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MCA’s Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy at the centre of controversy

first_imgMumbai Cricket Association had named its ground leased by MMRDA at Bandra-Kurla complex as ‘Sharad Pawar Indoor Cricket Academy’ in 2007. But now, the academy is at the center of a controversy over its name.MMRDA said that lessee MCA did not seek permission for naming of the ground. This information was brought to light under ‘Right to Information’ act by Mumbai based activist Anil Galgali.MMRDA had leased the plot to MCA to be used for ‘Educational purposes’. On complaint of the plot being utilised for reasons other than education, MMRDA served a notice to MCA on 3rd June 2015.Anil Galgali had sought details on the same from ‘Land and Properties’ section of MMRDA. According to information received under RTI from ‘City and Area planning department’. This department has now clarified: “No application for naming this plot/land as ‘Sharad Pawar Indoor Cricket Academy’ has been received by this department, nor has this department granted such a permission.””MCA should clarify on what basis the land has been named ‘Sharad Pawar indoor academy’. Why is MMRDA silent on this issue when they have all the documents. Are they not taking action just because of high profile leaders are involved in it?”Galgali has also written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the issue. According to him, more than Rs 100 crores were spent in naming a cricket stadium in Pune as ‘Sahara Shree Subroto Rai’, and thus MCA should also be charged similarly.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s title to lose, says Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsene Wenger believes the Premier League title is “Chelsea’s to lose” and the Arsenal manager is ready to salute Antonio Conte’s men should they surpass the Gunners’ record of 14 consecutive top-flight victories.Chelsea lie six points clear of the field, nine ahead of fourth-placed Arsenal, and will strengthen their position further if they extend their club record winning streak to 13 by beating Stoke City on Saturday.”At the moment Chelsea are the super-favourites (for the title),” Wenger told a news conference on Friday. “But it is theirs to lose as we say here in England. (Mourinho admits its Chelsea’s title to lose)”At the moment they have won it but they can still lose it. It’s still a long way to go and so the head-to-head (matches) will have a vital importance.”If Chelsea win their next three matches against Stoke, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City they will surpass the record of consecutive top-flight wins set by Wenger’s team stretching across the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.”If they do it, it’s absolutely marvellous because nobody expected that,” Wenger said.”At the start of the season, they had a little bit of a dodgy start, but after, since they’ve changed their system, they are on a run where the confidence plays a big part.”Records are there to be beaten and if somebody does better than you, you have to acknowledge it and say ‘well done’.”Wenger’s side were the last to beat Chelsea in the league, thrashing them 3-0 in September, a humbling reverse that prompted Conte to change his formation. They have not looked back since.advertisement”They have addressed their problems well. You have to give credit to Conte to find a solution that has balanced well his team,” Wenger said. (Premier League: Chelsea win 12th straight game, Manchester United thrash Sunderland 3-1)”They bought David Luiz who stabilised their defensive record and I think overall they are the team that has been the most consistent until now.”Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has recovered from a hamstring injury for the London derby against Crystal Palace but winger Theo Walcott and left back Kieran Gibbs will miss Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.Gibbs injured his knee in Monday’s win over West Bromwich Albion and Walcott remains sidelined with a calf problem. (Manchester City, Liverpool bid to stay on Chelsea’s heels)Wenger provided a positive update on striker Danny Welbeck’s return to fitness following a long-term injury.”Welbeck is fit and sharp. He is in training and he looks quite good,” Wenger said.last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola lauds Juergen Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ football

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola heaped praise on Juergen Klopp, saying his Liverpool counterpart was the best when it comes to instilling an attacking style of play at a club.Since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2015, Klopp has transformed Liverpool from Champions League qualification hopefuls to Premier League title contenders, with the Merseyside club second in the table, six points behind leaders Chelsea after 18 games.City are a point behind Liverpool and will hope to leapfrog them with a victory in Saturday’s clash at Anfield. (Juergen Klopp hopes ‘special game’ is bad viewing for Pep Guardiola)”Maybe he is the best manager in the world creating teams who attack the back four, with this amount of players, this intensity, with the ball without the ball,” former Bayern Munich manager Guardiola told British media.”I like a lot the way they play because in three or four seconds they are attacking. It is not easy to do that. I think there is not another team in the world attacking this way with so many players. (Liverpool great Alan Kennedy hails transformative Juergen Klopp)”When he speaks about his football being heavy metal, I understand completely, it is so aggressive. For the fans it is really good.””They are playing one game a week without Europe, (it) is easy. When you are playing three a week it is more complicated,” the former Barcelona manager added. (Manchester City happy to keep the faith with Guardiola)”But I think he (Klopp) is able to do that because he is a huge motivator. From my point of view, I want to fight until the end of my last chance.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Make the Most of Mother’s Day

first_imgThere’s no better way for your organization to get the attention of your supporters and prospects (and the media) than by piggybacking on what’s already top of mind. Your people are already thinking about this stuff, making them far more likely to connect with your campaign than at other times. That’s “right thing, right now” marketing, and I’ve seen some fantastic Mother’s Day models from nonprofits like yours in recent years. Because I’m a nonprofit communications nerd, I save great email models like these. Just look at these pre–Mother’s Day email subject lines from last year: Now’s the time! These are just a couple of the many inspirations out there to power up your organization’s Mother’s Day campaign. Search for more, brainstorm, and produce your Mother’s Day campaign. How have you piggybacked on Mother’s Day or another holiday to more strongly connect with supporters and prospects? Please share your campaign details in the comments section! I was also struck by this 2008 Mother’s Day fundraising campaign from City Meals. The woman in the photo could have been my grandmother. Next, take a look at my two favorite Mother’s Day campaigns from years past: “Lettuce Celebrate,” proclaimed Oxfam America in its joyful 2014 campaign inviting us to fund a vegetable garden in honor of our moms. It’s a wonderful—and affordable—concept clearly tied to the organization’s mission and impact. Oxfam America even extended the opportunity beyond the target date in case any Mother’s Day slackers missed it. What makes this campaign truly effective are the supplementary components that make giving a participatory experience—including e-cards to send your mom (you “purchase” the card—that’s your donation) and the campaign mini-site. Beautifully done, City Meals. This campaign primes our empathy and guilt and motivates our desire to please with the encouragement to be “our best,” as Mom taught us. Hokey, but it works. City Meals educated readers that “70% of our meal recipients are women. Many no longer have spouses, siblings, friends, or children in their lives. That can make for a lonely Mother’s Day. Send meals in your mother’s honor or memory to elderly New Yorkers who would otherwise be hungry and alone. Mom taught you to care for others. Show her how much you learned.” P.S. Father’s Day is around the corner. Start planning now! With refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.last_img read more

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NFG Staff Profile: Orrin Webb

first_imgIn only 13 months with Network for Good, Orrin Webb has changed the direction of multiple nonprofits. His approach involves high-quality conversations with executive directors, development directors, and board members about their organization, mission, and cause; their day-to-day fundraising process, and their overall donor experience to better understand their challenges and what they need to go from point A to point B.“Nonprofits attract the best in our society because they see beyond the economic gain. They want to truly solve or tackle a social problem.”Q&A with Orrin Webb, Fundraising Sales ConsultantWhat is your experience with nonprofits organizations?I joined Pi Lambda Phi, the first nonsectarian fraternity in the country, in college and worked for the organization for three and a half years after graduation, building leadership organizations across the country. It was a highly fulfilling experience. What stuck out to me was that nonprofit workers get paid in moments. There’s a fulfilling nature of working at a nonprofit. In my leadership positions with the fraternity, I was able to understand the importance of fundraising and the day-to-day struggles of managing the different pillars of a nonprofit. Pilam believes in eliminating prejudice. It’s an inherently progressive organization that is ahead of time. We have a tradition of progress.What attracts you to nonprofits? Purpose before profit. Any organization that’s seeking to fulfill its purpose is primarily noble. When we use that purpose throughout the entire organization, then the organization is more likely to maintain high-quality people.What do you enjoy most about your work?I enjoy when I’m able to have a meaningful conversation with a nonprofit. Any sort of expense in a nonprofit’s case is a leap of faith. When a leader decides that it’s time to take that leap, and then they soar, that is very fulfilling for me. I had an experience with the executive director  of a horse rescue organization in December who said that if they continued on the path they were on, they were going to have to shut down after 20+ years. I said, “No you’re not.” She invested in our program, and she’s not only survived but thrived. She’s raised $40,000 since signing up with us. It just proves that when you have the tools you need to help you achieve what you want to do, and experts and guidance to help you navigate the fundraising landscape, it’s possible to do more good.What do you enjoy doing outside work? I enjoy reading and nature. I like to hike the Billy Goat Trail on the Potomac River. That’s a real Zen spot. I also run a small business, Enmocean, offering trainings on how to build your EQ, or emotional intelligence. The goal is to build a more empathetic society where people lead with curiosity rather than judgement and build higher quality relationships.Being at a small nonprofit, I was able to get executive-level and management-level experience. I was building organizations from scratch and coaching and melding people together to build an organization out of nothing. I started to notice how vital relations are in the workplace. We’re social creatures. But only exec level and management level people get emotional intelligence training and not your everyday person.Last January I created a framework for how it can be delivered. If you’ve ever wondered why someone hears something completely different from what you said or why someone’s presence or vibe irks you while someone else lifts you up, more often than not it has to do with the way a person communicates, and that boils down to personality and ties into our emotions. I see it all the time—in organizations, families, friendships, all relationships. Right now, I’m doing one-on-one trainings, but I plan on turning it into a course.Lightning RoundDream vacation? Kauai, Hawaii. Being in a beach house and swimming with turtles.Most recent book read? EQ Applied by Justin BarisoLast movie seen in movie theater? Avengers EndgameTheme song? “I Can” by NasFavorite color? Purple. Colors are personality related. Purple is a blend of red and blue. When I think about purple I think about unity and peace. There’s strength in unity and there’s power in understanding and empathy.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

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De Bruyne: Penalty hero Muric has veins of ice!

first_imgManchester City made it through to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night after a dramatic clash with Leicester City that included a fair few points of note, culminating in a 3-1 penalty shoot-out headlined by the heroics of Arijanet Muric.A debut start for Eric Garcia ushered in the pre-match discussion, but it wasn’t before long that Kevin De Bruyne was the topic of choice after a finely-struck opener courtesy of finding space to fire through some fancy footwork.Marc Albrighton’s second-half stunner, the product a brave late rally from the Foxes, took the match to penalties, but it was Man City’s young Kosovan keeper who would ultimately receive the plaudits. 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! De Bruyne, who took in 71 minutes of action as he threatens rivals with his full return to the starting XI, and despite winning man of the match, heaped praise on the 20-year-old spot-kick saviour.“It was an open game and in the end this guy helped us secure the semi-final,” the Belgian told Sky Sports.“He made some great saves – he’s got veins of ice! “He did what he had to do, but in the end I think it’s just a beautiful moment for him.”Muric, stood at 6 feet 6 inches tall and dwarfing the diminutive De Bruyne, was asked about his penalty-saving technique, particularly surrounding James Maddison’s tame effort.Man City celebrate vs Leicester“I was waiting for him,” the young keeper said. “I was just looking for the ball. I was waiting until they [Leicester] kicked it, so I was just reacting.  “It’s a great feeling.” Attacking midfielder De Bruyne has been sidelined for some time and although City have coped well in the orchestrator’s absence, fans have been eager awaiting his return. “It’s difficult to start when you’re injured for five months,” De Bruyne laughed. “But it felt good, you know?  “I played 70 minutes, and to do that after being out for so long is a really good sign for me personally. “I feel a little bit stiff, but I’m happy to contribute again. And, obviously, we want to win titles – so we are in the semi-final, we know it’s two more games, and we can battle for another trophy again. “That’s our goal.”last_img read more

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Barca held to frustrating draw with Athletic Bilbao

first_imgLionel Messi’s return to the starting line-up was not enough to prevent Barcelona drawing a third successive match across all competitions, as Athletic Bilbao held out for a 0-0 stalemate at San Mames in LaLiga.Argentina superstar Messi was only named among the substitutes for Wednesday’s 1-1 Copa del Rey draw against Real Madrid having struggled with a thigh injury and he looked a little off colour as Barca end the weekend just six points clear of Los Blancos in second.Athletic edged an entertaining first half and went close on a couple of occasions, while Barca appeared to be missing the talents of Arthur in midfield – Arturo Vidal failing to impress in a similar role to the injured Brazilian, who faces a month out. 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! Ernesto Valverde’s side had little luck creating clear-cut opportunities in the second half – albeit Nelson Semedo was contentiously denied a last-gasp penalty – and could have even have lost as Athletic, who had Oscar De Marcos sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time, went close twice late on.Barca struggled to cope during the early exchanges and had two lucky escapes. Yuri Berchiche drilled just wide of the bottom-right corner before Markel Susaeta’s curling effort forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a wonderful acrobatic save.The visitors gradually gained a foothold and went mightily close in the 26th minute, as Iago Herrerin beat Semedo – who was incorrectly pulled back for being offside at the end of the move – and nudged the ball to Messi, whose first-time effort from distance hit the crossbar.Barca were convinced they should have had a penalty at the start of the second half when Luis Suarez’s header appeared to strike the arm of Inigo Martinez, but nothing was given.Athletic nearly took all of the points in the final 10 minutes, Inaki Williams heading wide from close range, before then seeing Ter Stegen produce a remarkable reaction save to thwart him from just 10 yards.De Marcos was given his marching orders late on when handling the ball, and Barca were denied a penalty with the last action of the game – VAR failing to reward them despite Semedo appearing to be caught by Yeray Alvarez. @mterstegen1 in GOD MODE #AthleticBarça pic.twitter.com/aBnJDU0qcw— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) February 10, 2019  What does it mean? Barca blip coming at the wrong timeAs Santiago Solari’s Madrid – 3-1 victors over Atletico Madrid on Saturday – pick up the pace in LaLiga, cracks are starting to appear at Camp Nou. This may just be a brief blip, but Valverde needs his men to react quickly.Alvarez in command at the backAthletic had to contend with long periods under pressure in the second half, but Alvarez remained solid in defence, marshalling Luis Suarez particularly well. He was perhaps lucky to avoid conceding a late penalty for his tackle on Semedo, however.Coutinho blends into the backgroundEven though he did not look entirely sharp, Messi was still seemingly expected to do all of the creating for Barca. Philippe Coutinho should be the one to take some of the burden off their talisman, but he offered very little spark, yet again.What’s next?Barca return to Camp Nou on Saturday, hosting Real Valladolid. Athletic travel to Huesca two days later. read morelast_img read more

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3 Reasons You’re More Productive in a Coffee Shop

first_imgFreelancers have a reputation for working from quaint corner cafes, earphoned and typing away on MacBooks in jeans and sneakers. Is it the allure of a constant caffeine supply, or the free wifi that makes independents and other creative types turn coffee shops into their home away from home?It turns out that freelancers may be onto something. New research suggests that the link between creativity and coffee shops runs deeper than you think.1. Background noiseYou’d think that your quiet home office would make you more productive. Not so!A study published in The Journal of Consumer Research found that the level of ambient noise of a bustling coffee shop (~70 decibels) enhanced creativity, compared with the quieter level of 50 decibels. Quiet makes you focus on any creative task because “distraction caused by a moderate (vs. low) level of noise will induce processing difficulty, leading to abstract processing and, consequently, to greater creativity.”Ahem. What that means is: when you’re mildly distracted, all the judgmental, analytical, orderly parts of your brain are quieted so that out-of-the-box, unfiltered ideas can float up into your consciousness.**2. Out of your comfort zone **Your mind is literally wired to turn off repeat input and only focus on new information.So trying new things, seeing new faces, and visiting new places stimulates your brain. There’s a reason that famous authors, for centuries, have sat and watched people pass them by and then went off to invent/write brilliant things. (OK, there were probably a few steps between those two things.)You can’t take in all the things that are happening in a coffee shop and be productive simultaneously, though; too much stimulation is distracting. Try sitting for a while, looking around and enjoying the sights, and then focusing on your work. The bustle of others in your peripheral vision is the kind of low-level distraction that makes you creative but productive.3. The faint whiff of history?The final reason you’re more productive in a coffee shop is not based on research, but on personal experience and group behavior.We’ve all seen the movies and other cultural images of the Faulkners or Fitzgeralds smoking and looking smart and sloppy in Paris cafes. Younger generations were raised with the knowledge that J.K. Rowling, summit of all things brilliant and wonderful, wrote the first Harry Potter books in a sleepy Scottish coffee shop.As a result, there is an inexplicable sensation, upon walking into a wood-paneled, dimly lit, hole-in-the-wall coffee shop (sorry, Starbucks), that you’re somehow part of a grand tradition of independent-thinkers.It’s just a little bit exciting.Too ephemeral or warm-and-fuzzy for you? Try telling that to the hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers who flock to the cafe J.K. Rowling and Alexander McCall-Smith wrote in, or the owners of that cafe, who have probably made a small fortune off that fact.Moods and emotions can “live” in places, too. We would argue that just being surrounded by the environment associated with great thinkers can make us (even if just in our imaginations) “feel” greater.Do you work in coffee shops? Do you feel more productive?Painting above is Night Cafe by Vincent van Gogh.last_img read more

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The Reason We Do What We Do

first_imgSometimes all we need is a reminder of the real reason we do what we do: our children. This week, Dr. David Aguilar shares his favorite work mug — a beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind treasure.**Name: **David AguilarWhat I do: Doctor of ChiropracticWebsite: www.aguilarchiropractic.comLocation: New York CityMug Story: Here’s my mug. It’s awesome. That’s my daughter’s foot. She was barely a month old when we took her to the pottery shop. Every time I drink out of it, I remember how wonderful it felt to have my daughter home at last. She’s now three years old. I can hardly believe that she is the same person who’s foot is stamped on this mug.**Want to share your mug story with our members? **Email us at lvanthoen [at] freelancersunion.org with your name, occupation, website, and mug story, and we may feature you in our blog!last_img read more

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QUIZ: What Type of Freelancer Are You?

first_imgLast week, Freelancers Union launched The Freelancers Pyramid of Self-Actualization, a nifty guide to help you rise through the ranks of freelance awesomeness, transcend dry spells, find independence nirvana, and achieve lofty “360 Freelancer” status.But to know where you’re going, you must learn where you are. So take this very official, 100% scientific quiz. See you at the summit, dear pyramid climbers.Personality quiz loading…Please enable javascript.Then after you take the quiz, learn more about your level and how to get to the next!Unfree FreelancerHustling FreelancerEmpowered FreelancerInfluential Freelancer360 FreelancerIf you have any questions about your level or how to reach freelance success, join our founder Sara Horowitz on **Tuesday, January 28 (TODAY!) **at 3PM EST for a live Q&A session!What did you get? Tell us in the comments!last_img read more

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Virat Kohli praises bowlers after India defend 252 in 2nd ODI to take 2-0 lead

first_imgVirat Kohli played an important knock of 92 off 107 balls to help India put up a total of 252 in the second ODI against Australia at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.While 252 looked a chaseable target, Kuldeep Yadav’s hat-trick later on and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s early blows stunned Australia. Though Marcus Stoinis and Steve Smith fought off with scores of 62 and 59 respectively, the Indian bowlers picked wickets regularly and wrapped up the Australian innings with 6.5 overs remaining.Kohli, who was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match said that regular breakthroughs was the need of the hour for them and his bowlers gave him that as India beat Australia by 50 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.”We didn’t feel like we had enough on the board at the break after the first innings. But we knew if we had a good start we have a good chance of defending it. We needed breakthroughs throughout and Bhuvi provided it initially, his spell was something that set up the game for us along with Bumrah and then those two spinners again in the middle overs did the damage. We knew if we don’t take wickets, it is going to be difficult with the outfield being a bit wet,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.Kohli added that the wicket wasn’t an easy one to bat on and he’s happy with the result.”To be honest, the wicket wasn’t that easy to bat on through the day and all the batsmen felt that. It feels good to have come through at the end of the day.”advertisement’BHUVI SET THE TONE’Kohli highlighted the importance of the first spell by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, where he picked two important wickets of David Warner and Hilton Cartwright and hit back at Australia early on.Photo Credit: BCCI “Bhuvi’s spell became even more important because we knew the wrist-spinners would properly do damage in the middle. The Australians needed a few runs in the first 10 overs and we needed a couple of breakthroughs. He got two wickets and could have got the third one as well, that would have been ideal but I think he really set the tone with the spell. The deliveries he got the batsmen out with were unplayable. That’s what he gets to the table. With a bit of assistance from the pitch, you can count on Bhuvi for getting the breakthroughs,” Kohli said.The India captain was happy with the effort put in by Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep and mentioned that such performances keep the competition going within the unit ahead of the 2019 World Cup.”Two young spinners bowling with a lot of heart, getting us those breakthroughs against a top quality side speaks volumes of their characters. They will do us good service in the future as well and that keeps the competition going among the players we have, looking at the World Cup in a couple of years’ time.Photo Credit: AP “It really augurs well for us how the team is shaping up, it’s a good balance of batting and bowling. We have an all-rounder in Hardik now and we have a couple of spinning all-rounders in Jadeja and Axar. We have a lot of option and have all our bases covered at the moment,” Kohli added.Ahead of the match, Kohli had scored only 46 runs from three matches in the Test series against Australia early this year. In the first ODI of the series in Chennai, Kohli had perished for a rare duck. On being asked if he felt a strong urge of scoring against Aussies today, Kohli said that he always tries to stay motivated and score.”I always try to create that kind of motivation for myself, whoever I am playing against because it’s very important to respect the opposition and prepare in the same way. I don’t like to differentiate at any stage. Sometimes things don’t come off for you but I try and stay in the same zone everytime I come out to play.”Today I knew that the wicket is a bit tricky so I need to stay in there for a bit longer for us to have a go at setting up a decent total. It wasn’t easy to bat plus the bowling attack is quality as well, you literally have to create shots. It came off today so it looked nice, didn’t come off in Chennai, so it didn’t look nice,” Kohli concluded.last_img read more

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Judo player alleges physical assault by her coach

first_imgAn International Judo player staying at the government run state Juddo Academy in TT Nagar Stadium in Bhopal has alleged physical assault by her coach.In a hand written letter written to the state sports director Uppendra Jain, the player identified as Antim Yadav has alleged that she was physically assaulted by her coach Poonam Yadav when she questioned the coach for being regularly absent.Antim Yadav has won a bronze in the junior youth commonwealth games held in England. She has also won a gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze in the national games.According to sources, sports director Upendra Jain has summoned Yadav thrice but has not questioned the coach so far.There are 25 national judo players in the academy and all of them have sided with Yadav backing her claim.”The other coach Kamla Rawat knows everything. Almost every player has been physically assaulted. You can confirm it from the other coach,” a senior national Judo player told India Today on condition of anonymity.Antim Yadav is also a class 11 student at the local Kamla nehru girls college and stays at the Judo hostel.last_img read more

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Cricket South Africa part ways with chief executive officer ahead of new T20 league

first_imgCricket South Africa (CSA) have agreed a mutual separation with chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat after a breakdown in his relationship with the organisation’s board, it was announced on Thursday.”We recently tried on a few occasions to remedy the situation between Mr Lorgat and the board, but we have not been successful in finding a satisfactory resolution,” said CSA president Chris Nenzani.”The board unanimously felt that it was in the best interest of the organisation that we agreed to a mutual separation agreement with Mr Lorgat.”His departure comes just weeks before the start of South Africa’s new Twenty20 league, the T20 Global League, which Lorgat had been responsible for setting up. It has yet to announce any television deals, reportedly raising the concern of new franchise owners, many of whom also own teams in the Indian Premier League.Lorgat, 57, was previously chief executive of the International Cricket Council where he clashed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).India objected when Cricket South Africa appointed him as their CEO in mid-2013 and have since twice curtailed tours to the country, resulting in significant financial losses to South Africa.”I would like to thank the board for their wholesome support during my time, especially in my early years at CSA. It is most unfortunate that we must part ways in this manner, but it is the best way forward for CSA,” said Lorgat in a statement.CSA vice president Thabang Moroe will stand in for Lorgat until a successor is found.advertisementlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli’s Bradmanesque run great but he needs support from Indian middle-order

first_imgVirat Kohli is in the middle of a dream run.The Indian captain has broken records with aplomb, given statisticians around the world plenty of numbers to play with and as it stands – he has notched up 34 hundreds in only 206 ODIs.Kohli, after only a decade in international cricket, is the fifth-highest scorer for India in ODIs. He is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.In only 10 years at the highest level, Kohli has scored more hundreds than all other batsmen barring Tendulkar, who has 49. Given his tenacity and consistency, Kohli will overtake Tendulkar at some point in his career.WATCHSimply put, Kohli is the Don Bradman of one-day cricket. Ganguly has already put him at par with Tendulkar and there is evidence to suggest Kohli is the best chaser in the one-day game with 18 hundreds in successful chases.Kohli’s Bradmanesque form is great for the Indian team. They have won eight successive ODI series and are on the verge of winning their ninth – against South Africa in their own den. (Virat Kohli’s men reach Port Elizabeth to traditional welcome)Even as the world celebrates Kohli’s sensational run of form, the Indian team needs to wonder why it is so dependent on Kohli. As many as 29 of his 34 ODI hundreds have come in winning causes and that is great news but what happens when he does not get a hundred, especially overseas?The ODI series against South Africa is a case-in-point. India lead the six match series 3-1 but it has taken special efforts from Kohli with the bat in each of these matches. He scored 112 in Durban, 46 not out in Centurion, 160 not out in Cape Town and 75 in Johannesburg.advertisementIn Durban, Ajinkya Rahane played a solid supporting role as India stormed to victory with plenty to spare. Centurion was an easy run chase after the spin twin had dismantled the Proteas but the epic knock in Cape Town showed why the over-dependence on Kohli is so worrying. (SA remain unbeaten in Pink jersey)On a difficult pitch, Dhawan played a blinder at the top of the order but once he was dismissed, it was largely a lonely battle for the Indian skipper. The others failed to put up any kind of resistance and India got past 300 only because a supremely-fit Kohli battled cramps and heat against a quality bowling attack.In Johannesburg, India were looking to post a daunting total and changed their approach in the middle-overs where they have traditionally consolidated. However, Kohli tried to accelerate, played a rare shot in the air and was dismissed with 18.5 overs remaining – in that span, India could manage only 111 runs and finished with a below-par 289 from a position of strength at 178/2.The likes of Rahane, Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya were barely able to make their presence felt while MS Dhoni, whose batting prowess is clearly on the wane, somehow managed to remain unbeaten on 42 – some might argue the acceleration never came.Kohli was India’s leading run-getter even in the three-Test series and one shudders to thin where India might have been without his 286 runs, especially the two crucial knocks at the Wanderers.There is no doubt Kohli takes pride in his consistency. There is no doubt he is hungry for runs and he wants to win matches for India in every condition. But how much longer would he have to wait for more support from the middle-order?Rohit Sharma and Dhawan have been brilliant as openers. However, Rohit has struggled against seam and pace. In South Africa, he met his nemesis in Kagiso Rabada and those ODI double hundreds are now a distant memory.Kohli has scored 393 runs out India’s total of 981 from the four ODIs so far: that means the captain has scored 40 per cent of the team’s total. That is staggering, even impressive from the captain. But think about it in the longer run – what happens if he has an off-day against a top side in a crucial World Cup match?Think back to the 2015 World Cup semi-final and the 2017 Champions Trophy final. With Dhoni no longer the same finisher, India need to find at least two batsmen who can step up and win matches even if Kohli does not get a hundred.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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Kohli was little over the top in SA but growing: Steve Waugh

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury Monaco, Feb 27 (PTI) Virat Kohlis aggression was a “little over the top” in the recent tour of South Africa but it is all a part of his development as a charismatic India captain, feels former Australia skipper Steve Waugh. India enjoyed decent success in the 58-day tour, during which the side lost the Test series 1-2 but clinched the ODI and Twenty20 series 5-1 and 2-1 respectively. Kohlis stellar performance with the bat was among the biggest positives to be drawn from the gruelling sojourn. “I have seen him in South Africa and I feel that he was little over the top. But thats a learning thing for a captain,” Waugh told PTI in an interview on the sidelines of the Laureus World Sports Awards here. Waugh said Kohli needs to strike a balance given that not all players in his team are as expressive as he is. “As a captain, he (Kohli) is still developing and needs some time to pull in his excitement factor and emotions but thats the way he plays,” he said. “I think he just needs to get a bit aware that everyone in the side cant play in that fashion. Someone like (Ajinkya) Rahane and (Cheteshwar) Pujara are very calm and quiet guys so he needs to just understand that some players are different,” Waugh added. “At times he probably needs to tone his aggression down and at times he needs to lift it, so he needs to work it out whats right.” The Australian great, however, insisted that he has immense respect for Kohli the player. “He (Kohli) is leading very well right now. He has that charisma and that X-factor and so he wants all the rest of the team to follow him. He wants the team to play positively all the time and win as quickly as he can,” observed Waugh, who is here as a Laureus Academy member. “They have got a very good win record in the last couple of years in all forms of the game. Virat has high aspirations from his team. He wants to be no.1 across all formats which is difficult to do these days.” Kohli and India have now set their sights on conquering England and Australia, Indias upcoming two big Test challenges later this year. India will play a five-Test series in England in August and September and are due to tour Australia for four Tests in the summer of 2018-19. But Waugh feels it would be easier said than done and Kohli would be key to Indias success in Australia. “Australia will be favourites in Australia because we have got such a great record, just like India in India. Virat (Kohli) would obviously be the key in Australia. He played amazing in Australia last time,” he said. “India are a very confident young side and they are playing with great confidence and passion that their captain believes in. They believe they can win in Australia no doubt.” He, however, said India will have decent chance as the pitches in Australia will be more familiar to them this time around. “To be fair, the pitches will suit India more than the past because the pitches are very benign at the moment,” Waugh said. “So they will definitely suit the Indian batsmen and the spinners will come into action more. So I think it would be a very competitive series.” Despite the Test series loss in South Africa, India have managed to retain the ICC Test Championship mace for the second consecutive year but Waugh feels there isnt much difference between the top three sides — India, South Africa and Australia. “They are a very competitive side, they cover all positions well. So, I think India, South Africa and Australia are right now three sides who are very similar in quality and they will fight it out for the No.1 position in the next couple of years,” he said. Talking about Kohli?s predecessor M S Dhoni, Waugh said the inspirational wicketkeeper-batsman is looking good enough to carry on till at least next years World Cup. “He (Dhoni) is still a great player but he needs to have that energy and that spark which right now, he does have. But 12 months is still long, long away. “He is definitely good enough but sometimes when you get a bit older you dont prepare as well as you have done before but right now it looks like he is doing that. He is keen, he is a great leader and he is a winner,” Waugh signed off. PTI SSC PM PM -advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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What’s Virat Kohli up to as India gear up for T20I tri-series without him?

first_imgVirat Kohli has been a busy man ever since he returned to India after a record-breaking tour of South Africa in February.The India captain has been rested for the Twenty20 International tri-series in Sri Lanka and in his absence, Rohit Sharma has been bestowed with the responsibility of leading the team.India play the tournament opener on March 6 against hosts Sri Lanka in Colombo and two days later take on the third team, Bangladesh at the same venue.Kohli has been given some well-deserved time off ahead of India’s hectic away tours after the Indian Premier League concludes in May. Kohli will next be seen in action at the IPL leading Royal Challengers Bangalore.Last month, Kohli led India to their first ever bilateral one day international series victory in South Africa and had a sensational run with the bat.He ended the tour scoring 871 runs across three formats. In the six ODIs, he scored a record-breaking 558 runs including three hundreds. He was also the leading scorer with 286 runs in the three-Test series which India lost 1-2.So what is Kohli up to even as India gear up to play a tri-series without him? Last time he took a break from cricket (the limited-overs leg of Sri Lanka’s tour of India), Kohli used the time to get married.This time, the run machine has been busy cheering on his ISL team, watching the premier of his wife’s latest movie. He also visited a tattoo studio in Mumbai and was seen dancing with Shikhar Dhawan at a wedding.advertisementKOHLI ENJOYS COFFEE AFTER COMING BACK TO INDIAA well-known fitness freak, Kohli has often said he loves green tea.Kohli looked relaxed with a cup of black coffee. He posted a picture on social media for his fans captioned, “Coffee at home tastes even better,” he wrote on Twitter.Coffee at home tastes even better. pic.twitter.com/3VOkeNGbHPVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 28, 2018CHEERS FOR FC GOA IN ISLKohli was recently in Goa to cheer his team from the stands as his co-owned team FC Goa thrashed Atletico de Kolkata 5-1 in an Indian Super League encounter last week.That was some performance by the lads today, 5-1 and it could’ve been so many more! Onwards and upwards from here! #ForcaGoa #WeTogether @FCGoaOfficial pic.twitter.com/j2DQekRso6Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 28, 2018FC Goa, which is co-owned by Kohli and the Goan Football Club Pvt Ltd, enhanced their chances of a playoffs berth by moving to fourth position in the points table of the ISL thanks to their comfortable win.WATCHES PARI SCREENINGOn Thursday, Kohli attended the special screening of Anushka Sharma-starrer horror film — Pari — with his wife’s family in Mumbai. Pari was released on March 2. Photo Credit: Viral BhayaniHe later took to Twitter to praise his wife’s work.”Has to be my Wife’s best work ever! One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. Got quite scared but so very proud of you @AnushkaSharma,” he tweeted.Watched #Pari last night, has to be my Wife’s best work ever! One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. Got quite scared but so very proud of you @AnushkaSharmaVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 2, 2018VISITS TATTOO STUDIO IN MUMBAIThe 29-year-old visited Alien Tattoo in Bandra for consultations on a new tattoo. Kohli already has a ‘God’s eye’ tattooed on his left shoulder and it has been learnt Kohli visited the Mumbai studio for consultation on a new tattoo. He is yet to get the design inked. The Indian captain already has multiple tattoos all across his frame, with a monastery on his shoulder, his Test cap number of 269 and ODI cap number of 175 and the names of his parents — Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli tattooed in Hindi.RECEIVES WIFE AT MUMBAI AIRPORTKohli was spotted receiving wife Anushka Sharma at the Mumbai airport early Sunday morning. According to reports, Anushka returned to Mumbai after shooting for her upcoming film, Sui Dhaaga, in Bhopal. Photo Credit: Viral BhayaniDANCES AT FRIEND’S WEDDING PARTYKohli never leaves a chance to set the dance floor on fire. He was recently spotted a friend’s wedding party where he did not shy away from showing off his dance moves.After IPL, India host Afghanistan in a one-off Test in June before they fly to England for a marathon tour. India are also scheduled to travel to Australia towards the year end and New Zealand early 2019.last_img read more

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Italy prosecutors open investigation into Davide Astori death

first_imgItalian public prosecutors will open proceedings to determine the cause of Fiorentia captain Davide Astori’s ‘sudden’ death on Sunday.Astori, who played 289 times in the Serie A and 14 times for Italy, was found dead at the team hotel in Udine ahead of Fiorentina’s clash versus Udinese. The game along with all of Sunday’s Serie A fixtures, was postponed.Udine’s public prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo told state broadcaster Rai in a radio that an autopsy would be carried out on Tuesday.”It’s our duty to discover whether this was a tragic piece of misfortune or whether someone could have detected something,” he said, adding that there was no indication of foul play or suspicions against any individual.Prosecutors in Italy are obliged to investigate such cases.On Monday, fans continued to gather at Fiorentina’s Artemio Franchi stadium to pay tribute to the player, leaving flowers, scarves and messages such as “Ciao, Capitano”.The club said on Twitter that his funeral would take place in Florence on Thursday and European soccer body UEFA said there would be a minute’s silence before all this week’s Champions League and Europa League matches.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Spl development councils in 9 tribal Odisha dists

first_imgBhubaneswar, Mar 10 (PTI) Odisha government has formed special development councils (SDCs) in nine tribal-dominated districts of the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.The nine tribal dominated districts are – Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, and Sundargarh.The SDCs will focus on preservation and promotion of tribal culture and traditions, heritage and unique identity of tribal communities in accordance with their socio-economic development, Patnaik said launching the councils at a function here yesterday.A total of Rs 175 crore will be spent per annum through these councils and the state government would provide Rs 1.5 crore financial assistance to each block of the nine districts which is over and above the funds allotted under different schemes.The SDCs will benefit around 14 lakh tribal families on their cultural, educational, sports and economic development activities, he said.The chief minister also reiterated the state government?s commitment to all-round development and welfare of tribals in the state.Odisha has 62 tribes out of which 13 tribes are known as particularly vulnerable tribal groups. PTI AAM RG KK KKlast_img read more

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Kagiso Rabada reported for breaching code of conduct second time in Port Elizabeth Test

first_imgKagiso Rabada was at it again, picking up wickets and following it up by giving them a sending off. He took 11 wickets in the match as South Africa closed on victory over Australia on day four of the second Test on Monday, but the fiery pace bowler faces a new charge from the International Cricket Council (ICC).The home side won the match by six wickets to level the four-match series at 1-1.Rabada grabbed the first three wickets to fall in the morning session to complete figures of 6-54 and a match aggregate of 11-150, the fourth time the 22-year-old has taken 10 or more wickets in a Test.WATCHHis presence in the remainder of the series remains under threat, however, with match referee Jeff Crowe to announce the outcome of a hearing into a Level Two charge against the seamer after he brushed against Steve Smith after dismissing the Australian captain in the first innings.#SAvAUS This nudge between Rabada and Smith will no doubt be reviewed by the match referee pic.twitter.com/2ln0tmTOlnMichael Sherman (@Golfhackno1) March 9, 2018If found guilty, Rabada, who has 15 wickets at an average of 16.80 in the series, will miss the final two games after reaching eight demerit points to trigger an automatic suspension.Rabada was also slapped with a lesser Level One charge on Monday for his exuberant celebrations when he dismissed David Warner in the second innings on Sunday.Just how much he would be missed was evident as he tore through the Australian middle-order with high-quality fast bowling.advertisementResuming on 180 for five, the tourists lost Mitchell Marsh (45) in the first over as Rabada uprooted his middle stump, before Pat Cummins (5) was well caught in the gully by Theunis de Bruyne.Rabada got his third in quick succession as Mitchell Starc (1) edged a drive to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Lungi Ngidi (2-24) had Lyon (5) also caught by De Kock, before Tim Paine (28 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (17) added 28 for the final wicket.The latter picked out Ngidi in the deep as he tried to launch spinner Keshav Maharaj (2-90) to the boundary and the innings ended on 239.Australia won the first Test in Durban by 118 runs. The final two matches in the series will be played in Cape Town and Johannesburg.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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AIFF hands Minervas match-fixing complaint to CBI

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the complaint made by Minerva Punjab FC that their players were approached for match-fixing during the just-concluded I-League. The newly-crowned champions Minerva Punjab on two occasions — one in January and the other earlier this month — had alleged match-fixing approaches. “Regarding the first approach relating to the alleged phone calls made to the Minerva players and the support staff, we have handed the information and the details to the CBI,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said at the draws ceremony for the Super Cup football tournament here. “The second one which we made it public just a day before the I-League title deciding matches a few days back, out integrity officer is looking into the matter for further course of action,” he added. In the first case which came to light in January, Minerva Punjab owner Ranjit Bajaj said that an Indian and a foreign player of his team were offered bribes of up to Rs 30 lakh each in an alleged match-fixing attempt. He tweeted that some match officials were also approached. Bajaj had said that his club reported the issue to AIFF and also apprised of the Asian Football Confederation. Later, Bajaj again wrote on social media that five more players from his club were asked to fix matches in the I-League, taking the numbers to seven. The AIFF issued a release on March 7 about Minerva writing another letter to it informing about an approach to their players and officials from other participating teams in the I-League.advertisement Asked if the AIFFs restructuring plan to have three tiers of the domestic league system will be implemented next year, Das said, “We are waiting for inputs from the AFC and based on that we will take a decision. We will have an Executive Committee meeting,” he said. “We are very clear that the model will have to be sustainable and make sense. We dont want to rush in and later find that it not workable. In the next two or three months, we should be able to come up with a plan.” Das said that the Supreme Court-appointed administrator S Y Qureshi is expected to submit his report on the formulation of the AIFF Constitution after the election of Praful Patel as president in late 2016 was set aside by the Delhi High Court for not following the National Sports Code. “He (Qureshi) is comparing the AIFF Constitution with the Sports Code and he will submit a report to the Supreme Court. Das also said that the AIFF Disciplinary Committee will take a decision soon on the complaints made by some Minerva players on alleged breach of contract by the club management. Das also said that some players will be added to the current Indian Arrows side, playing in the I-League, next season. “Our Under-16 team will be playing in the AFC U-16 Championships in September. Some of the U-16 players from this team will be added to Indian Arrows while some U-19 players from the current (Indian Arrows) side which played in the I-League will be released,” said Das. PTI PDS AT ATlast_img read more

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