Wilson’s Wales stunner delights Giggs

first_imgWales boss Ryan Giggs lauded Harry Wilson for his exceptional free-kick against the Republic of Ireland, joking that he fined the youngster for scoring a similar goal against Manchester United earlier in the season.Wilson’s sensational set-piece strike proved the difference in Dublin on Tuesday, as Wales moved top of their Nations League group with a 1-0 victory.The Liverpool winger – on loan at Derby County in the Championship – scored an equally as impressive free-kick against Giggs’ former club United in the EFL Cup in September, and the Wales manager was delighted to see Wilson continue his form on the international stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Harry Wilson, I fined him for the goal at Old Trafford a few weeks ago, I won’t be tonight!” Giggs joked to Sky Sports.”He does it all the time in training; it’s practice, practice, practice.”I’m so proud – they dug in right to the end. It was a brilliant second-half performance.”The determination pleased me, to not give a goal away. We set out to win the group. It’s a tough group and now it is in our hands.”| 0-1 #IRLWALTHWACK | What a sweet strike from @harrywilson_ #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/d9cB5HsKTq— Wales (@Cymru) October 16, 2018Wales are already guaranteed a place in pot two of the draw for Euro 2020 qualifying, and a win against Denmark in their next outing will secure promotion to the top tier of the Nations League.Ireland, meanwhile, will be relegated to League C should Giggs’ side fail to beat the Danes, and Martin O’Neill lamented a lack of creativity in his squad after the home defeat.”I felt we should have scored early on, and we are not renowned for scoring a lot of goals so we need to take our chances,” O’Neill told Sky Sports.”It was a grandstand finish and I thought we could have got something, but I thought there were a lot of positives despite the result.”They have a great spirit, we lack a little bit of technical ability. We have spirit in abundance but that won’t take you everywhere. We need to be more creative if we can.”last_img read more

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1st T20I: Williamson, de Grandhomme guide New Zealand to win over Bangladesh

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson slammed his sixth international Twenty20 half-century to guide his side to a nervy six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first match of their three-game series at McLean Park in Napier on Tuesday. (Scorecard)Williamson (73 not out) combined with Colin de Grandhomme (41 not out) in an 81-run partnership after the hosts had been teetering at 62 for four in the 11th over, chasing a victory target of 142.Mahmudullah, who failed to fire in the one day series with scores of 0, 1 and 3, held together the visitors’ below-par innings of 141 for eight with his third Twenty20 international half-century.While Williamson and de Grandhomme looked in control of achieving the target as the overs ticked down, they did not really seal it until they took 17 runs from the 16th over bowled by Soumya Sarkar.De Grandhomme then ended the game with a six over extra cover on the final ball of the 18th over to take New Zealand to 143 for four.Bangladesh, who have never beaten New Zealand in a Twenty20 match, would be ruing the fact they were probably 30 runs short on a good paced wicket with short square boundaries.Lockie Ferguson, making his international Twenty20 debut, had taken two wickets in his first two balls but was denied the hat-trick when Mahmudullah clamped down on the 147 kph inswinging yorker.He eventually fooled the right hander in the final over with a slower delivery to finish with figures of three for 32.The two sides now head to Mt. Maunganui for the remaining two games on January 6 and January 8.advertisementlast_img read more

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JALLIKATTU-YOUTH 2 LAST

first_img(Reopens MDS2)(Reopens MDS2)Meanwhile, a report from Coimbatore said a section of villagers conducted Rekla Race protesting the ban on the traditional sport and Jallikkattu.About 150 villagers participated in the event and 80 bulls pulled carts in Ettimadi village, some 20 km from here, police said, adding the race was held only for a few minutes and nobody has been arrested so far.People from nearby villages cheered the participants and raised slogans demanding lifting of the ban on bull-sports.The Supreme court had held that bulls could not be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu or bullock-cart races.Meanwhile, around 2,000 DMK activists staged a demonstration in Coimbatore city demanding lifting of the ban on Jallikkattu and raised slogans against the Central and state governments for “not making efforts” to lift the Supreme Court ban on the bull-taming sport.Meanwhile, various organisations in a joint statement said they would hold Jallikkattu in Alagumalai in nearby Tirupur district on January 17. PTI NVM RC NSDlast_img read more

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Store sleep before all-nighters to boost performance!

first_imgToronto, Jan 22 (PTI) Planning a late night study session? Storing sleep before pulling an all-nighter may improve your physical performance and cognitive function, a new study has claimed.There are many consequences for not getting enough sleep, from driving performance (falling asleep at the wheel) to obesity, diabetes and increased risk of other diseases.For athletes and the general population, there is decreased performance, higher rating of perceived exertion during exercise and a reduced willingness to exercise.”It is very common that people in western populations, especially those in professional fields, are sleeping less than six hours per night,” said Guillaume Millet from University of Calgary in Canada.”For some of us, there are many occasions when we need to be even more sleep deprived for a short period of time. We wanted to see what would happen if people could sleep more and benefit later,” said Millet.Long-distance drivers, health workers, those working in the military or in aviation and ultramarathon runners could potentially benefit from what the researchers refer to as sleep extension.The subjects were 12 healthy men, young and good sleepers who slept the same number of hours during the week and on the weekend, suggesting they were not chronically sleep deprived.They were awake during 38 consecutive hours. They did cognitive tests regularly, as well as a fatigue test where they tried to maintain a given force level for as long as possible.They also performed the same protocol twice; once with their usual amount of sleep and once where they were asked to be in bed for two more hours (for example, going to bed at nine PM rather than 11 PM) in the six nights before the 38 hours of sleep deprivation.advertisementThe researchers found that physical performance was improved when the duration of sleep was extended, likely due to the fact the subjects felt the exercise was easier.The researchers also showed the sleep extension period had a beneficial effect on cognitive function and sleep pressure, which is measured by the time elapsed from the start of a daytime nap period to the first signs of sleep, called sleep latency.”Although this needs to be confirmed in further studies, we believe that the longer the exercise, the more beneficial extra sleep may be – especially in a particular sport competition where sleep deprivation is prevalent, as in ultra-endurance races where sleep can be a limiting factor,” said Millet.”We also believe that the beneficial effect of sleep extension would be accentuated in people who are chronically sleep deprived. We are looking at conducting a similar study in people with sleep disorders or with a particular sleep schedule, for instance shift work,” Millet added.The study was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. PTI NKS MHN MHNlast_img read more

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Super sports cars sales growth to continue in 2017:Lamborghini

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI) Stating that a stable import policy has helped in the sales of exclusive super sports cars in India, Lamborghini expects the category to clock double digit growth this year.The Italian luxury carmaker, which had earlier this month launched Huracan Spyder convertible with rear-wheel drive in India priced at Rs 3.45 crore, has also lined up two more product launches for this year, including the new Avendator.It is gearing up to cash in on the emergence of a new breed of customers — first generation entrepreneurs; those from tier II and III cities and women buyers.”I expect that in 2017, the segment should continue with the double digit growth that it had last year,” Lamborghini India Head Sharad Agarwal told PTI.He said since 2011 the exclusive super sports car segment, which includes those with import price of Rs 2.25 crore upwards such as Mercedes AMG GTS, Audi R8 and Ferrari was declining.In 2015, the segment saw a marginal growth which was followed “up by a good double digits growth” last year, with industry estimate putting the total number of cars sold to around 70 units.Explaining reasons behind the growth, Agarwal said: “A lot of it has to do with the stability in policies because between 2011 and 2015 there were lot of changes in the import duties and structures, which were always creating disruptions in the market.” “Now things are stabilised. Once things get stabilised, the market starts growing. It is more about consistency and stability.” Commenting about the companys sales last year, he said: “We had a healthy double digit growth in 2016. The segment in India is still evolving and what is important for us is the trend.” There were more first generation entrepreneurs buying Lamborghini cars. Also, more people from tier II and III cities also bought these cars, Agarwal said. “We also had the first woman buyer of a Lamborghini in India in 2016 and post that we sold more to women in this country,” he added.advertisementOn how the emergence of new set of buyers has helped, Agarwal said: “In previous years if sales were coming from these segments, say around 12-15 per cent, it is now moving to 20-25 per cent. This segment is growing much faster, primarily the growth is coming from these segments.”These are trends which define how the segment will grow in future, he added.With the overall economy and sentiment upbeat in India, Agarwal said the conversion cycles of potential customers are becoming shorter.”Earlier customers were taking pretty long time to decide on the final purchase. The cycles are getting shorter by about 25 per cent if I have to compare with previous years,” he said. PTI MSS RKL ABI JMlast_img read more

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FA Cup: Arsenal end Lincoln’s Cup adventure with 5-0 romp

first_imgLincoln City’s fairytale FA Cup run ended at the quarter-final stage as Arsenal put aside their own problems to crush the fifth-tier side 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.It took a labouring Arsenal until first-half stoppage time to take the lead through Theo Walcott but the 12-times winners made their superiority count after the break.Goals from Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and an own goal from Lincoln skipper Luke Waterfall gave Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger some cheer after the midweek humiliation by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.”Recently we have disappointed our fans. We want to go again to Wembley to win,” Wenger, who led Arsenal to back-to-back FA Cup triumphs in 2014 and 2015, said.”We had a big disappointment in the Champions League. After that we have to respond and we needed players solid mentally.”There was always a level of anxiety because these boys are unpredictable. They knocked out Burnley, Ipswich and Brighton, so we have to respect them.”It was all us in the second half but you have to congratulate Lincoln for what they have achieved in the FA Cup.”Lincoln became the first minor league side for more than a century to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals when they knocked out top-flight Burnley in round five, having disposed of Championship outfits Ipswich Town and Brighton and Hove Albion.The 9,000 fans they brought to north London were determined to enjoy their day and they had every reason to dream of one of the greatest Cup shocks of all time in the first half as they proved obdurate opponents.advertisementDanny Cowley’s side even threatened on occasions before eventually getting overwhelmed.”We had a tough second half against world class players,” the former P.E. teacher said. “When they scored on the edge of halftime it was always going to be difficult.”But we’re the first non-league team in over 100 years to get to the last eight of the FA Cup. We need to be proud of what we’ve done.”Lincoln coped well with the likes of Sanchez, Giroud and Mesut Ozil, who joined the fray early after an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain although they had a slice of luck when Walcott was denied by the woodwork.The National League leaders even went close to taking the lead when Nathan Arnold’s shot was saved by Petr Cech.It looked as though Lincoln would reach the interval on level terms but Arsenal broke through when Giroud, almost invisible in the first half, laid the ball back for Walcott whose shot deflected past Paul Farman.Giroud side-footed Arsenal’s second in the 53rd minute and shortly after any hopes of a Lincoln comeback were snuffed out when Waterfall turned Kieran Gibbs’ cross into his own goal.Free of tension it was exhibition stuff after that from Arsenal with Sanchez curling in a fourth and Ramsey walking in a fifth as Lincoln’s defence crumbled.last_img read more

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LG G6 global rollout starts, India launch expected in 2 weeks

first_imgThe stunning LG G6, which comes with a bezel-less design and a striking 18:9 Full Vision display has commenced shipping to international markets.According to an announcement by LG on Thursday, the smartphone will be made available in key countries of Asia, Europe, Central and South America and North America over the next few weeks. India is an important market for LG and the device is expected to launch in the country within two weeks.The G6 is a very important smartphone for LG after the critical and commercial drubbing received by its predecessor – the LG G5. The LG G6 will face tough competition from the Samsung Galaxy S8 which also comes with a similar near bezel-less design and an ultra wide screen ratio.DesignAfter the critical backlash received by the G5, LG has completely re-imagined the G6 from the ground up. Gone is the removable battery, the incredibly gimmicky modular design, the tacky plastic finish on the back panel (which rendered the metal back moot) and in its place is a gorgeous glass and metal spectacle that looks absolutely incredible.SpecificationsThe LG G6 comes with a 5.7′ Quad HD display with a resolution of 2,880×1,440, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, a 3,300mAh battery, Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and water/dust resistance.Also Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone designLG is eschewing Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 835 in favour of the slightly older Snapdragon 821 in order to have the first mover advantage over the Samsung Galaxy S8.advertisementThe LG G6 comes with a few standout features – It comes with Google Assistant on board, has an unusual 18:9 Full Vision display (instead of the regular 16:9), come with Dolby Vision and HDR 10 support for enhanced video and has a striking near bezel-less design with a 90% screen to body ratio.CamerasOn the imaging front, the G6 sports a dual camera array on the back with two 13MP sensors with one of them having a wide-angle lens with a 125-degree field of view. This is in contrast to the LG G5, whose wide angle lens was noticeably inferior to the primary camera. On the front there is a 5MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and a 100 degree field of view.Price and availabilityIn South Korea, where the LG G6 has already launched, it’s price starts from KRW 899,800 (approximately Rs 51,200). Prices may vary slightly from country to country, depending on market logistics.While the international rollout of the G6 has started, the company will announce the exact date of availability in each market at the time of launch. The LG G6 comes in three color variants, namely Ice Platinum, Mystic White and Astro Black.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy A7 vs OnePlus 3T: It’s a fight between David and Goliathlast_img read more

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Celebrating Generosity Day: How to Thank Donors

first_imgIn honor of Generosity Day, I want to answer a reader question about gratitude.Kevin asks how to better thank donors.Kevin,Here is my template for a good thank-you letter.Dear _________________ (use donor’s name, spelled correctly)First: Don’t start with the typical “thank you for your donation!” Start with a vivid image or mini story of what the donor made possible, like the example in this post!Second: Say thank you and give the donor credit for the impact of the donation and/or the specific program(s) supported.Third: Express gratitude for the specific gift amount, noting the date and including any language on tax deductibility.Fourth: Tell the donor when and how you’ll be in touch to let them know more about what their gift is accomplishing. Include contact information – your email, phone and website – so they can stay in touch or reach out if they wish.Closing: Thank them again and sign a real person’s name. If this is a mailed letter, include a PS with a nice added detail about a resource where they can find out more about the difference you are making because of their gift.SignatureRemember: 1. KNOW YOUR DONOR: Capture information on how your donors gave and what appeal they are supporting. Did they give in response to a special appeal or at an event? Were they asked to donate by one of your donor champions who was running a race to raise money for your cause? You need these details to properly thank and cultivate them.2. ALWAYS THANK YOUR DONORS: Always. No exceptions.3. THANK THEM EARLY: You should thank your donors within a few days of their gift. 4. THANK THEM OFTEN: Thank your donors several times, over time, and keep reporting back on the difference they have made.5. THANK THEM ACCURATELY: Make sure you have correctly spelled the donor’s name, stated the amount and date of the donation, included appropriate language for tax deductions and carefully note if the gift was made in honor of someone else.6. EXPRESS GRATITUDE: Say how pleased and thankful you were to get the donation.7. FOCUS ON EMOTION: Tell a short, wonderful story or use a specific example that shows what the donor is making possible. This is important so all donors feel great – and donors new to your cause grasp what it really means. You want to tug at the heartstrings and bring your mission to life. Some fun ideas: Take photos of your work and slip one of those into a mailed card. Have a beneficiary write the thank-you email.8. GIVE THE DONOR CREDIT: Your communications to your donors should use the word “you” a lot more than the word “we.” Give your donors credit for what you do in every piece of outreach. Be constantly on the lookout for ways to recognize your donors – in your annual report, on your website and at your events.9. BE SPECIFIC ABOUT IMPACT: Make very clear how you will use the money and tie that impact back to the solicitation that was sent. If you sent an appeal to save puppies, talk about how many puppies you will save!10. MAKE IT PERSONAL: In addition to addressing the donor by name, you want to sign the appeal from a real person. No “dear friend” or “dear supporter” salutations and no nameless signatories! We recommend you get creative with who “signs” your electronic and mailed letters – a board member, a volunteer, a beneficiary can add significance to your acknowledgementNow go celebrate Generosity Day!last_img read more

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Build Your Online Presence with Pro Bono

first_imgWe know it’s hard to tackle the never ending list of tasks associated with building an online presence. Lucky for nonprofits, pro bono professionals are ready to help boost your online image via social media, online fundraising, email marketing, and SEO Because of organizations like the Taproot Foundation and Catchafire it’s much easier to find pro bono consultants who are willing to provide their talents at no charge to a nonprofit like yours.If pro bono is new to you, projects that are compartmentalized—photography, newsletter design, and copyediting—are great places to start. Projects like designing an entire website or creating a communication strategy are more complex and best approached when you are prepared to invest the time and staff resources to work with a pro bono consultant over a longer period of time. Although these projects are more advanced, they often result in long-lasting relationships with your consultants and can create invested champions for your cause.To start planning how you can use pro bono to maximize your online presence, download our chart to assess what pro bono projects your nonprofit is ready for.Once you’ve identified your projects, check out how you can secure pro bono help at the Taproot Foundation’s website.last_img read more

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14 Reasons Donor Management Will Save You This Year

first_imgStill tracking your donors through five different versions of Excel spreadsheets, endless email chains, and Post-It notes? Let’s be real:  you need a better way to manage your individual donors.A donor management system will save you time and will help you be a smarter fundraiser. Not sure how this works? Here are the top 14 ways a donor management system will help you this year:Raise more money by targeting donors. Smart donor management allows you to easily create dynamic lists and develop targeted campaigns to donors based on giving history, average gift amount, and more.Eliminate repetitive, manual, and time-consuming tasks by automating standard processes and workflows. Free up your staff to focus on building relationships instead of administrative tasks.Track campaign results in real time. Spend less time (and money) on tracking results from your campaigns and more time planning your next one.Remove the need to sift through multiple spreadsheets and applications to find donor data. Once you move to a donor management system, it’s all in one place and accessible online so you can look up information anywhere.Know how you are progressing towards your December goals. Online fundraising data flows into your donor database to automatically update charts and reports giving you a clearer picture of how close you are to achieving your fundraising goals.Understand your donors and their behaviors. Storing detailed information like donation, volunteer, event attendance, demographics, and participation information will help you better understand what you donors want from your organization (and what they don’t want).Share information between staff and volunteers. A donor database will help you avoid confusion and have everyone operating off the same information. No more searching through an inbox to find the latest version, it’s all stored in one place and updated in real time.Check donor information on the go. Take your filing cabinet with you by having mobile access to view and enter notes right after you make a donor visit.Retain your year-end donors and build stronger relationships. A great donor management system will send automatic thank you emails for donations and reminder emails for pledges that are yet to be fulfilled.Get the most from all your tools with seamless integration. Connect email marketing, donation forms, and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns so every bit of data is stored in one place.Keep donor relationships strong even when staff turnover happens. Notes are stored in a donor record so when a new staff member starts, all communication history is at their fingertips.Allow staff and volunteers to see only what they need to see. Control access to constituent information by setting permissions to records and data fields.Track incoming funds and pledges. View progress in a dashboard format that is board meeting ready.Remove the need for IT resources to hold your hand every step of the way. A good donor management system should be easy to set up and maintain by development staff. You shouldn’t have to wait on IT support to do your job.With the right donor management, smarter fundraising tools, and a solid campaign plan, you’ll be all set to raise more this year—and for years to come.last_img read more

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4 Lessons from the Trenches to Prepare for Giving Season

first_imgHere at Network for Good, we’re continuously innovating our platform. The best way we do this is by immersing ourselves in the lives of our nonprofit users to understand the everyday problems they are trying to solve.Last week, during a quarterly business review meeting in Baltimore, our team was challenged to meet with local nonprofits to help them drive awareness and increase funds. Below are the cliff notes from the day:The ChallengeWe arrived in Baltimore at 9AM on Wednesday, July 19. We broke into five teams and were given a task: find a nonprofit and help them fundraise leveraging the “Jobs to be Done” philosophy around functional, social, and emotional drivers. The team that raises the most, wins.The results: $7,360. In a single day.That’s $7,360 that went to five local nonprofits: Wide Angle Youth Media, Holistic Life Foundation, Playworks Maryland, Women’s Housing Coalition, and University of Maryland Baltimore.As we got to know these five nonprofits and the people who lead them, four lessons stood out. We thought we would share them in a new Blog Series to help you prepare for giving season.Here’s what we learned:1. Giving is an emotional act.We quickly learned the real-life value of emotionally driven appeals. Most of the donations we collected were from people who had an emotional connection to us. We had greater luck raising funds from text messages to our personal network than asking for donation on the streets – although we did both! This builds the case for the power behind peer-to-peer fundraising.2. Not all nonprofits are created equal, but they all face time and capacity challenges.Each nonprofit we helped had their own set of challenges to overcome. Some had more limited resources than others. Some had a lot of pressure on them to fundraise in order to serve their clients, while others needed more strategic help.  But what they all had in common was time and capacity challenges and the need for systems that would solve this problem.3. All of them wonder, “Are we doing enough?”All of the nonprofits we worked with that day shared concerns about their funding and sustainability. They wondered if they were doing enough to diversity their funding strategy. Creating a sustainable individual giving program and having the right mix of individual giving and additional funding sources are continual concerns.4. There’s nothing like the power of a team.When we set out to raise as much as we could in just one day, we quickly learned that we were all motivated to win the challenge because we all knew what we were working towards. We saw this at the nonprofits too, and believe those with a strong strategy were able to rally their troops and others around their cause more easily.Check back next week as we dive into the first lesson, on how you can leverage the emotional connection when developing your appeals this giving season.last_img read more

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Everton vs Manchester City: Sane in as Sterling and De Bruyne benched

first_imgManchester City have the opportunity to go top of the Premier League on Wednesday when they travel to face Everton.Liverpool have slipped up in their last couple of matches, and while Pep Guardiola’s side have also proven vulnerable, losing to Newcastle, what might have been a seven-point gap could be totally eradicated.City are playing this fixture in advance due to their raft of commitments in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and it gives them the chance to launch a pre-emptive strike on the Reds, though their city rivals are unlikely to make life easy for them at Goodison Park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Everton vs Manchester City Date Wednesday, February 6 Time 7:45pm GMT/2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can watched on NBCSN or UNIVERSO. It can be streamed via NBC Sports Live or UNIVERSO NOW. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / UNIVERSO NBC Sports Live / UNIVERSO NOW In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast or available for streaming. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Everton squad Goalkeepers Pickford, Stekelenburg Defenders Keane, Zouma, Browning, Digne, Baines, Galloway, Coleman, Kenny Midfielders Schneiderlin, Gomes, Gueye, Davies, McCarthy, Sigurdsson Forwards Richarlison, Lookman, Bernard, Walcott, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin Everton make five changes to the side that were beaten by Wolves last weekend.Seamus Coleman, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison are all on the bench.Jonjoe Kenny, Lucas Digne, Idrissa Gueye, Bernard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all start.Confirmed Everton starting XI: Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gomes, Gueye, Davies; Walcott, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin Position Manchester City squad Goalkeepers Ederson, Muric Defenders Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Sandler, Mendy, Walker, Danilo Midfielders Fernadinho, Gundogan, Delph, Zinchenko, Foden, D. Silva, Diaz, B. Silva, Mahrez, De Bruyne Forwards Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, Sane Pep Guardiola has made two changes from the team that beat Arsenal on Sunday, with John Stones and Leroy Sane returning to the starting XI.Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both on the bench.Confirmed Manchester City starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva (C), Sane, Bernardo, AgueroBetting & Match Odds Manchester City are 3/10 favourites to win this game at bet365. Everton are a 9/1 shot, while a draw is 21/4.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Pep Guardiola Manchester City 2018-19All eyes will be on Manchester City on Tuesday as they attempt to go back to the top of the Premier League table. Liverpool have stumbled in their quest for a first English crown since 1990, and while they still remain in the driving seat, if Pep Guardiola’s men were to win on Tuesday in response to two Reds draws, the psychological edge would surely have swung in their favour.City overcame a stern test from Arsenal at the weekend, winning 3-1 thanks to a treble from Sergio Aguero, and though there was controversy over his third goal, in which he admitted to a handball, the Citizens were resounding and deserving winners.It was an impressive way to bounce back from a stunning loss against Newcastle, which threatened to end their title challenge.Guardiola, however, is still aware that City’s hopes balance on the edge of a knife.“The pressure is when you’re behind. If you lose points, it’s tougher. When you’re top with distance you can lose points and still be there,” he said, but denied he is trying to play mental warfare with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.“I’m not in the mind of Jurgen and the players. Every press conference you say: ‘Put pressure on Liverpool.’ I don’t know. We have to be ourselves. That’s the main target we want to achieve. And win our games.”City will now aim to put on the kind of commanding display they managed at Goodison Park last season, when they ran out 3-1 winners but in truth were far more comfortable than that.“You could see it in their faces in the first half that they didn’t know what was happening … and that’s why you feel in so much control I guess, when you see it on their faces,” Kevin De Bruyne commented in the aftermath of that encounter. The same scoreline was repeated shortly before Christmas, when the clubs last met, and since then Everton’s form has largely been disappointing.The Toffees went down 3-1 against Wolves on Saturday, despite Andre Gomes drawing them level in the first half.Europe is not out of the question for Marco Silva’s side, but pressure is mounting on the manager, whose side could be in the bottom half of the table by the weekend if results go awry.Guardiola and City will, however, show little sympathy. 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Wijnaldum waiting to see if chasing ‘suits’ Liverpool

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum admits Liverpool are about to discover whether chasing “suits” them, with a Merseyside derby draw with Everton leaving them behind Manchester City in the title race.Jurgen Klopp’s side have spent much of the 2018-19 campaign leading the way in the battle for the Premier League crown.They were as many as 10 points clear at one stage, but are now one adrift of defending champions from the Etihad Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! With there still nine games to go, more twists and turns are expected before the grandest prize in English football is handed out.Liverpool are, however, going to have to play catch-up if they are to end their 29-year wait for domestic dominance and Wijnaldum is unsure as to how they will respond to finding themselves in that position.The Dutch midfielder told Sky Sports on the back of a goalless stalemate at Goodison Park which means the Reds have now won just two of their last six in the league: “It’s a difficult one to swallow because everyone wanted to be top of the table. But I don’t want to say that it’s a setback.”It’s normal that we are disappointed but that’s the situation and we have to deal with it. We are going to train hard and make sure we win the rest of the games. We have to perform and try to win every game because City will do the same.”I don’t know [whether we prefer to chase them]. We have to see if it suits us better. It’s always difficult to say. I think they are used to the pressure. For us it’s new. We just have to make sure that in the last nine games we give our all, and we’ll see what happens.”Liverpool will get the chance to get back on track next weekend when they play host to Burnley.With that contest due to be held on Sunday, and City in action against Watford a day earlier, Klopp’s side could find themselves even further back on the Blues by the time they take to the field at Anfield.Victory over the Clarets will keep them in the hunt, though, and offer a welcome pick-me-up ahead of a shift in focus to European competition.After facing Burnley, the Reds will then take in the second leg of a Champions League last-16 encounter with Bayern Munich which is currently locked at 0-0. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Get Your Discount to Personal Democracy Forum 2012

first_imgInterested in how technology is changing politics and society? Then get yourself to Personal Democracy Forum, where nearly 1,000 activists, organizers, technologists, journalists, politicians, and government officials from across the worlds of politics, advocacy, new media, and technology will convene on June 11 and June 12.Our founder, Sara Horowitz, is speaking at this cross-partisan forum that will offer participants an opportunity to engage in conversations that are driving real change in technology, governance, and the non-profit world. With an array of in-depth keynote talks and breakout sessions designed to serve everyone from novices who need to quickly learn how to use the Internet in their work, to veterans looking to discuss the latest industry ideas and new trends, Personal Democracy Forum will illuminate how new kinds of tech-driven organizing, story-telling, and policymaking are rapidly changing the global political landscape.Here’s a bonus just for you: Freelancers Union members receive 20% off registration by using discount code FREELANCERS.Register now!In addition to Freelancers Union Executive Director and Founder Sara Horowitz, some of PDF’s speakers include:• Joaquin Alvarado, Chief Strategy Officer, Center for Investigative Reporting• John Perry Barlow, Co-Founder & Vice Chairman, Electronic Frontier Foundation• Christina Bellantoni, Politics Editor, PBS NewsHour• David Boyce, CEO of Fundly, the largest online social fundraising platform in the US• Masha Gessen, Author, “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladmir Putin”• Sami Ben Gharbia, Tunisian Blogger, Advocacy Director for Global Voices• Van Jones, president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream• Jaron Lanier, Partner Architect, Microsoft Research and author of “You are Not a Gadget”• Jane Holl Lute, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Homeland Security• Sascha Meinrath, Director, New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative• An Xiao Mina, Social Media Artist• Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit• Todd Park, CTO of the USA• Stav Shaffir, Organizer, Israeli Social Justice Protests• Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)• Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation• Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director, Witness• Baratunde Thurston, Editor, The Onion• Senator Ron Wyden, United States Senator (D-OR)• and more: http://personaldemocracy.com/conferences/nyc/2012/speakerslast_img read more

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Employed or unemployed? That’s not the right question.

first_imgThe U.S. unemployment rate for August was 7.3%, a slight improvement over July, and the economy added 169,000 jobs, missing economists’ expectations.Here’s CNNMoney’s analysis.“Hiring continued at a slow pace in August, and the unemployment rate fell as more Americans dropped out of the labor force.”But as I’ve said in Dispatches before, these monthly numbers don’t tell the whole story. In fact, they may be telling the wrong story.The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ surveys were designed in the 1940s, when “work” overwhelmingly meant a full-time, 40-hour week job.But work has changed dramatically since then—about one-third of the workforce is freelancing these days. And that makes a huge difference, as I explained today on PBS NewsHour’s Making Sen$e Business Desk:“The BLS still uses a standard workweek as the measure of employment, but there’s a whole workforce out there that doesn’t fit easily into that box. It’s impossible to know how many people are being miscounted, undercounted or left out entirely.With freelancing clearly on the rise, we can’t just leave this new workforce out of our economic data. The BLS surveys need to be updated to reflect the way people work now. Instead of focusing on whether someone’s job is full-time or part-time, how about asking if they have enough work to sustain a life?” (Read the full article here.) __It’s time for freelancers to be counted.last_img read more

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Show Us Your Mug

first_imgBehind every freelancer is a great mug. Your mug leads a life of quiet, selfless service, and it’s time to give it its 15 minutes of internet fame.Every mug has a story: Who gave it to you? Why do you love it?We asked our freelancer friends for their mug stories, and we hope you share yours with us too. E-mail us a photo of your mug plus your name, occupation and website to lvanthoen@freelancersunion.org and we may feature you on our blog.First up:Name: Lauren DlugoszOccupation: Writer at Freelancers UnionWebsite: http://authorstalker.tumblr.com/Your mug story: My friend Kelly is an art teacher who spent one summer volunteering at MudLOVE, a pottery studio and charity. She asked the owner to make me a coffee mug with an owl on it (yes, I had fallen prey to the owl craze), and this was the end result: a mug with the word ‘owl’ instead of a picture of an owl. It’s a funny miscommunication that makes me smile every time I drink out of it. Plus, the handle has a thumb rest! The thumb rest on this baby makes all other mugs seem inferior.last_img read more

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You Are In Control

first_imgBy Katie Lane (reprinted from her blog)This guest blog post was written by Katie Lane, an attorney and negotiation consultant who helps freelancers and independent artists protect their rights and get paid fairly for the work they do. Combining a background in theatre, years of experience negotiating multi-million dollar deals, and a deep affection for all things nerdy, Katie teaches freelancers how to negotiate in a style that feels comfortable, strong, and authentic. She posts weekly about negotiation and law on her blog at WorkMadeForHire.net, and she is also leading our next Freelance 360 educational event in Portland.Feeling like you don’t have control over what happens in your work is a pretty crappy feeling.I hear from freelancers all the time about clients who push them around and bills that necessitate taking less than stellar jobs. About the frustration of feeling like the jobs dictate the work, instead of being able to direct one’s own career.I also know that working a day-job and doing freelance on the side can be frustrating: you aren’t fully in either world and so it can feel like you don’t have control in either.No matter what your current freelance position is, this post is my simple reminder to you that you are in control. You do have the power to decide what happens next.You are the boss.One of the great things about freelancing is that you are your own boss.By NDNG via Flickr.comAnd one of the frustrating things about freelancing is that you don’t have an external boss to tell you what to do, how to prioritize or to stand between you and a completely unreasonable client demand.Making it harder, certain (obnoxious) clients will tell you that they are your boss because they’re paying your fee.A client is not a your boss. A client is a customer. Someone to whom you should pay a great deal of attention, but not someone in charge of you. The customer is not always right.As the boss, you have the right to say “no” to a customer’s unreasonable demand. You also have the right to stop or not work with someone who won’t follow your rules.As the boss you also have the power to assess a situation and make the decision that the temporary client shenanigans are worth the extra effort you’ll have to put into the project. You can the decide that the money or opportunity or project is worth it.Whatever you decide, though, remember that it is your decision. As the boss, you are in charge and get to decide what you will, and won’t, do.Does that mean it will be easier to say “no” to the client demand or push through the next deadline? No.But knowing it’s your decision to do so can help make the process a whole lot easier. It can help you find the “yes” in your “no.”You know more about what you do than they do.Clients are hiring you because you have a skill or talent or ability that they want to benefit from. Put more simply: you have something that they want.By Kumar Appaiah via Flickr.comThis is something you probably inherently know as a freelancer, but it’s incredibly easy to forget. In part because they also have something you want: work, money.The client is not all knowing. Their possession of money and the ability to give it to you does not mean they know more about what you do than you do.Many clients don’t realize everything that goes into what you do — the steps, the consideration, the planning. This can mean that when they ask for something outlandish, they don’t actually realize it’s outlandish.They also might not realize that what they’re asking for is contrary to what they said their goals for the project are. As the expert in doing what you do, it’s your job to intervene and educate clients when they start wandering down these treacherous garden paths.Moving into a consultant role on a job can feel intimidating. “They seem so sure of what they want.” “These are smart people, they have to realize what they’re asking. They must know something I don’t.”By Pete Prodoehl via Flickr.comBut don’t put yourself in a Horrible Realizations Made Too Late situation.“Before we go any further, I want to make sure we’re on the same page. You’ve said you want to use this project for X, Y and Z. You’ve also said that you want A and B. If we go forward with B, you won’t be able to do X or Z; is that what you want?”At the same time, it is perfectly OK to tell a client “No” when they try and get consulting services out of a project that doesn’t justify them. (Remember: you’re the boss.)Let’s take a simple illustration design as an example: They hire you to create icons they can use across their social media accounts. You collect information about what they want the icon to look like and which platforms they use or intend to use.Scenario A: They tell you they just need one file, not a whole bunch. They’ll just make the image bigger or smaller depending on where they use it.Scenario B: They ask about the market value of using different colors on the illustration, because oh, by the way, he wants to use this as a logo. Do customers respond better to red or blue? And what’s the best way of introducing a new logo? Do you think he should make t-shirts with it for his employees?By Ross Mayfield via Flickr.comIn Scenario A, use your expertise to educate the client about why that might not be a great idea and explain what limitations he’ll face if you do that. Make a recommendation of what to do instead.With Scenario B on the other hand, the client is asking for services (valuable services) that are beyond the scope of what he hired you to do. If you feel like you can give him good advice, let him know that you can help but those consulting services weren’t included in what he hired you to do. If he’d like to consult about brand development and placement that will require an additional fee.If those questions are way outside your comfort zone or you just don’t want to do it? Say no. Tell him you can’t provide those services but you know of these three people that might be able to help him out.By NDNG via Flickr.comFreelancing is hard work. But it can also be very rewarding work.Don’t let pushy or misguided clients make you forget one of the best things about freelancing: that you are in control and you get to make the decisions that are best for you.Freelancing in the Pacific Northwest? Learn more from Katie Lane at Be Their Go-To: Building Lasting Relationships with Clients and Collaborators! The event is held on Tuesday, Feb 20 at Moxie Studio, from 6:30-8:30 PM.last_img read more

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Its a bird, its a plane? no, its 101-year-old miracle

first_imggrandmaBy Asim KamalNew Delhi, Oct 8 (PTI) Centenarians are expected to take life easy. But 101-year-old Man Kaur would rather throw a javelin or a shot put, hit the gym, eat like an athlete – and win a race.Dubbed the Miracle from Chandigarh, she shot to fame after winning the 100-metre sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, earlier this year.Kaur was recently in the news after she was denied a visa by China, where she was to have taken part in a championship.But the grandmother, who now trains in Patiala after moving to the city from Chandigarh about a year ago, is not unduly troubled by that and is looking forward to her next sprint.”Practice and participation in events give me happiness,” Kaur told PTI over the phone from Patiala when asked what drove her to compete.Though her achievements on the field are well known, not many would be aware of the secret behind her fitness at 101.Talking about Kaurs wellness mantra, her son Gurdev Singh, who also takes part in international races and athletic events, said her diet was similar to that of any young athlete preparing for a competition.”She has six rotis, prepared with sprouted wheat, sprouted kala chana and barley every day,” he said.Apart from the rotis, she has a diet of soya milk, seasonal fruits, juices and kefir (fermented milk), which they get from Canada, Singh said.Kaur also trains regularly, varying her regimen from day to day.advertisementHer 79-year-old son said on some days she goes for a run, and on other days she practises her javelin or shot put throw.”On certain days, she goes to the gym and does weight training,” he said.Asked what advice shed give the younger generation, Kaur, who speaks only in Punjabi, said what any grandmother would.”Eat well, eat healthy and exercise regularly. Dont eat unhealthy food and stay away from junk food. And be friends with good people,” said Kaur, who took up athletics when she was 93.While the mother-son duo have earned global laurels, it has not been an easy run for them in a country where cricket tends to elbow out other sports.They rue that recognition and rewards have eluded them in their home country. “She gets so much love and respect abroad,” Singh pointed out.When they reached New Zealand, they found the world media waiting for Kaur.”And when she won the gold in the 100 metres, top officials in New Zealand invited her for dinner to honour her,” Singh said.”But in India there was not a single person who came to receive us at the airport,” he added.Singh, who along with his mother has taken part in dozens of Masters Athletic meets around the globe, hastened to add that lack of interest or accolades in India didnt trouble them much.”We dont care about these things. We will continue doing what we love,” he said.Kaur, who has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Best Sporting Moment of the Year 2017 Award, won her first medal in 2010 at the Chandigarh Masters Athletics meet.Laureus World Sports Awards, established by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation founding patrons Daimler and Richemont, honour remarkable individuals from the world of sports.At the World Masters Games in Auckland this year, she won the gold in the 100 metres, clocking one minute and 14 seconds.Run by an association of international federations, the Games seek to “promote lifelong competition, friendship and understanding between mature sportspeople…”Kaur and Singh were last month denied a visa by China on the grounds that they did not have a personal invitation from the organisers of the Asian Masters Athletics Championships.The mother and son, however, have moved on and already set their sights on the World Masters in Spain next year, as they continue to prove that age is just a number for them. PTI ASK BDS ABHlast_img read more

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Alexander Zverev beats Marin Cilic in impressive ATP Finals debut

first_imgA few hours after old master Roger Federer reminded everyone of his enduring magic, Alexander Zverev, the man leading the next generation of men’s tennis, dazzled on his ATP Finals debut.The 20-year-old German, ranked three in the world, was hot and cold against Croatia’s Marin Cilic but, when it mattered most, he produced his best tennis to win 6-4 3-6 6-4.Zverev, the youngest qualifier for the season-ender for nine years, appeared to be fading after a dazzling start, but surged back in style to join Federer on top of Boris Becker Group.”It is different walking on here than any other stadium. The crowd, the atmosphere is amazing,” Zverev, who revelled on the big stage, told reporters after the late-night finish.”There were a lot of nerves involved in my first match. Obviously I’m happy that’s behind me. I’m happy that I won.”Zverev possesses huge power off the ground, yet it was his finesse at the net which earned him a break in the opening game, picking off a low drop volley that gave Cilic no chance.His forehand wavered at times as Cilic cleverly tried to take the pace off the ball with some floaty slices, but Zverev closed out the first set with an ace.Cilic, back in London since his traumatic Wimbledon final defeat by Federer when he broke down in tears as blisters wrecked his big day, then took control.The big Croat upped his serving and forehand power to level the match and then led 3-1 in the third set.advertisementAt 3-2, he was 40-15 up on serve but Zverev, wound-up by an erroneous over-rule, forged back to break with an exquisite lob.Cilic then dropped serve to love at 4-5 to lose for the sixth time in seven matches at the year-ender.Zverev, bidding to become the first German to finish the year in the world’s top three since Boris Becker in 1994, will face a mouthwatering clash with Federer on Tuesday.Six-time champion Federer had earlier beaten Jack Sock.”I think anyone beating Federer in this group has a good chance of (reaching the semi-finals),” Zverev, who beat the Swiss to win this year’s Montreal title, his second Masters 1000 title of the year, said.”But he’s the favourite definitely in all of the matches he plays. But I enjoy playing in front of big stages, big crowds.”last_img read more

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WWE Survivor Series 2017: Brock Lesnar beats AJ Styles, Charlotte Fair overwhelms Alexa Bliss

first_imgRAW reigned supreme as they emerged victorious over SmackDown 4-3 to win the WWE Survivor Series in Houston, Texas.In the battle of the champions in the men’s division, RAW’s WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar overcame SmackDown’s WWE Champion AJ Styles. The match was set-up after former champion Jinder Mahal was shocked by the phenomenal AJ Styles. The match initially played out as a traditional Brock Lesanr match, with him executing some heavy power moves with devastating force, AJ Styles exceptionally selling each of his suplexes.The match-up progressed on his ususal beats as Lesnar, who had come under fire in the past to be a difficult worker, matching moves with Styles, the best in-ring performer currently in WWE. Both superstars unleashed their signature moves, it was Lesnar who finished off the match for Team RAW with a ‘F-5’ after catching Styles mid-air with a phenomenal foerarm.In the Women’s marquee clash, it was SmackDown’s newly crowned Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, who overwhelmed RAW’s Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. Charlotte, who was part of the women’s five-on-five elimination match, had defeated Natalya on the last SmackDown show before pay-per-view. Women’s wrestling has come leaps and bounds in the recent past, and the match proved to a perfect showcasing of the female talent that WWE now possesses.WWE Photo Houston’s Toyota Center witnessed one of the more traditional ‘heal versus face’ contests that the Survivor Series match-card was missing. The Goddess (Alexa Bliss) attacked with continuous strikes throughout the match, giving the Queen (Charlotte Flair) no breathing room whatsoever. Charlotte pulled out her father’s (Ric Flair) famous Figure-Eight Leglock move as Bliss finally relented.advertisementThe results: Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination MatchTeam Raw Men’s defeated Team SmackDown with Triple H and Braun Strowman survivingChampion vs. Champion MatchUniversal Champion Brock Lesnar defeated WWE Champion AJ StylesChampion vs. Champion MatchSmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair defeated Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss  Champion vs. Champion MatchSmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos defeated Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & SheamusChampion vs. Champion MatchUnited States Champion Baron Corbin defeated Intercontinental Champion The MizWomen’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination MatchTeam Raw defeated Team SmackDown with Asuka as the sole survivorThe Shield defeated The New Daylast_img read more

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