first_imgAccording to Deloitte analysts, “companies will face a tsunami of defections, just as they are working to rebuild their workforces and take advantage of the recovery. And while a certain amount of voluntary turnover is inevitable, there are steps organizations can start taking now to hold onto their top talent and keep future turnover to a manageable level in the upturn.” This comes from a recent Deloitte press release that takes on the debate of whether an economic upturn will create employee retention issues.Deloitte Reviews – Glassdoor ReviewOne recent  Deloitte review from a staff auditor in Tampa, FL offers some compelling feedback that we selected as the July review of the month (author will get $500)Starting with the employee’s advice to senior management:“You may pull out all the stops as an audit team, meet all the budgets and deadlines, and cut your fees, but what good is it if you are always losing staff, seniors, and managers to better-paying, less stress, and overall better job satisfaction roles?”“Focus on the individuals that make the company great through their own personal sacrifices and I truly believe that will work its way up through the company and the business will grow itself.”However that said, it looks like a career at Deloitte may arm employees with the ‘right’ tools to take on any job or business discussion. The reviewer comments, “If nothing else from this career, you will (or at least should) learn to speak clearly, concisely, and confidently to anyone of the business world.”This comment strikes a chord given that the recent Deloitte press release  notes, “There are top performers and critical workforce segments that have the skills to succeed anywhere, and will likely be poached once the economy improves.”Perhaps a little bit of extra gratitude will keep these employees committed to the company given that the Glassdoor reviewer points out, “At the end of the engagement or deadline, I believe some form of benefit or anything beyond a passing ‘thanks’ should be given to the team.”But be prepared to do what it takes to get to that all-mighty role in the business world. The review notes, “D&T emphasizes work-life balance and also commitment to the client. However, at the end of the day, the client commitment will always win. Whatever deadline is set will always be met by the audit team, and the team is always forced to do whatever is necessary (which is fair, it is a job).”Any other Deloitte employees have perspective? What’s working at Deloitte and what needs improvement? You can complete your own review here.last_img read more

first_imgPresident Obama signed an order Wednesday afternoon that extends dependant care rights and other benefits to the partners of gay federal employees. That means the federal government has joined the increasing number of employers across the country who provide equal benefits to domestic partners (which are often unmarried opposite sex or same sex partnerships) of their employees.With this step forward for government jobs, we were curious which private-sector employers offer domestic partner benefits. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) provides a list of private companies that offer such – more than 8,600 businesses are listed. HRC reports that in 2008, 39% of Fortune 1000 companies and 83% of Fortune 100 companies offer partner benefits. For example, Expedia (Fortune 699; 3.4 Company Rating) offers comprehensive health benefits to: opposite-sex spouses, same-sex partners and opposite-sex partners. To top it off, the benefits package at Expedia is frequently noted as a ‘Pro’ among the company reviews on Glassdoor. In fact, close to 20% of Expedia company reviews favorably comment on the benefits offered by the organization.While Glassdoor is not on the Fortune 1000 list – yet – we were disappointed there wasn’t a public list to promote our domestic partner benefits and figured there are many smaller companies in the same boat.  Does your company offer domestic partner benefits and is not included on the HRC website? We’d love to help you promote the benefit to prospective employees.  Let us know by commenting on this post or tweeting @glassdoordotcom. Please be sure to provide the employer name, URL and the location of the headquarters.  Our hope is greater transparency will help contribute to equal rights for all.last_img read more

first_imgI’ll say it over and over until you want to smack me around (I can hear you now “Too late!”): getting a recruiter on your side is critical to landing your dream job. And as we talked about last week, if you want to get a recruiter on your side you need to earn their trust. A recruiter is like your agent. You want them to use their credibility with a hiring manager to influence a positive outcome for you.How do you build trust with a recruiter? We’ll review a number of tips over the coming weeks, but here is the way you need to start: ASK QUESTIONS! First, please, take a risk and shut-up. It may be the hardest thing for a candidate to do, but talking too much is always a bad idea. I call it “Talking Your Way Out of a Job.” It happens all the time, with great candidates blathering away, boring the recruiter. The recruiter ends up convinced of one thing and one thing only: I can’t possibly put this person through to the hiring manager. I’ll look like an idiot!In short, no trust!Candidates think that they have to sell themselves by having a great pitch. But it is hard to talk your way to trust. Better to ask lots of questions, listen to the answers and then show you were listening by asking questions about what you just heard.I advise candidate to ALWAYS start a conversation with a recruiter with the following question “Would you mind if I took a minute to ask you some questions about the job?”Recruiters spend their days listening to people instruct them: where to look for candidates, what qualifications matter most, what the business needs and what is unique and special about every candidate. Most recruiters start their day expecting to be talked at constantly and rarely end up disappointed. So I guarantee that you will blow a recruiter’s mind if you ask them for permission to get their opinion.Now that you have the recruiter’s attention, take the next step. Say the following: “I have read the job description, but I would like to know you opinion about what is the most important qualification for this job.”Again, the recruiter’s mind will spin with delight “Wow! First the candidate wants my permission to ask questions, and then they want my opinion! I can’t believe it!” Step two to build trust.And now, for the final killer stroke. Whatever the recruiter tells you, ask “Why?”  As in “Why does the recruiter think that that particular qualification is so important?”This three step process (May I, What, Why?) will always build trust with a recruiter. At the very least the recruiter will believe that you are interested in their opinion. And a good recruiter understands that only engaged, intelligent people ask serious questions. Ironically, questions (an admission of ignorance) builds trust in your experience, confidence and intelligence.So if you want to win the job, start by being ignorant.Next Week: Study the bio.last_img read more

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to use DRS on a trial basis during the five-match Test series against England starting November 9. The board approved the move to evaluate the improvements made to the system over a period of time.In the meeting with the ICC and the Hawkeye officials, the improvements made to the system were further evaluated by the BCCI team, who were satisfied that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by BCCI over a period of time, were addressed to a significant extent. The significant changes, which have been effected, include: The introduction of ultramotion cameras will address issues with regard to calculating the predictive path which allows the ball tracking, to be more accurate.Manual intervention to set the impact point has been controlled by the introduction of the Ultra edge, which has been approved by MIT and will help in determining the frame of impact.Ultraedge also ensures that post impact balls do not affect the predicted path or impact point and hence the accuracy has been improved.Earlier, there was a possibility that the operator would have missed a delivery and hence a LBW appeal could have been missed. Now, Hawkeye has developed the technology to record and save all images so that in case an operator fails to arm the tracking system, the images can be rewound and replayed.Basis the recommendation from BCCI, additional cameras have been installed so that there is redundancy and also provide 100% reliable spin vision for DRS. Anurag Thakur, President of BCCI, who was present throughout the presentation stated, “We are happy to note that Hawkeye has institutionalised all the recommendations made by BCCI, and we confirm that this improved version of DRS will be used on a trial basis during the forthcoming series against England and based on the performance of the system and the feedback that we will receive, further continuation in forthcoming series will be decided. We recognise the enhanced role of technology in sport and BCCI will lead such initiatives in coming days, and enrich the viewer experience.  Ajay Shirke, Hony. Secretary of BCCI said, “With MIT endorsing the enhancements made in the system on the basis of recommendations made by the BCCI, we are convinced that such technology should be utilised in supporting correct decision making. While recognising that improvements in technology are ongoing, BCCI will continue to include any and all such path breaking interventions, to further the cause of the sport.”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBhopal, Nov 23 (PTI) Madhya Pradesh government is organising the second “Jal-Mahotsava”- on Hanuwantiya island in the backwaters of Punasa Dam in Khandwa district from December 15.Two house boats for visitors will be the special feature of this month-long tourist festival, a MP State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) official said, adding that online booking for the event has started on www.jalmahotsav.com.Various events like water sports, island camping, adventure activities – hot air ballooning, para sailing, para motors, star gazing, water skiing, jet skiing, water Burma bridge, artificial climbing wall, bird watching, trekking, treasure hunt and night camping will be other added attractions.More than 100 islands have come up in the backwaters of the Punasa dam, which is one of the biggest reservoirs in Asia.The Island formation starts from Hanuwantiya, which is surrounded by backwaters of dam on river Narmada from three sides.In February this year, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had also organised a cabinet meeting in a cruise boat at Hanuwantiya in a bid to promote water tourism at the site.The first Jal-Mahotsava for 10 days was organised in February this year. PTI MAS LAL DK IKA BASlast_img read more

first_imgBallon d’Or season is in full swing, and the nominations have been revealed!It is 10 years since Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo first won the award, marking the start of an unprecedented duopoly between the Portuguese and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.The last winner outside of the superhuman pair is Kaka, the Brazilian playmaker who won the prize in 2007. 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! Defender Fabio Cannavaro was victorious in 2006, while Ronaldinho, Andriy Shevchenko and Pavel Nedved were successful in 2005, 2004 and 2003 respectively.The last English winner was Michael Owen in 2001, but Ronaldo and Messi have established a stunning stranglehold, winning five each.Only Michel Platini, Johann Cruyff and Marco van Basten have won three of the awards, while Germany duo Franz Beckenbauer and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Brazil’s Ronaldo, Spain’s Alfredo Di Stefano and England’s Kevin Keegan have won two apiece.It remains to be seen, however, if Ronaldo or Messi will be successful again this year, after Luka Modric won the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year award. The winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or will be announced in Paris on December 3 by France Football.Take a look at all 30 of nominees in Goal ‘s slide list!last_img read more

first_imgKylian Mbappe spared France’s blushes as he inspired the world champions to come from 2-0 down to rescue a late 2-2 draw at home to Iceland on Thursday.Didier Deschamps’ men were not at the races for long periods and appeared destined for a deserved defeat, but up stepped Mbappe – a second-half substitute – to ensure they did not suffer a first loss since March.France showed off their World Cup trophy in Guingamp this week, but Iceland showed no signs of intimidation and took the lead after half an hour through Birkir Bjarnason. 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! Things got even worse after half-time when Kari Arnason beat Hugo Lloris to make it 2-0, but Mbappe forced a Holmar Eyjolfsson own goal in the 86th minute and then netted a penalty four minutes later to seal a dramatic draw.FT: It didn’t look like it was going to happen, but the match ends in a 2-2 draw, following a late and hard-fought comeback by Les Bleus. #FiersdetreBleus #FRAISL pic.twitter.com/H9T67bIh3v— French Team (@FrenchTeam) October 11, 2018France did not craft a genuine chance until the 28th minute, when Florian Thauvin blasted Ousmane Dembele’s cut-back over from 16 yards.Two minutes later, France were trailing.Alfred Finnbogason robbed Presnel Kimpembe in the corner and he subsequently picked out Bjarnason on the edge of the area to coolly slot into the bottom-right corner.Iceland should have got another soon after, but Lloris somehow kept them at bay, saving Ragnar Sigurdsson’s header before denying follow-up efforts from Bjarnason, Finnbogason and Runar Sigurjonsson in quick succession.The away side doubled their lead just before the hour, as Arnason met Gylfi Sigurdsson’s fine corner with a towering header.But Mbappe soon took over, producing a brilliant turn before shooting from a tight angle and the ball found the net via Hannes Halldorsson and Eyjolfsson.The Paris Saint-Germain forward then found the top-left corner with a penalty after Kolbeinn Sigthorsson handled a corner, denying Iceland a famous win. What it means: Mbappe is France’s main man alreadyFrance looked blunt in attack until Mbappe came on. The teenager took the game by the scruff of the neck and stamped his authority like no one else when the rest of his team did not look particularly interested, highlighting his brilliant attitude.Sigurdsson takes the leadEverton star Sigurdsson showed his leadership qualities and importance to Iceland yet again, as he dragged his team forward. His passing was unrivalled in the Iceland team, he claimed an assist and he made something out of lost causes.Kimpembe struggles in auditionPSG’s Kimpembe was given the chance to play from the start, but he failed to impress. Chief among his poor decisions was optimistically dropping to the floor in search of a free-kick when tackled by Finnbogason for the first goal.What’s next?Both sides are in Nations League action next week. France host Germany on Tuesday, while Iceland welcome Switzerland to Reykjavik on Monday. read morelast_img read more

first_imgMichael Carrick insists it is “definitely not the case” that Manchester United’s slow start to 2018-19 is down to players not caring about results.With Jose Mourinho having seen pressure piled on his shoulders during an inconsistent opening to the current campaign, it has been suggested that some of those at his disposal have given up.Amid the talk of change, accusations that some senior stars want a new face in the dugout have provided an unwelcome backdrop to a testing run which has the Red Devils sat eighth in the Premier League. 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! Carrick is disappointed to have seen such talk surface, with Mourinho’s right-hand man adamant that everybody at Old Trafford continues to give their all for the good of the collective cause.He told Sky Sports when asked about the effort being put in by an underperforming squad: “As a player at United the expectation is there, the scrutiny is there and nowadays every little move you make people jump on it and judge it.“The lads are human beings who make mistakes. It’s too easy to throw out a player is not trying. It’s definitely not the case.”United certainly appeared to have the stomach for a fight when heading into the international break on the back of a dramatic 3-2 victory over Newcastle which saw them battle back from two goals down.That result helped to silence some of Mourinho’s critics and Carrick, who is filling a first coaching post since hanging up his boots, is delighted to still be in a position to learn from the Portuguese.Jose Mourinho Michael Carrick Manchester UnitedHe said of the man at the Old Trafford helm: “He’s been fantastic with me.“The situation I’m in at the moment, my first job after being a player so there’s a huge element of learning and trying to soak up as much as I can to improve myself. But at the same time I’m there to do a job and there’s a responsibility there.“He’s been great with me. He’s given me plenty of things to do and at the same time he’s trying to help me develop. I couldn’t have asked any more of him.”Mourinho is still trying to repair the damage done at United by his predecessors, with the Red Devils having struggled to rebuild in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.David Moyes was the first to fail in that task, with Carrick admitting that the Scot inherited an almost impossible job.The ex-England international said: “It was going to be tough for anyone. It was always going to be tough because the club was so set in its ways and so stable with Sir Alex and David Gill being chief executive for so many years.“With them leaving together, there was always going to be change in some way and it was just how it was dealt with. The whole thing just got unsettled and unfortunately that season it just didn’t work for us.“As players, I’m the first one to blame myself. Before you blame anyone else you’ve got to look at yourself. It’s just frustrating and you think all that work you’ve put in for so long to establish that and then it can be affected so quickly.”United’s class of 2018 are set to return to domestic action on Saturday with a trip to Chelsea, before then taking in a Champions League reunion with Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus side. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgErnesto Valverde admits it would be a surprise if Lionel Messi misses out on a place among the final three nominees for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.Reports emerged in Spain this week to suggest France Football’s prize will go to Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, with Cristiano Ronaldo second and Antoine Griezmann third.If true, it would mark the end of Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year dominance of the award and the first time the Argentina star has not been in the final three since 2006. 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! Barcelona head coach Valverde agrees it would be strange to see the 31-year-old failed to be recognised for his form.”Messi was the best player in the first week, second week and fifth week of the Champions League [this season],” he told a news conference. “He must have played really badly in the third and fourth week, then… Ah, no, he was injured!”What can we say? We can congratulate the players who are. It is a little bit strange, but there you are.”Barca resume their La Liga title defence on Sunday against Villarreal looking to end a two-game winless run, but recent injuries to Samuel Umtiti, Luis Suarez, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha and Arthur have left the squad looking stretched.Valverde hopes to have Thomas Vermaelen and Arthur back to full fitness soon but would not rule out possible January signings to cover for the absence of Umtiti.”Until the window comes along, we have to go along with what we have,” he said. “We’ll see how Samuel Umtiti’s injury develops and we hope he’ll come back sooner rather than later. We don’t really know if we’ll have to go to the market or not. There are many things we need to assess between now and then. We’ll see. We’ve got time. “We have to define these things this month. We’re coming into January. Umtiti is being very closely monitored but we know there’s a winter transfer window coming up. We can’t wait five months for a decision like that; we need a strong team. But we’re pretty sure we’ll get Umtiti back before the end of the season. “It’s the worst thing to happen to a coach because it’s something you can’t control. It seems a lot of injuries have come at the same time. Sometimes, they’re more spread out; sometimes they seem to happen at once. It means you’re keener than ever for the players to get over them. We just regained some players, like [Ivan] Rakitic, [Philippe] Coutinho, we should have others back very shortly.” The game at Camp Nou will be Valverde’s 400th in La Liga as a head coach, with the 54-year-old going in search of his 183rd win. “It’s a lot!” he said. “When you’re coaching, you don’t count the games. It’s a round figure and a big one. It means I’m probably nearer the end than the start.”last_img read more

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer would have been “last on the list” of potential Manchester United managers from the club’s 1999 Treble-winning squad, claims Dwight Yorke.The Norwegian provided the finishing touch for the Red Devils during the most memorable of campaigns under Sir Alex Ferguson.It was his late goal which secured Champions League success over Bayern Munich in dramatic circumstances, with that prize added to Premier League and FA Cup crowns. 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! He was famed for his hard work and selfless attitude during a productive playing career, but was not considered to be a natural fit for coaching at the highest level.Solskjaer has, however, returned to Old Trafford as successor to Jose Mourinho – having enjoyed considerable success in his homeland with Molde – and has helped United to rediscover their spark during a run of five consecutive victories.Yorke told The Sun of the impact being made by a former team-mate: “If you had asked me to look around that dressing room and pick out someone who would one day manage Manchester United, Ole would have been last on my list. He was so quiet.“I thought the job he had with the youth and reserve players at United was him – nice guy, bringing along the next generation.“But what he has done is amazing, you cannot fault it.“I knew this team was not 19 points worse than Manchester City as they were last season, or that much worse than Liverpool. No chance, not with the quality there is in this squad.”Paul Pogba Marcus Rashford Manchester United vs Bournemouth Premier League 2018-19Solskjaer has been asked to salvage a season which was going nowhere under Mourinho, with the Red Devils back in the hunt for a top-four finish and daring to dream of a brighter future.Yorke added: “Manchester United is a very special club, the biggest in the world. You cannot just forget and discard what made it that way – and Ole is getting us back there.“He has given the club that connection again, a connection that should never be lost.“I look at how they play now and it reminds me of how we played. The players are enjoying it all again.“If Ole keeps on going like this and maybe wins a trophy he should get the job, why not?”Solskjaer’s claims to a permanent appointment will likely be shaped by results against fellow Premier League heavyweights, with his first experience of such an encounter set to arrive on Sunday when United take in a trip to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgLeicester City have appealed to the Football Association (FA) against the referee’s decision to dismiss striker Jamie Vardy during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City in the Premier League.The 29-year-old, who was the club’s top-scorer last season, was shown a straight red card in the 28th minute by Craig Pawson for a two-footed tackle on Mame Diouf. (Also read: Premier League: Leicester sneak out with a draw at Stoke, Middlesbrough hammer Swansea)”The Club has subsequently made its case for an instance of wrongful dismissal and expects to hear the outcome of the appeal in the coming days,” Premier League champions Leicester said on their website.Leicester, currently 15th in the table, host Everton on December 26 and West Ham United on December 31, before visiting Middlesbrough on January 2, with Vardy set to miss all three fixtures if he loses the appeal.last_img read more

first_imgSerena Williams charged into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 win over Czech Lucie Safarova.The second seeded American, bidding for a seventh title at Melbourne Park, served up a storm, clubbing 15 aces and 35 winners in the 86-minute contest under the lights at Rod Laver Arena. (Australian Open: Serena Williams outclasses Belinda Bencic in opening round)Williams blew two match points in an uncharacteristic lapse but closed it out on the third with a searing forehand down the line that Safarova did well to get a racket to.Williams next faces compatriot Nicole Gibbs for a place in the fourth round.last_img

first_imgelta Vigo rattled the crossbar, but could not find a breakthrough as they were held to a goalless draw at home in the first leg of their King’s Cup semi-final against Alaves on Thursday.Celta’s Iago Aspas was denied by the woodwork in the 67th minute with a bullet strike from the heart of the area on a rain-soaked pitch at the Balaidos stadium.Alaves, the 2001 UEFA Cup finalists, who are attempting to reach the King’s Cup final for the first time, will host the second leg on Feb. 8.Three-times finalists Celta, who knocked out Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, dominated possession for most of the first half only for Alaves to create the first chance in the 40th minute.The visitors launched a counter-attack that ended with Manu Garcia getting on the end of Victor Camarasa’s cross and striking a left-footed effort towards the near post that drew a flying save from Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez.Celta almost broke the deadlock on 58 minutes but Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco kept out Aspas’s shot from six metres.Alaves substitute Edgar Mendes had a one-on-one with Alvarez but shot straight at the keeper in the 78th minute.Barcelona won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the other semi-final, ahead of next week’s return leg at the Nou Camp.last_img read more

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first_imgAll Blacks coach Steve Hansen once quipped that it was probably better to “flush the dunny (toilet) and move on” after a poor performance against Italy in 2009 and his cricket counterpart Mike Hesson expressed similar thoughts on Sunday.Hesson’s team were comprehensively outplayed by South Africa in the third one-day international at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday as they were bundled out for 112 and lost the match by 159 runs. (Also read: 3rd ODI: AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock help South Africa crush New Zealand by 159 runs)The victory gave the Proteas a 2-1 lead in the five-match series and Hesson’s side face a must-win game in Hamilton on Saturday.”We have to move on pretty quick. We can’t let a performance like that affect how we prepare for the next one,” Hesson told reporters on Sunday. “South Africa…were excellent. They challenged us and we didn’t respond.”Hesson at least has the services of Martin Guptill at Seddon Park after the opening batsman missed the first three games with a hamstring injury.Guptill’s return creates something of a selection conundrum for Hesson, with Tom Latham likely to relinquish the gloves to specialist wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi for the rest of the series.Even though he has proved more than capable behind the stumps, Latham has scores of 0, 2, 0, 0, 7 and 4 in his past six ODIs and Guptill is likely to open with Dean Brownlie in Hamilton.”There’s no doubt Tom has struggled the last little while,” Hesson said. “He’s come off a great series in India where he was our best player and he hasn’t quite reached those heights yet.”advertisementHesson also brought back off-spinner Jeetan Patel with the pitch likely to offer turn in Hamilton while pace bowler Matt Henry has been released to play a first-class match with an eye to the Test series that starts in Dunedin on March 8.last_img read more

first_imgVidya Balan’s undying love for ethnic wear is something we’ve witnessed over the years. From Parineeta where she blended minimalism with beauty, to the ongoing promotional tours for her upcoming release, Begum Jaan, the actress has donned beautiful saris and Indian wear like no other B-town beauty.High on style and grace, Vidya’s recent appearances have boasted of elegant saris and bold, statement jewellery. So, while we wait for the movie to hit the big screen, here’s a list of the five looks from the tour we’re still trying to get over.1. Vidya made heads turn and hearts jump in this blue handloom Anavila sari at an event in Kolkata. With classic kohl-ed eyes, minimal makeup and a messy side braid served as her loyal companions but it was the chunky neckpiece and a massive silver nose pin by Amrapali, that stole the show.2. Vidya’s look in this dark grey linen sari and cherry red-sleeved blouse is the epitome of simplicity. The plain Anavila sari teamed up with heavy metallic jewellery is simply a must-have for every desi girl out there. The metallic earrings and statement nose pin by Sangeeta Boochra, added a fair share of glamour to this look.3. Old is gold, and nobody knows it better than Vidya Balan, who has taken it upon her shoulders to get resurrect Shararas back to mainstream fashion. Only Vidya could have accessorised the Anjali Jani outfit like she did while looking so enigmatic. The detailed multi-layered neck piece and bold nose pin by Surabhi Didwania’s Motifs, did total justice to the royal begum vibes around Vidya.advertisement4. Who could pull off a bright green and pink Kanjeevaram sari like Vidya ? The actress completed her iconic look by sporting kundan jewellery by Amrapali. Heavy gold jewellery, a big bindi and an untied long mane made Vidya Balan look her classic best.5. While we were already swooning over the variety of saris Vidya has in her wardrobe, she turned up in yet another masterpiece. Seen in a cream handpainted saari by Picchika, Vidya’s outfit was the amalgamation of casual and class ethnic clothing. A pearl necklace by Amrapali jewellery and an elegant gold watch by Jaipur Watch Company, is all she needed to give us some serious sari goals.last_img read more

first_img“Can” and “able” are the two motivating words for the national Paralympians who fought it out on the green turfs of Bengaluru. Several representatives from Haryana, Karnataka, Odisha, Punjab, Maharashtra, Jharkand and Tamil Nadu put up a brave fight to try and clinch the gold medal title at the National Para Badminton tournament. With their speedy footwork and forceful smashes, it was one big party as the crowds cheered the finalists.The men and women singles and doubles turned out to be of world-class quality with two world #1s also participating in the tournaments. Anand Kumar, from Karnataka, who is the world #1 in para badminton, said  ” There is a lot more that needs to be done for Paralympians but national tournaments such as these not only help take us to the international stage but also attracts physically challenged aspiring sports persons to make their country proud.””The media has a very important role to play and if they keep highlighting the good work that we do, then we will be able to get more support and better facilities” said Parul Paramar, the world #1 in women’s singles.We have heard several cases of para champions seeking financial aid as not only does their talent go unnoticed but several private sponsors do not give consideration to the Paralympians. It is a known fact that most people in the country are ignorant to the fact that several games are conducted for the physically challenged. Apathy from Govt sports organizations resulting in many a star losing their sheen and going unnoticed.advertisementThe badminton association of India along with the Paralympic Association of India (PAI) have initiated the National Para Badminton Tournament to not only provide a platform to those who are challenged but also let them be heard and their disability seen as their ability. This year’s tournament was hosted free of cost by the Canara Union at Malleswaram.”We play as well as any other sportsperson in the world. Even on the courts, we fight for every single point. We have been taught that until the shuttle touches the ground and the umpire calls the match, we will continue to consider the game as unfinished. We are very motivated and now ready to play in the international arena” said runners-up of the men’s doubles, Amarendra Behera and Paramod Bhagat from Odisha.Senior badminton players and national champions such as Trupti Murgunde say that there is a need for not just equipment but also disabled-friendly infrastructure. “Most of the courts in the country have been built many years ago and do not have ramps or lifts. There is a need for new-age infrastructure. For example, in the academy that I run, we have specially provided for lifts as our badminton courts are on the second floor. Support from various Govt organizations will also help.”India has won more gold medals in Paralympics than the country has won in regular Olympics. These men and women stand as an inspiration to fight every odd to grow beyond their disability and taste success and victory.last_img read more

first_imgMistakes on social media can be costly, ask Mitchell Starc.  While trying to congratulate Royal Challenger Bangalore captain and his former teammate, Virat Kohli, Starc made a grave error wanted in his message on twitter.  The Australian fast bowler actually tagged the wrong twitter handle. Instead of writing the message to “@imVKohli”, he sent it to a parody account “@imVKohlli”.  In the message Starc wrote, “Hey friend hopefully I don’t have to look for a new IPL team? Haha media hey! Didn’t get a chance to have a proper catch up mate but congrats on the series win and on your summer personally. I hope that shoulder is on the mend and not too bad. Good luck for the IPL, here’s hoping to an RCB win. Cheers mate.”  This is what @mstarc56 message me by mistake instead of @imVkohli yestarday! @BrokenCricket @SirJadeja @RCBTweets @cricketaakash pic.twitter.com/E1Z12MIWQu- Virat Kohli (@imVkohIIi) March 31, 2017 Starc had to pull out of Australia’s four-Test tour of India midway last month with a foot injury. He played in the first two Test and picked up five wickets and even dismissed Kohli once in the first Test inPune. Starc’s message comes after Kohli had made a comment after theDharamsala Test, saying that he no longer considers Australiancricketers as his friends. “It has changed for sure. I thought that wasthe case but it has changed for sure. As I said in the heat of thebattle, you want to be competitive but yeah I have been proven wrong.The thing I said before the first Test, I have certainly been provenwrong and you won’t hear me say that ever again,” the Indian captainsaid at the post-match press conference in Dharamsala. advertisementBut Kohli laterjustified his remark by saying that he had only meant it for a couple of the Australian cricketers. Starc played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015 but was ruled out last year due to a foot fracture. Starc then ended hisassociation with the franchise just before the players auction this year to focus on his rehabilitation ahead ofthe ICC Champions Trophy in June.last_img read more

first_imgSocial media platforms create conversations, which tell you exactly what the readers want. Use these conversations with your customers/fans/clients/donors to inform the content of your email messaging. Are certain blog posts shared frequently online, while others die the fate of the unseen post? Why is that? Do you receive lots of comments on certain topics or videos? Utilize the information you learn from your social media interactions so that email messaging won’t suffer from irrelevant content. Social media relies on trust because it is incredibly transparent. Due to the nature of the medium, people search for information about you before following your blog, Facebook page, or joining your company’s social network. They’ll “out” you if your company’s activities are not completely transparent, and become your biggest fans if you are. However, if they find value in the engagement, they will pass that value along and bring their friends to you as well.Use social media to allay the fear, once and for all, that your organization will never, ever sell or share the names of its email list subscribers. Write a blog post about it. Create a conversation about why that isn’t your organization’s policies and how you value the privacy of all your subscribers. Refer to these conversations in your email messages and ask email subscribers to contact you directly online if they want to ask further questions about privacy.Remember the “golden rules” of social media: Be Yourself. Be Transparent. Listen. Engage.You can’t listen and engage in an email blast, but you can take the information from listening and engaging on social networks, and use that to make your email messaging relevant and valuable to your stakeholders.About the authorDebra Askanase is an experienced community organizer, non-profit executive and business consultant. She advises small/medium-sized businesses and non-profits on social media strategy. She holds an MBA in International Business. You can follow her @askdebra on Twitter, too. Visit her blog at www.communityorganizer20.comlast_img read more

first_imgMany nonprofits miss opportunities to improve their marketing simply because they don’t put their plans into a calendar. Month-by-month they let events, promotions, and outreach go by and don’t realize their greatest opportunities for increased effectiveness are parading right in front of them, on their calendar. If you practice the simple discipline of keeping a calendar, it will help keep your marketing mindset active all year long and can make it easier next year too!To make a marketing calendar, just create a 12 month summary of all your Guerrilla marketing activities by creating a list with 52 lines, one for every week in the year. In five columns across the list aspects of your Guerrilla marketing activity,1. Number of the week. You can use a spreadsheet to create your calendar to make it easy to format and share with your team.2. In the second column put down the Thrust or emphasis in your marketing plan for that week. Are you promoting and event? Emphasizing a core message? Doing some Fundraising? Keep track of your messages in your calendar to make sure you are balancing your outreach and using your core messages and benefits effectively.3. In the third column list the Marketing weapons used that week. There are 200 Guerrilla marketing weapons. Many of them are free. We will be talking about each one on this blog. Each one is also discussed in our book. Use more than one weapon each week. Guerrillas think in terms of combinations of marketing weapons.4. Column Four: Budget for the week. You don’t have to spend a lot of money as a Guerrilla, but you will need to spend some. Keeping track of the money invested in your marketing makes it easier to evaluate your outreach and makes budgeting easier at the end of the year.5. Five: Record your results at the end of the week. Keep track of your results: What were the number of responses, How many dollars were raised? Create a personalized rating scale designed for your organizations objectives. Guerrillas keep track of their marketing so they can evaluate what is effective and what is not.If you keep good records and use your calendar regularly, at the end of the year, your annual marketing report will be easy to prepare and will reveal your stunning results. This post originally appeared on the Guerilla Marketing for Nonprofits blog.last_img read more