Under-fire Maurizio Sarri insists he can avoid Chelsea axe

first_imgMaurizio Sarri insists he expects to avoid being sacked as Chelsea manager if his troubled side can put together a sustained winning run. Reports yesterday claimed Sarri will be axed if Chelsea are beaten in any of their next three matches after losing the backing of the club’s hierarchy. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not renowned for his patience and Monday’s limp FA Cup fifth round defeat against Manchester United increased speculation that Sarri is on the brink of being dismissed. Sarri faces a crucial seven days as Chelsea take a slender 2-1 advantage into today’s Europa League last 32 second-leg against Malmo before facing Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.Related News MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Acknowledging his perilous position can only be improved by a rapid reversal of fortunes, Sarri told reporters: “We need to win three, four matches in a row. It’s the only solution. I can understand very well the frustration of our fans. Because they are used to winning. Now we are in trouble, so I can understand very well.” 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 whatsoeverlast_img read more

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Turn Your Internship Into A Full-Time Job

first_imgThe husband of a friend of mine recently finished college for the second time. Hoping to make a career change, he quit his job a few years ago to go back to school full-time. In the meantime, the economy tanked and when he graduated this past spring, the job market was much grimmer than it was a few years ago when he went back to college. With two young children at home, the family was ready for him to be back in the full-time workforce.While 2010 college graduates have generally had a tough time finding gainful employment, my friend’s husband was all set; he went straight to work after graduation at a job he loved. His secret? He worked as an intern during his last year of school and made connections and a good impression while he was there. Upon graduating, his internship turned into a full-time job.If you have an internship, don’t just think of it as a nice addition to your resume. Consider it an audition for a real job.“An internship is an amazing opportunity,” says Peter Handal, Chairman, CEO and President of Dale Carnegie Training, an internationally recognized leader in performance-based workforce development, assessment, training and solutions. “It enables the fortunate participant to live and breathe the firm while developing an insider status, with an outsider’s perspective. While obtaining an internship is often a challenge, leveraging that internship into a full-time job requires discipline, finesse and determination.”If you want to turn your internship into a full-time job, Handal offers these tips, adapted from Dale Carnegie’s classic book How to Win Friends and Influence People:Don’t criticize, condemn or complain. Keep your head down, your eyes up and your ears open. An ideal intern is a sponge who is able to absorb information quickly and efficiently while performing tasks that benefit the firm. Even if your assignment doesn’t seem compelling, look for the silver lining. Your employers will respect your humility and as you continue to prove yourself, your work will increase in difficulty and accomplishment. Give honest and sincere appreciation. With great opportunity comes great gratitude. No matter how small or large an opportunity, always thank your employer for his or her guidance. The thank-you should fit the event. If a superior wishes you “a job well-done” in a discussion or in an email, follow-up with a kind phrase like, “I couldn’t have done it without your assistance, thank you.” For a larger opportunity, your gesture must correspond accordingly. For instance, if your boss invites you to attend a client meeting, brings you to a meal or goes out of his or her way to assist you, a hand-written note shows that you recognize the importance of the experience and value the company’s investment in you. Arouse in the other person an eager want. A good executive is a great mentor. It is up to you, however, to motivate him or her to begin this vital relationship. A mentor can help align you with the right people to go from an intern to an employee while also giving you key insights into yourself and into the firm. Show genuine enthusiasm for your work and for the company. Whether it’s on the elevator, at the water cooler or at the end of the meeting, feel comfortable seeking out upper management to make a good impression and to appear on their radar for future promotions and opportunities.If you’re interning at a company that isn’t hiring, “make yourself indispensable by aligning yourself with essential work,” Handal says. “For instance, take ownership of a part of the office and in doing so you can become an integral part of the firm. Offer to handle social networking and develop your own voice for the firm online. When your time has run out, they will need you on the team to continue the brand’s viral message. On a smaller scale, offer to help your boss with his/her schedule, expense reports and creative brainstorming. If your boss relies on you, your departure would hurt the firm. Finally, if a firm truly has a hiring freeze, leverage your experience at competing firms. If a competitor makes you an offer, your firm might feel compelled to match it, or else lose top talent.”last_img read more

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SPORT-BAD-PRAKASH 3 LAST

first_img“Physically the women need to become stronger. Sindhu and “Physically the women need to become stronger. Sindhu and Saina are successful as much due to physical attribute as to technical attribute. Others need to focus on strength, stamina and speed. If they do that there are better chances of them doing well at the international level. They are technically good, but need to do more gym work,” said Prakash about the second string Indian women badminton players.”There is depth among men, but the challenge would be to remain consistent. If they plan their tournament properly, skip a couple of tournaments to take rest, train properly to reach peak and go and play again – thats ideal. With better planning of tournament schedule, its possible for them to be more consistent,” he noted.”If you plan your tournament schedule so that you play 2-3 tournaments, then take rest and train properly, you will do well in every tournament you play and it also reduces chances of injury.”Sometimes the ranking goes down, but it does not mater. See Carolina Marin. She picks and chooses big tournaments and does well in them. If you plan and prepare well, results will be good.”Looking ahead to the younger lot, Prakash picked Lakshya Sen from his academy, along with Gopis trainees Siril Verma and Ruthvika Shivani Gudde as the ones to watch out for.”Lakshya Sen is among the most promising players. Siril Verma is definitely there. Ruthvika has got the height. If I was her coach I will put her more on physical training. Ruthvika, if she can focus more on speed, power and strength she can he the next Sindhu. She has the height. Lakshya is technically very good. We are focusing more on his physical training.advertisement”But you cannot generalise. If someone is really strong and powerful he or she needs to focus more on court play. If they are lanky and thin they need to spend more time on the physical part.”Prakash also felt that China will bounce back to the top again.”Its a phase. China will come back. It will take 3-4 years. Its a cycle. There is so much talent and system in place in China that they will quickly see where they had gone wrong. By the next Olympics they will come back.” PTI SSR NRB PDS PDSlast_img read more

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Barcelona launch Lenglet red card appeal

first_imgBarcelona have confirmed that they have launched an appeal following Clement Lenglet’s red card against Girona on Sunday.The Catalans were held to a surprise 2-2 draw by their local rivals at Camp Nou but were leading 1-0 when the French centre-back, making just his second appearance for the club, was dismissed 10 minutes before the break.Cristian Stuani levelled Lionel Messi’s earlier strike for the guests before notching another six minutes after the interval. Gerard Pique saved Barcelona’s unbeaten record but the hosts were unable to salvage their perfect start to the season. 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! Lenglet’s red card, however, was seen as a major point of controversy, and they have launched a bid to have it overturned.A statement from the club read: “FC Barcelona will present their case to the Competition Committee regarding the red card that player Clement Lenglet saw in the 34th minute of the match played this Sunday with Girona. “The French defender was dismissed after the intervention of VAR and according to the referee was sent off for ‘giving a blow with the elbow to the face of an opponent when both were disputing a ball’.”Barcelona’s players and staff were quick to defend their team-mate.“Maybe there was contact, you can see it in the pictures, but the ball was on the ground,” Sergio Busquets said in the game’s aftermath.“It’s a natural movement that does it, it’s not aggression.”Head coach Ernesto Valverde was of a similar opinion.“The red card changed the game,” he lamented. “I’ve not seen the replays on television, but it would be the first red card in which the player who was fouled asks for forgiveness.“I suppose that VAR did justice but I’ve got a feeling that this shouldn’t have been a red card. There may have been some contact, but I don’t think he did it deliberately.”If Lenglet’s ban is not overturned, Barca will have to do without the former Sevilla defender for their midweek trip to face Leganes and potentially forthcoming fixtures against Athletic Bilbao and Valencia, depending on how severely the action is treated by the Competition Committee.Despite their weekend draw, Barca continue to top La Liga, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.last_img read more

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Police investigate referee assault in Rangers game

first_imgPolice are treating an incident in which an assistant referee appeared to be struck by a coin during the Scottish Premiership game between Livingston and Rangers as assault.Calum Spence, acting as a linesman in front of the Rangers supporters, was hit on the head by an object during Livingston’s 1-0 defeat of Steven Gerrard’s side at the Tony Macaroni Arena.Following the incident, the assistant referee received treatment on the touchline for what was described in a police statement as “a minor injury” and he was able to complete the rest of Sunday’s game. 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! Superintendent Craig Smith, event commander for the match, said: “This is a shocking incident and it is not the type of behaviour we have come to expect from football fans in Scotland.”We will not tolerate offences of this nature. With this in mind we are eager to trace the person who was spotted throwing an object from the stand.”I would also ask anyone who has information that can assist our inquiries to get in touch with us immediately. I would also ask anyone who has any photos or footage of this incident to submit this to police.”last_img read more

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These cars and bikes are worth buying in 2017

first_imgAs the new year looks upon us, we at Auto Today, thought of previewing our readers a toast of what the new year has in store for them. Unlike 2016, the new year will have at least a dozen new cars and bikes that will definitely make the customer want for more.In our endeavour to deliver the best to you, we make a list of the most anticipated cars and bikes of 2017.1. Tata HexaLaunch Date: January 18ALSO READ: Tata Hexa to launch in India on January 18Specs: The all new Tata Hexa is powered by the next-generation 2.2L Varicor 400 diesel engine churning out maximum power output of 153BHP and maximum torque of 400NM. The engine of the all new Tata Hexa comes mated to an all new six-speed automatic transmission, which can shift to different modes- Economy, Sport and Auto-sensing, along with the Race car performance option for the six-speed manual transmission.Tata HexaPrice: Rs 12 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 16 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).2. KTM Duke 390Launch Date: May 2017ALSO READ:2017 KTM 390 Duke unveiled at EICMA 2016Specs: Inside the KTM 390 Duke beats a single-cylinder Euro4 engine powered with 372 cc, 43bhp power and 37Nm of torque.KTM Duke 390Price: Rs 2 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 4 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).3. Maruti Suzuki IgnisLaunch Date: January 13ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki Ignis confirmed for January launchSpecs: The all new Ignis will come with a 1.2-litre Boosterjet engine and a 1.3 litre DDiS diesel engine and will be mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Moreover, Maruti Suzuki might introduce the Ignis with automatic transmission at a later stage.advertisementMaruti Suzuki IgnisPrice: Rs 5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 8 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)4. TVS Apache RTR 300Launch Date: February 2017ALSO READ:TVS Akula 310 coming to India in March 2017Specs: The TVS Apache RTR 300 will be company’s top product in the line-up, with the upcoming bike to get a 313cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine producing peak power of 34bhp and peak torque of 28Nm, mated to a six-speed gearbox.TVS Apache RTR 300Price: Rs 1.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 3 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).5. Volkswagen TiguanLaunch Date: February 2017ALSO READ: India spec Volkswagen Tiguan spotted without any camouflageSpecs: The Tiguan will most probably be powered by the 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol mill that produces 177bhp and 320Nm of torque. The diesel variant will get the 2.0-litre TDI motor that puts out 148bhp and 340Nm of torque. Volkswagen could offer a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox as transmission options with an AWD model also expected for India.Volkswagen TiguanPrice: Rs 25 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 28 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).6. BMW G310RLaunch Date: March 2017ALSO READ:BMW G310R to be launched in India in Spring 2017Specs: The India-bound BMW G310R will come with a displacement of 313cc with Water-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke engine churning maximum power output of 34 hp @9,500 rpm and maximum torque of 28 Nm @7,500 rpm, mated to six-speed constant-mesh transmission, with a top speed of 144kmph.BMW G310RPrice: Rs 2 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 3.8 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).7. Jeep CompassLaunch Date: March 2017ALSO READ:Jeep Compass: Everything you need to knowSpecs:  The Compass will be available in both petrol and diesel guise. The diesel in question is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which comes from Fiat’s MultiJet series. In the Compass, it churns out 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. Details of the petrol engine are yet to be revealed but we believe that it is going to be the 1.6-litre unit.Jeep CompassPrice: Rs 20 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)  to Rs 25 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).8. Triumph Bonneville BobberLaunch Date: April 2017ALSO READ:Triumph Bonneville Bobber unveiled in LondonSpecs: The Bobber delivers category-leading torque for a thrilling hot rod ride and a rich exhaust note. Powered by the critically acclaimed 1200cc high torque engine, as fitted in the Bonneville T120, there is a dedicated ‘Bobber’ tune for more torque and power lower down the rev range. The all new Bonneville Bobber will be at its peak power at 79bhp and peak torque of 105Nm.Triumph Bonneville BobberPrice: Rs 8 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 11 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).9. Maruti Suzuki Swift faceliftLaunch Date: February 2017ALSO READ:New generation Maruti Suzuki Swift details leakedSpecs:  Although the details of the India-bound Swift are sketchy, Japan will get a 1.2 litre K Series engine that produces 90 BHP, while the 1.0 litre Boosterjet petrol mill will churn 100 BHP. The hybrid version of the same will come with either a five-speed manual, a CVT and a six-speed automatic gearbox.advertisementMaruti Suzuki Swift facelift. (Photo: AutoMedia)Price: Rs 5.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 7.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).10. Yamaha MT-03Launch Date: May 2017ALSO READ:Yamaha reveals the MT-03 at ECIMA 2015 in MilanSpecs: The Yamaha MT-03 will come with a the same 321cc parallel-twin engine with tuned up performance which makes around 44bhp power and 35Nm of torque.Yamaha MT-03Price: Rs 3 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) to Rs 5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).last_img read more

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“Dangal” declared tax-free in Madhya Pradesh

first_imgBhopal, Jan 21 (PTI) The Aamir Khan-starrer “Dangal” has been declared tax-free in Madhya Pradesh and the sports dramas success has prompted the State Government to announce it will set up an academy to promote wrestling.Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today made the twin announcements.After watching the sports biopic, based on the life of Haryana wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, with his wife Sadhna in a cinema hall here last night, Chouhan tweeted “MP Government has decided to give tax-free status to Aamir Khans wrestling based movie `Dangal.In another tweet, he said, “To promote wrestling an academy will be set up in Madhya Pradesh.”This is the fourth film to be declared tax-free in the State in recent times.Other movies to enjoy this status since August 2014 were “Jai Gangaajal”, “Neerja” and “Mardaani”. PTI LAL RSY SDMlast_img
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Real Madrid crash out of Copa del Rey, Atletico advance

first_imgReal Madrid crashed out of the King’s Cup quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate after being held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Wednesday in another major setback for the stuttering European champions. (Latest Sports stories)Real twice fought back to equalise on a rainswept evening in Galicia but it was not enough to save them from being eliminated in a knockout competition for the first time under Zidane who oversaw a Spanish record 40-game unbeaten run before successive defeats this month.An own goal from Brazilian defender Danilo put Celta ahead in the 44th minute but Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for Real by lashing in a free kick from 28 metres in the 62nd.Danish international Daniel Wass sealed Celta’s place in the semi-finals with a shot from the edge of the area in the 85th minute before Real substitute Lucas Vazquez ensured a nervy finish by equalising with a diving header.Real captain Sergio Ramos almost sent the tie into extra-time when he headed Toni Kroos’s whipped free kick inches wide of the near post but Celta hung on.Real have now failed to reach the Cup semi-finals for the last three years, losing to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 in 2015 and suffering a humiliating expulsion from last year’s competition for fielding an ineligible player.”We came very close, we had a fantastic first half an hour but then everything changed with Danilo’s own goal. We’re not going to look back we’re going to only look forward, but if we keep playing this week with this character and personality we’ll keep progressing,” Zidane told Gol Television.advertisement”There’s no remedy for this other than to go all out for the league and the Champions League,” added the French coach, whose side top the La Liga standings by a point with a game in hand on rivals Barcelona and Sevilla.FIRST FINALCelta, who have reached three King’s Cup finals but never lifted the trophy, made the last four for the second year running and are targeting a first appearance in the final since 2001.”We deserved a really happy moment like this, eliminating a rival like Real Madrid is not easy and it was great to see how happy the fans were,” Celta captain Hugo Mallo said.Earlier on Wednesday, Atletico Madrid reached the semi-finals for the first time in three years after coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Eibar, advancing to the last four 5-2 on aggregate.Jose Gimenez headed home from a corner in the 49th minute to put Atletico four goals up on aggregate following last week’s 3-0 win at the Vicente Calderon but Sergi Enrich levelled in the 73rd minute on the rebound after Pedro Leon had hit the post.Leon’s half-volley gave Eibar the lead in the 80th minute but the minnows still needed three goals to reach the semis and Juanfran’s chip in the 85th confirmed Atletico’s progress.Atletico and Celta joined Alaves in the last four after the Basque side beat Second Division side Alcorcon 2-0 on aggregate on Tuesday.Holders Barcelona will be looking to reach the Cup semis for the seventh consecutive year when they host Real Sociedad on Thursday having won the first leg 1-0.last_img read more

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Pistol ace Heena welcomes mixed-gender events move

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 20 (PTI) Renowned pistol shooter Heena Sidhu today welcomed the ISSF Athletes Committees proposal to introduce mixed-gender team events in the Olympics though she felt sorry that its implementation would result in the removal of a few existing events from the Olympic programme. “As a woman, I always felt that we didnt have as many events as the men. So I feel its a very good step, but its unfortunate that some of the events would have to be removed,” Heena said here. The first Indian pistol shooter to be ranked World No.1 by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), Heena tried to look at the bigger picture behind the proposed move. “Look, a lot of changes are being mulled over in Olympic sports to bring down the rising cost. Brazil is an example and yes, one has to look at the larger picture,” she said. The concept of mixed-gender event was implemented in the European Championships and Heena seemed positive about it. “I thought its very interesting, people are more involved in the finals here,” the pistol ace said. The ISSF panel, headed by Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra, has sought to replace the double-trap mens event with a mixed-gender trap event, convert the 50m prone mens event into a mixed-gender air rifle event and the 50m pistol mens event into a mixed-gender air pistol event. Heena has a point as the the decision followed the International Olympic Committees (IOC) objective of international sport federations working towards a percent female representation at the Games. Heena, who is also the first Indian pistol shooter to have won a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup Finals, has been preparing in earnest for the seasons first ISSF World Cup, to be held in the capital from February 22 to March 4. The tournament will be preceded by ISSFs executive board meeting tomorrow, which will be chaired by president Olegario Vazquez Rana. National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) chief Raninder Singh sounded excited about hosting the Administrative Council and Executive Council meetings of the ISSF, saying that some important decisions could emerge from these meetings. Interacting with the media ahead of the mega-event were Olympic bronze-medallist Gagan Narang, Olympians Jeetu Rai, Heena and Kynan Chenai, who will be spearheading the Indian challenge. Narang, who will be competing only in rifle prone event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, said, “It is a great opportunity for the shooting fraternity to watch us live at home in such a world class competition. The rule changes are aimed at making the sport more interesting.” The World Championship and Olympic medallist Narang said that he was working hard towards regaining his place back in the Indian team for air rifle and 3-position events. Looking ahead, Heena said, “Though there are no Olympics and quota events but I would say this is actually the most important year. Because this is the year in which I can solely focus on my training and as this is not a result-oriented year, there will be less pressure. I can work on my technique and make changes. Its like setting the base for Olympics. “We have identified the problem areas, and worked on them. Actually I was getting too much into the nitty-gritties and hence forgot about the basics somewhere. Now, I am again going back to the basics.” PTI AH CM AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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All-rounder Mitchell Marsh faces nine months on sidelines, to miss IPL 2017

first_imgAustralian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh requires reconstructive surgery on his shoulder injury which will sideline him for up to nine months and end his hopes of participating in this year’s Ashes series, local media reported on Monday.Marsh, a pace-bowling all-rounder, struggled with the shoulder injury throughout Australia’s home summer and was ruled out of Australia’s remaining two Tests in India last week.Surgery, which the Western Australian newspaper said was “vital” if he was ever to bowl at full pace again, would effectively put the 25-year-old out of contention for the home Ashes series, which starts in Brisbane in late November.Marsh was hailed as the solution to Australia’s lack of a quality all-rounder when he made his test debut in late 2014 but has been widely criticised for his contributions in the longer format with returns of 674 runs and 29 wickets in 21 matches.During the first two Tests against India at Pune and Bengaluru, the Western Australian scored 48 runs in four innings and bowled just five overs.He is likely to miss this year’s Indian Premier League starting on April 5, where he was retained by Steve Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiants.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-registration begins in India

first_imgSamsung usually unveils their yearly flagship smartphones in India, soon after a month or so of the official launch. And, with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the South Korean smartphone maker is going to follow almost the similar ritual that the company has been following for decades together. Yes, the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are geared up to hit the Indian shores very soon.This news has already started creating a buzz in the entire Indian smartphone space. The update comes out as the smartphone named as “Samsung Galaxy S8” has been put up for pre-orders in the official Samsung India website. On the center of the allegedly Galaxy S8, there comes a caption which reads as – “Unbox your phone”.This more or less clearly indicates on the fact that the South Korean smartphone manufacturer is all set to announce the flagships of the year in the Indian market sooner than one can even imagine. Several media reports suggested that the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S8 models are up for pre-orders in India, on the company website. While visiting the official Samsung India website, the home page shows exactly the same. A sketch of Samsung smartphone, which resembles pretty much like the bezel-less Galaxy S8 is picturised, and below the image are two options – Learn More and Pre-Registration.Also Read: Micromax Bharat 2 with 4G VoLTE launched in India for Rs 3,499We tried to book a device, by clicking on the pre-registration option. Upon which, another window opened which asked us to enter our personal details like – first and last name, email id, contact details and area pin code. The list is followed by a question which states: What features are you most excited about in the new Galaxy S8? Following which are a few options which read as follows: Infinity display, Iris Scanner, Samsung Bixby, and Industry-first 10mn chipset.advertisementFurthermore, the registration processes require the customer to accept Samsung’s Privacy Policy and later enter the display verification code. After completing the message, the website will show display a message that you have successfully pre-registered the Galaxy S8. Well, there’s one catch. All through the registration process, the website shows only Samsung Galaxy S8 and shows no sign of the premium variant – Samsung Galaxy S8+.So, does that mean Galaxy S8+ might not hit the Indian shores anytime soon? Probably or probably not. This should be taken with a pinch of salt as the company is yet to announce further details on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ India launch. But, making the device available for pre-orders already, the South Korean smartphone maker has suggested that the India launch date of the device is nearing.Let’s take a quick glimpse at the specification of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Both the flagship smartphones are expected to sport bezel-less design, which is referred to as the Infinity Display by the company. Display-wise, S8 will boast a 5.8-inch screen, while S8+ packs a 6.2-inch screen paired with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.Galaxy S8 smartphones come loaded with a wide range of other features like – Samsung Bixby, biometric technologies, Samsung DeX and much more. Both the devices juice its power from a decent 3,500mAh battery, while S8+ includes fast charging on wired and wireless as well. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor – Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.3GHz. Also includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via an external microSD card. Further, running on Android 7.0 Nougat, on the camera front, the smartphones packs a 12-megapixel rear camera with Dual Pixel technology and aperture f/1.7 and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with smart autofocus.No details on the price tag at which the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be available in the Indian market. However, predictions are such that the smartphone maker will be following the same legacy ritual and the devices will be priced similar to the one at the official launch. Just to recall, Samsung Galaxy S8 was launched at a price of $720 (Rs 46,753), while S8+ was announced at $840 (Rs 54,545). So, India price of the devices can probably be quite similar to this.Also Read: If you travel by train you should get Airtellast_img read more

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10 Twitter Tips for Nonprofit Organizations

first_imgSource: Change.org’s Guide to Nonprofit 2.0 – nonprofits.change.org/ Newsweek said it best: “Suddenly, all the world is a-Twitter.” Simple and powerful, Twitter is a must for nonprofit organizations. I created and manage a portal to nonprofits on Twitter @nonprofitorgs and based on my experience using site, I have crafted ten of my favorite Twitter Tips for beginners:1. Authenticity before marketing. Have personality. Build community.Those nonprofits who are most successful at utilizing social networking Web sites like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace know from trial, error, and experience that a “marketing and development approach” on social networking sites does not work. Simply put, it comes across as lame. Traditional marketing and development content is perfectly fine for your Web site and e-mail newsletters, but Web 2.0 is much more about having personality, inspiring conversation, and building online community. Nowhere is this more true than on Twitter. Relax, experiment, let go a bit… find your voice. Be authentic.2. Be nice. Be thankful. Reply and Retweet!Twitter functions much like Karma. The nicer you are to people in the Twitterverse, they nicer they are to you in return. The more you ReTweet (RT) others, the more they will RT your Tweets in return. And whether it’s Twitter, MySpace, Facebook or YouTube, if someone does something nice for you in the public commons of Web 2.0, it is always a good practice to send them a message of “Thanks… much appreciated!”. Kindness and appreciation will make you stand out from the others and makes an excellent impression.3. Follow everyone who follows you.This is a hard one for a lot of nonprofits. They want to keep their “Home” view clutter free and controlled and only follow a select few. Honestly, they only want to follow those whose Tweets that they are really interested in reading. But I say this often… “This time it is not about you, it is about them.” Web 1.0 communications is all about us and our messaging i.e, your Web site and e-mail newsletter. Web 2.0 is all about your supporters and their messaging. It’s better to create a personal Twitter profile in order to only follow those select few you are interested in reading, but if you are going out on Twitter behind your organization’s logo a.k.a. avatar, it is a mistake to not follow all your followers in return. Why?Twitter is about conversation. You can’t have a conversation on Twitter if you are not following your followers. It is a one-sided relationship.They can’t message you on Twitter if you are not following them.It’s a snub. Let’s face it… people on Twitter want to be followed. That’s what the site is about! How can you build community on Twitter if you won’t even participate with your followers?Have a look around Twitter… you will see the most successful, ReTweeted nonprofits follow everyone who follows them.4. Use “Favorites” to organize the chaos and feature your most important Tweets!So, if you are going to follow everyone who follows your organization (which is hopefully thousands of people) then “favorite” Tweets by those who you are most interested in reading and favorite your most important Tweets. The favorites option on Twitter is a simple, excellent tool to help you organize the chaos.5. Don’t tweet about your coffee (unless it is fair trade), the weather, or how tired you are. Provide value to your followers, not chit-chat!It’s one thing to chit-chat about the weather, your headache, or how you need coffee to wake up in the morning on your personal profile on Twitter, but it’s quite another if you are active on the Twitterverse via your organizational profile. The messages you send reflect upon your organization. Example of what not to Tweet: “Such-and-such Nonprofit got stuck in traffic this morning. Ugh! I need coffee and a vacation… and I think I am getting a headache!” No one likes a whiner and this just makes it sound like Such-and-Such Nonprofit is not a fun place to work. People follow you because they want good content from your organization on subjects relevant to your mission. Make sure your Tweets provide value and are Re-Tweetable.6. Don’t only Tweet your own content.Twitter is a news source. Participate in news. Tweet articles or blog posts by your favorite newspapers, bloggers, or other nonprofits (yes… other nonprofits! Find allies, build relationships). If it is a good read or a good resource, it reflects well upon your organization that you Tweeted it. There is also a good chance you might get ReTweeted if the article is deemed timely and worthy by the Twitterverse.7. Send messages, but not via auto-responders.There are tools out there that will automatically message your new followers. Don’t use them. It’s Spam. It’s not authentic. It’s not human. It’s lazy marketing. I think this cartoon sums up auto-responders perfectly.8. Don’t worry about those that “unfollow” you.It’s easy to feel slighted when someone stops following you. What did I say? Did I do something wrong? Let it go. Who knows why they followed you in the first place. Give it no more than 3 seconds thought and then move on.9. Limit your Tweets to 5 per day, and no more than 6!I have been polling on Twitter and the Twitterverse has revealed that less is more when it comes to Tweeting. See poll results.10. Twitter is what you make of it. You get out of Twitter what you put into it. This is the same of all Web 2.0 social networking sites.Twitter is a fun, valuable tool that can drive significant traffic to your Web site (start watching your Web site referral logs!) and help build and strengthen your brand in the online world of Web 2.0, but just like Facebook and MySpace, Twitter requires time and energy to produce results. You get out of it what you put into it. If you do one Tweet a week, you will get the results of one Tweet. But if you Tweet 4 times daily Monday through Friday… you will get the results of 20 Tweets weekly.Again, it’s about community building around your mission and programs. Just having profile on Twitter (or MySpace, or Facebook) does not magically produce any results. You have to work these profiles. Find the person on your staff who loves Web 2.0 and enjoys working the sites and/or find a marketing/pr intern from your local university that needs to do a senior project! 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Year-End Nonprofit Fundraising: Get Your Ducks in a Row

first_imgThe last six weeks of the calendar year are make or break time for nonprofits.In fact, nearly 30% of nonprofits raise 26-50% of their annual fundraising in November and December – when folks are feeling their most grateful and generous.Nearly a third of all annual giving happens in the single month of December, and 12% of all giving happens in the last three days of that month!You really don’t want to miss out on this most giving time of year!That means going above and beyond simply sending out a single year-end mailed appeal letter.Because once you’ve sent it, and waited a few weeks for responses to come in, that single appeal becomes pretty much a lame duck.If that’s all you’ve got, you’re sunk.If you want to get in on more of that holiday spirit, you must get all your ducks in a row. Now!Let two little words be your mantra:PLAN. AHEAD.Let’s get you some tips that will help you have the best fundraising season ever!Year-End Nonprofit Fundraising Action Tips1. Send Impact Reports to Set the StageIf you’ve not done so already, get ‘quacking’ and send a report to remind donors how they helped. Every donor should get something, even if just a brief email with a photo of someone they helped and a quick “You’re our hero!” or “You did it!” Also consider sending a special thank you gift to donors and volunteers who went above and beyond during the year. I don’t mean anything expensive (that could backfire); thoughtful tokens of appreciation that just say “I’m thinking about you” are welcome, effective and pre-suasive.2. Clean Up Your Prospect DatabaseGet rid of the dead ducks on your mailing list. There’s no sense spending money to mail duplicates and/or deceased and wrong addresses. Ditto to folks who’ve repeatedly demonstrated they aren’t going to support you.TIP: Make sure you do an annual address correction request using a process like NCOA.TIP: Purge prospects and donors who’ve not given for quite some time, if ever. I recommend purging any donors who haven’t given for five years and any prospects who haven’t given for three years. You can archive them for historical purposes if you wish, but stop paying to mail to these folks.Editor’s note: Ask Network for Good about our contact address cleanup service, available with select donor management packages. Click here to schedule a call.3. Establish Priority Goals Based on Last Year’s ResultsLook at retention, upgrades and downgrades from last year and evaluate your areas for improvement. Your database is a potential gold mine when it comes to setting your year-end strategic fundraising objectives. If you don’t focus in on what’s working/what’s not, you’re likely to repeat last year’s results.  And you prefer to exceed them, right?TIP: Consider how you’re doing with various donor segments and other constituencies in terms of retention, upgrades and downgrades: (1) first-time donors; (2) ongoing donors; (3) lapsed donors; (4) multi-gift donors, and (5) upgrades/downgrades.  Also look at how you’re converting volunteers and clients (e.g., parents, patients, ticket buyers, members, subscribers) to financial donors. Create specific strategies designed to improve your results in areas that offer the greatest potential.For more insights into using your data for your year-end campaign, register for this webinar: Fundraising and Technology Insights for Your Year-End Campaigns.4. Prioritize Contacts with Your Most Promising SupportersYou don’t want to lose your sitting ducks. Even folks not on your major donor cultivation list may be among the top 10 – 20% of donors who give you 80 – 90% of your funding.  If you want to keep these folks, build a plan that assures you don’t duck out on them during the time of year they’re most likely to give!TIP: Create a list of LYBNTs (gave last year but not this). Sort them according to dollar range, so you can prioritize contacts with the largest donors. You’re going to want to remind these folks of their generous past support (thank them!) and let them know they’ve still got time to renew and make a difference this year.TIP: Make sure to evaluate folks based on cumulative annual giving. A $100/month donor is not a $100 donor, but a $1,200 donor. When you sort based on most recent gift, you’ll miss these important loyal supporters.TIP: Don’t overlook Peer-to-Peer fundraisers who bring in significant gift totals.  These folks can be the functional equivalent of major donors, and you want to be sure to put in place strategies to encourage their continued engagement and investment.TIP: Don’t overlook volunteers. Research by Neon CRM shows volunteers are twice as likely as non-volunteers to donate. Sometimes, they simply aren’t asked well. Consider making them a separate campaign segment, and send them a tailored appeal that recognizes their already generous contribution to your cause.5. Prepare a Year-End Email SeriesThis will not only bring in gifts on its own, it will also bolster your offline campaign by reminding folks they intended to give. You want to send enough emails to maximize your chances during this most heavy giving period of the year. Did you know 10% of gifts arrive in the last 48 hours of the year? It’s best to plan at least five email touches in December (one can be in your e-news), with a year-end blitz of at least three e-appeals between December 26th and 31st.TIPS: Take advantage of best practices:The best times to email prospects are between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Source: GetResponse).Subject lines should not be an afterthought. 33% of email recipients open emails based on the subject line alone (Source: Convince and Convert).Personalized emails improve click-through rates by 14% and conversion rates by 10% (Source: Aberdeen Group).Send fundraising emails more than once. You never know when you’ll reach someone at an optimum time. 23.63% of email opens occur within the first hour of delivery (Source: GetResponse) and only 23% of sales emails are opened (Source: TOPO). Give your message a few chances.TIP: When folks click on the “donate” link in your email, make sure you send them to a branded donation page that reflects the same message featured in your appeal. This can help you raise as much as seven times more than a non-branded page.6. Plan a multi-channel campaign. Maximize your chances prospective donors will notice and act on your appeal.People today are more (or less) responsive depending on the way you connect with them. While your email appeal was like water off a duck’s back for Prospect A, they may take to a tweet with a link back to a compelling story on your website just like a duck takes to water! For Prospect B, on the other hand, direct mail may be the golden duck.  Even they, however, might wait to act until they’re reminded via email.This is why, when it comes to messaging, the “flock” (e.g., direct mail, email, website, social media, and telephone) will do better than any single duck trying to make it on its own. Don’t be afraid to include campaign messaging on several different channels. While you may not be tweeting out direct asks, it doesn’t hurt to include similar campaign theme, messaging, images and graphics so your year-end appeals stays top of mind for prospective donors.TIP: Send a sequence of messages across different channels. If your donor receives a mailed appeal, then sees a similar message via email or on a blog post or social media link a week later, this may trigger their memory and remind them to make a gift.TIP: Create a multi-channel campaign content calendar, work plan, and timeline that incorporates all of your offline and online appeal messaging. Plan to use a consistent theme across all channels so your integrated messages reinforce each other.7. Plan Ahead to Call Your Most Important Lapsed DonorsWho you call, and how many you call, will depend upon your own resources and the makeup of your donor base. Again, begin with those who’ve given the most, as well as those you believe have the greatest potential to become more major donors. Also take a look at those who’ve given consistently over a period of years. These are your most likely future planned giving donors – the ones who might leave you a bequest. The same holds true with ongoing, loyal volunteers. You don’t want to lose these folks, so find out why they may not have yet renewed.TIP: If you’re strapped for resources and staff to make calls, organize this as a year-end phonathon and enlist your board and other volunteers to help. It may even inspire some of them to give! No band width this year? Put it on your calendar for next year as a ‘must do.’ Why? It’s much more cost-effective to renew an existing donor, or convert a volunteer into a donor, than to acquire a brand new supporter.TIP: If it’s been awhile since your monthly donors got a real thank you, consider folding a ‘thankathon’ into your plan. Recruit board members, development committee members and/or other volunteers to help. If you’re a school, ask students to help. This sets you up to ask for an increased monthly commitment this year.8. Plan to Send a “We Miss You” Letter to Lapsed Donors You Can’t CallSome folks may manage to duck the question up until the last minute. Don’t give up! Send them a letter letting them know you miss them. Also send this letter to donors you called, but were unable to reach. Make it brief, direct and as personal as you can manage (e.g., if you called and left a message, reference the fact you’re sorry you missed them). And stay upbeat and positive. Reward your donor for their past giving and praise them for their ongoing generosity and good intentions.TIP: Tell them you know they intend to give because you know how much they care. One of Robert Cialdini’s 6 Principles of Influence is “commitment and consistency.” People are inclined to keep doing what they’ve already done in an effort to appear consistent. Assume in your tone and language that your donor simply has forgotten/just not got around to it due to the busyness of daily life (based upon my own experience, this is often true; many folks think they already gave and just need a reminder). I used to send a short note (in an envelope emblazoned with a finger tied with a little red reminder ribbon) that said “Did you forget?”SummaryThe end of the calendar year only comes around once annually.If you miss it, your would-be donors will have already flown the coop, having spent their wad. Elsewhere.Plan ahead to get your full piece of the fundraising pie this year.Prime the pump with an impact report.Get your mailing list ready. It’s fruitless to mail to dead ducks.Set goals based on past performance. It makes sense to hunt where the ducks are.Prioritize strategies based on potential for highest yield. This should be a no-brainer – as easy as duck soup – yet too often nonprofits focus more on the 80% of donors who give 20% of the money because mailing seems easier than phoning or meeting face-to-face.Plan as carefully for email as for direct mail. Don’t make your email a bit of a strange duck.Build a multi-channel strategy so no one strategy is all duck and no dinner.Don’t neglect lapsed and other loyal supporters. Compared with cold prospects, these folks are more likely to take to you like a duck to water.Now that you’ve got your duckies in a row, may you have smooth sailing this year-end.Data not otherwise attributed courtesy of Neon CRM.last_img read more

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How Technology is Changing Fundraising: Q&A with CEO Bill Strathmann

first_imgMediaplanet recently interviewed Network for Good CEO, Bill Strathmann, for a supplement in USA Today. The series, Empowering Nonprofits, included a piece titled “Experts on How Technology Is Changing the Future of Fundraising,” featuring five leaders using technology to level the fundraising playing field for small nonprofits. You can read the full feature here but we wanted to share some of Bill’s answers directly with you.How has technology changed fundraising?Technology has leveled the fundraising playing field for small nonprofits who make up the vast majority of the sector…more than a million of them. To reach donors, direct mail was unaffordable, to fundraise online ecommerce was inaccessible, and to spread awareness social media was incomprehensible. Now, small nonprofits can manage donors with advanced technology that doesn’t require an advanced technology degree. Even companies like Facebook and Google have incorporated fundraising technology that empowers any consumer to fundraise for any charity…instantly. The small nonprofit has arrived.Where do you see nonprofit technology in the next 5-10 years?In the U.S., 75% of giving comes from individuals. That will continue, but the Gen X and Millennial generations will soon replace Boomers as the primary fundraising source, as Millennials (now already 22-38 years old) enter their income-generating years and as the $30T great wealth transfer begins. That means fundraising will be all about digital engagement and will follow the changes in consumer engagement we are already seeing today…the expectation, at your finger tips, for easy experiences, transparency, real-time communication, and tangible results/impact that can be celebrated virally. As a result, donor-nonprofit relationships will also shift to more “subscription” model programs and fewer “one-off” experiences…if nonprofits get it right.What is your best advice for a nonprofit looking to upscale their fundraising impact?Change your perspective. Netflix, Amazon, and Apple have changed consumer behavior to expect instant, curated, and relevant content that can be accessed anywhere at any time. For nonprofits those are tough expectations to match unless they shift their perspective such that nonprofits reframe the donor-nonprofit relationship from treating donors like ATM machines to serving donors with stories and content that provides compelling evidence of impact and rewards donors emotionally for their financial contribution. Donors are consumers and will pay and stay…as long as they continue to see and feel value from their contribution.What are some of the most important functions of technology for nonprofits?Data management is the most all-encompassing and important function of technology for nonprofits, especially now with cloud-based solutions that make accessibility unlimited, visualization understandable, storage costs nominal, and using it easy. The two functions that are runner-ups are marketing and communications automation and payments. Nonprofits need to be able to reach their people, tell their stories, and share their impact. And when it comes to payments, nonprofits do not have cash registers…and checks are going the way of the Dodo.What is the biggest advantage of technology for the nonprofit sector?I can’t choose one. I’ll name three. Efficiency. Reach. Data.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

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Livingston vs Rangers: TV, stream & preview

first_imgRangers will attempt to make up ground in the race for the Scottish Premiership title when they go to Livingston on Sunday.Steven Gerrard’s men sank to a 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock on Wednesday, leaving them three points off the pace of their great rivals Celtic heading into the weekend.Livingston, meanwhile, started the season superbly but have fallen back into the middle of the standings and will have to rediscover their best level if they are to finish in the top six. 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! Game Livingston vs Rangers Date Sunday, January 27 Time 4:00pm GMT / 11:00 am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream N/A B/R Live In the UK, the game will be shown on Sky Sports Football and can be streamed via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Livingston squad Goalkeepers Kelly, Stewart, Maley Defenders Clark, Halkett, Lithgow, Gallagher, Lamie, Brown Midfielders Lawson, Byrne, Blues, Jacobs, Lawless, Wylde, Cadden, Pittman, Erskine, Sibbald Forwards De Vita, Tiffoney, Menga, Hardie, Miller Livingston will have a very strong squad to bring into this game, with only Scott Robinson sidelined.Ciaron Brown will hope to debut after arriving on loan from Cardiff earlier in the week, while Scott Tiffoney will also aim to make his bow.Former Rangers youngster Gregg Wylde should start after joining from Plymouth recently.Possible Livingston starting XI: Kelly; Gallagher, Halkett, Lithgow; Lawless, Pittman, Byrne, Jacobs, Wylde; Hardie, Menga Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Robbie McCrorie Defenders Tavernier, Goldson, Flanagan, Ross McCrorie, Katic, Bradley, Barisic, Worrall, McAuley Midfielders Jack, Ejaria, Halliday, Coulibaly, Arfield, Kelly, Grezda Forwards Candeias, Morelos, Lafferty, Middleton Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has familiar injury issues, with Jamie Murphy, Graham Dorrans and Eros Grezda all missing. Connor Goldson is also absent, while there are doubts over Borna Barisic.After changing formation unsuccessfully in midweek, Gerrard must decide whether to persist or switch back to the 4-3-3 that brought joy during the first half of the season. If he plumps for the latter, either Alfredo Morelos or Jermain Defoe will need to be dropped.Possible Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, McAuley, Worrall, Halliday; Arfield; Jack, Davies; Kent; Morelos, DefoeBetting & Match Odds Rangers are priced as 4/9 favourites to win this game by bet365 . Livingston can be backed at 6/1 to spring an upset, while the draw is available at 10/3.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Ryan Jack Connor Goldson Rangers 2018-19After finishing 2018 on a high by defeating Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox, Rangers seemed to have maintained the feel-good factor around the club during the winter break.Steven Gerrard completed the high-profile captures of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis from Bournemouth and Southampton respectively, but back in action on Wednesday they stumbled against Kilmarnock.Defoe showed his poacher’s instinct to open the scoring, but the Gers ultimately succumbed 2-1, with Jordan Jones, who will sign for them in the summer, getting Killie’s winner.Of course, Rangers were short on competitive football after their scheduled Scottish Cup tie at Cowdenbeath the previous Friday was frozen off, but it was clear that Gerrard expects a higher standard from his players.“We deserve the criticism and have to suck the pain up over the coming days,” he said in the aftermath of the midweek loss.“It’s even more painful because we had so much control in the first 15 minutes of the game and looked so good. One moment had a huge effect on us and that’s a concern.”Gerrard also had to defend himself for changing the formation of the side from a 4-3-3 to a diamond midfield, allowing Defoe to partner top scorer Alfredo Morelos, who has been subject to a bid from Ligue 1 side Nice, in attack.“There was a temptation to keep the same team but then if we lost having done that the accusation would have been that we were predictable given they had so much time to work on it,” he said.“People will look at the formation and personnel and blame me, which they can, that’s no problem.”Livingston come into this game off the back of a poor run of form that has seen them go winless in their last five games. Indeed, they have lost all of their last three, including a 1-0 reverse at St Johnstone in midweek. They will, however, draw hope from the 1-0 home victory over the Gers they achieved in September as they go for a double at the Tony Macaroni Arena.last_img read more

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What happens when you #FreelanceFail?

first_imgOnce, many moons ago, I was flailing around in that sticky state of transition between lame-o gigs taken out of beginning-freelancer-desperation and slightly better gigs.I had recently raised my rates, but not quite enough; I was still desperately overworked and underpaid, and juggling innumerable short-term clients.A major long-term client had just folded, which meant that I was also looking for a replacement – and as we know, applying to endless gigs takes up quite a bit of time.In addition to all of this, I was working on several artistic jobs, and dealing with a loved one’s health crisis. You might say I was…. Overwhelmed.In the midst of all of this tightly-controlled chaos, a new, itty-bitty project came winging in.It was from a company I had worked with before, briefly; I didn’t like the work, and it didn’t pay very well, but I was scrambling to cover the holes left by the loss of my long-term client, so I took it.I was in a “say-yes-to-anything” mode, and driving myself into a ditch.This particular project had a notoriously uncommunicative team attached, and pretty loose deadlines – they wanted a first draft in a week, but they didn’t specify a date. I agreed, and went about my work.Let me repeat: it was due in one week.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a memberTWO WEEKS LATER, I sat up in bed in the middle of the night, and actually screamed – because I HAD FORGOTTEN THE PROJECT ENTIRELY.I had simply become too busy, and the teensy-weensy project had slipped conveniently through one of the growing cracks in my overstressed schedule.I had no external motivators – I didn’t like the work, it wasn’t for very much money, and (as I mentioned) the supervisors were uncommunicative, so I hadn’t gotten any outside reminders.Thus, my overtaxed brain quite sensibly decided it was unimportant, and forgot all about it until my subconscious kicked me out of bed a week later.Good job, brain! Keep those internal organs running!It was not one of my proudest moments: I had orchestrated a complete and total #freelancefail.But I learned something interesting about the consequences of a complete, irrevocable mess-up: when you #freelancefail, you tend to #freelancesurvive.Everybody is going to mess up at some point. Sometimes (often) it’s in some little, almost untraceable way – glaring only to you, and mostly inoffensive to everybody else.Sometimes it’s an inevitable part of a learning curve. And sometimes, it’s just a straight-up mistake.What’s interesting is that when you DO really, really bang into freelance failure… even when it’s awful, it’s often not AS BAD as you feared it would be.Your client may fire you. You may get stiffed out of some wages. You may burn a bridge or two, which stinks. But you will not die. You will survive. And you will grow.I’m a bit of an extremist; my visions of failure always involve, I don’t know – being cast out upon the desert sands while covered in honey, or the like.It was embarrassing to admit my error to my client; it was far more embarrassing to turn in the draft late (and yes, I did write it wild-eyed, in the middle of the night, just after realizing my mistake).They were fairly nice about it, all things considered, but they never called me again – and I don’t blame them.But a truism held, even in this epic #freelancefail: Almost every time I’ve confronted failure in life, it’s actually taught me something valuable.In this case, I learned the value of saying “no” to gigs that did nothing for me and that constantly driving myself to the point of exhaustion would eventually, inevitably affect my work.I also learned to always, always, ALWAYS write things down – even when I’m sure I’ll remember them.Almost every freelancer, whether they’re willing to admit it or not, has suffered a freelance failure, but those very freelancers have corresponding stories of freelance survival.Freelancing can be really stressful and demanding. At some point, you may indeed drop the ball.You might fall on your face; you may have to make a humiliating apology to a client; you may have to finish a forgotten project at 2 AM while swearing vociferously.But if you take a little time and space to forgive yourself and learn from your mistakes, you will indeed turn your #freelancefail into #freelancesurvival.Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

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2nd Test: David Warner century helps Australia take 72-run lead vs Bangladesh

first_imgAustralian David Warner’s second successive hundred against Bangladesh helped his side maintain their slight advantage on the third day of the second and final Test on Wednesday.After heavy rain washed out more than a session of the day’s play, Australia eclipsed Bangladesh’s first innings total of 305 by tea before the hosts retaliated in the final session to reduce the tourists to 377-9.Steve O’Keefe was batting on eight with Australia leading by 72 runs. Nathan Lyon was yet to open his account at the other end.Resuming Australia’s innings on 225-2, overnight batsmen Warner and Peter Handscomb batted with the assuredness that was the hallmark of their 152-run partnership.Handscomb ran himself out in his eagerness to help Warner reach the 100 mark when he sprinted for a single before being sent back.Handscomb made a desperate dive but could not beat Shakib Al Hasan’s direct throw from square leg. His patient 82 included six boundaries.Warner brought up his 20th Test century with his fifth boundary, driving a Nasir Hossain full toss through cover. He celebrated the feat by kissing his cap, leaping in the air and pumping his fist.The century followed Warner’s 112 in the first Test in Dhaka where Australia were beaten inside four days by the hosts.NEW BALLBangladesh took the new ball as soon as it was available and Mustafizur Rahman nearly tasted immediate success when he induced a lazy drive from Glenn Maxwell but Mehidy Hasan spilled the catch at gully.Mustafizur dismissed Warner for 123 with a short-pitched ball which the batsman hit to leg slip where Imrul Kayes fumbled before finally taking the catch.advertisementPhoto Credit: AP Known more for his swashbuckling batting, Warner hit only seven boundaries in his cultured knock, painstakingly constructed over six hours.Mehidy dropped Hilton Cartwright on six off his own bowling, the straight drive bursting through the spinner’s hands and hitting him in the rib cage.Cartwright made 18 before edging the spinner to Soumya Sarkar in the slip.Maxwell, who lived dangerously at the other end, made 38 while Matthew Wade managed eight. Ashton Agar made 22 down the order.Bangladesh claimed four wickets in the 23-over final session to stay in the contest. Mustafizur, celebrating his 22nd birthday, finished with the figures of 3-84 and off-spinner Mehidy ended with 3-93 to shared six wickets between them.last_img read more

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Ferrari to change engine of Sebastian Vettel’s car as precautionary measure

first_imgFerrari team’s engineers have decided to change the engine of F1 driver Sebastian Vettel’s car before the qualifying session of the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, due to start later on Saturday.The Italian team confirmed that the engine of Vettel’s car will be replaced after the German driver suffered a problem at the end of the Malaysian Grand Prix third free practice, in which he finished second, reports Efe news agency.”Towards the end of the session, there was an electronic malfunction on Seb’s car and the engineers decided to change the internal combustion engine on his car as a precaution,” Ferrari said on its official website.Vettel will not be penalised for the engine change, because it would be within the number allowed over the same season, according to the Italian team.Vettel, who holds the second place behind the world championship leader Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton, had to return to the garage at low speed to check the detected malfunction with just over four minutes remaining in the third free practice.Earlier Saturday, Ferrari’s drivers maintained their dominance of the free practice sessions of the Malaysian Grand Prix after winning the third session.Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari was the fastest in Saturday’s third free practice after covering the Sepang Circuit in one minute and 31.880 seconds, ahead of Vettel, who won the second practice on Friday.last_img read more

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The Ashes, 1st Test: Warner, Bancroft fifties dominate England as Australia inch closer to victory

first_imgA pulsating Ashes opener that had promised a grandstand finish will more than likely end early with a handsome win to Australia after Steve Smith’s side pushed within 56 runs of victory at the close of day four on Sunday.The teams will return to the Gabba on Monday to go through the motions, with Australia openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft looking to mop up the winning runs after protecting their wickets with aplomb after tea.Australia were 114 without loss at stumps, with Bancroft (51) celebrating his maiden half-century in his test debut after vice-captain Warner (60) raised his 25th as shadows crept across the ground.The story of Day 1 from Brisbane#Ashes pic.twitter.com/sBt3VCZLAM- England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 23, 2017″Obviously a great day for our team, to finish the way we did with the bat, none down with 56 runs to get,” Australia paceman Mitchell Starc told reporters.”Heading over to (the second test in) Adelaide, England will have to chase us.”I’d rather be in our changeroom than theirs.”The denouement happens on Sunday but the game broke open after lunch, however, when England’s middle order suffered a ruinous collapse for the second time in the match.Save ’em! Cameron Bancroft produced this #PricelessShotOfTheDay on his way to a maiden Test fifty.#Ashes @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/6V5rh13H7R- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 26, 2017The loss of captain Joe Root for 51 before the first break was a blow but there was still hope as Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow drove England to 155 for five.advertisementFrom there it went sour as the tourists fell for 195, the capitulation triggered by a third umpire decision that may be debated for years to come.Having breezed to 40, Moeen was beaten by spinner Nathan Lyon and wicketkeeper Tim Paine whipped the bails off in a flash.The all-rounder’s foot was planted squarely on the line and long, tortuous deliberations followed as New Zealander Chris Gaffaney pondered various angles.None of the footage showed Moeen’s foot safely behind the line, so Gaffaney sent him packing.It was Lyon’s third wicket of a fine test for the offspinner and England’s breaking point after three days of mostly valiant cricket.They lost 4-40 and their last three wickets for 10 runs as Starc awoke to trample on their wafer-thin hopes.Reuters PhotoAll-rounder Chris Woakes added 30 runs with Bairstow but his uneasy 57-ball knock ended on 17 when caught in the slips by Smith after being worked over by a short ball from Starc.Left to carry the tail, Bairstow instead threw away his wicket for 42 with a ramp shot over the slips that went straight to third man.Stuart Broad was Starc’s third victim four balls later when he feathered a nick and Pat Cummins wrapped up England’s innings with another bouncer that harried Jake Ball sent to fly slip.Smith’s epic, unbeaten 141 on day three will take on an even greatersignificance, given the scant contributions of England’s batsmen intheir second innings.Root made the only half-century for histeam, but it will be a footnote in the match and he concedes an emphatic first-up defeat in his ongoing duel with Smith.Just minutes before tea and Australia claimed the key breakthrough of Bairstow! https://t.co/P6sH6ROa7L #Ashes pic.twitter.com/zqFLXzlJqe- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) November 26, 2017″Obviously very disappointed,” said Moeen.”I thought the first three days we played well and we were in the game and then today we let ourselves down with the bat.”It was a good pitch to bat on … We got in and never really got on to get that score that we needed.”England’s veteran quicks James Anderson and Broad were left to try to pull off a miracle but they washed harmlessly against the wall of Warner and Bancroft, who opened their shoulders after a watchful hour.In the morning, it was Lyon who turned the screws with two wickets before Josh Hazlewood (3-46) claimed the prized scalp of Root.After England resumed the day on 33 for two, Lyon had opener Mark Stoneman caught for 27 by Smith at slip.The spinner and captain combined again when Dawid Malan nicked behind to fall for four.last_img read more

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Tata Motors quarterly profit surges on Jaguar Land Rover sales

first_imgTata Motors Ltd reported on Monday a surge in quarterly profit, driven by higher sales at its Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) business after an exceptionally weak quarter a year earlier.Net profit for the quarter ended Dec. 31 came in at 11.99 billion rupees ($187.15 million) compared with 937.7 million rupees in the same quarter a year ago.That fell way short of the average estimate of 23.95 billion rupees drawn from 20 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Growth in China was offset by flatter demand in the UK, the United States and mainland Europe due to uncertainty over the regulation of diesel and concerns over Britain’s departure from the European Union, the company said in a statement.Tata Motors saw profit in the year-ago quarter hit by lower wholesale volumes and higher marketing expenses at its Jaguar Land Rover unit as well as wider losses at its domestic business.In the latest quarter, retail sales of its sleek Jaguar saloons and Land Rover sport utility vehicles rose 3.5 percent, while the EBITDA margin (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) rose 80 basis points, driven by higher volumes of its Velar and Discovery models.But last month JLR said it would temporarily reduce production at its northern English car plant in Halewood in response to weakening demand due to Brexit and tax hikes on diesel cars.Separately, the carmaker and Warbug Pincus called off a deal in which Tata Motors was to sell a 43 percent stake in Tata Technologies to the private equity firm.advertisementlast_img read more

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