Twist of fate for Saina Nehwal

first_imgHail Saina Nehwal, the brand new Olympic bronze medallist at the London Olympics. Agreed, the Indian badminton queen did not play her best, but luck smiled on her as opponent Wang Xin from China hobbled off the court because of a knee injury.Sport is about victory and celebrations or losses and tears. On Saturday, it was Saina’s chance to flash that million-watt smile as she wore the bronze medal around her neck after the unfinished play-off.”I told my dad I was sorry I couldn’t win gold but at least I have a bronze medal. I just can believe it,” said Saina at the press conference.Having backpedalled right through the brief contest, when Xin used amazing variety to trouble Saina, the Indian was clueless as to what to do.As the first game was drawing to a close, there was sudden drama. Xin fell on the ground and was in pain at the score of 20-18. She took a medical timeout and resumed play. But in a matter of minutes, after winning one point in the second game, the lefthanded Chinese shuttler walked away in tears.It was mixed emotions for Saina as she knew this was not a match she had won but on a stage as big as the Olympics, what counts is a medal for yourself and the nation.”I can imagine what kind of celebration this is going to spark off in India,” said Saina, who had lost to Indonesian Mariana Yulianti in the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics.advertisementSo how is she going to celebrate? “I am now going to watch movies and I am going to eat chocolates. I don’t care even if I am going to put on weight!” Saina said.Saina was under a lot of pressure against the tricky Chinese player. Xin used court craft and huge variety in her game to trouble Saina by smashing and placing the shuttle in different corners of the court.Saina had initially taken a 4-2 lead from where Xin caught up with dexterity. The way the lithe Chinese used her wrist with deception had Saina in trouble. More so, when Saina was misjudging the flight of the shuttle on the baseline.But in a matter of minutes, everything changed. Saina did stage a fightback from 7-14 and caught up before Xin’s knee wrecked it.”My initial reaction was that Wang was trying to slow it down or she was trying to get her breath back as she fell down. But once I saw her in the second set, I knew her injury was serious,” explained Saina.Saina told the media she got good sleep last night. “Yes, I did think a lot about the semi-final loss. But I also knew I had to come out fit for the bronze medal play-off,” said Saina.She admitted that she was trying too hard. “I was in a hurry to play attacking strokes from the beginning. And I was perhaps aware of the expectations back home,” said Saina.The atmosphere inside the hall on Saturday was fantastic. Wembley is better known for football but these days it is the indoor badminton hall which has been making huge noise.For the vocal Chinese supporters, this was a big let-down. They had the national flag in place and were loudly cheering star Xin.The Indian fan base, too, was not to be left behind. Waving the Tricolour and cheering Saina in English and Hindi, they were rewarded for their loyalty.last_img read more

Vivo Z10 with 24MP selfie camera, 18:9 display launched in India

first_imgVivo has launched a rebranded version of Vivo V7+ in India dubbed as Vivo Z10. The smartphone has specifications similar to the V7+ except that it comes with 32GB internal storage. The Vivo V7+ comes with 64GB storage.The smartphone is available at stores of only Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for now.Vivo Z10 comes with 24MP front camera with Moonlight glow, Portrait mode and Vivo Face Beauty algorithm feature. There is a 16MP rear camera with slow motion, ability to take 64MP Ultra HD photos and PDAF.The Vivo Z10 features a 6-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.15mm bezel, and 84.4 per cent screen-to-body-ratio. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 with 4GB RAM. The dual SIM phone also equips a fingerprint sensor at the back which can unlock the phone with fingerprints and also lets you capture selfies by simply placing your finger on the sensor. The smartphone also supports Face unlocking technology called Face Access. The Vivo Z10 runs on Android Nougat with 3,225 mAh battery.Vivo is set to launch its futuristic phone– Nex S– in India on July 19. The phone was announced alongside Nex A in China last June. The Nex S will have no bezels, no notch and a pop-up selfie camera. The phone will run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 with 8GB RAM with in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone will have 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio and its fingerprint sensor is expected to be faster than the one we saw in Vivo X21. The Nex S will sport a 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display, dual rear camera system comprising of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex S further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.advertisementVivo recently launched the Vivo X21 smartphone in India. The price starts at Rs 35,990. It is the second phone from Vivo to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, X20 Plus UD smartphone being the first one.last_img read more

Oppo K3 to go on sale today on Amazon at 12pm: Price, specs and launch offers

first_imgOppo K3 will go on sale for the first time in India today after being announced on Friday. The latest smartphone from Oppo bears a lot of resemblance with the Realme X, right from specifications to pricing. The Oppo K3 touts a notchless Super AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, VOOC 3.0 fast charging and Snapdragon 710 processor, among other things and an affordable mid-range price point.The Oppo K3 starts at Rs 16,990 for the base variant that comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and goes up to Rs 19,990 for the 8GB + 128GB storage variant. The Oppo K3 will go on sale on Amazon India today, July 23, at 12pm. Launch offers on the Oppo K3 include instant discount Rs 1,000 on Axis Bank Debit and Credit card and on Credit Card EMI, Jio benefits worth Rs 7,050, Lenskart gift voucher worth Rs 5,000, Rs 1,000 cashback on purchasing the smartphone via Amazon Pay, discount up to Rs 12,000 on Oyo and No Cost EMI on 3 and 6 months.Oppo K3 specificationsOppo K3 offers a premium-looking design inspired by the Reno-series. The 3D glasstic rear panel comes in Aurora Blue and Jade Black gradient colours. The Oppo K3 sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) notchless Super AMOLED display with a screen ratio of 91.1 per cent and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.Like the Realme X, the Oppo K3 is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 processor. While the Realme X comes in 4GB and 8GB RAM options, the Oppo K3 is offered in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. The smartphone offers up to 128GB of internal storage with no microSD card support. The Oppo K3 can hold two nano SIM cards, measures 161.2×76.0x9.4mm and weighs 191 grams.advertisementIn addition to face unlock, the Oppo K3 also gets an in-display fingerprint sensor. The dual camera setup on the back includes a 16-megapixel f/1.7 main camera and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The pop-up camera mechanism houses a 16-megapixel sensor. The Oppo K3 packs a 3,765mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It ships with Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6 and supports Dolby Atmos as well.We recently compared the Oppo K3 with the Realme X and found most of the specs to be similar. However, the Realme X offers a higher resolution 48MP dual camera setup and 128GB storage for the base variant. The Oppo K3, on the other hand, gets more RAM for the base model.ALSO READ | Oppo K3 vs Realme X: How are the two phones different from each other?last_img read more

TFA PROFILE PROJECT

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) as part of our Strategic Plan will be conducting internal research on our members.  This is to assist us to have a better understanding of who our customers are (players and non players), what is important to them, their perspective of what is good about the sport and how we can better meet their expectations. For more information please see the attached memorandum from National Participation Manager Marianne Maguire. Related Filestfa_profile_project_coming_up-doclast_img read more

9 months agoChelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monaco

first_imgChelsea striker Giroud: Cesc a great opportunity for Monacoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud has no doubts former Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas will be a success with AS Monaco.Cesc left Chelsea last week for ASM and made his debut in last night’s 1-1 draw at Olympique Marseille.Giroud told Telefoot: “Cesc is a great player, he has this quality of vision of the game, of intelligence of passes. “He’s one of the best players I’ve played with. “This is a great opportunity for Monaco.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressure

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressureWorld Cup 2019: Virat Kohli has played 3 50-over World Cup semi-finals. He has scored 11 runs in those 3 innings. advertisement Rajarshi Gupta July 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 17:32 IST World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni had contrasting outings in the semi-final vs New Zealand (Reuters/AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli was dismissed for 1 in the semi-final on WednesdayIn 3 50-over World Cup semi-finals, Virat Kohli has scored only 11 runsMS Dhoni’s valiant 50 ended in vain as India lost to New Zealand by 18 runsVirat Kohli had scored 442 runs before India took on New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. By his standards, Kohli had had a middling tournament but the captain had done his bit in a solid campaign.While Rohit Sharma went on a record-breaking spree and became the first man to score 5 hundreds in a single World Cup, Kohli hit 5 successive half-centuries. He said he was not concerned he could not convert them into hundreds because this World Cup, his role was different.Meanwhile, India’s middle-order woes were mostly papered over by Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and to an extent KL Rahul. However, questions were asked of MS Dhoni whose lack of strike rotation left some of the game’s legends puzzled. In a steep chase against England, MS Dhoni’s go-slow approached baffled Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain while Sachin Tendulkar was disappointed with MS Dhoni’s slow-paced knock against Afghanistan.It was accepted. India had relied on Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli for the better part of the last 4 years and in the 2019 World Cup, these 3 would have to play starring roles. Dhawan was ruled out when he suffered a fractured thumb during a magical hundred against Australia.Rohit Sharma readily took responsibilty and created history. On Wednesday, he needed 27 to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most runs in a World Cup but he was out for 1 in India’s chase of 240.Kohli chokes under pressureShortly after, Virat Kohli was out, also for 1. The captain had failed again in a high-pressure knockout game. India’s superstar had once again choked in an important ICC match. You might think it’s unfair to criticise a man who will soon break all of Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI record but here’s a fact: in 3 50-over World Cup semi-finals, Virat Kohli has scored only 11 runs.advertisementIn the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan, when he was still a novice, Kohli fell for 9 to left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz. 4 years later, when Virat Kohli had taken his first steps towards super-stardom, he was out for 1, again to another left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson.In 2019, Virat Kohli was a legend. 41 ODI hundreds, the owner of several records etc etc. He should have taken the onus. Virat Kohli is a captain who likes to walk the talk.In the 2017 Champions Trophy final, chasing 339, Virat Kohli flopped. He fell to Mohammad Amir for 5.That’s 4 low scores in 4 high-pressure World Cup matches. He was captain in 2 of those.So does Kohli choke under pressure? And what are his problems against left-arm pacers that teams around the world have been exploiting for years?Dhoni keeps India in the huntMeanwhile, MS Dhoni has been criticised for playing out too many dot balls. He has been slammed over his strike rate and experts have raised questions on his intent.But here are some facts again: In the 2011 World Cup, India were under pressure. They were overwhelming favourites against Sri Lanka and the hopes of a nation were on his shoulders. But Dhoni, then captain, walked in at No.5 ahead of the in-form Yuvraj Singh, and hit an unbeaten 91 off 79 balls to win India their 2nd World Cup.In the 2015 World Cup semi-final, MS Dhoni gave India’s total a semblance of respectability with a run-a-ball 65. In 2019, MS Dhoni made 50 and added 106 with Ravindra Jadeja. Again, had it not been for Dhoni and of course Jadeja, India would have suffered a much bigger defeat in the semi-final against New Zealand.In fact, after Ravindra Jadeja fell for a heroic 77, Dhoni kept India in the hunt. Had Dhoni not been run out in the 49th over, with 26 more needed, who know what could have been?Virat Kohli is a modern-day great. He is a match-winner but India should expect a lot more from him in the games that really matter. This was another lost opportunity and MS Dhoni will not be around for the 2023 World Cup. Virat Kohli will be. Here’s hoping he can make amends then.Also Read | India went to World Cup 2019 without ironing out their flaws: Questions Ravi Shastri must answerAlso Read | Bitter pill to swallow: Sachin Tendulkar after India crash out of World Cup 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Virat KohliFollow India cricket teamFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Nextlast_img read more

Chennai automakers halt production effect paycut

first_imgChennai: Automakers in Chennai have announced pay-cuts, and some of them have even decided to stop production temporarily owing to continued weak demand for its products. The Hinduja Group flagship firm Ashok Leyland is the latest to the bandwagon of automobile companies which had announced halting production. On Monday, the heavy vehicle company announced that it has decided to halt production for 59 days at its various plants across India. In Tamil Nadu, the company has decided to suspend the production for 16 days in Ennore and five days at Hosur. Chennai, popularly referred to as the ‘Detroit of Asia, accounts for close to 33% of auto parts production in the country. As the entire country is staring at a deep-rooted slowdown, in the last three months, automobile giants in the city like Ashok Leyland, Apollo Tyres, Daimler, TVS Groups, Nissan, Royal Enfield, etc. have cut down on the number of working days and reduced the strength of contractual employees.last_img read more

UN rights chief calls on Afghanistan to reinstate moratorium on executions

“I am deeply troubled by this sudden resort to execution after three years of refraining from carrying out the death penalty,” she said in a statement issued today. Saying the circumstances of the executions may constitute a breach of Afghanistan’s obligations under international law, the High Commissioner called on the Government “to reinstate a moratorium on the carrying out of any further executions.”In a statement issued yesterday, the top UN envoy to Afghanistan also expressed his concern at the use of the death penalty in the war-torn nation. Tom Koenigs called for Afghanistan to “continue working towards attaining highest human rights standards and ensuring that due process of law and the rights of all citizens are respected.”Meanwhile, Ms. Arbour will begin a four-day visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow, at the invitation of the Government.The visit to the South Asian nation, which has been embroiled in a decades-long conflict between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is part of the High Commissioner’s efforts to engage with Member States in the promotion and protection of human rights. While in Colombo, Ms. Arbour will be meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, senior Government officials, and representatives of political parties, UN agencies, the diplomatic community and civil society, Yvon Edoumou of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva.The High Commissioner will also meet with members of the Tamil movement, including Members of Parliament representing the Tamil National Alliance, with whom she will raise issues concerning human rights, Mr. Edoumou added. 9 October 2007United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has urged Afghanistan to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty following the execution of 15 convicted prisoners in Kabul on Sunday. read more

Antibiotic resistance making gonorrhoea sometimes impossible to treat – UN health agency

“The bacteria that cause gonorrhoea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them,” said Dr. Teodora Wi, Medical Officer, Human Reproduction, at the UN World Health Organization (WHO).Data from 77 countries show that “antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea – a common sexually-transmitted infection – much harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat,” according to the agency. WHO noted that the current “last-resort treatment” in the form of extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ECS) has now shown resistance in more than 50 countries. As a result, the agency issued updated global treatment recommendations in 2016, advising doctors to give 2 antibiotics: ceftriaxone and azithromycin.The development of a new antibiotic for gonorrhoea “is not attractive for commercial pharmaceutical companies,” WHO said, noting that only three candidate drugs are currently in the research-and-development pipeline.The treatments are taken only for short periods of time, unlike medicines for chronic diseases, and they become less effective as resistance develops, meaning that the supply of new drugs constantly needs to be replenished, according to the agency. Gonorrhoea can be prevented through safer sexual behaviour, WHO stressed. It pointed to decreasing condom use, increased urbanization and travel, poor infection detection rates, and inadequate or failed treatment for the estimated 78 million people infected each year. “These cases may just be the tip of the iceberg, since systems to diagnose and report untreatable infections are lacking in lower-income countries where gonorrhoea is actually more common,” said Dr. Wi.Women are particularly at risk, potentially leading to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility, as well as increased risk of HIV.Earlier this year, WHO announced that it is classifying antibiotics into three categories – Access, Watch and Reserve – to preserve the effectiveness of “last resort” antibiotics. read more

Brock opens Confucius Institute

Performers entertain the crowd with Chinese Gong Fu at the opening of the Confucius Institute.The Confucius Institute at Brock University officially opened its doors this weekend.To mark the occasion, the institute and University hosted a grand opening community celebration. The colourful festivities included Lion Dance, Chinese Gong Fu, Peacock Dance and traditional Chinese instrument ensemble performances, as well as a Fujian Lacquer art exhibit by renowned artist Wang Tianliang.The event included the unveiling of a two-metre tall statue of Confucius outside Brock’s International Centre where the new institute will be housed. The statue was gifted to the University by its partner institution in China, Minjiang University.“Twenty-five centuries ago, Confucius was one of the very first visiting international scholars in the world,” said Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President, Academic at the unveiling of the statue. “His advocacy of equal rights to education for all is a very appropriate match for the Canadian value of entitlement of all to education.”One of about 300 such institutes worldwide, the key focus for the Confucius Institute at Brock is to provide formal certification of Mandarin language teachers in Niagara and communities throughout Southern Ontario. The University has been offering Mandarin language credit courses since 1989.“We owe it to our own local community to look beyond Niagara, and we are already committed to the concept of a global perspective in a knowledge-based economy,” President Jack Lightstone said. “Being sure-footed and confidently open-minded on the world stage is critical to Canada’s ability to be a leading contributing partner in the global village.”The key players at Brock behind the Confucius Institute initiative and Minjiang University collaboration include:Greg Finn, Vice-Provost and Vice-President, AcademicProfessor Cheng Luo (Applied Linguistics) and Professor Chunlei Lu (Education), co-directors of the Confucius Institute at Brock;Professor Tony DiPetta (Education), director, Centre for Continuing Teacher Education;Professor Zhongzhi He (Business), ambassador for International Partnerships;Ye Yanhong, Mandarin language instructor;Sheila Young, director, Brock International.Officials unveil a statue of Confucius. read more

2875 students to write Grade Six assessment in Region 4

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMore than 15,000 to sit National Grade Six AssessmentApril 2, 2014In “Local News”Education Minister wants to rid Grades 2 & 4 of points for NGSAAugust 4, 2015In “Business”BREAKING: Dave Chowtie tops 2019 NGSA with 532 marksJuly 3, 2019In “latest news” On March 28 and 29, a total of 2875 students from Region Four will be sitting the National Graded Six Assessment (NGSA) examination; and to cater for these exams, an intensive training programme was held for some 208 invigilators and supervisors.Of the 2875 students, 1304 are for the East Bank and the remaining 1571 for the East Coast.The supervisors and invigilators would be responsible for administering the national assessment exams. The one day training was held at the Bladen Hall Multilateral School.The training is geared at ensuring that invigilators and their supervisors are effectively prepared to execute a number of exams. The 208 participants are expected to work throughout the 49 centres within Region Four.Region Four Education Officer, Stembiso Grant gave an insight into the training seminar noting that it is important in ensuring that her department maintains the exceptional high and credible quality of the exams.She reiterated that her department will continue to ensure that the integrity of the exams are not questioned, noting that the training will remind invigilators of their roles and responsibilities.The Education Officer noted that her department intends to have all exams by her department executed in a smooth manner. read more

Windows Phone Twitter account launches misguided attack on Android

first_imgMicrosoft has started a mud-slinging campaign, this time in an attempt to drive users to Windows Phone. A series of tweets last night from the Windows Phone account targeted users who may have been victims of malware attacks while using Android smartphones resulted in more than a few nasty responses from fans of Google’s mobile OS.Windows Phone 8 is in need of users and developers. It makes sense that Microsoft would do everything in their power to lure both groups to Windows Phone 8 by any means necessary. When Google found themselves in this same situation, they reached out to developers that were successful on other platforms and sent them free smartphones to test their apps and release them to the Play Store. Given the range of high quality hardware that Microsoft has access to — like the HTC 8X and Lumia 920 — you’d think this would be something Microsoft would try for themselves. Instead, the company has opted to invite users to share horror stories about the perils of using the apparently malware-ridden Android platform in exchange for a free phone.There are very specific situations under which Android smartphones have had issues with malware. For the majority of Android smartphones though, malware is only an issue if you have root access enabled or the user has installed apps from unverified sources. Neither of these things happen without a multi-step process involving directly handling the smartphone, meaning the owner is aware of the risks they are taking.Android 2.3 had a vulnerability that allows for a specific kind of exploit called “Gingerbreak” to gain root access to a smartphone without the users knowledge. The vulnerability was patched, but there are still more than 50% of the total Android user base running some variant of Android 2.3. Even so, there are no Android phones being sold in US markets today that have the exploit available to them.The Twitter popular responded exactly as you would imagine. The #droidrage hastag that Microsoft invited users to share with quickly became filled with counterattacks and further mud slinging. Absolutely nothing productive happened — and the only thing Microsoft managed to accomplish was riling up Android fans.It seems to me that if you want to convince developers that have been successful on other platforms to spend some time with Windows Phone the last thing you would want to do is send their existing users into a hate-filled frenzy. This seems right on par with the other less professional campaigns Microsoft has been pushing recently in what feels like misguided attempts to bring users to their services.Setting aside that Microsoft is the last company on the planet that should be pointing out malware as a problem on another platform, I have yet to find a single person who has responded to these marketing attempts positively. Microsoft has the potential here to point out the strengths in their platform over the weaknesses in others, and instead seems resolute in their decision to embarrass themselves in another failed PR attempt.Related: How to root the Nexus 7last_img read more

Kurt Angle responds to report that he wont be returning to WWE

first_img J™ Al79 WhatsApp Pinterest unknown I’m betting he’ll be one of the big surprises on the big Smackdown show. or possibly Summerslam. Now Playing Up Next He’s 47, the chances are fairly good that he would injure himself if he wrestles again. His last few years in TNA was injury after injury. Glen Värîs Facebook WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV June 27, 2016 at 12:17 am June 27, 2016 at 1:24 am June 26, 2016 at 11:06 am Now Playing Up Next I would imagine he’d be used sparingly in actual matches and his in ring time would be minimized, similar to The Undertakers deal. You could get a few more miles off of him without exposing him to much chance of injury. His days of 5 star matches SHOULD be over considering the amount of damage he’s taken. But he deserves a big send off and the chance to go out a big deal rather than fizzling away. June 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Comments are closed. Is WWE Losing Its Audience? June 26, 2016 at 1:22 am Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles June 25, 2016 at 11:19 pm WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Amen to that!!center_img Drakman Now Playing Up Next A “possible return” can mean many things…it may be he is going to the HoF next year? who knows Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania I have a feeling Kurt would do a lot more matches than Taker, even if he shouldn’t. Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next New SmackDown GM? Videos Articles Only this time no stupid segment that has him getting a leg broken because Big Show chokeslammed him off a balcony? June 26, 2016 at 9:49 am Kurt Angle’s wife Giovanna announces on social media they have adopted a son Triple H Former WWE and TNA star Kurt Angle issued the following statement via his official Facebook page late Friday night. Angle appears to be responding to a report by Dave Meltzer that stated he would not be returning to the company (WWE officials reportedly confirmed on Thursday) after a recent radio appearance in Pittsburgh.We reported on Angle’s comments earlier this week during Mark Madden’s radio show in Pittsburgh where he stated he had a “good conversation” six weeks ago about a possible return to WWE with COO Paul “Triple H” Levesque.Angle, 47, opted to not re-sign with TNA and had his final series of matches with the company back in March airing on Pop TV. He has remained active on the independent wrestling scene working select dates.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleManiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 56.24%0:03Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns June 26, 2016 at 1:23 am Google+ 8 COMMENTS Ronda Rousey Kurt Angle TheCyberZon Videos Articles Twitter Al79last_img read more

Karan Johar teaming up with Dil Raju after SS Rajamouli

first_imgDil Raju and Karan JoharCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookAfter SS Rajamouli, Tollywood producers Dil Raju is said to be teaming up with Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar. He has planned to remake Nani and Shraddha Srinath’ Telugu movie Jersey in Hindi.Raju, who made his debut as a producer with the Telugu film Dil in 2003, has bankrolled over 30 movies in his career spanning 16 years and most of them have become successful ventures at the box office. It is known that he is set to enter Bollywood with the remake of F2 – Fun and Frustration in Hindi.The sources close to Dil Raju now claims that he has planned to expand his production house Sri Venkateswara Creations (SVC) all over India. He is set to take successful Telugu movies with universal appeal to Hindi directly and collaborate with top B-Town stars. The Hindi remake of F2 – Fun and Frustration, which he is jointly producing with Boney Kapoor, is the first attempt in that direction.Dil Raju, who is also a well-known distributor, released Jersey in Nizam and Vizag regions and he is stunned by its performance at the ticket counters in these areas. The movie has a universal appeal and after seeing its critical and commercial success, the producer has reportedly planned to take it Bollywood.Sources close to Dil Raju said that he wants to collaborate with Karan Johar for the Hindi remake of Jersey. It is said that he is currently in talks with the Bollywood producer, who earlier presented Baahubali movies. The two are expected to complete the formalities of their first joint production.Written and directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri, Jersey is a period sports drama that is about a middle-aged cricketer who is forced to give up on his dream after his career failed to take off. It has struck a chord audience, critics and also many celebs including SS Rajamouli, Allu Arjun, Jr NTR and Vijay Deverakonda. The movie has recovered over 60 per cent of the distributors’ investment in just three days.last_img read more

Next global financial crisis could trigger a 50 plunge in emerging market

first_imgEmployees of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) cut a cake outside the building to celebrate the Sensex index rising to over 30,000, in Mumbai in this April 26, 2017 file photo. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeTen years after the fall of Lehmann Brothers triggered the great crisis of 2008, the world is edging closer to another bout of financial turmoil, according to researchers at JPMorgan.The crisis prediction model created by the bank predicts that the next big financial crisis will erupt in 2020 and that its severity will be less than that of the 2008 crisis.The hallmarks of such an economic plunge will be a great liquidity crisis, a significant rout in US and emerging markets and a softening of the energy prices, the analysts said, according to Bloomberg.The following are the key predictions:US stock markers could see a 20 percent declineGlobal energy prices could slide as much as 35 percentBase metal prices are likely to soften up to 29 percentEmerging market stock markets could see a rout that will wipe off up to 48 percent in value.The researchers wrote that the next great liquidity crisis will be caused by the big shift away from actively managed investing and the focus on index funds, exchange-traded funds and quantitative-based trading strategies.”The shift from active to passive asset management, and specifically the decline of active value investors, reduces the ability of the market to prevent and recover from large drawdowns,” Joyce Chang and Jan Loeys wrote in the note.For India, the projected fall in energy prices could be a silver lining amid the gloom of the next meltdown. However, on the downside, the easing fuel woes could be offset by a potential bloodbath in the markets. Dow Jones blood bath sees biggest day drop in more than 6 years Closecenter_img After the subprime mortgage meltdown in the US triggered an expansive global crisis ten years ago, central banks around the world launched long-running accommodative fiscal policies and governments delved into financial market reforms. But there are economists who believe that the reforms haven’t been able to completely shut off the chances of a repeat of the crisis while the fallout from the expansionary monetary policies have posed a fresh threat.Raghuram Rajan, former RBI governor who had predicted the 2008 crisis, recently said he is one who sees that risk clearly.The post-crisis reforms did not address central banks’ role in creating asset bubbles through accommodative monetary policy, and this could be financial markets’ biggest long-term challenge, Rajan told Howard Gold in an interview.Former British prime minister Gordon Brown said on Wednesday the world was sleepwalking into the next financial crisis. He also warned that the impact of the next crisis will be severe in a “leaderless” world.”We are in danger of sleepwalking into a future crisis … There is going to have to be a severe awakening to the escalation of risks, but we are in a leaderless world.”last_img read more

Study shows one reason why pigeons so rarely crash

first_img More information: Pigeons trade efficiency for stability in response to level of challenge during confined flight, C. David Williams, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1407298112 AbstractIndividuals traversing challenging obstacles are faced with a decision: they can adopt traversal strategies that minimally disrupt their normal locomotion patterns or they can adopt strategies that substantially alter their gait, conferring new advantages and disadvantages. We flew pigeons (Columba livia) through an array of vertical obstacles in a flight arena, presenting them with this choice. The pigeons selected either a strategy involving only a slight pause in the normal wing beat cycle, or a wings-folded posture granting reduced efficiency but greater stability should a misjudgment lead to collision. The more stable but less efficient flight strategy was not used to traverse easy obstacles with wide gaps for passage but came to dominate the postures used as obstacle challenge increased with narrower gaps and there was a greater chance of a collision. These results indicate that birds weigh potential obstacle negotiation strategies and estimate task difficulty during locomotor pattern selection. Explore further Feral pigeon (Columba livia) in flight. Credit: Alan D. Wilson/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.5 © 2015 Phys.org City dwellers know that pigeons are some of the best flyers around, unlike robins and other birds, pigeons rarely collide with cars, buildings, trees or any other obstacle. That skill has not gone unnoticed—scientists and engineers have been working for years to duplicate their abilities. In this new effort, Williams and Biewener taught some of their tamed specimens to fly through a corridor to get to a meal, then introduced obstacles and high speed cameras to find out how it is that the birds are so good at avoiding objects in their path.The obstacles were plastic pipes, placed vertically some distance apart from one another. To pass between the pipes, the birds had to scrunch themselves a bit, but how they did so, the researchers found, depended on how far apart the pipes were. They noted that when the pipes were at least a half a wing length apart, the birds lifted their wings as if to flap as they approached the obstacle, but then held them steady, above their heads as they passed between the pipes, then flapped down as soon as they were through—a technique that led to very little loss of altitude, which meant it was quite efficient. But if the pipes were moved closer together, they pulled their wings into their body, a less efficient approach, but one much less likely to result in wing damage. To make sure the first approach was not merely coincident based on where the wings were when the birds arrived at the obstacle, the researchers filmed them multiple times, finding the same result each time.Because the birds used two different techniques for allowing them safe passage through the pipe obstacles, based on what they observed as they approached, the researchers believe that choosing which technique to use was a deliberate act, which meant the birds somehow made a choice of which technique to use, just before they passed through—very impressive, especially when noting that birds, except for some such as crows or magpies, are not generally known for their smarts. Citation: Study shows one reason why pigeons so rarely crash (2015, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-pigeons-rarely.htmlcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Researchers conduct study to determine impact of using drones to study birds This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Harvard University has uncovered one of the secrets behind pigeons’ impressive flight abilities. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, David Williams and Andrew Biewener describe how they videotaped some of the birds flying through an obstacle course they made, and what they found when they examined the footage.last_img read more

Welcome planned for Pakistan hockey team cancelled after Peshawar attack

first_imgA grand welcome planned for Pakistan’s hockey team which won a silver medal in Champions Trophy was on Tuesday called off after a brazen Taliban attack on a military-run school that killed at least 160 people, mostly children.The Pakistan Hockey Federation said the ceremony has been cancelled following the attack on the Army Public School on Warsak Road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Peshawar city. The ceremony was planned to welcome the players who took Pakistan to the final of the just-concluded tournament in India after a gap of 16 years. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaThe players were to be driven in a motorcade to Lahore after their return home via the Wagah Border. The federation said the ceremony would be held at a suitable time. The team lost to Germany in the final. In one of the most gruesome attacks on children anywhere in the world, at least six Taliban militants stormed the school and went classroom-to-classroom shooting indiscriminately.At least 160 people, most of them children, were killed in the attack, which was a reaction to Pakistan military’s campaign against the militants.last_img read more

Three Tips for Using Public WiFi Safely

first_img In an era of laptops, smartphones and mushrooming Wi-Fi networks, we can get online nearly anywhere. But we often connect without considering the potential perils.Sensitive information you transmit over Wi-Fi can be literally “sniffed” from the airwaves by a nearby snoop using readily available software and equipment. What’s more, hackers could trick you into connecting to their computer by making it appear to be a legitimate Wi-Fi hotspot.Despite these risks, it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to surf safely. Here are three tips for securely using Wi-Fi networks when you’re on-the-go, doing work in hotels, airports, cafés and other public places.1. Avoid automatically connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots.It can be tempting to quickly jump online using one of the 1.4 million public Wi-Fi networks now active in the world. But you could unwittingly connect to a rogue hotspot set up by a crook to gather sensitive information transmitted by unsuspecting users like you.Industry group Wi-Fi Alliance recommends that Web users carefully select which, if any, public network they access rather than allow their device to connect automatically. It also recommends choosing only hotspots that use security technologies known as Wi-Fi Protected Access version two, or WPA2, which are stronger than the older WPA and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) technologies. A network’s security system is displayed in the box where you enter a password to connect.Related: What to Do If Your Business Gets Hacked 2. Make sure sensitive websites you use encrypt data you send and receive. Sending and receiving information on unsecured public wireless networks can be like shouting in a crowded room, says Maxim Weinstein, executive director of StopBadware, a Cambridge, Mass., nonprofit group that fights malicious websites. “Unless you’re talking in code, it’s no secret to anyone who’s listening.”Fortunately, most websites that handle sensitive information use encryption technology known as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to turn readable text into a mash of digital gibberish. You know SSL is in place if you see “https” in the address bar. It is almost always at work when you’re making a purchase or banking online.Related: How to Protect Android Smartphones From Cyber AttacksMany communication services, such as Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Hotmail and Facebook, also use SSL to keep your private communications safe from eavesdroppers. Some services, such as Gmail, use HTTPS by default at all times, but Facebook and others require you to turn the technology on.To activate it on Facebook, click on the down arrow in the upper right corner and select Account Settings. In the left column, click Security and enable Secure Browsing.3. Install and use VPN software on your device to encrypt your Internet activity. “Virtual private network” software is a must-have for road warriors who regularly transmit sensitive data over public Wi-Fi networks. VPN software creates an encrypted tunnel through which your data flows as it traverses the Internet. Employees at many large companies already use VPNs on business trips to protect valuable corporate information, and small companies would be wise to follow suit.If you don’t have an information-technology department that can set up a VPN for you, consider using one of the personal VPNs now on the market. Options include PrivateWiFi from startup Private Communication Corp. (Windows and Mac, $9.95 a month or $84.95 a year; three-day free trial); Anonymizer Universal (Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad, $79.99 a year; 14-day free trial); and VPN4ALL (Windows and Mac $9.95-$19.95 a month, depending on amount of data use; iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile and tablets, $5.95 a month).Related: What Technologies Banks Should Be Using to Keep Your Money SafeOpenVPN Technologies, keeper of the open-source technology behind some of these software products, sells a hosted VPN service specifically to small businesses called PrivateTunnel (Windows and Mac, price based on amount of data transferred).Another thing to consider: putting up a firewall to block strangers seeking access to your computer. Firewalls are typically provided by modern operating systems and are on by default. To make sure yours is active on a Windows PC, review Microsoft’s directions based on your operating system version. On Macs, open System Preferences and click Security & Privacy and then Firewall.You also can avoid Wi-Fi networks altogether and go online using a cellular connection from a wireless carrier, which use encryption when transferring data, albeit at a significant cost. Plan to pay for a large or unlimited data plan for a mobile device. For your laptop, you’ll need a special device that plugs into the side and a monthly service plan. Verizon and AT&T can charge $50 to $60 a month for 5 GB.  Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » December 22, 2011 4 min readlast_img read more

Final stages of the winding down of Cyprus Airways

first_imgCreditors of the now defunct Cyprus Airways are expected to convene in a general assembly meeting next Wednesday, as part of the carrier’s final stages of winding down.Liquidators are expected to present creditors with a settlement plan which if approved would distribute €11m. This will be divided with €6.7m going to the carrier’s former employees and €4.3m to the state.According to Phileleftheros, if the plan is not approved, the sum is set to drop to €8m to cover legal and court expenses required to complete the winding down of Cyprus Airways.Items up for sale including a nine-seater Mitsubishi L300 Minibus vehicle, generators, water dispensers, work units, stands for weighing suitcases, computers, bins, cutlery and uniforms.The original Cyprus Airways shut down in January 2015 after the European Commission ruled that more than €102m in government support constituted illegal state aid and €66m had to be repaid.The national carrier could not afford to return the money and operations were suspended.A year later, Charlie Airlines bought the rights to use the trademark ‘Cyprus Airways’ for €2.04m, to use for the next 10 years.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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