College Career Services Connect on Twitter and in person with HR/Staffing Professionals

first_imgThe National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) kicked off its annual event this week in Las Vegas which runs through Thursday. The goal of NACE is to connect more than 5,200 college career services professionals at nearly 2,000 college and universities nationwide, with more than 3,000 HR/staffing professionals focused on college relations and recruiting.  This year’s conference is taking the level of connection a step further with a three-hour Technology Summit designed to teach and support all participants who are interested in leveraging the latest technology.  In one of the technology panels, attendees can learn to use web 2.0 technologies which will give a “how-to” on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and other technology tools. You can follow what’s happening at NACE this year by logging on to Twitter and following Glassdoor ( and if you send out any NACE-related status updates insert #NACE09 in your tweets in order to share with all those who are interested. Or, if you are attending the NACE conference, come stop by the Glassdoor booth (#421) and speak to us about what we have to offer and how we can help bridge the gap between students and HR/staffing professionals.If you’re a student, check out some tips from Glassdoor that can help you get a job in this competitive hiring environment.Are you attending NACE, let us know what stuck out to you at this event. What’s important for students to know? College Career Professionals? HR/ Recruiting Professionals?last_img read more

Walk down memory lane: How the India vs England cricket rivalry started

first_imgThe Times, London on 1 March 1932, one-and-a-half months before the Indians embarked on their tour of England published the following report: “The game goes on. The Delhi police may be having three sharp rounds with a rioting crowd in the Chandni Chowk, the crowded bazaar of the old city, but a mile or two away on the club ground set in the gardens that 400 years ago Shah Jehan built for his princess, a Roshanara side will be playing the Punjab Wanderers or an Army team from New Cantonments will be fielding in the white sunlight. (No Pietersen and Panesar for England: Meet their new-age match-winners)Here is the team for England: The Maharaja of Patiala, Captain (eventually withdrew in favour of the Maharaja of Porbander), K. S. Ghanshyamsinhji (Kathiawar), Vice Captain, Amar Singh (Jamnagar), S.M.H Colah (Bombay), Ghulam Mohammed (Ahmedabad), Joginder Singh (Punjab), B.E. Kapadia (Bombay), Lal Singh (Kuala Lumpur), N.D. Marshall (Bombay), J. Naoomal (Karachi), J.G. Navle (Gwalior), C.K. Nayudu (Indore), Nazir Ali (Patiala), S. M. Nissar (Punjab), P.E. Palia (Mysore), S Godambe (Bombay), Wazir Ali (Bhopal).Itinerary of matchesIt will be seen that the team is composed entirely of Indians; the question of selecting Englishmen playing in India did not arise.” (India vs England: A look at the past five Test series)And soon after the Indian team arrived in England on 13 April, 1932, the Evening Standard commented on the socio-political significance of the tour:”No politics, no caste, just cricket. This is the unofficial slogan of the cricket team that has come from India after a lapse of 21 years to try its strength against England and the first class counties.advertisementThere has never been such a team of contrasts meeting on the common footing of cricket. The 18 players speak eight to ten languages among them; they belong to four or five different castes.Caste demands that the Hindus do not eat beef or veal, and that the Mohammedans avoid pork, bacon and ham. So to prevent any difficulties at meal times the order has gone forth that these things must not appear on any menu during the tour. Instead the men will eat mutton, chicken and fish.The team contains six Hindus, five Mohammedans, four Parsees and two Sikhs. The Mohammedans forswear alcohol by religion and most of the others do so by choice. The Sikhs, who will play cricket in turbans, are similarly denied smoking”Cartoon- Indian Cricket Tour of EnglandThe Indians played their first tour match against T.G. Trott’s XI at Pelsham Farm, Pearmarsh near Rye on 29 April 1932. Interestingly, playing against the Indian team in this match was Duleepsinhji. While the Indians acquitted themselves well, Lall Singh, the Sikh from Malaya leading the way, it was on 22 May 1932 in the match against the MCC that the world had a glimpse of what India’s first home grown legend, C. K. Nayudu, was capable of. Nayudu, Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1933, smashed the first Indian century of the tour in style. The Star’s headline on 22 May 1932 summed it all up: “The Hindu Bradman in Form at Lords”. The Observer was equally eloquent: “A brilliant not out innings of 116 by C.K. Nayudu was the feature of the first day’s play between All-India and the MCC.”Nayudu leading out the team at Lord’s in 1932However, it was in the first and only test match at Lords that the Indians shocked the English in the first half-hour itself. The MCC was reduced to a dismal 19-3 by some excellent Indian bowling and fielding. Wrote The Birmingham Post: “It was an extraordinary start to the match. Sutcliffe and Holmes, Yorkshire’s record smashing opening pair, united in a similar manner under the banner of England, went out full of cool confidence. But the first ball of Nissar’s second over was an in-swinger and Sutcliffe, playing with the edge instead of the middle of the bat, diverted it into the wicket-and one of England’s greatest batsmen was out. The disappointment was redoubled and revived when the last ball of the same over, a delivery perfect in flight, length and pace, sent Holmes’ off stump spinning through the air, while the batsman was only half way through the stroke. Woolley and Hammond were now together.Indians at the Victoria station in 1932When he (Woolley) had got 9 in twenty minutes he played a ball from Nissar to a point between short leg and mid-on. The stroke was worth a comfortable single and no more, but for some extraordinary reason an attempt was made to secure two runs. The fielder, the blue turbaned Lall Singh, threw in rather wildly, but even so the wicketkeeper had time to gather it and remove the bails while Woolley was still several feet from home. The wicket was thrown away by wild calling, and three men were out for 19″advertisementThough India eventually lost the match by 158 runs, the courage and grit shown at Lords clearly conveyed to the world that the Indians, in little time, would carve out a niche in the world of cricket.Souvenir of first All India Cricket Tour of Englandlast_img read more

England will look to keep Virat Kohli quiet: Nasser Hussain to India Today

first_imgFormer England captain Nasser Hussain today said England will be looking to keep Virat Kohli quiet in the five-match Test series against India, starting tomorrow in Rajkot. (Walk down memory lane: How the India vs England cricket rivalry started)Hussain said Kohli is an aggressive player and has a good body language and if England manage to target the Indian captain, it will bring down the entire morale of the home team.”Kohli is a such an aggressive player, he has such a good body language. When he is playing well, he is magnificent and he is playing really well at the moment and if England can keep Kohli quiet as the captain that would spread sort of downward body language throughout the team,” Hussain told India Today from Rajkot on the eve of the first Test. (No Pietersen and Panesar for England: Meet their new-age match-winners)Likewise, Hussain said India will be looking to target England captain Alastair Cook. (Alastair Cook hints at giving up England captaincy after India series)Hussain, who captained England in 45 Tests from 1999 to 2003, said both Kohli and Alastair Cook will be equally vital for either teams.”Same with Cook. When Cook is at the crease, England look a very comfortable side because he looks so comfortable. When Cook is not at the crease and that’s when their inexperience, especially, in these conditions will show. I think both captains will be equally vital for either teams,” he said.Hussain also said Kohli’s men are a top side and it is difficult to win against them on Indian conditions. (India need to be wary of Alastair Cook in marathon Test series)advertisement”India are the No.1 side in the world and India are playing like the No.1 side in the world over the last six months, a year or 18 months they have played some fabulous Test cricket, especially here in India. It is a very difficult place to come in and win,” he said. (India vs England: Key battles to watch out for)ON INDIAN CONDITIONS”The conditions will be better here in India. I was down at the ground yesterday, looked at the pitch in Rajkot and it looked like a good pitch. They were extreme conditions in Bangladesh in Chittagong and Dhaka. The pitch has spun from ball one. The toss wasn’t that important because every ball was spinning from the first ball to the last and the conditions didn’t change that much. The conditions will be better in India.” (England doesn’t have the firepower to beat India in India: Sourav Ganguly) ENGLAND WILL BE RELIEVED TO PLAY IN INDIA”You can imagine the England batsmen will be looking at it and thinking ‘thank goodness we are here in India, playing on good pitches’. But you know the young 18-year-old off-spinner Mehdi Hassan bowled very well but he is no Ravichandran Ashwin. The Bangladesh batting line-up played very well but there was no Virat Kohli, etc. The opposition are better. India are the No.1 side in the world and India are playing like the No.1 side in the world.” (India favourites to beat England: Allan Lamb to India Today)ENGLAND HAVE MOVED ON FROM PIETERSEN”England have moved on from Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen doesn’t play in England anymore. He just plays in T20 leagues around the world. He hasn’t played for 6-9 months since the IPL. So, he doesn’t dominate the talk in this English side. They are just trying to find players in general. It is not Pietersen that they are missing but every player they bring in whether it is Compton, Hales or Ballance… they keep trying to find the player. And they know what has happened because of that they have given everyone a long run. They go into the Test series not sure of knowing who their last batsmen will be… it could be Haseeb Hameed who is yet to play in the shirt or if it could be Jos Buttler, whom Indian fans would be knowing in the IPL. He has only played one red ball game last year. I think they are going to play Buttler because they want that attacking brand of cricket. But he is short of red ball practice and it is a bit of a gamble.” (Looking forward to my contest with England: Ravichandran Ashwin to India Today)ENGLAND’S SPIN WOES”India are missing three very good players in my opinion, Rohit Sharma in particular in that middle order and England will target that as an opportunity… Both sides have concerns in their team. Obviously England have a massive issue in their spin department… there is no Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.”advertisementlast_img read more

How Mbappe’s World Cup heroics changed Neymar’s attitude

first_imgWhen Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017 for a world-record transfer fee of €222 million, one of the reasons for doing so was the prospect of being his new team’s undisputed star player.The tricky attacker often found himself overshadowed by Lionel Messi at Camp Nou, but there was little doubt he would be PSG’s main man – or so it seemed.Yet fast-forward a little over 12 months and Neymar once more finds himself at risk of being outshone by a team-mate, with Kylian Mbappe making as many – if not more – headlines as his illustrious attacking partner. 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! Mbappe played a key role in France’s run to 2018 World Cup glory in Russia with a number of scintillating performances and “the boy from Bondy” has rapidly become a fan favourite in Paris, with his quadruple in the 5-0 Ligue 1 win over Lyon at the weekend further cementing his reputation as one of the best players in the world.Neymar is determined not to give up his status as PSG’s star name easily, however, and has realised he might need a change of behaviour off the pitch to stay ahead of Mbappe in the pecking order.The 26-year-old was instrumental in Dani Alves’ arrival at the club last year, but had since gone relatively quiet behind the scenes.That has changed in recent months, though, with Neymar trying to convince Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to join him in the French capital as he aims to help president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in building a team that can win the Champions League.But the boardroom is not the only place where we have seen a changed Neymar, with the Brazil captain also changing his approach when it comes to media appearances.Neymar Mbappe PSGHe had been reluctant to speak to the media ever since joining PSG and seemingly made a sport out of dodging journalists, with his official unveiling following his move from Barcelona his only major press appearance of 2017-18, but he has stepped it up a notch in the publicity department this term.The former Santos ace appeared alongside Thomas Tuchel for the pre-match media conference ahead of the 6-1 Champions League win over Red Star Belgrade, opening up on all sorts of topics, including his relationship with his head coach, his role on the pitch and PSG’s general ambitions in 2018-19.Additionally, Neymar has been making regular appearances in the mixed zone after games this season, a welcome change to what reporters had got accustomed to from the gifted attacker.Neymar’s increased desire to get involved in proceedings at Parc des Princes both on and off the pitch and establish himself as the main man at PSG seems good news for Al-Khelaifi and the club’s hierarchy.The attacker has privately stated on more than one occasion that he dreams of playing for Real Madrid one day, but he seems to be in no rush to leave PSG at this stage following recent developments.A move to the Santiago Bernabeu might still be in the back of his mind, but for now, it is all about staying ahead of Mbappe in the pecking order for Neymar.last_img read more

West Ham confident Arnautovic won’t go on strike

first_imgWest Ham are confident that Marko Arnautovic will not engineer a January transfer by going on strike, while Javier Hernandez is expected to remain at the club.Speculation regarding the futures of two key figures at the London Stadium is building during the winter window.Arnautovic is expected to be among those on the move before the deadline passes, with the Austria international having a lucrative offer on the table from China. 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! Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini claims a decision on his next move will be made shortly, with no definitive calls made as yet.He told reporters: “How is his mood? When you have such a high offer everyone wants to leave.”He has a contract here, we know what will happen about that in the coming days.”Everyone is talking about his future. He knows what is the best option for him. We will see what happens between the clubs.”West Ham have found themselves in a similar position before, with another key creative influence having forced an exit in January 2017.Dimitri Payet ruled himself out of contention for selection as he waited on a return to Marseille, but Pellegrini is not expecting Arnautovic to follow that lead.He added: “I don’t think he will refuse to play.”Javier Hernandez West Ham NewcastleWhile it appears likely that Arnautovic will eventually leave the club, the Hammers have no intention of losing another attacking player.That means Mexican striker Hernandez will be staying put, with the 30-year-old back in training and pushing for regular minutes amid ongoing talk of a potential switch to La Liga side Valencia.Pellegrini said of the former Manchester United and Real Madrid frontman: “There are so many rumours about players coming and going from West Ham.”Javier is part of the squad, he, unfortunately, has had two long injuries but he will continue to be an important player to us.”It remains to be seen who will be available this weekend, but West Ham are due to be back in Premier League action on Saturday when they play host to Bournemouth – in a game which will see Pellegrini’s side trying to build on their impressive 1-0 derby victory over Arsenal last time out.last_img read more

Keown: Ramsey’s Juventus move is ‘sickening’

first_imgFormer Arsenal star Martin Keown has slammed his former employers for allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave for Juventus, a decision he described as “sickening”. Out of contract at the end of the season, Ramsey is set to sign a five-year deal with Juve that will see him move to Turin at the end of the season on a free transfer. The move comes at a time when the Wales international has begun to impress for the Gunners, standing out as one of the top performers in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Chelsea.  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! And Keown is certain that Arsenal will miss the midfielder when he completes the deal. “It’s the saddest thing of all really, how well he executed the plan today but in possession and out of possession,” the former defender told BT Sport. “He’s obviously doing that to such an extent that [Mesut] Ozil can’t get near the team. “But Ramsey’s not going to be part of their future and I find that sad. “I find it a little bit sickening that he’s going to be leaving, they’re trying to make progress and one player who was singly so important won’t be a part of Arsenal’s future.” Keown believes that Juventus’ gain is undoubtedly Arsenal’s loss, and questioned the logic of not fighting harder to convince Ramsey to sign a new deal. “It’s madness and he’s going to Turin and Italy next season,” Keown added. “It’s not as if he’s going to some Mickey Mouse team, he’s going to one of the best teams in Europe. “Arsenal have lost him and I don’t know who’s making those decisions.” The win over Chelsea left Arsenal just three points back of the Blues in the chase for the final Champions League place.  The Gunners return to the pitch to take on Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday before getting back to Premier League action against Cardiff City on January 29.last_img read more

Logitech launches waterproof, multi-device wireless keyboard K375s

first_imgLogitech has launched a new wireless keyboard that is compatible with smartphone, tablet as well as desktop. The multi-device keyboard  costs Rs 1995 and comes with 1 year limited hardware warranty. The device will be available starting December 26.The K375s Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard comes with rubber stand for smartphone or tablet. The key feature of the keyboard is its ability to switch easily between devices. The keyboard sports a full size layout and special function keys which according to the company are comfortable typing with large, concave keys in a full-size and familiar layout, including a convenient number pad and spill-resistant design. The rubber base securely holds a variety of devices – from smartphones to tablets – at the ideal angle. As per the company K375s keyboard is OS adaptive. Whether Windows or Mac, Android or iOS, user can enjoy a familiar keyboard layout, including hotkeys and shortcuts.The keyboard also features two years of battery life, a wireless range of 33 feet, wireless encryption between keyboard and computer, and two options for wireless connection – a tiny Logitech Unifying USB receiver and Bluetooth Smart technology – giving you choices to discover the best way to multi-task with a single keyboard.Also Read: Logitech launches bluetooth multi-device keyboard K480″With the ever evolving needs of new-age consumers, multitasking has become an indispensable part of their lives. With the launch the Logitech K375s, we are offering a great solution to our consumers who want to stay connected across their preferred devices and platforms, ” said Ashok Jangra, Logitech, cluster category head, India.advertisement”The all news K375s not only connects with multiple devices at the same time but also comes with a universal stand that a helps you keep your mobile device at the right typing angle and hence making the typing experience much faster, smoother and convenient,” he added.Logitech recently also launched Create, a keypad toolkit that comes with a Smart Connector for iPad Pro. The keyboard is resistant to liquid spills, scratches and comes at a price of Rs 9,995.Also Read: UE Roll 360 Bluetooth Speaker Review: Best of the lotlast_img read more

SEE PICS: Lara Dutta with hubby Mahesh Bhupathi and daughter Saira celebrate Christmas

first_imgActor Lara Dutta was spotted at Bandra yesterday, ringing in Christmas with her husband, the ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi and her four-year-old daughter Saira.Photo: Yogen ShahPhoto: Yogen ShahPhoto: Yogen ShahEver since her marriage in 2011, the former Miss Universe has only been making sporadic appearances in films. This year, she was first seen in Fitoor and then in Azhar in small but pivotal roles.SEE PICS: Dangal girls Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra strike a poseSEE PICS: Alia spends Christmas with orphaned kidsSEE PICS: Cousins Ranbir and Karishma bond over Christmas lunchLara and Mahesh got engaged in 2010. They married in 2011 and their daughter Saira was born on January 2012. Much before Yuvraj and Hazel on the one hand and Virat and Anushka on the other, Lara-Mahesh were the Bollywood-meets-sports-couple that the paparazzi could never get enough of.ALSO WATCH: I look best in bikini, says Lara Duttalast_img read more

2017: Will on-field cricket action finally overshadow courtroom saga this year?

first_imgEver since the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the Indian Premier League rocked the cricketing world in 2013, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been embroiled in controversies off the field which have hampered the image of Indian cricket. But now with the courtroom drama finally seemingly over, the focus can once again shift to the action on the field. (Supreme Court sacks BCCI boss Anurag Thakur, will Sourav Ganguly take over?)It all started when the now-defunct Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ajeet Chandila were arrested by Delhi police on charges of spot-fixing during the sixth edition of the IPL. The after-effects of the case saw the then BCCI president N Srinivasan getting sacked from his post by the Supreme Court as his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan became a prime suspect in the case. (Respect Supreme Court’s decision, says sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur)The Apex court then took it upon itself to clean up the BCCI by appointing the Lodha Committee, headed by former Chief Justice RM Lodha, which laid down numerous suggestions to introduce certain reform the Indian cricket board. The BCCI refused to get bogged down by the Lodha reforms and kept on challenging it but to no avail as the SC paid no heed to the boards delaying tactics and finally on January 2, 2016, sacked Anurag Thakur from his post as BCCI president and secretary Ajay Shirke for failing to implement the reforms.(IndiaToday Photo)The BCCI vs Lodha Committee saga finally seems to have come to an end now with the beginning of a new year. We can now hope to see cricket take centrestage once again. A lot of credit must go to the Indian cricket team and its management for not letting all these controversies affect its performance on the field. 2016 has been one of the best years for Indian cricket with the Test team, led by Virat Kohli, registering a record nine wins. The team also reclaimed the top spot in the ICC rankings while Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s limited-overs side clinched the Asia Cup title and won ODI series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand late last year. (Hope BCCI doesn’t lose more face globally: Ajay Shirke)advertisementCHALLENGES FOR INDIA IN 2017There is a lot to look forward to in 2017 with some important series lined up for India starting with the ODIs against England starting from January 15 in Pune. Interestingly, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke, who has now been sacked by the Supreme Court, is the head of the Maharashtra Cricket Association which is based in Pune and will be in charge of hosting the Test match against the Aussies in the city.(BCCI Photo)The ODIs against England will be followed by a historic one-off Test against Bangladesh next month. India was the first team to tour Bangladesh in 2000 and since then has been playing Tests and ODIs regularly against them. But for the first time the Bangla Tigers will be visiting India to play a Test match at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad from February 8. (Complete Lodha Panel recommendations)Australia will then visit India for a four-Test series starting from February 23 in Pune. The series will then move on to Bengaluru, then Ranchi and finally conclude in Dharamsala, which is again the home for the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association headed by the now-sacked Anurag Thakur. (RM Lodha hails victory for cricket as Supreme Court sacks BCCI president Anurag Thakur)CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017(Reuters Photo)The next big assignment for India will be the ICC Champions Trophy in June which will be held in England. India are the defending champions and will have to defend their title which they had won back by beating hosts England in 2013. (Also read: How BCCI lost control of cricket in India: A timeline)All eyes will also be on world champions Australia and they will be under a bit of pressure to light up another ICC tournament after their World Cup success in 2015.INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE(Reuters Photo)The IPL has always been controversies favourite child thanks to the huge amount of money and superstars involved in the tournament. But putting aside all the negatives, the IPL still remains the most watched domestic cricket tournament in the world which has consistently produced some of the best cricket players every season.The two-month long tournament has a naughty reputation of making or breaking careers of international cricket players and it will be in focus once again this year. Expectations will be high from Kohli to steal the show yet again after the breathtaking season he had last year with a record 973 runs from 16 matches. His team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, will also be under pressure to win the tournament this year after reaching the final for the second time in 2016.advertisementPRESSURE ON KOHLI, ASHWIN, SMITH, ROOT TO REPEAT MAGIC RUN(Reuters Photo)Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin owned Test cricket last year with their stellar performances throughout the year. Ashwin in particular was in the form of his life with 72 wickets and 612 runs in nine matches while Kohli amassed 1215 runs at an average of 75.06 including a record three double hundreds.International stars Steve Smith, David Warner, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were also in tremendous form last year in both Tests and ODIs. Root was the highest run-scorer in Tests with 1477 runs in 17 matches followed by Bairstow with 1470 runs. Warner (2374 international runs) was consistently scoring runs in all three formats while his captain, Smith, was in even better form with 2406 international runs. These young superstars have the responsibility of carrying world cricket on their shoulders and will once again be in focus in the new year.EMERGING CRICKETERS IN 2017(Reuters Photo)Last year international cricket saw the emergence of a few highly-talented players from all over the world. Cricketers like Jayant Yadav and Karun Nair from India, Kagiso Rabada from South Africa, Mehedi Hassan and Mustafizur Rahman from Bangladesh etc, took international cricket by storm with their stellar performances in limited-overs and Test cricket.Mustafizur, who made his international debut in 2015, really came into his own last year and produced outstanding performances in the World T20 and played a key role in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s victorious campaign in IPL 9. Mehedi, who made his debut against England in the two-Test series in October, almost single-handedly led Bangladesh to victory with 19 wickets at an average of 15.63.Mehedi looks a bright prospect and a future star already. 2017 will give more chances to players like Mehedi and more to showcase their talents on the field.last_img read more

Indian badminton is growing: Denmarks star shuttler Axelson

first_imgMumbai, Jan 2 (PTI) Denmarks Viktor Axelsen, ranked world number three in mens singles, today said that Indian badminton is growing and called for the sport to be made more spectator friendly. “At the moment we (Bengaluru Blasters) have only played one match, but the atmosphere was really great where (PV) Sindhu played and you can feel that Indian badminton is growing. So that is really good to see and nice to be a part of…” Axelsen told reporters here. Axelsen is playing for Bengaluru Blasters in the Premier Badminton League 2017. The side will take on Chennai Smashers tomorrow. “It (11 point format and Trump) makes it really fun. It definitely makes the game more intense and that is good for the spectators and for the sport. But it can be a tough challenge for us athletes as we are used to different set-up. But all and all it is good because one of the most important things as well is to promote badminton in a good way and the PBL does this year,” the 22-year-old shuttler said when asked about his views on the new format being adopted in PBL. “Doing the 11-point format will make it exciting. Playing only best of three is quite short however (playing) 11 points is quite a good setting and then trump cards makes it fun when its a team match. PBL has made really good changes,” he added. Asked whether badminton as a sport will incorporate these changes in the future, he said, “I know, BWF (Badminton World Federation) are already considering changing the point system and that must be with that in mind. However, I am not sure how the TV seize the stuff, if they think badminton is too long .. 21 points.. I am not sure, there are different opinions and athletes get heard as well, because it is us who are on the view and have point of view but we have to make badminton more spectator friendly. Badminton is already going in the right direction, so lets see in the future good things are going to happen in the future.” He believes that the team showed composure during last nights game against Delhi Acers, whom they humbled 4-3. “We showed composure yesterday. We have a strong team. The fact that we have Indian athletes make it a good team, because some of the other team have strong foreigners. When you have two Indians, the set up and the line ups can be tricky. If we all play well tomorrow we stand a chance.” On personal front, in 2017, Axelson is aiming for the All England (Championship) in March and the World Championship in August and he termed them his two “biggest targets”. “PBL is doing some good stuff. May be some guys can learn from this and try to (incorporate) in the bigger tournaments at the international level. But you can learn something from this,” he added. PTI NRB AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Believe we can win from any situation, says Virat Kohli after historic run chase

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has heaped praise on his young teammate Kedar Jadhav for his “outstanding” knock of 76-ball 120 in the first ODI against England, describing it as one of the best calculative innings he had seen. (Match Highlights)Kohli (122 off 105 balls) and Jadhav, whose 120 was his career-best, smashed superlative hundreds to help India chase down the stiff target of 351 for a three-wicket win in the first of the three-match ODI series in Pune on Sunday.”One word for it is outstanding. He (Jadhav) put a lot of pressure into the spinners. It was one of the best calculative innings I have seen, 150 strike rate was outstanding. Some of the shots he played, he told it was instinctive. I could not believe,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference. (Kohli breaks Tendulkar’s record for most hundreds in successful chases)Kohli and Jadhav rattled up a sensational 200-run partnership for the fifth wicket to set up the platform for the win. Jadhav struck 12 fours and four sixes in his aggressive innings of over 150 strike rate.”Just to have another guy who is willing to do from any situation, to keep pushing, knew how exactly to bat on this pitch which was even better to bat on in the second innings. His shots were all clean, not slogs, and that’s way to bat at number 6. Was glad I was out there with him,” Kohli said. (Kedar Jadhav sends man-of-the-match trophy home for family to savour)Kohli, for whom it was his first day in office as India captain in all three formats of the game, said Jadhav was disheartened that he could not get the team past the victory line against New Zealand in the previous ODI series.advertisement”He was disheartened versus New Zealand that he could not get the team across the line. I told him there was no point thinking what you could have done and told him to keep pushing hard,” said Kohli.Asked how he and Jadhav tackled what looked like a hopeless situation with four top batsmen back in the hut for a mere 63 runs in the 12th over, Kohli said they decided to counter-punch their way.”We spoke about how to tackle that situation and decided it the best way was counterattack. No wickets had been lost to good balls, we committed errors and the wicket was better to bat in the second innings. The ball travels very very far. We could hit sixes to put pressure on the opposition. It’s one of the best partnerships I have been part of. We have chased 350 before but not from 63/4,” said the captain.”We believed in the Test series we could win from any situation. This was the same. (Jadhav played better than Kohli in Pune: Ganguly to India Today)”I can recall many moments when I felt I did not do this, don’t know how it got executed. If you are focused on the goal, the target you want to achieve, and you are looking at the team’s interest all the time, you end up playing shots you don’t believe you are capable of achieving. Once you got the momentum you can pull off shots which you won’t believe. It’s just one of those things with all international batsmen,” he added.He said the amazing victory, only the third time India had chased down 350-plus successfully, will have a huge bearing in the rest of the series and for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England where his team will be the defending champions.”We don’t have time. The way the whole team responded under pressure, builds the confidence for the next game, then next game and on to England,” he said. (Dus Guna Lagaan Vasool: Virender Sehwag after India trump England’s 350)Kohli said the team had options in the middle order with another talented player Manish Pandey in it. “Manish has batted at 4 or 5, Kedar at 6. Manish is (also) part of our scheme of things. It’s difficult to find people with that kind of talent, both Manish and Kedar are talented. Both are good enough to play at 4-5-6.”We have to figure out the best combination in the team. You cannot go with all youth. It is the balance you have to maintain and give youngsters chance when it is time,” he concluded.last_img read more

Heroic fan saves toddler from serious injury at Chelsea match

first_imgA quick-thinking fan turned out to be an unlikely hero for a young boy during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Burnley on Sunday night. The Premier League leaders moved 10 points clear at the top despite being held in an entertaining game played amid flurries of sleet and snow at the Turf Moor.While goalkeepers from both teams had to make quite a few saves in the match, it was a fan in the stadium who managed to make the best save of the night.The incident took place after Pedro had given Chelsea the lead in the 7th minute and the home team was trying its best to make a comeback into the match. It was then that Burnley striker Ashley Barnes went for a shot but missed the goal completely and the ball flew towards the crowd behind the post where a woman was holding up her young kid in her arms. But she was helpless as she had her boy in her arms and the ball was flying towards them but just then a man standing behind her sprung into action and put his hand out and punched the ball away from the little boy’s face.Save of the season and a hero. Mitronhimovic (@SemperFiUnited) February 12, 2017The scene could have turned really ugly had it not been for the quick reflexes of the man standing right behind the infant.Burnley did manage to equalise thanks to Robbie Brady’s curling, 25-meter free-kick in the 24th minute. The result meant Chelsea extended its lead to 10 points over second-placed Tottenham, which lost 2-0 at Liverpool on Saturday, but this was one of the most uncomfortable games that Antonio Conte’s side has experienced for some time.advertisementlast_img read more

The yellow boom box and the perils of giving research

first_imgIf you read this blog, you know how much I adore research. But here’s the thing about research. When it measures what people do, it’s very valuable. When it measures what people say, it’s potentially misleading. Why? Because human beings are dreadful at accurately predicting their own behavior. Years ago, the very smart Kristen Grimm of Spitfire Strategies told me a story. She knew of a research company that did focus-group research with young people on Sony boom boxes, and the participants all said a yellow boom box was a great idea. At the exit, they were offered a free boom box in black and yellow models. Everyone took the black. You have to pay attention to what people actually do at the end of the day.(If you don’t know what a boom box is, it was a large, “portable” stereo. Believe it or not, it used to be cool to have a iPod the size of a duffel bag and to carry it on your shoulder next to your oversized hairdo. This fact makes my children double over in laughter. That and the fact that I say things like “young people.”)Now there’s a study out that shows this situation extends to people predicting their giving behaviors. An eBay study summarized here and detailed by Nick Aldridge showed donors’ stated top choices in charity and actual giving didn’t closely correspond. Aldridge suggests donors were more responsive to emotion than they predicted, and less rational than they claimed.The bottom line? When someone cites a study about donors, take a good look at how they research was conducted. Was it based on actions or words? And if it was based on words, did the researchers do a good job in posing the questions that uncover people’s actual motivations? Good researchers will. Their goal is real insight, not easy answers.last_img read more

Report: Atletico 4 Sant Andreu 0

first_imgDiego Simeone’s 400th match in charge of Atletico Madrid ended with an ultimately comfortable 4-0 victory over Sant Andreu that sent them into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.Atletico’s most decorated coach watched the from the stands at the Wanda Metropolitano due to a three-game Copa del Rey ban carried over from last season and his team had to weather a woeful first half before sealing the second-leg win and a 5-0 aggregate triumph.Simeone made seven changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Girona at the weekend and they were fortunate not to go behind once again when Elhadji Bandeh hit the post for the fourth-tier visitors in the 33rd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The introduction of Thomas Lemar for the second half proved key and his opener kick-started an eight-minute spell that included goals for Nikola Kalinic and Angel Correa, with Vitolo getting in on the act late on.Sant Andreu had a chance to take a surprise lead after Santiago Arias sold Antonio Adan short in the 21st minute, but the goalkeeper recovered to deflect Josue Rodriguez’s attempt over.Bandeh struck the upright with a looping header and only a brilliant stop from Adan three minutes before half-time kept another effort from the striker out.Lemar took less than three minutes to ease Atletico’s concerns after replacing Toni Moya at the break by firing a powerful 20-yard drive in off the post.1 – Thomas Lemar has scored his first goal at Wanda Metropolitano after nine games played & eight shot on target at home in all competitions this season. Start— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 5, 2018The hosts doubled their lead five minutes later when Kalinic nodded Arias’ right-wing cross beyond Jose Segovia.Correa made it three in the 55th minute with a brilliant turn on the right side of the box and an exquisite finish inside the far post with the outside of his boot.Sant Andreu were floored and the final blow came nine minutes from time, when Vitolo tapped home a cross from Saul Niguez. What does it mean? Simeone forced to use key resourcesThis should have been a simple tie for Atletico’s second string to see out convincingly, but their woeful first half forced the hosts into changes. Rather than being able to grant the likes of Lemar and Rodrigo a rest during a congested part of the calendar, they had to be used earlier than expected to avoid an upset.Lemar changes the gameKalinic spurned a pair of great opportunities and Bandeh threatened to punish them in the opening period. Any anxiety building within the Wanda Metropolitano dissipated when Lemar fired home the opener early in the second half. The World Cup winner finished the game with an assist for Correa and won the ball back to start the move from which Vitolo scored.Gelson wastes his chanceHis goal was the difference between the two sides in the first leg, but Gelson Martins was unable to make the most of just his third start of the season up front. The Portugal forward did not register a single shot or create a chance and the fact Kalinic, Correa and Vitolo all got on the scoresheet will likely hinder his hopes of an increase in game time.What’s next?Atletico host Deportivo Alaves on Saturday and a win would, at least temporarily, send them joint-top of LaLiga. Sant Andreu will aim to return to winning ways against Europa. read morelast_img read more

Danger signs: How to know when a client is going under

first_imgMost freelancers have experienced it once or twice. You’re whizzing along, working consistently, and everything seems stable! You’ve got this freelancing race down, and it’s looking like smooth running, as far as the eye can see!And then – BAM – you hit a major stumble. A foundational client goes under, leaving you scrambling. You’re left dazed and bleeding on the side of the road – what just happened? How did you miss the danger signs?It can be hard to know when or if a client is faltering; freelancers often work independently, and it’s easy to miss subtle clues about a company’s health. But almost all struggling companies evince a few reliable warning signals – and knowing them can help you avoid major pitfalls.Dropped communicationIt’s not uncommon to have an email or two go unnoticed; people get busy, and there’s no need to think IMMINENT CLIENT BANKRUPTCY every time a message goes unanswered.But if something seems really wonky – if a once-busy stream of assignments has suddenly petered out, if you’re unable to reach contacts (or get any messages returned), or if you’re getting a lot of evasive answers to questions – beware. This is, of course, doubly true if your check has started coming late. Significant delays in ordinary systems may be a sign of a big shake-up, and it’s very unusual for a client’s communication style to change overnight, unless they’re practicing major damage control.If you’re continually facing a wall of silence – or even consistently curt replies – start asking questions. You may be encountering the quiet before the storm.TensionMaybe you’ve noticed people whispering in the halls whenever you’re onsite. Maybe your supervisor is noticeably tense or irritable – or noticeably absent-minded. Maybe there’s just an indefinable thickness in the air; all those little hairs on the back of your neck are standing up.Instincts are powerful things. They were designed to keep us from being eaten by big, toothy creatures, and they work on an almost unfathomably deep level – affecting our blood pressure, our body rhythms, even our most unconscious perceptions.All of which is to say that if you feel like something’s up… it probably is.Your co-workers may be preoccupied with personal matters. Your supervisor may just be consumed by a big project. But if the entire company suddenly seems infected with a whomping case of the Bad Vibes, trust your gut. A faltering company can sometimes successfully hide a real crisis, but that’s the exception to the rule. Most of the time, there’s a bit of anxiety in the air.Again, do a little research. Poke around the Internet; heck, ask a co-worker directly about what’s going on. You’d be surprised what a little gentle inquiry can turn up.Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a memberLay-offs and missing partiesSuddenly, a whole swathe of your colleagues have been let go (or have mysteriously resigned). Desks are emptying out. Cardboard boxes are filling up. Emails are bouncing back as incorrect addresses. At this point, you feel like the Harried Last Survivor in a Horror Movie – your friends are all being picked off one by one, and you’re just waiting for somebody to pounce from a closet.Yes, lay-offs and mass employee exoduses are a pretty obvious sign of dysfunction or major transition, but don’t panic just yet. Many freelancers have survived rounds of lay-offs before, and lived to tell the tale.But take precautions now, while you still have a gig. Start polishing up your resume and portfolio. Update your social media profiles and arrange meetings with old networking buddies. Brainstorm contacts and connections – and build a little nest egg, if you possibly can. Be meticulous about your freelance housekeeping; make sure that all your invoices are going out on time and in good order. It’s MUCH more onerous to get a check processed after your shaky client has collapsed.Get as much done now as you can. If you retain your gig and all this effort was for naught, so much the better – you’ll have updated materials and connections. If your company lets you go, you’ll hit the ground running!Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

April is the cruelest month: 6 ways to spark inspiration in spring

first_imgT.S. Eliot was on to something when he declared April the cruelest month. Here in the Northeast, the months of March, April and even May toggle between bursts of warm weather followed by soul-shredding cold-and-rainy spells. Flowers bloom, then die, then bloom, then die again. Our plans seem to go similarly awry: ideas burst forth like hopeful little buds out to catch a ray of sunshine, and then stall in the germination phase.This seemingly endless cycle of two-steps-forward-three-steps-back can leave us feeling a little, well, stuck in the mud.In Ayurvedic medicine, this time of year is considered “Kapha season.” One of the three doshas, or energies believed to circulate through the body, Kapha is ruled by the elements of earth and water. Kapha season is heavy, wet and damp, but it’s also a good time for letting go of that which is dragging you down and embracing your emotive self.Here are six strategies for harnessing Kapha energy for a happier, more creative, spring!1. Wake up with the birdsFor many of us, the first sign of springtime is the light breaking through the blackout curtains at some God-awful time in the early morning. Quick! Fight the dawn! Dive back under the covers and keep your thumb poised to press snooze on your phone!With still-chilly temperatures in the AM it’s all too tempting to stay snuggled down under the comforter, but early spring sunrises come with a precious gift: birdsong. Noticing small changes – like the sun rising a few minutes earlier each day and new bird species joining the morning chorus – can focus us and inspire gratitude.It’s a great way to start the day! Spend some time journaling, meditating, exercising or simply looking out the window with a cup of coffee or tea. Purposeful morning hours can transform even those rainy days into things of beauty.2. Get movingDuring transitional times, our bodies are more vulnerable to illness. In Kapha season in particular, we may be more likely to contract respiratory illnesses that cause a buildup of mucous and other wet, snotty substances. Ew.Combat respiratory sluggishness by upping your aerobic workouts. If you’re unable to engage in vigorous aerobic activity, consider mindful breathing techniques that move and warm the respiratory system like The Dog Breath of Fire.3. NestOver the winter, your home may have transformed from “habitable living area” to “fortress of blankets.” Use those rainy days to simplify your space: make repairs, go through storage, and donate the anything that you don’t use. Be a little ruthless: your home should reflect your values. If you’re keeping something for its sentimental value, ask yourself what it’s really worth – our personal narratives are always evolving and what seemed special 6 months ago may not hold the same meaning now.After you’ve unleashed your inner minimalist, use the blank space to build an environment that reflects your living priorities and aesthetics.4. Change your dietThe warming, heavier foods of winter may already be less palatable to you right now, but what to eat instead? Opt for warm, spicy dishes that rely less on oils and fats for flavor and more on fresh herbs and produce. Usually, your local farmers market has just the thing for a Kapha season constitution.If you’re interested in learning more about the Ayurvedic diet, there are many resources online that can help you determine your personal doshas and find Ayurvedic recipes.5. “Peacock”The birds and the bees do it… so why don’t you do it? It turns out, Kapha energy is also associated with sensuality. So, maybe it’s natural to feel a little, ah, spring fever?To “peacock” means to dress (or act) in a way that draws attention – like a male peacock strutting across the lawn with his tail feathers at full mast.Access your performative nature: Take a dance class. Sing in the shower. Revamp the wardrobe.Flirt with that which attracts you on gut level to access a deep and playful source of inspiration.6. Write poetryAh, yes. April is also National Poetry Month and what better way to break the slog of spring than with a little bit o’ verse? Writing poetry is like pushing a pressure release valve on the brain: Imagination train full steam ahead! Like singing or dancing, poetry is one of those amazing gifts to humanity that can do anyone good – even if you’re bad at it. That’s right. Loosen up and write something – it can be silly, profane, or wildly inane – as long as it’s a song from your soul, it’s worth singing.A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.last_img read more

4 reasons giving back is good for business

first_imgWhen we hear the term “giving back”, we often imagine professional athletes or corporate moguls reaching out to their communities, or the institutions that helped make them the wildly successful gajillionaires they are today.As freelancers, we might be forgiven for not beginning to fathom how the term might be applied to little ole us. Give back? Heck, we’ve got our hands full trying to track down those outstanding invoices from February!Still, the truth is this: being magnanimous with your time and talents will always reap dividends (within reason, of course…)!Forging new connectionsSimply put, the odds are in your favor that an act of generosity on your part is going to put you in contact with someone you didn’t know before. And if that person or company is in a position to hire you in the future, the selfless nature of that first impression is likely to stick with them.Not to mention that every time you impress one person by “giving back” (and people are always at least mildly impressed with people who give back), your name/reputation/resume/credentials/bio are almost sure to be shared and disseminated among that person’s colleagues.Everyone wants to be warned about the bad apples, so it stands to reason that we would all want to hear about the good eggs, too! Volunteering your time and talents is a great way to meet new people and create new connections, without committing to a whole new gig.Cementing established relationshipsWhen a colleague considers you a stellar worker, they may recommend you for a gig. When a colleague considers you a stellar worker who did them a solid, you will get recommended again and again and again and again.Whatever the favor (and by “favor”, I mean anything involving your area of expertise that doesn’t result in a bill – be it making a recommendation, serving as an informal advisor, sitting in on a brainstorm, etc, etc), the mere fact that you donated your time and/or energy is a great way to stick in someone’s mind.This DOESN’T mean consistently working for free or acceding to every demand… but if a favor takes very little time and effort, it’s worth doing as a gesture of goodwill.It’s potent advertisingThere’s an old saying: “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” On second thought, that might not be that old a saying. It’s definitely a line from The Dark Knight, so perhaps it’s just an 8 year-old saying?In any event, the meaning is clear. But is it always correct? I mean, if doing it for free once now leads to, say, a dozen people paying you to do it later, wasn’t that initial freebie worth it? Consider yourself one of those people at Trader Joe’s, handing out Sriracha Quinoa Veggie Burger samples — Not only does everyone think you’re awesome because you gave them something for nothing, but now a whooooooole lotta people know that something called a Sriracha Quinoa Veggie Burger exists on the planet! (Full disclosure: Trader Joe’s does not, in fact, carry Sriracha Quinoa Veggie Burgers, nor is there any evidence that they actually exist on this planet.)The point is, your good deed or act of kindness can be as powerful a promotional tool as any website or business card. AGAIN, don’t make a habit of working for free! You deserve to get paid. But occasionally volunteering your talents is a great way to show the world your goods.It’s good karmaYes, your generosity mayyyy be a long-term investment – but it’s also DEFINITELY a way to feel good about yourself AND strengthen your community. There are lots of small non-profits out there who need a talented volunteer. There are lots of struggling newbies who need a mentor.Freelancing can be an uncertain business, and many of us can pinpoint a time when the kindness of friends (or even strangers) got us through a tough patch. Repay that kindness now by giving back to others in need, and watch your goodwill blossom!We never know which investments of time and energy will be the ones to pay off big, so it’s best not to worry about it too much. Just approach the matter at hand from a place of purity, and let the chips fall where they may. Take the time to give back, and you may be surprised by what you get in return.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s outburst at press conference reeked of unfounded arrogance

first_imgVirat Kohli needs a crash course on anger management.His outburst at the press conference following India’s 135-run defeat to South Africa in Centurion shocked the world. Asked some uncomfortable questions on team selection and India’s inability to execute their plans on a sub-continental pitch at the SuperSport Park, Kohli was irked and annoyed.WATCHIndia lost in Cape Town as well but last week, Kohli would have been more optimistic. After all, India were not completely outplayed.The bowlers were terrific. Bhuvneshwar Kumar created panic in South African ranks with three wickets in his opening burst on the first day a Newlands. Hardik Pandya’s gutsy 93 and another spectacular show by India’s pacers in the second innings gave India a realistic chance of victory.The batsmen muddled a chase of 208 somehow and were shot out for 135. In Centurion, after another great show by the bowlers on a flat pitch, Kohli led the way for India with a fine 153. Again, like Pandya, Kohli barely got any support from his top-order.Ajinkya Rahane’s omission and Bhuvneshwar’s sackiing had left observers stunned but there was more surprise in store when Kohli, for instance, delayed taking the new ball on the penultimate day and bowled Mohammed Shami for only one over after lunch when he had taken three wickets in the first session.On a pitch that was as sub-continental as it could have been in South Africa, India’s batsmen faltered again, messing up a chase of 287. However, Kohli’s spirit, his batting master class in the first innings and his dogged determination to stay in the game should have been applauded.advertisementA few tough questions were in order but there was no doubt Kohli was a fighter. It’s just that he took that fight to the post-match media briefing and left a bitter taste in the mouth, more bitter than India’s defeat.Sample this conversation between Kohli and a few journalists at the media interaction Wednesday evening, not long after India had lost the three-Test series to South Africa 2-0.”What is the best 11?” snapped Kohli when asked if India played the best combination in “sub-continental” conditions at Centurion. “If we had won this, was this the best 11? We don’t decide the 11 according to results. You are telling me that you could have played the best 11. You tell me the best 11 and we will play that,” the skipper went on. Virat Kohli during the press conference. (Photo: Youtube Video grab)That was not all. The questions kept coming thick and fast from reporters who were only doing their job.Was it your best XI?But if we had won this, was this the best XI?…The pitch that was much more sub continental…I’m saying that we don’t decide XI according to the results.My question was about the pitchBut you’re saying… you’re telling me we could have played the best XI. So you tell me the best XI and we’ll play that. I’m saying the loss obviously hurts. But you make one decision and you back it. We certainly don’t sit here and say, ‘Oh if you fail in one game you are not good enough to be at this level or…’ Whoever plays should be good enough to go out there and do the job .”In how many have you changed the XI?How many have we won? How many have we won? 21 wins. Two losses. How many draws?”How many in India?Does it matter? Wherever we play we try to do our best. I’m here to answer your questions, not to fight with you.There were plenty of takeaways from that fiery press conference. For starters, it does matter where India’s victories under Kohli (20 by the way, not 21) have come. Those wins came mostly at home and the only away tours during that tenure were to West Indies and Sri Lanka.One might even ask what has changed over the last seven years. India were walloped 4-0 in England and Australia. But that was down to the fact that India’s erstwhile batting stars were in the twilight of their careers and the team soon blooded youngsters who were expected to be ready in a few years.A lot of years have now passed and those younger batsmen, now hardened professionals, are still struggling overseas.Kohli was angry because these questions were raised at the press conference. He was angry because journalists dared ask him if he had the best combination on the park. In fact, he was so angry that he came back to one of the reporters and asked him how close South Africa came close to winning a match in India on their last tour in 2015.advertisement”But that’s because of the pitches,” the reporter retorted.Kohli, not one to back down, said: “But we are not complaining about Cape Town either. The game was finished in three days, one [day] was a washout. So look, we are not complaining about pitches, we are not complaining about conditions. I’m not sitting here comforting my guys. So I don’t know what you are listening to, but I’m asking everyone to be hard on themselves.”So, Kohli says India are taking stock and wants us to believe that could lead to a revival.India had asked their players to take stock after losing the first Test of the series to Sri Lanka back in 2015. Thereafter, began a run of victories, triumphs and a record-breaking spree.But how do you just take stock in South Africa and expect to bounce back? Can Test matches just be won on intent, words and aggression without purpose. Kohli would do well to look back and see how many of his batsmen played nervous shots, how many of them got out to lazy shots and reflect harder.To be fair to Kohli, he did say it was unacceptable to see the way his team lost but he cannot get angry with journalists asking the right questions.When India enjoyed that delightful run at home, the media made Kohli their darling. The Pune defeat to Australia raised questions too but back then, Kohli showed more grace. His aggression was reserved for the opposition and India overcame a tough Aussie unit to register another series win – at home.Kohli’s attitude has not win him many admirers. That arrogance was uncalled for and the Indian captain would want to maintain the decorum his high-profile job demands.Meanwhile, Kohli and his fancy coaching staff need to figure out how to win matches, accept the tough questions and answer them with dignity. India tour England and Australia later this year and the media there will be very unforgiving if Kohli continues his outbursts with reporters doing their job.last_img read more

South Africa cannot afford to choke vs India’s well-oiled ODI machinery

first_imgIndia defeated South Africa in the first ever ODI played between the two sides back in November, 1991. Since then, however, the Proteas have dominated India in head-to-head contests, winning 45 matches to India’s 29.A lot of water has passed under the bridge in nearly three decades since South Africa’s readmission to cricket after the Aparthied era. Cricket has changed drastically, batsmen have dominated the game like never before and fielding standards are sharp the world over.Moreover, technology has a big role to play in the modern game. From the introduction of third umpires to the Decision Review System, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been at the forefront of some big revolutions which have impacted the sport in several ways.But that’s another story.WATCHSouth Africa have evolved as a cricketing nation since its readmission nearly three decades ago. The likes of Gary Kirsten, Hansie Cronje, Andrew Hudson, Allan Donald, Fannie de Villiers and Shaun Pollock gave the Proteas the fillip they needed.The world has remained in awe of South Africa’s ability to play outstanding cricket but has been equally shocked with their constant failures to win World Cups. In fact, the only ICC trophy they have laid their hands on is the inaugural edition of the Champions Trophy held in Bangladesh back in 1998.South Africa have otherwise choked at crucial junctures. They were unlucky to bow out of the 1992 World Cup semi-final following a controversial rain rule. In 1996, they suffered a dramatic collapse to lose the quarter-final to West Indies but the 1999 World Cup semi-final defeat to Australia would hurt them the most – they needed nine off the final over but a horrible mix-up between Donald and Lance Klusener allowed Australia marching rights to the final.advertisementSouth Africa hosted the 2003 World Cup and were widely considered favourites but Mark Boucher was given a botched up calculation of the D/L score. Four years later, they were blown away by Australia.In 2011, South Africa, were once again looking good before going down to New Zealand in the quarter-finals after another sensational collapse in pursuit of a modest 222. The Proteas would have been gutted by the end of the tournament – they were the only team to beat eventual champions India.There was more heartbreak in store for South Africa down under in 2015, where they faced New Zealand again – this time in the semi-final. The Black Caps needed six off the last two balls and Grant Elliot took the tournament co-hosts across the line by hitting Dale Steyn (of all bowlers!) for a six.Several South African cricketers including AB de Villiers and Steyn wept on the field that night.Not for nothing then, South Africa have come to be branded chokers in international cricket. But they can ill afford to choke against a rampant Indian team, which has won eight ODI series and has also reached the final of the Champions Trophy during that phase.South Africa are ranked No.1 in the ICC ODI Rankings while India are second. A 4-2 series win or better would see India replace the Proteas at the top.South Africa will be without the services of AB de Villiers for the first three ODIs of the six-match series. The pitches are expected to be flat and de Villiers’ absence will leave a huge hole in the South African line-up.It is also a massive opportunity for India, who have never won a bilateral series in South Africa. The Proteas had won the las bilateral series between the two teams in India.However, if India were just to look at numbers, they would take heart from the fact that they have won three of the last five ODIs between the two sides including the last one which was a clinical eight-wicket triumph at the Champions Trophy.South Africa have, of course, won 17 consecutive ODIs at home. But this is the stiffed challenge they face in their own den. India have shaped up very well in the ODI format and have most of their boxes ticked apart from a couple of slots in the middle-order.Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been in remarkable form. The search for numbers four and five is not yet over but MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya’s presence down the order gives India the lower-order bulk they once lacked.In Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India have two of the most potent limited-overs new-ball operators while the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will create problems even on flat pitches.advertisementSouth Africa, even without de Villiers, are still a very strong unit. Hashim Amla is a classy player and with Quinton de Kock as his opening partner, rest assured, South Africa will get off to good, strong starts. Therein lies the challenge for India’s bowling unit, which has done admirably well even in batting-friendly sub-continental conditions.India have been up for the challenge, though. And Indian teams thrive under pressure, especially this one under Kohli.The question is: can South Africa not choke after all the good work they have done at home and hang on to their No.1 ODI ranking even against a rampant Indian team?last_img read more

VIP bank customers looting the country: Mamata

first_imgJhargram (WB), Feb 16 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that wealthy borrowers were not repaying their bank loans, while farmers and self help groups were being deprived of them.Banerjee, who was interacting with officials in Jhargram district, said banks should extend cooperation to poor farmers, SHG members and small entrepreneurs to make them self-reliant and boost development.The Trinamool Congress chief said she had again written to the Centre against the controversial Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill., described the legislation as “anti-people”.”Those who have Kisan Credit Cards and are entitled to loans are being denied loans. And yet some VIP bank customers are looting this country,” Banerjee later said in a tweet.”The self help groups (SHGs), those who run small businesses, and other commoners, are deprived of loans. And yet special people are being given thousands of crores of rupees. Why this fraud ? Why this fraud?” she added.She has demanded a thorough and time-bound investigation into the fraud in state-owned Punjab National Bank. She has said that a scam of over Rs 11,000 crore had taken place and the peoples savings are not safe.Referring to the FRDI Bill, the chief minister said: “They (Centre) have to withdraw the draconian bill.”Stating that she would always be with the people, she said: “I have no personal agenda. I have always struggled for the rights of the people. As long as I am alive, I will work for them.”The chief minister slammed the Centre for depriving the state of its share of funds for various projects and demanded that the money be immediately released to keep these projects afloat in peoples interest.advertisement”The Centre has stopped funds for ICDS and ASHA projects. Despite our financial constraints, we are running these projects with our own funds,” she said.She recounted her association with movements in tribal Jangalmahal area of the state for its development, and said: “There was a time when my Adivasi brothers and sisters survived on insect eggs. There was a reign of violence in Jangalmahal. Tourists did not come to this region.”Stating that some parties were trying to incite violence and disturb law and order in this region, Banerjee asked people not to pay heed to their provocations.She said the development in Jangalmahal will continue and officials and local leaders must extend their cooperation to fulfil the aspirations of its people and make them self-reliant.”We started giving rice at Rs 2 per kilogramme to tribals in Jangalmahal. My best wishes to the people of Jangalmahal for restoring peace in the region,” she said adding that Jhargram, which falls in the area, had been made a new district to fulfil a long-standing demand of the people.She asked officials to promote the region as a tourist hub and introduce necessary bus routes linking it with Kolkata and Midnapore.Banerjee also said that her government has written to the Centre to enlist the Kurmi community in the scheduled tribe list.”Bills are also being brought to give recognition to Kuruk and Kurmali languages. A dictionary in Ol Chiki script would also come up soon,” she said.She also announced that the new scheme Ruposhree to help in the marriage of girls from poor families would be launched from the next month and that those who received prizes during Jangalmahal Sports Festival would be recruited as civic volunteers. PTI AKB KK ABHlast_img read more