoon on a Tuesday in a playgroup with my daughter. You obviously can’t do this all the time because you’ll never get your work done, but on occasion it’s worth having to play catch up on nights and weekends, in order to do the things you’d have to get permission (or use vacation days!) to do previously.If you’re not yet at the point where you’re working from home, but you dream about it often, join me for the free broadcast of Ditch Your Day Job on June 11-12th right here on CreativeLive.Want more tips on how to conquer the freelance life? Join our Hive: **Freelance Lifestyle: Best Practices **for tips on taking care of your health, prioritizing, staying productive but sane, and much more!Michelle Ward will help you transition out of a soul-sucking job and into work that feels like play. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, the Forbes Top 100 Websites for Your Career list, and more.last_img read more

Don’t let your application land in the trash

first_imgSo you’re starting off the New Year with a bang; chasing your dream gigs and sending out pitches, resumes, and samples left and right. Good for you, you freelancing whirlwind!But before you hit Send on your next application, check out these quick tips – and make sure that you’re going after the right contact in any given company, in the right way.Do your researchAdapt your toneA little poking around any potential client’s website can give you really great hints about tone. Some of this can be gleaned by job postings- Is their tone relaxed or formal? Does it have a sense of humor, or is it purely corporate? – but go one step further by learning about the company itself, and adapting your pitch and materials to suit the same.Check out not only their purely public content – how they speak to their potential clients – but also their slightly more insider information (often in the About section).What language do they use to describe themselves? How do they present their products to the world? I’ve even seen freelancers succeed by finding decision-makers on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, observing how they describe themselves professionally, and using that to inform their pitches.Adopting a potential client’s tone can help you to pre-shape your pitch and refine your portfolio to feature samples that will appeal to the client. With a few tweaks, you’ll seem like a natural fit into their workplace culture.Use the proper method of addressAgain, do your research. Many companies and clients have specific instructions about how and when to apply to gigs, and will often use that information to screen out pitches. If the client wants to be contacted by email, contact them by email.Double-check little details like the current title of a recruiter, names, and contact information. There’s nothing more embarrassing than sending a pitch to a Sarah when the recruiter’s name is Sara; you may not catch it, but Sara-without-an-h definitely will.If the information is not easily findable (oh, how many inquiries have been stymied by a gender-neutral name), consider calling the company and asking. Many receptionists are used to providing this basic information, and will happily provide details.Double-checkAgain, a receptionist can be a great source of information for any polite and respectful freelancer. If you have ANY question about if you are, in fact, contacting the right decision-maker in a hiring situation, call the company. Confirm your data; the extra attention to detail can really pay off.If the receptionist seems especially harried, offer to call back later. If the receptionist says he/she is not authorized to give out information (it does occasionally happen), politely thank them and take to Google. Either way, double-check all your information before you pitch.Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a memberFind an in-roadOkay, you know how I said that you should follow a company’s stated rules about how and when to apply to gigs? That is true… mostly.Rules are often intended to keep anonymous hordes from applying blindly to gigs; companies enjoy setting minor roadblocks and installing gatekeepers. That being said, there are almost always sneaky loopholes that can give you a leg up on the competition.The first (and most obvious) loophole is an “inside job.” If you’ve got a friend or colleague who currently works within the company, ask if they’ll forward your information along to the decision-maker. If you know somebody who has had a connection with the company in the past, ask if you can drop their name (or if they’ll recommend you); offer to take them to dinner or return the favor down the road.This small step alone can elevate you from Anonymous Applicant to Bob’s Friend Who Is A Great Freelancer.The second (quite fair) loophole is tweaking your materials to pique their interest. Too often, applicants submit exactly what a potential client asks for – and no more. Don’t do the minimum and blend in with the crowd. If a potential client wants samples of a portfolio and a resume, send those materials… but also include a smattering of your best press, or a handful of testimonials.Include links to additional work. Inform them of upcoming events or special deals, and offer to keep them in the loop. Anything that can make your application stand out (without specifically violating the application rules or making you look like a totally insane person) is fair game. I would not generally recommend attaching a photo of yourself dressed as the company mascot, but who knows?A third (and slightly more risky) loophole is the Can’t-Blame-Me-For-Trying maneuver. If a company stipulates exactly how and when they wish you to apply for a gig, do indeed follow their rules… but if you’re feeling especially brave, consider supplementing that application with additional marketing materials. Just make sure to have a calm, friendly tone (don’t try to hard-sell).I’ve had good results with both a friendly supplemental email and polite, personalized snail mail containing samples. The rules can indeed be prohibitory… but if you’re judicious about your approach and your methods, you may find them quite a bit more flexible than they appear. Most companies don’t resent the occasional fence-jumper… as long as you keep it sane and friendly.If you’ve looked over these steps and feel certain that you’re on top of them , go forth and apply with confidence – you’re yards ahead of your competition!Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

How to be kind to yourself as a freelancer when times get tough

first_imgChange it up: Attend a new networking event or check out a group you’ve been wanting to join. Being around others will help you get your mind off your troubles—and it may lead to a valuable new connection. Catch up on your marketing: If you find yourself with some free hours, why not work on all those marketing initiatives you have on your “to do” list? Things like social media, blogging, updating your web site and freelancer profiles…you get the idea. Take a “sanity” day: I know as a freelancer, we sometimes think of our needs last, always putting our clients first. But, there are times when we need to just take a day for ourselves. When you own your own business, you don’t have vacation or sick days—you just have to create them. Taking a day off can help you “re-set” and be ready to get out there again. Remind yourself nothing is a sure thing: Even if you had a full-time job, you can be laid off or fail to get assigned to the project you really want. So, don’t beat yourself up too much. Count your blessings: Even if you’re going through a low point, remember why you started freelancing in the first place. Intangibles like the freedom, the flexibility and the confidence it can bring. Are there times when it feels like the bad outweighs the good? Sure. But, don’t forget, there are plenty of perks that come from working for yourself. Freelancing is a great way of life, but we all have our down days. Just be prepared to ride it out and wait for the sun that always comes after the storm.This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here. Get your support system ready: Build yourself a support network of other friends/colleagues who can help lift your spirits when things don’t go your way (and inevitably, this will happen). Treat yourself: Even if it’s just your favorite coffee or a long walk, be kind to yourself—treat yourself to something you really enjoy. That will certainly help you feel a little better and make it easier to push on. As a long-time consultant, I’ve learned a lot of lessons such as:Hire an accountant.Set up a designated office space, if you work at home.Working in your PJs IS all it’s cracked up to be.But, one not-so-fun lesson I continue to learn over and over again is: Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.I remember when I started my freelance PR and writing business, my biggest fear was not finding enough work. Well, that didn’t happen right away… but over the years, there have definitely been times of feast and famine.So, what do I mean about the chickens? As a freelance consultant, I work with many different clients. Sometimes, they’ll say things like:“Wow, this new year is going to bring a lot of opportunities our way and we can’t wait to work with you on many of them.”Or:“We’re writing a marketing plan for client X and a big piece of that is PR.”So, you think, “Cool, this is going to be my biggest year ever!” But then, none of it comes to pass. This is a hard lesson, because you want to have confidence that the work will be flowing steadily at all times. However, this isn’t always the case. And, when you make choices to turn down other work based on jobs you think are yours, this can be even worse.While as freelancers, we must make choices about which projects to accept — and some projects turn out to be a better fit than others — it’s especially tough when opportunities you banked on don’t pan out. And, if you make enough of the wrong choices when it comes to gigs, you may find yourself in a spot you don’t want to be in.So, if the worst happens and you counted on some projects that didn’t come to pass, then what? Well, you pick yourself and you go on. (After a pity party, of course — you’re allowed to feel sorry for yourself in this scenario. Maybe even grab a friend who can console you and tell you how awesome you are.) You go back to what you know has worked for you and you plow ahead, full force.I was recently talking with a younger consultant who was telling me about some of the ups and downs she’s been through in this first year of her solo business. As we chatted, it occurred to me that it doesn’t even matter how many years each of us has been in business because some of the challenges you face as a freelancer never change. You hope you learn lessons —but sometimes, things can still go south and what you counted on may not be how things actually turn out.Here are some tips I shared with my consultant friend—maybe they’ll help you, too, when the going gets tough:last_img read more

US Open: Petra Kvitova’s relaxed approach pays off

first_imgAfter a five-month injury layoff, Petra Kvitova is taking a relaxed approach to the US Open and it paid off on Sunday when the Czech upset pre-tournament favourite Garbine Muguruza to reach the quarter-finals.Kvitova suffered a career-threatening injury to her left playing hand, when an intruder stabbed her at her home in December but she has been recovering faster than expected.Seeded 13th at Flushing Meadows, Kvitova went through the early rounds without dropping a set but Sunday’s challenge on Arthur Ashe Stadium was supposed to be trickier as she was facing Garbine Muguruza of Spain.She fell 4-1 behind at the start but the two-time Wimbledon champion, who made her comeback at the French Open in May, then won 12 of the 17 remaining games to prevail 7-6(3) 6-3.It was her first win on Arthur Ashe.”I should change my perspective about it. Maybe that’s why I didn’t ever have any expectation to play well here. That’s why probably I am playing more relaxed and more free maybe,” she told a news conference.”I’m always putting a little bit of pressure on myself at Wimbledon because of the titles, I do have them. But I’m trying to find a rhythm at the U.S. Open.”I’m not going on-site the day off. I’m staying by Central Park which is pretty relaxed.”Next up for Kvitova is local favourite Venus Williams, the ninth seed who this season reached her first two grand slam finals since 2009 at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.advertisementBut Kvitova is relishing the challenge.”I think that she’s playing amazing on the majors this year. I mean, she is really playing very, very well on the big stages,” said Kvitova. “She played the final of Wimbledon. She’s a champion. It’s what we all know.”It will be a great match for me to step on Ashe again probably and play there. I mean, we always had tough battles.”I will try my best. I mean, she has a big serve, big server of course. She has something special which the other players doesn’t have. That’s what I will try to play again probably, similar game as today.”last_img read more

Gurgaon murder: Ryan International School flouted every High Court, police guideline

first_imgThe Ryan International tragedy in Gurugram was completely avoidable and the seven-year-old boy would still be alive had the school and the local administration followed norms and guidelines issued by the police department as well as the Punjab and Haryana High Court.RTI documents, filed by activist Harinder Dhingra and accessed exclusively by Mail Today, show that the Gurugram Regional Transport Authority (RTA) has no record of whether buses of private schools, often owned by influential people, were inspected for their fitness to ply, or if credentials of the drivers and conductors were verified.The Class 2 student was found with his throat slit in a school toilet on Friday after being allegedly murdered by a bus conductor who also tried to sexually assault the boy. “It is intimated that the daily school buses inspection form is to be filled by the transport in-charge of the respective schools. These forms are to be compiled in the school itself. There is no such record available with the office,” the reply said in response to a query regarding the state of compliance of school buses as per ‘Surakshit School Vahan Policy’, which was formed based on directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2013.The unconcern of the transport authority is further underscored by the fact that on the last hearing on July 27 of the RTI plea, which is on with the state information commission (SIC) in Chandigarh, no one from the department appeared in front of the commission and that too without notifying the body.advertisement”The Commission has adjourned the above said case for hearing to 20.09.2017 at 11.00am as neither the respondents have put in appearance nor filed any written replies,” the SIC order of July 27 said.However, the additional deputy commissioner and regional transport officer of Gurugram, Pradeep Dahiya, refused to comment on the RTI reply and the policy’s implementation, saying the district administration had held a detailed press conference over the issue and he had nothing more to add.Apart from other provisions which make for the body of this policy, one of the conditions under the heading ‘Compliance of other functions of School Authority’ reads: “Ensure proper verification of Drivers and Conductors/Attendants from police department which are appointed, if it was not done earlier.”While it has been revealed that the school did not verify the accused’s credentials, it also tried to cover its tracks by collecting the Aadhaar card of the conductor on Friday from his house.A set of regulations issued by the local police department regarding safety of kids is also pertinent to the scene of the crime: the toilet which the boy decided to visit and where the accused slashed his throat with a knife. How was the conductor allowed to enter the same washroom that was also visited by schoolchildren when cops had banned such practice?”Specifically for bus drivers and conductors, whether employed by the school of contracted out, access area must be limited to just the bus area, and specific instructions must be given to them on which areas are out of bound for them. It is therefore suggested that a toilet is provided in this area of clearly specified with visible though secluded access, to prevent need for such persons to enter the actual school premises,” says regulation 2.2.4 of the ‘Guidelines for Safety of Children in Schools’ of the Gurugram police.Another section of the guidelines, 2.2.3, says: “Access to areas like bus area, gym, swimming pool, sports rooms/fields, canteens, toilets should be confined to persons whose presence in the area is required, and are therefore specifically authorised access to these areas; loitering in such specific areas by unauthorised personnel should be prevented to reduce chances of problems arising (eg. Bus driver seen near children’s toilets, or canteen boy seen near sports field). Accordingly, admin/security department must draw up a list of such restricted areas and names of persons permitted entry, and these must be displayed on a notice board on the premises.”ALSO READ |Gurgaon murder: Ryan International School bus conductor confesses to killing child, says he refused sexRyan International School murder: Here’s everything you need to know 7-year-old Gurgaon schoolboy killed by bus conductor who tried to sexually abuse him, say policeDelhi: Ryan International School principal booked in drowning death of 6-year-oldALSO WATCH |  We will complete the probe within 7 days: Gurugram police chief on Ryan International School murderlast_img read more

Maradona to kick off football conclave

first_imgKolkata, Sep 25 (PTI) Argentine legend Diego Maradona will kick off a football conclave on October 3 in the presence of a galaxy of current and former Indian stars like Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and I M Vijayan. The first season of Goal 2017 will bring the countrys top current and former footballers and celebrities together. The day will start with a session with Vijay Goel, former Union sports minister. It will be followed by a session by former India cricket captain and Atletico de Kolkata co-owner Sourav Ganguly who will speak about “A career that could have been”, giving insights on his love for football. India head coach Stephen Constantine, ATK chief coach and star Manchester United forward Teddy Sheringham, Jamshedpur FC head coach Steve Coppell, former ATK coach Antonio Habas, Vijayan, Jo Paul Ancheri and Subhas Bhowmick will also attend the day-long session, a release stated. Indian Super League team owners Ranbir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham will also speak in a session titled, Is it a love for football or an attempt to keep themselves visible. The football conclave by the India Today Group will end with a session on way forward on India football by Nita Ambani, chairperson ISL. In his second visit to the football-crazy city, Maradona will also lock horns against Ganguly in a Match for Unity — Deigo vs Dada on October 5 at the Aditya School of Sports Arena at Kadambagachi at Barasat. The arena will have provision for multiple sports disciplines, including indoor games and was launched today. PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Celebrating Mary Kom, the boxer who brushed away discouraging words and became an inspiration

first_imgFamously known as Mary Kom, Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom was born on March 1, in the year 1983. The five-time World Amateur Boxing champion has been nicknamed Magnificent Mary and is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Olympics and won the bronze medal.Here are some amazing facts you wouldn’t want to miss about the Indian boxer:Coming from a small village, Mary’s parents worked in the fields. Kom did not complete her education due to her passion for boxingA high school dropout, Mary completed her education through alternative ways. She studied at the Loktak Christian Model High School up to her class 6, at the St. Xavier Catholic School up to class 8 and then moved to Imphal for her schooling for classes 9 and 10From childhood, she had a keen interest in athletics. Inspired by the success of Dingko Singh, who had won a gold at the Asian Games, Kom started her training under M Narjit Singh, Manipur State Boxing CoachMary Kom did not tell her parents before she started her training to become a boxer. Her father even tried to discourage her when he found out. In fact, everyone in her town tried to discourage her efforts by ridiculing herKom started winning early on and won her first silver in 2001. She went on to win gold medals at the World Amateur Boxing Championship and also won gold at the 2003 Asian Games. She won the Witch Cup in the year 2002, a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women’s Boxing Championship, and a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in China, followed by a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in VietnamApart from that, she has also won a gold at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan, and at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Barbados, her fifth consecutive gold at the championshipIn 2010, she had the honour of bearing the Queen’s Baton in its opening ceremony run in the stadium for the 2010 Commonwealth Games of DelhiKom, who had previously fought in the 46 and 48 kilograms categories, shifted to the 51 kilograms category after the world body decided to eliminate the lower weight classesadvertisementHer autobiography, Unbreakable, co-authored by Dina Serto, was published in 2013In 2014, a biographical film was released, in which Priyanka Chopra played the main role as Mary KomKom’s bag is full of awards and recognitions. From the Arjuna Award to the Padma Shree, from the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to having a road named after her, she has been awarded and honoured many timesShe has an academy of her own by the name of Mary Kom-SAI Boxing Academy. It helps and encourages thousands of people in achieving their dreams in boxing.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Women’s T20I: Confident India look to continue dominance over South Africa

first_imgAfter registering a convincing seven-wicket win in the first T20I, the Indian women’s cricket team would look to continue its supremacy over the hosts when the two sides clash in the second Twenty20 International on Friday.The win on Monday came after the team lost the last match of the three-match ODI series – which they won 2-1 – and the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side would look to carry on the momentum in the remainder of the five-match series.The way the Indians came out all guns blazing in the first T20, it seemed the loss in the inconsequential third ODI prior to the series was just a rare bad day in office and their confidence hardly took a beating.Opting to bowl, the Indian women first restricted South Africa to 164 for four and then overhauled the target with consummate ease in 18.5 overs.While chasing, opener Mithali Raj (54 not out) held the Indian innings together and shared two crucial stands — a 69-run partnership for the third wicket with debutant Jemimah Rodrigues (37) and a 52-run fourth-wicket stand with Veda Krishnamurthy (37 not out) — to steer her side home.Mithali’s knock, her 11th T20 International half century, came off 48 deliveries with the help of half a dozen fours and one six and the Indian team management would hope for an encore from the experienced batswoman.The 17-year-old Mumbai player, Rodrigues, also batted impressively on her debut, hitting four boundaries and a six during her breezy 27-ball knock, while Krishnamurthy was at her attacking best.advertisementOpener Smriti Mandhana made 28 but she would be hoping for a big knock.Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur too would be hoping to score big after a first-ball duck in the last match, owing to a run out.The Indian batting looks in good form but the visitors’ bowling is a cause of concern in the absence of veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami, who has been ruled out of the series because of a heel injury.Young fast bowler Pooja Vastrakar (1/34) certainly looked nervous on her debut and her pace colleague Shikha Pandey’s (1/41) performance was a big let-down.In the absence of Jhulan, Pandey would need to shoulder more responsibility upfront in the bowling department.T20 specialist off-spinner Anuja Patil was the star for India in the last match, claiming 2 for 23 in her four overs to pin down South Africa’s batting line-up.But she would definitely need support from the likes of Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav and Harmanpreet.”It’s good to have the youngsters in the squad. Usually when you have a few new members, they get a lot of positive energy into the team and they are quite active on the ground too,” Mithali had said after the first match.For South Africa, the key would be not to get bogged down by the setback and build on the positives.Chloe Tryons ballistic 32 not out from seven balls, including two fours and four sixes, was a big takeaway from the last match and skipper Dane van Niekerk is hoping that the team builds on it.”We need to regroup, we need to speak open and honestly with each other and see where we can change stuff. Our fielding wasn’t at its best and we pride ourselves on our fielding,” Niekerk has said.”T20 is so short and the margins are so much smaller, so hopefully we can bounce back in the next few. I’d like to win the next four and go away from this tour smiling.”Teams (from):India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia, Nuzhat Parveen Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav.South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels.Match starts: 4:30 PM (IST).(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Formula One: Daniel Ricciardo crashes new Red Bull car on track debut

first_imgAustralian Daniel Ricciardo crashed Red Bull’s new Formula One car on its track debut, it emerged on Tuesday, but the team said the damage was minor and there would be no consequences for testing in Spain next week.”No issues for Barcelona, we’ll be fine,” said a team spokesman.The closed session, limited to 100km on special Pirelli tyres, at a wet Silverstone circuit on Monday was for private filming.Footage provided by the team after the session showed Ricciardo driving the new RB14 out of the garage and down the pit lane before lapping in a cloud of spray, but did not mention any incident.However media reports said the session was cut short after the Australian hit the barriers.Spare parts such as front wings are always in short supply ahead of the first test of the season, with teams continuing the car build as late as possible.Nothing like that new car feeling #RB14 Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 20, 2018The website reported, citing unnamed sources, that the impact was hard enough to damage the front of the car, suspension and floor.Ricciardo made no reference to any problems in a statement issued by Red Bull after the track debut.”It’s hard to tell from a couple of laps but the initial feeling in the car is good,” he had said. “I can already feel that the rear feels pretty settled, even in these poor conditions. Those are encouraging early signs.”advertisementFormer champions Red Bull won three of 20 races last year and finished third overall, behind world champions Mercedes and Ferrari. They hope the RB14 will enable them to challenge for the championship this time.The Australian also had no problems with the new ‘halo’ head protection device, which rises from a central pillar in front of the driver and is mandatory this season.Making waves, the #RB14 #givesyouwings Bull Racing (@redbullracing) February 19, 2018″So far I can see fine with the halo. I’d only done a couple of installs with it before so it was pretty new today but I really didn’t notice it was there, which is pretty good,” he said.”Honestly, unless there’s stuff above, I don’t see any issues at all on a flat track.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

RSS’ mission Northeast on campus: Sangh reaches out to GenNext

first_imgWhile the BJP scripted a historic performance last week in the Northeast elections, sources say much of the credit goes to its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for its outreach programme aimed at lakhs of students from the region across the country.Buoyed by the massive expansion of the Sangh in the northeastern states that essentially won the BJP youth support, the RSS will further intensify its spread in campuses and hostels in every nook and corner particularly in educational hubs such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Pune.In the run-up to the assembly polls in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya, the RSS mobilised its cadre to visit campuses and hostels to connect to north-eastern students.A large number of first-time voters in the three states were associated with the ideology that helped the BJP gain a strong foothold in these states. In Tripura, there were 47,000 first-time voters while in Meghalaya and Nagaland, this number stood at 45,000 and 26,000.Sunil Deodhar, RSS Tripura in-charge since 2014, said during the last three years the Sangh launched massive student outreach programmes.We visited hostels in major cities and connected to the northeastern students. The youth easily connected to the issues of resentment over unemployment, crime, and crumbling infrastructure. This helped us create a new BJP structure in the Northeast to take on the Left rule, Deodhar said after BJPs landmark show.PROMOTING IDEOLOGY Another functionary of RSS said a number of educational and sports programmes were rolled out for tribal youths. Many of them were sent to various events held outside the state.advertisementIn January, the RSS organised a mass contact and expansion programme in Assam which was named Lui Poria (sons of Brahmaputra). While the focus area was Assam, people from villages and cities from all the eight northeastern states joined it.With the political fight in Karnataka scheduled for April-May, the RSS will target colleges and educational institutions in the state. Bengaluru has a large population of northeastern students whom the Sangh is seeking to associate with its ideology.It may be noted that in 2012, a large number of northeastern students had to flee the city after hate attacks. Sources say even then RSS workers stood in support of the community and urged them to stay back.Similarly, with the admission session soon to start in Delhi University, RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will reach out to northeastern students in every part of the national Capital. The idea is to instill a sense of integration and social security among the Northeastern communities who often face discrimination and are subject to attacks.The Sangh will also rope in youths from states such as Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur, and Meghalaya to connect the students in bigger cities with its ideology. These northeastern youth will share their experience of association with the Sangh and its agenda of nationalism.At the same time, they will narrate their story of change in the state to northeastern students living away from their homes. Senior functionaries of RSS told Mail Today that a number of Sangh wings and affiliated organisations are closely involved with the expansion programme.In northeastern states, organisations such as Ekal Vidyalaya, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Rashtra Sevika Samiti and Vivekananda Kendra reached out to tribal youths and the exercise gained momentum during the last three years. Deodhars experience of teaching in schools also came as an advantage as he connected to the students.The Sangh believes in one nation, one culture. Connecting northeastern communities with the mainstream and bridging the communication gap has been the prime objective of the RSS and its affiliates. Students Experience in Inter-state Living (SEIL) is one such initiative by the ABVP which has yielded positive results, said Rajiv Tuli, RSS Delhis Prachar Pramukh.He said SEIL aims to forge a sense of belongingness and self-realisation of cultural similarities among the youth with a more practical approach towards national integration.Through Yuva Vikas Kendra and other organisations, efforts are being made to bring together divergent lifestyles particularly of our border area people and other parts of the nation. The idea is to establish a cultural rapport and to provide opportunities to the youth of the country to experience art and culture of the northeastern region, Tuli said.Also watch – Sunil Deodhar, architect of BJP’s win, reveals how party took Tripura from Leftlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo brace gives Real Madrid 2-1 win over Eibar

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo continued with his rich form as he once again netted a brace to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win at Eibar in La Liga on Saturday.Ronaldo scored for the seventh successive game in all competitions by blasting into the net in the 34th minute after chesting down a long ball by Luka Modric, but eighth-placed Eibar pegged the champions back when Ivan Ramis outjumped Sergio Ramos to head home from a corner in the 50th.Ronaldo was denied by an inspired save by Eibar’s Marko Dmitrovic, who clawed away the Portuguese’s header following a cross from Gareth Bale.The irrepressible striker had the final say, however, meeting a cross from Dani Carvajal in the area and powering the ball beyond the Serbian goalkeeper in the 84th minute, scoring a 13th goal in his last seven games in all competitions.Real are third in the Liga standings on 57 points, 12 behind runaway leaders Barcelona, who visit basement club Malaga later on Sunday. Atletico host Celta Vigo on Sunday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

India at CWG 2018 on Day 9: Boxers in focus as India eye more medals in Gold Coast

first_imgIndian wrestlers won four medals, including a gold each from Sushil Kumar and Rahul Aware, while Seema and Navjeet Dhillon clinched the silver and bronze medal respectively in the women’s discuss throw and Tejaswini Sawant continued the good performance from shooters with a silver as the country took its medals tally to 31.Women wrestlers also came to the party with Babita Kumari taking silver in the 53kg category while Kiran bagged a bronze in the 76kg division, even as the women’s hockey team lost in the semi-finals, while the shuttlers and paddlers continued to shine bright.At the end of Thursday, India remains in the third spot with 31 medals (14 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze) behin Australia (156 medals) and England (31 medals). Canada is fourth, accumulating 60 medals (12 gold, 29 silver, 19 bronze).Following is India’s schedule on Day 9 of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast:ATHLETICS:Neeraj Kumar: Men’s Javelin Qualifying Round – Group 1 (05.30 IST)Purnima Hembram: Heptathlon (06.00 IST)MEDAL ROUND: (15.43 IST)Vipin Kashana: Men’s Javelin Qualifying Round – Group 2 (06.40 IST)Jinson Johnson: Men’s 1500m Round 1 – Heat 2 (07.16 IST)India (Jacob Amoj, Jithu Baby, Jeevan Karekoppa Suresh, Kunhu Mohammed Puthapurakkal, Arokia Rajiv, Muhammad Anas Yahiya): Men’s 4x400m Relay Round 1 – Heat 2 (07.45 IST)BADMINTON:Kidambi Srikanth vs Zin Rei Ryan Ng (Singapore): Men’s Singles Quarter-finalPV Sindhu vs Brittny Tam (Canada): Women’s Singles Quarter-finalIndia (Ashwini Ponnappa, Satwik Rankireddy) vs Malaysia: Mixed Doubles Quarter-finalsHS Prannoy vs TBD: Men’s Singles Quarter-finalsRuthvika Gadde vs TBD: Women’s Singles Quarter-finalsSaina Nehwal vs TBD: Women’s Singles Quarter-finalsadvertisementIndia (N Sikki Reddy, Pranaav Chopra) vs TBD: Mixed Doubles Quarter-finalsBOXING:Amit vs Juma Miiro (Uganda) Men’s 46-49 kg Semi-final 2 (08.47 IST)Gaurav Solanki vs MV Ishan Bandara (Sri Lanka): Men’s 52 kg Semi-final 1 (09.02 IST)Manish Kaushik vs James McGivern (Northern Ireland): Men’s 60 kg Semi-final 1 (09.32 IST)Naman Tanwar vs James Whateley (Australia): Men’s 91 kg Semi-final 1 (10.32 IST)Hussamuddin Mohammed vs Peter McGrail (England): Men’s 56 kg Semi-final 2 (15.17 IST)Manoj Kumar vs Pat McCormack (England): Men’s 69 kg Semi-final 2 (15.47 IST)Vikas Krishan vs Steven Donnelly (Northern Ireland): Men’s 75 kg Semi-final 2 (16.02 IST)Satish Kumar vs Keddy Agnes (Seychelles): Men’s 91 kg+ Semi-final 1 (15.02 IST)HOCKEY:India vs New Zealand: Men’s Semi-final (15.00 IST)LAWN BOWLS:India (Lovely Choubey, Rupa Rani Tirkey) vs Malaysia: Women’s Pairs Quarter-final (04.31 IST)India (Dinesh Kumar, Chandan Kumar Singh, Sunil Bahadur, Alok Lakra) vs Norfolk Islands: Men’s Fours Section B – Round 5 (04.31 IST)India (Dinesh Kumar, Chandan Kumar Singh, Sunil Bahadur, Alok Lakra) vs Wales: Men’s Fours Quarter-finals (08.00 IST)SHOOTING:Anjum Moudgil, Tejaswini Sawant: Women’s 50m Three Position Qualification (04.00 IST)FINAL (07.00 IST)Anish, Neeraj Kumar: Men’s 25m Rapid Pistol Qualification – Stage 2 (04.30 IST)FINAL (09.00 IST)Seema Tomar, Shreyasi Singh: Women’s Trap QualificationFINAL (11.25 IST)Kynan Chenai, Manavjit Sandhu: Men’s Trap Qualification Day 1 (05.00 IST)SQUASH:India (Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal) vs Canada: Women’s Doubles Quarter-final (06.30 IST)India (Vikram Malhotra, Ramit Tandon) vs England: Men’s Doubles Quarter-finals (08.30 IST)India (Dipika Pallikal, Saurav Ghosal) vs New Zealand: Mixed Doubles Semi-finals (13.30 IST)TABLE TENNIS:India (Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran) vs England: Men’s Doubles Quarter-final 1 (05.00 IST)India (Harmeet Desai, Sani Shankar Shetty) vs Australia: Men’s Doubles Quarter-final 3 (05.00 IST)India (Achanta Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das) vs Canada: Mixed Doubles Quarter-final 2 (06.10 IST)India (Madhurika Patkar, Sanil Shankar Shetty) vs England: Mixed Doubles Quarter-final 3 (06.10 IST)India (Manika Batra, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran) vs Singapore: Mixed Doubles Quarter-final 4 (06.10 IST)India (Sutirtha Mukherjee, Pooja Sahasrabudhe) vs Singapore: Women’s Doubles Semi-final 1 (07.20 IST)Harmeet Desai vs Quadri Aruna (Nigeria): Men’s Singles Quarter-final 1 (07.55 IST)Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Liam Pitchford (England): Men’s Singles Quarter-final 2 (08.40 IST)Sathiyan Gnanasekaran vs Samuel Walker (England) Men’s Singles Quarter-final 4 (12.00 IST)Women’s Doubles GOLD MEDAL MATCH (15.35 IST)WRESTLING:Bajrang vs Brahm Richards (New Zealand): Men’s Freestyle 65 kg Quarter-finalSemi-finalBronze medal matchFINAL (Time TBD)Divya Karan vs Gaelle Alakame Anzong (Cameroon); Women’s Freestyle 68 kg Group BMausam Khatri vs Alexios Kouslidis (Cyprus): Men’s Freestyle 97 kg Semi-finalBronze medal matchFINAL (Time TBD)Pooja Dhanda vs Emily Shaefer (Canada): Women’s Freestyle 57 kg Group BDivya Karan vs Daniella Lapage (Canada): Women’s Freestyle 68 kg Group BSemi-finalBronze medal matchFINAL (Time TBD)Pooja Dhanda vs Ana Moceyawa (New Zealand): Women’s 57 kg Group BSemi-finalBronze medal matchFINAL (Time TBD)last_img read more

Had plans to contain Rayudu, none of them worked: Kane Williamson

first_imgAmbati Rayudu remained unconquered on a 62-ball 100 that contained seven sixes and as many fours as CSK chased down SRH’s 179 for 4 with Kane Williamson conceding that the Sunrisers Hyderabad were outplayed by southern rivals Chennai Super Kings.CSK rode Rayudu’s pulsating knock and the century stand (134) he put on with Shane Watson (57 off 35 balls) to beat SRH by 8 wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.”Chennai certainly outplayed us today. There were a lot of positives to take to our next game, but it is important that we move on quickly,” said the captain of the league leaders after Sunrisers were drubbed by eight wickets by the Super Kings.(MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)Rayudu became the 13th Indian and 51st overall to score a hundred in the IPL, and that too after playing 126 matches in the tournament.”He seems to be doing it every day. The way he goes about his business hitting the ball fairly conventional areas and hitting it hard as well, it was a great knock to watch, (even) if you are in the opposition team. It was a superb knock and certainly saw his team home in chasing what should have been a tough total to chase,” he said in praise of Rayudu.”I think everybody set plans to Rayudu, none of them worked, so we might have to try and think of a few more things when we come up against Chennai again,” he said hinting that the two teams were likely to finish 1-2 and clash in the first play-off game on May 22 in Mumbai.advertisementWilliamson felt his team’s bowlers did not get the sort of movement their rivals obtained initially.”It would have been very nice if we could get it swinging, something similar to what they did. They got considerable amount of swing and movement for sort of eight or eight-and-a-half overs which made batting pretty tough on that surface initially. We perhaps would have liked a few more runs but I guess 180 is always a tough total to chase.”The wicket was a very good surface and Chennai batted beautifully. Rayudu scored a fantastic hundred. We could not get the ball moving, perhaps it was just the change in conditions but they played extremely well, so they deserved to win today,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia storm to record 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia

first_imgRussia ended their winless streak is style as they thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday.Yury Gazinsky, who scored the opening game the 2018 tournament, netted a brace as Russia won their first match since October 2017.It was the biggest victory by a host nation on the opening night of the World Cup since 1934.Russia had last won an international match a friendly win over South Korea.RUSSIA VS SAUDI ARABIA MATCH HIGHLIGHTSThe result equalled the best-ever in a World Cup opening game – Brazil beat Mexico 5-0 in Geneva in 1954 – as Russia took full advantage of a Saudi team who’s defending fell painfully short of World Cup standard, while their attack was non-existent.Russia’s fans will not care about that after enduring a wretched run of seven games without a win but they will be aware that the Asian qualifiers look desperately ill-equipped to trouble Egypt or group favourites Uruguay, who meet tomorrow, and that there is still much to be done for the hosts to secure progress to the knockout stage.FIFA World Cup 2018 opens to music and President Putin’s warm welcomeRussia looked lively from the start as they poured into the vast spaces on both flanks and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring after 12 minutes as Gazinsky was totally unmarked to nod home Golovin’s deep left-wing cross.The home crowd, starved of any meaningful action for the last two years, were loving it as the red shirts poured forward with only some desperate defending preventing star striker Fyodor Smolov from adding a second.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEAlan Dzagoev had been at the heart of things but had to go off after pulling a hamstring in the 23rd minute. It proved something of a fortuitous situation – if not for him – as his replacement Cheryshev doubled the lead with a mesmerizing touch of skill.Collecting a pass from Roman Zobnin on the left of the box he showed great composure to nonchalantly flick the ball inches above two prone defenders desperately sliding in, before lashing into the roof of the net.World Cup 2018: ‘Attempts at boycotting opening ceremony were doomed’Russia made it 3-0 in the 71st minute when Golovin chipped in a cross for giant striker Dzyuba to rise unchallenged to head in from close range.The crowd were then treated to a fabulous finale as Cheryshev cleverly steered home the fourth with the outside of his foot before Golovin capped a great personal performance by curling his free kick beyond the wall to get the month-long Moscow party well and truly started.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s next

first_imgAjay Devgn is on a roll. After signing Neeraj Pandey’s Chanakya, the 49-year-old actor will now be seen in another biopic. This time he has bagged Boney Kapoor’s production in which he is set to essay the role of legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.At a time when sports biopics have become a rage with Bollywood, Ajay Devgn has decided to bring the story of an unsung hero on the big screen with Boney’s untitled film.Directed by Amit Sharma, the film will tell the journey of Syed Abdul Rahim, under whose leadership, Indian football team won the Asian games in 1951 and 1962.Talking about the film, Boney Kapoor told a leading daily, “I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He’s an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. His team had heroes like Chunni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Balaram, Franco and Arun Ghosh. It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim. With him on board, I can just hope that our film inspires youngsters to play football, and India soon to bring the World Cup home.”Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on Indias legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018Apart from this, Ajay Devgn has Luv Ranjan’s untitled film with Ranbir Kapoor and Total Dhamaal in his kitty.advertisementALSO READ | Ajay Devgn to play Chanakya in Neeraj Pandey’s filmALSO READ | Did you know Ajay Devgn has been in jail twice?ALSO WATCH: I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay Devgnlast_img read more

Food for Thought

first_imgWe are on a collision course between ecosystems and food. How we resolve this issue over the coming years will be a key to preserving biodiversity and human well-being.This piece originally appeared in Portuguese in the Brazilian newspaper Valor.Looking around the world, global trends do not bode well for the Earth’s continued capacity to support improved human well-being. People are drawing down natural capital at an accelerating rate, and Nature doesn’t do bailouts.As the head of an organization that focuses on the intersection of environment and human needs, I rely on analysis and data to guide policy recommendations and decision making. The message from the data is clear: we are not winning the fight for sustainability. One key indicator is the loss of biodiversity – in the oceans, grasslands, forests – everywhere in the world and in every kind of ecosystem. As these ecosystems decline, they produce less of the “services” – from clean water to carbon storage – on which human well-being depends.We can, however, reverse this downward trend if we accept three key principles:1. It’s About FoodWhat does food supply have to do with conserving natural systems? Everything. Growing or capturing food is a factor in all five leading pressures that cause the loss of the ecosystems upon which the world’s biodiversity depends: Habitat loss, overexploitation, pollution, invasive species, and climate change.The findings of the United Nations’ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment bear this out.Habitats: According the UN, approximately 43 percent of tropical and subtropical forests and 45 percent of temperate forests worldwide have been converted to croplands and rangelands. Even greater shares of natural grassland have been converted to grow food.Overexploitation: 70 percent of global freshwater consumption is by agriculture. This constrains water supply for the 50 percent of the global population that lives in cities.Invasive species: The introduction of non-native fish species for food has led to declines in native species in many parts of the world.Pollution: Only a fraction of nitrogen applied as a fertilizer is typically used by plants; the rest ends up in inland waters and coastal systems, depleting oxygen and leaving dead zones where fish and shellfish cannot survive, and fisheries collapse.Climate change: Agriculture directly contributes to around 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (using 2005 data) and drives additional emissions through its role in deforestation.Food production is an urgent human necessity, but if we are to preserve species and maintain Nature’s productive capacity, we need to find ways to grow food in a manner that does not exacerbate these pressures.Over the next 40 years, our natural and human systems will face a huge challenge caused by the convergence of several trends that are already underway. The world’s population is hurtling toward 9 billion by 2050. Per capita income is rising and leading to more consumption that is higher on the food chain (namely more meat). This, in turn, means that it will take more land to feed each person. And, finally, this means that more natural ecosystems —- such as forests, wetlands, and grasslands — will be converted to farms and ranches to grow food.In fact, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Secretary General, Jacques Diouf, demand for food will double in the next 40 years. We are on a collision course between ecosystems and food. How we resolve this issue over the coming years will be a key to preserving biodiversity and human well-being.2. “More With Less For More”The late CK Prahalad, a world leader in innovation and business strategy, came up with the phrase “More for Less For More.” What he meant is that we need to provide food and employment opportunities for more people. But the 21st century will likely be the era of human history when we reach the boundaries of Earth’s capacity. Thus, it is a time for strategies that produce more well-being while using less of Earth’s capacity. We need more wealth with less material for more people. This will be the key business and political challenge of our generation.As this dynamic plays out, agribusiness has a big role to play. Over the coming decades, the innovations and practices of agribusiness—both large and small—hold the key to whether people and business will rise to this challenge.There are many ideas about how agribusiness can be part of the solution. Here are three strategies to consider: First, increase productivity on existing farmland with proven technologies and best practices. Second, restore and utilize abandoned or “degraded” lands to reduce pressure on our forests, wetlands, and other natural ecosystems. Third, manage demand for food so that we become more efficient in using our food, and increase our reliance on different sources of protein.3. Government Must Set the ConditionsCertainly, business has an essential role to play, but it’s not the only role. There have to be local, national, and international governmental policies that set the conditions and market signals that align corporate and individual decisions with sustaining the world’s ecosystem. These signals involve tax policy reforms, new regulatory frameworks, and innovative incentives. Global climate change is a good example of how governments around the world will need to provide clear signals so business can adapt and innovate to work within the constraints of our natural systems.If the earth were a business, we would be on the verge of bankruptcy. If we used the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as our audit, our credit rating would be so low that no sensible financier would invest in planet earth. And yet, we don’t even have a CEO to hold accountable.Thankfully, there are enough well-informed and capable people in the world across business, academia, and government to craft and implement a winning strategy. Strong leaders, stronger institutions and aligning incentives with sustaining ecosystems and the services they provide will be the keys to carry us forward. Brazil’s strengths and innovations make it a natural leader in the search for solutions. The world would benefit from Brazil’s leadership by example in tackling the challenges of providing for human needs and economic growth, while preserving biodiversity, knowing that there’s no bailout from Mother Nature.last_img read more

Q & A: The Legal Aspects of the Durban Platform Text

first_imgAt the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP-17) in Durban – “the longest COP ever” — Parties agreed to establish an Ad Hoc Working Group on a Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (AWG-DP). The AWG-DP has the mandate to develop **“a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties.”*The AWG-DP will start its work “as a matter of urgency” in the first half of 2012. It will complete it no later than 2015, with the outcome to be adopted at COP-21 and to come into effect and be implemented from 2020. The content of AGDP’s workplan will focus in particular on “enhancing mitigation ambition to identify and to explore options for a range of actions that can close the ambition gap with a view to ensuring the highest possible mitigation efforts by all Parties.”What are the legal implications of the Durban Platform text, and what could the different legal options mean for the UNFCCC? Below we go through some questions and answers:Q: Many Parties went to Durban concerned primarily about the expiration of the first commitment of the Kyoto Protocol, and the need to develop a new legally binding agreement, containing legally binding commitments for all major emitters of greenhouse gases into the future. Does the mandate of the Durban Platform ensure this outcome? Let’s start with the legal form of the agreement.A: The AWG-DP will complete its mandate if it is able to produce one of three outcomes: 1) a legally binding protocol (under Article 17 of the Convention); 2) another legal instrument (most likely an amendment of the Convention under Article 15, or a new or amended annex to the Convention, under Article 16); or 3) another “agreed outcome with legal force”. All three options must be agreed “under the Convention”.While the Durban Platform text contains a number of ambiguities, it has moved the process enough towards a new, comprehensive and legally binding agreement to have secured the agreement of the European Union (EU) to enter into a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.Q: What is an “agreed outcome with legal force”?A: The final deal was struck with the addition of this third option and as a result of a compromise between the European Union (which was keen to see the form of a legally binding agreement as parallel in form as possible to the Kyoto Protocol) and India (which has consistently resisted calls for a new legally binding agreement). Following a sharp-elbowed “huddle” during a break in the formal negotiations, the language was endorsed from the floor by India and the EU as a third option.It’s the least clear of the three options, as it uses language that doesn’t appear in the Convention. But this option seems to be designed to allow room for the negotiations to end with an outcome that doesn’t take the form of the legal instruments expressly contemplated in the Convention (a protocol, an amendment and or an annex to the Convention), and yet is still “under the Convention”.Those countries that have resisted calls for a new legally binding agreement may promote the use of this third option to lead to an outcome that is not conventionally viewed as legally binding, such as a COP decision. To succeed they will have to convince the majority of UNFCCC parties that support the adoption of a new protocol or an amendment.Q: How does an outcome with “legal force” differ from an outcome that is “legally binding”?A: Under international law, a binding agreement or commitment represents a country’s or countries’ express consent to be bound, and its willingness to be held accountable by other parties for its compliance with its obligations. Most often through the additional step of “ratification” these agreements become binding under the domestic law of each country as well. We have discussed the merits of legally binding agreements and commitments elsewhere; see our summaries after COP-15 Copenhagen, COP-16 Cancun, and before COP-17 Durban.Out of context, many would likely interpret “legal force” as being the equivalent to “legally binding”. For example, the Convention speaks of legally binding instruments such as protocols and amendments as “entering into force” when they become binding on Parties.In the context of the Durban Platform negotiations, this choice of words seems to signal something different, and softer, than a legal instrument requiring ratification. The EU, at a press conference immediately following COP-17, expressed its view that the third option is the weakest and therefore the least desirable. It will be up to those countries supportive of this third option to convince others what an “outcome with legal force” might mean under this Convention.Q: Why did some countries resist the idea of concluding the AWG-DP process with a legally binding agreement?A: India, alongside other countries, has made the point that the form of the agreement should be decided only after its content has been agreed. Many share India’s concern that it would be unfair if developing countries with rising aggregate emissions but very low per capita emissions were to find themselves trapped under legal obligations similar to those being taking on by far richer, and historically more culpable, industrialized countries.India has also stated that it feels that COP/MOP decisions, such as the so-called “Marrakech Accords” that operationalized the Kyoto Protocol’s market mechanisms, have in practice had all the force of law, even if many consider them to be non-binding. As has been discussed previously, many lawyers and Parties to the UNFCCC have expressed the view that the UNFCCC COP does not have the authority to adopt legally binding decisions.Among industrialized countries, the United States (which signed but failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol) has been the most resistant to commit in advance to a process leading to a legally binding instrument or protocol. The US delegation has frequently expressed the view that the process of generating the Cancun pledges was successful in securing the participation of more than 90 countries, in part because these pledges are non-binding. Also, the US Congress is notoriously reluctant to ratify international treaties.Q: How does this negotiating mandate differ from previous goals the process has set for itself, in terms of the form of the desired outcome?A: The importance of the Durban Platform text, which helps explain how long it took to negotiate, is revealed most clearly by contrasting it with the 1995 “Berlin Mandate” that guided the design of the Kyoto Protocol, and with the 2007 Bali Roadmap, the Parties’ most recent attempt to set a goal for negotiating a regime of post-2012 commitments.The Berlin Mandate limited the potential legal form of the outcome to 1) a protocol or 2) another legal instrument. More significantly, it limited the content of any outcome of the negotiation to the strengthening of developed country emission reduction commitments, and expressly excluded the introduction of any new commitments for developing countries.When adopting the Bali Roadmap, Parties were only able to set their sights on an “agreed outcome.”Durban thus represents the turning of a corner for the climate regime, in that it directs the negotiators towards a binding legally agreement (and/or one with legal force) that is applicable to the mitigation efforts of all Parties.Q: What about the content of any future legal protocol, instrument or outcome? Will the Durban Platform necessarily lead to legally binding commitments?A: The legal character of any new agreement emerging from the AWG-DP will have four dimensions: the legal form of the agreement, which we have just discussed; the legal form of commitments within that agreement; the prescriptive nature and content of these commitments; and the procedures and institutions set up under the agreement to hold its parties accountable for complying with their commitments.The AWG-DP’s mandate does not refer to the legal character of any commitments that it may contain. If the outcome itself isn’t legally binding then any commitments within it will not be legally binding. But it is also possible for a legally binding agreement to contain provisions that are softly worded, or that are so imprecise as to be, in effect, non-binding.The AWG-DP mandate does not mention commitments, but rather a “range of actions”, “efforts”, and “options and ways” that the negotiations will consider when addressing a long list of climate-related challenges, including “enhancing mitigation ambition” (emissions reduction), adaptation, finance, capacity building and technology transfer. It mentions the need for this content to be “ambitious.” It recognizes “that fulfilling the ultimate objective of the Convention will require strengthening the multilateral, rules-based regime under the Convention,” thus signaling the importance of transitioning away from the unilateral, unharmonized “pledge and review” approach of the Cancun Agreements.But the AWG-DP mandate does not reflect an explicit agreement that “actions” set out in the agreement will be legally binding. It is clear, however, from the context of the Durban negotiations that the bulk of the Convention Parties will be seeking to ensure that this next round of negotiations lead to new, legally binding commitments to reduce emissions, and that a powerful minority of Parties may continue to resist this outcome. While this will no doubt continue to be debated hotly, there seems little point in launching yet another ad hoc working group if it is to lead to the kind of unilateral pledges that Parties produced for Cancun.Finally, the AWG-DP mandate says very little about the nature of the institutions and procedures that will hold the Parties to the new regime accountable for implementing their commitments. The text refers to the workplan including “transparency of action” but much more will need to be done to ensure the post-2020 climate regime benefits from the lessons learned about the importance of compliance procedures to the effective operation of multilateral, rule-based agreements.Q: What about equity? What room does the Durban Platform allow for a legally binding agreement containing commitments that are highly differentiated between developed and developing countries?A: Any new climate change agreement will need, in its legal form, to address the principle of common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities. As we have discussed elsewhere it is possible to bring all countries into a common legally binding platform while assigning to them highly differentiated commitments.Both the US and the EU have insisted that any new legally binding agreement would need to contain legally binding commitments for major emerging economies, while it could allow for differentiated responsibilities with regard to the content of those commitments.The AWG-DP mandate calls for the widest possible cooperation by all countries and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, that the outcome of the negotiations will be applicable to all Parties, with “a view to ensuring the highest possible mitigation efforts by all Parties.” (emphasis added).Somewhat surprisingly, the mandate does not mention the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, the concept of historical responsibility, equity, or other principles frequently invoked by developing countries to ensure that the industrialized countries take the lead in the global effort to combat climate change. This leaves it largely to the AWG-DP to determine how differentiation will emerge.Q: What is the relationship between any future commitments agreed on the basis of the Durban Platform and the legally binding commitments under a Kyoto Protocol second commitment period, as well as between these future commitments and the Cancun Agreement pledges?A: The AWG-DP mandate will develop a regime that will come into effect after 2020. While the Kyoto Protocol outcome from Durban is also ambiguous, it appears the agreement for a second commitment period, which will last either five (2013-2017) or eight (2013-2020) years, will be in the form of a legally binding amendment to the Protocol.There are signs however, that the European Union and its member states will be reluctant to ratify (legally bind themselves to) this amendment until they see significant progress in the implementation of the Cancun pledges, and progress being made under the Durban Mandate.Most of the Cancun pledges run from 2012 to 2020 and the experience of reviewing the adequacy and implementation of these pledges in the coming years will undoubtedly have an influence on the design and ambition of what emerges from the Durban Platform.last_img read more

Las áreas protegidas en Guinea Ecuatorial se incrementaron en un 60 por ciento, según nuevo Atlas

first_imgReducción del solapamiento entre concesiones forestales y áreas protegidas: El área de solapamiento entre la superficie forestal legalmente protegida y las concesiones forestales disminuyó significativamente en la última década. Entre 2002 y 2013, la superficie total de solapamiento bajó de 129.816 hectáreas a 11.234 hectáreas, debido principalmente a la conversión de concesiones forestales en áreas protegidas. La gestión eficaz de estas áreas protegidas ayuda a garantizar la permanencia de estos valiosos bosques para las generaciones futuras.La mayoría de las concesiones forestales más grandes están bajo el control de empresas extranjeras: En julio de 2013, 11 empresas madereras operaban en 48 concesiones forestales en Guinea Ecuatorial. La mayoría de las concesiones estaban bajo dominio de empresas de Malasia, Líbano, Corea, y China, con socios de alto nivel nativos de Guinea Ecuatorial, tal como lo requiere la ley. Solamente los permisos para talar árboles, que son más pequeños, están exclusivamente en las manos de ciudadanos de Guinea Ecuatorial.Importantes avances en el tema de la transparencia de la informaciónUn vistazo en el Atlas Forestal Interactivo de Guinea Ecuatorial revela que la superficie oficial asignada por la explotación maderera ha disminuido cada vez más en los últimos 15 años. La publicación del Atlas Forestal, en sí, es un paso adelante muy importante. El Atlas Forestal es la primera plataforma abierta de información para el sector forestal de Guinea Ecuatorial, lo que representa un gran paso hacia la transparencia, la coordinación y el acceso a la información para todos las partes interesadas.El Ministerio de Agricultura y Bosques (MAB) y el Instituto de Recursos Mundiales (WRI), tienen planes para actualizar la información del Atlas Forestal regularmente, así como para fortalecer la capacidad de los usuarios para utilizar la información y propiciar acciones positivas a nivel local. Con información transparente y actualizada constantemente, Guinea Ecuatorial puede continuar su progreso y mejorar la gestión de sus bosques.PARA MAYOR INFORMACIÓN: Haga click aquí para ver el Atlas completo, los mapas interactivos, y un póster. Read this blog post in EnglishLire ce blog post en FrançaisEn Guinea Ecuatorial, los bosques son como la sangre que da la vida. Los bosques se expanden aproximadamente sobre el 98 por ciento de la superficie total del país y sustentan a cientos de miles de ecuatoguineanos. A pesar del papel fundamental que desempeñan los bosques, el país carecía de un sistema de información integral para monitorear y gestionar sosteniblemente estos ecosistemas de manera efectiva, hasta ahora.En colaboración con WRI, el Ministerio de Agricultura y Bosques (MAB) de Guinea Ecuatorial publicó recientemente el Atlas Forestal Interactivo de Guinea Ecuatorial Versión 1.0. El Atlas documenta el uso de suelo en el país durante los últimos 15 años, y constituye la primera fuente de información abierta en el sector forestal del país. El Atlas Forestal revela algunos resultados prometedores que parecieran indicar que la gestión forestal de Guinea Ecuatorial ha mejorado en los últimos años. Por ejemplo, los áreas protegidas aumentaron, mientras y las concesiones forestales se redujeron.El Atlas Forestal Interactivo de Guinea Ecuatorial (AFI GE)El Atlas Forestal es un sistema de información dinámica, que combina el uso de la teledetección, los sistemas de información geográfica (SIG) y la verificación de campo para monitorear y gestionar los bosques de Guinea Ecuatorial. A través de una combinación de aplicaciones de cartografía interactiva, visualización de la información, informes analíticos, capacitación local, y campañas de información y diseminación, el Atlas Forestal ofrece a los usuarios acceso a información oportuna, precisa y coherente sobre la situación de los bosques de Guinea Ecuatorial. El Atlas Forestal muestra las principales categorías oficiales de uso de tierras forestales en una sola plataforma: entre otras, las concesiones forestales, áreas protegidas, bosques comunales, así como las áreas donde estos usos se superponen. Proporcionando una visión más completa del sector forestal de Guinea Ecuatorial, el gobierno y otros tomadores de decisiones pueden fomentar una gestión forestal más responsable en el país.Lanzar El Atlas Forestal Interactivo de Guinea EcuatorialLos tres principales hallazgos del Atlas Forestal Versión 1.0La primera versión del Atlas proporciona 15 años de información sobre la asignación de tierras forestales. La información revela tres conclusiones principales, algunas de las cuales representan un avance con respecto a la gestión sostenible de los bosques.Las áreas protegidas se incrementaron y se redujeron las concesiones forestales: Entre 1997 y 2013, la superficie total de áreas protegidas aumentó 392.023 hectáreas (63 por ciento), mientras que las concesiones forestales, es decir la superficie designada para la explotación forestal, disminuyó 930.000 hectáreas (56 por ciento). Parte de este cambio se debe al reciente auge petrolero del país, que causó un cambio económico desfavoreciendo la extracción maderera y la silvicultura de subsistencia. Esta situación también es un reflejo de los cambios en la política oficial, en particular la aplicación de la Ley Forestal de 1997 y la Ley sobre Áreas Protegidas del año 2000, que disuaden la gestión forestal enfocada en la extracción madera, y fomentan una gestión forestal más integral y sostenible.last_img read more


first_imgDo you look at food labels when selecting your food items?An Iowa State University Extension Food Nutritionist and professor says rather than looking at the cover label of a food item, consumers should turn to the back or side of the package and read the ingredients label.Ruth Litchfield says food companies tend to mislead consumers into thinking the product may be healthier based on the cover labeling:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………nutrition facts. :17Litchfield says organic doesn’t always mean the food is healthier.She compared two packages of fruit snacks:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….not always the case. ;25Litchfield also points to poultry products as an example when companies say their poultry contains no antibiotics.In fact no poultry products contain antibiotics because it is against the law to do so:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….not correct. ;18Another tactic food companies may use in their labeling is to say their product is GMO free, meaning their product does not contain any Genetically Modified Organisms.Litchfield says only ten crops have been approved to be Genetically Modified, and when food companies make the claim, it is merely a sales tactic.last_img read more

10 Thoughts On Kansas State

first_imguspw 6715364 2Photo Attribution: US PresswireWell we have a lot to sort through…1. The defense was terrific again tonight. Remove the kick return and pick six and they held a team averaging 45 to 30, knocked Klein out of the game, and held them below their average yards per play on the season. The offense gave them little to work with.2. I’m going to write about this more in-depth later on but obviously Lunt was a huge reason OSU lost tonight. You can’t turn it over five (!) times to Kansas State (five!) and expect anything better than what happened. Really the fact that OSU even came within two touchdowns was pretty miraculous as it was[1. Another hat tip to the defense.]. I’m still all in on #11 but I think questions have at least been raised — both about his performance and his ability to stay healthy (but like I said, much more on this later on in the week).3. I had a Fisher-Price joke queued up for my writeup when Carson tweeted this pic of the helmets but they actually looked a lot better on TV. I personally think there’s more work to do here (take a visit to Beaverton, Oregon perhaps?) but we’re moving in the right direction.Here’s the new #okstate helmet— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) November 3, 2012 4. Brent and Herbie. I mean we almost had to go TV-MA in the second half because of how close they got to having a nationally televised orgasm over the Bama-LSU game. I don’t dislike those guys[2. My Twitter feed tells you differently, I know] but I didn’t feel like they way they conducted the last 30 minutes of our game was very professional at all.5. Gundy talked about KSU’s special teams on Monday in reverential tones normally reserved for war heroes and Pulitzer prize winners. I see why now. 6. LSU-Bama got Wright Thompson for its intro video work, and from the sound of it I think OSU-KSU got somebody off the street…7. Snyder is a psychopath. I know he projects this old man nice grandpa image thing but if you give the man a two score lead he’ll bleed you out until you’re crying for the game to just end. 8. Clint Chelf, my man. All the coeds for you tonight. Not only does OSU have the best QB2 in the country, it has the best QB3 as well. How much money would Randy Edsall pay for Chelf to transfer to Maryland right now? $500K? More?9. Back to Brent and Herbs real quick — how about the way they talked about Klein not playing the last quarter and a half? Brent acted like Snyder was just sitting him because he’d gotten his work in against and KSU was just going to run the game out — like they were playing Northern Iowa or something. It was a three possession game with the #1 offense in the country on the other side of the field! Then they acted like the assistant coaches were playing a game of hide and seek with his helmet. He had a head/neck injury! Where was Jeannine Edwards and why was nobody talking about this?! You’re better than that, ABC[3. I think….].10. This is about what I expected tonight with two slight differences. 1) I expected OSU to take better care of the ball — five turnovers is a joke. 2) I expected more out of Kansas State’s offense. They weren’t explosive and never made you feel like they were going to do anything you couldn’t recover from. I guess that’s kind of the point with Snyder though.I’m heading up the Cowboys4Wildcats National Title fan club. Tell your friends.Back with much more on the game tomorrow.Oh, and don’t forget to fall back (like the OSU offense!) tonight…If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

UTSA game superlatives

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIWinners: JW Walsh, JW Walsh’s future sports agent, Jason Ray (WRs coach), UTSA’s fanbase, Jhajuan Seales, Texas flag makers (did you see the size of the one UTSA ran out with??), Vine (it’s getting a lot of my business lately), the creators of QBR,[1. OKC Dave and I need to just make up a stat and promote the crap out of it, just for fun.]Losers: Big 12 Ds (what now?), Chelf’s PT (all doubt removed), second-string D (yikes), Fox Sports 1’s announcing crew (this was the national game!), Brady Poppinga (on-field guy, I thought he was going to climb through my TV!), Mississippi St. (UTSA could roll with them).Best play: I loved the Shaun Lewis pick. Do you think Shaun Lewis made a deal with himself that the only time he would make interceptions in college would be on tipped balls? Here’s a look:Best player: Walsh is the obvious answer (and he was spectacular) but I loved how Kevin Peterson played. He said the other day he wanted to be more like Justin Gilbert but maybe the opposite should be true.Worst thing said by an announcer:[1. This was like trying to decide which 1988 Barry Sanders game was supreme. So many options!] I was so excited to see the Riverwalk!Uni Heisman: Shaun Lewis — I love the black cleats (so old school) and I love the towel hanging out the back of his uniform (so Hart Lee Dykes). He really should get this award more often even if I have to make it a sliding scale because of Justin Gilbert.Thing that’s not a thing but should be: When UTSA lines up without a QB it should be called “the Wildroadrunner.”Quote of the game: UTSA safety — They are completely different from any other team we have played. They were amazing. (NewsOK).Thing that made me say “wow”: The fog in the Alamodome after halftime. It honestly looked like they were trying to smoke somebody out of the place. It made San Francisco look like the Bahamas by comparison.Thing that made me laugh: Imagining what these two were discussing…Stat of the game: 13 different players caught passes for OSU on Saturday. USC only completed 11 total passes…against Washington State.Other stat of the game: Against Mississippi State OSU had zero receivers gain 40 yards, seven did it against UTSA.Photo of the game: I haven’t seen one that tops this one.GIF of the game: This one made me laugh the most (watch Bobby Reid at the end)…last_img read more

Maiden performances at FIFA U17 WC!

first_imgU17 World Cup How did the teams fare in their first FIFA U-17 World Cup appearance? Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 06:01 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA U-17 World Cup official trophy FIFA U17 World Cup Chile U17 Japan U17 Mali U17 Niger U17 India U17 Iran U17 Turkey U17 Germany U17 New Caledonia U17 Honduras U17 United States U17 Paraguay U17 New Zealand U17 England U17 Colombia U17 Guinea U17 France U17 Ghana U17 Costa Rica U17 Brazil U17 Spain U17 Korea DPR U17 Mexico U17 Iraq U17 As India gets ready for their maiden U-17 World Cup next month, Goal looks at how others fared on the same stage when they were put to the test… The biggest football carnival in India is days away and as the India U-17 national team gets ready to embark on their maiden U-17 World Cup voyage, Goal tells you how the participants of the mega-event performed when they were put to the test on the same stage Iraq – 2013 WC – Played and lost all three games in group stage.   Iran – 2001 WC – Lost all games in their group.   Japan – 1993 WC – Hosts Japan were second in their group behind Ghana and above Mexico and Italy. Lost 1-2 to eventual champions Nigeria in the quarter-final.    DPR Korea – 2005 WC – Lost 1-3 to Brazil (aet) in the quarter-final.   Ghana – 1989 WC – Ended third in the group behind Bahrain and Scotland.   Guinea – 1985 – Lost in the semis to eventual winners champions Nigeria on penalties.   Mali – 1997 WC – Ended second in the group behind Spain. Crashed out against Germany in the quarter-final on penalties.   Costa Rica – 1985 WC – Lost all three games in group stage.   Honduras – 2007 WC – Crashed out with zero points in the group stage.   Mexico – 1985 WC – Crashed out of the group after ending third behind Hungary and Brazil.    United States – 1985 WC – Crashed out of the group after ending third behind China and Guinea.   Brazil – 1985 WC – Finished third place after beating Guinea 4-1 in the third-place playoff.   Chile – 1993 WC – Lost to Ghana in the semis and a win in playoff secured third place.   Colombia – 1989 WC – only managed a point in the group stage.   Paraguay – 1999 WC – Reached quarter-final after topping their group but then lost to eventual winners Brazil.   New Zealand – 1997 WC – Lost all three group games.   England – 2007 – Lost to Germany in the quarter-final.   France – 1987 – second in the group, lost in the quarter-final.   Germany – 1985 – Runners-up, lost to Nigeria in the final.   Spain – 1991 – Runners-up, lost to Ghana in the final.   Turkey – 2001 – Topped their group, lost to Brazil in the semi-final, finished fourth after losing the third-place playoff vs Netherlands. GFX  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Apart from hosts India, Niger and New Caledonia are also making their maiden appearances at the U-17 World Cup. Out of the 21 first time appearances of the nations given above, 12 sides advanced to the knock-out rounds in their first try and out of that, Germany and Spain managed to reach the finals of the tournament.This is positive news for the three countries who will be making their first-ever appearance at the big stage – can New Caledonia, Niger or India defy the odds and make it to the finish line? We shall find out soon when football takes over the country in a few days’ time.Follow Nisanth V Easwar on  Twitter – @niktheblue94last_img read more

Real Salt Lake to launch NWSL franchise

first_imgNWSL Real Salt Lake to launch NWSL franchise in 2018 Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 02:31 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dell Loy Hansen Real Salt Lake Chris Nicoll NWSL Real Salt Lake Kansas City MLS A new franchise will play at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah, with FC Kansas City set to cease operations Real Salt Lake will field a team in the NWSL for the 2018 season, the women’s league announced Thursday.Although the NWSL is labeling the franchise as a “newly launched club,” the team is set to take the place of FC Kansas City in the league’s 10-team setup. The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that FCKC is ceasing operations, and coach Vlatko Andonovski has already departed the club to take the same post with the Seattle Reign.RSL’s new franchise will play its home games at the MLS side’s venue, Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The official team name, the coaching staff and the process through which the roster is formed are set to be confirmed in the “coming days and weeks,” with RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen revealing he was only approached with the opportunity 15 days before Thursday’s announcement.”During our discussions in this process, Real Salt Lake has demonstrated their unquestionable desire and commitment to bring the highest level of professional women’s soccer to all fans of the game in Salt Lake City and Utah,” NWSL managing director of operations Amanda Duffy said in a news release. “Real Salt Lake will immediately be able to hit the ground running on the business side as well as provide the players with a top-notch training ground and one of the best game venues in the country.”The NWSL’s fifth season concluded last month, with the Portland Thorns topping the NC Courage in the league title game.last_img read more

Messi selfless after winning award

first_imgLionel Messi Messi hails Barcelona team-mates after European Golden Shoe triumph Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 02:31 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Primera División The Argentine star picked up the award for the fourth time on Friday and thanked his colleagues for helping him to 37 league goals Lionel Messi paid tribute to his Barcelona team-mates after collecting a fourth European Golden Shoe award.The Argentina star scored 37 La Liga goals last season to clinch the honour and move level with Cristiano Ronaldo as a four-time winner, having previously topped Europe’s scoring charts in 2010, 2012 and 2013.UCL top scorer odds: Messi 7/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Messi was quick to point out he could not have found the net on such an outstandingly consistent basis without the help of his fellow players at Camp Nou.”I’ve always said the individual prizes are won by the team,” he said. “If the team is doing well then we have the fortune to be able to pick up these awards.”It is true that this prize belongs to everybody. Without them I wouldn’t have scored all the goals I did last season. It is for the whole group.”Lionel Messi Luis SuarezScarily for opponents across the continent, Messi feels he is getting better with age as he again leads the way for goals in La Liga this season, with 12 to his name from as many matches.”I always said I don’t consider myself a striker,” the 30-year-old said. “I have been lucky to score a lot of goals.”I think I have grown on and off the field. On it, I have been getting better, adding things to my game and every day I enjoy being a footballer more.”last_img read more

Four-goal Liverpool rout Bournemouth

first_imgBournemouth 0 Liverpool 4: Coutinho sparkles as Reds return to winning ways Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 02:23 12/18/17 Liverpool - cropped Getty Images Philippe Coutinho reached double figures for goals for the third straight season with his effort in Liverpool’s win at Bournemouth. Philippe Coutinho was in dazzling form as Liverpool got back to winning ways with an impressive 4-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.A scintillating solo strike and an assist from Coutinho lifted Jurgen Klopp’s side back up to fourth after successive draws against Everton and West Brom saw the gap to the top three widen.Coutinho started wide on the left as Sadio Mane was granted a rest under the rotation policy for which Klopp has come under fire and the Brazilian quickly set about ensuring the scrutiny of his manager would be minimal with a fine individual goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Klopp this week lauded Liverpool’s scouting department for their role in the signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma and they may be expecting further praise after the winger added to Dejan Lovren’s header by slotting his 20th goal of 2017-18 home before half-time.Simon Mignolet – back between the posts in place of Loris Karius – had little to contend with in the Liverpool goal and the visitors were out of sight when Roberto Firmino nodded Coutinho’s cross home in the second half, though replays suggested he may have been offside.Salah, Firmino and Coutinho all made way in the second half as, with victory on the south coast secure, Klopp turned his attention to a huge clash with fellow Champions League chasers Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Friday.FULL-TIME Bournemouth 0-4 LiverpoolIrresistible. Unstoppable.Coutinho, Lovren, Salah & Firmino fire @LFC back into the top four #BOULIV— Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2017With less than 11 minutes played, Nathan Ake was booked for tugging Firmino down on the edge of the box and Coutinho saw a sweetly struck free-kick hit the inside of the right-hand upright and bounce away from goal.The Brazilian was not to be denied at the next attempt, though. Coutinho dribbled at speed down the left, cut inside Simon Francis and slotted a fine effort inside the near post after beating Lewis Cook.Liverpool added a second six minutes later when Firmino stopped the ball crossing the byline by hooking it into the six-yard box on the volley for Lovren to finish with a diving header.Klopp’s energetic side had been dominant but eased off before half-time and Bournemouth – who lost Josh King to injury in the 31st minute – would have punished them had Jermain Defoe’s 39th-minute effort not come back off the post.Asmir Begovic denied Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah as Liverpool responded positively, and the Reds enhanced their advantage when the Egyptian raced down the outside of Charlie Daniels on the right before shifting the ball onto his left foot and picking out the far corner.20 – Mohamed Salah is the first @premierleague player to have scored 20 goals in all competitions this season. Prolific.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 17, 2017Liverpool struggled to maintain their intensity after the restart and it was not until Oxlade-Chamberlain dispossessed former Red Jordon Ibe and surged into the box only to hit the upright with a powerful left-footed strike that they threatened again.Defoe was unable to get the better of Mignolet from the edge of the area and Liverpool had maximum points secured when Firmino ghosted into space between two Bournemouth defenders to head Coutinho’s delivery home.Klopp sent Adam Lallana on in place of Salah for just his second appearance of an injury-plagued season with under 20 minutes remaining.Danny Ings then hit the side-netting and Lallana looped a stoppage-time header over after Begovic kept out Dominic Solanke, but Liverpool had done enough to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 matches.Key Opta stats:- Liverpool are the first team in top-flight history to have won four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals.- Mo Salah became the first Premier League player to reach 20 goals in all competitions this season. He’s also the first Liverpool player since Luis Suarez (31) and Daniel Sturridge (24) in 2013-14 to score at least 20 goals in a single campaign.- Roberto Firmino has been involved in more Premier League goals than any other Liverpool player since he joined at the start of 2015-16 (44, 27 goals, 17 assists).- Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 10 away games for Liverpool in all competitions (8 goals, 7 assists).- No team has scored more away goals in the Premier League this season than Liverpool (24, level with Manchester City). read morelast_img read more

England’s women sunk in friendly by Viviane Asseyi’s late goal for France

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Messenger Despite this latest defeat by an old enemy, an encouraging second-half show will have done Mo Marley’s hopes of morphing from caretaker to long-term manager no harm.Unable to leave their troubles behind, England found themselves in the eye of another storm as Lee Kendall, their goalkeeping coach, was ordered to fly home from northern France on Friday as Tim Dittmer, the men’s Under-21 equivalent, arrived to replace him.Kendall has not been suspended by the Football Association but is the subject of an internal investigation over claims of unacceptable behaviour. This relates to Eni Aluko’s revelation that he used to address the Lagos-born forward in a mock Caribbean accent.“I’m not going to lie, it’s been a tough week, change is hard,” said Marley. “Lee is not with us but I’ve had to separate myself from it and bring stability to the team.” At the end of an awful week for the FA, Sampson and the women’s game in general, this friendly offered England a chance to remind everyone why they have risen to No3 in the world.The former coach may be widely depicted as a national villain but the reality is that Sampson was largely popular with a squad who not only liked him but respected the ability which led them to World Cup and European Championship semi-finals.His sacking last month for inappropriate behaviour in a previous job at Bristol Academy provoked disappointment in the camp and Marley acknowledges it may take some erasing. On Wednesday a long festering, multi-dimensional, crisis deepened when the FA was forced to apologise to Aluko and her Chelsea team-mate Drew Spence after Sampson was found to have subjected them to ill-judged, racially discriminatory jokes.As Aluko took the floor in front of a Parliamentary Select Committee which would later call senior FA officials to account, Sampson’s highly promising career appeared shredded along with his reputation.A man once regarded as something of a golden boy in FA circles, is considering taking legal action against the governing body and has severed contact with his former employer. He clearly feels he was in effect thrown under the bus once those in Wembley’s corridors of power began feeling the heat of Aluko’s complaints.If the squad have not relished the attendant scrutiny, it helped that his interim successor is a familiar face, Marley having coached most of this squad at Under-19 level. She has applied for the job full-time and has two more auditions in the form of next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia and Kazakhstan.Under the new management of Corinne Diacre – the former coach of Clermont Foot, a Ligue Two men’s side – France wanted revenge for England’s Euro 2017 quarter-final victory in the Netherlands.That represented a first defeat against their cross-Channel rivals since 1974 but both sides looked like teams in transition during an untidy yet fairly even first half. England had plenty of possession but did not always do a lot with it before needing to defend well at times. Siobhan Chamberlain excelled in repelling Valérie Gauvin’s header and Steph Houghton made a decisive block to deny the same striker.Sue Campbell, the head of English women’s football, said on Friday night the players will have a say in the selection of Sampson’s long-term successor but they certainly looked to be performing for Marley as they began the second half in highly convincing mode.Even so, England again had Chamberlain to thank for frustrating France by saving from Eugénie Le Sommer. Asseyi, though, enjoyed the last word, heading the winner when Marley’s goalkeeper misread a cross. Share on LinkedIn England Women’s goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall sent home from France Share on Twitter Women’s football England may not be finding life after Mark Sampson overly easy but they discovered a sanctuary of sorts on the pitch before succumbing to Viviane Asseyi’s late winner. match reportscenter_img Read more Topics Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share via Email England women’s football teamlast_img read more

Unai Emery says he wants to make Arsenal ‘the best team in the world’

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Arsenal Gazidis, Sanllehí and Mislintat drew up an eight-man shortlist, which is known to have included the Manchester City assistant coach, Mikel Arteta, and the Juventus manager, Max Allegri. “All of those eight people were interested in the position and all of those eight people took part in extensive, in-person interviews with us,” Gazidis said. “None of them at any stage withdrew their interest.”The announcement that Wenger would step down at the end of the season after 22 years was made on 20 April and Gazidis said the interviews took place between 25 April and Tuesday of last week. The list was whittled down to three and, at that point, Arteta was the favourite. Emery was interviewed on 10 May.But, after a collective brainstorm, Gazidis said that last Friday he, Sanllehí and Mislintat unanimously agreed to recommend Emery to the board. He gave an illustration of the thoroughness when he said the recommendation was supported by a 100-page dossier that contained references, analysis, background information and videos of each of the three contenders in action on the sideline.Gazidis added that trusted, external experts were brought in to offer “unprejudiced opinions” and that, until the end, “Raúl, Sven and I spoke to each other as little as possible because we didn’t want to pollute each other’s viewpoints.”Emery met with the London-based members of the club’s board on Monday before flying to Atlanta that night with Gazidis and Sanllehí to meet the majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, and his son, Josh. They returned on the Tuesday night red-eye. “All of the board members were energised and enthusiastic about the recommendation,” Gazidis said.Gazidis has restructured the club, particularly over the past season, and he could not have sounded more bullish about Arsenal’s prospects of success, even when it was put to him that Manchester United had struggled after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years. An overriding theme was Emery’s energy and the chemistry that Gazidis has felt with him.“We have a big challenge ahead,” Gazidis said. “But I feel we can face it with confidence. We’ve done an awful lot of groundwork over a number of years. So there’s been some very, very dramatic changes across the club to try to prepare for this moment and to give Unai the support he will need.“Everything in football is a risk. There are no such things as guarantees. That’s why it’s elite competition. But I have every confidence that we’ve done everything we can to give ourselves the best chance of success.”He added: “I do think the new way of working, the new energy – it’s not a criticism of Arsène – I just think that change stimulates the environment and I think it’s going to be very positive.“I could not possibly feel better about this appointment. And the feeling that myself and Unai have between each other – and we’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days together – is I feel better and better about it by the hour.” news Unai Emery’s drive and energy at centre stage on day one at Arsenal Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share via Email Topics Read more Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share on LinkedIn Ivan Gazidis has won Arsenal power battle but Arteta was a gamble too far Share on Twitter Unai Emery declared his intention to turn Arsenal into “the best team in the Premier League and also the world” after being confirmed as the managerial successor to Arsène Wenger on a three-year contract.On a day of hyperbole, the chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, suggested the Arsenal job was the most coveted in football and made it plain that in Emery, the club believed they had the man to rekindle former glories. Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Facebook Unai Emery Emery spoke in English at his unveiling at Emirates Stadium, which was a surprise – it was decent enough – and he described the challenge in front of him as a “dream come true”.The 46-year-old Spaniard’s title is that of head coach and he will concentrate on coaching and man-managing the first-team, while Raúl Sanllehí and Sven Mislintat, whom Gazidis has appointed to recruitment positions, will oversee transfers.Emery has agreed to work within the new structure and he knows the club will operate on a £50m transfer budget next season. He suggested he did not envisage wholesale changes to the squad, which finished sixth in this past Premier League campaign. “This team is a big team, with big players, and we think we need to change little things – a few players.” he said. “The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is very important for the club, after two years outside the Champions League, to work this way, to be the best club, the best team in the Premier League and also in the world.”Emery was asked about his style. “My idea is to be protagonists,” he said. “The history here is a team that love playing with possession and I like that personality. When you don’t have possession, I want a squad that are very, very intensive with the pressing. The two things are important for me to be protagonists – possession of the ball and pressing when you don’t have the ball.”Gazidis spoke at length about the process that led to Emery’s appointment – the starting point of which, he said, was that “every coach in the world would be interested in this position. We believe there is not a position in world football that is more attractive than Arsenal.”last_img read more

Risk that Russia may violate doping laws at World Cup, says Usada’s Tygart

first_imgTravis Tygart, the influential US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive, has warned that it would be “naive” not to think that hosts Russia could violate anti-doping rules again during the World Cup.Tygart also questioned why Fifa had awarded Russia the tournament when it is still considered non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency after evidence was unearthed of its state-sponsored doping programme including at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.“Russia should not be hosting the World Cup because they have clearly violated the rules,” Tygart told the Guardian following a meeting of 17 national anti-doping organisations hosted by UK Anti-Doping in London. “A lot of people here are really frustrated by it. And while it is too late in the game to do anything about it, ultimately it sends a very bad message to clean athletes.” Drugs in sport Read more Share on Twitter Russia ignored four requests to inspect anti-doping lab, says Wada Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Read more World Cup 2018 In December 2016 the McLaren report found that more than 1,000 Russian athletes in 30 sports had been part of state-sponsored doping programme, including footballers. Seven months earlier, the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov revealed how his country’s athletes had their urine samples manipulated at the 2014 Winter Olympics to avoid positive tests.When asked if he worried about a repeat of Sochi, Tygart responded: “Unfortunately the weak and political decisions that the International Olympic Committee and Wada made in dealing with Russia has caused a lot of people to ask that question. We can’t be naive when it looks like you can steal and not be held accountable.”Tygart also raised the possibility that Russian hackers Fancy Bears, which he described as “a unit of the Russian government”, could be active during the World Cup. And he said that athletes in some sports were worried about competing in Russia at all because of the possibility of “false positive” doping tests.“Remember the McLaren report that indicated that the minister’s office told Rodchenkov to create a false positive for a Ukrainian athlete and that served the interest of Russia,” he said. “Athletes have expressed their concern for the security around doping – and possibility getting a false positive that has been intentionally created to take them down. It is an environment that is really scary for athletes.”Tygart also warned there were voices in the IOC and Wada who wanted Russia to be brought back in from the cold, despite not fulfilling two key obligations of Wada’s roadmap – accepting the McLaren investigation and permitting access to the Moscow laboratory and providing the data necessary to ensure justice on hundreds of outstanding cases. And he said he expected a “showdown” between Wada and Russia over the reinstatement. “The IOC is pushing to draw a line under the Russian doping scandal,” said Tygart. “That would be a total disaster and if Wada allows it to happen, without the Russians meeting the roadmap, it will be a devastating blow to its credibility. I think people are genuinely concerned that is going to happen and it has the appearance of a total set up. If possible the IOC will allow it to go away. So it is incumbent on everyone who agrees that clean sport matters, to ensure that it doesn’t.”Tygart also called for Wada’s funding model to be changed so that it is no longer funded half by the IOC and half by governments, and said he supported a levy on broadcast rights instead. “Unfortunately Wada is really doomed to fail in its current structure unless it has pretty significant changes that makes it free from the conflict of interest – and those who have an interest not to promote clean sport,” he added. Topics Russia doping scandal World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Share on Pinterest Share via Email World Cup news Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

‘We’re over it’: Carter-Vickers eager to take place with USA and Spurs

first_imgIn Earnie Stewart’s full-to-bursting inbox, resolving the ‘Europe question’ will not be far below the priority of appointing a head coach, when he begins his role as new USMNT general manager next week.The competing philosophies over whether to pick MLS-based players or choose those plying their trade in the European leagues dogged the US throughout their failed bit to reach Russia. Geoff Cameron’s post-mortem assertion that it created a “poisonous divide” in the squad remains an utterly damning assessment of US Soccer and then-coach Bruce Arena’s handling of the issue. If Carter-Vickers is to fulfill his international ambitions though, he is under no illusions that he needs to be playing regular first-team football for his club. Last season provided an invaluable learning curve after he enjoyed loan spells at Championship outfits Sheffield United and Ipswich Town.“I was getting a lot of game time alongside some experienced players at both clubs. That’s really helped me and I feel like I’ve improved as a player,” he said.But after signing a new contract until 2021 with Spurs in May, the upcoming Premier League campaign could be a seminal one in Carter-Vickers’ long-term future at White Hart Lane. He turns 21 in December and knows he is at a stage of his career where he needs to be challenging for a first-team spot under Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs’ 10-day stint in the States is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the academy product’s progress to Pochettino, with many of the club’s first-team regulars still on holiday after their World Cup commitments.“I’ve come back to Spurs this pre-season and I’ve been focused on working hard in every training session and trying to impress the manager as much as I can. I’m at that age now where I want to be playing games,” he added.“I’ve just signed again [a new contract] at Tottenham, so I’m aiming to get into that starting XI. I feel if you impress the manager here and you do the right things on the training pitch, he’ll give you that opportunity.”If Carter-Vickers can make the grade at Spurs, then he may well have already determined the philosophy of the next USMNT coach. US sports Share via Email features But if Stewart and Arena’s long-term successor are to follow the lead of caretaker boss Dave Sarachan and restore Jürgen Klinsmann’s outlook of prominently featuring those earning a wage on the other side of the Atlantic, then Christian Pulisic is merely the ringleader of a rich next generation of European-based American talent.Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Keaton Parks (Benfica), Luca de la Torre (Fulham), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Timothy Weah (PSG), Weston McKennie (Schalke), Shaquell Moore (Reus), Antonee Robinson (Everton), Erik Palmer-Brown (Breda) and Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United) have all been blooded during Sarachan’s six-game tenure. None will be over the age of 25 by the time of the 2022 World Cup.The same goes for Tottenham Hotspur center back Cameron Carter-Vickers – currently in California for the club’s participation in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament. After making his USMNT debut as a half-time substitute in November’s friendly against Portugal and starting both of last month’s encounters against France and Ireland, the 20-year-old is determined to remain part of a rising crop of young talent. “I feel there’s definitely a strong group of players coming through in the next generation. We’ll all young, we’re all hungry and we’re all passionate about the US. We want to do well for ourselves and for the country,” he told the Guardian.“I feel like every player goes on different paths. There’s obviously a lot of competitive leagues in Europe, so for players to be playing at a good level every week definitely helps, and it will definitely help the US.”While Carter-Vickers was thousands of miles away from the blood-letting and questioning which followed last October’s debacle in Trinidad and Tobago, he was well aware of the ramifications of failing to reach a first World Cup in more than 30 years.But the English-born defender – who qualifies for the US through father Howard Carter, who had brief stints in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks – senses that focus has now shifted from asking what went wrong, to making sure that the USMNT reclaim a seat on the world stage in Qatar 2022.“I feel that both the federation and as a group of players, we’re over that now. We’re already looking to work towards the next qualifying campaign and moving on from there,” Carter-Vickers said.“The next World Cup is a must for the US. From a personal perspective, by the time the next qualifying campaign comes around, I want to be in the position where I can help the US and play in those qualifying games, and then hopefully help us do well at the World Cup.” Read more Share on LinkedIn Topics Tottenham Hotspur USAcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Twitter Summer transfer window: club-by-club guide for the Premier League Share on Pinterest Which football club has made the biggest profit on a player in their 30s? Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Super League v NRL: is the northern hemisphere bridging the gap?

first_img Since you’re here… NRL Super League NRL warned of sponsor exodus over stream of off-season scandals Share on Messenger Ellery Hanley, the former Lions captain, thinks the number of Englishmen playing successfully in Australia has helped. “Guys like Elliott Whitehead and Sam Burgess, seasoned England internationals, going there and playing in the NRL have eliminated the fear factor for Englishmen and changed perceptions of our players and their abilities,” he says.“It was deemed that our boys wouldn’t be able to cope with their standard but I think England getting to the World Cup final shows that Super League is almost level with them now.”Paul Sculthorpe, the former Great Britain captain, is adamant the elite in both leagues are at a similar level. “Their player pool is bigger than ours but our best against their best, there’s not a lot in it – the World Cup proved that,” he says. “Some of our lads are now rightly considered to be the best players in the world.”But what about the World Club Challenge itself? With the Super League chief executive, Robert Elstone, admitting major changes could be afoot for the event’s format and scheduling next year, just where does it fit into the domestic calendar? “I think it would be a disgrace if this game ever disappeared,” Carney says. “Other sports would kill for a clash that pits its best club sides from different hemispheres against one another. If we lose it through the apathy of the NRL’s approach to it, that is a disgrace.” Share via Email Topics Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest It is said that the more things change, the more they stay the same, and never has that mantra been more applicable to a sporting event than in rugby league’s World Club Challenge. Of the 26 previous versions of the event to determine the best club side in the sport – dating back to the inaugural unofficial clash between Sydney and St Helens in 1976 – there have been more tweaks and changes than most league fans would care to remember.From the ill-fated, expanded 1997 edition, in which British clubs performed disastrously amid millions of dollars’ worth of losses, to the short-lived World Club Series of recent seasons, the format has never discovered its panacea. The purported disparity between the sport’s two elite competitions, Super League and the NRL, has long been cited as the reason why the competition has never properly taken off but, as Wigan prepare to host the Roosters on Sunday in the latest instalment, just how big is the gap between the two? Their player pool is bigger than ours, but our best v their best, there’s not a lot in it – the World Cup proved thatPaul Sculthorpe Wigan Warriors ‘Undervalued’ World Club Challenge in line for major revamp, says Elstone Support The Guardiancenter_img Reuse this content Read more “I think the standard over here is currently higher than it’s been for a long time,” says the current St Helens coach and former Sydney assistant, Justin Holbrook. “You can see that from the rule changes Super League has made to try to align itself with the NRL. Whether we’re catching the NRL up … we’ll find out on Sunday.”Perhaps we will. In the past decade only two British sides – Leeds in 2012 and Wigan in 2017 – have beaten the NRL’s best. But with Super League’s recent rule changes designed to close the gap on the NRL and speed the game up – plus England’s progression at international level – is the gap already being narrowed?“We as a competition have to get to a standard of play that threatens the NRL, I totally get that,” admits the former Great Britain winger turned TV presenter Brian Carney. “We’re going the right way now. We’re doing things that should have been done a long time ago but you won’t see instant results. You wouldn’t have kicked Italy out of the Six Nations a few years ago simply because they were struggling – now they’re competing.” Sydney Roosters features Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Carney is not alone in his views; it is widely acknowledged in the northern hemisphere that the tournament is too often viewed as a warm-up event for the Australians, prompting Elstone’s desire to shake it up.That attitude, however, cannot be attributed to this weekend’s visiting NRL champions. “If you love the game of league, then you must respect it on all levels – including the World Club Challenge,” says the Sydney coach, Trent Robinson, who previously coached in Super League with Catalans. “I’d like to see a bit more structure to it so you can look long-term, because you have discussions every year about where and when it’s being played.“But we want to showcase rugby league. If we’re going to invest time travelling to England, then we will respect the heritage and quality of the game in this country.”Robinson’s attitude is commendable, and perhaps indicative of a growing Antipodean shift towards Super League, given the influx of players to the competition this season in the peaks of their careers, rather than the usual annual arrival of those seeking one last payday in Europe. Share on Twitter Read more “I think all the high-profile imports who’ve arrived this year would give our competition a thumbs-up and are pleasantly surprised where we are,” Elstone says. “Increasing the intensity and pace of our game has been a priority but we have to aspire for our competitions, including this one, to look different in the future. We own such a fantastic property in the World Club Challenge, which arguably hasn’t been subscribed to properly by certain people in the past. We have to change that.”Carney agrees. “The game needs to back this concept. We’ve only got two elite professional competitions in the world and not much else, so if you are culpable for letting this event die, you cannot love rugby league.”League, one suspects, will not let that happen. But in a theme not too dissimilar from Super League’s constant league structure changes of recent seasons, perhaps the World Club Challenge will never get the respect it deserves until Super League proves it is on the NRL’s level this year and beyond. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Rugby leaguelast_img read more

Chess: England’s medallists battle jetlag but rack up six wins in 4NCL

first_imgForty-eight hours after the world team championship closing ceremony in Astana, Kazakhstan, England’s jet-lagged trio of team silver and individual board medal winners Luke McShane (gold), Gawain Jones (silver) and David Howell (bronze) were in action again in the penultimate weekend of the 4NCL, Britain’s national league. Not conveniently near Heathrow, either – they had a further tiring journey to Telford in the West Midlands. Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Twitter Share via Email news 3611 1 Bh7+! so that if Kf8 2 Qxh6! gxh6 3 Rxf7 mate. The game ended 1…Kh8 2 Bg6! and Black resigned faced with fxg6 3 Nf7+ and 4 Nxd8. Chess England’s world team championship squad (left to right): Jonathan Speelman, Luke McShane, Michael Adams, Gawain Jones, David Howell and Malcolm Pein. Photograph: David Llada Quick guide Gediminas Sarauskas v Luke McShane, 4NCL, Telford 2019 Thank you for your feedback. Share on Messenger Chess: England win first major medal in 22 years with silver at world teams Was this helpful? Reuse this content The decorated trio notched up a combined result of six wins in six games. It was a significant feat, since jetlag is well known to affect chess players and another participant at Astana, attempting the same operation in a different European league, lost badly with the comment: “My brain was just useless.”Jones and McShane led the Guildford team which continued its record unbeaten run, now standing at 72 wins and two draws spread over more than six years. Guildford has 8/8 match points, followed by Howell’s Cheddleton squad and Manx Liberty on 6/8.Manx was level with Guildford in February, but was then beaten by Yorkshire’s White Rose, for whom James Adair scored in this week’s puzzle.The title deciders are at the final league weekend in early May, when Guildford meet both Cheddleton and Manx. The Surrey team is far ahead in tiebreaking game points, so the realistic question is whether well-financed Manx can end Guildford’s mammoth unbeaten run and thus gain a psychological edge for a serious title challenge in 2019-20. Rumour has it that Manx will really go for it and bring in a couple of 2,700-rated elite GMs to outrate Jones and McShane, plus some 2,600s in support. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook A different question prompted by the England medal trio’s intercontinental dash is why they took such trouble, since their teams won by wide margins anyway. At least part of the answer lies in the bunched live ratings, which show England’s top five – the medal trio plus Michael Adams and Matthew Sadler – covered by a mere 15 rating points between Howell 2,701 at world No 39 and McShane 2,686 at world No 54. The race is on to succeed Nigel Short and Adams as top dog and every rating point counts.McShane’s win below was a classic case of too many early queen moves, here seven of the first 14, by his opponent. White’s homespun plan was intended to dodge the mainline Berlin Wall 5 d4 or 5 Re1, but when the errant queen finally returned to base by 14 Qd2 McShane already had a pleasant position with active bishops and knight.White tried a tactical trick 19 Bxc7 but McShane struck with 20…f5! and 23…Bxg2! comically netting the white queen still recovering at d2 from her early sortie. In theory there was still work to do with rook, knight and pawn for queen, but Black’s active queen soon homed in on the a2 pawn and White resigned due to 34 Ra1 Qa3 35 h4 Qb2 when the queen eats White’s a2 pawn and Black’s own a pawn has a clear run. Pinterest Leonard Barden on chess Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook Topics Share on Pinterest Read more Show Share on WhatsApp Hide 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 O-O Nxe4 5 Qe2?! Nd6 6 Bxc6 dxc6 7 Qxe5+ Qe7 8 Qa5? Qd7 9 Qe5+ Qe6 10 Qa5 Be7 11 Re1 Qd7 12 d3 O-O 13 Bf4 b6 14 Qd2 Bb7 15 Ne5 Qd8 16 Nc3 Nf5 17 Nc4 c5 18 Ne3 Nh4 19 Bxc7 Qd7 20 Bg3 f5! 21 Ne2 f4 22 Nxf4 Rxf4 23 Bxf4 Bxg2! 24 Nxg2 Nf3+ 25 Kh1 Nxd2 26 Bxd2 Bf6 27 Bc3 Bxc3 28 bxc3 Re8 29 Rxe8+ Qxe8 30 Ne3 Qe5 31 d4 cxd4 32 cxd4 Qxd4 33 Rd1 Qa4 0-1last_img read more

Derby’s Richard Keogh injured for rest of season after ‘alcohol-related’ car crash

first_imgShare on Pinterest Derby County have confirmed their captain, Richard Keogh, is out until the end of the season because of a serious knee injury sustained in what the club described as an “alcohol-related incident”. Share on WhatsApp The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. The former Netherlands international, who was not at the meal, said he had briefly spoken to Keogh at the training ground on Thursday. “I think he feels responsible, yeah. The more senior players always have to step up and take responsibility and it’s now had a huge effect on him.”Cocu explained the team dinner took place “for some bonding” after a plan to play foot golf was abandoned in favour of bowling because of the weather. Twitter Pinterest Bennett and Lawrence were arrested and charged with drink-driving, police said, after a collision on the A6 at Allestree, Derby, shortly before midnight on Tuesday involving a Range Rover and Mercedes. They are due to appear at Southern Derbyshire magistrates court on 15 October.Derby issued a strong statement condemning what happened. “A small group, including the team captain Richard Keogh, continued drinking into the night,” it said. “They should have known when to stop and also ignored the opportunity to be driven home using cars laid on by the club, and chose to stay out. Topics Read more Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Facebook Read more news “The players involved will be subject to a rigorous internal investigation under the club’s code of conduct and disciplinary procedures … Those involved know they will pay a heavy price for their actions, but also that we will support them with their rehabilitation back into the squad and team.”Derby, who reached last season’s play-off final, sit 18th in the Championship with one win from eight fixtures.Keogh has made more than 350 appearances for the club since joining from Coventry in 2012 and has 26 Republic of Ireland caps. He will almost certainly miss Euro 2020 should Mick McCarthy’s side qualify. Reuse this content The injury is believed to have been suffered in a car accident that led to two other Derby players, Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett, being charged with drink-driving. The club said “a small group” including Keogh had “continued drinking into the night” after a team dinner.Derby’s manager, Phillip Cocu, described Keogh as “extremely down” and said the 33-year-old “feels responsible” for the incident. “Most of the players left around 8pm and a small group stayed and continued at the bar,” Cocu said. “Due to an alcohol-related incident we’ve lost our captain for the rest of the season, so in the end it was bad news for the whole team.”Cocu, asked whether Keogh’s injury could be career-threatening, reiterated it was “a very serious injury”. Share on LinkedIn Phillip Cocu was unimpressed at a Derby press conference on Thursday. Photograph: SNTV Facebook Football League rejects proposal to readmit Bury into League Two Share on Twitter Bristol City’s Taylor Moore: ‘I tore my hamstring trying to catch Mbappé’ Derby Countylast_img read more

The new Salah? Roma’s wing wizard Cengiz Under

first_imgRoma Who is Cengiz Under? Roma finally have their replacement for Liverpool star Salah Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cengiz Under Roma Getty Images Roma Serie A Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Roma v Milan Milan Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League Opinion The Turkish sensation initially struggled to settle at the Stadio Olimpico but the 20-year-old has now netted five times in his last four appearances Manchester City or Roma? That was the dilemma facing Cengiz Under last summer. The Turkish starlet had previously admitted he wanted to play in England more than any other country in Europe. Indeed, he hadn’t even mentioned Serie A while discussing his preferred leagues.However, it became a question of first-team opportunities. According to Cengiz’s agent, Omer Uzun, City were “working in collaboration with Freiburg” with a view to signing the attacker and immediately loaning him to the German side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cengiz wasn’t keen and instead opted to join Roma, with Monchi proving the “decisive factor”, according to Omer. Roma’s sporting director had forged a reputation as one of the greatest talent scouts in world football by turning several low-cost signings into superstars during his time at Sevilla and he convinced Cengiz that there would be far less obstacles placed between him and the senior squad at the Stadio Olimpico than the Etihad.The Spaniard proved true to his word. Cengiz started Roma’s Serie A opener, against Atalanta, on the bench, but he featured as a substitute during the following weekend’s meeting with Inter at San Siro before earning his first start at home to Verona on matchday three.Cengiz clearly hadn’t settled, though, either at Roma or in Rome, and his difficulties in acclimatising manifested themselves in poor performances. He had never lived alone before and he also struggled with the language. Unsurprisingly, he found the first few months “difficult”. Before the winter break, there were even reports that the €14.9 million signing would be loaned to Sassuolo in exchange for Matteo Politano, a Roma academy graduate who had also previously worked with coach Eusebio Di Francesco at MAPEI Stadium.This was unknown territory for Cengiz, whose career had progressed seamlessly and rapidly up until that point. After starring in Turkey’s second tier for Altinordu as a 17-year-old, he then took the Super Lig by storm with Istanbul Basaksehir, racking up nine goals and seven assists to force his way into the national team squad.By November of last year, he had netted three times in six appearances for his country, so coach Mircea Lucescu took a vested interest in the prodigy’s situation.He spoke Italian with him to help him improve his linguistic skills and urged him to remain at Roma and resist all loan offers.“I also advised Di Francesco to persist with him and work patiently with him because his qualities would’ve come out in the long run,” the Turkey boss revealed.”I’ll be counting on him a lot in the future. Cengiz will become a pillar of the new national team.”Cenzig Under Quote PSThe Roma boss didn’t need convincing of the player’s, though. He wasn’t about to give up on Cengiz just yet.Aside from the youngster’s pace, excellent dribbling skills and powerful left foot – all of which combined to earn him the nickname ‘The Turkish Dybala’ – Di Francesco was impressed by Cengiz’s humility and work ethic. “Cengiz was a wise choice by the club, he needs to improve his choices, but since he arrived, he plays far more for the team than the individual,” the former Sassuolo coach enthused.“Cengiz is only 20, he came to Serie A from another world in football terms. We are not accustomed in Italy to waiting for young talent to develop and I say that with irritation. “People are so quick to point the finger and claim he’s not good enough even to play for the Primavera youth team. You must wait for players to develop.“Obviously a player like Cengiz needs a little more time to assimilate the change in league, the directives or movements that are asked of him.”At this moment, the player has this capacity, sharpness and exuberance to transform what I ask for into something remarkable. I hope he can continue like this, but he must never give up or lose his humility.“But if he keeps training with this determination and hunger, he can become a leader on the pitch.”As a result, he continued to make use of the 20-year-old as a substitute in December before starting him on the left wing against Sampdoria on January 24. Roma were beaten 1-0 in Genoa – their sixth game in a row without a win – but Cengiz had impressed. His reward was a start on his preferred right wing for Roma’s next outing, at Verona, and he took just 43 seconds to vindicate Di Francesco’s faith in him, cutting inside past two players before finding the bottom corner with a sweet strike of his favoured left foot.Cengiz Under Stats PSIt kickstarted not only Cengiz’s career but also Roma’s season. They beat Benevento 5-2 the following weekend at the Stadio Olimpico before triumphing 2-0 at Udinese on Saturday. Cengiz was involved in four of those goals, scoring three and creating another. Six months after Mohamed Salah’s departure for Liverpool, it was quickly claimed that Roma had finally found a worthy successor and there was a clamour for Cengiz to retain his place in the starting line-up for the Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.The winger had not been afforded a single minute during Roma’s group-stage campaign but now Di Francesco felt the youngster was ready.”He is in the optimal psychological mindset and can make the most of any situation,” he enthused, “whereas a few weeks ago he was short on confidence and was hitting [shots] into the stands.”His remarkable transformation was underlined by the way in which he kept his composure to put Roma ahead in Kharkiv to mark his first Champions League appearance with his first Champions League goal.The Giallorossi ultimately fell to a 2-1 defeat but, ahead of this weekend’s crucial Serie A clash with a resurgent AC Milan, there is now no doubt that Cengiz will start at the Stadio Olimpico.Manchester City or Roma? It’s taken a while but Cengiz now knows that he made the right choice.last_img read more

PL title wouldn’t have stopped my sacking – Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool Winning Premier League wouldn’t have stopped my Liverpool sacking – Rodgers Goal 22:58 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brendan Rodgers Celtic Getty Liverpool Celtic Premier League Premiership The Celtic boss feels there was nothing he could do to stop the Reds from firing him just over a year after he guided them to second place Brendan Rodgers is convinced that not even winning the Premier League title would have prevented Liverpool from sacking him in 2015.The 45-year-old was unable to deliver a trophy during his four years as the Reds manager, but came close to guiding them to league success in 2014.Liverpool were three points clear at the top of the table with three games to play before a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea – aided by Steven Gerrard’s famous slip – and then a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace saw Manchester City overtake them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Anfield side were forced to settle for a sixth-place finish in the league the following season and Rodgers was let go in October 2015 before joining Celtic.The Northern Irish manager does not believe things would have gone much differently, even if they had won a first top-flight crown since 1990.“I would still have been sacked for sure,” he told The Times.”You only need to look at the evidence all around. Not in modern football. Not in new football.”This little thing here (mobile phone) means the world has changed. No one wants to wait for anything.”At the end of that season I signed a four-year deal. I was going to be the one, the person to take the club on. Eighteen months later that’s it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Henderson refuses to blame Karius

first_imgLiverpool ‘It’s not about Karius and the mistakes he made’ – Henderson defends Liverpool goalkeeper Dom Farrell 07:01 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LorisKarius - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Loris Karius endured a nightmare outing as Liverpool went down to a 3-1 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid in Kiev. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insisted it was not right to lay the blame on Loris Karius after the goalkeeper’s error-strewn display handed Real Madrid a 3-1 win in the Champions League final.Gareth Bale came off the bench to score a remarkable 64th-minute overhead kick that put Madrid 2-1 in front, but the Welshman’s second seven minutes from time and Karim Benzema’s opener early in the second half were both down to howling mistakes from Karius.Benzema stuck out a boot to intercept an ill-advised throw from the former Mainz keeper, who fumbled Bale’s speculative long-range shot into his net to seal Liverpool’s fate. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “The first one, I’m not really sure what happened,” Henderson told BT Sport. “The overhead kick, he can do nothing and on the third one the ball has got loads of movement on it. That’s never easy.”It’s not about him and the mistakes he might have made. We win as a team and we lose as a team”It’s not about one person, it’s about everybody and we just weren’t good enough on the night.”Liverpool levelled through Sadio Mane in the 55th minute and the Senegal forward also struck the post at 2-1 – leading the Premier League side’s attacking charge after Mohamed Salah departed in the 30th minute with a shoulder injury that could jeopardise his World Cup participation with Egypt.”It’s disappointing, of course. I thought we did well to get the goal and get back in the game,” Henderson said.”But there were mistakes and Madrid are a fantastic side who are always going to hurt you.”They were the better team on the night but in the first 40 minutes we dominated and had a couple of chances.”It’s frustrating but you’ve got to give credit to Madrid.”We did well to get in at half-time at 0-0 [after Salah’s injury]. We kept the speed of our game, we got the goal back but there are a couple of goals that on another night wouldn’t have gone in.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases

first_imgPosted on October 13, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)MHTF partner, The Global Network for Tropical Diseases and the World Health Organization cordially invite you to a reception marking the release of the first-ever WHO report on Neglected Tropical Diseases, “Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases.” The program will include remarks from two renowned leaders in NTD research and advocacy: Wednesday, October 20, 20105:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.1777 F Street, NW Washington, D.C. 8th Floor The World Health Organization (WHO) will release its first comprehensive report on the state of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), “Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases,” on Thursday, October 14, 2010. The reception will highlight the report which assesses global progress, takes stock of achievements and identifies the future challenges that impact the control and elimination of NTDs.center_img Dr. Lorenzo Svaioli, Director, Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHODr. Peter Hotez, President, Sabin Vaccine InstituteTo RSVP, please visit this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

2010 X-Blades National Touch League update

first_imgThe rain has finally stopped and there is a bit of sun shining over the fields at Stockland Park, Caloundra, giving the fields a much needed chance to dry. The TFA staff have arrived in full force to set up the new venue, and will continue to do so over the next two days in the lead up to the biggest National Touch League in history!In other news, make sure you join the brand new Touch Football Australia Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest news and scores throughout the tournament. Search for Touch Football Australia on Facebook and become a fan today! As well as a day full of action packed Semi and Grand Finals on Saturday, 13 March, local radio station Hot 91.1FM will be at the fields doing live crosses from the venue as well as bringing their cheer squad. A big screen will also be used on finals day, with the Mixed, Women’s and Men’s Open finals to be broadcasted on the screen, including instant replays and interviews.Today’s edition of the NT News has a story about the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League. To view the story, please click on the following link: tuned to the TFA and NTL websites, as well as the new Facebook page to keep up to date with all of the latest news, previews and read more

Caslick Keen To Learn From The Best

first_imgAnd later this week she will run out in the green and gold uniform of the Australian Women’s Open team when they battle it out against New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Test Series in Mudgee, New South Wales. The Brisbane school student, who turned 17 last month, becomes one of the youngest players to ever represent Australia at an Open’s level, while teammate Ashleigh Quinlan, who turned 17 late last year, also joins her in the team. While Caslick didn’t expect to be making the team so early in her career, she is looking forward to making her mark on the series when it starts on Thursday. “I was sort of a bit shocked but yeah I’m really excited, I can’t wait,” Caslick said. Caslick started playing Touch Football as an 11-year-old, and it didn’t take long for her to impress on the field, making her first Queensland team that year. While it’s been a big 12 months for the 17-year-old, which included helping her side, the Brisbane City Cobras win the 2012 National Touch League Women’s Open title, she is keen to use this week’s experience to learn as much as she can from some of her Touch Football idols, and she says she has already learnt plenty along the way.   “I’d already played with Woodsy (Kelly Woods) and Chez (Emilee Cherry) before but playing with Peta (Rogerson) and Louise Winchester and KJ (Kristy Judd), they just taught me so much and they were so encouraging, just learning from all of them, they all have little things that help so much.”“I think I’m just going to learn so much from the older girls and that’s what I’m looking forward to the most, I think it will be fun in general,” she said. Caslick credits Australian Women’s Open coach, Peter Bell as one of the biggest influences on her Touch Football career to date and says that having him as her coach at the highest level is making her feel more comfortable in the lead up to the series. Representing Australia at the Open’s level at such a young age doesn’t seem to faze Caslick, who after representing the Australian 18’s Girls team last year made it her next goal to make the Women’s Open team. “I haven’t really thought about how young I actually am, I’m honoured to have had so much help… everyone has helped me so much.”Stay tuned to the website to meet the team’s other 17-year-old, Ashleigh Quinlan, in the coming days. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following Facebook – – (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – read more

2015 Queensland State Championships

first_img42 teams from across Queensland will compete in the 2015 Queensland Touch Football State Championships this weekend. Teams from Queensland’s six regions will converge on Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe for the two day event, which starts on Saturday, 24 October. Teams will compete across eight divisions at the event – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 20’s, Women’s 20’s, Women’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s and Men’s 50’s. Games commence at 8.00am on Saturday morning, with finals commencing from 12.35pm on Sunday. 2014 Queensland State Championships winnersMen’s OpenSouth Queensland 8 defeated North Queensland 6Women’s OpenSunshine Coast 7 defeated Brisbane City 2Mixed OpenBrisbane City 13 defeated Central Queensland 12Men’s 20’sNorth Queensland 8 defeated Central Queensland 5Women’s 20’sBrisbane City 6 defeated Sunshine Coast 4Women’s 27’sBrisbane City 4 defeated North Queensland 2Men’s 30’sNorth Queensland 9 defeated Brisbane City 5Women’s 35’sCentral Queensland 8 defeated South West Queensland 3Men’s 40’sSouth Queensland 8 defeated Central Queensland 3Women’s 40’sBrisbane City 4 defeated South Queensland 3Men’s 45’sSouth Queensland 7 defeated South West Queensland 6Men’s 50’sSunshine Coast 3 defeated Brisbane 2Men’s 55’sNorth Queensland 6 defeated Sunshine Coast 4Regional Champions – Brisbane City Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Queensland State Championships in the following ways:Website – – – – LinksQLD State Champslast_img read more