Number of Indians Entering U.S. Illegally From Mexico at All-Time High: Report

first_imgA record number of Indians is crossing the United States-Mexico border illegally, according to a report. Over 3,400 people from India have been caught trying to cross into the United States from Mexico so far this fiscal year by border security agents at the El Centro town of California, Fox News reported. Agents arrest about five to 10 Indian nationals a day, the report said. While immigrants from Central America seek a life in America to escape from poverty and gangs, most Indians cite persecution based on politics, caste and religion to claim asylum in the United States.Most young men, several of them Sikhs, seek asylum claiming political or religious persecution. Most women, on the other hand, claim they belong to a lower caste, and cite abuse or fear of retribution from families of higher caste to seek asylum in the United States.The number of Indians apprehended at El Centro has increased from six in 2015 to 3,408 so far in fiscal year 2018, the report said. Tightening of norms for H-1B visas under the Trump administration, and emergence of right-wing groups in India is spurring an unprecedented increase in the number of Indians trying to enter the United States illegally. The figure rose to 2,028 in 2017 from 1,455 in 2016, as compared to nine, 13 and 32 persons in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively. The Indian immigrants are smuggled across countries such as Qatar and Ecuador, before they travel through the jungles of Colombia and Panama, and then cross Central America and Mexico to reach El Centro, the report cited El Centro Sector Chief Gloria Chavez as saying. “Some of these organizations are charging Indian nationals up to $25,000 to get smuggled into the U.S.,” Chavez told the publication. “These traffickers, they are winning on this. Law enforcement is not.”Agents also find it hard to communicate with Indian nationals. While most officials at the border are fluent in Spanish, they do not know Punjabi. “Communication is very, very hard,” El Centro agent Justin Casterhone said, according to the report. “When trying to communicate, we are gonna have to get the interpreter to get the entire story.”Several Indians travel without any identification documents. “Many use their lack of identification to claim to be one person in Mexico and another one in the United States,” Chavez said. “In Mexico, they claim to be an adult because unaccompanied minors under 18 are arrested. In the U.S., the opposite is true. Here, they claim to be juveniles so they must be released.”Asylum seekers in the United States who don’t have a criminal history are usually released, and they head to a gurdwara for food and clothes, and then to a relative’s place until they are summoned for hearing in front of an immigration judge, which may take up to two years, the report said.The number of Indians caught at various posts along the U.S-Mexico border rose by 50 percent between October 2017 and May 2018, the Hindustan Times reported earlier.A total of 2,227 Indians were apprehended by officials from October 2016 to September 2017, the report cited Randy Capps, director of research, U.S. programs, Migration Policy Institute in Washington DC, as saying.This was a dip from the 3,668 Indians detained at the U.S-Mexico border during October 2015-September 2016, perhaps because migrants were afraid of the steps the newly-sworn Trump administration would take in tackling illegal migrants, the report added. The number rose to 4,197 apprehensions between October 2017 and May 2018, Capps added. Related Itemsillegal immigrationmexicoUnited Stateslast_img read more

India to Have 530 Million Smartphone Users in 2018: Study

first_imgWith a rise in smartphone ownership globally, China will have highest number of smartphone users — 1.3 billion — in 2018, followed by India, with 530 million users.The United States will be a distant third, with 229 million users.According to a new study by US-based media agency Zenith, smartphone ownership globally will continue to expand in 2018.The agency said that 66 per cent individuals in 52 countries will own a smartphone in 2018 — up from 63 per cent in 2017.“The increased use of smartphone and other mobile devices means more frequent contact between brands and consumers. It also gives consumer more opportunities to connect with media content wherever they are, at any time of the day,” reported on Monday, quoting the study.Zenith estimated that 59 per cent of all internet ad spending will go to ads viewed on mobile devices in 2017.The study expected that to rise to 59 per cent in 2018 and 62 per cent in 2019.“For most consumers and advertisers, the mobile Internet is now the normal Internet,” Jonathan Barnard, Zenith’s head of Forecasting and director of Global Intelligence, was quoted as saying.Mobile devices will account for 73 per cent of time spent using the internet in 2018 — up from 70 per cent in 2017.By 2019, Zenith predicted mobile to account for 76 per cent of internet use.According to the findings, tablet ownership also went up to 18.7 per cent in 2017 — compared to 17.8 in 2016.India currently has between 300-400 million smartphone users.There are about 650 million mobile phone users in India, and just over 300 million of them have a smartphone, according to Counterpoint Research.Two out of three Indian mobile users — or roughly 433 million people — are planning to upgrade their phones in the next year.The number of internet users in India is expected to reach 450-465 million, said a recent from the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and market research firm IMRB International.The report said overall internet penetration in India is currently around 31 per cent. — IANS Related ItemsIndia internet useIndia smartphone useLittle Indiasmartphone users in worldzenith Mobile Advertising Forecastslast_img read more

Two-Thirds of Indian Workers Earn Less Due to Childhood Stunting: Report

first_imgAround two-thirds of the working population in India earns 13 percent less due to adverse outcomes of childhood stunting that persist in adulthood, according to a recent World Bank report.India has the third highest number of workers (66 percent) who were stunted as children, behind Bangladesh and Afghanistan, where 73 percent and 67 percent, respectively, of the worker population showed stunted growth, the report said.Stunting in childhood implies that the child is excessively short for his/her age. One may see parents worrying about their child’s height, keeping social pressures such as appearance in mind, but this report also shows the cognitive, educational and economical effects of short stature.Children, who face stunted growth, come across adverse outcomes later in life, the report pointed out. They suffer from impaired brain development, which leads to lower cognitive and socio-emotional skills and lower levels of educational attainment. Lack of these skills has resulted in 66 percent of the Indian workforce earning less than it would otherwise have.The World Bank report, released in August 2018, is based on the analysis of total 140 countries, and shows different rates of average mean reduction in incomes for different regions. People of India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, lost more income on average than those from Sub-Saharan African countries, IndiaSpend reported, based on an analysis of the World Bank report.The mean reduction in income for South Asians was 10 percent, compared to North America’s 2 percent. For countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and East Asia and Pacific, the rate was 9 and 7 percent, respectively.The proportion of stunted persons among the worker population, however, does not reflect the number of children currently facing stunted growth, IndiaSpend reported.In 26 years to 2014, the percentage of stunted Indian children under five dropped to 38.7 percent from 62.7 percent in 1988, marking a decline of 24 percent, the publication said, citing child malnutrition estimates from stunting from Unicef, WHO and World Bank.Stunting is caused by a variety of factors, including the socio-economic milieu of a country, including the treatment of women and children in the society.“Many parts of sub-Saharan Africa fare much better on many determinants, especially women’s status and sanitation,” Purnima Menon, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, told IndiaSpend.“It isn’t just about the state of the economic development–it’s about how girls and women, who will become future mothers, are treated by society,” she added.Stunting can be avoided if the child (in-utero and after birth) has adequate nutrient intake and is not exposed to bouts of disease that weaken the body, according to the World Bank report. Programs that increase the flow of nutrients and reduce exposure to disease can reduce the risk of stunting, and potentially eliminate it altogether, it said. Related ItemsEmploymentWorld Banklast_img read more

U.S. Govt Delays H4 Visa Termination

first_imgThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a Feb. 28 court filing that it was reviewing the economic impact of terminating work authorization for H4 visa holders and has pushed back terminating the permit till June. However, they said that their intentions to proceed with publication of an Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) concerning the H-4 visa rule at issue in this case remain unchanged.Earlier, the DHS had said it would publish revoking the H-4 work permits in February. The matter has been ongoing since September 2017. An organization, Save Jobs USA, has also filed a lawsuit against DHS, claiming that the H-4 work authorization negatively affected American workers by taking away their jobs.H-4 visa holders are spouses of H1-B visa holders and received work authorization in 2015 during the Barack Obama era. Mostly, Indian and Chinese women benefit from this. In fiscal year 2016, only 41,526 people were on H4 visas while the entire foreign workers population stood at 1.268 million, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.According to research by Save H-4 EADs, 59 per cent of them have postgraduate or professional degree and above, 96 per cent have a bachelor’s degree and above, 43 per cent purchased a home after receiving work authorization, 35 per cent of them bought a home over $500,000, 49 per cent have annual individual income of over $75,000, 18 per cent have over $100,000 annual income, 60 per cent pay taxes of more $5,000, and five per cent have started their own businesses, creating employment for American workers.“We are very hopeful. We want to believe that DHS is re-looking at this because of our efforts,” Jansi Kumar, co-founder of the group Save H-4 EADs, told India-West. Another organization, H-4 Visa, A Curse, told India-West that their members are relieved since they were given more time with the DHS’s new filing.“DHS was working to issue an NPRM in February 2018. However in January 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the component of DHS responsible for oversight of the H-4 visa program at issue in this litigation, re-evaluated the rule and determined that significant revisions to the draft proposal were necessary,” the organization said in its court filing.“Those revisions required a new economic analysis, which required an additional several weeks to perform. The changes to the rule and the revised economic analysis require revisions to the projected timeline for the NPRM’s publication, and therefore cannot be issued in February.”“Under the revised timeline, DHS anticipates submitting to the Office of Management and Budget for review and clearance the proposed rule in time for publication in June 2018. DHS’s intentions to proceed with publication of an NPRM concerning the H-4 visa rule at issue in this case remain unchanged,” stated the agency in the filing with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Related ItemsH-1B visaH4 visaUnited Stateslast_img read more

Indian Professionals Protest Over Rejected Residency Applications in UK

first_imgHighly skilled Indian immigrants in the United Kingdom are challenging the government in court for being denied the right to live and work in the country. A group of Indians, comprising doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs and others, gathered outside the Parliament Square in London on May 2 to protest against “unjustified” refusals by the UK Home Office of their applications for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in Britain.Many of the professionals, who were refused an ILR, have appealed against the Home Office’s decision in the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal – the courts which hear immigration appeals, according to the Press Trust of India.“Where there has been clear evidence that these applicants have lied on their visa forms, the courts have upheld our refusal decisions in most cases when these decisions are challenged,” the United Kingdom Home Office told PTI.“The way some of these skilled professionals have been treated is worse than criminals. We have evidence to show that the entire approach of the Home Office is unfair because it is based on how to find a way to deny someone’s legitimate application to live and work in the country,” Aditi Bhardwaj, one of the convenors of the group, was quoted as saying in the report.She added that the professionals being targeted hail from countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria, who were in the United Kingdom on a Tier 1 (General) visa. They were eligible to apply for the ILR or permanent residency status after living and working for a minimum of five years but the visa was scrapped in 2010. However, they were still eligible to apply until April 2018.However, many applications have been rejected due to discrepancy in the earnings declared to the Home Office and that to the UK’s tax department.Mark Symes, a senior immigration barrister, has said that the refusals were nearly automatic.“It is possible that a class action would be a good way for getting the law and the legal requirement for fairness to be clarified,” said Symes.The protest by the Highly Skilled Migrant group came after a change of guard at the UK Home Office. Sajid Javid, a descendant of immigrants from Pakistan, took over as the Home Secretary after Amber Rudd resigned and assured the public that immigrants will be treated fairly.The Home Office had been embroiled in a controversy regarding forcing members of the “Windrush generation” to leave the United Kingdom in order to meet net immigration targets. The Windrush generation includes immigrants from West Indies who went to the United Kingdom post World War II since they had a lack of workers. Rudd resigned after misleading the parliament over targets to remove immigrants from the country.  Related Itemshighly skilled indiansUnited KingdomWindrush scandallast_img read more

Indian Origin Man in UK Jailed For 5 years for £2.8 Million Scam

first_imgFive people, including an Indian-origin man, were sentenced to a total of 17.5 years’ jail for their role in a share fraud carried out through a series of boiler room companies which led to the loss of more than £2.8 million to investors.Charanjit Sandhu, 29, known as the senior broker has been jailed for five years for his role in the £2.8 million scam which mainly targeted old and vulnerable people in the U.K.The sentencing of five defendants took place at Southwark Crown Court, on Sept 4. Michael Nascimento, the sixth defendant, and mastermind of the scam will be sentenced on Sept.14, according to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).While talking about the case, Mark Steward, Executive Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight at FCA, said “These fraudsters callously targeted investors who were often elderly and vulnerable, lying to them to get them to part with significant sums of money. Despite efforts to conceal and destroy evidence, the FCA, in one of its largest ever investigations, was able to ensure that these criminals faced justice and ended up behind bars,” adding “applications under Proceeds of Crime legislation remain on foot and the FCA is determined to recover as much money from these defendants as possible for the benefit of investors.”According to the FCA, the scammers told investors to purchase shares in a company that owned land in the island of Madeira. The investors were told that the value of these shares would increase substantially when permission to build 20 villas was granted, thereby enhancing the land’s value. Investors were promised guaranteed returns of between 125% and 228%. None were ever paid.To convince the investors to part with their money, the scammers told them that they had partnered with Barclays Bank and they have obtained planning permission for 20 villas. They also promised investors share buyback option.In sentencing the defendants, the trial judge, remarked these scams were “scams from start to finish” and that “some victims have lost everything they had.” He also added that it was “particularly repellent” that elderly people had been specifically targeted and their stories “were at times positively heart-breaking,” adding “none of the victims chose to be swindled, others chose to swindle them. No victim of these sort of offenses should blame themselves. Those who commit these offenses cannot expect anything but firm punishment.”All the six defendants were charged by the FCA with offenses of conspiracy to defraud, fraud, money laundering and perverting the course of justice and either pleaded guilty or were convicted by the jury.According to FCA, Sandhu reportedly used bullying tactics to target investors. The Judge commented that he was “dazzled by the rewards of crime” and had “lost his moral compass.” In terms of two of the investors, he said that Sandhu “had pestered them mercilessly by telephone” and that his conduct was “cruel and callous” and “chilling.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Tankoua wins NCAA Finals MVP in comeback season

first_imgLATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLimited to a spectator in last year’s Finals, Donald Tankoua watched intently as his San Beda squad celebrated another title.The Cameroonian, who tore his ACL on his right knee late in the first round, wished he could have contributed to the title romp over Arellano.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA With that in mind, Tankoua dilligently worked the hardest to regain his peak form in time for Season 93.READ: San Beda sweeps Lyceum for 21st NCAA championshipFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough he couldn’t get to the level he desired, he stayed the course and did his part in coach Boyet Fernandez’ system to once again earn a spot in the Mythical Team.And in the NCAA Season 93 Finals, Tankoua made up for lost chance, averaging 22.0 points, 18.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.0 steal in San Beda’s sweep of Lyceum to be named the NCAA Finals MVP. “Coming from an ACL injury, this is really special for me,” he said. “I really wanted to win it for me and my teammates.”He helped San Beda defy the odds against an erstwhile undefeated team in the Pirates and win back-to-back titles, its 10th in 12 years, and 21st overall.“I hope to win more championships in the coming seasons,” said Tankoua.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments UFC: Anderson Silva addresses 2nd failed drug test QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi: Vikash Kandola Stars Again as Haryana Steelers Beat U Mumba

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Haryana Steelerspro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019u mumba First Published: August 19, 2019, 9:45 PM IST Chennai: Star raider Vikas Kandola did the star turn as Haryana Steelers beat U Mumba 30-27 for an important win in a Pro Kabaddi League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Monday.The closely fought contest saw the Mumbai side match the Steelers till the very end, but Kandola’s nine-point game and some uncharacteristic errors from the U Mumba defence handed Haryana victory. Both sides went into the match with identical records (four wins and four losses in eight matches), but Haryana Steelers started aggressively, with coach Rakesh Kumar recognising the lack of raiding quality in U Mumba’s ranks.The defence kept a high line, strangling U Mumba’s opportunities to pick up Bonus Points, thereby forcing them to make mistakes while Vikas Kandola picked up the points with his raids in the other end.His three-point Super Raid 12 minutes into the match set the tone for the Haryana side, which inflicted an All-Out on U Mumba with three minutes remaining to half time.Steelers led 16-8 at half-time.In the second half, the introduction of raider Abhishek Singh by U Mumba brought about a change in the proceedings as his raids helped the team reduce the lead to just two points 10 minutes into the half.However, consecutive Super Tackles by Ravi Kumar and Chand Singh, along with a few errors in the Mumbai defence quickly widened the gap to 25-17 in favour of Haryana with seven minutes to the final whistle.Sandeep Narwal’s raid for Mumbai with six minutes left on the clock, taking out Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Chand Singh, tilted the balance of the match once again and the subsequent all-out meant the gap was reduced to one point with less than three minutes remaining.But the push came a little too late for Mumbai as they succumbed to another defeat. last_img read more

Animated Murray recovers from slow start to win Shanghai opener

first_imgThe three-time Grand Slam winner Murray is slowly making his way back to fitness and is now ranked 289th, having been 503rd last week.This victory is set to lift him into the top 250 and he said it was another step towards getting back to something like his best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I think each week I have been feeling good, more better,” said Murray, whose first singles match after surgery was a defeat at the Cincinnati Masters in mid-August.“In the beginning I didn’t necessarily feel good, but last couple of weeks have been I think much improved. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas PLAY LIST 00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang ready to seize his moment vs Senzo Ikeda in Tokyo Becoming his own man MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Londero, 5-2 down after surrendering a glimpse of a break, furiously slapped himself in the face several times at the changeover.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his match against Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina during their first round men’s singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 7, 2019. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)A roaring Andy Murray recovered from dropping the first set to beat Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero in his Shanghai Masters opener on Monday.The 32-year-old Briton, returning from career-saving hip surgery in January, won 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and meets Italian 10th seed Fabio Fognini in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT “My movement overall has been very good in comparison to what it was over in the United States and I’m hoping that’s something that can get a little bit better.”The former number one won his first ATP Tour singles match since surgery two weeks ago in China’s Zhuhai and followed that up by reaching the quarter-finals last week in Beijing, where he lost to eventual winner Dominic Thiem.The 56th-ranked Londero surged into a first-set lead but Murray, who said he struggled initially with his timing and felt sluggish, fought back to force a deciding set.Murray, a three-time champion at the Shanghai Masters, broke the Argentine in the fourth game of the third set but was then broken himself and screamed in frustration.But he was yelling again minutes later, letting out a prolonged roar after he buried a crosscourt forehand to break once more and go 4-2 up.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Magic Johnson Αbruptly Resigns as Lakers’ President

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this franchise just over two years ago.Johnson didn’t tell owner Jeanie Buss or general manager Rob Pelinka about his shocking decision before he announced it in front of reporters about 90 minutes before the final game of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season. Los Angeles was 37-44 heading into its game against Portland, missing the playoffs yet again despite the offseason addition of LeBron James.“I want to go back to having fun,” Johnson said before fighting off tears. “I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job. We’re halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). I think this summer, with that other star coming in, whoever is going to bring him in, I think this team is really going to be in position to contend for a championship with the growth of the young players.”Johnson didn’t directly tie his decision to the future of Luke Walton, but the third-year coach was widely expected to be fired by Johnson. Without using names, Johnson repeatedly mentioned Buss’ affinity for Walton, who was in place before Johnson got the job in February 2017, and Johnson’s desire not to cause upheaval between the owner and her chosen coach.“(On Wednesday) I would have to affect somebody’s livelihood and their life,” Johnson said. “And I thought about it and I said, ‘That’s not fun for me. That’s not who I am.’ And then I don’t want to put her in the middle of us, even though she said, ‘Hey, you can do what you want to do.’ I know she has great love for him and great love for me.”Johnson and Buss had a three-hour meeting Monday about the direction of the Lakers, who haven’t made the postseason since 2013. Buss wasn’t expected to attend the Lakers’ season finale, but Johnson didn’t know that before he announced his decision, which he didn’t finalize until Tuesday morning.“Somebody is going to have to tell my boss, because I know she’s going to be sick,” Johnson said. “But I knew I couldn’t face her face-to-face and tell her.”Johnson’s desire for his old life wasn’t the only reason for his departure. He also said he is tired of being investigated or fined by the NBA for tampering when he comments on basketball on Twitter or even speaks to another organization’s player.Johnson, a longtime broadcaster and beloved basketball figure before moving into the front office, has been investigated four times for tampering after everything from a joking comment about Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show to his response to an email sent to him by Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons.“I thought about Dwyane Wade retiring (Wednesday), and I can’t even tweet that out or be there,” Johnson said. “Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, ‘Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that.’ So when Ben Simmons called and we went through the proper channels and they made me look like the bad guy out of that situation, but I didn’t do anything wrong … I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can’t even do that. I had more fun on the other side.”Magic said “I’m out” ?— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 10, 2019Johnson mentioned other teams’ irate responses to his perceived tampering as another factor in his desire to get back to his regular life. Johnson, who will turn 60 in August, has many thriving business interests along with ownership stakes in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles FC.“Also what I didn’t like is the backstabbing and the whispering,” Johnson said, later clarifying that he didn’t mean within the Lakers, but around the league.“I don’t like a lot of things that went on that didn’t have to go on,” Johnson said. “I hope that after (the season ends), the Lakers can head in the right direction, which we are. Injuries really hurt us, but I enjoyed working with Jeanie.”Johnson’s sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five NBA titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers.Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach. Johnson says his current health is ideal, and he insists no health concerns were part of his decision to quit the job that seemed to be his destiny.Johnson was hired along with Pelinka when Buss dismissed her brother, Jim, and GM Mitch Kupchak just 26 months ago. The Buss children’s father, Jerry, had long envisioned Johnson in a powerful role in the Lakers’ front office, and Jeanie shook up her franchise in the midst of its lengthy decline.The Lakers have missed the playoffs in each of their three springs since Johnson and Pelinka took over. They’re finishing this season with their best record in six years, but they were eliminated from playoff contention back on March 22.The 16-time NBA champion Lakers had never missed the NBA playoffs in more than two consecutive seasons before this six-year drought.Johnson remained publicly supportive of Walton, but Magic was widely thought to agree with Walton’s detractors who aren’t impressed by the former Lakers forward’s offensive game planning and rotations. Johnson’s decision to step down likely means the Lakers won’t make a decision on Walton’s future until a new front office is in place.Johnson and Pelinka, Kobe Bryant’s former agent, didn’t know each other before they were paired by Buss, but Johnson said he worked well with Pelinka. Johnson also pointedly refused to say whether Pelinka should remain as the Lakers’ general manager, saying the decision rested solely with Buss, whom he repeatedly called “my sister.”“She doesn’t know I’m standing here,” Jonson said. “Because I knew I would be crying like a baby in front of her.”By: Greg Beacham, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian Open

first_imgBashing 39 aces to match his age, Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open in over 40 years as he felled Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior, to reach the second round on Tuesday.On a sweltering day at Melbourne Park, the towering Croat’s 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 7-6(5) win on Court 19 made him the oldest victor at the tournament since Australian icon Ken Rosewall reached the third round of the 1978 tournament at the age of 44.World number 73 Karlovic also became the oldest winner at any Grand Slam since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors beat Jaime Oncins to reach the second round of the 1992 US Open.Karlovic, whose birthday falls on February 28, will be officially middle-aged next month but said he had no intention of winding down while still fit enough to compete.”I think I’m healthy so hopefully there will be no injuries,” the 6-ft 11-in (2.11 metres) Zagreb man told Reuters at Melbourne Park.”As long as my ranking is up and I get in to all these tournaments, I don’t see any reason I should stop.”The oldest man in the men’s singles ahead of 37-year-old double defending champion Roger Federer, Karlovic advanced a day after 31-year-old Andy Murray played possibly his last match at Melbourne Park on Monday.The former world number one Briton has been suffering severe pain in his right hip and said before the tournament that he might have to retire.Where Murray’s all-court, scrambling, defensive game has undoubtedly taken its toll, Karlovic’s longevity may be explained in part by his commitment to the now rarely seen art of serve-volley.advertisementBoasting a monster serve and an arm-span that can seem as wide as the court, the Croat keeps points short and sharp.The style can be picked apart by good passers and the power of modern baseline pounders but it has served former world number 14 Karlovic well in a very respectable career of eight titles.No rally against Hurkacz exceeded four points and the silver-haired Karlovic sealed the match when the Pole sent an attempted passing shot into the tramlines.He raised his long arms into the air in triumph as a rowdy smattering of Croatian fans chanted, “Ivo! Ivo! Ivo!”Why would he want to leave all this, he asked.”This range of emotions from winning to losing, it’s, I don’t know, it’s different,” he said.last_img read more

PSG hit back at Cantona for ‘small club’ jibe

first_imgPSG PSG give Cantona a taste of his own medicine after ‘small club’ jibe Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:10 11/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Eric Cantona Getty PSG Ligue 1 Monaco v PSG Monaco Eric’s famous ‘seagulls’ quote was thrown back in his face by the Ligue 1 club after some unkind comments were directed in their path Eric Cantona is well known for being one of football’s most eloquent, inventive insult-crafters – but his latest targets Paris Saint-Germain have come back swinging!The former Manchester United and France striker is no fan of PSG, and made his thoughts known during a recent interview. UCL odds: PSG 7/2 favourites Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Speaking to FullTimeDevils, Cantona dubbed the Ligue 1 leaders a “small club” when asked about the future of Javier Pastore. “He plays for Argentina but he doesn’t play for Paris, a small club, but since they have a lot of money they are big,” he quipped. In response, PSG decided to use Cantona’s own words against him to suggest the criticism had washed right off their backs. « When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think will be thrown into the sea. »— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) 23 de noviembre de 2017″When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think fish will be thrown into the sea,” the club stated on Twitter. Knowing Cantona, this is unlikely to be the last word in what could be a media war between two French heavyweights!last_img read more

Nonprofit Branding Done Right Raises More Money

first_imgWhen it comes to updating nonprofit branding, there can seem be more questions than answers. Questions like:Will rebranding increase donations?Will rebranding make it easier for us to convey our organization’s impact and value?Is now the time for us to rebrand?We finally get answers to these million-dollar questions in The Rebrand Effect: How Significant Communications Changes Help Nonprofits Raise More Money (free download here).This eBook from nonprofit communications agency Big Duck is based on the results of a national survey of 350 nonprofit organizations that rebranded within the last 10 years.For the study, Big Duck defines a comprehensive rebrand as developing or changing four or more of these elements:Brand strategyOrganizational nameTaglineLogoKey messagesElevator pitch.A limited rebrand includes three or fewer of these elements.Here are the highlights of this study and what they may mean for your organization:The Good News: Nonprofits that Rebrand Raise More Money.According to the study, most organizations invest in rebranding in hopes of connecting more quickly and firmly with individual donors and prospects. Statistics show those hopes are the reality for many organizations.Fifty percent of organizations surveyed reported revenue growth, with the greatest increase seen in individual giving. This success rate is particularly striking since many participating organizations were in the process or rebranding, or had done so within the last one to two years, so felt it was too early to assess the impact of those changes.Organizations that Comprehensively Rebrand See Greatest ROI.More than half (56%) of the organizations that completed a comprehensive rebrand saw revenue increase, compared to 41% of organizations that implemented limited rebranding.And the impact of comprehensive rebranding exceed revenue gains. The survey found that organizations making more comprehensive changes are likely to see these additional wins:Greater audience participation, from program registration to activism.Improved staff ability and confidence to communicate effectively about the organization, its impact, and value.More media coverage.Several Factors Influence Rebrand Results.The data shows that results stem from more than the rebrand itself. Organizations that rebrand with any or all of these elements already in place are far more likely to get to goal:New, clear organizational focus or strategic plan (within last 12 months)New leadershipStaff and leadership committed to advancing branding and communications changes.In other words, these factors lead to relevant and robust rebrands. If your organization has any or all of these success factors in place, rebranding may well deliver significant value! Dig into the full report from Big Duck to learn more about if, and how, rebranding done right is likely to move the needle for your fundraising efforts.Bonus: Nonprofit branding is important so don’t ignore it. Are you reflecting your brand in all aspects of your giving experience: Events, donation pages, emails, and peer-to-peer campaigns? If not, we can help. Talk to a rep to learn more.last_img read more

6 Successful Major Donor Outreach Activities

first_imgMajor donors need to be cultivated one at a time. A major gifts program takes time and commitment. The reality is that a small number of donors have the potential to make up a large part of your overall giving total. Reaching out to this group of donors will pay off. Cultivating relationships with major donors and identifying opportunities for them to give will have a dramatic (and positive) impact on your organization’s long-term stability, and more important, advance your mission.Each major donor has their own reasons for giving to your organization. They also have individual preferences about personal attention and connectivity. Mix-and-match these outreach activities—and create some of your own—to steward your major donors and reap the benefits.How Will You Connect With Major Donors?Individual MeetingsFace-to-face meetings are always the most valuable way to build meaningful relationships. Schedule lunch dates between major donors and your executive director for that extra-special touch.Group MeetingsInvite donors and prospects to the home or club of a peer leader; ideally, someone who is already a major donor. Use this time to have donors talk about their support of your nonprofit, take the temperature of potential donors, and note what programs they are most interested in.Gift AnniversariesSaying thank you is a comfortable reason to reach out, and it gives you an opportunity to request a face-to-face meeting.BirthdaysSame as gift anniversaries, this event offers another opportunity to thank donors for their support.Special EventsBe sure to invite those on your major gift prospect list to appropriate events where you can engage them in conversations that may organically lead to follow-up meetings.Donor Stewardship EventsTake advantage of events built into your annual calendar. Invite your top prospects to mingle with your best donors and let them feel the enthusiasm in the room.You know your donor’s likes and interests. Fit your engagement efforts to match their tastes, and you’ll see your relationship deepen over time.Download our eGuide, “How To Enhance Your Donor Engagement,” for more on how to engage your donors.last_img read more

‘Alisson is a big loss for Liverpool & Brazil’

first_imgAlisson will prove to be a “big loss” for both Liverpool and Brazil while he recovers from a calf injury, according to Kleberson.The 26-year-old was forced off the pitch midway through the first half of Liverpool’s 4-1 opening day victory over Norwich on August 9, with no word yet on when he will return to the senior fold.Reds’ summer signing Adrian filled in for the Brazilian in subsequent wins over Chelsea and Southampton, in the UEFA Super Cup final and Premier League, respectively, with Jurgen Klopp likely to stick with the Spaniard over the next few weeks. 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? With the international break just around the corner, it is not yet known whether or not Alisson will be fit enough to play a part in friendlies against Columbia and Peru.Kleberson, part of Brazil’s 2002 World Cup winning squad, insists that the shot-stopper’s absence will be felt by Tite and Klopp while he continues his recovery. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!The ex-Manchester United midfielder told “For goalkeepers, it’s never easy when they get injuries. Allison gives a lot of positives and confidence to the Liverpool defence. So it’s a big loss for them and the Brazil national team too.”Ederson is the same level but of course Allison is a big name. It’s not easy at the beginning of the season because players prepare a lot for a strong, solid season. He’s got to rest now and start again, so he’ll be behind the other keepers.”One man who is likely to retain a place in the latest Selecao squad is Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, who has started the new season with a point to prove.The 22-year-old scored during City’s 5-0 win against West Ham before being denied the winning goal by VAR in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Tottenham last weekend.Kleberson hopes he can play a huge role for Pep Guardiola’s squad this term, having helped Brazil lift the Copa America earlier this summer.“Gabriel Jesus is a talented player,” he added. “He is still figuring out his place with Manchester City and has scored good goals with some brilliant performances. After his injuries, he was a bit inconsistent but it’s a new season and I am so happy for him how he did in the Copa America.”I hope he has a great season with Manchester City. It’s not easy for him because they have great players, so he has to keep consistent.”Liverpool resume their Premier League duties with a home clash against Arsenal on Saturday, while City take in a trip to Bournemouth on Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ohio State Coach Issues Thank You To Buckeye Nation For Saturday Night

first_img Want to thank Buckeye Nation for bringing the juice last night, and for all of the support!!! What a special place!!Want to thank Buckeye Nation for bringing the juice last night, and for all of the support!!! What a special place!!— Jeff Hafley (@CoachJeffHafley) October 6, 2019Ohio State took the lead in the middle of the first quarter and never gave it up. Quarterback Justin Fields had two touchdowns through the air and another one on the ground.Starting running back J.K. Dobbins had himself a day, as well. He rushed for 172 yards and a 7.2 yards per carry average and had a 67-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.Ohio State is rapidly making the case as one of the best, if not the best, teams in entire country.They’ll have a bye next week before hitting the road on a Friday night to take on Northwestern on October 18. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields against Michigan State.COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 5: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on October 5, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)The Ohio State Buckeyes cruised to victory on Saturday night over the No. 25 Michigan State Spartans to move to 6-0 on the season.For the third time in a row, Ohio State’s Blackout Night proved to be a good luck charm as they got the big win in their beautiful black and red jerseys.After the game, Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley had a message for the fans who made the night special.Taking to Twitter, Hafley thanked Buckeye Nation for their support, and marveled at how special Ohio Stadium was.last_img read more

Neymar: People are hated when they are real

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Neymar fuelled rumours of a potential exit on Tuesday with a cryptic Instagram story referencing a Bob Marley quote.The Brazil star has been widely linked with move away from the Ligue 1 side, with Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid all linked to the winger.Paris Saint-Germain are open to the idea of a loan deal for Neymar, with a subsequent obligation to buy as Neymar looks to make his way out of the club after signing for a world-record fee of €222 million (£200m/$263m) just two years ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Neymar was criticized by the club’s fans at PSG’s opening match of the Ligue 1 campaign, as supporters told the forward to “get out” while calling him a “son of a b*tch”.And the former Barcelona star has seemingly responded, alluding to a famous quote from the legendary Jamaican reggae artist on his Instagram story.”People are hated when they are real, and loved when they are fake,” Neymar said over a photo depicting Marley.#Neymar sur instagram : « Le problème est que les gens sont haïs quand ils sont réels et sont aimés quand ils sont faux »— NeymarFR (@NeymarFr_) August 20, 2019While the forward missed the season-opening 3-0 win over Nimes, Neymar’s absence from the PSG squad continued this past Sunday as the Ligue 1 champions fell to a 2-1 loss at Rennes in their first away outing of the new campaign.Neymar came under criticism before the domestic campaign even started when the world’s most expensive signing missed the opening days of preseason training, although his father said the absence was one that had been previously excused.The player and the club have seemingly been at odds ever since as Neymar has recovered from an ankle injury that has ruled him out of action since early June.That injury, suffered in a summer friendly against Qatar, ruled the winger out for this summer’s Copa America, a tournament that Brazil went on to win on home soil.PSG manager Thomas Tuchel insisted on Sunday that Neymar will not leave the club without a proper replacement coming in, adding that the forward’s situation was not yet clear.It will become clear before the close of the transfer window on September 2.Before that, though, PSG will take on Toulouse on Sunday at the Parc des Princes before facing Metz away from home on August 30 in the club’s final match before the window slams shut.last_img read more

‘End of story!’ – Jorginho gets Chelsea penalty duty

first_imgFrank Lampard has declared the penalty-taking debate at Chelsea to be over, with Jorginho handed the responsibility after converting in a 2-0 win over Brighton.Questions had been asked at Stamford Bridge over recent weeks as to who should be stepping up from 12 yards.Jorginho has always been a favoured choice, but Ross Barkley snatched the ball off him in a Champions League clash with Valencia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The England international fluffed his lines, but stated afterwards: “When I’m on the pitch, I’ll take the penalty.”Obviously I didn’t execute it right but everybody misses penalties. I didn’t score the goal but I felt confident.“If there was another penalty in the game, I would have been confident to take the pen. You can miss penalties.”While Barkley believed that he was still the main man, it was Pedro who stepped up during a Carabao Cup clash with Grimsby.He found the back of the net, but slipped down the pecking order against Brighton as Jorginho took charge once more.The Italy international never looked like missing and is now the go-to man for the Blues.“Yes he is, end of story,” Lampard said when quizzed on the issue.The Blues boss was then pressed further on his decision and added: “I knew you’d ask me that question again. I’m surprised about the obsession with penalty takers.“Jorginho took it and he scored. He’s a penalty taker.”N'Golo Kante Chelsea 2019-20Jorginho impressed against Brighton in the middle of the park, with Chelsea preserving their faultless league record against the Seagulls.He did not have France international N’Golo Kante alongside him, with Lampard opting not to take a risk on the fitness of the World Cup winner after seeing him carry a few niggling knocks since the summer.Lampard said of Kante: “It’s an awareness, I didn’t want to take a risk.“I spoke to N’Golo about it and he’s so important for us. We know that.“He’s had a difficult pre-season. It’s been difficult for us but mainly for him because of the break-up of his pre-season, with the injury carrying over from last year.“It wasn’t right to risk him. He could have a chance for Lille.”Chelsea will return to Champions League action on Wednesday before heading into the next international break on the back of a Premier League trip to Southampton. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more