Los Angeles, Oct 31 (PTI) Hollywood stars Kate Hudson, Bette Midler and Katy Perry sported some of their most extravagant costumes for a slew of Halloween bashes in Los Angeles and New York over the weekend.Midler dressed up as her iconic Hocus Pocus character Winifred Sanderson for her New York Halloween bash on Friday. The costume instantly went viral and reignited pleas for a sequel, something Midler has been publicly promoting for years.Also in attendance at Midlers party was designer Marc Jacobs, who dressed as a female bodybuilder – complete with a six pack bodysuit, Christian Louboutin heels and a tiny blue bikini.At a Los Angeles party, Kylie Jenner and boyfriend Tyga dressed up in iconic outfits from the early 2000s, attending a Los Angeles party as Christina Aguilera from her Dirrty music video and as rapper Juelz Santana.A night before that party, the pair kicked off Halloweekend on a more intimate note, throwing a Dead Dinner for their family and friends.The couple was dressed up accordingly as a skeleton.Meanwhile Jenners sister Kourtney Kardashian went to Tygas party at Bootsy Bellows as a classic zombie bride.”The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev went for the laughs with her Halloween costume, dressing up as the horse from The Revenant while her friend wore a Leonardo DiCaprio costume complete with an Oscar in hand.Actor Taylor Lautner also transformed into the Olympic gold medalist swimmer for a Halloween party in LA on Saturday night.Amy Schumer went with one of the most popular Halloween costumes this year, dressing up as Dustin from the Netflix show Stranger Things while her boyfriend Ben Hanish coordinated as the character Eleven.advertisementNo ones costume has gone more viral than Perrys herself, who dressed up as her idol Hillary Clinton and had boyfriend Orlando Bloom disguised as Donald Trump.Actor Leonardo DiCaprio didnt put quite as much effort into his own costume for Kate Hudsons affair, simply donning a simple wolf mask for the costume partyMindy Kalling was dressed up as Tom Hanks channeling the famous pilot in his recent film “Sully”. James Corden opted for a NASA get-up as he partied with his wife Julia Carey. PTI PSH PSH PSH
Ravichandran Ashwin can bowl out world’s best XI in a single session: Kapil Dev to India Today
Former India captain Kapil Dev feels Ravichandran Ashwin will be the big differentiator for teams in the India-England Test series. Barely hours before the first of the five-Test series begins in Rajkot, Kapil felt two factors tilted the battle in favour of India’s spin ace – how well Ashwin has been bowling and how inadequate this English batting line up could be if India come up with rank turners in the series. (Looking forward to my contest with England: Ravichandran Ashwin to India Today)”The way he is bowling, Ashwin can actually bowl out the best XI batsmen in the world in a session, so England aren’t going to find it easy to combat him,” Kapil told India Today.”And you know what Ravindra Jadeja can do on responsive pitches, and how Amit Mishra is such a big threat. I feel this English team won’t find it easy if the pitches start helping spinners,” he added. (England will find five-Test series vs India very tough: Jonty Rhodes to India Today)While Ashwin has been on a roll, picking up 27 wickets at a mere 17.77 apiece in the three-Test series against New Zealand and while he was given rest during the ODI series, he has already upped the ante, saying he will try to better his figures against England. (Domestic cricket must before India comeback: Anil Kumble)BCCI Photo “Not just the amount of wickets he has been picking, but I would judge him the way the ball is coming out of his hand. If their struggle against Bangladesh spinners is anything to go by, this will be a very long winter for the English batsmen against Ashwin and Co,” Kapil said.advertisementHis comments were echoed by another former Indian stalwart, VVS Laxman. (India vs England: Key battles to watch out for) “Even though England hold the upper hand as far as the last three India-England Test series are concerned (England have won all three), I think their recent struggle and defeat in Bangladesh is of more significance. The English batting was exposed against spinners and they won’t find conditions in India to their taste. And if you compare their team that won in India in 2012, now they don’t have Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann in this team. And if Jimmy Anderson also misses out on a couple of Tests, then this bowling line up will add to the woes of their captain Alastair Cook.”Laxman advocates a big Indian win. (Anil Kumble plays down India’s past Test records against England)”I won’t say 5-0 yet but the first couple of Tests will tell us. With slightly weaker spinners and with batsmen doubting their skill on turning pitches, it will be a very big surprise if England can win a game or two,” Laxman said. (If we play the same way, I don’t see anyone stopping us: Rohit Sharma to India Today)Like Kapil, Laxman too was in favour of playing three spinners in a five-man bowling line up, saying, “I will play all three – Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra plus two fast bowlers. In a five-match series, India wouldn’t want their spinners to get tired by bowling very long spells. In Indore when Ashwin was tired Murali Vijay bowled for seven overs. Against good sides, this can take pressure off batsmen so India should at every possible time be at England’s throat.”
Sofia Vergara developing family TV drama
Los Angeles, Nov 10 (PTI) Actress Sofia Vergara is producing a sports-themed family drama for US network ABC.”The Classic” is inspired by the documentary of the same name, which centred on a football rivalry between two Los Angeles high schools. The show will also focus on a multi-generational family.The series, written by The Good Wifes Todd E Kessler, will be directed by Under The Same Moons Patricia Riggen, reported Deadline.”Patricia and Todd have created an incredibly rich and multicultural tapestry, where football is just the connector between communities facing enormous social and economic challenges,” Mike Tollin, the co-chairman of Mandalay Sports Media – one of the production companies behind the project – said.It is unclear when the series will film or if “Modern Family” star Sofia will make an appearance. PTI JCH CPS
India coach Anil Kumble on Thursday categorically dismissed allegations of ball tampering levelled against skipper Virat Kohli by the British media, stating that he does not believe in “giving wind to such stories”.A British tabloid published footage of Kohli applying saliva to the ball during the first Test against England at Rajkot. However, there were no complains made by the visiting team or the match referee to the ICC within a window of five days, which is a must as per world cricket’s governing body’s clause.The ICC has already said that it will not make any investigations as per rules. (Also read: Vehemently defend Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis: Nasser Hussain to India Today)”First of all, I don’t want to react to any report that is there in the media. As far as I am concerned, neither the umpire nor the match referee ever came to us talking about it. We would certainly not like to give too much wind to the story,” Kumble told mediapersons today clarifying his and the team’s stand in the matter.The legendary spinner said that he was not at all perturbed by what the British media has reported.”There is nothing to worry about. People can allege and write whatever they want in the media. As far as we are concerned, none of our players were a part of such activity.” (Also read: Faf du Plessis disputes ball-tampering verdict, denies cheating)But in a veiled dig, Kumble also drew comparisons with the Faf du Plessis incident in Hobart which has led to the South African skipper being fined 100 per cent of his match fees, terming it a “mountain being made out of molehill”.advertisement”South Africa has played exceptional cricket to beat Australia 2-0 and for Faf du Plessis, to be told that ball tampering, it is very silly. It’s making a mountain out of a molehill.”For the record, two days after being fined 100 per cent match fee, Du Plessis today struck a counter-attacking century against Australia in a dead rubber at Adelaide.
Jurgen Klopp has said that Alisson and Ederson could be the two best goalkeepers in the world.The Brazilian pair will face off on Thursday as Man City and Liverpool do battle in a massive Premier League showdown at the Etihad Stadium. The Reds are top of the heap in the league with last year’s champions in third place, seven points back of Klopp’s men. 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! Part of Liverpool’s ascent this season has been down to the play of Alisson, signed from Roma in the offseason for £65 million (€73m/$85m).And the Reds manager has paid tribute to Alisson and his back-up with Brazil at the 2018 World Cup, saying they have set a new standard for shot-stoppers from their country.“Alisson is unbelievably important,” Klopp said.“(Claudio) Taffarel was the goalkeeper I knew from Brazil, an outstanding goalkeeper, but I do not remember a lot of world-class ones,” Klopp said. “Now they have two of the world’s best, if not the world’s best. It is incredible.”Both Alisson and Ederson are known for their skills with the ball at their feat. Klopp was keen to compare the pair to his countryman, a player who helped bring ball-playing keepers into fashion. “Coming from Germany, I knew how important Manuel Neuer was with his football playing on top of his goalkeeping skills,” Klopp added. “You can’t imagine that two can come along with the same skills — and maybe even a bit better.“They all have their specific importance, for sure, but Ali is not only the goalkeeper. He is an outfield player as well and that helps of course.“What I would say is these two boys do not have to hide.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
India opener K.L. Rahul said he was determined to score big on a batsman-friendly pitch after crafting a superb 199 to guide India to a strong position at stumps on the third day of the fifth Test against England here on Sunday. (Chennai Test: KL Rahul’s 199 scripts India’s strong reply to England)Rahul faced 311 deliveries, batted for eight-and-half hours to strike 16 fours and three sixes to guide India to a healthy 391/4 at close of play, in response to England’s first innings score of 477.But he suffered a cruel heartbreak, getting dismissed for 199, becoming the second Indian after former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, and ninth overall to depart on the verge of a milestone. (SCORECARD)The 24-year-old was fluent during his knock and was judicious in his shot selection, becoming the second opener after Sunil Gavaskar to score so many runs in a Test innings against England. (DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS)Gavaskar holds the distinction of scoring most by an Indian opener (221 in 1979) — the only double-hundred by an Indian opener against England.Rahul said injuries prevented him from becoming a permanent feature in the team and he was determined to make the most of the opportunities he got in his stop-start career so far.”I haven’t played a lot in the last couple of months. Going in and out isn’t easy. Spending time in Bombay was good. Once I came here, this pitch was good, and I didn’t want to waste the opportunity,” said Rahul after the day’s action.”Missed out on the whole New Zealand series. I thought I was in good form. Went back home, worked on my fitness. Played one Ranji game, that was good to get my flow. I was killing myself… I missed out in Wankhede (third Test), the wicket was very good.”advertisementRahul looked set to complete what would have been a well-deserved double-century. But he was over eager to complete the feat, chasing a wide delivery outside off-stump, and gave a simple catch at point. He was visibly distraught at missing the double ton and walked back slowly to the pavilion after getting out.”This hundred will be on the top of the list. Now you understand what your coach means when he says one run will be important. I’ll always have to live with this. I played a horrible shot and got out on 199,” the Karnataka batsman said.”I haven’t seen the videos. Just been standing under the shower. It will take some time to sink in. I thought I would get a double hundred with ease. Just have to come back stronger. I did discuss with my batting coach (on improvements).”Knowing where my off stump is… I hadn’t played enough games, so didn’t know where my off stump was. Went back and worked on my basics and (batting coach) Sanjay Bangar said if I stayed inside the crease, I would judge the line better,” he added.
Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan is growing up to be quite the beauty. The teenager, who made heads turn with her gorgeous red dress on her superstar dad’s 51st birthday, was spotted bringing in the New Year with her gang.ALSO READ | Karan Johar on SRK’s son Aryan’s debut: I will be a big part of it Suhana looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous in her LBD. She celebrated with Sanjay Kapoor’s daughter Shanaya Kapoor, Chunky Pandey’s daughter Ananya Pandey and Deanne Pandey’s son Ahaan Pandey, among others. Monochrome seemed to the unanimous choice, and Suhana’s squad all sported only black and white. SRK, meanwhile, is gearing up for his upcoming film Raees with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pakistani actor Mahira Khan. The film, which will release on January 25, 2017, will lock horns with Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil at the box office.
Chennai, Jan 11 (PTI) Coming out in support of bull taming sport Jallikattu, students today staged demonstrations at many places across Tamil Nadu including in Madurai, where police used lathicharge to disperse protesters who tried to break barricades to enter the Collectorate.Students of state-run Anna University and Dr Ambedkar Law University voiced support for Jallikattu. While Anna varsity students staged a sit-in protest, law students took out a rally here.They held aloft placards and banners seeking permission for conduct of Jallikattu. Similar demonstrations were held by students in various places, including Vellore, Pudukottai and Tirupur.In Madurai, after holding a demonstration, hundreds of students tried to break through the barricade in front of the Collectorate to submit a memorandum to the Collector. Police advised them to go in a small group to give the memorandum. However, they got restless and began to push the barricades, following which police resorted to a lathi charge to bring the situation under control, police said. Some of them entered into a scuffle with police, fell down in the melee and received minor injuries, they said.The Supreme Court in November last had dismissed the plea of the state government, seeking review of its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for traditional Jallikattu events in the state. PTI VGN SSN APR RT
Happy Birthday Rahul Dravid! Has India ever produced a batsman as technically correct as Rahul Dravid? Probably Not. Is he the most unselfish cricketer ever? Probably Yes. And you won’t be wrong in thinking that he was the best Test batsman of his generation. For his stats and numbers are simply mind boggling.Dravid made his international debut alongside Sourav Ganguly against England at Lord’s in 1996. Ganguly hogged all the limelight in that Test for scoring a majestic hundred on debut while Dravid missed out on a ton by just five runs.But his knock was as important as Ganguly’s as it helped India draw the second Test against an English side which had the likes of Nasser Hussain, Mike Atherton, Dominic Cork and Allan Mullaly in its lineup. From that day onwards Dravid never looked back although it took him 15 years to score a hundred at Lord’s and get his name on the honour’s board.’The Wall’, as he was popularly called, belonged to a team which had the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman. But Dravid was always the one who stood out from this list as he was the backbone of this glorious batting lineup which dominated world cricket for nearly a decade.It was every captain’s dream to have a batting lineup as good as India had and Dravid was the nightmare which every bowler in the world dreaded. For he had the ability to bat the opposition out of the contest. No matter how big the task was at hand, Dravid always seemed unfazed by it.advertisementToday as he turns 44, lets take a look at some of the most memorable knocks he played during his 16-year long career.India vs Australia, Kolkata Test 2001(Facebook Photo)Rahul Dravid’s 180 at the Eden Gardens has got to be one of the best knocks he has ever played in his career. Dravid along with VVS Laxman batted for close to two days against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne. The duo first saved India from the follow-on and then piled up a lead of 383 which the Aussies failed to chase down on the final day and got bowled out for 212 with Harbhajan Singh picking up six wickets including a hat-trick. India registered one of its most memorable victories in Test cricket with Dravid and Laxman emerging as the heroes of the historic Test match.India vs England, Oval Test, 2002(Reuters Photo)The four-match series was tied at 1-1 with all to play for in the final Test at The Oval. England after winning the toss, piled up 515 runs in the first innings thanks to Michael Vaughan’s magnificent 195. In reply, India lost its openers Virender Sehwag and Sanjay Bangar cheaply and that’s when Dravid came in and turned the game around with his knock of 217 from 468 balls. He batted for 629 minutes and along with Tendulkar (54), Ganguly (51), Laxman (40) and Ajit Agarkar (31) helped India reach 508 which eventually led to a draw and the series ended 1-1.India vs Australia, Adelaide Test, 2003(Facebook Photo)The Border-Gavaskar series in 2003 was a terrific tour for the Indian batsmen and it saw hundreds from all the members of the fab-five. The first Test ended in a draw at Hobart thanks to Ganguly’s maiden hundred in Australia. The next Test at Adelaide was where Dravid unleashed a batting masterclass and scored 233 and 72 not out in both innings as India clinched a famous victory by four wickets. Ajit Agarkar’s six-wicket haul in Australia’s second innings also played a major part in the win. Australia captain Steve Waugh was so impressed by Dravid’s knock that after the match he congratulated Dravid and gifted him the match ball. Dravid ended up as the second highest run-scorer from either side in that series which ended 1-1.India vs Pakistan, Rawalpindi Test, 2004(Reuters Photo)Pakistan had lost the ODI series 3-2 and were looking for revenge in the subsequent Test series. India started off the three-match series by beating Pakistan in the first Test at Multan where Virender Sehwag made 309 to become the first Indian batsman to reach the landmark. Pakistan fought back in the next Test at Lahore and clinched victory by 9 wickets. The third Test saw both teams face off at Rawalpindi where Dravid completely took the game away from the opposition with his knock of 270. Dravid faced 495 deliveries during his innings and helped India reach 600 and take a 376-run first innings lead. Anil Kumble (4/47) and Laxmipathy Balaji (3/108) then ran through the Pakistani batting lineup to help India win by an innings and 131 runs and clinch the series 2-1.advertisementHappy birthday to the ‘Wall of Indian Cricket’, #RahulDravid! pic.twitter.com/oKw4Dggm50 sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2017He played in the V.But was the biggest C. Commitment, Class,Consistency,Care. Proud to have played together.Happy Birthday #RahulDravid . pic.twitter.com/eflnb49V6v Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2017He isn’t called ‘The Wall’without a reason. An amazing cricketer and an even better and compassionate human. Happy birthday #RahulDravid Govinda (@Govinda_HeroNo1) January 11, 2017A very happy birthday to a special teammate and a legend of the game! Happy Birthday #RahulDravid , wish you all the best in the year ahead. pic.twitter.com/FLHgLthbCV Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 11, 2017Wishing this GENTLEMAN a very happy birthday,I was lucky to have a senior player like him #RahulDravid pic.twitter.com/qtvBrZEoP6 Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 11, 2017Congratulations to the colts on winning the #YouthAsiaCup Much deserved! #U19 #RahulDravid #AsiaCup Karun Nair (@karun126) December 26, 2016
In Coimbatore, people from different spheres of life, cutting across caste, linguistic and political barriers, took part in the protest at the sprawling CODISSIA grounds under the banner of “Voice for Jallikkattu”. A section of the crowd raised slogans against PETA for being instrumental in the ban on jallikattu. A group of rekla racers also arrived at the venue in carts drawn by bulls and joined the protest. Organisers said the participants came in response to appeal by various outfits through social media. In Madurai region too, the agitation united people from various walks of life such as students, political parties and film personalities. Police made a lathicharge to disperse participants in a picketing organised by students in Siravayal as the protest paralysed traffic on a national highway. Traffic flow was severely hit on Madurai-Dindigul highway also as people held road blockade demanding permission to organise jallikattu. In Salem, a relay race was organised demanding the ban on the sport be lifted. In Dindigul, student protesters wanted the government to bring an ordinance to pave the way for conduct of jallikattu. The protests over jallikattu in Tamil Nadu had its echo in neighbouring union territory of Puducherry where volunteers of various youth outfits staged a human chain agitation supporting the bull taming sport on the ground that it was part of the time-honoured tradition of the Tamils. PTI NVM SSN CORR VS
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have set up a dream final for all tennis fans at the Australian Open. The duo rolled back the years and will now face off for the first time in a Grand Slam final since 2011.Two of the most successful players in the Open era have set new landmarks on the way.Let us take a look at the 10 highlights of the Nadal-Federer rivalry ahead of the mother of all battles on Sunday.2014 French Open: The last time Nadal won a Grand Slam title.2012 Wimbledon: The last time Federer won a Grand Slam title.2011 French Open: The last time these two faced off in a Grand Slam final. Nadal won 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1.2009: The last time these two faced off in the Australian Open final. Nadal won 7-5, 3-6 7-6, 3-6, 6-2.23-11: Nadal holds the edge over Roger Federer in head to head encounters winning 23 and losing 11 matches against the Swiss maestro.14-7: Nadal holds the edge in tournament finals over Federer. He has won 14 final encounters between the duo as opposed to 7 by Federer.3-0: All three meetings between the duo at the Australian Open have resulted in victories for Nadal.88-69: Federer, however, has won more ATP titles than Nadal. Federer has won 88 titles as compared to Nadal’s 69.2004: The first time these two faced off was the Round of 32 at the ATP Masters series in Miami. Nadal won 6-3, 6-3.2015: The last time these two met on court saw Federer beating Nadal in the final of the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel. Federer won 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.advertisement
Mahendra Singh Dhoni played his first T20 International almost 10 years back. After the first match, he went on to captain India in 72 of them and batted mostly down the order after the big hitters had pummeled the bowlers.Dhoni sacrificed personal ambition and chose to become a finisher. Startlingly, after a decade of playing T20 Internationals, he did not have a fifty to show against his name.All that changed in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Promoted to bat at number four ahead of Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni smashed a 36-ball 56 in his 66th innings, hammering 2 sixes and 5 fours.Incidentally, Sourav Ganguly had repeatedly said on India Today that Dhoni needed to bat up the order to express himself.That’s precisely what happened at the packed M Chinnaswamy tonight. Dhoni, who had stepped down as India captain last month, walked in after a strong stand between Lokesh Rahul and Suresh Raina. With overs in hand, Dhoni played as freely as Virat Kohli would have expected him to.He was involved in a quick stand with Raina before another Dhoni-Yuvraj stand lit up Bengaluru. The pair had struck hundreds after years in Pune and added 256 to bail India out of early trouble.On Wednesday, Yuvraj paid heed to Ganguly’s advice and smashed three sixes in his 10-ball 27.India eventually finished with 202/6.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones is out of England’s squad for their upcoming international fixtures against Germany and Lithuania after sustaining an injury in training, England coach Gareth Southgate said on Tuesday.Southgate, who also confirmed Gary Cahill would captain England in Wednesday’s prestige friendly international against Germany, added that Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was doubtful for the match after a busy week of club football.Jones, who has 20 caps for England, has been sent back to his club for treatment on a possible toe injury and will miss the Germany match in Dortmund and the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley four days later.Jones was injured in training earlier on Tuesday and will need further checks to determine the extent of his injury.”We don’t know (the extent),” Southgate said. “We did not feel it was an injury we could treat and have him ready for the game.”We will know once he has had scan or an X-ray. It was an innocuous tackle. He caught the bottom of somebody’s foot. Possible injury to his toe.”Southgate added that a decision on Sterling would be taken just before the Germany game.”We need to assess. He had a heavy week in terms of load. We have to balance what’s right for tomorrow and what’s right for Sunday.”As expected, Cahill was confirmed as captain with Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney having been omitted from the squad.England hope it is a happy omen that the Chelsea man is in charge again after he led them to a 3-2 victory in Berlin when the two teams met a year ago but another captain will have to be chosen for the Lithuania match as Cahill is suspended.advertisement”Gary’s in very good form, he’s one of the players in the squad who knows what’s needed to win. He has won every trophy in football,” said Southgate.”This season, in particular, he is growing in confidence and stature, showing real confidence on the ball.”His experience sometimes is overlooked in terms of what he brings because he goes quietly about his job.”
Filipino great Manny Pacquaio will defend his WBO welterweight title against unbeaten Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane in July after a bout with Amir Khan fell through, local media reported.”We’re not able to fight Amir Khan because of Ramadan, so we decided to take this fight in the interim,” Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said in comments published by News Corp media.”We signed it, so yeah, we’re excited about it. But again, my preference was to fight Amir Khan. That didn’t work out. We had this on the table so we decided to take it.”Eight-division world champion Pacquiao agreed to an April fight against Briton Khan in the United Arab Emirates but his promoter Bob Arum said last month it had been postponed after the $38 million offer for the bout failed to materialise.The July 2 fight against Horn will be the 38-year-old Pacquiao’s first since his unanimous decision victory for the title over American Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas last November.”Manny will train and do the best he can and hopefully we get the fight over with very quickly, we get out of there, we say ‘hi’ to the Australian fans and media and come home,” Koncz said.”Frankly and honestly, and nothing against Jeff Horn — I’ve never met the kid, I don’t know him personally — but the name recognition is I guess why the fans picked Amir Khan.”In February, Philippines senator Pacquiao (59-6-2) asked fans on Twitter who he should fight next in a four-man poll and 48 percent of the respondents voted for Khan.advertisementHorn (16-0-1) won seven percent behind Briton Kell Brook (24 percent) and American Terence Crawford (21).
poll chiefSrinagar, Apr 10 (PTI) Opposition leaders in Jammu and Kashmir today clashed with those of ruling PDP and BJP during a meeting convened by the state Chief Electoral Officer to solicit the views of political parties on postponing the Anantnag polls and repolling in some booths in Srinagar.During the meeting National Conference leaders objected to the statement of PDPs representative Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra who reiterated views of its candidate Mufti Tassadaq demanding postponing of elections to Anantnag.The National Conference represented by senior leaders Ali Mohammed Sagar and Akbar Lone said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should tender her resignation for failing to ensure peaceful elections in the Kashmir valley.The delegation said the remarks of Hussain was a clear and unambiguous indictment of his sister Mehbooba and her government and her abject and total failure to govern the state.”Based on the fact that her own brother and her partys parliamentary candidate has clearly declared the PDP-BJP government a complete failure, Mehbooba Mufti has lost the moral right to continue in her chair.”The moment PDP made an emergency appeal for the deferment of elections in Anantnag, the PDP-BJP government became untenable and illegitimate in the state. The chief minister should tender her resignation without any further delay,” the delegation said.Lone also entered into a verbal dual with BJP representative and Parra and accused them of blatantly lying to the people of the state.”Before claiming credit here to hold elections, they should have consulted their masters in Delhi. We had objected to holding of elections but she (Mehbooba) had claimed that the situation was right,” he said.advertisementLater, National Conference complained to the Election Commission about the presence of Parra at the meeting as he was a government servant.When contacted, Parra said he represented the youth wing of the PDP and added that was a member secretary of Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council from where he was getting an honorarium.Congress candidate from Anantnag G A Mir, who could not attend the meeting, said his party was not in favour of postponing the elections. “When we objected to it earlier, no one paid any heed. Since Mufti Tasaduq has sensed defeat, he is finding ways and means to run away from the contest.”He should hold his own sister responsible for this,” he said.According to an official release of the state Election Commission, CEO Shantmanu had briefed the Chief Election Commission in the morning and later submitted a report after holding a meeting with political parties.”Chief Electoral Officer is submitting a report to Election Commission of India this evening pursuant to proceedings of all party meeting based on which a decision is expected by tomorrow,” the release said. PTI SKL KND ZMN
How to fundraise when the economy is tanking
Jeff Brooks has a great roundup. The Agitator and Fundraising Success provided the tips. It’s a must-read.
One of the hardest things to do is to start a hard thing. Something that requires creativity, brains, soul and risk.When I’m faced with hard things, I have to wrestle myself into a chair and go against every distracted impulse that descends on me. It is quite a battle to stop checking email, ignore the texts on my Blackberry and think about how to approach something big that really matters – like writing a book or dreaming up a new program. If you have had those moments, I have the book for you.It’s Seth Godin’s Poke the Box, a manifesto from his new Domino publishing project with Amazon.This 84-page book is one long kick in the pants. Read it if your inbox is trumping your dreams, and you can’t quite bring yourself to write that strategy, start that social enterprise or begin that novel.The name Poke the Box is inspired by Seth Godin’s uncle, who made a buzzer box that had switches and lights that responded to pokes and other prompts. It was popular with the kids in the family. Children have a natural tendency to try things out. Adults need to get better about starting – and experimenting – rather than worrying we’ll never get it right. In fact, the people who are most successful in the world have also failed a lot, because they fearlessly try new things all the time. Hence the call to action: Poke the Box.When can you start? He asks. “Soon is not as good as now.”If I were Seth Godin, I’d tell you to stop reading this blog post and go do the thing you most fear.
Must see: Fabulous guide to visual storytelling
Resource Media has a fantastic and free guide to visual storytelling. It’s a MUST read (see) for your cause.The guide has great tips like:1. Always test visuals2. Pair visuals with words to increase retention of your message3. Shun bad stock photosThere are great examples, checklists and templates. Get the guide here.(Thanks to Mark Rovner (read his blog) for tipping me off to the guide. I feel the way he does – I wish I’d written it myself!)
3 Ways to Help Donors Recruit Donors
Our next Nonprofit 911 webinar guest, Darian Rodriguez, is a big proponent of leveraging your organization’s year-end momentum to boost individual giving. Promoting your cause on #GivingTuesday is a great start, but you can take this a step further by empowering donors to promote your work on their own all year long. Here’s my true story and three things I learned about donors recruiting donors: The button that sparked a donation while waiting in line for coffee.I was standing in line at Starbucks when the customer behind me asked me about a button on my bag that read, “I GAVE. Will You?” The button was intended to drive donations at a conference I attended, but I took this small piece of donor swag to the next level. After I told my fellow customer about the foundation my donation supported (college scholarships and domestic violence prevention), he handed me $20 to donate on his behalf. Although these types of encounters don’t happen every day, you can prepare your donors to be effective messengers for your mission. Here are three ways your organization can help donors recruit donors:1. Educate your donors. Use thank you letters, newsletters, and email appeals as an opportunity to tell donors a little bit more about what your organization does. If donors can’t articulate what you do, how can you expect them to tell someone else about your work? Try segmenting newsletters for new donors vs. recurring donors. New donors are getting to know you and need more basic information about your work. However, a recurring donor might like to learn more about long-term projects and ways to volunteer. 2. Equip your donors.Give donors a way to show off your nonprofit. Donors don’t necessarily need a button or a tote bag to accomplish this. A social media update or email message they can share with their social circles works, too. If you use a tool like Network for Good’s DonateNow, make sure that you turn on social sharing so that donors can share their love for your organization with a Facebook update or a tweet right after they make a donation. 3. Love your donors.I get great thank you letters from the foundation I mentioned in my story. Their thank you letters make me feel connected to their mission, and they always show appreciation for my gift. How does the thank you process work for your organization? Ask your board members to call donors and thank them, or have beneficiaries write a handwritten thank you note. Form a positive connection with your donors, and they’ll want to show love back by making another gift or by recruiting more donors. How are you empowering your donors to become messengers for your nonprofit? Share your ideas and plans in the comments below!