Arsenal’s paucity of defensive options may not be enough to tempt Unai Emery into risking the fit-again Laurent Koscielny in Sunday’s clash with Southampton.The 33-year-old centre-back made his first appearance since rupturing an Achilles tendon in May as the Gunners beat Qarabag 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.Koscielny, who said his season began in earnest on Thursday, completed 72 minutes at Emirates Stadium and would be a valuable inclusion in the weakened squad that will venture to St Mary’s. 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! Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi are suspended, Rob Holding has been lost to a season-ending knee injury and Konstantinos Mavropanos has not featured at all this term.”Today is another step for [Koscielny],” Emery told reporters.”We need to [find out] tomorrow and Saturday how he is going to feel after this match to see if he can help us on the pitch on Sunday.”It is good he has recovered and in a good time. Every supporter and player from Arsenal is happy.”He can take confidence again, take rhythm and then we are going to continue our process. Maybe [he can play] Sunday, but I want to wait to see how he will feel.”224 – Laurent Koscielny will make his first competitive start for Arsenal since last season’s UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg against Atlético de Madrid (May 2018), 224 days ago. Return. pic.twitter.com/FaHfCDMQsQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 13, 2018Arsenal’s victory over Qarabag rounded out their successful Group E campaign on a high note as Emery remains in the hunt for a fourth Europa League crown.The Spaniard handed teenage midfielder Bukayo Saka a first professional start in the straightforward win and was impressed with what he saw.”We give young players the chance to train with us, we give chances like today when we can and they show us positive things,” the Gunners boss said.”Saka played with a good performance, with big personality. His personality is very important, [he tries] to take players on and break lines.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
India have already scarred England enough in this series. A team that had the best record in India and against India over the last five years suddenly seems no match for Virat Kohli and his boys. In fact, the pattern is very similar to India’s 2014 tour of England. While the Indians started very well at Trent Bridge and followed it up with a spectacular victory at Lord’s only to go down thereafter, Cook and team did superbly at Rajkot before losing out to a much superior Indian team. (Virat Kohli’s approaching milestones ahead of Chennai Test)If I am asked to identify one singular factor in India’s dominance I would pick on late order batting- even more than Kohli’s personal brilliance or Ravichandran Ashwin’s dream run with the ball. Three times in the four Test matches so far the Indians have been in more than a spot of bother before the late-order rescued them. At Mohali chasing a modest England score of 283 in the first innings, India were reduced to 204/6 before Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav took the score well past 400. This late-order surge sucked the life out of the English bowlers and thereafter the result could only be a one way traffic. (Is this the best Indian Test team ever? Let’s wait for 2 more years: Ganguly to India Today)The same thing was repeated in the first innings at Mumbai. Chasing a very good England score of 400 in the first innings, the Indians had lost seven wickets for 366. With the prospect of batting fourth on a wicket offering serious turn not the most pleasing, England must have sensed a chance. That’s when the now fabled Kohli-Jayant partnership happened. Pushing the Indian score past 600, the duo ensured India go to Chennai with a massive 3-0 advantage. (Geoffrey Boycott not ready to call Virat Kohli a great player just yet)advertisementAt Rajkot also it was the lower-order that saved the day for India. First Ashwin and thereafter Jadeja hung on with Kohli when England were going for an unlikely win and their resilience ensured there was all to play for in Vizag. That each one of Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant has very good averages in the series with the bat point to this new found resilience of India’s batting, something England have not been able to deal with. Each time the Indians have batted they have crossed 400 in the first innings and in such circumstances the opposition is evidently under enormous pressure while batting a second time. (No Wi-FI, no network, no practice: Virat Kohli plays FIFA on PlayStation with teammates in Chennai)Can India do it one more time in Chennai? Even a diehard English fan will think twice before betting against Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant.
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has tendered an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court after the apex court found him prima facie guilty of perjury.The Supreme Court had earlier observed that Thakur prima facie appeared to have committed perjury in relation to demanding an intervention via a letter from the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar in order to sidestep the implementation of the Justice RM Lodha-led committee recommendations. Manohar had refused to issue the letter.Thakur had, according to ICC CEO Dave Richardson, asked Manohar to furnish the BCCI with a letter that indicated the Supreme Court order amounts to government intervention.The ICC does not allow government intervention in the functioning of its member boards and they could even be suspended. However, Thakur had denied asking for any such letter from the ICC.Thakur, who was sacked as BCCI chief along with secretary Ajay Shirke on January 2, filed an affidavit through his lawyer on February 10.”I humbly submit that this was never the intention of the deponent and if this is the impression that has been created, at the outset I tender my unconditional and unequivocal apology,” Thakur wrote.The Supreme Court on January 30 appointed a four-member Committee of Administrators, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai, to run the affairs of the BCCI.The other members of the committee are historian Ramchandra Guha, managing director and CEO of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) Vikram Limaye and former women’s cricket captain Diana Edulji.advertisement
After drawing a lot of flak from former cricketers, Australia opener Matt Renshaw on Thursday finally gave his version of what really transpired on Day 1 of the Pune Test when he was seen leaving the field retired ill in the first session, just 15 minutes before the lunch break. (Scorecard)Renshaw was criticised by former Australia captains Allan Border and Michael Clarke for leaving mid-way through his innings and rushing off the field for a toilet break. Renshaw and David Warner were in the middle of a solid 82-run opening stand when the latter played on to a delivery from India pacer Umesh Yadav. (Bizarre scenes as Matt Renshaw leaves batting crease with upset stomach)As captain Steve Smith was coming on the field to take strike he saw Renshaw running towards the pavillion. The 20-year-old quickly explained to his captain that he needed to go to the toilet as he was suffering from a stomach bug. Umpire Nigel Llong then cleared Renshaw to retire ill so that he could go off the field unbeaten on 36. (Pune Test, Day 1: Starc defies India after Umesh grabs 4/32)The left-hander attended the press conference after the day’s play where he revealed that his illness had struck suddenly 10-15 minutes before he was forced to bolt for the dressing room. (Ravindra Jadeja’s obsession with opposition captains)”It came pretty suddenly,” Renshaw said after play on Thursday. (What a cacth! Wriddhiman Saha flies to pull off a stunner)”Maybe five or 10 minutes before Davey (Warner) got out I asked Richard (Kettleborough, standing umpire) how long there was till lunch and he gave me the answer of ‘half an hour’ and I was struggling a bit then. It wasn’t an ideal situation to be in.” (India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 1: As it happened)advertisementNaturally, Smith was bemused and lost. Renshaw had batted brilliantly up until that point, using his feet smartly against the spin of Ravichandran Ashwin, Jayant Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. (Dry pitch for Pune Test could play into Australia’s hands: Shane Warne)”He (Smith) wasn’t too thrilled about it but he understands that when you need to go to the toilet, you’ve got to go to the toilet,” Renshaw said.”It wasn’t an ideal scenario but it’s life, pretty much. Obviously we just lost a wicket so there would be two new batsmen out there but it’s a hard scenario to be in and he understood. We’ve had a chat now and we’re all good.”Renshaw wasn’t too sure about the rules and didn’t know that he had to retire ill to go off the field in such a scenario.”I wasn’t too sure on the ruling,” he explained. “I didn’t know you could retire ill so I thought I just had to get out there and make sure I batted until lunch.”Then coming back it was probably a bit strange for me waiting to bat because as an opener you just go straight out there and bat. That was probably the most challenging bit, waiting to bat. I felt quite bad knowing that I could be letting the team down, so that’s why I went back out there.”Renshaw returned only after the fall of the third Australian wicket of Peter Handscomb (22) and went on to slam his second half-century as Australia reached 256 for 9 at stumps on Day 1.He top-scored for the visitors with 68 while Mitchell Starc remained unbeaten on 56. Umesh was the pick of the bowlers for India as he grabbed 4 for 32, while Ashwin and Jadeja both took two wickets each.
Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga struck his third Test century to help his team set Bangladesh a mammoth 457-run victory target on the penultimate day of the first Test on Friday. (Scorecard)Tharanga made 115 and Dinesh Chandimal scored 50 not out before Sri Lanka, who had taken a 182-run first-innings lead, declared their second on 274 for six at the Galle International Stadium.Bangladesh were 67 for no loss when bad light forced an early close with the tourists still needing 390 runs for an improbable win at a ground where no team has scored more than 300 in the fourth innings.Soumya Sarkar was unbeaten on 53, his second half-century of the match, with Tamim Iqbal on 13 when play was called off.Sri Lanka scored briskly after lunch, milking 160 runs in the 31-over session despite losing four wickets.Tharanga took a single off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan to bring up his century and was eventually bowled by off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz. Tharanga’s knock included 11 fours and two sixes.
The Fiat Fullback Cross – a stylish new version of the brand’s pick-up – has made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.The new model has been designed to further broaden the appeal of the Fiat Fullback with lifestyle users. As well as going on sale via the Fiat Professional dealer network, the Fullback range will also be available through the Fiat passenger cars dealer network.The Fullback Cross features a range of interior and exterior styling upgrades, including a new grille with matt black ingots, a satin silver skid plate, eye-catching black details and revised larger side steps. An exclusive textured black sport bar gives the Fullback Cross a sleeker silhouette and underlines its dynamic profile. The model’s individual look is completed by the new all-black cargo space, with the Fiat logo in relief.Available as a double cab, the Fullback Cross comes with a 2.4-litre common rail turbodiesel engine and develops 180hp (133 kW) and a maximum torque of 430Nm. There are also two transmissions available: six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with sporty sequential mode and dashboard commands.Also Read:Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS vs Fiat Abarth PuntoThe Fullback is equipped with an electronic selector allowing drivers to engage the all-wheel drive system, with a choice of four modes. A central differential, supported by three electronically controlled clutch modes, manage torque transmission to the wheels in real time based on road conditions and speed.The Fullback Cross features a wealth of standard safety equipment including ABS with EBD, TSA (Trailer Stability Assist – a system which aids stability during towing), LDW (Lane Departure Warning), seven airbags and cruise control. Bi-Xenon headlights, front fog lights and LED daytime running lights are also included as standard.advertisement The interior features leather seats, steering wheel and gear knob, automatic dual zone climate control and heated front seats, with six-way electric adjustment on the driver’s side.Also Read:Diesel emissions scandal: After Volkswagen, Fiat accused of fudging claims The infotainment equipment includes a 7-inch touchscreen with DAB CD/MP3 Radio, Bluetooth and USB port. A rear parking camera and satellite navigation complete the interior set-up.The Fiat Fullback Cross will go on sale in the summer and prices will be announced closer to the launch.
Venus Williams overcame windy weather and an unfamiliar opponent in Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia to reach the third round of the Miami Open on Friday.After rain delays pushed her match well into the night, three-time champion Williams moved past her 20-year-old challenger 6-4 6-3.The biggest upset of the day came when Elena Vesnina, fresh off her victory at Indian Wells, suffered a stunning 3-6 6-4 7-5 loss to world number 594 Ajla Tomljanovic.Williams told the Miami Herald she struggled with the windy conditions.”It wasn’t easy out there, the wind felt like a gale force,” she said. “I never saw her before. I didn’t know what to expect. I’m very impressed with her game and determination, and that will take her very far.” Top seed Angelique Kerber also prevailed in her evening match, beating Duan Yingying Duan 7-6(3) 6-2.Croatian wild card Tomljanovic led 13th seed Vesnina 5-3 in the third set on Thursday when a thunderstorm halted play and returned on Friday to finish the job, sealing the victory on her third match point to move into the third round.Vesnina, five days removed from the biggest victory of her career at the BNP Paribas Open, committed a dozen double faults in the two hour, 12 minute match.French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, whose opening match on Thursday was also interrupted, fared better than Vesnina.The sixth-seeded Spaniard trailed 46th-ranked American Christina McHale 6-0 3-2 when play was suspended on Thursday but staved off a match point in the tiebreak before emerging with an 0-6 7-6(6) 6-4 victory.advertisementRomanian third seed Simona Halep was pushed to three sets by Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka before advancing 6-4 2-6 6-3, while seeds Timea Babos and Roberta Vinci were eliminated. American Madison Keys made quick work of Viktorija Golubic 6-1 6-2.
Credit: mcadamskerry, Flickr.I love shoes. Especially this particular pair. (If you really like this blog, feel free to send me some in size 9.) But I’m afraid we approach marketing like shoes. And that’s not a good thing. Bear with me, I’ll explain.Here’s how things work too often: You devise a strategic plan. You determine the tactics to achieve it. And at the end, you say you’ll market your mission. This process is like wearing sackcloth and then putting on some fancy shoes and calling it a smashing outfit. It doesn’t work. In treating marketing as a decorative and disconnected afterthought, we deprive ourselves of the great benefits that marketing thinking can bring to the entire spectrum of our work. A marketing mindset can help us design more effective projects, better meet the needs of people we want to help, win us more resources and support and motivate people to act. Failing to incorporate marketing into the earliest stages of our work often means we’re left to market a product or idea that is so far removed from our audiences’ interests and reality that no amount of sales savvy can get people to buy. Marketing dollars should be a part of every grant proposal and budget. If money is a problem, find a corporate sponsor or pro bono help. Stretch dollars by targeting audiences and reaching them in open-minded moments. Skimping on marketing means we will end up skimping on impact.Think of nonprofit marketing not as your shiny shoes but rather your own spine. It should be part of your organization, central to your being and essential for holding everything up. It’s not an optional body part. It runs through everything.
Convio has released its Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index Study, and M+R followed with its own 2011 eNonprofits Benchmarks Study. It’s interesting to compare and contrast the results.1. Online fundraising continues to grow – but just how much varies. Convio says overall, 79 percent of organizations included in its report raised more in 2010 than 2009, while 21 percent saw declines in their online fundraising. All but three verticals (Association & Membership, Public Broadcasting Stations, and Team Events) had a growth rate greater than 10 percent. It puts overall growth at 40%. Convio says an increase in gift count and average gift size primarily drove fundraising gains. Of those that grew fundraising in 2010, 88 percent saw an increase in the number of gifts and the average gift size grew more than $8 in 2010. But M&R reports more steady growth of 10 percent in 2010, when disaster giving is discounted. M&R says online fundraising revenue grew overall by 14% between 2009 and 2010 when you include the enormous 163% increase in the International sector due to emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti and flooding in Pakistan:The reason for the wide data gap is that M+R looked deeper and found that when you remove international groups (whose numbers received an enormous boost due to crises in Haiti and Pakistan) from the equation, then last year’s growth was the same as the year before. Yes, it’s a downer but it’s also good to provide more reasonable data for all the organizations who are scratching their heads and wondering what they could have done differently last year to clear that 40-percent bar.When Network for Good did the same exercise, we found our nonprofits were up 17 percent – somewhere in between these results.2. Advocacy continues to play an important role – but again, results vary. Convio said the total number of advocates on file increased by 20 percent, and 6.4 percent of advocates on file were also donors, up from 5.9 percent in 2009. But M+R found the 2010 advocacy response rate was 3.3%. From 2009 to 2010, advocacy response rates declined 7% on average.M+R has useful benchmarking data for email, social media and mobile:• Annual email list churn was 18%.• The average study participant sent 3.6 emails per subscriber per month, and sent 6 emails per subscriber in December.• On average, nonprofit Facebook fan pages had 15,053 users, defined as people who “Like” a fan page. Facebook users for nonprofit fan pages grew an average of 14% per month in 2010. Facebook users were much more engaged with nonprofits in the Wildlife / Animal Welfare sector than in any other sector. The Wildlife / Animal Welfare sector had a Facebook fan page action rate that was nearly twice as high as the average.• On average, an organization’s text messaging list size was 1.9% of its email list size.• Annual mobile list churn was 14% in 2010.UPDATE: M+R just released this nifty infographic on the study.
Today, I’m continuing my look into customer service insights that help us better engage with our donors.In the book The Now Revolution, Jay Baer and Amber Naslund describe what makes a responsive business with stellar customer service. They describe something called the “humanization highway,” developed with Radiant6, which lays out a spectrum of consumer engagement, from ignoring what everyone says to engaging in storytelling with a community.I think this is a useful continuum to apply to donor relations. Where are you on the spectrum? 1. Ignoring: You barrage your supporters with solicitations. You want their money, not a relationship. If a donor said something about your organization, you would have no idea.2. LIstening: You ask donors for feedback, and you pay attention to what’s being said about you online.3. Responding: You respond to what you hear, answering questions, providing ideas, sending thanks.4. Participating: You are actively engaged, creating content and communicating issues that your donors value – rather than just self-promotional drivel.5. Storytelling: You are fully human, describing what’s going on at your organization and with your donors with engaging stories.Don’t forget: the more human you are, the better. People will bond with you in a way they never good with an organization, and they’ll always be more loyal to a human being than a cause.I hope you’re at least at #3. If not, try to make progress. Donors won’t put up with being ignored forever.
Claudio Ranieri acknowledged Fulham’s fixture against his former club Leicester City was an emotional occasion.Ranieri is a great at the King Power Stadium, having guided Leicester to their remarkable Premier League title in 2015-16, before being sacked midway through the following season.And the Italian went up against his former employers for the first time at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, with James Maddison’s late goal securing a share of the spoils for the Foxes following Aboubakar Kamara’s opener. 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! With a win, a defeat and a draw from his opening three fixtures as Fulham boss, Ranieri claimed neither side did enough to clinch victory, but still felt the occasion was a memorable one.”It was a very emotional match for me,” he told a news conference.”Both Fulham and Leicester fans sang my name in the beginning and end of the match.”The experience was fantastic from the beginning.”The emotion was just at the beginning. When the game started, I just concentrated on my team – it’s normal.”I think the draw was right, because they created one great chance at the beginning and Sergio Rico made a fantastic save.”In the second half we started much better, we had chances to score. Suddenly, they made a good combination and drew the match.”One point is much better than nothing. Well done to both teams.”just one point, but great team effort and winning attitude til the final whistle. From tonight, focused on the next match @FulhamFC #COYW #Pure pic.twitter.com/i9sZvv5xX8 — Sergio Rico González (@sergiorico25) December 5, 2018 The draw leaves Fulham rooted to the foot of the Premier League, while Leicester are ninth, and Claude Puel was pleased with his side’s resilient comeback.”We played a good team, who did well against Chelsea and Southampton,” Puel told BBC Sport .”We were up and down in the game and we needed to manage it more.”I would like to congratulate my players for coming back, which is a good thing for our mentality. We believed in ourselves and that’s a good sign for the future.”
Karim Benzema fractured his finger in Real Madrid’s win at Real Betis, coach Santiago Solari has confirmed.Benzema suffered the injury during Sunday’s 2-1 victory at the Benito Villamarin, which was sealed by a late Dani Ceballos free-kick.Striker Benzema fell heavily on his right hand and was in obvious pain as he left the field shortly before the half-time interval. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Benzema did not return to the pitch for the second half with Solari sending on Cristo Gonzalez for his LaLiga debut.46′ | 0-1 | We made our first change at the break with Cristo replacing @Benzema. #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/Gt5cis7TYD— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 13, 2019Solari confirmed Benzema fractured his finger in a post-match interview but gave no expected timescale for his recovery.Benzema has featured 19 times in league play, scoring seven goals while adding two additional assists.The Frenchman has also scored three Champions League goals as well as one further goal in the Copa del Rey.Madrid are already without forwards Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz, while regular starters Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente all missed the trip to Seville.Solari’s side are in Copa del Rey action away to Leganes on Wednesday, holding a 3-0 lead from the first leg of the tie.They then host Sevilla – who are third in the table, level on points with Madrid – in a crunch LaLiga clash on Saturday.
Maurizio Sarri has stated Chelsea will need to sell a winger if they are to keep Callum Hudson-Odoi at the club beyond this season.The Blues cruised to a 3-0 Europa League victory over Malmo on Thursday night, with Hudson-Odoi bagging the third and final goal to secure the win.It was another impressive performance from the winger, and Sarri stated he played “very well” after the match. 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! The Englishman now has three goals in 14 appearances for the Blues this season, and is slowly pushing for a permanent starting spot in the team.However, Sarri remains still reluctant to use him in the Premier League with the 18-year-old yet to start a fixture in the league.Speculation also continues regarding his long-term future at the Stamford Bridge club following on from Bayern Munich’s failed bids in January.When asked what Hudson-Odoi needs to do to start in the Premier League, Sarri said: “You need to understand that, in the same position, we have Pedro, Willian and Hazard, so it’s not easy for a young player to play with the consistency with his team-mates. “I want to remind you that Callum, with this one, played 14 matches. There isn’t in England another 18-year-old player with 14 matches in the first-team. So I think that we are using him in the right way at the moment. “Of course, the 20 matches this season will be 30 matches in the next, and 40 in two years. Also, I think that the club has to decide. “If I am at the club and I want Callum on the club consistently, I have to sell another winger. Otherwise the manager is in trouble.”Chelsea’s next fixture is against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday at Wembley.The two sides played out a repeat fixture on February 10 in the league, with Pep Guardiola’s side romping to an easy 6-0 victory at the Etihad.Sarri’s men will be keen to gain revenge on the reigning Premier League champions this weekend in their quest to lift the first silverware of the season.
Uh-oh, looks like more bad news for the sedentary: sitting isn’t just bad for your physical health, it’s bad for your mental health, too.A new study by Michelle Kilpatrick of the University of Tasmania and her team reveals that sitting for 6 or more hours at work may increase risks of mental health issues, like anxiety and depression.Kilpatrick and researchers collected data from 3367 state government employees as part of a health outreach program. Participants filled out surveys on anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, and reported their physical activity. They also filled out other surveys to eliminate confounding factors like overall job satisfaction or off-hours exercise.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberThe data showed that employees who sat for upwards of 6 hours at work experienced increased rates of anxiety and depression, compared to their colleagues who didn’t spend as much time sitting.And in more startling news: even if people went to the gym after work, or were otherwise active in their off hours, they still showed higher rates of anxiety and depression than folks who sat for less than 3 hours a day.The connection between sitting and mental health issues isn’t entirely clear — the study didn’t find any negative associations with the act of sitting itself, just a correlation of behaviors — but it’s enough to make us stand up and take notice.If you have to sit all day long, consider taking periodic walks around the block to break up your day and get the blood flowing — they’re great for re-energizing, too. Instead of sneaking in social media, why not do some stretches to get you out of your seat? Or take the leap and DIY a standing desk.Freelancers, how do you set up your workspace? Do you work sitting, standing, or even walking on a treadmill? Let us know in our hive, Freelance lifestyle: Best practices!Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She likes going for walks to stretch out and pretending that spinning around in her office chair counts as exercise.
The number one rule of improv comedy is to reply with “yes, and” no matter the scenario. Imagine where we’d be if Tina Fey had responded to “Who do you think you are, Sarah Palin?” with “No, never!”Freelancers, like comedians, must positively assert themselves in order to negotiate the rates they deserve. If you can prove to a potential client how deeply you understand his or her most pressing needs (“yes”), you prove yourself to be the right freelancer for the job (“and I’m the one who’s going to solve your problem”).This June 3 join us for Spark, our monthly, in-person networking event where you’ll learn more about how to negotiate the rates you deserve. In this session, you’ll learn how to:- Gain the upper hand by putting your client’s needs first- Determine a project’s worth by evaluating its potential impact- Get ahead of the haggling curve with a pre-set strategy- Learn the true value of referralsSpark takes place in 17 different cities across the country!RSVP here to the Spark closest to you.Help get the conversation going early by sharing your expert tips in our National Spark Hive.Don’t see a Spark in your city? Apply to be an organizer! Even in cities with a Spark, organizers love to collaborate and are always looking for new helping hands. Apply here today!Spark is sponsored by FreshbooksFreshBooks is the #1 cloud accounting software designed exclusively for service-based small business owners.Freelancers Union members receive a 30 day trial and a 10% discount on any paid FreshBooks package.Access the discount here.
When India’s under-17 side takes the field against USA for their first match of the FIFA World Cup, K. Jeakson Singh would realise he has indeed come a long way.Jeakson’s mother sells vegetables and is a weaver. And she never let any financial constraint get in the way of her son’s love for football.Jeakson, part of the Indian squad for the FIFA U-17 World Cup starting October 6, is from Haokha Mamang Leikai of Thoubal District in Manipur. He left his hometown Thoubal when he was 11-years-old to travel all the way to Chandigarh to work on his football.He had the opportunity to become a student of Chandigarh Football Academy, one of the premier academies in Punjab.By the way, Jackson’s cousin Amarjit is the captain of the Indian team.Thounaojam Devan, who was a constable in Manipur Police and a football coach, taught the basics of football to his son since Jeakson was just seven.Understandbly, Jackson’s family is elated.”My son loves football a lot. I taught the basics of football when he was just seven-years-old. Being born and brought up in a poor family, we could not fulfil all his desires. Honestly, I am very happy that he will represent India in the U-17 FIFAa World Cup”, said Jeakson’s father, K.Deven.Jeakson’s mother, Thounaojam Bilashini Devi, travels 25 kilometres to Khwairamban Bazar at Imphal, to sell vegetables to support the family. Besides, Bilashini works the handloom to earn a little extra.”His father taught him the basics of football. We could not provide whatever needed during his school days as we were a poor family. Jeakson and Amarjit, skipper of the Indian team, are. They studied in the same school in our locality and even went to Chandigarh together. advertisement”I pray to the God for their success at the U-17 Fifa World Cup and bring the laurels to the country,” said the proud mother.(With Jit Ningomba)
Luis Suarez scored twice to end a five-match scoring drought and help Spanish league leader Barcelona beat Leganes 3-0 on Saturday.Suarez found the net once in each half and substitute midfielder Paulinho scored late to give Barcelona its 11th win in 12 rounds.The Catalan club opened a seven-point lead over Valencia and an 11-point advantage over Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, which meet later Saturday at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Valencia plays at Espanyol on Sunday.Barcelona struggled against mid-table Leganes in southern Madrid, but did enough to earn the three points.Leganes, sitting ninth in the standings, had its chances early but couldn’t get past Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.GERARD PIQUE EARNS FIFTH BOOKINGBarcelona will be short of options in defence for next Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with Valencia after Gerard Pique was suspended for the game by picking up a fifth booking of the season against Leganes.Photo Credit: ReutersPique’s absence comes after Argentina international Javier Mascherano was ruled out for a month with a muscle injury, leaving coach Ernesto Valverde with only two defenders for the crucial trip to the Mestalla in Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen.Injury-prone Belgium defender Vermaelen, 32, has not played a minute of action for Barca this season and has only been named as a substitute in three games.Barcelona are four points clear of a resurgent Valencia, who are also unbeaten in the league and who visit Espanyol on Sunday.(With inputs from Reuters)
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi to the ICC Board as the organization’s first independent female director. Nooyi will join the Board in June 2018 to align with the term of the ICC Independent Chairman.The introduction of an Independent Director, who must be female, was approved by the ICC Full Council in June 2017 as part of wide ranging constitutional change aimed at improving the global governance of the sport.”Mrs. Nooyi is a global business leader, consistently ranked by Fortune Magazine among the World’s Most Powerful Women. As Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Mrs. Nooyi is responsible for a global food and beverage portfolio that includes 22 brands generating more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales, including Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola,” ICC said in a statement.ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “We are delighted to welcome Indra to the ICC. Adding another independent director particularly a female is such an important step forward in improving our governance. To have someone of Indra’s calibre is fantastic news for the global game she is frequently recognized as one of the most influential people in business today, running one of the world’s biggest corporations.”We undertook a global search looking for the right candidate who would complement the existing skills and experience already on our Board. A cricket enthusiast with experience in the commercial sector and independent of the ICC, any Member or state or associated organization were the primary criteria and in Indra we have found an exceptional new colleague and we look forward to working with her in the future.”advertisementIndra Nooyi said: “I love the game of cricket. I played it as a teenager and in college, and to this day, I cherish the lessons the game taught me about teamwork, integrity, respect, and healthy competition. I am thrilled to join the ICC as the first person to be appointed to this role. And I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board, ICC’s incredible partners, and cricketers around the world to grow our sport responsibly and give our fans a new reason to follow every ball and shot.”The Independent Director will be appointed for a two-year term although she may be re-appointed for two further terms with a maximum six-year consecutive period of service.
At MWC 2018, we saw the first set of flagship smartphones from companies like Samsung and Sony to sport Qualcomm’s latest high-end Snapdragon 845 processor. While the Snapdragon 800 series has been allocated for premium smartphones, the chipmaker at the tech trade show introduced a new Snapdragon 700 series that falls just below the high-end series and above the mid-range Snapdragon 600 series. Qualcomm said that the 700 series comes with on-device AI, improvements to camera, device performance, and power that will bring premium features on affordable devices.The Snapdragon 700 series tries to bridge the gap between the low-end and the premium smartphone segments by offering affordability and features typically found in the company’s flagship series. Premium computing features like Qualcomm Spectra ISP, Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Hexagon Vector Processor and Qualcomm Adreno Visual Processing subsystem, give the 700 series capabilities that are closer to what the 800 series offer. “The Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series will bring premium tier technologies and features into more affordable devices, something our global OEM customers and consumers are demanding,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager, mobile, Qualcomm Technologies.Notably, the 700 series will offer 2x improvements for on-device AI applications, 30 per cent higher power efficiency as well as improvements in performance and battery life compared to the Snapdragon 660 chipset. Additionally, the 700 series will also support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology for faster charging speeds. Qualcomm said that it is planning to ship commercial samples of the first Snapdragon 700 chips to customers in the first half of 2018. This suggests that we could start seeing the first devices with the new processor by the end of this year or beginning next year.advertisementQualcomm at its MWC conference also announced the launch of its Snapdragon 5G Module Solutions to support OEMs looking to commercialise 5G in smartphones soon. The new 5G Module Solution integrates more than a thousand components across a few modules to cover digital, RF, connectivity and front-end functionality. Additionally, Qualcomm has also announced that it is working with Asus to bring RFFE modem-to-antenna solution with the Snapdragon 845 with X20 Gigabit LTE modem in their upcoming premium smartphones and Always Connected PC devices.
India head coach Ravi Shastri feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni will go down in history as one of the greatest cricketers in the one-day format.No matter what critics have to say about the legend, Shastri feels there is absolutely no substitute for experience which makes Dhoni an integral part of the Indian limited-overs side.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW”He’ll (Dhoni) go down as one of the greatest one-day players the world has ever seen. And when you have that kind of experience, the level of fitness and what he’s maintained.”And like I said, there is no substitute for experience. That cannot be bought or sold in the market,” Shastri told India Today.Critics feels Dhoni’s prowess as a middle-order batsman have diminished over the years and at 36 he is no longer as effective as he was in his prime.But Shastri, along with captain Virat Kohli, has fiercely defended Dhoni’s place in the team in the past and slammed the critics for their views on the former skipper.The 55-year-old once again reiterated that when it comes to finishing games, Dhoni is still among the very best in the world.”When it comes to finishing a game or batting in the final overs, there have been very few better than him in the history of the game.”When you have that cushion of someone like him coming at No. 5, 6 or even 7 it makes a big big difference,” Shastri added. BCCI PhotoFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly has also lauded Virat Kohli for the faith he has shown in Dhoni.advertisement”What Virat Kohli has done for MS Dhoni is a learning experience for everyone,” Ganguly told India Today.”Not many times in teams do current captains look after the former captains like this. There have been times when former captains have been pushed aside.”But Kohli, that’s why for me, is such a fantastic leader. He creates a team, he builds a team and he takes everyone along.”Look at the faith he has in Dhoni, in Rohit Sharma, in Shikhar Dhawan and in Hardik Pandya. So, I keep saying as long as Kohli as leader of Team India, I have got lot of hopes from this side,” he said.Dhoni managed just 69 runs in four innings in the ODI series but he bounced back in the T20I series slamming 80 runs in 3 games at an average of 40 with a highest score of 52 not out in the second match which India subsequently lost.Dhoni was sharp as ever behind the stumps and hammered his second T20I fifty in Centurion.But more than his batting, it was the way he guided India’s bowlers especially the wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, was the most impressive factor.Chahal and Kuldeep were the biggest plus-points for India in the ODI series with both 33 wickets between themselves. Kuldeep finished as the highest wicket-taker with 17 followed by Chahal with 16.And Dhoni deserves a lot of credit for the way the two spinners performed in all the six games.India lost the three-Test series against South Africa 1-2 but went on win the ODI series 5-1 and the T20I series 2-1.