St Francis D’Assisi (Borivli) were more aggressive and showed a better offensive approach which enabled them to charge towards a comfortable 3-0 win against Orchid International School (Masjid Bunder) in a MSSA Cup boys’ under-10 quarter-final at Azad Maidan on Saturday. The heroes of St Francis D’Assisi’s victory was Tanan D’Silva, who scored the two goals and Hrithik Shetty with one strike, which ensured them a place in the semi-finals.Related News Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Earlier, Holy Family (Andheri) got the better of Ramnivas Bajaj (Malad) 2-0 with strikers Shaun D’Souza, Aarya Gawane scoring a goal each. Arya Vidya Mandir Juhu proved too good as they blanked SVKM International School in the third match of the day by a convincing 6-0 margin. Krishang Dosani and Medhansh Agarwal played lead roles by contributing two goals each while Aaray Jain and Aryan Saran chipped in with a goal apiece. In the boys under-8 quarter-final matches, Cathedral & John Connon (Fort) scraped past Holy Family (Andheri) by a slender 1-0 scoreline. Mikhail Marshal netted Cathedral’s all-important winning goal to confirm his team’s place in tomorrow’s semi-final. In the second game, St Stanislaus (Bandra) defeated Don Bosco (Matunga) 3-1. Arhaan Sargaroh, Sharv Kamtekar and Nihaal Sylvia scored for St Stanislaus while Raj Kadam pulled a goal back for the Matunga side. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates
It’s hard to tell which is more painful: the traditional Radio Silence treatment that job-seekers get from employers, or the terse, unfriendly email message containing some variation on the sentiment “Your background does not meet our needs, but feel free to apply again. (Or drop dead – either way.)”Corporations spend millions of dollars on branding campaigns designed to endear them to consumers and business buyers. So why do they post a job ad, receive hundreds or thousands of resumes, and then actively ignore and even insult the vast majority of those respondents? They do this every day. You begin to wonder: do the Marketing chiefs at these companies, and their peers in HR, believe that people who apply for jobs don’t buy products and services, or have friends and family members who do? It’s incomprehensible, but it’s clear: the recruiting function is broken, in all but a very few hiring organizations.Why do CEOs allow HR people to trash their brands in the talent community? Maybe CEOs don’t understand that it’s a viral world, or that smart employees have plenty of choices when choosing where to work. Maybe they don’t care. Maybe they’ve decided that it’s the most docile and uncomplaining job-seekers, versus the smartest and most creative ones, who’ll be most welcome in their companies. Either way, it’s helpful for job-seekers to remember this: It’s Not You — the recruiting process is dysfunctional.Why is the typical recruiting process so cold and so insulting? I believe it’s because these processes are designed to screen people out, not to bring them into the fold. Corporate recruiting systems rest on the premise that there are, and will always be, far more qualified candidates than the employer can possibly interview, so the folks who don’t like the ever-raising bar, the invasions of privacy and the overall rudeness of the system can go jump in a lake.When I was starting out as a corporate HR person, we were taught that the addition of staff members to a team is a two-step process. First comes Recruiting, and then comes Selection. In many employers, the department and/or the function are still called Recruiting and Selection. Recruiting is the early part of the process, where the company posts ads and gets the job-opening word out in other ways. Selection is the later part of the process, where the candidates are winnowed down to a small number and eventually to one lucky new hire. The whole Recruiting and Selection framework is based on the notion that people are simply dying to work for your company, and will crawl over broken glass to have the chance to interview in your shop. Little time and energy, if any, are spent figuring out how to sell candidates on the job opportunities available, or how to keep candidates feeling respected and listened-to during the process. Who needs to waste cycles on candidate TLC, when so many people are job-hunting?Here’s who needs to: every company that cares about the quality of the people it hires. Ditto for every employer brave enough to make its lofty mission statement something more substantial than a framed plaque in the lobby. If employees are our greatest asset, we can make that plain in the way we bring people into the firm. If ’employees are our greatest asset’ is an empty platitude, we can make that obvious, too. Large corporations do it every day.One job-seeker sent me an email containing two links, and caused me to snort coffee out my nose laughing. The two links led me to two very different pages on the website of a local bank. One page, designed for customers, talked at length about the bank’s hometown culture and its attention to every account holder, from little Tommy with his piggy bank to dear Mrs. Whittington and her church choir fund. The other link led me to the landing page for job-seekers applying to work at the bank. Different story! In brusque, governmental gobbledygook, the good people of the bank let job-seekers know in no uncertain terms what their time as a candidate was going to be like. “Applications whitch (sic) are incomplete in any way will be rejected. Candidates scheduled for interviews who arrive late by one minute will not be considered. Failure to provide [blah, blah, blah] is reason for immediate termination of the interview process.” Hey — you have a great morning, too! Who wants to work for people who would begin a relationship that way? The juxtaposition of the “we’re just folks” marketing message and the we-hate-you job-seeker message was a priceless reminder that marketing talk is cheap. Actions are loud, and their impact lasts longer, too.Recruiting is broken, so take heart: it’s not you that is flawed, or unworthy, or deficient somehow. You are fine. You will find a good job, and if it’s not a job in one of these talent-repelling Black Hole salt mines, all the better. I don’t want you to work in a place like that, anyway. The next time you receive a terse, bureaucratic ‘get lost’ message from a prospective employer, don’t think “Oh, too bad; I didn’t get the job.” Be happy – you dodged a bullet! Organizations that treat job candidates like cattle don’t deserve you, anyway.__________________________________Find out what other Glassdoor.com Clearview Collection bloggers (a team of career and workplace experts) have to say about the state of corporate recruiting today.
Needing a win at Legia Warsaw to advance, Real Madrid squandered a 2-0 lead and allowed the Polish side to earn its first point of the campaign in what became a highly embarrassing 3-3 draw for the Spanish powerhouse.But while Zinedine Zidane’s team struggled, Borussia Dortmund had no such trouble and advanced to the knockout stages with two games to spare after a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon. It joins Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and five-time winner Bayern Munich, which all qualified on Tuesday.Zidane said he wasn’t surprised by a result that saw his team slip to second place in Group F, two points behind Dortmund.”It was a strange match, it didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” the Madrid manager said. “We lacked a bit of everything. Above all, when you score two goals we dropped our intensity, and when you do that they can score. Now we are going to forget this game.”Polish supporters didn’t have a chance to celebrate at Wojska Polskiego Stadium, as the doors had been closed to the public by UEFA as a penalty for fans’ racist behavior and the fireworks thrown during a previous loss to Dortmund.Coming off a hat trick in the Spanish league, Cristiano Ronaldo finished empty-handed and remains two goals short of scoring his 100th goal in European competition.Leicester dropped its first points in its first foray into the Champions League and needs to wait for another round of matches to seal a place in the last 16.advertisementHere’s a look at what happened in the Champions League on Wednesday in detail:GROUP E(AP Photo)In a tightly contested group, Monaco took a big step toward qualifying with a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen claimed its first victory of the campaign at the expense of Tottenham.Monaco is now top of the group with eight points, two more than Leverkusen. Tottenham is another two points behind.Valere Germain took advantage of some hapless goalkeeping from Igor Akinfeev to open the scoring in the 13th minute. Radamel Falcao added Monaco’s second from Benjamin Mendy’s cross in the 29th and then used some neat footwork to make it 3-0 in the 41st.A record Tottenham attendance of 85,512 at its temporary Wembley Stadium home saw Kevin Kampl score in the 65th minute with a deflected shot for a 1-0 win which lifted Leverkusen into second place.GROUP F(AP Photo)Madrid looked set to romp to another big win after Gareth Bale netted an amazing opener from distance in the first minute before then setting up Benzema to make it 2-0.But Madrid’s slack defense – and over-confidence – let Legia rally in stunning fashion to take the lead. Vadis Odjidja and Miroslav Radovic struck from long range before Thibault Moulin also scored from outside the area in the 83rd.Madrid was facing a humiliating defeat until Mateo Kovacic fired in from near the edge of the box to at least rescue a point.Dortmund left its top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang watching from the stands as his backup, Adrian Ramos, scored the only goal in the 12th minute of a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon.Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said Gabon striker Aubameyang was left out for “internal reasons.”The German side is atop the standings on 10 points, with Madrid trailing by two points and Sporting five further back.GROUP G(Reuters Photo)Following three straight wins, Leicester was held to a scoreless draw at FC Copenhagen and must now wait for a home game against a Brugge side that lost 1-0 at FC Porto for another chance to advance.Leicester dominates the group with 10 points, followed by Porto with seven, while Copenhagen is in third spot with five points.Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel dived to his right to claw away a downward header from Andreas Cornelius in injury time to earn the draw.Andre Silva headed home for Porto in the 37th minute at the Estadio do Dragao to end a winless drought at home in European competitions. The ball deflected off the shoulder of Brugge midfielder Tomas Pina before going into the top corner by the far post. It was Silva’s fourth goal in his last four matches with Porto.The result eliminated Brugge, which is yet to win a point after four matches.GROUP H(Reuters Photo)Sevilla moved closer to the knockout stages after easing to a 4-0 win over a Dinamo Zagreb side that played the entire second half with 10 men. Dinamo defender Petar Stojanovic received a red card just before the break with the score at 1-0.advertisementSevilla dominated throughout the match at its Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with goals from Luciano Vietto, Sergio Escudero, Steven N’Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the result beyond doubt.Sevilla, which had won the Europa League for the previous three seasons, leads Group H with 10 points. Dinamo was left with zero points.Juventus has eight points after drawing 1-1 with Lyon, which has four.The Italian hosts missed the chance to ensure qualification with a victory.Gonzalo Higuain netted a penalty in the 13th minute but missed an open goal shortly before halftime. Juventus looked on course for the win but Corentin Tolisso leveled six minutes from time.
The Railway Recruitment Cell, Central Railway (RRCCR), Mumbai invites online applications for recruitment of sport personnel in various disciplines for the Year 2016-17.The online registration would be open from November 22, 2016 till December 6, 2016.Vacancy details: The recruitment would be based on level 5/4 and level 3/2.Level 5/4 recruitment (Rs 5200 – 20200 + Grade Pay of Rs 2800/2400):One post in Diving/swimming (men) for the events of Hard Board/Spring Board/Back/Butterfly One post in Cricket (men) for the position of Batsman/Spinner One post in Hockey (men) for the position of Forward/Defender One post in Hockey (women) for the position of Forward/Goal Keeper One post in Tennis (men) for the events of Singles.Level 3/2 recruitment (Rs -20200 + Grade Pay of Rs 2800/2400): One post in Diving/Swimming (men) for the events of Hard Board/Spring Board/Back/ButterflyOne post in Athletics (men) for the events of Long Distance/Sprints Two post in Athletics (women) for the events of Short/Long Distance Jumps/Throws/SprintsOne post in Basketball (women) for the position of Pivot/All Rounder One post in Snooker (men) for the events of Snooker/Pool One post in Cricket (men) for the position of Batsman/Spinner One post in Cricket (women) for the position of Bowler Two post in Football (men) for the position of Mid Fielder/Defender One post in Hockey (men) for the position of Forward/DefenderOne post in Hockey (women) for the position of Forward/Goal keeper One post in Kho-Kho (men) for the position of All Rounder One post in Table Tennis (men) for the events of SinglesOne post for Tennis (men) for the events of Single One post in Weightlifting (women) for the events of 75, +75 kg.Qualification detailsadvertisementEducational Qualification: For Level 5/4 – Minimum Graduation in any faculty by a recognized University For Level 3/2 – Minimum HSC/ Intermediate/ Equivalent by a recognized Board.Age Limit: Minimum 18 years and maximum 25 years as on 01/01/2017 Candidates born between 01/01/1992 and 01/01/1999 (both days inclusive) should only apply.Sports performance: For Level 5/4 Posts: Represented the Country in Olympic Games (In Senior Category) (OR) At least 3rd Position in World cup (Junior/Senior Category) (OR) At least 3rd position in World Championships (Junior/Senior Category) (OR) At least 3rd Position in Asian Games (Senior Category) (OR) At least 3rd Position in Commonwealth Games (Senior Category) For Level 3/2 Posts: Represented the Country in World Cup (Junior/Senior Category) (OR) Represented the Country in World Championships (Junior/Senior Category) (OR) Represented the Country in Asian Games (Senior Category) (OR) Represented the Country in Commonwealth Games (Senior Category) (OR) At least 3rd Position in Commonwealth Championships (Junior/Senior Category) (OR) At least 3rd Position in Asian Championships/Asia Cup (Junior/Senior Category) (OR) At least 3rd Position in South Asian Federations (SAF) Games (Senior Category) (OR) At least 3rd Position in USIC (World Railways) Championships (Senior Category) (OR) At least 3rd Position in Senior/Youth/Junior National Championships (OR) At least 3rd Position in National Games organized under aegis of Indian Olympic Association (OR) At least 3rd Position in All India Inter University Championships organized under the aegis of Association of Indian Universities. (OR) 1st position in Federation Cup Championships (Senior Category).Selection Process: Trial and Interview Candidates must bring original certificates of Date of Birth, Educational Qualification and Sports related Certificates on the day of trial and interview, without which they shall not be permitted to appear in the same.Application Fee:Rs 500/- for Unreserved and OBC candidates, Rs 250/- ( for SC/ST candidates, Ex-Servicemen, Women Candidates, Persons with Disabilities, Minority candidates, and candidates belonging to Economically Backward Classes) with a provision for refunding the same to those who are found eligible as per notification and actually appear in the Selection Trials.How to Apply:Interested, eligible sports personnel can apply online through RRCCR Central Railway Recruitment Cell Website from from November 22, 2016 till December 6, 2016.Read: OSSSC recruitment 2016: Apply for 736 Horticulture, Village Agriculture worker postsRead: Tripura PSC is hiring for various Professor, Principal posts: Eligibility and application process For information on more latest government jobs, click here.
Kolkata, Dec 2 (PTI) Accusing the Narendra Modi government of making a “wrong and concocted” statement in Parliament regarding deployment of Army at toll plazas in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her voice could not be stifled by “hatching conspiracy and showing force”.”They told Parliament that the state governments permission was taken. It is absolutely wrong and concocted,” she told reporters before leaving the state secretariat after an overnight stay protesting against the presence of army personnel.Earlier in the day, the army strongly rebutted the chief ministers allegation that its personnel were deployed at the toll plazas without informing the state government and were collecting money, saying the exercise was being carried out in coordination with Kolkata Police.”This is being done in coordination with local police authorities. The exercise was earlier planned for November 27 and 28. The dates were changed to November 30 to December 2 on a specific request by Kolkata Police due to Bharat Bandh called on November 28,” said GOC Bengal area (officiating) Maj Gen Sunil Yadav.Reacting to the chief ministers allegations, he said, “We deny all charges with all contempt.”Banerjee said only Bengal was targetted and such exercise was not done in any other state.”I was MP for a long period. I was railway minister and held other portfolios like sports and coal. I have never seen such arrogance which is directionless”, Banerjee said in a scathing attack on the Modi government.”They are doing whatever they like by force. The people are suffering. They cannot even withdraw their salary. The peoples fight will continue. It cannot be stopped by hatching conspiracy and showing force”, she said.advertisement”Two more persons died today facing hardship to withdraw money”, she said.The chief minister said that the opposition parties raised this issue and thanked them for it.Banerjee said that Modi government has failed to bring Rs 50 lakh crore black money stashed abroad. PTI SCH SUN MD ZMN
It looks like Sonam Kapoor, who was so long in denial about her relationship with Delhi-based entrepreneur Anand Ahuja, will “keep it real” in 2017. Sonam had always maintained that she was single, despite being clicked every and now and then with her beau. But now, her New Year wish for her fans seems to give it all away. The Neerja actor posted a picture with Anand and captioned it, “Happy new year folks! #keepitreal,” followed by three hearts.SEE PIC: Sonam Kapoor and rumoured beau Anand Ahuja celebrate Anil Kapoor’s birthday in London Sonam and Anand’s romance came in the spotlight when they made an appearance at Akshay Kumar’s Rustom success bash. Soon after, it was rumoured that Sonam was staying at Anand’s house in London when she went there for the premiere of her brother Harshvardhan Kapoor’s debut Mirzya.Sonam was first spotted with Anand at the Rustom success bash. But it was only after Sonam’s sister Rhea posted a photo of a family gathering on Instagram that the rumours intensified. Anand was not only at home with the Kapoor family, he even held hands with the actor in the photo.Sonam and Anand teased fans with their banter on social media. When Anand, who is a self-confessed fan of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, shared a meme of Will Smith on Instagram which read, “50 bucks? I could take out 25 women to dinner,” Sonam replied “Which women?” Friends’ comments suggested that Sonam was the woman in Anand’s life, but neither Sonam nor Anand confirmed it.advertisementThe fashionista even promoted Anand’s brand Bhane. Sonam shared a picture of herself on Instagram wearing a white dress with a denim jacket. When Sonam’s close friend, designer Masaba Gupta commented about her interest in the jacket, Sonam revealed that it was a gift from Anand.The denim jacket Sonam is sporting in the picture was a gift from Anand. Soon after, photos of the two emerged celebrating a friend’s engagement in London. The duo looked stunning, with Sonam wearing a black strapless gown and Anand donning a black suit, complete with a bow tie.Sonam and Anand made for a picture-perfect couple at a friend’s engagement in London. The stories got stronger, but so did Sonam’s denial. However, she did not shy away from being there for Anand. Sonam was present at the launch of Anand’s clothing line in Delhi. The colour-coordinated couple made for a pretty picture, and their frequent appearances even sparked off rumours that they were ready to tie the knot. Sonam scoffed at the rumours, and took off to London to celebrate papa Anil Kapoor’s birthday on Christmas Eve.Sonam was there to support her beau at the launch of his clothing line. Anand joined the Kapoor family once again in their celebrations and photos of him and Sonam goofing off at the party emerged on social media.The lovebirds brought in Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor’s birthday together in London. The couple has thrown caution to the wind and is going public with the displays of affection. It looks like Sonam is ready to go public with her relationship. How soon she does it, is something we’ll have to wait and watch out for.
Pakistan’s failure to take 20 wickets in all three Tests was responsible for their series loss in Australia and the situation will not improve unless players get more exposure to conditions Down Under, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Saturday. (Scorecard)Misbah’s team arrived in Australia with their hosts in disarray after a 2-1 home series loss to South Africa and the tourists were confident they could at least take one test in the series, if not emulate the Proteas.Despite the odd patch of competitiveness, Pakistan were largely outclassed and their demise was completed at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday when they crumbled to a 220-run defeat to lose the series 3-0.”Our bowling is always our strength but in this series I was a bit disappointed that we couldn’t take 20 wickets in any of the Tests,” the 42-year-old Misbah told reporters.”That’s why we were so behind in every game, that’s important for you in Australian conditions. (Finch, Bailey dropped from Australia ODI squad, Lynn gets maiden call up)”It’s difficult for any Asian side to come here and take 20 wickets in a Test match. That’s an art and we could not do that and that mainly cost us the series.”If most of the Pakistan tour highlights came from batsman, the biggest disappointment was probably leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who arrived on his first tour Down Under with a big reputation but departed with eight wickets at a cost of 672 runs.He was not the first vaunted spinner from South Asia to struggle to adapt to the conditions.advertisementALIEN CONDITIONSSaturday’s defeat was Pakistan’s 12th straight in Australia through four series sweeps since 1999 and Misbah said youngsters identified as Test prospects had to be given a chance to taste the conditions earlier in their careers.”If we are not touring more often in Australia and South Africa, this could happen again and again,” he said.”I’ve already suggested that some of our players should be sent to Australia on a regular basis to play games here… this is the only way we can improve.”If you are coming here after four or five or six years, seven or eight guys are coming here for the first time. We are going to struggle.”Pakistan’s bowling woes were not helped by the number of injuries with pace spearhead Mohammad Amir in the treatment room for much of the series.”To win in Australia, your fitness is vital, in any other country you can survive but in Australia you need supreme fitness,” Misbah added.Misbah, who has said he will return to Pakistan before deciding on his future, thought the manner of the defeat in the second Test in Melbourne, where the tourists were dismissed for 163 on the final day, had been another decisive factor.”The last day of the MCG was the biggest disappointment of the tour and we got demoralised from that and could not recover,” he said. “This is how it is. Australia is not an easy place.”
New Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) Forced to remove the scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chautala as its life presidents owing to widespread outrage, the Indian Olympic Association is set to be re-recognised by the Sports Ministry which has welcomed the bodys decision. IOA President N Ramachandran, in reply to a showcause notice from the Ministry, has clarified that the decision to appoint Kalmadi and Chautala does not stand owing to technicalities. “I have not gone through the entire letter, I have only seen the ticker. We welcome the IOAs decision that it has gone by its constitution. Our statement on the suspension clearly states that it will be lifted the moment IOA reverses the decision. That has happened and we welcome it,” Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas told PTI. The appointment of Kalmadi and Chautala has been declared “null and void” in order to not just get the recognition from Ministry but also to avoid any possible action from the IOC. Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOAs Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chennai on December 27, but the Olympic body was forced to reverse its decision after it was opposed by a majority of IOA members. Kalmadi declined the post till his name was cleared following the outrage, while Chautala said he would also step aside should the International Olympic Committee raise any objections. “This is with reference to the letter dated 30th December suspending the deemed recognition of the Indian Olympic Association which is uncalled for…a unilateral decision has been taken without hearing us,” Ramachandran wrote to Srinivas in reply to the Ministrys showcause notice. The IOA chief claimed that although there was a proposal to name two life presidents at the AGM, it did not imply that the IOA had accepted it. “In the Annual General Meeting held in Chennai on 27.12.2016, at the fag end of the meeting a point was raised by a member stating that IOA should nominate two life presidents. As no notice in writing was received at least 7 clear days as per the Constitution Clause VII no resolution was put to vote and passed,” Ramachandran claimed. “It is also clarified that members can make proposals in the meeting but if it does not meet provisions of the Constitution it cannot be assumed that the proposal has been approved and passed in the meeting. “In view of the above since the proposal was not in accordance with the Constitution, the inconvenience and embarrassment caused to the individuals concerned, members of IOA and to all is regretted,” he added. While Kalmadi is an accused in the 2010 Commonwealth Games corruption scam and has also spent nine months in jail, Chautala is facing a trial in disproportionate assets case. PTI BS SSC PM PMadvertisement
Five English Premier League and three Championship (second tier) soccer clubs are being investigated in relation to allegations of widespread historical child sex abuse in the sport dating back to the 1970s, British police said on Monday.The Metropolitan Police Service, who confirmed last month that it had launched an investigation into allegations at soccer clubs in London, said on Monday it had received 255 separate allegations of sexual abuse at 77 named clubs or teams.”As of Monday, 30 January, the investigative team, with officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, have received 255 separate allegations,” the Met Police said in a statement.It added the allegations were connected with individuals at 77 named clubs or teams including five in the Premier League; three in the Championship; three in Leagues One and Two (third and fourth tier), and 66 other named clubs, which include non-league or non-professional or amateur teams.Earlier this month, British police said they had identified 184 potential suspects and 526 victims, adding that other sports had also been implicated in the child sex-abuse scandal.Police forces across the country launched inquiries after former player Andy Woodward revealed in November he had been abused as a boy by a youth team coach, prompting other ex-professionals to come forward with allegations.The soccer abuse revelations are the latest in a series of paedophile scandals to have hit Britain in recent years.British police said 1,016 referrals of sports abuse had been passed to specialist detectives from a child protection charity and police.The number of possible victims (526) was up from about 350 in December, with 126 suspects.advertisementThe National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said 248 soccer clubs had been impacted although not all were under investigation.Police said 22 of the referrals related to other sports including rugby, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket, and swimming.
Arsene Wenger has played down speculation linking him with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona at the end of the season, saying his first preference would be to extend his stay at Arsenal.Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the current campaign and Wenger is among the bookmakers’ favourites to replace him.Sevilla’s Jorge Sampaoli, Athletic Bilbao’s Ernesto Valverde, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino and Everton’s Ronald Koeman are the other leading contenders.”No, my preference is always the same, it will remain the same,” Wenger told reporters on Thursday when asked if he was interested in the Barcelona job.”I’ve been here 20 years and many times had the opportunity to leave. I don’t have to convince you my preference has always been Arsenal.”I am not looking for jobs of other clubs or jobs of other people. I am just focusing on getting to the next level and try to improve. Competent managers always try to get better, to reinvent themselves.”The annual outcry for Wenger’s head has grown louder than ever this season following Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 clash in the Champions League last month.Wenger, who is out of contract at the end of the season, gave his strongest hint in years that he could leave Arsenal in the wake of that defeat, saying he would definitely manage next season, but did not know if it would be “somewhere else”.advertisementArsenal, who are fourth in the Premier League, visit fifth-placed Liverpool on Saturday after a break of almost two weeks, and Wenger said his players needed to find their rhythm fast to avoid losing at Anfield.”For us, after a little break, it’s important to switch on quickly,” he added. “After a break, it’s important you are ready from the start. For us, it’s vital to start strongly at Liverpool.”Midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be in the squad after recovering from a calf strain, along with defender Laurent Koscielny, who missed Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Sutton United last month with a hamstring problem.Midfielder Mohamed Elneny is out for three weeks with an ankle injury.
Land Rover recently unveiled the all new Range Rover Velar to the world ahead of its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7. Now, according to reports, Land Rover will launch the new Range Rover Velar in India by July-August in India. The New Velar will be placed between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport in the global market and India. The new Velar is the fourth addition to the Range Rover family.Design:An upright, bold front graphic and long bonnet set the tone for Velar’s exterior design language. The form of the dominant, proud grille is further emphasised by slender full-LED headlights which deliver an emphatic slim-line visual signature. The front bumper’s pronounced air inlets and subtle skid plate hint at both the Velar’s performance and its class-leading all-terrain capability.Range Rover VelarThe fast windscreen angle intersects powerfully with the front axle line and flows into the Range Rover floating roof design, which can be specified in either body colour or Narvik Black contrast finishes. Fixed and sliding panoramic roof options highlight the Velar’s exceptional interior space by allowing natural light to flood in.Engine:The new Range Rover Velar will come in both petrol and diesel engine with 3 petrol variants and 2 diesel variants. The Velar comes with a 2.0 litre Ingenium petrol engine that churns out peak power of 147 bhp and peak torque of 430NM, while a larger engine will churn out 3.0-litre, 4-cylinder, petrol engine will produce maximum power output at 296BHP and maximum torque of 700NM. Both the engines will come mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox. advertisementRange Rover VelarOn the other hand, the 2.0-litre diesel engine will come with a peak output of 236BHP and 500NM and a 3.0 litre diesel engine that produces 295BHP of power and 700NM of torque.Features:Inside, the new Velar comes with a fully engaged new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that features two 10-inch high-definition touchscreen. The top end variant of the Velar gets full extended leather interior trim, Windsor leather seats in Light Oyster or Ebony, 1,600W Meridian Signature Sound System, Matrix-Laser LED headlights and 22-inch split-spoke wheels with diamond-turned finish.Range Rover VelarDimensions:The new Range Rover Velar comes with a wheelbase of 2,874mm and measures 4,803mm in length, 1,903mm in width and 1,665mm in height.Range Rover VelarCompetition:The new Range Rover Velar, when launched, will rival the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Volvo XC60 in India.Range Rover VelarPrice:We expect the all new Range Rover to come for a price tag of Rs 40 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 42 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ: Land Rover unveils India-bound Range Rover VelarALSO READ: Is the Range Rover Velar truly new?ALSO READ: Land Rover to unveil all new Range Rover Velar on March 1
It was still too early to tell whether pace bowler Trent Boult and Ross Taylor would return to New Zealand’s side for the vital third Test against South Africa in Hamilton, batting coach Craig McMillan said on Sunday.Boult (upper leg) and Taylor (calf) were injured in the drawn first test in Dunedin and missed the eight-wicket second Test defeat to the Proteas at the Basin Reserve, which ended inside three days on Saturday. (Also read: 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj’s 6/40 gives South Africa eight-wicket victory vs New Zealand)The 27-year-old Boult had said during the match that he had been close to being available for the game and McMillan added on Sunday that the left-armer had been bowling in the nets.Like Boult, Taylor will join the squad in Hamilton but McMillan said it was still too early to know whether the experienced batsman would be available for a test New Zealand must win to level the three-match series.”You can’t take players into a test against South Africa who aren’t fully fit,” McMillan said.”I haven’t spoken to him for a couple of days but I’m sure he is keen. He loves playing there and he’s done well in recent times.”Taylor’s potential return would solidify a New Zealand batting lineup which was humbled by South Africa in the second Test.South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took a career-best 6/40 in the second innings despite the ball not turning appreciably on what was a good batting wicket.Pundits criticised some of the selection decisions, particularly going in with only two frontline seamers and trying to bolster the batting with all-rounders Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme.advertisementThe pair scored a combined total of 23 runs in Wellington and took only four wickets between them, even if de Grandhomme’s 3/52 in the first innings had helped reduce South Africa to 94/6.Opener Tom Latham is also woefully out of form, having scored 10, 8 and 6 in the two tests against the Proteas after notching scores of 7, 0, 0, 2 and 0 in the five one-day matches he played against Australia and South Africa last month.McMillan, however, said there were unlikely to be any changes to the squad for the final test, which starts at Seddon Park on Saturday.”We’ve got the best players in New Zealand in the squad,” McMillan said. “They certainly showed in Dunedin that they are good enough to play well and compete.”Yesterday they didn’t stand up. Yesterday was a terrible day. To lose within three days is unacceptable and the group is hurting and disappointed.”
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been suspended for a year and fined 1 million rupees ($9,500,00) after failing to disclose two approaches made by bookmakers during this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday.The 34-year-old, who played for Islamabad United in the 2017 PSL, admitted the charges levelled against him by the PCB’s anti-corruption unit.The PCB will review the suspension after six months, at which point Irfan’s contract may be restored. Over seven feet tall, he has played four tests, 60 one-day internationals and 20 Twenty20 internationals.The PCB said last month it was investigating whether an international betting syndicate was trying to influence matches in the PSL.”You are aware that on March 14 the board called in and suspended me on the basis of two allegations, out of which I accept that it was my fault that I failed to let the board know when bookies approached me,” Irfan told reporters on Wednesday.”I am formally asking the nation for their forgiveness and hope that I will be pardoned by them.”Pakistan were involved in spot-fixing case in 2010 when three players – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt – were suspended and later jailed for their part in incidents during a test match against England at Lord’s.All three are now playing competitively again, with Amir part of the Karachi Kings’ squad for this season’s PSL.
Team India under Virat Kohli conquered everything that has been thrown at them. From starting at No.7 in Tests in Australia back in 2014 to No.1 two-and-a-half years later, is not an easy feat and India have done that with great swagger. They are now the only team other than Australia and South Africa to have won their last Test series against every other opposition.India started their home season by whitewashing New Zealand 3-0, followed by a 4-0 hammering of England in the five-match series. They continued the good work in the one-off Test against Bangladesh as they beat the young and hungry Tigers by 208 runs, which was followed by the recently concluded thrilling four-match series against Australia, which India won 2-1 to end the season on a high.However, even in this run of domination, a few visitors stood up and provided stern resistance to the home side with both bat and ball.Here are the top five overseas batsmen in the 13-match long Test season:STEVE SMITHThe Australia captain finished the four-match series with 499 runs from eight innings at an average of 71.28. He lead from the front right from the word go. He scored a fighting 109 in Pune as Australia won the Test by 333 runs to take a 1-0 lead. Although he didn’t have much of a say in Bengaluru, a match Australia lost by 75 runs, Smith came back strong to hammer another big hundred, scoring 178 not out in Ranchi under tremendous pressure which came towards him from all corners after the DRS row.advertisementThe 27-year-old came to Dharamsala being a man on a mission to lead his team to victory and that resulted in another captain’s knock as he scored 111 in the first innings, his third century of the series.The New South Wales batsman was not only the star batsman for the visitors but he also finished as the highest run-getter of the series and 94 runs more than the second placed Cheteshwar Pujara, who has 405.JOE ROOTJoe Root has been the backbone of the England batting for quite some time now. He continued from where he left off in India five years back. He scored 73 in his debut Test back in Nagpur in 2012 and only consolidated his position as one of the best players of spin in these conditions.The newly appointed England captain finished the five-match series with 491 runs from 10 innings, which included one century and four fifties.Reuters PhotoThe 26-year-old n held the key for England before the Three Lions stepped a foot in the country and he did not disappoint in an otherwise very disappointing series for the Englishmen. He started the series with a 124 in Rajkot and followed on from there. He has a fifty plus score in each of the five matches showing complete consistency and why he has always been the most dependable batsmen in the recent past.MOEEN ALIThe England all-rounder became a thorn for the Indians with the bat. Although he was seen more of a player, who can hurt with his bowling, Moeen’s batting impressed everybody in the five-match series.Moeen finished with 381 runs from nine innings with a best of 146 in the last Test in Chennai. He started off the series with a 117 in Rajkot and kept being a headache for the hosts till the last Test. He scored two tons and one half century at an average of 42.33.He provided great resistance along with Ben Stokes in the middle-order and more than made up for just taking 10 wickets in the series with the willow.ALASTAIR COOKThe former England captain finished the series with 369 runs and the fifth highest run-getter of the series.Cook scored just one century and one half-century throughout the series with an average of 43.92 but he kept providing England with good starts with different opening partners through the cource of the series.He started the series off with a 130 in the second innings in Rajkot, allowing the visitors to draw the Test before they went on a losing spree.Reuters PhotoThe 32-year-old was heavily criticised for the series defeat in India and he also quit but his performances with the bat was something that allowed England to at least provide some resistance in an otherwise very disappointing series.JONNY BAIRSTOWJonny Bairstow had a tremendous season coming onto the five-match series. He finished as the second highest run-scorer with 1470 runs in 2016 and that was also the highest run scored by a wicketkeeper in a calendar year.The wicketkeeper batsman carried on the good work and played some gritty innings in the middle-order for England.advertisementThe Yorkshire keeper scored 352 runs from nine innings at an average of 44.00, which included three fifties. His best was 89 in the third Test in Mohali, which was an innings of great character and maturity.While the batsmen had a better time overall in terms of performances, the spinners also made the most of the turning tracks at display in India.Here are the top five bowlers out of the four Test series India played in.And now, the bowlers who troubled Kohli & Co.ADIL RASHIDAdil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers among all the teams, claiming 23 wickets from five matches with a best of 4/82 in the second Test in Visakhapatnam.The leggie is the only overseas player to have picked up more than 20 wickets out of the 13-Test long home season of India.Rashid was often criticised for not being effective or being able to pick wickets at crucial points but he still came out on top of with a handy wicket tally at an average of 37.43 in the five-Test series.NATHAN LYONNathan Lyon has been a much improved bowler over the last couple of years and that showed in the two-match Test series versus India.Lyon picked up 19 wickets from four matches at an average of 25.26 and looked the most dangerous bowlers with his consistent line and length, troubling the Indian batsmen throughout the series.He picked up his carrier best 8/50 in the first innings of the Bengaluru Test, that India won by 75 runs. He again picked up an important five-wicket haul in the first innings of the Dharamsala Test, to bowl out India with a small lead of 32 runs but Australia failed to capitalise on that and lost the match by eight wickets and series 2-1.STEVE O’KEEFESteve O’Keefe picked up 19 wickets and one of Australia’s leading wicket takers in the recently concluded series.He was India’s tormentor in-chief as the Australians announced themselves in Pune with a thumping victory of 333 runs in the first Test in Pune.Reuters PhotoO’Keefe picked up 6/35 in each of the innings and destroyed India’s batting in the process, finishing the match with career-best match figures of 12/70.His stock fell after that however as he struggled to replicate his performance but he did pick up a wicket here and there to end up with the same wickets as his spin partner come the end of the series.TRENT BOULT, MITCHELL SANTNER AND MOEEN ALIEach of them finished with a tally of 10 wickets each in the respective series.Boult and Santner were the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand picking up 10 wickets from three matches at an average of 33.30 and 52.40 respectively.The lack of ability to strike showed why the Kiwis failed to win any of their matches or put any strong performances.Moeen also picked up 10 wickets from five matches with a best of 3/98. He failed to support Rashid properly but that was again because of Cook giving him very less overs to bowl. He was expected to be the leading spinner, especially after his fantastic performances against India in England back in 2014 but he failed to replicate that in favouring conditions.advertisementAlso Watch:
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that his side’s defeat against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday has made the title race “more interesting”.Chelsea, who are currently leading the Premier League points table, suffered only their second home defeat of the season as Palace boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 win.The Blues, who had won their past 10 league games at Stamford Bridge and had not lost there in any competition since 16 September, saw that run ended by a battling Eagles side.Cesc Fabregas scored the opener for Chelsea in the fifth minute of the game. However, quick-fire goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke ensured Palace won the game 2-1.”For sure, for people watching this league, it’s a good result,” Guardian quoted the Chelsea manager as saying. “It makes it more interesting. But I always said that the league only finishes when it is mathematically sure you have won. Otherwise you must play every game to try to win because, I repeat, in England easy games do not exist. In every game here, anything can happen because the league is so strong.”Conte maintained that they were beaten by a team with “strong players, very good players”.”But we have to think about the next game. If we had won we would have been happy, but now we must focus on Manchester City. We all know the strength of their team. So we must recover and rest, and remember that in England there are no easy games,” he said.advertisement”You could see that today against Crystal Palace. Every game will be very tough from now until the end. Also, if the team is Manchester City or a side fighting in the relegation zone,” he added.Meanwhile, Palace boss Sam Allardyce, who has never been relegated from the Premier League as a manager, said, “It’s an absolutely outstanding victory for us, particularly in the position we’re in.””Nobody expected it,” he insisted.Tottenham have closed the gap to seven points with Chelsea after a 2-0 win at Burnley, while Manchester City will also be able to haul themselves back into contention, if they win at Arsenal on Sunday.
Seth Godin has a new book out, and Linchpin has me thinking about my work, indispensable colleagues and how to be truly valuable to my cause in entirely new ways. It is the most motivating book I’ve read in a long while. And, in a nice bonus, it includes a picture of my colleague Charles Ball at Network for Good in the inside cover, where there is a hall of fame of linchpins.As Seth Godin is gifted at doing, he puts his finger on some vital truths that we all may have sensed at certain moments but that haven’t been able to grap on a conscious level, articulate fully or act upon. If you are someone in a hurry to do good in this world, read this book because it will encourage you to pursue that goal in a way that makes a far bigger difference for you, your organization and the world. It will help you break out of the email inbox, the fear of failure and the spinning of wheels and galvanize you to pursue your genius instincts. In short, it’s a good kick in the butt and shot of bravery for the start of the new year.Here are some key ideas from the book:1. The people of greatest value in this economy and to your organization are linchpins. A linchpin is a person who walks into chaos, creates order and invents, connects, creates and makes things happen. People who work automatically, by rote and define what is and is not their job are disposable.2. The “makes things happen” part of being a linchpin is critical. It’s not enough to be an artiste. Or a genius. You actually have to produce and deliver. The difference between a successful artist and a failed one is what happens after the idea is hatched. The difference is the race to completion. Don’t just be an idea person. Be an implement-the-idea-fast person. As Seth says (and I love this):Wait! Are you saying that I have to be someone who dreams up new ideas AND makes them real? Someone who finds new ways to interact, new pathways to deliver emotion, new ways to connect? Someone who acts like a human, not a cog? Yes.3. Do all of this in a generous way. Don’t be a linchpin with an eye toward getting but rather with a mindset of giving. Approach your work as if you were giving the gift of yourself each day. Approach your customers (or donors!) with gratitude in your heart rather than dollars signs in your eyes.Number three is so important to our sector. Seth says there are three ways to think about gifts:1) Give me a gift!2) Here’s a gift. Now you owe me, big time.3) Here’s a gift, I love you.Stick to #3. It’s good for your career, it’s good for your organization and it’s good for the greater good.Thank you, Seth, for reminding us of how important it is – especially for those of us working for good causes – to approach our work with vigor, rigor and generosity!
Today, Hope Consulting and GuideStar release the second part of the Money for Good research, and it’s packed with fascinating findings.* Going into giving season, it provides useful insights into influencing donors’ donation decision making.The goal of this study was to determine if and how it’s possible to direct more charitable dollars to high-performing nonprofits. The authors of the study believe this is an especially important aim right now. With giving down overall, we need donations directed to where they will accomplish the most good.The challenge is that most donors don’t spend much time thinking about nonprofit effectiveness. They are loyal to their favorite causes, and they are quite satisfied with the work those organizations do. They give for personal, emotional reasons rather than ratings. Earlier research by Hope found individuals research only about one-third of their donations, and they almost never do it to find the “best” organization. Advisors and grantmakers do far more research than individuals but are similar in that the relative rating of a nonprofit isn’t usually the determining factor for funding. Is it possible to change this? Hope set out to find out with new research on over 5,000 donors and 1,500 advisors and foundation grant-makers. They determined that moving just 5% of donations will lead to a $15B impact, and they believe that scale of change is possible.The researchers say donors, advisors and grantmakers do care about what difference their charities make and would like better information on impact, financials, legitimacy, and organizations as a whole. According to the research, these audiences profess to want a Consumer Reports or Morningstar for nonprofits, with several dimensions to any rating rather than simple seals of approval. Of course there isn’t a single source of this quality of information on all charities right now, though there are many organizations like GuideStar, Charity Navigator, Great Nonprofits, GiveWell and others who rate some charities on various different dimensions.Donors specifically state:— They want a broad range of information on nonprofits’ impact, financials, and legitimacy.— They want data provided in transparent formats or portals that provide them with several pieces of information. They prefer these formats more than 2:1 to simple seals or ratings.— They want this information from third-party portals that provide information on nonprofits. Specifically, 53 percent of donors want to use such sites, though few know they exist today; and— Of all the information they are looking for, impact and effectiveness data are seen as the greatest unmet need for each group – and the most urgent need for the sector.So what is your highly effective nonprofit to do? Here’s my opinion. When it comes to individual donors – who account for two-thirds of giving — the right brain decides and the left brain justifies. Donors are compelled by the heart but want approval by the head before giving. By showing why your nonprofit will do a great job making a difference, you ensure engagement with both sides of the donor mind.I agree with Greg Ulrich, an author of the study, who says: “We found that donors want a range of information provided very transparently. Giving is ultimately an emotional and personal decision, and this keeps the power in the donors’ hands.”Here is some further advice from the authors of the study.– Donors are pressed for time, so giving them what they need – and not what they don’t – is more critical than ever. They look to you first for information on your organization.– Explain your impact clearly and transparently along with how you use money, your legitimacy, and your mission. You can shift the conversation from overhead to these more important considerations.– Make sure your GuideStar report is up to date! It is another key source of information for donors.– Seek out reviews from organizations like Charity Navigator and Philanthropedia, and then show them off on your homepages and in your solicitations. Place this positive information where donors are looking for it.– Donors are all different, so get to know your supporters and connect on what they care about most.You can review the full study here.(Full disclosure: I was on the advisory committee for the study but my enthusiasm for the study is independent of that role.)GuideStar and Hope Consulting – Money For Good II
Nonprofit communication is changing-and not just because of social media. Thanks to content marketing, instead of simply keeping donors up to date, nonprofit communicators and fundraisers are directly tying more long-term goals to communication and seeing great results. Here are the three reasons why you don’t want to miss out!1. Content marketing uses the great stuff you already have.Is your nonprofit putting out unique information, like a blog covering community development, data on homelessness, or white papers about animal welfare? Content marketing means using your existing content to attract people (like donors) to your cause. Putting out irresistible content can encourage people to connect with you because they want to know more. But when you’re just keeping them up to date with a newsletter or asking for money with an appeal, you’re not giving them anything, so your message can seem like an interruption.2. Your “partners” will eat it up.With so much emphasis on “finding your target audience,” “identifying your target audience,” and “messaging for your target audience,” it can be hard to rethink who you’re talking to and why. Instead of focusing on your supporters and their demographics as a “target” to be aimed for and an “audience” to broadcast at, think of your supporters as your partners. Although it’s still a good idea to segment the people you’re communicating with, it’s important to think of them as people who are interested in dialogue. By engaging in content marketing and truly informing supporters, you can develop a back-and-forth conversation that encourages regular communication and lays the foundation for a lasting relationship.3. It’s the first step to becoming a favorite cause!The more you participate in continuous dialogue with your supporters, the greater your chance of becoming a favorite cause. If donors put you at the top of their list, you’ll reap huge rewards: more donations over time for bigger amounts and more regularly. And how do you remain a favorite cause? You keep communicating!Okay, so how do you do it?Stay tuned for part two of this article: developing your nonprofit’s unique voice.
The U.S. women’s national team shouldn’t have much trouble getting out of their group at this summer’s World Cup in France.Thailand, Sweden and Chile will be the opponents in Group F. The top-ranked Americans are expected to breeze through and reach the tournament’s last 16, where the stakes and the competition will be raised considerably.For Jill Ellis’ team, the SheBelieves Cup, which kicks off Wednesday against Japan in Chester, Pa., won’t be the last test before the World Cup, but it will be the biggest and the most reminiscent of the tournament’s knockout stage. 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! And that’s why the SheBelieves Cup will take on added importance this time around in comparison to recent years, when it served more as three glorified friendlies.After taking on Japan, the U.S. will travel to Nashville to face England on Saturday before heading to Tampa to close out the tournament against Brazil on Tuesday.The variation in style and overall quality of all three teams the U.S. will face make this tournament an ideal tune-up.“It’s exactly how we want these teams in here because they’re so unique,” Ellis said at her press conference on Tuesday.“Each team has a unique skill set and obviously I think for us we’re going to take it one game at a time but I think what we also look at is what common things do these three teams have and what things do we need to sharpen.”1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ DAYS TO GORetweet to bless a timeline. pic.twitter.com/W3BDdAzjtB— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) February 27, 2019 If the U.S. wins Group F this summer, they’ll have a round of 16 match in Reims on June 24, before a potential quarterfinal in Paris four days later and then a possible semifinal in Lyon four days after that.The SheBelieves Cup, then, will be a very similar approximation of what the U.S. would face in terms of travel, recovery time between matches, and quality of opposition in the 2019 World Cup knockout phase.“You can kind of replicate from the travel and there’s a trophy on the line, albeit sort of a made-up trophy, but to try and replicate like every game matters and points matter and goals matter,” U.S. winger Megan Rapinoe said.“So I think [for] the players who haven’t had a lot of experience in tournaments, this is a good opportunity for them to at least try to replicate what it’s like to be in a World Cup, because it’s hard to do that any other way.”After the SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. will have just five games remaining before the World Cup kicks off and only one of those five opponents, Australia, is in the top 10 of FIFA’s world rankings.The chance, then, to play three top-10 teams in quick succession over the course of the next week is not one that the U.S. is taking lightly.“It’s been amazing to be able to continue and grow and get that experience against those kinds of teams, especially for the players who haven’t really been to a big tournament before, these are huge games to learn from,” midfielder Julie Ertz said.There is a chance, of course, that the U.S. could end of facing one of its SheBelieves Cup opponents in the World Cup knockout stage. It’s why, as Ellis said, all four managers likely won’t want to give too much away in terms of how they’ll look to exploit their opposition.“I think we take this tournament seriously every year in terms of good teams and wanting to win it, but I think every coach in here recognizes the opportunity here to probably not show their full hand,” Ellis said.Though she may not give everything away in terms of tactics, Ellis will still want to win all three games and lay down a marker, especially with the U.S. having seen a 28-game unbeaten run snapped last month with a loss at France, before bouncing back with a win at Spain a few days later.“This is only our third game of the year so we’re still putting some things together,” forward Alex Morgan said, “but these games are important, especially this first game against Japan because I feel like the first two games of the year against Spain and France we weren’t exactly 90 minutes fit.“I think this is the first true test for us with the training environment we put ourselves in this last week we all should be 90 minutes fit and prepared for this game.”It may be a few months before the real tests begin, but If the U.S. wants to lift its second straight World Cup this summer, there will be no better dress rehearsal than the three matches it faces over the next week.“Part of it is just going through and taking every day as it comes and using these games and realizing that they’re not the World Cup final, so there’s obviously a lot that we have to work on and can work on,” Rapinoe said.
Cities all over the country are wrestling with how to deal with the sharing economy and its informal, peer-to-peer transactions. It’s so interesting to watch these things unfold.Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission passed new regulations legalizing ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. Last week, New York City regulators overturned a $2,400 fine against a guy who rented out his room on Airbnb—although short-term rentals are still illegal here. Some cities “get it.”Some cities “get it.” They see the sharing economy gaining momentum, and they realize it’s unstoppable.The smart ones realize that tons of their own residents are using these platforms—that people are generating real income with these activities. (More than 50% of Airbnb hosts in San Francisco rely on it to pay their mortgage.)Which regions will adapt their regulations to let these companies to grow, and which will try to clamp down on all this sharing?I’ve talked about my feelings before—the places that are early to recognize the importance of this economic movement will be the ones that create thriving local economies, full of micro-entrepreneurs and independent workers. 50% of Airbnb hosts in San Francisco rely on it to pay their mortgage.Here’s a report in that same vein: Shareable and the Sustainable Economies Law Center laid out a whole policy road map for creating “shareable cities.”California officials acted pretty quickly—we’ll see how long it takes other municipalities follow suit.