Currently, there are six applicants for every open job in the American economy. The jobs we’ve lost are going to take a while to come back. The most important implication is that you are going to get six times as many rejection letters in your search for work.That means that you must get good at reading rejection letters.Even though it feels like the letters say, “You weren’t very impressive,” or “You failed to meet our expectations” or “You just weren’t good enough” or “What an ugly suit you wore to the interview” or some other denigration, the truth is that there is nothing personal about a rejection letter. Nothing. Personal.Nothing at all.Maybe even less than that.Rejection letters make a banal attempt to appear sincere. They always fail.Let’s take a look at a sample rejection letter:[table id=18 /]Perhaps you’ve read about the so-called Black Hole of Resumes – This is occurs when your application and resume seem to disappear into some online abyss in which you never receive a response or confirmation. Part of the problem is that the human beings at the other end of the tunnel are nauseated by the routine practice of having to send you an insincere piece of doublespeak like this.A more honest and authentic rejection letter might read.“Dear John,The company wants us to send plainspoken rejection letters so that our applicants will feel some love. It kind of reminds me of my Mom just after Christmas when I had to send Aunt Jane a thank-you note for the presents that should have gone to my much younger siblings.To tell you the truth, John, I can’t exactly remember which one of the applicants you were. I see about 350 candidates each month for about ten minutes.Most of them could do any of the jobs here at the company but we simply can’t hire them all. My bet is that you were as good as or better than the other candidates. But, the hiring manager liked one of the other choices more. It probably had more to do with chemistry or how much the hiring manager had to drink the night before.At any rate, I’d really like to persuade you that I had the time and energy to sincerely wish you well. But, since we had less time together than the guy I shared a cross-town cab with, it would be a sham.I hope you find work soon. My wife would be all over me if I was looking for work. I hope someone close isn’t picking on you.So, John – now I’ve spent more time rejecting you than I spent talking to you. I’ll never understand these policies.Yours.”https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/circumvent-resume-black-hole/
Over the past week we’ve seen incredible interest from users outside of the United States, with more than 40% of this week’s site traffic coming from our international users. This response and all the feedback we have received from across the world has been overwhelmingly positive, so we wanted to say thanks – merci – danke – and much more to everyone for helping us make Glassdoor more relevant to all users, regardless of where you work.It has become clear to us that workers everywhere are curious about what it’s really like on the inside and what it means to be fairly paid. And although discussion of salaries in many countries is considered a taboo subject, it seems like Glassdoor’s anonymous set-up might be just the thing to open up the exchange of information about jobs and the workplace.As of today the top 10 countries represented in the Glassdoor community are:United StatesCanadaUnited KingdomIndiaAustraliaFranceGermanyIrelandChinaJapanFrom that list it sure looks like Glassdoor’s concept is universal and that this “give-to-get” model is not limited to just one culture and one country. So now that we’ve stepped up the site’s capabilities to meet the needs of our international user base, we’re looking forward to watching how this list will change over time. Stay tuned.
Senator Manny Pacquiao takes a brief break from politics to challenge Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday.After claiming a unanimous decision over Tim Bradley in their rubber match in April, Pacquiao said he was heading into retirement from boxing and focusing on his political career.Pacquiao, 37, won his May election to the senate in the Philippines but decided on another challenge in the ring and found it against Vargas, who is 10 years younger and enjoys a 4 1/2 inch height advantage and 4-inch advantage in reach.Boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Senator Pacquiao (58-6-2) is vying to become a three-time WBO welterweight champion.”I feel I still have a lot to prove. I am not done with boxing. I will continue to keep fighting as long as I love boxing and boxing still loves me,” Pacquiao said during the run-up to the bout. “I do not feel old.””I am fighting for history. I was the first sitting congressman to win a world title. I want to be the first senator to become world champion.” (Manny Pacquiao to make ring return against Jessie Vargas: Reports)Pacquiao believes he is ready despite his divided focus.”It took discipline to manage my time effectively … to balance my training camp and my senatorial duties,” Pacquiao said. “Every day I was able to get in all my training.””I ran every morning and did my strength and conditioning. I worked with Freddie (trainer Roach) every evening at the gym after work. Between the two ‘jobs’ I was averaging 14-hour workdays.”advertisementVargas is making the first defence of the title he won in March with a ninth-round stoppage of fellow American Sadam Ali and believes beating boxing legend Pacquiao would put him on another level.”It would definitely put me on the world-wide stage, make me that boxing star that I have been looking forward to being,” said Vargas (27-1). (Manny Pacquiao beats Timothy Bradley in farewell fight)”The only fighters to beat Manny Pacquiao have become legends themselves. So I plan to become one of the few to beat Manny Pacquiao.”
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been awarded with both the ICC Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award for the year 2016. He is also the only Indian cricketer in ICC’s Test Team of the Year for 2016. Here is what Ashwin said after receiving the two awards: ICC Cricketer of the Year @ashwinravi99 says thanks after winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy and Test Cricketer of the Year #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/B3eW9ZIEZs ICC (@ICC) 22 December 2016 Ashwin’s 2016 stats: Take a look at the stats behind @ashwinravi99’s year that saw him named ICC Cricketer of the Year #ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/M6znRaQrIv ICC (@ICC) 22 December 2016 Some facts about the explosive bowler:Ravichandran Ashwin was presented with the Arjuna Award on August 7, 2015 by the Indian Sports Minister, Sarbananda SonowalAshwin was also awarded with Polly Umrigar Award, in 2013Ravindra Ashwin, became the fastest Indian bowler to reach the milestone of both 50 and 100 test wickets. Moreover, he also became the fifth fastest bowler in the world to reach 100 wicketsAshwin became the first Indian cricketer to make a century and take five wickets in the same test matchRavindra Ashwin has taken a five wickets 10 times in test matches Image Courtesy: ICC Ashwin has taken 10 wickets in a test match, twiceAshwin, along with Rohit Sharma holds the record for the highest 7th wicket partnership in tests in India, with a score of 280 runsDue to his achievements in both batting and bowling, Ashwin plays a role as an all-rounder as wellAshwin shares the record of the fastest player to reach 5000 runs and 50 wickets along with Ian Botham and Jack Gregory. advertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has credited manager Antonio Conte for the side’s record-equalling run of 13 consecutive victories that has propelled them to the top of the Premier League table.Chelsea, who finished 10th in the league last season, are five points clear at the top and Costa believes the change in the fortunes of the club is down to the Italian manager’s close relationship with the squad. (Also read: Chelsea extend lead at the top, Manchester United leave it late)”The manager has come, he’s applied his ideas, and things are going well,” the 28-year-old striker told the British media.”The truth is the manager is good with the players, every time making more jokes with the players.”That’s good for us, to have a manager who is not just a boss, but like a person we can talk with, someone whose support we can count on in difficult moments.”Costa, who is the league’s top scorer with 14 goals this season, said he was close to leaving the London club for Atletico Madrid before the start of the season.”I had the possibility to go to Atletico because of a few things – the family, the life I have there – but not because of Chelsea,” he said.”Here there’s a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I’m here very happy, I’m very content.”There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but, well, it wasn’t to be and I continue (to be) happy here.”advertisementChelsea visit fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday before hosting League One outfit Peterborough United in the FA Cup third-round on Sunday.
Sydney, Feb 23 (PTI) Former captain Allan Border has slammed Matt Renshaw for retiring midway through his innings due to a “stomach bug” and feels the young Australian opener had to be “half dead” to be back in the dressing room on day one of the first Test against India here today. Renshaw chatted with umpires right after the opening stand of 82 runs ended with the fall of David Warner. He then had a conversation with incoming batsman Steve Smith and following the hand signals towards the dressing room, the southpaw was confirmed to be “retired hurt”. However, Renshaws approach did not go down well with Border. The opener came back into the middle and ended with a fighting 68 in his first ever Test match in Asia. “I hope hes lying on the table in there half dead,” Border told Fox Sports. “Otherwise, as captain, I would not be happy. I dont think Ive ever seen that before. Hes obviously just got an upset stomach to some degree and he was probably trying to use the situation where David Warner had just been dismissed to race off the ground and go to the toilet. “What happened in the ensuring time there, I cant ever think of a situation like that thats happened before where someones gone off because theyre a bit ill,” Border was not at all sympathetic. “If David Warner hadnt got out then he wouldnt have even thought about it. Its a bit of an odd situation. He probably thought he had time to race off the ground and get back on while the new batsman was coming out to the crease. “I can tell you what, if Shaun Marsh was dismissed in those last 15 minutes I wouldve been ropeable as captain,” Border added. PTI BS KHS KHSadvertisement
“India is hugely important for Netflix in the long term because it’s one of the strongest Internet markets (in the world) and Internet TV is the future,” company co-founder and chief executive Reed Hastings said while speaking with reporters here in the national capital. Hastings, who is on his maiden trip to India, reiterated that Netflix is taking India very seriously, and that Reliance Jio has a lot to do with its (current) success rate in the country.Also Read: Netflix plays big on India, offers OTT via top d2h, mobile platforms “We’re seeing Internet data costs — from 20 years ago to now — continuing to drop. Of course with Reliance Jio, no one has (d) ever seen a free mobile network that cost 20 billion dollars to build. It’s one of the more extraordinary things anywhere in the world. We are excited to be part of that because the viewing of our shows has gone up a lot on the Jio network.”India is a land of immense opportunity for NetflixThe next 10 to 20 years around the world will be a time of great change with the expansion of Internet TV, according to Hastings. India would be a critical market “because there are (already) over 300 million mobile broadband users here” and each one of them is a potential subscriber. For your reference, Netflix currently has just over 94 million subscribers globally and nearly 40 million is based outside the US.”India is one of the top three markets for Netflix in terms of mobile usage. In fact, it’s stronger than all of the other Asian nations.”advertisementNetflix started off (in India) almost a year ago with its cult international originals Narcos and Orange is the New Black. They’ve been very popular in India even as the online video streaming service continues to expand and add local content. “Our titles have now doubled from when we started a year ago and we are going to double that again next year,” Hastings added.Clearly, Netflix is here for the long term which is why it’s opening an office in India’s entertainment capital Mumbai On Monday, Netflix announced strategic partnerships with three major companies — Airtel, Videocon d2h and Vodafone — in India to make its content easily accessible to consumers across direct-to-home and mobile platforms throughout the country. “We’re focused on the set-top box with them (Airtel and Videocon d2h) on integrating our app so that the device attached to the TV has Netflix on it so they can stream directly to the TV. In the case of Vodafone, it’s a mobile partnership for pre-paid customers who will be able to pay for their Netflix subscriptions via their monthly bill.”In a bid to make Netflix easily available to subscribers (wherever Internet is available) the company is open to more partnerships which is why “we will not be exclusive to Airtel, Videocon d2h and Vodafone.””You’ll see us do more partnerships both with mobile and STBs to make it easier (to reach out to us). Particularly on the billing side, as you know, the online payments platform is something that is emerging very rapidly. Now there are a lot of new alternatives coming so we are participating in all of that,” Hastings explained.Netflix is expensive for a reasonSpeaking of which, Netflix is still quite expensive a service when compared with rival platforms like the recently launched Amazon Prime and India’s go-to service for live sports, that is, Hotstar. Prices start at Rs 500 for basic and go all the way to Rs 800 for its premium package that lets you simultaneously watch content on as many as four different screens. And that’s Rs 500/Rs 800 every month post the free one month trial period. “We are aware that if we’re going to get to all the 300 million mobile users (in India) then we will have to figure out some other payment plans, weekly and things like that.”It’s not happening anytime soon though. “For the top 10 per cent, however, we think that our current model is working very well. We’ve seen strong growth and our main focus is adding more content. We really want to be a content solution where you can get almost all that you want to view in one place. We are really focused on improving the content over the next several years rather than changing the prices. Eventually, in the long run, when the Internet matures and more people come online then we may look at other things,” he added.advertisementBut, the company is open to exploring new payments platforms. “With demonetisation, there has been a rapid acceleration (in stuff like mobile payments) so we are looking at seeing who’s emerging as the new payments platform that’s great for us to work with,” Hastings said.Clearly, Netflix is here for the long term which is why it’s opening an office in India’s entertainment capital Mumbai. “We’ve been really investing out of our Singapore office and Los Angeles and in the near future as soon as we can get all the permits we’ll open our office in Mumbai. So there will be job openings soon.” Over the course of several years, it is looking to hire as many as 50 people, although Hastings did not divulge further details.A number of initiatives launched by Netflix, in recent times, seem to indicate that the company isn’t just focusing on offering premium content, but it is also working on the technology side of things so more people — especially in emerging markets like India — can access it without being overburdened by hefty data charges.”In MWC we announced new video formats. Streaming to a mobile phone it took one and a half megabits and then over the years, we’ve improved that to one megabit to half a megabit which is 500 kilobits. We are now down to 200 kilobits. We announced that we’re working on 100 kilobits.”At the current 200 kilobits rate, “you get a great picture on a 4 or 5-inch screen and you can watch 25 hours of content in 1GB data. So, it doesn’t eat up your whole data plan.”Also, Netflix has implemented downloading very similar to YouTube, so subscribers can simply click on the titles and download them on Wi-Fi and then watch them offline later.Netflix is just one part of the puzzleIn spite of all the interest and all the potential, Netflix is (still) and will only focus on what it does best: movies and TV shows. Which is why it would never venture into live sports.”What’s unique about Netflix is that that we’ve got these international originals combined with great local talent. We are very happy of course to be partnered with Shah Rukh Khan; his next three years of movies will be exclusive on Netflix. We’ve got Sacred Games coming and the great thing about it is that we think that it would be very popular in India but also around the world. We want to make that franchise a great global success like Narcos in a way.”Also Read: Airtel provides fastest internet in India, but barely: Netflix data Amazon Prime and Hotstar are equally awesome if not better, according to Hastings. “It’s not like a mobile phone where you chose one or the other network. There’s content on many of these services. We want to be so strong that we are in the top five so that we are one of those apps on your phone.”Netflix’s special positioning is really around the premium content. For everything else, there’s Amazon Prime and Hotstar.advertisement
Pride of place in the latest Elise line-up is the new Sprint edition, capturing the spirit of Lotus by offering the latest in efficient engineering to deliver a car that sets the standard at under 800 kg. Featuring a host of weight-saving items as standard, as well as the Elise’s distinctive new styling, the new Lotus remains true to the company’s founding principles. Benefitting the range as a whole, all new Elise editions receive the car’s new look and new interior options, and every single one of the Sprint’s lightweight components can be specified on the standard Elise Sport and the Elise Sport 220 variants.Also Read:Tesla to discontinue lower variants of Model S sedan from April 16In the biggest weight cut to the car since the introduction of the first-generation Elise, Lotus has returned to its roots by employing the same intense engineering strategy as used on its most recent models. The Sprint edition of the Lotus Elise has removed 41 kg from the previous model, to reach a benchmark dry weight of just 798 kg. Focusing on driver involvement, to provide an immersive experience, the new Elise reaffirms the company’s leading position in automotive engineering. A benchmark in purity and balance, the Elise is a favourite amongst drivers and enthusiasts, and to date nearly 33,000 examples have been hand built at Lotus’ famous Hethel factory. Distilled from the very essence of the company’s heritage, the Elise carries Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s vision of efficient engineering into the future and arrives as the company continues its return to form with its strongest ever line-up of vehicles.advertisementAlso Read:Supreme Court seeks details of unsold BS-III inventory from automakersIntegrating a new front and rear aesthetic with Lotus’ established design language, this latest Elise also receives a wide range of cabin enhancements – including the lightweight open-gate gear select mechanism first introduced on the Lotus Exige Sport 350. The Sprint is available in both the 1.6-litre naturally aspirated and 1.8-litre supercharged versions. Delivering an exciting mid-point in the range, it broadens the car’s appeal by including lightweight and carbon components as standard. Speaking of the new car Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc. said, “Once again, the Elise continues to redefine what is possible in terms of adding lightness to a sports car. Whilst other manufacturers try to keep pace with Lotus’ weight reduction achievements, we’ve raised the bar beyond their reach. An agile, lightweight sports car does not weigh just over a tonne. It should weigh substantially less and, it is a fantastic achievement from Lotus in ensuring that the fully type approved new Elise now dips below the 800 kg barrier.”Also Read:All new Triumph Bobber to launch in India next monthJean-Marc Gales continued, “Enhanced by less weight, the Elise now provides even more driving purity, greater agility and higher all-round performance. As we say at Hethel: less weight equals more Lotus.”
Germany’s Lukas Podolski capped his international swansong with a sensational goal to give the world champions a 1-0 victory over England in a friendly on Wednesday.Podolski, who captained the team for the first time, could not have hoped for a more fitting finale to his 13-year Germany career, as he thundered in the winner in the 69th minute to take his goal tally to 49 in 130 international matches.The 31-year-old’s goal ensured an enterprising England suffered a bitter defeat having looked sharper than their hosts for much of the game and hit the woodwork in the first half.”It’s like a movie, the way it happened today. We win and I score the winning goal,” a beaming Podolski told reporters.”God or whoever gave me a left foot and it has served me well over the years.”England, who top World Cup qualifying Group F, host Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday while Germany, five points clear at the top of Group C, travel to Azerbaijan.Germany were without several key players, including Manuel Neuer, Julian Draxler and Mesut Ozil, with coach Joachim Loew forced to make changes.With youngsters Timo Werner, Julian Brandt and Leroy Sane starting, the Germans struggled to find their feet and England had good chances to open the scoring through Jamie Vardy and Michael Keane, on his international debut.Their biggest came after 30 minutes when Adam Lallana took advantage of a Joshua Kimmich mistake to charge through but, with only Marc Andre ter Stegen to beat, his low, angled shot bounced off the post.advertisementThe keeper came to Germany’s rescue just before halftime, blocking a Dele Alli shot, with England looking promising in Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge since being appointed full-time manager in November.The coach deployed an experimental three-man defence and it worked wonders for more than an hour as the Germans were resigned to trying their luck with long-range shots with little success.The visitors could not maintain their pressing game and pace into the second half before Podolski drilled home a shot from 25 metres out with his famed left foot to give keeper Joe Hart no chance.”If you’re looking at chances we had the better chances it’s as simple as that,” England captain Gary Cahill said. “We will look back and reflect and if we take our chances, we win that game.””It’s a learning curve. We played well today, especially first half.”The Germans, who set a national record with their seventh consecutive clean sheet, also gained revenge for a 3-2 loss to England almost a year ago to the day.
Ronald Koeman has complained about “crazy” behaviour from Liverpool’s bench during his side’s 3-1 loss in a feisty Merseyside derby on Saturday, with the Everton coach accusing his counterparts of attempting to influence the referee. (Also Read: Philippe Coutinho stars as Liverpool beats Everton 3-1 in Premier League derby)Premier League games between Liverpool and Everton have produced 21 red cards, more than any other fixture, and while no one was sent off in the 228th meeting, it was a hot-blooded clash punctuated by gutsy tackling and flashpoints.Koeman was particularly unhappy with the behaviour of the Liverpool bench following a high tackle by Ross Barkley on Dejan Lovren in the 39th minute, where the England midfielder was fortunate to escape with a yellow card.”Tackles are part of football,” Koeman told Sky Sports. “It’s all about football, but we don’t make a show from the bench like Liverpool.”It’s football – a hard and fair game,” he added. “I don’t like coaches from the bench the whole time shouting to referees and linesmen, making a big show about tackles.”They were crazy, they didn’t need the physio on the pitch,” Koeman added. “It’s a man’s sport.”Three Everton players were booked as goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi sealed all three points for Liverpool, while the home side only received one yellow card, when Emre Can fouled Idrissa Gueye.”I’m still a kind of a guest in this country, how can I decide what is OK and what is not OK?” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said when asked about whether Barkley’s tackle on Lovren deserved a red card.advertisement”My opinion is that the players should leave the pitch healthy and fit but not injured,” he added. “It’s not my job to judge it. If you saw something – say it. If not, be quiet.”Liverpool lost Mane to injury in the 57th minute after the goalscorer limped off following a collision with Leighton Baines.”I don’t like creating stories,” Klopp said while refusing to comment on Koeman’s accusations. “Our responsibility is to cool things down.”The win helped Liverpool consolidate their grip on the Champions League places as they moved provisionally up to third on 59 points. Everton remained in seventh on 50.
Across the country and around the globe our nonprofit partners are changing the world every day. Our Nonprofit of the Week series helps us spotlight the great things these organizations are doing to serve their mission. Take a look at how this month’s featured organizations are improving their communities:Maryland Zoo in Baltimore isn’t just a place to come and visit lion cubs Zuri, Leia, and Luke, and a growing community of African penguins—it’s an organization working hard on behalf of wildlife and wild places worldwide. By focusing on participating in global wildlife conservation efforts and creating dynamic educational opportunities in Baltimore, the Maryland Zoo is working hard on behalf of wildlife and wild places worldwide. Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley provides a home away from home for the families of children receiving critical medical treatment at local hospitals. By creating a place of community and respite the RMHC of the Ohio Valley truly cares for families in times of crisis. Families First of the Greater Seacoast is a community health center offering high-quality care for all members of New Hampshire’s Seacoast, regardless of their ability to pay. For the past 30 years Families First has been expanding their mission and services to create a healthier and happier community. Join us in celebrating and thanking these amazing causes!
Renewed DonorsMade a gift in the current fiscal yearSecond gift, upgrade/special program appeal Current DonorsMade a gift in the last fiscal year, but not yet in the current yearLast gift amount + 50% more; or recurring/monthly giving program enrollment Earlier in my career, I was terminated after a spectacular overestimation of my abilities.Armed with a tone-deaf, supreme confidence that I could make great things happen, but for a new tagline and a new brochure, I not only created barriers for 2,000 donors who gave a combined $400,000 each year to give again, but I spent $55,000 more than budgeted to produce the worst possible results during the best possible time for fundraising—and made all of these decisions, relying on roughly seven different spreadsheets of names, gift dates and gift amounts.Consequently, and without much warning nor surprise, I got fired. I was certain, though, I was leaving an organization that didn’t understand me or fundraising, but at the time (and as a young, early 20-something), neither did I. Like many new-to-fundraising professionals, I had more passion than expertise; I had more hubris than self-awareness; and had more “I tried to say” than “I tried to understand.”I also had more ideas than organized data.Since that time, I have learned a great deal, but see many, talented fundraising professionals making the same unnecessary mistakes I did. While I do have genuine empathy for passionate people who try to help and fail (or succeed too slowly), I also see the great cost it has for each nonprofit organization, most of whom could not sustain a mistake of $5,000, let alone $55,000.Within the nonprofit sector, there is a widely known—and not yet wholly addressed—dysfunction in the fundraising profession: We quit or get fired after a comparatively record short amount of time—just 277 days, on average.The first no-nonsense assessment of this dysfunction came from the study UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders.For its part, the report quantifies much of what the sector has long known, but fails to accept and address: We have to create the conditions for fundraising success before we can demand it, let alone budget it. In last fifteen years, though, I have worked with more than 200 professional fundraisers and their boards, executive directors and see what we need to understand, embrace, and commit to action.Data, not opinions or “hunchery,” creates results.You were hired because you are creative, tenacious and care deeply about the cause you will leverage inspire your community to give. You have great ideas, but they should be considered only in the context of what has been tried before at the organization, why it worked or didn’t work, and what your donors are telling you based upon when they gave, how much and for what reasons. Without that these basic data elements, there is a high probably you won’t success as planned—or at least in the time you’re allotting and/or needed to achieve success.Data is power and power for fundraisers is know who to ask for how much and when. It’s difficult to do this when you are fundraising with spreadsheets. However, start with the basics and make sure, if you are not yet using donor management software, you work those spreadsheets to do what I call Gift-Level Recency Segmentation: Non-DonorsProspects for whom you have a mailing or email address, but have not ever yet made a giftFirst gift, flat amount of $25-$40 for a special program Event DonorsAttended an event in the current fiscal year, but has not made an annual giftFirst gift, flat amount of $25-$40 for a special program Lapsed DonorsMade a gift two years ago, or prior, but not since or in the current fiscal yearLast gift amount, special program appeal SegmentAttributesTarget Ask Amount If you can create simple segmentation as shown in the chart above, you have a much greater chance of increasing donor retention, renewing current donors and converting event attendees into annual donors. The right donor management software will make your life much easier—it will make this process go smoothly, it will be more accurate and it will allow you to spend time fundraising, instead of “spreadsheeting” behind a desk when you are scrambling for time to get it all done.
Jurgen Klopp has backed the claims of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to a permanent post at Manchester United, with the Liverpool boss saying “there is no doubt he will be the manager next year”.Upon inheriting the reins at Old Trafford from Jose Mourinho, a man currently filling an interim post with the Red Devils has overseen a nine-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and 11 victories from 13 games across all competitions.Klopp has said of his coaching counterpart ahead of the rekindling of old rivalries on Sunday: “It must be one of the best records ever, mustn’t it? 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’m really happy for him. It’s not the best news for us but for all Manchester United fans it’s brilliant.“They’ve brought in all the things Sir Alex Ferguson stood for with all the new things in football.“That makes them a threat again. They are really back on track. Good for them.“We all needed luck in our managerial careers.“When I went from Mainz to Dortmund people said I had no international experience. It was true.“Normally you would not make a move from Norway to Manchester United. That is clear. But he’s shown his qualities.“He has the quality and the luck in the right moment. Now he’s in charge and there is no doubt he will be the manager next year as well. That is clear.“Can you imagine if they brought in a new manager? He deserves that 100%.”United are not a serious threat to Liverpool’s title claims this season, with Solskjaer having been left with too much to do in that race.He has, however, lifted the Red Devils back into the top four and through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Victory over arch-rivals on home soil this weekend would help to cement a standing among the Champions League spots heading towards 2019-20.Liverpool, though, know that a positive result of any kind will be enough to send them back to the Premier League summit.Klopp has been charged with the task of delivering a first title triumph in 29 years, while the Reds are also hoping to enjoy another positive run through European competition.They remain very much in a last-16 clash with Bayern Munich, having played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of that tie at Anfield, while United have a continental mountain to climb in their meeting with Paris Saint-Germain after suffering a 2-0 defeat to the Ligue 1 champions. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro compared Santiago Solari’s approach to that of former coach Zinedine Zidane.Solari took over at the Santiago Bernabeu in October last year, but is under pressure amid Madrid’s struggles, the club having lost three of their past four games.However, Casemiro feels the Argentinian can be compared to Zidane, who resigned at the end of last season after guiding Madrid to three Champions League titles and a LaLiga crown. 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! “It would be unfair to single out one coach,” he told Esporte Interativo.”[Jose] Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti, Zidane, Rafa Benitez… each one had their own important characteristics.”With Zidane he had a lot of relationships with the players, a father-son relationship. Like a friend.”Solari does the same, he is being fair to everyone.”Looking for a return to form, Madrid host Ajax on Tuesday, holding a 2-1 aggregate lead in the Champions League last-16 tie. We’ve had NINE different goalscorers in the Champions League this season – more than any other team! #RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/YyWu5j7gON— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) March 4, 2019Casemiro said it was natural for teams to endure tough periods, but the Brazil international wants success.”It’s normal for a team to have low moments. We’re growing now,” he said.”Now comes the most important thing [the Champions League]. We have tough opponents and we’re focused on winning all of the trophies, but it’s hard.”
A decade ago, writer and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau made a promise to himself: visit every country in the world by age 35.He didn’t know how he would do it. He didn’t have a million dollars just lying around.But this year, he completed his goal, visiting 193 countries (some twice). And he continues to go to 25+ countries a year.Chris’ unconventional life is possible because he refused to follow someone else’s rules for success. He envisioned the kind of life he wanted and made it happen. He’s now the author of two bestselling books, The Art of Non-Conformity and The $100 Startup, and the founder of the World Domination Summit.Chris has achieved his own version of success without ever holding what he calls a “real job.” Lucky for us, he devotes his time to telling others how they can do the same.The very small business revolutionChris is a master of “microbusiness”: small, small businesses that don’t require much startup capital, and most of which run themselves.The microbusiness isn’t new. “I used to live in West Africa, where once you leave the city and head to the village, almost everyone is an entrepreneur one way or another,” Chris says. “People are responsible for their well-being without relying on a formal marketplace.”Americans have long grown accustomed to a formal marketplace, and this may cause us to think entrepreneurship requires big capital, earth-shattering ideas, and a business school degree.Thankfully, technology is breaking these conceptions. “Along with the widespread adoption of e-commerce and the low cost requirements to test out an idea, this trend allows hundreds of thousands of people to create their freedom by establishing a microbusiness,” Chris says. “I shouldn’t call it a trend. It’s here to stay! That’s why it’s a revolution.”Addicted to FreedomOnce Chris got a taste of what it was like to live free, there was no turning back.“Many of the people we studied for [The $100 Startup], out of a subset of thousands, said that freedom and independence were their main motivations for striking out on their own,” Chris says.“They wanted to make a good living doing something they loved—and the prospects of that reality were very enticing. Once you achieve freedom, if only for a while, it’s hard to go back to the alternative.”This doesn’t mean “freedom” as in “freedom from working hard” or “freedom from struggle.” Starting a microbusiness and making your life the way you want it is still a lot of work.The accidental entrepreneurChris’ story has inspired thousands of new entrepreneurs, but it holds a special meaning for “accidental entrepreneurs” — people who got laid off during the Great Recession, and have been unwilling or unable to go back to “traditional” work.What would Chris say to someone who just got laid off? “Congratulations: you’re in a good place. The future is bright.”That doesn’t mean it isn’t scary and terrible to get laid off. But Chris argues that the real “security” we’re looking for can’t be about a job or a company or a status, and the only long-term success is the success you build on your own terms. “Many of those accidental entrepreneurs I talked with said things like, ‘You know, I’m really glad I was laid off. It was scary at first, but then it turned into the best thing that ever happened to me.’”In The $100 Startup, Chris relates the story of a husband and father who got laid off, couldn’t find a new job, and ended up buying wholesale mattresses. This simple idea way outside of his previous work experience developed into a fulfilling job that sustained his family. Again, his story highlights that it’s less about big startup capital, more about keeping an open mind and a willingness to take risks.To hear more than a dozen stories of people who started microbusinesses after getting laid off, check out The $100 Startup. And for more inspiration from Chris and other microentrepreneurs, visit The Art of Non-Conformity, or check out the extraorinarily popular, sold-out-5-months-in-advance World Domination Summit in Portland, OR.Freelancers Union is visiting Chris’ home turf this Thursday, November 21 for our first Freelance 360 panel workshop on work/life balance. If you’re a native Portlander, come say hello!
Oy, fellow freelancers. When I began working as a freelancer, I was terrible at this key skill: estimating the time spent on a project. I’d tell clients my hourly rate, and they’d respond with some variation of:“Great. And how long do you estimate [this project] will take?”At which point, I would swear and despairingly flop around and arbitrarily estimate somewhere between .01 – 1,000,000 hours and hope that I was somehow accurate. I continually underestimated my time, which resulted in money lost – and lots of frustration for me.Fortunately, after a couple of years, I learned how to do time estimates more accurately. I created a simple system that helped me estimate accurately for even the newest gigs. I present it for you here in the most fun, least-boring way possible: as a sort of silly dance!**Work with me!The Super-Nerdy But Sorta-Fun Project Time Estimation DanceBreak it Down(break it down, break it down, break it down now)Alright, ladies and gentleman. Take your project and break it down into very simple steps. What’s the first thing you’ll need to do? The second? Don’t be afraid to go really granular – will you need to get approval for each step? Will you need to spend time conference calling or emailing team members? How many edits will you do? Write them all down in order, and don’t worry about time yet, we’re just outlining procedure. Just go with the flow, baby.Put It Together(Untz, untz, untz. Now you’ve got the beats; make the combination.)Next to each step, write down how long you think it will take. Be generous with yourself here – yes, you maybe CAN accurately edit a ten-page document in ten minutes, but that’s probably the fastest you’re going to go. Pick somewhere between your fastest time and your slowest time; a nice comfortable honest medium. Don’t worry about your final time estimation yet.Once you’ve written down all your micro-times, add it together; that’s your initial macro-project estimation number… but wait! You’ve still got moves!Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a memberGive it Some Wiggle(It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.)Okay. You’ve got your initial estimate. Now add in a little bit of extra wiggle room – this is your “pillow” in case you hit any snags. Is the client especially demanding or picky? Add in extra editing time. Is it a new kind of gig, one that you’ve never done before? Add in a little “learning curve” period. Will you have to do research? Make sure you’ve given yourself the space to go down a few rabbit holes.While adding in some moderate swing time can feel scary – what if you go too far, your conscience screams – it’s actually doing both you AND your clients a favor. That ensures that if you run into one of life’s inevitable snags, you’ll remain calm and collected – it’s just a minor improvisation on the rhythm.Now it’s time for the big finale!Look over your whole number – make sure you that you didn’t leave anything out – and deliver with a big smile (jazz hands optional).If you’ve been chronically underestimating your time, you may be surprised by your outcome! But I ask you to consider this; most freelancers underestimate their time rather than overestimate – **because we have pressure from clients to be efficient, we’re predisposed to underrate expenditure. **When I started doing this kind of estimate, I was sure that my clients would balk when I sent calculations that were not based on my absolute fastest times possible. Instead, I got complete composure in response; I can honestly say I have never had a shocked or perturbed reply to a project fee based on this kind of time estimate. My “medium speed”, it turns out, is still pretty fast – and I bet yours is, too.So go on and dance, dance, you freelance fool, to your own drummer; odds are the beat is just about right!****So, so nerdy, I am. But dancing made it more fun, right?How do you estimate the time you spend on a project? Let us know in the comments!Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.
Jammu, Oct 2 (PTI) Union minister Jitendra Singh has said Jammu and Kashmir would soon be declared open defecation free (ODF).The Minister of State declared Hambal-A village in Doda district of the state open defecation free (ODF) yesterday. The village in Khalleni block has been adopted by the minister under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana scheme.Singh complimented the people of Hambal-A village for the significant achievement and hailed the relentless campaign by various departments, and the enthusiastic response and contribution extended by the locals.He also expressed optimism that the whole Jammu and Kashmir would achieve the feat soon.The MoS counted the achievements and initiatives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with respect to J&K and lauded the cooperation being extended by the people on this account.”People are the real judge of the working and achievements of the government besides being equal stakeholders in the growth and development of their respective areas,” he asserted while emphasising the role of public in effective implementation of government programmes.Spelling out the government accomplishments in different sectors, Singh highlighted the setting up of AIIMS, IIMs, IITs, construction of Khalleni Sudh Mahadev Road and Rs 3,600 crore-worth Chattergala tunnel, sanction of Express Corridor from Delhi-Jammu-Katra, cleaning of Devika river under the National River Conservation Project, Bio Tech park at Udhampur as some of major initiatives in this regard.Responding to several demands raised by people, the Union minister said Hambal-A village would soon get a bank, an ATM facility, public health centre, upgraded higher secondary school, sports ground and an ambulance.advertisementHe also informed his audience that Rs 50 lakh has been sanctioned for construction of four lanes and drains in Hambal village, besides more solar lights would be provided to the villagers soon.Singh asked the deputy commissioner to formulate a comprehensive project proposal under centrally sponsored Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) for establishment of a degree college in the district.He also exhorted the youth to raise awareness about government schemes envisaging socio-economic empowerment of under privileged segments of the society. PTI TAS SRY
FC Goa saw off a stirring fightback from Chennaiyin FC as they won 3-2 in their opening match of the fourth Indian Super League (ISL) here on Sunday.Goals from Ferran Corominas Telechea (25th minute), Manuel Lanzarote Bruno (29th), Mandar Rao Desai (39th) exposed Chennaiyin’s weaknesses in their defensive structure in the first half.Down 0-3 at half-time, Chennayin came roaring back as Spanish Inigo Calderon’s free-kick was poorly handled by Goan custodian Laxmikant Kattiani in the 70th minute.Raphael Augusto converted a penalty 13 minutes later to give some nervous moments to Goa but the visiting outfit managed to seal a close win.The first two matches of this ISL season went goalless and at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, the two teams didn’t have signs of ending the drought at the beginning. Both the teams were sluggish and it took 19 minutes for Goa to show their intent.There you have it! The first goal of this #HeroISL season.#LetsFootball #CHEGOA pic.twitter.com/tu5IaG5Qvy- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017Telechea nicely set-up Brandon Fernandes with only the keeper to beat but the latter went for power instead of accuracy and hit it over. These two players then led a superb counter-attack following a corner for the hosts in the 25th minute before Telechea drove to the low right corner of Karanjit Singh’s goal.Four minutes later, the Chennaiyin goalkeeper was tested again. He denied Telechea before diving forward to stop Mandar Rao Desai on the left but Bruno grabbed the rebound and sent in a lob that hit the underneath of the cross-bar and went in, silencing the home crowd of 18,200.advertisementLanzarote ??#LetsFootball #CHEGOA pic.twitter.com/5hqNhMbJ2t- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017Despite trailing 0-2, Chennaiyin didn’t correct the chinks in their defensive organisation. When they went ahead, they left a lot of spaces which exposed them to counter-attacks. Goa came up with another counter-attack and the hosts conceded their third goal in the 39th minute as Bruno turned assist-maker for Desai, who rolled the ball past Karanjit.Brandon continued to be impressive. He could have scored the fourth goal but he fired a crispy free-kick which went inches above the goal ost before half-time..@mandar17dessai with acres of space to finish superbly.#LetsFootball #CHEGOA pic.twitter.com/m14jyp14PK- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017Chennaiyin came into the second half making two changes, bringing in Bikramjit Singh and Gregory Nelson in place of Slovenian forward Rene Mihelic and L. Dhanachandra Singh respectively.Kattimani completely misjudges the bounce on this Inigo Calderon free-kick.#CHEGOA #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/n6h7WuVXU0- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017Nelson made instant impact, although he was denied by the side-bar in the opening minute. Jeje Lalpekhlua too will consider it unlucky after being denied by the woodwork. With these two chances, Chennaiyin made a fresh start and upped the ante against Goa, who were having a 3-0 cushion.Chennaiyin made some desperate attempts but the visitors held on, quite intent on preserving their lead.Augusto stepped up .. and there was never going to be any doubt.#LetsFootball #CHEGOA pic.twitter.com/PAr2e3f31M- Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 19, 2017The hosts pounced on the defensive mindset of the visitors and Jeje was brought down inside the box, earning a penalty which was converted by Brazilian midfielder Augusto.In the final few minutes, Chennaiyin used all their firepower but Goa held on for the 3-2 win and pocket three points.
Virat Kohli crossed the 400-run mark in the ongoing series against South Africa to become only the second Indian batsman after Rohit Sharma to reach the landmark in a bilateral ODI series.Kohli was run out for 36 from 54 balls in the fifth ODI at Port Elizabeth after South Africa won the toss and elected to bowl first. He currently aggregates 429 runs in five matches in the series at an average of 143 with two hundreds and one half-century.Rohit currently holds the record for the most runs scored by a batsmen in a bilateral series. The Hitman had slammed 491 runs in six ODIs in the home series against Australia in 2013-14.It was the same series in which he smashed his first double hundred in ODIs in Bengaluru.Incidentally, Kohli was also the leading run-scorer in the three-Test series that preceded the ODIs – the Indian captain had amassed 286 runs including a classy 153.Kohli and Rohit were involved in a 105-run partnership for the second wicket in the 5th ODI before a terrible mix-up between the two resulted in the captain’s wicket. It was the seventh run out between the captain and the vice-captain in the 50-over format.Rohit went on to score his 17th hundred (115 off 126 balls) to help India post 274/7 in 50 overs after being put into bat. South Africa in reply got bowled out for 201 to hand India a 73-run victory. India thus, secured the series 4-1 with one match remaining.The 29-year-old Indian captain, after only a decade in international cricket, is already the fifth-highest scorer for his country in ODIs. He is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni.advertisementTendulkar leads the list with 18426 runs in 463 matches followed by Sourav Ganguly (11221), Rahul Dravid (10768) and MS Dhoni (9780).Overall, Kohli is placed 16th in the world with South Africa’s AB de Villiers just ahead of him with 9515 runs in 226 ODIs.The Delhi batsman’s 36-run knock took his tally of runs to 9459 runs in 207 ODIs at an average of 57.32 with 34 hundreds and 46 fifties.Kohli has been in sensational form since 2016, hammering hundreds at will across formats. He has been particularly brilliant in ODIs and finished 2017 as the highest scorer in the format with 1460 runs and six hundreds.The run-machine has been on a record-breaking spree and has already slammed 55 international hundreds. Kohli has 34 hundreds in ODIs and is second in the list of most century makers behind Tendulkar, who had scored 49 hundreds.
The current GT3 RS is out in the open and immediately we have a problem. The current gen GT3 has almost the same power from the 4.0-litre flat-six churning about 490 odd horses. Thankfully, Porsche has understood the issue and has come out with a refreshed GT3 RS.The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is now the most powerful 911 in the lineup. Under the hood is nothing new, or so it looked. It still has the same 4.0-litre flat-six naturally aspirated motor but now it belts out a whopping 520 horses with 346 pound-feet of torque.The 2019 GT3 RS will also beat the current GT3 RS in the 0-62mph race by 0.1 sec. Top speed is 193mph and transmission is the standard dual-clutch PDK transmission which is the only one available for the GT3 RS. The chassis also gets minor tweaks with minor tuning given to the rear-axle steering for better performance. Porsche has also added a new set of helper springs on the front axle to go along with the ones which are already present. Brakes are cast iron, but track enthusiasts can opt for carbon-ceramic discs.We can see Porsche did not bother itself with many changes when it shifted from the 991 generation to the 991.2 refresh, but there are slight changes in the latest GT3 RS. The Porsche 911 GT3 RS 991.2 now gets notched taillights and NACA ducts on the hood. Borrowed from the GT2 RS, the ducts help improve brake cooling. The interior is also in line with the refreshments, meaning very little changes. You get racing bucket seats with carbon fibre backrests, the door gets vinyl loops instead of regular handles, lesser sound insulation (weight reduction), no rear seats, and the signature 12’0 clock stripe on the steering wheel.advertisementEven though the 911 GT3 RS is rear engined, because of the dynamics and dimensions of the car, the engine sits on top of the rear axle and hence is like a mid-mounted rear wheel drive sports car. This translates into the mammoth grip on the track whilst accelerating to 100kmph in just 3 seconds. Yeah, we sure want to pop some eyeballs!
India wasted a number of chances to win the game and eventually had to settle for a 1-1 draw against England in their second match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh on Sunday.India, however, managed their first point after losing their tournament opener 2-3 against Olympic champions Argentina.Young Shilanand Larka (14th minute) scored his first international goal in the dying minutes of the first quarter to give India the lead, which the men in blue maintained till the 53rd minute, when Mark Gleghorne converted a penalty stroke.By virtue of this draw, last year’s bronze medallist India are now placed fourth in the table in the six-team tournament. The Indians, who have fielded a young and inexperienced team in the tournament under Sardar Singh’s leadership, only had themselves to blame as they wasted as many as nine penalty corners besides a few great scoring chances from the field.India were slow to get off the blocks as England put pressure on the rival citadel with continuous raids upfront. But India took the lead against the run of play a minute before the first quarter when Shilanand pounced on a rebound after Talwinder Singh’s initial shot was saved by England goalkeeper Harry Gibson.The Indians, however, were on top in the second quarter and earned as many as eight penalty corners with close succession, but the dragflcik battery of Varun Kumar and Amit Rohidas failed to breach the England defense led by goalkeeper George Pinner, who replaced Gibson.advertisementThe third quarter witnessed a midfield slugfest between both the sides as England pressed hard for the equaliser and in the process secured a penalty corner, which was wasted. The Indians secured their ninth and final penalty corner in the 48th minute but as has been the story in the match, they failed to utilise the opportunity and it eventually proved costly for Sjoerd Marijne and his team.Seven minutes from the final hooter, England were awarded a penalty stroke for a stick infringement inside the Indian circle and Gleghorne stepped up to convert the chance with ease past goalie Krishan B Pathak.Thereafter, both the teams tried hard to find a winner but failed in their efforts. After a rest day on Monday, India will next play world no.1 Australia on Tuesday, while England will be up against Ireland.(With inputs from PTI)
Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami’s cricket career hangs in the balance facing a Kolkata police FIR and corruption investigations by BCCI’s Anti-Corruption United (ACU) following an ugly dispute with his wife Hasin Jahan and charges levelled against him.But not everyone inside the BCCI is convinced they should have gone into a private enquiry on the basis of an audio recording while the police investigations are still on.At an IPL Governing council meeting in Mumbai on Friday, a BCCI official questioned the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) decision to withhold Shami’s central contract and leave his Indian Premier League future in doubt while England all-rounder Ben Stokes, facing affray charges back home, was being allowed to play.Mohammed Shami meets BCCI’s Anti-Corruption unitThe star all-rounder has pleaded not guilty before a Bristol Magistrate Court over charges of affray following an incident of alleged street brawl in September last year.Mohammed Shami-Hasin Jahan controversy: A timeline of events”How can the BCCI justify allowing Ben Stokes to play the IPL despite the charges while Shami’s contract is withheld?,” an official spoke during the meet.Stokes is currently with the English touring party in New Zealand and the ECB will only investigate the matter once the legal trial concludes.The BCCI’s defence was that Stokes’ issue was a seperate one and even in Shami’s case they were only investigating if he is guilty of any cricketing corruption.Shami says all hopes of re-uniting with wife Hasin Jahan are overAs Shami waits to know if he will get to earn his Rs 3 crore pay-check from Delhi Daredevils this year, Stokes who bagged a whopping Rs 12.5 crore from Rajasthan Royals at the auction, will play in the IPL this season.advertisementAnother BCCI oficial also opined in the meeting that “CoA acted in haste and against precedent”.He cited the example of former India cricketer Navjot Sidhu of how the then BCCI did not interfere with his cricket’, when faced with charge of culpible homicide not amounting to murder, over an alleged road rage incident in the late eighties.Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, also part of the IPL Governing council, has gone on record calling the Shami issue “a personal dispute that has nothing to do with his cricket”.
Kagiso Rabada’s appeal against the two-match ban levied upon him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be heard on Monday.ICC, on Friday, confirmed that Rabada’s appeal against the Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct will be heard ahead of the third Test between South Africa and Australia, which will begin on Thursday.”Michael Heron QC of New Zealand has been appointed as the Judicial Commissioner for the hearing, which will be held via video conference. Heron will then have 48 hours to arrive at a decision,” the ICC said in a statement.Rabada was suspended for the remaining two matches of the ongoing four-Test series against Australia after being handed three demerit points and a 50 per cent fine by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe for an inappropriate and deliberate shoulder contact with Australia captain Steve Smith on the opening day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth. (Kagiso Rabada’s contact with Steve Smith was very, very minimal: Faf du Plessis)The conduct breach took Rabada’s demerit points to the threshold of eight points leading to the suspension.He was subsequently handed another demerit point for a send-off given to David Warner in Australia’s second innings, taking his total demerit points to nine.Although there was contact made with Smith, Rabada maintains that it was accidental and at the time he was not even aware he had brushed against his opponent.”If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn’t have gone to contest (the charge),” Rabada told reporters after the game. “I didn’t even feel contact in that moment because I was so pumped up.”advertisementSmith has suggested the Australian team wanted Rabada to play the remainder of the series as the seamer rose to the top of the test bowling rankings following his performance in Port Elizabeth.Rabada is the fifth player to be punished by the ICC in what has been a tempestuous Test series so far along with Australians David Warner, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh, and South African Quinton de Kock.(With inputs from IANS and Reuters)
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will return to the Chennai Super Kings in the 11th season of the Indian Premier League and said it was like coming back home for him.CSK bagged the services of Bravo for a whopping Rs 6.40 crore at the IPL auction in January this year by using the Right to Match card.”Coming back to CSK is like coming back home for me. We missed the IPL for the last two years. I was following the auction from Australia and I was hoping and praying that I would be picked by CSK. I’m very thankful to the management for showing a lot of faith in me,” Bravo told reporters at a promotional event in Chennai.Have you ever seen MS Dhoni play anything else other than cricket? WatchBravo, who plays for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, says that he is mentally and physically ready to perform at his best for CSK again.”I enjoyed a good period of rest after playing in the Big Bash just to keep myself physically and mentally prepared to give my best to CSK. I enjoy my time in Chennai,” he added.IPL 2018: MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma will be only captains to attend opening ceremonyHeaping praise on CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Bravo said, “It is led by the best captain in the world. For me personally, CSK has done a lot and I would want to entertain the Yellow Army.”I’m not under any pressure. This is the most experienced squad that we have. We have guys like Shane Watson, Jadeja and (MS) Dhoni. As ‘captain cool’ Dhoni keeps saying, pressure is something we have to embrace. I’m excited to work with the local young talent, especially the fast bowlers. I’m happy to be a part of very talented and also an experienced group.”advertisementAsked why West Indies cricketers do well in T20 leagues across the world, Bravo said the West Indies players fancy themselves in the shortest format.”West Indian players fancy ourselves in the shortest format of the game. We play the game with the right spirit, attitude and flamboyance. We are natural entertainers and enjoy playing in these competitions. It is not just about playing tournaments but winning them as well.”West Indies recently beat Scotland to qualify for next year’s ICC World Cup in England and Bravo congratulated the young team and also hoped to play for the national team in the mega event.”First of all, congrats to the team for qualifying. I am happy for the guys. World Cup without the West Indies… I mean there is FIFA World Cup without Italy. These things are possible. No one team or one country are guaranteed anything.”It is a young team. The cricketing world loves to see West Indies and love to see West Indies competing with the best. I wish them all the best. Hopefully, I would get to play in the World Cup as well,” added the 34-year-old former skipper.India’s Test opener Murali Vijay was also present at the event with Bravo and he too expressed his happiness at returning to play for CSK once again.”It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m happy to be back with CSK. The brand of cricket we seem to have been playing before was unique,” said the ‘Monk’.(With PTI inputs)