10 Mobile Stats for Nonprofit Marketers

first_imgIt’s no secret that mobile is quickly becoming the platform of choice for many, but these stats really drive the point home. Nonprofit marketers should heed these trends and factor mobile into their communication and fundraising strategies to effectively attract and connect with donors in the coming years.56% of all American adults are now smartphone adopters. Source: Pew Tweet this.American adults spend an average of 141 online minutes using mobile devices. Source: AdAge Tweet this.61% of active users view emails either exclusively on a mobile device or use mobile and desktop interchangeably. Source: YesMail Tweet this.75% said they are “highly likely” to delete an email if they can’t read it on their smartphone. Source: Constant Contact Tweet this.20% of Internet traffic is expected to come from mobile by the end of 2013. Source: KPCB Tweet this.23% of smartphone users have made a purchase on their phone. Source: Nielsen Tweet this.66% of consumers over 60 open emails on a mobile device. Source: Constant Contact Tweet this.32% now bank using their mobile phones. Source: Pew Tweet this.61% say they have a more favorable opinion of brands that offer a good mobile experience. Source: Latitude Tweet this.The percentage of donations made on mobile web browsers has grown 205% in the last 12 months. Source: Artez Interactive Tweet this.Need some help thinking about how to incorporate mobile into your nonprofit’s fundraising strategy? Download this free whitepaper from Network for Good and PayPal, Why Mobile Matters: A Guide to the Mobile Web.last_img read more

Klopp positive on Oxlade-Chamberlain injury

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has offered a positive update on the fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the midfielder featured in an Under-23s game.The Englishman was set to play the first half but was replaced five minutes before half-time after feeling some discomfort.However, Klopp has eased fans’ fears about a setback for the former Arsenal player, who was playing his first game since sustaining knee ligament damage towards the end of last season. 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’s not really surprising, it’s normal. The good news is the knee is perfect – nothing happened, that was our only concern,” Klopp told the club’s official website.“Football games are different to football training, that’s why he felt the muscle a little bit, and thank God we were smart enough to take him off, even if it was only five minutes earlier than we thought [before the game]. That made absolute sense. Nothing else happened.”The German urged patience with the midfielder’s recovery but admitted he was looking forward to working with Oxlade-Chamberlain competitively again.“We always said he needs time. Maybe I’m a bit guilty of being too excited about it; if nobody asked me I wouldn’t start talking about Ox, to be honest, but they ask me and I say the truth – and the truth was it looked so exciting in training. But it’s only small-sided games, shooting situations and all that.“It’s Ox, we all know and love him, that’s cool, but, at the end of the day, we all need to make sure we are ready for the big-size pitch. And for this he just needs time. It’s all good.”Liverpool face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie next, before travelling to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham as they look to keep the pressure on league leaders Manchester City in the Premier League, who maintain a one-point gap on the Reds.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Preventing the Next Great Recession

first_imgIt’s hard to ignore the signs: One percent of the population controls 40% of the wealth in this country. Financial institutions, after a decade of living large off riskier and riskier bets, are passing along costs to consumers. The unemployment rate for people under the age of 30 is nearly 17%. And it’s not just the poor. The Middle Class are being squeezed from every direction. Is it any wonder that people have taken to the streets to Occupy Wall Street? We know that as a country we can’t sustain this level of inequality for much longer. In the short term, we need to update the New Deal so that the protections envisioned by FDR are realized for the Gig Economy – the 30% of our workforce who are excluded from basic worker protections and whose “jobs” last months instead of years. That means creating portable health insurance that workers can take from gig to gig and revising our unemployment system to account for the millions of people who are currently left out of it. But in the long term, our best bet to prevent another Great Recession is to stop thinking that benefits are provided by an employer and support systems are delivered through the government. Those days are slipping away, and it’s time to completely shift our thinking. We need to come up with new, creative ways to solve these problems by coming together in what I call New Mutualism: People with shared interests cooperatively building solutions to the problems they face. Wall Street won’t remain occupied forever. But the spirit of the protests can live on, especially if we can channel the anger, frustration, and hope on display in Zuccotti Park into new institutions that balance people, community, a living wage, and basic supports with reasonable profits.last_img read more

NBCC bags Rs 464 cr contract from health ministry

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI) State-owned construction firm NBCC has bagged a Rs 464 crore contract from the health ministry for expansion of a sports injury centre in the national capital.In a regulatory filing, NBCC said it has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for planning, designing and construction of Expansion of Sports Injury Centre project in New Delhi amounting to Rs 464 crore.NBCC (India) Ltd, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Urban Development, is present in three main segments — Project Management Consultancy (PMC), real estate development and EPC contracting. PTI MJH ABMlast_img

T20 leagues are the future, says multi-team owner Preity Zinta

first_imgTwenty20 leagues around the world have the potential to eclipse international cricket as the shortest format of the game continues to attract new fans, according to multi-team owner Preity Zinta.The Bollywood actress and businesswoman co-owns the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kings XI Punjab and has now expanded her cricket empire to include the Stellenbosch Kings in South Africa’s newly-launched T20 Global League.The November 3-December 16 tournament is the latest on a growing circuit that already includes series in India, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Caribbean.BCCI PhotoZinta believes the growth of these leagues could surpass interest and investment in international cricket.”The way the format is and the way the leagues are structured, I think in the near future you are going to see league cricket take over,” Zinta told reporters.”If you look at other sports like football, of course the country sport is there and it is very important, but then it is the league sport that takes over at some point.”The IPL signed a record five-year TV deal worth $2.55 billion earlier this month, five times more per season than the initial 10-year deal.Zinta sees this as a sign that the popularity of the format is drawing in non-traditional cricket fans and she expects this trend to continue across all leagues.”The T20 format is a very adaptable format for the world,” she said. “My husband is American and is a baseball fan, but after five years of IPL he is now a cricket fan also. It is a format that is very easily adaptable to different cultures.advertisement”When the IPL was starting in India, a lot of people said, ‘why are you getting into it, it is already the number one sport in the country. It is so saturated, there is no growth, what is going to be different?’.”But I said, ‘it’s the number one (sport), but I don’t watch it, many women don’t watch it, families don’t watch it. Just the hard-core cricket fans watch it’. We wanted one event that could have everything in it and everybody could watch.”She says shorter attention spans these days from fans makes T20 cricket a favourite over five-day Tests and the 50-over game.”Content has become hand-held. People have the appetite to watch a T20 game because it is three hours, it’s a lot of action and it’s very athletic. It has evolved into cricket with a lot of entertainment value and speed.”But there are still a lot more fans we can capture. It is an experience (to be at a game). It is definitely going to catch on more and more, and it has definitely not yet reached where it should be.”BCCI PhotoZinta’s purchase of the T20 Global League team follows that of two other IPL owners.Actor Shah Rukh Khan, who possesses Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL and Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean, now owns Cape Town Knight Riders in South Africa.India’s GMR Group, who own the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, have also bought South African side the Jo’burg Giants.last_img read more

BCCI provides ‘business-class’ relief to Team India cricketers

first_imgThe Indian cricketers will now fly in business class after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) approved the proposal to upgrade their domestic air travel.Reportedly, the players have been facing problems while flying within the country, with some complaining about selfie requests from fellow passengers and less leg space.The proposal has been approved in a recently-held meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Delhi, BCCI acting president CK Khanna told ANI over the phone.The new move by the BCCI means that all the India national cricket team players will now get the comfort of travelling in business-class while on national duty, thus providing a hassle-free ride.It should be noted that Khanna had proposed this upgrade.Earlier, the facility was only provided to the captain and the coach.After beating New Zealand in the ODI and the T20I series, India is now scheduled to take on Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series, beginning November 16.last_img read more

Don’t want to compare Sachin Tendulkar with Virat Kohli: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgSourav Ganguly on Monday did not want to compare Virat Kohli with batting great Sachin Tendulkar, saying the current team captain will score many more hundreds like the one at Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka on Monday.Kohli was not out on 104 off 119 balls in the second innings helping India post 352/8 decl. and set Sri Lanka a 231-run target.They were close to winning the tie with Sri Lanka on the mat for 75/7 before bad light stopped fifth day’s play.This was Kohli’s 50th international hundred — 18th in Tests, 11th as skipper, and the first at the hallowed ground. Tendulkar has 100 hundreds to his name.”It’s too early to compare him with Sachin. He still has to make 50 more centuries. But the way he is going, he will make many more such hundreds,” Ganguly told reporters at close of play.Kohli is also the fastest to reach 50 international hundreds.Asked if India could have declared a little early, Ganguly said: “India needed to be in a comfortable position to declare They did the right thing.”Indian pacers took all 17 wickets, the most by quicks in a Test match, and Ganguly lauded their efforts. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was adjudged Man-of-the-Match, took career-best 8/96 while Mohammed Shami returned match figures of 6/134.”The bowlers bowled well. They got help from the wicket and made the mot of it. Bhuvi and Shami were brilliant,” Ganguly added.last_img read more

Smartphone use may make teens unhappy: study

first_imgWashington, Jan 23 (PTI) Teenagers who are habitually glued to their smartphones are more likely to be unhappier than their peers, a study has found.Researchers from the University of Georgia in the US, analysed data from a survey of over a million US teens.The survey asked students questions about how often they spent time on their phones, tablets and computers, as well as questions about their in-the-flesh social interactions and their overall happiness.On average, they found that teens who spent more time in front of screen devices – playing computer games, using social media, texting and video chatting – were less happy than those who invested more time in non-screen activities like sports, reading newspapers and magazines, and face-to-face social interaction.Researchers believe this screen time is driving unhappiness rather than the other way around.”Although this study cant show causation, several other studies have shown that more social media use leads to unhappiness, but unhappiness does not lead to more social media use,” said Jean M Twenge, professor at San Diego State University in the US.Total screen abstinence does not lead to happiness either, Twenge found. The happiest teens used digital media a little less than an hour per day.However after a daily hour of screen time, unhappiness rises steadily along with increasing screen time, according to the study published in the journal Emotion.”The key to digital media use and happiness is limited use,” Twenge said.”Aim to spend no more than two hours a day on digital media, and try to increase the amount of time you spend seeing friends face-to-face and exercising – two activities reliably linked to greater happiness,” he said.advertisementLooking at historical trends from the same age groups since the 1990s, researchers found that the proliferation of screen devices over time coincided with a general drop-off in reported happiness in US teens.Specifically, young peoples life satisfaction, self- esteem and happiness plummeted after 2012.That is the year that the percentage of Americans who owned a smartphone rose above 50 per cent, Twenge said.”By far the largest change in teens lives between 2012 and 2016 was the increase in the amount of time they spent on digital media, and the subsequent decline in in-person social activities and sleep,” she said.”The advent of the smartphone is the most plausible explanation for the sudden decrease in teens psychological well-being,” she added. PTI MHN MHNlast_img read more

ATK Man U of India: Chennaiyin coach

first_imgKolkata, Jan 24 (PTI) Describing ATK as the Manchester United of Indian Super League, Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory today said they are fired up to give their best against the two-time champions here tomorrow.ATK are the most successful ISL franchise and are the defending champions but their campaign has gone horribly wrong this time, slumping to eighth in the 10-team table and have sacked Teddy Sherringham on the eve of their match.But the Chennaiyin boss heaped praise on ATK: “We regard ATK as the Manchester United of India. You have been champions twice, its a huge/massive club. Its massive to play against them.”Even though we are champions once, we look up to you guys as a big big team. Every single player of my 25 wants to play tomorrow because its ATK. They are all fired up. You get fired up when you play ATK.””The first thing we did after getting the schedule was to see when we play against ATK, much the same when we do in England — to check the matches against Manchester United… Regardless of your position,” he hailed.In desperate measures ATK sacked their high profile coach Sheringham, a Manchester United great elevating technical director Ashley Westwood as the interim coach.Showing empathy to the embattled ATK, the Englishman said ATK suffered from injury woes.”Robbie Keane has really shown in India what a quality player he is with his ability and his talent. I think he helped to get the players around him as well. He a very inspirational footballer. I do believe that he could be coming back relatively soon.advertisement”Theyve lost some very very good footballers. For one reason or another, it hasnt worked as well as they wanted it. Obviously, Teddy wanted it to work this season. Hes lost a lot of players to injuries and not been able to pick his best team.”Delving on how to deal with injury issues, Gregory lavished praise on their head of sports science Niall Clark for ensuring that everyone of the 25 member squad is available.”Weve got a fantastic medical department, headed by Clark who keeps everybody fit. Literally, we have 25 people to choose from and left three behind because they werent going to be a part of the match tomorrow.”Ive even had a massive problem — of choosing players for the bench. Its a testament to the way we look after our players with games coming thick and fast.” PTI TAP BS BSlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s short film ‘Dear Basketball’ gets Oscar nomination

first_imgOscar season is upon us and it has brought the the world of sports and cinema closer together. NBA legend Kobe Bryant has won everything on the court, and now has been nominated for an Academy Award for his short animated film ‘Dear Basketball’.WATCHAccording to Entertainment Weekly, Bryant was nominated in the category of best animated short for his collaboration with Glen Keane and composer John Williams.He seemed genuinely surprised to receive the honour, and shared his appreciation on Twitter.After the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced his nomination, Bryant tweeted, “This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the Academy deemed Dear Basketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of Glen Keane and John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honour to be on this team.”What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team. #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/M2joyk9D1V— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 23, 2018The six minute film is based on a poem Bryant wrote when he announced his intention to retire from basketball.Keane illustrated the sketches in the film, which showed images of Bryant from his childhood through the end of his NBA career. The movie will be competing against ‘Garden Party,’ ‘Negative Space,’ ‘Lou,’ and ‘Revolting Rhymes’ for the 2018 Oscar.advertisementThe Oscars ceremony will be held on March 4 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

South Africa vs India, 1st ODI: MS Dhoni adds star value to battle of top dogs

first_imgIndia shift focus to the limited-overs formats after going down 2-1 in the three-match Test series in South Africa. The two sides will now lock horns in a six-match one day international series starting in Durban on February 1.India, who have won only 5 ODIs in bilateral ties in South Africa in the past, will look to improve their dismal record under Virat Kohli’s leadership.The likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav will add depth to India’s star-studded batting line-up.With only 14 months to go for the 2019 ODI World Cup, India will also look to kick off their preparations in earnest during the series. (Rohit Sharma ready to ‘make an impact’ in ODI series vs SA)India have a long limited-overs’ schedule until their next big Test assignment this year.They play six ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals here, a T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka and then three ODIs and three T20Is in England and Ireland, with the 2018 IPL season thrown in, before the five-Test series in England later in August.Such a definitive run of limited-overs’ cricket, especially in overseas conditions in South Africa and England, will allow the Indian team management to round up the squad’s core for the big tournament in 2019 and fix up certain spots which still need some work.At the same time, the Men in Blue will be intent on winning their first-ever bilateral ODI series on South African soil.India have previously lost 5-2 in 1992-93, 4-0 in 2006-07, 3-2 in 2010-11 and 2-0 in 2013-14. They were also part of two triangular series in 1996-97 and 2001-02, featuring Zimbabwe and Kenya respectively, but the Proteas emerged winners on both occasions.advertisementSo much so, India’s ODI record against South Africa in South Africa is heavily skewered.In 28 meetings since 1992-93, the Proteas have won 21 matches, while India have only won five. Such a poor record will not sit well with the current team management that is intent on improving India’s all-round showing in overseas conditions.Additionally, India have a very lop-sided ODI record at Durban. In seven ODIs against South Africa at this venue, since 1992-93, they have lost six with one no-result. India did beat England and Kenya here though, during the 2003 ODI World Cup, giving them an overall two wins in nine ODIs at Kingsmead.At stake, there is also the small matter of achieving the No.1 spot in ICC’s ODI rankings. Currently, South Africa sit atop with 120 points while India are second with 119 points.While the ODI rankings change after every match, a cumulative 4-2 series win will be enough to help India achieve the top spot.This should be motivation enough for Kohli and Co., particularly as they will be taking the momentum into this ODI series, having assured themselves of finishing no.1 in the ICC Test rankings by prolonging their unbeaten record at the Wanderers last week.South Africa won the Test series 2-1, but lost the third Test at Johannesburg by 63 runs on a seam-friendly pitch rated ‘poor’ by ICC match referee Andy Pycroft.India also have a proud ODI record to protect. Since losing 4-1 in Australia (January 2016), the Men in Blue haven’t lost a single bilateral ODI series, home or away.In this interim, they have beaten Zimbabwe, New Zealand (twice), England, West Indies, Sri Lanka (twice) and Australia, winning 24 out of 32 bilateral matches.Their only tournament loss came in the 2017 Champions Trophy (in England), where they lost to Pakistan in the final.As such, the team management will be relying on optimal selection to get this six-match series off to a good start.With the return of Kohli after missing the ODIs/T20Is series against Sri Lanka in December, there is only one middle-order spot to be decided.Shreyas Iyer gave a good account of himself, scoring two half-centuries in three matches against Sri Lanka, and is a front-runner for the job. But experience could be of greater value herein, with Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey also in the running.On Wednesday, the pitch bore a brownish look ahead of the game, in keeping with the rainfall Durban has received of late.Showers are forecast for Thursday’s game as well. It might have a bearing on how many spinners India go in with.If the visitors play only a lone spinner, Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav could get the nod ahead of both Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, to counter the threat of big-hitting left- handers David Miller and JP Duminy in the middle-order.advertisementOnly one spinner would also mean that Kedar Jadhav is assured of a starting spot, thanks to his part-time bowling.South Africa too, meanwhile, have an eye on the upcoming World Cup. AB de Villiers is set to miss out the first 3 ODIs due to an injured right index finger (sustained during the third Test).Farhan Behardien is usually their go-to batsman in such situations, but he wasn’t called up on this occasion. This is indicative of the Proteas’ team management eyeing different combinations.Durban-born batsman Khayelihle Zondo can expect to make his debut instead. The other option is to open with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, and give Aiden Markram another opportunity in the middle-order, wherein he had scored 66 on ODI debut against Bangladesh at East London (October 2017).The Proteas are expected to go in with only one spinner — Imran Tahir.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo.Match starts at: 4.30 pm IST.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Qatar Open: Petra Kvitova defeats Caroline Wozniacki in round of 16

first_imgPetra Kvitova made a shaky start but found her attacking verve midway through the match to beat world number one Caroline Wozniacki 3-6 7-6(3) 7-5 in the Qatar Open on Saturday and set up a final with Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.Kvitova, 27, who lost the opening set tamely and looked in some trouble while trailing 3-1 in the second, fought back in style to clinch her fourth straight victory over the Dane in two hours and 35 minutes.”I don’t know what happened. I was a little crazy in my mind and I was playing everywhere and not to the court,” twice Wimbledon champion Kvitova said in a courtside interview.”I tried to calm myself down a little bit in the second set. Even though I was losing, I was trying to get back somehow.”When I was down 3-1 I was really angry with myself and I tried to hit some winners,” added Kvitova, who made 59 unforced errors including 11 double faults, but also hit 50 winners.Having dragged the second set into a tiebreaker which she edged, the battling Czech quickly switched gears and attacked her opponent relentlessly to prevail in the decider.Up next for Kvitova is Muguruza, who enjoyed the day off after her semi-final opponent Simona Halep pulled out of the tournament with a right foot injury after her win on Friday.”She (Muguruza) had a day off today. Who knows if it’s an advantage or not, but I had a great match,” added Kvitova. “It was great for my confidence turning the match around.”advertisementWorld number 21 Kvitova won the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy earlier this month and a second title of the season on Sunday could give her a shot at getting back into the top 10.(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

Mumbai Cricket Association owes Rs 13.42 crore to Mumbai Police, reveals RTI

first_imgMumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is yet to pay their dues to Mumbai Police for the security provided in the last 17 matches played at the Wankhde Stadium in Mumbai.Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil Galgali had filed the query under RTI to Mumbai Police asking how much MCA owes to them for utilizing their services. Information provided to Galgali by the police department, raised everyone’s eyebrows as amount has crossed Rs 13 crore.The Public Information Officer and Asst Police Commissioner (Coordination) Tanaji Surulkar provided the information compiled by the Bandobast Division that, including the 3 ICC World Twenty20, Women’s World Cup, Test Match, Practice Match & One Day Match, 17 matches were played in Mumbai for which charged amounting to Rs 13,41,74,177, which is still pending for last 62 months.On top of it, police department has not charged interest to them. The working style of police department not charging interest to MCA has raised several questions.Anil Galgali feels that, “it was obligatory for the MCA to make immediate payment of the police dues for the security provided for the matches, which is a huge revenue earner for the MCA. Also the Police Commissioner should take action against the responsible officers of the Local Arms divisions for not pursuing the payment recovery of the services provided.”On this issue Mumbai Cricket Association’s joint secretaries Dr P V Shetty and Dr Umesh Khanvilkar had written to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis on April 3, 2017 in which they did try to explain to him that how they have been charged unfairly and they even had been asked by Mumbai Police to pay for Women’s World Cup matches. In the letter, they have requested CM to intervene in this matter and waive off the bills prior to 2016 as charges for police security were fixed in year 2016.advertisementlast_img read more

PSL: Indian players should be invited for T20 league in Pakistan, says Shahid Afridi

first_imgFlambouyant Pakistan all-rounder, Shahid Afridi believes Indian cricketers should also be invited to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 event.Speaking at a function for his foundation in Lahore, Afridi said he knew that Indian players had contracts which didn’t allow them to play in other foreign T20 leagues.”But we should at least try to invite them for the PSL. I know it is difficult that they will come as they only play in the Indian Premier League. But we should invite them for the next edition of the PSL,” he said.The former Pakistan captain’s remarks come at a time when India has not played a full bilateral series with Pakistan since 2008.Afridi, who was injured during the course of the third PSL which eventually led to his franchise, Karachi Kings failing to reach the final, also said that the increased number of foreign players coming to Pakistan for the playoffs and final was exciting.”It is a very big step forward but I also believe that in future only those foreign players should be invited for the PSL who agree to also come and play in Pakistan when required,” he added.Afridi said that with more international players coming to Pakistan for the PSL it will eventually also lead to international teams returning to the country for bilateral series.No top test teams have toured Pakistan since March 2009 when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore leading to Pakistan being isolated as an international venue until now. Since the attack, Pakistan has been forced to play all its bilateral home series in the UAE or other neutral venues.advertisementBut since last year the Pakistan Cricket Board had made concerted efforts to bring international players and events to Pakistan with two of the PSL playoffs being held in Lahore successfully on Tuesday and Wednesday while the final is scheduled at the national stadium in Karachi on Sunday.Last year, the PSL final was held in Lahore followed by a visit by the World Eleven side to Lahore for a three-match T20 series and then Sri Lanka also came for a lone T20 game also in Lahore.Afridi minced no words in stating that only those overseas players be part of the PSL in future who respect the need and right of Pakistan to host international matches.He said the decision to invite the West Indies for a three T20 match series in Karachi was also a positive move by the PCB.He also advised the PCB to ensure that more one-day matches were organized in the country as he felt too many T20 matches were being held in Pakistan.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

BMW’s X5 M spotted testing in full production guise

first_imgBMW has already started working on the next-generation X5 and X5 M. Based on pictures found on the internet, the upcoming X5 will be very similar to the previous model. The X5 M has also been spied in its production body but with camo cladding. However, body lines show a larger kidney grille as the upcoming X5. The X5 M gets a more aggressive stance than its standard sibling. The engine spec will be the same but power figures will be higher for the M edition.The X5 M gets bigger air intakes, larger alloys, and quad exhaust tips at the rear. The X5 M also gets roof-mounted spoiler coupled with a bulged hood shows off the sport prominence of the X5 M. The alloys are 21-inch which looks sharp. Headlamps and tail lamps also seem production ready with LEDs all around, and smart-looking DRLs.Under the bonnet, the BMW X5 M gets the standard X5 engine, a bi-turbo, 4.4-litre V8 but is capable of producing 600bhp. We expect the transmission to be faster between shifts. BMW is slated to launch the X5 later this year, which means we can expect the X5 M sometime later than that.last_img read more

Huawei Watch 2 leaked, Wear OS, LTE support and IP68-certification on the cards

first_imgWhile details about Google’s Pixel smartwatch are scarce for now, a new Wear OS-based smartwatch has now been spotted online. Serial tipster Evan Blass has leaked some hard to get details about Huawei’s next smartwatch, supposedly called the Huawei Watch 2, as well as images of the device that leave nothing to the imagination. The Huawei Watch 2, for starters, would be entirely different from the company’s first-generation Android Wear-based smarwatch. Apparently, Huawei would be gunning for the fitness enthusiasts, with the Huawei Watch 2, much like how things are in the case of Samsung’s Gear Sport.The Huawei Watch 2, as per the leaked images, would come with a sporty design. The original Huawei Watch, to recall, looked more like a traditional watch. This means, the Huawei Watch 2, would come with rubberized bands, but much like the original, it would also be rocking a circular dial. There are two crown buttons now unlike the original that shipped with just the one button. The circular dial has a distinct ring around it but it’s yet to be seen if it would a rotating entity like how it is in the case of the Samsung Gear Sport.The rest of the deal is also in line with what fitness enthusiasts would want to have in their smartwatch. It comes with a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a 390×390 piexl resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor with 768MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The smartwatch would be backed by a 420mAh battery and support GPS, Wi-Fi and LTE (via e-SIM) connectivity options. Sensors on-board include: accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate, capacitance, ambient light and geomagnetic sensors. The Huawei Watch 2 would alsobe IP68-certified for dust and water resistance.advertisementMore importantly, the Huawei Watch 2, would be running Google’s new Wear OS software. Wear OS, which is Google’s another attempt to make wearable devices make sense, is a re-branded Android Wear but well until now, details about it were scarce. At I/O 2018, Google took the wraps off of some of this information, and soon enough we have reports emerging that the company would launch a Pixel smartwatch along side the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. A lot of these features, unsurprisingly, revolve around the Google Assistant.Some of these feature include:– Smart suggestions from the Google Assistant that let you continue conversations directly from your watch. You’ll also be able to make contextually relevant follow-up questions or responses on Wear OS.– Actions will allow you to use your voice to do tasks.last_img read more

Hry govt frames guidelines for issuing sports gradation certificate

first_imgChandigarh, May 19 (PTI) The Haryana government today said it has framed guidelines for issuing sports gradation certificates to ensure only eligible sportspersons get government jobs.Those representing Haryana at the national level or a sportsperson who is a domicile of the state and does not represent any state or Union territory other than Haryana at the national level, would be eligible for the certificate, an official spokesman said here.The certificate, to be issued for different categories of sports, entitles one to get a government job.The director of sports and the district sports and youth affairs officer (DSYAO) will jointly be the sanctioning authority of the certificate for all posts under Grade-A and Grade-B, he said.The spokesman said that the DSYAO will be the sanctioning authority for posts under Grade-C and Group-D under Grade-D.He said a sports gradation certificate signed by a lower official would be invalid. The sportsperson would have to submit an application on the prescribed form (in duplicate), the spokesman said.The sanctioning authority would check the originals of the supporting documents and retain a copy for his official record, he saidOnly such sports and games as are included in the Haryana Sports Policy, as amended from time to time, would be covered, the spokesman said.For international tournaments such as the Commonwealth Games, an individual or a team should be sent or sponsored by the Ministry of Sports, the Sports Authority of India or a national-level sports federation affiliated to the Indian Olympic Association, he said. PTI CHS ANB ANBadvertisementlast_img read more

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez tries his hand at F1 with Toro Rosso

first_imgMotoGP champion Marc Marquez switched to four wheels as he drove the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 car for a few laps of the Red Bull Ring in Austria’s Speilberg on Tuesday.The four-time MotoGP champion, who leads this year’s championship after six rounds, switched from his Repsol Honda bike to an STR F1 car and enjoyed it thoroughly driving it for a few hours ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix there later this season.The Spaniard first underwent a series of laps in the simulator before getting onto the track for the test run.”It was always my dream to race the quickest cars in the world. I had great respect for it ahead of today, and I didn’t sleep well. In the end it was an unbelievable experience, and an absolute highlight of my career. There is a massive difference to MotoGP. The limited visibility was a great challenge, in particular, to begin with. You feel a lot more constricted in the cockpit. The braking distances and timing in turns is completely different. A Formula 1 car has much more downforce, of course, which made for a lot of fun in the part of the circuit with the most turns, in particular,” he said admitting that he got hooked on to the F1 car after just a few laps.The 25-year-old had a litany of F1 big hitters to put him through his paces with the likes of three-time world champion Niki Lauda, eight-time grand prix winner Mark Webber and Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko watching from the stands.advertisement Does he see a career in four-wheel racing in the future? Marquez said: “My complete focus in the coming years will remain on MotoGP. I’m part of a fantastic team, and I feel fully motivated. Who knows though, maybe Formula 1 will be a serious idea for me in a few years’ time!”Marquez is already sixth on the list of all-time grand prix motorcycle race wins with a tally of 64 from 125cc up to MotoGP itself. He currently leads the 2018 standings with three wins from the first six races.”He was really quiet still at breakfast. As soon as he got into the cockpit, he was 100 per cent focused and delivered a top performance on the race track. Formula 1 and MotoGP are two completely different things. Marc made my job as an instructor very easy though. He always asked the right questions and improved lap by lap,” observed Webber.Other MotoGP rivals have taken to an F1 car in the past, notably Valentino Rossi with Ferrari and Jorge Lorenzo for Mercedes, while Fernando Alonso made the switch in the other direction to test Marquez’s 2015 bike.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney leaves Premier League to join MLS club DC United

first_imgFormer England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has left Everton and will sign for Major League Soccer (MLS) side DC United, the Mersyside club confirmed on Thursday.”Everton and Wayne Rooney have reached an agreement for the player to join MLS side D.C. United on a permanent transfer,” the English club said on their website.”Rooney will complete the formalities of his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10.”Rooney’s arrival be a major boost to the MLS, which also saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic join LA Galaxy earlier in the year and Bastian Schweinsteiger last summer.Rooney’s second spell at boyhood English team Everton lasted just over a year.| @WayneRooney has today joined @dcunited.Goodbye and good luck, Wayne!More https://t.co/yH7jRZelWC pic.twitter.com/41EFUFUZFCEverton (@Everton) June 28, 2018The 32-year-old, a former England and Manchester United captain, re-joined boyhood club Everton before the start of last season following a long, trophy-filled career with league rivals United.Everton had an inconsistent campaign but Rooney was the club’s top scorer with 11 goals in 40 matches across all competitions last term as the Merseyside outfit clinched an eighth-placed league finish.Earlier on Thursday, the former England captain posted a photograph on Twitter while sitting on an airplane. Alongside the picture was an emoji of the American flag, thus, indicating his move to America.pic.twitter.com/bjvUBjvUQeWayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 28, 2018Rooney was heavily linked with a move to Major League Soccer team DC United and it has finally materialised.advertisement#NoWayneNoGain pic.twitter.com/HfbLmCsBOqD.C. United (@dcunited) June 28, 2018Rooney left United in the offseason of 2017 after signing a two-year deal with Everton, where he started his career. However, he wasn’t a regular in the team last season.He is the all-time top scorer for both United and England. He scored 208 goals in the Premier League, second only to Alan Shearer’s 260.last_img read more