‘Scholes one of the best ever’

first_imgFormer Manchester United star Paul Scholes is one of the ‘best ever’ midfielders, according to Chelsea’s on-loan Croatia international Mateo Kovacic.Scholes won a multitude of trophies at Manchester United, making over 700 appearances for the club, and is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation.And Kovacic, who is on loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid, believes he can still learn from Scholes as he bids to settle into the Premier League, and regularly watches videos of the United legend. 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! “Every player has to be himself— but for me Scholes was one of the best ever. He was amazing. I still enjoy watching his videos on YouTube,” he told The Sun .“Sometimes I go home and watch him to learn something new. He had everything, he was the modern midfielder — scoring goals, defending well, tackling.“I don’t copy anybody but I do like to watch Scholes. I also watch other players to see what I can do better. Players like Luka Modric and Andres Iniesta, too.”And Scholes’ goalscoring record in particular is something Kovacic is keen to translate into his own game.“That is the problem in my career, I have not scored enough — and it’s something I need to improve on,” he said.Having spent long spells on the bench in Madrid, Kovacic is happier with the game-time he has received thus far, having featured much more regularly since arriving at Stamford Bridge.He said “It was difficult when I was playing less – now I am involved more and it helps me a lot. I was 18 when I went to Inter and then Madrid at 21. Maybe it was a bit too fast.“Alvaro [Morata] told me Chelsea are on the same level as Madrid. The fans can expect me to always give 100 per cent. I will do my best to play good football for them.”last_img read more

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Dybala: Argentina want Messi back in the team

first_imgJuventus’ Argentina star Paulo Dybala has expressed his desire for Lionel Messi to end his international sabbatical and rejoin his Albiceleste team-mates. Messi’s last game for Argentina came on June 30, when the South Americans were knocked out of the World Cup by France at the last 16 in a 4-3 thriller. Since then the Barcelona man has focused exclusively on his club, declining inclusion in any of the three squads prepared by interim coach Lionel Scaloni since Russia.  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! That absence has allowed Dybala further playing time, with the Juve playmaker impressing on Friday as Argentina downed Mexico 2-0. But on the eve of a second clash against El Tri, ‘La Joya’ admitted that he cannot wait to see the Albiceleste captain back in the set-up. “We want him to come back,” he told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s encounter. “We know what he means to us, but [the decision] is not up to any of the players.”Scaloni, who has been tipped by some to take the job on a permanent basis after three months filling in for the sacked Jorge Sampaoli, has spearheaded the arrival of a new generation of Argentina players. Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes and Gio Lo Celso are just some of the young talents who have seen regular game time in the absence of the likes of Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria. But Dybala insisted that he is not the standard-bearer for his generation, and that fans will have to be patient with an inexperienced squad. “We are young kids, we have only just started and we need the people’s support. We do not know what is going to happen further ahead,” he added. Dybala has appeared on 16 occasions for his national team, but is still waiting for his first goal in Albiceleste colours.last_img read more

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Happy over FIFA U17 World Cup preparations: Ceppi

first_imgMumbai, Dec 19 (PTI) Tournament Director of next years FIFA Under 17 World Cup to be hosted by India, Javier Ceppi, today expressed his happiness about the way things were moving ahead in the preparation of the tournament.”They (preparations) are coming along (well). Work is happening in all the venues,” said Ceppi here today, adding work that was stopped due to the conduct of Indian Super League, has restarted at all the venues.”We are confident and happy about how things are moving. Things are in motion and I hope they get into momentum,” Ceppi told reporters after a tie-up was announced with Bank of Baroda for the tournament.”We have less than 10 months left (for the tournament to commence). This is huge (tie-up with Bank of Baroda). This is the first one for our event,” he commented about an Indian bank joining hands with the world football body for a junior event.The U17 World Cup is scheduled to be held from October 6-28 and the matches are to held in Navi Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata.Ceppi was impressed with the facilities at the Dr D Y Patil Sports Stadium in Navi Mumbai, set to host a few games.”D Y Patil and Vijay (Patil) are always extremely supportive and huge partners of us. They have done all that was required and they are planning to do more. The (DY Patil) stadium has good bucket seats, but they want to change them.”They say for the World Cup they want to show a new facility. They have already done up their dressing rooms. We are happy with how the facilities are in Navi Mumbai and its moving along quite well,” Ceppi said.advertisement”For the World Cup, unlike for other events, security is a complete responsibility of the state and local forces, which makes it a little bit different. Its not so dependent on financiers or private security coming in or not (coming in),” he remarked when queried over the security set-up for the event.”The security forces of the state will be in charge. We have spoken with everybody and all the police forces. They are organised and have plans in place,” he added. PTI NRB SSR NRB SDMlast_img read more

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OTT players gung-ho about new year, expect massive adoption

first_imgMumbai, Jan 1 (PTI) Rising smartphone sales, falling data tariffs, 4G rollout and improvement in payment gateways have boosted the fledgling over-the-top (OTT) industry in 2016 and the trend is likely to continue next year.OTT is the delivery of film and television content through the Internet, without requiring users to subscribe to a traditional cable or satellite.”Affordable smartphones, increasing Internet penetration and greater data affordability are the key triggers that boosted OTT consumption in the year gone by,” Archana Anand, head of digital at India Z5 Business that operates Zees digital offerings, Ditto TV and Ozee told PTI.Echoing similar views, Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan says, “2016 was when consumer started embracing mobiles as their primary screen, whether for drama, movies or sports and growth we have seen in the past few months is a testimony to that.”Hotstar, launched in February 2015, has been clipping at 40 per cent in the last few months, he claims.India currently has around 220-250 million smartphones and is expected to touch more than 500 million by 2020.As per Frost & Sullivan research director Vidya S Nath, OTT video market was nearly USD 210 million in 2016, driven predominantly by advertising and the market is likely to grow at a CAGR of over 80 per cent till 2020.Market also saw entry of global players like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in January and December, respectively, and this is likely to be a catalyst for rapid adoption of OTT.”We believe industry is growing fast with over a 110 million customers and over 170 million broadband users. With rising smartphone sales, growth in video intake, falling data charges, and rising data speed, we feel the opportunity is now,” Amazon Video India country head Nitesh Kripalani said.advertisementAmazon Prime Video launched its services a fortnight ago and Kripalani claims that there is positive results both in free trial sign-ups and paid conversions.”We believe Prime will continue to be the top seller on Amazon India for the next year or so, and we believe customers will not only adopt the service but also engage with it,” he says.Despite the broadband penetration, varying levels of broadband access and affordable data tariffs continue to remain key challenges for players in the OTT space.”Even though internet user base is rapidly growing, the country is still below 30 per cent internet penetration, with wired broadband subscription at less than 20 million and speeds amongst the lowest in Asia Pacific region,” KPMG India director for deal advisory and media entertainment Girish Menon said.He also pointed out that only 14 per cent of broadband connections have above 4Mbps speed, while the average broadband speeds is only 2.5 Mbps. This is a fraction of what South Korea (20), Japan (15), China (4) offer.Some OTT players have tried to mitigate infrastructure challenges with features like less data usage, offline viewing and Hotstar which claims over 50 million users a month, is also working on peer-to-peer sharing.”Weve features like download and efficiency of data streaming and we are also working on letting people share content even if they are not offline. We are also planning peer-to-peer sharing, says Hotstars Mohan. More PTI DS BEN MKJ RYSlast_img read more

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SEE PICS: Jhanvi-Khushi off to a vacation with daddy Boney Kapoor?

first_imgSridevi and Boney Kapoor’s daughters Jhanvi Kapoor and Khushi Kapoor have already become celebrities of sort. The star kids boast of a great fan following on social media and the paparazzi go crazy to click the pictures of them. And that is exactly what happened when Jhanvi and Khushi were spotted with their dad at Mumbai airport. Unlike their diva avatars, Jhanvi and Khushi were seen in a no make-up look. The two sported a casual look. Jhanvi teamed up a white tee with denims, Khushi, on the other hand, was seen in black track pants and a sweatshirt. While Khushi tried hard to hide her face from the paparazzi, Jhanvi acted like a pro. Jhanvi and Khushi have become internet sensations. Every picture of the sisters find its way to the social media. From parties to get togethers to vacations, every move of Jhanvi an Khushi is carefully scrutinised. While Khushi is still busy with her studies, Jhanvi is set to make her big Bollywood debut soon. She has been roped in by Dharma Productions for her big launch and will soon begin prepping up for her first project. ALSO READ: Sridevi’s daughter Jhanvi Kapoor’s wild dance with Shikhar Pahariya ALSO READ: Sridevi’s daughter Jhanvi Kapoor looks gorgeous in her desi avatar (Photos: Yogen Shah) ALSO WATCH: In conversation with diva Sridevilast_img read more

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Mark Zuckerberg’s wife Priscilla Chan pregnant with second daughter

first_imgFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced his wife Priscilla Chan’s pregnancy with a Facebook post.  He said that the couple were expecting another baby girl. Their first child, Max, was born in late 2015.In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said that when he found out his Chan was pregnant, he hoped it would be a girl. “We are all better people because of the the strong women in our lives — sisters, mothers and friends. We can’t wait to welcome our new little one and do our best to raise another strong woman,” he wrote.Also Read: Mark Zuckerberg is already teaching daughter Max quantum physicsHere is the full post:Priscilla and I are happy to share we’re expecting another baby girl!After our difficult experience having Max, we weren’t sure what to expect or whether we’d be able to have another child. When Priscilla and I first found out she was pregnant again, our first hope was that the child would be healthy. My next hope was that it would be a girl. I cannot think of a greater gift than having a sister and I’m so happy Max and our new child will have each other.I grew up with three sisters and they taught me to learn from smart, strong women. They weren’t just my sisters but some of my best friends. They’ve gone on to write books, excel at performance, music, sports, cooking and their careers. They showed me how to compete and still laugh together afterwards.advertisementPriscilla grew up with two sisters and they taught her the importance of family, caring for others and hard work. They supported each other as first generation college students and in their careers in medicine and business. They have so many inside jokes — the kind only siblings can understand.We are all better people because of the strong women in our lives — sisters, mothers and friends. We can’t wait to welcome our new little one and do our best to raise another strong woman.last_img read more

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Where to Find NFG at The Nonprofit Technology Conference

first_imgThis morning five of my colleagues and I are flying to Austin, Texas for the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC)! We’re looking forward to learning, networking, and enjoying all that Austin has to offer. New product testing: We’re looking for nonprofit staff to give us some feedback on a new online fundraising platform we’re working on. If you’re interested in talking to our tech team, please email Derek.Sanborn@networkforgood.com to find out more. To show our appreciation for lending us 60 minutes of your time, we’ll make a donation to your organization! NTC Science Fair: Come say hi to us at booth 813! Pick up some swag, spin our prize wheel, and learn how Network for Good can help you raise more money online with our software and coaching! Friday, March 6th at 1:30pm CST: In this session Matthew Mielcarek of Charity Dynamics will join Caryn for a presentation all about online fundraising and digital tools: Your Guide to 2015 Digital Opportunity and Finding Tools to Get You There – #15NTCdigtools (this session will be available to view on demand when the conference is over} We can’t wait to get #15NTC started—and I hope to see you there! Breakout sessions: Caryn Stein, VP of Communications and Content, will be presenting two breakout sessions this week:center_img If you’re not registered for NTC, you can come to the Science Fair on Wednesday March 4th from 1:30-3:30pm CST at the Austin Convention Center. Thursday, March 5th at 10:30am CST: Caryn will join Jamie McDonald, founder of Generosity Inc, to give you inside info on how to launch a successful giving day: The Secret Formula to Successful Giving Days. #15NTCGivingdays Social: Follow us on Twitter @Network4Good and on Instagram@networkforgood to see where we are and what we’re up to at #15NTC. If you will be in Austin, or if you’re attending NTC virtually, we’d love to meet you! Here are some ways to get in touch with the Network for Good team at NTC:last_img read more

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Here’s How to Skillfully Upgrade Your Donors

first_imgRate your donors to determine their capacity to donate more to your organization. Data-driven donor management will enable you to strategically design and present an appropriate ask for a particular donor.Keep track of your asks and all your donors’ responses in easy-to-use donor management system.Demonstrate the impact of their most recent gift, using compelling narratives and/or photos to reinforce the need and urgency of your mission. Also, remember to recognize the vital role the donor plays in actualizing your Mission through programs with successful positive outcomes.Download our Donor Retention Toolkit for more on how to consistently communicate impact with donors. Promptly and personally acknowledge/thank each donor for their gift or pledge. Ideally, a thank you should be sent within 24-48 hours after the donation has been received to ensure all donors get the clear message that they are valuable to your organization.Network for Good’s donor management system can help your organization streamline and automate the thank you process.Get to know and understand your donors using open-ended probing questions to find out how they relate to your mission, why they donated, how they want to be involved with your organization, and which communication channel(s) they prefer. Any additional information about their personal or professional background can be a tremendous advantage in cultivating the donor and potentially accessing their networks.For more on how to survey donors, download this webinar from our archived resources.Invite them to a special cultivation event, ideally for a shared experience that is either related to your mission, demonstrates your organization’s mission, or is of relevance to the donor. Use the unique experience to learn more about the donor and explore their interest in getting more involved with your nonprofit.For more on cultivation events, download this webinar from our archived resources.Communicate the need and urgency your organization has for more money by demonstrating greater need or demand, new programs, or future plans for expansion. Sharing an experience or providing donors with first-hand exposure to the people, animals or environments that benefit from your organization’s work is far more effective than bombarding them with statistics and uninteresting, industry-specific information.Read this blog post to learn more about creating memorable donor experiences.Convert donors to brand ambassadors by asking them to be an advocate for your nonprofit and invite their personal and professional networks to become involved as donors or volunteers. Always ask for and incorporate their ideas on how they would like to help your organization expand your network.Use a peer-to-peer fundraising tool to simplify this process. It’s much easier to upgrade an existing donor than it is to find and attract new ones (and it’s always more cost-effective). But before you start asking donors to upgrade their gifts, it’s essential to understand the reason why donors upgrade their gifts. Although specifics may vary from person to person, there are four reasons donors are willing to make a greater investment in your nonprofit organization:Strong belief in your mission, paired with confidence in your organization’s vision to make an impact.Confidence in an organization’s leadership and team based on demonstrated results. Again, people donate to people, not organizations.Recognition of your organization’s good stewardship of resources through fiscal responsibility and sound fiscal management.Because they were asked to upgrade their donation level. Even the most effective donor cultivation will yield disappointing results if your organization fails to invite the donor to the next giving level.With those four reasons in mind, here are some ways to skillfully upgrade a donor by leveraging good stewardship practices and a donor-centric approach.Prepare and present a specific ask, a definitive dollar amount or giving the level. Use the inform-engage-invite technique to explain the ongoing need for your organization or a particular appeal, then candidly engage the donor to enlist their advice or insights. Finally, invite them to take the next step as a meaningful partner to your organization by increasing their donation.For more donor relations best practices, read this blog post. last_img read more

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Football documentaries: How to watch on Netflix & Amazon Prime

first_imgFootball documentaries have been on the rise recently with Steven Gerrard being the latest footballer to have a documentary film made chronicling his life and career .Manchester City: All or Nothing was released earlier in the year which was an in-depth look at how Pep Guardiola’s side clinched the Premier League title in the most exemplary of seasons last campaign, with other documentaries also detailing the more obscure and less-widely covered subjects – such as racism, homophobia in football and controversial behind-the-scenes looks at the Qatar World Cup.Goal takes a look at how you can sign up for the streaming services and rounds up the best football documentaries on Netflix and Amazon Prime. 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! How can I watch football documentaries on Netflix? Netflix is an online video streaming services that is subscription-based, with users able to choose out of three plans: Basic ($7.99 / £5.99), Standard ($10.99 / £7.99) and Premium ($13.99 / £9.99).New users will be able to enjoy a one-month trial of Netflix upon sign up, and will not be charged until after the trial ends. Users can sign up here .All plans will have unlimited viewing selection of the entire catalogue of television and films on Netflix, though limitations will be set for how many screens are able to be active at the same time between accounts, and HD availability.What football documentaries can I watch on Netflix? Netflix has a wide selection of football-related documentaries within their selection, with several features focused on the likes of football icons, individual teams and more investigative offerings.In Becoming Zlatan (2015), the documentary uses rare footage to follow iconic star Zlatan Ibrahimovic through his rocky early years and his 2005 breakthrough.The 2016 documentary Les Bleus: Une Autre Histoire de France charts 20 years of the French national team, whose ups and downs have mirrored those of French society.The history and philosophy of one of the world’s most beloved and successful clubs,  Barcelona, is chronicled in Barca Dreams (2015) , and one of Netflix’s most recent releases, First Team: Juventus, follows the Serie A giants on and off the pitch as they attempt to win a seventh straight Italian title and achieve Champions League glory.Class of 92 Manchester UnitedIn Class of ’92 – Out of their League (2015), years after their own run as football champions, five former Man United stars buy a local non-league team and try to take it to the distance.Forbidden Games – The Justin Fashanu Story (2017) chronicles the tragic, true story of Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay man to have played professional football.In Boca Juniors Confidential (2018): The players, staff and coaches of Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors provide an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the legendary club.The docuseries Becoming Champions (2018) looks at the stories behind athletes and countries that have achieved World Cup champion status such as Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Spain, Brazil and England.French fans, celebrities and athletes retrace the exhilarating events of July 12, 1998 in the documentary film The Perfect Day (2016) as France earned an historic win in the World Cup final.France World Cup 1998In the wake of an international scandal, Planet FIFA (2016) takes a look at how the governing body of association football became a bloated and corrupt money-making machine. The film gives an interview filled understanding of the world’s largest corrupted sports organisation and how the Swiss banks have been complicit in it since the 1960’s.In Le K Benzema (2017), the Real Madrid and France forward opens up about his career and addresses accusations that threatened his role with Les Bleus.The furor over the addition of two Muslim players to the Beitar Jerusalem soccer club in Forever Pure (2016) underscores the role of institutionalised racism in Israel.In Songs of Ben (2016) you meet the folks who wanted a Major League Soccer club in Philadelphia so badly they became fans before it even existed.Forever Chape (2018) follows in the wake of the plane crash that claimed the lives of 71 people and how Brazilian club Chapecoense seeks to rebuild the team that made history.How can I watch football documentaries on Amazon Prime Video? Amazon offers Prime Video service to all Prime members, with all users able to enjoy a 30-day trial of the service .Amazon Prime membership costs $119 / £79 for a yearly subscription or $12.99 / £7.99 per month, but also includes unlimited, free two-day shipping on many items. Amazon Prime users also get access to the company’s growing selection of streaming shows and movies. What football documentaries can I watch on Amazon Prime Video? Steven Gerrard – Make Us Dream (2018): An original Prime documentary, it is a retelling on the meteoric thirty-year development of Steven Gerrard, Liverpool and of the sport of football itself.Amazon also released another Prime original in Manchester City: All or Nothing earlier in the year, a fly-on-the-wall look at Pep Guardiola’s rise to the top and their exhilarating race to win the Premier League title in 2017-18.Manchester City All or Nothing Amazon PrimeIn The Class of ’92 (2013), the documentary follows a group of youngsters who joined Manchester United as teenagers and went on to become the greatest team in England’s illustrious football history.Football Hell (2017) looks into the preparations into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where allegedly 4,000 workers will have died in the building of the tournament. This staggering figure indicates the slave-like conditions the builders of football’s most expensive construction project are enduring.The Workers Cup (2018) is a further look inside Qatar’s labour camps, African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in a football tournament of their own.Jorge Mendes – The Super Agent (2012) is an exclusive approach to the man that represents many of the major football players and managers of today, while Celtic Soul (2018) follows actor and comedian Jay Baruchel on an epic road trip through Canada, Ireland and Scotland with well-known journalist Eoin O’Callaghan.In Cruyff – The Last Match  (2015), the documentary looks into the historic signing of Johan Cruyff for FC Barcelona and how it was not only a sports revolution, but a social and cultural one.Johann CruyffIn Kicking It (2008) the lives of homeless people are changed forever through an international soccer competition as this film follows six players setting off for Cape Town to play in the Homeless World Cup.The documentary Ronaldo vs Messi – Faceoff! (2018) has experts comparing the superstars that are Ronaldo and Messi as well as their upbringing, progression into the world of sports, skills, talent and off-pitch marketability. Three Lions fans will be eager to watch Bobby (2016), a powerful, dramatic and deeply personal portrait of England’s only World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore. A genuine footballing icon Moore fought battles besides those witnessed on the football field.How can I watch football documentaries on other streaming websites? Websites such as Hulu, YouTube and Google Play also have their own selection of football documentaries available to rent and stream online.Hulu Plus (US only) costs $7.99 per month or $95.88 per year, while YouTube and Google Play videos are able for rental on an individual basis with a user account.last_img read more

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‘I’m happiest when I’m playing football’ – Son

first_imgTottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min has credited his love of football for his fine form since returning from international duty with South Korea.The Spurs star been one of the revelations of the 2018-19 season and has scored in his last four games in all competitions, taking his tally to 16 goals in 32 appearances.And Son explains that despite the heavy match-load he has endured in recent months, with the South Korean having featured for his country at the Asian Cup, his love of the game keeps him going and encourages him to give his best. 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! “I’m just trying to enjoy every moment,” Son said.”Honestly, there’s no better thing than football for me, and I’m happiest when I’m playing football.“I don’t have much stress really, but I get rid of stress by playing football. I think that is how I can keep going.“I have no issues with my fitness level at the moment.“Sometimes, when there are some hard times for me, I can still keep thinking about football. I always feel thankful for having a chance to play football.”Son, primarily a winger, has often been used up front of late by manager Mauricio Pochettino as he seeks to replace the injured Harry Kane’s goals.And the 26-year-old has repaid his manager’s faith in him when playing as a striker, scoring seven of his 16 goals from his 10 appearances as a centre-forward.Spurs visit Burnley in the Premier League next, before embarking on a tricky run of fixtures that includes derbies against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal at Wembley. They then have just three days between the north London derby and their trip to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last-16 second leg.Pochettino will be confident of progression in that tie, with Spurs currently 3-0 up from the first leg courtesy of goals from Son, Jan Vertonghen and a late Fernando Llorente header. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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‘We’d be better with Mertesacker!’ – Arsenal fans slam Rennes display

first_imgArsenal lost 3-1 to Rennes in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie, sparking backlash from Gunners fans on social mediaUnai Emery’s side went 1-0 up through Alex Iwobi in just the third minute, with his curling ball from the left evading the goalkeeper and finding the bottom corner.However, Sokratis Papastathopoulos was given his marching orders when he picked up a second yellow card in the 41st minute and Benjamin Bourigeaud subsequently equalised following the free-kick.  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! It was all downhill from there for Arsenal, as a Nacho Monreal own goal and a Ismaila Sarr header in the second half condemned them to a first-ever away defeat against a French team.And the Gunners’ calamitous defending was met with a raft of social media posts criticising the current crop of defenders.Mertesacker and Koscielny is legitimately still the best CB pairing the club has isn’t it— Michael Keshani (@MichaelKeshani) March 7, 2019 I’m pretty sure that going from Adams and Bould to Sokratis and Mustafi is worse than heroine withdrawal #afc — James Ash 🏏 (@james_ash89) March 7, 2019 Arsenal might have changed manager but they haven’t changed management.— Mark Pougatch (@markpougatch) March 7, 2019 The great thing about Arsenal is that the team hurts and disappoints you so much that real life disappointments don’t even faze you. How can I be hurt by anything when I’ve seen Mustafi defend?— Zito (@_Zeets) March 7, 2019 I get my hopes up.I get disappointed.I start to believe again.Repeat.Life as an Arsenal fan.— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) March 7, 2019 A nightmare for Arsenal in France 😣Their first ever away defeat to a French team 🇫🇷 #UEL #SRFCArsenal pic.twitter.com/00NpmjK6XP — Goal (@goal) March 7, 2019 22nd time since the start of 2017 that Arsenal have conceded 3+ goals in a game.— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) March 7, 2019 Rennes have a third! What a header from Ismaïla Sarr 😱Trouble for Arsenal 🤦‍♂️ #UEL #SRFCArsenal pic.twitter.com/8YEl9tXhqp — Goal (@goal) March 7, 2019 Reaction to the red card was shocking. Arsenal in complete control then totally lost their heads. Don’t think Emery’s subs helped either.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) March 7, 2019 Some, however, remain optimistic about the Gunners’ chances of progression ahead of the second leg at the Emirates Stadium, backing Arsenal to record a home win. 2-0 at the Emirates will still do it. The textbook ‘reverse Solskjaer’ they call it.— Greg Johnson (@gregianjohnson) March 7, 2019 Honestly don’t think that was too dreadful a result for #AFC , given the circumstances. Rennes are very much there for the taking in the second leg (provided Arsenal don’t have a man sent off in the first half).— Sam Dean (@SamJDean) March 7, 2019 Before Arsenal have the chance to put things right, they entertain Manchester United at home in the Premier League, with the Red Devils fresh off the back of their own reversal of a two-goal deficit to a French club in Europe.last_img read more

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Super Beginner’s Writing Advice

first_imgEditor’s note: Guest blogger Kerry Winfrey is an office worker by day, freelance writer by night. Kind of like Flashdance, but she doesn’t have to wear a welding mask. She writes about young adult books for HelloGiggles and blogs at her website, Welcome to Ladyville.When I decided to try this whole “freelance writing” thing, I had no idea where to start. While there’s plenty of advice out there from successful, published authors, what I wanted was help from someone who was where I am now. Which is at the very beginning, basically. So that’s what this is: if you want to give freelance writing a try, here’s my advice (based only on my personal experience):1. Start a blog.I’ve mentioned this before, but if you want to write and you don’t have a blog, then what are you even doing with yourself? It’s one thing if you just like writing and don’t need anyone else to read it to feel validated, but if that’s the case then you don’t even need to worry about doing freelancing. You can just do you and keep a journal. But, if you’re anything like me, you have a pathetic need for attention and a freakish, almost worrisome desire to have people read your work. Set up a blog (I use WordPress because it seems very “website-y” to me and it’s easy to use, but most hip people use Tumblr, which is definitely easy and better for sharing things, but it doesn’t really matter what you use) and commit to a posting schedule. When I started my blog, I posted at least once a day, usually twice. Figure out how often you want to blog, but I’d recommend at least a few times a week. A blog gives you practice, gives you some accountability, gives you some validation and feedback, and also gives you some examples of your work to send out.2. Start small.Very small. The smallest. Before I started submitting things, I went to the library and checked out books on freelance writing. I’m very old school. Anyway, they all said the same thing: at the very beginning, you just need to concentrate on getting your name on things. When I saw that my local paper was looking for 12 guest columnists to write opinion pieces throughout the year, I sent in a sample. I knew that the pool of applicants would be small, so I’d likely get it. Then, when I submitted other things, I could say that I wrote an opinion column for a newspaper. It sounds much more impressive than it is, and that’s all that matters. And not only can you say you have published articles, you can actually show those published articles to people. This matters a lot.3. Be okay with doing it for free.One of the most frequent writing questions people ask me is, “Do you get paid for writing for HelloGiggles?” Nope. That’s not unusual, and I didn’t expect to. If you want to hit the ground running and start making money immediately with writing, you’re going to be incredibly disappointed. Based on my personal experience and the experiences I’ve read about, that’s definitely not the case. I know there are some people who are horrified by the thought of working for free, but think of it this way: in most industries, people have internships. You don’t get paid, but you do get experience and connections and a sweet gig to put on your resume. Basically, that’s what you’re going to be doing with writing. I’ve only been seriously writing for about a year, and I’m just now starting to focus on getting paid for it. At the beginning, I can’t even begin to tell you how far money was from my mind. So I guess my advice here is to check yourself. You need clips for people to take you seriously as a writer, and the only way you’re going to do that is by writing for free at first.4. Send in perfect work and meet your deadlines.Editors are busy, and they will look more favorably on you if you’re meeting every deadline and turning in work that needs very few edits. Some people say things like, “It’s an editor’s job to fix things!” and, yes, it is, but if you can give them something they don’t need to spend much time on, they’re going to like you a lot more.5. Read some books.A lot of books on freelance writing are terribly out-of-date, because rules for internet writing are very different from the olden days of sending in submissions via mail. That doesn’t mean there aren’t really helpful books out there, though! One I really like is How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead. It’s super helpful for all kind of writing. My other favorite books on writing are Stephen King’s On Writing, Elizabeth Berg’s Escaping into the Open, and Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. They’re not necessarily about freelancing (although Berg’s book talks about it the most), but they’re helpful all the same.6. Don’t worry about rejection.I don’t get very upset about rejection, which is probably because I majored in Creative Writing, where you have to sit in a circle and listen to everyone tell you what’s wrong with what you wrote. Once you do that, someone rejecting you via email isn’t that big of a deal. And guess what? Usually people are pretty nice about it. Also, I try to keep in mind this advice from Jenna Fischer.7. Just submit.Seriously. Just write something and send it somewhere. The absolute worst that can happen is that someone will say no. And you’re definitely not going to get anywhere if you don’t even try.So that’s my advice! Like I said, I’m in no place to be giving advice about anything, but believe it or not people do ask me about this sort of thing. If you have any questions (about this or, like, whatever) you can always email me at welcometoladyville@gmail.com and we can chat. Or e-mail me if you just want to pay me to write for you. That would be great, too.Image via TFDlast_img read more

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Sara Horowitz represents freelancers at the Clinton Global Initiative

first_imgPhoto by Robert H. Goun.We’re proud to announce that our founder Sara Horowitz will be representing America’s independent workers at the Clinton Global Initiative on June 24 in Denver.Sara will bring the ideas and insights of the freelance workforce to this terrific event. She’ll be talking about building an economy that works for the new workforce, alongside Monty Moran of Chipotle, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation…… and President Bill Clinton.David Gregory, Moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, will be hosting the panel as a special interactive “town hall”.Founded by President Clinton, CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to create new, specific, and measurable plans that address the most urgent challenges facing American society.Stay tuned for more details!last_img read more

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Australian Open: Kerber meets Sharapova in clash of former champions

first_imgMelbourne Park will witness the clash between two former Australian Open champions as Angelique Kerber faces Maria Sharapova in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.Kerber has been on a recent revival while Sharapova’s story is of a comeback in itself and the sun is relatively be cooler for the players to turn up the heat instead.Defending men’s champion Roger Federer’s will look to continue his imperious advance through the draw when he meets Frenchman Richard Gasquet, while six-times champion Novak Djokovic and young gun Alexander Zverev are also in action.World number one Simona Halep looks to forge further ahead into a draw increasing devoid of seeds when she meets American Lauren Davies but there is no doubting the top women’s match of the day.ALSO WATCHSharapova, who won the Melbourne Park title as a 20-year-old in 2008, missed last year’s tournament because of a 15-month doping ban and is still ranked a lowly 48th in the world as she continues her comeback.Lefthander Kerber has plummeted down the rankings from world number to 16th on the back of a year of good old fashioned poor form but has rallied with seven straight wins to start 2018.Kerber, who joined Sharapova in the 30-something club on Thursday, beat absent reigning champion Serena Williams to win the 2016 Australian Open and is a formidable opponent when at her best.”I look forward to these matches. I want to be playing against opponents that are former grand slam champions,” Russian Sharapova said.advertisement”She’s had success here. She’s had success playing out here in these conditions on these courts. I want to see where I am on that level.”Their last three meetings have gone to three sets and Kerber is expecting another tight affair.”I’m looking forward to playing against her,” the German said. “This is the matches I’m looking forward to have, especially at the beginning of the year.”I had a lot in the last few weeks. I will try to continue my run and playing good like I played also here like the last two matches.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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ICC U-19 World Cup: Dravid keeps team focus on quarters ahead of IPL Auction

first_imgRahul Dravid the coach of India Under 19 team, expects his boys to have full focus on their ongoing campaign in the ICC U-19 World Cup and not get distracted by the IPL auction this weekend.Three-time champions India will play their quarterfinal against Bangladesh here tomorrow.WATCHCaptain Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Arshdeep Singh and Harvik Desai are the squad members who will be in the auction to be held on Saturday and Sunday in Bengaluru.”There’s no point hiding from the fact that it is there.It is around the corner,” Dravid was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNCricinfo’.”There’s no point living in the bubble and pretending it doesn’t exist. We do discuss it. We’ve spoken about what their focus should be and what their long-term goals are as compared to their short-term goals,” said the former India captain.Dravid said the IPL auction will come every year but not everyday one gets a chance to play the World Cup.”The auction is not something the boys can control. One or two auctions won’t really have a long-term impact on their careers.”There is an auction every year, but not every year will they have an opportunity to play for India in possibly a World Cup semifinal. That doesn’t come very often.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Reliance to invest Rs 2,500 crore in Assam, create 80,000

first_imgjobs: Mukesh AmbaniGuwahati, Feb 3 (PTI) Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani today announced an investment of Rs 2,500 crore in Assam in various sectors, including retail, petroleum, telecom, tourism and sports, creating jobs for at least 80,000 people over the next three years.”Today I am happy to announce five commitments for Assam over the next three years. Reliance will invest an additional Rs 2,500 crore to augment its presence in this market,” he said at the inaugural function of the Global Investors Summit 2018 here.Under this programme, the company will enhance its retail divisions outlet to 40 from existing two, while the number of petrol depots will be increased to 165 from the existing 27, he added.”We are also going to open new offices in all 145 tehsil headquarters across Assam. Our approach has always been to create sustainable livelihood opportunities and have generated 20,000 jobs in Assam,” Ambani said.Assam has always been a low priority market for other telecom operators, but it is a Category A market for Reliance, he added.”We now target to increase the sustainable livelihood opportunities by five-fold to 1,00,000 jobs,” Ambani said.In the tourism sector, the companys CSR wing Reliance Foundation will partner with Assam government to set up a centre at an university to promote “wildlife protection and eco-tourism”, he added.”In football, ISL is a huge success in Assam. We have decided to establish a top class football academy in partnership with Government of Assam to produce global players from the state,” Ambani said.Reliance Industries has become the largest private sector investor in Assam by putting in Rs 5,000 crore over the last few years, he said.advertisementThe companys telecom arm Jio has over 30 lakh users at present and aims to increase it manifold in the coming months, he added.Complimenting Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for organising the Advantage Assam – Global Investors Summit 2018, Ambani said: “Assams development potential is limitless. In 50s, the state was a developed one with its per capital income more than the national average.”The Global Investors Summit is happening at an appropriate time with the country also “rising under the leadership of a very popular Prime Minister Narendra Modi”, whose thrust on ease of living is touching many other countries, he added.Ambani also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his government “presenting one of the best budgets in recent times” by focusing on all segments of the society, including the farmers. PTI TR RGlast_img read more

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ISSF World Cup: Anjum Moudgil wins silver as India remain on top

first_imgIndia’s Anjum Moudgil clinched a silver medal in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.It was Anjum’s first World Cup medal as she battled windy conditions to shoot 454.2 in the 45-shot final to finish behind former junior world champion Chinas Ruijiao Pei (455.4).Another Chinese Ting Sun claimed bronze, finishing with a score of 442.2.This was India’s eighth medal in the competition and the first silver after having won three golds and four bronze medals already, for their best ISSF World Cup performance by far.The People’s Republic of China claims the gold-bronze combo in the 3 Positions final. #ISSFWC pic.twitter.com/Im4xnLYWZAISSF (@ISSF_Shooting) March 8, 2018India thus remained on top of the medals tally with eight medals, while China is in second with two gold, two silver, one bronze.Anjum remained in medal contention from the beginning of the final and at the end of the 15-shot kneeling position stood third behind Ruijiao and Slovakias Ziva Dvorsak.She pulled into the lead after the second 5-shot prone position series, which followed the kneeling position and was 0.9 points clear of German world number one Jolyn Beer at the end of it.After the 15-shot prone series, Anjum was still in the lead. However, after the 10th shot of the last standing series when the first two finalists out of the eight were eliminated, Anjum had gone down to fourth position.A brilliant 10.8 in the 41st shot took her up to second and she maintained that position finishing with scores of 10.2, 10.1, 9.5 and 10.2 to secure the first World Cup medal of her career.advertisementEarlier in qualification, Anjum rode on the back of a solid prone round of 399 out of 400 to log a combined 1170 and sail through to the eight woman final in second place behind Pei, who shot a qualification world record score of 1178.Gaayathri was well in contention for a finals place after the kneeling and prone rounds but a 371 out of 400 in the standing round meant that she would have to be content with a 15th place finish totalling 1153.Former prone World Champion Tejaswini Sawant also shot the same score but finished a spot behind Gaayathri because of three less inner 10s.In the Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, it was heartbreak for 15-year old Anish Bhanwala, who stood third after the first precision round with a solid 294 and a real chance to make it amongst the top six finalists.He had looked comfortable in the second rapid fire round on Thursday – beginning with a solid 99 and following up with a 97 but scores of 7,9,10,8,8 in the final series of five shots pulled him down to seventh place.Anish ended with 578, the same score as sixth place qualifier Zhaonan Hao of China, but with one lesser 10 than the Chinese.Neeraj Kumar, the second Indian in the fray, also had a similar last series to finish with 569 and in 13th place.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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IOA bats for parents of PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal to accompany them in CWG

first_imgIndian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narendra Batra is of the opinion that Sports Ministry should allow the parents of star shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal to accompany them at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.”I don’t know why the sports ministry is not agreeing to clear the parents of Sindhu and Saina to accompany them at the CWG. The government is not going to bear their expenses,” Batra said.”These shuttlers are our big sporting stars now and we should be supporting them. If a Virat Kohli or a Sachin Tendulkar had wanted to do the same as Sindhu and Saina are requesting now, will they (ministry) say no to them also?” asked Batra at the sidelines of the sending-off ceremony of the India’s CWG contingent.Reports emerged on Thursday that Saina’s father Harvir Singh and Sindhu’s mother Vijaya Pursala were going to Gold Coast on government expense after their name figured in the IOA list of officials.However, a letter written by Badminton Association of India (BAI) to IOA, a copy of which is with PTI, doesn’t mention their names anywhere.BAI said it is unfair to imply that parents of Saina and Sindhu are going to Commonwealth Games as part of the Indian contingent.”It is absolutely false report. There is no truth in it and I think it is unfair on these two shuttlers, who bring laurels to the country,” BAI secretary Anup Narang told PTI.When Sindhu’s father PV Ramana was contacted, he said: “I have travelled with Sindhu to many tournaments and always with my own money. This time also we had requested BAI to allow Vijaya to travel on own money. So it hurts to know that some people are spreading these false news.”advertisementSaina’s father Singh was clueless about the development and said he has never taken any undue advantage of his position and all his expenses are borne by his daughter.”I’m going on my own. I know a professor at Gold Coast. So I will go to watch the Games as a spectator and I am not part of the contingent. Even when I went to Rio Games, I stayed in rented accommodation. So, I don’t know from where these reports are coming. It is unfortunate,” Harvir Singh said.London Olympics bronze medallist Saina and Rio Games silver winner Sindhu are prime candidates to win the coveted gold at the Commonwealth Games.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Sharing IPL content with DD an act of courtesy: Star India’s Uday Shankar to India Today

first_imgStar India has become Indian cricket’s one stop destination after successfully retaining international cricket rights on home soil with a winning bid of 6138 crores for five years in the BCCI e-auction.This is a hat-trick of cricket acquisitions for Star having won the IPL rights last year, with ICC rights already in the bag till 2023.Interestingly on the same day, they were also faced with uncertainty surrounding the IPL, with a delay in getting mandatory IPL uplink permit, locked in discussions with the govt regarding IPL content sharing with DD.Chairman and CEO of Star India Uday Shankar took some time out to address these issues, also explaining the valuations game in an exclusive interview to India Today. Excerpts. (Doordarshan to broadcast Indian Premier League 2018 matches)Q. You have completed a hat-trick of cricket acquisitions. First the ICC rights, the IPL last year and now BCCI rights. Your initial thoughts?A. We are very satisfied. We believe while cricket is a very big sport in our country, it can grow bigger. When we got into sports, our strategy was clear, we will try and make cricket bigger than it is. And we will make ourselves home of cricket and along with that we will try to develop a few other sports. We have achieved both our objectives.BCCI rights were important for us because when the Indian team plays on Indian grounds wearing the Indian jersey, it’s importance is something else. No one can match that. So for that reason IPL is very successful, very powerful and we needed that. But the two are totally different and we have both and with the ICC rights as well, we can legitimately claim we are the first choice of fans in this country. (STAR India wins BCCI media rights for Rs 6138.10 crore from 2018 to 2023)advertisementQ. Many experts are left puzzled with the valuations. You were one of those who had said that some Test cricket contests are overvalued when you had these rights for 43 crores per game. Now you are paying 60 crores per match.A. When you go into an auction, you can’t always decide what to give. Also the 43 crores deal of last cycle was 6 years back. This is a five year deal and if you look at the 11-year spread, it’s not such an expensive deal. We had our calculations and it fitted into our calculations so we paid that much.It’s not important how much we paid but it’s important that sport continues to grow in our country. We believe with our efforts and those of BCCI, cricket will continue to grow in the next five years. If you look at the three properties we have, collectively, the value we have paid is quite disciplined.Q. Were you surprised Sony dropped out at the end. They had also lost the IPL rights to you?A. We were not surprised that Sony dropped out of the race. Every company has their own calculations and Sony already had acquired many bilateral rights like Cricket Australia etc etc. They must have decided that beyond this point they did not need to pay.Q. Many raise questions about Star’s monopoly over Indian cricket. What do you have to say to that?A. All I will say is there are lot of other cricket rights that we don’t have. We have BCCI and New Zealand rights but a lot of other bilateral cricket rights we don’t have. Important is what we do with the rights we have and if we can provide cricket fans excitement or not.Q. How big a role did the digital rights factor play in the valuation?A. Digital factor was important. Hotstar has emerged as one of our most important digital destinations and we will make it bigger. BCCI rights will help that growth. We want to take Hotstar abroad to cater to Indian Diaspora so they can get Indian content and Indian sport.Q. The IPL begins on 7th. There was some uncertainty not having secured IPL unlinking permit.A. There was some uncertainty around IPL because we hadn’t got unlinking permit which had got us worried. But today we have it and it’s been resolved.Q. You will have to share some IPL content with DD, having paid a lot to secure these rights. Do you view it as an unfair call?A. It’s not a question of it being fair or unfair. What we have shared with DD is an act of courtesy on our part. Legally we did not need to do it because IPL is not an event of national importance. We believe public broadcasters have a space. We have given content for public broadcasters like Satyamev Jayate and mega tele serials like Mahabharata in the past. A request had come from DD and the government that for those who can’t watch pay tv, they get to see the IPL.advertisementThey wanted it to be shared live which was not possible for us and we refused. But we told them that for those who can’t watch pay tv, we will give some matches on a deferred basis. So on a one hour delayed basis we will give one match every week to DD viewers and apart from that knockouts and final we will give on one hour delayed basis. I think that’s our social responsibility so we did it.last_img read more

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