I’m taking a break from the office today to work on my writing. This experience has me thinking about storytelling. Here are two of my favorite quotes about stories — featured in Daniel Pink’s fascinating book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.“Although businesspeople are often suspicious of stories… the fact is that statistics are used to tell lies and damned lies, while accounting reports are often BS in a ball gown… If a businessperson understands that his or her own mind naturally wants to frame experience in a story, the key to moving the audience is not to resist this impulse but to embrace it.” — Robert McKee“Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and we’re all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories.” — Alan KayIn one interaction today, make your “punchline” a story and see what a difference it makes. All you need is a protagonist and a challenge. You’ll get everyone’s attention.
Dele Alli considers Lionel Messi to be “the best player in the world and a joy to watch”, but says Barcelona hold no fear for Tottenham as they “are human and everyone makes mistakes”.Spurs are set to make a trip to Camp Nou on Tuesday as they take in their final fixture of the Champions League group stage.Barca are already assured of a place in the last 16, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side have work to do if they are to join the Catalan giants in the knockout rounds. 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! A positive result will likely be required in the most testing of surroundings, with Alli aware of the size of the challenge facing Spurs – particularly from a five-time Ballon d’Or winner.The England international said: “He [Messi] is a player that everyone idolised because of what he’s achieved in his career.“For me, he is the best player in the world and he’s a joy to watch. To be honest, though, I’m not really concerned about what they do with their players.”Barca may decide to rest Messi with their progress already secured.Tottenham, though, are trying to remain focused on their own game, with Alli of the belief that a notable scalp can be secured on the grandest of European nights.He added: “We are definitely going there with confidence, we know it’s going to be a difficult game but they are human and everyone makes mistakes.“We’ve just got to make sure that we punish them and be as on it as we can.“They are one of the best teams in the world, they’ve got some great players and as a kid you dream about playing at the Nou Camp, and we’re going to go there and give it our best shot.“We’re ready. It’s going to be another difficult game but they’re the games you want to be a part of, playing one of the best teams in the world and some of the world’s greatest players.“You want to be challenging yourself and we’re going there with the mentality that we can win and we have to believe.”Spurs have collected seven points from their five outings in Group B to date, with that return leaving them level with Serie A giants Inter – who face PSV in their final fixture on Tuesday.
Ernesto Valverde knows his Barcelona side have room for improvement despite ending 2018 with a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo that keeps them three points clear at the top of LaLiga.First-half goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi sealed Barca’s latest victory at Camp Nou and restored their cushion over Atletico Madrid, who had won earlier on Saturday.”It was the objective to end the year as leaders, with the same advantage as we had before this round of matches started, so we are happy,” Valverde was quoted as saying by his club’s official website. 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! However, the coach recognised his side were below their best in an underwhelming second-half showing that saw Celta have 55 per cent possession, albeit without seriously threatening to pull off a comeback.”What most satisfies me is to have dominated the first half and generated chances,” Valverde told a news conference.”If you concede zero goals, it’s the easiest way to win. But it’s not our goal. Our goal is to generate danger.”Despite the manager’s words, Barcelona ended 2018 with 102 league goals scored, the most among the top five leagues in Europe. Lionel Messi also became the only player from the only player in the top five leagues in Europe to score 15 or more goals in the last 11 seasons with his goal on Saturday.Telepathy The Messi-Alba Connection! #BarçaCelta pic.twitter.com/uKYPPnN2WE — LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 22, 2018 Valverde had words of praise for Dembele, stating: “He is a player who is scoring goals, playing, working. We expect a lot from him. We hope he keeps making good decisions.” He also confirmed his players would be given a week off over Christmas, returning to training on December 30, before their La Liga campaign resumes on January 6 with a trip to Getafe.
Liverpool fought back from a goal down to claim a 4-2 win over Burnley and move back to within a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City.Pep Guardiola’s side eased to a 3-1 victory over Watford on Saturday to turn up the heat on Liverpool, who had drawn four of their previous six league matches.The pressure was increased when Ashley Westwood scored straight from a corner on Sunday, but Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane each netted twice to secure the comeback, despite a late Johann Gudmundsson goal amid difficult conditions on Merseyside. 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! Anfield was stunned after only six minutes when Westwood’s corner from the left curled all the way into the net, although Alisson was furious it was allowed to stand after claiming he had been blocked by three Burnley players on the line.Liverpool levelled within 13 minutes, though, Firmino tapping in after Tom Heaton made a mess of trying to block Mohamed Salah’s low cross from the right.10 – Roberto Firmino has now scored 10+ goals in all four of his Premier League seasons with @LFC, the best 100% such record of any player for the club in the competition. Consistency. #LIVBUR pic.twitter.com/zwmxkSr2DB— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2019And it was 2-1 before the half-hour mark, Mane side-footing into the right-hand corner after Adam Lallana did well to block a clearance.Burnley improved after the break, with Dwight McNeil causing problems down the Liverpool right, but the result was put beyond them 67 minutes in when Firmino buried his second into an unguarded net after Salah had failed to capitalise on Heaton’s poor goal kick.Mane should have scored a late fourth when he somehow turned Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross onto the crossbar with the goal at his mercy, but he made amends by rounding Heaton and burying a left-foot finish after Gudmundsson’s close-range finish had threatened to make the final few moments anxious.What does it mean? Liverpool showing steel in title scrapThis was a real test for Jurgen Klopp’s side, not least because of the wind and hail making life difficult even before Westwood’s fortuitous opening goal.They showed commendable resolve to force their way back into the match, though, and were good value for the three points, even if the result owed much to Heaton’s errors.They are back to within a point of City and 12 above third-place Tottenham with eight games to go, while Burnley are only two points above the bottom three.Lallana stakes his claimA few will have been surprised to see Lallana given only his fourth league start of the season, but he repaid Klopp’s faith with an all-action display that should give him a chance of starting against Bayern Munich in midweek.Heaton howlers leave England spot uncertainHeaton’s form had made him a candidate for the England number one spot in this month’s international break, but he was directly to blame for two of Liverpool’s goals here. Key Opta facts100 – Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in 100 goals in all competitions for @LFC under Jurgen Klopp (63 goals, 37 assists), more than any other player in that time. Ton. #LIVBUR— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2019- Liverpool’s tally of 73 points from their opening 30 league games this season is their joint-best ever total at this stage of a league campaign (adjusting to three points for a win), level with the 1904-05 second tier season and 1987-88 in the top-flight.- Liverpool are the first side to win four consecutive home Premier League games in which they conceded the first goal since Chelsea won six in a row between April 2013 and May 2015.- Burnley have dropped more points from winning positions in their 30 Premier League games this season (10) than they did in the whole of 2017-18 (nine).- Liverpool have now gone 36 Premier League games without a loss at Anfield (W26 D10), the joint-third longest unbeaten home run in the competition’s history, behind only Chelsea (86 games between March 2004-October 2008) and Manchester City (37 between December 2010-December 2012).- Liverpool have conceded nine goals in their 10 Premier League games in 2019, one more than they had in their 20 league games this season before the turn of the year.- Sadio Mane has become the fifth Liverpool player to score in six consecutive home appearances in the Premier League, after Michael Owen, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Mohamed Salah.- Sadio Mané has now scored 50 goals for Liverpool in all competitions in what was his 109th appearance for the club.What’s next?Liverpool head to Munich for Wednesday’s Champions League showdown, after which they face Fulham at Craven Cottage. 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Most mortgage and loan providers rely on proof of income to decide if you’re a worthy borrower.But brokers don’t want just any income; they want to see rock-solid, steady income — preferably from one source. This is even more true with recent mortgage regulations that force banks to be even stricter about income requirements.From what we hear on the ground, freelancers have to jump through a lot of hoops to get mortgages. They have to fill out extra forms, represent their income in the right way, ask their clients to attest for them, and often hire experts rather navigating through the process alone.We’re interested in learning more from you about your experiences. If you don’t mind filling out the very brief questions below, we can use the information to help other freelancers interested in getting mortgages.Thank you in advance!
Petra Kvitova’s hand might not yet be back to full strength but it is getting close to the level she had reached before an assault threatened her career as she prepares to face Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.The Czech, a double Wimbledon champion, was sidelined for five months after suffering a serious injury on her left hand when stabbed at her home and she made her return to competition at the French Open in May.She has made steady progress since then and her confidence is growing.”I’m still working on the strength, I think, which is still missing,” she said. “I do feel much more better and closer to my top level.”Even if she holds a 2-1 career record against the pre-tournament favourite Muguruza, that might not be enough for the 13th seed to beat the two-time grand slam champion Spaniard, who has only dropped nine games in her first three matches in New York.Muguruza won the title in Cincinnati before the U.S. Open and is on an eight-match winning streak.
When Ford first brought the Endeavour to India it was quite a hit. But five years later, the Toyota Fortuner with its butch looks and more versatility took over the role of India’s favorite SUV. But with the 2015 edition which will be launched by the end of this year, Ford intends to turn things around and so far the prospect looks quite promising. The new Endeavour now looks like a proper full blown SUV rather than a pickup truck with a cab mounted on the back of it. The front sports a butch hexagonal three slat grille with Mustang-esque headlamps on either side and flared wheel arches. The rear, however, comes across as a bit underwhelming with simpleton tail lamps with a chrome strip with the car’s name running between the two sides. The car sits on brushed aluminum diamond cut 20-inch wheels adorning 265 section tyres. The 20-inch wheels will not be coming to India and expect the car to sport extra high-profile tyres. The thing that impresses the most about the car is the interior for it feels plush, comfortable and expensive. The car we drove was the top of the line 4×4 Titanium variant. There is leather all-around, even the dash is draped in stitched leather. The leather seats feel comfortable and the dash sports a touchscreen SYNC2 system. The clocks displays ample information with the speedometer taking centre-stage with two TFT screens on either side. Moreover, there is a separate climate control for the rear passengers with vents on the roof which also houses a panoramic sunroof. The third row is electrically foldable with a 50:50 split. The boot space is ample and the tailgate is electrically operated as well.advertisementOn the move the car feels quiet and composed. Unlike the old car this one doesn’t roll around thanks to the new suspension which features a Watt’s linkage in the rear which cuts body roll. The ride is good and pliant and the outward mounted suspension absorbs undulations with relative ease. But the bigger bumps and pot holes will make themselves felt especially when venturing off the road. The NVH has been given significant importance and at sedate speeds you can barely hear the massive 3.2-litre five cylinder engine. The engine makes 470Nm of torque and 198bhp but when you step on it the acceleration is good but it doesn’t feel like 470Nm.The 4×4 version comes with a Terrain Management System to tackle all terrains. It has different modes to tackle sand, snow, grass, mud and rocks. You also get low and high ratio gearbox with an electronic differential lock. The 2.2-litre version on the other hand doesn’t come with all the toys like panoramic sunroof, electrically operated tailgate or 4WD but still feels sprightly to drive. Yes, it doesn’t have as much power as its 4×4 sibling but still it feels lighter to drive and offers as good a ride, if not better.So the new Endeavour seems promising but Ford will really have to keep the pricing competitive to reclaim its lost SUV customer base.
England defender John Stones took “a good look” at his erratic performance in his first season at Manchester City before developing into the club’s defensive mainstay, the 23-year-old said ahead of Friday’s friendly against Germany.Stones, who joined City before the start of last season, was initially criticised for his erratic performances but has since become a key cog in Pep Guardiola’s side.The former Everton man has started in 10 of City’s 11 league games this campaign as Guardiola’s side remain unbeaten and with an eight-point lead at the top of the standings.”I feel like I’ve been developing since I first went to City,” Stones told reporters on Thursday. “I don’t think there’s been a point where I’ve not been learning or developing.”That doesn’t mean it’s always been good and learning in a positive way.Reuters Photo “I’ve had to take dips and take a good look at myself and I feel every day that I go out on the training pitch is a day to get something out of it.”England host five-time World Cup winners Brazil on Tuesday before the league returns with City travelling to Leicester City on Nov. 18.
Corinthians clinched a record seventh Brazilian league title on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over Fluminense that gave them an unassailable lead at the top of the table with three games remaining.Henrique gave Fluminense the lead with just a minute gone, but two goals in the first three minutes of the second half by Jo and a late strike from Jadson guaranteed Corinthians the title.The win means the Sao Paulo side have 71 points, 10 ahead of second-placed Gremio.”We never doubted ourselves when the pressure was on,” Rodriguinho said post-game. “We worked very hard for this to happen.”Corinthians last won the title in 2015 and after taking the lead five weeks into the season, they rarely looked like losing the top spot even after a stuttering run of form in September and October.They have not shone up front, with five of the league’s 20 teams scoring as many goals as the champions, but boast the best defensive record in the league.The win was a particular triumph for first-time coach Fabio Carille.A former journeyman defender, Carille was appointed to lead Corinthians in December after several spells as assistant manager.
Former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan announced on Twitter on Friday that he will be filing for a divorce from his wife, Faryal Makhdoom, after claiming she cheated on him with heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua.The Manchester-born boxer surprised everyone when he started tweeting about his wife and her alleged affair with Joshua.”Left my family and friends for this Faryal. I’m not hurt but another fighter. I’m making it public. You getting the divorce,” Khan said in a tweet.”Mans like Joshua can have my left overs.””Faryal moved on quick. Always mentioned to me how much she wanted to be with another guy, from all people another boxer.””Lol moved up in the weight classes lol. Trust me I ain’t the jealous type. No need to send me pictures of the men your talking to #disgusted.”Mans like Joshua can have my left overs!- Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 4, 2017Left my family and friends for this Faryal. I’m not hurt but another fighter. I’m making it public. You getting the divorce #Golddigger- Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 4, 2017Lol moved up in the weight classes lol. Trust me I ain’t the jealous type. No need to send me pictures of the men your talking to #disgusted- Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 4, 2017Faryal moved on quick. Always mentioned to me how much she wanted to be with another guy, from all people another boxer ??? @anthonyfjoshua pic.twitter.com/1GBAQnvzMC- Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 4, 2017So me and the wife Faryal have agreed to split. I’m currently in Dubai. Wish her all the best.advertisement- Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 4, 2017World heavyweight champion Joshua then responded by first posting a video of the song ‘It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy’. He then clarified that it wasn’t him with whom Khan’s wife slept with.”Bantz aside, I hope you guys can resolve your situation or this is a hack as we have never even met! Plus I like my women BBW #ItWasntMe,” Joshua tweeted.Bantz aside, I hope you guys can resolve your situation or this is a hack as we have never even met! Plus I like my women BBW #ItWasntMe- Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) August 4, 2017pic.twitter.com/1xYmZodjWc- Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) August 4, 2017Khan’s Twitter account has been targeted by hackers on a few occasions in the past but he confirmed his account had not been hacked in a Snapchat video later on Friday.”Everything you saw on social media it is real. Me and Farrah have decided to move on and walk away. Nothing has been hacked. We have to move forward it’s not healthy for any of us. I wish her all the best in the future. Don’t want you guys to worry. What’s done is done, it’s all true,” Khan said.
Sonam Dubal’s label Sanskar, launched in 1999, is a label that has withstood the onslaught of fast fashion over the years and at the recently concluded Lakme India Fashion Week, the designer showcased an installation of Assamese silk at #NortheastMojo show.Dubal, who is Maharashtrian part-Sikkimese, says he creates “Indo-Asian shapes.”He speaks to India Today on his role as a designer and a revivalist in the changing landscape of fashion in India.What are trends? How do you define them, break away from them? Why are trends important? How do you assess trends? How do you follow trends?Trends are set by various fashion forums mainly online or internet based and dictate stories that are linked to coming seasons. They can be colors or textile predictions or mood boards or even shapes that may come into style in the coming season. Trends create predictions for the next season mainly for creating and marketing. Photo: Uzma MohsinHaving grown up in the fashion industry from its nascent stage at the beginning it was sacrosanct and one followed it from the Couture shows in Paris or Milan to Premier vision or Dusseldorf fair for colors and textile stories and saw the trends translate into the coming seasons. This mainly is actually for the western market and the western buyer as it dictates the seasons styles textiles colors and embroideries. In the world of exports this is worked on close to the heel of things changing as they believe it reflects market trends so affects buying and selling ultimately.advertisementTill ten years ago it completely held true but things started changing and life started changing and the Asian and Other markets started becoming more important and the buyers started changing and styles and now trends are individual and quite diverse rather than being homogeneous or dictatorial like before.Being a designer and a revivalist I realized the importance of setting up and creating trends instead of just aping the West which actually does not make much sense to our markets per say. So when I began my label I started looking at trends for color stories or mood stories that could be explored from an Indian point of view or a travel or indigenous point of view. I did not follow trends but found an equivalent story that helped me understand the underbelly of the trend reflected and hence also moved to Global markets making a stand for myself eventually.The only importance of trends is that it gives a uniformity and an aesthetic for a time period. My take is that I also found inspiration as in trends from films that were significant at the time or even economic scenario at a particular time that then reflected in color or style.Also Read:Sabyasachi apologizes for his shame on you comment in an open letterIt was interesting specially working from India at the beginning without internet to match trends all over the world. I personally threw myself into a creative or artistic venture to actually feel the trend in a style / color or even story in embroidery.I do not follow trends completely but do refer to them to some extent in terms of a mood, however at show time I do work with a particular colors or look for make up sometimes following the trend of a season at the time. Photo: Uzma MohsinWhat is your collection all about? MAJULI-Textiles are markers of the creative genius of people and as a symbol of culture this collection MAJULI is a celebration of the textiles and the beauty of the culture of Assam.Majuli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra and has been the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. The vaishnava Satras were founded by Shankhardeva. The Satras are the treasure house of Borgeet, Tumora Dance, Chali Dance, Noyua Dance, Jumora and Sattriya Krishna Dance.The main industry here is agriculture and handloom. Weaving here is exquisite and intricate using a variety of colors and textures of cotton and silk especially Eri and muga.Taking inspiration from the dances and the weaves of this incredibly blessed region I’ve worked on a cultural canvas incorporating Assamese traditional and contemporary textiles and infused them with ikats and prints and hand embroideries creating Indo- Asian shapes that have global appeal.This exquisite collection captures the essence and ethos of the Assamese tapestry. Majuli represents the magical flow of the Brahmaputra river and its abundant nature represented through color pattern and style. Amalgamating craft textiles into contemporary dresses, Capes and Embroidered jackets this collection creates an interesting harmony in autumn tones of browns and rusts against plainer styles in textures of black in Eri silk and cotton weaves.advertisementWith my Buddhist leanings and Assam being my place of birth it seemed natural that I would find this textile through exploration which would become the foundation of my work through the years evoking heritage, history the monks and The Sattriya dancers on the island of Majuli. Photo: Uzma MohsinThere is a larger movement against trends and in favour of slow fashion. How are you placed in that context?Slow fashion has always appealed to me through the years also as craft is a living tradition in India. I started with the understanding of Colors as an Artist and worked within the space of textiles, form and style and slowly found love in weaves and stories told within craft.Though a main stream designer I have always worked in slow fashion. From the very beginning showing at the LIFW in 2003 I actually showed a collection in Eri silk with gold calligraphy infused with other textiles like Chanderi and Khadi. It was picked up by an important Trend store in Paris and gave me the affirmation that Craft was the future and a world that would become very important in the years to come.Soon my collections started traveling the world through the years to London, Japan and even Australia where I again showed a beautiful Indo Asian line in woven silks that as deeply appreciated.My representative Gail Percy in 2016 invited me to participate in Vancouver for the Eco fashion week for which I worked with a craft Organisation Sasha in Kolkatta working with crafts from Bengal and Eri silk from Assam. I was delighted and soon became the first designer to do so which also made complete sense having worked through the years with slow fashion and soon was invited in 2017 to show again a line that I worked with crafts, textiles with recycling techniques which broke many grounds of the perception of Indian Fashion..Hence it was natural fit when I was approached by the Lakme fashion week to participate in the North East dialogue and fashion show. As I was showing winter I decided on an Installation for the show to create a sense of celebration of the crafts of the North East.Why are fashion weeks relevant and why is it that we are following trends showcased in Paris and Milan in September last year like feathers now? What is an Indian trend? How can you define Indian trend?That is such an interesting question ! Yes we still need to create trends of our own and truthfully the fashion magazines do create this equivalently with the stories abroad. The truth is trends from India are very diverse and because of the geography and the Topography it is not an easy task to homogenize stories that fit either a cold climate or a warm one. The Truth is also in India we do not have all four seasons we sometimes have only two.advertisementSo in Mumbai how does winter work or in the South? Interestingly however as with my Buyers in Madras with Amethyst or with Bungalow 8 where I retail they follow winter styles for the travelers out of the country or those that travel within and so it works out very well. The other element in India which is specific to us is also the festival and wedding season which has also has trends of their own depending on season.Indian trends are relevant to us only and I think the Industry in their own way have created trends through the last 17/18 years of fashion weeks as there is slowly now an understanding of seasons of buying colors and forms that do keep one eye to the West but we have our own way of doing things our way. It has been a long journey but as a part of the industry taking aspects of trend creation we are also in a space of creating our own t and with social media people from all over the world do follow this.You decided to work in your home state? Why did it take so long for northeast to emerge on fashion landscape? Is that a trend?I have always worked with the North East and beyond, in my textile and weave stories and crafts and this a commitment to my own cultural consciousness as I believe there is need for visibility and awareness of the craft traditions there which are living like those in many parts of India.It has taken a longtime for the North East to emerge though I personally started writing my story in fashion from the past 17/18 years but though its been slow it is finally being recognized now not just fashion but also film, sports and food as this cultural ethos is special and a treasure.Growing up myself in a mixed family background between two different traditions and religions altogether I found stark differences between them and yet in time found a way to understand both civilizations through my own creative expression specially in my work linking stories of travel and history between worlds. Cultural acceptance takes a long time which is not easy to understand that easily.Hopefully the North East is a trend to stay and creates a highlight to understanding the processes and the beauty of the craft traditions. The sensitivity and the warmth of the craft traditions speak within the weaves of the North East.To me personally it has been a very important trend and foundation to my Buddhist leanings to understanding the bigger world and appreciating the GLOCAL outlook of taking that which is local into the global world.
Ranchi, Feb 20 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today stressed on the need for cultural exchange in the country and said youth should work towards nation building.The exchange of cultures will make the way for “one India, better India”, Das said at a programme here.”Young people coming to Jharkhand from different parts of the country will get to learn from their experiences here. Similarly, those travelling to other states from this tribal state will also develop new skills,” he said.India is the “youngest” country in the world with 65 per cent of the population below the age of 35, he claimed.”I too had dreams of building the nation? With the grace of God, I got the responsibility to become the chief servant of the state,” he said.The chief minister also hailed the central government for its skill development initiatives for the youth.The programme was also attended by Sports Minister Amar Kumar Bauri, MLA Jitu Charan Ram, Vice Chancellor of Ranchi University R K Pandey and other dignitaries. PTI PVR RMS
When coach Santosh Kashyap was appointed by defending I League champions Aizawl FC, the focus was just to keep the Northeast club afloat. Title aspirations long faded away and club’s dreadful run in the league needed to end.The club’s decision to part ways with Portuguese Paulo Meneses was under the scanner as the Mizoram side had already faced scrutiny for letting their title-winning coach Khalid Jamil leave for East Bengal last summer.Despite this, handing Kashyap a contract until the end of May, 2018 renders notions to the fact that the former India player’s future is still hanging in the balance.”Yes, my contract is only up till May, 2018. It’s a tough job to bring a club back on track in a competitive league but I am already enjoying my time here. I am obviously looking at a long-term future with Aizawl but we’ll see how it goes,” Kashyap told Mail Today.When Kashyap took over, Aizawl were sixth in the table with 17 points from 13 games. His first assignment ended in a 2-2 draw against the Indian Arrows followed by a 1-2 loss to Shillong Lajong. The 51-year-old clinched his first win in the league against the Arrows in a 3-0 victory in Goa.”I think we lacked consistency if you look at the run we were on. I had to evaluate the options at my disposal and how to use my philosophy and convey that to the players. We have a talented lot and I think we will get back to our best soon,” he said.advertisementWith just one game to spare, a home tie against Gokulam Kerala FC, Kashyap said his target is to perform better in the upcoming Super Cup and AFC Cup, adding that the club has big aspiration for the tournaments.”When I joined, I didn’t try to change much. Paulo (Meneses) was a good coach and he had a positive impact on the team but I didn’t have that much time to turn things according to my style. We just need to end the league on a positive note and think about the Cup games. We have the AFC Cup and Super Cup fixtures where we really need to perform. That’s what I aim for right now, we’ll see how it goes,” he summed up.
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Cristiano Ronaldo threw an absolute bomb as Real Madrid and its fans were only soaking in their historic victory at the Champions League final in Kiev.Real Madrid created history on Saturday as they became the only team to win three straight European Cup/Champions League titles twice in their history. Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 at the NSC Olympic Stadium in Kiev to become the first team to lift three straight Champions League titles since Bayern Munich’s feat in 1976.Contrary to how Ronaldo has ruled the roost in Madrid’s previous Champions League wins, this time Gareth Bale stole the thunder. With his brace, including a stunning overhead kick, Bale led Madrid to the title.Ronaldo won a total of five Champions League titles, equalling the record of Madrid great Alfredo di Stefano. Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Champions League title on Saturday. (Photo: Reuters)However, amidst the cheer, laughs and happiness, Ronaldo hinted that he may have played his final game in the whites of Madrid.”Right now we need to enjoy ourselves but in the next few days I’ll give an answer to the fans who have always been by my side. It was beautiful to be at Real Madrid,” the Portugal forward told television network beIN Sports after the game.”The future of any Madrid player is not important, we have just made history.”MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSKarim Benzema scored Real’s opener while substitute Gareth Bale struck twice, including a sensational overhead kick, to seal a 13th European Cup win overall and their fourth title in five years after Sadio Mane had equalised for Liverpool.advertisementRonaldo, who is Real’s all-time top scorer, was asked to clarify his comments but continued to give ambiguous answers.Watch: Pitch invader robs Ronaldo of a goal in Champions League final”I don’t have any doubts, it’s not important, I have to rest now, go and meet up with the Portugal team and in the next few weeks (I’ll make an announcement),” he added before he joins up with his country’s World Cup squad for the tournament in Russia.The 33-year-old Ronaldo, who became the first player to win five Champions League titles since the competition changed format in 1992, including one with Manchester United, reacted angrily when asked if he was disappointed not to have scored.Also read – Champions League final: Ronaldo consoles Mo Salah as he walks off injured”Who’s disappointed? Perhaps they need to change the name of the Champions League to the CR7 Champions League. Who has the most titles and who has the most goals?” said the Portuguese, who has scored a record 120 goals in the competition.RONALDO WANTEDReal coach Zinedine Zidane could not give an answer when asked about the timing of Ronaldo’s comments and said he had not spoken to the player before the game about his future.”Cristiano has to stay no matter what. We’ll see what happens next, but for me he should stay,” said the Frenchman.Also read – Gareth Bale puts future up in air after starring in Champions League finalReal captain Sergio Ramos also urged Ronaldo to remain at the club but said his team mate had to make clear what he meant.”I’m sure Cris will speak at the end of the season. If there’s something behind this, he should come and clarify what it is today,” Ramos said.”Cristiano is a key part of this team, he likes to feel loved and we all want him to stay, he won’t find a better place than here, he’s our superstar.”Everyone is free to take a personal decision but I hope he stays here for many years,” he added.Ronaldo caused a stir last year a few days after Real beat Juventus 4-1 in the final when Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported that the forward wanted to leave Madrid as he was not happy with how he had been treated by the Spanish club.Ronaldo’s desire for a new contract was believed to be behind last year’s stories and he has still not signed a new deal at Real, who he joined from United in a then world record transfer worth 85.5 million pounds ($113.77 million).(With Reuters inputs)
There are two important things that happened at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday evening — India won the Intercontinental Cup and Sunil Chhetri equalled Lionel Messi’s international goal-scoring record.Among active footballers in the world, Indian captain Chhetri is now joint second highest goalscorer, tied at 64 goals with Argentinian magician Messi. While Chhetri has reached the milestone in 102 games, Messi has taken 124 games for the same. Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list with 81 goals in 150 games.Chhetri not only scored a brace to lead India to the Intercontinental Cup, he scored a total of eight goals in the tournament, the highest numbers of goals he has scored in a tournament.At 33 years of age, Chhetri is only looking like he is getting younger. In world football, there have been talks of Ronaldo turning the clock and bettering statistics even on wrong side of the 30s but away from the humdrum of European football and flair of South America, Chhetri is enhancing his own legend.Also read – Sunil Chhetri brace helps India lift 2018 Intercontinental CupOn June 2, after just some 2500 odd people attended India’s Intercontinental Cup opener against Chinese Taipei and saw Chhetri score a hat-trick after an 8-year gap, the Indian captain made an emotional yet hard-hitting appeal to Indian sports fans to come to stadium and get behind the Indian football team.With fans responding to the plea and flocking to the stadium, India and especially Captain Fantastic put on a show at the Mumbai Football Arena. With five goals in the next three matches, including the final, Chhetri has given people even more reasons to ‘Back the Blue’.advertisementOn Sunday, as India played Kenya in the final in front of a packed stadium, India’s self-appointed official fan group Blue Pilgrims rose a huge banner, the face of a Blue Tiger, for the national team signifying the rise of Indian football. Chhetri and the Blue Tigers had to respond to that, and they did!The Blue Tigers have risen! #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball @fni @IndianFootball pic.twitter.com/GEHiAUfSaGBlue Pilgrims (@BluePilgrims) June 10, 2018As the entire India soaks the feeling of giving rousing support to the national team, whispers have already begun diminishing Chhetri’s achievement of equalling Messi record. The reason? ‘He plays against much easier teams, doesn’t he?’Chhetri himself, in a conversation with India Today, put to rest all comparisons to Messi and Ronaldo calling their level much higher and ideally, there should be no comparisons. But in an ideal world, we would not even be comparing Messi and Ronaldo and rather just be enjoying the beautiful football they display, wouldn’t we?There are no comparisons to make really but let’s take a moment to understand the dynamic of Chhetri’s achievement with a few major pointers.FOOTBALLING CULTUREIndia is a cricket-crazy nation. Period. There was a time back in the 70s and 80s when football used to be the passion of this country, when the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi used to see packed crowd for local tournaments whereas today, filling even half of a stadium in Delhi for football is a task. Chhetri has risen from this very place.Years of sweat, hard work and toil has gone into touching the heights he is at today. Back then he took up football as a career so that he could gets into St. Stephens college through sports quota and look where he stands today!Also read – Thought of life without football scares me: Sunil Chhetri to India TodayOn the other hand, everyone knows the passion Argentina still harbours for the beautiful game. Whenever players turn up at the stadium in the white and blue, there is no shortage of crowd and Messi is at a pedestral supreme there.Of course, the Argentine had his own struggles during his childhood but he ended up at one of the best clubs in the world.TRAINING FACILITIESBarcelona’s training facilities are a tale in itself now. From Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez to Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s academy has given world football some of the best footballers ever!Track back to India, there are only seven FIFA-approved pitches in the whole country and all of them were furbished for the FIFA U-17 World Cup that took place last year.While Messi has played on those well-maintained green pitches throughout, Chhetri has come to the fore playing on those patchy and hard grounds. He has received not even half as good training facilities as Messi and Ronaldo and yet he has produced great results.advertisementAlso Read – Sunil Chhetri ignores #ConstantineOut: ‘Internet trolls not important’Chhetri’s level has risen immensely in the last five years, ever since he joined Bengaluru FC — undoubtedly the most well-managed club in the country. His growth since being at BFC speaks volumes about the wonders good facilities and training can do. Sunil Chhetri scored a total of eight goals in the Intercontinental Cup 2018. (Photo: @IndianFootball Twitter)SEPARATE CHALLENGESUndoubtedly, Messi is regularly pitted against the best teams in the world and amidst that competition, he shines through. There is no doubting that he is arguably the best footballer on the planet and yet if a 5 foot 7 inches man from India manages to match his goalscoring record, he has got to be given some credit.Of course, Chhetri does not play the toughest teams in the world but considering the level Team India are at, those teams are not too easy as well.Chhetri may be at a level above the rest but football is a team game and he needs support to succeed. For most part of his career, Chhetri had shone with half a decent side while Messi has had the likes of Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Mascherano by his side.Chhetri may not have competed against the toughest teams in Asia as well but he has managed to power above all his opponents along with a team with very limited resources, backing and exposure.Also read – Aim to break into top 10 in Asia first, World Cup later: Sunil ChhetriThe reason Chhetri’s achievement should be held dear is he has succeded immensely despite being in adverse conditions — a telling result of his immense passion and work ethic.Chhetri has been India’s main man since at least seven years now and for all those years, he has been leading the Blue Tigers yet apart from the football aficionado, there was hardly anyone who really knew of his achievements.Now with the Indian captain being the centre of attraction, his achievements need to be put into perspective and be given the individual due he deserves.Chhetri is indeed India’s ‘Captain. Leader. Legend’.
Indian cricket’s bowling great Zaheer Khan and his wife Sagarika Ghatge were spotted watching the FIFA World Cup 2018 final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.The couple was joined by industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Ambani. Zaheer and Sagarika had tied the knot in November last year.Zaheer, who retired from international cricket in 2015, posted a picture with the Ambanis on his Instagram account captioning, “What an amazing atmosphere at the finals last night.”Zaheer debuted for India back in 2000 in Kenya and went on to become an integral part of Indian cricket teams subsequently. Zak, as he is fondly called by his teammates, played 92 Tests and picked 311 wickets. In 200 ODIS, he pocketed 282 wickets and played a major role in India’s World Cup triumph in 2011.The Ambani family and Bachchans were also in attendance during the semi-finals between France and Belgium last week. Ambani was joined by wife Nita and younger son Anant Ambani, while Abhishek Bachchan watched the match with his father Amitabh.On Sunday, France beat Croatia 4-2 in a high-voltage World Cup final to lift their second world title.France took the lead in the 18th minute when Croatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic, rose to meet Antoine Griezmann’s free kick with the top of his head. He inadvertently sent it past his own goalkeeper.advertisementAfter an early own goal by Mandzukic France’s big guns delivered on the biggest stage of all as Griezmann – with a penalty awarded after a VAR review – Paul Pogba and teenage tyro Kylian Mbappe all hit the target.Ivan Perisic and Mandzukic replied for Croatia, who ended beaten but unbowed after making much of the running in their first appearance in the final.Also read – World Cup 2018: Putin gets his own umbrella as world leaders get drenched in rainIt was the highest-scoring decider since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 60 years ago.There were as many goals in 90-action-packed Moscow minutes as in the last four finals combined, and three of those went to extra time.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersThe game featured the first final own goal and the first VAR-decided spot-kick — one that Croatia were furious about and that was arguably the turning point of the game.But the only statistic France will really care about is that the result makes them world champions for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.Also read- French players crash press conference to celebrate World Cup triumphHaving lost the 2006 final on penalties to Italy, it also meant there was no repeat of two years ago when they were beaten in the European Championship final by Portugal in Paris.Also read – World Cup 2018: French President greets Croatian team, then learns the dabThe win means Didier Deschamps, captain of the 1998 side, becomes the third man to lift the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.(With inputs from Reuters)
Kolkata, Jul 17 (PTI) Indian boxer Vijender Singh today said his much-awaited fight for the Commonwealth super middleweight title could be held in September after being cancelled earlier this month, but the opponent has not yet been finalised. “Perhaps it will be in September, the Commonwealth committee will decide the opponent,” Vijender said at a promotional event here. The 32-year-old, who is now fourth in the latest WBO rankings for the super middleweight category, was to fight for the Commonwealth title on July 13 against Lee Makhram but the fight was cancelled after the British boxer pulled out citing injury. “Not all the boxers go to the Olympics and the Asian Games. They can come to pro boxing. I am not saying the cream should opt for pro boxing, but those who feel they can do well at pro level should come,” Vijender, whoholds the WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific titles, said. Busy training but with enough time in hand to catch up on the heroics of Hima Das, the latest sensation to light up Indian sports with her historic 400m gold in the under-20 world championships. Vijender said the 18-year-old track sensation needs all the help that she can get in her career at this stage. “What a finish, she looks really promising to me. But I have heard that she hails from a very poor family. People are only talking about her show. Instead of the big talks, she should be funded well and looked after well to ensure that she stays focused,” said India’s first Olympic medallist in boxing.advertisement “She has to keep working hard. It takes a lot to win an Olympic medal. I remember people had written me off as I was the last to qualify for the Beijing Olympics but I kept working hard till I made the cut from Asian qualifiers in Kazakhstan,” he added. The versatile boxer, who has dabbled in acting and modelling too, said he has realised that his sport is what makes him truly happy. “I have realised that I don’t know anything other than boxing. I have tried my hands in various things like doing a movie, a TV reality show but I get bored very easily,” Vijender said. PTI TAP PM PM PM