Independents united! 81% of freelancers refer work to each other

first_imgA dog-eat-dog world? Not for freelancers!The exact opposite, in fact. One of the most interesting findings of our recent survey of over 1,100 freelancers was that freelancers are helping each other find work, collaborating on projects, and bartering with each other for services.We all know how important it is to have a thriving network, but freelancers are using their connections in a real way. A whopping 81% of freelancers surveyed said that they have referred work to their fellow independent workers.At the same time, more than half of respondents (52%) said that they team up on projects, do paid work for, and/or hire fellow freelancers for projects — while 37% said that they trade or barter services with other freelancers.What does this all mean? It means that freelancers aren’t interested in competition — They’re interested in building together. They want to make the freelance life work not just for themselves, but for their connections as well.It’s further proof that freelancers are working together to create a new, sustainable ecosystem in which to work.Read our full report here: “How to Live the Freelance Life — Lessons from 1,000 Independents (PDF)”last_img read more

3 reasons why every freelance writer should learn web design

first_imgEmily Kate Pope is a content producer at General Assembly, an educational institution dedicated to creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love. GA offers full and part-time courses and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, data science, product management, and digital marketing.Are you struggling to find a way to level up in your freelance writing career? Sure you’ve contributed to a slew blogs, and yes, your unique style and precise skill has even landed you on a few noteworthy publications. But what’s next?Learning a technical skill, like designing for the web, is a great way to leverage your current expertise as a wordsmith and build your professional repertoire–becoming more compelling and valuable to potential clients.Not convinced? Here are 3 reasons why every freelance writer should learn web design.1. Increase your versatilityAs content continues to converge with technology, the case for writers to learn at least the basics of web design is only getting stronger—whether you’re contributing to a data visualization project, interactive narrative, or building a new format for digital storytelling, having a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and web design principles will give you the necessary skills to work on a variety of web-based projects. Ultimately, you’ll be able to express yourself through a new medium–landing you more jobs that will challenge you professionally and increase your earning potential.2. Build your personal brandAs a freelancer, your personal brand is part of your value proposition. It’s how you communicate what makes you different (better) than a less expensive option. Displaying a strong, consistent personal brand exemplifies your expertise and professionalism while building trust with current and potential clients.With web design skills you can create an impressive digital portfolio from the ground up, or simply customize your content on a platform such as WordPress. Basic front-end web development skills enable you to express your personal aesthetic while showcasing your technical skill in digital environment.3. Communicate more effectively within multidisciplinary teamsIf you’re writing for the web, it’s likely that you will have the opportunity to work on projects which include web designers and developers. Having a basic understanding of the medium on which your words will be supported (websites, mobile apps, etc.) can be immensely helpful in crafting the most effective copy and communicating with others working on the project.Understanding what’s going on “behind the scenes” will make it easier for you visualize the final product, communicate your goals with developers, and understand technical limitations (or advantages) of your medium. In the end, this understanding will lead to improved collaboration and a better final result.Don’t forget to check out all the awesome classes at General Assembly around the country!last_img read more

Australia back in Kolkata after 14 years to take on dominant India

first_imgRohit Sharma shattered the record books of one day internationals when India last won at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2014. Rohit hammered a world record 264 against Sri Lanka and India went on to clinch that match by 153 runs.India’s record at the Eden Gardens is pretty decent. In 21 matches, India have recorded 11 wins while have suffered eight defeats with one being cancelled and one producing no result. (Nathan Coulter-Nile keeps Test dream alive while clear of injuries)Interestingly, Australia have 100 per cent record at the top class venue. They have played two matches in Kolkata and have registered wins in both. In their first ODI, in 1987, Australia defeated arch-rivals England by seven runs and in their second, they got better of India by 37 runs.AP PhotoThe two fierce rivals met at this ground in November 2003. Australia went on to beat India in a low-scoring match. Batting first, Australia posted 235 for five and in reply, India were bundled out for 198 in 41.5 overs. (India vs Australia: Eden wicket to be slow if rain persists, says East Zone curator)14 years later, the two cricketing giants will meet again on Thursday in the second of the five-match ODI series. While India look to maintain their winning run, Australia will be keen to repeat the 2003 result.The momentum is with India and in-form MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma return to their favoured hunting ground.Rohit has played one ODI and two Tests at the Eden Gardens. While the world remembers his masterclass of 2014, he proved his batting skills are not just limited to limited-overs cricket. Rohit made his Test debut in Kolkata in 2013, the series also remembered as Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series, and he treated his fans with a classy 177 in his maiden innings. In three innings, Rohit has amassed 261 runs with one century and a fifty at an average of 87.00.advertisementDhoni too loves batting at this ground. He averages 84.00 with a couple of half-centuries in four innings while in seven innings in Test cricket, the 36-year-old has scored two centuries and two fifties at 91.40.India captain Virat Kohli’s record in Test cricket in Kolkata is dismal but his one century and a couple of fifties in five ODIs prove why he is one of the best in the business in world cricket.India won the rain-truncated first ODI in Chennai by 26 runs via Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. After Kolkata, Kohli’s men will travel to Indore for the third ODI.India have recorded five consecutive ODI series victories and will aim to wrap up the proceedings with wins in Kolkata and Indore.last_img read more


first_imgMysuru, Oct 5 (PTI) Due to heavy downpour and trackMysuru, Oct 5 (PTI) Due to heavy downpour and track not suitable for racing stewards of Mysore Race Club have decided to cancel remaing five races for the day. PTI CORR KKU RBSlast_img

China Open: Simona Halep on top of the world after reaching final

first_imgSimona Halep will take over as the new number one in the WTA world rankings after progressing to the China Open final with a dominant 6-2 6-4 victory over Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in Beijing on Saturday.The Romanian avenged this year’s French Open final defeat to the hard-hitting Ostapenko with a ruthless display of all-round tennis that saw her send down five aces and 14 winners to oust the 20-year-old in 75 minutes.The 26-year-old takes over the top spot from Spaniard Garbine Muguruza and will become the first Romanian to head the rankings when the updated standings are released on Monday.Welcome to World No.1 @Simona_Halep! ??? WTA (@WTA) October 7, 2017″It’s very emotional, I think it’s the first time I cried on court,” Halep said in a post-match interview. “It’s amazing that I could do this. My team, everyone at home…is watching, and I want to thank everyone. It’s my special day.”Ostapenko, for her part, put on a lacklustre performance and recorded 32 unforced errors as she failed to make any inroads on her opponent’s solid defence. Halep also broke the Latvian’s serve four times, including in the first game of the match.The Latvian showed some resistance in the second set to forge a 4-3 lead but Halep won three consecutive games to seal a victory she will remember for the rest of her life.From @ChrissieEvert to @Simona_Halep: The 25 WTA World No.1s ???! –> WTA (@WTA) October 7, 2017WTA CEO Steve Simon and tour president Micky Lawler presented Halep, who had come close to topping the rankings on three different occasions earlier this year, with a memento to mark her achievement after the match.Halep will be looking for her second tournament victory of the season in what will be her fifth final of the year against either 12th-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic or unseeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia on Sunday.”It’s very emotional – I think the first time I have cried on court… but it’s my special day!” – @Simona_Halep WTA (@WTA) October 7, 2017last_img read more

Took time to realise I was sexually abused by my doctor, says gymnast Aly Raisman

first_imgTriple Olympic gymnastics champion Aly Raisman HAS said in a interview she did not realize at first that she had been treated inappropriately by a doctor accused of having sexually assaulted female gymnasts while he was the U.S. team doctor.Speaking on the “60 Minutes” television program, Raisman said she wanted to educate young gymnasts that it was sometimes difficult to understand the warning signs of sexual abuse.When first interviewed by an investigator hired by USA Gymnastics in 2015, Raisman did not immediately accuse the doctor, Larry Nassar, of inappropriate or illegal behavior.”I was just really innocent. I didn’t really know. You know, you don’t think that of someone. You know, so I just, I trusted him,” said Raisman, who says she was 15 when she was first treated by Nassar.Nassar has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault. He is in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges.Nassar’s attorneys, Matt Newburg and Shannon Smith, have each said that due to a gag order they had no comment on the television program.Raisman said she felt awkward about the doctor’s behavior but she thought he was a caring person.”I said ‘Well, his touching makes me uncomfortable, but he’s so nice to me’ … and ‘I don’t think he does it on purpose because, you know, I think he cares about me’.””I didn’t know anything differently. We were told he is the best doctor. He’s the United States Olympic doctor and the USA Gymnastics doctor, and we were very lucky we were able to see him.advertisement”I was in denial. You don’t want to let yourself believe (you are a) victim of sexual abuse.”‘LACK OF SUPPORT'(Reuters Photo)It was only later that Raisman, now 23, started to question Nassar’s motives and behavior.”He would always bring me, you know, desserts or gifts. He would buy me little things. So I really thought he was a nice person.””I want people to know just because someone is nice to you and just because everyone is saying they’re the best person, it does not make it OK for them to ever make you uncomfortable.”According to “60 Minutes”, more than 130 women, many of them former athletes, have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treating them for hip, back and other athletic injuries.Raisman is the second member of the “Fierce Five” gymnasts, who won a team gold at the 2012 London Olympics, to allege abuse by Nassar, joining McKayla Maroney.USA Gymnastics conducted a review of its procedures for handling sexual misconduct issues following reports last year that it turned a blind eye to allegations.Steve Penny resigned in March as head of USA Gymnastics and the federation adopted a number of reforms in June that it said would help to prevent and respond better to future cases of abuse.But Raisman said that while a new policy was in place, she perceived a lack of support from senior administrators during a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year.”You know, my teammates and I were all sitting at the table, and they did not come over to say ‘hi’ to us or to congratulate us,” she said. “We were treated like, you know, ‘We don’t want anything to do with you girls’.”She said she was still trying to process and come to terms with her experiences with Nassar.”I think it’s important for people to know too I’m still trying to put the pieces together today. You know it impacts you for the rest of your life,” she said.last_img read more

Australian Open: Grigor Dimitrov romps past Dennis Novak into second round

first_imgGrigor Dimitrov got a booming start to his Australian Open as he outclassed qualifier Dennis Novak to reach the second round at the Rod Laver Arena on Monday.It took Dimitrov just 98 minutes to go past Novak 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 as he began the first Grand Slam of the year in full flow.The Bulgarian third seed, who was a semi-finalist at Australian Open last year, put all his skills at display against an opponent who just could not match him.The 26-year-old world number three, who finished last season with the biggest win of his career at the ATP Tour finals, hit 21 winners and toyed with his outclassed opponent at times.Dimitrov sealed victory on his second match point when Novak netted a backhand and will next face another qualifier in either American Mackenzie McDonald or Swede Elias Ymer.KYLE EDMUND OUT-GUNS KEVIN ANDERSON FOR FIRST ROUND SHOCKBritain’s Kyle Edmund outfought Kevin Anderson over nearly five hours to send the 11th seed tumbling out of the Australian Open 6-7(4), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round on Monday. Kyle Edmund celebrates a point during his Australian Open first round match against Kevin Anderson.The world number 49 twice needed to come from a set down to force a deciding fifth set, where again he battled back from a break down to set up a second round clash with Uzbek Denis Istomin.Big-serving South African Anderson sent down his usual barrage of aces and showed no shortage of fight himself but was ultimately undone as Edmund fired back winner after winner.advertisementThe 23-year-old Briton had treatment on his right shoulder in the fifth set but showed no signs of any injury in the closing stages, sealing his victory with another thunderous forehand winner.(Courtesy: Reuters)A five-set upset!After four hours, @kyle8edmund progresses to the second round after a thrilling victory over 11th seed Kevin Anderson. #AusOpen— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2018last_img read more

Doug Bracewell’s sensational comeback highlights New Zealand’s 5-wicket win over West Indies

first_imgChris Gayle, playing in his first one day international match since September this year, did not initially come out to field after falling prey to another returning international star, New Zealand’s Doug Bracewell.The Universe Boss was dismissed for a paltry 22 in the first of three ODIs against New Zealand. He was provoked by a length delivery around middle and leg, angling across his body, as Gayle had to play. He ended up having a tame push at the ball but managed only a nick that was gleefully accepted by Keeper Tom Latham.Doug Bracewell returned to international cricket after a 16 months exile, he had been out of the national side since October 2016, also picked up the wicket of Shai Hope for a duck. Bracewell was rewarded with the man-of-the-match award after finishing with figures of 4/55, including the first and last wickets of the innings, as the West Indies were held to 248/9 in 50 overs after losing the toss.An untried partnership between George Worker (57) and Colin Munro (49) put on 108 for the first wicket and Ross Taylor was stranded on 49 not out as New Zealand reached its winning target with four overs remaining to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Taylor was denied his 39th ODI half century when the winning run came from a wide.The second match is in Christchurch on Saturday.Bracewell’s absence from the New Zealand team since he played in a one-day international against India in Dharamsala in October was partly due to a knee injury but more the result of his latest disciplinary lapse. He was sentenced to community service in May for his third drink-driving offense. In his defense, Bracewell said he chose to drive home from a party to comfort his partner who had phoned to say their parrot had died.advertisementHe won a recall to the New Zealand squad for the current series only because regular all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme had to return to his native Zimbabwe due to his father’s death.Doug Bracewell talks to the media post-game #NZvWI #presser BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 20, 2017″It’s been a bit of a tough road back but I’ve done a lot of hard work over the winter rehabbing, so it’s nice to be back now,” Bracewell said. “I’ve been out of the team through unfortunate circumstances but it’s good to be back in the mix.”Bracewell grasped the opportunity of a more permanent return when he dismissed an out-of-sorts Gayle with his opening delivery. He hit a length which forced Gayle to play and the batsman flicked a fine edge to wicketkeeper Tom Latham. Two balls later Shai Hope was also undone by Bracewell’s awkward length and provided Latham with another catch from the finest inside edge.Hope challenged the decision unsuccessfully and that ultimately cost the wicket later in the innings of the West Indies’ top-scorer Evin Lewis who made 76 in partnerships of 40 with Gayle and 62 with Shimron Hetmyer (29). Lewis was given out lbw to leg-spinner Todd Astle, who took 3-33 on his one-day international debut, although replays made it clear Astle’s wrong-un was turning past off stump.With no reviews remaining, Lewis was forced to accept the decision of umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin and his innings came to an end after 35.2 overs in a major setback to the West Indies. The tourists were 177-6 and looked unlikely to set New Zealand a challenging total until Rovman Powell hit 59 from 50 balls with two sixes and four fours before being the last man out.Powell, who reached his first ODI half century from 47 balls, with a six and a four off the bowling of Trent Boult, put on 45 in a valuable ninth-wicket partnership with Kesrick Williams, who ended 16 not out.Worker and Munro’s century stand in 16.4 overs set up the New Zealand run chase. Worker reached his half century from 59 balls and went on to his highest score in his five ODI appearances while Munro fell one run short of his fifth half century.Ashley Nurse bowled Worker, caught Munro off Kesrick Williams, and dismissed Tom Latham (17) to finish with 2-55 with his skidding off breaks. Captain Jason Holder took 2-52 on a difficult pitch at Cobham Oval.Gayle limped from the field early in the New Zealand innings but didn’t appear to be seriously injured.”It was a tough start to the series,” Holder said. “We lost wickets at crucial stages of the game and never really got any momentum.”(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Johannesburg Test win special but India must not get carried away

first_imgIndia’s triumph over South Africa in the Johannesburg Test sparked wild celebrations by Virat Kohli and his men, first on the Wanderers pitch and then in the dressing-room.Coach Ravi Shastri walked with a swagger, Kohli flashed victory signs for the cameras and the team posed for pictures which went viral on social media. Moreover, India’s ODI specialists MS Dhoni, Yuzvendra Chahal and the rest joined up with the squad and the party continued.Former cricketers lauded India’s bravery on a pitch which was labelled dangerous by Michael Holding, one of the fiercest pacers to have played the game. Some reckoned this win would herald the dawn of a new era in Indian cricket while others felt India’s batsmen would never be called flat-pitch bullies again.Kohli said the win was “really satisfying” because of the conditions – the ball jumped up from length and troubled batsmen from both teams. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Hashim Amla were all hit at one point or the other.The players were even taken off the field when Dean Elgar was hit on the helmet late on the third day. There was a real threat of the Test being called off but play finally resumed on Day 4. By then, the surface had eased out, allowing Amla and Elgar to coast along to 124/1 in a chase of 241 before Mohammed Shami tore apart the Proteas’ hopes of a 3-0 whitewash.MUST WATCH: There were smiles all around on the way to the dressing room after clinching the final Test by 63 runs. It was one happy bunch that ended the series on a high with one picture perfect moment in the end.Full video here:— BCCI (@BCCI) January 27, 2018Kohli, under fire for his tactical bloopers after the Centurion defeat, was beaming at the Johannesburg post-match press conference. The victory clearly meant a lot to him and he was not shying away from emphasising the significance of a Test win even though the series had been lost. “We decided to take the challenge head on, so it feels really, really satisfying to have won on a pitch that was supposed to have pace and bounce and it did and it played to our advantage.”Kohli argued the victory meant to so much to the team because their ‘detractors’ did not have any belief in the players. There was possibly a rallying call and on a pitch which was far out of India’s comfort zone. So what if the series was lost, India had at last something to show for their efforts over the last three weeks.Dressing room all smiles after a fighting victory at The Wanderers. How about framing that one! #TeamIndia #SAvIND— BCCI (@BCCI) January 27, 2018But look at it through a purely analytical mind: how much does this victory really mean to India? What should we learn from this triumph? Are we already getting too carried away.Since the turn of the century, India have recorded several Test wins away from Asia. They have come in varied conditions: in Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies. All of those victories were hard-fought and involved some of Indian cricket’s most iconic performances.Moreover, some of these victories have had context.Back in 2002, India were trialing 0-1 going into the third of a four-Test series against England. However, hundreds from Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly powered India to a historic victory at Leeds. The last at The Oval was a high-scoring draw and India walked off with a drawn series result.In 2003, India took the lead after winning the second Test at Adelaide Oval against Australia. The hosts bounced back at Melbourne and India almost put one past the Aussies again at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Steve Waugh’s farewell Test. But a 1-1 drawn series against that Australian team was no mean feat.In the subsequent years, India travelled to and won Test series in Zimbabwe and West Indies. In 2006, there was another Test win to savour in Johannesburg – India’s first in South Africa. But that still did not prevent a series defeat.India’s most memorable win in this phase perhaps came in Perth, the bounciest of Australian pitches. MonkeyGate had threatened to rip world cricket apart in the aftermath of the SCG Test in the 2007-08 series and therein, India rallied wonderfully towin at the WACA. However, that series was lost 1-2 to a more balanced Australian team.advertisementIn 2008-09, India won the Hamilton Test and with it a three-match series in New Zealand. A couple of years later, India flew down to South Africa as the No.1 Test team in the world and came out with their honours intact, winning in Durban and drawing the series.Thereafter, followed a nightmarish phase. Those victories were like memories in the distant past. India were whitewashed in England and Australia – they lost in New Zealand and South Africa from 2011 to 2013.And when India drew the first Test at Trent Bridge and won at Lord’s in 2014, things started to look up again. But India lost three successive Tests as England wrapped up a remarkable come-from-behind series victory.Later that year, India went to Australia and kept intact their record of series defeats.For three years after, India played on tailor-made pitches at home, travelled to Sri Lanka twice, played one-off Tests against Bangladesh and flew over to the Caribbean islands. And India won everything.When Kohli took his men to South Africa, India had won nine successive series. But the Proteas gave them a reality check. They played on made-to-order pitches and the Indian batsmen were exposed at Newlands. Centurion was more sub-continental that anything India would have encountered on their long season overseas but some questionable team selections robbed them of a chance to fight for the series at the Wanderers.India celebrated a battle after losing the war in South Africa. The Jo’burg victory is to be savoured and cherished, certainly. But there is a real danger India could be carried away and achieve little over the next one year. Conditions as extreme as at the Wanderers often allow both teams an equal chance.Rest assured, that may not be the case in England and Australia, where India would be tested by some of the best seam and pace attacks in contemporary cricket.last_img read more

Shubhankar Sharma captures Malaysia title after stunning final round

first_imgIndia’s Shubhankar Sharma came back from a four-stroke deficit to claim a remarkable two-shot win at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia for his second European Tour title on Sunday.The 21-year-old shot 10 birdies in a sizzling closing round of 10-under-par 62 to aggregate 21-under for the tournament, finishing ahead of joint overnight leader Jorge Campillo who carded a 68.Spain’s Campillo, who missed the opportunity to capture his maiden title on the European Tour in his 196th event, was a shot ahead of New Zealand’s Ryan Fox who was tied third alongside Pablo Larrazabal at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.”I played pretty solid and it wasn’t easy because it was windy,” Sharma, who jumped to the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings, said after the win.Unbelievable feeling winning the #MaybankChampionship and shooting 62 on Sunday is just incredible. Thanks to everyone for their support, it means a lot to me— Shubhankar Sharma (@shubhankargolf) February 4, 2018″I kept pushing the whole day. I knew I had to make a lot birdies to catch the leaders. I made a lot of birdies on the front nine and just continued on the back.”Campillo went two clear at the top with an eagle in the first hole but Sharma got within touching distance of the Spaniard with four straight birdies from the fourth.The relentless Indian, who captured his maiden title at the Joburg Open in December, shot five birdies on the back nine to edge ahead of Campillo and hung on for the victory.advertisement”The last two months have changed my life,” Sharma added. “I’ve been a member on the Asian Tour for a while and I will continue to be a member on the Asian Tour.”I’ve always dreamt of winning and now I’m a two-time winner on the Asian Tour and European Tour.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Antonio Conte says Chelsea can play better after convincing win vs West Brom

first_imgA happy-looking Antonio Conte strode round the Stamford Bridge pitch on Monday shaking hands and congratulated his Chelsea players on their 3-0 drubbing of West Bromwich Albion.The man, who has been written off as another of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s “dead men walking” after successive Premier League defeats, had just led his side back into the top four Champions League places.Now, pressure relieved a little, he could turn his attention to the FA Cup against Hull on Friday and an enticing Champions League encounter with Barcelona next week.Full-time: Chelsea 3-0 West Brom!Three points secured at the Bridge with goals from href=””>@hazardeden10 (2) and href=””>@VictorMoses! href=””>#CHEWBA FC (@ChelseaFC) February 12, 2018The Stamford Bridge crowd sang his name throughout the game, lending him the support he felt he had perhaps not received from his bosses, despite winning the Premier League title in his first season in charge.”I have to thank the fans because they show me great support because (there are) speculations and rumour about me,” Conte said.”To feel this atmosphere around me is very important. It’s very important to feel the people are appreciating my work here in Chelsea.”The champions had lost games they were expected to win at a canter against Bournemouth and Watford, and Conte said confidence was low.advertisement”We must be satisfied to win the game to get three points. We can play better, we can play with more confidence,” he said.”After two bad defeats I think our confidence went down and we started the game a bit defeated. Then after the we scored we controlled the game.”Bottom club West Brom’s profligacy in front of goal — they missed three good chances with the score at 0-0 and 1-0 — helped calm Chelsea’s nerves on Monday.Belgium forward Eden Hazard contributed two goals in a characteristically sharp performance and winger Victor Moses scored the other.Conte said he was also encouraged by the gradual return to form of his strikers.New signing Olivier Giroud who is recovering from a muscular problem after joining from Arsenal set up Hazard’s first goal and substitute Alvaro Morata, out for a month with a back problem tested West Brom keeper Ben Foster with a stinging shot at the end of the match.”It’s important that they play games to find their best physical condition,” he said.Chelsea will need all the firepower they can muster over the next three weeks with the Hull and Barcelona games followed by away league fixtures against the top two sides Manchester United and Manchester City.”The will to fight, the will to take three points was very important tonight and to keep another clean sheet,” Conte said. “Now we have to try to continue this way.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Maha announces sports awards

first_imgMumbai, Feb 12 (PTI) The Maharashtra government today announced sports awards for the last three years, taking the total number of awardees to 195.State Governor C Vidyasagar Rao will distribute the awards at a function near the Gateway of India in south Mumbai on February 17, Sports Minister Vinod Tawde said.”The awards are for the years 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. The applications were sought in an online format and some rules have been improved for a better assessment,” the minister said.Ramesh Tawde, Dr Arun Datar, both from Pune, and Bibhishan Patil from Kolhapur have been selected for prestigious “Shiv Chhatrapati Rajya Krida Puraskar” for lifetime achievement for years 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17, respectively, he said.The other awardess fall in different sports categories.”The sports activities also include indoor as well as outdoor games. The state government has also selected some sports enthusiasts who have worked for the promotion of the particular sports activity for several years,” Tawde said. PTI ND NSKlast_img read more

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real Madrid beat Leganes to reach third spot

first_imgReal Madrid’s diminutive stars uplifted Real Madrid in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as they overcame Leganes 3-1 on Wednesday to climb to the third spot in the La Liga table.Real Madrid were able to bury the ghosts of Copa del Rey, where Leganes knocked them out at home, and came from behind to outclass Los Legionarios as they made it to the third place for the first time since December 2.Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Mateo Kovacic were handed starts by Zinedine Zidane in the absence of injured trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marcelo while he chose to rest Ronaldo and bench Bale. Zidane’s gamble paid off as the relatively inexperienced trio gave Madrid the speed and boost they were lacking, putting forth one of the best Madrid performances this season.¡El equipo consiguió darle la vuelta al marcador y se llevó los tres puntos de Butarque! #RMLiga Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) February 21, 2018Despite Madrid’s attacking prowess, the defence came under scrutiny once more when Leganes defender Unai Bustinaza scored through a set piece in the sixth minute of the match. Despite the first choice central defensive pair of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane starting the match, Madrid’s defence looked as shaky as they have been all season.Cashing on some lazy defending from Madrid, Bustinaza slided in at the back post to knock the ball towards the goal and then bundled in the rebound after poor goalkeeping from Kiko Casilla.advertisementSpanish winger Lucas Vazquez pulled the champions back into the game five minutes later by latching on to a backheel by Casemiro and arrowing his finish into the far bottom corner.Vazquez then returned the favour to Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, who finished off a slick passing move to give Real the lead in the 29th, while Real captain Sergio Ramos rounded off the scoring by converting a penalty in stoppage time.Casemiro’s goal was almost Barcelonesque in nature as Real Madrid produced some delightful one touch football to leave Leganes guessing.Ronaldo missed his first league game since September 20 as Zidane rotated his side. The game was originally scheduled for December but had to be postponed due to Real’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup.The win lifts Zidane’s side above Valencia and into third in the La Liga standings on 48 points after 24 games, 14 behind leaders Barcelona and seven behind second-placed Atletico Madrid.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

15-year-old Anish Bhanwala shoots down Commonwealth record, becomes India’s youngest ever gold medal winner at CWG

first_imgFifteen-year old debundant Haryana lad, Anish Bhanwala became the youngest Indian to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal when he shot down the Games record in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol finals with the score of 30 including four series of five each (scores of 9.7 and above qualifying as a hit). He held the lead at every post.Australia’s Sergei Evglevski claimed the silver with 28, while the bronze medal went to Sam Gowin (17) of England. Indian shooters at CWGIndia’s other entrant Neeraj Kumar (13) was the second shooter to be eliminated in the finals after a shoot-off in this event that held at Belmont Shooting Centre.In the Qualifications, Anish scored 580 to finish top of the tally while Neeraj Kumar was second best with 579.Earlier this week, Manu Bhaker who is also Anish’s team-mate, became the youngest Indian Commonwealth Games gold medallist in 10m air rifle final.She and Anish, both are the apprentices of Jaspal Rana, who himself have been a gold medallist Indian shooter at multiple global platforms.Anish Bhanwala and his love for ShootingAnish Bhanwala, born on September 26, 2002, in Sonipat, Haryana. This wizard has also won gold medals at the ISSF Junior World Cup and the ISSF Junior World Championships.Anish Bhanwala adored the sport of Shooting though no one from his family has been in this field. When he was only seven years old, his father borrowed a pistol for him to shoot at a range in a school and they soon moved to Delhi in search of better facilities.advertisementAnish was always a good student but had to compromise his grades at times in his quest for excellence at the shooting range.15-year-old Abhinav Bindra was the youngest CWG participant in 1998In 1998, a 15-year-old Abhinav Bindra had become India’s ever youngest participant at the CWG in shooting. Now, 20 years later, Anish Bhanwala has become the country’s youngest ever gold-medalist in shooting providing an encouraging hope for Indian sports.Read: What makes the Commonwealth Games different from the Olympics?Read: Commonwealth Games 2018: A list of India’s wins so far Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Wankhede packed with 21,000 schoolchildren for IPL game

first_imgMumbai, Apr 14 (PTI) The Mumbai Indians versus Delhi Daredevils IPL game at the Wankhede Stadium today saw 21,000 students in attendance as part of the MIs “Education and Sports for All” initiative.The initiative, which started eight seasons ago, gets schoolchildren from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai to watch one match every year in this manner so that they can experience the thrills of a T20 game seated inside a stadium.”This year there are 21,000 children who have been brought together by nine NGOs. They have been brought to the stadium in over 400 buses run mostly by the BEST Undertaking. Food packets and water are provided to each child and they are tracked from the pick-up points till all of them are safely home after the return journey. The whole process will last till 1 or 2 am,” said an MI spokesperson.This annual feature had started in a small way by bringing in 300-400 school children in 2010 and over the last two seasons had swelled to around 18,000. PTI SSR BNM RYSlast_img read more

David Warner humbled with show of support after ball-tampering row

first_imgFormer Australia vice-captain and banned cricketer David Warner is enjoying and embracing his time away from cricket after the ball-tampering row has put his cricket career coming to a standstill.The 31-year-old was banned by Cricket Australia for a year his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal that took the cricketing world by storm. Warner emerged as the chief conspirator during the incidents that happened on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test versus South Africa. Subsequently, he and Steve Smith stepped down from their posts of vice-captain and captain respectively and Tim Paine was appointed the captain for the rest of the match.Following that, the trio of Warner, Smith and Cameron Bancroft were sent back to Australia and after further proceedings, he and Smith were handed one-year bans while Bancroft got away with a nine-month ban. If that was not all, they have been banned from playing domestic competitions and also in the Indian Premier League this year. They were also asked to serve 100 hours of community service.WATCH DAVID WARNER’S EMOTIONAL APOLOGYAnd looks like Warner has taken the time off in a positive way and is making the most of it with his family.”You are not home for long. With an extended period of time you are in a good routine but then it is selfless – kids are a priority – so it’s day care, swimming lessons, gymnastic lessons and then you get your quality time together as parents,” said Warner.”I’ve missed that part until now where the kids run up to the gate saying, ‘Mummy and Daddy are here’, and I am really enjoying and embracing that,” he added.advertisementMy entire world. Nothing but LOVE @davidwarner31. #scootergang Warner (@CandyFalzon) April 17, 2018The Sydneysider had earlier said that he won’t challenge the ban and will look to emerge as a better person. He also apologised for his actions as he broke down while addressing the media on his return to Sydney. But, since then, he has been involved in building his own house and serving the community and said he feels ‘humbled’.”It is humbling and overwhelming. Sometimes you sit back and reflect and wonder do people care about you as a person.” he told NT News.”Sometimes with our society something has to happen for the worst for people to come out and show a lot of support and I think I’ve learned a valuable lesson in this myself for the support I have been given to be on the front foot to help others,” Warner added.ALSO READ: Ball-tampering scandal: Will regret my action for the rest of my life, says David WarnerThe southpaw also went on to say that spending more time with his family has eased the process and he is trying to spend as much time as possible with his family.”Candice and I do all those things together. We take them to these things together – pick them up together. I always make sure I am able to do it all the time. I am making time now and it is worthwhile,” said the father of two.Warner will now hope to pass the year as soon as possible and return to the Australian team ahead of the World Cup in England in June. Newly appointed coach Justin Langer also kept the door open for all the three cricketers, saying that everyone has a place as long as they meet the standards.”If they are willing to meet the standards of the Australian cricket team, I think everyone has a place,” Langer said.last_img read more

Watch: Did Preity Zinta say “Very happy MI didn’t qualify for finals”?

first_imgKings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Preity Zinta were disappointed as they failed to make it to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 play-offs after losing against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Pune on Sunday.KXIP co-owner Zinta attended every match her side played in IPL 2018 and Sunday was no different as she saw her team knocked out of the tournament following a spirited display against Chennai Super Kings.However, a video has gone viral on social media where she is seen talking to someone beside her gleefully. Fans on Twitter are trying to guess what she said.According to Twitterati, Zinta was just happy that Mumbai Indians did not make it to the play-offs. Following her lip movement, people deciphered that she said “I am just very happy that Mumbai is not going to the finals…Really happy.”KXIP lost both their matches to Mumbai this season. On May 4, they went down by six wickets and then lost a thriller on May 16 by three runs despite KL Rahul’s heroics.Mumbai Indians, the defending champions, were knocked out earlier on Sunday after losing to Delhi Daredevils.Did #PreityZinta just say I am just very happy that Mumbai is not going to the finals..Really happy #CSKvKXIP #MIvsDD #IPL #IPL2018 (@jogtweets) May 20, 2018Preity Zinta : “I’m just very happy that Mumbai is knocked out…very happy” …well few hours later Kings XI are also knocked out… #cskvkxip #KXIP #MumbaiIndians Prince MB (@supersampangi) May 20, 2018Im jus very happy that mumbai are not in the finals…. very happy- Preity Zinta #IPL2018 #CSKvKXIP kashyap (@kashyap_hari) May 20, 2018Did anyone else read those lips? @realpreityzinta just said “I’m still very happy #MumbaiIndians are out, very happy!” Just shows the spirit. Sigh! #PreityZinta #CSKvsKXIP #KXIPvCSK #MIvDD #DDvMI #IPL2018 #CSKvKXIP #Yellove #WhistlePodu #CSKvKXIP #Dhoni #IPL18Bhat (@ibhat26) May 20, 2018After the match, Zinta took to Twitter to express her disappointment over KXIP being knocked out of the tournament. She congratulated the teams who make it to the knockouts and promised that her team will come back stronger next year.Disappointed in the loss tonight but Congrats #csk #srh #rr & #kkr for making it to the playoffs Its always tough when you leave it till the last game. Next year we will come back stronger @lionsdenkxip #CSKvsKXIPPreity zinta (@realpreityzinta) May 20, 2018KXIP finished IPL 2018 as the second last team on the points table with 12 points from 14 games. With a hugely negative net run rate (NRR) of -0.502, KXIP finished below Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers, who had equal points but better NRR.KXIP needed to beat CSK by a margin of at least 53 runs or had to chase down the target by 13.4 overs to become the fourth team to reach the play-offs of the season.However, KXIP failed to do either as CSK registered a 5-wicket win in Pune to crush Punjab’s chances of making it to the next stage.Also read – R Ashwin rues ‘underperforming’ KXIP after crashing out of IPL 2018A quickfire lower order cameo by Karun Nair (54) helped Kings XI Punjab post a modest 153 in their last league encounter at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Punjab were in a spot of bother at 76/4 in the 12th over when Nair plundered 54 runs off 26 balls to breathe life into the innings. The right-hander produced an exciting display of power hitting, smashing three boundaries and five towering sixes.The Chennai bowlers came out all guns blazing at their adopted home ground to bundle out the visitors for a modest total.Lungi Ngidi was the wrecker-in-chief for the yellow brigade with stunning figures of 4/10 from his four overs.Throughout the tournament, there have been questions over KXIP’s middle order and the fact that KL Rahul on the top has been their only consistent performer.On Sunday, Rahul had a rare failure and was bowled out by Ngidi for just 7 runs and apart from Nair, none took the mantle of handling the team.As CSK began their chase, Ankit Rajpoot and Mohit Sharma’s bowling did give them some hope when the two picked up early wickets. Suresh Raina, though, struck an unbeaten 61 and Deepak Chahar’s 20-ball 39 ensured that CSK win the match in the last over.The win also meant that Rajasthan Royals go into the play-offs as the fourth team from the group stages.Sunrisers Hyderabad will face Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier while Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Royals in the Eliminator at Eden Gardens.advertisementlast_img read more

Hima Das plays down AFI tweet controversy: My English is not that good

first_imgCompletely unaware of the furore generated back home over an Athletics Federation of India (AFI) tweet over her lack of fluency of the English language, 18-year-old Hima Das spent a sleepless night In the Finnish city of Tampere after bagging a historic gold medal in the IAAF Under-20 World Junior Championships.”I am so happy after winning the gold medal that I have hardly slept since last night. I came to know about this controversy over the AFI tweet only in the afternoon today and feel it is a needless one anyways. AFI hasn’t said anything wrong,” Das told India Today in an exclusive interview Friday.”My English isn’t that good, maybe just 40 per cent fine by normal standards. AFI only said that in spite of coming from a village, and the English capability that I possess, I still handled the media well. There is nothing wrong with it and I haven’t felt bad at all. I am happy in fact. Everyone needs to support AFI since they are doing an excellent job, we need to reach greater heights,” she added.AFI apologises as tweet over Hima Das’s English skills sparks controversy#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final! @ioaindia @IndianOlympians @TejaswinShankar @PTI_News @StarSportsIndia @hotstartweets Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018Das clocked 51.46 seconds in the 400m final race and became the first Indian to win a gold medal at a track event at the world level. From President Ram Nath Kovind to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, and even Bollywood stars like Akshay Kumar, everyone has hailed her achievement.advertisementTWEET ! , ! , ! , !Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 13, 2018How Hima Das compares with PT Usha and India’s other sprint queens”We have achieved something big in athletics after a long time. It is a result of everyone’s blessings but seriously, I didn’t believe that entire nation will celebrate my achievement and it will become so big back home. Tears of joy rolled down my face on seeing the reaction of my gold medal win this morning. It still feels like a dream to me. India is happy, people in my home state of Assam are happy, my parents back home are happy, what more can I ask for. I am feeling really good,” Das stated.Hima Das’ parents offer prayers of gratitude as daughter creates historyDas said that she was confident of winning a medal after reaching the semi-finals as her timing was better than the rest of the bunch. She also believes that her last 100m burst in the closing stage of the race has now become a trademark feature of her career.Hima Das dominates Twitter trends in India after historic gold medal”You can call it Hima’s style. I don’t know what exactly happens – from the first 100 to 300m and then in the last 100m. It has happened to me in every race I have ran.”Watch Hima Das run for glory and gold at Under-20 World AthleticsThe young athlete has certainly come a long way – starting her journey from a sleepy village in Assam’s Nagaon district to becoming the toast of the nation. In fact, it was only in 2017 that Das started thinking seriously about having a career in athletics.Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, India”Wearing an India jersey was always my dream. But participating in the Youth World Championship in Nairobi made my belief even stronger. Before that I had seen such championships only on TV. All credit goes to Shamshul Haq Sir who spotted me first in Navodaya Vidhyalaya in Dhing and then Nipon Das Sir and Nabajit Malakar Sir who trained me in Guwahati. I got out of the village at the right time. I participated in the Open National and was selected for the India camp as my timing was good. I went to Indonesia and did well and even participated in the CWG. The journey hasn’t been long and AFI has helped me and all the other athletes a lot,” Das added.#HimaDas recent performances-AFI Fed Cup 2018 #Patiala 51.97sCWG 2018 #GoldCoast 51.32sAFI Inter State 2018 #Guwahati 51.13s (PB)Coming Up-IAAF U20 Worlds #Tampere2018- ____WATCH at 22:40 tonight on Hotstar @hotstartweets @iaaforg @IndiaSports @IndiaSports @Onkarkedia Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018Sachin Tendulkar salutes golden girl Hima Das: Start of a new eraIt wasn’t part of the original plan but Das will now be part of the Indian team which will participate in the relay race on Saturday.”Don’t know if we get a gold or not but we will definitely go for a medal,” she Das (@HimaDas8) July 13, 2018Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma congratulate Hima Das for historic goldWith public memory generally short when it comes to achievements in track and field events, coming back home right now would have been a case of perfect timing for Das. However, it is the timing on the track which Das is bothered about as she will train with the rest of the team in the Czech Republic before boarding a Prague-Jakarta flight mid-August to participate in the Asian Games.Hima Das dominates Twitter trends in India after historic gold medal”I am training well in the Czech Republic. Everyone is calling me right now but I want to train well for the Asian Games. Hima has to do well. I want to achieve something big in the Asian Games and then return home. I will try to do well in the Asiad and better my record timing of 51.13. Country wants gold but Hima runs to better her timing. If timing is better, I will surely win a medal be it a gold or silver,” Das concluded.last_img read more

From Here to There: A Creative Guide to Making Public Transport the Way to Go

first_imgA new guide from EMBARQ helps cities and public transit agencies market public transport.This post originally appeared on EMBARQ.orgMajor automobile companies spend billions of dollars annually to advertise their products to customers. In 2009, General Motors alone spent $3.2 billion on advertising campaigns and overall marketing efforts for their products. Major auto companies collectively spent $21 billion worldwide and it looks like their investments are working. The number of private vehicles in Brazil more than doubled in less than a decade — 1.2 million in 2001 to 2.6 million in 2010. India experienced a 20-fold increase in the number of private motor vehicles in the last decade.Such overwhelming statistics in favor of private vehicles, backed by billion dollar investments in advertising campaigns, point to the urgency with which public transport must catch-up in this competitive marketplace. Often times, so much energy is focused on the technical and financial aspects of getting public transit projects off the ground that branding and marketing become an afterthought.In an attempt to give public transport a competitive edge, EMBARQ released a report on marketing and branding public transport today. The reports aims to help guide cities and public transit agencies in making mass transit a competitive and desirable alternative to private vehicles. Titled, “From Here to There: A Creative Guide to Making Public Transport the Way to Go,” the report hopes to encourage cities and transit agencies to think critically and creatively about how to make public transport the preferred way to travel.The purpose of the guide is to help transit agencies develop strong and successful strategies to achieve three important goals:Attract new users that currently use private transport, such as cars and motorcycles,Retain existing public transport users who might feel compelled to buy a private vehicle, and,Secure political and financial support from government officials.By taking a cue from the private sector, which routinely and successfully influences consumer behavior, the report applies eight branding, marketing and communications tactics to the public transport sector.Brand and identityInternal communicationUser educationUser information systemsMarketing campaignsPublic relations and external communicationsUser feedback systemsOnline engagement“For some time, it has been clear that cities need to create high-quality public transport systems to improve the urban environment,” the report explains. “However, not until recently has it become clear that cities must also convince the public that these high-quality systems are in fact high-quality.”The recommendations in the report are by no means prescriptive or exhaustive. The report is merely a starting point for exploring ‘best practices’ in the public transport marketing and branding world. With the launch of “From Here to There,” EMBARQ hopes to start an open dialogue that will enhance public transit and the very quality of our cities.This report is only the beginning of our efforts in helping public transport become a stronger alternative to private vehicles. We will also launch a series on online engagement for public transport starting in October 2011. Stay tuned!Get the report here >>>Watch EMBARQ’s video on Promoting Mass Transit In Los Angeles >>>last_img read more