The public is welcome to view the Unity House in Lawrenceburg on Monday. (Image courtesy: CMHC)An open house for Unity House, the residential component of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) Program of Community Mental Health Center, Inc. will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at 608 Wilson Creek Road in Lawrenceburg.Unity House is a 10-bed residential treatment facility for individuals who have dual diagnoses of serious and persistent mental illnesses and substance use problems. A team of therapists, nurses, case managers, employment specialists, and program technicians work together with consumers to help them begin the journey of recovery and to maintain their progress on the journey.The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from CMHC’s community partners on the Unity House project: Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Dearborn County Hospital, and the City of Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission.“We appreciate the support of DMHA, DCH and the City of Lawrenceburg on this project. They have made it possible for us to bring our services to a population of individuals truly in need of a specialized level of treatment,” said Tom Talbot, Executive Director of Community Mental Health Center, Inc.The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the open house, and light refreshments will be available. The entrance to Unity House is located behind Community Mental Health Center’s Main Center and the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union.CMHC’s Main Center is located at 285 Bielby Road in Lawrenceburg.“Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment is an evidence-based practice for providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services,” said Bridget Bascom-Hinkle, IDDT Program Director. “Decades of research for this model have shown positive outcomes for individuals in treatment by reducing the risk of homelessness, reducing hospitalizations and involvement in the criminal justice system, increasing opportunities for employment, and improvement in quality of life in general.”CMHC uses a network of facilities in Batesville, Brookville, Lawrenceburg, Rising Sun, St. Leon and Vevay to provide services in the counties of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland in Southeastern Indiana. The Center offers an array of services – including outpatient counseling, inpatient services to community and school-based services and housing services for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses.
Three strangers, one journey – Vaya unpicks the stories of three characters who are travelling to Joburg. It explores their expectations – and the realities – of the big city.Zanele, played by Zimkitha Nyoka, hopes to change her life by moving to Jozi. (Image: Rififi Pictures)Sulaiman PhilipPeople have always been drawn to the big city, and this pull is at the heart of the new feature film from award-winning director Akin Omotoso.Vaya tells three separate stories of three passengers travelling from KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg. They are strangers on a train whose destinies are intertwined as they navigate the foreign and exotic world with which they are unprepared to deal.His film was about the challenge of not losing yourself in a new place, Omotoso told Variety. And it is based on the true stories of writers in the Homeless Writers Project, a writing workshop for people living on the streets of Johannesburg.Nhlanhla (Sihle Xaba) is drawn to Jozi by the promise of easy wealth. (Image: Riffifi Pictures)“Vaya is the story of travellers who arrive in Johannesburg with different hopes and plans, only to discover the hard realities of life when you’re not in control of your own destiny. I wanted to explore the feeling of arrival – with its built-in expectations and fears – in a way that’s true to a lot of places.”Sibusiso Msimang is Nkulu, the oldest son changed by the journey to collect his fathers remains. (Image: Riffifi Pictures)Nkulu, played by Sibusiso Msimang, is travelling to fetch his father’s remains so they can be buried in his rural home. Zanele (Zimkhitha Nyoka) is chaperoning a young girl on her way to meet her mother. For her, the trip is a chance to change her life and make her dreams come true. Sihle Xaba plays Nhlanhla, a young man attracted by the prospect of quick and easy money. Unable to pay his dowry, he accepts a job from his cousin that promises to solve his financial woes.Eight years in the making, Vaya premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and had a limited run to qualify for Oscar consideration. It opened in South Africa at the end of October. “Many filmmakers have utilised the network narrative to relay broad social commentary,” said Cameron Bailey, director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Omotoso, bolstered by brilliant performances and Kabelo Thathe’s sizzling camerawork, wisely focuses on tension, character and milieu, leaving the conclusions up to us.”Omotoso holds that his belief in story-telling, as opposed to action-driven moviemaking, makes Vaya a better film. It gives audiences, he says, a way to identify with characters who live lives very different from their own.“You’ve gotta find something in the stories that resonates with its people, and just the idea of what it’s like to not have your own urgency, what it’s like to be at the mercy of other people – that is the key element explored in Vaya.”The long creative process has resulted in a film of which Omotoso and his team are rightly proud. It gave the production team, and its first-time script writers, the opportunity to flesh out a story that has been described as “amazing”.“Having walked with this film for years, I felt a bit like a marathon runner, who prepares themselves for everything, including the emotional roller coaster to come. The shooting was not easy, as we shot in real locations with real challenges but the readiness and vision shared by everyone involved was there.”Akin Okomotso at the Vaya screening at the Berlinale in Germany. (Image: Berlinale)Vaya’s international success has shone a light on the quality of African film. Omotoso says new technologies and new platforms make this an exciting time to be an African filmmaker. The world, he argues, is ready for African filmmakers telling African stories.What is needed to build a sustainable film industry able to create high-quality content is easier access to funding, growing audiences, holding down costs by improving infrastructure, and improving distribution and marketing.“Sustainability in the long run means that multiple projects can be developed and given the utmost opportunity to be successful. And somebody has to fund your film, and hopefully you want to give that person their money back. And the distributor has to put the film out and they too want to get their money back. How you get your content to the audience is still a compelling discussion. But it’s a very exciting time to be a filmmaker.”Okomotso says African filmmakers must continue to build on the foundations laid by pioneering African artists. A Nigerian, he has lived in South Africa for a decade. He points to his own multicultural life experience to explain the edge African filmmakers have.African artists must not “squander the opportunity to tell (African) stories”, he says. They must take advantage of the opportunities that are now available. “It’s important for the world that African cinema exists.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The phrase “energy efficiency programs” (or just “programs”) refers to utility-sponsored or state-sponsored programs that offer homeowners a rebate, incentive, or subsidized financing to make energy efficiency upgrades in their homes. Many of these programs work under the Department of Energy’s “Home Performance with Energy Star” program (HPwES). The cliffhangerThat sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? It’s within our grasp. We just have to get programs out of the way by focusing on results, implementing accountability, and using both of those to drive towards market transformation. This new program design, One Knob, is very simple and easy to understand.More details on my One Knob proposal are coming in an upcoming article. Goals of “One Knob”Whining without proposing a solution is an awful thing to do, so here are three key goals that any good program should achieve. These three things are necessary components to keep programs on track. Without these attributes it is unlikely that Home Performance (HP) will ever scale:Focus on results. Let market forces rule. Free contractors to sell projects that solve homeowner problems. Get bureaucrats out of project decisions and leave the improvement decisions to the collaboration between homeowners and contractors. Stop telling how to achieve program goals — just provide rewards to the extent that program goals are achieved.Accountability. Provide real accountability and real energy savings. No more claiming credit for “hopeful projections.”Market transformation. Deliver remarkable results to homeowners so that they tell everyone they know.These sound nearly impossible, don’t they?They’re not. They can all be achieved with a program called One Knob (as in “one volume control”). Even better yet, this can be achieved with current contractors, current employees, current programs, current equipment, and current technology. It will take a little retraining, but not much.(Briefly, the “One Knob” proposal calls for the level of incentives paid to be based on saved energy. If 10,000 kWh per year are projected to be saved, and the rebate is $.40 per kWh saved, then the homeowner gets a check for $4,000. Contractors have the most control over results, so the contractors will make the projections. The program will publish contractor metrics — that is, actual energy savings compared to projected savings — and will rank the contractors based on these metrics. High-ranked contractors will get automatic job approval, leading to less administrative overhead for the contractor and the program.)I’ll eventually fill out the program concept. But first, a discussion of what currently exists, and then what is possible to attain for the three desired goals (a focus on results, accountability, and market transformation). In a recent article, I told the warts-and-all story of how energy efficiency program design was a huge factor in putting my award winning business under. I promised to talk about solutions this time.If you are the type whose initial response to new ideas is typically; “No, No, NO!”, you probably should read no further.… If, on the other hand, you are comfortable having your schemas stretched and altered, if you are open to and enjoy having your thinking challenged, hopefully you will enjoy this.You’ll note that my tone in this article may be a little harsher than usual. There was no other way to write it. At some point, no matter how nicely you put it, those who stretch the truth may find the truth offensive. Ultimately this is not an attack on bad people, but rather bad structures. This series of articles is an attempt to expose harmful program structures that pervert process and prevent optimized outcomes — and then to offer a different path, a path that removes perversities and aligns all stakeholder interests. Accountability: What could beAccountability, through the trust it creates, can be its own reward. One Knob can create a system where excellence is recognized and exalted. This will push the best contractors to the top and allow them to charge more for their services.J.D. Power and Associates did this for the automobile industry. The company took an industry with terrible quality and no metrics and created a ranking. The ranking rewarded Honda and Toyota and almost bankrupted the Big Three. Now quality is significantly better throughout the industry, and ten-year-old cars with 150,000+ miles are common. Consumers and the high-quality companies won; low-quality companies had to raise the bar or die.Once you make quality a ranking metric, quality matters. What is quality in home performance? Measurable results.The home performance industry is one of the few construction disciplines that actually has measurable results, not just customer satisfaction metrics. We have lots of metrics to rank contractors on: actual energy saved, actual vs. predicted energy saved, actual blower door reduction, actual vs. predicted blower door reduction, $ invested/energy saved — the list goes on and on. With HPXML, we have access to ALL of this. (HPXML is a central database that pulls information from various energy modeling software for easy analysis by programs.) We have this right now. Today. Very little new is required. Market transformation: What could beWhat makes someone excitedly tell their friends about something? A spectacular result.Comprehensive home performance work that goes beyond an attic insulation job, but stops short of a deep energy retrofit, can deliver spectacular results. If we gain sufficient control over heat, air, and moisture movement, we can deliver the Four Tenets of Home Performance: comfort, health & safety, durability, and efficiency. These are projects that anyone with about $75 a month or more to improve their home can do.How nice is it to be comfortable in your home all the time? Or to not worry about icicles ripping down your ceiling ever again? Or to have your kid’s asthma, that landed him frequently in the hospital, subside? The home performance industry can deliver remarkable results. It truly requires systems thinking, but we can do it. And those results can help create a groundswell. Programs can play an important role.Here are some of the benefits of home performance market transformation:A healthier, longer-lived populace, with reduced allergies, asthma, flu, colds, carbon monoxide poisoning, etc. (Health & safety is the second tenet of home performance, after all.)A more comfortable populace. Home performance work improves indoor environmental quality, or total comfort.A more productive populace. Comfortable people are more productive.A healthier planet: substantially reduced usage of fossil fuels (and an easy transition to pure renewables at little or no additional cost).Jobs. This is literally a trillion dollar industry at a very conservative $10,000 per home times 100 million existing homes. Think that could help out a bit in providing jobs?Happier, more productive, more innovative contractors. If programs were ridiculously simple yet provided solid accountability, contractors would be free to figure out results driven best practices. Programs control from aboveCurrently, either directly or indirectly, project work scopes are created by bureaucrats who don’t actually do or sell the work. These bureaucrats don’t talk to the homeowner, they don’t have to manage the crews, they don’t have to worry about overhead or any of the other things that come with running a real company, and they don’t worry about homeowner outcomes.This is true of both the simple rebate programs like the Dominion East Ohio program in my region, or the programs created by Efficiency Vermont, or the much more complex programs in New York and California. This makes working with programs very complex and screws up incentives, because all parties are pulling for different things.Incentives are misaligned and often perverse. Check this out: “There was a huge emphasis on quantity even if the quality was very poor. Managers often resorted to lying to meet unrealistic quotas. They suffered from perverse incentives that placed fulfilling political goals ahead of efficiency. Firms in general had little incentive to be efficient or control costs.”That sounds like home performance programs, doesn’t it? It’s actually from a blog by Robert Nielsen about why communism failed. The author goes on to say, “One of the greatest failings of communism was its inability to innovate.”In the end, what was one of my biggest complaints about the program I worked with in Ohio? My flexibility was severely limited; I couldn’t innovate. I had to do work one way: the way the program wanted. I was not able to let market forces work and deliver what clients were looking for. We just chased rebates, taking our eyes off solving systemic problems. This seems to be true of every program in the country.While it’s still early, my current projects which receive no program assistance are running in the $15,000 to $40,000 range. My old average job was $2,500. This is what happens when you slow down, build trust, and really focus on homeowner wants and needs. There are still trust barriers that impede sales. If these projects had third-party results tracking and could get incentive for energy savings, or on-bill financing, this approach is likely to take off. Want to help?Share the heck out of this! Comment! Make noise! Nothing is going to change unless we push for it.Go join the Linked In “Get Energy Smart” group. We’re going to need help making enough noise to get things changed, so please add your voice! We’ll update you with action steps there as well.Connect with me on Linked In and mention “One Knob.” Feel free to email me at nate [at] energysmartohio [dot] com. Footnotes.1. Here is an example of bad program design, but first a definition. A negawatt is a saved watt of energy, or negative watt, defined by Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Here is an actual example of how the Negawatt kicker (incentive) works in the Energy Upgrade California program. Would you like something that works like this? Or something simple? The kicker is $0.75/kWh if the home doesn’t have existing AC, $0.30/kWh otherwise, and $1.60/therm. A minimum 10% total site savings needs to be projected. The percentage-based component starts at $1,000 and increases by $500 for every addition 5% projected. The electric and gas savings are then modified by factors designed to counter (as you might have guessed) historical over-projection. Kwh savings are left alone if no AC, but hit with a 0.4 modification otherwise (60% reduction). Gas savings are hit with a 0.8 factor. For instance, a home without AC that models 25000/18000 kwh existing/improved, and 1100/800 therms existing/improved would be 27.6% site savings. Modified by the therm factor, it would be 24.5% savings, which puts it in the $2,000 tier with a $5,250 kwh and $480 therm kicker, for $7,730. Is this the best we can do?!2. In New York, jobs must “pay for themselves” and have a 1 SIR or better, meaning the energy savings from the project will pay for the project within the lifespan of the improvements. The trouble is, with current low energy prices, that just doesn’t happen. So what do you do? You lie. You inflate initial blower door numbers. You fudge the model to show really high initial usage. I have this directly, and off the record, from multiple contractors in New York. This also leads to crappy realization rates. If I promised to make your pickup truck get 50 mpg, is there any prayer I might deliver? Nope. But I had to say that to get the program to say yes to the project and feed my family. That is a great example of a perverse incentive.3. This is per Ori Skloot in an update video about EUC 2.0. (Go to 2:30 in the video). What exists today: Programs built without considering resultsEnergy efficiency programs are complicated. The simple ones like the one that killed my business have simple rules, but they complicate work scopes, the sales process, and the jobs themselves. More complicated programs have rules so complicated that they are laughable, except it’s not funny. (1)In part, this comes from programs trying to make sure homeowners, ratepayers, and taxpayers don’t get cheated, but they end up cheating homeowners out of results and contractors out of sustaining profits.Stakeholder priorities are badly misaligned, as well. Program objectives are for high project count and to claim the highest amount of dubious energy savings possible. Homeowners don’t care that much about saving energy; they’re more interested in solving comfort and control problems, and frankly they are very skeptical of energy savings claims. Trouble at the kitchen tablePrograms make life at the kitchen table, where all projects are sold, much harder. They are friction when we need grease.Complex rules change; work scopes get changed to fit rebate or fuel type requirements; jobs get adjusted on the fly; rebate structures change; jobs get shut down because they don’t meet payback requirements… and on and on.One of the worst problems caused by managing projects from above is that it creates a culture of collusion. Contractors are often forced to lie to get a job approved and pay their bills. (2) Program implementers spend time teaching contractors to game models to “pass” instead of helping them improve diagnostic and design skills.Programs are essentially trying to control home performance work from the top down, not unlike the communist-controlled Soviet economy. How did that work out again? To be fair, this is true of most large bureaucracies. The term “red tape” exists because of bureaucracy.Summing up: programs just aren’t simple or results-focused, and this leads to all sorts of accidental barriers that keep home performance work from scaling up. Market transformation: What exists todayI was born in 1978. Energy efficiency programs have been in place in one form or another since then. I’ve heard that at current job volumes, it will take 500 years to retrofit the homes that need to be retrofitted in the next 20 years.The large Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) programs were projecting 0.5% growth for 2013. Wouldn’t we need just a little bit faster growth than that to get there? Tell me how we’re achieving market transformation right now?I’m a home performance consultant. I was an home performance contractor. Yet I couldn’t define home performance for you three years ago. We only barely have a name for ourselves. Consumers have no clue who we are. About one home performace job per 1,000 HVAC jobs is done, according to the recently passed Phil Jeffers. How is that “winning”?California has only hit 10% of its goal. New York is watching contractor participation, job size, and job count fall. My program with Dominion East Ohio has turned into a glorified HVAC rebate program. One program in Connecticut is an HVAC-only program — how is that home performance? How is that comprehensive, whole-house thinking? How are we winning again?Currently, the parallels between communism and current energy efficiency programs are so strong that I can literally lift passages of articles about what made communism fail and drop them into this paper.Could anything that can be so directly and easily compared to communism possibly be expected to achieve capitalistic market transformation? Focusing on results: What could beWhat if programs only had One Knob to adjust? What if this simple adjustment was aimed specifically at delivering actual energy savings and solving homeowner problems?One singular adjustment that could be changed, with changes that could be announced months in advance, so there weren’t ugly surprises at the kitchen table? What if this knob could be used to speed up or slow down the market predictably like the Fed does with the discount rate? What if this could drive us towards performing comprehensive energy retrofits to millions of houses instead of thousands because it actually solves homeowner problems?What if a massive industry focused on results could come into existence, one that could finally put a happy ending on the Great Recession? One Knob can do this. Details are coming. Stay tuned. Author’s note: This series is aimed at the home performance industry. My company values transparency, so we put it in the public sphere for homeowners to see and understand our thinking. Accountability: What exists todayCurrently there is no real accountability for results, either for solving homeowner problems or for actual energy savings.Contractors can blame programs for hamstringing them when projects don’t deliver what was promised. Programs can blame contractors for doing shoddy work. Utilities take the “lies” from programs to give to Public Utility Commissions mandating energy savings, and nothing really gets accomplished. Fingers point every which way.Homeowners spend lots of money with mediocre results, and contractors are exhausted by constant program changes created by bureaucrats who make these changes to justify their existence. No one party actually is accountable or rewarded for actual results.To repeat, this is not the fault of people; it is the fault of the structure. Programs are not market-based.Programs often have absolutely shocking costs per project due to a lack of accountability. Energy Upgrade California has spent $200 million in overhead costs since inception to deliver 3,615 jobs. That’s $25,000 per job in overhead, before incentives. (3) This is for jobs that are substantially smaller than $25,000 each. Worse, those projects deliver to the consumer only one third of the energy savings projected by Energy Upgrade California. This program has achieved less than 10% of its goal, by the way.California is easy to shoot at because it has been so ridiculously wasteful. Their 34% realization rate is the worst of the published program results. New York is in the 45% to 75% range, depending on fuel.Other states have published results which hover in the 40% to 60% range. Who is holding these folks accountable? If a friend borrowed $1,000 and paid you back $600 and said, “We’re square,” would that be good? That’s what programs and our industry are effectively doing. We’re lucky no one actually tracks their energy bills, or there could be a lawsuit. It doesn’t have to be this way.All the while, naive and idealistic contractors struggle to make a living in the home performance field. I tapped out with a program-dependent business model. The system is wasteful, inefficient, and can’t provide a decent standard of living for contractors.In the current world of contracting there is a fervent race to the bottom on price and quality. I starved to death trying to provide quality without charging enough for it, and Energy Smart is far from alone. Chris Dorsi, author of Residential Energy and founder of the Habitat X Conference, advocates for higher pay scales for insulation contractors, so it’s a common problem.Without metrics for quality or accountability for results, doing anything more than the bare minimum is a competitive disadvantage. RELATED ARTICLES Hard Truths of Home PerformanceThe ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ FallacyHow an Efficiency Program Killed My Business Nate Adams is a recovering insulation contractor turned Home Performance consultant. His company, Energy Smart Home Performance, is located in Mantua, Ohio. Using a comprehensive design approach, he fixes client woes with a market-driven process that he hopes will lead to market transformation for our industry.
Once upon a time growing vegetables and selling chai were not careers students would ever consider. Then came the IT boom which left youngsters enamored with the romanticism surrounding start-up ventures. But more importantly it ushered in an era in which imagination become the new watchword. Today there are over,Once upon a time growing vegetables and selling chai were not careers students would ever consider. Then came the IT boom which left youngsters enamored with the romanticism surrounding start-up ventures. But more importantly it ushered in an era in which imagination become the new watchword. Today there are over 120 new branches of study and 10,000 nascent businesses blossoming across India. Conventional careers have been jettisoned while others have been taken apart, rearranged and moulded into novel and profitable ventures by a growing tribe of individuals who, to quote awell known global brand, just happen to “think different.”Three generations of the Pant family help out at the farmReturn to innocenceOrganic farming is popular amongst students and professionals eager to discover a new sense of self and escape the rat race.Corporate lifestyles are soul draining. I think this is what is behind the sudden surge in popularity of organic farming in India. “Today Navdanya produces over 650 varieties of rice and 1000 types of crops for the Indian market. This just shows the rise in demand for organic food,” says Dr. Vandana Shiva, Director, Navdanya.Earth and environment sciences have always been popular course choices in India. Institutes like Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering, IIT-Bombay and School of Environment Sciences, JNU, have been churning out eminent academicians and professionals for the past 30 years. However, due to the surge in popularity of organic farming the field is now witnessing a renaissance of sorts.Organic farming is the science of cultivating crops with natural resources and managing waste effectively in order to preserve nature. “One of the beauties of organic farming is that anyone can take a course in it. Few years ago we used to get around only 5-6 students from environment sciences looking to specialise in the field, today we get over 20 applications. Students looking to study this course can expect an insight into the practices of organic farming, various technologies, microorganism research, soil regeneration, waste management and philosophies of organic farms. Field experience with local farmers is also available at most institutes,” says Manjushri Tadvalkar, Institute of Natural Organic Agriculture, Pune.So why does organic farming appeal to the youth? It could be the exposure to fresh air, the delicious taste of chemical-free food or it could simply be the need to play a larger, more active part in society.”How can we give to man a new sense of self? I found my answer in nature. Rebuilding my relationship with her is the only dream I want to pursue for the next few years,” enthuses Elliot Mercier, 28, who completed his MBA from CASS Business School. Hari and Richa Pant, Owners, Himalayan Farm ProjectSomewhere in the Himalayan wilderness, near the small village of Dogaon,Uttaranchal, stand a line of young adults waiting to harvest a crop of juicy mangoes. This is the Himalayan Farm Project, a family experiment set up to promote organic farming methods.Conceived and executed by Hari Pant, the HFP allows anyone to visit, learn and contribute to organic farming. “We are more than just a farm. Everything we grow is a product of love, vision and sheer hard work. That is what makes farming at HFP special; everyone is welcome, everyone can participate and everyone learns,” explains Richa Pant, Haris daughter. She now manages various organic farming projects along with her fatherSuman AggarwalSay cheese, perfectly From warm smiles to clear enunciation, Image Consultants teach both internal and external aspects of personality development.Research has proven that an average person makes up their mind about someone within 3 seconds. So how does one impress a potential employer or client in that brief a time span? This is where an image consultant steps in. “The media, sports and entertainment boom has seen the space of image consulting grow in India,?? says Nandita Lakshamanan, CEO, The PRactice.From showing you the way to smile with the right amount of visible teeth to helping you learn Japanese handshake etiquettes, image consultants are the new branch of public relations; creating a happy marriage between personal groomers and personality developers. “Training in image consulting look at three main aspects of image creation-beauty, personality and communication. Company management, body line analysis, fabric, fit, shape analysis, colours, grooming, branding, hair colour, hair styling and learning to speak properly are other aspects one can expect to learn. I think the most important thing training will give students is the ability to sell themselves effectively as an image consultant. An image consultant must fit the bill. You cannot give people advice on how to look sharp if you are tardy looking yourself,” explains Sangeeta Sindhi Bahl, CEO, Impact, Delhi.Image consulting is not a standalone profession. This is a field closely linked to changes in the corporate world. With almost two decades spent in the sphere of public relations and corporate reputation management, Lakshamanan notes signficant changes she has witnessed. “Our country is going through several changes. The aspirations of corporate firms are becoming increasingly global, and we are seeing the next wave of entrepreneurship. All these factors demand changes in the way industries respond to various challenges. Aspiring youngsters should note that the first 5 years is critical. Listen, observe and learn. And most importantly, be patient,” concludes Lakshamanan. Suman Aggarwal, CEO, First Impressions ConsultingOne of the pioneers of image consulting in India and CEO of the only certified image consulting training course in Mumbai, Suman Aggarwal is an inspiration to many looking to enter the field.”When I first entered this business, the concept was unfathomable to most Indians.There was no existing solutions that focused on both internal and external aspects. That is when I began working as an image consultant to fill the gap in market. People often mistook my office to be a salon. But an image consultant is not restricted to beauty management.Our job includes everything to do with personal growth, grooming, reputation, communication and presentation,” says Aggarwal.Praveer GuptaGuarding your turfFighting to keep new inventions secure, the patent law industry has technical students abuzz.The Patent Law practice has picked up huge momentum in India post 2005. This year was a watershed as it introduced the Patent Law Ammendment, Product Patent regime in Drugs, Chemicals and Food industries as part of TRIPS mandate. “This required capacity building among legal and technical professionals on the expertise of Patents regime. The filings and litigations have increased manifold since,” says Dr V.C. Vivekanandan who works in the HRD Ministry is IP Chair Professor, at NALSAR.Unlike intellectual property rights and trademark law, patent law is the unique art of blending law with technology and business. One has to assimilate the technology of an invention, apply legal aspects to it and convert it into a successful business venture. That is why it is now mandatory for students to have a technical degree in order to pursue patent law.”Businesses in India are increasingly aware of the need to protect their turf and invest in knowledge products. Moreover, many technical graduates now wish to switch base and join patent law. This has given the industry the leverage of having more qualified workers,” says Anuradha Maheswari, Director, Institute of Intellectual Property Studies, Mumbai.So what can one hope to study under patent law? “Unlike the US, in India we still posess a humanistic approach when we pronounce judgments. This is something that students can hope to learn when specialising in patent law. You can also expect to gain a solid understanding of the different personality traits and skills needed to succeed in the field. These include articulation, quick defence tactics, technical know-how and stringent research skills,” explains Maheswari.However, patent law demands much more than simply meeting with high level professionals and handling high voltage stakes. Students must possess a genuine passion for technology, excellent communication skills and an eye for quality content. Mistakes by patent lawyers could spell the death of an invention. On the other hand successful professionals will find the field highly rewarding.”Patents Law expertise opens up in-house promotions and shifts for technical professionals (non-lawyers). For lawyers. law firms and corporates have openings in their IP and patent cells. IT and pharmaceuticals also remain popular recruiters. There is also scope for students to take up independent consulting in patents if one clears the Patent Agent exam conducted by the Indian Patent Office,” concludes Dr. Vivekanandan. Praveer Gupta, CEO and Founder, Ripple IP ServicesHaving graduated from IIT-Delhi in 2001, Praveer Gupta sought to pursue an entirely different line from his batch mates. His interest lay in the then nascent patent law market. Today Gupta is the CEO of Ripple IP, one of Indias largest patent prosecution firms.The market has grown so much since I started out. The glamour of the profession attracts many of course. This is a line where you will be conversing with top bosses and CEOs of companies who seek you out. Every 2-3 days I get around 20 internship applications out of which over 60 per cent are fresh graduates. The field definitely has an allure to it today,?? enthuses Gupta.Navin KhabiyaSmartphone magicianConjuring up creative mobile applications on a regular basis is a challenge that appeals to many technical graduates.Looking to surprise your boyfriend during exams? With a slide of your finger, one can order a cake, gift and flowers. Bored while your mother is busy shopping? With a single voice command, one can quickly access the top 20 MTV hit songs. The 5 lakh smartphone applications available for Indian users today have changed the way people function. Needless to say the market has grown both in terms of demand and supply.”We receive over 25 intern applications each month. With the growth of social networks and smartphones in India, the scope of this industry has grown tremendously across India,” says Rupinder Singh, Administrative Head, Interworld Commnet.Designing apps is not just about getting the first glimpse of the newest version of Angry Birds. The profession also demands utmost dedication and long hours. “This is a niche field of software design. It is all about using the native features of a phone to generate interactive and encapsulating user content. I think what is important for students to have is imagination, it will set you apart from the rest,” says Karthik Kumar, Director, Rage Communications, Chennai.Despite growing demand, there is still a short supply of skilled workers. This is due to lack of proper training. “Programming and software development are all one can hope to learn in terms of academics. There has been a spurt in the number of designers available but there is still a long way to go,” says Sandeep Jain, 27, computer science student, NIIT Bangalore. Navin Khabiya, CEO and Founder, NsquareitInspired by his two year old son playing iPhone games, Khabiya entered the mobile app market at the young age of 28. Khabiyas present business model includes gathering foreign clients and sub-contracting to various companies in India. “Working in this field today you will never feel bored or unchallenged,” Khabiya.Amuleek S. BijralCulinary renaissance It’s makeover time for the food industry: student start-ups across India dish out innovative grub.While dreams of being a chef at Oberoi and Taj have long been a popular aspiration amongst the Indian youth, setting up your own business venture is still a relatively new phenomenan.Traditionally youngsters wanting to enter the industry opted for hotel management courses with a further specialisation in food and beverages. But now graduates from renowned hotel management insitutes want more from life than working at established hotel chains. “Why should I spend my time slicing bread for Japanese businessmen? Food is my passion. Iwant to create, experiment and serve genuine foodies,” says Digvijay K, graduate from IHM, New Delhi.So what is the mantra for success? The right idea, right target market and right research will form a solid base for your venture. But what will really see you through is the right location. “Location, location, location. Be it a bus stop, a travel hub or an office space-finding a gap in the market that your product can fill is crucial. After that it is all about finding the right team and mentors. This formula is what worked with us. We started Chai Point three years ago with one store, today we have 18 stores across Bangalore,” says Amuleek S. Bijral, CEO, Chai Point. Amuleek S. Bijral, CEO and Founder, Chai Point Running on the philosophy that India runs on chai, Chai Point is the latest rage in Bangalore. It is a clean, hygenic and reasonably priced environment where youngsters and professionals can grab a cup of chai. The innovative menu is one of a kind. Items include sugar-free chai, masala chai and iced green chai.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “That’s what we need.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PBA: San Miguel bounces back with nipping of Ginebra Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sean Anthony leads NorthPort’s charge this time. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick’s 14 points in NorthPort’s second victory in the Philippine Cup were marred by seven turnovers.To the eyes of the unindoctrinated, seven errors are a bit too much. Add the fact that Bolick’s a rookie fans the flames of that argument.ADVERTISEMENT And like his mentor, the third overall pick of the recent draft prefers not to dwell on a single, unpleasant facet of his performance.“The more I commit mistakes, the more I am learning,” Bolick said in defense. “The important thing here is that I learned something and that we won. Winning makes everyone happy.”“I’m still trying to read the game,” he said in Filipino. “At least when I re-watch the game, I could see the mistakes. Moving forward, I’ll know what to do.”Jarencio opts to keep his faith in his new ward, saying that cashing in on Bolick would only benefit the team as a whole.“He’s steady. He’s a really smart player,” he said. “More importantly, he listens. That’s what ’s important.”ADVERTISEMENT But Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio chooses to look past that. After all, it’s just that: a stat.“He provides that x-factor anyway,” he told the press in Filipino shortly after defeating NLEX, 95-99, in the curtain-raiser of Sunday’s PBA action at the Big Dome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He’s making assists, he’s defending, he’s hitting crucial shots,” Jarencio added. “He’s tough. I can’t ask for more. I just hope he becomes consistent and injury-free for the conference and the season.”Bolick saw action for nearly 33 minutes, nearly sharing the same chunk reserved for old reliables Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony.
Luka Modric’s wonderful goal helped seal Club World Cup history as Real Madrid beat Al Ain 4-1 to become the first team to win the tournament three years in a row.Santiago Solari’s first silverware since being appointed as Julen Lopetegui’s successor was set up by Modric’s first-half strike as Madrid comfortably triumphed in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, moving past rivals Barcelona with their fourth title in the competition.The Croatia midfielder, who added the Ballon d’Or crown to his World Cup Golden Ball this month, bent the opener into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards, with Marcos Llorente also drilling home from outside the box before a Sergio Ramos header extended Madrid’s lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Al Ain had a goal from Caio Fernandes ruled out for offside when they only trailed by one and Zoran Mamic’s side – who replied through an excellent Tsukasa Shiotani header – can be proud of their efforts on home soil as massive underdogs against the European champions, despite Madrid adding a late fourth through Yahia Nader’s own goal.The perfect way to cap off #TheBest year for @lukamodric10? He has @realmadriden in front in the #ClubWC final pic.twitter.com/VmlslWFoxG— #ClubWC (@FIFAcom) December 22, 2018Madrid hit the post in the third minute when Llorente got clear in the left channel, his cutback deflected on to the woodwork by fortunate defender Ismail Ahmed.Al Ain should have taken the lead when Marcelo’s mistake let in Hussein El Shahat but captain Ramos made a miraculous goal-line clearance to deny the winger, then Madrid nudged in front.Neat build-up play from Karim Benzema set up Modric and the Ballon d’Or winner curled home a beauty from 25 yards, Caio then seeing a rapid reply ruled out for offside.Benzema missed a brilliant chance to extend Madrid’s lead before goalkeeper Khalid Eisa made outstanding saves to deny both Gareth Bale and Modric before the break.Madrid effectively clinched the trophy in the 60th minute when a cleared corner fell kindly to Llorente, his thumping half-volley giving Eisa no chance and opening his professional account in some style.Ramos powered home a Modric corner to make certain of Madrid’s victory, celebrating the goal with unused substitute Isco, although Al Ain scored a deserved consolation through Shiotani with four minutes left.Madrid had the final say, though, as a cross from substitute Vinicius Jr was turned into his own goal by Nader in the first minute of stoppage time. WHAT A [email protected] pic.twitter.com/wsel09O91H— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Solari up and runningThis was not always completely convincing from Madrid, but they did not need to get out of second gear. Solari’s side left too many gaps at the back and more clinical opponents may have punished them, but the coach will be relieved to collect the first trophy of his reign.Modric the man of the moment There were few arguments about Modric ending Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance of the Ballon d’Or and he ended 2018 on another high note. His opening goal was superbly struck and the midfielder also forced a scrambling save from Eisa with a stunning volley as well as crossing for Ramos’ goal.Madrid survive Benzema’s baffling missRonaldo’s sale to Juventus meant Benzema would have to hugely increase his meagre goalscoring returns from last season to address the deficit. But the former France striker has struggled to step up, with an atrocious miss from Lucas Vazquez’s cross particularly worrying. Benzema – who has six league goals this season – did set up Modric’s opener, yet he is ultimately in the Madrid team to score goals, not make them.Key Opta Facts- Madrid have won the Club World Cup four times (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018), surpassing Barcelona (2009, 2011 and 2015) to become the competition’s most successful team.- Solari is the first Argentinian manager to win the Club World Cup. The previous five Argentinians to manage in a Club World Cup final lost the game, all in charge of teams from South America.- Madrid captain Ramos is the third player to score in different Club World Cup finals, after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.What’s next?Madrid can enjoy a brief break before returning to LaLiga action at Villarreal on January 3. read more
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s resuscitation of Southampton gathered momentum as they climbed three points clear of the Premier League drop zone with a 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town.The Saints led from the 15th minute through Nathan Redmond and navigated a nervy spell in the second half to deservedly prevail in a match with clear relegation implications.Danny Ings, twice on target in last weekend’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal, converted his side’s second from the spot before half-time and it proved a decisive buffer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Philip Billing’s bamboozling of Alex McCarthy briefly offered the Terriers a lifeline in the 58th minute but, as is often the case, they failed to build on a positive period and were consigned to a fifth straight Premier League loss when teenager Michael Obafemi buried his first professional goal.The confidence Southampton gained from overcoming Arsenal was evident in Redmond’s emphatic finish for the opener, the winger punishing Terence Kongolo’s ungainly attempt at cutting out Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s pass.28 – Nathan Redmond has scored his first Premier League goal of the season with his 28th shot. Persistence. #HUDSOU pic.twitter.com/no0V8teC4V — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018 Huddersfield were struggling to exert any kind of attacking threat and another defensive blunder cost them three minutes before the break.Mathias Jorgensen miscontrolled Ings’ wayward pass and compounded his error by tripping the Saints striker, who coolly sent Jonas Lossl the wrong way from the spot.McCarthy made an instinctive save from Jorgensen’s close-range header soon after the interval but the goalkeeper was far less impressive in allowing Billing’s swerving shot to beat him.That instigated a period of Huddersfield pressure that was relieved through a third mistake at the back.Christopher Schindler was all too easily robbed of possession, Redmond selflessly squared and substitute Obafemi was on hand to tuck away a landmark goal, leaving the hapless hosts four points from safety.That first #PL goal feeling #HUDSOU pic.twitter.com/J3yVYJGXLc— Premier League (@premierleague) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Terriers in serious troubleSouthampton scoring three times for the second straight match made Huddersfield’s attacking woes all the more regrettable.Still, that concern will fade to minor irritation for manager David Wagner in comparison to the headaches served up by his defence, who could have prevented each goal.Hojbjerg at the heart of Saints’ successSouthampton were blessed with several impressive performers and chief among them was Hojbjerg.Wearing the captain’s armband, the former Bayern Munich man was a real leader in midfield as he got through a power of defensive work while registering an assist for Redmond’s opener.Jorgensen sets poor standardA defender of Jorgensen’s experience should have known better than to have been sucked into the challenge that allowed Ings to double the margin in the first half.The mistake plunged Huddersfield into a hole they were unable to escape from, and losing more than half of his duels did little to help.Key Opta Facts- Southampton have registered back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since April 2017, when they were managed by Claude Puel.- Huddersfield have lost nine of their last 12 home Premier League games (W1 D2), netting just four goals in that time.- Hasenhuttl has won two of his three Premier League matches in charge of Southampton (L1) – only one fewer than Mark Hughes managed in 22 attempts as Saints boss.- Since the start of last season, Huddersfield have had more different players booked for diving than any other Premier League team (4 – Rajiv van La Parra, Alex Pritchard, Laurent Depoitre and Chris Lowe).What’s next? Huddersfield must contend with a daunting trip to Old Trafford on Boxing Day, while Southampton will eye a result at home to West Ham the following day. read more
Softly spoken and self-effacing almost to a fault, not even being crowned the world’s best player could inflate Luka Modric’s ego.The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner ended a decade of tyrannical domination of the award by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who had shared out equally – if not always uncontroversially – the last 10 awards. Modric, however, saw his triumph as a win for the ‘little guy’.“Nobody has the right to compare themselves to [Messi and Ronaldo] the Real Madrid star told France Football upon receiving his new prize. “They are the best in the history of this sport. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? “I am happy that someone normal is able to win the Ballon d’Or.”Do not be fooled by Modric’s diffidence, however. Beneath that unassuming exterior is a truly magnificent playmaker who fully deserves to have finished ahead of two footballing behemoths – a fact he underlined with a match-winning performance to crown Madrid world champions on Saturday.Santiago Solari’s men could have been forgiven for taking the Club World Cup final rather lightly. On the opposite side of the pitch were unheralded Al Ain, the local heroes in Abu Dhabi who had ejected Wellington, Esperance de Tunis and River Plate on the road to the decider but who were surely outmatched against the winners of the last three Champions League titles.Part of River’s downfall was underestimating that rival, though, and Madrid almost paid for the same mistake early on. A dreadful error from Marcelo just 12 minutes into the final sent Hussein El Shahat bursting through on goal and only Sergio Ramos’ miraculous stop on the line stopped the favourites going behind after Al Ain’s dangerman had danced past a flailing Thibaut Courtois.That near-miss was a show of the absent-mindedness and apparent lack of focus that has hurt Madrid time and again in this desperately disappointing start to the season. Luckily for the Liga side, they had an ace up their sleeve in the shape of their Croatian genius.Minutes after Ramos’ intervention Modric was given an inch of space on the edge of the Al Ain box. He does not need much more. The midfielder whipped the ball past goalkeeper Eisa with an unstoppable effort, a near-mirror image of the strike that finished off Argentina in this summer’s World Cup as this time round he opted to use his left boot.From that point onwards, and despite another scare when the brilliant Caio scooped over Courtois’ head only to be called back for a marginal offside, the game was Madrid’s to lose.In the second half Marcos Llorente stepped up to take a leaf out of Modric’s and fire home a cracking volley, his first-ever Madrid goal effectively ending the final as a contest. Modric stepped up once again with a perfect corner to allow Ramos to extend the scoreline, before Al Ain grabbed a late consolation. An even later own goal meant that Madrid ran out 4-1 winners.After all the strife of the last few months, the Merengue received some welcome breathing space in the shape of silverware as Solari takes his first trophy in the hotseat. What is clear is that this team, dishevelled as it has been recently, still depend heavily on their No. 10, who once more has responded when it most counts.Perhaps Modric does not have the scintillating natural talent of Messi (but then who does?) or Ronaldo’s irrepressible eye for goal. But the facts speak for themselves. At 33 he continues to pull the strings in the team that have been crowned European and world champions for the last three years. He shows no sign of slowing down.When his heroics in leading unfancied Croatia to the World Cup final are taken into consideration there can be no doubt that he was the right man for the Ballon d’Or, a feat only made more exceptional by the fact he overthrew those two monsters to take the prize. Those who gripe and moan about the decision, often on social media with avatars depicting one of the pair above, miss the point about what these awards are supposed to signify.To put it simply, Modric was the outstanding star of the past 12 months, bringing his game to new heights to lead Madrid to further silverware and Croatia to the brink of glory. Like Andres Iniesta before him, he cannot be judged solely on goals, assists and other dry statistics; watching him glide across the pitch and making his side tick is a work of art that needs no numerical support.Perhaps one can only fault his own perceptions of himself, particularly when it comes to speaking to reporters. Normal? There is absolutely nothing normal about Modric and his marvellous 2018.
Inter missed the chance to significantly strengthen their grip on a Champions League place as a stoppage-time equaliser saw them held to a 1-1 draw at Serie A’s bottom club Chievo.Luciano Spalletti’s men were presented with an opportunity to increase the gap between themselves and fifth-placed AC Milan, who were beaten 1-0 at home by Fiorentina earlier on Saturday.The visitors were never at their best, but looked set to claim all three points thanks to Ivan Perisic’s close-range 39th-minute strike, which marked his first league goal since September. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? However, a Chievo side that offered scant resistance provided a late sting in the tail thanks to Sergio Pellissier as the captain dinked over Samir Handanovic, meaning third-placed Inter are just six points clear of Milan in the fifth.112 & 33 – Ivan #Perisic has found the net in Serie A after 112 days and 33 shots his previous one. Recover. #ChievoInter pic.twitter.com/J7OuWfV38f— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 22, 2018Chievo forced Handanovic into action in the first minute, the Inter goalkeeper dealing with an awkward bounce after Riccardo Meggiorini let fly with a long-range volley.Inter slowly took control of the game and only a fine reaction save from Stefano Sorrentino prevented him from turning home Danilo D’Ambrosio’s left-wing cross.Mauro Icardi and D’Ambrosio were involved as Inter broke the deadlock, though, combining down the left to set up Perisic to lash Inter into a lead that should have been doubled when Joao Mario shot wide from the Croatia international’s low delivery.Excellent build-up between Perisic and Icardi ended with the latter thwarted again by Sorrentino at the near post before a rare threatening Chievo attack saw Handanovic brilliantly turn Pellissier’s effort behind.It was Perisic who appeared the most likely to add to Inter’s tally in a game that always looked in hand, but his inability to do so proved costly as Mariusz Stepinski headed on for Pellissier to earn Chievo’s fifth point of a miserable season.| FT Chievo 1-1 InterIt ends all square here in Verona. #ChievoInter pic.twitter.com/n69wqUgLaN— Inter (@Inter_en) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Inferior foe again troubles Inter An inability to beat inferior opposition was Inter’s undoing in the Champions League as a 1-1 draw with PSV saw them knocked out, and that failing reared its head again as their defence was breached at the last. Worryingly for Spalletti, who saw penalty claims for a challenge on Borja Valero rejected by VAR late on, a much tougher test lies in wait.D’Ambrosio a delight Inter’s main threat came down the left from full-back D’Ambrosio, whose lack of a test defensively gave him the freedom to create the opener and set Icardi up for his first-half chance, which would have been decisive had it been taken.Joao Mario makes a meal of it Joao Mario had to stretch to meet Perisic’s centre on the stroke of half-time, but he still had the goal at his mercy from close range and should have found the net. Instead, his miss was one of many chances Inter will reflect on after dropping points to Serie A’s worst team.Key Opta Facts- Inter have failed to win any of their last four away Serie A games (2D 2L).- Chievo are unbeaten under Di Carlo in Serie A current season (5D).- Ivan Perisic found the net in Serie A some 112 days and 33 shots after his previous one.What’s next? An enticing and crucial clash awaits Inter at San Siro on Wednesday when Napoli are the visitors. Chievo travel to take on Sampdoria on the same day. read more
Thomas Tuchel believes the first half of his debut season at Paris Saint-Germain has been “almost perfect” as they head into the mid-season break 13 points clear at the Ligue 1 summit.PSG defeated Nantes 1-0 at the Parc des Princes on Saturday to ensure they retained their unbeaten start to the league season, having dropped just four points in total.Not only are PSG 13 points ahead of Lille, they also have two games in hand on their closest rivals, in what has been an emphatic beginning for Tuchel in Ligue 1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? But while PSG have been consistently impressive, Tuchel also feels their progress is noticeable.”When you look at the results, it’s almost perfect,” Tuchel told reporters after Saturday’s game. “I am very, very happy.”We can see the progress of the team, we can feel the energy of the team. Everyone was very open to new ideas. It was nice.”Saturday’s game was PSG’s first in Ligue 1 since December 5, as the champions have had two matches postponed due to the ‘gilet jaunes’ demonstrations.It had been suggested PSG looked tired and lacking in sharpness in what was a rather laboured victory over Nantes, though Tuchel is adamant the team were “amazing”.”No, I do not think so,” he said when asked if they were tired. “We had 70 per cent possession, we had 40 touches in the opposing area, we had 23 shots… It’s [email protected] ‘s end-of-the-year message for the fans Rate @PSG_English ‘s first half of the season in word? #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/o45ekBTZIB — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 22, 2018 “We played with a lot of quality. We do a very aggressive counter-pressing, we just lacked precision in the final touch, in the last pass.”In my opinion, this is a match we could’ve won by four goals. We controlled the match. We deserved to win.”We are tired, but that’s normal. The team has been amazing. I compliment my players.”The club will return to action for a cup match on January 6 but do not have a league match scheduled until six days later against Amiens. But all eyes at PSG will be on Manchester United as the two have been drawn against each other the last 16 of the Champions League.