Roger Federer can still win a Grand Slam, says former coach

Roger Federer can still win a Grand Slam, says former coach

first_imgRoger Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone has asserted that the tennis star can return from six months out with injury and win another Grand Slam. (Latest Tennis stories)”Last year was a very tough year for him and he still got to the semis of Wimbledon,” Annacone, who coached the Swiss ace from 2010 to 2013, told BBC Sport on Sunday.”There is no reason why he can’t play at that level again.” (Federer hopes to play for another two to three years)Federer, a winner of 17 majors, is due to make his comeback from a knee injury against Britain’s Dan Evans in the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday.”When you look at his track record, particularly on grass, if he’s healthy, it’s going to be very difficult not to put him in the sentence as one of the favourites.”Again, it’s about staying healthy, but I absolutely think he can contend for a major title,” Annacone said.Federer is yet to set foot on court since hurting his left knee after losing in the Wimbledon semi-finals to Milos Raonic in July.But Annacone believes Federer’s extended absence “could be a positive”.”It’s given him time to refresh and really get his body healthy.”Six months isn’t critical — it’s not what I would call lethal. I know how hard Roger’s worked and how professional and meticulous he is about his preparations,” the American said.”It is a challenge, but great players love challenges. I expect great things because he’s a great player.”advertisementFederer had a knee surgery in February 2016. He last won a tournament in November 2015 — the Swiss Indoors — and has not won a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2012.last_img read more

Stalin charges BJP with not moving SC over Jallikattu

Stalin charges BJP with not moving SC over Jallikattu

first_imgChennai, Jan 15 (PTI) DMK Working President M K Stalin today charged the Centre with not taking steps to move the Supreme Court over the Jallikattu ban and said BJP government could have promulgated an ordinance to enable the bull taming sport to be conducted in Tamil Nadu.”As I had already stated on many occasions, it is easy to introduce an emergency law that will allow the bull taming sport to be conducted in Tamil Nadu. But BJP government just shied away from its responsibilities, which subsequently led to the sport getting banned”, Stalin, also the Opposition Leader in the Tamil Nadu assembly, said in a statement.Noting that senior BJP leaders had met the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court even at his home on various issues, he said BJP MPs could have used their rights in Parliament to pass an emergency law for Jallikattu. He alleged that the Centre has been watching issues related to Tamil Nadu as a “silent spectator”, including rights of sharing Cauvery river water with Karnataka, attacks on fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy and even in allocation of relief funds following the damage caused by cyclone Vardah. He charged AIADMK MPs with showing interest only in making (AIADMK General Secretary) V K Sasikala as Chief Minister and not in urging the Centre nor meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Jallikattu ban. “As a traditional game like Jallikattu was not able to be be conducted in the State, the BJP Government has been neglecting the feelings of Tamils”, he said. Stalin, who led DMKs state-wide protests from here on January 13, demanding that Jallikattu be held this year, had attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, saying he had time to meet actors and others, but not AIADMK MPs who wanted to discuss about holding the sport in Tamil Nadu. PTI VIJ APR RGadvertisementlast_img read more

JP Associates net loss widens to Rs 1,095 cr

JP Associates net loss widens to Rs 1,095 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) Jaiprakash Associates today reported widening of standalone net loss to Rs 1,095.02 crore for the third quarter ended December of 2016-17.The companys net loss in corresponding period of last fiscal was at Rs 827.26 crore.”Total income has decreased to Rs 1,648.87 crore during the quarter as against Rs 2,121.59 crore for same period year ago,” JP Associates said in a regulatory filing.The dismal performance of the company is mainly because of losses from cement, construction, sports events and real estate businesses.Its Board of Directors during the quarter under review approved scheme of arrangement between the company and UltraTech Cement for sale of part of its cement business, including that of its 100 per cent subsidiary Jaypee Cement Corporation.Besides, the company said the Board at the meeting held today authorised the Finance Committee to “consider and approve the realignment of remaining debt of the company subject to consents and approvals required including that from shareholders and lenders of the company.The company has been reeling under substantial financial stress and has defaulted on loans and other payments running over multi-crore rupees, besides overdue interest on loans.Sale of its cement business to Kumarmangalam owned Birla Group is touted as the biggest deals for the sector in the country and it is expected to fetch the JP group Rs 15,900 crore.Besides, the power business was sold off to JSW Energy in early 2016 for Rs 3,500 crore.JP Associates stock closed 4.48 per cent down at Rs 13.43 on BSE. PTI KPM SAadvertisementlast_img read more

International Women’s Day: Ram Gopal Varma wishes all women to make men happy like Sunny Leone does

International Women’s Day: Ram Gopal Varma wishes all women to make men happy like Sunny Leone does

first_imgRam Gopal Varma, filmmaker and enfant terrible on Twitter, once again did what he does best.The Sarkar 3 director took to Twitter to make a series of tweets regarding Women’s Day which happens to be today, March 8.And so it began…Is there no #MensDay because all days in the year belong to only men and the women were given just only one day?- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017Women’s day should be called #MensDay because men celebrate women much more than women celebrate women- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017Women on atleast #MensDay should not nag or scream and atleast give some freedom to men- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017On behalf of all men I hereby wish all the women a Very Happy #MensDay- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017I don’t know what men should be doing to women that day but I wish one day in year is celebrated as #MensWomensDay- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017However, what obviously takes the crown for being the most Ramu-esque tweet possible is the one he wrote about Sunny Leone.I wish all the women in the world give men as much happiness as Sunny Leone gives- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017″I wish all the women in the world give men as much happiness as Sunny Leone gives,” RGV tweeted.What’s amazing and really sporting of Sunny Leone is that she did not take offence to Ramu’s tweet and replied, well, positively: Soon enough, Twitterati began attacking Ram Gopal Varma for being sexist, misogynist and so on. However, RGV was quick to respond saying that such attacks are only hypocritical.advertisementThe negative noise towards my tweet on @SunnyLeone arises from ultimate hypocrisy.She has more honesty and more self respect than any woman- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017I appreciate ur honesty in accepting @SunnyLeone gets more attention than all the other women combined ??? https://t.co/RTUxux1Rbm- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017After this, RGV spoke about making a short film that would expose the “sanctimoniousness of extremely antithetical multifarious perspectives on the phenomenon of Sunny Leone.”Soon making short film on exposing sanctimoniousness of extremely antithetical multifarious perspectives on the phenomenon of @SunnyLeone- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017My short film on her phenomenon will bare the veiled centrally decomposed cogitations in all the mentally corroded naysayers of @SunnyLeone- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017All u illiterates who dint understand my earlier 2 tweets on @SunnyLeone atleast go through dictionary unless u are uneducated for that too- Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) March 8, 2017Away from the hungama on Twitter, Ram Gopal Varma will soon have to flex his directorial muscles on the big screen with Sarkar 3. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpayee, Jackie Shroff, Amit Sadh and Yami Gautam, Sarkar 3 releases in theatres on April 7.Sunny Leone meanwhile will be seen making special appearences in Noor and Baadshaho, both slated to release this year.WATCH: Amitabh Bachchan is back, angrier and meaner, in the trailer of Sarkar 3ALSO READ: Sunny Leone’s father caught her secretly making out with her boyfriend!WATCH: Amitabh Bachchan is a feeling, says Ram Gopal Varmalast_img read more

Injured Yuki Bhambri out of India’s Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan

Injured Yuki Bhambri out of India’s Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan

first_imgIn a big setback to India’s hopes, the country’s leading singles player Yuki Bhambri was ruled out of their Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group I Round 2 tie against Uzbekistan due to a knee injury.Yuki is seen as a vital cog in India’s scheme for the tie to be played in Bangalore from April 7. His absence will make it extremely tough for the hosts to challenge the visitors, who will be led by world No.70 Denis Istomin.The Delhi player did not report to the preparatory camp, which began in Bangalore on Sunday. The 24-year-old, who is at No.307 in the ATP rankings, has a history of injury woes.Ramkumar Ramanathan will now spearhead India’s singles challenge, although he has been struggling for form in recent times.Non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi had picked four singles specialists for the tie and it will now be imperative that he play either Leander Paes or Rohan Bopanna or both the doubles specialists.If Bhupathi picks only one doubles player, both Prajnesh Gunneswaran and N Sriram Balaji will make their Davis Cup debuts and the latter will surely feature in the doubles rubber.Bhupathi had caused some controversy after relegating Paes and Bopanna to the reserves while picking only singles specialists for the tie.last_img read more

Wired for generosity: A quick guide to connecting to the limbic brain

Wired for generosity: A quick guide to connecting to the limbic brain

first_imgA recent article by Ken Burnett in the Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (known as SOFII) caught my eye. It was titled, “The emotional brain,” my favorite topic, and it made links between how we think and why we give. He offers a very eloquent observation:First impressions last. Sure they do. This is a transformational insight, the single biggest realization of all. It explains things that many fundraisers often feel intuitively but mostly haven’t quite rationalized and that others miss altogether. Such as the surge of emotion when we see a child in distress, the appeal in the direct gaze of a child’s eyes that means all we have to say is, ‘sponsor me’; no more explanation is needed. Or the sweating palms and lump in the throat conjured by the mere image of those soldiers in first world war trenches, waiting for that whistle. Or the recall of time, place and feelings prompted by a piece of music from our past, or by the smell of perfume, or the taste of an exotic fruit. Think Amnesty’s long copy ads, children running from exploding shells, or waiting in food queues at times of famine, or the tired, shocked, dripping lifeboatman just washed in from the sea.How powerful are the emotions conjured by images such as these? How useful would it be to consistently harness them to your cause? Well, the emotional scenes are already there or they can be planted there to be called upon later, if only we get better at emotional storytelling, at presenting our emotional case with power and passion that will burn the memory of our story so deep that it will last and last long term, to be called upon again and again, whenever needed.I could not agree more, and I could not have said it better. When we see or hear someone’s pain, our own neurons fire in the same way they would if we were feeling that pain ourselves. We want to help others, and when we do, we’re rewarded with happy feelings – and a dopamine dose to our brain’s pleasure center. If we as advocates of good causes do our job well, we elicit those reactions. Burnett is right – our task is to burn the memory with a story so deep it evokes primal pain and joy.He also shares these great details from Damian O’Broin’s neuromarketing checklist. Enjoy. And do check out the full column at SOFII. It’s excellent. You’ll get Limbic Brain 101 and learn the difference between sharks and toasters.last_img read more

What will happen in philanthropy in 2013?

What will happen in philanthropy in 2013?

first_imgI was recently asked to post on LinkedIn what I thought would be a big trend in our sector in 2013.My response is that there is a huge power shift brewing in philanthropy, and in 2013 it will turn old school charity on its head. And you shall see it, if you are paying attention. The consumer, not the nonprofit, will be the source of innovation and growth.Meet the growing base of mobile device-wielding, “asset-light” consumers who have already revolutionized everything from education to finance to publishing to photography. Philanthropy is next, folks.Read the full post at LinkedIn here.last_img

“Every workplace could use a union” – Gawker Editorial staff votes to unionize

“Every workplace could use a union” – Gawker Editorial staff votes to unionize

first_imgOn Wednesday June 3rd, the writers at Gawker Media editorial staff voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East union – making the website the first digital-only media company to become organized. The motion passed by an overwhelming majority: Out of 118 eligible voters, 80 voted in favor of unionizing, while 27 voted against.In announcing the decision to vote, Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan notes that “every workplace could use a union,” reasoning that it’s the only mechanism that works to represent the employees in an organization. With the advent of online publishing, there’s been a steep decline in union workplaces for writers where, historically, print media had been liberally unionized. Finally, Nolan writes that while Gawker is generally a great place to work, a union ensures that it continues to be so – through setting pay and raises in a fair and transparent way, protecting employees and potential hires from discriminatory practices, and safeguarding employees in the event of layoffs.Contract negotiations have yet to go underway, but at present relations between the writer’s staff and Gawker management remain amicable. Gawker founder and president Nick Denton stated on Wednesday, while the vote was taking place, that he is “intensely relaxed” about the situation.As our founder, Sara Horowitz noted in her Fast Company piece prior to the vote, the idea of unionizing is increasingly popular among the under-35 set. In fact, when Sara founded this organization it was largely a research and advocacy outfit, but it became clear that this new population of freelance workers was really a constituency. So we polled you, our members, and the word that seemed to resonate most was “union” – it evokes unity, mutual support and power. And, since 2007, our under-30 membership has risen 3,000% percent. “Like handle bar mustaches and artisan crafts,” she remarks, “unions as a concept seem to be making a come back.”The Gawker Editorial team’s affirmative vote certainly backs that up – especially as it breaks traditional associations with unions as representatives of low-wage, blue collar workers. The majority of Gawker writers do not come from a tradition of unions; they’re young and hip to the idea of collective bargaining as a path to workplace equilibrium.We recommend checking out the real action here, where Gawker writers give readers an insider’s view into the decision process and discuss why they decided to vote yay or nay. For a more cohesive summary of events, New York Times labor writer, Steven Greenhouse also penned a comprehensive op-ed for the LA Times covering the decision and its impact on the labor movement.last_img read more

I was prepared to be sacked from day one: Roelant Oltmans

I was prepared to be sacked from day one: Roelant Oltmans

first_img“I was always prepared to be sacked,” says Roelant Oltmans after Hockey Indian removed the legendary Dutchman as head coach despite a largely successful stint of four-and-a-half years.India has always been a difficult place to work for foreign hockey coaches due to difference of opinion with national federations and bureaucratic hurdles.In the past, renowned coaches like Australian Ric Charlesworth, Spaniard Jose Brasa, Micheal Nobbs, Terry Walsh and Paul van Ass were shown the door unceremoniously even before the completion of their tenures.Asked whether he came prepared for the tough job when he was appointed as Indian hockey’s High Performance Director in 2013, he answered in the affirmative.”We all (foreigners) know India is not the easiest of countries to work — especially in the sporting sector because of a host of issues. But in my mind, I was always prepared. When I took up the offer, I knew someday I will be sacked but I was ready for that,” Oltmans told PTI in an interview just after his sacking.The Dutchman, who came to India in 2013 as High Performance Director, however, said he has no regrets and hoped that he has made good roadmap for the team to follow.”I have no regrets because I know I have left certain legacy for India hockey in the last four-and-a-half-years. The team has made significant progress and I just hope the process which I had set continues in the future,” Oltmans said.Oltmans said the day he took up the role he emphasized on the need to set long-term goals for Indian hockey to revive its past glory.advertisement”My plan from day one was to set long-term goals for India hockey to put the house in order and achieve a level a consistency. I had always said that India needs 6 years to to be in the top 3,” he said.”But it seems it’s different in India. People want overnight results. But it takes to build a process after a slump. In India it’s all about winning a tournament, everyone thinks from the point of view of a fan. It takes time.””But I never had any disagreement with the authorities here. I had a great time and enjoyed here,” Oltmans clarified.The Dutchman, however, was taken aback with the sudden decision of Hockey India and said it was not in the best interest of the country.”I don’t think it was the right moment to take this decision. We had always set our target for 2017 Asia Cup and winning the Hockey World League Finals.”The Dutchman feels he has set in a system for the Indian men’s team to propel in future.”We had prepared the team for the future. I am 100 per cent confident we will win the Asia Cup and I absolutely feel we can finish on the podium in the HWL Finals, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games provided we have the systems in place,” Oltmans said in a caustic tone.”But you never know because a new coach will come and he will have his own style of play. But I feel the team is heading in the right direction,” he signed off.last_img read more

Odisha gears up to host mega hockey events

Odisha gears up to host mega hockey events

first_imgBhubaneswar, Sep 4 (PTI) The Odisha government has decided to start making arrangements for the Mens Hockey World League this year and the Hockey World Cup 2018 to be held in the state.Odisha Chief Secretary A P Padhi, after presiding over a meeting here today, said all arrangements will be made for the grand success of both the events in the state capital.This will be done to make Bhubaneswar a top sports destination in the country, he said.State government officials and Hockey India CEO Elena Norman also attended the meeting.While the Mens Hockey World League is scheduled to be organised here from December 1 to December 10 this year, the Hockey World Cup event would be held in November-December next year.Padhi said the state will make more arrangements than it did for the Asian Athletics Championships since hockey fans from across the globe are expected to visit here.He also said more foreign tourists are expected to arrive in the state since the hockey events would be held during the peak tourist season.”The hockey practice ground in Kalinga Stadium will be converted into a another stadium for the World Cup matches,” Padhi said, adding more guest houses will be built since more than 30,000 spectators and tourists are expected to visit Bhubaneswar during the mega events.Odisha sports and youth service secretary Vishal Dev said, India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, Netherlands and Spain will participate in the Hockey World League. PTI AAM SBN NSDlast_img read more

Roger Federer continues to dominate in the twilight of his career

Roger Federer continues to dominate in the twilight of his career

first_imgRoger Federer isn’t getting older by the look of things.  Because the man from Basel, just gets better and better even at the age of 36.After two grueling rounds at the US Open, The Swiss swept aside his last two opponents in straight sets to reach the quarters at Flushing Meadows.He beat Feliciano Lopez in third round 6-3 6-3 7-5 and then extended his career run to 12-0 against German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber after drubbing him 6-4 6-2 7-5 to reach the quarters.RECORDS CONTINUE TO TUMBLEReuters PhotoThis going to be his 51st Grand Slam quarters — the third most by any player. He is behind Chris Evert, who has featured in 54 and Martina Navratilova, who has played in 53 Grand Slam quarter-finals.He will now face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-final — the man who won his only career Grand Slam by defeating Federer in 2009. Incidentally, that was also the US Open.However, the situation is different now. While del Potro is suffering from niggles and is not entirely on top of his game, Federer has been defying critics after returning from his injury. He is chasing his third Grand Slam title this year after winning the Australian Open and the Wimbledon championship. This is also going to be his sixth title if he wins it in this calendar year and his 20th career Grand Slam overall.QUEST FOR NO.1Reuters PhotoFederer, whose five titles this year has come at Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami Open, Halle Open and Wimbledon, has already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in November. He had started the season ranked 16, he is now ranked third, just behind Rafeal Nadal and Andy Murray. While getting the first rank might be difficult for him, but a win in US and a big finish towards the end of the year might well give him a glimmer of a hope to overtake the Briton and chase down the Spanaird, who himself is enjoying a resurgence of sorts.advertisementAnd talking of No.1, Nadal might have a say as well because if he beats Andrey Rublev in the last eight and Federer goes past the Argentine, they’re all set to meet each other for the first time at Flushing Meadows.The two have already delivered a classic in a Grand Slam final Down Under earlier this year and it is expected that they will do so once again. The win is not going to come easy for Federer but if it comes, his domination in the twilight of his career and then going out on a high will be remembered by all Federer and tennis fans.last_img read more

Ernesto Valverde banks on debutant Ousmane Dembele to make instant impact against Espanyol

Ernesto Valverde banks on debutant Ousmane Dembele to make instant impact against Espanyol

first_imgBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be banking on new signing Ousmane Dembele to fill the gap left by Neymar’s departure as he looks to overcome off-pitch difficulties when the Catalans take on Espanyol on Saturday.Barcelona have enjoyed a winning start in La Liga and despite all the off-field drama, Valverde is determined that they make it three wins out of three when they face his former club.Valverde had a two-year spell as an Espanyol player between 1986 and 1988, reaching the 1988 UEFA Cup final, and later guided Barcelona’s city rivals to the 2007 UEFA Cup final, where they also lost on penalties, during a two-year tenure as coach.So fond are Espanyol of their former striker that he has a gate named after him at their stadium but on Saturday they will be hoping to take advantage of institutional instability at Barcelona to end their torrid run at the Nou Camp.Barca have won their last eight La Liga derbies at the Nou Camp dating back to 2009, including 4-0, 5-1 and 5-0 victories in their last three meetings, although there is some hope in Espanyol of ending that dismal run.Barcelona had a frustrating transfer window, failing to sign top target Philippe Coutinho after losing Neymar to Paris St Germain for a world record fee of 222 million euros ($266 million), and there have also been calls to hold a vote of no confidence against president Josep Maria Bartomeu.There is also unease at Barca over the future of talisman Lionel Messi and captain Andres Iniesta, who are both out of contract next summer and have yet to sign new deals.advertisement”We haven’t had a good time at the Nou Camp recently, it’s always difficult and we have really struggled to win there, even to pick up a point, but I believe we can get something positive this time,” said Espanyol midfielder Victor Sanchez.”Right now everyone is talking about what is happening off the pitch at Barcelona, and we hope we can take advantage of that.”Barca are one of only three teams in La Liga to win both their opening games, beating Real Betis and Alaves 2-0 without hitting top gear but are set to be boosted by the debut appearance of striker Dembele on Saturday.The France international, 20, joined from Borussia Dortmund as a direct replacement for Neymar, becoming the second most expensive player of all time at 105 million euros, rising to up to 147 million including incentives, despite only playing professional football for two seasons.Valverde has his whole squad available after the international break aside from Ivan Rakitic, who sustained a hamstring injury while on duty with Croatia.Elsewhere, champions Real Madrid host Levante hoping to get back to winning ways after drawing 2-2 with Valencia in their last outing. They can recall captain Sergio Ramos from suspension but are still without Cristiano Ronaldo, who is serving the fourth of his five-game ban for pushing a referee.last_img read more

After US Open ‘non-dedication’, Davis Cup team spirit fires Kyrgios up again

After US Open ‘non-dedication’, Davis Cup team spirit fires Kyrgios up again

first_imgTwo weeks after declaring he lacked any dedication to tennis, Nick Kyrgios has pledged to fire up for Australia’s bid to reach the Davis Cup final.Australia play Belgium in the semi-final in Brussels this weekend, looking to secure their first trip to the decider since their 2003 win over Spain.An injury-hampered Kyrgios bowed out of the opening round of the U.S. Open with an assortment of fines, a smashed racket and a tantrum, while burnishing his reputation as the tour’s most talented slacker.”I’m not dedicated to the game at all,” he told reporters at Flushing Meadows, describing an off-court regimen of milkshakes, ice creams and walk-up basketball games.”There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I’m not that guy.”Following on from his admissions of video game marathons at a previous tournament, it was another confessional to elicit groans back home where exasperated fans still hope the 22-year-old can knuckle down.In Davis Cup, they can at least be confident of something approaching a full-blooded performance from Kyrgios, who loves the team aspect of the competition and played a leading role in Australia’s quarter-final victory over the United States in April.Kyrgios’s commitment to the tournament has grown in importance since Bernard Tomic, the country’s other half-hearted talent, has crashed out of the top 100 through a combination of missing tournaments and not training very hard.”Davis Cup has done wonders for me this year,” Kyrgios said.advertisement”It’s really made me find that love again for just being with the guys and having some fun, knowing that tennis isn’t all bad, knowing that you can have some fun with it.”Kyrgios will spearhead Australia’s charge against a strong Belgium team featuring world number 12 David Goffin.The last time Australia reached the final, Lleyton Hewitt, the current team captain, was in his prime and fittingly, he will oversee the country’s best chance of adding to its 28 titles in over a decade.Former world number one Hewitt, a revered Davis Cup servant in Australia, has been credited for bringing out the best in Kyrgios.”‘Rusty’ (Hewitt) has helped me a lot,” said Kyrgios.”I think he’s the best captain we’ve ever had. I know that everyone on our team would run through a brick wall for him.”To take home the trophy would be probably a dream come true for me.”last_img read more

Misgovernance in NSFs wont be tolerated: Rathore

Misgovernance in NSFs wont be tolerated: Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today issued a stern warning to National Sports Federations (NSFs), saying there would be zero tolerance for misgovernance. Rathore said there cannot be any alternative to the core principles of governance in sports. “65 per cent of Indias population is below 35. It is our Prime Ministers vision (Khelo India Initiative) to promote sporting culture in the country. So there would be zero tolerance in terms of misgovernance in sports,” Rathore said in his address while inaugurating the National Workshop on Sports for All here. “The federations will have to think beyond their turfs. There would be massive amount of transparency in terms of team selection, results. Everything has to be open and sharing,” he added. Rathore, 47, who won a duble trap silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, said from now on the ministry will only take policy decisions on sports, the execution of which will be left to professionals. “Ministry will make policies and the operational responsibility will lie with professionals,” he said. “We are in the process of CEOs to look after all the programmes,” the Sports Minister said. “We are creating an IT-based structure where Khelo India programme and TOPS will be monitored 24×7 and 365 days. The performances of High Performance Managers and coaches will also be monitored.” Rathore, who is the first athlete to become the Sports Minister, further said the entire sporting system of the country needs a complete overhaul. “We need to change our thought process. We need to build more playing arenas at low cost. In India when someone decides to build any stadium he thinks of an Olympic like stadium,” he said.advertisement”The ministry is working on a coaching programme. Our coaches need to upgrade their knowledge from time to time. From now on, we will be assessing the coaches every year.” PTI SSC PM PMlast_img read more

Digital ad spends to grow by 31% by 2021: Report

Digital ad spends to grow by 31% by 2021: Report

first_imgMumbai, Oct 4 (PTI) Growing internet penetration and data consumption is likely to help increase digital advertisement spends in India at a compounded rate of 30.8 per cent between 2016 and 2021, according to a recent report.Further, mobile advertisement spends and social media aided digital video advertisement spends are expected to grow at 50.9 per cent and 40 per cent annually between 2016 and 2021 respectively, said the Digital First Journey report by KPMG.Enablers such as governments Digital India initiative, growing usage of affordable smartphones, rising internet penetration in rural India and rapid growth of digital payments has further strengthened the digital infrastructure.This has resulted in video dominating data consumption, which is expected to continue to grow in the near future, it noted.”There are about 200 million online video viewers in India currently, which is set to exceed 400 million in the next couple of years. Although the catalyst for online video boom was Reliance Jio, the trend now has wings of its own. With data set to be the dominant source of revenue for the telcos, and possibly home broadband seeing traction in the future, the video consumption growth is here to stay,” said Gaurav Gandhi, chief operating officer, Viacom 18 Digital Ventures said.The report also noted the over the top (OTT) content consumption is evolving from niche to mass based content and long form content is gathering traction, with investments in large screens, and original content creation.It further said while Advertisement Video on Demand (AVOD) remains the primary source of monetisation for the OTT players in the country, the Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) and Freemium models are seeing traction on the back of compelling content, including sports.advertisementSponsored content has also emerged as an important monetisation tool, the report added.The growth in monetisation though, is partially held back due to challenges around digital viewership measurement and rampant content piracy, the report stressed.Digital video businesses require high investments, and returns are currently not commensurate given the still evolving business models.Media organisations are currently attempting to bridge the gap between market share acquisition and economic viability, as they attempt to build long term sustainable digital video businesses, it added. PTI DSK NRBlast_img read more

Four-time world champions Italy on the brink of missing 2018 FIFA World Cup bus

Four-time world champions Italy on the brink of missing 2018 FIFA World Cup bus

first_imgThe sight of Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne being brought on for the final 15 minutes of Italy’s World Cup playoff in Sweden was a welcome one for away fans.With Italy trailing 1-0 in the first leg, the Azzurri desperately needed the creative skills of the 26-year-old Insigne.But fans and even the Italy players themselves were bemused when Insigne took up Marco Verratti’s central midfield role.Insigne had to explain to his teammates, saying “in the middle” before shrugging his shoulders with resignation and responding “yes” to their incredulity.The substitution failed to change the score and Italy were left at serious risk of failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.”The coach knows what kind of player I am, and when I’m called upon I always try to give my best,” Insigne said. “I’m sorry I wasn’t able to make a difference tonight. If the coach asks me to play for one minute or 90, I’ll always try to give 100 per cent.”The coach asked if I felt ready to replace Verratti and I said yes because we have to give 100 per cent in any role the coach asks us to play, and even more with the national jersey … I’m disappointed, but now we must get our heads down and work because we have the return match Monday and we have to try to win it at all costs.”It is this creative midfield role that will be Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura’s biggest headache as he ponders what changes to ring for the second leg in Milan on Monday.advertisementVerratti is suspended after picking up a second booking in Sweden. Jorginho has been in fantastic form for Napoli this season and seems the most natural replacement but he has never played for Italy before. However, the only other option is Roberto Gagliardini and the Inter Milan midfielder lacks the offensive capabilities needed this time round.Italy were too predictable and slow to punish Sweden’s well-organized defense on Friday. Although Ventura shelved his unpopular 4-2-4 formation, the 3-5-2 system didn’t work either.The players appear perfectly suited to a 4-3-3 system used by Napoli and Roma, who are playing the best football in Italy at the moment.Ventura will have better options up front for the return match. Simone Zaza should be back from the knee injury which kept him out of Friday’s match, while Andrea Belotti – who has only just returned from injury – will also be in better shape.Matteo Darmian was Italy’s best player on Friday and should start again at San Siro.The veteran “BBC” defense of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini also proved solid. Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was rarely tested and the only goal was deflected in off Daniele De Rossi.Buffon has called for Italy to play with more ferocity in Milan.”We’ll need a physical Italy side,” the Italy captain said. “But a physical match will not be enough: we have to keep our balance, conceding a goal would be disastrous.”We can talk about our mistakes but it won’t help anything. We need to hold our heads high and stand tall to come back. We need to be fierce, us and the whole San Siro.”last_img read more

North Korea is helping Syria build chemical weapons: UN experts

North Korea is helping Syria build chemical weapons: UN experts

first_imgNorth Korea has been sending equipment to Syria that could be used in chemical weapons manufacturing, the US media reported citing findings by UN experts.The materials include acid-resistant tiles, valves and pipes, the BBC said on Wednesday quoting the media reports.The New York Times quoted the as-yet-unreleased UN report that also said that Pyongyang’s missile specialists have been seen at Syrian weapon-making facilities.The allegations come after new reports of chlorine gas being used by Syrian forces came to light. The Syrian government has denied the charges.North Korea is under international sanctions over its nuclear programme. The supplies reported to have been illicitly sent to Syria by Pyongyang included high-heat, acid-resistant tiles, corrosion-resistant valves, and thermometers.The tiles are said to be used to construct facilities where chemical weapons are produced, the BBC said.Five shipments were sent to Syria via a Chinese trading firm during late 2016 and early 2017, the Wall Street Journal said. They are allegedly part of dozens of shipments over several years.Also read: IN PICS | Fake passports that helped North Korean leaders travel the world revealedThe Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), a Syrian government agency, is said to have paid the Kim Jong-un regime via a number of front companies, the newspaper reports.The report, also seen by the Washington Post, was compiled by the UN Panel of Experts, which assesses North Korea’s compliance with UN resolutions, the BBC said.In a September 2017 report, which is publicly available, the group said it was “investigating reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation” between Syria and North Korea.advertisementIt said that two UN member states had intercepted shipments bound for Syria and that the goods were suspected to be supplied by North Korea’s main arms exporter as part of a contract with front companies representing the SSRC.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric did not say whether the leaked report would be published, but told the New York Times: “I think the overarching message is that all member states have a duty and responsibility to abide by the sanctions that are in place.”Also read: We need to talk about North Korea and the 1984-like situation thereThe Syrian government was reported to have told the UN panel that the only North Koreans present in Syria are sports coaches and athletes.Syria signed up to the Chemical Weapons Convention and agreed to have its declared chemical weapons stock destroyed in 2013 after a sarin gas attack killed hundreds of people in Ghouta.It has been accused of repeatedly using banned chemical weapons in the civil war since then, the BBC said.last_img read more

Paesing on:Resilient Leander far from finished

Paesing on:Resilient Leander far from finished

first_img(Eds: Updating with more quotes and changing headline) By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) A 16-year-old boy who began his Davis Cup journey in 1990, baptised with fire, has perched himself on a pedestal from where it will require a superhuman effort to displace him. He is 44 now, with a world record 43 doubles wins in Davis Cup to his credit. His contemporaries and even those who started their careers long after him have hung their racquets but Leander Paes continues to “re-invent” his game and add power in his legs to pull India through. He did it today again and in the process earned a win which made him the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup. Serving at 5-6 in the decisive third set, he was down 0-30 — two points away from a defeat which would have embarrassed the nation — but he logged four points in a row to keep India in hunt and eventually, in the company of Rohan Bopanna, sealed the much-needed win. It inspired the youngsters to produce reverse singles wins and in the end India was rejoicing a memorable win. “What a fabulous motivation. It is great to achieve the world record. I dedicate this record to my father, my parents, my daughter Aiyana, to every single Davis Captain I had had and to every singles Davis Cup doubles partner I had and this world record belongs to India,” Paes told PTI in an exclusive interview after his historic win.advertisement “I am so proud of being son of the soil and playing so long. Many many hard years of efforts, lots of ups and downs. I had to be very resilient,” he said, reflecting on his journey. He is already the most decorated Indian tennis players with 18 Grand Slam titles. He has been showered with encomiums since he began his incredible journey and the honours of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and Khel Ratna fittingly came his way. He has pulled off some incredible victories but struggled to qualify this record and what this means to him. “It is difficult to put in words after this win from 0-2 down. I had to play three matches for 16 years – two singles and one doubles. And now to go out there as one of the senior-most players of the team to motivate the boys, I take this responsibility very seriously. “I hope with this record I can inspire lots of youngsters in whichever field they play or work in to believe that we Indians can be the world beaters and I can prove that Indians can be world champions,” was all he could say. And he is in no mood to retire. He appears even more fired up. “When it comes to playing for country, I am always available. I feel I am still able to motivate the boys and go out there, bring out the best in them in training and at the same to get that doubles point. Its such a crucial point as you saw in this tie. We were down 0-2 down and it could have been anybodys game. It was a team effort. It explains itself.” Going back in time, Paes mentioned about the 24-match unbeaten streak he weaved with Mahesh Bhupathi in Davis Cup. “Winning those matches, staying undefeated is something very special. Mahesh and myself always had that respect for each other for what we achieved in tennis. Whenever it has come to playing for country we have put our differences aside and put the country first and thats what I respect about him.” He also lauded Bopanna, who stayed strong in todays win. “I have played great ties with Rohan. Against Serbia when we were down 0-2 and today also it was a tight match. He was fantastic. It was freezing cold as it snowed. There are so many great memories, difficult to pick. I got to thank my first Davis Cup captain Naresh Kumar. As a young kid, not many believed in me but he put his captaincy on line and played me there. I could not have done without all the captains and partners I had. I owe a big gratitude to Naresh Kumar,” he said. The game of tennis is changing. It was already tough being alone on the Tour and it is becoming more and more brutal with the players taking physical fitness to insane levels. So what Paes thinks about the modern day game? Paes cited the example of Swiss great Roger Federer who has made several changes to his game to not only stay relevant but still dominate the tennis courts.advertisement “Tennis is such an universal sport that you always have to re-invent your game. The players in different parts of the world are training on different surfaces around the world. Argentines, the Latin Americans are so used to playing on clay courts. “The Serbians and the East Europeans are used to play on indoors right through the winters. The Americans like to play on outdoor, slow hard courts. You have the Australians, and the British and us the Indians, who are so used to play on grass courts surfaces a little bit. “Thats why I have tremendous respect for Roger Federer, who is so willing to reinventing his game regardless of surface he plays. He plays from baseline, serves and volleys. “He is able to mix his game up. Transition game from baseline is such a unique art. Thats what I keep try to emulate and try to keep re-inventing my game to not just play with the current players but also stay ahead of the lot. You need to be an all-court player. “Physical and mental fitness is pre-requisite. Thats where my whole focus has been in my career.” Even the Davis Cup is changing with new format in place, though the purists are scoffing at the changes proposed. “Everything in life evolves. We have to evolve with it. As athletes we have to keep re-invent ourselves. Having the World Group in one location where all nation can come and play is good one. To reduce the matches from five sets to three full sets with ad points, is very good thing. “The players can travel on a Sunday to the next destination. When they are playing on Sunday, they travel to next tournament on Monday, get there on Tuesday and play on Wednesday. So travelling on Sunday is great implementation,” he said, lending support to the new two-day format in Davis Cup. PTI AT AH AT AT ATlast_img read more

Sports Highlights

Sports Highlights

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1700 hours EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of Second T20 International between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. *Report of Intercontinental Cup match between New Zealand and Chinese Taipei. *French Open. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-FOOT-CONSTANTINEWe’ve done enough to merit good turnout, should not beg: ConstantineMumbai, Jun 5 (PTI) Coach Stephen Constantine says the Indian football team has done enough in the last few years to merit a decent crowd turnout, and begging for support was one thing it did not deserve. SPO-GOLF-SHUBHANKAR Gritty Shubhankar qualifies for US Open Columbus (US), Jun 5 (PTI) Shubhankar Sharma’s magnificent year continued as the Indian grabbed a spot in next week’s US Open Golf Championships with a solid display of 69-68 in the qualifiers here. SPO-BAD-SAINA-SINDHU Rivals Sindhu, Saina train at separate academies ahead of hectic schedule New Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) Fierce rivals on court, badminton stars Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu are training at separate academies of national coach Pullela Gopichand ever since their epic Commonwealth Games summit clash in Gold Coast, eager to ensure that neither of them gets a whiff of the other’s strategies and improvisations. SPO-CHESS-IND Winless Anand to play Vachier-Lagrave in round 7 of Altibox chess Stavanger (Norway), Jun 5 (PTI) Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand would be desperate to secure his first victory when he meets Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France after the second and final rest day of the Altibox Norwway chess tournament here. SPO-ZADRAN Blasts keep happening, we need to focus on cricket: Shapooradvertisement By Bharat Sharma Dehradun, Jun 5 (PTI) The bullets and blasts narrative that is associated with sportspersons from war-ravaged countries doesn’t sit well with Afghanistan speedster Shapoor Zadran, who wants the stereotypical perception to change. SPO-FOOT-KIDS-F4F Surya, Rudresh hope to make most of F4F trip to Moscow New Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) Playing in the FIFA World Cup remains a distant dream but in Surya Varikuti and Rudresh Gaudnour, India will have at least a representative each on the field and off it, in the upcoming football extravaganza in Russia. SPO-UTT Holders Falcons TTC to take on Maharashtra United in UTT season opener Mumbai, Jun 5 (PTI) India’s 2018 Commonwealth Games heroes and top paddlers from around the world will be showcasing their skills in the second edition of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) that gets underway in Pune from June 14. PTI APAAPAlast_img read more