Zinedine Zidane leads Real Madrid to 3-0 win on coaching anniversary

first_imgZinedine Zidane was able to celebrate a year as coach at Real Madrid with a 3-0 win at home to Sevilla in the first leg of their last-16 King’s Cup football tie.Without the injured Gareth Bale, the French coach took the bold step of resting stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and his courage paid off with a convincing display on Wednesday, reports Xinhua. (Coach Zinedine Zidane says striker Alvaro Morata happy at Real Madrid)Although Sevilla complained about the performance of referee Mateu Lahoz after he denied them what looked like a clear penalty for a foul on Victor Iborra by Dani Carvajal, Real Madrid led through an 11th minute goal from James Rodriguez, who needed to prove himself after a difficult few weeks.Rafael Varene doubled their lead with a powerful header at the half-hour mark, and Rodriguez scored from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime. (Ronaldo, Benzema lead Real Madrid to Club World Cup final)Earlier in the day, the first leg tie between second division sides Alcorcon and Cordoba ended in a 0-0 draw in a misty Alcorcon.Meanwhile, Real Sociedad beat Villarreal 3-1 thanks to goals from Willian Jose, Carlos Vela and Mikel Oyarzabal, which had put the home side 3-0 up before Manu Trigueros’ excellent long range strike gave Villarreal some hope for the return leg.last_img read more

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri hopes Chelsea win title

first_imgLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is hoping fellow Italian Antonio Conte wins the English Premier League title with current leaders Chelsea.Ranieri led Leicester to a shock triumph in the competition last year but they are languishing 15th in the 20-team standings, 31 points adrift of his former club. (Also read: Costa no loss for Chelsea as EPL leaders beat Leicester 3-0)”As former Chelsea coach and as an Italian supporter, I hope that Conte can achieve the goal,” Ranieri told reporters in Florence on Tuesday ahead of the Italian Hall of Fame.”(Conte) came without uproar but demonstrated that the Italian school of coaches is valid more than ever,” he added.Ranieri, who led Leicester to the English title for the first time in their history, is contracted to the midlands club until 2020 but he is not sure about his future.”I hope to remain in England, I’m good here, even though in football one day you are in the stars and the next day in the dust, so never say never,” the 65-year-old said.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal storms into Malaysia Masters final

first_imgSaina Nehwal thrashed Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin in straight games to storm into the women’s singles final of the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold on Saturday.World no.30 Yip Pui Yin lost steam after going neck and neck till the break in the first game before world no.10 Saina used all her experience to take the match 21-13, 21-10 in just over 30 minutes.The 26-year-old Indian started the first game taking a two-point lead before Pui Yin bounced back to take the lead 8-5 and further consolidated it to 11-9 in the breather.Coming back, top seeded Saina picked her game up to overhaul the lead to 15-13 in her favour before taking full advantage of the many errors from Pui Yin to take six points in a row and pocket the first game 21-13.In the second game, Saina kept her dominance and raced to a 6-0 lead before a sizzling cross court smash helped her to extend it to 11-5 in the break.The 29-year-old Hong Kong shuttler tried her best to reduce the gap but still trailed 8-15 before losing track as Saina extended her lead to 18-10.Saina then wasted no time in adding three more points to take the second game 21-13 and extend her head-to-head record against Pui Yin to 6-2.In the final, Saina will take on unseeded Thailand teenager Pornpawee Chochuwong, who beat second seeded Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi 21-19, 20-22, 21-18 in the other semi-final.last_img read more

BlackBerry Mercury with physical QWERTY to launch on Feb 25

first_imgAs expected, BlackBerry (or rather TCL) will take the full wraps off its next Android phone, the long-rumored Mercury, on February 25 ahead of MWC 2017. The Mercury was briefly teased by Steve Cistulli who is President and General Manager for TCL Communication (TCT), North America previously. It was also showcased behind closed doors, to select media houses on the sidelines of the CES trade show at Las Vegas. The company has however kept pricing and availability details under wraps. Moreover, it has also kept the internal spec-sheet of the Mercury a closely-guarded secret. “We look forward to unveiling details around this distinctly different and impressively designed BlackBerry smartphone around the Mobile World Congress timeframe next month,” Cistulli had previously said. The company has now – via Twitter – confirmed that it will formally launch the Mercury on February 25.25.02.17 #MWC2017 #BlackBerryMobile pic.twitter.com/uChVjp62TJ BlackBerry Mobile (@BBMobile) January 24, 2017″The latest BlackBerry smartphone is focused on three core features: security, productivity and reliability. Previewed at CES, the smartphone draws on unparalleled mobile security and software expertise to offer the most complete end-to-end smartphone security available on Android,” TCL Communication (TCT) had said in press statement.The Mercury phone will come with a full-scale physical QWERTY just like it was in the Priv. Unlike the Priv, however, the Mercury will feature the physical keyboard in continuation with the touch screen. The design will be old-school BlackBerry, which suggests that the phone might have been on the company’s mind long before it hung its boots. The exact size of the Mercury is unknown, at the moment, but looking at snap-shots it seems like a compact and classic BlackBerry.advertisementThe QWERTY, just like it was in Priv, will support touch-gestures like scrolling. The space bar will get a fingerprint scanner atop. The phone will also come with touch-based navigation keys. On the back, the Mercury will sport a rugged material on top of metal. The BlackBerry logo will grace the middle while a huge camera module will sit at the top. The module, however, will sit flush into the body. On the right, the phone will come with a convenience key that will allow you to quickly access an assigned app or shortcut from anywhere on the device, provided that it is powered up. The volume rocker will also lie on the right. The Mercury will sport a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing and speaker cut-outs on either side.The Mercury, it has been confirmed, will run Android Nougat out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suit of security and productivity applications.Also Read: Mercury looks like old-school BlackBerry, to launch at MWClast_img read more

Hashim Amla thrilled with T20 Global Destination League

first_imgPutting his weight behind Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) #T20 Global Destination League (GDL), star batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday wooed potential team owners to invest in the cricket league, which he claimed “has every reason to succeed”.”South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world – we have great weather, beautiful tourist attractions and cuisine and we have proven to be warm hosts. We are also lucky to be in a great time zone that would attract huge viewership as we suit most of the cricket world,” Amla said in a statement.”Owners, potential investors and players will be getting involved in a League that has every reason to succeed,” he added.The 33-year-old Amla said he was excited to be part of history by being among the first to play in the league.”It’s massive. The #T20 GDL has enormous potential and will change the face of South African domestic T20 cricket. We have been longing for a big League of our own to showcase the talent, facilities and beauty of South Africa,” he said.The prospect of having some of the best and biggest names in international cricket playing in the League has also caught the attention of the classy batsman.”We have great talent in South Africa and for our local players to rub shoulders and play with some of the best T20 players in the world can only be good for them,” Amla said.last_img read more

IPL 2017: No issues between me and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, says Steve Smith

first_imgSteve Smith on Thursday said there is no bad blood between him and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was replaced by the Australian as skipper of the Rising Pune Supergiant for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League.”There are no issues between MS Dhoni and me. We have shared some messages, MS is very supportive and it doesn’t change my professional relationship with him or anyone else,” Smith said.The prolific batsman was in the capital along with India’s Ajinkya Rahane and the season’s biggest signing, Ben Stokes, to unveil the Pune Supergiant’s jersey for IPL 2017 and “formally welcome Stokes into the RPS family”.The change in captaincy appeared to have been prompted by Pune’s ordinary outing last year when they finished seventh in the points table after winning just five of their 14 matches. (MS Dhoni is not the captain but will get to learn a lot from him, says Ajinkya Rahane)Also present on the occasion was Sanjiv Goenka, chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.Looking ahead to the IPL after a gruelling Test series, Smith said, “It will be great to have so many great leaders from different countries, it’s a big plus and not a hindrance.”But he would not like to clutter his mind with too many ideas.ALSO WATCH: IPL 2016 Throwback: When Virat Kohli shattered IPL records with 973 runs  “I have plenty of guys to talk to, but I will not seek too many opinions. Seeking too many opinions can cloud your own judgement. I want to try and stay as clear as possible. But yes, if someone sees something and feels the need to point it out to me, they are more than welcome,” Smith said.advertisementWhen asked to speak on Dhoni’s removal from captaincy and if that would be a deterrent, Goenka sought to clear the air.”MS is joining us on April 3 in Pune. The team has been in constant touch with him and it is very amicable. A lot has been discussed about captaincy but I can say that Mahi has got one of the sharpest brains. I have worked with him before and I am his biggest fan.”There is complete togetherness, complete unity in the team. I see a very good bonhomie.”On Dhoni, Rahane said, “Whether he is captain or not a player like Dhoni bhai is always an inspiration and we get to learn a lot.”Asked about the reason behind appointing Smith as skipper, team owner Goenka said, “When you appoint a captain you do with full trust and confidence. I have admired the way Steve has led Australia over the last few months.”Elaborating on his new role in the team, Stokes said, “I am glad to be roped in by Pune team at the auction. I am hopeful to live up to the high expectation from fans in Pune as well as India. Playing for Rising Pune Supergiant is definitely going to be a high point of my career.”This is a chance which I will work towards my team’s advantage with stalwarts like MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Ravichandran Ashwin and Steve Smith, to learn and enjoy the games at the same time.”Rahane and the rest felt the team is well balanced this time around.”I am quite in sync with the team structure as this will be my second year with Rising Pune Supergiant. Our team is well balanced with a good mix of talent from both national and international players.”Ben Stokes is one of the most talented all-rounders in the world and we hope to get good support from him. Imran Tahir’s inclusion is definitely going to strengthen our bowling department and will lend variety to the team.”On leading the side, Smith exuded exuberance.”I am looking forward to my new responsibility with much integrity and fervor. My experience of playing in India has been wonderful so far. This year we also have a new member Ben Stokes with us who will balance experience and skill in right dose.”High and orderly performance with good bowling, fielding and batting will be the benchmark for judging the team. We hope to make Pune proud with good cricket.”Pune Supergiant also announced Motorola as the team sponsor for the upcoming league.last_img read more

Variety is the Spice of Email

first_imgTrying something different can be a bit unnerving, require a few rounds of testing and even a little research. Why would you want to take on something that sounds like, well, a lot of work?The answer is simple. Just like your mother always taught you, “Variety is the spice of life.” The same goes for email. Mixing things up may reveal new strategies that work better than the old, as well as new things about your audience’s behaviors and preferences. Here are three changes you can make to spice up your emails:1. Create personalized emailsCreating personalized emails means much more than merging a name into the body of your emails. While it’s nice to call someone by name, why not go a step further and get specific with the content as well? Targeting members based on location, interests and even something as simple as the weather in their region is a way to connect with them on a personal level. (Check out some of Emma’s advanced personalization options here.)Marketing Sherpa reports that 64% of people they surveyed were willing to share personal preferences in return for a more personalized online shopping experience. The email addresses in your audience aren’t just addresses. They’re real people. You wouldn’t carry on the exact same conversation with every person in your audience face-to-face, so why do it in email?2. Experiment with subject linesAnother variable to test with your audience members is the length of your subject line. Return Path shows that click-through rates can be 75% higher in emails that have subject lines with 49 or fewer characters versus subject lines with 50 or more.Do you have better luck with super short subject lines? Have you done some testing with vague, quirky subject lines compared to content-specific lines? Picking two distinctly different subject lines to test may provide you with surprising answers for what your audience prefers. Feel free to test your intuition regarding subject lines here.3. Determine sending frequencyYour sending frequency is another great variable to test. Email Stat Center reports that 54% of people who unsubscribe from permission-based emails do so because they’re receiving emails too frequently. We’ve also mentioned how sending too infrequently can cause problems with bounces and keeping your list current.To determine how often your audience wants to receive your campaigns, you could ask in a survey format, allow them to choose during the signup process or do some testing. Experiment with sending frequency, and compare opens, clicks and opt-out rates to gauge your audience’s engagement.What works for one person’s audience may not be the same thing that gets your list actively engaged. Don’t be afraid to spice it up and see how your audience responds. There is no need to settle for mediocre response rates when a spiffed-up subject line or more personalized content is all that’s standing in the way of stellar response rates.last_img read more

Bring on Spurs! Arsenal perfectly primed for key derby

first_imgThis, you feel, is exactly what Arsenal needed ahead of a trip to Wembley on Saturday lunchtime when they face Tottenham in the North London Derby.Bournemouth were without as many as six first-team players and so this was as close as you’ll get to a free hit in the Premier League.Eddie Howe’s side, into the bargain, are without a win on the road since October and are even worse on their travels than Arsenal. 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! At home, no such trouble. With this 5-1 win they made it 12 wins, two draws and only one defeat in front of their own fans at the Emirates. Only title-chasing Manchester City can claim superiority in that department.From an attacking perspective, this had everything Unai Emery would want. By naming an XI that could as easily have seen three or four at the back, the Spaniard maintained that unexpected element in his line-up and a degree of tactical flexibility.While he started with three, once Sead Kolasinac went off in the second half it became a four with Mesut Ozil in the No. 10 hub.Unusually, Ozil started in the three-at-the-back formation. A consistent feature of that shape under Emery has been his absence. He has used it when Ozil has been unfit, unwell or simply unavailable.There were some doubts about how he would play in such a line-up but it wouldn’t take long here to settle those.He produced a characteristic finish to open the scoring and ensure that Arsenal got off to the best possible start. That goal came when Ozil had drifted into the space on the left side of the strike line and he was found well by Kolasinac. The Bosnian wideman, as a matter of fact, is becoming somewhat of a creative outlet in his own right.But Ozil was primarily stationed the other side to begin with, to the right of lone frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and it was from that position that he conjured the second.Alexandre Lacazette’s 2019 form has been such that he can claim to be the hottest forward not only at Arsenal but perhaps in the entire league, Sergio Aguero aside. However, he has competition for Arsenal’s man of the moment in Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2018-19The man swapped for Alexis Sanchez has struggled for consistency, form and fitness since moving from Manchester United but he is finally finding his feet and producing his best football since arriving in this country from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.His finish for Arsenal’s second was emphatic, off Ozil’s unselfish cut-back, and he gave a couple more assists after the break.He was on hand to tidy up a scuffed free-kick routine between Ozil and Carl Jenkinson on the right-hand side by crossing for Laurent Koscielny to score.And he was the man charging through the middle to give Aubameyang a training-ground exercise in beating Artur Boruc for the fourth.It was an evening when Mkhitaryan was abundantly creative and one on which the devastating axis between he and Ozil came to fruition.On that front, Emery’s decisions paid off. It can be sometimes difficult to predict how Arsenal will line up and who will play here. He doesn’t always give continuity in his selections, with Granit Xhaka absent here altogether and the in-form Lacazette starting on the bench.There were a few more tweaks and adjustments here and there throughout the line-up, not least the return in a starting capacity of Jenkinson, for the first time in the best part of 1,000 days.He did well on the right with Emery coaching him through the first half at close quarters. He was generally available when he needed to be and linked up well in Arsenal’s attack.ArsenalIt would be harsh to single out Jenkinson as the reason for Arsenal’s defensive frailty. Quite simply they did not defend well as a unit.They lost the numbers game on occasions in midfield, with Bournemouth having the ability to find space for passes and shots in the middle of the Arsenal defensive zone.Dan Gosling hit the crossbar from one such opportunity in the second half, when this game was still far closer as a contest than it ought to have been.The pace of Ryan Fraser and Jordon Ibe caused issues too with the Scottish winger and Lys Mousset unlucky on a first-half double chance. That was a mess largely of Arsenal’s own making, as was the goal when Mousset profited from an avoidable error off Matteo Guendouzi.He is a very young player, though, and does more things well than badly. He will learn quickly from it.There was a lot to be impressed by, even if Bournemouth were scarcely at the races for most of the game.The manner in which Lacazette came on and dispatched his free-kick demonstrates that he now expects to score every time he plays. There is confidence coursing through the team when they are attacking.Following an evening when Spurs lost and they won, it is just the right feeling to have.Should they win the derby, they would be only one point behind their rivals. What a turnaround that could be from the situation only a few weeks ago when Arsenal were flailing and Spurs aiming for the title.But Arsenal have earned the right to compete; it’ll be a long, slow, difficult adjustment process to a new coach and new ideas. But nights like this show that they are going in the right direction. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Quarterly Tax Guide for Freelancers and the Self-Employed

first_imgAs a freelancer, you will most likely be required to pay taxes quarterly, not just once a year on April 15.Whether you’re a new freelancer figuring things out for the first time, or a veteran who’s looking to recalculate based on over- or under-paying last year, we hope this guide helps your process.Who is required to file quarterly estimated taxes?So in case that wasn’t clear to you, here’s the story:If you paid more than $1,000 in taxes in 2013 (the tax year that just ended), you need to pay quarterly taxes in 2014If you expect to pay more than $1,000 in taxes in 2014, you need to pay quarterly taxes in 2014If you paid no income tax in 2013 (or got a refund), you probably don’t need to pay quarterly taxes in 2014Some frequent questions about who has to pay:I only freelance as a side business. Do I still have to pay quarterly taxes?It doesn’t matter if the freelance work is full- or part-time. What matters is, how much will you earn?OK, but how much freelance income do I have to make in 2014 to owe $1,000 in taxes?That’s very hard to calculate, and depends on your tax bracket. Remember you will be paying at least 15.3% of freelance income in taxes (self-employment tax), so if you’re making more than $15,000 freelancing, you will probably need to pay quarterly taxes. Notice I said “probably”: there are all sorts of mitigating circumstances, like deductions, other income sources, whether or not you also have a part-time employed job, etc. If you’re not sure whether or not you’ll need to pay quarterly taxes, or you think you’ll be close, it would be wise to consult a tax professional.What happens if I think I won’t have to pay quarterly, but then I end up owing more than $1,000 in taxes?You will get a penalty plus fined interest on the amount of the missed quarterly payment. It’s not an enormous penalty, but it’d be better not to do it.What happens if I pay quarterly, but then I end up owing less than $1,000?It can’t hurt you to file quarterly. If you ever pay more tax than you need to, you can apply the tax to next year’s quarterly tax payment.How much tax do I have to pay?If you just finished your 2013 tax return, this will be easy:Step 1. Find the total amount of tax you owe in 2013. You can find it on Form 1040 Line 76. For the sake of this example, let’s say you owed $7,000.Step 2. Multiply that amount by .90. So $7,000 multiplied by .90 would be $6,300.Step 3. Divide $6,300 by 4 = $1,575. This is the amount you will owe each quarter.Step 4. Put that amount on the Voucher on Form 1040-ES, and attach a check.If you’re in your first year of freelancing:If you had no freelance income last year to report, or that freelance income required that you pay less than $1,000 in taxes, no need to file this year. You can file at the end of the year (due April 15), like a regular gig. Just remember that on April 15, your end-of-the-year taxes from 2014 AND your taxes from the first quarter will be due at the same time. This can really throw off some first-timers.Some frequent questions about how much to pay:I have no idea how much freelance income I’ll have this year. I’ll might have less / more.Don’t put too much importance on how accurate your tax estimate is for now. Just start off by sending in what you should based on your 2013 return, and you can adjust later. It’s much more important that you give them what they ask for (¼ of 90% of last year’s tax burden) than that it’s the exact amount for this year.I had a really dry period. How do I adjust how much I’m paying for this quarter?You can actually adjust how much you pay each quarter if you’re paying too much or too little. Just fill out the 1040-ES worksheet again to calculate your tax bill for that quarter.I only make money in the summer. Can I pay taxes in only that quarter?You could, but it’s pretty complicated. Check out this post on the Annualized Income Installment Method (http://irszilla.com/tax-withholding-estimated-tax/annualized-income-installment-method.htm), which leads you step-by-step through the process.What happens if I start freelancing in the middle of the year?You don’t have to worry about quarterly taxes this year. But when you calculate your taxes for next year, remember that you were only freelancing for 6 months, so last year’s freelance tax burden may be a lot lighter than it will be this year. You may choose to pay more tax each quarter than the calculation based on last year’s taxes. If you don’t, you will probably be stuck with a large tax bill in the last quarter.This all seems complicated. What happens if I don’t pay quarterly taxes?You will accrue penalties and interest. According to the IRS, “The late payment penalty is one-half of one percent of the tax (0.5%) owed for each month, or part of a month, that the tax remains unpaid after the due date, not exceeding 25 percent.” That plus the 3% interest can be not so fun.What happens if I pay too much tax?Don’t worry — you’re not losing the money. You can apply it to next year’s quarterly taxes.When is this all due?For income received Jan. 1 through March 31, estimated tax is due April 15.For income received April 1 through May 31, estimated tax is due June 15.For income received June 1 through Aug. 31, estimated tax is due Sept. 15.And for income received Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, estimated tax is due Jan. 15.Any more questions? Feel free to leave them in comments!last_img read more

Do only “go-getters” succeed? Freelancing for introverts

first_imgPhoto by Paul MisonMarketing is challenging for everyone, but particularly so for the introverts among us who often can’t stand networking and freeze up when calling potential clients.We’re creative. We’ve got our stuff together. Our work is beautiful/smart/useful. But we can’t talk about it!How do we stay in business?The wrong adviceMillions of introverts deal with this problem, but the advice is normally just “become more outgoing.” This seems false to me.It’s Women’s History Month, and I’ve been thinking about the women who have inspired me in my creative hustling life. Today I came across a video conversation between two women who have inspired thousands of female entrepreneurs across the country: Susan Cain, the NYT bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Just Can’t Stop Talking, and Marie Forleo, entrepreneur extraordinaire and founder of B-School.It’s worth your time:HighlightsSome quotes from Susan Cain:Introverts are everywhere: “Media is filled with introverts.” People who seem like extraverts may have adopted strategies to get along.Introverts can be social, but for a short time: “Many introverts find themselves being passionate about something that requires them to also be out in places that are beyond their comfort zone. You can act out of character for the sake of work that you really love but you’re doing it mindfully, and as soon as you’re done…you go into your own space.”How to budget your social time: “Come up with a quota system where you say, ‘OK, whatever it is, once a week I’m going to go to these networking events. Meet your quota, and then you don’t have to feel guilty the rest of the time.”Find kindred spirits: “Everybody tells you for networking that your job is to work the room and you should emerge from every networking event with a big fist-full of business cards. I don’t even use “networking” — it sounds machine-like and cold. I go through the world looking for kindred spirits. Usually at any event, there’s one such person…and that’s fine. That’s a much more humane and effective way to live.”Work with a partner: “I believe that most business owners are best-suited to finding a partner who is the temperament complement. So an introvert looks for an extravert and vice versa. Or skill set. It makes life so much easier.”Introverted freelancers, what are some strategies you’ve found to be successful while staying true to your personality?last_img read more

SCs no to plea challenging laws banning online Rummy games

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 6 (PTI) The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea challenging the validity of three state laws banning online Rummy game played for stakes.A bench headed by Justice Madan B lokur refused to hear the plea filed by Krida Sports and Games Private Limited, an online firm, which has sought direction to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu governments to allow it to run the game for stakes.The Telangana government had issued two new ordinances amending the Telangana Gaming Act, 1974 to ban online gambling by adding new definition of cyber space in the legislation, making betting and gambling through the internet illegal.Subsequently, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh governments also made similar amendments banning online rummy for stakes.The company moved the apex court saying its fundamental right was infringed.However the Telangana government, in their counter affidavit, contended that addiction to online rummy game has affected various sections of society, including students and women.It also said that the law has been well settled that writ jurisdiction cannot be invoked by a company against the state, claiming infringement of fundamental rights.”It is evident from the above that rummy and online rummy when played for stakes, is creating a social menace affecting the life of students and women. It is causing an adverse impact on family life.”The State was therefore compelled to enact the Ordinance pursuant to its constitutional responsibilities of enacting a just social order,” Telangana said in its counter affidavit.The state government also said that the online dealer, who is controlled and programmed by the firm, has full visibility of the cards being distributed and there is every possibility for the dealer to manipulate this distribution. PTI SJK RRT ABA RKS ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Tripura polls: CM, cabinet ministers file nominations

first_imgAgartala, Jan 29 (PTI) Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and his four cabinet colleagues filed their nominations today for the ensuing assembly elections.Tripura is set to go to polls on February 18 and the results for all 60 assembly constituencies of the state will be announced on March 3.Sarkar will contest the election from his home turf Dhanpur in Sipahijala district. He has been in office since 1998, having won the election from this constituency for four consecutive terms.”This time, we will win the elections by a wider margin and set an example in the country,” Sarkar told reporters after filing the nominations.The Left Front has been in power in Tripura since 1993.Sports Minister Shahid Chowdhury also filed his nomination from Boxanagar constituency of the same district.State Forest minister Naresh Jamatiya and Drinking Water Supply minister Ratan Bhaumick submitted their papers from Bagma (ST) and Kakrabon seats of the Gomati district.Tripura Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty filed his documents from Chandipur constituency in North Tripura district.Besides Sarkar and his cabinet ministers, at least 20 MLAs of the ruling Left Front filed their nominations today from different parts of the state.Earlier, on Thursday, PWD Minister Badal Chowdhury had submitted his papers from Hrishyamukh constituency in South Tripura district.The last date for filing nominations in the state is January 31. PTI JOY RMS GVSlast_img read more

West side story

first_imgWhat’s in a name, they say, but Hollywood like no other name, invokes a dash of drama, dollops of glamour and everything laquered with luxury. True to its name, West Hollywood is stylish, hedonistic and as famous for its allnight entertainment as it is for it’s youthful culture and beautiful,What’s in a name, they say, but Hollywood like no other name, invokes a dash of drama, dollops of glamour and everything laquered with luxury. True to its name, West Hollywood is stylish, hedonistic and as famous for its allnight entertainment as it is for it’s youthful culture and beautiful people. Smacked right between Beverly Hills and East Hollywood, it is located in the heart of Los Angeles County and lies at the foot of the Hollywood Hills. With palm-lined boulevards, a huge array of bars, clubs and restaurants, celebrity-favorited health trends and breathtaking views, West Hollywood is the must-visit zone for the in-the-know traveller. Just a short trip from Tinseltown, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the best in Californian lifestyle. Here is an insider’s guide to five not-to-miss things to check off your list during a West Hollywood holiday. The Poolside CultureNowhere does ‘poolside pleasure’ mean more or look better than West Hollywood, with hotels boasting rooftop bathing areas that overlook the Hollywood Hills and LA basin. So, this is the city to grab your fanciest bikini and listen to resident DJs while sipping colourful cocktails in your waterside cabana at The Mondrian LA-their Skybar is a locals’ favourite-(www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-los-angeles), The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills (www.thelondonwesthollywood.com ) or The Andaz West Hollywood (www.westhollywood.andaz.hyatt.com), which boasts Los Angeles’ second tallest rooftop pool.Most homes and hotels here sport pools as West Hollywood has a poolside cultureadvertisement Shopping equals passionWhere vanity is gold, and shopping its sheerest accessory, LA tops the charts. West Hollywood boasts some of the biggest brands and equally big-name stores and small bespoke boutiques. Melrose Avenue has the kooky and cool, as well as rare vintage finds-don’t miss a visit to Maxfield (www.maxfieldla.com). For more designer names, head to Robertson Boulevard (https://www.robertsonboulevard-shop.com) and Melrose Place. Because of West Hollywood’s walkability, you can stroll through the city’s Design District (www.wehochamber.com/west-hollywood-design-district ) to feast your eyes on uber-luxe furniture showrooms or grab a bite while shopping along Sunset Plaza; Southern California’s premier fashion destination (https://www.sunsetplaza.com). To make any fashionista happy, visit one of the 100 stores inside of The Beverly Center https://www.beverlycenter.com), still open as it undergoes a Dollars 500 million renovation to be unveiled in late 2018.Shopping is an abiding passion at Maxfield Go to see and be seenWhether you’re bypassing the paparazzi on your way to a bar or trying to work out where you’ve seen the guy next to you before, West Hollywood is the place to go for famous face-spotting and general people-watching. And there’s no better place to do it than at West Hollywood’s hottest restaurants. Check out CATCH, LA’s coolest celebrity rooftop restaurant (www.catchrestaurants.com/catchla), the classic Craig’s restaurant (www.craigs.la) or The Tower Bar (www.sunsettowerhotel.com/restaurants-and-bar/tower-bar) at the Sunset Tower Hotel. To see where young Hollywood hangs out, try the 1960s themed The Nice Guy (www.theniceguyla.com) or supper-club inspired Delilah (www.delilahla.com).Club and bar hoppingWest Hollywood also has more restaurant and bar liquor licences per square mile than any other city in California, so this makes for a nightlife scene paralleled to none. For those who can’t decide what to do, Blind Dragon (www.hwoodgroup.com/blind-dragon) lets you have it all. It’s equal parts speak-easy club, bar, restaurant and karaoke lounge, with a main area decked out with crimson sofas, black lacquer, and hanging lanterns. For live music, head to The Roxy (www.theroxy.com) or The Troubadour (www.troubadour.com), named one of the best rock clubs by Rolling Stone or just to pay homage to two of the most well-known gig venues on the planet.Get red-carpet readyJust because you aren’t a Hollywood A-lister doesn’t mean you can’t get the red-carpet treatment while in West Hollywood. Even if you don’t have a studio picking up your tab, Benjamin Salon (www.benjaminsalon.com/west-hollywood), a celebrity favourite bastion for hair colouring, snipping, and blowing, is worth the splurge. Get that glow with a B12 vitamin injection or even better, an IV-infused facial at Rehab Wellness (www.rehabwellnessla.com). Tone it up at Shape House (www.theshapehouse.com), WeHo’s urban sweat lodge (www.theshapehouse.com), or try a yoga class at Tantris Studio (www.tantris.com), a relatively new venture from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.last_img read more

PSL: Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators to set up Eliminator 2 clash vs Karachi Kings

first_imgPeshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators by one run on Tuesday at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to set up an Eliminator 2 clash.They will next face Karachi Kings on Wednesday and the winner of the match will go on to meet Islamabad United in the final in Karachi.The Gladiators won the toss and sent the Zalmis to bat first. Peshawar started off badly after losing Kamran Akmal and Andre Fletcher in quick succession. But, Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Hafeez steadied the ship before the latter fell for 25 in the eighth over. Tamim followed soon and all the good work was undone.Liam Dawson stayed on and tried to carry the innings on his own shoulders but was not supported ably by anyone as Peshawar kept losing wickets regularly. He finally perished for a 35-ball 62, with his team’s score on 137/8 from 17.5 overs. His innings was studded with six fours and four maximums. After that, Wahab Riaz’s 7-ball 15 ensured that PZ finish on 157 from their 20 overs.Rahat Ali starred with the ball for the Gladiators, picking up four wickets for 16 runs from his four overs.Chasing 158 for a spot in the second Eliminator, the Gladiators were off to a disastrous start. They lost Asad Shafiq on the first ball of the innings Tom Kohler-Cadmore followed soon after with 17 runs on the board off 2.1 overs. Mohammad Nawaz and captain Sarfraz Ahmed then got together 63-run stand for the third wicket before Sameen Gul removed both the set batsmen on back-to-back deliveries to send shivers down the spine of the QG.advertisementOUT! 9.4 Sameen Gul to Mohammad NawazWatch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/GAW3pe7nao#PZvQG #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/KhyMBjauXfPeshawarZalmi (@PeshawarZalmi) March 20, 2018OUT! 9.5 Sameen Gul to Sarfraz AhmedWatch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/GAW3pe7nao#PZvQG #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/iFnagTC2E4PeshawarZalmi (@PeshawarZalmi) March 20, 2018However, Mahmudullah and Rilee Rossouw then got together to steady the ship but same fate awaited the Gladiators — quick wickets and this time it was Umaid Asif. Asif got the two out inside the first four balls off the 16th over to peg Quetta back. They couldn’t recover from the blows and needed 25 off the last over. And then came the rescue act.Needing 25 off the last over, Darren Sammy threw the ball to Dawson. The star with the bat couldn’t keep his cool and conceded three sixes and one four to Anwar Ali and almost gave the match away. But, Asif after dropping the catch, threw the ball back on time to affect a run-out and turn the nail-biter in their favour. Anwar remained not out on 28 off 14 balls.SIX! 19.2 Liam Dawson to Anwar AliWatch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/52ZlOAgLon#PZvQG #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/gJWVzARBwGPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 20, 2018SIX! 19.4 Liam Dawson to Anwar AliWatch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/52ZlOAymMX#PZvQG #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/Lex8WDdJy2PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 20, 2018SIX! 19.5 Liam Dawson to Anwar AliWatch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/52ZlOAymMX#PZvQG #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/D9S5LBcAeoPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 20, 2018Peshawar Zalmi won by 1 run!Watch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/52ZlOAymMX#PZvQG #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/Hr0IDKUXDnPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 20, 2018Sameen Gul, Umaid Asif, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali picked up two wickets apiece.Hasan Ali was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his figures of 2/21 from his four overs.last_img read more

Steve Smith and David Warner will be eligible for selection after ban ends: Mark Waugh

first_imgFormer Australia opener and national selector Mark Waugh said he wouldn’t hesitate to pick the three players banned in the wake of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.Australian captain Steve Smith, vice-captain Steve Smith and opener Bancroft were suspended by Cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-tampering incident that took place during the third Test against South Africa at Cape Town. Smith and Warner have been suspended for one year each while Bancroft received a nine-month ban.WATCH – Steve Smith breaks down during public apologyWaugh said the players have made a mistake but added that ” everyone makes mistakes.”once they have served their bans, but added in the same breath that these are “tough times” for Australia’s Test team.”My personal contact with these guys is that they’re all good people and very fine players. They’ve made a mistake, everyone makes mistakes. Not one person that I’ve ever met hasn’t made a mistake. It’s so unfortunate they’ve made this mistake and they’re going to pay such a heavy penalty,” Waugh told Sky Sports Radio.Johannesburg Test: Vernon Philander’s 6/21 condemns Australia to 492-run defeat”But we should all look at the facts. You’ve got to let them back into the fold, you’ve got to forgive them and hopefully they get back to where they were,” he added.Also read – Warner breaks down and apologises to wife and daughtersIf the pending potential appeals of the three players which could be heard next week, does not turn the tide, chances of the bans being overturned are highly unlikely.advertisementWaugh is an ODI and T20I selector and forms part of the national selection panel along with chairman Trevor Hohns, Greg Chappell and outgoing coach Darren Lehmann.Steve Smith’s tearful apology for ball-tampering: It hurts and I am deeply sorryAustralia’s next Test assignment is away to Pakistan, likely in October, before they host India and Sri Lanka next summer. Waugh believes replacing the banned players will be a major challenge.”We’ve still got a lot of fine players in Australia but to lose these three guys, particularly Smith and Warner, it’s going to leave a huge hole in your squad,” he said.”Cameron Bancroft is a good young man on his way up, it’s going to leave a spot there too which is going to be hard to fill.Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks down”You’d be naive to think it will be easy, it’s going to be tough. There are going to be tough times ahead.”But at the same time it gives other guys the chance to step up. India is going to be very tough in Australia and of course there’s a World Cup next year.”It’s going to be tough but before too long we’ll be back in the winners’ circle.”(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Russia ready to cooperate with FIFA probe into racist chants

first_imgWorld Cup hosts Russia will cooperate with a FIFA investigation into racist abuse directed at French players by Russian fans during a friendly last month, a Russian soccer official said on Monday.Alexei Smertin, the Russian Football Union’s anti-discrimination inspector, said global soccer’s governing body had informed it about the launch of an investigation into the incident.”The Russian Football Union is ready to take an active part in it (the FIFA probe) and is already conducting an internal investigation,” Smertin said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.Smertin told a news conference later on Monday that the perpetrators of racist abuse should be punished.”We are looking for the people who were shouting,” he said. “They should not be at soccer stadiums.”A Reuters photographer at pitch level for France’s 3-1 win over Russia in St Petersburg heard monkey chants directed at French players on several occasions, including when midfielder N’Golo Kante came to the sideline for a throw-in.Russia has pledged to crack down on racism as the country faces increased scrutiny ahead of this year’s World Cup, which it will host from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.There have been other reported cases of racist abuse, however, in the run-up to the tournament.At CSKA Moscow’s Europa League quarter-final match against Arsenal last week, a Reuters photographer heard monkey chants aimed at some of Arsenal’s black players made by dozens of supporters.CSKA dismissed the Reuters account and said in a statement that they were “outraged” by what they called a “slanderous” report.advertisementEuropean soccer’s governing body, UEFA, told Reuters last week that no racist behaviour had been reported to it by match officials at the game.last_img read more

IPL 2018, DD v KXIP: Kings XI Punjab good enough to go top even without Chris Gayle

first_imgDelhi Daredevils’ poor run in the Indian Premier League continued as they lost a low-scoring match against Kings XI Punjab by 4 runs in their first home game at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Monday.Chasing 144 for victory, Delhi were restricted to 139 for 8 in 20 overs thanks to some superb bowling by fast bowlers Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot and Barinder Sran.Rajpoot, Tye and spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up 2 wickets each while Sran got one wicket and bowled a fantastic penultimate over giving away just 4 runs.For the Daredevils, it was middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer who waged a lone battle with 57 runs off 45 balls and was the last wicket to fall off the final ball from Mujeeb.Delhi looked on track to chase down the total till the time Iyer and Rahul Tewatia were batting as the two had forged a crucial 47-run stand for the sixth wicket in just 36 balls.But once Tewatia departed on 24, Iyer just kept losing partners and the required rate got too big on him in the final two overs.Kings XI jumped to the top of the table with this win and have 10 points from 6 games while Delhi continue to languish at the bottom with just one win.Yet another nail-biter as the @lionsdenkxip beat the Delhi Daredevils by 4 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla.#DDvKXIP pic.twitter.com/esjO4y9L0IIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2018Earlier, a disciplined bowling effort by the Daredevils restricted Kings XI to a paltry 143/8 in 20 overs.Pacer Liam Plunkett scalped three wickets while Avesh Khan and Trent Boult chipped in with two each to hurt the Punjab’s batting line-upadvertisementPut in to bat, the visitors received the early blow when Avesh dismissed opener Aaron Finch (2) in the second over.Incoming batter Mayank Agarwal and opener Lokesh Rahul (23) then showed some resistance, putting a 36-run partnership for the second wicket to take Punjab to 42 runs. However, Plunkett struck in the fifth over to put an end to Rahul’s innings.Agarwal (21) was the next to depart as in-form Plunkett struck again in the eighth over, which left Punjab reeling at 60/3.After adding 15 more runs tot he total, Avesh sent back veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh (14) to make things worse for the visitors.Yuvraj’s fall brought Karun Nair in the middle, who showed a little fight against the hosts and slammed 34 runs to take his team past the 100-run mark before falling in the 17th over to Plunkett.Delhi’s Daniel Christian also joined the party and dismissed David Miller (26) with Punjab’s scorecard reading 127/6.Meagre contributions by Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (6 runs off 7 balls), Andrew Tye (3) and with the help of 14 extra runs, Punjab managed to put 143.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more