Virat Kohli lauds MS Dhoni’s smart decision-making

first_imgIndia and England are all set to face off in the first ODI of the three-match series in Pune on Sunday under new skipper Virat Kohli. The series will mark Kohli’s first assignment at the helm, since Mahendra Singh Dhoni relinquished the post earlier this month. (India seek fresh start under Virat Kohli in first ODI vs England)CLICK TO WATCH VIDEOKohli though had reiterated time and again that he will be seeking advice from his former captain Dhoni and that his nine-year experience as will be invaluable for the him and the team. Kohli also said on Saturday that Dhoni would also make it easier for him to take a call as far as the Decision Review System (DRS) is concerned. (Virat Kohli’s Team India will rewrite history, says MS Dhoni)”He is one voice if he tells me it’s outside the line or if it’s missing the stumps the decision stands there it’s not left up to doubt or any further debate from there on. He is someone who has always been very smart in decision making as far as appeals are concerned as well,” said Kohli in the pre-match press conference in Pune. (Kohli already has a formidable record as ODI captain)”I think his word would be the one word that I would trust as far as DRS is concerned because he is in the best position plus he is the most intelligent cricketer around, there’s no doubting that.” (The more I serve Virat Kohli, the better it will be for Indian cricket: MS Dhoni)advertisement’LEARNT A LOT FROM DHONI’.@msdhoni has always been smart with decision-making. He is the most intelligent cricketer around: @imVkohli #TeamIndia #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/qUjJJUn76D BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2017″Already I have learnt a lot. Since the time have come to the team observing how Dhoni has operated and I have said that a lot of times in the past. (Also Read: Kohli and Tendulkar, two champion batsmen: One a fitness freak, the other a foodie)”Many people have had different styles of captaincy and I think he has been so successful because he has been able to find the right balance in being offensive with his plans as well as understanding when the game is dominated by the opposition and how to slow things down. I think that has been his biggest strength and that is something that I would like to understand.”READY TO CAPTAIN INDIAI am ready, not thinking about the burden at all. Leading India gives me more opportunities to take Indian Cricket forward: @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/2HGlm5GlHa BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2017″I’m pretty read in accepting of taking captaincy in all three formats. I feel really honoured, I don’t feel any stress and I’m not thinking about the burden at all. It just gives me more opportunities to take Indian cricket forward which I think is the best thing to happen to anyone,” Kohli concluded.last_img read more

Hotsheet: Things to buy this season

first_imgTribute to artBritish auction house Christie’s will offer a group of pieces by Swiss sculptor and designer Diego Giacometti, the son of painter Giovanni Giacometti and brother of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti. What makes this collection special is that it is being offered from the personal collection of Hubert de,Tribute to artBritish auction house Christie’s will offer a group of pieces by Swiss sculptor and designer Diego Giacometti, the son of painter Giovanni Giacometti and brother of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti. What makes this collection special is that it is being offered from the personal collection of Hubert de Givenchy, a personal friend of the sculptor. This exceptional sale will be preceded by a week-long viewing that begins in Paris on March 6, 2017. Inspired by the only exhibition dedicated to Diego Giacometti, curated by Daniel Marchesseau in 1986, at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, this exhibition is Hubert de Givenchy’s final tribute to his dear friend.Twenty one objects will be showcased including a pair of magnificent bronze octagonal dining tables aux caryatides made by the artist in 1983  (Rs 5.80 crore-Rs 8.70 crore each), as well as four bronze stools (Rs 2.17 crore- Rs 3.63 crore) and a third, slightly smaller, octagonal table aux caryatides (Rs 4.35 crore-Rs 5.80 crore). A pair of andirons aux deux oiseaux realised in brown patina in 1973 (Rs 1 crore- Rs 1.45 crore) will also be presented along with a major white patina lantern that hung in the main staircase of the manor, which preceded the one Giacometti created for the Musee Picasso (Rs 2.17 crore- Rs 2.19 crore). A pair of photophores au cerf (Rs 2.90 crore- Rs 4.35 crore) completes this selection. For more information log on to www.christies.comFor menSIMPLY PERFECT: Made from stretch cotton, sporting a subtle sheen, these navy Berluti trousers are comfortable enough for a day-to-night look. Pair them with a tailored blazer or a tweed jacket and Oxford shoes. Price 607 pounds Availability www.mrporter.comadvertisementCHECKERED COOL: A statement coat with structure, texture and fit is a must this season. The E. Tautz double breasted overcoat is all-winter glamour. Mix and match with denims or straight trousers and a plain cashmere scarf. Price 1,490 pounds Availability www.etautz.comSOFT FOCUS: Scarves have always been the first choice for those who love to accessorise. With a precise blend of elegance and style, Corneliani’s silk and cashmere scarves lend the perfect finishing touch to a refined, classy presence. Price On request Availability Corneliani Boutique, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New DelhiRUGGED CHARM: Flamboyant, edgy and eye-catching, it’s time to boot up this season. The Patina Chelsea boots from Melange by Sartojiva are a winning blend of texture, cut and length. Made with traditional calf leather, these are best paired with leather, corduroys and woollen textures. Price On request Availability 253, 1st Floor, Shahpur Jat, New DelhiHot selling bagsGETAWAY GLAMOUR: Modern in design and classic in spirit, this Da Milano bag is elegance personified. Crafted in textured leather with minimal fittings, this piece is perfect for minimal and maximal looks. Carry it with a formal pant suit or a black dress or mix and match with denim and linen outfits. Price On Request Availability All Da Milano stores across IndiaART PACK: A statement choice for the day or the perfect evening accompaniment, this work of art by Edie Parker is a beauty. Handcrafted in Italy from raffia with acrylic ends, the soft Lara Luau clutch is embroidered with playful hula girls and fish. The satin-lined interiors are spacious enough to fit your knick-knacks, while the designer-etched mirror is an added advantage for a quick touch-up. Price $2,195 Availability www.shape.comCOLOUR CRUSH: Timelessly modern with classic shapes and cuts that capture the label’s irreverent spirit, the colour palette comes together in this multicolour calf leather Dun Dun tote bag from Paula Cademartori. The luxurious leather and polished metal add to the playful pop art and offers svelte silhouettes with neat lines. Price $1,269 Availability www.shopstyle.comBAG IT: Balancing novelty and tradition, Fendi introduces the new member of the Metal Stitch Selleria, the Lui bag. This timeless bag reinterprets the Maison’s key codes of refined craftsmanship and researched design, perfectly in sync with modernity and functionality. With manual techniques inherited from Roman master saddlers, the Lui bag is created in black Cuoio Romano leather by Fendi artisans with a luxurious touch. Price On Request Availability All Fendi boutiques across IndiaProving Carbon’s mettleRichard Mille’s signature feature, NTPT Carbon, now extends its base to include women’s watches too.Elegance and endurance may seem like an oxymoron, but luxury watchmaker Richard Mille has it down pat. NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon, a signature feature of the Richard Mille men’s collection, lends watches optimal protection for the calibre. Now, this material has revealed its feminine side as well with the models RM 07-01 and RM 037, which boast gem-set NTPT carbon to ensure elegance as well. This Richard Mille exclusive creates a startling contrast between the sparkle of clear diamonds and the matt carbon contour at the slightest wrist movement.advertisementOf course, setting gemstones in NTPT carbon is a new adventure for the brand. Unlike gold that can be worked directly with tools to create the prongs that will hold the diamonds, the hardness and resistance of NTPT carbon requires special machines and equipment. Hand-polished prongs in red or white gold are produced separately and then inserted around the many bearings (0.25mm) that will hold as many as 250 diamonds in the case of the RM 037 Full Set model. Brains and brawn-now that’s a winning combination. Price on request; Available at brand boutiqueslast_img read more

India beat Pakistan to retain T20 World Cup for Blind

first_imgThe Indian blind cricket team successfully defended its Twenty20 World Cup title on Sunday, defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final for the second successive edition.With eight wins from nine matches, India had gone into the final as favourites and lived up to it with a comprehensive victory. For Pakistan though, it was their first loss in the tournament.The two teams had clashed in the 2012 edition final as well with India emerging triumphant.The victory was also a sweet revenge for the Indians, who had lost to Pakistan in the league stage of the current edition.Batting first, Pakistan made 197/9 but India chased down the target in 18 overs without much of a fuss, losing just one wicket in the process.Man of the match Prakash Jayaramaiah stood out with a splendid unbeaten 99-run knock, while Ajay Kumar Reddy was the only man to be dismissed for 43. Reddy was run out.Man of the series Badar Munir was the top-scorer for Pakistan with a 570-run effort.Ketan Patel and Jaffar Iqbal were the pick of Indian bowlers, grabbing two wickets each after conceding 29 and 33 runs respectively.T20 World Cup Cricket for the BlindTeam India with the trophy.Congratulations Team India! pic.twitter.com/ASLXS7MrRc Blind Cricket (CABI) (@blind_cricket) February 12, 2017last_img read more

Cycle distribution hits speed breaker in Rajes home district

first_imgKota, Mar 1 (PTI) The Vasundhara Raje governments distribution of orange coloured cycles — which has already raised the hackles of the opposition due to its saffron colour — has now found itself on the wrong track in the Chief Minsters home district of Jhalawar.To check the drop-out rate in schools, the Rajasthan government had started the distribution of cycles to girl students living within five km radius of the institution.Though the cycles distributed earlier were black coloured, the new set of cycles are sporting an orange colour, much to the discomfort of the opposition which senses a saffron design.The distribution has been halted in Jhalawar as they failed to match certain prescribed parameters.”The bicycles to be delivered for the distribution differed in five to six conditions with the prescribed samples regarding accessories and colour of the bicycle. We have not yet started the distribution and have forwarded the matter to the committee on bicycle distribution,” said District Education Officer of Jhalawar, Surendra Singh Goad.At least 7,400 bicycles are set to be given away among the girl students in Jhalawar.On claims of poor standard paint and low quality of bicycles made by beneficiaries in other areas, Goad denied that they were sub-standard.Around 2.95 lakh bicycles are proposed to be distributed across the state, according to education department officials. PTI CORR CHT DV BSA BSAlast_img read more

Onkar Singh elected Asian Cycling Confederation Secy Gen

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 4 (PTI) Cycling Federation of India Secretary General Onkar Singh has been elected as Secretary General of the Asian Cycling Confederation during the Congress of the continental body in Bahrain. Onkar Singh will take over as ACC Secretary General from Boo Woong Choi of Korea. The ACC Congress also elected Cycling Federation of India President Parminder Singh Dheendsa as its Vice-President. Sheikh Osama Ahmad Al Shafar from UAE will be the new president of the ACC and he will take charge from Hee Wook Cho of Korea. 65-year-old Onkar Singh became Secretary General of Cycling Federation of India in 2011 and since then he has promoted the game in the country. India recently hosted the 37th Asian Track Cycling Championships here. Onkar Singh thanked all the 41 Asian nations for the faith they have shown in the new President and Secretary General. “I am doing my best to uplift the cycling sport in India and with this new energy I can do more with new strategy,” he said after his election to the top post yesterday. PTI PDS AHlast_img read more

Australian fans dislike Virat Kohli as much they disliked Douglas Jardine: Dean Jones

first_imgVirat Kohli is the “head of the snake”. This is how Australia spinner Nathan Lyon described the India captain in the second Test in Bengaluru. Kohli’s aggressive nature on the field has earned him admiration in the cricketing world but Australians also hate him.Former Australia batsman Dean Jones in his column for The Sydney Morning Herald explained how “Kohli is almost as disliked as English captain Douglas Jardine”.The second Test of the series became a hot topic when the captains of both teams Virat Kohli and Steve Smith traded blows at each other. Kohli almost called Australians “cheats” when Smith, to everyone’s surprise, tried to take help with DRS from his team’s dressing room after he was trapped leg before by Umesh Yadav. Kohli warned the Aussies for “crossing the line” then two boards jumped in and backed their captains before International Cricket Council put an end to the controversy by not pressing charges against either of the players.”Kohli is now Australia’s No. 1 enemy or the “head of the snake”, as Nathan Lyon has put it. The Australian boys are quite prepared to take it up to him and this series has been compulsive viewing. This is what Test match cricket is about. It’s the same when we play England for the Ashes or when India meet Pakistan,” Jones wrote in his column. (Ranchi Test: Kohli bats at usual No.4 but falls cheaply again)”Test cricket is at its best when there is an edge to it. With the extra interest from fans and the media in a big series such as this, the contest seems to have become personal, very personal,” he added.advertisementJones further praised Kohli for his work ethics but said the Indian cricket’s poster boy “loves getting into hot spots on the field”.”I am an unabashed Kohli fan. I commentate all around the world and I love watching this kid bat and lead his team. He is such an interesting character. Away from the cricket, he is quite a humble kid. Always polite, and always asking questions on how he is batting and what I am up to. He just loves the game and the challenges that go with it.” (Maxwell mocks Kohli’s injury)’VILLAINOUS AS JARDINE'”Kohli believes in hard work and that he can do anything on a cricket field. He loves getting into hot spots on the field to make sure he is in his opponents’ face. Kohli is the only captain I know who pumps up the crowd, asking them for their support. He knows the importance of the Indian fans’ input and how it can help his team’s performance. He doesn’t just want 11 Indian players in the Australian faces, he demands the same from the 30,000-strong Indian crowds. Make this ground the most hostile environment the Australians will experience. It’s no different to what the MCG crowds have given to opposition teams.””So why don’t  Australian fans like him? I feel he is almost as disliked as villainous English captain Douglas Jardine, who started the Bodyline series in 1932-33. Is this what needs to happen for Australia and India to build up their rivalry? If so, I have no problem with it. I love the aggression that’s being produced in the media and from the fans. Even the respective CEOs from each country have offered their 10 cents’ worth. It’s game on,” he wrote.WATCH SPORTS WRAPJones also tipped Australian cricketers, who are part of the Test series in India, how to tackle Kohli’s “in-your-face attitude”.”I say enjoy the challenge. Enjoy the silence of the Indian crowd when you are on top. If Kohli gets under your skin, don’t look at him. Turn your back or offer the cheeky smile that Sir Donald Bradman offered Jardine. Whichever way this series finishes, it will be remembered for a long time. That’s how it should be and that’s why Test cricket will always be above all other formats of the game,” the 55-year-old wrote.The four-Test series is currently levelled at 1-1 with Dharamsala hosting the final match from March 25.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Kolkata to host U-17 World Cup final; semis in Guwahati, Navi Mumbai

first_imgThe international football governing body FIFA announced on Monday that the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata will host the final of the U-17 World Cup on October 28 while the two semi-finals will be held in Guwahati and Navi Mumbai.The junior World Cup will take place in India for the first time and gets underway on October 6. The slogan of the World Cup will be “Football Takes Over”. There will be 24 teams competing in six cities.The match schedule was announced by Tournament Director Javier Ceppi.The Salt Lake Stadium will host the maximum number, ten, of matches, including the summit clash.The colossal stadium, which has previously hosted Lionel Messi and Oliver Kahn’s Germany, will also have one round-of-sixteen tie, one quarter-final, a third-place game and six Group F matches.Group A will be played in Navi Mumbai while Group B will be hosted by New Delhi. Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium will have one round-of-16 tie and one semi-final and Delhi will have two round-of-16 matches.Goa will host Group C and two round-of-16 matches and one quarter-final, while Kochi will shelter Group D, one round-of-16 tie and a quarter-final.Group E matches will be in Guwahati with one-round-of 16 tie, one quarter-final and one semi clash.A 21-member-FIFA and Local Organising Committee visited the Salt Lake stadium to assess the preparedness.Kolkata was FIFA’s last stop for inspection. The governing body of world football visited all five venues, New Delhi, Goa, Navi Mumbai, Kochi and Guwahati, and were left disappointed with the renovation work in Kochi. They also asked Delhi to work on the training pitches.advertisement”This is also one of the stadiums which has improved since my last visit. It is on the way to become one of the top stadiums in India,” head of events Jaime Yarza said.”We are happy. This is a stadium that is fulfilling all the high standards. Obviously, it is finished. Things can change but we have received guarantees from the ministers that everything will develop like we requested. Then we can have a fantastic World Cup here,” he added.Tournament Director Ceppi said that the availability of six training pitches here was the reason behind awarding Kolkata the final.”Regarding the training grounds, we have a very unique situation we have six training grounds. Because we can have six training grounds, we are having the final here,” he said.Asked about legends of the sport visiting the country for various promotion activities ahead of the World Cup, Ceppi said: “We will bring legends to various activities to India but we can’t confirm anything.”Yarza said organising the World Cup in India was one of the most challenging.”Well, it is true it is one of the most challenging world cups we have ever done. This is why the satisfaction for this will be higher when this is over,” Yarza said.”From the beginning, there was the need to touch the soul of the young people of India with additional activities and we just did not take it as a World Cup,” he said.”There has been a lot of logistical challenges. These are one of the most tiring inspection visits we have ever done. We believe there is a revolution happening here. This is not just a World Cup, this is the development of football for almost 500 million kids in India. We really hope that when the final is played, no matter who wins, football will be the winner,” he added.Also present during the inspection were All India Football Federation (AIFF) Vice President Subrata Dutta, IAS officer S.A. Baba, and Minister of State for Sports Laxmi Ratan Shukla.ICYMI: FIFA and LOC culminated a weeklong inspection and announced the Match Schedule for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 #FIFAU17WC. pic.twitter.com/6gF4Xbr2N5- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) March 27, 2017last_img read more

Sporting white and light shades is just what you should do this summer

first_imgWISPY WONDER:ANUSHKA SHARMA’s powder pink gown by Sharnita Nandwana perfectly summarises summer and its key trend of resembling a garden fairy (not the easiest, we admit).Photo: Yogen ShahThe layered gown is worn beautifully with deep maroon nail paint, a ruby ring and diamond and ruby stud earrings. What is nice about the dress is that it is free of unnecessary frills and trills, which is essential for the upcoming season. The wispy updo has been well styled, letting the attention go to a pop of colour on the lips.HELLO SUNSHINE:Photo: Yogen ShahBright, white and happy- that’s what sunny days should be about, and TAAPSEE PANNU gets it right in this yellow flower appliqu top and pencil skirt by Pankaj & Nidhi. The grey-blue heels work perfectly well with the vivid colours, and the minimal makeup of a catwing eyeliner and nude lipstick keep the look fresh and clean. When wearing such peppy hues, keep your jewellery to a bare minimum to get it on point.Also read: Summer 2017 trends are turning towards earthy tones and textiles with modern silhouettesCLASHING CULTURE:Photo: Yogen ShahThe best way to wear a primary colour like red is making it the highlight/accent on a light hued palette. Case in point is SHRADDHA KAPOOR’s dress by Emanuel Ungaro that has a light, pastel blue backdrop and a crisscrossing red abstract print running across it. Her hair in natural waves – matched with the red lipper – makes for a refreshing change.advertisementCHILLED OUT: Photo: Yogen ShahThe fine line between trying too hard and getting it right is where APARSHAKTI KHURANA stands with this breezy kurta from A&A. Worn with a beige suit by Hitesh Pahuja and blue slip-on loafers, the style was smart and stood out from the crowd. However, it’s the attention to detail that wins him favour-the pink gramophone lapel pin, blue pocket square and round sunglasses tied it in well.FLAPPER FAWN: Photo: Yogen ShahNew styles are always welcome, especially this tasselled sari by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla that TWINKLE KHANNA wore recently. Fawn and white is a great combination, and one that should be considered for a feminine statement on hot, sultry days. Keep make-up basic, throw on a pair of shades and play with colours like light pink, tan and even pastel blue while accessorising.last_img read more

K.L. Rahul ruled out of Indian Premier League 2017 with shoulder injury

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2017 with a shoulder injury. Rahul had sustained the injury in the first Test in Pune but he continued to play through the Border-Gavaskar series. (IPL 2017: AB de Villiers to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore if Virat Kohli misses initial matches, says Daniel Vettori)According to reports, Rahul will travel to London to get a surgery done on his left shoulder. The Karnataka batsman had spoken about how his injury restricted his shot-making during the series against Australia but he still managed to score 393 runs in four matches at an average of over 65 with six half-centuries. He was the third highest run-getter in the series behind Steven Smith (499) and Cheteshwar Pujara (405). (Virat Kohli missed Dharamsala Test to save himself for IPL? Brad Hodge thinks so)India reclaimed the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after their 8-wicket win in Dharmsala this week. Rahul scored a brilliant unbeaten 51 in the fourth innings to help India reach the target of 106 on the fourth day. (Brad Hodge apologises to Virat Kohli for his comments on Indian skipper’s injury)After the match Rahul had said, “After Pune, I knew I couldn’t play my shots, it was a big restriction. I love to play my shots, dominate the spinners, but I had to play a different game. Pretty disappointed I couldn’t convert some of my starts into big scores, but right now nothing else matters.”Here I took a few knocks on the body. All I was telling myself, take a few hits for the team. I don’t know what else was running in my mind. The way Jinks came out and started hitting Cummins for sixes. He just came out and said I am going to dominate.”advertisementRCB are likely to miss the services of captain Virat Kohli as well for a few games due to a shoulder injury. Kohli also hurt his right shoulder in the second Test in Bengaluru while diving to save a boundary. He eventually missed the series-deciding Test in Dharamsala and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks, AB de Villiers will lead RCB in his absence.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City remain unconvincing title challengers

first_imgManchester City’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal has prompted faint title talk from the visitors’ camp, but their Emirates Stadium stalemate only exposed the enduring frailties that persist with Pep Guardiola’s side.Twice City took the lead, through Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero, but twice they were pegged back as Arsenal equalised through Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi.While City can move within eight points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, their inability to kill off troubled Arsenal suggests Guardiola has his work cut out to cultivate a side that can mount a challenge for the title, let alone eclipse Chelsea this season.Defensively, City were regularly troubled by an Arsenal attacking unit that have themselves flattered to deceive in recent fixtures.Guardiola praised stand-in right back Jesus Navas, who applied himself manfully despite the ominous prospect of a tussle with Alexis Sanchez, though the City winger’s cameo in defence only served to highlight the paucity of options.”I played him because Bacary Sagna was injured and Pablo Zabaleta were not ready,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “Jesus always deserves the best because he is an excellent guy and I was so happy with him.”Fit-again club captain Vincent Kompany remained on the bench despite being available and cut a frustrated figure watching his team mates toil defensively.City have conceded 32 league goals this season – 11 more than second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, nine more than Chelsea – and the backline requires a significant overhaul this summer.advertisementGuardiola has crafted a sleek offensive unit but, after a breathless opening 15 minutes at The Emirates, they appeared to ease off as their intensity levels dropped and they allowed Arsenal back into the match.City only reasserted themselves after Walcott poked home an equaliser, and were unable to rouse themselves in the second half to push on and secure all three points.”We didn’t play in the first half,” Guardiola conceded, “after the goal we forgot to play, the desire went.”In the second half we played more. We suffered a lot in the first half because we did not make those passes together.”The match summed up City’s maiden season under ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Guardiola, as they started brightly, dropped off significantly and ultimately lost their way.Despite the re-emergence of title talk, the Spanish coach has much to do in order to craft a championship-winning side out of a talented – if flawed – squad.last_img read more

ABVP alleged disrespect to national anthem by Kashmir students

first_imgJammu, April 8 (PTI) Activists of the BJPs student wing ABVP stormed Jammu University and disrupted a football match between students of the varsity and Islamic University of Science and Technology, alleging that students from Kashmir had disrespected the national anthem.Jammu University authorities have ordered a probe and set up a committee to look into the allegations levelled by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) over disrespect of the national anthem by students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture, Science and Technology (SKUAST) of Kashmir.”We cannot allow anybody to disrespect the national anthem. A committee has been set up to probe the allegation”, Vice Chancellor of Jammu University, Prof R D Sharma told PTI.ABVP activists alleged the students from SKUAST of Kashmir disrespected the national anthem before the start of a football match at Jammu Universitys ground.”We have cited a photograph which is being circulated on social media, purportedly showing two students from Kashmir talking to each other during the national anthem at the inaugural function on April 3 allegedly disrespected the national anthem”, a ABVP student said.ABVP activists allegedly entered the Jammu Universitys sports ground on Friday during the football final between students of Jammu University and the Islamic University of Science and Technology and raised slogans. They also held a sit-in protest.Prof Sharma said ABVP activists allegedly entered the ground and disrupted the competition.”We had to cancel some of the competitions, because we have three venues on the campus and it is difficult to organise and control such a situation created by these elements.advertisement”We got the information (about some allegations related to disrespect of national anthem) in the evening on the inaugural day of the first inter-university sports championship of 12 universities of Jammu and Kashmir held here. 700 students took part in it”, the Vice-Chancellor said.However, the Vice Chancellor said he has not found any truth in the allegations so far.”There was no such kind of experience we had from any quarter. We were told that some of the students from SKUAST were not serious. We examined it and could not find any truth in it”, he said, adding that the next day some of the pictures went viral on social media involving the sportspersons from Kashmir.”Jammu University constituted the committee to probe it. It is being looked into.If there is any proof those people (ABVP) should come forward with proof to the committee. We promise action as we will not tolerate disrespect to national anthem”, Prof Sharma said.The students organisation along with some people from outside the campus aggravated the situation and disrupted the match, he said, adding that police was informed in advance.Police was given the names and some of them have been identified, he said, adding that, “if someone has done any wrong it will be taken care of within the university norms as we cannot allow anybody to disrespect the national anthem”.PTI sAB DVlast_img read more

When the Ax-Man Cometh: What to cut out of your budget

first_imgJeff Brooks is not only one of my favorite bloggers and fundraising experts, he’s my personal hero for giving his time today to speak on our Network for Good Nonprofit 911 call on the topic of where to cut if you’ve got to cut your budget. He is still talking (this is live blogging, folks) and I’m happy to say he is wise, helpful, insightful and provocative, my favorite combination in a speaker. You can see his slides here and access the MP3 file at this same link in another day or so.Here are some gems from his talk:1.) DO NOT CUT net-positive donor cultivation programs. To be wise enough to keep those programs, though, you have to know which are NET positive (not gross positive). How much did you NET from your gala (as opposed to raise)? Figure out net present value of a donor: what money do you expect in projected lifetime giving from that donor (take their first gift and multiply by ten), then subtract the cost of acquisition and the ongoing cultivation cost. Measuring net present value can tell you where you’re spending too much and where you can spend more to get more. 2.) KEEP ACQUIRING DONORS. Cutting donor acquisition is the quick path to long-term pain. Donors are worth more every year (he suggested two times the second year and exponential growth from there, for example) so if you get far fewer donors this year, you’re going to feel bad pain next year and far worse pain the following year.3.) CUT WHAT’S UNCLEAR. If you’ve got less money to spend, don’t spend it on things that have unmeasurable or questionable impact. In hard times, stick to things that have demonstrable impact, not things like your warm fuzzy brand awareness effort. Direct response fundraising is a better investment now than general “branding” campaigns. PR and media relations are a relative bargain – positive impact for very few dollars – but non-response advertising (with no measurable response vehicle) is not. Kill the “we exist and we’re really cool” ads if you’re short on dough. Leave that to people who can do it on a scale where it’s effective – like Coca-Cola.I completely agree with the last point. And it’s going to make some people nuts. Really nuts. I like how Jeff put it —What would you rather do with your limited budget:• Move 100 people 10% of the way toward giving?• Move 10 people 100% of the way toward giving?He added a positive note that I’d also like to second: In hard times, innovation doesn’t happen because people are afraid of risk. New ideas often don’t work out, but you can’t let these times cut off innovation or let fear rule you. Be wise, but also be bold.last_img read more

3 Steps for a Better Nonprofit Website

first_imgCONNECTThere has to be a common ground between those serving/giving and those in need. Let’s assume, for example, the cost of one latte a week is the same as the mosquito netting that will save a family from the threat of malaria in Africa. The value has now been put into terms that every iPhone-toting college kid in the US can understand.Organizations like Mocha Club and OneDaysWages have become very successful using parallel connectivity. Once your donor understands the value, they can better justify a giving program. Give them every opportunity to donate and/or get involved. Your donate button should be a mainstay in your header or somewhere consistent on every page. The same goes for newsletter or street team signups. Don’t let a donation or volunteer slip by because your readers can’t find out how to take action online. Get to the point. Don’t overwhelm your readers with too much information. You don’t want to be the over-eager sample food peddler at your local mall food court, shouting and shoving your product in people’s faces, overwhelming and offending them. Pare down your homepage content and give them a concise, yet clear and accurate taste of what you’re about. If you whet their appetite, they’ll dig deeper for more information. Same goes for your navigation. Cut it down to 5-7 main links (no drop-downs!) that make the user want to find out more: What We’re Doing, Get Involved, etc. BELIEVELike it or not, the new change-driven generation (25-35) and the one following (19-24) have been trained to make a lot of assumptions based on the overall look of a product or service. This goes for causes, too. Look at Blood:Water Mission, charity:water, and TOMS. All three have in common an incredible design aesthetic and are remarkably successful in penetrating their target markets. They’re taken seriously because they look serious and they look good.  An emphasis on the visual aesthetic of your website builds legitimacy for your organization.Even in a struggling economy companies like Target and Apple continue to put an emphasis on their visual brand. There’s no compromise when it comes to quality either. It should be no different for nonprofit organizations. Your website is the single largest opportunity to reach as many people as possible for your organization. Where else can you directly pitch to 73% of adults in the U.S.¹?With an audience that big, you’d better make the best of it.So what makes an effective website? What truly determines a nonprofit website’s ability to educate its market, garner donations and inspire involvement? The answer is good branding. Effective branding will enable your market to do three things: So how can you connect with your target market as successfully as TOMS and Target? Here are some small, simple steps that will allow you to connect with your viewers and help your organization’s website stand out from the digital crowd: Source: ¹ Pew Internet & American Life Project, April 8-May 11, 2008 Tracking Survey ATTAINThe goal of your organization must feel reachable. In order to get people passionate about a cause, they have to feel as though their contribution (whether that be service-oriented or financial) can make an impact. A mission statement is a macro view of your desire to impact the world. But be sure to offer your readers a micro view of what you hope/need to accomplish to reach your mission. Organize with a purpose. Your site architecture should take the readers on a path. Information should be organized intentionally so that a potential supporter can effortlessly be educated and pointed to a call to action. Direct their reading and viewing path. Point your readers to the information you want them to know. If you have a page that describes your service trips to Africa, be sure to add an additional link to a schedule of future trips so readers can sign up to volunteer.last_img read more

5 Ways to Use Social Media for Donor Engagement

first_imgToday I have a guest post for you from Kyle Lacy. Kyle is principal at MindFrame, a fundraising and donor engagement company. He is the writer of Twitter Marketing for Dummies and Branding Yourself. Find out more at his blog – KyleLacy.com.We have reached a certain point of understanding. We know that social media is important. We know that our constituents use it. We know that it is extremely important to the overall makeup of our marketing and communication strategies. Well hey, we know there are hundreds of ways to use social media but let’s focus on five that could be implemented today or if you are lazy, tomorrow. 1. Using Care2.com to Build Awareness for a Cause- Are you looking for an excellent website to drive support for petitions? This website was designed with activists and supporters in mind. They work with nonprofits to give people the chance to give back to countless causes without even spending any of their money. (Another option is Change.org.)You have the opportunity to create two things through Care2:1. The ability to create petitions that will drive interaction within your community of supporters2. Gain more supporters by driving interaction within their community. Try this site if you are focusing on issues that could use major public support and advocacy. The website is the number one petition site in the world, and people get “credit” for signing them which then can turn around and put towards giving back to a cause. 2. Create a Facebook Group for Volunteers and Donor EngagementYou recruited the donors, now keep the relationships going! Let them show all their friends on Facebook that they’re supporting you. Have your organizations send out updates. Post pictures of people volunteering. Create a community where your supporters can write on the group wall and share their passion for the cause together through discussions, photos, videos, and more. Most importantly, respond to them–engage with them. This is an opportunity to get to know your supporters on a more personal level and share.You also have the opportunity to use Facebook Causes to drive interaction within your community via your Group or Page. The tool allows users to raise money from their peers by creating pages to support your organization. You create the cause and the user supports that cause through advocacy throughout the Facebook world.Remember that fundraising is not the only reason to use a Group, Page, or Causes application for your community. You need to also focus on advocacy and the crowdsourcing of stories and content that more people to interact and build the brand around your mission.3. Get Your Executive Director or Staff on TwitterThis social platform gives you the power to not only gain access to millions of people, but lets you interact with as many of those millions as you want. With Twitter, nonprofits can share links, give minute-by-minute updates (if you so choose) and even see what similar nonprofits are up to. The executive director is a credible member of the organization that knows what’s going on in every area of operation. This does not mean the leader of the organization has to spend enormous amounts of time on Twitter. It means that the executive director is the leader of the organization. The personal brand of the director is extremely important to the social value of the organization.He/ she can use this as the ultimate public relations/ marketing tool and effectively communicate in an effortless manner. But, again–don’t forget to engage. Comment on a link someone shared with you. Answer supporter’s questions they post. Twitter allows for ongoing conversations, which builds trust, transparency, and loyalty.4. Use ShareThis Functionality on Website to Encourage Online SharingThe most effective form of marketing you could possibly have is word-of-mouth. If someone is incredibly pleased with your organization, they’re going to talk about it over dinner with their family, at book club, the gym, etc–In the digital world, this translates into the ShareThis function. This allows for anyone to share links via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Email, Google Buzz, basically anywhere! If one person shares with one other person, shares with one other person–you get the point. 5. Create a Blog to Allow Donors to Share Their Own StoryPathos is your friend! If you want a strong follower, give them a strong reaction! Tug at those heartstrings and show them first what a desperate need there is for your organization, and then what you are doing to help eliminate the problem. There is no better way than to give donors the opportunity to share their experiences with the organization. By starting a blog just for sharing stories, you give supporters an easy way to read about REAL people. Maybe your cause is for a type of cancer, and a donor lost a loved one, or perhaps even survived a long battle against it thanks to the help of your organization, and that’s why they chose to donate. Give them the outlet, and they will tell a fantastic, heart-filled story that will melt anyone who is exposed to it. People from all over will be able to come read this blog and relate, comment and not only interact with one another, but learn more about how wonderful your organization is and what a difference its making.last_img read more

Navigate Any PR Crisis: 5 Pitfalls for Nonprofits to Avoid

first_imgIn the early 1980s, Johnson & Johnson faced a massive organizational crisis when someone laced Extra-Strength Tylenol caplets with cyanide and returned the bottles to store shelves. When the Tylenol link was discovered, the company sprang into action, spending millions to remove pills from stores, communicating its efforts to consumers via the media, and helping to pioneer tamper-resistant packaging that ultimately reduced similar crimes in the future.What does this story have to do with your nonprofit? It’s a great example of effective organizational crisis management: act quickly and decisively, communicate consistently and honestly, and apply lessons learned to prevent future situations. The key is to be prepared for whatever life throws in your direction. But sometimes our plans go awry amid the chaos. Here are five common pitfalls that can derail your nonprofit’s efforts to guide communications during a PR crisis.Slow or no response. Like an ostrich with its head in the sand, you simply hope the problem will go away on its own. Or your team gets stuck trying to find consensus before taking action. By the time you’re ready to respond, days or weeks have gone by and your organization is in a heap of trouble. Solution: Control the message before someone else does. Be prepared with your crisis communications plan and respond quickly.Ill-prepared spokesperson. You task a key senior executive with handling media outreach, but once she starts getting peppered with hard questions, you find she’s not nearly as prepared for the hot seat as you had assumed. Solution: Take nothing for granted. Test your spokesperson ahead of time. Sit down with that person and fire tough questions at her quickly and relentlessly until she can deliver your organization’s message calmly and consistently. Legal concerns. In the midst of the storm, you have to wait for your legal team before taking action. This slows you down tremendously and potentially derails your entire organization. Solution: Have ample conversations with your legal team during your crisis communications prep. What might they need to do or approve? Where would they need to step in? You’ll avoid disastrous delays if you can agree to operating procedures and best practices in advance.Inconsistency or lack of transparency. Your market doesn’t believe your message or find it credible because they’re hearing different things across channels, which makes your nonprofit seem less than honest. Solution: As the crisis wears on, you’ll continue to get tough questions from every corner, so you need to hunker down and ensure you’re delivering a consistent and honest message, whether it’s on television, in print, or on your website and social media channels.Failure to take responsibility. Do you take responsibility? Do you apologize? Similar to being slow to respond, if you fail to address these questions, you’ll extend the news cycle. Solution: From the beginning, own the problem (or, if you didn’t create it, explain clearly how the problem arose) and communicate how your organization is addressing it. Again, be consistent and honest in your message.A final bit of advice: Fix it yourself first.Some crises will be imposed on you externally, out of the blue, and you’ll need to react with your readymade communications plan. But others you might avoid—if you take action now. If you see anything in your organization that doesn’t seem quite right or could create a bit of drama, talk among your team about how you can fix it yourself before external forces make you fix it. Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 webinar “Crisis Communications for Nonprofits” with Susan Kearney, COO of Network for Good. Download the full webinar.last_img read more

3 Tools to Empower Your Fundraising Messengers

first_imgP.S. For more tips on #GivingTuesday and year-end success, download Network for Good’s newest eGuide. 3) Cut-and-paste email templates. Your ambassadors are busy people. Templates like this one for teacher fundraisers from DonorsChoose.org make it easier for ambassadors to reach out to more people in less time..You can also share these fill-in-the-blanks tweets and Facebook posts in Canine Partners for Life’s Social Media Toolkit for #GivingTuesday.Before you develop the templates, don’t forget to ask your ambassadors which ones they will use most frequently.Your team of fundraising messengers has so much potential! Start training your ambassadors ASAP for #GivingTuesday and year-end giving. Then, give them these three tools so they generate the greatest amount of support possible. I can’t wait to hear how it goes! 2) Graphic badges: Badges are a great way to build emotional connection through images. Plus, they are easy  for ambassadors to cut-and-paste into your their emails, tweets, and Facebook posts.  Who can resist a face like this?Or a funny photo like this one?center_img We all have an incredible fundraising resource right in front of us: our Board member, colleague, and loyal volunteer ambassadors.  These people have the potential to be eager and effective fundraisers. Our job during this busy season is to give them the tools and support they need to succeed!Use your donor management software to identify supporters and volunteers most likely to jump on board as ambassadors.The first step is developing a team of fundraising messengers that will help spur #GivingTuesday and year-end giving. Here’s how to ask for participation, train support, and thank your messengers. The next step is empowering your ambassadors to succeed. Their reach, engagement, and donation impact is directly related to saying the right thing at the right time. The trick is it can’t be a script, repeated from everyone to everyone. That’s just not genuine or relevant. Their messages must be tailored to reach and resonate among their networks.That’s why I am encouraging using these three tools to empower your messengers. They’ll ensure your team’s comfort and confidence, which means they’re more likely to talk with more donors and prospects. These tools also increase the odds prospects hear the kind of consistent, yet personal, messages that spur engagement and giving!1) Ready-to-use email signatures: This tool is both powerful and easy to implement. Imagine the reach you’ll get if your ambassadors end their emails with something like this:last_img read more

NFG Staff Profile: Liisa Fetig

first_imgFor six years, Liisa Fetig has worked at Network for Good to build innovate solutions for nonprofit organizations. Currently, she works with the Product and Development teams to build and maintain our all-in-one solution. She works directly with customers to ensure that their needs are being met with our products, that the product delivers on its value promise, and explores what the new features, opportunities, and types of customers are on the horizon.“There is so much good to be done in the world. Nonprofits play a really important role in highlighting different opportunities for other people to help.”Q&A with Liisa Fetig, Product ManagerWhat does a product manager do?My current focus is on our fundraising pages product as well as the platform that powers our donation processing and disbursements. As a product manager, I make sure that our backlog of product improvements and bug fixes is prioritized, and that we deliver solutions that meet our customers’ needs. I’m also continuously looking at what we can build next. In my role, I work very closely with our sales, marketing, and success teams to make sure I have a good pulse on our nonprofit customers, prospective nonprofits, and what the industry is doing.What’s your experience with nonprofits outside of Network for Good? I’ve been a volunteer for various nonprofits throughout my life. I have volunteered for several animal organizations as well as for a few LGBTQ programs.  I am very passionate about caring for animals, making sure there are sustainable pet practices, and making sure that people are educated about how animals impact their environment. I’ve done everything from volunteer at galas to moving things around warehouses to writing content for appeals to data entry to playing with (or “socializing”) rescue animals to organizing and leading groups for LGBTQ youth and their allies.What attracts you to nonprofits?I really like being able to empower nonprofits to affect these areas that don’t always receive a lot of focus or just other places where there is more good needed.What do you enjoy most about the work you do?I really enjoy that there is always a new challenge. There’s always a new way that we can innovate different solutions for nonprofits. I really like that I can connect directly with both nonprofits and donors, hear their feedback, and make a tangible difference in their lives.What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?It would either be to spend time relaxing at home with my cat, Charlotte, or to play board games with friends. My favorite board game is Betrayal at House on the Hill in which a group of people get together and explore a haunted house. It’s set like a B-horror movie in which you have a lot of different stereotypical characters who get caught up in a horror situation. You explore the house by drawing different tiles, and you either find different items that can be used later in the game or there’ll be events that are triggered, and you have to roll to see what happens. At a certain point after exploring the house, a “haunt” occurs and the entire game shifts from a cooperative game to adversarial where one person is the traitor and everyone else is playing the game against that person.Lightning RoundDream vacation? ParisMost recent book read? Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil GaimanLast movie seen in movie theater? A Simple FavorTheme song? “Shake It Off” by Taylor SwiftFavorite color? PurpleRead more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

Anthem Security Breach: Information for Freelancers Union members

first_imgUPDATED: 2:12 PM, 2/6/15We learned this morning that Anthem, the parent company of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, was the target of what they are calling a “sophisticated cyberattack.”We’ll update these FAQs below as more information becomes available:What is Freelancers Union doing?We are closely monitoring the situation and we’re in direct and regular contact with Anthem. At this time, it is not clear if any of our members have been affected.What happened in the attack?According to Anthem, the attackers may have gained unauthorized access to names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data. Anthem has no evidence that credit card or medical information have been compromised. If you were affected, Anthem will provide you with free credit monitoring and identity protection services. Anthem said it’s going to take about 10 to 14 days to figure out who was affected by a data breach and begin notifying you.Was my information accessed?Anthem is still working to determine the full extent of the attack. They believe it included all members of Anthem, of which Empire BlueCross BlueShield is a subsidiary. We will keep you updated as soon as we learn whether or not your data was accessed.Affected members may include those currently enrolled in Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance through Freelancers Union or those who previously had Freelancers Insurance Company coverage. We will let you know as soon as we have more details on the impact (if any) on our members.What was compromised?Anthem’s initial investigation indicates that the attack included names, dates of birth, member IDs, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and employment information.Where can I find answers?This post will be constantly updated with new information as we learn it.For additional information about the attack, you can also:Go to www.anthemfacts.com for more information about the breachRead Anthem’s FAQsOr call the Anthem hotline at 1-877-263-7995UPDATE:** **(from Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield press release) “New York residents who may have been impacted by the cyber attack against Anthem, should be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former Empire BlueCross BlueShield and Empire BlueCross members. These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem, (Empire’s parent company), and the emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem or Empire.DO NOT click on any links in email.DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.DO NOT supply any information on the website that may openDO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.Empire also is NOT calling members regarding the cyber attack and is not asking for credit card information or social security numbers over the phone.This outreach is from scam artists who are trying to trick consumers into sharing personal data. There is no indication that the scam email campaigns are being conducted by those that committed the cyber attack, or that the information accessed in the attack is being used by the Empire will contact current and former members via mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service about the cyber attack with specific information on how to enroll in credit monitoring.For more guidance on recognizing scam email, please visit the FTC Website: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing. Additional information about the cyber attack against Anthem is available at www.AnthemFacts.com.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo instills winning mentality among teammates: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said the return of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo instills confidence in the squad as the record European champions begin their UEFA Champions League title defence against Apoel on Wednesday.Ronaldo had been handed a domestic five-match ban after pushing a referee during the Spanish Super Cup first leg. In the next three La Liga matches, Real have won one and drawn three.”I prefer Cristiano to be with us always. We are not talking about dependency, what I want is to have all players ready and able to play,” Zidane said at a press conference prior to Wednesday’s match.”He does not contribute with just goals. He is an important player in the squad, a leader who always wants to win and instills that among his teammates,” the former Real Madrid player added.Zidane said that Ronaldo was focused on the task ahead and was very happy to have the opportunity to play again.”We are glad because he is in a good form both physically and mentally, despite all what happened and what has been said he is very good. I am happy to see him again on field,” he added.The manager said that the squad was very excited with Cristiano’s return as they try to defend their Champions League’s title, although the mission would not be easy.last_img read more