Oracle to Buy Sun: Larry Ellison to become next Steve Jobs?Oracle to Buy Sun: Larry Ellison to become next Steve Jobs?

first_imgCompanyCEO NameCEO RatingCompany Rating OracleLarry Ellison64%Neutral (3.2) Oracle, based in Redwood City, Calif., announced Monday it had agreed to buy Sun for $9.50 a share in cash, or about $7.4 billion. The deal comes after talks between Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun and IBM Corp. came to a halt.According to Forbes, the deal also represents a bold move by Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison. And to add on to the story, TechCrunch notes that Larry Ellison has always wanted to be the Steve Jobs of the enterprise IT industry. And with this morning’s announcement, it seems as though he is making a big step toward making Oracle more of a soup-to-nuts provider of enterprise technology.So how close is Larry Ellison to becoming the next Steve Jobs? According to their respective employees, these two tech giants vary quite widely in terms of their approval rating. Apple‘s Steve Job’s holds a 27 percentage point higher rating that Oracle’s Larry Ellison. In addition, we find that 12% of Oracle employees actually disapprove of the way Ellison manages the company compared to just 2% of Apple employees who disapprove of Jobs. So what can Larry Ellison do to improve? Below is what Oracle employees list as cons about working at Oracle which in turn gives some big hints as to what Larry could work on and in turn hopefully push up his approval rating.“Performance feedback is very lacking. I’ve been here 4 years and gotten 1 formal review. In addition to this, getting hired at Oracle can take some time, sometimes people have to wait a long time (up to a year) for Larry to approve their offer…. yes, that Larry.” – Senior Member of Technical Staff (Nashua, NH)“The career planning role of HR is non-existent; they’re just administrative drones. There are lots of organization silos, even duplicative functions, who all care about reporting up the command structure rather than work together. All of this also translates into the company being weak at home-grown execution, and has a lack of vision in segments that Larry Ellison is not yet convinced about.” – Product Management Director (Redwood City, CA)“Very process driven to the point of being absurd. No authority to do anything. Everything must be approved through multiple levels of management up to and including Larry Ellison. Even for minor contact changes. Not very nimble in the market.” – Sales Representative (Boston, MA)“The shift in company strategy to grow through acquisitions reduced the motivation to innovate.” – Senior Development Manager (Redwood City, CA)“Depends on what department you work in, but it’s easy to get lost. Oracle buys so many companies that they just eat you up and forget about you it seems. It’s very easy to have your skills outdated if you work there too long. My department worked on legacy stuff and it was very difficult to get another job with the skill set I had.” – Software Development Engineer (Pleasanton, CA)Stay tuned as we watch how employees at both Oracle and Sun react to the news of this acquisition. Are you an employee at these companies? Tell us what you think.center_img AppleSteve Jobs91%Satisfied (3.8) Glassdoor Report: Apple & Oracle Comparisonlast_img read more

Maken felicitaes players who helped India winning Kabaddi WCMaken felicitaes players who helped India winning Kabaddi WC

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 23 (PTI) Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken today accorded a warm felicitation to star players of the Indian Kabaddi team, Surjit Narwal and Nitin Tomar, who helped winning Kabaddi World Cup 2016.Maken hailing the wonderful contribution of all the players in Indias World Cup triumph, said they have spread the name of the country far and wide by winning the World Cup of a traditional sport like Kabaddi, which was a great achievement.The felicitation function at Mohan Garden in Uttam Nagar area here, was also presided over by senior Congress leader and ex-MLA Mukesh Sharma.The two players expressed their gratitude for felicitating them in such an impressive manner, which they said they would cherish for ever.In a statement issued from Congress state office also said that both of them said they would strive harder to bring more laurels to the county.The statement states that a traditional sport like kabaddi and the kabaddi players should also get financial rewards like cricketers which will give a big moral boost to the players, and help them improve their performances.Addressing the large gathering, Maken said the condition of Delhi has worsened in every respect after Aam Aadmi Party came to power in Delhi, the statement added. PTI MPB PPS SMJlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins US Grand Prix to stay in F1 title chaseLewis Hamilton wins US Grand Prix to stay in F1 title chase

first_imgLewis Hamilton got the victory he needed to keep his Formula One championship hopes alive. Now he needs more, and he needs Mercedes teammate and rival Nico Rosberg to make a mistake or have a bad race.Hamilton won his fourth U.S. Grand Prix in five years on Sunday, bolting from pole position and cruising to an easy victory that cut Rosberg’s lead to 26 points with three races left.”Yeehaw!” Hamilton roared over his car radio as he rounded the final turn for the checkered flag on his 50th career victory. “The battle will continue. I’ll be going for it.”Victories won’t be enough for the two-time defending champion to keep his title. Rosberg still holds a relatively comfortable lead heading to next week’s race in Mexico City where he won last year. Two seconds and a third in the final three races will be enough for Rosberg to earn his first season title and match his father Keke Rosberg’s 1982 championship.Rosberg is keenly aware that he controls his destiny. Unlike last season, when tensions boiled over in the post-race cool down room and Rosberg tossed a podium cap at Hamilton’s face, the German was all smiles Sunday as Hamilton celebrated his win.Rosberg shrugged off any suggestion he has lost any momentum. The Mercedes duel now heads into a stretch of races Rosberg dominated last season when he reeled of victories in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. He’s failed to finish only one race this season and has only four others that didn’t end on the podium.advertisement”It’s a pity it didn’t work out for a win,” in the U.S., Rosberg said.Rosberg insists he won’t settle for the safety of second place and will push for wins over the final stretch. He made a late charge over the final 10 laps to shave nearly five seconds off Hamilton’s lead, but never threatened to overtake him for the win.Hamilton effectively won the race and Rosberg lost it on the first turn.PERFECT RACE FOR LEWISHamilton had been plagued by poor starts all season and had won won only three of his previous eight races from pole position this season. He finally got the jump he needed with a burst off the line he’d been missing.”It worked perfect today,” Hamilton said.Hamilton bolted into the 110-foot, elevated left turn that whiplashes the cars back downhill. He was first to the corner, held position and was off and running. Rosberg was pushed into third when Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo cut under his inside and edged him out at the top of the turn. Ricciardo finished third for his second U.S. Grand Prix podium in three years.”I was looking good but struggled for grip around the corner,” Rosberg said. “I lost out a bit at the start but gave everything to come back. I was going for it flat out till the end.”Once comfortably in the lead, all Hamilton had to do was hope he didn’t run into similar problems two races earlier in Malaysia, where he was cruising toward victory before an engine failure knocked him out of the race late.”I was concerned the whole race the car wasn’t going to make it … right up to the line,” Hamilton said.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished fourth. The Haas F1 team’s Romain Grosjean finished 10th, earning the rookie American-led team a point in its debut appearance in its home race.Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen had a wild race that ended with a gear box problem on lap 32. After an aggressive start on super-soft tires when he was pressing Rosberg early, Verstappen’s garage warned the 19-year-old, “just make sure you can finish.””I’m not here to finish fourth!” Verstappen snapped back. He later came in for a pit stop when his team wasn’t ready, telling them he mistakenly heard an order on the radio.last_img read more

Before Kaabil: 6 Bollywood movies which were inspired by South Korean thrillersBefore Kaabil: 6 Bollywood movies which were inspired by South Korean thrillers

first_imgBollywood has always been quite liberal with ‘borrowing’ material from the West, with both central plots and music. Right from Bappi Da copying Koi Yahaan Nache Nache from 70s hit Radio Star by The Buggles to Kamal Hassan adapting Mrs Doubtfire in the Bollywood setting with Chachi 420.ALSO READ: Hrithik took inspiration from Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman, to prep for his blind character in Kaabil ALSO SEE: Hrithik’s hooded look in Kaabil’s motion poster will give you goosebumps The problem is that the copyright law is so weak in India, most producers get away with ‘inspiration’ and ‘plagiarism’. However, after the economy opened up in 1991 Hollywood films became more widely watched and not just by the elite few. Therefore, Bollywood filmmakers had to get more creative and steal from foreign language films, because most people watched the standard Hollywood fare.The Bhatts and Sanjay Gupta have majorly influenced Bollywood to look at South Korean thrillers, tone them down and make them less gory for the Bollywood audience. Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil is rumoured to have been inspired by 2014 thriller Broken. Let’s look at six other Bollywood films which were inspired by South Korean films.1. Zinda (2006)After adapting Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs into Kaante starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, which Quentin himself loved watching, Gupta moved on to the cult South Korean thriller Oldboy directed by Park Chan-wook. The film kept the grim mood of the original, toned down the violence and the sex for the Indian audience. Zinda didn’t nearly have the shock-value that Oldboy did and it is perfectly understandable.advertisement2. Ek Villain (2014)Mohit Suri’s superhit Ek Villain starring Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh was inspired by 2010’s I saw the Devil. The film was a much more sanitised version of the original, but Riteish Deshmukh won accolades for his portrayal of the serial killer and a hit soundtrack meant the film was a commercial success.3. Jazbaa (2015)Touted as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s comeback film, Jazbaa was directly copied from Seven Days which follows the story of a lady lawyer who has to win an unwinnable case to save her daughter who has been kidnapped. The Bollywood version saw Aishwarya screaming beyond compare and Irrfan just standing there while she did it.4. Murder 2 (2011)Based on The Chaser, this Emraan Hashmi-starrer didn’t compromise on the adultery thanks to a sporting Jacqueline Fernandez. Also Prashanth Narayanan playing a whack-job did a decent job.5. Ugly Aur Pagli (2008)Starring Ranvir Shorey and Mallika Sherawat, this movie was directly inspired by My Sassy Girl. The Bollywood version almost follows its Korean counterpart scene to scene except for the Anu Malik song ‘Main talli’ which is an obvious Bollywood addition to the original.6. Rocky Handsome (2016)The film starring and produced by John Abraham and directed by Nishikant Kamat was an official remake of the South Korean film The Man from Nowhere. The film follows a former hitman, after a druglord abducts an eight-year old girl who he grows fond of, over the film.last_img read more

England’s strong start will boost confidence, says Joe RootEngland’s strong start will boost confidence, says Joe Root

first_imgEngland are still smarting from their first ever test defeat by Bangladesh last month but Joe Root believes the side can draw confidence from their strong start with the bat in the five-match series against India on Wednesday.Root led the way for England with a sparkling century and with Moeen Ali, unbeaten on 99, helped them finish the opening day of the first test on 311 for four after opting to bat first. (Also read: Rajkot Test: Joe Root, Moeen Ali shine for England as India toil)”It was good to take advantage of what was a pretty good pitch today and might change over the course of five days,” Root told reporters after compiling his 11th test hundred. “It was important to start well. “It’s something that going forward will give us a lot of confidence and hopefully will give the rest of the guys around us confidence as well.”We were pretty comfortable against the spinners and that should be a really good thing for us going forward.”England’s two-test series in Bangladesh was meant to be a dress rehearsal for their batsmen who are likely to be subjected to relentless spin on similarly turning tracks in India. (Also read: Haseeb Hameed’s homecoming to Gujarati roots as England opener)Instead, Alastair Cook and his men arrived with bruised egos, having suffered defeat in the second test in Dhaka inside three days after losing 10 wickets in a session against the world’s ninth-ranked test team.”I just tried to work on my defence and make sure that was as solid as it could be,” the 25-year-old Root said of his third test hundred against India, who are ranked world number one. advertisement”More than anything (I tried to) not change my approach but just being better at it and I practised really hard in Mumbai and on the first couple of days leading up to this game.”I did the hard yards and was confident to go out and play my natural game. It was really pleasing to see all my hard work coming good today.”The right-hander said his 179-run stand with Moeen did not allow the Indian spinners to settle into a rhythm and his side will bat for as long as possible on Thursday.”If we can get to 500, that will be fantastic. This wicket will deteriorate quickly,” Root added. “Having spent some time (batting) I have seen cracks on the wicket and already some variable bounce.”It will be really important to make a big score tomorrow and take advantage of a good start today.”last_img read more

The road to Formula One titleThe road to Formula One title

first_imgGermany’s Nico Rosberg can win his first Formula One title in Abu Dhabi on Sunday while Lewis Hamilton remains in contention to become Britain’s first four times world champion.The following details the Mercedes drivers’ road to the championship showdown: (Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian GP to take title battle down to last race)AUSTRALIARosberg started the season as he had ended 2015, with a victory. Hamilton, who was on pole position but made a poor start and dropped to seventh, finished second.Rosberg 25 points, Hamilton 18BAHRAINHamilton again started on pole but Rosberg won, his fifth in a row. Rosberg led away at the start while Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas collided. The Briton fought back from seventh at the end of lap one to finish third.Rosberg 50, Hamilton 33CHINARosberg started on pole, led throughout and collected his sixth successive victory. Hamilton started last after failing to set a time in qualifying due to engine problems, made 18 overtakes and finished seventh — his lowest in 41 races. He made five stops after a first lap collision.Rosberg 75, Hamilton 39RUSSIARosberg led all the way from pole and set the fastest lap for his first ‘Grand Slam’. The win was his seventh in a row. Hamilton started 10th and anchored the team’s second one-two of the season, despite a water pressure problem. The gap between the Mercedes pair ballooned to 43 points.Rosberg 100, Hamilton 57SPAINRosberg’s winning run ended when he and Hamilton, on pole, collided at the start while fighting for the lead. Dutch teenager Max Verstappen won on his Red Bull debut.advertisementRosberg 100, Hamilton 57MONACOHamilton’s first win of the season. The Briton started third and set the fastest lap. Rosberg was asked to move aside for his team mate after suffering tyre and brake temperature issues.Rosberg 106, Hamilton 82CANADAHamilton won again, from pole. Rosberg finished fifth. The German started second but banged wheels with his team mate at the first corner and went off, fighting back from 10th. He also pitted after a slow puncture but set the fastest lap.Rosberg 116, Hamilton 107EUROPE (BAKU)Rosberg started on pole, led all the way and set the fastest lap. Hamilton started 10th and struggled to resolve an engine-setting problem. He finished fifth.Rosberg 141, Hamilton 117AUSTRIAHamilton won from pole and set the fastest lap. Rosberg led for much of the race but finished fourth after the Mercedes drivers collided on the last lap. The German, who started sixth after a grid drop for a gearbox change, collected a 10-second penalty and a reprimand.Rosberg 153, Hamilton 142BRITAINHamilton’s fourth win in five races, and from pole. Rosberg finished second but collected a 10-second penalty for advice received over the radio, dropping him to third.Rosberg 168, Hamilton 167HUNGARYHamilton won and took the overall lead for the first time this season. Rosberg started on pole but finished second.Hamilton 192, Rosberg 186GERMANYHamilton won for the fourth race in a row. Rosberg started on pole but finished fourth, behind the two Red Bulls. Hamilton went 19 points clear.Hamilton 217, Rosberg 198BELGIUMRosberg, on pole, cruised to an unchallenged win. Hamilton finished third after starting on the back row due to a 55-place grid penalty because he had exceeded his permitted allocation of engine-related components with three power-unit changes.Hamilton 232, Rosberg 223ITALYRosberg took his seventh win of the season and first at Monza, with Hamilton second. The race was decided at the start when Hamilton made a slow getaway from pole.Hamilton 250, Rosberg 248SINGAPORERosberg celebrated his 200th Formula One race by retaking the championship lead after a pole-to-flag win. Hamilton finished third.Rosberg 273, Hamilton 265MALAYSIAHamilton started on pole and led until his car’s engine blew with 16 laps remaining. Rosberg fought from 21st to third after being spun by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the start. He also collected a 10-second penalty for causing a collision with Raikkonen.Rosberg 288, Hamilton 265JAPANAnother dominant win for Rosberg, who started on pole. Hamilton, whose Snapchat antics and frostiness towards the media marked the weekend, recovered from a woeful start which left him in eighth place after the first corner and finished third. Mercedes won the constructors’ title.Rosberg 313, Hamilton 280UNITED STATESHamilton, starting on pole, took his 50th career win and seventh of the season. Rosberg dropped to third on lap one but regained second thanks to pitstops and a virtual safety car. The gap is 26 points.Rosberg 331, Hamilton 305MEXICOHamilton started on pole with Rosberg alongside, and recorded his eighth win of the season and 51st of his career, equalling Alain Prost’s career tally in second place on the all-time list. It was Mercedes’s sixth one-two of 2016. Rosberg’s lead shrinks to 19 points.advertisementRosberg 349, Hamilton 330BRAZILHamilton chalked up his 11th pole of the year, and Mercedes’s record 19th of the season, and went on to take his ninth win of the season. Rosberg was second, his advantage cut to 12 points with only Abu Dhabi remaining.Rosberg 367, Hamilton 355last_img read more

Pakistan’s ouster from Junior Hockey World Cup pre-planned: PHFPakistan’s ouster from Junior Hockey World Cup pre-planned: PHF

first_imgThe Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has lashed out at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) move to bar the country from taking part in the Junior Hockey World Cup, terming it “pre-planned”.The FIH on Monday night issued a statement confirming Pakistan’s inability to participate in the event in Lucknow from December 8.It said that the Pakistani players had not submitted travel documents before the official deadline. (Pakistan not to participate in Junior Hockey World Cup in India)The FIH also named Malaysia as a replacement for Pakistan to take part in the tournament to be played at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.However, terming the move as “pre-planned”, PHF Secretary Shehbaz Ahmed shifted the blame on India.”Pakistan did not delay any schedule obligation and it is all India’s fault to not issue visa to Pakistan’s delegation before deadline,” Ahmed was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.”Our government had timely issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for players to take part in the tournament, but it is sad that Pakistan will not be able to take part in the Junior Hockey World Cup.””We had planned training camps for our players so how can we delay any schedule to jeopardise our participation,” he maintained.”I had already seen it coming that this decision by FIH is going to go against Pakistan,” Ahmed added.last_img read more

Pakistan to host first Davis Cup tie in 13 yearsPakistan to host first Davis Cup tie in 13 years

first_imgPakistan will host its first Davis Cup tie in 13 years against Iran in February, the country’s tennis federation has said.”The International Tennis Federation has considered that security has improved,” Pakistan Tennis Federation Secretary Khalid Rehmani said on Wednesday, reports Efe.The matches will be held from February 3-5 in Islamabad, Rehmani said, adding that the Iranian team would be provided the same level of security as visiting foreign leaders.Pakistan has hosted few international sports events since 2001 due to high levels of extremist violence.Pakistan last played in the Davis Cup on its soil in 2004, when it took on New Zealand. Since then, Pakistan has only played in other countries.In the case of cricket, the national sport, an attack in 2009 on the Sri Lankan team that left nine people dead forced Pakistan to play all home matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), except for several matches against Zimbabwe in 2015.The level of violence, however, has decreased considerably since an army operation was launched in the tribal regions in June 2014.Recently, Pakistan has hosted several international squash tournaments and acquired four armoured buses to transport visiting cricket teams.last_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board against boycotting cricket ties with IndiaPakistan Cricket Board against boycotting cricket ties with India

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has refused to follow in the footsteps of Pakistan Hockey Federation which announced this week that it would boycott future international events in India.PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmad has said that in order to register its protest with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for dropping Pakistan from the Junior World Cup in India this month, it would not take part in any competition in India. (India must compensate for cancelling bilateral series: PCB)But Shaharyar Khan, a career diplomat, made it clear that the PCB would not follow in the footsteps of the PHF in announcing any boycott of ties with India in India. (Pakistan Cricket Board isn’t begging but will push for India series: Shaharyar Khan)”Look, we will not take any such decision because it will be unfair to millions of people who want to watch Indo-Pak matches. Secondly, whenever we play against each other it means big financial benefits for the boards and players and any boycott will only hurt us financially,” said Khan, who had earlier made threats of boycotting India in ICC events.”By boycotting matches with India, we will only hurt ourselves,” he said. (PCB welcomes ICC’s decision to penalise India women’s team)Khan said Pakistan was looking forward to having constructive discussions with the BCCI officials later this month during the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Colombo.Khan said the next meeting of the ICC had already been moved to Dubai from Mumbai due to the strained relations between Pakistan and India.advertisementEarlier, PHF secretary Ahmad said the national hockey body has asked the FIH to form an independent panel to look into the whole issue which led to the ouster of Pakistan from the Junior World Cup in Lucknow. (PCB should isolate India: Former ICC President Ehsan Mani)”In future we will not send our teams to India for any competition. The way we were dumped from the Junior World Cup has damaged our hockey as the tournament was important for us to prepare new players for our senior team,” Ahmad said.”It was the responsibility of the FIH to ensure we got visas. We are boycotting all events in India. They say we did not confirm our participation in time and made hotel bookings.The fact is we were waiting for the visas and secondly the hotel asked us for a non-refundable deposit of four million Indian rupees which we could not afford given our financial status. We were not in a position to deposit such a big amount without being sure if we will get the visas,” Ahmad said.India is due to host the hockey Asia Cup and FIH World Cup in 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

Simeone not blaming risk-taker Rodrigo for errorSimeone not blaming risk-taker Rodrigo for error

first_imgDiego Simeone says taking risks is part of Rodrigo’s game after the Atletico Madrid midfielder contributed to Girona’s opening goal in Sunday’s La Liga draw.Rodrigo’s loose pass in midfield resulted in Cristhian Stuani being played through on Jan Oblak’s goal by Patrick Roberts, the goalkeeper tripping the Girona striker just inside the box.Stuani beat Oblak from 12 yards out to move clear at the top of La Liga’s scoring charts but Atleti scrambled a late equaliser thanks to a spectacular own goal by Jones Ramalho. 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! A victory would have moved Atletico Madrid top of the table – at least temporarily with Sevilla and Barcelona also in action on Sunday – but Simeone refused to blame Rodrigo.”In the normal line that we are used to, he takes risks because of his personality,” Simeone told a post-match news conference.”The balls can be lost and they took advantage of it very well. I liked the team a lot, in the first half we played the way we wanted.”Girona are a very tough and complex team who are having a good time, with a goal to tie, win or lose.”La Liga is barbaric, there are no simple rivals and that makes it appealing.”Ramalho diverted a volley into his own goal as part of a desperate attempt to stop Diego Costa from scoring, the Spain striker having brilliantly controlled a long pass from Angel Correa.Costa was playing through the pain of a foot injury and Simeone hailed the forward’s battling performance.”It was the purest Costa,” Simeone added. “He’s making an effort, he left his soul in every move.”Atletico were without a trio of key defenders with Juanfran, Filipe Luis and captain Diego Godin all missing out due to injury.And midfielder Koke hailed Atletico’s character in coming from behind to earn a precious point, avoiding their first LaLiga loss since September 1.”We played at a great level today,” Koke said. “We were unlucky in front of goal and we have to congratulate the team for the effort. We have to continue working like this and the wins will come.”last_img read more

Guardiola admits Van Dijk ‘well worth’ £75mGuardiola admits Van Dijk ‘well worth’ £75m

first_imgPep Guardiola says Virgil van Dijk is worth every penny of the £75 million Liverpool paid for the Netherlands international last January – despite Manchester City refusing to match Southampton’s valuation.Jurgen Klopp worked to cure the Reds’ defensive issues by signing the imposing Van Dijk for a world record fee for a centre-back.The ex-Celtic star was heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium but eventually moved to Merseyside 12 months ago, helping the Reds reach the Champions League final in his opening six months at the club.The Amazon Prime documentary ‘All or Nothing’ which followed City throughout the 2017-18 season showed footage of chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak questioning Southampton’s asking price with director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano. 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! But Guardiola said ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Thursday: “He’s an exceptional player.“When a player costs whatever it costs and it works, it is well worth it.“When you pay less and it doesn’t work, it is so expensive.”If he can play every three days with no injuries and play consistently, it is well worth it.”Already unbeaten in their opening 20 Premier League matches and seven points ahead of defending champions City ahead of the summit meeting, Liverpool can put one hand on the title if they beat their rivals.Having lost three of their last five league games, Guardiola says City cannot afford to slip-up again and allow the Anfield club to increase their lead at the top.”We know how important it (the match) is,” he added.“If we are not able to win, especially if we lose – 10 points, goal difference 11 – if they continue that run it will be so difficult.“It’s almost a final for us. For them, nothing changes.”last_img read more

Ramsey undergoes Juve medical after agreeing five-year dealRamsey undergoes Juve medical after agreeing five-year deal

first_imgAaron Ramsey has completed the first part of a medical with Juventus as the Arsenal midfielder edges ever closer to signing a five-year contract with the Serie A champions, Goal understands.The Wales international is set to become a free agent this summer when his current deal with the Gunners expires.Leading clubs from across Europe have expressed an interest in adding the 28-year-old to their respective ranks. 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! Juventus, though, have fended off the competition and are poised to complete the capture of a prized signature.Ramsey is set to sign a long-term contract with the Bianconeri which is worth €7 million a year (£6m/$8m) plus bonuses – as previously revealed by Goal.That agreement moved a step closer on Sunday as the process of completing physical examinations began.Juventus officials were in London to meet with Ramsey and oversee the start of a medical.Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 2018The Italian giants have taken a similar approach when snapping up free agents in the past.Sami Khedira and Emre Can were both put through their paces long before the Germany internationals linked up with Juventus, with there a desire from all sides to keep dealings out of the spotlight.Ramsey is closing in on a deal, though, and his agent – David Baldwin – is expected to meet with Bianconeri officials in Milan this week.Those discussions are intended to close a deal, with it considered to be a formality that a lucrative contract will be put in place.Once those terms are agreed, competition from the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain will have been successfully seen off.Juventus will, however, have to be patient before welcoming a fresh face onto their books.Arsenal have made it clear that they have no intention of parting with Ramsey during the January transfer window, despite seeing him head towards the exits.The Serie A champions will ask the question one more time of the Gunners, in a final effort to get a winter deal over the line, but are expecting to bring another proven performer into their star-studded squad for pre-season.last_img read more

My policies got India medals: Abhay Chautala defends plum IOA postingMy policies got India medals: Abhay Chautala defends plum IOA posting

first_imgAbhay Chautala, who is an accused in a disproportionate assets case, has been made life president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and in a brazen show of self praise, the scam tainted son of former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala has justified the move.Suresh Kalmadi, who is an accused in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam, has also been made life president by the IOA. He has also served nine-month jail term.Hitting out at Sports Minister Vijay Goel for expressing shock over his appointment, Chautala, who served as the president of the IOA from 2012 to 2014,  said it was because of his policies that India won medals at various international events.HERE’S WHAT CHAUTALA SAID: I was part of the sports council in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government.My policies in IOA brought medals for country. The world recognised India’s talent in boxing during my tenure.There’s no criminal case against me, it’s a political case; I’ve been rewarded for good work and appointed unanimously.Vijay Goel should work for improving sports infrastructure in the country rather than levelling baseless allegations and stirring controversy. Goel is not interested in sports.CHAUTALA’S APPOINTMENT SHOCKING: GOELSports Minister Vijay Goel while expressing shock over Chautala’s plum posting said the ministry has sought details from the association and will take necessary steps.”We are shocked at the resolution passed by IOA to make Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Chautala life presidents. This is totally unacceptable to us as both of them are facing serious corruption and criminal charges,” Goel said.advertisement”We have sought a report from the IOA and action will be taken once we get that report,” he added.There was a move to oust current IOA president N. Ramachandran a little while back before Chautala had to put his foot down and ensured Ramachandran continues to remain at the helm.As life presidents, Kalmadi and Chautala will not have the voting rights but the top IOA functionaries saw this as an opportunity to reward the two bigwigs who still are capable to pulling the strings in the body.ALSO READ:  CWG scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi appointed IOA life presidentWhat is disgraced former Indian Olympic Association boss doing in Rio?last_img read more

Juergen Klopp says Liverpool must forget leaders ChelseaJuergen Klopp says Liverpool must forget leaders Chelsea

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp said that his team could not afford to think about league leaders Chelsea despite Saturday’s 1-0 win over Manchester City strengthening their position as the main challengers to the London club.Chelsea beat Stoke City 4-2 earlier on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 13 games but an eighth minute header from Georginio Wijnaldum earned Liverpool a win that kept them within six points of Antonio Conte’s team. (Also read: Premier League: Georginio Wijnaldum helps Liverpool edge past Manchester City)”We cannot look at Chelsea, they are unbelievably strong of course, on an outstanding run with 13 wins in a row. Not bad,” Klopp told reporters.”Can you imagine how annoying it is when you win 13 games in a row and we are only six points behind?”But I am pretty sure they don’t think about this, so why should we?”The league is unbelievably difficult this year.”The win moved Liverpool four points ahead of third-placed City but despite the victory against their North-West rivals, the German coach still highlighted some areas for improvement. “The problem we had tonight was that we were not as good as we could have been (in possession),” he said.”We created a few moments, we had a wonderful goal, we had our counter-attacks…but we passed too late, or not in the right direction.”We were not as confident as we could have been in our possession, sometimes we lost the ball too easily.”It was hard work but it was not that we expected something different – we were playing Man City and you have to work for the three points,” added the former Borussia Dortmund coach.advertisementKlopp praised the performance of his defence, which in the past has been identified as the weak link in his team. “I know everyone talks about our defence but the defending today was really good. “It’s not about avoiding goals – that’s the end product – it’s about how we work together. I think we have the smallest number of shots on our goal in the league.”Tonight the concentration level was outstanding,” he said. Klopp said midfielder Jordan Henderson, who was replaced during the second half, was suffering from a heel injury but he was not clear how serious it was.last_img read more

Abbott, Rossouw quit South Africa for English club HampshireAbbott, Rossouw quit South Africa for English club Hampshire

first_imgSouth Africa’s cricket team lost the services of fast bowler Kyle Abbott and batsman Rilee Rossouw on Thursday after the pair confirmed that they had signed Kolpak contracts with Hampshire.Abbott announced that he had signed a four-year deal with the English county side less than an hour after contributing to South Africa’s victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test at Newlands, while Rossouw has signed a three-year contract. (1st Test: South Africa seal 206-run win over Sri Lanka)Under the Kolpak ruling, cricketers are prohibited from playing for their country at the same time that they are contracted to an English county.”Regrettably we have no option but to sever our ties with both Abbott and Rossouw as they are no longer available for South Africa,” Cricket South Africa’s chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.last_img read more

Land Rover launches Range Rover Evoque petrol in India at Rs 53.20 lakhLand Rover launches Range Rover Evoque petrol in India at Rs 53.20 lakh

first_imgLand Rover on Wednesday announced the launch of the 2.0-litre petrol derivative of the 2017 Model Year New Range Rover Evoque in India at an attractive price of Rs 53.20 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Last year, Land Rover had launched the Range Rover Evoque with Ingenium Diesel engine at a price of Rs 49.10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:Land Rover launches 2017 Range Rover Evoque in India at Rs 49.10 lakhRohit Suri, President, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd (JLRIL), said, “We are excited to introduce the 2017 Model Year New Range Rover Evoque with a 2.0-litre petrol derivative. The addition of the 2.0-litre petrol derivative reinforces our commitment towards customers who aspire to drive this fabulous vehicle with a powerful petrol engine.”The Land Rover range in India includes the New Discovery Sport (Rs 47.59 lakh), Range Rover Sport (Rs 1.17 crore) and flagship Range Rover (Rs 2.13 crore).Engine:Available in SE Trim, the new derivative is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine that delivers a power output of 237BHP. This is in addition to the 2.0-litre Pure, SE, SE Dynamic, HSE and HSE Dynamic diesel derivatives already on sale in India since December 2016.ALSO READ:BMW X7 spy shots gives first glimpse of Range Rover rivalDesign:Adaptive full LED headlights complement the Evoque’s design cues by combining a distinctive look with enhanced light output for better visibility and safety at night. The headlights’ adaptive function enables light beams to be automatically aligned with steering inputs and follow curves in the road. The Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) have a distinctive signature which also serves as the directional indicator where it flashes amber.advertisementThe new 10-inch Touchscreen is a superb addition to the interior, becoming the centrepiece of the facia. With a 21:9 wide format and 80 percent more pixels than the standard 8-inch Touchscreen, the feature comes as standard on the HSE and HSE Dynamic models.Features:The new Range Rover Evoque will come with InControl Touch Pro Infotainment, Torque Vectoring, Powered Gesture Tailgate and Head- Up Display among others.ALSO READ: New Range Rover Sport Coupe spotted testing ahead of launchlast_img read more

Serena Williams to play fewer tournaments to aid grand slam questSerena Williams to play fewer tournaments to aid grand slam quest

first_imgSerena Williams plans to play fewer tournaments in the future to aid her quest to win more grand slam titles, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.The 35-year-old American won her 23rd grand slam title on Saturday at the Australian Open, breaking the open-era record she held jointly with Germany’s Steffi Graf.Serena will now manage her schedule as she chases down the all-time leader Margaret Court, the Australian whose record of 24 grand slam titles straddled the amateur and professional eras.”Mentally she has to stay fresh and mentally excited when the grand slams start, because they are the goal,” Mouratoglou told a group of reporters after Serena’s 6-4, 6-4 victory over her sister Venus Williams gave her a seventh Australian Open title. (There’s no way I could win 23 Grand Slams without Venus: Serena Williams)”So we have a lighter schedule – not lighter than last year, which would be difficult (when she played just eight events and did not play after September) – but lighter than the year before (11 events).”At one stage in 2016, Serena held the world number one ranking based only on seven events over a 52-week period.Germany’s Angelique Kerber overtook her when she won the U.S. Open last September but Serena will return to top spot when the rankings are updated on Monday.Serena has traditionally played fewer tournaments than most top players, but since she usually reaches the final, she is able to pick and choose.From the start of 2012 to the end of 2016, Serena won 288 matches, second only to Poland’s Agnieska Radwanska, who won 289.advertisementBut while Radwanska lost 107 matches in that period, Serena lost just 29.Mouratoglou said Indian Wells, in March, would be Serena’s next stop but didn’t expect to see her at too many events before the next grand slam, the French Open, which begins on May 29. (Your win has always been my win: Venus to Serena Williams)”We’ve already done the schedule for the whole year,” Mouratoglou said. “It doesn’t mean that the schedule is not going to change, it’s meant to adapt to situations. But generally speaking it’s already set for the whole season.”Mouratoglou said numbers alone were not the main factor behind Serena’s continuing hunger, even in her 20th year on tour.”She was not motivated by 22, she was motivated to win grand slams,” he said.”That’s her motivation. This won’t change until she maybe one day wakes up and is not motivated to win grand slams, but for now she is. That’s enough. The record is not the thing that makes her play.”And Mouratoglou said Serena would not obsess over the record of 24 held by Court.”With all the respect for Margaret Court, it was another era, the draws were like 16 players and they were not professionals,” he said.”Of course the record is here and we definitely want to beat it, but there was a professional era and the record was Steffi Graf.”last_img read more

Winter sports enthusiasts cheer as heavy snow covers GulmargWinter sports enthusiasts cheer as heavy snow covers Gulmarg

first_imgPTI1_3_2017_000265B PTI1_3_2017_000271BPTI2_1_2017_000277B PTI2_1_2017_000280BGulmarg (J-K), Feb 2 (PTI) Heavy snowfall this season at this famous ski-resort in north Kashmirs Baramulla district has brought cheers to winter sports enthusiasts in the Valley as well as tourists from outside who are drawn to the steep skiing slopes amid spectacular views, after a gap of three years.Kashmir Valley in general and Gulmarg in particular has received such heavy snowfall this season after a period of three years of less snow which made skiing almost impossible.However, snowfall this January has attracted skiing enthusiasts to Gulmarg, often referred to as the “skiers paradise”, even as the number of visitors is still less than what it usually witnessed in the years before 2013.”This is the best place for skiing. The slopes are very good and steep, providing skiers long distances to ski,” Jyoti Sharma, a skiing enthusiast, said.She said Gulmarg is the best winter tourist destination in the world and easy on pocket too.”Other such places in the world are costlier and they are not even as picturesque as Gulmarg is. I have come here with my family and we are enjoying our stay. This is the best place to be in the winters,” Sharma said.Another tourist, Mohammad Abdul Bari, a resident of Allahabad, who has been living in Jeddah for some time now, said he felt happy by the visit as the environment here was good.”This is my first visit. I am coming all the way from Jeddah just because there is good environment here and snowfall is quite good. I really felt very happy being here as I had never seen so much snow. We have had a very good time here and I will recommend all to visit this place,” Bari said.advertisementHe said the government should organise tourism promotion on a large scale to attract the visitors.The ski-resort especially witnesses the advent of foreign skiers once the place receives snow. However, owing to last years unrest and some other factors, this year not many have arrived yet.This place used to be bustling with activities especially during the winters, but this year we have not seen many tourists even after such a snowfall. Last years unrest has dealt a severe blow to tourism.”Then there are other factors like steep rise in airfare, disruption in air and road connectivity as well as apprehensions of avalanches,” Shabir Ahmad, a hotelier, said.Many areas in the Valley have recently witnessed avalanches in which more than 25 people, most of them armymen, have been killed. (MORE) PTI SSB MIJ KISlast_img read more

Nathan Lyon rubbishes Harbhajan Singh’s claims, says Australia will compete hard with IndiaNathan Lyon rubbishes Harbhajan Singh’s claims, says Australia will compete hard with India

first_imgRubbishing veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s claims of a 4-0 whitewash in favour of the hosts in the four-Test cricket rubber, starting on Thursday, Australia tweaker Nathan Lyon on Tuesday said the visitors have a strong squad and are confident of a good fight. (Kohli won his battle with Root, can he trump Smith?)Harbhajan had earlier predicted a 4-0 clean sweep of the Kangaroos and termed the current Aussie outfit as one of the weakest to visit India. (Five India vs Australia controversies that shook the cricketing world)”Everyone has his opinion. Good luck to him. We are not worried about what everyone believes and thinks about this team. We have got a really strong squad with unbelievable talent in the room out there. We have got good leaders with David Warner as vice-captain and Steve Smith as captain. There are some very young talents,” Lyon said here. (Sledging Virat Kohli will hurt Australia: David Warner)”We are confident in our change room. We’ll come out and compete hard with India. We know it’s going to be hard work, we know it’s going to be a challenge. India are the No. 1 side for a reason. We’re playing in their backyard. We don’t expect our big fast bowlers to come out and get them five down (on the first day). It’s a big challenge for us. We are looking forward to it,” he added. (Virat Kohli not Australia’s only threat: 4 other concerns for Steve Smith’s men)Hailing his Indian counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin as a “world-class” spinner, Lyon revealed that he had worked on a few things in his bowling after watching footages of the Chennai tweaker. (Steve Smith’s men weakest Australian side to tour India, says Harbhajan Singh)advertisement”I have watched a lot of Ashwin. He is a world class bowler and I can learn a lot from him. I’m not going to tell you what I have been working on. I definitely changed my approach to the subcontinent conditions as compared to four years ago,” said Lyon, who has 228 wickets from 63 Tests. (Australia will lose 0-3 if they play well vs India: Harbhajan Singh)”I have been watching a lot of footage of Ashwin, the way he goes about it, his different release points. He is a world-class spinner, the best at the moment in the world, there is a reason for it. Been studying him a lot, hopefully I can put that in play,” he added. (Australia just don’t have the arsenal to walk the ‘sledging’ talk)Currently the leader of Australia’s spin attack, Lyon said he is using the opportunity to help out the young spinners in the side. (Tendulkar vs Australia or Kohli-Australia: Which rivalry is more fun?)”I’m enjoying the responsibility, doesn’t add any more pressure. Our job is to bowl well together and in partnership and put pressure. I am looking at this as a chance to pass knowledge to some, especially the younger spinners who have not toured here before,” the 29-year-old said.last_img read more

Will Yogi Adityanath meet fellow saint-politician Uma Bharati’s fate as both share many traits?Will Yogi Adityanath meet fellow saint-politician Uma Bharati’s fate as both share many traits?

first_imgIn the run-up to the recently-held Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, comparisons were being made with the political situation during the 2015 Bihar state polls. It was because ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress had forged an alliance in UP just as the “grand alliance” of ruling JD(U), RJD and Congress in the neighbouring state. In other similarity, BJP had not declared the chief ministerial candidate in both the states and had decided to contest the elections with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the party’s face. Hence, conclusion was also drawn that BJP might meet the same fate as in Bihar and get defeated.However, the UP Assembly election results have proved that this comparison was misplaced. In fact, the one election which comes close for comparison is the 2003 state polls of Madhya Pradesh (MP). While there are some similarities between the recent UP and 2003 MP Assembly elections, there are several differences too. Similarly, comparisons can be drawn between newly anointed UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and then MP chief minister Uma Bharati.SIMILARITIES BETWEEN 2017 UP AND 2003 MP ASSEMBLY ELECTIONSBJP was out of power in both the states for a long time. In UP, a BJP government had last ruled almost 15 years ago (in March 2002), while it had last governed MP about 11 years ago (December 1992).BJP won both the states by a whopping three-fourths majority. By winning 173 of the total 230 seats, BJP garnered three-fourths majority in MP. In UP too, BJP won by similar majority by bagging a whopping 312 out of the total 403 seats.BJP-led NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in power at the Centre in 2003 while Narendra Modi-headed NDA government is ruling the Centre at present.Both Sadhvi Uma Bharati and Yogi Adityanath are saffron-clad saint-politicians, who became chief ministers of UP and MP respectively for the first time.Both are singles, enjoy mass appeal and are outstanding orators.Both Uma Bharati and Yogi Adityanath are known for their love for animals – the former for cows and dogs, the latter for cows and felines. On spotting a cow, Uma would stop her car to feed the sacred animal. Yogi Adityanath has a “goshala” at his Gorakhnath math in Gorakhpur.Just after getting sworn in as chief minister, Uma had gone to Delhi and returned with two puppies – named Kala and Bhura, based on their black and brown colours respectively. She would reportedly feed them with cotton. Similarly, Yogi Adityanath is seen feeding a tiger cub with a bottle.Both Uma Bharati and Yogi Adityanath are Lok Sabha MPs from Uttar Pradesh. Though Uma Bharati belongs to MP and was CM of that state, she was forced to shift to the neighbouring state due to political compulsions. On the other hand, though Yogi Adityanath was born in Uttarakhand, he has become the CM of UP.Both became chief ministers in their 40s. Born on May 3, 1959, Uma Bharati was almost 44 years when she was anointed as MP CM. Born on June 5, 1972, Yogi Adityanath is 44.The similarities between the two elections, two states and two personalities perhaps end here.advertisementDIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOGI ADITYANATH AND UMA BHARATIUma Bharati had been projected as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the 2003 MP Assembly elections. However, the party contested the 2017 UP polls without projecting any CM face. Instead, BJP fought the UP polls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma.While Uma Bharati was a Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Yogi Adityanath has never held a ministerial berth – neither at the Centre nor in UP. He, however, has a long experience of being a five-term Lok Sabha MP for about 19 years since 1998.While Uma Bharati was considered close to the LK Advani camp, Yogi Adityanath does not belong to any camp or faction of BJP.Even before becoming MP CM, Uma Bharati was popular throughout the country, primarily because of her association with the Ram Janmboomi-Babri Masjid controversy. She is also an accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. On the other hand, Yogi Adityanath is considered a regional leader though he is a Lok Sabha MP for almost 19 years.While Uma Bharati is 6th class pass, Yogi Adityanath is a science graduate.Even though Uma Bharati is a sadhvi, she is identified also with her OBC caste status. She has a votebank of Lodhi caste in the Bundelkhand region of MP and UP. However, Yogi Adityanath has an appeal much beyond his upper caste Rajput caste.WHAT NEXT FOR YOGI ADITYANATH?Uma Bharati’s tenure as MP CM was controversial. Besides the opposition Congress, her own brother Swami Lodhi had levelled charges of corruption against her.advertisementBecause of her wayward trait, she fell out of favour with party’s central leadership, including her mentor LK Advani, at one point in time. This was one of the most important reasons why she was not reinstated as chief minister once she quit in order to appear in a court case in Hubli in 2004.The question is: Will Yogi Adityanath meet Uma Bharati’s fate?Both Uma Bharati and Yogi Adityanath are vocal and are not considered disciplined soldiers of BJP. Uma Bharati was suspended from the party and even expelled, forcing her to form Bharatiya Janshakti Party.Though Yogi Adityanath has not rebelled openly against the party ever, he is not considered an obedient party worker either.Madhya Pradesh had seen three chief ministers between 2003 and 2008. She was succeeded by Babulal Gaur, who was replaced by Shivraj Singh Chouhan.With so many similarities, Yogi Adityanath may go Uma Bharati’s way. Or, he may prove different if he learns lessons from Uma Bharati’s experience. It is a matter of a few months or a couple of years before it is clear what course do Yogi Adityanath and Uttar Pradesh take.ALSO READ |   Yogi Adityanath meets PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, discusses UP portfolio allocationALSO READ |   No Opposition left in the country, BJP has to stay alert to avoid complacency: Uma BhartiALSO WATCH | Yogi Adityanath: Decoding the rise of UP chief ministerlast_img read more