Criticism of team, captain Smith just ‘bizarre’, says David Warner

first_imgAustralia vice-captain David Warner has found it “bizarre” that pundits and fans continue to criticise the team despite winning their last two Test matches after a run of five losses.Australia beat Pakistan by 39 runs in a thrilling finish in the first test in Brisbane last week.Misbah-ul-Haq’s side were dismissed for 450 on the final day at the Gabba, chasing a victory target of 490, having counter-attacked late on the fourth evening of the day-night test. (Steve Smith relieved after Australia’s great escape against Pakistan)They were within sight of the world’s largest successful run chase when Mitchell Starc ended a 71-run ninth wicket stand between Asad Shafiq and Yasir Shah that effectively ended the game.Critics, however, suggested that Australia captain Steve Smith was not ruthless enough when he failed to impose the follow on when Pakistan were skittled for 142 in their first innings, 287 runs short of Australia’s total.His cautious field settings on day five, with Pakistan still needing 108 runs for victory with only two wickets in hand, were queried by former captains Michael Clarke and Mark Taylor and slammed as “ridiculous” by ex-England skipper Michael Vaughan.”It’s bizarre people are mentioning things about the way he went about the game with his field placements, his bowling changes, the way he used Gazza (Nathan Lyon),” Warner told reporters ahead of the second test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. “At the end of the day we did win the game. There would be a lot more talk if we didn’t.” (Gabba Test: Steve Smith’s century guides Australia to 288/3 vs Pakistan)advertisementThe victory was the second for a revamped side after selectors swung the axe following a run of five successive test losses and Warner dismissed any notion the visitors’ fifth-day performance had given them the momentum heading into the test.”Pakistan played very well,” Warner said. “They backed themselves and played their shots. They got into a fantastic position to win the game. But we know that test match cricket comes down to that last day, that last hour … and that delivery from Starcy was right on the money.”But if they can take confidence out of losing I don’t know. We won the game.”Warner did not give any hints as to the make-up of the side, with suggestions that all-rounder Hilton Cartwright could come into the team for batsman Nic Maddinson.Cartwright could take some of the workload off the team’s pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird bowled 113 overs in Pakistan’s second innings. (Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur plots demise of former team Australia)Warner, however, was not concerned with their workload.”All the monitoring and workload is left to the experts and you have to respect their decision, they’re analysing all the data,” Warner added.”If they think someone is going to break down then it’s up to them.”last_img read more

HIL stint key factor in India’s Junior World Cup win

first_imgPromising dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh on Thursday said playing in the Hockey India League (HIL) has helped youngsters like him overcome the fear of playing against tough opponents during India’s successful campaign at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow.The 21-year-old defender, who plays for the Dabang Mumbai franchise in the HIL, alongside 2012 Olympic gold medallist from Germany Florian Fuchs, Australia’s Kieran Govers and David Harte of Ireland, feels constant interaction with players has boosted his confidence.”Getting to play against top players like Mark Knowles or Moritz Fuerste would also mean that I would have to get rid of the fear of playing against great players,” Singh said. (Hockey Junior World Cup winners eye senior World Cup and 2020 Olympics)”Initially, even the thought would make me nervous but I think constant interaction with players within my team (Dabang Mumbai) like Florian made me more confident. The foreign players are very encouraging and they don’t hesitate in correcting our mistakes.””Personally, for me, this made a lot of difference especially when I got a chance to play with the senior squad and faced tough opponents in the FIH Champions Trophy and in the Rio Olympics and the recent Junior World Cup in Lucknow, I knew I had nothing to fear against the top teams and that I must just stick to my game,” he added.Harmanpreet, who was instrumental in the junior team World Cup win after a 15-year hiatus, said every foreign player came with his own style of play and the new combinations which the teams in HIL try, helps the youngsters when they play for the national squad.advertisement”Usually when we play different national teams, the coach brings in different tactics based on that particular opponent’s pluses and minuses.””Our planning for the Junior World Cup was also executed similarly and due to our exposure in the HIL where we learn to adapt to different variations in a very short span of time it just became a lot easier for us to execute the plans Coach Roelant Oltmans had for us,” Harmanpreet said.For Gurjant Singh who is also part of Dabang Mumbai and was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match in the final at the Junior World Cup, HIL taught him how to cope with pressure.”Playing in front of big crowds can be very intimidating and it can also sometimes inflict self-imposed pressure. But I think the experience in HIL helped us cope with such an atmosphere because at the Junior World Cup in Lucknow, the supporters turned out in great numbers and would cheer loudly, so loud that sometimes we could not hear the calls by our own team-mates.””But we learnt to deal with that through HIL,” said the lanky forward. (India hammer Belgium 2-1 to clinch second Junior Hockey World Cup title)”I am looking forward to the start of the league as it’s a very different environment and playing with foreign players is a different joy all together.”.Harmanpreet Singh and Gurjant Singh will be joined by goalkeeper Krishan B. Pathak, Manpreet and S.H. Nilakanta Sharma from the junior squad for Dabang Mumbai.last_img read more

Bryan brothers announce retirement from Davis Cup

first_imgBob and Mike Bryan are retiring from Davis Cup play after 14 years representing the United States. (Latest Tennis stories)The 38-year-old twin brothers made the announcement on their Instagram account, saying that clinching the 2007 Davis Cup final was “one of the greatest highlights of our career.””We’ve been blessed to play for two amazing captains, Patrick McEnroe and Jim Courier, and we are extremely grateful for their leadership and trust.”We’d like to extend our dearest gratitude to our fellow teammates, USTA staff, our friends and family, and the passionate fans who have been there for us on this incredible journey.”The brothers are continuing at tour level and are through to the third round at the Australian Open, where they’ve won six of their record 16 Grand Slam doubles titles. They will play their next match on Monday.The Bryans have the most victories by any doubles team in U.S. Davis Cup history, going 24-5, including 4-0 in 2007 when the U.S. won the title. The Bryan brothers beat Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev in the doubles to clinch the final against Russia.The twins, who were born in Camarillo, California, but are now based in Florida, also won the Olympic gold medal in London in 2012 and bronze at Beijing in 2008.Dave Haggerty, president of the International Tennis Federation, said the Bryans had shown “outstanding commitment, dedication and passion” for the Davis Cup.”The Bryan brothers have already received the ITF’s Commitment Award, which recognizes players who have shown long-standing dedication to the Davis Cup by playing in at least 20 home or away ties,” Haggerty said. “They symbolize what the Davis Cup is all about.”advertisementThey’re the only team in Open era history to hold all four Grand Slam men’s doubles titles at the same time.In mixed doubles, left-hander Bob has seven Grand Slam titles and right-hander Mike has four.last_img read more

LD JALLIKATTU 2 LAST

first_imgAt Alanganallur, protesters declined to hold the sport byAt Alanganallur, protesters declined to hold the sport by blocking the entry and exit points of the sprawling sporting arena.A group of organisers had removed the bulls from the arena as well.Tension prevailed in Manojipatti village near Thanjavur when villagers refused to conduct jallikattu. They placed barricades en route to the venue where Agriculture Minister Duraikannu is expected to inaugurate it.At Pudukottai, jallikattu was inaugurated by Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar.In Thanjavur, nearly 500 youths reportedly picketed a passenger train from Mayiladuthurai to Tirunelvelli at Kumbakonam as part of the protest.Kangeyam cattle research centre president Karthikeya Senathipathy in a Facebook post appealed to the youths to end the stir as an ordinance has been promulgated for holding the bull taming sport.The inauguration of the Rekla Race (Ox cart race), popular in Western parts of Tamil Nadu, at Coimbatore witnessed protests from students demanding a permanent solution for holding of jallikattu.Even as the race was flagged-off by state Local Administration Minister S P Velumani, a large number of students arrived at Codisia Grounds, venue of Rekla race, and staged a sit-in on the premises.Speaking to reporters, Velumani said some “vested interests” were trying to create confusion among the students about the ordinance.The students said they will “allow the race” to be held only after, what they called a “permanent solution”, was in sight.Jallikattu was banned following a Supreme Court order in May 2014. PTI SSN NVM VGN COR BN TIRadvertisementlast_img read more

Embattled Nesta Carter to race this weekend

first_imgEmbattled Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter will return to the track this weekend in his first meeting since he was stripped of his Beijing Olympics gold medal after a retroactive test uncovered a banned substance in his sample.Carter’s re-tested sample from 2008 was found to have traces of the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said last month.Jamaica’s 4×100 metres relay team that included Usain Bolt were stripped of their gold medals. Last year in Rio, Bolt completed a ‘treble treble’ of Olympic gold medals in winning the 100, 200 and 4×100 titles at three successive Games.Bolt has already returned his Beijing relay medal.Carter has said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The 31-year-old Carter, who has not raced competitively for 17 months due to injury and then because he was notified of the positive test, will run at the Western Relays in Montego Bay, his manager Bruce James told Reuters.Carter has not been banned by world governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and correspondence between Jamaican athletics authorities and the IAAF seen by Reuters confirmed he would be clear to run until his appeal had been heard. (Life goes on for ‘disappointed’ Usain Bolt after losing gold medal)”Having consulted the IAAF Medical and Anti-Doping Department, it appears that Mr. Carter is not currently provisionally suspended,” IAAF chief executive Olivier Gers wrote in a letter in response to a query by Jamaican Athletics President Warren Blake.”He is eligible to compete in athletics competition pending the CAS proceedings.”advertisementCarter has until Feb. 15 to file his appeal with CAS.last_img read more

India ready with their bag of tricks for Steve Smith’s Australia

first_imgLess than 24 hours remain before the first ball of the four-Test series between India and Australia is bowled at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune and it already seems like the groundsmen have prepared a pitch which will take turn from Day 1. (India keen to take down Australia for perfect end to season)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOAustralia’s worst fears seem to have come true as images of the pitch were released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Wednesday morning. The Aussies, who in all likelyhood were going to go in with three fast bowlers and lead spinner Nathan Lyon, will now have to rethink their strategy after looking at the newly laid surface in Pune. (Kohli on Test series against Australia: Not bothered about the opposition)Am early morning pitch inspection – Head coach @anilkumble1074 and @ImSanjayBangar at it #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/8tuU2mkA4P BCCI (@BCCI) February 22, 2017Captain Steve Smith had a look at the pitch in the morning and claimed that he had never seen a wicket quite like this before the start of a Test match and reckons that it will turn from ball one. (Kohli creates a positive environment in the dressing-room: Saha to India Today)”I think it will take spin from ball one,” Smith said. “There are a couple of divots out of the wicket as well. (Virat Kohli won his battles against Joe Root, can he trump Steve Smith?)”I haven’t really seen a wicket like that before a Test match so I think it is going to take a lot of spin and potentially some up and down movement for the fast bowlers as well.” (Five India vs Australia controversies that shook the cricketing world)advertisementAfter dishing out quality wickets against New Zealand and England last year, India seem to have gone back to their strategy of producing raging turners for the No. 2 ranked Australian team just like they had done against South Africa when they came for a tour in 2015. (Kohli refuses to judge himself as captain)Both the Kiwis and Alastair Cook’s side played on pitches which were excellent for batting and only started to take any kind of turn from Day 3 onwards. Especially in the series against England, except for the pitch in Vizag, all the other wickets saw both teams scoring over 400 atleast once in every innings. (Kohli grateful to Anil Kumble for helping him evolve as cricketer)But the BCCI is not going to take any chances against a strong team like Australia which has three to four world class batsmen who are equally brilliant against pace and spin. Batsmen like Steve Smith, David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh can be dangerous even in Indian conditions if they get a good start and get their eye in. (Why Australia should be afraid of Virat Kohli)Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be India’s main weapons along with Jayant Yadav and Amit Mishra, who will surely play a couple of Tests each, and the board is going all out to ensure that they get pitches which will assist the Indian spinners from very early on in the match.The stadium in Pune will host its first Test match and therefore, both teams do not really know what to expect from the surface. In a situation like this it is always better to go for the tried and test formula rather than experimenting with the pitch and ground conditions, especially when the summer season is just around the corner.last_img read more

AIFF asks panel members to meet de Matos

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) Unfazed by the criticism of a member of the committee tasked to recommend a coach for the Indian U-17 team, All India Football Federation today asked all the members of the panel to meet Portuguese Luis Norton de Matos who has emerged as the “number one choice” for the job. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said all the members of the advisory committee constituted to recommend Indian teams head coach for the U-17 World Cup to be held in six cities from October 6-28 has been told to meet de Matos who is expected to be in India on February 28. “All the advisory committee members have now been told to meet Luis Norton (when he is here in India),” Das told PTI today. Indian football legends Baichung Bhutia and I M Vijayan, another former India international Abhishek Yadav (also Chief Operating Officer of the U-17 team) and AIFF Technical Director Savio Madiera were among the members of the special committee to shortlist the coach. Other members are Das and Kishore Taid, Head of Operations and Strategy of the AIFF. De Matos, a former Portugal international and ex-coach of Benfica reserve side as well of Guinea-Bissau national team, has been declared by the AIFF as its “number one choice” from among the shortlisted candidates and he is expected to meet Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas and AIFF President Praful Patel on February 28 to chalk out his contract details. A member of the committee constituted by the AIFF to recommend the U-17 team coach has alleged that the federation has “bypassed” the panel in naming de Matos as the “number one choice”. The AIFF, however, defended its decision with Das saying that he (de Matos) was best suited for the job. “We have never recommended any coach as number one choice. AIFF has bypassed the committee constituted by the president to select the coach of India U-17 team,” a member of the committee had said. “There were more than 70 applications and we had pruned it down to eight and then to three-four candidates. We were to have a final meeting to select the coach. But this final meeting never happened and the AIFF on its own has now named one coach (de Matos) as their number one choice without consulting the committee. This is not right,” he added. Defending the AIFFs decision, Das said, “Its an advisory committee, not a selection committee. We identified 7-8 candidates and we were asked to do skype interviews. The interviews were done by me, Kishore and Abhishek. After the interviews, we identified Luis Norton de Matos as the most suitable candidate to come for the interview in India with Secretary Sports and the AIFF President.” Das said de Matos will come for an interview around February 28 but no selection of the coach has been made yet. “The kind of profile this person (de Matos) has, he is the best choice for us. We talked to Portugal national coach Fernando Santos and asked him about de Matos. Santos said he (de Matos) is not a good coach but a very good coach. We asked the Portugal FA and they also recommended him (de Matos) very strongly. We went to FIFA and its technical side gave the recommendation.” PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

(Reopen DEL62)

first_img“Had a great interaction with youth from Jammu and Kashmir who are touring different parts of India as a part of Watan Ko Jaano initiative,” the Prime Minister tweeted later. “We had a discussion on various issues like infrastructure development, sports facilities, education and employment opportunities in J&K,” he added. PTI AKK AKKlast_img

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte blasts Manchester United’s ‘kicking tactics’

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte took a swipe at Jose Mourinho’s tactics on Monday by accusing his Manchester United team of trying to kick tricky forward Eden Hazard out of their FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge. (I’m still Chelsea’s number one, says beaten Jose Mourinho)Hazard survived the onslaught and helped Chelsea run out 1-0 winners in a prickly game, with United reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute when Spaniard Ander Herrera received a second yellow card.”We came to play football… but for 25 minutes it was impossible for Eden Hazard to play, because he was kicked,” Conte told reporters.”It could be a tactic. I think everyone saw this… Sometimes when you play against a player with a good talent you try to intimidate this player,” the Italian added. “I think that the referee must protect this type of player.”Conte, whose Premier League leaders have been drawn to play London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals, praised Belgium forward Hazard’s patience.”It’s very difficult and very dangerous to receive a kick from the back… He has a strong character and he showed that today.”Conte, chided by his predecessor Mourinho for celebrating too wildly after the fourth goal of Chelsea’s 4-0 Premier League drubbing of United last October, said he controlled his emotions during Monday’s tie.But the pair had squared up on the touchline in the first half after a series of crunching tackles on Hazard and the fourth official had to stand between them. Referee Michael Oliver paused the game to tell the two manaagers to calm down.advertisementA fist pump rather than a traditional leap into the crowd by Conte followed N’Golo Kante’s 51st minute goal for Chelsea.”I controlled the emotion very well today. I didnt exalt our goal but its normal for managers to try to do our best to push our team,” the Italian said.The game had been billed as a showdown between Chelsea managers past and present but Conte, aiming for a league and cup double said: “The coach is not the most important thing.”The most important thing is what happens on the pitch. For me what happens on the outside is only circus.”last_img read more

IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad start title defence with 35-run win vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgDefending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad rode on a solid top order contribution and some disciplined bowling to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 35 runs in the opening match of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday. (More IPL News)Asked to bat first by the visitors, Hyderabad posted a commanding 207/4 in their allotted 20 overs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.In reply, RCB were bowled out for 172 runs in 19.4 overs. (Match Scorecard)RCB started their chase in explosive fashion as Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh scored around 10 runs an over in the first five overs.The visitors suffered their first blow when a Rashid Khan delivery found an inside edge off Mandeep’s bat before hitting the stumps. (Yuvraj Singh’s form a good thing for Indian cricket, not for Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli)They suffered a bigger blow in the next over when Gayle slightly mistimed a shot off Deepak Hooda only to offer a skier to David Warner at long-off.Kedar Jadhav and Travis Head gave RCB a glimmer of hope with a 56-run stand off 31 balls but Ben Cutting produced an excellent bit of fielding to run out Jadhav and put an end to what was shaping to be a promising partnership.It was all downhill from there for RCB as they lost wickets at regular intervals. (IPL 2017: Yuvraj Singh riding high on confidence of successful comeback)By the time Ashish Nehra removed Shane Watson and Sreenath Aravind off consecutive deliveries in the 18th over with RCB still needing 52 runs, the match was almost as good as over.advertisementNehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan clinched two wickets each while Deepak Hooda and Bipul Sharma got one each.Earlier, Hyderabad rode on a solid top order contribution to post a commanding total.Opener Shikhar Dhawan (40) and one-down Moises Henriques (52) made up for the early loss of skipper David Warner (14) with a 74-run second-wicket stand.Veteran Punjab batsman Yuvraj Singh (62), then joined the run feast and together with Australian all-rounder Henriques, brought up another 58-run stand for the third wicket to take the hosts past the 150-run mark by the 15th over.Earlier, Rajasthan left-arm pacer Aniket Choudhary could not have asked for a better IPL debut when he induced Warner with some swing to be comfortably caught by Mandeep Singh at backward point. The southpaw’s eight-ball knock was laced with two fours and a six.Thereafter, it was Dhawan and Henriques all the way, taking SRH past 50 in just five overs, as the visitors found it tough to handle the left-right combination.Dhawan, who has been out of the India selectors’ radar for quite a part of the domestic season, unsettled the RCB bowlers with his 31-ball knock comprising five fours, including four from RCB skipper Shane Watson’s first over.RCB had to wait until the 11th over to get their second wicket when Dhawan failed to clear the long-on boundary off Stuart Binny to be caught by Sachin Baby.Henriques, on the other hand, started with a flashy four and lost no time to settle down. The Aussie all-rounder helped SRH continue the momentum even after the fall of Dhawan and together with Yuvraj blasted the bowlers all over the park.Yuvraj, who was dropped on 26 off Choudhary, took full advantage of the life, rushing to his fastest IPL half century in just 23 balls.The 35-year-old’s 27-ball knock, comprising seven boundaries and three massive sixes, provided the much-needed impetus to the defending champions who left from where they left off in the last edition. He, however, fell to England quick Tymal Mills after failing to connect a fast good length delivery in the penultimate over of the innings.Deepak Hooda and Ben Cutting, then provided the finishing touch with some lusty blows to take the home side past the 200-run mark.last_img read more

Love Letter to Nonprofits

first_imgI love nonprofits. I must. Why else would I voluntarily spend most of my career working 12-14 hour days for less money than the for-profit sector pays? And vacations or retirement? Those are for other people. Because working for a nonprofit isn’t a traditional job. It’s a vocation. A calling. A personal mission.Nonprofits uplift communities, aid and protect us in hard times, create social change, and inspire action. Whether stemming from religious beliefs, cultural traditions, justice, or simple human decency, nonprofits are what make our world a better place.“The Third Sector”Since America’s earliest days, charitable organizations have been the bridge between what the government can provide and what people need. From churches and schools to libraries and community centers, nonprofits have always brought people together. Working alongside the public and private sectors, philanthropic organizations—”the third sector”—create the backbone of America.As early as 1894, the U.S. government was making tax exemptions for certain organizations. Then came prohibition on private inurement, which ensured that no individual associated with tax-exempt organizations financially benefitted from its existence. To help fund America’s participation in WWI and encourage individual philanthropy, The Revenue Act of 1917 allowed individuals to deduct charitable giving. Corporations eventually followed suit in 1935. In the early 20th century, prominent Americans such as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and John Ford sought ways to use their wealth for good and created foundations that still stand today.How Nonprofits Shaped AmericaFrom the Native American tradition of giving as a sign of honor to early settlers seeking refuge from persecution to Cotton Mather’s Essays to Do Good and abolitionists who took great risks to help others, we have a long tradition of philanthropy in this country. It has evolved over the decades, but it is uniquely American.1940sDuring World War II, Americans rationed supplies to support the war effort and soldiers. The YMCA, Salvation Army, National Jewish Welfare Board, and several other organizations united under Franklin D. Roosevelt to create the USO. Following the war, Americans sent supplies to Europeans in need and the U.S. government launched the Marshall Plan to help rebuild Europe.1960s and 1970sActivism of the 1960s and 1970s reverberates today in the Me Too and Black Lives Matter movements. From the March on Washington to Title IX, the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Rights Movement were a tectonic shift in society that inspired individuals and foundations to contribute time, money, and passion—and set the bar for modern activism and philanthropy.TodayWith the advent of the internet as well as online and mobile giving, we have seen an unprecedented increase in American involvement in global philanthropic relief following natural disasters such as the Indian Ocean tsunami, Japanese tsunami, and Haitian earthquake. Support and connectivity were cemented closer to home following the devastation of September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Maria. In 2012, that connectivity earned a Global Day of Giving with the launch of #GivingTuesday.PhilanthropiaSounds almost like utopia, doesn’t it? A place of ideal perfection. The word philanthropy, from the Greek philanthropia, means “love of mankind.” I can’t think of anything more ideal or perfect. That ideal is what donors support. That pursuit of perfection is what nonprofits provide. And that’s why I love them.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Mourinho closing in on Real Madrid interim role

first_imgJose Mourinho looks set to be named Real Madrid’s interim boss as the sack looms for Santiago Solari.  Goal understands the former Manchester United manager is the favourite to take over following Sunday’s clash with Real Valladolid and is likely to be named manager through until the end of the season.  Real Madrid executives, headed by Florentino Perez and Jose Angel Sanchez, held a four-hour meeting on Thursday where they decided that Mourinho will be an option to be the club’s coach until the end of the season, with it also decided that Sunday’s match against Valladolid will be Solari’s final game in charge. 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! The call to sack Solari – who only replaced Julen Lopetegui in October – came in the aftermath of Madrid’s shocking Champions League defeat at the hands of Ajax on Tuesday evening, though they have spent the past 48 hours discussing whether to keep the Argentine in charge for the remainder of the campaign.The hiring of Mourinho will not be on a full-time basis however, with Madrid still hoping to convince Zinedine Zidane to return to the club’s bench for next season.  Madrid would like to bring Zidane back now, but the French manager is not convinced he is in a position to step back in immediately, hoping instead to be available at the end of June. Mourinho has been far more receptive to approaches from the Spanish giants, both in public and in private, making him the most likely option to take over for the closing run of the Liga season. They believe a change must be made to stop the bleeding following a week that saw the club knocked out of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, along with losing a home Clasico to fall 12 points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga.  Mourinho and Zidane were joined by Germany boss Joachim Low on the list of possible managers club executives discussed on Thursday as potential full-time replacements though, like Zidane, it is understood that Low would not be available until the end of June. With the change set to take place on Monday, the new manager will have just one week of training before facing Celta Vigo, though they would then have the benefit of an international break to try and find some answers for the club as they head into the final 10 matches of the season. Los Blancos currently sit third in the table, five points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid and six clear of fourth-placed Getafe.last_img read more

Sterling: Man City were fortunate in offside controversy

first_imgRaheem Sterling conceded Manchester City got lucky with his controversial first goal in the 3-1 Premier League win over Watford.Sterling went on to complete a quickfire hat-trick to take the game away from Watford and stretch City’s advantage over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table to four points.But the England winger’s opener provided a major talking point after he was initially flagged offside, only for the officials to award the goal on account of Watford defender Daryl Janmaat playing the ball into Sterling’s shin before it ricocheted into the net. 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! “The first half was very difficult. It was hard to break them down,” he told BT Sport.”In the second half thing opened up a bit. We had some luck with the first one and then we had a few more chances that we took really well.”In the first half they were really compact. We knew we only had 45 minutes left and we knew we had to go for it and be more aggressive. That’s what we did.”Asked specifically for his views on the opening goal, Sterling added: “I don’t know exactly what it was, but I was praying and hoping that they’d give it to us.”We got that slight fortune and we deserved [the win].”Sterling moved on to 15 Premier League goals this season, the fruits of hard work on the training ground.He was just too good today!@Sure 3-1  #MCIWAT #mancity pic.twitter.com/OPfUTGFdUn— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 9, 2019″Every year I want to improve. This year’s no different. I’m not just trying to score goals but want to help the team as well,” the 24-year-old said, before refusing to be drawn on the balance of power between his old club and current one in the title race, with Liverpool hosting Burnley on Sunday.”To be honest we just take it a game at a time. We know we’ve got strong contenders. We’ve done our part and we recover and go again.”Today was really difficult and it will be a difficult run in.”Anyone know if that 1st goal was offside?— Ben Foster (@BenFoster) March 9, 2019Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster posted on Twitter to mock the decision to award Sterling’s goal, while his boss Javi Gracia was in tongue-biting mode in his own post-match interview.”I think we played very good in the first half – defensively perfect, collectively doing a very good performance,” said the Spaniard. “I think everybody has seen what happened. I never criticise the referees and I’m not going to do it today. [Sterling’s] position and influence, I think is clear.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The best portfolio websites for designers and visual artists

first_imgAs a freelance designer, illustrator, photographer, or visual artist, you’re used to sharing portfolio items (or carting around samples) when you apply for new gigs. If you usually send links to online clips or attach a PDF to your emails, you should consider switching to an online portfolio.Here’s what an online portfolio does:It shows the full variety of your workIt can provide not only images, but case studies and explanations of your processIt makes your work Google search friendly (and can introduce your work to new clients in search results)It’s the hub of all your social media activityBest of all, it’s low cost.Most of these templates are free if you want to have a subdomain (yourname.4ormat.com, for example), but charge a monthly fee to have a unique domain name (yourname.com).Here are five great online portfolio platforms for freelance artists:Behance ProSiteProSite offers many features of the above portfolios, but I like that you are automatically included as part of a network of creative professionals across the web. (The problem with having your own website is that all the work of driving traffic to your website is up to you.) They also offer unlimited bandwidth, which would be important if you’re an artist with lots of high resolution images.Price: $11 a month.SquarespaceGreat templates, easy to use, and easy to modify. Optimized mobile display is built-in. Freelancers we’ve talked to have been fairly pleased with the service.Price: $8 a month for the most basic plan. The additional plans provide more storage, content, and advanced features; linking to a custom domain name is also available for members who sign up for a yearly plan.PortfolioBoxPerfect for minimalists who don’t want the template to compete with their work. I like the flat design templates and appreciate that an E-commerce option is automatically included in the basic fee (includes PayPal integration). Very customizable templates.Price: $6.90 a month for the basic plan. Additional cost allows for HTML custom editing and higher bandwidth.4ormatLike PortfolioBox, very minimal templates. I like that they are continually designing new templates that they release to the community every month. Customer reviews seem to indicate that this site is a special favorite of photographers, who appreciate the full-page images.However, if you want to customize the templates, you’ll have to go for a more expensive plan.Price: $6.99 for the basic plan, but with limited bandwidth.CarbonmadeA quirkier and decidedly more playful experience is available on Carbonmade. Seems to be the portfolio site of choice for many illustrators. I’m not the hugest fan of the most common template since it feels a bit unintriguing to me, but people like it!Price: $12 a monthWhat portfolio sites have you used and liked (or disliked)?last_img read more

Everything freelancers need to know about disability insurance

first_imgFreelancing is precarious. With episodic income, it’s hard to take vacations or even sick days. But what if you’re injured or sick and unable to work for a while?Being a freelancer doesn’t have to mean being on your own in case an accident happens. Disability insurance ensures that you’ll have income, even if you’re unable to work.Here’s a comprehensive look at disability insurance — from the people who know freelancers best. Freelancers Union is the nation’s largest non-profit representing the independent workforce. We’ve been advocating for freelance workers for nineteen years and we’ve been helping freelancers get benefits for over ten of them. Check out the disability insurance plans we offer through our National Benefits Platform.Do I need disability insurance?Having disability insurance ensures that you’ll still have income if you’re unable to work due to a long-term injury, accident, or illness. It’s particularly important for freelancers, who don’t have the luxury of sick days or sick leave in the case of a life-altering event.Can I even get it as a freelancer?Yes, you can! You’ll need to report your income, but even freelancers can get disability insurance. Your disability insurance means you’ll get income replacement checks (like a paycheck) while you can’t work, as long as your claim is approved.How does it work?You sign up for a disability insurance plan depending on your income and how much you want to receive monthly in the event you’re unable to work for a long period of time. The premium you pay is scaled to the size of the monthly benefit you’d receive, so higher premium for higher monthly benefit.In the event of a life-altering accident, injury, or illness that renders you unable to work, after a waiting period (varying from plan to plan, generally from 30-90 days) you’ll receive benefit checks of the amount you signed up for. Monthly checks will be issued during the period of your disability, based on the terms of the plan you select. Depending on the plan, coverage may stop at age 65.What are my options?You can purchase disability insurance plans from a number of private insurance companies, including at Freelancers Union’s National Benefits Platform. Plans will differ by the amount of coverage they provide and how long you’ll need to wait before you can collect benefits.There are also plans that are intended to cover your credit while you’re unable to work, rather than your income. These plans pay out disability checks towards your mortgage or a loan payment you may have been working on.Is there anything else I should know?Freelancers might not think they need disability insurance, but in fact, it’s pretty important! You’re your own boss… which means that the buck starts, and stops, with you. If you’re unable to work due to an accident, you might not have the same safety net 9-5 workers do. Disability insurance provides peace of mind with a relatively low premium per month. You can get coverage through our plans starting as low as $7.94/month.Freelancers Union offers access to a disability insurance plan through Guardian, with a 30 or 90 day waiting period, specifically designed for freelancers. You can check it out, along with our other benefits, at our National Benefits Platform.last_img read more

Why silliness is seriously important

first_imgLately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to bring joy to the types of work that I, uh…don’t particularly enjoy.I’m lucky enough to often earn a living doing work that I DO enjoy. But even with a fulfilling, challenging career, there are moments I don’t relish. I’ve written extensively on this blog about the bane of invoicing, for example, and busywork always gets me down.I’m a champion procrastinator at the best of times… and my tendency towards procrastination is directly proportional to how much I’m dreading the work. Chores that should take a few unpleasant minutes get delayed hours, or even days.I’m sure that many of you are often in similar situations. Some of you, no doubt, are able to think “let’s get this over with!”, buckle down, and get your most onerous work done promptly.I appreciate and envy your self-control.I am so not of your ilk.I’ve tried self-bribery. I’ve tried self-threats. I’ve tried whining to my significant other, who inevitably tells me just to do the darned thing, already. All of these tactics are only partially effective.Ultimately, it seems that the only way I can easily do less-enjoyable work quickly… is to turn it into enjoyable work. This is an obvious solution, if not a terribly workable one – how do I turn invoicing, for example, into a pleasant task?The answer has come to me recently, and it is: silliness.The idea came to me when watching my nephew clean up his toys: one of the small chores he’s been given to increase his confidence and sense of responsibility. I watched him putter around his room, stacking Legos and pushing stuffed animals into vaguely defensible semblances of piles. As he cleaned, he sang himself a little nonsensical song.“What are you singing?” I asked him.“Oh, just a silly made-up song,” he said, “If I don’t sing, it feels like working.”… from the mouths of babes!As my nephew so wisely pointed out, part of the reason I dread unpleasant tasks so much is that they feel, so finally and absolutely, like no-fun. When I deliberately try to cultivate silliness in stupid onerous work… it magically becomes more enjoyable, and thus infinitely more do-able.I’ve started consciously building games centered around annoying tasks. I’ve had my roommates time how long it takes to do my invoices – and tried to beat my own record. I’ve started creating “Stupid Work Playlists”, full of bad pop songs, to listen to when I’m doing dull tasks. I’ve begun trying to work small internal jokes and puns into copywriting work – nothing noticeable, just done for my own amusement. I am, in short, being silly.Because I no longer view “suspending my sense of humor” as a requirement for getting dull chores done, I’ve found myself happier and bouncier while doing even the most boring work. Tasks go faster, and time drags less.Silliness, it turns out, is dreadfully, seriously important.last_img read more

Woman wrestler encourages young girls to take up sport in MP

first_imgBhopal, Oct 1 (PTI) A woman wrestler, who trained the artists in Bollywood blockbusters like “Sultan” and “Dangal”, has taken it on herself to nurture the wrestling skills of nearly 50 girls in Madhya Pradeshs Indore district.Neelima Borasi (22) now runs the Shri Ramnath Guru Vyayam Shala and Balika Shastra Kala Kendra in Indore.The Arjun award-winning wrestler and her guru, Kripa Shankar Patel, had recommended her name to Jagdish Kaliraman, who was the wrestling trainer for the film “Sultan”, Neelima told PTI.”Patel uncle was imparting training to Amir Khan for Dangal. He had selected me for training the girls in the movie. He had also recommended me for training and playing practice matches with actor Anushka Sharma in the movie Sultan,” the young wrestler says.”Dangal” was a biographical sports drama based on the life of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler, who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become world class wrestlers. The movie was released in 2016.”Sultan”, which also released last year, was the fictional story of a wrestling champion from Haryana.Like the life of Commonwealth gold-winning wrestler Geeta Phogat, Borasis father Munna Borasi has also been grooming her daughter in the field of wresting since she was around 10 years old.”She was 10 years old when she started the training along with other disciples in my vyayamshala (wrestling arena cum gym). Neelimas elder sister Renuka (24) also won several medals at the national level. Now Neelima runs her own vyayamshala,” says the proud father.”At her akhada (traditional wrestling arena), Neelima is now shaping up the wrestling careers of about 50 girls in the age group of 8 to 18 years. Along with wrestling, she has also been imparting training in the the traditional shastra kala (martial arts) to the girls,” he says.advertisementNeelima is a bronze medallist in the senior national championship in 2013 and eight-time gold medallist in different state championships, Borasi says.She has now got success in her endeavour and at least 10 girls of her centre won the gold medals in the state-level school tournaments this year, he further says.Neelima, however, says that along with imparting training in wrestling, she is also preparing for the State Public Service Commission examination.”What if the state government does not give me job under the sports quota?” she asked. PTI ADU MAS GKlast_img read more

Audi A5 Diesel Sportback, A5 Cabriolet, S5 Sportback Launched In India

first_imgAudi, the German luxury car maker, has introduced the A5 Brat Pack in India with the launch of the A5 Sportback, the Audi A5 Cabriolet and the Audi S5 Sportback. The powerful and flowing silhouettes of the three offerings make the trio truly aesthetic with abundant space inside. Beneath their skin, notably impressive traits include a newly developed suspension, high-performance drives, innovative infotainment solutions, Audi Virtual Cockit and Audi Smartphone Interface.While the A5 Sportback has been priced at Rs 54,02,000, the S5 Sportback has been priced at Rs 70,60,000 and the A5 Cabriolet can be had for Rs 67,51,000.With the A5 Sportback, Audi has filled in the vacuum between the A4 and A6 in the model line up.The S5 Sportback, the most expensive of the lot, comes with a turbocharged V6 petrol engine.Here’s a glance at what all the three cars come packed with:Engines and drivetrainAudi A5 Sportback2.0 litre TDI engine churns out 140 kW (190 hp) of power0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.9 secondsSeven-Speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission Audi S5 Sportback3.0 litre TFSIq engine churns out 260 kW (354 hp) of powerV6 turbo engine, 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.7 secondsEight-Speed tiptronic, quattro all-wheel drive is standardAudi A5 Cabriolet2.0 litre TDIq engine churns out 140 kW (190 hp) of power0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 7.8 secondsSeven-Speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission,Quattro all-wheel drive is standard ExteriorAthletic design and outstanding aeroacousticsWave-pattern shoulder line imparts emotional eleganceFlatter and wider three-dimensionally modeledSingleframe grilleLED headlights with ‘4 Eye design’LED rear lights with dynamic indicatorsPronounced bulges over the wheel arches underscore the sporty DNAPanoramic sunroof in the Audi A5 Sportback and Audi S5 SportbackNew one-touch opening function opens soft top fully automatic in 15 seconds or close it in 18 seconds – even while driving up to 50 km/h (A5 Cabriolet)Acoustic Hood (A5 Cabriolet)45.72 cms (R18) Cast Aluminium alloy wheels, 5 spoke design Interior Horizontal architecture of the instrument panel creates a sense of spaciousnessOptional ambient lighting with 3 Colors and 30 combinations480 liters (17.0 cu ft) of luggage capacityLeather steering wheel in 3-spoke design with multifunction plus and gear shift paddles  ComfortFront seats, electrically adjustableDriver Side memory function on the Audi S5Seat Upholstery in Leather/Leatherette on the Audi A5Seat Upholstery in Alcantara on the Audi S54 Way Lumbar SupportAuto-release function3-Zone deluxe automatic air conditioningInterior mirrors with automatic anti-glare actionExterior mirrors, electrically adjustable, heated, folded, automatic dimmingLuggage compartment lid, electrically opening and closing (Audi A5 & S5)InfotainmentAudi’s MMI Navigation plus with MMI TouchAudi Virtual Cockpit as standard, high-resolution TFT monitor 31.2 cms (12.3 inches)10 GB of flash storage, 21.08 cms (8.3 inch) monitor with a resolution of 1,024 x 480 pixelsOptional Audi Smartphone Interface Optional Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound  SafetyFull-size 6 airbags (on A5 Sportback)Full Size 4 Airbags on (A5 Cabriolet)Full Size 8 Airbags on (Audi S5)ABS, EBD & Traction ControlCruise ControlParking Aid Plus with Rear View CameraTire pressure monitoring displayISOFIX child seat mountingAnti-theft wheel boltsPerformanceQuattro with self-locking center differential (On Audi A5 Cabriolet & Audi S5)Audi Drive SelectNew Electromechanical Power SteeringNewly developed S sport suspension (Audi S5)Optional Sports Differential (Audi S5)advertisementThe A5 Sportback and the A5 Cabriolet get the same 2-litre engine, mated to a 7-speed Tiptronic gearbox, that belts out 188bhp of power and 400Nm of torque taking the Sportback from 0-100kmph in just 7.9 seconds wiht a top speed of 235kmph. At the same time, the A5 Cabriolet goes from 0-100kmph in 7.08 seconds with a top sped of 235 kmph. The one-second difference between the two cars is due to the Cabriolet’s Quattro all-wheel-drive, which the Sportback does not have.What the Sportback does get is the only petrol engine in the range – a 3-litre turbo-charged V6 that works efficiently to produce 349 bhp of power with 500 Nm of torque at its peak.The S5 Sportback, wth its Quattro all-wheel-drive is the fastest of the lot going from 0-100kmph in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 250kmph.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 5X: Top specs, features, price and everything you must know

first_imgThe Xiaomi Mi 5X, launched in China on Wednesday, may be considered as a more affordable or mini version of the company’s flagship Mi 6 phone. The Mi 5X essentially brings the Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masses. The Mi 5X, just like the Mi 6, (also) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto.The dual camera system on-board the Mi 5X, just like it is in the Mi 6, is capable of giving professional bokeh effects in portraits. We take a look.Specifications:Processor: The Mi 5X is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506GPU. The Snapdragon 625 is notably the first 600-series chipset to be built on a power-efficient 14nm process: the focus therefore lies on improved thermal efficiency and power-saving.RAM: 4GBInternal storage: The Mi 5X comes with 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot.Screen: The Mi 5X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p LTPS display with 450nit brightness.Rear camera: The Mi 5X comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto. The Mi 5X offers 2X optic zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and should technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The dual camera system on-board the phone is assisted with 4-axis OIS (and a dual-LED flash) which should technically entail in more stabilized videos.advertisementFront camera: On the front, the Mi 5X comes with a 5-megapixel camera.Software: The Mi 5X runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9.Battery: The Mi 5X is backed by a 3,080mAh battery.Special features:– The Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with a full metal unibody design and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, with its all metal body and dual rear cameras looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus from every nook and corner. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5X sports one on the back. It further comes with physical capacitive — soft keys — keys on the front.–The dual-SIM Mi 5X supports 4G LTE connectivity and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing.– Alongside the Mi 5X, Xiaomi also announced MIUI 9, the next major iteration of Xiaomi’s mobile operating system and is based on Android Nougat. The Mi 5X will notably be the first Xiaomi phone to ship with MIUI 9 out-of-the-box.Price and availability: The Mi 5X is exclusive to China for now and will cost RMB 1,499 which roughly translates to Rs 14,285.75. It will be available in three colours: Black, Gold and Rose Gold and will go on sale for the first time on August 1.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 5X brings the flagship Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masseslast_img read more

Vehicle ploughs into wedding procession, injures 22 in Cgarh

first_imgKorba, Feb 13 (PTI) At least 22 people were injured, nine of them grievously, after a vehicle carrying the groom rammed into his wedding procession in Chhattisgarh?s Janjgir-Champa district, police said today.The incident took place on Saturday night when relatives of the groom Milan Chandra, a resident of Churtela village, were proceeding for a wedding ritual, called ?chulmati?, on the Dabhra-Kharsia road under Dabhra police station area, Janjgir-Champa Additional Superintendent of Police Pankaj Chandra said.Dabhra is located around 75 kms away from Janjgir-Champa town, which itself is about 200 kms away from capital Raipur.Police said that the driver of the sports utility vehicle lost control, pressed the accelerator instead of the brake, and ploughed into a crowd of people who were part of the procession.The accident left at least 22 people, including women and children, injured, police said, adding that nine of them had been shifted to Raigarh district hospital in a serious condition.A case had been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and a search was on for the driver who fled the scene, he added. PTI COR TKP BNM RDSlast_img read more