India triumph in Kabaddi World Cup, maintain dominance

first_imgAhmedabad, Oct 22 (PTI) India today triumphed in the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup for a third straight time as they staged a remarkable fightback to overcome a tough Iran 38-29 in the title clash, maintaining their dominance in the sport. This was Indias third title triumph on the trot in a sport they have dominated for long. Incidentally, Iran tasted defeat to India in the last two World Cup finals and at the Asian Games. Ajay Thakur was the star performer of the final, claiming 12 points. Iran fought bravely and took the lead going into the first half break at 18-13, but Thakur changed the complexion in the second half and he was helped by some resolute defending from the hosts. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Portuguese PM to be chief guest at 14th Pravasi Bharatiya

first_imgDivas ConventionNew Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa will be the Chief Guest at the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention to be held from January 7 to 9, 2017 in Bengaluru.Announcing this, External Affairs Ministry said the Portuguese Prime Minister has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will participate in the inaugural session of the PBD Convention on January 8 and address the delegates.While the Prime Minister will be the Chief Guest, Surinam Vice president Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin will be the Special Guest at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) to be held on January 7, 2017 in Bengaluru.He will address the young overseas Indian delegates at the inaugural session of the Youth PBD, along with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel, the ministry said in a release.PBD is celebrated on January 9 every year to mark the contribution of overseas Indian community in the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led Indias freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.The conventions, celebrated every year since 2003, provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government and people of the land of their ancestors for mutually beneficial activities. PTI PYK ZMNlast_img read more

India vs England, 5th Test, Day 3: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to our coverage of the third day of the fifth and final Test match between Indian and England in Chennai.  (LIVE SCORECARD)India (1st innings): 17:00 IST: And that will be stumps on Day 3 with India finishing on 391/4 and trailing England (477) by 86 runs. Nair 71* and Vijay* are unbeaten at the crease. However, the man of the moment was Rahul, who unfortunately missed out on his debut double ton by one run. Murali Vijay is the new batsman at the crease. 16:41 IST: Out. Heartbreak for Rahul as he falls for 199 caught at point off Rashid. Tossed up and wide from Rashid and Rahul chases and plays straight to the cover fielder. Nothing of a shot from a set batsman.16:28 IST: Six. Rahul steps out and lofts Moeen Ali deep into the stands and in the process achieves a milestone. He went past Budhi Kunderan’s (192) best score as an opener against England.KL Rahul 193*the highest by an Indian opener against England at home(192 Budhi Kunderan at Madras, Corpn, 1964)#IndvEng&; Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 18, 201616:21 IST: Rahul has moved on to 183 with Nair batting on 64 at the other end. India would like both of them to carry on and cut the deficit. IND 351/3, trail by 126 runs.  15:55 IST: Karun Nair gets to his maiden half-century with a boundary off 98 balls. The Karnataka youngster looked in good touch today except for one shot chasing outside off. IND 326/3, trail by 151 runs.FIFTY! @karun126 brings up his maiden 50 in Tests @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG; BCCI (@BCCI) December 18, 201615:29 IST: Broad concedes 10 runs in the last over, which included a four. Meanwhile, Rahul and Nair bring up the century stand off 161 balls. IND 311/3, trail by 166 15:09 IST: FOUR! ELEGANT! Again down the leg, Rahul is quick to read it and pull it square of the wicket to pierce the gaps for a boundary. That boundary makes him reach to his 2nd 150+ score. India 290/3, trail England (477) by 187 runs14:45 IST: Rahul and Nair bring up the 50-run partnership. There is absolutely no help for the bowlers off the track unless the batsmen make a mistake or the bowling side comes up with a plan.14:35 IST: Welcome back as the third and final session gets underway with two Karnataka boys at the crease. Rahul and Nair have now put up a 45-run stand.14:10 IST: India 256/3, trail England (477) by 221 runs at tea. Rahul 133*, Nair 19*14:02 IST: Four. Rahul steps out and scorches Rashid through the covers. IND 243/3, trail by 234 runs. 13:26 IST: The scoring rate has slowed down for India as Karun Nair and KL Rahul looking to play the ball on its merit. Nair has shown great application by leaving the ball well. IND 223/3 Karun Nair joins his Karnataka team-mate at the crease. 13:14 IST: Out. Broad gets the big wicket of Virat Kohli for 15 caught at short extra-cover. Pitched up delivery and Kohli drives straight to the fielder. England showing some resilience and the plans working for them after lunch.12:58 IST: England get through three successive maiden overs after Rahul got to his hundred. Rahul taking it easy now after reaching to his hundred.Virat Kohli has joined KL Rahul at the crease. Now it’s time for the Indian captain to get some runs.12:38 IST: Lokesh Rahul brings up fourth Test hundred and his  first in India. India 191/2, trail England (477) by 286 runs.Well played @klrahul11 ??Loved the way u learnt from ur previous mistakes& didn’t repeat them?? Double it up buddy?? #INDvENG @BCCI&; VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 18, 2016.@klrahul11 celebrates as he brings up his 4th Test ton @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG; BCCI (@BCCI) December 18, 2016There are many good habits in cricket but few better than the habit of converting starts to big scores. #KLRahul will be a very fine player.&; Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 18, 201612:28 IST: Out. Ben Stokes strikes after lunch by sending back Pujara for 16 caught by Cook at first slip. Way outside off and Pujara pokes at it and the edge goes to the slip fielder. IND 181/2, trail by 296 runs. 12:12 IST: All set for the start of the second session as players make their way out after the lunch break. Rahul on 89 with India 173/1.11:31 IST: And that will be lunch on Day 3 in Chennai as India finished the morning session on top with 173/1 and trailing England by 304 runs. Rahul was unbeaten on 89 and Pujara was batting on 11. England got only one wicket in the form of Parthiv Patel, who fell on 71.Cheteshwar Pujara is the new batsman at the crease and he would love batting on this flat track. advertisement11:06 IST: Out. Moeen Ali gets the breakthrough by sending back Parthiv (71). The left-handed batsman looking for the big shot gets a leading edge and Buttler at extra-cover takes the catch. IND 152/1. 10.31 IST: Parthiv Patel pulls it towards long leg for a single and reaches to his sixth Test fifty. Drinks have been taken, IND 120/0, trail ENG (477) by 357 runsSo far, just the morning India wanted. The first objective of the openers, of making it easier for everyone else, has long been achieved&; Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 18, 201610:16 IST: KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel bring up the 100-run partnership. This is India’s first 100-run opening stand in 32 innings.India’s 1st 100+ opening stand in last 32 inns & 18 months, since 283 run opening stand btw Vijay-Dhawan @ Fatullah in June 2015#indvEng Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 18, 2016Moeen Ali introduced into the attack. 10:08 IST: KL Rahul gets to his second Test half-century. At the other end, Parthiv too looks promising and batting on 41. IND 93/0 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – @imVkohli #INDvENG; BCCI (@BCCI) December 18, 20169:50 IST: Six. Rahul again comes down the track and launches Dawson over long on. Both batsmen looking to play positive and aggressive cricket, no holding back.9:41 IST: Six. Rahul doesn’t want Dawson to settle down and welcomes him to the crease with a big straight six. IND 72/0 9:39 IST: Four. First boundary of the morning as Parthiv punches Broad straight down the ground. Top shot from the left-handed batsman.9:34 IST: Dawson concedes just two runs in the first over of the day. It will be Stuart Broad bowling from the other end. 9:30 IST: India resume from their overnight score of 60/0, while debutant Liam Dawson starts the bowling proceedings for England.9:16 IST: India failed to wrest the momentum they got in the morning session on day two and allowed Dawson and Rashid to take England past 450. If England manage to get quick wickets in the morning session, they definitely have a chance to put the hosts under pressure. Stay tuned guys, as the action begins in less that 10 minutes time..@ashwinravi99 and @karun126 having a go at the nets with @anilkumble1074 before start of Day 3 #TeamIndia #INDvENG @Paytm Test cricket; BCCI (@BCCI) December 18, 20169:11 IST: Sunil Gavaskar and Nasser Hussain in their pitch report reckon that the pitch is still good for batting with nothing for the bowlers.  There will be little bit of turn for the spinners but not sharp off the pitch.We are here and all set for Super Sunday. Get to Chepauk for an action filled Day 3 #TeamIndia #INDvENG @Paytm Test cricket; BCCI (@BCCI) December 18, 2016Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates.Day 2 wrap: India made a strong reply to England’s first-innings total of 477 after half-centuries by debutant Liam Dawson and number nine Adil Rashid underlined the tourists’ batting depth in the fifth and final Test. advertisementIndia claimed three wickets on the second morning but the 108-run partnership between Dawson and Rashid in a productive second session for the touring side frustrated the hosts.India’s Murali Vijay hurt his shoulder while fielding and could not come out to bat but the makeshift opening pair of Lokesh Rahul and Parthiv Patel did a decent job, adding 60 runs without being separated.Rahul was unbeaten on 30 at stumps and the right-hander will be eager to make amends with the bat having dropped centurion Moeen Ali before he had scored on Friday. (Read Full Report)last_img read more

Goa Cricket Association officials in trouble again over funds misappropriation

first_imgAdversity appears to have snowballed for the office bearers of Goa Cricket Association with the Economic Offence Cell of Goa Police on Tuesday registering a second case of cheating and misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs one crore against GCA’s top line-up for the financial year 2006-07 comprising president Dayanand Narvekar, secretary Chetan Desai, treasurer Vinod Phadke and member Akbar Mulla.Preliminary investigation has revealed that these office bearers, who were signatory authorities for GCA in the financial year 2006-07, hatched a criminal conspiracy from May 9, 2006 onwards and deposited a cheque of Rs one crore in a bank account opened fraudulently. The amount was later used to misappropriate the funds of TV subsidy sent by Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to GCA thereby cheating the cricketing body of the amount of Rs one crore.Speaking to media at Police Headquarters, Superintendent of Police (EOC, SB, ATS) Priyanka Kashyap stated, “The probe is still in its primary stages and we are still gathering information. But we cannot rule out the possibility of arrest at this stage.”During the investigation, it has come to light that a self-operated account of GCA was opened in Shiroda Urban Cooperative Credit Society Ltd IDC Kundaim branch with Chetan Desai as the sole operator of the account. The Society was then chaired by Mulla.The account opening form mentioned that a copy of the resolution passed by the board of directors of the managing committee of GCA was attached. However, records have shown that no such resolution was submitted by Desai. Being a cooperative credit society, Shiroda Urban doesn’t issue cheques and  has an alignment with ICICI, Ponda for accounting purposes.advertisementThe cheque of Rs one crore was accordingly sent to ICICI, Ponda branch for depositing and clearance.Following this, over a period of two months, the accused siphoned off the money by issuing around 15 cheques of amounts varying from Rs eight to Rs 10 lakhs each.According to EOC, investigating team will write to the registrar of cooperative societies so as to rule out irregularities under the Cooperative Societies Act.Sources have further revealed that Narvekar resigned as the GCA president around May 2006 when the offence occurred, casting a doubt over his exact role in siphoning off the amount.Desai has since risen to the chair of GCA president while Phadke is the present secretary and Mulla is the treasurer.In the month of June this year, EOC had booked these three for alleged misappropriation of a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore was received by GCA on October 23, 2006 from Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) as TV subsidies between 2007 and 2008.The three had been remanded to eight days of police custody in this connection.Meanwhile, reliable sources disclosed that another case of misappropriation of Rs eight lakhs of GCA funds involving some of the aforementioned accused is presently under the EOC scanner.This amount of Rs eight lakh was a separate entry in the accounts and was siphoned off in a manner similar to that employed in misappropriation of Rs one crore, it was learnt.An offence will be booked at the conclusion of the inquiry upon securing all relevant documentary evidence in this matter.last_img read more

ICC Awards 2016: Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli win top honours

first_imgIndia’s spinner Ravichandran Ashwin shine this year ICC ward, as he was awarded with Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016.  He also won the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year trophy and also get his place in the ICC Test Team 2016. Virat Kohli named as the skipper of ICC ODI team with Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja in the same list.Meet the ICC award winners of this year:ICC Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) – Ravichandran Ashwin (India)ICC Test Cricketer of the Year – Ravichandran Ashwin (India)ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year – Quinton de Kock (South Africa)ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year – Suzie Bates (New Zealand)ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year – Suzie Bates (New Zealand)ICC T20 Performance of the Year – Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies)ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year – Mohammad Shahzad (AfghanistanICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)ICC Umpire of the Year (David Shepherd Trophy) – Marais ErasmusICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year – Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year 2016: David Warner (Aus), Alastair Cook (Eng) (captain), Kane Williamson (NZ), Joe Root (Eng), Adam Vogues (Aus), Jonny Bairstow (Eng) (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes (Eng), R. Ashwin (Ind), Rangana Herath (SL), Mitchell Starc (Aus), Dale Steyn (SA), Steve Smith (Aus).ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year 2016: David Warner (Aus), Quinton de Kock (SA), Rohit Sharma (Ind), Virat Kohli (Ind) (captain), AB de Villiers (SA), Jos Buttler (Eng), Mitchell Marsh (Aus), Ravindra Jadeja (Ind), Mitchell Starc (Aus), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Sunil Narine (WI),Imran Tahir (SA).advertisementICC Women’s Team of the Year 2016:  Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Rachel Priest (New Zealand) (wicketkeeper), Smriti Mandhana (India), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies) (captain), Meg Lanning (Australia), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Heather Knight (England), Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Sune Luus (South Africa), Anya Shrubsole (England), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Kim Garth (Ireland).(Image source- ICC official website)Read: Spot NASA’s International Space Station as a moving bright star today Read: Ravichandran Ashwin wins ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to read more

(Reopens DEL68)

first_imgPhilip was the recipient of many honours from across the globe for his illustrious and multifarious contributions in various fields. He was awarded the Hancock Medal” by the Plastic and Rubber Institute of U.K. which is the highest recognition in the world for outstanding service to the Rubber industry, based on worldwide assessment. He also received Fellowships from The Royal Chartered institute of Materials U.K., Indian Rubber Institute, Plastic and Rubber Institute of London etc. Amul honoured him with a gold medal and a citation for voluntary help for 15 years as their advisor in its fledgling days. A keen sports enthusiast and one of the oldest golfers in India, he won several trophies of the Western India Golf Association. He started his career as the manager of Travancore National Bank in Chennai . He then moved on to the Bombay branch of the bank,as its Assistant Manager. Philips affable manners, simplicity and approachability brought prestige and credibility to the business enterprises he was involved in. Acknowledging his contributions to the Indian Industry the nation honoured him with Padma Shri in 2001. With his versatility and business acumen he started The India Coffee and Tea Distributing company , Bombay better known by its founders name Philips Coffee and Tea”, which has more than 100 outlets in Mumbai. Hard working and visionary by nature, K.M Philip ventured into the diversification of rubber and its products, which made him an advisor to many Rubber Board industries in India. He was instrumental in the establishment of Gujarat Reclaim & Rubber Products. He was also engaged in many joint ventures in Malaysia. He was the guiding spirit of the Indian rubber industry. One of the founders of All India Rubber Industries Association, he served the organisation as its President and Hon. General secretary for decades. He was also the Chairman of the Plastics and Rubber institute,Chairman of Govt. of Indias Development panel for non-tyre industry. Philip served on the Rubber Board of India for 17 years. He was on the board of Malayala Manorama till 1972. He served as the whole time Director of M.R.F till date. He has also authored more than hundred articles on Indian Rubber Industry. In recognition of his services to the industry , The All India Rubber Industries Association instituted the K.M Philip Award consisting of a gold medal ,a citation and Rupees One lakh for outstanding contribution to the Indian Rubber Industry. He had been living in Mumbai for the past 70 years. PTI VSC NTRadvertisementlast_img read more

Delhi and District Cricket Association agrees to implement Lodha reforms

first_imgAs per directions of the Justice Lodha committee, a meeting of the executive committee members was held at the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Saturday. (BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to ensure cricket is not affected: Lodha Committee)It was attended by 16 members (including 2 Govt directors) and a resolution was passed by majority of the members who unanimously agreed to accept the Justice Lodha committee recommendations in toto. (Complete Lodha Panel recommendations)”Out of the 16 who attended, nine agreed fully that we should go ahead with the reforms as per the Lodha Committee recommendations. We plan to seek more clarity on a few issues from the Committee in the next few days,” Ravinder Manchanda, DDCA treasurer, who chaired the meeting told India Today. (In historic move, BCCI selection committee pruned to three members)Manchanda had taken permission to hold the meeting from Lodha Committee after assuring them that ‘no elections are taking place’ and that it was just to form an interim committee of office bearers.”We will do everything as per the Lodha Committee recommendations and only those people who qualify as per the SC judgment will be part of the new committee,” Manchanda added.Most of the existing office bearers of DDCA will be shown door when the recommendations are accepted.last_img read more

Anyone threatening Gurmehar Kaur with violence or rape the lowest form of life: Virender Sehwag

first_imgAfter clarifying that his tweet (I didn’t score two triple hundreds, my bat did) was “an attempt to be facetious rather than one to bully anyone over their opinion”, Virender Sehwag lashed out at those threatening Gurmehar Kaur with dire consequences. (Mocking Gurmehar Kaur for her views despicable: Gautam Gambhir)Gurmehar, a student of the Lady Sri Ram College, stirred up a storm when her Facebook post on February 22 went viral. The post was written along with a video after Ramjas College in Delhi University was rocked by violence following clashed between two students’ political organisations.However, Gurmehar’s words drew mixed reactions from different sections of the Indian society. There were angry outbursts on social media against the 20-year-old Delhi student.Sehwag’s tweet was seen as a form of bullying by several sections of society. However, the former cricketer, one of the most destructive openers the game has ever seen, said it was blown out of proportion.”My tweet was an attempt to be facetious rather than one to bully anyone over their opinion. Agreement or disagreement wasn’t even a factor,” Sehwag tweeted.My tweet was an attempt to be facetious rather than one to bully anyone over their opinion. Agreement or disagreement wasn’t even a factor.- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2017″She has a right to express her views and anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life,” he said further. “Everyone has a right to express their views without being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or the Phogat sisters.”advertisementShe has a right to express her views and anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life.- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2017Gurmehar was threatened with rape on social media after her Facebook post which said – ‘Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.’ Fearing for her safety, she left the DU campus. (Deepa Malik, Phogat sisters slam Gurmehar for belittling her father’s martyrdom)last_img read more

Champions League: Extraordinary Barcelona hammer Paris St Germain to enter quarter-finals

first_imgBarcelona completed one of the most extraordinary comebacks in European football history to knock Paris St Germain out of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory that rewrote the record books. (Latest Football stories)No team had ever overturned a four-goal deficit in a knockout tie, but Sergi Roberto’s stoppage-time goal completed a 6-5 aggregate win that sparked delirious scenes of celebration inside the Nou Camp and sent Barca through to the last eight.Edinson Cavani looked to have wrecked Barcelona’s dreams by volleying in an away goal to make the score 3-1 but two late strikes from Neymar set up a thrilling finale before Roberto sealed the Spanish side’s unlikely triumph.”This is a crazy, unique sport. Children and adults here tonight will never forget what happened,” Barca coach Luis Enrique told reporters.”I dedicate this win to all Barca fans who kept faith in us. We were massively criticised after the first leg.”Barcelona began to believe in the impossible dream of clawing back their shock 4-0 loss from the first leg when Luis Suarez headed over the line in the third minute and a Layvin Kurzawa own goal gave them further hope before the break.Lionel Messi’s penalty five minutes into the second period had the Nou Camp on its feet but Cavani’s strike in the 62nd was a sucker punch to Barca’s ambitions from which Luis Enrique’s side took a while to recover.A curled free kick from Neymar in the 88th minute gave them hope and the Brazilian converted a penalty before substitute Roberto slid in to knock the ball beyond Kevin Trapp from a chipped free kick and send Barca through.advertisementDEJECTED FIGUREPSG coach Unai Emery, who had been brought to the club in the close season with the express purpose of adding onus to the vast resources of the Qatari-owned outfit and propelling them to success in Europe, cut a dejected figure.”Barcelona are capable of doing that. It was all or nothing for them in the final minutes,” he said.”It’s a negative experience for me and for the club. We need to learn from it.??An electric atmosphere gripped the Nou Camp before kickoff after Suarez and Luis Enrique had said they truly believed a comeback was on and the players caught the wave of optimism by swarming all over PSG from the first whistle.Trapp struggled to cope with the early pressure and flapped at a high ball, allowing Suarez to jump ahead of him and force the ball over the line.PSG had a penalty appeal turned down when Julian Draxler’s low cross struck Javier Mascherano’s arm but it was one of few forays forward from PSG in the first half as Barca did all the attacking.The Catalans owed their second to another piece of slack defending, however, as Iniesta nudged his way past Marquinhos in the area to knock the ball back into the danger zone and it bounced off the swinging leg of Kurzawa and into the far corner.PSG riled Barca supporters by coming back on to the pitch after the break a few minutes late but the Nou Camp was soon celebrating a third as Messi powered a penalty past Trapp after Neymar had been tripped by Thomas Meunier.Cavani hit the post but made amends by smashing a loose ball home, although he should have added another but was denied by the feet of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.At the time it did not look to be a crucial miss but Barca had other ideas, scoring three times in six minutes to complete an incredible comeback.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ may come at Rs 56,500 and 63,500: Report

first_imgPrice of the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphones have leaked online and this time around, the information comes from famous leaker Evan Blass.Blass has to his credit several leaks that made it to the announcement stage, the recent one being the confirmation on the European availability of the Nokia 3310 along with its price.Also Read: iPhone SE now selling for Rs 19,999, is it worth new price?Now information about the colour variants and prices of the pair of Galaxy S8 smartphones has been revealed by him on twitter. His tweet shows the button-less phone in ‘Black Sky’, ‘Orchid Grey’ and ‘Arctic Silver’ colour, with the difference visible only in the metal frame colour; while the front bezels are black on all variants. The back colour would probably be different but it’s not shown in the picture.Blass says the phone will launch at 799 Euros in Europe which translates to about Rs 56,500. We believe this is for the base variant which will have 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Though it is very similar to the Galaxy S7 Egde pricing, the fact Samsung would raise the price of its most affordable variant on the flagship by Rs 7,000 is not good news.As you probably know, Galaxy S8 is said to come with a 5.8-inch display, while the Galaxy S8+ will have a bigger 6.2-inch display. But that won’t give you a nice hint about the phones’ sizes. The new bezel-less design Samsung has been working on, as we earlier said, allows it to squeeze a bigger display in a smaller size. So expect the Galaxy S8 to be no bigger than the Galaxy S7 Edge, or maybe even smaller — and the S8+ similar to the Note 7 in size.advertisementS8 – 799?S8+ – 899?DeX – 150?GearVR – 129?Gear360 – 229? Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 19, 2017The Galaxy S8+ will come at 899 Euros which is roughly Rs 63,500. Apart from sporting a bigger screen, the S8+ will come with nothing different. Samsung never tried to mimic Apple in the terms and is expected to hold on to the tradition.Blass also revealed the prices of the DeX docking station, the new Gear VR headset and the Gear 360 camera to be 150 Euros (about Rs 10,500), 129 Euros (about Rs 9,000) and 229 Euros (about Rs 16,500) respectively.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 rumour roundup: Face recognition, 1000 fps camera and more As far as the previous reports go, Galaxy S8 phones are said to come with Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835 chipset, curved displays, narrowest possible bezels possible on a commercially viable smartphone, facial recognition, water proofing, Samsung Pay, wireless charging, dual pixel rear camera that can do 1000 frames per second and earphones by AKG.The phones are scheduled to launch in a few days — on March 29 in New York and expected to start selling not before the end of next month.last_img read more

3-Point Reality Check: 3 must-read posts about fundraising

first_imgThere’s been a trio of excellent reading material the past week. Every single one of these is worth a read, and they may even change your nonprofit marketing and fundraising forever:Jeff Brooks on the 3 Laws of Fundraising Dynamics. Namely: simplicity, listening and no fundraising-by-committee.Nicholas Kristof with a double header: First, last week’s piece, “Would you let this girl drown?” reminding us that like it or not, one person’s story is always more powerful than a collective problem. Tell the small story rather than the big statistic.Then, in “Clean, sexy water,” Kristof highlights Charity: Water, one of the best-marketed causes I know. (Follow-up comments are here.) I followed Scott Harrison’s amazing work for Mercy Ships on this blog way back when and have admired him ever since. If you want to see great story-telling and beautiful transparency, follow Scott’s work. He also reminds us that donors need to know where the money goes – and they need to know it’s not wasted.The moral of these stories? The basic thing we always forget: audience, audience, audience. If you want to be better at communicating, have a conversation, not a monologue, with your supporters. Talk with them simply, clearly, transparently and tell a good story. It’s not rocket science, but it will ignite and propel your message like rocket fuel.last_img read more

How to fix your influence problem

first_imgThe whip-smart Kristen Grimm of Spitfire Strategies has a great piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review about how we can more effectively influence others – and what blind spots get in the way of those efforts.Read the whole piece here. I share here the highlights.The first point Grimm makes is that we fail to influence others because we have blind spots. She identifies the common mistakes we make that lead to ineffective efforts to persuade others: –moving forward without thinking through who needs to be influenced and how–forming coalitions without a strategy that would inform who should be partners–focusing only on allies rather than opponents in thinking through strategy–assuming decision makers will be willing to step out on a difficult issue–filtering out facts and evidence that suggest not everyone is on board or shares a sense of urgency–assuming what motivates you about an issue motivates others – and misinterpreting what is in their perceived self interest–refusing to recognize efforts aren’t working for one of the above reasons – and the need to act accordinglyInstead, organizations should focus on the following four factors, says Grimm.–A clear sense of the decision(s) that need to get made;–An understanding of who makes these decision(s);–An informed hypothesis about how the decision(s) will get made; and–An understanding of how the organization can influence the decision-making process and a game plan for making that happen.For more on how to work through those steps, read the article here. If you’re in the business of persuasion (and aren’t we all!), take the time to check it out.last_img read more

11 Great Online Giving Tips for #GivingTuesday and Every Day

first_imgSign up and launch your page by December 2nd, and you’ll be part of our N4G Gives campaign. Take advantage of matching funds, special trainings, and much more! Make this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever.For many organizations, #GivingTuesday will launch the giving season, fueling energy and excitement that will carry through to year-end. We’ve written a series of posts to help you make the most of #GivingTuesday.Today, we’re focused on one of the most important year-end strategies for any organization: creating a compelling online presence and outreach campaign to inspire support.11 to-do’s for #GivingTuesday and year-end campaigns that work online.We could write a book on this topic (actually, we wrote a few!), but with only seven weeks to go, we’re boiling it down to the 11 ‘must-do’s’ for creating a giving experience that delights online donors, and gets them giving again and again.1. Tell a story and define the donor’s impact.Plan your campaign around an inspiring story about the impact that givers can have with their investment in your organization. Take your big need and break it down into chunks that a donor can understand. For example, the campaign for an animal shelter might focus on providing medical care for abandoned dogs in the shelter. If daily medical care costs $25 per dog, a donor will be able to decide how many animals they wish to support. Donors appreciate goals that are specific, clear, and actionable.2. Gather campaign assets that reinforce your inspiring story.Building and maintaining interest and excitement for your campaign is easier with a constant stream of fresh content. It will come in handy when you are writing blog posts, campaign updates, social media outreach and ambassador messaging. Assets include:· Photographs· Videos· Testimonials· Client stories· News Articles3. Create a single, crystal clear call to action.Write your emails, direct mail and social outreach with focus around one clear, specific call to action. Don’t cram your outreach with every possible way for a donor to engage—pick one call to action for each outreach and give donors one possible action to take.4. Make it easy to give on any device.Make sure your donation experience is mobile ready. At least 30% of your email recipients will click through on their phone when you inspire them to give. Make it easy.5. Use a consistent campaign brand through the entire giving experience.Reinforce your campaign and call to action with a giving page that has the same images, video and story. Think about the best online shopping experiences: the image, description and call to action carry through from the email to landing page, to the shopping cart, to the receipt. We can help you get your DonateNow or GiveCorps page ready for your year-end campaign. (Network for Good clients can contact our Success Team for more tips!)6. Make your giving form fast and easy.Simplify your donation form by removing all but the essential fields. Get your donors through their donation with minimum friction. Don’t think of your giving form as a data collection tool, think of it as the last hurdle between you and a donation. Then keep the hurdle low.7. Make your thank you communication personal and meaningful.When your donor completes his donation, celebrate and acknowledge with a joyful, sincere personal thank you screen or thank you email—immediately. This is a final opportunity to reinforce the story and impact of the donation. Make your donor feel like they matter.8. Make it easy to share. When your donor is feeling the glow of making a difference, ask him to invite others to feel the same good feeling. Donors, particularly young people, view sharing as part of giving. In a recent Case Foundation post, Derrick Feldmann, Head of Achieve, said that Millennials view giving one’s voice as a tangible form of philanthropy. ‘A person who gives their voice might still give their skill, time and money, but they go beyond these endeavors to get others involved.’9. Get back in touch within 30 days.Reinforce that good feeling with active communication about the status of the campaign. A rule of thumb…communicate with donors about the impact of a donation within 30 days of making a gift. Give an update on the campaign and use this as another opportunity to encourage sharing. You’ve missed an opportunity if your tax receipt is your only communication.10. Capture every potential dollar. In your thank you email, encourage donors to take advantage of company matching programs. Point donors to a corporate matching program database, so that your donors can easily submit for employer matches without lots of extra work. There are several systems, including HEP Data and Double the Donation.11. Encourage involvement. Use your ongoing outreach to invite donors to engage with you in ways that don’t have to do with giving. They can subscribe to your blog, become a social media ambassador, participate in volunteer activities, answer a poll, sign a petition, and much more.Implement these best practices today and you’ll be ready to delight your online donors this December—on #GivingTuesday—and everyday.And if your online giving platform isn’t equipped to make these best practices easy, we’d love to help. Contact us to find out how to get a great online fundraising page that helps you win more donors who give more, more often.last_img read more

Nonprofit Link Round Up: #15NTC Edition

first_imgWant to see an organization that really rocks at encouraging monthly giving? Check out Share Our Strength’s website, donate button, and donation page. Also, be sure to check out their presentation on how they implemented all these best practices. We had a great time meeting with some of our customers while we were in Austin. Thanks to Parent’s Place of Maryland, Free Speech for People, La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, Texans Standing Tall, and Project Transition for hanging out with us while we were in town! While we were in Austin, the Amplify Austin Giving Day was happening. More than 500 organizations raised almost $4 million in online donations! The day after Amplify Austin, Jamie MacDonald of Generosity Inc joined our very own Caryn Stein for a session on how to have a great giving day. One of my favorite sessions was with Kevin Jagoe and Cary Walski. They talked about how to tap into the emotional brain when sending emails to donors. They actually mentioned a research study that I talked about in a previous blog post. Check out the session’s hashtag for some great tips and insights. Liza J Dyer asked us to reconsider using volunteers. Not the idea that volunteers can help us further our mission, but the idea that we shouldn’t USE people. We use things (staplers, cars, and software) we should not use people. Good point, don’t you think? Liza also shared a really great video that Greenslope Private Hospital put together to honor and celebrate their volunteers. Have you surveyed your volunteers or celebrated them recently? Just like donors, volunteers are important, don’t take them for granted! The 2015 Annual DoGooder Award Winners were announced during Thursday’s morning session. If you want to see nonprofit videos that go above and beyond, check out the winners. We have had a blast at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology conference in Austin, Texas! Today’s Link Round Up features links we’ve collected this week at #15NTC: Do you ever feel pulled between life and your work? Nonprofit work is fulfilling and amazing on so many levels but sometimes, it can totally wipe you out. Our friend Kivi Leroux Miller was part of a panel that presented a session titled Paradox but Possible: Hardcore on Work AND Life. Check out Kivi’s post on the session and the collaborative notes. Can’t wait for #16NTC! Hope to see you all there!last_img read more

Depay responds to criticism from Lyon fans

first_imgMemphis Depay has hit back at Lyon fans, telling them to “get your facts straight.”The forward was quoted as saying in a recent interview that he would like to play for one of Europe’s biggest sides in the future, which unsurprisingly did not sit well with the Lyon faithful.Speaking to Helden he said: “Lyon is a big club, but not one of the five best in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich.“I want to go to a city that suits me and a club that suits me, to a team that really wants to play football.”Although the forward did finish his interview by claiming: “I’m focused right now on Lyon, and then we see where I end up.”Depay has since responded on Twitter, claiming his quotes were taken out of context and that fans should not ‘attack’ him over the interview.“Its really sad that other people, blogs and websites change my words just to put people against me! The real ones know. I would never say anything bad about Lyon they are the club that gave me the opportunity when I needed it,” he tweeted.I really like Lyon and People see me in the streets all the time! I also mentioned that @OL play better football then most of the clubs with big names! So before you try to call me names or attack me make sure you get your facts straight instead of running with the rumors #Ivory— Memphis (@Memphis) January 30, 2019He followed that up with another social media post stating: “The blogs and several websites just take a short quote out a big interview I did with Helden 2 MONTHS AGO! and make it look bad so and change my words, but once again if you been in this football industry for a while you will know.”The forward added a final tweet in which he claimed to ‘really like Lyon’ and told fans not to attack him over ‘rumours’.Depay moved to Lyon in January 2017 and has been a key component of the side since. The Dutchman has not missed a single Ligue 1 or Champions League game this season and has registered six goals and 12 assists in those 28 appearances.Since leaving Manchester United, Depay has played in a more central position for Lyon, although he does still operate as a winger on occasions.He has also become a regular for the Dutch national side and played a huge part in their Nations League success earlier in the season. Depay netted in victories against France and Germany to secure the Netherlands’ spot as group winners.last_img read more

Sloane Stephens beats Venus Williams, to meet Madison Keys in US Open final

first_imgA new grand slam champion will be crowned at the US Open after Sloane Stephens beat fellow American Venus Williams 6-1 0-6 7-5 in a rollercoaster of a semi-final on Friday.Stephens, who returned to competition at Wimbledon after nearly a year off because of a foot injury, recovered from a second-set meltdown to end ninth seed Williams’ hopes of reaching a third major final this year.She will meet Madison Keys in an all-American final. Keys stormed into the final after beating Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2 in the second semi-final on Friday.”I have no words to describe what I’m feeling what it took to get here. The journey I took. I have no words,” said Stephens, who underwent foot surgery last February.”If someone told me I’d make two semis and a grand slam final this year I would have passed out, which is what I feel like doing now.”I don’t know how I got here. Hard work, that’s it.”The 24-year-old Stephens, 13 years younger than Williams, paid tribute to the seven-time grand slam champion.”I’m honestly just honoured to play at the same time as her. One of the greatest to ever play our game. She’s one of the greatest competitors and I’m honoured to share the court with her and glad to play at the same time as her.”For American tennis there’s no question marks. The proof is in the pudding. American tennis, here we are.”Despite her lack of match play this year, Stephens began confidently and broke for 3-1 when Williams netted a routine forehand and then went on to win the last three games of the set as the 37-year-old strangely appeared to struggle with serve.advertisementWilliams was in danger again on her first service game in the second set but she managed to hold and broke in the next game thanks to a Stephens double fault.She then held to love to stamp her domination on the second set and moved 4-0 up with a lovely service return followed by a routine volley as Stephens showed she was clearly struggling and lost the set to love when she hit yet another unforced error.The 24-year-old, however, got back on track in the decider, taking a 1-0 lead on Williams serve when she netted an easy volley.She saved two break points in the following game but Williams levelled for 2-2 when Stephens’s forehand sailed wide.But at the end of a seven-minute game, Williams netted a routine volley again to give her opponent a break for 4-3.Williams broke straight back with a service return winner and she saved a break point to hold for 5-4.But as Williams struggled with her volley, Stephens broke for love in the 11th game and followed up on serve to close it out as Williams netted a backhand.”It was definitely a contrast of play,” Williams said of the roller-coaster match.”You know, I continued to play aggressive and continued to play the kind of match that it takes to win. Just made too many errors there at the end.”last_img read more

South Africa to play on Boxing Day, confirms CSA

first_imgCricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat has confirmed that world No.2 South Africa will play on Boxing Day, despite India not touring till early 2018.”We will have content for Boxing Day but we’re not yet in a position to announce that. We need to secure it first,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Lorgat as saying.The CSA CEO also said that a Test match is preferred over other formats for the Boxing Day and New Year.”First prize is a Test match. We would love Boxing Day and New Year to remain as Test content. I know in the past there have been one-day matches and there has been discussion internally to consider one-dayers, but personally I would love to see a Test match played,” he said.It is believed that India are most likely to begin their tour to South Africa with the New Year’s Test on January 5 or 6 next year in Cape Town.As per reports, both BCCI and the CSA are on the brink of finalising the details for the tour, comprising four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.The Boxing Day Test, which has switched between Durban and Port Elizabeth in recent years, is fairly poorly attended. However, it still remains a popular television event.In 2012, CSA chose to play T20s over the same period and following the outcry of their breaking with tradition, the Boxing Day Test has been held every year since.It was believed that the CSA might be interested in inviting Pakistan for the Boxing Day Test but with their series in New Zealand starting early in the new year, that seems unlikely.advertisementAnd now, it looks like they can invite Zimbabwe for a one-off Test during that period. If that happens, Zimbabwe could make their first Test appearance in the country since 2005.West Indies are the other team available during that period, unless CSA reach out to Test newcomers Afghanistan or Ireland.Despite India’s tight time frame, the CSA is confident the tour will not be reduced from its original itinerary, and hopes to be able to announce match dates soon.It should be remembered that the BCCI and the CSA have been engaging in discussions since the beginning of this year, however, they have failed to finalised the schedule yet.Last month, the BCCI had informed CSA that the Virat Kohli-led side would not tour the country until the last week of this year as their home series against Sri Lanka would only end on December 24.With the New Year’s Test traditionally being played at Newlands from January 2, the CSA is reportedly trying to convince the BCCI to play the first Test from January 4 in a bid to maximise gate money.According to a BCCI official, India are expected to arrive in South Africa in the last few days of December and would surely play one practice match ahead of the opening Test.”Now they (CSA) are trying to fit in everything within a short window,” the official said.last_img read more

India announce strong 21-member squad for FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgIndia have announced the twenty one players who will represent India in their first ever FIFA tournament as India get ready to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in just 15 days.  India are drawn in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana, and will face USA on October 6, followed by Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and October 12 respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.”We believe that we are prepared for the FIFA U-17 World Cup,” head coach Luis Norton de Matos said.”We have worked hard and made progress, but at the same time we go directly to a high level competition against some of the best teams in the world.”We will fight to win each match even if there is only five percent chance of winning. We will not give up and nothing is impossible in football.Matos showed belief in the young Indian side and said that they have plans to announce their arrival on the world stage.”We plan to show the world that we are on the same page as them”, Matos added.  In an effort to field a strong team for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) provided exposure tours for the India U-17s wherein the Indian Colts faced Macedonia, Serbia and Benfica amongst other teams.The Indian Colts had also participated in a Four-Nation Tournament in Mexico where they lost against Mexico and Colombia, but held Chile to a 1-1 draw with ten-men.”Against Chile and Macedonia, we registered good results but the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be a competition and competitions are different from friendly matches”, Matos expressed.  advertisement”However, the level of the players is very high and we plan to give it our all once the World Cup kicks off”, Matos quipped.  The list of the 21 selected players is as follows:GOALKEEPERS: Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal  DEFENDERS: Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Hendry Antonay, Namit DeshpandeMIDFIELDERS: Suresh Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Amarjit Singh Kiyam (C), Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Md. ShahjahanFORWARDS: Rahim Ali, Aniket Jadhavlast_img read more

David Moyes targets tighter defence to ease West Ham United woes

first_imgWest Ham United would be “stupid” not to plug holes in their defence as they bid to start their season afresh following the departure of Slaven Bilic, new manager David Moyes has said.The Hammers, who fired the Croat and replaced him with Moyes last week, have conceded 23 goals in 11 games, giving them the worst defensive record in the league.Ahead of his first game in charge at Watford on Sunday, the Scot suggested that although he would not curb West Ham’s attacking instincts, his priority was to get his players to work harder for each other and the team.”We would be stupid if we didn’t look back,” the Scot told the club’swebsite ( “We’ve looked at the goals we’ve conceded andwe have got the worst defensive record in the league. We’ve got to tryand find a way of stopping that.West Ham United can confirm the appointment of David Moyes as the Clubs manager. West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) November 7, 2017″We don’t want to stop the attacking play because we’ve got good attacking players. But we can’t get away with not running back. We can’t get away with not doing the jobs we’ve got to do.”Ultimately, they’ve got to be a bit more humble for each other, work for the team, and score goals together and defend together… We must start from scratch and give the players a chance to start again.”Moyes also hopes to inspire West Ham to more wins than his critics have forecast under him and ensure the club are nowhere near the relegation battle by to the end of the season.advertisement”I can only do that by getting the players onside and making sure they are doing the right things,” he added. “They’re telling me they want to work hard, be organised and disciplined. I hope once I’ve done that, they won’t be complaining.”West Ham are 18th in the standings following just two wins in 11 games, while Marco Silva’s Watford are ninth after a steady start to the campaign.last_img read more

Vijay Shankar latest in India’s list of seam-bowling all-rounders

first_imgHardik Pandya is India’s first-choice seam bowling all-rounder and the team management is looking at young Vijay Shankar as a back-up all-rounder with same skill sets for tough overseas assignments, skipper Virat Kohli hinted on Thursday.With Pandya being rested for the Sri Lanka Test series, Shankar was called as replacement of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the second match but Kohli dropped hints that the 26-year-old may be a contender for a slot in the national team for the South African tour, early next year.”Well, he (Shankar) has been very consistent and has earned his spot. We wanted to have a look at another all-rounder keeping in mind this aspect (batsman who bowls medium pace) of the team going forward,” Kohli said when asked about his take on the Tamil Nadu cricketer.”Obviously, Hardik is in our scheme of things as first all rounder but we need to find out more people with that kind of ability whom we can groom and make as back ups for all-rounder’s spot when we travel abroad.”The skipper made it clear that he wants Shankar to get a feel of the Indian teams set-up and know what he needs to do to become a top notch international player.”The whole mindset of bringing him and keeping him in the set-up is to make him familiar with whats going on here and so that he understands what all he needs to work on his game as well,” the captain said.He may not have seen Shankar in match situation beyond a few IPL games but he seemed impressed with his batting ability during the net session and is confident that he can slip in 10-12 overs as the fifth bowler.advertisement”He is a pretty balanced cricketer. Pretty composed, great fielder, handy with the ball and can easily can give you 10-12 overs a day. He is very solid with the bat of what I saw at the nets today. So big moment for him, he has earned it as I said, he added.last_img read more