Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There are two strategies for producing results faster. One of these strategies is highly effective and certain to produce results. The other strategy doesn’t provide either the result or the certainty, even if it is more attractive to many.The Promise of Hard WorkThe proven way to produce any result faster is to do the work that produces that results consistently over time. Just doing the work by itself does not speed up the results, especially when work is done poorly and sporadically. Success in any endeavor is more like an auditor who measures your effort to determine when you have paid the price to have what you want. Anything done poorly is discounted, and anything done occasionally isn’t noticed.Many find the price they would have to pay for faster results is higher than expected, and they seek a way to have they want without having to pay the price. They look for shortcuts that allow them to buy success.Success in Seven Minutes and Other LiesThere are people who will sell you the idea that you can have the results you want now without having to do the work, and without having to stack up small, incremental gains over time. There are some who are easily seduced by the idea that there is a way they can get what they want without the effort, the struggle, and the time. They desperately want to believe the lie that they can have what they want in seven minutes.When the quick fix doesn’t work, instead of committing to doing the work, they move on to the next promise of instant results. At some point, they give up on wanting the result altogether.Faster Now Means Starting a Long Time AgoIt’s difficult to sell the promise of disciplined effort over time. It’s especially challenging when contrasted against the promise of instant results now with no effort required.If what you want is important, producing results faster now would require that you started sometime in the past and sustained the effort over time. This is not a possibility, unless you have a time machine (which is more likely than the effectiveness of any “instant results” solution). The second-best option is to do the work now, and to do it so consistently, that you start stacking up the results you want.Are you doing the work? Are you consistent in the quality and the frequency of your effort?
British Conservative Party MP Priti Patel has said that she doesn’t like the “labeling,” such as Black or Minority Ethnic (BME), attached with black and minority ethnic population, the BBC reported.Patel called the common abbreviation of the term “patronizing and insulting,” and said, “I’m British first and foremost, because I was born in Britain.” Patel, who was the first Indian-origin woman member of the UK Cabinet until her resignation last year, added: “I don’t like the labeling of people. I don’t like the term BME. I challenge all my colleagues in the Conservative Party and in Westminster: Don’t label me as a BME. I’ve said that to people in the Cabinet. I’ve said that to civil servants. I think it’s patronizing and insulting.”The 45-year-old politician, who represents Witham in Essex, said the term BME was “totally unhelpful because we are people and everybody wants to be recognized for their individual merits.”She added on the radio show that while she would like to see more Indian-origin people in politics, it would be a “regressive step” for any political party or government to put people in posts “just because they are women or because they represent a minority group.”The former international development minister expressed doubts if the United Kingdom would ever see a minority prime minister, pointing out there are many institutional barriers and “patronage” in UK’s political system. However, if such a thing were to happen, it would show the country was a true “meritocracy.” When asked if she could be the prime minister, Patel replied, “Who knows?”Her comments invited criticism from prominent personalities such as Maajid Nawaz and Meena Kandasamy. Nawaz, a British author who hosts a weekend show on LBC radio, said: “To dismiss who you are, because you just want to be seen as British, is unnecessary. You can be British and have other identities too. You can’t pretend that you’re not a woman, or a British Indian.”Kandasamy called Patel’s comments in her Facebook post “appalling,” and said, “Appalling but I’m not surprised. To aspire to whiteness is a very desi problem.”I recall #pritipatel spending the brexit referendum reaching out to the BME community for support and now she claims she doesn’t like the term.— Mohammed Shafiq (@mshafiquk) March 9, 2018The Priti Patel “dont label me as BME” thing isn’t new. It’s a common statement made by upper middle class Indians who regularly make anti black / anti Pakistani comments during their dinner parties— Hussein Kesvani (@HKesvani) March 9, 2018It’s great to be so privileged that you can forget about BME rights but what ablut the rest of us? https://t.co/W7ORt0qCxI #PritiPatel— Charlie Blagbrough (@CharlieBlags) March 9, 2018Patel was forced to step down from her position in the Cabinet in November last year when it was revealed that she held 14 undisclosed, unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials. While talking about this controversy, she said, she was “very clear” with Prime Minister Theresa May. “I took responsibility for what she felt was not acceptable, so I think I did the right thing,” Patel added.Patel, who was born to Gujarati parents who fled Uganda in the 1960s, is among the most vocal pro-Brexit voices in the Conservative Party. The House of Commons has about 52 BMEs currently, which is a two per cent increase since 2015. Related ItemsBritainBritish IndianUnited Kingdom
Imran Khan, the former cricket star turned firebrand politician, was sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister Saturday, taking control of a country facing a looming economic crisis as observers questioned whether he had the political acumen to govern a deeply divided nation.Khan’s first decision was to scrub the nine-course meal traditionally served after the oath-taking ceremony, held at the president’s house. It was a sign of the “austerity drive” he had promised while on the campaign trail, his party said. Instead, refreshments were served in the grand hall of the residence.Since winning the July 25 election, Khan has stressed that he would lead a lean life, shunning the ostentatious displays of power and wealth of his predecessors. He has said that he will not live in the prime minister’s house, a lavish, white marble building on a hilltop overlooking Islamabad.Instead, he vowed to take a smaller house belonging to the military secretary. Khan, however, maintains a sprawling, private Mediterranean-style villa nearby.Whether his campaign rhetoric will match the policies he pursues will be closely watched; as a politician, he has been criticized as relying on style over substance. On the campaign trail, he vowed to establish an Islamic welfare state and to build millions of housing units. Those promises will bump up against the reality that Pakistan’s government has little money to spare, is straddled with debt and must tighten its finances.“The main challenge is economic,” said Ayaz Amir, a former lawmaker and noted Pakistani columnist. “There’s not much money in the kitty, and there are a lot of debts coming due both in the immediate and long term.”Amir added: “He will be judged by what kind of people he appoints to key ministries — this will be crucial. And he has many other advantages: People look upon him as a clean leader with no legacy of corruption attached to his name, and he’s popular enough to withstand populist demands.”If Khan completes his five-year term, he would be the first prime minister in Pakistan’s history to do so.The new prime minister has said he would break the dynastic nature of Pakistani politics and promised to bring young, dynamic leadership to his government. Instead, he has so far elevated into key roles some of the same politicians he had denounced in the past over their political opportunism and checkered records on corruption.Khan, 65, announced his Cabinet appointments hours after the swearing-in ceremony Saturday. The list did not include appointments for the ministries of interior and power, leaving Khan in control of those portfolios. Observers warned that leaving those ministries under Khan’s purview was a mistake, with the country suffering from an acute electricity shortage and needing special attention and expertise.Asad Umar, a private-sector businessman whom economists view as a populist with a thin grasp of the challenges ahead, was named as finance minister.Pakistan’s current account deficit stands at $18 billion, while its foreign-currency reserves are just $10.1 billion, enough to cover two months of imports. Just days after the election, China gave Pakistan a $2 billion loan to help shore up its finances, following $1 billion given by Chinese banks in April. And more money is needed, soon.One of the first tests facing Khan is whether to ask the International Monetary Fund for a bailout or to extend another open palm to China, deepening Pakistan’s economic reliance on its larger neighbor. Pakistan already relies on China to develop critical infrastructure projects worth some $62 billion, with onerous loan terms and profit-sharing agreements benefiting Beijing.Pakistan will start negotiations with the IMF in the coming weeks and will ask for loans worth up to $12 billion, officials say, part of a four-year program that will require the country to undertake privatization measures and tighten its fiscal policy. Pakistan has taken 14 bailouts from the fund since the 1980s.If Khan’s government pursues an IMF bailout, he will have to explain to voters why the populist measures he promised will no longer be possible under the fund’s lending terms.Saturday’s swearing-in ceremony was the second democratic transfer of power in Pakistan since it was founded in 1947. The military has ruled for about half the country’s history through a series of coups.Before the election, the military was accused of propping up Khan by censoring the news media and influencing Pakistan’s courts in order to disqualify and jail the last elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, on corruption charges, which were seen as politicized.The vote was also fraught with irregularities, according to the opposition. And an observation team from the European Union determined the campaign in the lead-up to the election had a had a “lack of equality” for all parties.Khan takes over at a time when Pakistan finds itself increasingly isolated on the global stage. Washington froze aid to the country this year, citing the military’s ties to extremist groups fighting in Afghanistan, complicating the United States’ war effort there.In June, a global anti-terrorism watchdog group put Pakistan on a “gray list” for not doing enough to clamp down on terrorist groups at home. That listing will complicate and make more expensive Pakistan’s ability to raise money on international markets.Whether Khan can assert control over Pakistan’s foreign and defense policies will be another crucial test of how successful his government will be. The military has typically controlled those domains, and Khan’s objectives — such as brokering peace in Afghanistan and pursuing talks with India, a longtime rival, will need the military’s approval.Khan “needs to sit down with the military and figure out what are the national security objectives,” said Ikram Sehgal, an independent analyst and retired Pakistani military officer. “Everyone should be on the same page.”He added: “We need to fix the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. We cannot afford to be in either the U.S. or the China camp. We need to be neutral and friendly with everyone.”Although Pakistan’s main political parties all agree that the economy is the top priority, whether Khan can cobble together the needed support will be a challenge. He was voted in as prime minister by Parliament on Friday, with 51 percent of the vote. As he took the floor to make his acceptance speech, opposition lawmakers began chanting slogans against him.Khan quickly lost his cool, calling his opponents corrupt in a divisive speech. His party crowded around him ululating and mocking the opposition. The image was reminiscent of Khan’s political start: leading anti-government demonstrations while chanting from atop cargo containers.It was not the image that many had expected Khan to project: a new, composed prime minister. The tirade was a break from the conciliatory note he had taken in a national address just after his party won the elections.“He simply doesn’t have it; he doesn’t have the temperament to deal with dissent,” said Khurram Dastgir-Khan, a sitting opposition parliamentarian who served as the defense minister in the previous government.“That is why he abandoned whatever high-minded speech he planned and went back to his fiery accusations. He was elected with a razor-thin majority. This is our new leader, a man who will struggle to negotiate with Parliament to get support for his policies,” he added.During Saturday’s swearing-in ceremony, Khan stumbled as he repeated the oath, and was immediately denounced by opponents for not being prepared. But his followers praised his humility.There were other stumbles. When Parliament was inaugurated Monday, Khan forgot the national identification needed to enter the session. The speaker of the House had to grant him special permission to enter and to take his oath alongside fellow parliamentarians.“This wasn’t the most auspicious of beginning for this Parliament,” said Amir, the analyst, adding, “He has to make the transition from opposition leader to the leader of Pakistan.”© New York Times 2018 Related Itemsimran khanPakistan
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Indian American billionaire Manoj Bhargava is aiming to change the lives of millions of poor people in India through his latest innovations. The founder of the Billions In Change movement, who is known for his philanthropic initiatives, is spearheading research for production of utility products such as wireless electricity generators and fertilizer makers for rural areas.Bhargava’s team has come up with a solar-powered portable electricity generator that can be used to charge devices, run electrical gadgets and emit light. Called the Hans PowerPack, the 3.5 kg 300-watt portable unit is charged through a solar panel and includes a torch, a USB port, and a 12-volt outlet for running small devices. It can be charged through the regular electrical socket as well as with the Solar Briefcase introduced by Bhargava’s Hans Foundation. The briefcase, a lightweight, portable assembly of solar panels that charges the PowerPack in two to four hours.The technology, Bhargava believes, can change the life of people just the way mobile phones did. The PowerPack, which costs Rs 14,500 and comes with 12-year warranty, will soon start reaching out to citizens in the mountains of Uttarakhand, with the state government announcing on Oct.8 its commitment to get 100,000 units for villages. The state has more than 60 villages where electrification has not yet been done due to geographical challenges. About 98,000 families and 4,700 settlements in Uttarakhand are still not electrified.“By 2020, we aim to create a massive change across Uttarakhand in one of the nation’s most powerful village development programs,” Bhargava said in a statement, referring to the project undertaken by the Hans Foundation to work in the areas of disease prevention, children’s education and forest regeneration in the state. He has pledged Rs 500 crore to fund the program.Bhargava, the CEO of Innovations Ventures LLC that is known for producing the 5-hour Energy drink, was listed as one of the richest Indians in the United States by Forbes in 2012. The 63-year-old Princeton dropout pledged 99 per cent of his net worth to philanthropic endeavors in 2015.He has also working on ways to solve issues related to the availability of safe drinking water in Indian villages through the water-filtering Rainmaker machines developed by his organization. Also coming up is the Shivansh fertilizer method, which uses farm waste to generate low-cost nutrient-rich soil amendment. Related ItemsBillions in ChangeHans FoundationHans PowerPackLittle IndiaManoj BhargavaNRI philanthropistNRI UttarakhandShivansh fertilizer
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reportedly contributing to the search operations launched to locate the Indian family that has been missing for over a week in California. Search teams looking for the Thottapilly family found the body of an adult woman approximately seven miles north of the site where their car went missing, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.The FBI is tracking phone records to assist the search operation, Indian America Today reported an official as saying.The South California-based Indian family — Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, his wife Soumya, 38, and their children, 12-year-old Siddhant and 9-year-old Saachi, have been missing since April 5 when they went on a road trip in their maroon Honda Pilot, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said.Search teams found the body of an adult woman on April 13, according to the statement.“The body was found on exposed terrain which appeared to have covered by the Eel River within the last few days as a result of a recent weather storm which brought heavy rain to the area. Identification of the body is pending at this time and an autopsy is anticipated to be conducted on 17 April,” the statement added.The debris of a vehicle and some personal items recovered by the search confirm the suspicion that the vehicle that was seen plunging in the storm-swollen Eel river belonged to the missing Thottapilly family, CBS news reported. “It does confirm the fact the vehicle that was seen going into the river was that of the Thottapilly family,” said California Highway Patrol.Several items have been positively identified by family members as belonging to the Thottapilly family, the sheriff’s statement said, adding that the items are of a personal nature and will not be described at this time.Search teams are continuing to search for the missing family members and their vehicle, which is believed to still be submerged somewhere in the Eel River.The Highway Patrol became aware of the missing Thottapilly family on April 9. The family was believed to be traveling through the Redwood Coast Highway on a vacation. They were supposed to have arrived to visit a friend in the San Jose area on April 6, but they did not make it as scheduled. The family was last heard from in the town of Klamath on April 5. The family was officially reported as missing to the San Jose Police Department on April 8, the statement added.The External Affairs Ministry of India said on April 12 that Indian Consulate in San Franscisco is trying its best to trace the missing family. “Our consulate there has been maintaining contact with the family members of the missing people. We are in touch with the state police department. We are also in touch with the highway patrol. We are trying our best to locate the whereabouts of the family,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, PTI reported. Related ItemsCaliforniaIndian AmericanUnited States
The UK government could be challenged in court over a Home Office policy according to which landlords are required to check the immigration status of potential tenants, the Guardian reported.The case is being launched by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), a campaign group which won the right to launch a case in the high court. It sought high court’s permission to challenge the right to rent policy, which directs landlords to check with the Home Office whether a tenant or lodger can legally rent the residential property in England. The scheme was introduced as part of the “hostile environment” steps in 2015 by British Prime Minister Theresa May. The parliament was then assured that the policy would be assessed thoroughly and transparently. However, no such evaluation has been done till now, the Independent reported.JCWI cautioned that forcing landlords to check the immigration status of to-be tenants “incentivizes discrimination,” which amounts to breaching the European Convention on Human Rights. It said that the scheme should be revised before being rolled out further. “Even if landlords have no desire to discriminate or be prejudiced, because they’re risking fines or having to find a new tenant, many landlords will pick people with British passports over people who don’t have them,” Chai Patel, the legal policy director at JCWI, was quoted as saying by the Independent.Many politicians, landlords and immigration lawyers have expressed their concerns regarding the scheme. David Smith, the policy director for the Residential Landlords Association, pointed out that the right to rent scheme had put landlords “in the impossible position of acting as untrained border police trying to ascertain who does and who does not have the right to be in the country. This has created difficulties for many legitimate tenants as landlords are forced to play safe and only rent to those with a UK passport,” Smith said, the Guardian reported.On June 5, a group of 20 politicians wrote to the UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, urging him to review the scheme. They cited an inspection report from March 2018 conducted by the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration (ICIBI), David Bolt, that showed that there was no proof that immigration enforcement was being improved by the scheme. “Whilst we believe that the government should bring this policy to an immediate end, the government must, at the very least, commit to evaluating this scheme thoroughly, particularly as it risks putting people at risk of homelessness and may increase the risk of modern slavery and trafficking,” the letter stated, according to the Independent. Related ItemsHome OfficeUnited Kingdom
Two Indian American siblings have filed a lawsuit against a New York-based funeral home for mixing up the ashes of two people, following which their deceased father’s ashes were given to members of some other family, who then immersed them in Ganga river in India.Susan and Sunil, the adult children of late Sarup Sharma, filed a lawsuit in Nassau County Supreme Court on Aug. 13, saying that the Long Island-based Lake Ronkonkoma Moloney Funeral Home accidentally mixed up the remains of their father with another deceased man of same last name, the New York Post reported.Calling this mix-up “reckless and negligent,” the lawsuit said that the children of Sarup Sharma had to go through “mental anguish” as this mistake on the part of funeral home deprived them of “solace and comfort” and “the right to dispose of their father’s remains as they choose,” the report added.Sarup Sharma died on Feb. 3, 2017 at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, according to the lawsuit, Newsday reported. The family children hired Moloney Family Funeral Homes for the funeral and cremation services, and for safekeeping of their father’s ashes until they could travel to India.Funeral home officials did not explain to the brother and sister how the mistake occurred, the report cited Oscar Michelen of Mineola, the family’s attorney, as saying.In September 2017, the funeral home gave the ashes of Sarup Sharma to a different grieving family, which was seeking the remains of its deceased member named Shashi Sharma. After getting the ashes, the family traveled to India and immersed them in Ganga.The mistake came to the light after Sarup’s children contacted the funeral home and told them about their planned trip to India. Moloney officials informed them in November 2017 that the ashes were mistakenly given to a wrong family.Shashi’s family got his ashes and traveled to India once again to immerse them in Ganga, while the siblings were deprived of their father’s remains.The funeral home apologized to the grieving families for the emotional trouble caused to them and assured them that they are committed to prevent any such happening in future.“Once we learned of the situation, we immediately reached out to both families to express our remorse and assure them of our full cooperation during this difficult time,” Katherine Heaviside, the funeral home’s spokesperson said, the publication reported. “We have reviewed all of our procedures and have taken steps to further strengthen our protocols to ensure that we maintain the full trust and confidence of the families we serve, as we have for the last 85 years,” she added.The funeral home offered to bear the expense of Shashi Sharma’s family’s second trip to India, the report cited Heaviside as saying. Related ItemsIndian AmericanNew York
A Switzerland-based wealthy Indian-origin family is under investigation for exploiting their domestic workers and paying them inadequate salary for working in their home near Geneva.According to a report in Swiss news portal Swissinfo.ch, the family brought six workers from India on tourist visa and confiscated their passports.According to the portal, which quoted from a French language newspaper Le Temps, Geneva police raided the family house in Cologny, outside Geneva, in April after one of the domestic staff complained about this issue.According to investigators, the Indian domestic workers were paid between CHF140 and CHF520 ($140.5 and $522) per month and were made to work up to 18 hours a day, seven days a week. One of the employees claimed that he had not left the house in ten years, the newspaper said in its article.While the French language newspaper first carried the names of the family, it later removed the names following a court case. The English language portal too has not published the names of either the family of the members under investigation.According to Le Temps, which managed to access a judicial document from the proceedings, “None of the employees has ever obtained, or even applied for, a residence or work permit in Switzerland, even though they lived and worked most of the time in Cologny,” Swissinfo said in its report.Four people were arrested on April 12 on suspicion of usury or even human trafficking and violations of the federal law on foreign workers involving three domestic staff, Swissinfo said quoting Le Temps which spoke to Geneva Public Prosecutor’s Office.The news portal said that by paying its Indian staff salaries that were more than ten times lower than the acceptable rates, the family was allegedly able to save CHF20,000 a month over 20 years. According to Le Temps, the family must have saved CHF5 million over this period.During a hearing in April, the family denied any wrongdoing and said that the Indian staff was hired to help and not to serve and were considered as family members. The family also told the court that upon retirement, the workers would have received huge payout. Related Items
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lyceum lost hold of a 20-point lead, 53-33, in the first half and allowed the EAC to cut the deficit to just six, 78-72 ,with 4:42 remaining after a Rustan Bugarin undergoal stab.But the Marcelinos weaved their magic to help Lyceum break away in the clutch as they strung eight straight points to establish the 86-72 lead in the last 46.6 seconds.“There was this one stretch that I just let them play. I want them to find a way to really get back. You have to trust them that if they made a mistake, they have to figure them out on their own how to fix it. Hopefully, there will come a time that I don’t need to coach them anymore and it’s helping them grow,” said Robinson.The Generals succumbed to their second straight defeat to fall to 6-8.Jerome Garcia paced EAC with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Sidney Onwubere had a double-double of 15 markers and 11 boards in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LeBron on plans to finish career as a Cavalier: ‘It hasn’t changed’ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games With the Pirates four games away from completing the eliminations sweep, coach Topex Robinson finally acknowledged the possibility of taking a thrice-to-beat advantage in the Finals, saying his team would be foolish not to grab the opportunity.“It’s there. It’s in front of us. But again, the mindset that we really put in is all of the games that we’re gonna play is gonna be crucial. Even though you think about sweeping the eliminations, it’s not a guarantee that you’re going to win a championship. There’s still a lot of flaws that we have to work on, and we have to keep on improving,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMJ Ayaay topscored for the Pirates with 15 points and nine rebounds, while CJ Perez once again did it all with 13 markers, seven boards, and six assists in the triumph.Jaycee Marcelino fired six of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, to go with four dimes, while Jayvee Marcelino had nine markers, seven assists, five steals, and three rebounds. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments LATEST STORIES The Scores:LYCEUM 86 – Ayaay 15, Perez 13, Jc. Marcelino 11, Caduyac 9, Jv. Marcelino 7, Tansingco 7, Pretta 6, Nzeusseu 5, Cinco 5, Baltazar 2, Ibañez 2, Santos 2, Liwag 2, Marata 0.EAC 74 – Garcia 17, Onwubere 15, Munsayac 9, Tampoc 8, Bugarin 6, Guzman 5, Diego 4, I. Mendoza 3, Corilla 3, Neri 2, J. Mendoza 2, Pascua 0.Quarters: 29-19, 54-39, 74-59, 86-74. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum banked on the Marcelino twins late to down pesky Emilio Aguinaldo College, 86-74, and stay unbeaten in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Brothers Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino were instrumental in the endgame, scoring the Pirates’ last 10 points in the final five minutes to preserve their unblemished 14-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
null × ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar. File Photo – Reuters A whopping cut notwithstanding, the BCCI will still get the biggest share in the new revenue model of the International Cricket Council (ICC), which set aside USD 293 million for India across an eight-year cycle.In a major loss of face yesterday, the BCCI was out-voted in its opposition to the new model, which has ended up nearly halving India’s share from the USD 570 million it was getting till last year.The Board had rejected an additional USD 100 million offer from ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar, refusing to accept the new revenue model. “Based on current forecasted revenues and costs, BCCI will receive USD 293 million across the eight-year cycle, ECB (England) USD 143 million, Zimbabwe Cricket USD 94 million and the remaining seven Full Members USD 132 million each,” the ICC said in a statement. “Associate Members will receive funding of USD 280m. This model was passed 13 votes to one,” it added.The decision came at the end of five days of ICC’s Board and Committee meetings.Other decisionsIn addition to the revenue model, agreement on a new constitution to be put before the ICC Full Council was also reached. On this too, India had been out-voted in its opposition to dilute the ‘Big Three’ structure.A revised constitution was approved by 12 votes to two.It will now be presented to the ICC Full Council in June for adoption. “The constitution reflects good governance, expands on and clarifies the roles and objectives of the ICC to provide leadership in international cricket” the ICC stated.The proposed constitutional changes includes among others, the potential to include additional full members in the future subject to meeting membership criteria.It also calls for a removal of the affiliate level of membership for only two categories — full member and associate member.Besides, the introduction of an independent female director and a deputy chairman of the Board was also approved.The deputy chairman will be a sitting director elected by the Board to stand in for the chairman in the event that he or she is unable to fulfil their duties.The new constitution also provides for equal weight of votes for all board members regardless of membership status. “This is another step forward for world cricket and I look forward to concluding the work at the Annual Conference,” ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said.“I am confident we can provide a strong foundation for the sport to grow and improve globally in the future through the adoption of the revised financial model and governance structure,” he added. COMMENT COMMENTS BCCI to get $405 million from ICC The Cricket Board will get USD 293 million across an eight-year cycle. ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar. File Photo – Reuters 0 April 27, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED SHARE Published on cricket
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ahmed JahouhAnas Edathodikaatkfc goa First Published: October 18, 2019, 5:11 PM IST ATK will miss their two new signings, Anas Edathodika and Jobby Justin in their Indian Super League 2019-20 opener against Kerala Blasters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on October 20. Both Anas and Justin will be unavailable as they are supposed to serve out their suspensions that they are carrying forward.Anas will not have the chance to go against his former team in their first game of the season as he has to serve out a red card suspension that he earned during Kerala Blasters’ Super Cup game againt Indian Arrows. Anas, therefore, will miss just the first game. Anas last played for the Indian national team in their disappointing 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Salt Lake Stadium. While ATK head coach Antonio Habas will not have Anas for the first game, he will miss the services of Justin for the first three games of the season. Justin was handed a six-game ban by the AIFF Disciplinary Committee for an ugly spat with Aizawl FC defender Kareem Nurain when he played for East Bengal in the I-League last season. Justin has already served out three matches.With three more matches remaining, Justin will miss the opener away game against the Blasters, the October 25 home game against newbies Hyderabad FC and another way game against Chennaiyin FC on October 30. Justin will be available for selection from the home game against Jamshedpur FC on November 9.Apart from ATK missing two of their players, last season’s runners-up FC Goa will also miss their midfield stalwart Ahmed Jahouh when they begin their campaign against two-time champions Chennaiyin FC on October 23. The Moroccan was sent off in the first half of Extra Time with a double booking in the 2018-19 final when Bengaluru FC won the game 1-0, to lift their maiden ISL title.
Mumbai, Sep 7 (PTI) Covestro AG, which was formerly a part of Bayer Material Science, sees India as a formidable part of its APAC (Asia Pacific countries) growth strategy, a senior company official said.The German polymer major Covestro officially separated from the Bayer Group last year and has successfully established itself in the international capital market with a big stock market flotation.”Covestro strongly believes in the APAC (Asia Pacific countries) region; especially India which has been witnessing a double-digit growth. India comprises roughly 20 per cent of our APAC revenues and it will be a formidable part of the Covestro growth strategy in the region,” Covestros Chief Financial Officer Frank Lutz told reporters here.Though China accounts for over 50 per cent market share in APAC (Asia Pacific countries), the future growth will come from other countries, especially India, he said.Covestro is looking at India as a growth driver in coming years and expects robust rise in demand for its polymers.”India is a growing market and holds lot of promise. The three key industry verticals driving the growth for polymers and polycarbonates in India are automotive followed by IT and electronics and home furnishing. Automotive industry contributes approximately 25 per cent of our revenues in the country,” Covestro India Managing Director Ajay Durrani said.This one year of being an independent entity has helped Covestro evolve as a global manufacturer, he said.Covestro supplies polymers especially polyurethanes and polycarbonates and other specialty chemicals to key industries around the world, such as the automotive, construction, electronics, furniture, sporting goods and textiles industries.advertisementAs part of major expansion plans, Covestro India had commissioned a second line for production of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) in Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu last year, thereby increasing the capacity of the site to 6,000 metric tonnes from its current capacity of 2,500 metric tonnes.Durrani said, “The investment in Cuddalore is a testament to the confidence that the company has in the country. Bayer MaterialScience is now even better positioned to meet the strong global and local demand for TPU.”Over the past 12 months, Covestro AG has completed a complex transformation process.Lutz, said the first year for Covestro as an independent entity has been busy with the materials manufacturer clocking a strong net year-on-year income growth of 51 per cent.”The continued dynamic core volume growth stood at 7.7 per cent year-on-year. EBIDTA has also significantly improved by over 18 per cent and all debts taken from the parent company – Bayer have been repaid in full,” he said.Covestro has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 15,700 people (full-time equivalents) as of the end of the second quarter of 2016. PTI AP DK MKJ RDS
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil – The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a tough first-round group at next year’s World Cup that will take the Americans on a lengthy 9,000-mile trip around Brazil.Greece, a 200-1 shot making its second consecutive appearance, drew a bracket with Japan, Colonia and Ivory Coast in Group C.Making their seventh straight appearance at soccer’s showcase, the Americans were drawn into Group G and will open on June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans at the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.The U.S. meets Portugal and 2008 FIFA Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo six days later in the Amazon rain forest city Manaus. The Americans have just three off days to recover before closing group play on June 26 in Recife against Germany.“It’s definitely one of the tougher groups, if not the toughest, but at the same time, this is what the World Cup’s all about. You go there to play against the best,” American forward Jozy Altidore said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I think the boys will be excited, will be up for it.”U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann played for Germany’s 1990 World Cup championship team and coached his native country to third place in the 2006 tournament, commuting to Europe from his California home in Orange County.“Obviously it’s one of the most difficult groups in the whole draw, having Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo and then Ghana, who has a history with the United States. It couldn’t get any more difficult or any bigger,” he said. “It’s a real challenge. And we’ll take it. We’ll take it on, and hopefully we’re going to surprise some people there.”As the draw pot the U.S. was in was emptied, the Americans and South Korea were the last remaining teams. While the Americans were drawn into the toughest group by FIFA world ranking, with an average of 11.25, South Korea wound up in Group H, creating a group with the highest average at 28.25.“I kind of had in my stomach that we were going to get Germany,” Klinsmann said. Germany, which beat the U.S. 1-0 in the 2002 quarterfinal, is coached by Klinsmann’s former Die Mannschaft assistant, Joachim Loew.“Obviously, there are a lot of emotions involved. It’s normal. I’m German,” Klinsmann said. “It’s going to be a special moment.” Ranked 14th in the world, the U.S. has alternated quick exits with advancement since returning to soccer’s showcase in 1990.After the draw four years ago, one British paper used a headline “EASY” for England, Algeria, Slovenia and the Yanks, and The Sun called it the “best English group since the Beatles.” The Americans wound up atop a group for the first time, and England advanced as the second-place nation.This time, second-ranked Germany and fifth-ranked Portugal are the favorites to advance to the second round. If the U.S. reaches the round of 16, it would face Belgium, Russia, Algeria or South Korea from Group H.“I guarantee you Jurgen knows more about Germany than Jogi Loew knows about the U.S,” U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said.The U.S. will feel pressure to open with a win against Ghana, which is ranked 24th. The Black Stars defeated the Americans 2-1 in the 2006 stage in Germany and by the same score in overtime in the round of 16 at the last World Cup in South Africa.“After the two losses, it’s about time to beat them, I guess,” Klinsmann said.At the 2002 tournament, the U.S. opened with a 3-2 upset of Portugal after taking a shocking three-goal lead in the first 36 minutes. “Difficult draw, but a group the U.S. can get through if they play well,” former U.S. coach Bruce Arena told the AP.The Americans will train in the U.S. from mid-May on and plan a series of exhibition games, which likely will include England as an opponent, before heading to Brazil.After having the shortest group-play travel in South Africa, the U.S. will have the longest in Brazil. The Americans will be based in Sao Paulo and face trips of 1,436 miles to Natal, 1,832 miles to Manaus and 1,321 miles to Recife.“There will be some problems from the organizational side, traveling side. And we hit the worst of the worst,” Klinsmann said. “Every coach that I talked to, at least today, said everything but Manaus. No — we get Manaus.”In other groups, it is:Group A: Brazil, Cameroon, Croatia, MexicoGroup B: Australia, Chile, Netherlands, SpainGroup C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, JapanGroup D: Costa Rica, England, Italy, UruguayGroup E: Ecuador, France, Honduras, SwitzerlandGroup F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria(Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jan 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated July 16 2018 Writing Skills Topics: This post is an excerpt from Content Hacks: 34 Tips and Tricks for Planning and Creating Content. If you want some tips for making content creation much less painful, download the guide here. Take it from someone who tends to write a lot — writing is hard. You’ve got to be focused, motivated, coherent, creative, concise, ruthless, and meticulous — all at once. Just thinking about all that makes me feel some writer’s block creep in, but most of us know that if we can master juggling all of those traits at once, we’ll do an excellent job.To help defend against writer’s block or just general anxiety about writing so you can create quality content, it’s really important to have a few tricks up your sleeves.Some tricks can be super personal to you and your working style. For example, I tend to write best when this Songza playlist is on, but I definitely don’t expect everyone to like it as well (in fact, one of the tips below advocates for listening to something quite different).Regardless, it’s helpful to hear what other people do to make writing easier on themselves so you can figure out if those tricks work for you too.We compiled a list of hacks from some of our teammates and partners to for you to try as you please, taken from our collection, Content Hacks: 34 Tips and Tricks for Planning and Creating Content. Hopefully, they’ll help you get through that pesky writer’s block on days it definitely needs to stay away.1) Always start with a working title.”I never finalize a title before I’m done writing. Instead, I use a ‘working title’ — one that’s reflective of what I’m writing about, but not yet as eye-catching as it could be. Why? Because even if I create an outline before I start writing, the final product always strays at least a little bit from the original plan. Not worrying about the title until I know I can craft one that accurately reflects the finished piece allows me to stay focused on the hard part — actually writing!”- Shannon Johnson, Content Strategist at HubSpot2) Combine blog posts to create an ebook.”Writing an ebook can be intimidating, but offering long-form, premium content is an effective way of generating top-of-the-funnel leads. I like to create an outline for my ebooks, and then treat each chapter as a separate blog post. I use outsourced writing services like Zerys to commission those blogs and then edit them to create the complete ebook. Using this method, you get several weeks worth of blogs posts AND an ebook to boot! The process is simple and makes ebook creation quick and easy.”- Kathleen Booth, Owner & CEO at Quintain Marketing(Editor’s Note: You don’t always have to outsource this process — if you want to write and combine the posts into an ebook yourself, check out this guide.)3) Listen to classical music while you write.”Blaring your favorite Beatles, Mumford & Sons, or Jay-Z tunes while writing may seem like a good idea. After all, if you enjoy a particular artist or genre of music, it stands to reason that listening to that artist or genre while you write will put you in a good mood. But here’s what I’ve found: When I listen to music that I love while writing, I get distracted. I pay too much attention to the lyrics. I start singing along. And before I know it, I’ve stopped writing and have started dancing at my desk. With classical music, the intricate notes and movements stimulate the brain, but there are no lyrics (unless you’re listening to an opera) to interrupt or compete with your inner voice.”- Erik Devaney, Content Strategist at HubSpot4) Guide your writing with themed blogging days.”A great way to build on your prior blogging success and make writing an easier process is to create themed blogging days! The best way to start is to first analyze your most popular blog posts from the past and then create similar posts. Test out a few ideas by writing new posts about similar themes. For instance, if your most read post is ‘The 50 Best Burgers of Detroit,’ try writing the ’50 Best Salads in Michigan’ next. Finally, designate a day of the week for your new blogging theme and let the new ideas flow!”- Jordan P. White, Content Creator at Inbound Marketing Agents5) Use Wikipedia as your style guide.”Here’s a really quick but super important tip: If you’re ever unsure if the name of something should be capitalized, italicized, in quotes, etc., instead of diving into a massive style guide, simply look up the phrase in Wikipedia. Then look at the title of that page. They almost always get it right. (For example, if you’re not sure how to write a movie title, looking it up on Wikipedia shows you that the title should be italicized.)”- Jay Acunzo, Senior Manager of Content at HubSpot (Editor’s Note: if you want to develop your own company style guide, click here.)6) Create a new ebook by transcribing an old webinar.”You can get a solid first draft of a new ebook or guide just by having your last webinar transcribed. Services like rev.com can inexpensively produce a text document from a recorded webinar, which you can then use as the starting point for your next educational download. And because the webinar presentation already has graphics, you can lay out and design the new piece more easily, too.”- Dan Stasiewski, Technology Director at Kuno Creative7) Beat writer’s block with a beverage.”Having trouble getting started with writing? Enjoy a nice cocktail? You’re in luck. If you’re suffering from writer’s block, there’s nothing like the confidence 2 alcoholic beverages gives you to get the words free-flowing. Just be sure to invest in a talented, sober editor. As Hemingway said, ‘Write drunk, edit sober.'”- Corey Eridon, Senior Blog Editor at HubSpotWhat other tips and tricks do you have for writing? Share your favorites with us in the comments.
A few weeks ago, we deliberately unsubscribed 250,000 people from HubSpot’s Marketing Blog — people who had opted in to receive emails about new content we published on the blog. This subscriber purge brought our total subscriber count from 550,000 down to 300,000.We’re crazy, right? We must be crazy. We’re the same people who just recently blogged about how important growing subscribers is to increasing blog traffic. What gives?Graymail. Graymail is what gives …Graymail? What’s Graymail?Graymail is email you technically opted in to receive but don’t really want. Graymail is kind of like spam’s risk-taking but law-abiding cousin. It’s not against the law like spam is, but it’s also not as pure as spam’s straight-edged cousin “ham” (which is apparently what they call email that people actually want to receive). I guess that’s why some people call graymail “bacn” (bacon). Email deliverability experts can be so clever, huh? Here’s an example: Let’s say you signed up for an ecommerce website’s email list because doing so got you a 15% off coupon for a fishing pole you bought for your brother as a birthday gift. But you’re not into fishing yourself, and now you’re getting emails from them that don’t interest you. That’s one type of graymail. It’s not considered spam because you signed up for it, but you’re still not likely to engage with it. Why Graymail Hurts Marketers Although it’s not considered spam, sending graymail is problematic because it can hurt the deliverability of your email overall. Tipped off by low engagement rates, email clients may deliver email from known-graymail senders straight to recipients’ “junk” folders … even for brand new subscribers who haven’t even had the chance to engage with your email. In other words, the email technically gets sent (and delivered), but it’s not necessarily seen. Yuck, right?Well, as it turned out, the HubSpot Marketing Blog had a bit of a graymail problem on our hands. Our email deliverability team wasn’t mad, but they were disappointed. So we took action.Here’s What We DidWe did a couple of things, actually … 1) We Created Automated Workflows to Unsubscribe Subscribers Once They Became UnengagedThe first thing we did was set up a workflow using HubSpot’s Workflows App that automatically unsubscribes people once they hit a certain threshold of unengagement — specifically, the workflow unsubscribes someone from the Marketing Blog if they haven’t clicked on an email from us in the last six months. While it was a slightly more aggressive approach, we chose “clicks” over “opens” as our criteria for engagement since open rate is an unreliable email marketing metric.Our workflow also triggers an email to these unengaged recipients to let them know they’re getting unsubscribed, and attempts to re-engage them.As you already know, this workflow unsubscribed about 250,000 unengaged subscribers right off the bat. It also continues to unsubscribe people as they become unengaged, strengthening the quality of our email list and helping to prevent the ill-effects of graymail.Here’s What Happened …If you think we didn’t have anxiety about unsubscribing 45% of our list, you’re dead wrong. But once we got over the sticker shock, we realized there wasn’t really anything to be worried about. After all, 550,000 subscribers is nothing but a vanity metric if 250,000 of those people aren’t actually engaging with your content. And the people we were unsubscribing hadn’t clicked through to our blog from any of the emails we’d sent them over the course of the last 6 months, so we weren’t at risk of losing any email traffic.2) We Eliminated the Marketing Blog’s “Instant” SubscriptionShortly after we activated our unengaged subscriber workflow, Marketing Blog Manager Ginny Soskey also made the decision to completely eliminate the Marketing Blog’s instant subscription option, which had been sending instant subscribers a separate email for each new post we published. Instead, she moved those instant subscribers over to our daily subscription, which sends a once daily round-up of our best new posts.When we made the switch, we also sent an email to our former instant subscribers to let them know we were discontinuing our instant subscription in favor of our daily email, and that their inboxes would be a little lighter for it.We did this for several reasons, but I’ll highlight a couple of the major ones here. For one, the graymail problem. Because of the volume at which we publish to the Marketing Blog, we were sending over four emails per day to our instant subscribers, which at the time consisted of about 10,000 people. That’s a heckuva lot of email, which leads me to my second point.4+ emails per day isn’t a very lovable amount of email. In fact, it’s a very unlovable amount of email. What if we ever decided to increase our publishing frequency? That would mean we’d be sending even more email. Consolidating all that into one daily email that includes our best content was logical and lovable.Here’s What Happened … Compared to the unengaged workflows we set up, getting rid of our instant subscription was a riskier move because.We didn’t want to sabotage the traffic we were generating from our instant subscribers. Would fewer emails to our former instant subscribers lead to less blog traffic?We didn’t want to upset subscribers who actually liked receiving multiple emails per day about our latest blog content.On the traffic front, we basically broke even. Sending just one email per day instead of multiple emails didn’t translate into less traffic to the blog from email. This wasn’t that surprising to us, because in order to lose traffic, lots of subscribers would’ve needed to be clicking on more than one email per day, which was an unlikely scenario. We knew that was an unlikely scenario because we did our due diligence and analyzed the traffic to our blog from our instant emails before we made the decision to discontinue that subscription option … just to be safe. And as it turns out, what we did was actually a welcome change for most of our instant subscribers. The majority of the email replies we received were very positive and included sentiments like this:”Thanks for giving me some breathing room. I can use it.””Thanks for that. I was close to ending my subscription, to be honest 🙂 But now, never.””This is a much better solution for me. Thanks for practicing what you preach to make my experience better.”From the few people who spoke up and said they were actually disappointed about the discontinuation of our instant subscription, we noticed two common themes:People like being in control of their own inboxes. Of the blog emails we send them, they like being able to choose which ones to click on, and which ones to delete.Some people genuinely like to read every email/blog post we send them.Time to Reinvent Blog Content Distribution?While most people were in favor of our switch to fewer emails, the reasons some people were disappointed shed light on an opportunity for improvement on the blog content distribution front.In other words, there’s got to be a better way to give these subscribers what they want than by flooding their inboxes with email messages. For blogs, content distribution to subscribers has always boiled down to either email notifications or RSS, but is there a better way — particularly when it comes to instant notifications? For instance, what if there was a way to automatically send instant subscribers a tweet whenever a new post was published? Could someone invent a completely new platform or tool that helps to solve this problem?Perhaps better personalization is the solution here. If people want to have control over their own inboxes, maybe offering more robust subscription options is the answer, allowing subscribers to decide which types of blog content they were emailed about. If people were able to subscribe only to the content they’re interested in, instant email notifications would become much more tailored to the subscriber and a whole lot more valuable as a result.This is definitely something we’ll be noodling on, so let us know if you have any ideas 😉 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Email Newsletters Originally published Dec 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated October 30 2019
Artificial Intelligence Don’t forget to share this post! Topics: The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is dominating both headlines and the attention of businesses — and for good reason. In 2016 alone, at least 40 AI companies were acquired.The increasing sophistication of AI is also predicted to change the work force. An analysis from Oxford researchers reported than 47% of jobs are at risk, while a more recent Forrester report predicts that 7% of jobs may be eliminated by 2025.This sounds ominous, and while there will be industries completely upended by the “robots,” the bigger impact will be on how we work. New types of jobs and processes will be created, and different skills will be required by the rise of AI.For knowledge workers, the automation of time-consuming, menial tasks will free up their time for more strategic and impactful work, while the improvements in data processing speeds and insights can lead improvements in every area of a business — from customer service to marketing to sales to hiring.To clarify what AI is and what it’s not, we’ve put together a guide on the technology and why marketers need to understand it. And to better explain the future impact on how we work and why business leaders need to understand AI, we’ve organized a live event on YouTube with Amir Salihefendic of Doist (the maker of Todoist), Bastiaan Janmaat of DataFox, and Adam Long of Automated Insights.They’re going to discuss how AI is changing productivity, hiring, content creation, marketing, and more. If you want to learn more about how AI will impact your day-to-day work and the future of business, join us on February 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST, 4 p.m. GMT) for an hour-long discussion.Click here to save your seat for this live event. Originally published Feb 2, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017
Ambati Rayudu, who had retired from all forms of cricket after being overlooked for World Cup 2019, made a U-turn on his retirement after realising that the decision was taken in an ’emotional state and haste’.The 33-year-old Ambati Rayudu wrote to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) saying that he would like to come out of retirement and play all forms of cricket again. Rayudu thanked his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, VVS Laxman and Noel David for making him realise that he still has enough cricket left in him.Speaking on Rayudu’s comeback, Noel David, Hyderabad Cricket Association chief selector, said: “It is not an easy decision to make. It takes a lot of humility and courage to admit a mistake.””I am really excited about Rayudu’s comeback. There is still a lot of cricket left in him and I am sure that he will be a big boon to Hyderabad cricket. He has my full backing and it’s now up to him to help the team reach greater heights,” David told the Times of India.”I was able to speak to him and counsel him. I told him that he had much more to give back to the game. I have known him for a long time. He is not only a great cricketer but also a good human being. It’s just that he was not able to handle the disappointment and reacted in haste.”I am happy that he will play for the state again. The boys will benefit from his presence in the dressing room and the field. His experience of playing at the highest level is sure to benefit the team too. Hyderabad cricket will be richer by Rayudu’s contribution as he can now focus on grooming youngsters and building a great team for the years to come.advertisementRayudu had announced his retirement after he wasn’t chosen as a replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan in the World Cup 2019, despite being named one of five stand-bys for the showpiece event in England.Ambati Rayudu was not included in India’s 15-man squad for the World Cup as the selectors decided to go with a “three-dimensional” Vijay Shankar.Also Read | Who can say no to India: Ambati Rayudu makes retirement u-turnAlso Read | Ambati Rayudu comes out of retirement, says he has enough cricket left in himAlso See
A spirited performance from the Indian football team saw them hold Asian champions Qatar to a goalless draw and steal an unexpected point from their away match of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Doha on Tuesday.The scoreline may suggest that the match would have been a dull draw but it was the complete opposite as both sides battled hard to gain the lead in the match.India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who also wore the captain’s armband in the absence of Sunil Chhetri, being the star of the visiting side as he single-handedly stopped the Qataris from scoring any goal in the Group E match which will be remembered for long by Indians.Following a heart breaking loss against Oman in Guwahati five days ago, the draw earned India their first point in the ongoing qualifiers. While Qatar are still leading the pack with four points from two matches, India are currently at the fourth spot with one point from two matches.Dear India, THAT is my team and THOSE are my boys! Cannot describe how proud I am at this moment. Not a big result for the table, but in terms of a fight, as big as it can get. Huge credit to the coaching staff and the dressing room. #QATINDSunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) September 10, 2019″I feel extremely proud of the team for our performance against Qatar. The team-effort helped us achieve the result. It will help us immensely in the qualifiers.”We have played just two matches, and we have played well, that too against two powerful teams. It gives us that added motivation and confidence that in football, anything is possible.advertisement”Everyone played their hearts out, and gave everything out on the pitch. That enabled us to come back to the dressing room, satisfied, and with a very crucial point,” Gurpreet Singh Sandhu said after the match.The stand-in India captain also thanked the Indian fans for turning up in huge numbers at the stadium in Doha.We had incredible support away from home and that helped us throughout the gameHere’s what @GurpreetGK had to say after tonight’s historic performance#BackTheBlue#QATIND #WCQ #BlueTigers #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/Nhpynb4rPlIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 10, 2019The two sides had played just one official senior match before Tuesday and Qatar had won 6-0 in September 2007 in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.”It was like playing at home away from home. The support was incredible. They spurred us on, cheering us all throughout,” Gurpreet said.MASSIVE SHOUTOUT to all the fans at the stadium and to the ones that supported us from back at home#BackTheBlue#QATIND #WCQ #BlueTigers #IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/fhOT622KNGIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 10, 2019India will host Bangladesh in their next match of the qualifiers on October 15.Also Read | FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Gritty India hold Asian Champions Qatar to goal-less drawAlso Read | Iranian female soccer fan ‘Blue Girl’ dies after setting herself on fire