Sanju Samson in trouble after breaking bat in dressing room

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first_imgKerala batsman Sanju Samson, who has played one Twenty20 match for India, is facing disciplinary action from the state cricket association for allegedly violating the code of conduct during the team’s recent Ranji Trophy against Goa.Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against the 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) after he allegedly went out of the venue of the match without informing the team management.He also allegedly broke a bat in the dressing room after a match. He returned to the venue in the evening after the team management made several efforts to contact him, KCA sources said.Sources said the association has constituted a four-member committee to probe the allegations against the young cricketer.Former Kerala players S Ramesh, P Ranganathan and Adv Sreejith are the members of the four-member enquiry committee headed by former KCA President T R Balakrishnan, a source said.The panel will also probe the allegations that Sanju’s father used inappropriate language against KCA office-bearers during a telephonic conversation, sources said.Sanju’s father Samson, however, rejected the charges against his son.”Sanju has not violated any discipline,” he told a TV news channel.The player has not reacted to the allegations against him.Sanju is not part of Kerala’s playing XI in the ongoing Ranji Trophy game against Tripura in Cuttack. After a 154 against Jammu and Kashmir, Sanju managed just 180 runs in his next 10 innings.last_img read more

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Great move to live stream matches: Advani

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first_imgBengaluru, Dec 5 (PTI) Indias ace cueist Pankaj Advani has welcomed the initiative to live stream the action from the IBSF World Billiards Championship. “Its great that the action is reaching more than 100,000 billiards fans across the country. The best way to learn the sport is to see the top players in action and I am sure the live telecast will encourage the youngsters not just to pick up the game but also make billiards their career option,” said Advani on the first day of the Championship. Sports App Sports Flashes is to telecast the matches Live. Apart from the defending champion Advani, Sourav Kothari, winner of the National Billiards Championship 2016, Dhruv Sitwala, 2015 & 2016 Asian billiards champion, Rupesh Shah, two-time world champion, Peter Gilchrist, winner of the WPBSA World Championship in 1994, 2001 & 2013, Ben Judge of Australia, Englishmen Nalin Patel and Robert Hall are some of the participants who are vying for the title. The eight-day championship that includes the Long Up format and the Points format offers a prize purse of USD 20,000. PTI AT ATlast_img read more

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‘Embarrassing’ Mourinho’s mouth is out of control – Scholes

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first_imgManchester United legend Paul Scholes has slammed manager Jose Mourinho, saying the Portuguese is “embarrassing the club.”Following a dismal 3-1 loss at West Ham at the weekend, United are off to their worst start since 1989-90.Aside from the club’s struggles on the field, Mourinho has made plenty of headlines for ongoing feuds with his players and the club’s board. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho’s relationship with star midfielder Paul Pogba has deteriorated, with the manager stripping the France international of his vice-captaincy last week.There have even been suggestions of a full-scale team mutiny, such is the state of affairs at Old Trafford currently. Mourinho is fighting for his job, and Scholes has opined that he is surprised the Portuguese even managed to keep his job after the defeat to West Ham.”I’m actually slightly surprised that he survived after Saturday, the performance was that bad,” Scholes said on BT Sport.”We’ll go on to show clips of attitude and performance, it just was nowhere near.”The West Ham defeat capped a trying week for the Red Devils that also saw them draw newly promoted Wolves in the league and fall to Championship side Derby County in the Carabao Cup.Scholes believes the situation is critical at Old Trafford, as Mourinho continues to fall out with his players and the club’s hierarchy.”He’s coming out in press conferences and he’s constantly having a go at players, he’s having a go at people above him because he’s not getting what he wants,” the 43-year-old said.”I think his mouth is probably out of control and I think he’s embarrassing the club.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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2016 saw several Indian women breaking the glass ceiling

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first_imgBy Nivedita SinghNew Delhi, Dec 31 (PTI) Several Indian women made their way into the record books in 2016 with awe-inspiring feats be it in the field of defence, politics or sports.Indian Air Force welcomed to its fold its first batch of women fighter pilots when Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were commissioned in June.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar termed the combat role for these women in the Air Force as a “milestone”.Archana Ramasundram became the first woman head of a paramilitary force when she was appointed Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in February. The 58-year-old resident of Uttar Pradesh is a Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer.In politics, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, 56, became the first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir when she took charge in April following the death of her father.Former Union minister Najma Heptullah was appointed as the 18th governor of Manipur, the first woman to hold that post in the northeastern state.Upma Chowdhary, a 1983-batch IAS officer of Himachal cadre, became the first woman to be appointed Director of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie.In the sports arena, Indian women achieved several milestones.Shuttler P V Sindhu became the countrys first-ever woman silver medal winner at the Olympics when she achieved the feat at the Rio Games.Sakshi Malik too had her share of glory when she became the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal — a bronze at Rio.advertisementTripura girl Dipa Karmarkar became the darling of the country when she reached the vault finals at Rio — the first Indian woman to do so. She is also the first Indian to qualify for the Olympics gymnastics event.Young Aditi Ashok entered the record books by becoming the first woman Indian golfer to win a European Tour event.The list does not stop here.Deepa Malik became the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at the Rio Paralympics where she bagged a silver medal in shot-put event.Sania Mirza retained her World number one rank in doubles in the WTA rankings in a gruelling 2016 season in which she won eight titles, including the Australian Open with Swiss partner Martina Hingis.At the 129th session of International Olympic Committee (IOC) in August, Nita Ambani was elected an individual member of the IOC, the first woman from India to achieve the feat. PTI NKS ZMN UZMlast_img read more

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SPORT-PWL 2 LAST

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first_img(REOPENS DEL 61) (REOPENS DEL 61) Mumbai have roped in quite a few strong wrestlers this time around as well with three Olympic and World Champion medallists in their line up. Rio Olympics champion Erica Wiebe of Canada will be the biggest strength for Mumbai, while Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan is World Championship silver-medallist along with bronze winner Pablo Olenik, who has replaced another Cuban wrestler Reineris Salas. They also have in their ranks, Carolina Castillo Hidalgo, who missed Rio Olympics bronze medal by a narrow margin. On the other hand, Haryana Hammers will be relying on world champion Magomed Kurbanaliev of Russia, Rio bronze medallists Swedens Sofia Mattsson and Marwa Amri of Tunisia. Among Indians, they have high hopes from Asian champion and Rio Olympian Sandeep Tomar. In the mens 97kg, a high-profile bout is on the cards between World championship silver medallists Abdusalom Gadisov and Pablo Olenik. Punjab Royals will be heavily banking on their foreign buys such as Vladimir Khinchegashvili (gold in Rio Games), Togrul Asgarov and Vasilisa Marzaliuk (fifth at Rio Games). The newest addition to PWL 2, Jaipur franchise would be hoping to make a mark with Rio Games bronze-medallist Jenny Franson of Sweden and Venezuelas Betzabeth Arguello, besides the heavyweight Georgian duo of Elizbar Odikadze and Yakob Makarashvili. They would also rely on their highest buy Ritu — the youngest of the Phogat sisters. Incidentally Ritu became the costliest Indian female wrestler during the PWL auctions last month. PTI CM PM PMlast_img read more

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Sahara Group extends Hockey India sponsorship till 2021

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 5 (PTI) In what can be termed as a major boost to Indian hockey, the Sahara Group has renewed its association with Hockey India by signing a sponsorship deal which will run till 2021. Associated with Indian hockey since 1995, Sahara India will be the major partner of the national teams at the junior and senior levels until 2021. “Hockey is our national game and we are very proud of the teams performances at both junior and senior level, men and women, in the past year. Sahara India Pariwar is committed to the development of the sport at all levels and are keen to continue our partnership with Hockey India in their endeavour to achieve greater heights,” stated Abhijit Sarkar, Head Corporate Communications, Sahara India Pariwar. “We at Sahara India Pariwar believe that with adequate backing the young crop of players have it in them to create greater success stories in the following years similar to the Junior World Cup win, the mens FIH Champions Trophy Silver medal performance as well as the women winning the Asian Champions Trophy. These results show that Indian hockey is on the right path towards bringing laurels for India,” he added. Sahara India said that apart from the sponsorship with Hockey India, it would continue to help players in different ways as has been in the past. “Sahara India Pariwar has been a major supporter of Indian hockey for a long time now and we are very grateful to them for partnering us in our endeavour to bring about the hockey revolution. We could not have created success stories without the continued support of Sahara India Pariwar. We thank Sahara India Pariwar for extending their support of Indian Hockey to 2021,” Hockey India President Mariamma Koshy said. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Chetan Sharma hits out at HCA, says ready for administration

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 7 (PTI) Former India cricketer Chetan Sharma today called the Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) a family-run “private limited” and said he was ready to administer the sport in the northern state. The former Haryana seamer, who is the first Indian to take a hat-trick in international cricket, has been at loggerheads with the Haryana Cricket Associations top officials, including secretary Anirudh Chaudhary, and accused the body of financial irregularities in the past. Chaudhary is the son of former BCCI President Ranbir Singh Mahendra and grandson of ex-Haryana chief minister Bansi Lal. “It is called Haryana Cricket Private Limited. I am ready to enter administration but will Ranbir Mahendra let me enter. They have been running it like a fiefdom for years. Players like Kapil Dev and myself are not even members of HCA,” Sharma told PTI here. Asked about Virat Kohli being handed over captaincy in limited overs cricket, Sharma was optimistic about the future. “I am sure Kohli will repose the faith placed in him by the selectors. He has already done that in Test cricket. We are eyeing the 2029 World Cup and the upcoming Champions Trophy, so its a good move that Dhoni has decided to quit now. It will give Kohli enough time to get to understand the team.” Last May, in a complaint to the Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs minister, Anil Vij, Sharma had made charges of financial irregularities against HCA in the purchase of land for building a stadium. The 51-year-old was here to attend a press conference to announce that the School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) has been appointed as national Sports Promotion Organisation by the Government of India. Sharma is the chairman of SSPF National Cricket Council. SSPF is a grassroot initiative focussed on sports such as cricket, football, athletics, volleyball and basketball. PTI AH PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Alastair Cook, one of English sport’s quiet achievers

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first_imgAlastair Cook was never the most innovative England cricket captain, his batting was designed to soothe rather than stir the blood and his personality was so cautious that it was little wonder he never featured when flashy sports awards were being handed out.Yet after stepping down from the Test captaincy after four and a half years on Monday, there could still be no real argument about Cook, in his own quiet, undemonstrative fashion, having become one of the great achievers of modern English sport.With the minimum of fuss and maximum solidity at a time when he had to deal with plenty of turmoil within the team, Cook moulded himself into an impressive, respected leader while still managing to remain a towering batsman, England’s all-time top scorer in Test annals. (Alastair Cook steps down as England Test captain after 4-0 defeat vs India)Not that everyone in England perhaps quite recognised the magnitude of what he was achieving.”Alastair Cook is the first Englishman to 10,000 Test runs – but most Poms haven’t seen a single one,” ran one headline in Australia’s Daily Telegraph last year, referring to how his feats tended to remain under the radar since no live cricket is shown on free-to-air television in England.The newspaper had a point. Cook’s consistent excellence has often been under-appreciated compared to the box-office razzmatazz of others like Kevin Pietersen, a dazzling talent but one which cast a long shadow over the Essex man’s reign.Still, Cook leaves his job, able to look at a fairly remarkable resume that features 24 wins in a record 59 tests in charge, Ashes victories at home in 2013 and 2015 as well as series wins in India and South Africa. (Stats: Alastair Cook England’s leading run-scorer, most successful captain in Tests)advertisementThere were jarring setbacks, of course, like the whitewash Ashes defeat in Australia and the 4-0 loss to India over the winter that eventually persuaded him his time was up as captain, yet overall it was hard not to agree with Monday’s salute from predecessor Andrew Strauss.”He’s led the team with determination, conviction and a huge amount of pride and his record stands for itself,” said Strauss, now director of England Cricket.”He deserves to be seen as one of our country’s great captains.”The latter assertion is up for debate. Cook’s winning percentage of 40.67 at the helm is only the fourth best of the six captains to have led England in more than 40 tests, even though he oversaw an era featuring world-class players from Pietersen, Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Stuart Broad to Ben Stokes and Joe Root.On a personal level, though, he maintained the highest standards, his superb temperament propelling him to become England’s most prolific batsman — and the 10th most prolific from any country — with 11,057 runs in 140 tests. (Alastair Cook ‘drained’ by England captain job, says Andrew Strauss)After taking over as captain in 2012, perhaps his finest achievement were the three centuries he compiled in England’s first Test series win in India in 28 years, a feat that looks even more monumental in light of this winter’s thrashing.Now, still just 32 and freed from captaincy pressures, Cook could continue to do serious damage to that top-10 Test list while also helping his obvious successor Joe Root ease into the role of captain.It would be no surprise to see Cook go past Ricky Ponting, currently second on the list with 13,378 runs, even if Sachin Tendulkar’s world record mark of 15,921 looks insurmountable. (#BringBackKP: Kevin Pietersen tweets after Alastair Cook resigns as England captain)One suspects Root, a rare and brilliant talent, could bring a daring approach to the job that was beyond Cook.Yet now that he can sit back and reflect on a job well done, Cook, England’s ‘Captain Sensible’, should content himself that he led with dignity, toughness, gentlemanly spirit — and lots and lots of runs.last_img read more

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Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova ease into Dubai Open semis

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first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic booked their place in the semi-finals of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships following a straightsets victory in their women’s doubles clash here on Thursday evening.The third seeded duo registered a convincing 6-2, 7-5 win over seventh seeded American pair of Abigail Spears and Katarina Srebotnik in a thrilling quarter-final encounter that lasted just one hour and 28 minutes.Interestingly, Spears and Srebotnik were the same team who stopped the Indo-Czech duo to reach the last four of the Qatar Open last week.Mirza and Strycova will now take on Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina for a place in the summit showdown.Mirza and Strycova joined forces in August last year after the Indian tennis star parted ways with Swiss player Martina Hingis and they tasted success soon after. They went on to win Cincinnati and Tokyo before reaching the finals at Wuhan and the quarter-finals of the US Open.last_img read more

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Robert Lewandowski nets hat-trick as Bayern Munich destroy Hamburg

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first_imgBayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as the Bundesliga leaders mercilessly obliterated Hamburg SV 8-0 on Saturday to stay five points clear at the top and equal their opponents’ heaviest league defeat.The Pole, who has netted 19 times in the Bundesliga this season, struck twice in the first half and slotted in his third goal in the 54th minute after Arturo Vidal had put the hosts ahead in the 17th.Strugglers Hamburg had been confident they would not be the punch bags of past matches between the sides, having also lost 8-0 in Munich two years ago, and they had been unbeaten in their last three games.But they looked shell-shocked as they conceded another goal by David Alaba in the 56th and substitute Kingsley Coman scored twice more within five minutes a little later.Arjen Robben struck on the break as Hamburg capitulated to equal their heaviest Bundesliga defeat.”A perfect day, a perfect game,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, on his 1,000th career game as manager. “The team played an outstanding game and I could not be happier.”Bayern never gave Hamburg a chance, making amends for their last-gasp 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin last week.They had 75 percent possession in the first half alone and could have added to their tally with Lewandowski also hitting the woodwork.”I think we did not win a single one-on-one throughout the entire first half,” Hamburg keeper Rene Adler said. “It’s just intolerable.”Second-placed RB Leipzig stayed five points off the pace after beating Cologne 3-1 to climb up to 48 points.advertisementPierre-Emerick Aubameyang ending his goal drought after 471 minutes to score twice as Borussia Dortmund tightened their hold on third place with a 3-0 victory at Freiburg.Dortmund are on 40 points, three ahead of Hoffenheim who play Schalke 04 on Sunday.last_img read more

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Steve O’Keefe akin to reliable Korean car: Monty Panesar

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first_imgIn motoring parlance, Australia spinner Steve O’Keefe is more reliable Korean car than prestige vehicle but his “happy” mental state makes him a great addition to the team garage, according to former England bowler Monty Panesar.Recalled for just his fifth Test since his 2014 debut against Pakistan, O’Keefe took 12 wickets in the series-opening defeat of India, the biggest haul ever by a visiting spinner.CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOFellow left-arm spinner Panesar, who hopes to restore his own stalled international career, was hired by Cricket Australia to work with the team’s spinners before the tour and he saw enough in 32-year-old O’Keefe to feel he could play a big role.”When I first saw him, he asked me: ‘what do you think of my spin bowling?’ I said to him, ‘you’re like a Hyundai i30″, Luton-born Panesar told Reuters in an interview on Monday. (Also read: India frugal with praise for Pune tormentor Steve O’Keefe)”‘You’re very much unassuming. You’re reliable. You get from A to B and you get the job done’.”I remember telling (the team management) before they left for India, I said ‘I feel like O’Keefe will have the most impact’.”That was my judgement and sometimes these things happen in cricket.” (Also read: Steve O’Keefe surprised by India’s batting collapse in Pune Test)Panesar played the last of his 50 Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during England’s 5-0 humiliation in the 2013/14 series but he returned Down Under last year to play grade cricket for Sydney club Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts.advertisementHe faced O’Keefe in a match against Manly-Warringah last month and lasted only three balls before becoming one of the Australian’s nine victims in the first innings. (Also read: Steve O’Keefe beats India in their own game)O’Keefe had pulled out of the domestic ‘Big Bash’ Twenty20 competition to play more red-ball cricket in the leadup to the India tour and Panesar was impressed with his application.”We had a chat at the game and I had an opportunity to look at his bowling,” the 34-year-old said.OFF-FIELD ISSUES”He very much sets up batsmen and looks to get them out. He’s an intelligent cricketer. He knows his limitations but he’s happy.”That’s what I was surprised by. He’s just happy with what he’s got and he just tries to make the best of that. He doesn’t try to be anyone else. He tries to be the best O’Keefe he can be.”Forty-five tests separate the left-armers, but O’Keefe and Panesar have shared a similar battle to overcome sceptics about their abilities and also survived brushes with indiscipline off-field.When playing for county side Sussex in 2013, Panesar infamously urinated on a nightclub’s doormen and was fined by police for being drunk and disorderly.O’Keefe was fined by his cricket board last August for a drunken incident involving security staff at a Sydney hotel soon after returning home injured from Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka.Also watch:last_img read more

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All England Open Championships: Saina loses to Sung Ji Hyun in quarters

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first_imgIndia’s campaign at the All England Open Badminton Championships came to an end as women’s singles shuttler Saina Nehwal followed her compatriot P.V. Sindhu and suffered a defeats in the quarter-finals on Friday.Eighth seed Saina fought hard but could not avoid a 20-22, 20-22 defeat to South Korean third seed Sung Ji Hyun in 54 minutes. (Also read: PV Sindhu crashes out of All England Championships)It was a heartbreaking loss for Saina who came close but could not pull it off at critical junctures at the Barclaycard Arena.The win was Sung’s only second triumph in eight games against 2012 London Olympic bronze medal winner Saina.Earlier, Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei 14-21, 10-21 in the quarter-finals that lasted 34 minutes.Reaching the last eight was the Olympic silver medallist Sindhu’s best performance at the prestigious badminton tournament.Only two Indians — Prakash Padukone and current chief coach P. Gopichand — have managed to win titles at the world’s oldest tournament. While Padukone won in 1980, Gopichand’s feat came in 2001.last_img read more

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Michael Clarke, MS Dhoni meet as India-Australia series heats up

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first_imgMichael Clarke has been making the most of his time here in India. The former Australia captain is part of the commentary team for the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series and is using this opportunity to catch up with his friends from the Indian cricket team. (India Today Exclusive with Michael Clarke makes waves in international media)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOClarke, who met with current Indian skipper Virat Kohli over dinner right after the first Test in Pune, recently caught up with former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the Rhiti Sports’ office, the company which manages Dhoni’s assignments off the field, in New Delhi. (Exclusive: Michael Clarke endorses Virat Kohli’s stance on Steve Smith’s DRS controversy)The two cricketers have been part of a few memorable Border-Gavaskar series themselves and locked heads as captains for the first time in 2012-13 when India whitewashed the Aussies in the four-match series to reclaim the trophy. A year before that it was Clarke who led Australia to a 4-0 series whitewash Down Under. (Virat Kohli warns Australia: There are certain lines which shouldn’t be crossed)The Border-Gavaskar series in 2014-15 was the last time these two cricketer played together in Test cricket. While Dhoni announced his retirement from Tests after the third match in Melbourne, Clarke retired from international cricket a few months later after the Ashes series in England. (Steve Smith on DRS controversy: I shouldn’t have done that, it was a brain fade)Dhoni played in 90 Tests scoring 4876 runs at an average of 38.09 with six hundreds to his name while Clarke featured in 115 matches for Australia and amassed 8643 runs at 49.10 with 28 centuries. Dhoni led India in 60 Tests and registered 27 wins while Clarke led Australia in 47 matches out of which he won 24. (Virat Kohli furious after Steve Smith tried to cheat)advertisementThe current series stands level at 1-1 and the rising tensions between India and Australia grabbed all the headlines after the Bengaluru Test. Both captains Virat Kohli and Steve Smith escaped punishments from the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the DRS controversy on the final day of the match, which India won by 75 runs bounce back in the series. (Bengaluru Test: Ashwin’s 6/41 seals sensational victory for India)India then officially complained to the ICC over Smith’s actions but then the BCCI and the Australian Cricket Board chiefs met and called truce. With no love lost between the players from either side, the third and penultimate Test in Dhoni’s hometown in Ranchi, promises to be a thriller.last_img read more

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Lava Z25, Z10 smartphones launched: Price, specs and everything else

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first_imgDomestic smartphone maker Lava has launched Z25 and Z10, two new additions to its Z line of smartphones. Priced at Rs 18,000  and Rs 11,500 respectively, Lava Z25 and Lava Z10 will be available in select retail stores from March 23 onwards. Commenting on the launch, Gaurav Nigam, product head, Lava, said, “Lava Z25 and Z10 are packed with premium features of Camera, Fingerprint, Design and Durability that go well beyond the conventional boundaries in this price segment. Further, Z series is a premium product category for us which is born out of our end-to-end control on entire product value chain – from design to manufacturing”.Lava Z25 sports a 5.5-inch  HD IPS display while  Lava Z10 features 12.7 cm (5.0″) display. Both the phones come with  2.5D curved HD IPS display and are powered by an Octa Core Processor coupled with 4 GB and 2 GB RAM respectively. Lava Z25 comes with 32GB internal storage while Z10 houses 16GB ROM.Both are dual SIM supporting smartphones equipped with multilingual keyboard that supports 11 Indian languages. Additionally, Lava Z25 sports a fingerprint sensor which lets users unlock the phone in 0.16 seconds.On the camera front, Lava Z25 has a   13-MP rear camera  with F2.0 wide-aperture  and Sony Exmor RS on board. The rear camera supports Bokeh Mode  feature to make objects stand out from the background and Night Pro mode that helps click better photos in low light conditions. An  8-MP front camera  equipped with spotlight flash is  present to click selfies. The smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 operating system, with Star OS 3.3 interface and backed by  3020 mAh battery with Power Saver mode and Super Power Saver mode  which as per the company claims extends the battery backup by 5 hours 20 minutes and 18 hours respectively.  Additional features include smart gestures technology and  OTG support for  high speed data transfer.advertisementAlso Read: New Digital India: All PAN cards not linked to Aadhaar card will be cancelledLava Z10 sports an 8-MP Rear with F2.0 aperture and 5-MP Selfie Camera with Spotlight Flash technology.  Alike Z25’s rear camera, Z10 also has Bokeh Mode and Night mode functionality.  The smartphone is backed by 2620 mAh ATL battery with ‘Power Saver mode’ and ‘Super Power Saver mode’ which company claims can extend the battery backup by 5 hours 20 minutes and 18 hours respectively.Lava Z25 will be available in Champagne Gold and Grey while Lava Z10 in Gold color variant. The smartphones also offer manufacturer’s warranty for a year along with 6 months warranty for the in-box accessories which include battery, headset, charger, and a USB Cable. Additionally, the company is giving a one-time mobile screen replacement on the purchase of the smartphones which will be applicable till one year of the purchase. The smartphones also come with a ’30 Day Replacement Policy’ where consumers will get a replacement with new device in case of any hardware damage within 30 days of purchase.last_img read more

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Six Ways to Survive the Economic Storm

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first_imgThis is a scary time for fundraising – perhaps the most terrifying that most of us have ever experienced. The economy is tanking. Everyone is fearful about their financial future. And here we are – on the verge of fundraising season.It’s tempting to panic. Yet that would be the easiest – and worst — thing we could do.Here are some thoughts on what you should do instead:Don’t curl into a fetal position. In other words, do not stop doing things that are important or even risky to raise money. The same old same old isn’t going to cut it this year. This is not the time to be steered by fear. You need to be aggressive about acquisition and creative, new and different in your asks. (Check out bad habit #6 to see why change is important for your nonprofit.)Set realistic goals. The numbers are likely to be down. So manage to that. Do what you can to make them go up, but also be responsible and help everyone in your organization plan how you’d react to various fundraising scenarios, from decent to mediocre to dire.Don’t abuse your existing donors. If fundraising isn’t going well, the temptation may be to go back to the well again and again, hitting up your donors left and right. Yes, you should ask them for money. But not every five minutes. You should spend more time thanking them and making them feel great. Then they’ll tell their friends about you. Which gives you new donors. Remeber to practice good customer service–i.e. don’t treat your donors like ATM’s.Get online today. If you’re not already online, GET ONLINE and ask for lots of SMALL DONATIONS, including recurring monthly gifts. That’s the way the younger folk like to give, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper to raise money via the Internet than any other way. Now more than ever it really makes sense: new audiences, less cost to raise a dollar. Do it.Don’t undersell yourself. In an era when so many investments look like they’re offering low returns, you are priceless. Remind your donors of their amazing ROI with you. For a few dollars, they get a helper’s high. They feel good because they did good. It’s cheaper than therapy. Their investment in your organization doesn’t yield paper profits. It changes lives. Always. Be passionate and persuasive about your emotional ROI – and your human ROI. Those who can afford it will get it and give.Admit to donors that it’s hard. While explaining that you’re a great investment, admit that your numbers – and the numbers on your donors’ investment portfolios – are down. Everyone feels the pain. Share the pain. Note that every tiny bit helps, however tiny the bit. It’s harder to turn down someone who is understanding of constraints and asking for even the smallest of donations. It’s a great time to ask for recurring gifts – just $10 a month. Ask now, because things are going to get worse before they get better.last_img read more

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What Kind of Donor Gets a Thank You?

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first_imgPop quiz: Who should receive a thank you?a. A recurring donor who gives $15 a month.b. A major donor who gives a $10,000 gift.c. A first-time donor who gives a $50 gift.d. A regular donor who gives a gift to a special campaign like #GivingTuesday.e. A new donor acquired through a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.f. All donors.If you answered “f,” you’re right! Every donor should be thanked for their gift. The type of thank you will vary, but no matter the size of the gift or where it came from, every donor should get a thank you.“Should I send multiple thank you messages to a recurring giver?” Have you ever heard of anyone getting mad for receiving too much gratitude? Not very often. Recurring donors are a special group of supporters who love your cause enough to give you a financial commitment on a consistent basis. You should thank these donors as often as you see fit. If that’s an email every quarter, go for it. But listen to donors’ preferences. If a donor provides helpful feedback that the frequency of communication they are receiving is too much (or too little), take it to heart and respect their input.“Is a thank you note enough for a major donor?” A thank you note is just the first step in your donor relations strategy. In addition to a thank you note, major donors should receive an appropriate level of recognition for their gift (or the option to remain anonymous), engagement with your organization, and updates on how their gift is used. Depending on who the donor is and what the funds will be used for, the thank you should come from your executive director or board director. We aren’t discussing the importance of a phone call as a thank you in this post, but this would be the perfect opportunity for the development director to pick up the phone and chat with a generous donor.“Can the receipt serve as the thank you for a first-time donor? I doubt I’ll see them again.” It’s an unfortunate but true reality: Most first-time donors won’t return to make a second gift. But with a sound donor relations strategy that starts off with a stellar message of thanks, you could turn this one-time donor into a loyal supporter who gives year after year!“Is it awkward to send another thank you to someone who gave to a specific campaign?” Most definitely not! In this case, your thank you message should focus on how the donor was part of the campaign’s success. If the campaign is ongoing, thank them soon after the gift was made, and then send a second note of thanks to update donors on the campaign’s success. Check out this great #GivingTuesday thank you from Collective Action for Safe Spaces. Did you notice how many times the word “you” was used in this thank you message? This is an excellent example of what a donor-centric, campaign-specific thank you message should look like.“Shouldn’t it be the responsibility of the peer fundraiser to thank those who gave to their campaign?” Sure, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t too. These donors gave to you because a friend asked not necessarily because they are super educated about your nonprofit. How can you show your appreciation, encourage them to stay connected to your organization, and educate them on what your nonprofit does? The best way to keep these new donors engaged is to start off the relationship right with some gratitude.Want more tips on donor thank yous? Download our newest eGuide: The Complete Donor Thank You Guidelast_img read more

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7 Steps to Simplify Your Fundraising Plan

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first_imgThe number one indicator of individual donor fundraising success is having a plan. You know you need one—and one you can stick to. The question is: how do you create a really solid plan?Don’t let writing a fundraising plan overwhelm you. It’s not as complex as you might think. Check out these seven steps and download our Super Simple Fundraising Plan to get the ball rolling. Before you know it, you’ll be a planning pro!Step 1: Reflect on the past year.Review your fundraising activities and results from the previous year. Use your donor management system to analyze your data and answer these essential questions:How much did you raise from each of your individual donor activities?What were your biggest successes?What were your biggest challenges?Step 2: Identify your resources.Take stock of your organization’s resources (money, staff time, board, volunteers, technology, etc) and how they can support your fundraising efforts in the coming year.Step 3: Name the activities you have to find new donors, renew current donors, and upgrade donors.Create a plan that includes specific tactics to attract, renew, and upgrade donors. Each donor segment requires a different approach. All three together can significantly increase the amount you raise year after year.Step 4: Create your goals for each activity.What do you want your planned fundraising activities to accomplish? Beyond dollars raised, your goals may include acquiring a certain number of new donors, increasing board involvement, or engaging younger donors. Make sure your goals are SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound.Step 5: Identify your three focus areas for the coming year.Most organizations judge their success by one question—did we meet our financial goal? Growing future giving means investing in activities that will make a difference in the future even if they don’t generate immediate revenue. Identify three things that you want to make happen this year and build them into your organization’s fundraising plan.Step 6: Put it on the calendar.Whether you use Outlook, a calendar app, or a desktop planner, plan out your activities for the coming year. Be sure to prioritize around vacations, programmatic events, and potential busy times for the organization.Step 7: Make resolutions to set yourself up for success.Have you made your fundraising resolutions for the year? What will get you to stick to your brilliant plan now that you’ve made it? Whether it’s an accountability partner, a set hour on your calendar every week to review the plan or call donors, put it on the calendar. And don’t forget regular check-ins with your team to evaluate your progress.Download the Super Simple Fundraising Plan today and utilize our interactive worksheet to make notes for every step of your plan.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

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No Firmino? How Klopp can get Liverpool’s attack firing again

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first_imgJurgen Klopp saw the question coming a mile off – or so he thought.His inquisitor had barely started it when the Liverpool boss cut him off.“Jurgen, you’ve had two 0-0 draws in a row….” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Against Bayern Munich and Manchester United, yes!”In fairness, the question was actually supposed to be about the Reds’ defensive strength rather than their attacking worries. It was swiftly pointed out to Klopp that, in fact, his side had kept three successive clean sheets.“Look at that!” he laughed. “In one question, such a turnaround!”The fact that Klopp was poised to defend his forwards, though, is instructive. The German claims he doesn’t read what is written about his side – “I just don’t have the time!” he told Goal last summer – but he always knows what the narratives are. He is well-briefed by his media officer, and adept at shutting down questions, usually with humour.Where Liverpool are concerned, he has watched the debate shift significantly. His weekly, often twice-weekly, press conferences at Melwood used to centre around defensive themes. How, he would be asked, could he stop his team leaking soft goals? Could he fix their set-piece issues? Did it not annoy him that his team could be so devastating going one way, so brittle going the other?This season, the dynamic has altered. With Virgil van Dijk in situ, the doubts over Liverpool’s backline have receded. With just 15 goals conceded in 27 games, they have the best defensive record in the Premier League by some distance. It is the foundation on which their championship challenge has been built.You can’t have everything though and, as Liverpool’s defence is lauded, now it is their attack which is coming under scrutiny. As the title race hots up, the worry is that the Reds’ main men have gone cold.Harsh? Certainly a touch, given that Mohamed Salah is the Premier League’s joint-leading goalscorer and that Sadio Mane is one shy of equalling his best ever (league) return in England. Those two, plus Roberto Firmino, have 38 of Liverpool’s 59 league goals, having contributed 57 of their 84 last term.Roberto Firmino Sadio Mane Mohamed Salah Liverpool West Ham Premier League 120818And, even more importantly, with 11 games remaining, the Merseysiders are top of the table this time around – a fact that seemed lost on a lot of people in the aftermath of Sunday’s stalemate at Old Trafford.Why, then, do the questions remain? Why, Klopp may ask, does there seem to be such a lack of faith in his side?The numbers aren’t that bad – since smashing Arsenal 5-1 on December 29, Liverpool have scored 12 times in eight games in all competitions, including four against Crystal Palace and three versus Bournemouth. Salah, Mane and Firmino have been responsible for 10 of those.But these are tense times, and a run of four draws in five games can only add to the edginess surrounding the Reds as they bid to end that 29-year wait for a title. And, while every discussion in this era feels overblow and overhyped – see the ‘storm’ surrounding Kepa Arrizabalaga, for example – there is no doubt that, as a team, Liverpool have not been attacking as Klopp would like them to of late.“The games we had were difficult,” he said on Tuesday. “Bayern defended us like we were a mixture of Barcelona and Real Madrid! And Manchester United….that was just a strange game.”Still, he would expect players of such talent, in games of such importance, to produce more than they did. Liverpool managed just one shot on target at United, after mustering just two against Bayern. Their work in the final third, so often sharp, swift and imaginative, looked laboured, tentative, aimless. In both games, the goalless draw looked nailed-on long before the final whistle.The sight of Salah being replaced by Divock Origi with 11 minutes to go at Old Trafford spoke volumes. The Egyptian, with 20 goals in all competitions, is so often the go-to man, but his afternoon was wretched, littered with poor touches, loose passes and one appalling free-kick. His record at Anfield has been staggering, but he has just one goal against fellow top-six sides this season. That was a penalty in that Arsenal drubbing. He is yet to score away from home in the Champions League this season, too.The likelihood is that he will move into a central striking role against Watford on Wednesday night. Firmino is unlikely to be risked having sustained an ankle injury against United – though Klopp says the Brazilian will have “a big chance” for Sunday’s trip to Everton – and the claims of both Origi and Daniel Sturridge are flimsy at best. Between them, the understudy strikers have one Premier League goal since September. Liverpool need to improve on that pair in the summer transfer market.Liverpool's next five fixturesSalah’s record as a No.9 is better, though of late he has returned to the right-wing station from which he wreaked such havoc last season. It is likely that Xherdan Shaqiri, a different type of wide player, will occupy that spot on Wednesday evening, with Salah tasked with stretching the Hornets with his speed and movement from a central position. Naby Keita, meanwhile, may add a touch of imagination to a midfield which looked prosaic at the weekend.“Mo has the ability to create from the inside,” assistant manager Pep Lijnders told Goal recently. “To have him in the last line as high as we can, it’s great for him. He’s closer to the goal, he can use his speed more, he’s more where we want him to be.”Where Liverpool want him to be on Wednesday night is on the scoresheet, smiling again, laying waste to defences. He scored four in this fixture last season, and has six in three appearances against Watford. He likes the sight of the Hornets.For Liverpool, the task is simple. Keep on winning and they will be champions, despite the doubts and the questions and the narratives. Eleven games to make history.“It’s a pure opportunity,” Klopp said on Tuesday. “And we have to use it on the front foot.”Don’t bet against his side finding top gear at Anfield, then. Starved for a week, Salah and Co. are ready to feast again.If they do, the skies over Anfield will look a whole lot brighter. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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How to Get Paid What You’re Worth

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first_imgMarket considerations: If there’s not a lot of demand for your work, pricing high may not make as much sense. In economic slumps, you may find yourself charging less in order to fill gaps. But pay attention to market conditions, and never consider that a permanent-case scenario. Also, remember that having a specialty can stabilize your income against market changes because specialities are perceived as having a higher value.Calculate Your RateBelow is a loose formula for setting your basic hourly rate, which you may choose to tell clients as our hourly rate or use as a baseline when figuring out your project/package/day rate. Remember, this is an art and not a science!(annual salary + annual expenses + annual profit) ÷ annual billable work hours = your basic hourly rateAnnual salary: What would you like to make a year? Consider this as a business expense (paid out to you as your own boss).Annual expenses: Includes purchases and overhead outlined in previous section.Annual profit: This is the profit charged over and above your expenses. Our friend Ilise Benun suggests 10 to 20 percent of your salary as the norm.Annual billable hours: 365 days minus vacation, sick time, weekends off, and time you spend doing administrative stuff, and multiply by the number of hours you work a day, approximately.Basic hourly rate: This is a guide, not a rule. You may choose to share this with a client as your hourly rate, or you may just build it in when you give a project fee.Hourly? Daily? By Project?After you figure out your basic hourly rate, it’s time to figure out how you’re going to present this fee to clients in a contract. (Yes, contract! All freelancers need contracts. Please work with a contract.)HourlyPros: Simple. Easy to negotiate. Rush rate can be established for time sensitive jobs. Accommodates variable job scope.Cons: Client may be wary, since there’s no project ceiling. No rate flexibility for a demanding project. Penalizes you if you’re fast! Can be difficult to raise.Project feePros: Can be tailored to job scope and client. Enables you to predict your income more easily.Cons: May be difficult to calculate. If your client tries to add on extras to the project, you may have to renegotiate, which can get sticky.Pricing packages (for example, $350 will buy you proofreading, light editing, for X number of pages, $500 will buy you developmental editing, X number of pages, etc.)Pros: Can be posted publicly. This makes it difficult for clients to “bargain you down.” Also may be efficient for a client you know well. Lets clients select from a menu, which can allow them to feel more in control of pricing.Cons: No flexibility for challenging project or client.Day ratePros: No need to negotiate. Useful for a small project that wouldn’t be cost-effective otherwise. Can be broken into time increments spaced out over a longer peoiod.Cons: You may be underpaid if you haven’t calculated your costs, overhead, and project requirements correctly. Can be difficult to raise once word gets out about what the fee is.This should all be laid out clearly in the appropriate section of your contract. Did we mention you should have a contract?More Price-Setting Guidelines: Do your homework1. Learn the benchmark rates in your industry. Read industry-standard books that include pricing. Some industry professionals are brave enough to post their rates online (thank you!) and that can be a good start. Also check industry discussion boards and professional networking sites.2. Talk to the pros. Ask if you can meet a freelancer in your industry for coffee if you’re new to freelancing. Chances are this freelancers was once in the same position you’re in, and will take the time to help you out. If your company used to hire freelancers, ask your old HR guy or gal what someone of your skill level would usually charge.3. Do market research about your client before setting a price. As discussed earlier, the size of your company may change the value of your services and may not. It’s important that you get a sense of how much the project that they need means to the company.4. If possible, get a budget from the client before you crunch the numbers. There’s nothing worse that doing all your calculations, giving a client your price, and then getting complete silence on the other end because your price is very different from what they expected. Get a sense from the client what the budget is. They may low-ball you — expect that. But at least you’ll have a ballpark. If the client’s expectations and budget are way off, this is your opportunity to educate them.It’s your job to communicate your value & educateSee it as a service to your clients to educate them about what it means to do the work that they’ve asked of you, especially if they seem a bit surprised about your pricing. It’s not their job to know what you do!Explain how what you will do will enhance their business. For example, show them why a professional logo does more than “look good” and quote research about a logo’s influence on customer perception. Explain why writing that paragraph on their website takes a lot more time than they think it will — because it’s the first paragraph a customer will see, and you have to distill the company’s mission and a call-to-action….you get the idea.This not only makes a client feel like they’re getting their money’s worth, but it also gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and explain the thought process behind your work.**Join Freelancers Union today and gain access to more great content like this. ** As a freelancer, your goal isn’t just to make ends meet — it’s to get paid what you’re worth.This quick guide will help get you started, but you’ll have to revisit this topic throughout your career. Remember, what you charge will largely depend on your industry, your level of experience, and your area — and may also vary client-to-client.Some of these tips come from the founder of Freelancers Union, Sara Horowitz. If you want to learn more about pricing, check out her book, The Freelancers Bible.Figuring Out FeesAlways take into account the following:Billable time: Whether or not you quote an hourly rate, it’s extremely important that you know how long certain tasks take you, and that you factor that into your fee calculations. Some freelancers find it helpful to base their project fee on an hourly rate as a baseline, though they won’t tell the client how much that is.Purchases connected with the project: This includes supplies, ingredients, travel, ad space, domain names, photo rights, and any other expenditure you have to lay out to complete the project.Overhead: If you know that this project will take you a month, divide the cost of keeping the lights on, your wifi, the heat in your office, your mortgage, your marketing costs, your insurance, etc. by 12. Yes, include insurance.Your profit: This added percentage reflects your value, and as such is the most difficult to calculate. The biggest thing you should consider is your talent and level of expertise, and what true value this brings to your client. This is often called “value-based pricing.”For instance, your expert copywriting isn’t simply filling in a blank hole on a client’s website, but may provide a level of brand trust, positive perception, and marketability for your client that is worth a lot more than the time you spent doing the work.This is also where the size of your client can be important. Your profit from the multi-million dollar company you design a website for should be greater than your profit from the mom-and-pop store down the street.This is not because you can “milk” more off of the big company or you spend more time on it.The website for your large company provides greater value to that company and to each of their thousands of customers, and your mom-and-pop store’s website has lesser value because its goal is to reach only a couple hundred visitors a week.last_img read more

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Stop worrying, let things happen, and be the boss

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first_imgIf worrying were an olympic sport, I would be the Michael Phelps of it. Almost as if, like Michael Phelps, my body was somehow better equipped for it.Not everyone is plagued by chronic worrying, however, any amount of time spent in an unhealthy cycle of worry and anxiety can have a negative impact on our productivity, health, and overall well being.Why do we worry?Worry is commonly caused by a fear of the unknown. Which is of course ridiculous when you stop to think of it, because EVERYTHING is unknown to us. We don’t know and have no control over what will happen to anything, yet, we worry about it. Robert L. Leahy, PhD, the author of The Worry Cure: 7 Steps to Stop Worry From Stopping You explains:“People worry because they think something bad will happen or could happen, so they activate a hypervigilant strategy of worry and thing that ‘if I worry I can prevent this bad thing from happening or catch it early’. ’’–Robert L. Leahy, PhDFreelancers specifically can be overcome by worry and anxiety if they bite off more than they can chew with clients, take on a project that is out of their comfort zone, or stress over impending deadlines. Anxiety can also stem from worrying about how you may be perceived by others either in a personal or professional situation.As a chronic worrier I do my best to cope with the anxiety and stress the best I can, but it’s not always easy. You can control what you can to the best of your ability, and the leave the rest up to the pros.What can we do about it?Make a listLists really are the answer to most of life’s problems. In this case, you should write down your worries and identify both the hard facts about each problem as well as the worries that are associated with them.Analyze your listOnce you have identified the different parts of each issue and the worry that is stemming from it, you can then start to identify what concerns are productive and which ones are unproductiveNot all worrying is entirely negative, addressing the productive worries of something that is causing anxiety, and being aware of them can help you stay on track with being in control over the things you actually can control.Embrace the unknownThere are of course many things that we can account for and control. For example, this blog post is not going to write itself (are blog writing robots SO hard to manufacture, really?), so I can account for that, and work towards completing it.However, I cannot account for any one of the infinite possibilities of situations that might impede my ability to write this post. I could worry about losing all of my fingers in a freak accident, or, I could just embrace the future, no matter how many fingers it holds for me.Talk or journal through itIt’s important for you to understand the roots of your issues and what your anxiety is related to. Talking or writing these issues out will help to dissect the cause for worry and make it more manageable going forward. Additionally, journaling is great for reducing stress and boosting immunity.Be productiveThe more time you spend using your time effectively, the less time you will have to worry and stress out. Seems simple, because it is! Knocking things off a to-do list is one of the best ways to combat worrying because it allows you to feel accomplishment which in turn boosts self-confidence.Welcome distractionsIf you are finding that you can’t be productive or even procrastinate productively (and you can afford to), distract yourself. Call a friend who you haven’t talked to in a long time, watch your go-to, always-makes-me-happy movie (I suggest The Jerk), or cook something elaborate and time consuming.Police your brainBe aware of your brain’s modus operandi when it comes to worrying and nip it in the bud. When you feel like you are starting to slip into that negative cycle of worry and anxiety, replace the negative with something positive, like a personal mantra. May I suggest the always effective: “Don’t worry be Yoncé.”These steps have done wonders for my incessant worrying, what works for you?Ashlee Christian is from the north-side of Chicago and will never stop saying “pop” or eating pizza with a fork and knife, so please stop trying to change her. Follow her on Twitter @nomadnationlast_img read more

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