Barca can end Lopetegui’s nightmare as Real axe looms

first_imgSome say he’s a dead man walking already, but if Julen Lopetegui can steer Real Madrid to victory at Camp Nou in Sunday’s Clasico, the Spanish coach maybe – just maybe – could keep his job.A dire start to the season, including an abysmal eight-hour goal drought, has seen Lopetegui backed into a corner and he must fight his way out on the biggest stage of all, club football’s greatest game.Beat Barcelona, the reigning Liga champions, leaders and Madrid’s arch-rivals, and suddenly his situation looks salvageable, like that of Real themselves, who languish in eighth place but are only four points behind the Catalans. 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! Even though the Blancos are joint top of their Champions League group after beating Viktoria Plzen 2-1 on Tuesday, the horrendous, win-less month before has left Lopetegui’s tenure in critical condition.Four defeats and a draw after a narrow win over Espanyol on September 22 angered Real Madrid fans, with football’s most spoiled supporters unaccustomed to suffering such sustained humiliation.Matches against Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Alaves all passed without a goal for Madrid before Marcelo struck in last weekend’s 2-1 loss at home to Levante, ending the drought at 481 minutes – the second-worst scoreless run in the club’s history. President Florentino Perez has already started looking for replacements for Lopetegui, with former Madrid players Guti and Santiago Solari mentioned, along with ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.Despite reports earlier in the week suggesting the incumbent coach may be put out of his misery before Sunday’s game, Real’s director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueno, confirmed Lopetegui would stay at the helm – for now.”Lopetegui will be on the bench at Camp Nou like normal,” the former Blancos forward said after the unconvincing victory over Plzen. “In these kind of situations, it is important to remain calm and trust the players. Sunday’s game is a great motivation for us.“(Speculation) is normal. This is football. We have heard the rumours, but we have confidence and hopefully we will play well at Camp Nou.”Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid PSWhile two more strikes implied Madrid’s travails in front of goal are over, the defence was sliced open multiple times by the Czech champions before a disappointed Bernabeu.Had Plzen’s finishing been any better, Madrid might have left with just a point.”You do not change course in one day but I think today can be a turning point for us,” said Lopetegui hopefully, but even he must now know that his future depends on the Clasico.Given that Barcelona have played badly at times this season too, it is not unthinkable that Madrid could win at Camp Nou, though the Catalans impressed without Lionel Messi in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Inter in the Champions League.There has also been an element of bad luck about Lopetegui’s struggles. At times Madrid have played some good football but the ball has refused to go in.They have struck the woodwork 11 times in all competitions this season: three times alone against Levante, where VAR also set them back.That is not to say they have been unfairly hurt by the video referee, more that Lopetegui is the first Madrid coach to have to deal with it.Both Madrid and Barcelona have benefitted from the rub of the green in the past with decisions that now aren’t going their way.This has contributed to a wild start to the season, where it has felt like any side could defeat any other.Madrid’s 3-0 win over Roma was a beacon in the dark, the one performance Lopetegui’s team has produced that hinted at the dawn of an exciting new era; it appeared the side had character and the coach had a plan.Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid PSThey have all looked lost in the interim, though.However, given Lopetegui did not get key members of his squad back until late in the summer after the World Cup and no real replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo was signed, he has not been given a fair and full crack of the whip.But justice is rarely served in football. Suffer defeat in the Clasico and it will be the end of the line for Lopetegui, a bitter end to what has been a torturous year.It could have been so much better for the coach, who was crudely sacked from his position at the helm of the Spanish national team on the eve of the World Cup.The president of the Spanish football federation, Luis Rubiales, took offence to the way Lopetegui agreed to take over at Real Madrid before the tournament and promptly axed him on the eve of La Roja’s tournament-opener.He had never lost a match as manager of his country and, given the quality in the Spain squad and his record, had Lopetegui been allowed to stay in Russia, he might have started the season a World Cup winner.Instead, it was with bitterness at the way he was severed from his squad at the last moment and, combined with his struggles at Madrid, it is fair to say that 2018 has been a disaster for the former Porto manager.Zinedine Zidane walked away from Real Madrid with three Champions League titles in the bank, leaving the door open for anyone brave enough to follow in his footsteps.Lopetegui, who was not first, second or third choice, grasped at the role, declaring the day he took over as the happiest of his life; he had losing one dream job but landed another.This dream has also descended into a nightmare, though, and only a Clasico victory will begin to haul him out of it.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh believes public perception can make someone a terrorist

first_imgThe eight members of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) who allegedly broke the Bhopal Central Jail during the intervening night of October 30 and 31 and were gunned down a few hours later in a suspicious encounter about 14 km away were labelled as terrorists because of their past deeds, Madhya Pradesh Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said today.Answering a pointed question on why the eight alleged SIMI activists were labelled as terrorists in a public rally by the CM despite the fact they were not convicted in any terror related case Chouhan said, “There is a certain perception about certain people and this perception is based on their past deeds. I don’t want to go into technical details about the whole case but would say it is the duty of the state to protect its citizens from anyone who is a threat to them.”  Read:  Madhya Pradesh: Congress threatens to drag Shivraj Singh Chouhan to court over terror remarks Chouhan was addressing the media during a meet in the press programme in Bhopal organized on the occasion of his completing 11 years as Chief minister.It may be recalled that Chouhan had publically called the eight under trials as terrorists during the foundation day celebrations of Madhya Pradesh on November 1. Later, when the government ordered a judicial inquiry into the alleged encounter the General Administration Department in its notification refrained from calling them terrorists and called them under trials instead.Read:   8 SIMI convicts escape from Bhopal jail after slitting guard’s throat, 5 officials suspended advertisementThe eight under trials had allegedly escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail during the intervening night of October 30 and 31 after killing jail guard Ram Shankar Yadav. They  had allegedly made a knife out of a steel plate in which food was served to them.According to the police, they had also made a key out of a plastic tongue cleaner that was used to open the barrack gates before they scaled the high walls of the Bhopal Central jail.The eight were gunned down in Eent Kheri about 14 km from the Bhopal Central Jail the next day. The government initially went bombastic lauding the police action but was later forced to order a judicial inquiry after serious questions were raised over  police claims.Read:  All 8 SIMI terrorists, who escaped from Bhopal jail, killed in encounter Questions to Ask?Why were the eight men moved together and not break into small groups after scaling the walls of the Bhopal jail and how was it possible that they could just cover a distance of 14 km in over 10 hours. Also, the police was questioned on how they managed to shave their beards, from where they got fresh clothes, sports shoes and wrist watches and how was it possible to scale a 30 feet high wall with the help of bed sheets.The police and the government had no satisfactory answer to these questions and took refuge behind the judicial probe that the government was forced to order.  Read:  What really happened?last_img read more

Australian Open: Kei Nishikori digs deep to book second round berth

first_imgKei Nishikori was forced to dig deep to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Monday with the world number five taken the distance by Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov before eking out a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-2 win.Japan’s Nishikori prevailed after three and a half hours on a baking Hisense Arena, recovering from an early wobble against his Russian opponent that vindicated his call to withdraw from an exhibition event last week to rest a hip injury. (Shelby Rogers shocks Simona Halep in first round)The 27-year-old, who needed medical treatment late in the fifth set, had an encouraging start to the year when he reached the final of a Brisbane warm-up tournament, where he lost to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.Nishikori has long carried Asia’s hopes of a first male gramd slam champion and he will next play Frenchman Jeremy Chardy after the world number 72 eased into the second round when Spain’s Nicolas Almagro pulled out with an injury.last_img read more

Prakash Javadekar: Study Shakespeare but don’t forget Kalidasa

first_imgOn Wednesday, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar made an announcement regarding the inclusion of a course ‘Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India’ for classes 8 to 10. Stressing on the need for students to have the right knowledge about India’s tradition, culture and history, he said that people should study William Shakespeare but cannot forget the Sanskrit writer Kalidasa.”We should study Shakespeare but we cannot forget Kalidasa,” the Human Resource Development Minister said.”There are beautiful two volumes on – Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India (KTPI) which is in course of for classes 11 and 12. This was not introduced by us, it was introduced in 2012 by the then HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. We are considering whether we can introduce this course for classes 8 to 12,” Javadekar said at an event at New Delhi.(Read: Boycotted PISA Test to make a comeback: India to participate in 2021, says HRD Ministry)This course explains the importance and relevance of India’s culture, tradition and its rich history, he said. There are 10 modules of KTPI being offered by CBSE.Awards, initiatives and more:Recently at an event organised by the CBSE, Javadekar said that in order to reduce the burden of school bags on students, the HRD ministry is working on fresh norms for CBSE schools. He also gave the Green Schools Awards, instituted by the Centre for Science and Environment, among others to a school in Punjab’s Moga, a Kendriya Vidyalaya from Hebbal in Karnataka, and a sports school from Sonipat, Haryana.Read: Retirement age of teachers might increase to 65 in Haryana govt universities advertisementRead: You can now carry chocolates inside board exam centres: CBSE For information on more latest new and updates, click here.last_img read more

Renault denies report of emissions cheating software

first_imgRenault is denying a report that its vehicles are equipped with software that allowed its vehicles to cheat on emissions testing.The statement Wednesday from the French carmaker followed a report in the newspaper Liberation, which claimed to have obtained an investigative document from the Economy Ministry indicating that emissions from two models – the Renault Captur and the Clio IV – spewed emissions more than 300 percent higher than the legal limit in real-life conditions.The ministry’s fraud department handed its findings to prosecutors in November.French authorities raided Renault premises after Volkswagen was found to have used software to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests. Renault recalled 15,000 cars last year over excessive levels of harmful gases, but the company insisted there was no intentional wrongdoing.ALSO READ: Renault Duster petrol automatic variant to be launched in May 2017ALSO READ:Renault owned Alpine reveal A110 sports car at Geneva Motor ShowALSO READ:Renault launches Kwid Climber in India, priced at Rs 4.30 lakhlast_img read more

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The very real perils of the pre-ask

first_imgLast night at a dinner party, I met a lovely, lively, smart couple over great cassoulet, and they told us how they met. Picture this: It was New Year’s. They were at a party, they’d chatted, and as the evening grew late, he was having trouble collecting the nerve to ask her out. So he rapidly consumed a large amount of red wine for fortification and, as she was leaving the party, he went up to her and blurted, “If I were to call you sometime and ask you out, would you go on a date with me?”She turned to him as she was putting on her coat, and with all the aplomb of Katharine Hepburn zinging Spencer Tracy, said, “If you call me, maybe you’ll find out.”She later told her friends she thought the pre-ask was absurd. He later told his friends he thought he HAD asked her out, in his own way.Thankfully, he found her work number on the Internet and asked her out with 100% clarity and conviction a few days later. She said yes. They’re now married.We had a lot of laughs over the “pre-ask” which most of us agreed was not an ask at all. Which got me thinking. The “pre-ask” is actually out there in all kinds of ways. Especially in marketing. We often pull the “pre-ask” with the assumption it will lead to a yes. We make a goal of generating awareness, with our assumption being, “if we show how great our cause is, someday when we ask the person will say yes.” Yep, that’s a pre-ask.Here’s the problem: the pre-ask is wasted breath. As shown by the witty woman in my story here, most people treat the pre-ask as a non-ask. Any response to a pre-ask is not to be trusted. The real answer will only come when you do ask.Bill Novelli, from whom I learned most of what I know about nonprofit marketing, once told me the following: If your goal is life is to raise awareness, you might as well be shoveling pamphlets out of airplanes. Be in the business of creating action, not awareness. In this economy, with dwindling marketing budgets, don’t waste money on the pre-ask. Unlike the couple in my story, you may not get a happy ending. Make a great case for your cause, then make a very clear call to action. (Tips on calls to action here.)last_img read more

Ask me a question: I’ll post the answer here

first_imgMany blog readers write me with questions about their work. I try to answer what I can, and sometimes I get permission from the inquirer to share my answers here. As an experiment in making this exercise useful to more people, I am inviting you to ask me a question. I’ll answer it here on the blog. There are just a few guidelines:1. Make it sufficiently general that the answer will be of use to other people.2. Only share things that you’re willing to have published on the blog. If you want to be anonymous, for example, don’t share your name!3. Post your question in the comments section of this post. (If you subscribe via email, you’ll need to click on the title of this post, which will take you to the blog. You can then enter a question under comments. You can list an alias under the name if you prefer to remain unknown.)Thanks!last_img read more

‘Mourinho’s had it tough clearing up Van Gaal mess’

first_imgJose Mourinho has had it “tough” at Manchester United, claims Paul Ince, with the Portuguese still cleaning up the mess left behind by David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.The Red Devils always knew that it would be difficult to replace Sir Alex Ferguson and, after 27 years of stability under the Scot, got through three bosses in as many years in the wake of his departure.Moyes came and went in under a season, with Ryan Giggs taking in a spell as caretaker, while Van Gaal managed to deliver an FA Cup triumph but won few admirers with his brand of football. 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! Mourinho was then handed the reins in 2016 and asked to rebuild a fallen giant.He landed three trophies in his debut campaign, but has struggled since then and is facing more uncomfortable questions this season amid domestic and European inconsistencies.Ince, though, feels the United boss is being unfairly criticised, with the former midfielder telling PA Sport: “It’s tough on Mourinho because he came in off the back of David Moyes and Van Gaal.“Under Van Gaal they went back big time, they went back two years“While Man United were going back, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, they were going forwards.“He [Mourinho] had to try to get them up just to compete with those teams and it’s been a tough time for him.”Jose Mourinho Manchester United Valencia Champions League 2018-19Things are not about to get any easier for the Red Devils either as their next outing is set to take them to Anfield to face unbeaten Premier League leaders Liverpool.It is imperative that Mourinho’s side take something from that fixture as they continue to play catch-up in the race for top-four finishes.Ince concedes that is the best that United can hope for this season, with a sixth-placed standing at present and the promise of a tough draw in the last 16 of the Champions League leaving another campaign hanging in the balance.“Are we talking about a case where Man United might be struggling year after year to make the top four?” added the ex-England international.“Only one team are going to win the league. Man United are not going to win the league.“They’ve got to try to win a cup and they’ve got to try to finish in the top four, which is going to be a tough ask for them.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Emery wanted three Arsenal signings in January

first_imgArsenal head coach Unai Emery wanted three new signings during the January transfer window but is still happy with the squad at his disposal.Denis Suarez arrived on loan from Barcelona but rumoured deals for Ivan Perisic, Yannick Carrasco and Christopher Nkunku failed to materialise before Thursday’s deadline.Midfielder Suarez, who played under Emery at Sevilla, is available to make his debut for the Gunners at former club Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday. 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! Emery confirmed last month that Arsenal were unable to pursue permanent deals during the January window but he claimed to be satisfied with the business done by the club.”The club was working all we can,” Emery said ahead of Arsenal’s trip to the defending champions.”We were speaking about the possibility of maybe taking three players, but only if they can come here with our conditions, and also if we think they can help us with good performances, better than the players we have here. Only Denis Suarez joined and we’re happy. The club worked very well.”This transfer window is not easy and it isn’t possible to change a lot of things to help us with a very big performance, and I am very happy with the players we have here. We have some players who are recovering after injuries and I think they can help us with the final three months of the season.”We have a very big motivation in our competition in the Premier League and the Europa League, and I think for example that Sunday is a very big and tough match, but it’s a great match for us to show everybody how we are now against Manchester. It’s very difficult but I trust in my players.”City will be looking to bounce back from a shock loss at Newcastle United that ended an eight-match winning streak in all competitions, with Pep Guardiola’s side now five points behind leaders Liverpool.”It will be a tough match,” Emery added. “Our challenge is [big] against every team, but on Sunday we are playing against the best. I think with Liverpool, they are having a very big Premier League season. They are very hard [to beat].”They have lost some matches but I think that was an accident. In another moment, in another match, they could have won against Newcastle. They are playing at home and for us it will be very difficult.”But we are looking forward to playing, to showing that we can [win] and want [to win]. I think in Sunday’s match every player will be with a very big ambition to show their best performance and quality against them.”last_img read more

How to Find Legit Freelance Jobs Online

first_imgEditor’s note: Guest blogger K.K. Apple is a freelance writer who has infiltrated the Freelancers Union office for a couple weeks to eat all the pretzels. She lives on the internet at kkapple.com.![](/content/ckeditor/2012/07/10/job search.jpg)One of the hardest parts of starting out as a freelancer is figuring out how to build a network of clients. The internet is a great place to start that process, and offers many options for online job search engines and freelance job platforms. Unfortunately, some of them look mighty shady.Where do you start? There are a plethora of search engines, endless descriptions, weird technical language, poor spelling, mysteriously unnamed companies, and generally ambiguous tasks. You want me to write how many words for $5? All in all it feels like a lot of foreign Craigslist posts in sheep’s clothing.Because when you’re looking for jobs online, there’s no bricks and mortar store for you to shake hands with a hiring manager and make sure everyone’s human and there’s not a ferret petting zoo in the break room. So before you go slogging through the World Wide Web, keep some of these guidelines in mind:Start small. If you’re beginning your freelance career, chances are a million dollar job isn’t going to jump into your lap. And if it does, it might be paid in Monopoly money, which is not so useful for your rent. When you’re exploring a new online search platform, look for manageable jobs and reasonable deadlines.Ask around. Your fellow freelancers are the best resource for experiences with job sites. Ask! Especially if anyone is asking you to pay a fee or if you are growing wary of the lack of grammar, pay rates, or sanity in particular postings.**Make sure there’s a contract. **You need a written agreement, plain and simple.Make sure you read the contract. Develop some freelance contract-reading-eyeballs. If you don’t understand everything, just ask. Talk to someone else who knows what to look for, whether it’s the client, a lawyer, or someone who’s run around the freelance block a few times. Better yet, be prepared with your own contract for every job.**Build relationships. **Do good work and you will find clients. Maybe that small job you found online turns into long-term work for a company. And then they tell their friends and their friends and their friends until you have enough work to quit your internet trolling and have a full fledged client list. And they’re all friends!When you’re a freelancer, you represent yourself, but you don’t have to do it alone. Remember how your mom always told you to bring a friend when you’re looking at a new apartment? Bring some of this newfound knowledge and a whole cavalcade of peer advice with you on your job search online.Photo via flickr.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Colombia first team to arrive in India

first_imgWith the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup set to begin in next two weeks, Colombia became the first team to arrive in India for the tournament.The South American nation is placed in Group A and will play two of their group matches in New Delhi and one match in Navi Mumbai.Upon landing in New Delhi late last night, Colombia coach Orlando Restrepo said, “We’re delighted to be here. The boys and the staff are all looking forward to a competitive tournament where we will put our best foot forward”.Buen viaje #FCFSub17! Nuestra Seleccin parti rumbo a India 2017.Los mejores deseos! pic.twitter.com/emElxZjICg- Seleccin Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) September 19, 2017Los Cafeteros will make their sixth FIFA U-17 World Cup appearance in India this October, though they haven’t played the last three editions of the tournament with Nigeria 2009 being the last FIFA U-17 World Cup they took part in.The CONMEBOL team secured their World Cup berth by finishing third in the South American U-17 Championship that was held earlier this year.Their arrival further amplified the anticipation for the upcoming event, the first FIFA tournament that will be played in India.Speaking about the first team’s arrival, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi said, “It is very exciting to have Colombia as the first team coming into the country. With their arrival, the Tournament now enters into the last stage, with the National Teams starting their preparations actually on-ground to get used to the conditions in India. We encourage all fans to welcome all the teams that will start arriving from now onwards and to show the hospitality of this wonderful country”.advertisementBesides Colombia and hosts India, the 22 remaining teams will be landing in India over the course of the next 15 days.last_img read more

Tom Alter, veteran actor and Padma Shri awardee, dies aged 67

first_imgTom Alter, the American-born Indian actor whose success in TV, theatre and cinema earned him the Padma Shri award in 2008, died at his Mumbai residence on Friday. He was 67.Alter had been fighting stage four skin cancer, a Times of India report said. The world is a good man short this morning. Fine actor, pure sports lover and kind human being. You enriched our world #TomAlter- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 30, 2017Waking up to some tragic news about the passing away of Mr. Tom Alter. A one of a kind, grace personified, thorough gentleman. #RIPTomAlter- Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) September 30, 2017Numb discovering you are no more #TomAlter sir. My teacher, my senior, my mentor and my co-actor ! You will be in my heart 4 ever!! RIP- Pitobash (@pitobash) September 30, 2017Tom Alter was a superb actor, and a gentle, good, human being. He loved our land deeply and knew it as well as any Indian-origin Indian.- Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) September 30, 2017Known for starring in television shows like Bharat Ek Khoj, Zabaan Sambhalke and Betaal Pachisi, Tom Alter also had a flourishing career on stage.He played pivotal roles in successful films like Gandhi, Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Kranti, Aashiqui and Parinda, and was the author of three books, including Rerun at Rialto and The Longest Race.Alter was last seen on the big screen in this year’s Sargoshiyan.A statement from Alter’s family published by TOI read: “It is with sadness we announce the death of Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and our dear husband and father. Tom passed away Friday night at home with his family and close family members in attendance. We ask for their privacy to be respected at this time.”advertisementVIDEO: Here’s the interview Tom Alter, who was also a sports journalist, did with a young Sachin Tendulkar. It was the Master Blaster’s very first TV interview.last_img read more

BCCI warns players against participating in ‘unapproved’ T20 Leagues

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday issued a warning to its players against participating in “unapproved” Twenty20 leagues, emphasising that the Indian Junior Players League (IJPL), the Junior India Player League (JIPL) and the Junior Indian League are not conducted or approved by the board.”It has come to our attention that certain T-20 cricket matches, series, tournaments and/or camps are being conducted by leagues under the names of the Indian Junior Players League (“IJPL”) and the Junior India Player League/Junior Indian League (“JIPL”),” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said.”This is to bring to your notice that any matches, camps tournament and/or series organised by IJPL and JIPL (collectively the “Leagues”) or any activity undertaken by the said leagues are not being conducted by the BCCI/Indian Premier League (“IPL”) and are in no way associated with any activities undertaken or approved by the BCCI/IPL or their representatives. Accordingly, any matches and activities conducted by the leagues are deemed to be unapproved tournaments,” he added.Choudhary further insisted that any activity or matches organised by the IJPL and the JIPL are not sanctioned by the country’s cricket board and, therefore, any player registered with the board cannot feature in these tournaments without permission.”Please note that any player registered with the BCCI knowingly participating, representing or associating himself/herself with the IJPL and the JIPL in any manner is doing so without the consent of the BCCI would be doing so in violation of the BCCI Rules and Regulations. The use of any images of BCCI registered players by the leagues in any of their promotional or other material (including their websites) is an unauthorised use of such images,” he said.advertisement”The BCCI has not in any way sanctioned or permitted the participation, representation or association of any BCCI registered player with any of the leagues. Further, the BCCI has not authorised or permitted any BCCI registered player or the leagues to use the images and/or the likeness of the players,” Chaudhary further added.The BCCI also informed that the players, who had been associated with any one of these leagues in the past i.e. Gautam Gambhir, Paras Dogra and Rishi Dhawan, have stated in writing that they have withdrawn all support and are no longer associated with the said unapproved leagues.last_img read more

DU Admissions 2017: How to calculate ‘Best of Four’ for different courses

first_imgIt is that time of the year– the Delhi University admissions are here.Each year, students from all over India look forward to get a chance to study in one of the colleges in this esteemed university. However, each year, the stiff cut-off breaks a million hearts.Among all the confusion about which college to choose, where to apply, how to proceed with applications, the students tend to overlook a significant aspect of admissions– calculating the best of four.When asked what confuses them the most about college admissions, most students cited the calculation process of Best of Four.Here is a guideline to show you how to calculate the best of four subjects percentage for different courses:If you are applying for a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Course, Your best of four subjects should include:1. One language (Core or Elective or Functional).PS: A candidate has to choose the core language as language while the elective language can be treated as a separate subject.2. The subject for which the candidate is applying.PS: If the subject chosen is not included in the Best of Four, the candidate will get a disadvantage of 2.5 percent3. One subject from List A.Courtesy: DU Beats(* Accountancy will be treated as equivalent to Commerce where Commerce was not offered as a subject to candidate in school.# Music will be treated as an academic or elective subject only for Honours courses in Music.**Same as Music.)PS: If the chosen subject is not included in List A, the candidate will face a disadvantage of 2.5 per cent.advertisementThe candidate will attract a 5-per cent disadvantage if he or she is opting for an honours course on a subject that was not part of his or her curriculum.For admissions in English or Hindi, one must have passed the subject. In that case, the subject has to be included for the calculation of the Best of Four.If you are applying for a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Course,Your best of four subjects should include:1. One language (Core or Elective or Functional).2. Should have passed Commerce or Accountancy and Mathematics.3. Any two elective subjects from List A (Scroll above to see).If you are applying for a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Course,Your best of four subjects should include:1. The process and criteria for admissions in BSc courses, including mathematical sciences, core science or home science courses, have remained unchanged since last year.2. The candidate must have scored at least 70 per cent component of theory examination (excluding internal assessment or continuous evaluation) in the science subjects including all combinations– PCM, PCB and PCMB.If you are applying for Bachelor of Arts (Programme) and Bachelor of Commerce (Programme) Courses,Your best of four subjects should include:1. One language (Core or Elective or Functional).2. Any three elective subjects from List A (Scroll above to see).PS: In case of a change of stream, the college will have to notify the university and a disadvantage of upto 5 per cent may be imposed on the candidate.3. In case of admissions to Bachelor of Arts vocational courses, only relevant vocational subjects will be taken into account.4. If a candidate picks MIL (except Hindi) as a subject, an advantage of 10 per cent will be awarded to the candidate in colleges where the said MIL is treated as a subject.Here are some more important points you must know:The admission procedure for BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Applied Psychology and BA (Hons) Hindi Patrakrita courses is similar to the guidelines for admission in BA (Hons) English, BA (Hons) Psychology and BA (Hons) Hindi, respectivelyFor admission to BA (Hons) in Social Work, the candidate must include one language and three academic or elective subjects from List AThe subject of Informatics Practices is equivalent to Computer Science for admission in BSc (Hons) in Computer ScienceThe candidate must have passed Mathematics in the qualifying examinations to seek admission to BA (Hons) Economics and Commerce courses.Still confused? DU Beats has come up with this helpful table that might make things even easier for you:Courtesy: DU BeatsClick here for more education related news.last_img read more

Australian Open: Elina Svitolina, Kyle Edmund reach Rd 4 at Melbourne Park

first_imgRuthless fourth seed Elina Svitolina gave 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk a 59-minute lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the fourth round of the Australia Open with a 6-2 6-2 victory in searing heat on Friday.Qualifier Kostyuk became the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam in over 20 years on Wednesday but her dream run was brought to a shuddering halt by her fellow Ukrainian on Rod Laver Arena.The teenager made an excellent start by breaking Svitolina in the first game of the match but from then on it was pretty much all one-way traffic as the in-form world number four set up a meeting with Czech qualifier Denisa Allertova..@marta_kostyuk is going placesCongratulations on a special #AusOpen campaign, Marta, we look forward to seeing you in Melbourne for many more years. pic.twitter.com/HnyW1LQUHC— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018Svitolina, showing no desire to spend a minute longer in the heat than necessary and no sign of the injury issues she reported after her second round match, progressed when Kostyuk served up her ninth double fault of the contest.EDMUND OVERCOMES BASILASHVILIBritain’s Kyle Edmund overcame Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a brutal three-and-a-half hour contest to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time on Friday.The 23-year-old Yorkshireman, the only Briton in the men’s draw in the absence of Andy Murray, mixed 70 winners with 68 unforced errors to prevail 7-6(0) 3-6 4-6 6-0 7-5 in a topsy-turvy contest on court two.advertisementWhat a way to make your first 4R at the #AusOpen!@kyle8edmund takes the decisive set 7-5 to advance after three hours and 35 minutes of gruelling tennis! #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/9iWem9tKKy— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2018The match turned when world number 49 Edmund, having lost the second and third sets, outlasted Basilashvili in an extraordinary 20-minute game featuring 15 deuces to take a 2-0 lead at the start of the fourth.The deciding set went with serve until two winners and a Basilashvili double fault gave Edmund his 27th break point, which he converted to set up a fourth round clash against Ivo Karlovic or Andreas Seppi.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Central university in Ganderbal to start functioning in 15 days: J-K govt

first_imgJammu, Feb 26 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Bukhari today said the Central University in Kashmir would start functioning from Ganderbal within the next 15 days. He directed the divisional and district administration to extend full support to the varsity authorities to shift the vice chancellors office and allied offices to the originally designated area. The minister was speaking at a high-level meeting convened to review the pace of progress on the varsity campus work and steps taken to shift the VC and allied offices to Ganderbal in central Kashmir, an official spokesman said. The varsity would be provided a sports college, a old hospital building and hired accommodations to function from Ganderbal till its own campus is completed, he said. Bukhari said the government would take up the issue of release of funds with the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). He added it would also explore the possibilities to complete the left-over work on the campus through the Roads and Buildings Department. PTI TAS DPB DPB DPB –last_img read more

Vaulting to glory

first_imgA new star appeared in the Indian sporting horizon on Saturday. Aruna Budda Reddy became the first Indian gymnast to win a World Cup medal as she clinched bronze in vault at Melbourne.Propelled by Dipa Karmakar’s strong showing at the Rio Olympics, Indian gymnasts are an inspired group. Aruna, who hails from Hyderabad and has been training alongside Dipa here, was a talent waiting in the wings.On Saturday, on the first day of finals at the Gymnastics World Cup, the 22-year-old put a marker for her compatriots who would be competing to finish on the podium.Aruna scored 13.649 to finish behind gold medallist Tjasa Kysslef of Slovenia (13.800) and Emily Whitehead of Australia (13.699). There was another Indian in the mix, Pranati Nayak, who finished sixth with a score of 13.416.”It is a big achievement for Indian gymnastics. To get a medal in the World Cup is a dream come true for an Indian,” long time gymnastics coach GS Bawa told Mail Today.”Aruna has been training at the national camp in New Delhi for last 5-6 years. She is a great talent and very serious about gymnastics. She has both strength and flexibility – two important qualities that make a good gymnast. Qualifying for the final is the toughest part and once she made the cut, we thought she might have a chance,” he added.Dipa’s fourth place finish at the Rio Olympics has been a game-changer for Indian gymnasts. They now believe they can also go and win medals for the country at international level. Aruna is Dipa’s contemporary and both have come through the ranks in age group tournaments, feeding off each other’s success.advertisement”Dipa’s success has created a stir among the Indian gymnasts. They are working hard in training and they want to return with medals. Earlier, our gymnasts used to participate in international events as just contenders but now the perception is changing slowly. We are competing to win medals,” said Bawa.Gymnastics happened by chance to Aruna when her karate coach realised that her body is more suited to it. She comes from a middle class family and owes a lot to her father, who passed away in 2012, the year she won the Senior National Championships in Udaipur. Her father was a big support but after his demise, Aruna’s sister and brother-in-law did everything possible to manage finances for her training, even selling off jewellery.She is part of the vault team along with Dipa and Pranati Das and competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Aruna has also competed in three World Championships.Aruna will have another shot at glory on Sunday as she has also qualified for the final in floor event. Two other Indians, Ashish Kumar (vault), who is making a comeback to sport and Rakesh Patra (bar) are also in fray, no more as also-rans at world level.last_img read more

Proud of Muskans gold medal feat in archery, says her father

first_imgBhopal, Mar 8 (PTI) Father of Jabalpur-based young archer Muskan Kirar, who has won a gold medal in the Asia Cup at Bangkok, today said he was proud of his daughters feat, and expressed confidence that she would win more such medals for the country in the future.Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, during the ongoing budget session today, congratulated Muskan on her achievement and lauded her for bringing laurels to the state.Talking to PTI over phone, her father Virendra Kirar said, “I feel very proud of Muskans feat. We are delighted… everybody in the family is overjoyed…After her studies, Muskan used to practice for nine hours daily.””I know very well that she wont stop here. Muskan will continue to win more medals and make the country proud in future too,” Kirar, who runs a mutton shop in Jabalpur, said.Muskan, 16, has two younger siblings- 13-year-old sister Saloni, also an archer training at Madhya Pradesh State Archery Academy in Jabalpur, and brother Basu (14), a black belt in karate.Kirar said, “None of us usually talk about my profession as people look down upon it…But with whatever money I earn, I help my children accomplish their dreams.”In the Assembly, Speaker Sitasharan Sharma congratulated Muskan on winning the medal.State Sports Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia told the House that the Jabalpur girl has achieved a rare feat.”It is a very big achievement at the international level. She has given the best gift to the state,” she said. PTI LAL MAS NP SDMadvertisementlast_img read more

Steve Smith admits bowlers are beginning to figure him out

first_imgAustralia captain Steve Smith has demanded his team’s batsmen lift their output and score centuries against South Africa in the wake of their humbling six-wicket loss in the second Test at Port Elizabeth.Australia were restricted to 243 in the first innings at St. George’s Park and were bowled out for 239 in the second to give the Proteas an easy victory chase of 101 to level the series at 1-1.While no Australian has managed a century, the home side has had two – rookie opener Aiden Markram scoring a gallant 143 in the loss in Durban and AB de Villiers setting the platform for victory at Port Elizabeth with an unbeaten 126.Kagiso Rabada, banned for two Tests, says he’s letting South Africa down”We haven’t got a hundred so far in this series, so that’s not ideal,” Smith told Australian radio station SEN.”Mitchell Marsh probably deserved a hundred in the first Test to be fair, but if we’re getting batters scoring big hundreds it certainly helps us out a hell of a lot.”Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to do that so far in this series, but we’ve got a good opportunity to turn it around in the next.”South Africa vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 4 in Port Elizabeth: Match HighlightsAfter a rollicking home summer against England, the prolific Australia captain has also been down on his own lofty standards.His highest score was 56 at Durban and he was dismissed cheaply twice in Port Elizabeth.Smith has scored only one ton against South Africa – an even 100 in his first match at Centurion in 2014 – and only three fifties in 14 innings against the same opponents since.advertisement”I’ve played a lot more now since 2014 and the more you play, the more people have plans to you to try to keep you quiet and those kind of things,” Smith said.”It’s just a part of batting, sometimes you have to work really hard for your runs and take a little bit longer, and some days you come out and things happen really quickly for you.”The four-Test series resumes in Cape Town from March 22 and Australia will be glad for the extended break as all-rounder Marsh races to recover from a groin strain.The Western Australian, who scored 96 in Durban, had a tough Test at Port Elizabeth, battling a stomach complaint and dropping a catch in the slips.He was also fined 20 percent of his match fee for swearing at South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who was himself banned for the rest of the series for repeated code of conduct breaches.”In regards to Mitch Marsh, it’s a good break now between now and the next Test match and he’s telling me he’ll be fine but we’ll wait and see how things go,” said Smith, who also gave a clean bill of health to Australia’s pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.”I think all the quicks are going really well. I haven’t heard today, but before today they were all feeling fine, so hopefully with a good 10-day break they can freshen up a little bit.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

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