Juventus director Fabio Paratici confirmed Gonzalo Higuain is “very close” to signing a new contract, as he faces his old club Milan. It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “We’ve always created a lot of chances and had many shots on goal, but we’re still adapting and more goals will come with time,” the director told Sky Sport Italia. Higuain has rediscovered his form at Juve after dismal loan spells at Milan and Chelsea, but rejected all offers to leave Turin again this summer. “He is playing very well and in my view has always been one of the top three centre-forwards in the world. He’s doing what we expect of him, he’s a lovely guy as well as a great player and we are very happy with him. “Over the summer, as I’ve said many times, we had opportunities on the market and Gonzalo had this absolute intention to stay here. We talked a lot, because in his previous season here, before the loan to Milan, he himself was not entirely convinced at the idea of remaining at Juve. “That is why we agreed to the loan, but this time around he was convinced. We haven’t yet signed a contract extension, but we are very close.” 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/
Mauro Icardi insists that while last season “wasn’t easy” with Inter, he still managed to “play lots of games and score goals”. Icardi went on self-imposed exile after being stripped of the Inter captaincy in February yet still ended the previous campaign with 17 goals in 37 appearances for the Nerazzurri. “It’s true that last season wasn’t easy, even if I had the chance to play lots of games and score goals,” the Paris Saint-Germain striker told Hypebeast. “My ambition is to continue to work hard and become one of the best centre-forwards in the world. “I can do this by scoring as many goals as possible and working hard to reach my objectives.” Wanda Nara has made much of being away from her husband, so how does he look at it? “Difficult? No. But we’re a big family with five children. The change is more complicated for them. “They’re still at school in Milan and they join me here when there are holidays. “When I have free time I go to Milan to see them, but we’re all good. We still have our house in Milan.” The Argentine was constantly under the spotlight in Serie A and remains so in his homeland… “I am a person that doesn’t suffer much from pressure. I suffered it a lot in Argentina and Italy. “It is something that constantly follows me. That’s football and the price to pay for being a famous person. But I’m calm.” Icardi has taken to life at PSG quickly, scoring seven goals in his first eight games. 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/
Giuseppe Rossi said Fiorentina are “honoured” to have Franck Ribery in the squad. “My dream is to get back on the pitch.” The out of contract striker was in the stands of the Stadio Franchi in Florence today to attend a friendly match during the break for international duty. “People still stop me in the street to remind me of that October 20 game,” Rossi told Violanews, referring to the 4-2 victory over rivals Juventus. “There is still a lot of Viola in me, as I had three wonderful years here, got to know the city and the extraordinary fans. It is always a pleasure for me to come back here and I’m spending the weekend with my wife.” Pepito has not given up hope of resuming his playing career after a series of injury setbacks. “I’ve been training with Villarreal for about six weeks and it’s fun, I feel like a footballer again, even if I only train so I’m ready in case anything happens in future. “I will admit, my dream is to get back on the pitch.” Fiorentina have changed a lot since Rossi’s time here, with new Italian-American President Rocco Commisso. “It’s very positive to see American club owners in Florence, as they are reliable and can take the Viola to the top. “There’s also now Ribery in the squad and you can see the difference he makes on the field with his experience. It is an honour for us Fiorentina fans to be able to see him in action.” 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/
Nayanika Reddy rallied from a set down to end top seed Snehadevi Reddy’s campaign in the quarter-finals of the under-16 girls singles at the Fenesta Open National Championship on Thursday.Fifth seed Nayanika lost the first set 4-6 before she upped the ante and came back to win the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 for a place in the semi-finals at the RK Khanna Tennis Complex.Nayanika will next face Delhi’s Tarranum Handa, who had an easy outing against Renu Sharma, whom she defeated 6-0, 6-3.Second seed Simran Kaur Sethi and Andhra girl Teertha Iska will battle it out in the second semifinal on Friday.Seventh seed Pranjala Yadlapalli proved to be a easy prey for Simran who notched a 6-1, 6-4 win while Teertha accounted for Andrita Deb 6-2, 6-1 in her quarter-final clash.In the under-16 boys singles, second Fatehdeep Singh continued his quest for the title with another authoritative performance.The Punjab boy hardly broke a sweat to dispatch Rajasthan’s Gagan Sharma in straight sets and booked his place in the last four with the 6-3, 6-4 victory.With the top seed Shashank Nautiyal already out of the tournament with an unexpected loss to Dhruv Pal earlier in the week, Fatehdeep remains a strong contender for the title.However, Dhruv’s impressive run in the tournament came to an end on Thursday. Fifth seed Karan Salwan raised the level of competition which Dhruv couldn’t reach and bowed out of the event 4-6, 0-6.Jude Raymond and Deepak Vishwakarma completed the list of semi-finalists. IB Akshay pushed third seed Jude on the back foot, winning the first 3-6.advertisementBut that proved to be the only joyous moment for Akshay as Jude fought back to win the next two sets and seal the issue 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Fourth seed Deepak, however, ensured that he doesn’t have go through any hiccups and his effort proved sufficient to beat Ranjeet Singh 6-0, 6-4.In the under-14 boys singles, top two seeds Sachin Kumar and Vishu Prasad remained on course for a clash in the final after both the Delhi players won their respective quarter-final matches. Sachin defeated Gaurang 7-5, 6-2, while Vishu thrashed Kushan Nath 6-3, 6-2.The two Delhi lads will be joined by third seed BR Nikshep and Dhruv Pal in the semi-finals.Nayanika Reddy carried her good form in the under-14 girls singles as well and was joined by Akshara Iska, Pranjala Yadlapalli and Vanshika Sawhney as the other semi-finalists.
As children’s needs and desires change fast, make sure their rooms too grow up with themLions scare away smiling ducks and winking stars, only to be replaced by zooming airplanes and cars; Barbies and fairy dust are traded for some real world glamour and dressy tea parties. Children are not,As children’s needs and desires change fast, make sure their rooms too grow up with themLions scare away smiling ducks and winking stars, only to be replaced by zooming airplanes and cars; Barbies and fairy dust are traded for some real world glamour and dressy tea parties. Children are not clingy, their troubles and fights are forgotten over a night of dreamy sleep as are their obsessions and heroes. It doesn’t take them long to replace yesterday’s idol or change their favourite colour from blue to purple. A dresser for all agesWe know that keeping up with the young ones is not an easy feat but here is help to make sure that junior’s room grows up with him. Children love to conjure secret worlds and play pretend, so dedicate a corner for imaginative play. A tent serves as the perfect hideout and is quite an innovative way of demarcating your child’s sanctuary while making it easier to clean the mess up. A bed with hydraulic levers for sufficient storage space from VisageSimple to pack, these forts can shift base from the garden to another room and can even be taken on a camping trip. Add a snug sleeping bag and it doubles up as a bed, especially useful for night stays. As they grow up, this playroom becomes a hideaway for the reserved tween.Toys strewn across the room, muddy shoes lying in a corner, missing crayons and forgotten bags; does all this sound too familiar. The only thing that grows faster than kids are their wants, so try and ensure that their rooms have sufficient space for it. An indoor tent from Good EarthReplace the monsters under the bed with storage space. Wool and wicker baskets are good for stashing away dumped books and clothes. A chest of drawers offers sufficient space for toys, and eventually clothes. Reinvent it into a teenage vanity by changing its colour and knobs and topping it off with a dainty mirror and other smart accessories that change its personality to match its occupants.Wall decal from PlageTo give an instant facelift to your kid’s room, change the bedding. Linens, blankets and throws can be replaced from time to time to reflect what your youngster is ‘digging’, be it pirouetting ballerinas or tough ball games. Beds which double up as sofas or have pull outs are perfect to house the little women and young lads who come by for sleepovers.advertisementSofa-cum-bed from Pottery Barn KidsWalls form the backdrop of your kid’s territory. Add a touch of creativity and character with wall decals, without having to deal with pencil marks and paint splashes. A cheaper and temporary investment than wallpaper, they allow you to pin up your fancies and peel them off once the craze wanes.When it comes to kids, rules are made to be broken. Stray away from classic colours and play around with decor ideas to create a space with everchanging personality which your little one won’t be embarrassed of in five years. Sports Champ bedding from AA LivingDesign an oasis where the indecisive kiddos can take baby steps to finalise what they want to be surrounded and inspired by and they will thank you for ‘the coolest room ever’.
Most books about Mumbai tell us what the city is. Very few tell us what it can do. Death in Mumbai is one of those. It talks of what it did to Maria Susairaj, a young, ambitious, morally ambiguous woman from Mysore. To Emile Jerome, an upright naval officer from,Most books about Mumbai tell us what the city is. Very few tell us what it can do. Death in Mumbai is one of those. It talks of what it did to Maria Susairaj, a young, ambitious, morally ambiguous woman from Mysore. To Emile Jerome, an upright naval officer from her home town who excelled at everything. To Neeraj Grover, a man on the make, from a well-to-do family in Kanpur, who jumped jobs as often as he changed girlfriends. Journalist Meenal Baghel has written a crackerjack of a book, in prose that is as elegant as the crime is baroque. It is a rare howdunnit which is as much a story of three lives as it is a study of a city in all its ugliness.Its underbelly has been chronicled before, in ghoulish minutiae in cinema and in books, by its greatest troubadours, even those, like Ram Gopal Varma, now fallen on bad days. But never has its disparate bits been assembled together with such military precision. Baghel has written a fascinating account of what goes on just before the camera comes on. The TV camera that makes young girls from small towns into living room staples. The movie camera that makes Ekta Kapoor’s TV staples into superstars. And the news camera that records it all unblinkingly, breathlessly, always unforgivingly. The Maria-Emile-Neeraj story has elements of all these.The studios of Oshiwara where the gods of entertainment pluck people from obscurity and hurl them unsuspecting into the cruel world. The newspaper and TV houses that feed on stories that scream sex and murder. The First World homes with Pedro Almodovar DVDs, 24×7 air conditioning and foreign wines, which clash with the extreme poverty on its streets.But Baghel, a fine reporter, does more than take us on an exotica tour of Mumbai glamour, with its foreign dancers, small town hopefuls, and jaded moneybags. She gives us the broken parents left behind, most of them bewildered by their children, who emerge as dissembling strangers. The Grovers, who never knew the full extent of their son’s love life. The Susairajs, who continue to live in denial of Maria’s reality. The Jeromes, who cannot believe their “beautiful, dutiful” son could be a cold, calculating murderer. But most of all, Baghel is our guide on a tour of a certain kind of world where the men are looking for emotional succour and the women are just looking for sex on call, where the rules are being reversed and relationship guidebooks are being rewritten. As one of Maria’s sometime friends, Kiran, says: “With women getting so forward, it has become impossible to find peace in relationships.”advertisementBaghel also gives us just enough of soap queen Ekta Kapoor’s crazy lifestyle, where the Gayatri mantra plays non-stop, Diwali card parties are set up like a Las Vegas casino, and women sport emeralds the size of exotic animal’s eggs. Of Ram Gopal Varma’s caustic riffs on power and sex. Of Mumbai Police’s investigation. Of the quiet desperation of tattooed Conans and mini-skirted Barbies milling outside Oshiwara studios wanting to become famous. As Rakesh Maria, the police officer who was investigating the case tells Baghel, “Children these days have become like gladiators, left to deal with beasts on their own.”The last chapter, as the narrative winds down to the chilling crime, is feral. The congealing blood, the carving knife, the duffel bag, the room freshener, and the body dismembered at the joints. The facts have been recounted before in every media outlet in dramatic detail, but it doesn’t stop you from re-reading them, riveted by what you know will follow. This is ambulance chasing at its best, but also, for what it reveals about the dark heart of our modern urban existence, its horrendous worst.
The cricket World Cup comes to “Asia” in 2011. Ho hum. India’s clout in world cricket is proven, and often demonstrated in not very pretty ways.The “Asian” World Cup bid, piggybacked largely by Indian influence and corporate spending, was submitted late, and, according to some, didn’t exactly meet some of,The cricket World Cup comes to “Asia” in 2011. Ho hum. India’s clout in world cricket is proven, and often demonstrated in not very pretty ways.The “Asian” World Cup bid, piggybacked largely by Indian influence and corporate spending, was submitted late, and, according to some, didn’t exactly meet some of the criteria, but no matter. On numbers alone, Indian cricket is hard to stand up against.In the past 15 years, India has played the game’s Che Guevara, ushered in the revolution, shifted the epicentre of world cricket to the subcontinent and proved its point. No more can England and Australia dictate lopsided schedules, selective touring itineraries or World Cups.The old order changeth. Asia (read India) can bid for (read stage) every third World Cup. The ruled have become the rulers. Okay, we got it.GROUND SUPPORT: Its huge spectatorbase helped India bag the eventThe revolution, though, is over and its protagonists have two choices: to either become true leaders or become intoxicated by power. You have to ask how the BCCI is doing on that score but from the evidence of this World Cup episode, not great. The last World Cup held in Australia-New Zealand was in 1992, the last World Cup in Asia was in 1996.Let’s put India in Australia’s shoes and see what this looks like from the other side. What if Australia were cricket’s financial powerhouse and had submitted a late, not quite shipshape World Cup bid, but beat off the Asians because it could rustle up the voting numbers and was plain richer? Someone would surely have protested about preferential treatment.advertisementThere would have been a whisper or two about racism. Merely because it was the Asians whose bid was successful despite unequal terms doesn’t exonerate them of arrogance or make their conduct any better than that of the old powers.We’re told India deserves the 2011 World Cup and every third World Cup ever after because we have the largest audience and the richest market. By that logic, England, with the world’s richest professional league, should host every third football World Cup. China with its numbers would probably want one every third turn too, which leaves Brazil, whose success and supporters should guarantee it a stipulated slot.Every third Olympics should head to the USA which has won more Games golds than any other country and houses all the world’s corporate giants. Of course, this won’t happen but cricket is actually trying to institutionalise such farce.FIFA, with a monopoly on the world’s biggest sports event and over 200 member nations, realises that it must reach out to Africa and Asia. So what if Africa isn’t exactly flush with sponsors and Asia has produced no world champion football team? The 2002 World Cup was held in Asia and the next one in 2010 will head for Africa.Cricket’s pie is so much smaller and to keep swallowing down the big slice is not a response to corporate reality, but to greed. India doesn’t need the World Cup to showcase cricket, the game is showcased in our streets every day. Countries like England, Australia and New Zealand, where other sports compete for sponsors and audience, require a platform like the World Cup to keep cricket alive and relevant.India needs to recognise and respond to this and stop flexing its Schwarznegger-size muscles. With power comes responsibility. The BCCI must resist the impulse to keep acting like a middle-aged revolutionary and opt to play statesman instead.The new World Cup schedule (Asia 2011 and Australia-New Zealand 2015) works well for the ICC as its new World Cup rights package is up for sale after 2007. But more such concessions to clout and Asia could become cricket’s gated insular compound, its flash new ghetto. Not very different from camel-racing in the Gulf Emirates.Or, indeed, from the pastime of the English sahibs and their colonial subjects, which not so long ago, was transformed by the warm winds of the east.
Pirojsha GodrejA legacy that dates back to 114 years is quite a burden for a young set of shoulders to carry. But for Nisaba and Pirojsha Godrej, it was an opportunity to prove themselves and uphold the values of an empire built by their forefathers.After working in the group as,Pirojsha GodrejA legacy that dates back to 114 years is quite a burden for a young set of shoulders to carry. But for Nisaba and Pirojsha Godrej, it was an opportunity to prove themselves and uphold the values of an empire built by their forefathers.After working in the group as management trainees, Nisaba was made president, human capital and innovation, for Godrej Industries and associate companies in 2010 while Pirojsha recently worked his way up to become executive director, Godrej Properties. Nisa, as Nisaba is fondly referred to, has been given the job of driving the group’s transformation, roping in fresh talent in order to give the company an innovative feel. Education of the girl child is one of her pet passions.Nisaba GodrejThe cause warrior that she is, she took it upon herself to spearhead the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Pirojsha, on the other hand, is the first member of the third Godrej generation who is running an entire business on his own.Born LegacyNisaba Godrej 33, Pirojsha Godrej 31Legacy Children of Adi Godrej, chairman of the Godrej GroupGroup Market Cap Rs 28,350 crA post-graduate in international relations from Columbia University, Pirojsha’s thinking has its roots in his father’s values of commitment and integrity. “Think big and be focused”, was his father’s advice to him. He still swears by it. The Mumbai-based brother-sister duo are sports fanatics.Nisa is into trekking and water sports while Pirojsha often gets into his flannels for a game of cricket or plays chess when he wants to take it easy at home.advertisement