The prospect of Zinedine Zidane taking over as head coach of Bayern Munich has been dismissed as ‘just rumours’ by midfielder Thiago Alcantara.Pressure is growing on Niko Kovac after Bayern failed to win any of their last four matches in all competitions.The champions are sixth in the Bundesliga table after seven games, four points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, and were beaten 3-0 at home by Borussia Monchengladbach last Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Former Real Madrid boss Zidane, who has also been suggested as a potential replacement for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, has been tipped to replace Kovac.Spain star Thiago, though, dismissed the reports, telling Cadena Ser: “It’s just rumours. Rumours are rumours.”Fortunately, there are many veteran players at Bayern and we know how to deal with this.”We try to work in order to change this situation and move forward.”We have to work with what we have now. Speculating on the future achieves nothing.”Cracking on #packmas pic.twitter.com/cGwvhLNKbp — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 10, 2018 Bayern made a strong start to the season after Kovac succeeded Jupp Heynckes but accepted the champions need to improve when they return to action against Wolfsburg on October 20.”We started the season well, winning convincingly our first official seven games,” Thiago added.”After the [September] international break, we returned, and the team was a bit tired.”We go out looking to get a result, but we concede after 10 minutes and then it’s like a bad nightmare, you think ‘s*** not again’ and after that, it all goes badly.”From then on, you are in recovery mode. We need to be calm in order to return to be what we were. After all, only two weeks have passed.”We have this beautiful tradition at Bayern that we all get together with our families after the game in a room and celebrate the wins. That is why it hurts a lot more when we lose.”We want to recover those nice feelings, not just for us players, but for the fans and our families. On the pitch we are competitive animals that want to always win.”
Zinedine Zidane has been linked with roles at Manchester United and Bayern Munich and is planning to “return to coaching soon”, according to his son Enzo.The iconic Frenchman has been out of work since walking away from Real Madrid over the summer.He had tasted La Liga and Champions League success with the Blancos, with an historic run of three successive crowns enjoyed in Europe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The decision was taken to step away from that pressure and recharge the batteries before heading back to the dugout.Zidane appears to now be edging his way towards the touchline once more, with it possible that several high-profile positions could soon become available.Enzo, who worked under his father at Madrid before moving on to Alaves and Lausanne, told AS: “We all know that my father loves football and loves to coach.”It’s most likely that he will return to coaching soon.”The 23-year-old added on the benefits of a self-imposed break from football: “Now he is resting because it’s something he needed.”Even though managing Madrid is beautiful, it’s tough, with a lot of work.”Those left behind in the Spanish capital have felt the impact of Zidane’s departure, with Julen Lopetegui lasting a mere matter of months as his successor.The baton has now been passed to Santiago Solari, who has followed a similar coaching path to Zidane after being promoted from Madrid’s youth system.He still has much work to do, with the Blancos also counting the cost of having seen five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo head for the exits over the summer.Enzo Zidane admits that a big-money move to Juventus for the Portuguese came as a surprise to everybody, with the club still coming to terms with a sizeable void in their squad.He added on a €100 million deal: “No one expected it.”I personally didn’t. He decided to leave, and things are going very well for him.”He is missed, but I think Madrid is huge and I have no doubt that they will adapt in order to achieve great things without Cristiano.”Without Ronaldo, Real have made their way into the last 16 of the Champions League, but are currently sat sixth in the Liga standings after a testing opening to their 2018-19 campaign.
Former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has returned to English football on a short-term deal at Middlesbrough, with the Championship promotion hopefuls snapping him up following a spell at Tianjin TEDA.The Nigeria international midfielder has spent the last two years in China.He made a move to Asia in January 2017 after spending over 10 seasons at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! During his time in west London he made 374 appearances and collected numerous major honours.Mikel is a two-time Premier League champion, three-time FA Cup winner and the owner of Champions League, Europa League and League Cup winners’ medals.That considerable experience is now about to be added to the fold at the Riverside Stadium as he seeks to help Boro secure a return to the top tier in England.Tony Pulis told the club’s official website after completing a prized capture: “I’m pleased to get him in. He is a man with a lot of experience and quality.”He has a winning mentality and he wants to be here and a part of what we are looking to achieve.”Mikel has linked up with Middlesbrough as a free agent.He has been without a club since the end of the Chinese Super League season in November, with the decision taken to sever ties with Tianjin TEDA.The 31-year-old now has a new challenge and a fresh start on his hands.A number of clubs from across Europe had been credited with holding an interest in putting terms to a seasoned performer.Potential moves to Roma and Wolfsburg were mooted, but Mikel has opted to head back to familiar surroundings in England.He has been handed the No. 2 shirt and becomes Boro’s second signing of the winter transfer window following the arrival of Rajiv van La Parra on loan from Huddersfield.Mikel has made his way to Teesside with Pulis’ team sat fifth in the Championship table, six points adrift of the automatic promotion places.
By Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Dec 18 (PTI) Way off the mark despite the best of preparations, Indian archers were left to count the losses after a second successive disastrous Olympic campaign which threw the sport itself into disarray in a thoroughly forgettable 2016. Archers were the first to land in Rio about a month in advance to acclimatise themselves to the conditions but that hardly made a difference to their performance as they were also among the first to return home empty-handed. Archery was one discipline which generated a lot of hype in the run-up to the Olympics and the let-down was one of the big blows to Indias hit-and-miss overall campaign of one silver and one bronze medal show in Rio 2016. In the discipline, the biggest medal hopefuls were the womens team of Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and debutant Laxmirani Majhi but they bowed out in quarterfinals, losing to eventual silver-medallists, Russia. Leading 4-2 against the second seeds, India needed a draw to make semis but just could not handle the nerves as they lost the fourth set where Deepika failed to match her teammates two perfect 10s, allowing Russia to level and wrap the issue 5-4 in the shoot-off. The blame was back on the strong southern winds at the historical Samba Street, something that did not trouble their opponents. Among them the duo of Bombayla and former world number one Deepika had the combined experience of five Olympics with the latter boasting of a handful of World Cup medals besides winning at every other showpiece event. But Olympics continued to be a hurdle too big for Deepika, which will keep haunt her when she gears up for Tokyo 2020 as a 26-year-old. For India, the senior-most and low key Manipuri archer Bombayla impressed the most with a total score of 72 from her eight arrows including three perfect 10. In individual section, Deepika, Bombayla and the sole male member, Atanu Das signed off in the familiar last 16 stage. The 24-year-old Das impressed the most in his maiden appearance at the biggest stage by finishing fifth in the qualification round before making a round three exit. Till then, Satyadev Prasad had the best finish among Indians by advancing to the pre-quarters 12 years ago in Athens. An Olympic medal has eluded the Indian archers who have otherwise achieved almost every other feat, including winning a bronze at the youth level of the Summer Games, courtesy Atul Verma in Nanjing, China 2014. They have participated in the Olympic Games since the sport was introduced in 1988 Seoul and, barring 2000 Sydney when they failed to qualify, they have competed in seven editions but still failed to win a medal. Having burst into the limelight at a young age of 15 by becoming the cadet world champion in 2009 Ogden and two years later junior world champion, Deepika was the biggest hope. She has more than 10 gold medals at the world level including the team and individual at the 2010 Commonwealth Games when she stunned five-time Olympian and bronze-medallist Alison Williamson of Great Britain. By 2012 London Olympics, Deepika had transformed herself into world number one, along with her team, and its needless to mention that expectations skyrocketed. PTI TAP ATK PM PMadvertisement
New Delhi, Dec 20 (PTI) Indias return to the international boxing fold was complete today with the AIBA unanimously granting full membership to the recently-formed Boxing Federation of India (BFI) at a meeting on the sidelines of its 70th anniversary gala in Montreux, Switzerland. The BFI was voted to office in September earlier this year, ending four years of administrative logjam in the sport. “AIBA has voted unanimously to grant full membership to India,” BFI President Ajay Singh, who is currently in Montreux to take part in the AIBA event, told PTI. The BFI has already been granted affiliation by the Sports Ministry but is awaiting recognition from the Indian Olympic Association, which has referred the matter to an affiliation committee. Indian boxing was thrown into disarray back in 2012 when the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) was first suspended and later terminated for “possible manipulation in elections”. IABF paved the way for Boxing India in 2014 but the body could not run the show for even one year and lost a no confidence motion moved by disgruntled state units in 2015. After another year of wrangling, BFI took shape in September following elections conducted in the presence of observers from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Sports Ministry. Since being voted in, the BFI has conducted the National Championships for both men and women and will be holding the Nationals for youth boxers next month. Indias international suspension for the past four years had resulted in the isolation of the countrys boxers, who were deprived of foreign exposure for most part. The lack of competitive boxing was a major factor in the boxers medal-less Olympic campaign in Rio after only three made the cut, a sharp decline from the eight who participated in the 2012 edition. But with AIBA formally recognising the new federation, the opportunities in international training-cum-competition events are set to increase for Indian boxers. PTI PM PDS PDSadvertisement
UP Wizards took an early lead when Belgian Florent Van UP Wizards took an early lead when Belgian Florent Van Aubel scored the first goal in the 4th minute converting from a pass from Arthur van Doren. Being a field goal, its conversion was counted as two as per tournament rules. Prior to that they earned a penalty corner in the opening couple of minutes and two more by the half time, but they failed to convert any of these. Just three minutes before end of the first quarter, Lancers Devindar Walmaki scored through a penalty corner. Till half-time, the Wizards, who were leading 2-1, played some attacking hockey and had it not been for some valiant saves made by Lancers goalkeeper Andrew Charter, they would have scored more goals. Lancers, however, were back in action when their skipper Mortiz Fuerste of Germany scored the equaliser in the 4th minute of the third quarter from a penalty corner. In the third minute of the fourth and final quarter, Dutch Billy Bakker showed some great skills to beat Wizards defence and went past at least three players to score a goal. By virtue of Bakkers goal and as per tournament rules, Lancers extended the lead by 4-2. However, for the Wizards, Akashdeep Singh, riding on the back of some good work from his teams forwards, made no mistake to net the ball in the dying minutes of the alloted time to tie the scores 4-4. PTI SUN ATK ATK
Lenovo launched the Moto G5 Plus in India in March. The company has now – almost within a month – launched its younger sibling, the Moto G5. The Moto G5, when you look at it for the first time, would seem like an exact replica of the Moto G5 Plus, because it is an exact replica of the Moto G5 Plus. The only differences here are with respect to hardware.The Moto G5, because it is a relatively more affordable phone, has a humbler spec sheet. Clearly, in the case of the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, it’s what’s inside that counts.Also Read: Lenovo’s new Moto G5, G5 Plus make last year’s Moto G4, G4 Plus look dumb The first all-metal Moto G took a long time coming. But, eventually it got here. Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are carved out of aluminum and will be available for buying in lunar gray and fine gold options. The Moto G5 in stark contrast to the Moto G5 Plus has a removable back cover and a removable battery as well.Lenovo, last year, made a clear distinction between the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in terms of hardware specs. The Moto G4 Plus was the all premium Moto G while the Moto G4 was a relatively basic affair that was easier to overlook in a sea of significantly better smartphones from the kinds of Xiaomi and Honor. The fingerprint scanner was one major point of distinction. The Moto G4 did not have one.This year, too, the Moto G5 Plus is the heftier Moto G, but, the Moto G5 is also not very far behind. It also gets a fingerprint scanner on the front for one, just like it is in the Moto G5 Plus. In fact, keep the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus together, and it would be really hard to tell the difference. And while we are on fingerprint scanners, here’s the thing, it looks very different now. The capacitive button housing the fingerprint scanner in the Moto G4 Plus was an anomaly. It’s a pill-shaped even structure now — that looks pleasing — that (also) supports a new one button navigation feature.The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are both all-metal phones with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating. While the Moto G5 is a 5-inch phone, the Moto G5 Plus has a slightly bigger 5.2-inch one. Both the phones have a 1080p screen.While the Moto G5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor the Moto G5 Plus has a beefier Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 inside. While the Moto G5 available in India comes with 3 gigs of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, the Moto G5 Plus comes in two options: 3/4 GB of RAM and 16/64 GB of internal memory. Both the phones support expandable memory via dedicated micro-SD card slot, dual-SIM and 4G LTE connectivity.The Snapdragon 625 is the first 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor — the Snapdragon 625 in this case — with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. The Snapdragon 625, for your reference, consumes up to 35 per cent lower power than its predecessor (the Snapdragon 617), in typical usage scenarios, according to Qualcomm. As for the Snapdragon 430 which is inside the Moto G5, well, it is no slouch either.The Moto G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with dual pixel autofocus, f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash. It’s a significant upgrade over the camera on-board the Moto G4 Plus. In layman’s terms, the Moto G5 Plus is supposed to focus quickly with minimum shutter lag and also it is supposed to excel in low light photography, in comparison to rival phones in and around its price category. Additionally, the Moto G5 Plus’ rear camera is also capable of recording 4K video. The Moto G5 on the other hand comes with a standard 13-megapixel camera. Both the phones come with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus run an almost unmodified version of Android Nougat Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant. The addition of the Google Assistant means that users can send messages, make calls, navigate, and manage their tasks, simply by holding the home button. The Google Assistant will arrive on both the phones later through a software update.While the Moto G5 is backed by a 2,800mAh battery, the Moto G5 Plus has a bigger 3,000mAh battery. Both the phones support fast charging. Battery capacity is the only area (along with the screen resolution) where Lenovo has maintained a consistency. Still, the Moto G5, on paper, is a small downgrade as the Moto G4 also came with a 3,000mAh battery.While the Moto G5 has been priced at Rs 11,999, the Moto G5 Plus is available for Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999 respectively. The Moto G5 Plus is a Flipkart-exclusive in the country, while the Moto G5 will be exclusively sold via Amazon India.Also Read: Moto G5 Plus review: Pure Android, good camera make it best phone under Rs 20,000 advertisementadvertisement
A fascinating new study of 17,000 people passing the Salvation Army’s holiday bell-ringers has some very important findings for you and me.*Here’s how it went. Red Kettle solicitors stood at one or both of two main entrances to a supermarket in suburban Boston, making it easy or difficult for them to be avoided. The other variable was how the solicitors behaved. In some cases, they were silent. In others, they said to passersby, “Hi, how are you? Merry Christmas. Please give today.” The researchers – James Andreoni, Justin M. Rao and Hannah Trachtman – found the following.1. Shoppers didn’t avoid bell ringers who said nothing – and a tiny fraction appeared to seek out the solicitor by walking a few paces in order to give.2. When the solicitors greeted shoppers and asked for a gift, over 30 percent of shoppers avoided the ask, BUT the average donations per giver rose a staggering 75%!The researchers ask why the “ask” is so powerful, and they raise the possibility of some pressure that comes from within the donor:The main psychological feature implicated here is empathy. Just as the smell of freshly baked bread can make it hard for a dieter to resist eating, stimulating one’s empathy through a direct and vocal ask can create a temptation to be generous that is difficult for humans to resist… We feel our results usefully shift the discussion of altruism, fundraising, and charitable giving to focus on the act of asking itself as the linchpin to understanding both the costs and benefits of the giving interaction.It’s all about the ask, folks. It’s hard for people to resist their generous impulses, and that is something to celebrate about our humanity.*Thanks to Roger Dooley, who pointed me to this study and blogged about it here.
The second season of the eMLS kicks off later in January as LA Galaxy host the eMLS League Series One before FC Dallas host the League Series Two in February.All 19 teams from the inaugural eMLS season have returned and the competition has expanded with Atlanta United, D.C. United and MLS newcomers FC Cincinnati taken the league up to 22 teams.Ahead of the new season one of the original teams, Chicago Fire, has expanded its roster with the signing of Enrique ‘BITW18 II’ Espinoza as the club’s second esports professional. Espinoza joins Edhem ‘HekTic_JukeZ’ Jukovic, who returns to represent Chicago Fire once more. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Espinoza is a relative rookie when it comes to professional tournaments but regularly places in the top 100 of the FUT Champions leaderboards in North and South America, with a personal best placement of 61 in November.Both of the club’s FIFA players are Chicago natives and new signing Espinoza already has close ties to the soccer club having spent the last four years coaching the Chicago Fire Juniors City U-10 Boys club soccer program.Having esports pros with connections to the club is vital according to Chicago Fire COO John Urban.”We’re thrilled to be represented in the eMLS by two Chicago natives with close personal ties to the club, both of whom are FIFA experts with the ability to compete at the highest levels,” he said.”They have our club’s full support as they pursue excellence within eMLS and the greater FIFA 19 Global Series. Competitive gaming at the league level continues to be an exciting area of growth for Major League Soccer and the Chicago Fire.”The two eMLS League Series events will feature separate prize pools and will decide the seeding for the 2019 eMLS Cup later in the year.The PlayStation exclusive eMLS Cup will then crown the second-ever eMLS champion with the winner receiving 850 Global Series Points towards qualification for the 2019 eWorld Cup.
The Freelance Life spotlights members who are pursuing their passions through independent work. Meet Steve Lieber, comic book artist, commercial illustrator, and member of Periscope Studio, a co-working space for cartoonists in Portland, OR. Periscope is setting the standard for co-working – though its members have individual assignments and clients, they also frequently collaborate on bigger projects. Periscope has met with so much success that it’s in the process of becoming an LLC. Read on to learn how these artists work so well together.Tell us about yourself! How did you get your start as an illustrator?I’m a comic book artist and commercial illustrator. I’ve been freelancing full-time since finishing art school in 1990. I got started in commercial art by taking my portfolio around to ad agencies. I was ridiculously lucky. The very first art director I visited hired me for a huge storyboard job. Other agencies soon followed, and that kept me busy for a couple of years while I worked on my comics. I was making small-press comics and snail-mailing samples of my work to comic book writers and editors continuously on a monthly schedule until they saw that I was making deadlines before I had any.Now tell us about your co-working space for comic artists, Periscope. What is the space like and what is its mission?Periscope is a U-shaped space stuffed with drafting tables and computers in a downtown office building in Portland, Oregon. There’s no central aesthetic to the space: it’s everyone’s accumulation of books, props, equipment, spare dogs, and miscellaneous weird stuff. We formed in 2002, so we’ve been open for 11 years. In that time, we’ve worked on every sort of comic: comic books, webcomics, original graphic novels, commercial comics, comics-as-journalism, informational comics, comics-as-branding. We’ve done work for animation, laid out cut-scenes for video games, and had comic books adapted as a major motion picture. A few years ago, one of our members storyboarded three different commercials that aired during the Super Bowl. Our members are active in every aspect of visual storytelling.Periscope has some shared equipment — big scanners and printers and Cintiqs, a bunch of props, shipping supplies, and a huge library of comics, reference, and art books. We also take on interns, generally two at a time for three-month tenures, 52 of them so far. We try very hard to make the intern experience like a professional apprenticeship. In exchange for some moderate office chores, they get steady access to two dozen working professionals. We do demos and tutorials, critique their work, tackle their craft and business questions, put them on some of their first paying gigs, introduce them to other industry pros, and educate them about professional practices. We’re very proud to have put together a program that any of us would’ve wanted to be part of at the start of our own careers.Our mission is to create great comics and art in a stimulating and supportive environment.Why did you decide to start a cartoonists-only studio? Where did you get the inspiration for Periscope?Creative people like comic book artists and writers have shared co-working spaces for decades, long before the term “co-working” even existed. Portland is full of comic book makers. We held informal meetups, getting together in cafes to sketch, talk shop, and show off our latest work. Everyone enjoyed it, so renting a space and making a studio seemed like the logical next step.Has running Periscope come with any challenges? How have you overcome them?It’s been remarkably smooth. We started with a core group of smart, stable, and mature professionals and we’ve done well managing our growth. Our biggest challenges have been the occasional interpersonal issues that come up when two dozen creative artists with heavy workloads and tight deadlines share a relatively small space. We’ve overcome them by just being grownups. It helps that we all recognize that what’s good for the studio as a whole is also good for every individual in the studio. When something positive happens for one of us, it tends to benefit everyone else in the studio, too.Do the cartoonists work together on jobs? What has been your most interesting project?Frequently! Sometimes two or three members will collaborate on a project, like Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover on their 4-time Eisner nominated comic, BANDETTE, (http://www.comixology.com/Bandette/comics-series/8519) or Jeff Parker, Ron Chan and me on our graphic novel UNDERGROUND, (http://undergroundthecomic.com). Other times, one of us will have an assignment that’s a little too big to turn around solo, so he or she can bring in a studiomate to help out. This means that we get to say yes some jobs that, without the studio, we’d have to decline. It also means that we don’t miss deadlines.Also, a number of our commercial clients have hired the studio as a whole to create comics or illustrations at a pace no individual could possibly manage. Working this way, we’ve created on-demand, in-real-time viral art for social-media agencies, comic book content for multimedia Alternate Reality Games (aka ARGs), comic book-style training manuals for an international clothing retailer, and tons of storyboard and pitch-art packages.Our group-projects are generally locked down under NDA, but one of the highest profile collaborations that I can talk about is also one of the coolest. DC Comics launched their long-awaited “Batman ’66” online comic with stories by our own Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case. Because they work in the same room, Jeff and Jonathan have been able to collaborate far, far more closely than most comics makers can, and the resulting work has received a flood of praise and publicity.What tip would you give to a new freelancer or aspiring entrepreneur?Treat it like you already have a job doing what you want to do. Produce great work on a regular schedule, and use every tool at your disposal to get it in front of anyone who might pay you to do it. For more in-depth advice, I recommend lawyer and negotiation coach Katie Lane’s blog at http://www.workmadeforhire.net/What drives you to keep going?I just love what I do. I love making comics, I love drawing pictures, and I love working in Periscope and seeing all the great stuff my studiomates are doing.Any big projects on the horizon? What’s next for Periscope?I’m illustrating a monthly comic for Marvel Comics called “Superior Foes of Spider-Man,” and another comic, “Alabaster” that’s being serialized in an anthology, Dark Horse Presents.Periscope as a group is in the process of incorporating as an LLC. We’re in the middle of planning a major creator-owned project featuring our artists, and we wanted that to come out from a single entity. We’re all committed freelancers – none of us have any interest in ever being a Periscope “employee” – but we’ve collectively reached the point of commercial success where promoting ourselves both as a brand and as a business makes perfect sense.I’d love to highlight everything our members are working on, but we produce a hundred or so pages of comics every week, along with illustrations, fine-art prints, and commercial art. Basically we look forward to taking over the world and reigning over it as a pitiless band of feudalist comic book warlords. 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We all know that finding great clients is part science and part luck. Sometimes you finally hook up with that client you’ve been diligently stalking for months, and at other times someone says something to somebody and a “Hey, are you available?” email miraculously drops into your inbox.But most of the time, vetting, prospecting, and opening a channel of communication with your ideal clients is hard work. So you certainly don’t want to waste your effort by not being prepared when you start to have conversations with a prospective client. There will always be projects that fall away between the “send me more information” and the contract phase, but veteran freelancers know what to do to increase their chances of landing that ideal client.Luckily, Sara Horowitz has picked the brains of hundreds of freelancers to discover these tips for landing the clients you want. Read on! (And if you want more where this came from, check out The Freelancer’s Bible.)Don’t go in blind. Learn about your prospect as much as you possibly can. This is where that little thing called the internet comes in handy. Study their About page. Breathe it in. Roll around in it. Look up key decision makers on LinkedIn. Follow them on Twitter. Retweet something the organization says. This shows that you’re already their advocate.Come insured. Some clients, especially big companies, require that general contractors and freelancers have liability insurance. If you want to land those clients, you have to insure yourself first. Liability insurance protects you from mistakes and accidents, too. (Freelancers Union has teamed up with Hiscox to offer liability insurance just for freelancers – check it out.)Do great work. This seems obvious, but if you come to a meeting where your prospect has already heard great things about you or seen some of the impressive work that you’ve done, you’re already halfway there. A reputation for honesty and great work is your best sell.Show value. Don’t be afraid to explain what you do. It’s quite possible that the person hiring you is doing so because they have no idea how to do what you do – and worse, she/he assumes what you do is quick and easy. So before you share cost, break down exactly what you’ll be doing. Focus on your value.Don’t be boring. No really. Your first meeting should involve you listening a lot. Nothing hurts your chances more than you going on and on about how great you are rather than focusing on the client’s needs. Look interested. Lean forward in your chair.Set expectations about money early. Sometimes even veteran freelancers have trouble bringing up fees and payment. But the truth is, your prospect might be relieved that they didn’t have to bring it up! Try soft questions like “Do you have a project budget?” “Do you have a range in mind?” Think about it before the meeting and don’t wait until the contract phase to start talking about it – you both benefit from setting up expectations early.Break the project into pieces. Sometimes clients can feel skittish about going all in with somebody new. So say, “For X amount, I can do A, B, and C. We can talk about what it would mean to do D and E.”Stay in touch. Sometimes you have a great meeting, and then crickets. It’s possible that the prospect doesn’t hate you, they just sort of forgot about you. You don’t have to email them with “Hey, get back to me.” Maybe leave it for a bit and continue to follow what they do – and if they get good press or something newsworthy happens, send them a quick congratulations email. Something nice but not creepy. Respect their time.What are some of your strategies for landing clients? Have any good stories of interesting first meetings?Did you hear the great news? We teamed up with Hiscox USA to help our members find professional liability insurance. In honor of that, this is the first post in an ongoing series about successfully managing risk and liability as a freelancer, which can help with everything from landing clients to protecting you from mistakes on the job.
All of a sudden, it feels like your freelance career has been kicked into high gear. You’ve had steady work, built up your social media presence, and have even begun to consider subcontracting as an option for taking on more work….But all of a sudden you come to a grinding halt and your inbox goes cold.Don’t push the panic button just yet. These things happen. It’s normal. It’s one of the challenges of freelance life and we’ve all been there. The truth is that short dry spells after busy periods can serve as a luxury if you let them. So how do we combat the tough reality of freelance dry spells? Here are a few suggestions:1. Keep a routineJust because you’re not actually working doesn’t mean you can’t trick your brain into thinking that you are. And if you’ve gone through a dry spell before, you know that looking for work is definitely work.Remember, a routine doesn’t need to be oppressive! If you work from home, you probably already have a routine, so all you’ll need to do is spend the time that you’d normally be working for clients on your own work. Whether it be networking, following up with new contacts, or surfing job boards online, routine can help you stay motivated and ensure that you get at least a few hours of real work done each day.2. Connect with OthersIt’s not hard to spend most of your day catching up on your Netflix queue. And there’s nothing wrong with that…to a point. Take some time to attend networking events with other freelancers. You never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities you might find. Chances are you’re networking all the time and don’t even know it!3. Clean Your DeskIf you’re busy, a lot of things tend to fall by the wayside, and chances are your desk was the first victim. Spend some time taking care of some of the more neglected aspects of your day-to-day life. You’ll be surprised by how a clean, tidy desk will affect your productivity.4. Tidy Up Your Online PresenceDo you have a website, blog, Twitter or Facebook account? Take a day to update your bio across all platforms and add recent accomplishments, awards, or other achievements. Is there anything that potential clients might misunderstand or find objectionable? Weed this stuff out and simplify your accounts. You’re already looking for new clients, so having a clear, nicely designed web presence can only help.5. Add SkillsYou can never have too many skills. Ask yourself: What skills would have helped you in previous projects? Maybe it’s time to learn how to write code, market more effectively, or use photoshop. Whatever it is, there are probably courses or certification programs in your area. The more skills you have, the more marketable you’ll be.6. Do Some Volunteer WorkNeedless to say, volunteering is a wonderful thing. You’ll help people, get in touch with your community, and meet a lot of wonderful individuals. It will also help you move up the freelancers pyramid, not that that’s the point, of course.7. Evaluate Your Business ModelHave you been undercharging? Talk to other freelancers and see where your cost of services falls on the freelance spectrum within your local economy. Maybe you can afford to raise your prices a bit. Maybe there are some tasks that you’ve subcontracted in the past that you could easily do yourself. Take a few days to balance your books. This will all allow you to track your finances in a more efficient way once your workflow picks up again.8. Take a Vacation!If you’ve been freelancing for long enough, you might begin to notice patterns. Maybe your work tends to dry up around the holiday season or after tax-time. If you know that a dry period is coming, prepare for it by saving a little bit of money and planning a short vacation around that time. Planned dry spells are much better than unexpected ones.How do you cope with freelance dry spells?
Mumbai, Sep 17 (PTI) India is likely to overtake Japan and Germany to become the third largest economy in the next 10 years but needs to be consistent in reforms and focus more on the social sector, British brokerage HSBC has said.Social capital is “insufficient” in the country and spending on aspects like health and education “is not just desirable for its (Indias) own sake, but is also central to economic growth and political stability”, it said.India also needs a lot of focus on ease of doing business and related aspects like contract enforcements.”In over the next ten years, India will likely surpass Germany and Japan to become the world?s third largest economy in nominal USD and the transition will happen even more quickly on a PPP (purchasing power parity) basis,” its economists said in a note.Demographics and macro stability were pointed out as key strengths for the country by the brokerage.Its estimates show India will be a USD 7 trillion economy in 2028, as compared to less than USD 6 trillion and USD 5 trillion for Germany and Japan, respectively.Presently, Indias GDP is around USD 2.3 trillion (fiscal 2016-17). It stands at the fifth spot in global rankings.The brokerage said the growth rate, which will be lower in FY18 as compared to the year-agos 7.1 per cent due to the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST), will recover from next year in a sustainable fashion.It also made a case against “stray reforms”, terming them as “harmful”.”There are limits to one-off reforms. India needs to create an ecosystem of continuous change,” it said.advertisementCiting the case of GST, it said the informal enterprises that create a bulk of jobs in the country may respond to higher taxation by shutting shop or laying off workmen.With concerns being raised about jobless growth, it said the e-commerce sector will create 12 million jobs over the next decade, which is half of the 24 million shortfall.Another avenue of job creation can be the social sector, where a lot of work needs to be done on health and education fronts, it said.India will continue to be a services oriented economy but needs to pay extra attention on manufacturing and farm sectors as well, it said, adding that it would be desirable to maintain the contribution of manufacturing, agriculture and services at the current levels.The Indian story will be different from the export- oriented one of Chinas, it said, pointing out that domestic consumption with over 550 million consumers will be the standout factor.Apart from services, other hallmarks of the India story over the next decade will be higher investment and capital goods flows as its focus on manufacturing increases, Indian consumers forcing foreign brands to turn glocal and a two- way human capital footprint that will see many skilled people travelling overseas, it said.”It (India) needs to broaden its specialisation (beyond just IT in business and cricket in sports) if it wants to run harder and fly higher,” it said. PTI AA NRB ABM
Google’s Pixel 2017 phones are going to be special ones in many ways. While the new leak from Evan Blass hints that the new Pixel phones could come with a redesigned home screen and a massive 6-inch display size for the Pixel XL. The phones have been leaked from every possible angles and aspects including its camera.The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are rumoured to stick to single camera set up and sport 12MP camera lens. Now a new report from XDA developers suggest that the two phones will also come with a face retouching and motion feature in the camera software.The Face retouching feature is like a beauty app that erases blemishes, marks and fixes other imperfections in your face before clicking a selfie. The feature is found in many smartphones like Xiaomi’s and Honor’s.The Motion photo feature is somewhat similar to iOS Live photos feature which was first introduced in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The feature when active, creates short videos before and after the click so when you view the photos later in the photo app, the object appear to be moving.Google is set to announce the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on October 4 at an event in San Francisco. The images of the two phones have been leaked by the famous tipster Evan Blass hinting that the Pixel 2 XL could be a more slimmer device than its predecessor Pixel XL. The phone could have a screen with just 18:9 aspect ratio and bear front facing stereo speakers. There are talks that the Pixel 2 could be made by HTC this year while the Pixel 2 XL could some from LG’s facility. The leaked photo hints that the Pixel 2 XL could appear a tad bit similar to the LG G6 with a FullVision display and thin bezels. The phone may come with a redesigned home screen with the search bar placed at the bottom of the home screen and an app grid above it.advertisementAlso Read: Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 images leak ahead of October 4 launch: Specs, features, price and launch dateBoth the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are expected to come with Google’s latest Android Oreo and HTC U11-like squeezable frame. Rumours also have it that squeezing the Pixel 2017 phones would launch the Google assistant. Rumours also note that the Pixel 2 could come with a 2700 mAh battery while the Pixel 2 XL will have a 3520 mAh battery.
Faridabad, Feb 18(PTI) A total of 13 lakh visitors, including one lakh foreigners, visited the 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which concluded today. Witnessing its success, the UP government is now planning a similar fair in Lucknow. Against 1,012 stalls last year, the 18-day fair had 1,070 stalls this time. Sticking to tradition, the much-sought-after annual event showcased an unparalleled display of regional and international crafts, ensuring art and culture enthusiasts a treat, and shopaholics and foodies an opportunity of a life-time. Presiding over the closing-cum-awards presentation ceremony, the Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki said it was heartening to see the mela being organised at this scale and exhibiting the spirit of unity and brotherhood among different nations. He congratulated the state government for making Kyrgyzstan the Partner Country and UP, the Theme State for this years fair. Haryana has made new strides in the fields of education and sports, he added. Tourism Minister of UP, Dr Rita Bhaguna Joshi, said the Surajkund Crafts Mela had become popular worldwide. She announced the decision to organize an art and craft fair on the pattern of Surajkund Mela in Lucknow. PTI VSD GS ADS
Australia will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the 1st Test between South Africa and Australia in Durban on SonyLIV from 1.30 PM today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3 in Durban: Live Cricket ScoreDay 2 ReportAustralia fast bowler Mitchell Starc produced high-quality reverse-swing to claim five wickets against South Africa as the tourists seized control of the first Test with a first innings lead of 189 at the close on the second day.Australia were 351 all out as Mitchell Marsh top scored with 96 before Starc (5/34) and off-spinner Nathan Lyon (3/50) skittled the hosts for a paltry 162 in their reply at Kingsmead.AB de Villiers (71 not out) was sublime for South Africa as he forged a lone battle, but ran out of partners as Starc ripped through the middle and lower order with his fast swing bowling.Australia will begin their second innings on the third morning with what looks a match-winning lead on an abrasive wicket that is likely to deteriorate further in the coming days.Marsh was dismissed four short of his century as Australia took their overnight tally from 225-5 to post an imposing score.The tourists had said they would be delighted to get 300 and Marsh steered them through a difficult time in the first session after South Africa had taken the second new ball and snagged three wickets before lunch.advertisementHis solid batting, coupled with a quick-fire cameo from Starc, who scored 35 runs off 25 balls, took Australia past that total and Marsh to the brink of a third Test century.However, he lost patience and tried to hit Vernon Philander (3/59) over the top of mid-on, only for the tall Morne Morkel to pluck a catch out of the air.South African spinner Keshav Maharaj (5/123) grabbed the last wicket of Lyon to complete a five-wicket haul.The spinner had been the most effective of the home bowlers on a slow wicket, which Lyon wasted no time in utilising to his benefit as he came on in the eighth over of the South African innings.His second delivery saw Dean Elgar (7) get a leading edge as he tried to play against the spin and Lyon make a diving catch to his right.Hashim Amla (0) followed three balls later as Lyon dragged him forward and he played onto his pad to be snagged by Cameron Bancroft at short leg.Australia picked up wickets at regular intervals through the afternoon session with only opener Aidan Markram (32) and Quinton de Kock (20) offering any sort of support to the excellent De Villiers.
Shardul Thakur returned with career-best figures of 4/27 to pluck Sri Lanka’s wings and restrict them to 152/9 on batting friendly track in the 4th T20I of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo on Monday.The home side were off to a brilliant start but thanks to Thakur, India managed to pick quick wickets and restrict the Lankans to a modest total.In reply, India did not get off to an ideal start after both their openers Rohit Sharma (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (8) fell cheaply. But Suresh Raina and KL Rahul steadied India’s ship with a 40-run stand before the southpaw departed for 27 off 15 balls.(Nidahas Trophy: Rohit Sharma lauds “smart performance” after India outclass Sri Lanka)Rahul (18) too fell soon as he became the first Indian to be out hit-wicket when he fell in the 10th over bowled by Jeevan Mendis.However, Pandey (42 not out) and Karthik (39 not out) then added an unbroken 68 runs for the fifth wicket to take India home. It was India’s second victory in the tri-series. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have won one each.Thakur, who was hammered for 27 off one over in his last match against Lanka, was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his brilliant bowling on Monday. And he was a happy with his performance.”I loved it. Happy to receive the award,” said an elated Thakur.The 26-year-old added that he dreamt of playing for India but there was not added pressure.”Always dreamt of winning a game for India and here I am,” he said.advertisement”Frankly there were some nerves but no pressure,” Thakur added.Sri Lanka were going away with the game and were hammering everyone around the park. But he came on and picked the wicket to stem the run flow. Thakur also bowled a peach of an over to pick up two wickets in the last over of the Sri Lankan innings.Speaking about his bowling plans, he said: “Nothing special, we just discussed how to execute our plans and it worked out for the better today.”India, who are on top of the table after this victory, will next play Bangladesh on Wednesday.
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PKL team Tamil Thalaivas names Bhaskaran as coach for Season-6 Chennai, Apr 16 (PTI) Chennai-based Pro-Kabaddi League team, Tamil Thalaivas today announced Edachery Bhaskaran as its coach for the upcoming season. The former U Mumba coach will take over from Kasinatha Baskaran, who has been named Technical Director-Thalaivas Strategic Grassroot Programme,a press release said. India cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is among the co-owners of Tamil Thalaivas. Bhaskaran, with a diploma in coaching from National Institute of Sports, has had stints as the national team coach.He also led U Mumba to the PKL title in Season 2, the release said.Tamil Thalaivas had recently retained the services of Ajay Thakur, Amit Hooda and C Arun for PKL season-6, beginning on October 19. PTI SS SS