Serie A LIVE: Parma-Verona, Brescia-Inter

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Football Italia brings you LIVE coverage of tonight’s Serie A double-header, starting with Verona’s trip to Parma before Inter take on Brescia! Click here for all the team news at the Tardini or here if you are on a mobile/tablet device.last_img

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Bologna raise Ibrahimovic offer

first_imgBologna President Joey Saputo has reportedly given the green light for the club to offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic an 18-month contract worth €8m. The former Juventus, Inter and Milan forward is currently under contract with MLS outfit LA Galaxy, but his contract expires at the end of December. He has been linked with a return to Napoli, where he would once again link up with coach Carlo Ancelotti, and to Bologna, due to his friendship with Sinisa Mihaijovic. The Corriere dello Sport today report that Bologna President Joey Saputo (who also owns MLS club the Montreal Impact) wants the 38-year-old at the club, and will meet Zlatan’s wage demands, believed to be in the region of €8m for an 18-month contract. Saputo would look to sponsors to help finance the deal. Ibrahimovic played in Italy for a total of seven seasons, scoring 122 goals. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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ADL ‘puts Napoli in ritiro’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ An unhappy Aurelio De Laurentiis has reportedly placed Napoli in ritiro for their next two games against Red Bull Salzburg and Genoa. Results have been bleak for Napoli of late, with no wins in their last three matches, leaving them sixth in Serie A.  According to Corriere dello Sport, De Laurentiis has decided to punish the team by ordering them to go on a punitive training camp. It would last until Sunday, meaning they will have to spend the entire week at the club’s training complex. Despite their domestic woes, the Partenopei can possibly book their place in the Champions League knockout stages if they beat Salzburg tomorrow.last_img read more

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Probable line-ups: Sassuolo-Bologna

first_imgMarlon is back for Sassuolo as Roberto De Zerbi prepares to stick with the same tactics against a Bologna side struggling for firepower. Sassuolo and Bologna are within touching distance of each other in the Serie A table, and De Zerbi will stick to an attacking 4-3-3 against the 13th-placed Rossoblu this evening. The Neroverdi have been boosted by the return of Marlon, who is set to partner Filippo Romagna in the heart of defence. Alfred Duncan and Manuel Locatelli will be on either side of 34-year-old Francesco Magnanelli in midfield. Finally, the front three should consist of Francesco Caputo, Jeremie Boga and talisman Domenico Berardi, who recently signed a new contract. Bologna, meanwhile, will line up in a 4-2-3-1 and have Gary Medel back to start the match alongside Andrea Poli in a double pivot. However, Mattia Destro and Federico Santander are not at Sinisa Mihajlovic’s disposal so Rodrigo Palacio will be the lone striker, supported by Riccardo Orsolini, Mattias Svanberg and Nicola Sansone. Sassuolo (probable): Consigli; Toljan, Marlon, Romagna, Kyriakopoulos; Duncan, Magnanelli, Locatelli; Berardi, Caputo, Boga Bologna (probable): Skorupski; Mbaye, Danilo, Bani, Krejci; Poli, Medel; Orsolini, Svanberg, Sansone; Palacio Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Modi moves Bombay High Court against BCCI decisions

first_imgSuspended Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi on Thursday moved the Bombay High Court against BCCI’s decision to suspend him and prayed for quashing of the disciplinary proceedings of the Board against him.In his petition, moved through his constituted attorney Mehmood Abdi, Modi also prayed that the court appoint a mutually acceptable and independent person or panel to consider his replies to the three show-cause notices issued to him by the Board alleging various irregularities in the conduct of the T20 League.The suspension order was issued to Modi by the BCCI on April 25 following which he was slapped show-cause notices on April 26, May 6 and May 31.Modi has prayed for recall and withdrawal of the suspension order and further proceedings on the three notices.The suspended IPL Commissioner also prayed for restraint on BCCI from taking any further steps in pursuance of the three show-cause notices and from proceeding further with the hearing of the three-member disciplinary committee.The three members of the disciplinary panel reconstituted by BCCI through a Special General Meeting on July 3 are Chirayu Amin, the IPL’s Interim Chairman, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia. Modi has also challenged SGM’s ratification of BCCI secretary N Srinivasan’s decision to refer his matter to the disciplinary committee and has termed the action of the Board in this regard as malafide, illegal, perverse, unconstitutional and liable to be quashed and set aside.The suspended IPL Commissioner has made the BCCI, its president Shashank Manohar, secretary Srinivasan and the three members of the disciplinary committee as respondents to the petition.advertisementOnly July 6 Modi had sent a legal notice through Abdi to the same six respondents demanding that the disciplinary committee be disbanded and retired judges of the Supreme Court be made members of the panel as he feared the present panel may show bias against him.He had said in the notice that Amin was an investor in the Pune consortium that bid unsuccessfully for one of the two new IPL franchises and, thus, cannot be a member of the disciplinary committee.last_img read more

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TV Today Network sweeps 7 awards at Indian News Broadcasting Awards

first_imgThe TV Today Network (TVTN) won seven prestigious honours at the Indian News Broadcasting Awards 2010 at a function held in New Delhi on Wednesday.Watch videoWhile TV Today CEO and Executive Director G. Krishnan bagged the Best News TV CEO award for the outstanding growth and success of its various channels, Headlines Today’s Pankaj Khelkar received best Live programming award for the Live coverage of Pune blasts in Feburary this year.Poulomi Saha bagged the best young professional journalist at the Indian news broadcasting awards.While Sorbojit Chatterjee was adjudged the best young professional award in the business category, Headlines Today’s Tina Sharma was awarded best host in sports in the English Category.Gaurav Sawant received best news show award for his show on global warming on Aaj Tak.Rouf mohammad won the best videographer award.The awards organised by Exchange4Media recognises the best TV news talent in the country every year.last_img read more

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Varun Aaron busy focusing on Irani Trophy

first_imgExperts might have thrashed the Indian team management’s decision to pick fast bowling prospect Varun Aaron for the ODI series in England and then refusing to play him, but Aaron isn’t disappointed by the lack of opportunity to show his skills on the bowler friendly English wickets.The Jharkhan pacer feels that it was just his first tour and although representing the country is a privilege, being a part of the Indian dressing room was a delight in itself.”It feels good that experts are following my progress, but honestly I am not at all frustrated. It was my maiden tour and although any fast bowler would like to be unleashed on the bowler friendly wickets in England, I feel my chance will come.”As of now, I am happy that I am in the scheme of things of the national selectors and they feel that I am good enough to be picked to represent the country. I am working hard and the results should follow,” he told MAIL TODAY.”Sharing the dressing room with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni among others was amazing. I might not have played, but I definitely learnt a lot from being around them.” Aaron feels the time he spent with bowling coach Eric Simmons will definitely stand him in good stead in the future.”My association with Simmons goes back to the Delhi Daredevils. So I was looking forward to fine tuning my bowling skills once I got to England and that is exactly what I concentrated on.advertisementWhile the team played, I took in as much knowledge as I could from him and kept working at the nets with him,” he said.With Zaheer Khan out with injury and Ishant Sharma nursing an ankle injury, Aaron feels this is the perfect time to cement a place in the national squad.”Although I won’t say it is a make or break season for the upcoming pace bowlers with two of the best bowlers in the country out with injuries, I feel it is a great opportunity to showcase the talent one has got.”On Indian wickets you generally have just two pacers playing so with Zaheer and Ishant out with injuries, one can definitely make most of the situation,” he said.Poke him about the upcoming home series against England and the West Indies and all he says is that he is looking forward to tearing into the Rajasthan – Ranji Trophy champions – batting line-up first in the Irani Trophy.”Thinking too far ahead never helps. One can keep thinking, but it’s the moment that counts. If it is just about thinking, I would say playing in Australia at the end of the year would be every pacer’s dream and it is no different for me. But I believe in taking it one step at a time.”My focus now is the Irani Trophy match starting on October 1. I am sure that if I can do well against Rajasthan, I would be picked for the series against England,” he said.Although Aaron doesn’t have much idea about the kind of wicket that will be prepared in Rajasthan, he is ready for anything that is dished out to him.”I have no idea about the wicket that will be on offer, but I am ready for anything.If I get a green top, I shall look to bank on my pace and if it’s a slow wicket, I will use my variety and look to keep the opposition batsmen guessing,” he said.With Pawan Suyal out due to a knee surgery, it is highly likely that Aaron will have Daredevils teammate Umesh Yadav as his pace bowling partner and Aaron feels that the off field camaraderie will definitely help on the field.”We are really good friends off the field and am sure the bond we share will help when we take the field for the Rest of India squad in Rajasthan.”Not only do we play for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, but we have played together even in the Emerging Players’ Tournament, so we know how we bowl together. It will be fun working in tandem against the Rajasthan batsmen,” he said.The ROI squad has been training in the Capital since Monday.last_img read more

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India sweep basketball gold in South Asian Beach Games

first_imgIndian men and women’s teams won gold medal in 3-on-3 (3×3) basketball competition of the South Asian Beach Games in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, after defeating the home side and Maldives in their respective finals.In the men’s final, India defeated Sri Lanka 21-16 with Jagdeep Singh scoring eight points. They had won all three of their group games, defeating Maldives, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.Indian women defeated Maldives 17-7 in the final to win gold. They had won all their earlier league games against Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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Tendulkar buys Rs 100 crore cover for his ‘dream’ house

first_imgHaving moved into his “dream house”, ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has now secured his five-story Bandra residence with a staggering Rs 100 crore insurance cover, one of the biggest insurance deals by an individual.The cricket icon has bought the insurance from a consortium of general insurers, according to industry sources.”A consortium of general insurance companies has given an insurance cover for the cricketer’s home in Bandra for a value consideration of Rs 100 crore,” an official of a public sector general insurance company, who wished not to be named, said.As per the official, all the four state-run GIs along with a private insurer have provided the cover.”Oriental Insurance Company, United India Insurance, New India Assurance and National Insurance Company are the four government-owned general insurers providing the cover along with a private insurer,” the official said, adding the annual premium would be around Rs 40 lakh.According to another insurance official, the cover has been taken in two parts. While a fire insurance policy has been obtained for Rs 75 crore, an additional cover of Rs 25 crore has been bought for household items like furniture, electronic gadgets and cricket accessories among others.The fire insurance covers losses from blaze, terror attacks, natural disasters like earthquakes, and burglary among others. The insurance covers the cost of the land, compound walls, besides electrical equipment.The Tendulkars had moved into the sprawling 6,000 square feet villa in Bandra West in September from a flat that had been allotted to the maestro under sports quota.advertisementlast_img read more

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With lucrative job options in the market, corporates fight to retain staff

first_imgWipro’s Graffiti wall for staffIn 2004, when Microsoft started losing its talent to web giant in the making-Google, people wondered what it was that made them want to leave this software leviathan for a young start-up that had just started flexing its muscle on the Wall Street. As the word,Wipro’s Graffiti wall for staffIn 2004, when Microsoft started losing its talent to web giant in the making-Google, people wondered what it was that made them want to leave this software leviathan for a young start-up that had just started flexing its muscle on the Wall Street. As the word went, it wasn’t heady bonuses or even stock options that was proving to be the bait. It was the tradition of providing free lunches combined with the culinary genius of Charlie Ayers that was being used as one of the major attractions by Google plex to turn itself into a dream organisation that everyone wanted to become a part of.Tattooing at NIITSurely, as more and more qualified people find themselves up for grabs by employee-hungry corporates, companies are feverishly trying to retain their own people by hook or by crook. They are devising ways to retain, maintain and even entertain their employees if need be. Consider NIIT’s practice of giving dating allowance to its young employees. This is meant to fulfil a “basic need” of young people, as CEO Vijay Thadani puts it, and has now been topped up with paternity leave for those who would chip in with baby care at home. This encourages “NIIT families” so that people not only stay with each other but also with the company.Discounts for Tata employees at WestsideThe business of making work more attractive is a symptom of a greater problem-that of the overall talent crunch in the country, believes NASSCOM President Kiran Karnik. Of the three million graduates that India produces every year, only around four lakh are employable and with sectors like IT, ITeS, retail, hospitality and even aviation that are all bullish on recruiting, Karnik believes that companies are actually “spoiling” their employees silly with perks, inflated salary packages, favourable HR policies and what not to keep the attrition rates manageable.Reverse mentoring at M&MFor instance, in the BPO industry -that has the highest attrition rates-the average is anywhere around 20 per cent, in IT it is 8-10 per cent. Smaller companies have to deal with an attrition rate of 15-20 per cent whereas in the hotel industry, attrition rates are around 25 per cent.Tattooing at NIITIn fact, job-hopping-especially in the first one to five years-has become so widespread that banking giant ICICI Bank’s group head-HR, K. Ramkumar, believes anyone who claims an attrition rate of below 20 per cent is either lying or does not recognise actual attrition as attrition. “What we are witnessing today is like an atom bomb being dropped on the economy. Everyone is running and nobody knows what to do,” he says, adding that attrition might not be such a bad word because despite everything, it is only indicative of a surplus of jobs. In the banking sector, attrition rates are around 20-25 per cent.Gives dating allowance to young employees and paternity leave. Has started mandatory sabbaticals for those who have not taken a break for a long time.’Wings Within’ programme allows employees to quit current job profile and take up another within the organisation for self growth.Employees set the terms for committees related with sports, celebration of festivals, planning of parties and holding all sorts of cultural events.There are cultural events for employees where they and their families get to perform on stage besides ‘Unmeelan’, a show by celebrities exclusively for Infoscions.Employees associated with a project are offered a share of the profits that the project will generate if they stay till its completion.Those who adopt a girl child get paternity leave. Staff get substantial discounts on products of other group firms.Its ‘young leaders programme’ grooms bright people to take on leadership positions. Mentoring programme takes care of attrition due to bad bosses.Has a practice of “reverse mentoring” where typically a 25-year-old gets to tell a 45-year-old what he ought to be doing.In addition to the on-campus sports facilities and gym, the tech giant also allows employees to choose their working hours.This, combined with the changing aspirations of the new generation worker, is pushing HR heads to devise new ways to retain employees. Take the swank Microsoft India Development Centre (MIDC) campus in Hyderabad that has volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts and a gymnasium facility where employees can let their hair down before they rush off for a shower and then to the boardroom. These facilities, says 25-year-old Amit Gupta, an MIDC employee and an IIT Kharagpur alumni, make the workplace lot more fun. Employees also have the option of choosing their work hours. “There’s no compulsion to be glued to your seat 9-5 as long as you deliver,” says 22-year-old Arti Ramamurthy who trots into office at 1.30 p.m. and leaves by 3 a.m. and says that it keeps her productivity at peak. At prime competitor Adobe’s office complexes in Bangalore and Noida, a new employee, on a typical induction day, is offered membership of the Gladiators, Samurais, Ninjas or Daredevils-houses to sign up for in true secondary school style. This is just one of the ways to keep the heart young and the mind focussed.Microsoft India CEO Ravi Venkatesan thinks that the highest attrition levels among employees are at the first and the second levels. “In order to cut down attrition averages even further, we move people across functions and sections so that they can discover what they are actually good at,” says Venkatesan.’Pooling’ at Microsoft IndiaServices-heavy industries like BPO and hotel industry have higher attrition rates than the old economy asset-centric businesses, feels V.V. Bhatt, HRhead of Reliance Industries. “We are not as affected by the buoyancy of turnover although we have to plan for 16 per cent attrition,” he adds. Even then, Reliance has its own set of retention techniques. Employees have a pre-determined growth plan so that they know what they would be doing say a year from then. Besides, there is a system of deferred bonuses where all the employees associated with a project are offered a share of the profits it will generate if they stay till its completion. This is also a great retention technique, says Bhatt. There is also a policy of offering short-term MBA and chartered accountancy courses in partnership with the IIMs and other top institutes.At IT giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which has an attrition rate of 10 per cent against the industry average of 15 per cent, 70,000 professionals have a choice of working in over 169 offices across 35 countries in a variety of domains like telecom, retail, life sciences etc. This way, says S. Padmanabhan, head, global HR at TCS, “We offer our employees flexibility of choice on career streams.” TCS is also the only company to have extended the benefits of its adoption leave policy to male associates.’Petit Infoscions’ at InfosysICICI Bank is famous for hiring and retaining people at half the rates that its counterparts in the industry do. This, says Ramkumar, is because they identify their ‘talent list’ and then invest in them by giving healthy stock options and faster promotions so that by 28 years, they are actually heading country operations for the bank in an overseas location rather than just encashing hefty pay cheques.Adobe’s recreation roomAutomobile major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) believes in creating a culture that respects bright people by giving them the freedom to think and execute their ideas irrespective of their seniority and experience. So bright people don’t have to wait for too long before they get a chance to reach the top and this has a positive impact on the attrition rates-around 10 per cent, says Rajeev Dubey, HR head.Wipro marathon”Today’s young employees have received greater attention in their growing up years than we ever did,” explains Daljit Singh, HR head for Bharti Telecommunication, as he speaks of the reasons why attrition is so high in the two-five years experience bracket. He thinks youngsters expect the same attention that they get at home at their work place as well. “We also believe that a lot of people leave because of bad bosses and our mentoring programme takes care that this does not happen,” says Singh.Wipro believes in not just applying thought but also throwing open opportunities to retain its talent. “We have what we call the ‘wings within’ programme which is basically in house recruitment,” says Pratik Kumar, corporate executive vice-president, HR. This way, existing employees get a chance to quit their current job profile and join another one within the same company. At Infosys, there is enough entertainment that employees can help themselves to. This, say Infosys officials, helps in “fostering a sense of belonging” in employees as well as keeps the creative juices flowing. So there is an annual competition called ‘Dhun’ for employees, ‘Petit Infoscion’ for their kids, a sports meet called ‘Samavesh’ and even a show where celebrities perform only for Infoscions called ‘Unmeelan’.While companies are bending over backwards to keep employees happy, Karnik adds that the employee selection procedures have also been made more stringent so that in the race to retain employees, the employers don’t lose out in the end.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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