Indian Super League Indian Football: Raymond Verheijen to conduct fitness workshop for coaches in Mumbai Last updated 2 years ago 19:20 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PROSHOTS Indian Super League I-League I-League 2nd Division Calcutta Premier Division A The Dutchman who has worked with the likes of Frank Rijkaard, Louis Van Gaal and the Argentine FA will once again grace the nation… World renowned football fitness coach Raymond Verheijen will visit India later this month to conduct a fitness workshop for the top 50 football coaches from across the nation and the sub-continent in Mumbai. It is poised to be a second visit for the former FC Barcelona consultant as he had visited the country back in 2013. The All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) had called for his services four years ago when he conducted a similar workshop only for I-League coaches in New Delhi.Unlike the last time, the workshop which will be held in three week’s time will be open for all the top football coaches in South Asia.Verheijen studied Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology at the Vrije University, Amsterdam. He completed his Masters Degrees in 1995. He also studied at the Liverpool John Moores University in 1993-1995.In 1998 Dutch National Team manager Frank Rijkaard appointed Verheijen as one of his assistants in preparation for the EURO 2000 in which Holland reached the semi final. Most recently, he was also a part of the conditioning team of the Argentina squad, which reached the finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, led by Lionel Messi. The event is being organised by Ultra Sports India, one of the upcoming sports management companies in the city.The details of the event are as follows:Date: 22nd – 24th September 2017Venue: American School of Bombay, Mumbai.Participants: 50 top football coaches from across India and Sub Continent.
AirAsia India is planning to launch red-eye flights – that operate between midnight to the wee hours – in its summer schedule. The flights would connect metros and non-metros.The move would see air fares dip. AirAsia IndiaFacebook/ Air Asia IndiaThe airline will have to wait longer to be able to fly to Delhi, as regulatory uncertainties have delayed its planned start of operations from 16 February.AirAsia India is a partnership between AirAsia Bhd, owning 49 per cent stake, and Tata Sons, holding 30 per cent, while the rest is being held by Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt Ltd.CEO of the company, Mittu Chandilya, said the timing of the red-eye flights would be determined by the government’s decision on the 5/20 rule, which mandates a domestic airline to operate domestically for atleast five years, and hold a 20 aircraft fleet, TimesofIndia reports.AirAsia India plans to induct another plane every month from March. It expects break-even bu May-June, when the fleet has had expanded to six planes.
As I enter Aleph Book Company’s subtly done-up office space in Yusuf Sarai, its co-founder and MD David Davidar walks in, exuding a candour that comes from years of multi-fold experience spent, in a way, formulating India’s publishing scene. The conversation begins instantly, picking up from the last time we met – when he set up Aleph two years back.Recalling his ‘smooth’ journey with this relatively new publishing venture, Davidar says, ‘We didn’t have to fight for the authors we wanted. A lot of them came to us and the others who we wanted to target, we had no problem in getting them to sign with us. In these two years, we have probably published about 20 books, signed on about 100 authors and aim to publish 50 books a year from 2014. We have signed on Shashi Tharoor, who we will publish by next year. We want to be a very exclusive publishing house which brings out only select numbers of very up-market novels and quality fiction. We have done what we wanted to do and now let’s see how the market responds to us.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Maintaining his quintessentially calm demeanour, when queried about Aleph focusing on a particular genre of books, especially on being a niche up-market publishing house, he goes on to say, ‘We are a specialist publisher and I am very clear about that. Having spent most of my life being a general publisher, I know how it works. For example our sister publisher, Rupa, is exactly like the company I used to run, Penguin, which, again, is similar to HarperCollins. These are very large companies which publish hundreds of books a year. They have to do so to maintain their turnover. They have to publish everything under the sun – from chic-lit to very high quality books. Aleph, however, is an extremely focused publisher. We only publish literary fiction and high quality non-fiction and nothing else.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo, with quality as a benchmark, would he be ever venturing into publishing poetry? Davidar instantly replies, ‘I will never publish poetry because I don’t know how to publish poetry. Anyone can sell poetry but I don’t know how to make it sell.’With the current onslaught of social media, what is the format of narratives dominating the publishing scene now? Davidar mulls over the question for about a second or two, and then goes on to say, ‘The minute people stop reading long-form narratives, we might as well all pack up and go home. I don’t think that is ever going to happen. You know all the stuff people talk about, on our attention span waning and so on, that is not completely true because from the beginning of time, we have always fallen back on story-telling that uses long-form narrative. When you watch television serials, you are willingly submitting to the long format.’ He pauses awhile, then adds, ‘Just forget these classifications – of book, movies, television serials, magazine articles that are in long format – they have just been packaged in different ways. The minute we stop feeling involved in it and our interest absolutely shifts to the Twitter kind of short form narratives, then, naturally, these forms will go away. So, I don’t think there is any fear about that. Yes, the forms might change. You might read in the e-book form. At that time, book published might vanish, movies produced might vanish, but how does that really matter? Somebody still has to make money. I think the question to ask is till how long the long form narrative would last. And the answer to that, I think, is, forever. People will always want a good story. And there will always be people who make up stories.’Rupa has their Chetan Bhagat, has Aleph found its own? Davidar chuckles and says, ‘Well, Chetan Bhagat is the commercial end of the spectrum. He is an exceptionally good storyteller, but, we too have our own storytellers. They may not sell in the same number but let’s not forget we are exactly two years old and Rupa is 77 years old. So give us time. I am sure we will find our Chetan Bhagat.’But would he really want to find someone like him for Aleph? ‘I would love to sell a million copies, who would not? But we are proud of every single book we publish. Because if we publish only 25 new books a year, each one has to count, make a real difference, whereas when you publish hundreds of books a year, you tend to get a little more relaxed about one book which does not do well. Right now, I am not at all in that frame of mind. For me, every book has to count,’ comes Davidar’s frank answer.When is his next book coming out? ‘I know what I want to write, but I think I am going to give myself one more year for Aleph to settle down. When I was running large companies, I did not do much actual hands-on work. I just spent time telling other people what to do. But now, I actually have to do hands-on work. Now, if I don’t edit a book, then it does not get published. So, I am very busy actually editing books. Because I am doing so much of first hand editing myself, I can’t find time to write my own books. I will have to wait for at least another year for that,’ confesses Davidar.How does he manage to separate the editor-publisher from the writer? Davidar remarks, ‘I realise that I am able to compartmentalise the disparate traits quite well. I don’t think too much and now I don’t care. I don’t read any reviews of my books. I don’t care about how my books are received. So, that helps.
Kolkata: Paritosh Canning has taken over as the Bishop of the Calcutta Diocese of the Church of North India (CNI), with Probal Kanta Dutta being transferred. “Paritosh Canning, transferred from the Diocese of Barrackpore, will be installed as the new Bishop of Calcutta Diocese at 5:00 pm in St. Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday,” Suresh Jacob, Executive member of Delhi Synod (the supreme supervisory, legislative and executive body of the Church of North India) told the press. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Canning will be the 21st Bishop of Calcutta Diocese with immediate effect, he said. Jacob explained that Dutta joined the Diocese here in the city after being transferred from Durgapur, but he has been sent back as his need was badly felt there. The CNI has 27 Diocese spread across 26 Indian states. Sharing his vision, the new Bishop, Canning said: “Our focus will be on youth and see that they get proper guidance. We will also work for the orphans and HIV patients”.