My significant other and I recently started thinking about getting a pet. One of us is almost always working from home – and while we’re not ready to commit to an animal yet, we’ve started talking about getting a _________ in the next few years. But which pet makes the best pet for freelancers? I’ve assembled a minor list of pros and cons for each; feel free to weigh in!*DogPros: Unconditionally loving, bright, happy to be with you; often good at taking orders. Excellent company when one is feeling the dreaded Freelance Isolation. Need for walks encourages exposure to sunlight, preventing rickets.Cons: So social. So so endlessly social. Why did you leave the office if you’re constantly to be accosted every time you get up from your chair by a friendly busybody who wants to know where you’re going, please, and hey are you getting something to eat, and can I come can I come can I come? Predisposed to consume everything and anything, including deeply indigestible items that will then cause predictable, unpleasant stomach upset all over your carpet. Also, may eat you if you die.CatPros: Independent, clean, purr-y; smart, graceful, beautiful, often affectionate.Cons: Most affectionate when angling for food. Snotty ones will hate you at some level, or at least hold you in contempt; definitely hate your significant other. Independent except when you are trying to get work done, at which point transform into deeply inconvenient keyboard warmers. Tendency to occasionally stare at you as if planning your murder; mercurial attitude towards tummy-rubs. Will definitely eat you if you die.Guinea Pig**Pros: **Friendly, cute. Technically edible, you MONSTER.**Cons: **Emit high-pitched squeals on the regular; look like small furry loaves of bread with eyes. Will breed like crazy if you accidentally have two of the same gender living together, even if they are related. Then you will have to rename them Jaime and Cersei Lannister and make long-winded jokes about Game of Thrones when trying to foist off their offspring on acquaintances.Pig**Pros: **Smart, evidently clean. I mean, cleaner than one would expect a pig to be. Definitely edible.**Cons: **Strong feeling of guilt whenever eating bacon. Also, come on. You are not going to get a pig, so stop reading this paragraph. No, no – you’re not. Stop.HorsePros: Beautiful, strong, useful in zombie apocalypse.**Cons: **Where are you going to house it, under the sink? Let’s just eliminate this as a possibility along with, like, llama and elephant and basilisk. Note: If you are one of five freelancers in the world who actually has a horse, congratulations. We are all intensely, painfully jealous and will be over here in the corner, doodling our friend Flicka like the 7-year-old girls we are inside.Hamster, Gerbil, Rat, Mice, other rodents**Pros: **Rats are very smart. Mice are very fertile. Hamsters and gerbils are very good at chewing things.Cons: Side-eye from anyone who lives in New York City and thus is accustomed to unlimited access to the city’s truly impressive menagerie of “free-range” rodents. Endless whirring of those little plastic wheels late at night provide troubling existential parallel to the mechanics of your own overworked freelance brain. Tendency for animals to escape and either blend with / be eaten by / war against native rodent population. Weird feelings that you would play bad guy in your pets’ NIMH/ Redwall book series.TurtlesPros: Pretty shells, relatively low-maintenance.Cons: Have you ever smelled a turtle tank? Woof. Let us just say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja TortoiseCreatures were well-off in the sewer.ChildrenThese are not technically pets, although they will ruin your furniture and they do make a lot of noise. My editor tells me I cannot do Pros and Cons here, so: children! I like and enjoy most of them. I was one once, and so were you! I am related to many, all of whom I love to little bits, and I sympathize with you if you have them on airplanes.GoldfishPros: Decorative, interesting, vaguely Machiavellian as would definitely eat you if you were smaller than it; however, cannot eat you if you die, as it is stuck in bowl. Instead, will probably die soon after you die, after consuming its smaller goldfish brethren.Cons: Not much to cuddle with. Fish food smells bad – and what is in those little flakes, anyway? Other fish? I don’t want to know. That is some grim stuff.SnakePros: OH GOD WHY. I mean, yes, I respect them and they are beautiful in their environment and they are one of Nature’s Miracles and they are fine at the zoo behind three inches of glass but oh the blood-curdling heebie-jeebies. Wait, I’m sorry, this is the Pros paragraph. Um, they are smooth to the touch even though touching them makes you want to faint.**Cons: **My childhood cat once caught and ATE a garter snake while I helpfully stood on a chair and wailed ineffectually. She then threw it back up. So… I’m guessing they do not taste great.* In truth, Kate Hamill loves all animals and is poking mild fun at everything and anything. She has owned very lovely dogs and cats and all manner of rodents in her time.Leave your wildly offended hate comments about this post below!
As a freelancer it can be all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and find yourself strapped for cash and time.One way you can alleviate some of this stress is by collaborating and sharing with other freelancers, creating a bartering system where you exchange goods and services without exchanging any money. It’s a great way to save on funds and build a community.Here are a few ways to share the love of sharing with your network of freelance buddies:Build a Virtual LibraryHave some great books that you would like to lend? With most ebooks you can loan them out for a short period of time. You can log which books are available and a checkout system by creating a basic spreadsheet on a shared Google excel sheet.The books can be on any subject matter that might be useful to the members of your group—books on art, design, photography, writing, tech, or on the freelance life. You can also create a shared doc of home office supplies and other helpful wares that can be used among your group.Host a SwapHave stuff you’ve been meaning to get rid of? You know what they say: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So bring out that printer that’s been stowed away in your closet or stack of unwanted books and organize a swap. Maybe you can turn it into a fun potluck. Any unwanted items can be donated to a local charity.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberCreate a Time BankNeed help with designing a header image for your website? Have access to a meeting room that you’re willing to share? Try creating a time bank with friends or local freelancers, where you exchange hours instead of money. You can create a bulletin board of sorts through a group on Facebook and Google + to post “ads,” services you would like to offer and receive from fellow members. Just be sure to include an expiration date for each ad, or else you might receive emails two years after you post something!You can choose to offer whatever services you want, and if there’s certain professional services you prefer not to offer within the time bank, that’s perfectly okay. A time bank is also a great way to gain some practice in a skill that you’re brushing up on and also to enlist help on an ongoing project. As most time banks have an online system to keep track of exchanges and time each member has in their “bank,” you can devise a clever way of tracking time you’ve earned by using time tracker software such as Toggl, Fanurio, or informally through email.Host a Co-Working SessionTrying to stave off a case of the freelancer’s loner blues? Hosting a co-working session at your place or plan to meet up at a local coffee shop. To prevent it from becoming partytime, you can can use a digital productivity timer such as the free Focus Booster to do timed group sessions.Organize a WorkshopBesides attending an After Hours mixer, organizing a workshop to discuss specific topics or share expertise is a great way to stay relevant and receive support in your group. Another good place to find people in your area to participate is through a location-focused Hive. You can also do a meetup via Skype or Google Hangout if your buddies don’t all live in the same vicinity.Collaborating and pooling resources and skills with your freelancer pals is a fun way to share what you have and stay connected. You might also discover new ways of supporting one another and staying productive and inspired.Freelancers, how have you collaborated with your friends and local community to share resources? Got any tips on how to start building a sharing community in your own city? Let us know in the comments!Jackie Lam once scored a wood-burning pencil at a time bank swap. It is probably one of the best things she owns. She writes on frugal living in the gig economy at Cheapsters.org.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a new-look cabinet today. Nine ministers – Shiv Pratap Shukla, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Virendra Kumar, Anantkumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Satya Pal Singh and Alphons Kannanthanam were inducted into Cabinet 3.0.The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed the allocation of portfolios among the following members of the Union Council of Ministers:-CABINET MINISTERSRaj Nath Singh Minister of Home AffairsSushma SwarajMinister of External AffairsArun Jaitley Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate AffairsNitin Jairam Gadkari Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Shipping; and Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga RejuvenationSuresh PrabhuMinister of Commerce and IndustryD.V. Sadananda Gowda Minister of Statistics and Programme ImplementationUma Bharati Minister of Drinking Water and SanitationRamvilas Paswan Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public DistributionManeka Sanjay GandhiMinister of Women and Child DevelopmentAnanthkumar Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; and Minister of Parliamentary AffairsRavi Shankar Prasad Minister of Law and Justice; and Minister of Electronics and Information TechnologyJagat Prakash Nadda Minister of Health and Family WelfareAshok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati Minister of Civil AviationAnant Geete Minister of Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesHarsimrat Kaur Badal Minister of Food Processing IndustriesNarendra Singh Tomar Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj; and Minister of MinesChaudhary Birender Singh Minister of SteelJual Oram Minister of Tribal AffairsRadha Mohan Singh Minister of Agriculture and Farmers WelfareadvertisementThaawar Chand Gehlot Minister of Social Justice and EmpowermentSmriti Zubin Irani Minister of Textiles; and Minister of Information and BroadcastingHarsh Vardhan Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Earth Sciences; and Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate ChangePrakash Javadekar Minister of Human Resource DevelopmentDharmendra Pradhan Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Skill Development and EntrepreneurshipPiyush Goyal Minister of Railways; and Minister of CoalNirmala SitharamanMinister of DefenceMukhtar Abbas Naqvi Minister of Minority AffairsMINISTERS OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE)Rao Inderjit SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.Santosh Kumar GangwarMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.Shripad Yesso NaikMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).Jitendra Singh Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of Space.Dr. Mahesh SharmaMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate ChangeShri Giriraj Singh Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.Manoj Sinha Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways.Col. Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.Raj Kumar Singh Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.Hardeep Singh PuriMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.Alphons KannanthanamMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information TechnologyMINISTERS OF STATEVijay GoelMinister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme ImplementationRadhakrishnan PMinister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the Ministry of ShippingSS AhluwaliaMinister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and SanitationRamesh Chandappa JigajinagiMinister of State in the Ministry of Drinking Water and SanitationRamdas AthawaleMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and EmpowermentVishnu Deo SaiMinister of State in the Ministry of SteelRam Kripal YadavMinister of State in the Ministry of Rural DevelopmentHansraj Gangaram AhirMinister of State in the Ministry of Home AffairsHaribhai Parthibhai ChaudharyMinister of State in the Ministry of Mines; and Minister of State in the Ministry of CoaladvertisementRajen GohainMinister of State in the Ministry of RailwaysGeneral (Retd) VK SinghMinister of State in the Ministry of External AffairsParshottam RupalaMinister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Panchayati RajKrishan PalMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and EmpowermentJaswantsinh Sumanbhai BhabhorMinister of State in the Ministry of Tribal AffairsShiv Pratap ShuklaMinister of State in the Ministry of FinanceAshwini Kumar ChoubeyMinister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family WelfareSudarshan BhagatMinister of State in the Ministry of Tribal AffairsUpendra KushwahaMinister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource DevelopmentKiren RijijuMinister of State in the Ministry of Home AffairsDr. Virendra KumarMinister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority AffairsAnantkumar HegdeMinister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and EntrepreneurshipMJ AkbarMinister of State in the Ministry of External AffairsSadhvi Niranjan JyotiMinister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing IndustriesYS ChowdaryMinister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth SciencesJayant SinhaMinister of State in the Ministry of Civil AviationBabul SupriyoMinister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public EnterprisesVijay SamplaMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and EmpowermentArjun Ram MeghwalMinister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.Ajay TamtaMinister of State in the Ministry of TextilesKrishna RajMinister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers WelfareMansukh L MandaviyaMinister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and FertilizersAnupriya PatelMinister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family WelfareCR ChaudharyMinister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and IndustryPP ChaudharyMinister of State in the Ministry of Law and Justice; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate AffairsDr. Subhash Ramrao BhamreMinister of State in the Ministry of DefenceGajendra Singh ShekhawatMinister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers WelfareDr. Satya Pal SinghMinister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga RejuvenationAlso Read:Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman: A BJP leader from the family of Congress supportersCabinet reshuffle: Why Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman, Naqvi were promotedAlso Watch:Cabinet reshuffle: Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman elevated; 9 new ministers sworn-in
Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has a big mouth, says China’s state-run Global TimesThis comes after General Bipin Rawat said China was “salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner,” and called for preparedness for a two-front war scenario.Sloane Stephens beats Venus Williams, to meet Madison Keys in US Open finalSloane Stephens will meet Madison Keys in an all American final on Saturday. Keys stormed into the final after beating Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-2 in the second semi-final on Friday.Hurricane Irma kills 14 in Caribbean islands, heads for Florida With winds of around 185 miles per hour (290 km per hour), the storm the size of France has ravaged small islands in the northeast Caribbean including Barbuda, Saint Martin and the British and US Virgin Island.Harshvardhan Kapoor to play Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra: How sports biopics have fared so farFrom Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to Dangal, sports biopics have always done well.
West Ham United’s record signing Marko Arnautovic has plenty of ability but needs to venture outside of his comfort zone more often, manager Slaven Bilic has said.The Austrian playmaker set up goals for Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho before Arthur Masuaku sealed West Ham’s 3-0 League Cup win over Bolton Wanderers at the London Stadium on Tuesday.Despite his contribution, Bilic demanded more from Arnautovic, who West Ham prised from Stoke City for a reported fee of 25 million pounds ($33.80 million) in the off season.”I could have asked for more. I want him to do more. He’s got that quality and that something extra,” Bilic told British media after the game.”I like him as a player but sometimes he gets happy with the few things that he does when I want him to push the borders,” the manager added.Arnautovic was sent off in the 3-2 Premier League defeat to Southampton last month and Bilic said Tuesday’s display marked the beginning of a comeback for the Austrian international.”I know what he’s capable of and I want him to keep molesting the opposition and never be happy in a positive way. But of course he did the job here,” Bilic said.West Ham, who drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion last week after posting their first Premier League win of the season against Huddersfield, host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
The second match in their maiden appearance at the 2017 Women’s Australian Hockey League turned out to be one-sided for the India ‘A’ team as they were overpowered by New South Wales (NSW) with a 7-0 win on Saturday.NSW took a strong 3-0 lead in the first quarter of the match putting India on a back foot. It was field goals by Emily Smith (2′), Courtney Schonell (6′) and Jaime Hemmingway (12′) that gave NSW an early edge over the visitors.Jessica Watterson added another goal to NSW tally in the 18th minute taking their overall lead to a dominating 4-0 in the second quarter.India, however, seemed to recover from the early setback as they put up a controlled defence in the following minutes that restricted NSW forwards from making easy forays into India’s circle. The change in defence-approach paid off as India kept NSW from scoring goals in the remaining minutes of the second and third quarter.On the other hand, breaking a strong NSW defence was a tough task for Preeti Dubey and Co. Repeated attempts by Indian forwards led by the skipper herself to make successful circle penetrations was mired by a well-structured NSW defence.The final 15 minutes though saw an urgency in NSW to end the match on a winning note as they increased the intensity of their attack. A major error in the circle saw India give away a penalty stroke in the 46th minute which was successfully converted by Kaitlin Nobbs.Another penalty stroke given away in the 48th minute saw NSW take their total score to 6-0 with Emily Smith converting the goal. Abigail Wilson’s 52nd minute field goal took NSW’s winning score to 7-0.advertisementIndia ‘A’ play South Australia in their next Pool B encounter on October 2.
Kevin De Bruyne capped a dominant performance from Manchester City with a brilliant long-range goal in a 1-0 victory at Chelsea in the English Premier League on Saturday.The midfielder exchanged passes with Gabriel Jesus before shooting left-footed from just outside the area in the 67th minute, for a goal that earned unbeaten City a sixth win from seven games and kept the team in first place on goal difference from Manchester United.The goal would have been extra sweet for De Bruyne, who was sold by Chelsea in January 2014 after 18 months at Stamford Bridge. He made just nine appearances and never felt he was given a real chance before asking to be sold for the sake of his career.Chelsea, which lost star striker Alvaro Morata to an apparent left hamstring injury in the 35th, was overwhelmed by the visitors’ passing and movement in what will be regarded as a signature win in City’s toughest game of the season.”It sends out a big message,” City left back Fabian Delph said. “We needed to come out on top. There’s a togetherness in the team and you could see that on the pitch.”City coach Pep Guardiola said the way the team played was as important as the result, with City having almost 70 percent possession in both halves and creating the best of the chances.”They could not play and had to do long balls,” Guardiola said.Without lone striker Morata, who was replaced by a midfielder in Willian, Chelsea had no outlet up front and City easily picked off possession before attacking in waves.advertisement”It’s very difficult to play this type of game,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said.Gabriel Jesus had a volley cleared off the line by Antonio Rudiger after De Bruyne’s goal.It was Chelsea’s first loss in the league since its opening-day home defeat to Burnley. Chelsea is six points beind the Manchester clubs.
Chandigarh, Oct 7 (PTI) The Punjab and Haryana High Court today sought the response of the Punjab Government on a public interest litigation seeking disbursement of cash awards to students and young sportspersons who achieve first three positions in any state, national or international event.A division bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Sudhir Mittal issued notices to the Principal Secretary and the Director, Sports, seeking their reply by November 20 on the PIL filed by advocate H C Arora.In his PIL, Arora has stated that under the Sports Policy-2010 notified by the Punjab government, students/young persons who achieve first, second or third positions in various competitions at state or national or international level are entitled to cash awards of amounts mentioned therein.However, the Punjab government has shown an indifferent attitude towards implementation of the policy, he said.The students are yet to be paid cash amounts for such awards for the session 2015-2016, and also for session 2016-2017, he contended.In response to an RTI application filed by the petitioner, he was informed by the office of Director (Sports) that no arrangement or budgetary provisions have been made so far for disbursement of such cash awards, the PIL claimed.As per the RTI information, there are 1,020 students who are yet to be paid cash awards for session 2015-2016, though applications were invited from them through public advertisement, he contended.The petitioner has also submitted that the amount of such cash awards is paltry, and it hardly meets the expenses of the students for preparing and participating in such competitions.advertisementFor instance, for achieving first, second and third position in inter-university tournaments, the cash award specified is Rs 15,000, Rs 12,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively, he said in his PIL.The state government is thus, in a way, discouraging the prospective Olympians, he contended.The conduct of the state government is against the spirit of the sports policy, he contended. PTI VSD RT
World Cup hosts Russia showed fighting spirit to twice battle back from a goal down to draw 3-3 with Spain on Tuesday, ending a six-game winning streak for Julen Lopetegui’s visiting side.Spain took control in the first half with a ninth-minute header from Jordi Alba and a fortuitous penalty for handball which defender Sergio Ramos coolly converted in the 35th.Russia, who drew with Iran and lost to Argentina in their previous two friendlies as they build up to the 2018 finals, got back into the game with a brilliantly-worked team move finished off by striker Fedor Smolov four minutes before halftime.Midfielder Alexei Miranchuk then ghosted in at the near post to equalise five minutes into the second half, although Spain quickly reestablished their lead three minutes later thanks to another penalty scored by captain Ramos.However, Russia hit back again with another lightning move, recovering the ball following a Spain throw-in and working the ball to Krasnodar striker Smolov, top scorer in the Russian Premier League for the last two seasons, who unleashed a deadly strike past helpless keeper David de Gea in the 70th.It was the first time Spain had conceded more than two goals in 90 minutes since they were hammered 5-1 by the Netherlands in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.They could even have suffered a first defeat under Lopetegui when Smolov cut inside the area but De Gea kept out his shot.In the last minute of normal time Spain forward Rodrigo Moreno tried to reach a loose ball and collided with Russia keeper Andrey Lunev, who had to be carried off on a stretcher.advertisement
Hardik Pandya enjoyed a dream 2017. In 28 one-day internationals, he scored 557 runs (average: 34.81) including four fifties and picked up 31 wickets, giving away a little less than six-runs-an-over.You would look back at those figures and say ‘not bad’ for a young all-rounder, a medium pace bowling all-rounder nonetheless. For a man, who debuted in late 2016, those are pretty good numbers, actually.However, numbers do not always tell you the full story. While it is true, Pandya scored useful runs, broke crucial partnerships and acted as an able foil for Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, his presence in the line-up has compromised the balance.ALSO WATCHIs it possible India are not playing a more competent batsman than Kedar Jadhav because Pandya cannot yet be trusted to bowl 10 overs in every ODI. All through 2017, he bowled a total of 197.2 overs, an average of seven overs every match.Virat Kohli has used Kedar Jadhav to fill up the shortfall of three overs – in 25 ODIs in 2017, Jadhav bowled 74.5 overs, an average of three overs every match. And he returned with 10 wickets at an average of 40.07.That means Pandya and Jadhav, who combined to play 53 ODIs in 2017, picked 41 wickets. Moreover, Jadhav has been far from impressive as a batsman – one might argue that should still be his primary role in the team.Jadhav made a good start to 2017, scoring 232 runs including a 120 in Pune and a 90 in Kolkata, where India nearly pulled off a heist. But thereafter, he managed only 329 runs and two more half-centuries.advertisementAfter that England series, Jadhav came nowhere close to winning matches for India with either bat or ball. That’s disconcerting given he bats in the middle order and India still have to plug two holes at Nos 4 and 5.Ajinkya Rahane, possibly, will address India’s concerns at No.4, especially since the next World Cup will be played in England. But, the team’s insistence on playing Jadhav ahead of Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer, seems baffling. Bot Pandey and Iyer are younger and the latter scored solid runs against Sri Lanka when he stepped in to replace Kohli.So while India should feel happy about going 2-0 up against an under strength South Africa (no AB de Villiers is a massive, massive blow and Faf du Plessis’ absence can’t be pleasant either), they will have to take stock of their middle-order options. Is their first choice all-rounder not good enough to deliver 10 overs?If he is not, then can the captain look at other options in the team, who can fill in with the average of three overs Jadhav is enstrusted with every match? Would a technically superior Iyer be a better bet in the middle order? His fielding skills are exemplary as is Pandey’s.So despite the two victories in South Africa, there are some issues to be addressed. The rest of the side looks settled with the openers picking themselves and Rahane, hopefully, sealing his spot in the XI. MS Dhoni will be India’s wicketkeeper for the World Cup and the two new-ball bowlers along with Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, make for a very, very potent attack.If only India can quickly crack the Pandya-Jadhav problem, they would be the most balanced side leading up to next year’s World Cup.
The future may be electric but the present is still petrol and diesel – at least based on the latest edition of India’s largest automotive show.Running February 9 to 14 at the Indian Expo Mart in Greater Noida, ‘Auto Expo-The Motor Show 2018’ will host some 42 manufacturers displaying their,The future may be electric but the present is still petrol and diesel – at least based on the latest edition of India’s largest automotive show.Running February 9 to 14 at the Indian Expo Mart in Greater Noida, ‘Auto Expo-The Motor Show 2018’ will host some 42 manufacturers displaying their two-wheelers, cars and commercial vehicles. Of particular interest, Kia will unveil its made-for-India SUV, the ‘SP-Concept’, which will give competition to Hyundai’s Creta later this year.Maruti-Suzuki will have a couple of concepts on display, including a forerunner of an SUV-type compact car. It will also launch the new third-generation Swift. Main rival Hyundai will display 15 different models, including the electric, hybrid and plug-in Ioniq as well as compact SUV ‘Kona’, an electric version of which may be launched here next year.Tata Motors will debut three new products across its vehicle range, including a compact SUV that’ll be positioned above the Nexon as well as a range of electric versions of its cars and the Tamo Racemo-a sports car concept that may never go into production. Mahindra’s main attraction will be the convertible SUV based on the XUV500, its new SsangYong Rexton and its future range of electric cars. All six will be new, including two concepts.Honda will highlight the new Civic and CR-V, while Renault will display the Marvel editions of the Kwid. BMW will launch the new 6GT and the Mini Countryman and also showcase its range of motorcycles. Mercedes will showcase its global electric concept, the EQ, launch the Mercedes-Maybach S650 and debut the new E-class All Terrain-a souped-up AWD version of the E-class station-wagon.advertisementHonda Motorcycles (HMSI) will showcase 11 new models for India and launch a new one, while start-up Twenty Two Motors will showcase its electric bike. Two-wheeler manufacturers will take the lead in terms of electric bikes on display.
Ever so often, big fashion houses take “inspiration” from various cultures around the world to bring shades of colour to their ramp. From burqas to tribal tattoos, there’s nothing a high-end fashion ramp hasn’t seen. Things, however, got murky when one of the world’s biggest fashion brands, Gucci, used turbans as accessories, as part of their 2018 Fall Ready-To-Wear collection.Also read: Make in India models on the international ramps lead the change of guardAt the Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, February 21, Gucci brought forth the weirdest of ensembles to the coveted ramp–from models carrying severed heads to baby dragons. Among this bizarre display was also colorful turbans–very similar-looking to those worn by men abiding by the Sikh faith–and caught a lot of negative attention.Also read: Crazy catwalks: When junkyards, trains and escalators turned into a runwayWhile some people asked for the symbol of Sikhism to be respected, others wondered why Gucci couldn’t find an authentic Sikh model to sport the turban on ramp, instead of white models being made to do it. Here are some of the reactions:Dear @gucci, the Sikh Turban is not a hot new accessory for white models but an article of faith for practising Sikhs. Your models have used Turbans as hats whereas practising Sikhs tie them neatly fold-by-fold. Using fake Sikhs/Turbans is worse than selling fake Gucci products pic.twitter.com/gCzKPd9LGdHarjinder Singh Kukreja (@SinghLions) February 22, 2018Dear @gucci,Next time you want to do a fashion show, hit us up! We have a whole army of Singh and Kaur models. You dont need to use a white model and put turban on them like its a prop. We will come looking sexy as hell with our turbans on. (Reposted from @PammKaurr) pic.twitter.com/JL6lVzmDwradvertisementGurpy Colors o(:) (@gurpycolors) February 23, 2018Thanks @gucci for entirely appropriating my religion. Ffs, Im pretty sure you could have found a Sikh model to wear a turban rather than turning it in some causal accessory #notokay pic.twitter.com/23HvT8vkwQManinder Sachdeva (@thisismani_) February 22, 2018Yo.. @gucci … I mess with you guys… but this isn’t a good look for you… could you not find a brown model? pic.twitter.com/INqxwrfB0tAvan Jogia (@AvanJogia) February 22, 2018
(Eds: Updating with Elavenil and Gagan Narang quotes) 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. Besides her individual podium finish, Elavenil also combined with Shreya Agrawal and Zeena Khitta to claim the team gold medal. Arjun Babuta bagged his second junior world cup medal, claiming a bronze in mens 10m air rifle event. The 18-year-old Elavenil, competing in her second World Cup and first final, shot 249.8 in the womens final to claim the top individual honours. Her 631.4 in the qualification was a new world record. After a 9.6, Elavenil sealed the win with a high 10.7 in the crucial 24th shot, getting the better of Chinese Taipeis Lin Ying-Shin. “I am really glad with my performance here in Sydney. I have been shooting really well and I knew the way I have been performing over the past few months, a victory of this magnitude was around the corner,” the youngster said after her triumph. Elavenil trains at Olympic medalist Gagan Narangs Gun For Glory academy. “I would like to dedicate this win to my parents and thank Gagan Sir and my coaches at GFG who have been working continuously behind me to make a shooter capable of winning titles at the world stage,? she added. Elavenil had also won a bronze medal at the FISU World Shooting Sport Championship last week. Chinas Wang Zeru managed to win the bronze medal with a score of 228.4 in her first World Cup appearance.advertisement Indias other finalists in the event — Shreya and Zeena — finished sixth and seventh, respectively, enough to clinch the team gold medal ahead of Chinese Taipeis Lin, Tsai Yi-Ting and Hung Chen-Ching. The bronze was claimed by Zhu, Wang and Gao Mingwei of China. Babuta, a silver medallist at last years Asian Championship in Wako City, Japan, finished below Yuqi Liu of China (247.1) and Zalan Pekler (246)of Hungary, with a score of 226.3. The other Indian shooters in the event — Surya Pratap Singh and Shahu Tushar Mane — finished sixth and eighth respectively. Expressing his delight at his ward Elevanils feat, Narang, the co-founder of Gagan Narang Sports Foundation said, “We always knew that she had the potential to become a world beater and her performance today just vindicated our trust on her.” “I would like to congratulate her for the win and wish her all the best for her future endeavours.” PTI AH PM sydney PM PM
New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) Star tennis player Sania Mirza was excluded from the sports ministrys Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) along with five wrestlers and two boxers in the latest list issued by Sports Authority of India (SAI) today. Sanias exclusion was on expected lines as she is expecting her first child with cricketer husband Shoaib Malik. Two track and field athletes — A Dharun and Mohan Kumar — were added in the list of 192 sportspersons who will get funding from the government. Praveen Rana, Satyawart Kadian, Sumit, Lalita and Sarita were the five wrestlers dropped from the list while boxers L Devendro Singh and S Sarjubala Devi also got the axe. As many as 41 sportspersons from seven disciplines have been identified to get the funding till the Olympic Games. Out of them, 14 are from shooting, 10 from badminton, six from boxing, four from wrestling and two each from athletics, archery and weightlifting. All the other remaining, except for three, are for Asian Games. Three track and field athletes — Lili Das, Sanjivani Yadav and Tejaswani Shankar — who were earlier marked to be funded till 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have now been listed for Asian Games. The maximum number in the list still comes from athletics (35), followed by shooting (31), para-sports (26), boxing (21), Archery (15) and badminton (10). The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC), headed by the SAI Director General, evaluates the proposals of the athletes to be included in the TOP Scheme list. It sanctions budgets based on the requirements of the athletes and the Committee?s recommendations. The Committee is also responsible for periodically conducting review of athletes progress and performances. Based on the Committee?s recommendation, athletes may be included, retained or excluded from the TOP Scheme.advertisement “This list is dynamic & will be reviewed regularly,” said DG Neelam Kapur tweeted. PTI PDS PDS KHS KHS
For once in a Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo will yield some of the spotlight to another player sweeping up adulation and personal acclaim.While five-time world player of the year Ronaldo is chasing a record fifth Champions League triumph, and fourth with Real Madrid, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is chasing a first. Not just a first Champions League success, but a first major title in football in his maiden cup final.Victory in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday would be a fitting climax to an astonishing debut season at Liverpool for Salah. A season when the Egyptian seized his second chance at a Premier League club with gusto after a faltering spell at Chelsea.Champions League final: History beckons Cristiano Ronaldo in KievSalah has had such a devastating impact that he poses a serious threat to the decade of dominance of the world player of the year award by Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.”Comparing players with Ronaldo and Messi is something you can’t do,” Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said on Friday. “They’re in another orbit. There are players who are in fashion, those who come and go and others who stay around.Champions League final: Key tactical factors in Real Madrid vs Liverpool”Salah is a top player, that’s clear. He’s shown that this year and he’s got a great chance to show that over the next few years as Ronaldo and Messi have done – but the day after tomorrow.”While lacking the flashy touch of Ronaldo, and presenting the image of a more modest lifestyle on social media, the “Egyptian King” is as adept at harnessing his commercial appeal. In recent weeks, Salah could be found at news conferences promoting a cellphone company, a logistics firm and taxi service. No wonder Salah is making the most of his newly-elevated status in the global game. In 2014, when Ronaldo reached the first of his four Champions League finals with Madrid, Salah was just completing his first five months drifting in and out of the Chelsea team.advertisementChampions League final: Beckham asks Zidane to ‘please beat Liverpool’Salah never settled and was eventually discarded by the west London club after only 13 appearances under Jose Mourinho. In Italy, a career stalling was reignited at Roma and Liverpool came calling last year.Champions League final: Liverpool manager Klopp praises fighter ZidaneFew could have imagined Salah’s impact, powering the five-time European champions to their first Champions League final in 11 years with 11 goals in a run that began in the playoff round. Ronaldo eclipsed Salah in the competition with 15 goals after starting out in the group stage.Ouch! 1000 Liverpool fans stranded ahead of Champions League finalBut both Salah and Ronaldo stand locked on 44 goals for the season in all competitions heading into the final. So potent is the 33-year-old Ronaldo, he only required 43 games. Salah, who is eight years younger, played eight more than the Portuguese.Champions League final: Real Madrid, Liverpool name blockbuster squads”He’s the best,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said of Ronaldo, “and he proves it every year.”Particularly in Europe, where Ronaldo is the all-time leading Champions League scorer with 120 goals. Real Madrid is seeking a record-extending 13th European club title.Champions League final: Mane sends 300 Liverpool jerseys to his village”When you’re at this club you cannot take your foot off the gas, least of all in this competition,” Ronaldo said. “I love that side of it because it motivates me a lot.”While Madrid and Liverpool are contesting the biggest prize in club football, they were far off the pace in their home leagues.Third in the Premier League still represented progress for Liverpool under Juergen Klopp, who previously finished sixth, eighth and fourth.But Madrid regressed in La Liga, surrendering its title with a third-place finish. Madrid has won the Champions League three times in the last four years, with two produced by Zidane early into his first managerial job. It might take retaining the European Cup for Zidane to remain in the post.”To reach a final is not easy,” Zidane reminded his critics. “This is beautiful. This is my passion, I’ve always been a good competitor, I like to compete and behind all that is a lot of hard work. Not only on my part but also the players. If you like to compete and want to work hard you can achieve what we are doing.”Klopp’s grip on the Liverpool job will not be impacted by Saturday’s result but victory would put the brakes on a run of five cup finals losses, including in the 2013 Champions League decider to Bayern Munich while Borussia Dortmund manager.advertisement”I know how I lost the finals, it didn’t change my life,” said Klopp, a two-time Bundesliga champion with Dortmund. “It’s not that I wake up every morning and think, ‘Wow. That was a big chance.'”(With AP inputs)
Xiaomi will be launching a row of products at an event in China today at 2PM Beijing time, which is around 11:30AM IST. The key highlight of today’s event will be the company’s next flagship device and the successor to the Mi 6, the Mi 8. Yes, the Chinese OEM is skipping the Mi 7 and launching Mi 8 instead, this is to celebrate the company’s eight-year anniversary in the smartphone market. Alongside the Mi 8, which is expected to come with an iPhone X-like notch, Xiaomi may also launch Mi Band 3, MIUI 10, a special edition Mi 8 SE and also Mi Note 5. The event will be livestreamed on the company’s website.As Mi 8 is going to be the major announcement of the event, let’s talk about it first. We have already come across several renders and leaks about the flagship device which suggests that Mi 8 is going to follow the market trend and come with a notched display and minimal bezels compared to the predecessor Mi 6. Rumours also say that Mi 8 will sport dual camera set up on the back, and in display fingerprint sensor, just as the newly launched Vivo X21. Reports also claim that the Mi 8 camera is going to work better than that of the Mi Mix 2S. The Mi 8 camera will be one of the best seen on a Xiaomi phone so far.Earlier this week, Xiaomi via an official teaser had confirmed to bring the Mi 8 to 8 markets in total, and India is one of them. As of now, the company hasn’t confirmed the Mi 8 India launch timeline, but chances are the phone will hit the Indian shores later this year. There are no details if Xiaomi will be bringing other products that the company will be announcing at today’s event, like the Mi Band 3, Mi Note 5, and Mi 8 SE, to other markets or not.advertisementAll the upcoming Xiaomi products have been subjected to several leaks and rumours already, and here’s all we know about them:Mi 8As already mentioned, Mi 8 is going to be the star of today’s event. The full specs sheet of the Mi 8 was leaked last week. The specs sheet suggests the smartphone will come with a dual camera setup on the rear and a single sensor on the front. It will sport a 20-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture, while the secondary camera will include a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture on the back. On the front, the Mi 8 will come with a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone will come with iPhone X like 3D Animoji which Xiaomi will design and develop on its own. Mi 8 will come equipped with a structured light 3D module which will be responsible to bring the 3D facial recognition feature.The 3D module will enable users to unlock the Mi 8 just by scanning their face in 3D. Not only that, the module is also said to work perfectly in low-light conditions.Mi 8 will come with a 6.2-inch IPS (LCD) display with a 1080p+ resolution and come with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and run Android 8.1 Oreo software and because Xiaomi will be announcing the MIUI 10 today. This means that the Mi 8 would be the first phone to ship with the new version of MIUI. The phone will be backed by a 3,300mAh battery and also come with an in-screen fingerprint sensor which goes in line with Vivo’s newly launched X21 UD.Mi Band 3Mi Band 3 is expected to cost around CNY 169, meaning it will be slightly pricey than the Mi Band 2, which was launched for 149 yuan. The Mi Band 3 will be available in three colours — red, black and blue. The upcoming Mi Band 3 will be an improved version of the Mi Band 2, in terms of both design and hardware specs. All we know so far is that Mi Band will come with a touch-screen display and more curves on the sides compared to the Mi Band 2. Rumours say that the Mi Band 3 will come with IP67-certification which may protect the watch from water and dust. The Mi Band 3 will sport a removable strap, meaning users will be able to remove the strap whenever they want and also fix it back when needed. The Mi Band 3 will come with several connectivity options like Bluetooth and NFC built-in and support gestures. Rumours say that Mi Band 3 is also expected to come with health-related features like heart rate monitor, sleep tracker, calorie counter and step calculator. No details on the Mi Band 3 India launch yet, but chances are Xiaomi may bring it to India in the next few months, like it did with the Mi Band 2.advertisementMi 8 SEThis is going to be a special edition phone, and a toned down version of the Mi 8. As the Mi 8 SE will be a limited edition phone the device may be available only in limited quantities, and chances are it may not enter other markets. But then, you never know. The retail box of the Mi 8 SE was leaked on Wednesday. The box reveals some hardware information about the phone like it will come with Snapdragon 710 processor paired with either 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM. The retail box also reveals that the front camera of the Mi 8 SE will be slightly better than the Mi 8. The Mi 8 SE will sport a 20-megapixel image sensor on the front. Considering Xiaomi is also expected to unveil MIUI 10 in today’s event, we can expect the Mi 8 SE to run MIUI 10 on top of Android Oreo.
By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, May 31 (PTI) Peeved with the Committee of Administrators (CoA), around 13 state units of the BCCI have demanded a Special General Meeting (SGM) on June 22 to discuss lingering policy issues such as players’ contracts, a long-standing revenue dispute with the ICC, and commercial ventures of the board. Incidentally, the SGM if held, will happen before the Supreme Court’s next hearing on July 5. It is learnt that around 13 full member units (minimum 10 full members required) have listed a 10-point agenda forcing acting president CK Khanna to instruct acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to call for a SGM. “You need to give three weeks notice to the members and if 10 or more units demand for a SGM, then the secretary is required to issue a notice for the same. We have a few common issues that need to be discussed. The CoA has not kept us in loop with regards to any policy matters,” an angry state unit official from east zone told PTI today. While some of the key issues remain the same, a section in the BCCI is livid with the manner in which certain decisions pertaining to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) have been taken of late and how the cricket operations division has taken “unilateral decisions” without consulting the general body. Point No 8 states: “To consider and to take decisions on all matter pertaining to the National Cricket Academy, its programs, and all matters pertaining to the proposed new National Cricket Academy Head Quarters.” Some of the senior officials are unhappy with how one highly paid executive associated with the NCA is allegedly running the show.advertisement The official in question has got a rap on the knuckles for his decision to organise an U-19 women’s ZCA camp in peak Delhi summer. The officials also want to discuss the policy decisions recommended by GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim. Point 9 states: “To consider and to take decisions on all matters of cricket operations including but not limited to the Domestic Season (2018-19.).” The old guard of BCCI is also unhappy with the head hunting agency that is helping BCCI find “highly-paid executives”. Recently, the COA had okayed the appointment of GM (marketing) but the candidate apparently backed out after a number of senior officials questioned her credibility to run a sports organisation. The members also want to discuss “legal matters and on the matter of legal representation of the BCCI, and other decisions of the policy nature of BCCI.” Another pointed listed is to take “decision on the T20 tournaments hosted and organized by State Associations.” Karnataka, Tamil Nadu already have their franchise based state level T20 tournaments and it is learnt that a lot of other state units also want to organize their own tourneys. PTI KHS PM PM PM
Normal life in Mumbai has begun to see minor disruptions as heavy rains lashed the Maximum City today ahead of the southwest monsoon’s arrival.The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of rain and thunder across Mumbai over the next 24 hours and has advised residents to stay indoors.Monsoon, which has currently reached south Goa, is expected to reach Mumbai in the next 48 to 72 hours, the IMD said.The IMD has also issued heavy rain warning for June 8 to June 10 in Mumbai and Thane area.Following the IMD’s alert, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation cancelled the Saturday and Sunday holidays of its officers, putting them on standby to deal with any possible disruptions over the weekend.Local trains in Mumbai were affected earlier today. Trains running on Mumbai’s suburban railway Central line were delayed by at least 20 minutes.A Jet Airways London to Mumbai flight was also been diverted today due to heavy rain in Mumbai. Flight 9W-117 was diverted to Ahmedabad airport and will land there at around 1pm.Private weather forecast agency Skymet Weather said on Wednesday that the intensity of the rain is likely to increase today.Skymet predicted heavy to very heavy rains in Mumbai, its adjoining districts and coastal Konkan till June 10.It added that visibility has reduced in Mumbai to 500 meters with dense low clouds over the city. Wind speed in the coastal city is likely to exceed 50 kmph, private weather forecast agency Skymet said.Water is reportedly logged in Powai and Hindmata while Lower Parel also witnessed downpour today.advertisement Heavy rain lashes Mumbai leaving streets water-logged in several parts of the city. Visuals from Hindmata area. Photo: ANIOur correspondent Mustafa Shaikh today posted a video from Mumbai’s Powai.#RAINS #rain heavily in Powai and other parts of Mumbai. June 7/ 2018. Will it flood in low lying areas?? Let’s keep Mumbai updated. #MumbaiRains #Mumbai #TrafficAlert pic.twitter.com/cWCnPJ0SG9Mustafa Shaikh (@mustafashk) June 7, 2018Goregaon saw the highest rainfall in the city today with 26mm of rain recorded while it was the lowest in Chembur with 13mm.Due to very heavy rainfall forecast in Mumbai and advance of the southwest monsoon causing tidal waves, there is a likelihood of a few areas of the metropolis being inundated. Visuals from Hindmata in Mumbai, which is a low-lying area that gets flooded each yearHowever, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has claimed that they are prepared for the heavy downpour. The civic body has given strict instructions to all ward officers regarding opening manholes during heavy rain.Last year, Mumbai-based Dr Amrapurkar died after slipping into a manhole who could not be located due to heavy downpour and water logging.BMC has also asked all its ward officers to use sign boards and nets at the manholes so that people can locate it easily.On the steps being taken, the BMC said three teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will be stationed at Parel, Mankhurd (for eastern suburbs) and Andheri Sports Complex (for western suburbs). They are equipped with walkie-talkies and flood rescue material.Besides, Navy personnel will be deployed in Colaba, Worli, Ghatkopar, Trombay, Malad for flood rescue if required, the BMC release said.In addition to this, six Flood Rescue Teams of Mumbai Fire Brigade will be posted at the Regional Command Centres and emergency support functions like BEST (bus transport system), police, traffic police and education officers have been alerted. Monsoon hits Mumbai. Photo: JournoVidya/TwitterThe monsoon, which made an onset in Kerala on May 29, three days before its scheduled arrival, has advanced in parts of Tamil Nadu, southwest, west-central, east-central, northeast of Bay of Bengal and most of the northeastern states.(With inputs from Mayuresh Ganapatye and Divyesh Singh)Also read: Chennai streets waterlogged after heavy rains lash parts of cityAlso read: 6 places in India under Rs 10k you can visit this monsoonWATCH | Heavy rain causes waterlogging in Mumbai and suburbs
Zimbabwe Cricket director Enock Ikope has been provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and charged with three counts of breaching the organisation’s anti-corruption code, the governing body said on Monday.Ikope, chairman of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association (HMCA) since 2015, is the second official from HMCA’s board to be penalised by the ICC after Rajan Nayer was banned from all cricket activities for 20 years in March.Nayer, who was the treasurer and marketing director of HMCA, accepted charges relating to offering Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer $30,000 to fix an international match last year and was banned.Ikope has been charged under ICC’s Article 2.4.6 and Article 2.4.7, which includes offences such as refusing to co-operate, delaying and obstruction of an investigation into possible corruption by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).It is unclear if Ikope’s charges stem from the same incident as Nayer’s.”Mr Ikope has 14 days from June 11, 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” the ICC said in a statement.