Mumbai Football: MSSA’s poor scheduling hurting kids

first_imgPlaying back-to-back matches within 18 hours, the players of St Paul’s (Dadar) looked low on energy, but still managed to pull off a 1-0 win against Vibgyor HS (Goregaon) in a boys’ U-14 Div-II pre-quarter-final of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. The Dadar school boys, who were vibrant and dominant in their 3-0 win against St Lawrence (Borivli) on Tuesday evening (3pm), were unable to produce the same intensity and were evidently slow yesterday. Skipper Atharva Rewale beat Vibgyor goalkeeper Arav Diwan with a scorching pile-driver from inside the box in the 13th minute for the winner.Related News MSSA: Kimaya’s 3 does the ‘trick Schoolboy Meet Mayekar scores 338 in Harris Shield match; opposition batsmen out for ducks! Before the start of the match, Vibgyor coach Syed Yasin said he was unhappy with the scheduling. “Sebastian Fernandes [MSSA football secretary] informed me about our game only yesterday [Tuesday] at 12.20pm. I requested him to send me a message as I had to inform our principal. He sent me a WhatsApp today at 7.30am, when our match is at 10am, Our team had no time to prepare for the match. If we would have refuse to play, MSSA would have given our opponents a walkover. This has happened to our school in the past,” Yasin added. The parents of St Paul’s players were upset too. “It’s unfair to make children play matches without sufficient rest,” said a mother of one of the St Paul’s players. Sebastian did not answer calls and text messages. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Mumbai: Men’s rights activists slam gender bias, say false charges cast shadow on genuine caseslast_img read more

Childrens Day: Prez awards paralympian for Exceptional

first_imgAchievementNew Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Revathi Nayak M, daughter of a farmer from Karnatakas Devangere district and herself a Paralympian, today received gold medal as part of National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievements given away by the President on the occasion of Childrens Day.Revathy says her father has been the force behind her achieving the feat.She started swimming when she was just eight years of age. A water canal from the local dam in her village was her “swimming pool”. Later, the closing of the dam threatened to jeopardise her dream.It was her father who wouldnt let that happen and shifted out of the village so she could have access to modern sports facilities.”My dream was to produce sportspersons for my country,” says Manjunath, Revathis father.Manjunath is a former athlete and is grooming all his three children to sports.His 13-year-old daughter Rakshita Nayaka plays for Karnatakas U-16 cricket team. And 10-year-old son, Nakshatra Nayaka, is a national sub-junior silver medallist in swimming.”This is my way of living out my dream of being a sportsperson through my children,” says Manjunath.He speaks about how often having two daughters was frowned upon in his community.”I have always felt that my girls are at par with boys. I put one of my daughters in cricket even though it is considered a male sport. In my village in Devangere she is the only girl cricketer who plays with all the other boys.”Revathy, the gold medalist at todays award ceremony, has a leg length discrepancy, or uneven legs, but that has not deterred her from winning at several international competitions and aiming for a medal at Olympics someday.advertisementToday, the 16-year-old has a silver medal in 50 metre breast stroke and bronze medal in 100 metre breast stroke at International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports World Games held at Prague in 2016 and in the Netherlands in 2015.She was also placed 6th in Paralympics swimming held at Pasadana of America at Rose Bowl Aquatics in 2014.She was among 31 children in total who received National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievements. Among the winners were chess players, an equestrian as well as students with keen interest in music and those with several technological innovations to their name.Awards in two other categories- National Awards for Child Welfare, 2015 and Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award, 2016- were also given away today. PTI JC TIRlast_img read more

Former Brazil, Chennaiyin FC midfielder Elano retires

first_imgFormer Manchester City, Chennaiyin FC and Brazil international midfielder Elano has announced his retirement from football. (Latest Football stories)The 35-year-old has played sparingly for Brazilian club Santos this season as coach Dorival Junior favours younger players, reports Xinhua.In a statement on their official website, Santos said Elano would assume an assistant coaching role at the club next season.Capped 50 times for Brazil’s national team, Elano’s club career included spells at Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Galatasaray and Chennaiyin FC.He represented Santos 321 times, scoring 68 goals and helping the club to the 2002 and 2004 Brazilian Serie A titles.Elano was the marquee player of Chennaiyin FC in the 2015 season of the Indian Super League. He also helped the team to title triumph last year.last_img read more

BCCI vs Lodha Committee: Supreme Court’s final hearing today

first_imgThe Supreme Court will reconvene again and in all probability pass a verdict today on the BCCI vs Lodha committee battle. The Indian cricket board has been obdurate in its stance by not willing to implement Lodha Committeee recommendations in its entirety. (BCCI to wait till December 5 for SC verdict on Lodha Committee report)However, in its last hearing in October 21, the apex court restrained from passing an order and allowed the BCCI and state cricket associations more time to implement the recommendations in total. However, BCCI despite many meetings with the associations and SGMs have resisted to accept certain Lodha recommendations. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)On November 18, the Lodha panel submitted its third status report, asking the Supreme Court to remove office bearers of both BCCI and the states with immediate effect, who don’t meet the eligibility criteria of the recommendations. Moreover, the panel also suggested that GK Pillai, the former home secretary be appointed as an observer of the BCCI. (Disqualify BCCI office-bearers, Lodha panel tells Supreme Court)BCCI, in its latest meeting on December 2, there was again no change with board deciding not to implement the Lodha recommendations in total and rather wait for the court’s final observation on Monday.During the Monday hearing, another important issue will come up regarding BCCI president Anurag Thakur’s alleged request to the ICC for a letter – if appointment of a comptroller and auditor general official on the proposed Apex Council amounted to government interference. The court had asked Thakur for an individual affidavit and on October 17, the board president submitted denying the charge.advertisementThe Supreme Court during its October 21 order had directed the Lodha panel to contact ICC chairman Shashank Monohar and  asking him to submit an affidavit on that matter. On Monday, the court will also reveal the contents of the affidavit filed by Manohar.All eyes would be on the Supreme Court bench, who would decide the fate of BCCI and its top office bearers.last_img read more

Report: Real Madrid 0 Atletico 0

first_imgReal Madrid dropped points in LaLiga for the second match in succession after they were held to a 0-0 draw by bitter rivals Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.Julen Lopetegui’s men were hoping to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Sevilla, but their performance in El Derbi was not hugely improved and they had to rely on Thibaut Courtois’ excellence on several occasions just to get a draw.Atletico looked significantly more dangerous in attack during the first half and only failed to take the lead because of Courtois’ efforts, denying Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa in one-on-one situations. 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! Madrid withdrew Gareth Bale at half-time, the Welshman suffering a suspected thigh injury, but edged proceedings in the second period and attacked desperately towards the end, though they wasted their rare chances and Atletico held on to a deserved point.The visitors had much more about them going forward in the first half and Courtois – facing his former side for the first time since returning to LaLiga – was kept busy.Saul Niguez first tested him from 25 yards with a stinging drive, before the Belgian raced off his line to thwart Griezmann.Courtois also got the better of Costa in a similar situation eight minutes before the break, with Griezmann releasing the Spain striker with a defence-splitting ball.Bale’s replacement Dani Ceballos injected some much-needed energy to the Madrid’s attack and they should have gone ahead in the 65th minute, only for Jan Oblak to make a save at the feet of Marco Asensio following Toni Kroos’ fine pass.JAN OBLAK. #RealMadridAtleti pic.twitter.com/ggW5ZYDUMW — LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 29, 2018 Seemingly frustrated by their team’s struggles in front of goal, the home fans began chanting Cristiano Ronaldo’s name towards the end, and a debut for 18-year-old Brazilian Vinicius Junior could not inspire a breakthrough. What it means: Atletico now Madrid’s equalsFollowing the exit of Ronaldo, many suggested Atletico could legitimately claim to have a better squad than their neighbours, something they could have only dreamt of until recent years. Saturday’s game gave every indication Atletico look much better prepared for a title challenge than Lopetegui’s men, who appeared to have no plan B and lacked pace in the final third. Out of LaLiga’s ‘big three’, Diego Simeone’s side look the most likely to go the distance.Rodrigo shows his classOne of Rodrigo’s finest games for Villarreal was at the Santiago Bernabeu, and he was at it again here. The midfielder was cool and composed on the ball, dictating the tempo for much of the match. Showing such poise in a fixture of this magnitude at the age of 22 is very impressive.Benzema struggles to make impactAlthough the service to Karim Benzema was hardly outstanding, he failed to offer a great deal as the focal point of Madrid’s front line. Too often he surrendered possession or was easily dealt with by Atletico’s defence. After a decent start to the season, the Frenchman’s level has dropped again.What’s next?Madrid face a long journey to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday, before travelling to Deportivo Alaves in LaLiga four days later. Atletico have Club Brugge in Europe, with Real Betis their visitors in the league next Sunday. read morelast_img read more

Alli credits Pochettino philosophy for Spurs extension

first_imgDele Alli has credited manager Mauricio Pochettino as one one his main reasons for signing a new Tottenham contract.The England midfielder put pen to paper on Tuesday on an extension that will keep him at the club until 2024 – despite having four years left on his previous deal.The 25-year-old, who moved to Spurs from MK Dons in 2015, admitted the White Hart Lane boss played a big part in his decision. 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! Alli told Sky Sports News: “I love being here, I love being a part of what this club is doing and where we’re heading.”Poch is the one we’re working with all the time, it’s his philosophy that [is the reason] why we love playing here.”When I think about signing, obviously Poch plays a big part in that.”It’s a nice gesture from the chairman because I had a few years left on my old contract, but nothing changes, I’m still going to keep working as hard as I am and keep fighting and being a part of this team.”Alli, who won PFA Young Player of the Year awards in 2016 and 2017 and has played 31 times for England, added that the Argentine boss has been important in his development.”I owe a lot of thanks to Poch for where I am at the minute in my career. Him and Jesus (Perez) and Miggy (Miguel D’Agostino) and Toni (Jimenez) are keen to keep it improving and heading in the right direction,” he said.”I can’t think of a better place for a player of my age and where I am in my career, to have such amazing support and coaching staff to help me to keep improving.Tottenham will visit north London rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after beating West Ham on Wednesday night and Alli, understandably, is looking forward to it.”Another London derby,” he said. “It’s what the competition is all about, we’re ready to go so we’ll be looking forward to it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Besides SJ Suryah, Bharath to lock horns with Mahesh Babu in the upcoming film

first_imgIn a career spanning a decade, an amusing fact about AR Murugadoss is that he hasn’t had a single flop film. Be it megastar Chiranjeevi or Ilayathalapathy Vijay, the verdict was invariably a blockbuster at the box office.Despite raising many eyebrows, Murugadoss’s project with superstar Mahesh Babu is one of the much-awaited releases of 2017.ALSO READ: Kamal Haasan likely to revive Marudhanayagam with Lyca Productions ALSO READ: Gautamiputra Satakarni TrailerWith the shooting progressing at a brisk pace, reports suggest that Tamil actor Bharath, who’s known for films like 555 and Kadhal, has been roped in to play the bad guy.The Chellame actor was recently spotted shooting in Ahmedabad, where the shooting is currently taking place.Interestingly, the film has also SJ Suryah playing the antagonist. It must be noted that Suryah will be sporting six-pack abs for the first time in his career.The upcoming yet-untitled film also marks Mahesh’s first Tamil film.Rakul Preet Singh plays the female lead after Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra turned down the offer.Music director Harris Jayaraj, a frequent collaborator with Murugadoss will compose the film’s music.Jointly produced by Prasad and Tagore Madhu, the film is slated to release next year.last_img read more

Suresh Kalmadi declines post of life president with Indian Olympic Association

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi has refused to accept the post of life president with the Indian Olympic Association following a notice from the Sports Ministry to the IOA.On Tuesday, former IOA presidents Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala were appointed life presidents of the apex sports body in the country.However, Chautala has decided not to step down. (Also read: Exclusive: Unfair to criticise Suresh Kalmadi, says lawyer)”Their names were proposed at the General Body meeting in Chennai and were unanimously accepted by the house,” a senior IOA official told India Today. (Also read: Exclusive: I will sue Sports Minister Vijay Goel, says Abhay Chautala) Kalmadi remained the president of IOA for 15 long years before his alleged misdeeds in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games were exposed. He was forced to step down and was arrested for misappropriation of funds before he was released on bail.Haryana strongman Chautala was then seen as his heir apparent and was elected as president if the IOA in 2012. His appointment resulted in IOA being suspended for 14 long months.Chautala also had to step down to pave the way for IOA’s comeback into the international Olympic fold.Chautala too is facing charges of disproportionate assets case, but he is still the man who has been running the IOA affairs from behind the scenes. WATCH THE VIDEOlast_img read more

Jallikattu: Ordinance in the works, shutdown in Tamil Nadu

first_imgTamil Nadu and the Centre today worked feverishly to bring out an ordinance for ensuring Jallikattu soon as a general strike brought the state to a standstill and tens of thousands of protesters on Marina beach and elsewhere refused to relent until the sport is held.The state continued to be on the edge on the fifth day of the protest by students, youths and other sections demanding immediate staging of the traditional bull-taming sport in Alanganallur, epicentre of the of Jallikattu, and other places.They said they welcome the efforts to promulgate an ordinance for allowing the sport but they would not withdraw the agitation until the event is held.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who stayed back in the national capital yesterday after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, announced in the morning that the state government would issue an ordinance in a day or two to allow Jallikattu.A draft of the ordinance has already been given to the Union Home Ministry for getting Presidents consent after which the Governor would issue it.Also read: All you need to know about Jallikattu  “After getting the assent of President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow, an ordinance will be promulgated by our Governor to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” he said on his arrival in Chennai. He said legal steps would be taken to remove “all obstacles” in the way of holding the sport.Home Minister Rajnath Singh, on whom a large delegation of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)  MPs called, Environment Minister Anil Dave and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave assurances of early steps by the Centre to resolve the issue soon.advertisementParallely, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court that the Centre was in talks with Tamil Nadu to find a way out in the matter after which the court agreed not to pass judgement for a week on the Jallikattu issue.With the Centre drawing flak, BJP sought to project that its government was actively engaged in resolving the issue.Also read: Will bring ordinance to organise jallikattu within a few days, says PanneerselvamThe Law Minister said he has held discussions with BJP president Amit Shah on the issue, while Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundarajan flanked Dave when he met the media.Though political parties have been kept away from the youth uprising, main opposition party DMK staged state-wide rail roko agitation, with its Working President MK Stalin leading the protests by squatting on tracks in Mambalam. Stalin and Kanimozhi besides many DMK workers were arrested.Stalin has also announced that he will observe a day long fast tomorrow.The call for general strike by various trade unions including those affiliated to DMK and the Left parties besides section of traders bodies led to a shutdown with shops and business establishments downing shutters and schools and colleges remaining closed across the state.Also read:  Jallikattu protest LIVE: Centre says it may act, Tamil Nadu Cabinet to meet today to decide on OrdinanceThe Tamil film industry expressed solidarity with Jallikattu supporters, with top actors and actresses joining a silent protest. Film shootings were suspended for the day. Superstar Rajinikanth, actors Ajit Kumar, Surya, Siva Karthikeyan besides actress Trisha, who had faced flak from the pro-Jallikattu groups for her perceived opposition to the sport by reportedly being associated with PETA, joined the silent protest. Autos and call taxis kept off the roads even as few government buses plied on the roads.Banking operations took a hit with workers taking part in protests. Employees of various IT companies held placards and banners with slogans against NGO People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Many inter and intra-state trains were fully and partially cancelled while some others were diverted.The suburban EMU services ran late. In Chennai, all roads led to Marina beach with men and women, clad in black, besides children joining the protest that has transcended political and other differences.Also read: Banning jallikattu is not the answerlast_img read more

2nd Test: Shakib Al Hasan strikes thrice to put match in balance after rain halts play on Day 2

first_imgBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan grabbed three middle-order wickets in quick succession before rain brought an early close to the second day of the second Test against New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.New Zealand were 260/7 when rain forced the players off the field about 50 minutes before the end of scheduled play, still 29 runs behind Bangladesh’s first innings score of 289. (SCORECARD)Tim Southee, who took five wickets to help dismiss the visitors in the final five minutes of play on Friday, was on four, while Henry Nicholls was 56 not out.The hosts had begun their innings on Saturday with Jeet Raval and Tom Latham putting on 45 runs for the first wicket, before Kamrul Islam took two wickets in the same over.Kamrul bowled Raval for 16 then had the prized wicket of captain Kane Williamson (two), caught by wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan with a delivery that swung away and seamed off the pitch two balls later.Ross Taylor and Latham (68), however, then began to rebuild the innings with a 106-run partnership, and the left-handed opener brought up his 12th test half century with two runs after punching through the offside.Taylor then brought up his 27th Test half century as the pair looked well set to build on their partnership.The 32-year-old then became the third New Zealander to surpass 6,000 Test runs when he punched off-spinner Mehedi Hasan square through point for three runs and moved past the 62 he needed to achieve the milestone.Stephen Fleming (7172) and Brendon McCullum (6453) are the only players ahead of Taylor, who looked set to join former mentor Martin Crowe on 17 Test centuries but was caught by substitute fielder Taijul Islam off Mehedi for 77.advertisementNicholls and Mitchell Santner (29) then combined for 75 runs before all-rounder Shakib struck, removing Santner lbw then bowling BJ Watling (one) and Colin de Grandhomme (nought) as the hosts lost three wickets for four runs.New Zealand won the first Test on Wellington by seven wickets.last_img read more

Australian Open: Rafa Nadal rolls over Milos Raonic to reach semi-finals

first_imgRafa Nadal continued his brilliant revival at the Australian Open to topple Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(7) 6-4 on Wednesday and reach his first grand slam semi-final in three years.The ninth-seeded Spaniard joined Roger Federer in the last four, keeping alive the prospect of a dream final between the two great rivals who have claimed 31 grand slam titles between them.Having not reached a major semi-final since his 2014 French Open title, the 30-year-old Nadal produced a match from his halcyon days to fell the third-seeded Canadian in two hours and 44 minutes at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena. (Australian Open: Rafael Nadal beats third seed Milos Raonic to reach semis)Nadal will play 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria for a place in the final – with Federer taking on fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the other semi – after the Spaniard emphatically batted away doubts that his best days were long gone.”I think I am not a very arrogant person so I always have doubts,” he said in a court-side interview.”Even when I was winning I had doubts and even more so when I had injuries. But doubts make you work harder.”I have had a great career but I had some tough moments so that makes me enjoy moments like this even more,” he added.Nadal had to save six set points as Raonic pressed hard in the second set but he was clinical on the big points and broke the Canadian to love to wrap up the match in style. (No excuses after Milos Raonic falls short again in Melbourne)advertisementThe Rod Laver Arena terraces roared their approval as the 2009 champion pumped his fists in celebration, having endured two lean years at the grand slams.AGGRESSIVE NADALPrior to the match, Nadal said he needed aggression or would be “dead” against Raonic, and he made his intentions clear by standing in close against one of the game’s biggest servers.Nadal had his first look at Raonic’s serve in the fifth game, a break point going begging when he fired a cross-court passing shot into the net cord.The Spaniard kept chipping away and passed truly on his next attempt to bring up break points. Raonic, wheeling back to retrieve a defensive lob that appeared set to sail long, then mis-hit the volley to drop serve.Nadal served out strongly, grabbing the set with an imperious overhead smash. (Pain a constant companion for Rafael Nadal)Raonic took a medical time-out after holding serve to lead 3-2 in the second set and emerged to pressure Nadal’s serve.A double-fault from the Spaniard offered two set points when he was serving to stay in the set at 5-4.Nadal saved them both and then a third with a trademark full-swinging forehand down the line.The threat passed when an off-balance Raonic parried a volley into the net and Nadal roared “vamos!” as the terraces cheered.The match shifted up a gear in the tiebreak, both players unleashing an array of exquisite shots.Raonic curled a sumptuous lob flush into the corner to win another two set points, but lost them both, the second with a double-fault.The Canadian sprayed a forehand wide at 7-6, and Nadal crunched a huge serve to edge ahead. (Australian Open: Rafael Nadal survives a thriller against Alexander Zverev to advance into 4th round)With the tension reaching boiling point, Raonic pounded a huge forehand cross-court, but it nicked the net cord which sent the ball flying into the tramlines to hand Nadal the set.The Canadian returned to his chair fuming, having let slip six set points, where Nadal had needed just one.Raonic did not lie down, however, holding serve grimly against some furious counter-attacking before everything came apart in the 10th game.Facing three match points, Raonic rushed forward to try to counter the relentless Spaniard, and a last desperate volley fell short to leave Nadal pumping his fists in celebration.last_img read more

I hope perception about my batting style changes, says Cheteshwar Pujara after quickfire 54*

first_imgBeing dubbed as a ‘Test specialist’ at times can be a bane rather than a boon and no one understands it better than Cheteshwar Pujara, who feels that the perception of people would change soon. (SCORECARD)Unsold at the last auction, Pujara, who scored a quickfire half-century in the second innings and at times was more aggressive than skipper Virat Kohli, said that he now has more shots in his armoury which has helped him change his game in limited overs format. (Ashwin thinks like a batsman while bowling: Pujara)With IPL auctions slated next Monday, Pujara said: “I am very hopeful that perception (Test player) will change. I have recently got a T20 hundred in a DY Patil tournament and probably I am batting more freely now. I have added few shots in my game, which is helping me. (One-off Test: Bangladesh left with 7 wickets to survive after Ashwin, Jadeja strike)”Even in Test format, the way I am striking the ball, the way I am batting, few series, I have changed my game which is helping me in T20 and ODI game. In near future, I think things will change,” he seemed confident.Pujara was seen hooking fast bowler Taskin Ahmed for a six and he said that it was the demand of the situation. (Good to have 250 Test wickets record out of the way: Ravichandran Ashwin)”As I said, we wanted to accelerate and bat for a session. There is a perception that I can’t play too many shots. If you look at domestic cricket and overall that I have played, this was one of the occasions that gave me an opportunity to express myself and I did that. (DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS)advertisement”It was a situation, where I could play freely, take some risks and play my shots. Because when it comes to Test cricket, you still have to put a prize on your wicket and when you are playing in first innings, you don’t want to play any rash shot, get out and put the team in trouble. This was an opportunity where we had to bat for one session and even if I get out, we had batsmen who can come in and accelerate.”India had an option of enforcing follow-on but Pujara said that bowlers needed rest after bowling 127 plus overs.”Since we fielded for more than 100 overs, the idea was to give bowlers a break for a session so that they can recover and come back fresh. When I went into bat, we planned to score as many as runs as possible. We were looking at 150 to 200 runs on the board. We wanted to express ourselves. I was batting freely. I knew that I will have to keep hitting the ball and ultimately I am happy with the way things went,” he said.last_img read more

Ovtcharov ends Harimotos dream run to win India Open

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 19 (PTI) Top seed Dimtrij Ovtcharov used his years of experience to stop the juggernaut of 13-year-old Tomokazu Harimoto and win the ITTF World Tour India Open title at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here today.The world number five sized up his Japanese opponent well, knowing that he wont be able to match the electric speed of teenage prodigy, who had taught a lesson to local favourite Sharath Kamal in the semifinals yesterday.The German triumphed with an 11-6, 11-8, 11-4, 14-12 result. India proved to be a happy hunting ground, who returned here seven years after winning his first ITTF Pro Tour event (now called World Tour).The mens singles finalists were waiting eagerly to enter the arena with the summit clash starting more than an hour after the scheduled time of 8.45 pm.Ovtcharovs tactics became clear in the first game itself. He was taking an extra second to dish out his special serves and his forehand drives had more spin than pace. Harimoto could not adjust to the slower tempo of the match and despite his undying spirit, went down fighting.Earlier, Sakura Mori of Japan overcame Swedish rival Ekholm Matilda to win the womens singles title.Rankings wise, there was very little to separate both the players with the Swede ranked 32 and the Japanese 35.Matilda had come into the final high on confidence, having won the doubles final alongside Hungarys Georgina Pota earlier this evening.She had also knocked the top seed out of the competition in the semifinals yesterday. In the final, her play lacked the intensity she showed against the top seed while Mori was screaming after winning point as if her life depended on it.advertisementMori could have finished the final earlier had she not played safe while leading 8-5 in the sixth game. Matilda pounced on the opening to stretch the contest to the seventh game.However, it was all Mori in the decider as she took a 6-0 lead before completing a 7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6 victory.It ended up a double delight for the Japanese, who had also won the U-21 title here.Results (all finals):Mens singles (1)Dimitrij Ovtcharov beat (14) Tomokazu Harimoto 11-6, 11-8, 11-4, 14-12.Womens singles: [6] Sakura Mori (JPN) Beat [4] Matilda Ekholm (SWE) 7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 8-11, 11-6. Womens Doubles: [4]Matilda Ekholm (SWE)/[3] Georgina Pota (HUN) Beat [1] Hoi Kem Doo (HKG)/[2] Ho Ching Lee (HKG) – 9-11, 11-3, 5-11, 14-12, 11-8.Mens Doubles: [9] Masataka Morizono (JPN)/[5] Yuya Oshima (JPN) Beat [10] Ruwen Filus (GER)/[12] Ricardo Walther (GER) 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9. PTI BS IKAlast_img read more

Another Membership Perk: Discounts with GEICO

first_imgAt Freelancers Union, we believe in banding together to build solutions and create value for our members. That’s why we started our discounts program – to save you cash by leveraging the power of group purchasing.Now we have an exciting new addition to our discounts program: GEICO! As a member, you can save up to 8%. Check out their new website created just for Freelancers Union members to receive a free car insurance quote, or find great rates on homeowners, renters, umbrella, and motorcycle coverage.Already have a GEICO account? If you’d like to use this new discount, call 800.368.2734 and let them know you’re a Freelancers Union member. Embrace the many perks of membership and start saving today.last_img read more

100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive

first_imgImage source: ayearofproductivity.comIn 2013, Chris Bailey graduated from business school and turned down two great job offers in order to spend a year performing productivity experiments on himself.Chris wanted to know: What really works? Is there a secret? What do the most creative, entrepreneurial people do?What he found that really matters is that you’re doing work with meaning, because why become more productive if the work you’re becoming more productive with is empty and hollow? I think this really resonates with freelancers, who have work they’re passionate about — work that deserves the time and attention it takes to become more productive.Here are some of Chris’ 100 hacks:8. Keep all of your emails five sentences or less, and make a note of it in your signature. Using this hack I’ve blown through my inbox like crazy, and most people don’t mind when you keep your emails short and to the point.10. Register for Unroll.me if you have a Gmail, Yahoo, or Outlook.com account. Unroll.me rolls up all of your subscription emails into one convenient, daily email. I highly recommend it.14. Save a higher proportion of your income. This allows you to cut decades off of your working life, because you prioritize working less and retiring early over living a fancier life.20. Live by the two-minute rule. The two-minute rule (from David Allen’s Getting Things Done system) says that when a task will take you less than two minutes, just do it—don’t add it to your to-do list or capture it for later.44. Paint your office the right color. Science says you should paint a room blue to stimulate your mind, yellow to stimulate your emotions, red to stimulate your body, and green to stimulate a sense of balance.61. Every day, recall three things you’re grateful for. This trains your brain to “retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first,” making you more energetic, happier, and more productive.98. Practice active listening. By completely focusing on what someone has to say, you develop deeper relationships, become a better judge of people, avoid misunderstandings, and have more meaningful conversations.View the full list on Chris’ website here.What are your favorite productivity hacks?last_img read more

We spoke. President Obama listened.

first_img“I am a bookseller, and thus a self-employed small business owner.Right now, non-payment from clients is a huge issue for small business owners and freelancers. We are now 1/3 of the workforce, and 77% of us have had problems getting paid on time, but we have no protections under the law.What will you do to help SBOs and freelancers to get paid for our work?”- Sunday Steinkirchner, Freelancers Union member, to President Obama via TwitterYesterday, Sunday Steinkirchner, the owner of a rare-books store in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, participated in the White House Summit on Worker Voice.While she wasn’t physically present at the White House, she made her presence known and her voice heard. Watch the video here. At approximately 5pm ET, President Obama began to take questions from the audience and the greater listening audience tuning in online across the country.President Obama addressed a broad set of concerns from workers across a number of industries. Questions about the gig economy and misclassification were raised, and it seemed he might speak to freelance interests – perhaps even acknowledge us as a viable part of the workforce.But a nod from the President of the United States doesn’t just happen: A community needs to raise its collective voice to amplify each individual voice.Join the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign and make your voice heard.Thanks to all the supporters of the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign, Sunday’s voice pierced through the clamour of questions for the President of the United States.In response to her question, the President acknowledged that changes need to be made and better business practices enforced.Following his comments, Freelancers Union Founder and Executive Director, Sara Horowitz, introduced herself to President Obama and shared details around the client nonpayment problem.President Obama listened, nodded his head, and declared in agreement, “Freelance isn’t free,”We spoke. He listened.At Summit on Worker Voice, the members of Freelancers Union brought the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign to the attention of the President of the United States.It takes a community to achieve independence. Join the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign and make your voice heard.A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about sustainability, community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.last_img read more

Cabinet reshuffle: All about 9 new ministers in Narendra Modi government

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi inducted 9 new ministers into his cabinet. This is expected to be the last cabinet reshuffle before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.The swearing-in ceremony took place this morning at the Rashtrapati Bhavan where President Ram Nath Kovind administered oath to the new members of the Union Council of Ministers as well as those who were elevated to cabinet rank.Shiv Pratap ShuklaShiv Pratap ShuklaA law graduate from Gorakhpur University, Shiv Pratap Shukla started off his political journey as a student leader in the 1970s. He is a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh and currently a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development. Shukla was elected a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly for 4 consecutive times in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1996 and is known for his work in Rural Development, Education and Prison reform during his tenure.Ashwini Kumar ChoubeyA Lok Sabha MP from Buxar, Bihar, Choubey has been credited to have raised the slogan “Ghar-ghar me ho shouchalaya ka nirman, tabhi hoga ladli bitiya ka kanyadaan”. He has helped construct 11,000 toilets for Mahadalit families.  He is member of the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates and Standing Committee on Energy and also of Member of Central Silk Board.Ashwini Kumar ChoubeyHe has been elected for 5 consecutive terms to the Bihar Legislative Assembly and held important portfolios including Health, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering as a Cabinet Minister of Bihar government for 8 years. A BSc (Hons) in Zoology, he started early in politics as the president of the Student`s Union of Patna University and also took active part in the JP movement in the 1970s.advertisementVirendra Kumar A Lok Sabha MP from Tikamgah, Madhya Pradesh, he has had a distinguished career in public service as a 6 term Lok Sabha MP.Virendra KumarCurrently is the chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour. Armed with an MA in Economics and a PhD in Child Labour, Kumar Kumar had actively participated in the JP movement of the 1970s, and went to jails for 16 months under MISA during the Emergency.Anantkumar HegdeAnantkumar HegdeA member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and Human Resource Development, Hegde is a Lok Sabha MP from Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. He was elected as an MP for the first time at the young age of 28 years and is now 5th term Lok Sabha MP.  During his multiple stints in Parliament, he has been a member of multiple Parliamentary Standing Committees. He is a practitioner of Tae-kwon-do and Korean Martial Art.Raj Kumar SinghA Lok Sabha MP from Arrah, Bihar, Raj Kumar Singh serves on Parliamentary Standing Committees on Health and Family Welfare, Personnel, Pensions and Public Grievances and Law & Justice.Raj Kumar SinghHe is a former top bureaucrat, retiring as the Home Secretary of India. He also had experience of serving in the Bihar Home Department and also been associated with other fields including public works, agriculture and industries.Hardeep Singh PuriHardeep Singh Puri is a former diplomat and has represented India at the United Nations as the  ambassador and permanent representative. He has been the Indian ambassadors to several nations, including Brazil and United Kingdom. Before being inducted in to the Indian Foreign Service in 1974, Puri was a student leader in Delhi and was active during the Jayaprakash Narayan movement years.Hardeep Singh PuriDuring his four-decade IFS career, Puri also served as the chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN. He is currently the President and chairman of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a Delhi-based think tank.Gajendra Singh ShekhawatGajendra Singh ShekhawatA Lok Sabha MP from Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and is the chairperson of the Fellowship Committee. He is also known to be closely connected to sports, having participated in national and all-India university-level in basketball competitions. Shekhawat is also a member of the All India Council of Sports and the president of the Basketball India Players Association.Satya Pal SinghA former Indian Police Services officer, Satya Pal Singh is currently is a Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. He serves on Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs and is also the chairperson of the Joint Committee on Offices of Profit.Satya Pal SinghHe has been involved in anti-Naxal operations in Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and was even awarded with Special Service Medal for his tenure in these areas. He has served as the Commissioner of Police in Mumbai and Pune and holds an MBA, MA and a PhD, the latter in Naxalism.advertisementAlphons KannanthanamA former bureaucrat and a practising advocate Alphons Kannanthanam was once listed on the TIME Magazine’s list of 100 Young Global Leaders. During his stint as an Indian Administrative Services officer,  Kannanthanam was responsible for turning Kottayam in Kerala into India’s first 100 per cent literate town, in 1989.Alphons KannanthanamHe also served in Delhi, where he became known for launching a drive to rid Delhi Development Authority areas of around 15,000 illegal buildings. The 1979 IAS batch officer retired has some political experience, serving as an independent in the Kerala Assembly from 2006 to 2011. His most recent brush with policy was when he was part of the committee that prepared the final draft of the National Education Policy 2017.ALSO READ | Cabinet reshuffle: 10 ministers likely to go, 4 to shed burden, several new faces expectedALSO READ | Cabinet reshuffle: Why Assembly polls also determine who stays, who goeslast_img

Top seed Garbine Muguruza sails into Pan Pacific Open semis

first_imgWorld number one Garbine Muguruza put on a clinical display to power past Caroline Garcia 6-2 6-4 in the Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals in Tokyo on Friday.The 23-year-old Wimbledon champion, who climbed to the top of the WTA rankings on Monday, hardly broke sweat against the Frenchwoman, ranked 20th in the world, on her way to victory in an hour and 20 minutes.Muguruza took a 2-1 lead in the first set after an early break and continued to dominate until midway through the second, nullifying Garcia’s serve twice more as she looked to close out the contest quickly.Garcia, however, staged a mini-revival when she converted her only break-point opportunity in the sixth game of the second but the Spaniard regained control of the contest with another break in the very next game.The 2016 French Open winner will face either defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in the last four.Earlier, Germany’s Angelique Kerber won a battle of former world number ones against Karolina Pliskova 7-6(5) 7-5 to set up a semi-final clash against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.The two-time grand slam champion, who defeated her Czech opponent in their last meeting at the 2016 U.S. Open final, converted her fifth match point to register a first win over a top-20 player this season.”Being back in the semis here in Tokyo is a great feeling,” said Kerber, who last reached the semi-finals at the event in 2014, in a courtside interview.”It’s always tough to play against (Pliskova), so I was trying to focus on my game. I think I played a good match today.”Nimble on her feet, Kerber, who has dropped to world number 14 since storming to the Australian and U.S. Open titles last year, put immense pressure on Pliskova’s serve but failed to convert 12 of her 13 break-point opportunities.advertisementShe did, however, hold her nerve during the first set tie-break to edge ahead and then finally broke in the 12th game of the second set to seal a spot in the last four.Russian Pavlyuchenkova defeated another Czech player, Barbora Strycova, 5-7 6-3 6-1 to advance to the semi-finals.last_img read more