Usain Bolt: Will take a call on my football career soon

first_imgTottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Star sprinter Usain Bolt will give himself until the end of November to take a call on whether to continue pursuing a career in professional football or not. “I’ve got a lot of offers from a lot of other clubs out there,” Bolt said. “We’ll make a decision before the end of November if I’m going to go to another club or call it actually quits.”Related News The eight-time Olympic champion turned down an offer from Central Coast Mariners following a long trial with the A-League club. Bolt took part in the club’s most recent A-League tie against Melbourne Victory despite failing to reach an agreement with the Mariners. Bolt has also trained with Norwegian team Stromsgodset and German giants Borussia Dortmund. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

Jasmine Lennard: Cristiano Ronaldo is a psychopath

first_imgFottball superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s ex-girlfriend Jasmine Lennard recently offered to help Kathryn Mayorga in her rape allegations case against the footballer, before Las Vegas police asked Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation. Lennard said she has proof that could be invaluable to Mayorga. Lennard dated Ronaldo a decade ago, but she said that she has been communicating with him for the last 18 months. “After much thought I am reaching out to Kathryn Mayorga and her legal team to offer my assistance in her rape allegation against @Cristiano please contact me,” she said recently. In another tweet, she wrote: “[Ronaldo] Told me if I dated anyone else or if I left my house he’d have me kidnapped and have my body cut up and put in a bag and thrown in a river. Yes I have proof of everything I’m saying. He’s a psychopath. I’m not sitting back any longer and watching him lie. I have messages and recordings that’ll be invaluable to Kathryn and her team in showing his true nature.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Tottenham eyeing EPL Top 4, says Pochettino after FA Cup exit

first_imgTottenham Hotspur sack head coach Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino stubbornly insists winning a trophy is not the priority for Tottenham but he is playing a risky game as he focuses on finishing in the top four in the Premier League. Spurs lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Sunday, just three days after they fell to Chelsea on penalties in the semi-final of the League Cup. The Argentine manager, while disappointed about the two defeats, has doubled down on his long-held contention that it is more important for the team to qualify for the Champions League than to win silverware.Related News “We are going to create a debate that to win a trophy is going to help the club,” he said after defeat at Palace. “I don’t agree with that. That only builds your ego. In reality the most important thing is being consistently in the top four and playing in the Champions League. That is going to help the club to achieve the last step,” he added. Meanwhile, Willian scored twice as FA Cup holders Chelsea beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 on Sunday. The Brazilian gave the Blues a 26th-minute lead from the penalty spot. Wednesday conceded again when Callum Hudson-Odoi made it 2-0. Willian completed the scoring seven minutes from time. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Harry Kane: Tottenham must carry this form into EPL Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as managerlast_img read more

MSSA: St Stanislaus Skye high after D’Costa’s 4-star show

first_imgStriker Skye D’Costa showed fine scoring touch as he slammed home four goals to lead St Stanislaus (Bandra) to fluent 8-0 win against Campion School ‘B’ (Cooperage) in a MSSA Cup boys’ U-10 knockout inter-school football match at Azad Maidan on Saturday. Skye’s strike partner Velario Alphonso also exhibited excellent scoring form and played the perfect supporting role by scoring a hat-trick. Stanislaus started cautiously and managed to score just one goal in the first half. But, on resumption they came out all guns blazing and scored at regular intervals to complete the massive victory. Velario netted the solitary goal of the first session in the ninth minute and again hit the target in the first minute of second half to double the lead. Two minutes later, Skye combined with Velario to score the third, and then in the 27th minute, struck the fourth. A couple of minutes later, Velario again hit the target for the team’s fifth goal and also completed his hat-trick (29th min). Meanwhile, Skye continued to hunt for goals and added two more in quick succession to finish with a satisfying four-goal tally. In between Kevin Saldanha added his name to the scoresheet with the seventh goal. In other matches, Bombay Scottish (Mahim) blanked Bright International (Tardeo) 5-0, with Kylen Mendes, Hriday Haria, Sanat Shetty, Ayaan Narkar and Josh Thomas, all scoring a goal each. Later, Brandon Barretto scored a brace as Don Bosco (Matunga) beat Dr Antonio DaSilva (Dadar) 2-0. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Google CEO says Goodbye to Apple Board

first_imgIn what some are calling inevitable, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has stepped down as a member of the Apple board of directors as the two companies continue to compete directly in a few key areas, most directly on the mobile devices front.  In a statement, Apple CEO Steve Jobs notes that the decision was mutual as Schmidt was increasingly having to excuse himself from meetings due to the competitive nature of the topics being discussed.  This news also comes on the heels of an FCC investigation into Apple’s rejection of Google Voice as an application for the iPhone.Will this change within the Apple Board lead to more competition and better products and services for consumers? How will the competitive pressure impact employees?As of where we are today, the competition between the two is on a pretty even playing field, at least when it comes to employee satisfaction.   In terms of CEO approval rating, Jobs weighs in with a slightly higher approval rating (91%) than Schmidt (87%), although both of these ratings are nothing to sneeze at.  In terms of the company rating, Google’s score is a touch higher, at 4.0, than Apple’s 3.8.Google Reviews – Glassdoor ReviewApple Reviews – Glassdoor ReviewBottom line is that employees at both organizations are fairly satisfied working for these companies, but will the competition, specifically in the mobile market, begin to take effect on employee satisfaction sooner rather than later?  As we expect the marketplace to heat up, both Jobs and Schmidt can rest assure that their employees are happy…for now.last_img read more

The Three C’s To Getting The Right Job

first_imgThere are three Cs to getting the kind of job you want and earning the kind of money you want to earn. These three Cs basically remain constant throughout your working career. They are contacts, credibility, and competence.First, the more contacts you have in the marketplace, the more likely it is you will find the job you want. The more people you know and who know you, the more likely it is you will uncover one of the 85 percent or more of job openings that are never listed anywhere.This is why it is so important for you to network continually. Join clubs and associations. Ask people for referrals and references. Tell your friends, relatives, and associates that you are in the market for a new job. Make sure that everyone you know is aware that you are available and looking for a job.Nothing is more important than your circle of contacts. The great majority of jobs that are filled in the hidden job market are filled because someone knows someone. And you can expand your range of contacts just by telling people that you are available and asking for their help and their advice.Your Reputation is ImportantThe second C is credibility. This is made up of your reputation and your character. Your credibility is the most important single quality about you in terms of getting recommendations and referrals from your contacts.Make sure that everything you do is consistent with the highest ethical standards. Make sure that you never say or do anything that could be misconstrued by anyone as anything other than excellent conduct and behavior.Remember, people will only recommend you for a job opening if they are completely confident that they will not end up looking foolish as a result of something you do or say.Be Good at What you doThe third C is competence. In the final analysis, it is how good you are and how good you have been in your previous jobs that will determine, more than anything else, how good you can be at the job under consideration. Next to your character, your level of competence will be the single most important factor in determining your success in your career. This is why you must be continually working to maintain and upgrade your levels of competence through personal study all your working life.The Seven Qualities Most in DemandEvery employer has had a certain amount of experience with both good and bad employees. For this reason every employer has a pretty good idea of what he or she wants more of. Here are the big seven:1. The first quality that employers look for is intelligence. In every study, it has been found that fully 76 percent of the productivity and contribution of an employee will be determined by his or her level of intelligence. Intelligence in this sense means the ability to plan, to organize, to set priorities, to solve problems, and to get the job done. Intelligence refers to your level of common sense and your practical ability to deal with the day-to-day challenges of the job. The key to demonstrating your intelligence is for you to ask intelligent questions. One of the hallmarks of intelligence that is immediately evident is curiosity. The more you ask good questions and listen to the answers, the smarter you appear.2. The second quality sought by employers is leadership ability. Leadership is the willingness and the desire to accept responsibility for results. It’s the ability to take charge, to volunteer for assignments, and to accept accountability for achieving the required results of those assignments.The mark of the leader is that he or she does not make excuses. You demonstrate your willingness to be a leader in the organization by offering to take charge of achieving company goals and then committing yourself to performing at high levels.3. Integrity is the third quality sought by employers. It’s probably the most important single quality for long-term success in life and at work. Integrity begins by being true to yourself. This means that you are perfectly honest with yourself and in your relationships with others. You are willing to admit your strengths and weaknesses. You are willing to admit where you have made mistakes in the past. Especially, you demonstrate loyalty. You never say anything negative about a previous employer or a person whom you have worked with or for. Even if you were fired from a previous job, never say anything negative or critical.4. The fourth quality that employers look for is likability. Employers like people who are warm, friendly, easygoing, and cooperative with others. Employers are looking for people who can join the team and be part of the work family.Men and women with good personalities are invariably more popular and more effective at whatever they do. Teamwork is the key to business success. Your experience in working as part of a team in the past and your willingness to work as part of a team in the future can be among the most attractive things about you in applying for a job.5. Competence is the fifth quality sought by employers. We spoke about this earlier. Competence is terribly important to your success. It is really the foundation of everything that happens to you in your career.In its simplest terms, competence is the ability to get the job done. It is the ability to set priorities, to separate the relevant from the irrelevant tasks, and then to concentrate single-mindedly until the job is complete.6. Courage is the sixth quality that employers look for. This is the willingness to take risks. Courage also means the willingness to accept challenges, the willingness to take on big jobs or even new jobs where there is a high degree of uncertainty and the possibility of failure.Courage also means the willingness to speak up and say exactly what you think and feel in a difficult situation. Employers admire men and women who are not afraid to speak their minds. And you demonstrate this in a job interview when you ask frank and direct questions about the company, the position, and the future that you might have with the organization7. The final quality employers look for is inner strength. Inner strength means that you have the determination and the ability to persevere in the face of adversity. Inner strength means that you have the quality of persistence when the going gets rough. You demonstrate inner strength when you remain calm, cool, and relaxed during the job interview. If you are calm and cool during the interview, it is a good indication that you will be calm and cool in the inevitable crises that occur during the day-to- day operations of the company.Above all, it is your character, which is the sum total of all your positive qualities, that will have the greatest impact on whether you get the job you want. Your job now is to continue working on your character by practicing the behaviors of top people at every opportunity. – Originally posted on the Personal Branding Blog by Brian Tracylast_img read more

Are You Using the Wrong Tools in Your Job Search?

first_imgWould you ever use a screwdriver to open a can of soup? It can be done. However, most would agree that it is not the preferred method. In the world we occupy today, there is virtually a tool for every chore. And a stroll down the aisle of any well-equipped hardware store will prove this.Practically daily, a call comes in from a sincere job seeker who is frustrated with how little success they are having in their job search. The problem, more often than not, is they have been using the wrong tools for the desired result. As in the example above, sometimes you can get away with using the wrong tool. But even then, it may get messy.Now, let’s take a look inside your tool bag and see what may need to be added or replaced to help you find the right job:1. Resume. If there’s not one in there, get one. Whether this is your first job or you’ve been in the workforce since the invention of the telephone, the resume is your most important tool. If you have one, be certain it is up-to-date and speaks to your intended audience. Consider having a couple of versions of your resume if you have slightly nuanced targets. Doing so is a great way to be certain that your strengths are showcased and apropos to the position you seek.2. Cover Letter. Chances are that you’ve never attended a concert without an opening act. This show starter is designed to get the audience warmed up and raise the anticipation level among the crowd before the star of the show steps out onto the stage. A well-crafted cover letter will do the same thing for your resume. It is an introduction meant to whet the appetite of the reader, and when properly executed, will provide a great lead-in and create anticipation for what lies ahead.3. Executive Biography. This one or two-page document is written in a conversational tone. This is a great tool to use when you want to add information that may not be “directly” related to the job, but can provide a prospective employer with some personal information that may be valuable as it relates “indirectly” – perhaps a motto for life, or volunteer activities. You can describe where you were raised and how that impacted your career decisions. Mention mentors that may have impacted your way of doing things. The resume will supply the facts and figures. Adding the executive biography is a way to round that information out with some personal background.4. Interview Questions. Have you ever left an interview wishing you had asked this or that? Having a list of questions that you’ve practiced with before the interview is the best way to guard against this regret. Find a willing partner and practice, practice, practice. You will be smooth and confident when the time comes to use this invaluable tool. What employer wouldn’t want someone “smooth and confident” working for them?5. LinkedIn Profile: Many experienced managers, senior managers, executives and recruiters prowl the LinkedIn network, appealing to others to expand their network, to hunt for new talent and to simply build and expand upon professional relationships. Do not miss out on this opportunity to be found!Squelching the buzz that LinkedIn is simply an online resume is important. However, the online “resume” profile you do develop should be both powerful and targeted, invigorating the value of your membership. As well, great value is placed on writing a LinkedIn profile that’s “different” from your resume. While achievements from the resume should punctuate your LinkedIn profile, handled effectively, the nuanced distinctions of your LinkedIn profile versus your offline resume content can help catapult your job search to a new level.Having a well-executed career portfolio may not land you a job, but a poorly executed one can certainly eliminate you from the running. When the economy is sluggish, employers have a great deal of opportunity to look through a multitude of career documentation, and those who represent themselves best are the most likely to be invited to become a part of the team.last_img read more

James Anderson cleared to join England squad for India series

first_imgEngland’s leading test wicket-taker James Anderson will join up with the squad for the five-match series in India after making “encouraging progress” from a shoulder injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Saturday.Anderson, who has not featured for the side since August, had been cleared to travel after passing a late fitness test on Friday and it was hoped the 34-year-old seamer would play a “significant part” in the test series, the statement added. (James Anderson absent again as England unchanged for India tour)”It’s a credit to the hunger he has shown to get back,” captain Alastair Cook told the BBC. (England captain Alastair Cook hopeful James Anderson will play role in India)”There’s nothing more he can do, apart from coming out here and getting acclimatised and get some more overs in.”While Anderson will not play in the first test against the world’s top-ranked side starting in Rajkot on Nov. 9, he could be available for the second in Visakhapatnam after making a faster than expected recovery.last_img read more

‘If Pogba leaves it will be for Barcelona or Madrid’

first_imgPaul Pogba would only leave Manchester United for Barcelona or Real Madrid, claims his brother Florentin, with the World Cup winner happy again at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Exit talk was sparked around the 25-year-old heading towards the January transfer window as he endured a fractious relationship with Jose Mourinho.A possible return to Juventus was mooted, with the all-action midfielder slipping out of favour under a Portuguese coach considered to be unsure of how to make the most of his talent. 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! Pogba has, however, been rejuvenated since Mourinho was relieved of his managerial duties and replaced by former Red Devils favourite Solskjaer.He has contributed significantly to a run of seven successive wins, netting five goals and delivering four assists across his six outings.“Mourinho leaving was the key,” Florentin Pogba told AS of his sibling.“He wasn’t happy, and it was clear to see. Now, under Solskjaer, everything is much better. My brother knows him from his time in the Manchester United youth set-up.”With Pogba thriving again, there is now little suggestion that an £89 million ($117m) asset will be allowed to leave Manchester any time soon.Paul Pogba Manchester United Bournemouth 30122018A future switch is not being entirely ruled out, though, with there an obvious appeal in potential moves to La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.Florentin added on his brother’s future, which would take him away from England if a transfer was ever completed: “We like tiki-taka. Whenever I can, I watch their [Barcelona] games or go to the Camp Nou.“When my brother leaves Manchester United, there are only three clubs he can go to improve: [Manchester] City, Real Madrid or Barca. He’s not going to go to City, so he’ll come to Spain: to Barca or Madrid.”Pogba has been heavily linked with both of the Clasico rivals in the past but has shunned interest in favour of making his mark in the Premier League.“When he was at Juventus, he could have gone to Barcelona, but he was determined to return to Manchester United, where it hadn’t worked out for him the first time around,” Florentin, who is set to link up with Spanish second-tier side Elche, said.“There was also movement [over a transfer to Madrid] when [Zinedine] Zidane was in charge, but he had his heart set on going back to England.”Having been snubbed before, it may be a long time before the door opens again for Barcelona and Real to make a move for Pogba.last_img read more

Irresistible Chelsea aim to end year with 13 straight wins

first_imgIrresistible Chelsea go into the Christmas round of fixtures knowing they can end the year by re-writing the record books.Victory at home to Bournemouth on Boxing Day would be a club-record 12th league win in succession.Another win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 31 would mean the Blues equal the record for a single season of 13 set by Arsenal in 2001-02.That side became known as “the Invincibles” after going through the entire 2003/04 season unbeaten and Antonio Conte’s team could start calling themselves “the Untouchables” if they take their winning run into the new year. (Also read: Diego Costa heads Chelsea to 11th successive Premier League win)First, they face Bournemouth without the suspended Diego Costa and N’Golo Kante, two ever presents this season.Costa is the Premier League’s top scorer with 13 goals, more than he managed in the whole of last season, while Kante has transferred the form that helped win Leicester City the title into the heart of Chelsea’s midfield.Costa’s absence means that Michy Batshuayi is likely to make his first league start since his 33.1 million-pounds ($41 million) move from Olympique de Marseille.Chelsea will be hot favourites to keep the winning habit, particularly since Bournemouth will be without loanee Nathan Ake, who is ineligible to face his parent club.Another Chelsea win would increase their lead over Liverpool, their closest pursuers who do not play until December 27 when they host Stoke City.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp must decide whether to start with Daniel Sturridge, the substitute whose shot led to Sadio Mane’s stoppage-time winner in Monday’s Merseyside derby against Everton. (Also read: Sadio Mane the main man as last-gasp Liverpool triumph over Everton)advertisementManchester City welcome back Fernandinho from suspension for their Boxing Day trip to bottom side Hull City, but will again be without forward Sergio Aguero, who completes a four-match ban, and Pablo Zabaleta was injured in the 2-1 win over Arsenal.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be looking for an instant response to that setback and needs victory against West Bromwich Albion to ward off the usual doubts about his side lacking the physicality to mount a serious title challenge.Jose Mourinho knows Manchester United’s chance has probably already gone this season, but his sides traditionally fare well over Christmas and he will be targeting nine points, starting with a home victory over Sunderland on Boxing Day. (Also read: Zlatan Ibrahimovic double at West Brom gives Manchester United third straight win)David Moyes’s strugglers are one of six teams separated by five points at the bottom in what is shaping up to be one of the closest relegation scraps in years.Swansea, at home to West Ham United, and Crystal Palace, away to Watford, are particularly in need of points after woeful runs that have left managers Bob Bradley and Alan Pardew under pressure.Leicester City, who this time last year were top and on the way to the title, are also in the bottom six.Although nobody expects Claudio Ranieri to be sacked, they are at least hoping to provide an upbeat end to their astonishing year when they host Everton and West Ham.last_img read more

First edition of India Today Conclave-South to bring best minds under one roof

first_imgThe India Today Group’s annual conclave has set the gold standard in bringing the best from various walks of life under one roof and engaging with them on issues that people relate to.This year, the Group is taking a step further by bringing the Conclave to South. The first edition of the India Today Conclave-South will be held on January 9-10 at the ITC Grand Chola in Chennai.The biggies of politics, business, art and culture, and sports will talk, debate and exchange ideas on subjects as diverse as entertainment, investment growth, social development, among others.SPOTLIGHT ON STATESGeneral Secretary of AIADMK, V K Sasikala, will light a lamp to inaugurate the conclave and open a special photo exhibition on late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Her fellow party member and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam* will also be in attendance, talking about his vision for the state.Giving him company will be Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Telangana K Chandrashekar Rao*, and Chief Minister of Puducherry V Narayanasamy.The Central government will be represented by Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu and Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar*. Other political leaders include, K Pandiarajan, Minister for School and Sports and Youth Welfare, Tamil Nadu; Dr Palanivel Thiagarajan, DMK MLA, Madurai Central (DMK); Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Sabha MP, former Union minister, economist; Oommen Chandy, former Chief Minister of Kerala; Dr Ambumani Ramadoss, Lok Sabha MP, former Union Minister; MK Stalin, former Deputy Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu; RV Deshpande, Minister for Large and Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development, Karnataka; Thiru MC Sampath, Minister for Industries, Tamil Nadu; MM Pallam Raju, Former Union Minister; Priyank M Kharge, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information Technology and Tourism, Karnataka; Kadakampilly Surendran, Minister for Cooperation, Tourism and Devaswoms, Kerala.advertisementFILMMAKERS AND THEIR CRAFTThe Conclave will see actor Kamal Haasan talk about his passion for cinema and the craft of filmmaking. Director SS Rajamouli of the ‘Baahubali’ fame and National Award winning production designer Sabu Cyril will talk about regional movies earning global recognition.Actors Tamannaah Bhatia, Amyra Dastur, Shriya Saran and Manju Warrier will discuss if the North-South divide in film industries exist.NEXT GENERATION LEADERSYoung entrepreneurs and the next generation leaders of corporate conglomerates will be in conversation at the Conclave.Upasana Kamineni, the driving force behind the charity arm of Apollo Hospitals, and Manasi Kirloskar, the heir to the Toyota Kirloskar empire, will give an insight into how large business houses are run.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola admits to errors at Manchester City

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has taken responsibility for the club’s recent inconsistent form and said he is still getting to know his players and how best to use them.City made a flying start under Guardiola, winning their first 10 games in all competitions, but have won just nine times in 21 matches since, a run which has left them fourth in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.”At times my ideas were not good, because I’m still getting to know the players, to know what is the best position, the best way to play, to adapt to them,” Guardiola told British media.”Sometimes I have an idea: three at the back or play a player in a certain way, and sometimes it didn’t work. And, when that happens, I never complain to the players. Because I see them training, how they suffer.”You have to look at yourself and see what you have to do to help them find each other and play to each other more fluently, not all the time with an aggressiveness,” he added.”That is my job. I have to help them and I tell them that. And most of the times we were not good, it was my responsibility.”Guardiola said he will have to adapt to the English game and tweak the tactics, which have served him so well during trophy-laden spells with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.”I’m not going to change England and I don’t want to do that. Of course, it’s going to change me. That’s why I came here — to be changed. That is nice,” the Spaniard added.advertisement”When I do the same thing all my career, 15 or 20 years as a coach, it’s boring. I would still be in Barcelona, my home and with these players I would be there. But every country has his own personality, his own way to play. And that is marvellous.”That’s why football is amazing. And, of course, I come here and I said a thousand million times, I am trying to adapt to English football in the way I believe you can do that.”City travel to face seventh-placed Everton on Jan. 15.last_img read more

PETA misinformed on Jallikattu: Vetrimaaran

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 16 (PTI) Director of Tamil movie, “Visaaranai,” Vetrimaaran today criticised PETA of being “misinformed” on affairs of Jallikattu.Speaking at an art show here the director said PETA is just considering some video clips without taking into account the background.”It is a fact that there are unhealthy practises in the sport followed by few people, however, banning it entirely instead of regulating it, is not a well-informed move. It looks like there is a different motive behind the movie other than cruelty towards animals,” said Vetrimaaran.The four time National film award-winner said, there are bigger effects because of bursting crackers and immersing idols of Ganesh in water bodies.”If PETA is really concerned about animals it should also recommend to forbid bursting crackers during Diwali and immersion of idols made of plaster of Paris during Ganesh Chathurthi celebrations,” he said.The director was in the national capital to attend an art show on “Remains of Ayodhya” by Kota Neelima.Vetrimaaran also took a dig at milk from hybrid bulls for causing diabetes.He said in the last 30 years diabetes has spurted for which consumption of milk from hybrid cows is one of the major reasons.”Milk from Indias native cows doesnt cause diabetes. It is for this reason and to encourage owners of the breed to continue taming of the bull Jallikattu has been practised since ages,” said Vetrimaaran.He revealed a movie on Jallikattu is in the pipeline.The Supreme Court on Jan 12 rejected a plea urging it to pass judgment on bull taming sport Jallikattu.advertisementA bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi told a group of lawyers, who requested for the verdict, that it is unfair to ask the bench to pass an order. PTI CPB SHDlast_img read more

Rathore exhorts youths in rural areas to take part in sports

first_imgJaipur, Jan 29 (PTI) Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today said that youths in rural areas should be encouraged to take part in sports activities for their holistic development.While inaugurating Jaipur Mahakhel Kabaddi competition in Jaipur Rurals Manoharpura, Rathore said such activities will provide opportunities to youths and give them a direction.Mahakhel will be a year-round affair and sports activities will be conducted in every three-four months.More than 500 teams including 20 women teams are taking part in the competition. PTI AG ARKlast_img read more

Kims invisible Rhode to glory, guns and Trump

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Mar 5 (PTI) Kimberly Rhode has switched events more often than anyone else in the history of shooting sport and at a time when shooters whine about removal of double trap from the Olympics, her six medals at the Games could serve as an inspiration. “Definitely this is a sport where men and women can compete on an equal playing field and thats the great thing about it. Doesnt matter whats your size, your stature, you are a man or a woman. Up until 1992, men and women did compete equally, a lady did win, so it is very feasible to do and very possible,” Rhode said. With a record six consecutive medals across five continents, Rhode can lay claim to an Olympic accomplishment not even the most decorated of all time, Michael Phelps, can, but unlike the swimming great, she would perhaps still do with an introduction in some parts of the world. For the uninitiated, Rhode is a skeet shooter par excellence, an outspoken critic of gun-control laws in the United States and a staunch Donald Trump supporter. She is the champion the world was not talking about prior to last summers Rio Olympics, where she reaffirmed her greatness, having done the same in London four years earlier when she became the first American athlete to win five medals in five consecutive Olympic Games. Rhode, 37, has been doing it since her first gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996. With Rio, the first American became the first in the world, albeit quietly. Her incredible sporting achievements notwithstanding, Rhode willingly wades into questions on contentious issues such as guns, gun-control laws, and their role in American society. She did so after winning in Beijing, did so after winning in London and did so again in Rio. “They have a lot of laws passing right now in the state of California and some of them passed, we are fighting them in the court because they infringe on our second amendment right (which allows people in US to keep arms) and a right is a right,” the 37-year-old Rhode said in the capital, two days after winning yet another gold medal in an ISSF World Cup. “Second amendment is a right we are fighting to keep because when you look back at our history you know people grew up with firearms in their hands, teaching responsibility, discipline. I mean safety was number one and kids were told at a very young age. “Now we are moving in a direction that is not educational and I think thats a mistake,” the Californian added. The role of guns in American society and her own family history is deeply intertwined. “Some of the laws they are passing in the state of California they will limit the ability for me to be able to inherit some of my fathers guns and for me to pass them down to my son. Those are things that have a lot of value and hold a lot of meaning to me and to my family.” Mother of a three-year-old son, family woman Rhode wants to change a few perceptions about shooting and shooters. “I hope to educate people about our sport, it truly is a great sport, it teaches you a lot about responsibility, discipline, focus, determination, things that you use in your everyday life. “Its a huge part of my life, but end of the day when we are done training we go home. We do laundry, we cook, we clean, I have a three-year-old son we go to his school events and do barbecues with the family.” MORE PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs Australia: Good cricket mixed with bad blood makes for fine series

first_imgAs India celebrate the return of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from previous holders Australia, the overriding consensus is that the hosts maintained order between the sport’s top two Test sides in a series that had everything.Seldom has a tour been dragged deep into the gutter through tit-for-tat accusations of cheating and foul play only for it to rise magnificently in the wake of some quality cricket by the bitterest of antagonists. (Australian media continues nasty tirade against Virat Kohli)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEO”It was a magnificent series, one of the best I’ve been part of,” Australia captain Steve Smith, a key protagonist in the series, said after his team finally succumbed to a 2-1 loss in the fourth and final test on Tuesday. (Steve Smith asks: Can we come in for a drink? Ajinkya Rahane replies: I’ll get back to you)Given their history, it seemed inevitable that tempers would flare between sides that endorse an identical brand of aggressive cricket when they met in Pune for the opener, which passed without incident barring a surprise win for the visitors.The veneer cracked in the second test, however, when all hell broke loose after Smith gestured to his dressing room whether to review an lbw decision against him during a tense but fruitless run chase in Bengaluru. (Ajinkya Rahane should stay on as India’s Test captain: Mitchell Johnson)The “brain fade” drew a predictable reaction from his feisty Indian counterpart Virat Kohli, who claimed it was but one of several similar breaches by the tourists, an allegation Australia summarily dismissed.advertisementThe incident quickly snowballed into a major crisis with both boards springing to the defence of their respective captains. (Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)BITTERNESS RETURNSThe game’s governing body moved quickly to douse the flames with a lenient view of the episode, which must have felt like deja vu for India coach Anil Kumble.Kumble was captain of the Indian team who threatened to abandon their 2008 tour of Australia after Harbhajan Singh was found guilty of racially abusing Andrew Symonds, a conviction that was later overturned. (Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)Match referee Richie Richardson sat Kohli and Smith down before the third test, reminding them of their duty to uphold the spirit of the game.The draw in Ranchi stood out for Cheteshwar Pujara’s dogged resistance and Pat Cummins’ successful return to test cricket but the bitterness returned when Glenn Maxwell mocked Kohli for an injury that would keep him out of the series decider. (If anyone pokes us, we won’t back down: Virat Kohli) India prevailed in Dharamsala, the third new test venue unveiled in the series, after some fine individual performances pushed the balance in the home side’s favour, but there was little let up in the acrimony.Ravindra Jadeja exchanged heated words with Matthew Wade and Smith was caught on camera mouthing abuse towards Murali Vijay after he claimed a clean catch that was overturned by the TV umpire. (Steven Smith upset with BCCI for uploading video of Jadeja-Wade banter)”I have sort of been very intense in my own little bubble, and at times I have let my emotions and actions just falter a little bit throughout this series and I apologise for that,” added Smith, the top scorer in the series.Kohli, who endured a poor run with the bat, made no such conciliatory attempt, saying he was no longer friends with the Australian cricketers, many of whom he would be meeting in the Indian Premier League (IPL) next month.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal eases past Jack Sock, Fabio Fognini stuns Kei Nishikori to enter Miami Open semis

first_imgRafael Nadal moved into the Miami Open semi-finals with a straight sets win over American Jack Sock on Wednesday, while second seed Kei Nishikori was sent packing after going down 6-4 6-2 to unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini.Nadal staved off four break points to avoid going down a double-break early in the second set, a pivotal game that set the stage for his 6-2 6-3 victory on the Crandon Park hardcourt.Nadal’s poise and shotmaking came to the fore when 13th seed Sock threatened to take a stranglehold on the second set.”That was the key of the second set, two-love (down), 15-40,” Nadal said in a courtside interview. “With three-zero a player like Jack, you’ll probably be thinking third set.”It was a double positive thing. I saved that game and got the break back (in the next game). The match was much closer than the result says.”Nadal could face his long-time nemesis Federer in the final, with the Swiss, who has a Thursday quarter-final against Tomas Berdych, on the other side of the draw.Federer and Nadal have met twice this year, with Federer winning both times, in a memorable five-set final at the Australian Open and in a one-sided straight-sets fourth-round thumping at Indian Wells two weeks ago.But Nadal is not looking ahead to Federer, because his semi-final opponent Fognini presents a potential banana skin. Nadal has a 7-3 career record but is mindful he lost to the Italian in a five-set thriller on the U.S. Open hardcourt in 2015.advertisement”It’s like a dream maybe,” said the 29-year-old Fognini after becoming the first unseeded player in 10 years to make the Miami semis.”This is a big, big tournament for me. I’m happy about my performance. I’m just trying to be focused on my game and do my best.”last_img read more

On a personal note: In support of leaning in

first_imgThis week, I published a personal post on my LinkedIn blog. I thought I’d share it here. I was asked by LinkedIn to post on the theme of “my best career mistake.” You can view the original post here. I welcome your reactions and thoughts.Eight years ago, I found myself scraping the tops off store-bought cupcakes in my kitchen at one in the morning. I was replacing the obviously baker-applied icing with hand-applied frosting so the cupcakes would look passably homemade when I brought them to my daughter’s school the next day to celebrate her birthday.What would possess me to do such a bizarre thing? Shame. Or, to put it more fully, it was the mistake of trying to do it all well – and the fear of facing in myself that I could not.Back then the icing switch-up seemed a better idea than turning up at school with obviously store-bought birthday cupcakes. After all, the school staff had made clear that home-made snacks were strongly preferred, and every other mother seemed capable of bringing lovingly hand-prepared, organic treats on birthdays. But I’d worked late that night, so the best I could do was cosmetic surgery on baked goods. My daughter didn’t care. A cupcake was a cupcake in her view, and we were going to bake a cake together that weekend when we celebrated as family. I was the one who cared. I was afraid of being The Bad Mom. Just as I feared being The Bad Worker when I was late to work because of school activities.It wasn’t about what other people thought that was the problem. It was what I thought of myself.Fast forward to last month, when I was on a panel discussing Women in Leadership. Every woman alongside me publicly admitted the same fleeting fears – and the same feelings of failure and fraudulence in their lives and careers. We know we can’t do it all, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling bad about that fact on any given day. It was an enormous relief to admit this – and talk about how we handle it.This theme arises in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and hearing it from someone that accomplished was another revelation for me. I’m glad she admits her own similar moments – and irritated by dismissal of how important this admission is. I’ve read many negative reviews of the book. Most boil down to one or all of these statements: – Shut up, Sheryl: This book is a solution in search of a problem, or it addresses the wrong problem. Women aren’t holding themselves back in the ways you say.– Mind your own business, Sheryl: You shouldn’t be telling other women how to lean in.– Easy for you to say, Sheryl: You are privileged and so leaning in works for you (you have lots of help). It won’t for the rest of us.I’m distressed by these reactions because many of them miss the point and make quite clear the critics haven’t read the whole book. And because fear of this kind of judgment of a life is exactly what drove me into the kitchen to fake my cupcakes.I feel it’s time for us to discuss, honor and learn from however we struggle or succeed – whether it’s from someone who has made it big or is making it day by day. To me, this is a major point of the book and the very purpose of this post. Having these conversations, openly, is good for everyone.Sandberg writes,“We all want the same thing: to feel comfortable with our choices and to feel validated by those around us. So let’s start by validating one another. Mothers who work outside the home should regard women who work inside the home as real workers. And mothers who work inside the home should be equally respectful of those choosing another option.”In addition to calling a truce in the gender wars, we should also find a peace with ourselves. By overcoming our own insecurities regarding our own paths, we can focus on something bigger and better: how all of us – men and women – can better support each other’s growth. We should find ourselves in fewer hidden cupcake moments and instead in more soul-searching, constructive reflection. As Sandberg notes: “We need to talk and listen and debate and refute and instruct and learn and evolve.”I’ll share my choice: to work outside the home and be a mother, however imperfectly. I try to lean in as well as to stop hiding that it’s sometimes hard despite my relative fortune. So I’m fessing up about those silly fake cakes and sharing what I wish I’d known in the wee hours eight years ago: We all have paths to take, whoever we are, and those ways of living all have trade-offs. We gain, not lose, power by owning that imperfect reality, living it without shame and learning from whoever else is willing to share their experience.To me, the real art of the lean-in is admitting the fear of falling short on my own path and pushing onward anyway. If I’d known it eight years ago, I would have showed up at school with plastic-encased, professionally frosted cupcakes in all their store-bought glory. And I would have known what mattered was that I was there, learning in to the experience of working motherhood and finding a way to be there to celebrate the most important of birthdays. After all, it doesn’t get any better than that.last_img read more

The 4-Step Path to Stronger Thank Yous

first_imgAs you probably suspected, thank you letters shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. Just like the fundraising appeals that motivated donors to give, your acknowledgments to them should be personal, specific, and emotionally compelling. Making thank you letters a priority now will ultimately help you retain and grow your community of donors.So, how do you do it? This post highlights four steps that can help you send timely and accurate appeals, delight your donors, and maintain your sanity in the process.Step One: Understand the results of your campaign.The campaign’s over, but the fun is just beginning! Now’s the time to ask yourself some key questions:How many donors gave?At what levels?Did you have a lot of small amounts or a few large donors carrying the weight?Did you meet your goals?What will those dollars help you achieve?Answering these questions will offer you a broad overview of your campaign’s results as well as an understanding of the impact of individual donations. That information is important to include in your acknowledgments because it reinforces that your donors aren’t just giving individual gifts, they’re part of a community working toward a common purpose.Step Two: Keep your outcomes in mind.Next, take out your crystal ball and imagine you can see into the future. What do you envision? Whether it’s reaching higher fundraising goals, encouraging middle donors to become event sponsors, or offering donors opportunities to learn about your programs, get clear about what you want to accomplish. Then, use your thank you letters and subsequent outreach to help make those goals become reality.Step Three: Equip yourself with the right tools.To get the most out of your fundraising and to communicate with donors in the right ways at the right times, you absolutely need a tool that helps you analyze trends and tracks more than gift amounts. This tool should help you easily store, sort, and retrieve donor information. Hint: Excel is not that tool.You’ll save yourself (and your staff, and your donors, and… you get the idea) a lot of time and headache by implementing a donor management system focused on nonprofit fundraising. Need to get this in place? We can help. Get a personal tour of our easy-to-use donor management system created with nonprofits like yours in mind.Step Four: Divide and conquer.Now that you’re clear on what’s happened and what you need to do, it’s time to segment your donors and start tailoring your message to fit their experiences with your organization. If you’ve never done segmentation before, it’s ok to start small and keep it simple. Here are a few ideas to help you think about which groups might make sense for your donors.Segment by giving level: It’s important to thank donors based on the amounts that they gave. You’ll want to mention their gift amount, but also illustrate the impact their gift will have. Plus, different donors need different acknowledgments. An email or postcard might be a great thank you for a $20 donor, but a $2,000 donor should get something more personal, like a handwritten note from your Executive Director. Decide which actions you’ll take for each level and make a plan to get it done.Segment by entry point: Donors that come in via peer fundraising campaigns or social media might need a different type of welcome that event attendees or those already on your email list. Consider how your thank you can both welcome and educate donors about your work and their role in making it happen. (Note: you shouldn’t pack all of this into one email, but think about how your thank you letter provides the right introduction.)Segment by giving history: Do you have regular annual donors? Monthly donors? Donors who gave this year but haven’t in years past? First-time donors? You guessed it: take the time to create tailored messages for these different donors.Looking for more information on targeting donors? Barbara O’Reilly’s  Donor Segmentation 101 is a great place to learn about the building blocks of this important fundraising strategy.Regardless of your organization’s overall fundraising approach, it’s important that the specific thank you letters your donors receive are closely tied to the campaign and actions they took when they made their donations. It’s not just the right and polite thing to do; it’s smart fundraising in action.last_img read more

Yay, sisterhood! A homemade mug story

first_imgThis fall, we asked freelancers to send us a picture of their favorite at-work mugs. Here’s Erin’s story. Tea isn’t the only thing that warms this freelancer up when she uses this mug!Name: Erin Upton-CosulichOccupation: Freelance writer/editorWebsite: **Your mug story: **My sister Cory is a ceramic artist, and this mug reflects her beautiful, earthy spirit. The outside has imprints of early summer peonies, and the turquoise interior is soothing. Each morning when I drink my ginger tea, I am warmed not only by the tea but by thoughts of our sisterly bond. She is such a creatively charged, wise soul, and thinking of her gives me the confidence and peace of mind that I need to do my best writing. I’m including her website instead of mine, because more of the world should know about her lovingly created art!last_img read more