Giving: The New Taking?

first_imgSo says Trendwatching. Here’s the logic. People are disgusted by the forces that led to the recession. They are seeking authenticity and meaning. Which is making giving the new taking:Passionate, empowered individuals (if not entire generations) being more willing and able to give, to share, to collaborate; to be more ‘generous’ in many ways. Which in turn has made generosity one of a new set of status symbols… The most important driver behind GENERATION G is a wide variety of consumers and citizens being more generous. We’re talking the collaborative / free / creation / crowdsourced / gift / sharing movement that—especially online—has unlocked in entirely new ways the perennial need of individuals to be appreciated, to be loved, to feel part of the greater good, to contribute, to help… To basically find status and gratification in something other than consuming the most or the best.I find this concept intriguing, and there is plenty of evidence in the growth of social networks that we are sharing more than ever – and sometimes oversharing.Don’t think this means the dollars are going to start rolling in.It actually means more work. You need to be generous too. You need to make your donors feel seen and heard. The days of monologues are past. Think conversation, not conversion. Read all the tips for companies. I think for nonprofits, this means:1. You need to make donors feel included in your organization and how it conducts itself.2. Make it easy and convenient to support you. 3. Make your donors feel very appreciated. You don’t have to buy them lattes, but at least thank them profusely.4. Let your donors support you the way they want. Let them decide how and when they want to hear from you.The payoff? Trendwatching says for companies it is:It doesn’t hurt that in turbulent times like now, generosity will find an extra-appreciative audience, and certainly won’t be forgotten. Not only will your customers be more appreciative, they’ll also return your favors by being more willing to spread the word about you. And being more willing to collaborate with you, co-creating or co-inventing or co-improving. Which would get us to CUSTOMER-MADE. See, we told you this would be an umbrella trend. And last but not least, to manage a company with a caring, generous mindset can actually be good for your soul, too Dear nonprofits, I think the same applies to us.last_img read more

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Watch this Brilliant Second-by-Second Storytelling Masterpiece

first_img8. What happens next?This is where the video is a little unclear. Luckily, there is a call to action box on the YouTube video throughout the video displaying the text-to-give phone numbers. Wow. I mean… WOW. Doesn’t it hit you hard? This is storytelling to the max, revealed in one-second intervals. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what’s happening in every shot. I watched it four times before I noticed the news broadcast’s grim report and the newspaper declaring martial law.This just great storytelling in general, but it also hits the eight essential storytelling ingredients that we recommend nonprofits include in their appeals. Here they are: 7. Real detailsThere are just enough details in her typical day that we understand this girl lives a happy life and we see where her life takes a huge turn. The level of detail within each second is just enough for us to grasp the situation without making us take in too many ideas at once. The details in her face and in her expressions alone, regardless of the sounds and picture around her, are enough for us to figure out what’s going on. 1. EmotionLots of emotions run throughout the entire video. In the beginning, the girl is happy, cheerful, and silly, and then she’s scared, heartbroken, and defeated in the end. I’m sure you’re also scared for her and her family, right? 4. DesireIt’s obvious that her family is trying to get to safety. You can tell they’re motivated to get out of the war zone they have been thrust into. 3. A relatable protagonistThis little girl could be your neighbor. Her grandma embarrasses her with cheek pinching. She plays in the park with her dad. Her schoolmate tries to sneak a kiss. She’s practicing her musical instrument. These are all totally relatable experiences for all ages in all pockets of the world. 5. Ample conflictIf the gunshots aren’t ample conflict for you, I don’t know what is. 6. Compelling imagerySince the story is told with the face of a little girl, her experiences (both happy and scary) keep you watching. 2. Compelling OpeningIt’s a birthday party. Nothing special, but the plainness of the event makes you wonder what’s going to happen. Why is the birthday important? After Caryn’s webinar on Tuesday, Storytelling with the Emotional Brain, I came across this video in my Facebook feed. It was posted last year, so you may have already seen it. Watch it now: If you missed this week’s webinar, no worries: Just download the archived version. You’ll get an in-depth explanation of these eight ingredients that were brilliantly illustrated by Save the Children’s video, as well as mistakes to avoid and the science behind storytelling’s impact on our minds (and hearts).last_img read more

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How Your Nonprofit Can Stand Out in an Election Year

first_imgWith debates, caucuses, and primaries flooding the public’s attention, it can feel like it will be even more difficult to connect with donors (and raise funds!) this year. Many nonprofits might wonder if there is a magic formula for standing out during an election year.There is, but it’s more common sense than magic. Nonprofit advisor Joan Garry collected some great insight from fundraising and marketing experts on this very topic. Be sure to check out her recent roundup of advice, which includes my own take on the subject:In 2016, just like every other year, your fundraising appeals and donor communications should seek to strengthen your relationship with supporters. You can do this by speaking to them in a way that is more personal and highly relevant.Here are four ways to better connect with your supporters and stand out in a crowd:Plan consistent, compelling communication.Want to be first in line for a charitable gift? Start now and create a meaningful dialogue with your donors. Regular outreach that evokes the reasons why your supporters care about your work will help build a relationship that will pay off when it comes time to send your next appeal. (Learn how to create your own editorial calendar.)Get the right message to the right donors.Do your campaigns feel generic or custom-made for your donors? Create a basic marketing strategy for each segment of donors based on why, when, and where they give. The more tailored a message, the more it will stand out in a sea of mass communications. This is always important, but will be even more so in 2016. Yes, it’s a little more work, but with the right data and tools, your job will be easier and your results will be significantly better. (Network for Good’s easy-to-use donor management software can help!)Focus on the impact a donor’s gift has—and will have.When you tell the story of how your work gets done, keep your donors at the heart of it. Consider how many  ways you can highlight how your donors make a difference for your cause, your beneficiaries, and your community. Tell authentic stories about your work so your donors can feel their impact come to life.Help donors see themselves in your work and let them feel like part of your team.This is where political campaigns shine, so follow suit. Generate a sense of community with social proof and the leverage the pull of identity. Illustrate these powerful concepts when you ask for a gift through your nonprofit’s donation page or during peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns.last_img read more

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Report: Everton 1 Newcastle 1

first_imgRicharlison spared Everton further misery following their Merseyside derby defeat as they were held to a 1-1 Premier League draw by Newcastle United at Goodison Park.Jordan Pickford’s late howler gifted Liverpool all three points on Sunday and he had to pick the ball out of his net again in the 19th minute on Wednesday as Salomon Rondon scored his third goal in four games.The hosts did all of the pressing thereafter and, after seeing a spate of chances go begging, restored parity through Richarlison’s close-range 38th-minute strike. 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! Yet Everton failed to kick on from there and Newcastle, who have been in the headlines amid talk owner Mike Ashley is close to selling the club, held firm for a highly creditable point.FULL-TIME: Everton 1 Newcastle United 1The Magpies earn a point on the road at Goodison Park after a spirited display against the Toffees. Salomón Rondón opened the scoring, but Richarlison’s leveller meant the contest ended all-square. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/JeMHjTa6Hb— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 5, 2018Everton were punished for failing to capitalise on early dominance as Newcastle scored from their first attack.Jacob Murphy delivered an excellent low cross from the left byline to the far post, which Rondon met first time with a brilliant finish into the top-left corner.Martin Dubravka held a Lucas Digne tester at the other end and Rondon dragged wide on the counter, before Everton asserted their dominance and Federico Fernandez’s block denied Gylfi Sigurdsson with the goal at his mercy.Dubravka turned behind from Richarlison but he was beaten by the Brazil international when Newcastle failed to deal with a corner and the former Watford forward rifled into the roof of the net.Everton would have completed the turnaround on the stroke of half-time if not for Dubravka, who produced a stunning reaction save to prevent Cenk Tosun from converting Digne’s left-wing cross.However, Silva’s men never carried the same level of threat after the interval and needed Pickford to somewhat atone for his derby day gaffe as he brilliantly denied Christian Atsu late on. What does it mean? Toffees get stuck in final thirdThey were unfortunate to find Fernandez and Dubravka in fine form in the first half. However, as in the Merseyside derby, Everton lacked fluency and conviction in the final third for long periods. That will be of concern to Silva, whose counterpart Rafael Benitez has engineered a run of just one defeat in six games to take Newcastle four points clear of danger.Fantastic FernandezA backline that was unable to contain West Ham last time out was much more solid this time, particularly in the second half. It would have been breached more often if not for Fernandez’s outstanding denial of Sigurdsson, which highlighted an assured display.Dire day for DeAndreNewcastle’s admirable defensive effort was often in spite of right-back DeAndre Yedlin, who struggled to handle the threat of Richarlison and the overlapping Digne and was booked in a display that saw him give away multiple free-kicks.Key Opta Facts:- Everton are unbeaten in their last eight midweek matches in the Premier League (W4 D4), since losing 0-3 at Sunderland in May 2016.- Newcastle have not won a midweek Premier League match since December 2013 (5-1 versus Stoke), drawing nine and losing nine played on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday since.- Everton posted a 76.3 per cent possession rate, their highest in a Premier League game since 2003-04.- Newcastle’s Salomon Rondon has netted three goals in his last four Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his previous 18 in the competition.- Everton forward Richarlison has netted three goals in his last three home Premier League appearances, one more than he scored in his previous 22.3 – Salomón Rondón has scored three goals in his last four Premier League appearances; the same tally of goals as in his previous 18 games in the competition. Magpie. pic.twitter.com/9DRe3gs4h5— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 5, 2018hat’s next?Everton welcome Watford to Goodison Park as Marco Silva takes on one of his former clubs. Newcastle have an important December with three successive games against teams around them in the table – Wolves, Huddersfield Town and Fulham. read morelast_img read more

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Report: Real Madrid 4 Girona 2

first_imgSergio Ramos scored twice as Real Madrid earned a 4-2 lead in a pulsating first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at home to Girona.Anthony Lozano gave Girona an early lead at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday, but Madrid battled back thanks to Lucas Vazquez’s equaliser and a Ramos penalty.Another spot-kick saw Girona equalise, Alex Granell stepping up to convert after Marcos Llorente needlessly handled the ball in the box, but Ramos and Karim Benzema struck late. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Madrid’s captain rose highest in the box to crash home a header from Marcelo’s cross and Girona’s hopes were dashed when Benzema slotted in a Vinicius Junior cross.Madrid forced a trio of early corners, but Girona took the lead with their first attack in the seventh minute, Raul Garcia given too much space on the left to deliver a cross Lozano met on the volley.The hosts soon levelled, though, Benzema sending Alvaro Odriozola clear in the right channel to pull back a low pass that Vazquez placed home.Madrid led in the 42nd minute, Ramos beating Gorka Iraizoz with a Panenka from the spot after Vinicius’s feet were too quick for Lozano on the edge of the box.PANENKA!@SergioRamos #RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/uiENvppe58— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 24, 2019Benzema clipped the post before the break but when Llorente thrust out his hand to deflect a cross Girona made the tie all square, Granell confidently smashing his penalty beyond Thibaut Courtois.Vinicius was involved again as Madrid regained the lead in the 77th minute, getting into space on the left to tee up Marcelo for a cross Ramos was never going to miss.Madrid were not finished, however, and substitute Isco threaded a pass through for Vinicius, who slipped a low cross into the box that Benzema gobbled up to give Santiago Solari’s side a two-goal cushion. What does it mean? Madrid showing signs of improvementSantiago Solari’s side crave elusive momentum and they needed Ramos to bail them out yet again, but a clinical close to the game put them in control. Eusebio Sacristan’s Girona may have caused an even bigger shock had leading scorer Cristhian Stuani started the game, but having knocked Atletico Madrid out in the last round they will still feel they have a chance.Vinicius growing into leader of Madrid’s attackReplacing Cristiano Ronaldo was always going to be a huge challenge for Madrid, but Brazilian winger Vinicius is continually enhancing his stature at the Santiago Bernabeu. He won the penalty that saw Madrid take the lead and was a constant threat off the wing with his pace and tricks, setting up Benzema for the last goal of the game.Llorente’s moment of madness could be costlyWhat Llorente was thinking when he stuck out an arm in his own penalty box is hard to imagine, with the young midfielder fortunate his error – committed just seven minutes after coming on for Casemiro – has not cost Madrid a first-leg lead. He has been one of the major successes of Solari’s spell, but with Toni Kroos returning to fitness after over two weeks out he may be spending more time on the bench.What’s next?The second leg will be played in a week, but before then Madrid go to Espanyol on Sunday in LaLiga, with Girona hosting Catalan neighbours Barcelona earlier on the same day. read morelast_img read more

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‘Angry’ Lewandowski blames Kovac tactics for CL exit

first_imgBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has blamed manager Niko Kovac’s defensive set-up for their Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool. The Bundesliga champions secured a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Anfield, but their lack of an away goal left them vulnerable heading into Wednesday’s second leg. Liverpool would exploit that vulnerability to great effect, scoring a vital away goal in the first half through Sadio Mane.  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! Though Bayern equalised to make it 1-1, they were still forced to attack knowing that such a result would see Liverpool through on away goals. And the visitors would eventually secure their spot in the last eight through second-half strikes from Virgil van Dijk and Mane, winning 3-1 on the night. Lewandowski was fuming after the match, and pointed to his side’s lack of attacking intent in the first leg as a principal reason they are now out of Europe. “In the first game we didn’t make a good risk to play forward and try to score the goal,” the striker told beIN SPORTS.The Polish star also didn’t feel that his side showed enough interest in attacking during the second leg at home. “Today also I think we didn’t try to play offensive and try to score the goal because we didn’t have a lot of chances also and that was our problem today,” the striker continued. “We were playing at home but that wasn’t our game today and that’s why Liverpool beat us.Robert Lewandowski, Joel Matip, Bayern vs Liverpool 2018-19“I’m not happy, I’m angry because we know we should do better but we didn’t.”With their European dreams dashed, Bayern must now turn their attention toward securing a domestic double. The Bavarians are in first place in the Bundesliga on goal difference over Borussia Dortmund, while they will face FC Heidenheim in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal next month. “We have to push again forward,” Lewandowski said. “We have the Bundesliga and also a lot of games in the cup and we’re still in the game.”We’re still on the way to win the Bundesliga and that’s why you have to push forward.”last_img read more

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Want better projects with bigger budgets? Check this out:

first_imgWhat is your target market?That’s the question that Freelancers Union member Ilise Benun wants to help you answer.As most independent workers know, specialization trumps generalization. It allows you to charge more money, be more memorable to clients, and save time.For example, selling yourself as a copywriter just isn’t as effective as selling yourself as a white paper copywriter or a writer who specializes in alumni magazines.Finding your niche is an art, though. Which is why Ilise Benun (a.k.a. The Marketing Mentor) is trying to help freelancers choose the right focus, target their ideal clients, and pick the right niche and ultimately simplify their lives.Check out Ilise’s Hive, Find Your Focus, and join the conversation!Ilise Benun is an author, national speaker, business coach and founder of Marketing-Mentor.com. She provides advice and accountability for creative professionals who want better clients with bigger budgets. She is the author of 7 books, including The Creative Professional’s Guide to Money, The Designer’s Guide to Marketing and Pricing, and Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive. Her online courses can be found through HOW Design University and CreativeLive. Through her online store, she sells tools for creative business growth, including The Marketing Plan + eCalendar, The Designer’s Proposal Bundles and The Package Pricing Bundle. Follow her @MMToolbox and sign up for her free email newsletter, Quick Tips here: www.marketing-mentortips.comlast_img read more

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Raise your voice and help us #StartTheConvo with the White House

first_imgAs Freelancers Union Founder and Executive Director, Sara Horowitz is an innovator for tomorrow’s workforce. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @Sara_Horowitz.We know that freelancers are a diverse group. Freelancer interests are as variable and unique as the individuals who make up the independent workforce.One thing we agree on is that more needs to be said about our issues: according to our recent national survey, the majority of freelancers want more open discussion of how to empower the independent workforce. Now we can have that discussion with President Barack Obama.Tomorrow, October 7, President Obama will be hosting the Summit on Worker Voice at the White House, and I’m honored to be participating alongside other workers, union leaders, and creative business owners on the future of work in America.This is an important opportunity for us to show Washington what we can do as a community. The more of us that share stories, ideas, and questions, the more attention we can bring to freelancer issues.So be sure to join the conversation with President Obama, as well as all of the policymakers and other influencers who will be attending by addressing your tweets directly to @USDOL with the hashtag #StartTheConvo.The future of work is freelance, and it’s about time that lawmakers begin paying attention.Watch the live stream tomorrow beginning at 10:30AM EST tomorrow.last_img read more

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China has lost out on seeing something inspirational: Gurdev

first_imgChandigarh, Sep 26 (PTI) China has lost an opportunity to witness something inspirational by denying visa to the 101- year old sprinter Man Kaur, who wanted to compete at the Asian Masters Athletics Championships, says her son Gurdev Singh. The Chandigarh-based Man Kaur and her 79-year-old son were to participate in some of the events at the Championship in Rugao but their visa application was rejected on the ground of not having a personal invitation from the organisers.”Would it not have been an inspiration for the Chinese people to see a 101-year old woman running and taking part in sports competitions,” Gurdev asked while talking to PTI. “We had attached a letter from the Masters Athletics Federation of India with our visa applications. But the visa was denied and we were told that personal invite was required,” Singh said. Kaur, who won the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland earlier this year, was looking forward to winning medals in the 100m, 200m, shot put and javelin throw events at the five-day championships, concluding September 28.”I feel disappointed that the visa was not granted. I could have won some medals. I trained hard for the event over the last few weeks. It came as a surprise since I and my son have been traveling a lot but never faced this situation earlier,” Man Kaur said.Singh, who was to take part in long jump, 100m and 200m run, said, “we had stated that the Federation has been given the list of participants and they have mentioned our names. The Chinese Embassy could have also issued us visitor or tourist visa for four days. We had applied for the visas four days before the games were to start, which is their requirement as per their rules.” “We had purchased the tickets and made hotel bookings in China at our own expenses. But afterwards we cancelled our tickets and also had to re-schedule our tickets to USA and Canada.” In Canada, she is being bestowed upon a lifetime achievement award in October, details of which I will share later, Gurdev said.advertisementMan Kaur, has also featured among the nominees for the prestigious Laureus World Best Sporting Moment of the Year 2017 Award. “We seek the support of countrymen and sports enthusiasts around the world to vote for here in a global online poll,” Gurdev said appealing for votes for his mother.Kaur won her first medal in 2007 at the Chandigarh Masters Athletics meet.She took up athletics at the age of 93 years “just for the heck of it” after seeing Gurdev run a race at Patiala.The medal in Auckland, in April, was Kaurs 17th gold medal. She had clocked one minute and 14 seconds as a small crowd cheered her on. In the run up to the competition, Kaur left no stone unturned in her preparation doing five sprints of 50m each, one of 100m and one of 200m every alternate day. “I will continue to run and take part in competitions as long as I can. It gives me a lot of happiness when I run. I believe that age is no bar to chase and realise your dreams,” said Kaur, hailed as Miracle Mom from Chandigarh. Besides Gurdev, Kaur has a 60-year-old daughter Amrit Kaur and a son named Manjit Singh, who is 72 year old. Kaur and Gurdev have taken part in dozens of Masters Athletics meets around the globe. Sharing her daily diet, Kaur had earlier said, “I take boiled vegetables, wheat bread. I take healthy food, if you take junk food, then how can you run. I avoid fried food. PTI SUN VSD AT ATlast_img read more

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Aizawl FC hit back at AIFF with Rs 57 lakh outstanding dues

first_imgAizawl FC hit back at the All India Football Federation, caliming that India’s football governing body had owed them roughly Rs 57 lakh towards outstanding dues since the 2015-16 season.Hot on the heels of the AIFF disciplinary committee fining the defending I-League champions Rs 3 lakh for crowd violence in their January 25 match against Mohun Bagan, Aizawl president Robert Royte, who attended the meeting, attacked the sport’s governing body.WATCH”The AIFF owes us Rs 57 lakh that includes runners-up prize money of the 2015-16 Federation Cup, some man of the matches and travelling allowances,” Royte told a news conference.”As an owner and president of the club, I demand that the AIFF should also clear the pending dues. Then we will see how to pay the fine.”The AIFF, however, was dismissive of Aizawl’s claims.”Subsidies claim is not true. We clear them on a time to time basis and it is up to date,” an AIFF official told IANS.The official explained about the man of the match prize money issue.”Regarding Hero Of the Match amounts, our title sponsors, which is Hero Motocorp, and we had an agreement where they directly transfer the money to the clubs. That saves taxes. But then there was a lot of documentation to be done if Hero transferred the money directly to the clubs. They needed some documents which some clubs could provide and some could not,” he informed.”So we decided to disburse the money ourselves after getting it from Hero. That is the reason for this delay. All dues will be cleared by March 31.”advertisementRoyte meanwhile said he would discuss with his colleagues whether they would appeal the fine or not.”Regarding the quantum and amount of the fine, I’ve to discuss with my colleagues whether we will go for an appeal or not. We have to follow the rules,” he said.Royte, however, assured that safety and security will be ensured so that there is no closed door match in Aizawl.”That will be done. I’m sure that improvement will be there from the government and club side. It’s a big lesson for the fans of Aizawl.”Let us hope the AIFF will agree for the new arrangement… Safety will be ensured for the visiting teams and fans and even for the home fans,” he said.Asked whether they are paying the fine, he said: “Giving of penalty is another issue. We will think whether to appeal or not. I will have to discuss with my colleagues.”(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Indian women eye maiden double series win in South Africa

first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur and Co would be aiming to register their maiden double series win in South Africa when they take on the hosts in the fourth Twenty20 International, on Wednesday. India won the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series 2-1 and currently lead the five-match T20I series 2-1.After convincing victories — by seven and nine wickets respectively — in the first two T20 games, India allowed South Africa to stay alive in the series by slumping to a five-wicket loss against the hosts in the third match in Johannesburg.The team would want to bounce back as soon as possible as a win on Wednesday will also make them the first to have won two series on a single tour of South Africa. It will also be a huge milestone after having won the T20 series in Australia.But it would be easier said than done. After a near flawless show in the opening two games, the Indians dished out a below-par display in third T20 to give South Africa a chance to make a comeback in the series.In the last match, India’s middle-order collapsed after a fiery start to end with 133 in 17.5 overs. This was after being a solid 93 for two in the 12th over.Skipper Harmanpreet looked in a punishing mood during her 30-ball 48 and together with opener Smriti Mandhana (37) added 55 runs for the second wicket in quick time.But once the duo departed, the Indian middle-order collapsed like a house of cards.Veteran Mithali Raj too would be hungry for runs after posting a duck in her previous knock. The Indian bowling too looked ordinary in the last match.advertisementIn the absence of injured veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami, the onus was on young fast bowler Pooja Vastrakar to lead the attack and she did it with aplombpicking up two wickets, giving away just 21 runs from her four overs.But Pooja lacked support from the other end as her new ball partner Shikha Pandey went for runs. Off-spinner Anuja Patil was also a big let down for India as she conceded 44 runs from her four overs and accounted for just one wicket.On Wedndesday, Harmanpreet would want her team to tick all boxes correctly in order to register a rare feat in the history of Indian women’s cricket.With the men’s team also scheduled to play their second T20 at the same venue later in the day, the onus will be on Harmanpreet and Co to set the ball rolling for Virat Kohli’s team as they eye an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.On the other hand, South Africa would be a much more confident unit, thanks largely to seamer Shabnim Ismail, who took her first T20I five-wicket haul in the previous match.Ismail’s figures of 5/30 were the second-best by a South African in the format and helped the hosts get a target that they chased down with six balls to spare.They would also be hoping that Chloe Tryon, who struck a 15-ball 34 in the previous game, continues her good form.Teams (from):India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia, Nuzhat Parveen Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Rumeli Dhar.South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels.Match starts: 4:30 PM IST.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Russia’s standards agency recalls 4,857 Audi cars

first_imgRussia’s standards agency said in a statement it would recall 4,857 Audi A4, A5 and Q5 cars that were sold between 2011 and 2016.Recently, Mercedes-Benz China and Beijing Benz Automotive announced that they will recall 20,779 vehicles in the country from March 9, due to defective seat belts, a quality control body statement said.Beijing Benz Automotive will recall a total of 18,893 class C and GLC vehicles manufactured between October 2016 and February 2017, said China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine on Wednesday.Mercedes-Benz China, for its part, will recall 1,886 imported class S, class C and GLC sports vehicles manufactured between July 2016 and December 2016, Xinhua news agency reported.last_img read more

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PSL play-offs: International stars reach Pakistan

first_imgInternational stars and local heroes have landed in Pakistan for the playoffs of the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) to be played on March 20 and 21 at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.Peshawar Zalmi will take on Quetta Gladiators in the first Eliminator on March 20 and the winner of which will take on Karachi Kings in the second Eliminator to take place in the final on March 25 in Karachi.Stars like Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Rilee Rossow, Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Liam Dawson and Andre Fletcher have already reached Pakistan for the matches.Look who has just arrived in Lahore! Zalmi boys Andre Fletcher and @daws128#HBLPSL #DilSeJaanLagaDe pic.twitter.com/zpjuEJB2ktPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 19, 2018Teams arrival at Lahore International Airport for the Play-Offs of #HBLPSL 2018#DilSeJaanLagaDe pic.twitter.com/WBcDUtPZOHPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 19, 2018Destination lahore pic.twitter.com/MTZ4xklbUvDaren Sammy (@darensammy88) March 19, 2018All the Quetta Gladiators fans… your favourite Rilee Rossouw has arrived in Pakistan. Are you guys excited?? @Rileerr #ThankYouRilee pic.twitter.com/O7jUQ5FIROQuetta Gladiators (@TeamQuetta) March 19, 2018The Gladiators Mahmudullah and Zalmi Tamim on their way to Pakistan from Sri Lanka#HBLPSL #DilSeJaanLagaDe pic.twitter.com/xDYcZtCnTKPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 19, 2018Home time or Finals time… pic.twitter.com/RNoJoekFzHRilee Rossouw (@Rileerr) March 19, 2018Off to Pak land with my best friend, @54simmo . Welcome to Pakistan, buddy. Can’t wait to show you the beauty around my country! pic.twitter.com/pPw2Uyj13GUsama Mir (@iamusamamir) March 19, 2018It is the second year in a row when the final matches of the PSL are being played in Pakistan after the final of the previous edition of the tournament was played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, which Peshawar Zalmi eventually won against Quetta Gladiators.advertisementSecurity has been a major talking point in respect to the razzmatazz of the whole event. Extensive plans have been put in place according ot a leading daily in Pakistan. Streets within a radius of approximately 3km from the stadium have been closed for the matches with the Pakistan Army as well as local police involved.last_img read more

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Christchurch Test: Bairstow leads England revival after Southee’s five-wicket haul

first_imgJonny Bairstow and pacer Mark Wood brought England back into the second Test against New Zealand with their half centuries at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.At stumps, England were 290 for 8 and Bairstow remained not out at 97. Even though Wood departed on 52, his counter-attacking innings which came in just 62 deliveries got England back in the match.Earlier, Tim Southee took his seventh five-wicket haul in Tests while Trent Boult once again rattled the English top order with three wickets.The visitors had been in danger of being bowled out for under 200 when Stuart Broad was caught at mid-off to leave them floundering at 164 for seven shortly after tea.5 for Tim Southee! His 7th in Tests. Bowls Mark Wood for his highest Test score of 52. England now 259/8. Tim Southee is now New Zealand’s equal fourth highest Test wicket taker. Now equal with Chris Cairns on 218. New ball taken. Live scoring | https://t.co/qsRi8Tu1mR #NZvENG pic.twitter.com/tAGXiC4tvWBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 30, 2018However, Bairstow and Wood took advantage of a softening, aging ball to save England from more embarrassment following the 58 they scored in the first innings of the opening Test, their record low against New Zealand.After bringing up his first Test half century with two runs behind point, Wood then became Southee’s fifth wicket when he was bowled on the final delivery of the 80th over, ending a partnership that brought England back into contention.50 for Mark Wood. His first in Test cricket. England now 255/7 as Wood and Bairstow share a 91 run partnership. Live scoring | https://t.co/qsRi8Tu1mR #NZvENGadvertisementBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 30, 2018England’s debutant left-arm spinner Jack Leach managed to hold up his end for 43 minutes while facing 33 deliveries of the second new ball to finish 10 not out at the close.Southee and Boult had earlier continued to exploit England’s inability to handle the swinging ball and captured three wickets for one run after lunch.The duo had taken one wicket each in the first session but blew away the rest of England’s top order shortly after lunch by removing Joe Root (37), Dawid Malan (nought) and Mark Stoneman (35) within the space of nine balls.All-rounder Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Bairstow, the last remaining recognised batsmen, halted the collapse but the visitors were still in desperate trouble after being put in by Kane Williamson.The New Zealand bowling tandem were at it again after tea when Stokes, who scored a patient 66 in England’s second innings of the first Test, was caught behind for 25 and Broad at mid-off for five before Bairstow and Wood resurrected their innings.England need a win to stop New Zealand clinching their first series against them since 1999. The hosts won the first Test at Eden Park in Auckland by an innings and 49 runs.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Dinesh Karthik’s emotional message for players, fans, and Shah Rukh Khan

first_imgDinesh Karthik took to Twitter to thank his fans and all the people associated with the 11th season of the Indian Premier League after it came to an end on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets on Sunday to lift their third IPL title.After the match, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain posted a statement, where he thanked the broadcasters, commentators, groundsmen, the KKR owners and CEO Venky Mysore. He also thanked his fellow players for his their support and finished by adding that he thoroughly enjoyed the journey and would not like to change anything in this season.ALSO READ: IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik heartbroken as KKR fail to reach finalKKR endured a very good season and many would say that they punched above their weight. The two-time champions made the play-offs but lost Qualifier 2 to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs. Kolkata dominated most of the proceedings in that match as well but Rashid Khan’s all-round show eliminated them eventually.Their foreign recruits Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and Chris Lynn had good tournaments and were backed up by the youngsters Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi and Nitish Rana. Late replacement Parsidh Krishna also came up with some good performances towards the end of the tournament.Narine was also adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament for his 357 runs and 17 wickets in the tournament. Russell returned with 316 runs and 13 wickets in IPL 2018 as well. Opening the batting, Lynn scored 491 runs at an average of 32.73 from 16 games. However, all of them were trumped by their captain himself, who finished with 498 runs from 16 matches at an average of 49.80. He is scored two fifties as well.advertisementAwards GaloreMost Valuable PlayerSuper StrikerCongrats @SunilPNarine74 #IPL2018 #KorboLorboJeetbo pic.twitter.com/YqR5qzE1b7KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 28, 2018DK led the side from the front and guided KKR home in most of their chases and supported the youngsters through thick and thin. His desire to guide them and put them through their paces worked wonders towards the end of the tournament as KKR finished with four straight wins and at the third spot with 16 points from 16 games. His persistence with the likes of Krishna and Mavi ahead of internationals Tom Curran and Mitchell Johnson was a brave decision and was lauded by most experts and fans alike.Kolkata might have finished third but Karthik’s confidence in the U-19 boys will make them stronger and they will certainly come back with more confidence and stronger in IPL 2019.last_img read more

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It’s what happens when breakfast is not on time, Chhetri on viral video

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 11 (PTI) The plea brought about an outpouring of emotion but Sunil Chhetri’s detailing of what went into making the video, that had him seek fan support with folded hands, brought the house down here today. Fresh from netting eight goals in the title-winning Intercontinental Cup campaign in Mumbai, Chhetri spoke about his thoughts leading up to the twitter video that got thousands of retweets and lakhs of likes, but more importantly infused new life into Indian football’s fandom. “Actually I am ageing. That’s why you get these weird kind of thoughts in the morning when you don’t get your breakfast on time. And then you post that kind of a video message,” Chhetri quipped when asked what was on his mind the day he posted the twitter video that ensured sold out turnouts in the tournament. “Had my PR team got a whiff of it, they wouldn’t have allowed me to post that message. Kya karein buddhe ho rahein aur ab shaadi bhi ho gayi hain (What to do, I am getting old and now I am married too),” Chhetri joked during a promotional event here. It wasn’t the first time he was answering the question but it was the first time the veteran chose to answer it in a lighter vein. The three and a half minute video was one of the most stirring moments of Indian sports last week in which Chhetri touched a chord when he asked the fans to show up even if just to abuse the team.advertisement Today, he blamed a tiny bit of that emotion to ageing as well and expectedly a question cropped up on his future. The skipper was quick to turn serious at the very suggestion of the ‘R’ word. “It was a joke sir. I am not going anywhere. I am very much here and playing the game,” said Chhetri. As the event was about KIA Motors sponsoring young Official Match Ball Carriers (OMBC) to the upcoming Russia World Cup, Chhetri spoke about how parents need to encourage their kids to pursue sport. “My parents were extremely supportive when I wanted to pursue football. My mother had played for the Nepal national team and she knew what it meant to represent the country. “That’s why I keep telling parents that please encourage your child. You need to be extremely patient with them. One day they will come up and tell that they want to become Bhaichung Bhutia. “The next day they will say that they want to become Leander Paes. On another day, they would like to become doctor or engineer. You can’t lose patience with your kids,” he said. PTI KHS PM PM PMlast_img read more

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Despite not playing, US leads World Cup flight booking growth to Russia

first_imgThey may not have qualified for the tournament, but travellers from the United States are among those most gripped by World Cup fever in terms of flight bookings to Russia, with bookings up 66 percent, data showed on Tuesday.Less surprisingly, the biggest fall in bookings, a drop of 16 percent, is from Italy, which failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years, travel technology company Travelport said.Overall, flight bookings to Russia from the United States for travel during the tournament from June 14 to July 15 have risen 136,503 in volume, an increase of 34 percent, according to Travelport’s analysis of data from the major global distribution systems (GDS).Bookings from the United States are up by 13,654 in volume, an increase of 66 percent, while Germany accounts for the largest growth in booking volumes of 16,213, an increase of 44 percent.”It’s great to see the World Cup is encouraging people to travel,” Travelport Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Shurrock said.”German supporters are clearly feeling optimistic they can retain the title with the highest total number of fans travelling to watch their team.”FIFA World Cup: England bank on Tottenham hub for glory in RussiaThe U.S. interest is also backed up by separate data from ForwardKeys released last week, which analysed data from the GDS along with some airlines and tour operators but which looked at arrivals from June 4 to July 15.2018 FIFA World Cup: A rare and historic Indian touch in RussiaAccording to that analysis, the United States is responsible for the greatest number of additional visitors to Russia, although ForwardKeys highlighted that the United States has a sizeable Latin American population, traditionally among the biggest soccer fans.advertisement”This result may seem surprising because the USA has not qualified for the finals but interest in the spot has grown strongly since the 1994 World Cup when it was the host nation,” ForwardKeys said.Also Watchlast_img read more

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We will go in with belief that we can beat India: Ireland captain Gary Wilson

first_imgBy Chetan Narula Malahide (Ireland), June 26 (PTI) Captain Gary Wilson says Ireland are capable of beating India in the two-T20I series starting here tomorrow, having surprised top teams in the past. He underlined Irelands success against Pakistan and England (in 2007 and 2011 ODI World Cups respectively) and said that they will take heart from the past when taking on the Men in Blue.They are a very fine T20 side but they have to bat and we have to bowl. If we bowl up to our best, they still have to play that no matter, whether it is Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma or whoever it is in the world,” said Wilson today. “On any day, anyone has the opportunity to beat anyone else and thats the beauty of sport, the beauty of cricket. We have had some great results against England in Bengaluru and against Pakistan in the Caribbean. So tomorrow we will go in with the belief that we can turn them over, said Wilson on Tuesday.While India are coming off a solitary Afghanistan Test, Ireland have been busy playing a T20 tri-series against Scotland and Netherlands. India and Ireland do not have a long cricketing history, with only four internationals played between the two sides.Wilson made his international debut the last time India played in Ireland 2007. Meanwhile, Wednesday will mark only the second-ever T20I between the two sides, the first played during the 2009 World T20.I was out bowled against India, but it was a pretty special day still. It was a decent crowd in Belfast and we have seen Indias traction for big crowds wherever they go. I guess Roger Whelan got Sachin Tendulkar bowled as well. Thats basically what I can remember (from 2007), he said.advertisementWilson became Irelands T20I captain just prior to that tri-series, and said that he doesnt want to put out too many plans for the Indian batsmen. Further, he outlined his goal to help bottom-ranked Ireland play in the forthcoming World T20s.I dont like to have too much of a plan before you go out there. In T20 cricket, you should be able to think on your feet and trust gut feeling most of the time. In T20s, you can look very clever or very silly in a short span of time, so you just have to try and stay balance and not worry too much about good or bad days. “Obviously you can have broader plans for opposition and your team, but my thinking is about on your feet. I am enjoying captaincy at the moment, but I would like to answer this question in a year or so. If we can have Ireland qualify for the next World Cup by then, it will be a feather in the cap, said Wilson. Wilson promised fearless cricket against India.We have discussed with the lads the need to play with freedom and enjoy T20 cricket. We want to go out there, stick our chests out and our chins up, go toe to toe with anyone on their day, and we are playing India, probably the best T20 side in the world. We want to take them on head to head and show what we are about.”Obviously, you want to play as much as you can. With the FTP coming out last week, we have 65 T20s over the next four years, which is a lot of international cricket. We have quite a few ODIs too and then we have 13-14 Tests, so we are getting a lot more cricket now and that will be important. If we get more games against high quality opposition, we can improve quicker, he signed off. PTI CN BS BSBSlast_img read more

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Move the Ball Forward At Cancun Climate Talks

first_imgThis article is cross-posted from CNN.com.The next round of international climate meetings begin Monday in Cancun, Mexico, and they will likely determine the future for global action on climate change—including whether the United Nations will remain at the core of an international regime.It’s been nearly a year since the Copenhagen, Denmark, climate summit, and negotiations over implementation of the climate change deal it produced have dragged on with little to show.They’ve been slowed by the failure of a climate bill in the U.S. Senate, the global economic recession and increasing gridlock between the United States and China. Around the world, heads of state have been reluctant to provide crucial leadership needed for a breakthrough.We need a significant turnaround to show that real progress is possible. In football terms, it’s the two-minute warning, and we just got the ball on our opponent’s 20-yard line.Read the full article on CNN.comlast_img read more

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Looking to break the jinx

first_imgPV Sindhu’s resplendent talent has remained unquestionable over the years and the Indian ace has given a friendly reminder of it with her performances on the court.What the 23-year-old has struggled with, however, is to produce the final product.Since securing the silver medal in 2016 Rio Olympics, Sindhu has reached around 10 tournaments finals. But winning majority of them has remained a dream.She let out tears of joy when she finally won a gold medal – at the 2018 World Tours Finals – to prove her credentials which otherwise never came under the scanner.In a year when athletes are solely focussing on Tokyo Games 2020, Sindhu is no different. For her, the extra dose of motivation to claim the berth for the Olympics will come in the form of trophies.”I think I have been reaching finals and then losing. I think about it a lot. Honestly, I am happy with my performances and I have been doing well. But, coming to the final, I don’t know what’s happening. (The World Tour Finals) this was my 9th or 10th and I kept wondering what’s going on,” Sindhu said on the eve of the India Open, slated to begin at the IG Stadium here on Tuesday.”During the World Tour Finals, I told myself I have to change something. I have to just not lose. I have to give my 200 per cent. And I was thinking after the match, that I finally did it,” she added.Sindhu, who has had a rough start to 2019, said she has worked on her strokes in order to reduce the unforced errors that have cost her the titles.advertisementA big hurdle on Sindhu’s road to Tokyo will be to remain in prime shape during this year. With stringent rules that make it compulsory for her to participate in almost 15 tournaments a year, Sindhu said it will be tricky choosing the ones to play.After the India Open, Sindhu heads to Malaysia, followed by the Singapore Open couple of days later.”It’s definitely going to be tricky and a bit tough considering that this is an Olympics qualification year and you have to be injury free. I know sometimes if you don’t play there is a fine and there are some compulsory events but you have to pick and choose,” she said.”We have to be mentally and physically fit to play every tournament at 100 per cent. So we have to pick and choose tournaments where we can give our 100 per cent.”At the India Open, Sindhu is a hot favourite following the withdrawal of top seed Chen Yufei. The other favourite from the Indian contingent will be Kidambi Srikanth.The 26-year-old has been going through a barren patch, failing to win a single title in 15 months.He will aim to beat that unceremonious streak with a title at the KD Jadhav Hall in less than a week’s time.Also Read | I have used wrong strategy against Saina Nehwal in my defeats: PV SindhuAlso Read | PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to lead India’s campaign at India Open 2019Also See:last_img read more

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