Cricket: Ravi Shastri hints at flexibility in India’s batting order ahead of the first…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementIndian cricket team’s head coach Ravi Shastri has a simple message for the team that is set to play the first test on August 1st. He has asked the team to play a fearless brand of cricket. He addressed the team to play the same prior to the South Africa series which saw India win the final test match.“We have done exceptionally well in white-ball cricket. We showed some very good signs in South Africa as far as the red ball is concerned. We want to carry that forward. The challenge for us is to be consistent in the red-ball format overseas. We believe we have the potential to be one of the best travelling teams. At the moment, there is no side in the world that travels properly. You can see what is happening to South Africa in Sri Lanka. We know our scorelines in England before this tour: 4-0 [2011], 3-1 [2014]. We want to do much better than that,” he said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo.When asked the question on whether the current hot climate in England will help India feel close to home Shastri said that, “The square will be different, the outfield will be different and the weather conditions will be different to back in India. But whatever the conditions, the balls moves in England. In South Africa we played on some spicy tracks. We have to adapt to those 22 yards. We adapted better than South Africa in Johannesburg and we won that Test. They won a couple of sessions more than us in the first two Tests and won two Tests.”The main point Shastri made and believed is that the Indian batting would be the key in deciding the result of the game.“The first 20-25 overs are extremely crucial. If you can come through that period (unscathed) then you get a set a good platform. Understanding your role, understanding what the team needs in those 20 overs, the discipline needed to see off those 20 overs and make sure you lose as few wickets as possible. Then you set up the game because we have enough ammunition in the middle order and lower order to take the game forward,” he said.Shastri felt that the openers needed to stay for the first session and protect the wickets which will allow the middle order to excel later on in the day.“Yesterday morning [the first day of the warm-up match against Essex], if you get those conditions [fresh green pitch, new ball seaming and swinging], I don’t care who the opening batsman is – it is tough. On such mornings you need your slice of luck, but you have to be prepared to go through the grind, like M Vijay did in that period of play.”“You could nick one any time, but you have to get that mental discipline that, yes, the pitch will ease out after lunch and that will make the job for the other players in the team easier. So my role is that even if I get 20-25 runs, if I have seen the team through that early period to make it easier for someone else, I have done a lot. It is about playing the conditions. It is very important you see the tough period through.”In terms of the batting order, Shastri stated that the flexibility in slots is an asset for the team and for everyone to be ready for a surprise. He showed his faith in Pujara even though the Saurashtra man has had a very lean patch.He’s an extremely experienced player. I feel he is one innings away [from a big score]. He needs to spend time at the crease. If he gets one 60-70 under his belt, he will be a different player altogether. My job is to make sure he is thinking in that fashion,” Shastri added. “Pujara is an anchor. He has been one of the pillars of this batting line-up for a long time. You know what he does – he loves batting. We just want him to do it. Unfortunately, in South Africa he was run out a couple of times. That is something we don’t want. We don’t want him to be an Usain Bolt, we want to him to be Pujara. Stay there at the crease. The last thing you want to do is give your wicket away to a run-out,” clarified Shastri.Shastri also clarified that KL Rahul was picked as a 3rd opener but could fit in anywhere in the batting order and surprise everyone.“He (KL Rahul) has been picked as the third opener. But our batting order will always be flexible. The third opener can play anywhere in the top four. We are a very, very flexible outfit. Be prepared for that. We will surprise you guys at times,” said Shastri.Finally when asked about the bowling lineup Shastri felt that India had missed both Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah in the ODI series and felt that it would have been a totally different ball game altogether if they had played.“You have to try other people out. If Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar had been fully fit in the one-day series, it would have been a different ball game altogether. We would have both of them fully fit for the entire Test series. It would have given me selection headaches. There is still enough experience and variety in our bowling attack – whether it is pace, spin, or Hardik (Pandya) filling in as a fast-medium bowler. There are enough options there,” said Shastri.Sashtri also put in immense faith in Ishant Sharma to spearhead the bowling attack. He reminded everyone of the fond memories Ishant has given for the team throughout his career.“Ishant Sharma has done brilliantly in Sri Lanka. He did outstandingly in that Test match in Johannesburg where he bowled his heart out. He might not have taken a five-for, but he kept the bloody pressure on South Africa all the time. That is his role. He is experienced. He wants to be a spearhead. He has taken more wickets than anyone else amongst the fast bowlers. He will remember his seven wicket haul at Lord’s, which played a big hand in the win. Those are the memories that will run through his mind when he gets the ball in hand,” said Shastri on India’s seam bowling options.It will be interesting to see who draws the first blood in the all important test series that starts on August 1st. Let us know your thoughts below.Also Read:Cricket : Dinesh Karthik feels a little excited and nervous at the same time ahead of the England serieslast_img read more

Lokesh Rahul, Faiz Fazal fifties script India’s 3-0 whitewash over Zimbabwe

first_imgIndia took four wickets in four balls and swept the one-day international series 3-0 against Zimbabwe with a crushing 10-wicket win on Wednesday. (Scorecard) Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer won his first toss of the series and chose to bat in the third ODI. At 104-3 it looked the right decision before the hosts collapsed to 104-7 in the 34th over. (Match Highlights) Zimbabwe was all out for 123 in 42.2 overs and India easily reached 126-0 in only 21.5 overs.India’s only change from its eight-wicket win on Monday in the second ODI saw newcomer Faiz Fazal replace Karun Nair, while Zimbabwe made five changes.Fazal hit an undefeated 55, and fellow opener Lokesh Rahul was 63 not out, as India won with nearly 30 overs to spare.Vusi Sibanda was top scorer for Zimbabwe with 38. Jasprit Bumrah took 4-22 in 10 overs for India.India won Saturday’s first ODI by nine wickets. (Match in Pictures)last_img read more

China to send 845-member strong team for Asian Games in Indonesia

first_imgBy K J M Varma Beijing, Aug 6 (PTI) Asian powerhouse China today announced its 845-member strong delegation of athletes, including 19 Olympic champions, who will take part in the 2018 Asian Games to be held in Indonesia next weekend. The Chinese delegation, which also includes 38 foreign coaches from 15 countries in 22 events, has signed up to compete in 376 disciplines of 38 sports out of the 40 on offer at the 18th Asiad, which opens on August 18 in Jakarta and runs through September 2 in the Indonesian capital. In the last Asian Games, which were held in the South Korean city of Incheon in 2014, China had sent its largest ever contingent of the 897-athlete for any Games overseas. At the 2014 Asian Games, China was the top medal winner with 151 gold, 109 silver and 85 bronze. Among all the Chinese athletes in the delegation, a majority, 631, will make their international debut in Jakarta, echoing the sports-governing body’s call to embrace the continental meet as a high-exposure test for the country’s young talents ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the state-run China Daily reported today. Star athletes, such as three-time Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang, men’s 100m sprint national record holder Su Bingtian and Olympic gold medalist volleyball player Zhu Ting, will lead the Chinese delegation to fight for Asian dominance in mainstream events, including swimming, track and field and collective ball games against rivals Japan, South Korea, Iran and Qatar, the report said. The only two sports China will not compete in at the games in Jakarta are Kabaddi and weightlifting. Last year also it had not participated in kabbadi.advertisement China is facing a one-year suspension imposed October last by the International Weightlifting Federation for doping violations at the 2008 Summer Olympics. PTI KJV SMJSMJlast_img read more

Surprise silver won but assured gold lost on heartbreak day for India at Asiad

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma and Amanpreet Singh Palembang/Jakarta, Aug 23 (PTI) Indian shooting’s teenage brigade threw up another surprise in Shardul Vihan’s silver but a taken-for-granted kabaddi gold was lost in a shocker as the country endured its most disappointing day at the 18th Asian Games here. With no gold added to the tally today, India slipped to 10th with four gold, four silver and 10 bronze for a total of 18 medals. The 15-year-old Vihan, with his double trap silver, became the youngest Indian shooter to win a medal at the Games where a 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary (10m air pistol) had become the youngest Indian shooter with a gold. The Meerut-based Vihan shot 73 in the final after topping the qualification earlier in the day. The gold went to 34-year-old South Korean Hyunwoo Shin and bronze to 42-year-old from Qatar, Hamad Ali Al Marri. “Sir (coach Mansher Singh) ne bola, kal sab tere se badi umar ke honge. Chad ke khelna (all competitors will be a lot older to you, just shoot fearless and they will be wary of you). I just did that,” said the child prodigy. A piece of joyous history was scripted by him at the shooting ranges of Palembang but some 600km away in Jakarta, the kabaddi team produced a stunningly abysmal performance to sign off with a bronze. Ajay Thakur and his men were left wide-eyed in shock as two-time runners-up Iran finally got the better of India with a gladiatorial performance at Theatre Garuda. The 18-27 defeat will not be easily forgotten for it ended India’s unchallenged kabaddi domination in the Asiad since the sport was first introduced in 1990.advertisement The fact that it’s a sport indigenous to the country only adds to the humiliation and perhaps some soul-searching would be in order given that crores had been pumped into creating the Pro-Kabaddi League, complete with some Bollywood stars as team owners. “We lost the match due to the captain’s over confidence, injury played a part, and super tackle,” dejected India coach Ram Mehar Singh said after the shocking defeat. Among the positives to count today was Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan’s gritty win to enter the men’s doubles final, putting India in strong contention for a gold tomorrow. Bopanna and Sharan were fighting it out against the Japanese pairing of Shimbakuro S and Uesugi Kaito and having lost the first set 4-6, the Indians switched sides before emerging 6-3 10-8 in the next two sets. In singles, however, Ankita Raina bowed out with a bronze medal after losing in the semifinals. Ankita played her heart out against top seed Shuai Zhang before settling for bronze. Another tennis medal was assured when world number 161 Prajnesh Gunneswaran outlasted 273rd ranked Kwon Soonwoo of South Korea 6-7 (2 ), 6-4, 7-6 (8) in a marathon quarterfinal lasting almost four hours. India were also assured of at least a bronze medal in the squash competition as the country’s top ranked player Saurav Ghosal set up a quarterfinal clash with compatriot Harinder Pal Sandhu in the men’s singles event. Both Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik made it to the women’s singles quarterfinals with facile wins. In badminton, PV Sindhu had to dig deep to down a fighting Vu Thi Trang of Vietnam but Saina Nehwal eased into the next round. World Championship silver medallist Sindhu faced stiff resistance from world number 52 Trang before prevailing 21-10 12-21 23-21 in a tough opening round which lasted 58 minutes. In contrast, Saina just walked into the second round with a crushing 21-7 21-9 win over Iran’s Soraya Aghhajiagha in just 26 minutes. But, archery continued to throw up disappointments, the fancied Deepika Kumari being a major one. The former world number one flopped yet again at the big stage on a depressing day for India’s recurve archers, whose challenge ended at the Games. Only Atanu Das managed to reach the quarterfinals while the other three fell by the wayside at the preliminary stages. Das lost his quarterfinal 3-7 to Indonesia’s Riau Ega Agata Salsa Billa. There was heartbreak in weightifting too. Ajay Singh finished a creditable fifth with a personal best effort but senior compatriot and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Sathish Sivalingam got injured during the men’s 77kg category competition. Sathish, who holds the national record of 339kg, suffered a thigh injury during a failed attempt of 178 kg in clean and jerk to eventually lift a total of 314kg (144kg + 170kg). In swimming, national records were shattered but no medals came off the effort. Srihari Natraj twice bettered his in the 200m backstroke but could finish only sixth in the final while Virdhawal Khade ended last in the 50m butterfly.advertisement A positive start was, however, made on the golf course where Aadil Bedi shot a bogey-free 69 that placed him and the Indian team tied second at the end of the first round. Bedi was one shot behind the reigning Australian Amateur champion, Keita Nakajima of Japan, one of the favourites. But the Indian rowing contingent had a disastrous day, missing out on as many as four medals including in fancied events like men’s single sculls and double sculls in Palembang. Gold contender Dattu Bhokanal was a major disappointment as he finished sixth and last in the single sculls final, clocking 8:28.56. He was consistently within the seven-minute mark in the run-up to the Games and his performance even in the Heats was nowhere close to his below par effort today. PTI BS/AT PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

PV Sindhu begins World Tour Finals with win over defending champion Yamaguchi

first_imgOlympic silver medallist and world number six PV Sindhu began her BWF World Tour Finals 2018 campaign in Guangzhou with a hard-fought, straight-game win over defending champion Akane Yamaguchi on Wednesday.The runner-up from the last edition needed 52 minutes to win (24-22, 21-15) the women’s singles Group A match of the season-ending tournament wherein eight top-ranked players battle for glory.Sindhu’s dominance against Yamaguchi continued as she notched up her 10th win in their 14th meeting. Mixing patience and aggression, Sindhu dished out a superb performance even after being stretched in the first game.The Indian shuttler, making her third straight appearance at the Tour Finals, produced a controlled game in the slow conditions, never letting go despite lagging behind many times in the match.The first game clocked 27 minutes as both the shuttlers fought tooth and nail for supremacy. Sindhu was trailing 6-11 at the first internal but she fought back to catch up with the Japanese at 19-19 with a smash on her rival’s backhand.Save and reaction for the point! #badminton #HSBCBWFbadminton (@bwfmedia) December 12, 2018A battle of mind and body ensued as leads changed hands but it was Sindhu who showed better mental fortitude to claim the opening game after a stretched Yamaguchi sent her forehand return at the net.In the second game, Yamaguchi tried to put pressure on the Indian’s backhand but Sindhu was up to the challenge as she made some superb retrieves to lead 3-1 initially.Persistent pressure worked as Yamaguchi levelled par and went to a 4-3 lead when Sindhu made a judgment-error and soon moved to 6-3.advertisementSindhu however soon grabbed the lead at 8-7 after her rival went wide and then hit the net. A fantastic rally ended with Sindhu on her knees at the forecourt. She then went long but the Japanese too erred as it was 9-9. At the break, Yamaguchi held a slender 11-10 lead after Sindhu could not properly connect at the forecourt.Sindhu took a 14-11 lead after the break, following two mistakes from the Japanese and a superb disguised flick at the back court. Sindhu dominated the proceedings after the break, grabbing a six-point cushion at 18-11. Yamaguchi took two points before another long shot gave Sindhu another point.The Indian grabbed six match points when Yamaguchi hit the net again. The Japanese saved one before faltering at the net to hand over the match to Sindhu.The top two players from each group will qualify for the semifinals, after which a knockout draw will be conducted.On the other hand, Syed Modi International winner Sameer Verma had a disastrous start to his World Tour Finals as he was thrashed by Kento Momota.In just 35 minutes, Sameer was completely torn apart 18-21, 6-21 by Momota in the first round.Sameer last met Momota in the Swiss Open in February this year, where he had defeated the Japanese world No.1 but since then, Momota has just taken off on the World Tour.Despite having lost the first match of the World Tour Finals, Sameer has a chance to redeem his campaign against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia and Thailand’s Kantophon Wangcharoen in the next matches.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Cried, slumped on the sofa after hearing I had nose cancer: Lee Chong WeiAlso Read | PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin to clash in PBL season 4 openerlast_img read more

Airport staff tells you her most bizarre experience with flyer. Hilarious or scary? You decide

first_imgIt is always fun to know about the bizarre experiences that other people have gone through. Airport stories make for some of the most hilarious and bizarre incidents.Though we might have one or two of our own, someone who works at the airport might be experiencing such incidents on a regular basis.And we stumbled upon a Quora thread, “What is your most bizarre airport experience?” and it is gold for bizarre incidents at the airport.Quora user, Jehan Ramadan who has been in the Airline Industry for over 7 years shares some of the weirdest experiences that she has had in her career.She starts with an experience that will leave you shocked and in thought. This incident happened at the Los Angeles International Airport. She says, “I was working the front desk at our airline lounge one afternoon when a guest walked in and asked to purchase a day pass. She was a thin, 40-something brunette, about average height, sporting thick-rimmed glasses and a pixie cut. At first glance, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.”She continues, “As I went through the process of selling her the pass, she started telling me about her day which turned into vague stories about her life. I kept having to pause and look up at her because I couldn’t follow what she was saying. She spoke rapidly and rambled about unrelated topics, jumping from one to the next. I attributed her behavior to airport stress and politely nodded and smiled (as one does when they work in customer service and are privy to many a life story). I handed her the receipt and welcomed her to the lounge, pointing in the direction of the main seating area.”advertisement”After she settled in, she approached the desk once more to ask about the amenities and we spoke again. I don’t remember what was said because my co-worker had distracted me during the conversation. He gave me an eyes wide open, brows raised look followed by a “why are you still talking to this woman” nudge because he noticed she was acting a bit erratically. I responded to him with an eyes wide open, brows raised look of my own followed by a “she’s nice and probably just anxious about traveling so don’t be mean” smile. “Whatever, I’m going on break.” He laughed. “Good luck.” She noticed none of this, as she was pacing from the desk to the door and back to the desk while looking at the ceiling and chattering about on the way back to her seat.”Now for the twist in the story, “Shortly after, a police officer entered. He showed me his badge and stated he was looking for a woman by my new friend’s first and last name. I informed him that she was there and led him to her seat in the center of the lounge where thirty or so other passengers started looking on curiously.The police officer spoke with her, asking basic questions such as her name and travel plans. He stepped outside the lounge for a moment and shortly returned with three more police officers. They advised me to cancel and refund her ticket, as she would “no longer be flying”. Minutes later, a handful of paramedics and firemen appeared with a stretcher.”Jehan shares her conversation with the Police officer, “What is going on? I asked. She escaped from a mental institution this morning. The officer beside me said in a low voice. Her husband reported her missing and we traced her here through his credit card charges,” Jehan wrote.She explains, “My eyes widened. ‘Yeah.’ He nodded in agreement.After consulting with my manager, I led them to a private room within the lounge so they could escort her without a peering audience. As they walked her there, she began knowingly screaming, “Please don’t take me back, please!” It took two men to cuff her to the stretcher while the others tried to calm her down but she resisted, sitting up and continuing to cry out, “Please it’s not true! My husband put me there, whatever he told you it’s not true! Don’t make me go back!” She began to swear in her proceeding cries for help.”Jehan says, “The medics injected her with a needle and her shouts diminished to whimpers. I stood frozen as she looked at me, eyes pleading, and begged “Don’t let them take me” before surrendering onto her back. My mind raced as rapidly as she had spoken when she first entered the lounge. What if she really didn’t belong there? What if it is a conspiracy? She didn’t seem like she needed to be in a mental institution, after all, she’d made it this far on her own But what if everything they are saying is true? Maybe her husband really is just trying to help her… Can I do anything either way? I knew that the answer was no and gazed down helplessly. They led her out through the room’s private exit as I proceeded to apologize to the other guests in the lounge, purposely avoiding direct eye contact and mumbling something about how I couldn’t give them any other information but that they had nothing to worry about. I went back to my desk. As I canceled her ticket, my co-worker returned. “Did I miss anything?”advertisementI kid you not.”We have for sure never heard anything like this before.This is not it, another story that Jehan shared with us is hilarious. She says “Second story is short and “sharp”! I worked out of Logan Airport in Boston for a year before transferring to LAX. Our ticket counter there was directly adjacent to TSA, so we saw everything. One time an elderly passenger was going through with his cane when TSA discovered a sword inside of it. Yes, a sword. He claimed he had no prior knowledge.”She delights us with one more, “Last but definitely not least, we had a woman fly from Seattle to Los Angeles with her “emotional support” turkey. It is banned now but at the time there was no written policy that specifically forbade it.”She also left us with a picture so that we believe her. Have a look. Woman carries a ‘support Turkey’ in a flightAnother story that she shared was, “My friend was opening the baggage office at 5 am when she heard a loud thud. Random noises are not uncommon at LAX, but the Arrivals area at 5 am is generally quiet. She walked over to the baggage carousel to investigate the sound and saw a man lying on the floor covered in dust and pieces of plaster. She looked up and saw a giant hole in the ceiling. This man literally fell through the ceiling. Police officers were called and upon further investigation, they found blankets, toothpaste, shaving cream, and other amenities up there. Some of you may remember this story from the news, but they found out he had been living in the ceiling above the baggage carousel for months, rent-free!” Have you had experiences this bizarre?ALSO SEE | Manchester woman wears seven dresses and two shorts to avoid Rs 6k excess baggage fineALSO SEE | Flight attendant shares travel tips to solve all your problems on boardALSO WATCH | What happens when a single girl goes to Uzbekistanlast_img read more

Urban Meyer On Conference Strength: “I Don’t Know Anyone Else’s Schedule”

first_imgARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against the USC Trojans in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Among the most prominent college football talking points heading into week two was that of Ohio State’s weak remaining schedule. Michigan State is the only ranked team on the Buckeyes’ schedule, which many SEC coaches, including Bret Bielema and Dan Mullen, complained about. The weekend did not go well for those two; Mullen lost by two against LSU despite the Tigers failing to generate any kind of passing offense, while Bielema’s Razorbacks were embarrassed by Toledo.When asked about the complaints during his Monday press conference, Meyer said that he doesn’t pay attention to any other team’s schedule.Asked about strength of conferences, Urban Meyer: “I don’t know anyone else’s schedule. … I don’t know how (people) know that.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) September 14, 2015Urban Meyer says he has no idea how the Big Ten is perceived right now. “I don’t know anyone’s schedule…I don’t care.”— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 14, 2015While conference pride plays a factor in college football, for the top teams in the country, that’s probably the correct approach.last_img read more

Moto G7, Motorola One launched in India: Specs, price and India launch details

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 25, 2019UPDATED: March 26, 2019 09:21 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Motorola One has been launched at Rs 13,999 while the Moto G7 costs Rs 16,999.The Moto G7 gets a waterdrop notch and a Snapdragon 632 chip.Both the Moto G7 and Motorola One Power will be available starting March 25.Motorola has announced the Moto G7 in India after launching the Moto G7 Power last month. The Moto G7 ranks higher than the G7 Power in terms of pricing, but both the phones largely share similar hardware. In addition to the Moto G7, the company has also launched the Motorola One Android One smartphone in India. The Motorola One is the young brother to the Motorola One Power that was launched in the country last year.The Moto G7 has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs 16,999. There is only one variant of the Moto G7 that comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Meanwhile, the Motorola One has been priced at Rs 13,999 and is also offered in a single 4GB/64GB variant. Both the phones will be available starting today, March 25 on Flipkart and across leading mobile stores including Moto Hub stores in Clear White and Ceramic Black colours. Launch offers include cashback of up to Rs 2,200 from Reliance Jio, which is applicable on Rs 198 and Rs 299 plans.Moto G7 specificationsThe Moto G7 is the company’s first phone in India with a waterdrop notch. It sports a 5.2-inch Max Vision FHD+ display with a u-shaped droplet notch and thin bezels all around. The Moto G7 is powered by a Snapdragon 632 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Moto G7 runs on Android 9 Pie with Moto Experiences like Quick Capture, Fast Flashlight and Attentive Display.There is a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 12MP + 5MP configuration. The camera app comes with native Google Lens support as well as Portrait mode, Spot Color, Cinemagraph and Auto Smile Capture. The handset is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with support for 15W TurboPower fast charging. It also offers a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and yes, a 3.5mm headphone jack.advertisementMotorola One specificationsThe Motorola One is the second phone under the Motorola One series of Android One phones to launch in India. The phone was globally launched last year alongside the Motorola One Power. It is an Android One device, which means it comes with a pure, clean Android Pie software with a promise of monthly security updates and two major Android updates in the future.The design of the Motorola One resembles the Motorola One Power in that it sports a wide notch on the display. The Motorola One sports a 5.9-inch HD+ Max Vision display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset as opposed to the Snapdragon 636 chip powering the Motorola One Power.The Motorola One gets a 13-megapixel dual camera setup on the back and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000 battery and also supports 15W Turbo Power fast charging.ALSO READ | Motorola One Power review: Android One plus a massive battery equals a winnerALSO READ | Moto G7 Power officially launched for Rs 13,990, India gets more RAM and storageGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow MotorolaFollow Moto G7Follow Motorola One Moto G7, Motorola One launched in India: Specs, price and India launch detailsThe Moto G7 and Motorola One are now official in India with affordable mid-range prices. The phones will be available starting today on Flipkart and leading mobile stores.advertisementlast_img read more

New Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council Appointed

first_img Sister Dorothy Moore, Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, chair Joseph Kennedy, Halifax, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Robert Fowler, clerk of the executive council Colin Dodds, Halifax, president of Saint Mary’s University Dr. Ronald Stewart, Halifax (Sydney Mines) member of the Order of Nova Scotia Irene Swindells, Halifax Helen MacDonald, Little Bras d’Or, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Joseph Hickman, Port Williams, Kings Co. The new advisory council’s term begins on Nov. 21 and ends Nov. 21, 2010. New members of the council will attend the 2007 Order of Nova Scotia ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Province House. Premier Rodney MacDonald announced the new advisory council for the Order of Nova Scotia, today, Oct. 2. The Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council is an independent group tasked with recommending recipients that will receive the Order of Nova Scotia from nominations received each year. Members of the eight-member council are appointed for a three-year term. Robert Fowler, clerk of the executive council, and Joseph Kennedy, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, are members by virtue of office and Helen MacDonald has been reappointed. “Members of the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council have a tough job,” said Premier MacDonald. “The high calibre of nominations received each year makes choosing the recipients a challenging task. I am confident that the members will rise to the challenge and their combination of experience and expertise will bring valuable insight to the decision-making process.” Council members are:last_img read more

Punjab govt to establish cycle valley in Ludhiana Minister

first_imgChandigarh: The Punjab government will establish a high-tech cycle valley spread over 383 acres in Dhanansu village of Ludhiana district as part of its efforts to bolster the industrial sector and create jobs, the state’s Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora said on Sunday.The modalities with regard to purchasing the required land have been completed and the layout plan has also been accorded approval. The project would entail a cost of Rs 300 crore, he said in an official statement here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Arora said the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh-led Congress government is working diligently towards setting up such industrial units in the state which would serve the twin purpose of being environmentally friendly and providing employment avenues to the youth. He said the requisite clearances for establishing the cycle valley have already been obtained, including those from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The minister said a 100-acre plot has been allotted and possession given to Hero Cycles Limited, Ludhiana in December 2018 for setting up of its main unit. Arora said Hero Cycles has set a target of commencing production by April 2022. The cycle valley would be connected with the Chandigarh-Ludhiana National Highway by constructing a 100-feet wide four-lane and 8.5 km long external road, the minister added.last_img read more

Montreals famous StViateur bagel shop still rolling 60 years later

first_imgMONTREAL – Ask any Montrealer and they’ll tell you: the bagels taste different here.Chewy, sesame-rolled and slightly sweet, Montreal bagels have become internationally famous — and as Joe Morena would say, it may be better not to mess with a recipe for success.Morena’s store, St-Viateur bagel, celebrated 60 years of bagel-making with a block party in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood on Sunday, complete with music, games and, of course, bagels.As on any other day, dozens of people at a time lined up outside the bakery to buy hot bagels, fresh out of the oven and served in brown paper bags.While Montrealers will dispute which shop makes the best bagels in town (some are fiercely loyal to Fairmount bagel a few streets over), most agree it’s the distinctive baking process that gives the city’s bagels their taste.“Since day one we’ve always made the bagels the same way — hand-rolled, boiled in honey water, dipped in sesame and baked in a wood-burning oven,” Morena said.Since he started working at St-Viateur in 1962, Morena says he’s rolled bagels for Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion and William Shatner, among others.He became an owner in 1974, and his three sons have since joined him in the business, which has grown to eight locations in the Montreal area including several cafes.They also have an online site that ships bagels across North America.The formula is also spreading in other ways, as a number of Montreal-style bagel shops have been cropping up in other cities — many run by former employees.Irfan Khan, who co-owns a shop in Toronto, said he learned his craft working at a number of Montreal bagel shops including St-Viateur.His Bagel Time shop on Danforth Ave. features a custom-made wood-burning oven, and his bagels are made following the Montreal formula — down to the exact amount of honey in the water, he said.He said many ex-Montrealers have been showing up since he opened three weeks ago, excited for a taste of home.“If you miss anything in the recipe, you can’t get the same taste,” he said in a phone interview.One city that still does thing differently is New York City, whose citizens still prefer a larger, softer style.But when asked to comment on the long-standing rivalry, Moreno stays diplomatic.“They’re used to eating those big fluffy bagels that I don’t consider a bagel,” he said. “But they like their bagels, so who am I (to judge)?last_img read more

Canada US lead call for enforcement of sanctions against North Korea

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canada and the U.S. led calls Tuesday for the global community to step up its enforcement of sanctions against North Korea, even as they urged Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and embrace a more peaceful future.The demands followed a day of closed-door talks in which foreign ministers and senior diplomats from 20 countries strategized ways to end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and force it back to the negotiating table.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the meeting’s co-hosts, were united during a closing news conference in emphasizing that a nuclear-armed North Korea would never be accepted.Diplomacy is the preferred option, they said, as Freeland promised that “a North Korea that commits to the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear program will have a secure place in the international community.”But both also emphasized the need for continued pressure on Pyongyang through the rigorous enforcement of UN sanctions, especially by North Korea’s two most important allies and neighbours: China and Russia.“We agree that the need for UN member states, especially China and Russia, to fully implement agreed-upon sanctions is essential to their success,” Tillerson said.The U.S. last year sanctioned several Chinese companies and individuals for their alleged involvement in helping North Korea skirt sanctions, while both Russia and China have been accused of exporting oil to Pyongyang.The two countries, neither of which were invited to the Vancouver meeting, have previously denied the charges and criticized Tuesday’s gathering as potentially harmful to peace prospects on the Korean peninsula.To help close the gaps in enforcement, Freeland said the Canadian government had earmarked $3.2 million to help other countries with training and other technical assistance, and that it would raise the issue during the G7 summit.One of the questions heading into the meeting was whether participants would endorse a U.S. call for naval interdiction of North Korean shipping, following concerns about smuggling.While participating nations agreed to take a tougher line, Tillerson said, the results were not expected to result in military action but instead see illicit North Korean goods identified and seized when ships stop in ports of call.Canada and the U.S. called Tuesday’s meeting in response to Pyongyang’s recent nuclear and ballistic-missile tests, which have rattled the international community and thrust North Korea to the top of the list in terms of global crises.Asked how serious the threat of war with North Korea actually is, Tillerson replied: “We all need to be very sober and clear-eyed about the current situation.”The majority of the 20 countries were invited to the meeting because of their support for South Korea during the Korean War more than 50 years ago.Participants were largely united in their belief that efforts to isolate North Korea and stop its sources of income were starting to bite, which they argued is what prompted Pyongyang to reach out to Seoul earlier this month.But despite that thawing of relations and resumption of talks between North and South Korea, there was unanimity in the need for real progress on denuclearization before any easing of pressure.“Our message is clear,” Freeland said at the start of the meeting, speaking directly to the North Korean regime.“The pursuit of nuclearization will bring you neither security nor prosperity. Investing in nuclear weapons will lead only to more sanctions and to perpetual instability on the peninsula.”Freeland and others emphasized that they were not seeking regime change, and suggested that by abandoning its nuclear aspirations, Pyongyang would help bring a safer, more prosperous future to its people.Whether that message resonates with Kim Jong Un’s regime will have to be seen, but analysts have long asserted that it sees nuclear weapons as the ultimate guarantor of its survival in any conflict with the U.S.Freeland, meanwhile, dismissed suggestions that U.S. President Donald Trump has made the current standoff with North Korea worse through his public comments.“The source of the threat to the international community, the source of the illegal actions, the source of the nuclearization is North Korea,” she said during the closing news conference.“It is North Korea’s actions which are making us all less safe, and to which we all need to respond as allies and as an international community.”— By Lee Berthiaume in Ottawa, with files from Laura Kane and Geordon Ormand in Vancouverlast_img read more

BET Honors Ticket Sales Benefit Charity

first_imgBET Networks has announced that Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson, Karen Clarke Sheard and Wayne Brady are set to bring down the house at the Warner Theatre with a series of powerful and magnetic performances for BET Honors 2014.Honoring distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels, this year’s show will celebrate the achievements of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Motown Records founder and creator of the smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman, Ken Chenault, visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems and entertainment trailblazer, Ice Cube.Hosted by actor and comedian, Wayne Brady, “BET Honors” will premiere during Black History Month on Monday, February 24 in the USA and around the world on BET’s international network on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm GMT (check local listings).Esteemed gentlemen, Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Morton, Ludacris and Mack Wilds are also scheduled to present at this year’s show. “BET Honors” has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean “Diddy” Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.Proceeds from “BET Honors” limited ticket sales will benefit the Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), an organization that helps restore hope as well as provides housing options and support for veterans and their families in need. WVI was created to address the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation’s 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life.Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Entertainment.For more information on “BET Honors,” visit Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Deadly Indonesian earthquakes leave 75 dead and thousands trapped UN reports

30 September 2009Humanitarian AidDevastating back-to-back earthquakes have rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra today, killing at least 75 people and leaving thousands trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported. A powerful 7.9-magnitude tremor, originating from the same fault-line that produced the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, struck near the city of Padang at 5:16 pm local time, and was followed by a quake measuring 6.2 about 22 minutes later.Initial reports indicate significant damage to infrastructure and there have also been media reports of several fires in the affected areas along with temporary airport closures in Padang, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). A team of UN agencies will be dispatched to the affected areas in West Sumatra tomorrow to assess emergency relief needs of the population, as well as the damage to the area. OCHA also said that it has offered its services to the Government of Indonesia.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his condolences to the victims of the quake and their families, and said he was closely following reports of the impact of the disaster.At the beginning of the month a 7.3-magnitude quake hit the Tasikmalaya district of West Java, Indonesia, killing at least 64 people and uprooting another 25,000. read more

New chairman of UN disarmament commission predicts challenges amid stalemate

Addressing a brief organizational session of the Commission, which will meet from 9 to 27 April, Elbio Rosselli of Uruguay noted that the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament has been unable to adopt a programme to make it possible to renew substantive negotiations, and the recent Review Conference on the small arms action plan had also failed to achieve solid results.Ten years ago, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) opened for signature, but it had yet to enter into force, he noted, because not enough designated countries have ratified it. In addition, no significant progress had been made on practical steps towards nuclear disarmament agreed at the 2000 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.But he said he looked forward to chairing the Commission and pledged to work closely with the heads of its two working groups. The first, dealing with nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, is chaired by Jean-Francis Regis Zinsou of Benin. The second, on confidence-building in the conventional weapons sphere, is chaired by Carlos Duarte of Brazil. read more

US claims for unemployment benefits rise by 13000

FILE – This Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, shows the Illinois Department of Employment Security office in Springfield, Ill. On Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week before. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) US claims for unemployment benefits rise by 13,000 by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 20, 2016 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Oct 20, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in five weeks but still remained close to the recent 43-year lows.THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless benefits rose by 13,000 last week to 260,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That was the highest level since an identical 260,000 claim applications were filed the week of Sept. 10.Since that time, claims had fallen to the lowest levels since November 1973. Even with last week’s gain, claims, which are a proxy for layoffs, remain at levels indicating that workers are enjoying job security despite sluggish economic growth.The increase in benefit applications was bigger than economists had been forecasting but some suggested that disruptions in filing applications earlier caused by Hurricane Matthew might have been a factor.Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, said that there were claims increases in North Carolina that could have been hurricane related and he said that big gains in California and Kentucky might be “a garden variety makeup” for lower-than-expected readings in the previous two weeks.The four-week average for claims, a less volatile measure, rose by 2,250 to 251,750 last week.Overall, 2.06 million Americans are collecting unemployment checks, down 6 per cent from a year ago.THE TAKEAWAY: The labour market has continued to show steady improvement this year although at a slower pace than in 2015. Employers added 156,000 jobs in September, fewer than the 167,000 jobs added in August and below last year’s average monthly gain of 230,000.The unemployment rate inched up to 5 per cent in September, compared to 4.9 per cent in August, as more than 400,000 people entered the labour market to look for jobs but not all of them were immediately successful.Still, the unemployment rate is just half the 10 per cent high hit in October 2009 as the country was struggling to pull out of the Great Recession.KEY DRIVERS: Applications for jobless benefits staying close to a four-decade low provides strong evidence that the job market remains resilient despite the fact that economic growth has been anemic so far this year. The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a rate of just 1.4 per cent in the second quarter after an even weaker 0.8 per cent increase in the first three months of the year.Economists believe that growth has accelerated in the just-completed third quarter to around 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent. The government will report that number next week. read more

Brock prof to speak on missing and murdered Indigenous women at book

Robyn Bourgeois, Assistant Professor in Brock’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, will give a public talk and reading at the launch of Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters in Toronto this week.The book, released this month by the University of Alberta Press, features academic and non-academic writing about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Bourgeois, a leading scholarly expert and survivor of violence herself, contributed a chapter entitled, “Generations of Genocide: The Historical Context of MMIWG.”Bourgeois, along with other contributors, will present a panel discussion and engage in a Q&A session with the audience before signing copies of the book.Tickets for the event are available for purchase.What: Book launch for Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters, featuring Robyn Bourgeois and other contributorsWhen: Thursday, May 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.Where: CSI Annex Lounge at 720 Bathurst St., Toronto read more

New mining focussed sales office for ContiTech in Peru

first_imgAs a leading manufacturer of conveyor belts for the mining industry, ContiTech Conveyor Belt Group says it offers “flexible, qualified, and customer-oriented service worldwide.” On August 1, 2014, this business unit of ContiTech opened a sales office in Lima, Peru, where the goal is to build up a local service team that supervises projects on location.“Peru’s mining sector is the fastest growing mining sector in South America. Many investments are being planned for the coming years. Furthermore, Peru has a large number of mineral resources that have not yet been tapped into,” said Silvia Braatz, Director of Peru Operations, adding: “Our target groups are therefore primarily mining companies and the mining industry.” The team will focus on the high-quality textile and steel cord conveyor belts made by ContiTech.The sales office will mainly be operated by the ContiTech production location in Santiago, Chile. “With the company strategy ‘ContiTech Conveyor Belts – First Choice,’ we manufacture according to German quality standards and our products profit worldwide from the know-how of our engineers. Furthermore, we are able to guarantee short transport routes this way,” explained Braatz. In addition to the sale of textile and steel cord conveyor belts, like ContiTech STAHLCORD for example, the development of a service team is also being planned. Amongst other things, the employees will handle assembly work as well as repairs directly at the mine operators in Peru.last_img read more

British divorcee confesses to killing children by slitting their throats

first_imgShe said: ‘He has killed them’. I tried to comfort her saying we didn’t know as yet although I knew at the bottom of my heart that they were dead.Ahmed Benguedda, another neighbour, told AFP the couple had divorced “two or three years ago” and that the man had drinking problems and was a wife-beater.After the divorce the wife, who worked as an assistant accountant, moved out of the apartment they had jointly bought and was living in the Isere region of eastern France.But the children were “well-balanced”, said Benguedda, whose seven-year-old daughter often played with them.“All the people in this building are in a state of shock,” Benguedda said.- © AFP, 2013 A 48-YEAR-OLD DIVORCED Briton locked in a bitter custody battle has confessed to killing his two young children by slitting their throats.The bodies of the boy, 10, and girl, 5, were discovered yesterday afternoon in the man’s apartment in Saint-Priest, a southeastern suburb of the eastern city of Lyon.The unemployed man confessed to the gruesome crime “but did not go into details of the motive”, prosecutors said.The tragedy was “linked to a bitter separation” and “the state of his visitation rights which he considered insufficient”, another judicial source told AFP.“In 2010, there was an incident of violence with his spouse which led to restrictions on his visitation rights,” the source said.He was arrested on yesterday evening in Lyon and placed in custody. A judicial official said a knife, which is thought to have been the murder weapon, had been found.The man had visitation rights but only in the presence of another person, the official said, adding that this was the first time he had brought the children home to his apartment on the second floor of a four-storey building.“We understand that a British national has been arrested in France,” a UK Foreign Office spokesman told AFP. “We are in contact with the French authorities and we await the outcome of their investigation.”Several witnesses said the man fled on roller skates after his former wife encountered him on the stairwell of the building and saw him with bloodstained clothes. She immediately alerted the police.A neighbour said the mother was soon joined by relatives, including her brother-in-law and the children’s grandparents, and was lucid although in shock.A psychiatrist from the emergency services was immediately dispatched to give her counselling.“They were devastated but relatively composed,” the neighbour said, speaking on condition of anonymity.last_img read more