Hiten Tejwani bids adieu to Gangaa

first_imgActor Hiten Tejwani, Rakhi Tandon, Ruhanna Khan, Vishal Vashishtha and Sushmita Mukherjee have bid adieu to TV show Gangaa.With a revamp in the story line which is nearing its on-air date, the &TV show will see a whole new star cast taking the story forward, read a statement.The ongoing on-air promos show a new entry of a character named Shiv, which will be played by Shakti Anand. He will be the new love interest in Gangaa’s life.Also read: Waseem Sabir, director of TV show Gangaa, is no moreAccording to a source in the know of developments, artists are taking the revamp in the concept of the show very sportingly as they are happy with the new track.”They know that it is only for the betterment of the show that the change is about to take place,” said the source.last_img read more

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SPORT-KHAWAJA 2LAST

first_imgKhawaja toured the sub-continent three times since making Khawaja toured the sub-continent three times since making the Australian team six years ago and has played four Tests, two against Sri Lanka in 2011 and two more against the islanders last year. His last trip to the subcontinent was in July last year for three Tests against Sri Lanka, a series Australia lost 0-3. Khawaja played in the first two matches before he was dropped for the third Test. In four Tests on the subcontinent, Khawaja averages less than 20, in stark contrast to the superb numbers he has put up in Australia during the past two summers. Last season he cracked 504 runs in four Tests, which included three centuries. This season, he has scored 581 runs in six Tests against South Africa and Pakistan, as well as helping himself to a couple of Sheffield Shield hundreds for Queensland in between. PTI PDS SSC SSClast_img read more

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How to make your donors twice as generous

first_imgI’m a big believer in the positive effects of peer pressure (here’s one article on it).Global Giving has proved this again – in an intriguing experiment focused on recurring giving. Last year, the organization experimented with a number of different calls to action to get donors to upgrade to recurring donations. They tested the messages on all donors who added a project to their giving cart Here’s how it worked: When donors added a project to their giving cart on GlobalGiving for $100 or less, they got one of three treatments.The first was a polite ask to make the gift a recurring donation.The second was a 1-to-1 match offer: “Upgrade to a recurring donation and we’ll match it.” Both messages slightly increased recurring gifts, but the second wasn’t that much more effective than the first.The third message was the winner. It combined a match concept with peer pressure and urgency: “If 75% of donors who see this message upgrade to a recurring donation today, we’ll match all of their donations.” The sense of collective responsibility and shared reward (and I imagine the deadline) made donors twice as likely to upgrade to a recurring donation than not being asked at all.Don’t forget: Invite people to join the generous crowd. They will want to join the club.last_img read more

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Trying to motivate people to change? Reward them.

first_imgIf you’re familiar with marketing, you know the principle of a benefit exchange: a reward offered in return for taking an action. A benefit exchange answers the question: What’s in it for me?For example: If I buy Nikes, I’ll feel like an athlete. If I go to your meeting, I’ll get some face time with senior staff.Benefit exchanges are useful for all kinds of situations. Like getting someone at work to agree to your proposal, encouraging people to change their habits or inspiring someone to donate to a cause.But we often get the benefit exchange wrong. We don’t offer a strong enough reward – or a sufficiently clear call to action.So here’s a mini-marketing refresh on strengthening the reward part of your benefit exchange. If you’re trying to persuade someone to do something, think about sharpening the “what’s in it for me?” answer with a better reward.A compelling reward has five important attributes: It should be immediate, personal, reflective of your audience’s values, better than competing rewards, and credible.Immediate: The best rewards are available to our audience right away. Few of us take action based on a reward that we expect to receive in the far future. It is human nature to seek instant satisfaction over distant gratification. So think about what your call to action will do for someone in the short term. Eating a hamburger satisfies our hunger, drinking beer makes the ball game more fun, and wearing cologne makes us feel sexier. Donating to charity makes us feel we made a difference for one person, today. How can you show an immediate result may be possible?Personal: The reward needs to make people feel their life will be better as individuals or within their tight circles of friends, family and community. Take the attributes of what you want people to do and sell them as benefits. What will recycling or sidewalks or education policy do for your audience? At the end of the day, the personal connection, not the grand concept, grabs our attention.Grounded in audience values: We can’t easily change what other people believe, but by plugging into their existing mind-set we unleash great power behind our message. Make sure the reward you are offering is something others seek – not just what you want. Those two things are rarely the same, but we often imagine they are!Better than the competition: Think competitively about your reward. Is it better than what people get for doing nothing – or something else? Don’t forget there’s a reason people aren’t taking action. They may be deriving benefits from those behaviors. How can you make your reward better than what people get from maintaining the status quo?Credible: Last, you need to make sure the claim of your benefit is believable. People need to believe they can get the reward. Show other people gaining the promised benefit or telling a good story can bolster your case. Make the promise change credible.If people aren’t doing what you want, you may find out why by reviewing this list. Are you making your offer sufficiently irresistible? Or could you sweeten the reward in one of these areas? It’s worth the effort to consider, because a great benefit exchange makes it far easier (and faster) to get to yes.last_img read more

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How to Write Awesome Emails Your Donors Want to Read

first_imgWhen you want to contact your donors, chances are, you email them. And so does everybody else.Your donors, through no fault of their own, have inboxes that are constantly bogged down with messages from various organizations, businesses, stores, news outlets, and bloggers. And it’s a rare person who actually reads all of it.So, how do you “cut through the clutter?” Here are five tips to ensure your email reaches (and resonates) with your donors:Tip 1: Think Before You Write.Before you start typing, think about why you’re writing. What is the purpose of the email? Is it to get the word out about your nonprofit’s recent activities? Is it to invite donors to an event? Is it an appeal for donations? The most effective emails focus on one thing. In other words, don’t combine the invitation to join the peer-to-peer campaign with a program announcement and sign off with a donation request to fund a new roof.Sure, you have a lot of things to tell your donors, but unless this is your periodic newsletter (and formatted as such), keep each email to one topic. If the need is vital, it deserves its own email. Need help narrowing down your list? Write down what you want to say and prioritize the messages by need.Once you’ve finalized your email’s topic, it’s time to start an outline. “Outline?” you say. “It’s just an email. What do I need an outline for?” True – emails should be short – but again, we’re going for effectiveness here, and there’s nothing like an outline to keep your writing focused.Here’s what I’m suggesting: At the top of your outline, write the goal of this email (e.g. “get donations to the Spring campaign”). Then, jot down whatever supporting points or bits of information that you think will encourage your readers to take that action. Once you’ve got this bit figured out, you have my permission to start writing.Tip 2: Craft a Killer Subject Line.The hardest thing to write is always the first line. It’s no different when it comes to an email. And there’s a lot of pressure resting on this line, especially when 35% of people say that their decision to open an email comes from subject line alone. How do you write a subject line that convinces your donors to click?In the words of author Ann Handley, ask yourself: “WWYO – What Would You Open?”Many studies have investigated what makes a subject line effective, and they all seem to agree on a few key points:Keep it short, but on point. Too short and it’s not explicit enough, too long and you’ll lose your reader’s attention. Practically speaking, if the subject line is too long, it will probably get cut off in the recipient’s email reader. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 6-8 words.Personalization helps. People love reading their names. Use tokens to include your recipients’ name in the subject line, so it appears you’re addressing each person directly. And, in general, the subject line should relate to something that sets the sender apart or fits with a more narrow interest. For example, “How your dollars are making a difference?”Avoid sounding like spam. Certain words are spam triggers, and if you use them in a subject line, your donors’ email provider could move the message directly to the spam folder. Also, don’t use all caps in the subject line. Not only does it look like you’re shouting, but it also makes your message more likely to end up in the spam folder. Your subject line should relate to what it’s introducing.Tip 3: Make Your Copy Count.The writer’s classic, The Elements of Style, argues that every word of every sentence should serve a purpose, or be deleted. You don’t have to be quite so ruthless with your emails, but you should try to keep your messages short and succinct. Write no more (and no less!) than it takes to get your message across. Some studies show that the optimal email length is 50-100 words. Of course, some of your emails may need to be longer (like an appeal) but, the principle of brevity still applies.The email marketing platform in Network for Good’s donor management system has pre-built templates for appeals, acknowledgements, and more. Curious to see it up close? Click here to request a demo.And while we’re on the subject of your email copy, remember that you’re writing to humans. Humans have a sense of humor. You don’t have to be all business, all the time. If people find your emails warm, friendly, and even a little entertaining, they’re more likely to keep reading time after time.What else can you do to make sure your email is effective? Stay away from large “spray and pray” blasts to your entire list. Breaking your list into smaller segments allows you to write more effective messages. For example, the thank you message you send to recurring donors should probably be different than the one you send send to first-time donors.Tip 4: Have a Clear Call to Action.The body of your email serves one purpose, to draw your recipients to your Call To Action (CTA).Your CTA is what you want your recipient to do after reading the email. For example, if the goal is asking for donations, the CTA would be “Donate now.”Your email should always have one goal and one CTA. Let me repeat: it is always a bad idea to have more than one CTA. Why? Distraction. If you put multiple CTAs in an email, your audience is going to get confused and distracted. Worst of all, they’re not going take the action you want.Tip 5: Track and Tweak.How do you know if your emails are working? Your email marketing platform should show you two basic statistics: open rates and click rates. The open rate (what percentage of recipients opened your email) will tell you how successful your subject line was. The click rate will show you what percentage of recipients clicked a link in your email. To judge the effectiveness of your email copy, look at the click-to-open rate, which is the percentage of clicks from the people who opened the email.As a rule, always be testing. If that last subject line got a 20% open rate, see what you can do to bump it to 23%. If you had a high open rate and a really low click rate, review the copy and find ways to make it more compelling.There are a lot of options for email marketing systems, but only Network for Good donor management combines built-in email marketing with a personal fundraising coach to help you craft the perfect appeal. Develop targeted lists of donors from standard and custom filters. Then, draft your email from scratch or use one of our pre-built templates. All of the data from your email (opens, clicks, etc.) lives in your donor management, and your donor profiles are updated to show who got the email and how they responded. And acknowledgement tracking? That’s automatic. Click here to see it up close in a personal demo.last_img read more

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Arsenal deserved derby win, says Sokratis

first_imgSokratis Papastathopoulos says the north London derby victory over Tottenham was Arsenal’s best performance of the season so far – insisting there was only one team on the pitch at Emirates Stadium.The Gunners were losing at half-time after Eric Dier’s header and Harry Kane’s penalty cut out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half spot kick. However, two half time substituions from head coach Unai Emery saw Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira get on the scoresheet to record a famous derby win.Emery’s meticulous approach paid dividends as an Arsenal side full of intensity picked up all three points, with Sokratis insisting that the win was fully deserved. 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! “I think today we were much better,” Sokratis said after the game. “We lost our concentration for 10 minutes after 30 minutes of the game. In the first half and second half we were much better and could have scored more goals. I think today there was only one team on the pitch.“It was tough. The derbies are like this. It was very important for us that we won but it’s more important the next game.“If we want to continue and believe we have to play like this in the next games. We need to improve sometimes but today we were much better.”“If you see the game they did just two things. Maybe we also have to be in these two situations when we conceded. I speak about everyone in general. After our penalty we also had chances to score. It’s very good that when we go down that we continue [to fight].“We played much better than the beginning and I’m very happy that the points are coming because sometimes you play very good and the points don’t come. I hope that we continue on this road.””I think it was the best performance of the season. Today was a great atmosphere, a very good game – I like it, I’m very happy that I played in a game like this.”Greek international Sokratis came up against in-form England striker Harry Kane, an opponent he has faced on several occasions while playing for Borussia Dortmund, although he rarely troubled other than scoring a first-half penalty for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.“He’s a very good player, of course. He’s one of the best strikers in the world – but not today.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19Aubameyang is now the Premier League’s top scorer with 10 goals and two assists. Sokratis played with him for several years together at Dortmund and says it’s no surprise to see the showcase his goalscoring qualities in England.“I’ve known Aubameyang for more than five years. He’s a great player and in the Bundesliga he scored more than 25 goals every year so he’s a very good player.“It’s good that maybe sometimes we speak for the other [players] so we’re more concentrated and do our work. Auba is a good player and if you have a good team next to you then it’s not as difficult.”The midfield partnership of Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka has reaped rewards for Emery in recent games as the team have gone 19 games unbeaten in all competitions. Torreira in particular has become an immediate fan favourite due to his tenacious midfield style and after scoring the fourth goal against Tottenham, while the tactical decision to play three in defence has also benefitted Emery’s team of late.”Lucas is a very good player also and a very good guy,” said Sokratis. “I think he’s also very important for our team. It’s the same for Granit, they know when they have to go and when they have to stay which makes it more easy for us at the back.””I think it’s good [playing three at the back]. It’s something new because this team doesn’t usually play with three at the back. We don’t have to find excuses, we are professional players, we are at this level and when the coach says we have to play with four, three or five we have to be there.”Sokratis admits that Arsenal only have a short time to recover ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford where they will face Manchester United, but maintains that under Emery the squad continue to improve thanks to the Spaniard’s pragmatic approach.”He [Emery] is very happy. It’s very good because he speaks a lot to us every day. All the stuff with the work and video analysis is very good for the players and helps us a lot.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Official Contest Rules: Annual Independent Freelancer Survey

first_imgOfficial RulesNO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.1. EligibilityThe Annual Independent Worker contest (the “Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, including District of Columbia who are above eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Freelancers Union or any of its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or individual involved with the design, production execution or distribution of the Promotion and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of each such employee are not eligible. The Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.2. SponsorsFreelancers Union, 408 Jay Street, 2nd floor Brooklyn, NY 112013. Entry PeriodThe Promotion begins on January 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Entry Period”). Freelancers Union’s computer is the official time keeping device for this Promotion.4. How to EnterDuring the Promotion Entry Period you must complete the “Annual Independent Worker” survey here: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4153666/Annual-Independent-Worker-Survey-2018. Limit of one (1) Submission per person during the Promotion Entry Period. Once submitted, Entry cannot be modified.You retain all right, title, and interest in and to your Submission, including the copyright.You are allowed to remove your entry from the contest at any time during the course of the Promotion.5. Submission Requirements▪ Submission must not contain defamatory statements.▪ Submission must not invade privacy, publicity or other rights of any person, firm or entity.All Submissions will be reviewed for content eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules before being judged. Submissions containing prohibited material or inappropriate content, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may be disqualified. Sponsor makes the final determination as to what Entries are eligible to take part in this Promotion.6. Winner SelectionThe winner will be chosen at random using random.org.7. POTENTIAL PROMOTION WINNER IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSORS WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE PROMOTION.8. Verification of Potential WinnerPotential winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential winner will be notified by email, telephone, or registered mail after the date of the judging. If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize. In the event that a potential winner of a prize is disqualified for any reason, Sponsors may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner.9. PrizesOne (1) Grand Prize will be awarded. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $250 Visa Gift Card, mailed to the winner before March 15, 2018.ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF WINNER.10. Entry Conditions and ReleaseBy entering, each participant agrees to: (a) comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsors, and/or the Promotion Judge which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Promotion; (b) release and hold harmless the Sponsors and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies, the Prize Providers and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Promotion, and all of their respective past and present officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to a participant’s entry, creation of an entry or submission of an entry, participation in the Promotion, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, exploitation or use of entry; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsors and Prize Providers from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the Promotion, the Submission and/or entrant’s acceptance, use or misuse of prizes.11. PublicityExcept where prohibited, participation in the Promotion constitutes winners’ consent to Sponsors’ and their agents’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.12. General ConditionsSponsors reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsors’ reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Promotion, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors reserve the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsors’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.13. Limitations of LiabilityThe Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant’s Submission is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another Submission in the Promotion. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.14. DisputesEntrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Promotion or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court or the appropriate New York State Court located in New York County, New York; (iii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (iv) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsors in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.15. Entrant’s Personal InformationInformation collected from entrants is subject to Freelancers Union’s Privacy Policy which is available at https://www.freelancersunion.org/about/privacy-policy.html. By entering the Promotion electronically and voluntarily providing your personal information, all entrants consent and agree to (i) the Sponsors’ collection and use of the entrant’s information for the administration of the Promotion, including contacting entrant in relation to the Promotion, and (ii) Freelancers Union’s other uses consistent with its privacy policy and terms of service. Entrant may revoke Freelancers Union’s right to use entrant’s personal information for purposes unrelated to the Promotion at any time (without revoking entrant’s participation in the Promotion or impairing entrant’s chances of winning) by emailing lvanthoen@freelancersunion.org.16. Promotion ResultsFor Promotion results email you request to mkinberg@freelancersunion.org or mail a written request to Promotion Results c/o Freelancers Union 408 Jay Street Brooklyn NY 11201. Requests for the winner list must be received within six (6) months of the end of the Promotion Entry Period. 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Gautam Gambhir takes a dig at Virat Kohli after RCB lose IPL final

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad have been flooded with congratulatory messages on social media platforms following their win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League final on Sunday night. (Full IPL Coverage)David Warner’s captaincy and SRH’s bowling have been lauded in the cricket circles here after their eight-run victory in the high-octane clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Former and current cricketers, along with the fans immediately took to Twitter and Facebook to wish Warner and his men on their maiden IPL win. (Watch! Yuvraj Singh celebrates with Hazel Keech after Sunrisers Hyderabad lift maiden IPL title)Among the numerous messages posted on SRH’s Twitter handle, there was one particular tweet which stood out. Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir also congratulated Warner on the victory but his tweet seems to be hiding a message for RCB captain Virat Kohli.Congratulations @SunRisers on winning @IPL Nice guys DO finish first. Well done. Bowler win u cricket matches be it any format @BCCI GGF (@GautamGambhir) May 29, 2016Gambhir has referred to Warner and his players as ‘nice guys’ in his tweet taking a direct dig at Kohli and Co. If the Sunrisers are nice guys then aren’t the RCB boys the complete opposite? Gambhir then goes on to praise SRH bowlers for their match-winning effort in the title clash which also seems to suggest that RCB, who have one of the deadliest batting lineups in the tournament, were no match for the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman. (Virat Kohli latest victim as Orange Cap jinx continues in IPL)advertisementThis ‘read between the lines’ tweet from Gambhir clearly suggests that there is still some bad blood between him and Kohli after their spat during the 2013 IPL season. (Harbhajan slaps Sreesanth, Kohli clashes with Gambhir: Top 10 IPL fights)The Delhi duo had an ugly tiff on the field during a match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both captains came face to face and appeared to deliver a mouthful of expletives to each other. The incident caught everyone by surprise and it was their Delhi teammate Rajat Bhatia, who intervened between the two. (India’s future safe in Virat Kohli’s hands: David Warner)KOHLI’s FANS HIT BACK AT GAUTITwitterati was quick to latch on to Gambhir’s post and asked him whether he was actually congratulating Sunrisers or mocking Kohli.@GautamGambhir @SunRisers @IPL @BCCI I hope the tweet is not a comment on Virat. Can expect one from you though. Harsh Bindal (@Harsh_Bindal) May 29, 2016@GautamGambhir @SunRisers @IPL @BCCI what does he mean by saying “nice guys do finish first” is he indirectly mentioning rcb are not good??? Hrithika Reddy (@hrithikareddy18) May 30, 2016@gautamgambhir soo imatured statement by u GG..indirectly indicating to @RCBtweets and @ImVKohli ..Now i don’t hv any respect towards you Kirti Ranjan Das (@ImKrD22) May 30, 2016@GautamGambhir @SunRisers @IPL @BCCI what does it mean “Nice guys DO finish first”? Gauti always seems jealous of @imVkohli. Vini (@v8smith8) May 30, 2016last_img read more

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Mohammad Amir may miss T20I series against World XI

first_imgPakistan could be without their top paceman Mohammad Amir for the Twenty20 series against the World XI as he wants to be with his wife in London for the birth of their child, next week. According to Pakistan Cricket Board sources, Amir has taken permission from the PCB and head coach Mickey Arthur to be with his wife.However, other team sources claim that Amir may skip the series in Lahore since he suffered a back strain while playing his last match for Essex.”He has been playing non-stop cricket this year and understandably he might not want to take any gamble with his back problem as Pakistan is due to play a full series with Sri Lanka later this month in the UAE,” one source said.Final preparations are underway for tomorrow’s first clash between Pakistan and the World XI in Lahore.?? Gallery: https://t.co/cHzR4OcgyS pic.twitter.com/8USzED9YRX- ICC (@ICC) September 11, 2017Amir produced a blistering three-wicket burst against India in the Champions Trophy final to seal Pakistan’s victory at the Oval in June. Since that final he has not returned to Pakistan even for the celebrations that followed as he was busy playing for Essex in the County championship.last_img read more

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Indian hockey women’s team loses 1-3 to Ladies Den Bosch

first_imgDefender Navdeep Kaur scored the solitary goal as the Indian women’s hockey team suffered a 1-3 loss to Ladies Den Bosch team in their third match of the Europe Tour here.Goals from Ireen van den Assem (12th, 45th) and Imke Hoek (57th) were enough for the hosts to register the win against the visitors as Navdeep (47th) was the lone player to be on target for India.The match saw both the teams locking horns mostly in the midfield as the focus was on defence.In the first quarter, India started strongly as they retained possession for the first ten minutes but a counter attack from Ladies Den Bosch saw them earn a penalty stroke in the 12th minute which was well converted by Ireen van den Assem to give the hosts a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.The second quarter saw some more action as both sides created opportunities inside the opposition’s half. Indian forward Lalremsiami came close to scoring in the 22nd minute, only to be denied by Den Bosch’s goalkeeper.In the same minute, Indian goalkeeper Savita made a terrific save to keep the score down to 0-1. However, Ladies Den Bosch showed why nine players from their team play for the national team as they added to their goal tally when Ireen van den Assem beat Savita again in the 45th minute to take a 2-0 lead at the end of second quarter.India brought on goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu in the third quarter to replace Savita and the former was forced into action straight away as she made a diving save in the 33rd minute.advertisementThe visitors stepped up their efforts to make a comeback into the match as Captain Rani’s shot was saved by the Dutch goalkeeper in the 36th minute while another good team effort went wide of the goal two minutes later.India started the fourth quarter swiftly as a brilliant team move saw defender Navdeep Kaur score in the 47th minute to make it 2-1. The visitors earned a penalty corner in the 50th minute but it was met with a diving save from the Den Bosch custodian.India continued to put more pressure on the home side in the fourth quarter as chances went wide. In the 57th minute, the Dutch side pounced on the opportunity to score as they converted a penalty corner through Imke Hoek to make it 3-1 and secure the victory.India will play the Belgium Junior Men’s team in their fourth and final match of the Europe Tour on September 18.last_img read more

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India vs South Africa: Kagiso Rabada fined for sending off Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgKagiso Rabada has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his gestures and comments after he dismissed India opener Shikhar Dhawan during the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.ICC has given Rabada one demerit point after he was found guilty of breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel yesterday.In the eighth over of the Indian innings, Dhawan fell Rabada’s short-ball trap.Rabada banged the short ball in the middle and Dhawan tried to play a pull shot and ended up sending the ball straight into the hands of Phehlukwayo at deep square leg.ALSO WATCHDelighted by the wicket, Rabada waved at Dhawan and according to the ICC release, made comments that could have resulted into a reaction from the Indian opener.Rabada was charged by the on-field umpires Ian Gould and Shaun George, third umpire Aleem Dar and fourth umpire Bongani Jele under article 2.1.7, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”After the match, Rabada admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.India secured their maiden bilateral ODI series victory on South African soil on Tuesday. In fact, this was India’s first-ever bilateral series triumph in South Africa in any format.advertisementIndia defeated South Africa by 73 runs in the fifth ODI at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth to take a 4-1 lead in the six-match series. India’s dominant display throughout the series in South Africa also saw them secure the No. 1 ODI rank.Rohit Sharma finally came good, scoring his first hundred in South Africa and helped India put a good total of 274/7 from their 50 overs on a slow pitch. The hosts started off well but lost regular wickets and despite some earnest but meek efforts from Hashim Amla and David Miller to provide some resistance, it was the spin twins who wreaked havoc.The pair shared six-wickets among them and Hardik Pandya made meaningful contribution with the ball after yet another dud with the bat.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Barasat stadium to be modernised: Mamata Banerjee

first_imgBarasat (WB), Feb 27 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today directed the sports department to develop the Barasat Stadium and upgrade it into a sports complex-cum-stadium.The sports department would bear the cost of development of the stadium, the chief minister said.”The Barasat Stadium is close by Kolkata and it must be developed. It must be done in a great way. Develop it into a sports complex-cum-stadium,” Banerjee said during an administrative review meeting held here at the Rabindra Bhavan today.The chief minister intervened after actor-cum-politician Chiranjeet Chakraborty, a local MLA, drew her attention to the bad shape of the stadium at present.Chakraborty alleged that the Indian Football Association (IFA) was only taking care of the pitch where, apart from the I-League matches, several other tournaments such as the Indian Super League are also played.”The IFA was only taking care of the ground. But the other portions of the stadium are almost in shambles. I request you (the chief minister) to kindly look into the matter and help in developing it into a sports complex cum stadium,” Chakraborty said.Banerjee asked the Principal Secretary of Youth Services & Sports Department Sayeed Ahmed Baba to chalk out a plan for the stadiums development.The stadium, also known as Vidyasagar Krirangan, has a capacity to accommodate around 22,000 spectators and has an artificial turf. PTI SCH SBNlast_img read more

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IPL 2018: Shane Watson excited to play under ‘great MS Dhoni’ at CSK

first_imgShane Watson, who will be playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, on Monday said it will be a real honour to play for CSK. He also stated that the thought of playing under the ‘great’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni excited him a lot.”It is going to be a real honour to play for such a great franchise with the history that the Chennai Super Kings have, and the thought of playing under the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni excites me a lot,” Watson was quoted as saying by the CSK website.WATCHThe Australian cricketer, who previously turned out for Rajasthan Royals between 2008 and 2015 and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last two seasons, said it will be a little strange initially as CSK was one of Rajasthan’s big rivals.”It is going to be a little strange initially as CSK were one of Rajasthan’s big rivals which started way back in the first year of the IPL.””But it won’t take that long to subside,” said Watson,who did well for Sydney Thunder in the recent Big Bash League (in Australia). The 36-year-old, who retired from international cricket in March 2016, said he still loved playing the game and was motivated for each game.”I still absolutely love playing the game, which is an easy motivation in itself. I still love the thrill of the unknown of every game and I am extremely competitive and so I have no problem with motivation at all for each game,” he added.advertisementThe burly Australian said the CSK squad with the likes of Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja will compare really well to the previous years. “Any CSK squad with Dhoni, (Suresh) Raina and (Ravindra) Jadeja as a starting point is going to be incredibly good and is always going to compare really well to the previous years,” the Queensland-born cricketer said.CSK has won the IPL twice, finished runners-up on four occasions and qualified for the playoffs in every season between 2008 and 2015 to emerge as one of the most successful franchises in the competition.Watson has so far played 102 games in the IPL, scoring 2,622 runs at a strike rate of 138.65 and claimed 86 wickets at an average of 21.63.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Tesla targets November 2019 for start of Model Y production

first_imgTesla is targeting November 2019 as the start of production for its Model Y sports utility vehicle (SUV), with production in China to begin two years later, two sources told Reuters this week, shedding some light on the electric vehicle maker’s next project that could tax its resources and capacity.Reuters has learned the Silicon Valley company led by Chief Executive Elon Musk is accepting preliminary bids for supplier contracts on the Model Y, a compact crossover companion to the Model 3 sedan.Tesla has given suppliers scant details about the program and had not provided a production time frame, but has now indicated the vehicle would begin to be built at its Fremont, California, plant in November of next year, the two sources with knowledge of the supply chain said.Tesla declined to comment.The new Model Y details show that Tesla is pushing ahead with plans to build a new vehicle even as it struggles to produce the Model 3, which launched in July.Despite initially attracting about 500,000 advance orders in the form of refundable deposits, the sedan’s launch has been plagued by delays and manufacturing bottlenecks, postponing Tesla’s anticipated revenue stream and exacerbating a cash crunch for the money-losing company.Earlier this month, Tesla tried to reassure investors, saying its weekly Model 3 output had doubled during the first quarter and that production rates would accelerate through the second quarter to 5,000 units per week or about 250,000 vehicles per year.Competitive bidding is a crucial early step in the complicated process of automotive manufacturing. After the automaker discloses its plans, suppliers compete based on factors including cost and technology.advertisementTesla issued to suppliers what is known as a “request for information,” or RFI, which gives a directional view of what will be needed.With a new car model, automakers normally choose parts suppliers two to two-and-a-half years before the start of production. At about one-and-a-half years away, a November 2019 start date for the Model Y would be considered “aggressive, but possible,” said one of the sources. A shorter timeline is potentially feasible, the source said, as the Model Y will be built on the same platform as the Model 3.Tesla is known for its aggressive timelines and high risk-tolerance in order to get cars to market quicker. To save time and cost, Tesla made the risky bet to skip a pre-production testing phase for the Model 3 in order to advance straight to production tooling, which is harder to fix if problems arise, as Reuters first reported last year.1 Million Model Ys?The Model Y is just one of many projects in the pipeline for Tesla, which also launched a Tesla Semi and a new Roadster in recent months. It is spending to build out its Gigafactory battery factory in Nevada, where battery module assembly issues have contributed to Model 3 delays, and also expects to build a factory in China in the near future.Tesla has said it will not need to raise additional funds this year. But Moody’s cited the likelihood of a capital raise of more than $2 billion in its downgrade of the company last month, spurred by concerns about cash reserves and Tesla’s ability to meet production targets. The company burned through $3.4 billion last year.Without giving a time frame, Musk in February told analysts the company would aim for a production capacity of 1 million Model Ys per year.The two sources said suppliers could be estimating an annual production of 500,000 vehicles in the United States, with much lower volume in China, likely in the tens of thousands. Building 500,000 Model Ys per year would be the equivalent of what Musk has planned for total production in Fremont by the end of this year, although the company is nowhere near that volume.Suppliers generally use automakers’ production targets to formulate a good guess on how many vehicles will actually be built, based on the individual automaker’s capability to execute and consumer demand. One of the sources said Tesla’s RFI was light on details compared with other automakers and did not provide volume estimates for the Model Y.Musk said in February that capital investments related to the SUV would begin toward the end of 2018. Tesla has said its current factory in Fremont could produce 10,000 vehicles a week – what the company hopes it will build in the Model 3 alone sometime in 2018 – without the need for a new building, although some in the industry believe there is not enough room at the plant to support that volume.Any major Model Y program would likely require a new facility, although the low volume of the Model Y could be built on the existing Model 3 line, the sources said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Involvement in India will be investigated: Cambridge Analytica

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Apr 24 (PTI) Cambridge Analytica (CA), the data consultancy firm at the heart of a fake news investigation in the UK, today said that all its activities around the world, including in India, will be investigated and reported on.A spokesperson for the company said that while CA was focussed purely on the US market, its global arm SCL Elections handled other regions.”All the national issues and national associations are part and parcel of the independent investigation. Rest assured, India, Kenya, Nigeria, all the other countries that SCL has been working in historically, will be investigated and reported on as part of the independent investigation,” he told reporters during a press conference here today.The press conference came soon after an academic associated with the company, Aleksandr Kogan, gave his evidence to the UK Parliaments Digital, Culture, Media and Sport ( DCMS) Committee on its ongoing investigation into fake news.Kogans company, Global Science Research (GSR), developed a Facebook app that reportedly collected data from people who signed up to use the app as well as information from their Facebook friends, without the explicit approval of all involved.He accused CAs now-suspended CEO Alexander Nix of “total fabrication” when it came to denying the links between Cambridge Analytica and GSRs data.DCMS Committee chair Damian Collins said that Nix had told the committee in February that CA never received data from Kogans company GSR, which did not have “much credibility any more? given his own testimony today.advertisementLast month, Christopher Wylie, a former employee of CA turned whistleblower, had told MPs during his evidence before the committee that the company had worked “extensively” in India and named the Congress as one of its clients.In a post on Twitter later, the 28-year-old also named the Janata Dal (United) as a client during the 2010 Bihar elections and revealed some caste surveys carried out in Uttar Pradesh by SCL India ? the parent company of CA.”Ive been getting a lot of requests from Indian journalists, so here are some of SCLs past projects in India. To the most frequently asked question ? yes SCL/CA works in India and has offices there. This is what modern colonialism looks like,” Wylie had tweeted.His message included documents which indicate that SCL India boasted a database of “over 600 districts and 7 lakh villages, which is constantly being updated”. Its reach in India is said to include a head office in Ghaziabad, with nine regional offices in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Cuttack, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Patna and Pune.”I dont remember a national project but I know regionally. Indias so big that one state can be as big as Britain. But they do have offices there, they do have staff there,” he had said, offering to provide more “documentation” to the committee on CA?s India links. PTI AK ZH ZHlast_img read more

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Watch: Senegal, Colombia fans clean up their mess at FIFA World Cup

first_imgSenegal supporters won hearts with their music and dance as their team stunned eighth-ranked Poland 2-1 in their World Cup 2018 opener on Tuesday.Their unique rhythm, tireless singing and dancing made everyone stand up and take notice and their team responded with a splendid show at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.Even as it was the song and dance that hogged all the limelight, what they did after the match actually gives the entire world a lesson.With the world and especially India, with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, on a drive towards cleanliness, Senegalese fans showed how each person’s little effort could make a difference.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIn a video that has surfaced on social media, each Senegal supporter can be seen picking up litter from their entire stand and accumulating it at one place so that they leave the stands as clean as they found it.#SEN fans cleaning up their area at the end of their side’s victory over #POL. pic.twitter.com/ODZdoiGkr9Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) June 19, 2018Without any trace of embarrassment over cleaning up the place, the supporters can be seen performing their own cleaning drive.And it turns out they are not the only ones.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEA video of Japanese fans clearing their stands also went viral on social media. Japan is already known for its love for cleanliness and ethics and their World Cup trip was no different.Pictures have also surfaced that show that even Tunisia fans cleaned up their stands after the country’s 1-2 loss against England.advertisementAlso appears fans of #TUN did similar last night after #ENG clash. ( via @SKhmira) pic.twitter.com/Y7EaQHH1ZmColin Millar (@Millar_Colin) June 19, 2018Even Colombia supporters took the effort of picking up litter from their stands and putting it all at one place.Yet more research shows this is a running theme, as seen in #COL v #JPN today. The #WorldCup really is brilliant. (Pics via @tsunsan) pic.twitter.com/1KXRZAAYL4Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) June 19, 2018Like they say, the World Cup is a beautiful place where fans from all over the world show their spark, culture and identity.And Senegal, Tunisia and Colombia supporters have surely done a world of good to their identity on the world map.The crowd support at the World Cup this year has been brilliant as always. Fans from all over the world have come to Russia to support and cheer for their respective teams.Also read – Senegal bring African colour to Russia with dancing celebrationWhile it was feared that travellers may be subjected to discrimination and violence in Russia, so far it has all looked good.Even though Russian police has been strictly ordered not to leak out any news of an untoward incident, stadiums so far have looked violence-proof.May be it’s a sign that the World Cup has given Russia a platform to show themselves to the world — an identity they will long cherish.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S-Pen will support Bluetooth, confirms FCC listing

first_imgSamsung has confirmed to launch its most anticipated device of the year, Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 at its Unpacked event. Galaxy Note 9 may also come to India in August. Samsung, however, is yet to confirm the same. Ahead of the launch, a lot is being talked about the device. A rumour that leaked earlier this week revealed that the S Pen of Note 9 will come with Bluetooth support. The rumour has now been confirmed. The FCC listing of the phone has confirmed that the new Galaxy Note will come with S Pen (as previous models) with have a built-in portable Bluetooth controller in it.The Note 9’s S Pen is said to be smarter than ever before. The FCC documents reveal that the S Pen with model number EJ-PN960 is basically a is a 2.4GHz Bluetooth LE device. Meaning, the S Pen of Note 9 will do a lot more than the S Pen of the Note 8. Rumours are, Note 9’s S Pen will come with Bluetooth support and will pack features that one wouldn’t ever expect a stylus to have.The Note 9 users will be able to use the S Pen as a remote to control music, like to increase or lower the sound level, or change the song and more. Not only that, S Pen is also expected to come with the ability to launch or control Bixby. Some rumours say that the S Pen may come with features like gameplay. While others reveal that the S Pen may have the ability to turn into a Bluetooth speaker.advertisementPreviously, serial tipster Ice Universe — who have often been accurate with its information — had gone up to say that the “Galaxy Note 9 S-Pen is (will be) a pen with a soul. It may be the biggest update in the history of the S-Pen.”The same source, earlier this week revealed that the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen will come with Bluetooth support. The tipster says that Galaxy Note 9 will come with “a free, built-in portable Bluetooth controller.” The tipster also said that the Bluetooth button “can be used for remote self-timer, remote control of music player and other traditional Bluetooth devices. There is room for work, potential and gameplay.”ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Launch date, key specs, possible price and everything else you need to knowAs far as the other specs are concerned, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to sport more or less the same design and features as the Note 8 — Infinity display, thin bezels, Bixby, dual cameras, and S Pen. The Note 9 is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, a 6.4-inch screen, Android 8.1 Oreo, a massive 4,000mAh battery, dual-pixel 12-megapixel rear cameras, and an 8-megapixel front camera.last_img read more

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Immigration Linked to Degraded Ecosystem

first_imgBorder security is not typically recognized as being tied to environmental changes, but in this recent article by The New York Times, the links are clear. It details how declining fish catches in northwest Africa are fueling immigration to Europe.With fish populations in northwest Africa collapsing, regional economies are struggling and local populations are finding themselves without one of their staple foods. That means more people are willing to take greater risks by migrating for a fresh beginning in a new country.Fishers with their catch People everywhere depend on nature—that is, ecosystem services—for their well-being. Yet many of these services are in a state of decline. In fact, according to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, nearly 2/3 of ecosystem services are in worse shape than they were a half-century ago. The bottom line of this finding? Nature’s benefits can no longer be taken for granted. According to the Times article, fish populations in Senegal and from other parts of the region were once abundant enough to support livelihoods. But now, families find they are barely scraping by. Major fish stocks are dwindling because of fishing by local boats as well as international fleets, including from the European Union, China, and Russia. This crash in natural resources is encouraging northwest African nationals to attempt migration to more abundant societies. In 2007, about 31,000 Africans attempted to flee to the Canary Islands, which serve as a gateway to Europe. Of these, 6,000 disappeared or died.WRI’s Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Initiative brochure Northwest African governments, lured by the promise of money from international trawlers and economic growth, have driven one of their most important natural resources to depletion. European officials, on the other hand, saw that their own fish resources were depleted decades ago and arranged deals to harvest the seas of northwestern Africa. In both cases, decision makers did not realize that many of their decisions both depend on and impact the ecosystem services nature provides.In northwest Africa, new government policies to attract international fishing fleets in the hopes of payments and economic growth were dependent on wild fish stocks remaining abundant. Likewise, decisions by European officials to exploit fishing grounds in Africa had unforeseen consequences because the ecosystem service was degraded. Motivated by hopes of economic growth and cheap food for their populations, European nations are instead faced with floods of undocumented immigrants.Recognizing the links between ecosystem services and development goals can help us protect ecosystems from development. Perhaps even more importantly, we need to consider how to invest in managing ecosystems for development. WRI is working to solve problems exactly like these in northwest Africa through our recently launched Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Initiative.Download our brochure: What Are Ecosystems Doing For You? Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services Initiativelast_img read more

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