Pep Gaurdiola: Manchester City’s packed schedule a privilege

first_imgRed-hot battle on cards! Will dive again, jokes Liverpool’s Sadio Mane after Pep Guardiola criticism Manchester City lose appeal to CAS “Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes you are not but the most important thing is being. I tell them it’s a privilege, if you believe it’s a handicap, you are [making] a big mistake.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has challenged his players to relish their demanding schedule as they continue to chase EPL leaders Liverpool with a visit to Newcastle tonight. Jurgen Klopp’s side exited both domestic cup competitions, leaving them to concentrate on the EPL and Champions Leagues. In stark contrast, City remain active in four major competitions. “It’s important that in January we are there,” said Guardiola. “The big clubs, that is the big difference, what are the best clubs in the last decade? Juventus, Bayern and Barcelona, these are the best teams in the last decade in Europe, why? Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there, because they are the best,” he added.Related Newslast_img read more

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Does The Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey Bring Good News?

first_imgAccording to the latest Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey, “employees have fewer concerns about future layoffs and a growing confidence in their own job security and job market. But three in four employees (76 percent) report they are willing to take a pay cut if faced with losing their job and nearly nine in 10 (88 percent) of those currently unemployed job seekers would accept less than they originally wanted to land a new job.”Though employees show they are prepared, the fact that a high percentage of people are willing to take lower pay for a job is still a tough pill to swallow. Ten short years ago Dell and Trilogy were giving away a Porsche for the most employee referrals, sign-on bonuses were common place, and salary increases were the norm – my how times change!The survey also reports that people expect salaries to increase with an economic recovery…hope they do. We can handle short term pain for long term gain.So is this good news? Yes, in the sense that these employment ‘conditions’ make this a great time to:Work to become an expert at your current jobGo back to school – consider real world and onlineStart a business – talent is available and affordableGet your priorities straight and live lifeThe survey also points out that people in the South are more likely to expect a pay or cost-of-living increase in the next 12 months than people out West – 40% versus 26%, why is that? It’s a question of business-friendly policies in successful states versus the entitlement policies of others – this is a point we need to deal with in the not too distant future.  As soon as the economy makes more serious strides to recover, people will expect more jobs, and higher salaries. So this is a good time to discuss that elephant (or donkey) in the room when it comes to positive jobs and salary recovery…not an easy subject but one we need to get in front of. We’ll watch the economic numbers and hope for the recovery that solves all our problems.So the survey at first blush is not so great news, since we are talking about accepting lower pay after all. But the news can be good depending on how you react and what you do with it, focus on the positives and be prepared to deal with the challenges.Here’s a few recent blogs giving advice to employees, job seekers and companies about what to consider now before the tables turn and the talent is once again in the power position:Arrogance of Talent Supply Threatens To Continue Resume Black HoleProtecting Your Brand During The Hiring Process: Advice for Job Seekers and CompaniesShould Employees Downgrade Job & Salary Expectations For Next Few Years?last_img read more

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U.S. Employees Surprisingly Optimistic Despite State of Economy & Layoffs Yet Those in…

first_img__What concessions would you make to keep your job in a down economy?  Do you think your salary will increase in the next 6 months and what your job forecast looks like?For additional details on the employee confidence survey results, check out the complete summary here. Or for highlights from our Q42008 report check out the results here.1) For the purposes of this study “employees” were defined as U.S, adults 18+ employed full time or part time unless otherwise indicated.2) The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor.com between March 19- 23, 2009 via its QuickQuerySM online omnibus service, interviewing a nationwide sample of 2,798 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older, of whom 1,576 are employed full time or part time. The Q4 survey was conducted Dec.16-18, 2008 among 2,281 U.S. adults 18+ of whom 1,331 were currently employed (full time or part-time).This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. A full methodology, including weighting variables, is available. Glassdoor Report: Job Security Increase amount of hours worked626065656351 Willing to take pay cuts to keep job4037383849 Yes26214617 Glassdoor Report: Salary Expectation Concerned others will be laid off in 6 months4447404052 Glassdoor Report: Geographic Breakdown No56581673 Salary Expectations: One in 3 employees expect a pay raise in the next 12 months.  Interestingly, the highest confidence in expected pay raises is seen in those with the highest household income, above $75,000 per year, (44%) and those who live in the Northeast.Men also tend to be more bullish on raises as 39% of men expect a raise in the next year, compared to 32% of women. Results by %Q109Q40818-3435-4445-5455+ Yes364039322734343444 If found job was in jeopardy, what would you give up to keep your job? Concerned about coworkers being laid off in next 6 months? (Employed full/part-time) Likely (very/somewhat)39n/a43423630 Yes44428427 No74795483 Glassdoor Report: Re-Hire Probability Don’t know212019232422221818 Unlikely (very/somewhat)31n/a20293546 Ability to find job matched to experience and compensation level in next 6 months?(Employed full/part-time; self employed) Results by %OverallNortheastMidwestSouthWest No434042454944444839 Concerned self will be laid off in 6 months2628212431 Expect company outlook to increase in next 6 months3534393828 Expect pay or cost of living increase in next 12 months? (Employed full/part-time) Results by %Q109Q40818-3435-4445-5455+ Glassdoor Report: Concession Indicators Geographic Breakdown: Interestingly, those in the west tend to be a little more pessimistic that those in other parts of the country. The table below breaks down some of the indicators by geography. Give up perks like commuter subsidies, on-site cafeteria, child care, dry cleaner, gym access434644504829 Accept a cut in salary or wages403040394240 Accept reduction in health and dental benefits coverage353234393731 On Tuesday, the Conference Board released the monthly Consumer Confidence Index for March, showing a slight gain in confidence from February but still hovering around record lows at 26.0.  Today, we released results of a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on our behalf for a handful of confidence indicators.  What we found was  a surprising level of employee optimism relating to their ability to sidestep layoffs, the future outlook of their employer, and expectations for pay increases even though confidence in the areas of job security and pay raises fell since December.You can read details in our media advisory and supplement, but we highlighted a few key findings below.   We believe employee confidence, like consumer confidence, tends to lag behind market movements but over time can be an important leading indicator for consumer sentiment and – ultimately — economic recovery.  After all, the more confident employees are in their jobs and careers, the more confident they are as consumers and likely to spur demand and spending.  We plan to track this quarterly and report these and potentially other measures over time.Summary of Q1 Glassdoor.com Employee Confidence SurveyJob Security: 1 in 4 employees (26%) say they are concerned they may lose their job in within 6 months although concerns are higher for co-workers — Nearly twice as many (44% ).  These concerns have edged up since December when the concerns were 21% and 40% respectively.Employees who have been through layoffs already are significantly more likely to have  layoff concerns for themselves or their co-workers than those who haven’t been through layoffs. Take on more projects or responsibility707471707463 Results by %Q109Q408MaleFemale< than $35K$35-$49.9K$35-$49.9K$50K-$74.9K>$75K Expectations pay will increase in next 12 months3642333632 Re-hire Probability: Should employees lose their job, 39% think they will have a new job within 6 months.Younger workers (18-34) are far more confident than those  55 and over as rehire expectations is 44% and 25% for each respective age group.  In fact, of those over 55, nearly half (47%) think it is unlikely they would find a job and 1 in 4 (28%) say it’s VERY UNLIKELY. Concerned of self being laid off in next 6 months?(Employed full/part-time) Forfeit paid time off or vacation302435302824 Results by %Q109Q408Company haslaid off/announced plansCompany has notlaid off/announced plans Company Outlook:Is the worse over?  The majority of employees seem to think so as more than half (51%) think their company’s business outlook will stay the same and more than one-third (35%) think it will get better in the next six months compared to just 14% who think it will their company’s outlook will get worse.Concession Indicators:What would you be willing to give up in order to keep your job if you found out it was in jeopardy?The majority are willing to do their part and take on more projects and responsibility (70%) and/or work more hours (62%) but nearly half (48%) say they will not take a pay cut to keep their job and 38% will not take a furlough or other unpaid leave.However, salary cuts and lost vacation time are more palatable than they were at the end of December.  Forty percent are willing to take salary cuts compared to 30% in December and 30% are willing to forfeit vacation, compared to 24% in December. Uncertain (very/somewhat)30n/a36272923 Take furlough or an unpaid leave or sabbatical34n/a34383629last_img read more

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5 Job Hunter Tips Through The Holidays

first_imgUnemployment refuses to drop below nine percent, which means real unemployment – counting all the people making do, juggling multiple part-time jobs and the people who’ve given up on looking – is probably much closer to 15 percent. This reality, for those of us struggling to make ends meet or to find a job, makes it difficult to be grateful.  When you’re in survival mode, it’s pretty tough to step back and reflect.So, should we be grateful for a job these days, or merely relieved? Should we express that gratitude to a boss? And if we do, will it be viewed as sucking up?There are many ways to express gratitude. Saying ‘Thank You’ merely skims the surface. It’s necessary, but not sufficient. Do it, certainly, at least once; but don’t go overboard or you’ll look desperate, and don’t do it in front of your colleagues or you’ll look like a suck-up. More meaningful, and requiring more commitment, is to do a great job every day. Show your thanks by demonstrating excellence, by helping others in the workplace who may be struggling, by modeling good behavior.If you are uncomfortable with the thought of saying ‘Thank You,’ it’s especially important to focus on excellence, and important to be positive. Nothing is more corrosive than a negative attitude; to be thankful is to be positive (within reason without feeling like a complete faker).If, on the other hand, you are unemployed around the holidays, what is there to be thankful for?Go back to fundamentals – family, friends, health, life on earth. Give thanks for the things you do have: a good mind, people to share with and talk to, a skill-set you can improve and the energy to change your current situation. Focus not on what is missing; instead, turn up the volume of your job search.To be thankful and a job hunter during the holidays, consider these action steps:The holidays are a natural time to network. You may not be in party mode, but force yourself to go to events where former colleagues will be gathering. The people who know your capabilities and work can be your best contacts in a job search.Many professional groups have holiday parties – wrangle an invite and attend. You’ll expand your network, hear about opportunities and expand your comfort zone.Set up a few coffees or lunches with people you’ve worked with and ask them to share what they think your strengths are. Take the feedback and use it to revise your resume, cover letters and online profiles.If your spouse or partner is headed to a holiday party, join. You’ll meet new people and may hear about opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.Thank yourself. Only by recognizing what is good and meaningful within can you turn your face to the world with confidence.How are you planning to get through the holiday season? Let us know with your comments below.last_img read more

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Sports Wrap: Dhoni’s Hummer floors New Zealand’s cricket stars, big blow for England ahead of India tour

first_imgMS Dhoni driving Hummer in Ranchi leaves New Zealand players awestruckMahendra Singh Dhoni on his arrival in Ranchi, his hometown, for the fourth ODI decided to head to the team hotel in his Hummer.Anderson absent again as England unchanged for India tourEngland have named an unchanged squad for their tour of India with their all-time leading wicket-taker James Anderson not included in the initial 16-man list for the five-Test series.Stokes can be one of all-time great all-rounders, says coach BaylissEngland coach Trevor Bayliss said that Ben Stokes could mature into one of the greatest ever all-rounder.League Cup: Sturridge brace helps Liverpool down Spurs, Arsenal throughDaniel Sturridge sent Liverpool into the League Cup quarter-finals and gave his manager a reminder of his talents with two clinical goals in a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.De Bruyne to miss derby clash due to injury, says GuardiolaThe 25-year-old sustained the injury during Manchester City’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Southampton on Sunday.last_img read more

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Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson credit bowlers for New Zealand’s victory in Ranchi

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Willamson said the fact that dew did not play a part in the game helped their cause greatly after he altered the trend at this venue by winning the toss and batting first instead of opting to field. (Scorecard)”Coming here and not knowing whether dew will be there or not was a bit confusing. I am happy dew hasn’t played a part and that worked in our favour. Besides we executed our skills to well and so won,” Williamson said at the post match presentation ceremony. (4th ODI: New Zealand beat India to draw level)Martin Guptill, who was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his 72 off 84 balls, said he did not expect his score to be the highest score of the match.”I did not expect this. But in the end I think we fought till the end. We thought 260 would be defendable but could have scored a bit more. Our bowlers did a great job.”India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni rued giving away 16 extras, saying it played a big factor at the end as India lost by just 19 runs. (Virat Kohli hammers AB de Villiers’ ODI record) “We gave a lot of runs away in extras. I felt we could have avoided that. This game was similar to Delhi where we kept losing wickets.”Dhoni said young guns like Hardik Pandya will learn from this game that not always does big hitting reap dividends.”The wicket was getting slower. We needed small partnerships. We failed to do that. It was not too many runs.advertisement”Cricket has evolved and the new generation like to pay big shots. If you ask them not to play they will go into a shell.”I think they will learn from this match when to play the big shots and when to rotate the strike,” he said.last_img read more

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Debt-ridden Jaypee Group has no plans to sell Formula 1 track

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Oct 28 (PTI) Getting Formula 1 back to the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) is not on the priority list for the debt-ridden Jaypee Group but at the same time, it has no plans to sell the USD 400 million facility that put India on the world motorsport map, said track chief Sameer Gaur. “Yes, we are not thinking of hosting any big race including F1 in the near future because of reasons well known but it doesnt mean we are open to selling the circuit. The thought has not even crossed our mind,” Gaur, who is Jaypee Sports International MD and CEO, told PTI. The BIC has been away from the limelight ever since the race was dropped from the F1 calendar following three editions from 2011 to 2013. The maintenance cost of the circuit remains high and with no major international race being organised, a handful of domestic events besides vehicle testing days contribute to its running cost. “Maintaining a big facility like BIC is surely tough but we have been able to do that well despite the constraints,” he said. The Jaypee Group overall is undergoing tough times. The total debt of the conglomerate is estimated to be around Rs 75,000 crores as on March 31, 2015, according to foreign brokerage firm Credit Suisse. It was not a surprise that it chose to sell some of its cement and hydro power plants to reduce the debt burden. Even in the existing scenario, Gaur remains an optimist and promised that F1 will return to BIC at some point, though not in the near future. “We built such a huge circuit to host big events like F1. Yes, under the circumstances, it is not at all our focus but when the situation improves, we will surely think about making better use of the track,” added Gaur. In a recent chat with PTI, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone had expressed a strong desire to have India back on the calendar despite the challenges that come with the hosting of the high-profile race. It is quite clear that for the race to return, the tax and bureaucratic hurdles that were created during the three active years, will have to be cleared besides significant improvement in the financial health of the Jaypee Group. PTI BS KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Bengaluru FC coach lauds hard-working Sunil Chhetri ahead of AFC Cup final

first_imgBengaluru FC are on the cusp of history and coach Albert Roca has urged his players to give their “best performance” in the final of the AFC Cup against Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (Air Force Club of Iraq) in Doha on Saturday. This is the first instance of an Indian club playing in the final of the AFC Cup. (Bengaluru FC leave for AFC Cup final in Doha)All eyes will once again be on captain Sunil Chhetri who was instrumental in his side’s inspiring 3-1 win over defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim in Bengaluru last month. However, while lauding “hard-working” Chhetri, Roca made it clear that the team will not be solely dependent on the talismanic striker.”We play as a team and Sunil is the captain of that team. It’s going to take everyone to chip in with their best performances if we are to give ourselves a chance in the final. Whether Sunil scores or not, he’s always working hard,” he said.”He didn’t score in the quarterfinal and the first leg of the semis but Vineeth and Eugene came up with goals. We won’t be depending on Sunil but I know he will lead the team just as he has been all these years,” Roca added.Roca is at the helm of affairs as the club chases history again.”It sure feels nice to be part of Indian football history despite having very little time with the team. It’s also a testament to how hard the boys and the staff have worked to bring the club to this moment. But there is so much more to achieve and we cannot afford to be satisfied with this. We have one more chance to do something special and that’s what we have been focusing on.”advertisementBengaluru FC’s opponents in the summit showdown, Iraq’s Air Force FC, have scored 26 goals so far in the campaign.”I’ve said more than a few times that we play to our strengths. We have got to be brave and I don’t see how going defensive translates to being brave. Yes, they are a good side that loves scoring but we back ourselves.”Asked if has any particular plan for Hammadi Ahmed who has run riot in the AFC Cup 2016 so far, having scored 15 goals, Roca said, “I spend time with the technical staff on the opponents and we’re doing as much homework as we can.”We’re definitely going into this game with a plan and can only hope that it unfolds the way we want it to. Of course, that will mean the boys do everything that is asked of them and maybe more.”When asked how telling a blow could be first goalkeeper Amrinder Singh’s absence in the final, he said, “It’s a shame that he’s missing out but we back (Lalthuammawia) Ralte equally.”He’s been really professional at training and has done enough for us to believe that he will turn up with the goods on the day. All the boys are working hard at training, knocking on the door to earn a place in the starting XI and that helps.”A handful of fans are likely to travel to Doha to cheer for the Blues.”Our fans were amazing on the 19th against Johor and it made me really happy when I heard a few of them would be coming. It tells you a lot about the club and the love that the fans feel towards it. We hope we can make their trip a memorable one.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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KL Rahul is our first-choice opener: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndian Test captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday declared fit-again KL Rahul as the team’s No.1 choice opener, putting paid to veteran Gautam Gambhir’s chances of playing any further role in the ongoing series against England here.After the drawn first Test where Indian batting came under scrutiny in the second innings, Rahul was pulled out of an ongoing Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan to be brought into the Indian team.With Rahul becoming an automatic choice, it seems to be curtains for senior pro Gambhir who made a Test comeback after more than two years. (Also read: India recall Lokesh Rahul for second Test vs England)”We had it pretty clear in our heads that KL is our number one choice along with M Vijay. He is fit at any stage, he comes back into the team and we are going to start with him. Be it pulling him out of a first-class game in between. It’s within the rules and the regulations,” Kohli told a news conference on the eve of the second Test.”We were waiting for him to recover as soon as possible. That’s how the team combinations go, you go with what you think is the best for the team. Don’t think we needed to think any differently to call back Rahul. We are glad that he’s back in the side again. That was the whole idea behind it.”In Rahul’s absence, Gambhir played two Tests with scores of 29 and 50 against New Zealand and 20 and 0 against England and Kohli said Gambhir “played really well in different situations”.advertisementLess than a month ago, New Zealand were skittled for 79 in 23.1 overs at this venue in an ODI and Kohli said he would have no qualms exploiting home conditions which seem spin-conducive.”Generally in Vizag, pitch has always been something that helps the spinners. So I expect the pitch to play similarly, in the one-dayer here (against New Zealand), the spinners got a few wickets. But at the same time, the quick bowlers also had some assistance early on. (Also read: Demonetisation effect: Andhra Cricket Association promotes online tickets for India-England Test)”It’s a wicket where spinners will find it really nice to bowl on and expect the same going into the game. As I mentioned in Rajkot as well, I was surprised to see that much grass on the wicket. I hope it’s not the case this time around in Vizag because we want to focus on our strengths and play the cricket that we have as a team at home and put the pressure on the opposition.”Kohli said they are not concerned about skill or the conditions but it’s their sloppy fielding which separated both the teams.”We caught up really well in last 14-15 months. In Test cricket, if you don’t take your chances, the game is very difficult to pull back. That was the main difference rather than skills or pitch. If you take your chances, you have a team down 100/5 compared to 250/3.””Then it’s a different ball game altogether. We need to catch well, we need to take our half chances, we need to be more focussed on the field and that makes a hell of difference in the game. That’s something we are really looking forward to correct in this game,” Kohli said.Set an improbable 310 from a minimum of 49 overs on the final day, India found themselves cornered with 71//4 as they battled their way to draw the Rajkot Test.Known to be an efficient batsman while chasing, Kohli said, “Pressure is the most when you are trying to save the match. When there is the pressure to win the match, you can at least play your shots. (Also read: No one expected England to perform so well in Rajkot: Ian Botham to India Today)”But when you are trying to save the match you have to keep the intent going and at the same time you cannot play as many shots as well. You have to be very selective and a lot of concentration is required there.”Kohli said it was a learning opportunity for their batsmen.”Many would have been looking at that situation in a different way that we struggled and we were put under pressure, but as a cricketer internally we know what we learnt from that situation. We look at it differently. It’s your choice to look at a particular scenario.””We approached it as an opportunity to improve on that aspect which we would need for the next 10-12 years. Because to be a successful team you need to play in every situation and the good thing was that two-three of our players applied themselves along with me and relished and cherished that situation rather than being under pressure. So it was a big positive for me.”advertisementThe Test skipper said drawing the match with his dogged innings in Rajkot was more satisfying than slamming a century.”I was just focusing on one ball at a time and trying to take my mind off the situation. Actually that helps a lot in that situation, not actually thinking too much about that situation. So, you need to put you mind on the back-burner as soon as possible and to play that one particular delivery.”It gave me more satisfaction as a batsman than scoring a hundred or getting a big score. Taking up a challenge is always something that feels nice when you achieve it. As I said and as you mentioned as well, it was an opportunity for me to learn as well and that’s something that I learnt about myself.”On a rank turner, toss may play the most crucial role with the team batting last facing the biggest challenge but Kohli said his team is game.”We tried to make sure in the last match that all are bases are covered because toss is not in our control. Yes, you get a little advantage initially if you win the toss but it’s not that you will be put on the back-foot and will be a disadvantage (if you lose the toss).”Toss has its importance but you cannot define the result of the game because of that.”Asked whether Jayant Yadav would be a better choice than Amit Mishra who had a forgettable outing in Rajkot with three wickets, Kohli said there’s little scope for grooming a player against a top side like England.”Obviously we would like to take the best possible 11 on the field and the best bowlers who are mentally ready to pick up 20 wickets for us.”last_img read more

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DEN Networks give up 25 percent stake in Delhi Dynamos

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) DEN Networks is selling an additional 25 percent stake in its soccer business to Wall Street Investments Ltd, majority co-owner of ISL franchise Delhi Dynamos FC, for an undisclosed amount. Wall Street Investment, majority co-owner of ISL franchise Delhi Dynamos FC, has received an in-principle approval from Registrar of Companies of Delhi and Haryana for changing the name of DEN Sports & Entertainment and DEN Soccer to Delhi Sports & Entertainment and Delhi Soccer respectively. The Board of Directors of DEN Sports and DEN Soccer in their meeting held yesterday has considered and approved: Further transfer of 25 percent equity stake of DEN Sports from DEN Networks to Wall Street, change of name of DEN Sports and DEN Soccer subject to approval of RoC, other completion conditions in terms of agreement executed amongst DEN, Wall Street, DEN Sports and DEN Soccer. With the said acquisition, the holding of Wall Street has increased from 55 percent to 80 percent and the holding of DEN has reduced from 45 percent to 20 percent. PTI AH ATlast_img read more

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Ronaldo accepts suspended prison sentence

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has pleaded guilty to tax charges relating to his time at Real Madrid and accepted a suspended prison sentence.The Portuguese was in the Spanish capital on Tuesday to appear before a judge after being accused of defrauding authorities out of income generated through image rights.Back in 2017, Ronaldo stated that he had never tried to avoid paying the relevant taxes on his income. 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! He was, however, accused by a state prosecutor of four counts of tax fraud from the period of 2011 to 2014. Ronaldo was said to have hidden €14.7m (£13m/$17m) in shell companies outside of Spain.The accusations do not involve the salary he was paid by Real Madrid after joining the club from Manchester United in 2009.He appeared in court as a ruling on his case was made.In Spain, a judge can hand out a two-year suspended sentence for first-time offenders.Ronaldo has accepted a 23-month judgement after reaching an agreement with the state prosecutor and the relevant tax authorities in 2018.He will, however, have to pay out nearly €19m (£17m/$22m) in fines.The 33-year-old opted to appear in court in person after declining the option to address a judge by video link.His time in Madrid is not expected to last long having already reached a prior agreement with the authorities.Ronaldo’s former team-mate, Xabi Alonso, may require a little longer, though, in resolving his case.The ex-Liverpool midfielder also stands accused of defrauding tax authorities of approximately €2m (£1.8m) between 2010 and 2012.Once again, the charges relate to income generated from image rights.World Cup winner Alonso could be sentenced to five years in prison and fined €4m (£3.5m) on top of the money he already owes.The 37-year-old, who retired in 2017, denies any wrongdoing.Ronaldo and Alonso are not the first footballing figures to have been subjected to such investigations by Spanish tax authorities over recent years.Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Javier Mascherano, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao have all faced similar charges.last_img read more

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Tata Tiago AMT coming to India next year; will rival Celerio AMT, Grand i10 AT, Kwid AMT

first_imgAccording to reports, Tata Motors will soon launch the Tiago with AMT gearbox, in order to reduce the sales of Maruti Suzuki Celerio AMT, Hyundai Grand i10 AT and Renault Kwid AMT in India. Tata Tiago forayed into the small car segment with a bang, as it gave a tough competition to Renault Kwid in terms of sales.ALSO READ:Tata Tiago receives 50,000 bookings since launchWith this, Tata Motors will look to create its own niche in the ever-growing entry level segment. Tata Motors launched the Tiago hatchback on April 6 at Rs 3.20 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). Moreover, Tata Motors had received around 50,000 bookings for their Tiago hatchback in India in the month of October, with a waiting period of almost 4 months for select variants.ALSO READ:Tata Motors unveils petrol version of Tiago in NepalTata Motors reportedly has sold close to 6008 units of the Tiago in November, in comparison to 11,059 units sold of the Grand i10 and 9543 units of the Celerio. With the Tiago AMT, Tata Motors will look to reduce this huge gap with the Celerio and the Grand i10. Currently, Tata Motors is offering AMT in its compact sedan Zest only.ALSO READ:Comparison: Tata Tiago vs Hyundai i10 vs Maruti Suzuki CelerioThe online medium has been abuzz for the past few days with few media publications reportedly spotting the Tiago AMT testing on the streets of Pune.ALSO READ:Tata Tiago to come with powerful sport versionCurrently, Tata Tiago is available with a 1.2-litre Revotron petrol engine and a 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel engine options.advertisementlast_img read more

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Biswa Bangla JK Tyre Himalayan Drive flags off

first_imgSiliguri, Feb 25 (PTI) Hundreds of motor sports enthusiasts gathered to cheer the competitors as the five-day Biswa Bangla JK Tyre Himalayan Drive was given a spectacular ceremonial start here today. The countrys only serving lady police commissioner, Chiling S Lepcha of Siliguri Police, flagged it off to the beat of a smart police band even as the ceremonial bugle echoed in this quaint hill station. The five day rally that officially begins on Sunday morning will cover 1250 kilometres, traversing through the three countries of India, Bhutan and Nepal. They will drive off from Siliguri early on Sunday (February 26) morning and race through the picturesque Dooars area with its lush forests teeming with wildlife and verdant tea gardens before crossing the international border to enter Bhutan. The ride from Phuntsholing, the border trading town in Bhutans foothills, is considered one of the best drives in the world. The road to Paro skirts steep mountain slopes clad with pine trees before leading to the breathtakingly beautiful valley in which Paro is nestled. This first leg of the rally covers 337 kilometers. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Diego Simeone says he rejected 35 million euro offer to leave Atletico last year

first_imgDiego Simeone said on Thursday he considered quitting Atletico Madrid last summer following defeat to city rivals Real Madrid in the 2016 Champions League final, and turned down a 35 million euro offer from another club to leave.The former midfielder has transformed Atletico’s fortunes in his five years in charge. But in the aftermath of last season’s penalty shoot-out defeat in the San Siro he hinted he was thinking about leaving. At the time, he told a news conference: “I’m thinking I have to start thinking about it.”In an interview with Spanish sports daily AS published on Thursday, Simeone explained his thought process and gave details of a lucrative offer to leave Atletico.”I got to the press room and had to go through the area where Real Madrid were celebrating and I felt a lot of pain, and I started to think that this was going to be a difficult year and it would be hard to motivate my players again,” he said.”I said what I felt, that I needed to think about it. Is that so bad? You have to remember if I wanted to go to another team I would have had 35 million reasons. 35 million! But I didn’t leave because I didn’t want to.”Spanish media reported that Simeone was alluding to an offer from French champions Paris St Germain, who appointed Spaniard Unai Emery in June.Atletico were teetering above the relegation zone when the Argentine took charge in December 2011. Under his guidance, the club has finished in the top three in La Liga four years in a row, winning a first title in 18 years in 2014.advertisementThe Rojiblancos have also reached the Champions League quarter-finals for four successive years and face Leicester City in April for a place in the last four. Next season they will move to the 67,000-seater Wanda Metropolitano stadium.”I don’t want to leave because I still feel I identify with what I’m doing with the club and because I still have a huge bond with the team and I know we’re still growing,” Simeone said.”The club is in the best shape possible, we have a new stadium and we’ll have a bigger budget for the future.”The coach also said his club had done all it could to sign Diego Costa back from Chelsea last summer. The striker said on Wednesday that he had wanted to rejoin Atletico after getting off on the wrong foot with Antonio Conte but that his former club were not prepared to wait.Atletico signed French forward Kevin Gameiro when they realised they could not lure Costa back.”Atletico tried everything but in England there is no buyout clause,” Simeone added.”Diego did everything to come and wanted to. We were always transparent with Gameiro and he knew he was our first choice if Costa did not sign.”last_img read more

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World Cup qualifiers: Javier Hernandez equals Mexico goals record in win over Costa Rica

first_imgStriker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored a record-equalling 46th international goal to send Mexico on their way to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.Chicharito struck in the seventh minute at the Azteca with a deft chip over goalkeeper Keylor Navas to equal the Mexican record set by former striker Jared Borgetti in 2008. (Also read: World Cup qualifiers: Spain ease to 4-1 victory over Israel to stay top of group)Defender Nestor Araujo increased Mexico’s lead on the stroke of halftime when he headed in a corner.The victory lifted Mexico over Costa Rica into top place in the fifth and final phase of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 finals in Russia with seven points from three matches.Costa Rica are second with six points and Panama third with four – after their 1-0 defeat away to Trinidad and Tobago – in the three automatic qualifying berths.The team finishing in fourth place when the matches in the six-nation group are completed plays off over two legs against an Asian side for one more place at the finals.last_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-SRH-BOARD

first_imgHyderabad, Apr 9 (PTI) Scoreboard of Indian Premier Hyderabad, Apr 9 (PTI) Scoreboard of Indian Premier League match between Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad, here today.Gujarat Lions innings J Roy c Dhawan b Kumar31 B McCullum lbw Rashid 5 S Raina lbw b Rashid 5 A Finchlbw Rashid 3 K Karthik c Ojha b Nehra 30 D Smith c sub b Kumar 37 D Kulkarni run out 1 P Kumar not out 7 B Thampinot out 13 Extras (b-1, lb-2)3Total (For 7 wickets; 20 overs)135 Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-37, 3-42, 4-57, 5-113, 6-114, 7-115Bowling: Bipul 4-0-24-0, Kumar 4-0-21-2, Nehra 4-0-27-1, Rashid Khan 4-0-19-3, Cutting 3-0-29-0, Henriques 1-0-12-0. (MORE) PTI KHS KHSlast_img

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Lukaku rescues Man Utd after latest Sanchez shocker

first_imgFor much of the afternoon it appeared that Alexis Sanchez’s continued struggles at Manchester United would be the lasting impression.But Romelu Lukaku had other ideas, leading his side to a crucial 3-2 win over Southampton which puts them back in the top four of the Premier League.Sanchez lasted only until the 52nd minute before being suffering a knee injury in the Saints penalty area. Yet his absence was only ever going to be positive after another afternoon to forget in his 14-month United career. 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! Having offered nothing of real note, Sanchez’s departure sparked a much-improved second-half performance from United which saw them come from behind for the first time under caretaker-boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.After United had caused early problems the visitors began to get on top and it was no real surprise when Southampton took the lead, even if the identity of the scorer was unpredictable. Given time and space to take down a Charlie Austin pass, Yan Valery unleashed a blistering 25-yard drive which David de Gea could only palm into the top of the net at his near post. Not a bad way for the 20-year-old right-back to score his first senior goal.At 1-0 down United looked short of ideas and options. Southampton defended in numbers and with structure, and while Lukaku struggled to find his touch Sanchez was far too anonymous once again.The Chilean drew a furious reaction from Solskjaer at one point, while Paul Pogba also threw his hands up in despair at the end of one faltering United attack.When Sanchez went down after losing a 50-50 with Jan Bednarek – jarring his right knee in the process – suddenly United’s fortunes changed.Alexis Sanchez Manchester United 2018-19On came Diogo Dalot, whom Solskjaer had been preparing for some time, and the young Portuguese immediately made the kind of impact Sanchez had been unwilling or unable to make in the previous 52 minutes.Running directly at the heart of the Southampton attack, Dalot bent the visitors out of shape and teed up Andreas Pereira. The midfielder then took a touch and shifted the ball onto his right foot before delivering a beautiful curling finish into the top right-hand corner of the net.With the tempo suddenly raised, United were soon 2-1 up and swarming all over the Saints. Pereira’s charge forward made space on the left, and Lukaku held his nerve to slot home right-footed across Gunn.But just when it looked as though the Reds had a stranglehold a delicious free-kick from James Ward-Prowse went flying into the East Stand net and United were back to square one.But Lukaku was to have the last laugh in the 88th minute. On an afternoon which had shown him at his worst at times, he showed just how deadly he can be by pouncing on a loose ball and again steering home with his weaker right foot. For the second game running, Lukaku was the two-goal hero.There was still time for Paul Pogba to see an injury-time penalty saved by Gunn after Marcus Rashford had been fouled by Stuart Armstrong but by then the game was won.In many ways this was atypical of United under Solskjaer. Never had they previously experienced the tide going quite so back and forth. But in others this was the Norwegian’s reign in microcosm form.Injuries continue to stack up, question marks continue to be raised about the squad’s resilience, and Solskjaer continues to show he can deliver answers few considered him worthy of producing.The one glaring issue which remains for the manager is the form of Sanchez. Thankfully, he is finding ways to win despite the constant disappointments of the Chilean. 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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Porto vs Roma: Soares returns for Porto

first_imgRoma hold the upper hand in their Champions League last-16 clash with Porto but have to travel to Estadio do Dragao for the second leg on Wednesday.A couple of goals from Nicolo Zaniolo in the final 20 minutes of the opening encounter at the Stadio Olimpico seemed to have given the Italians a strong advantage, but Adrian Lopez’s reply gave the Portuguese a valuable away goal and leaves the tie open at 2-1.Both sides lost huge weekend matches – Porto to Benfica and Roma to Lazio – so the pressure is on each to respond. 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! Game Porto vs Roma Date Wednesday, March 6 Time 8:00pm GMT / 3pm ET Stream ( US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Galavision fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched on BT Sport 3. It can be streamed on BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Porto squad Goalkeepers Casillas, Vana, Meireles Defenders Militao, Monteiro, Pele, Telles, Maxi Pereira, Leite, Moraes  Midfielders Bruno Costa, Danilo Pereira, Torres, Herrera, Rotunno, Brahimi, Corona Forwards Pereira, Fortes, Lopez, Andrade, Tiquinho Possible Porto starting XI: Casillas, Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Telles, Otavio, Danilo, Herrera, Corona, Marega, Soares Position Roma squad Goalkeepers Olsen, Mirante, Fuzato Defenders Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Santon, Juan, Marcano Midfielders Florenzi, Cristante, De Rossi, Pellegrini, Zaniolo, Coric, N’Zonzi Forwards Dzeko, El Shaarawy, Kluivert Roma are without Cengiz Under and Javier Pastore, whose calf issues have flared up once more.Possible Roma starting XI: Olsen; Kasrdrop, Manolas, Jesus, Marcano, Kolarov; N’Zonzi, De Rossi; Zaniolo, Perotti; DzekoBetting & Match Odds Porto are 10/11 favourites to win the second leg at Bet365 . Roma can be backed at 16/5, while a draw is 14/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Roma Porto Champions LeagueIt will be advantage Roma when they kick off their Champions League last-16 encounter against Porto in Portugal. The Italians hold a slim 2-1 advantage following the first leg, but like their hosts come into the game off the back of a damaging weekend result.While Porto lost the lead in their domestic top flight thanks to a 2-1 reverse against Benfica, the Romans lost face in their derby against Lazio as they were humiliated 3-0, losing valuable ground on the top four in the process.Both clubs will be keen to put their domestic troubles behind them but neither coach appears poised to carry a gung-ho attitude into this encounter.“We must try to win but without haste,” Porto boss Sergio Conceicao told the media. “We must be ready to face a Roma side who will defend their lead strongly, that’s clear. During the match, it may be that we’ll switch to a different strategy.“We’re prepared for a difficult game. We know that regardless of the way Italian teams think, Roma concede lots of goals.”Roma counterpart Eusebio Di Francesco also suggested this could prove a tight and tactical match.“Conceicao is right to say it’s a long game,” he said. “here is only one goal difference and his team should be patient. As far as we are concerned, we need to protect the one-goal advantage and go on the counter, which is fundamental. Defending stoutly will be the key and everyone else will follow.”Di Francesco finds himself under pressure but wants the focus taken off his own situation and onto that of the players.“I am not playing tomorrow, it’s not my game and it is in everyone’s interests that Roma win,” he explained.After reaching the semi-finals last season, Roma are hungry for more.last_img read more

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Organize your home office and MakeSpace everywhere else!

first_imgIn my world, organization and sanity go hand-in-hand. This is even more true when I work from home.Perhaps you are the type that’s perfectly fine working in a bit of chaos – perhaps that’s how you thrive. However, if you are not that type of person, and you have been seeking some tips and tricks for home office organization and space saving then look no further!Let me be your neurotic sherpa, up the mountain of efficiency:Designate a workspaceA home office in a one bedroom apartment isn’t necessarily an option. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a particular part of your living space that is your designated workspace. Having a designated office space in your apartment, whether it be set up for that, or that you set up every day, will allow you to build steady and productive daily routines. A separate work space to go to in the morning means a separate space to LEAVE at the end of the workday, and it also means an easier time when dealing with tax deductions.Make it your ownWithin your little haven of productivity surround yourself with personal touches or little reminders of why you hustle. You don’t have to be bound by the dreaded cubicle, so you can make your space as personal as you want it. Make sure the space is well lit and consider jazzing it up with a productive color.Use furniture that has multiple usesA great trick for maximizing small spaces is to use furniture that has multiple uses such as a console table that can be used as a room divider or against a wall. Check out these amazing convertible desks for home workspaces (try not to drool on the computer, you might want to protect the keyboard before clicking).Maximize the wallsCube shelving above your workspace can be used as just about everything from bookshelf to tchotchke display and beyond. These shelves are really handy because of how versatile they are. Any wall mounted shelf system is a great way to maximize storage space without taking up floor space.Store what you don’t useNow that you have the tools to organize your home office grasshopper, let’s move on to the rest of your worldly possessions. In the interest of efficiency and space-saving, finding a pocket of your living space for camping equipment might not be super easy. However, investing in a full sized storage space isn’t entirely cost effective either.If you find yourself with barely enough room for your bed, and you happen to live in NYC (and yes, those things typically do go hand-in-hand), then feast your space-starved eyes on our featured discount partner: MakeSpace. MakeSpace is a great service for people in the middle, who need a little extra breathing room at home, but doesn’t necessarily need an ENTIRE storage space that may or may not be bigger than their actual apartment. The service is $25/month for storing four bins and as a Freelancers Union member you can take advantage of a $35 credit!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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Alexis Sanchez completely committed to Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger

first_imgAlexis Sanchez is completely committed to Arsenal and will quickly win over any doubting fans, manager Arsene Wenger said after his side cruised to a comfortable 3-0 Premier League victory against Bournemouth on Saturday.The Chilean, who was strongly linked with a move to rivals Manchester City during the summer, came off the bench in the 75th minute and, although he received a standing ovation from the majority of the 60,000 fans inside the Emirates Stadium, there were what appeared to be a few jeers audible.”Alexis Sanchez is very focused on the Premier League and the Europa League and he wants to do well,” Wenger told the BBC.”He is still a bit short physically. He will be quickly back to his best. He will win the fans back, and win them back very quickly.”With the effervescent Sanchez yet to return to full fitness after injury and illness, Arsenal’s attack was spearheaded by the brilliant Danny Welbeck — who scored a brace — and record signing Alexandre Lacazette, who added a stunning goal of his own.”Before every game I have a selection problem and I’m always going to have to leave top-class players out — especially offensively because we have many top strikers,” Wenger told reporters.”I think Welbeck is getting stronger and stronger, and let’s not forget he was out for a long time. He’s a team player and the coaches love him.”He’s a guy with huge physical potential and even though people are not completely convinced he is a great finisher, these kind of goals will help him get more relaxed in front of goal. I liked his second goal today, because it’s really clean finishing for any goalscorer.advertisementWenger added: “Confidence is so important in sport and the best way to get it is to perform like we did today. It was a serious performance. We played well all over the pitch.”Francis Coquelin limped off towards the end of the game and Wenger said that Jack Wilshere, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and has an uncertain Arsenal future, could benefit from the Frenchman’s absence.”Jack is getting stronger and stronger,” Wenger said. “Now that Francis is out he has a chance. I don’t know if he’s ready (for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Cologne) but he’s not far away from that.”last_img read more

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