MS Dhoni managed senior players well: Anil Kumble

first_imgMS Dhoni had a phenomenal career as captain and one of the highlights of his leadership tenure was the apt handling of senior players in the team, said current India coach Anil Kumble who himself had made way for the wicket-keeper batsman to be Test captain in 2008.Dhoni succeeded Kumble as Test captain after the leg-spin legend announced his retirement midway into home series against Australia in 2008.Kumble recalled the time when Dhoni was made captain in all three formats. (Also read: MS Dhoni deserves every bit of respect he’s getting: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”The first phase was probably easy for me because I was old, it was easy for me to say ‘MS take over’. It was difficult for me to continue at that time, the body was not willing but I thought it was the right time for me to leave as well. MS (Dhoni) was ready to take over Test captaincy,” said Kumble ahead of the first ODI against England here on Sunday.Dhoni’s glorious tenure as captain began with the World T20 triumph in 2007.”From there to 2007 to 2017, 10 years of captaincy is phenomenal. It goes to show the capabilities of MS as a leader and also what he has been able to achieve during the transition phase and also when the seniors left as well, it is not easy coming into the team as captain and having so many senior players. He managed them really well. (Also read: MS Dhoni made the right decision by stepping down as limited-overs captain: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)advertisement”Dhoni not only just got the best out of them but also got the best for the team. Both as number one Test side and later on winning the World Cup and then Champions Trophy and many other victories, he has been part of,” he said referring to the time when the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid played under Dhoni.PERFECT TIMING TO QUITKumble lauded Dhoni for the timing of stepping down from captaincy.”In this team, besides Yuvi (Yuvraj), everybody else has started their careers under MS. So that is the kind of transition he has seen. It has been phenomenal to be able to achieve what he has been able to achieve. We all know the value that he brings as a player and as a batsman and keeper and of course his value on the field.”It is never easy to take a call. Hats off to him. That shows how selfless he is and he probably thought it was the right time for Virat to take over. Like how I felt back then it was the right time for MS to come in, it is great for the team to have MS on the field with Virat leading the side. (Also read: MS Dhoni saved me from getting dropped many times: Virat Kohli)”Like I mentioned, Virat came into the side when MS was captain, so the bonhomie and bond that they shared will only help Virat grow as a leader. And Virat has shown the exceptional quality he has and what he brings to the team, both as an individual and leader. We have seen the results under him in Test format and I am sure he will be equally good in one-day format,” said Kumble.He said Dhoni remains a leader in the team. MS has been one of the best captains that we have had. Hats off to him and congratulations to him for what he has done as captain. Now looking forward to MS as the batsman and keeper and as a leader. He is still a leader in the team,” Kumble added.Dhoni has made it amply clear that he would like to bat at four and with Yuvraj Singh back in the squad, it remains to be seen who the team management picks to bat at number four, five or six. (Also read: MS Dhoni good enough to continue as a player till 2019 World Cup: Kapil Dev to India Today)”I don’t think it is the right for me to discuss the team combination. Like you mentioned it is a good choice that we have in the squad with Yuvi coming back into the team. We all know what he is capable of. Having said that, both Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav in that slot have done well. It is nice to have choices, there is competition in the team and that is what you want. All 15 members are available for selection,” said Kumble.advertisementNO ROOM FOR EXPERIMENTATIONHe also acknowledged there is not much room for experimentation with the Champions Trophy in June.”At any given point of time, you want to field your best team on the park and we would like to do that considering that each game is a knock out in the Champions Trophy. That is the mindset players and the team have. There is not much experimentation or much practice in terms of combinations and in terms of what you would like to be prepared with but no tournament you can say that this is the ideal preparation that you would want. Whatever we have we will try and get the most out of it.”He sounded confident when asked whether the team would able to replicate the recent success in Tests in limited overs format.”We would like to think that is the the only preparation we have before the Champions Trophy so it is important that we start off a good note.”It is good to comeback into the one day mode. We have played a lot of Test cricket, which is good and we have had great results over the last year and would like to start the new year on a good note.”The preparations (of Test and one-dayers) are not that dissimilar but yes you need to bring in a lot more intensity and energy with the way we practice and what we try and do with certain batsmen and bowlers.”He felt dew in the series won’t be a big factor.”Yesterday we practised till about 7.30. There was not much dew. The games are starting one hour earlier than what it used to be so when the dew comes into effect, it comes in the last one hour. But this has been there for a long time. That is why it is important that we adapt to whatever conditions are there. That is why we prepare our bowlers to bowl with a wet ball,” Kumble concluded.last_img read more

Jallikattu ban: Rajinikanth to Vijay, who said what

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Jallikattu stir spreads to Lanka, UK and Australia

first_imgLondon/Colombo, Jan 19 (PTI) Protests demanding lifting of the ban on bull-taming sport jallikattu have spread to outside India with the Tamil diaspora in Sri Lanka, Britain and Australia holding demonstrations against the ban.Hundreds of UK-based Indian Tamils have come together to organise a series of protests in favour of Jallikattu this week in London and across the UK.The protest group includes London Tamil Sangam, World Tamil Organisation and British South Indians. They held protests outside the Indian High Commission in London on Tuesday and yesterday. Protests are also planned in the city of Leeds in England and Dublin in Ireland.”Hundreds have been turning out to highlight that Jallikattu is part of our tradition and identity. We are also working on a major hunger-strike this weekend to raise awareness around the issue in the UK. We are expecting over 1,000 people to join that protest,” a spokesperson for the protest group told PTI.The protesters have been carrying placards and chanting slogans in Tamil like, We need Jallikattu and Jallikattu is our identity.The group has also prepared a petition for the Indian High Commission, which reads, “We, Indians living in the UK, have consistently shown our support to the conduct of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. We are gathered here to morally support our brothers and sisters that are leading the peaceful protestations in Alanganallur, Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.”Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, protest was held in the Tamil minority dominated northern capital of Jaffna, yesterday. Hundreds of people held placards saying Why ban it when it is our culture and This is a valued tradition lets permit it.advertisementAustralian Tamil community has also joined the ongoing protest against the ban on Jallikattu by holding peaceful demonstrations in Melbourne and Sydney.A demonstration is set to take place tomorrow in Sydney in a bid to support the traditional sport while another peaceful demonstration was held in Melbourne today.”Jallikattu is an ancient and traditional Tamil sport. The (ancient) seals of the Indus Valley civilisation depict it, which is proof that this sport was in vogue more than five, six thousand years ago — why ban it now? It is like taking away a part of our lifestyle,” a protester Thiru Arumugam was quoted as saying by media reports in Sydney.Anu Shivhaani Palaniappan, who was associated with Senaapathy Kangayam Cattle Research Foundation in Tamil Nadu, was quoted as saying, “there were hundreds of cattle breeds in India a century ago and now there are only 37.””By banning Jallikattu, which is a practice to strengthen the bulls and bullocks, the multinationals can create a demand for cattle rearing,” she said.”Then, they will introduce their own breed varieties. They want to make money by selling us western cattle — bull semen, medicine, etc,” she alleged. PTI AK NC CORR ASK AKJ ASKlast_img read more

Tears flow as Chapecoense return to action

first_imgThousands of fans gathered under a blazing sun in southern Brazil on Saturday as Chapecoense played their first match since most of their players were killed in an air crash in Colombia in November.The friendly against Palmeiras was the first game of the season for both sides but it was much more about symbolism and emotion than sport for a club looking to bounce back from one of football’s greatest tragedies.The game was halted in the 71st minute to allow fans to scream their now famous “Vamos Chape!” chant in tribute to the players and staff who perished in a plane crash in Colombia in November. (Brazilian club Chapecoense likely to sign 18 to 20 new footballers)The Arena Conda stadium was adorned with thousands of hand-made origami in the shape of hearts and tsurus, birds that signify health, good fortune and long life.One banner behind the goals read, “Eternal Champions, kit man to the president”, a reference to the many players and backroom staff who died.The survivors and their relatives took centre stage before a ball was kicked, with Jackson Follman, the goalkeeper whose leg was amputated as a result of the crash, being presented with the Copa Sudamericana trophy in a tearful ceremony. (Brazilian clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after plane crash)Follman was one of only six people to survive the crash, which came as the Chapecoense squad approached Medellin to play Atletico Nacional in November’s Copa Sudamericana final.The plane ran out of fuel and hit a mountainside, killing 71 people on board, many of them players, officials and reporters on their way to the game.advertisementChapecoense were awarded the Sudamericana title by CONMEBOL in December after the fixture was cancelled. (Major sports heartbreaks in 2016)In an emotional ceremony, the wives of the dead players were given the medals their husbands would have received.Follman, who was wheeled into the centre circle in his wheelchair, cried as he lifted the trophy, Chapecoense’s first ever continental title.The game that followed was hard fought but with a scorching sun overhead and both sides giving their squads their first run out of the season it was never more than a glamorous training match. (Privilege to play Barcelona: Chapecoense)Palmeiras scored the opener after nine minutes when Raphael Veiga nipped in between hesitant defenders to score from just inside the box.Douglas Grolli equalised for the home side five minutes later when he headed home a free kick from the left. Amaral gave Chapecoense the lead just minutes into the second half with a glancing header.But Vitinho grabbed a late equaliser for Palmeiras with a spectacular left-foot shot from outside the box with 12 minutes left. (CONMEBOL awards South American cup championship to Chapecoense)The ground was well short of its 20,000 capacity but those who did turn out said they hoped it was the start of a new era for the club.”We couldn’t not be here,” Sizelda Filipi, a fan who lives around 30 kms from the ground, said shortly before kick-off.”We’ll get very emotional and then we’ll move on. This is a restart.”last_img read more

Nicolai Adams replacement will be in place this month: AIFF

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) The new head coach of the U-17 national football team will be appointed within this month, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel said here today. There is a greater urgency for the AIFF to name a replacement for Nicolai Adam, who was sacked by the national federation just nine months before the country hosts its first-ever FIFA event, the U-17 World Cup. Patel said former footballers like Bhaichung Bhutia and Abhishek Yadav will initially help the new head coach to integrate with the team. “The U-17 camp will be on track. The new coach will be in place by this month. The AIFF will ensure that there is no harm to the preparation of the U-17 team,” Patel said on the sidelines of the launch of FIFA U-17 World Cup mascot, Kheleo at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here. “We have asked former players like Bhaichung and Abhishek to be with the team for a month to help in integration between the new coach and the players,” he said. The AIFF had yesterday advertised for the head coach of the U-17 team and Patel said they already have a few resumes with them and the technical committee of the federation will eventually take the decision and name Adams replacement. “We already have few applicants but I wont like to disclose any names. The technical committee will decide.” Just nine months ahead of the show-piece event, Adam was shown the door by the AIFF following complaints of “physical abuse” by the players. Adam was appointed as the coach two years ago on the recommendation of the German Football Federation. Last month, 21 players from the team submitted a letter to AIFF chief Patel, in which they alleged that the former Azerbaijan U-17 coach physically abused them. Patel said the AIFF had no option but to part ways with the German as his continuation would have affected the performance of India in the U-17 World Cup to be held in the country from October 6 to 28 this year. “The AIFF has not taken any action without any basis. There was friction between the players and the coach and we cant afford it to continue. The players and the coach must share a comfort level otherwise nobody can deliver,” he said. “The players complained and we took immediate action. I wish it would have come to our notice earlier,” he said. Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who today flagged off the Mission XI Million initiative, a joint school engagement programme of the Government of India and AIFF, agreed with Patel and said no team can deliver when there is rift between players and the coach. “The moment the issue (Adam sacking) came to our notice the Sports Ministry wrote to the AIFF and asked for a detailed report. The federation received complaints from the players and took the decision to change the coach. “Most of the complaints received are regarding the coachs behaviour. It came to our notice that there was a gap between the players and the coach. When there is no understanding, it is bound to affect teams performance,” Goel said. The Sports Minister said government will extend all possible support to the AIFF in order to ensure an impressive performance from the host nation in the U-17 World Cup. “The Sports Ministry is concerned about the teams training but we (Sports Ministry and AIFF) will have to ensure that this episode dont effect our performance,” Goel said. “In the appointment of coaches the Sports Authority of India always go by the recommendations of national federations,” he added. PTI SSC PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgPune owner Sanjeev Goenka made it clear that they knew Pune owner Sanjeev Goenka made it clear that they knew Stokes would go for a big price and they are also prepared for the fact that he will not be available to play the full tournament. “We knew he was going to be expensive. We do believe he is going to be there for the first 14 games and right now we are focussing on first 14, and we are very happy with this. We pretty much knew, we are not going to get him below this price,” Goenka told reporters here. Goenkas Pune Supergiants, who yesterday removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni from captaincy, entered late into the bidding at Rs 13 crore and clinched the deal at Rs 14.50 crore defeating bids from Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Interestingly, Stokes limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan was taken at a base price of Rs 2 crore (USD 298,000) by Kings XI Punjab. With capable seam bowling all-rounders coming at a premium, Stokes was in the wish-list of five franchises, who engaged in tough bidding for the player, who is now revered as the worlds top all-rounder. The 25-year-old, who hasnt played franchise cricket till date, has a career strike rate of 134 plus while batting and a moderate bowling economy rate of 8.60 in 77 matches. Mills, on the other hand, has played 55 Twenty20 matches, fetching 63 wickets with a reasonably good economy rate of 7.47. Asked whether Pune skipper Steven Smith was consulted in bidding for Stokes, Goenka said everyone including Stephen Fleming have been a part of the decision. “Steven Smith and Stephen Fleming, everyone has been a part of this decision. This is a very collective and collaborative decision. We actually didnt go for individuals. We looked at the spots and gaps to fill and we did exactly that. “We needed this kind of an all-rounder in our team. We are reinforcing our core, our playing XI and you would see the rest of the strategy as the day unfolds,” Goenka explained. The first round of bidding for Stokes saw Mumbai, Delhi and RCB match each other till it reached Rs 10.50 crore after which the Reliance-owned franchise pulled out. Delhi and Bangalore continued to bid before Sunrisers entered the fray. But just when it looked that Stokes would go for around Rs 12.5 crore, Pune entered the fray and clinched the deal. PTI BDN KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis help South Africa seal ODI series vs New Zealand, regain No.1 ranking

first_imgFaf du Plessis made a successful review of an lbw decision against him before guiding South Africa to a series-clinching six-wicket victory in the fifth and final one-dayer against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday. The victory also helped the Proteas reclaim the world No.1 ranking in the 50-overs format.Du Plessis, who was originally given out on 27 when he was trapped in front by Jeetan Patel but had the decision overturned on review, finished unbeaten on 51 as the Proteas made 150-4 after they bowled the hosts out for a paltry 149 in 41.1 overs.David Miller produced a counter-attacking 45 not out to help the test captain ensure a 3-2 series victory, which vaulted them back to the top of the one-day rankings. (Martin Guptill’s unbeaten 180 helps New Zealand level ODI series vs South Africa)New Zealand had threatened to make the run chase much more difficult than it should have been, reducing the visitors to 88-4 when they captured the important wicket of AB de Villiers, who was caught behind by Luke Ronchi for 23.Du Plessis and Miller, however, shook off some nervous moments with a 62-run partnership that the left-handed Miller dominated with his 45.New Zealand were never able to settle against a superb South African bowling attack, who created consistent pressure from both ends with numerous dot balls that was supported by strong work in the field. (3rd ODI: AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock help South Africa crush New Zealand by 159 runs)Kagiso Rabada started the rot early when he bowled Martin Guptill for four, ensuring there would be no repeat of the right hander’s match-winning 180 not out in the fourth game in Hamilton on Wednesday.advertisementFrom then on it was a constant stream of New Zealand batsmen heading back to the pavilion, with six falling for single figures.The only resistance came from opening batsman Dean Brownlie (24) and the middle order of Jimmy Neesham (24), Mitchell Santner (24) and Colin de Grandhomme (32), who was the last man out on the first ball of the 42nd over. (AB de Villiers breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record, becomes fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs)Rabada, who was generating good bounce off a length and troubled the batsmen as the ball hurried through, finished with 3-25 from 7.1 overs.Leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who conceded just 10 runs from his first seven overs, finished with 2-14 from his full complement.The two sides now head to Dunedin for the first match of the three-test series, starting on March 8.last_img read more

The 5 funniest charts ever

first_imgKivi, who is right here in NC with me, hits the humor-insight sweet spot with this great piece on nonprofit reactions to web designers’ work and email. You must check them out.But wait, there’s MORE!!Jeremy Scheller presents Jeremy Scheller: Hyper-Blogging: Loud Message + Deaf Ears = No Communication posted at Jeremy Scheller. John Haydon presents How eNewsletters Can Kill Your Non-Profit | CorporateDollar.Org – Exceed your on-line fundraising goals with social media know-how! posted at CorporateDollar.Org – Exceed your on-line fundraising goals with social media know-how!. It’s not really a chart, but it’s a cool way to present numbers: Marc presents Cape Argus Aids stats – Osocio, Social Advertising and Non-profit Campaigns posted at Osocio Weblog. Thanks everyone for your creativity. And your smarts. And for making us laugh on (yet another) day when our 401Ks tanked. All I can say is OMG. You, dear bloggers and readers, have outdone yourselves. I asked you for chart fun for this Blog Carnival and you gave me chart brilliance. The best come from Jan Fonger and Kivi Leroux Miller who not only have a great sense of humor, they have razor-sharp insight. The three below are from the wonderful Janice. This could not be a better explanation of marketing in the nonprofit sector:Janice also offers her take on fundraising and candy corn.last_img read more

Message isn’t working? Here’s a three-point diagnosis.

first_imgIf your messaging isn’t getting through or your marketing campaign isn’t making a difference, it is probably for one (or all) of these three reasons. 1. Falsely assuming that information results in action. It’s tempting to assume that if people have information, they will act on it. But sadly, information doesn’t equal action. We know it’s healthy to exercise every day – but that doesn’t mean we’re going to do it. Inertia is a strong force. Good causes are forever in conflict with the status quo and business as usual. We can’t just lay out information. We need to create a compelling reason for taking action that beats doing nothing. In marketing terms, we need to improve our reward and lower our price.2. Forgetting that we’re not the audience. The messages that appeal to us aren’t the ones that necessarily resonate with others. Every assumption should be suspect until we understand our audiences’ mindsets. When we assume our audience thinks the way we do, we are at odds with the principles of marketing. We must think like the people we want to reach if we want to succeed.3. Treating marketing as an afterthought. Marketing and communications are often tacked on to a good causes’s efforts at the last minute. In treating marketing as an afterthought, we deprive ourselves of the great benefits that marketing can bring to all our work. A marketing mindset throughout every dimension of our cause 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.last_img read more

The red line: is it OK to use LOL?

first_imgDear Freelance Editor,Is it ever permissible, under any circumstances, to use the term ‘LOL’ or ‘lol’ (I’m not sure if I should capitalize that or not, lol)? I am a grown person, and not a fourteen-year-old girl.Sincerely,Adult Human LOLDear Adult Human LOL,No. It is never permissible.LOL (or lol) will eventually cause our civilization to collapse into anarchy and bedlam, if we don’t fight it with every last breath in our wasted bodies.Freelance Editor, herself, is not perfect. She is prone to the kind of verbal hiccups that were stamped into her generation by this movie. She says “like” too often, and she has been known to pepper informal emails with emoticons. She knows that these are not good habits; she feels great and lasting shame.But LOL is remarkable both for its nonsensicality and its disingenuousness. LOL, of course, is supposed to stand for “laugh out loud.”Here is the thing: when you write LOL, you are rarely – if ever – actually laughing out loud. It is the written equivalent of a false, polite chuckle. You are indicating that you find something humorous, but LOL itself is remarkably un-humorous and lame. When you write LOL, you are saying: “I know you are trying to be funny, but I have nothing to say about it; let us move on.” It is not truly participating in the conversation. It is lazy (please note that I am not saying that if you habitually write LOL, you are lazy; I am saying that you are undoubtedly a cool, vibrant, funny person – and thus so much better than this listless, limp expression).If you ever tried to PRONOUNCE “lol” as a word, it would sound like you were swallowing your own tongue.Wow. Do you have the same issue when people write things like “hahahaha” in response to a joke?I do not have the same reaction. “Hahahaha” is permissible in very informal emails, texts, and the like.… what? You are unhinged.Here is the difference. I have a baby niece – very cute, very small. If I look this new little baby niece in the eyes and say “hahahaha”, she will laugh, or at least smile. That is because laughter – the slight dropping of the jaw, the open vocal “aaa” punctuated by little diaphragmatic huffs to make “hahaha” – is universal. It is instinctive. It is human. I can laugh with someone from any region in the world, and we will make approximately the same sound.“Hahaha” is admittedly not the most grammatically impeccable response in the world. But it is also not some Frankenlanguage newspeak abomination that makes angels weep and cows give sour milk and dead men rise moaning from their tombs, thirsting for human flesh.*The seemingly minor LOL is killing your Freelance Editor, slowly, like a paper cut that never stops bleeding.Please stop writing it, ever – please. Join my one-woman boycott.Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.This has been a note from a Freelance Editor.Have a question for our resident Red Liner and occasional hyperbolic ranter, Kate Hamill? Leave it in the comments, or email her at*To date, there is no empirical evidence that LOL has done this – but surely it’s only a matter of time.Another reason not to use LOL.last_img read more

How to write a killer product description

first_imgDo you have an online store? Are you thinking about opening one? Whether you have a large online store or a small Etsy shop, the way you list your products can have a dramatic effect on your sales.Here are some basic tips for writing a great product description:Emphasize the most important selling points.When you write a product description, use adjectives that describe the object as though there are no pictures. Your description doesn’t have to be long, but at a minimum it should include all of the relevant specifications, convey a little personality, and explain the most important features. If the item is particularly tactile, such as a soft knitted baby’s hat, don’t forget to describe how it feels to touch.Also, don’t bury enticing information about your product in the bottom of your description. If you’re selling a T-shirt made with special glow-in-the-dark ink, your reader needs to know that right away. If you’re selling a plate with beautifully hand-painted illustrations, make sure your description states that it’s one-of-a-kind.Write the description for the person who wants the product.A product description is more than just a list of details, it’s an opportunity to tell your object’s story and highlight what your business is all about. Do you create artisanal food products using locally sourced ingredients? Emphasize your commitment to the farm-to-table movement. Are you a designer with an edgy, humorous style? Don’t be afraid to be funny or weird. Chances are, someone will choose to buy your items for that very reason!If you’re stuck on what to write, you can always create a scenario for your reader by describing the situations they might use the item in. For clothes, customers like to imagine the accessories the item would pair well with. This tactic also works with home décor items, as some customers like to know what colors or types of rooms the pieces will work with. Do you think your item would make a great gift? Say so!Make sure you use high quality photos.Product photography should be clear, concise, and well-lit. Buyers can’t look at your products in person, so you have to make them feel as though they’re getting an accurate representation. Having multiple images is best, and you might want to consider including something else in a photo (a cell phone, macbook, or cereal box…anything really) that helps to convey the product’s size.Don’t forget specific details, such as measurements.If a buyer is trying to choose between two products or needs something very specific, they’ll want all of the relevant specifications. It’s helpful to include a separate section for dimensions and factual details such as, “Made in Kentucky”, “Requires 2 AA batteries”, “Holds 2.5 oz.”, etc. Make sure that your buyers have all of the relevant information necessary, so that when the package arrives, there are no surprises.Proofread before you post.It may sound like common sense, but mistakes can make you seem unorganized, inexperienced, and careless. Double-check all of the factual details about your products and ask a friend to read over the descriptions for spelling and grammar.Freelancers, do you have any tips for creating successful product listings?last_img read more

Don’t get fired: why you should be discreet on social media

first_imgThere are times when clients have driven me bananas: with unreasonable requests, chronically late checks, and general persnicketiness. It is tempting – oh so tempting – to jump on social media and post a pithy little status about it. After all, what could be more validating than a horde of people who “like” your complaints and commiserate?And surely there’s no harm done if you disguise it handily enough, if you write something like: AN UNNAMED CLIENT IS MAKING ME WANT TO TEAR OFF MY OWN ARM JUST SO I HAVE SOMETHING TO BEAT THEM UNCONSCIOUS WITH.After all, there are no identifying details! What could possibly go wrong?Oh my freelance brethren, I have unfortunately seen this go wrong many times. In the worst cases, I’ve seen people fired from long-term, high-paying jobs for blabbing on social media – and this happens more often than one might think. Nothing burns a bridge with more napalm-like intensity than a peevish, gossipy Tweet.I have a Facebook friend — let us call him “Bill.” Bill is a writer – like me. Bill does freelance work – like me. Bill likes to complain widely and colorfully about his current clients on Facebook… aaaand that’s where we differ.Here’s the thing about Bill: I understand the impulse.But Bill is generally discreet enough not to Tweet his complaints — I bet he thinks that protects him, since Facebook is a comparatively closed network. All it takes, however, is one friend-of-a-friend who knows someone who works with a client , and blammo, Bill is blackballed. Just one screenshot is required for hell to break loose, and again, I’ve seen “private” social media statuses go public faster than one can say “privacy is relative.”But while exposure is the preeminent concern, there’s another unintended consequence of turning to social media every time your client annoys you. Even if said client never finds out, it often makes YOU look just as bad as whatever you’re complaining about.Bill’s page makes for good reading. I genuinely enjoy his rants! But because he complains so often about so many clients, HE starts to look like the common denominator for dysfunction. One complaint is enjoyable, ten looks unhinged. I like Bill personally, but I would never recommend him for a job, because he seems like a bit of a pain. Is that fair? Maybe not – but that’s the message he’s sending.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberI have several friends who are lawyer-types, and they all go by a cardinal rule: don’t put anything in writing unless you feel prepared to back it up. If you don’t feel like you can defend a comment, don’t post it in the decidedly un-private sphere of social media – at least, not under your own name.I am also NOT, it should be said, a model of discretion on social media. I will complain about politicians, public transportation, Craigslist postings, my fellow New Yorkers, companies, and random minutiae. I am not Suzie Non-Disclose — heck, I sometimes write about former clients on the Freelancers Union blog. But I do generally keep complaints about writing clients that I work with (or ever want to work with again) off of Facebook and Twitter – and I’ve never regretted that discretion.If a client is genuinely abusive — if they haven’t paid you, or have scammed you, or have used your work without crediting you… then yes, you may indeed choose to use social media’s amplification as a “nuclear option” to warn others away or even shame said client. But that’s a last-ditch option, in which you are consciously burning bridges because you don’t want to work with jerks, anyhow. That is not an everyday occurrence.In every other case, you still have a right to complain or express feelings of discontent: to your family, to your friends; via phone, text, or email. Write every colorful expletive you can think of in your diary. Heck, start an anonymous blog and rail vociferously against unnamed clients if you need to (although you may be caught in that, too; don’t say I didn’t warn you, but at least there’s some deniability therein). Most importantly, look for other work. Don’t stay with any client who makes you unhappy enough to initiate group therapy via Twitter.But (and I have seen this warning justified again and again) don’t consistently complain on social media under your own name, unless you’re ready to be caught.Freelancers, have you ever complained about a client on social media?Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

Rathore will add value to growth of sports: NRAI president

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 3 (PTI) The National Rifle Association of India today welcomed the appointment of Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as sports minister, saying the Olympics silver medallist would “add immense value to the development and growth of sports”. The 2004 Athens Games medallist Rathore was today appointed the new sports minister in place of Vijay Goel. “I want to lead the federation and the entire shooting fraternity in congratulating Shri Rathore on his appointment. He has been one of the most distinguished members of the shooting family for years and his stellar achievements speak for themselves,” NRAI president Raninder Singh said in a statement. Rathore first stepped in a shooting range in the mid 1990s and some years later, he became Indias first ever individual silver medal winner at the Olympic Games. He stood on the podium after finishing second in the mens double trap at the 2004 Athens Games. Lavishing praise on Rathore, Raninder said, “His work in the Union Council of Ministers had already come in for a lot of praise and we strongly believe that knowing first-hand the challenges faced by sports and sportspersons in this country, he would add immense value to the development and growth of sports. We wish him all the very best in his new responsibility.” A year before he created Olympic history, Rathore had won a silver medal at the 2003 World Championships in Sydney. After taking premature retirement from the Indian army, Rathore joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2013 and was sworn in as minister of state for information & broadcasting when the Narendra Modi government came to power in May 2014. PTI AH PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Idea was to get everything or lose everything: Star CEO

first_imgBy Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Sep 4 (PTI) Star India CEO Uday Shankar today said that the Indian Premier Leagues media rights auction was a case of “getting everything or losing everything” for the company, which paid a eye-popping Rs 16,347.50 crore in a landmark deal. “We were either prepared to get everything or lose everything. It feels good because at Star, when we try for something you want to succeed,” Star India top boss Shankar told PTI in an exclusive interview. Asked if it was a technical battle where Star outbid Sony despite being nearly Rs 4850 crore short in India (TV) broadcast bid, Shankar tried to put things in perspective.For India broadcast bid, Sonys singular bid was Rs 11,050 to Stars Rs 6196 crore.”Well, it might sound technical but I think BCCI created a brilliant strategy to maximise its value. Because what they did was, they realised by unbundling the rights (segregating verticals and areas), they could get interests of people to focus disproportionately on the most relevant piece of right that they wanted,” Shankar explained. Sony, without so much of a digital presence, put its whole budget (Rs 11,050 crore) while Star bid in every segment even at times when it was functional, which showed that it was ready to diversify in terms of verticals (broadcast and digital) as well as areas. Similarly, Facebook came up with a monstrous Rs 3900 crore India digital bid only.”Our strategy was very simple. We felt we are the only bidders, who have a presence in TV broadcasting and also robust presence on digital platform (via HotStar). We have a good distribution of Star Channels internationally and we want to role out HotStar globally. We thought IPL could be a device for that,” Shankar explained the rationale behind the global bid.advertisement”So we felt that instead of putting money on one or two segments disproportionately, individually, if we got only one right, the value that we put would have been a reflection of our reluctance to own one piece.”So we were prepared to either get everything or lose everything whereas others focussed on specific areas of interest. We wanted to get India as well as global rights so that we can unlock a better value for our business. Even if we have been marginally off in any of the segments we would have lost it,” he said.Shankar admitted that some of the bids like Rs 65 crore for Middle East (where BeIn Sports bid 330 crore) or Rs 17.88 crore (where FollowOn bid Rs 70.01 crore) for Australia and New Zealand were functional.”Yes, (on functional bids) but on the other hand, from BCCIs point of view, it was the case of price discovery and yet they have managed to get more from consolidated bids than they could have got from the some of parts (Rs 15,819.51 crore). That is a very interesting aspect.” PTI KHS AH KHSlast_img read more

Asia Cup will be a fresh start for me as well as team: Marijne

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 25 (PTI) Newly-appointed hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne says the upcoming Asia Cup will be a fresh start for him as well as for the senior Indian mens team.Marijne, who replaced legendary Roelant Oltmans recently, feels next months Asia Cup, to be held in Dhaka, will give him a fair bit of idea about what needs to done in the next 15 months, which will witness some high-profile tournaments like the Hockey World League Final, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.”The Hero Asia Cup 2017 is a fresh start not just for me but also for the team who are mentally prepared to return home with the title,” Marijne said.”There is a difference between training sessions and playing tournament matches. While I am convinced with the efforts the team puts in training, the Hero Asia Cup is where I will get to see how the team reacts in match situations and where we are lacking and need immediate improvement,” he added.At the national camp that is underway in Sports Authority of India centre, it is usual sight for the senior players like Sardar Singh, SV Sunil and skipper Manpreet Singh to stay back after every training session to give their feedback to Marijen, who has never coached a senior mens international team prior to his current assignment.Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, who is back in the camp, too is often seen having long animated conversations with the coach about areas that require improvement ahead of the major event.advertisementThis exercise is a part of the teams new mantra — “player-driven and coach-assisted process” where seniors are expected to give their critical analysis on specific areas of the game.For the 43-year-old Dutchman, this process is of huge significance as the team enters an important cycle with major tournaments coming up in the next 15 months.”I believe this process initiated by the Hockey India and the High Performance Director David John will help bring a better understanding on how the team wants to play.”My first few days with the team has been about understanding each one of them. Of course, I already know all of them by name and I was aware of the immense talent and energy they bring as players,” Marijne said.”I am now focusing on understanding how the team wants to play so I can set goals for the training sessions on where they want to improve,” the coach said after officially taking charge of the team last week.Under Marijne, there will be a lot of emphasis on the development of junior players.”It takes time for the junior players to get to the level of the seniors and that requires good match exposure to reach that level. But what I like is the internal competition.”The junior players are pushing the seniors for a spot in the team and I believe it will work for the best,” said the Dutchman, who was the coach of the Indian womens team before taking up his current role.India have been placed in Pool A in the Asia Cup and will open their campaign against Japan on October 11 before taking on hosts Bangladesh on October 13 followed mouth-watering clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 15. PTI SSC CM SSClast_img read more

ICC announces recruitment process for an independent director

first_imgThe ICC announced the process for the recruitment of an Independent Director with an aim to improve the global governance of the sport.The introduction of an Independent Director, who must be a woman, was approved by the ICC Full Council in June this year as part of wide ranging constitutional change.The candidate is expected to have a genuine passion for and interest in the sport combined with recent and relevant experience at a senior level in a commercial, voluntary or public environment.She must be independent of the International Cricket Council and during the term of her appointment must not hold any office or perform any executive or operational duties for any ICC Member or state, association or member of any Member.The ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said that the appointment would be an important step forward in improving the governance.”This is a key appointment to the ICC Board and adding another independent director — particularly a female — is an important step forward in improving our governance. We are open-minded about the expertise the successful candidate might bring to the table but they must be a cricket enthusiast who complements the existing skills and experience already on our Board,” said Manohar.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.last_img read more

India’s Next Superstars: Look who doesn’t want to mess with Kangana Ranaut

first_imgThe upcoming episode of India’s Next Superstars will see none other than the Queen of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut as a special guest. The show, that airs on Star Plus, is judged by Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty. Kangana and Karan will be seen sharing the screen space together for the first time after the former called the latter a ‘flagbearer of nepotism’ in Koffee With Karan. The debate continued outside the show, creating a rather unpleasant vibe between the two.But it looks like the two have let bygones be bygones, and have agreed to come together again on India’s Next Superstars.Filmmaker and TV host Rohit Shetty will also be seen sharing some fun moments with Queen Ranaut in the Star Plus show, to be “directed” by Karan Johar.Simplicity is the key to being a Superstar! #NaKhaandanNaSifaarish… Watch India’s Next Superstars This Sat-Sun at 8pm. @KanganaFanClub— STAR PLUS (@StarPlus) January 24, 2018In an impromptu session, judge and filmmaker Karan Johar requested to see a different side of both Rohit and Kangana and decided to come up with an act where he directed a sexy scene between Kangana and Rohit.The two played the ex-lovers and according to the sequence Kangana had to seduce Rohit to get him back in her life.Rohit was supposed to say the dialogue from Deewaar–“Aaj mere paas building hai, property hai, bank balance hai, bangla hai, gaadi hai, kya hai kya hai tumhare pass?” in a sensual way, to which both of them sportingly agreed.advertisementHowever, as soon as Karan said action, Rohit developed a cold feet, saying, “Na bhai na, isse panga kaun lega? (No way, who will mess with her?)”.Well!(With inputs from IANS)Come on, Aman… you really need to make up your mind! #SuperstarsKiPaathshaala— STAR PLUS (@StarPlus) January 24, 2018last_img read more

3rd Test: Captains meet match referee after Dean Elgar hit on the helmet

first_imgDay three’s play of the third Test between South Africa and India was put to an abrupt end after Proteas opener Dean Elgar was hit on the head by a rising Jasprit Bumrah delivery at Johannesburg.The Wanderers pitch has come under severe criticism from former players for the quality of the pitch. The pitch was deemed not to be ‘sporting’ with them and to be favouring the pacers by and large.The pitch was behaving badly and having variable bounce throughout and finally in the fourth innings of the match. Bumrah bowled a short ball, outside off and Elgar looked to hop and fend but the ball bounced out of nowhere, went above the glove and hit him right above the grille of the helmet. Elgar straightaway took his helmet and gloves off and called for the physio.WATCHAfter seeing the Elgar incident and doing a lot of thinking, the umpires — Ian Gould and Aleem Dar — finally decided to walk towards the boundary in silence. The match referee, Andy Pycroft was called into action. The South African dressing room showd grim faces while Faf du Plessis was waiting in anticipation before the players were asked to walk off the pitch. The Indian team asked to walk off the field after the Dean Elgar incident.There is a sense of concern at the ground and play was called off for the day.However, one person who was not happy was the Indian captain Virat Kohli. He looked angry with how things proceeded and one could say he has a right to be that way as India also batted on this surface.advertisementThe match referee was also seen informing the Indian coach about something but the mood in the visiting dressing room was not a happy one at all.Play has been stopped for now by the umpires after a few big blows to the body of Elgar, the last to his head. The pitch is the issue at the moment. SA are 17/1 for now chasing a target of 241 #SAvIND #SunfoilTest #FreedomSeries— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 26, 2018After play was called off for the day, the officials met Kohli and Du Plessis and it was learnt that a decision on the game’s fate will be taken on the morning of fourth day’s play.Earlier, former Test captains Sunil Gavaskar and Shaun Pollock on Thursday criticised the wicket on offer for the ongoing the third and final cricket Test between India and South Africa at the Wanderers, terming it a “completely bowler- friendly pitch.”Gavaskar was of the view that Test match pitches needed to be of sporting nature.”You can get a very flat surface which is totally in favour of batsmen.This is a pitch which is totally in favour of bowlers,” Gavaskar said while commenting on the pitch for SuperSport television.Pollock went a level higher and termed the surface as a bad one.”If you’ve got deliveries behaving like this on day two of a Test match it can’t be judged a good surface,” he said.Pollock compared the Wanderers pitch with the Nagpur wicket of 2015 which was rated “poor” by the ICC when South Africa toured India.”You go to India and get a surface like Nagpur where it turned too much. This can’t be judged a good surface because as a batsman you are never in,” he said. The match officials discussing the fate of the day’s play31 wickets have fallen at the Wanderers over the first three days of play so far. India were bowled out for 187 and 247. In reply to India’s first innings total, South Africa managed 194 and have lost one wicket for 17 runs in chase of 241 in the second innings on Day 3. South Africa still need 224 more runs to win the match and take the three-match series 3-0.Kohli & Co. however, won’t be happy as India had the advantage and would have definitely looked to get two or three wickets more in the final session of the day.(With inputs from PTI)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Can Cross Maidan be used for non-sport event: HC seeks to know

first_imgMumbai, Feb 1 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today sought to know if the Cross Maidan ground in south Mumbai can be used for any purpose other than sports.The query was posed by a division bench of Justices A S Oka and P N Deshmukh while hearing a petition filed by Kala Ghoda Association and the Organisation for Verdant Ambiance and Land (OVAL), who organise the annual Kala Ghoda festival.The petitioners sought permission to hold some cultural events, as part of the festival, at Cross Maidan from February 3 to 11.As per an earlier directive of the high court, for any event to be held at Cross Maidan, high courts permission is mandatory.”Since Kala Ghoda area has been declared as silence zone, all music and dance and other cultural events were shifted to Cross Maidan. The organisers have already got approval from the Collector and we have now sought permission from the high court,” petitioners lawyer Birendra Saraf said.The court posted the hearing for tomorrow, while saying that the petitioners and the respondents (civic authorities) will have to state whether Cross Maidan can be used for anything unrelated to sports. PTI SP AYA KRKlast_img read more

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif involved in controversial Ajman All Stars T20 League

first_imgPakistan’s tainted former captain, Salman Butt, and some other Pakistani players are again in the spotlight after the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption unit confirmed it was investigating the Ajman All Stars T20 League held recently.Butt and Asif who have served five-year bans for spot-fixing between 2010 and 2016 were among a couple of Pakistani players who took part in the private tournament which apparently has caught the attention of the ICC after visuals of some matches were aired which contained some questionable dismissals and behaviour on part of the players.WATCHFormer Pakistan players, Hasan Raza, Muhammad Khalil and some others are said to have taken part in the private league which has been disowned and termed as illegal by the Emirates cricket board and Ajman Cricket Council.The footage of the match which apparently was broadcast don’t include any of the Pakistani players. Butt who was captain when the spot-fixing scandal broke out in England in late 2010 confirmed he had played two matches of the league.”I went there as I was not picked for the national regions one-day cup by Lahore and I was doing nothing. But when I reached there I realised it was just an amateur level event which had no match referee, ICC anti-corruption representative or even scorers,” Butt told PTI.”Since the spot-fixing scandal I try to stay away as far as possible from any related controversies. I am happy the ICC is investigating the event because they were lot of flaws in it. But I played just two games and than went away to Dubai, he explained.advertisementButt said that he had got out first ball in the first match as he was told to play just three hours after reaching Dubai while in the second match he scored around 70 odd runs.”I don’t know the exact score I got since there was no proper scorer around.”Butt made it clear he didn’t feature in the match footages which were aired on the social media and had come under scrutiny.The former captain also disclosed that when he was made an offer to play in the Ajman all stars league he had told the organisers he would need some time to get NOCs from the PCB and his department, Wapda.”But they told me it was a private tournament and not sanctioned so no NOC was required to play. When I went there I realised it was just a badly managed street level event and it made no sense to me.”(Courtesy: PTI)last_img read more