VSA coaching camps kick off on April 15

first_imgThe Vivekanand Sports Academy (VSA) summer camps will commence on April 15 at Ram Keswani Sports Complex, Chembur. Advanced cricket camps for U-16 and U-19 players apart from advanced football camps for U-19 and U-14 camp will be held five days a week. Ex-India footballer Steven Dias will lead the football coaching team while the cricket coaches will include ex-Mumbai Ranji players. VSA also run camps for badminton, TT, chess, taekwondo and a few other games during the summer vacations. For details, contact, Austin Coutinho on 9920270637 or VL Gajwani on 9324890037/022-25275266. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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Carving Out Time For Focused Creative Work

first_imgWhen I’m busy, sometimes the best thing I can do is just leave behind everything and write.My periods of extreme focus work best when I ignore email, chatter, phone calls, newspapers, Twitter. Nothing but me, my writing and a deadline. Ideally this happens in the morning, before 11 a.m. which is my very best writing time.Turns out most creative people have optimal times – and many fritter them away tidying up the kitchen, returning phone calls or reading Facebook.  To be creative and productive, “close down email, set aside a block of time and work on an important activity with no distractions,” said Laura Stack, a speaker and author who calls herself The Productivity Pro.  The biggest mistake creative people make is “not setting aside structured time to do focused work.”“We don’t even realize how much we’re being distracted by our brains, by technology, by our environment, by the dog,” said Stack. So start by acknowledging those things that trip us up, our bad habits. Then establish some ground rules – such as no email or phone turned off – for the focused time.Next step: Put your creative time blocks on your calendar. “Create smaller windows” of perhaps 20 to 30 minutes at first, Stack said. Then over time, “train yourself to focus on that creative task for longer and longer periods.”She suggests setting a timer – an old fashioned kitchen one that goes tick, tick, tick. That makes it a game, a contest, to see if you can concentrate for the entire 35 minutes. “You’re kind of racing yourself,” she said. “It makes it more fun.”But it also makes it more efficient and effective.Other tips from Stack:Start your day with two straight hours of work – before you check email and before you go visit all those social media sites that gobble up our time and attention – Stack suggests.Work ahead so you have a good draft done ahead of deadline. “You have to let it simmer and marinate,” she said, and give yourself enough time to allow creativity to simmer and words or ideas to be polished.Set up your office to minimize distractions and interruptions. Or create a place that is your creating space.Stack checks into a hotel a mile from her Colorado home on Friday to write non-stop for the weekend. She’s done the research and outlines ahead of time. In four such writing retreats, she finishes the first draft of a book, such as her new one called SuperCompetent (Wiley, August 2010).“I don’t like writing at all,” said Stack, who makes her living speaking on productivity. She developed the get-away-and-write routine years ago when was trying to write and “failing for the 100th time.”For those who want to be creative but only when they feel like it, Stack says they are choosing a hobby not a career. The rest of us must “shape habits and behaviors that are going to achieve” our hoped-for career goals, even if we ignore our email and social media for a few hours to get there.last_img read more

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Mirpur Test: Advantage Bangladesh at the end of Day 2

first_imgOpener Imrul Kayes hit 59 not out as Bangladesh reached 152-3 Saturday, gaining a useful 128-run lead against England at stumps on the second day of the second test.Fellow opener Tamim Iqbal struck a fluent 40 before England made inroads with two quick wickets, leaving Bangladesh on 66-2.Kayes and Mahmudullah combined for 86 runs and appeared to take firm control. But Mahmudullah played a reckless shot against the last ball of the day to be dismissed for 47. (SCORECARD)Zafar Ansari took 2-33 on his England test debut.Earlier, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid combined for 99 runs as England was all out for 244 in its first innings, taking a 24-run lead after Bangladesh’s 220.Mehedi Hasan claimed 6-82 for Bangladesh, his second six-for in as many tests.last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal enters quarters, Parupalli Kashyap bows out of Macau Open

first_imgStar Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia to enter the third round of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on Thursday.In a match which lasted around one hour, the London Olympics bronze medallist, who clawed back to the top-10 of women’s singles rankings edged past her Indonesian opponent Ayustine 17-21, 21-18, 21-12 in the women’s singles event.After going down in the first game, the top seed Hyderabadi regained her calm and clinched the next two games to advance in the tournament.In men’s singles, B. Sai Praneeth defeated fifth seed Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-15 21-17 to advance into the quarter-finals of the tournament.Both games saw the Indian shuttler overpowering his opponent with some swift court movements and powerful strokes to clinch the issue in 43 minutes.In other match, Parupalli Kashyap, making a comeback after a long layoff, bowed out of the tournament losing his second round match to Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu Hsien 13-21, 20-22.In a match which lasted 45 minutes, Kashyap gave away the first game easily but in the second game he displayed some quality strokes — he, however, failed to overpower his opponent.In men’s doubles category, it was end of road for Indian pair Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy who were beaten by Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya of Singapore 22-20, 21-19.The Indian duo started the proceedings on a good note but after a hard fought battle they lost the first game.advertisementThe second game saw both sides battling for each point but the Singapore pair proved superior and clinched the issue.last_img read more

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Hosting U-17 World Cup to be AIFF’s biggest exam, says vice-president Subrata Dutta

first_imgThe FIFA Under-17 World Cup will be the All India Football Federation (AIFF)’s toughest examination, its vice-president Subrata Dutta said on Thursday.”The overall development in Indian football starting from grassroots to talent scouting going global to referees and coaches development has resulted in recognition from AFC at their annual awards as the most developing nation in Asia in 2016,” Dutta told IANS.”With infrastructure and facilities reaching to such heights and considerable raise in standard of the national teams all the football lovers may have high hopes to see India as a football power to reckon with in the near future only if we come out with flying colours in our final exam in 2017.”The youth showpiece event will start from October 6 next year and continue till October 28. The draw is on July 7.Six venues have been ratified which include Kolkata, Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Guwahati, Kochi and Goa.”2016 was the year of preparations for Indian football to appear in the final exam in 2017,” stressed Dutta when asked to sum up the year which has seen Goan clubs pull out of the I-League due to “lack of vision” from the AIFF which along with its commercial and marketing partners Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) are mulling a revamp of the football structure.The U-17 team, coached by German Nicolai Adam, has been a bright spot with their performances abroad catching the eye. The BRICS Cup show against Brazil was the highlight.”Contributions of Goan clubs cannot be denied. Their shying away from I-League has been a blow to Indian football which has been much compensated by the inclusion of new corporate sides like Chennai City FC and Minerva Punjab FC.advertisement”Bengaluru FC’s performance of winning the I-League twice and qualifying to the final of AFC Cup, within the first 3 years of their inception, has proved beyond doubt the victory of professionalism over traditionalism,” Dutta said.”Bank of Baroda has come forward to be a national supporter of the World Cup with a whopping amount of sponsorship of Rs10 crore. The team is doing well too and we are hopeful,” Dutta signed off.There are slots for six national supporters or sponsors to come on board besides FIFA affiliates. At the moment, five are vacant with Bank of Baroda taking one of the places.last_img read more

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Here is your horoscope for January 13

first_imgARIESA transforming personal experience is on the cards! Physical strength and endurance enable you to indulge in busy schedules and competitive sport. You must aim for the highest and not make compromises, as achievement of the highest degree is possible now. Lucky number 1. Colour orange.TAURUSPersonal relationships are full of promise and good cheer. Financial transactions are completed according to your wishes. You have to be the responsible planner in the family and need to trust your wisdom. You are intellectually creative and original at work. Lucky number 1. Colour green.GEMINIThe Princess of Wands brings passion and playfulness together in all aspects of life today. Have a light attitude in serious, heavy matters and remain in touch with your sense of humour. Strong energy and vitality allow you to indulge in sporty pastimes. Lucky number 6. Colour pastels.CANCERCreative pastimes are rejuvenating, partnerships lucrative, loved ones caring in your hour of need. Success in business comes through goodwill and luck. You are spiritually centered, attracting others in emotional difficulties. Beware of losing your temper! Lucky number 3. Colour pink.LEOYou are able to release anxiety in relationships to achieve a happy and harmonious atmosphere at home. You cross swords with an associate but finally see his point of view. You accept situations and people as they are and relax for a while to rejuvenate energy. Lucky number 2. Colour white.VIRGOIt is best to drop the past and not bring up old issues or they create unnecessary confusion and conflict. You are given an opportunity to make new beginnings in personal relationships. Your social life is busy and interesting. Health needs watching. Lucky number 18. Colour pure white.advertisementLIBRAYou make quick decisions, which prove to be gainful. Your generosity earns you support from loved ones. Since you are strong and focused in action, you are bound to make ripples around you. Nothing can hold you back, as opinions of others are not of significance. Lucky number 5. Colour reds.SCORPIOYou take a quantum leap into unknown territory and take up a new project. Plans actualize as your career is on a progressive journey. Family feeling is strong and relationships are supportive. Personal plans start to actualize as loving relationships flower. Lucky number 7. Colour blue.SAGITTARIUSYou manage business affairs with dexterity and intelligence. You can be clear and sharp when things are confused around you at work. You are loving in relationships and considerate in family situations. It’s best to stay clear of underhand propositions. Lucky number 11. Colour blue.CAPRICORNOlder relatives or parents may need your assistance, be available. You acquire a luxury item that brings joy and comfort. Profit in business is imminent but you need to continue creative activity and have a handle on finances for ventures to progress further. Lucky number 10. Colour red.AQUARIUSIt’s best to go around blocks rather than encounter them directly to avoid unnecessary conflicts. Collaborations and partnerships can come together and bring material gain and success in business. Don’t forget to relax and celebrate the day with loved ones. Lucky number 8. Colour blues.PISCESAs you let go fixed ideas, judgments and attachments on a deep level and move towards new opportunities there is success and freedom in your life. Acceptance of situations and letting go brings transformation, new beginnings and endings on many levels. Lucky number 13. Colour maroon.last_img read more

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Sports ministry to launch talent search portal

first_imgPune, Jan 17 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said his ministry will soon launch a talent search portal in a bid to spot bright sportsmen and groom them.”Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will shortly launch the Sports Talent Search Portal which will help search the talented sportsmen,” the minister said while inaugurating the seventh Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad (Students Parliament) here.He said the idea behind launching the portal is that “grassroot population also gets an opportunity to contribute their share in sports.”Responding to a query from students on what the Central government is doing to promote sportsmen, Goel said that with the help of the portal, the talents will be selected and will be trained at Sports Authority of India.He said Centre is taking steps to augment the sports infrastructure in country.Appealing to students community to bring about the activism and start taking leadership roles, the minister said, “No one will make you a leader. So bring the activism in you and be a leader yourself, because the leader is one who has a vision, who has ideas.”At the inauguration event, Life Time Achievement Award was given to veteran politician Somnath Chatterjee.Ideal Chief Minister Award was conferred on Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad was initiated in 2011, is a non-political platform to sensitise and harness the power of youth, mainly through the general secretaries, joint secretaries and socially active and politically sensitive students from around 25000 colleges of more than 400 universities in India. PTI SPK NSK BASadvertisementlast_img read more

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ICC begins ‘Big Three’ rollback despite BCCI’s objection

first_imgThe majority of the International Cricket Council (ICC) board members on Saturday voted in favour of a restructured revenue sharing model despite vehement opposition from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) representative Vikram Limaye.India only got support from Sri Lanka while Zimbabwe abstained from voting when the matter was put to floor test, reported PTI.Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, England and Australia all voted in favour of change in revenue distribution as well as change in governance structure.The ICC Board on Saturday met to discuss the changes pertaining to revenue model where India, England and Australia were supposed to get the major share of revenue as the ‘Big Three’ – a move that was opposed by other Test playing nations, and also by England and Australia themselves. (IPL 2017: Player auction to be held in Bengaluru on February 20)On Saturday, Limaye who had the first look at the official ‘base document’, expressed his apprehension terming it a model based on “faith and equity”.”I had clearly told the ICC board that I cannot support the official base document which is based on faith and equity. The members and chairman were sympathetic that we have just taken charge and I would need time to study the document,” Limaye told PTI from Dubai.”The chairman Mr (Shashank) Manohar said that they have been waiting for months. The matter was put to vote and I have voted against these changes. It has been recorded in the minutes. It won’t be appropriate for me to say who all voted in favour,” Limaye said.advertisementThe ICC will pass the resolution during it’s April board meeting.Although the BCCI was expected to still gain in excess of INR 2000 crore, it can be surely said that the commercial hub of cricket faced stiff opposition from majority of the board members.While seasoned investment banker Limaye, in between now and April, can spot the anomalies in the official base document, it is unlikely that the ICC board led by Manohar would accept those changes.last_img read more

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Andy Murray survives 38-point tiebreak to reach Dubai semis

first_imgAndy Murray saved seven match-points in a 31-minute tiebreak that stretched to 38 points before he finally subdued Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7(4), 7-6(18), 6-1 to reach the Dubai Championships semi-finals on Thursday.A day after Australian Open champion Roger Federer was surprisingly beaten in the second round, world number one Murray found himself a point away – time and time again – from following the Swiss great through the exit door.But number one seed Murray showed the resilience that carried him to the top of the tennis rankings last November as he inflicted a heartbreaking loss on Kohlschreiber.The Briton finally bagged the second set tiebreak on his eighth set point to level the match. The ATP said no men’s tour-level match has featured a tiebreak with more than 38 points since 1991 – six have finished 20-18.”I’ve never played a tiebreak like that ever, not in juniors, nothing has been close to that,” Murray, who is contesting his first tournament since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open in January, told reporters.”I’ll probably never play another one like that again. I’ve been playing on the tour for 11, 12 years now and nothing, nothing’s been close to that.”With no end to the tiebreak in sight, Murray, Kohlschreiber and the umpire were left confused as the players forgot to change ends when they were locked at 15-15. Tennis rules state players have to change ends every six points during a tiebreak.”I realised at 16-16 (that we had not changed ends), the umpire said he forgot and the (scoring) machine didn’t recognise it, I do not know if the machines are made to go that high, it doesn’t happen every often,” added Murray.advertisementThe tiebreak left Kohlschreiber running on empty in the third set and Murray needed just another 30 minutes to secure a meeting with seventh-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille, who beat Federer’s Russian conqueror Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(2).”I could have easily lost tonight, but the way I played when I was behind will give me a lot of confidence after what was a tough start to the year,” said Murray. “I want to keep that going now. It was a special match to win because of how it went.”The other semi-final will feature Fernando Verdasco of Spain and Dutchman Robin Haase, both unseeded.last_img read more

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Netherlands coach Danny Blind ponders on future after World Cup setback

first_imgDanny Blind has said he will think about his future as coach of the Netherlands after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria left them facing an uphill struggle to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.The loss in the Bulgarian capital saw the Dutch drop to fourth place in Group A at the halfway stage of the qualifying campaign. (Also read: World Cup qualifiers: Cristiano Ronaldo takes Portugal tally to 70, Netherlands suffer shock defeat)”The blame is on me. It falls firmly on my roof. I must now think about it and my employer will be doing the same,” Blind told reporters.”I’ve worked long enough in football to understand how it works. I must now look at myself in the mirror. It can’t carry on like this.” (Also read: Olivier Giroud brace helps France beat Luxembourg in World Cup qualifiers)Blind took over as coach from Guus Hiddink in a bid to resuscitate the Dutch qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championships in France but a shock home defeat to Iceland in his first match in charge quickly ended any possibility of a revival.Blind has won seven and lost seven of his 17 games in charge since taking over in 2015.”I must be truthful to myself and to the KNVB (the Dutch football association),” the manager said.”I must be convinced that I can get things right but we must also be honest and say that getting to Russia is now going to be a lot more difficult.”I must think now whether I’m still capable of doing the job.”advertisementBlind was heavily criticised for handing 17-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt a starting berth after just a few matches at club level for Ajax Amsterdam.It was the teenager’s mistake which led to a fifth minute goal for Spas Delev, who scored a second 15 minutes later.”If I have to now judge it, it was too early to put him in the team,” Blind added.”It did not work out with Matthijs as we hoped it would and that’s my responsibility. But he will become a great defender.”But the big players also did not bring to the game what we expected from them.”Failure to qualify for the Euro 2016 finals was a major blow just two years after the Netherlands finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.In the 2018 qualifiers, they have seven points in Group A, behind France (13), Sweden (10) and Bulgaria on nine.The Dutch next meet Italy in a friendly in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Their next World Cup qualifier is at home to neighbours Luxembourg on June 9.last_img read more

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Watch how much words matter

first_imgI spend a lot of time on this blog talking about how much words matter. We need to choose words that stir the imagination, spark emotion and transport with story.Here’s a video, sent to me by Rachel of the Parent Infant Center, that shows this well. The words the woman puts on the sign at the end of the video are impossible to ignore. Why? They forge an emotional connection between the experience of one person with that of another. They make the passersby relate in an entirely different way to what and whom they see.last_img read more

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Test your fundraising instincts

first_imgWhich Test Won? is a fun resource that regularly highlights A/B tests of emails, landing pages, and more. This week, Which Test Won? released their 2013 Email Testing Hall of Fame, a showcase of tests that nonprofit fundraisers can learn from. I was pleased to see the hall of fame included a fundraising test from a membership renewal campaign launched by People for the American Way. The test pitted a member drive letter featuring a fundraising thermometer vs. a letter with a virtual “membership card”. Which version do you think received the most donations? Click over to view the emails and vote to find out if you got it right, then come back and tell me if your instincts were right. Don’t worry, I’ll wait right here.Did you guess right? Were you surprised by the results? Scroll down for some thoughts (and spoilers) on this membership drive………While many factors likely affected the outcome of this test, here are a few things that probably tipped the scales in favor of winning version B: the renewal card letter.Strong and prominent call to actionIn the winning version, a bold, short, and clear call to action is centered at the top of the email. Version A also features a call to action to the right of the message, but it’s much longer and easier to overlook. Fundraising thermometerThe prominent feature in version A was a Statue of Liberty fundraising thermometer. When using tickers or thermometers in your campaigns, it’s best to wait to show progress when you HAVE progress. In this email, the progress bar isn’t even to lady Liberty’s kneecap! Showing an empty thermometer or low number of participants can actually discourage action — people want to know that others are supporting a cause and that they’re giving to a campaign that will succeed. (See also: Empty donation boxes.)Tangibility It’s hard to say if the visual cue of a “membership card” helped to improve results of the winning email, but a membership card in a renewal reminder helps to tie the letter to something more immediately recognizable. Skeumorphic elements — elements that mimic a real-life (think about the way envelope icons represent email on our phones and computers) — can make it much easier for a reader to associate an abstract or intangible idea with something more familiar and easily understood.PersonalizationIn addition to the membership card being a visual cue, this element also helps to personalize the email. When an individual sees their own name within an image or block of text, this catches the reader’s attention and makes them more likely to read carefully. This, along with the lead-in text, makes the email more about the reader than the organization.This test is a great reminder to regularly assess and experiment with your appeals and landing pages. No matter the type of organization or appeal, taking the time to test will ensure you’re getting the most from your outreach efforts. Even if you are positive you are using the right version. Even if — especially if– you’ve been sending the same templates or messages. Test it to learn something new. Or revel in the fact that you were right. (You could even take it a step further and show off your best victory dance.)Are you regularly testing your emails and landing pages? What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned? Chime in with your experiences in the comments below!last_img read more

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Celebrating One Billion for Good

first_imgToday at Network for Good, we’re celebrating a major milestone: 1 BILLION dollars processed for charity since our founding in 2001. We’re incredibly proud of this big achievement and we are even more honored by what it means. This milestone represents an amazing outpouring of generosity from millions of donors to thousands of nonprofits—and an incredible amount of good being done in this world.Network for Good was founded to make it as easy to give online as it is to shop online. A lot has changed in the world of digital philanthropy since then, and we’re excited to continue to be at the forefront of this revolution. Of course, this milestone is about much more than the mechanics of processing online donations. It’s about the hard work of nonprofits and the good they do each and every day, the amazing generosity of donors, and the creative thinking of partners who provide innovative opportunities for generosity. Thanks to each and every one of you for being part of this journey and we look forward to working with you to continue unleash generosity. Here’s to the next “Billion for Good” and beyond!last_img read more

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Salah retains CAF African Player of the Year gong

first_imgMohamed Salah has been named African Player of the Year for the second time in succession.Salah defended his crown after scoring 44 goals for Liverpool and Egypt in 2018.He finished as the 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot winner with 32 goals. 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! Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the three-man shortlist for the award.The nominees for the main award made up the front three in CAF’s Africa Best XI of the year, with Guinea’s Naby Keita providing further Liverpool representation in a midfield completed by Atletico Madrid and Ghana’s Thomas Partey and Manchester City and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez. K I N G M O @MoSalah has been named CAF African Player of the Year for the second successive year. pic.twitter.com/ySmqzO4Xbq — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 8, 2019 The back-four was split between Serie A and the Premier League, with Juventus and Morocco’s Mehdi Benatia alongside Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly – an international colleague of Mane’s.Ivory Coast duo Serge Aurier and Eric Bailly won approval thanks, in part, to their displays for Tottenham and Manchester United, while Uganda’s Denis Onyango of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns was recognised as Africa’s best goalkeeper.Africa’s best XI #AiteoCAFAwards18 pic.twitter.com/FQhnsncR0d — CAF (@CAF_Online) January 8, 2019 Salah’s second Player of the Year prize means that Liverpool players have now won the award on a total of three occasions.El-Hadji Diouf was the previous Red to receive the honour prior to Salah, lifting the CAF award in 2002 in recognition of his exploits at that year’s World Cup with Senegal.Yaya Toure and Samuel Eto’o, meanwhile, remain the all-time most successful players in the continent, having won Player of the Year four times each.The Ivorian managed the feat in four consecutive years between 2011 and 2014, while Eto’o won the prize in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. 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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Saudi Arabia secures World Cup berth, first time since 2006

first_imgSouth Korea secured a ninth straight appearance at the World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Uzbekistan on Tuesday while Saudi Arabia claimed their place at the finals in Russia next year with a 1-0 victory over Japan.Saudi substitute Fahad Al Muwallad scored a spectacular winner for Bert van Marwijk’s side, who qualified for the first time since 2006 with victory over a Japan team that had already reached the finals.The result pushed Australia into third in Group B and a place in the playoffs, where they will meet Syria, who drew 2-2 with Iran to finish third in Group A.South Korea’s Lee Keun-ho, Son Heung-min and Lee Dong-gook all hit the woodwork but it mattered little as they earned a point that sealed second place in Group A of Asia’s qualifying competition behind the already-qualified Iran.Syria took third spot in the group when Omar Al Soma’s late goal earned Ayman Hakeem’s side a dramatic draw with Iran that pushed Uzbekistan out of the playoff positions.Syria took the lead in Tehran and became the first team to score against Iran in 13 qualification matches when Tamer Haj Mohamed netted from close range after Al Soma’s free kick had been fumbled by Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.A double from Sardar Azmoun looked to have given Iran all three points until Al Soma – playing only his second match for Syria since his return from a self-imposed exile – slid the ball through Beiranvand’s legs to level deep into stoppage time.advertisementThe draw meant Syria finished level on 13 points with Uzbekistan but took third place on goal difference.LARGE MARGINAustralia had gone into their meeting with Thailand knowing they needed to win by a large margin to put pressure on Saudi Arabia, who were hosting Japan in Jeddah several hours later.Ange Postecoglou’s team were made to work hard for the three points against a Thai side that packed the defence.Tomi Juric gave the Socceroos the lead after 69 minutes only for Pokklaw Anan to pull Thailand level against the run of play.Mathew Leckie restored Australia’s lead but, with only a one-goal advantage secured, the atmosphere at AAMI Stadium fizzled out at the end.Postecoglou’s side later paid a heavy price for their inability to convert numerous chances as the Saudis squeezed past Japan.After a tense first half, livewire substitute Al Muwallad changed the complexion of the game in Saudi Arabia’s favour and it came as little surprise that it was the Al Ittihad winger who broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute with a fearsome shot.The win moved Saudi Arabia into second place in the group after Japan secured top spot last week with victory over Australia.The United Arab Emirates saw their slim hopes evaporate with a 1-0 loss to Iraq thanks to Aymen Hussein’s goal while China’s chances of appearing at the World Cup went the same way despite a 2-1 win over Qatar.Marcello Lippi’s team came back from going a goal behind to Akram Afif to claim all three points, but it was not enough for the Chinese to haul themselves into the playoff places.Xiao Zhi and Wu Lei scored for Lippi’s team, who have won three of their last five games but fell a point short of maintaining their World Cup dream.last_img read more

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3rd ODI: Jos Buttler stars as England beat Australia to clinch series

first_imgEngland thrashed Australia by 16 runs in the third One-Day International (ODI) at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday to clinch the five-match ODI series. This is England’s first multiple ODI series win against the Aussies in Australia. It was also the hosts’ first ODI series defeat at home since 2010.The English players have produced a remarkable turnaround to win the first three ODIs against the Steve Smith side after losing the Ashes 4-0.Asked to bat first, England rode on an unbeaten century from Jos Buttler to post 302/6 in their 50 overs.Buttler scored 100 runs off 83 balls and posted an unbeaten partnership of 113 runs with Chris Woakes.WE WIN THE SERIES!Scorecard: https://t.co/rRnrp8vZE0 #AUSvENG pic.twitter.com/ZOJ9hqVghB— England Cricket (@englandcricket) January 21, 2018Woakes remained unbeaten on 53 runs off 36 balls with five hits to the fence and two sixes.In reply, Australia could only manage to reach 286/6 despite half-centuries from Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis.Woakes, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid claimed a couple of wickets each for England.”So proud of the guys today,” England captain Eoin Morgan said at the presentation. “I thought Jos was probably the difference in the sides, certainly with the bat.”He paced his innings to perfection. He took the responsibility on his shoulders and … played anchor in one way, until the last five or six overs.”Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis scored 56 in 43 balls and added 74 in a sixth-wicket stand with wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who made 31 in 35 balls, to give the hosts hope of victory, but the target proved beyond their reach.advertisementAaron Finch continued his strong run with the bat with a 62 in 53 balls after back-to-back centuries in the first two ODIs but the opener’s dismissal in the 21st over to leg-spinner Adil Rashid severely hampered the hosts’ progress.Finch reviewed the umpire’s lbw decision but replays showed the ball was clipping the leg stump and the on-field decision was upheld.Australia captain Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh were going along nicely in a fourth-wicket stand of 68 before the former was given out caught behind off fast bowler Mark Wood with wicketkeeper Buttler clinging on to a low, one-handed grab.The umpires went to the television room to check the catch but there was no conclusive evidence to rule it out, much to the disappointment of Smith and the Sydney crowd.Wood was England’s best bowler with 2-46 in his 10 overs while Rashid also dismissed Marsh for 55 for his second wicket for the touring side, who lost Liam Plunkett to a left hamstring injury when the paceman was in his second over.Earlier, Buttler and Chris Woakes propped up England’s innings after they had been reduced to 189 for six. The duo added 113 in their unbroken partnership, with 102 of those runs coming in the last 10 overs.Buttler smashed six fours and four sixes in his knock and was ably supported by Woakes, who scored 53 in 36 balls.Australia’s first-choice quicks Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood returned to side in four changes and the bowling kept England in check for a considerable period before Buttler and Woakes began their assault.”I thought the way we bowled the first 45 overs was pretty good and obviously Jos played exceptionally well and Woakes played well at the end,” Smith said.”I don’t think we bowled as well as we could have. We bowled in areas they could hit and you don’t do that to a quality player like Jos. I thought we were probably chasing 30 too many.”The Adelaide Oval will host the fourth ODI on Friday.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro launched in India: Full specs, top features, price and everything you need to know

first_imgXiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro phones in India on Wednesday. While the Redmi Note 5 is successor to the much popular Redmi Note 4, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the spiritual successor to the Redmi Note 3, according to Xiaomi. This means, while the Redmi Note 5 has been designed for those seeking all-round efficiency of last year’s Redmi Note 4, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is meant for those seeking more horsepower, along side a few extra nuggets that seemingly justify the Pro’s higher asking price.Both the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro, in typical Xiaomi fashion, come with sleek metal bodies, powerful and power-efficient processors with gobs of RAM and storage, capable cameras, and big batteries. At the same time, both the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro, embrace the bezel-less design philosophy, bringing it to the masses, with the latter also adding dual rear cameras into the mix. And, much like any other Xiaomi phone, both the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro, cost peanuts for what they bring to the table. Here’s a closer look at Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro:Specifications:Processor: The Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor clubbed with Adreno 509 GPU. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, comes with a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU.RAM: The Redmi Note 5 Pro will be available in two RAM versions: 4GB and 6GB. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, will come in 3GB and 4GB RAM versions.advertisementInternal storage: The 4GB RAM version of the Redmi Note 5 Pro will come with 64GB of storage, while the 6GB version will come with 64GB storage. The 3GB RAM version of the Redmi Note 5 will come with 32GB of storage while the 4GB RAM version will come with 64GB storage.Screen: Both the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Redmi Note 5 come with a 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ FHD+ display with a 2160x1080p resolution and 403ppi pixel density.Rear camera: The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor. The dual camera system, in the Redmi Note 5 Pro, further comes with phase detection autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, comes with a 12-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flashFront camera: On the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, sports a 20-megapixel camera with LED flash. The Redmi Note 5, on the other hand, comes with a 5-megapixel front sensor with LED flash.Software: Both the phones run Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9.Battery: Both the phones are backed by a 4,000mAh battery. Sadly, both don’t support fast charging.Special features:– The Redmi Note 5 Pro is globally launching in India, which means, India — where Xiaomi recently became the market leader, dethroning Samsung — will be the first market to get it. The rest of the world will be getting it later. Not only that, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also marks the global debut of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor, which means that it will be the first phone in the world to ship with this processor.– The Snapdragon 636 is notable for bringing Qualcomm’s Kryo 260 CPU cores into the Snapdragon 63X range, bringing more raw CPU power to the mid-range segment. The Kryo 260 CPU inside the Snapdragon 636 can deliver roughly 40 per cent more power than the Snapdragon 630 inside phones like the Moto X4, according to Qualcomm. Additionally, the Snapdragon 636 also crams in a bumped up Adreno 509 GPU that gives it a 10 per cent performance boost over the Adreno 508 inside the Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm adds.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro with bezel-less design launched in India, price starts at Rs 9,999– The Redmi Note 5 Pro is also Xiaomi’s second dual camera phone in India. It comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and another 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. While the primary sensor has a 1.25um size to capture more light, the secondary sensor assists in portrait shots or photos with shallow depth of field. The set-up is different from the one on-board Xiaomi’s Android One-backed Mi A1 where the secondary sensor — in addition to assisting in portrait shots — is also a telephoto lens.– The front camera, in the case of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, is also capable of shooting portraits, although portrait mode courtesy the front cam, is software-based. By the end of March 2018, the Redmi Note 5 Pro will also support face unlock via the front cam through a software update, Xiaomi has announced.advertisement– The Redmi Note 5, meanwhile, is the direct successor to the Redmi Note 4 and is based on the tried and tested formula of the Redmi Note 4.– The Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro are Xiaomi’s first mainstream bezel-less phones in India. Because Xiaomi has shaved off much of the bezels on the top and bottom and also on the sides, the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro occupy a much smaller footprint when in the hands unlike regular 6-inch phones that can be quite a handful. The Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro, to that effect, also sport an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9 as against the more traditional 16:9.– Both the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro come with full-metal bodies and rear mounted fingerprint scanners. There’s 2.5D curved glass on the front and on-screen keys for navigation. Both the phones will be available in as many as four colours: black, gold, rose gold and blue.– Both the phones support dual-SIM, expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot, 4G LTE and VoLTE connectivity.Price and availabilityWhile the Redmi Note 5 will sell for Rs 9,999 for base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the top-end version of the phone with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage will sell for Rs 11,999. Every Redmi Note 5 will ship with an ultra-slim clear case, Xiaomi has announced. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, will meanwhile, start at Rs 13,999 for the base 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version, while the top-end version with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will be available for buying for Rs 16,999. Both the phones will be available for buying exclusively from Flipkart and Xiaomi’s own online Mi.com/in store from February 22.last_img read more

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Muslim-owned restaurant attacked in Sri Lanka

first_img(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs) Colombo, Mar 11 (PTI) Fresh violence erupted in Sri Lanka today when a Muslim-owned restaurant was attacked in an alleged hate crime in a northern city, even as riot-hit Kandy district remained peaceful after a spate of communal clashes that have left three people dead. The restaurant located in Puttalam districts Anamaduwa city, 130 kilometres from Colombo, was targeted early morning even as police are keeping a tight vigil following eruption of communal clashes on Monday.”Anamaduwe Muslim restaurant was attacked at 4 am (local time) this morning,” the Colombo Telegraph reported.Tensions remain high across Sri Lanka after the violence broke out following the death of a man from the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority last week, resulting in the death of three persons and damage to several homes, businesses and mosques in the scenic Kandy district. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said the damage to property in Kandy will have a telling effect on the countrys economy. “We experienced a bad drought which has set the growth in agriculture back. This cost of violence will add to the losses, he said. “I have asked the law enforcement to take swift action to bring the law breakers to book,” Wickremesinghe said. The Muslim minority was dissatisfied with the governments lack of prompt action to tackle the violent mobs. They claimed that the arrests came late while some sections of the security forces had turned a blind eye to escalating violence against them. Sirisena appointed a three-member commission yesterday to probe the communal clashes in central district of Kandy.advertisementHe had declared a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday and deployed the police and military to prevent escalation of violence after clashes between majority Sinhala Buddhists and minority Muslims erupted in other areas of central Sri Lankas riot-hit Kandy district. Muslims make up 10 per cent of Sri Lankas total 21 million population. Sinhalese are a largely Buddhist ethnic group. Meanwhile, police said today that there were no incidents of violence from Kandy for the last two days but the troops will be on guard for tackling of any security breach. “There were no incident both yesterday and today. So there is no need for a curfew,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told reporters. He said over 230 people had been arrested ? 169 of them from Kandy and 61 of them from other areas. With the arrests of 10 main suspects who had incited racial violence, the situation in Kandy has come under control. Kandys central province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake said today that all government schools which were closed on March 7 due to the unrest will reopen tomorrow.The announcement came after police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said yesterday that curfew will not be imposed in Kandy as situation has been peaceful. Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka today summoned the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission over the temporary ban imposed on social media including Facebook throughout the island nation last week. The police had claimed that anti-Muslim rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim hatred. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said although it was considered a human rights violation, the government had taken the decision in order to curb the spread of false and malicious news and to stop the situation from going out of control. “The state security was important than anything else and we are glad the situation is now returning to normal,” Jayasekara was quoted as saying by the Colombo Gazette.Tensions between Muslim groups and the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community in the country have escalated since the end of the civil war in May 2009.In 2014, violence directed against Muslim minority groups broke out in the southwestern town of Aluthgama, following a rally by hardline Buddhist nationalist monks, resulting in the death of at least three Muslims. PTI CORR/MRJ MRJ MRJlast_img read more

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President Kovind presents Padma awards, check the complete list of awardees here

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday presented Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri awards at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.The ceremony, held at the majestic Durbar Hall, was attended by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh apart from other dignitaries. Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba anchored the event. Music Composer Ilaiyaraaja receiving Padma Vibhushan. Picture: @rashtrapatibhvn (Twitter)Cricketer MS Dhoni and billiards and snooker player Pankaj Advani were among this year’s 89 Padma awardees, announced by the Centre on the eve of the 69th Republic Day. Both of them were among the nine Padma Bhushan recipients. Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri are the second, third and the fourth highest civilian awards of the country respectively. Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth receiving Padma Shri award. Credits: @rashtrapatibhvn (Twitter)More than 15,700 people applied for the prestigious awards for 2018, with the government laying stress on honouring the unsung heroes, an official said.The Padma awards seek to recognise works of distinction and exceptional achievements in different fields. They are given in different fields and disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry. President Kovind handing out the award to Saudi’s first certified Yoga teacher. Photo: @rashtrapatibhvn (Twitter)Here’s the complete list of Padma awardees in 2018:Padma VibhushanIllaiyarajaGhulam Mustafa KhanP. ParameswaranPadma BhushanPankaj AdvaniPhilipose Mar ChrysostomMahendra Singh DhoniAlexander Kadakin (Foreigner/Posthumous)R. NagaswamyadvertisementVed Prakash Nanda (Overseas Citizen of India)Laxman PaiArvind ParikhSharda SinhaPadma ShriAbhay and Rani BangDamodar Ganesh BapatPrafulla Govinda BaruahMohan Swaroop BhatiaSudhanshu BiswasSaikhom Mirabai ChanuPandit Shyamlal ChaturvediJose Ma Joey Concepcion III (Foreigner)Langpoklakpam Subadani DeviSomdev DevvarmanYeshi DhodenArup Kumar DuttaDoddarange GowdaArvind GuptaDigamber HansdaRamli Bin Ibrahim (Foreigner)Anwar Jalalpuri (Posthumous)Piyong Temjen JamirSitavva JoddatiMalti JoshiManoj JoshiRameshwarlal KabraPran Kishore KaulBounlap Keokangna (Foreigner)Vijay KichluTommy Koh (Foreigner)LakshmikuttyJoyshree Goswami MahantaNarayan Das MaharajPravakara MaharanaHun Many (Foreigner)Nouf Marwaai (Foreigner)Zaverilal MehtaKrishna Bihari MishraSisir Purushottam MishraSubhasini MistryTomio Mizokami (Foreigner)Somdet Phra Maha Muniwong (Foreigner)Keshav Rao MusalgaonkarThant Myint – U (Foreigner)V NanammalSulagitti NarasammaVijayalakshmi NavaneethakrishnanI Nyoman Nuarta (Foreigner)Malai Haji Abdullah Bin Malai Haji Othman (Foreigner)Gobaradhan PanikaBhabani Charan PattanaikMurlikant PetkarHabibullo Rajabov (Foreigner)M R RajagopalSampat Ramteke (Posthumous)Chandra Sekhar RathS S RathoreAmitava RoySanduk Ruit (Foreigner)R SathyanarayanaPankaj M ShahBhajju ShyamMaharao Raghuveer SinghKidambi SrikanthIbrahim SutarSiddeshwara SwamijiLentina Ao ThakkarVikram Chandra ThakurRudrapatnam Narayanaswamy Tharanathan – Rudrapatnam NarayanaswamyThyagarajanNguyen Tien ThienBhagirath Prasad TripathiRajagopalan VasudevanManas Bihari VermaPanatawane Gangadhar VithobajiRomulus WhitakerBaba YogendraA ZakiaInterested 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

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