November 18

How to avoid this common mistake and start attracting better clients

first_img“The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself” – Peter DruckerAs a business coach, I teach creative entrepreneurs and freelancers how to uniquely position themselves as an expert in their industry, build relationships with ideal clients and turn a prospect into a long-term client.If you’re reading this, you’re probably painfully aware of how hit and miss this process can be. Either you’re stuck in a cycle of trying strategies that appear to work like gangbusters for others, but not for you, or you’re hustling harder, only to get more low-paying fast turnaround clients that leave you burned out and frustrated.If this sounds familiar, don’t worry. I’m going to share the most common mistake freelancer’s make, and give you an opportunity to learn the exact steps you need to start attracting and landing better clients.Here’s the #1 mistake you’re probably making:Your marketing message is all about YOU, not your ideal clients and THEIR needsOuch!Left to our own devices, we tend to talk about ourselves, our process, what school we graduated from, the awards we’ve won, etc. etc. But the truth is, clients don’t care about you. They care about what you can do for them!Stay with me here, because as harsh as that might sound, understanding this will set you free and transform the way you attract clients. Because, when you know what your ideal client struggles with, what they aspire to and what they need right now, you can create a marketing message, content and services that speak to your their unique needs, attract and connect with your ideal clients more easily, and fill your pipeline with high-quality leads.Sound good?Here’s the first step to gaining that clarity; go straight to the source! You’re going to develop a list of questions, and invite 3 to 5 of your favorite clients out for coffee and a chat. Most people are more than happy to share their opinions and help, so don’t be shy.Here are a few questions you might ask:Why did you come to me?Why did you continue to work with me?What was your biggest struggle prior to working with me?What challenges do you consistently come up against?What publications/blogs do you read?What conferences do you attend?Aim for 10-20 questions in total. Remember, your goal is to really get very clear on who they are as a person and what their interests are, as well as their professional needs.Don’t have ideal clients to interview yet? No problem. You can interview bosses, co-workers or even family and friends.I promise, this is one of the most enlightening exercises any freelancer or entrepreneur can do!So now you’re one (giant) step closer to understanding who your ideal client is, I’d like to invite you to join me in a FREE training where I will share my 6-step system to positioning yourself as an expert, attracting your ideal clients, and getting paid what you’re worth.If you’ve been struggling to build a thriving creative business or career, I’m going to show you exactly how to overcome those challenges!Justine Clay helps freelance creative talent build thriving careers. As the founder of Plum Creative, she matches high-level, independent creative professionals and top tier clients.last_img read more

November 18

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton holding on ‘for dear life’ in Singapore

first_imgFormula One leader Lewis Hamilton described Saturday’s qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix as a matter of ‘holding on for dear life’ after he lapped a disappointing fifth fastest.The Briton’s description of how he felt hustling his Mercedes around the streets of the city-state could also apply to his hopes of staying ahead in the championship after Sunday’s race.Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel, three points adrift after Hamilton won the previous two races, seized pole position with a blistering late lap under the floodlights at the Marina Bay circuit.Hamilton’s time of one minute 40.126 was way off the German’s 1:39.491, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo the closest challengers to Ferrari in second and third places.”The car, the way it’s designed, for years it just doesn’t work particularly that great here,” said the triple champion whose Mercedes team have a chequered history at the twisty Singapore track.”We were already holding on for dear life…I got everything out of all the laps. They were all very, very much as good as they could be.”Reuters PhotoWith four times world champion Vettel three cars ahead and favourite for his fourth Singapore success on Sunday, Hamilton will be hoping for damage limitation before returning to more favourable tracks.”Your guess is as good as mine,” said Hamilton when asked how he could best minimise the loss of points to Vettel on Sunday. “I really don’t know. It’s difficult to know what to predict at this track.”With seven points the difference between first and second, even finishing runner-up to Vettel on Sunday would see Hamilton drop four points behind the German.advertisementThat in itself could be a tough task, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen also ahead of the Briton and Singapore a notoriously difficult circuit for overtaking.Hamilton is pinning his hopes of moving up the field on the start, the pitstops and the potential of a safety car which has been deployed at every race in Singapore so far.”So there’s two, for sure, opportunities and then one potential one if there is a safety car,” he said. “I’ve just got to try and keep the pressure on the guys in front without cooking my car, if I can.”last_img read more

November 18

SRK’s counsel argued for 5 hours to prove ED’s FEMA case baseless

first_imgIn a marathon legal hearing for five hours, Shah Rukh Khan’s legal counsel Dilip Sheth argued before the adjudicating authority of Enforcement Directorate to prove that the FEMA case is baseless.Sheth, also the legal counsel of SRK’s IPL franchise Knight Riders Sports Ltd (KRSPL), argued before the authority with the submission that the allegations of forex violation against the actor and his wife Gauri Khan are baseless.Last month, the ED had issued a notice to SRK and Gauri to be present before the adjudicating authority for the final hearing on the FEMA violation case on Wednesday. But both remained absent and on their behalf, legal counsel Sheth appeared before the authority along with KRSPL’s chief financial officer (CFO) Saloni Ganesh and some documents.ALSO READ |  SRK’s lawyer gets ready to counter ED’s auditor in IPL FEMA caseOn other end, Chokshi & Chokshi’s partner Mithil Chokshi, a chartered accountant and auditor who had submitted the valuation report against KRSPL with the findings of FEMA violation of around Rs 80 crore was present with his counsel.Chokshi’s report had alleged that the Bollywood actor allotted 90 lakh shares of KRSPL to Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta’s Mauritius-based company Sea Island Investment Ltd (SIIL) by undervaluing the share prices ie from Rs 80-90 per share to Rs 10.For five hours, SRK’s counsel tried to put his case “very strongly” before the authority. Sheth cross-examined Chokshi’s valuation report, word by word.ALSO READ |  SRK, Gauri get extenstion from ED in IPL FEMA case advertisementSheth refused to speak to India Today and before the hearing, he had protested the presence of journalists with ED officials claiming “it could affect the case”.”Further clarification and hearing of both parties will be sought, if required. The order in this case would be passed soon,” Vineet Agrawal, special director and head of adjudicating authority at ED, Mumbai told India Today.last_img read more

November 18

Moto X4 with dual cameras, Amazon Alexa support & Snapdragon 630 launched at IFA 2017

first_imgMotorola is back with its X line-up. The company announces a long time rumoured Moto X4 at a special event in IFA which is happening in Berlin. The new X series fourth generation Moto phone aka Moto X4 seems to vary a lot from the old Moto X phones. Be it camera, or any other hardware set-up, Moto X4 comes with a lot of refreshment on the specification front. Moto X4 comes with a dual camera set-up at the back which is also paired up with a range of camera modes. The new Moto smartphone also comes with supports Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant support which let users have a hands-free control on their smartphone.Moto X4 bridges the gap between the premium and the budget phones. The smartphone is a upper-tier mid-range and will retail at 399 Euros, which translates to Rs 30,000 approx. About the availability, Moto X4 will be made available in the European market in September. The smartphone is expected to hit the US this fall. There are no details on the India availability of the Moto X4 as of yet. The smartphone is launched in two colour options — super black and sterling blue.Despite being a mid-range phone, Moto X4 seems to have a lot of features common on par with most of the premium phones available in the market already. Moto X4 sports with a metal and glass design which overall gives a very sleek touch to the device. It comes with a 5.2-inch display with 1080p resolution. The display is further protected with a Gorilla Glass 4 layer on top. Moto X4 comes with a contoured back panel design.advertisementMost of the Moto phones that have been announced recently like the high-end Moto Z2 Play comes with a shatter-proof feature. But, Moto X4 isn’t one of them. Instead, the new device comes with an IP68 certification, which means that the new Moto X phone is water and dust resistant. Moto X4 is a little different from the recently announced Motorola phones. First it doesn’t include a shatter-proof display, second, it doesn’t come with the support of Moto Mods.Despite being a mid-range phone, Moto X4 camera seems to be much better than that some of the premium phones by the company like the recently announced Moto Z2 Play. Moto X4 comes with two cameras at the back. Out of the two, one includes a 12-megapixel sensor, which is the main camera, while the second one includes an 8-megapixel sensor which focuses on capturing wide-angle shots mainly. Both the cameras come with the ability to capture full-color pictures. The 12-megapixel camera comes with dual-pixel autofocus, a f/2.0 lens, and 1.4nm pixels. On the other hand, the secondary camera, with an 8-megapixel sensor which is mainly focused at clicking wide-angle shots comes with a f/2.2 lens and 1.12nm pixels and offers a 120-degree field of view.Also Read: Moto G5S, G5S Plus: 10 key features of Motorola’s new all-metal phonesMoto X4 comes with several other camera features. The smartphone comes with a phase-detection feature and a dual-tone LED flash which sits right next to the back camera set-up. The camera is also capable of shooting bokeh shots, ultra-wide angle shot, selective black and white, background replacement, and record 4K videos. On the front, Moto X4 includes a 16-megapixel selfie shooter which comes along with an adaptive low-light mode that offers better low light performance.Motorola seems to be building more intelligence into its camera app for the Moto X4, much like Samsung’s Bixby or Google’s very own Google Goggles. The smartphone camera comes with the feature to recognize landmarks or objects and provide more information about the same.Like rumoured, Moto X4 doesn’t come with Qualcomm’s latest processor. Instead, it is powered by Snapdragon 630 chip coupled with 3 gigs of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is also expandable via a microSD card. The smartphone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which as claimed by Motorola delivers a power backup for one single day (24 hours). It also comes along with a 15-watt TurboPower charger which in 15 minutes of charge provides enough battery like for the phone to last for almost 6 hours.Another big feature that Moto X4 comes along is the Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. With this, Moto X4 can be used in hand-free mode. Motorola also says that the new Moto X4 will respond to Alexa even when the device is locked. Although it includes Alexa, Moto X4 still includes Google Assistant, which is built into Android. At the launch event, Motorola confirmed that Alexa integration will come with all the other Motorola phones that will be announced in the days to come.advertisementlast_img read more

November 18

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Difference between the teams was too big, says Luis Norton de Matos

first_imgAlthough his wards ended their U-17 World Cup campaign on a poor note, India U-17 coach Luis Norton de Matos asserted on Thursday that the experience may prove to be valuable for the future of Indian football.Pointing out that the standard of the U-17 World Cup is far higher than the I-League and the Indian Super League (ISL), he said his boys have taken away valuable lessons from the tournament which will stand them in good stead when they represent the country in senior level.”They (India U-17 footballers) are as intelligent as others. This (FIFA U-17 World Cup) is better than I-League, this experience is stronger than I-League. Because I know very well when the ISL teams go to play against the fourth division sides in Spain, they lose,” Norton told reporters during the post-match press conference.FT | #FIFAU17WC Group A????4-0??????º??1-3????´ pic.twitter.com/ZUNDta0yNH- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 12, 2017Praising India’s performance, he said: “After two hard games at this level I knew it would be complicated to play against Ghana. Ghana to me were the strongest team in the Group. They have very fast players, all of whom can decide the fate of the match.””We were physically very tired at the half time. When you are physically drained out, your brain does not work and you commit silly mistakes. I am very proud of my boys,” he added.”The difference between the two teams was too big,” he concluded.Indian players are leaving the #FIFAU17WC stage for the last time. You guys showed the entire nation what you’re capable of. #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/EOGXTh67iVadvertisement- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017You may not have made it,but youve made your way through to the hearts of at least 1.3 billion people. Come on, India! #INDvGHA #FIFAU17WC- CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) October 12, 2017last_img read more

November 18

Forest fire: Trekking organisers office found closed

first_imgChennai, Mar 12 (PTI) A volunteer organisation that is believed to have arranged the ill-fated trekking expedition of a 36-member group in Theni district in which nine people were killed has been found closed here, police said today. Nine people, who were part of the trekking expedition, were killed in a forest fire in the Western Ghats. Police said a couple of officials were deputed to make enquiries at the office of the group at Palavakkam here, but found it to be closed. The website of the organisation also did not have details of those managing its affairs. Splashed with photographs of trekking by various teams, some clean up drives and adventure pictures besides references to some social initiatives, the website, however, did not mention of any contact number. The Contact Us column merely gave out an e-mail id while the group claimed itself to be a “non-profit, volunteer based group which organises outdoor, sports, environmental conservation and social activities throughout the year on weekends and weekday mornings”. It claimed having 40,000-odd members and that all its activities are “free (and) expenses shared equally among participants.” Of the 36 members in the ill-fated trekking team, 24 were from Chennai and 12 from Tiruppur and Erode districts, and they reached Kurangani hills on March 10. The team included 25 women and three children. Among the dead, six were from Chennai and three from Erode. The details of number of female and children among the casualities, if any, was not available. The trekkers after staying overnight at an estate in Kozhukumalai in the region had commenced their return journey to the plains yesterday morning. Kurangani-Kozhukumalai hills in the Western Ghats are located near Bodinayakanur, about 40 kms from Theni Theni district is located a little over 500 kms from Chennai. PTI SA TVS TVS MVVadvertisementlast_img read more

November 18

Indian Wells: Naomi Osaka beats Daria Kasatkina for maiden career title

first_imgJapan’s Naomi Osaka clinched the battle of 20-year-olds for her maiden WTA title on Sunday.Osaka brushed aside Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-2 in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday.The unseeded Haitian-Japanese player became the youngest Indian Wells champion since Ana Ivanovic was victorious a decade ago. She dropped only one set in the tournament.Osaka ousted Maria Sharapova, fifth seed Karolina Pliskova and then world number one Simona Halep in the semi-finals on her way to the championship.Naomi Osaka is the first unseeded champion – and first player to win seven matches – in Indian Wells since Kim Clijsters in 2005 #BNPPO18 pic.twitter.com/YwkMcfaDFrBNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 18, 2018She won the final three games of the first set, then dominated the second, needing only 70 minutes for the win.”If you put in a lot of hard work you can play well,” said Osaka, who was playing in only her second final after being the runner-up in Tokyo in 2016. “If you try and believe in yourself, you can win.”After several unforced errors to open the first set, the youngster, who resides in the United States, took control of the tie.She won five consecutive games from 3-3 in the first before Kasatkina got on the scoreboard in the second.That moment when you become a title-winner for the very first time.@WTA pic.twitter.com/3yuniYOdtyBNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 18, 2018Up 5-2, Osaka closed out the match with a backhand winner.advertisement”She probably wasn’t going to give me any balls so I just had to stay very consistent,” Osaka said.Using her explosive power, Osaka delivered 23 winners to Kasatkina’s 10 and won 79 percent on her first serve.Meanwhile the Russian, perhaps fatigued, could not produce the sterling play that led to her giant-killing win over American Venus Williams in the semi-finals.The victory will enable Osaka to rise to a career-best 22nd when the new world rankings are announced on Monday.”In the beginning of the year, I just wanted to play every match really well,” she said. “Just focus one point at a time.”I think I am doing that so I don’t really mind where my ranking is because I am sure at the end of the year if I keep playing well like this it will be pretty high.”But she will need to practice on her acceptance speeches.”Hi, I’m Naomi,'” she started Sunday’s, quickly adding “OK, never mind.”Known for her shyness, she was definitely more at home on the court than accepting her first trophy.”This is probably going to be like the worst acceptance speech of all-time,” she said after forgetting sponsors and supporters she wanted to thank.(With inputs from Reuters).@Naomi_Osaka_’s reaction = priceless #BNPPO18 pic.twitter.com/FS7e0e6QXUBNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 18, 2018last_img read more

November 18

Huawei P20 Pro triple rear cameras to include 40MP sensor, super slow motion support and more

first_imgWe are just a week away from Huawei’s Paris event where the company will unveil its P20 lineup that will include the P20 Lite, P20 and P20 Pro smartphones. We have seen plenty of leaks in the past in the form of rumours, live images, press renders and even teasers from the company itself that have given us a pretty good look at what we can expect from the phones. While all three phones are expected to sport a notch, the P20 Pro will likely steal the show with a triple rear camera setup. We now have some details on what the cameras on the P20 Pro will offer.WinFuture’s Roland Quandt, who previously revealed a whole bunch of renders of the upcoming P20 devices, recently explained the triple Leica-branded cameras on the rear of the P20 Pro. Notably, one of the lenses will comes with a whopping 40-megapixel sensor while the other two will sport a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with 5X hybrid zoom. Additionally, the triple camera setup will offer apertures of f/1.6 and f/2.4, although it isn’t clear which sensor works with which aperture.Both the P20 and the P20 Pro will offer a 24-megapixel sensor on the front. WinFuture notes a feature called Light Fusion for the front and the rear cameras, although there is still some uncertainty as to what this feature does. Meanwhile, XDA Developers have also found (via firmware files) that the P20 and P20 Pro will offer super slow motion recording of 960fps at 720p resolution, similar to the Galaxy S9 series.advertisementWinFuture’s report also details some other aspects about the P20 Pro, specifically that it will come with a 6.1-inch OLED (2240×1080) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. While the iPhone X featured a notch that housed various sensors for Face ID tech among other things, the notch on the P20 will only house the front camera, earpiece, and distance and brightness sensors. The P20 and P20 Pro will also see the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button on the front while the P20 Lite will keep the fingerprint sensor on the back.ALSO READ: Huawei P20, P20 Lite, P20 Pro renders leak ahead of March 27 launch, reveal new colour optionsThe Huawei P20 Pro will rock the company’s Kirin 970 chipset which comes with Neural Processing Unit for AI capabilities. The flagship will be offered with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and some markets may also get 64GB and 256GB storage options as well. WinFuture previously reported that the P20 Pro will house a 4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge support while the P20 will get a smaller 3,400mAh battery. Additionally, the P20 Pro will be IP67 certified for water resistance, will support USB Type-C, but will not come with a headphone jack.Lastly, the P20 Pro is expected to carry a super premium price tag of EUR 899 (approx Rs 72,300). The P20 Lite and P20, meanwhile, will start at EUR 369 (approx Rs 29,700) and EUR 679 (approx Rs 54,700), respectively. With pretty much everything out in the open, we only await an official confirmation from Huawei on March 27.last_img read more

November 18

Boycotting 2022 CWG for lack of shooting too extreme: Batra

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 19 (PTI) Indian Olympics Association President Narinder Batra today said calls for boycotting the 2022 Commonwealth Games over the absence of shooting from the events roster is going a “bit too extreme”. Earlier this week, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh had called for the 2022 Games boycott if shooting sport was not reinstated. “Raninder is free to make his statements. There are a lot of things related to government. We will certainly pick up the issue of shooting not being there in the 2022 CWG but it does not start or end with not participating. A nation boycotting, I think he is going a bit too extreme,” said Batra here. The Birmingham Organising Committee has decided to exclude shooting from the 2022 Games, citing logistical issues. In a letter to the Games organisers earlier this year, CGF CEO David Grevemberg had said, “shooting will not feature at the 2022 CWG and the CGF has awarded the Games supporting these plans.” Grevemberg though made it clear that the sport was not being scrapped, insisting that it remained in the optional category, which a host city can pick in a particular CWG. India wins a bagful of shooting medals at the Games. The shooting squad, at the recently concluded Gold Coast Games, bagged as many as 16 medals, seven of them gold. Shooting, though an optional sport at the CWG, has been played in every edition since Kingston 1966, except once in Edinburgh in 1970. PTI PDS BS PM PMlast_img read more

November 18

Hardik Pandya will get better with experience: Irfan Pathan

first_imgHardik Pandya’s hair style and hair colour undergo periodic changes. When the all-rounder is winning games, it’s seen an extension of his personality that also gets him on magazine covers.On days when the runs and wickets dry up, the pink and blue hair is seen as the culprit. The Baroda all-rounder has never been apologetic about his taste for fashion. Something he manages because his clean hitting with the bat makes an equal statement.But Hardik’s inability to win games and find the boundary in the ongoing Indian Premier League season, also compounding Mumbai Indians’ (MI) middle-order woes, are now clearly popping up.For all his six-hitting prowess, he has only managed 111 runs at a strike rate of 112 which dips further when facing seam bowling.Now into his second international season, opposing captains know what not to bowl against Pandya Jr spin. Hardik did not have an answer against Sunrisers Hyderabad’s crafty Rashid Khan this season, against whom he played out a maiden 17th over, taking the onus of chasing 40 runs of the three overs left before falling to seamer Siddarth Kaul.Is Hardik unable to cope with second season blues? or has his batting being dissected by bowlers? We pose the question to Irfan Pathan, who had faced a similar challenge.”Good and bad performance is a part and parcel of international cricket. Hardik will get better with more experience. What I have learnt from my seniors is you should have a willingness to learn. It may happen, if you try to learn too much, you may run the risk of over-thinking. But the knowledge bank keeps growing, he tells India Today.advertisementHardik does have 11 wickets to his name in the seven IPL games this season. He also played his part as the fifth bowler in the Test series in South Africa after his batting failed to kick on following his 93 run innings in the first Test at Cape Town.It is because of such counter-attacking knock’s and his hundred on Test debut in Sri Lanka that got some to hail him as the next Kapil Dev. It’s a burden most upcoming Indian all-rounders learn to live with.”Look Kapil Dev happens once in a lifetime; someone who can bat and bowl and lead and carry his team along. In today’s age of social media, conventional media, you are under the spotlight all the time.”You have to learn to handle the pressure. The better you handle it, the better it will get for you. I am sure Hardik’s support system will be helping him deal with it,” he says.last_img read more

November 18

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: May 14, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONAL Gaya: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev performs yogasana(B) Ajmer/Pushkar: President Ram Nath Kovind in Ajmer (A+B) Kozhikode: Mathrubhoomi CMD MP Veerendrakumarreceives Sukumar Azheekkod Award(B) Jammu: Suspected terrorist seen at Hira Nagar ofKathua district(A) West Midnapore/Howrah/Malda/Nadia: Panchayatelection in West Bengal(B+A) Delhi/ Allahabad/: Dust strom weather(A+B) New Delhi: BJP National Office Bearers & State Presidents meeting(B+A) Patna: Guest instructors of Labour Resource department (A) New Delhi: Ravi Shankar Prasad releases a publication(A+B) Jammu: BJP MLA Choudhary Lal Singh addresses pressin Jammu(B) Jodhpur: Salman Khan leaves for Mumbai(B) New Delhi: A Lotus flower at BJP headquarters(A) Patna: Family members and relatives mourn the deathof a kin who died in a wall collapse(B)INTERNATIONAL London: Turkeys President Recep Tayyip ErdogansBritain visit(B) Florida Keys: Manager Bette Zirkelbach and founderRichie Moretti release “Judy” a loggerhead sea turtle (B) Big Island of Hawaii : Hawaiian Volcano Observatory inthe Big Island of Hawaii(B) Lahore: A coalition of hard-line religious parties launched their election campaign for upcomingparliamentary election (B) Cannes: 71st international film festival, Cannes (A+B) Surabaya : Officers stand guard following an attack at the local police headquarters/related(B) Putrajaya : New Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad chats with his staff member(B) Karachi: Supporters of Pashtun Protection Movementadvertisementchant slogans during a rally(A) Apaseo El Alto : Funeral procession for Jose RemediosAguirre, a mayoral candidate(A) Masaya : Anti-government protestors clash with riotpolice and government supporters in Masaya(A) Windsor: Britains Queen Elizabeth II attends the RoyalWindsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle(A) Baghdad : Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadrcelebrate in Tahrir Square(B) Osoyoos: : Aileen Azyan paddles a kayak after checkingon a family member in a flooded neighbourhood(A) Islamabad: Rehman Malik speaks at a press conference in Islamabad(B)SPORTS Valencia: Spanish La Liga soccer match(B) Ponte Vadra Beach: Players Championship golf tournament,(B) Genoa: Italian Serie A soccer match(B) Madris: Madrid Open Tennis tournament(B) Paris : PSGs Neymar arrives at the UNFP (Union of French Professional Footballers) ceremony(A) Langford: World Rugby Womens Sevens Series inLangford(B) Rome: Serie A soccer match(B) Mexico City: Mexican soccer league second-leg semifinal match(B) Boston: NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals inBoston(A) PTI PHOTO VNA DL DLlast_img read more

November 18

FIFA World Cup: Morocco to bid for 2030 tournament after losing 2026 bid

first_imgMorocco will bid to host the 2030 World Cup, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, a day after the kingdom missed out on the 2026 tournament to a joint North American bid.”Upon royal instructions, Morocco will prepare its bid to host the 2030 tournament,” spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi told a press briefing.He also said Morocco would implement the projects included in its 2026 bid, despite losing to a joint bid by the United States, Mexico and Canada.The North American bid received 134 FIFA Congress votes to Morocco’s 65. Khalfi said it was “regrettable” that seven Arab countries did not vote for Morocco, including close political allies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.US, Mexico and Canada to co-host 48-team 2026 FIFA World CupQatar, who will host the tournament in 2022, voted for Morocco.Following Wednesday’s vote, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI spoke to Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani by phone, and al-Thani promised to support any 2030 bid by Morocco, the Moroccan royal office said in a statement.FIFA World Cup 2026: US promises to be very different host from 1994Morocco has made five unsuccessful bids to host the World Cup.last_img read more

November 18

SPORT-RACE 4 LAST

first_img4. Kemmannugundi Plate 1200M:Magnum Opus (Mrs Sheela Nataraj) 58 Sai Vamshi firstRare And Bold 54.5 Arshad Alam secondSpeed Queen 50.5 Chetan Gowda thirdFringe Benefit 55 Prasad fourthAll Ran.Won by: 2-3/4l, 4-3/4l, 3/4l.Time: 1: 15.29.Tote: Rs 27 for win, Rs.14, Rs.22, Rs.25 for placesFav: Magnum OpusWinner trained by: NatarajForecast: Rs 86.Quinella: Rs 59.Shp: Rs 62.Thp: Rs 66.Trinalla: 70 pct Rs 17930 pct Rs. 114.Exacta:70 pct Rs 1,67130 pct Rs.648.Due to heavy rains, stewards of the Mysore race club havedecided to cancel the last three races for the day.PTI CORMVVMVVMVVlast_img

November 16

Asus makes ZenFone 5z cheaper again in India: Should you buy it now?

first_imgWhen it comes to making flagship smartphones, Asus is a step ahead from the others with standout ideas. This year, we saw the Asus 6z utilising a unique Flip Camera module to get rid of the notch and offer an extremely versatile camera experience. Even last year ZenFone 5z offered an astonishing proposition with an impressive set of cameras and great battery life. In fact, it was the first major Android phone to debut with a display notch.Ever since it launched last year in India, the ZenFone 5z has received numerous price cuts to make it a better proposition against its arch-rivals – the Poco F2 and OnePlus 6. The ZenFone 5z is Asus’ only offering in the sub-Rs 30,000 segment and Asus is still selling it despite launching 6z in India. Recently, Asus dropped the price again on the ZenFone 5z a few days ago and now the base variant (with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage) starts at Rs 24,999. The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage now costs Rs 28,999.At these prices, there are a couple of new phones that in some way or the other fair better than the ZenFone 5z. However, Asus is still selling the phone and seems to be interested in selling it in the near future as well. Is it worth buying now in mid-2019?Asus ZenFone 5z – Why you should buy it–The ZenFone 5z is old but it is one of the few phones in the market to still come with the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Snapdragon 845 is no slouch by any means even today and if you love gaming, this chip can still support it. In the ZenFone 5z, the Snapdragon 845 performs well and despite running a heavy ZenUI 5, it can easily run any Android application one can throw at it.advertisement–Unlike the Poco F1 which is only focused towards a cheaper price tag, the ZenFone 5z is a premium flagship built with all the modern materials people expect in a flagship. The phone gets Gorilla Glass protection and flaunts Asus’ classic concentric circle gradient at the back.–If you don’t like phones with a pop-up camera, this is probably one of the very few options under Rs 30,000 to sport a conventional display. It sports a big notch but at 6.2-inches, the screen is more than big enough to watch movies or play games.–The ZenFone 5z comes with a pair of good cameras. There’s a combination of a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera at the back. While it may not be as good as the setup on the Asus 6z, it still offers a decent photography performance nonetheless.Asus ZenFone 5z – Why you should avoid it–In 2019, smartphones have started adopting modern notch-less design trends. Phones such as the Vivo V15 Pro, Oppo F11 Pro, Redmi K20 and Realme have all gone for notch-less display design. These designs feel more modern and offer more screen real estate. In comparison, the ZenFone 5z feels dated with its huge notch and a fat chin. The LCD screen is good for consuming content but it can’t compete with the modern fullscreen OLED displays most of its rivals offer. The Redmi K20 starting at Rs 21,999 is a viable alternative with more modern features.–The ZenFone 5z comes with the powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset but its arch-rival – the Redmi K20, comes with the more modern Snapdragon 730 chipset with more efficient Kryo cores. Therefore, going for the newer model might make more sense if longevity is primary for you.–Most importantly, the ZenFone 5z is more than a year old now. Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 at similar prices offers better and more versatile cameras, a bigger battery with fast charging support, a modern gradient design, a fullscreen AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the cool-looking pop-up camera. The ZenFone 5z seems to be at a major disadvantage when you compare it with its rivals.ALSO READ | Asus 6z review: The coolest Android flagship for geeks and camera lovers ALSO READ | Asus ROG Phone 2 debuts with Snapdragon 855 Plus but other features make it most exciting gaming phone ALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 5Z review: The OnePlus 6 killer?last_img read more

November 16

CITY COUNCIL TO REPEAL PIT BULL BAN

first_imgSioux City residents will soon be able to own Pit Bull dogs again.On Monday the City Council is expected to vote to repeal the nearly decade old ban on local ownership of that breed of dog.Mayor Bob Scott says the vote will take place to comply with federal rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing regulations for individuals that may possess service animals that are Pit Bulls or similar breeds of dogs:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/PITBULL1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..don’t have to. :36Scott says a dog of any breed that bites someone or is determined to be vicious will still be seized by animal control:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/PITBULL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….it’s any dog. :10The ban was passed in April of 2009 and has been in effect since March of 2010.last_img read more

November 16

2012 Lines

first_imgBeyond the Bets had a really good post shortly after these came out about the lines that had moved the most (a line moves when tons of money comes in on one side or the other). Here were the OSU games that had moved.Texas at Oklahoma State -3.5 (now -2)Oklahoma State at Kansas State -1 (now +1)OSU is now favored in 11 of its 12 games WITH A TRUE FRESHMAN STARTING AT QB.[pours stiff drink].If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe Golden Nugget released its 2012 football lines about two months too early yesterday. Not all of OSU’s games were listed but here are the ones that were…Oklahoma State +8 at OUOklahoma State -3 vs. TexasOklahoma State -6.5 vs. WVUOklahoma State -9 vs. TCUOklahoma State -9.5 at ArizonaOklahoma State +1 at Kansas StateThese are probably OSU’s six biggest games. They will be favored in the rest. Repeat: OSU will be favored in 10 of its 12 games WITH A TRUE FRESHMAN STARTING AT QB.last_img read more

November 16

New Boone Pickens turf is terrific

first_imgHere’s your first look at the new Boone Pickens Stadium turf: http://t.co/FNIWlhZwJS #okstate pic.twitter.com/16rxV2k9jd— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) May 16, 2014This was a much-needed makeover and I’m a big fan of how it turned out. You don’t want to get too crazy with stuff like this and OSU kept it simple and sharp. I’m glad they got rid of the white outlines on the lettering. It looks fine the first year or two but wears out after that and looks horrible.Though if I’m running the @osuathletics account I’m totally photoshopping the end zones to look like the lanes in GIA did with the orange to black fade. You know, just to mess with everybody.My one question is what’s up with the orange-white-black progression as you go out of the back of the end zones? That’s sort of confusing, isn’t it?You guys like?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

Who I’m buying stock in when it comes to OSU football

first_imgJordan Sterns tries to tackle Curry Sexton. (USATSI)Jordan Sterns tries to tackle Curry Sexton. (USATSI)This season has been an abject disaster — I don’t think anyone disagrees about that. Even the most orange-blooded among us (looking at you, Walt Garrison) is bummed out about how this season has gone.But where there’s a downturn in the market there’s always money to be made on the inevitable upswing.[1. Michael Lewis is free to use that in his next book. Just gonna keep pumping highbrow ideas over here.]There’s always money to be found when you hit rock bottom and I think this is what rock bottom looks like for OSU fans in the 2010s:#okstate is No. 87 in the country in offensive points per drive this season. Teams ahead of it: Purdue (!), Illinois (!), Kentucky, Iowa St.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 4, 2014We aren’t allowed to bet on college football games in the great state of Oklahoma (allegedly) but if we were allowed to be on them, or the folks playing and coaching them, this is a list of people whose stock I would buy (or sell).Remember: Buy low, sell high. Let’s take a look at the list.Mike Yurcich — BuyHaha….haha…I can’t believe I just wrote that. But really, how do you sell something valued at $0.01?It’s illogical.There’s a case to be made that Yurcich isn’t as bad as this offense makes him look — I think it involves Daxx’s dad, a pipe wrench, and the bowels of Gallagher-Iba, but still, it’s out there.This offense is four humans (a QB and three linemen) from being a top 20 offense — I really believe that — and I’m still confident Yurcich could drive that thing.He will likely be let go at the end of the season because there always has to be a scapegoat but it’s unfair to pin all (or even most) of this year’s failure on him.I’m not buying because I think he’s Monk 2.0 but because according to this market you’d have to spend five hours digging a hole at the Grand Canyon to locate his ticker symbol. I think he’s better than that.[1. Maybe only slightly.]Jordan Sterns — BuyI want all of it. Load up the 18-wheeler OSU takes to away football games with Jordan Sterns stock and just dump it on my front lawn.Tyreek Hill — Sell[1. It was difficult to find anyone to sell.]Look, I love No. 24. He’s been a shining star in a sea of sadness this season, but OSU is having to build its offense around him because he’s the only human in Payne County who can make this offensive line and QB look remotely competent.Like this:In an elite offense he would be a specialty back and an unreal return man. I’ll go to my grave singing the praises of Joe Randle in the air raid (basically the perfect back for it) — Hill isn’t as versatile.Even though I wrote that OSU should re-structure its 2014 offense around The Freek (because, what are the other options?) I’m not buying that he’s going to be much more of a killer than he is right now.He doesn’t block, misses seams on his runs, and isn’t as patient as he should be. He’s a heck of a weapon but he shouldn’t be an entire offense.[1. We’re basically running the Keiton Page Memorial offense with Tyreek right now in football. Give it to the fast guy, see what happens. That’s fun (sometimes) but it doesn’t exactly work.]Ramon Richards — BuyBring it to me now so I can be sipping Mai Tais on a beach in the Caribbean in 2016.The underrated storyline of this season is how much time Tre Flowers and Ramon Richards and James Washington are getting. You’re effectively looking at a lost year to try and fill in the gaps the 2010-11 recruiting classes left behind.Big picture, I’m fine with that and I think Richards is going to be a special corner.Jhajuan Seales — SellI know Daxx isn’t Brett Favre but 15 catches for 253 yards and 3 TD? I thought he was supposed to be the next 81…Daxx Garman — SellHe’s just not that good. I don’t think he’s necessarily as bad as he’s looked but I think to blame his inefficiency on OSU’s offensive line (like Gundy tends to do) is short-sighted and actually leads to an unrealistic expectation of “Daxx with a good offensive line.”He would be better (who wouldn’t?) but not to the degree that you’d expect someone getting more than 0.00003 second to throw should be.JW Walsh — BuyI thought the people who said JW would be better for this team because he could run and throw behind the thing we’re calling an offensive line were correct but I didn’t know they were this correct.Father forgive us, we have sinned against our overlord, Mr. Patton — please bring him back swiftly and with a full healing.[1. Uh, unless Mason Rudolph can toss it around the yard a little then forget everything I just wrote.]Mike Gundy — BuyThe insanity I see on Twitter about how Gundy should be canned is a thing of beauty to any investor in future returns.I want all of the Gundy stock. Holder, if you have any to dump, I’m buying. City of Stillwater, I will take it off your hands. OSU fans, send me your order forms — I am unloading all of my savings into stock in Mike Gundy.I’ve loved his press conferences over the last month because I feel like if this really was going the wrong way then Gundy would be a lot more frisky. Instead, he sits up there as if he knows something the rest of us don’t.Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 3.17.26 PMThat something is either that he’s going to be paid $7 million a year to coach the University of Florida or that OSU is going to be really, really good in 2015.I’m betting on the latter.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

Three Dead, Dozens Injured in Oklahoma State Homecoming Accident

first_imgThere was also this chilling excerpt from the Tulsa World.Geoff Haxton, who was about 100 yards away from the incident, said a 4-door vehicle not affiliated with the parade crashed into the crowd. Other witnesses told him the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed.Multiple helicopters arrived on scene, according Kurt Steiss, an OSU student.“This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life, outside of the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11. It’s a complete horror,” Haxton said.Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.— Oklahoma State Univ. (@okstate) October 24, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! During the Oklahoma State Homecoming parade on Saturday morning in Stillwater, three people were killed and nearly 30 were injured when a vehicle careened into the procession.#BREAKING Stillwater mayor has confirmed 3 dead, 2 critical, 27 airlifted to area hospitals. #OSUHomecoming @NEWS9 pic.twitter.com/TrNT70fpAY— Evan Anderson (@EvanNBC5) October 24, 2015There’s not a ton that we know as of now other that random bystanders telling what they saw and heard. The Stillwater PD will be holding a press conference at 12:30 p.m. with more details.Megan Lantz says she was at corner of Hall Of Fame & Main Street when OSU crash happened: https://t.co/8HNRCruZS8 pic.twitter.com/cXvqx6ZPAQ— NewsOK (@NewsOK) October 24, 2015last_img read more