Olympians petition in SC for Lodha reforms in all sports

first_imgMumbai, Dec 30 (PTI) A group of retired sports persons, including Olympians and Test cricketers, have filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court to incorporate the sweeping recommendations of the apex court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee for cricket into all other sports in the country. The petition, in form of PIL, has been filed in the wake of the Supreme Court passing its final order, after it accepted its specially appointed Justice Lodha Committees recommendations for sweeping reforms in the BCCI, said a media release issued on the petitioners behalf. “We, 28 former Olympians, Padma Shri, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Test Cricketers along with some administrators from sports disciplines in Hockey, Football, Cricket, Athletics, Volleyball, Badminton, Kabaddi, Swimming and Para Olympics have filed this petition in the Supreme Court for the below mentioned reasons and betterment of sports promotion and development in India,” said the release. The petitioners are Ashok Kumar Dhyan Chand, M K Kaushik, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Nachappa, Edward Sequeira, G E Sridharan, Reeth Abraham, Gurbax Singh Grewal, Balbir Singh, Fortunato Franco, S S Narayan, Joaquim Carvalho, Vandana Rao, Pravin Thipsay, Bhagyasree Thipsay, Maya Meher, Nisha Millet, Aloysius Edwards, Madhu Yadav, Kirti Azad, Bishen Singh Bedi, Sameer Bahadur, KPS Gill, Ashok Mathur and Virender Kumar. “It may be observed that some of the recommendations made by the Justice Lodha Committee are already found in the National Sports Code. However, some of the salient and salutary recommendation need to be adopted by the Government of India in the National Sports Code to ensure the smooth, transparent manner which is most beneficial for the development of the sport,” they said in the release. “It is submitted that like in the game of cricket several oligarchies exist in other sports administration which is to the great detriment of the respective sports. It may also be noted that there is an urgent need to amend and rework the National Sports Code so as to ensure that sports administration is not treated as a self perpetuating business but instead must be for the betterment of the sports concerned. “Since all the sports associations other than the BCCI fall within the remit of the Central Government, the Sports Ministry of Central Government can pass an order seeking the implementation of some of the recommendation of the Justice Lodha Committee in so far as other sports bodies are concerned,” they added. “The petition is seeking a positive direction from the Honble Court for the incorporation of some of the recommendations in other sports bodies in order to promote transparency in the game as well as to ensure the betterment of the sports and also in the interest of the players of the sports,” said the release. “The effort is to seek an all encompassing Order from the Supreme Court in the nature of a mandamus to the Central Government to amend the National Sports Code, in order to incorporate some of the salutary recommendations made by the Justice Lodha Committee for other sports bodies,” the release added. The petition was filed before the apex court was closed for the Christmas break, one of the petitioners told PTI. PTI SSR SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSports Ministry temporarily suspends IOA following its Sports Ministry temporarily suspends IOA following its decision to make Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala life presidents. PTI SSC BSlast_img

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Opinion: Way to go. Don’t let solid facts get in the way of animosity, Ravi Shastri

first_img“What is Sourav Ganguly’s problem with me? Ravi Shastri had wondered aloud on news channels in June last year after Anil Kumble had been appointed coach of the Indian team.There was an immediate uproar after Shastri’s interview with India Today, where he had trained his guns on Ganguly, who had missed the former’s presentation with the Cricket Advisory Committee, which had been tasked with the search for a coach for Team India.Shastri, many felt, was a frontrunner, having already served as the Team Director for nearly two years before Kumble was eventually appointed. However, the legendary leg-spinner’s entry into the race did queer the pitch for Shastri and Ganguly’s absence from his presentation irked him further.Ganguly of course clarified that he had to attend a Cricket Association of Bengal meeting and insisted Shastri, if he had been so serious about the job, should have been present physically at the interview instead of holidaying in Thailand.The two were involved in a public spat for a short while before both former captains decided not to wash their dirty linen in public anymore. However, it was clear that all was not well between the two legends.Now, nearly seven months after the furor supposedly died down and both men moved their own ways, Shastri has kind of reignited the old rivalry. In an interview with Wisden, Shastri said Dhoni was the best captain India have ever had, followed by Kapil Dev, Ajit Wadekar and Tiger Pataudi.”Baaki koi nahi (there is no one else),” Shastri said after carefully omiting Ganguly from his list.advertisementBut here is a cold, bare fact Mr Shastri. Dhoni is of course India’s most successful Test captain with 27 victories in 60 Tests but Ganguly is second with 21 wins out of 49. For the record (and no disrespect intended here), Kapil won only four of 34 Tests as captain, Wadekar no more than four of 16 while Pataudi led India to nine wins.In ODIs, Ganguly led India to 76 victories out of 146 matches and oversaw the team’s journey to the 2003 World Cup final.Ganguly was the man who taught India how to win overseas and he was captain when India stopped a rampaging Australia in their track.But then, Mr Shastri, don’t let facts get in the way of animosity.Clearly, what Shastri did was childish. Ganguly may not give two hoots about this snub but the former team director has damaged his reputation. He was known as a tough-as-nails cricketer, who gave no inch and asked for none. You would have thought that Shastri would have let bygones be bygones and move on and give credit where due?But THAT (the snub) was disappointing.As for Sourav Ganguly, he continues to remain etched in memory as one of the greatest captains of the modern era.last_img read more

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SPORT-IND A-BAIRST2LT(SPB2)

first_imgHe was pleased with his innings, although he wanted itHe was pleased with his innings, although he wanted it to be bigger, but was under no illusion that he will be preferred to Joe Root, who has joined the team late, despite his impressive knock today.”I struck the ball well. I was trying to convert my Test form into one-dayers. Sixty five was pleasing, but disappointing not to go on. When Root is back Root plays (ahead of me).”My form recently in India in the Test series was pretty good. The two and a half to three months I had spent in Bangladesh and India, playing Tests in these conditions, have helped me immensely,” he said.He did not expect to see any difference in the way India play in ond-day cricket although there has been a change of guard at the helm with Virat Kohli replacing Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has stepped down from captaincy but will continue to figure in the team as a wicket keeper-batsman.”It does not change whether its Virat or MS. His (Virats) captaincy wont be dissimilar to what MS has done over the years,” he said.Asked about up and coming wicket keeper batsman Rishab Pant, who blasted a 36-ball 59 with the help of two sixes and eight fours, Bairstow said, “Looks a very good player, the left hander.” PTI SSR NRB BASlast_img read more

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Khandu extends cabinet in Arunachal, 3 new faces inducted

first_imgItanagar, Jan 14 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief MinisterPema Khandu today expanded his ministry with Governor VShanmuganathan administering the oath of office and secrecy tothree new faces at a function in the Raj Bhawan here.Those inducted were Dr Mahesh Chai, Bamang Felix and Deputy Speaker Alo Libang Nyapin.In a dramatic move, Khandu along with 32 Peoples Partyof Arunachal (PPA) MLAs had joined BJP on December 31 lastyear and had dropped three ministers.The three ministers were Rajesh Tacho (animal husbandry,dairy development, fisheries, sports and youth affairs), TangaByaling (rural development and panchayati raj) and Takam Pario(PHE, water supply and disaster management).Chief Secretary Shakuntala Doley Gamlin conducted the function, attended by Khandus cabinet colleagues, Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, former chief minister and lone Congress MLA Nabam Tuki and BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.The Gauhati High Court is scheduled to hear a case movedby the state Congress regarding joining of 33 Congress MLAsincluding Khandu, with PPA. The BJP Legislature Party leader has also not being elected in the state. PTI COR DKB NSD KKBlast_img read more

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MS Dhoni’s family, relatives expected to be present during third ODI vs England

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni’s family is expected to be present during India’s third and final One-Day International (ODI) against England at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. (Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni first Indian to hit 200 ODI sixes)Dhoni, who relinquished ODI and T20 captaincy recently to hand over the baton to Test captain Virat Kohli, rolled back the years with a magnificent 134 off 122 balls, belting 10 fours and six sixes in the second match in Cuttack to help India seal the three-match series with a 15 run win on Thursday.Fellow veteran Yuvraj Singh scored a career-best 150 runs as the duo stitched together a 256-run partnership for the fourth wicket to set up India’s victory. (Also read: Mahendra Singh Dhoni joins Tendulkar in elite list)The two teams arrived in the city around noon on Friday.Dhoni, according to reliable sources in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), asked for a few tickets for his kith and kin.The ODI and T20 World Cup-winning captain will be felicitated before the match on Sunday with a crystal memento, a shawl and a few other gifts.last_img read more

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Pacers Aniket, Nathu, Thampi on radar for future: Anil Kumble

first_imgRajasthan pace duo of Aniket Choudhary and Nathu Singh and Kerala’s Basil Thampi are on the radar as far as the future of the Indian cricket team is concerned, coach Anil Kumble said here on Tuesday.”We have Aniket Choudhary, (Basil) Thampi, Nathu Singh as part of our scheme. Before the New Zealand tour, we had Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav as part of this kind of a crew who helped us prepare for the Tests,” Kumble told reporters ahead of India’s first Test against Australia, beginning here on Thursday.”I haven’t had a chance to work with them. I hardly get time to look at other domestic bowlers so I try and engage them ahead of a Test match,” he added.The Indian team management has been talking about the importance of fast bowlers in the Test side, showcasing examples where the pace battery has helped them win matches.”It’s not necessary that they will be part of the squad in near future, but looking at the series coming up or even far ahead, it’s good to have them in the scheme of things and bring them into the work culture that we all expect and is needed for success at the international level,” Kumble said.”In Chennai (fifth Test against England), not many gave India a chance to win (India won by an innings and 75 runs). Even in Mumbai (fourth Test against England), we lost the toss but we won by an innings (and 36 runs) and even in Chennai.”advertisement”Even in Kolkata, we played New Zealand, it was difficult and our seamers won it for us. We are not worried about pitch or conditions,” the legendary leg spinner added.Commenting on the pitch here, Kumble said the 22-yard strip seemed good.”It looks a good surface. We respect every opposition. We have been in the best preparation mode. The results have gone in our favour. All our players have had good run with bat and ball.”Kumble said this bunch has now become self-sufficient in dealing with challenges both on and off the field.”I have been privileged to have a chance to work with this young lot for the last ten months. It’s nice to see this squad grow and understand situations and come up with solutions. You want the team to be self-sufficient and not look over their shoulder for advice. I have tried to create an environment where the players can look for solutions on the field and off it as well.”Some of them have played 40-45 Tests. Virat has played over 50. Achievements as an individual, people have had. They have all achieved quite a bit and someone like Ashwin is the fastest to reach 250 wickets in Test history, that’s something amazing.”Those kind of performers are really good to have in the squad and I am really happy I have had the opportunity to work with all of them,” he added.last_img read more

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Zaheer Khan says young players are Delhi Daredevils’ strength in IPL 2017

first_imgAt 38, Zaheer Khan finds it “extremely difficult” to captain a team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after not having played a single competitive match the entire season. But every December, a few months before the IPL season starts, the former India pacer grabs a new challenge.”I look at it as a challenge. I have my routines and I stick to that, along with discussions with trainers, physios which have been going on throughout my career. The process remains the same. I pick up the ball around December and start slowly, and here I am now, ready to take on another season of IPL. I am very confident and excited,” said the Delhi Daredevils skipper. (IPL means Virat Kohli moves from the long to the short of cricket)Bogged down by perennial injury concerns throughout his career, Zak, as he his known in the cricketing circles, has now learnt how to overcome tough times.”The more you play, better it is. I have always found that whenever I was in rhythm, the more matches I played the better I got. The same holds true for every bowler. If you are in good form, the more matches you play the more you can stretch the good form. I think that everyone is a professional here and, at this level, players know how to manage themselves.??On Friday, at the launch of his team’s campaign this season, Zaheer handed over the Daredevils’ match jerseys to two talented fast bowlers – Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada. The captain hoped that, in spite of JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock being ruled out of the tournament, his team will prove their detractors wrong this time for sure. More so because there is an exciting Indian talent on offer in the team from the capital. (Ravichandran Ashwin ruled out of Indian Premier League 2017)advertisement”The usual thought process we have before the auction, we take into consideration all these factors (last-minute injuries and pullouts). We see if players are missing out due to international duties and injuries part as well. We are pretty much prepared for the uncertainties we will be facing the coming season,” Zaheer said.”The kind of domestic talent that we have, I am sure even the (national) selectors will be watching them closely. We have Karun Nair who has a triple ton at the Test level. Shreyas Iyer has made his mark and is also part of the Test team. So, these youngsters are no longer youngsters but seasoned campaigners. That is the strength of Daredevils this year. The Indian batting line-up is a lot more experienced now and know their roles, and the squad is pretty much settled. We are sitting pretty in spite of JP (Duminy) and Quinton (de Kock) not being available for the season.”Some out-of-box match strategy has worked for the Delhi team in the past and at times pushed them on the edge as well. This trademark aspect of his team, says Zaheer, will once again be witnessed in the 10th edition of the tournament. (AB de Villiers suffers back injury ahead of IPL 2017)”Everyone used to wonder about our team combination in every game last season. The flexible roles are here to stay for every player. You will see at times there are three batsmen padded and ready to go in. That is what makes Delhi Daredevils interesting!”Quite expectedly, the team management will be praying that the strategy translates into good results too for the team this season.last_img read more

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10 Things to Avoid in Nonprofit Email Campaigns

first_imgSending one big image. We know it’s tempting to take that gorgeous flier your designer created for print, save it as a jpg and plug it into your email campaign. But sending one big image is risky. Servers are more likely to filter emails with large images, and recipients may move on to other things before your image fully loads. And some email programs, like Gmail and Outlook, block images by default, meaning that a percentage of your recipients might see the original email you designed as a big, broken image. Yikes.One option to repurpose a print piece in email would be to ask an HTML designer to take the single large image and recode it into smaller, sliced images. Email can be a powerful tool for staying in touch with supporters. After spending time on your email strategy and crafting the perfect message, don’t crash and burn by making one of these common mistakes. Ignoring those results. After all the work of the big send-off, don’t forget the fun of watching the results roll in. They’ll tell you a lot about what your audience is interested in. Have an overwhelming click-through response last month when you linked to your blog? Consider adding more links like that in this issue. Did 62 people click to learn more about your newest program? Sounds like follow-up phone calls might be in order. Make sure you learn from the way people respond, and apply those lessons toward even greater success next time. Forgetting to test. By taking a few minutes to send a test to yourself and a few colleagues, you can have peace of mind that your links work, your copy is typo-free and everything looks just the way you thought it would – all before you hit send to the big list. Using an invalid reply-to address. Since permission-based email marketing is all about staying in touch with your members and customers, giving your recipients a way to continue the conversation is a must. Otherwise, you’ll miss the follow-up questions from your subscribers, not to mention those rare (but important!) unsubscribe requests from people who choose to reply to you instead of using a built-in opt-out link.If the From Address you’re currently using doesn’t exist, consider asking your email administrator to create it, or change it to an address that does exist and is monitored by someone who can manage the replies. Using a generic subject line. You know that your latest email campaign is the October Newsletter. And you know that it’s great. But it’s up to you to tell your customers just why October is so darn special. Consider using your subject line to tease your favorite article or whatever *you* decide is the most enticing part of your newsletter.Also, try including your brand in the subject line. It’ll let people instantly recognize *your* email at a glance and can help with inbox sorting down the road. Here are a few examples to get you started…Average: October NewsletterMuch better: Paws for the Cause News: New Litter of Daschunds!Average: Upcoming events this monthMuch better: Can’t-miss events at Main Street Theatre: A VIP-only concert and much more… Here are a few email no-nos to keep in mind next time you create an email campaign.center_img Sending email to people who didn’t ask for it.While it’s important to make sure your email looks great, a successful campaign really starts with a solid, permission-based list. Only email people who have asked to receive your updates or are directly affiliated with your organization. If it’s a rented list, a purchased list or a list of people who’ve never heard of you, avoid it. Sending too often (or not enough). Finding your ideal frequency depends on a few factors, like what your organization does and who you send to. Just keep in mind that sending too frequently may annoy your readers and increase your opt-out rate, but long lapses of silence may cause some readers to just plain forget about you. Aim for regular contact that keeps your brand in front of your readers, and make sure each send-off has a purpose. And in general, we recommend staying in front of your audience at least once a month but not more than a couple times a week. Writing – and sending – a novel. By novel, of course, we mean a really flipping long email. When you send a campaign that goes on and on (and on), a typical subscriber – with a typically short attention span – probably won’t sift through lots of text to find the content that interests them. Instead, your recipients may delete your email at a glance.Consider teasing your news articles with a quick text blurb in your email newsletter, then use landing pages to link your subscribers to additional content hosted on your website. In addition to shortening the length of your campaign, you also get the benefit of seeing which articles people click through to read – and you’ll end up learning more about what your readers are interested in. Getting freaky with Comic Sans. Fonts and colors and formatting, oh my. Keep your campaigns easy on the eyes with simple, intentional style choices. Avoid switching fonts every few lines, and choose your colors with an eye for readability. After all, a well-formatted campaign will catch your readers’ attention and make it easy to keep reading. And isn’t that the whole idea? Neglecting to personalize. Sometimes being one in a million isn’t such a good thing, and you certainly don’t want your readers to feel like they’re just one email address in a one giant list. Use your email campaign to connect personally with your readers, but don’t just stop with a personal first name greeting (although that’s a great place to start). Look for other ways to extend a personal touch, whether it’s through sending targeted messages based on your readers’ zip codes or interests or keeping a friendly, personal tone as you write your content.Remember, these things to avoid don’t qualify as hard and fast rules. Rules are things like waiting thirty minutes after lunch to swim or not going outside with wet hair. You know, important stuff. We’re just offering a few suggestions to help you on your way to email marketing greatness. After all, we think the best idea is the one that suits you and your audience.last_img read more

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Three little tricks to be more persuasive

first_imgI just started reading the fascinating book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. It’s an amazing tour of the mind and the two systems that drive the way we think. Expect plenty of posts on these topics this month.The Nobel-prize-winning author Daniel Kahneman talks about the importance of cognitive ease. Things that are easy to read and easy to remember can be processed with cognitive ease. On the other hand, things like instructions in a poor font or faint colors or complicated language cause cognitive strain. When you’re in a state of cognitive ease, you’re in a good mood. You tend to believe what you hear, trust your intuitions and feel the current situation is familiar. Kahneman says when you feel strained you are vigilant, suspicious and less comfortable. You put in more effort and make fewer mistakes. You may be grouchy, too.If you want to be persuasive, you want people in a state of cognitive ease. Here are three tips for that:1. Make your message very easy to read. 2. Keep the language simple and clear.3. Make it memorable. Catchy and even rhyming phrases are more likely to be taken as truth. “Woes unite foes” is a better aphorism than “Woes unite enemies” for a reason.Is your message causing ease or strain?last_img read more

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Rashford: Man Utd aren’t underdogs at Liverpool!

first_imgMarcus Rashford has rubbished suggestions that Manchester United head to Liverpool as underdogs on Sunday.United travel to Anfield this weekend having won just one of their last four games in all competitions.A 4-1 win over Fulham in their last Premier League fixture was followed by a disappointing 2-1 Champions League reverse against Valencia. 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! Liverpool, meanwhile, beat Napoli 1-0 in midweek, and have yet to lose in the top-flight this season, sitting one point clear at the top of the Premier League.Rashford, though, insists he and his team-mates expect to win the game, despite Jurgen Klopp’s side being the overwhelming favourites to come out on top.”We don’t go there as underdogs, I think we go there to win the game, like any game,” he told Sky Sports.”But they are a good team, the intensity they play at makes the game difficult, but we have to match that and try to improve it. But I think it is important to focus on us, and see how we can hurt them, and score some goals.”Jose Mourinho has come in for criticism in recent weeks, with United struggling for form and flow.United have endured a stop-start season and sit sixth in the league, 16 points behind Klopp’s men and struggling to make up the ground in the race for a top-four finish.Of their 16 league games so far this season, United have lost four and drawn five, although Rashford remains fully in support of his manager, insisting he is a winner.Asked if Mourinho’s approach changes for games such as these, he said: “I think he’s a bit different, like we all are leading up to these games. It has a special buzz and excitement, and as people we can’t hide that.”But he’s a winner, you know, so leading up to the game he’s just thinking about winning, how are we going to win, and what we are going to do to win the game, because the three points is what matters.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Vinicius: I want to play with my idol Neymar

first_imgVinicius Junior says he wants to play alongside Neymar, adding that the Paris Saint-Germain star is the player that inspires him most.The 18-year-old winger, who has yet to earn a senior appearance for Brazil, joined Real Madrid this season and has made 10 league appearances for the club this campaign.He’s begun to find a rhythm with the reigning Champions League winners, showing some of the potential that prompted Madrid to sign him from Flamengo this summer. 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! Vinicius’ idol, though, is the former Barcelona star, a player he hopes to learn from as he continued to adjust to this new level of football.”I want to play next to Neymar, who is my idol,” Vinicius told Interactive Sport.”He’s a guy I’ve been watching since I was little, and since he started at Santos, I have followed him closely.”I have a great admiration for him, and he knows it.”Neymar is currently battling an injury, one that will keep him out of PSG’s Champions League clash with Manchester United in February.Real Madrid, meanwhile, face off with Ajax upon their return to the Champions League while also looking to battle their way up from third in La Liga.Knowing that, Vinicius and Madrid are set to face some pressure-filled matches, but the winger insists its something he’s used to from his days in Brazil.”The pressure is very similar,” said the winger.”[Real Madrid and Flamengo] are two of the biggest clubs in the world.”Next up for Real Madrid is Copa del Rey quarter-final against Girona before a La Liga match against Alaves over the weekend.last_img read more

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Cardiff will pay Sala fees when time is right

first_imgCardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has confirmed the Bluebirds are yet to pay Nantes the first instalment for missing striker Emiliano Sala.Earlier on Wednesday reports emerged that the Ligue 1 club were demanding six of the €15 million (£13m/$17m) from the Premier League club for the Argentine forward.The plane carrying Sala – and pilot David Ibbotson – from Nantes to Cardiff went missing on January 21 , with Guernsey Police undertaking a search for the Piper Malibu aircraft in the following days. 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! After that exploration was stopped, a privately-funded search for the aircraft was launched and the plane was found on Sunday, with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirming one passenger is visible in the submerged wreckage.The AAIB have now recovered the body and, out of respect for Sala’s family, Dalman says Cardiff will allow an ongoing process to be completed before dealing with the payment to Nantes.”The only thing I can say, because it is a sensitive subject, is that I confirm that what you are saying [that Cardiff haven’t paid the first instalment] is true,” he told L’Equipe .”And to be honest, I do not want to say anything more at this time.”When asked why they are yet to pay, Dalman added: “The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet.”We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane. It’s too early for us to comment.”[We will pay] when we think it’s the right time to do it.”I don’t think Cardiff said we were not going to pay.”The AAIB said in a statement released on Wednesday: “In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship.  The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.  The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner. “Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.”last_img read more

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Work, Life & You: How to Stay Sane And Manage All Three

first_img**Muttering under your breath. **Nervously bouncing your leg. Cursing at traffic. Cursing at the dog. Rushing through family dinner, only to go back to the couch to try to climb out from under a mountain of emails.The freelancing life is stressful. You’ve tried “productivity tips,” but there’s only so far that words on a page (or screen) can go towards making your day-to-day life less crazy.What really helps? **Learning from expert independent workers **who go through the same struggles every day and have learned unique skills. Networking with other freelancers who share your problems, face-to-face, and having an honest discussion about getting unburied.Next Tuesday, we’re kicking off our new Freelance 360° series with a panel discussion designed to help you become an expert at juggling work/life demands and fitting in free time. You’ll hear stories, get practical advice from fellow freelancers, and best of all, meet other freelancers and share your own success (or horror!) stories for trying to “stay sane” in the wild and wonderful world of freelance.Join us: RSVP here.We’ve assembled a panel of expert freelancers:Ilise Benun – ModeratorIlise Benun is the founder of Marketing-Mentor.com, and offers business coaching for creative professionals. She is also the co-producer/host of the Creative Freelancer Conference, a national speaker and the author of 7 books including, “The Art of Self Promotion,” “Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive” and “The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money.” Sign up for her tips at www.marketing-mentortips.com and follow her @MMToolbox.Jason FalkJason Falk opened the doors of TANKindustries in 1998. A design studio that creates brands, products, print and digital media. With 15+ years’ experience in both traditional and new media, this combination has brought some of the world’s foremost marketers to Jason and TANKindustries. These includes companies such as Nickelodeon, Comcast, Yoostar, AOL, Interscope Records, Victoria’s Secret, Sony Entertainment and Porsche.Jason holds two degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology, in Illustration and Toy Design. He began his professional career as an Art Director in the children’s television production industry.He pursued his interest in product branding and design as a Brand Manager on South Park and then Art Director at Nickelodeon, before deciding to broaden his scope of work with the founding of TANKindustries.Justine ClayJustine Clay has been helping freelance creative professionals build thriving careers for more than 15 years. As the founder of Plum Creative – a creative management agency she started in 2005 – Justine has represented a multi-disciplined roster of talent and built a track record of making the perfect match with clients that include Bloomingdale’s, LOFT, Cole Hann, Liz Claiborne, Lucky Brand, Target, Tommy Hilfiger, Vogue and West Elm.Pitch Perfect was launched in 2010 and born of the desire to share her knowledge and experience with a wider range of creative professionals and entrepreneurs. Through a series of clear actionable steps, Justine helps creative talent identify what makes them stand out from the crowd, create a clear and consistent marketing message and build a thriving, creatively fulfilling career or business.Michelle WardMichelle Ward, CPC, PCC and – most importantly! – The When I Grow Up Coach, coaches creative women to get out of their soul-sucking jobs and into work that feels like play. A Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation, a musical theater actress with her BFA from NYU/Tisch, and a Corporate America escapee, she’s served as an expert source and contributor for Newsweek, Forbes, Psychology Today, Yahoo! and AOL Jobs as well as speaking at SXSW, The World Domination Summit and Etsy Success Symposium. Her first book, The Declaration of You (co-written with the artist Jessica Swift) was published by North Light Craft Books in June 2013 & encourages everyone to clarify their purpose and own their uniquity.See you there.Can’t make it? Stay tuned: there will be more events in the coming weeks, both in New York and across the country.last_img read more

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4 things no one teaches you in business school

first_imgSchool can only teach you so much.The real lessons of entrepreneurship are picked up along the way. While you undoubtedly would have learned important things and formed new networks in business school, this acquired wisdom — your experience with clients, with projects, and with keeping your own deadlines — is probably worth more than the $200,000 you would have spent going to business school.Here are 4 things you’d never learn there:1. How to read people“Business always comes down to people situations,” the CEO of IMG once said.Whether you’re closing a business deal, nailing down project specs, or reviewing drafts, the work that you do is rarely as important as how you communicate that work to your clients.This isn’t about reading people so you can manipulate them to do what you want. Being able to read your client means:You can tell when they don’t trust you — and you can work to build their trustYou can tell when they’re about to back out of a deal (before it happens) — and work to prevent itYou can tell what communication style they prefer — so that you don’t either bog them down in details or make them nervous with too fewYou can tell if they’re scared or if their boss is breathing down their neck — so you can be extra careful to support each decision you make with “boss-pleasing” statistics (for instance: “I chose to put the button there because studies show that it has a 45% higher click rate in that position.” Scared employees love to hear statistics so that they can back up their choices to the higher-ups.Learning how to read people is just one aspect of emotional intelligence. And you don’t even need to be social or an extrovert to read others; in fact, it has been show that introverts are much better at accurately interpreting people’s facial expressions.2. How to deal with work you don’t enjoy (or are failing at)As a freelancer, chances are that you’ve started a business in a field that you enjoy. Even if it’s not your “passion,” it’s something that is intimately intertwined with your life.But how do you deal with projects you hate? The will to continue and push through this kind of work is not something anyone can teach you, and still doing your best in such circumstances and not complaining about your stupid project to everyone you know is a lesson acquired with effort.And then come more serious failures: What happens if you loved knitting on the side, but when you tried to make it a business, you suddenly hate to even look at a knitting needle? The strength to put an end to a business that fails, or that you hate, takes an unbelievable amount of energy.All of these things involve grit and resilience. In the dictionary, grit is described as “firmness of character; indomitable spirit.” Andrew Zolli, author of Resilience, Why Things Bounce Back, says “resilience is a dynamic combination of optimism, creativity, and confidence, which together empower one to reappraise situations and regulate emotion.”Regulating emotion is the tough part.When you get stressed or are in the midst of a failure, studies show that the regulatory, forward-thinking, and creative problem-solving parts of your brain go quiet. So when you’re stressed you’re literally less equipped to deal with the challenges in front of you with emotional intelligence.This is why so many freelancers have turned to meditation and other spiritual practices. They allow us to recenter and coming back to our work with our full selves. But you have to discover what works for you. There will come a time when the stress of running your own business, a difficult project, or a failing business will force you to develop these strategies.3. Gratitude for what you haveThis one is kind of cliche (which is probably the reason business schools don’t talk about it). Gratitude for what you have, for the clients you have, for the work that you do, is a business lesson much more energizing and vitalizing than knowing the difference between an LLC and a C-Corp.I love these tips from ZenHabits: 4. A sense of worthinessThis is arguably the most important “business” tool on the list.The truth is that how you feel about yourself is how other people are going to treat you. If you consider yourself a technician who mutely carries out clients’ wishes, you’re going to get treated like one. If you think you’re only worth $10/hour — yes, you guessed it.We talk a lot on this blog about how to price your services, increase your rates, and communicate value to your clients. But absolutely none of this is possible without feeling like the services you offer are worth having.There is not even any advice I could give you for gaining a sense of worthiness. This is one of those things that comes with experience — and for most people, it also comes with age.Freelancers, what have you learned through experience that no one could ever teach you? Morning gratitude session. Take 2-3 minutes each morning to give thanks, to whoever or whatever you’re grateful for. You don’t have to do anything, other than close your eyes and silently give thanks. This one act can make a huge difference.Say thank you. When someone does something nice for you, however small, try to remember to say thank you. And really mean it.Call to say thanks. Sometimes you might think about something nice that someone did for you. Perhaps you remember during your gratitude session. When you do, pick up the phone and call the person, just to say thanks. Let them know what they did that you’re grateful for, and why you appreciate it. Takes a minute or two. If it’s too early to call, make a note to call later. Even better is telling them in person, if you happen to see them or if they’re on your route. Almost as good is a thank-you email — keep it short and sweet.Give thanks for “negative” things in your life. There’s always two ways to look at something. Many times we think of something as negative — it’s stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate, difficult. But that same thing can be looked at in a more positive way. Giving thanks for those things is a great way to remind yourself that there is good in just about everything. Problems can be seen as opportunities to grow, to be creative. See the prayer below for more on this.last_img read more

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Inaugural Laver Cup serves up a hit with fans and players

first_imgWith a sold-out stadium, compelling matches and a doubles pairing of the world’s top two players, organisers of the inaugural Laver Cup got what they wanted in the three-day event.In a bold bid to add a new tournament to an already crowded tour calendar, the Laver Cup pitched Europe’s top players against a team from the rest of the world.From Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer teaming up in doubles to the Swiss clinching the title in a tie-break in the final match, the organisers served up a three-day tournament that appealed to both fans and players.While television viewing figures were not immediately available, the tournament sold out in a few hours with about half the ticket sales coming from a mix of 50 countries outside the Czech Republic where the event was held, organisers said.”We had coverage that was equivalent to a grand slam,” the tournament’s managing director Steve Zacks told Reuters, referring to the number of people across the world able to view the event.”You can create a tournament but in the end the players themselves have to buy into it as being meaningful and something they want to win.”Whether the players would treat the event like an exhibition was a question in the leadup, but a series of hard-fought games helped create a competitive atmosphere.Organisers said 83,273 people attended the five sessions in Prague’s O2 arena, which had a capacity of around 16,700 for the event.”I wasn’t too worried about the matches to be quite honest,” said Federer, who conceived the idea for the tournament along with his sports management company Team8.advertisement”I knew they were going to be competitive because we are playing to win. Your level drops if you’re just having hit and giggles and it’s more fun to play full and see if you can get something out of yourself.” `Nadal and Federer were joined by Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych while the world team comprised Sam Querrey, John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe.RYDER CUP OF TENNISThe organisers, who signed on Rolex, JPMorgan Chase and Mercedes-Benz as key sponsors, see the event as tennis’s answer to golf’s Ryder Cup.While the matches may have lacked the intensity of a grand slam event, the players made clear throughout the week they took the tournament seriously, while boisterous fans helped energise the atmosphere.”We are here to try our best. I don’t practice before an exhibition match normally,” Nadal said after telling reporters he woke up early for practice sessions.Aside from the appearance fees based on world rankings, members of the winning team get $250,000 in prize money while the losers got nothing at the tournament named after Australian great Rod Laver.The teams were captained by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, whose own rivalry starting in the 1970s featured a contrast in temperament and style that made their matches the kind of must-watch events that the Laver Cup hoped to showcase.Organisers also implemented a format to keep the pace of the matches moving and to spark fan interest. A win was worth one point on Friday, two on Saturday and three on Sunday with the winning team the first to reach 13.That allowed Team World to catch up and push play into the final match in which Federer put away Kyrgios in a dramatic tie-break.The 2018 tournament, which will rotate between Europe and the rest of the world each year, will take place in Chicago from Sept. 21-23.”Time will tell how big the Laver Cup will become,” said Federer who later added he was pleasantly surprised at the level of support that players gave their team mates by watching the matches courtside rather than returning to their hotel.last_img
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Thai court takes up case against owner of Leicester City

first_imgA Thai criminal court on Monday accepted a 14 billion baht ($423 million) lawsuit brought against Thai duty-free giant King Power International, the company that owns English Premier League football club Leicester City.The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases in Bangkok said it had accepted the case, and would hear witnesses on Feb. 12 next year.Anti-graft official Charnchai Issarasenanark filed the suit in July against the duty-free retailer, which is owned by billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his family.It accuses King Power of criminally failing to pay the Thai government 14 billion baht from the operation of the airport franchise it was granted in 2006.The suit was also brought against executives from the state-owned airport operator, Airports of Thailand (AOT).King Power and AOT were not immediately available for comment.Self-made businessman Vichai founded King Power in 1989.The duty-free business took off in 2006 when it was granted an airport monopoly under the government of then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but it continued to prosper even after Thaksin’s ouster in a coup that year.Vichai bought Leicester City in August 2010.The family’s empire also includes Belgian football club, Oud-Heverlee Leuven, Accor’s Pullman hotels in Thailand and a controlling stake in Asia Aviation Pcl, operator of low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia.last_img read more

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Indian women’s hockey team suffer first defeat on tour of South Korea

first_imgIndian women’s hockey team lost 1-2 against South Korea in a hard-fought third game of the five-match series. This was India’s first defeat on the tour of the Asian nation.Two goals in the first quarter from South Korea’s Seul Ki Cheon (12th minute) and Yurim Lee (14th) sealed the win for the hosts at the Jinchun National Athletic Centre.India, however, did not give up without a fight a pulled a goal back through Lalremsiami in the 16th minute.Despite the loss, India continue to lead the series 2-1 following victories in the first two games.Earlier in the day, India looked to continue their winning momentum and were quick off the blocks to put some pressure on South Korea’s midfield.However, the South Koreans matched their rivals equally as the opening 10 minutes of the first quarter witnessed tough tussle between both the teams for supremacy.But it was South Korea who took the lead when Seul Ki Cheon converted a penalty corner in the 12th minute.If that was not enough, the Indian defense was beaten once again two minutes later when Yurim Lee scored from another penalty corner.Trailing by two goals, India took the field in the second quarter looking to make a comeback and were instantly rewarded when foward Lalremsiami found the back of the net in the 16th minute to pull one back for the visitors.The Indian team then took control of the match and looked threatening but the South Korean defenders stuck to their task as the visitors wasted a number of chances.advertisementSouth Korean goalkeeper Heabin Jung also made a couple of fine saves to deny India equaliser before half-time.In the third quarter South Korea had the better chances of scoring as they earned three penalty Corners but failed to convert a single one with Rajani Etimarpu standing tall in front of the Indian goal.It was important for India to create significant goal-scoring chances in the final quarter if they were to find the equaliser and expectedly the visitors kept piling up the pressure on South Korea and in the process earned two penalty corners in the last four minutes of the match.But the chances went wasted as South Korean goalkeeper Heabin Jung made two brilliant saves to deny India the all-important equaliser.India will play their fourth match of series against South Korea on Friday.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Ball-tampering scandal: Air New Zealand trolls Steve Smith as Australia star faces sanctions

first_imgSteve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been ordered to leave South Africa by Cricket Australia and Air New Zealand have the perfect response.The tainted trio has been suspended while Darren Lehmann has been given a clean chit by CA COE James Sutherland in a press conference on Tuesday.”The key finding is that prior knowledge was limited to three players, Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft. No other support players had prior knowledge. This also includes Darren Lehmann, who will continue to coach the team.”WATCHAir New Zealand, taking a dig at Smith, posted a video on Twitter with the caption, “Hey Steve. We need to talk.”In the video, they put out an offer for Smith, saying that he can come visit their neighbours in Christchurch. New Zealand take on England and in the video Smith is asked if he can help the Kiwi bowlers to get some swing, legally, adding help from Warner and Bancroft would also be welcome.The perpetrators of the ball-tampering in the Cape Town Test, have faced severe backlash from Australian newspapers and on social media, with a video already having gone viral.Hey Steve. We need to talk. pic.twitter.com/W54MH3WPWLAir New Zealand (@FlyAirNZ) March 28, 2018Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has posted the video on his Facebook page with the caption, “Ouch. Aussies smashing their own!”Sutherland also said that further investigations will be carried out and CA will announce sanctions on Smith, Warner, and Bancroft in the next 24 hours.advertisement”Clearly we are not at all comfortable with what has taken place. Sanctions will be issued tomorrow and they will be significant,” Sutherland said.With Smith and Warner sent home, Tim Paine will lead the side for the fourth Test. Glenn Maxwell, Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw will join the squad ahead of the fourth and final Test at the New Wanderers Stadium.”I haven’t seen all of the players but I have seen Steve Smith, and he was distraught, really upset,” Sutherland said at Cricket Australia’s press conference in Johannesburg.Sutherland said winning was important for the Australian team but not at the expense of the laws of the game.”We need to rebuild pride for Australian cricket. Winning is important, but not at the expense of the law of the game,” said Sutherland.last_img read more

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