first_imgTop Tip: Get the contact information of someone in finance/accounting as well as the project manager. This will help you glean info on procedures, and keep your primary contact “unsullied” by the money thing: “I know you’re busy, is there someone in accounting I could ask?”Top Pic: Manhattan Spark gets down to businessTop Tip: Set terms to help control scope creep by including a clause that the client will revise the deadline, in writing, if changes are delaying completion of the project.Got more good tips? Share them in our National Spark Hive.Don’t miss our next Spark on May 6th “How to Brand Yourself as an Expert.” Click here to RSVP. April Spark asked freelancers, how do you ensure you get paid on time, all the time? Here are the top tips (and a few great pics) that came out of the night’s discussion.Top Pic: San Francisco Spark takes an Oscar-worthy selfieTop Tip: Put a payment breakdown/schedule into your contract (ex. 40-40-20, such that the bulk payment is made before the project is over). **Negotiate a time limit **for payment, and specify a late fee if payment is not met on time.Top Pic: Los Angeles Spark takes this month’s topic very seriously…last_img read more

first_imgRamkumar Ramanathan fetched the crucial win but Yuki Bhambri made the day memorable even in defeat as India and Canada shared the honours on day one of the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie.Yuki turned the match on its head after being down by two sets and a match point in the third set but eventually lost 6-7(2), 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, 1-6 to world No. 51 Denis Shapovalov — an audacious performance in a three hours and 52 minutes battle.He’s done it! ???? @denis_shapo defeats ???? Bhambri 76(2) 64 67(6) 46 61 to draw Canada level in the tie! Davis Cup (@DavisCup) September 16, 2017It happened after 22-year-old Ramkumar, ranked 154th, tamed debutant Brayden Schnur 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5, 7-5 in the first singles, which was also a marathon match lasting three hours and 16 minutes.”Boys played with a lot of heart…the plan was to fight regardless of the score and Ram swung a losing battle and Yuki almost did too,” Indian captain Mahesh Bhupathi told PTI.”The pressure remains on them. If we fight like this anything is possible.”This defeat would rankle Yuki for sometime as Shapovalov had started feeling the heat following the Indian’s perseverance.The left-handed Shapovalov unleashed his power-packed game from the beginning and Yuki was mostly left to defend but after taking the third set from the home favourite, it was the Indian who dictated the terms.An early break in the fifth set again shifted the momentum in Shapovalov’s favour. The Canadian found his mojo after breaking Yuki in the third and broke him again in the sixth game to take a 5-1 cushion and clinched the issue with a crushing forehand winner.advertisementIn his first ever 5-set match, ???? @denis_shapo breaks early in the 5th! Davis Cup (@DavisCup) September 16, 2017Yuki proved that his recent win over world number 22 Gael Monfils was no fluke and he can give a good fight to the world’s top players.The 18-year-old Shapovalov, who recently beat the likes of Rafael Nadal, Jo Wilfred Tsonga and Juan Martin Del Potro, was playing his first ever five-set match and all credit to Yuki for making his life tough.The Delhi youngster played with a lot of maturity and showed he has toughened up mentally as he hardly showed nerves despite trailing by two sets. The games were short as the two players served even, it was Yuki who had to work harder for the points.Playing smartly, Yuki made his serve to jump from the court by employing more of his shoulder to create extra bounce and it helped him hold serve throughout the match.Yuki also changed his tactics intelligently in the match, trying to restrict Shapovalov’s fierce forehand by feeding him more on the backhand but still the Canadian created some breathtaking service return winners.After pocketing the opening set, Shapovalov shifted gears without fuss in the second set tie-breaker as he raced to a commanding 5-1 lead and sealed a 2-0 lead courtesy a barrage of winners that rained through his forehand.???? @denis_shapo is 2 sets and a break up! ?? Davis Cup (@DavisCup) September 16, 2017The missile-like serves and equally fearsome returns continued to lash Yuki. The Indian was broken in the first game of the must-win third set but broke immediately when Shapovalov double-faulted at deuce and sent a forehand long.It was Yuki’s first break of the match as he tried to make a fight out of it. The Indian also targetted a few winners down the line on both the flanks by moving Shapovalov on the court. The battle grew in intensity and Yuki was eating into Shapovalov’s energy with his dogged approach.After another trade of break the set was stretched to a tie-breaker in which Yuki saved a match point at 5-6 and eventually kept himself alive by winning it.???? @yukibhambri wins an epic 23-shot rally en route to clinching the 3rd set tiebreak to keep his hopes alive Davis Cup (@DavisCup) September 16, 2017What sorcery is this @yukibhambri? ???? Davis Cup (@DavisCup) September 16, 2017As the match grew, Shapovalov started to feel the nerves as Yuki started to return much better, growing in confidence. The Indian broke early in the fourth set and forced a decider but unforced errors at crucial juncture pulled him down.Earlier, a dogged Ramkumar Ramanathan battled past a fighting Schnur to remain unbeaten in the Davis Cup in the 2017 season, having won all five matches he has played.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe sight of Virgil van Dijk reappearing in Southampton colours on the same day that Liverpool suffered another defensive calamity hardly improved the mood of Anfield supporters starting to question manager Juergen Klopp’s methods.The failure to buy the Dutch centre half — or anyone else as an alternative — remains a sore point on Merseyside where Liverpool’s substandard defence was exposed for the third match running in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Burnley.No one blamed Dejan Lovren on Saturday because the Croatian, who was badly at fault in conceding Sevilla’s Champions League equaliser on Wednesday, was injured, but his replacement fared little better.Ragner Klavan, and partner Joel Matip, were criticised after failing to clear the ball and allowing Burnley to score. That left the home side facing an uphill struggle to secure the win demanded after last week’s thrashing by Manchester City and the disappointing midweek draw.Klopp did his best to put a positive spin on the result but it is again hard to look beyond the club’s failure to solve their recurring problems in central defence.The manager said he was “angry with the result but pleased with the performance” after Liverpool failed to make their subsequent dominance pay.”It’s our fault. We were dominant, fantastic attitude. We played good, were fluent with seven changes, but only one goal,” added Klopp, who recalled that last season Burnley beat them 2-0 at Turf Moor.”It’s the best we have played against Burnley since I have been in. In the past we didn’t feel good in the game. Today I saw fluid movements, passing between the lines, speed, crosses,” added Klopp, whose side registered 35 efforts at goal to the Clarets’ five and enjoyed 70 percent of possession.advertisement”We have to take the point and carry on.”Klopp’s midweek assertion that his scouts had been unconvinced after watching potential alternatives to their main target Van Dijk about “500 million times” attracted scorn on social media with some fans complaining that the German was starting to sound like former manager Brendan Rodgers in his final days.Even the sight of Philippe Coutinho starting his first game of the season hardly lifted the mood with Klopp’s case probably not helped by a parade of former Liverpool greats before kickoff as the club marked their 125th anniversary, a celebration that only highlighted the current problems.Ultimately, Klopp will be measured against the achievements of the past, which is never far away from Anfield. With the club already five points behind leaders Manchester City, it is starting to look like a long, hard winter for the German.last_img read more

first_img(Eds: Adding details)Chennai/Puducherry, Jan 14 (PTI) The harvest festival of Pongal was celebrated with traditional fervour across Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry today with the bull-taming sport of Jallikattu and a host of other games pepping up the festive spirit.Though celebrated across urban and rural areas with salutations to the sun god and nature, it was more fun and zeal in the hinterland with a host of traditional games.Jallikattu was held in Avaniapuram in Madurai district, the first such event of the year. Participants wore colour- coded T shirts for easy identification. The bulls were allowed to enter the arena only after a fitness test by authorities.Elaborate arrangements were made for the event under the direct supervision of the District Collector. Teams of local officials,veterinarians, and paramedics were deployed, besides ambulances. Winners were given prizes, including bureaus and other consumer appliances, by the village prize committee.A total of 643 bulls were registered for the event, which was held peacefully and by following all rules, Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar said, adding no participants or bulls were injured.The Tamil Nadu tourism department conducted the fest in several parts of the state, including Tirunelveli, Thanjavur, and Kanyakumari, where foreign tourists took part in preparing sweet rice (Pongal) and witnessed cultural events like stilt walking and fencing. “For the world-famous Alanganallur jallikattu (on January 16 in Madurai district) Chief Minister K Palaniswami will give away a Renault car as prize for the best bull-tamer. The best bull-rearer will be given a Hyundai car as prize by Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam,” Udhayakumar said.advertisementThe prizes will be given on behalf of the AIADMK, symbolising the two-leaves symbol of the ruling party, he said.Traditional marital art Silambam, folk dances like Karagam and games like rope-pulling and Uriyadi, which involves hitting a pot hung from rope tied to poles on two sides with a stick were also held in many parts of Tamil Nadu.The Police department held events across the state to celebrate Pongal, which served as a stress-buster for the uniformed personnel and their families.Every street and locality was decked up with a fresh coat of kolam (rangoli, drawings made of flour) welcoming the Tamil month of Thai, the dawn of which is traditionally viewed as a harbinger of new beginnings and prosperity.Homes were decorated with mango leaves and strings of flowers as a mark of ushering in auspiciousness. People offered special prayers at temples and exchanged greetings. Sweet rice (Pongal), made of jaggery or sugar with rice and milk, in a traditional mud pot, was offered to the Sun God along with pieces of sugarcane. The food was also shared with relatives and neighbours. Cinema halls drew huge crowds and almost all business establishments, including retail outlets and the ubiquitous tea stalls, were shut as the festive mood took over.Security has, meanwhile, been strengthened at several places, including Marina Beach here, where people throng in large numbers during Kaanum Pongal (when people go on an outing) festival on Tuesday.Pongal is celebrated traditionally for four days beginning with Bhogi, which was observed yesterday.Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, DMK working president M K Stalin and other leaders extended their Pongal greetings. Top stars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan also greeted the people.Chief Minister Palaniswami sent a bouquet and extended his best wishes to the Governor and his family on the occasion.In Puducherry, people clad in new garments turned up at various shrines to offer prayers to deities. Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and his ministerial colleagues were among those who greeted the people of the Union Territory. PTI VGN COR APR CHTlast_img read more

first_imgGermany drew old rivals France and the Netherlands in Group One for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which is being added to the football calendar to counter accusations of meaningless international friendlies.There are four groups that will feature in League A, the top division of the four-tier tournament, which will replace international friendlies but will run alongside the European Championship qualifiers.It was an early boost for the competition which critics say is too complex, adds to an already crowded calendar and, because it provides an additional path to tournaments such as Euro 2020, makes it too easy for the top teams to qualify.UEFA, concerned that international football is losing popularity to the club game, argues that the league will provide the top nations with more competitive matches against each other.In the other League A groups, Italy, who failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup finals, will face European champions Portugal and Poland in Group Three while Spain take on England and Croatia in Group Four. League A of the UEFA Nations League will feature the top 12 European teams from the FIFA rankings. (Photo: Reuters)Belgium will meet Switzerland and Iceland in Group Two, arguably the easiest.The Nations League features all 55 of Europe’s national teams divided into four divisions — Leagues A to D — that are themselves split into four groups, to be played between September and November.In League A, the winners of each group qualify for the semi-finals, which will be played in June 2019, followed by the final. The four last-placed teams are relegated to League B.advertisementIn the other leagues, the four group winners are promoted and last team in each group goes down.Each league also has one place at Euro 2020, offering a back door for teams who do not qualify through the regular qualifiers.This mechanism guarantees that one fourth-tier side — such as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands or Malta — will reach Euro 2020. In League A of the UEFA Nations League, the winners of each group qualify for the semi-finals. The four last-placed teams are relegated to League B. (Photo: Reuters)Germany coach Joachim Loew said the new competition was “really interesting.””I like these kind of games,” he told reporters. “France is a big nation, very good players, and Netherlands too, so it’s interesting for us, our players and of course our fans. It’s better than the friendly games we have sometimes.”I’m really happy.”Poland coach Adam Nawalka agreed. “It’s a very good idea to have this competition instead of friendlies, we have a very interesting group with the European champions Portugal and four-times world champions Italy,” he told Reuters.Portugal coach Fernando Santos told UEFA’s website: “One of the positives with this competition is more games between teams of a similar standard.”Some countries knew they will always struggle to get to a World Cup or a Euro, and they will now have another reason to invest in grassroots development and, of course, all European football will benefit from that.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgMadrid, Feb 5 (PTI) The LaLiga Foundation and LaLigas womens football department have signed a collaboration agreement with the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, aiming to develop football in the most deprived communities of Anantapur district in India.This will be achieved by establishing conditions in which both individual and collective talent will flourish in India.The Anantapur Football League is a rural grassroots competition that was founded for the 2014/15 season and is run by the Anantapur Sports Academy, which is in turn is managed by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation.Since its formation, the AFL has grown in size, expanding both its number of divisions and youth teams.Through this joint initiative set up by LaLiga and the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, around 2,000 boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 19 will have the opportunity to play sport and receive an education.The project will instil such values as discipline, self- improvement and team spirit in the youngsters, qualities which are sure to stand them in good stead for the future.As part of three collaboration schemes, coaches and players from the Liga Iberdrola will have the opportunity to share experiences with their Anantapur counterparts through a series of videos.This will encourage the exchange of information on getting the best out of players, such as training methods and player development, as well as promoting the positive values which are ingrained in football and other sports. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

first_imgKagiso Rabada is appealing the guilty verdict handed to him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching their code of conduct in a last-ditch bid to be able to play in the rest of the gripping Test series against Australia.Fast bowler Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player” after leaning with his shoulder into Steve Smith when he dismissed the Australia captain in the first innings of South Africa’s six wicket win in the second test in Port Elizabeth. The result levelled the four-match series at 1-1.The 22-year-old, who took 11/150 in the game, was fined 50 percent of his match fee and given three demerit points, which took him past the tally of eight that triggers an automatic two-game suspension.”ICC confirms that Kagiso Rabada has appealed against the level two breach following the incident with Steve Smith during the Port Elizabeth Test. ICC will now appoint a Judicial Commissioner at the earliest opportunity and hearing details will be confirmed in due course,” the governing body said on Wednesday.The ICC have 48 hours to appoint a commissioner and a hearing will be heard within a seven day period. Rabada will remain suspended unless the commissioner takes a decision to allow him to play in the third test in Cape Town starting on March 22.Although there was contact made with Smith, Rabada maintains that it was accidental and at the time he was not even aware he had brushed against his opponent.”If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn’t have gone to contest (the charge),” Rabada told reporters after the game. “I didn’t even feel contact in that moment because I was so pumped up.”advertisementSmith has suggested the Australian team wanted Rabada to play the remainder of the series as the seamer rose to the top of the test bowling rankings following his performance in Port Elizabeth.”He’s a world class bowler and you always want to come up against the best, that’s for sure,” Smith said. “He’s right up there. He’s unbelievable the way he’s been bowling.”If he’s there, he’s there…if he’s not, he’s not. It’s our job to try and play some better cricket.”Rabada is the fifth player to be punished by the ICC in what has been a tempestuous Test series so far along with Australians David Warner, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh, and South African Quinton de Kock.last_img read more

first_imgVivo’s newest mid-range smartphone, the V9, is now available through offline channels. While the company had previously said the phone would be available online starting April 2, it now appears that e-commerce platforms like Amazon India and Flipkart will start selling the device only from April 5, but you can pre-order them now. The V9 highlights an edge-to-edge design with a notch on the display, similar to the iPhone X.The V9 is Vivo’s first notched smartphone in India and comes with a brand new design language. Priced at Rs 22,900, the V9 will take on the likes of the Xiaomi Note 5 Pro, which is notably cheaper than Vivo’s phone, as well as recent phones from Oppo, among others. Before you decide to buy the Vivo V9, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind. Here’s a look at some of them.1. The V9 sports a fairly bright and colourful 6.3-inch (1080×2280) LCD display with a tall 19:9 display made possible thanks to a notch on top. The edge-to-edge display offers around a screen-to-body ratio of almost a 90 per cent, but unlike the iPhone X, the V9 does come with a chin. But the iPhone X clone doesn’t stop at the notch. The rear panel also sees a vertical dual rear camera setup placed on the top left corner.2. Despite being priced above Rs 20,000, the V9 comes with a plastic build, which can be disappoint for some considering competition like the Redmi Note 5 Pro offers a metal body design. However, in our review of the V9, we found the phone to be quite attractive and pretty light at 150 grams.advertisement3. Most other design elements are pretty standard including a rear fingerprint sensor, a headphone jack on the bottom of the frame next to what is sadly a microUSB port.4. Powering the V9 is an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Storage is expandable up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot.ALSO READ: Vivo V9 review: Top notch imitation game5. The V9 also comes with AI Face Access that improves the accuracy of the face unlock feature. However, the company has also said that its facial recognition feature isn’t as secure as the fingerprint scanner, so you will want to rely on the latter a little more.6. The phone uses artificial intelligence in other ways as well. A feature called AI Smart Engine boosts the phone’s performance over time through smart storage management and app launching based on user behaviour. The V9 also comes with AI Attention Sensing that can recognise when a user is looking at the screen and reduce the notification volume accordingly.7. The V9, much like most other Vivo phones, touts impressive cameras which will be one of its main selling point. The dual rear camera system includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth sensing. Additionally, the cameras are supported by phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Up front, you get a whopping 24-megapixel selfie camera with screen flash and support for 1080p video recording.8. The V9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0 which means that despite shipping with the latest Android Oreo update, you’ll find a whole lot of Vivo’s custom skin throughout the phone. If you’re a fan of stock or near pure Android, then the V9 isn’t for you. However, if you’re comfortable with the Vivo-specific UI and some bloatware, the V9 will offer tons of features to explore.9. The Vivo V9 houses a 3,260mAh battery and does not support fast charging. In our review, we found the battery life to be average, and the lack of quick charge support especially for a phone at this price point is a little disappointing.10. Apart from a comfortable and premium-looking design, the V9 offers a good performance backed by a smooth software. The cameras on the phone are also quite capable and doesn’t disappoint when it comes to selfies. However, there are a few aspects that do feel wanting – such as more power under-the-hood and a bigger battery – especially if you’re spending over Rs 20,000.last_img read more

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have worlds fastest smartphone cameras and so does the Sony Xperia XZ premium. In fact Sony debuted the technology back in 2017 and this year, Samsung adopted it on its flagship phones.During the launch Samsung revealed that it has made its own sensor with DRAM working between the sensor and the image processor — a design similar to that of Sony camera sensors — that allows recording for such high frame rate possible. The ISOCELL Fast 2L3 image sensor, as it is called was developed for upcoming Galaxy phones. Now a report by Techinsights claims that some units of the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ may be using the Sony sensor, the one used on the Xperia XZ Premium.Depending on where you buy the phone, you will find either the Sony IMX 345 sensor on your Galaxy S9/S9+ or the Samsung S5K2L3 sensor. To be precise, according to the teardown report by Techinsights, model no SM-G965F sold in India uses the Samsung sensor and the model no SM-G965U sold in US uses the Sony sensor.At chipset level too, both countries sell different Galaxy phones. The Indian variant uses Exynos chip and the US variant ships with a Qualcomm chip.Majorly, the design of both camera sensors is similar. But at microscopic level, they are made in a different way. While both uses CMOS sensors with blazing fast ISPs working in the background, the report claims Samsungs sensor uses the traditional two layer design, with DRAM strategically placed beneath the die. Sony developed the sensor from ground up and has a three layer setup.advertisementAs of 2018, Sony has also moved ahead in resolution. The Xperia XZ2 announced at MWC 2018 alongside the Galaxy S9/S9+ can record 960fps slow motion videos at 1080p or fullHD resolution — Galaxy S9 records them at 720p or HD.Sony may be ahead in cameras but thanks to their ultra compact Infinity Display design, super vivid AMOLED screens and latest features, Samsung manages to outsell most flagships in India, and world over. We will see if that changes with the Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S10 may sport iPhone X-like Face ID, under-display fingerprint sensor: Reportlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Centre and the National Rifle Association on a national-level shooters plea to be allowed to import a 12-bore semi-automatic shotgun for trap shooting events.Justice Rajiv Shakdher issued notice to the NRA and the ministries of Home Affairs, Commerce and Industry as well as Youth Affairs and Sports and sought their reply by October 26.The ministries, represented by central government standing counsel Ripudaman Bhardwaj, told the court that permissions to import the weapon are given only on the basis of a recommendation from the NRA.The petitioner-shooter, who has represented Delhi in several national trap shooting events, alleged that the NRA has allowed a few select shooters to import the gun, but he has been denied the benefit.The petitioner, Amit Kumar Gupta, has said in his plea that the NRAs decision is based on a November 2016 resolution passed by its governing body stating that since such guns are not used by the shooters in sporting events, there should be a bar on importing them.Gupta has contended that according to information received under the transparency law, RTI Act, 21 permits were issued for import of the gun after the resolution was passed.He has claimed that barring him from importing the gun was, therefore, illegal and discriminatory. PTI HMP AG HMP RCJ ABH ABHlast_img read more

first_imgDelhi Daredevils captain Shreyas Iyer revealed that Gautam Gambhir himself decided to exclude himself from the playing XI in the crunch game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.Gamhhir, who has 4217 runs from 154 IPL matches since 2008, has been in poor form this season. From six matches, Gambhir has scored only 85 runs at a strike rate of 96.59 with Delhi registering just one win out of six in which he was the captain.As a result, Gambhir decided to step down from the captain’s post and handed it over to Shreyas Iyer. The 36-year-old also decided to forego his entire salary for the current season. Gambhir was sold to Delhi Daredevils for an amount of Rs 2.80 crore.On Friday, the Daredevils registered a thumping 55-run win over the Knight Riders under new skipper Iyer, who lead from the front smashing an unbeaten 93 off 40 balls.”I didn’t make any call to be honest,” Iyer was quoted as saying by Times of India.”It wasn’t my decision to drop him. He himself decided to sit out, which was really courageous decision with him being the captain in the previous matches.”The respect for him has gone really high. It’s really [good to] see when a captain, if he’s not playing well, he backs out. Colin [Munro] came in and gave us the desired start,” he added.Iyer smashed an unbeaten 93 off 40 balls against KKR to help DD post 219/4 from their 20 overs — the highest total of this year’s Indian Premier League so far. Iyer, who smashed 29 runs off the 20th over bowled by Shivam Mavi, smashed 10 sixes in his 40-ball innings.advertisementIn reply, Kolkata lost early wickets and couldn’t recover from it as they went down by 55 runs in Delhi. Andre Russell and Shubman Gill did try to do their best and take Kolkata close to the total but once the former fell, the West Indian too struggled to hit them big and ultimately fell for a 30-ball 44.The right-hander now has 244 runs from seven matches so far in IPL 2018.Speaking about the win, the 23-year-old said that it was a great feeling to start his captaincy stint on a winning note.”Obviously a great feeling. It is an amazing feeling winning my first game as a skipper,” said Iyer.”We wanted to bowl first. So, a good toss to lose,” he went on to add.The Mumbaikar was also all praise for his fellow teammate Prithvi Shaw, who gave Delhi a flying start and then went on to hit his maiden IPL fifty.Shaw, at 18 years and 169 days, became the joint-youngest batsman along with Sanju Samson, to score a fifty in the IPL. Shaw was eventually dismissed for a 44-ball 62 but not before playing some breathtaking shots against Piyush Chawla and Mitchell Johnson.”He has been really batting well since the start of the season. It is always important how he is starting off,” said Iyer.”Colin Munro at the top with him added 50 runs,” he added.The new DD skipper also had good words to say about England all-rounder Liam Plunkutt, who was only playing his second IPL match.”Liam Plunkett is my go to guy. He came up to me and told me he wants to bowl the 16th or 17th over. And I really like it when my bowlers come up to me and tell me that they want to bowl,” said Iyer before signing off.Delhi now have won two matches from seven games and will next play Chennai Super Kings on Monday. Meanwhile, Kolkata, who are still fourth on the table, winning three and losing four, will travel to Bengaluru to play the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgDinesh Karthik on Wednesday joined an exclusive club of Indian cricketers during the 2018 Indian Premier League Eliminator clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Karthik became the 8th Indian to complete 5000 runs in Twenty20 cricket and 39th overall to achieve the feat.Karthik came on to bat when KKR were in dire straits at 24/3 on board in 3.4 overs, in a match which ended Rajasthan Royals’ IPL 2018 journey with a 25-run defeat.However, the skipper looked like batting on a different pitch with his attacking innings as he smashed his 16th IPL fifty while others struggled to find their feet.How annoying is KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik: Royals mentor Shane WarneKarthik, who required 36 runs more for the milestone, reached the feat when he took a couple off Shreyas Gopal at the backward square leg off the first ball of 14th over.Karthik scored 52 off 38 balls before he was caught by Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane off Ben Laughlin in the 18th over. His brisk knock and a late order blitz from Andre Russell (49 not out off 25 balls) helped KKR post 169/7 from their 20 overs.In reply, Rajasthan were cruising in their run chase one stage when Sanju Samson and captain Ajinkya Rahane were at the crease as the duo added 62 runs for the second wicket.But they completely messed up the chase when Rahane departed for 46. Samson followed him soon into the dressing room after scoring 50 off 38 balls.That is when KKR tightened the noose around RR batsmen and eventually managed to restrict them to 144/4 in 20 overs thanks to some superb bowling in the final stages of the second innings.advertisementKarthik is playing for his sixth franchise in the IPL after he had played for Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.He was bought for a whopping Rs 7.4 crore by KKR at the auction in January in Bengaluru. He played for Gujarat Lions in the last two seasons.Among the Indians, Suresh Raina leads the runs tally in T20s with 7791 runs while Virat Kohli (7625), Rohit Sharma (7316), Gautam Gambhir (6402), MS Dhoni (6032), Shikhar Dhawan (5922) and Robin Uthappa (5893) are the other cricketers ahead of Karthik.Karthik has been fantastic with the bat this IPL season amassing 490 runs from 15 matches with the help of two fifties.He has now taken his tally of runs in IPL to 3393 from 167 matches at 26.92. The 32-year-old has also played 19 T20 Internationals for India scoring 269 runs.He now has 5016 runs in T20s from 248 matches.Two-time champions KKR will now face 2016 winners Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second qualifier at the same venue on May 25 to fight for a place in the final. The winner of the Qualifier 2 will meet MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash on May 27.last_img read more

first_img8th and last race:The Consolation Cup, 1300 M.Catelyn (Dr.T.Devanathan Yadav,Mrs.Meenakshi YadavMs.Krishma Yadav & Ms.Harini Yadav)60.5 C.Umesh firstRoyal Prestige 59.5 S.Hussain secondPeyto 54 Farhan Alam fourthAll RanWon by: 6-1/4L, 1-1/2L, Short Neck.Time: one min, 21.11 secs.Tote: Rs.11 for win,Rs.7,Rs.7 and Rs.14 for places.Winner trained by: MandannaFavourite: Royal PrestigeSHP: Rs.22Quinella: Rs.19Forecast: Rs.21Tanala: Rs.1216 on 12 tickets.PTI COR BN TRKTRK TRK TRKlast_img

first_imgIt has only been a few weeks since Meghan Markle tied the knot with Prince Harry, and she has already taken note of her responsibilities as a member of the Royal family.The Duchess of Sussex has been busy representing the Royal tradition through her gait, hair, clothes and her overall demeanour at public events.During her recent solo outing with Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, once again, stuck to the Royal protocol by wearing a nude-coloured attire teamed with a pair of pantyhose.If one carefully looks at Meghan’s pictures from the event, one can see her maintaining a distinct posture while sitting. Picture courtesy: Facebook/ChichiThe Duchess is seen sitting with her legs slanted to one side, with her knees and ankles clasped firmly.What’s special about Meghan’s sitting posture?In her sitting posture, Meghan followed the Royal tradition of the “duchess slant” – an unofficial term coined by Beaumont Etiquette.”Typically, the ‘duchess slant’ is used when a lady has to sit for an extended amount of time while keeping poise and posture,” Myka Meier, royal etiquette expert, and founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, told People.Sitting with one’s legs slanted on one side “create a zig-zag effect when wearing a dress or skirt…legs are angled so that the camera only shoots the sides of your legs and protects your modesty”, as explained by Meier.Interestingly, the “duchess slant” is reportedly named after Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Cambridge has struck the pose many times, even during her visit to Taj Mahal with Prince William, in 2016.advertisement Kate Middleton and Prince William at Taj Mahal. Picture courtesy: PinterestHere are some of the other occasions where Kate sported the “duchess slant”. Picture courtesy: Pinterest Picture courtesy: PinterestIn fact, Princess Diana was also a fan of the pose, who sat in a similar fashion at Taj Mahal in 1992. Picture courtesy: PinterestQueen Elizabeth II, on the other hand, did not take on the slanted sitting posture during her outing with Meghan.Also Read:Why did Meghan Markle stand behind Kate Middleton for her first balcony appearance?Also Watch: The Royal wedding; Meghan Markle before meeting Prince Harry; morelast_img read more

first_imgKL Rahul made his Test debut for India in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Australia in 2014. But his debut did not go all too well as he was dismissed for a duck.Rahul revealed on talk show Open House with Renil, how he was disappointed and depressed with his performance and how Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma came to his aid.”Both of them (Anushka and Virat) have been very good to me and I have a great story to tell you,” Rahul said.”Anushka was there to watch the Melbourne match. She could see that I was down and dejected (with personal performance) while my thoughts were all over. Anushka came to my room and told me she isn’t going to let me sit alone and think about cricket and added that she and Virat are going to take him out.”Rahul also revealed how he went as a third wheel in many of Virat-Anushka dates. He admitted on the talk-show that the Indian captain told him that he wasn’t the first to fail.Also read – Kohli helps little Radha smile before leaving for England”I third wheeled on one of the dinner dates. Both Virat and Anushka shared their stories describing moments when they had endured failure in their careers. That made me feel like that I wasn’t the only one who ruined his first impression,” Rahul added.”We had a week’s break before the next game and they took me out every time with them. They are a powerful couple and have had a great influence on me as a couple,” Rahul revealed.advertisementAlso read – Looking forward to some difficult cricket in England, says KohliRahul thanked Anushka for approaching him and help him sort out his mind.”It was nice of Anushka to do it as I didn’t know how she could understand what I was going through. We still stay in touch and exchange a few messages, although Anushka’s are about my dog mostly,” Rahul said.Rahul left behind the disappointment of his first Test and came out all guns blazing to smash his maiden Test century in the fourth and final match of the series in Sydney.Rahul has continued to impress with his ability to score quick and big. Last August, the stylish batsman equalled the world record for seven consecutive fifties in Test cricket joining the likes of Sir Everton Weekes, Andy Flower, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kumar Sangakkara and Chris Rogers.The Karnataka batsman has played 24 Tests scoring 1512 with the best of 199. He will be next seen in action during India’s long tour of England starting with two Twenty20 Internationals in Ireland on June 27.last_img read more

first_imgAn explanation of how WRI conducts analysis of climate and energy proposals before the US Congress.In recent weeks there have been questions about WRI’s analysis on congressional climate and energy proposals, in particular our analysis of the Carbon Limits and Energy for America’s Renewal Act (CLEAR) Act, S. 2877 sponsored by Senators Cantwell and Collins. To provide some clarity, this note explains how we conduct this analysis and builds off the methodology and assumptions section of our most recent release. WRI welcomes any questions and feedback on this analysis; please feel free to contact John Larsen, on WRI’s analysis of congressional climate and energy proposalsWRI has conducted comparative analyses of congressional climate and energy proposals since 2006. Beginning with the 110th Congress, WRI has provided estimates of net greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to the atmosphere, for each major economy-wide piece of legislation proposed. The analysis is intended to provide a consistent comparison across what are sometimes very different approaches to reducing GHG emissions.[img_assist|nid=11140|title=Net Emission Reductions Under Cap-and-Trade Proposals in the 111th Congress, 2005-2050|desc=|link=node|align=center|width=480|height=344]In line with our institutional values and like all WRI research, our comparative analyses of congressional climate and energy proposals is peer-reviewed by external NGOs, think tanks, government agencies, and other independent analysts. Our methodology, data sources and assumptions are transparently documented in each report. Generally, we summarize our analysis in a chart accompanied by about ten pages of methodological information, with the strong expectation that readers inform their use of the chart through understanding of the methodology. The analysis looks at a narrow aspect of congressional proposals – the net impact the bills are expected to have on GHGs in the atmosphere.For the purpose of this analysis, net emissions to the atmosphere means the sum of the cap set by the proposal and an estimate of emissions not covered by the program. This is the “emission caps only” scenario in our analysis. We then add other scenarios that include additional mandatory requirements beyond the cap(s) and a range of additional reductions that may occur under certain circumstances. In all cases WRI does not differentiate between emission reductions that take place in the U.S. or elsewhere. Oftentimes different bills cover different amounts and/or types of emissions sources and/or incorporate programs to reduce emissions outside the U.S. but at the end of the day it’s the sum of all of these components that constitutes our estimates.While WRI’s analysis does not show that the CLEAR Act achieves emission reductions similar to other recent proposals, it is in no way a judgment of the bill’s structure or the political persuasions or motivations of the bill’s sponsors. It is simply an estimate of net GHG emissions under the requirements contained in the proposal. WRI applauds all constructive additions to the policy debate, and the CLEAR Act is no exception. As the only bipartisan proposal currently introduced in the 111th Congress, the CLEAR Act is a welcome addition to what is a proving to be a slow and deliberate discussion in the Senate.With all of the above points in mind, here are responses to specific points in question about WRI’s analysis of the CLEAR Act:1. Treatment of offsets. While it is a legitimate and important concern that offsets which are not real, permanent and additional will undermine the environmental integrity of any cap and trade program, it is also true that if offsets are high quality, are real, additional and permanent they represent true emission reductions. Despite justified concerns about the integrity of offsets, it would be equally arbitrary to assume that no offsets can be real, permanent and additional or to assume that offset quantity limits will always be met. WRI has flagged and researched this issue extensively. Because of this, WRI’s analysis is carefully qualified, as follows: “if the environmental integrity of offsets were not completely real, permanent, and additional then the emission reduction estimates included in this analysis would be diminished proportionately.” Prior to a June 25th analysis, the statement read “[W]e assume: Offsets will be real, permanent and additional. As a result, we depict offsets as a real reduction in total global GHG emissions.” This statement was changed in response to feedback from reviewers and others that it needed to be clearer. In both cases, the caveat was included to flag that the analyses should be used carefully. However, WRI’s assumption that offsets are “real, permanent, and additional” is the identical assumption used by the EPA, EIA, CBO, and others in their analyses.The variability in the quality and quantity of offsets used is difficult to account for in a technical analysis like this as it is largely uncertain what shape offsets or offset-like projects would take in the United States under different proposals with different legislative language. However, we are open to input on how to account for this uncertain aspect of our analysis.Another methodological challenge is that the CLEAR act does allow the purchase of additional, offset-like reductions through the Clean Energy Reinvestment Trust (CERT) fund. WRI did not count these in our analysis. As explained in point 3 below, the reason we did not include these reductions in the analysis is because they are subject to future congressional action, and not required by the bill alone.2. Choice of BAU. WRI’s analysis relies on the EPA’s most recent ADAGE reference case (scenario 1) projections for business as usual emissions for three reasons. First, this particular reference case provides economy-wide projections rather than just components of the economy such as fossil fuel consumption. Second, this reference case includes all six Kyoto-defined GHGs, creating a complete picture of the impact on the environment. Finally and most importantly, this reference case projects emissions out to 2050. Peer-reviewers recommended this expression of BAU to be the most appropriate when conducting a comparative analysis of proposals that control GHGs out to 2050. We have heard the suggestion that EIA’s most recent, six gas projections, released in August 2009, would be more accurate; however, they only project out to 2030, and peer-reviewers cautioned against extrapolating model trends past 2030. Once the EPA ADAGE reference case is updated, WRI will update this component of our analysis. Finally, to ensure transparency, the methodology in our analysis clearly states, “This projection could be considered a slight overestimate of future emissions when compared to more recent projections released by the Energy Information Administration.” It is also important to note that no projection is perfect. The challenge is to use the most appropriate reference case available for the task at hand.WRI noted in its analysis of the CLEAR Act that the proposal contains an interesting mechanism for initially setting the cap where it is indexed to the most recent emission projections. In order to be consistent across all proposals we relied on the EPA ADAGE reference case. However, we clearly acknowledged on page one of our analysis that “The CLEAR [Act] reduction targets are initially set at projected 2012 levels. Thus, if projected emissions are higher than those included in this analysis, there would be fewer total emission reductions; similarly, if emissions are lower, there would be greater total emission reductions relative to 2005 and 1990 than reported here.” We have constructed preliminary, unpublished estimates based on the latest EIA projections that suggest that total US emissions reductions under the CLEAR Act in 2020 could be closer to 4 percent below 2005 levels. This is 3 percentage points greater than our current published estimates.3. What the analysis does not cover. To aim for comparability, the analysis only looks at what could be achieved by the bill itself, if it were to be enacted. We do this because we’ve found that trying to predict the actions of future members of Congress and other politicians quickly becomes a slippery slope. For instance, in the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACESA), some have argued that the international clean technology deployment program in the bill could lead to additional, quantifiable emissions reductions. However, we did not count that because the result would be contingent on additional actions by future Congresses as well as international climate agreements. Similarly, under the CLEAR Act, the President is required to set emission reduction targets and is instructed to meet them using a combination of the emissions cap and money appropriated from the CERT Fund established by the bill. We count the emissions impact of the cap because it is clearly required by the bill itself. We do not count potential reductions that could be achieved by expenditures from the CERT fund because any spending of this fund requires additional action by future Congresses through the appropriations process. WRI solicited input from internal and external experts to fully understand this aspect of the CLEAR Act and all were unequivocal that this is the proper interpretation of the proposal. This is different than allowance set asides for funding emission reduction programs under proposals such as Waxman-Markey (also Bingaman-Specter and Lieberman-Warner in the 110th Congress) which guarantee a funding stream based on allowances and set program requirements in the proposal itself. WRI consistently applied the treatment of Congressional action in its analysis of the CLEAR act and did not use a double standard.4. Charting CLEAR compared to other bills. We have heard the suggestion that this bill should be charted differently than other bills in our analysis. The CLEAR Act is very similar to other bills we’ve analyzed in the past. It is most similar to two specific types of bills. First, it is similar to several proposals from the 109th and 110th Congress that set economy-wide goals and authorized the President or EPA to promulgate regulatory measures to meet those goals. These include proposals from Sanders-Boxer, Waxman and Kerry-Snowe. Like these other proposals, the CLEAR act sets economy-wide emission reduction goals. However, the CLEAR Act is different in that the President may use only the emissions cap and the CERT fund and no other measures to meet these goals. The other proposal that the CLEAR act is similar to is the Van Hollen-sponsored Cap-and-Dividend Act put forth earlier this year. CLEAR and Van Hollen are similar in their choice of implementing agency, point of regulation and emissions coverage and 100% auction of allowances among other things. All of these previous bills were analyzed by WRI using the same methodology as we’ve used to analyze the CLEAR Act with no objections from bill sponsors or supporting interests.last_img read more

first_imgThis week, two of my colleagues, Ben Kushner and Lauretta Burke, travelled to Mexico and Belize, respectively, for the launch of a new multinational evaluation of reef management by governments, NGOs, and the private sector. The launch events took place in Belize City, Belize; Cancun, Mexico; Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and were the result of nine months of collaboration to develop indicators and gather data for this first-ever eco-audit of the Mesoamerican Reef.The Mesoamerican Reef, the largest reef in the Atlantic Ocean, is home to over 500 species of fish and harkens back over 225 million years. The research included input from more than 40 organizations and 100 people. WRI provided technical assistance to the Healthy Reefs Initiative and local partners.At the launch event in Belize, Dr. Melanie McField, director of the Healthy Reefs Initiative, captured the essence of the new analysis: “The purpose of the eco-audit is really to answer the simple question, are we doing all we can to help the reef?”Watch the MSNBC segment on the Eco-audit “Fair” ManagementUnfortunately, the study clearly indicates that the reefs in the region are not being managed very well and more needs to be done to protect the region’s fragile reef system. Overall, across the region, the four countries scored 2.7 (out of 5), which falls into the “Fair” category. Belize was ranked the highest, followed by Honduras and Mexico, and then Guatemala.As Ben noted, “Our findings show that there’s only been a moderate effort to implement the management recommendations to stem the decline of the Mesoamerican reef.”The main threats to reefs in the region include overfishing and run-off from land—both of which have gone largely unchecked. And, according to the researchers, if the government and private sector do not increase efforts to improve coastal management and reduce pressure on the reef, it is likely that the Western Hemisphere’s longest barrier reef will continue to deteriorate, and critical ecosystem services such as fish habitat may be lost. This, in turn, could have devastating consequences for the region, which relies heavily on marine resources to sustain tourism and fishing industries. (You can learn more about the threats to coral reefs in WRI’s report, Reefs at Risk Revisited.)Click here to see results from the 2011 Eco-Audit At the Belize event, Lauretta reflected, “The results show that overall the region is not achieving adequate management results. We hope that this analysis will help point out the gaps and what areas need the most attention.”A Call to ActionThe Eco-Audit highlights the urgency of addressing a range of deficiencies, such as by protecting key reef grazers like parrotfish that clean the reef, and improving and enforcing coastal zone planning regulations.This analysis reveals that NGOs and governments have made good progress – for example by establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and some restrictions on fishing, but also that there’s a long way to go to ensure that reefs will be protected into the future – including adopting and adhering to coastal zone plans, improving sewage treatment, and implementing certification for hotels, marine recreation providers and the seafood industry.As Ben reported after the Mexico launch, “People here are acutely aware of the problems associated with reefs, but it is difficult to build the political will and funding to significantly improve reef management.”According to Dr. McField, the Healthy Reef Initiative aims to come back every two years to check on the quality of the reef management. And, it’s possible that eco-audits could be expanded to more countries in the years ahead.Hopefully, this project will help lead to better management of the Mesoamerican reef and inspire people to take better care of other reefs, as well.For a summary of the Mesoamerican Eco-Audit, including an overview of each indicator and data collection methods, go to: and read more

first_imgMethods, Assumptions and SourcesTo estimate emissions in the year 2030 for each country and calculate the average annual change in emissions, this chart uses historic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data and the targets and timetables in submitted pre-2020 (Copenhagen) pledges for 2020 reductions and intended nationally-determined contributions (INDCs) submitted in 2015 by Canada, the EU and the United States, to estimate emissions in the year 2030 for each.The decarbonization rates are the same whether the land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector is included or excluded.Additional assumptions for estimating emissions in 2030 include:The Canada INDC target is taken as a 30 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels.The EU INDC target is taken as a 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 from 1990 levels.The U.S. INDC target is taken as a 27 percent reduction in GHG emissions – the mean of the range provided in the U.S. INDC – by 2025 from 2005 levels. In addition, United States 2030 emissions levels are then linearly interpolated based on estimated emissions levels for 2025 and 2050. The U.S. INDC suggests an emissions trajectory that aims to achieve an 80 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2050.Historic emissions data for Canada and the United States come from each country’s 2015 national inventory report submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat. Historic emissions data for the EU-28 come from the 2014 national inventory report submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Moreover, the EU and the United States will achieve their targets without using international market mechanisms, while Canada has indicated it may use such mechanisms – to an unstated extent – to meet its goal. This means that Canada’s reductions undertaken domestically may not reach the level of its stated target. This is also important due to the risk that reductions achieved under these mechanisms could be double-counted by both buyers and sellers.This is in contrast to Canada’s earlier commitments for action by 2020, which had aimed to match the United States in terms of ambition. Indeed, the decarbonization rate from 2010 to 2020 implied by Canada’s earlier pledge even exceeded those of the EU and the United States over the same time period – though Canada still has significant work to do to get on track to achieve that pledge. Canada’s 2030 proposal, on the other hand, would put it behind the U.S.More Analysis to ComeAlthough we plan additional and more detailed assessments of Canada’s INDC, at its surface, Canada’s proposal stands in contrast with its peers’. Canada should reconsider this position, building on its 2020 pledge, and demonstrate to the world that it is serious about combating climate change. Canada has just announced its proposed plans for post-2020 climate action, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. It is the tenth country to formally submit its INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution) to the United Nations. Other major developed countries, including the European Union (40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030) and the United States (26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025) have previously announced their proposed mitigation goals. Unfortunately, Canada’s level of mitigation would put it —the world’s ninth largest emitter —noticeably behind its peers in terms of how fast it aims to decarbonize in the post-2020 period.Looking at Decarbonization RatesScientists tell us we need to phase out emissions entirely by later this century, and developed countries – including Canada, the EU and the United States – promised more than two decades ago to take the lead in addressing climate change. The annual rate of economy-wide emissions reductions from 2020-2030 implied by the INDCs can provide valuable insight into how ambitiously each country plans to move toward the necessary long-term goal. While analysis finds that no major economy is yet doing enough to reduce emissions, there are significant differences between INDCs announced to date. According to WRI estimates (see text box), the EU and U.S. proposals aim to reduce GHG emissions between 2020 and 2030 by approximately 2.8 percent per year. Canada’s is significantly less ambitious at 1.7 percent per year.last_img read more

first_imgThey have defeated FC Goa twice in the league stages but last year’s runner-up, Bengaluru FC head coach Carles Cuadrat feels Sunday’s Indian Super League final against FC Goa would be an even contest.Cuadrat doesn’t consider his side as favourites to lift the fifth edition of the ISL despite holding an edge over their opponents in the league stages.”I don’t see our team as favourites (in the final). There are a lot of factors involved in finals, and both these teams (Bengaluru and FC Goa) have arrived with very similar numbers,” Cuadrat told reporters on the eve of the ISL final,”Both teams had the same number of wins, draws and losses. They have scored more goals, but we missed Miku with whom we may have had more goals.”I think both the teams are favourites for this title and that is because both teams have quality players and play good football,” the Bengaluru coach insisted.Hopefully we can stop the Goan players from being heroes: CuadratAccording to Cuadrat, the battle on Sunday at the Mumbai Football Arena will be about possession and the form of strikers of both the teams.”We have players like Sunil (Chhetri), Gurpreet (Singh Sandhu), Udanta (Singh) and many others who can shine. The problem is that Goa also has many players who can have a great game. Let’s see what happens, ho,pefully we can stop the Goan players from being heroes,” he said.”I don’t think the previous games or the results should give us confidence because this is a final and it is a completely different situation. I think both the teams have a lot of quality in the midfield.advertisement”The battle will be about possession and about how dangerous the top strikers of can be.”The Bengaluru coach said that he was aware about his team’s shortcomings ahead of Sunday’s all-important clash.”I am aware about the fact that we haven’t been scoring goals too early, but I can assure you that the plan is to score in the first minute,” he said.Mumbai has been a lucky hunting ground for FC Goa as they have won their previous two games here, but their head coach Sergio Lobera believes Sunday’s final will be a completely “different” ball game.”Whatever happened in the past stays in the past and the final will be completely different game. It is true that Bengaluru won both the fixtures. We played against them (in the league stage), but we are coming here with the intention of winning the final,” he said.There is a perception that Goa is more dependent on its foreign players, but the coach thinks otherwise.”To be honest, I don’t think so. One of the biggest achievements this season has been the improvement of our Indian players. They have improved individually and have a better grasp on our style,” Lobera said.According to the Goa coach, tactics will play an important role.”I think tomorrow tactics will be important. But there will be other factors like motivational, psychological that will come in to play. It depends on how players can take these factors in stride,” he said.Goa’s star striker Ferran Corominas did not click against Bengaluru, but the Spaniard feels that every game is different.”It is true I have not been able to score. We did get chances though. Every game, however, is different and we are enthusiastically looking at the final,” Corominas said.Also Read | Super Cup 2019: Indian Arrows stun Kerala Blasters 2-0 to qualify for main roundAlso Read | FIFA votes for new 24-team Club World Cup from 2021, European clubs confirm boycottAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities say a former Sioux City man who worked as a bail bondsman was shot to death at the Iowa City office where he worked.Iowa City Police say the body of 34-year-old Jonathan Wieseler was found Sunday morning inside Lederman Bail Bonds, across the street from the Johnson County Jail.Investigators say preliminary autopsy results released Wednesday show Wieseler had been shot.Police say they believe the homicide is an isolated event.Adam Santi, a friend of Wieseler’s, said Wieseler’s was engaged to be married, and his bachelor party in Las Vegas was scheduled for this weekend.No arrests have been made in the case yet.The Iowa City Area CrimeStoppers are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.last_img