Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has undergone right knee surgery for the cruciate ligament injury he sustained in the 2-0 win over Watford in the English Premier League (EPL) football championship on December 15.The German international took to social media on Friday to confirm the operation had gone well. He said: “Hi guys! I’m doing well and today’s surgery went fine. Now it’s another road to recovery. #ComebackStronger mode.”Hi guys! I’m doing well and today’s surgery went fine. Now it’s another road to recovery ???#ComebackStronger – mode: ??? pic.twitter.com/CDuAR091cz Ilkay Gndogan (@IlkayGuendogan) December 23, 2016The 26-year-old is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the season. (Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan suffers cruciate injury)Gundogan became the first signing of the summer for City, moving from Borussia Dortmund. But he had to wait until mid-September before making his debut after recovering from a previous injury sustained on the same knee in Germany.His current club City said in its website: “Everyone at Manchester City wishes Ilkay the best in his recovery and we hope to see him back in action as soon as possible.”
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain, ahead of ODI and T20I series against England starting January 15. However, he remains available for the series, with the selectors meeting on Friday to pick the squads. The 35-year-old had given up on the Test captaincy in December 2014 after the Melbourne Test, but continued to lead India in the T20s and one-dayers.Dhoni, was arguably India’s best limited-overs captain and the only one in the world to have won three ICC tournaments – World Cup, Champions Trophy and World Twenty20. (Dhoni steps down as India’s limited-overs captain)He captained India in 331 matches across all formats (Tests, ODIs and T20Is) – most by any player in cricket’s history. Australia’s Ricky Ponting is second with 324 matches.WATCH FULL VIDEO HEREDhoni is only the first captain from the sub-continent and third to have won 100 ODIs, after Allan Border and Ponting. He is also the only player to captain in 50 Twenty20 Internationals. Matches Won Lost NR Tied Win% ODIs 199 110 74 11 4 55.28 T20Is 7242 28 2 0 58.33 Last year captaincy record: Matches Won Lost NR Win% ODIs 13 7 6 0 53.84 T20Is 2115 5 1 71.43 Last year’s batting record: Matches Runs Hs Avg SR 100s 50s ODIs 13 278 80 27.80 80.12 0 1 T20Is 21 238 43 47.60 149.69 0 0 Last year Virat in T-20 and ODI as a batsman: Matches Runs Hs Avg SR 100s 50s ODIs 10 739 154* 92.38 100.00 3 4 T20Is 15 641 90* 106.83 140.26 0 7
Jaipur responded strongly as Venezuelan wrestler Jaipur responded strongly as Venezuelan wrestler Betzabeth Arguello handed a 8-1 defeat to UPs Pinki, who has replaced Babita Kumari for the remainder of the league. Although Pinki went into the second round leading 1-0 against Arguello, the Jaipur grappler stunned her with a clean takedown from a standing position to score a four-pointer and followed it with another takedown coupled with a rollover to emerge victorious in the 53 kg Womens category. Jaipur captain Elizbar Odikadze clinched the tie in his teams favour as he defeated UPs Mausam Khatri 5-2 in the 97 kg heavyweight Mens category and continued his unbeaten run in the tournament so far. The Georgian wrestler displayed his prowess on the mat in the very first round, managing to push out Khatri from the protected zone before recovering well to defend his opponents attack, turning it into a takedown and rolling over Khatri to establish a comfortable lead. Khatri attempted to score points towards the end of the bout, but Odikadze held firm, leading Jaipur to an unassailable 4-1 lead in the tie. The most exciting and action-packed bout of the evening was played out between UP Captain Elitsa Yankova and Jaipurs Ritu Phogat. Yankova, who won bronze at the 2016 Olympics, was defensive to begin with but came on her own after the first round, taking down Ritu to open her scoring. Ritu provided stiff resistance in turn and effected a couple of takedowns to make things difficult for Yankova. This brought out the best in the Bulgarian wrestler, as she exhibited tremendous technique to take down Ritu and effect two successive rollovers, gaining a clear lead. Even as Ritu tried hard to deny the inevitable, Yankova prevailed 12-8 in the 48 kg Womens category. She was adjudged the Player of the Tie. UP Dangal salvaged some pride by scoring their third win of the evening as Amit Dhankar overcame a strong challenge from Jaipurs Vinod Kumar Omprakash to win 4-2 in the 70 kg Mens category. As both the Indian grapplers looked to prove their mettle on the mat, it was Dhankars takedowns and rollovers that made him emerge as the victor, even as Jaipur won the tie 4-3. Jaipurs coach Mahavir Singh said: “I am very content with the performance of the team. Ritu lost by just a mistake otherwise her match was quite close. We are through to semifinals and our strategy will depend on who our opponents would be. Wishing for our team to win this season.” Jenny Fransson from Jaipur, who was ruled out from todays tie, said: “I couldnt play today but am happy and celebrating teams win without any muscle pain” Jaipurs Pooja Dhanda remarked: “This is my first time in PWL and my second win. Very happy for myself and my team. I hope I perform the same way throughout and help my team gets a podium finish.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisement
Panaji, Jan 22 (PTI) Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today maintained suspense over BJPs chief ministerial candidate post-Assembly election in Goa stating that “MLAs will decide and the partys parliamentary board will take the final call.””I dont know what you are trying to convey to me. A person from Goa will be made CM. Let the election be over, let MLAs meet, and the parliamentary board will take a final call,” Naidu said responding to a question on whether any leader from the Centre would be sent to Goa to be the chief minister post-polls.BJP leader Nitin Gadkari had recently said the next chief minister of Goa would be either from elected representatives or would be sent from the Centre.His statement had fuelled speculations about Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar being sent back to join Goa politics.”There is nothing wrong (in sending people from the centre). You are not importing people from other countries. If it is the MLAs desire (to have leader from the Centre) there is nothing wrong,” Naidu said refusing to reveal BJPs strategy.”Any wise politician will not speculate on ifs and buts. Gadkari has made it clear. Whatever he has said, there is no need to read more in to it,” he said.Responding to a question on whether BJP will allow Goas own bullfight sport on the lines of Jallikattu, Naidu said BJP has its ownconcern towards the cultural sentiments of the people of the state and we go by state governments wish.advertisement”If such situation comes any time in any state based on the reality, based on the wish of the people and situation of the law, the government will act,” he said referring to the bullfights. PTI RPS RMT ANB RG ANB
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India’s most successful captain, shared his memories as a schoolboy with a few hundred children at the Sehwag International School on Friday.Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in January and rewound the clock to play a couple of stunning innings against England in the limited-overs leg. In Cuttack, Dhoni slammed 134, his first hundred since 2013 before scoring his maiden T20I fifty in Bangalore. (Also read: A decade after T20I debut, MS Dhoni slams maiden fifty)Dhoni, who continues to remain a crowd favourite, more than a decade after his debut, visited good friend and former teammate’s Virender Sehwag’s International School to speak about his own experiences at school.”School is one place where you can study and enjoy sports. Teachers are also considerate. My time at school was the best period of my life. There wasn’t much pressure in life. (Also read: Virat Kohli should send MS Dhoni higher up the order in Bangalore: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”I understand there is a pressure in the modern academic structure. People are more career-oriented. But you can have a lot of fun at school,” Dhoni said.The 35-year-old wicketkeeper batsman said his school would always hold a special place in his heart.”It was a place where I started playing cricket and I was very sincere about my studies. School is one place where you make friends.”Dhoni revealed he was never about worried about results as he was more tuned in to the actual process. That also remained his philosophy in his decade-long tenure as India captain.advertisementHe revealed an incident from his earlier days and words of wisdom from his father which would stay with him forever. Dhoni had a match to play around a Class XII exam and he asked permission to go play from his father. Dhoni senior agreed readily which left Mahi bewildered.”My father told me ‘if you studied the entire year, then one day wouldn’t have mattered. Even if you did not study the entire year, even then one day wouldn’t have mattered.'”
Bangladesh’s seasoned cricketer Shakib Al Hasan said his side would like to put its best foot forward in the upcoming one-off Test against world number one India.”Playing a Test in India for the first time is exciting. We know it is not easy and India is number one at the moment. It will be difficult for us but that is why we play cricket – face the challenge and do well,” the all-rounder said. (Also read: India not underestimating Bangladesh, says Wriddhiman Saha)The Test match will be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium in Hyderabad from February 9.The team needs to put up a collective effort to the best of its ability to do well against India, he said.Observing that the Indian team is a formidable one at the moment with its spin attack, fast bowlers and batting department raising the bar, Shakib reiterated that his team needs to be at its best to make it tough for the host.He appreciated India captain Virat Kohli and others for their performances in recent times.He said his experience of playing in the IPL would come in handy.He said the young players, including the bowlers, in his side have been doing a good job.Meanwhile, India A bowler Aniket Choudhary, who claimed four wickets today at the Gymkhana grounds, said it is a good feeling.”It’s a big thing for me that I came to India A and doing well and took four wickets. It is a good feeling for me,” he said.advertisement”The wicket suited my bowling,” he added.Choudhary missed a hat-trick in the 61st over of the day.”The ball was changed. The ball (we were bowling) became old and soft. Then, we spoke to the umpire, spoke to the skipper that we should change the ball. The umpire said okay.I missed five wickets as there was a good chance but it’s okay. Next time, I will definitely take,” he said.”It’s very important for me to play for country. I have been doing well in Ranji trophy. I got this chance as well. He said he was expecting a India A call last year also,” Choudhary added.
Venus Williams beat top seed Angelique Kerber on Wednesday to advance to a Miami Open semi-final against Britain’s Johanna Konta.American 11th seed Williams, who is seeking her fourth Miami title, survived a long first set before she completed a 7-5 6-3 victory over Germany’s Kerber on a calm evening in south Florida.Konta, the 10th seed, had earlier recovered from the brink of defeat to edge third seed Simona Halep in a three-set encounter that lasted two hours, 30 minutes.Halep was only two points from victory in the second set, but could not put away her opponent, who pounced on the Romanian’s evident emotional fragility to prevail 3-6 7-6(7) 6-2.Williams, 36, whose previous Miami titles came in 1998, 1999 and 2001, will meet Konta in the semi-final, while Czech second seek Karolina Pliskova faces Danish 12th seed Carolina Wozniacki.Williams, playing in front of a crowd that included her popcorn-munching father Richard, took nearly an hour to take the first set from Kerber, but made quicker work of the second.Halep, meanwhile, got down on herself after losing the second set tiebreak to Konta.”It was a really tough match, very high level,” Halep told the WTA. “I was so close to winning, I was two points away in the tiebreak, but she played very strong and deserved to win.”Despite the result, Halep took comfort from a solid tournament as she works her way back from a knee injury.”I’m happy to be here after the break that I had. I’m just disappointed I lost a match I had in my hands. But my confidence is there, the game is there, I just need to play matches.”advertisementHer post-match comments were more positive than her negative remarks to coach Darren Cahill after the second set.”This is my character,” Halep grumbled to her coach. “Two double faults at the end of the tiebreak and I miss all the balls.”Cahill told a sullen Halep she was a better athlete than Konta, imploring her to make her opponent run in the third set.”You can write yourself off but I’m not writing you off,” Cahill said. “It’s up to you. It comes from within … be brave in the big moments.”But Halep was completely outplayed in the final set, and she said afterwards her exchange with Cahill was nothing out of the ordinary.”It’s just my personality to be hard on myself. I want to change that in the future. I can say that I’m better than before, and I’m working on it.”
Since it’s a holiday weekend – and I’ve resolved to stay in a creative space – I’m continuing the theme of unleashing your right brain. I hope you liked yesterday’s video. Today, I offer further inspiration, this time from Tricia Rose Burt. A thorough Type A perfectionist and Southerner (like yours truly), she tells the story of how she bravely surrendered control, became an artist and even managed to capture a nekkid man’s essence.I find this seriously refreshing. Enjoy!
Last month, Vanessa Chase, founder of the Storytelling Non-Profit presented a Nonprofit911 webinar on how to incorporate storytelling in email appeals. The webinar was amazing, and I highly recommend you watch the archived version. Because so many people listened in, there were tons of great questions, but we didn’t have time to answer them all during the Q&A portion of the webinar. I gathered some of those questions and asked Vanessa if she could answer them here on our blog. Read on to hear Vanessa’s tips on donor surveys and her recommendations for how to include visuals in your email appeals.What was your inspiration for starting the Storytelling Non-Profit?Vanessa Chase: I’ve been a fundraiser for a number of years, and I absolutely love the profession! A couple of years ago, I was working as a development officer. As much as I enjoyed working directly with donors, what I really loved was donor communications. But I noticed how ineffective donor communications tend to be, so I started to research and test narrative in communications. It led me to find that using stories not only helped us raise more money, it deepened the relationships we had with donors. Shortly after that, I started writing on my blog about what I was doing and sharing my learnings about storytelling with other fundraisers. My main mission continues to be finding ways to help nonprofits improve donor relations through their communications.In your webinar, you mentioned that surveying donors is a good practice all nonprofits should do. Do you have examples of donor surveys that I can share with our readers?VC: Surveying is one of the best things nonprofits can do to improve their fundraising programs. Through surveys, we can gauge donors’ satisfaction, identify ways to improve their satisfaction, and communicate with them more effectively.Here are some sample survey questions, and here’s a copy of a survey I received from Union Gospel Mission.If a nonprofit’s mission breaks out to three distinct program areas, do you recommend including stories on all three program areas in an appeal, or should you just stick to one area? Does that give donors the full story?VC: This is a great question. One of the things nonprofits struggle with the most is trying to figure out which stories to tell, especially if they have a lot of programs. In appeals, I think it is always best to make a specific ask for a specific program. These tend to have the best conversion rates, because the asks are very tangible and donors can wrap their minds around what they are giving to. The trick is figuring out which of your programs garners the best response from donors, and then leveraging those stories for undesignated fundraising.One of the things I recommend nonprofits do is create an editorial calendar for their storytelling over the course of the year. It’s helpful to know what your fundraising plan is, and then decide what stories you will tell and when. That way you can coordinate stories and messages across channels.During the webinar, we had a lot of questions on the topic of using visuals in emails. There is no doubt that visuals complement stories. Do you have any recommendations for using photos versus using none in email appeals? Are videos worthwhile? Have you seen any research on this?VC: I’m sure there is research on this topic, but unfortunately I haven’t come across it yet. You can think about the principles of direct mail here. We all know that what is “above the fold” is important. That can make or break the donor reading the rest of the letter. I think the same is true for emails. Once someone opens it, you want to make it easy for them to engage with. I have seen a number of nonprofits use an image above the fold of the email. But it is usually not just an image. They will overlay text on the image—typically the call to action—and hyperlink the image to the donation page. It kind of acts as a giant “donate” button right at the top of the email.Do you have any suggestions on how to share stories that are specific enough to be moving but not so specific that they risk breaking confidentiality?VC: Confidentiality is extremely important when you’re dealing with vulnerable populations and issues, so from an ethical standpoint, your organization should prioritize confidentiality. I recommend changing the person’s name and any details that could make them identifiable. Additionally, before you use the story, give the person a chance to read it to make sure they are comfortable with how they are portrayed.Can you share examples of great email appeals that implement storytelling best practices?VC: Here are two examples worth reading: This is from Splash, an organization that works to provide clean water to underserved populations, especially children, and this appeal is from Women Against Violence Against Women.We’re partnering with Vanessa to see how nonprofits are currently leveraging stories in their communications. And we want to hear from you! Please fill out this short survey on your storytelling practices. Thanks! And thank you, Vanessa, for providing great examples and inspiration to help nonprofits tell better stories.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits the Manchester United “dressing room is bouncing” after seeing a Romelu Lukaku brace secure a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Southampton.The Red Devils headed into a home date with the Saints on Saturday boasting an unbeaten Premier League record under their interim boss.At times it appeared as though Solskjaer could suffer just the second setback of his reign at Old Trafford, with the visitors taking the lead and putting in a spirited showing. 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! United, though, have rediscovered their fighting spirit in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s departure and dug deep to claim a priceless three points which has lifted them back into the top four.Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “It was one of those games, it had everything.“It was an open game and they came here to beat us. We should have been 1-0, 2-0 up in the first five minutes.“They settled down and scored with two unbelievable strikes. My team did fantastic and the boys did great in the second half.“The dressing room is bouncing at the moment.”Lukaku, who started alongside the fit-again Marcus Rashford, netted a match-winning double for United.Andreas Pereira also recorded his first Premier League goal as the buoyant Red Devils left it late but clawed their way over the line – with Paul Pogba even able to miss a stoppage-time penalty.“The belief is there, they have gone so long without losing games [domestically] and are raring to go,” Solskjaer said of a side that are 12 games without defeat in the English top flight.“They want to get on the ball and the confidence is high. They were class finishes from Romelu Lukaku and I am so pleased for Andreas Pereira.“Rom is a goalscorer, he keeps practising every single day and has quality.“When we changed to two up front that helped him as well. We had some great play at times, 3-2 we did it the hard way. That’s why we are turning grey.”United will need to find an attacking spark again in their next outing, as attention switches to European competition.They currently trail Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 in their Champions League last-16 encounter, with the second leg of that tie due to be staged in the French capital on Wednesday.Solskjaer has already conceded that the Red Devils have a mountain to climb in order to reach the quarter-finals, but claims confidence is high heading into the toughest of continental tests.He said: “We have done fantastically well away from home but we go to PSG with the belief, we have nothing to lose.“We will give it a go. This club has done so many great comebacks, the tie is not done.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The first match of the day between the United States and Ghana was technically the better match of the day but the attendance was poor as crowd generally came in for the second encounter where India are supposed to take on Colombia.While evenly balanced encounter on field ended on a 1-0 win for the men in red, the United States were easily outnumbered in the stands.Supporters turned out in decent numbers to cheer for the African side.The group of Ghana supporters sung and chanted the name of footballers and the country to boost the youngsters on the field.And one cannot say it didn’t work. The kids played some impressive football leading to half-time and had some decent chances but couldn’t convert them.US finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute through Ayo Akinola which sent the Ghana fans in silence but they were soon up and running, trying to push their team to victory but to no avail as John Hackworth’s men held onto their slender lead.The second half however had more people coming in anticipation of the India match as they prepared to take on Colombia.
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Celebrations in Brussels to mark Morocco’s return to soccer’s World Cup finals for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday, when crowds clashed with police, setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers.Images on social media showed overturned, burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city centre as well as police trucks firing water cannons at crowds gathered in front of the city’s stock exchange.Brussels police said that of some 1,500 people had come to celebrate Morocco’s 2-0 win over Ivory Coast, but that around 300 started to behave violently and attacked police officers and firemen called to put out burning cars and dust bins.More than 100,000 people of Moroccan origin live in Brussels. Belgium saw an influx of Moroccan workers in the 1960s and 1970s. AP Photo (for Representational purpose) Prosecutors said that by Sunday morning no arrests had been made, but Belgium’s interior minister vowed to hold those responsible to account, calling the events unacceptable.”The fundamental problem is that such events are used as an excuse for reckless behaviour and doing unacceptable things,” Interior Minister Jan Jambon told Belgium’s Radio 1.”We have camera images – whoever did this will pay for this, there is no way around it,” Jambon added.
Indian tennis star Yuki Bhambri on Sunday qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open.The 25-year-old came back from behind and defeated Peter Polansky of Canada in the third and final qualifying match 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in Melbourne.In his third and final qualifying match, the 25-year-old player struggled with his serve in the opening set before Polanksy pocketed the set with ease. But he bounced back in the remaining two sets and won the match in one hour and 55 minutes.The final set followed a similar pattern and Bhambri grabbed the only break point that came his way to book his berth in the main draw of this year’s first grand slam.This will be Bhambri’s third appearance in a Grand Slam tournament. He had featured in the Australian Open in 2015 and 2016 but lost to Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych respectively in the first round.”I think it was a nervous start but once I got my rhythm a little bit, I started playing more freely. Hoping I can win a few rounds in the main draw,” Bhambri told The Hindu after his win.Meanwhile, another Indian player Ramkumar Ramanathan lost a three-setter to world No. 109 Vasek Pospisil (Canada) in the final round of qualifying.World No. 139 Ramkumar came back to win the second set but eventually lost 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 in one hour, 44 minutes.
(Eds: Incorporating details about condolences, cremation)Kolkata, Jan 26 (PTI) Veteran Bengali actor Supriya Devi, famous for her role in Ritwik Ghataks iconic Meghe Dhaka Tara, died of cardiac arrest at her residence here early today, her daughter said.She was 85 and survived by her daughter and grandson.Supriya Devi was born in 1933 at Michkina in British Burma as Krishna Banerjee.She made her debut in Uttam Kumar starrer Basu Parivar in 1952, starred in Sonar Harin in 1959 and went on to deliver many other hits with him. She also acted in Ghataks Komal Gandhar and her other classics were Chowringhee, Bagh Bandi Khela, Sanyasi Raja, Debdas besides Meghe Dhaka Tara.Namesake, which was released in 2007, was among her last outings in the big screen.Supriya Devi had received Padma Shri award and the West Bengal governments highest civilian award Banga Vibhushan besides the Filmfare East Award Lifetime Achievement Award.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid tribute to the actor. She said in a tweet “Very saddened at the passing of legendary actress of Bengal, Supriya Chowdhury (Debi). We will fondly remember her through her films. Condolences to her family and fans.”Governor K N Tripathi expressed grief and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and her fans.”Supriya Devi, a legendary actress of Bengal, is known for her contribution in Bengali cinema for more than 50 years,” he said.Her body was kept at Rabindra Sadan, the cultural centre in the city, for three hours where Banerjee, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Aroop Biswas, Cultural Affairs Minister Indranil Sen and superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee were present among others.advertisementThe body was later taken to Keoratala crematorium in a flower-decked vehicle in a procession. Banerjee, her Cabinet colleagues and members of Bengali film industry walked the 5 km distance with the cortege.At the crematorium, Supriya Devi was laid to rest with full state honours.Expressing grief at her demise, thespian Soumitra Chatterjee who had acted with her in Jodi Jantem besides many others, said they had together been in films for many decades.Supriya Devis contemporary and veteran actress Sabitri Chattopadhyay said, “I cannot believe the news. We regularly talked over phone.”Prosenjit Chatterjee tweeted “Suddenly Supriya Devi left us…feeling really sad…RIP.”Actor Rituparna Sengupta said, “She was like a mother figure. Im a small actor in comparison with a titan like Supriya Devi to talk about her acting prowess.” PTI SUS AKB RG KK AAR
Double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova captured the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Sunday for her first title of the year, beating defending champion Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 6-2 in the final.Kvitova, who entered the tournament as a wild card, was dominant in the opening exchanges and hit 16 winners in taking the first set.The 27-year-old broke her French opponent’s serve twice more in the second set to seal the match in just over an hour.”This was a special tournament for me,” Kvitova said in her on-court interview.”All week, I played unbelievable matches and I really had to fight to make the final. It is not easy at the beginning of the year. I had to focus hard for the win.”.@Petra_Kvitova giving her @Formula_TX pic.twitter.com/pPyUCBb0XZ— WTA (@WTA) February 4, 2018The Czech left-hander gave few opportunities on her serve to Mladenovic, firing nine aces and saving all three break points faced in front of a buoyant Sibur Arena crowd.”Coming into this week, there was a lot of pressure and I don’t think many people expected me to show up in the finals,” the 24-year-old Mladenovic said in her runner-up speech..@Formula_TX Champion @Petra_Kvitova thanks the crowd after winning her first WTA of 2018! pic.twitter.com/OE6pvfr2da— WTA (@WTA) February 4, 2018″I fought very hard every single match to make it back here but Petra had an amazing week.”The victory meant Kvitova maintained her streak of winning at least one WTA title since 2011 and now moves back up to world number 21, while German semi-finalist Julia Goerges will make her top-10 debut in Monday’s rankings.advertisement
New Delhi: Feb 19, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATINONAL Mumbai/ Bhopal: Shivaji birth anniversary (B) Bodhgaya: Sumitra Mahajan in Bodhgaya (B) Agartala: Tripura Assembly elections (B) Ahmedabad: Canadian PM in Ahmedabad (B+A) Mysore: PM in Mysore (B) Bhopal: Hardik Patel in Bhopal (A) New Delhi: India hosts World Environment Day 2018 (B) Patna: Protests in Patna (A) Beawar: Sachin Pilot meets victims of cylinder blast (B) INTERNATIONAL Ankara : Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan salutes the members of his ruling party (B) Mexico City : Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event (B) London: BAFTA Awards 2018 in London (B) Port-au-Prince: a fire at the biggest clothing market in Port-au-Prince (B) Washington: A parade to mark Chinese New Yea in Washington (B) Liestal : The torchlight procession called “Chienbaese” in Liestal (B) Morgan Hill: A single-engine Piper propeller plane emergency landing (B) Parkland : A family prays outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, (A) Yasuj: An Iranian commercial plane crashed in mountainous region of southern Iran (B) Tokyo : Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley meets with Japans Prime Minister (B) Lahore: Imran Khan and third wife Bushra Maneka (B) Karo: School children walk as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo(A) SPORTS Buenos Aires: ATP Argentina Open final match (A) Rotterdam: ABN AMRO world tennis tournament (B) Daytona Beach: NASCAR Daytona 500 Cup series auto race (B) Seville: La Liga soccer match (B) Uniondale: New York Open tennis tournament (B) Los Angeles: NBA All-Star basketball game (B) Gangneung/ Pyeongchang : 2018 Winter Olympics (B+A) PTI PHOTO VNA DL OSSadvertisement
We’re pretty sure all hostel boarders out there must be resorting to some or the other survival technique to put up with regular hostel life. Here are some more hacks you can use to crack the most commonly faced problems in a hostel:1. Save space: Due to limited closet space, you have to learn to save maximum space in your cupboard. Here’s how:fold your clothes in a tricky waybreak the metal tab on soda cans and put them to better use2. Books are our best friends:Indeed, they are. For most of us who habitually can’t fall asleep early at night, here’s a hack for when you have to wake up for an exam, for studies or to prevent dozing off in class-avoid using any gadget for half an hour before you want to go to sleep. Instead, read a book. It’ll help put you off to sleep quicker.3. DIY study lamps: When your roommates are being fussy and you have to pull an all-nighter, use these two tricks to create a light that will not disturb anyone else, and assist you with your study:Cut a plastic water bottle from the bottom and insert a regular CFL bulb into itPull the hanging thread out from the bottle cap’s side and connect to the plug pointCover the bulb with a cardboard such that the light only focuses on your booksNikhil Kumar, an engineering hosteller in Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Dwarka, revealed a genius technique he and his friends adopt: “When we’re short of time and we have to complete an Engineering Drawing (ED) assignment, we hang a bulb inside a bucket, keep a plastic sheet on the opening and a drawing sheet on top of that. We can easily trace drawings without disturbing our roommates and can also complete the assignment faster.”advertisementAnother hack, says Maanas Singh from MIT institute of design, Pune, is to make light tables, by putting acrylic sheets between two single beds-“it makes shift tracing easy” (for students of Design).4. Managing cravings: When you run out of the munchies you got from home, and you’re too broke to even go out thrift shopping, life crisis nears.As Nikhil mourns, “This rich brat, who shares our dorm, gets fancy packed food from the grocery shop and stores it. That lasts him till the end of the month. He cooks chicken and mutton and what not… Makes all of us jealous and he doesn’t even share! On the other hand, here we are struggling to save our precious packets of Maggi because we were busy spending elsewhere at the start of the month.”We know the struggles foodies face. So, for the broke time of the month, learn some quick meals you can experiment with, requiring minimum materials. Here are some:Make your regular Maggi interesting by topping it with a half fried eggOregano and butter toasted on bread can taste like garlic breadCrush the sealed packet of Wai Wai noodles, open it, mix the tastemaker. I swear your taste buds will go yum!Innovate with the achaar/chutney your mom packed by using it as a dip with regular chipsWe’re sure you can come up with many more!5. The mattress conundrum: If your mattress is too hard, get a thick duvet cover from home to spread on your mattressIf your mattress is too soft, rotate the mattress in three cycles on a regular basis. First, rotate it such that the header comes at the footer position and vice versa. Second, flip it over. Third, repeat the first (but this time it will be on the opposite side of the mattress)Goldilocks, read the above points.6. The magnetic effect: Losing important stuff when you are away from home is a scary thing indeed, especially when you have less of them to go by. The worst is losing your keys. Know the feeling? Nikhil Kumar does–“The maximum we do is hand over a duplicate key to our roommates, due to the fear of losing them… But that’s not too reliable, so I guess there isn’t much you can do about it, except being responsible. In any case, if you lose them once, you learn the hard way, to be careful.”Well, apart from learning the hard way, we have one more solution for you:All you have to do is find yourself a piece of magnet (you can find one in the bell of your old cycle or take a trip to the hardware store)Nail that magnet to your wallEvery time you enter your dorm, just throw the key on that magnet, rest shall be taken care of (make sure you aim properly, though)advertisement7. Easy snack holder: Time for a snack but too lazy to find a bowl or even move enough to keep reaching out to the packet of chips? We got you. Wear your hoodie backwards such that the hood is in front. Fill your hood with those chips and carry on with whatever it is that you were doing, while casually munching on with the least effort.8. Mirror, mirror, on the wall: If your hostel doesn’t provide you with a mirror, Simran Kaur from Akal Academy, Shimla provides you a hack: “just hang a piece of cloth on the dorm window and it’ll almost serve the purpose of a mirror.”9. Multipurpose heating rods:Simran told us that she and her roommates used to save up on gas by using the iron rod provided to heat water in winters, to cook food-“Just put the iron rod in the water-filled pan and you can cook simple things like eggs and Maggi.”10. Bathroom phone pocket: We all love listening to music while showering, don’t we? But it’s not always possible due to the anxiety of getting our phones wet. To hack this problem, take a piece of cardboard or hard plastic or anything that wouldn’t get wet easily, and paste it on the wall in a manner of an envelope. There goes your phone-holder! You won’t even have to worry about it dropping/slipping into the pot, on the floor, or in the basin (don’t make that face; we’ve all done at least one of those).Make your life easier by adopting these useful tips, and hack your way through being a hostel kid!Read: Balancing sports and academics: Importance and tipsRead: Problems plaguing medical education: Why India suffers a severe lack of quality doctorsFor more updates on education, follow India Today Education or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Eds: Updating with Gururaja quotes) Gold Coast, Apr 5 (PTI) Weightlifter P Gururaja opened Indias medal account on the first competition day of the 21st Commonwealth Games, claiming a silver in the mens 56kg category here today. The 25-year-old Gururaja, making his CWG debut, equalled his personal best of 249kg (111+138) to finish second in a field where Malaysias three-time Commonwealth Championships medallist Muhammad Izhar Ahmed (117+144) broke the Games record for snatch and overall lift. “I am very happy to have opened Indias medal account in the Games. It was nowhere close to being my best performance but I am glad that it was enough to get me a silver medal,” a grinning Gururaja said after the effort. Gururaja was third after snatch, pulling off a best of 111kg after two good lifts before surviving a few nervy moments in clean and jerk. The Indian failed in his first two attempts before managing a good lift off his last chance to zoom to the top half of the table. “I didnt quite understand why my second lift was not declared valid. It was disallowed for a very minor movement of the arm. Had it been allowed I could have gone for a higher lift an perhaps target gold. But still I am happy,” said the diminutive lifter from Karnataka. Ahmed, meanwhile, bettered his compatriot Hamizan Amirul Ibrahims snatch record of 116kg, created in 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. He then broke the overall Games record, which was also in the name of Ibrahim. The Malaysia showman, who got the crowd behind him with his exuberant celebrations after every successful lift. was simply unstoppable, leaving a fairly occupied Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre enthralled.advertisement The third position was taken by Sri Lankas Lakmal Chaturanga (114+134). “The medals for the last three years have been rotating among the three of us,” Gururaja observed. Gururaja, a low-ranking Indian Air Force employee, is a quintessential Indian sports story of immense hardships and just a tiny bit of luck. Son of a truck driver, Gururaja had aspired to be a wrestler for the longest time before being pushed into weightlifting by a watchful coach who saw potential in him. “I am happy I took up weightlifting,” he laughed. PTI PM PDS PDS
PV Sindhu may have lost in the final of women’s singles badminton against compatriot Saina Nehwal but the Olympic Silver medallist said it was a proud moment for her to see India’s flag flying high.The 22-year-old shuttler also added that winning a silver medal in the singles event was a “proud moment” for her.”Happy with Gold in mixed team even and also Silver in singles,” Sindhu told India Today.”It has been a good week overall and I think today getting the silver was a proud moment for me. There is a winner and a loser, Saina played well, but I could have taken the second game. At times I feel luck also matters. It was a good one overall; there were long rallies and both of us were aggressive.””It was a proud moment for both of us to see the Indian flag fly high,” added Sindhu.Nehwal defeated Sindhu in straight games to win Gold in the women’s singles badminton competition at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Sunday. Saina displayed some superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory in the final.Sindhu relied on using her height to hit at Saina with steep and hard smashes whereas Saina looked to negotiate Sindhu’s power with her her ability to create difficult angles.As Saina beat Sindhu, the Olympic bronze-medallist increased her head-to-head record and now leads 4-1. The only time Sindhu has managed to overcome Saina was in the 2017 India Open.Saina has beaten Sindhu twice on the BWF circuit in the 2018 Indonesia Masters and 2014 India Grand Prix Gold and once in the 2017 National Badminton Championships.advertisementIndia’s coach Pullela Gopichand was a proud man saying “India has won” after one of the best singles matches played in the competition.”I only watched the end part of the second game. I thought Saina played smart. She stayed on. It was a close match and it could have gone either way. I think Gold for India, Silver for India.. nothing better than that. It shows both of them are playing really well and I hope both of them continue their performance for the rest of the year.”I think overall, it has been a fantastic performance. I think the team Gold for me was the highlight of the event. Saina was fantastic but also Srikanth beating Lee Chong Wei. These were the highlights for me. But overall, every player played well and I think it was a fantastic tournament,” Gopichand told India Today.