Forca Goa girls clinch GGW Cup football title

first_imgForca Goa beat Oscar Foundation in a keenly contested final of the Global Goals World Cup, Mumbai edition, at the Fr Agnel’s turf, Vashi. The 24-team, five-a-side football event, aimed at encouraging women into action, is part of the United Nations’ 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals. The winning team was picked on parameters like crowd engagement, and style besides actual play. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updatesRelated News Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into finalcenter_img Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as managerlast_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir gets first football stadium with floodlights

first_img Moreover, the floodlights installed at the TRC ground are of high quality, which will open the doors for the high-definition quality live telecast of matches. Sarmad Hafeez, Commission Secretary, J-K Youth Sports and Services, is elated over the development and called it a historical step. “This is a historical step and this is the first stadium in the state of Jammu and Kashmir where the floodlights have been installed. Therefore now we will be able to play under floodlights and not just national games but games of international standards,” Hafeez told ANI. “It is our government’s goal that we increase the sporting infrastructure and provide people with such an infrastructure where youth can participate in all different sports,” he added. The stadium, which was built at the cost of Rs 4.5 crore, was unveiled in 2014. Since 2015, the ground has been used for I-league matches and other local football tournaments. Hafeez said that this is just a beginning because as many as 10 more stadiums and playfields are ready to get floodlights, which will further promote sports in the state. “Our state is known for football and we have produces some very good footballers who have represented the country and represented the finest clubs in the country,” he said. “This is only the beginning and we already have 10 other stadiums and playfields, where the floodlights are ready for inauguration. In the coming days, they will be inaugurated,” added Hafeez. 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 The football players here have got an exciting boost as they got their first stadium, TRC Football turf ground, with floodlights facilities. Earlier there used to be very rare football activity during the night but after the installment of lights, matches can now be conducted during the night time too.Related News Railway service in Kashmir valley to resume from November 11 Mumbai crime: Man kidnaps, rapes girl; gets seven years in jail This has paralysed the entire legal system here, says Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council presidentlast_img read more

Carabao Cup: Liverpool edge out Arsenal in a 5-5 goal-scoring fest

first_imgLiverpool: Liverpool defeated Arsenal in the round of 16 match of the ongoing Carabao Cup on Wednesday (local time) here at the Anfield Stadium. The Reds defeated the Gunners 5-4 on penalties, however in normal time, the match had finished at 5-5. The first half of the match saw five goals being scored between Liverpool and Arsenal. Arsenal Shkodran Mustafi’s mistake (own goal) in the sixth minute costed the side as Liverpool went 1-0 up. However, Lucas Torreira Di Pascua gave Arsenal the equaliser in the 19th minute. The Gunners then quickly went into the lead as Gabriel Martinelli scored two goals within ten minutes to give them a 2-0 lead.Related News Granit Xhaka stripped of Arsenal captaincy after emotional outburst towards fans Liverpool was handed a penalty in the 43rd minute and James Milner scored for the side, bringing the scoreline to 3-2 in favour of Arsenal. No more goals were scored in the first half and Arsenal went into the half time with a one-goal lead. In the second half, Ainsley Maitland-Niles registered a goal for Arsenal in the 54th minute, giving them a lead of 4-2. However, Liverpool got right back into the match owing to goals by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (58′) and Divock Origi (62′) and as a result, the scoreline was brought to 4-4 with still 28 more minutes left to play. In the 70th minute, Arsenal once again went into the lead as Jock Willock clocked in a goal. The Gunners looked all set for the win, but Liverpool’s Origi had different goals as he smashed the ball into the goalpost to bring the normal time’s play result to 5-5. After this, the match went into penalties and Liverpool came out triumphant. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Arsenal star Granit Xhaka’s wife makes her Instagram private after death threats Wedding bells for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and singer Perrie Edwards?last_img read more

Are You Earning The Salary You’re Worth?

first_imgIf you answered: “I’m not sure” or “Who Knows!?!” is it because you are not discussing salary and compensation with the right people or utilizing the best resources? Glassdoor.com recently surveyed more than 1,300 employed adults about whether they are comfortable sharing their salary, and if so, who they share that information with. Almost one in five (17 percent) say they are not comfortable discussing their current compensation with anyone, which is up from 11 percent in May 2008. Of those who are comfortable sharing salary, we found they may not be discussing the details with the people who actually matter.  For example, employees report they are more comfortable talking salary with their best friend (33%) than HR (18%) or their boss (25%) – two key bodies that could influence pay or at the very least, shed some light on current pay ranges.Despite the fact a growing number of people are sharing intimate details of their lives in social networks, what we make still remains largely taboo  in our culture – and it could be costing us in more ways than one. In a recent debate over the consequences of being uninformed about your salary, Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor’s career and workplace expert, comments, “we are like retailers selling a product and letting someone else set the price and we negotiate back with little to no knowledge and then we take the deal…We shouldn’t allow our talents, services and experience to be bought like we are on the table at a garage sale.”Rusty also suggests that the reason salary and compensation has become a conversation don’t is because there is a fear associated with not being able to measure up to your peers or colleagues. What most people don’t realize is many of their colleagues have also had their compensation cut.According to our Q4 Employment Confidence Survey, more than one-fourth of employees report their compensation was reduced in the past six months, which is supported by Glassdoor salary data that shows the average salary reported on the site was down more than 6 percent in the last six months of 2009 versus the first six months.   Yet people seem to have lost sight of the fact that companies are not planning on restoring what was lost any time soon and 2010 salary budgets are expected to increase less than 3 percent — the lowest in more than 25 years, according to Mercer.With all the rules changing, how do people evaluate their worth? We looked to the Glassdoor community for insight.  Linda Konstan, a human resources consultant with LMK Associates, suggests companies be more open with company financials.  “When the financials of a firm are part of internal company knowledge, employees have a better idea about what factors raises and/or bonuses have been based on or why they won’t occur. A lot of my clients have gone to Open Book Management so all employees understand the exact financials of the firm.”Konstan adds, “We have found that when employees understand the month-to-month financials, they buy in more quickly in assisting with expense reductions and revenue production. In fact, that’s part of the process – having employees continuously come up with ideas.”The challenge we face is most companies do not openly share all financial data and are not transparent about compensation plans yet people are hungry for it. In fact, 70% of employees (and 75% of those not employed but looking) say it would be helpful to have more detailed information about current salaries and cultures at specific companies than what has previously been available, given the current state of the economy and job market. (Harris Interactive/Glassdoor poll of 2,257 employed and unemployed adults, September 2009).Without easily available information, we run the risk of gaps between employee expectations and company plans.  If your company isn’t opening up about the business’s financial health and offering hints at how that may impact your wallet, here are a few tips from Glassdoor and our career and workplace expert panel:Stop Guessing About Your Job: Rusty Rueff suggests find out what it really takes to get promoted. He advises that you sit down with a manager or your HR Leader, and ask for the specifics on what it takes to get to the next level in the company.  Rusty adds, “don’t be satisfied with the rote answers of high-performance and experience.  Also ask about the cultural norms and practices that lead to being accepted and promoted within the organization. If it helps you, bring in the career specifics of someone who you aspire to be like and ask what it was about this person that got them moved up, and then ask if your career arc can be the same?  If you get an affirmative, then ask for help in mapping out your plan.”Don’t Wait To Broach The Salary Topic: When it comes to the interview salary negotiation phase, Liz Ryan suggests asking about compensation during the second face-to-face interview, or when an email message or phone call arrives to invite you for a second interview. That’s when you can say “That’s great – I’d love to come back and meet more of the XYZ team members. Just so that we’re not wasting anyone’s time, shall we synch up on compensation now?” When we open the topic, we can expect a screener or hiring manager to come back with “So, what were you earning on your last job?” We don’t have to share our last salary level – although if that number suits you and is in line with what you believe this new job should pay, feel free to spit it out. Lots of people don’t want to share their past salary, usually because it wasn’t representative of the salary trajectory they’d been following up to that point. Maybe they worked for a not-for-profit, or were simply working for a cheapskate employer or manager who didn’t pay them their market value.  In that case, we can say “I’m focusing on positions in the $X range.” We can share a salary target, rather than a past salary.Do Your Salary Research: Behind-the-scenes looks at salaries for specific jobs in specific locations at specific employers is just part of why Glassdoor is here for you (not to mention the hundreds of thousands of company reviews, as well as interview questions and reviews). Research your job position, desired or current employer and/or geographic location and find out what others earn in a similar situation. For example, are you considering a job at Deloitte Consulting as an Audit Senior? Did you know that based among employees with this title at this company, the average salary can range between $51,000 and $80,000? Bottom line is it pays to do your home work and know the range for your job at a specific company based on your years of experience and location.At Glassdoor, we fundamentally believe it shouldn’t be so hard to find out information about pay and companies.  We invite you to join the effort to peel back the layers of secrecy around salary.  By sharing your pay – anonymously (hey, we can all take baby steps) – via Glassdoor.com you can help employees, jobseekers and the next workforce generation – and earn good career Karma merit. So how about it? – can you spare a few minutes to anonymously share  your salary secret?last_img read more

Four Tips To Refresh Your Career Path

first_imgYou’ve mastered Angry Birds, watched every Kurasawa movie five times, read Game of Thrones twice and have given up on writing your novel of the century. There is so much we can do in our lives including watching Ax Men or the Housewives of Wherever that we forget to take the time to work on working. That is to plan and take the time to review and consider our current career path and the steps to take to move it forward or not. (Accepting the position you are in is perfectly fine).Try planning an hour each week to work on your career. Here are a few tips to get started:Research with no agenda. Too often we look for information for a specific reason instead of learning from the information we come across. Start researching your industry, your company, your competitors or any area of interest. Learn!Dig into areas of interest. You will discover areas of interest and when you do stop and dig in to learn more. The accountant who dabbles in painting researches her interest and learns of a program apprentice as an art curator. She has university hours in this area and can take more hours while working – does she pursue? For some reason the door has opened and yes she should pursue, not necessarily to take the apprenticeship but at least to satisfy the curiosity of her passion.Write your goals: This is such a ‘duh’ statement. You’ve been writing goals for years, some you’ve achieved and many you haven’t. So when it comes to your career think of ‘must haves’, ‘nice to haves’, ‘want tos’ and put a time limit on when you want to achieve each. Many in the workforce are finding that how one is perceived has little to do with success. Rather it how one lives their lives and interacts with others that matters. The value of quality of life is huge and the definition of quality is very personal. Accept and own the truth for yourself.Review often. I read a book years ago, ‘Halftime’ by Bob Buford that includes a simple goal setting process for one’s career and life. They are simply a set of questions I answered and frequently review. Some I have changed and most are reminders as to what is really important. The process along with spiritual pursuits has helped guide my career and life and resulted in success and peace. These are highly valued personal attributes and since they are personal you are responsible for acquiring and valuing them.Plan a little free time each week to plan for the rest of your life.last_img read more

Pakistan still not safe for foreign teams, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgPakistan’s former fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar has cautioned against inviting any foreign teams to Pakistan in the prevailing security situation in the country.Speaking two days after the terrorist attack on the police training centre in Quetta in which 62 police cadets and two armymen were killed and around 170 injured, Akhtar said that the security situation in the country was not good.”Until there is a complete normalcy as far as security situation is concerned we shouldn’t take the risk of inviting any foreign team to Pakistan,” he said on Geo News channel.”The security situation is such that we will have to be patient. I am sure international cricket will return to Pakistan but it will take some time,” he added. (Also read: Match-fixing was at its peak in 1996, says Shoaib Akhtar)The attack on the police training centre took place just few days after the Pakistan Cricket Board’s head of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Najam Sethi had announced the final of the second PSL would be held in Lahore in February.Sethi also told a meeting of the standing committee of the national assembly on Thursday that twice the PCB had succeeded in convincing the Ireland and West Indies teams to play some matches in Pakistan but both times some untoward incidents took place.He said that it was unfortunate that whenever the PCB tried to convince other boards to send teams to Pakistan some terrorist activity happened and it put everything back.No top test team has toured Pakistan since March, 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore although since than low ranked sides like Afghanistan, Kenya and Zimbabwe have sent their teams to Pakistan.advertisementlast_img read more

China Open: Carolina Marin beat Ji Shuting to move into quarter-finals

first_imgExhibiting her usual fiery intensity, Spanish world No. 1 badminton player Carolina Marin got off to a solid start at the China Open with a 21-18, 21-15 victory over China’s Ji Shuting.Marin, who as always celebrated her winning points with loud screams, led Ji just 19-18 late in the first game. But the Chinese player proceeded to dump two shots in the net to drop the opener here on Wednesday, reports Efe.In the second, Ji was up 11-10 at the mid-game interval, but Marin turned it on late to win 11 of the last 15 points to wrap up the victory and advance to the round of 16. (Also read: China Open: Saina ousted, PV Sindhu wins on mixed day for Indian shuttlers )The Spanish reigning Olympic champion and two-time reigning world champion showed no signs of the thigh injury she sustained at the Denmark Open last month.She will next take on Japan’s Sayaka Sato for a berth in the quarter-finals.Chinese women have dominated their home event in recent years but they will have a tough time maintaining that success this time around in singles due to the presence of Marin and other strong foreign players such as Indian Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu and Japanese rising star Akane Yamaguchi.China’s top-ranked female player and defending China Open champion, fourth-ranked Li Xuerui, is still out of action with the leg injury she sustained in a loss to Marin in the semifinals of the Rio Olympics.That leaves world No. 9 Sun Yu and world No. 10 He Bingjiao as the highest-ranked Chinese women’s singles players at this Super Series Premier event.advertisementThe tournament will run through Sunday in the southeastern Chinese citlast_img read more

England are formidable opponents: Dilip Vengsarkar

first_imgVirat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 226-run partnership on day one of the Vizag Test match has pretty much brought India back to a position of strength that they are so used to, playing at home. (Vizag pitch will turn square from Day 2: Ganguly)But former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has come out impressed by England’s showing in the Rajkot Test and expects them to be competitive in the series. “I don’t want to stick my neck out and predict anything. England are formidable opponents. I hope India can win the series. Virat Kohli is in great form and a very good captain,” he told India Today.The trio of English spinners Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari exceeded expectations and outperformed their Indian spin counterparts at Rajkot.England’s spin attack is not of the quality they had in 2012 with Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar leading the charge but Alastair Cook’s team is one of the few non subcontinent teams who have been able to field three able spinners in the playing eleven, all of different variety. (Wanted to build a big partnership with Kohli: Pujara)”It has to be said they have picked horses for courses. Their spinners are good and can perform if they get turning wickets,” he said. But finishing wicketless against Kohli and Pujara’s decisive footwork and stroke play on a day one wicket at Vizag would have brought them up to speed with the challenge at hand.Spotting many left handers in the English top order, India have opted to have a second off-spinner in debutant Jayant Yadav. The jury is still out if dropping experienced legspinner Amit Mishra was justified but the Indian team management has rung in changes after a below par showing in the first Test.advertisementBoth the teams are well aware the choice of spinners and how well they bowl will decide the series.last_img read more

VIDEO: Fekir, Pogba & the UCL Ones to Watch

first_imgThe UEFA Champions League is back!And with eight more mouth-watering ties on Tuesday, the big boys are coming out to play.But who will emerge as the star of the show? Who will rise up above the rest and be crowned the UEFA Champions League Player of the Week, sponsored by Banco Santander? 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! Will Nabil Fekir lead Lyon to glory once more after inspiring a victory over Manchester City that saw him become the club’s first player to both score and assist in a UCL match since September 2016?Or will Paul Pogba shine? It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the World Cup winner this term, but he has been directly involved in four of Manchester United’s last six UCL goals (two goals, two assists).And for all the established stars, let’s not forget the host of newcomers, like 21-year-old Ajax sensation Donny van de Beek. On Matchday 1, he became the first Dutch player to score on his UCL debut for more than a decade.Voting for Player of the Week opens on Thursday .Follow Football Santander on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for continued coverage of the UEFA Champions League.last_img read more

Martinez: Bayern will silence those ‘who talk sh*t’

first_imgJavi Martinez has promised that Bayern Munich will bounce back “stronger than ever” from their current tough run.Reigning champions Bayern trail Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund by four points after a 3-0 defeat at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday that extended their winless run to four games in all competitions under Niko Kovac.Spanish star Martinez is certain his side will turn their fortunes around, though, and warned their critics to “enjoy your moment” before Bayern respond. 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! “We win together, we cry together, we succeed together, we fail together,” Martinez wrote on his Twitter page.”But I believe in this team and we will fight, as always, together. “And those who talk sh*t in difficult situations like this: enjoy your moment, because this team will rise up again stronger than ever!”Kovac, who left Eintracht Frankfurt to replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of last season, has acknowledged he must start picking up results quickly as speculation mounts regarding his future.He told reporters after seeing his side downed on home soil by Monchengladbach: “I know the way things work in football and the Bundesliga. I do think we put together great performances in seven games, and now we’re not doing that.”I know that I am at Bayern Munich and the time you get is different to other places. We already showed what we’re capable of and I am convinced we will show it again soon. I’ll do my part to make it happen.”last_img read more

Report: Plzen 0 Real Madrid 5

first_imgKarim Benzema scored his 200th Real Madrid goal in a 5-0 Champions League rout of Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena on Wednesday.A superb solo strike provided Benzema’s landmark moment and put Madrid on the path to a commanding win that sent them top of Group G in Santiago Solari’s first European match at the helm.The opener came after Sergio Ramos escaped punishment for an elbow on Milan Havel, but there was no stopping the visitors as Casemiro extended their lead in the 23rd minute. 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! Benzema doubled his tally and set up Gareth Bale in the space of 144 seconds towards the end of the first half, and Toni Kroos floated a beautiful 67th-minute chip home to wrap up the win and leave Plzen playing solely for third place.Madrid’s injury-hit defence almost conceded in the ninth minute when Nacho Fernandez sent Patrik Hrosovsky’s cross against the bar.Havel was left with a bloody nose after being caught by Ramos’ in a 14th-minute challenge, and the injury sustained by the Plzen midfielder eventually led to his first-half withdrawal.Madrid soon asserted their superiority when Benzema was granted space to run into and he used it to slot his milestone strike between the legs of Ales Hruska in the 20th minute.goals for Real Madrid!Karim Benzema #UCL pic.twitter.com/2B0w1thZvg— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 7, 2018More shoddy defending from Plzen enabled Casemiro to glance Kroos’ corner home, before Benzema took his tally for Madrid to 201 by nodding Bale’s cushioned header past Hruska.The Frenchman returned the favour three minutes later, flicking Sergio Reguilon’s delivery on for Bale to volley back across goal and into the bottom-left corner.Solari handed Javi Sanchez and Vinicius Junior Champions League debuts in place of Ramos and Benzema and the Brazilian marked the occasion by setting up Kroos for a fine goal.Lucas Vazquez was denied by a contentious offside decision and Bale rattled the upright in stoppage time as Madrid cantered to three important points. What does it mean? Roma trip could define top spotWith Madrid and Roma locked on nine points at the top of the group, their clash at the Stadio Olimpico in three weeks could well prove pivotal to who potentially earns a better draw in the last 16. If Solari can continue his winning start into that match, it will be tough to see past Madrid getting what they need to finish top.Benzema back on songBy surpassing 200 goals for Madrid, Benzema became just the seventh player to reach the total in the club’s history, joining names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano. Having struggled so much in front of goal over the past two months, he now has four in his last five outings in all competitions and will hope to maintain his resurgent form.Limbersky at a lossPlzen left-back David Limbersky appeared to duck out of the way when Casemiro rose to head in Madrid’s second, and his lack of aerial prowess was exploited again by Bale and Benzema as they assisted one another to take the visitors’ tally to four before half-time.10 – Gareth Bale has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last eight Champions League group stage games for Real Madrid (five goals, five assists). Impact. pic.twitter.com/a4bTPFspLh— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2018Key Opta Facts- Santigo Solari is the second Real Madrid manager to win his first three competitive games without conceding a goal (Luis Carniglia in 1957).- This 5-0 victory is the biggest win by a Spanish side away from home against a Czech team in European competition.- Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has scored more headed goals than any other LaLiga player this season in all competitions (four).- Toni Kroos provided his 50th assist for Real Madrid in all competitions and his first this season for the club.- Madrid’s Gareth Bale has been involved in 10 goals in his last eight Champions League group stage games (five goals, five assists).- Czech and Spanish clubs have met 10 times previously in the Champions League – Spanish clubs have won all of those 10 games, scoring at least twice in each victory.What’s next?Madrid will be hoping to close in on LaLiga’s top four when they travel to Balaidos to face Celta Vigo on Sunday, while Plzen take on Pribram at home on the same day. read morelast_img read more

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first_imgA R Rahman in Oscar race again with “Pele”Los Angeles, Dec 14 (PTI) Music maestro A R Rahman stands a chance to win at the Oscars once again for his work on sports biopic “Pele: Birth of a Legend”.The Indian musician, who is already a double Oscar-winner for his work on “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2009, has found mention in the long list of both Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories.145 original scores are vying for the top award in February next year and Rahman is one of the names on the list as the composer for the Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist -directed drama on Brazilian football legend Peles early years.Films song “Ginga”, which Rahman composed to celebrate Peles soccer legacy, is part of the 91 songs competing for nominations in the Original Song category, according to the list released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Rahman, 49, has given music in a number of international projects. His most notable Hollywood outings besides “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Pele” are “127 Hours”, “Couples Retreat”, “Million Dollar Arm”, “The Hundred Foot Journey” and “Muhammad”The musician is competing with titles like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, “La La Land”, “Moana” and “Florence Foster Jenkins”.Academy members will vote their preference for five numbers. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.Nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 with the main ceremony scheduled for Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. PTI BK BKadvertisementlast_img read more

David Warner blasts Australia’s ‘poor’ scheduling

first_imgAustralian opener David Warner has blast Cricket Australia’s scheduling of different international formats which is set to see him miss his side’s Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka next month.Labelling the crammed fixture as “very, very poor”, Warner believes the absence of key players in the T20I squad could hurt Australia’s chances of winning a first World Twenty20 trophy next year.”Scheduling is obviously Cricket Australia’s area. They play the big role in putting that on. For me, it’s about going out there and playing the game and not worrying too much about that. In saying that, it is very, very poor scheduling. To have your Test team going away to play a Test match… it doesn’t make any sense to us,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Warner as saying.”I don’t like it. Those of us who are part of the T20 team have a bigger goal and bigger picture, and that is to win a World Cup. You want to be putting your best team on the park all the time. At the end of the day, you’ve got Big Bash and IPL,” Warner said.The close scheduling means several members of Australia’s first-choice T20I side, including Warner, captain Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc, will be unable to get a good hit out in the game’s shortest format ahead of the 2018 T20 World Cup.”If me, Smithy, Starcy, Ussy, Shaun Marsh – all these guys that are in the Australian T20 team from the previous World Cup – if we are not playing any T20 cricket in Australia where the next World Cup is meant to be, it becomes quite a tough thing for selectors to work around,” he added.advertisementAustralia are scheduled to play three T20Is against Sri Lanka at the MCG (February 17), Geelong (February 19) and Adelaide Oval (February 22), and the first Test of their tour of India in Pune the following day.The Steve Smith-led side are yet to win a World T20 title, having made it to the finals only once when they were runners-up to England in 2010.last_img read more

Tata JLR leads hike in Indian demand for luxury car brands

first_imgFrom Aditi KhannaLondon, Jan 26 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has seen a 15.8 per cent hike in car exports from the UK to India in 2016, riding on the wave of growing number of “affluent buyers” in the country, according to the latest UK automotive industry figures.India is now the eighth largest Asian market for UK car exports with JLRs Land Rover Discovery Sport, Ranger Rover Evoque, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XE and Jaguar F-Pace among the top five most popular models.The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), one of the UKs largest trade associations, said the Indian demand formed part of a wider 17-year high for British car manufacturing last year.”India is now the eighth biggest Asian market for UK car exports, with demand rising at a rapid rate as an increasing number of affluent buyers take advantage of a range of all new premium and luxury British-built cars. UK car exports to the country grew 15.8 per cent to 3,372 in 2016,” SMMT said in a statement.It also found that Indian-built car models accounted for 31,535 new car registrations in the UK, an uplift of more than 12.6 per cent on 2015.”India and the UK have a great history of collaboration in the automotive sector and it is essential we secure mutually beneficial trade relationships in the future. India is a growing market, for the moment largely for luxury vehicles. But we face high import tariffs which makes it more difficult to sell into India,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive.advertisement”It remains to be seen the kind of trade deal the UK may look to agree with India post-Brexit. But meanwhile, it is very much about producing the right product for the market, which is in the premium category,” he noted.Meanwhile, as many as 1,727,471 vehicles rolled off production lines in the UK last year from some 15 manufacturers, an 8.8 per cent rise in total car production in Britain compared to 2015 and the highest output since 1999.More cars are now being exported from Britain than ever before, which the SMMT highlighted was the result of investment made over recent years in world-class production facilities, cutting-edge design and technology and one of Europes most highly skilled and productive workforces rather than any Brexit effect.Production growth in the UK was predominantly driven by overseas demand, with global appetite for British-built cars rising by 10.3 per cent to an all-time high of 1,354,216 ? a second consecutive annual record.The European Union (EU) remains by far the countrys biggest market, something that could be directly affected by the final trade deal struck as Britain exits the economic bloc.”Brexit is a significant challenge and we want our respective governments to support our industry. The last year was undoubtedly a very, very successful year for the industry but there is a lot of uncertainty with one of our biggest market, the EU,” added Hawes. PTI AK AMS SUA AMSlast_img read more

Happy to see more inclusiveness for Para Sport: Deepa Malik

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Jan 29 (PTI) First Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympic Games, Deepa Malik today said the country has ushered in a new era for the sport for differently-abled athletes as theyre seen with more inclusiveness these days. “Its a huge declaration for the new era that has begun in the country. Now the nation is absolute ready to accept of para sport,” the recipient of this years Padma Shri told PTI after inaugurating Fannatic Sports Museum — The Boria Mazumdar Collection at Ecospace Business Park here today. “The para sport and the achievements of persons with disability is applauded and is seen with acceptance and has inclusive in nature nowadays. Lets celebrate the change of attitude towards para-sport,” the Rio Paralympic silver medalist in shot put F-53 event added. Hailing the change of attitude, she said: “These kind of recognition not just celebration of our medals, but it has got a larger meaning.” The change of attitude and the limelight means that Deepa appointment diary is packed nowadays, something she finds a little taxing to balance. “Yes, it becomes a bit challenging but I take it upon me as a messenger of para-sport,” the Delhi based athlete who flew in from Chennai after attending a Republic Day function added. Deepa also showered praise on former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who inadvertently addressed her as “Sakshi” the only other Malik in Rio, who did the country proud by becoming the first woman wrestler to win a medal. “I understand hes busy man and keeps meeting hundreds of people everyday so its natural. Hes a true gentleman and I remember how concerned she was about me and even moved my wheelchair during a FICCI AGM in Delhi,” she recollected. The 46-year-old however is not calling it quits and keeping her fingers crossed for Tokyo Paralympics 2020. “Definitely not. I will hit practice soon after a tumor management treatment. I will see how it goes in the World Championships of 2019 and hopefully Tokyo.” All praise about the museum, Deepa further appealed people to take out their time and pay a visit. “It took me a decade to become a Paralympic medalist. Theres a lot of blood and sweat that goes behind in earning a medal. You will become aware of this only after visiting such a museum. “We always crib about not getting an Olympic medal but its all about nurturing a sports culture and such a place motivate and inspire you.” A passout of 1987 batch Kendriya Vidyalaya Fort William, Deepa also felt nostalgic after landing in the city. “My real roots of sport belonged to this place. I became a school captain here and now after being here it reconnects me to Kolkata. I feel fortunate to inaugurate it. Seeing para sport to put at par with sporting legends of India and the world has definitely raised the bar of para sport, its a huge honour and definitely a step forward. Thank you for this moment,” she signed off. PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Davis Cup: Leander Paes to partner Vishnu Vardhan, Saketh Myneni ruled out

first_imgAll eyes will be on veteran Leander Paes, who is the on the cusp of a historic world record in perhaps his last appearance in Davis Cup, as India clash with relatively weaker New Zealand in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, here from tomorrow.The 18-time Grand Slam champion, who is all set to take part in his 55th Davis Cup tie, is tied with Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli on 42 doubles wins in doubles. A win on Saturday will make him the most successful doubles player ever in Davis Cup history.Paes, however, will have to team up with last-minute inclusion and his London Olympics doubles partner Vishnu Vardhan, after original choice Saketh Myneni failed to recover from a foot injury sustained during last month’s Chennai Open.”Myneni’s injury is not okay yet,” said Anand Amritraj, who is leading the side for one last time, at a press conference after the draw for the tie, which will be first in Pune after 43 years.Paes and national hard court champion Vardhan will clash with the Kiwi pair of Artem Sitak and Michael Venus on day two of the tie.Vardhan was given a call-up after three people spoke to India’s top doubles player Rohan Bopanna, team captain Anand Amritraj said at the media conference after the draw.”Three people spoke to him. I did not. I don’t know exactly what happened,” said Amritraj.Paes, asked on the subject, said he wanted to give a call to Bopanna yesterday but was stopped from doing so.advertisement”I was the first to suggest of making a call to Rohan but I was told not to make the call,” said Paes who partnered Bopanna at the Rio Games but crashed out in the first round.He, however, refused to divulge who prevented him from doing so.Yuki Bhambri, ranked 368, will open India’s campaign against New Zealand’s number one player Finn Tearney, ranked 414, while Ramkumar Ramanathan (206) will take on Jose Statham (417) in the second singles.On paper, due to higher rankings and the advantage of playing at home, India appear to hold a clear edge over the Kiwis against whom they have a 5-3 win-loss record, with all the defeats occurring in the 1970s.India have not lost to New Zealand since 1978 when the Kiwis, then spearheaded by Onny Parun, had beaten them 4-1 in New Delhi in the Eastern Zone semi final.But they can ill afford to take New Zealand lightly especially considering that the visitors had proved a tough nut to crack in their own backyard in Christchurch in July, 2015, in the Asia-Oceania Group I semi-final, which team captain Anand Amritraj conceded had happened.”Their doubles team is stronger but we cannot take their singles players light. When we met the last time we did that and we were down 1-2,” recalled Amritraj.India trailed New Zealand 1-2 when Somdev Devvarman dropped the opening singles against Michael Venus and the doubles combine of Myneni and Rohan Bopanna lost to Sitak and Marcus Daniell after Yuki Bhambri had won his first singles rubber against Statham.On the final day in reverse singles Bhambri and Devvarman rose to the occasion to win their rubbers against Venus and Daniell respectively to pull off a come-from-behind win.Paes did not take part in that tie and also missed India s earlier 5-0 clean sweep over New Zealand in Chandigarh in 2012.But his was the big presence in the previous three victories over New Zealand in 2004, 2003 and 2002 when he played in singles and doubles (with Mahesh Bhupathi).last_img read more

Virat Kohli, Steve Smith are Joe Root’s inspiration as England captain

first_imgJoe Root said he would look to draw inspiration from Virat Kohli and Steve Smith as he embarked on his journey as England’s new Test captain.Root, 26, replaced Alastair Cook after the latter stepped down as England’s most capped Test skipper.Root and Kohli were recently involved in a marathon five-match series and both men were in prime form for their teams. While Root smashed 485 runs in five Tests, Kohli scored 655 including a career-best 235. (No ordinary Joe as England take Root)Root takes over from Cook at a crucial juncture for England, who were hammered 4-0 in the Test series. They do not play Test cricket for another six months but Root will have to spend the better part of that time trying to figure out how to lead by example in an often brittle batting line-up.However, Root, number three in the ICC’s Test batting rankings, need to look at numbers one and two for inspiration. Smith, the Australian captain is on top, followed by Kohli at two. (Joe Root replaces Alastair Cook as England Test captain)I do look at what they have done, yes. And that excites me,” Root said.”This is an opportunity for me. It’s a great motivator to make sure I do everything I can to get my batting in the best place possible and set the example for the rest of the guys in the team.”I like to think that, in the past, the more responsibility I’ve been given I’ve stepped up to that and taken it in my stride. Looking around the world, other guys in a similar position to me have taken similar responsibility and taken their game to the next level, so I’d like to think if I go about it the right way I’ll be able to do the same thing.” (Alastair Cook steps down as England Test captain after 4-0 defeat vs India)advertisementKohli has perhaps been the most dominant batsman in world cricket since taking over as India’s Test captain. He has so far scored nine hundreds including four double tons. Under Kohli, India also stormed to the top of the Test rankings and are currently on a 19-match unbeaten streak.Smith, despite Australia’s recent travails in Test cricket, has been in sensational form.Root, one of the best batsmen in world cricket, is often criticised for not building big innings like his more illustrious counterparts from India and Australia but this might just be the start of a glorious era for English cricket.last_img read more

Injured Ronaldo set to miss Eibar trip for stuttering Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is set be without three of his main forwards for Saturday’s trip to Eibar after Cristiano Ronaldo missed training on Friday with an ankle knock, joining the suspended Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata on the sidelines.Real visit tiny Eibar hoping to get their bid for a first league title since 2012 back on track after losing top spot to Barcelona following Wednesday’s 3-3 draw with Las Palmas but Zidane said he would not risk his team’s talisman.”He (Ronaldo) felt something was not right and that’s why he did not train today. Every game is important but the most important thing is that our players are ok, and so we’ll wait and see what we do with Cristiano.”Ronaldo scored twice late on to salvage a point in a chaotic game against Las Palmas which saw Bale sent off for the first time in his Real career, earning the Wales forward a two-game ban to miss the fixtures with Eibar and Real Betis.Morata, who scored the winner in last week’s 3-2 win at Villarreal, is also suspended against Eibar for accumulating yellow cards, meaning Zidane will look to Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez to lead his side’s attack, while winger Marco Asensio could be in line for a return to the team.”I have 24 players and the message has always been the same since I arrived: every player is important, if we want to win the league we can’t drop many more points but as we play every three days we have to rotate our squad,” Zidane said.advertisementReal have dropped five points in their last three games, losing to Valencia and scraping a 3-2 win over Villarreal before drawing with Las Palmas.Zidane admitted morale was low in the dressing room after the disappointing results but said there was no reason his team could not turn things around.”I have noticed a bit of negativity, which you always get when you don’t play well or get the result you wanted,” he said.”I’m used to that but for me the word crisis doesn’t exist in Real Madrid or football because every three days you have the chance to do things better.”last_img read more

Protesting CMs remarks, UDF walks out of Kerala assembly

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Mar 10 (PTI) The opposition UDF today walked out of the Kerala Assembly proceedings, protesting against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayans refusal to withdraw his controversial remarks linking it and the Shiv Sena.Vijayan had yesterday said that Shiv Sena activists, who allegedly indulged in moral policing in Kochi on March 8, were hired by the Congress-led UDF, triggering a turmoil in the House.When the proceedings began this morning, the UDF members came to the House with banners sporting slogans asking the CM to “withdraw yesterdays wrong remarks”.Instead Vijayan further sharpened his attack alleging that theUDF and the Sangh Parivar were in consonance. He claimed that the opposition looked troubled whenever someone said anything about the Shiv Sena and the Sangh Parivar.”That is what is being continuously seen in the assembly. What is this for? The public is understanding all this,” Vijayan said.Targeting Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, the Chief Minister said, “He and his followers were taking a stand of moving together with the Sangh Parivar. It was against this trend that I had reacted yesterday.”Vijayan termed as a “blatant lie” the statement of Chennithala that he had moved towards the Well of the House yesterday and spoken angrily with the opposition.There should be a limit for “baseless propaganda…When the Speaker is not in the Chair, members and Ministers stand in the Well of the House and there is nothing wrong in it. Such incidents have happened earlier also. In the current session also it has happened,” he said.advertisement”I did not move from my seat when the Leader of the Opposition was addressing and the Speaker was in the chair,” Vijayan said.Members of the ruling LDF and the UDF nearly came to blows yesterday while discussing the moral policing allegedly by the Sena activists who chased away young couples at the Marine Drive in Kochi.Chennithala said the chief ministers statement that the Sena activists were hired by UDF had virtually questioned the fronts integrity and demanded its withdrawal.He said the Speaker had also not taken a decision on their request for expunging Vijayans remarks.The UDF members then walked out, announcing boycott of todays proceedings.Talking to reporters later, Chennithala said the UDF did not want a certificate from the Chief Minister.”Vijayan has a track record of joining hands with RSS/BJP even during elections. So, we do not need a certificate from Vijayan to fight against Sangh Parivar,” he said.Chenntihala also alleged that Vijayan had entered the Well of the House and it was against the decorum of the position he holds. Such a thing had never happened in the history of the Kerala Assembly earlier, he claimed.He rejected Vijayans statement that UDF had”hired” the Shiv Sena. PTI JRK UDVS AARlast_img read more

SPORT-PSL 2 LAST

first_imgKhalid has denied to the ACU officials that Sharjeel Khalid has denied to the ACU officials that Sharjeel accepted any offer. The source also confirmed that discarded Pakistani batsman, Shahzaib Hasan who appeared before the PCB ACU officials in Lahore on Tuesday had in fact reported an approach made to him over the phone to his team owner and the ACU officials in Dubai but not immediately. About Muhammad Irfan, the source said he had been sent a notice of charge for not reporting approaches made to him to spot-fix in matches. Tafazzul Rizvi the legal advisor for the PCB told PTI that Irfan had been charged under clause 2.4.4 which pertains to not reporting an approach. “Irfan admitted he didn?t report the approaches when he was interviewed by the ACU officials on Monday.” When asked why Irfan had been allowed to continue playing in the PSL and Sharjeel and Khalid were sent back, Rizvi explained one couldn?t equate both cases with one another. “Irfan continued to play on because enough material was not gathered which could confirm he had undermined the integrity of the sport. But now that he has appeared before the ACU the board decided he had a case to answer and has been sent a notice of charge to which he has to reply in 14-days time,” Rizvi said. He said he couldn?t comment on the Sharjeel and Khalid case as it was now before a tribunal and they have denied the charges. The three-member tribunal formed to hear the Sharjeel and Khalid case has 90 days from the date the players were provisionally suspended to hold its preliminary hearing or the players can ask the PCB to lift their suspensions. Rizvi said the tribunal at its preliminary hearing will decide on the time line of the case. He also made it clear that any evidence with the PCB can?t be made public and has to be kept confidential and given to the tribunal. Former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar believes that the longer the PSL spot-fixing case lingers on it will open a Pandora?s box specially if the players decide to challenge any decision and go to court. “I dont think this is going to be as simple as it looks. We could see a pandora?s box open up later which would not be good for Pakistan cricket,” Akhtar said. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more