Sarri’s ‘strange’ Chelsea side face top-four fight

first_imgMaurizio Sarri has said all along that Chelsea would not be title challengers this season. However, it’s now become abundantly clear that a top-four finish is by no means a certainty either.The “strange mentality” that Sarri has repeatedly claimed pervades his playing staff has been exposed for all to see, first by Tottenham last Saturday week, and now by Wolves in Wednesday night’s shock 2-1 loss at Molineux.The visitors dominated much of the game yet left with nothing. Whereas Chelsea should have ended the night celebrating Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who opened the scoring with his sixth goal in seven games, they were instead left wondering how the game had got away from them. 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! Sarri may be considering one-on-one meetings again, just like he did after the loss against Spurs, after coming away unhappy with his team’s reaction to conceding.”I think that we played very well for 55 minutes,” Sarri told journalists. “After the first goal, at 1-1, it was an accident because we were in full control of the match. We were suddenly another team, without the right distances, our football, I don’t know why.”I am really very worried, not for the result but for the fact we didn’t react to the first goal. We didn’t react at all, so I am really very worried for this.”The Blues’ sloppiness and poor concentration levels were utterly inexplicable, with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s gifting Raul Jimenez an equaliser out of nowhere.On top of Chelsea’s mental fragility, they were also caught out tactically, overloaded in the wing-back positions, as Nuno Espírito Santo channelled ‘Conteball’ to compete with ‘Sarriball’.Wolves’ clever use of their widemen was instrumental to their crucial second goal, with Willian losing possession cheaply to Joao Moutinho, eventually leading to Matt Doherty teeing up Diogo Jota for the winner.The goal stunned Chelsea, who had been totally dominant in possession, with Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas having slotted nicely into the midfield alongside N’Golo Kante as Sarri made five changes to the side that had seen off Fulham at the weekend.Indeed, for long periods the game looked set to serve as a timely reminder of the Blues’ strength in depth ahead of the weekend’s crunch clash with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.However, Alvaro Morata and Willian missed five chances between them and while Hazard was unlucky at times, his goal drought for club and country has now been extended to 11 games.Ill-discipline will also be a worry for Sarri, with his players collecting yellow cards, with Fabregas’ frustration manifesting itself in a booking for dissent after Wolves winner.The loss to Wolves came as they had failed to win in six games and with the newly promoted club having lost seven of their eight Premier League games against the Blues.Defeat also means that Chelsea slip to fourth in the table, two points behind Tottenham, who cruised past Southampton. More significantly, though, Arsenal claimed a draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford to move level on points with the Blues. The title is already gone as far as Chelsea concerned but a fearsome battle for a top-four finish is only just beginning. It’s time for Sarri’s side to prove that they have the right mindset for the fight ahead. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Wanda Grp submits proposal to set up industrial township

first_imgChandigarh, Dec 15 (PTI) Wanda Group has submitted a proposal for setting up a Green Field Integrated Industrial Township in Sonepat, in joint venture with the Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC).The joint venture will develop, operate and manage the integrated industrial township at Kharkhoda in Sonepat.The sponsors anticipate that the joint venture will catalyse investment worth USD 10 billion (Rs 65,000 crore) and generate opportunities for 34,000 direct jobs.Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman said that the project at Kharkhoda would fall within the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the National Capital Region.Jointly developed by Wanda Group and the HSIIDC in phases over 2,800 acres, it will house companies engaged in software, automotive manufacturing, machinery, healthcare education, smart housing appliances and food processing.A residential township integral to the project, including all civic amenities and social infrastructure, shall also be created to develop a 4th generation integrated industrial township.Furthermore, a Cultural Tourism City will also be developed as part of the project, he said.The investment proposal is an outcome of a series of meetings between Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Chairman and owner of Wanda Group Wang Jianlin, as well as other officers of the group, the spokesman said.Wanda Group is a $92 billion conglomerate whose business interests encompass shopping malls, theme parks, sports industry and cinemas.It is one of the largest real estate developers in China with presence in the US, UK, France, Spain and Australia.The proposal has been submitted by the Wanda Group under the state govts Guidelines for Project Execution/Public Procurement for Development Works under Swiss Challenge Method, 2016.advertisementThe Swiss Challenge Method is a bidding process which helps private sector initiative in spotting public need projects.Under this method, a suo-moto proposal/offer can be made by an original proponent to the government. This method ensures price discovery in a transparent manner as opportunity is given to third parties to give better offers by way of international competitive bidding, the spokesman said. PTI VJ BALlast_img read more

Australian Open: Andy Murray avoids Novak Djokovic fate to reach fourth round

first_imgWith Novak Djokovic’s reign broken, Andy Murray boosted his claim to the Melbourne Park throne with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.Top seed Murray, beaten in four of his five finals in Melbourne by Djokovic, has become raging favourite after the Serb’s stunning second round exit on Thursday and the Briton lived up to the billing by trouncing Querrey in a tick under two hours at the Hisense Arena. (Also read: Australian Open: Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka advance to 4th round)Murray was among the many surprised by Djokovic’s elimination but was neither dancing on the Serb’s grave nor talking up his own hopes of a maiden title in Melbourne. “It doesn’t change anything unless I was to potentially reach the final, because I can’t play Novak in the fourth round or in the third round,” Murray told reporters after setting up a clash with unseeded German Mischa Zverev. “I don’t worry about that, really. Obviously, if you’re to get to the final, then it has an effect. A lot of the times when I’ve been in the final here, I’ve played against him. Had some tough ones.” (Also read: Australian Open: Vintage Roger Federer hammers Tomas Berdych to reach fourth round)Djokovic’s departure aside, Murray appeared free of another bugbear, showing no discomfort on the right ankle he twisted in his previous win against Russian teenager Andrey Rublev.Although he cruised through the first two sets, the ankle was given a good work-out in the third by the desperate Querrey who dumped Djokovic out of Wimbledon at the same stage last year. (Also read: Defending champion Novak Djokovic crashes out of Australian Open)advertisementQuerrey relied on his huge serve to get him out of myriad jams against Djokovic in that upset but his main weapon misfired for much of the Murray match on a cool, breezy afternoon.More renowned for his outstanding returning game, Murray finished with eight aces to Querrey’s five and broke him five times.The Scot had a pre-game chat with 11-times grand slam champion Rod Laver and placed a number of sumptuous lobs over the rangy American that would have impressed the Australian great.One of them captured the break at 4-4 in the opening stanza, a marathon game of 14 points, and Murray rode the momentum to a two-set lead in just over an hour.The last of 14 Americans in the men’s draw, Querrey slipped on a fresh shirt for the third set and the wardrobe change seemed to help.He rallied from 2-0 down, winning three straight games and breaking Murray for the first time to leave the Scot barking his frustration.But Murray captured the decisive break in the ninth game with two points that showcased his speed and appetite for gut-busting running.Flung back and forth across the court by Querrey, Murray chased down ball after ball and the flustered American netted the simplest of volleys to give up break point.Murray then smacked a passing shot to take his serve and after blowing a first match point with a double-fault, he made no mistake with a huge serve on the second.”I thought I moved much better today than I did in the first two matches, which is really positive for me,” said Murray.”Each match I think I’ve improved a little bit. That’s a good sign. Hopefully I keep getting better.”last_img read more

PM respects Tamil culture: Pon Radhakrishnan

first_imgChennai, Jan 22 (PTI) With the Centre facing flak for not issuing an ordinance for conduct of Jallikattu, Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had explained the legal situation in this regard but fully backed the states efforts to hold the bull taming sport.Modi respects the Tamil culture and explained to Chief Minister O Panneerselvam the legal situation in the Centres inability to promulgate an ordinance, he said.”Explaining the legal situation (matter being sub-judice) with the Chief Minister, Prime Minister Modi had told him that it would be appropriate for the state government to issue the ordinance and had said he would totally support and cooperate,” Radhakrishnan said in a statement here.The ordinance could therefore see the light of the day in 30 hours, he said and thanked the Prime Minister “on behalf of Tamils” for this.Thanking those who have struggled for this “historic moment”, the BJP leader said he let tears of joy seeing the sport being conducted in the state today.He also urged the protesters to withdraw their agitation across the state, including on the Marina Beach here. PTI SA VS TIRlast_img read more

India beat Pakistan to retain T20 World Cup for Blind

first_imgThe Indian blind cricket team successfully defended its Twenty20 World Cup title on Sunday, defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final for the second successive edition.With eight wins from nine matches, India had gone into the final as favourites and lived up to it with a comprehensive victory. For Pakistan though, it was their first loss in the tournament.The two teams had clashed in the 2012 edition final as well with India emerging triumphant.The victory was also a sweet revenge for the Indians, who had lost to Pakistan in the league stage of the current edition.Batting first, Pakistan made 197/9 but India chased down the target in 18 overs without much of a fuss, losing just one wicket in the process.Man of the match Prakash Jayaramaiah stood out with a splendid unbeaten 99-run knock, while Ajay Kumar Reddy was the only man to be dismissed for 43. Reddy was run out.Man of the series Badar Munir was the top-scorer for Pakistan with a 570-run effort.Ketan Patel and Jaffar Iqbal were the pick of Indian bowlers, grabbing two wickets each after conceding 29 and 33 runs respectively.T20 World Cup Cricket for the BlindTeam India with the trophy.Congratulations Team India! Blind Cricket (CABI) (@blind_cricket) February 12, 2017last_img read more

Indian Premier League auction: 5 top draws since 2008

first_imgIt’s that time of the year again. The best cricketers from around the world will go under the hammer with franchises shelling out crores of rupees in the Indian Premier League auction, which will take place in Bangalore on February 20.Apart from the main tournament itself, the auctions are the most anticipated event in the build up to the IPL. Millions of fans around the world along with local and the international media witnesses auctioneer Richard Madley’s little wooden hammer seal the fate of the players each year.This year eight franchises will engage in the bidding war once again for 351 cricketers out of which there are 23 India internationals and six players from the Associate nations, who have been included in the players draft for the first time in the history of the tournament.Indian cricketers are sure to attract big bucks like they always do while players from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and England are sure to earn big from the auctions this year.The likes of Ishant Sharma, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Chris Woakes are expected to hit pay-dirt on Monday.While we can only anticipate how much these gentlemen will make in the auction, let us walk down memory lane and look at five of the costliest players in the history of IPL.Yuvraj SinghPrice: Rs 16 crorePaid by: Delhi Daredevils (2015)Star India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has always been one of the top buys in the auctions over the years but it was two years ago when GMR Group dished out a record Rs 16 crores to acquire the services of the left-handed batsman from Royal Challengers Bangalore. A prior to that, RCB had paid a whopping Rs 14 crores for Yuvi. The 35-year-old was the costliest player in the auctions for two years running and that too when he was in and out of the Indian limited-overs team due to his inconsistency with the bat. His price dropped considerably in the auction last year when he was snapped by defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad for a bargain price of Rs 7 crores. Yuvraj till date has played 108 matches in the IPL and amassed 2335 runs at 25.38 with 10 half-centuries and has taken 35 wickets which also includes a hat-trick.advertisementDinesh KarthikPrice: Rs 12.5 croresPaid by: Delhi Daredevils (2014)The Daredevils have a history of buying players at record prices and in the 2014 player auctions, India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik became the second costliest player after Yuvraj as he was sold for Rs 12.5 crores to Delhi. But just like Yuvraj, Karthik was released by his franchise after just one season and was immediately bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10.5 crores in the 2015 auction.Gautam GambhirPrice: Rs 11.04 croresPaid by: Kolkata Knight RidersIndia opener Gautam Gambhir’s auction price was the highlight of the 2011 auction as Kolkata Knight Riders dished out a whopping Rs 11.04 crores for the left-handed batsman. Gambhir was immediately appointed the captain of the team and unlike the other big buys of IPL, did not disappoint his franchise and repaid the faith shown in him by leading the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned KKR to two titles in 2012 and 2014. Bringing the vastly experienced Gambhir to Kolkata was probably the best decision KKR has taken in their IPL journey so far.Shane WatsonPrice: Rs 9.50 croresPaid by: Royal Challengers Bangalore (2016)Australian all-rounder Shane Watson beat England’s Kevin Pietersen’s record in the 2016 auction by becoming the costliest foreign player in the IPL as Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya paid a mind-boggling Rs 9.50 crores for him. Watson spent eight seasons in Rajasthan Royals, but all its players were included in the player auctions after the franchise got suspended from the tournament for two years. Player of the tournament in the first edition, Watson has amassed more the 2500 runs in the IPL so far and taken over 80 wickets.Kevin PietersenPrice: Rs 9 croresPaid by: Delhi Daredevils (2014)The GMR Group had a lot of cash left in their purse in the 2014 auctions and hence, made two enormous purchases in the 2014 auction. After buying Karthik for Rs 12.5 crores, Delhi shelled out Rs 9 crores for star England batsman Kevin Pietersen, which made him the costliest foreign player ever until Watson broke his record a year later. Pietersen led Delhi in the seventh season but his under-par performances combined with Delhi’s poor run saw him being released by the franchise the very next season.last_img read more

Portuguese Norton de Matos set to become India U-17 coach

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) Portuguese Luis Norton de Matos is likely to be appointed as the head coach of India Under-17 World Cup football team as he emerged as the number one choice of the All India Football Federation to take over the job. The 63-year-old de Matos, a former Portugal international and later manager of Benfica reserve side as well as Guinea-Bissau national team, will meet the Sports Ministry officials next week to chalk out his contract details. The post of head coach of Indian football team for the Under-17 FIFA World Cup to be held in six cities from October 6-26 remained vacant after the sacking of Nicolai Adam earlier this month. De Matos was among the candidates interviewed by a committee of the AIFF earlier this week and he came out as the front-runner for the job. “De Matos is the number choice of the committee. He will come to India and meet the Sports Secretary and AIFF President and then we will take a decision,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, a member of the AIFF comittee, told PTI today. “The final decision on the coachs appointment will be taken by Mr. Praful Patel (AIFF President),” he added. A Benfica youth product, de Matos spent all his playing career in Portugal and then later moved to management. He was in the Benfica reserved side for two years before plying trade in some Primeira Liga (Portuguese division) clubs and then to Standard Liege, one of the most successful top flight clubs in Belgium. He donned Portugal jersey in five international matches in 1982. After retiring as a player in 1987, de Matos took up to coaching in 1989. He mostly coached second division sides in Portugal, including Benfica B tea, before becoming the manager of Guinea-Bissau mens national team from 2010-2012. He also recently applied for the job of Rwanda national football team. PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S8+ specs leaked, 6.2′ display, ‘Dual Pixel’ camera in tow

first_imgSamsung has a lot riding on the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones after the Galaxy Note 7 debacle and the recent arrest of their CEO on bribery and embezzlement charges.Leaks and rumors regarding Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphones have been emerging left right and centre and now an official-looking specification sheet of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has leaked courtesy of Evan Blass, aka @evleaks.The spec listing reveals details about almost every aspect of the device including the massive 6.2′ Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Additionally, the listing discloses that the device will come with IP68 dust and water resistance, Samsung Knox, 64GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card, 4GB of RAM, Samsung Pay, Wireless Charging and 4G LTE support.The device will also feature an Iris scanner, which was first introduced in the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 and is also expected to be present in S8+’s younger brother, the Galaxy S8.On the imaging front, the Galaxy S8+ will come with a 12MP ‘Dual Pixel’ camera at the rear alongside an 8MP front facing camera. The device will also come bundled with earphones tuned by AKG.Previous rumours indicate that the Galaxy S8 series will be powered by a 3.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835 chip in the US and a 3GHz Exynos 8895 processor in other regions. We can also expect a new voice assistant codenamed ‘Bixby’.The S8+ specs leak comes hot on the heels of photos emerging online of a fully functioning Galaxy S8. These images clearly showcase the radical near bezel-less design, ‘Edge’ sidebar and on screen capacitive keys mimicking the all too familiar layout of the physical buttons in past Samsung smartphones.advertisementThe Galaxy S8+ is also expected to sport a similar design, albeit with a much larger display.Samsung is set to reveal the official launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and S8 during MWC 2017 in Barcelona next week. Earlier rumours indicate a March reveal with sales starting from April onward.Also Read: Working Samsung Galaxy S8 spotted in the wild, all screen, no bezelslast_img read more


first_imgSmith also got the backing of coach Darren Lehmann, who Smith also got the backing of coach Darren Lehmann, who echoed the sentiment expressed by CA. Lehmann said Kohlis allegation of repeated dressing room referrals by Australian players was merely his personal opinion. “Never, ever, ever. Very surprised to hear that, but its their opinion,” said Lehmann. “He (Kohli) has his opinion and we have ours, but at the end of the day we play the game the right way. Weve changed the way we want to play, weve obviously changed the side and were a younger side so Im pretty pleased with the way we do things now. “Weve never done any of that, so well just get on with the next game,” said the coach further. In a fiery post-match press conference yesterday, Kohli had stated that he had twice seen Australians seeking help from the dressing room for DRS referrals. Lehmann praised his team for not responding aggressively to Kohlis charge. “Gone are the days when we used to be probably the other way, and I was part of that as an Australian side. The young guys, the way they want to portray themselves and encourage people to play the game and enjoy the game has been exceptional,” he said. “So Im really proud of the way they went about it this game, even though we lost.” Former Australian captain Steve Waugh, who successfully led an aggressive bunch of players not shy of playing mind games, also commented on the controversy today. Waugh said Smiths explanation should be taken on face value but admitted that he would not exactly be proud of his actions. “It was a fantastic Test match. Its a shame we are focussing on one incident. I would go with what Steve has said. I would take him on face value. The best part was umpires stepped in and stopped at then and there. Looking back Smith will be embarrassed and must have learnt a lesson,” Waugh told mediapersons at a promotional event today. However, Waugh too wanted the ICC to intervene and bring a closure to the issue. “Someone from ICC needs to look into the matter and bring it to a finality. Look we need to move on. Probably he would be cautioned. It was a high intensity game,” said Waugh. Former BCCI President Anurag Thakur was not to be left behind either and he backed Kohlis tough stance on the matter. “For years Australian ckt. team have been bullying world ckt. Not any more. This time they are caught on camera and still denying,” he tweeted. “If @stevesmith49 is so naive that he didnt know what to do then should he be leading. Is Steve Smith good example of leadership. @BCCI….Extremely proud of #TeamIndia (@BCCI ) and @imVkohli who reported the matter to umpires. We must stand by our captain and support him,” he added. PTI KHS BS PM MRM PMadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgJustice Chauhan said it must be kept in mind that theseJustice Chauhan said it must be kept in mind that these adverse effects arise not from gambling per se, but are a result of excessive gambling which results in addiction.He said the response of the state in such a situation should be to regulate the activity, not seek to stop it completely.”Legalisation would give the government an opportunity to bring gambling out from the dark corners of the society, impose some controls and extract some revenue. Perhaps as importantly, if betting was legal then a huge chunk of money that, at the moment circulates only round the black market, would quickly become available,” he said.Speaking at the programme, AIGF CEO Roland Landers said, “IGC is our effort to bring industry together and provide it with a platform where the stakeholders can make their voices heard”.He said that IGC would now be an annual event for the stakeholders to converge and discuss on working towards a legalized and regulated gaming industry in India.FICCI Director Rahul Chakravarty, said that sport and gaming were one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy with a lot of money flowing in the sector.”Gambling regulation was not new to India with lotteries already being regulated business under state control. FICCI launched the debate on regulating online sports betting and lottery in India in 2012.”This regulation was not just to restrict the illegal activities but could create a scope of revenue for the government to invest in social sectors apart from sports,” he said. PTI MNL RKS ZMNadvertisementlast_img read more

Committee of Administrators bars BCCI office bearers from decision-making

first_imgBCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) has issued fresh a seven-point directive after the latest Supreme Court order.CoA said that it looks forward to working with CK Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary but made it clear that the ultimate control and power will still wrest with them and the trio “shall discharge their duties only with the prior written approval of the Committee of Administrators.”The three (old guard) board officials are also not allowed to speak to media or make any statements on behalf of BCCI without CoA’s written approval.Also, CoA specifically directs that the “the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of the BCCI shall report only to the Committee of Administrators.”The CoA has issued a seven-point instruction for the three existing BCCI office bearers vice president CK Khanna, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry. (Mumbai, Saurashtra will be able to vote on rotation basis: CoA)The CoA has also summoned Amitabh and Anirudh at BCCI headquarters to make it clear that they should follow every instruction given by the Supreme Court-appointed committee. (CoA asks state cricket associations to respond to Deloitte report)It also states that if CoA wants to communicate anything to office bearers, they would do so through the CEO. All legal documents would be cleared by the CoA.All payments will be jointly cleared by joint secretary and CEO. If they have disagreement over a particular payment, then CoA’s decision will be final.The CoA will have the final say in rules that are applicable.advertisementSEVEN-POINT DIRECTIVE:1. Each of the existing office bearers shall be bound to act in accordance with the instructions of the Committee of Administrators and/or shall discharge their duties only with the prior written approval of the Committee of Administrators. Any actions already taken by any of the existing office bearers after the order dated 24th March 2017 shall immediately be intimated in writing by the concerned office bearer(s) to the Committee of Administrators for their permission and shall be continued/proceeded with only after written permission for the same is granted by the Committee of Administrators. The existing office bearers shall not make any statements, representations or commitments on behalf of the BCCI to any third party including to Government, Court, Tribunal, regulatory authority, media or any cricket body or organization without the prior written approval of the Committee of Administrators.2. The Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of the BCCI shall report only to the Committee of Administrators.3. The CEO shall continue to sign all affidavits, applications, etc. in respect of legal proceedings filed by or against the BCCI. The CEO shall continue to issue instructions to advocates/ legal advisors in relation to fresh as well as pending legal proceedings under the supervision and control of the Committee of Administrators.4. All payments to be made on behalf of the BCCI shall be jointly approved by the Joint Secretary and the CEO. In the event one of them approves a payment and the other does not or fails either to reject or approve such payment within 3 days, the matter shall be placed before the Committee of Administrators for their decision. If the Committee of Administrators decides that the payment needs to be made, the said payment shall be processed and made.5. The Committee of Administrators may communicate their instructions and approval to the existing office bearers through the CEO.6. In order for any action/ decision (including without limitation any action/ decision taken by any Committee or the General Body) to be valid and binding on the BCCI, the same must be taken with the prior approval of the Committee of Administrators.7. All information, correspondence, communications and discussions involving the Committee of Administrators and any employee/ consultant/ retainer/ service provider/ office bearer shall be kept confidential and shall not be disclosed to any person (including any office bearer) without the express written consent of the Committee of Administrators.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal to face PV Sindhu in Indian Open quarters

first_imgSaina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu sailed into the quarter-finals of the India Open World Superseries badminton championships, while men’s singles shuttler Sameer Verma continued his rise even as Kidambi Srikanth exited the competition here on Thursday.Saina posted a comfortable 21-14, 21-12 win over Chochuwong Porpawee of Thailand at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.World No.9 Saina and the 2015 winner looked much relaxed in the match and did not have to sweat much as she wrapped up the proceedings in 33 minutes to stay on course for her second title.She set up a blockbuster quarter-final with Sindhu, who got past Japanese Saena Kawakami 21-16, 23-21 in 40 minutes.Top seed and 2016 Olympic champion Carolina Marin also advanced as she defeated Rituparna Das 21-13, 21-11 in 27 minutes.Sameer kept India’s hopes alive in the men’s section of the $325,000 tournament as he strolled into the quarter-finals with an easy 21-17, 21-15 win over veteran Hu Yun of Hong Kong.The World No.38 who had accounted for the World No.5 Son Wan Ho of Korea on Wednesday was in stellar touch and hardly looked to be troubled by the unseeded Hu. He will now be up against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, who got a walkover from eighth seed Marc Zweibler of Germany.”I had prepared for his game but he played better today. He is a tricky player with quality strokes. I think I am confident enough to go for my strokes. I will look to continue the momentum tomorrow,” Sameer said after the match.advertisementHowever, it was heartbreak for Srikanth who went down to top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in a match that lasted for 25 minutes. Srikanth, who was one of the contenders, came into the clash with great confidence considering his better head-to-head record over the mighty Dane. But the Indian was completely outplayed as he could not judge the flight and finally lost 7-21, 12-21.”There are days when nothing goes according to the plan. He played exceptionally well and there was nothing that I could really do to stop him today,” Srikanth said.B. Sai Praneeth also could not rise to the challenge of the seventh seed Tien Chen Chou. Sai lost 14-21, 16-21.India’s mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy lost to Russians Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova 18-21, 19-21.Sikki was also ousted in the women’s doubles category. Paired with Ashwini Ponnappa, the Indians lost to Thai fourth seeded pair of Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai 15-21, 10-21 in 34 minutes.last_img read more

IPL sponsorship:Gionee partners RCB; Kings XI with Hero Cycles

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 4 (PTI) Mobile handset maker Gionee India today announced its association with Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Kings XI Punjab has roped in bicycle maker Hero Cycles as principal sponsor.Gionee is already the principal sponsor of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Announcing the partnership, Gionee India CEO and Managing Director Arvind R Vohra said: “This partnership puts us at the forefront in the IPL with the Gionee brand being visible in 26 of the 56 games till the knockouts.”The company had spent close to Rs 500 crore in marketing last year, and in 2017-18, they plan to increase the same by almost 50 per cent, Gionee India said in a statement. Hero Cycles is banking on IPL viewership to reach out to youth through its partnership with Kings XI Punjab. “Through this partnership, our objective is to reach out to the millions of cricket fans, particularly the youth,” Hero Cycles Chairman and Managing Director Pankaj Munjal said. IPL is without doubt Indias most popular sporting event, and is watched by millions of people not just in India but across the globe, he added. Already, LUX Industries has announced that its flagship brand Lux Cozi will be one of the official sponsors for Kolkata Knight Riders for two consecutive years.Similarly, Usha International has taken forward its on-going association with Mumbai Indians team for the fourth consecutive year as official partner. Sunrisers Hyderabad have also roped in sponsors such as Ultratech, Reliance Jio, Canara Bank, and Red FM, among others. The 10th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin tomorrow. The final of the T20 league will be played on May 21. PTI PRJ RKL MKJadvertisementlast_img read more

When it pays to be an un-hip marketer

first_imgAre you uncool and old school? I am, apparently – at least my teenage daughter tells me so.The good news is, sometimes it pays to be un-hip. Especially if you work in marketing. I was reminded of this by Dorie Clark’s recent piece in the Harvard Business Review Blog. As she notes, sometimes the pursuit of shiny new things leads us away from basic marketing principles that work best.She says, ask yourself:1. What is everyone else doing — and how can I do the opposite? Being trendy makes you less of a standout. If every other charity is sending out calendars to thank supporters, buck the trend and give donors personal calls, for example. If everyone is zigging, zag.2. What worked in the past that’s been abandoned — and why? Some old ideas should not come back. Like the below fashion statement which I first saw via Jeffrey Forster. But we often stop effective marketing programs because staff change, people find it dull or someone drops the ball. Take a tour of your past and brush the dust off what worked before. It might work well again.3. What circumstances have changed that might allow for new opportunities? Are there old ideas whose time has come?I’m with Dorie Clark. It’s not a bad thing to eschew the shiny and embrace the dusty. Especially if it’s marketing gold. But not if it’s double denim.last_img read more

The rules for phenomenal stories

first_imgWhen you’re making the case for giving, a powerful story is hard to top. At the same time, putting together a vivid and compelling story is typically more difficult than it sounds. The good news is, the results are well worth the work. To help you get your storytelling mojo working in time for year-end fundraising season, you can learn from the same storytelling masters that brought you Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up. The talented folks at PBJ Publishing created this wonderful infographic of Pixar’s storytelling rules. These are all great guidelines to keep in mind for any writing or storytelling project, but I think #11 is my favorite: “Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.” What’s your favorite storytelling tip?last_img read more

6 air-filtering houseplants that make you breathe easier

first_imgAs an Earth-dwelling organism, we know air is important to you. If you happen to also be a work-from-home freelancer, then the quality of the air in your home is pretty important too, given you are breathing it in for most of your day.You could spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy air filtration system, or fill your home and home office with the very best in houseplant air-filtration. Let nature do its business, so you can get down to yours.1. Aloe VeraPhoto by: @kellllbellWill you kill it?: You would be hard-pressed to kill this plant. Succulent plants are good starter plants for those with questionably-colored thumbs because they don’t require too much fussing over.Sun: Full sunWater: Water sparingly in winter, maybe once every week or two. You can soak the soil in summer, however, let the soil dry out between waterings.Why it’s great: It clears formaldehyde and benzene (which are byproducts of many chemical-based cleaners and paints). Additionally the gel inside is great for treating cuts and burns!2. Spider PlantPhoto by: @r_dickermanWill you kill it?: Try to kill it, I dare you, it cannot be done.Sun: Prefer bright light, but will grow in semi-shade or partial direct sun as wellWater: Water often in warmer months, cut watering back in winter.Why it’s great: This hearty plant takes arms against formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide.3. Snake PlantPhoto by: @allpowerfultimWill you kill it?: Only if you severely over-water or under-water or don’t believe in yourself.Sun: They prefer bright light, but, can survive in low light.Water: Let soil dry out between waterings and err on the side of under-watering.Why it’s great: A great plant for your bathroom since it loves steamy humidity and filtering out formaldehyde which can be found in cleaning products, toilet paper, and personal care products.4. Golden PothosPhoto by: @cubiclegardenerWill you kill it?: Not likely, this plant can take just about anything you throw at it.Sun: Prefer bright, indirect lightWater: Let soil dry out completely between waterings. Water when leaves start to look droopy.Why it’s great: Can be grown as a hanging plant and will produce lovely and fast-growing vines all while filtering out that pesky formaldehyde.5. Weeping figPhoto by: @charliekillickWill you kill it?: Maybe, this is a very tricky plant to maintain, but not knowing whether you are fit for keeping a ficus alive makes life interesting, right?Sun: Bright lightWater: Water thoroughly and allow to dry slightly between watering. Keep the soil slightly drier in the winter months.Why it’s great: A great living room plant that filters out pollutants that are commonly found in carpeting and furniture such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.6. Chinese EvergreenPhoto by: @interiorgardensaustinWill you kill it?: Probably not, unless the plant gets too cold (it likes to be kept above 55º).Sun: Prefers low lightWater: Prefers slightly drier soil, the stalks will rot if the soil is kept too moist.Why it’s great: This plant can filter out all sorts of air pollutants and just gets better at filtering out air pollutants the longer it is exposed to them.Freelancers, what’s your favorite houseplant? Share your photos @freelancersu and follow us on Instagram!Ashlee Christian is from the north-side of Chicago and will never stop saying “pop” or eating pizza with a fork and knife, so please stop trying to change her. Follow her on Twitter @nomadnationlast_img read more

6 ways to stay productive while working from home

first_imgEmily Kate Pope is a content producer at General Assembly, an educational institution dedicated to creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love. GA offers full and part-time courses and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, data science, product management, and digital marketing.Working from the comfort of your own home (or favorite coffee shop) is just one of the many benefits of being a freelancer. Not having to commute every day saves both time and money and can actually make you happier; not to mention, studies have shown that working in an office can stifle creativity.This isn’t to say that working from home doesn’t come with its fair share of complications. Isolation, distraction, and setting boundaries between your work and personal life are just a few of the many challenges a person can encounter when they opt out of traditional office life.Here are a few simple tips to combat common pitfalls and increase productivity while working from home.1. Set a scheduleFreeing yourself from the conventional 9-5 workday is one of the most obvious benefits of freelancing. However, operating without any sort of schedule can lead to a disorganized approach to your work, and have a negative effect on productivity.Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, entrepreneurs and authors of Remote: Office Not Required, suggest breaking up your day into three sections to arrange as you see fit. These sections include a “catch up” time to answer emails, organize your tasks, and read industry news, a “collaboration” period to meet with clients or partners, and a “serious work” time when you tackle the most challenging tasks of your day. Doing this will allow you to organize your workflow and reduce time wasted.2. Get dressed for workWhile working in your pajamas is perhaps the most stereotypical advantage to working from home, a recent study suggests that there is a psychological advantage to getting dressed for work.The study found that, “The influence of clothes…depends on wearing them and their symbolic meaning.” So while staying in your pajamas may suggest, “It’s time to check Facebook,” a pair of slacks signals that your workday has started.3. Keep your work and personal communications separatedAn easy way to get distracted while working from home is to have your personal and work messages jumbled together. If your job necessitates a lot of phone conversations (and you can afford it) it’s beneficial to have a dedicated work phone, and at the very least a separate email account to keep your work and personal communications where they belong.4. Design your own workspaceHaving a functional workspace is an essential part of staying productive both in and out of the office. While sitting on your couch may be comfortable, it’s probably not the most effective place to get your work done. One of the luxuries of working from home is the ability to design your own workspace (goodbye cubical), so make sure you find a desk solution that works for you, and organize it for optimal productivity.5. Take breaksStudies have shown that taking regular breaks increases productivity and creative thinking, while thwarting stress and exhaustion. If you can’t seem to concentrate, or find yourself stuck on a specific task, the solution may be as simple as taking a walk.A recent study from Stanford University found that, “Across the board, creativity levels were consistently and significantly higher for those walking compared to those sitting.”Similarly, if your couch is calling your name, it may be time to head over to your local coffee shop. According to Fried and Heinemeier, being around other people may “fool your mind into thinking that being productive is the only proper thing to do.”**6. Stay in the know **Working from home may keep you removed from subtle changes in your industry, making it hard for you to level up in your career. Stay in the know by networking (online and in person) with other professionals in your field. Try joining a Meetup group, regularly attending industry happy hours, or taking a related course to stay up-to-date on the most relevant skills in your industry.Tell us, how do you stay productive while working from home?Don’t forget to check out all the awesome classes at General Assembly around the country!last_img read more

I hate business-ese: a call to arms against mindless marketing-speak

first_imgI’m no MBA. In fact, I have a BFA. In college, I took a course called “What Is Math?” to fulfill my sole math requirement. I don’t own a briefcase. I’ve only ever briefly worked 9-5, and the closest I’ve ever come to a pantsuit was shaking Hillary Clinton’s hand at a play. I am, in short, considered an unserious individual by the standards of Corporate America.As a result of this sheltered lifestyle, I didn’t smack into certain corporate conventions until I was old enough to find them completely and entirely alien.The most alien of these conventions? The phenomenon I’ll call business-ese.Business-ese is the use of hyper-stylized language that makes ordinary human activities seem more “official” or “important.” Business-ese muddies and eventually dries up meaning, until sentences flake away in the wind, devoid of any real substance. It’s insider-y. It relies heavily on buzzwords. It’s ridden with clichés.It’s mind-numbing.You may not have heard of business-ese before, but odds are you’ve seen it mangling the English language. For example:Normal human sentence: I talked to him; he’ll send the papers over today.Business-ese: I communicated to him via phone the crucial importance of said deliverables, so we can interface and discuss; he communicated the approximate timeline upon which we can expect receipt (ASAP).Normal human sentence: I’m reaching out to partner organizations to re-Tweet this.Business-ese: Stakeholders are being engaged via social media outreach on a micro- and macro-level; the call-to-action in this initiative is to communicate the branding message to a larger consumer base across all segments.Normal human sentence: We work in a way that achieves your unique goals, while attracting the attention of your target audiences.Business-ese: We deploy a unilateral, holistic process by which the resultant messaging is reflective of the targeted entity’s distinct objectives, as well as being cognizant of strategic reach from C-level executive to individual consumers aged 13-99.… HELP! YOUR ACTUAL INTENT IS DROWNING IN ALL THIS PEDANTIC, OVER-SERIOUS NONSENSE!I get why business-ese evolved, I really do. Some commonly used terms are useful and necessary – “stakeholders”, “call-to-action”, “engagement”, “strategy”. It’s when they’re all strung together in one long babbling chain that writers sound like the world’s least interesting maniacs.The sentence can no longer hold the weight of all these terms, and collapses like an overloaded bridge. Emails become unreadable; reports become unbearable. Readers’ eyes cross. Spontaneous blindness develops; unconsciousness follows. Zombies attack, civilization implodes.… well, it FEELS like a crisis of that magnitude.If you’ve ever wanted to see business-ese at its insidious peak, take a look at any overwritten resume. “I managed 100 projects in 5 years” becomes “Utilizing my unparalleled proficiency in multi-project management, I motivated team members to go above and beyond benchmarks on scores of complex projects over varying timelines.”That’s a tragedy! It’s not clear to the person hiring, which makes it unhelpful to the poor job-seeker, who is only trying to appear professional – and undercutting herself/himself with this dry, ambiguous, stiff, colorless language.I have a plea for you – for all of us (Heaven knows that I, too, have devolved into business-ese when writing for clients; it’s tempting, to indulge in all that fake authority and importance):Reject business-ese!RAISE YOUR BANNER WITH ME! Reject this boring trend! To the barricades of meaning and clarity, my friends!If you’ve written something for a business venture recently – even something as small as an email – review it. Is it crammed full of buzzwords? Are they helpful, or are they obscuring your meaning? Could an industry “outsider” read it and have some idea of what you’re talking about? If you find your piece is sagging under the weight of too much business-ese, follow the example of Coco Chanel’s famous rule about jewelry – take something off. Find a way to express things in simpler terms.Business-ese is mutilating the language – and it’s not helping you communicate effectively. Break away from it!Be colorful. Be dynamic. Just don’t be pedantic.Want more like this? Join Freelancers Union and never miss a post.last_img read more

5 lessons freelancers can learn from Stephen King

first_imgIn Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, he encourages would-be best-selling novelists to adopt a daily writing habit. King himself writes 2,000 words each day. He tells reporters that the only days he doesn’t write are “Christmas, Fourth of July and my birthday,” but even this is a fiction turned out for the sake of a sound bite. When Stephen King is writing, he writes every day.“When I’m writing, it’s all the playground, and the worst three hours I ever spent there were pretty good.”It sounds pretty idyllic to the aspiring writer: 3 hours of play each day… followed by a couple bestsellers, Hollywood movie deals, and a lifetime membership to the literary canon. Sweet!And so, with clear eyes and a full heart, you push your client work aside to devote a full three hours to your passion project. You sit down at your desk, open your laptop and… you’ve got nothing. Nada. No new ideas. The page stares back at you and the more you look at it, the less it looks like a blank slate of opportunity and the more it begins to resemble a void of endless proportions.Here are 5 pointers from the King of Horror himself on filling the page:1. Ideas aren’t found, they’re recognized“There is no Idea Dump, no Story Central, no Island of the Buried Bestsellers; good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere… Your job isn’t to find these new ideas, but to recognize them when they show up.”Ideation has always been a nebulous subject for any creative. As consumers, we want to know the creation story behind a great idea, but more often than not, the genesis of a great idea was just a moment of recognition within a long practice of recognition. Ideas are cheap and they’re everywhere – it’s what you do with them that makes the difference.2. Make space for the muse“You need the room, you need the door and you need the determination to shut the door. Your job is to make sure the muse knows where you’re going to be every day from nine ‘til noon or seven ‘til three.”We’ve all been there: a flash of inspiration followed by an overwhelming desire to get what you have to say on the page. Unfortunately, this event happens, oh, once in a blue moon. Unless, that is, if you make the space for it to happen. That void you’re staring at? Stay with it. Nature abhors a vacuum; eventually, you’ll fill it.Join the community of creatives (it’s free!)Become a Freelancers Union member3. Write with the door closed“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out.”If you sit down with the end-result in the mind’s eye – whether that’s a fat paycheck from a major publication or your high school English teacher telling you that your work is no good – you’ll hit a wall pretty fast. Worrying about the outcome of your writing while you’re writing, be it big dreams or haunting criticisms, impedes you from achieving the freedom of flow. Shut the door and let your mind wander. If a day’s work ends up in the trash bin, then make like Scarlet O’Hara and remind yourself, “Tomorrow is another day.”4. Do it because you want to“The larger the work looms in my day, the more it seems like an I hafta instead of just an I wanna.”Umm, hey, remember why you wanted to do this in the first place? We know it’s not because you believe that writing is the easiest path to wealth and life-long notoriety (though it can yield these things). You have a story; you like the challenge of synthesizing thoughts and ideas into language; this is fun.When you’re beginning a writing practice, don’t make the mistake of turning it into yet another chore on your long list of To Do’s. This is your sacred time for recreation – dive in and play!5. Get a life (and rid yourself of self-sabotaging narratives)“I’ve found that any day’s routine interruptions and distractions don’t much hurt a work in progress and may actually help it in some ways. It is, after all, the dab of grit that seeps into an oyster’s shell that makes the pearl.””If only I lived in a cabin in the woods, where the stimuli of civilization can’t get into my distractible human brain!”As a New York City dweller, I think like this all the time. Between urban living, work, and a social life, maintaining a daily writing practice seems daunting. And what if I want to throw in pets, a partner or kids one day?Like anything else in life, it’s all about balance and boundaries. You don’t have to be a miserable loner in order to write – and in fact, being a miserable loner might just rob you of the ability to create heartstopping prose. You do, however, have to be assertive enough to make a commitment.As Stephen King writes,“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around.”A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about sustainability, community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.last_img read more