Trinamool fields Manish Gupta for RS

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgBureaucrat-turned-politician Manish Gupta is the Trinamool Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha election scheduled later this month.The decision was taken on Wednesday at the party’s core committee meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Mr. Gupta, a former Chief Secretary of West Bengal, joined the Trinamool in 2011 and contested from the Jadavpur Assembly constituency against former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. He defeated the CPI(M) leader in 2011 by a margin over 16,600 votes. He, however, lost in the 2016 election to CPI(M) nominee Sujan Chakraborty.last_img

Migrant workers still exploited in World Cup host country Qatar

Posted On Nov 22 2019 by

first_imgLATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Qataris gather at the capital Doha’s traditional Souq Waqif market as the official logo of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is projected on the front of a building on September 3, 2019. (Photo by – / AFP)Qatar is not fulfilling all its promises to improve the conditions of migrant workers in the country in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, Amnesty International said Thursday.In a report entitled “All Work, No Pay”, the rights group said: “Despite the significant promises of reform which Qatar has made ahead of the 2022 World Cup, it remains a playground for unscrupulous employers.”ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alex Stepheson eyes another stint with Blackwater: ‘We have unfinished business’ MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Becoming his own man Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue After coming under fire over the treatment of migrant workers, Qatar agreed with the International Labour Organization in 2017 to undertake labor reforms, including establishing new dispute resolution committees.Amnesty said that while some of the workers at the three firms — Hamton International, Hamad bin Khaled bin Hamad (HKH) and United Cleaning — who filed complaints with the new committees received part of their earnings in exchange for dropping their cases, “most went home with nothing”.“We are urging the Qatari authorities to fully deliver what has been promised and end the shameful reality of labor exploitation,” Cockburn said.Amnesty cited the case of a Kenyan employee of United Cleaning who said he had to rummage for food in garbage bins after receiving no salary for five months.The man said he had worked for two years and five months for the company without taking any holidays and was owed “a lot of money”.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The report comes ahead of a meeting in Paris on Thursday between President Emmanuel Macron and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.Al-Thani also attended Wednesday’s high-profile football match between Paris Saint-Germain — owned by Qatar’s state-owned investment fund — and Real Madrid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Amnesty report documents the plight of hundreds of workers at three construction and cleaning companies in Qatar who went unpaid for months.“Migrant workers often go to Qatar in the hope of giving their families a better life; instead many people return home penniless after spending months chasing their wages, with too little help from the systems that are supposed to protect them,” said Stephen Cockburn, Amnesty’s deputy director of global issues. The companies all cited financial difficulties for the non-payment of wages, according to the report.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

Mind Rocks 2016: Sakshi Malik at her candid best

Posted On Nov 22 2019 by

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India rises, Kohli rises higher; run-machine rules 2017

Posted On Nov 18 2019 by

first_imgBy Abhishek HoreNew Delhi, Dec 30 (PTI) The eyes of the world turned to India but crickets habitual record-breaker, Virat Kohli, remained the cynosure of her eyes as his exploits, bit by bit, put in shade the frenzy around the FIFA U-17 World Cup and feats in other big-ticket sporting events.Run-machine Kohli was at the forefront of a spectacular streak of wins that further enhanced his aura of invincibility, while providing succor from administrative wrangling that reared its head sporadically.Looking back, the Indians had rubbed their hands in delight at the variety of marquee events at home the sporting calendar of 2017 offered, and they now look forward, with optimism and anticipation, to a challenging 2018.Fans rejoiced the victories of P V Sindhu, and the ones by her rapidly rising fellow shuttlers led by Kidambi Srikanth, the men and womens hockey teams continental triumphs, and not to forget the maiden outing of a few spirited footballers in a global meet.Many enjoyed the successful return of two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar to wrestling after a three-year hiatus, a rare World Championship gold medal by Mirabai Chanu in weightlifting, the comeback of the great M C Mary Kom that culminated in another Asian Championship gold, and last but not the least cueist Pankaj Advanis unprecedented 18th title at the big stage.Boxer Gaurav Bidhuris bronze at the World Championship also stood out simply for the fact that he wasnt even there in the original squad.And as if giving a perfect sign off to the year, Viswanathan Anand quite literally turned back to clock to claim the rapid world title to make up for several disappointments of the recent past.advertisementAnother heartwarming takeaway from this year was the womens cricket teams gutsy World Cup campaign, during which it managed to step out the shadows of their male counterparts and claim their own moment under the spotlight. Mithali Raj and Co. finished runners-up but the lion-hearted campaign had India sit up and take note of the other cricket team.However, nothing or no one could come close to the high pedestal on which the mens cricket team remained.The global sporting fraternity had its eyes trained on India, which successfully hosted its first-ever FIFA meet besides playing host to big-ticket events in hockey, boxing, badminton and shooting.But by the time the year drew to a close, the Indians were basking in glory of the cricket team that had taken a special liking to rewriting the record books.Around the same time, the eyes of those chronicling the achievements of the men, who juggle white flannels and blue jerseys, turned prying.What dominated headlines thereafter, was the wedding of Virat Kohli, the chief architect of Indias success story in recent years, with an acclaimed actor. Innumerable stories, on numerous occasions, flew thick and fast about how, when and where the power couple was tying the nuptial knot.It is not for nothing that Kohli enjoys such unparalleled superstardom, for he bettered, in fact battered, a plethora of records through the year.He ended up hitting four successive double tons, a record that also helped him surpass the great Don Bradman and Brian Lara as captain with most doubles (6).Kohlis vice-captain in limited overs format, Rohit Sharma, meanwhile became the first batsman to score an ODI double century on an astonishing three occasions, with his unbeaten 208.Even as the team scaled new heights on the field, the stepping down of coach Anil Kumble following reported differences with Kohli could not be averted, despite nine consecutive victories engineered by the duo.Ravi Shastri was reinstated at the helm by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar.Off the field, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) comprising Vinod Rai, Vikram Limaye, Ramachandra Guha (both had quit) and Diana Edulji, was entrusted with ensuring the implementation of Lodha Panel recommendations, the failure of which led to the removal of Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke as BCCI president and secretary, respectively.While the loyalists remained loyal to the unofficial national sport, there were legions that thronged the football stadiums across the six venues, where the stars of tomorrow displayed their skills during the FIFA under-17 World Cup.After months of training and exposure tours to different parts of the world, players representing Indias U17 team were ready to show the world they belonged.In the first outing against USA, they got a taste of what top-notch football means, raised hopes of something special with a spirited performance against Colombia, only to be blown away by Ghana in their last appearance.advertisementOn expected lines, India were out early, but the crowds still flocked the stadiums for the remainder of what was termed a game-changer for Indian football. The jury is still out on that one.Badminton grabbed the eyeballs as the shuttlers flew home with flying colours from top global meets, including the World Championship, in which Sindhu and Saina won India an unprecedented silver and bronze respectively.Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth, the likes of H S Prannoy and the likes of B Sai Praneeth burst out of the shadows of the two leading ladies, winning at will big matches against big names.By becoming the only Indian to win four Super Series events in a calendar year and only the fourth male shuttler to achieve the feat, Srikanth announced himself to the world in style.The hockey team impressed and capped it by winning a bronze in the HWL Final in Bhubaneswar. The men also won the Asia Cup gold for the first time in a decade, while the womens team emerged Asian champions.On the tennis court, Rohan Bopanna claimed the French Open mixed doubles title with Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski. But there was hardly any player on the horizon who could stake claim to be Indias challenger in the highly competitive singles arena, whether men or women.Shooting did not quite set the stage ablaze either but the emergence of young talent such as Elavenil Valaviran, Mehuli Ghosh, Shapath Bharadwaj, Anish Bhanala held out hope for better times.The steady progress by Jitu Rai — Indias best bet in Olympics after the retirement of Abhinav Bindra –, Gagan Narang, Ravi Kumar and Ankur Mittal in seniors also bode well for the sport. PTI AH PM ATlast_img read more

Indian Super League: Delhi Dynamos and Chennaiyin FC play out goalless draw

Posted On Nov 17 2019 by

first_imgDelhi Dynamos and Chennaiyin FC shared points in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday.Chennaiyin FC were thwarted by Delhi Dynamos goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro who delivered a masterclass in the first goalless draw of the season.The visitors couldn’t get a breakthrough but the point earned lifts them from the bottom of the table. The teams are still searching for their first win of the season.Andrea Orlandi could have opened the scoring for Chennaiyin FC as early as the second minute of the match.The midfielder rose the highest to head a corner kick from Isaac V but Dorronsoro got down low to pull off a stunning reflex save.Raphael Augusto then looked to be in the mood to score as the trickster surged up the field from midfield before taking aim from 40 yards. His piledriver lacked enough force to trouble Dorronsoro.The Delhi goalkeeper was called into action again five minutes from half-time.Francisco Dorronsoro makes a brilliant save to stop @GregoryNelson88’s well-placed shot from creeping inside the far post.Watch it LIVE on @hotstartweets: users can watch it LIVE on the app.#ISLMoments #LetsFootball #DELCHE #FanBannaPadega Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 23, 2018A defence-splitting through-ball by Augusto released Carlos Salom behind the backline. The striker squared the ball to an unmarked Thoi Singh who took a touch before sending a powerful strike that was kept out.advertisementDelhi’s first shot of the game came at the stroke of half-time. Lallianzuala Chhangte beat his marker on the left flank, burst forward before crossing perfectly towards Andrija Kaludjerovic.The striker headed the ball first-time and forced goalkeeper Karanjit Singh to a save.The visitors threatened again soon after the restart. Carlos Salom’s first-touch to receive Augusto’s through ball from midfield was wonderful but the same could not be said for the end product as the striker sent the ball wide.The hosts were struggling to find gaps at the other end. Kaludjerovic cut an isolated figure up front and crosses into the box were dealt well by the Chennaiyin backline.The defending champions had a glorious chance to score a breakthrough goal in the 70th minute when a cleared corner kick turned into a counter-attack.Augusto released Isaac into space down the left flank. The winger surged forward and squared the ball to an unmarked Salom whose shot was brilliantly saved by the onrushing goalkeeper.The Delhi custodian put on a fine show under the bar. The Spaniard flew out from his line to punch away a delightful cross from the left by Thoi as the Lions held on for a point.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

‘Outrageous to claim England players don’t care’

Posted On Nov 16 2019 by

first_imgEngland ‘Outrageous’ to claim England players don’t care – Southgate Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 17:41 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gareth Southgate England Getty Images England WC Qualification Europe England v Slovakia Slovakia The Three Lions boss has backed his players ahead of Monday evening’s meeting with Slovakia at Wembley England manager Gareth Southgate has said that he finds the notion that his player don’t have passion to play for the country as “outrageous”. His side struggled to defeat Malta on Friday, scoring three times in the closing stages to secure a 4-0 success, and on Monday tackle Slovakia at Wembley in a fixture that will be pivotal for their hopes of World Cup qualification. Three Lions 13/5 to beat Slovakia -2 handicap Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina On the eve of that clash, Southgate has defended a supposed lack of passion his players have for the team.“The notion the players aren’t proud to play is outrageous really. They’re unbelievably proud to play,” he said.“Yeah, they might not play as well as they’d like to sometimes, not converting all their chances, but there’s no one not giving their 100 percent.”Gareth Southgate, South Africa v England 2003Having played 57 times for his country between 1995 and 2004, the former centre-back believes it is a line that has been pedalled for too long.“It’s the same narrative I heard when I was playing. I’m able to contextualise and rationalise it. Every England team I played in, the lads could never quite get their heads round why that was. Maybe we had bad days when I was playing,” he said.“Maybe it looks as if you can’t get to things, you’re not as sharp, so people perceive you’re not trying. The easiest, basest reaction is to say: ‘They don’t care.’“More often than not, players have cared too much, been wrapped up in the experience too much and not been able to give their best for that reason.“Having worn the shirt, that’s where I think I can bring some context to it. It’s not about ‘not caring’.”Defeat on Monday would leave England second in Group F and in danger of missing out on Russia 2018 next summer.last_img read more

Vegas Sportsbook Is Predicting A Major Upset Today

Posted On Oct 26 2019 by

first_imgAn overhead view of Neyland Stadium.14 Nov 1998: An overall view from inside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Volunteers defeated the Razorbacks 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /AllsportIs Tennessee in trouble? That’s the question floating around after an absolute drubbing at the hands of West Virginia last weekend.The lead-up to the 2018 college football season didn’t exactly provide a platform for success for the Volunteers. A tumultuous coaching search led to the hiring of former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.Pruitt’s first game of the season as the head coach of the Vols came against Heisman Trophy candidate Will Grier and it didn’t work out too well for the Volunteers – WVU won 40-14.The Vols have a friendly matchup against a lower-tier opponent. And yet, a Vegas computer is picking against Tennessee.OddsShark likes East Tennessee State to take down the Volunteers at Neyland Stadium.Tennessee score predictionIs this a glitch in the computer, or is Tennessee really on upset alert against an FCS opponent in their home stadium?We’ll have to wait and see. Tennessee and East Tennessee State kick off on this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.last_img read more

ESPN’s Picks For College Football’s Biggest Week 5 Games

Posted On Oct 26 2019 by

first_img James Franklin coaching during his time at Vanderbilt.(Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)No. 6 Oklahoma vs. Texas TechWinner: Oklahoma, 93.1 percent Jalen Hurts makes his debut at Oklahoma.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)No. 8 Wisconsin vs. NorthwesternWinner: Wisconsin, 95 percent Wisconsin's stadium on a football Saturday.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)No. 20 Michigan vs. RutgersWinner: Michigan, 95.8 percent Jim Harbaugh on the sideline at Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)No. 1 Clemson at UNCWinner: Clemson, 94.4 percent Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws against Texas A&M(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)No. 2 Alabama vs. Ole MissWinner: Alabama, 98.1 percent Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass against Duke.(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No. 10 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 VirginiaWinner: Notre Dame, 89.6 percent A closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)No. 7 Auburn vs. Mississippi StateWinner: Auburn, 78.1 percent Bo Nix throws a pass during Auburn's win over Oregon.(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)No. 5 Ohio State at NebraskaWinner: Ohio State, 89.8 percent Justin Fields scrambles around the pocket for the Ohio State Buckeyes.(Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)***Saturday can’t get here soon enough. Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Week 5 of the 2019 college football season is arriving and, hopefully, it’ll be as eventful as Week 4 (which featured Michigan’s embarrassing blowout loss at Wisconsin, Georgia’s close win over Notre Dame and more).ESPN’s Football Power Index has made its picks for the biggest Week 5 games.Here’s who ESPN’s computer likes this weekend.No. 12 Penn State at MarylandWinner: Penn State, 70.9 percentlast_img read more

Tata Altroz to be more spacious and safer through use of ALFA Architecture

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_imgTata Altroz to be more spacious and safer through use of ALFA ArchitectureWith lightweight, modular and flexible characteristics, the ALFA architecture has the ability to evolve into a range of modern and youthful vehicles within a short development cycle, the company claims. The new platform will make Tata Altroz capable of handling hybridisation and electrification and support multiple powertrains in it, according to the firm.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 13:07 IST Tata AltrozHIGHLIGHTSThe ALFA Architecture gives Altroz class leading luggage space.Tata Altroz will be the second vehicle from the company after Harrier to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language.It is being claimed that Tata Altroz might feature the engines that are available with Nexon.Tata Altroz is all set to make its global premier at the Geneva Motor Show, which begins on March 5. It has not only been spied testing on several occasions, but Tata Motors has itself released a few teasers of the upcoming premium hatchback providing details about it. The company has now come out with a fresh video giving specifics about the new ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture, the platform on which Tata Altroz will be engineered.With lightweight, modular and flexible characteristics, the ALFA architecture has the ability to evolve into a range of modern and youthful vehicles within a short development cycle, the company claims. The new platform will make Tata Altroz capable of handling hybridisation and electrification and support multiple powertrains in it, according to the firm.The ALFA Architecture gives Altroz class leading luggage space, a flat floor to maximise leg space and ensures that there is intelligent use of technology for absolute safety, according to Tata Motors.First showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 as the 45X Concept, the hatchback was officially named as Altroz after a seabird known as Albatross, on February 25 by Tata Motors. It will be commercially launched in mid-2019. Upon its introduction in India, the car will challenge the likes of Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz.Tata Altroz will be the second vehicle from the company after Harrier to sport the Impact 2.0 Design Language. It is expected to get a bold look upfront and the company might take a cue from the recently launched SUV while designing the headlamps. A sporty grille is expected to add to the overall styling. The tail lamps might also be Harrier-inspired. Plush seat upholstery, along with floating touchscreen infotainment system and premium multi information display, is expected to add to the luxury quotient of the hatchback.advertisementThe rear door handle on Tata Altroz is expected to be located on the C-pillar, similar to its positioning on Maruti Suzuki Swift. The hatchback will also have a rising window line.It is being claimed that Tata Altroz might feature the engines that are available with Nexon. The compact SUV comes in with two powertrains — a 1.2-litre turbocharged revotron petrol and a 1.5-litre turbocharged revotorq diesel. The revotron mill is good for 110 PS of power and 170 Nm of torque, while the revotorq motor churns out 110 PS of power and 260 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an option for a six-speed automatic transmission as well. However, one will have to wait for an official announcement to get clarity about the technical specifications of the upcoming hatchback.Tata Nexon gets safety features like driver and co-driver airbags, ABS with EBD, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder, ISOFIX child-seat anchorage, park assist with rear sensors, park assist with camera, day and night IRVM, front fog lamps with cornering assistance and rear defogger. These features can be expected in Tata Altroz as well.ALSO READ | Tata Altroz’s side profile revealed in latest teaserALSO READ | Tata Altroz spied ahead of global premier at Geneva Motor ShowALSO READ | FAME II scheme receives Union Cabinet nod, total outlay at Rs 10,000 crore over 3 yrs from 2019-20 to 2021-22Get 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 byVarun Singh Tags :Follow new launchFollow Upcoming launchFollow New hatchback launchFollow 2019 hatchback launchFollow Upcoming hatchback launch Nextlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Bhuvneshwar likely to lead SRH against KKR as Williamson remains a doubt

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_imgIPL 2019: Bhuvneshwar likely to lead SRH against KKR as Williamson remains a doubtIPL 2019: Kane Williamson arrived in India on Friday night and is doubtful for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s opener against Kolkata Knight Riders which is why vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar might lead the team on Sunday.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service KolkataMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 20:43 IST IPL 2019: Bhuvneshwar is Sunrisers Hyderabad’s vice-captain and is likely to fill in as skipper in Williamson’s absence. (@SunRisers Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTom Moody said SRH will take a call on Kane Williamson on SundaySRH vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead SRH in Williamson’s absenceMoody said David Warner still holds a leadership role at SRHThere were two major developments in the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) camp on Saturday. While captain Kane Williamson is doubtful for their opening game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), opening batsman David Warner skipped training.Commenting on Williamson, coach Tom Moody said: “He arrived with Martin Guptill late yesterday night. They had to attend an awards function with New Zealand cricket. We are assessing Kane today and tomorrow,” Moody told reporters.”It’s not a long term injury. Whether he plays, we will take a call tomorrow. We have got quite a few days before our next home game. If he’s not available, I don’t see any issues from second game onwards. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is our vice-captain,” Moody added.Commenting on Warner’s absence, Moody said the batsman is just resting and there is nothing to worry about. “Warner is available. He is jumping out of his skin to start his campaign.”Williamson picked up a shoulder injury while fielding during the second Test against Bangladesh and was taken to hospital for further scans to determine the seriousness of the injury.The Kiwi duo have arrived at the SunRisers camp. #OrangeArmy let us welcome @Martyguptill and Kane Williamson with warm hearts. #ReturnOfTheRiser Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 22, 2019In his absence, India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the side. Williamson had a stellar season with SRH with the bat last season as he amassed 735 runs at an average of 52.50 and an impressive strike rate of 142.44. He bagged the Orange Cap finishing as the highest run-getter of the tournament.advertisementWARNER STILL A LEADER WITHIN SETUP: SRH COACH MOODYHe may not be captain, but David Warner continues to have leadership role at Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), head coach Tom Moody said ahead of their opening tie against Kolkata Knight Riders.”Warner is available. He is jumping out of his skin to start his campaign,” Moody said.”Davey still has a leadership role within the group. In the middle with the bat in hand and around training and out in the middle when it comes to strategising.”Talking about handing over the baton to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson last season after Warner was not allowed to play the IPL due to his role in ball-tampering, Moody said the Kiwi is admired globally and led so well that the team management decided to stick with him.”We felt there was no need to make any change from last year. Kane is admired globally and what he did with us last year, we felt it made sense to continue the continuity,” he said.Tell us if you’ve seen a happier face than Kane Williamson’sWatch here what the Kiwi has to say about the #OrangeArmy on his return! #ReturnOfTheRiser #RiseWithUs Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 23, 2019Moody dropped a hint that Jonny Bairstow could open with Warner as his wicket-keeping gives the team a balance. “Picking Bairstow up in the auction was an important strategy because we wanted an overseas player who could give us the option to keep wickets.”Having an impact player like Bairstow in the similar mold of Jos Buttler gives that option and flexibility to have that keeping role nailed down and have an impact player at the same time.””We are conscious of making sure that we have all the right combinations for any situation. The most important thing we have is the constant communication not only with foreign players, but domestic players as well.”All of them (of the 23) present a strong case to be in the XI tomorrow,” Moody said.Moody also praised the comeback man Wriddhiman Saha who played in the second qualifier despite a broken thumb. “It’s great to see Saha back. It’s a long journey with recovery. He has shown a lot of character and courage. His keeping is second to none — an outstanding glovesman.”Moody also hailed the IPL schedule saying it’s great that the league stage is getting over by May 5, as all the eight franchises will miss out on their top players ahead of the World Cup.”A lot of teams aren’t going to be affected too badly. Maybe when it comes to finals, it might be a different story, but certainly in the main stage of the tournament, most players will be available.”Also Read | Sunrisers Hyderabad like my second family away from home: David WarnerAlso Read | It’s IPL time: Cricket superstars set to rock and roll with an eye on World CupAlso Read | Pre-tournament photo shoot suggests Bhuvneshwar Kumar likely to lead SRHAlso Read | World Cup not on my mind, want to do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad: David WarneradvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow David WarnerFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow IPL 2019last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pro should be your next smartphone and there are 7 good reasons for it

Posted On Oct 25 2019 by

first_imgOnePlus 7 Pro should be your next smartphone and there are 7 good reasons for itA perfect phone doesn’t exist. But there are some that come close to it. The OnePlus 7 Pro is one such phone, and given that it sells for under Rs 50,000, there is no reason why this should not be the premium phone on your radar if you are buying one.advertisement India Today Tech New DelhiJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 18:55 IST HIGHLIGHTSA phone needs to look good and the OnePlus 7 Pro looks futuristic as well as elegant at the same time.The cameras in the OnePlus 7 Pro perform on par with the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and iPhone XR.With a starting price of Rs 48,999, the value of the OnePlus 7 Pro remains unmatched.Of late, a number of premium phones have been launched in India. And many of these are the phones that people tend to call “affordable premium” phones. These are the kind of phones that tend to give users premium experience and high-end features at prices that are closer to Rs 50,000 instead of Rs 80,000. The OnePlus 7 Pro is one such phone, and we believe it’s the best of the lot. This is exactly what we said earlier when we reviewed the OnePlus 7 Pro in May after its launch. And this is particularly accurate now when the phone has received several key software updates, which have not only fixed a few bugs but have also improved its camera performance significantly.It will not be amiss to say that with the OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus has outdone itself. Compared to other premium phones that stress on this feature or that, OnePlus has stayed true to its motto of delivering a polished user experience that goes beyond the specifications list.So here is the key bit: If you have your wallet out as you look for the next premium phone, may be take a good look at the OnePlus 7 Pro. We give you seven reasons why this is the phone to buy.1. First things first: A phone that you are using needs to look good. It needs to look slick and sophisticated, and more so when you are spending some good money to buy them. The OnePlus 7 Pro with its svelte looks does just that. With the curved edges and an almost bezel-less display, it looks futuristic as well as elegant at the same time. Not many flagship phones can pull that off easily.advertisement2. The OnePlus has one of the best displays ever seen in a phone, even if some may not call it the absolute best. And that matters because the display of a smartphone is the sole point of interaction with the user. The OnePlus 7 Pro is the only flagship phone in 2019 to sport a display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. This means that whatever you do on the phone looks smoother than usual. Coupled with a 2k resolution and a brilliant AMOLED screen, you probably can’t get a better viewing experience anywhere for now.3. OnePlus has always been synonymous with effortless performance and the OnePlus 7 Pro is a perfect embodiment of that. It gets the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip and a very fast UFS 3.0 storage. Therefore, this phone can handle anything you throw at it, whether it be high-res games or augmented reality stuff. To know more about the performance, check out our gaming review of the OnePlus 7 Pro.4. Great user experience has been core to every OnePlus smartphone and the OnePlus 7 Pro takes it up to the next level. OnePlus custom Oxygen OS, based on Android, is by far the cleanest and most neatly laid-out iteration of Android. This is a user interface that will help you with your stuff instead of requiring you to learn its ways. There’s no unnecessary bloatware and the elegant layout easily makes the OnePlus 7 Pro the easiest flagship phone to live with.5. Let’s talk about the camera now. When the OnePlus 7 Pro was launched, we heard from the company that it scored 111 points in DxOMark tests. This is a very high score, and seemed appropriate, given the camera hardware in the phone. When we reviewed the phone, we found two things- the camera set up in the OnePlus 7 Pro is very versatile and fun to use, and, the performance was very good but not exactly what the DxOMark score hinted at. Two months later, things have changed.First, the versatility part. The OnePlus 7 pro cameras are fun to use. In this phone, you get a main 48-megapixel Sony camera. Then there is an 8-megapixel telephoto camera that gives users the option to click zoomed in photos, and it is accompanied by a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera that works best for shots where you need wide view or some creative perspectives.The performance of the OnePlus 7 Pro, two months after it launch, is much better because of the software update it has received. This is the same camera software that DxOMark used to test the OnePlus 7 Pro but came to users just a few weeks ago. And while trying the OnePlus 7 Pro with this new update, we can understand why DxOMark gave the phone a score of 111 points. The colours, level of details and overall image acuity is much better with the OnePlus 7 Pro now. In fact, the cameras in the OnePlus 7 Pro are now right up there with what you get in phones like the iPhone XR and the Galaxy S10.advertisement6. Fast charging in a OnePlus phone is a feature everyone loves. And charging in the OnePlus 7 Pro is even faster. Its big 4000mAh battery lasts a day with ease, and when you need to fill it up, the Warp Charge 30 fast charging does its magic quickly and efficiently.7. Finally, the price. The value of the OnePlus 7 Pro remains unmatched. The phone’s price starts from Rs 48,999 and at this kind of price, you don’t get the smartphone experience or features that OnePlus 7 Pro offers in any other phone.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro camera tested again: The new update makes it much better, more reliableALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro review: The OnePlus phone that is near perfectALSO READ | OnePlus 7 Pro gaming review: More than enough power with goodness of extra smooth 90Hz screenGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Nextlast_img read more

Early Jump Start of East Coast Labor Contract Talks

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgzoom The United States Maritime Alliance, representing employers of around 15,000 US East and Gulf Coast port workers, has launched preliminary talks on a new contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association, representing the dockworkers, writes the Wall Street Journal.The move has been interpreted as a way of steering clear of potential hurdles similar to those that arose during contract talks between dockworkers’ representatives of the West Coast ports and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) that dragged along for nine months causing delays and port congestion.The striking of a new deal is further encouraged by the fact that East Coast ports have benefited considerably from the West Coast congestion with shippers switching their operations to East Coast, thus bringing in more cargo. Having the new deal in place sooner rather than latter would put shippers at ease ruling out the possibility of losing the cargo inflow.According to Jim McNamara, an ILA spokesman, cited by WSJ, the talks would cover topics such as health care benefits, compensation for longshoremen who lost their jobs due to increasing port automation, maintenance of the ports’ chassis and the union’s jurisdiction in ports like Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga., where certain crane operators and dockworkers are not unionized.The five-year agreement that was signed in 2013 expires in 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Two teens dead after 15yearold driver crashes car in Joliette Que

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgJOLIETTE, Que. – Two teens are dead and two are in critical condition after a 15-year-old driver lost control of a vehicle that crashed north of Montreal early Monday morning.Quebec provincial police said five teenage boys were in a car, owned by one of their parents, which crashed into a tree in Joliette, Que. at about 2 a.m.Two passengers aged 14 and 17 died, while a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old were taken to hospital, where they remained in critical condition Monday afternoon.Police say speed may have been a factor in the crash.The underage driver suffered only minor injuries.After meeting with investigators, he was released on a promise to appear in court.He is due in court on Nov. 22 and could be charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.last_img read more

Mac gives Moose Jaw permission to make him tallest moose in world

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgMOOSE JAW, Sask. — Mac has given his caretakers in Moose Jaw, Sask., permission to once again make him the world’s tallest moose statue.The moose says he would even wear an RCMP Stetson or stilettos if it made him taller.Mac held the title for decades at almost 10 metres high.But Norway has put up a silver moose statue that edges out Mac by 30 centimetres.Tourism Moose Jaw’s executive director says the city is willing to do whatever it takes to put Mac back on top.Jacki L’Heureux-Mason says it’s more than just a good-natured competition.“This puts our Mac in the spotlight, putting Moose Jaw on the radar of potentially millions of visitors,” she said at a Monday news conference.“This is big.”Some people in Norway are aware of the campaign and say they are prepared to lock antlers with Moose Jaw for the honour of having the tallest statue.L’Heureux-Mason said shedding Mac’s antlers to grow bigger ones is the obvious answer. Talks with structural engineers are to take place to determine the best option.Mac weighs 9,000 kilograms and has been welcoming visitors from his perch along the highway since 1984. He won an award in 2013 for being Moose Jaw’s best celebrity.Mayor Fraser Tolmie, who read a statement on behalf of Mac,  said the moose is flattered by all the attention he’s been receiving.Mac added he hasn’t received this much attention since mating season.“One way or another, I will soon reclaim my status as the world’s largest moose.”A GoFundMe page has been set up with a goal of raising $50,000. The campaign had raised just over $2,700 as of Monday afternoon.— With files from CJMEThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

16yearold Thunberg turns tables on Trump and changes Twitter bio

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian Press Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg changed her Twitter bio Tuesday, embracing U-S President Donald Trump’s description of her.The American president seemed to mock the 16-year-old in a tweet following her fiery speech Monday at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations in New York, where she shamed leaders and said “How dare you?” for not doing enough to prevent a warming world.Trump, who had spent only a few minutes at the summit, tweeted late Monday: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”The following day, Thunberg seemed to turn the tables on him with her Twitter bio reading: “A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”Her previous bio said: “16 year old climate activist with Asperger’s. Join the global climate strikes on Sept. 20-27th!” and included the hashtag, Fridays for Future. Thunberg is scheduled to participate in Friday’s climate march in Montreal where she will be given the key to the city.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.last_img read more


Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement It’s been decades since the first movie adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary taught audiences not to trust their cats, and America is well overdue for a refresher. Luckily for us, there’s 1992’s Pet Sematary Two, the sequel so bad that King had his name removed from the credits. And luckily for people who don’t like bleeding from their eyes, there’s the 2019 remake of the original.Directed by relative newcomers Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and written by The Prodigy’s Jeff Buhler, Pet Sematary has received a load of positive reviews for its creepy atmosphere, commitment to the source material, and altogether ooky cast of characters. But who were the actors who decided that sometimes, not letting a franchise die is better? Let’s take a look at the talent behind the film and why so many of them look familiar. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Obssa Ahmed Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Macron Says King Mohammed VI Ready to Appease Tension in Al

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

Rabat – Al Hoceima was at the heart of French President Emmanuel Macron and King Mohammed VI’s meeting this Wednesday evening in the Royal Palace in Casablanca. During a press conference, Macron told the media that the King is “concerned” by the protests happening in the Rif, “a region that is very dear to his heart.”Responding to the questions of a French journalist about the situation in Al Hoceima, Macron stressed that he has “no right to make a judgment on a matter of domestic policy.” However, the French president stated that the on-going protests in the North of Morocco are a matter of importance to the King. The French head of state also stated that unlike many countries, the demonstrations occurring in many regions of the country “are enshrined in the constitutions,” and that King Mohammed VI believes that they are “very normal and legitimate.”During my meeting meeting with His Majesty the King, “we have directly raised the subject.” According to the French president, the “The King expressed his wishes to see the situation  “appeased”, and the “demands of the citizens to be addressed in a concrete way in terms of public policy.”The North of the Kingdom has always been the King’s favorite summer destination, and according to Macron he is “very concerned by the future of this region that is close to his heart.” read more

Madagascar declines the podium at UN development summit

Posted On Oct 11 2019 by

General Assembly President Joseph Deiss today acknowledged Madagascar’s commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the African nation announced its decision to not take the podium at a high-level gathering on the eight anti-poverty targets.The three-day meeting, which wraps up today, heard from scores of world leaders and aims to identify how to accelerate progress to meet the MDGs, with just five years left until their 2015 deadline.Mr. Deiss said in a statement that Madagascar, on a “voluntary and sovereign basis,” decided not to speak at the MDG debate.He expressed his “appreciation to all African Member States, including Madagascar, for their support to the objective of achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the wider objective of reducing poverty, including on the African continent.”During last year’s high-level segment of the Assembly’s 64th session, the 192-member body barred a delegation from Madagascar, where violent political unrest led to the ousting of the president, from addressing the event.President Marc Ravalomanana resigned in early March 2009 amid a dispute with Andry Rajoelina, mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, who now leads the country. 22 September 2010General Assembly President Joseph Deiss today acknowledged Madagascar’s commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the African nation announced its decision to not take the podium at a high-level gathering on the eight anti-poverty targets. read more

Applications sought for hangmans job

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

Applications have been sought for the hangman’s job with President Maithripala Sirisena saying he hopes to implement the death penalty soon.The Department of Prisons has called for applications from today to recruit two new hangmen. A name list on the convicts was also sent to the Attorney General in October last year. (Colombo Gazette) He said that he is determined to implement the death penalty despite some strong objections. The President said that he had sought a report on convicts sentenced to death for grave crimes related to drugs.However he said the report had been delayed. In July 2018 the then cabinet had approved a proposal by the President to implement the death sentence on repeat offenders on death row for serious drug related crimes.Last month, the Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale briefed the cabinet on the steps taken by the Ministry to gather information on drug convicts who are on death row.The Minister had told the cabinet that after President Maithripala Sirisena had announced in July 2018 that the death sentence will be implemented on convicts on death row for serious drug related crimes, the Justice Ministry had sought information on the convicts from the Department of Prisons. The Department of Prisons had, that same month, sent a name list of 18 convicts to the Justice Ministry. President Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament last week that the death penalty will be implemented within two months. read more

ABCs OBrian leads group of US news veterans into AlJazeera America leadership

Posted On Oct 4 2019 by

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2013 2:26 pm MDT ABC’s O’Brian leads group of US news veterans into Al-Jazeera America leadership AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Al-Jazeera America said Monday it will bring in a quartet of veteran U.S. television news executives, led by ABC’s Kate O’Brian as president, to run the new cable news network and pinpointed Aug. 20 as the launch date.Ehab Al Shahibi, executive director for international operations for Al-Jazeera and the man who has overseen development of the American outlet, is the interim chief executive officer.Qatar-based Al-Jazeera, formed in 1996, has expanded quickly around the world but struggled to gain access to U.S. cable and satellite systems. At the beginning of this year, it bought former Vice-President Al Gore’s Current TV, giving the company access to some 50 million homes initially, and began to set up a network specifically for the U.S. audience.O’Brian has worked at ABC News for three decades, and since 2007 has been the network’s senior vice-president for news, leading its breaking news coverage.“She is a highly experienced and award-winning journalist who fully understands what Americans want to see and hear when they watch the news,” said Mostefa Souag, acting director general of the Al-Jazeera Media Network. “Kate has the vision, tenacity and integrity to ensure that Al-Jazeera America will quickly become the success we expect it to be.”Three other Americans who have extensive experience in television news, but aren’t working there currently, will join Al-Jazeera as senior vice-presidents.David Doss, a producer for news shows at ABC and NBC News who had most recently been producing broadcasts for Anderson Cooper at CNN, will be in charge of news programming.Marcy McGinnis, currently teaching journalism at Stony Brook University, will be responsible for news gathering, similar to a job she held at CBS News a decade ago.Shannon High-Bassalik has run local news operations, worked at MSNBC and most recently produced CNN’s morning news show before it was remodeled. She will be in charge of documentaries and programs.Al-Jazeera has announced that a handful of familiar names to American viewers — Sheila MacVicar, Ali Velshi and Soledad O’Brien — will be doing on-air work for the network. The network also has said it will air a regular newsmagazine, “America Tonight,” on weeknights.O’Brian started work at ABC more than 30 years ago as an intern at “20/20.” ABC News President Ben Sherwood wrote to his staff on Monday that “I will miss the sound of her voice, urgent and measured, calling in the middle of the night, when news is breaking somewhere around the world.” read more