Lenovo is gearing up for one more smartphone launch in India. The phone in question, the P2, is a battery-centric smartphone and will be launched by the company in the days to come. Lenovo India has taken to Twitter to tease the P2 launch, highlighting the phone’s big battery. “How often do you your way because of low phone battery? Travel fearlessly with the longest lasting battery #LenovoP2 #Powerhouse coming soon,” the company posted on Twitter. Although the company has failed to mention a time-frame, we expect the P2 will launch in India soon enough, possibly within a few weeks.How often do you your way because of low phone battery? Travel fearlessly with the longest lasting battery #LenovoP2 #Powerhouse coming soon pic.twitter.com/d4LZ3Thfut Lenovo India (@Lenovo_in) January 2, 2017The P2 is an all-metal phone with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner and a massive 5,100mAh battery (with support for fast charging) inside. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with up to 4 gigs of RAM and up to 64GB of internal memory. The phone supports expandable memory, 4G LTE and dualSIM connectivity options. It runs Android Marshmallow-based Pure UI and sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. On the front, it comes with a 5-megapixel camera.Lenovo launched the K6 Note, another batter-centric phone in India recently starting at Rs 13,999. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and a 4,000mAh battery. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal memory. The phone also supports expandable storage.advertisementThe K6 Note sports a 16-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash on the back. On the front it comes with an 8-megapixel camera.The K6 Note is simply a bigger version of the K6 Power. The K6 Power has the same processor, but a smaller screen size. There are a few other differences as well.Also Read: Lenovo K6 Note review: Another Note in the wall
Pan Macmillans highlights of 2017 are “The CEO Who LostPan Macmillans highlights of 2017 are “The CEO Who Lost his Head” (Aditya Sinha), “The Party Worker” (Omar Shahid Hamid), “India After Gandhi: The History of the Worlds Largest Democracy” (Ramachandra Guha), “The Ferment” (Nikhila Henry), “Boy” by Pakistani stand-up comedian Sami Shah, “Raghuram Rajan” (R Jagannathan) and Ashok Bankers first volume of the Shakti trilogy “Awaken”.In addition, Pan Macmillan will also be publishing V S Naipauls “India Essays”, collected for the first time; Himanjali Sankars first novel for adults, “Mrs C Remembers”, and Chhimi Tenduf-Las “Loyal Stalkers”.Its international titles include “Umbrian Girl: Short Stories” by Jeffrey Archer, “Dare Not Linger” by Nelson Mandela, “Food, Health and Happiness” by Oprah Winfrey and “The Fix” by David Baldacci.Hachette also has some exciting titles across the breadth of its publishing programme, be it fiction, nonfiction or childrens books.In management and business, it has “Boom Country: The New Wave of Indian Enterprise” by Alan Rosling (the first non-Indian to serve on the TATA Sons Board) and “Sell: Redefining Salesmanship” by Subroto Bagchi.From the world of sports it has the book by Vishwanathan Anand that straddles management and chess. Tendulkars book will be for his little fans.In narrative nonfiction, Hachette has “Uttar Pradesh: A Political Biography” by Ajit Kumar Jha, Archana Garodias book on “Women Rulers in Indian History”, the riveting “Borderlands: Travels Along Indias Boundaries” by Pradeep Damodaran and “The Millenials: Inside the Minds of Indias Next Generation” by Samyak Sanjoy Chakravorty.advertisementThe publishing houses food list includes “The Flavour of Spice” by Marryam H Reshii, “The Wholesome Kitchen: Recipes to Nourish, Energize and Indulge your Soul” by Pooja Dhingra and nutritionist Viddhi Dhingra and “The Everyday Vegetarian: Cooking with Superfoods in the Indian Vegetarian Kitchen” by Nandita Iyer.Simon & Schuster will publish titles like Natasha Badhwars “My Daughters Mum: Essays”, Prayaag Akbars “Leila: A Novel” and Jairam Rameshs “Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature”. PTI ZMN BK
Earlier, Yuki won the first set in 47 minutes after trailing 1-3 and then won four games in a row to lead 5-3, the decisive break coming in the seventh game. Although Tearney held serve to stay in the set, the Indian served out the 10th game at with a forehand winner to pocket the opening set. Yuki was down 0-2 in the second set but recovered quickly to take a 2-0 lead before dominating the third set and winning it with two breaks of serve as his rivals game went to pieces on the hard court at the Shiv Chatrapati sports complex in Balewadi. The Indian started brilliantly with a service break but then dropped serve twice, after lapsing into errors, to lag behind Tearney and then got control of his play, albeit he committed mistakes at times. The Kiwi was more error-prone and frittered away the early advantage with some loose play. Bhambri took full advantage with some excellent, deep ground shots with his strong suit, the forehand. Later in the set he started serving well and also hit some excellent returns of serve to put pressure on his rival. Bhambri, with a 10-5 win-loss record in Davis Cup singles as compared to his rivals 2-0, broke his rival?s first service game of the match with a forehand winner but then played loose and fell behind 1-3. Tearney lapsed into errors and was quickly down 15-40 on his serve in the seventh game and was broken when he hit a forehand beyond the baseline to help Bhambri take the lead at 4-3. Bhambri served a timely first ace followed by a forehand winner deep into the rival?s court to hold serve for a 5-3 lead and then, after Tearney managed to stay alive in the set he could not stop the Indian from racing away to the opening set backed by some notable serves. The Indian then started on the wrong foot by dropping his serve early to trail 0-2 but like in the first set fought back immediately to restore parity by breaking his rival?s serve in the third when the Kiwi buried his backhand into the net. With order restored, Bhambri broke his rival?s serve in the fifth game when Tearney double faulted and then held serve to take a handy 4-2 lead. Tearney had to fight tooth and nail to hold his serve and prevent Bhambri from taking a commanding 5-2 lead after deuce was called four times. And then when the Indian was serving for the set at 5-4 his rival frittered away two break points before Bhambri went up to set point with a service winner down the T and then clinched the set for a 2-0 lead when Tearney, undone by another net-cord return, hit his back-hand into the tape of the net. By now the Indian seemed distinctly on top and it proved in the third set too as he was all over his rival in the third game on Tearney?s serve. The Kiwi was down 0-40 and then fought back to hold serve by winning the next five points but after Bhambri held his serve he could not prevent the Indian from going 3-2 up with a service break. Bhambri played superbly in this game by using the drop shot from the baseline, an inside-out forehand winner and then a good approach shot to the net followed by a high volley to break serve for a 3-2 lead. It was a crucial break as he won both his service games while Tearney held his serve in the seventh and then served to stay alive in the first rubber when trailing 3-5. Bhambri, not to lose the advantage, put pressure on his rival?s serve immediately and had a match-point when the New Zealander mishit a forehand. And he came up with another excellent return of serve followed by a forehand down-the-line winner to clinch the match. PTI SSR AT SSCadvertisement
Argentine football star Lionel Messi is just one win away from reaching 400 victories with Barcelona, when the team visits the Vicente Calderon on Sunday to play against hosts Atletico Madrid in La Liga round 24.If Barcelona wins the upcoming tie, Messi will reach the 400 win mark out of 565 games played since he started wearing Barcelona’s jersey in 2004.During that period, Messi has taken part in 399 victories, 276 in La Liga, 66 in the Champions League, 42 in Copa del Rey, eight in Supercopa de Espana, three in the UEFA Super Cup and five in the FIFA Club World Cup.The Argentine forward has played in 102 draws and suffered 64 defeats.Atletico Madrid was the team to concede most goals scored by Messi with a total of 26 (21 in La Liga and five in Copa del Rey), followed by Real Madrid and Sevilla, conceding 21 goals each.Messi shares a record of 29 titles as a Barca player with teammate Andes Iniesta, as he has managed to win four UEFA Champion League trophies, eight La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey competitions, seven Supercopa de Espaa, three UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cup trophies.
Australia have suffered a massive blow ahead of the third Test against India in Ranchi. Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the four-Test series with a stress fracture in his right foot.CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOStarc will miss the Tests in Ranchi and Dharamsala. An integral part of the Australian bowling attack, the left-arm pacer will be sorely missed as the series heats up. (Also read: Australia respect Virat Kohli despite ‘offensive’ claims)A replacement for Starc is yet to be named.Australia have already lost Mitchell Marsh to injury. (Also read: DRS row: BCCI, Cricket Australia call truce in joint meet)Cricket Australia Support Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist David Beakley said: “Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test in Bangalore which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after the Test as we had hoped.”We made the decision to scan his foot in Bangalore this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture.”Subsequently, this means Mitchell will be unavailable for the remainder of the Qantas Tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation.”Starc was in fiery form in Pune, where he removed Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli in the same over to trigger an Indian collapse in the first innings.In Bengaluru, Starc responded in typical fashion after a stubborn stand between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.On the fourth morning, just when it looked like India would build a solid lead, Starc took out Rahane and Karun Nair off successive deliveries to expose an out-of-form lower order to Josh Hazlewood.advertisementStarc was a major weapon for Steve Smith in the ongoing tour. His pace softened up the top order and his hitting prowess came in handy on a tough pitch in the first Test. The 27-year-old hammered 61 and 30 to play a key role in Australia’s historic victory.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s presence during the current domestic season has been of immense help to the Jharkhand youngsters but on Friday, it was the turn of Bengal’s wicket-keeper Shreevats Goswami to get some priceless suggestions from the former India captain. (Security beefed up at Kotla for MS Dhoni’s Vijay Hazare semifinal)”I have never had an opportunity to enjoy a one-on-one session with Dhoni bhai. Today since the match was postponed, I went up to him and sought his time. He obliged almost immediately. I spent good 15-20 minutes talking about my game. I was a fan but today I was more of a student,” Shreevats said. (Dhoni rescued from Delhi hotel after it catches fire)The former India U-19 skipper spoke about mental make-up before big games, the concept of bad patch and other stuff like that.”Dhoni bhai said that no one exactly knows what is poor form and there is nothing called getting out of a bad patch. Often, it just takes two to three good shots while batting that will indicate that things are on right track for a player,” the Bengal keeper, who has been in good form during the season, said.Being a keeper himself, it’s rare opportunity to get a chance to speak to someone of Dhoni’s stature and Shreevats did not want to miss a chance to pick his brains.”He (Dhoni) told me that if I am playing at this level, I need not worry about the basics. He spoke more about mental frame of a player at the highest level. He said that it is never possible that a player can shut out all sorts of worries ahead of a big match but the key is to ensure that external factors are kept at bare minimal. The less one thinks about the end, the better he knows about the means,” Shreevats said.advertisement
Here is my new Fundraising Success column. Thanks to Emma for the tips.I have a really good piece of advice for you. Send a fundraising e-mail the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Dec. 30 and 31 are the biggest online days of the year, in my experience. All those generous procrastinators are just getting their acts together, so your timing is perfect if you send a last-minute reminder at year’s end.But make it a GOOD e-mail. How do you know the difference? We have a great new e-mail partner at Network for Good called Emma, and that company’s experts have agreed to share 10 big e-mail no-nos, based on their time in the trenches with electronic communications.So before you hit SEND on that all-important, last-minute e-mail in December, remember to AVOID these sins:1. Using generic subject lines.You know your latest e-mail campaign is the December newsletter. And you know it’s great. But it’s up to you to tell your constituents just why December is so darn special. Consider using your subject line to tease your favorite article or whatever you decide is the most enticing part of your newsletter. Also, try including your brand in the subject line. It’ll let people instantly recognize your e-mail at a glance and can help with inbox sorting down the road. 2. Getting freaky with Comic Sans.Fonts and colors and formatting, oh my. Keep your campaigns easy on the eyes with simple, intentional style choices. Avoid switching fonts every few lines, and choose your colors with an eye for readability. After all, a well-formatted campaign will catch your readers’ attention and make it easy to keep reading. And isn’t that the whole idea?3. Sending e-mail to people who didn’t ask for it.While it’s important to make sure your e-mail looks great, a successful campaign really starts with a solid, permission-based list. Only e-mail people who have asked to receive your updates or are directly affiliated with your organization. If it’s a rented list, purchased list or list of people who’ve never heard of you, avoid it.4. Using an invalid ‘reply to’ address.Since permission-based e-mail marketing is all about staying in touch with your members and customers, giving your recipients a way to continue the conversation is a must. Otherwise, you’ll miss the follow-up questions from your subscribers, not to mention those rare (but important!) unsubscribe requests from people who choose to reply to you instead of using a built-in opt-out link.If the “from” address you currently use doesn’t exist, consider asking your e-mail administrator to create it, or change it to an address that does exist and is monitored by someone who can manage the replies.5. Ignoring those results.After all the work of the big send-off, don’t forget the fun of watching the results roll in. They’ll tell you a lot about what your audience is interested in. Did you have an overwhelming clickthrough response last month when you linked to your blog? Consider adding more links like that in this issue. Did 62 people click to learn more about your newest program? Sounds like follow-up phone calls might be in order. Make sure you learn from the way people respond, and apply those lessons toward even greater success next time.6. Sending one big image.I know it’s tempting to take that gorgeous flier your designer created for print, save it as a JPG and plug it into your e-mail campaign. But sending one big image is risky. Servers are more likely to filter e-mails with large images, and recipients may move on to other things before your image fully loads. And some e-mail programs, like Gmail and Outlook, block images by default, meaning a percentage of your recipients might see the original e-mail you designed as a big, broken image. Yikes.7. Forgetting to test.By taking a few minutes to send a test to yourself and a few colleagues, you can have peace of mind that your links work, your copy is typo-free and everything looks just the way you thought it would — all before you send it to the big list. 8. Writing — and sending — a novel.Don’t send a really flippin’ long e-mail. When you send a campaign that goes on and on (and on), a typical subscriber — with a typically short attention span — probably won’t sift through lots of text to find the content that interests him. Instead, he might delete your e-mail at a glance.9. Sending too often or not enough).Finding your ideal frequency depends on a few factors, like what your organization does and who you send to. Just keep in mind that sending too frequently may annoy your readers and increase your opt-out rate, but long lapses of silence may cause some readers to just plain forget about you. Aim for regular contact that keeps your brand in front of your readers, and make sure each send-off has a purpose. 10. Not personalizing.Sometimes being one in a million isn’t such a good thing, and you certainly don’t want your readers to feel like they’re just one e-mail address in a giant list. Use your e-mail campaign to connect personally with your readers, but don’t just stop with a personal, first-name greeting (although that’s a great place to start). Look for other ways to extend a personal touch, whether it’s through sending targeted messages based on your readers’ ZIP codes or interests, or keeping a friendly, personal tone as you write your content.
Imagine what the world would be like if every time you were inspired to help someone or something, you could — with just a few clicks, anywhere online. That’s the mission of Network for Good. We make it as easy to donate and volunteer online as it is to shop online, and we make it simple and affordable for all nonprofits, of any size, to recruit donors and volunteers via the Internet.If you’re someone who wants to help your favorite cause, click here to support your favorite charities in one place If you’re a charity that needs support for your vital mission, click here for easy and affordable online fundraising and communication servicesIf you’re a company that wants to do good, click here to learn how we can make that happen togetherWhat we’ve accomplished:Distributed over $800 million in online donations to more than 100,000 different nonprofits and matched more than 250,000 volunteers with thousands of nonprofitsRecognized for revolutionizing philanthropy by Computerworld, Forbes, ePhilanthropy Foundation, Wired, Marketing SherpaReturned $18 to the sector for every $1 invested in Network for GoodReturned $29 in donations for every $1 a nonprofit spends on our servicesTaken fundraising viral and raised well over $2.5 million via fundraising widgetBuilt a Volunteer Network that connects users across the country with more than 200,000 local, international and virtual volunteer opportunities
My favorite nonprofit, A Wider Circle, set me a thank-you letter this weekend. It started with the following quote.“I truly appreciate everything you have given my family. The household items aside, it’s the hope, the faith, the trust, and the reassurance that kind, caring and loving people still do exist. I used to be the one that donated the clothes, the canned goods, and volunteered my time. But here I was having to rely on the same from others. It’s going to be a struggle for a while but we’re keeping our faith and staying strong.” It was from Raeleen, mother of two, whose home was fully furnished by A Wider Circle.This has all the hallmarks of a wonderful acknowledgement:It’s heartfelt, it’s original, it’s emotional and it’s tangible. And better, yet, it’s got the right messenger.The inclusion of the words of someone helped by my donation is powerful, authentic and moving. Not to mention relatable. How many of us have had moments where we are reluctant to ask for help and understand the vulnerability that accepting it entails? I not only understand the difference I made, I think I understand something of the person I helped.I hope this inspires you, because there is no greater gift to a donor than a story of how they helped.And if you’re stuck, here’s my template for a great thank-you.Dear _________________ (use donor’s name, spelled correctly)First: Don’t start with the typical “thank you for your donation!” Start with a vivid image or mini story of what the donor made possible, like the example in this post!Second: Say thank you and give the donor credit for the impact of the donation and/or the specific program(s) supported.Third: Express gratitude for the specific gift amount, noting the date and including any language on tax deductibility.Fourth: Tell the donor when and how you’ll be in touch to let them know more about what their gift is accomplishing. Include contact information – your email, phone and website – so they can stay in touch or reach out if they wish.Closing: Thank them again and sign a real person’s name. If this is a mailed letter, include a PS with a nice added detail about a resource where they can find out more about the difference you are making because of their gift.
Last year, I was talking about the critical importance of getting to the point quickly in meetings – and in messages – and a friend who is in the Navy taught me about BLUF. That’s the acronym they use in the military for Bottom Line Up Front. In a military setting, BLUF communications allow people to grasp the essence of a situation immediately and seek details only as necessary. It’s like a Cliff Notes for every situation. More recently, a reader wrote me with this nifty list, also from the military. Always describe:What’s what.So what.What next.If you’re in a meeting that is focused on getting to the bottom of an important situation, these are great guides. Encourage people to cite their headlines from the start. It not only saves time, it ensures the communicator has a point in the first place.
You’ve put so much work into getting new donors, so how do you make sure they turn into lifetime supporters?1. Make sure you’re thanking your donors properly.When you receive a gift, how do you acknowledge the donor? Whether you’re sending an email, a personalized note, or picking up the phone to call them, make sure your message is meaningful (much more than a receipt). Your message should be personal, creative, and focused on the donor and their impact. Show how their gift is contributing to the mission.2. Keep the conversation going.Of course you need to thank first-time donors as soon as possible, but don’t let the conversation end there. Invite them to events, call them to say thank you, and send them occasional emails or letters about how donors like them are making a difference for the cause. Use a variety of communication mediums and messages and keep track of your individual conversations in your donor management system.3.Track your progress.If you don’t track your efforts, there’s no way to know if your strategy is making a difference. Keep tabs on your new donors and see what percent are making a second gift (and how quickly), and compare this year-over-year. Review your donor data every two weeks to see how things are going and how you could better segment your donors for more meaningful communications.For more donor retention tips and tricks, download a copy of The Quick-Start Guide to Donor Retention.
Once Upon a Time…Everyone loves a good story. In celebration of National Tell a Story Day, we’re opening up early registration to our May Masterclass Webinar, “How to Tell Stories That Take Supporters from Passive to Passionate.” Discover the four steps to successful storytelling with Julia Campbell, author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits.Whether you prefer to curl up with a good book or get lost in a film, the story is what captures our imagination. A good narrative brings people together and forms a common ground; it evokes emotion, sparks passion, and creates empathy.For a nonprofit, a good story can:intrigue journalistsinspire donorsmotivate staff and boardrally supportersignite advocacysecure corporate sponsorshipStories are the basic building blocks for reaching our goals.As fundraisers, you’re responsible for arousing sympathetic emotions and inspiring action. The most powerful way to do that is to tell a great story. But what makes your story great? What do you need to include?The essential elements of any good story are the character, desire, and conflict.CharacterYour protagonist is who your audience relates to. Personalize your organization and mission. Look at your data and find those case studies that can serve as representational stories for the work you do. People are twice as likely to give a charitable gift when presented with an emotion-inducing personal story that focuses exclusively on one character’s plight.DesireWe all want something. What is the desire within your character’s story? Is it a need to change their world, to obtain something, get rid of something, restore order, or escape a threat? Make sure their need is powerful and immediate.ConflictConflict refers to the obstacles that arise and prevent the character from getting whatever she or he wants. Powerful stories about relatable people overcoming challenges inspire the reader (or listener) to help. Tap into those universal human emotions and your audience will engage with you.Particularly when it comes to telling your nonprofit’s origin story—whether you’re discovering how to tell it for the first time, or simply want to refresh your approach—a powerful narrative is the foundation of successful fundraising.Join us for our May webinar “How to Tell Stories That Take Supporters from Passive to Passionate” to explore more tips to create the ideal story for your fundraising.Early registration now open. Sign up today!
Virat Kohli hit a second straight century as India swept the one-day international series 5-0 by beating Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fifth and final match on Sunday. (Scorecard)Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took a maiden five-wicket haul to help India dismiss Sri Lanka for 238 before India replied with 239-4 with 21 deliveries to spare.Kohli was unbeaten on 110 following his 131 in the fourth ODI. He faced 116 deliveries and hit nine boundaries on Sunday.Kedar Jadhav made 63 and shared a 109-run stand for the fourth wicket with Kohli before getting out just two runs from victory.Here are all the statistics from the series:- This was Team India’s sixth 5-0 series sweep in one-day cricket and third under Virat Kohli. MS Dhoni has two 5-0 wins under his belt as captain.Sixth 5-0 clean sweep for India & three if them have come under Virat Kohli!#SLvIND pic.twitter.com/VhMHV35txn- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 3, 2017- India now have more wins than losses against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in all three formats.India now have more wins than losses vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in all three formats!Tests: 9 vs 7 ODIs: 28 vs 27 T20Is: 2 vs 0 #SLvInd- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 3, 2017- Virat Kohli scored his 30th hundred to go joint-second with Ricky Ponting on the list of batsmen with most ODI hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 49 centuries.- Virat Kohli now has 30 hundreds in ODIs at the age of 28.- Kohli (30) has scored the most number of hundreds after 186 innings. Tendulkar is second on this list with 16 followed by Ponting with 15 tons.advertisementOn both sides of the defeat at the Oval in ICC Champions Trophy, India have a 5-0 clean-sweep vs Sri Lanka – both under Virat Kohli!#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 3, 2017- Kohli leads the list of highest run-scorers in 2017 with 1017 runs in 18 innings at an average of 92.45 with four hundreds and six half-centuries in 2017. South Africa’s Faf du Plessis is next with 814 runs in 16 innings.- MS Dhoni set the record for 100 stumpings in one-day cricket, going past Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara (99)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has eased fears of an extended layoff for Ilkay Guendogan after the midfielder injured his knee an hour into City’s 2-1 League Cup win at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.Guendogan, who was making his first start for City after damaging knee ligaments in December, received treatment on the pitch after being clattered by West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob and could not continue.Guardiola said the Germany international had not suffered a recurrence of the cruciate ligament injury that cut short his first season in England.Reuters Photo “It was a tough situation for him but I think Ilkay will be okay,” Guardiola told British media.”He has a small issue with his knee, but not like before and I don’t think it will be anything serious.”City, who are joint top of the Premier League with rivals Manchester United after five games, host basement side Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of a disjointed Ireland in their playoff second leg on Tuesday to secure the final European berth at next year’s World Cup.Denmark trailed to an early Shane Duffy header but took control immediately and struck twice in three minutes, first when Andreas Christensen’s stabbed effort on the half hour mark hit the post and went in off Ireland’s Cyrus Christie.That was followed by a superbly swept home second from Eriksen, who then made sure of victory with a left-footed effort on 64 minutes and completed his hat trick following poor defending 10 minutes later.Nicklas Bendtner added a late penalty for the Danes, who reached their fifth World Cup having been frustrated by a well-organised Irish display in a scrappy goalless first leg.”We were well beaten in the end, no question about that… The goals were so sloppy,” Ireland manager Martin O’Neill told Irish national broadcaster RTE.It had all looked so different for Ireland when Duffy took advantage of some poor defending to put the hosts ahead.Nicolai Jorgensen sliced an innocuous long free kick towards his own goal and into the path of the Brighton and Hove Albion defender who beat Kasper Schmeichel to the ball and sent the packed Aviva Stadium wild.AP PhotoDenmark refused to panic, however, sewing fears among the home fans that they scored too early as Ireland keeper and first leg man-of-the-match Darren Randolph saved well from William Kvist and Pione Sisto after his defence was carved open.advertisementIreland tried not to sit back and contributed to the blistering start with two quick chances of their own with big striker Daryl Murphy rippling the side netting with a deft flick and James McClean dragging a shot wide.Ireland boss O’Neill predicted his side would need to score two goals to end their 16-year World Cup appearance drought and that briefly looked like being the case when Sisto’s nutmeg of Harry Arter from a short corner led to Denmark’s leveller.Stephen Ward then carelessly lost the ball on the halfway line and it made its way to Eriksen whose edge-of-the-box strike went in off the crossbar.The hosts never looked like threatening and fell apart as they were easily picked off on the break with Eriksen curling in the pick of the bunch from outside the box and then hammering home his 11th of the qualification stages.”It’s a crazy feeling right now, we’ve been fighting together for so long,” Eriksen said.Most Irish fans, in raucous voice only an hour earlier, had streamed out of the stadium before Bendtner completed the humiliation.
Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna was a true winner but it was the misfortune of the brilliant Czech, who died on Monday aged 49, to always be recalled for one of sport’s most famous and heart-rending meltdowns despite her collection of 100 tennis titles.After Novotna’s death following a long fight with cancer, Wimbledon, the tournament where she really made her name in both defeat and victory, paid tribute to her as “a true champion in all senses of the word”.For even though she was victorious as singles champion there in 1998, it was five years earlier on the same Centre Court that she really captured the imagination — and sympathy — of the sports world when losing the final to German Steffi Graf.Her defeat, conjured from the jaws of victory when she lost her nerve and confidence, is still considered one of sport’s great meltdowns as Novotna was a point away from taking a 5-1 lead in the third set only to serve a double fault.It led to a capitulation that was painful to behold as Graf, who was to go on to become one of the all-time greats, took five games on the trot and won the final set 6-4.The failure was all too much for the then 24-year-old Novotna to take.At the presentation ceremony afterwards, she broke down and, in one of the iconic images in Wimbledon annals, burst into tears while being comforted by the Duchess of Kent, the British royal who gave her a shoulder to cry on — literally.advertisement”I know you will win it one day, don’t worry,” the Duchess told her at that moment. They proved to be prophetic words.Four years later, Novotna, whose background as a talented child gymnast helped her to hone a dynamically athletic serve-and-volley game perfect for Wimbledon, reached the final again.Again, she lost, this time to the teenage tyro Martina Hingis, after being a point away from a 3-0 lead in the final set but this time she was scuppered not so much by a lack of nerve as by an abdominal injury as the Swiss swept the last set.Yet, once again, it heightened the idea that Novotna was one of sport’s great “chokers” — one reporter once described her cruelly as “No-No Novotna, the lady from Choke-Oslovakia” — but it was a tag that she always challenged feistily.”I wanted to win myself, instead of waiting for Steffi to lose,” she once said of the Graf loss. “Unfortunately, she started playing better and I did not. Does that make me a choker? How many chokers get to the Wimbledon final?”She had a very good point. Winning 100 tournaments — 24 WTA singles and 76 doubles, including one grand slam singles and 16 doubles titles — plus three Olympic medals and the Fed Cup with Czechoslovakia, made her an outstanding champion.She finally took the chance to prove it beyond doubt when, a year after losing to Hingis, she lifted the 1998 Wimbledon crown, with practically everyone on Centre Court cheering her, by beating Frenchwoman Nathalie Tauziat in straight sets.It seemed fitting that she should afterwards be presented with the Venus Rosewater Dish as women’s champion by “the nice lady” who had once comforted her.”The Duchess reminded me last year that if I came back for a third time, it would be third time lucky for me,” she said at the time. “She said that she was very happy that I had finally won this championship.”So, it seemed, was the whole of tennis as the woman who had come so close to the biggest prizes became the oldest first-time women’s grand-slam singles winner in the Open era.As her “true friend” Martina Navratilova said on social media on Monday: “Jana was an amazing woman.”
Xiaomi’s Mi Note 3 was launched back in September in two storage variants – one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage and one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The smartphone came with a starting price of CNY 2,499 (approx Rs 24,500). Two months later, Xiaomi has launched a new variant of the Mi Note 3 in China that offers 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage, and comes with a cheaper price tag of CNY 1,999 (approx Rs 19,500).The new variant of the Mi Note 3 at a lower price will look to attract more customers. Additionally, both the 6GB variants have also received a price cut. The current price of the 6GB + 64GB model stands at CNY 2,299 (approx Rs 22,500) while the 6GB + 64GB model retails at CNY 2,699 (approx Rs 26,400). The Mi Note line has not been launched in India and it is unlikely that we’ll see the Mi Note 3 in the country as well.The Mi Note 3 is a dual-SIM supported smartphone that sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display. It is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB or the newly launched 4GB of RAM. The smartphone bears a dual rear camera setup with one 12-megapixel sensor wide-angle lens and f/1.8 aperture and one 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens and f/2.6 aperture. The front sees a 16-megapixel sensor for selfies.Also Read: Xiaomi announces third manufacturing facility in India, launches Mi Power Bank 2iAdditionally, the Mi Note 3 also highlights an AI Beautify feature, facial recognition and a 4-sided curved body, among other things. Connectivity features on board include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11c, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS and USB Type-C. The handset houses a 3500mAh battery, measures 152.6×73.95×7.6mm and weighs 163 grams.advertisement
India’s shoddy performance in the second Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion once again highlighted their lack of preparation in South African conditions after they opted out of a practice match ahead of the first Test at Cape Town earlier this month.Virat Kohli & Co. had instead decided to prepare for the three-match series just by batting in the nets where they had green pitches prepared for themselves. Kohli had justified India’s decision to not play any warm-up matches by saying the team wanted to control the training process where they could prepare wickets according to their requirements.”There is no point wasting two days in which guys go out and score quick fifties and come out. We would rather have them do two sessions like today and get into the Test match zone and test ourselves. We can try and prepare the wicket the way we want to but if you are playing a two-day game then there is no room for changing the wicket at different times of the day,” Kohli had said after reaching South Africa.However, the move to opt out of practice matches backfired both in Cape Town and in Centurion. Former cricketers have raised questions over India’s preparations.Bishan Singh Bedi had slammed India for wasting time playing Sri Lanka at home while others have wondered why India did not use their time in South Africa to prepare better.Former South Africa batsman Daryll Cullinan on Thursday blasted Kohli and the Indian team management for their lack of preparation after they lost the second Test by 135 runs to concede the three-match series 0-2.advertisement”Virat said when he arrived that preparation is not a problem. You’re fooling yourself if you think you can play without preparation. If you think you’ve got a chance this way, no ways,” Cullinan told ESPNCricinfo.”I expected it to be a given that after the Test match in Cape Town India would be back the next day at Newlands having a net session. I believe they took the day off. I don’t know what they were up to. If I was Ravi Shastri or Virat Kohli I’d say “come guys” (for a net session).”It’s not as if we’ve played too much cricket lately over here. You know what you’re coming to. They got a pitch which was quite friendly but it could have been a lot different had it been a proper Centurion pitch because this is where you really sort the visiting batsmen out,” Cullinan added.The 50-year-old also made it very clear that the world No. 1 team is now staring at a series whitewash and also questioned the ICC’s ranking system.”Kohli made the comment that we prepared well enough. I’d say that again I’m sorry Mr. Kohli “but you did not prepare well enough”. You last won abroad in 2008 against New Zealand so what is this ranking system tell us.”You arrive as the world No. 1 Test team and you are probably going to go back as the only Indian side never to have won or draw a match in South Africa, you are staring at a 3-0 scoreling in the face,” Cullinan said.India had lost the first Test inside three days at Cape Town by 72 runs while chasing a below-par score of 208.The Indian batsmen were equally poor in the second Test and it was only Kohli’s 153 in the first innings which had kept his side in the game for a while.India’s top five batsmen have failed repeatedly at crucial moments in this series which is why they are in this stage at the moment. Even a herculean effort in the final Test won’t be enough to overlook the fact that India’s best batsmen were just not good enough in these conditions.The third and final Test will be played at Johannesburg from January 24.
Mauricio Pochettino was a happy man as his Tottenham Hotspur side defeated Arsenal 1-0 at the Wembley stadium.He said he was proud of his side’s performance in their north London derby victory over Arsenal on Saturday but challenged his players to keep their fine form going.WATCHSpurs were comfortable for the majority of the match at Wembley and should really have won by a more comfortable margin, having wasted several chances in the second half.Mauricio: “It was amazing. The performance was fantastic.” #COYS pic.twitter.com/ihHAkzupa1Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2018However, Spurs had to survive late Arsenal pressure to take their tally from matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal to seven — form which moves them up to third in the Premier League table.”We feel very proud. The performance was fantastic,” Pochettino said. “The team played so well. The first 25-30 minutes of the second half we played amazing football and created a lot of chances.”I am very pleased with our players. We have to keep going.The Spurs boss added: “It is important for the belief of the team (to take seven points in those three games). Football is about trust, confidence and belief. Another clean sheet is good.The thoughts of today’s match-winner after another big result in the #NorthLondonDerby this afternoon! #COYS pic.twitter.com/WJHY8OHXdITottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2018″I am so pleased because this was a key period to fight for the top four. The Champions League is a competition that excites us and the fans.”advertisement
New Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Star marksman Jitu Rai today said the imminent dropping of shooting from the 2022 Commonwealth Games would be a huge loss to the country but felt that India should not resort to a boycott of the quadrennial multi-sporting event due to the issue. Former shooter Jaspal Rana recently said that India should boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the Birmingham organisers decided to drop shooting — an optional sport for the CWG — due to logistical issues. But Jitu, who won a gold in the 50m pistol event in the 2014 Glasgow CWG, begged to differ. “Yes, it will be a huge loss to India because shooting is one sport which is giving the country a lot of medals. I am personally disappointed that shooting is most likely to be dropped from 2022 CWG,” he said at the sidelines of the sending-off ceremony of the Indian contingent for the Gold Coast Games here. “But it is not that shooting will be dropped forever or continuously. It is the choice of the organisers of a particular CWG as it is an optional sport. It (shooting) may return in another Commonwealth Games, it all depends on the host country. So, I feel it is not advisable to boycott a particular Games by India on the ground that shooting is not there,” said the 30-year-old highly decorated marksman. The Nepal-born shooter said he was confident of retaining the 50m pistol gold he won in Glasgow in 2014. “The focus is to win gold again in Gold Coast. I am pretty sure I can win a gold this time also. The preparation has been good and I am ready for the Games physically and mentally.”advertisement Asked about his technique which has fetched him and the country a lot of medals, he said, “Every shooter has a different technique. Some will shoot after 15 seconds or some will shooter later. I have my own technique and rhythm is important for me.” PTI PDS PDS ATK ATK