Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who stepped down as captain of India’s limited-overs teams last week, is addressing his first press conference after relinquishing his position. CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL VIDEODhoni will feature in the ODI series against England starting January 15. He reportedly wants to play on till the 2019 World Cup. Virat Kohli, who took over as captain, said he hoped Dhoni would play fearlessly after the shedding the burden of leadership. The 35-year-old is also expected to bat higher up the order under Kohli and could be key to India’s success as they seek to defend the Champions Trophy in England later in the year.Here are the highlights from Dhoni’s press conference:- I wanted to bat low because we didn’t have any explosive batsmen lower down the order. Depends on the situation and I will see where to bat.- Won’t grow my hair.- To the long story short – in my mind, my last series at home was vs South Africa. Split captaincy does not really work. It was always in mind when Kohli took over the Test captaincy. I wanted him to have some time and then I decided it was time to move on and give Kohli the full captaincy.- As a wicketkeeper, I will have to keep a close eye as to what the skipper really wants”I don’t believe in split captaincy. For the team there has to be only one leader” @msdhoni #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/vjbJilTJX0 BCCI (@BCCI) January 13, 2017- I had a chat with Kohli to see where he wants his field.advertisement- Overall, it has been a journey for me, the ups and downs. When I started, there were a lot of senior players and we had to make sure the transition was smooth when they left.- The juniors who came in when the seniors left will take the legacy forward. It has been a journey I have really enjoyed- Kohli and I have always been very close. He was never worried when he missed out but he always wanted to contribute whenever he got a chance. Was waiting for right time,ws waiting for Virat to ease in into test format. Feel this team has the potential to win in all formats-MS Dhoni pic.twitter.com/8T17nreoRB ANI (@ANI_news) January 13, 2017- My job will be to assist Kohli whenever it is needed. I will tell him what I think from behind the stumps. As a wicketkeeper, I will get to see the game and see details. – The more I can serve Kohli, the better it will be for Indian cricket”I believe this team will be the most successful Indian team under Virat’s captaincy” @msdhoni #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/gzGAoj1I4J BCCI (@BCCI) January 13, 2017- – The more I can serve Kohli, the better it will be for Indian cricket- I was willing to bat lower down the order because I thought I could do it. I am ready to bat wherever the team wants me to bat – As a captain you have to be very practical- Sometimes you have to give false confidence to a player.- You may face a few problems but more often than not, you look at the bigger picture. You have to see who can win big games for you- Always thought there were too many press conferences. You need fresh views from a player. One press conference after the match is enough- The skipper is best placed to go. Became difficult to convince the local organisers that press conferences were not needed- Press conferences were a waste of time- Split captaincy does not work in the Indian set-up. It’s the right time to step down. This team has the potential to win more games than any other team has.- These players have the potential to win in any conditions- Virat Kohli’s Team India will win more matches than I did- Virat Kohli’s India will rewrite history. Hope there will be no serious injuries to any member of the team and I am sure they will do very well.
But the big question is whether Karisma’s rumoured beau Sandeep Toshniwal was at the wedding?ALSO READ: Looking back at Karisma Kapoor and Sandeep Toshniwal’s relationshipA picture Karisma uploaded on her Instagram account in December shows her sporting a big diamond ring. The photo immediately sparked rumours that Karisma Kapoor has gotten secretly engaged.However, when Mumbai Mirror asked Karisma’s sister Kareena Kapoor Khan in 2014 about any plans of Lolo getting married again, Kareena said, “Lolo will never remarry. Leave her alone, her divorce hasn’t come through yet. It’s a traumatic time for her.”Well, if Karisma can look this beautiful while only being a guest at the wedding, imagine how good she will look being the bride?advertisement Thought Lolo was out of the scene? Huh, huh?Check out her latest Instagram photos. Dressed in a white ensemble with fitting jewellery, Karisma Kapoor posed in front of a decorated auto at a wedding and the effect would make you drop that bhelpuri on the rasta!
Eoin Morgan has lashed out at the umpiring standards in England’s five-run loss to India in a Twenty20 international on Sunday, the captain saying his side would report their concerns to the match referee.Chasing 145 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead, England needed eight runs from the final over but paceman Jasprit Bumrah held his nerve, conceding just two runs while claiming two wickets as India squared the three-match series. (Also read: Important to have belief, says Virat Kohli after thrilling win)Set batsman Joe Root was given out leg before off the first ball of the over despite edging the delivery onto his pads, and Morgan felt it had changed the outcome of the game.”There is extreme frustration, absolutely,” Morgan told reporters. “It shifted momentum, first ball of the 20th over, losing a batsman who’s faced 40 balls on a wicket that’s not that easy to time, it is quite a hammer blow.”It’s proved very costly all things considered. A couple of decisions didn’t go our way and we still should have won the game and that’s a big positive for us. That we didn’t, is disappointing.” (Also read: Past performance in death overs gave me confidence: Jasprit Bumrah)Root was on 38 when he was given out by Indian umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin and with no Decision Review System (DRS) available for the series, England had no way of saving the batsman.Morgan, frustrated by the same official earlier when India captain Virat Kohli survived what appeared to be a plumb lbw appeal, said England would raise the issue to match referee Andy Pycroft.advertisement”We have an opportunity to do that before the next game, there’s always feedback given through the match referee on our report,” Morgan added.The England captain said it was a “concern” that DRS was not used during the shortest format, though it was present for the preceding test and 50-over series.”Even if it’s just for World Cup games you’d accept it,” he said. “If this was a World Cup game tonight and we were out of the World Cup or lost a World Cup final we’d be spewing.”The fact it’s not (available) is a concern. There is as much on the line as there is in a Test or a one-day match so no reason why it shouldn’t be used.”
Earlier on August 21, the high court had ordered CBI toEarlier on August 21, the high court had ordered CBI to register a case in this matter after it held that Tuki had “abused” his official position as a minister in awarding contracts to his wife, sister-in-law, brother and other relatives without calling tenders.It had directed CBI to conduct a probe against Tuki, besides Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, New Delhi, and the Director of Sports Council, Arunachal Pradesh, in this regard.The high court had said that an FIR should be lodged and the final report submitted before the special court in Guwahati. PTI SJK MNL RKS SK
New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) AIADMK leader P Venugopal today praised the role played by the central government in allowing Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. Observing that the tradition of Jallikattu goes back to 2000 years, Venugopal said its stoppage would have hurt the religious and cultural sentiments of Tamilians in India and abroad. Venugopal, who is the AIADMK leader in Lok Sabha, thanked President Pranab Mukherjee and the Centre for their role and said it was because of them that the state had managed to come up with an ordinance leading to staging of the bull-taming sport. “With the support of the Centre, an ordinance (for allowing Jallikattu) was brought in. I thank the Centre and the President for this gesture,” he said during a discussion on motion of thanks to President for his address to the joint sitting of Parliament. The Centre had earlier cleared an ordinance on Jallikattu, paving the way for the Tamil Nadu government to promulgate to allow the ancient sport. PTI CS ARC DK
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed career-best figures of eight for 50 to help Australia bundle out India for 189 on the first day of the second Test at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday. (Scorecard | Day 1 Highlights)It was the third batting meltdown in a row for the hosts, who were dismissed for 105 and 107 in the opening Test in Pune during a 333-run loss inside three days. India had posted three consecutive totals of 600-plus before this series.In a 16-over spell either side of lunch, Lyon dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara, India skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane on a pitch that had offered extra bounce and turn for the slow bowlers.The 29-year-old returned for his second spell after tea and added five more wickets to finish with the best figures by a visiting bowler in India, whose hopes of levelling the series suffered a big setback.Australia openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw then piled on the misery by staying unbeaten on 23 and 15 respectively to take their side to 40 without loss at the close.Warner was dropped on nine by Rahane at gully off paceman Ishant Sharma to complete a wretched day for the world’s top-ranked Test side.Kohli made a good start when he won the toss and opted to bat but paceman Mitchell Starc soon had the hosts on the back foot when he dismissed Abhinav Mukund, a replacement for injured Murali Vijay, in the third over.Playing his first Test in almost six years, Mukund’s scoreless innings lasted eight deliveries with the left-handed batsman missing a full toss from Starc to be given out lbw.advertisementPATCHY RAHULAustralia captain Steve Smith waited seven overs before handing the ball to left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe, whose 12-wicket haul in Pune helped the tourists cruise to victory.O’Keefe should have captured Rahul’s wicket but Peter Handscomb dropped a low chance to his left at short cover to reprieve the batsman on 30.Rahul played some loose shots but also entertained the sizeable crowd with crisply driven boundaries in his 90. He was dropped again on 61 by Warner at leg slip off Lyon.Pujara rarely looked troubled in his innings of 17 before he got an inside edge off Lyon on to his pads and this time Handscomb held on to the catch at short leg to end a 61-run second-wicket stand.Kohli started strongly with two cover driven fours but he was given out lbw for 12 without playing a shot to a straight delivery and his attempt to overturn the decision on review proved futile.Rahane was out for 17, stumped by Matthew Wade while Karun Nair, who replaced spin bowling all-rounder Jayant Yadav in the Indian team, fell for 26 in similar fashion to O’Keefe.India lost their last five wickets for 15 runs – all to Lyon – including that of Rahul, who holed out trying to hit a big shot in his quest to get to his hundred.
Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme grabbed a wicket each to reduce South Africa to 24/2 in response to New Zealand’s 268 at the close of the first day’s play of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Thursday.Southee had Stephen Cook caught at second slip by Jimmy Neesham for three before de Grandhomme, a surprising choice to share the new ball, had Dean Elgar also snapped up by the same fielder for nine to reduce the Proteas to 12/2. (SCORECARD)Nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada was on eight with Hashim Amla yet to score at the close after the hosts had earlier been bolstered by Henry Nicholls’ maiden Test century of 118.Nicholls combined for 116 runs with BJ Watling (34) for the sixth wicket after the hosts had been reduced to 21/3 in the 11th over and then 73/4 at lunch.Nicholls combined with opener Jeet Raval for 52 after New Zealand struggled after being asked to bat by Faf du Plessis. He brought up his milestone when he hooked a Rabada delivery to the mid-wicket fence.The 25-year-old, who chopped a delivery onto his stumps on 98 against Bangladesh in January, raised his arms in the air before the ball crossed the rope for his 12th boundary.Nicholls and Watling’s partnership, built on rotating the strike with quick singles, halted the early momentum South Africa had built in the first session through their pace attack of Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Rabada.Rabada captured two wickets, including that of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (two), whom du Plessis had targeted as the key to exposing a raw batting line-up shorn of the injured Ross Taylor.advertisementNeil Broom lasted just four balls on debut when a Rabada delivery squared him up and caught the outside edge of the bat.Jimmy Neesham was the only wicket to fall in the middle session for 15, before Nicholls’s dismissal sparked a collapse of three wickets for five runs after tea with part-time off-spinner JP Duminy capturing all three.Jeetan Patel and Southee then blasted a quickfire 44 runs before Morkel dismissed Southee for 27 then Duminy captured the final wicket of Neil Wagner for two to wrap up the innings and finish with 4/47.
I’ve been at this blogging thing a while… so long, in fact, that I’m closing in on my 500th post! That’s only a number that matters to me, sadly, so let’s talk about what matters to YOU. For my 500th poast, which should occur within the next month unless I really go slack, I want to post 500 words that reflect your wisdom. Because after 500 posts, I certainly welcome new ideas.Please, dear readers, send me one sentence that says what you wish you’d known sooner about nonprofit outreach/marketing/fundraising. What gems can you offer the folks struggling out there? If you could give a new hire one piece of advice, what would it be? If you wish you didn’t keep forgetting some basic truth, what is it?I’m going to turn these gems into a post of 500 words.Help me out! Comment here with your responses…
Michael Margolis is the President of Get Storied and the author of Believe Me: Why Your Vision, Brand, and Leadership Need a Bigger Story. Michael helps nonprofits, companies, and entrepreneurs get others to believe in their story. You can download a free excerpt of his Storytelling Manifesto at www.believemethebook.com You are not restricted to these three classic hero alternatives. In practice, it can work any, which way, as long as you’re telling the right story. You can also consider making your brand the hero, your culture/values the hero, or even use a metaphor as the hero. But each of those comes with their own set of issues.There is an ideal goal to keep in mind: Make your hero a character everyone can relate to – donors, beneficiaries, employees, and stakeholders alike. In other words, identify the common identifiers and connections that cut across audiences. Too often we spend time reinforcing the differences of income, age, ethnicity, etc…instead of identifying that which invites and unites.Not everyone’s been homeless and lived on the streets. But most of us have felt overwhelmed, alone or completely lost at some time in our life. If homeless organizations spent more time telling this bigger story, they would reach a wider audience, than those who self-identify as “caring about homeless issues”. The best stories are those that transcend the traditional boundaries and remind us of our collective humanity.Everybody Wants to Live in Epic TermsChoosing the hero of your story is not always a simple process. But it goes to the heart of how your nonprofit frames its story for (a) wider mainstream acceptance or (b) more narrow restrictive appeal. The choice is up to you. Every good story needs a hero.CNN Heroes is great concept: to honor everyday citizens around the world who are single-handedly making a difference. They serve as role models and inspiration for the rest of us to get involved. That’s what heroes are supposed to do, right?Well, our relationship to heroes is a lot more complicated than that. Here are four tips to better-framed fundraising appeals that focus on a hero and a good story:Recognize that every good story needs a hero. We all want a central character to root for, to sympathize with, and to get invested into what happens next. Without a sympathetic hero, a story often arrives dead on arrival. And yet, we equally tend to over-glorify our heroes, setting ourselves up for unavoidable disappointment.Who is the hero in your fundraising appeal? Let’s consider where heroes fit in the world of marketing and sales.When it comes to marketing, it usually works best to put your customers at the center of the story. Rather simple when you’re selling laundry detergent or TV dinners. We love to hear stories that appear to be about us. If you can see yourself in the story, you are more likely to buy-into the message. That’s why most consumer product commercials build around the customer as hero.Most nonprofits don’t have the luxury of a clear customer. At least not in the traditional sense. Instead, you face the murky waters of multiple stakeholders each relating to your issue from different angles: beneficiaries, donors, members, clients, and indirect customers. It’s not an easy story to tell.Consider the following three hero alternatives:Donor/Member as Hero – In many ways this most resembles the classic “customer as hero” storyline. The donor/member audience is often your “financial buyer” and therefore you want them to identify within your story. No better way than if they somehow see themselves inside the story. The challenge with this is that it puts a lot of emphasis on donors, and can perpetuate imbalances of power, endemic to the philanthropic sector.Beneficiary as Hero – This is the most common hero chosen by nonprofits. On one hand, this hero is often closest to the “action”, and the direct mission of your organization. The challenge with this choice is that the story often turns into an glorified “overcoming adversity” story which is often dismissed as clichéd and melodramatic. Audiences are quick to tune out this story if they don’t personally relate to the hero.Founder as Hero – Some nonprofits are started by charismatic leaders who experience or discover something they don’t like and decide to personally do something. CNN Heroes Awards honors these kinds of heroes. This story is most familiar in our modern culture that seeks to celebrate regular individuals accomplishing extra-ordinary feats. The challenge here comes when the story needs to live on and travel beyond just one person. How do you get others to feel like they also own a piece of the story and can effectively speak on its behalf?
Some comic relief. I’ve been on calls like this.Here are some tips on avoiding this pain at our nonprofits…
N Street Village is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit (and Network for Good customer) that has a mission to help homeless and low-income women achieve personal stability. The impact N Street Village has on these women’s lives is obvious, and the organization goes above and beyond to show donors this impact with a stellar donor appreciation program.I’m an N Street Village donor and volunteer, and the reason I give and give again is that of the way the nonprofit makes me feel for my small part in helping N Street succeed in its mission. I interviewed Chief Development Officer Stuart Allen to get the inside scoop on what makes their donor thank you and donor retention strategy so successful. Plus, Stuart shares donor relations tips that your nonprofit should definitely try!When does a N Street Village donor get a thank you?Stuart Allen: If they gave online, they automatically get that thank you and tax receipt. From there, it takes at most a week for a donor to get a hand-signed thank you note in the mail. We try to personalize the mailed thank you note in the signature section if we can, but it gets a little hectic at year-end, when there are more donations, so the personalized signatures get a tad shorter.Because I am a donor, I know N Street Village has a pretty awesome donor thank you strategy. Can you tell me how you thank your donors and what kind of work goes into making a thank you memorable?SA: Everyone who donates receives a hand-signed thank you, but we do go a little deeper by knowing and understanding our donors and segmenting our data. We tier our donors based on our stewardship matrix, which segments audiences based on giving levels, first-time donors, lapsed donors, increased gifts, etc.For first-time donors, normally after our fundraising events, when we see a spike in first-time donors, we have a phone bank event with N Street Village clients. Our client-volunteers call new donors and personally thank them or invite them to take a tour of our community so they can see what their donation supports. This helps strengthen a connection with first-time donors. The clients who volunteer to help really enjoy participating in the fundraising and thank you process.Lapsed donors are another approach: We’ll run a list in our database and find out who has lapsed or might not have given recently or as frequently as they used to and try to re-engage them. Our annual report comes out in the fall, and we’ll see who we want to email and send them a copy of our annual report with news of what’s happening around N Street Village. We’ll also include in our message to lapsed donors that we miss them and invite them to check out our community or welcome a call to catch them up. If we have new data or a big story to share, that’s generally when we try to tend to that group.For bigger donors or people who have been giving for a long time, we get our board members to help with these thank yous. I have a stat (you can see that stat here) that reflects what kind of impact a board member thank you call can make on a donation, so we make it as easy as possible for our board to complete a set of personalized thank yous. That means we give them pre-addressed notecards and envelopes with stamps, as well as plenty of background on why we’re thanking these donors specifically. It is important to make sure your board follows through with the thank yous because the donor obviously needs to be thanked.What advice would you give to nonprofits that want to get their volunteers or constituents involved in thank yous or fundraising?SA: Make sure the thank you is genuine and feels right and doesn’t make anyone feel awkward—the volunteer or the donor. Try and keep thank you calls specifically to stewardship messages so the donor doesn’t feel pressured to give again right then and there. Also, make it easy and fun for the volunteers. We educate our volunteers on what they can or should say and what to expect when they’re on the phone speaking with donors so they can feel comfortable calling on behalf of our organization.If someone wants to write a thank you card instead of making a call, that’s another great way to get people involved. The thing that keeps our volunteers coming back and keeps them excited is when they know their call or letter influenced a positive action like the second gift, so we try to let them know they’re really doing an awesome job.What advice would you give to a nonprofit that is building or improving its donor thank you strategy?SA: First, make it manageable so you can keep your thank yous consistent. Choose a thank you method that you know will be doable, and make sure you can acknowledge donors in a timely manner.Second—and working off the first—is that it’s never too late to say thank you! It may feel weird, but it’s really never too late, and there’s always something you can share about what their gift helped to accomplish. Don’t beat yourself up or skip a thank you.Last, remember to make it personal. Acknowledge what campaign or fund they donated to and what impact that gift had for your nonprofit. Keeping that messaging consistent will remind them why they donated in the first place. Thanks to Stuart for sharing N Street Village’s donor appreciation strategy with us! You can follow N Street Village on Twitter and keep up with them on Facebook.
“There is a bottomless supply of ambitious young artists in all media who believe the line about exposure, or who are simply so thrilled at the prospect of publication that they’re happy to do it free of charge.” – Tim Kreider, Slaves of the Internet, Unite!Tim Kreider has an excellent opinion piece in the NY Times entitled “Slaves of the Internet, Unite!” that has been making a lot of waves.We hear you loud and clear, Tim, we really do. And we have one thing to say to the slaves of the internet: channel your inner Spartacus against those playing the exposure card attempting to get something for nothing.It takes a lot of work to be successful as an independent creative; that work can (and should) come with a paycheck.Now that the revolution is digitized, how can we make sure the it’s monetized? It takes 3 things: faith, love, and (digital) elbow grease. Here’s some advice for new freelancers on paying bills while you’re paying dues:Vet your opportunities and build your network.If your work was worthless, they wouldn’t be trying to get it for free. The only reason they can get away with it is because we let them. If you focus solely on exposure you will ignore the reason exposure is so important: it helps you to build up your credibility and rates.In order to make the most of any opportunity, you have to know what you want from it. Ask yourself: What kind of audience does this “exposure” introduce me to? Is their readership who I’m targeting? Does this potential client have the prestige to attract agents and other professionals that will help me get higher paying work?As Kreider points out, while there are instances where you can benefit from exposure, those opportunities come from reputable sources that usually pay at least a nominal fee. It’s not just about assessing the gigs you come across though; you won’t go far if you don’t present yourself professionally, and make strong connections.A great network is essential for finding those sweet gigs that really do pay creatives (and steering clear of those content mills and unscrupulous clients).Give away your love, not your work.A closed hand and bitter heart won’t help you build the support group you need to be successful. There will always be those who will attempt to minimize your contributions and devalue your work, but there are many more who will appreciate a helping hand.You can be a set of fresh (and skilled) eyes on someone’s overwhelming project. Maybe you’re a writer who’s come across a graphic design gig; don’t just ignore it, refer it to a colleague you think can handle the work.You may be at the top of their list when they come across similar opportunities you might be right for.Seek out your dream clients.Don’t wait for the right gig to fall into your lap. It might seem like bad apples are the gatekeepers of creative gigs, but that’s far from the case. It’ll take lots of hard work, but you can definitely find great clients.By building your client portfolio slowly, you can use your existing clients (who you love, because you took time to research them) to attract more prospects that you want to work with. A plan for prospecting clients will go a long way in the fight for freelancer-friendly gigs. It will also help you maintain that positive attitude we were talking about.We are more than some kids with some talent who dream to be seen. We are professionals making a living off of our talent. And as recent statistics show, most freelancers are well-compensated. So the next time someone offers you a bad gig just for “exposure,” say thanks, but no thanks, and take your talents where the deal is worth it.
Last week, Google launched a new marketplace for Google Docs and Sheets called “Add-ons.” If you’re a frequent GD user, you may have noticed the new Add-ons tab in your menu bar:I’ve taken a look through the marketplace to find the best add ons for freelancers, sure to help you be more productive and make approvals easier.Note: Although Google says that you can start using the add ons right away after installing them, I had to log out of my Google account and log back in again to get them to work. Not sure if this is true for other people, but that’s what happened to me!1. PandaDocThis is arguably the coolest of the bunch. Rather than attaching, printing, signing, scanning, and emailing a contract or NDA (which, as a freelancer, you’ll be doing a lot), PandaDoc allows you to add fields for the Name, Date, and Signature of the client to any Doc so that your client can sign and send back to you — all without printing or scanning. The document is legally binding.Your client does not need to have PandaDoc installed to do this. They’ll just receive an email from PandaDoc with the contract inside, and they’ll be able to sign it electronically.Getting your contract signed has never been easier!2. Letter Feed WorkflowsNeed to get approval on drafts? With this add-on, you can send your doc to multiple people, and they can choose to Approve or Reject your draft and leave comments. This can help automate a process that normally involves attaching Word documents to emails and lots of back and forth.3. UberConferenceIf you want to edit or review a document (like a draft or contract) with someone over the phone, this will come in very useful. Just share the conference number and pin (like a normal conference call), share the Google doc, and you can see (and hear) edits happening in real time.4. Lucid ChartsIf you create project management workflows, UX mock-ups, brainstorming diagrams, or mindmaps, you can now build it in the Lucid Chart interface and put an image of it right into a Google Doc. You can even update the image with one click if you change the Lucid Chart. You can then collaborate with other people you share the map with. Perfect for project managers and technologists!5. ThesaurusFor all you freelance writers out there: you’ll never have to pull down that 5-inch-thick behemoth from the shelf again. Just highlight any word in a Google Doc, and you’ll get synonyms.6. TrackChangesThis has historically been one of the weakest parts of Google Docs for people who need to edit and collaborate on documents. Now you can see who changed what, suggest additions and deletions, and keep track of progress. It’s not quite as full-featured as Word’s version, but it’s a huge step in the right direction.7. SudokuJust throwing on a fun one, in case you need to take a break from client work and want keep your brain sharp. Simple and fun!
Entrepreneurs are rare birds.According to a recent article in the Small Business Economics journal, although many people consider self-employment, a much smaller percentage of people actually pursue it.Why are entrepreneurs rare? Here’s what the report found:The number of basic skills required at work is higher for self-employed individualsContrary to their original assumptions, self-employed individuals also need a greater number of expert skills than employees (this was no surprise to us!)An individual’s probability of becoming an entrepreneur increases if he has a large number of changes of professionThe study was designed to test the assumption that freelancers are “jack-of-all-trades.” What they found instead is that self-employed people’s skills aren’t just broader, but deeper, too.As the researchers summarize, “The fact that self-employed individuals both need more basic and more expert skills than paid employees may explain why relatively few people are able and willing to start their own business.”Does that sound about right to you?
Languid strokeplay might make his batting look easy but Indian batsman Rohit Sharma says making an international comeback after a six-month injury-forced layoff is easier said than done.Rohit was out of competitive cricket for six months (from October 2016 to April 2017) after a major hamstring injury. But since his comeback in ODIs during the Champions Trophy, he has scored three hundreds in 10 games apart from a few half centuries.”Comebacks are not at all easy. After a major surgery, the difficult part is to conquer the inner demons. It’s all in the mind. Only an individual can overcome his fears. My batting may look easy to the eye but trust me, it’s not that easy,” Rohit said.Did he have fears that may be while stretching for a run or coming down the track to a spinner, he might get injured, Rohit laughed and said: “The best part that happened to me was IPL started just after I completed my rehab. So while captaining Mumbai Indians and taking those on- field decisions, I couldn’t think about what happens if I get injured.””And when I was playing for India, my mind became blank while batting. There was no place for any negativity,” said the 30-year-old, who has 5737 runs from 163 ODIs, with 13 hundreds to his credit.His supple wrists and sublime strokeplay may be a delight for fans but there is a lot of homework involved. He explained how he successfully read mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya after his six-wicket haul in the second ODI against Sri Lanka during the recent away series.advertisement”The half century was special but I didn’t face Dananjaya much during that match. I was out only one over after he was brought into the attack. But in the next two games, I got hundreds and I had no problems playing him.”So what did he do differently? “I realised that the speed of his googly was on the slower side while leg-breaks were faster. His off-break was easily negotiable. One thing we must know about these ‘Mystery Spinners’ — they are bound to bowl loose deliveries and Dananjaya is no different.”He is expected to play a vital role in the upcoming series against Australia but the Indian vice-captain believes in preparing for “conditions rather than opposition”.”To each his own but my process of preparation is based on conditions not opposition. It won’t be any different when we face Australia,” Rohit said. “In international cricket, the core group in most of the teams would remain same. So you know what’s expected but they will operate in different conditions which is why the homework about conditions is the key. You need to know the shots you can play on particular pitches, how you want to plan your innings,” Rohit elaborated.Asked if Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood’s absence would affect Australia’s chances in the upcoming limited-overs series, the stylish batsman replied: “Of course, Starc is a quality bowler and his presence makes a difference but most of the Aussie boys have played IPL and are familiar with Indian conditions. They are a quality side and we can’t take them lightly.”His captain Virat Kohli often reckons that Rohit is the hardest hitter of the cricket ball in the Indian team. “It’s nothing like that. I know one thing. If your shot crosses the ropes, you get six runs — whether the ball travels 75m or 110 metres. So it’s not always about power but about timing, body balance and position.”He is new to vice-captaincy and is enjoying the new responsibility. “It’s an honour. My job is to help Virat in the field. He is the captain and whenever he looks up around, I should be around to complement him and help him as much as I could,” he signed off.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met the Indian U-17 football team, who represented the nation in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in Indian sports history.The India U-17 team were invited by Prime Minister Modi at his office after they came back from Saudi Arabia following the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers.Reflecting on his meeting with the U-17 team, the prime minister said, “I personally requested for this meeting as I saw some spark in all of you. Based on your performance people have started knowing you so there is a huge responsibility on your shoulders.”He further said that the boys must stay together as a team and in a few years time should establish themselves as professional players.Had an excellent interaction with the Indian Team that participated in the FIFA U-17 World Cup held in India recently. https://t.co/aqzvNr1gCe pic.twitter.com/FxJUm7jX1w- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 10, 2017″Consider this U-17 WC as just a preparation for the future. I hope you stick together as a team and in five-seven years time represent the country with great laurels,” he stated.The sports-enthusiast leader, who has mentioned the significance of sports umpteenth times in ‘Mann ki Baat’, expressed there was no life without sports.”There is no life without sports. Football is a very intense game. Hope you can inspire people to inculcate sports as part of their daily lives,” Prime Minister Modi added.Prime Minister Modi, who was present at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi during India’s FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 opener against the USA, said that Jeakson’s goal against Colombia in their second match was the “biggest reason for all of us to celebrate”.advertisement”When Jeakson scored the goal it gave the biggest reason for all of us to celebrate.”India’s run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup came to an end after slumping to a 0-4 defeat at the hands of Ghana in their last Group A fixture.The India U-17 team are now slated to ply their trade in the upcoming I-League 2017-18.
Mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor took another step toward setting up a mega fight with undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather by applying for a professional boxing license in Nevada, according to multiple reports.The application was missing some medical documents but the Nevada State Athletic Commission will consider McGregor’s request once those are provided, the reports said.Should the two sides agree to what would be a lucrative fight, the most likely location for the bout is Las Vegas.News of McGregor’s application comes on the heels of comments from UFC president Dana White, who said he had struck a deal with the 28-year-old Irishman over the fight and would now turn his attention to Mayweather’s camp.Mayweather, 40, retired in 2015 with an unblemished 49-0 professional boxing record while Irishman McGregor is the UFC’s lightweight champion.The two fighters have gone back and forth in the headlines for nearly a year regarding a potential showdown with both men previously stating they each wanted $100 million for the fight.
TV actress Divyanka Tripathi, who is currently seen as Ishita in Ekta Kapoor’s Yeh Hai Mohabbatien was trolled for sporting a Haryanvi look on the show.In the current track, Ishita has disguised as Shanno to enter Bhalla House. Dressed in traditional dress of Haryana, she has turned a few shades darker and is also speaking in Haryanvi accent, so that nobody can recognise her.The actress teased her fans with her new look on Instagram, where she is dressed in traditional Haryanvi attire. But looks like turning a few shades darker didn’t go down well with a few people.One of the trolls commented on her photo “That’s pathetic of you to do a black face for a tv serial. Being dark is not a bad thing and this is really disgusting of you to do.”Divyanka didn’t sit back and gave a befitting reply to the troll. She wrote, “If I chose to be dark… how is it pathetic? Do you find it pathetic? You guys don’t even think before bashing. Which Indian actor will voluntarily choose to look dark on screen? It’s not usual.” The hater replied, “Black facing yourself for the sake of a TV serial track is pathetic. You didn’t lighten your makeup when you were pretending to be a foreigner in the serial. Why did you darken yourself to become a maid? Exactly. Double standards.” (sic)advertisement Looks like, the troll had a bad day, as Divyanka gave it back to her and wrote, “Know me first before judging I’m doing that make up myself! Every day! So please.. watch the track, understand and respect instead of writing baseless provocative comments.”After facing backlash from Divyanka’s fans, the troll deleted her comments from Divyanka’s post.
Just hours after notable tipster Evan Blass revealed renders of the Asus Zenfone 5 Lite, a live image of the phone surfaced giving us an up-close look of the rear of the upcoming smartphone. The Zenfone 5 Lite is expected to be announced alongside the Zenfone 5 at MWC 2018 later this month. From what we know so far, the former will be highlighting four cameras and an 18:9 display, among other things. The Zenfone 5 is also expected to sport an 18:9 display and dual rear cameras on the back as per past rumours.The alleged Zenfone 5 Lite live image, leaked by Instagrammer Marcel Campos, stays true to Blass’ renders. The image shows us the back of the smartphone, focussing largely on the bottom half which reveals the Asus logo. The bottom also gives us a closer look at the bottom speakers on either sides of a USB Type-C port. The rear panel will be made out of glass and will come in Midnight Black, Moonlight White and Rouge Red colour options.The image is most likely the Zenfone 5 Lite rather than the Zenfone 5 since the dual rear camera setup can faintly be seen vertically placed in the centre above the fingerprint sensor. Past renders of the Zenfone 5, on the other hand, suggest the dual cameras will be placed in the top left corner. Notably, the Zenfone 5 Lite will come with a quad camera setup with dual cameras on the back and on the front. From the specifications revealed by Blass, the Zenfone 5 Lite will be a selfie-centric smartphone as you will get two 20-megapixel sensors on the front, while the rear cameras will see a pair of 16-megapixel sensors.advertisementThe Zenfone 5 Lite will sport a Full-HD+ (1080×2160) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Blass renders also reveal a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top, volume controls and power button on the right side of the handset. Asus press event is scheduled to take place on February 27 at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. We will know more about the Zenfone 5-series in the coming days.ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone 5 Lite with four cameras, 18:9 display set to launch at MWC 2018<br />
New Delhi, Mar 21 (PTI) With technological advancements driving tourism industry growth, the government needs to connect all banks with mobile banking platforms in order to facilitate conformity with the new wave of innovative travel, a report by KPMG and FICCI said today. Such a move would ease transactions for both local and foreign tourists and the government should also explore the feasibility of deploying encrypted Short Message Service (SMS) based funds transfer on a mobile application, it added. “There is a need for improvement in policies around mobile banking to facilitate faster payment services,” the report said. Policies to facilitate faster payment services are essential to enhance the options for customer registration for mobile banking services, enable wider access to mobile banking services in multiple languages for non-smartphone users and encourage innovative mobile-based payment solutions, it added. The FICCI-KPMG report, Expedition 3.0: Travel and Hospitality Gone Digital, also said key advancements in the travel space revolve around five themes — artificial intelligence, big data, mobile applications, social media and virtual/augmented reality.KPMG in India, Partner and Head – Transport, Leisure and Sports, Jaideep Ghosh said: “Digital revolution in the travel space is on. Brands are embracing technology to transform themselves into experience platforms while automating operations.” Corporate and consumer travel boundaries are already blurred. Incumbents are adapting swiftly to the emerging bouquet of travel start-ups. Creative digital business models will continue to reshape the future of travel, he added. In similar vein, FICCI, Tourism Consultant Rahul Chakravarty said: “The rampant penetration of smartphone has transformed the travel consumption pattern of the end user. The knowledge paper highlights all these with pointers to the future of travel in India.” Technology is rapidly changing consumer behaviour as technology adoption is rising at a significant pace, Yatra Online CEO and Co-Founder and Chairman, FICCI Travel Technology Committee, Dhruv Shringi said. Voice is becoming a mainstream tool for travellers enabling them to locate a couple of hotels to meet their specific requirements. The future, therefore, lies in apps supported by voice, he added. PTI AKT RKL ABM ABMadvertisement