How To Find Jobs In Small Cities

first_imgSmall cities and towns can be great places to live if you’ve got the right temperament. There may not be quite as much going on as there is in big metropolises, but there’s often plenty to do if you know where to look. Smaller cities usually offer lower costs of living, easier commutes, and more close-knit communities. Finding a job in towns and small cities, however, can be a trickier proposition. If you approach the search a little differently than you would in a major urban center, however, you can still do just fine.Make your job hunt multi-media. We’re all so used to accessing everything online that many of us forget to look at the papers. Often, we can get away with this—most everything that’s printed in a hardcopy format is published online as well. The crucial word there, is most: particularly in small towns, there will still be jobs that only end up in the local trade papers and dailies. So keep your favorite job sites bookmarked and keep checking the local job listings online, but make a trip down to the local convenience store at least once a week and pick up the local publications—keep all your bases covered.Be flexible. Depending on just how small the city is in which you’re looking for work, there may not be a wide range of specialty positions available—and certain jobs may not even exist in the area. If you’ve been working in a very niche industry, you might have a hard time moving into an identical job in a smaller city. This doesn’t mean you need to switch careers entirely, but start thinking about ways your current skills can be applicable in industries related to your previous jobs, or in positions that are slightly outside what you’ve been doing. The more you’re willing to adapt, the more successful you’ll be in your job hunt.Keep it personal. In any job market, networking is key. The old cliché, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” holds true everywhere—but it’s especially apt in smaller cities. And while social networking and email can get you far, the best way to build up a personal network is usually the old-fashioned method of meeting people face-to-face. Go to any networking or career events in the area. If your industry has a professional association in your area, join it and go to every meeting you can make. And don’t limit yourself to professional organizations: join local community groups in which you’re interested: anything that’ll help you build your network. You’ll probably end up making a few good friends out of it too!And as ever, don’t hesitate to reach out to your existing contacts and seek their help in expanding your network. An introduction and a little bit of conversation over a cup of coffee or a bottle of beer can go a lot further toward landing a job than a social network link request.Remember that all the strategies you’ll use in a big city will work in smaller ones, but just as the smaller city will have a more personal feel to it, try treat your job search the same way. Networking is as important as ever—if not more so—and just as it is anywhere else in an unpredictable economy, you’ve got to adapt to survive.last_img read more

How To Write An A+ Resume

first_imgYour resume is arguably the most important document in your job search. It’s the first impression you make on any recruiter, HR professional or hiring manager. It must show off your expertise in the best way possible in order to land the opportunity (or opportunities) you desire.If someone had to assign a letter grade to your resume, what do you think it would receive?RezScore, a free web app, does just that. Based on recommendations of hiring managers, HR directors, job search experts, and certified resume writers, RezScore’s algorithms read your resume and analyze it on more than a dozen metrics to determine your grade.How does one achieve an A+ resume? I spoke with one of the co-founders of RezScore, Sean Weinberg, who had some insight to share about crafting the perfect resume:Keep it conciseAccording to an analysis from RezScore, the typical resume is between 386 and 896 words long, and typically fits on a single page. While longer is worse, there is no “perfect length,” although the highest scoring resumes were between 600 and 700 words.“Oversharing is one of the biggest mistakes job candidates make on their resume,” said Weinberg.Don’t use a templateTemplates and tables constrain your resume, said Weinberg. “This makes formatting a time-consuming and annoying process. Instead, you should feel comfortable creating your own basic format in Word that follows a general outline.” Here’s a great layout to follow:Name in large font and boldedAddress in smaller font – include email, one phone number, and a link to your LinkedIn profileProfessional headline in large font and bolded, such as “Online Advertising Sales Executive”Selected accomplishments section (or go right into experience section) – maximum of five highly targeted, relevant accomplishments in bullet form Experience – include the name of the company, location (city, state), job title, dates of employment, bullet point describing accomplishments/experienceEducationSkillsIf relevant – industry affiliations, interests, and volunteer workShow off your accomplishments“Specify what made you a successful employee framed in the context of particular accomplishments,” said Weinberg. “Always lead with your most significant accomplishment and give it meaningful context. i.e., if you saved the company money by renegotiating a contract, you should include items like dollar amount saved or turn around time reduced or increased length of term or negotiating a set currency exchange rate.” Simply put, numbers make more powerful stories.Use active writing and specificityThe ideal resume includes adverbs and numbers. Remember that an employer does not know anything about you, so you need to show them through words why they should hire you. Using first person or passive writing makes it more difficult to write concisely, which is key to a great resume.Have you had your resume graded before? What were its weaknesses and how did you improve it? Let us know.last_img read more

Pune to kickstart India-Australia Test series in February

first_imgThe city of Pune will stage its first Test when the home side plays Australia in the opener of the four-match series starting February.The Pune Test starts February 23 before Australia travel to Bengaluru for the second match from March 4.Two more venues — Ranchi and Dharamshala — will also host their first Tests with the third and fourth matches of the Border-Gavaskar series. (Mitchell Starc fit and ready to take on South Africa)The scheduling will force some Australia players, who play all three formats, to miss a three-match Twenty20 international series against Sri Lanka at home, with the first Test in India starting a day after the final game against Sri Lanka.With Australia suffering a 3-0 thrashing in their recent test series in Sri Lanka, there have been talks about the prospect of picking specialist players for different conditions. Australia captain Steve Smith is not averse to the idea and said most current teams in the world play well only at home. (Australia’s Usman Khawaja might open against South Africa: Coach Lehmann)”You want guys improving and getting better in those kinds of conditions (away from home),” Smith told the Cricket Australia website.”But I think you need to have the team that’s most suited to those conditions as well.”You pick different teams from T20s to one-dayers to tests, so why not sometime in the future pick teams for certain conditions?”That could be a possibility somewhere down the track.”Schedule:1st test – Feb. 23-27 – Puneadvertisement2nd test – March 04-08 – Bengaluru3rd test – March 16-20 – Ranchi4th test – March 25-29 – Dharamshalalast_img read more

India vs England: Vizag pitch will turn square from Day 2, Sourav Ganguly tells India Today

first_imgFormer captain Sourav Ganguly feels England have to bat really well if India manage to post a score above 450 and said the Vizag strip will more likely assist spinners from day two.India won a crucial toss and opted to bat by putting up 317/4 at stumps with Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara slamming brilliant centuries. The Saurashtra batsman was dismissed on 119, while the Indian skipper was unbeaten on 151.TOSS WAS CRUCIAL”That is always the case in India and on this surface the toss was crucial. The are rough patches and tomorrow evening this will turn square and if India gets to 450 or 500, England will have to bat really well,” Ganguly told India Today. (Also read: Vizag Test: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara hundreds give India honours on Day 1)MOEEN ALI UNDER-UTILISED”I think India have batted brilliantly on day one and unless and until something happens they should get to 500-550. The positive part is none of the English spinners have got wickets.”What has surprised me how Cook has used Moeen Ali by using him as a third spinner and Ansari doesn’t has the ability to run through India even Adil Rashid is not accurate enough to get five wickets in a Test match. I’m surprised to see Moeen Ali bowling less overs on a pitch like Vizag,” Ganguly said.PUJARA A MUST FOR INDIAHowever, as always, Ganguly backed Pujara after he scored his third successive Test hundred and 10th overall. (Also read: Cheteshwar Pujara, Murali Vijay reach 3000-run club; Indian batting line-up settles down)advertisement”All this talk about Pujara’s strike-rate is rubbish and I agree with Anil that strike-rates are only for bowlers and not for batsmen. His strike-rate is better than anybody else in the team. You need someone at No. 3 who can change his game according to conditions and Pujara is that batsman. I again repeat he is a must at No. 3 for India and you have to show faith in him.”ON DROPPING AMIT MISHRA”A bit harsh on Mishra to get dropped and I feel he bowled well in the second innings of Rajkot Test. I can understand from where the team management is coming with England having five left-handers. At times you pick horses for courses but the message has to be clear to Mishra that he was not dropped for poor form.”last_img read more

SPORT-GOLF-WOODS 2 LAST

first_imgThough a lot of things have changed, Woods said his goal Though a lot of things have changed, Woods said his goal still is to win. “Im gonna give it my best, Im gonna focus. Im gonna do what I can do and put the ball in the correct spots and try and bury these puts and post scores, get myself in that mix come Sunday afternoon. I know thats a tall order since Ive been away from the game for so long. Ive made a lot of different changes to my game. “The mindset is to go out and beat these guys, I know theyre gonna go try and beat me. Im setting out on phase two in my life, I call it phase two because I cant play this game forever at a competitive high level. Would I love to? Yes. Guys have played into their 70s and 80s but theyre not competing at world class events. You can still play golf for a lifetime and I want to play golf for a lifetime but I know I cant compete out there for a lifetime.” Besides Woods was seated Pawan Munjal, chief of Hero MotoCorp, the tournaments title sponsor. Defending champion Watson, who is also in the fray, was thrilled to see the kind of support for Woods. “Its amazing to see the outpouring of support from our side. These guys who are here this week, 17 of us and then Tiger, we are all here because of Tiger and what he has done off the course but we are here to support him as well. “We want him back out there. We dont listen to what people are saying about us negatively or positively. Its really about your own self and what you believe in yourself. “Tiger doesnt need to play again, I think hes good, I think hes money is good, so he is okay. I feel he is playing golf now just for himself and just showing his own pride that he can do it again and it doesnt matter what other people think. So our support is just his own. We will give him the shirt off our backs if we need to.” PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Solskjaer is clicking with Man Utd’s best players – Herrera

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has been able to get the best out of his Manchester United players because of the “click” he has with them, Ander Herrera says.The former United striker has enjoyed an excellent start as the Premier League side’s coach since replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm in December, winning eight and drawing one in all competitions.Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have been particularly bright under the Norwegian, while Anthony Martial is among those to appear rejuvenated since his arrival. 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 midfielder Herrera believes the 45-year-old is taking care of the most difficult side of management by bringing his star players back into their best form.”Ole had that click with some players that they are performing at their best,” Herrera told ESPN. “He is getting the best from Rashford, he is getting the best from Paul, he is getting the best from Anthony, from Jesse. That’s not easy.”When you are a manager, we sometimes speak too much about tactics. But the most difficult thing for a manager is to get the best from his best players and this manager is doing it. We have all seen it.”Herrera, 29, who has been at United for four-and-a-half years and made 180 appearances for the club, has emerged as an important player in Solskjaer’s team.The Spain international captained the side during their pre-season tour and there has been recent talk of him taking the role permanently from Antonio Valencia. However, he says he is not focused on wearing the armband.”I have been told a lot of times ‘you should wear the armband in the future’ but I don’t need it,” said the 29-year-old. “I don’t go crazy with that. I think the best thing a team can have is different leaders. We need it from all the players.”Of course I am very thankful to the fans that feel I can be the captain or the leader of the club but I honestly don’t think that we should have only one. I feel I could be a leader in some moments but I don’t think I am the only leader at the club.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Hat-trick hero Aguero playing best football of his career

first_imgPep Guardiola has been concerned with his Manchester City side “forgetting to play” in recent weeks but when they do remember to get the ball into the box they can be sure Sergio Aguero will be there to do the damage.Of course, he cannot simply wait around for chances to fall his way these days and his recently discovered defensive contribution is almost as impressive as the sheer amount of goals he continues to score at the top level.Aguero’s hat-trick against Arsenal takes him up to 14 Premier League goals for this season and it would be a surprise if he did not pass the 20 mark, given he has done so in the past four seasons in a row. 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! Aguero now has 10 Premier League hat-tricks, more than anybody else bar Alan Shearer, who scored an almost unreasonable amount for Blackburn and Newcastle – not to mention the ones he got for Southampton in the old Division One.Shearer still tops the all-time Premier League scoring charts with 260, which is 52 ahead of Wayne Rooney, whose English top-flight career spanned the best part of 15 years. Given Aguero has ‘only’ been in England for eight years he may not reach those numbers, but there is every chance he can end his career in the top three.The 30-year-old is eighth in the current standings but Sunday’s hat-trick means he is now just 27 behind Andrew Cole, who currently occupies third place. That amount should not be beyond him, considering his efforts in recent years.And ‘efforts’ is the operative word. It was hard work rather than goals that saved him from Guardiola’s axe, with the Catalan spending his first 18 months in charge at the Etihad Stadium urging one of the club’s biggest legends to do much more off the ball – both defensively and offensively – if he wanted to stay at the club, never mind on the team sheet.Aguero and Guardiola have not always enjoyed the warmest of relationships but it is now one that works perfectly; Guardiola is delighted with Aguero’s performances, and Aguero is delighted to be playing.Sergio Aguero Raheem Sterling Manchester City vs Arsenal Premier League 2018-19That was not always the case, of course, as Gabriel Jesus was regularly preferred to lead the line, most notably in Manchester derbies.Guardiola believed that Aguero felt entitled to a place in the starting line-up, owing to his exploits for the club in the early years of the Sheikh Mansour era, and that he did not work hard enough to win the ball back, or link up with his team-mates outside the box.Aguero was already an iconic Premier League goalscorer at that point but since Guardiola arrived in Manchester he has gone to another level. He is a much more complete player than he ever was and while the Catalan coach deserves credit for insisting on those changes, Aguero deserves just as much for responding to the challenge, and not pushing for a big-money transfer elsewhere.In one sense this is all ancient history now; with all the disagreements and contract mysteries no longer relevant, there is little danger of Aguero leaving the club in anything other than a dignified and managed way.Yet all of that is relevant to his reformation as a striker, in explaining how an already great goalscorer took his game up another couple of levels.Aguero is already City’s all-time leading scorer, of course, and with every passing goal he makes the task of overhauling him more and more daunting for whoever dares to one day fill his boots. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala appointed as IOA life presidents

Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin rule on field; Lodha garners eye-balls off it

first_imgHe had a ‘few good men’ at his disposal and Virat Kohli transformed them into a champion outfit with generous helping from his trusted lieutenant Ravichandran Ashwin even as Indian cricket faced a massive credibility crisis with its freedom curbed beyond 22 yards.There is a saying that “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way,” and the Indian captain seemed to walk the talk as he catapulted the Test team to the top of the world rankings with brilliant batting and inspirational leadership.And then he had his lethal weapon, the enforcer responding to the name of Ravichandran Ashwin, whose super human efforts exceeded all expectations with one match-winning effort after another.With Ashwin being conferred the ICC’s ‘Test Cricketer of the Year’, hopefully Indian cricket’s search for the ‘Next Kapil Dev’ ends.Perhaps, Indian cricket does not even need a ‘Next Kapil Dev’ as it now has its ‘First Ravichandran Ashwin’.While the men in white flannels were providing their die-hard fans with immense joy, the administration was caught in a tangle as one of the country’s most well-run sports body faced complete overhaul.The trigger for this was far-reaching recommendations by Justice R M Lodha committee on the directive of Supreme Court. The administrators, for most part, were busy firefighting but the men who mattered — the cricketers — made winning a habit with 9 triumphs out of the 12 Test matches played this year.A 2-0 win in the Caribbean followed by 3-0 rout of New Zealand and 4-0 drubbing of England showed that Kohli’s boys never took their foot off the pedal. (Virat Kohli ends 2016 on a high, can safely be branded best captain in the world)advertisementThe skipper’s 1215 runs with a hat-trick of double hundreds in three back-to-back series set a benchmark and the ‘Crazy Diamond’ Ashwin only took it a notch higher with 72 wickets in the season along with 612 runs.There will be ‘Doubting Thomases’ and rightly so as they would like to wait how the team under the guidance of Anil Kumble performs when it hits road on foreign shores.But then England looked out of sorts in India with below-par spinners in their ranks, Australia are going through a transformation having lost to South Africa, who in turn had looked clueless against India, only a year back. (Colourful on-field, chaotic off-field year for Indian cricket)The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in eating and while the jury is still out on India’s ability to win outside the sub-continent, it does not take away anything from the side’s fantastic performance during the last five months starting from the West Indies series.There is no point in eulogising Kohli — the Match winner as it is well-known for the past five years — but what was phenomenal was the effortless ease with which he carried the burden of leading the Test team.A team he created from scratch and it now has atleast five or six match-winners. (Virat Kohli caps sensational 2016 with record-shattering feats)Ashwin’s metamorphosis from a defensive bowler to an attacker happened under Kohli. The eight five-fors and three 10-wicket hauls in this year’s Test matches placed him at the cusp of being quickest bowler to 250 Test wickets.For Kohli the batsman, the year started with a couple of memorable T20 knocks during World T20 — a match-winning half-century against Pakistan on a wicked Eden Gardens track followed by an epic knock against Australia at Mohali — something which will be remembered for a long time to come.The contours of emotion in his facial expression after India’s energy-sapping defeat on a Wankhede belter against the West Indies will also be etched in the memory. (Virat Kohli made 2016 a year to remember)Elsewhere, the calls to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni got louder and even a biopic, which at best was a feel-good Bollywood potboiler, has not been able to lower the decibels.And Kohli’s style of captaincy, his involvement and ability to engage has only made it evident that it will be a matter of time before the ‘heir apparent’ takes over the mantle.One witnessed a new dimension to ‘Test batsman Kohli’ as he showed the art of saving a Test match with his defensive batting against England at Rajkot. The innings of 49 not out will be as significant as his double hundreds. (Virat Kohli proud of Team India’s unselfish attitude)While Karun Nair will always be feted for his triple hundred — only the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to do so in Tests, Kohli’s 235 on a sporting track at Wankhede was a delight for the purists of the game.advertisementHis fitness standard has become a talking point in international cricket and the new crop of players are ready to follow the ‘Virat Model of Fitness’.The manner in which he tackled both spin and pace and then Jimmy Anderson’s critical comments about his performance with all that dignity and poise was an example of how he has worked on himself. (Supreme Court to BCCI chief Thakur: Apologise or go to jail for perjury)The structure of Indian cricket’s supply system is also firmly in place as players like Karun Nayar, Jayant Yadav, KL Rahul have all shown that they are battle ready for big-time international cricket.Three potent fast bowlers in outswing bowler Umesh Yadav, exponent of reverse swing Mohammed Shami and hit-the-deck-man Ishant Sharma augurs well.Ravindra Jadeja provides perfect foil for Ashwin with his all-round abilities and the bits and pieces cricketers like Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya are ready to fit into any jigsaw puzzle.In fact, it would be fair to say that Indian cricket’s on-field future looks sorted atleast. (BCCI vs Lodha: We are in problem, need to wait till January 3, says Thakur)However, off the field BCCI looked set for a complete overhaul with Supreme Court’s stinging observations tightening the noose around the mandarins of the richest sports body.The pandora’s box that opened way back in 2013 after the spot-fixing scandal has come to haunt BCCI big time.In between, Jagmohan Dalmiya’s death last year followed by Shashank Manohar deciding to leave the home board for the safer confines of independent chairmanship of ICC left current incumbent Anurag Thakur with a crown of thorns.It is a matter of conjecture whether some of the reforms like One State-One Vote, Age Cap of 70 years, cooling off period of three years after each term are easily implementable or not but BCCI is in a tight corner.Around the world, ‘Pink ball’ Test slowly gained popularity while South Africa’s series win in Australia and Pakistan’s praiseworthy performance in England were worth noting.Faf du Plessis’ ball tampering controversy and a classic hundred at the Adelaide were the highlights of South Africa’s win against Australia which led to wholesale changes.England’s Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Pakistan’s Azhar Ali, Yasir Shah along with the ever-dependable Misbah-ul-Haq were some of the star performers in international cricket throughout the year.The private leagues and their impact got bigger as Test cricket in West Indies fought an existential crisis with top players still at loggerheads with country’s cricket board.An eventful and even more colourful 2017 awaits as far as international cricket is concerned.last_img read more

Staying number one harder than getting there, says Angelique Kerber

first_imgMelbourne Park was ground zero for the stunning breakthrough of Angelique Kerber’s tennis career so the German has naturally savoured some golden memories before the defence of her Australian Open title.The emotions bubbled to the surface as the late-blooming left-hander was driven through the Melbourne Park gates for the first time since coming back this year.  (Also read: Angelique Kerber an inspiration for WTA’s frustrated bridesmaids)And she was overcome again when walking side-by-side with men’s winner Novak Djokovic, the defending champions cradling their trophies on the way to the draw on Friday.Kerber has had several months to deal with the pomp and ceremony that goes with being world number one, having swiped the ranking from Serena Williams during her run to the U.S. Open title. (Also read: Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber named top seeds for Australian Open)But a return to the Melbourne Park locker room where she celebrated her maiden grand slam success last year brought home the challenge lying ahead. “I was walking from the transportation to the locker room where I remember I was sitting like 12 months ago after the final. Nobody was there,” the hard-hitting German told reporters on Sunday. (Also read: It’s still all about Serena Williams at Melbourne Park)”Now it’s a new tournament again and we are starting from zero and everybody is here again to play their best tennis.”Staying (number one), of course, it’s harder than maybe to reach it because you have to deal with a lot of more things than you expect.advertisement”Yeah, it’s a completely new challenge.”It’s really different and difficult, as well. But I think this is also privilege a little bit. I’m really happy to be there and to taking now the new challenges.”With 22-times grand slam champion Williams the obvious exception, the top ranking has proved a heavy burden for a number of the women in recent years.Dane Caroline Wozniacki held the ranking twice during 2010-11 but was unable to cement it with grand slam success.Serbian Jelena Jankovic (2008-09) and Russian Dinara Safina (2009) also reached the top without a major trophy, while recently retired Ana Ivanovic (2008-09) was unable to add to her sole grand slam title after becoming world number one.Kerber has not won a title since reaching the summit and finished her stunning year with the disappointment of losing in the decider of the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore to Dominika Cibulkova.Her form in the leadup to the year’s first grand slam has been patchy, losing her second match at the Brisbane International before being upset by Russian Daria Kasatkina in her Sydney International opener, the last warmup before Melbourne.Kerber said her scant match preparation would matter little when her tournament starts with a first round match against Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko at Rod Laver Arena on Monday.”I think it was good to be a little bit earlier here, to get used to everything, to do my stuff, all the things I have to do off and on the court,” said Kerber.”I’m not thinking now that I was not playing so well in the last two tournaments. I’m here to being ready again from the first round. This is all I’m looking for now.”last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar much better player than Virat Kohli: Mohammad Yousuf

first_imgFormer Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf rates legendary Sachin Tendulkar as a better performer than Virat Kohli despite the current Indian captain’s recent astounding form.”I don’t want to take anything away from Kohli. He is an exceptional talent. But I rate Tendulkar much higher because of the era he played in, against the best teams, fast bowlers and spinners,” Yousuf said. (Sachin Tendulkar’s landmarks impossible to achieve: Virat Kohli)”Nowadays, the quality of players is not the same as it was say in the 90s and until 2011. After 2011 World Cup the quality has come down. Tendulkar was a world class player and this can be judged by the number of runs and hundreds he scored against strong opposition in all conditions and in all formats,” Yousuf said.”I played a lot against Tendulkar and he was a masterclass and produced match winning knocks many a times. I don’t think Kohli is facing the same quality bowlers or opposition.” (Don’t think I’ll play as long as Sachin Tendulkar but will give my best till the last day: Virat Kohli)Yousuf, 42, who ended with an impressive average of 52.29 and 41.71 in 90 Tests and 288 ODIs, also slammed the Pakistan team for losing the Test series in Australia by 3-0.”This was one of the weakest Australian teams we have seen and a series we should have won ended up 3-0. The tragedy is that the last two Tests could have been drawn easily by us but our batting failed miserably on good batting tracks,” said Yousuf.advertisementlast_img read more

Australian Open Final, Serena vs Venus: As it happened

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of the Australian Open women’s singles final between sisters Serena and Venus Williams at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne Park.With her record seventh Australian title, the 35-year-old Williams moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era. Margaret Court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the Open era.Thank you for all the love, thank you.?? @Venuseswilliams thank you for a fantastic #AusOpen 2017 pic.twitter.com/D95TfYweSL #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2017There was plenty at stake for Serena in the #AusOpen 2017 final. pic.twitter.com/LRx7Fl48uP #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2017The victory at Rod Laver Arena also ensured Serena Williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in September after 186 straight weeks when Angelique Kerber won the U.S. Open.Match summary women’s final #AusOpen 2017 @serenawilliams pic.twitter.com/4ibRefqBsk #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2017It was Serena’s seventh win in nine all-Williams Grand Slam finals, and the first since Wimbledon in 2009. It was 36-year-old, No. 13-seeded Venus Williams’ first trip back to a major final in seven-and-a-half years.SHES DONE IT! No. 23@serenawilliams is your #AusOpen 2017 womens singles champion. ??? pic.twitter.com/LC6fpWi3Ik #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2017Serena Williams beats sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 to clinch 7th Australian Open title. Serena overtakes Steffi Graf to win a record 23rd Grand Slam In a league of her own@serenawilliams def. #Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 to earn a record 2??3??rd Grand Slam singles ???, her 7th at the #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/S4cCsEoHGxadvertisement #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201715.30 IST: Serena Williams serving for the Championship point. 15.24 IST: Venus holds on to her serve but trails 4-5 in the second set. Serena will now serve for the match15.21 IST: Serena comfortably holds her serve to take a 5-3 lead in the second set. Venus will now serve to stay in the match#Venus Williams is serving to stay alive in the #AusOpen women’s final v #Serena.Listen in on AO Radio: https://t.co/vU8PcBquWp pic.twitter.com/NAsYXQ5q7n #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201715.18 IST: SERVICE BREAK! Serena breaks Venus’ serve to take a 4-3 lead in 2nd set. Serena won the 1st set 6-415.12 IST:  Second set level at 3-3 as Serena holds serve vs Venus. Serena won the 1st set 6-415.09 IST: Venus holds on to serve, takes a 3-2 lead in 2nd set vs Serena, who won the 1st set 6-415.06 IST: Serena holds her serve to level the score at 2-2 in the second set vs Venus.Watching history happen.Serena leads Venus 6-4 2-2* in the women’s final. Follow on the AO Live Blog: https://t.co/MamyTT25tG#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/cOSJYvgl6H #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201715.03 IST: ACE! Serena sends down yet another ace right down the middle at 160kmph.Serena has hit 9 aces so far as compared to 4 from Venus.15.01 IST: Venus clings on to her serve to take a 2-1 lead in 2nd set. Serena won the 1st set 6-414.57 IST: Serena holds her serve to level the score at 1-1 in the second set.14.55 IST: Venus Williams holds to take 1-0 lead in second set vs SerenaThe Final: Set 1 Summary #Venus vs #Serena #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/9dfKJkdaY1 #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201714.50 IST: Ace! Serena Williams overcomes early hiccups to win opening set 6-4 vs sister Venus in 41 minutes#Serena gets the 1st set over #Venus #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/zBvYJE3AOG #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201714.48 IST: Serena Williams now serving for the opening set. She leads 5-414.47 IST: Venus Williams holds serve to make it 4-5 in the 1st set vs Serena.14.44 IST: After early hiccups, Serena now lead 5-3 in 1st set vs Venus Williams. Serena seems to be settling down now.#Serena has her eyes on the Championship #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/gOtz0ckOAF #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201714.39 IST: Serena secures another break to take 4-3 lead in 1st set vs Venus Williams.AP Photo 14.37 IST: Now Serena holds to level 1st set 3-3 vs Venus Williams14.34 IST: Already four double faults from Serena in this match.14.32 IST: Venus Williams first player to hold serve as she takes 3-2 lead in 1st set.Hot off the presses:The Adventures of Serena and Venus, Issue No.28#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/FRaxSbfRdH #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201714.30 IST: Venus Williams breaks Serena to level 1st set 2-2. Serena double faults yet again to gift her the break14.24 IST: ACE! Serena hits her first ace at 170kmph, right down the T.advertisement14.23 IST: THREE BACK-TO-BACK SERVICE BREAKS! Serena breaks Venus’ serve once again to take a 2-1 lead in the first set. Either player is yet to hold her serve.? on court for #Serena and #Venus at #AusOpen so farHow much will this factor into tonight’s final? pic.twitter.com/0lyjowH66n #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201714.16 IST: VENUS FIGHTS BACK! Breaks Serena’s serve to level the score at 1-1 in the first set.Court = 1, Racquet = 0 #Serena vs #Venus #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/If59ZX0bYD #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201714.10 IST: BREAK OF SERVE! Serena takes an early lead as she breaks Venus’ serve to take a 1-0 lead in the first set.14.09 IST: Venus hits her first ace at 179kmph. 14.04 IST: Serena leads Venus 6-2 in head-to-head matches in Grand Slam finals.14.02 IST: World No. 2 Serena has won the Australian Open title six times – 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015. 14.00 IST: Serena Williams wins the coin toss, Venus will be serving first.The womens final has arrived. Welcome @Venuseswilliams and @serenawilliams onto RLA #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/B5py04fp0k #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201713.58 IST: The last time these two sisters faced each other in the Australian Open final was back in 2003 when Serena won 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.They’ve played many times before, but who will it be that tastes victory tonight?#ausopen pic.twitter.com/HrsAZHq1Ti #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 201713.55 IST: Serena leads Venus 16-11 in head-to-head clashes. They last played in a Grand Slam final back in 2009 at Wimbledon where Serena beat her elder sister 7-6, 6-2.That was then.Year: 2003Who: Venus & SerenaScore: 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4Champion: Serena #ausopen pic.twitter.com/aQwCGOEksa #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 2017Preview:An Australian Open electrified by the revivals of seasoned champions will bathe in the warm glow of nostalgia on Saturday when the Williams sisters contest the women’s final at Rod Laver Arena.Melbourne Park was where Venus and Serena Williams first clashed in a tour match in 1998 and nearly 20 years on, the Americans will add another chapter to tennis’s greatest sibling rivalry.In 1998, they were teenagers with cornrows and coloured beads in their hair sharing in an awkward second round encounter that 17-year-old Venus won in two sets.Venus hugged her sister, younger by a year, at the net and apologised for having to “take (her) out”.On Saturday, 35-year-old Serena will bid for a record 23rd grand slam title in the professional era while Venus will strive for her eighth, and first in almost nine years.Serena drew level with Germany’s Steffi Graff on 22 when she claimed her seventh Wimbledon title last year but her crowning moment was delayed when, as top seed, she was upset in the U.S. Open semi-finals by Czech Karolina Pliskova.Serena no longer cares to talk about the record and stiffened when asked about it after her semi-final victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, as if the weight of such an achievement might prove too heavy.But a seventh title at Melbourne Park would add further credit to Serena’s claim as the greatest of all time, despite being one short of Australia’s Margaret Court, whose 24 major titles were split between the amateur and professional eras.advertisementFor 13th seed Venus, her first grand slam final in eight years is already a stunning victory of perseverance in the face of her struggles to manage Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.Both players stormed into the semi-finals without a set dropped.However, where Serena romped into the final with a 50-minute demolition of Lucic-Baroni, Venus needed to summon her peerless experience to fend off feisty fellow American Coco Vandeweghe in three sets.Saturday’s final will be the Williams sisters ninth at a grand slam and their first since Wimbledon in 2009, where Serena won in two sets.last_img read more

Maha govt sanctions Rs 3 crore for Olympics preparations

first_imgMumbai, Feb 22 (PTI) Maharashtra Government today sanctioned Rs three crore for preparations of 61 players from the state for the Tokyo Olympics of 2020. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted about the decision after meetings with the officials this evening. “CM @Dev_Fadnavis & @TawdeVinod sanctions 3 crore for players and other facilities towards preparations for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020,” the tweet said. An official release said this would benefit 61 players from 16 sports. “Maharashtra government has already allocated Rs three crore for facilitation and players training in the current financial year. The amount has to be spent before March 31, as the financial year 2016-17 ends then….There will be some budgetary allocation to players every year as per the requirement,” said Nand Kumar, principal secretary, School Education and Sports, speaking to PTI. The funds can be used for training, hiring coaches, and even for infrastructure development if required, Nand Kumar said. Additionally, the players who did well at the Rio Olympics would also get Rs 1.42 crore from the state government for preparations. PTI ND KRK PTPlast_img read more

Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin bag top honours at BCCI 2016-17 awards

first_imgIndia skipper Virat Kohli, who has been on a roll with the willow, was on Wednesday named for the prestigious Polly Umrigar award while all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin will be presented the Dilip Sardesai award at the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) annual awards on March 8 here. (Can Virat Kohli do now what Sourav Ganguly did in 2001?)CLICK TO WATCH VIDEOKohli, who first received the award in 2011-12 and in 2014-15, will become the first Indian cricketer to be bestowed with the honour on three occasions. (Ashwin breaks Kapil Dev’s record for most Test wickets in home season)#BCCIawards – Captain @imVkohli has been awarded the Polly Umrigar Award for the 3rd time #NAMAN pic.twitter.com/01lai5p1AY BCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2017″Team India captain Virat Kohli will be presented with the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award, given to the International Cricketer of the Year, at the BCCI Annual Awards to be held in Bengaluru on March 8,” the BCCI said in a statement. (Can Virat Kohli’s India repeat 2001 heroics vs Australia? Harbhajan Singh and Nayan Mongia recall Kolkata miracle)Ashwin, who won the Dilip Sardesai award in 2011, will become the first Indian cricketer to receive the honour twice.#BCCIawards – All-rounder @ashwinravi99 wins the Dilip Sardesai Award. He becomes the first cricketer to receive the honour twice #NAMAN pic.twitter.com/Ax1SK66zlS BCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2017The Chennai tweaker, who was adjudged the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test cricketer of the year, was instrumental in India’s Test series wins against New Zealand, England and Bangladesh with both the bat and the ball. (My best is yet to come, says Ravichandran Ashwin)”R. Ashwin will also become the first Indian cricketer to receive the Dilip Sardesai award twice. The all-rounder first won the award instituted to honour the best performance in the bilateral Test series between India and West Indies after being named the Man of the Series in the three-match Test series in 2011.”advertisement”In the four-match Test series last year, Ashwin again picked up the Man-of-the-Series award for his outstanding show. In four Tests, he scored two centuries and picked 17 wickets including two five-wicket hauls,” the statement read.The BCCI Annual Awards committee consisting of N. Ram, Ramachandra Guha and Diana Edulji had nominated former domestic cricketers Rajinder Goel and Padmakar Shivalkar for the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.The Mumbai Cricket Association has been chosen as the State Association of the Season (2015-16) for winning the Ranji Trophy, the C.K. Nayudu Trophy and also the women’s Plate League Group. They were runner-up in the Cooch Behar Trophy, the Vijay Merchant Trophy and the women’s One-Day Elite Group.last_img read more

Happy Be Your Donor Day!

first_imgBefore Thanksgiving, before #GivingTuesday, and before December 31, there’s one critical day that you need to pay attention to as a nonprofit marketer or fundraiser.And that day is today: Be Your Donor Day!Yay!Of course, every day can and should be Be Your Donor Day, but today is the day we decree that you set aside some time today to look at your nonprofit’s marketing materials, fundraising experience, and online presence through the eyes of a donor.Ready to get this party started?Put on your donor hat and run through your organization’s website:Find (and test) your nonprofit’s contact information or contact formCall your phone numbers and test your phone tree (if applicable) and see if you reach a real person or hit a dead endMake sure you can locate your donation page and easily click to make a donationSubscribe to your email newsletter and find out what happens nextNext, hit your donation page and get ready to give:How many fields do you need to fill out to complete your gift? How long does it take?Is it easy to make a recurring gift?What happens once you submit your donation? Are you prompted to share and learn more?Do you immediately get a receipt? How long does it take to get a thank you for your donation?Now, whip out your smartphone and repeat all of the above—how does everything look and work?Apply this same treatment to any donor-facing asset, online or off.Be sure to run through these steps yourself, and then ask a few other staff members (or volunteers) do the same. Bonus points if you ask someone completely removed from your organization to help you celebrate Be Your Donor Day by bringing a totally objective and fresh eye to putting your processes to the test. You might be amazed at what you discover!For more Be Your Donor Day goodness, grab the checklist and then take the pledge to be your donor to get a copy of our three-in-one donor experience guide. Share your Be Your Donor Day celebration with us on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #BeYourDonor.Want to take Be Your Donor Day one step further? Some of my favorite experts share how you can apply this donor-centric view to your communications approach:In your thank-you communications, mention when your donor will hear from you next. If you are putting them on a newsletter list, say so! If you plan to send invitations to events in the near future, say so! You want to build an expectation of ongoing communications and that this is the start of a beautiful long-term relationship. – Kivi Leroux Miller, Nonprofit Marketing GuideDon’t just guess at what your donor wants or thinks…ask her! Send a survey, pick up the phone, pose a question over small talk at your next event. Not sure what to ask? Start simple and explore why they give to you, who else they support, and how you can help them get more involved. – Farra Trompeter, Big DuckI tell people all the time to put themselves in their donor’s shoes and think about what’s interesting to the donor. Fundraisers have to stop talking about their organization, their programs, and their need to fund their budget, and instead talk about what donors care about: impact, outcomes, and how lives are being changed. Here’s an article that shows you how to do that in an appeal. — Sandy Rees, Get Fully FundedMake a gift to an organization that your donors also like to give to. Not only will this give a donor’s perspective, but it will also remind you of what it’s like to be a donor. – Vanessa Chase, The Storytelling Non-ProfitSuccessful appeals are NOT about how wonderful your organization is. Successful appeals ARE about how wonderful the donor is. Communications are a mirror held up to donors. They see themselves in what you say. — Tom Ahern, Ahern Donor CommunicationsCheck your communications. Read them aloud. Is it something you would read if you weren’t being paid to do so? When is the last time you read a communication like this where you weren’t writing it? Are you relying on a gimmick like underlining and PS or are you relying on good storytelling? – Lynne Wester, The Donor Relations GuruMy tip is to get to know your donors and prospects, inside and out, and surround yourself at your desk with personas who represent each type or segment. Here’s a how-to checklist for persona creation. There’s nothing like a face-to-face to get you focused, real and targeted. With your people staring you down, you just can’t miss! — Nancy Schwartz, Getting Attentionlast_img read more

MLS to move to single elimination for 2019 playoffs

first_imgMLS has announced an overhaul of its playoff system that will see more teams involved and a single-leg elimination format introduced from the 2019 season. Fourteen teams will make up the revised postseason field, up from 12 this year in a nod to the league’s continued expansion – Los Angeles FC joined the league in 2018 and Cincinnati will compete for the first time next term. The top seed from each conference will get a bye in the first round and will face the winner of the clash between the fourth and fifth seeds in the conference semifinals.  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! Teams will not be re-seeded based on upsets during postseason matches, as they have in the past, and the higher seed will be the host in each round, offering a greater reward for their regular-season performance. By eliminating two-legged matches in the conference semifinals and finals, the more streamlined bracket will fit entirely between FIFA’s October and November international breaks. The 2019 regular season will conclude on October 6, about three weeks earlier than in 2018, with the playoffs set to start on October 19 and just ahead of the October FIFA international date, giving teams a bit of recovery time between the regular season and the start of the playoffs.  A date of November 10 has been set for the MLS Cup, which was played on December 8 this year, leaving the entire league schedule nearly a full month shorter.  The move, according to a league release, is partially targeted at better weather conditions for MLS Cup should it be held in a cold-weather market, where average temperatures are, according to the league, 10 to 17 degrees warmer in early November when compared to early December.  MLS Playoff bracketThe new format also seems likely to stick around for a while. The earlier end date will have MLS in line with the schedule for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is slated to start on November 21.  Statistics also show that the move to single elimination will actually benefit the home sides, which have advanced nearly 64 percent of the time in single elimination matches while they have won just 55 percent of the time in the two-legged format.last_img read more

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Messi not fit to start Clasico

first_imgEl Clasico is back, with Barcelona playing host to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at Camp Nou.The Catalans have had to work tremendously hard to get themselves into this position, notably staging a stunning second-leg comeback against Sevilla last week , while Madrid’s progress to this juncture has been rather more serene.Having lost the first match of each of their last two ties, Barca will have to be on the mettle from the beginning on Wednesday or face their biggest challenge yet as they strive for their 31st triumph in the tournament. 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! Game Barcelona vs Real Madrid Date Wednesday, January 6 Time 8pm GMT / 3pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports / beIN Sports en Espanol fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Ezkieta Defenders Pique, Semedo, Lenglet, Alba, Chumi, Vermaelen, Roberto, Todibo, Jeison Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho, Arthur, Vidal, Boateng, Samper, Alena Forwards L. Suarez, Dembele, Malcom, Messi Confirmed  Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Malcom, Suarez, Coutinho Position Real Madrid squad Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Courtois Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Odriozoloa, Reguilon Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Vazquez, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos, B. Diaz Forwards Marcelo, Benzema, Bale, Vinicius Junior Confirmed Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Llorente, Modric, Kroos; Lucas, Benzema, Vinicius.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona can be backed at 4/5 to win this encounter, with Real Madrid offered at 7/2 by bet365 . Meanwhile, a draw is available at 3/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Vinicius Real MadridWhile La Liga and the Champions League may be the main target for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, having been paired together in the Copa del Rey, suddenly the knockout competition has taken on a new importance.The rivalry between these clubs runs deep and both will be determined to reach the final in Seville, which will be played on May 25.Throughout this competition, the respective teams have typically been shuffled to allow the star men to rest for the more important league matches, though that logic will now go out of the window for these clashes. Indeed, Barcelona already seemed to be thinking ahead to this match as they struggled to find their best form against Valencia at the weekend, fighting back to draw 2-2 but potentially losing their ace in Lionel Messi due to injury for this fixture.Nevertheless, on paper, it is Barca who hold the upper hand. They boast a six-point lead at the summit of the Primera Division ahead of Atletico Madrid and are eight marks clear of Real, having shown greater consistency over the season to date. Indeed, when the teams played earlier this term, Barca swept to a stunning 5-1 victory, without Messi, which proved the end of Julen Lopetegui in the Madrid hotseat, paving the way for Santiago Solari to take interim charge.Moreover, the manner in which Barca swept aside Sevilla 6-1 in the second leg of their quarter-final last week was utterly formidable and signified a team coming to the peak of its power.Nevertheless, the capital side are bullish about their prospects of causing an upset.“I play at Real Madrid, the best team in the world,” Vinicius Junior said ahead of the fixture . “I do not fear anything.”Historically, Barcelona have gotten the better of the Clasico, which was first played in 1929, with 113 overall wins to Real Madrid’s 99. Meanwhile, there have been 60 draws.As Los Blancos go chasing a historic 100th victory in the fixture, these are encounters that mean more to them, especially Solari, who is doing his best to show the board that he is worth the coaching job on a full-time basis.Barcelona, meanwhile, are the undoubted kings of the cup, having appeared in 23 successive rounds of the competition. Indeed, the last time they were knocked out before the final was February 2013, when Madrid beat them 4-2 on aggregate.The four-time defending champions will not want history to repeat itself.last_img read more

Failure is the key to the success of entrepreneurs, study finds

first_imgYou’ve no doubt heard this (now infamous) statistic: half of all new businesses fail within the first five years, and only a quarter are still standing 15 years later.But oddly, you never hear about what happened to “failed” first-time entrepreneurs. Did they ever try again?A recent study by economists out of Stanford and the University of Michigan found that entrepreneurs who closed their first businesses are far more likely to be successful in their second business.Entrepreneurship is a learned trait, not necessarily an innate talent, the researchers found.Not only does the mere act of opening your first business give you more entrepreneurship skills, but failing actually gives you a leg up on successful first-timers!“The more successful of these owners are those that open a business, close the business, and then open another one. That is, the new business that they open is more likely to survive if their previous business has been closed than if their previous business remains open.”Here are some other fascinating tidbits from the study:Businesses that opened during a recession were more durable (more likely to stay open longer), possibly because entrepreneurs only started businesses with a higher chance of success.Entrepreneurs tend to group together, suggesting they learn from each other, as when they are physically surrounded by other entrepreneurs (Glaeser, Kerr, and Ponzetto, 2006), or come from a family background of entrepreneurship (Fairlie and Robb, 2007; Lentz and Laband. 1990).Businesses opened in urban centers with a lot of competition are less likely to succeed.Freelancers, have you found that failure taught you more than success?Want more like this? Join Freelancers Union and never miss a post.last_img read more

Modi rejigs team, Sitharaman gets Def, Goyal Railways

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 3 (PTI) With a focus on delivery as he prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today handed key portfolios to ministers with “proven” track record and sprang a surprise by elevating Nirmala Sitharaman as the first full-time woman Defence Minister.In a major rejig of his council of ministers, he also promoted three other junior ministers — Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi — to cabinet rank and inducted nine new faces, including four former government officers, as Ministers of State.The exercise raised the strength of the Union Council of Ministers from 73 to 76.Goyal, who has been praised for his work in the power sector, was given the Railways Ministry, which has been facing criticism over a spate of accidents, prompting Modi to shift Suresh Prabhu to Commerce and Industry Ministry. Goyal will continue to head the Coal Ministry.In an overhaul of infrastructure ministries, Modi handed important portfolios to two former IAS officers and one former diplomat, giving them independent charge and brought Nitin Gadkari in place of Uma Bharti in the water resources and Ganga rejuvenation ministry.Gadkari retained the charge of Road Transport and Highways, where his work has earned him praise. Bhartis performance was under scrutiny due to lack of visible progress in Modis pet Clean Ganga programme.Bharti will take care of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.Government sources said the Prime Minister carried out the reshuffle considering performance and rewarding those with proven track record.advertisementSitharaman, who was the Minister of State with an independent charge of the Commerce Ministry, emerged the biggest gainer.She became the first full-time woman defence minister and the second woman to take charge of the key portfolio. Indira Gandhi, as then Prime Minister, had also held the portfolio in the seventies.As the Defence Minister, Sitharaman will be a member of the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security whose members include the Prime Minister, Home Minister, External Affairs Minister and the Finance Minister.Pradhan and Naqvi retained their portfolios of Oil and Gas and Minority Affairs respectively. Pradhan was given the additional charge of the Skill Development Ministry, which was earlier held by Rajiv Pratap Rudy who quit the post a few days ago.Former diplomat Hardeep Puri and former IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam were made MoS (Independent charge) of Housing and Urban Development and Tourism respectively.R K Singh, former Home Secretary, was given charge of Power and New and Renewable Energy portfolios. Former Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh has been made minister of state in HRD, Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvination.Six ministers — Rudy, Kalraj Mishra, Bandaru Dattatreya, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahendra Nath Pandey — had resigned ahead of the reshuffle, in which nine ministers were inducted.While Modi has focussed on governance, he has also taken care of the BJPs political considerations.Pradhan, now a cabinet minister, has emerged as the BJPs face in Odisha and become one of its prominent leaders as the party has highlighted the “success” of his ministrys scheme of giving free LPG connections to the poor in its political campaigns.Odisha is among the states high on the priority list of party chief Amit Shah for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Alphons is a Christian from Kerala, a state where the BJP has been trying hard to emerge as a potent force. The saffron party has also been wooing Christians and his induction is likely to help this cause.Cabinet Minister Harsh Vardhan, who was given the additional charge of Environment MInistry following the demise of Anil Dave in May, continues to hold the portfolio.Similarly, Smriti Irani, who was given the additional charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry in July after M Venkaiah Nadu was made vice presidential nominee of the NDA, too retained the ministry.Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore replaced Vijay Goel in the Sports Ministry, while also remaining the MoS in the I&B Ministry.Goel, who earlier held independent charge, has been shunted as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Afairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation.New inductee Shiv Pratap Shukla has been made MoS in the Finance Ministry, replacing Arjun Ram Meghwal, while Ashwini Kumar Choubey has been appointed MoS in Health and Virendra Kumar MoS in Women and Child Devcelopment. Meghwal now has been shifted to Parliamentary Affairs.Another new face Anant Kumar Hegde has been made MoS in the Skill Development Ministry, while Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was made MoS in the Agriculture Ministry.advertisementTwo ministers Santosh Gangwar and Giriraj Singh have also seen a promotion as they are now MoS with independent charge of Labour and Employment and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises respectively. PTI NAB/PYK MP SBR PR KR MPB ARClast_img read more

Liverpool leave out Ben Woodburn despite teenager’s World Cup form

first_imgTeenaged striker Ben Woodburn has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for the Champions League group game against Spartak Moscow on Tuesday despite his heroics for Wales.The 17-year-old, who scored on his international debut to give Wales a World Cup qualifying win over Austria this month, remained with Liverpool’s under-19 squad while the 20-man senior squad prepared to fly to Russia on Monday.Long-term absentees Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana also stayed at home but centre backs Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are included after playing in Saturday’s 3-2 Premier League win over Leicester City with no problems. Both had been injury doubts for the game.The travelling Reds. ?? pic.twitter.com/nbut3Tf4wp- Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 25, 2017Liverpool trained at their Melwood complex on Monday ahead of a lunchtime flight to Russia.Juergen Klopp’s side drew their opening Champions League Group E game 2-2 with Sevilla. Spartak also drew, 1-1, with Maribor.last_img read more