Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgArsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday when they face Watford at Emirates Stadium.The Gunners have won their last four league games and come off the back of an impressive Carabao Cup third round win over Championship side Brentford.Vast changes are expected to be made by Unai Emery against the Hornets, who are likely to be led by Troy Deeney.Deeney famously said that Arsenal ‘lacked cajones’ following their 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road last season, although he saw his penalty saved by Petr Cech in the reverse fixture at the Emirates in March.Arsenal injuries Sead Kolasinac made the substitutes bench against Brentford and will also likely be in the matchday squad for this one.Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on the road to recovery following his injury, while Laurent Koscielny is back in light training and Carl Jenkinson remains out with an ankle injury.Arsenal suspensions Arsenal have no suspensions for this game but Christian Kabasele misses out for Watford.Possible Arsenal starting line-upEmery could continue with Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the inside right position due to his productive partnership with Hector Bellerin down the flank.Alexandre Lacazette will come back into the starting line-up after being benched against Brentford, with Sokratis and Bellerin also set to return to the defence.The midfield partnership of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira also looks set to continue.Arsenal XIWatford team news Watford defender Daryl Janmaat will be out of action for six weeks with a knee injury.Troy Deeney was a doubt with an ankle injury but he was quoted as saying “it is nothing an injection can’t help and it will take more than that to stop me playing against Arsenal away.”Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu, Sebastian Prodl, Stefano Okaka Chuka and Miguel Britos are all out.TV coverage & kick-off time Kick-off is 3pm BST (10am ET) on Saturday September 29, and the game will not be shown on TV in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC Sports Gold in the United States, and on various channels around the world.Best Opta match facts Arsenal have won eight of their 10 Premier League games against Watford, but those two defeats have come in the last three meetings in the competition. Watford have picked up three victories in their last six matches versus Arsenal in all competitions (L3), this after losing each of the previous six in a row. Watford have lost 15 of their last 16 away games against the ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League, though the solitary win in that run did come at the Emirates (2-1 in January 2017). Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has scored in each of his last four home starts in the Premier League, netting five goals in total. The last player to score in five successive starts at the Emirates for Arsenal was Robin van Persie in the 2011-12 campaign. Since his debut in the competition, only Mohamed Salah (16) has scored more Premier League goals than Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12, level with Harry Kane). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Liverpool’s title dream could collapse without a scoring midfielder

first_imgJoint-top of the Premier League heading into the second international break of the campaign, on paper Liverpool’s season is progressing just as their fans would have hoped.There is, however, a potential cloud on the horizon and, unthinkably really given last season’s heroics, it concerns a relative lack of cohesion from the Reds’ front three.Last season Mohamed Salah (32), Roberto Firmino (15) and Sadio Mane (10) accounted for 68% of Liverpool’s league goals, as well as adding a barely credible 30 between them in the Champions League (more goals than 74 of the other 76 Champions League campaigns by English clubs). 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! Such productivity is not only unlikely to be sustainable, but points to the fact that Liverpool do not have a midfield stocked with reliable goalscorers who can chip in when the forwards are labouring.Jamie Carragher added heft to the debate recently, suggesting that Liverpool are yet to replace Philippe Coutinho.”We need a bit more quality in midfield, I think. That’s all. Maybe he’ll revisit that in January,” he told This is Anfield.”I just look at that midfield and I think we’re missing that Coutinho type of player. We went in for [Nabil] Fekir, so we’re obviously looking for someone like that.”We’re trying to compete with City, and I look and they’ve got De Bruyne and Silva in there. I don’t think we’ve got that sort of player.”Liverpool midfield/forward stats (2017-18 Premier League) Player Name Goals Scored Assists Mohamed Salah 32 10 Roberto Firmino 15 7 Sadio Mane 10 7       Philippe Coutinho 7 6 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 3 7 Emre Can 3 4 Daniel Sturridge 2 1 Georginio Wijnaldum 1 2 Jordan Henderson 1 1 Dominic Solanke 1 1 Danny Ings 1 0 James Milner 0 3 And when you look down a list of Liverpool’s top goalscorers in the Premier League last season, after the industrial hauls of the celebrated front three, the next highest scorer was Coutinho himself with seven, even though he started the season in mid-September and played his final match for the club in December.It’s not that 10-goal-a-season midfielders are common (Liverpool have had only four such players in the Premier League era: Steven Gerrard four times, Steve McManaman in 1997-98, plus Maxi Rodriguez and the transformative Dirk Kuyt in 2010-11), it’s just that having one could be the factor that tilts the title towards Anfield rather than the Etihad Stadium or Stamford Bridge.Think of the great title-winning sides of the last 30 years and a steady supply of goals from midfield is a key ingredient – from the 45 scored by Chelsea in 2009-10 (34 of them from Frank Lampard and the lesser-celebrated Florent Malouda) to the 42 from Manchester United in 1993-94 when Ryan Giggs, Andrei Kanchelskis, Lee Sharpe, Roy Keane and Paul Ince all contributed at least five goals each.Marc Overmars offered 12 for Arsenal in 1997-98, Robert Pires 14 in 2003-04, Manchester City’s eventual hunting down of Liverpool in 2013-14 would not have happened without Yaya Toure’s 20 goals, while Riyad Mahrez’s 17 for Leicester in 2015-16 was only seven fewer than Jamie Vardy’s famous total.Yaya Toure Manchester City 2013-14Even among Liverpool’s long-past league wins you can find John Barnes scoring 22 in 1989-90, along with 11 from Steve Nicol and Steve McMahon. Two years earlier Barnes had scored 15 in his first league campaign with the Reds, with the trio of McMahon, Ray Houghton and Craig Johnston adding 19 between them.There is an exception to the rule, however, with the most notable example in the Premier League era being Blackburn in 1994-95, where Kenny Dalglish guided his side to the title with a midfield contribution of less than 20 goals – the only team to achieve that feat.Of course, that Rovers side were understandably reliant on Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, who scored 49 between them, 61% of their total, and were one of the first set of forwards to have their own acronym.So from the SAS to MSN and BBC and whatever you want to call Liverpool’s trio; it’s all well and good having a blue-chip frontline, but sometimes you really do need your pals behind to help out. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more


SEE PICS: Rajinikanth, wife Latha, daughter Aishwaryaa R Dhanush celebrate Pongal

first_imgDespite the hullabaloo over jallikattu that has spawned several debates across the country, Tamil people welcomed the harvest festival Pongal with zeal and fervour on Saturday.Superstar Rajinikanth too celebrated Pongal with wife Latha Rajinikanth and elder daughter Aishwaryaa R Dhanush.ALSO READ: Bairavaa ReviewALSO READ: Khaidi No 150 ReviewALSO READ: Gautamiputra Satakarni ReviewAishwaryaa took to Twitter and shared the pictures.While dearest hubby @dhanushkraja n @soundaryaarajni have a shooting #pongal .we are making the most of our #pongalholiday ???love traditions! pic.twitter.com/6iQUjc1p5U Aishwaryaa.R.Dhanush (@ash_r_dhanush) January 14, 2017Dhanush and Soundarya missed the celebrations as the duo are presently shooting for the upcoming film Velai Illa Pattathari 2, a sequel to the blockbuster Tamil film of the same name.On Friday, Rajinikanth also extended his support for jallikattu, the popular and ancient bull-taming sport, played usually around Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu.Speaking at Vikatan Film Awards, he said, “Bring in whatever rules but Jallikattu must be held to keep up the traditions of our Tamil culture.”Rajinikanth, who was last seen in blockbuster gangster film Kabali, has begun dubbing for the much-anticipated sci-fi thriller 2.0, which is directed by Shankar.Also starring Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain in pivotal roles, the film has music by AR Rahman.Being made on a lavish budget of Rs 400 crore, 2.0 will hit the screens on Diwali.WATCH HERE: Experts react to Kamal Haasan’s statement on jallikattulast_img read more


We love playing under Virat Kohli, says KL Rahul

first_imgOpener KL Rahul on Wednesday said he loves playing under Virat Kohli as the 28-year-old India captain has already showed signs of being a “great leader” with his energy and passion. This comes after Kohli slammed his 27th ton to lead the team from the front and guide the side to a three-wicket win over England in the first one day international (ODI) in Pune on Sunday. (High-flying India aim to clinch series vs England in second ODI)Rahul lauded his captain on the eve of the second ODI against England at the Barabati Stadium. The hosts lead the three-match series 1-0.”It is about how he (Kohli) has set examples for us. He has gone out there and done the job for the team many times.”We look up to him and we see how he builds his innings, the kind of energy, enthusiasm and the passion he has on the field. It spreads on all of us. We learn a lot from him,” Rahul told reporters. (Kohli, Root champion players because of special abilities: Ganguly to India Today)He added, “He is somebody who is not just looking to have great performances individually but he wants to take the team along. He is always showing us the way, sharing his experience and giving us feedback, telling us what he thinks we could have done better. That is the sign of a great leader.”In Kohli’s first outing after being appointed skipper of limited-overs sides, the hosts were set an imposing target of 351 in 50 overs, but that only brought the best out of him as he struck his 27th century and along with Kedar Jadhav powered India to an incredible win. (Won’t let Kohli settle into rhythm, says Jake Ball)advertisement’GREAT TO HAVE DHONI, KOHLI IN THE TEAM’With Mahendra Singh Dhoni having relinquished captaincy, Rahul said it’s a great time to have both of them in the side.”It’s just been one game for now but for the guys who are part of the Test team know how aggressive he is as a captain.”We love playing under Virat.”He always supported me and it’s good to have a young leader and also to have MS in the team, who not only guides Virat as a skipper, but also the youngsters. It’s good to have both of them in the team.” (Kohli is great but he will get even better with time)’LOVE THE COMPETITION IN THE TEAM’There’s a bit of competition for the opening slots with Ajinkya Rahane waiting in the wings, but Rahul said it is motivating.”We know there are other guys who are capable enough. That’s what wakes me up in the morning and train harder every day..to turn up at the practice every day and work harder.”There are able and talented guys waiting in the bench to take my place. It’s a good place to be in. We love the competition in team. We never complain of competition or pressure of other guys. It kind of gets us going. We take it in a positive way. We try to remain positive on our work ethics,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more


We want jallikattu, cry protestors at Chennai’s Marina Beach

first_img“Chinamma, chinamma, OPS yengamma?” A slogan that translates to, “Chinamma, where is O Paneerselvam?” was what kept echoing through the protest at Chennai’s Marina beach demanding the ban on jallikattu be lifted. The protest that was underway in Madurai’s Allanganallur and Avinyapuram spread like wildfire to other parts of the state as well.”We will not leave this place (Marina beach) till we get justice. We want the people arrested in Madurai to be released and the ban of PETA in Tamil Nadu. Where is Paneerselvam? He has to come and solve this issue,” said a protester.The demand for jallikattu has been continuous and the people in Tamil Nadu who have been seeking a lift on the ban on the sport have raised their concern of feeling being left out. “In Andhra Pradesh, jallikattu took place but no action was taken on them. Why is only Tamil Nadu being targeted?” questioned Kaushik, another protester.PROTEST TO CONTINUE TILL BAN IS LIFTEDHundreds of people who were flocking the world’s second largest beach went on a sit-in protest and the protest will continue till the ban is lifted. “We will continue to protest and if justice is not served, we will return our voter id or will vote only for independent student candidates,” said Karthik, another protester.While public support for the sport that has been described as barbaric, has been increasing in the state. Celebrities supporting the cause have increased as well. Actor Vijay has put up a hard-hitting message supporting the student community for their protest and also criticised PETA and said they should be banned.advertisement#JusticeforJallikattu pic.twitter.com/VAiD8h9cu2 Vijay (@actorvijay) January 17, 2017 Others who have been already showing their support for the sport include actor Kamal Hassan, Simbu, Arya, singers Tamizha Adhi, Arjunraja Kamaraj, GV Prakash,  Chinmaye and many others. The overflowing support has only increased the debate on Tamil pride and Tamil tradition and culture. As the debate continues, people in the state are not going to go silent till their demands are fulfilled.Also read: Tamil Nadu: More than 500 detained for protesting in support of jallikattu Watch the videolast_img read more



“Only talks between India,SL fishermen can resolve issue”

first_imgRameswaram(TN), Feb 4 (PTI) The long-standing fishermen problem between India and Srilanka can be resolved only through earnest dialogue between fishermen of both the nations, former Union Minister P Chidambaram said today.He said this after inaugurating a community radio for the fishing community, in nearby Pamban.Referring to the ministerial-level meetings held in Colombo last month, to find a solution to the vexed issue, Chidambaram said there is no point in holding parleys between representatives of both the governments.”The issue can be solved only through talks between fishermen of both the countries,” he added.His son and Congress leader Karthi, who took part in the function alleged that the recent state-wide protests for the conduct of jallikattu were not just in support of the bull-taming sport.. but public anger against all political parties in Tamil Nadu.The radio, Kadalosai 90.4 FM owned by Nesakarangal trust has been set up at a cost of Rs 2 crore.The FM radio will broadcast useful information for the fisherfolk besides entertainment, President of Nesakarangal Trust, Armstrong Fernando said in a release here.The radio station will be manned by youth from the local fishing community after being trained by experts, it said.Weather forecast will also be aired frequently for the benefit of the fishermen venturing into the sea, the release added. PTI COR ROH ROHlast_img read more


Inspiration: Hats off to the very alive city of Grand Rapids

first_imgWhen the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan made Newsweek’s list of dying cities, the people there did something extraordinary to show how wrong a description that was.Check out the ten-minute, CONTINUOUS take, lip dub of Bye, Bye Miss American Pie. Everyone from the mayor to local businesspeople to students starred. As NPR put it in this story, “It’s a little counterintuitive, but a massive crowd ballet that specifically identifies no one turns out to be a surprisingly powerful translation of a impersonal economic projection to a story about individual people.”Here’s how they made it:What an inspiring way to show what their city truly is.last_img read more


Why you can’t have a huge, active community paying attention at all times

first_imgI’m often asked, “How do we scale our dedicated fan base?”Here’s the challenge.A lot of organizations (both nonprofit and for-profit) start with a dedicated following. Then they try to grow their community bigger and bigger. Along they way, they keep talking to their audience as if it was one, homogeneous audience. But it’s not. A lot of people lose interest, because they care about different things. The audience starts disengaging and dwindling. And you might end up with a small audience that isn’t dedicated at all.That’s the rub.As Clay Shirky said in his book, Cognitive Surplus, “People differ. More people differ more…and intimacy doesn’t scale.” He says everyone wants three things:1. A large group of people2. An active group of people.3. A group paying attention to the same thing.It would be nice and easy if you’re in nonprofit marketing to have that be possible. But the problem is, you have to pick two. You can’t have all three at the same time.So decide. As you grow and your audience diversifies, are you willing to segment that larger group into smaller groups? And talk to each of those smaller groups in a different way, based on their interests? It’s what you need to keep growing. One message does not fit one mass.last_img read more


How to Create Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Presence

first_imgRead more on The Nonprofit Blog There’s no denying it. Social media is the fastest-growing phenomenon of the modern age. Since Facebook launched 15 years ago, in 2004, it has grown to over two billion users. Twitter and Instagram are close behind. According to the Pew Research Center’s report about social media use in 2019, Facebook remains one of the most widely used social media sites among adults and 69% of Americans are on social media.Social media helps nonprofits:Build trust within your communityDeepen your relationship with your audiencePromote you eventsExpand your outreach and networkDrive people to your websiteAdd personality to your organizationProvide real-time engagement with your followersBut how do you create your social media presence? Pay attention to these five key components when establishing your nonprofit’s online.Your ProfileYour profile is the first thing people see when they search for you on social media. Keep your name and profile picture consistent across platforms. That way, people who like you on Facebook can easily find you on Twitter or Instagram. Best practice for your profile image is to use your nonprofit’s logo. This image accompanies all of your posts, so it’s a great way to build brand awareness.Set your location and add a website addressAdd company info or a brief bioSet your cover or header image. Update this image periodically to highlight events, programs, organizational news, or just for a change of paceWhat to PostThe old adage applies…content is king. Post content that drives engagement and conversation, and builds trust in your organization. From your mission to programs and events, you have plenty of material to talk about at your disposal. Be personable, approachable, and fun. What is your organization’s personality? How much do you enjoy coming to the office every day? Share that energy with your followers. Include images in your content. A picture is worth a thousand words. Posts with video or images have a stronger engagement level than text-only posts.Shareable ContentFundraising campaigns (launches, status updates, fundraising events)Non-promotional (holiday party photos, office pot-lucks, candid staff shots, new staff member introductions, trivia, opinion polls, contests)Press and Announcements (grants and awards, organization mentioned in news, job postings)Events (community events, performances, panel discussions, town halls)Program Updates (number of people served, new sponsor information, locations and partners)Relevant external news (articles about your area of focus, blogs by experts in the field, community affairs)Let your content lead. Stay active, but don’t post just to post. Create a schedule that includes an item or two a day to stay in your followers’ newsfeedsWhen to PostWhen and how often to post throughout the day depends on your audience’s schedule just as much as your content. Event announcements are more time-sensitive than trivia. Press, reviews, and interviews depend on when the news outlet is publishing the story. The perfect schedule will differ from organization to organization. The key is to find those times of day when your followers are online. Post at different times of day to discover when your followers are taking breaks. Catch them during their commutes to and from the office. Stay engaged with them in the early evening or after dinner.An easy-to-follow schedule is to post mid-morning, lunchtime, and late afternoon/early eveningStick to a routine and test it out over time to see what kind of response you receiveOnce you have a baseline, try out different times of day to see when you get the most engagement.Measuring SuccessLike any other marketing or fundraising effort, your success on social media will be determined by your goals. It’s exciting to watch your number of followers increase, but if they’re not engaging with your content, you won’t stay in their newsfeed for long. It’s crucial to measure success by both quantity and quality. As your numbers grow, are you also seeing a rise in comments and engagement with posts? Are you capturing more email addresses for your e-newsletter? Is your organization being tagged in other people’s posts?Insights & AnalyticsUse your social media channel’s individual insights and analytics tools to track how posts are performing. You can learn so much about your audience through these insights. Think of it as your very own Nielsen rating system. Through this data, you can:View overall likes, shares, retweets, and commentsLearn how, where, and when people are interacting with your postsMeasure retention over timeView demographics of your followersSegment your audience to target postsView the reach and amount of engagement of individual postsFind influencers in your networkUse this data to your advantage. Create content that matches your followers’ interests, test out your social media schedule for best results, and target like-minded individuals to grow your network.last_img read more


Portfolios 101: what you need to know to get started

first_imgYou’ve seen plenty from us about resumes and cover letters and the importance of each. Now we’re going to tackle the big bad unknown of most freelancers’ toolkits—the portfolio.Everyone’s portfolio will look different and have different needs according to the specialties of the field you’re in. Having trouble getting started? Here’s our Portfolio intro course, 101.Why do I need a portfolio? Isn’t my resume enough?Freelancers generally aren’t people looking for a task to perform. Rather, freelancers are specialized professionals offering a service to clients. Without a portfolio, how will potential clients know what you’re capable of?A portfolio is the best way to show off your previous work in its truest form, rather than relying on a written description or promises you’ve got no evidence to back up. And a well-curated portfolio can be the difference between landing a gig and losing one!Okay, what should I put in it?The easy answer is, your best work! But let’s break that down.A portfolio shouldn’t only consist of your favorite projects or the ones that were most suited to your personal style. As with stocks and funds, a good work portfolio is a diverse portfolio!Don’t just think of your portfolio as a series of images or clips that you can rearrange however you like. Instead, think of each project as a case study. When you’re considering a project for inclusion, ask yourself these questions:• Does this project showcase my strengths as a (journalist, copywriter, UX designer, etc…)?• Does this project demonstrate my ability to solve a client’s problem? What was that problem and can I speak to it?• Am I proud of this project—or is it good work, even if I don’t like it?• Does this project diversify my portfolio?Depending on your industry, you may want more or less pieces in your portfolio. 5-7 projects or 10-15 clips is about right. Of course, there’s no harm in including lots of previous work—just make sure that your portfolio is set up to be easily navigable.What do you mean, easily navigable?There’s nothing more frustrating—or disappointing—than a portfolio that doesn’t showcase a freelancer’s projects and abilities to their full potential. Ever click over to someone’s website, only to realize you have no idea where to find anything? Conversely, have you ever visited a website that was so full of information you had no idea how to begin or how to make a decision?Don’t let that happen when future clients look at your portfolio!The first thing potential clients need to see when they look at your portfolio is some idea of your work. It might be an image or segment of your strongest project, your branded logo, or some kind of summary of who you are and what you do. They should immediately have an idea of your style, skills, and the scope of the projects you take on.So set up your portfolio to show off your skills. You might want to sort your work and clips by category, especially if you take on lots of different projects. Start and close with your strongest projects—this is especially important if your layout is navigated in a forced order, like a slideshow or a vertical scroll. Make sure that all the information is clearly presented, and that navigation is simple. And don’t forget to include a contact page so that people can get ahold of you!Where should I host my portfolio?Depending on your field and the kind of work you do, there are lots of different portfolio sites to choose from. Here are a few good choices:Squarespace is a great option for a website of any kind. It comes with several templates and a built-in optimized mobile design. It’s $8/month for the basic plan, but Freelancers Union members get a 10% discount!Contently is a nice free option for writers. It displays your published clips in a sleek default layout and highlights your top-level social stats. You can also apply to be a candidate in Contently’s freelance marketplace, which is free to join but takes a 15% cut of whatever projects you land. And Clippings.me is another, slightly more sophisticated portfolio site that allows for more customization.For more great portfolio sites for writers, check out our post on it here.Carbonmade is a simple, clean portfolio site for visual artists, especially illustrators. Portfoliobox is another good option. And Behance offers a professional tier alongside its default free portfolios.For those who’d like more customizability, check out a platform like Wix or the aforementioned Squarespace. For more portfolio sites for visual artists and designers, check out our post here.How can I grow my portfolio?Sometimes, no matter how great your portfolio is, you’re still not getting the clients you want. As you grow and change career tracks and add new projects, you’ll want to update your portfolio to reflect your most recent work.It’s important to keep a diverse and fresh portfolio, because the kind of work you show is the kind of work you’ll attract. If you’ve been a graphic designer but want to segue into UX design, for example, focus on the mockups for a project and different interaction questions you solved, rather than on graphics and layout. Or if you’re a blog writer trying to get into magazine writing, highlight your longform pieces instead of your shorter, fun stuff.Show the kind of work that you want to do, not just the work that you have done. If that means doing a passion project or two to boost your portfolio, by all means do so! Personal work is also a great way to gain experience doing a particular kind of project before you pitch it to a client.Okay, I got it down! What else should I know about portfolios?Having a custom domain name is a really great way to increase name recognition, boost your credibility, and up your SEO. Instead of “yourname.site.com,” you can just have “yourname.com”—way more professional, right? Even if you’re not a coding whiz, it’s a snap to connect a custom domain to any of the sites mentioned above.Whether you like it or not, your portfolio is an extension of you—and it’s a bigger part of your brand than, say, a resume. So the best way to maximize your use of your portfolio is to use it as a personal branding tool. Update it frequently, add your new work, remove outdated things, and keep it fresh. And if you ever need a second pair of eyes (or a third, or fourth, or fifth!) check out our Hive: Post your portfolio, website, or resume for critique!Freelancers, got any other tips about building and branding your portfolio? Let us know in the comments!last_img read more


How do great freelancers find new clients? Our February Spark

first_imgThank you @freshbooks for feeding our #freelancespark pic.twitter.com/6Rb9MXvhaK— Kleverdog Coworking (@kleverdogcowork) February 19, 2015 Hundreds of freelancers got together last night to talk about How to Build Your Client Base at our first ever Spark event! In LA, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and a dozen other cities around the country, newbies and seasoned freelancers across all industries shared their top client-hunting strategies.Here are just a few bits of wisdom that we shared:Don’t be afraid to ask clients for a referral, if they liked the work you did.The natural evolution of freelancing evolves from trying to be everything to everybody at first to getting really clear about the exact type of client and work you want. Use this clarity to refine your website, social media, and client pitches.Different types of marketing work for different people—there’s no one1-size-fits-all solution.You have to measure your strategies and see if they’re getting you the results you want. This is especially true for any type of free work.Referrals (client referrals and personal referrals) came in as the best way of finding great clients. The strategy—do great work!Being a nice and giving person is the best way to attract clients in unexpected places. Doing pro-bono work for a good cause, connecting like-minded folks, and helping others when you can gets you good karma.Attend events, and join a professional association.Create content (newsletter, blog, twitter) to express your expertise in your field, and keep folks up to date on what you’re doing. Sending a quarterly newsletter is a great way to stay top of mind for clients (and update them on new skills, projects, or accomplishments).Ask for informational interviews with folks you admire.Missed last night? Don’t worry, this is a monthly event! Come to our next one – Freelance Tax Workshop – on March 11th! And you can still join in the discussion in our online community, Hives.Thanks again to all the awesome freelancers who came out last night. Here are a few snapshots — check out the all the highlights at #FreelanceSpark!Keep learning and connecting. #FreelanceSpark #networking #theyardA photo posted by Spencer Gordon (@snapspencer) on Feb 19, 2015 at 7:43am PST Breaking out in small group discussions at the @freelancersu event at The Yard in #greenpoint. #FreelanceSpark pic.twitter.com/3TxEJ4aGGR— alyssa (@haakalyssa) February 18, 2015center_img Loved tonight’s @FreelancersU Spark meeting @grindspaces. Thanks to all who came out. The cold can’t stop our hustle! 😊 #FreelanceSpark— Adam Jun (@oAdamJun) February 19, 2015See you next month!last_img read more


Premier League: Manchester City, Chelsea register comprehensive victories

first_imgA tap-in by Gabriel Jesus and a thumping strike from Kevin de Bruyne helped Premier League leaders Manchester City beat Leicester City 2-0 on Saturday for their 16th successive victory in all competitions.Although City won at a stroll, it might have been different had Vincent Kompany received more than a booking for his foul on Jamie Vardy three minutes into his return from injury.City defender John Stones did hobble off but the visitors took the lead with a stunning goal just before the interval when David Silva broke the offside trap to provide Jesus, who was starting ahead of Sergio Aguero, with the simplest of tap-ins.City’s second in the 49th minute came seconds after Harry McGuire hit their post at the other end. Turning defence into attack, the visitors stormed upfield and De Bruyne unleashed an unstoppable effort from the edge of the area.CHELSEA HAMMER WEST BROMPhoto Credit: ReutersAntonio Conte celebrated his 50th Premier League game as manager by watching his Chelsea side hammer West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday to make it four straight league defeats for the Baggies.The home side started well and had an early goal ruled out for offside, but once Alvaro Morata drilled home the rebound from an Eden Hazard shot to give the Blues the lead in the 17th minute they never looked back.Morata turned provider six minutes later, his slick backheel putting Eden Hazard in to round Foster and make it 2-0, and an unmarked Marcos Alonso deftly volleyed home a Cesc Fabregas free kick to make it 3-0 before halftime.advertisementHazard drifted in from the left to hammer home his second in the 62nd minute to cap a dominant Chelsea performance and heap the pressure on West Brom boss Tony Pulis, who has not seen his side win since a 1-0 victory at Burnley in August.last_img read more



Assam gets investment proposals of nearly Rs 70000 crore: CM

first_imgBy Achinta BorahGuwahati, Feb 4 (PTI) The first-ever global investors summit in Assam has seen investment commitments to the tune of nearly Rs 70,000 crore in various sectors, including petroleum, telecom, health and tourism, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said today.”It is a very good beginning. The response of the investors are very exciting and encouraging. I believe the investment commitments will make Assam a better economy,” Sonowal told PTI here.Nearly 200 initial pacts worth nearly Rs�70,000 crore were signed at the Advantage Assam summit, he said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the two-day event yesterday.�Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay, several Union ministers,�chief ministers of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, ambassadors and high commissioners of 16 countries, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekharan attended the meet.The chief minister said oil major ONGC committed Rs 13,000 crore investment�in the state, another oil PSU Oil India Ltd. pledged�an investment of Rs 10,000 crore.Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd planning to�invest Rs 3,432 crore and Rs 3,410 crore, respectively.Among private players, RIL chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani�has announced an investment of Rs 2,500 crore in Assam in various�sectors, including retail, petroleum, telecom, tourism and�sports, creating jobs for at least 80,000 people over the next�three years.The�Tata Trusts will invest Rs 2,000 crore to implement a�cancer care programme jointly with the Assam government in 17 centres across 15 districts of the state from next year, the�project will see an investment of around Rs 2,000 crore.Indo-UK Institute of Health will be investing Rs 2,700 crore, while Century Ply has shared plans of investing Rs 2,100 crore.advertisementSpicejet chief Ajay Singh has announced the plans of Rs 1,250 crore investment in Assam�through seaplanes to boost the tourism sector besides�connecting Lakhimpur and Jorhat under the recently launched central government scheme Udaan.Infinity Group will be investing Rs 1,000 crore in an IT park and real estate project in Guwahati, the�Medanta Group proposed Rs 500 crore investment in the healthcare�sector and Dalmia Bharat Cement announced an investment�to the tune of Rs 1,100 crore.Sonowal said the investments will provide ample employment opportunities to the youth of the state.”We hope that Assam will be the gateway for India to connect ASEAN countries,” he said.Media advisor to the chief minister, Hrishikesh Goswami, said tourism, which is one of the key focus areas of�the government, saw an investment proposal to the tune of�Rs 736 crore and infrastructure sector�saw a total investment proposal worth Rs�2,347 crore.Other major companies announcing investments in Assam are�BPCL (Rs 350 crore), Essel Infraprojects (Rs 6,000 crore), Star Cement (Rs 2,100 crore), Infinity Infotech Parks (Rs�1,000 crore) and Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India (Rs 400 crore).The Assam government has identified 12 focus sectors for the summit, including agriculture and food processing, handloom-textile-handicrafts, logistics, river transport-port township, IT-ITeS, pharmaceutical-medical equipment, plastics-petrochemicals and power.Assam has hosted its first global investors summit to showcase its manufacturing opportunities and geostrategic advantages to foreign and domestic investors.The summit�aimed at highlighting Assams geostrategic advantages and core competencies in different sectors along with the policy initiatives taken by the state government. PTI ACB SMNlast_img read more


Jio bags digital rights to broadcast Winter Olympics in India

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) Reliance Jios live television app Jio TV today said it has bagged�digital rights to�broadcast the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018 across India.”JioTV will work with IOC (International Olympic Committee) to provide comprehensive coverage of the Games in India, thus enabling millions to access live and catch-up content on their mobile devices, on the move,” a Jio statement said.The Olympic Winter Games — scheduled to be held from February 9 to 25 in PyeongChang County, South Korea –�will feature 102 events across 15 sports, including Skiing, Skating, Luge, Ski Jumping, Ice Hockey, Snow Boarding, among others.The event is expected to witness participation�from over 90 countries, including India.JioTV will create multiple�exclusive channels on its platform to stream 24×7 live action and content of the games.It will also offer a seven-day catch up feature for consumers to watch repeat action at their convenience, the statement�said.The events coverage will include live broadcast, highlight packages and repeat programming.In addition to working with JioTV, the IOCs multi- platform media destination, the Olympic Channel, will also stream live coverage of the games in India. PTI MBI BALlast_img read more


Odisha Govt to sponsor Indian hockey team

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) In a first-of-its-kind association, Indian hockey today got a new sponsor in state government of Odisha, which has decided to support the game for the next five years.The announcement was made by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during a grand function here today, which was also attended by both the Indian mens and womens hockey team players, International Hockey Federation (FIH) and IOA President Narinder Batra, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta among other dignitaries.During the function, Odisha government also unveiled its logo that will don the new jerseys of both the teams.Although it is not known how much money the state is going to pump into hockey, the association holds great significance for the development of the sport.Commenting on the association, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “Hockey in Odisha is more than a sport, its a way of life, especially in our tribal regions where children learn to walk with hockey sticks.”No wonder Odisha has produced Indias finest hockey talent. This is a first where a state government will not just be promoting a sport within its boundaries but will also support and nurture India hockey. This is Odishas gift to the nation.”Odisha is regarded as the cradle of hockey and has produced greats like Dilip Tirkey, Ignace Tirkey and Lazarus Barla in the past.The current Indian teams also has the likes of Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Deepsan Tirkey and Namita Toppo to name a few.Odisha has been supporting the game with various initiatives and also won the Kalinga Lancers in the Hockey India League.advertisementThe Capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar has hosted international tournaments like the 2014 Champions Trophy and last years Hockey World League Final.Odisha is also the host and proud title sponsor of the FIH mens Hockey World Cup to be held later this year.The newly designed logo on the Indian national hockey team jersey is a summation of Odisha — the Konark Wheel, the states famed coastline, endangered Olive Ridley turtles, Odissi dance form and hockey.Thanking the state government for its continuous support, FIH and IOA President Batra called Bhubaneswar as the sports capital of India.He also requested the Odisha government to built a state-of-the-art High Performance Centre for elite athletes of the country.”I would request the Govt of Odisha to come up with a High Performance Centre for elite athletes. Like Delhi is the capital of India, Bombay the financial capital of the country, Bengaluru IT capital, for me Bhubaneswar is the sports capital of the country,” Batra said.Batra also informed that the opening ceremony of the World Cup will be held a day before the start of the event. The World Cup will be held from November 28 to December 16 this year. PTI SSC KHSlast_img read more


Lukaku, Lingard fire Manchester United to 2-1 win over Chelsea

first_imgManchester United came back from behind to register a 2-1 win over Chelsea as striker Romelu Lukaku scored and then created the winning goal against his old team at Old Trafford on Sunday.The win put Manchester United back in second place in the Premier League, still 13 points behind neighbours Manchester City, while Chelsea drop below Tottenham into fifth place.The win was just about merited after a much improved second- half performance by Jose Mourinho’s side.Enjoy that one, #MUFC fans? pic.twitter.com/fD782XbeeEManchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2018Chelsea were the brighter team early on and Alvaro Morata, brought back into the side, volleyed against the bar after only four minutes.The Londoners deserved the lead that Willian gave them after 31 minutes, taking Eden Hazard’s pass and beating David de Gea at his near post.As United improved, Lukaku belied his reputation for not scoring against the big clubs by equalising before halftime, then crossed perfectly for substitute Jesse Lingard to head the winner in the 75th minute.Each manager had brought an expensive signing back into their starting XI with Morata replacing Pedro for Chelsea and United’s record signing Paul Pogba picked, although youngster Scott McTominay kept his place.A goal, an assist and a Man-of-the-Match award for @RomeluLukaku9 today! #MUTV spoke to the man himself following today’s win. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/C30ZIaZPlf Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2018Morata was more influential initially, hitting the crossbar from Marcos Alonso’s volleyed cross.Alexis Sanchez failed to convert a good chance for United, who fell behind four minutes later.advertisementWillian, the scorer against Barcelona in midweek, led a break from his own half and took Hazard’s pass before a shot that De Gea should have done better with.In the second half the goalkeeper was also troubled by drives from Danny Drinkwater and Willian that bounced in front of him.last_img read more


Nidahas Trophy, 6th T20I: Shakib Al Hasan regrets outburst after final over drama

first_imgBangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was deeply regretful of his behaviour in the final over of the 6th T20I against Sri Lanka and said he will be more careful in future.Bangladesh were chasing 160 for victory in the do-or-die match of the Nidahas Trophy on Friday and needed 12 runs in the last over to knock Sri Lanka out of the competition.That’s when Isuru Udana bowled a couple of head-high bouncers, the second of which was called a no-ball by the square leg umpire before he changed his decision and that’s when Shakib lost his cool and came out on the boundary line to protest.Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh threatened to forfeit match after final over controversy vs SLHe even gestured the batsmen – Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain – to walk off the field and forfeit the match, which would have disqualified them from the tri-series and Sri Lanka would have sealed their place in the final.The whole team gathered on the boundary line and protested with Shakib, while the players on the field were also involved in heated arguments.Nidahas Trophy, 6th T20I: Bangladesh stun Sri Lanka to set up final vs IndiaSri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga even pushed a Bangladeshi substitute fielder on the field as he was serving water to Mahmudullah and Rubel.Better sense finally prevailed after the Bangladesh support staff, led by coach Courtney Walsh, asked the players to resume the match while Shakib was told to return to the dressing room.advertisementMahmudullah smashed the next ball for a boundary. He followed it up with a couple of runs off the next ball.Udana then made the mistake of bowling the fifth ball full on Mahmudullah’s leg stump who picked it off his pads and dismissed it over deep square leg for a maximum, leading to massive celebrations in the Bangladesh camp.Mahmudullah, who stood in as captain for Bangladesh in the absence of Shakib in the previous two games, remained unbeaten on 43 from 18 balls with three fours and two sixes as Bangladesh reached the target with 2 wickets and 1 ball to spare and set up the final of the tri-series against India on Sunday (March 18).Tamim Iqbal top-scored for the Tigers with a half-century while Mushfiqur Rahim contributed with 28 runs.Shakib apologised for his behaviour after the game and he said he will be more careful in future.”You can’t expect more than that in a T20 game, so much excitement, emotion. Credit goes to SL, losing five early wickets. We kept our nerves in the end. I knew I was not 100% as far as batting is concerned. We always had healthy competition in the ground, but outside, we are friends.”Emotions take over, I need to be careful as a leader of a team, I will be careful next time,” Shakib said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Tamim also dismissed the final over controversy and said they will put the incident behind them.”Very emotional finish, we saw the leg umpire signal a no-ball, we were complaining about the no-ball. We could have done it nicely. We won’t create anything bad about this incident. I did a good job, but if I could have continued a but longer, but we won so all forgotten,” Tamim said after the match.The match referee is sure to take up this matter with the ICC in the coming days as the scenes almost got out of hand of the umpires and officials in the final over.last_img read more