first_imgLegendary West Indies captain Viv Richards believes the poor run of results in the current series against Pakistan could be a sign that tensions between players and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) may be reaching breaking point.The 64-year-old former batting star, who is covering the series as a television analyst, said that the West Indies players appeared out of sorts and this may be stemming from a strained relationship with the current administration, reports CMC.”Everyone seems to be of the belief that the administration in some way has become totally dictatorial, and is not a process that I believe some of the individuals feel totally comfortable playing under,” Richards told Observer Radio’s sports show on Thursday.”I don’t know whether this can go on for much longer, but it was just sad, to a degree, to see some of the guys who were not quite in it.” (Lack of experience hurting West Indies in Tests, says Misbah-ul-haq)The West Indies are yet to win on the tour taking place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and have lost all eight games against Pakistan across all three formats — three each in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and T20s and two Tests.They opened with a humbling 0-3 whitewash in the Twenty20 series — a format in which they are reigning World champions — and suffered a similar drubbing in the One-Day International series.Currently, they trail 0-2 in the three-Test series, with the final game slated for Sharjah starting on Sunday. (Yasir Shah leads Pakistan to series win against West Indies)advertisementOn the day the squad departed the Caribbean for the tour last month, the WICB fired head coach Phil Simmons — a decision all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard said demoralised the side and led to the dismal performances.Richards, who has been critical of the board’s handling of cricket matters in the past, said it was evident during the limited overs series that players were disillusioned.”I felt like what took place in the T20 series and the ODIs is that the guys were not here, meaning they were here physically but still not here mentally,” he continued. (2nd Test: Younis Khan hundred drives Pakistan against West Indies on Day 1)”There is a whole lot still going on in terms of administration, and it’s getting a little much in my view.”He added: “For the success that we would have achieved in (the recent past) and the three ways in which we would have won in terms of the (Under-19 World Cup) and the ladies (Women’s T20 World Cup) as well, plus the men, we should have at least looked to push on a little bit.”last_img read more

first_imgMeanwhile Englands injured pace spearhead James Anderson Meanwhile Englands injured pace spearhead James Anderson is expected to undergo a fitness test back home in less than 24 hours to find out whether he will be able to take part in the series at a later stage. “He will be assessed in the next 24 hours. As of now he will miss the Rajkot Test,” said the visiting teams sources. Anderson, Englands highest wicket taker (463 victims) in 119 Tests and one of their key bowlers in Indian conditions on past tours, is recovering from a shoulder injury. The 34-year-old right arm fast bowler missed the tour to Bangladesh, but England are hopeful that he could return to the team at some stage of the tour of India. He has 22 wickets from seven Tests that he had played on Indian soil. This is the ninth series between the two countries involving five or more Tests and the first lengthy rubber in the country since the 1984-85 one between the squads captained by Sunil Gavaskar and David Gower. The other games of the series are to be played in Vishakapatnam (Nov 17-21), Mohali (Nov 26-30), Mumbai (Dec 8-12) and Chennai (Dec 16-20). On its previous Test tour of India, England came from behind to turn the tables on the hosts and emerge 2-1 victors in a four-Test series. Cook was the England captain then too. England squad: Alastair Cook (Captain), Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Johny Bairstow (WK), Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jose Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steve Finn, H Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes. PTI SSR DK AH AH BASadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAfter Operation Calm Down in south Kashmir, Army is now focussing on another operation — School Chalo, under which it identifies areas and provides students with free coaching and make them participate in extra-curricular activities.”We know we have to deal situation on the internal front and we are doing that with desired results. But simultaneously during my interaction with locals, I felt they were worried about the studies of their children, but at the same time anxious about their security. That is where I asked my boys to work out a plan for providing education to students,” says Major General Ashok Narula, General-Officer-in-Command of Victor Force.READ: School building destroyed in fire in Kashmir ANOTHER CAMPAIGN The army had launched Operation Calm Down in August- September to clear different parts of the Valley of militants and protesters using minimum force.With educational institutions remaining closed for about five months now and over 30 schools being burnt down over the past weeks, General Narula’s directions under the School Chalo programme is increasingly becoming popular in the Valley.Various formations under his command have started identifying teachers in localities and urging them to hold classes in schools or community houses to impart education to children, who have been deprived of it ever since trouble broke out on July 9 this year, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter.WATCH:”Besides being an army officer, I am a father of two children. So here I approached the issue as a father and not as an Army officer and ensured that these children should hold books in their hands, rather than a stone,” Narula said.advertisementLOCAL SLOGAN FOR WIDER APPEAL Using a local slogan Chyem ne zaroorat Daulat-o-Rubab, Faqat Gochum School te Kitab (I dont need money and fame, I need books and school), the army officers and men now perform a different kind of task — to convince the parents to send their wards to make-shift dwellings to study.Army officers cited the performance of 292 students who were studying in the Army Goodwill School at Pahalgam who were being taught by well qualified teachers.”Unhindered by the turmoil which had engulfed the state, these students have not only finished and revised their syllabus but have also participated whole-heartedly in various functions like Eid, Independence Day etc. These (activities) were also the reasons given to parents in other localities to convince them to send in their children,” said Narula.READ: J-K: Another government school set ablaze in Anantnag, concerns mount over students’ safety AFTER A PILOT CAMPAIGNTaking a cue from this operation, far off in Rainpora, a village located in remote South Kashmir, the troops finally managed to convince parents to send their wards to study and two local teachers to impart them education.Attired in a cardigan which read ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, Rafiq Ahmed, a local teacher, is busy teaching students from a locality near Rainpora. “I am a teacher and I am given the task by the God Almighty to impart education to my students and I am only performing my duty,” he said.Colonel Dharmendra Yadav, who commands a unit in Anantnag, has been carrying forward the command of his GoC and is personally engaging with parents to ensure that children at least attend the community schooling.WATCH:”We are trained for a situation and collapse of an education system is also a situation that needs to dealt. Army has risen to the occasion and will ensure that the children are imparted with knowledge,” Col Yadav said as he shook hands with a small child.FOCUS IS ON YOUTHThe army has also started “Naujawan Club” where children and youth get a chance to display their talent in sports.”The point is to keep them away from anti-social elements and I am glad that many come here to play all sorts of games or access the Internet to know about the rest of world. It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm amongst these children,” Col Yadav said in his unit at Larkhipora.Kashmir has seen a virtual collapse of educational institution and also the burning down of at least 31 schools by miscreants in various parts of the Valley.Citing the example of Army Goodwill School at Pahalgam, Gen Narula said “for the students of the only fully residential school in the Valley which has been running classes from 6th to 12th class, Kitab ke Dushman are Kashmir ke Dushman (enemies of books are enemies of Kashmir).”advertisementREAD: 174 schools closed in Jammu as heavy firing by Pakistan continues BURHAN’S FATHER MAKES APPEALRecently, Muzzafar Wani, father of Burhan Wani, had expressed “deep pain” over the burning down of schools in the Valley and made a fervent appeal to those behind it to refrain from targeting educational institutions.”As a teacher, whenever a school is burnt down, my heart is set on fire. This is not right. Whosoever is responsible for this is doing no good to the society. A society without any education is lifeless. They do not have any identity,” Wani said and made it clear that he was making this statementas a teacher and not as any leader. WATCH:last_img read more

first_imgIn Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance, Shah Rukh Khan plays himself, a top Bollywood star. In one scene, SRK is giving career advice to a rising star played by Farhan Akhtar, who has just debuted in a blockbuster. Shah Rukh tell Farhan that a person is chosen by his first film. However, the actor thereafter has the power to choose his films.ALSO READ: 10 songs that prove Shah Rukh Khan is still the king of romanceALSO READ: Shah Rukh Khan rings in his 51st birthday in Alibaug ALSO READ: Lesser-known, interesting facts about King Khan on his birthdayThis simple quote says a lot of interesting things about Shah Rukh Khan’s personality.At 51, the man is still at top form as an actor, producer, studio head, owner of sports franchises, dancer at weddings, and twenty different things. His energy has become legend and he is in Forbes magazine’s list of the highest paid actors of the world. To suggest or say that Shah Rukh did Dilwale or Happy New Year or Chennai Express for money, or because he was of unsound mind, is preposterous. Since his (actual) debut film Dil Aashna Hai of 1992, whatever the man has done, he has put a lot of thought behind it, even though his work of late does not seem to have much thought behind it.Earlier this year, when asked about his career choices, in particular, his decision to act in so-called ‘brainless, masala movies’ after acting in classy, critically acclaimed films, SRK said something very interesting. Speaking to Huffington Post, the 51-year-old actor said, “As an actor, choosing the film that I want to do is the freedom that I should have. When you sit with a story, sometimes you just want to do it. Like I mentioned, sometimes I realise it’s not my world, but I get molded in that space only to see if I can pull it off. Sometimes I fail; other times I succeed. The success doesn’t make me want to do the same thing again. Or the failure doesn’t want me to not do it ever again. Instead, it makes me want to do it all over again.”advertisementShah Rukh Khan went on to add, “Dare not tell me that something is not my space. No director, writer, storyteller or filmmaker can tell me, I would love you in this film, this is not your space.”This is very important. Shah Rukh Khan has done and excelled in romantic films or romantic comedies for many years. Post 2000, he has tried to do different things, within the space that he has carved out for himself. While Devdas is a self-destructive, self-pitying lover, his turn as the coy, submissive but earnest Surinder Sahni in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is an entirely different animal. Moving away from his ‘serious’ performances in Swades and Chak De! India, Shah Rukh Khan has tried his hand in loud, bombastic, celebratory, campy cinema like Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale and Farah Khan’s Happy New Year. So, he never lost his mind or did anything for money. Shah Rukh is simply trying his hand at everything, which is to say, things he has never done before.As such, in the next few years, Shah Rukh Khan’s slate of films is very, very interesting. Looking at it, one would feel that Shah Rukh Khan is done with the campy cinema he had been doing for a long while. First, there’s English Vinglish director Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi, where he plays a middle-aged mentor in a supporting role. Next up is Parzania director Rahul Dholakia’s Raees, which is a hardcore gangster drama. Then, there is Raanjhanaa director Aanand L Rai’s Bandhua, where he plays a dwarf. And finally, Imtiaz Ali’s The Ring, which is expected to be yet another Imtiaz-esque tormented, tumultuous story about love. Can we stop for a moment and consider the range of roles Shah Rukh Khan will appear in in the next few years?  Shah Rukh Khan always considered himself an actor, like Daniel Day-Lewis and Robert De Niro. He never thought dancing around the trees and romancing heroines in chiffon sarees to be a lesser job. Similarly, to him, character-based roles that he will be seen in soon, is also, well, ‘acting’. As such, one can never predict or understand what Shah Rukh Khan will do next. While Salman Khan never pull off an Aamir Khan-type film, Aamir Khan can never step into a loud, masala film like Bodyguard or Ready. However, SRK intends to everything and anything.advertisementPerhaps, that is why, Shah Rukh Khan, the great actor that he is, is yet to deliver his best, his career-best performance. Expect the next decade to be a revelatory time for Shah Rukh’s fans, critics as well as detractors.(The writer tweets as @devarsighosh)last_img read more

first_imgTomTom, known for making GPS devices, on Wednesday unveiled  range of fitness trackers: the TomTom Touch, TomTom Spark 3, and TomTom Adventurer. India has the third most obese population and the company aims to focus on fitter India with its innovations.The TomTom Touch measures the percentage of body fat and muscle mass in the body to help user know his/her body composition. Body composition gives a user an advanced understanding of their fitness level and how it’s changing over time. The device helps track user’s steps, sleep, all day heart-rate, calories burned, it also comes equipped with a sports mode for running, cycling or hitting the gym. User can also stay connected with smartphone notifications. Users can also view their progress and share achievements with friends via the TomTom MySports companion app on their smartphone. Also Read: Apple launches waterproof Watch 2, focuses on health and fitness tracking Next is TomTom Adventurer which is a GPS Outdoor Watch built to elevate outdoor activities with dedicated sports modes for hiking, trail running, skiing and snowboarding. TomTom Adventurer is also equipped with a 24X7 activity tracker, multi-sport mode, built-in heart rate monitor, music player, barometer, compass and automatic lift detection for snow sports. It also comes with GPS tracking and Route Exploration, building on TomTom’s heritage as a global leader in navigation and mapping.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Band 2 review: More accurate, better and yet inexpensiveLast is TomTom Spark 3 GPS Multisport Fitness watch. It comes equipped with Route Exploration that helps user easily explore new trails and find their way back. Additionally, every time a user hits the road, the GPS trace is displayed on the GPS Sports Watch allowing them to find their way back to the start. By combining the integrated compass and GPS information, anyone can run with the confidence of knowing which path to take and how to get back. Routes are easily shared with friends after a run – challenging all to explore more. These GPS Sports Watches have brand new, slimmer, sleeker straps in a range of colours to wear every day, while still ready to take on even the toughest workouts.advertisement”With TomTom Touch fitness tracker you could see how your body composition changes over time to find out what works for you and understand how fit you are. Building on our years of experience in mapping and navigation, we are proud to also introduce path breaking Route Exploration technology in TomTom Adventurer Outdoor GPS watch and TomTom Spark 3 GPS fitness watches.” With three new product launches including two which are brand new categories, the business is in an exciting stage of growth. We are confident that the Indian consumers will find their perfect fitness companion with TomTom Sports,” said Andrew Cooper, senior vice president, TomTom International.Also Read: Samsung challenges Fitbit with $180 fitness tracker with GPSlast_img read more

first_imgResults: Results: Junior Mens Sprint (Finals): 1. Kaito Kajihara (JPN), 2. Shinji Nakano (JPN), 3. Hyunoh Park (KOR). Junior Mens Omnium (Finals): 1. Iogan Shtein (KAZ) 137 pts, 2. Ghalehsefidi Jamshidan (IRI) 128 pts, 3. Muhammad Nur Aiman Rosli (MAS) 111 pts; Mens Elite Sprint (Finals): 1. Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (MAS), 2. Tomoyuki Kawabata (JPN), 3. Yuta Wakimoto (JPN). Mens Elite Madison 50km (Finals): 1. KOR 86 pts, 2. KAZ 80 pts, 3. JPN 69 pts. Women Juniors Keirin (Finals): 1. Chao Yue Shen (CHN), 2. Anastassiya Shapovalova (KAZ), 3. Jia Fang Hu (CHN) Women Elite Keirin (Finals): 1. Lee Wai Sze (HKG), 2. Hyejin Lee (KOR), 3. Kayono Maedo (JPN) Women Elite Madison 30km: 1. HKG 115 pts, 2. KOR 40 pts, 3. JPN 28 pts. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_imgLeft-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman on Tuesday made his come-back to Bangladesh’s Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour, starting from March 7.Paceman Rubel Hossain also got the call while batsman Imrul Kayes has been dropped from the 16-member squad that was announced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Chief Selector Minhajul Abedin at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here, according to today announced the squad for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in March 2017.To know more: Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) February 21, 2017Bangladesh will play their 100th Test match in this series.For more: Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) February 18, 2017last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Mar 3 (PTI) Drawing an unlikely parallel between the Indian Super League, in its infancy now, and the phenomenally successful Premier League, Englands football great Alan Shearer said the baby steps taken a quarter century ago have led EPL to where its now. “My friends here tell me that football is never going to be the number one sport in India and cricket will always have that title. But that does not mean stopping efforts to make Indian football bigger and better,” said the former England international at a media interaction today. “When we look back to EPL in 1992 and now it shows how small steps will eventually get you there,” said the ex-Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers star striker who is the holder of the EPLs goal scoring record (260 strikes). Shearer, who is here to take part in “The Football Movement” initiative, did not think Chinas recent trend of paying exorbitant amount to attract top players to play in that nations league could be sustained for long. “I dont necessarily see that as the right way forward because its instant. I find it difficult to see how China is going to sustain it. Its about growing, about trying to promote from within, getting the youth involved in the game. But its not a quick process and will take time. “The difference between China and ISL is that when ISL signed a lot of big name players they were sort of on their way out or in the latter stages of their careers. What China are doing is to get players at the peak of their career, 24 or 25 years of age, which is one of the reasons why they have to pay the outrageous sums of money as salaries. “I find it difficult to see how China will be able to sustain paying the sort of salaries to players they pay now.” He was candid to say the worlds most popular sport is now a business and player power has increased multi-fold, thus making the football managers job a bit more taxing. “Football is a business, thats the way you have to look at it. From football club to others, everyone wants to make money. Thats the world we live in and in football, more so. Thats never going to change and it will only get bigger.” (More) PTI SSR NSK SDMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFor the past several months, we’ve been focused on the fourth quarter, getting ready for year-end, and #GivingTuesday. The fourth quarter is a pivotal time of year for organizations that depend on year-end generosity to scale their impact.Today, we want to take a step back from the coffee-fueled, I’ll-exercise-tomorrow, fourth-quarter craziness, and acknowledge you. Every day, you dedicate yourself to serving others. Your activities as a fundraiser, service provider, advocate, or researcher are changing lives – and the world is a better place because of you. At Network for Good, your mission is our passion and, in this week of giving thanks, we want to express our gratitude for your unrelenting passion to improve people’s lives. Thanks for your commitment, and thanks for letting us play a small role in your good work. Today, we’re thankful for you. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Network for Good!last_img read more

first_imgAs a fundraising professional there are always many routes you can take to get to the same result. For example, importing and exporting donor lists from system to system to send out appeal messages or even thank yous vs having all the donor data in one system ready to email out directly, no import required. So when is it the right time to try a new way? Determining this can be a challenge. At Network for Good we hear this all the time from our customers. They are working so hard to fundraise, but believe there is a better way. When you get to this point, it’s time to explore other options. And if you are still not sure if you are there, we have a great checklist to use to help you with that evaluation.At Network for Good we believe in doing things the right way. But we also believe that doing things right doesn’t have to be hard. That’s why we designed our fundraising software with helpful guidance built right into the solution so your nonprofit doesn’t have to second guess—giving you confidence in what you’re doing and increasing your efficacy—working smarter, not harder. Now that’s a better way.But let’s face it. Even if you decide a new solution is in order to set you down that new path, managing that change in your nonprofit can be super stressful. You have to gain buy-in and cooperation from your in-house team (if you even have one!), board members, and unpaid volunteers. But first you need to create a strategy and workflow that’ll help you guide everyone along through the process. It can feel a whole lot easier to keep plugging along the same old way, even when that means missing out on opportunities for growth.Where to begin? I encourage you to download our on-demand webinar, “Changing Behaviors and Mindsets to Grow your Nonprofit,” that we did with guest speaker Heather Yandow, to explore the concept of change management within nonprofits. I also encourage you to read our blog, “True Change Comes from Within–How to Manage Change in the Nonprofit Space,” on this topic to gain more ideas of how to put change into action.If your nonprofit isn’t using a donor database, or if the one you currently use is bringing you to tears of frustration, then it’s time to approach your board about a better way. The right donor management system makes it easy to track donors over time, automate and smartly target your communications, manage event ticketing and volunteers, cultivate major donors, and more. It also helps your organization save time, money, and staff resources—benefits that speak loudly to your executive board.But don’t just take our word for it, read about one of our customers, Middleburg Humane Foundation on their path to fundraising a better way.last_img read more

first_imgGareth Bale has now failed to score in 10 consecutive La Liga appearances, his worst run in the competition since signing for Real Madrid in 2013.Bale drew a blank again at home to Valencia on Saturday, despite seeing an early effort superbly stopped by Valencia goalkeeper Neto.However, the Wales star rarely threatened the goal after that and was eventually withdrawn by head coach Santiago Solari in the 63rd minute. 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! Solari said he hoped to get Bale back to his best after he was confirmed as permanent Real head coach last month so he must be concerned at the 29-year-old’s barren run.His domestic struggles are in sharp contrast to his form in Europe. Bale’s strike against Roma in the Champions League in midweek means he has now either found the target or laid on an assist in each of his last five European outings, his best run in the competition.Bale has also scored two goals in four appearances for Wales this campaign, but hasn’t hit the back of the net in La Liga since scoring in a 4-1 win over Leganes in August.Bale has regularly been linked with a move away from Real in the Spanish press, with moves to the likes of Manchester United and Bayern Munich mooted in recent windows.Earlier this week Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, insisted the forward was “very happy at Real Madrid” though stopped short of ruling out a future transfer.When asked whether Bale could follow former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to Serie A, Barnett admitted “nothing is impossible”.Despite Bale’s woes Real Madrid went on to secure victory with an early Daniel Wass own goal added to by Lucas Vazquez’s late strike a 2-0 win.Vazquez has now scored in back-to-back games for Real Madrid in all competitions for just the second time in his career – the first occurring more than two years ago.Meanwhile Solari must be delighted with the form of striker Karim Benzema, who set up Vazquez for the second goal.The 30-year-old striker has now been involved in nine goals in his last 10 games in all competitions.The win lifted Real up to fifth and level on 23 points with fourth-placed Alaves.Alaves and with the rest of the top four – Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla – all play on Sunday.last_img read more

first_img(Eds: rephrasing intro) By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI) Administrators will have to become more receptive to the athletes needs — this was Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathores message to officials during a surprise inspection of the SAI office at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, today. Rathore, who took charge from Vijay Goel after a cabinet reshuffle a couple of days ago, reached the stadium around 9:15am when a lot of officials had not even reached office. The 47-year-old, the countrys first Olympian to become the Sports Minister, told the Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials that work has to be done keeping in mind “service”. “He told them that SAI and all other stadiums should work with only one mentality and that is service. The administrator mentality has to go. The athletes should feel looked after since their needs are supreme,” a Sports Ministry official told PTI. The minister checked each and every room at the JLN stadium which also houses Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters. He even inspected the canteen to check cleanliness. “The minister also checked how the data on athletes is maintained and suggested complete digitisation of the athletes record and demanded a status report,” the official added. Another official said that he directed administrators to adopt a model based on Gramin Khel Utsav for involvement and participation of youth in sports activities. “He was largely satisfied but the major thrust was that mentality has to change towards treatment of our athletes,” said the official. On his first day in office, Rathore had made it clear that the philosophy of his ministry would be respect and facilities for athletes. Going down the memory lane, he recalled the days when as an athlete, he had to take permission at the reception to enter the ministry premises. “I know what hardships the athletes face,” Rathore, the 2004 Athens Games silver medallist in double trap, had said. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWayne Rooney, former England captain, received a two-year driving ban on Monday after pleading guilty in a British court to drink-driving.Rooney apologised for his “unforgivable lack of judgment” in a statement issued after he entered his guilty plea at Stockport Magistrates’ Court, near Manchester in northwest England.The 31-year-old was arrested in the early hours of Sept. 1 while driving over the prescribed alcohol limit in the northwestern county of Cheshire.Television footage showed him arriving at court on Monday wearing a dark suit.In addition to the two-year driving ban, Rooney was ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order, the PA reported.My statement of apology – Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) September 18, 2017″I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong,” Rooney said in a statement.Rooney announced in August he was retiring from national team duty, ending a 14-year stint in which he became England’s top scorer with 53 goals.In July, Rooney returned to Everton, his boyhood club, after 13 years with Manchester United.”I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career,” Rooney said.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Korea’s political tensions with North Korea and China are depressing ticket sales for the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang, leaving hundreds of thousands of tickets unsold, the organiser said on Friday.France said on Thursday its Winter Olympics team will not travel to South Korea if security cannot be guaranteed, as tensions escalate over North Korea’s nuclear programme following its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3.Hurting ticket sales in China, Beijing has banned group tours to South Korea following Seoul’s decision to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system to counter North Korean threats. Beijing says the system’s powerful radar is a threat to its security.”The political issues are having an impact on ticket sales,” said Eom Chan-wang, director general of marketing bureau at the Pyeongchang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”China, which represents the biggest market, barely bought tickets so far,” he said in an interview with Reuters on Friday.The Games are to be held in February, 2018, but as of September 18, only 312,000 tickets were sold, about 29.2 percent of its targeted sales of 1.07 million tickets.Some 191,000 tickets were sold overseas, 59.7 percent of the target sales of 320,000 tickets. Organisers aim to sell 750,000 tickets at home, but so far only 120,000 tickets were sold or 16 percent of the target.However, Games organisers expected sales to rise in China, once people are allowed to directly buy tickets online from Oct. 16, instead of going through “authorised ticket resellers”.”There will be no problems with selling all of the tickets, but the biggest task is how many celebrities and VIPs will come from overseas to boom up the event, which will be affected by the geopolitical situation,” said Eom.advertisementHe said the government was trying to encourage North Korean athletes to participate in the Games to ensure safety during the event.”President (Moon Jae-in) is strongly committed to make the Olympics a peaceful Olympics,” he said.”South Koreans don’t take the North Korean matter seriously, unlike those who live overseas. Foreigners are concerned South Korea is a dangerous place, but it is very peaceful here.”The U.N. Secretary General has warned against “sleepwalking” into a war on the Korean peninsula, after U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korea would be destroyed if it threatens the United States and its allies. The North in response said it may test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.A Gallup Korea poll earlier this month found 58 percent of South Koreans said they don’t think another war will break out on the Korean peninsula, the second-highest percentage since the survey first began in 1992.Eom expected South Koreans to rush to buy tickets as the Games near, as they did at previous international events in South Korea.A corruption scandal in South Korea involving former President Park Geun-hye and large businesses including Samsung has also dented the image of the Games, which were also implicated in the scandal, said Eom.However, the organising committee aims to break even or make a profit on the Games, by raising more money from public corporations and the government, Eom said.The committee has raised 940.5 billion won ($829.97 million) so far in domestic sponsorship from companies including Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor, slightly exceeding its target of 940 billion won.The committee aims to raise an additional 150 billion won from several public corporations including Korea Electric Power Corp and casino operator Kwangwon land to reduce an expected shortfall of 300 billion won.An additional government budget and lottery sales will also help the committee break even, he added.last_img read more

first_imgIndia and Afghanistan will be playing the latter’s first-ever Test match in June at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, BCCI announced on Tuesday.After a meeting between BCCI and Afghanistan Cricket Board in New Delhi on Tuesday, it was announced that the one-off Test will be played from June 14-18 in Bengaluru.Afghanistan earned their Test status in June last year, along with Ireland.Their respective boards were made full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, becoming the sports 11th and 12h Test-playing nations.ALSO WATCHBCCI had announced last month that they would be hosting the maiden Test to be played by Afghanistan.Besides welcoming them into five-day cricket, the BCCI has extended a helping hand to Afghanistan on a number of occasions.The team from the war-ravaged nation has hosted its home games in India, most recently the series against Ireland in Greater Noida.Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi became the first two Afghanistan cricketers to be bought at the IPL auction last year.Thirteen Afghan players have registered themselves for the IPL auction this year, which will take place on January 27 and January 28.India are currently in South Africa, playing a three-match Test series.India lost the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town by 72 runs and are looking to survive in the series at Centurion currently.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgIndia will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of Day three of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town on SonyLIV from 1:30 PM today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.Day 3 Summary:AB de Villiers struck a sublime half-century as South Africa took a fairly substantial lead of 118 runs before bad light played spoilsport on the third day of the second Test against India at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Monday.The match was interrupted twice. The game was suspended for an hour soon after tea break due to rain before it resumed for halmost half an hour. The proceedings were again stopped with bad lights soon after De Villiers reached his 42nd half-century.WATCH SPORTS TODAYSouth Africa were 90/2 at the close of play with de Villiers batting on 50 and opener Dean Elgar at the other end on 36 not out.Earlier, India captain Kohli, who hit a classy 153, played almost a lone hand in scoring half his side’s runs but India were bowled out for 307 as South Africa (335) took a crucial first innings lead of 28 runs. (SEE PHOTOS)De Villiers took the attack to the Indian bowlers after South Africa had sunk to three for two in their second innings on a wicket that is more Pune than Pretoria, keeping low and taking massive turn for the spinners.advertisementSouth Africa had been rocked earlier by a double-strike from Indian seamer Jasprit Bumrah, who trapped both Aiden Markram (1) and Hashim Amla (1) leg before wicket with deliveries that skidded through after keeping low.There would have been plenty of panic in the South African dressing room at that point, but De Villiers started playing attacking shots from the moment he reached the wicket to transfer the pressure back onto the tourists.last_img read more

first_imgHMD Global took the stage at MWC 2018 to unveil its Nokia lineup for the first half of the year. The company unveiled five new phones that include the Nokia 8110 4G, Nokia 6 (2018), Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco and the Nokia 1. Notably, the Nokia 1 is an Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone that will run Google’s latest Oreo software optimised for entry-level smartphones. Priced at $85 (approx Rs 5,500), the Nokia 1 will start shipping some time in April with India likely to be among the first markets.The Nokia 1 is among the first set of smartphones to be part of Google’s Android Oreo (Go edition) programe. To recall, Google last year announced Android Oreo (Go edition) as an operating system designed for entry-level devices. It is meant for smartphones with 1GB of RAM or lower as the operating system features a re-worked set of apps such as Google Go, YouTube Go and Gmail Go, to name a few, that are stripped down to work efficiently on phones with low memory and storage space. These phones will also come with a version of Google Assistant that will allow people to send messages, make calls, set alarms, and more. Essentially, Android Go software will make sure entry-level smartphones run fast and smooth and the apps consume less data along with the assurance of latest and timely Android updates.Nokia 1 specifications and featuresThe Nokia 1 will be HMD’s most affordable smartphone offering in its present lineup. The entry level smartphone has small pebble-shaped form factor measuring 133.6×67.78×9.5mm and is made out of a two-tone polycarbonate shell. The Nokia 1 also gets Xpress-on covers that will give users to change the back covers with a variety of cover accessories to choose from.advertisementALSO READ: Nokia 8110 4G banana phone launched at MWC 2018, hopes to repeat success of Nokia 3310The entry-level Nokia handset’s biggest USP is that it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) and will come with stripped down and optimised apps like Gmail Go and YouTube Go among other things. The Nokia 1 will also get a version of Google Assistant that will allow people to send messages, make calls, set alarms, and more. The 4G Dual-SIM smartphone sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display and is powered by a 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.The Nokia 1 sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It houses a 2150mAh battery that will provide up to 9 hours of talk time and up to 15 days of standby time. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/AGPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro-USB 2.0, and 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors include proximity, ambient light and g-sensor.Nokia 1 price and availabilityThe Nokia 1 has been priced at $85 for key markets. While HMD Global has not revealed the India pricing of the Nokia 1 as yet, you can expect it to fall under Rs 5,000 to attract feature phone users looking to make a jump to smartphones. The company has expressed in the past that India is one of its most important markets so you can also expect the phone to make its way to the country soon enough.ALSO READ: Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 6 (2018) launched at MWC 2018: Specs, features and expected India pricelast_img read more

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) has asked their players to tone down the aggression and be nice after seeing what happened between David Warner and Quinton de Kock during the Durban Test.A CCTV footage from the players tunnel showed Warner and De Kock involved in a fiery exchange as players climbed the stairwell to their dressing rooms during the tea break on Day 4 of the Test match. Warner had to be restrained by his team mates as both sides spilled into the corridor to separate the pair, was captured on security cameras and broadcast globally.Following that, Warner was fined 75 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC) while the South Africa keeper was fined 25 per cent of his match fee by match referee Jeff Crowe.”The events of day four in Durban have unfortunately marred an otherwise very good Test match and a dominant performance by the Australian men’s team,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement on Friday.This @davidwarner31 & @QuinnyDeKock69 incident at tea time yesterday. Not the first time a similar incident like this has occurred. And some calling for Warner to be captain one day. Not with this behaviour. Let’s see what the @ICC do about this #SAvAUS Modan (@Figjamfan) March 5, 2018″Australia has always prided itself on taking a highly competitive approach to international cricket.”This will not change, however CA is confident that what occurred in Durban will remain an aberration.”The second match of the series begins in Port Elizabeth later on Friday, but the spectacular outburst has dominated the buildup, with much of the media coverage condemning Warner and the sledging by Australia in general.advertisementThe pugnacious opening batsman said that he had exploded at de Kock’s ‘vile and disgusting’ comments about Warner’s wife.South Africa’s players, however, have said Warner’s on-field sledging was also personal. He also gave opening batsman Aiden Makram a huge verbal spray after he was culpable for the run out of team mate AB de Villiers.Both sides, however, have denied claim and counter-claim as to what was said or who was the main protagonist and captains Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith called for calm on Thursday.Sutherland also said that his organisation had reminded their players to keep their emotions in check and the need to not only observe the rules but the spirit of cricket.”CA has reminded the team of the standards of behaviour expected of players representing Australia,” Sutherland said.”This includes the need to be respectful of opponents, and CA expects this to be observed by players at all times.”Unfortunately neither team met this standard in Durban. The Australian team understands that fans expect better.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Following are PTIs top/expected stories at 17:35 hrs: STORIES IN THE PIPELINE: *Report Of Santosh Trophy National Football Championship. STORIES ON THE WIRE:SPO-TT-GHOSH-SUSPENSIONNo CWG, Ghosh in all likelihood will be suspended: TTFI Secy New Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) today said it is likely to suspend former national champion Soumyajit Ghosh and drop him from the countrys Commonwealth Games squad after an 18-year-old woman levelled allegations of rape against the paddler. SPO-GHOSH-COMMENTSGhosh denies rape allegations, says was blackmailed By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Former national champion paddler Soumyajit Ghosh today denied allegations of rape against him, saying that the accuser has been blackmailing him after their relationship ended. SPO-IPL-MAVI-INTERVIEWFocus on game and money will follow, Dravids advice to Mavi By Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Mar 22 (PTI) Rahul Dravids pearls of wisdom are precious for any young cricketer and talented fast bowler Shivam Mavi is no exception as he is trying to follow the former India captains advice to the T: “Focus on the game and riches will follow”. SPO-IND-WOMWomens T20 Tri-series: Australia overpower Indian by 6 wkts By Nikhil Bapat Mumbai, Mar 22 (PTI) Australian women maintained their stranglehold on India with a record-equalling six-wicket victory in the opening encounter of the T20 Tri-Series, here today. SPO-SHOOT-LD JUNIOR Elavenil wins gold in junior World Cup, bronze for Babuta Sydney, Mar 22 (PTI) Indian shooter Elavenil Valarivan shattered the qualification world record before claiming the gold medal in 10m womens air rifle event of the seasons first junior ISSF World Cup here today.advertisement SPO-CWG-SAKSHIWith improved defence, Sakshi confident of CWG gold By Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Mar 22 (PTI) A new defensive technique added to her repertoire, Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik is confident that she would fetch her maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal when she takes the mat in Gold Coast next month. SPO-CWG-SATHIYANEyeing triumph over tragedy, Sathiyan wants gold rush at Gold Coast By Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi Mar 22 (PTI) Dealing with the loss of a parent dwarfs just about every other challenge in life, says Indias top-ranked table tennis player G Sathiyan, who feels he is a stronger and hungrier person going into next months Commonwealth Games after coping with the death of his father last year. SPO-IPL-VIJAYWas approached for county when I went unsold on Day 1: Vijay Chennai, Mar 22 (PTI) When he went unsold on the first day of the IPL auctions, Murali Vijay suddenly started getting calls to play in English county just like other Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma. SPO-RAHANEI dont like sledging and car horn honking: Rahane Mumbai, Mar 22 (PTI) Having experienced verbal retorts from rival teams at the top level of the game, Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane has developed a distaste for such banters. SPO-MANDHANATeam not learning from past mistakes, says Mandhana Mumbai, Mar 22 (PTI) Admitting that the team is not learning from its past mistakes, India Vice Captain Smriti Mandhana today took blame for the six-wicket loss against Australia Women saying she threw her wicket away. SPO-GOLF-SHUBHANKARWGC Play-Off: Shubhankar fights hard before losing to Sergio Garcia Austin (Texas, US), Mar 22 (PTI) Shubhankar Sharma pushed the reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia to the fullest before losing by a hole in his first match at the WGC?Dell Technologies Match-Play Championship. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more