Luke Shaw has signed a new five-year contract at Manchester United worth around £190,000 ($250,000) a week.The club confirmed the improved terms for the England left-back on Thursday, and the new deal makes him one of the Premier League’s highest-earning defenders.Shaw’s existing contract was due to expire at the end of the 2018-19 season after United had taken up their one-year option on his initial four-year deal, but the club have moved to tie the 23-year-old down for the longer term, with the option again included to keep him for an extra 12 months. 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! The news completes a significant turnaround in Shaw’s fortunes at United after a turbulent last few years with the club.In 2015 he suffered a serious leg break away to PSV in the Champions League which he later revealed had almost cost him the limb completely .Then, having returned to the game almost 12 months later, he spent much of the next two years battling to win over manager Jose Mourinho as the Portuguese demanded greater professionalism from the former Southampton defender.But his sparkling form at the start of the current campaign has solidified Shaw’s position in the starting XI and has now resulted in the club committing to him until the summer of 2023.Shaw said upon the announcement: “I want to let everyone know that I will give everything I have to repay them and deliver success over the years to come.”I’m still very young with a lot more to learn and I can’t wait to continue my progress under Jose Mourinho.”Mourinho added: “Luke fully deserves this contract. He understood his development process, he has worked really hard at every level and he always believes in himself which is a great attribute to have.”Luke is still young and is improving all the time and he must feel very proud of himself. I am delighted that we are keeping such a talented young English player with a bright future ahead of him.“Shaw has made 75 appearances for United since arriving from Southampton in 2014, scoring his first goal for the club in August’s 2-1 win over Leicester City.
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club will return for Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer as they remain “convinced” of his quality.The Chelsea youngster was Bayern’s main target throughout the winter window as the German club pushed hard to add the 18-year-old winger.However, Chelsea held firm despite a transfer request, turning down a £35 million ($46m) deal. 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! Maurizio Sarri says it is up to Hudson-Odoi to “respect the club” for the rest of the season, although the teenager is still keen on a move.Bayern remains keen as well, and Rummenigge says they certainly plan on returning this summer.”I guess Hasan [Salihamidzic] is a bit like Uli [Hoeneß],” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told to Goal and Spox. “We also had transfers in the past that didn’t work at the first attempt but at the second. And that’s what we will work on now.”To lay down a marker costs money. We want the best quality players here at Bayern and Hasan is absolutely convinced of that player.”Hudson-Odoi is seen as one of several players that can help lead Bayern’s youth movement as stars like Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben get set to depart the club.Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman have all played significant roles this season, signaling a new generation for Bayern.”I am not worried about Bayern’s future. We already have a good team which fights for the championship and we also will be fighting for it next year,” Rummenigge said.”We’ve already done the first rebuilding phase by integrating young players like Kimmich, Gnabry or Coman. They are doing well this season. Phase two will follow in summer and then we’ll see if we need a third phase.”Although Rummenigge is pleased with the new phase, Bayern still sit second in the Bundesliga, six points behind league-leaders Borussia Dortmund.Bayern are set to face Bayer Leverkusen this weekend as they look to move closer to their rivals, but Rummenigge says the club isn’t looking too far ahead.”We don’t want to chase Dortmund but we want to offer an exciting fight for the title,” he said.”This is the most emotional title race in years and I have big respect for Borussia Dortmund. They are six points ahead and are stable but we’ll try to win our games and then see if we still can make it to the top.”
Along with a college friend, Amol Sawant, 30, Shrungar Raul and Pervez Shaikh began teaching football to street children from Matunga, in Mumbai, later starting Anstrengung United, an NGO that today trains as many as 200 street children.”When we were in college, there were four street children who would beg,Along with a college friend, Amol Sawant, 30, Shrungar Raul and Pervez Shaikh began teaching football to street children from Matunga, in Mumbai, later starting Anstrengung United, an NGO that today trains as many as 200 street children.”When we were in college, there were four street children who would beg for money outside our campus. Over time, we became friends with them. None of these children had been to school, and over time we realised they were getting addicted to drugs. Living on the streets, there were also the usual street fights and lack of nutrition and hygiene. After we finished college and got jobs, we decided to do something for them.” Sports is a great unifying factor and also helps in self-development. It teaches discipline, team work, health and hygiene. So, we started Anstrengung United, which comes from a German word for ‘effort’-we added ‘United’ because we are all football fans and it symbolises team spirit. We found a no-man’s-land kind of space under the Matunga flyover, and started gathering these four children there every evening to play football. We also taught them other sports, like boxing, kabaddi and athletics. They started bringing their friends and the numbers grew. “”Our next mission was to get them into school. Convincing their parents was tough; begging was their livelihood. But we persisted, and they agreed to join the Mahatma Phule Education Trust school. We then began a sports training programme in that school, where we teach these four different sports. We have accomplished sportspersons training the children, like Dhananjay Mahadik, former captain of the hockey team and Helen Mary, a hockey coach. Although we now have a team of volunteers and trustees, funding remains a problem-sponsors are not very forthcoming. Last year, we organised a 10 km marathon and when the children went around seeking funds, it was tough. We usually chip in with contributions. Since Raul, who is known as Nanu to the children, works with Mumbai City FC, we also donated jerseys to the children.”advertisement As told to Aditi Pai
Marcus Stoinis scored his maiden one-day century but it was not enough to give an undermanned Australia an astonishing victory in the opening match of their one-day series against New Zealand at Eden Park on Monday. (Scorecard)Stoinis, who also took three wickets in New Zealand’s 286 for nine from 50 overs, guided Australia from 54-5 in the 13th over to within sight of victory as he grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.The 27-year-old, playing his second one-day international, shared in an 81-run seventh-wicket partnership with James Faulkner (25) and 48 with Pat Cummins (36) for the eighth before Stoinis exploded for 31 runs in 11 balls to put his side into a position where they needed 19 runs from the final 24 balls. (Matthew Wade to captain Australia against New Zealand)Such was his dominance he and last man Josh Hazlewood shared a 54-run partnership, without the tall fast bowler facing a single delivery.Hazlewood, however, was run out while backing up too far by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on the final ball of the 47th over to dismiss the visitors for 280, giving New Zealand a six-run victory.Stoinis was left stranded on 146 not out, having hit nine boundaries and 11 sixes. (Australia captain Steve Smith ruled out of New Zealand one-dayers)(Twitter image)Australia were already missing David Warner (rested), Usman Khawaja (in Dubai preparing for the tour of India) and Steve Smith (injured) but then lost stand-in captain Matthew Wade before play began with a back injury.New Zealand had been well in control of the match as make-shift wicketkeeper Tom Latham repaid the faith of the selectors with three catches and two stumpings.advertisementLatham, who was a wicketkeeper earlier in his career, took the gloves ahead of the uncapped Tom Blundell as the selectors looked to build more flexibility in their squad ahead of the Champions Trophy in England later this year. (Australia’s David Warner, Usman Khawaja rested for ODI series in New Zealand)What a knock and what a finish!Final scorecard: https://t.co/QnDYtcCudT #NZvAUS pic.twitter.com/VheKi7I310 cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 30, 2017The hosts had been humbled in a 3-0 series loss in Australia before Christmas but showed a marked improvement in their fielding and bowling as they put the visitors under pressure from the start of their run chase.New Zealand’s innings was anchored by Neil Broom’s 73, while Martin Guptill added 61 at the top of the order.The three-match series continues with further matches in Napier on Feb. 2 and Hamilton on Feb. 5.
England’s Ben Stokes fetched a staggering Rs 14.50 crore in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) player auction on Monday, with the Rising Pune Supergiants splashing out in a frenzied bidding war to land the explosive all-rounder.The Pune franchise fought off Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad to get the 25-year-old, paying such huge sum despite his limited availability for the competition. (Ben Stokes hits jackpot in historic Indian Premier League player bid)(WATCH VIDEO HERE)With England hosting South Africa in a one-day series in May, Stokes is set to miss the final phase of the April 5-May 21 tournament, yet the bidding surged from his base price of 20 million rupees.Pune Supergiants owner Sanjiv Goenka, however, defended his franchise’s decision to go for Stokes. (Afghanistan players Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan create history)”Ben Stokes is available for the entire league but he is not available for the play-offs. So, he is available for the entire 14 games. We have to perform well in the 14 games to dream off play-offs and we need the right players to perform well in the league games. The one thing that we lacked in our team was a genuine fast-bowling allrounder and Ben is somebody who can be a single-handed match-winner on his day,” Goenka told India Today. (Ben Stokes worth the risk for Pune Supergiants, feels coach Stepehen Fleming)Goenka said that Stokes, now the most expensive overseas player in IPL history, was a match-winner and his franchise had to buy him.”We have the confidence that he can deliver 4-5 matches for us. It was a very clear strategy. We have other potential match-winners… Steve Smith, Adam Zampa, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Ashwin. We do believe that we have other match-winners. We just needed one guy… and Ben has a lot of energy, he has a very infectous energy.advertisement”So, it was very clear decision and strategy. We had decided that this is the one guy we are going to go and our budget was Rs 15 crore.” he said.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic powered in a late header to win the League Cup for Manchester United on Sunday, sealing a 3-2 victory over Southampton after a two-goal lead was thrown away by Jose Mourinho’s side. (Latest Football stories)It was Ibrahimovic’s second goal in the final after putting United ahead from a free kick, taking the 35-year-old Swede’s tally to 26 goals in an incredible first season at United where his performances have more than lived up to the swagger.That bravado was flaunted on the Wembley Stadium pitch amid the celebrations.Asked by a television reporter if something special was unfolding at United, Ibrahimovic replied: “I came. That’s special.”The free summer transfer window recruit ensured Mourinho became the first manager in United history to win a trophy in his first season, adding to his three League Cup triumphs with Chelsea.”(It) is quite a sense of relief,” Mourinho said.United’s fragile defence, though, nearly contrived to throw away the chance of glory. Although Jesse Lingard extended United’s lead in the 38th minute, Southampton fought back with goals either side of halftime from Manolo Gabbiadini. But as Southampton pushed for their first major trophy since beating United in the 1976 FA Cup trophy, Ibrahimovic produced the bullet header in the 87th minute from Ander Herrera’s cross.AP PhotoIBRAHIMOVIC WINS 32nd TROPHYNow Ibrahimovic has won a major trophy in a fifth country after honors in France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.Although Wayne Rooney went up to collect the trophy as captain, that was his only role at Wembley. The 31-year-old forward was forced to watch from the bench as his older teammate produced an ageless, match-winning contribution.advertisement”This is what I came for, I came to win and I am winning,” Ibrahimovic said. “I have to keep going because the more I win, the more satisfied I get.”The striker didn’t cost United any transfer fee when he joined in the summer transfer window as a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. He sought another final challenge, even in the twilight of his career, rather than an easy-pay day in an inferior league.”You appreciate winning more the older you get, it’s all about winning and collecting trophies,” he said. “This is my 32nd trophy. Wherever I have been, I have won.”It was Southampton who had the ball in the net first, though. Gabbiadini beat goalkeeper David de Gea in the 11th minute only for referee Andre Mariner to harshly penalize Ryan Bertrand for being offside when the Southampton defender wasn’t interfering with play.Compounding the frustration was Ibrahimovic putting United in front eight minutes later by curling a free kick around the defensive wall past outstretching goalkeeper Fraser Forster.United at the back, though, was living dangerously, and allowing far too much space for Southampton to push for the equalizer. De Gea sprang into action to block a low shot from James Ward-Prowse and he used his legs to deny Dusan Tadic.United leading by one goal wasn’t reflecting this contest, but Southampton fell further behind from another lapse.Lingard was given so much time and space that he could take a touch to control Marcos Rojo’s pass before slotting past Forster. Adding to strikes in the FA Cup final and Community Shield in 2016, Lingard now has three goals in three Wembley appearances.Game over? Southampton had other ideas, sensing United’s fragile defence was ripe for exploiting. And in first-half stoppage time, Gabbiadini produced the goal he had been denied earlier in the final.Rojo was exposed again at left back as Ward-Prowse whipped in a cross that was met by Gabbiadini, who put the ball through De Gea’s legs.United’s halftime response was to replace Juan Mata and place Michael Carrick as the shield in front of their defence.But the Southampton goal threat persisted after the break, with Nathan Redmond’s volley turned wide by De Gea and Claude Puel’s team levelled from the resulting corner. Gabbiadini swiveled past Smalling to strike low into the net to make it five goals in three games since joining from Napoli.AP PhotoFINAL SAYThere would be no hat-trick as Gabbiadini was substituted and watched from the bench as Ibrahimovic had the final say as extra time was looming.”(Puel) has reason to be really sad and disappointed because he did a fantastic work, his team did fantastic, his team deserved extra time,” Mourinho said. “To lose in minute 87 with very little time to try to react, as they did in the first half, is a little bit unfair on them.”advertisementBut it is United now on course for a treble, still in contention for the FA Cup and Europa League.The bigger target, though, is returning to the Champions League through winning the Europa League or by finishing in the Premier League’s top four. United is currently sixth.
Mumbai then and Pune now, India are bruised and battered in their own backyard. Captain Steve Waugh’s rampaging Australian team crushed the Sourav Ganguly-led Indian team in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Mumbai under three days.Exactly 16 years later in 2017, skipper Steve Smith’s inexperienced Australian team with a forgettable record in Indian subcontinent tamed Virat Kohli’s invincibles under three days in the first Test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Pune. (India frugal with praise for Pune tormentor Steve O’Keefe)CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOThe pattern of the first assault is identical in both the occasions. The visitors hammered the hosts in the first Test to set the tone for the rest of the series. The magnitude of both the defeats were huge – by 10 wickets in 2001 and by 333 runs in 2017. Ganguly’s team attracted a lot of criticism back then and only a few gave them a chance of staging a come back. This time too, many former players flayed Kohli and Co. for being complacent and playing into the hands of the opposition.However, what unfolded in 2001 was something no one saw coming. The so-called underdogs got their acts together in the most toughest of the scenarios and defeated Australia in the second Test in Kolkata – a valiant feat which still resonates in the corridors of Indian cricket. (Tendulkar confident India will fight back against Australia)Coming into the second Test at Eden Gardens, two brave hearts and custodians of Indian cricket – VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid – staged one of the best counterattacks in the history of the game to pull the hosts to a 171-run victory over their more fancied visitors. The fact that the win came in the most difficult and unlikely situation made it a turning point in Indian cricket. (Australia find formula to exploit India’s weaknesses)advertisementBatting first, Australia put up a huge first innings total of 445 runs, courtesy a brilliant 110-run knock from Steve Waugh and opener Matthew Hayden’s 97. In reply, the Indians were folded for a mere 171, thanks to Glenn MCGrath’s 4 for 18. The Australians then shoved the ignominy of follow-on down India’s throat with an aim to inflict an innings defeat on the already assaulted hosts. (Kohli’s captaincy will be tested now)But then things not always go as planned. Laxman and Dravid played possibly the best knocks of their careers to galvanise the Indian team. Laxman slammed his career-best 281 and Dravid made a belligerant 180 in their 376-run partnership for the fifth wicket to bail the Indian out from the jaws of defeat and gave Australia a target of 384 off 75 overs.Australia went about their business in usual fashion with openers Hayden (67) and Michael Slater (43) sharing a 74-run stand. However, the then young off-spinner Harbhajan Singh joined the party and brought the Aussie juggernaut to a scathing halt. Harbhajjan returned with figures of 6 for 73, including a hat-trick, to fold Australia for 212. (Surprised with the way Australia won: Michael Clarke to India Today)The defeat at the Eden dented the morale the Australians to such an extent that they were never able to bounce back in the rest of the series. The visitors won the next match in Chennai by 2 wickets to seal the series 2-1. The win at Eden is history now but the current Indian team will have a lot to relate to the situation in 2001 when they face Australia, 1-0 up the series, in the second Test in Bengaluru from March 4. Kohli’s India, right now the number one Test team in world, have been dealt with a serious blow to their pride.Australia have snapped India’s 19-match unbeaten streak and can now play a spoiler to what could have been a perfect home season for India. Australia made Kohli and his team of world-beaters look quite ordinary in the rout in Pune. (India played into our hands with pitch preparation: Steve Smith)Team India would like to take an inspirational look at the past to reinvent the present before they regroup again to engage Australia, who will be brimming with confidence. (India will now be scared of preparing turning pitches vs Australia: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Harbhajan Singh, Nayan Mongia and Venkatapathy Raju speak exclusively to India Today on the iconic victory over Australia at Eden Gardens in 2001.Harbhajan Singh: 2001 was one of the best series I ever played in. We were 1-0 down and to come back from that was great. If we could come back and win the series then, Virat Kohli’s team can do it too. There are 3 more Tests to go and I am confident India will bounce back. In 2001, we couldn’t change what happened in Mumbai. India need to forget about what happened in Pune and treat this series as a three-match series. I am sure this team can take revenge for what happened in Pune. We played on similar tracks for the last four years and we got the results what we wanted. Australia played better cricket than us and let’s move on from here. Hopefully, we will see better performances.advertisementNayan Mongia: VVS Laxman batted beautifully at No.6 and then up the order. The rest is history now. You just need that one spark from this team in Bengaluru. If someone just clicks with bat or ball, the team will get the confidence back. A lot of young Australian cricketers are playing in the Indian Premier League and their mindset is very different from their predecessors. I don’t think they deserve the tag of underdogs. We should give credit to the Australian team and Steve Smith’s hundred in the second innings against Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja needs to be lauded.Venkatapathy Raju: We were told not to be friendly with the Australians after the Mumbai defeat in the 2001 series. VVS Laxman’s 281 changed the whole scenario in Indian cricket. The plans were very well executed by Sourav Ganguly and John Wright. Playing 13 Tests in a season is not easy and credit to the Indian team for staying fit.
Karisma Kapoor is painting the town red with her rumoured boyfriend Sandeep Toshniwal. From dinner dates to family gatherings, the actor is no longer shy of getting clicked with her beau and has all but announced her relationship officially. In fact, the two are reportedly taking their relationship to the next level and have zeroed in on a house to live together in.Last year, reports were doing the rounds that Sandeep is house-hunting, not for a bachelor pad, but for a spacious 3 BHK. Deccan Chronicle quotes a source as revealing that the couple has finalised a 3 BHK in the posh Juhu locality and Karisma is all set to move in with her two children, Samaira and Kiaan.Meanwhile, Karisma’s ex-husband Sunjay Kapur is reportedly set to tie the knot with his long-time girlfriend Priya Sachdev in New York. Karisma had sparked engagement rumours with Sandeep when she was clicked sporting a huge rock on her finger, but she might have to wait a while, as the Mumbai-based CEO is yet to get a legal divorce from his estranged wife Ashrita.PHOTO: Karisma Kapoor’s diamond ring proof of her engagement with beau Sandeep Toshniwal? ALSO READ: Karisma Kapoor’s ex-husband Sunjay Kapur to marry Priya Sachdev in April? ALSO WATCH: Sunjay’s father’s Mumbai house transferred in Karisma’s name
18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has climbed up to the fourth spot in the latest ATP rankings after lifting his third Miami Open title by beating long-time rival Rafael Nadal.Federer continued his remarkable return from six-month injury lay-off as he crushed Spanish maestro Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in the finals of the Miami Open .Federer, who also defeated Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open final and at the 2017 Indian Wells Masters, has now beaten Nadal in four straight matches for the first time in his career.The win saw Federer move up by two places, while Nadal also climbed up two places to fifth, Sport24 reported.Japan’s Kei Nishikori, on the other hand, slipped three places to the seventh spot following his quarter-finals lost to Italy’s Fabio Fognini in Miami.Meanwhile, Andy Murray continues to remain at the top spot and maintains a comfortable 4,045 points lead over Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.The current ATP top 10 are:1. Andy Murray2. Novak Djokovic3. Stan Wawrinka4. Roger Federer5. Rafael Nadal6. Milos Raonic7. Kei Nishikori8. Marin Cilic9. Dominic Thiem10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
This is a big theme of the conference here – you don’t have control over your message, brand, conversation, etc. in today’s Web 2.0 world. So what do you do?Here are some thoughts from Clay Shirky (see previous post) here at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, in a Q&A with NTEN mastermind Holly Ross. I paraphrase a bit for clarity here.Q: What’s the value proposition for nonprofits in a world where people can more easily organize themselves? If experts don’t matter, what’s our role?A: There is still value in expertise – what’s changed is the relative value. Where the power is, is in convening the folks out there – be a platform where the members discover each other, not just where you’re the expert. Q: What makes the convening power work? What if you set up a place to convene and no one comes?A: It’s mysterious what takes off and doesn’t. What you want to go is where the people are, not start a new place to congregate. Ask your members what they are already doing. Where are they already congregating? Do a search on your organization name and exclude the results from your website – you can learn where people are that way. Don’t be the person who goes into a crowded bar and says “Hey, look at this! This works! I’m going to start my own bar!” Instead, go talk to the people in the crowded bar.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde insisted he had no regrets over his decision not to play Lionel Messi despite his side’s 2-0 Copa del Rey loss at Sevilla.Messi was rested for the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán with goals from Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the home side on top in the tie.In the aftermath of the defeat, Valverde showed no remorse at leaving the Argentine superstar on the sidelines, claiming it was the right decision. 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! “I do not regret it. It is what I had to do,” Valverde told a news conference.The LaLiga leaders will be forced to overcome the two-goal deficit when they host the second leg at Camp Nou on January 30. Full time. Next week Wednesday 30 January, 21.30 CET, we have the opportunity to come back. #CopaBarça pic.twitter.com/D8ZdFWcclM — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 23, 2019 Asked if he would play a stronger team in the return leg, Valverde said he was unsure, with Barca facing a trip to Girona on Sunday before Sevilla’s visit three days later.”We have to wait. Today I made changes. I thought it was the best and when you change, you know that you risk,” he said.”And when you win you’re right and when you lose you’re not.”There is an important game on Sunday that we want to win and we will think about the return.”Barcelona are currently five points clear of Atletico Madrid at the head of the LaLiga table.
Photo credit: US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Women in BusinessWho runs the world? Well according to a report published by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Women in Business, the number of female entrepreneurs is rapidly expanding — and women-owned businesses contribute billions to the US economy.Ninety percent of female entrepreneurs are sole proprietors, a segment of the economy that as a whole has annual sales exceeding $887 billion. Small businesses without payroll (solopreneurs and freelancers) make up more than 70% of America’s 27 million companies.Here are a few other interesting items from the report:30% of all new businesses are owned by women. The amount of new female-owned businesses have grown by one and a half times the rate of male-owned enterprises over the last 15 years.Self-employed workers as a whole have grown 9.1% since 2001 and in 2013, which equals over a million new self-employed workers.Women entrepreneurs employed nearly 15.9 million Americans in 2013.According to The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute, women owned businesses are projected to create 5-5.5 million new jobs in the United States by 2018.The top five states that have the most female self-employed workers are in the west: Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Nevada.That said, women entrepreneurs still face many challenges. The report also found that only 1.6% of venture-backed compnaies had a female founder and just 20% had a female C-level executive, despite the fact that more successful startups have more women in senior positions and more than twice as many women in top jobs (for startups with five or more women employees, 61% were successful and 39% failed).The study also suggests ways that communities can work to build supportive networks for local female entrepreneurs. Successful development organizations for women entrepreneurs have identified six policy and program approaches that have created and expanded women-owned small businesses:Advocacy on women’s business issuesBusiness management assistance and supportAccess to contractsAccess to capitalLeadership developmentMentoringWhat are your thoughts on this study, freelancers? Have any of you been involved with local development organizations that assist female entrepreneurs?
3. Fave other freelancersConnect with friends or people you admire by using the “fave” button. What does the freelancers movement really look like? Now we know.Just a few weeks ago we launched our searchable new profile network – and the results have been stunning. Our movement now has names and faces, and they’re tremendously diverse. It’s everywhere – from Ogden, Utah to Ozone Park, New York.Every city has a big cluster of freelance talent represented, a community just waiting to be activated. Freelancers all over the country are connecting with each other more than ever before.Over 20 years of work lie behind this moment. But it takes just a few clicks for you to jump in. Get started now.So what happens when thousands of freelancers come together? You get a whole new sense of what freelancing is all about, about how freelancers work and live. Where they are and what they care about.There’s the range of people and places and interests, and then there’s the amazing range of work we do. On a single page, logo designers, copy editors, CRM consultants, bloggers, makeup artists, and strategic planners are side by side.Over two thousand freelancers have “faved” otheer freelancers. Over 7,000 profile views and over 4,000 searches in the directory. Constant profile updates and photo uploads.What that means is connections and opportunities. And that’s in a network which has both lots of new talent and also experienced freelancers who’ve been doing it for a decade or more. The mentoring potential alone is huge.This is what a great profile looks like:If you haven’t done it yet, start building your own – and help build the movement.P.S. I’ve got a profile too._________________________________________________________1. Fill out your Freelancers Union profileShare all that you are: your love for travel, your crafting hobby, and your latest project.2. Invite your networkShare the movement with your friends and clients. Invite other freelancers to join. We’re only as strong as our network!
(Eds: Correcting Date)New Delhi, Sep 25 (PTI) Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will launch from Prime Minister Narendra Modis constituency Varanasi a series of Mudra Promotion Camps on Wednesday with a view to promote self employment.The finance ministry plans to organise as many as 50 Mudra camps across the country, including one each in state capitals by October 17, according to official sources.After inauguration at Varanasi, similar Mudra Promotion Camps will be organised at Gandhinagar, Dehradun and Guwahati on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, they said.Many of these camps will be inaugurated by Union ministers and chief ministers of respective states.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is coordinating participation by Union ministers in these Mudra promotion campaign, the sources said.The campaign will help promote not only Mudra loans but spread awareness about digital payment method, financial inclusion and social security schemes, they added.It is to be noted that banks have sanctioned Rs 74,601 crore to 1.59 crore beneficiaries across the country since April this year.Since the launch of Mudra Yojana by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April 2015, banks have disbursed Rs 3.66 lakh crore to 8.77 crore beneficiaries.These camps will see participation from all the banks, SIDBI and Common Service Centres.Insurance companies will also set up stalls at the camp to motivate citizens to enrol in social security insurance schemes — Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), Atal Pension Yojana (APY).The big draw of these camps are going to be Aadhaar seeding and authentication, assisting visitors to download and use the BHIM app on individual mobiles and distribution and activation of RuPay cards.advertisementThe Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will put up a stall at the Mudra Promotion Campaign for awareness and facilitation of Aadhaar enrolment and updation of Aadhaar details for the visitors. NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India) will put up a stall for awareness and facilitation of digital transactions for the visitors.In addition, each branch of PSU banks will organise a small Mudra Awareness Camp in October.Under the Mudra Yojana, a loan of up to Rs 50,000 is given under Shishu plan, between Rs 50,000 to 5 lakh under Kishore, and between 5 lakh to 10 lakh under Tarun.Shishu, Kishor and Tarun signify the stage of growth and funding needs of the beneficiary micro unit or entrepreneur. PTI DP CS MKJ SBT
England coach Gareth Southgate has called up three more youngsters for the team’s home friendly against Brazil on Tuesday.Southgate, who gave five players their international first-team debuts against Germany on Friday, has added goalkeeper Angus Gunn, defender Lewis Cook and striker Dominic Solanke to the squad for Tuesday’s Wembley encounter with the five-times World Cup winners.All three were in action on Friday for England’s under-21 side in Ukraine — and the latter two featured in the under-20s’ World Cup-winning campaign earlier this year.Manchester City’s Gunn, 21, who is on loan at second-tier Norwich City, was called up to replace Jack Butland, who broke a finger in training.Cook, of Bournemouth, and Liverpool’s Solanke, both 20, join an already young squad hit by injuries to senior players, including Dele Alli and Harry Kane, and now without Manchester United defender Phil Jones, who limped off after less than half an hour of the Germany match with what England say is a thigh problem.Feel incredibly blessed and honoured to get called up to the @England Senior Squad! Thanks for all the messages!??????.- Dom Solanke (@DomSolanke) November 11, 2017I am incredibly honoured and proud to be called up for the @England senior squad. A huge achievement for me and my family. Thank you for all the kind messages ??????- Lewis Cook (@lewiscook_) November 11, 2017So proud to be called up to the full @england squad. Its the stuff dreams are made of and I would like to thank everybody who has helped me get this far!??????advertisement- Angus Gunn (@AngusGunn01) November 11, 2017Harry Maguire, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham all made their senior debuts on Friday and were joined by two more debutants — substitutes Joe Gomez and Jack Cork — during the game.The starting 11 had just 101 caps between them — their most inexperienced side since 1980.
Meizu has launched its first smartphone of the year dubbed as Meizu M6s. The smartphone has been launched in China at a starting price of CNY 999. The key highlights of the phone are its 18:9 display and the fingerprint sensor placed on the side. It is also the first device from Meizu to be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7872 hexa-core processor with Mali G71 GPU.Meizu M6s is also listed on US website. There’s no word on its availability in India though. Ard Boudeling, head of Meizu’s marketing team has tweeted the details of the phone. The phone sports a 5.7-inch display with HD+ resolution with 1440×720 pixels of resolution. Following the ongoing trend, the Meizu M6s also sports an 18:9 aspect ratio with very thin bezels around the display. A very thin bezel can be seen on the bottom.The dual-SIM Meizu is powered by a hexa-core Samsung Exynos 7872 processor with Mali-G71 GPU and 3GB RAM. The phone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat with Flyme OS 6.2 skin on top. The company claims that M6s is the first M-series device to use the high-end Cortex-A73 microarchitecture.There are two variants of the phone- the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage model of M6s costs CNY 999 (approximately Rs 9,900 ) and the 3GB RAM/ 64GB storage model costs CNY 1,199 (approximately Rs 12,900). The smartphone is available for pre-booking and will go on sale starting January 19.Ard Boudeling explains that the Meizu M6s comes with Super mBack or Halo button to navigate the phone. The new Halo button includes features like touch to go back, press to navigate to home, long-press to sleep, swipe left to switch apps and swipe up to multitask. The device is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging support.advertisementOn the camera front, Meizu M6s sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with Samsung CMOS lens and f/2.0 aperture. There is an 8-megapixel selfie on the front with f/2.0 aperture and ArcSoft Beauty Algorithm Adaptive Skinning Technology.
South Africans will breathe a sigh of relief as AB de Villiers has been added to the squad for the remaining three ODIs against India.However, his availability for the fourth ODI at the Wanderers on Saturday is still under the clouds.De Villiers missed the first three ODIs due to a finger injury and in his absence, the hosts have been hammered in each of the matches. They are also without their regular captain Faf Du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. De Villiers’ return to the squad will be a huge positive as the Proteas look to save the series.But if he plays the ‘Pink ODI’ remains to be seen as a spokesperson said that he will be assessed when the squad meets at Johannesburg and then a decision will be taken on the eve of the fourth ODI.South Africa, who have struggled against spin, will see this as a massive boost. Even his presence in the dressing room will help the youngsters and seniors, who have been bamboozled by Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The pair have taken 21 wickets in the series at an average of 9.05.Speaking after the third ODI at Newlands, senior member JP Duminy said that having AB back will be a massive boost: “Having AB back is going to be a massive boost. He’s one of the world’s best players in one-day cricket. He will bring confidence to the team and his leadership within the group will add a lot of value as well.”advertisementAiden Markram will continue as the captain for the remaineder of the series.Squad: Aiden Markram (C), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo, Farhaan Behardien.
A first Test century in three years for AB de Villiers brought great delight to South Africa’s talismanic batsman, whose unbeaten 126 on Sunday helped his side into a strong position to win the second Test and tie the four-match series.South Africa still have work ahead on the fourth day at St George’s Park on Monday but De Villiers propelled the home side to a significant first innings lead which could prove the foundation for victory.”We are in a decent position. I honestly had a feeling we could have finished the game today if we had really got it right,” said De Villiers.”I still feel our bowlers have a lot in them and they are going to come with a lot of fire tomorrow morning and hopefully knock them over.”De Villiers went to his 22nd Test century before lunch with a characteristically innovative stroke, arching his back and helping a short ball over the slips and to the boundary.South Africa vs Australia: SA vs AUS 2nd Test, Day 3 in Port Elizabeth | Highlights”I was unbelievably happy. I was quite nervous, I haven’t been in this position for a while and it means the world to me. I’ve been through quite a lot getting to this moment and I’ve worked very hard, so I feel very chuffed,” said the 34-year-old.NO FAIRYTALEDe Villiers took almost two years out of the Test arena to concentrate on the shorter formats of the game and spend more time with his young family but came back in December.advertisementYet there was no fairytale return either against Zimbabwe in the one-off Boxing Day Test or India in January and only on Sunday did he reach the milestone of a century for the first time in 13 Tests.”It’s a relief at the moment it happens and then it starts to sink in a few hours afterwards, sometimes only days afterwards,” he said.De Villiers, who averages over 50 in his 112 Test appearances, said he had learned much since his debut as a 20-year-old against England at the end of 2004.”I was a lot more fearless when I was younger. The big difference from then to now is that I think I’m a lot smarter,” he said.”I understand what makes me good when I’m playing well and what I need to get into that zone. More often than not, I try to generate a lot of energy and go into an overdrive of intensity.”There are a couple of basics that I rediscovered in the nets leading up to this series, like making sure I give myself the best opportunity to see the ball coming out of the bowler’s hand and be still in the crease.”Tiny little things that like have helped.”Australia are 41 runs ahead but only have five wickets remaining when they resume their second innings on Monday.(Source: Reuters)
Pakistan defeated West Indies by eight wickets in the third T20I at Karachi to clinch the series 3-0 on Tuesday.The hosts had won the first two matches of the three-match series by 143 and 82 runs.West Indies’ first innings total of 153 was never going to be enough to stop Pakistan from registering a series whitewash as for the first time a side had failed to score over 200 while batting first in a T20I at Karachi’s national Stadium.Sarfraz Ahmed’s side chased down the target in 16.5 overs to make it three wins in a row.Another resounding win for the top-ranked T20I team in the world!Congratulations Pakistan on a 3-0 clean sweep of this historic series in Karachi.#PAKvWI #ApnaKhelApneGhar pic.twitter.com/Y9VB9Id7QTPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) April 3, 2018Jason Mohammad won the toss and opted to bat first after failing to chase the target in first two matches. The decision, however, initially backfired as opener Chadwick Walton was dismissed for a duck but a 72-run stand between Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels steadied the innings.Fletcher struck 52 off 43 balls while Samuels made 31 from 25 deliveries. Pakistan bowlers did well to pull back the match in middle overs as they reduced West Indies to 96/5 before a 18-ball 42 from Denesh Ramdin lifted them to 153/6 from 20 overs.Shadab Khan took two wickets for 27 while Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Khan and Faheem Ashraf picked up a wicket each. Debutant Shaheen Afridi had a wicketless outing.Hussain Talat scores the match-winning four for Pakistan!Watch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/wIldCm7BcL#PAKvWI #ApnaKhelApneGhar @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/Aof18MKu3WadvertisementPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) April 3, 2018In reply, opener Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam gave Pakistan a flying start as they put up 61 for the first wicket. Zaman played the role of aggressor as he smashed 40 off 17 deliveries before falling to a Rayad Emrit delivery. Babar, who made an unbeaten 97 in the second match, registered another half-century as he made 51 off 40 balls.Odean Smith removed Babar in the 13th over to make it 113/2 for Pakistan but it was a case of too little, too late for Windies as Hussain Talat and Asif Ali took Pakistan over the line with 19 balls to spare.Zaman was declared the Man of the Match, while Babar won the Man of the Series award.
Kawasaki, in a surprise move last year, had stated that the Ninja 1000 will be brought to India as an SKD model (Semi-Knocked Down) and assembled locally. This resulted in a massive price cut resulting in a final price of just Rs 9.98 lakh. With demands soaring, Kawasaki found it difficult to meet the soaring number of bookings.Now, in a report by Autocar India, Kawasaki is slated to bring its track-focused superbike, the ZX-10R to Indian motorcycle market in the same manner. The 10R is currently priced at Rs 18.8 lakh, ex-showroom, with the last few 2017 stocks sold at a heavy discounted price.The move to assemble the superbike in India means the price will come down considerably under Rs 14 lakh. This means the ZX-10R will become the cheapest litre-class superbike on sale today. The mantle is being held by the Honda CBR1000RR SP.According to the Autocar India report, Kawasaki ZX-10R at its new Chakan facility, using kits brought from Japan. The motorcycle is slated to be launched soon. The ZX-10R is powered by a 998cc, inline 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which churns out 197bhp. The engine is now 20 per cent lighter thanks to a lighter cylinder head, new Euro 4 titanium exhausts, and electronic throttle. The motorcycle also gets Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which operates through five measured axes plus a calculated programme which allows the bike to know what is going on in terms of lean angle, pitch and yaw, acceleration and braking. It also features Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System, Kawasaki Launch Control Mode, Kawasaki Quick Shifter, Kawasaki Engine Brake Control and the new Sport-Kawasaki Traction Control.advertisementOnce in India, the low-priced ZX-10R will compete against the likes of Yamaha R1, Aprilia RSV4 RF, BMW S1000RR, and the Ducati Panigale.