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first_imgNagpur, Dec 4 (PTI) Hailing the recommendations by the Supreme Court appointed Justice RMLodha committee for the BCCI, suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad has suggested that such proposal should also come in for other sports bodies in the country.”BCCI is like a spoiled brat obsessed with a toy that is cricket and unwilling to let it go,” said Azad at a meet the press programme organised by Bankers Sports Club of Nagpur at a city hotel today. “Why are they opposing Lodha committee recommendations?” questioned Azad.The high powered Lodha committee was appointed by the Supreme Court for overhaul of Indian cricket.Referring to the IPL mess, Azad said, it was not proper to single out Lalit Modi for the entire set of problems. “All members of the then 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council are equally responsible for the mess created in the league and singling out Lalit Modi is improper,” said the former cricketer.”Why didnt anyone (members of the governing council) show any dissent then?” asked Azad.On shifting of IPL games to South Africa and the mess that followed, Azad said, office-bearers of then BCCI at that time should have been aware of the law of the land. They unite for corruption and align for position.”Cricket is popular because of players and not because of administrators and why are the officials then clinging to power,” Azad said.On the issue of age and one state one vote, Azad said, that none of the north-eastern states and Bihar are having any votes or cricket development and the BCCI officials are silent for so long.advertisementDDCA is habitual offender and used, misused and abused government departments for their benefits and were illegal squatters of its premises, Azad alleged.Penalty should be levied for sub-standard wickets prepared, said Azad while replying on the neutral venue experiment by BCCI.Later in the evening Azad was the chief guest at the function to mark golden jubilee of the club. PTI COR RMT KHS KHSlast_img read more

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first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho conducted another short press conference where he admitted that there are ‘many reasons’ for the club’s poor form and claimed that they ‘can do much better’.The Red Devils boss answered just five of six questions in a conference that lasted just over three-and-a-half minutes, where he stared directly ahead when asked if he could assure fans that he was doing everything in his power to turn things around.One reporter questioned whether five games without a win was not good enough for a team like United, with Mourinho simply responding: “I accept.” 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 Portuguese also conceded that there are “many reasons” why they are going through such a poor run of form, but would not provide any further explanation.United are looking to turn things around against Newcastle this weekend, and Mourinho stressed the importance of picking up all three points in order to move up the table.”Very important,” Mourinho insisted. “I know we are in the beginning of October and you look to tables all around Europe and in many of the leagues the tables in September, October, they don’t reflect what is going to happen in a few months later or even in the end of the season.”We are in a position that we can do much better than that and to do that we need points, points that we lost especially in the last two Premier League matches with one point out of six. We know that to improve that position we need to win these three points, but we know that our opponent for different reasons also need the points.”Mourinho also praised Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez, despite the Magpies’ poor start to the season where they only have two points after seven games and sit in the relegation zone.”[He is a] very, very, very, good coach,” Mourinho continued. “His team is always very well organised, especially against the teams of the first half of the table. He is very bright on his analysis of the opponents’ qualities and tries to stop them. The results they had against the top teams didn’t get them points yet this season, but gave them very, very close results and very difficult matches for the opposition. So, we expect a difficult match.”[We have] only one defeat at home all season, only one defeat in the last seven matches but no victories at home in the past three matches, three draws, not the feeling of the defeat but not the happiness of the victory, so it is important for us to try and win this match on Saturday.”last_img read more

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first_imgMario Gotze’s former youth coach Peter Hyballa believes the Borussia Dortmund midfielder can return to his best as long as he plays under the right coach.Gotze became a national hero when he scored the extra-time winner for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina in Brazil, but his career has been in steady decline since.The 26-year-old returned to Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2016 but was diagnosed with a metabolic disorder the following year, severely limiting his first-team opportunities. 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! Gotze is now back to full fitness but has yet to start a Bundesliga game this season, though he did come off the bench to score in a 4-3 win over Augsburg before the international break. The midfielder also scored one and set up another on a 4-0 friendly win over fourth-tier Alemannia Aachen on Monday.News of Gotze’s revival is of no surprise to Hyballa, who managed him while in charge of Dortmund’s Under-17 side. He is confident Gotze can return to his previous form but he needs the right coach to bring the best out of him.”He can still play. But he obviously needs the right coach, “ Hyballa told Goal and Spox. “I used to think that Mario plays in every team. But apparently he already needs a free-spirit coach and no structure coach.”Mario is a free spirit himself and with such a player you have to talk a lot. And not all trainers understand that. Especially in Germany.”Aside from the right coaching, Hyballa says Gotze may have struggled to live up to expectations after the highs of the World Cup and suggests a move away from Germany could prove beneficial if he continues to struggle for regular action at Dortmund.”I do not want to give him any tips, that’s not for me. He just has to keep going and maybe relax a bit. There are other things in life than football.”From my external perspective, I see only two possibilities: Either, he prevails at Borussia Dortmund or he goes abroad.”But of course it’s also a matter of mind. Of course he’s been listening for years: you’re the best, you’re the best. And he said back then that he sees himself among the best clubs in the world.”That’s why he’s always put the most pressure on himself. He is a perfectionist, but this claim also wears you down.”Mario Gotze Borussia Dortmund 2018-19Hyballa also admits he had no doubts Gotze would make it as a professional the moment he came to train with his Dortmund U-19 side.The 42-year-old, who is current coach of Slovak club Dunajska Streda, also credits the sometimes harsh approach towards Gotze by his fellow youth coaches as Dortmund, which ultimately aided the youngster’s development.”Our youth goalkeeping coach Matthias Kleinsteiber, who also led the BVB Youth Board, drew my attention to him. And then a small chubby guy came to us, but he did just about everything right. Actually, I’m always very emotional in training, but when I saw that, I was pretty quiet for a while.”Then I called the then U-17 coach and said: He will not come back to you. We played a huge season back then and played for the championship and the cup in the finals. Mario was very fast an integral part of the team, has played on the 10 and on the wings.”At that time one already saw what incredible qualities he possesses. He sees spaces, has an outstanding technique and incredible talent. For example, we did a triathlon in the training camp, so he swam it all the others. Since I thought: Is there anything he is not able to do? But you have to say one thing.”His development does not come from God alone, but also the youth department of Borussia Dortmund. Because the trainers at BVB also had a very rude, direct nature, as it belongs somewhere in the Ruhr area. And this speech was just right for Mario. You do not always have to sensitively tackle a sensitive person, but sometimes tackle it counter productively to get the most out of it.”last_img read more

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first_imgIt may have spluttered in midweek, but the Liverpool machine is back in business. Jurgen Klopp called for “a reaction” from his players after Tuesday’s Champions League shocker and he got the right one in the end. Bad as things were in Belgrade, you can’t keep this team down for too long. In the end it was comfortable, the kind of afternoon for which the phrase ‘routine home win’ was invented. Fulham, the Premier League’s bottom side, were overpowered in the Anfield sunshine. The 2-0 scoreline could have been more emphatic as the second-half wore on.  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! This, then, is officially Liverpool’s best start to a Premier League campaign. Never have they had more points after 12 games, never have they had a better goal difference, kept more clean sheets or conceded fewer goals. The team’s progress, in all aspects, is there to see – whether they are playing ‘City football’ or not. In keeping with their campaign, they were short of their very best here. They enjoyed an element of fortune in taking the lead four minutes before half-time – on another day, with another assistant referee, they’d have been 1-0 down instead of 1-0 up – and Fulham certainly had their moments. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side don’t look like the worst in the league on this evidence. The thing about this Liverpool team, though, is that it has learned how to win, that moments and flashes can be enough if fluidity eludes them. And with such attacking riches at his disposal, Klopp can be sure that those moments and flashes will come. They came here, a lightning-quick counter-attack giving Mohamed Salah his eighth goal of the campaign and a cool-as-you-like volley bringing Xherdan Shaqiri his second. Fitting, then, that the game’s two standout players (along with the imperious Virgil van Dijk, it must be added) should decide it.  Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2018-19Shaqiri’s impact at Anfield has been huge. The Swiss star was the least-heralded of Liverpool’s four summer signings but, along with Alisson Becker, is making the biggest difference. The standing ovation he got when replaced by James Milner nine minutes from time here told its own story. He’s already a fans favourite.  No wonder. Not only is he bringing his own excellence – his finish here was clinically taken – but his liveliness, confidence and mentality seems to be rubbing off on those around him. Salah, in particular, seems happier when the former Stoke man is on the field. The Egyptian started as Liverpool’s main striker here, Klopp reverting to the 4-2-3-1 system once more on home soil. It isn’t perfect, not yet, but with Salah back scoring – that’s 24 in his last 22 Anfield appearances, by the way – and Shaqiri in this kind of form, it should be persisted with. Certainly, Salah looks more comfortable centrally than from the right at present – though Roberto Firmino’s form has been a little indifferent in the tweaked formation. The Brazilian has not scored a league goal in two months; both he and Sadio Mane were below par here.Either way, Shaqiri is making himself indispensable. How he was missed in Belgrade, when the club took a diplomatic decision to leave him at home for fear of stoking tensions with Serbian supporters. An error, in hindsight. One suspects it will not be made again. “We play better,” Klopp said in his programme notes, “when we play with joy.” Shaqiri embodies that; he looks like a player desperate to seize his chance at this club. His energy, endeavour and quality adds a dimension lacking when he isn’t there. There’s a smile on his face and a spring in his step. Against opposition such as this, he’s the perfect addition.  Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool 2018-19Fulham will feel a little aggrieved, of course. The Londoners were on the wrong end of the most marginal of offside calls immediately before Liverpool’s first goal, with Aleksandar Mitrovic flagged as he headed Tom Cairney’s centre home in front of the Kop. Thirteen seconds later, via the quick thinking of Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, plus the calmness of Salah, they were behind. Never switch off in the Premier League, you could say, but on another day Mitrovic would have been celebrating. Klopp had sympathy for Fulham, though he was understandably delighted by his own side’s reaction. “Ali, Trent, Mo and done,” he said. “It was a fantastic situation.”It gave Liverpool a lead they would not surrender. Shaqiri, sidefooting home on the volley from the excellent Andy Robertson’s cross, would double it eight minutes after half-time. Cool and casual, just like his celebration. Arms folded, he’s arrived at Anfield alright. The smile on his face as he walked through the mixed zone, post-match, spoke volumes. There might have been more goals for the home fans to enjoy – Sergio Rico was excellent in the Fulham goal and Liverpool were able to control the game in second gear in any case – but for now two will do. With 30 points from a possible 36, the Reds remain very much in the race, however they’re playing.And if Shaqiri and Salah can keep up this form, they’ll be in it for a while longer, too…  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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first_imgIt was a crazy — in a good way — kind of year, 2016, for technology, for smartphones in particular. It was a year of ups (mostly) and (some) downs. While Lenovo got the modular phone right even as Google still ponders over the math, Xiaomi and Nubia worked at great length to kill the screen bezel. While Motorola and Apple let go of the 3.5mm jack (without breaking a sweat), Huawei toiled around with dual camera setups.It was also a year when two giants — the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra and Xiaomi’s Mi Max — walked the Earth. While the Mi Max is a 6.44-inch phablet, the ZenFone 3 Ultra (at 6.8-inch) is a notch bigger and is in fact a tablet masquerading as a phablet. Both the Mi Max and the ZenFone 3 Ultra tower over every other phablet in the market right now by their sheer size and ambition.Also Read: Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra review: The Director’s Cut of smartphones One thing is very clear though. The ZenFone 3 Ultra and the Mi Max aren’t meant for everybody. These are extremely niche products, products that can make you cringe as well as make you fall in love with it at the same time. It’s all a matter of perspective. You’d either like them, or absolutely hate them for there is no middle ground with both of them.There is, however, one thing that can spoil the party for Asus’ crossover device. The Ultra has been priced at Rs 49,999. The Mi Max, on the other hand, starts at Rs 14,999 and goes all the way up to Rs 19,999. I know, comparing the two (based on pricing) will not be fair to either one of them, but the thing is Xiaomi’s Mi Max comes out to be a much better deal when you put everything into perspective. Even though, it costs a whopping Rs 30,000 less in comparison.Take the Redmi Note 3, and size it up, nay, super-size it up, and what you get is the Mi Max. Xiaomi has surprisingly been able to Hulk up the Redmi Note 3, and yet, managed to somehow keep its internal proportions — girth and weight — in check. It weighs just 203 grams and measures just 7.5 mm. It’s a giant that’s surprisingly super light on its feet. The ZenFone 3 Ultra is no different. Even though it is a 6.8-inch crossover device (and packs a significantly large battery inside) it surprisingly keeps its dimensions in check, for good. It weighs just 233 grams and measures just 6.8mm in thickness. It’s, undoubtedly, the better looking of the two, screaming out premium from every nook and corner. Also, it comes with invisible antenna lines, which is a rare engineering marvel in its own right.The Mi Max boasts of a full metal unibody, with top and bottom ends having a brushed metal finish, a rear-mounted circular fingerprint scanner and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front with backlit capacitive keys. Because the ZenFone 3 Ultra has no visible antennas, the device looks like it has been carved out of one single slab of metal. It consists of a front-mounted physical home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner with physical capacitive keys on either side that are sadly non backlit.The Mi Max is a lot curvier while the ZenFone 3 Ultra — with its chamfered edges — is as sharp as a Sony Xperia, and because it is a 6.8-inch device, there’s no escaping its unforgiving contours. The ZenFone 3 Ultra isn’t designed for one hand usage. Heck, its shoddy ergonomics mean it isn’t ideal for two hands as well, unless of course, you have long ones. Adding salt to the wound is an atrociously placed volume rocker. It lies on the rear, and just so Asus could make the device free of any bulge or protrusion, it lies (almost) deep seated inside the body. All in all, the ZenFone 3 Ultra, although it looks very premium, really disappoints in the ergonomics department.Xiaomi has used a FullHD (1080p and 342 ppi pixel density) IPS panel in the Mi Max. The Mi Max handles — and reproduces — colours so well you don’t mind that it’s not as bright as the company’s other phones. Sadly, the Mi Max’s barely adequate brightness levels feel lacking when you’re out and about. Also, the screen is prone to reflection which adds up, hampering the phone’s outdoor legibility further. The Ultra (even though it has a 6.8-inch 1080p screen) is brighter in comparison. Also, colours on-board the Ultra are a little more eye-popping than they are in the Mi Max.The ZenFone 3 Ultra comes with a pair of stereo speakers (five-magnet with NXP smart amplifier) that get really loud; in fact, they are the loudest in its price category with minimum or no distortion at peak volume. The device also supports Hi-Res Audio via dedicated headphones and even ships with a pair in the box. The bottom-firing mono speaker on-board the Mi Max also gets very loud, and is in fact, one of the highlights of the phablet. It doesn’t get any better than this, at its price range when it comes to speakers. But, because the Ultra has stereo speakers and Hi-Res Audio support, Asus’ crossover is a much better bet if you’re looking for top-notch audio prowess over both speakers as well as headphones.The Mi Max is backed by a 4,850mAh battery and it just won’t die on this one. Extreme usage saw us getting close to a full day, without any hiccups, while moderate to low usage got us way beyond one and a half days with ease. Most users, with more generalised usage will easily be able to squeeze out at least two days out of the phone. The 4,600mAh battery inside the Ultra metes out a phenomenal battery life too, but, it doesn’t last as long as Xiaomi’s Mi Max. Both the devices support Quick Charge but Xiaomi’s crossover does not ship with a fast charger in the box. The Ultra does. In addition, the Ultra also supports Reverse Charging so you can also use it as a portable power bank to charge other devices.The ZenFone 3 Ultra is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, clubbed with Adreno 510 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of on-board memory which is further expandable via a microSD hybrid card slot. The dualSIM device supports 4G LTE connectivity. Xiaomi’s top-end Mi Max also has the same hardware. It comes with up to 128GB of on-board memory which is further expandable via a microSD hybrid card slot. The dualSIM device also supports 4G LTE connectivity.The ZenFone 3 Ultra runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s ZenUI on top. The user interface is heavily bloated, but receives key Android Marshmallow features like Now on Tap, improved memory management and more. The Mi Max meanwhile runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 7 out-of-the-box. As always, latest software iteration does not necessarily translate to drastic changes in Xiaomi’s interface. Also, it kills off key Android 6 interface elements, like Now on Tap. But, at least, it’s not as heavily bloated as Asus’ ZenUI, which entails in an overall smoother and more or less lag-free experience.The Ultra isn’t able to make the best use of its hardware. The fact is more accentuated when reality — read, its price — hits you. The ZenFone 3 Ultra, with its mid-level chipset and Asus’ heavily bloated user interface, feels lacking, even in the most basic of tasks, more than you can imagine. The he Mi Max, on the other hand, continues the fine run of the Redmi Note 3, and is without a doubt a very capable performer, for the price that it commands. Overall, the Mi Max is faster crossover in every sense of the word over the Ultra. Both the devices, however, run cool as a cucumber most of the time.The Mi Max sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase detect autofocus and dualLED (dual tone) flash. On the front, you get a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Mi Max has a pretty disappointing rear camera. In fact, it’s the weakest link on an otherwise fairly thought-out device. The 23-megapixel rear camera on-board the Ultra comes with f/2.0 aperture, laser and phase detection autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation (4-axis) and dual-LED (dual tone) flash and is a better bet overall. On the front, the Ultra gives you an 8-megapixel camera that also clicks slightly more detailed selfies in comparison.So which one should you buy?The Mi Max is an all-rounder that pretty much checks in all the right boxes. It is well-built, has a good display, is a slick and very capable performer, and has excellent audio and a fantastic battery life. The ZenFone 3 Ultar is, meanwhile, a lot more premium but suffers from shoddy ergonomics that make using this 6.8-inch giant nothing short of an ordeal. It does give you a better screen, better set of cameras and better audio, but fails to make a mark in overall performance.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementAlso Read: Xiaomi Mi Max review: A giant that’s surprisingly light on its feet Both the Mi Max and the ZenFone 3 Ultra aren’t meant for everybody, but the latter’s atrocious price tag means, the crossover from Asus is also relatively a hard sell. Simply because, it’s hard to recommend among the flurry of outstanding phones that you already have in the market at its price point right now. If you’re looking for a large phablet for binge watching, you’re better off with the Xiaomi Mi Max.last_img read more

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first_imgFrom Yoshita SinghNew York, Dec 22 (PTI) An Indian-origin former portfolio manager at one of the largest pension funds in the US is among three people charged in a bribery scam where billions of dollars of business was steered to broker-dealers in exchange for luxury vacations, drugs, cash and prostitutes.Navnoor Kang, 38, the former director of fixed income and head of portfolio strategy at the New York State Common Retirement Fund (NYSCRF) and Deborah Kelley, 58, a managing director of institutional fixed income sales at a New York-based broker-dealer, have been charged with participating in a “pay-for-play” bribery scam involving the NYSCRF.Kang was arrested yesterday in Portland and will be presented later before a US Magistrate Judge.Kelley is expected to surrender to authorities in San Francisco, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara said.Bharara also announced unsealing of charges against Gregg Schonhorn, a vice president of fixed income sales at a New York-based broker-dealer who pled guilty and admitted to his participation in the scheme.Bharara said Kang allegedly steered billions of dollars of business to broker-dealers who bribed him with luxury vacations, high-priced watches, drugs and cash.”The hard-earned pension savings of New Yorkers should never serve as a vehicle for corrupt, personal enrichment. The intersection of public corruption and securities fraud appears to be a busy one, but its one that we are committed to policing,” he said.The NYSCRF was a pension fund administered for the benefit of public employees of the State of New York and is third largest pension fund in the US, holding approximately USD 184 billion in assets in trust for a total of more than one million retirees and other beneficiaries.advertisementFrom January 2014 through February 2016, Kang served as Director of Fixed Income and Head of Portfolio Strategy for the NYSCRF.In that capacity, he was responsible for investing more than USD 53 billion in fixed-income securities and was entrusted with discretion to manage those investments on behalf of the NYSCRF.From 2014 through 2016, Kang and others participated in a scheme to defraud the NYSCRF and its members and beneficiaries that involved an agreement to pay Kang bribes ? in the form of entertainment, travel, lavish meals, prostitutes, nightclub bottle service, narcotics, tickets to sports games and other events, luxury gifts and cash payments for strippers and Kangs personal expenses ? in exchange for fixed-income business from the NYSCRF.Such bribes ? which totaled more than USD 100,000 ? were strictly forbidden by the NYSCRF, and were paid secretly and without any disclosure to the NYSCRF and its members and beneficiaries concerning the conflicts of interests inherent therein.In exchange for the bribes paid by Kelley, Schonhorn and others, Kang used his post in the NYSCRF to promote the interests of Kelley and Schonhorn and their respective brokerage firms. PTI YAS PMSlast_img read more

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first_imgEngland are keeping their fingers crossed on injured left-arm pacer David Willey’s participation in the three-match T20 International cricket series against India after scans did not reveal significant damage to his left shoulder.The 26-year-old Willey could bowl only two overs before injuring his shoulder during their five-run win in Sunday’s third and final One-day International (ODI) against the hosts at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.”A scan didn’t show up significant damage to his left shoulder. He could still feature in the T20I series,” England Cricket posted on Twitter.According to sources, Willey stayed back in Kolkata for scans while the rest of the side moved to Kanpur to prepare for the forthcoming T20I series, starting Thursday.In case Willey is ruled out, England have back up options in the pace bowling department with the addition of Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan for the three matches.last_img read more

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first_imgSouth African skipper Faf du Plessis has been left “surprised” after neither Steve Smith nor Virat Kohli was charged with any breaches of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct after the second Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia played in Bengaluru. (Virat Kohli hopes surface tension keeps India afloat in Ranchi)CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWFollowing India’s 75-run win in Bengaluru, Kohli had said Australia took help from their dressing room on at least three occasions before making their mind up on DRS reviews in the Test. (Foreign newspaper makes startling claim against Virat Kohli)The incident took place in the 21st over of the Australia’s second innings on Day Four when Smith was trapped LBW by pacer Umesh Yadav, a delivery that went underground and struck the former just above his left boot in front of middle stump. (DRS row: BCCI, Cricket Australia call truce in joint meet)Having already blown a DRS call, involving David Warner, the Australians were in a fix on whether to seek another for Smith. (Australia respect Virat Kohli despite ‘offensive’ claims)The Australian skipper first turned to non-striker Peter Handscomb’s end to discuss the merit of reviewing umpire Nigel Llong’s decision but were quickly denied a referral when the latter spotted both batsmen looking in the direction of the dressing room. (DRS Row: BCCI officially complains to ICC against Smith, Handscomb)The ICC, however, confirmed that no charges were laid against Smith, India captain Kohli, or any other player under the ICC Code of Conduct. (Steve Smith escapes ICC sanction after DRS mess)advertisementICC Chief Executive David Richardson in a statement said, “We have just witnessed a magnificent game of Test cricket where players from both teams gave their all and emotions were running high during and after the match. (BCCI throws its weight behind Virat Kohli as DRS row heats up)”We would encourage both teams to focus their energies on the third Test in Ranchi next week. Ahead of that, the match referee will bring both captains together to remind them of their responsibilities to the game.” (Take action against Steve Smith for infringing DRS rules: Sourav Ganguly to Aaj Tak)Now, Du Plessis thinks that actions of both the players were more serious than his own offence of shining the ball with the aid of an artificial substance three months ago, for which he was charged by the ICC.The 32-year-old was found guilty of breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him chewing a white lolly in his mouth, licking his finger on the mint before repeatedly shining and rubbing the ball during the fourth days play of the second Test against Australia in Hobart in November. (Exclusive: Michael Clarke endorses Virat Kohli’s stance on Steve Smith’s DRS controversy)He was fined 100 percent of his match fee by the ICC, but was cleared to play the third day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval. (Steve Smith’s DRS incident reminded me of an Under-10 game: Ravichandran Ashwin)”I was (surprised that no one was charged) purely from the reason of what I went through for something I feel was a lot smaller and a lot less? whatever you want to call it. So yes, surprised with that,” ESPNcricinfo quoted du Plessis said as saying after the drawn Dunedin Test against New Zealand. (Gavaskar slams ICC for taking no action against Smith)”It (the reaction from the ICC) was different. I am surprised by the way it happened. Maybe it’s just because I speak on from a personal point of view and I felt that I was treated very harsh but when you see something like that you hope that it would be exactly the same.”last_img read more

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first_img“I tend to agree (with Ganguly), but thats how he”I tend to agree (with Ganguly), but thats how he plays the game,” said the former captain who had scored over 15,500 runs combined in Tests and 334 ODIs, including 22 tons in Tests, before being banned for life by BCCI for his alleged role in the 2000-01 spot-fixing scandal.”Against Australia, probably he (Kohli) was so consumed by wanting to win as captain that he let his emotions affect his batting. This will also serve as a lesson for Virat. Hes such a precocious talent, I hope he cools down and gets back to scoring big again,” Ganguly wrote in an exclusive column for the International Cricket Council website.On the election today of former MP G Vivekanand as the new president of his parent cricket association, Hyderabad CA, Azhar said he was disappointed that the elections were not conducted as per the Justice Lodha panel recommendations.”Its very disappointing, although I totally respect the decision of the court. But my personal feeling is that when the election was held, no (Justice) Lodha (panel) recommendations were followed,” said Azhar whose nomination to contest for the presidents post was rejected by the returning officer K Rajiv Reddy.”Naturally, if he is the only person to run for the election, then he will obviously win. You didnt allow many people to run for the election. According to the Lodha report, an election commissioner has to conduct the election. If he is not available in Hyderabad, he should be sought from another state. They didnt do that. They appointed a returning officer and held the election.advertisement”But anyway, the court has given its verdict. I totally respect that but we have to decide the future course of action,” said Azhar.News reports had claimed that uncertainty over whether Azharuddins life ban imposed by the BCCI had been lifted, and whether he was classified as an HCA voter, resulted in his disqualification.Vivekanand, who is currently an advisor to the Telangana government, got 136 votes, while his rival Vidyut Jaisimha polled 69 votes as per the results declared late last night.The election was held on January 17 but the counting was taken up only last night after the go-ahead given by the courts, where it had been challenged by some contending parties. PTI SSR RMTlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Chronicle of Philanthropy has a great series up right now with 10 things to do now, to raise money during the downturn. You need a subscription to read the full articles but here’s their list. It is based on interviews with a variety of organizations. Some of these are back-to-basics ideas, which is what a lot of people are focusing on. Others are about being  frugal and innovative. All excellent ideas these days.Don’t treat giving as a financial transaction. Tell donors how their giving is making the world a better place and don’t just focus on the perks they will receive (e.g. “you get a newsletter and four free tickets” — this is especially important for arts organizations).Keep close ties to donors. Don’t make your only contact with donors be solicitations. Focus on thanking and showing impact. Find ways to let donors see the impact for themselves.Offer matching grants. Ask a loyal donor or funder to provide the match.Ask donors to give monthly. ‘Nuff said.Look for ways to save money on fundraising. Trim special event expenses or eliminate programs that aren’t serving you well. Look for ways to move your communications online. Freeze salaries. Renegotiate with your vendors and consultants (don’t know about this one!).Seek alternatives to soliciting private donations. Can you rent some of your space to another organization? Start a social enterprise? Develop a cause-marketing partnership with a corporation?Collaborate to raise money. You can have greater impact and generate more attention by working with others. For example, ten grassroots organizations serving people with disabilities could put on one large event instead of each having their own. They would probably raise more, hold a better event and get more attention than doing it alone.Scale back ambitious campaigns, but don’t give up on them. You may have to scale back on the goal or increase the length of your “quiet phase” where the lead gifts are solicited.Avoid emergency solicitations. Asking donors to bail you out or save you from impending demise is not an appealing message — who wants to invest in an organization on the brink of collapse? Instead, tell people how the economy is hurting the people you serve and the issues you work on.Shore up relations with grant makers. It is going to take some time before endowment-based funders can get back to decent levels of giving, but that doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to them. Be on their list when giving resumes, by being in touch and continuing to show them you are making a difference. Source: http://blueprintfundraising.com/the-fundit/last_img read more

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first_imgOur survey of more than 400 nonprofits about their use for stories for The State of Storytelling whitepaper had two key findings:The participants saw positive outcomes from storytelling.The participants believed they could be telling stories more often and using them more strategically.Like the survey participants, you probably know that it takes a lot of time and effort to craft a great story.  From finding the right story to sharing it in a compelling way, it’s hard to imagine that you’ll only tell a story once. But too many nonprofits take this one-time approach to storytelling.Download the Whitepaper: The State of Storytelling in the Nonprofit SectorTo change this pattern, we recommend thinking multi-channel. That means sharing a story in many places (online and offline) in order to maximize people’s exposure to the story and more importantly, encourage them to support your organization. This concept follows similar principles in advertising: an audience generally needs to encounter a message multiple times before an action is taken. This idea is also applicable to fundraising messages and calls to action. This approach is great for storytelling because you will be leveraging your work and maximizing the outcomes.With year-end fundraising and #GivingTuesday around the corner, now is a great time to explore how you can take a multi-channel approach to storytelling. Here are two examples centered on key fundraising events:Year-End AppealsLet’s say your organization sends out a direct mail piece, three emails, and daily social media posts during December. Each of those donor touch points is an opportunity for storytelling.One approach is to use your best story each of the touch points. Now, you won’t tell the story the same way each time. For instance, a story about someone you’ve helped may be told from that person’s perspective in the mailer and shared from a staff member’s perspective in an email. The idea here is to build the case for donors’ support by getting them invested in the story.#GivingTuesdayDoes your organization participate in #GivingTuesday? This event is another great opportunity to leverage a story’s impact because you will have multiple opportunities to share it with donors during the day.Since #GivingTuesday is a digital event, focus on your online storytelling opportunities. This might include sending emails, crafting social media posts, or producing a video. Again, look for your best story and create an immersive online experience for donors to encounter and experience that story. For example, if you are sending a few emails on #GivingTuesday, you could tell just a piece of the story in each of those emails. This creates a continuous story arc over all of your emails and gives people a reason to keep opening and reading.How can you get started? Pick either your year-end appeal or #GivingTuesday campaign, then make a list of all the touch points you have with donors. This will help you see the variety of opportunities you have to share the right story, at the right time, and in the right way.last_img read more

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first_imgPhoto creditSpecial thank you to Dispatches reader Rumi Matsuyama, who wrote to us with this cool idea. Thanks, Rumi!In Mt. Rainier, Maryland, there is a private swimming pool that offers country club amenities, minus the country-club pricing.And you can make it even cheaper by contributing just a couple hours of your time.Prince George’s Swimming Pool (more commonly known as “PG Pool”) was founded in the late 1950s as a private pool run on a cooperative basis—entirely for and by its members.Members pay a co-op deposit of $100 when they join, and annual membership fees range from $160 per adult to $60 for one child. (For two or more children, it’s a flat fee of $120.) If you wish, you can earn your $100 deposit right back if you contribute 2.5 hours of service work.Membership gives you access to all the elements of a summer getaway without leaving town: a 50-meter pool, a kids’ wading pool, swim lessons, volleyball, basketball, tetherball, ping pong, picnic areas, barbecue grills, a kitchen and a sizable sandbox. For those who need connectivity, there’s Wi-Fi.Work duty can involve anything from cleaning the kitchen and grills, maintaining the sandbox or updating PG Pool’s website. Not too shabby.Regular social events like concerts, movie nights and late-night pool parties serve to strengthen the PG Pool community.There’s a kids’ swim team, and though they describe themselves as low-key, the team has won several division championships. (They’re not called the Killer Whales for nothing!)This year, members collectively decided to power the property with solar. The idea was to improve the sustainability of the pool for future generations and lower the cost for all members.PG Pool is clearly a hit—more than 700 families are currently on the waiting list.Credit: Photos are from the PG Pool website and Flickr.The 50-meter pool was recently renovated and has diving boards, a water slide and a deck.The Killer Whales, the pool’s community swim team, prioritizes teamwork and good sportsmanship.There’s a big pool for big people and a wading pool for the little ones.The sandbox is one of the more popular spots.Social events include movie nights, tent nights, concerts, barbecues and Oktoberfest.The Silver Surfer keeps watch to make sure everyone is hangin’ ten and chillaxing.This is part of our summer series, “Let’s Co-Vacation: Together we can own the summer again,” where we highlight collectively-owned vacation destinations. We recently profiled the Three Arrows Cooperative Society in Putnam Valley, NY.PG Pool is just one of the hundreds of New Mutualist organizations you’ll find on our Quiet Revolutionary map! Are there any New Mutualist organizations in your area that belond on our map? Be sure to submit your idea!last_img read more

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first_imgLewis Hamilton claimed his 69th career pole position Saturday to break the Formula One record previously held by his childhood idol, Michael Schumacher.Maintaining his focus after a 2 1/2-hour rain delay at the Italian Grand Prix, Hamilton finished more than a second ahead of Max Verstappen of Red Bull in difficult, wet conditions.Verstappen and Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo both have grid penalties, which means Canadian teenage rookie Lance Stroll will move up from fourth to start on the front row for Williams along with Esteban Ocon of Force India.Verstappen had taken the top spot just before Hamilton’s final lap, so when Hamilton reclaimed the leading position he rapidly pumped his fist multiple times before slowing down and waving to the crowd.”These guys definitely made me work for it,” Hamilton said. “The weather was obviously incredibly tricky for us all.”There was a lot of pressure for that last lap so there was a lot to risk but I gave it everything,” the Mercedes driver said.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel placed seventh and eighth, respectively.Hamilton set the record in Monza of all circuits, where Schumacher remains beloved by the legions of Ferrari fans who attend this race each year.Schumacher won five of his record seven world championships with Ferrari from 2000-04 and the automaker is celebrating its 70th anniversary this weekend.Fresh off his win in Belgium last weekend, Hamilton is looking to erase his seven-point deficit behind championship leader Vettel.Hamilton established the record in just 201 races, far fewer than Schumacher’s 308. Still, the Briton has a long way to go to match Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins, although he stands second with 58.advertisementThe late Ayrton Senna is third on the all-time poles list with 65.It’s also the fourth straight year that Hamilton will start first in Monza and it was his sixth pole overall on the track, breaking another record held by Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio.last_img read more

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first_imgWe’ve said it innumerable times, and it still feels like we need to say it more often, that Malaika Arora is getting more stylish by the day.The gorgeous lady, who is always one of the first few celebs to adapt international runway trends, has often set the ball rolling for fashion fads in the country, and clearly, is the fashion icon everyone looks up to.While she does trendy like nobody else, Malaika also has a knack for reinventing classic dressing trends with a whole new refining touch. Recently, the star made a stunning all-white appearance, and made us fall in love with the idea of monochrome dressing all over again.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Malaika Arora’s all-white avatar is soothing our heat-stroked eyesFor a public appearance, Malaika donned a sheath, white dress that was the epitome of sensuality, as it accentuated her curvaceous body. The embellished dress was as glamorous as elegant, with a dab of slight, golden glimmer all over it, and made for a perfect evening number. Though the dress was utterly simple, it was the grand plunging-neckline that stole the show.Photo: Yogen Shah With her nails painted white, and a pair of see-through, white pumps, the diva completed her all-white look, and ended up looking just too hot to handle.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: We don’t know how Malaika’s beautiful dress is not falling off her shouldersThe cherry on the cake, however, was the pop of deep red on her lips that made her look all the more surreal.advertisementPhoto: Yogen Shahlast_img read more

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first_imgStoke City head coach Mark Hughes accused his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho of not shaking his hand stating the 2-2 draw was a “poor result” for the Portuguese.”I pushed him because he was in my technical area,” Hughes was quoted as saying by Skysports after the game at Stoke’s home ground on Saturday.”Maybe that’s why he didn’t want to shake my hand. Maybe it’s because it has to be viewed as a negative result for him, coming to Stoke when everybody expected them to beat us.”United dropped points for the first time this season on Saturday.Mourinho brushed aside the handshake issue in his post-match press conference.”I prefer not to answer the question about handshakes — it’s a bad question. It makes it look like it’s my fault but that’s not right,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgChennai, Sep 21 (PTI) Indian riders Shankar Sarath Kumar and Rajiv Sethu will be seen in action alongside leading two-wheeler racers from across Asia in the fifth round of Asia Road Racing Championship to be held at Sriperumbudur near here over the weekend. Riders from Australia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Chinese-Taipei, besides the city-based Kumar and Sethu would be in the fray. A press release said the field includes a clutch of riders with exposure at the world championship level and they would be contesting in the SuperSports 600cc, Asia Production 250cc and the Underbone 150cc classes. There would also be support races in the Honda CBR 250 (Open) and TVS Apache 200 (Open) categories. On his chances, 24-year-old Kumar said: “Obviously, I am very excited to be racing on my home track and in front of our fans. The expectations will be high and that adds to the pressure, but quite inspiring. “As for my realistic target, it is to get my lap time under 1:46 (one minute, 46 seconds) which will get me closer to the front bunch of riders. The 600cc field is very strong and has plenty of experienced riders with world championship exposure. So, you can expect a very high level of competition. “Compared to last season when I was recovering from a knee injury, I am in better physical condition this year and am able to push more. My pace has improved, but the big problem is that I do not get any track time on the 600cc bike between races or pre-season,” he said. On his part, the 18-year-old Sethu said, “It has been a learning process for me in the ARRC this season. I have been improving with every outing and this weekend, I want to do better than my previous best finish of 16. He said the aim was to stay with the leading bunch and carry the good form from the national championship into the Asian meet. “My goal is to stay with the leading bunch, and racing on my home track, I do not want to disappoint the fans. I have been in good form in the ongoing National championship and I hope to carry that form into this weekend,” Sethu added. International racing returns to the iconic MMRT track in Sriperumbudur after a four-year gap. Madras Motor Sports Club president Ajit Thomas said fans in these parts would get to see the cream of Asias two-wheeler racing talent in action. PTI SS VSadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgChandigarh, Sep 26 (PTI) Legendary athlete Milkha Singh today unveiled his wax figure, which will be installed at Madame Tussauds in Delhi on December 1, and said it will inspire generations after he is gone.The statue, sculpted in a spectacular sprint pose chosen from his victorious win at the 1958 Commonwealth Games, will be displayed at the sports zone.”It is a big thing. Milkha Singh may live for another couple of years, but long after I am gone, this statue will continue to inspire future generations,” The 85-year-old flying sikhs wax told PTI on the sidelines of the function. “It is a great honour to have my statue along side some top personalities”. Milkha, who had missed a bronze medal by a whisker in the 1960 Rome Olympics, said he was deeply touched by the move. “Milkha Singh is living his last days. An earthen lamps glow is brightest towards the end, in the same manner I am humbled by the kind of love and respect being showered on me at this age,” he said. Milkhas wax figure was crafted from over 300 measurements and photographs by several highly-skilled artists from Madame Tussauds. PTI SUN AT ATlast_img read more

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first_imgFIFA calls it the list of banned items within the stadium but for people thronging the stadium to watch India play their first-ever match in a FIFA World Cup, it is refraining them of their basic necessities.With people barred from carrying their own water, there occurred a massive water crisis in the stadium where people were seen fighting for their basic need much like hosts, who went down 3-0 to USA in their campaign opener with little possession throughout the game.FT: IND ???? 0 – 3 USA ??º??@IndianFootball put on a good fight despite the result in their #FIFAU17WC opener against @ussoccer_ynt! pic.twitter.com/qb701xPUEs- The-AFC.com (@theafcdotcom) October 6, 2017While water bottles are usually not allowed in stadium as a common law, it is curious why the organisers could not arrange for adequate water supply.Sources in the Local Organising Committee said to India Today that the food and water supplies were halted at the gate for four hours due to VIP movement.Water, though, was not the only essential people were robbed off. The fans were made to abandon their bags and were only allowed to carry their wallets inside. Moroever, one couldn’t carry their remote car keys or helmets with them and that only fills you with amazement.It makes you wonder what a person will do with the remote car keys and the helmet if one has arrived at the stadium by a car or a motorbike.While the stadium was still thronged by 46, 351 people to cheer for the Indian team playing their first-ever FIFA World Cup match, it may be worthy to note if they would like to go through all the hassle again and again to make it to the stadiums instead of just watching the team play at the comfort of their home.advertisementThere was an electric atmosphere when the National Anthem was sung before kick-off #INDvUSA #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/mwqx48AWFV- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 6, 2017last_img read more

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first_imgIndian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri feels that senior pro MS Dhoni is an “ultimate team man”, and says some “jealous” people want him to have a “couple of bad days” as they are “waiting to see” his international career come to an end. (Kohli slams critics, says unfair to target Dhoni)”Looks like there are a lot of jealous people around, who just want Dhoni to have a couple of bad days…There are a few people who are waiting to see the end of MS Dhoni. But great players like him decide their own future,” Shastri said in an interview to the Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika.He said the Indian team knew well Dhoni’s worth and the criticism against the dashing wicketkeeper-bastsman made no difference to them.”It (the criticism) doesn’t make a difference to me. In our mind we know where Dhoni stands within the team. He is an ultimate team-man. He was a great leader and now an ultimate team-man,” he said. (Team India needs Dhoni in dressing room, says Nehra)In a dig at some former cricketers and experts who were critical of Dhoni now and have suggested he be dropped from the T20 side, he said: “Not so long ago I used to do television and people used to ask me questions. You need to answer questions to make a show happen.”Dhoni is a superstar. He is one of our greatest cricketers. So he is always going to be a great topic. He is always going to be a topic because he is a legend. When you have a career as glorious as that, you become a topic on television.”advertisementShastri pointed out that Dhoni, who has retired from Test cricket, has averaged over 65 in One Day Internationals over the last one year and helped India win matches in Sri Lanka and against Australia at home recently.last_img read more

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