5 luxurious Swiss boarding schools you will never be able to afford

first_imgThe sky is overcast, it’s about starting to rain and the nip in the air is typical of Switzerland at this time of year. It’s a quarter after one on a Friday afternoon, and we are at Institut Le Rosey, a boarding school in Switzerland, largely considered one of most,The sky is overcast, it’s about starting to rain and the nip in the air is typical of Switzerland at this time of year. It’s a quarter after one on a Friday afternoon, and we are at Institut Le Rosey, a boarding school in Switzerland, largely considered one of most expensive in the world. It is time to break for lunch and young boys and girls in their teens, from all over the world, nattily dressed, start filtering out of their classrooms heading out to the main dining hall, about two blocks away from the building, where classes are conducted. The dining, done in typical English design, has a formal sit down arrangement, with a strict no-nonsense character to it.Students start taking their seats and check out the menu for the day, which is always an elaborate affair with multi-cuisine, multiple course offerings. Prepared by trained in-house chefs, the lunch has innumerable healthy dishes, side dishes and desserts; more than most students can imagine or conjure. Just to ensure that the students don’t miss out on home-cooked meals and feel homesick, the school goes out of its way to take care of every minute detail. Now this is true luxury; extravagant and exclusive as only the Swiss are privy to. Home to some of the top-end private and family-run boarding schools, these luxurious pods of learning-dotted all across Switzerland-offer a home away from home for students privileged enough to call them their alma mater. Here’s our pick of the top five; each boasts a unique character, curriculum and philosophy of its own.advertisementINSTITUT LE ROSEYROLLELush, green manicured landscape, Nordic and English architecture, and a huge dome-shaped glass edifice greet us as soon as we step inside the guarded gates of Institut Le Rosey, commonly called Le Rosey. The 136-year-old, family run institution has been home to a number of royals, the Rothschilds and the Borgheses, thanks to its refined facilities and quality education. It is the only school in Switzerland, for instance, which shifts itsentire campus during winter; the winter campus with typical Swiss-style chalets is located in the ski resort of Gstaad, at an altitude of 1,000 m, with 250 km of ski slopes. But it is the main campus, located in Rolle, halfway between Geneva and Lausanne, looking down at Lake Geneva, that took us by surprise. During our tour, we got a chance to experience a live performance by an international music band in the 900-seater concert hall-the Paul & Henri Carnal Hall Arts-where both acoustics and interiors are state-of-the-art, and where all the theatrical and musical performances are hosted. With a sailing centre of its own, Le Rosey’s culture veers towards exposing boarders to the finer things; offering a choice of 30 weekly sports, over 15 musical ensembles, including choir and orchestra, to cultural events.Fact File: Students sit the full International Baccalaureate (IB) or French Baccalaureate; lessons are in English and FrenchFee: 110,000 CHF (Rs 74 lakh) per yearAt: 1180 Rolle & 3780 Gstaad, SwitzerlandTel+41 21 822 55 00 www.rosey.chAIGLON COLLEGEVILLARSThere is stress on individual training needs of students at Aiglon. Photo courtesy: India Today SpiceModest in its teaching philosophy, while insisting on challenging students to step out of their comfort zone, at Aiglon College, learning happens both inside and outside the classrooms. An open, interactive style of education is followed, where students and teachers debate, ideate and connect over an exchange of ideas. With less stress on bookish knowledge, Aiglon encourages students to question that which is not obvious, and find answers to that which is. In an ongoing art class, for instance, students are being prodded to do a thorough analysis of the installation done by a local artist.With an academic programme based on sport, art, drama, music and science, the school ensures that students develop a holistic personality. Spread over an area of 44,000 sq m on a south-facing plateau, 1,170 m above sea level, Aiglon founded in 1949, is the only school where meditation is part of the curriculum. Students need to take a meditation class every morning before heading out to classrooms. Though the school does not believe in talking about its alumni, it is worth a mention that actor Abhishek Bachchan studied here. During the winter term, students take part in a weekly programme of Alpine and Nordic winter pursuits; with one or two compulsory sessions per week that include Alpine skiing.Fact File: Students undertake the IGCSE’s before completing IB diploma. Teaching and learning is in English, learning French is compulsory.advertisementFee: 102,600 CHF (Rs 69 lakh) for upper boarding; 94,800 CHF(Rs 64 lakh) for middle schoolAt: Avenue Centrale 61; Chesieres, SwitzerlandTel+41 024 496 6161www.aiglon.chBEAU SOLEILVILLARSSkiing is the main sport during winter at Beau Soleil. Photo courtesy: India Today Spice Nothing could have prepared us for the stunning view of the Alps, from the classrooms at College Alpin International Beau Soleil or even how different the campus, ambience and overall character would be from the other boarding school we had visited. With countries like Italy, France and Germany as close neighbours, Beau Soleil, established in 1910, looks more like a resort than a school facility, located in Villars-sur-Ollon, at an altitude of 1,300 m. Wrapped around the curve of a hillside with a campus area of around 15,000 sq m (an additional 30,000 sq m will to be added this year as part of an elaborate renovation).The school believes in making its students feel at home and takes extra care to make it happen in theory and practice as well. For instance, when they had an Indian student from a Delhi-based Jain family on board, they got the chef to train and perfect special cooking techniques to take into account the boy’s special meal requirements. Academics are important at Beau Soleil, but a lot of the focus is on outdoor pursuits, entrepreneurship, and the arts. Students have to take at least two extra-curricular clubs per week and can choose from 30 to 40 different activities, including performing arts, expeditions or charity. During winter, skiing is the main sport with the slopes at an easy walking distance from the campus building.Fact File: The school follows two academic programmes; the international section has English as teaching medium, whereas it is French for the French sectionFee: 98,500 CHF (Rs 66 lakh) per year for boarding and tuition, plus 25,000 CHF (Rs 16 lakh) for extras like skiing, uniform, expeditions, excursions, pocket money, and health insuranceAt: Route du Village 1, CH-1884 Villars-sur-OllonTel+ 41 24 496 26 26www.beausoleil.chBRILLANTMONT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLLAUSANNEBoarders are offered at-home feeling. Photo courtesy: India Today SpiceThere is a real sense of family atmosphere at Brillantmont, where every student is known by name to the school’s’ management and teachers. This is the smallest boarding school with only 100 boarders and 30 day students. It also has a history of hosting Indian families, particularly young women from royal backgrounds; one prestigious alumnus is Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, who studied here in her teens. Owned by the same family since its foundation in 1882, the school is built like an old castle, with English and French design nuances, wood-framed glass windows, and boarders’ house rooms that overlook Lake Geneva. Situated close to the centre of Lausanne, in a quiet neighbourhood, the campus is spread over eight buildings in a green leafy park. It might be the smallest boarding school, but size is no deterrent to the personal development of the students. An extra-curricular programme covering sports, creative, humanitarian and critical thinking enables students to develop strengths and talents beyond the classroom.Fact File: Only school which offers British A levels; all classes are in EnglishadvertisementFee: 70,000 to 76,000 CHF (Rs 47 lakh-Rs 51 lakh) per year; 8,000 CHF (Rs 5.39 lakh) per year for extrasAt: Avenue Secretan 16, 1005 Lausanne, SwitzerlandTel + 41 21 310 0400www.brillantmont.chINSTITUT AUF DEM ROSENBERGST GALLEN With a class size of eight on average, Rosenberg believes in fostering individual development plans (IDP) for students, and encourages them to delve into their tastes and hone their skills. The curriculum encompasses art and drama, fashion and design, and leadership skills. The school follows strict discipline and students are dressed accordingly in formal uniforms. But the cosy, country style cafe and bonhomie suggests a casual informality in leisure areas. Established in 1889, the school campus covers an area of 100,000 sq m, apart from 15 art nouveau buildings, all hemmed by dense green.The geographic setting of the school, located in the old town of St Gallen, positioned ideally between Lake Constance and the Santis peak, allows students to experience varied seasons, and the resultant sporting activities such as soccer, basketball, water skiing in the school’s own boat during summer, snowboarding and ice skating in winter, plus ballet, trapeze, golf, and trampoline. City trips and visits to the theatre and musicals aren’t a rarity either.Fact File: Academic courses extend across sections; German, International (British and American), Italian, SwissFee: 84,000 CHF (Rs 56 lakh) per academic school yearAt: Hohenweg 60, 9000 St Gallen, SwitzerlandTel+ 41 71 277 77 77www.instrosenberg.chlast_img read more

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(RPTG CORRECTING NAMES IN PARA 3)

first_imgPorsche launches 718 Cayman,Boxster priced up to Rs 85.53 lakhNew Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) German luxury sports car maker Porsche today launched two of its mid-engine models — the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster — in the country, priced at Rs 81.63 lakh and Rs 85.53 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) respectively.With the new 718 series, Porsche is creating a distinction of the mid-engine models from its high-end 911 model.”In the last portfolio, the Boxster S and the Cayman S (rpt) Boxster S and the Cayman S were priced very close to the 911. We wanted to create an identity as it exists elsewhere in the world,” Porsche India Director Pavan Shetty told PTI.While the 911 is priced at Rs 1.47 crore, now the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster are in the Rs 80-86 lakh bracket.This gives the brand identity of each of the models and the grid for the customers to differentiate, he added.The 718 series is a continuation of the tradition of small, powerful, turbocharged four-cylinder flat engines in combination with the latest technology innovations. The Cayman will now represent the entry model of Porsche, the company said.Powered by 2-litre engines, both the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman shift from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and have a top speed of 275 km/h. Both have six-speed manual transmission as standard.Shetty said last year Porsche sold around 400 units in India, similar to what it had sold in 2015.”This year, with the new models coming, we definitely will improve from last year,” he said. “Within three months we will have something exciting to launch,” he added, without sharing details. PTI RKL ABMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne included in Sri Lanka squad for Bangladesh Tests

first_imgBatsmen Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne have been rewarded for their recent limited-overs success with spots in Sri Lanka’s Test squad for the two-match series against Bangladesh, starting next week.The 23-year-old Dickwella played the last of his four Tests in July, 2014, in New Zealand and the opener who can also keep has scored heavily in the domestic circuit as well.He was impressive in the limited-overs matches in South Africa and Australia this year, prompting his inclusion in the 15-man Test squad, to be led by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in absence of injured regular skipper Angelo Mathews.Gunaratne, who played both his Tests in Zimbabwe last year, hit his first one-day international hundred in South Africa last month and also posted two match-winning fifties in the recent Twenty20 series in Australia.With all-rounder Mathews missing from the squad, Gunaratne’s slow medium pace bowling could also come in handy against the South Asian rivals, who are ranked ninth among 10 Test teams and two places below Sri Lanka.The experienced Herath will also lead the spin attack, which also features Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan and uncapped Malinda Pushpakumara.Squad: Rangana Herath (captain), Dinesh Chandimal (wicketkeeper), Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara.last_img read more

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Pune change their captain and team name: Can they change their fortunues in the IPL?

first_imgRising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions replaced Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals last year in the IPL, with the two defunct franchises facing two-year suspensions imposed by the Supreme Court-mandated R M Lodha panel following the 2013 IPL corruption scandal.The RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group bagged the rights to the new Pune franchise and named India’s most successful  limited-overs captain – Mahendra Singh Dhoni – as its captain. (Also read: Kolkata Knight Riders drawing inspiration from West Indies success )Five wins and nine losses later, they finished seventh in the overall standings, and the loss of key players like Mitchell Marsh, Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis with injuries throughout the season, didn’t help their cause either.If the auction was an indicator, the team from Pune mean business this year round with their aggressive bidding maneuvers.They outbid every other team to land the services of Englishman Ben Stokes for whopping Rs 14.5 crores, even though there is doubt over his participation for the entire season.Dismal performances by Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Murugan Ashwin, Thisara Perera, RP Singh, Scott Boland, Saurabh Tiwary, George Bailey and Albie Morkel, saw none of them being retained for the current season.Mayank Agarwal, Shardul Thakur and Dan Christian were brought in along with naming Imran Tahir as a replacement for the injured Mitchell Marsh.Gearing up for their second season in the Indian Premier League, the Pune-based franchise are ringing in the changes in hope to have a similar effect on the team’s fortunes.After replacing M.S. Dhoni with Steve Simth, as the captain of  the team, the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group have now decided to change team’s name.advertisementThough it may seem the change in name might have been brought about with numerology in mind, sources close to the team suggested that a team based outlook rather than a few individuals was the intention.”There is no superstition behind calling ourselves Supergiant now,” the team’s spokesperson told Hindustan Times.”Last year we were looking at four to five players in the squad who had super giant abilities. While we were preparing for this IPL, we thought why just a few players, the entire team is Supergiant. So, that is why we decided to go with Supergiant this time,” the spokesperson added.Leaving superstition aside, what the fans will be looking forward to is what Smith will be able to achieve with the team.Dhoni’s influence in the dressing room and on the field, will hold be key as it is the first time Smith willl be leading an IPL side. Dhoni has played this role to great effect, moulding the captain and leader Virat Kohli the world is in awe of right now.Dhoni has had a good domestic season, leading  Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare trophy, scoring a quick-fire 129 runs off 107 ball against Chhattisgarh and 70 from 62 balls against Bengal.Clearly, the man still has it.   A change of name or captain will not matter once the first ball is bowled on the April 6 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium against Mumbai Indians. What will matter are the performances.last_img read more

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Be a part of the ‘Small Act’ movement!

first_imgGIVE to the Hilde Back Education Fund and help them grow – Donate Now Photo Credits: Patti Lee, Producer & Cinematographer LEARN more about the film at asmallact.com or hbo.com/documentaries SUPPORT your favorite cause –  Donate or Volunteer center_img SHARE your small act stories at HBO.com, facebook.com/hbodocs or facebook.com/asmallact THE DOCUMENTARYThe inspiring HBO documentary film A Small Act follows a single gesture of generosity that ripples out to affect multiple lives.When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it. She paid roughly $15 dollars per term to keep him in primary school. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but many years later, she does.Chris Mburu has been thinking of Hilde since he was a boy. The small contribution she made paid off – Chris went all the way to Harvard and is now a respected human rights lawyer for the United Nations. As a thank you, he decides to replicate Hilde’s generosity by starting a scholarship program of his own. He names it the Hilde Back Education Fund and sponsors a new generation of kids in his village. The students of today also vow to one day give back.To find out when A Small Act is playing on HBO, click here. The film will also be available on HBO On Demand till September 6th.THE MOVEMENTA Small Act has sparked a movement, motivating audiences around the world to do their own small acts. Viewers have hosted small act parties. Audiences have donated to the Hilde Back Education Fund. Others have supported projects in their own neighborhoods. Each of us has the ability to create change. Each of us has the power to make a difference. As seen in the film, one small act can affect countless lives, so what will you do? WHAT’S YOUR SMALL ACT?TAKE ACTIONA simple gesture is all it takes to send a ripple of goodness into the world. Whose life will you change today?last_img read more

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Get people in open-minded moments if you want them to give

first_imgPeople are more likely to buy a product when they’re going through personal experiences that open their mind to its potential. For example, I never noticed diaper commercials before I had children. But when my kids were infants, Pampers ads seized my interest – and even my heart. And Cheerio ads could make me cry.I call these “open-minded moments.”The same is certainly true of causes. Today at Network for Good, the authors of the Science of Giving discussed their book (which I blogged in its entirety here on my blog). This idea of open-minded moments came through loud and clear, and here was my favorite example: Danny Oppenheimer and Chris Olivola noted that when people feel hot, they are more open to messages about global warming.The New York Times summed up the relevant studies nicely here:One recent national study found that for each 3.5 degree rise in temperature above a local average, Americans became 1 percent more likely to agree that “solid evidence” exists that the earth is getting warmer… Now, new research suggests that people’s opinion on global warming can be influenced not just by the weather, but even by the temperature of the room they’re sitting in. The study, by Jane Risen, a behavioral scientist at the University of Chicago, and Clayton Critcher, a marketing professor at the University of California, Berkeley, found that university students placed in a heated room expressed higher confidence that global warming was a proven fact than those placed in a neutral control room.If you work for an environmental cause and you’re debating when to send out that appeal about climate change, call a meteorologist. If you’re any cause, remember — the circumstances of your supporters are critical to whether they hear – and act upon – your message. Timing, after all, is everything.last_img read more

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The one trick that will get people to read your writing

first_imgWhat if I told you there is one simple method that would get people to read the first lines of your report or appeal – and keep going? Hint: Dan Heath knows it. The man in the yellow hat knows it. And a monkey knows it.The answer is curiosity. Make people curious, and they will read on.As humans, when we’re presented with a gap in our knowledge, we crave to fill it. Take like this blog post. You read the title, you read the first lines, and you kept reading to this point. Why? You were curious.In your next appeal, lay out an intriguing unanswered question, like what does our cat shelter have in common with Lady Gaga? Or, what is the one thing you can do to make your child healthier today?Or start telling an intriguing story with the middle missing: “One day, Jack was homeless, living in the alcove of the St. Mary church on Bay Street. Three weeks later, he started work at the local Target. This report explains how he got from the street to the store.”As a hobby, I try to write fiction. It’s the same idea – you want people to wonder what happens next.Here’s a wonderful video that makes this point by Dan Heath, who inspired this post. Enjoy!last_img read more

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The Secret to Going Viral: Harnessing the Kevin Bacon Effect

first_imgToday I’ve got a particularly useful, pithy guest post from Darian Rodriguez Heyman on the elusive concept of “going viral.” Enjoy. And to thank you for being a great person, I offer you a FREE GIVEAWAY: I will send a free copy of Darian’s book to the first three people to post comments about “going viral” here on my blog.My diligent research has proven that I hear the word “viral” within 42 seconds of talking with any nonprofit interested in marketing their cause online. But what does that mean, anyway, and what’s the key to unleashing the immense word-of-mouth power that is the allure of social media?As I’ve been traveling around the country with our Social Media for Nonprofits conference series (coming to San Francisco 11/4, Atlanta 11/17 & New York 1/30/12 with Katya keynoting – save $20 w/ “N4G” code) promoting my new book, Nonprofit Management 101, I’ve enjoyed listening to industry leaders like Beth Kanter, Geoff Livingston, and (of course!) Katya Andresen provide nonprofit execs with practical tips and tools—actionable insights nonprofits can use immediately to raise more money online, market their organizations, and affect policy.So what’s the secret to unlocking the “Kevin Bacon effect,” AKA viral marketing? How can each of you take your cause viral, whether it’s an exciting announcement, a newly released YouTube video, or the nonprofit you represent?The answer is simple yet confounding: C+C+C = C.• Compelling: Never mind the what; the key is sharing the so what with your audience. If you can’t convey why they should care, and how what you’re talking about relates to their interests– it’s game over.• Concise: Einstein said it best, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” How can you expect folks to spread the good word if it’s too long and complicated to remember?• Credible: Great, so you’ve engaged me and done it quickly, but if you try and tell me that your magic beans are the cure to cancer tomorrow, I’m onto whatever else my fascinating network of do-gooders and colleagues is up to. Put ’em all together and you get the key to viral victory:• Contagious: The holy grail of social media marketing is attained when your engaging, short, and believable message takes fire and people start spreading it on your behalf; hopefully even remixing your message and broadening your appeal.I hope this insight serves you well, as it has for me, and that it aids you in your efforts to build stronger communities. In fundraising, we say that the most powerful form of ask is a peer ask, and what is social media if not a perfect medium to facilitate that?But that said, never let anyone tell you they’re a social media expert; the field is moving too quickly for anyone to claim guru status in this newly forming world. Never forget that no matter how bright any given luminary may be, as Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg first noted in 1949, we have officially entered a world where everyone is smarter than anyone.The waterfall age of the Encyclopedia Brittanica has given way to Wikipedia, and the bottom-up world is here to stay. Embrace it and thrive, or resist and go the way of the technosaur.But enough hypocrisy as I sit here and tell you that there are no experts and attempt to share my self professed nuggets and insights. What keys to the viral kingdom have you discovered while going about your work?Follow Darian Rodriguez Heyman on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@dheymanAfter five years of service, Darian recently stepped down as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation. While there, he helped launch Nonprofit Boot Camp, the Environmental Nonprofit Network, and the Next Generation Leadership Forum. His new book, Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals, includes practical tips and tools from 50 recognized experts across 35 topics, and he recently launched a nationwide Social Media for Nonprofits conference series and his Advancing Social Impact blog on Skoll Foundation’s Social Edge. Heyman is now a public speaker that provides strategy, messaging, and fundraising consulting for nonprofits and green economy organizations.last_img read more

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4 marketing facts for 2012

first_imgClickZ has some excellent marketing trends to share. The whole story is here, but if you don’t have time to read it, I offer these highlights:1. Email is still the best way to reach most people, so focus on building your lists in 2012.2. Consumers are “device indifferent,” meaning they are using many forms of technology. You need to think about how to reach them wherever they are – and that means coordinated outreach across different types of technology, including mobile (phones and tablets).3. Social media has come of age and it requires the same approach – integrated with other forms of outreach.4. Content remains king. If you want people to care, give them great information, stories and pictures. Outreach in any form is ineffective if it’s not engaging!last_img read more

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Is this the best right-back in FIFA 19?

first_imgIn FIFA 19 Ultimate Team, there are an incredible amount of options at right-back including Flashback Juanfran, FUTmas Santiago Arias and probably the pick of the bunch, super-inform Kenny Lala.However, EA Sports have now thrown another player into the mix with an upgraded Denzel Dumfries from PSV which is available in a new Squad Builder Challenge.New league SBCs have been released on Ultimate Team for the Premier League and the Eredivisie, with player pick rewards of new, special pink versions of existing cards. 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 new Dumfries card takes him up to gold with a massive 10 point upgrade, giving him an overall of 83.On the surface, his card looks stellar but nothing special with 90 pace, 80 dribbling, 60 shooting, 82 defending, 84 passing and 90 physicality – an 83-rated card with few chemistry options in the Eredivisie will not catch most people’s interest.However, once you look at the in-game stats you realise that Dumfries has everything you could ever want from a right-back with 87 acceleration, 91 sprint speed, 80 shot power, 99 crossing, 89 short passing, 82 dribbling, 86 standing tackle, 84 sliding tackle, 91 jumping, 91 stamina, 92 strength and three-star skills.Speed, power, strong tackling and pinpoint perfect crossing – this man will be an absolute terror down the right-hand side.And Dumfries becomes even scarier when you realise he has a strong chemistry link with possibly the most feared player in the game, Hirving Lozano.Denzel Dumfries PSVThe Mexico winger is one of the fastest and most agile players in the game and near impossible to defend against. Adding in a second player on that right-hand side with incredible pace and strength is straight up unfair.On top of that you can also pair Dumfries at the back with Virgil van Dijk and Matthijis de Ligt – two exceptional centre-backs.To get your hands on this card, you will have to create and tribute a squad for every team in the Eredivisie – that’s 18 in total.With a bit of work and research, you should be able to complete this challenge for around 130k coins, which is actually a pretty good price when you realise that you’re receiving one of the best right-backs in the game.When you remember that there was not a true right-back released in the Team of the Year, this card becomes an extremely valuable pick-up.last_img read more

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Freelancer/Independent Worker/Other: What Do You Call Yourself?

first_img“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – William ShakespeareFreelancer, solopreneur, consultant, independent contractor.These are just a few of the names that independent workers use to describe themselves to their peers and the world at large.As the economic landscape continues to expand and support non-traditional employment, it’s important that we begin to recognize independent workers of all types, levels and across all industries. After all we’re in the same boat; shouldn’t we band together to fight for the acknowledgement and protections we all deserve?Words have power, and how we classify ourselves can change how others view us.What do you call yourself? Why?last_img read more

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Ask your business questions (and get answers!)

first_imgIf you haven’t noticed, we’re a little obsessed with community.We believe– scratch that, we know– your network is everything. And it shows: the most successful freelancers turn to their community when they need help, or just a quick hit of advice. They also give back in return.To get the ball rolling for our July 1 Peer-to-Peer Business Workshop Spark, we’re hosting a week-long community Q&A event in our Ask your business questions (and get answers!) Hive.All week, the Freelancer’s Union team, along with a panel of hand-picked experts, will field your most pressing business-related questions. But we encourage you to take an active role in the conversation!Here’s how:Come to the Ask your business questions (and get answers!) Hive to crowdsource actionable solutions to questions like: “How do I get new clients?”, “What’s the best way to make sure I get paid on time?” or “What steps can I take to scale my growing business?”Our panelists cover a wide range of expertise including:writing and content strategytax planning for businesseslife coaching and consultingstart-up life in the C-suiteEven if you don’t have a question about your own business, this is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and make connections within the community. Check out the Hive now to see if you can answer a fellow freelancer’s question or just to share a best-practice you think others could use!Our panel of experts includes:Michael Dermer: SVP and Chief Incentive Officer, WelltokXavier Fan: Tech consultant and actorLaurie Gerber: Senior Coach and Co-President of Handel GroupTina Rudolf: Staff Coach at Handel GroupAdam Jun: Freelance Digital Copywriter and Content StrategistHoward Samuels: CPA and Tax SpecialistWe are stronger together: Workshop your business with the community here.last_img read more

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Govt refuses to clear athletes of 7 sports for Asian Indoor

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 7 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has refused to clear around 100 players from seven disciplines who were to participate in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from September 17-27. The players were stopped from travelling to Turkmenistan on the ground that these sporting disciplines were not recognised by the government and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The national federations of kick boxing, ju-jitsu, traditional wrestling, samboo, belt wrestling, dancesport and muay thai had sent the names of their players to the IOA for the continental event to be held under the aegis of Olympic Council of Asia. But the Sports Ministry has rejected their participation despite some of these federations wanting to send their players at no cost to the government. A top official of ju-jitsu Association of India met Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today to request him to allow the participation of his players. 21 ju-jitsu players and four officials were to fly for Ashgabat for the Games but they are facing uncertainty now. “The reason given by the sports ministry officials is that these sports are neither recognised by the IOA nor in the government list of national federations. But these sports are recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia and if there is an Asian event and if Indians want to take part in these sports, why these players will not be allowed,” Ju-Jitsu Association of India Secretary General Chander Mohan Bhatia told PTI. “Moreover, our players are going for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at no cost to the government and we are footing our own bill,” he added. He said that there was a government circular of 2014 that said the players should be allowed to take part in international events if its at no cost to the government even if the national federations are not recognised. Bhatia said his federation will incur a huge cost if the players are not allowed to take part in the Asian event. “We have already booked the flight tickets and they are non-refundable. 21 players and four officials of ju-jitsu were to go to Ashgabat for the Games. In total, for the seven sports, I believe there were around 100 players named for the Games,” he said. “I met the new sports minister in New Delhi today and he has assured me that he will look into the issue and take a decision as soon as possible.” More than 6000 athletes and officials will take part in the 12-day 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat. The Games will feature 21 sports with four of those part of the Olympic Games programme. PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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India vs Australia: Steve Smith surprised with grassy pitch at Eden Gardens

first_imgAustralian captain Steve Smith on Wednesday said the grass coverage on the Eden Gardens wicket is more than he has seen in India.Australia, trailing 0-1 in the five-match series, will take on India in the second One-Day International (ODI) here on Thursday.The Eden pitch was under covers for at least 48 hours due to incessant rains. The covers were removed for a while on Wednesday only to be put back again as the tourists were forced to train indoors for a second day in a row.Asked about the 22-yard strip, Smith, who had a look at it on Wednesday morning, said: “Little bit of grass on it. Probably more than I’ve seen in India for a while.”Smith said he would take a call on the playing XI only after having a look at the wicket on Thursday.”Looks alright, few cracks on the wicket but I think don’t think they will play a big part. Looks the wicket’s been used somewhere, I don’t know in what game. I will have another look tomorrow, see what the weather is doing, see if there is any change to the wicket in the morning they might cut it (grass) I don’t know and then take a call on the team,” he said.Smith felt not being able to practice outdoors since coming here has not been a problem.”I don’t think it will have any impact. Guys have worked hard since we have been in India and we had a game not that long ago. So guys are in a fine space. It’s been about topping it up indoors and getting a few things right there. No excuses. We are ready to go tomorrow,” Smith said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Micromax announces Evok Note and Evok Power in India

first_imgJust the other day, we at India Today tech reported that Micromax is going to launch a new mid-ranged smartphone in India, which is dubbed to be the Evoke Note. Proving it absolutely correct, Micromax in a joint venture with Flipkart officially announced the Evok Note, alongside another device called the Micromax Evok Power. As the company itself claims, these smartphones are targeted at the people looking out to purchase affordable yet classy smartphones.”With the launch of the new Evok series, we further strengthen our resolve to offer the best products to consumers at competitive price points,” says Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax Informatics. Further, a press note the company highlights states, ” With the launch of the Evok series, Micromax aims to break the price & performance barrier to offer the tech savvy, urban youth a perfect fusion of brute force and elegance as they seek to do a lot more with their phones.”Also Read: Micromax to launch Evok Note soon, will be exclusive to FlipkartLet’s take a quick glimpse at the Micromax Evoke Power and Evoke Note below.Micromax Evoke NoteThe Evoke Note sports a 5.5-inch FHD display and offers a dynamic contrast and colour vibrancy. The smartphone further comes with a 2.5D cover glass and juices its power from a big 4000mAh battery. Furthermore, the Micromax device is powered by a 1.3GHz Mediatek Octa core processor MT6753 and is further coupled with a powerful 3GB RAM. This as the company claims will help the user to seamlessly multitask.advertisementOn the camera front, the Micromax Evoke Note expertises in enhancing low light photography. The smartphone comes packed with a 13-megapixel auto focus camera on the rear panel. The camera also includes a 5P Largan Lens for enhanced performance in low light conditions. While at the front, the smartphone fits a 5-megapixel selfie shooter which is further paired with a wide angle lens. Micromax in a press note says, ” With wide angle lens for front camera the new smartphone takes the selfie game to a whole new level for selfie aficionados.”To provide a great photography experience, the Micromax Evok Note also comes with apps like Beauty Plus me preinstalled. Furthermore, the smartphone comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage space. The key highlight of the smartphone is the new security layer that Micromax includes.Micromax Evoke Note comes with inbuilt first ever private security application called Secure Space that brings forth efficient encryption with applications and the phone. This features enable the users to use their fingerprint to easily encrypt applications in their smartphone and create encrypted notes and shortcuts on their phones. Pricing wise, the Micromax Evoke Note is available at a price tag of Rs 9,499 and includes several connectivity options like – 4G Enabled, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.Micromax Evoke PowerEvoke Power doesn’t differentiate much from the Evoke Note, apart from a very minute differences at the specifications front. This Micromax device is powered by a 1.3 GHz Quad core processor and is further coupled with 2GB of RAM. “The device allows you to multitask like texting to watching movies to playing games without any hiccup,” says Micromax in an official press release. The smartphone comes is powered by a powerful 4000 mAh battery.Also Read: Confirmed: Xiaomi Mi 6 set to launch on April 19The Evoke Power also comes with Smart Power Play feature, which allow the users to use their phone’s battery much efficiently and also keep a tab on the battery usage. Further, the device comes with a fingerprint sensor. Micromax Evoke Power is priced at Rs 6,999.”Our new Evok Series will yet again showcase our commitment to empowering consumers and at the same time introducing more people to the best of the connected world,” says Shubhajit Sen, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax Informatics. “We have been working closely with Micromax to develop their Flipkart exclusive – Evok Series. The Evok Series has been ‘Designed for India’ keeping in mind the evolving preferences of Indian smartphone customers. We are confident that Evok series will resonate with our young customers,” comments Ajay Veer Yadav, Vice President Mobiles, Flipkart on the Micromax Evoke series launch.last_img read more

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Happy Birthday Nakuul Mehta: 6 times the TV hottie supported a social cause

first_imgTV actor Nakuul Mehta, who makes girls go weak at the knees turns 35 today.The blue-eyed actor, who is currently seen in Star Plus’ popular show Ishqbaaz is not just about good looks but is also one of the most vocal TV artistes that we have come across.Nakuul, who is never scared to call a spade a spade, has stood up for various social causes on numerous occasions.Here are 5 times when the actor supported a social cause.1. When he spoke against the condom ad ban: Nakuul posted a witty response to the condom ad ban on Twitter. He wrote, “Yes, because condoms are terrible. Who needs family planning & safe sex is overrated. And yes let’s win a GOLD medal in the only sport we can beat China at!”Yes, because condoms are terrible. Who needs family planning & safe sex is overrated. And yes let’s win a GOLD medal in the only sport we can beat China at! https://t.co/En6NcK3tz1— Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) December 12, 20172. When he joined the Lipstick Revolution: Nakuul supported the Lipstick Under My Burkha makers by posting a selfie with Lipstick and wrote about how fortunate he is to be surrounded by women, who are not just better, stronger, wiser but who constantly make him want to be a better man. He even spoke about the need for men to embrace fargility. He wrote, “We need men who are willing to let go of their sense of authority and embrace fragility. We need men who are used to getting their way, to stop trying to dominate everyone and everything. We need men willing to be humble and courageous at the same time… We need men who are going to be compassionate yet willing to stand up. We need men who are going to dedicate themselves to social and even more importantly human revolution, both within themselves and in their everyday interactions and relationships. We need to be proud FEMINIST men not for anybody else but for ourselves. For our collective human race! Can we?”advertisement3. When he spoke about water woes: Nakuul posted a video on his social media accounts in support of Rally For Rivers, where he talked about how by 2030, our rivers will have only enough water to take care of 50 per cent of our population. He asked his fans to support the cause Rally For River, which is a nationwide campaign to revitalize our rivers.Let’s take action. #RallyForRivers @SadhguruJV pic.twitter.com/zDs5uMGWp9Nakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) September 7, 20174. Bhaag Anil Bhaag initiative: Nakuul Mehta and Moochwala team joined hands with FuelADream.com to raise funds for #BhaagAnilBhaag campaign. Through their initiative, they wanted to help sprinter Anil Kumar get into Asian Masters Athletic Championship, which was being held in China. Earlier Anil was shortlisted for Athletic World Championships held in Australia, Indonesia, France and China but he couldn’t win these championships, because couldn’t go there due to lack of funds and support. We are glad that Nakuul and his friends tried helping the guy in fulfilling his dream.advertisement5. When he stood up for creative freedom: Recently, makers of Padmavati aka Padmaavat, listed disclaimers on front page of newspapers clarifying that the movie never had dream sequence featuring Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati, and that the film has portrayed Rani Padmavati with utmost repect is the movie. Nakuul was upset with the disclaimer and posted the picture with a note that said, “Statutory warning on a cigarette pack, I understand. This, I don’t. No place for art in my country. #Padmaavat.”Statutory warning on a cigarette pack, I understand. This, I don’t. No place for art in my country.#Padmaavat pic.twitter.com/dazvLQ4ffuNakuul Mehta (@NakuulMehta) January 15, 20186. When he addressed the issue of sexism in the industry: Nakuul Mehta received the best actor award at Indian Television Academy Awards 2017. The actor’s acceptance speech was worth listening to. He didn’t just thank the women who’ve shaped the TV industry but also dedicated his award to the working women of the industry. He said, “I would dedicate this award to each of those women of our industry who have worked ahead and succeeded here by keeping the little baises and casual sexism aside. I feel we all can help in by providing a safe and healthy workplace to all.”last_img read more

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India vs South Africa, 3rd T20I: Virat Kohli, India look to end tour on a high

first_imgIndia team will have a chance to create history in South Africa when the two sides face off in the third and final Twenty20 International in Cape Town on Saturday.India had begun their South African tour on a disappointing note, losing the Test series after going down in Cape Town and Centurion – now, after winning the ODI series 5-1, India will have the chance to end their tour on a high at Cape Town.The T20I series is currently level at 1-1 after Heinrch Klaasen and JP Duminy led South Africa to a six-wicket win in Centurion following a 28-run defeat in Johannesburg.India’s tour had gained momentum with victory in the Wanderers Test and then they carried it through to the ODI series.India have never played T20 cricket at Newlands while South Africa have a less than impressive record here. They have played eight T20Is, and lost five of those at the venue.Having suffered a minor setback in the previous game, India will look to recover and close out this eight-week long tour with a series’ win.Jasprit Bumrah’s abdominal strain had forced India to make a change but they will consider a couple spots for this finale. Bumrah’s fitness still remains a question mark.If Bumrah does play, Jaydev Unadkat is likely to make way for him. Shardul Thakuar used clever change of pace at Centurion and picked 1/31 in his four-over spell.The Newlands pitch had played slow during the ODI series, and citing the example of Supersport Park, there is every reason to expect another wicket on the slower side, if not dual-paced altogether.advertisementKOHLI EYES RECORDOn a personal front, Kohli is eyeing another record to his name. He is 17 runs shy of becoming the first Indian batsman to breach the 2000-run mark in Twenty20 Internationals. He was the highest-scorer in the Test series and then amassed 558 runs from six ODIs including three hundreds.However, the Indian captain has scored only 27 runs from the two T2OIs so far and he would want to play another impactful knock in the series-decider.Kohli, on Tuesday, became only the second batsman after South Africa’s AB de Villiers to cross the 900-point mark in both Test and ODIs in ICC rankings.last_img read more

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UP information director transferred

first_imgLucknow, Apr 13 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government transferred director information Anuj Kumar Jha to Bulandshahr as district magistrate in a late night administrative shake-up involving 35 IAS officers.Mathura municipal commissioner Ujjwal Kumar will replace Jha, a 2009-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.Other significant changes include transfer of Chanchal Kumar Tiwari, who was additional chief secretary Panchayati Raj, as additional chief secretary, revenue.Suresh Chandra, who was principal secretary, revenue, will now be principal secretary, labour and employment.Raj Mani Yadav, special secretary, Panchayati Raj, has been posted as secretary, irrigation and water resources, while Sharad Kumar Singh will be the new secretary for sports and youth welfare.Vaibhav Srivastava, who was the vice-chairperson of Gorakhpur Development Authority, will now be special secretary, transport, an official release said. PTI SMI SMI KJ KJlast_img read more

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