first_imgNew year, new … job search! Follow these six tips to get your job search going for 2012.1. Update your material​It’s the new year, and it’s time for an update – go through your job search material and refresh it. Update your resume with new experience, skills, or information; update your cover letter format to reflect any changes or to include new examples of your accomplishments and goals.​Take your updates online: update your portfolio or website (if you have one) with new projects or new material. Update your blog (again, if you have one) with new material. Update the biographical information on your social networks – Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, especially.​2. Analyze your status​Take a good, hard look at where you’re at in your job search. Have you met your prior goals or objectives? What’s been successful and what hasn’t? Now, turn and look at yourself — have you gained any new skills or experiences? What do you bring to the table for an employer? Is there anything that might be a red flag to a prospective employer? Taking inventory of the current state of your job search and your “employability” will help you figure out what you need to do to get where you want to go.​3. Set new goals​Speaking of getting where you want to go, a new year means new goals! Besides all of the administrative updates to your application materials and online presence, be sure to update your job search goals and objectives for the year. ​Take the information you gained from analyzing your job search status and apply it to your new goals — set goals for what you need to work on, what you want to accomplish, and where you want to be in 2012. Make sure to make your goals realistic. Specific, attainable goals will help keep you motivated during the year.​4. Revamp your plan​You have updated material, a grasp on the status of your job search, and new goals; take these three things and revamp your job search strategy. Every job search needs a plan; this plan isn’t limited to where you want to ​be or what you want to do (i.e., goals), but also includes specific tactics for how to accomplish your goals and a timeline to keep you on track. Update your current plan or start from scratch — either way, it’s important to have a solid sense of direction for your job search, and a good idea of how to get where you’re going.​5. Meet new contacts and keep the oldEx-Girl Scouts may remember the familiar anthem: “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other’s gold.” This applied in your Scout years and now it applies in your job search. Networking is essential at every stage of your job search; to kick-start your 2012 job search, attend networking events, engage on social networks, and reach out to relevant people to build your network and add new contacts.​As important as it is to add new contacts to your network, it’s also important to support the network you already have. Remember, networking is about creating a two-way, mutually beneficial relationship — continue to engage with and help out people in your existing network while building it larger.​6. Try something new​It’s a new year and time for some new approaches to your job search. Think hard: what are some things you haven’t done yet for your job search? Maybe you have yet to build a portfolio, start a blog, set up informational interviews, or jump on the Twitter bandwagon. Pick one or two (or three or four…) tactics you haven’t yet tried in your job search, and make a resolution to try them in 2012. ​Job seekers, how are you jumpstarting your 2012 job search? Let us know below.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Nov 1 (PTI) Nissan Motor India today reported an 88 per cent jump in its domestic sales at 6,108 vehicles in October against 3,246 in the same month a year ago. Nissan Motor India Managing Director Arun Malhotra attributed it to “the continued robust performance of the Datsun redi-Go and the tremendous response to the recently launched redi-Go Sport version.” Nissan has been one of the fastest growing brands in the country throughout the year so far, he said. During the April-October period of current financial year, the Japanese auto major recorded an overall growth of 54 per cent at 35,147 units as compared to 22,180 units in the same period last year, making it one of the fastest growing auto brands in the country. PTI BEN KRK SRK MRlast_img read more

first_imgZimbabwe beat the West Indies by five runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method in Bulawayo on Friday to book a place in Sundays final of the triangular one-day international tournament against Sri Lanka.Rain ended the last round-robin match early after Zimbabwe fought back from a dismal start to post a competitive score and pegged the Windies back to 124 for five in the 28th over when play was halted.Sikander Raza and Tendai Chisoro shared a record ninth-wicket stand of 84 to lift Zimbabwe to 218 for eight off 49 overs after rain had interrupted the early stages of the match.Zimbabwe had been reeling at 63 for five but Raza led a revival and finished 76 not out while number 10 Chisoro made 42 not out off 35 balls. Chisoro removed both West Indian openers in his first two overs before Jonathan Carter (43 not out) led a fight back, thwarted by heavy showers, and ultimately narrowly behind in the run rate.Sri Lankas close-fought win over the West Indies on Wednesday secured their place in the final.last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid will be hoping to return to winning ways in La Liga as they welcome Espanyol to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.After three wins out of three to start the season, Madrid were frustrated by Athletic Club as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.With rivals Barcelona continuing their winning run, they cannot afford to drop more points at home against the Catalans’ neighbours.  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! Madrid boast an enviable record in clashes with Espanyol, but will it be enough to see them past the challenge this weekend? Game Real Madrid vs Espanyol Date Saturday, September 22 Time 7.45pm BST / 2.45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on beIN SPORTS and streamed on beIN SPORTS Connect . US TV channel Online stream beIN SPORTS beIN SPORTS Connect In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown and live-streamed on Eleven Sports. UK TV channel Online stream Eleven Sports Eleven Sports Squads & Team News Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Courtois Defenders Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Reguilon, Sanchez Midfielders Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, M. Llorente, Ceballos, Valverde Forwards Benzema, Bale, Asensio, Mariano, Vazquez, Vinicius Jr After impressing off the bench against Roma, Mariano has an excellent chance of making Julen Lopetegui’s first team on Saturday. Karim Benzema would be most likely to make way as Lopetegui looks to rotate his troops, while Alvaro Odriozola could also start in Dani Carvajal’s place.Confirmed Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Odriozola, Ramos, Varane, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Ceballos; Isco, Asensio, Benzema Position Espanyol players Goalkeepers Roberto, Diego Lopez,  Defenders  Naldo, Duarte, Rosales, Darder, Didac, Melendo, Javi Lopez Midfielders  Perez, Piatti, Roca, Hermoso, Granero, Pedrosa, Sanchez Forwards Borja Iglesias, Léo Baptistao, García. David Lopez is the only absence in Espanyol’s squad for the weekend clash, having failed to recover from injury in time to make the cut.Confirmed Espanyol XI: Diego López; Javi López, Naldo, Hermoso, Dídac; Darder, Marc Roca, Granero; Hernán, Borja Iglesias, Piatti.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are firm favourites to emerge victorious, with  bet365  pricing them at 2/11 to take all three points. Espanyol are considered to be 14/1 shots, with a draw available at 6/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Florenzi Isco Real Madrid Roma Champions LeagueSo far, life without Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo has been better than many at the Bernabeu may have initially feared.Having lost the three-time Champions League winning coach at the end of last season, Madrid moved for Spain’s Julen Lopetegui, who caused untold grief in announcing the decision just days before the World Cup. The move did not work out very well for La Roja, but so far Madrid have barely missed a beat. Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have both stepped up to lead the attack in Ronaldo’s absence and, after an early hiccup against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, things are looking bright for the Merengue. A demonstration of the side’s offensive prowess even without the Portuguese star was glimpsed on Wednesday, when Roma were blown away 3-0 in the Champions League. Mariano, the returning striker whose absence raised eyebrows during the draw with Athletic, jumped off the bench to score his first goal since moving back from Lyon, while Bale and Isco also found the net in a comprehensive victory. Now Madrid must look to keep up the same momentum against Espanyol, who suffered Ronaldo’s wrath more than a few times over the last decade. The Catalans have also started the season positively, sitting pretty in fourth place ahead of the likes of Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla. But the history books are against them for this clash. February’s 1-0 win over Madrid was the first time Espanyol had triumphed in the fixture since 2007, while one must go all the way back to 1996 to find their last victory at the Bernabeu.last_img read more

first_imgDerby County manager Frank Lampard will return to Chelsea in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.The Chelsea great masterminded a penalty shoot-out success at Manchester United on Tuesday, knocking out former Blues mentor Jose Mourinho, and he will now head back to Stamford Bridge.The pick of the fixtures sees Derby, ninth in the Championship under Lampard, travelling to unbeaten Premier League high-flyers Chelsea in the week commencing October 29. 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! Another enticing clash sees West Ham host Tottenham, having sensationally knocked their rivals out at this stage of last season’s competition.Defending champions Manchester City have an all-Premier League meeting with Fulham, while last term’s runners-up Arsenal host third-tier Blackpool.Bournemouth and Leicester City both have home ties, with the latter facing Everton or Southampton.The Blues have been drawn at home to Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the fourth round of the #CarabaoCup ! pic.twitter.com/ZB8HAyPEuf — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 29, 2018  EFL Cup round four draw in full: Manchester City v FulhamBournemouth v Norwich CityArsenal v BlackpoolLeicester City v Everton or SouthamptonWest Ham v TottenhamMiddlesbrough v Crystal PalaceChelsea v Derby CountyBurton Albion v Nottingham Forestlast_img read more

first_imgAustralia secured a 3-0 sweep by quickly wrapping up Pakistan’s second innings for 244 on Saturday, winning the third Test by 220 runs to cap a domination of the series. (Scorecard)Spinner Steve O’Keefe took three wickets for his best Test figures of 3-53, with seamer Josh Hazelwood also taking three in the second innings.Australia needed nine wickets on the last day at the Sydney Cricket Ground and started strongly by removing Pakistan’s form batsman, Azhar Ali, in the first over. Wickets fell regularly as Australia bowled Pakistan out just before tea.Hazelwood (3-29) took the last wicket of Imran Khan to spark on-field celebrations for Australia, which underwent an overhaul and has won four consecutive Tests since ending a five-Test losing streak.David Warner was voted player of the match after his century in the first session in Sydney, the first batsman to achieve the feat in Australia and fifth anywhere. Warner also hit a 23-ball half-century in the second innings, the second fastest 50 in Test history, as Australia chased quick runs ahead of a declaration.Captain Steve Smith was voted player of the series after posting centuries in the first two tests and a half century in the second innings here.Resuming at 55-1 Saturday, it took just six balls for Australia to make the first breakthrough with Hazelwood taken a simple return catch to remove Azhar for 11.It was a disappointing finish for Azhar, who has been Pakistan’s most consistent performer in the series, scoring 406 runs at 80.2; also the highest number of runs by a Pakistan batsman in a test tour in Australia.advertisementHazelwood struck again in his third over, trapping Babar Azam (9) lbw as Australia looked to repeat its final day performance from the second test in Melbourne, where it skittled Pakistan for 163 in just over two sessions to win.The loss of Babar brought Younis Khan to the crease, with the 114-test veteran needing 36 runs to become the first Pakistan player to score 10,000 test runs after an unbeaten 175 in the first innings here.Younis could only manage 13, though, before Lyon (2-100) teased him into a false stroke which was caught by Hazelwood at mid-on. Younis received a warm send-off from the sparse-SCG crowd of 11,000 in what is likely his final test in Australia.Night watchman Yasir Shah showed admirable patience to compile 13 from 91 balls but eventually was out caught by substitute fielder Jackson Bird off O’Keefe to reduce Pakistan to 96-5, still half an hour before lunch.Asad Shafiq made 30 before he played one expansive shot too many and played on to his own stumps for Mitchell Starc’s (1-57) only wicket of the innings, shortly after lunch.Misbah-ul-Haq made 38, his highest score for the series, before lofting a catch to Lyon off O’Keefe in what may be the 42-year-old veteran’s final test innings.With momentum fully in Australia’s favor, Sarfraz Ahmed batted defiantly before he ran out of partners and finished unbeaten on 72.Australia won the first test at Brisbane by 39 runs and the second Test at Melbourne by an innings and 18 runs.The series sweep is a dramatic turnaround for Australia which reached a nadir earlier in the summer when it was humbled by South Africa at Hobart inside three days, including being bowled out for 85 in its first innings, and fell 2-0 behind in the series.Two of the young batsmen rushed into the lineup have made a quick transition to the Test arena. Peter Handscomb scored 344 runs for the series at an average of 114.7, including two centuries, and 20-year-old opener Matt Renshaw top scored in the third Test with 184 before being withdrawn with concussion.last_img read more

first_imgWhile Thursday saw massive protests all across Tamil Nadu in support of bull-taming sport jallikattu, the demonstrations are likely to intensify on Friday. Thousands of locals gathered on the streets across the state to protest in favour of the sport, denouncing the Supreme Court ban.Lawyers are likely to boycott courts, schools, colleges and restaurants. Most commercial establishments are likely to remain shut on Friday in the wake of the protests.Political factions across the country have unanimously declared their support for the sport, while several public figures including actors, lawyers, spiritual gurus and pundits have joined the clarion call in support of the sporting event that has been subject to condemnation by animal rights groups across the nation.HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED SO FAR:Protests in favour of jallikattu swelled on the streets of Tamil Nadu after agitators rejected Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s pleas calling for an end to the protests and the state braced for a shutdown on Friday.Late-night reports indicated that the state government could consider promulgating an ordinance to ensure holding of jallikattu or convene the Assembly for adopting a resolution in its favour.Businesses, theatres, schools and transporters have declared a day-long strike on Friday supporting the demand for immediate permission to allow jallikattu. A growing number of eminent personalities, including chess wizard Viswanathan Anand and music maestro A R Rahman, have come out in support of the bull-taming sport. Rahman has even vowed to sit on a fast on Friday.Chief Minister Panneerselvam, who met PM Modi at his residence in Delhi, told reporters later that the state government in conjunction with the Centre would take steps for holding the event.After the Chief Minister pressed for immediate steps for promulgation of an ordinance, the Prime Minister told him that the Supreme Court was yet to give its verdict on the notification of the government on the issue but the Centre would support any step taken by the state government on the issue.AIADMK also announced its support to the bandh, saying jallikattu had been a traditionally-honoured culture of Tamils. AIADMK legislature wing leader A Anbalagan said Tamil outfits and students and youth wings, who have given the bandh call, sought his party’s support.AIADMK MPs will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday, seeking the Centre’s help to allow conduct of jallikattu, over which protests are raging across Tamil Nadu. All 49 party MPs, including 37 from Lok Sabha, would call on Singh at 12 pm on Friday tentatively.On Thursday, although no major untoward incidents were reported, a student suffered burn injuries in an isolated case during a rail roko agitation. Police said a group of pro-jallikattu protesters stopped the Bangalore Express Train at Salem when one of them came in contact with an electric line and suffered burns.Meanwhile, Reacting to the Supreme Court’s ban on jallikattu, the Congress on Thursday said it was a part of Tamil Nadu’s intrinsic tradition. The party also said people of the state have the right to preserve their traditions. The Congress also said that the central and state government must find an amicable solution to it.Thursday witnessed a huge gathering of students from Tamil Nadu in Delhi demonstrating against the ban on the bull-taming sport. The protesters, led by Tamil lawyers in Supreme Court, took out a march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar raising slogans against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the ban on Jallikattu.On Thursday evening, people took to Marina Beach with their mobile torchlights to mark their protest in the evening.Amid the ongoing protests, DMK party on Thursday announced a statewide rail roko-andolan on Friday.On Thursday evening, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India said that it may take the legal route if the Centre brings an ordinance to enable the conduct of jallikattu.”Our campaign is against cruelty towards all animals. We will consult our lawyers and take a decision if there is an ordinance,” said PETA spokesperson Manilal Valliyate. The animal rights body also claimed that certain native breeds of bulls became extinct because of “white revolution” and “cross-breeding programmes”.With inputs from agencies advertisementAlso read: Banning jallikattu is not the answerJallikattu: May take legal route if Centre brings ordinance to conduct the sport, says PETAJallikattu: Asked PM Modi for emergency law, he gave assurances, says Tamil Nadu CM PanneerselvamAll you need to know about Jallikattulast_img read more

first_imgBrazilian Serie A football club Chapecoense have won their first competitive match since the plane crash in November that killed most of their players and coaching staff.The team affectionately known as Chape overcame Internacional de Lages 2-1 in the first round of the Catarinense state championship at the Conda Arena here on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. (Tears flow as Chapecoense return to action)Commenting on the match, Chapecoense coach Vagner Mancini said: “Our aim was to make the fans feel happy again. To have their support today and feel their affection is very important. The roar after the second goal was intense and gave everybody a lift.””It was an assured performance and we had more chances than Internacional, but in my opinion we were a bit inconsistent. We need more matches to iron out our problems,” he added. (Brazilian club Chapecoense likely to sign 18 to 20 new footballers)As many as 71 people died, including 19 Chapecoense players, when the LaMia plane carrying the Brazilian club’s squad slammed into a hillside near Medellin, Colombia.The tragedy occurred just two days before Chapecoense were due to play Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.last_img read more

first_imgHonda is one of those manufacturers who believe in constant upgradation. No wonder then that the City is one of the ‘most upgraded’ models in India. Every now and then the company refreshes it to keep the charm going and it has done so again. So what does the 2017 City get? Read on.2017 Honda City. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Design:First and foremost it is a mild facelift and not a generation change. So changes are mostly what meet the eye. The new City then comes with a new face which includes a new bumper, a sleeker chrome grille and at the same time LED headlamps with integrated daytime running lights. The wheels are new to and are of the diamond cut variety.2017 Honda City. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)The new City also gets a shark fin type antenna for the radio. The tail lamps also sport LEDs now and there is an option of a trunk lid spoiler as well and that too gets a LED stop light. The City top of the line variant continues to get the one touch sunroof.2017 Honda City. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Features:Inside the dash remains unchanged and comes with the same piano black finish. However what has changed is the infotainment device which is now a substantial bit of kit. It supports, Bluetooth, USB and even has a slot for going HDMI. Apart from that this system also supports Android and Apple operations.2017 Honda City. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Other features included in the new City are auto fold ORVMs and rear AC vents with twin charging points. The City seats continue to be draped in leather and look and feel extremely comfy. There is ample space at the back as well and in the boot too.advertisement2017 Honda City. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Engine:Mechanically there is no change to the City and as a result it continues to be available with the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. Power and torque figures remain unchanged. While the petrol can be had with a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed paddleshift auto, the diesel is only offered with the 6-speed manual.2017 Honda City. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Handling:We laid our hands on the manual petrol and were immediately impressed by its performance. The free revving engine is a joy and a bit of spirit during the drive showcased the superb acceleration of this motor.2017 Honda City. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)The City also continues to be an able handler and corners are easily dealt with while having fun. The steering feels quick and is responsive. At the same time it is light enough for city use. At high speeds to the City feels stable. At the same time tyre noise has reduced and the cabin is a quieter place to be.2017 Honda City. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Verdict:So overall in spite of being a minor upgrade, the new City offers ample for the customer.2017 Honda City. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)ALSO READ: Volvo V90 Cross Country first drive reviewALSO READ: Jeep Wrangler: Not your average JoeALSO READ: Maruti Suzuki Ignis first drive reviewlast_img read more

first_imgHTC’s all new U Ultra and U Play are super-shiny phones with a built-in virtual assistant. While the U Ultra is a top-tier phone with top-tier specs, the U Play is what you can call a humbler offering from the company in question, something on the lines of an HTC Desire. The U Ultra and U Play belong to the first wave of U-smartphones from HTC that represent a new phase in the company’s roadmap.Also Read: HTC isn’t done with smartphones yet and it isn’t scared of Google Here’s a point-by-point breakdown of the HTC U Ultra and the U Play:Specifications:Processor:  The HTC U Ultra is powered by Qualcomm’s top-tier Snapdragon 821 processor (quad-core clocked at 2.15GHz) clubbed with Adreno 530 GPU. The HTC U Play is, meanwhile, powered by a Mediatek Helio P10 processor (octa-core clocked at 2GHz) clubbed with Mali-T860MP2 GPU.RAM: Both the phones come with 4GB of RAM.Internal storage: Both the HTC U Ultra and the U Play come with 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via a microSD card slot.Screen: The HTC U Ultra is a 5.7-inch phone while the U Play maxes out at 5.2-inch. The U Ultra has a 2K Super LCD 5 screen while its secondary display has a 160×1040 resolution. It also gets Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 5. The U play, on the other hand, has a 1080p screen with an older-gen Corning Gorilla Glass up top.Rear camera: The U Ultra sports a 12-megapixel (UltraPixel) rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS, PDAF and a dual-tone flash. The U Play, meanwhile, sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, OIS, PDAF and a dual-tone flash. The U Ultra can do 4K videos, while the U Play maxes out at 1080p.advertisementFront camera: Both the phones come with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.Software: While the U Ultra comes with Android Nougat, the U Play runs Android Marshmallow-based Sense UI.Battery: While the U Ultra is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0, the U Play is backed by a smaller 2,500mAh battery with support for 5V/2A charging.Special features:– Both the phones, come with HTC’s Sense Companion AI which “isn’t only about machine learning, but also an extension of you, the user,” according to the company.– The Sense Companion “can suggest that you dress warmer and leave a little earlier for work if snow is forecast; remind you to take a power bank on longer trips; and even recommend a restaurant when you’re away for the weekend and then book seats for you2. Best of all, it’s made to evolve and get to know you better over time,” HTC adds. The company, however, notes that the “feature will be available for download in early 2017 (via a system update) and may not be pre-installed on the U Ultra and the U Play.”– To make the phones more AI-friendly, HTC has incorporated four always-on low-power microphones inside them, so they can respond to every command. The U Ultra and the U Play also come with a one-of-its-kind biometric voice unlock and control mechanism so users can securely unlock their phone without even interacting with it.– The U Ultra, in addition, also comes with a secondary ticker display above the main screen that is a window to the Sense Companion, according to the company. It is capable of prioritising your top contacts, app shortcuts, event notifications and more, that are then delivered to you in a discreet manner without lighting the screen and also the technology inside learns (and evolves) with time, claims HTC.– The U line-up also comes with a new design. HTC calls it the liquid design and it essentially consists of glass and metal that boasts of an all-around symmetrical bending that reflects light differently when viewed at different angles.– The U Ultra and the U Play also come with sonar-based audio system — called U-Sonic — over headphones that is claimed to deliver true sound that is also capable of adapting to the user. Both the phones come without a regular 3.5mm audio jack and have a single USB Type-C out for charging, data syncing and high-res audio. HTC U Sonic, however, works only with compatible USB-C headphones. The U Ultra, in addition, also supports BoomSound Hi-Fi sound technology.Also Read: HTC U Ultra, U Play are super-shiny phones with a built-in virtual assistant How to buy: The HTC U Ultra and the U Play will be available for buying via both online and offline channels.advertisementIndia price: While the high-end U Ultra has been priced at Rs 59,990, its younger sibling, the U Play will cost buyers Rs 39,990.last_img read more

first_imgBhubaneswar, Mar 8 (PTI) Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched a helpline number 181 for women in distress in Odisha on the occasion of International Women?s Day.Patnaik launched the toll free helpline which will be available 24×7 in all the 30 districts of the state, Patnaik said.The helpline will extend prompt response to women affected by violence, provide information about women-related government schemes and programmes and a range of other services.Lauding the state govenrments efforts to empower women in the state, Patnaik said 50 lakh women have been able to raise their socio-economic condition by becoming part of the women self help groups.More than 25 lakh women have also been benefited by about Rs 1100 crore by availing incentive through Mamata Yojana, a pregnency related welfare scheme of the state government.Patnaik also praised the contribution of women towards states achievement in reducing the IMR and MMR. He said the role of thousands of Anganwadi workers in saving lives of women and children needs to be highlighted.The chief minister, while addressing the state level function on the International Women?s Day, said women of the state have brought laurels in different fields like sports, entertainment, art and culture and others. He said the women of Odisha have now got back their confidence to march ahead to do something good for the society.Patnaik, however, said that women should be aware of different schemes and programmes for them. He felicitated four anganwadi workers, four districts for spectacular work in integrated child development scheme and three organisations for their contribution towards protection of children.advertisementOdishas Biju Kanya Ratna and Mission Shakti have been instrumental for welfare of women and girls in the state, said WCD minister Usha Devi. PTI AAM CR CR SNPlast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers on Friday regained the top spot in the ICC player rankings for One-Day International batsmen after leading the list of run-scorers in the recent series against New Zealand.De Villiers’s 262 runs in the series, including a highest of 85 in the third ODI at Wellington, have helped him overtake Australia opener David Warner at the top of the ladder, reclaiming the top spot within two months of losing it to India captain Virat Kohli, according to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) statement.The 33-year-old batsman is on 875 points, four points ahead of Warner and 23 clear of Kohli.Also watch Sports Wrap: DRS storm overshadows India’s victory, Barcelona create historyAmong other batsmen, England’s Joe Root and Alex Hales are major gainers as they have reached career-best rankings.Root has reached fourth spot after scoring 195 runs including 101 in the final match in Bridgetown against West Indies while Hales, who knocked up 110 in the same match, his fifth century in the last 20 ODIs, has gained four spots to reach 16th position.Other batsmen to make upward movement include the New Zealand pair of Martin Guptill (up two places to seventh rank) and Ross Taylor (up two places to 14th).In the bowlers rankings, South Africa’s Imran Tahir led the table while his team-mate Kagiso Rabada has broken into the top five for the first time after taking eight wickets in four matches against New Zealand.Rabada has leapfrogged England’s Josh Hazlewood and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.advertisementEngland all-rounder Chris Woakes’s seven wickets against the West Indies helped him break into the top 10 for the first time as he has moved up nine places to ninth slot while his team-mate Liam Plunkett’s 10 wickets in the series have helped him move up 36 places to 23rd rank.last_img read more

first_imgChanging course from yesterday’s post, today I’m going to talk trendy. Trendwatching is out with its 10 hot consumer trends to watch in 2013, and they are worth sharing. I’ve listed each trend along with what I think it means for nonprofits. But don’t forget the basics as you consider these shiny new developments!1. Presumers and Custowners: Consumers are interested in participating in the funding, launch and growth of (new) products and brands that they love. So try testing crowdfunding, friends to friends fundraising and a spirit of partnership with your supporters in the new year.2. Emerging Squared: We’re seeing a reversal of the old trends of developed markets catering to emerging ones, and emerging markets increasingly provide products and services to developed markets. How is this international trend affecting your work? Is there an opportunity to weave this economic force into your programs overseas to speed up the pace of change?3. Mobile Moments: Consumers will be doing everything on their mobile devices. 2013 is the year you must make it easy for your supporters (and those you serve) to engage with you on their smartphones.4. New Life Inside: Eco-products will go from being something you can recycle to something that you can plant. Apparently it’s the year to put seeds in everything from chopsticks to pencil stubs. And even Molson Canada beer coasters are made of seed paper. They grow into a tree when you plant them. I smell corporate cause marketing partnerships for green organizations! But move fast, I expect this is a trend that will come and go quickly.5. App-scriptions: Doctors and hospitals will certify and curate health apps as part of care. Why not you, too? If you help people with health conditions, maybe there should be an app for what you do – certified by professionals.6. Celebration Nation: Emerging market products will celebrate and spotlight national and cultural heritage. How can you partner with companies to highlight the international cultures you champion?7. Data My-ning: Says Trendwatching, “To date, the ‘big data’ discussion has focused on the value of customer data to businesses. In 2013 expect savvy shoppers to start reversing the flow, as consumers seek to own and make the most of their lifestyle data, and turn to brands that use this data to proactively offer customers help and advice on how to improve their behavior and/ or save money.” I think there is an opening for charities to use this to promote behavioral changes – and giving.8. Again Made Here: Trendwatching predicts more local manufacturing in established markets like the US, driven by niche marketers, the green movement and on-demand ordering. New local partners and cause marketing possibilities, perhaps?9. Full Frontal: Brands can’t just be transparent, they have to aggressive about it. As they are increasingly held accountable, there is a real opening for do-gooders to pressure companies to be responsible corporate citizens and ethical cause marketers.10. Demanding Brands: Brands will also turn the tables and encourage consumers to step up and do good. Another great opportunity for partnerships in 2013!last_img read more

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.What freelancer has not f’ed up royally? None of us. Hopefully we have learned from those huge mistakes. But still, there are times when all I want to do is backpedal backpedal backpedal. It feels like I’m stuck and helpless and there is no way out.But here’s the thing: it takes a lot of guts to accept that you failed miserably. So if you’ve failed recently, accept it and then pat yourself on the back padre! Finding one‘s balance in a storm of so-called failure can be tricky. Here are some tricks I use to navigate out of it and into the sunshine. I hope they can help you as well.1. Mourn itInstead of doing what most politicians do (keep going and pretend that nothing has happened), why not sit down and really mourn it. Express your sorrow, grieve, lament. Feel what you gotta feel. But put a time limit on it.Give yourself a day or two (preferably a weekend) and cry your eyes out, scream at the wall, punch your mattress. Then, just as for anything that passes, create a ceremony around it. Just like Burning Man in the Nevada desert, why not incinerate the very thing that caused the drama? To seal the deal, email your client with an apology and wish him or her well.It may sound a bit crazy, but you will feel tremendous relief afterwards like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders. Next…2. Learn from itWhat was the big lesson to learn from this experience? Was it to keep your mouth shut? Was it to not get too emotional in negotiations? Was it (on the other hand) to fight harder for your position? I don’t know the ins and outs of what you do and how you fell flat on your face, but I do know that when things like that happen, there’s always some benefit. Asking yourself, “What can I learn from this?” is a very mature perspective and always leads you in the direction of expansion and abundance.3. Move onIn order to move on, you need to take action. So why not hustle your buns off to get back on top. Now this could take a couple of weeks or it could take months. The main thing is, keep your eyes on the prize.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberDo small things that give you tiny bursts of success in business, as well as your private life. For me, I love reaching out to new people. To feel a small success in business, I reach out to someone on Twitter and start a conversation. Cooking also gives me a small feeling of success in my private life. I’m hungry, I cook something, I eat it, I’m happy. What small successes can you treat yourself to in order to make you feel good about yourself and your freelance business? It could be anything.Sometimes the small successes hold the big results.At the end of the day, this too shall pass. No one could walk the day they were born, so why not look at your blunders as small stumbles along the long journey you take as a successful freelancer. Here’s to embracing failure wholeheartedly and coming out of the storm with sunshine on your shoulders.Jonathan Tilley writes and speaks about The Creative Process and helps creative people transition into successful creative freelancers and entrepreneurs at JonathanTilley.com. Watch Jonathan’s video, “How to Embrace Failure,” here.last_img read more

first_imgSpanish club Villarreal have sacked coach Fran Escriba after a poor start to the season including a 4-0 defeat by Getafe on Sunday.Escriba was dismissed on Monday with Villarreal 14th in the La Liga standings after six games in which they also lost to Levante and Real Sociedad, drew with Espanyol and beat Real Betis and Alaves.”Villarreal have decided to terminate the contract of Fran Escriba as first-team coach,” the club said in a statement. “In the coming hours, the club will name who the new Villarreal coach will be.”Villarreal were promoted to Spain’s top flight in 1998 and 10 years later finished runners-up to Real Madrid in their best league campaign.The team nicknamed “Yellow Submarine” suffered a shock relegation in 2012 but were immediately promoted the following year and have played in the Europa League each season since.Escriba was appointed in August, 2016 and in May renewed his contract to the end of this season.last_img read more

first_img(Eds: Correcting a word in para 3)New Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) A Delhi government decision will bring cheer to national and international-level sportspersons in the national capital soon.The government has drafted a policy under which their training, travelling and other expenses would be fully borne by it, according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Speaking at an event, Kejriwal said there was no dearth of youths who can earn medals in sports, but their efforts were constrained by facilities and governments assistance.”If they are provided governments assistance and resources, they can do much more,” he said.”In next one or two months, the Delhi government will introduce a policy under which if youths earn a medal at national or international-level, government will bear their expenses, like training, food, travelling,” he said.Kejriwal said a draft of the policy has been prepared and this programme will benefit the youths of rural areas.”At present, these youths cannot do much more due to the dearth of resources. With this policy, they will be benefited a lot,” he said, without elaborating the policy.The Delhi government is also planning to set up a Sports University to ensure sportspersons could simultaneously pursue and complete academic qualifications while pursuing sports careers. PTI BUN ABH DIPlast_img read more

first_imgIndian tennis superstar Sania Mirza is celebrating her 31st birthday today and wishes have been pouring in for the Hyderabadi from all over the world.Mirza was ranked world No. 1 in women’s doubles tennis at the beginning of the year and will finish 2017 as the 9th-ranked player.The 31-year-old is currently nursing a knee injury and would soon take a call on whether a surgery is needed or not.”It was tough year with partners getting injured, but I have a bit of a knee injury now. I have been off for about a month. I have couple of weeks to rest, just trying to get used to, I have to see if I need to have a surgery or not. (I have) a little bit of problem,” Sania said on the sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours.She added, “But all in all I still finished close to top 10, so I am happy with the year.”This year hasn’t been the best for Mirza as she managed to win just one title which came at the Brisbane International with Bethanie Mattek-Sands as her women’s doubles partner.She fell just short and was the runners-up at the Miami Open, Sydney International in women’s doubles while losing the Australian Open mixed doubles final with Ivan Dodig.Mirza’s husband and former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik led the wishes on Twitter.Heres to wishing my beautiful wife a magical birthday. Missing you ?? pic.twitter.com/4lmwUMwoa1- Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) November 14, 2017Happy Birthday @MirzaSania ?º Much love, happiness and success to you!! Have a fab one champion ???advertisement- Kajal Aggarwal (@MsKajalAggarwal) November 15, 2017Happppppy bdayyyyy my loveeeeee!!!! You are the bestest best girl in the worldd. What would I do without our real, no strings attached friendship? Its too rare to find in this industry. I LOVE YOU. Ok now send me cake thanks haan ?????? @MirzaSania pic.twitter.com/nqyaZ6GItS- Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) November 15, 2017i will b there anywhere 4 u..even if it means sleeping on the couch in noisy clubs ???.. lov u more than ul know.. @MirzaSania happy bday ?? pic.twitter.com/jq1UNWSOwX- Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) November 15, 2017Dearest @MirzaSania – keep shining -you are one of the reasons why the Indian flag ???? flies so high. Happy Birthday ???-have a great great day & a fabulous year ahead. pic.twitter.com/McwCPEJ8cn- Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) November 15, 2017Happy birthday my favourite girl @MirzaSania … go conquer the world , like u have been! ????????? pic.twitter.com/zBAqQ192Ku- Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) November 15, 2017A very happy birthday to the tennis star of the country. May the day be as precious as your contribution towards sports for India @MirzaSania #SaniaMirza- Rajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) November 15, 2017last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 14 (PTI) Racing against time to qualify for next months Winter Olympics, alpine skier Himanshu Thakur is stranded at the Frankfurt airport and is awaiting Iranian visa clearance for a qualifying event in Darbandsar.Himanshu, who finished 72nd in the giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Olympics four years ago, needs a score of 140 points or below in five races to qualify for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang from February 9 to 29.The 24-year-old has got the required score in four races but needs to record 140 or less in one more race before the January 21 cut-off date.If he doesnt make the Darbandsar Ski Resort in Iran for the two-day event starting tomorrow, his chances of making the cut for Olympics are as good as over.His sister Aanchal, who won Indias first international medal in skiing earlier this week, today to took to social media seeking government help for her brother.She has written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is known for her prompt help.”My brother Himanshu Thakur has tomorrow last chance to qualify for Winter Olympics 2018. I kindly request honble PM @narendramodi, foreign minister @SushmaSwaraj, sports minister @Ra_THORe,chief minister HP. @jairamthakurbjp to help him in granting arrival visa in Tehran,Iran,” she posted on Twitter tagging the Prime Minister, Swaraj, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.According to Roshan Thakur, father of Himanshu and Aanchal, his son is staying put at Frankfurt airport with coach Hira Lal in hope that he gets the necessary visa clearance to board the flight to Tehran.advertisement”They have got the visa approval but it is not stamped on their passports. Therefore, they were not allowed to board the flight to Tehran after they reached Frankfurt from Iceland,” he said.”We are keeping our fingers crossed,” said Roshan, who also happens to be the secretary of the Winter Games Federation of India. PTI BS SSC BSlast_img read more

first_imgMonaco, Jan 24 (PTI) Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch is to host the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards here on February 27.The 2018 Awards in Monaco will be the third time Benedict has hosted the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards, having previously hosted the 2014 Awards in Kuala Lumpur and the 2015 ceremony in Shanghai.The globally-recognised actor has appeared in a series of highly respected film and TV dramas in recent years, including his famous role as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock, playing Alan Turing in The Imitation Game as well as a role in Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave.Benedict is also acclaimed for his performance as Julian Assange in the Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate and as the Dragon Smaug, in Peter Jacksons The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.The 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards will celebrate sporting success and achievement over the past calendar year, while also recognising the true value sport can have in uniting communities and acting as a positive force for change.”As an actor, I am asked to play a variety of characters, from legendary detective, a master of the mystic arts or an enigma code-breaking genius. None of those characters though have helped me discover who the winners will be at this years Laureus Awards,” Cumberbatch said.”All of the nominations are fantastic and, along with a stunning Monaco location, home of the Formula One Grand Prix, I know its going to be a very special night.” PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

first_imgChina borderNew Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) Twenty years after its tableau rolled down the Rajpath, the ITBP will return with its float in the Republic Day parade showing troops patrolling the China border on their newly-inducted snow scooters.The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is the only one among the multiple paramilitary and border guarding forces that will have a tableau in the parade.Armed troops riding snow scooters, provided by the government to the ITBP last year as part of modernising the force, troops patrolling on foot and snow bunkers of the ITBP personnel deployed in the icy heights of the frontier have been showcased on the float.It will also be accompanied by a small marching contingent of personnel wearing winter clothing. The personnel will also be shown negotiating dangerous hilly crevasses and treacherous ice slopes.”The tableau will showcase high-altitude Himalayan borders, snow terrain, achievements in mountaineering, river rafting and adventure sports, latest clothing equipment among others,” an ITBP spokesperson said.The float will roll down the Rajpath with the tune of the force song Hum Sarhad Ke Senani, in the vocals of singer Sonu Nigam, playing.The last time the tableau of the ITBP featured in the parade was in 1998.That float was about mountaineering and adventure sports only but this time the ITBP tableau will showcase arms, equipments and regular duties rendered by the force in safeguarding the border which has seen a number of standoffs between the Indian and Chinese forces recently.”The hard life of the ITBP jawans is also depicted through the tableau,” a senior official said.advertisementThe mountain-warfare trained force has conducted a record 208 mountaineering expeditions over the years as part of its skill training.The ITBP, under the command of the Union home ministry, is deployed from the Karakarom Pass in Jammu and Kashmir to Jechap La in Arunachal to guard the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) across 5 states.Its border posts are located at altitudes ranging from 3,000-19,000 feet. PTI NES ASK ASKlast_img read more