Jose Mourinho has been labeled an ‘amazing’ manager by his former player Robert Huth.Huth played under Mourinho during his time at Chelsea and said his training techniques were revolutionary, but the Portuguese has come under intense scrutiny at Manchester United this season.The Reds have had a poor start to the campaign, losing three of their opening seven league matches and getting knocked out of the EFL Cup by Derby County, which has led to speculation Mourinho could be sacked. 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! However, Huth was full of praise for his former boss who won two Premier League titles in his first spell at Chelsea between 2004-07.“You’d heard him, you’d seen him win the Champions League, so you thought, ‘He knows what he’s doing’ but then he just stepped in, he owned the room, he got players on board straight away,” the German told The Sunday Times.”For two years that team was amazing. His attention to detail and preparation . . . I’d never seen anything like that.”We got notepads before games with statistics: how many times the right-back passes to the centre-back. There were preparation sheets about the opposition. Weaknesses, strengths, set-pieces. In training, every exercise was timed. There were ball boys.”I completely bought into whatever Mourinho said. If he said, ‘Play left wing,’ you’d say, ‘Give me the shirt.’”Huth also hailed N’Golo Kante, who he played with at Leicester City, and said the midfielder is underated.“He’s the best player I played with. Of course in skill Hazard is better, gets people off their feet. Ronaldo, Messi… I get all that, I really do. But in terms of impact on a game it’s Kante,” the former defender added. “I get annoyed. ‘Oh he just wins the ball back’. Which he does. But watch him. He reads three passes ahead. He’ll run 15 yards, then have a burst of acceleration to take the ball off somebody’s feet in a position where he has 30 yards of pitch to drive into.”His brain works completely different to other footballers.”
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been confirmed as the Player of the Year finalists at the 2018 CAF Awards.The prestigious honour, set to be awarded at a gala in Dakar, Senegal, next week will go to one of three Premier League stars after sparkling in 2018.The final three is an exact repeat of last year’s shortlist. 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! Salah was last year’s winner and he followed up his 2017 achievements with another fine 12 months, breaking the Premier League’s 38-game season goals record, while leading Liverpool to the Champions League final, before ending the year on top of the league table.Team-mate Mane – second in 2017 – has been similarly influential in the Reds’ success, forming a devastating forward line along with Salah and Roberto Firmino, and netted in the Kiev final defeat to Real Madrid.Salah and Mane both went to the World Cup, with Egypt and Senegal respectively, but neither made it past the group stage.The Final 3 nominees for the African Player of the Year 2018 has been revealed, Who will be the King of Africa? @Aubameyang7 @10SadioMane @MoSalah #Final3 #AiteoCAFAwards18 pic.twitter.com/uAZ5BilxKA— CAF (@CAF_Online) 1 January 2019Meanwhile, 2015 Player of the Year Aubameyang hit the ground running in England after a big move from Borussia Dortmund.The Gabon international scored 10 Premier League goals last term following his switch and, heading into Tuesday’s action, is tied with Salah and Harry Kane at the top of the scoring charts with 13 this season.Salah and Mane were both on target as Liverpool thrashed Aubameyang’s Arsenal 5-1 on Saturday.While both Salah and Aubameyang have both won the accolade in the recent past, no Senegalese player has been crowned African Footballer of the Year since El-Hadji Diouf won the title back in 2002. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The second ever eMLS is underway as Philadelphia Union’s Cormac ‘Doolsta’ Dooley won the eMLS Series One in Los Angeles with a huge win against Kid M3mito from FC Dallas, who won the first ever eMLS Cup without losing a single game.The eMLS has the unique rule that every player must include three MLS players, two of which must be from their represented club, on the pitch at all times. His team featured Champions League Thibaut Courtois in goal, a backline of super inform Joao Cancelo, TOTY Raphael Varane, TOTY Sergio Ramos and Ray Gaddis. Then in his star-studded midfield line, Doolsta played with four central midfielders: TOTY N’Golo Kante, TOTY Kevin De Bruyne, super-inform Eden Hazard and inform Borek Dockal. And finally, the champion sported a lethal strike partnership of Flashback Zlatan Ibrahomivic and 99-rated TOTY Cristiano Ronaldo. Goal caught up with Doolsta to find out the secrets and thought processes behind the team that led him to victory.Can you explain your reasoning behind each MLS player you used and how they performed for you 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! “I always had it in my mind that I would have a Union player at either left-back or right-back and after using Ray Gaddis last year, I felt he was the right choice at left-back. Borek Dockal was a no-brainer because of the 81-rated inform he received and he linked well with Gaddis. Flashback Ibrahimovic was my choice at striker due to his unbelievable stats which have him as the best card in MLS.”Who was the MVP of your squad in the tournament and what made them so good? “The MVP of my squad could have been any of the starting 11 as they were all great but TOTY Ronaldo really stood out. He scored so many goals for me and was clutch with some key late goals as well so I would have to say him.”What was your reason behind your chosen formation? Have you found that is the best in the game or just suits your personal style? What tactics did you employ? “I ran the 4-1-2-1-2 narrow for the tournament because I have used it for the past two FIFA’s and feel comfortable using it. I feel like it is the best formation in terms of creating chances but it is a formation that can leave you vulnerable for a counter-attack so having a strong midfield and back line is key. The formation suits my passing style well and allows my midfield to hold a diamond which is effective for keeping possession. I used pressure after heavy touch for defensive tactics and balanced for attacking.”What is your preferred playstyle and how did your team enhance that? “Possession is my emphasis of play and I’m comfortable playing a slow style or fast paced one touch pass style. My team at eMLS League Series One was very suited to my play with most of my players being fast and agile which was needed for my style.”If you could pick one Philadelphia Union player to receive a big upgrade/special card who would it be and why?”The one Union player I’d like to see receive an upgrade would be Ray Gaddis because he has been a favourite of mine to use for eMLS and it would make my back line even more solid.”What do you think gave you an edge over your opponents and helped you pick up the win? “I think my passing in and around the box gave me the edge over my opponents as I feel they found it hard to defend against at times.”And finally, how did it feel to win the eMLS Series One tournament and represent Philadelphia Union? “It was a dream come true to lift that trophy and it was even more special the fact that it is my first ever competitive title. I was just hoping to make top four at the start of the day and felt happy if I just managed that, but to go on and win it all was surreal. To represent the Philadelphia Union at any event, let alone eMLS is an honour and I’m glad I could win this for the club.”
Riding on Sam Billings’ brilliant 93, England defeated India A by three wickets in the first 50-over warm-up match at the Brabourne Stadium here on Tuesday. (Watch: Fan rushes out to touch MS Dhoni’s feet at Brabourne Stadium)Billings, Jason Roy (62), Jos Buttler (46) and Liam Dawson (41) were the major contributors for the visitors, who chased down India’s 304-5 with 1.1 overs and three wickets to spare.Earlier, put in to bat, the Indian side posted 304-5 with Ambati Rayudu slamming an unbeaten ton. He scored 100 runs in 97 balls before being retired out. (Vintage Dhoni, Yuvraj shine for India A) Apart from him, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (63), Yuvraj Singh (56) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68 not out) contributed handsomely to India’s cause.For England, David Willey and Jake Ball scalped two wickets each. (Dhoni deserves every bit of respect he’s getting: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Chasing a challenging 304, England started off on a good note as openers Roy (62) and Alex Hales (40) forged a 95-run partnership before Hales was sent back to the pavilion by chinaman spinner Kuldep Yadav in the 15th over of the innings. (Good to see huge turnout for warm-up game, it shows their love for me: Mahendra Singh Dhoni)Soon after his departure, Yadav scalped his opening partner Roy in the 17th over. His 57-ball knock was laced with nine fours and two sixes.Skipper Eoin Morgan (3) also failed to step up to the occasion as he was sent packing in the next over by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, with the visitors at 112-3.advertisementThe fall of Morgan’s wicket brought in Butler, who along with Billings, stitched a crucial 79-run fourth-wicket partnership to help England bounce back into the match.Yadav removed Buttler in the 31st over to raise Indian hopes again as the batsman offered a catch to Mohit Sharma.Moeen Ali was the next batsman to join Billings but was dismissed in the same over with the scoreboard reading 191 for five.Later, the sixth-wicket partnership of 99 runs between Billings and Liam Dawson (41) put the visitors back in command.When Billings was bowled by medium pacer Hardik Pandya in the 46th over, the damage was already done and England needed barely 15 runs to win.Lower-order batsmen Chris Woakes (11) and Adil Rashid (6) then completed the formalities to give the visitors a boost ahead of the much important One-Day International (ODI) series.For India, Yadav was the pick of the bowlers, scalping five wickets for 60 runs.Brief scores: India A: 304-5 (Ambati Rayudu 100, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 68 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 63, Yuvraj Singh 56; David Willey 55-2, Jake ball 2-61). England: 307-7 in 48.5 overs (Sam Billings 93, Jason Roy 62, Jos Buttler 46; Kuldeep Yadav 5-60).
Amit Kumar Das New Delhi, Jan 15 (PTI) Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu showed her mettle by guiding Chennai Smashers to a superb title win in the Premier Badminton League, which showcased new sporting heroes and rivalries in a highly-successful second season. Right from her silver-winning feat at Rio, Sindhu has been simply unstoppable and the Indian continued to be an indomitable force in the PBL. The Indian lost only to Carolina Marin on the opening day but maintained a clean slate after that with a scintillating straight game win over compatriot and Awadhe Warriors Saina Nehwal in a crucial and much-anticipated encounter of the semifinals. Sindhu cleared every hurdle and ensured that Chennai had the last laugh as she defeated Mumbai Rockets Sung Ji Hyun twice in the tournament, including the all-important final clash which went down to the wires at the Siri Fort Complex. “We are very happy that we could win. All the matches were tough specially in this 11-point system. It was a good tournament for me, I could win most of my matches. It was really important because its the starting of the year and it gives me a lot of confidence,” Sindhu said. The innovative 11-point scoring system made this edition a shorter and snappier affair and produced some stunning performances from Indian shuttlers such as HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram and the unheralded doubles specialist Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who mesmerised the fans. Prannoy was in red-hot form as he stayed unbeaten after notching up seven wins in as many contests against opponents which included the likes of Delhi Acers Son Wan Ho, Awadhe Warriors W Ki Vincent Wong. “I wanted to change my attitude on court. Here I played with lot of aggression and I think it will help me in the upcoming season,” Prannoy said. His teammate Ajay Jayaram too was in decent form as he spoilt the Trump matches of Denmarks World No. 2 Jan O Jorgensen and World No. 3 Viktor Axelsen. Kidambi Srikanth also did well, winning four of the five matches that he played, beating the likes of Rajiv Ouseph, Tommy Sugiarto, Jorgensen and Viktor. Expectations were also high when Olympic champion Marin was bought by Hyderabad Hunters for a whopping sum of 61 lakhs and the Spaniard did well to guide her team to the semifinals. She notched up four wins from six single matches, losing twice to Koreas Sung Ji Hyun. The former World and All England Champion dished out her aggressive brand of badminton to roll over Indian duo of P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, besides beating Thailands Nitchaon Jindapol and Ashwini Ponnappa, who showed a lot of gumption as she pulled off one game after playing singles for the first time in many years. However, Marin twice failed to get across Koreas Sung Ji Hyun, who came into the tournament after winning a silver at the season-ending Dubai Super Series Finals. More PTI ATK PDS ATKadvertisement
Star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh roared back to form and shunned his critics with a brutal hundred against England in the second ODI in Cuttack and then followed it up with a gritty 45 in the third and final game in Kolkata. (Virat Kohli on Yuvraj Singh’s 150: Exactly what we envisioned)Yuvraj is making his third comeback into the team after his return to international cricket following his successful battle with cancer. Yuvraj’s previous two attempts weren’t quite as successful as his recent one and it was being said that the 35-year-old had lost his touch. But Yuvi didn’t give up and kept on knocking on the selectors’ doors with his exploits in domestic cricket. (Virat Kohli’s trust was important as I could have retired: Yuvraj Singh)Yuvraj’s performance in first comeback after cancer treatment (Sep 2012-Apr 2014) Mts Runs Avg SR 100/50 Wkts Avg RPO ODIs 19 278 18.53 78.30 0/2 2 89 6.85 T20Is 17 401 30.85 135.93 0/3 15 12.8 6.47Yuvraj’s performance in second comeback after cancer treatment (Jan 2016-Mar 2016) Mts Runs Avg SR 100/50 Wkts Avg RPO ODIs 0 T20Is 15 166 20.75 104.40 0/0 5 22.60 6.65The recent ODI series against England saw a completely different Yuvraj on the field. For a 35-year-old player to return to the side and play the way Yuvi did was remarkable to say the least. (Hazel Keech on husband Yuvraj Singh: Fierce should be his middle name)In the first ODI in Pune, India had lost the openers cheaply while chasing a mammoth 351. Yuvraj joined Kohli and smashed the second ball he faced for a six. That signalled the intent with which Yuvraj came to the crease. He hit two more boundaries before getting out to an ordinary delivery down the leg side from Ben Stokes. (Yuvraj makes it count after bravely battling cancer)advertisement(Reuters Photo)Then came the second match at Cuttack and Yuvraj came out all guns blazing and along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, bailed India out of trouble when they were tottering at 25/3 and added a record 256 runs for the fourth wicket to take the team total over 380. Yuvraj slammed a career-best 150 off 127 balls while Dhoni hammered 134 off 122 balls. The southpaw’s match-winning knock was laced with 21 boundaries and two sixes. (Yuvraj Singh has defeated cancer, ready to extend his legacy)Yuvraj’s performance in third comeback after cancer treatment (Jan 2017-) Mts Runs Avg SR 100/50 Wkts Avg RPO ODIs 3 210 70.00 107.14 1/0 0 – 6.20Even though Yuvraj was restrained in his celebrations, it was evident he was a happy man when he got to the three-figure mark. It was his 14th ODI hundred and the first in almost six years. The last time he had reached the mark was against the West Indies in Chennai during the 2011 World Cup when he was in the form of his life. (Yuvraj Singh, India’s limited-overs hero, makes another comeback)An emotional moment for @YUVSTRONG12 as he brings up his 14th ODI ton #TeamIndia #INDvENG @Paytm pic.twitter.com/cX88vImx0v BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2017The final match in Kolkata was a dead-rubber but Kohli’s boys were in no mood to get complacent while chasing 322. Once again the openers fell cheaply and Yuvraj had Kohli for company at the other end. The pitch started playing tricks under lights with Yuvraj even receiving a nasty blow on his chest from a Jake Ball bouncer.But Yuvi looked determined and put a price on his wicket as he batted with caution and saw off the spells from Ball, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett before launching into Ben Stokes for a couple of boundaries. English bowlers kept testing Yuvraj with short balls but to no avail. Yuvraj kept pulling and hooking the short balls for fours and took the pressure off Kohli just like he had done in the first game in Pune. The duo added 65 runs for the third wicket before the captain fell for 55. Yuvraj added another 31 runs with Dhoni before getting out to a mistimed shot on 45.Yuvraj scored 210 runs in the series at an average of 70.00 with one hundred to his name. He was the third highest scorer behind Kedar Jadhav (232) and Jason Roy (220) and certainly showed that he still has a lot to offer to Indian cricket. Yuvraj’s return to form will be ominous signs for the rest of the teams ahead of the Champions Trophy in England in June. India will be out to defend its title which they won in 2013 and Yuvraj will be expected to performing at his best once again in an ICC tournament.
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executives committee on Satuday agreed to extend the Decision Review System (DRS) to World T20 matches, giving a level of consistency in the use of technology across international cricket.The same committee also authorised the governing body to amend its anti-corruption code to permit the use of cell phone data extraction equipment. (ICC begins ‘Big Three’ rollback despite BCCI’s objection)In a three-day board meeting that concluded in Dubai on Saturday, the governing body also agreed “in principle” to reverse the 2014 decision which effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game’s finances and administration.Unsurprisingly, the influential the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) voted against the new proposal after failing to defer the vote in the meeting.Vikram Limaye, representing BCCI at the meeting, sought to defer the vote on the proposal until the next meeting in April, saying his body had had insufficient time to evaluate it. (ICC threatens ban for substandard pitches)Limaye, a financial executive, is one of the four administrators named by India’s top court on Monday to run BCCI as part of administrative reforms imposed on the world’s richest board.The ICC board will take a final decision on a new financial model and governance structure at the April meeting, the governing body said in a statement.”Today was an important step forward for the future of the ICC and cricket around the world,” the ICC’s Indian chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement.advertisementFormer BCCI president Manohar has been critical of the 2014 changes, which he felt allowed the three major countries to bully the ICC.”I want the ICC to be reasonable and fair in our approach to all 105 Members and the revised constitution and financial model does that,” he added.”There are still details to work through and concerns to be addressed, but the principle of change is agreed and not for debate,” said the 59-year-old lawyer, who led the working group which prepared a new constitution.BIG THREE ROLLBACKThe proposed governance structure includes a new revenue distribution model, which seeks to address the current imbalance favouring the ‘Big Three’.The meeting in Dubai also proposed a nine-team Test league, a 13-team one-day league and advocated a regional qualification process for the World Twenty20.The governing body is also considering Test cricket status for Ireland and Afghanistan, provided they meet full membership criteria.
After not being given important portfolios, two ministers from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s cabinet have resigned.Basharat Bukhari told India Today that he was removed from revenue and rehabilitation ministry and given horticulture ministry which led to his resignation. Bhukari, a journalist turned politician, said for the last few months he has been complaining the party leadership about the problems but nobody bothered.Minister for information technology, technical education and sports Imran Raza Ansari also resigned in protest against not been given any important portfolio to him. He has also sent his resignation to Mufti.Hamid Karra had already resigned as Lok Sabha MP following alliance with BJP.Also read: Mufti-led PDP-BJP government opposes creation of minority commission in J-K
Like a good accountant, Vinod Rai has said something the Rajendra Mal Lodha Committee should have in the first place instead of turning the entire cricket structure upside down. (Vinod Rai says complete implementation of Lodha reforms in 4-5 months)Rai, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, says in the next four-five months a structured accounting format will put in place systems for the smooth functioning of the Indian cricket board, as the Supreme Court mentally pictured while appointing the Lodha Committee.It is the accounting process that led to large scale corruption and even embezzlement in state associations, if not in the board, and that should have been addressed more than tinkering with other cricketing issues.Vinod Rai, the head of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to manage the country’s cricket affairs, said his committee would be there only till the Indian board elects its next managing committee democratically as outlined by the Lodha Committee and approved by the court.The Lodha Committee had also said that it would pack up as soon as their recommendations were adopted and implemented by the board and its affiliated units.With the board and state associations challenging the recommendations the arguments in the court carried on for over a year and eventually Lodha Committee recommended the appointment of administrators.The Lodha Panel wanted a nine-member committee of administrators, the same number it suggested for the revamped apex committee of the board. But a new bench headed by Dipak Misra, after the one headed by now retired Chief Justice Tirath Singh, pruned it to four since it is only an interim arrangement.advertisementIn the last couple of days the erstwhile cricket administrators and the CoA have been on a collision course. A number of officials of the state associations have unfortunately decided to boycott the Pataudi Memorial Lecture and the annual awards function of the board on the last day of the ongoing second Test in Bangalore.What triggered the latest confrontation is the email sent by board chief executive Rahul Johri, inviting state associations for the Lecture, to be delivered by former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer, and the awards function with a rider that only those office-bearers who are qualified as per the Supreme Court orders should attend the function.The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) in its reply resented the postscript. The CEO, perhaps, could have avoided the para as it is humiliating, as KSCA pointed out for “the cricketing fraternity to accept the invitation with constraints and restrictions.” It is certainly insulting to all those people who served the game for long years whatever be their omissions and commissions.The board as well as state associations have started questioning the CoA just as they did when the Lodha Committee tried to enforce the reforms.All they needed to do was to send the names of their current office-bearers and members of the governing body/managing committee/working committee as may be the case just to make sure none of them is disqualified under the Lodha Panel guidelines.The associations should have reverted by Wednesday, March 1. Barring Vidarbha and Tripura, the first associations to fall in line, some 30 state units are still defying raising legal and technical issues.Finding no escape route, some officials resigned and some others ceased to function as they had been hanging on for more than the stipulated terms of office as prescribed by the Lodha Panel recommendations.Most of these associations, which refused to respond to an earlier letter from the board’s CEO, might ignore the CoA directive, too.Instead, the state associations maintained in their replies that CoA is going beyond its brief by issuing directives going beyond the court orders.The associations in their replies used a template circulated to them after a meeting called by former board and International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Narayanaswamy Srinivasan.The letter sought to remind the CoA that it is there primarily to ensure compliance of the “Court order of July 18, 2016 that does not affect the composition of the State Cricket Associations and the rights of members of the State Associations under Article 19 (1) (c) of the Constitution of India continues to remain protected.”The state associations also have a point of contention with the COA on the tenure of the office bearers.The Lodha Commmittee had recommended that a person can serve up to a combined nine years at both the board and state level, but the Court ruled that the nine-year terms are separate for the board and the state. Thus they can have 18 years as cricket administrators.advertisementThe CoA last week clarified that as per the advice it received the tenure cannot exceed a cumulative nine years at both the state and the board. But the associations want the court to clear the air when it takes up the issue later this month.It is again going to be a long drawn out battle and will it end in four-five months as Rai feels is the question the Supreme Court will have to decide.
Reliance Jio has truly shaken up the Indian telecom sector. Ever since its entry, Jio has triggered an intense tariff war between all major telecom operators in the country.Jio launched its Prime service a few weeks ago which offers existing subscribers the opportunity to continue with their daily unlimited data caps. As a result, all major operators have been forced to come up with new and updated plans offering unlimited data.These ‘unlimited data’ plans seem extremely lucrative on first glance, but as the popular saying goes – the devil is in the details – all these plans have certain limitations which don’t seem very apparent initially.Also Read: Prepaid or postpaid? After Jio, phone plans are better if you are committedBharti AirtelRs 345/month: 1GB 4G data/day and unlimited voice calls to any operator (validity of 28 days)The catch here is that out of the 1GB daily data cap, only 500MB is available during the day and the rest 500MB can only be consumed between the unearthly hours of 3 and 5 am at night.So the plan effectively offers just 500MB of daily data as unless you are an owl or a student up preparing for his exams, the 500MB data set for use between 3 and 5 am will definitely go waste.VodafoneRs 346/month: 1GB 4G data/day and unlimited voice calls to any operator (validity of 28 days)While this offer looks extremely attractive, it is not a permanent plan and is only on offer till March 15. Additionally, there is also a daily call cap of 300 calls alongside the 1GB/day limit.advertisementReliance JioRs 303/month: 1GB 4G data per day till 31st March 2018 + free local/STD calls to any operator as well as unlimited SMSRs 499/month: 2GB 4G data per day till 31st March 2018 + free local/STD calls to any operator as well as unlimited SMSThe catch with both of Jio’s plan (and a big one at that) is the fact that these plans are only available for Jio Prime users. A Jio customer can opt for Prime only if he got his SIM activated on or before 31st March 2017.These plans with a daily data cap do not give users the freedom to use their data limit as they wishAfter that day, no Jio user, existing or new can even dream of opting for these attractive offers. On top of all that, there is also a Rs 99 one-time entry fees that a Jio customer needs to pay to get upgraded to Prime.If someone forgets to activate Prime before 31st March, or buys a new Jio SIM after that, the data plans for non Prime users are fairly mediocre at best:Rs 303/month: 2.5GB 4G data + free local/STD calls to any operator + unlimited SMSRs 499/month: 5GB 4G data + free local/STD calls to any operator + unlimited SMSReliance Jio also suffers from another major limitation. As it only offers 4G VoLTE services, Jio cannot be used on 2G and 3G devices. Even 4G devices that do not support VoLTE cannot use Jio’s network for voice calls. One has to download a separate application just to make calls!Idea CellularRs 345/month: 500MB 4G data daily + unlimited voice calls to any operatorIdea’s offer on paper sounds very promising (14GB of data/month at just over 300 bucks!). But in actuality, it offers just 500MB 4G data/day. For regular use like web browsing and checking mails, that data cap is fine, but throw in a few YouTube videos and songs from Gaana, and 500MB data will disappear quite rapidly.And if a person wants to stream a cricket or football match, or just kick back and watch a movie from Netflix on his/her mobile, the 500MB data cap will become a huge bottleneck.The daily data cap conundrumThese plans do not give users the freedom to use their data limit as they wish. In a regular plan, users, if they wish to, can use just 100MB of their data limit in a week, and then consume 2 GB in one go.This kind of freedom is missing in these ‘unlimited’ plans with daily data caps and is a major problem in the author’s opinion.Such plans are fine for users who have a decent Wi-Fi connection at home and rarely use their 4G data for media consumption. For those however, who are dependent on their data connection for YouTube, TV and sports streaming, these plans do not make sense.While this daily data cap problem is applicable to all operators, it effects Idea and Airtel users the most as their effective daily data usage is restricted to just 500MB/day.advertisementAlso Read: Fight to death: Jio, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea battle for your Rs 350
Tata Motors unveils all new RaceMo sportscar at Geneva Motor ShowMaking its world premiere, TAMO, on Tuesday unveiled its start-up innovation – ‘RACEMO,’ a two-seater, Sports Coupe at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show. ‘RACEMO’ is the first in the series of innovations that addresses the challenges driven by the discontinuity and disruption in the automotive industry.India-bound Kia Picanto unveiled at Geneva Motor ShowThe all-new Kia Picanto makes its global premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, bringing a new, more youthful and energetic character to the A-segment. Kia Motors aims to enter India by end of this year with Picanto said to be its first car.All-new Honda Civic Type R debuts at Geneva Motor ShowHonda has revealed the all-new Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, ahead of the model’s European launch in the summer. The new car builds on Honda’s heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment’s ultimate expression of dynamic purity.Aston Martin AM-RB 001 Hypercar unveiled at Geneva Motor ShowThe hypercar being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, formerly identified by its codename AM-RB 001, has now been officially named the Aston Martin Valkyrie.Tata reveals specs of compact SUV Nexon at Geneva Motor ShowTata Motors is lighting up the Geneva Motor Show with multiple launches (including their very own sports car) and the Indian carmaker has now gone ahead and revealed the specifications of the Nexon, their first compact SUV.
Crystal Palace checked Chelsea’s progress towards the Premier League title on Saturday, goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke earning them a shock 2-1 win over their London rivals.Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring for Chelsea, who had not lost at home since September, tapping in from an Eden Hazard cross in the fifth minute.But speedy Palace, who had won their previous three games to climb away from the relegation zone, hit back with two in two minutes, Zaha angling a shot through Chelsea’s defence to equalise and feeding Benteke who chipped home.Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey made a series of fine saves behind a well organised defence to deny waves of attacking moves from the league leaders. The defeat allowed second-placed Tottenham Hotspur to move to within seven points of Chelsea with nine games remaining.LEICESTER SINK STOKEYoung Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi scored a stunning goal to set his side on the road to a fourth Premier League win in a row as they beat Stoke City 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.The 20-year-old Nigerian, who arrived from Belgian side Genk in January, fired a stinging long-range shot into the top right corner to put caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare’s side ahead in the 25th minute.Jamie Vardy needed just two minutes of the second half to double his side’s advantage, rifling the ball home with his right foot from the centre of the penalty area to secure all three points.Leicester climbed to 13th in the table, four places below Stoke.advertisement
HTC, early this year said that they will announce three brand new smartphones by the end of Quarter 1. Well, just to recall back the Taiwanese-based company has already announced two phones out of the three listed, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play and has started working on the third one.If the recent reports surfacing the web are to be believed, HTC with its third phone this Quarter, is going to further strengthen its U series. HTC is reportedly working on the third U series smartphone, codename HTC U. Well, other speculations making rounds on the internet predicts the third HTC phone to be the HTC Ocean. No confirmation by the company on the name yet.Ahead of the launch, several speculations about the rumoured HTC U or HTC Ocean has been making rounds on the internet, giving a rough picture of how the device is going to be, alongside its specifications and more. The HTC U or HTC Ocean is expected to boast touch-sensitive frame, which will be called Edge Sense. By introducing this feature, HTC will allow the users to control actions with gestures.Also Read: Micromax Dual 5 set to launch in India todayIn terms of specification, the upcoming HTC smartphone will come packed with 5.5-inch WQHD display with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Further, the smartphone will be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. While on the camera front, the HTC U or HTC Ocean is going to sport 12-megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX362 sensor, while the front will fit a 16-megapixel selfie shooter with Sony IMX351 sensor.advertisementStorage-wise, the smartphone will come in two storage variant with – 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded via an external microSD card. The third HTC smartphone of the year is going to run on the latest Sense 9 based on Android Nougat. Other speculations suggest that HTC is going to unveil the smartphone with codename HTC U or HTC Ocean by mid or end of April, followed by a global retail release in May.
The folks at nonprofit research and consulting firm Root Cause have released a new report that sheds more light on the motivation behind a donor’s decision-making process. Reinforcing what we learned from the Money for Good study, Informed Giving: What Donors Want and How Nonprofits can Provide It also offers insights on donor preferences on information by type and presentation while offering tips for nonprofits, as well as donors.A few highlights:Giving is personal.“… charitable giving among donors who regularly or sometimes give to new causes/charities is heavily motivated by affiliation and existing donor knowledge of an organization and is somewhat unresponsive to solicitation. As little as 16 percent of donors would respond to solicitation, while an even smaller percentage—5.8 percent—would be motivated to give to an unaffiliated organization of which the donor had no knowledge.”What you can do: Don’t try to blast your message to the “general public” and expect successful results. Tailor your outreach for different segments—different audiences will need different messages to be convinced to give to your cause. Use your nonprofit’s marketing efforts and fundraising materials to make the connection between your work and the affiliations and identities your community cares most about.Donors care about the impact of a potential gift.“When making a charitable donation to a nonprofit, donors are interested in information beyond metrics of financial stability (such as fundraising and overhead costs). As many as 75 percent of donors use information about the nonprofit’s impact, while 63 percent use information about the social issue the nonprofit addresses.”What you can do: In your fundraising appeals, make a clear tie between a donor’s gift and what that donation will accomplish. Make it easy for donors to find information about the results of your work on your website with benchmark reports about your issue area, annual reports, and updates on your programs. Once they’ve found this information, make sure it’s simple to use by presenting your results in easy-to-understand formats like one-page summaries, fact sheets, and graphs.Donors’ research relies on transparency of the nonprofit, peer recommendations, 3rd-party endorsements.“Donors use multiple sources to gather information instead of relying heavily on one particular source: Donors who frequently or occasionally look for information about nonprofits use the nonprofit itself as the most common source (76 percent), followed by friends or family (69 percent), and then independent third-party organizations (54 percent).”What you can do: Provide information about your impact in multiple locations and formats. Include third-party ratings, such as a Charity Navigator or GreatNonprofits badges, in your fundraising appeals, on donation pages, and throughout your website. Encourage your supporters to spread your message by providing them with easy ways to share, recommend, and review your organization.The Informed Giving report also highlights donor preferences on information by type and presentation while offering tips for nonprofits, as well as donors. Get the full report here .
As a freelancer, your taxes can get pretty complicated. Welcome to the labyrinthine world of deductions!Even if you have an accountant prepare your taxes, it’s still a good idea to know what’s possible so you can make sure you’re keeping track of the right expenses. Below is a very basic overview of some of the business deductions freelancers typically take. Remember, every profession and field is different. While all may not apply to you — and you may need to consult a tax professional to determine which do — you’ll at least get a general idea of what’s possible.To make this simpler to follow, we’re going to fill out the forms together, explaining along the way.Access the Freelancers Union Tax Deductions Guide here (it’s free!)
The freelance movement is surging!With more than 53 million Americans now freelancing, there are countless groups, organizations, and companies rising up to meet the needs of this growing workforce — a new infrastructure for the new economy.One common challenge for the new workforce is finding the benefits they need for the lives they want, from healthcare to retirement to dental coverage to liability insurance.Dozens of groups like General Assembly, Elance-oDesk, Lyft and others have already joined with Freelancers Union to form the Freelancer Benefit Network.Members of the network can connect their own members or customers with the curated suite of benefits available on the National Benefit Platform.Why join the Benefits Network?Your group will:Get a co-branded benefits page on our platform (for example, here’s General Assembly’s page)Receive a partner toolkit with educational materials for your groupJoin a network representing over 250,000 freelancers nationwideAre you a member or leader of a group that wants to join the network? Please apply here.
For years the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has been working on a plan to ‘Make American Tennis Great Again’ and on Wednesday it all came together with American women completing a sweep of the US Open quarter-finals.For the first time since 1981 when Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Potter waved the Stars and Stripes, Americans grabbed all four semi-finals berths, guaranteeing one of them will hoist the trophy on Saturday.For years critics have bemoaned the decline of the sport in the United State with ageing stalwarts Serena and Venus Williams grimly hanging on until the next generation arrived.The sweep may be the most promising sign yet that American tennis, at least on the women’s side, has turned the corner and the Williams sisters can rest easy knowing the torch has been passed.It has been a long wait but Madison Keys (22), Sloane Stephens (24), CoCo Vandeweghe (25) are now delivering on their promise and on Saturday one of them could grab a first major if Venus Williams does not add a third US Open title to her collection.Four players from the same country reaching the semi-finals is a rare feat.Not since the 1985 Wimbledon championships when Navratilova, Evert, Zina Garrison and Kathy Rinaldi were the last four has any country swept the semi-finals of a women’s slam.”I can’t tell you how many times I have sat in this chair and had to hear how horrible tennis is in America,” said Keys, following her 6-3 6-3 win over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi on Wednesday that completed the US sweep.advertisement”So this feels really good. The fact that there is going to be two all-American semi-finals, two people in the finals in Saturday, and Sam (Querrey) obviously had a great tournament.”There is lots of young up-and-comers. I think there is a lot of good American tennis to come.”No one is prepared to compare Keys, Stephens and Vandeweghe to Navratilova, Evert and Garrison but the three women have all earned their US Open success.Sidelined for almost a year after undergoing foot surgery last summer, Stephens was ranked outside the top 950 just six weeks ago while Keys missed the first two months of year recovering from wrist surgery.Dropped by her coach after a first round loss at the French Open, Vandeweghe turned to Australian Pat Cash and the partnership has proven a winning one.”It’s a process, everyone has their own path,” said Rinaldi, now the US Fed Cup captain and the USTA’s lead national coach.”The culture has just been so great, the pushing the healthy competitiveness and with Venus and Serena leading the way and being such tremendous role models, they have led the way it is just really exciting to see it come together.”
An insatiable Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona hammered Espanyol 5-0 in a local derby on Saturday to make it three wins from three and take full advantage after Liga champions Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Levante.The Argentine was handed a slice of luck with his first goal, which should have been ruled out for offside, and then showed no mercy to Espanyol, moving on to five goals in three league games as record signing Ousmane Dembele came off the bench in the second half to make his Barca debut.Late goals from Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez completed the thrashing, with Dembele grabbing an assist, laying on the pass for the Uruguayan’s goal.Real, who were still missing talisman Cristiano Ronaldo through suspension, dropped points at home for the second game running as a misfiring Gareth Bale squandered a series of chances and Marcelo was sent off late on.Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid were held to a goalless draw away to Valencia as they missed the presence of suspended striker Antoine Griezmann, while Sevilla warmed up for their Champions League trip to Liverpool by beating Eibar 3-0.AP PhotoAt the Nou Camp Messi put Barca on their way to a routine victory over their struggling neighbours in the 26th minute with a trademark piece of close control in the area and bullet finish into the top corner, although he had received the ball in an offside position.The Argentine struck next from close range, sliding in to meet a Jordi Alba cutback 10 minutes before half-time after the Spain left-back had bombed forward on the break.advertisementMessi completed his treble midway through the second half by finishing off a sweeping team move, lashing home another pass from Alba from inside the area.”Despite the result it wasn’t as easy as it looked. They (Espanyol) always play hard in these games and we came through a difficult game on top,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.”They fought very hard, but we have players like Messi, who scored three goals, and Suarez, who gave everything, just like the rest of the team.”Espanyol have now lost on their last 10 visits to the Nou Camp and although they were grossly mismatched here they were still afforded a couple of chances, both falling to Pablo Piatti, who struck the post in the first half and narrowly missed the target with an attempted chip in the second.SHOCK LEAD Reuters PhotoIn Madrid, Ivan “Ivi” Lopez gave Levante a shock lead in the 12th minute, flicking the ball into the air over Dani Carvajal as he tried to control a long throw-in and volleying into the near corner.The Spanish forward came close to doubling the lead for the newly promoted side from a free kick which whistled past the near post, but Real levelled in the 36th minute when Lucas Vazquez tapped in from close range after Levante goalkeeper Raul Fernandez could only parry a header from Sergio Ramos.Zinedine Zidane’s side have taken five points from their first three league games and are already four points behind Barcelona, their big rivals, with just three games played.
Manchester United are back in their “natural habitat” in the Champions League and are up for the challenge of playing against the best teams in Europe, manager Jose Mourinho said.United had failed to qualify for the Champions League for Mourinho’s debut campaign but their Europa League triumph last season secured a return to Europe’s elite competition.The Old Trafford outfit begin their campaign on Tuesday, hosting Swiss side FC Basel in the opening group stage match.”Being back in the Champions League is going back to the natural habitat. Manchester United (have been there) season after season,” Mourinho told reporters. “Motivation is very high.””We have to try to go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knock-out phase with the best teams in Europe.”The Portuguese boss believes his team are in good form after starting their league campaign with three wins and a draw.Mourinho says he loves the packed Christmas schedule that English teams have and believes they cannot use the busy schedule as an excuse for poor Champions League performances.”We have no winter break, and in other countries there is a winter break, but that’s cultural – it means a lot, and I have to admit I love it,” he added.”But no complaining this is what we have, we have squads and if we think they’re tired we play with other players.”Mourinho also said he was not surprised by the sacking of Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer after just four league games in charge.advertisement”In football, nothing surprises me. I was sacked as a champion, (Claudio) Ranieri was sacked as a champion, Frank de Boer is sacked after four games,” Mourinho said. “Next season something incredible will happen again.”Defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are serving suspensions and will be replaced by Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof at the centre of defence for Tuesday’s game, while midfielder Marouane Fellaini is a doubt as he recovers from a calf injury.
Mumbai, Sep 26 (PTI) Indian Womens Cricket team captain Mithali Rajs remarkable journey will soon be adapted for big screen.Viacom18 Motion Pictures has acquired the rights for biopic on Mithali, who is the highest run-scorer in womens international cricket and the only woman cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run-mark in ODIs.”I am extremely happy on this association with Viacom18 Motion Pictures. Hoping that this movie inspires more people, especially young girls to take up sports as a career,” she said in a statement.Mithali is the first Indian to have lead the womens national team to an ICC ODI World Cup final twice – 2005 and 2017. An Arjuna awardee, she was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2015, Indias fourth highest civilian honour for her contribution in the field of cricket.”Viacom18 Motion Pictures has always been the pioneer in showcasing content with portrayal of strong women characters right from Queen to Kahaani to Mary Kom.”We are proud to be collaborating with the young and inspirational Mithali Dorai Raj, a name single-handedly responsible in bringing about a shift in the way womens cricket team was perceived in our country,” Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures said. PTI SHD SHD