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Mercedes Benz launches AMG C43 4MATIC sedan in India, priced at Rs 74.35 lakh

first_imgThe Mercedes Benz AMG C43 has been launched in India. The sedan has been priced at Rs 74.35 lakh (Ex-showroom, New Delhi). The C43 is the thirteenth launch of the 2016 calendar for Mercedes Benz India. The AMG C43 is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 that puts out 367bhp and 520Nm of torque. Power is sent to all 4-wheels by a nine-speed automatic gearbox. It can do 0-100kmph in 4.7 seconds and go all the way to hit a top speed of 250kmph. The highlights of the car are the AMG sports exhaust system and the AMG sports suspension which coupled with the 4MATIC AWD system provides an excellent driving experience. Mercedes Benz has been concentrating on introducing the 43 nomenclature in India, with multiple new models carrying the similar nomenclature launched in India in 2016. The Mercedes Benz AMG C43 was launched at the Buddh International Circuit where we even got a chance to drive the car.Stay tuned for our first drive review which will be coming out soon.last_img read more

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IT, bank employees express solidarity with Jallikattu protests

first_imgChennai, Jan 20 (PTI) With traders downing shutters following a bandh call against jallikattu ban, employees of information technology, banks and other commercial establishments today staged a protest here expressing their solidarity to the cause.Banking operations took a hit with some employees taking part in protests called by Bank Employees Federation of India, Tamil Nadu unit and All India Bank Employees Association.Employees of various IT companies expressed solidarity by holding placards and banners with slogans against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).While some employees went to the Marina beach extending their support to the ongoing agitation, some others wore black clothes and staged a protest in front of their respective offices, across the city.”We want to express our solidarity to the sport. It is our tradition and we do not want it to be banned. Since, we could not participate in the protests being held at Marina, we are conducting it here,” one Vanitha Subramanian said.Similarly, employees of a top multinational firm which has an office at the Old Mahabalipuram Road, conducted a protest on the road wearing black and holding placards.”We want jallikattu. We want jallikattu…Ban PETA” were some of the slogans raised by them.Some employees, representing various public and private sector banks, staged a protest at the famous Mount Road, officials said.Bank Employees Federation of India, Tamil Nadu unit, General Secretary C P Krishnan said the protest is not only to uphold traditional rights of Tamils “but also to showcase our unity against the central and state governments for not conducting the sport”.advertisementThe employees wore red shirts protesting the ban on jallikattu, he said.”As students were staging protests at the Marina in a peaceful manner, the Union decided to offer its support by staging the protest,” he added. PTI VIJ BN AARlast_img read more

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Celebrating 68th Republic Day: India’s diverse culture showcased through beautiful tableaux

first_imgIndia, the nation with the richest and most diverse culture celebrated its 68th Republic Day today on January 26, 2017 at Rajpath, New Delhi. On January 26, 1950, the Constitution of India came into force, and it is to honour that day that Republic Day is celebrated. This year, UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the chief guest at the event.Burj Khalifa tower, the world’s tallest building located in Dubai, was lit up in the colours of the Indian National flag yesterday to celebrate India’s Republic Day.  Also, it was for the first time that a contingent of the National Security Guard (NSG) popularly known as the Black Cat Commandos walked down the Rajpath during Republic Day celebrations. With beautifully constructed tableaux from 16 various states and one Union Territory (UT), India’s cultural diversity was displayed.Have a glance at the rich cultural representations from different states.Odisha Depicted Dola Jatra – A festival in which the togetherness of deities basically Lord Gopinath Dev and Lord Bhagabat from different nearby villages is celebratedArunachal Pradesh  Depicted Yak danceMaharashtra  Paid tribute to Lokmanya TilakManipur Depicted Lai Haraoba, a Manipuri festival which is associated with Meiteis, celebrated to please traditional deitiesGujarat Displayed art and lifestyle of KutchLakshwadeep  Depicted beauty of the unexplored destinationKarnataka  Displayed the ritualistic dance ”Goravas’ (folk dance)Delhi  Displayed the concept of ”Model Schools’Himachal Pradesh Displayed Himachal’s Chamba RumalHaryana  Focused on Beti-Bachao, Beti-Padhao campaignWest Bengal  Depicted Sharod Utsav (Durga Puja)Punjab advertisement Depicted the festive dance formTamil Nadu  Depicted Karakattam – Traditional folk dance of TNGoa Depicted the musical heritage of GoaTripura Depicted ‘Hojagiri’ – Tribal dance of TripuraJ&K Displayed the winter sports at GulmargAssam  Portrayed the Kamakhya ShrineRead: NEET 2017: Now only 3 attempts allowed within 25 years of age Read: Political changes in the US and UK have reduced the numbers of Indian students For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-LD AUCTION 2 LAST

first_imgWith capable seam bowling all-rounders at a premium, With capable seam bowling all-rounders at a premium, Stokes was in the wish-list of five franchises, who engaged in tough bidding for the player, who is now revered as the worlds top all-rounder. The 25-year-old, who hasnt played franchise cricket till date, has a career strike rate of 134 plus while batting and a bowling economy rate of 8.60 in 77 matches. Mills, on the other hand, has played 55 Twenty20 matches, fetching 63 wickets with a reasonably good economy rate of 7.47. Asked whether Pune skipper Steven Smith was consulted in bidding for Stokes, Goenka said everyone including Stephen Fleming have been a part of the decision. “Steven Smith and Stephen Fleming, everyone has been a part of this decision. This is a very collective and collaborative decision. We actually didnt go for individuals. We looked at the spots and gaps to fill and we did exactly that. “We needed this kind of an all-rounder in our team. We are reinforcing our core, our playing XI and you would see the rest of the strategy as the day unfolds,” Goenka explained. The first round of bidding for Stokes saw Mumbai, Delhi and RCB match each other till it reached Rs 10.50 crore after which the Reliance-owned franchise pulled out. Delhi and Bangalore continued before Sunrisers entered the fray. But just when it looked that Stokes would go for around Rs 12.5 crore, Pune entered the fray and clinched the deal. For left-armer Mills, who bowls at 90 mph, what got RCB going was a replacement for Mitchell Starc, who pulled out of the IPL yesterday. “Bangalore has a very small ground. It favours batsmen — the average first innings score was 199, and second innings was 190 and therefore, we really needed bowlers, especially with Mitchell Starcs unavailability this edition, and therefore Tymal Mills was a great buy. He suits the playing conditions in Bangalore,” RCB chairman Amrit Thomas told reporters. Among other notable international players, New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson and Sri Lankan Test captain Angelo Mathews were picked up by Delhi Daredevils at their base price of Rs 1 Crore (USD 150,000)and Rs 2 crore (USD 300,000) respectively. Daredevils also bought South African paceman Kagiso Rabada for Rs 5 crore after some bidding. New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult was picked by KKR at Rs 5 crore (USD 750,000). PTI BDN KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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BCCI Committee of Administrators warns state bodies against IPL 2017 ‘sabotage’

first_imgThe Committee of Administrators (COA) has decided in unison that any state unit trying to sabotage Indian Premier League matches will face harsh punishment and the matter will be taken up at appropriate legal forum.The COA, which met here on Friday, feels that the state units are trying to feed misinformation as they have never ever been required to spend any money from their coffers for arranging IPL matches.In fact, a top BCCI source abreast with COA meeting said that it was found out that the state units are blatantly lying as it is the BCCI and franchises which share the cost of hosting association on a 50-50 basis and not the state units.Some of the state units are trying to portray a different picture.”For the last nine editions, a unit that hosts seven matches (that’s the maximum at league stage) requires Rs 60 lakh. Out of that Rs 30 lakh is paid by the local IPL franchise upfront. The BCCI pays the outstanding Rs 30 lakh after the matches are successfully completed. So where does the state units come into the picture,” a top source said.”For example, Kanpur is hosting two matches so they will get an amount according to their number of matches. That’s how it has been all these years. Delhi Daredevils will pay DDCA Rs 30 lakh before the IPL starts and BCCI the remainder after completion of the event,” he explained.Vikram Limaye, like the last time, will be representing BCCI at the ICC Board Meeting while CEO Rahul Johri will be present at the Chief Executives Meeting.advertisementThe issue of Shashank Manohar’s resignation from ICC chairmanship was also discussed at the meeting and the COA decided that it will carry discussions with the other member boards on proposed revenue model and constitutional reforms.”The BCCI will carry on its discussions with other member boards. As far as ICC chairmanship is concerned, it’s the call of the ICC Board,” the source said.The Supreme Court hearing on March 20 also came up for discussion. As of now, most of the state units have not complied with Lodha Committee reforms. The COA has already submitted a first status report to the Supreme court.last_img read more

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SPORT-MI-ROHIT 2 LAST

first_imgSharma, who took over captaincy reins from AustralianSharma, who took over captaincy reins from Australian Ricky Ponting after six games in 2013, was gung-ho about his teams bowling attack this season comprising Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell McClenaghan from overseas and up and coming Indias limited overs specialist, Jasprit Bumrah.”We might surprise a team or two with the kind of bowling attack. Its a long tournament and we cant think too far ahead. We have to break it into parts. We play five games in first 18 days here and I see it as an advantage.”He conceded that in 2016 the team was not consistent enough to go all the way to retain the title which it won for the second time in 2015.”Last year we were not consistent enough. Its a fast- paced tournament and we play every second or third day. We have to break into parts. We want to start well. Our first opposition is Pune and they have a pretty exciting squad with some new faces.”He was happy to work with new coach and former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene who has taken over from Ponting.”Mahela and (bowling coach) Shane Bond (of New Zealand) are working on their (Pune) line up. When we go on field we are not short on information.”I am looking forward to work with Mahela who I have seen from the other side. Hes a legend. I am counting on his experience and knowledge. He will be able to guide us if we are in trouble.”advertisementHe did not find excuses for last years poor show that was prompted, in a way, by the shifting of MIs home matches from the Wankhede Stadium to Vishakapatnam after a court verdict.”The shift came at the last moment and the pitches at Vizag definitely did not suit our game. Having said that its not an excuse. We did not get adjusted to conditions quicker. Whatever the ground, you have to play as a unit. Its no excuse for not qualifying (for the play offs).”It was a learning curve and we know now what to expect, if a game or two get shifted, you have to be ready to perform if you are a champion side.”He expects the Wankhede pitches this year to have a consistent bounce although they would get slower as the tournament progresses.”Anything you do at the Wankhede the bounce will be consistent, but as the tournament goes on the pitches become slower and slower, not only at Wankhede but all over India, as its peak summer.” PTI SSR NRBlast_img read more

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IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla happy after “amicable meeting” with CoA

first_imgIndian cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag will be honoured by the BCCI during the opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Hyderabad on April 5.Confirming this today, Rajeev Shukla, Chairman of the cash-rich league, assured that the 10th edition of the tournament will be bigger and better than all the previous ones.Shukla chaired the IPL Governing Council meeting in Delhi today with head and members of the Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA) in attendance. (CoA assures full support to state associations for hosting IPL 2017 matches)”It was a very amicable meeting. Before the Governing Council meeting, all staging associations signed the agreement. There was absolutely no voice of dissent. Mr (Vinod) Rai was very thoughtful in his suggestions and assured full support from the COA,” Shukla told India Today after the meeting.Mumbai has been awarded a playoff game this season while the eliminators will take place in Bangalore. The opening game and final match of the tournament will take place in Hyderabad as Sunrisers Hyderabad are the reigning champs.”Mumbai lost out due to the draught issue last season so have been given a playoff this season,” said Shukla.Besides Shukla, the meeting was attended by board treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, Sourav Ganguly while joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary joined through Skype. Jyotiraditya Scindia and MP Pandove were absent.The staging state associations have also been promised immediate release of funds by the COA.”We will get the money to host the game a day before every match and COA has also promised to clear all our pending dues within two working days, said a happy official of one of the staging associations.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgDonateNow Starter: starts at $59/monthDonateNow Essentials: starts at $79/monthDonateNow Pro: starts at $129/month Donation Page Redesign: $99If you need us to completely redesign the look and feel of the area that wraps around your donation form (for example to match your redesigned website), there is a $99 redesign fee. Per Donation Fee: a low 3% transaction fee for each donation Custom Design Fee: $350If you prefer a donation page to have a custom skin that exactly matches your website, you can opt to make a one-time investment that will allow our designers to create a custom-designed donation page to mirror your website and branding. Network for Good is here to give you all the fundraising tools (and moral support) that you need to raise more money online. And we do it all for less with no hidden fees. What you see below is what you pay.DonateNow:No Setup Fees How Network for Good Is Different:We offer month-to-month service with no annual contract required.Discounts available for organizations who prefer an annual contract.Questions about pricing or ready to get started? Get in touch and we’ll talk you through all the options, or sign up to get started with better online fundraising today. Donation Form Edits: FreeYou can make free, unlimited edits to your donation form at any time.last_img read more

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A primer on how to use color well on your website

first_imgOne of my favorite blogs, Branded Out Loud, has an excellent primer on your online color choices. Here’s what I learned:1. Certain colors convey certain meanings. Here are a few common ones. Check out Branded Out Loud for the full library.2. You need to be careful with your color combinations. Red, white and blue are overdone so mute them with gray. Orange and brown are always going to look like Halloween, so check out Branded Out Loud’s examples of how to use colors well in combination.3. You can get some great color palette suggestions at Branded Out Loud’s Pinterest page!And last, remember the concept of visual saliency bias, or bias toward brighter-colored items. Just as simple, easy to read type can make people more friendly to your words, I think bold, recognizable colors may help make people pay attention to you. Have at least one color that pops.last_img read more

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Let’s Get Together

first_imgIt’s easy to feel isolated as a freelancer: head down, plugging away at your own desk, doing daily battle with clients. Solution: Build a community of support around you and your work.Networking is not just a good business strategy—it’s a necessity to thrive. No one know this better than freelancer David Hochman. David is an experienced writer, with a distinctly smart and funny style, and a long impressive resume. Just as impressive is the work he’s done to bring freelance writers together through resources and communities like Upod.David shares his wisdom for connecting with a community of freelancers:How & why did you start as a freelancer?After Columbia J-School, I took a writing job at one of Jann Wenner’s magazines. Great perks (hanging out with Bon Jovi in Amsterdam, etc.) but low pay. Freelancing on the side, I saw I could make more than I was making on staff. One day at lunch, I sat with an editor on a boulder in Central Park. I said, “I’m thinking about quitting.” She said,** **”You need to fly free. You’ll do great.” She was right.What surprised you?How the freelance fairy godmother kept showing up over my writing desk every time I needed another assignment.…how do I get one of those?To find your own fairy godmother, reach out to the five most connected media people you know. Ask them to connect you with one or two more people with connections, and so on and so on. Ten people matter more than 10,000 blind queries.What was the catalyst for actively connecting freelance writers together?I started Upod in 2003, after I moved to Los Angeles. I’d been teaching writing classes and everyone kept asking me for advice, tips and contacts I decided to start a forum where freelancers could ask EACH OTHER those questions so I could hang with my freelance fairy godmother. Since then, it’s become a community all its own, online and off. Last year, I started sharing my super-important-but-oh-so-secret tips on Making it Big as a Freelancer at my Upod Academy workshops (sign up for the next one!)What kind of support do freelance writers give each other?Freelancers are a noble group but little understood. We’re actually better groomed than most people think and far more supportive of each other than the Mozart/Salieri-style rivalry-over-success model most people would expect. We read drafts, share contacts, and tell you it’s going to be okay.You can’t work in a vacuum. To make great things, you have to share ideas and inspirations with other people. The image of the successful freelancer toiling away alone in the darkened garage or bedroom, it’s a myth. To thrive, become part of something bigger than yourself.What’s your #1 rule of work?Diversify.What tips do you have for freelancers scared to network or “stuck” in their own home office?Send one email to someone asking to have coffee. I can be your guinea pig. In my experience, something good comes of every in-person interaction you have with a supportive person.Exercising at least every other day also helps get you out of the freelance terror zone.Finally, change something. You write sitting down? Try doing it standing up.David Hochman is a writer and the founder of Upod. Follow him @DavidHochman.Photo credits: alexstaubo & Lori Stolllast_img read more

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5 reasons why you can’t afford to miss the #FreelanceIsntFree Rally

first_imgOn Monday, December 7 at 12 p.m., freelancers across New York City will gather on the steps of City Hall to celebrate the introduction of the #FreelanceIsntFree bill.Here are 5 reasons to take that lunch break and join us in showing your support for the #FreelanceIsntFree campaign!1. It’s historicDespite the growing freelance workforce, no other city has made moves to protect freelance rights in nonpayment cases. New York City’s move to support its 1.3 million freelancers puts independent workers in the spotlight nationwide.2. Details will be revealedOK, so “legislation,” what exactly does that mean? #FreelanceIsntFree rally attendees will be the first to hear what the new bill covers — and let City Council Members know that this isn’t the last they’ll be hearing from us.3. Strength in numbersSlacktivism is all the rage these days, but the truth is — laws don’t change because you change your facebook profile picture. Laws are made by people who get up, get out, and fight for their rights.4. Rad speakersKing of BK poli-cool and bill-sponsor Brad Lander will talk about the importance of supporting freelancers. We are New York’s most creative and entreprenuial spirits, after all!Our own Sara Horowitz will MC the event, which will also include words from other city council members, the leader of New York City’s largest labor union, and the founder of NY Tech Meet Up. See the full line-up here.5. You want to get paid, don’t you?It’s about time to stop chalking up non-payment as yet another hazard of freelancing. It’s theft, and it’s not OK. You take pride in your work, so it’s time to exercise a little respect for your profession and join us on the steps of City Hall to say #FreelanceIsntFree!RSVP HERESee you at 12 p.m. on December 7 – remember to share your pics on Instagram with the hashtag #FreelanceIsntFree!A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about sustainability, community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.last_img read more

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South Africa considering appeal of FIFA replay order

first_imgSouth Africa look set to launch an appeal against a FIFA decision to order a replay of last November’s World Cup qualifier against Senegal after the referee was found to have manipulated the result.World football’s governing body on Wednesday ordered the African zone Group D game, which South Africa won 2-1 in Polokwane, to be played again this November after referee Joseph Lamptey lost his last bid to overturn a life ban.He was sanctioned in March by FIFA after it was found he had contrived to engineer that South Africa won the game.No details of how he was manipulated have been given by FIFA but South Africa have denied any involvement.The Ghanaian official handed South Africa dubious penalty for a non-existent handball and then allowed another goal to stand shortly thereafter from a quickly taken free kick while he was still ordering Senegalese defenders to retreat.Lamptey appealed his banning and took the matter to the Court for Arbitration in Sport, who have upheld the FIFA decision, leading to Wednesday’s ordering of a replay.”SAFA is studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision,” the South African Football Asssociation said in response on Thursday.Reuters Photo “SAFA wishes to also state categorically that it was in no way involved with any wrongdoing related to the actions of the referee, as stated in the FIFA report,” the statement addedPreviously SAFA president Danny Jordaan said ordering a replay would set a dangerous precedent.advertisement”We will not accept it,” he told reporters in May. “If you must start replaying matches where referees make mistakes we will still be playing the league.”That referee was appointed by FIFA, that is a FIFA match, it’s not our match so they must deal with their referee and that is end of story. It’s not our referee, we did not appoint him and we won the match.””Our position is that the referee’s decision is final. Referees make so many mistakes. Maradona scored with the hand and then became world champions.”So many things. Thierry Henry played the ball with his hand and scored and qualified to come here to the 2010 World Cup,” Jordaan added.FIFA will decide next week on the exact date for the replay but it will be played in the November window for internationals when South Africa are already scheduled to visit Senegal for their last group game.By nullifying the original result, South Africa slump even further down the standings and effectively now have a single point from three matches. Senegal have five points.Both trail co-leaders, Burkina Faso and the Cape Verde Islands, who have six points each but from four matches.Only the group winner qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

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Ravi Shastri raises player burnout issue with BCCI

first_imgTeam India head coach Ravi Shastri has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to provide the national team players adequate break between series in future to avoid player burnout.Shastri, who joined the Committee of Administrators (CoA) meet on Friday via video link, shared his thoughts after his first tour since succeeding Anil Kumble as coach of the Indian team.Shastri is unhappy with the limited gap between home series against Sri Lanka and the South Africa tour which starts in January next year. There will only be a one week gap between the two series.India will play a series of five ODIs and three T20Is against Australiafrom September 17 to October 13. Four days later the team will play aseries against New Zealand which will go on till November 7.A weeklater Sri Lanka will play a full series against India from November 15to December 24. Then, the team will be off to South Africa on December28 where they will play three T20s, three ODIs followed by four Testmatches.He spoke about how England and Australia schedule tours where cricketers can take a Christmas break even on away tours and come back. India will be starting their home series against New Zealand during the Diwali period.The BCCI expressed inability to have a longer gap for now between tours given the tight scheduling. There has been one practice game scheduled in South Africa before the first Test that likely to start from January 5, 2018, while team management wanted two practice games.advertisementThe team will depart for South Africa on December 28. The home series against Sri Lanka will finish less than one week before the team’s departure. One option that may be exercised is to send the Test players early to South Africa for acclimatisation.Shastri though, was satisfied with the England tour schedule which will also take place next year. He has requested the BCCI to take the captain and coach’s suggestions in future while scheduling tours to avoid player burnout.last_img read more

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Chelsea F.C.’s run of red cards leaves coach Antonio Conte bemused

first_imgChelsea coach Antonio Conte had ordered his players not to lose their discipline against Arsenal on Sunday.David Luiz, it seems, did not get the message.The Brazilian defender was shown a straight red card for a wild tackle on Sead Kolasinac in the tense final minutes of the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.That is likely to mean that Luiz will miss his side’s next three league games which will include the visit of fellow title-contenders Manchester City.Luiz could have been sent off earlier when he attempted a dramatic overhead strike on goal only to leave Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny needing treatment. Luiz was booked for that challenge.His dismissal was the third time in five league games this season that a Chelsea player was sent off, as many as in their previous 73 games.Photo Credit: Reuters On top of that, Victor Moses was dismissed in the FA Cup Final in May and Pedro was sent off in the pre-season Community Shield match, against Arsenal on both occasions.The flow of red cards represents a contrast with the discipline that was a key part of Conte’s title-winning side last year following a chaotic 2015-16 campaign, when Jose Mourinho was sacked amid rumours of a rebellion against him by several top players.Last season, no Chelsea player was sent off in the league.Conte said he would address the need to maintain discipline again with his players.”For sure it’s strange. A strange situation,” he told reporters. “I was a player and it can happen, this type of period and you are not so lucky to receive these red cards.advertisement”I think we have to try to improve all the situations — physical, tactical and we will try to pay more attention in the future.”Conte said he believed referee Michael Oliver should have stopped the game shortly before the foul that earned Luiz his red-card, saying he had been nudged by Alexis Sanchez. “For sure there was a foul,” he said.last_img read more

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Joint Olympic march will give N Korea a taste of freedom: US

first_img(Eds: With additional inputs)By Lalit K JhaWashington, Jan 18 (PTI) The US has said it hopes that North Koreas decision to participate in the Winter Olympics, along with South Korea, will give it a “taste of freedom” and its leadership would see the value in ending its international isolation over its nuclear ambitions.For the first time in over a decade, the two Koreas yesterday agreed to march together under a single flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics Games, to be held in Pyeongchang in South Korea later this year, in a show of unity and further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula amid growing diplomatic negotiations between the two countries.They also decided to field a united womens ice hockey team.The two nations have previously been represented under the same flag at an international sporting event at the 2006 Winter Olympics and at the 2007 Asian Winter Games.”We see this as an opportunity for the regime to see the value of ending its international isolation via denuclearisation. We still are very much focused and hope that that happens,” the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference yesterday.She was responding to questions on the decision of North Korea to send its athletes to participate in Winter Olympics along with South Korea.”This isnt the first time that the two countries have marched together. We hope that this experience gives North Korea and its athletes a small taste of freedom, and that rubs off and is something that spreads and impacts in these negotiations and in these conversations,” Sanders said.advertisementTensions between North Korea, its neighbours and the US have been high after Pyongyang carried out multiple missile launches last year, including a number of ICBMs, and its sixth atomic test, by far its most powerful to date.Pyongyang had ramped up its efforts to become a nuclear power despite a raft of international sanctions. PTI LKJ CHT SMJ AKJ SMJlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli’s ODI hundred No. 34: 29 in winning causes, 18 in successful chases

first_imgVirat Kohli scores hundreds for fun in ODIs they say and he did exactly that once again in the third ODI against South Africa at Cape Town on Wednesday.Kohli’s 34th ton helped India post a mammoth 303/6 after being put into bat. The Men in Blue then restricted the Proteas to 179 to win the match by 124 runs and take a 3-0 lead in the six-match series.Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball after Kohli’s unbeaten 160 off 159 balls with 4 wickets each in the second innings.As is the case these days, every time Kohli gets to triple figures he either equals a record or breaks one in the process.Kohli’s unbeaten 160 is his third score of 150-plus in ODIs and his 12th as captain, which is also the highest ODI score by an Indian against South Africa in South Africa.The previous record was held by Sourav Ganguly who had made 127 at Johannesburg in 2001.Kohli also went past Ganguly’s record of most hundreds by an Indian captain in ODIs with his 12th ton. He achieved the feat in 100 innings fewer than Ganguly. Only two players have scored more centuries as captain – Ricky Ponting with 22 centuries and AB de Villiers with 13.India now have 29 wins under their belt whenever Kohli has scored a hundred with 18 of his centuries coming in successful run chases.Kohli took 197 innings to slam 34 hundreds which is 101 fewer than Sachin Tendulkar, who reached the landmark in his 298th innings against Namibia in 2003. Kohli has now hit 55 international hundreds, the fifth most in history.advertisementThe Delhi dasher also went past Ganguly’s record of most runs scored by an Indian against South Africa in a series. The Prince of Kolkata had scored 285 from five matches in 1999-20 when the Proteas toured India.Not only that, he also overtook Mohammad Azharuddin as the leading run-scorer by an Indian captain in South Africa in a bilateral series. Azhar had scored 232 in a seven-match series against the South Africans back in 1992. (Kohli is on a different level, says Warner)Kohli already has amassed 318 runs in 3 ODIs at an average of 318 with two hundreds and a strike rate of over 96. Shikhar Dhawan, who made 76 in this game, is second on the list with 162 runs at 81.00 with two half-centuries.He now needs to score 31 runs more to become the leading run-scorer in a series between India and South Africa. Currently, AB de Villiers holds the record for most runs scored in a series between the two countries. He hammered 358 runs from five matches when South Africa toured India in 2015.This was Kohli’s third hundred of the South African tour and his second in three ODIs. Earlier in January, Kohli had struck a classy 153 in the second Test in Centurion but that effort came in a losing cause.Last Thursday, Kohli had smashed his maiden ODI hundred in South Africa. The fluent 112 in the first ODI in Durban helped India start off on a strong note.Kohli enjoyed a sensational run 2016 across formats. He did even better in 2017 and finished as the highest run-scorer in ODIs, amassing 1460 runs including six hundreds and seven fifties from 26 matches.And last but not the least, Kohli is the only batsman in the world to average more than 50 in all three formats, which has been the case for a while now. He is currently averaging 53.40 in Tests, 57.34 in ODIs and 52.86 in T20Is with a total of 55 international centuries in his kitty.last_img read more

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IPL auction 2018: Indian spinners who might turn out to be star picks

first_imgIt’s that time of the year when cricketers around the world wait with bated breaths as the time nears for their name to called out in room full of the who’s who of Indian business and Bollywood. The Indian Premier League Auction scheduled for January 27-28 in Bengaluru will see 578 players including 360 Indians go under the hammer.Since 2008, when the inaugural IPL was played, the popularity of the shortest format of the game has grown exponentially and with that has grown the stock spinners.WATCHTen years ago, in the first season of the IPL, experts from around the globe reckoned T20 cricket marked the death of the art of spin-bowling. How wrong have then been proven since!On the list of all-time highest wicket takers in the IPL, three of the top five slots are occupied by spinners , a true testament of the ‘so-called dying art form’. Amit Mishra, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla sit pretty in positions 2nd to 4th, only dwarfed in the wicket-taking list by the sheer genius of Lasith Malinga.As the day of the auction nears, spinners have once again become the talk of the town with big names such as R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal along with a number of younger spinners set to go under the hammer.As the year roll on, we look at the Indian spinner that the franchises will be looking at to lead their bowling attack. Ravichandran Ashwin sits 10th on the list of the highest wicket-takers. (Photo: BCCI)Ravichandran AshwinadvertisementFirst up the Big Fish! Ravichandran Ashwin is the Indian Premier League , someone who has been a part of the league from the very start. He sits 10th on the list of the highest wicket-takers and after 111 matches he has 2500 runs and 100 wickets. Record are just milestones for the Chennai superstar and if MS Dhoni’s (who was retained by the Chennai Super Kings) words are anything to go by, CSK will go all out to have their beloved son back humming ‘Whistle Podu’. With the dearth of genuine leaders and match-winners in the teams, the maverick Ashwin can be an asset to any team he goes to, just expect the team to bring their cheque books with a base price of Rs 2 crores.Yuzvendra ChahalThe stock of the lanky wrist- spinner has gone up considerably given his exploits in the international arena recently. His spell of 6/25 last January against England won him the ICC’ s best T20I Performance of the Year. He was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore but rest assured, Virat Kohli would want to get his ace leg-spinner back in the side. With a base price of Rs 2 crore, Chahal is sure to demand the big bucks from every team in search of a quality leg-spinner. RCB might even want to use the Right to Match option to snare him back. Who would want to ignore Chahal’s 70 wickets in 56 IPL matches?Kuldeep YadavKuldeep Yadav was not retained by Kolkata Knight Riders and his availability gives other teams the chance to lure away a future star, who has already started proving his potential, especially on the international stage. Kuldeep has played only 15 games for the Knights, but his 18 wickets so far is an indication of the talent of the young man. His strike rate has been even more phenomenal in the Indian shirt, with him picking up 12 wickets in his eight games. The 23-year-old has come a long way from his hat-trick taking under 19 days, and evolved into this reliable leader who can fox even the best-of -the best with his wrong-uns. Kolkata would be looking to get their man back, given the fact that they have three Right-to-Match cards with them, and his base price starts at Rs 1.5 crores. Washington Sundar played for the Rising Pune Supergiant and took eight wickets from 11 games. (Photo: BCCI)Washington SundarWashington Sundar burst onto the scene last year, when he transitioned from the Tamil Nadu Premier League to the IPL, playing for the Rising Pune Supergiant. He proved with his performances that the hype around him was no fluke, with eight wickets from 11 games. But coming into the auction, the 18-year-old has been blowing hot and cold in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament. The base price for the Chennai-born bona fide star has been set at Rs 1.5 crores, but the fact that he is no mean slogger with the bat is an advantage in his favour. All said and done, he is one for the future and whichever team manage to land him, will be all the more stronger for it.advertisementKrunal PandyaMumbai Indians had only three slots for retaining players from their exhaustive list of superstars and somehow, Hardik Pandya’s elder brother Krunal finds himself in the auction. He has gone in again with a low base price of just Rs 40 lakhs, and would be hoping that history repeats itself, he was sold for Rs 2 crores in his IPL debut, and he gets to play alongside his brother. He scored 243 runs and picked up 10 wickets last year. Franchises might find themselves in bidding war for the all-round services of the elder Pandya, but Mumbai might not yet want to let go of the payer all together. Anukul Roy has taken 10 wickets from three games in the ongoing Under 19 Cricket World Cup. (Photo: @cricketworldcup)Anukul RoyWhen it comes to the Indian Premier League auctions, out of sight generally means, out of mind. The opposite can also be said to be true. As the Indian Under 19 team chase yet another (read fourth) crown in New Zealand, Anukul Royhas emerged a genuine match-winner and a sure-talent. His player-of-the match performance five-wicket haul in India’s second group game against Papua New Guinea, following by the 4/20 in the next game against Zimbabwe, have thrust the 19-year-old in the limelight. Teams would circling around the youngster, as Roy has a base price of just Rs 20 lakhs.And that wouldn’t be all, there are other spinners who could easily be the one who can become the trump card for the team, and given the dynamics of such an open auction, teams might look at other options. The likes of Murugan Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, KC Cariappa, Iqbal Abdullah have been instrumental in their respective teams’ plans in the past, or the franchises might want to look at others like, Shreyas Gopal, Shivil Kaushik, who are yet to make a big splash in the tournament.Whatever may be the tactics of the franchises, one is certain, spinners may finally be grinning their way to bank come January 27 and 28.last_img read more

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Manika Batra leads India to historic women TT gold at CWG

first_imgGold Coast, Apr 8 (PTI) Manika Batra inspired India to a historic gold medal with her stunning singles victories, fashioning an unthinkable 3-1 victory over four-time gold medallists Singapore in the final of the womens team event at the Commonwealth Games here. World No. 58 Batra first scored the biggest of her career by humbling world number four and multiple Olympic medallist Feng Tianwei 3-2 before brushing aside 100th-ranked Yihan Zhou 3-0 to engineer a sensational win over the mighty Singapore side. It was mother of all upsets as prior to this final, the Singapore womens team had never lost in the Commonwealth Games since the sport was inducted in the program way back in 2002. The victory tasted even sweeter as the women had returned empty handed from the Glasgow edition four years ago. It was only the second table tennis team gold for India at the Games with the men achieving the feat in the 2006 Melbourne edition. Earlier today, India had blanked England 3-0 to reach the womens team final for the second time. While Batra was the architect of Indias historic win, the experienced pairing of Madhurika Patkar and Mouma Das played the supporting role to perfection by winning the crucial doubles tie 3-1 (11-7 11-6 8-11 11-7) against Zhou and Mengyu Yu for a 2-1 lead in the final. After Batra shocked Feng 3-2 (11-8 8-11 7-11 11-9 11-7) in the opening singles, Mengyu had equalized for Singapore with a straight game win over Patkar. Batra then proved to be too good for Yihan, who failed to read her deceptive strokes. The Singaporean put a back hand long as the Indian completed a 3-0 (11-7 11-4 11-7), leading to wild celebrations. PTI BSadvertisement AT ATlast_img read more

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Heena Sidhu looking forward to Asian Games, World Championship post CWG 2018 success

first_imgFew days after picking gold and silver each in the ongoing edition of the 21st Commonwealth Games, star Indian shooter Heena Sidhu on Saturday said that winning a medal in such `important event` means a lot to her.Seasoned campaigner Heena Sidhu first clinched silver in the women’s 10m Air Pistol category before adding it with a gold in women’s 25m air pistol event.While Sidhu bagged silver with a total effort of 234 in the finals, she took away the gold medal after breaking the Commonwealth Games record with a score of 38 points in the 25m category in the Games.Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 10: Medals TallyReflecting on the same, Sidhu told ANI that she is really satisfied with her performance in the prestigious quadrennial event, adding that she is now looking forward to replicate the performance in the World Championship.CWG 2018, Day 9: Shooters stand out with 2 Gold on 11-medal day”I am very happy with my performance. Commonwealth Games is an important event and winning a medal there means a lot to me. I will now look forward to Asian Games and then World Championship. For me, World Championship is very important and I will try to do best there,” Sidhu said.Heena Sidhu: The story of an accidental shooter who went to become a legendMeanwhile, the 28-year-old expressed her disappointment on the idea of excluding shooting from next edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2022. She said that the move would not only be a setback for shooters but that it is also going to have a huge affect on India’s overall medal tally in the Games.advertisement”We need funding to get good quality coaches and physiotherapists. Help from any corner be it Government or private sponsors matter a lot. Indian shooters are performing well this is a reason, we need to save shooting from being excluded from next Commonwealth Games. If shooting will be excluded then it will be huge setback for shooters and also it will affect the medal tally,” Sidhu stated.Earlier this year, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had categorically stated that the federation’s stand is final and binding on all participating Commonwealth nations to exclude shooting from the 2022 CWG in Birmingham.In the ongoing edition of the Games, India are currently standing at the third spot with 59, including 25 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze.(With ANI inputs)last_img

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Nokia 8 Sirocco review: Best Android phone from Nokia. Period

first_imgHMD Global kicked off 2018 with a few new smartphones that were unveiled at MWC 2018. Soon enough, the Nokia 1 (Review), new Nokia 6 (Review), Nokia 7 Plus (Review) and the Nokia 8 Sirocco made their way to India. These phones take up specific price points in the market with the Nokia 1 being an entry-level device to the Nokia 8 Sirocco as the most premium smartphone from the company to date.The Nokia 8 Sirocco is priced at Rs 49,999 and this is because the phone is comes with the best that HMD could deliver. Right from its curved glass design on the outside to flagship-level hardware inside, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is the best-looking phone from the company that also has the potential to be the best Android phone from Nokia as well. But does the phone truly shine in every aspect to justify its premium price tag? Read on to find out.DesignThis is what the Nokia 8 Sirocco is all about. The phone has been designed and crafted with great deal of attention and you can tell that from the moment you take it out of the box. The first thing the strikes you is its 3D curved display on top. The Gorilla Glass curves smoothly around the right and left sides and meets the stainless steel edges. The other thing you notice is just how compact the phone is and it’s quite interesting how the company managed to do that. At 7.5mm in thickness, the phone is pretty slim. But HMD did make some sacrifices to achieve that such as ditching the 3.5mm headphones jack. Additionally, the power button and volume controls on the side are so closely aligned to the frame that it makes it hard to find them out without looking.advertisement With around 95 per cent of the phone made up of glass, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a looker and there’s no doubt about that. But some hands-on time with the phone can be a little unflattering. The wide display and sharp edges makes the phone a little uncomfortable to use. The glass back will also attract fingerprints and smudges. And because it’s mostly all glass, you will want to slap on a cover (provided in the box) if you’re a little clumsy. However, having a cover on does take out some of the charm of the phone so that’s a decision you’re going to have to make. The phone’s compact design makes it easy to carry around and slide into your pocket, but despite its form factor, it’s not the easiest to use with one hand. Overall, I feel the phone looks fantastic if you admire it from a distance, but it is a little inconvenient to actually use it.DisplayOne of the things that really makes the phone look gorgeous is how the pOLED panel curves around the edges like you see on the Galaxy S9. Unlike the Galaxy S9, however, the curved edges on the 8 Sirocco aren’t functional and they are really there just for aesthetic purposes. Thanks to the slim bezels on the top and bottom, one will easily be fooled into thinking this is an 18:9 display, much like the industry trend. However, the phone actually sports a typical 16:9 display all the while giving you a full-screen feel. The Nokia 8 Sirocco’s 5.5-inch Quad HD pOLED display looks vivid and sharp. Colours on screen pop and look punchy, although they do look oversaturated as well. The curved display gives it a very 3D feel to it and watching videos on the phone look even better as it looks like it’s flowing down from one side to the other. What I find really great is that HMD has managed to give a full-screen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, so what you get is the experience of an 18:9 display and the fact that you won’t have to stretch and crop anything since every video streaming app like YouTube and Netflix already support the standard 16:9 aspect ratio.That being said, the curved display does cause vertical blue bands to appear on either sides, which is noticeable especially on a white background. Secondly, the brightness levels aren’t the best and this is something I found to be true even with the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6 (2018). Under bright sunlight, visibility can be poor even at maximum brightness, which also tends to drain the battery quite a bit.Software and performanceHMD announced that all its phones from Nokia 3 and upwards will now be part of the Android One program. And like the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is an Android One phone, which means pure, stock Android software running the latest Oreo version out-of-the-box. During the review period, the phone received the April security update. Android One also guarantees timely security updates for at least two years as well as Android P and Android Q in the future. This when combined with last year’s flagship Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM means absolutely smooth, fluid and fast performance.advertisement Yes, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is powered by the Snapdragon 835 and not the 845 as most flagships are expected to this year. But before you get disappointed let me tell you that the Snapdragon 835 is a fantastic chipset and when you combine that with stock Android, the results are just great. During my time with the phone I found no lag or stutter and it ran buttery smooth consistently. So as far as performance and software is concerned, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is a winner in my books.The latest Nokia phones did come with Face Unlock, but the Android 8.1 Oreo update seemed to have removed that. HMD may bring it back after perhaps improving it, but nothing is known as of now. The fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate, but it’s not the fastest out there. The single speaker grille on the bottom won’t be loud, but it is clear and the sound quality is crisp. The Nokia 8 Sirocco also comes with a Glance Screen feature that is essentially an Always-On display which shows the time, date, battery percentage and notifications on screen without having to turn it on.CameraMuch like the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 8 Plus, the Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with Zeiss-branded optics. On the rear, the phone sports a dual camera setup which includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 13-megapixel secondary telephoto sensor. Both the cameras lack OIS but there is EIS which helps in stabilizing videos. The rear camera setup on the Nokia 8 Sirocco is slightly better than the Nokia 7 Plus. A big reason for why the photos look colourful and bright is also because of the vibrant OLED display.IMAGE SAMPLESBut the cameras face a similar issue in that photos captured aren’t the best detailed. Under bright light outdoors, the camera captures bright, slightly oversaturated pictures. Colours look punchy and deep so you won’t have to worry about them looking dull. The shutter speed is quite fast so you won’t get a lot of shaky photos, which is great. Once again, like the Nokia 7 Plus, low-light shots aren’t the best as they often come out noisy and lack detail. Camera features include a Live Bokeh and a Pro Mode. Live Bokeh was a bit difficult to get around because it does not indicate if the subject is too close or too far as it did on the Nokia 7 Plus. Pro Mode is a neat little feature that lets you manually tweak the ISO, White Balance, shutter speed and exposure to your liking.But the 5-megapixel front camera does sound disappointing considering the price you pay. Predictably, it doesn’t offer anything spectacular. Selfies look decent outdoors under good lighting, but they get soft and noisy in low-light.advertisementBattery When I reviewed the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7 Plus, I was largely impressed with the battery life on both the phones. The Nokia 8 Sirocco houses a 3,260mAh battery, which once again doesn’t disappoint. The phone with its qHD display will drain the battery a bit faster than you’re typical full-HD display, so you won’t get a terrific battery life like say the Nokia 7 Plus. But the 8 Sirocco still impresses, managing to deliver a good day full of battery. Thanks to quick charge support, you can juice up the phone from zero to 100 per cent in about one and a half to two hours in the morning just before leaving for work and the phone should take you all the way to the night and then some on average to above average usage. This includes messaging, browsing social media apps and streaming some videos on-the-go. While the Nokia 7 Plus would give about 6 hours of screen on time, the 8 Sirocco gave me around 4 hours of screen on time on an average. The phone also supports Qi wireless charging.Should you buy the Nokia 8 SiroccoThe Nokia 8 Sirocco is a beautifully crafted device and HMD has paid a lot of attention to the details to prove that it is capable of deliver really good-looking flagship devices. So from afar, I could just stare at the phone for hours and not get bored. But on a closer look, I realised that the phone isn’t the most convenient for most users and may not be for everyone. It’s one for die-hard Nokia fans who want the best-looking Android device from the company right now.However, the 8 Sirocco isn’t the company’s 2018 flagship phone per se. That will likely be the Nokia 9 or something along those lines later this year. For now, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is the company’s best premium smartphone and it does impress in terms of design and performance and is capable enough to take on the likes of the Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2, barring the cameras of course. The phone does miss out on a few key details like offering dual-SIM support (a very important aspect especially in India). If you’re paying around 50k, one does expect dual-SIM slots and a 3.5mm headphone jack, among other things. Additionally, as good as the phone is to look at, its sharp edges and wide body make it uncomfortable to hold.Ultimately, the Nokia 8 Sirocco is for those who are after the looks and want a compact phone that looks and feels absolutely premium. If having terrific cameras isn’t important, the phone nails pretty much everything else. Some minor ifs and buts do exist but no phone is perfect. If you have the means to spend around 50k, then the 8 Sirocco should definitely be on your list.Nokia 8 Sirocco review8/10Good stuffPremium glass designGood battery lifeStock AndroidSmooth performanceBad stuffLow-light cameraA little uncomfortable to holdlast_img read more

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