Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid in Sourav Ganguly’s best XI

first_imgFormer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has revealed his all-time cricket XI, with only two Indian players featuring in the team which comprises of four Australians, two Sri Lankans, two South Africans and one England cricketer.Ganguly revealed his all-time XI on the Lord’s Cricket YouTube channel, with the criteria being that he had to have played with or against them, or have been strongly influenced by the players mentioned.The 44-year-old, who is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), has decided to go with an opening combination of Australia’s Matthew Hayden and England’s Alastair Cook.Ganguly’s middle-order includes ever-so-dependable Rahul Dravid, followed by Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.The former Indian skipper picked paceman Dale Steyn as his fast bowling option alongside former Australian legend Glenn McGrath., Sport24 reported.Reflecting on Steyn’s inclusion, Ganguly said that the South African has been named as his second fast bowling option because of the quality of his bowling and his wicket-taking ability.Meanwhile, spin wizards Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan have been chosen to take care of the spin department.Ganguly, who bid adieu to international cricket in 2008, appeared in a total of 113 Tests for India scoring 7,212 runs and appeared in 311 ODIs amassing 11,363 runs.Ganguly’s all-time XI:Matthew Hayden (Australia), Alastair Cook (England), Rahul Dravid (India), Sachin Tendulkar ( India), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka – wicketkeeper), Ricky Ponting (Australia – captain), Glenn McGrath (Australia), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Shane Warne ( Australia), Muttiah Muralitharanadvertisementlast_img read more

6 New Airline Fees and How to Avoid Them

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5 Things You Need to Know About Tax Refund Theft

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Yours, Mine, and Ours: A Couple’s Guide to Money Management

first_imgThis is my Valentine’s Day column, and it’s not about how to save on flowers or where to buy the top ten gifts guaranteed to impress your sweetheart.No, just as couples come up with their own holiday traditions, I think they should come up with their own financial traditions.Sounds extremely romantic, yes, but bear with me: I’ve been happily married for almost 17 years, and my wife and I had our first date just before Valentine’s Day, 1995.Going through changesWhen my wife and I were first married, in 1996, we knew almost nothing about managing our money. We knew we wanted to combine our incomes and not keep track of whose money was whose, so we threw all our income into a checking account and used that account to pay our bills, shop for groceries, pay for movie night, and save what was left over.That didn’t work, of course. We never had any leftover money any more than we had leftover cookies. We didn’t have anything budgeted for unexpected expenses. Sometimes we forgot that we had a bill coming in that would drain our account long before our next payday.Then I read a short article by a guy named Greg. I don’t know his last name, and I wouldn’t recommend taking financial advice from some random guy on the internet (uh oh). But this article, about what he called the Stackbacks budget system, appealed to me immediately, and my wife wanted to try it, too.Here’s the short version of Stackbacks: You set up two checking accounts. All your income goes into the first one, and you use that account to pay your recurring monthly bills and contribute to savings goals.Then you set up an automatic recurring transfer from that account to a second account, and use the second account for groceries, dining, entertainment, and small household expenses. In other words, you give yourself an allowance.It’s enough to make you feel like a kid again: sure, you can screw up by spending your whole allowance on something dumb, but there’s always another allowance coming next week.That’s the system we used for years, until we realized we could do better.Yours, Mine, and OursMost weeks, the daily spending account worked just fine. My wife and I would go out into the world with our debit cards and come home with delicious ingredients and receipts to be entered daily into Quicken.Some weeks, however, one spouse would swoop in, eBay-style, and spend all the money before the week was over. The other spouse would get sulky about this. (Honestly, we took turns filling these roles.)It took us way too long to figure out that no amount of fraught conversation could solve this problem as well as a simple procedural change: like King Solomon, we split the daily spending account in two.Because I do most of the grocery shopping, my account gets a bigger weekly allowance; if my wife goes on a major Trader Joe’s excursion, sometimes she asks to take my card, and that’s fine.Other than that, however, we can spend freely from our accounts without running anything by the other person. Our bill-paying account is still “our money,” and all of our paychecks get deposited there.This system has cut down on petty (pun intended) money conversations significantly.It’s my fault that it took so long to work this system out, because somehow I got the idea that separate accounts would be the equivalent of separate beds, and real couples sit down and talk about their money problems rather than siloing their money off so they can spend furtively.First you mock the system…This is nuts, of course. We’re talking about grocery money.Financial advice is like parenting advice. Some of it is absolutely universal: put your baby down to sleep face-up, strap them into a carseat, and don’t let them day-trade stocks. Most of it, however, is something you figure out through trial and (lots of) error.When you read about credit cards (use them for everything! never use them ever!), saving, budgeting, or any other personal finance topics, it’s hard to distinguish whether the author is talking about principles or a process.Staying out of high-interest debt is a principle: it’s good advice for everyone. How to get there and stay there is a process.Everyone insists their system is the best, but they can’t all be right, unless you understand that they’re actually saying, “This is the system that works for me. Give it a try and see if it works for you, too. If not, try something else.”The system we’ve come up with for our family probably won’t work for yours. In fact, I’m betting our system strikes you as weird and overly complicated, just like your some of your friends’ parenting moves.But it works for us, at least until we invent the next wrinkle, and given that we’ve been married for 17 years already, plenty of wrinkles lie ahead.P.S.: “Yours, Mine, and Ours” is not only the name of a movie and a family spending plan. It’s also the title of one of the most romantic albums I know, a 2003 release by the Pernice Brothers full of beautiful, catchy tunes, and sad songs that make you happy.Find it on Spotify or wherever you buy music, and listen to it with your sweetie.Matthew Amster-Burton is a personal finance columnist at Mint.com. Find him on Twitter @Mint_Mamster. Post navigation Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

The Rise of the Urban Energy “Prosumer”

first_imgAn increasingly important actor on India’s urban scene could help the country reach its ambitious goal of 40 gigawatts (GW) of rooftop solar power capacity by 2022. Meet the urban electricity “prosumer,” a consumer of electricity who also produces it and can sell it back to the grid, often through a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system. For major cities in developing countries, the prosumer could be an essential ingredient in meeting the growing need for electricity.The use of rooftop solar PV systems is catching on with prosumers, thanks to improved performance of rooftop solar panels, more consumer choices, lower costs and available subsidies. Increasing retail electricity tariffs and unreliable supply have been other drivers as households look for alternative electricity sources. By late 2014, an estimated 30 percent of the global cumulative installed capacity of PV was owned by residential entities. Today, in the United States alone, more than 600,000 homes and businesses have on site-solar. And the boom in U.S. residential solar isn’t set to slow down: UNEP estimates that the number of residential customers with solar PV is predicted to more than double by 2020, with an average of 1.7 GW added capacity annually.How India’s New Tariff Policy Supports ProsumersIn India, renewable energy is expected to play an essential role in generating added electricity capacity, according to the Ministry of Power’s recent Tariff Policy, which makes the promotion of renewable electricity one of its primary objectives. The policy endorses the idea of prosumers as a way to spur growth in renewables, particularly rooftop solar PV systems, encouraging state governments to support solar-friendly policies. By October 2015, the country had a total installed rooftop solar PV capacity of 525 MW. However, this means that reaching India’s national solar rooftop target of 40GW by 2022 will require increasing current capacity 76 times by that date.Many Indian states, like Karnataka, already have policies that support rooftop solar PV systems. Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru, like many large cities in developing countries, is struggling to meet its energy needs. In September 2015, the city’s utility, BESCOM, failed to meet the needs of its 8.9 million customers by falling 900 MW short of meeting its 3,400 MW peak demand. Part of Bengaluru’s struggle to meet demand is due to increasing pressures of water scarcity and droughts on the city’s highly dependent hydro power plants. To alleviate pressure and meet energy demand, major cities like Bengaluru are exploring ways to increase prosumer adoption of rooftop solar PV through net-metering, a policy that gives consumers financial incentives to generate electricity for the grid by paying prosumers 9.56 rupees per kilowatt hour (kWh) (equivalent to $0.14 per kWh) for surplus electricity produced. As of May 2016, this rate changed considerably to 7.08 rupees/kWh for systems smaller than 10kW, and significantly lowers the amount prosumers would receive for surplus electricity. Examples of How BESCOM’s Net-Metering Program WorksSince Bengaluru introduced the net-metering program in 2014, more than 5.6 MW of rooftop solar panels have been installed by residents, business owners, schools and other public institutions, and have been connected to BESCOM’s grid. But the program will need to accelerate quickly for the state of Karnataka to meet its solar goal of 400 MW of grid-connected rooftop systems by 2018.Overcoming BarriersTo better understand the current barriers to Bengaluru’s net-metering program, WRI published a working paper, Prosumers in Bengaluru: Lessons and Barriers for Scaling Rooftop Solar, which identifies obstacles, including a lack of understanding of rooftop solar PV performance, cost and payback by potential prosumers and confusion over the details of the net-metering program.Find out more about what cities can do to meet electricity demands by tapping into the prosumer movement.last_img read more

HubSpot TV Rewind with @MarketingProfs on Content Rules

first_img Be Sure to tune in to eMarketer.com Lead Generation  and to chat it up with Mike Volpe about the week’s stories.   Social Media In last week’s episode of HubSpot TV guest Ann Handley, Cheif Content Officer of MarketingProfs.com, stopped by to share some marketing tips from her new book  Mike and Ann also covered the launch of Google’s ” ” which automatically searches as you type.  The two concluded that instant search will lead to lengthier search queries, which is important to consider when designing site pages. Topics: Mike and Ann also discussed a story, published by Paul Verna fromcenter_img , which found that companies with a blog experience better over all internet presence.  Research done by HubSpot has also come to the same conclusion, sites with blogs receive 55% more traffic than sites without and 97% more inbound links to the company’s site. Instant Search Content Rules Book  today at 4pm with special guest Chris Brogan, President of New Marketing Labs. Inbound Marketing HubSpot TV Originally published Sep 17, 2010 12:31:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

From Stranger to Student: Content Planning for Your School

first_img Education Marketing This has opened up a huge opportunity for schools to leverage an inbound marketing approach for gaining new students into their programs. Regardless of your budget, inbound enables any school, big or small, to own their search engine ranking without paying the big bucks to maintain it through paid advertising. It allows schools to build their own online presence and attract the right students and parents to their school’s website through educational and engaging content.In this post, we’ll look at how to plan out a content strategy so you can make sure your school is present where your students or the parents of your students are looking for answers online.The BasicsSet Goals and TargetsThe first step to being successful with content marketing is to ask yourself why you are doing it. Is it to drive more awareness for your college or the specific programs that you’re running? Is it to drive X% more applicants than the previous semester?Whatever your objective is, knowing what those goals are before you begin makes it easier to create an effective plan and monitor your success along the way. Typically these goals fall into the following categories:Attract – E.g. Driving X visits to the websiteConvert – E.g. Increasing applications by X%Close – E.g. Converting X% applications into enrolled students Each piece of content you create should be tightly aligned with helping you achieve one of those goals. (Want help figuring out the right goals? Download this SMART goal planning template.)Select or Create Your Student PersonasThink of all the people who come to your site on a daily basis — be it high school students, their parents, college students, transfer students, guidance counselors, alumni, adults seeking new skills or an advanced degree. All of these people have different needs, challenges, and questions about how your school can help them so you should create content that speaks to each of them individually. Every piece of content you create for these personas is another opportunity for your school to show up in the search results when they are asking Google to help them choose a school. By writing content that solves their specific challenges, you build trust and credibility with the people who are most likely to convert into students in your school.If you need help creating your student personas check out our free tool Make My Persona.Choose the Formats and ThemesWhen you’re planning out your content it’s important to experiment with lots of different formats. Most people will just start with a blog and that’s a great starting point but you can also include various formats within your blog as well. This comes back to knowing your personas; how they like to consume content and where they spend their time online so you can create content that suits those platforms and publish it there.E.g. SlideShare is a huge platform for the education industry because the format enables you to teach lessons in an engaging and visual manner and the audience on SlideShare are all professionals interested in advancing their career through learning. Just click here to see hundreds of examples of people in the education industry using SlideShare.You can create guides, checklists, templates, videos, quizzes, games, competitions, or anything else you can come up with. The key is to test everything to find out what works for your audience.The ContentCome up with some IdeasOnce you know who your personas are you need to conduct some research. You’ll need to identify what their biggest challenges are as relates to education; what are their biggest concerns and their most frequently asked questions? What information do they need to make a decision about the school, university or program they will attend? What terms do they use to find that information in the search engines?It’s important to remember that picking a school to attend is a huge decision, and this is your chance to educate them, soothe their apprehension, and be their number one choice.A good place to start with this research is Google’s search itself. By simply typing in “how to choose a” the suggestions already include “how to choose a college course”. That means that the term is very frequently searched.If you select “how to choose a college course” and scroll to the bottom of the first page of results you’ll see Google’s related search terms. These are variations of that search that are also frequently searched for.By creating content that answers these questions, your school can start to rank for them and get found by your potential new students or their parents.There are lots of tools available to help you come up with content topics. Several ones include: HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator : Get blog post ideas for an entire year with HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator. All you need to do is enter general topics or terms you’d like to write about, and this content idea generator does all the work for you. Originally published Mar 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Feedly : This popular RSS feed is a wonderful way to keep track of trendy topics in your industry and find content ideas at the same time. Quora: A forum of curious people who ask questions about all kinds of topics. You can find the types of questions your different personas are asking on here and then create content to answer them. A great example of a school that has identified their personas and developed content to help solve their challenges is Saint Leo University. They don’t just create content for their potential students but also the parents and families of those students as well.They created career planning course for parents, action plans, and guides to help parents in getting their children started on the right career path. This content helps to build trust and credibility betwen the school and the families of those who plan to attend.Map out the Student JourneyIn order to be effective at converting strangers into students you need to ensure you’ve mapped your content out across the student journey. This means you should have content that attracts your personas while they’re gathering information (awareness), content that encourages your personas to interact with your school somehow (act), content that converts them into applications, and content that keeps them engaged after they become students.We have a template to help you plan this out which you can download here .  Management & MeasurementHave a content marketing platform in place so you can monitor the success of your campaigns, make tweaks if it’s not going so well and keep a close eye on all the activity related to your content so you can continuously improve on each iteration.By using a platform like HubSpot’s analytics and reporting tools you can monitor your campaign to see where the most enrollments come from. You can measure what drives the most traffic to your school’s website, what is keeping your student personas engaged with your school, and what was the last interaction they had with you before they submitted their application and became a student.With all of that information at your disposal you have leverage that you never had before with paid tactics like printing pamphlets and ads. Now you can ensure every cent of your budget is invested in the most cost effective way that will convert more strangers into students for your school. Topics: The way students select a school, college, or program has changed. There is now more information available online than ever before so the traditional methods of printing and mailing pamphlets is no longer effective. Nowadays, students and parents are turning to search engines to gather the information they need to decide which college or course is the best choice for them. Don’t forget to share this post! 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Why Digital Marketing? The Essential Guide to Marketing Your Brand Online [Free Ebook]

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Dec 22, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 The way people interact with businesses has changed dramatically over the past few years with the rise of online media. In other words, your audience is spending a lot of time online, so you need to market to them there.Because of these shifts in consumer behavior, digital marketing is now a crucial part of any successful company’s overall strategy. But navigating what needs to go into it is no easy task.To help you do just that, our latest ebook — Why Digital Marketing? The Essential Guide to Marketing Your Brand Online — explores the digital marketing tactics that will help attract customers and build trust online, while guiding you through creating a digital strategy step-by-step. You’ll learn why digital marketing is crucial for growing your business and the best practices for the major pillars of digital marketing, including:Setting up and optimising your websiteCreating a digital content strategyPromoting your brand on social mediaConverting website visitors into leadsUtilizing effective paid advertisingTurning leads into paying customersMeasuring and improving your marketingDownload your copy of Why Digital Marketing? The Essential Guide to Marketing Your Brand Online here. Marketing Strategy Topics:last_img read more

14 Video Production Tips to Enhance Quality and Drive Views

first_img Video Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Jul 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM, updated August 24 2017 Video content can be a valuable asset in your inbound marketing content mix. In fact, by the end of this year, video content is expected to represent nearly three-quarters of all internet traffic.But getting people to sit through your videos can be challenging, considering that the longer your video is, viewers will consistently drop off and stop watching, in most cases.Your video is being judged on its content, presentation, production quality, style, and the valuable information it provides. What does this tell us? Your content must be truly remarkable to maintain your audience’s attention. Free Guide: How to Create Video to Increase Engagement Below are our tips to instantly improve the production quality of your video marketing content to give it a nice little boost.14 Video Production Tips for Your Next Marketing VideoVideo Pre-Production TipsBe well-prepared and organized for your video shoots. If you show up to your shoot unorganized and decide to “wing it,” your final product will look unprofessional and sloppy. On the other hand, if you’re prepared, you’ll be able to focus your efforts on directing your actors rather than figuring out last-minute logistics.Time is of the essence, so don’t waste hours trying to figure out which angle you want or what line needs to be delivered next. Know exactly what you want before the day you film by following the steps below.1. Be original.The concept for your video project should be original and creative. Don’t take the easy route and copy someone else’s idea. Instead, conduct persona and keyword research, find out which types of video content are popular and successful in your industry, and double-check to make sure another brand hasn’t covered the exact same angle already.2. Plan it out.Write a script, draw out a storyboard, and create a shot list before you start filming. Plan your b-roll shots so you have extra footage when it comes time for editing (more on that below). If you think writing a video script is the same as writing a blog post — think again. Here are Column Five’s best tips.3. Be selective when choosing video subjects.Set high standards when casting actors for your projects. Pick someone who can deliver dialogue naturally, who can memorize lines, and who isn’t stiff in front of the camera. If possible, plan time for a few run-throughs to work out any mispronunciations or giggles.4. Carefully consider the set.Don’t try to fool your audience by “set dressing” your office to simulate another location. Your audience is paying close attention to every detail of your video. Shoot your video projects in locations other than your office — in front of textured and interesting backdrops, but ones that also aren’t too busy.Video Production TipsYou can always touch up your footage when you edit afterward, but remember that editing takes time. If you can make everything look as close to perfect as possible during filming, you’ll save yourself a lot of valuable time in post-production. If you shoot a scene and it doesn’t come out great, learn from what went wrong the first time, and shoot it again. Here’s how to do it:5. Be cognizant of sound quality.Don’t come off as an amateur with poor sound recording quality. Use lapel or lavaliere microphones — both of which are hands-free — when shooting sit-down interviews, or use microphone and boom setups for bigger shots. If you’re filming a video with a smartphone, you can purchase microphones that fit into the phone’s headphone input to quickly and easily improve sound quality.6. Set up lights.You don’t want your footage to be under or over-exposed, so set up lights and eliminate any unwanted shadows. We recommend a three-point lighting setup to illuminate video subjects from a variety of angles. Check out this video for a DIY guide to lighting:7. Use a tripod.Use a tripod to keep your video stable — and not wobbly, as it most certainly will be if you hold it yourself. Get a standing tripod or a tabletop tripod for tighter shots to keep your video looking professional.8. Focus.Make sure the camera is in focus — and then lock the exposure so it stays in focus. Be mindful of keeping shots white balanced to keep lighting neutral and even, too.9. Obey the rule of thirds.The rule of thirds involves splitting up your shot into thirds, horizontally and vertically, and framing your subject off-center. It creates movement and life in your shot the way a straight-on, centered shot wouldn’t.Here’s an example — try to film individuals in one of the side panels of the divided frame, like so:Video Editing TipsMake sure your content is remarkable and tailored to your target audience. Edit your video so that it gets to the point, and doesn’t drag on. Remember, you don’t have long to capture (and hold) your viewer’s attention, so make sure that the beginning of your video is engaging, informative, and relevant to the viewer, and that she’ll clearly understand the message.10. Align the flow of the video with the emotional response you want to evoke in viewers.The tone, structure, and pacing of your video have a major influence on its effectiveness and the emotional impact on your audience. Tell a story that would be compelling to you — build tension and drama by arranging shots according to your storyboard and script.11. Leverage b-roll.Cover up your cuts with b-roll footage that complements the narration. You can find b-roll and other stock footage on sites like Vizeedy if you didn’t film it yourself, but it’s best to keep your shots all in the same setting to maintain the video’s consistency. Take the extra time to go back and film more b-roll if you need it.12. Use background soundtracks.Light background music can cover any ambient sound and provide tone and emotion to your video that words and images otherwise can’t. You can find royalty-free stock soundtracks that you’re allowed to use on sites like AudioMicro — make sure you’re not using songs that are licensed, or else it could result in your video getting taken down.13. Optimize video text.Keep the style of your text and titles simple, classy, and sharp. Choose a clear and bold font, keep words on your video screen to a minimum, and use text animations to keep the viewer engaged with new additions to the video they watch.14. Optimize your video for the platform.Be mindful of where your video will exist while you’re editing. Is it for your website, YouTube, or Facebook? Each platform has different specifications — for example, on Facebook, where 85% of viewers watch videos without the volume turned on, you’ll want to use captions, so people can follow along without the sound. YouTube videos don’t count views until someone watches for 30 seconds or more, so make sure the first 30 seconds are as interesting and eye-catching as possible.If you’re looking for more ideas for how to get started filming, it’s as easy as pulling an iPhone out of your pocket. Learn how to do it in the video below:Want more tips for creating visual content? Check out these best practices for taking pictures on your phone.Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2011 and has been updated and for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness. Topics:last_img read more

It’s been an amazing journey so far: Hardik Pandya shares major throwback pic

first_imgIndia all-rounder Hardik Pandya dismissed David Miller on his return to the national team and helped Team India restrict South Africa to 149/5, which was easily chased down by the hosts to register a 7-wicket win in the 2nd T20I.Pandya was rested by the team management after India were knocked out of World Cup 2019 by New Zealand in the semi-final. Pandya was not a part of India’s tour of West Indies due to niggle in his back.Hardik Pandya has been on top of his game ever since he made his debut for the Indian team in international cricket. He has been contributing heavily with the bat, ball and his acrobatic fielding skills. However, the eccentric Indian all-rounder had humble beginnings before becoming one of the most successful cricketers in the country at the moment.Hardik Pandya took to Instagram to share a picture which shed light on his humble teenage days when he was a struggling club cricketer.Pandya captioned the photo: “To those days when I would travel in a truck to play local matches which has taught me so much.. It’s been an amazing journey so far..Hell yes I love this sport!”Pandya can be seen standing in a truck to travel and play local matches. Things may have changed now as he has become a huge cricket star and a force to be reckoned with not only on the field but also when he’s off it.But he has not forsaken his humble beginnings and early life struggles, which hard-wired him and helped him fulfill his dream after overcoming the hardships.Pandya’s fledgling career hit an all-time low when KL Rahul and he were suspended and sent back from the Australia tour in January over their comments on a chat show.Once the ban was lifted, Hardik made a strong comeback, especially with his performances in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he scored 402 runs in 15 innings and took 14 wickets, including a 17-ball half century against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to help Mumbai Indians lift a record fourth title.Hardik also had a decent World Cup with both bat and ball as he helped India reach the semi-finals where they lost to New Zealand.Also See:last_img read more

Dean Elgar criticised heavily for complaining about hotels, food in India

first_imgSouth Africa crickter Dean Elgar has drawn flak from fans after the opener complained about the facilities served to the visting team during the ongoing 3-match Test series in India.Speaking after a practice session in Ranchi ahead of the 3rd Test, Elgar had said, “It’s a challenging tour. You get stretched as a person, you get stretched as a cricketer, I think you get to know yourself quite a lot as a person when you come to the smaller places where the hotels are maybe not as good, and you get challenged on the field,” Elgar said.It’s always a good learning curve coming to India. They’re very streetwise and clever with touring teams, he had further said.However, Elgar’s comments over testing conditions in India did not go down well with the fans as they said, the South African was making excuses for his side’s failure in the series. Some also reminded Elgar about India’s tour of South Africa in 2017-18 where the tourists were asked to not use shower for more than two minutes owing to water crisis in Johannesburg.This Guy Deserves A Better Bed To Cry On As WellChatil Panditasekara (@ChatilPandi) October 18, 2019Excuses for failure are getting ready. This guy will take off once he reaches South Africa… complaining of hotel beds, food etc … all but cricketing issuesManoj (@mgknair) October 18, 2019So Indian food is the reason for not sighting turning balls by the SA team.@deanelgar@BCCI @SGanguly99 Please arrange proper food for the touring squads.#INDvSAadvertisementAnurag Trivedi (@Thatcricketguy2) October 18, 2019Somebody needs to remind @deanelgar that Cape Town hotel rooms gave Indian cricketers only two mins of time to take showers because of extreme water shortage.Amit Lakhani (@VeniVidiVici_08) October 18, 2019The last time South Africa toured India in 2015, Elgar had also complained about Indian pitches after the Proteas lost the 4-match series 3-0. Elgar had said the pitches, especially in Pune, were not fit for cricket to be played.India have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. The hosts won the first Test by 203 runs in Vizag and went on to better their performance in the next game, registering a comprehensive victory by an innings and 137 runs in Pune.Also Read | South Africa captain Faf du Plessis may send teammate at toss in Ranchi TestAlso Read | Ranchi Test: India and Virat Kohli on the cusp of breaking records against South Africalast_img read more

Real Madrid vs PSG: TV, stream & preview

first_imgUEFA Champions League Real Madrid vs PSG: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 19:50 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid PSG Zinedine Zidane’s once-fearsome side take on the French giants who are eager for continental glory to match their spending Real Madrid continue their quest for three Champions League titles in succession when they host Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Valentine’s Day.Zinedine Zidane’s men swept all before them last season, but they have struggled for large portions of the current campaign and their La Liga performance in particular has been disappointing.Nevertheless, having made history by defending the Champions League last year, they remain determined about their chances of clinching a historic third, but they must overcome Unai Emery’s formidable French outfit first. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player PSG topped their group with ease, finishing first ahead of Bayern Munich, and they will be keen to make a statement to the rest of the continent by deposing the reigning champions. Game Real Madrid vs PSG Date Wednesday, February 14 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 1 fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 3 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Luca Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Achraf Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Bale, Casemiro, Vasquez, Llorente, Isco, Asensio, Kovacic, Ceballos Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Mayoral Zidane will have to make some changes in defence with Dani Carvajal suspended. Raphael Varane could potentially deputise for the Spaniard, meaning Nacho would partner Sergio Ramos.Jesus Vallejo is injured, while midfielder Dani Ceballos is also considered a doubt.Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Varane, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema. Position PSG players Goalkeepers Trapp, Areola, Cibois Defenders Silva, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Meunier, Yuri, Kurzawa, Alves Midfielders Verratti, Motta, Di Maria, Lo Celso, Diarra, Draxler, Nkunku, Rabiot, Pastore Forwards Cavani, Mbappe, Neymar There are slight concerns over the availability of Neymar, who is nursing an ankle knock, while Thiago Motta is unavailable, but other than that Emery has a clean bill of health.Potential PSG starting XI: Areola; Yuri, Silva, Marquinhos, Alves; Verratti, Rabiot, Di Maria; Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are slight favourites at 6/5 according to dabblebet, with PSG priced at 2/1. A draw is available at 13/5.Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the competition thus far and he is a 7/2 bet to score first. Edinson Cavani and Neymar are both rated 15/4 to break the deadlock.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Kylian Mbappe Edinson Cavani Neymar Metz PSG Ligue 1 08092017Real Madrid may have won five titles in 2017 and back-to-back Champions Leagues, but they have looked a shadow of their former selves throughout the 2017-18 season.Los Blancos are 17 points behind bitter rivals Barcelona in La Liga and they were recently eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Leganes at the quarter-final stage. They have looked somewhat better in Europe, but even so, they had to settle for a second-place finish in Group H.Despite that, Zidane is adamant that his charges have what it takes to win the Champions League for the third time in as many seasons and it is felt that the achievement of such a feat will absolve the team of their poor domestic displays.However, in order to do that, they will have to overcome a PSG side that now features Neymar, the €222 million man who tormented them during his time at Barcelona. The Ligue 1 giants scored the most goals in the group stage, accumulating 25 strikes in six matches – including a 3-0 win over Bayern Munich – and they are thirsty for continental glory.Knocking the crown off Madrid would instil even more belief in the Parisiens that they have what it takes to go on and clinch the top prize in European football, and they will be keen to put their best foot forward at the Bernabeu.last_img read more

Nick Saban Has Reportedly Brought In A Fired Head Coach

first_imgnick saban getting criticized for end of half decision vs. georgiaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Nick Saban has helped many former college football head coaches re-start their careers, from Lane Kiffin to Butch Jones, and it appears he might be doing the same this week.AL.com is reporting that Alabama has brought in a fired Big Ten head coach to help behind the scenes this week.The coach: former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin.Matt Zenitz has more details:Former Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin, fired in October after a lengthy investigation into the death of one of his players, has resurfaced at Alabama.In his first foray back into football since his October firing, Durkin has been helping Alabama this past week in a consultant-like capacity, sources told AL.com. It’s unclear at this point if Durkin could have a long-term role on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff though, according to sources.Durkin was fired from Maryland in October. He was suspended to start the season following an investigation into his program and was briefly reinstated in mid-October, only to later get fired.Alabama is getting ready to face Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff.The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

11 years of Virat Kohli’s U-19 World Cup triumph: Legends pay tribute to India skipper

Akshay Ramesh New DelhiMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 18:04 IST Virat Kohli is bidding to become the third India captain after Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni to lift the Cricket World Cup (AP Photo)On March 2, 2008, a 19-year-old Virat Kohli lifted the U-19 World Cup trophy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kohli made just 20 in the final against South Africa U-19 but he led his troops wonderfully well to help India defend a 159-run target in the big final.Only a handful from that World Cup-winning XI has gone on to play for India at the highest level. And one among them has gone on to become arguably the best modern-day batsman.Virat Kohli, by no means, set the stage on fire immediately after grabbing limelight with the U-19 World Cup title. The Delhi youngster had to wait for his chances while a few of his contemporaries got an early break into the senior national team.However, Kohli, by means of perseverance and hard work, has become peerless. The India captain had conceded in the past that he needed to change his lifestyle drastically in order to pursue greatness in the sport. There were trying times in his nascent career but Kohli has managed to successfully overcome them and become an inspiration for millions.India vs Australia, 1st ODI in Hyderabad: Live cricket scoreCut to March 2, 2019, Kohli is already regarded as one of the all-time greats of the game. With more than 18,000 international runs and 64 centuries, Kohli is only behind his childhood idol, Sachin Tendulkar on the list of most hundreds in international cricket.The best batsman in the world now is gearing up for the pursuit of World Cup glory. Having won the coveted trophy in his very first attempt as a player, the 30-year-old is bidding to become the third India captain after MS Dhoni and Kapil Dev to lift the World Cup trophy as captain.advertisementWhile there were concerns surrounding his temperament, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden believes his aggressive outlook sets him apart from the rest.Kohli hasn’t lost the essence of who he is: Matthew HaydenSpeaking to Star Sports during the first ODI between India and Australia in Hyderabad, Hayden said: “I think it’s his [Virat Kohli’s] emotion… there’s a strong set of belief that a leader has to be clinical and almost take emotions out of it to a degree. His emotions… the fact that he is high energy… that inspires his teammates in terms of work ethics, and trying and winning games for their country.#OnThisDay in 2008, a young @imVkohli lifted the #U19CWC for India!Here he is, looking back to a tournament that changed so much for him! https://t.co/Mcya3v9KZw pic.twitter.com/mMC6VCnJQFICC (@ICC) March 2, 2019″From the U-19 set up to the World Cup which is happening in two month’s time, it’s been an inspirational journey. You can see that growth and maturity but also not lose the essence of who he is — an emotional character,” Hayden added.Virat Kohli leads by example: Sunil GavaskarRegarding him as the best batsman in the world, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said Virat Kohli has worked extremely hard to get where he is in international cricket.”I think the man has matured so much. He is the best batsman in the world, by a distance. I know Williamson, Steve Smith and Joe Root are getting close, but you know, Virat is up there in all formats. Not just Test cricket,” Gavaskar said.”That is where that progress has been phenomenal. In 2009, he probably wasn’t the best batsman in that U-19 team. The way he has developed… he has made lifestyle changes. His cricket can get better.”He has realised that to play for the country is a privilege that only very few get. You have got to work extremely hard for it. You have got to have a little bit of luck, but he has worked extremely hard for it. He leads by example as far as work ethic is concerned. I think, therefore, the success that he has got is very very well deserved.”Also Read | We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan’s courage: BCCI acting president CK KhannaAlso Read | irat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 1st ODIFollow Virat KohliFollow U-19 World Cup 2008Follow 2019 Cricket World Cup 11 years of Virat Kohli’s U-19 World Cup triumph: Legends pay tribute to India skipper11 years ago, on this day, a 19-year-old Virat Kohli led India to U-19 World Cup glory in Kuala Lumpur. Batting greats Sunil Gavaskar and Matthew Hayden recollect the India captain’s journey over the yearsadvertisement read more

Hemant Soren sends legal notice to Jharkhand CM

first_imgRanchi: Former Chief Minister of Jharkhand and Leader of Opposition Hemant Soren has served legal notice to Chief Minister Raghubar Das and has asked him to withdraw allegations of corruption against him. “It seems that Chief Minister has taken contract to defame me. He says that I have purchased property worth Rs 500 crore. I have sent legal notice to Chief Minister Raghubar Das and sought his public apology in seven days otherwise legal action will be initiated against him,” said Soren in a press conference here on Sunday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said “I refute the allegations. The newspapers are giving coverage to Chief Minister’s statement on front pages. The allegations are false. In political life, public image is important capital of a politician. Chief Minister is trying to defame me so that the people of the state could be misled. In the last five years, Chief Minister has used uncivilised words in the Assembly. He is the only Chief Minister who used uncivilised words inside the assembly. His (CM) activities and languages are not as per constitutional position he is holding”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “The JMM will expose the lies and conspiracy of the BJP. The state government had formed Special Investigation Team (SIT) due to political reasons to probe my properties. The SIT report is with the government. We demand that the SIT report should be made public” said Soren. BJP has also decided to hit back and send 10 legal notices to Soren. “Hemant Soren should reveal how much property he has. If it not Rs 500 crore then what is the amount?. BJP will serve 10 legal notices to Soren in reply of one legal notice,” said Pratul sahdeo, BJP spokesperson.last_img read more

RCMP warn Chinese students of cyberextortion kidnapping scheme

first_imgVANCOUVER – Mounties are warning Metro Vancouver residents about a scheme that has tricked at least six people into thinking their loved ones had been kidnapped.Police say the cyber crooks seem to be targetting female Chinese nationals who are attending school in the Vancouver area.Police say the students were first contacted through an automated message telling them to contact Chinese officials because their personal information was compromised and they were now connected with crimes in China.If they didn’t co-operate, they were told their families back in China would be harmed.While that is going on, police say the students’ parents back home were contacted and told their family member was being held against their will and then they demanded money.RCMP Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau says China’s consul general wants these students to know that if there was a legal case taking place that documents would be mailed to these people and no phone calls would be made to verify personal information.last_img read more

Mariah Carey is PETAs Holiday Angel for Animals

first_imgAn Angel for Animals Award is on its way from PETA to Mariah Carey, who produced, narrated, and provided the music for All I Want for Christmas Is You, the new animated film that tells the story of a young girl and the homeless mutt who fulfills her Christmas wish.While Mariah and her puppy Jack struggle at first, she soon learns to treat him with patience and understanding.“Mariah Carey is PETA’s hero for homeless animals for encouraging families to adopt from their local shelter,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “Her holiday film reminds us all that caring for an animal is a responsibility, not just a fantasy — but the one sweet day when you meet the dog who will always be your baby and you know that you belong together.”Every year, more than 6 million dogs and cats end up in U.S. animal shelters, and half of them have to be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them all. For every cat or dog bought from a pet store or breeder, one in a shelter loses his or her chance of finding a home — and every year after the holidays, animal shelters see a spike in homeless animals as families find themselves unable to care for the puppies and kittens that they purchased as gifts.That’s why PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — urges people never to buy animals from pet stores or as surprise gifts. Instead, give your loved one a gift certificate to the local animal shelter, and after the holiday commotion is over, the whole family can go together and choose a companion for life.last_img read more

Were hanging on by a thread Kanesatake braces for more rain flooding

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsAfter nearly a week of frantic sandbagging, the people along the Lake of Two Mountains in the Mohawk Territory of Kanesatake are hoping its enough to hold off the flooding that has decimated parts of southwestern Quebec.“Imagine the pressure per square foot over here. If this thing were to give out, it would be like putting your finger on a hose, everything would come rushing in and then the rest of the barrier would collapse,” said Serge Simon, grand chief of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake, from atop a metre high barrier of sandbags holding back floodwaters.“Thousands of sandbags, lots of man hours.”Simon said the community has evacuated about a dozen homes that are in immediate danger of being flooded.He says the community is doing better than what happened in the 2017 floods.“This place, a year and a half ago, was under what, about a foot and a half, two feet of water,” he said.The scene in 2017 was certainly much worse, at least one home had to be demolished afterwards.Watch this story from 2017: Kanesatake hit by rising waters: ‘We’re working like crazy here’ Now that major floods have become a semi regular occurrence, Simon says that either major infrastructure needs to be built, or the federal government needs to allocate money to relocate displaced community members.Something Simon says, is easier said than done on Indigenous lands.“Our rights are tied to the lands we occupy, if we get displaced because of climate change, what’s going to happen,” he said.“We don’t have a reservation B.”(The Iroquois Confederacy flag flies on top of sandbags holding back floodwaters in Kanesatake Mohawk Territory. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Simon said long term solutions will have to wait for now.Kanesatake is not safe from more flooding yet.More rain is in the forecast, and they expect to be watching water levels for at least two more weeks.Simon says they have enough sandbags to raise the barrier, but that a strong wind could make his finger in a hose analogy come true.“With the pressure, with the wind, we’re hanging on by thread,” he said.To date, about 10,000 people in Quebec have been displaced because of flooding this spring.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

Airbus could abandon A380 superjumbo amid lacklustre sales

first_imgPARIS – Airbus said Monday it will stop making the costly A380 superjumbo if it can’t strike a long-term deal with the airline Emirates for a steady supply of the planes.Abandoning the A380 would be a disappointing defeat for Airbus, which spent many years and many billions developing the double-decker behemoth, even as skeptics questioned the whether it could generate enough demand to justify its cost and the bigger runways it requires.Airbus chief salesman John Leahy told reporters Monday, when Airbus otherwise reported a record number of overall plane deliveries for 2017, that “if we can’t work out a deal with Emirates, there is no choice but to shut down the program.”He said the Dubai-based airline is “the only one who has the ability” to commit to a minimum of six planes a year for a minimum of eight to 10 years, which Airbus needs to make the program viable.Emirates, the government-owned, Dubai-based long-haul carrier, declined to immediately comment.The A380 drew worldwide attention when launched a decade ago but has always struggled to win enough customers. Airbus delivered just 15 of the planes last year, and aims to deliver 12 more this year and could scale down production to six per year after that, CEO Fabrice Bregier said.Emirates now relies solely on the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 777 for its flights, making it the largest operator of both. It has over 160 Boeing 777s in its fleet today and took possession of its 100th A380 in November.Reports circulated before the Dubai Air Show in November that a major A380 sale would be coming.Instead, however, Airbus employees found themselves attending a news conference where Emirates announced the purchase of 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners in a $15.1 billion deal. The air show ended without an A380 deal, throwing the line into question.Monday’s announcement came as Airbus said it sold 1,109 planes year, outstripping the 912 commercial planes sold by rival Boeing thanks to a raft of end-of-year deals, a growing global economy and travel demand.The planemaker, based in Toulouse, France, reported Monday that it delivered 718 planes in 2017, fewer than Boeing’s 763 but still a record for Airbus.Bregier said Airbus will speed up production in the coming year, notably of its long-delayed widebody A350, and hopes to out-deliver Boeing by 2020.Bregier, who’s being replaced next month by Guilaume Faury as Airbus overhauls its top management, acknowledged “challenges” ahead but called them “manageable.”Airbus is facing multiple corruption investigations, notably in Britain, France and Austria.___Jon Gambrell in Dubai contributed to this report.last_img read more

Ban appeals for peaceful conduct of Bangladeshs parliamentary polls

27 December 2008On the eve of Bangladesh’s “highly significant” parliamentary polls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for a peaceful electoral process in the South Asian nation, which has been beset by political violence and polarization in recent years. “He appeals to all political parties to continue to demonstrate responsibility, participate fully and honour the will of the Bangladeshi people,” his spokesperson said in a statement issued today ahead of the elections, slated for 29 December. “The Secretary-General wishes to stress that a stable post-election climate will be vital for the effectiveness and sustainability of the nation’s democracy. “He urges all political parties, irrespective of their performance in the elections, to work together in a spirit of dialogue and compromise, to address the challenges facing the nation. Such cooperation should include an enhanced role for the opposition in Parliament,” the statement noted. Last month, Mr. Ban set up a high-level panel, headed by his former personal representative for Afghanistan, Francesc Vendrell, to assess and report on the conduct of the last stages of the electoral process and developments in the immediate post-election period. The three-member team, which also includes Bhojraj Pokharel, Nepal’s Chief Election Commissioner, and Aracelly Santana, the former deputy director of the UN Electoral Assistance Division, is currently in Bangladesh, following an earlier visit in November. The team will report to the Secretary-General on the conduct of the electoral process and developments in the immediate post-election period, according to today’s statement. read more