Samir Nasri brands Jamie Vardy ‘a cheat’ after red card

Samir Nasri brands Jamie Vardy ‘a cheat’ after red card

first_imgSevilla midfielder Samir Nasri has accused Jamie Vardy of cheating after the Frenchman was sent off for squaring up to the Leicester forward and bumping foreheads in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.Leicester, down 2-1 from the first leg in Spain, turned the tie around with a superb 2-0 victory at King Power Stadium that made them the only English team to reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s top-tier club competition this season. (Also read: Champions League: Revitalised Leicester stun Sevilla to reach quarter-finals)Nasri, who is on loan at Sevilla from Manchester City, was shown a second yellow card by Italian referee Daniele Orsato for violent conduct after squaring up to Vardy.”For me he’s a cheat because if he was a foreign player you, the English press, would be saying he’s a cheat. For me he is a cheat,” Nasri told reporters.”They were winning 2-0, play the game like a man. You are not better than us but you are winning 2-0 and will qualify, just play the game.”Leicester came out in support of Vardy and the player also refuted the Frenchman’s comments.”I’m not a cheat and I never have been. That’s all I’ve got to say on the matter,” Vardy was quoted as saying by the BBC.A Leicester City spokesperson said: “The club refutes entirely any allegation that questions the professional integrity of Jamie or any of its players.”last_img read more

Lower your membership amount? Think twice.

Lower your membership amount? Think twice.

first_imgWith direct mail and other fundraising channels hitting the skids, nonprofits are looking to boost online revenue in any way they can – trying out new tactics to get that all-important first donation from non-members.This one might have crossed your mind: “What if we lower the minimum cost of membership?” M+R and two economists from the University of Maryland partnered with a major nonprofit to run a test. In an email appeal to first-time and deeply lapsed donors, we reduced the minimum membership amount from $35 to $25.What did we find out? Framing is everything.Simply reducing the membership amount to $25 produced no increase in response rates.But reducing the membership to $25 and telling donors it was a special discount raised just a hair more overall, and from many more donors. This tactic reduced average gifts, but increased response rates, securing first-time gifts from more people.Discounts are a fundraising tool employed by many nonprofits (including M+R clients). More and more, they are being used in combination with membership offers.Want to try this at home? If you’re going to lower your membership, be sure to tell your supporters they’re getting a bargain!We found something else interesting when we broke the results down by past behavior. The discount language increased returns among supporters who had EITHER donated in the past OR taken action, but not among those who had done both (i.e., donor-activists).Therefore, to maximize revenue, consider suppressing donor-activists from the discount offer and giving them the regular membership ask instead.And if you’re still not fundraising from your activist file, chew on this – past activists were 3.6 times more likely to become members than those who had never taken action. (That doesn’t show causation, but it confirms that activist lists are fertile ground for appeals.)Here are a few top-line takeaways:If you’re offering a discount, say it’s a discount.When it comes to past donor-activists, run a test before you decide to offer them a discount membership.Fundraise from your activist-only list.Experiment! Just because you’ve asked for $20 from new donors for the past decade doesn’t mean it’s still the best amount to ask for today.To download the full study, Charitable Memberships, Volunteering, and Discounts: Evidence from a Large-Scale Online Field Experiment, by Andreas Lange and Andrew Stocking, visit http://www.nber.org/papers/w14941.ABOUT M+R STRATEGIC SERVICES M+R is dedicated to helping our clients advance their missions in order to bring about positive change. We do this by helping organizations and campaigns we believe in develop smart and effective strategies, hone their messages, mobilize their members, build grassroots support, raise money, and communicate effectively with the media, the public and decision-makers, both online and offline.Source: www.mrss.comlast_img read more

3 vital ways to build your nonprofit brand from a maestro of branding

3 vital ways to build your nonprofit brand from a maestro of branding

first_imgI was very fortunate to hear the brand guru Allen Olivo speak at PayPal’s Insight event last week. Allen has led brand marketing at Apple, Amazon and Yahoo!, and he now heads the team tending to PayPal’s brand. For me, this was a bit like the local cello teacher (me) getting a lesson from Yo-Yo Ma (him). It was an experience to remember. I want to share his wisdom here, because I believe building great brands is one of our sector’s greatest weaknesses. We tend to equate branding with logo and color palette. But a brand is not what you convey; it’s what people believe to be true about you. It doesn’t exist in your collateral — that’s just one manifestation. It lives in your audience’s hearts and minds. When it comes to building brands, it seems as if ours should be an easy job. We are striving to make the world a better place, so why shouldn’t our identity and purpose be firmly lodged in the deepest depths of our audience’s hearts and minds? Can’t we just state our mission and walk away? No. Because that’s not enough. We can’t just tell people to care. We have to show them why they should. And then, in all our work and every piece of outreach, we have to consistently and continuously make clear how we make a difference that matters.Here are three tips from Allen on how to do that with brand.1. Focus on the “why” of your work. Allen says great brands solve customer problems. It’s not about the “what” of your product (other people do “what” you do) as much as the “how” the product uniquely solves a pain point or fulfills an aspiration. You are solving the pain points of society. You are helping us be our greater selves. Don’t just talk about what you do. Focus on what you change for the good in people’s lives.2. Get all your staff on board. Branding is not your job alone. As Allen puts it, “Your brand is in the hands of everyone.” Each time someone writes, emails, calls, visits or attends an event and you respond, he or she is forming an opinion of you. Each person who receives your services is experiencing your brand. So do all you can to have everyone exude the essence of your work and why it’s worthwhile.3. Know that brand is not a checkbox. You have to continuously think about how to build an enduring experience and lasting impact over time. Constantly consider how to provide a fulfilling experience for donors. That is what makes a brand. It’s not a campaign — it’s a way of working. As Allen put it so well, “You are selling experience, not just stuff.”Thanks Allen for sharing your wisdom with the causes here!last_img read more

Improve Donor Relationships with Gratitude

Improve Donor Relationships with Gratitude

first_imgIn celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we thought we’d take a minute to talk about gratitude. Building strong relationships with your donor and keeping them engaged with your nonprofit comes down to three things: great communication, gratitude, and organized data.Building retention-focused donor communications is part of every fundraiser’s daily to-do list. Once you have your plan in place, it’s time to put it into action.Also, don’t forget to call your mom!Your Donor-Retention TimelineThis straightforward timeline from nonprofit expert Nancy Schwartz shows how and when to interact with first-time donors to ensure they stay engaged with your nonprofit.Upon Receiving An Online GiftShow your gratitude. Share your appreciation via a follow-up page as soon as your first-time donor finishes the transaction.The Same DayMake sure all donor and gift data is in your donor management system. Many data points, from the time of day the gift was made to your donor’s zip code, can help you customize upcoming donor communications and increase the probability of future gifts. A donor management system like Network for Good’s automatically syncs with online donations.Within One DayThank your donor in a brief, compelling email. Use your donor management system to automate this initial email.Mention the campaign or specific project your donor is supporting.Include a receipt.Send it from your executive director or star program staffer.Within One WeekReinforce your thanks with a warm, heartfelt follow-up email. Welcome your new donor to the cause.Share a specific impact story that their donation helped make possible to show the importance of their gift. This person gave to your organization because they found something you said appealing, so reinforce that. Use photos or video to make your message stand out.Tell the donor how and when you’ll be following up and that you’re looking forward to getting to know them better.Invite the donor to get in touch with you or a colleague with any questions or requests.Send future messages from your executive director, development director, or program director. Relationships are built from person to person; not from organization to person. Your donors will appreciate the personal touch.Within Two WeeksShare content with your donors suited to their interests. For example, note if the donor first gave on #GivingTuesday, lives near a program site, or donated at a specific event.Link your donor’s gift to the impact your organization is making across programs and services. You’ll strengthen the donor’s connection to the cause and your organization.Surprise your top-prospect segment with a handwritten (or even just hand-signed) thank you note, or phone call.For donors who gave offline: mail a second thank you/welcome note (hand-signed if possible, at least to higher-level donors) with a short newsletter or impact story.For donors who gave online: kick off your welcome email series, featuring a brief impact story in each email and regularly sharing other info about your organization’s unique impact and approach. Include calls to actions such as sharing an event on Facebook or signing a petition.For new high-value donors, reinforce your relationship with a hand-signed, printed welcome note.Within One MonthRegularly assess your donor data to learn about new donors to your organization. We recommend every two weeks.Determine which of your new donors fits into your donor framework (target groups and segments within each).For new donors similar to your current groups and segments, determine how you can customize your messages to match the relevant segment while integrating your welcome and appreciation messages.Note any donors who are similar to one another but don’t fit well into existing segments. Is a new segment needed?Articulate what’s unique about their wants and preferences. These gifts may signal the potential for more donors like them, but you need to know what “like them” is so you can look for it.Over The Next Three MonthsStay in close touch with relevant content. As with any new relationship, the first few months are everything. If you don’t engage your first-time donors within 90 days of their gift, you’re not going to resonate with them.The proven way to keep these donors engaged is to deliver content marketing that shows you “get” them.Check out The Donor Communications Mini-Guide for more tips on how to build a successful donor communications strategy for your nonprofit.last_img read more

Report: Fulham 4 Brighton 2

Report: Fulham 4 Brighton 2

first_imgAleksandar Mitrovic scored two brilliant headers as Fulham came from behind to earn a priceless 4-2 Premier League win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion, following key tactical changes from Claudio Ranieri.Glenn Murray’s double gave Brighton a 2-0 lead inside 16 minutes as crosses from the Seagulls’ right led to chances the striker gobbled up to reach 10 Premier League goals this season.But, after Ranieri switched to a back four then brought on Luciano Vietto at half-time, Calum Chambers and Mitrovic struck to draw the scores level. 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! Mitrovic put Fulham ahead after beating Lewis Dunk in the air and Vietto struck late to wrap up an amazing win, moving the Cottagers to within two points of third-bottom Cardiff City.pic.twitter.com/NjoewhuQr7— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 29, 2019Fulham have conceded by far the most goals in the Premier League this season and it took Brighton fewer than three minutes to open the scoring with a remarkably simple strike.Right-back Martin Montoya was allowed to run unchallenged before delivering a fine cross Murray steered home after getting between defenders Denis Odoi and Maxime Le Marchand.Murray was on target again in the 16th minute. Odoi’s poor clearance allowed Davy Propper to hook the ball back into the danger zone for the veteran striker to pounce from close range.Either side of Propper rattling the crossbar Murray missed two chances to seal his hat-trick and surely kill the game.But Chambers’ stunning 20-yard volley gave Fulham a lifeline within two minutes of the restart and Mitrovic then hauled them level by showing the most desire to reach a deflected cross.Ping pic.twitter.com/FMukpKRnxH— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) January 29, 2019Jean Michael Seri hit the post but Sergio Rico had to make a brilliant save in the 72nd minute to deny Murray the match ball.And when Joe Bryan floated a superb cross into the box from the left wing, Mitrovic dominated aerially for a second time to beat Mat Ryan with an excellent downward header.Brighton were suddenly on the ropes and Vietto’s first Premier League goal sealed matters, with Tom Cairney striking the bar as a once-improbable win threatened to grow in size.What does it mean? Fulham finally have hopeDefensively Fulham were a shambles in the first half, but in Mitrovic they have a striker capable of firing the goals they need to stay in the Premier League. Brighton, meanwhile, are suddenly drifting under Chris Hughton with the Seagulls only winning one of their past nine in the league.Tinkerman Ranieri’s masterplan pays offAfter 26 minutes of defensive disarray, Ranieri had seen enough and replaced Tim Ream with Cairney, switching to a back four. That change settled Fulham and, when half-time sub Vietto added thrust, they completed one of the season’s most memorable comebacks.Stephens and Seri avoid red cardsReferee Lee Probert was in lenient mood and a harsher official perhaps would have shown two red cards in the first half. Dale Stephens clattered into Andre Schurrle shin but was only booked, with the same punishment given to Seri after his two-footed challenge on Montoya.Key Opta facts- Fulham v Brighton is just the second match-up in Premier League history to see both sides come from two goals behind to avoid defeat in their two meetings within a season, after Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers in 2003-04.- Fulham came from behind in a Premier League game after being two goals down at half-time for the first time since April 26, 2008, when they won 3-2 at Manchester City.- Murray’s opening goal ended an eight-game run without a goal for Brighton – his worst scoreless run in the Premier League for the club.- In doing so, Murray opened the scoring in a Premier League match for the sixth time this season – only Mohamed Salah (nine games) has done more often, while Harry Kane has also achieved the feat six times.6 – Only Mohamed Salah (9) has scored the opening goal in more @premierleague games this season than Brighton’s Glenn Murray (6). Rapid. pic.twitter.com/KBBS4JFgRm— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2019ChelseaWhat’s next?Fulham will try to maintain momentum at Crystal Palace on Saturday, when Brighton host Watford. read more – Murray’s double saw him become the oldest player to score a brace in a Premier League game (35 years, 126 days) since Frank Lampard for against West Ham on November 23, 2013 (35 years, 156 days).- Mitrovic has now netted 20 Premier League goals – scoring five of those under Steve McClaren, five under Rafael Benitez, five under Slavisa Jokanovic and five under Ranieri.last_img read more

Breath of Fresh Air

Breath of Fresh Air

first_imgAfter the longest, most expensive election “season” ever, you’re probably like me and everyone else in the country – eager to step back and catch your breath.At the same time, we’re all asking ourselves what the election results will actually mean in our lives. We can try to imagine how policies might affect us individually, but from a freelancer’s perspective, it’s important to remember the power we have to build collective solutions to the issues that affect us.And Freelancers Union is moving forward as planned, creating solutions for our common good. Freelancers Medical, the nation’s first health care practice just for freelancers, is opening in Brooklyn, NY, next week. Health care reform stands and the health insurance CO-OPs that Freelancers Union is sponsoring in New Jersey, New York, and Oregon are under way. Next fall, thousands of freelancers in these states will have access to affordable, high-quality health care like never before.We’re building a national movement, solving the challenges we all face and nurturing an economy in which mutual support fuels our individual initiative. That’s what the battle between entropy and idealism is all about. On one side, it’s the chaos of individuals going it alone, struggling to stitch together a safety net and a sustainable work life. On the other side is the power of the group uniting so we can thrive. I, for one, am betting on the idealist impulse because we’ve already seen it work.With the elections over, Washington is back at work. And part of our shared effort is to call for public policy changes that will give us the tools we need to put our idealism to work. I’ll discuss three specific policy objectives in weeks to come. But first, I hope you’ve had the chance to catch that breath, close your eyes, and picture the freelance nation we’re building together.last_img read more

What to do when your client is slow to respond

What to do when your client is slow to respond

first_imgNeed help dealing with a legal issue? Download the Freelancers Union app to connect with a lawyer committed to helping freelancers and who understand the freelance life.Protect your work: Build a standardized client agreement with our step-by-step freelance contract creator.A slow client is a big headache for freelancers.Never mind the wasted time you spend following up. The worst part is that the project extends on forever (which can interfere with other planned projects) and your pay schedule is delayed (hello there, unpaid bills).Here are 4 tips for dealing with slow clients — and preventing future project drag.1. Bring it up early.As soon as you start to see a pattern of slow feedback, bring it up to the client. You can do this in a non-threatening way by first asking them how they feel the workflow is going, and then following up with your feelings.Things to remember:The client may be new to working with freelancers, so educate before you get firm.Remind the client that it’s for the good of the project, not just good for you. You’d like to stay on schedule and you can only do your best work when you have plenty of time to do it.If you haven’t included a feedback timetable in your contract (see below), ask them what they think a reasonable timeframe would be. If that’s not good for you, try to suggest something different and reach a compromise.The important thing at this stage is that the client is on board with your process, which will create a smooth client relationship throughout.2. Put it in writing.As in all things, the easiest way to prevent a client issue is a good contract in combination with a detailed deadline calendar.This would normally go in a section on Delivery Terms, along with any file specifications. This should include both your deadlines and the client’s deadlines. When you send the contract for the client to sign, it would be a good idea to highlight this section and also get the client’s verbal approval.If you’re in the middle of a slow project and you haven’t set up a contract with these terms, first initiate a conversation (see #1), and then write that new guideline in an email to the client, and ask for their written agreement (“Does this seem reasonable to you?”). This supplements your original contract.3. Give a final warning.After you’ve talked over the issue (#1) and gotten their approval in writing (#2), it may be time to bring out one of two warnings (or both).Consider it approved: “If I haven’t heard back from you in X time period, I will consider the material approved. After this point, you will not be able to make changes to the project.”Your deadline will not be met: “I can’t be held to your delivery dates if you don’t respond in the time we both agreed on. I really don’t want to see your project delayed, but I need the proper time to complete the project well. If you get back to me by the end of the day, I can still meet the deadline, but after that, the new deadline will be X.”4. Charge ‘em for it.This normally gets clients moving pretty quick.Let your client know that if they want you to maintain your deadline, you will have to charge rush rates. Due to late approval, you had to rush to get something out the door by the deadline. Even if you don’t currently have rush rates, come up with something reasonable and get it in writing.Remember: unless this is in your contract, you will need to have the client agree that they have understood your policy about late feedback leading to rush rates. As you know, what seems like a reasonable additional charge to you can cause clients to freak out, argue with you, and causes bad feelings all around, so it’s always good to be transparent about what you’re charging.What do you do when a project drags on?last_img read more

Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur?

Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur?

first_imgMany people dream of starting their own business. What could be cooler than running the show? Hell, even the word “entrepreneur” carries some serious prestige.Fewer people dream of becoming a freelancer, but it’s difficult to put a finger on where the distinction lies. Under tax law, we’re all self-employed. Isn’t entrepreneur or business owner just a fancy way of saying “freelancer”?Not quite (though all independent workers fall under the Freelancers Union umbrella): freelancers trade their skills, services, and time to customers for money. So if you’re good at writing, you’ll write articles for money. If you’re great at setting up websites, then you can work as a freelance web designer.While freelancing offers the same freedom and flexibility as entrepreneurship, it is quite restrictive; you can only scale your freelancing efforts to a certain point, as there are only 24 hours in a day.Entrepreneurship means building a business that brings in passive income. This is some next level shit.Entrepreneurs spend work time identifying customers needs, finding opportunities in the market, examining the risk involved, and creating innovative products and services that meet these needs. Then, they create scalable systems where products and services are sold over and over again.That means, that even when the entrepreneur is eating, sleeping or on vacation – she’s earning money.Should You Freelance Before Starting Your Own Venture?Many people choose to jump right into the deep end of entrepreneurship, but you can always start out as a freelancer and then swim towards entrepreneurship at your own pace. Start-ups have a high rate of failure and freelancing first can be both a learning experience and a financial buffer.Before you make your decision, here are some points that you should consider:1. Freelancing gives you confidenceMany people avoid entrepreneurship because they lack courage and confidence. How many times have these thoughts and questions crossed your mind?‘I’m not equipped for the job’, ‘will people appreciate my products and services?’, ‘is my business model right for this market?’, ‘I’m out of my depth.’Freelancing gives you the confidence that you need to start your own business. If want to launch a tax services firm and you’ve spent the last 4 years doing taxes as a freelancer, then you won’t doubt your abilities.2. Freelancing will pad your incomeNot only do a few steady freelancing gigs give you some financial security, the income will also help you raise the funds that you will need to test and create your products and services. Launching your own venture takes capital – and freelancing can help you in the takeoff phase.3. Freelancing expands your networkAs a freelancer, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with people from a wide range of industries. I’m therefore in the position to build a network on which I can rely when I move towards entrepreneurship.You have the chance to market your products and services to your network in the same way you marketed your skills. You also have the chance to work together with people you met while freelancing.Be strategic when building your network, and build a community that will support your business efforts once you decide to move in that direction.4. Freelancing polishes your customer service skillsAs a freelancer, you quickly learn that customer service is key to success. Unlike some 9-to-5 positions where you may not be customer-facing or can easily pass the buck, freelancers must deal with happy clients, frustrated clients, indecisive clients and clients that cannot be satisfied.The only way to stay afloat as a freelancer – and a small business owner – is to discover your customer service style and balance your clients needs to the best of your abilities.5. Freelancing diversifies your skill setOften, freelancers must wear many hats. Sometimes you’re hired to do one thing and then wind up doing five others. Sometimes you take on a gig that has a component to it that you’re maybe not-quite-qualified to do, but learn to do it anyway!As an entrepreneur, it’s likely you’ll wind up doing all kinds of jobs before you can hire on the help that your business needs to grow. There’s no faster way to becoming an agile worker than through freelancing.6. Freelancing teaches self-disciplineEveryone knows that when you go freelance, you’ve got full control of your schedule. While this is one of the key reasons many of us choose to freelance, it also means that all of the sudden it’s our job to prioritize time and work – even if we’re not in the mood.Entrepreneurs need just as much self-discipline as a freelancer. Using your time as a freelancer to build healthy work habits can set the stage for a successful entrepreneurial career.7. Freelancing helps you find your balanceThe temptation to throw yourself headlong into your business venture – especially because you’re throwing so much money at it – is strong. Unfortunately, succumbing to that impulse can cause tunnel vision and even burnout.Freelancing will teach you the importance of establishing a good work life balance, and this makes you happier, focused, more energetic, and more creative. You can use this new found freedom to research, plan, and build your venture.8. Freelancing builds accountabilityAs a freelancer you are fully and solely responsible for your work. This builds responsibility and accountability, which are vital traits in an entrepreneur.Bearing responsibilities such as work deadlines, delivery, time management, and finances will eventually become a no brainer, and you won’t be overwhelmed by the pressure that comes with being an entrepreneur.9. Freelancing is an opportunity to learn more about your nicheIf you’re freelancing in your desired niche, then you’re in the unique position to immerse yourself in the niche.So if you’re freelancing as an interior designer, learn everything there is to learn about interior design, and look for gaps in the market which you can turn into a business venture.10. Freelancing can reveal what you DON’T want to doThere have been many entrepreneurs who started a business in a particular niche, and then found out that they weren’t really passionate about it. If you freelance in a certain niche before you create a business, you can determine whether you are truly happy and passionate about your idea.Freelancing in something first is a lot better than going all in and then finding out that it’s not the business for you.Final VerdictI must warn you; if you become a freelancer before you become an entrepreneur, you might end up sticking to freelancing as a career. It’s lucrative and flexible.However, if you decide that freelancing is just a stepping stone to entrepreneurship, ensure that you spend your time as a freelancer building up your skills and experience.Entrepreneurship is not an overnight process, but with freelancing on your side you will excel faster than those who are trying to build a foundation.Davina Ngei is a professional content writer and copywriter for hire, a business blogger, and the Founder of Business Broken Down.last_img read more

When I came back as India coach, there were smiles everywhere in the dressing-room: Ravi Shastri to India Today

When I came back as India coach, there were smiles everywhere in the dressing-room: Ravi Shastri to India Today

first_imgRavi Shastri has revealed that he was a disappointed man when he was not picked as the Team India coach by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) in 2016. The committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had selected former India captain Anil Kumble on a one-year term in June last year.”I was disappointed when I wasn’t picked as the coach in 2016,” Sahstri told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive chat.However, it is believed that the dressing room was not happy with Kumble’s style of coaching and that there was a breakdown in his relationship with captain Virat Kohli. (MS Dhoni an elder statesman in Indian dressing-room: Ravi Shastri to India Today)After a highly successful tenure, Kumble stepped down as coach two days after the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy which Pakistan won by beating India in the final in England. (Can’t play Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja all the time: Ravi Shastri to India Today)On July 11, Shastri was named as the head coach of the Indian team. He had a stiff competition with Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody before passing with flying colours to get the head coach’s job. (Virat Kohli commands great respect from everyone in Team India: Ravi Shastri to India Today)Shastri, who previously worked with the Indian team as team director, had a healthy relationship during his tenure.WATCH FULL VIDEO HERE”When I came back, there were smiles everywhere in the dressing room. The nucleus of the players is very much same as what it was when I was there. There was no trust factor in the dressing room but that changed quickly,” he said.advertisementAfter taking over the top post, Shastri also got on board his trusted men as support staff. R Sridhar, Bharat Arun and Sanjay Bangar were appointed as fielding, bowling and batting coaches.”I believe in continuity and that’s why I got the same support staff back,” he added.Shastri was first named team director in 2014 during India’s tour of England. He also played an instrumental role in helping India reach the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup where India lost to hosts Australia.Though then coach Duncan Fletcher’s contract was not renewed, Shastri held his position until June 2016 when Anil Kumble was appointed the head coach.Under Shastri, India bounced back from a defeat to beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in their backyard in a three-match Test series which was also Kumar Sangakkara’s farewell series. India then demolished South Africa 3-0 at home in a four-match marathon series. However, India suffered defeats in T20 and ODI series.However, India had a disastrous ODI series in Australia losing 4-1 but his words of wisdom paid rich dividends when India switched to T20 International mode. The MS Dhoni-led team whitewashed Australia 3-0 in the T20 series.India then defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 in a three-match T20 series before lifting the Asia Cup in Bangladesh remaining unbeaten in the multi-nation tournament.India also reached the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in 2016 where they were knocked out by the eventual champions West Indies.(Watch the full Ravi Shastri interview on India Today at 7.30 PM today)last_img read more

Pep Guardiola wants better from table-topping Manchester City

Pep Guardiola wants better from table-topping Manchester City

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday he was keen to wring further improvement from his table-topping squad, sending a stark warning to a chasing pack that is already struggling to stay in touch.The Spaniard last year endured a first trophy-less campaign as a manager in his first season in England, but his team have shot out of the blocks this campaign, conquering all-comers with a swagger and verve reminiscent of the teams he crafted during his time in charge at Barcelona.City’s return of 31 points and a plus-31 goal difference after 11 games represents the best-ever start to a Premier League season by any club. But though they currently lead second-placed Manchester United by eight points, Guardiola wants more.”It’s not about the records,” he told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to 12th-placed Leicester City, when he will welcome back talismanic striker Sergio Aguero, sidelined since suffering a dizzy spell and blacking out while on international duty with Argentina.”I’m not here to search for magnificence, or something like that. We are here to do better than the day before.”City’s last game was a dominant 3-1 home victory over Arsenal, their 15th win in a row in all competitions, and that followed a thrilling 4-2 away win at Napoli in the Champions League.But Guardiola said the team were still making mistakes that needed to be ironed out if they were to negotiate a packed winter schedule.”We have to improve to control better in some situations and keep going with that level in terms of results,” he said.advertisement”In terms of playing, and knowing what is going to happen in December and the schedule has 40 games in 48 days, it’s tough for everybody but for us as well, so let’s improve.”last_img read more

Why should students consider studying in Ireland?

Why should students consider studying in Ireland?

first_imgIreland is an English speaking country with a long tradition in education. The practice of educating monks dates back to the fifth century, and Ireland is sometimes known as the ‘land of saints and scholars.’ Today, Ireland offers a buzzing, multicultural society where students will certainly find the highest of education standards and warmest of welcomes.Barry O’Driscoll, Senior Education Advisor, Education in Ireland, talks about why an Indian student should definitely consider Ireland as a study abroad destination.Why Ireland?Ireland is well known for being a safe, welcoming society and over the years we have welcomed many thousands of visitors who have come to Ireland, not just to enjoy the beautiful scenery, but also experience Ireland’s famous hospitality. However, more recently, in particular, students from all over the world are learning about Ireland’s quality education system and are deciding to come to pursue their studies in Ireland.The strength of the system in Ireland lies in the fact that our higher education institutes (HEIs) are not only dedicated to academic excellence, but are also highly connected with labour market and emerging trends in industry. There are 34 higher education institutions in Ireland offering a wide range of over 5,000 programmes leading to internationally recognised, quality assured qualifications. Indian students can choose to meet their education needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.Stay back option for studentsThe key advantage of studying in Ireland is that students can avail a two-year ‘stay-back’ option after completing their Masters and PhD courses, which guarantee students opportunities to remain in Ireland and seek employment in dynamic sectors. Ireland, today, competitively ranks against the other countries in terms of enterprise opportunities. Over 1,000 multinationals have chosen Ireland as a base for their operations, including 9 of the top 10 global ICT companies and 8 of the top ten global pharma companies. The country is home to many household names such as Qualcomm, Novartis, Yahoo, Twitter, Zendesk, Symantec, Facebook, Mcafee, Etsy, EMC2, Deutsche Bank, HP and Huawei.advertisementIreland is often known as the most entrepreneurial country in Europe and graduates looking to start their own venture are certainly in the right place! Enterprise Ireland, the government agency that assists startups, offers a wide range of support to high-potential export-focused ventures. There is also a set up support in Ireland specifically tailored for female entrepreneurs.Ireland has a strong and growing network of local business angels and venture capitalists to further support the start-up sector.(Read: Top reasons to choose Ireland as a study abroad destination)’Warmest of welcomes’ for international studentsAlongside academia, the quality of student life is among the best in the world. Irish institutes have a strong tradition of offering a vast range of student clubs and societies on campus. Be it music, sports, dance or arts, there is always some activity for students to get involved in. It very likely that there will be an Indian society on campus. They are often well known for their colourful celebrations of festivals like Diwali, Holi and Eid. Some institutes also have global rooms on campus where international students can access the TV channels of their home country.Currently there are over 2,500 Indian students studying in Ireland in higher education institutes, and this number is growing rapidly. In fact, to encourage more Indian students to choose Ireland, many institutes are offering scholarships specifically for Indian students.  In total, over 200 scholarships for Indian students are on offer.Irish institutes are ready to offer the ‘warmest of welcomes’ to all applicants seeking the Irish education experience. With the favorable exchange rate, and good value for money, it’s predicted that the number of Indian students in Ireland will increase notably in the next few years.Authored article by Barry O’Driscoll, Senior Education Advisor, Education in Ireland Read: 6 technology trends that pushing up digital education in India Read: Is listening to music while studying a good idea or bad?last_img read more

Virat Kohli ready to learn from mistakes in South Africa

Virat Kohli ready to learn from mistakes in South Africa

first_imgVirat Kohli said he accepts failures as a part of a sportsman’s career and believes in learning from them and moving on ahead of India’s third and final Test against South Africa, starting Wednesday.Kohli has been heavily criticised for his team selections and on field tactical decisions as India lost the three-match Test series 2-0 to South Africa.Kohli, however, took it as a learning process and said he would rather concentrate on working on the positives to sustain in the sport.WATCH”Every day is learning. If I did not learn from the early days of my career, I would not be here. So, it is always an ongoing process of learning everyday from your mistakes, correcting those mistakes and moving forward.”You need to be able to still work on your positives to be a consistent international player over a period of time. I have never stopped learning. I will never stop learning,” Kohli told media ahead of the Johannesburg Test on Tuesday.He added, “It is all about hanging in there and accepting all the faces that are coming. Sometimes team is playing so beautiful that you do not need to do anything. You just relax. This is a part of it.”I have gone through bad times personally in my career. Ups and downs are a part of a sportsman’s career and I understand that. You learn everyday and move forward.”The 29-year old quipped that though cricket is a team game every individual’s responsibility to realise his mistakes and rectify them.advertisementHe informed that every individual has had a discussion with batting coach Sanjay Bangar before they take South Africa in the “dead-rubber” Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg from Wednesday.Recalling the 2013 Test match against South Africa at the Wanderers where Kohli scored 119 and 96 in the drawn first Test, he said, “I always love playing at the stadium. It is a great vibe. I feel good when I walk into this ground. The last time’s Test match was very special, and hopefully, we can have as exciting cricket as we played the last time here.”(Courtesy: ANI)last_img read more

New York Open: Kevin Anderson stuns Kei Nishikori in semi-finals

New York Open: Kevin Anderson stuns Kei Nishikori in semi-finals

first_imgKevin Anderson gatecrashed Kei Nishikori’s comeback party by blasting 23 aces on his way to a tight 6-1 3-6 7-6(4) semi-final victory at the New York Open on Saturday.The top seeded South African advanced to meet second seed Sam Querrey in Sunday’s final after the big-serving American edged Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-7(5) 7-5 6-3 in the other semi-final.Japan’s Nishikori, in his first tour-level event since incurring a torn tendon in his right wrist last August, swept through his first three matches dropping only one set, but found Anderson was made of sterner stuff than his previous opponents.Anderson, using his height to great effect on serve, raced through the first set in 22 minutes but Nishikori, cheered on by an enthusiastic contingent of Japanese fans in the modest crowd, fought back in the second.Neither player could gain an advantage in a tight third set that saw only one break point forged between them, before Anderson prevailed in the tiebreak when Nishikori netted a backhand.It was, nevertheless, a promising week for Nishikori at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.He missed two consecutive grand slams — last year’s U.S. Open and last month’s Australian Open — before returning to competition in a Challenger level event on Jan. 23.Querrey, meanwhile, was ecstatic after his first career victory over left-hander Mannarino in four meetings.”It feels like I beat Rafa (Nadal) out there,” he said.”That (Mannarino) guy’s always been so tricky. I know it’s my first time beating him and it feels good. I’m so happy to get through that and be in the final.”advertisement(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

Prime Minister Modi, David Beckham likely to be part of Football For Peace match in Delhi

Prime Minister Modi, David Beckham likely to be part of Football For Peace match in Delhi

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi and football legend David Beckham are likely to be part of a Peace Match in New Delhi, announced former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic.Vidic and Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh launched the India chapter of Football For Peace (FFP) in Mumbai on Friday afternoon and revealed that FFP’s iconic Peace match in the country will he held in the premises of the Parliament later this year.Established by Chilean legend Elias Figueroa in 2006, the FFP gathered momentum in 2013 when British South Asian footballer Kashif Siddiqi turned it into an international movement.”Football has been a great unifying force across the globe. The FFP has been using football diplomacy to bring people together by promoting peace and the virtues of inclusion since its inception,” Vidic said.”I am sure it can play a huge role in making India a more tolerant society,” he added.”We have organised Peace Matches at many iconic locations, including at the Vatican, the Eiffel Tower and the Big Ben. We have begun the process of organising India’s match at the Parliament in New Delhi,” Kashif, who has played in UK’s professional league, said.”If everything goes well, the honourable Prime Minister of India will also play in this match. It will also feature the likes of David Beckham, the Prince of Monaco, a few other royalty members, top diplomats and India’s own senior politicians to bring about awareness for the FFP’s initiatives,” he added.The FFP, which is supported by the English Premier League and the UK Foreign Office, will identify 10-12 cities in the country as part of its Cities for Peace initiative.advertisement”Close to 1,600 kids in the age group of 7-14 years will be selected in each of these cities. They will be part of a year-long project, which will include 60 per cent classroom education and 40% football training. Once we reach 5,000 kids, we will declare it a City of Peace,” Kashif explained.The FFP is supported by high-profile legends like Pele, Ronaldinho, Prince Albert of Monaco and Prince William of UK.”The work of Football for Peace is important and the fact that sport can do this, bridge so many barriers is fantastic,” Prince William stated.”It is a great honour for me to be involved in a movement which contributes to peace by uniting, educating and promoting friendships between people,” Ronaldinho, a FIFA World Cup winner with Brazil who has played for Goa and Delhi in Premier Futsal, said.Ronaldinho has already been part of an FFP project in India that saw a women’s empowerment initiative in Kerala in 2016. Sixty girls were chosen as ambassadors who went on to engage 1,500 children in Kozhikode. Over 1,00,000 fans turned up to watch Ronaldinho in action during the Peace Match in the city.”The FFP is a great initiative. The UK Foreign Office is delighted to be part of the entire project,” Crispin Simon, the British Deputy High Commissioner, said. “We have been doing our bit to provide education to the socially backward people in India. This is a wonderful opportunity to take it to the next level,” he said.last_img read more

2 Indian track-and-field athletes breach no needle policy, told to leave CWG

2 Indian track-and-field athletes breach no needle policy, told to leave CWG

first_img(Eds: Collating relevant stories, updating with quotes) By Poonam Mehra Gold Coast, Apr 13 (PTI) The Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games was today left thoroughly embarrassed after race walker K T Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh babu were ordered to head back home for violating the events no needle policy, a decision which the national olympic body vowed to challenge even as the athletics federation set up a probe panel. “Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are, with immediate effect, not permitted to participate in the Games. The accreditation of Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi was suspended with effect from 09:00 hours on April 13, 2018. Both athletes were removed from the Games Village,” the Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said in a strongly-worded statement. “We have asked the Commonwealth Games Association of India to ensure both athletes depart Australia on the first flight available,” it added. India spoke in different voices on the matter. While the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) promised to punish after an inquiry following the Games, the Indian Olympic Association said it would appeal against the decision taken by the Commonwealth Games Federations court. While Irfan is already through with his 20km race walk event, finishing 13th, the 28-year-old Rakesh Babu was to participate in todays triple jump final after qualifying 12th for the competition but was ruled out last night owing to a knee injury. In a hurriedly-convened press conference after the embarrassment, the Indian contingent officials said they would appeal the judgement. “We dont agree with some decisions and we will discuss with our higher authorities. We will appeal against these decisions,” General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker said at the press conference, attended by the Indian chef-de-mission Vikram Sisodia here.advertisement This was the second needle controversy in which India got itself tangled in after the matter involving an unidentified boxer on the eve of the Games ended with reprimand for not following due procedure in disposing of a used syringe. The CGF had cleared India of any declaration violation at that time. The Commonwealth Games Federation Federation Court heard the latest complaint yesterday after it was brought to its notice by the CGF Medical Commission. The CGF court issued a strong warning to Sisodia, Shirgaonker and Athletics Team Manager, Ravinder Chaudhry for not ensuring compliance with the no needle policy of the CGF. Athletes are barred from using syringes unless there is prior declaration made to the medical commission or a declaration is made within 24 hours of usage. “…persons acting on behalf of the Commonwealth Games Association of India (?CGA India?) are in breach of the CGF No Needle Policy for the Games (the ?No Needle Policy?) in that they failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy,” the CGF said. The CGF court found that the testimonies given by a cleaner manager at the Games and Australia Anti-Doping Authority Principal Investigator were credible. “The testimony of athletes Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi who denied all knowledge of the needle in the cup in Bedroom 2 and the further testimony of Rakesh Babu that he had no knowledge of the syringe found in his bag in Bedroom 2 are both unreliable and evasive,” the CGF said. “The CGF shall advise Vikram Singh Sisodia, Namdev Shirgaonker and Ravinder Chaudhry that any further infractions by any member of the Indian Team of the No Needle Policy could result in the withdrawal of accreditation of the offending person.”The Athletics Federation of India promised an inquiry and more punishment for the duo. “They will definitely be punished by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) as well. It is an embarrassment for us. There will be an inquiry after the Games is over and it will be time-bound. The panel will be appointed after the Games,” AFI Secretary C K Valson said after the CGF court stripped them of their accreditation and asked them to leave for India. The AFI has already constituted a panel for it but the damage to the countrys reputation seems done. “When the Commonwealth Games Federation says no tolerance, the Commonwealth Games Federation means no tolerance,” the CGF stated. Clean Sports India convenor BVP Rao said he felt embarrassed by the incident and demanded a through probe into the issue. “As an Indian watching the games, I feel ashamed. The higher authorities must be it sports ministry or PMO must take a serious view and people at fault should be punished. Each time we let them go. It must not happen again,” said Rao. PTI PM AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL Live Streaming, Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings: Where to watch live KXIP vs CSK cricket match online

IPL Live Streaming, Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings: Where to watch live KXIP vs CSK cricket match online

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin will be welcoming his old Chennai eam mates when the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) travel to Mohali to face Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the PCA stadium on Sunday.CSK, who have made a comeback in the cash-rich league after serving a two-year suspension, roared in their previous two encounters and once again proved why they are one of the serious contenders for the title.In their campaign opener against three-time champion Mumbai Indians, Dwayne Bravo and Kedar Jadhav pulled off a thrilling last over win for Chennai.Chasing 166 against Mumbai, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side was once reeling at 75/5 and victory seemed a distant dream for the yellow brigade. However, Bravo’s scintillating 30-ball 68 put them on the brink of the win and later in the last over Jadhav snatched a win from the jaws of defeat.In the second match, Chennai was handed a challenging 203-run target by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their first home game at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.Winning the toss, Dhoni opted to bowl first and opined his side love to chase, a statement which was hence proved right by his boys.On the other hand, coming on the back of a disappointing batting performance, hosts Punjab will be looking reverse the performance in this match.For a win at home against the in-form Dhoni’s side, Punjab’s batting department needs to fire. Other than Lokesh Rahul, star batsmen Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Agarwal have struggled to get runs.advertisementThe team management will have high expectations from Aaron Finch, who missed the opening match against Delhi Daredevils and failed with the bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).Punjab’s spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman has surprised the batsmen with his deliveries and will once again try to exploit the home conditions. The hosts have a bowling depth with the likes of Ashwin, Mujeeb, Axar Patel and Andrew Tye.The Ashwin-led side could bring in Manoj Tiwary to the middle order and Mohit Sharma’s expensive performance could axe him from the playing eleven.What time is the game?The game starts on 8PM IST on April 15 at the Eden Gardens in Mohali.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2018 Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1 SD, Star Sports Select 1 HD (English), Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD (Hindi), Star Sports 1 Tamil (Tamil), Suvarna Plus (Kannada), Jalsha Movies (Bengali), Maa Movies (Telegu). Live streaming will be available on hotstar.comWhen is IPL match between Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings?The 12th match of the IPL will be played at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali from 8 PM IST.Where will the IPL 2018 match between Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings be played?The Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings match will be played at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2018 match between Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.comWhere can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2018 match between Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings?You can follow our ball-by-ball-update of the match between Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings from our live blog on indiatoday.inHow to watch IPL 2018 match between Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings on Airtel TV and JioTV Apps?You have to download the applications and sign in and you can watch the matches for free.What are the team squads for the IPL 2018 match between Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings?Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (W), Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Barinder Sran, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor DarChennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (W/C), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Faf du Plessis, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan, David Willeylast_img read more

Indias Pawan Singh named RTS Jury chief for ISSF WC in Munich

Indias Pawan Singh named RTS Jury chief for ISSF WC in Munich

first_imgNew Delhi, May 21 (PTI) The Indian shooting fraternity today got a shot in the arm as former shooter and national coach Pawan Singh has been appointed as the Chairman of the Result Timing Score (RTS) Jury by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) for the ISSF World Cup in Munich. With this appointment, Singh became the first Indian to chair the RTS Jury at a senior World Cup. The duties of the RTS Jury Chairman involves maintaining administrative functioning and coordinating with the jury members and report to the Technical Director in order to felicitate free flow of the competition without any discrepancy. The appointment is also special as it will boost Indias preparation ahead of the 2019 World Cup, which will be hosted in New Delhi. The 2019 edition of the New Delhi World Cup will offer 2020 Tokyo Olympics quota places to shooters across the world. ?I am honoured to be selected as the RTS Jury Chairman for the ISSF World Cup. The major responsibilities for this position would be to resolve any score protest or any score related issue and provide an accurate result on time as it affects the further process,? said Singh explaining his role. ?This role is of immense importance as it is directly affecting a shooter?s score and medal. Previously in my career, I had the opportunity to take up the responsibility of equipment control manager at Commonwealth Games and manager at World Cup Finals and many other International matches and therefore I know the criticality and importance of this role,” he added.advertisement Prior to this, Singh has also represented India at the World Conference organised by the ISSF in 2017. PTI SSC SSC SSClast_img read more

Uttarakhand HC puts river rafting on hold, job losses feared

Uttarakhand HC puts river rafting on hold, job losses feared

first_img(Adding details, quotes) Nainital/Dehradun, Jun 22 (PTI) The Uttarakhand High Court has banned white water rafting and paragliding until the state government frames a policy on adventure sports, a move which those in the business say will hit them hard. Underlining the need to regulate adventure sports, a division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh in a recent order directed the state government to prepare a transparent policy within two weeks. Till such a policy is framed, no paragliding, white water rafting and other water sports shall be permitted in Uttarakhand, the court said. Former Rafting Association of Uttarakhand president Devendra Rawat said river rafting has generated jobs for about 40,000 people, almost ending migration from many areas along the Ganga in Garhwal regions Tehri and Pauri districts. A ban on rafting will lead to more people migrating from the state, he said. There are 281 companies involved in the rafting trade, together owning 600 rafts and transacting business worth over Rs 20 crore every season, which lasts nine months from October to June, he said. Though he denied knowledge of the high court order, Rawat said any ban would affect the 40,000 people associated with the trade. Asked about alleged violation of guidelines by raft operators, he said they follow the Rafting Policy 2014. “If the policy is revised and implemented, which is something only the state government can do, that would again be followed by people associated with the trade,” he said. However, others in the business felt a ban lasting a few weeks from now would not have much affect as the season is nearing its end on June 30.advertisement The court order came on a PIL alleging that illegal leases were being issued in favour of private parties to set up temporary structures on the Ganga riverbed. Private entrepreneurs were conducted river rafting from them without any legal sanction, it argued. PTI CORR ALM ASHASHlast_img read more