Instagram Hits 150M Users, Will Introduce Ads Next Year

first_imgselena larson Tags:#Ads#Instagram#users Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Instagram announced today it has hit the 150 million user mark. The company has increased its user base by almost a third this year, as it boasted of 100 million users six months ago.Instagram’s acquisition by Facebook in April 2012 doubtless helped fuel its growth, especially in markets outside the U.S. The company announced that over 60 percent users are from countries outside the U.S. Activity on Instagram has also increased, with over 55 million photos shared and 2 billion “likes,” per day on the network.And as long rumored, the company will apparently start selling advertising relatively soon—”within the next year,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper notes that its big challenge will be to maintain Instagram’s “cool factor” while still making money.Instagram caught some flack last year when it attempted to update its terms of service to include leasing user-generated images to advertisers; the company later backed off that change. Instagram’s parent company Facebook has generated its own controversy in recent weeks involving updates to its privacy policy, specifically its declaration that it will use profile information for advertising purposes. If and when Instagram decides to start generating revenue via advertising, it will have to maintain transparency around privacy concerns, something users might find more troubling than the platform’s “cool factor.”  The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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PostgreSQL Hits 9.3, New Levels Of Popularity With The Cool Kids

first_imgRelated Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Matt Asay 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now More importantly, PostgreSQL now translates into an increasing number of jobs. It’s nice to have people talk about technology. The real key is when they start to pay for it with headcount.  In terms of absolute jobs, PostgreSQL still trails MySQL by a wide margin:But if we look at relative job growth, it’s clear that there’s something happening in the PostgreSQL community:The question is why? Again, PostgreSQL has long been a great database with mature functionality. But that hasn’t made it popular. Why is this database suddenly cool?PostgreSQL Gets Its Cool OnIronically, PostgreSQL’s rising relevance probably isn’t due to its underlying technology. After all, PostgreSQL has always been a great, feature-rich database that offers solid performance. And its proponents, like StreetCred Software’s Nick Selby, haven’t needed any help recognizing this:With version 9.3, PostgreSQL gets lateral joins, improvements to its JSON support and more. It’s a great database that just got even better. But technology isn’t really the driving force for its renewed popularity.Nor is it PostgreSQL’s easy licensing terms. While this definitely plays a part, as open-source developer Max Rydahl Anderson posits—developers like to have maximum flexibility with minimal imposed restrictions from a license—PostgreSQL has long enjoyed this licensing freedom. And for whatever reason, this feature never earned it much love against MySQL’s copyleft-oriented GPL license.It’s The Community, StupidOne thing has changed over the past few years, and in a big way. MySQL got a change in management. Justin Cormack suggests that while PostgreSQL “was always quieter as [there is] no big vendor just community,” and hence it “takes longer to get word out.” While that lack of a strong vendor may have hurt PostgreSQL historically, it may well be one of the key factors promoting it today.In other words, one reason for PostgreSQL’s new popularity is that it isn’t MySQL. That used to be a badge of shame, but since Oracle took over MySQL, open-source developers have been seeking alternatives. While not necessarily fair—Oracle has been investing heavily in MySQL’s development—it’s nevertheless a reality.Analysts agree. 451 Research analyst Matt Aslett suggests its popularity stems from “developer-friendly support (hstore, JSON) + solid, mature code base (inc replication) + licensing + (not) Oracle.” Redmonk analyst James Governor echoes this sentiment, caling out the fact that “it’s rock solid, increasingly developer friendly (see JSON), does geo very well, and isn’t owned by Oracle.”Or as Ovum analyst Tony Baer indicates, a big part of PostgreSQL’s new cool factor is “Probably because MySQL became ‘less cool’.”This isn’t to deprecate all of the great things that PostgreSQL has done. Version 9.3 looks awesome. The PostgreSQL community is active. It has all the ingredients for success.But sometimes you need a bit of luck, and in PostgreSQL’s case that may well be the perception that MySQL is losing its open-source bona fides under Oracle. It may or may not be true, but it’s certainly helping to feed PostgreSQL’s increased popularity.Not that they’ll complain. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#database#MySQL#Open Source#PostgreSQL IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… There’s something about PostgreSQL. Over the past year or so, the once-somewhat-dull-open-source database has seen a renaissance of sorts. Long the ugly stepchild to MySQL, the cool kids now increasingly prefer PostgreSQL to MySQL. And with a major new release—PostgreSQL 9.3—a great but somewhat ignored database just got even better, and almost certain to be less ignored.Why?PostgreSQL’s Steady RisePostgreSQL has been around forever. That is, since 1986. Database king Michael Stonebreaker first started working on PostgreSQL (then Postgres) in 1986, originally intended to be a superior successor to Stonebreaker’s Ingres database. But while PostgreSQL has always had its fans, it never really caught on as a dominant industry database. That honor goes to MySQL, which started in 1995 and has grown to become the world’s most popular database.But something is brewing in PostgreSQL Land.While general interest (as measured by Google searches) seems to be waning for PostgreSQL, with the kingmaking developer crowd, there is evidence from other sources that PostgreSQL is making new in-roads. Since early 2012, developers have been talking about it much more, as evidenced by Hacker News mentions:last_img read more

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After Effects Tip: Simultaneously View Multiple Compositions

first_imgSpeed up your workflow in After Effects by simultaneously viewing two different compositions.Nesting is a great way to stay organized in After Effects, but it can be frustrating jumping back and forth between comps and nested comps.In the following quick tip tutorial we’ll show you how to view multiple compositions simultaneously in After Effects. This technique is great if you need to make quick adjustments between a comp and a nested comp, showing you changes in real time.1. Logically name your compositions.When working with multiple compositions it is really important to stay organized. Give your compositions a more logical name than simply “Comp 1” or “Pre-Comp”.2. Create a new comp viewer.Click “New Comp Viewer” in the drop down menu in the top of the composition viewer. A new composition panel will now pop up.3. Select the composition you wish to view.From the composition drop down menu you can now select the composition you wish to see.4. Lock the comp screen.Lock the compositions by clicking the lock icon near the menu bar.5. Changes in the pre-comp will be reflected in the master comp.Because After Effects doesn’t organize comps by folders, viewing multiple compositions at the same time is a great way to perfect your designs without having to jump back and forth between compositions. This same technique can be applied to other panels in After Effects, like the effects panel and the layer panel.last_img read more

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Lies Sales Leaders Tell Themselves

first_imgHere are four lies sales leaders sometimes tell themselves.We have enough opportunities in our pipeline: No you don’t. All you need to do is test those opportunities to discover that many of them are really just leads. If you take out any opportunity that is over the average time in stage for a won deal, your pipeline will likely be dramatically smaller. When you ask for the names of all of the stakeholders on the buying committee, you will likely need to have some one hit you with the paddles to have your heart forcibly convinced to restart.My people don’t need help with the fundamentals. It will insult them: Wrong. They need help. They need more help prospecting and opening opportunities. They need more help asking for and obtaining commitments. They need more help strategizing on the obstacles that prevent their deals from moving forward. They aren’t going to be insulted when you provide this help; they’re going to be grateful.We have a sales process: Having a sales process and not using it is the same as not having a sales process. Do a little looking around. Ask questions. Use the process to guide your pipeline reviews and opportunity reviews. You’ll quickly learn that many of the challenges you have making your number are the result of your sales force not following a process, a process that helps them create value and gain commitments at every stage.Our sales force knows how to differentiate our offering. They know how to sell value: Ask your salespeople how you are different from your competitors. Go ask them. You are going to be shocked, surprised, and disappointed all at once. And if they can’t clearly define what makes you different and how it makes a difference for your clients, then how are your clients supposed to be able to see and understand the differences?Which of these beliefs are you carrying now?QuestionsHow do you know you have enough coverage in the pipeline?How versed is your team in the fundamentals? What do you believe they need to improve?Is your sales process being followed?How does your team differentiate your offering? How do they sell value? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Chasing Your Dream Client Across Time and Space

first_imgWhen you leave a client interaction without scheduling the next commitment, without agreeing on the process, you end up chasing your them. Because you didn’t agree upon what the next step of the process would be, your client can appear to go dark. This creates an imbalance, one in which you want a conversation now and your prospective client doesn’t necessarily want or need that same conversation on your timeline.You end up chasing your dream client across time and space. It feels bad, and it’s weird to have to give chase after you’ve been deep into building some sort of change. To your client, it feels like you are self-oriented, and sometimes it reeks of desperation.The voicemails you leave are ignored because your client doesn’t find any value in replying, and by telling them you want to “check in” or “touch base,” you’ve confirmed their belief that there is no more value you can create for them during this process. This doesn’t mean they aren’t having internal conversations or that they aren’t meeting with your competitors. But it doesn’t mean that they are; your clients are busy running a business.The emails you send to follow up are also easily ignored, much easier to dismiss than your voicemails. Click, deleted. More emails aren’t better. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t follow up every call and voicemail with an email, but rather that you are going to need a really good reason to get on the phone or face-to-face, having failed to define next steps.While you give chase, you lose time. And so does your dream client. Neither of you are producing the results you hoped for.All of this to say that if you don’t want to chase your client across time and space, then have the courage to ask for the commitment you need before the end of your sales call. The agreement as to the process is as important a commitment as any you gain throughout the process, as it is the one all the others are built upon.last_img read more

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Online course in child protection launched

first_imgAn online course in child protection aimed at capacity enhancement of stakeholders and widening of horizons of those working in the field, with the help of information technology, was launched in Jodhpur. The course module was evolved with the help of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The Centre for Child Protection in Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice has launched the course in collaboration with the UNICEF. Inaugurating the course, University Vice-Chancellor Bhupendra Singh said it would be offered free of cost to everyone interested in promotion of child rights.Also helpful for copsDr. Singh said the trainees, living anywhere in the world, would be able to interact with the teachers as well as other students on different aspects of child protection on a discussion board uploaded at the web portal of the course.“The course will be especially helpful for the police officers who are unable to attend regular classes due to paucity of time and work pressure,” said Dr. Singh. It would be available on all electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, laptop computers and tabs.The Vice-Chancellor said children up to the age of 18 years comprised 43.6 per cent of the population in Rajasthan. Since India was a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the course would strengthen the country’s commitment to children’s welfare and protection of their rights, he added.last_img read more

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Ten Chhattisgarh pilgrims killed in Odisha road accident

first_imgTen pilgrims from Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh were killed in a road accident in Odisha’s Nuapada district in the wee hours of Wednesday.The victims were on their way back from a Vaishno Devi temple in Komana block of Nuapada when a truck collided head on with the Bolero vehicle in which they were travelling. The accident occurred near Silda village at around 2.30 am.The victims include four persons from one family, three from another family and three others, including the driver of the ill-fated vehicle. They all died on the spot of the accident, according to Nuapada police.The victims were identified as Dinesh Dandsena, aged 55, his wife Chandini (45), daughter Bharati (17) and son Dhananjay (15) and Meghand Nisan (42), all from Baldihi village of Mahasamund; Ghanshyam Netam(29), his wife Dileswari(25) and daughter Meena(12) from Sakra village; Mukhesh Aggarwal (32) from Ansola village, and driver Sujit Singh Chhabra (45).last_img read more

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Indian Women Are Breaking Glass Ceiling in More and More Areas of Human Endeavour: Nita Ambani

first_img athleticscricketfootballNita Ambani First Published: October 8, 2019, 11:13 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Nita Ambani, chairperson of Reliance Foundation, on Tuesday said women can excel not only in playing sports but also in promoting them at national and international levels.”Today women in India are breaking the glass ceiling in more and more areas of human endeavour. Indeed women all over the world are doing so, in sports and science, in boardroom and courtroom, in Bollywood and Hollywood, in politics and philanthropy, in effect, anywhere and everywhere,” she said at the Sports Business Summit in London. Describing women empowerment through sports one of the silent revolutions taking place all over the world, Ambani went on to the speak about the dynamic shift in women following and playing sports in India and gave an example of cricket that she said has “traditionally been a bastion of men.””Even Lord’s – the iconic home of cricket – welcomed women to its pavilion only in 1999 and offered full membership to women only last year.”In a tradition-bound country like India, the change has been even more dramatic. 10 years ago when IPL started, cricket in India was watched largely by men. Over the last 10 years, we have seen a new fan base for cricket indeed, for all sports in India. Today female following for IPL is almost equal to male following and this dynamic shift has just not been with the fans. India’s women cricket team is now ranked No.2 in the world, followed by England,” Ambani shared.Ambani also lavished praise on runner Hima Das and said her story shows the power of sports.”The young indian players have taken the world by storm. In the month of July, indian athletes won over 200 medals on international levels. Out of these majority were won by women. Our 19-year-old sprinter Hima Das in a span of just 20 days picked up 5 golds across track events in Europe. Moving up from not having enough money to buy shoes and practicing barefoot to today, when she is not only a gold medalist but a brand ambassador of adidas shoes. This is the power of sport.”She expressed that by working with women and children closely through the Reliance Foundation, she has grown to believe that “when children play, communities grow and countries prosper.”She went on to further describe the role sports play in the development of a child and said if ‘young’ India is left to spread it wings, the most beautiful stories will come out.”India is home to 1/6th of humanity. It is the youngest country in the world. A resurgent nation of 1.3 billion people, of which 600 million are under the age of 25. If the youth of India were a country, it would be the third largest country in the world. India is truly is truly at a point of inflection, a country whose time has come. India is scaling new heights especially in sports.”For the holistic development of a child’s personality, there is only one proven formula – ‘just let them play a sport, any sport’. Sport is a great teacher, a magical equaliser and in a young country like India, the aspirations are so audacious, the adrenaline is so high and the appetite to achieve so strong that if we can just guide and steer our children in the right direction, they will script the most stunning stories the world has ever seen,” Ambani added.Ambani shared her experience through one of Reliance Foundation’s biggest projects ‘Education and Sports For All’ (ESA) and said the project “combines the power of pull of sports and education, especially for children who are underprivileged and differently-abled.””Under the ESA initiative, every year we take 21,000 children to watch their favourite Mumbai Indians team play. For all of them, this is their first-ever visit to the stadium to watch a live match. It is a day that gives them immense joy and hope.”It is really gratifying to watch these children interact with their sporting heroes. Not only do these children go back home with stars in their eyes, but also with the belief that they too can dream and achieve. Let us experience the magic of ESA. Education and Sports For All is truly the soul of MI.”Disclaimer: Reliance Industries Ltd. is the sole beneficiary of Independent Media Trust which controls Network18 Media & Investments Ltd. Related StoriesISL’s Vision is to Develop a Vibrant Ecosystem for Football in the Country: Nita AmbaniNita Ambani Addresses Sports Business Summit in London, Highlights Rise of Sports in India last_img read more

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SPORT-RESULTS-7LT

first_img7th Race: The Tirupathi Plate 1400 M7th Race: The Tirupathi Plate 1400 MPriority (Mr.C.V.Ravin,Mr.N.Suresh,Mrs.S.Nirmala) 53.5 P.Trevor, First.Marcous 53 R.Vaibhav, Second.Significant 52 G.Adarsh, Third.Queens Grace 56 C.Umesh, Fourth. All ranWon by:1-3/4L, 1/2L and 1LTime : One min 26.13 secsTote : Rs.7 for win and Rs.5 Rs.5 and Rs.5 forplacesWinner trained by: K.S.MandannaFavourite: PrioritySHP: Rs.17Quinella: Rs.18Forecast: Rs.19Tanala: Rs.1619 on 4 tickets.PTI COR RC RBSlast_img

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Official release of ‘Our Value Proposition’ research

first_imgThe value proposition of membership is central to our Strategic Plan and achieving objectives. The research has been focused on the following two areas: Download your copy of the Value Proposition summary now to discover what participants value most about our game, what affiliates think about TFA and State Bodies and what affiliates think about fees and a standardised model to delivery.Touch Football Value Proposition SummaryBelow are some recent affiliate and competition successes in 2016. These are living examples that demonstrate the positive path we are already on towards affiliate and competition growth. Based on the learnings from these successes and the valuable research we now have, future affiliate competition improvement and growth is going to be achieved.ACT: Developments and Improvements to Women’s CompetitionIn 2016, TFACT conducted a simple yet effective survey approach to find out more about the barriers and impacts on why female competition participation was in decline.  The survey revealed results that focused on impacts such as location, scheduling and formatting. TFACT responded to this, implemented changes based on participant feedback and now have an additional 18 Women’s teams participating in Season 2 2016 Competitions in Deakin and Southwell Park Competitions.VIC: Pakenham Rugby League Club – Touch Football CompetitionAs a joint venture between Touch Football Victoria (TFV), NRL and VIC Health, in its first year the partnership has generated Touch Football participation for Pakenham Rugby League Club. This has resulted in wider community participation in the non-contact form of the sport for Rugby League members. This initiative has also supported Robinvale Rugby League Club to establish a Touch Football competition in Victoria.We can’t wait to see the further development and growth of the NRL and TFV partnership in 2017 and beyond!SA: Onkaparinga AffiliationIn August 2016, Onkaparinga joined the TFSA affiliate network, becoming the 2nd largest affiliate in South Australia. In Season 2 2016, Onkaparinga has grown in participation, conducted referee training and development and positively embraced TFA affiliate management process.The growth achieved clearly demonstrates the result of adopting TFA’s affiliate servicing approaches. Further growth is inevitable for this affiliate in 2017 and beyond given how successful Season 2 2016 has been.TAS: Southern Touch GrowthAs the largest affiliate in Tasmania, Southern Touch engaged in TFA’s Competition Benchmarking Analysis. This process has been conducted through TFA’s centrally managed competition network since 2015. Southern Touch is one of the first affiliates to work with TFA to conduct a Competition Benchmark Report. In Season 2 2016, key areas were identified for improvement and for the first time in over 10 years there has been an increase in adult team numbers!This is a great example of how an affiliate has proactively worked with TFA in a collaborative way to achieve competition improvement and growth. Well done Southern Touch! A great outcome.QLD: Ipswich Super 8sIn early 2016, Ipswich Touch Football conducted the ‘Ipswich Super 8s’. This is the first time the 5-week competition has been offered with teams being competiting in double headers each week. This involved teams from Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba.The concept was successful due to early release and organisation of nominations (3 – 5 months prior to competition commencement), well developed marketing material and a the offering of a different participation experience at the affiliate level.WA: Perth BrothersThe Perth Brother affiliate in Western Australia has created an awesome community based approach to developing Touch Football participation. Through subtle innovation and effective positioning of the competition on Saturday mornings, this  ‘whole of community’ fomat has seen the competition grow from 20 teams in 2015 to 35 teams in 2016.Touch Football competitions that are positioned as family oriented, social and community based are exactly what the value proposition research is telling us. The weekend offering is also a key recommendation of the research.NSW: Parramatta Eels and West Tigers MOUsIn 2016 NSWTA entered into two significant partnerships by signing MOU’s with NRL Clubs Parramatta Eels and West Tigers.   These are direct and collaborative approaches towards future affiliate growth for Western Suburbs, Balmain, Hills Hornets and Parramatta Touch Football.  By providing a ‘place on the field for everyone’ in one of Rugby League’s heartlands in NSW, the opportunities for NRL Clubs to conduct Touch Football is a major opportunity for the sport in 2017 and beyond.NT: Junior Competition EstablishmentDarwin and Palmerston Competitions both conducted their first ever junior competitions in Season 2 2016.  A targeted approach to conducting these competitions within school term periods, the use of individual registrations (with recommended price points) and positive engagement through TFA’s Sporting Schools Programs have contributed to this result.This creates significant opportunities for future junior participation growth within the NT and is an example of a range of junior competitions being created throughout the national network. Over the last 18 months, Touch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken a significant body of research, analysis and investigation towards knowing ‘What is the Value Proposition’ for our sport for participants. TFA will be implementing a number of affiliate servicing and competition strategy approaches ongoing to ensure we support and lead the way to growing our sport into the future and ensuring a positive player/official experience. We have recently developed strategies with national managers to provide immediate and ongoing support. Please see TFA national managers to contact details below for more information:Participation – Mathew TannerMathew.tanner@touchfootball.com.auCompetitions- Miles WilsonMiles.wilson@touchfootball.com.auJuniors – Anthony JenningsAnthony.jennings@touchfootball.com.au The value proposition research provides understanding of attitudes, opinions and perspectives on how Touch Football is experienced by players and delivered by affiliates. What is the value proposition for playersand what is the optimal customer experience? What is the value proposition for providers and how should this be commercialised?last_img read more

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Penn State Fans Will Love The Eagles Jersey Number Miles Sanders Chose

first_imgpenn state running back miles sandersSTATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 13: Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for 78 yards against Joe Bachie #35 of the Michigan State Spartans and Khari Willis #27 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)For the second-straight year, Penn State has produced a top talent at running back. We’ve already seen how explosive of a player Saquon Barkley can be in the NFL, and now it’s time to see if Miles Sanders can follow in his footsteps.Although Sanders had huge shoes to fill this past season with the Nittany Lions, he did an excellent job making a name for himself. In his first season of full action, the versatile tailback had 1,274 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.Despite having years of experience as a starter, Sanders saw his stock rise tremendously in the months leading up to the NFL Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles ultimately took him in the second round with the No. 53 overall pick.With camp underway for this year’s rookie class, Sanders has made his decision on which jersey number to wear. Sanders has chosen No. 26 for his rookie season in the City of Brotherly Love.He’ll now share the same number as Barkley, who won Offensive Rookie of the Year with the New York Giants.Number Alert: Miles Sanders = 2️⃣6️⃣💪#WeAre | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/jE2kqUJOOT— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) May 9, 2019Sanders wore No. 24 while at Penn State.Philadelphia also took Penn State defensive tackle Shareef Miller in the fourth round. He’ll wear No. 76 for the Eagles this season.We’ll see how these two members of the Nittany Lions perform at the next level soon enough.last_img read more

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It was awesome to see him first-hand: England’s Ollie Pope in awe of Virat Kohli

first_img Press Trust of India WayanadFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 22:02 IST Virat Kohli was the top-scorer during India’s five-match Test series against England last year. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOllie Pope said even if he doesn’t usually try to copy anyone, he wouldn’t mind copying KohliPope was in awe of Kohli’s batting technique in EnglandPope made his Test debut against India at the age of 20Ollie Pope is normally averse to copying any other cricketer’s style, but the young England batsman Saturday admitted that India captain Virat Kohli is someone who he doesn’t mind imitating.The 20-year-old Surrey batsman was in awe of Kohli’s batting technique and said watching him, especially in the Nottingham Test where India beat England by a whopping 203 runs, was a treat to his eyes.”I usually don’t try and copy other players, but one player I wouldn’t mind is Kohli, to be honest,” said Pope, who is currently on a tour to India with the England Lions.”I think the way he (Kohli) played there (in Nottingham), it was awesome to play against him and see him first-hand. The way he stood outside his crease when he batted and tried to negotiate the swing. He was who I enjoyed watching and I learnt a lot from him,” he added.Kohli played superb knocks of 97 and 103 to help India register its lone Test win over England in the five-match series last year.Pope made his Test debut against India at the age of 20 and batted at the crucial No. 4 spot, and by his own admission the experience was “surreal”.”I sort of experienced the ups and the downs within two weeks of cricket, which has actually put me in good stead for the future. It doesn’t really get bigger than that,” Pope said.”The Test series was a good way of me to understand what sort of a player I was. Mentally I felt I coped with all of that pretty well.”advertisementAlso Read | Who is a better T20 batsman Virat or Rohit? Harbhajan Singh has this to sayAlso Read | Virat Kohli leads from the front like Imran Khan, says Abdul QadirAlso Read | MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli at No 4 in World Cup? Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri differFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Ollie PopeFollow Virat KohliFollow India cricketFollow England Cricket It was awesome to see him first-hand: England’s Ollie Pope in awe of Virat KohliEngland youngster Ollie Pope called his Test cricket experience against India last year was surreal and said “it was awesome to play against” Virat Kohli.advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: If Andre Russell misses, I will hit, says Chris Morris

first_imgIPL 2019: If Andre Russell misses, I will hit, says Chris MorrisChris Morris said that he is looking forward to his battle with Andre Russell when Delhi Capitals take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League clash on Saturdayadvertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 29, 2019UPDATED: March 29, 2019 18:57 IST Chris Morris said he is up for the challenge of facing Andre Russell (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Morris is looking forward to playing against Andre RussellMorris said that west Indian Russell “is an absolute genius”Delhi Capitals host Kolkata Knight Riders at the Kotla on SundayDelhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder Chris Morris is expected to take on his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) counterpart Andre Russell in their Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday and the South African said that he is up for the challenge.”He (Russell) is an absolute genius. It will be a case of ‘if he misses, I hit’. I won’t give away too many secrets. I might look like a duck, but my brain is working overtime and I will look to trust my training.”We have got similar roles. He bats a little higher. Our job is to hit sixes and pick up wickets. But maybe he has a little more responsibility as a batsman than me,” Morris said on the eve of the match.Asked if he would take the new ball or bowl at the death, Morris said: “I haven’t spoken about my role, but I will take up the all-rounder’s role. I don’t think I will take the new ball, and will probably bowl at the death. I like to bring a little energy to the squad. I’m really looking forward to get onto the park.”The Kotla wicket has been low and slow this year and Morris agreed that it is one of the biggest differences at the venue this season.”The biggest difference is that it is a little slower and turning a bit. The wicket here has been good and quick, but it’s a little bit on the slower side this time. There is natural variation in the wicket,” he said.advertisementWith Morris coming in, there might be a change in Rishabh Pant’s batting position, but the all-rounder said the wicketkeeper-batsman is a quality performer and can bat at any position.”Doesn’t matter where Pant bats, he is good wherever he bats. My role is to play hard at the end,” Morris said with a smile on his face.Also Read | IPL no-ball controversy: Cricketing fraternity slams umpiring blooperAlso Read | Sanction unlikely for Ravi, Nandan as only 11 Indian umpires for IPL postingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Andre RussellFollow Chris MorrisFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow DCFollow KKRlast_img read more

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Wave City receives completion certificate for Dream Homes

first_imgWave City is first-of-its-kind project that truly personifies the concept of creating a city that “thinks for you”. Spread across a vast area adjoining NH-24, (the suburb of Delhi) Wave City is a largest self-sufficient Hi-Tech City. It is Largest Green Pre-Certified Platinum Rated Township, which offers a blend of commercial and residential innovations; and one such innovation of the city, Dream Homes, recently has received Completion Certificate. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveOver 200 families are already residing in Wave City, and now with the Completion Certificate received for Dream Homes, and possessions offered, more families will be moving in soon. The certificate has been received for a built up area of approximately 30000 sq mtr and 420 units. Built on Ground + 14 floor structure, Dream Homes offers 1 / 2 / 3 BHK mid-rise apartments. Here, residents get a lifestyle that they aspire, with an excellent social infrastructure. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painSpeaking on this occasion, Rajiv Gupta, CEO, Wave Group, said, “We are delighted to receive the Completion Certificate for Dream Homes. With the offer of possession given to the home owners, they are expected to move in soon and enjoy living in the city. Wave City is already catering to around 200 families, and with more moving in we are going to see a surge in the habitat here. With construction at fast pace, we are working towards creating a sustainable city, with enhanced liveability at a strategic location.” For the residents living here, the city offers facilities like Safal store, Freshly Yours’ – a convenient store, medical store and 24*7 security. Being a hi-tech city, Wave City also features smart features like GPS enabled intra-city transport facility, central command centre, city level surveillance, street light automation, connected community through web and mobile app, etc. Wave City has created a world class infrastructure for its buyers. Keeping in tune with their demand, Wave City is dedicated to provide automated, sustainable, and environment friendly atmosphere. The city’s master plan and design is done by world renowned town planner and landscape designer – AECOM.last_img read more

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Friends Family and Philadelphia Eagles Support The Todd Herremans Foundation

first_imgMore than 200 turned out to Prime Stache in Philadelphia to raise funds and support the Todd Herremans Foundation.Chris Bratton, from Rothamel Bratton, LLC presents a check to Todd HerremansTodd Herremans was joined by teammates Brent Celek, Matt Barkley, Wade Smith, and Jeremy Maclin.Players mingled with the fans, signing autographs and taking photos, with 50% of the evening’s proceeds going to the Herremans Foundation.The Todd Herremans Foundation, started by the Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman two years ago, was created to “help where help is needed by providing resources for various charitable organizations, to effect positive change in our communities.last_img read more

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Human rights hearing over nonstatus rights resumes in Ottawa

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsThe battle for equality for First Nations children across the country resumed in Ottawa on Wednesday.According to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Canada is excluding non-status First Nations children living off reserve from Jordan’s Principle and is refusing to provide coverage.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img

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Monks want slaughter houses closed

He was receiving treatment at the Colombo national hospital when he succumbed to his injuries.The Sihala Ravaya protested yesterday over the transfer of the body of the monk from Colombo. He said that some slaughter houses in parts of the country had been approached by the Sihala Ravaya and they had agreed to the request. The Sihala Ravaya, a group comprising of Buddhist monks, have called for the closure of slaughter houses until, at least, the final rites are carried out on the monk who died after setting himself on fire in Kandy.Sihala Ravaya National Organizer Venerable Akmeemana Dayaratne thera said that a formal request has already been made to the government in this regard. Bohowatte Indararatna thero, a member of the Sihala Ravaya, succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Saturday after he set himself on fire outside the Kandy Dalada Maligawa Temple on Friday demanding a ban on cattle slaughter. The body, which was at a funeral parlor in Borella, was transferred to Ratnapura for the final rites. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda read more

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Spain Is Now an Underdog to Make the Knockout Stage

This sort of thing just doesn’t happen to Spain. The Spanish lost their World Cup opener in 2010 — but not like this. The last time Spain conceded five or more goals in a match, as it did on Friday in a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands, was exactly 51 years ago, in a friendly against Scotland on June 13, 1963. Indeed, while Spain has excelled at all phases of the game in recent years, it has been especially adept at goal-prevention, having allowed just two goals during the 2010 World Cup (including none at all in the knockout phase; Spain won the tournament with a string of four 1-0 victories).What were the odds of Friday’s scoreline? The Netherlands has a vibrant offense, but still, our Soccer Power Index (SPI) match predictor gave the Oranje just a 0.4 percent chance of scoring five or more goals against Spain.Let’s waste no further time on trivia. This result puts Spain in enormous trouble. Its chances of advancing from Group B are now just 34 percent, down from 79 percent. The Spanish have only a 7 percent chance of winning the group, down from 48 percent.Our model was a little bit bearish on Spain as compared to the consensus, but we certainly wouldn’t have expected this result. Our simulation algorithm now puts Spain’s chances of winning the World Cup at only 2 percent, down from 8 percent before the tournament — and that may be optimistic, for a reason I’ll explain in a moment.Spain’s problems are pretty easy to sum up. First, there are two other very strong teams in its group, the Netherlands and Chile. And the Dutch already tallied three points. (If Australia defies the odds by drawing or beating Chile later Friday night, Spain’s case will be helped, but a Chile win would put the Spanish in even more trouble.)Next, Spain is not in a position to win very many tiebreakers with a -4 goal differential so far, although the Red Fury surely will try to run up the score in their game against Australia later this month.Third, even if Spain comes back to advance from Group B, it will probably do so as the second-place team. And the No. 2 team from Group B will face the No. 1 team from Group A in the Round of 16. There is a 97 percent chance that team will be Brazil, according to our simulation.It gets worse: Spain’s odds will deteriorate a little more when we re-run the numbers Saturday morning.As I explained on Thursday, the projection updates we run immediately after a match account for the score of the game and its effect on the group standings — but not its effect on our estimate of a team’s quality going forward. Instead, those changes take place overnight when the Soccer Power Index updates. In this case, the overnight update will hurt Spain’s odds further. In addition to having dug itself a huge hole, Spain may not be the soccer team we thought it was. Its SPI defensive rating, which was previously tied for No. 1 in the world, will decline some.The Netherlands, of course, which had the misfortune of drawing a very tough group, has greatly helped its chances. Its odds of advancing have more than doubled — from 44 percent before the match to 91 percent now. The Dutch will rise a little further in Saturday morning’s update once SPI accounts for their 5-1 victory against what we thought was the world’s best defensive soccer team. read more

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Student with stoma accused of taking drugs in disabled toilet by Wetherspoons

“She [the bouncer] was quite reluctant to listen to my side of the story, I said it bluntly and I didn’t raise my voice once.”[It’s] just completely unacceptable and they’re such a big chain, you’d think they’d have training or be knowledgeable before grabbing us.”Amber, from Builth Wells in Wales, said she had a radar key to access the toilet and a ‘Can’t Wait Card’ as proof of her illness.Her boyfriend, who had gone into the toilet with her, was taken outside the pub, she added.A JD Wetherspoon spokesperson said: “A female member of door staff spoke with Ms Davies, who explained her disability.”Staff expressed that if this had been known beforehand, or an explanation given sooner, the situation could have been avoided.”Staff listened at length to Ms Davies’ points, never once questioning her disability and apologised for the confusing situation on both sides.” A student with a stoma has written to a Wetherspoons pub calling for better awareness of invisible disabilities after she was accused of taking drugs in a disabled toilet.Amber Davies, 21, said door staff at The Dragon Inn in Birmingham “very happily and very openly accused me of snorting, dealing and having sex” in the toilet.She said the letter, posted on Instagram, is a “word of advice” for those who only see disability as a term used to describe wheelchair users.The chain has apologised to Amber, who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis aged 13, and offered her a gift card after she complained.She described the disability as a “chronic, debilitating, lifelong illness”, adding that “it can make going out, especially on nights out, a pretty daunting prospect.”Her stoma “needs constant care” and can be emptied up to 15 times a day.Amber, a third-year student at Cardiff University, said: “Being out with a group of lads made me look further ‘suspicious’ – one of these being my boyfriend who assisted me in the disabled toilets on this final occasion.”He was taken aside and questioned separately.”She signed off the letter with “Not every disability is visible”. Amber told the BBC: “I got grabbed by a female bouncer and my boyfriend by a male bouncer, we were accused of using them [the disabled toilet] for the wrong reasons. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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