Right about now, most of us are panicking. We’re watching our 401Ks disintegrate before our eyes. Major financial comapnies are crumbling. And fundraising has never looked so tough.Stop. Take a deep breath and consider this.Over and over, research tells us the same thing about why people stop giving. And it’s got nothing to do with the Dow Jones.PEOPLE STOP GIVING BECAUSE THEY ARE FED UP BY HOW THEY WERE TREATED BY THE CHARITIES THEY SUPPORT. Running out of money is far down the list of reasons people stop giving.Look, it’s reasonable to expect this won’t be a banner year for giving. People are hurting financially. But worrying about their wallets is not going to do you much good. You can’t control the economy.You CAN control how you treat your donors.And the best kept secret to fundraising success is: be nice to your donors. Lavish them with love, thanks and special treatment. Because most charities do not. You can stand out and save your donors if you get better at this. And trust me, it’s a lot easier to keep a donor than find a new one. So get better at building relationships with the people who support you.The latest research proving this is from Bank of America and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University (subscription required to view the Chronicle article.) The NUMBER ONE reason wealthy donors stopped giving, according to this study, was they no longer feel connected to the organization or believe they are being asked for money too often. Another top reason: they decided to give to a different charity. Probably related to those other issues, right?Non-wealthy donors are the same, by the way. They want to know what their donations accomplished, they want to know whose lives they changed, and they want to feel great about themselves and the cause they support. Give them that, as often as you can. Because it matters more than ever.Note this from the Chronicle article:Bank of America’s philanthropy experts said that as the economy worsens, donors they work with are increasingly saying they want their dollars to make a difference.You may not be able to change the economy, but you can convince a donor their dollars make a great difference. Treat your donors well. Give them credit for your success. They are people, not ATM machines.
Another benchmark study is out, this one from Convio, and like the eBenchmarks study, it shows healthy continued growth in online giving.Here at the Nonprofit Tech Conference, Convio presented the highlights.Here is the full study, and here are video highlights of the study. Enjoy.
Paco Alcacer says he feels important again since joining Borussia Dortmund after being overlooked for two years at Barcelona.The 25-year-old striker joined the Catalans from Valencia in 2016 but made only 23 league appearances in two years at Camp Nou, struggling to displace the likes of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.After signing for Dortmund on a season-long loan deal in August, Alcacer impressed so much that the German club announced in October they would make it a permanent switch for €23 million (£20m/$26.5m). 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! Speaking to Sport Bild, Alcacer said: “Since joining BVB, I’m finally feeling important again. I’ve played very little in Barcelona for the past two years. That’s why I understand that I haven’t always played from the start so far.”Every footballer wants to play. I’m not happy when I’m sitting on the bench. But if we’re having so much success as a team, it’s OK. Because getting a title is always great.”I only have one thing in my head: I want to score goals and help the team. This has worked perfectly in the past few months.”Actually, I’ve been a little surprised with the ease that I’ve been scoring the goals with. But I have to say that my teammates have a big part in it. They often make it easy for me to score.Alcacer is the joint top scorer in the Bundesliga, tied with Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic on 12 goals despite playing half as many minutes as the 21-year-old.In fact, Alcacer has made just 12 appearances in the league and only five starts after being hampered by injury problems, although a substitute role has suited the forward with 10 of his strikes coming from the bench.”If you suddenly have to play every three days after not playing regularly for two years, that’s a big change for the body. I was aware of that,” Alcacer continued.”But I work with the coaching team to get my body up to 100 per cent efficiency. I want to avoid injuries in the second half of the season.” Dortmund return to action with a trip to RB Leipzig on January 19 following the winter break in Germany.
Jose Mourinho has claimed that he has already turned down three job offers from unspecified clubs since moving on from Manchester United.The Portuguese manager was relieved of his duties at Old Trafford after two and a half years in charge last month.Adverse Premier League results and a deteriorating dressing room atmosphere both contributed to his sacking, while results have improved noticeably at United under interim successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 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! Mourinho, meanwhile, has remained tight-lipped over his next destination, only stating he is looking to return to football at the “top level” when the time is right.But he insists that his lack of regular employment on the bench – he is currently working as a television pundit – is not for want of offers.”First of all I’m happy with these three weeks,” the former Real Madrid and Inter boss said to BeIN Sports, for whom he is commenting on the Asian Cup.”I’m happy with this experience. I’m going to have other experiences that normally I cannot have.”But I know me and I know that by the end of March I am struggling a little bit with my happiness.Mourinho has turned down THREE job offers already!#beINMourinho #beINPL #ARSCHE pic.twitter.com/wODuE51nSv— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) 19 de enero de 2019″I know my nature. My next move? I don’t know. It depends.”I will analyse things. I don’t like to speak about it, but I have refused already three options.”Because I didn’t feel it was what I want. So I’m going to be calm in this aspect.”The more time I have the better I can prepare.”Mourinho’s sudden availability has piqued possible interest in two of his former clubs, Real Madrid and Inter, who are both struggling to impress on a consistent basis in the current campaign.The Portugal national team too has been mooted as an option for the Special One should long-time Selecao boss Fernando Santos choose to retire at the end of the UEFA Nations League.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery says Hector Bellerin is mature enough to recover from his latest injury set back and come back a stronger player.It was revealed on Tuesday that the 23-year-old will be ruled out for up to nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Chelsea last weekend.Bellerin had only just recovered from a calf strain that had kept him out of action over the festive period, but he is now set to miss the rest of the 2018-19 season at least. 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! Speaking to the Gunners’ official website , Emery said: “Yes, we were sad and we are sad now after his injury. I think this year is very difficult for big injuries like Hector, Rob Holding and [Danny] Welbeck.”But football is like that. We need to treat these injuries like a normality in football, but we are very sad for that.”Hector Bellerin is very mature and I think he received this injury like a football professional can take and he is already preparing to come back stronger than before.”The right-back was stretchered off in the 70th minute at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 win during a crucial game in the race to qualify for next year’s Champions League.Both Holding and Welbeck are expected to miss the remainder of the campaign as well, and Emery admitted his side is in need of new recruits this month.The north London club is in fierce competition with Chelsea and Manchester United for a spot in the Premier League’s top four as well as well as competing in the FA Cup and Europa League.Chelsea currently occupy fourth spot in England’s top flight, with both Arsenal and the Red Devils trailing by just three points after United have bridged an eight point gap to the Gunners since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over.Emery’s side will take on United for the first time since Solskjaer’s appointment as interim boss when the two teams clash in the FA Cup fourth round at the Emirates Stadium this Friday.There are few obvious replacements for Bellerin in that game, but Nacho Monreal or Ainsley Maitland-Niles could deputise. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina powered into the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-4 6-4 win against Russian Evgeniya Rodina on Thursday.The 22-year-old, who had also reached the third round at Flushing Meadows in the previous two years, was barely troubled by her 89th-ranked opponent in a sun-kissed Arthur Ashe Stadium.Svitolina lost focus in the second set at 5-2 when she allowed Rodina to pull a break back, but she held her following service game to wrap up the victory on the first match point with a backhand winner.She next faces either American Shelby Rogers or Australian 25th seed Daria Gavrilova.BRADY KNOCKS OUT STRYCOVAAmerican Jennifer Brady is into the third round of her U.S. Open debut after routing No. 23 Barbora Strycova, 6-1, 6-1.Brady had failed to qualify the previous three years but is making the most of her first appearance in the main draw.It’s the 22-year-old Brady’s second time into the third round at a Grand Slam this year. She made it to the round of 16 at the Australian Open in January.Brady raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set but was broken while serving for the match. She promptly broke back to finish off the victory in 56 minutes.
India Today Group is back with the annual youth summit, India Today Mind Rocks 2017. The summit scheduled for September 16 at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi will see the biggest youth icons coming together on one platform in a special event designed especially for the youth.This year’s edition will be highlighted with the presence of Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan, Kirti Sanon, Tanuj Virwani and Vivek Oberoi, while the celebrated choreographer Terence Lewis will get people dancing at the event.The women’s cricket team members Veda Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana will be setting the pitch for gender discussions in sports. To add humour to serious discussions, stand up comedian Kunal Kamra is expected to add laughter with his comic act.Young entrepreneurs and corporate leaders Taru Kapoor, Tinder India CEO, Sachin Bhatia, founder Truly Madly and Kavin Bharti Mittal, CEO, Hike are expected to inspire the youth on changing the game in their professional lives. Not to be left behind, Gaurav Gogoi, MP, Congress and Kalikesh Singh Deo, MP, BJP and Manoj Tiwari, MP, BJP, will share their views on how politics too can be a right profession.The daylong event will have other young leaders, achievers and newsmakers engaging with the youth.The event, with its stellar line-up of dynamic leaders, is a perfect platform to exchange path-breaking ideas and celebrate keys to success. It gives the future leaders and inspired young people an opportunity to listen to those who have made it big. The event puts the hope and promise of young people on a glorious stage through ideas and conversations.advertisementThe previous editions of the summit brought together youth icons like Amitabh Bachchan, Kangana Ranaut, Varun Dhawan, Sachin Pilot, Priyanka Chopra, Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Chetan Bhagat, Yuvraj Singh, Mary Kom, Papon, Honey Singh, Hard Kaur, Badshah, Anil Kumble and many more stalwarts.India Today Mind Rocks is an annual date to remember. The aim of this daylong event is to give young people the unique opportunity to interact with their favourite stars – the real achievers who have struggled, overcome and today are acknowledged leaders in their fields. Come, listen to them and be inspired by them as they recount their unique experiences and give you their Mantras of Success.Students and young professionals between the age of 15 to 32 can register and can be part of this exciting youth summit.To register log on to www.indiatodaymindrocks.com.
Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford both opened their Champions League accounts as Manchester United returned to the competition with a 3-0 rout of Basel in their opening Group A match at Old Trafford on Tuesday.United, who missed last season’s Champions League but qualified this time by winning the Europa League, dominated the first half and deservedly went ahead through early substitute Marouane Fellaini’s 35th-minute header.Belgian international striker Lukaku, a constant menace to the Swiss champions on his competition debut, doubled United’s lead with a textbook header soon after halftime.Rashford came off the bench for his first taste of Champions League action and poached United’s third goal in the 84th minute.”We are delighted with the win after the slip at Stoke at the weekend,” Lukaku said in reference to United’s 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Saturday, their first dropped points of the season.” The football wasn’t great but we won and that’s the most important thing.”We are still a work in progress but we are doing well.”Basel famously drew with and beat United in the group stages in 2011-12 to send Alex Ferguson’s side out of the competition.The hosts were clearly determined not to let the Swiss ruin their eagerly-awaited return to a competition manager Jose Mourinho calls their “natural habitat” and the visitors were lucky to still be in touch at halftime having been pinned back.LUKAKU SHINESLukaku, who now has six goals in six games for United since joining from Everton, ran riot for the hosts, having an early goal-bound shot blocked by the chest of Manuel Akanji while Henrikh Mkhitarayan wasted two glorious chances.advertisementFirst he headed over from in front of goal then somehow contrived to hit the post from Lukaku’s low cross.United lost Paul Pogba, captain for the night, with a hamstring injury midway through the half but it was his replacement Belgian Fellaini who put the hosts ahead when he headed home Ashley Young’s inviting cross.Photo Credit: Reuters It was also Fellaini’s first Champions League goal.Winger Young was making his first appearance since last year’s Europa League semi-final, second leg against Celta Vigo when he suffered a hamstring injury.United doubled their lead eight minutes after the break in simple fashion. Daley Blind swung in a cross from the left and Lukaku climbed to head powerfully home.Swiss champions Basel did cause United’s defence some anxious moments and keeper David de Gea was alert to palm away a snap shot from Mohamed Elyounoussi.United’s level dropped in the second half but they finished strongly and Rashford made absolutely certain of the points when he stroked in the third goal after the hard-working Fellaini’s deflected cut-back fell perfectly for him.
Germany’s 20-year-old Alexander Zverev has enjoyed a sensational year, winning five tournaments and reaching world number three, but it all ended in anti-climax on Thursday at the ATP Finals.Zverev lost his final round-robin match 6-4 1-6 6-4 to American Jack Sock who moved into the semi-finals at the expense of the man tipped to be a future grand slam champion.When Zverev won the second set and broke at the start of the third against the world number nine, it seemed just a matter of time before he was powering smoothly to victory.But the German then completely lost his focus to go 4-1 down and although he battled back to 4-4, he produced a horror of a game at 4-5, serving an eighth double fault at 30-30 before a lame forehand into the tramlines ended the contest.”I choked. It’s quite easy. Won the second set 6-1. I was 1-0 with a break. He got a point penalty. I was down 1-4 within 10 minutes where I didn’t put many balls in the court,” he told reporters. “When I got back at 4-5, that’s one of the worst games I think I played all year.”Asked to reflect on his breakthrough season, Zverev found it hard to look past a disappointing finish.
Jallikattu is a sport practiced in Tamil Nadu, which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 claiming that the sport resulted in cruelty to bulls. Many people confused this with the popular bull fight of Spain. However, the two are very different, as in case of Jallikattu, the bull is not killed and the objective in this case is to pluck bundles of money or gold tied to the bull’s sharpened horns.During Jallikattu only native breeds of bulls are used. It is an integral part of the Pongal festival, which is celebrated with much fan-fare in the state.Custom or tradition is something followed by a number of people over time. It is followed by a country, religion, group, tribe and culture. But there are some customs that will not only amuse you, but may even creep you out.Find out some amazing customs you were not aware about before: 1. Finger cuttingEver loved someone so much that you would just cut your fingers off your hands? The Dani people, also spelled as Ndani are the ones living in the central highlands of western New Guinea, and have no limits of expressing love. The people of this tribe cut their fingers off their hands at funeral ceremonies to display grief. Not only that, they even cover their faces with ash and clay. The amputated fingers of the relative are then buried along with the dead body to represent they will live together forever.2. Throwing the babyIndia is a country of various cultures, traditions and rituals. One such ritual is of throwing newborns from a height of 50 feet. This ritual is being performed in India over the last 500 years. The couples who are blessed with a baby take vow at the Sri Santeswar temple near Indi, in Karnataka and participate in the ritual. It involves the baby to be thrown off from a height and is caught by a cloth held by people below. It happens in around the first week of December every year and is said to bring good health to the dropped baby.advertisement3. Body piercingsOn the religious festival of Thaipusam, Hindus get various parts of their body pierced to show their devotion to Lord Murugan. It happens in various countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore,Thailand and Myanmar and is a significant part of the Tamil community. Some people, to express their devotion, even pull large wagons attached to their backs by ropes.4. Dancing with the deadMadagascar celebrates a famous festival called The Famadihana, which has something that will make you wonder why it is even celebrated. The traditional festival, celebrated both in urban and rural areas is a funerary tradition, known as the turning of the bones. The bodies of the ancestors are taken out of crypts, rewrapped in cloth, and danced with.5. Hanging coffins Hanging coffins, called Xuanguan in China, are placed on cliffs at Sagada Mountain Province in the Philippines. It is an ancient funeral custom of the minorities, mainly the Bo people of Southern China. The coffins are usually made out of one piece of wood. It is believed that the hanging coffins prevent bodies from being taken away by beasts. It is also said that it blesses the soul eternally.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rahul Dravid, the man of the moment, who coached India U-19 team to their fourth World Cup triumph credited the hard work of the entire team. Dravid became India’s U19 coach in 2015 and also took the team to the final in the previous edition in 2016, which they lost to West Indies.”We have to give credit to the boys. Their hard work paid off and I am very happy for them. The experience they got in this tournament will surely help them in future,” Dravid told India Today in an exclusive chat.Dravid further refused to take the credit of the victory and said it was the system and process which were more important.”It was hard work of the entire support staff, the selection committee and the BCCI. It was the effort of the entire team and credit of victory must go to the system not just me as coach. It’s okay to give credit to the coach but system and process are also important. The standard that we have set, we will have to maintain that,” Dravid added.India beat Australia by eight wickets in the ICC U-19 World Cup final at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui to lift their fourth title.This is the most by any team in the U-19 World Cup — Australia are second with three titles.Before this, India won the title in 2000, 2008 and 2012 under Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli and Unmukt Chand respectively.The coach further heaped praises on the entire team and said the BCCI will continue to train these youngsters in the coming years.advertisement”It’s good that we won at the U-19 level but that’s not everything. They are a talented bunch of boys we have seen in the last 14 months. We will continue to train these youngsters for the next 2-3 years and give them the best of facilities and hope they play for the senior team one day. I am extremely happy to work with the talented and hard working boys. The good things about them is they never said no to anything. We have pushed them hard during the net session and fitness training,” Dravid added.The 45-year-old added that the challenges will only get tougher for the U-19 champions now.”They have the ability and talent to represent India in future but the real challenge will start now. They were playing at the U-19 level and now they will have to compete with men and experienced Ranji Trophy players which is not at all easy. Enjoy the World Cup triumph but no for too long. They must focus on Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments to improve as a player.”Chasing 217 to win, India were off to a flyer with Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra doing what they have been doing throughout the tournament. However, India’s chase was halted by rain after just four overs. India reached 23/0 with the openers Shaw on 10 and Manjot batting on 9 when the umpires decided to call the covers in.But after the delay, the duo made sure there were no hiccups and showed great intent to bring their fourth fifty-run stand in the tournament. They continued the onslaught until Will Sutherland removed Shaw for 29 with India at 71/1 from 11.3 overs.In came the in-form Shubman Gill and forged a good partnership with the attacking Manjot and took India past the three-figure mark in the 16th over.The Delhi boy continued his attacking game and completed his fifty off 47 balls — his second half-century of the tournament.The duo brought their 50 partnership up off 47 balls in the 20th over and took India towards the target as Australia looked helpless and desperate for a wicket.But just when it was looking that India are running away with it, Param Uppal struck and removed the dangerous Gill for a 30-ball 31, leaving India at 131/2 from 21.2 overs.However, Manjot steadied the ship along with wicketkeeper batsman Harvik Desai and kept India on top of the game throughout with India reaching the 150-run mark in the 27th over.After a brief spell, where he kept quiet, Manjot again started to get on top of the bowlers — starting with a towering six of the bowling off Lloyd Pope in the 29th over.Desai supported Manjot perfectly as India built another 50-run stand before the southpaw finally completed his century in the 39th over of the bowling off Sutherland to take India closer to victory after India’s 200 came up in the 36th over with a boundary from Desai.Desai, who was dropped on 40 by Uppal, finally finished the game off with a boundary in the 39th over to give India the victory. This was also the first time Rahul Dravid lifted a World Cup.advertisementKalra remained unbeaten on 101 while Desai finished with 47 not out.Earlier, India rode on a disciplined bowling effort to restrict Australia to a meagre 216.Jonathan Merlo top-scored for the Australians with a steady 102-ball 76, laced with six boundaries even as the Indian bowlers complemented each other well to bundle out the opposition in 47.2 overs.Electing to bat after winning the toss, the Australians lost their three top batsmen with just 59 runs on the board, thanks to pacer Ishan Porel’s twin strikes early on.Porel’s victims included openers Max Bryant (14) and Jack Edwards (28), before Kamlesh Nagarkoti joined the party by removing skipper Jason Sangha for an unlucky 13 off 24 balls.Thereafter, Merlo and Param Uppal (34) steadied the team with a 75-run fourth wicket stand which saw them going past the 100-run mark, before left-arm spinner Anukul Roy ended Uppal’s 58-ball stay with a brilliant catch in his own follow through.Tottering at 134/4, Merlo was joined in by Nathan McSweeney (23), who added 49 runs for the fifth wicket before meeting the same fate as Uppal, this time caught and bowled by the other spinner Shiva Singh.Despite losing his partners at the other end, Merlo continued to torment the Indians, raising his maiden half century off 60 balls by chopping a slower delivery from Porel for a single to sweeper cover.Merlo, however succumbed under the pressure of scoring quick runs, when he attempted a reverse sweep off Roy only to manage a top-edge for Shiva to grab at sweeper cover, even as Australia’s hopes dashed after losing the last five wickets for just 33 runs.For the Boys-in-Blue, Ishan Porel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shiva Singh and Anukul Roy took two wickets each while Shivam Mavi grabbed one.(With inputs from IANS)
London, Feb 13 (PTI) A short, sharp, cold water swim may offer an alternative to strong painkillers and physiotherapy to relieve severe persistent pain after surgery, a study published in the journal BMJ Case Reports claims.Doctors carried out a surgical procedure (endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) on a 28 year old man to curb his excessive facial flushing.The surgery entailed cutting the triggering nerves inside his chest, according to the case study.The procedure itself was successful, but 10 weeks later, the usual postoperative prescription of strong painkillers and staged physiotherapy had barely made a dent in the severity of his pain.The man explained that exercise and movement just made the pain worse, preventing him from completing his rehabilitation and recovery.The constant pain caused him a great deal of distress and wrecked his quality of life, the authors said.Before his surgery, the young man had been a keen triathlete, and so had swum competitively in open water.He thought that a cold water swim would, at the very least, provide some welcome distraction from the searing pain.The man returned to the same coastal spot where the triathlon took place.The only way to enter the water there is to plunge in from a rocky outcrop, he explained. Competitors are forced to swim for around 60 seconds before being able to clamber safely back ashore.To his surprise, the young man felt no pain while he was in the water, but nor has he felt any since, the authors report.His preoperative quality of life has been fully restored and he has resumed his usual sporting activities without further recourse to any painkillers.advertisement”Due to the nature of retrospective case reports, it is unclear, without further evidence, whether the exposure to forced cold water swimming is causally and specifically related to pain remission,” said the authors, who caution that this is only one case report.However, given the time frame and the absence of any alternative explanations other than pure chance, it seems as if the cold water plunge might have afforded some instant pain relief – at least in this case, they said.How this might have happened is not clear, the authors said, adding there are some possible biological explanations.The shock of the sudden cold water immersion might have induced a wave of sympathetic nervous system activity: the bodys response to this has been linked to an altered state of consciousness.This in turn might have altered pain perception, offering instant relief, they said. PTI SAR
Goa today issued an alert to all the vessels and casinos operating off the states coast following an intelligence input about possible arrival of terrorists on board a fishing trawler, the state sports minister said.States Ports Minister Jayesh Salgaoncar told PTI that his department has issued a warning to all the off shore casinos, water sports operators and barges to be alert as the Indian Coast Guard has shared an intelligence input about a possible terror attack on the western coast.”The alert is not specific to Goa. It can be even to Mumbai or Gujarat coast, but we have alerted the vessels and concerned agencies,” Salgaoncar said.”A fishing trawler from India which was seized by Pakistan has been released and there is intelligence input that on its way back, it may carry terrorists,” the minister said.States Ports Department has written to the off shore casinos and cruise vessels, and barges to remain alert in the wake of the intelligence input.”Have received intelligence input from District Coast Guard that anti-national elements have boarded an apprehended Indian fishing boat in Karachi and (are) likely to land on Indian coast and attack vital installations,” states the communication by Captain of Ports James Braganza to Goa’s tourism department and all the water sports operators, casinos, and cruise vessels and barges.”All vessels to increase security and report any sighting or untoward movement to concerned authorities,” the letter states.When contacted, Braganza confirmed sending the letter today to all the people concerned. The letter was also marked to State Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma.advertisement
Jakarta, May 30 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Indonesia for playing host to the 18th Asian Games to be held in August and hoped for the successful organisation of the sporting extravaganza.The 2018 Asian Games, commonly known as Jakarta Palembang 2018, is scheduled to be held from August 18 to September 2 in Indonesia.Prime Minister Modi, in a press statement after his talks with President Joko Widodo, congratulated Indonesia for playing host to the Asian games which are being held in the country for the first time since 1962.”I extend my congratulations to Indonesia for playing host to the 18th Asian games to be held in August,” Modi said.”I am confident that this would be a historic and great organisation,” the Prime Minister said.During his talks with Widodo, Modi also emphasised on increasing people to people contacts to promote regional economic growth.Around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries are expected to compete across 40 sports at the Games.Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.For the first time, the Asian Games are being co-hosted in two cities; Jakarta and Palembang. PTI CPS AKJ CPSCPS
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard ushered into the world of managing as he was appointed as the manager of Championship side Derby County.The second-tier side announced on Thursday that the 39-year-old has agreed to a three-year deal.Lampard, who was capped 106 times by England between 1999 and 2014, won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one Champions League with Chelsea, and will be taking his first steps into senior management by replacing Gary Rowett.”I’ve always wanted to manage a club with a big tradition and history like Derby County, so this is a huge opportunity,” Lampard told the club’s website.On the other hand, Lampard took to Facebook to share a picture of himself at the home ground of Derby and wrote, “I’m excited to confirm my first move into management with Derby County, a club with such huge tradition and history.”Just earlier this month, Lampard’s England teammate and Liverpool stalwart Steve Gerrard had been revealed as the manager of Scottish side Rangers. Lampard seems to have followed the lead.”We want to build on the club’s top-six finish in the Championship last season, while at the same time bringing through some of the excellent youth and academy talent we have at Pride Park,” Lampard added.”I’m delighted to have someone of Frank’s calibre as our new manager,” Derby executive chairman Mel Morris said.”Few players have achieved what Frank has in his career. He’s a winner, a leader who knows what it takes to succeed and who has the character and charisma to be a fantastic manager.”advertisementRowett guided two-times English champions Derby to the playoffs last season, where they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Fulham, who went on to earn promotion to Premier League.The 44-year-old left Derby to take charge of Stoke City, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.(With Reuters inputs)
New Delhi, Jun 13 (PTI) Talismanic national football team captain Sunil Chhetri feels India should play against top-10 ranked sides of the continent in the next few months if the country desires to do well in next year’s Asian Cup. Chhetri said it would be difficult to play against the top-five countries — Australia, Iran, Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia — which are playing in the World Cup starting tomorrow in Russia but they can for other teams which are above India. “I definitely feel so (play against top-10 ranked teams in Asia). It will be difficult to play against the top five as they are playing in the World Cup. But we need to play against teams better than us and that also away matches,” Chhetri told PTI in an interaction. “At home we are doing better but in away matches, if I may say so, our record is poor,” said Chhetri, who is a brand ambassador of online fantasy sports platform StarPick which today announced the launch of the football World Cup 2018 platform offering prizes worth Rs 20 crores. Chhetri, who turns 34 in August, said the team should not get carried away with the triumph in the Intercontinental Cup and it should continue to work hard to perform well in Asian Cup. “We don’t get to play against New Zealand and Kenya everyday but the teams we are going to play in Asian Cup (in January 2019) like Thailand and Bahrain are two to three levels higher than us. We should be happy with what we have done but not get carried away. We have to improve a lot,” he said.advertisement “UAE, Thailand and Bahrain (which are in India’s group) are miles better than us and we have to put our heads down and keep working hard,” said Chhetri, who played his 100th international match during the four-nation tournament in Mumbai. Chhetri struck eight out of the 11 goals India scored in the Intercontinental Cup to become the joint second highest international goal scorer among active players along with Argentine great Lionel Messi. During that tournament, just before his 100th match, Chhetri made an appeal to fans to throng the stadium and watch the Indian football team play, which was an unprecedented act for a national team captain. He said it was not a planned appeal but came out spontaneously after India played in front of an empty stadium in the first match against Chinese Taipei. The appeal via a Twitter video post got support from the likes of Virat Kohli and Sania Mirza. “Had it been planned I would not have been allowed to do that. It was something which did not run through my PR team, it was very random. I had no clue it will have that kind of traction. I really appreciate all the eminent persons coming in and supporting me. It worked as you saw a jam-packed stadium in the next match,” Chhetri said. “Usually we enjoy jam-packed stadium in the ISL in Kerala, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Northeast and Chennai but on the first match (against Chinese Taipei) the stadium was empty and it was a bit disappointing and probably that was why I made the video.” Asked if he has personal acquaintance with Kohli, he said, “Virat generally loves football. We talk on regular basis, not on twitter though. He likes football and probably that is why he came to my support. He is a part of FC Goa team and comes to watch ISL matches. “He is knowledgeable about football and that is why he wants to encourage fans to watch football matches and that is great. I did not ask him personally though.” Meanwhile, StarPick will engage football fans to enable them to use their skills to build and own their teams on the platform and be a part of the excitement associated with the football World Cup in Russia. The top five football fans on the platform will also have the opportunity to travel to United Kingdom and witness the 2018 English Premier League live. Starpick.in was launched in March with the start of IPL XI and has successfully concluded this engagement with users winning prizes up to Rs 10 crores. The platform offers the widest game portfolio from across the world including cricket, kabaddi, European football, hockey, basketball, formula 1, golf, bicycle racing to name a few. Trigam Mukherjee, Co-Founder and CEO of StarPick, said, “It is significant because India is predominantly a cricket crazy country but what we have seen in the last five years is a latent demand for football, and fantasy sports will power non-cricket fans like in football, which will help in growing the fan base of these sports.” PTI PDS SSC PDS SSCSSCadvertisement
Cristiano Ronaldo became the fourth player to score in four World Cups and stroked his chin as he ran in celebration. The apparent message? I’m the GOAT, not Lionel Messi.GOAT is the acronym for “greatest of all time,” and Adidas is running an advertisement featuring Messi with a real goat.Ronaldo and Messi have been soccer’s top players for the past decade and rivals in the Spanish league.Also Read – Ronaldo’s 51st hat-trick and Nacho’s sensational goal: Football at its bestRonaldo completed his sixth international hat trick when he scored on a free kick in the 88th minute, giving Portugal a 3-3 tie with Spain on Friday night. He entered with three career World Cup goals and doubled his total.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGERonaldo drew a penalty kick from Nacho Fernandez and converted in the fourth minute to put Portugal ahead. He ran to a corner flag, leaped and broke into the chin-stroke.He broke a 1-1 tie in the 44th minute with his 83rd international goal and fifth in World Cup play, then raised his international goals total to 84 with the free kick.Ronaldo helped Portugal win the 2016 European Championship and has led Real Madrid to the last three Champions League titles. The 33-year-old joined Brazil’s Pele (1958-70), West Germany’s Uwe Seeler (1958-70) and Germany’s Miroslav Klose (2002-14) as the only players to score in four World Cups.Messi, who turns 31 on June 24, has 64 goals for Argentina and was a key to Barcelona’s Champions League titles in 2009, 2011 and 2015. His World Cup opens Saturday against Iceland.advertisementEach player has won the FIFA Player of the Year Award five times: Messi from 2009-12 and in 2015, and Ronaldo in 2008, 2013-14 and 2016-17.(With AP inputs)
Serena Williams made a comeback into the world’s top 30 in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday after her inspiring and stellar show at Wimbledon last week.Serena played her second major just 10 months after undergoing a complicated surgery post the birth of her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian and even then, she reached the final at the All England Club.Serena, who had earlier each the last 16 at French Open before pulling out due to injury, looked much better on grass and got better with each other.However, Angelique Kerber proved to be too strong in the final for the error-strewn 23-time Grand Slam champion.The 36-year-old American climbed 153 places to 28th despite losing Saturday’s final.Kerber, who won her third Grand Slam title, moved up six places to world number four, with French Open winner Simona Halep of Romania retaining the top ranking despite her third-round exit at Wimbledon.How the @Porsche #RaceToSingapore is looking following Wimbledon! pic.twitter.com/o7puHJXVkWWTA (@WTA) July 16, 2018Also read – Angelique Kerber’s dream comes true after maiden Wimbledon crownIn the men’s rankings, Novak Djokovic’s fourth Wimbledon crown propelled him back to 10th in the world after falling outside the top 20 for the first time since 2006.Just two months ago, Novak Djokovic was 75th in the #ATP Race To London. Now, the five-time Nitto ATP Finals champion is right in contention for a spot at @TheO2 from 11-18 November.Race Update https://t.co/hjm9O6Llrr pic.twitter.com/g0YzDZPnzeadvertisementATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) July 16, 2018South Africa’s Kevin Anderson moved up three places to a career-high fifth after reaching the Wimbledon final for the first time in his career.NEW CAREER HIGHKevin Anderson soars to a new career high in the ATP Rankings after his outstanding performance during @WimbledonCongratulations, Kevin! pic.twitter.com/uZk8usdsIwATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) July 16, 2018NEW CAREER HIGHThe @Wimbledon semi-finalist climbs up to a new career-high No. 8 in the ATP RankingsCongratulations, @JohnIsner! pic.twitter.com/8yjvQE9XJIATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) July 16, 2018Spaniard Rafael Nadal remained at the top of the rankings and increased his lead over number two Roger Federer, whose Wimbledon title defence was ended by Anderson in a marathon quarter-final.In terms of the Indians in the world rankings, Yuki Bhambri remains the only Indian among the top 100 men’s singles players in the world.In the latest ATP rankings, Bhambri stayed put at 85th number in the world.After Bhambri, the next Indian to feature in rankings is Ramkumar Ramanathan at the 161st position in the world.(With Reuters inputs)