HWL: Indian women thrashed by Netherlands, out of Olympic race

first_imgThe Indian women’s team’s chances of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics were quashed once and for all after being thrashed 0-7 by Olympic champions Holland in the quarterfinals of the Hockey World League (HWL) semifinal here.After failing to get the lone Olympic berth at the 2014 Asian Games, India needed to finish in top-3 of this 10-team tournament to qualify for the prestigious quadrennial event. But with Tuesday’s loss, it ends India’s hopes of playing in the Brazilian metropolis next year.The Netherlands went into the attack in the very first minute as Naomi van Ass was successful in scoring the first goal, leaving the Indian eves stunned.Trailing 0-1, India counter attacked three minutes later as forward Vandana Katariya’s shot was saved by the Netherlands goalie. But the World No.1 side reverted in the eighth minute when they got their first penalty corner. Willemijn Bos took the flick and hit the ball hard towards the goal where Lidewij Welten, standing next to the post, deflected the ball in to take a 2-0 lead.In the 12th minute, the Dutch had another chance with a penalty corner but the opportunity was saved by defender Namita Toppo as she ran out to clear the danger.Right in to the second quarter, Netherlands had another penalty corner which was slapped in by Caia van Maasakker to register the third goal for her team. Not wasting time, Netherlands were yet again in the Indian D and a good pass to Ginella Zerbo was converted in the 18th minute with which the three time Olympic champions took a 4-0 lead.advertisementThe seven time World Champions continued their attack through another penalty corner to score their fifth goal in the 26th minute, coming from the stick of van Maasakker. Next minute, Netherlands had one more penalty corner but this time Indian goalkeeper Savita made a save to enter halftime with a 0-5 deficit.With the change of sides, India played better as they did not allow any more goals to be scored in the third quarter. They increased their tempo of attack and also looked for opportunities but proved unsuccessful in finding the net.Despite conceding several goals, goalie Savita also came up with some brilliant saves, especially in the second half to restrict the Dutch. She made as many as two saves in the third quarter.Six minutes into the third session, India got their first penalty corner but they totally missed the opportunity. In the 48th minute, Lidewij Welten entered the Indian D from the left flank and was tackled by Savita but she still managed to deflect the ball into the net, taking the score to 6-0.Five minutes later, Netherlands converted another penalty corner via Xan de Waard as she did no mistake in finding the net to win the match 7-0. While Netherlands progressed to the semifinals where they will play Australia, India will play Italy in the 5-8 position playoff on Thursday.last_img read more

Americans are overworked but aren’t taking time off. What gives?

first_imgThe American economy is experiencing a sea change — and if you’re still working in the old economy, you know more than anyone that something’s gotta give.Let me give you an example:Americans aren’t taking vacations: One-quarter of U.S. employees have no paid vacation time, and of those that do, only 57% of them are using all that’s given to them.At the same time, 70% are unengaged at work and 60% feel that they should have chosen a different career.Did you get that? The traditional workforce is unengaged and unhappy with the work they have, but aren’t even allowing themselves to take the time off that they’re given.This is a very different story from the one we’re hearing from freelancers — who don’t have any paid vacation time — of whom two-thirds are planning on taking a vacation this summer, and 88% wouldn’t trade their freelance lifestyle for a traditional 9-5.In other words, the new workforce knows that overworking is bad for your health, that it makes us less productive, and that it’s time to pioneer a new way of working and living.It’s funny that of the “100 best companies to work for in America,” there’s no place for “your own.” Particularly when the independent workforce is the one creating the new metric by which success will be measured: meaningful independence.This isn’t some new hippy ideal. It’s being played out in real time.You can see it in the growing number of freelance workers, in the two-fifths of Americans who have voluntarily taken steps to reduce the number of hours they work (and the 86% of those who are happy with the change), or the 78% of Americans who think of “personal freedom” as the new American dream.This is the defining characteristic of the freelance workforce. They’re not taking the economy over by brute force — they’re starting a Quiet Revolution.They’re building their own economic infrastructure to support their way of living. They’re providing stability and security for each other so that there’s space to take risks and take their side gigs and creative pursuits to the next level.Freelancers want to build lives that work for them — lives that allow them to take a break, spend time with their friends or families, or lay on the beach if they need.This isn’t about more time for sunshine — it’s about not feeling guilty when we need to take time out for ourselves.Freelancers, are you giving yourself any time off this summer?last_img read more

Sonys Top Executives to Return Bonuses Nikkei

first_imgSony Corp’s top executives will return their annual bonuses as the company’s electronics business struggles with losses, the Nikkei reported.About 40 executives involved with the electronics and headquarters operations will give up amounts equivalent to 30-35 percent of their annual pay as proposed by Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai, the daily said.The bonuses to be handed back could reach as much as 1 billion yen ($9.8 million), the Nikkei reported.Sony will report on Wednesday results for the year ended March 31.The company will also put on hold commercial development of OLED (organic-light emitting diode) television and focus on the 4K ultra high-definition LCD TVs to bring its TV business back to profitability, the daily said in a separate report.Sony said in February it would spin off its TV operations into a separate business and sell its Vaio personal computer division as part of a broad restructuring.last_img read more

India is too juicy a market for Tik Tok to abandon over

first_imgA general view of the atmosphere during the TikTok US launch celebration at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 1, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. TikTok is planning to strengthen content moderation in India. Joe Scarnici/Getty ImagesA court ban is not deterring ByteDance, the parent company of Chinese video app Tik Tok, from upgrading its India operations. Google Play and Apple App Store ditched the app that has some 120 million users in India following a Madras High Court order that agreed to a petitioner’s view that the popular short video app encouraged sharing of pornography.Bytedance plans to invest up to $1 billion in India to tap into the country with one of the world’s largest number of smartphone users, media reports say. At 33.4 per cent, India ranks only 44th in smartphone penetration. But 447 million phone users among a population of 1.3-billion is a mouth-watering prospect for any app company. Tik Tok plans to increase the workforce in India to 1,000 this year, according to reports.”We are obviously disappointed by the current developments, but we are also very optimistic that we will resolve this issue. We remain committed to our Indian users. As a company, we are looking to invest $1 billion over the next three years in India, that is how bullish we will remain to be here”, a PTI report said quoting ByteDance director (international public policy) Helena Lersch.The company has been strengthening its content moderation policies over the last months, one of the weak areas that apparently invited the court’s wrath. The content moderation team in India, which reviews the posts via a machine-learning tool, is proficient in 14 local languages and can make the culturally relevant decision. Lersch says Tik Tok plans to appoint a 250-personnel strong contingent of content moderation staff in India, the report said citing the official. TikTok parent ByteDance plans to strengthen Indian presence with more personnel and apps.Zhang Yiming-founded ByteDance is reportedly one of the world’s most valuable start-ups backed by investors like SoftBank, General Atlantic, KKR and Sequoia. The company makes available other platforms like Vigo Video and Helo for content creation and sharing. Following the Madras High Court’s April 3, 2019, order,there is an India-wide ban on Tik Tok, though the current users can continue to use the app. The company is challenging the ban. ByteDance is also readying a music-sharing app to compete with the likes of Spotify, Gaana, Wynk, and JioSaavn in India, according to reports. The company hopes to disrupt the music curating app scene in India. ByteDance’s strategy includes focussing on tier two and three cities of India, according to reports. This offers vast diversity if local music content is streamed, industry observers say. ByteDance can adequately leverage its resource and technology to capture a major portion of the Indian market that could open the doors for the company to tap into the vast Indian diaspora.last_img read more

Call for common sense solution to hidden road sign

first_imgThe road sign behind the tree (Image: Google) “Councillor Darren Price and I have been trying to get the district and county councils to resolve this for months. That is why I finally had to raise it in a formal question to the Cabinet member at the county council. “It demonstrates the complete failure of the two councils to work in partnership. Either the planter needs to be moved a few feet or a low level shrub should replace the tree. “The planters were originally put in place by the county council and then transferred to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. The planter and the tree were in place before the highways department placed the sign behind the tree.” Councillor Price said that there had to be a common sense solution by moving the tree. Read MoreTraffic chaos as HGV gets stuck at busy junction He said: “This is ridiculous and you could not make it up. I have been told it would cost a lot of money to move. But it has got to change. Vehicles are coming across Bath Street and some are turning left into the oncoming traffic coming up Derby Street. “It is confusing, especially for visitors to the town. There seems to be no joined up thinking. “It would be best to move the tree a few feet. “There is an (alternative) location available for the tree and it would not be in front of a shop.” Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “This is just one of several signs and road markings which clearly communicate to road users that Derby Street is one-way. “We’ll be talking to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council next week about resolving the issue.” Want the latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands?For the very latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands, visit our dedicated homepage at Leek-news.co.uk, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LeekNews. If you’re interested in news from a particular town, we have dedicated channels for Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph – as well as a number of smaller villages including Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks, Endon, Rudyard, Brown Edge, Bagnall, Cellarhead, Werrington, Knypersley, Alton, Tean, Stockton Brook, Blythe Bridge and Caverswall. For the latest news from Alton Towers, you can visit the theme park’s dedicated channel – as well as our Staffordshire Moorlands District Council page for the latest local authority news and planning applications. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA road sign installed behind a tree in Leek town centre is causing concerns. The turn right sign should be directing traffic coming along Bath Street to turn right up Derby Street, but is no longer visible. Leek county, district and town councillor Charlotte Atkins, said she had received complaints from people who had raised concerns with her after cars were seen turning left down the one way system. Councillor Atkins said: “As the sign is hidden by the tree, many car drivers turn left out of Bath Street towards the Nicholson Monument rather than right into Derby Street. “It is a serious accident waiting to happen. “Many people have raised this with me because they are so alarmed. It occurs on a regular basis. “The county council stupidly placed the sign behind the tree, creating the problem. Read MorePlan for 97 homes that would ‘join up villages’ rejectedlast_img read more