Graham Taylor, the former England football manager, has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72, his family announced on Thursday.Taylor, who had a playing career with Grimsby Town and Lincoln City, was a successful manager in English football’s top flight with Watford and Aston Villa, guiding both to second-place finishes in the old first division.It was his ill-fortune, though, to be remembered for his turbulent reign as England manager between 1990 and 1993, when he was widely criticised for failing to take the national team to the 1994 World Cup finals.Amid vicious and sometimes personal vitriol, Taylor remained a dignified and charming personality and went on to become a much-loved and admired figure within the English game.After further spells as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Watford for a second time and Aston Villa, the son of a journalist made a successful career in the footballing media as a radio pundit.”With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack,” his family said in a statement.”The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.”Taylor’s death prompted a wave of affectionate tributes.Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s leading scorer, said on scial media: “Completely shocked by news of Graham Taylor.”Always held him in the very highest regard – the man who gave me my first England cap. So sad.”Paul Hayward, the Daily Telegraph’s chief sports writer, spoke for many within an industry that had given Taylor a rough ride during his England reign when he wrote: “His time with England might have soured him. He refused to let that happen.”advertisementDuring the worst of his three-year reign, which saw him resign after England had failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, Taylor was infamously portrayed by a national newspaper as a “turnip” with his face superimposed on the vegetable.THE IMPOSSIBLE JOBYet despite all the flak he soaked up with remarkable equanimity — his England reign was famously, and sometimes comically, celebrated in a fly-on-the-wall documentary The Impossible Job — Taylor’s remarkable achievements in nearly three decades at club level should not be understated.A journeyman player, he became an enterprising young manager who took fourth-tier Watford all the way to the top flight and to an FA Cup final in a glittering era for a homsepun club overseen by the club owner, pop star Elton John.The singer said on his Instagram account: “He was like a brother to me. We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever.”Further success at Aston Villa saw Taylor land the England job but the team flopped at the 1992 European Championships and never made it to USA 1994 as the vitriol towards him became almost intolerable.Years later he reflected without malice in an interview: “People ask me if I am still hurt about being called a turnip but I am not. I don’t go to bed worrying that a newspaper put a turnip on my head. If I had lived my life like that I would have been very sad.”That is not what hurts. That is not what I have to live with. It is not qualifying for the World Cup. In a quiet moment, when I’m driving the car, I think, ‘Graham, how the hell did you get that wrong?'”It is then that I sigh. I have some good things on my CV but the big one I didn’t make and I will carry that to the day I die’.”Nonetheless, even after the documentary in which his touchline mutterings, such as, “Do I not like that?” became part of the English footballing lexicon, he fought back with real skill to guide Watford back into the Premier League.
With the three-match One-Day International (ODI) cricket series already in India’s pocket, the third rubber against England on Sunday has little importance. But not for former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was seen in full tilt during the team’s optional training session at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. (Dhoni’s family, relatives expected to attend third ODI vs England)Only nine cricketers turned out on a sunny morning in Kolkata, with the likes of captain Virat Kohli and last match’s hero Yuvraj Singh opting out. Chief coach Anil Kumble was also absent from practice, with batting coach Sanjay Bangar present. (Dhawan battles thumb injury, not ruled out of third ODI)But what caught everyone’s eye was Dhoni who was seen hitting the nets — the first thig he did after entering the ground. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni first Indian to hit 200 ODI sixes)The 2011 World Cup winning skipper, who plundered the English attack in Cuttack with a calculative 134 off 122 balls, spent some time at the nets and was later seen assessing the pitch with keen interest. Dhoni also sat on his haunches, feeling the pitch with his hand. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni joins Tendulkar in elite list)With the ICC Champions Trophy being India’s next 50-over assignment and Dhoni now retired from Tests, the iconic wicket-keeeper doesn’t seem to take it easy by the look of things.Among those present in training were Shikhar Dhawan — battling a sore left thumb — Jasprit Bumrah, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja skipped training too.advertisement
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insisted his players are fully behind him following media reports suggesting he has lost control over his dressing room.Following their stunning title triumph last season, Leicester are battling relegation as they sit 16th in the table, a point above the bottom three after 24 games.”Journalists ask about the players, and whether they are happy with me, and I can tell you they are happy with me,” Ranieri told Sky Sports after Sunday’s 3-0 home loss to Manchester United.”We are together, I have full confidence in the players, and also the players are confident with me. Normally we never give up, but at the moment the confidence is not so high.”It is important to forget. Last season was something terrific. Now, we have to fight. We are Leicester and we fight.”Leicester, who are on a four-game losing run in the league and have won just twice in their last 15 top-flight games, host second-tier side Derby County in the FA Cup on Wednesday before a trip to face relegation rivals Swansea City four days later.
New Delhi, Feb 23 (PTI) With an aim to manage stress and allow the young footballers to have some fun time, head coach of the Indian senior national team Stephen Constantine took the Under-17 World Cup probables for a Go Karting session. The Under-17 squad is without a regular coach and its being trained by Constantine and his support stuff that includes sports scientist Danny Deigan, goalkeeping coach Rogerio Ramos, national team assistant coach Shanmugam Venkatesh and AIFFs technical director Savio Mederia. “It is always good to take the boys out of their comfort zone and at the same time have some fun. I cannot say who the fastest was but for sure it was a staff member,” Constantine told www.the-aiff.com In a first for many players, Go Karting struck a chord with the squad and left all in a jolly mood, the release stated. “We were pumped up for the training session and then the coach (Stephen Constantine) told us that we were going for Go Karting. It was a chance for us to do something new and out of the world, blowing off some steam in the process,” Aniket Jadhav was quoted as saying. “We enjoyed a lot and had fun. I think I drove the fastest lap,” Aniket laughs. Komal said, “It was a first for me. I had never done Go Karting and learning something is always great.” “You need to take your mind of football and sometimes these activities help us a lot to regain our focus while refreshing us,” he added. Savio Mederia hailed Constantines approach. “It is imperative for young footballers to develop in a safe and fun environment. Heaping them with pressure on the pitch can sometimes result in mental fatigue. Activities such as this go a long way in helping a Footballer in balancing out the mental stress,” he opined. “We need to understand that they are young and they too want to have fun just like other boys,” he added. PTI AT SSC SSCadvertisement
Lenovo on Wednesday launched the Moto G5 Plus in India with a starting price of Rs 14,999. The phone, which goes on sale exclusive at Flipkart, is a mid-range phone in terms of price with some seemingly high-end features. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and has a 12-megapixel camera with large image sensor and a bright F1.7 lens.Also Read: Moto G5 Plus gets buyback support from Flipkart ahead of its launch todayThere are two variants of the Moto G5 Plus that have been launched in India. These are:– Moto G5 Plus 3GB RAM + 16GB internal storage: Rs 14,999– Moto G5 Plus 4GB RAM + 32GB internal storage: Rs 16,999Lenovo said that to start with, it will also give extra Rs 1,500 discount if you exchange your old phone. The Moto G5 Plus sale will start from midnight today at Flipkart. The difference between the variants is solely the amount of RAM and internal storage. All other hardware components are same.The Moto G5 Plus succeeds last year’s Moto G4 Plus, which turned out to be quite popular for Motorola, a brand that is owned by Lenovo. However, is also a phone that is fair bit different from the Moto G4 Plus. Unlike the Moto G4 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch screen, the Moto G5 Plus comes with a smaller 5.2-inch screen. Although this may not please the users who want big screens, the 5.2-inch screen actually makes the Moto G5 Plus easier to carry and easier to use.advertisementAnother big difference between the G4 Plus and the G5 Plus is the build quality and design. The Moto G5 Plus not only sports a metal body but also has a more rounded and wholesome design.The Moto G5 Plus has a 12-megapixel camera with large image sensor, dual-pixel autofocus and a bright F1.7 lens. The phone comes with 300 mAh battery, supports two SIM cards and a microSD card. On the front, the phone has a 5-megapixel selfie camera and a fingerprint sensor. Lenovo says that it even has NFC so that “once Android Pay come to India, the Moto G5 Plus will be ready for it”.Also Read: Lenovo Moto G5 Plus Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Top specs shootoutAt the launch event of the Moto G5 Plus, Flipkart and Lenovo also announced that the phone will be supported with a “Buyback Program”. Under this program, next year when Moto G5 Plus users want to trade it for some other phone, they will get a exchange offer of at least Rs 7,000. This is only one of the launch offers. Here are all of them:– Additional Rs 1500 over and above regular exchange value for your old phone– Extra 10 per cent discount on SBI credit and debit Cards– Buyback guarantee on Moto G5 Plus worth Rs 1199 for free. Be assured of Rs 7000 buy-back guarantee 6 months post purchase– No-cost EMI options for 1889 month– Moto G5 Plus purchase can be bundled with Moto Pulse headset worth Rs 1299 at Rs 599In the market, the Moto G5 Plus will not only compete with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, but also Lenovo’s own phones like the P2 and Moto G4 Plus, which may get a price cut now.
All-India Tennis Association (AITA) general secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee has called on Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi to behave maturely after the two tennis legends took potshots at each other over selection in India’s Davis Cup team.The rift between the country’s two tennis stalwarts widened after Bhupathi dropped Paes and instead picked Rohan Bopanna in his final four-man team for Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I tie against Uzbekistan.Bhupathi had previously selected Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and N. Sriram Balaji for the tie, and had kept both Paes and Bopanna as reserves in the squad. (Lee-Hesh war gets uglier)Following Bhambri’s withdrawal due to his knee injury, it was speculated that either of Paes and Bopanna would be included in the team as the fourth member.However, Bhupathi ended Paes’ hopes of making it to the Davis Cup squad by saying he wasn’t willing to take the risk of playing Paes and N. Sriram Balaji together in such a high-pressure game.Bhupathi said he had no “personal agenda” in keeping Paes out of the squad. Appearing on India Today, Bhupathi revealed several WhatsApp exchanges with Paes to say that he was never really in the scheme of things for selection in the Davis Cup team.However, Paes, who was left out of the Davis Cup for the first time in 27 years, had lashed out at Bhupathi and accused him of flouting section criteria.The entire episode has once again opened a can of worms, leaving the entire tennis fraternity embarrassed. (Talk is cheap, history books don’t lie: Paes)advertisementHironmoy Chatterjee, AITA secretary general, told India Today that both Bhupathi and Paes are over 40 and should behave maturely.”I just came from Bangalore. I think we need to talk to them separately and together. I think both the players should behave maturely, both of them are over 40 years of age,” he told India Today.Chatterjee said the association will talk to both Paes and Bhupathi and will ensure that this does not get repeated.”Whatever they have said in the public is not appreciated by us (AITA) and we will talk to them. I haven’t had a chat with Leander but I hope to.”Once we have the captain’s report we will go through and do what is required. Whatever it is (Leander’s achievements) we will speak to the players and ensure that this doesn’t get repeated,” he said.
Meltdown an Opportunity for Marketing, Says UCLA Anderson’s Dominique Hanssens (Hat-tip: BNET Back to B-School Blog)Even when the economy looks bad your marketing doesn’t have to suffer, says Dominique Hanssens, Bud Knapp Professor of Marketing and the Marketing Area Chair at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. In fact, Hanssens, who recently served two years as the executive director of the Marketing Science Institute in Cambridge, Mass., and whose courses Andersen include Marketing Strategy & Planning and Research in Marketing Management, thinks a downturn is one of the best times for marketing to shine.I sat down with him recently to discuss the pressures marketing executives are under during scary economic conditions. Here’s what he said.Dann: What’s different about marketing during a recessionary period?Hanssens: The difference is the challenge on budgets, because many companies feel that marketing should be budgeted as a percentage of revenue, and therefore, if revenue does not look good because of the recession, marketing budgets are often the first to be cut. There’s a lack of understanding of the strategic value of good marketing, so if you work in the marketing function during a recession you get challenged more on your spending levels than other parts of the organization.Dann: What can a manager do to fight this off internally and get the resources he or she needs?Hanssens: The answer is to demonstrate the return on the marketing spending so that you don’t become a cost center where your budget is a percent of revenue, but rather a profit center where the allocations are seen as providing positive returns—especially in light of some recent findings that the impact of marketing can be stronger during recessions than during the good years.Dann: What final advice would you give to marketers who are finding it tough to manage in the current economic environment?Hanssens: It’s a wonderful opportunity to think through the mission of the [nonprofit] again and if [donations are] really is down, not just to chalk it all up to the recession. But think through the goals of the organization and look at all parts of the [organization], some of which are hurt more than others and ask yourself, “why?” You can get an indication of the true value being created by that part of the organization. It’s a good moment to sit down and reflect. In good times, that doesn’t happen because so much money is coming in and companies don’t challenge themselves.You don’t have to wait for the good economic times to be successful; you can be very proactive.
We recently were lucky enough to have Kim Klein share with Network for Good her wisdom on fundraising. The woman is an entertaining encyclopedia of fundraising smarts. She is really, really good at what she does.If you missed her talk, you can listen to it or read the transcript HERE.Here are four immediate steps she says you can take this December:1. Encourage your donors to give the gift of charity. It’s the holidays. People are buying gifts. Have them make that the gift of charity.2. Call all your major donors. She says, “The tendency right now is to think, “Oh, these poor people. They lost so much money.” So you don’t call them. What you actually wind up saying to them, even though you don’t mean to, you wind up saying to them, “All we cared about was your money. Now that you don’t have so much money, I can’t be bothered to call you.” And that is really,really, really not a message you want to give. You want to welcome them. You want to write to them and use a follow-up phone call to say something like, “We thank you for all you’ve done for us over the years. We are determined to hang in there and continue to do our work as best we can. We hope you will support us at whatever level feels acceptable to you.” Focus on the donor, not the donation!3. Tell 70+ donors how to save on taxes! She says, “You can transfer up to $100,000 in any given year directly from their IRA to a charitable organization and they pay no income tax on that. Normally if you withdraw money from your IRA you pay a tax, whatever tax bracket you’re in that year. And of course if you donate it, you claim that tax donation. This is a very nice provision that allows you to avoid taxation and still claim the donation, so it’s kind of a double tax advantage.”4. For smaller organizations especially, share a wish list! She says, “Tell people, this is the stuff we need. We need four ergonomic chairs. We need 10 printer toner cartridges. We need 75 reams of paper. We need new filing cabinets.” And you just kind of list all the stuff, everything in your budget.”Thanks Kim!
The Foundation Center has released Philanthropy Annual: 2009 Review, the third edition of its yearly compendium highlighting the news, issues, people, organizations, and giving trends shaping the field of philanthropy. Get it for free here.It includes an interview with me from last year. Philanthropy News Digest spoke to me about how nonprofit marketing has evolved in an era of social media and ubiquitous connectivity and what organizations can do to better market their causes and raise funds in these uncertain economic times.I was asked what’s new and not under the sun in the world of nonprofit marketing and here’s what I said. I still think it holds true. Do you?PND: Your book was published in 2006. Has nonprofit marketing changed over the past few years?KA : In some ways nothing has changed, and in some ways everything has changed. The fundamentals of how you motivate people to take action are timeless, so in that regard nothing has changed. Human beingsstill want to feel good, still want a measure of psychic satisfaction when they support a nonprofit or a charitable cause. They want to feel that they are seen and heard in the world. They want to connect to causes they care about. And they want to feel they can trust the organizations they support. Those basic things are never going to change. What has changed significantly, however, are the technologies we now have at our disposal to connect us to audiences and spur people to take action. For instance, online fundraising — though still a relatively small percentage of total giving — is gaining in popularity. That’s great because people tend to give for deeply personal and emotional reasons, so if you can tap into someone’s emotions and make it easy for them to act on the impulse to give, that’s a powerful combination. Social media sites are also great tools because they take word-of-mouth marketing — one of the great drivers of charitable giving — and put it on steroids. It is now possible through sites like Facebook and Twitter to reach a huge number of people very efficiently. And those sites also function like a big focus group, in that they enable you to listen to lots of conversations and collect a lot of information about how people perceive your organization and your issue. Social media is a wonderful research tool and a wonderfultool for connecting with others who care about your issue or cause.
We all know that the principle of scarcity is very effective in getting people to act. For example, “there are only 2 tickets left!” or “there are only 2 hours left to act!” gets attention. Limited time and limited quantities prompt action.Now there’s research showing another form of scarcity works well: the uniqueness of an opportunity. Making people feel an offer is only available to them and not others is likely to make them act.(Hence the title of this blog post: it is just for you. Did it capture your interest?) The team at Inside Influence reports the results of a study in which subjects were offered a discounted travel mug not yet available for sale, at a discount. Then the subjects were told one of three things. In the first, unique opportunity condition, they were part of a random drawing in which they had a 1:6 chance to get this deal (they didn’t know it, but everyone won the drawing). In the second, common opportunity condition, everything was the same as the first but they believed they had a 1:2 chance of getting the deal. In the third test, which was the control, there was no drawing – everyone in the group was offered the deal.Everyone was invited to get the mugs within the next week.Guess what? 27% of people in the unique condition showed up to buy a mug, but only 3% and 8% of the common and control groups, respectively.Wow. It seems that if you think you’re special, you’re more engaged in an offer!The implications? If you want to offer a special program for donors to support or encourage behavior change with a unique opportunity, this approach may be worth trying.As Inside Influence notes:In a world in which deals are increasingly being tailored to customers via e-mail, social networking sites, members-only groups, and direct mail, informing people that they have been specially selected to receive the offer (where true, obviously) will go a long way toward producing interest in, and compliance with, your offerings.I’d love to have someone test this with fundraising and behavior change!
(NOTE: A quick correction – the report this post was based upon had a reversed sentence which contradicted a finding. The report was just corrected online here in the comments. I didn’t catch it when posting, which perhaps led to you scratching your head. Hawk-eyed reader Willy noticed. The bolded text below is now correct. Thanks.)I think pricing psychology is fascinating, and it’s worth experimenting with it in our sector.I’ve blogged here before about one idea — that of anchors. For example, if you see $50 vs. $5 is a common gift on a list, then $30 either looks like a small gift or a big one. Or a $25 wine seems expensive if it appears halfway down a list that begins with a house wine priced at $10 yet cheap if the options on the list are reversed and start with a $50 wine first. The first number we hear frames how we react to other numbers. Now, Inside Influence Report adds another dimension to these ideas. This week, they summarized research on how we react to packages of several items.It’s really useful in thinking about products you sell, services you offer, grants you seek and donations you request.Here’s the idea, as the Inside team explains: A movie theater might offer customers the option to watch 15 movies for $99 or a lawyer may offer 10 hours of consulting time for $2500. A pair of researchers — Rajesh Bagchi and Derick Davis from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech University — wondered if the order of the price and number of items matters in how people react. In other words, is it different if you offer $99 for 15 movies? What if the lawyer proposes 10 hours of consultancy time for $2500 or a smaller package of 2 hours for $500? And what if the offer is hard to figure out? For example a contract for $1700 results in service to 1,000 people vs. $1695 for 1,100 people.The researchers presented these types of variations and asked the study participants how good a deal they thought they had been offered, the value for money it represented and, most importantly, how likely they were to make a purchase.The results?1. When the offer was easy to calculate, people rated that offer as better value with price first, item second, regardless of the size of the package2. But when an offer was more difficult to calculate AND the package offered was large, then the reverse was true. People preferred item first, price second. People were more likely to prefer and trial the ‘58 hours for $289.50’ offer over ‘$289.50 for 58 hours.’As Inside Influence notes:When offered a choice people will typically anchor on the first piece of information presented to them and adjust (sometimes insufficiently) for the second piece of information that follows. Furthermore this effect is amplified the more difficult it becomes to calculate the offer, leading to different evaluations and preferences for what are essentially the same things… To think that clients and customers judge larger packages and offers as a better deal irrespective of how the price order is presented is a misconception.The bottom line? If you have a complicated proposal of different prices that are hard to calculate, put the item first. If it’s easy with a smaller number of units? Put the price first.
Make it easy for your donors by offering suggested giving amounts that take the guesswork out of how much to give. Use your average gift as a starting point, and then offer one giving amount that’s slightly lower and two or three higher amounts. Illustrate what each gift level could provide with impact labels to help donors visualize the result of their donation.7. No recurring gift options.If you’re not offering supporters a way to give a recurring gift, you’re missing out on donations. Recurring gifts help donors fit giving into their budgets and allow you to collect more over time. If donors feel like they can’t give enough to make a difference, they may not give at all. Frame your recurring gift options in a way that lets donors know how their regular support will help. Has it been a while since you’ve updated your organization’s online donation page? It’s time to get down to business and whip your donation form into shape before the year-end stream of donations begins. Get better online fundraising results by avoiding these donation page mistakes:1. Too much text.Once your donor has landed on your donation page, don’t confuse, overwhelm, or bore them with paragraphs of text. One or two lines of short, compelling copy are plenty. Your goal is to reinforce your call to action and get donors to your donation form as quickly as possible.2. Too many options.Just like too much text, too many options on your online donation page can make donors less likely to complete your form. Get rid of unnecessary fields and remove extraneous navigation that will take donors away from your page.3. Inconsistent branding.When a donor goes to your donation form from your email appeal or website, do they feel like they have been transported to a different planet? A donation page that looks like your other campaign materials and your nonprofit’s website makes your donation experience familiar and seamless.4. Outdated information.This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have outdated information on your nonprofit donation page, you’re sending a not-so-subtle signal to donors that you may not be the best steward of their gift. Make sure you’re not still touting a matching grant that has expired, a program that has ended, or last year’s fundraising goal.5. Lack of testing.Two types of online donation page testing will help you get better results this year. Usability testing will help you uncover any issues that may derail a donor. A/B testing can help you decide which images, calls to action, and suggested donation amounts perform best. 6. No suggested giving amounts.
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.Someone in Washington is finally talking about the issues facing freelance workers.In recent weeks, U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, has been making news by giving speeches and interviews about what he calls the “sharing” or “gig” economy (a.k.a., the freelancers’ economy).In a July 6 Washington Post interview with staff reporter Cecelia Kang, former businessman Warner called for more politicians to talk about the needs of a changing economy.According to some economists, by 2020 about half of American workers will be freelance or contractual. Warner identifies three basic types of workers in this emerging sector:”There are millennials that we like to talk about as celebrating the choices of part-time work and who don’t want to have 9-to-5 jobs and who love working on three to four things at once.There are the people my age who are forced into this because they lost a good job during the recession and now need multiple revenue streams.And then there is the third category of people who are probably rolling their eyes saying this is nothing new and they’ve been working like this for the last 20 years and it’s been called ‘just getting by.'”Warner has raised the issue a lot these days. On June 4, he spoke about the topic at the New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank.The organization described his comments as “perhaps the first significant speech of any Washington, D.C. policymaker on the potential impact of generational and technological changes on the American economy.”One senator trying to get a dialogue about the new economy of part-time, freelance workers may not be enough to get Congress as a whole talking. But it’s a start.David Clarke is a freelance writer with more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist covering environmental policy. His current gigs include work as a Senior Editor/Writer for The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc., and as the Federal Beat feature writer for The Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Forum magazine. In addition, he has written book reviews, encyclopedia articles, speeches, blogs, and other published work.
Huawei sub-brand Honor will hold an event in China next week on November 28 where it is expected to unveil the Honor V10. The company’s flagship smartphone is expected to sport an edge-to-edge display, similar to the Honor 9i and Honor 7X. After being spotted on TENAA earlier this week, a fresh live image of the phone has surfaced that seems to confirm its bezel-less design.The leaked live image of the Honor V10 via Weibo only shows the front of the phone, revealing a display with minimal bezels and curved glass on top. This backs past rumours that the handset will sport an 18:9 aspect ratio. While it’s hard to know the exact dimensions of the device from the image, the V10 is tipped to sport a 5.99-inch FullView Full HD+ (1080×2160) display, as per the recent TENAA listing. The Chinese certification site revealed a render of the phone’s back, which looks oddly similar to the Honor 7X. This suggests that the V10 is perhaps a more premium version of the 7X.The Honor V10 is expected to be powered by a Kirin 970 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. As per past renders, it is expected to bear a dual camera setup on the back with one 20-megapixel sensor and one 16-megapixel sensor. The front camera will see a 13-megapixel sensor and the handset is said to run on the latest EMUI 8 based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The fingerprint sensor will be placed on the back and the handset is expected to house a 3570mAh battery.advertisementAlso Read: Huawei Honor V10 with 5.99-inch FullView display, 18:9 aspect ratio listed on certification siteHonor’s upcoming smartphone is rumoured to carry a price tag of CNY 2,999 (approx Rs 29,500), which means it will look to take on the OnePlus 5T. In India, the OnePlus 5T is priced at Rs 32,999 for the base variant. OnePlus’ latest flagship had its first sale on Tuesday and will go on early access sale once again on Friday on Amazon India and OnePlusStore.in.Following its unveiling on November 28, the Honor V10 will be launched globally on December 5. There’s no word as of now on whether the V10 will reach the Indian market. Honor is already planning to launch the cheaper 7X in the country next month, which bears a design language similar to the V10, if recent images are true.
In perhaps the most clear signal so far from the Indian team, captain Virat Kohli strongly hinted that Ajinkya Rahane would replace Karun Nair for the one-off Test against Bangladesh.Nair had scored a triple hundred in the last Test against England. He had been included in the playing XI in Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai after Rahane injured himself.However, Rahane has fully recovered now and it might seem harsh on a triple centurion to be left out but Kohli was clear about what he wanted. The 28-year-old skipper said one match would not overshadow two years of hard work put in by Rahane. (Why Bangladesh can trump India in their own game)”One game does not overshadow two years of hardwork from another player. That’s my point-of-view. You have to understand what Jinx has done for this team. He is probably the most soild batsman in this form of the game,” Kohli said in a press-conference on the eve of India’s Test match against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.Kohli hailed Nair’s feat – he had scored a triple hundred in only his third Test – but said Rahane’s contribution to the Indian team’s rapid rise in the traditional format would not be forgotten.”What Karun did was remarkable. As I said, you cannot overlook two years of hard work from Ajinkya. He walks back into the team whenever he is fit,” he said. (India not underestimating Bangladesh, says Wriddhiman Saha)Rahane has played 32 Tests and scored 2272 runs including eight hundreds. He appeared out-of-sorts in Rajkot and Vizag and struggled in the two ODIs he played against England. However, his Test best of 188 came late last year against New Zealand in the last match of a three-Test series. Besides, his presence in the middle-order has paved the way for several victories for India in the past.advertisementIndia will most likely go in with five specialist batsmen in Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Rahane. R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav will be the all-rounders while Wriddhiman Saha will keep wickets. Umesh Yadav abd Ishant Sharma will most likely make up the pace attack.We cannot take any aspect of Bangladesh lightly, says #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli on the eve of the one-off Test #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/4Nl9YOP68d- BCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2017
As India look to start afresh in the one day international series after losing the Tests in South Africa 2-1, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s presence will definitely bolster the team especially when the chips are down.Dhoni hit the nets on the eve of the first ODI against South Africa in Durban on Thursday and faced the faster bowlers during his batting session. The likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel were also seen practicing in “full flow” on Wednesday.Dhoni is on the verge of becoming the 12th batsman to reach the landmark of 10000 runs in ODIs. Dhoni is currently on 9898 runs and requires another 102 runs to join the elite league which has three Indian cricketers in the list.When @msdhoni has a go at the nets #TeamIndia #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/ex3mTby1Gb— BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2018South Africa had won their last bilateral ODI series against India in 2015. The two teams had last played an ODI in the Champions Trophy in England last year and India had triumphed there thanks to a spectacular bowling performance.WATCHIndia and South Africa will square off in a six-match ODI series which concludes on February 16. That will then be followed by a three-match T20I series from February 18-24.Such a definitive run of limited-overs’ cricket, especially in overseas conditions in South Africa and England, will allow the Indian team management to round up the squad’s core for the big tournament in 2019 and fix up certain spots which still need some work.advertisementMatch day Eve and we’ve got the bowlers gearing up in full flow at the nets #TeamIndia #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/Zn2glxhqCZ— BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2018At the same time, the Men in Blue will be intent on winning their first-ever bilateral ODI series on South African soil.India have previously lost 5-2 in 1992-93, 4-0 in 2006-07, 3-2 in 2010-11 and 2-0 in 2013-14. They were also part of two triangular series in 1996-97 and 2001-02, featuring Zimbabwe and Kenya respectively, but the Proteas emerged winners on both occasions.So much so, India’s ODI record against South Africa in South Africa is heavily skewered.In 28 meetings since 1992-93, the South Africa have won 21 matches, while India have only won five. Such a poor record will not sit well with the current team management that is intent on improving India’s all-round showing in overseas conditions.Additionally, India have a very lop-sided ODI record at Durban. In seven ODIs against South Africa at this venue, since 1992-93, they have lost six with one no-result. India did beat England and Kenya here though, during the 2003 ODI World Cup, giving them an overall two wins in nine ODIs at Kingsmead.ALSO WATCH:
Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma and mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa clinched a thrilling three-game wins to enter the quarterfinals of the India Open Super 500 World Tour badminton tournament.Kashyap, who has been struggling to cross the opening round ever since recovering from his series of injuries, finally reached the quarterfinals of a major event after overcoming compatriot Shreyansh Jaiswal 21-19 19-21 21-12.Coming back after recovering from a shoulder injury, Sameer also dished out an attacking game to see off former World No. 3 and 2014 World Championship bronze medallist Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 21-18 19-21 21-17 in an hour and 20 minutes match.Unseeded pair of Satwik and Ashwini then registered a stunning 21-16 15-21 23-21 win over third seeded Malaysian combo of Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing. The duo blew four match points before recovering in time to reach their maiden quarterfinals of a major tournament.Eighth seeded Indian duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also entered the quarterfinals after seeing off Malaysian-Indian pair of Yogendran Khrishnan and Prajakta Sawant 21-10 21-19 in 32 minutes.Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy too progressed to the last eight stage with a 21-11 21-15 win over compatriots Tushar Sharma and Chandrabhusan Tripathi.Earlier, unheralded Mugdha Agrey’s campaign ended with a 12-21 16-21 loss against fifth seeded Beiwen Zhang of USA, while eighth seeded Spaniard Beatriz Corrales ended Ruthvika Shivani Gadde’s run with a 21-19 21-16 win.Iceland International winners Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg also lost 10-21 11-21 to fifth seeded Danish pair of Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen.advertisement(With PTI inputs)
Stephen Constantine, the head coach of the Indian national football team, was handed a contract extension by the All India Football Federation on Wednesday.The 55-year-old Englishman has been in charge of the national team since 2015. He had helped India achieve their best-ever FIFA ranking since February 1996 when they ranked 96 in July 2017. India under Constantine have been consistently among the top 15 in Asia as well.WATCHConstantine, who began his second spell in India in January 2015, is reportedly the highest-paid foreign coach in the country across sports.According to media reports, he has asked for his salary revision from the football federation.”The AIFF Technical Committee chaired by Mr. Shyam Thapa held today (February 07, 2018) in Mumbai, unanimously agreed to offer an extension of contract to Stephen Constantine based on his performance,” the AIFF announced in a statement.”The members felt that the Indian Senior National Men’s team met the dual strategic objectives of AIFF by qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 as well as by consistently achieving a top 15 FIFA ranking among the Asian countries in the recent past. Accordingly, there was no reason for the AIFF not to offer a contract to Stephen,” the statement added.The recommendation of the Technical Committee as above shall be forwarded to the AIFF Executive Committee for their final approval.
India women’s cricket team will look to repeat their strong performances in the T20I series, after 2-1 ODI series win over their South African counterparts. India also secured their place in the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup.Though South Africa defeated India in the third and final ODI, but it would hardly dent the confidence of Mithali Raja & Co. as the teams head into a five-game Twenty20 rubber, starting Tuesday February 13.WATCHAfter commanding victories in the first two ODIs, Indian women lost by seven wickets in the third ODI last Friday. The loss, however, hardly made any difference as the Indians had pocketed the three-ODI series by then.The defeat definitely came as a jolt but Indian women would look to shrug off the disappointment and make a winning start to their T20 campaign.The visitors were at their dominating best in the first two ODIs, recording huge 88 and 178-run wins before slumping to the loss.While the Mithali Raj led side in the ODI series, the T20s will witness a new captain in the explosive Harmanpreet Kaur. Harmanpreet will be assisted by in-form batswoman Smriti Mandhana.India would also be bolstered by the inclusion of T20 specialist Anuja Patil and debutant all-rounder Radha Yadav and wicketkeeper Nuzhat Parveen in the squad.The T20 squad also features 17-year-old Mumbai player Jemimah Rodrigues, who had grabbed headlines after scoring 202 in 163 balls in an Under-19 game.After a rare failure in last ODI, the Indians would be relying heavily on Mandhana to provide a solid start to the innings.advertisementDeepti Sharma and and Veda Krishnamurthy, who made 79 and 56 respectively in a losing cause in the last match, would be hoping to carry on their good form in the shortest format.India’s success also relies heavily on skipper Harmanpreet and Mithali Raj’s contributions.On the bowling front, veteran Jhulan Goswami is expected to return to the playing eleven after being rested for the third ODI.In Jhulan’s absence, the Indian bowling attack lacked sting in the last match as Mignon du Preez scored a valiant 90 to pull off a consolation win for South Africa.Du Preez was ably assisted by opener Laura Wolvaardt (59) as the duo laid the foundation for a successful run chase.Among the South African bowlers, left-arm pacer Shabnim Ismail would look to carry on her impressive form.She did the maximum damage to India in the last ODI picking up four wickets while conceding just 30 runs from her nine overs.India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia, Nuzhat Parveen Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav.South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels.Match starts: 4:30 PM (IST).(With inputs from PTI)
Xiaomi, right ahead of MWC 2018 kick started announced to launch the most rumoured Mi Mix 2S on March 27. Alongside the launch date, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer also confirmed that the upcoming smartphone will come with Qualcomm’s current most powerful chipset — the Snapdragon 845, which also powers the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+. Fresh information has surfaced about the handset now, which suggests that Xiaomi has started ordering 6.01-inch OLED panels from Samsung Display since December. last year.This means that the smartphone, Mi Mix 2S will comes packed with 6.01-inch OLED panels. The same is expected for the upcoming Mi 7. The information appeared on Weibo which notes that Xiaomi and Samsung Display had entered into a deal for 6.01-inch OLED last year. Reports suggest that the consignment kick started around December with a shipment of around 1.1 million units in the first month and 2.2 million units in the second month.Meanwhile, an alleged screenshot of the Mi Mix 2S has also been leaked online which lists out all (almost) the major specification details about the smartphone. The screenshot that was leaked on the Chinese microblogging site — Weibo re-confirms Snapdragon 845 for the Mi Mix 2S. It further suggests that the upcoming Xiaomi smartphone may sport a bezel-less design, but there will not be any iPhone X like notch for the front camera to sit, as rumoured previously.The leaked screenshot basically show the About screen of the alleged Mi Mix 2S. It shows that the upcoming Xiaomi smartphone will come with a massive 4400mAh battery set up. It re-confirmed the presence of Snapdragon 845 yet again. Mi Mix 2S is possibly a big device and will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage and a 16-megapixel camera sensor on the rear panel.advertisementALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S to be launched on March 27 but it spoiled Nokia and Samsung MWC party last nightIn another piece of news, Xiaomi is said to have already started working on another device called the Mi 7 which will be the direct successor to the Mi 6 which was launched only last year. As of yet, there is no launch timeline confirmed for the Mi 7 by Xiaomi, but rumours say the device will go official sometime around the month of June this year. Now a new report hints at a similar wireless charging technology as seen on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and also iPhone 8 Plus for the Mi 7. Reportedly Xiaomi has already started testing the new support.To recall, Xiaomi joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) in September last year with the aim to offer Qi standard-based wireless charging technology on its upcoming handsets, first being the Mi 7. With the wireless charging support coming to the Mi 7 Xiaomi is basically making the smartphone stand against Apple’s anniversary edition device — iPhone X. According to reports coming from China, the Mi 7 is expected to use the same Broadcom chip and NXP transmitter as the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. With this, Xiaomi with the Mi 7 is basically looking forward to delivering 7.5W wireless charging.