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How You Fail In Sales

first_imgSelling is difficult. It’s easy to fail. Here are some the way you can fail.Failure to be known: You aren’t going to succeed in sales if you aren’t known. Unless people know you and what you do, you’re not going to create the opportunities you need to succeed.Failure to connect: You still need to be liked. You have to connect with people. If you don’t connect, it’s difficult for people to choose to spend more time with you.Failure to gain trust: Connection isn’t the only relationship component you need to create. You also need to build trust. You can be known and liked but not trusted. Without trust, you’re going nowhere.Failure to create opportunities: Just because your prospective client has agreed to meet with you doesn’t mean you really have an opportunity. You have to create that opportunity be capturing dissatisfaction or helping to create it.Failure to create value: Your job in sales is to create value for your buyer through their buying process. If you don’t create value, if you don’t have big ideas that make a difference, if you waste your prospective client’s time, you won’t create or move an opportunity forward.Failure to gain commitments: Only bored, receptive buyers like professional visitors, the salespeople who spend time in their offices never asking for a commitment, never moving a deal forward. Without the ability to ask for an gain commitments, you can’t succeed in sales. Sales is conversations and commitments.Failure to gain consensus: You may think you are calling on “the” decision-maker. But decisions are mostly made after consensus has been reached. You have to help build that consensus. Without it, the status quo wins and you lose.Failure to present the right solution: You can have the best idea in the world, but if your dream client doesn’t share that vision, it’s wrong. You either sell them what you believe is right or you help them buy what they already want. Buyers buy what they believe to be the right solution.Failure to ask for the business: You have to close. You have to ask for the business. You have to get a signature. This is part of selling, even if you don’t want to be “salesy.” Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

UK Govt’s Move to Use Medical Records to Trace Illegal Immigrants Raises Questions

first_imgThe United Kingdom government is turning towards doctors in an effort to get information about immigrants who may have flouted immigration rules in the country.Letters made public in February this year show that UK politicians had differences with immigration officials over an agreement for sharing information. The agreement, signed in 2016, gave the UK government access to personal information that was compiled by family doctors of the country. The data, however, excluded medical details, the Associated Press reported.Describing the move as a big breach of medical ethics, doctors treating and working with refugees and asylum-seekers have said that it is not a doctor’s duty to enforce immigration rules. From November 2017 to January 2018, health officials agreed to share around 1,300 requests for information, out of which health officials found 501 cases where patients had a different address from the one stated in Home Office records, the report added.A memorandum of understanding (MoU) inked between the National Health Service (NHS), the Department of Health and the Home Office that came into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 allowed the NHS to share non-clinical data of patients, like date of birth or last known address, reported the Register.“We understand the government has a job to do, but going into health records to get patient information is not OK,” Lucy Jones, director of programs at Doctors of the World United Kingdom, was quoted as saying by AP.Jones added that the fact that a patient’s data is being shared with government authorities breached the trust that patients have in doctors.Although a parliamentary health committee has criticized the issue, calling it “unacceptable” and asking for suspension of the agreement, the immigration department has pushed these concerns aside. It argues that sharing of such information permits the United Kingdom to remove people who might pose a danger to the public.Many top medical organizations, including the Royal College of General Practitioners, Public Health England and the General Medical Council, have criticized the information-sharing deal, saying that it could hamper the health of many people who are vulnerable, causing outbreaks of diseases underground and harming health care for all.According to the British government, protecting the country’s borders is the topmost concern. “We believe that the release of (patient) information is lawful and proportionate action in pursuit of the effective enforcement of the U.K.’s immigration policy,” Caroline Noakes, the Minister of State for Immigration, and James O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Health, said in response to the lawmakers’ concerns, according to AP. Related ItemsBritainNHSUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

UK Court Hearing Mallya’s Extradition Case Asks For Mumbai Jail Cell’s Video

first_imgA United Kingdom court has asked the Indian government to provide a video of barrack No. 12 at Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail to confirm the flow of natural light into the cell, where fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya is to be held if he is extradited from London. The court order came after Mallya’s defense team raised its objections to poor conditions in Indian jails, including lack of natural light.Mallya, the owner of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, is wanted in India over allegations of fraud, and is fighting extradition to India in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot gave three weeks to the Indian government to provide a “step-by-step video” of the concerned barrack, so she can see “how the windows are,” the Indian Express reported. The next hearing will take place on Sept. 12.The judge passed the order on July 31, saying, “I would like a video of Barrack 12, to see where the windows are… shot may be at mid-day with no artificial lighting.”Mallya’s counsel Clare Montgomery QC questioned the credibility of the barrack’s photographs provided by the Indian government, the Times of India reported. “The government of India has asserted there is sufficient light to read in the cell and have provided photos they assert show natural light flooding into the cell. But we had them analyzed and our experts said it seemed difficult to work out where the light is coming from,” she said, according to the report.“It is clear that whatever the light is, it is not natural light flooding into cell throughout the day. These photos demonstrate that government of India’s assurances cannot be relied upon,” she added.The Indian government had also provided the court information about the toilet facilities, sanitation and hygiene conditions at the cell, and drinking water supply for prisoners. It gave an assurance to the court that Mallya will be provided a private western style toilet and wash facilities, the Business Standard reported. Five photos of western-style toilets were presented to the court, the report added.If the judgment goes in the Indian government’s favor, the UK Home Secretary will have two months to sign Mallya’s extradition order. Both sides will have a chance to appeal in higher courts in the UK against the verdict.Mallya has been mired in controversies over allegations that his Kingfisher Airlines defaulted on loans and interest in 2010, and owes Rs 9,000 crore to a consortium of 17 Indian banks. The Indian government is seeking his extradition after he fled to the United Kingdom in 2016. Related ItemsUnited KingdomVijay Mallyalast_img read more

The Fading Generation

first_imgSometime in the late 1970s, Somraj Sharma, an Atlanta entrepreneur, recalls noticing bouts of forgetfulness in his mother Suhagwanti. “She would have very vivid memories of the early years and yet she would forget who I was, where she had kept her things, whether she had eaten,” says Sharma. Rama Dutta Gupta with Family“Initially the doctor said it was age related and gave her some medicine, though he was suspecting Alzheimer’s,” adds his wife Santosh.There were times when Suhagwanti would walk out the door and meander on the highways. Even neighbors began to keep a lookout for her. Once a cop found her wandering on the streets and took her to a nearby Indian store where she managed to give her last name and was reunited with family.The Sharmas, owned a liquor business, so took turns to stay at home to watch over her. Soon, however, things began to deteriorate rapidly.”She would soil herself all over the carpet not knowing what was happening,” says Santosh. “We’d put diapers on her and she would yank them off. She would run out of the bathtub and be out of the room. We tried hiring a nurse, but that didn’t help. But we just couldn’t bring ourselves to send her to a nursing home. Dutta with his grandmother“She would sit for hours counting coins or tying knots on a piece of wool or a rope if we gave it to her. My three sons would feel so sad seeing their grandmother deteriorate this way. My husband finally gave her a string of beads and asked her to recite Lord Krishna’s name. She fought against it, but he kept insisting. Towards the end, she stopped recognizing everyone, and would just mumble ‘Krishna, Krishna’ when she saw anyone.”One night when the couple was changing her clothes they felt a bone poking out of her hip. “It seems she fell in the bathroom, but was able to get up and didn’t feel much pain. We rushed her to the hospital. She had a fractured hip and never walked again.”Santosh Kapoor lived life with a dogged determination to raise her three children after her husband died in 1983, when her oldest son Desh, now an IT consultant living in Houston, Texas, was only 14. For years she struggled with diabetes and then a hysterectomy. Her daughter Anuradha says she never saw her mother sleep as she was always doing something. And son Desh recalls, “Mom had a favorite mantra “Man ke haarey, haarey, Man ke jeetey, jeetey (The heart loses if you want to lose, it wins if you want to win). Parvathy with her mother SasirekhaBut then she began to slip away. “Mom would forget appointments and what she had said just two minutes ago. Yet she would talk with such vivid detail about her childhood,” says Desh.She would forget the company her daughter worked for. “She started getting angry at co-workers, started mistrusting even her own, family including my brother and me,” says Anuradha, who lives in India.  “She was in her late fifties and we took her to the best doctors, only to be told the memory loss could be diabetes and hysterectomy related.” The medication seemed to stabilize her.“I think her biggest trauma came when my father’s sister insisted on selling the family home where she had lived,” says Anuradha. “I saw my mother scrounging and saving to improve and decorate that home. When the new owner threw all her belongings out on the street, it accelerated her mental breakdown.”Anuradha begged her mother to come and live with her, but neighbors complained about her constant state of agitation. ‘My husband is in the army and was away on deputation. She would come for a few days and then get restless and want to go back.”Desh once urged his sister to send their mother on a group pilgrimage, which had been one of dreams. “Two days later we got a call from someone in charge that our mother was totally lost and in a daze. Since then we have not left her alone.” Subhash Razdan with his mother Kanta Until last year Santosh was dividing her time between Anuradha and Desh and managing reasonably well. But as Anuradha packed to move to Indore with her husband who had returned home after four years, something snapped in her mother. “I don’t know if packing and moving brought back the trauma of being thrown out of our ancestral home or something else, but mom had a major breakdown.”Santosh started soiling herself, crying and wailing for no reason. One night she walked out of the house at 1 a.m., another time she hrefused to recognize her son-in law, suspiciously asking her daughter why she was hanging out with another man. Anuradha adds,  “Each morning she wakes up smiling and walks out not knowing she has soiled herself. Two maids grab her and take her into the bathroom against her protests. She doesn’t know why she is being stripped and washed. It’s like a daily physical and emotional rape. Her cries echo in my ears even when she is not crying. In her lucid moments she says, ‘Anu I don’t know what I’m doing. Why is this happening to me?’”A medical diagnosis revealed that half of her left brain and three fourths of her right brain were permanently impaired. Twelve years later, the family finally has a diagnosis – Alzheimer’s. Sasirekha with grandmother SreeratnaThe earliest memories Subash Razdan has of his father Prithvi Nath Razdan, the chief labor commissioner in India, are of being rocked by him to sleep to the lullaby, “Aaja ri Nindiya” (I beckon you ‘o sleep). “Even when I was grown up and lived in the dorm in IIT, my parents would sit on a bench away from my sight, just to watch me do things. They would not tell me about it as they knew I would throw a fit.”After his mother developed diabetes and heart problems, Razdan, a civil engineer and an only child, brought his parents to live with him in the United States in 1992.Soon his father’s health began failing. “At one point, both my mother and father had two extended visits each of 45 days to the hospital in one year. Dad felt very bad that he was dependent on us. He had reached a stage where he was not able to control his occupational habits. He had a heart attack, a stroke and Alzheimer’s.“There were times when he would look at me in tears and murmur that he is losing the will to live, then the next moment he would want Rahul, my older son, to get married soon. The night before he died, he didn’t want to go to the dining room to eat, but looked at me with tears in his eyes as if trying to express, through his eyes that he cannot take it anymore. He passed away the next morning.” Rani Singh’s life turned upside down soon after her in-laws came to the United States to celebrate her second son Jairaj’s first birthday in 1987. “My mother in law had a series of heart attacks, my father in law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given 3-4 months to live and a month later my husband, a super athlete, couldn’t shake off a cough and was diagnosed with what they called, for want of a concrete diagnosis, ‘lung disease with unknown etiology.’ They gave him two years to live.”Rani, a professor at Emory University, says it was her deep faith and the fact that she adored her in-laws that kept her from going off the deep end. Her love affair with her husband, whom she married when she was 20, “the greatest love story,” she says, only intensified.“He would look at me and say, ‘It’s the love in your eyes that keeps me going.’ Even before this catastrophe hit, we were the best of friends and believed in living each moment to the fullest, and now the uncertainty made us even more determined to cherish our moments together.”What followed were incessant visits to the hospital, where she also worked, besides coping up with three patients in her house. “There were times I’d watch my mother-in-law all night in the hospital, sleep on a bed there itself, wake up and go to work.”Though her father-in law died shortly after his cancer diagnosis,  Rani’s husband went on to live for 10 years. “He received a lung transplant and did very well for the first year. Then  the doctors took some bad decisions against my wishes, a nurse overdosed him and his organs failed. Just before he died he said to me, ‘Even if something happens to me I have no regrets. I have lived a full life. The only thing I have not had enough of is you.’ Those were his last words to me, and to this day I feel his love surround me and that is what keeps me going.”Choices and ConsequencesIn most families both couples work. Some tried to get domestic nursing help, but few can afford full time live-in professional help in the United States on a permanent basis. Alameda center in Perth Amboy NJEven faced with the seemingly endless task of taking care of their loved ones, many South Asian families are resistant to turn to nursing homes, which is usually the solution for similar patients in the mainstream.“The question of sending my in-laws to a nursing home simply did not arise. I took care of them against all odds,” says Rani. “But I was very young and didn’t realize they were eligible for Medicare and ran up a huge debt.”The hospice sent beds and a doctor to sit with her father-in-law, but there was a language barrier. “I wished that there were people, even some of my friends, who could just come over and sit with him and talk to him, or pray with my in-laws, because I was busy running around doing so much.”But Rani says she never regrets not sending her in-laws or her husband to a nursing home. “In fact my husband continued to work till the last day. At the same time, I wish people would not be judgmental about decision others make, as I saw when we decided to remove the life support from my husband after complete organ failure. Each decision and each choice is individual. I wish I had more help and had not been so embarrassed to ask for it.”Somraj Sharma’s doctor would not allow his mother to return to the house and she was sent to a nursing home from the hospital. “He felt we will not be able to take care of her at home and it was better for everyone that she was sent there,” he said. They visited her daily, but while she lovingly touched everyone she simply did not recognize anyone. “She would stroke my hair and the only word she would utter was the one my husband insisted she chant, ‘Krishna,’” says Santosh. Somraj Sharma, his mother Suhagwati and wife Santosh and their three sons in happier times. Suhagwanti remained in her own world, and never emerged from that haze until the day she died four years later. The Sharmas say they were dissatisfied with her care at the nursing home. “Our elderly parents come here and life is already like a jail for them,” says Somraj. “Sending them to a nursing home seems a horrible choice, but we console ourselves that when she did go there, she had stopped recognizing everyone.”Razdan says the experience of weighing a nursing home for his parents was very challenging, but brought the entire family very close to each other. “We even visited a few nursing homes and decided against it. I could not have managed if I did not have an understanding family, especially my wife.”Though it was very taxing emotionally and financially, says Razdan, the satisfaction of having his parents with the family compensated for the anguish. “We have been very much at peace with ourselves. I probably would not have been able to live with the guilt of putting them in the nursing home.”Nevertheless, Razdan hastens to add that a nursing home alternative may  be worth  exploring for other families. ‘The most important thing is that the children  must visit the elders, as the parents have their eyes glued to the door in anticipation of a visit from their kin. I worked as part time administrator in a nursing home and in one case, one elderly lady would keep saying constantly that her son would be coming, but 9 out of 10 times he did not.”Parvathy Kancherla’s voice still cracks with emotion when she talks about moving her mother to the nursing home nearly two years ago. “The first day I left my mother there, I came home and sobbed all night.” Rani and Gurdial SinghShe remembers her mother Sasirekha as a strong woman who took care of a large family. After her husband died in 1992, Sasirekha moved to the United States, dividing time between Michigan and Georgia to be with her daughters. Says Parvathy, “It was interesting that in spite of the language barrier she was able to fend for herself quite efficiently.”In 2003, her mother, then 83, slipped in the bathroom and broke her leg. “As long as she had the cast on she did fine, but the moment they removed the cast she developed this acute paranoia that if she stood up she would fall,” says Kancherla. Her mother has never walked again. Already arthritic, her legs started to atrophy. She began soiling her bed, hrefusing to even sit on the commode next to the bed. One day she fell off her bed. “It was very hard, struggling to handle her disability on one hand and not being able to accept that I couldn’t make her any better.”“But in spite of the rehab people working with her, she hrefused to walk. Today state law prohibits the patients to be physically lifted from their bed to the wheel chair, and a machine does it. There was no way I could have replicated that at home.” Alameda Center residents waiting for entertainment to begin in Perth Amboy, NJ Kancherla says her  cardiologist  son and her family physician told her she had to send her mother to a nursing home as she was not going to get the care she needed at home.Her daughter Sreeratna, an attorney,  researched nursing homes on the government website medicare.org, which lists nursing facilities and they finally found a nursing home 10 minutes from their home.Says Sreeratna, “You must go and check out the nursing home again and again, keep and eye on your loved ones and make sure you talk regularly to the care givers and get to know them. We saw a bruise on my grandmother once and immediately asked what had happened. Most importantly find one very close to you, no more than 10-15 minutes drive.”Kancherla visits her mother daily and feeds her. The family says the nursing home staff  are extremely compassionate, loving and understand her grandmother’s needs in spite of the language barrier.Recently, however, Sasirekha urged her family to take her back home. “She misses the social interaction, because no one speaks her language. She understands our constraints, but I would go home crying, each time she would ask.”Finally, a few weeks ago, Kancherla took her mother home for a visit just to see how it played out. “Even to get her out from the car to her wheel chair was so tough and we struggled through the day, until she herself said, ‘Please take me back, but I still live with the guilt every day.’”Desh Kapoor shares that daily guilt of not being with his mother, who now lives with his sister in India. “She doesn’t remember my name, but knows I’m her son and asked very emotionally the last time I was with her why I took so long to visit her.”It is his sister Anuradha, who is exhausted and stretched to the limit taking care of her, juggling a full-time job that involves travel and trying to reconnect with her husband who has returned home after four years. “My kids are petrified of old age and though they are very young, they keep asking me if I will become like my mother when I grow old. I have no time to spend with my husband, ever since he has returned and I can see my marriage getting affected, but after staying awake with mom in her room for days and then dragging myself to work, not sleeping even four hours for weeks, I’m exhausted emotionally and physically. There are days I drive on the highway and wish a truck would crush me.“Nevertheless, the thought of putting her mother in a nursing home is something Anuradha will not even consider. “My mother will die. Even though she is in an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s she knows she is with family. In her lucid moments she asks, ‘tum mujhe chod to nahin dogey na?’ (You won’t desert me will you?). The doctors say she can go on like this for the next 20 years.”Desh and his other sister Neelam are traveling to India to give Anuradha a break, but it’s a temporary reprieve. “I can never repay her and my brother-in-law. He has cleaned my mother, put up with a lot and helped more than I as a son could have, but I don’t know what the long term solution is.” Neither does Anuradha. Three generations of the Razdan family in 1983For Ranjan and Anjan Dutta-Gupta, their mother’s failing health two years ago and her hrefusal to come and live with them in the United States has been a source of major aggravation. “It is ironic that our parents took care of an extended family and made so many sacrifices, but both her sons are not with her. We have taken care of things financially and she lives in her own home surrounded by nurses, but she almost died this past January and it makes it that much harder to live with the guilt,” says Ranjan.They say that if it had not been for their brother-in-law Subroto Sengupta, they don’t know how they would have managed either.“Subroto, an incredibly bright man, has turned down promotion after promotion  for years, so that my sister Indrani can stay close to my mother in Calcutta. He says if it meant having our mother in our midst for longer, the promotion means nothing in comparison to that blessing.’ Indrani has survived major surgery for a brain tumor, but still insists on taking care of her mother.Anjan says on the one hand his sister has become very paranoid and obsessive, “Her conversation is nothing else, but mom and her ailments.” But on the other hand, he recognizes that Indrani has been their mother’s lifeline. “She saw some symptoms that the nurses missed and insisted on taking her to the hospital, where she collapsed and had no heartbeat for several minutes, before she was revived.”The thought of putting their mother in a nursing home is something the family balks at. “If I did that people will spit on me,” says Anjan. “There is still a stigma attached. It will break ma’s heart – that not only are her sons not living near by to take care of her, we have dumped her in a nursing home.”Ranjan contemplated moving to India, leaving his 19-year-old only son Ravi and his wife Indra in the United States for the next few years to be near his mother, but his mother nixed the idea. “She said your place is beside your wife and son, you must not come here. Even today, much as she would love to have her son with her, she is thinking of his son and his wife,” says Ranjan emotionally.The FearMany Indian elderly in the United States desire to return to their roots in their waning years, to be in the midst of people who speak their language. Rani says her in-laws awaited Sunday anxiously when their son and daughter-in law could take them to the gurudwara and they could mingle with others socially, but it was only once a week.Parvathy wishes someone would pick up her mother’s friends, who are still mobile and live with their children, and bring them to the nursing home so that she could have some social interaction. “I’m the only one she sees each day. When my kids are in town they come to visit her, as do my sister’s children with their family. She recognizes every one, and is so happy to see them, but most days it’s just me and she misses chatting with her friends.”Anuradha worries that India’s huge aging population is at risk as the younger generation goes out to conquer the world. In the United States, Anjan’s wife Indrani shares the same fear. “I wonder where my husband and I will go in our old age unless death suddenly happens. We don’t see our children settling down anywhere near us since their careers will take them elsewhere. We didn’t do it for our parents, either.”Somraj and Desh say that they don’t want to be dependent on their kids and would like to go to a nursing or assisted living home. “After all, our tradition of Vanprasth was exactly this – where the elderly went to the van (jungle) and lived in a sanctuary there for the old,” says Desh.Bringing HopeEnter Dr. Mukund Thakar, who brings hope through a pioneering South Asian nursing home project launched in Parsipanny, NJ, last July. Thakar was a practicing physician in India before coming to the United States in 1989.  He began work at the Alameda Center, a 32-year-old nursing home in Perth Amboy, NJ, 16 years ago. All around he saw lonely, isolated, depressed elderly South Asians.“They passed their days not knowing what to do with their life or their time, as their kids went to work and were away for hours. It is not that we don’t love our parents, but life in America is definitely not conducive to communal living. When the elderly fall sick or just get old, they are put in nursing homes where many of them can’t speak the language, don’t like the food, so they stop eating and die of heart break. I have also seen the children sobbing when they come to drop their parents or loved ones off. They feel as if they are deserting them.”So Thakar considered creating a South Asian environment for these patients. “We converted the fifth floor of the center to an Indian floor. The décor is Indian, we have four Indian cooks cooking different cuisines of India, a temple with prayer sessions, a common room where people can mingle and chat. We celebrate various Indian festivals and  have interpreters who speak several Indian languages.”His wife Rama says they even cater to people who keep religious fasts, preparing special dishes for them.  Rama heads the prayer session and is assistant director of the program. “People come here both for short term and long term care and don’t want to go back. One elderly gentleman and his wife were sobbing when their rehab was over. They say, ‘What will we do when we go home? Here we have made so many friends, we get piping hot, freshly made food every day, while there we have to heat cold food from the microwave and eat, and we stay by ourselves till 7 p.m. daily. Please don’t send us away.’”Many have healed and gone, some have passed away at the facility. At present it houses 54 South Asians, but word is spreading and Thakar is fielding calls from Indians all over the country asking about the facility, the tab for which is typically picked up by Medicaid and Medicare. Thakar calls the Alameda Center the temple of the mother and father. “People still balk at the mention of the word nursing home, but here we create a loving environment for our parents who are revered in our culture.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Can That Damn Accent!

first_imgIf you must acquire something, go buy a house. Or an elephant. Even some mutual funds for all I care.Don’t go get yourself an “accent” just because you live in America. Or London. And please don’t get one if you live in Australia. This is my account from living in two continents literary worlds apart in thought, action and especially speech, even though they speak the exact same language.The Queens English, Ma’am. Thank you very much.For as long as I can remember I’ve had a strong aversion to anyone from the South Asian continent who speaks with a Western accent. I think you know who you are, and I think you know what I mean.Growing up in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in the 1980’s when student exchange programs were big, many kids would go to Australia for six months and when they returned, we couldn’t understand what they said for the next three weeks. Which I always thought funny, because half my childhood was spent in different parts of the world, yet I always managed to keep my accent intact (Super Woman, or what?). With cable TV, sitcoms and MTV coming into play, young locals with heavily laced accents, feigning to be either Ross or Rachel, or both are a dime a dozen. Sri Lankans fail to realize that the English we speak is quite clear, as is. Especially comparatively, with our neighboring Indian brothers, no insult intended.An accent is a part of a person’s charm.To all the local radio personalities who were ever given 10 minutes of airtime, my advice is, if you are going with a British accent stick with it. Please, don’t switch to a Yankee one in mid-sentence. You lose credibility with your listeners. They lose faith and begin to think you are cover versions or something equally bad.Since I’ve moved to Boston, I’ve had the “privilege” (sarcasm intended) of meeting many, many people who in all probability, were, a-short-time-ago nice Hindi-speaking charmers studying at some Maha Vidyalaya or the other. What they sound like in their feigned accent is quite repugnant.There is this one girl I ran into who went to a school in Kerala that prescribed that students speak only in Malayalam (in addition to only parting their hair in the middle). I will go easy on her very African-American (think Queen Latifah from Living Single) accent considering her English deprivation in school. Letting her hair down is fine, but putting on such an “act”-cent gnaws at me.Then you find the “dudes” who consider the twang a necessary part of their fashion repertoire, along with their GAP sweaters and the Tommy Jeans that serve as uncompensated walking billboards for the companies.Let me be gentle. I won’t go off at all on the ABCDs, considering that for these unfortunate souls the American twang is a birth defect, my son included. It’s the émigrés with the accent that get my goat.The beauty of Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas, their physical beauty aside, which, by the way isn’t too shabby, comes from their conscious effort to retain their ethnicity. Ethnicity is ingrained, it is a part of who we are and it is reflected in the way we speak. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. How many of their films have you avoided because you couldn’t understand their Hispanic accent? I would suspect, none. Desperado is an all-time favorite male movie.Yet Americans seem to have this prejudice against outsourced workers in India. My American friends obnoxiously claim to simply not understand Joe Shmoe Patel (who is paid $0.60/hourly) to call you at 1.30 am Bangalore time to sell you that unneeded long distance calling plan. He is just doing his job. Don’t hold that against him. He didn’t get into it lightly; he had to take classes to learn to speak with an American accent only to be told that you don’t understand him. Is it his accent or the fact that you hold him responsible for another lost job?Sure there are those who claim that if you don’t pick up an accent Americans won’t understand you. I work with enough semi-intelligent Americans who don’t understand a “can’t” from a “caan’t.” But I am convinced that if you consistently say a word clearly with proper diction they are going to understand you. That’s it. We don’t need to bend over backwards to speak the way they speak. Where’s the originality in that? Moreover, how superficial are we that we forget how we speak the minute we leave the old country.Think about it. An accent can be lost faster than a bad boyfriend. All it takes is two minutes to make up your mind, and two seconds for your tongue to switch gears.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Chairman Hanuman

first_imgLord Hanuman has been appointed the official chairman of a new technology and management institute outside Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Hanuman’s idol occupies the chairman’s office at the Sardar Bhagat Singh College of Technology and Management, which launches its first class in July. The “chairman,” appointed by a resolution of the college’s trustees, has delegated all his powers to the college’s two vice chairmen, who handle all paper work intended for Lord Hanuman, sitting adjacent to the chairman’s empty chair.Vice Chairman Vivek Kangri said: “Though the institute would be one of its kind in having the lord as the chairman, it would be run by professionals and we would ensure that our devotion does not harm the sentiments of anyone specially the students who come from a cross section of society.”“Our devotion would not be reflected in the academic atmosphere of the campus.” Jai Hanuman!  Related Itemslast_img read more

Barbaric Robes

first_imgJairam Ramesh, India’s environment minister was wildly cheered at a graduation ceremony at the Indian Institute of Forest Management in Bhopal, when he discarded his academic gown and cap, denouncing them as “medieval” and “barbaric” colonial relics. Instead he addressed the graduates in the “more Indian” kurta pyjama. “The practice of wearing a traditional colored gown during a convocation ceremony at any university is a barbaric colonial practice. Why can’t we wear simple dress instead of these gowns,” Ramesh said. “Why cannot we have convocation in simple dress instead of coming dressed up as medieval vicars and popes,” Ramesh said Related Itemslast_img read more

CWG: Boxers cry foul over faulty scales

first_imgGames organisers were left red-faced after the scales at the boxing weigh-in gave faulty readings on Monday, causing some competitors to panic a day before the start of the event.Two Australian boxers were shown as overweight after they got on the scales, surprising the coaches. “The scales said they were 700 grams overweight, so they had to go and sweat it off,” Australia assistant coach Don Abnett said. “But when they got back, it said they were two kilograms heavier than before. It is ridiculous and now we have boys who have lost too much weight, which is not good.” Irate coaches demanded the scales be checked and a 50-kilogram weight was found to weigh 51.4 kg. Because of the mix-up, a second weigh-in has been scheduled for Tuesday.last_img read more

City updates

first_imgLondonCapital drawsSanta Maria (15 St Mary’s Road; 020 8579 1462) is being hailed as the place that will put paid to a trip to Italy. A pizzeria alright, the pizzas are rumoured to be as good as the stuff in Italy.Soho is certainly the hot bed of Asian food, but Koya (49 Frith St; 020 7434 4463) is making waves. It’s a simple noodle bar, specialising in ‘udon’ (thick, wheat Japanese noodles) with no frills or fuss in its dÅcor and interiors. Most ingredients are imported and there’s all the usual udon specialities.Strangely, it does seem to be season of the morbid in London’s theatre scene. Thomas Middleton’s mid-17th century tragedy Women Beware Women (National Theatre, South Bank; 020 7452 3000), seen equally as feminist and misogynist, comes brilliantly alive on stage, multiple murders, fiery music, fascinating sets and all. Till July 4.No matter how many restaurants cater to the demand for Indian food, there’s also room for more. Atul Kochchar, he of the Benaras fame has launched another one simply called Colony (8, Paddington Street, 020 7935 3353). The cuisine should come as a surprise considering the name, and the food is undeniably a fusion of east and west.If spring and summer time seem unusually preppy and joyous, then a seeing of Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe, 21, New Globe Walk, Banskside; 020 7907 7071) should do the trick.Must seeHollywood never does bore or tire. Victoria & Albert Museum (Cromwell Road, 020 7942 2000) is currently hosting a stunning collection of items belonging to the legendary actress Grace Kelly including outfits and designer gowns (yes, even the one she wore to receive her Oscar) hats, handbags (including the Hermes one named after her), jewellery, film clips and posters. Till September 26.New YorkBig apple, big biteThere are perfume shops and then there’s Sephora (808 Columbus Ave at 97th St; 212 280 2525). It comes with a computer that can figure out the exact fragrance that you want. There are other cosmetics as well, but this does take centrestage. At Pulino’s Bar & Pizzeria (282 Bowery, East Houston Street, East Village; 212 226 1966) the air is one of relaxed indulgence, in an elegant and chic ambience. It could get noisy, but there’s a nice buzz. And yes, feast on campari, pizzas, steak, pork skin, salads, scallops and sinful desserts. Next to Normal (Booth Theater, 222 West 45th Street; 212 239 6200) is being touted as something that goes straight for the heart and wrenches it like no other. A musical, it depicts the travails of a suburban mom who’s chronically manic depressive.At first, The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges (25 East 77th Street Madison Avenue, Upper East Side; 212 606 3030) could come across as pretentious. But that’s until you see it and better still, tuck into the fare. Visit for the veal chops, crab cakes, clams, pizza, pea soup and souffles. It might sound quirky, but Plein Sud (The Smyth Hotel, 85 West Broadway at Chambers St; 212 204 5555) is very French in style. It has dark wood furniture and beautiful lighting. French classics like coq au vin are aimed to please. Fornino Park Slope (256 Fifth Ave between Carroll St and Garfield Pl, Brooklyn; 718 399 8600) is not just a pizzeria. It’s stylish, but more importantly, it’s got food that is just too delicious.Must SeeThere’s never a dull or insipid moment with Denzel Washington. It’s precisely this charisma that he brings on to stage in the new play Fences (Cort Theater, 138 West 48th Street; 212 239 6200) where he plays a former Black League player. The play has been receiving rave reviews. Till July 26.MumbaiMaximum delightsSports bars are the flavour of the season. Xtreme Sports Bar (Bombay Mutual Annexe Building, opposite Residency Hotel, Fort; 2264 2284) is the latest to join the bandwagon. Spread on two floors and a mezzanine in between, it boasts flat screen TVs, foosball table and a pool table. The beverages are good, and there’s Chinese to go with them.You’ll be forgiven for thinking MoMo Cafe (Courtyard Hotel, Andheri Kurla Road; 6136 9988) from the Mariott stable is Tibetan. Turns out the syllables are for modern living, modern eating or some such. A 24-hour coffee shop, the fare tries to be different. Check out the watermelon salad, smoked salmon, steak and the vada pav as well. It’s called Areopagus (Near Starcity Theatre, Matunga; 2436 6666) and is actually a massage centre that relies heavily on Chinese and Japanese techniques. Which means there’s rather brisk stretching and pulling, but it’s all in good faith and meant to release all aches and pains.Simplistic to the point of being almost bare, Noah’s Cafe (Cumballa Hill Hospital Lane, Kemp’s Corner, 2389 6111) attempts to stand out from the clutter. It doesn’t show particular loyalty to cuisines. So there’s chilli oyster prawns, Moroccan curry with cous cous, gnocchi, mushroom vol au vent. The name, Lu by Lolita (Atria Mall, Worli; 6736 3688) might raise a few apprehensions, but it’s harmless enough. The boutique is a Uruguay brand and is known for its bright trendy casuals.BrusselsBelgian bitesThe Royal Museums of Fine Art (Rue de la Regence 3, +32 2 508 32 11) plays host to Symbolism, an exhibition that explores the development of this genre right back to the beginning of the 19th century and romantic painting.Congo, the African state, completes 50 years of independence this year and what better way to pay tribute than by a depiction of art through Visionary Africa (23, Rue Ravensteinstraat; +32 2 507 82 00), an exhibition of Congolese as well as other Central African masterpieces. Opens in early June and runs through September. It might be the hub of Euro politics, but Brussels takes its entertainment seriously as well. The latest is Viage (30, Anspach Boulevard; +32 2 300 01 00) which is being touted as the ultimate in entertainment, which includes 36 gaming tables, over 360 gaming machines, bingo seats, gala dinner, music and two restaurants.For one whole week in June (the second week to be precise) gourmands can get their fill of gourmet food. Called the Restaurant Week, high-end restaurants all across Brussels will lay out gastronomic spreads, and at reasonable rates. The 21st edition of Couleur Cafe (Avenue du Port), the much awaited three-day event will be held in late June. The line-up is impressive: more than 50 concerts, fashion shows, brass bands, souks, restaurants and DJs spinning music till morning.In Brussels Up North (Rue des Chapeliers 36; +32 2 502 77 29) can mean only one thing–Scandanavia. So there’s no doubting the cuisine of a restaurant so named. Not to miss the seafood–salmon, monkfish, scallops, and herring.KochiCoastal curryOld Lighthouse Bristow Hotel (Beach Road, Fort Kochi; 305 0102) might be a mouthful, but it’s got enough history to justify the length. Not to mention of course the stunning views of the Arabian sea, and local food to boot. Almost 100 years old, Tea Bungalow (Kunumpuram, Fort Kochi; 301 9200) is a beautiful ochre and tiled resort with an interesting history. Its spacious suites are a draw and have been named after sea ports.The name Greenix Village (Calvetty Road, Fort Kochi; 221 7000) might sound like a pharma company, but is a respository of Kerala art and culture. Spread over 45,000 sq ft, it contains theatres, museum, martial art centre, gallery and restaurant.Biorhythm (Kaloor-Kadavanthara Road; 409 9909) might seem like an unlikely name for a spa, but what they offer is definitely likeable. What makes it unique is the health food programme.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

BCCI to host mini IPL in September

first_imgSHARE cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL The BCCI is set to introduce a new Twenty20 event, to be branded as mini IPL, outside India in September.“In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said at the conclusion of the Board’s Working Committee meeting here.“It will be a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches. In a two-week window we should be able to complete it,” he said.The BCCI move was on the cards with the scrapping of the Champions League T20 last year.The details of the shortened version of IPL are yet to be chalked out and possible venues are US and UAE, which has already hosted part of the IPL in 2014.The full-fledged IPL lasts about for almost two months. The ninth edition of the tournament was held in India from April 9 to May 29.Minutes after Thakur’s statement, the BCCI issued a release stating that “BCCI will explore the option of hosting Mini IPL overseas in September”.Going overseas is not new to IPL as the entire 2009 edition was held in South Africa due to the general election in India.Anil Kumble’s appointment as the head coach of the Indian team was also approved at the meeting.In another significant decision, the Committee approved that an Under-19 Cricketer can represent India only once in the Under 19 World Cup and any player entering the system at Under 19 stage can play only two seasons of Under 19 cricket.Amongst other decisions taken, the BCCI will now have a separate marketing budget for the promotion of the Test cricket. “The BCCI and the State Units will work together towards promotion and marketing of International matches,” said the BCCI statement as the Indian team gets ready for a busy home season consisting of 13 Tests.The Working Committee also approved the Technical Committee’s recommendation to hold Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues.In another big change to domestic cricket, the Committee announced a new T20 league in place of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. “First, all state teams will play an Inter zonal league in their respective zones. All five zones selecting a zonal side to play an Inter Zonal League will follow it,” the released added.The release also stated that BCCI will start annual awards for state associations in categories like best website, best Facebook page, best Twitter handle, best Instagram, best media facility and best media operations. COMMENT COMMENTS BCCI president Anurag Thakur.   –  The Hinducenter_img June 24, 2016 Published on Possible venues are US and UAE × BCCI president Anurag Thakur.   –  The Hindulast_img read more

Shashank Manohar elected unopposed as ICC’s first independent chairman

first_imgFormer Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar was on Thursday elected unopposed as the ICC’s first independent chairman.Manohar, who on Tuesday resigned as BCCI president, will commence his two-year term with immediate effect. (Anurag Thakur frontrunner to replace Shashank Manohar as BCCI president)According to an ICC press release, Manohar was the sole nominee for the position and the board has now unanimously supported his appointment.”According to the election process, ICC directors were each allowed to nominate one candidate, who had to be either a present or past ICC director. Nominees with the support of two or more Full Member directors would have been eligible to contest the election, which was scheduled to have been concluded by 23 May. “However, given that Mr Manohar was the sole nominee for the position and the Board has now unanimously supported his appointment, the independent Audit Committee Chairman, Mr Adnan Zaidi, who has been overseeing the election process, has declared the process complete, and Mr Manohar the successful candidate,” the press release further added.Manohar a veteran administrator Manohar is a prominent Indian lawyer who served his first stint as the BCCI president from 2008-2011. Following the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya, Manohar was re-elected as the BCCI president in October last year and by virtue of that position, he held the role of ICC chairman since then. (Shashank Manohar reveals why he resigned as BCCI president)Reacting to his appointment, Manohar said: It is an honour to be elected as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council and for that I am thankful to all the ICC directors who have put their faith and trust in my abilities. I also take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues in the BCCI who have supported me during my recent time as the BCCI’s President.advertisementExciting times ahead “These are exciting times for international cricket as we are presently carrying out a comprehensive review of the 2014 constitutional amendments which is aimed at not only improving governance structures, but cricket structures as well. The ultimate objective is to grow our sport and engage a whole new generation of fans and I look forward to working with all stakeholders to shape the future of cricket, which has a proud history and rich tradition.”The ICC’s Full Council also approved various amendments to its constitution. The ICC president’s post has been abolished.’Manohar has made India proud’ Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur congratulated Manohar on the historic appointment.”Mr. Shashank Manohar’s unanimous, unopposed election is a matter of pride for India. With his vast administrative experience he will provide leadership to the ICC to strengthen the position of cricket at the global level. The BCCI looks forward to working closely with the ICC for developing cricket.”last_img read more

Asiad gold-winning shot-putter Toor’s father to be cremated Thursday

first_imgChandigarh, Sep 4 (PTI) Asian Games gold-medallist Tejinderpal Singh Toor’s father, who died of cancer before he could meet the triumphant shot-putter, will be cremated on Thursday. Karam Singh, 54, breathed his last on Monday at a military hospital in Panchkula. He was suffering from cancer for the past few years and Toor had spoken about his struggle to manage his career in view of his father’s ailment after winning the Asiad gold in Jakarta. It was a tragic turn of events for Toor, who returned to India the same day his father passed away. After winning the gold medal at Asian games, the native of Khosa Pando village in Punjab’s Moga district, had dedicated the medal to the ailing Karam Singh. Punjab sports minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi offered his condolences to the athlete, who broke the Games record for his gold. In his message to Toor, Sodhi said the “undying efforts of his father and the family contributed hugely to the golden achievement by Tejinderpal Singh”. The 23-year-old Toor had clinched the men’s shot put gold by throwing the iron ball to 20.75m in the Asian games. PTI CHS VSD PM PMlast_img read more

A Look At The 2016 Big 12 Starting QBs (Part 3)

first_imgWe looked at Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Kyle P. made fun of Texas’ QB situation here. Now on to Part 3. The bottom tier of starting QBs in the Big 12 (which could still turn out to be pretty good).Texas, Shane Buechele, Fr. (others competing include Tyrone Swoopes, Jerrod Heard)Charlie Strong has yet to pick his starting QB in a year in which he must win or will likely be fired. The early favorite is Buechele, the freshman QB who ranked as the No. 13 QB recruit in last year’s class. Buechele has reportedly shown the ability to lead, compete, and has shown off his athletic process in practice. One look at his high school tape shows just how electrifying he can be.Buechele is a little undersized at 6’1 but has an easy motion and a pretty deep ball. He also has the ability to take off and move around in the pocket quickly, which makes him tough to bottle up. It remains to be seen if the freshman can produce in his first season of college football, but Texas may have finally found its answer at QB after years of searching.Kansas State — Alex Delton, Jesse Ertz, Joe HubenerLooking for a QB battle even more open than TCU? Kansas State has three contenders for their starting QB position, including two who were lost to season-ending knee injuries in 2015.Alex Delton: the redshirt freshman was injured after just two games his freshman year, but was the top QB recruit in Kansas and the 23rd-best dual-threat QB in the country by Rivals coming out of high school. Delton is a little undersized at 6’0, but likes to get outside and run, which can make him tough to gameplan for.Jesse Ertz: Ertz was the victim of poor luck last year. After winning the starting job for the Wildcats out of fall camp, Ertz suffered a season-ending knee injury the very first play from scrimmage. Ertz is a more traditional pocket passer at 6’3 who broke the Iowa state record for career passing touchdowns with 98 in 2012. Ertz will look to re-win the starting job again in 2016.Joe Hubener: Hubener stepped in last year due to injuries and played below average, throwing 10 interceptions to 9 touchdowns and just a 107.3 QBR. Hubener does have some experience after starting 11 games last year, and will look to keep his starting spot this year.Iowa State — Joel Lanning, So.Lanning took over towards the end of last season for the Cyclones, finishing with 10 TD’s and 4 picks in 11 games played. Lanning was unspectacular but showed some promise in a few games in 2015, putting up 27 points against Baylor after entering the game, beating Texas 24-0 while throwing for 188 yards and running for 64 more, and nearly upsetting the Cowboys after rushing for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lanning likes to get out and make plays with his feet, which is good considering Iowa State’s line struggled mightily at times and may not be too stout in 2016 either.Kansas, Ryan Willis, So.Willis is a sophomore out of Bishop Miege in Kansas City, a former three-star recruit who threw for 9 touchdowns and 10 picks as a freshman in 2015. Willis is a pocket passer but often did not have hardly any time to throw behind KU’s awful offensive line last year. Willis did suffer a setback this off-season when he fractured his wrist in a pick up basketball game, but is back on the field now and looking healthy again. Willis will look to improve as a Sophomore and get Kansas in the win column this year, after going winless as a freshman.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Alderweireld open to Spurs stay

first_imgTransfers Alderweireld open to Tottenham stay despite Man Utd rumours Ryan Benson 07:06 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) toby alderweireld - cropped Getty Images Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Belgian centre-back has attracted interest from Manchester United but he says he could yet remain at Spurs beyond the close-season Toby Alderweireld has made it clear he is open to the possibility of staying at Tottenham despite stories linking him with a move.The Belgium international featured just 14 times in the Premier League last season, with his campaign disrupted by suggestions of a contract stalemate as well as hamstring and thigh injuries.Alderweireld has two years left on his current deal, but the uncertainty around an extension has led to links with Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Jose Mourinho’s side are said to have already declared their interest in the centre-back, though he insists he is in no rush to leave Spurs.When asked if staying at Spurs was a possibility, Alderweireld told reporters: “Yeah, why not? I have two years left on my contract. I don’t know what is going to happen.”The 29-year-old is away on international duty with Belgium at the World Cup and will come up against plenty of familiar faces when they face England.And Alderweireld thinks England have a better aura around them this time around.”I have been in the Premier League for four years and something is different with England now,” Alderweireld added. “They are young lads, there is a lot of desire.”There is a new vibe coming. They have wonderful players, not just stars but players who want to become better.”I think they are going to have a very good World Cup. England can do whatever they want if they are on it. They are a very good team.”I know most of the players. They have the right mentality to go far now. They have quality and desire, players with a good attitude.”last_img read more

TFA honours greats of the game

first_imgTouch Football Australia has honoured three of the most significant players to ever take part in the National Touch League by naming the Tony Eltakchi, Mark Boland and Angela Barr commemorative shields. For more information visit the NTL websitelast_img

AC Milan sign €11m Flamengo defender Duarte

first_imgAC Milan have completed the signing of Leo Duarte from Flamengo in a deal reportedly worth €11 million (£10.2m/$12.3m).The Rossoneri beat Roma in the race to sign Duarte, who joins on a five-year deal after deciding to continue his career in Italy with his first move abroad.Duarte had spent his entire professional career with Flamengo, making 92 total appearances across four seasons with the Brazilian club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He claimed two trophies with the club, winning the Campeonato Carioca: in2017 and 2019.The arrival of the 23-year-old centre-back strengthens the defensive options available to new Milan boss Marco Giampaolo ahead of the 2019-20 season.He’ll join a backline that includes the likes of Theo Hernandez, Matteo Musacchio, Mattia Caldara, Davide Calabria and Alessia Romagnoli.Duarte follows in the footsteps of Lucas Paqueta, who swapped Flamengo for Milan in a €35m (£32.3m/$39m) transfer in January.Primeiro Rubro-negro Agora Rossonero Bem-vindo, Léo #ForzaMilan pic.twitter.com/o0bK2Dts5o — AC Milan (@acmilan) August 7, 2019 A statement on the club’s official website said: “AC Milan is delighted to announce that the club has reached an agreement with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo for the acquisition of Brazilian defender Leonardo Campos Duarte da Silva.”Leo Duarte will be the 36th Brazilian footballer to wear the Rossoneri jersey, thus continuing ‘The Green and Yellow’ tradition that is part of the history of AC Milan.”Duarte is the latest signing as part of a busy summer for Milan, who have been reconstructed under Giampaolo after finishing fifth last campaign.Milan have brought in Hernandez, Franck Kessi, Rafael Leoa and Ismael Bennacer as the club has spent big this summer.There have also been some notable exits, with longtime defender Ignazio Abate leaving the club while Manuel Locatelli, Patrick Cutrone and Tiago Djalo have been sold for fees.Milan qualified for the Europa League via their fifth-place finish last season but were later excluded due to financial fair play issues. The club opens the season on August 25 with a visit to Udinese in Giampaolo’s first official match in charge.last_img read more

ESPN’s College Football Account Made An Embarrassing Mistake Saturday

first_imgClemson Memorial Stadium during a Tigers game against Syracuse.CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange on October 25, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Clemson dodged a huge bullet on Saturday, surviving Syracuse’s upset bid with a 27-23 victory that required a last-minute touchdown drive. After the game, Tigers fans rushed the field to celebrate the win……because Clemson fans rush the field after every home victory – regardless of opponent. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1950s. If you’ve covered college football for any significant amount of time, you know this.Whoever runs ESPN’s college football Twitter account may want to brush up on their knowledge of one of college football’s best traditions. After the win, the account posted a photo of the field rush – implying that it was a surprise.The tweet was quickly deleted, but the Internet never forgets. Danny Kanell also called them out after seeing it himself.Do better @ESPNCFB …they do it EVERY home game. One of best traditions in cfb. Smh. https://t.co/ATQbia8siC— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 29, 2018Every week, Clemson fans have to explain to fans of other programs that they purposely rush the field after every home win. But you shouldn’t really have to explain that to someone working at ESPN.Either way, Clemson is still undefeated and sitting in good position to win the ACC. Now they just need a good report on the health of quarterback Trevor Lawrence.last_img read more