What It’s Like To Work As A Coroner

first_imgThe truth is, it’s nothing like what you see on television. Read these confessions from a coroner…As I stood over the railroad tracks, freezing and cold on a damp, rainy December morning, I couldn’t tell whether what I was looking at was ever human. Some kid had decided to throw himself in front of an Amtrak train — and now I, as the coroner, was out at 3:00 a.m. scooping up body parts to somehow make him whole again, so his family could bury him.What a life.Far from glamorousEveryone who watches any or all of the ‘CSI’ television shows thinks that being a coroner is glamorous work. While that might be true in some circles, for the most part, those of us who work in coroner’s or medical examiner’s offices find it a much more mundane and ugly line of work. There aren’t any fancy laboratories with huge, clear computer screens lining the walls, nor all the latest high-tech gadgets to determine if a person’s last meal had more starch than protein. No, the day-to-day reality is that the coroner’s office handles all the accidental deaths, as well as those of people who die alone, or without medical attention. Most of the cases are pretty boring.Many of the deaths investigated by the coroner’s office are routine, often old people who die at home, of natural causes. Then there are the homicides, accidents and suicides, which every office deals with — but that don’t happen nearly as frequently as those television shows would like you to believe. Those cases are the ugly scenes, the ones requiring the coroner’s office to send out representatives to survey the scene and then begin piecing together exactly what happened. It’s these days that a coroner relishes the job, since it gives us a chance to put together the pieces of a puzzle of someone’s death.In most areas, coroners are medical doctors who specialize in pathology. They choose to work with the dead, to unearth the questions of how someone died, often in the hopes of helping those left behind. Some more rural areas, however, don’t have the funds to pay for a medical doctor, so the coroner’s role is filled by the local funeral director, who teams with law enforcement. A pathologist will only be called in (and paid for) when they feel it’s warranted. One has to wonder how often deaths are misdiagnosed in these areas, since even the best of instinct and training can’t replace the medical background a pathologist brings to the table.Often gruesomeMost coroners wish that they had the glamorous job portrayed on television. The reality is that most of them wade through death scenes, stepping around blood and body fluids, trying not to gag over the smell, all the while doing their best to make an accurate determination of what happened. Picking up the multitude of pieces left from a dead body after trauma is not a pretty picture, somewhat reminiscent of road kill. And as I’ve mentioned above, sometimes it’s hard to tell that the pieces you’re picking up were once human.Sticking your hands into the belly of a bloated, decomposed body is no fun. While many of the deaths are fairly routine, it’s the “floaters” — the severely decomposed and bloated bodies — that test the constitution of even the most steadfast individuals. One time in a high-rise tenement, I was called on to move the remains of a woman who had weighed over 450 pounds. She had been dead in her apartment for at least a week in a heat wave. There were so many flies you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face. And, despite the initial officers on the scene opening up the windows, the odor was overwhelming. Her body was so swollen that the first movement caused her skin to split, and you can just imagine the rest. When people want to know if a coroner’s job is really like television, that’s the story I tell them.Sometimes heartbreakingAnd then there are the children. No matter how long you’re on the job, handling the deaths of children brings extra pain to the experience. Virtually everyone in the coroner’s office is dedicated to finding out exactly how someone died, but they all put a little special effort into the death of a child. Even the most seasoned veterans have a hard time dealing with those cases.So the next time you’re watching the glamorous, clean and tidy forensic examinations that wrap up in a little under an hour on television, think of the “real” people in the coroner’s office – the ones who will gently move your grandmother when she dies at home, alone; or who will tirelessly attempt to find the reason your Uncle Bob died suddenly in his sleep. Those are the real unsung heroes of the coroner’s office.– By Susan BatkoOriginally published on AOL Jobslast_img read more

Newsmaker: Ravichandran Ashwin spins India back to the top

first_imgFor those who feared for the future of finger-spin bowling, Ravichandran Ashwin’s stupendous success over the last 16 months has come as a mighty relief.While the art of off-spin has grappled with the menace of chucking, the 30-year-old Indian has risen to the top of the ICC Test bowling rankings on the back of seven Man of the Series performances. (Expectations help me reach greater heights, says Ravichandran Ashwin)Apart from skipper Virat Kohli, nobody is more important to India’s Test success on home soil and on Saturday he will unpack his bag of tricks in Mohali as the hosts attempt to lock up the five-Test series against England.All this success has come against the background of the International Cricket Council’s 2014 declaration of war on off-spinners with illegal actions. (I am 100 per cent method, 80 per cent skill and 150 per cent madness, says Ashwin)Numerous bowlers required remedial work to get back to permissible limits of bend in their elbows and the crackdown wrecked the career of Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, one of the world’s leading spinners in the post-Muttiah Muralitharan era.Ashwin, though, has managed to fox batsmen without ever needing to bend the rules. (Ashwin does what Kapil Dev and Imran Khan couldn’t)A tall off-spinner who bowls in half-sleeves, Ashwin is a rarity in an age when many slow bowlers look to hide the extent of their elbow bend under full sleeves.Against New Zealand in September, Ashwin became the second fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets, taking one more match than former Australia leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmet (36) to achieve the feat.advertisementIt has not always been plain-sailing for Ashwin, however, particularly outside India.OVERSEAS STRUGGLESAn opening batsman in junior cricket whose father Ravichandran was a club paceman, Ashwin transformed himself into a off-spinner and emerged from the southern city of Chennai to overtake Harbhajan Singh as India’s leading slow bowler.Two years after making his debut against West Indies in 2011, he went wicketless in both innings of the Johannesburg Test against South Africa and lost his place as number one spinner to left-armer Ravindra Jadeja when India were overseas.”The criticism that came out of that game got the better of me,” Ashwin said recently.”It told me that I wasn’t good enough and that I needed to improve. It made me raise my standards.”Returning to the nets, he made some tweaks to his action and returned to the side in England in August 2014.A slow bowler with a penchant for targeting the opposition’s best batsman, his ‘carrom’ ball – a finger-spinner delivered with the knuckle – has flummoxed the best players of spin. (Kohli thrilled with Ashwin, the new batting star)He also bowls a slider and has the ability to summon up the occasional leg-break when he feels he needs it.With his refurbished armoury, he picked up 62 wickets from nine Tests in 2015 to finish as the highest wicket-taker in the world.He is firmly on course to repeat the feat for a second year with 55 wickets in nine matches so far and three more home Tests against England to come.PACE GREATSAgainst England at Visakhapatnam, his 5-67 gave him his 22nd five-wicket haul in his 41st Test, bringing him level with pace greats Waqar Younis (87 Tests), Malcolm Marshall (81), Curtly Ambrose (98), Courtney Walsh (132).On a docile Rajkot pitch in the opening Test, Ashwin had managed just three wickets but he made some adjustments and took eight on a Visakhapatnam track that offered little spin.”I’m really hungry in terms of how much I want to achieve as a cricketer,” he said.”It’s not about any specific number. If I get on a bit of a roll, then I don’t really want to settle for anything, I just want to keep going and going and going.”The (Rajkot) wicket was easy paced and I wanted to create some sort of pace into my action, so I tried to be a little slingy and load it up differently.”Ashwin goes to Mohali with 231 Test wickets at a strike rate of 50.4 and a batting average of 34.22, good enough to warrant the title all-rounder.His success with the bat – he has four Test centuries and eight fifties – has given Kohli the luxury of playing five bowlers and Ashwin has been promoted to number six in the Indian order, ahead of wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.India are keen to prolong their stay at the top of the ICC Test rankings and with another eight Tests on home soil before April and Ashwin on fire, it would be foolhardy to bet against it.advertisementlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy, Day 2: Delhi take 67-run lead against Vidarbha

first_imgDelhi scored 250/8, taking their lead to 67 runs against Vidarbha at the end of the second day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match at the Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Ground here in Chennai on Wednesday.Manan Sharma (82) and Vikas Tokas (28) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day.Resuming the day at 12/1, Delhi started off on a bad note by losing over-night batsman Pradeep Sanghwan and Unmukt Chand in back-to-back overs.Middle order batsmen — Rishabh Pant (29), Nitish Rana (27), Miland Kumar (37) and Sharma — then stabilised the innings to get their team out of trouble.For Vidarbha, Rajneesh Gurbani scalped four wickets while Lalit Yadav took three wickets.In Patiala, Saurashtra scored 297/6, taking their lead to 97 runs against Karnataka at the end of the second day at the Dhruve Pandove Stadium.Prerak Mankad (100) and Kamlesh Makvana (30) were at the crease when umpires called off the day’s play.Resuming the day at 19/2, Snell Patel scored a crucial 87 runs after the team’s middle order failed to contribute.Sheldon Jackson and Arpit Vasavada contributed with 19 and 13, respectively.For Karnataka, pacer Vinay Kumar took four wickets while Abrar Kazi scalped two wickets.In Vizianagaram, Assam were bowled out for 126, trailing by 190 runs against Jharkhand on the second day of the Group B Ranji Trophy match at the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex.Pallavkumar Das (30) and Arun Karthik (27)were the top scorers for Assam.For Jharkhand, Rahul Shukla scalped four wickets while Ajay Yadav, Ashish Kumar and Shahbaz Nadeem took two wickets each.advertisementIn Wayanad, Odisha thrashed Maharashtra by an innings and 118 runs on the second day of the Ranji Trophy match at the Krishnagiri Stadium. (Ranji Trophy, Day 1 Wrap: Delhi bowls Vidarbha out for 183 runs)Resuming the day at 311/9, Odisha were bowled out for 319 with Biplab Samantray and Deepak Behera scoring 89 and 58 runs respectively.In reply, Maharashtra were bowled out for a paltry 98 in the first innings and while following on they were again bowled out for 107.In the second innings, Samantray took four wickets while Suryakant Pradhan scalped three wickets.In Nagpur, Bengal scored 198/3, taking their lead to 68 runs against Mumbai on the second day of the Ranji Trophy match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground.Sudip Chatterjee (67) and Manoj Tiwary (85) were at the crease when umpires called off the day’s play.For Mumbai Dhawal Kulkarni was the lone wicket taker for Mumbai. He took two wickets for 43 runs.last_img read more

Assamese, Naga people need to work together: Sonowal

first_imgKohima, Dec 1 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today affirmed that Assamese and Naga people have been sharing a close relationship and still continue to share the common goal for people centric development on both sides of the border.”We need to work together in mission mode and give a boost to Saabka Saath, Saabka Vikas,” Sonowal said during his address at the inaugural function of the 10-day long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland at Kisama.On the border crisis between the two states, Sonowal suggested constituting committees, comprising of MPs and MLAs and local people to undertake visits to the bordering districts of Assam and Nagaland to facilitate confidence building measures and strengthen mutual trust and a sense of togetherness.Security forces on both sides of the border areas need to be extra cautious, he said.Recalling his meeting with Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang on October 17 at Kaziranga, he termed it as a fruitful dialogue, wherein they agreed to work for a lasting solution in the areas of illegal migration, life and security to the people of both states and cultural and sporting exchanges between the two states.”I am confident that we will work jointly to protect the North East region as a hub of potentialities, possibilities and prosperities and position it pan-India showcasing its unmatched beauty in tourism, culture, forest and environment,” Sonowal said.The Assam CM sought cooperation from Nagaland to work in areas of mutual interest like Rhino poaching, intelligence sharing on extremist activities and crime control in both states.advertisementAddressing the gathering Nagaland Governor P B Acharya said “All tribes of Nagaland have their unique and indigenous festivals. Hornbill Festival has gone a long way in giving boost to tourism in our state and this is a miniature representation of the rich art and culture, spotless beauty of Nagaland and it showcases the cultural diversity of the state.””The Hornbill Festival is an ideal way to revive, conserve and sustain the richness of the Naga heritage and culture. This festival is the symbol of our unity amongst our tribes,” the Governor added.Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang in his address said, “We try to show you a glimpse of our culture in its true colour and vibrancy through the festival. Whilst the Nagas are moving fast towards modernity and civilisation, we are equally determined to preserve our tradition and culture, which are the hallmarks of the Naga identity.””We hope to leverage this as an important driver of the states economic development,” he added. PTI NBS DKBlast_img read more

Report: USA 1 Peru 1

first_imgEdison Flores equalised in the 86th minute to rescue a 1-1 draw for Peru against the United States on Tuesday.USA were on track to stun World Cup participants Peru in Connecticut, where Werder Bremen teenager Josh Sargent’s 49th-minute goal left the visitors trailing.But Peru – who were the superior side for most of the international friendly – managed to avoid defeat thanks to Flores, who capitalised on some poor defending with four minutes of normal time remaining at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. 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! Peru controlled proceedings from the outset in East Hartford, their slick passing putting USA on the backfoot for most of the first half.But USA’s compact defence held firm, containing Peru and limiting the visitors to a couple of half-chances – an improvement on their display against Colombia, having been sliced open on numerous occasions in a one-sided opening 45 minutes last week.While USA managed to stay on level terms, they were rarely a threat in attack, with the Americans set up to pounce on the counter-attack against their experienced opponents.There was an immediate improvement within seconds of the restart – Sargent showing his strength and skill to tee up Paris Saint-Germain’s Timothy Weah, who fired a powerful effort just wide of the post.Moving up the ranks! 18-year-old @joshsargent out here playin’ like a general. pic.twitter.com/U2LaJegeb4 — U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) October 17, 2018 Peru did not heed the warning as a set-piece straight from the training ground exposed the visitors a minute later after 18-year-old Sargent peeled off his opponent and curled Kellyn Acosta’s low free-kick past goalkeeper Jose Carvallo.Andy Polo almost restored parity with a thunderous long-range effort that rattled the crossbar and had Brad Guzan beaten with 15 minutes remaining.However, USA’s defence was eventually breached at the death after the unmarked Flores tucked his shot home at the back post following a great ball from Polo. What does it mean: Same old mistakes Defensive issues have been the biggest headache for interim USA boss David Sarachan. And their frailties at the back were exposed again, just as a second win in six games was minutes away.Sargent leads the way There is a new general in town and his name is Josh. Sargent was a handful for Peru as he inspired the United States on home soil. Slick on the ball, calm under pressure and clinical in front of goal, the teenager could be the man to lead USA back to the World Cup after their 2018 absence.Yedlin headlines defensive problems All USA had to do was defend and keep the ball out of the net for a few more minutes. But the Americans were dispossessed cheaply before DeAndre Yedlin allowed Flores to nip in front at the back post and equalise.What’s next? The next time USA play will be at Wembley when they face England on November 15, while Peru are scheduled to meet Costa Rica next month. read morelast_img read more

Cech retirement call stuns Arsenal legend

first_imgPetr Cech’s decision to head into retirement at the end of the season has left Arsenal legend Bob Wilson stunned, with the 36-year-old told he may be walking away too soon.Having enjoyed a 20-year career in which he exceeded all of his personal expectations, an iconic figure of the modern Premier League era has revealed that he is to hang up his gloves.That decision has been taken after slipping behind Bernd Leno in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium. 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 will head out of the Gunners fold with fond memories of his time in north London, and across the capital at Chelsea, but Wilson believes he could have still had many seasons left in him.The former Arsenal keeper told talkSPORT: “I’m absolutely shocked, I’m truly in shock.“Three weeks ago I went up to the training ground and I went over to see Bernd Leno and Petr, I watched the two of them and was very impressed. You could see no difference whatsoever between him and Leno, his reactions were absolutely up there.“In my opinion, at his age it quite shocks me.“Petr Cech is still capable of playing at the very highest level of the game, without any question.“Of course he’s a modern day player so he’s not like Peter Shilton at 43, Pat Jennings retired on his 41st birthday, David Seaman was in his 41st year.“He’s won a multitude of things with Chelsea and won the FA Cup with Arsenal as well, so the players of today are often in a position to retire and maybe not work for the rest of their lives.“I’m really surprised he’s going as early as he is.”Bernd Leno Virgil van Dijk Arsenal Liverpool 2018-19Wilson believes there is a case to be argued for Cech still being first-choice for Arsenal, with Bernd Leno still adjusting to the demands of the Premier League and struggling to iron out faults when it comes to dealing with crosses.“The sad thing for me is this: Due to the speed of the modern ball, modern goalkeepers are really, really dodgy when it comes to crosses,” added Wilson, who made over 300 appearances for the Gunners.“But Petr Cech remains the best Premier League goalkeeper in helping out his defence by catching crosses.“Leno is learning and he’s a tremendous shot stopper, but on crosses he punches, punches, punches.“I’m at all the Arsenal home games and I’m pulling out my hair in that situation.“What your defence needs is to kill that move and Cech does that with authority.”Cech will be walking away as a four-time Premier League title winner and with five FA Cup winners’ medals, three League Cup successes, a Champions League triumph and Europa League victory to his name. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Soha Ali Khan’s quirky skirt screams Christmas, and we love every bit of it

first_img‘Tis the season!The season to make merry, unwind and ring in the new year–but not without looking your stylish best, of course. And actress Soha Ali Khan seems to be paying heed to all departments, specially the fashion bit.Soha poses with husband, Kunal Khemu. Photo: Yogen Shah Which is probably why she stepped out wearing what she did at a Christmas party hosted by Kareena and Saif Ali Khan last night.Also Read: Go home everybody, Kangana Ranaut’s latest outfit just won 2016 Sporting the Rain Coffee and You circular midi skirt from designer Shahin Mannan’s Autumn Winter ’16 collection, Soha balanced out its quirk by by wearing a sleeveless, plain white crop top with it.Her skirt screams Christmas, doesn’t it? Picture courtesy: Instagram/Soha Ali Khan Also Read: Here comes Alia Bhatt, wearing velvet pants you will never look good in Finishing her look with jewels by Curio Cottage, Soha’s wavy tresses did wonders for her whole look.The Rang De Basanti actress posted pictures from the party. Picture courtesy: Instagram/ Soha Ali Khanlast_img read more

Jordan Spieth seizes six-shot lead at Pebble Beach

first_imgJordan Spieth putted superbly on Pebble Beach’s bumpy, rain-softened greens to surge six strokes clear after the third round of the weather-hit AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Saturday.Joint leader when the fog-delayed second round was completed earlier in the day, the world number six fired a sparkling seven-under-par 65 on the picturesque Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of three venues being used for this week’s event.Spieth, eyeing his ninth PGA Tour victory, needed no more than one putt on 13 of his 18 holes as he posted a 17-under total of 198 to tighten his grip on the tournament. Brandt Snedeker, a two-time former champion at Pebble Beach who is also considered one of the best putters in the game, carded a 67 on the same layout to finish the day alone in second at 11-under.Spieth has been frustrated by his putting in recent weeks but found his touch on Saturday. “I hit my lines today,” the 23-year-old told Golf Channel. “There were a couple of putts that went in that I thought maybe had a chance to miss but other than that I hit my lines and they rolled right there which is a huge confidence boost for me.”It’s been something I’ve been struggling with, my putter this year, compared to what I would call is standard for myself.”I’ve been striking the ball really well but my third and ninth place finishes were off of very average putting on strokes gained.”Spieth finished third at the Sony Open in Hawaii and tied for ninth at the Phoenix Open in his previous two starts on the PGA Tour. “I definitely made up for it today and I hope to continue to tomorrow,” said the double major winner.advertisementLong-hitting Dustin Johnson, who was grouped with Spieth for the first three rounds, returned a 66 to share third at 10-under with Kelly Kraft (66).”I played really well,” said U.S. Open champion Johnson, who won back-to-back titles at Pebble Beach in 2009 and 2010. “I’ve been playing pretty solid all three days and I finally got a few putts to go in today.”It’s not easy to get the ball close to the holes and when you do it’s hard to make putts. But I drove it really well and hit a lot of nice solid iron shots, so just a pretty stress-free day.”Australian world number one Jason Day had been tied for the lead at the tournament’s halfway point with Spieth and Derek Fathauer but dropped five shots in his first six holes at Pebble Beach on the way to a 73 to end the round at seven-under.last_img read more

You were going to miss how gorgeous PV Sindhu looks in this shimmery gown

first_imgA winner both on and off-court, PV Sindhu was recently in attendance at the 2017 edition of Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA). The Olympic medallist who did India proud at the 2016 Rio Olympics, raked in the People’s Choice Award for sporting excellence during the Mumbai event.Looking stellar in a wine red, floor-length gown by designer Monisha Jaising, Sindhu turned heads while garnering a set of well-deserved accolades left, right and center.The sequin-embellished Bourgogne gown flattered the occasion and Sindhu so well that it was understandable to not being able to get over the beauty in the air.In Pictures: India’s Olympic star PV Sindhu looks absolutely stunning in this photoshootAlso Read: PV Sindhu looks like a royal princess in this gold-purple outfitStyled by Bornali Talukdar, Sindhu’s look was replete with a romantic, easy hairdo that blended perfectly well with the minimalistic jewels worn by her. Let’s already give Sindhu a medal for looking so gorgeous, shall we?last_img read more


first_imgTwo minutes after resumption, Chhetri had a snapshot from Two minutes after resumption, Chhetri had a snapshot from the edge of the box and the Cambodian goalie used his body to block it before a timely clearance by a defender. The Indians did not have to wait for long for the lead as Jeje made his presence felt four minutes after coming in at the breather. It was a lovely bit of play from Jackichand Singh who ran past two players before sending a beautiful cross. Jeje made no mistake as he hit it past the advancing Cambodian goalie, with the ball hitting the post and going in Three minutes later, Jhingan made the scoreline 3-1 with the goal also coming off a corner. An unmarked Jhingan rose highest to connect another Eugeneson corner to hand India a two-goal cushion. The momentum had completely shifted towards India in the second session and the counter attacks the Cambodians had in the first session were not coming. But the home side were still able to pull one back with Vathanaka finding the Indian net in the 62nd minute. He picked up the ball outside the box and let loose a shot which beat Gurpreet all ends up. Indias last meeting with Cambodia, at the 2007 Nehru Cup in New Delhi, ended in one of their biggest-ever wins in international football — a 6-0 demolition of the southeast Asian nation. PTI PDS CM CMlast_img read more

Taj car rally to be held from tomorrow

first_imgAgra, Mar 30 (PTI) The Motor Sports Club of Agra in collaboration with UP Tourism is organising the fifth edition of the Taj Car Rally 2017 from March 31 to April 2.Over 225 participants in 90 cars will participate in the race that will cover a distance of 550 km through hills and ravines. The rally will be flagged off tomorrow, the president of the club Rajiv Gupta said.In addition to ten women, four disabled participants will also join the rally. Four women rallyists have come from the middle east, he said.A part of the rally route falls in the dreaded Chambal ravines and also in the picturesque Fatehpur Sikri area. The participants will need to cover a distance of around 550 km in 23 to 24 hours, he said.Officials of the Motor Sports Club of India from Chennai will supervise the rally, he said, adding that the rally will promote tourism and adeventure sports in Agra and the state.UP Tourism official Dinesh Kumar said popular travel bloggers would join the rally. PTI CORR AARlast_img read more

Billie Lourd, Lautner jet off to St Barts for romantic getaway

first_imgLos Angeles, Apr 9 (PTI) Billie Lourd and Taylor Lautner were spotted sharing some romantic moments together in St Barts.The Scream Queens actress was seen kissing Lautner while soaking up the sun in the clear waters, reported AceShowbiz.In some photos, Lourd could be seen flaunting her toned body in a bikini, while the “Twilight” actor sported his blue swim trunks without shirt.The pair, who has been dating since December, was also joined by Lourds father Bryan and his partner Bruce Bozzi on the vacation. PTI SSN SSNlast_img

Leonardo warns Higuain ‘must take responsibility’

first_imgAC Milan sporting director Leonardo has fired a warming to Gonzalo Higuain, saying the striker must get to work and improve at San Siro. The 31-year-old has been targeted by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who wants to sign his former charge from Napoli in an effort to improve his club’s striker situation. However, Goal understands that Chelsea will not be signing Higuain during the January transfer window, with a deal proving too complicated due to the Argentine being on loan at Milan from Juventus.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Blues are not keen to negotiate with two different sides, and will look elsewhere for another option to compete with Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata. Meanwhile, the normally prolific Higuain has struggled to replicate his best form during his half season in Milan. The Argentina international has managed just eight goals in 20 appearances in all competitions, well off his best scoring rate during his time at Napoli and Juve. Higuain’s current sporting director has challenged his striker to improve at Milan, with a move to Stamford Bridge looking increasingly unlikely. “He has to make a decision and take on his share of the responsibility,” Leonardo said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Not this continual, ‘yes, no, I’m not sure.'”He had a tough moment, he has to put it behind him and get to work.“There’s no point following rumours and gossip. He is here right now. Seeing as he is here, he needs to get down and actually do something for this team.“A goal can change things, but if he is to continue here, he needs to take on responsibility.”After a two-week break, Milan will be back in action on Saturday against Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia last 16.last_img read more

Icardi demands ‘respect’ from Inter as stand-off continues

first_imgMauro Icardi has called for “respect” and laid out his sacrifices and struggles with Inter in a post on Instagram in the midst of an ongoing feud with the club that has seen him dropped from the team.The striker has not featured for Inter since February 9, and was not part of the squad named for Friday’s contest against Cagliari. Icardi and his wife Wanda Nara, who is also his agent, have been engaged in a contentious feud with club in recent weeks, with a new contract part of the issue, during which time the striker was stripped of the captaincy for reasons that have not been fully explained. 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! That, along with his absence from the squad over the past three weeks, has fueled speculation that his time with the club is nearing an end, with potential moves to Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Napoli and Manchester United among those mooted. On Thursday, Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti refused to comment any further on Icardi, saying his focus was solely on those who “care about the fate of Inter”.However, Icardi has taken to social media to voice how much he does care for Inter, noting he has previously stuck with the club in their lean moments, and in the face of offers that he claims would have caused most players to leave. “When I felt that with my goals I could help Inter to be stronger, in many ways,” Icardi wrote. “Stronger than the problems of Financial Fair Play, stronger than our difficulties, when there were many to judge that as a team we were not worth much.”At Inter, with Inter and despite all, I’ve always decided to stay, and for the love of these colours, I’ve turned down offers that most professional players would have refused.“I played with physical pains that brought me to tears after the game, and in the following days. But I have always insisted on taking the field, even against medical advice, because I was able to forget every pain on the field, with the only goal of giving everything I could to help these colours.“For the LOVE of the Nerazzurri colours. Because there is only Inter.”Icardi went on to question whether he and the club are being treated with proper respect by some of those in power, though he notes that somethings strong disagreements can happen “in a family.”“I do not know if at this moment there is love and respect towards Inter and towards me by some who make the decisions. I do not know if there is somebody with the desire to act and solve things only and exclusively for the love of Inter. “In a family many things can happen, beautiful or ugly.”Icardi’s statement in full is below:“It’s in the most difficult moments that true love is shown,” Icardi wrote on social media. “In those moments I decided to stay at Inter, with Inter.“When I felt that with my goals I could help Inter to be stronger, in many ways. Stronger than the problems of Financial Fair Play, stronger than our difficulties, when there were many to judge that as a team we were not worth much.“At Inter, with Inter and despite all, I’ve always decided to stay, and for the love of these colours, I’ve turned down offers that  most professional players would have refused.“I played with physical pains that brought me to tears after the game, and in the following days. But I have always insisted on taking the field, even against medical advice, because I was able to forget every pain on the field, with the only goal of giving everything I could to help these colours.“For the LOVE of the Nerazzurri colours. Because there is only Inter. I showed my children that we must keep hope. I taught them that winning is difficult, but that doing it with Inter has a unique meaning, that only a true Inter supporter can understand and feel. The eyes of my children do not lie. This love for Inter has been learned at my house.“I realised my dream, I realised the dream of all of us at Inter, returning to the Champions League, with the team I was captain of. Because I have always felt and transmitted love for these colours.“I have always disapproved of those who at the first opportunity tried to leave the club. I respected the fans, my team-mates, the club, and all the coaches that passed through during my stay.“I have collaborated with the club, both on and off the pitch, in the inclusion of every new player, showing him that only with passion could we reach our goals.“I know what love is for Inter, and Inter fans know this because they have seen how I suffered, cried, fought and finally enjoyed these colours. At Inter. With Inter.“But as I said, all the sacrifices were made for the love of these colours, and respecting everyone.“I do not know if at this moment there is love and respect towards Inter and towards me by some who make the decisions. I do not know if there is somebody with the desire to act and solve things only and exclusively for the love of Inter.“In a family many things can happen, beautiful or ugly.“And for love you can bear a lot, of everything. But it must never lack respect. These are my values, these are the values for which I have always struggled. In my story. At Inter. With Inter.”last_img read more

Freelancing isn’t for everyone, but it will be soon

first_imgLet’s get this out of the way.I work in a very insular world known as advertising. I mention this because it informs my point of view on labor trends and the global workforce. This is also relevant because advertising tends to be at the forefront of many cultural trends. The nature of how we work is no exception.How did I get here?It wasn’t a spontaneous decision like signing up for Zumba or buying a People magazine in a supermarket checkout. I had a job I outgrew. It took me a while to figure out what was happening. First I looked for ways to find a new role within the organization. When that didn’t work I started looking for the emergency exit.I realized that my job was a daily prescription for abject misery. This isn’t a particularly original story. In fact, according to a recent study, 70% of advertising professionals want to quit their job. Seventy percent! That’s only eclipsed by iPhone factory assembly and Donald Trump’s public relations team.I tiptoed into freelancing……because no one cannonballs into it like a Daytona motel pool during spring break. I soon found that I wasn’t exactly out of my element. I’m connected. I have a kickass portfolio. I have more experience at creative ideation than Kanye West has at being narcissistic. I can write all day, indefatigably, as long as I’m connected to caffeine. I’m a nice guy – affable, self-aware, not too neurotic. I like making stuff and I exude a ton of passion for my work.I stayed busy. Really, REALLY busy!Here’s the thing about freelancing that you don’t completely understand until you experience it: No one calls you when things are just kind of busy. Agencies try really hard to be properly staffed. Hiring freelancers is expensive. You don’t want to know what my hourly rate is. It’s high! I have to cover my own medical. I pay self-employment tax “for the joy of being self-employed” as my accountant sarcastically intoned. And I have to plan for gaps between projects.You have to come to the rescue.When I get a call it’s because the walls are closing in. Deadlines are getting tighter. Unexpected briefs are surfacing. Someone had a nervous breakdown and quit abruptly. An adroit creative director is highly skilled at planning their vacations at just the right time. This is the perfect climate to sell yourself as a freelancer. In fact, it requires very little selling. It’s more of a right place / right time kind of thing. If you’re trying to sell yourself to an entity that’s not immediately interested, my advice is to put it on the backburner and look for hotter temperatures.That’s all great Nico, what’s your point?My point is that this is becoming the predominant way to work. Nearly one in four professionals perform some part of their job on a freelance basis. It’s not just the “sharing economy” either. The advertising sector provides an interesting barometer for the rest of the economy. Here’s what’s happening in my industry: Fees are shrinking. The category is getting more fragmented. The big agencies are turning into sweatshops relying more and more on youth (interns and recent graduates). Keenan Beasly wrote an excellent article for Forbes on what’s happening in adland. But that’s not all.Digital has taken over but the power didn’t coalesce with the agencies.All the money and power was consolidated by the media aggregators. Four companies sell 61% of online media. Think about that for a second. Google is obviously at the top of the list. What happens when you type “I will obey you for all eternity” into the Google search bar? I don’t know and I don’t want to find out.In this economic picture, all of the big agencies – the majority are owned by publically traded holding companies – will find ways to streamline costs. Again, being properly staffed is ideal, but almost impossible given all the upheaval. Leveraging a freelance economy is increasingly relied on to deliver value to their clients.What does this mean for the future?The pessimistic view is that we’ll all be huddled around the dying embers of the creative economy as we’re supplanted by more sophisticated automation. There’s no reason to think that Google can’t code software to write fully-optimized headlines for display ads. They probably have already done it. If machines can win at Go they can probably write algorithms that track the success rate of online ads and duplicates them with minor variable for buyers.After that, Skynet will send a terminator back in time to assassinate me before I publish this article.Now you’re scaring me. What’s the upside?The upside is that the economy is a reflection of our desires. We want to be free to prosper and be happy. Humans will strive to order their affairs for the common good. We’ll all adapt and be free to do the things we love to do. We just have to figure out how to get paid for checking out articles on social media.Hey Linkedin, looking for any freelance writers? (making telephone gesture with fingers),Call me.This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.last_img read more

Premier Futsal 2nd season: Ryan Giggs keen to defend title

first_imgwith Mumbai WarriorsMumbai, Sep 14 (PTI) Former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, part of the Mumbai team that won the inaugural Premier Futsal, is looking to defend the title when its second edition begins here tomorrow.”Last year was phenomenal. All the fan support we received made it possible to win the inaugural season of Premier Futsal. Its amazing to see the growing popularity of the game of Futsal in India and I look forward to defending our title this year,” Giggs, the captain of Krystal Mumbai Warriors, said.The season two begins tomorrow with a match between the Mumbai side and Ronaldinhos Delhi Dragons.”Futsal brings back very warm memories from my childhood and it feels wonderful to be back in India amongst such a passionate fans. I look forward to competing against some of the best futsallers and my friends from across the world,” said Delhi Dragons captain Ronaldinho.The franchise-based league will be played across Mumbai and Bengaluru, with the semi-finals and finals set to be played in the UAE at the world class indoor stadium Dubai Sports City. PTI NRB NSKlast_img read more

Diego Costa is in very good state of mind, says Diego Simeone

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s chief coach Diego Simeone on Friday praised new signing Diego Costa’s state of mind and confirmed that the capital football club has learned from their Champions League group stage defeat against Chelsea.Costa officially joined his former club on September 26, after three years at Chelsea, but he will not be able to play with La Liga side until January due to a FIFA ban that prevents the Rojiblancos from registering new players before then, reports Efe.”Diego Costa is very good both mentally and emotionally,” Simeone said at a press conference for La Liga match against Leganes.Speaking about Atletico’s home defeat against Chelsea in UEFA Champions League earlier this week, Simeone said: “We played important matches. Away in Rome, Valencia and Bilbao and we faced Sevilla, we made a big effort in a lot of these matches and we lost against a great rival.””For me it is very simple, a team put on a better performance, and won. That said, it is a new match, it is about rectification the mistakes and searching for alternatives to continue improving and to play next matches with a lot of excitement, because what happened will always be in the past,” he added.last_img read more

Dalits protest over crime against community members, detained

first_imgAhmedabad, Oct 4 (PTI) Enraged over the recent incidents of crime against Dalits in Gujarat, activists from the community today held a protest outside the state secretariat in Gandhinagar, during which some of them were detained.Dalit agitation spearhead Jignesh Mevani was also detained from his residence in Ahmedabad early this morning, to prevent him from taking part in the protest.The activists, associated with the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, were detained by Gandhinagar police before they could enter the secretariat complex this afternoon.”We have detained around six Dalit activists from outside the Sachivalaya (secretariat). They will be released later,” Deputy Superintendent of Police, H M Jadeja, said.Those detained include, Subodh Parmar, Kaushik Parmar and Dixit Parmar.During the protest and subsequent detention, these activists shouted anti-BJP slogans and demanded the resignation of minister of state for home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja. They alleged that atrocities against Dalits are on a rise under the BJP rule.Meghaninagar police inspector Dinesh Punadiya said Mevani was also detained from his residence in Meghaninagar area in the city early today morning to prevent him from attending the protests at Gandhinagar.”We have put Mevani under preventive detention since morning. He will be released soon,” he said.In a statement issued before the protest, the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch said the protest was planned to express anger against some recent incidents, wherein Dalits were either killed by upper caste men or thrashed.Subodh Parmar of the Manch alleged that Dalits are feeling unsafe under the BJP government.advertisementHe was referring to three incidents of attack on Dalits in Limbodara village of Gandhinagar district and an alleged murder of a youth in Anand district in the last 10 days.Yesterday, two unidentified men slashed the back of a 17-year-old dalit teenager Digant Maheria in Limbodara.Digant is the cousin of Piyush Parmar, who was allegedly thrashed by some Rajput men in Limbodara on September 25 for “sporting a moustache”.On September 29, Krunal Maheria (30) from the same village had alleged in his complaint that he was assaulted by some Rajput men for the same reason.On October 1, a dalit man, Jayesh Solanki (21), was allegedly beaten to death by some upper caste men of Patel community at Bhadrania village of Anand district following an altercation over watching garba. PTI PJT PD NPlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI) Following are PTIs top/expectedNew Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI) Following are PTIs top/expected stories at 6 pm:STORIES ON THE WIRE:NATION:DEL 22 ASEAN-PM-BILATERALSPM holds talks with counterparts from Malaysia, LaosNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held bilateral talks with his Malaysian counterpart Nazib Razak, focusing on ways to enhance counter-terror cooperation and boost ties in areas of defence, trade and investment.DEL 12 DAY-2NDLD ASEAN10 ASEAN leaders attend R-Day parade as chief guests in historic firstNew Delhi: Unprecedented in Indias history, leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries today attended the Republic Day parade at the majestic Rajpath which showcased the countrys military prowess and rich cultural diversity.DEL 16 DAY-2NDLD PARADEIndia celebrates 69th R-Day in presence of 10 ASEAN leadersNew Delhi: India today celebrated its 69th Republic Day with a grand display of the countrys military might and rich cultural diversity in the presence of leaders from all the ASEAN nations, in a historic first and unprecedented strategic outreach to the powerful bloc.DEL 18 DAY-LD RAHULR-Day: Rahul takes 6th row seat; Cong fires salvo at govtNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi today attended the Republic Day Parade and took the designated seat in the sixth row, prompting an angry reaction from his party that accused the government of setting aside tradition and indulging in “cheap politics”.DEL 15 NIA-ARRESTNIA arrests self-styled Brigadier in NagalandNew Delhi: The NIA has arrested a self-styled Brigadier from Nagaland for his alleged involvement in supplying government arms and ammunition to NSCN-U and NSCN-K cadres, the central probe agency said today.advertisementCAL 2 AS-FIRING-BANDHAssam curfew continues; 2 persons succumb to injuriesHaflong/Guwahati: An indefinite curfew clamped in Maibang area in Dima Hasao district of Assam continued today even as the two persons injured in yesterdays violence succumbed to injuries.BOM 6 MH-OPPN-PAWAROn R-Day, Oppn tries another unity bid against BJP, says it is to save ConstitutionMumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar said today that opposition parties will meet in New Delhi on January 29 to mull on the way ahead in the fight against the BJP as they held a march to “save” the Constitution which they said was under “assault”.MDS 3 TN-AIADMK-SACKAIADMK expels over 50 office-bearersChennai: Top AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami expelled over 50 office-bearers from the party today for allegedly bringing disrepute to the organisation.LEGAL:LGD 3 DL-COURT-LAUNDERINGGuj-based pharma firms director arrested, sent to ED custodyNew Delhi: A director of Gujarat-based pharma firm was today sent to one day custody of Enforcement Directorate, which arrested him last night in a money laundering case related to an alleged Rs 5,000 crore bank fraud case.FOREIGN:FGN 25 ASEAN-PM-LD OPEDIndia, ASEAN relations free from contests, claims: ModiSingapore: India and ASEAN have relations “free from contests and claims” and believe in sovereign equality of all nations irrespective of size, and support for free and open pathways of commerce and engagement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.FGN 20 CHINA-DOKALAM-ENVOYImportant to not change status quo at sensitive points at India-China border: Indian envoyBeijing: The Dokalam standoff has been blown out of proportion but it is important to not change the “status quo” at sensitive points at the India-China border, Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale said. By K J M VarmaFGN 14 US-LD SANCTIONSUS slaps sanctions on six Taliban, Haqqani militantsWashington: The Trump administration today slapped sanctions on six Taliban and the Haqqani network leaders and pressed Pakistan to work with the US to deny militants safe havens on its soil and aggressively target their fund-raising activities. By Lalit K JhaSPORTS:SPD 4 SPO-ADVANI PTI EXCLUSIVEAdvani gets his due, says no hard feelings against govtNew Delhi: Cue sports legend Pankaj Advani has finally got his due after being ignored for Padma Bhushan the previous two years. It is a case of better late than never though the 18-time world champion says he has no hard feelings against the government. By Bharat Sharma. PTI ANBlast_img read more

India vs South Africa, 6th ODI: Virat Kohli’s 35th hundred gives India 5-1 series win over SA

first_imgVirat Kohli struck his 35th ODI century and third in the six-match ODI series against South Africa as India sailed to an eight-wicket victory over the Proteas in the sixth and final ODI at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.With the win in the final ODI, India thumped South Africa 5-1 in the series, equalling the biggest thrashing South Africa has ever received in an ODI bilateral series involving over five games. The only other team to beat South Africa 5-1 was Ricky Ponting’s Australia in 2001/02.While India was once more successful in picking South African wickets regularly, South Africa failed to do it again as India cruised to the victory with 107 deliveries remaining.ALSO WATCH5-1CHAMPIONS #TeamIndia #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/4eoTLp8vlUBCCI (@BCCI) February 16, 2018It looked just another day at work for Kohli who struck two big sixes and 19 boundaries in his glittering knock of 129 off 96 deliveries. Ajinkya Rahane supported his captain with utmost conviction scoring 34 off 50 deliveries, including three boundaries.In their chase of a mere 204, India did not have the brightest of starts as Rohit Sharma, the centurion of the fifth ODI, departed early on for just 15. As his wicket fell, Kohli came on the crease and looked comfortable from the very start.Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli then steadied the Indian innings and Kohli was the aggressor since he came on. Just when Shikhar Dhawan was beginning to find his feet, Lungi Ngidi struck his second blow and sent Dhawan back to the pavilion for 18 off 34 deliveries.advertisementHowever, India never looked in danger of crumbling like South Africa did as their captain hardly looked troubled and kept getting those consistent boundaries. With Rahane by his side, rotating the strike was also no trouble, as the two strung together 126-run partnership off 117 deliveries to guide India to a massive victory.Earlier, Khaya Zondo struck his maiden ODI fifty to help South Africa scrape to a sub-par total of 204 against a disciplined Indian bowling at the SuperSport Park.Zondo top-scored for the Proteas and hit three boundaries and two sixes in his 74-ball 54 on a good batting track but Indian bowlers struck hard and quick at the other South Africa, who could not weather the storm.Shardul Thakur had a dream comeback and returned with figures of 4/52 while Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal picked two wickets each.South Africa crumbled under pressure once more after Shardul gave India an ideal start to the match where he dismissed openers Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram for 10 and 24 respectively.AB de Villiers and Zondo then struck a good 62-run partnership before Chahal dismissed his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate for just 30 runs and reduced South Africa to 105/3.Such was the dominance of the Indians that the explosive Klassen failed to find a way to free his arms and when he attempted to drive a slower one from Bumrah, skipper Virat Kohli smartly grabbed a low catch at short cover.Thakur was then brought back for his next spell and he responded in style by dismising Farhaan Behardien (1), caught by Bumrah at third man.Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who had a relatively silent outing today, joined the party with the wicket of Chris Morris (4) as the Proteas stared at yet another batting collapse.Zondo, after much delay and struggle due to falling wickets on the other end, reached his maiden ODI fifty with a touch off Kuldeep for a single and sensed the urgency to shift gears, which turned fatal for him.After reaching the milestone, the 27-year-old Zondo lost his concentration and mistimed a tossed up delivery from Chahal only to find Hardik Pandya running in from sweeper cover to complete a regulation catch.Reduced to 151/7, South Africa lost all hopes of a competitive score with Andile Phehlukwayo (34) and Morne Morkel (20) adding a quick-fire 36-run stand before Pandya sent Morkel back to pavilion.The tailenders Imran Tahir (2) and Lungi Ngidi (0 not out) hardly troubled India even though Phehlukwayo clobbered Thakur for two consecutive sixes to raise South Africa to 200.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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