Who is Neymar’s sister? Rafaella & her birthday ‘curse’

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Neymar has picked up a metatarsal fracture that will see him miss 10 weeks injured – which coincides with the birthday of his sister, Rafaella.Fans have been quick to pick up on the curious pattern of Neymar missing games whenever it is time to celebrate his sibling’s birthday, with the Brazilian missing matches around this time for the past few years.Rafaella’s birthday falls on March 11 and Neymar has been either injured or suspended for games surrounding that game since the 2014-15 season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It’s no secret that the samba star is incredibly close to his sister with the ex-Barcelona forward even having a tattoo of her face on his arm.Who is Rafaella Santos? Rafaella Santos, Neymar's sisterRafaella Santos is Neymar’s 22-year-old sister, born on March 11, 1996. Despite her brother being one of the most recognisable faces in the world, Rafaella herself has become somewhat of a style icon with a successful modelling career that has seen her gain over 4.6 million followers on Instagram.Rafaella has contributed a lot of her time to the charity Instituto Neymar. The Brazilian created the charity in 2014, which focuses on helping disadvantaged children who live in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo, located close to where the siblings were raised.When Rafaella was born, her surname was Da Silva Santos, but as soon as she was old enough she legally changed it to Beckran. Brazilian outlet Globo claim the change was to pay homage to England legend David Beckham, whom she has idolised since she was a child.Neymar’s sister had previously been in a relationship with Inter forward Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa but the couple reportedly broke up last year.What is the curse of Neymar’s sister’s birthday? Neymar Paris Saint-GermainNeymar’s sister’s birthday seemingly carries a curse of bad luck for the winger on the pitch. The Brazil captain is set to miss games for the fifth consecutive season around the time of her birthday.Many joke that Neymar is purposefully skipping games around this time to spend time with his sister with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos once making light of the situation.”I like to play with the best and Neymar is one of them,” he said, adding with a laugh: “What we would have to negotiate is his sister’s birthday.”In 2015, the then-Barcelona star picked up his fifth booking of the season against Granada on February 28, meaning he was suspended for the match against Rayo Vallecano on March 8. Barca allowed him to travel to Brazil and he returned before their next game on March 14.The following season, he picked up another suspension, this time against Rayo on March 3.The Brazilian missed the match against Eibar on March 6 and headed back to Brazil once again to celebrate his sister’s Disney-themed birthday party. He needed to get permission from Luis Enrique and Barcelona’s captain Andres Iniesta, plus his three vice-captains – Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano.Neymar clearly loves spending time with his family, especially surrounding his sister’s birthday, expressing this on Instagram after one of the events.He wrote: “This photo shows how happy I was yesterday. Watching my sister grow up and reconnecting with friends is priceless. I long for yesterday, what a moment.”The three seasons following this have seen Neymar have an injury-plagued March. Two broken metatarsals during that time putting him out of action for key games, such as last season’s Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid, which PSG ultimately lost without him.Neymar will now miss important European ties against Manchester United due to injury and, if PSG knock out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, the quarter-final matches are unlikely to feature the Brazilian.last_img read more

Maharashtra govt trying to repackage Sarangkheda Festival as adventure tourism destination

first_imgNestled in the mountains of Sahyadris is a perfect get away for those who choose the rugged track and are looking for some thrills. At present there isn’t much to do for the tourists who visit Sarangkheda, which has been the ground for horse trading for centuries, but the Maharashtra government has decided to change all that starting this coming year.PACKAGING SARANGKHEDA FOR TOURISTSSarangkheda, a tiny village of about 10,000 residents has been playing host to this trading fair for the last 500 years. The trading schedule over the years has taken on the look of a local fair with giant wheels and roller costar rides set up for the families that travel here from nearby areas. But the Maharashtra government is now trying to sell this event and locality to both domestic as well as International tourists as a vacation hub. Much on the lines of Pushkar fair that is generally held between October and November, Maharashtra government intends to package this fair at Sarang Kheda during the end of December and calls it the chetak festival.HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PUSHKAR FAIR:Pushkar fair however has a host of activities to engage the tourists throughout their stay with hot air ballooning, adventure sports and cultural programmes which will soon be set up in Sarangkheda.At the moment on the rugged tracks meant for racing the horses, groups of men and women dressed in the traditional attire perform the local dance that’s usually reserved for Holi season and special occasions like marriages.The pawara is a fascinating dance performed by men with their bodies painted in white circles and bells tied around the waist. Men and women also perform with decorated “chiplis” placed on their head.A huge crowd usually gathers to catch a glimpse of the celebration which also includes the dance of the horses and beauty contests.The horse racing event is of course the center piece of the whole festival and it attracts a lot of eyeballs.PLANS TO ATTRACT TOURISTSadvertisementHowever the government does realize that there will be much that will be needed to do to make international tourists travel all the way to this hilly region. Jaykumar Rawal, Minister of Tourism of Maharashtra did definitely seem forthcoming with the plans though. He says, “Sarangkheda Chetak Festival has remained ignored for so many years. But, now, we are committed to take it to a global platform through development of infrastructure, marketing and branding. We also plan to have a horse museum for tourists that educates them about the various qualities of breed, colour and marking, lifespan etc of horses. Through this initiative, Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra and MTDC aspire to increase the financial and tourist footfall in Nandurbar district”.Rawal’s maternal uncle Jaipalsingh who is the organizer of the fest says that they have been looking into the possibility of including hot air ballooning as well as water sports on tapti river as parts of the fest but the modalities have not yet been worked out. “Tapti river serves as a source of drinking water for many villages here so motor boats are prohibited, we are trying to get solar boats and we had planned lighting up the river front but for the next year, things will be put in place before hand,” said Rawal. The stay at Sarangkheda for tourists is generally arranged in tents for the 15 day fest and is quite a refreshing stay in the winter season from the usual accommodations in constructed rooms.The stay at Sarangkheda for tourists is generally arranged in tents for the 15 day fest and is quite a refreshing stay in the winter season from the usual accommodations in constructed rooms. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was in Sarangkheda this week and reiterated the government’s commitment in making sure the Sarangkheda horse fair gets a global platform and develop the brand and profile of the event.ALSO READ:JK govt trying to create world-class tourist infra: Mehboobalast_img read more

PSPB retains Badminton title

first_imgPatna, Feb 2 (PTI) Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) retained the title of the 72th Inter State and Zonal Badminton team Championship defeating Airport Authority of India (AAI) by 3-0 here at the Patliputra Sports Complex Hall today.In the finals, Sourav Verma of PSPB trounced Pratul Joshi of AAI in the first set singles match by 21-15 and 1-16, took 1-0 lead.In the second set played between Rituparna Das of PSPB and Raje Rashika of AAI, the former won comfortably defeating 21-09 and 21-14 to help PSPB maintain a 2-0 lead.In the third set, S B Diju and K Tarun of PSPB trounced S Arjun and Chirag Shetty of AAI by 21-17 and 21-13. PSPB took a 3-0 lead and retained the title for the successive year.The 81st Senior National Badminton Championship for Men and Women singles, doubles and mix doubles will start from tomorrow in the same venue.The championship is hosted by Bihar Badminton Association under the aegis of Badminton Association of India (BAI). PTI AB SNS DKBlast_img read more

Indian Premier League 2017: Kevin Pietersen opts out of auction

first_imgFormer England captain Kevin Pietersen decided to not go under the hammer in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction later this month ahead of IPL 10 starting from April 5.Pietersen was among the eleven players released by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergaints ahead of the auction. (Also read: Kevin Pietersen fined for on-air criticism of BBL umpire)The former England batsman tweeted to say that he was opting out of the tournament due to a busy winter schedule where he has played for the Melbourne Stars in the recently concluded Big Bash League and the Dolphins in Cricket South Africa’s Twenty20 tournament prior to that. He is also likely to play in the upcoming Pakistan Super League later this month where he will represent the Quetta Gladiators.FYI – I won’t be going into the IPL auction. My winter has been too busy with all my travel & I don’t want to spend April/May away too! KP (@KP24) February 3, 2017Pietersen, who had earlier represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad was expected to go for a decent fee after his decent form in the BBL where he scored 268 runs from eight games.The auction will be held later this month.last_img read more

SPORT-IND-KOHLI 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS DEL 25) (REOPENS DEL 25) India have had exponents of reverse swing like Zaheer Khan but never have they had four fast bowlers, including the injured Mohammed Shami, who can all reverse the ball consistently. “See Shami, Ishant and Umesh we all know that they have done it with the old ball, lot of times. I think with way Bhuvi has bowled all because of his fitness levels having increased, having more strength in body is being able to put more pace behind the ball which is key for reverse swing,” Kohli said. “The other three guys have naturally more pace than him but I think he has really stepped up his game with the old ball as well,” he added. Kohli said the variety of options is a positive for the team. “Again as I said that gives us a lot of options, you wouldnt hesitate playing Bhuvi on any sort of wickets if he keeps bowling like that with reverse swinging ball as well. Credit goes to Bhuvi, he has been working on that aspect as well. “Shami, Umesh and Ishant have been outstanding with the old ball and provided us with crucial match-winning breakthroughs. Its a great thing to have as a captain, with these players bowling well with new ball as well as old ball,” he said. Kohli hinted that the Pune Stadium wicket for the first Test against Australia may be low and slow in nature. “We will have to go and see what the Pune wicket is like. It is low and slow usually at this time of the year. Thats what I have faced in IPL. Its been dry, low and slow. This was a really good batting wicket, didnt offer anything to the bowlers in the first couple of innings of the Test match. We have to see how the Pune wicket is but this was a decent enough wicket,” he explained. Kohli seemed surprised that the wicket didnt break till the fourth day. “If it started turning on day 3, it would have been more like an Indian wicket but it went on well till the fourth day which was surprising,” he concluded. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Gareth Bale won’t be risked for Real Madrid’s Napoli showdown: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday he would not risk Gareth Bale in Wednesday’s Champions League match against in-form Napoli, as he seeks to ease the Wales international back into action following a lengthy layoff.Bale returned to full training on Sunday for the first time since damaging ankle ligaments against Sporting Lisbon on Nov. 22, but Zidane said the last 16 tie against the Serie A outfit had come too soon.”This is the first week he has trained with us and he’s doing well. He’s recovered, he’s not feeling any discomfort and you’ll see if he makes it to the squad on the weekend” for the match against Espanyol, Zidane said on Tuesday.”He’s had almost three months out, we have to take things very slowly with him,” he told a news conference.Zidane also lavished praise on opposite number Maurizio Sarri, whose Napoli side head to the Spanish capital on an 18-game unbeaten run, bidding to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time.”He’s a very good coach, his teams play very good football and he’s got some excellent results which means he is working very well,” said Zidane.”In a two-legged tie the aim is always to keep a clean sheet and that’s our message. But beyond that I want us to be really focused. They will play directly because they are fast and intense. They might get behind our defensive line but we have to make sure it doesn’t happen very often.”advertisementAn estimated 10,000 Napoli supporters are in Madrid for the first leg of the tie, the team’s first Champions League knock-out tie since 2012. Club great Diego Maradona has been invited to attend the game by Real president Florentino Perez.”Maradona was one of the best ever players but I’m more concerned about the players that will be on the pitch than Diego, although we will use our weapons to win the game,” said Zidane.Real midfielder Luka Modric added: “We are very happy to have Diego here but thank God he won’t be playing. Napoli are in great form, no-one’s beaten them for a long time, but we’re playing at home and we believe we can win.”last_img read more

Under-siege Arsene Wenger blames ‘scandalous’ referee for Arsenal rout

first_imgUnder-fire Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger reacted to his side’s humiliating 5-1 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday by blaming the referee.Rather than criticising his players for another mauling by the ruthless German side, Wenger directed his frustration at Greek official Tasos Sidiropoulos whose performance he called “scandalous” after Arsenal had suffered a 10-2 aggregate defeat. (Also read: Champions League: Bayern Munich run riot again to crush dispirited Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate)Wenger, out of contract at the end of the season and seemingly edging towards the exit door after nearly 21 years in charge, was angry that Theo Walcott was denied a penalty shortly after his goal had fuelled hope of a miraculous comeback.He accused Sidiropoulos of “killing” his side when sending off skipper Laurent Koscielny after the defender had conceded the penalty from which Robert Lewandowski levelled.”I felt that we produced a performance with spirit and pride that we wanted and after that the story finished badly,” Wenger, who has now presided over seven consecutive last-16 exits in the Champions League, told reporters.”We were unlucky tonight at 1-0 in the first half with a definite penalty on Walcott and in the second half the referee killed the game. After that it was very difficult,” the Frenchman added.”The referee was very powerful tonight. Not only was it not a penalty but (Lewandowski) was also offside. On top of that he gives us a red card that killed us completely.”I think it was unexplainable, it’s scandalous. Bayern are a good side but tonight they can say thanks to the referee.”advertisementWenger’s team have lost three of their last four Premier League games to slip out of the top four and some fans held banners calling on him to go at the end of the season.”Stubborn, Stale, Clueless” read one placard while chants of “Arsene Wenger We Want You To Go” could be heard outside the ground.Wenger, 67, cut a forlorn figure as Bayern ran riot in the final 20 minutes with Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and two goals from Arturo Vidal inflicting their biggest home defeat for 19 years.”The players did not let me down, the referee let us down,” Wenger said, rejecting any idea that his players had given up.”We were in an impossible situation at 1-1 with 10 men, to have to score four goals against a team with their quality. We had to try but knew we would be hit on the counter-attack. If we didn’t go forward people would ask why.”The final 20 minutes was difficult. We had no hope and Bayern can bring fresh players on.”Arsenal can redeem themselves in this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final against fifth-tier Lincoln City but even lifting that trophy might not save Wenger.Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Wenger’s long reign at the London club is nearly over.”With everything that’s going on you have to say it will take some sort of monumental effort for Arsenal to turn it around in terms of the drive and determination of the players,” Wright said.”It feels like something is coming to an end.”last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton looks for fast start to new Formula One season

first_imgLewis Hamilton will look to put his stamp on the new Formula One season at this week’s Australian Grand Prix, as he seeks to regain the world title following the shock retirement of reigning champion Nico Rosberg. (Valtteri Bottas out to make the most of dream chance at Mercedes)Ten years after his F1 debut at Albert Park, Hamilton arrives at the downtown circuit as the leading light of a sport now under new management and featuring wider and faster cars.Hamilton, 32, was beaten to last year’s title by Mercedes team-mate Rosberg, who quit the sport five days later citing the intense pressures of competing.This year, Hamilton will be face renewed competition from Ferrari and Red Bull, who are expected to close the gap on dominant Mercedes, as well his new team-mate Valtteri Bottas of Finland.Hamilton is revelling in the new generation of quicker cars, which coincides with American group Liberty Media’s takeover and the exit of long-time ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.”I’m finding the car is much more physical to drive than in the past,” said Hamilton, who is seeking his fourth world title after victories in 2008, 2014 and 2015.”It’s so much faster in the corners. The force you feel on your body and on your neck is much higher. I’ve got bruises and bumps where I’ve never really had them before.”An overhaul of technical regulations has ushered in wider cars with broader tyres, which are expected to be noisier and provide faster racing, but also put greater physical demands on the drivers.advertisement’RADICAL CHANGE’ “Having spoken to the drivers, these machines are violent — just like Formula One cars should be,” said Mercedes chief Toto Wolff.”The target with these new regulations was to make this generation of F1 cars the quickest in the history of the sport.”And looking at the results from testing, we’re well on the way to achieving that. It’s something that’s never been done before and that’s a radical change.last_img read more

Sala’s family reach €300k target to resume search

first_imgThe family of missing footballer Emiliano Sala have hit the required target on a fundraiser with the intention of resuming the search for the Cardiff City player.Search and recovery efforts were called off on Thursday evening , three days after the plane carrying the Argentine from former club Nantes to his new side  disappeared from radar over the English Channel .A target of €300,000 (£260k/$342k) has been met on a GoFundMe page set up to enable the family of the forward to resume a private search for him and pilot David Ibbotson. 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! As of Sunday January 27, the total raised surpassed €320,000, having met the target within the two days since it was posted.The funds have gone towards two watercraft that began operations on Saturday.Efforts to find the missing plane, a PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft, were conducted for just under 72 hours before they were concluded earlier this week.Guernsey harbourmaster David Barker had described the decision to put an end to operations as difficult, but citied that he was sure no more could have been done, adding that chances of survival were likely “extremely remote”.There have been calls from several major figures both inside and outside of the football community for the search to be resumed.Barcelona star Lionel Messi and president of Argentina Mauricio Macri were among those speaking out in support of Sala’s family.Numerous players, including Adrien Rabiot, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, contributed to the GoFundMe page.Sala moved to France in 2010 to join the youth set-up at Bordeaux and has, to date, played his full professional career in the country.He joined Nantes in 2015 following stints with Orleans, Niort and Caen, and made 132 appearances for the club, scoring 48 goals.He had been in excellent form for them in Ligue 1 this season, scoring 13 goals across all competitions.Sala became Cardiff’s record signing when he was acquired by Neil Warnock’s side for £15m ($19.8m) earlier this month.He previously turned down a bid from the Chinese Super League in order to join the Premier League club.last_img read more

Poch hit with touchline ban for referee row

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has been handed a two-match touchline ban by the Football Association following his angry exchange with referee Mike Dean after Tottenham’s defeat to Burnley last month.The Spurs manager approached the official at the end of his side’s 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor in the Premier League on February 23 and continued his tirade despite being told to walk away.Pochettino was seemingly initially angered by a decision to award a corner from which the Clarets opened the scoring through Chris Wood, though his mood appeared to worsen by something Dean said in response. 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 Argentine later apologised and accepted that he had “made a mistake”, but the FA decided to hit Pochettino with a misconduct charge that he has accepted, leading to a two-match touchline ban and £10,000 fine.An FA statement read: “Mauricio Pochettino has been fined £10,000 and will serve a two-match touchline ban following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”The Tottenham Hotspur manager accepted an improper conduct charge from The FA, which resulted from his language and/or behaviour – both on the pitch and in or around the tunnel area – at the end of the game against Burnley on 23 February.”Pochettino had hinted that such a ban was forthcoming when addressing the media following Tottenham’s 1-0 Champions League win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, which secured a 4-0 aggregate triumph in their last-16 tie.”I’m not going to talk, do you know why? Because you will see tomorrow [Wednesday] why I am talking, or why I don’t want to talk,” he said.”I’m very disappointed, I don’t think it’s going to change, but I don’t care. We are going to be strong.”If we are not going to receive help from our football people in our country, only I can laugh, but you are going to see why I am not so happy with the people.”Spurs’ setback at Burnley preceded a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Saturday’s north London derby, a run that has all but ended their title hopes with the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City now at 10 points.Pochettino is now set to be absent from the touchline for the trip to his former club Southampton on Saturday, as well as the visit to Anfield to face title hopefuls Liverpool on March 31. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

What the Maker movement teaches us about building together

first_imgIn 2006, a group of British computer science teachers and professionals were frustrated.Kids weren’t tinkering.Computer classes in primary school, devoted heavily to applications like Word and Excel, were boring. And kids weren’t experimenting/breaking/rebuilding because computers were locked in expensive containers.Without tinkering — physically manipulating a computer’s parts, seeing how things work — kids weren’t using their imaginations to experiment and hack new stuff. They weren’t curious or passionate about computers if they couldn’t experiment.That group of teachers and professionals started a charity called the Raspberry Pi Foundation and a few years later, began selling a cheap, programmable computer the size of a credit card. The Raspberry Pi was born.For those of you who don’t know what a computer really is, a Raspberry Pi basically does everything the computer in front of you right now does, except it doesn’t have a lot of fancy casing, and when you turn it on, you get a blinking cursor, not pretty, polished windows and apps.The other difference is that it costs $25.This month, the Raspberry Pi Foundation sold its 2,000,000th device. This highlights that it’s not just being used by schools and children, but is also the darling of adult inventors. It’s been used to support countless experimentations, including video arcade tables and clocks and gardening soil indicators and even a Marine Unmanned Surface Vessel that will be able to cross the Atlantic.Even if you’re not into computers, the success of Raspberry Pi matters. The dedicated Raspberry Pi community is part of a larger movement of makers that is quietly revolutionizing the way children learn, encouraging people to learn or re-learn how to work with their hands, and will no doubt inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and inventors.In the New York Times this weekend, Bill Keller highlights the work of Cheong Choon Ng, who invented Rainbow Loom, and discusses the state of American entrepreneurship and innovation. In case you don’t have a 7-10 year old, Rainbow Loom is the simple “toy” that helps young girls braid bracelets.Keller makes interesting points about the rise of entrepreneurship in America, but one of the most interesting things about Choon Ng’s story is that Rainbow Loom is encouraging kids to tinker and share new inventions.Choon Ng invented Rainbow Loom as a way to help his daughters make bracelets. It’s now one of precious few “toys” that takes kids away from a phone/computer (that is, its applications and games) and encourages hands-on tinkering and invention (kids can come up with new bracelet designs) and open source sharing (kids then post videos of new design concepts on YouTube, for other kids to learn from).Choon Ng has sold 3 million Rainbow Looms. Hundreds of thousands of invented bracelet designs have been posted to YouTube. Many of those videos that teach new designs have millions of views.This basic pattern — tinkering, inventing, then sharing — is the model of invention and entrepreneurship of the future.The success of the Pi and Rainbow Loom form part of the growing strength and influence of what is commonly called the Maker Movement, an international culture of inventors, hackers, and crafters who are slowly reviving hands-on creativity. Advocates of the maker culture hope devices like the Pi and Rainbow Loom counter other cultural influences that seem to perpetuate our screen-facing, passive, tinker-free mindset.The maker culture wouldn’t be possible without the values of collaboration and sharing among makers. Participants acknowledge that the most effective way to develop a concept and invent a thing is to work with other people.Kids playing on a Lego car at Maker Faire, a festival for makers. Photo by Jyri Engestrom.There’s a reason why the software developed for Raspberry Pi is open-source; unlike something like Adobe Photoshop, the purpose of Pi is not big profit for exclusive owners but invention and curiosity (which develop skills that lead to big profit). Code is written collectively and shared openly for reuse.This revolutionary insight seems to be popping up everywhere, from the growth of the sharing economy to the worker cooperative. It echoes the principles of New Mutualism, a collaborative value system that our founder Sara Horowitz believes will be the engine of the next economy. We can build things together that we can’t on our own.Let’s get our children inventing, tinkering, and sharing. Let’s start using technology in ways that doesn’t make us numb receivers but — if not as computer scientists — then at least in sharing our making experience. Today’s tinkerers are our next generation of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and inventors.And remember, you don’t have to be a kid to start taking things apart.last_img read more

What to do if you missed the health exchange deadline

first_imgHappy April, freelancers! The deadline for 2014 coverage through the health exchange was March 31, which means…well, if you didn’t sign up, it means you missed it.But fear not. Even though this year’s open enrollment period is over, you may still be able to get coverage. Here are your options:Special Enrollment PeriodA special enrollment period allows you to sign up for a qualified health plan — through your state’s health plan marketplace or directly through an insurer — outside of the regular open enrollment period. You’re eligible for a special enrollment period if:- You have a qualifying life event such as marriage, birth or adoption of a child, or loss of existing coverage. Here’s a list of qualifying life events that would make you eligible for a special enrollment period.- A complex situation made it difficult for you to apply for coverage. Remember how HealthCare.gov was all wonky when it launched? Technical problems like that are being recognized as a “complex situation,” as are exceptional circumstances like health problems or natural disasters.If you think you qualify for a special enrollment period, you can contact the Marketplace Call Center at 800.318.2596 or visit HealthCare.gov. If you live in New York and qualify for a special enrollment period, you can also apply for coverage with Freelancers Insurance Company.Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance ProgramMedicaid and CHIP are nationwide programs that provide coverage to people with low incomes or disabilities. These programs offer immediate enrollment and there is no open enrollment period, meaning you can apply anytime.Are these options not for you? Let’s talk about that fee.If you don’t qualify for special enrollment, then you probably can’t get Marketplace coverage until the next open enrollment period. As of now, open enrollment for 2015 coverage is scheduled for November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015.Without health coverage, you’ll have to pay a fee (1% of your income or $95 per adult, whichever is higher) or get a fee exemption. There are several scenarios that may qualify you for a fee exemption, including if you’re uninsured for less than three months of the year or if your income is too low. HealthCare.gov has a detailed list of fee exemptions, as well as instructions on how to apply for an exemption.Do you have any more health coverage questions? We’re here to help!last_img read more

Are you smarter than a golden retriever?

first_imgThe people who send you an e-mail with a quick question that you don’t bother answering (you’re too busy chasing prospects).*The people who publish a newsletter with something useful or intriguing that you don’t bother replying to with a comment (you’re too busy chasing prospects).*The people you’re connected with on LinkedIn who mention that they just got a new job and whom you ignore (you’re too busy chasing prospects).Here’s the bottom line. I know you’ve got a lot going on every day. And so it may seem more efficient to prioritize your marketing efforts and “go where the business is.”The problem with this narrow, nothing-but-the-final-step-in-the-process focus is that it’s the business development equivalent of standing by an empty dog food dish.It ignores the fact that it’s the people you already know – the ones who move along the continuum from loose acquaintance to colleague to friend to fan – who ultimately buy from you and/or send others your way.Take it from Abbie: If you want to eat on time every day, step back from the food bowl and go find the people with the ability to fill it.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. I guess I’m really not sure how smart our dog Abbie is.I mean, of course I’d like to believe she’s the canine Einstein (a great name for a rock band, by the way).But really, how can you tell? It’s not like you can give her some kind of doggie IQ test (I’m quite certain she can’t even hold a #2 pencil).I suppose I could base it on her behavior. But even then, it’s hard to reach a definitive conclusion.One minute she’ll be showing off her smarts by slowly tapping the back door to indicate her interest in going outside. But then ten minutes later, I’ll stand there and watch as she insists on eating some of the horse poop she just found on the trail in the back woods.She is smart enough to have figured out one thing, however: If you want food, don’t bother waiting by your food dish.Here’s what I mean…We feed Abbie twice a day: Once in the morning and once at lunchtime, around 12:30. By noon, if you happen to be in the house, Abbie will begin harassing you.Subtly at first – looking sideways at you, following you around, pushing on you, etc. As 12:30 approaches though, and if you still haven’t fed her, she’ll be in your face like a vote-hungry politician in late October.The point is, even though she knows that the food ultimately arrives in her bowl, she looks to people – not the bowl itself – to bring the meal. She understands the relation between cause and effect.Now I don’t mean to suggest that Abbie is smarter than you. Nor am I implying that you have anything but a modest and appropriate interest in horse manure.I am saying, however, that in my experience, many solo professionals in search of clients pay way to much attention to the bowl (i.e., prospects) and not nearly enough attention to the people who keep it filled (i.e., their existing relationships).It seems like it makes sense to focus on prospects. After all, prospects become clients and clients are the ones who write the checks.But there’s an earlier step, a step which if focused on consistently and thoroughly, keeps the prospect/client/money machine turning. It’s called “staying in front of the people you know.”Not “people who are likely to buy today” (or even ever).I’m talking about a much larger group – “people you know.” The 500 or so co-members of the human race whom you’ve gotten to know in the course of your professional and personal life … and that you routinely ignore:last_img read more

Sports fraternity welcomes Rathores appointment

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 3 (PTI) The countrys sports fraternity today welcomed the appointment of Olympics silver medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore as the new sports minister and wished him the best for his new stint. Rathore, who won a silver in double trap event in 2004 Athens Olympics, today replaced Vijay Goel as the sports minister. He was earlier the minister of state in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Fellow shooter and Indias lone individual Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was delighted at Rathore being made the sports minister. “Delighted to see @Ra_THORe is the new sports minister. All the very very best!,” said Bindra, who won a gold in 10m air rifle at the 2008 Beijing Games, in a tweet. Another fellow shooter and London Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang also expressed happiness at Rathores appointment. “@Ra_THORe your elevation raises hope because you have been there, done that & know what an athlete is made of. Heartiest Congratulations,” Narang wrote on his twitter handle. London Olympics bronze medallist boxer Mary Kom congratulated Rathore and wished him success in his new role. “I wish to congratulate @Ra_THORe on your new new role and I wish you every success in your new duties,” Mary Kom, also a Rajya Sabha member, wrote on her Twitter page. Rajiv Khel Ratna awardee paralympian Devendra Jhajharia tweeted, “Thank you @VijayGoelBJP ji for all your support. Many congratulations to @Ra_THORe ji. Look forward to achieving sporting excellence.” Star gymnast Dipa Karmakar wrote, “Many congratulations on the new role @Ra_THORe sir! All the very best!” Former sports minister Ajay Maken also congratulated Rathore and said he was the right man for the ministry. “Congrats Rajyavardhan Rathore for getting the charge of Sports Ministry! Cant say the same about others-But @Ra_THORe is a good choice!” Former Indian hockey captain Viren Rasquinha described Rathores appointment as a good development for Indian sports. “An inspirational Olympic medal winner as our new Sports Minister. Good times ahead for Indian sport. Congratulations @Ra_THORe,” tweeted Rasquinha. Olympian shooter Joydeep Karmakar said: “extremely delighted to have one of us leading the Sports Ministry. Looking forward..@Ra_THORe.” PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Singapore GP: Sebastian Vettel takes pole, Lewis Hamilton finishes fifth

first_imgFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel put himself on pole position to retake the Formula One lead from Lewis Hamilton after setting the fastest lap in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday.Championship leader Hamilton, who leads the German by three points with seven rounds remaining, qualified his Mercedes only fifth for Sunday’s night race.Dutch teenager Max Verstappen will start second for Red Bull, after going fastest in the first two phases of qualifying, with Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo third and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth.Vettel is a four times winner in Singapore and the pole was also his fourth in the city state.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar pays tribute to Raj Singh Dungarpur

first_img16 year old Sachin Tendulkar’s first tour of Pakistan; hit by a snorter by Waqar Younis, his reply – a crushing boundary. The tale is a stuff of legend but there is a back story to Sachin’s international debut series and it revolves around the then national chairman of selectors late Raj Singh Dungarpur.’Raj bhai’ played a crucial role in helping Sachin take baby steps in international cricket and Sachin thought it was time to pay homage. Sachin was present in person to inaugurate the main gate at Cricket Club of India (CCI) which would now be called Raj Singh Dungarpur gate.Some of you would know the story but it’s the kind one wouldn’t tire listening to again. Speaking on the occasion, Sachin said, “There were usual discussions whether Sachin would go to West Indies or not, so Raj bhai came to me when I was playing the semifinal at the Wankhede stadium against Delhi. I had scored runs in the first innings and Raj bhai walked up to me and he said I will tell you one thing that you will not go to West Indies, you focus on this match and if you get a chance to play in the final then score there and after that you are focusing on SSC exams, I was in 10th standard.”Sachin also went on to thank Dungarpur in breaking protocol as a selector and advising him to keep at it and that his time would come.Dungarpur was one of the few who played a stellar role in young Sachin’s progress also helping him secure exposure tours to England as a teenager when he ‘did not have deep pockets.’ Dungarpur was also instrumental in amending the rules of CCI to allow the teenager to use its dressing room.advertisementLater in 1999 when Tendulkar wanted to step down from captaincy in the middle of the South Africa series, it was Dungarpur who tried to persuade him to stay on till the end.Sachin recalled how Dungarpur remained a cricket devotee even in his last innings with Indian cricket. “When Raj bhai was on his last tour as team manager in Pakistan during 2005, I could still feel his passion for the game despite his old age,” he said.This tour was the most eventful with the Ganguly-Chappell feud at its prime with Dungarpur unfortunately plagued by ill health.It was Sachin who proposed that the main gate at CCI be named after Raj Singh Dungarpur which was finally acted upon by the club today.”I know these things take time. But I am happy its happening for perpetuity. For Rajbhai, CCI was everything,” he said.last_img read more

Ravi Shastri wants world No.1 India to stay relentless

first_imgCoach Ravi Shastri was a pleased man after India thrashed Australia in the fifth and the final ODI in Nagpur to win the series 4-1 on Sunday. The victory also rocketed India back to the No. 1 position in ODI cricket.Chasing 243 for a victory, India rode on Rohit Sharma’s 14th ODI hundred to ease to a seven-wicket victory with 43 balls to spare.”If you want to be rated as a good team you’ve got to be relentless. We repeated the job on multiple occasions and that is how we were ruthless in this series,” Ravi Shastri said after the match.Shastri also had special word of praise for Rohit, who smashed 125 off 109 balls studded with 11 fours and five sixes.”Hitman (Rohit) did a superb job for us in the match, he was brilliant,” Shahstri said.Rohit Sharma gets the Man of the Match award for his knock of 125 off 109 balls #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/DQuqrSrGps- BCCI (@BCCI) October 1, 2017Death overs bowling has become key to success for India of late. Both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been instrumental in many victories for India.”The death bowling is tremendous. It is all down to skills, when you have bowlers like these, they bring you back in the final overs. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah have skills. They compliment each other really well, they have experience, have different actions and hit their yorkers to perfection,” he said.ON PANDYA”Hardik is someone who can take on the bowling right from the start, he is a floater for us. I haven’t seen striking like that, probably Yuvraj in his youth but this guy is special and still has the exuberance of youth.”advertisementSCOPE FOR IMPROVEMENT”We can raise the bar in the fielding and we can seize the big moments. We also need batsmen to carry on after they score 60s and 70s, quite like what Rohit did today.”Jai Hind! #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/Cc2yR9cRd5- BCCI (@BCCI) October 1, 2017last_img read more

Tamil Nadu: 2 killed at Jallikattu event in Sivaganga

first_imgTwo people have been killed at Jallikattu event in Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga, reports suggest. This incident has come to light after a teen spectator died on Monday at a Jallikattu event in Madurai.More details on the dead victims are awaited.Jallikattu is an annual bull-taming event that is held during the festival of Pongal. The controversial sport was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 which led to a massive outburst in the public.The Supreme Court upheld the ban in January 2016, but it was reversed by an order of the government.Also read: EPS-OPS visit Alanganallur Jallikattu competition, you can live stream herelast_img read more

Team India return to international cricket six months after World Cup

first_imgThey were the toast of the nation last June, narrowly missing out being the World Champions in India’s favourite sport. But Mithali Raj and Co. have been out of sight with no international action to follow up on the success for the past six months.Next month they will face off in an away series against South Africa for limited over’s contest featuring three ODIs and five T20Is.WATCHThe Indian captain’s pre departure media meet was thronged by questions around this sluggish scheduling for the women’s team.”Ideally I would have preferred and we as players would have preferred to carry the momentum. But when you have a long season, you also need time to recover from injuries. To get back at you fitness levels for the future. It is both ways because we have fit players who have played domestic matches,” Mithali said.While BCCI received flack for failing to capitalise on the World Cup success, the national team members have found ways to stay fit and engaged in domestic cricket.The likes of Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy are coming off Big Bash action in Australia.”Everyone is coming from playing matches. Girls have worked hard on fitness levels. Everyone is agile and fit. The gap given time is to get stronger,” Mithali said attending to another scheduling question.Unlike the men’s team though, whose misery in South Africa has been accentuated by little practice time, the women are much better off with two practice games before the first ODI on February 5.advertisement”Going early in any conditions is a good thing. We went early for the World Cup also in England to get acclimatised. We went early to South Africa for quadrangular as well. It helps to get used to bounce. We don’t see bounce and lateral movement here,” the captain said.While many would call the women’s team’s scheduling as an opportunity lost,to her credit Mithali did not want her side to live off the false confidence that they came a close second in the World Cup last year.”Confidence is more to do with mind. We have prepared well. Yes, we have done well in the World Cup but that is last year now. We are getting into new year and there is the T20 World Cup to look forward to. We can carry confidence but it’s about how we analyse and react to situation that can get us results. Any team that is winning will be more confidence for next series,” she said.last_img read more