Cristiano Ronaldo recieves Alfredo di Stefano Trophy

first_imgReal Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who was judged Spanish football’s best player of 2015-16, was presented the Alfredo di Stefano Trophy by sports daily Marca. (Ronaldo signs Real Madrid renewal in presence of Florentino Perez)Recognised alongside the Portuguese international was Argentine Diego Simeone, who on Monday picked up the Miguel Munoz prize as outstanding coach for his accomplishments with Atletico Madrid, reports Efe.Another South American, Uruguay international Luis Suarez, who was absent during the awards ceremony, was honoured with the Pichichi top scorer award for his 40 goals in the colours of FC Barcelona.Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate Alvaro Morata was chosen as the best Spanish international of 2015-16.Atleti’s Jan Oblak took the Zamora prize for fewest goals allowed while the Zarra — for the Spaniard with the most goals scored in La Liga — went to Aritz Aduriz of Athletic Bilbao.Jennifer Hermoso, who plays for Barcelona’s women squad, took the Pichichi for being the most prolific scorer in the women’s league.last_img read more

More than common man, politicians will be hard-hit: Raja

first_imgCoimbatore, Nov 9 (PTI) More than the common man, politicians will be hard-hit by the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, BJP national secretary H Raja said here today.Without elaborating, he told reporters that it will have a “limited effect” on the poor and common man due to the sudden announcement, but it will have a “larger impact” on politicians.Stating that the decision was announced to “improve and stabilise the countrys economy”, Raja said there was no point in approaching the court against such a drive, particularly for “some politicians”.The BJP leader alleged that those who had filed PILs against the initiative were “against the nations interest” and were looking for “cheap publicity”.To a question on the ban on Jallikattu (a bull-taming sport), Raja said a bill would be introduced in the next Parliament session and the coming Pongal, the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, next year, will “definitely” celebrate it. PTI NVM BN RClast_img read more

Day-Night Test: Australia take control in Adelaide

first_imgAustralia took firm control of the day-night third Test on Saturday when they reduced South Africa to 194/6 at the close on day three, only 70 runs ahead of their hosts.Desperate for a consolation victory to avoid a first 3-0 series sweep on home soil, Australia’s tail boosted their first- innings tally to 383 before the bowlers took over. (SCORECARD)Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla departed before tea and JP Duminy, captain Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma and Kyle Abbott followed under the lights in the night session.Opener Stephen Cook was the one top-order batsman left standing after hitting 81 off 199 balls and will return to the crease on day four with Quinton de Kock, who had yet to score.Paceman Mitchell Starc, who earlier completed his seventh test half century, removed Elgar for a duck with the fifth ball of the innings before taking the key wicket of Du Plessis for 12 courtesy of a brilliant catch by Peter Handscomb.The home side celebrated with the debutant as if they had won the match, an indication of the importance they placed on the wicket of Du Plessis, who contributed an unbeaten 118 to South Africa’s first innings 259/9 declared.Amla has been a less influential figure on this tour and, having been dropped on 13, lost his wicket to Josh Hazlewood for the fifth time in the series when he nicked behind for 45.Australia had resumed on 307/6 after enjoying their best day of batting in the series on Friday.Usman Khawaja’s match-changing innings ended when he was trapped lbw by Vernon Philander for 145 while Starc was caught and bowled by Kagiso Rabada for 53 to trigger the end of the innings.advertisementAfter the string of batting collapses that contributed to humiliating defeats in Perth and Hobart, however, the hosts will have been pleased that their last four wickets were worth 100 runs.Following Elgar’s early departure off an outside edge, which Australia skipper Steve Smith took with a fine low catch in the cordon, Cook was even more circumspect as partners came and went at the other end.The 33-year-old took 117 balls to reach his second Test half century and was 19 runs away from his second Test hundred at the close of play.Duminy (26) took the tourists past Australia’s tally with two runs to third man but lost patience at the pace of scoring and tried to play across a Nathan Lyon delivery only to miss the ball completely and watch it take out his off-stump.Bavuma made 21 before giving Lyon his second wicket shortly before stumps, the batsman attempting a sweep but getting an edge which looped off his arm for Smith to catch.Lyon was getting serious turn by now and still had time to remove nightwatchman Abbott lbw for a duck to give the off-spinner figures of 3/48 and pin the South Africans firmly to the ropes.last_img read more

Matthaus expecting three-way race for Bundesliga title

first_imgFormer Germany international Lothar Matthaus expects a tight Bundesliga title race this season.Bayern won the league by 21 points last season, collecting 84 points, while nearest challengers Schalke won just 63.Nevertheless, Matthaus believes that both Borussia Dortmund, who finished fourth, and Wolfsburg, who amazingly survived relegation by beating Holstein Kiel 4-1 on aggregate in the play-offs, can challenge Niko Kovac’s men for the title this time around. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Indeed, Wolfsburg signed as many as seven players in the summer, and Matthaus has been impressed with their dealings.”All great team goes through cycles of success and failure, and Bayern has seen a lot of success in recent years thanks to Jupp Heynckes, Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola, so it will be interesting to see if Bayern can defend their title, as they are undergoing a transition, with new coach Niko Kovac,” he told Goal in an exclusive interview.”Since this season, Bayern have increasingly relied on young talents.”An example of this is the departure of Arturo Vidal and the commitment of Leon Goretzka. As the first few games have shown, this strategy seems to work and Bayern is currently the league leader.”But they can´t rest, because the newly established BVB and revived VfL Wolfsburg are close to their heels. I expect an exciting season.”Bayern – who travel to Schalke on Saturday – have won their first three Bundesliga games, while Dortmund and Wolfsburg have each picked up two victories and a draw.last_img read more

Benitez optimistic Hayden will stay at Newcastle

first_imgRafa Benitez is optimistic that Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden wants to stay at St James’ Park beyond the January transfer window.Hayden handed in a transfer request over the summer as he wanted to move closer to his family who are based in Wales.Newcastle boss Benitez was unwilling to sell Hayden and now he believes that he wants to stay at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I was speaking to him and he is fine,” Benitez told the Newcastle Chronicle .”At the moment he wants to be here, I think so, but we will see in the future. It doesn’t matter, anyway, because he is here [until January at the very least] – and he has to keep going.”Hayden has only made three appearances for the Magpies so far this campaign but Benitez says the 23-year-old is in the right frame of mind to get more game time in the coming weeks.”He is fine. At the start of the season it was all a bit confused. But he is OK,” Benitez replied when asked about Hayden’s lack of football so far this season.Benitez also believes Hayden needs to maintain his focus after struggling to get back into the squad since serving a suspension for being sent off against Cardiff earlier in the season.”He played against Cardiff and got sent off, which obviously I was not expecting,” said Benitez. “After that, with Diame and Shelvey playing well, now Ki has the Premier League experience, too, so it has been difficult for him.”Because of the balance of the bench, we have decisions to make all the time [about whether we have two midfielders among the substitutes], but he is fine.”He was an important player for us [over the past two seasons] but, because at the beginning of the season everything was a little bit wrong, he needed to settle down.”You could see against Cardiff – I’m not blaming him – but he was not focused, and I wasn’t expecting it. He was sent off because, for me, he was very excited and wanted to impress.”last_img read more

Report: Leeds 2 Derby 0

first_imgLeeds United put pre-match controversy to one side to defeat Derby County 2-0 and move five points clear at the top of the Championship.Marcelo Bielsa took responsibility for the Leeds spy scandal, after Derby had accused their opponents of sending a staff member to view the Rams’ training session on Thursday, with the incident set to be investigated by the Football Association.But the admission from the Leeds boss had little impact on his side’s fine performance as Leeds bounced back from a three-match losing streak in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Andre Wisdom’s clumsy foul on Ezgjan Alioski 32 seconds in saw referee Andy Davies award Leeds a penalty, but a surprising offside flag came to Derby’s rescue.Frank Lampard’s side could not match their hosts’ intensity, however, and were behind when Jack Clarke marked his first Championship start with a sublime assist for Kemar Roofe to hammer home from close range.The @roofe39 is on fire at Elland Road! pic.twitter.com/W4jIFzSxP3— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 11, 2019Clarke turned on the style again after the restart, looping in a cross that Scott Carson could only parry to the waiting Alioski, who teed up Jack Harrison for a simple finish.Referee Davies failed to spot a foul in the box by Tom Lawrence soon after, although Bailey Peacock-Farrell was fortunate to escape punishment for a high lunge on Duane Holmes at the other end.Leeds’ victory takes them five points clear of nearest challengers Norwich City, who face fourth-place West Brom on Saturday, while Derby remain in sixth. read morelast_img read more

ISL: Kerala Blasters beat Delhi Dynamos on penalties to setup summit clash vs Atletico de Kolkata

first_imgKerala Blasters defeated Delhi Dynamos via penalty shoot-out in the semi-final second leg to enter the final of the Indian Super League (ISL) here on Wednesday.Delhi were leading 2-1 at the end of the regulation 90 minutes. But with Kerala having won the first leg 1-0, the teams were locked 2-2 on aggregate.With both teams unable to score over 30 minutes of extra-time, Kerala upstaged the hosts 3-0 in the penalty shoot-out and earned the right to meet Atletico de Kolkata in Sunday’s final.Marcelinho Leite Pereira (21st minute) and Rubn Gonzlez Rocha (45th+) scored for Delhi while Duckens Nazon got the only goal for Kerala.In the penalty shoot-out, Josu Currais Prieto, Kervens Belfort and Mohammed Rafique got their attempts on target while done of the Delhi players could hold their nerve.Delhi were reduced to 10 men when Milan Singh was sent off for a rough challenge on Mehtab Hussain. But the hosts did well to give a tough fight despite the one-man deficit and in fact created more scoring chances than their opponents.Kolkata and Kerala had met in the final of the inaugural edition in 2014 as well with the former emerging as the champions.The boys from the south will be raring to win on Sunday and erase the memories of that painful defeat.Both teams started off on an aggressive note with Kerala catching the rather off-colour Delhi defence on the wrong foot time and again.At the other end of the pitch, Kerala goalkeeper Sandip Nandy was not in the best of form, committing a host of errors.advertisementThe former East Bengal goalkeeper was guilty of some poor coordination as a poor clearance from defender Kadio saw Marcelinho in posession inside the Kerala penalty box and the Brazilian cashed in by handing Delhi the lead.The Dynamos had the last laugh in the opening 45 minutes after Ruben gave his team the lead again in added time.A freekick from Marcos Tebar saw Ruben rise high and sneak the goal home even as goalkeeper Sandip Nandy missed the flight and Kadio couldn’t head it away.Delhi were leading in this game but the teams were tied on aggregate which meant both teams needed another goal. That goal did not happen all through the 90 minutes but it were Delhi who clearly enjoyed the upperhand.Delhi infact can count themselves unlucky as defender Sandesh Jhingan proved to be Kerala’s saviour with a timely goal-line clearance.Kerala, on the other hand, had their chances with Antonio German firing a long ranger wide from a good position and C.K. Vineeth’s diving header missing the target.In the first half of extra time alone, Delhi came close several times to scoring the goal that would have mattered.Florent Malouda was the man in form and he forced goalkeeper Nandy to make two good saves.Once, Nandy’s save saw the rebound fall for Marcelinho but his attempt sailed just wide of the target.Another Marcelinho header from close range fell into the waiting hands of the goalkeeper.Missed the nail-biting penalty shoot-out? We’ve got you covered! Watch how the drama unfolded in Delhi.#ISLMoments #DELvKER #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/uDbmYiOKVs Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 14, 2016last_img read more

Seniors can learn from our junior world champions, says India hockey coach Roelant Oltmans

first_imgHe has extended his contract with the national team till 2020 Tokyo Olympics and senior coach Roelant Oltmans would have been very happy with the bunch of talented youngsters at his disposal. The Indian colts recently bagged the Junior Hockey World Cup for the second time and Oltmans says the seniors can learn a lesson or two from these champions. In an exclusive chat with India Today, Oltmans speaks on his experience in guiding the team to the Jr World Cup glory, the support they got in Lucknow and how the future of Indian hockey may lie in the ‘suburbs’ of the country. (Latest Sports stories)Here are the excerpts:Q: What was the biggest takeaway for you?Roelant Oltmans: The big takeaway is that our style of play that we have developed in the last couple of years at both senior & junior level is really a good way of playing for the Indian players and that it can bring us success as well. (India take bronze at women’s U-18 Asia Cup hockey)Q: How many of these players can make it to the senior team?Roelant Oltmans: Between 8-12 is what I expect but it depends on couple of other things as well. All of them still have to play the hockey India league. After the Hockey India league we will sit with the selectors to make a new group of probables with whom we will work towards the 2018 World Cup and the Olympics in 2020 so let’s wait till that moment to see how many of these youngsters can make it to the senior team.advertisementQ: The team went unbeaten through the tournament isn’t it but would you reckon the semi final win over Australia was the most nerve wracking? Were you confident our boys will come out on top in that shootout?Roelant Oltmans: I was very confident because in the last couple of months we trained at least 5-6 times a week on shootouts so I was really sure these guys were executing the plans well. Of course you need a goalkeeper who can stop the balls and I can tell you Vikas showed in the last few training sessions what he was capable of and he showed that again in that atmosphere in the semi final and it was a great effort for a goalkeeper. So I was very confident of winning.Q: How crucial was senior keeper & captain Sreejesh’s support from the sidelines?Roelant Oltmans: If you look at goalkeepers it is always a couple of people who have a role in that and our support staff and goalkeeping coaches have had a huge role to play and of course Sreejesh for the last phase. For the players, the fact that Sree was there, helped them as well because he speaks their language. Vikas was with the national team during the Olympic games behind Sreejesh so he understood our requirements really well and I must say he performed really well and specially in that match against Australia it was not just the shootout where he played well but also in the game itself.Q: We saw packed stadiums and loud support for the team in Lucknow. Did the team enjoy the atmosphere?Roelant Oltmans: There was fantastic support. You could see in every match more and more people came to the stadium to give support and in the last match the atmosphere was unbelievable and the good thing was that we were able to score in the first 8 minutes and that created even a better atmosphere in the stadium and we enjoyed it every single minute. Lucknow showed again that it is a city that loves hockey but the good thing is that there are more cities in the country which love hockey. We have been to Bhubaneswar, we have been to Raipur where we played tournaments as well and there were fantastic crowds. We have recaptured the attention of the hockey lovers in the country because everyone in India loves to be associated with success and slowly but surely success is coming back into Indian hockey.Q: Do you think the future of hockey is safe in India given our recent results and the support you got in the Jr World Cup? Does the future of Indian hockey lie in the smaller cities?Roelant Oltmans: I absolutely believe that the future of hockey in India is safe and I have no doubt about it. We can see more youngsters taking up hockey so they feel there is a future playing hockey which is good and I totally agree that if we go a little bit into the suburbs or the smaller cities in the country and play the big tournaments there people love to come and support us. Next year towards the end of the year we have a tournament in Bhubaneswar and I am sure it will be fully packed there as well. We have great support in these places and the boys really get a boost. Sometimes it can work against you because the moment you start attacking immediately an enormous noise goes through the stadium and the boys still need to take the right decisions. Like you said the Belgians could not communicate but even for us it was difficult to communicate but luckily we are a little bit more used to this kind of support.advertisementQ: In India we are obsessed with the Olympics, can this team grow up and along with the seniors help India bag a medal at the Olympics?Roelant Oltmans: In this moment there are about 9 countries in the world that are competing at the top level. One any given day you can beat any of those teams or lose to them. We will play them over the next couple of years and a combination of our senior team and the juniors will give us an opportunity. We also had the opportunity in the last Olympics but one bad day cost us and that is something we have to learn and I believe the seniors and juniors both understood the message that it is not always about playing a fantastic game. Sometimes if you don’t play a fantastic game you still have to win such a game like the juniors did in the WC.Q: Who were the leaders in this young team?Roelant Oltmans: Leaders are not just the ones who play well but also the personality. For me Mandeep Singh is one and in the first few matches he helped the team overcome certain moments. Gurjant Singh who of course scored two important goals in the semi final and final. Harjeet Singh and Harmanpreet also did a good job, Vikas Dahiya, as we have discussed already had some important moments. There are a lot of youngsters like Sumit who are guys with a lot of potential.Q: Did you enjoy your stint with the junior team?Roelant Oltmans: I really loved to work with the junior team and to guide them with all the staff. All together we worked on getting the right performance from the boys. From the support staff to the physios to the players everyone was part of a puzzle and in the end all these pieces came together to guide the boys in the best possible way. That is what we managed to do and it was great to see the boys gaining more and more belief through the tournament that they really can do it. We had two practice games before the tournament started which we lost. But even despite the losses, there was no doubt that we would still be able to do it. I must credit their self belief and their enormous determination to win this tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian cricket will do well under retired judges: Thakur

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 2 (PTI) Anurag Thakur, who was today sacked as BCCI president for obstructing Lodha panel reforms, took a subtle dig at the Supreme Courts order saying that if the apex court feels the cricketing body will do well under the guidance of retired judges, “I wish them all the best”. Thakur and BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke were shown the door by the countrys top court after the body failed to comply with a July 18, 2015 verdict making the Lodha recommendations mandatory. However, Thakur insisted that BCCI remains the best run sports body in India. “For me it was not a personal battle, it was a battle for the autonomy of the sports body. I respect Supreme Court as any citizen should. If Supreme Court judges feel that BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I am sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance,” said Thakur in a subtle dig. He reacted to the Supreme Court order by putting up a video clip on social media. “My commitment to the best of Indian cricket and autonomy of sports will always remain,” he said. Thakur was BCCI joint secretary and secretary before being elected president in May 2016. The BJP MP has also served as Himachal cricket boss for more than a decade. “I had the honour of serving Indian cricket. Over the years, Indian cricket saw its best in terms of administration and development of the game. BCCI is the best managed sports organisation in the country with defined procedures. India has the best infrastructure built and maintained by state association with help of BCCI. India has more quality players than anywhere in the world. Besides removing Thakur and Shirke from their positions, the Supreme Court today also initiated contempt proceedings against the sacked BCCI boss by seeking his response as to why he should not be held liable for obstructing the implementation of the Lodha reforms. During the December 15, 2016 hearing, the apex court had threatened to initiate contempt and perjury proceedings against Thakur for asking the ICC CEO Dave Richardson for a letter but denying it on oath, warning he may have to go to jail if found guilty.advertisementThe court had reminded the BCCI top brass that Thakur as president of the board had asked for a letter from Richardson that the appointment of a CAG nominee in the cricket body would compromise with autonomy and amount to government interference. PTI BS PM PMlast_img read more

Nicolais future hangs in balance, Goel says we will decide

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today asserted that the decision to sack or retain Indias U-17 football coach Nicolai Adam rests with his department, indicating that the issue would not be resolved any time soon. Barely nine months before India hosts the FIFA Under-17 football World Cup, national coach Nicolai Adam was to be shown the door after complaints of “physical abuse” by some of the players, according to sources. The All India Football Federation has expressed its willingness to remove the German, but the Sports Ministry is yet to take a call. “There is no update, we sought a report from AIFF and we have received it. We made the appointment on being asked by AIFF. The ministry is paying salary to the coach. So, without ministrys consent, nobody can remove a coach. The federation has no right to sack the coach,” Goel told PTI. He added, “We are seeing the report and it cannot be analysed in two days. We will speak to coach, to players, many times there are some doubts. We will have to judge what is right or wrong. Federation will be given some weight because promotion of a sport is their responsibility. “We have also to think that if a coach goes, then the incoming person should know the job. We will have to think about the image of our country and decide.” Goel said in case Nicolai is eventually removed, they will quickly name a replacement. “We will not delay. In case the coach is removed we will appoint another one fast. We will do it in two days.” It was learnt last week that AIFF president Praful Patel had told Nicolai, in a meeting, to quit on his own or be sacked. Sources told PTI that at least four boys complained to Patel through their parents that Nikolai and assistant coach Etibar Nizami Ibrahimov have abused them physically which has made it very difficult for the AIFF to continue working with the duo. PTI PDS AH CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

New Zealand to launch urgent inquiry into Napier washout

first_imgNew Zealand Cricket (NZC) and local authorities have agreed to an urgent inquiry to determine why the second one-day international between the hosts and Australia was abandoned on Thursday without a ball being bowled.Morning rain delayed the scheduled start time, but the conditions improved enough for the ground staff to prepare McLean Park in Napier for a shortened match.Practice facilities across the road from the ground were “bone dry” shortly after the rain stopped, according to New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, but the outfield at McLean Park failed to drain properly.”There were parts of the ground where you’d hit the ball and water would just go everywhere,” Australia captain Aaron Finch told reporters. “It wasn’t ideal, I don’t think it would have been safe for players to play on.”The decision left thousands of fans frustrated and the players visibly annoyed.NZC chief operating officer Anthony Crummy said they had agreed with the ground owners, the Napier City Council, to begin an independent inquiry as soon as possible as to why the field did not drain effectively.”It’s too early to say what happened,” Crummy said. “We did have some rain today but not enough to have the game being abandoned. So we really need to have a look at what has happened.”We have spoken to council and they have reassured us there will be a full independent review.”Council chief executive Wayne Jack said he considered the review to be an “urgent” matter and would meet with NZC to start proceedings on Friday.advertisementThe ground is due to host another ODI against South Africa on March 1. Crummy said it was too early to say whether that fixture was in doubt.”Our number one priority is making sure that that game can go ahead without interruption,” Crummy added. “Again, we just have to find out what has happened and what steps need to take place that it doesn’t happen again.”Napier mayor Bill Dalton, while disappointed with the outcome, said he believed there was no issue with the drainage and stood by long-term groundsman Phil Stoyanoff.Dalton added that several people who had access to the playing area had been surprised the match was abandoned.”It was only one small area of the park that was deemed not to be dry enough,” Dalton said. “I know people who walked over that particular area and couldn’t see what the issue was.”The general feeling amongst the public is that they couldn’t understand why play didn’t commence. But I’m not an umpire, or a cricketer and can’t make those calls.”Crummy said all general admission ticket holders would receive a full refund. He said “about six-seven thousand” tickets had been sold but did not discuss how much money NZC would need to pay out, or their insurance arrangements.last_img read more

Tesla Model 3 production to commence from February 20; might come to India

first_imgTesla said on Wednesday it will shut down production at its California assembly plant for a week this month to prepare for production of its high-volume Model 3 sedan, moving the company closer to meeting its target to start production in July.Tesla said the “brief, planned” pause would allow the company to add capacity to the existing paint shop to prepare it for the Model 3, and other general maintenance.ALSO READ:Tesla coming to India this summer, Elon Musk confirms “This will allow Tesla to begin Model 3 production later this year as planned and enable us to start the ramp towards 500,000 vehicles annually in 2018,” said a Tesla spokesman.He added that the pause was not expected to have a material impact on first-quarter production or delivery figures, as the company had added production days to compensate.Separately, sources told Reuters that the luxury electric carmaker planned to begin test-building the Model 3 on February 20.ALSO READ:Tesla Model S faster to 100kmph than the Bugatti VeyronTesla Chief Executive Elon Musk last year told investors and more than 370,000 customers who put deposits down for a Model 3 that he intended to start building the cars in July 2017. At the time, many analysts and suppliers said the timeline was too ambitious and would be difficult to achieve, pointing to Tesla’s history of missing aggressive production targets.If Tesla succeeds in starting pilot production of the sedan at its factory in Fremont, California on Feb. 20, as people familiar with the matter told Reuters, the company would be able to share the news with shareholders two days later when it reports fourth-quarter results and better answer any questions about the Model 3 rollout.advertisementALSO READ:Tesla says self-driving hardware to be built into all its cars’STOKE THE FAN BASE’The sources did not know how many of the highly anticipated vehicles Tesla aimed to build in February, but it would likely be a small number to test the assembly system and the quality of vehicle parts.”What better way to stoke the fan base and Wall Street than to wheel out pre-production models” ahead of the earnings announcement, said one person familiar with Tesla’s plans who spoke on condition of anonymity.The Tesla spokesman declined to comment on the company’s production schedule.ALSO READ:Tesla Model S all-electric sedan is the fastest car in the worldMusk had told investors last year that the company could miss the July 2017 startup target if suppliers do not meet deadlines.Tesla has a lot riding on the Model 3, which is priced at roughly $35,000 before government incentives. If successful, the sedan could raise Tesla beyond a niche luxury player in the automotive sector.Tesla has not had a profitable year since going public in 2010, though the company’s $41.4 billion market capitalization now equals that of Nissan Motor Co Ltd, which reported a profit of $4.7 billion last year.ALSO READ:Audi takes on Tesla Motors; to develop electric cars technology by 2025Musk’s bold approach to cars, space exploration and clean energy has fueled investor enthusiasm for Tesla, but sceptics are waiting to see if Musk can fulfil his promise of producing 500,000 cars per year by 2018.That would expand Tesla’s annual production by four to five times compared to 2016 levels. In its fourth quarter, Tesla produced 24,882 vehicles.Tesla disclosed in May that it had taken 373,000 refundable $1,000 deposits for the Model 3, underscoring its appeal ahead of production. The company has not since updated that number. Total sales of fully electric vehicles last year in the United States amounted to just 84,275 vehicles, according to data compiled by the Electric Drive Transportation Association.ALSO READ:Nitin Gadkari visits Tesla Motors facility in USMOVING DESIGN TARGETSources with knowledge of the Model 3 timeline had called it extremely aggressive, with challenges compounded by Tesla making last-minute changes to the car’s design. Such design tweaks can delay production, and add cost as suppliers rework tools and molds to meet new specifications.Musk said in July the design of the Model 3 was complete. The car, he told shareholders earlier in May, would be “easy to make” and free of the complicated design that led to production delays in the Model X sports utility vehicle.It is common practice for automakers to make minor adjustments to a “finished” design for a variety of reasons, ranging from fit and finish to safety.ALSO READ:Tesla says it has not finalized 2017 Model 3 designOne source said last week that design changes were still underway for the Model 3, which could potentially hinder the ramp-up to full production. Tesla declined to comment on whether the design was still being tinkered with.advertisementTesla’s previous launches for the Model S sedan and Model X sports utility vehicle were marked by production delays and initial quality issues.That track record meant some analysts were sceptical that Musk would launch production by July. “We assume 0 Model 3 deliveries in ’17,” Barclays analyst Brian Johnson wrote in a January 3 note, while Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas in a January 19 note said he expected a “soft launch” of the Model 3 to be delayed until late 2017.ALSO READ: Tesla Motors introduces two less costly Model S versionslast_img read more

PCB suspends Khalid and Sharjeel on alleged corruption in PSL

first_imgKarachi, Feb 10 (PTI) In a shocking development, Pakistan cricketers Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan were today provisionally suspended by the PCB on charges of corruption during the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Dubai. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the two players had been suspended as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the PSL which kicked off in Dubai on Thursday. Najam Sethi the Chairman of the PSL told the official broadcasters that it was a harsh decision but it had to be taken to set an example. “We will not tolerate corruption from day one. We had talked to both players and we had creditable information that things were not right at the start of PSL-II,” Sethi said. He said there were no corruption issues last year as the PSL was a new product but its success had drawn bookmakers and other gambling syndicates to Dubai for the second edition. “But even as I speak they must be now backtracking. But it was inevitable after the success of the PSL it would attract such characters,” he said. Opener, Sharjeel recently toured New Zealand and Australia with the Pakistan team and is the only player to have scored a century in the PSL eliminator last year. Both the players were representing defending champions, Islamabad United in the ongoing PSL event and while Khalid didnt play in the opening match, Sharjeel fell cheaply leg before wicket. The PCB said that Sharjeel and Khalid will remain suspended from all cricket as the PCB continues its rigorous and wide-ranging investigation as part of a collective efforts to protect the integrity of the sport. “It would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of the case, however this investigation is a clear demonstration of our determination to drive corruption out of the sport,” Najam Sethi, said in a statement. However, a reliable source aware of the developments told PTI that the players had been questioned for meeting with a suspicious person said to be a bookmaker before and after Thursdays match which Islamabad won against Peshawar Zalmi. “Basically the two were caught red handed meeting with a suspicious character after the match,” the source said. “We will not tolerate any form of corrupt activity and as this investigation proceeds we will not hesitate to take further decisive action as appropriate. The investigation of the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit backed by the ICC ACU has been effective in dealing with this case to date and we will continue to work in the closest collaboration as the investigation proceeds,” Sethi added. He said the PCB is absolutely committed to relentlessly pursuing anyone who would seek to damage the integrity of our sport. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Vs Huawei Honor 6X: The dependable ones

first_imgOk, here goes: both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Huawei Honor 6X are amazing smartphones. They are very value for money, especially for someone who is on a tight budget. Which makes this comparison all the more interesting (and to an extend even difficult).Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review: Raising the bar Both the Redmi Note 4 and the Honor 6X look (and feel) like expensive phones, but both of them aren’t expensive at all. While the Redmi Note 4 is a gradual progression of the Redmi Note 3, the Honor 6X follows in the footsteps of the Honor 5X. The Redmi Note 4 is, without a doubt, the better looking of the two. With its curved 2.5D glass and polished antenna lines, Xiaomi’s phone looks distinctly different and distinctly (more) premium than Honor’s 6X. Xiaomi’s phone also holds an edge in terms of all-round build and form factor. The Redmi Note 4 weighs in at just over 160 grams, which isn’t quite that much when you consider the fact that it’s housing a 4,100mAh battery inside. And just so you know, it measures a respectable 8.3mm (in thickness) as well. What is remarkable, however, is that even though it crams in such a big battery inside, the phone feels practically the same no matter how you hold it. An even distribution of weight throughout its body, coupled with the curved glass ensures the Redmi Note 4 feels smaller (and more compact) in comparison to other 5.5-inch phones including the Honor 6X.The Honor 6X may not be as good-looking but it is certainly more ergonomic. Unlike a phone like the Redmi Note 4, the Honor 6X comes with more dramatic curves on the rear and a front panel that sticks out as flat as a pancake. The phone, as a result, feels sharp(er) in the hands when you hold it for the first time. The design then grows on you, so much so that you start to appreciate it. No other smartphone at its price point offers better ergonomics, after all. Sadly, its build quality remains questionable. The Honor 6X maybe an all-metal phone — with top and bottom ends being plastic with brushed metal finish to accommodate the antennas — but it doesn’t actually feel like one. It feels plastic in the hands, something which is accentuated (even) further when you apply a little bit of pressure on its backside. The back panel makes this odd creaking sound every time you press it with your fingers, which I am sure, would irk many. The Redmi Note 4 feels much sturdier.The Honor 6X’s screen-to-body ratio also leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, Honor’s new phone has some of the chunkiest bezels that I’ve seen in (and around) its price point. The Redmi Note 4, in comparison, offers slimmer bezels and hence more real estate.The 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display on-board the Redmi Note 4 does well most of the time unless you’re out and about in direct sunlight. Its (above) average brightness levels feel lacking when you’re out and about. Also, the screen is prone to reflection which adds up, hampering the phone’s outdoor legibility further. But, the screen of the Redmi Note 4 handles — and reproduces — colours so well you don’t mind that it’s not as bright as the company’s more expensive phones. There’s also an option to manually correct contrast and an in-built reading mode that turns colours to the warmer end of the spectrum when enabled.The 5.5-inch 1080p display on-board the Honor 6X meanwhile gets pleasantly bright and viewing angles are also quite good. The two when put together ensure the phone is perfectly usable under direct sunlight. At the same time, because the phone uses an LTPS panel, it runs cooler than standard LCD-toting phones (for instance, the Redmi Note 4). Sadly, colour accuracy leaves a lot to be desired. They appear washed out, or more precisely, lacking in contrast when compared to a phone like the Redmi Note 4. There is an option to correct colour temperature manually, which helps a bit, but not as much as I would have liked. The phone also comes with a built-in blue light filter — Eye Comfort mode — that automatically turns colours to the warmer end of the spectrum when enabled.The Honor 6X is powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor clubbed with Mali-T830MP2 GPU. The phone comes with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal memory. Expandable storage — of up to 256GB — is supported via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The Redmi Note 4 is meanwhile powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The Redmi Note 4 is available in three versions: 2GB RAM and 32GB memory, 3GB RAM and 32GB memory, and another with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory. All the versions of the Redmi Note 4 support expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot.Unlike a phone like the Redmi Note 4 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625) which uses a chipset built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process, the custom-built Kirin 655 which is inside the Honor 6X is based on a 16nm finfet process. Both the chipsets are however guided by the same principle, which is, attaining higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. There are (of course) differences but for most users it would all narrow down to this: you’re more likely to get (much) better battery life and little (or no) overheating in phones powered by a chipset on the lines of a Snapdragon 625 or a Kirin 655. Honor holds an edge (over Xiaomi) however, in that — just like Apple — it has complete control over both its hardware and software which invariably should entail in better all-round optimisation. Better all-round optimisation means Honor’s phone should ideally be the smoothest of the lot. It is, but, only marginally.Both the phones are quick and responsive in every sense of the word. Xiaomi’s phone, however, holds a slight edge when it comes to GPU-intensive gaming because the Adreno 506 GPU inside it is slightly more potent than the Mali GPU inside the Honor 6X. The Honor 6X is, as a result, prone to some occasional lags while playing graphical games at maxed out settings for longer periods.The Honor 6X runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1. As expected, you get a user interface with lots of fancy colour schemes and animations, and no app drawer. An update to Android Nougat (EMUI 5) is on its way and should land sometime in Q2 2017. It will allow you to access an app drawer for one, among other things. The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, comes with Android Marshmallow-based MIUI and an update to Android Nougat is also in the cards. Huawei’s Emotion UI may not be as visually appealing as Xiaomi’s MIUI, but it is feature packed to the brim, and is very, very slick provided you’re the kind of person who’s as curious as a cat and likes to dig into things. The Emotion UI has a number of useful Easter eggs scattered all across its length and breadth. You can get quick access to apps like voice recorder, calculator, torch and camera (depending on the theme, there could be more) right from the lock screen by swiping up from the bottom edge. This saves you the trouble of unlocking and sifting through your apps when you’re in a hurry. Features like one-hand UI and dual window are also worth mentioning. A very handy Wi-Fi+ feature, meanwhile, allows you to switch seamlessly between Wi-Fi and mobile data depending on whether or not you’re near your Wi-Fi hotspot. Some of the notable features of Xiaomi’s MIUI are scrollable screenshots, second space and dual apps. Additionally, the Redmi Note 4 comes with an IR-blaster that can be used (in tandem with the Mi Remote app or even some third-party solutions) to control smart home appliances.Both the phones support 4G LTE and dual-SIM connectivity. The single speaker out on-board the Honor 6X – that supports DTS audio as well – is louder in comparison to the one on-board the Redmi Note 4.The Honor 6X comes with not one, but two cameras on the rear. On the front it comes with an 8-megapixel camera. The dual camera setup consists of a 12-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup assisted with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. While the 12-megapixel lens is what you can a regular lens, the 2-megapixel lens is capable of depth sensing so users can attain software-enhanced background blur in photos post clicking a shot. The dual rear camera system on-board the Honor 6X can assist (only) in achieving fancy bokeh effects in shots both before and after taking a shot. The second 2MP sensor springs into action only when you hit a dedicated wide aperture mode that sits up top in the camera app at all times. It works best when your subject is within 2 metres. It works even better when it’s in isolation and the subjects in the background are at some distance. It works really well when everything’s in place, which means you’ll have to be absolutely committed to it if you’re looking for good results. The 12-megapixel primary lens however clicks only above-average photos even in ideal lighting. Dynamic range leaves a lot to be desired and photos are often marred by metering (underexposure) issues. Although some of these photos look brilliant on the phone, when viewed on full-screen these tend to have noise, the level of which rises even further as the intensity of light decreases.The Redmi Note 4, on the hand sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase-detection autofocus along with a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, you get a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone captures some good-looking photos — with occasional softness — in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on (if a little oversaturated) colours. Dynamic range could have been better but it’s still better in than something that the Honor 6X offers. Also, the Redmi Note 4, surprisingly, does well in macro photography scenarios which means close-up shots come out well (enough) when the light is adequate. Xiaomi’s new phone is also able to capture well to-do photos — with occasional softness — in tricky light situations with good detail.The Redmi Note 4 is backed by a massive 4,100mAh battery, which is non-removable. Moderate to extreme usage saw us cross the one whole day barrier with ease, while toning down further should get most users one and a half to two days out of the phone. Extreme usage scenarios got us close to 15 hours on the Redmi Note 4, which is phenomenal. The 3,340mAh battery inside the Honor 6X may not last you as long as the massive 4,100mAh battery inside the Redmi Note 4. But it is no slouch either. Moderate to extreme usage saw us cross the one whole day barrier with ease, while toning down further should get most users one and a half days out of the phone. Extreme usage scenarios got us close to 11 hours on the Honor 6X, which is not bad at all. Both the Honor 6X and the Redmi Note 4 don’t support fast charging.The Honor 6X starts at Rs 12,999 and goes all the way to Rs 15,999. The Redmi Note 4 on the other hand starts at Rs 9,999 and goes all the way to Rs 12,999.Also Read: Huawei Honor 6X review: A jack of all trades advertisementadvertisementadvertisementSo, which one should you buy?Both the phones are very dependable and very value for money. But, the Redmi Note 4 is slightly better. Xiaomi’s phone offers a better screen, better all-round performance, better set of cameras and better battery life. The Honor 6X is not very far behind but, it is, marginally. Both the phones are sold via flash sale model which means you’ll have to be very patient (and very lucky) to get a hold of either of the devices. Ideally, you should pick the Redmi Note 4. But, you won’t be missing out on much even if you buy the Honor 6X.last_img read more

Under-18 I League

first_imgJamshedpur, Feb 17 (PTI) The Under-18 I-League tournament will commence at the JRD Tata Sports complex here tomorrow.Organized by All India Football Federation, the tournament will be held in two phases, said Ravi Radhakrishnan, Chief, Aviation Services & Sports, Tata Steel.Addressing a press conference here today, Radhakrishnan said while phase one Zonal round consisted of group matches (league system) of six zones, phase two will be final round to be played by 12 teams.Altogether 36 teams will be taking part in the tournament across six zones including four teams of Rest of India Zone (Group B) at JRD Tata Sports complex here.The teams from every zone will play on a home-away basis among themselves in the round robin stage and 12 teams will qualify to the National Final Round eventually.Those twelve teams will be divided into three groups and the group champions along with the Best Second Placed Team will qualify for the semi-final which will be followed by the final to decide the U-18 I-League 2016-17 champions. PTI BS RGlast_img read more

Baichung Bhutia removed as AIFF advisor in December: Reports

first_imgOut of favour with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) due to differences in opinion, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia is no longer advisor to both the AIFF and President Praful Patel.In fact, India’s most decorated footballer was removed from the post last December, a source close to the development has revealed to IANS on Sunday.Bhutia was roped in as advisor two years back and has since then been instrumental in bringing India coach Stephen Constantine back and also extending his contract till February 2018.”But he was removed from the position of technical advisor to Praful Patel in the month of December,” the source said.”His contract has not been renewed,” he added.Whether Bhutia will also cease to be chairman of the AIFF Technical Committee will be decided in the executive committee meeting to be held later this month.Bhutia, it was also learnt, wanted Colm Toal to take over as the India U-17 World Cup team coach after Nicolai Adam was shown the door. But the AIFF decided to pencil in Portuguese Luis Norton de Matos instead.last_img read more

Considering options regarding sale of Hometown: Future Retail

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 7 (PTI) Homegrown retail major Future Retail today said it is considering various options with regard to sale of its home furnishing business Hometown.”The Board has given in-principle authority for considering various options with regard to Hometown format, however, there is no final understanding which had been arrived at till date,” the Kishore Biyani-led firm said in a filing to BSE.The company said nothing has been finalised yet, adding that we “would avoid giving any disclosures about possible transactions to avoid any speculative activities”.The company was responding to queries that Future group plans to sell home furnishing business Hometown, shut down sportswear arm Planet Sports and merge stores of electronics chain E-zone with supermarket Big Bazaar.Future Retail launched HomeTown in April 2007 with its first store at Noida. HomeTown retails home decor products including furniture.Future Retails flagship businesses include Big Bazar and Food Bazar. PTI SVK PRJ MKJlast_img read more

10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success in 2012

first_img10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success in 2012 is the title of a free new eBook from Network for Good. You can get it here.My favorite resolution is, No More Crappy Copy!Bad writing gets in the way of good causes all the time. Let’s put a stop to that in 2012.Here are some tips from the eBook.• Write to one person. Having a single person or persona in mind (e.g., 60-year-old married woman with no children) when you write an appeal helps you know what to say and how to say it. Many nonprofits write to the “general public,” and that makes their copy sound vague.• Use active not passive voice. Forgot Rhetoric 101? That’s OK. Here’s an example of active vs. passive voice. Passive voice: “Our nonprofit is being helped by your efforts.” (Yuck!) The technical active-voice version of that would be, “Your efforts help our nonprofit.” Better, just by virtue of being written in the active voice. But better yet would be to punch it up further.• Answer the key questions. Outlines are extremely helpful when writing. Try using the outline below and answer these four questions when building your next email appeal, PowerPoint presentation, newsletter or annual report.• Why should I give to your cause?• What will my gift do?• Why should I give now?• Who else gives, and who says I should give to you?• Speaking of stories – tell one! Much has been written about the power of storytelling to persuade. One of the oldest forms of narrative, stories are easier to remember than isolated figures and facts. They’re also easier to tell. To learn more about how to tell better stories, see author, speaker and consultant Andy Goodman’s site.• Edit, edit and edit some more. If you do nothing else to improve your writing, start editing your copy, and we promise it will improve. Here’s why: Writing is not a one-shot deal. It takes a lot of refining to write clear and compelling copy. Perfect your copy by rereading it at least three times before “going to print.” Cut unnecessary adjectives, and delete entire sentences!last_img read more

Remember that you are an interruption

first_imgIf you work in marketing or fundraising, like me, it’s really important to remember that we are interrupting people.No one is sitting around with nothing to do, just waiting for our email or letter or ad. They are busy. Then along we come, asking them to pay attention to what we have to say. We are doing the equivalent of tapping them on the shoulder and asking, “Do you have a second?”So we had better have something valuable to say. Look at what you were about to send out this week. Is it worthy of interrupting someone? Is it fascinating or does it provide some real value to others? Does it make someone feel great or tie into their passions? If not, go back and make it better. Make it worthy of a shoulder-tap and a request for attention. From the very first words.We can’t forget that people have many options for how to spend the precious time given in this short life. We should feel an obligation to have a very good reason for requesting their attention. If we don’t have one, then we should leave them alone. Interruption should be reserved for things that other people – not ourselves – deem important.Cartoon by Tom Fishburne aka The Marketoonistlast_img read more