‘Pochettino deserves Man Utd & Madrid links’

first_imgInterest from Manchester United and Real Madrid in Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is “no coincidence”, says Danny Rose, with the Argentine deserving of such attention.An already impressive reputation across Europe was enhanced on Tuesday when Spurs played out a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at Camp Nou and made their way into the Champions League last 16.That performance, which saw Tottenham dominate for long periods, is considered to be another example of Pochettino’s tactical nous and ability to bring the best out of those at his disposal. 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! It is those qualities, though, which could one day lead him away from north London, with speculation continuing to suggest that he is wanted by leading sides in the Premier League and La Liga.Spurs full-back Rose told reporters of his highly-regarded boss and the links to other jobs: “It speaks volumes of how good he is.“It’s no coincidence every day you read Real Madrid want him or United want him. It’s exactly what he deserves.“What he has done here in the last four or five years has been amazing. Not only for myself but the club.“He has transformed how others think of us outside the club and he has transformed how we think of ourselves and how we approach big games.“It’s no secret all the teams have spent a lot more than what we have. The belief he gives everybody is just amazing.”Harry Kane Harry Winks Heung Min Son Tottenham Barcelona 111218Pochettino has kept Tottenham competitive in domestic and European competition this season despite making no additions to his squad over the summer.Rose considers that to be some achievement and believes that further stability and continuity will be sought in January when the transfer window re-opens.The England international added: “The manager did not made any signings in the summer and he is probably not going to make any signings in January.“Well, I’ve not heard anything, so I am guessing that will be the case. So for him to do what he has done and what he is doing now speaks volumes of him.“Like I said, it’s no coincidence big teams are being linked with him. We hope he stays for a really long time.”last_img read more

Barca beat PSG & Man City to sign €75m De Jong

first_imgBarcelona have announced the signing of midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Ajax for an initial fee of €75 million (£65m/$85m).The highly-rated 21-year-old was also a target for both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but the Catalan giants have now clinched the signing of their man. De Jong will link up with his new club in July this year having signed a five-year contract, and the deal could include a further €11 million (£10m/$12m) in add-ons.  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! In the wake of Barcelona’s third signing of the Januray window, following the arrivals of Kevin Prince Boateng and Jeison Murillo, the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu tweeted: “With the arrival of Frenkie de Jong we add talent, youth and Barça style to our sporting project.”We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come. Welcome, Frenkie!”De Jong follows a number of  former Ajax players to join the Liga club, with Johan Cruyff, Ronald Koeman, Patrick Kluivert, Frank de Boer and Luis Suarez among the most successful to have played for both sides. The Netherlands international playmaker has scored three goals and bagged one assist in the Eredivisie this term, after picking up seven assists last season. Although his preferred role is in midfield, he has featured at centre-back for Ajax in the past and is known for his versatility.What you’ve all been waiting for… pic.twitter.com/gDE1mujM— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2019He also made a cameo performance in the Europa League final against Manchester United, coming on as a second-half substitute. De Jong could feature against Barca’s rivals Real Madrid when Ajax take them on in the last 16 of the Champions League in February. His team-mate at the Dutch club Matthijs de Ligt, who won the Golden Boy award back in December, has also been linked with a move to Barca as well as Man City, PSG and Juventus.The centre-back’s future is yet to be decided, but City are reported to be the most likely destination for the 19-year-old at present with Pep Guardiola a keen admirer of De Ligt’s ability to play out from the back as well as his defensive strength.last_img read more

What Freelancers Living Abroad Need to Know About Taxes

first_imgEditor’s Note: Guest blogger Jonathan Medows is a New York City-based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers across the country. He has a resource section with how-to articles specifically for the self-employed at his website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com.Freelancers living outside the United States have a whole set of unique tax issues to deal with – things they never had to worry about when living in the United States.The first is something everyone wants to avoid: the possibility of being required to pay income taxes in both the U.S. and the country where you are living and working abroad.One way to avoid double taxation is by claiming what is called the “foreign income exclusion” with the IRS. It allows qualifying individuals who live and work abroad to exclude up to $97,600 from the gross income they report on their U.S. tax returns, beginning in tax year 2013.**Who can take advantage of the foreign income exclusion? **U.S. citizens living in a foreign country for an entire tax year who have foreign income, U.S. resident aliens who are citizens of a country with which the U.S. has an income tax treaty in effect and who reside there for an entire tax year, and U.S. citizens or U.S. resident aliens who live in a foreign country for at least 330 days during any 12 consecutive months.What if you earn income over the excluded amount of $97,600?You may be eligible for U.S. tax credits for any foreign taxes you pay.The foreign income exclusion does not apply to freelancers who work for an American employer, such as the U.S. government or a U.S. corporation or its foreign affiliate. Those freelancers pay only U.S. income taxes, not income taxes to the country where they are residing.Self-employment taxAlong with income tax, even if you are working abroad, you still owe U.S. self-employment tax (Social Security and Medicare) on your freelance income of $400 or more annually. That’s because the rules for paying self-employment tax are the same whether you are living and working in the U.S. or in another country. For 2013, up to $113,700 in net earnings from self-employment is subject to Social Security taxes. All your net earnings are subject to the Medicare portion of your self-employment tax.Just as with income tax, you shouldn’t be forced to double-pay self-employment taxes. Fortunately, international agreements between the U.S. and many foreign countries ensure that you don’t get stuck paying Social Security taxes to two countries for the same work.Foreign bank accountsHere’s another important item to keep in mind, one that we find many freelancers overlook: the reporting of foreign bank and financial accounts to the U.S. Treasury Department. New reporting requirements passed in 2010, aimed at tightening up IRS oversight of foreign bank accounts, have landed these accounts in the news recently.If you’re an American freelancer with a foreign bank account, mutual fund or stock account that held more than $10,000 at any time during the calendar year, you must file Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). It is not filed with your 1040 tax return. It must be filed electronically with the U.S. Treasury Department by June 30 of the year after the calendar year that is being reported.You may also be required to file IRS Form 8938, the Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Accovunts. That form is similar to the FBAR but the financial threshold is higher and it applies only to specific individuals with specific foreign financial assets. Unlike the FBAR form, Form 8938 is filed with your individual 1040 tax return.Sound complicated? It is.But you do get one break for residing overseas, and that’s on the due date for your tax return. While those of us living stateside have until April 15 to file (or request an extension) every year, you are allowed an automatic two-month extension, to June 15, to file your return and pay any amount of taxes you owe.At CPAforfreelancers.com, we specialize in freelancers’ taxes and have partnerships with accounting firms overseas. We can help answer your questions about what you owe – and don’t – if you’re living and working abroad.last_img read more

Norman Rockwell on Being an Artist-for-Hire, Public Opinion, and Working from the Gut

first_imgNorman Rockwell has long been almost an artist. Many art critics have considered him merely a great commercial illustrator – a quality worker-for-hire, but not a fine artist.It’s a distinction that Rockwell himself thought deeply about. So today, on what would be Rockwell’s 120th birthday, let’s take some time to think about the question that was central to his life and is probably a concern for most creative freelancers and contractors: Is what we do art? And does this distinction matter?Rockwell’s critics & defendersIn Rockwell’s lifetime, he was hardly ever considered a fine artist. In fact, some artists say that his name was spoken “with disgust and disdain” as a sell-out. He was too happy to be an artist — some critics found his “relentless optimism” exhausting. Some say that his paintings are too shiny. Or they aren’t angsty enough.But as the years pass, opinion is changing. Just look at this Seattle PI article published two years ago and cheekily titled, “Art Critic Admits to Liking Norman Rockwell, Does Not Need to Go Underground.” Or the fact that his most recent auctioned painting sold for $46 million.Unfortunately, it may be that recent biographies of Rockwell that paint him as suicidal and sexually repressed have actually increased his stature as an artist. A biography published this past December, “American Mirror” by Deborah Solomon, suggests that Rockwell was also a homosexual. The claim has been met with fury from Rockwell’s family but has reignited interest and debate around Rockwell as an artist. (It has also set off a flurry of art critics examining his paintings for repressed homoerotic themes. )Solomon wrote the book consciously hoping it would set the record straight about Rockwell: “To me, it’s not a book about Rockwell’s sexuality and I really try to make the case for his largeness as an artist,” she said. A large portion of the book is dedicated to his feelings of exclusion from the world of “fine art,” and to Solomon’s claims that he should be considered a real artist.Rockwell defines himself (and we can too)In 1962 (at the age of 68), Rockwell was quoted in Esquire magazine as saying, “No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He’s got to put all of his talent, all of his feeling into them. If illustration is not considered art, then that is something that we have brought upon ourselves by not considering ourselves artists. I believe that we should say, ‘I am not just an illustrator, I am an artist.’”It’s true that what we think of ourselves shapes how others see us. I think commercial artists today — what we would probably call freelance illustrators, graphic designers, etc. — have already changed our perception of their work as art by considering themselves to be artists. And there’s not as clean a distinction between “art” and “non-art” as there once was.Maybe the distinction just doesn’t matter anymore.Instead, maybe we’re just beginning to respect people who work from the gut. The man or woman who puts “all of his talent, all of his feeling” into what they do.This idea that passion matters is responsible for the entire “Do what you love” movement. It’s responsible for the rise of craftsmanship. It’s also responsible for the rise of freelancing: millions of Americans choosing to find or go back to what they enjoy doing, and finding that — like Rockwell — they can make money at what they love.Maybe, as Rockwell found, money doesn’t cheapen this pursuit. Perhaps making a living by working for other people, for brands, for big businesses doesn’t make creative freelancers non-artists.But that’s something freelancers must define for ourselves.**Creative freelancers, do you consider yourselves artists? If not, why? **last_img read more

“Do art and do it for the rest of your lives”: Kurt Vonnegut’s letter to high schoolers

first_imgAs freelancers who often create on demand, we thought that you’d appreciate this letter by Kurt Vonnegut, which has been making the rounds on Reddit today. It was written by Vonnegut in 2006 to a group of high school students who asked him to come to their school. He passed away a year later, in 2007.**Here’s the text of the letter: **Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and Messrs Perin, McFeely, Batten, Maurer and Congiusta:I thank you for your friendly letters. You sure know how to cheer up a really old geezer (84) in his sunset years. I don’t make public appearances any more because I now resemble nothing so much as an iguana.What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.Seriously! I mean starting right now, do art and do it for the rest of your lives. Draw a funny or nice picture of Ms. Lockwood, and give it to her. Dance home after school, and sing in the shower and on and on. Make a face in your mashed potatoes. Pretend you’re Count Dracula.Here’s an assignment for tonight, and I hope Ms. Lockwood will flunk you if you don’t do it: Write a six line poem, about anything, but rhymed. No fair tennis without a net. Make it as good as you possibly can. But don’t tell anybody what you’re doing. Don’t show it or recite it to anybody, not even your girlfriend or parents or whatever, or Ms. Lockwood. OK?Tear it up into teeny-weeny pieces, and discard them into widely separated trash recepticals. You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your poem. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.God bless you all!Kurt Vonnegutlast_img read more

Get dirty this summer (gardening)

first_imgPlanting a veggie garden has an obvious tangible benefit: ie. physical things to put in your mouth. You’re also eating local, have more control over where your food comes from, and even saving a few dollars in the process.But wait! There’s more! Gardening also has less tangible benefits: it’s good for your mental and physical health.Just because you may occupy a smaller corner of the Earth doesn’t mean you can’t plant things. Start a herb garden on your window sill/fire escape/balcony. Or join a community garden! Check out The Quiet Revolution Map for community gardens near you.It Relieves StressA 2011 study found that gardening combats stress better than other leisure activities such as reading. Just 30 minutes of outdoor gardening can do all sorts of things for your mood. Getting out in the sunshine is also great for stress relief and your immune system (just don’t forget the sunscreen).It gets you movingDepending on your living situation you may have more room for your garden to to grow. However, no matter how big or small, there will be hauling sacks of dirt, watering, harvesting and other vigorous activities involved. Exercise and other physical activities are also great stress relievers.It enables you to put better things in your mouthLet’s face it, organic basil/kale/tomatoes are expensive when you buy them at the store. For a summer’s worth of garden veggies(and then some), it’s about 4 dollars per seed packet. So not only are you being financially savvy but you are getting a good healthy foodstuff too.Freelancers, how do you grow and nurture a healthy mind, body, and stomach?last_img read more

How to capture a brand’s tone (without losing your voice)

first_imgLet me begin by saying that I am not, by training or by inclination, a marketing expert. I don’t claim to know everything about branding strategy, nor the intricacies of brand “identity.” All I have is lots of hands-on practical experience. I’ve worked as a copywriter in online/offline content for organizations of every imaginable stripe: from writing dry technical pieces for medical companies, to developing absurdist, funny nonsense for children’s books.One of my strengths as a copywriter – one that has gotten me a lot of work, for which I’m very grateful – is versatility. I’m good at quickly picking up and mimicking a brand’s tone, often while maintaining my own voice; the latter portion is what keeps me most interested. People have authored books and taught entire courses centered around writing on brand; this post does not claim to be so comprehensive. Instead, it’s an attempt to detail my own (fairly uncomplicated) process.A Quick No-Fuss Guide to Capturing Brand Tone**1. Research, research, research **I assume you’ve done a bit of this before you even landed the freelance gig – poking around their current content and picking up tone. Now that you have the job, delve a bit deeper. Some established companies have a Style Guide – although it’s more uncommon than you’d think (and if you’re freelancing with a start-up, odds are YOU’LL be writing the Style Guide).Ask if they have one anyway; at worst, you’ll look eager and conscientious. If they don’t have a Style Guide, look more closely at their current content. What’s the voice they’re using now? Formal, informal? How slangy do they get? How do they normally structure pieces? What are common terms and references? Start figuring out their current “rules” – that’ll be the foundation of your work.**2. Figure out the target audience **In the best situations, you’ll be able to meet directly with your client and ask them specific questions about who they’re trying to reach (and how). How old are their target audiences? What does your client want them to do – click through, share on social media, read, download, take action?Sometimes, this information has been covered in your initial interview – but now is the time to get specific. Do not be afraid to ask. Again, the aforementioned meeting is the optimal scenario, one in which your client has plenty of time and energy. I’ve also been in situations where a wild – eyed, overloaded project manager hires me in a panic, because they need truckloads of content done yesterday – no time for close questioning.On other gigs, the client has looked at me beseechingly: um, what kinds of audiences do you think they should target? In those cases, get the most information you can about your clients’ objectives (even if you can’t have a longer meeting) and take an educated guess, based on their product and the tone of their existing content. Don’t be afraid to check out their competitors’ content in order to pick up some tips on voice.**3. Determine the optimal marriage of existing tone + target **So, you’ve looked at your clients’ existing content and learned a little about their goals. Now find the intersection – how you can nudge tone to meet specific objectives. For example, if clients are trying to reach millennials via sharable social media pieces, that’s going to call for a jaunty, snarky, approachable tone. If they want academics to read a pamphlet, that calls for a more formal, weighty voice.If you can pair the client’s existing “rules” with a voice that appeals to their target audience, you’re golden. Often, that’s a matter of common sense. For example, if a public health non – profit wants to develop blog posts that appeal to readers outside of their field, you’ll need to find a tone that covers the seriousness of a public health issue with an approachable, clear style – broken down into easily-digestible blog form.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member**4. Know that there’s normally wiggle-room **When you’re playing around with tone and personality, it’s easy to slip in some of your own voice – as long as you keep target audiences in mind and follow the basic “rules” of your client. Maintain good communication with your client; when you’re first beginning to write for them, send drafts early to make sure you’re capturing tone. Be ready and willing to revise, if necessary.Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can begin reasonably exploring the boundaries of the brand’s voice. Most clients, in my experience, don’t want an on brand automaton; they want someone who brings their own creative spark. That’s what makes content engaging and fun to read. I’ve never needed to delve much deeper than these 4 steps, personally.This kind of simple process (plus a healthy willingness to revise and adjust according to client specifications) has gotten me plenty of work. In my experience, writing on brand doesn’t have to be a slog; you, too, can capture tone without too much effort – and best of all, you never have to stop playing with it!Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

Drive customer loyalty with your newsletter

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.I’ll get right to the point: For the past six months, I’ve been trying to cancel the water delivery to my office – but I just can’t do it.Not only has the price kept going up, but they’ve installed a real kitchen in my office building. I’m no longer faced with having to refill my water glass in the men’s room, a fallback option that always struck me as a bad idea.Now, there’s a kitchen right down the hall, outfitted with a real sink and access to all the cold water you could ever want.But I still haven’t picked up the phone and cancelled. You know why? It’s because the guy who delivers my water is so damn friendly.No matter how cold or hot it is outside, no matter how many of those heavy containers he’s got on his back, the man never stops smiling and he’s never too busy to stop and chat.The funny thing is, if six years ago, the people at Poland Spring had tried to sell me on the concept of water delivery by highlighting how friendly their truck drivers were, I would have laughed in their soggy faces.But now, and despite a cheaper, more convenient option, it’s the reason I’m still a customer.Guess what – your E-Newsletter works the same way.No stranger signs up because they want to get to know you better – they don’t care about you. Or your dog. Or your kids.They come for the water, or the useful information and a solution to their problems.But along the way, and if all goes well, a funny thing happens: They get attached to you as an individual.Sure, you still need to give them the information they come for. But over time, the differentiator – the stickiness that holds their attention and makes them think twice about moving on – is the human being who delivers the product.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a memberWhat’s that mean for your newsletter? I can think of at least two things:#1: You need to tell stories and share personal tidbits when you write.I know, I know, your brother-in-law with the MBA warned you of the dangers of appearing “unprofessional.”The thing is, appearing unprofessional is a much smaller and less likely to occur problem than the big one you already have: The information you possess, within your field of expertise, is no different than that of your competitors. Everybody is selling the same water.When you tell stories and share personal information, on the other hand, you become my delivery man. I see you as a human being. A likeable expert, if you will.#2: You need to write the way you talk.Uh oh, here comes the brother-in-law again. But here as well, your readers can’t make a personal connection with someone who says things like, “we have a proven track record of supercalifragilized best practice stakeholder solutions.”Big companies get this. Their ads use words that are clear and simple. They understand that common, everyday language is what builds connection. And connection is what helps people buy. Why else would they hire a British lizard to try and sell you insurance?You, happily, don’t need a lizard. As a solo professional, you’ve already got an authentic, friendly, human voice, sitting right there below your nose. Time to start using it.Here’s the bottom line. Humans like to do business with other humans. We like to connect, we like to chat, we like to smile, we like to shake hands.Yes, we need to do business as we go.But if you can figure out a way to deliver a friendly bit of yourself alongside every gallon of useful water, you’ll keep people coming back for more, even when they’re faced with cheaper, more convenient options.Give my best to your brother-in-law.Michael Katz is a Boston-based marketing consultant and founder of Blue Penguin Development. He specializes in developing email newsletters for professional service firms. Download a free copy of his latest book, “It Sure Beats Working: 29 Quirky Stories and Practical Business Lessons for the First-Time, Mid-Life, Solo Professional,” when you subscribe to his free, twice-monthly newsletter here.last_img read more

Delighted to have scored my first ODI hundred for England: Jonny Bairstow

first_imgWicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow said he was extremely pleased to have scored his first ODI century and join the ‘elusive club’ during England’s comfortable seven-wicket win over West Indies at the Old Trafford on Tuesday.In only his second innings as an opener in ODIs, Bairstow hit 100 not out off 97 balls to help England take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.The Yorkshire man was ably supported by Joe Root (54) as the hosts backed up an impressive bowling performance as West Indies could only post 204/9, with Ben Stokes taking 3/43 including the wicket of his old foe Marlon Samuels.Before Tuesday’s match, England skipper Eoin Morgan had emphasised that Bairstow would have the opening slot and deserved a run there after waiting patiently in the wings for a long time. The wicketkeeper-batsman repaid his captain’s faith amply, starting confidently and never letting up.”I’m really pleased. It seems a long time ago since I made my debut at Cardiff,” Sport24 quoted Bairstow as saying.”I’m delighted to have scored my first one-day hundred for England. There aren’t many people who’ve done it – and to join that elusive club is something, when you make your debut at Cardiff against India, you want to do. So you’ve got to enjoy it when you do,” he added.The second match will be next played at Trent Bridge on Thursday.last_img read more

Fanfare over cricketers influencing selection decisions, a concern: Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgMS Dhoni’s career so far has been nothing short of a Bollywood blockbuster. The only captain to win the World T20, the World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the Test Championship Mace, is no longer the man he was only a few years back. The young boy with long locks from Ranchi is now a man with greying stubble, as the bildungsroman has slowly transformed into a medieval romance.  “It’s in our DNA in India, isn’t it? We do not just make icons of our sporting heroes, we also give them God-like status. But since we already have one God in cricket, Dhoni, I guess, will have to be something else,” wrote former India and an contemporary commentary of the gentleman’s game, Sanjay Manjrekar, is his recent column for espncricinfo.”Dhoni is a public performer, and just his public performance, not his personal life, is under scrutiny here. Once you are a public performer, it does not matter what the critic’s standing in society or cricket is. That’s irrelevant,” he added.Dhoni’s last knock in a blue shirt came against New Zealand where he scored 49 off 37 balls with a strike-rate of 132. It may not have been the flashiest of batting displays, but the former captain’s inability to rotate strike much like the past one year, has courted criticism from many.Former captains have come to attack Dhoni for his failures of late and Manjrekar is the not the first. In his column he gave examples of past instances when the country’s common man, wearing the critic’s hat, have called for the aging stars’ heads. Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar being the yardsticks for his comparison.advertisement”I still feel it’s time for MS Dhoni to give youngsters a chance in T20 format. It will be an opportunity for a youngster to blossom and get confidence playing international cricket. He is definitely an integral part of ODI cricket,” Laxman had said analysing Dhoni’s condition in a post match cricket show.Another legend of the game, Sourav Ganguly, in an interview with India Today, had this to say about Dhoni’s T20 credentials: “I am not too sure if Dhoni is a good T20 player. He is a champion ODI player but when it comes to T20 cricket, in 10 years, he has got one fifty and that’s not the best record. So that’s an area which needs to be looked at.”The question of selection has also been a hot topic for much discussion and debate. Manjrekar weighs-in on the issue saying, “Reputation or status of a player should never be a factor in selection. The criteria must be the same for each player. Of course, past performance and quality are factors because great players can do special things, but while picking players, I would consider, apart from skills and fitness, how good they are as team players, their potential to contribute consistently, and what they can grow into.”Virat Kohli, Dhoni’s successor and now his captain, came to his defence after the New Zealand series. “First, I don’t understand why are people only pointing him out, I’m not able to understand this. If I fail as a batsman three times, no one is going to point fingers at me because I am not over 35. The guy is fit, he is passing all the fitness tests. He is contributing to the team in every tactical way on the field. With the bat, if you look at the series against Australia and Sri Lanka, he did really well. In this series, he has not got much time to bat.”India’s coach, Ravi Shashtri has also thrown his weight behind Dhoni, saying, “Looks like there are a lot of jealous people around, who just want Dhoni to have a couple of bad days…. There are a few people who are waiting to see the end of MS Dhoni. But great players like him decide their own future.””We will be unfair to a great if we dropped him because he is not living up to our great expectations,” Manjrekar wrote is his column, but also questioned the notion of not criticising someone like Dhoni.  “But somehow in India, once a player achieves the status of an icon, only good things are allowed to be said about him, and people are crucified if what they say comes across as anything less than a compliment,” he wrote.last_img read more

IPL auction likely in January, higher salary caps a possibility

first_imgA mega auction ahead of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League could be held in the last week of January, it has emerged after a meeting between BCCI and franchise owners.The likes of Shah Rukh, Jay Mehta, Akash Ambani and Ness’ Wadia attended the meeting to discuss the future of the IPL and modalities ahead of the auction early next year.”The meeting was well attended. Delhi Daredevils owner GM Rao, Mumbai Indians’ Akash Ambani, Kolkata Knight Riders’ Shah Rukh Khan and Jay Mehta, Kings XI Punjab’s Mohit Burman and Ness Wadia were present. Rajasthan Royals was represented by Manoj Badale while CSK’s representative John George,” a BCCI official informed.It looks like players salary cap spending may go up from Rs 66 crore to somewhere between Rs 75-85 crore. Moreover, teams maybe allowed to retain between three to six players.Siginificantly, the next edition of the IPL will see the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who were banned for two years following the spot-fixing scandal that erupted in 2013.Both CSK and RR, it is understood, wanted exclusive Right to Match cards for redistribution of players from Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions.However, some team owners opposed the request and wanted an even playing field before the auction.Meanwhile, a couple of the IPL team owners had floated the idea of having next edition’s players’ auction in England but the suggestion could not find favour with the majority of the franchises during a meeting with the BCCI in Mumbai.advertisement”Yes, there were discussions whether we could shift this year’s auction abroad. A couple of franchise owners suggested England as this will be a big auction with most players back in the pool. However majority of the members want it to be held in India,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.The prospect of staging an IPL for women’s cricketers was also discussed in the meeting.A final decision on all the points raised at Tuesday’s meeting will be taken later during an IPL Governing Council meeting.(Inputs from Rasesh Mandani)last_img read more

ISL: Raphael Augusto stars as Chennaiyin FC crush NorthEast United

first_imgA new-look Chennaiyin FC swept aside NorthEast United FC 3-0 in their Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash at Marina Arena in Chennai on Thursday.Chennaiyin FC had lost their opening battle against FC Goa after conceding three first-half goals. Coach Gregory John had admitted that he got his formation and choice of players wrong. For the next clash, he made four changes, handing starts to Gregory Nelson, Francis Fernandes, Bikramjiit Singh and Dhanpal Ganesh, and the new-look squad started firing straightway.The man who starred for Chennaiyin FC was a familiar face. Raphael Augusto has been with the club since 2015 and was at the heart of the first two goals. It was his powerful attempt on goal that forced NorthEast defender Abdul Hakku to deflect into his own goal in the 11th minute and then Raphael himself got on to the scoresheet with a fine attempt from outside the danger zone in the 24th minute.Substitute Mohammed Rafi made it 3-0 with a goal in the 84th minute to hand Chennaiyin FC their first victory.A dominating performance from start to finish saw @ChennaiyinFC claim their first win of the season!#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #CHENEU pic.twitter.com/xYQRPvWoZ0- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 23, 2017NorthEast United had the first chance of the match as Chennaiyin goalkeeper Karanjit Singh carelessly gave the ball away in the fourth minute. The ball fell to Seiminlen Doungel whose curling effort from the left sailed over the crossbar.Francis Fernandes then missed from close range for Chennaiyin but the hosts didn’t have to wait for long to break the deadlock.advertisementRaphael moved inside from the left and with plenty of space available tried his luck from a distance. The ball struck Abdul Hakku’s head and entered into his own goal.Chennaiyin made it 2-0 in the 24th minute. Midfielder Bikramjit Singh started this move with a diagonal ball which Nelson headed for Raphael who finished it off with a powerful left-footed attempt.Augus-??? goal ???#LetsFootball #CHENEU pic.twitter.com/9ebgVpt8Pl- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 23, 2017NorthEast United coach Joao de Deus was forced into two substitutions inside the first half as he introduced Halicharan Narzary and Luis Alfonso for Seiminlen Doungel and an injured Odair Fortes. But the visitors didn’t create any chance in the first half.Even in the second session, NorthEast United were hardly in the game and looked a far cry from the side that dominated Jamshedpur FC in their opening game.Instead, Chennaiyin FC continued to grow and they added to their goal tally through substitute Mohammed Rafi who pounced on the chance after Jaime Gavilan’s free-kick had ricocheted off the goalpost.Quick to pounce was Mohammed Rafi! #LetsFootball #CHENEU pic.twitter.com/A30s1fFBh7- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 23, 2017last_img read more

PTI highlights at 5 pm

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) The following are PTIs top/ expected stories at 5 pm: STORIES IN THE PIPELINENew Delhi_BJPs Ram Madhav to address Raisina DialogueNew Delhi_Army chiefs interaction with children taking part in Republic Day ParadeVadrad (Guj)_Modi, Netanyahu to visit Indo-Israel agriculture centre NATIONBOM6GJ-LD ROADSHOW Modi, Netanyahu bond in Gujarat; hold grand roadshowAhmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu today held a roadshow in the city under a heavy security blanket as thousands of people lined up along the route to greet them.DEL11DEF-SITHARAMAN LD SUKHOI Defence Minister Sitharaman flies in Sukhoi-30 MKIJodhpur: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today undertook a sortie in IAF?s frontline combat jet Sukhoi-30 MKI in the western sector of Rajasthan.DEL7DEF-ARMY CHIEF Both political and militant fronts of terror groups must be dealt with: RawatNew Delhi: All terror outfits have a militant and a political front and to deal with the menace of terrorism, both need to be addressed simultaneously, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said today.BOM13GJ-NETANYAHU-MODI Making efforts for innovation-friendly systems: ModiAhmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today his government is making efforts to create systems that are innovation-friendly to build an innovation-driven new India. BOM7GJ-NETANYAHU-GANDHI Netanyahu describes Gandhi as humanitys great prophetAhmedabad: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today described Mahatma Gandhi as one of the great prophets of humanity.DEL9UP-CURRENCY-ARRESTUP: 16 held in connection with seizure of Rs 96cr in old notesadvertisementKanpur: As many as 16 people, including a builder, were arrested by the Kanpur police in connection with the seizure of over Rs 96 crore in demonetised currency notes from the builders ancestral house in Swaroop Nagar here.DEL1TN-HAASAN-POLITICSKamal Haasan to announce political partys name on Feb 21Chennai: Kamal Haasan will announce his political partys name on February 21 at Tamil Nadus Ramanathapuram and begin a state-wide tour the same day.DES4HR-RAPE-BODY Teen rape incident: Body of suspected abductor foundChandigarh: The Haryana Police today said the body of a 19-year-old youth, who was named in the FIR as the alleged abductor in the savage rape and murder case of a 15-year-old Dalit girl from a village in Kurukshetra district, has been found from a canal near Jyotisar. LEGALLGD2SC-JUDGES-CHELAMESWAR Justice Chelameswar on leave todayNew Delhi: Justice J Chelameswar, one of the four Supreme Court judges who had openly castigated the functioning of the top court headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, is on leave today as he is unwell, sources said.LGD3SC-PADMAAVAT Padmaavat producers move SC against ban by various statesNew Delhi: The Supreme Court today agreed to hear the plea of producers of controversial Bollywood movie Padmavaat against the ban imposed on its release by various state governments.LGD5DL-HC-GAMBHIR PUBS HC notice to pub, owner on Gambhirs plea to restrain them from using his nameNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought the response of a city-based restro-bar chain and its owner on Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhirs plea seeking to restrain them from using his name as their tagline. FOREIGNFGN3TRUMP-2NDLD HEALTH Doctor says Trumps health excellent, has no cognitive issuesBy Lalit K JhaWashington: Donald Trump is in “excellent” health and has passed the cognitive test with flying colours, the White House physician said after the US president underwent his annual medical check-up to quell questions about his mental abilities.FGN4IEA-INDIA Huge opportunity to export LNG to India, China: IEA chiefBy Lalit K JhaWashington: There is a huge opportunity for the US to export LNG to India and China in the next five years as they push to replace coal, the head of the International Energy Agency has said as he highlighted the growing importance of the two nations in the energy market.FGN5US-LD IMMIGRATION Trump admins must list for immigrants: skills, EnglishBy Lalit K JhaWashington: The Trump administration wants to admit immigrants who have skills, talent and can speak English, a top official has said, giving insight into the proposed merit-based system that may benefit individuals from countries like India.FES15US-UN-ROHINGYA US, UN for safe, voluntary return of Rohingyas to MyanmarWashington/United Nations: The United States and the United Nations today insisted on safe and voluntary return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar.FES13US-JAYAPAL-TRUMP Indian-American Congresswoman to boycott Trumps State of the Union addressBy Lalit K JhaWashington: Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has announced that she would skip President Donald Trumps State of the Union address, in protest against his policies and rhetoric against immigrants. SPORTSadvertisementSPF8SPO-HOCK-IND Hockey: India hammer Japan 6-0 in Nations InvitationalTauranga (New Zealand): Dilpreet Singh and debutant Vivek Sagar Prasad struck a brace each as the Indian mens hockey team thrashed Japan 6-0 in its opening match of the double-leg Four Nations Invitational Tournament here today.SPF15SPO-DAKAR Santosh 40th after stage 10 of Dakar RallyBelen (Argentina): Indian driver C S Santosh recovered from a crash to be 40th overall for the Hero MotoSports Team Rally after the 10th stage of the gruelling Dakar Rally here. PTI MG BDSlast_img read more

Thibaut Courtois backs under-fire Antonio Conte after Watford defeat

first_imgChelsea lost to Watford 1-4 on Tuesday and it’s believed that their manager Antonio Conte is on the brink of the sack. But the London club players remain supportive of manager despite suffering a second successive three-goal defeat in the Premier League, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.Five days earlier the English club lost 3-0 at home to Bournemouth.The result left them fourth in the table, 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, and increased the pressure already mounting on their Italian manager.”We believe in him and we believe in our team. We have two bad results and we just try to get back, regroup and just continue,” Courtois told club’s website.”Obviously we are disappointed with the two results we have had in the last week, obviously it is not good, but we have to regroup in training, have heads high and continue the hard work and just continue what we were doing.Full-time: Watford 4-1 Chelsea. href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WATCHEsrc=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WATCHE pic.twitter.com/lmwNoWb8cLChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 5, 2018″We have now two bad losses but we are a team with the manager, and everyone is positive about that, and we will try to do our best to win next week.”Chelsea were reduced to 10 men against Watford when Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off after half an hour and they fell behind to Troy Deeney’s penalty 12 minutes later.Eden Hazard equalised eight minutes from time, but late goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra condemned Chelsea to back-to-back three-goal defeats for the first time since 1995.advertisement”We showed that we wanted to fight, even with 10 men, and that shows we have character, but when you lose twice like that, it is not good and there are questions raised, but we go back to training with the manager, and training well and turn this situation around,” Courtois added.Chelsea started 2018 second in the table and in the semi-finals of the League Cup, but they were beaten over two legs by Arsenal and have drawn two and lost two of their five Premier League matches so far this year.Conte’s side are now just one point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and face a fight for Champions League qualification.They remain in this season’s competition but face runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona in the last-16, with the first leg at home on Feb. 20.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

India, Oman sign 8 agreements as PM Modi meets Sultan Qaboos

first_imgMuscat, Feb 12 (PTI) India and Oman have signed eight agreements, including on cooperation in the field of defence, health and tourism, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with the Sultan of the country.Modi, who arrived here from Dubai on the last leg of his three-nation tour, led delegation-level talks yesterday with Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said.”Charting out new frontiers in our bilateral relationship, PM @narendramodi led delegation-level talks with Sultan Qaboos of Oman. The two strategic partners discussed to strengthen cooperation in trade & investment, energy, defence & security, food security and regional issues,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.Sultan Qaboos appreciated the contribution of “honest and hard working” Indian nationals in the development of Oman.After their talks, the two sides signed eight agreements, including an MoU on legal and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.They also signed an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, special, service and official passports and an MoU on cooperation in the field of health, tourism and peaceful uses of outer space.The two countries also signed an agreement on cooperation between Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, India and Omans Diplomatic Institute.An MoU on academic and scholarly cooperation between National Defence College, Sultanate of Oman and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.The two sides also signed annexure to the MoU on military cooperation.During his two-day visit, Modi will also meet Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said and Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq Al Said.advertisementEarlier, addressing the Indian diaspora at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Omans capital, Modi said the ties of India and Oman have always remained strong despite the ups and downs in the political environment in both the countries.He also said that Indian diaspora has played an essential role in strengthening these ties.India and Oman have thriving links rooted in centuries old people-to-people exchanges, Modi said.More than nine million Indians work and live in the Gulf region. In Oman, they constitute the largest expatriate community.On the first leg of his trip, Modi had travelled to Ramallah, becoming the first Indian prime minister to make an official visit to Palestine. From there he visited the UAE, before arriving in Oman. PTI PMS NSAlast_img read more

India vs South Africa, 5th ODI: SA batsmen not threatened by India’s wrist spinners anymore?

first_imgThe Indian spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav caused havoc as the visitors took a 3-0 lead against South Africa after first three ODIs in the six-match series.However, the spin threat was neutralised in the fourth ODI as the opposition batsmen counter-attacked to register a five-wicket win and stop India from creating history – their first bilateral ODI series win on South African soil.For the first time in the series, the Indian wrist spinners took a beating and proved to be expensive. Pacer Andile Phehlukwayo was the most brutal of the hitters. The 21-year-old smashed 23 off 5 deliveries to lead his team to their first win in the series.Phehlukwayo now believes the hosts will go into the fifth ODI as a more confident unit, having learnt from their mistakes against the Indian spinners.”We have a good momentum now from the last game we played. We have come really far that victory because the guys have been working really hard in the nets and we have been very specific about our training (against spin), said Phehlukwayo.”(In the last game) We were looking to be positive now. We got into good positions and tried to pick the ball, watch the ball and played really straight, he added.The pitch for this fifth ODI bore a brownish look, resembling more the wicket in Durban for the first ODI than Wanderers. Historically, this pitch helps spinners more.Talking about the match wicket, Phehlukwayo said, “We train really specifically. Guys know their individual game plans and what they need to do. I think the most important thing when you are batting is to watch the ball and try executing our game plan.”advertisementIndia have a poor record at St. George s Park. Since 1992, they have lost all five ODIs they have played here. More than that, the Men in Blue have never scored 200 runs in an innings at this venue, which doesn’t bode well given the frailty of the Indian middle order.”If you take game by game, obviously they’ve been batting really well. It would be really nice to expose their middle order and hopefully see what they can do. At the same time we don’t want to really look too forward.”The Proteas setup is really positive. We’ve got a good fighting spirit a good culture. It’s never done and out. We’re always looking to fight back. We really are encouraging around the change room. And as I said, we weren’t far away from a victory, he added.The South African batsmen had struggled consistently against Indian spinners in the first three ODIs. The duo have picked 12 wickets each so far in the series, with Chahal registering his first five-wicket haul in the second ODI at Centurion.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Lamborghini mulling presence in Maharashtra

first_imgMumbai, Feb 15 (PTI) Iconic Italian carmaker Lamborghini is mulling an investment in Maharashtra to aid its electric vehicles plans, a senior official said today.Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation chief executive officer Sanjay Sethi said the world-famous manufacturer of luxury supercars, sports cars and SUVs is planning an investment in the state.”They (Lamborghini) have a basic interest in electric vehicles,” the senior IAS official told PTI here, when asked about the likely presence of Lamborghini chairman Tonino Lamborghini at the Magnetic Maharashtra investor summit here next week.The carmaker, which has outlined a slew of global plans on the electric vehicle front, will announce its plans for Maharashtra tomorrow, Sethi said.State Industries Minister Subhash Desai said the carmaker is keen to set up base in Maharashtra.Asked if the state government has indicated any potential location to Lamborghini, Desai replied in the negative, saying it will happen only after talks with them.The government does not know if the company is tying up with a local manufacturer, Desai said.The company sells multiple models in the country, with a base price north of Rs 2 crore. A January 20 media report said it sold 28 vehicles in the country in 2017, and is targeting to triple the same by 2019, as new models get launched.The company has sales and service presence in Mumbai and Bengaluru.In the latest Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has proposed to increase duties on imported cars from next fiscal to 25 per cent, from the present 20 per cent, as a disincentive to imports.advertisementNo official from Lamborghini was available for comment.Maharashtra aims to attract investment commitments of over Rs 10 lakh crore at the three-day summit starting Sunday. PTI AA IAS VT VT SRElast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Organising committee unveils futuristic mascots

first_imgThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, on Wednesday, unveiled the futuristic superhero mascots for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after voting by millions of school students across Japan.The winning pair have not been named yet but the organisers said they “respect each other” and are “very good friends”.The Olympic mascot, with a futuristic blue and white chequered pattern, has been described as having a special power that allows it to move anywhere instantly.”The mascot has a strong sense of justice and is very athletic,” the notes about the mascot said.On the other hand, the Paralympic mascot has a pink and white design inspired by cherry blossoms and have been said to be able to move things just by looking at them.”It has a dignified inner strength and a kind heart that loves nature,” the description of the mascot said.Earlier, 2042 individuals had submitted their designs and the experts shortlisted three of those for public voting.Three pairs of mascots were unveiled at an event in the Kakezuka school in central Tokyo, which was attended by the selection panel and some 116 students.A total of 6.5 million Japanese children — from schools in the country and abroad — cast their vote between December 11 and February 22 and then the unveiling happened. The selection panel will now decide a name before a formal launch in July or August 2018.The organising committee unveiled the official emblems for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in April 2016, after scrapping the initially selected logos over allegations of plagiarism.advertisementlast_img read more

CWG 2018 Opening Ceremony: Indigenous Australians highlight spectacular evening in Gold Coast

first_imgThe Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opened to a glittering ceremony on Wednesday. Indigenous Australians, hip-hop artists, pop stars and local dancers lit up a spectacular evening.The fireworks drew loud applause while the Indian and Australian contingents drew the loudest cheers. There was a general feeling of goodwill and joy around the Carrara Oval as Australia displayed its spirit of inclusiveness.The colour, dancing and fireworks marked a happy opening ceremony. At the end of the night, Gold Coast and Australia could be proud of their efforts.Here are the highlights from the evening:18.10 IST: That concludes the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia. Australian singer Delta Goodrem performs at the CWG 2018 opening ceremony (Reuters Photo)17.58 IST: Delta Goodrem is singing Welcome to Earth.17.55 IST: Prince Charles: It gives me great pleasure to declare the 2018 Commonwealth Games open.17.52 IST: Sally Pearson receives the Queen’s Baton from Brent Livermore. She takes the baton to the stage where the Queen’s message is removed and handed to Prince Charles.17.51 IST: Kurt Fearnley hand it over to Netballer Liz Ellis who gives it to hockey star Brent Livermore.17.50 IST: Susie O’Nielle hands the baton over to cyclist Brad McGee, who takes it to Paralympic legend Kurt Fearnley.17.46 IST: Susie O’Nielle is an 11-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. Susie O’Neill arrives with the Queen’s Baton (Reuters Photo)17.43 IST: Queen’s Baton arrives at the Carrara Stadium. Former Australian swimmer Susie O’Neill is the surprise baton bearer.17.36 IST: Peter Beattie, Chairman of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation: Beautiful one day, perfect the next. Welcome to Australia, welcome to Queensland, and welcome to the Gold Coast.advertisement17.32 IST: The Oath: We come to this place from many lands. To demonstrate the spirit of true sportsmanship that we all share. And to stand up for the values and ideals that live at the heart of these Games:Our shared humanity the respect we give each other, finding lasting friendships and common ground in our diversity.Our shared equality the level playing field on which we compete, providing fairness and opportunity for all.And our shared destiny to do our best here, so we inspire individuals and communities around the world to realise their own aspirations. This is our oath.17.27 IST: Ceremonial Flag arrives at the arena. 6 Athletes carrying the flag: Brendan Williams (Dominica, high jump), Natalie Du Toit (South Africa, Para swimming), Alison Shanks (New Zealand, track cycling), Nicole Forrester (Canada, high jump), Colin Gregor (Scotland, rugby sevens), Rhona Toft (Scotland, hockey)17.21 IST: Smoking Ceremony underway: Luther Cora, a Gold Coast artist, explains its meaning — The Smoking Ceremony cleanses us, blesses us and connects us to the land, and to the country. It is very special, not only for my family and the Yugambeh mob, but for all Indigenous people around Australia. Fire-making remains significant to Indigenous people. It represents the continuous practice and passing on of cultural knowledge to the next generation. We are still here. We are still living in harmony with the land, practising our culture through song and dance, hunting and gathering in a modern world.17.16 IST: Katie Noonan and the Gold Coast Choir are performing You’re Welcome Here.17.15 IST: The Carrara Stadium is looking absolutely spectacular at the moment. 4500 athletes from 71 nations to compete at the Gold Coast Games.17.06 IST: Hosts Australia last team to enter the arena and with that the Parade of Nations concludes. Australian athletes march into Carrara Stadium (AP Photo)17.01 IST: Oceania to conclude the Parade of Nations. Cook Islands to come out first. Other countries will be Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.16.57 IST: Fourteen Caribbean nations walk out now. Anguilla start the Parade of Nations. Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos Islands follow.16.47 IST: And there’s the Pakistan contingent walking in now16.46 IST: Malaysia followed India in the Parade.#Proud moment for us to see our pride #NationalFlag flying high in the hands of @Pvsindhu1 at #GC2018@afiindia @BAI_Media @BFI_basketball @BFI_official @OfficialCFI @TheHockeyIndia @OfficialNRAI @indiasquash @ttfitweet @WeightliftingIN @FederationWrest @ParalympicIndia pic.twitter.com/6I63YG74p0IOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 4, 201816.46 IST: Flag-bearer PV Sindhu leads a strong Indian contingent out in the Parade of Nations. And a loud, loud applause for the Indian athletes. They have had to endure some unpleasant moments with the syringe controversy and Saina Nehwal’s blackmail.advertisementIndia had won 64 medals at the Glasgow Games including 15 Gold medals.16.45 IST: Next up: Asia –Bangladesh lead.16.42 IST: Next up: The Americas are coming out now. Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Falkland Islands, Guyana, St Helena, and The Bahamas.16.40 IST: That concludes the African nations.16.38 IST: Seychelles hold the record for the most Commonwealth Games medals (6) without securing gold16.27 IST: Parade of Nations: Next up — Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, The Gambia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia.16.23 IST: European nations done.16.20 IST: Parade of Nations: Following Team England will be Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, Northern Ireland and Wales.16.15 IST: Parade of Nations gets underway: 2014 CWG hosts Scotland start the parade. CWG 2018: Dancers perform at Carrara Stadium during the opening ceremony (AP Photo)16.10 IST: Ricki-Lee Coulter is singing Technicolour Love after Damien Rider arrives with the Queen’s Baton Relay. Rickie-Lee Coulter performs at the opening ceremony (Reuters Photo)16.04 IST: Australian Defence Force hoists the Australian flag and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.Our #Champion @Pvsindhu1 is #AllSet to lead #TeamIndia in the ‘Parade of the Nations’ at the grand #OpeningCeremony of the @GC2018 #CommonwealthGamesVoice your support and wish us luck in our biggest #GoldQuest at the #GC2018 in #GoldCoast ! pic.twitter.com/E7Q2h3qAS2IOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 4, 201816.01: It’s time for the Australian National Anthem — Advance Australia Fair. CWG 2018 Opening Ceremony: Dignitaries at the stage (Reuters Photo)15.58 IST: Ted Williams’ welcome speech: The Welcome to Country is a customary way to begin an event or gathering, and is performed by Traditional Custodians of the lands on which the event or gathering happens. This is usually done by an Elder, and takes the form of their choosing, be it a ceremony, a dance, a song or a speech. A Welcome to Country honours the customs of Traditional Custodians, allowing them to formally welcome visitors to their Traditional Lands and give their blessing to an activity, event or visit. The inclusion of these welcomes is a way in which valuing and respecting appropriate Indigenous ceremonies lead to an increase in the understanding and mutual respect for the cultural practices of Indigenous Australians through observation of protocols and a sharing in cultural practice. The resonance of these traditional welcomes is that they place great value in such things as the recognition of Indigenous people as the First Australians, the promotion of awareness of the history and the cultures of Indigenous Australians and their contributions to our nation, and formal acknowledgement of their ongoing connection to the land. A Welcome to Country is a meaningful occurrence that allows everyone to be part of Australia’s Reconciliation journey.15.55: Dignitaries are on the stage now: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Louise Martin CBE, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), The Honourable Peter Beattie AC, the Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Sam Coffa AM, President of Commonwealth Games Australia, Prince of Wales Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker.advertisement15.48 IST: After music, totem ceremony takes centrestage. Reuters Photo15.43 IST: Christine had also performed at the 2000 Olympics. Mau Power is the first rapper from Torres Strait.15.40 IST: Hip hop artist Mau Power and pop star Christine Anaud rock the stage after William Barton played didgeridoo from the peak of the Q1 skyscraper.Its here! Were so excited to #SHARETHEDREAM with you all! pic.twitter.com/yT9tLWkiIJGold Coast 2018 (@GC2018) April 4, 201815.29 IST: The youngest competitor at the CWG 2018 is an 11-year-old competing in Table Tennis.15.15 IST: ROYALTY AT CWG: Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife Camilla touched down in Brisbane on Wednesday for the start of their official visit, which will include opening the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Charles will officially open the competition on behalf of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today arrived in Brisbane for the start of a tour of Australia and to officially open the 2018 Commonwealth Games on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.@GC2018 #GC2018 #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/s8I7JlBOR6Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) April 4, 201815.05 IST: GAMES PROGRAM BLUNDER: In an accidental case of the old empire striking back, Commonwealth Games organizers have listed England as part of Africa in the official program. The colorful souvenir edition lists the English capital as Banjul (instead of London), locates it in the Africa region and notes its population as slightly more than 2 million.The Commonwealth crowds are arriving for the @GC2018 Opening Ceremony at the Gold Coast’s Carrara stadium. Thanks for joining us and enjoy the show! pic.twitter.com/TmE4tr1rc7Commonwealth Games Federation (@thecgf) April 4, 2018CWG 2018 Preview:The biggest event in Commonwealth Games history will run through 11 days. More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will be vying for 275 gold medals at the multi-sport event.Moreover, for the first time ever, there will be the same number of men’s and women’s medal events at the Games.The Indian contingent at the ceremony, which consists of over 200 athletes, will be led by flag-bearer P V Sindhu, the Rio Olympic silver medallist.Not jst track, those legs can set on fire d dance floor too Party at @GC2018 has begun & our new 400m champ Hima Das leads d #ATHIND team at #AthletesVillage #ShareTheDream #GC2018 #goldcoast2018 Hv gr8 time team! @ioaindia @SPN_Action @SonyTenSports @tandfn @TejaswinShankar pic.twitter.com/A2YwArMeEAAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 2, 2018The squad also includes double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, and London Olympic bronze medallists Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Gagan Narang.The first gold medal of the event will be contested in the women’s triathlon on Thursday.Australia is hosting the Commonwealth Games for the fifth time.With a massive 222-member contingent, India will aim to showcase its status as a rising sports power with an expected rich medal haul when the 21st Commonwealth Games begin here on Wednesday.India had collected 64 medals (15 gold, 30 silver, 19 bronze) in the previous CWG held in Glasgow and the country will expect to better that performance at Gold Coast. Getting 101 medals in the New Delhi remains a tipping point for India in the CWG but since that took place at home, that mark will be lofty for the Indian contingent.The bulk of India’s medals in the past editions of the CWG have come from shooters, wrestlers, weightlifters and boxers and this time competitors under these four disciplines will look to continue their impressive record.last_img read more