You’re in the business not only of doing good; you’re in the business of making people feel great. I like to quote the researcher M.A.Strahilevitz on this topic: “Most fundraisers probably don’t think of themselves in the business of selling happiness to donors, but that is … their job.”In an interview with Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, Gretchen Rubin quotes Lyubomirsky on why this is the case:“Research shows that there are many simple activities that reliably make people happier. My favorite is doing acts of kindness. The generous acts don’t have to be random and they don’t have to be a certain kind (e.g, anonymous or social or big, etc.). We have found that almost any types of acts of kindness boost happiness. And two hot-off-the-presses studies reveal even bigger benefits. An experiment we just published in PLOS ONE showed that when 9- to 11-year old kids were asked to do acts of kindness for several weeks, not only did they get happier over time but they became more popular with their peers. And another big intervention we just finished at a company in Spain showed that asking some employees to be generous to a randomly chosen list of colleagues (we called this our “Secret Santa” manipulation) produced huge benefits (for increasing happiness, connectedness, flow, and decreasing depression) not just for the givers, but for the receivers and even for observers. The recipients of kindness “paid the kind acts forward” and even acquaintances of the givers became happier and were inspired to act more generously themselves.”Smile, you’re in the happiness business.
We’re well into the giving season and the clock is ticking to put together a successful year-end appeal. But there’s still time to make your message stand out. Focus on the essential elements of a year-end appeal to catch your donors’ attention during this season. A strong year-end appeal increases the odds that your supporters will pay attention and respond. Use these strategies to build a better year-end appeal in a condensed timeframe.1) Brand Your Year-End Campaign Consistently, from Start to FinishPotential supporters are much more likely to take your nonprofit seriously if your branding is consistent. When crafting your year-end campaign, make sure each piece adheres to the same color, font, and graphic style. Consistency between your direct mail, social media posts, and your donation page creates a cohesive message and reinforces your donor’s choice to give.2) Broaden Your Appeal By Using Multiple ChannelsYour donors access multiple communication channels throughout the course of any given day. If your year-end appeal only comes through one channel, you’re limiting your outreach. Effective campaigns use a variety of ways to engage their supporters. Email blasts and social media posts are an efficient means of connecting with tech-savvy, mobile users who spend hours each day conducting work and personal business on their cell phones and other smart devices. Postcards and letters are old-school and remain an effective way of gaining attention. Working together, these channels reinforce your message.3) Use Impact Labels With Suggested Giving LevelsImpact labels make giving more personal by forming a direct connection between suggested giving levels and the real-life good that each dollar amount achieves. Impact labels also serve the purpose of providing a menu of concrete choices. By offering your donors a variety of giving levels, you make it easier for them to make their decision to give. List three to four suggested levels of giving and provide a short description of what can be accomplished with each donation level.4) Utilize Mobile Giving and Text-to-Give CapabilitiesAs more and more people integrate mobile devices into their daily lives, mobile giving has gained popularity. According to Nonprofit Source, 25% of donors complete their donations on mobile devices. Having donation pages that are mobile responsive removes a potential barrier to giving, and makes it more convenient for your supporters to respond to your year-end appeal. Text-to-give is another option that makes giving via a mobile device easy.5) Don’t Overlook Those Who Don’t Give OnlineWith so much focus on online and mobile giving, it’s easy to pass over those who aren’t comfortable with donating on a computer or mobile device. For a variety of reasons, some people just prefer to mail in a check. Letters or postcards are an effective way to reach out to those who aren’t giving online. If your budget doesn’t allow a large mailing, use your DMS to segment supporters who have primarily donated via mail in the past, and mail cards or letter-based appeals specifically to those donors.6) Expand Your Reach by Getting Board Members InvolvedYour board members are some of your most ardent and well-connected supporters. Get them actively engaged in your year-end campaign. Use your board members to make personal phone calls to large donors. There’s no one in a better position to make the pitch to your most high-value supporters than the board members who are deeply engaged in your mission and see the good you’re doing day in and day out. Encourage your board members to speak about their role in your nonprofit at holiday gatherings as well.7) Pair Your Thank You With Year-End Campaign Final ResultsIn addition to expressing your appreciation immediately after a gift is received, send out a recap email at the conclusion of your year-end campaign. This communication is a perfect opportunity to reiterate your appreciation and update everyone who donated to support your work. Demonstrating impact makes donors feel good about what they’ve helped accomplish and provides an incentive to give again in the future.Use these tips to take your year-end appeal to the next level and boost the results of your campaign.Still need to get out your year-end appeal? Read our Procrastinator’s Guide to Year-End Fundraising for an easy-to-follow process to make the most of your year-end campaign, even if you’ve waited until the last minute to get started.
Unai Emery must still prove himself in the transfer market despite Arsenal going on a 22-match unbeaten run in his maiden campaign, according to former goalkeeper David Seaman.After losing his first two matches in charge to Manchester City and Chelsea, Emery has settled into life at The Emirates Stadium since taking over from Arsene Wenger.Five new players arrived during the summer but the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – individuals signed during the twilight of Wenger’s tenure – have underpinned Arsenal’s success. 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! And Seaman feels Emery still needs a number of successful transfer windows to underline the success of his start to life in England.“Emery has got his players playing with confidence,” said Seaman.“That’s hugely important when you’ve got so many youngsters. “But he still needs a couple of transfer windows to really put his stamp on that team – a lot of this side is still Arsene Wenger’s.“But they’re playing well together, they’re playing with confidence and it’s great to see.“Getting back into the top four would be a great season. It’s going to be tough.“I think the top two are going to run away with it, and probably Manchester City will win it.“But the next two places are going to be difficult, with us, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United all in there.”Perhaps the defining result of Emery’s short tenure was the comeback win over Tottenham in the first north London derby of the campaign.Eric Dier and Harry Kane’s penalty put Spurs into a 2-1 half-time lead, but goals from Aubameyang, Lacazette and Lucas Torreira capped a fine revival.“That win against Spurs was a fantastic result, not just because of the victory – but because we came back from 2-1 down,” added the ex-England international.“That was great for me to see because I didn’t know if that team had it in them – to be under such pressure in a big game but then produce like they did.“It was a surprise to go up to the Man United game as favourites but that showed how far this team has already come.”Arsenal’s latest test comes in the form of a trip to relegation-threatened Southampton on Sunday.Only Huddersfield Town have scored fewer in the Premier League this term, meaning the game represents an opportunity to improve on the three clean sheets they have kept this season.Only Manchester United, who have two, and Fulham – Claudio Ranieri’s side are yet to force a shut-out – have kept less.“Arsenal have always been good going forward, it’s just the defending that needs tightening up,” said the two-time Premier League winner.“Attacking-wise we’re great, but we just need to have a little bit more cunning and use more experience when we’re defending.“We’re giving away too many chances per game. We’ve seen Bernd Leno, and also Petr Cech when he was in, having four or five saves to make every match. That’s too many.“The confidence is back in the team, though, there’s simply no doubt about that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Once the controversy dies away, only reality will remain.There was a lot to argue about after Saturday’s absorbing derby at the Wanda Metropolitano but what is indisputable is that Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over city rivals Atletico puts them back in the Spanish title race.With this impressive victory, Los Blancos moved above Diego Simeone’s side in the Liga standings and to within five points of Barcelona, who face Athletic Club at San Mames on Sunday. 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! From Casemiro’s spectacular overhead kick to Sergio Ramos’s ice-cool penalty and Gareth Bale’s drilled finish for the third, this was a big performance for the big occasion from Real, who inflicted the hosts’ first home defeat in all competitions this season.It brought back memories of Real under Zinedine Zidane, when the Frenchman led them to a 3-0 win at the Vicente Calderon in November 2016.That was the last time any side in La Liga managed three goals at Atletico, merely underlining the monumental nature of Real’s achievement.The Rojiblancos had only conceded four home goals in La Liga this season before this game, but Real, with new-found confidence flowing through their veins thanks to Santiago Solari, made themselves right at home.That was evident in the way Vinicius Junior attacked down the left flank, with the 18-year-old nonplussed by having to take on the division’s meanest defence.A couple of early tussles saw him given rough treatment by Atletico’s hard men and other players may have shrunk away from such a physical challenge but Vinicius simply rose to it.The Brazilian kept going and after a sensational outside-of-the-boot cross which Lucas Vazquez wasted, he got his reward when Jose Gimenez brought him down on the edge of the area and referee Xavier Estrada Fernandez pointed to the penalty spot.By this point it was already 1-1, with Casemiro of all people executing a spectacular overhead effort to break the deadlock, before Antoine Griezmann equalised with an ice-cool finish through Thibaut Courtois’s legs.Atletico were made to wait with every finger and toe crossed as VAR ran the rule over their goal, proving Griezmann was onside, although the video officials missed – or dismissed – Angel Correa’s foul on Vinicius in the build-up.The video referee was called upon again multiple times, determining that Gimenez’s foul on Vinicius, which started outside the area, continued inside. Another marginal call, but a key one.Ramos took full advantage from the penalty spot, firing low to Jan Oblak’s right, perhaps profiting from his own reputation for using the Panenka technique.The goalkeeper dived the right way but waited a split-second longer than he might otherwise have, to make sure he could keep the ball out if Ramos had chipped it.Madrid got the benefit of the doubt in the second half when Alvaro Morata scored a sensational chip but VAR judged he was marginally offside, and Bale wrapped up the points with a neat finish after being thrown into the fray as a substitute.The Welshman made an uncouth gesture at Atletico fans as he celebrated and, while a little unedifying, shows that even as a reserve he remains as motivated as ever.In truth, Solari has put the fire back in almost every Real player. He has revived Madrid and, more importantly, their Liga title challenge.After a trying season, the Blancos can finally begin to believe again.
“Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.” -John Stuart Mill, 1873New research suggests that the pursuit of happiness may not have its intended effect: the desire to be happy actually makes you less happy.As entrepreneurs, we deal with a lot of stress: dry periods, client issues, marketing, etc. But we’re also a group that is very interested in finding happiness — in fact, this is often why we stepped out to work on our own in the first place. Are we pursuing happiness in the right way?This research comes from the fantastic chapter “The paradoxical effects of pursuing positive emotion” by Brett Q. Ford and Iris B. Mauss, in the book The Dark Side: When Positive Emotion Goes Wrong.Americans really want to be happy.We live in a culture that is almost obsessed with happiness, Ford and Mauss claim. Western culture is especially focused on happiness. Just stop by the non-fiction section of any bookstore and you’ll see how much Americans not only crave happiness, but work and study hard to achieve it.Why? It’s obvious: experiencing happiness feels good, leads to improved social outcomes, and even makes you healthier. We also have an idea that we should be happy; that if we’re not happy all the time, there’s something wrong with us.Why does “I should be happy right now” not work?1. High expectations make us unhappy.Listen to this experiment: There were 2 groups of participants. The first group was asked to read an article about the advantages of happiness, and the second was asked to read an article not mentioning happiness. Then both groups were shown a happy film clip. The first group were less happy at the end of the movie than the second group. (Mauss, Tamir, et al. 2011)In another study, people who planned big parties and had a lot of expectations about the fun they were going to have on New Years Eve reported being less happy two months after New Years than those who had no plans. (Schooler et al. 2003)What do these studies show? Our high expectations for future happiness and the desire for a certain outcome makes us less happy.2. We don’t actually know what makes us happy.Many people believe that spending money will make them happier. However, research suggests that people who spend money on themselves are less happy than people who spend money on others (Dunn, Aknin & Norton, 2008).When people engage in activities just to make themselves happier, they lose the actual value of the activity. People who invest in experiences that are happy in and of themselves (fulfilling activities, making art, for example) are happier than people who invest in means-to-an-end (making money to get more happiness later).What do these studies show? People have little knowledge of what actually makes them happy, and often work to achieve future happiness in unfulfilling ways.3. Monitoring our feelings makes us unhappy.People asked to think about why a joke is funny found the joke less funny than if they weren’t asked to think about it (Cupchik & Leventhal, 1974).People asked to think about their reasons for choosing one product over another were less satisfied with their choice than people who did not introspect about their reasons (Wilson et al. 1993).Participants who were asked to monitor their happiness while listening to music were less happy than those asked to simply listen to the music (Schooler et al. 2003).What do these studies show? Monitoring our happiness makes us less happy. “Meta-awareness” of your feelings changes your feelings (for the worse).What do you think about these studies? Can you confirm this is true in your own experience?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has agreed to back Pakistan’s efforts to resume international cricket in their own country and said it would provide financial assistance for security needs.Pakistan are currently hosting a World XI cricket team for three T20 games in the eastern city of Lahore, a series that is being touted as a watershed moment for those bidding to restore international cricket in the country.ICC Chief Executive David Richardson called the matches an “important stepping stone” for Pakistan to earn the “confidence of the international sporting community”.ICC CEO David Richardson assures investment in security in Pakistan and hopes for a full tour from a Test nation.https://t.co/f1O4drp6PT pic.twitter.com/CYfp3KQwTz- ICC (@ICC) 13 September 2017Pakistan have hosted only one international series since militants attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009, wounding six players and killing two civilians and six security officials.#ShotOfTheDay #SpiritofCricket #PAKvWXI pic.twitter.com/BHfXdsx6Qp- ICC (@ICC) 13 September 2017″The ICC has already agreed to invest in security and improving the security capabilities for a three-year period,” Richardson said, adding that he would like to see other countries sending their teams to Pakistan..@pererathisara pummels Rumman Raees into the stands and it’s 1-1 at the Independence Cup 2017 #PAKvWXI #cricketkihalalala pic.twitter.com/XoQw6pKaWS- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) 13 September 2017Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday ahead of the second T20 match at the Gaddafi Stadium, Richardson said the matches were an example of the “the cricket family … sticking together to help a particular member country.”advertisementPost match presentation ceremony #PAKvWXI #cricketkihalalala pic.twitter.com/nQ2tpyQLeV- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) 13 September 2017Fans have been clamouring for the return of international cricket since March after the final of the domestic T20 Pakistan Super League, featuring high-profile foreign players such as World Cup winner Darren Sammy, was held in Lahore.SIX! 18.5 Sohail Khan to Thisara PereraWatch the match at https://t.co/ssrhnqqgQA#CricketKiHalalala #PAKvWXI pic.twitter.com/foRSvojrAS- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) 13 September 2017Acknowledging the importance of that event, Richardson said that the current three-match series would go a long way towards convincing other countries that Pakistan could safely host their teams.Pakistan won the series opener on Monday by 20 runs, spurred by a quick-fire 86 by batsman Babar Azam before holding off a star-studded World XI batting line-up led by South African captain Faf du Plessis.2nd innings highlights. Watch full highlights at https://t.co/ssrhnqqgQA#CricketKiHalalala #PAKvWXI pic.twitter.com/bAGrwfrMXX- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) 13 September 2017
A new dual camera Honor smartphone is said to be in works and may soon launch in India. The phone comes with a bezel-less design and will be made on the lines of “Maimang 6” launched recently in China.Honor India also ran a contest on social media titled ‘See Yourself With 2 Eyes’ which further hints the arrival of a smartphone with dual cameras at front.According to a report by IANS, the new Honor smartphone will have four cameras in total — dual camera setups both at front and the rear. But the specifications of these cameras are not known as of now. Infact not much is known about the hardware on the device. But we can take a few hints from the Miamang 6 that is already selling in China.Currently, in all its smartphones, Honor uses a Monochrome + RGB sensor combination that improves low light photography on the phone. But it could also be for bokeh as we see from the specs of the Miamang 6 that has a Dual 13MP + 2MP setup at front and a Dual 16MP + 2MP at rear.The phone also sports a 5.9 inch edge-to-edge display weighing 164g. The display has full HD resolution with an 180:9 aspect ratio and very thin bezels at the top and bottom as well. It is powered by octa-core Kirin 659 chip with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD card.Also Read: OnePlus 5 vs Honor 8 Pro: Will the best flagship killer please stand upThough the report doesn’t give an idea of the specs of the phone, it could be based on the same platform as the Miamang 6, making it a mid-range Android phone placed below the Honor 8.advertisementThe Maimang 6 sells for CNY 2,399 in China which roughly translates to about Rs 23,600 and the phone in question could have a similar price tag. Honor is said to launch the rumoured smartphone around Diwali.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan continued his run as the top all-rounder across all the formats after the latest T20I rankings were released on Wednesday.Glenn Maxwell (Australia) follows him at No. 2 while Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, Marlon Samuels (West Indies) and JP Duminy (South Africa) make up the top five.Shakib is also the No. 1 all-rounder in the ODI and Test rankings. He reclaimed the top spot from Mohammad Hafeez recently.He has 359, 353 and 437 rating points in ODI, T20I and Tests respectively.In bowlers rankings, New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner displaced team-mate Ish Sodhi as the No. 1 bowler in the shortest format of the game after his four-wicket haul in the T20 series against Pakistan. Sodhi, who had an average series with only two wickets, fell down to the No. 3 spot.Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan’s rise continued as he is now just one point behind leader Santner at No. 2. India’s Jasprit Bumrah is at No. 4 while West Indies’ Samuel Badree is sitting at the No. 5 spot.In the batting department, Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who top-scored in the recently concluded T20 series against the Black Caps, with 109 runs in three matches, moved up 11 places to become the No. 1 batsman in the shortest format of the game. He is only the second-ever Pakistani after former captain Misbah-ul-Haq to reach the zenith of the T20I batsmen rankings. New Zealand’s Colin Munro, who was leading the charts, fell down to No. 4 after managing to score only 50 runs from two innings. Aaron Finch is second while India’s Virat Kohli is third in the rankings. Evin Lewis completes the top five.advertisementMoving to the ODI format, Hasan Ali dropped to fifth from first. South Africa’s Imran Tahir tops the list followed by Trent Boult, Bumrah and Josh Hazlewood.In the batsman’s rankings, Kohli tops the list followed by AB de Villiers, David Warner, Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam.
The live broadcast of the IPL auction be shown on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD from 9 AM on January 27, 28. The auction will also be live streaming on Hotsar. IndiaToday will be brining all the live updates.Eight franchises will battle to find the right squad composition as a big pool of 578 cricketers, including 360 Indians, will go under the hammer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction here on Saturday and Sunday.Marquee Players Ravichandran Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Shakib Al Hasan — each priced at Rs 2 crore — will set the tone as an intense battle is set to follow.Amongst others — India’s Kuldeep Yadav, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Lokesh Rahul; Rashid Khan from Afghanistan, West Indies’ Samuel Badree and Carlos Braithwaite and Australian Adam Zampa, who have the skills of turning a match around on their own, will be the crucial players to look out for.Earlier, all the franchises had retained some of their players while taking a calculated risk in releasing most of them. For capped players, the base price is Rs 50 lakh, while for uncapped players, the auction will begin from Rs 20 lakh.At the outset, 26 players from England, 58 from Australia, 30 from New Zealand and 57 from South Africa had registered for the auction, taking the overseas players to 282.Afghanistan have 13 players in the list while there are 39 from Sri Lanka and an equal number from the West Indies.advertisementBangladesh and Zimbabwe have eight and seven players respectively who will be hoping to go under the hammer.Starc, who ended his association with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the last IPL, too has entered the auction that also includes Chris Lynn, Pat Cummins, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder.Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis and Morne Morkel are the few South Africans who are also part of the list.The in-form Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson, who was mulling calling time on his IPL career last year, too have entered the race with Mitchell Johnson, who has retired from international cricket but continues to play in the Big Bash League.Lasith Malinga, whose form has taken a considerable dip in the last year or so, too will be part of the auction, apart from his Sri Lankan mates Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella.Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will add their charm to the league.Among the Indians, a fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off-spinners Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay go under the hammer.India’s World Cup winners Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have continued to shine despite being out of the India reckoning. They will also attract strong bids.
Hafthor Bjornsson is ‘The Mountain’ from your favourite show, Game of Thrones, and he has set a world record by deadlifting 472 kg, or 1041 pounds. We are more proud than ever! The Mountain from game of Thrones breaks deadlifting recordHafthor broke the record at the 30th anniversary of the Arnold Sports Festival.What is the Arnold Sports Festival?The Arnold Sports Festival was established in 1989 as the ‘Arnold Classic’ and is named after the bodybuilding legend, Arnold SchwarzeneggerThe festival was initially a bodybuilding challenge, however, it expanded to include other sports and events, one of which was the Arnold Strongman Classic event, introduced in late 2002What happened at the Arnold Strongman Classic?On the last day of the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic, the yearly record breakers event was scheduled to be heldAt this event, strongman competitors are welcome to break an assortment of records for a prize of over Rs 46 lakh and an accommodation into the Guinness Book of RecordsHafthor of Iceland broke through for his first major professional strongman triumph when he won the Arnold Strongman Classic, setting a world record by deadlifting 1041 pounds (472 kg)Hafthor BjornssonHafthor Julius Bjornsson is better known as The Mountain from the popular TV series Game of Thrones. The bodybuilder set a new world record by vanquishing three-time winner Brian Shaw’s record of 560 pounds.Deadlifting is a weight training exercise in which a stacked bar is lifted off the ground to the level of the hips, then again brought down to the ground.advertisement The Icelandic bodybuilder posted about the accomplishment, acknowledging that he’s proud of himself.There won’t be any unwinding after this one. Next up, he has Europe’s Strongest Man competition in April and finally the World’s Strongest Man on May 5, where he aims to regain the title from Englishman Eddie Hall.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Smith was in tears as he addressed the media on his arrival in Sydney and took full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal.Smith and David Warner were banned for a year each by Cricket Australia while Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months.WATCHThe trio returned home from South Africa – while Smith and Bancroft spoke to the media, Warner issued a public apology on social media.Smith was distraught and broke down soon after starting to read from a prepared statement.”I am sorry. What happened in Cape Town has already been laid down by Cricket Australia. I made a serious error of judgment and I take full responsibility.”It hurts … I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love entertaining young kids … I just want to say sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia, to the fans and the public.”If any good can come from this, it can be a lesson to others. I know I will regret this for the rest of my life. I am sorry,” said Smith as he tried to control the tears.”I want to say that I’m very sorry … I’m very disappointed and I regret my actions… It is something I will regret for the rest of my life.”Smith has also been barred from playing in IPL 2018. On Monday, he had stepped down as captain of Rajasthan Royals.Smith is considered to be the greatest Test batsman in contemporary cricket. In 64 Tests, he scored 6199 runs including 23 hundreds and 24 half-centuries.advertisementIt has been a nightmarish week for Smith, who had admitted to his role in the cheating scandal during a press-conference last Saturday. He was exiled from South Africa along with Warner and Bancroft.At the Johannesburg airport, footage of Smith being booed drew widespread condemnation from the likes of Shane Warne, Kevin Pietersen and Dale Steyn.ALSO WATCH:
Panaji, Apr 7 (PTI) She and her cricketer husband Shoaib Malik want a daughter but whenever they decide to start a family, Sania Mirza would want her childs surname to be Mirza Malik. “Today I will tell you a secret. My husband and I have spoken about it and we have decided that whenever we have a child, the child will have Mirza Malik as a surname and not just Malik. So thats where we stand as a family including my husband. He actually wants a daughter,” Sania said during a panel discussion on Gender Bias at the Goa Fest 2018. Sania spoke about her personal experiences of gender bias, where she has heard some of her relatives telling her parents that they should have had a son so that the family name “goes ahead”.”We are two sisters and have never wished that we had a brother. I have had fights with my uncles and aunts, who talk about it or come up and tell my parents that they should have had a son. For us, daughters are daughters and there was nothing like wanting a son to carry the family name forward,” the 31-year-old from Hyderabad said. “I have not changed my surname (post marriage) and my name is still Sania Mirza and it will remain that way. The family name is going to go forward,” she said. Mirza said that pay disparity between men and women players existed in sports and a way out of it was to change the mindsets of people towards women players. PTI RPS BNM KHS KHSadvertisement
Williamson is an all-round good player, says Mike HessonMumbai, May 10 (PTI) Heaping praise on Kane Williamson and including him in his list of top five current batsmen in the world, New Zealand national team coach Mike Hesson described that countrys captain as having the skills to adapt to any format of the game.The stylish Williamson is leading Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the current Indian Premier League (IPL) season, and has been inspirational with the bat as well as a captain.”Any quality batsman, if they have got the skills, will adapt (to) any form of the game and Kane Williamson is no different,” Hesson said ahead of the high-flying SRH game against the struggling Delhi Daredevils.”He does not go out and look to thrash the ball, but he times the ball, gets in good positions and hits where fielders arent. (He is) an all-round good player,” said the 43-year-old Kiwis coach, a Star Sports Select Dugout expert of the T20 League.Williamson has amassed 410 runs from 10 games, scoring five half-centuries. His highest score has been 84.Asked whether Williamson was the best batsman in the World, Hesson said, “Look, I wouldnt say that.”But he was quick to add that it was good to have a New Zealand batter among the top five batsmen in the world.”There are four-five (players) who are extremely good. (India and Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper) Virat Kohli is one, Joe Root (of England is) exceptionally good. Steve Smith (Australia), Kane Williamson, they are probably the four at the moment around the world, and AB de Villers when he is playing,” he said.advertisement”They are good in different conditions (and) they stand out. Its nice to have a New Zealand batsman as one of those top five,” said Hesson, who had also coached Kenya. PTI NRB SSR GK GK RYS RYS RYS
Sochi, May 21 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he saw a different Vladimir Putin who got emotional while talking about the students of Sirius Educational Centre – a unique educational centre set up on the initiative of the Russian President.Modi and Putin visited the educational centre and interacted with more than 700 students.Talking to students, Modi said he was thankful to his friend President Putin who provided him an opportunity to meet the bright stars of Russia, referring to the students of the centre.”I was with my friend for the whole day today. When he spoke about the kids (of the centre) he was emotionally involved. I saw dreams in his eyes. I saw a different person. I saw a Putin who was different from the president,” Modi said as he held the hand of Putin who was smiling.He asked the students how many of them were willing to visit India.In response, all the students raised their hands, bringing a smile on the face of Modi who invited them to visit India and interact with Indian students. He also promised that he will spend time with them in India.Later, the students took the autographs of the two leaders.The Sirius Educational Centre is a unique educational centre set up by the Talent and Success Educational Fund in 2015 on the initiative of President Putin and based at the Sochi Olympic facilities.The main purpose of the project is to identify, develop and provide professional support for children demonstrating gifts in technical creativity, art, the natural sciences and sport. PTI ZH AKJadvertisement ZH ZH
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik was pleased as punch after his team fought back in style against Rajasthan Royals to register a 25-run victory in the Indian Premier League Eliminator at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.Chasing 170 for victory, Rajasthan were cruising at one stage when Sanju Samson and captain Ajinkya Rahane were at the crease as the duo added 62 runs for the second wicket.But they completely messed up the chase when Rahane departed for 46. Samson followed him soon into the dressing room after scoring 50 off 38 balls.That is when KKR tightened the noose around RR batsmen and eventually managed to restrict them to 144/4 in 20 overs thanks to some superb bowling in the final stages of the second innings.”We were initially under the pump, so good on us to come back,” DK said at the post-match presentation ceremony.How annoying is KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik: Royals mentor Shane Warne”In these kinds of games the score doesn’t matter, it’s about believing. The par scores don’t matter, but just how much you believe. The bowlers have picked their game and have bowled some good balls,” he added.KKR v RR HIGHLIGHTS | MATCH GALLERYPiyush Chawla was the star of the show with the ball for the Knight Riders finishing with 2 for 24 from 4 overs and was well aided by his spin-bowling partner Kuldeep Yadav who picked up 1 wicket and gave away just 18 runs in his spell. Fast bowler Prasidh Krishna was also at the top of his game once again with figures of 1 for 28 in 4 overs.advertisementRajasthan had entered the play-offs thanks to Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab’s loss in their respective final league games but their luck ultimately ran out in Kolkata and they crashed out.But Kolkata have Andre Russell to thank for this victory as his knock in the latter stages of the first innings which turned the tide in their favour going into the mid-innings break.The Knight Riders rode on Karthik’s well-paced fifty coupled with Russell’s unbeaten 25-ball 49 blitz to recover from an early collapse and post 169/7 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first. Young Shubman Gill also contributed with 28 runs from 17 balls.Russell came in to bat when KKR were trying to stem the rot through Karthik (52; 38b; 4×4 2×6) and Shubman Gill (28; 17b; 3×4 1×6) before the latter fell with the team on 106/5 in 14.2 overs.The big-hitting West Indian smoked five sixes and three fours in the last five overs to take 55 runs and help the purple brigade post a challenging score.”Credit to Shubman Gill. Absorbed all the pressure when he walked in. Before he got out, he played some lovely shots and eased the pressure off me, and then Andre (Russell) was just special,” the wicket-keeper said.Two-time champions KKR will now face 2016 winners Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier at the same venue on May 25 to fight for a place in the final. The winner of the Qualifier 2 will meet MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash on May 27.”Every game is important from here on. Next game is important as there are two good teams which will be competing,” Karthik concluded.
Samsung together with Amazon is hosting a four-day sale called Samsung Days. As the name suggests, the e-commerce giant during the sale is offering heavy discounts on Samsung products, including smartphones, gear watches and more. The sale kick-started on Monday, i.e May 28 and will end on May 31. During the Samsung Days sale, Amazon India is offering up to Rs 5,000 discount on Samsung products. Amazon has also partnered with ICICI Bank to offer cashback on select products. Here are all details and offers that the e-commerce store is offering on Samsung products:Galaxy On7 PrimeThe smartphone is selling for Rs 10,990, down from the original price of Rs 14,990. This means Amazon India is offering a discount of Rs 4,000 on the phone. The discounted price is inclusive of Rs 2,000 off on exchange. There are conditions attached to avail the discount. To get the Rs 4,000 discount customers will need to exchange the phone with of old Samsung smartphones and not with any other brand phones.Galaxy On7 Pro, Galaxy On5 Pro The phone is selling for a price tag of Rs 6,990 down from the MOP of Rs 9,490. This is a flat discount and is available only on the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage variant of the phone. Galaxy On5 Pro, on the other hand, is selling for Rs 5,999 on Amazon, down from the original price of the phone of Rs 7,999. This is also a flat discount and there are no conditions attached.Galaxy A8+ The smartphone, which is launched not so long ago sells for Rs 29,990 on Amazon India store. The e-commerce giant is offering a discount of Rs 5,000 bringing down the price of the phone from MOP of Rs 34,999.advertisementGalaxy A6, Galaxy A6+ Both the A6 series phones from Samsung are available under exchange offer. Amazon has partnered with ICICI Bank to offer Rs 3,000 cashback under exchange on the phones. To avail the cashback, customers will need to buy the phone via their ICICI credit card. After the cashback, the Galaxy A6+ is selling for Rs 25,990 and A6 for Rs 21,990.Galaxy Tab A 7.0Galaxy Tab A 7.0 is selling for a discounted price of Rs 9,499 down from the original price of Rs 10,400. This is a flat discount.Gear S3 Frontier The Gear S3 Frontier from Samsung is selling at a discount of Rs 4,000. The Gear S3 Frontier is available for a price tag of Rs 24,500, down from the original price of Rs 28,500. This is a flat discount and there are no conditions applied to it.Gear Sport Samsung’s Gear Sport is selling for a price of Rs 18,990, down from the MOP of Rs 22,990. This means the e-commerce giant is offering up to Rs 4,000 discount on the watch.Other offers: –Galaxy J7 Duo selling for Rs 15,990–Galaxy J7 Pro available for Rs 18,900–Galaxy J7 Max selling for Rs 14,900–Galaxy J7 Prime 2 for Rs 13,990–Galaxy J7 Nxt 32GB variant selling for Rs 11,990, while the 16GB sells for Rs 9,490–Galaxy J2 2018 is available for Rs 8,190
London, Jun 11 (AFP) Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan will visit Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand later this year for their first overseas tour as a married couple, Kensington Palace announced today.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were married at Windsor Castle last month, have timed their trip to coincide with the Invictus Games in Sydney in October.Harry, the second son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, set up the global sports championship for wounded personnel after a decade in the army.All four countries on the tour are members of the Commonwealth, the 53-nation grouping for which Harry is a youth ambassador.Harry is following in his parents’ footsteps, after Charles and his then wife Diana visited Australia and New Zealand in their first tour as a married couple.Charles was in Australia earlier this year to open the Commonwealth Games, his 16th tour of the country.Harry’s older brother Prince William and his wife Kate also drew huge crowds during a 2014 visit to Australia and New Zealand with their baby Prince George.”The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the autumn,” the palace statement said.”Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective governments.”The Duke and Duchess will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”The tour will fall on the occasion of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.” Australia and New Zealand welcomed the trip, saying that both their nations would warmly receive the royal couple.advertisement”The Duke of Sussex… attendance (at the Games), alongside The Duchess of Sussex, will be a wonderful highlight for the more than 500 competitors and thousands of spectators,” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement.”I know the Australian people will greet Their Royal Highnesses with great warmth and excitement wherever they go during their time here.” New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern said Prince Harry had enjoyed his last visit in 2015.”This is the Duchess’s second visit to our country and I know New Zealanders will be very much looking forward to welcoming her back,” she added in a statement. (AFP) CK CK
\R Moscow, Jun 13 (AFP) FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Wednesday that world football’s governing body was “clinically dead” when he took over following a corruption scandal that engulfed his predecessor Sepp Blatter.Two years later, it was “very much alive” and full of “joy”, with a clear vision for its future, he said in his opening address to the FIFA Congress in Moscow on the eve of the opening match of the 2018 World Cup.Blatter is being investigated by Swiss prosecutors for alleged corruption during his 17-year reign at the head of FIFA.Elections that handed the World Cup to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 have since been the target of allegations of bribery and spelled the end for Blatter.Infantino has put FIFA on a sound financial footing and ushered in the introduction of innovations such as the Video Assistant Referee system to analyse controversial on-pitch incidents during matches.Russian President Vladimir Putin, who gave a short speech to the FIFA Congress, praised Blatter’s successor.”We know that Infantino became the head of FIFA in difficult times but he has steered it well, like a true fighter,” Putin said.Infantino, the former secretary general of football’s European governing body UEFA, was little known before he took over sport’s richest governing body.The United States, Mexico and Canada, the three nations bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, helped gather support for his election.It is thought Infantino will return the compliment by backing the bid, which faces competition from Morocco, in a vote of FIFA member nations later Wednesday.advertisementThe choice of the 2026 host nation will be made by up to 207 nations after the rules were changed to widen the voting college following the controversial ballots.Russia and Qatar were picked by the 24-member FIFA Executive Committee, several members of which have been convicted on corruption charges. (AFP) APAAPA
The EPA is creating a nationwide database of greenhouse gas emissions, an important first step on the path to reducing U.S. emissions.The Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed “Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule” for sixty days of public comment, with a final rule expected in late 2009. The proposal would cover 85 to 90 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions. This process is the result of legislation passed in December, 2007 that directed the EPA to design a national, mandatory GHG emissions registry. EPA’s work on a national registry lagged under the previous administration, but has received fast-track priority under incoming Administrator Lisa Jackson.The plan would require 13,000 facilities to report their emissions. Facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually would be covered, and small businesses will be exempt. Reporting for sectors such as the utilities, oil and gas producers, and chemical refineries would start in 2011, while automobile manufacturers will start up on their 2011 models.A Welcome MilestoneA national greenhouse gas registry is a major development in U.S. climate change policy, because it is the cornerstone of cap-and-trade, or indeed, any policy to measure and reduce emissions. Before the government can implement emission reduction policies, they first need to have solid and reliable emissions data. Otherwise, there would be no way to ensure that emissions sources—such as power plants and factories—are achieving reductions.The EPA previously had no comprehensive way to track emissions data at the individual facility or business level. An EPA national registry will provide transparency and support a variety of climate change policies and programs at the national, regional, state, and local levels.Unlike voluntary programs like the Climate Registry and Climate Leaders, which allow companies to demonstrate progress in reducing emissions across their entire business, the new federal reporting program will track the emissions of individual facilities, rather than companies as a whole. Also, reporting from those facilities will be mandatory, not voluntary.A comprehensive GHG registry isn’t just good for the sake of policy, it’s good for business as well. Experience with voluntary programs shows that as companies measure their emissions, they typically gain a better understanding of where they are coming from, for instance, their supply chain, transportation, or in their electricity, heating, or cooling use. That knowledge helps identify cost-effective, even “no regrets” strategies for reducing their carbon emissions and improving their bottom line by saving energy.A Solid Resource: WRI’s Greenhouse Gas ProtocolWRI experts participated in the EPA’s stakeholder process and have submitted comments throughout the rulemaking process. During the comment period, WRI will review the proposed rule and continuing to be engaged in the public comment period before the regulation is finalized later this year.WRI brings more than a decade of experience to the discussion. For ten years, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative has been developing standards for greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting and promoting their broad use worldwide. Hundreds of companies in the US and around the world are reporting their GHG emissions on a voluntary basis following the GHG Protocol.Last year, WRI released “Designing a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Registry,” a policy brief that laid out a blueprint for lawmakers drawing up registries to follow. The brief also identified what features a successful registry must include.