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INSIDE Yuvraj-Hazel’s Goa wedding: Virat-Anushka shake a leg with the newlyweds

first_imgYuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech, now Gurbasant Kaur, getting hitched has been the talk of the town in the recent past. The two lovebirds, who tied the knot at Fatehgarh Sahib near Chandigarh with Sikh rituals, are not done yet. They had another ceremony in Goa where they got married again, this time with Hindu rituals.PHOTOS: Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech, now Gurbasant Kaur, look royal at their weddingINSIDE Yuvraj-Hazel’s sangeet ceremony: A star-studded affairWATCH: The best of Bollywood and cricket at Yuvraj-Hazel’s sangeet ceremony The star-studded affair was attended by the who’s who of Bollywood and the cricket world. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, cricketer Rohit Sharma and actor and VJ Rannvijay were among the guests. Brotherman down! Best wishes to my older brother @YUVSTRONG12 ! All eyes on @ImZaheer now ?? pic.twitter.com/kYYyqSSCMc Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 2, 2016Snippets of the wedding, from the saat pheras to the cutting of the wedding cake and their mesmerising first dance are going viral on social media.Virat, who sported a blue sherwani, and Anushka, who looked regal in her black and gold outfit, also hit the dance floor with the newlyweds and grooved to Senorita and Gangnam Style.Yuvraj and Hazel will have a grand reception on December 7 in Delhi, which is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sachin Tendulkar and Salman Khan, among others.last_img read more

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Copa America 2019: Lionel Messi refuses to attend medal ceremony after angry reaction to red card

first_imgLionel Messi was sent off before halftime and then angrily hit out at “corrupt” tournament organisers after Argentina beat Chile 2-1 to win a bad-tempered third-place playoff at the Copa America on Saturday.The match was 34 minutes old when Chilean captain Gary Medel shepherded out a ball near his own goal. Messi challenged him from behind and Medel reacted angrily, pushing the Argentine and raising his hands.The Paraguayan referee showed Medel a red card and even though Messi did not react, he too was sent off, prompting boos in Sao Paulo’s Corinthians arena. Reports said the Barcelona forward did not attend the ceremony to receive his third-place medal and he later hit out at the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).”We don’t have to be part of this corruption,” Messi told reporters. “The lack of respect that they have showed us throughout this tournament.”Sadly, the corruption, the referees, they don’t allow people to enjoy football, they ruined it a bit.”I think the cup is fixed for Brazil,” Messi added. “I hope that the VAR and the referees have nothing to do in this final and that Peru can compete because they have the team to do so although I think it’s difficult.”His comments came four days after Argentina were beaten 2-0 by arch rivals Brazil in a semi-final that was marked by a number of contentious refereeing decisions.Argentina were furious that VAR was not consulted for two possible penalty decision, with the Argentine Football Association president writing an angry letter to CONMEBOL to express his disgust.advertisementMessi’s frustration was evident in the mixed zone after what was only the second red card of his career.”You saw what happened,” he told reporters. “A yellow would have ended it for both of us. The important thing is that with 10 the team finished well and won.”The referee also showed six yellow cards in a match that was disrupted by 37 fouls.Sergio Aguero put Argentina 1-0 ahead in 12 minutes and Paulo Dybala made it two 10 minutes later with a nice finish after Giovani Lo Celso put him through on goal.Artur Vidal pulled one back for Chile from the penalty spot 14 minutes into the second half.Hosts Brazil face Peru in the final on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.Also Read | Gianluigi Buffon returns to Juventus after year at PSGAlso See:last_img read more

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Justice Hill and Chris Carson Power Oklahoma State To 334 Rushing Yards In Win TCU

first_imgThe Cowboys dominated TCU in Fort Worth behind a strong outing from the much maligned offensive line group — arguably the team’s most improved position group. They imposed their will against a strong Horned Frogs rushing defense. The direct beneficiary of those holes opened? Justice Hill and Chris Carson, who each rushed for more than 100 yards — the first time that has happened at OSU since 2013.Both Carson and Justice have very separate running styles. Hill is explosive, and slippery in space. Carson is more of a power back with good aggression and an ability to lower his shoulder to pick up tough yards.They both performed at the top of their game with Hill unleashing the lightning and Carson playing meaner than he’s played all season.“I’m very proud of our running backs and the way they are running,” head coach Mike Gundy said after the game. “Our offensive line play, I always try to tell them without watching the tape, I think it was pretty good.”Here’s a run from earlier in the game from Hill, who didn’t break it out. But this run shows everything he brings: Burst, explosiveness through the hole, and a slippery style of running. Both Hill and Carson each appear to be hitting their strides as the season culminates, and OSU appears to be — dare I say it — a strong power running team!They finished the game as a team with 334 total rushing yards. It’s their largest rushing output of the season.With closing runs like this from Carson (this was the fourth quarter), Oklahoma State’s 1-2 punch at running back rides as high as it has all season into a Big 12 title showdown in two weeks in Norman.Here is another look at Chris Carson truck-sticking the entire DFW metroplex. pic.twitter.com/caf8gUbicq— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 19, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!center_img And later in the same drive, the Pokes fed Carson who found a wide open hole on the left side of the line which he burst through to the second level with.Hill went over the true freshman rushing record today, breaking Thurman Thomas with a fitting burst across the seam. The Cowboys smartly motioned tight end Zac Veatch into the action who threw a nice lead block for the young man. He makes 32 yards look like…not 32 yards.last_img read more

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Burnley complete move for ex-Man Utd keeper

first_imgTransfers Burnley complete move for ex-Man Utd keeper Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 14:36 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) lindegaard-cropped Getty Images Transfers Burnley Premier League An injury blow has forced Sean Dyche’s side into the free agent market, but they have managed to find a player with some impressive pedigree Burnley have completed the signing of goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on a deal until the end of the season following injury to first-choice Tom Heaton.Heaton suffered a dislocated shoulder during Burnley’s recent 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and has been ruled out for about four months, meaning he is unlikely to return before the end of the year.Back-up goalkeeper Nick Pope has impressed as Heaton’s deputy, but the injury left manager Sean Dyche short of options in case of further fitness issues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Clarets 13/10 for CS v TerriersLindegaard, who had been training with the club for a little over a week, joins on a free transfer until the end of the campaign after leaving Preston North End.BREAKING: Clarets complete deal for goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. Full story: https://t.co/8hUBqHRYrq pic.twitter.com/wgJTJlo2aq — Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) September 21, 2017 The former Manchester United player will compete with Pope and Adam Legzdins, as Burnley look to continue their promising start to the Premier League season, with Dyche’s men seventh after five games.Lindegaard told the club’s official website: “I am here to try and sharpen up the competition in the goalkeepers’ department and we’ll see what happens down the line.”I’ve had a good week here and I’ve had a very good impression of the whole club and all the people here. It’s not hard to fit in nicely here.”I feel good physically and I still want to play. I come here with a good spirit and I have a lot of enthusiasm for getting started.”last_img read more

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Aguero breaks Man City goalscoring record

first_imgManchester City Sergio Aguero becomes Man City’s all-time leading goalscorer Sam Lee Last updated 2 years ago 05:14 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League UEFA Champions League Guardiola Sergio Agüero The striker has surpassed a record that took 11 years to set and had stood for 78 years by scoring against Napoli on Wednesday Sergio Aguero has become Manchester City’s all-time leading scorer thanks to his strike against Napoli on Wednesday evening.The Argentina striker now has 178 goals for City, surpassing Eric Brook’s tally of 177.Man City -1 21/20 v Arsenal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Brook scored his final goal for the club in 1939, meaning Aguero has broken a record that had stood for 78 years.And, while Brook scored his goals over an 11-year period with City, Aguero has managed to surpass him in little over six.178 – Sergio Aguero is now the highest scoring player in Manchester City’s history (178 goals in 264 apps). Iconic. pic.twitter.com/6RSx7wwHo1 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 1 November 2017 Aguero equalled the record with a penalty against Burnley in October and, although he converted from the spot in a penalty shoot-out against Wolves in the Carabao Cup last week, it did not count towards his total.But he struck against Napoli after being restored to the starting line-up for the Champions League tie by manager Pep Guardiola.With Napoli having pegged City back to level at 2-2 from the penalty spot on 62 minutes, Aguero restored his side’s lead seven minutes later with a cool finish from just inside the penalty area following a lightning counter-attack.Sergio AgueroHe kicked off his City career by scoring twice on his debut, against Swansea City in August 2011, and ended his first campaign in English football by scoring perhaps the most dramatic goal in the league’s history; the last-gasp winner against Queens Park Rangers which clinched the Blues’ first title since 1968.That was his 30th goal in all competitions that season, and he has scored at least 28 goals in five of his six full seasons in England.Last season under Guardiola he scored 34 times in all competitions, more than he scored in a single campaign under Roberto Mancini or Manuel Pellegrini.He began the current campaign needing eight goals to match Brook’s record and nine to beat it, and he has managed it in his first 11 appearances. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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How Michael O’Neill raised Northern Ireland’s game – in South America

first_imgWorld Cup Share via Email Read more The manager’s meticulous attention to detail, defensive prowess, a small but selfless core of players and a formidable record at a redeveloped Windsor Park are well-established factors in the transformation. Leaving behind a small-nation mentality in South America was another, according to the IFA’s chief executive.“In international football you are either part of the big tournaments or part of the warmup. We were the warmup for Uruguay and Chile,” Nelson says.“We looked at it, Michael looked at it and the players looked at it and we all thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be fantastic if someone was the warmup for us going into one of these tournaments?’ You could see the excitement around the buildup to a World Cup and we just wanted to be on the other side of it.“We were not far from holding our own against the two teams, both of who were ranked in the top 10 in the world at the time. We were level with Chile until the 80th minute and two late goals deflated us. Against Uruguay we lost by one goal and had a great chance to equalise in the last minute. That trip gave the entire squad the belief we could make the next step.”Northern Ireland required a monumental leap in 2014, however. O’Neill’s first qualifying campaign could well have been his last without the patience and belief of the IFA board. His team took seven points from 10 matches, became the first side since 1972 to lose a World Cup qualifier in Luxembourg and at one stage, with O’Neill arriving from Shamrock Rovers in the midst of a 13-game winless run, dropped to a record low of 129 in the world rankings.They will host Switzerland ranked 23rd in the world, higher than the United States, China, Turkey and Sweden: reward for O’Neill’s talent and the IFA’s decision to award their manager a new two-year contract in 2014, despite an inauspicious start.“There was no question of us making a change after the first campaign because we could see Michael was generating potentially good results,” says Nelson, a former chief executive at Notts County and Macclesfield Town. “We were never really out of games in that first campaign and there is an interesting statistic to back that up. If the games had finished after 75 minutes we would have got double the points we ended up with. One of the things Michael needed to do before the European Championship qualifying campaign was instil belief in the players and he told them: ‘You can do it until the 75th minute of a game, so why not do it for 90?’ That made a difference. That is the sort of thinking and analysis we knew Michael had on his first day. Facebook A 10-day tour of South America before the 2014 World Cup has been understandably overlooked in the story of Northern Ireland’s extraordinary rise under Michael O’Neill. To those who stood by the manager at his lowest ebb, however, it was the trip that changed the team’s mindset entirely. They would play the warmup act no more.“In some respects that trip was the beginning of the new Northern Ireland,” reflects Patrick Nelson, the chief executive of the Irish Football Association, before Thursday’s World Cup play-off first leg against Switzerland in Belfast.He is well-placed to judge. Nelson was part of the Northern Ireland contingent for friendly defeats by Uruguay in Montevideo and Chile in Valparaíso three years ago, when O’Neill’s team were invited to join the South Americans’ preparations for Brazil, despite finishing second from bottom of their qualifying group. Now, as one of the eight best runners-up in Europe, Northern Ireland are a play-off away from qualifying for consecutive tournaments for the first time in their history. Northern Ireland Northern Ireland’s Ryan McLaughlin is outnumbered by Chile players during the 2014 friendly. Photograph: Felipe Salfate/AFP/Getty Images Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Messenger Share on Facebook “What immediately came across is that he is a very deep thinker about the game. It might be a cliche but he is the most erudite manager I’ve ever worked with in my time in football. He really does think everything through. He is a great strategist and a brilliant communicator.“I’ve seen him do one-to-one interviews with journalists and then speak to hundreds of business people at a conference. A few weeks ago he spoke to all of the technical directors and coach educators at the Uefa conference in Belfast, 55 countries in total. He can adjust his message to the audience. He has a certain kind of authority to get across exactly what he needs to say.“When we interviewed Michael in the first place we agreed between us it was never going to be a two-year deal to fix where we were at the time. There had been a few campaigns were we had been disappointing in them or disappointed after them. A short-term change would not have been the solution. We knew Michael could make the difference from the first interview and that confidence has been borne out.”Windsor Park will greet Switzerland with a wall of noise, 16,000 commissioned flags and a corridor lined with photographs of euphoric Northern Ireland supporters. It has developed a taste for the big occasion while O’Neill has maintained momentum with one of the smallest pools of talent in Europe. Last summer’s European Championship represented Northern Ireland’s first major tournament experience in 30 years but that would be surpassed, insists Nelson, by an appearance on the world stage for the first time since 1986. O’Neills embody cerebral tradition of Blanchflower and Irish game’s best World Cup 2018 features Share on Twitter Twitter Chile leave it late to break Northern Ireland resistance Read more “People often reflect a country through the status of their sports whether it’s a rugby World Cup, the best tennis player in the world or football,” he says. “There is a great deal of pride and intrinsic value that comes from success on the sporting field and this is the biggest field Northern Ireland can ever step on to. In rugby Ireland plays as a single country. This is one of the few sports were we get the opportunity to represent the country on a stage that is bigger than the country. Nothing matches the World Cup. For us to be back on that stage would be such a big message for the country.“It is back in our history now, but still part of it, but for many years the global media had only negative stories about our country. It is 19 years since the Good Friday agreement and when you are able to portray positive stories about our country – such as what seemed like the whole country going to France for the Euros and 10,000 fans singing for an hour after a game when you have just lost to the world champions [Germany] – then it portrays the best of Northern Ireland on a world stage. It is 32 years since we were last at a World Cup. I would think it is long overdue.” Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi Shastri

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 21:27 IST Ravi Shastri said MS Dhoni’s retirement will leave a void that will be very hard to be filled (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavi Shastri said that a player of MS Dhoni’s caliber can’t be replacedShastri also insisted that MS Dhoni, with his experience, takes a lot of load of Virat Kohli’s shouldersRavi Shastri also said MS Dhoni’s teammates worship him as he had built the team over the last 10 yearsRavi Shastri has seen Sachin Tendulkar get “angry at times” but not Mahendra Singh Dhoni, “a once in 40 years player” who will be very difficult to replace once he bids adieu to the game, according to India’s head coach.The 37-year-old Dhoni, who was panned by critics for 51 off 96 balls in the first ODI against Australia, showed glimpses of his golden days by anchoring India to a series win with scores of unbeaten knocks of 55 and 87 in the next two.”He is a legend. He will go down as one of our great cricketers. I have never seen an individual so sound. I have seen Sachin at times get angry. Not this man,” Shastri told the ‘Daily Telegraph’.Shastri made it clear that a player of Dhoni’s caliber can’t be replaced.”You can’t. Such players only come once in 30 or 40 years. That is what I tell the Indians. Enjoy while it lasts. When he goes you will see a void that will be very hard to fill,” he said.The coach is hopeful that Rishabh Pant would live up to the hype surrounding him but insisted that Dhoni is something else.Pant’s hero is MS Dhoni: ShastriWhen former England captain Michael Vaughan asked if Pant could be Dhoni in the next 20 years, Shastri replied: “I would love to. He has the talent. His hero is MS. Every day he is on the phone to MS. I think during the Test series he must have spoken more to MS than anyone else.”advertisementIt’s not just Dhoni’s role as a batsman that defines him but the master strategist in him that takes a lot of load off skipper Kohli’s shoulders.”That is because he has the best angle. He sees things. He is great with the guys, they all worship him. This entire team has been built by him because he was captain for 10 years. To have that kind of respect in the dressing room and experience is massive,” said Shastri.An introvert in the real sense, Dhoni has not given any proper cricketing interview since 2011, says Shastri.”Whether he gets a zero, gets a hundred, whether he wins the World Cup or loses in the first round, MS is the same man. He is simply consistent with his body language and composure. It amazes me how he does it. Since 2011 he has not given one interview.”Also Read | Virat Kohli blasts MS Dhoni critics: He is an intelligent cricketer, give him spaceAlso Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to win Test and ODI series in AustraliaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Rishabh PantFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Virat KohliFollow 2019 Cricket World Have seen Sachin Tendulkar get angry but not MS Dhoni: Ravi ShastriBrief Scores: India (234/3) beat Australia (230) by 7 wickets in 3rd ODI. MS Dhoni, who was criticised for his 51 off 96 balls in Sydney, helped India to a historic ODI series win in Australia with two unbeaten, match-winning half-centuries in Adelaide and Melbourne. advertisementlast_img read more

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ONGC energises revenue by 116 to Rs 26759 crore in Q4

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) Thursday reported a 31 per cent drop in its March quarter net profit as it faced a double whammy of a drop in production and fall in prices. Net profit in January-March at Rs 4,045 crore was 31.6 per cent lower than net profit of Rs 5,915 crore in the same period of the previous fiscal year, the company said in a statement. While oil production dropped 5 per cent to 4.8 million tonne, the price it realised for every barrel of crude oil sold was 3.6 per cent lower at $61.93. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsGas production, however, rose 8.2 per cent to 6.275 billion cubic metres. Also, gas price climbed 16.3 per cent to $3.36 per million British thermal unit. Revenue was up 11.6 per cent to Rs 26,759 crore in the fourth quarter of 2018-19 as compared to Rs 23,970 crore a year back. Oil and Natural Gas Corp board approved a final dividend of 15 per cent (Rs 0.75 per share). This is on top of interim dividends of 125 per cent (Rs 6.25 a share) declared previously for 2018-19 fiscal. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”The total dividend payout for FY’19 would be Rs 8,806 crore (excluding dividend distribution tax),” the statement said. For the full fiscal 2018-19, net profit jumped 34 per cent to Rs 26,716 crore while revenue was up 29 per cent at Rs 109,655 crore. Oil and Natural Gas Corp said it made 13 discoveries in FY19. “Of the 13 discoveries, 8 discoveries were made in onland (Nomination-6, NELP-2) and 5 in offshore (Nomination-2, NELP- 3). Out of 13 discoveries, 5 discoveries were monetised during the year itself,” it said. The statutory levies rose to Rs 7,188 crore in the quarter from Rs 5,764 crore in the year-ago quarter while expenditure under depreciation, depletion, amortization and impairment has increased to Rs 4,883 crore from Rs 3,245 crore a year earlier. ONGC has deposited a total of Rs 4,180 crore as service tax, GST and the applicable interest in response to the tax demand by authorities while it is contesting the order legally. The Company has received demand orders from Service Tax Department at various work centres on account of service tax on royalty, and has filed appeals against such orders before Tribunal, the company said. At March-end, ONGC’s borrowings fell to Rs 21,594 crore from Rs 25,592 crore a year earlier. The ONGC Board has also recommended a final dividend of Rs 0.75 per share.last_img read more

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Budget Nokia 22 launched in India for Rs 6999

first_imgNew Delhi: HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, launched its new budget smartphone – Nokia 2.2 – in India on Thursday. The smartphone would be available in tungsten black and steel colours at an offer price of Rs 6,999 for the 2GB+16GB storage variant and Rs 7,999 for 3GB+32GB storage variant till June 30. After the offer ends, it would be available for Rs 7,699 and Rs 8,699, respectively. “Nokia 2.2 is the most accessible smartphone in the Indian market that gives you the promise of Android One and brings you the most secure Android experience. I’m happy to share that Nokia 2.2 is being announced in India first than globally, and we’re not stopping at that,” Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global, told reporters here. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The smartphone would be available across mobile retail outlets, Flipkart and Nokia.com/phones starting June 11. Prospective buyers can pre-book the device from June 6-10. The handset comes with a 5.71-inch display with brightness of up to 400nits, and features a teardrop notch on the top with a 5MP camera for face recognition. A MediaTek Helio A22 chip fuels the phone. In terms of optics, the device houses a 13MP sensor with single flash. The camera comes with features such as “AutoHDR” and “Low light image fusion” technology. The device runs Android 9 Pie OS but will be updated to Android Q, the company added. Reliance Jio subscribers buying the Nokia 2.2 would get an instant cashback of Rs 2,200 along with 100GB additional data.last_img read more

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Head of Australias Foreign and Trade Ministry visits Sri Lanka

Ms Frances Adamson, Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will visit Colombo from 31 August to 2 September 2017, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said today.The visit by Ms Adamson follows the official visit to Sri Lanka by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in July and Minister for International Development Fierravanti-Wells in April, and the visits to Australia this year by President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and others. Senior officials from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Germany, the United States of America and Kenya will join Ms Adamson on the panel. Ms Adamson is participating in the 2nd Indian Ocean Conference, where she will  discuss the need to build peace, prosperity and a rules-based order in the Indian Ocean region during a panel on ‘Peace’ on 1 September. In Colombo, Ms Adamson will also meet senior officials to discuss strategic and security challenges confronting the Indian Ocean region, and the role of strong institutions and good governance. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Prevent hepatitis Act now declares UN on World Day targeting hepatitis B

The theme for this year’s Day Prevent Hepatitis: Act Now focuses on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80 per cent of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.WHO has announced a new Global ýInjection Safety Initiative in three pilot countries — Egypt, Uganda and India – to combat what the UN health agency calls the “silent epidemic.”And this year, WHO’s flagship event takes place in Egypt, a country that has one of the world’s highest hepatitis burdens.Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said hepatitis is preventable and “some forms are curable.”“Despite this truth, the disease continues to spread and is responsible for the deaths and suffering of millions around the world,” Mr. Fedotov said in a statement on the Day that some 6.3 million people, or every second person who injects drugs, are living with hepatitis C.“On World Hepatitis Day, UNODC stresses that it will continue to work closely with its partners, including civil society, to do everything possible to prevent the spread of hepatitis C among people who use drugs and those living in prisons,” he said.According to WHO, viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.5 million people every year, mostly from hepatitis B and C. These infections can be prevented, but most people don’t know how.Key messages of World Hepatitis Day 2015, include:Prevent hepatitis – know the risks Unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment can all result in hepatitis infection.Prevent hepatitis – demand safe injectionsTwo million people a year contract hepatitis from unsafe injections. Using sterile, single-use syringes can prevent these infections.Prevent hepatitis – vaccinate children Approximately 780 000 persons die each year from hepatitis B infection. A safe and effective vaccine can protect from hepatitis B infection for life.Prevent hepatitis – get tested, seek treatment Effective medicines exist to treat hepatitis B and cure hepatitis C.The date of 28 July was chosen for World Hepatitis Day in honour of the birthday of Nobel Laureate Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, discoverer of the hepatitis B virus and developer of the first hepatitis B vaccine. ‹ › read more

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Sudan After years of conflict millions require aid But is the world

The UN and its humanitarian partners are appealing for $3 billion to assist South Sudanese refugees and displaced persons. Some $1.5 billion is meant to aid host communities and agencies helping South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries, including $327 million for Sudan. The focus is on boosting food and water rations, and providing health services.The greatest percentage of the people in need are displaced Sudanese, who require some assistance getting food and livelihood support, education, water, sanitation and health services. The Government says nearly 400,000 people, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees, have returned to their homes, but the majority continue to report that conditions are not in place – including security and access to services – to return to their homes. Many may prefer to be integrated into the communities where they are currently living.“Some people have been in camps for nearly two decades, and we still call them displaced but really, it’s people who have been living in the same location for 10 years, 15 years,” said Ms. Ruedas.“We should be able to either integrate them where they are living – because some of these places are like suburbs of a community – or if they do want to go back, and they can return to their place of origin, then we should be able to do that; establish them there and take them off the books of those internally displaced.” “If it were a new crisis, the dimensions of it, the scale and the need of it, would be such that it would be one of the biggest crises in the world,” Marta Ruedas, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan told UN News.“But nobody realizes that because it’s been going on for so long. The need is there, but the response is no longer the same. And we need to have people respond to it as the need requires, rather than with fatigue, which is somewhat understandable.”Some 5.5 million people in Sudan require humanitarian support, including 3.1 million in the province of Darfur. Fighting in that region, which is about the size of Spain, has displaced millions of people since 2003. During the past year, there has been sporadic new conflict, but the country has seen the arrival of new refugees from South Sudan, and it now hosts some 770,000 refugees from its southern neighbour.“The refugees coming across the border are coming in a really bad state. They require a lot of support and we’re just not getting enough [support],” Ms. Ruedas said, adding: “Some have died reaching the border.” The 2018 humanitarian appeal for Sudan, which requests $1b to aid 4.3 million people, will be released in the coming weeks. The 2017 humanitarian appeal was only 46 per cent funded, the first time less than half of requested funding was received since the start of the Darfur crisis in 2003.“Sudan has been on the books of donors – their humanitarian ledger – for so long that donor fatigue is setting in. But just because it has been going on for years doesn’t mean that the need is less,” Ms. Ruedas said. OCHAResident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sudan, Marta Ruedas, visits the Tawilla site for Internally Displaced Persons. read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex demand private christening

Royal christenings are usually private affairs, with invitations extending only to close family and friends, and chosen godparents The Duke and Duchess have demanded a “private” christening for Archie because they want to shield him from the public, it has emerged.The christening will be held at the private chapel at Windsor Castle and is understood to be a “very small gathering”, a royal source said.The ceremony is due to take place on Saturday, exactly two months after Archie was born on May 6. It is understood that pictures of the ceremony will be released on Sunday through the media and Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account.Royal christenings are usually private affairs, with invitations extending only to close family and friends, and chosen godparents.But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have let photographers capture pictures of them and their children, family members and guests arriving before holding private services.Both Prince George and Prince Louis were christened at the Chapel Royal in London. Princess Charlotte’s ceremony was held at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, in Norfolk, where the paddock outside the churchyard was opened to the public. While they acknowledge the public interest in the seventh in line to the throne, they intend to keep many details of his life private because he is not in the direct line of succession, their friends say. The decision to hold a private ceremony comes after it emerged £2.4 million of taxpayers’ money had been spent renovating the couple’s residence Frogmore Cottage.The property, close to Windsor Castle, underwent major work to turn five properties back into a single residence for the couple and their baby son Archie – with all fixtures and fittings paid for privately by the duke and duchess.It is likely that they installed a luxury kitchen and bathroom, and it has reportedly been designed by Harry and Meghan with dining and entertaining in mind and with extra bedrooms to accommodate guests, such as the duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland. Royal christenings are usually private affairs, with invitations extending only to close family and friends, and chosen godparents The Archbishop of Canterbury, who married Harry and Meghan, is usually called upon to perform the service.Sources close to the Sussexes have reportedly said that they consider Archie to be a “private citizen” and feel strongly about “shielding” him. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Kraigg Brathwaite wants West Indies batsmen to trust their defence

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChase, Holder resist to give West Indies respectabilityOctober 12, 2018In “latest news”Brathwaite leads West Indies to famous win against PakistanNovember 3, 2016In “Sports”West Indies crumble against spin after Bangladesh rack up 508December 1, 2018In “latest news” West Indies opener Kraigg BrathwaiteESPNcricinfo– West Indies lost six wickets in a session on Friday and the remaining 14 were gone soon after tea on Saturday. In all, they batted only 98.5 overs. But that isn’t the story. The way they batted is.Keemo Paul and Roston Chase were the overnight batsmen. Their team was six down in the first innings with less than 100 on the board. But neither man cared about playing time. Paul kept sweeping Kuldeep Yadav to the square-leg boundary. Chase enjoyed lofting R Ashwin straight down the ground. And these were the few instances of them making proper connection.There were other times that West Indies tried to attack India’s spinners but came away looking quite clumsy. Shane Dowrich, with four overs left to stumps, went for a booming cover drive against Kuldeep and was bowled through the gate. In the second innings, Chase plopped a half-volley straight into the hands of cover and Shimron Hetmyer slogged right across the line to be caught at short third man.Four batsmen in the first innings (Sunil Ambris, Chase, Dowrich, Paul) and five (Hetmyer, Ambris, Chase, Paul, Shannon Gabriel) in the second fell playing attacking shots. Two of them were caught at long-on and long-off. Was that because the team had decided if they were going down, they’d do so all guns blazing? No.Kraigg Brathwaite, the stand-in captain, confirmed it was a “personal plan, obviously, in terms of attacking shots. Going forward what we need to do is along with the attacking shots, trust in defence. I think that’s the key. Obviously, when the field goes back, it’s a matter of still saying positive in defence and putting away the bad balls, stroking the ball along the ground for singles. I just think we didn’t trust our defence as much as we should have.”This approach surprised the Indian bowlers as well. “I genuinely believed that the second innings will be a lot more fighting and there will be a lot more partnerships,” Ashwin told host broadcaster Star Sports. “Yes, there was one. But this wicket is pretty good, it’s pretty solid to bat and I don’t think it’s going to spin tomorrow as well. So I was quite surprised – shocked is the wrong word – with the number of shots that were played against spin and the number of high-risk shots that were played. Maybe it was a strategy they came out with, to try and attack the spinners and put us off. It clearly didn’t work this time.”While he didn’t want West Indies to stop trying to play their shots, Brathwaite hoped that they be more judicious with it.“It’s just about trusting your plans. I think today we were a lot more positive but we still didn’t get the big partnerships. So I think going forward, a balance of defence and attack, I think once we can do that and build partnerships, will be good.”Jason Holder, when he addressed the pre-match press conference three days ago, said he wanted his batsmen to “be patient”; to look for runs but not be “reckless”. In his absence, his team was found lacking for both bowling and batting discipline.Brathwaite said he wasn’t “100% sure” of Holder’s condition for the next Test in Hyderabad which begins on October 12; that they needed a “couple more days” to assess the ankle injury he had picked up during the third week of September in a training camp in Dubai.Meanwhile, another important member of the bowling attack appears to be under a cloud. Gabriel bowled only three overs on the second day. When asked about his status, Brathwaite said, “He had a slight niggle. So he wasn’t on the field for a majority of the day.” When asked if he was fine, Brathwaite replied, “I think so.” read more

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5 apps worth downloading this week

first_imgEACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.This week includes a Twitter app that’s worth having, a game that uses eyes and facial recognition to play, and an app that solves one of the biggest problems when recording video.Talon for Twitter For: Android Cost: €1.46- The Twitter app for Android is fine, but it can be slow at times and limited in its use.- Talon may be a paid app, but it offers a better design and interface that makes browsing tweets on mobile a joy again.- Switching between mentions, searches and lists is seamless and there are a lot of small features to take advantage of, quite impressive for a first version of an app.- There’s also a lot of scope for customisation as well and it runs quite smoothly, which is always a good thing.- Twitter power users will get the most out of this, but those who find the official app limited will find a lot to like here. (Video: evilwindowdog/YouTube)Quiet Hours For: Windows Phone Cost: Free- Chances are there will be numerous times where you don’t want your phone to ring. iOS has its Do Not Disturb feature and Android has numerous apps which bring this feature to your phone.- Quiet Hours brings this feature to Windows Phone, allowing you to get some peace and quiet when you need it.- Its live tile lets you toggle the settings from the menu screen so you can switch it on and off with one tap.- The only annoying part is that scheduling is only available as an in-app purchase.- Still, if your phone is always buzzing and you want a break, it’s the best solution out there for Windows Phone.(Image: Quiet Hours/Windows Phone) Mumble Smart Notifications For: Android Cost: Free (€0.99 for full version)- Ever get a number of text or instant messages in succession, and you end up check them all in case you missed anything?- Mumble recognises which messages are important by considering the emotion, context, and length of them and customises the vibration to let you know which ones to pay attention to.- Short messages get a short buzz, longer messages get a longer vibration and messages like ‘ok’ or typo corrections are ignored completely. The pro version lets you customise the alert function so you’re only notified about happy messages or emergencies.- The makers claim that it’s a lightweight app so activating it won’t drain your battery or slow your phone down.- It’s better to try out the free version first before you pay since it doesn’t work with all Android phones or SMS apps.(Image: Mumble/Google Play)Read: 5 apps worth downloading this week – 11th Jan >Read: Spotify introduces unlimited streaming for web users > (Video: Luke Klinker/YouTube)Umoove For: iOS Cost: Free- Normally we wouldn’t recommending something that’s basically a tech demo, but what Umoove is trying to do is worth the mention, especially since it’s free.- Umoove tracks the movements of your eyes and face and transfers them onto the screen, letting you control a game differently.- It does this by putting you in a flying game where you have to collect potions before the timer reaches zero.- It’s not a deep game by any means, and it takes a bit of getting used to, but the concept is worth a look if you have an iPhone or iPad.- Probably best to play it in the privacy in your own home though. Playing it while you’re taking the bus home might result in a few odd looks.(Image: Umoove/App Store)Horizon For: iOS Cost: €0.89- Recording videos on a phone is easy, but most record in portrait mode instead of landscape, resulting in a lot of people getting annoyed when they’re trying to watch it.- Horizon oversteps this problem by shooting all videos in widescreen mode by adjusting the frame, even when you’re holding the phone upright.- AirPlay monitoring is also supported so you can stream videos while you’re recording them/- It caters for video resolutions up to 1080p and different aspect ratios for those who place importance.- Add to that extra features like geotagging, filters, video quality making Horizon an essential purchase if you’re regularly capturing video.last_img read more

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Kevino Smith missing person case stretches to 10 weeks

first_img TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Related Items:breezy brea, crimestoppers, grand turk, kevino smith Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 May 2015 – Ten weeks now since Kevino Smith of Grand Turk went missing; and a report to Magnetic Media yesterday revealed that Police have still not given the family any update on the remains found in an area of Breezy Brae on April 16. Police told media a day after the find, they would not be rushed, that the forensics might be sourced outside of the TCI, that they would not divulge the condition of the body discovered and that potential suspects would be kept under surveillance. The Crime Stoppers reward is still being offered for information in this case; it was last announced at $2,000… again it has been ten weeks since Kevino Smith went missing after an armed confrontation at a home in Breezy Brae, Grand Turk. Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Woman helps beat up Grand Turk senior citizen, police hunting suspectslast_img read more

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Bill would bring back income tax draw Permanent Fund money for state

first_imgRep. Paul Seaton, co-chair, House Finance Committee, discusses House Bill 115 with Alaska Public Media and KTOO reporter Andrew Kitchenman following the House floor session Friday. The bill creates a state income tax, draws money from the Permanent Fund for the state budget, and introduces a new formula for setting the amount of the Permanent Fund dividend. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaskans would pay a tax on income for the first time since 1980 under a bill introduced in the Legislature on Friday.Listen nowThe bill also would draw money from the Permanent Fund to pay for the state government’s budget. And it would set a new formula for Permanent Fund dividends.The new bill is the biggest visible sign yet of the shift in the majority of the state House of Representatives.Income tax proposals went no further than committee hearings under the previous, Republican-led House majority.But the new, mostly Democratic majority may advance the bill quickly.Homer Rep. Paul Seaton is one of three Republicans who switched caucuses. He also helped write the new legislation, House Bill 115.“The basic question is: ‘What kind of Alaska do you want to live in?’,” Seaton said. “Our constituents have told us that they want to see an Alaska that has a thriving economy, that has good schools, that has troopers and the court system running well. And without some kind of deficit reduction, broad-based, comprehensive plan, we don’t get that.”The bill would set the income tax rate at 15 percent of federal liability. For example, a couple with taxable income of $75,000 would pay about $10,000 in federal taxes and $1,500 in state taxes.The bill would give Alaskans the option of using some or all of their Permanent Fund dividends to pay the tax.The bill would draw 4.75 percent annually from the Permanent Fund from the fund’s earnings account. That’s a little less than the 5.25 percent draw that Gov. Bill Walker has proposed. One-third of that money would go to PFDs. That would allow dividends to be $1,100 this year, more than the $1,000 Walker proposed.“The majority caucus in the House formed around the principle of passing a comprehensive, sustainable fiscal plan, and so, that’s what we have,” Seaton said.Seaton said the bill includes three of the pillars of the new House majority – including new revenue, a draw on the Permanent Fund, and changing Permanent Fund dividends. The fourth element is budget cuts and changes to the oil and gas tax system.Seaton said the income tax provides balance by requiring higher-income residents to contribute, while the PFD cut affects lower-income residents more.“So this plan balances those two aspects, so that all families across Alaska are participants and have skin in the game,” Seaton said.The bill would also tax capital gains at 10 percent. Seaton said his goal was to tax the sale of stocks and bonds at a similar rate as income.The bill drew swift opposition from minority-caucus Republicans.Anchorage Rep. Lance Pruitt objected to the bill being sponsored by the House Finance Committee. He said it would be wrong to add an income tax during a recession.“Now you understand why I don’t want my name associated with this,” Pruitt said. “Now you understand why I don’t want anything to do with a bill that’s going to look — at a time when people are struggling — to say: ‘We need more money from you.’ ”Wasilla Republican Rep. Cathy Tilton said House Finance Committee Co-chairmen Seaton and Nome Democratic Rep. Neal Foster shouldn’t have used their authority to introduce the bill as committee-sponsored legislation.“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should,” Tilton said. “Regardless of what’s been done in the past, (that) does not preclude a new standard of decorum.”Senate leaders, including Fairbanks Republican Senate President Pete Kelly, have also said they’re opposed to an income tax.The Senate majority supports $750 million in cuts over three years and a constitutional limit on spending.But Seaton said the public is willing to pay a tax to avoid deep cuts to government that he says would harm the economy.Seaton noted that Alaskans paid 16 percent of federal liability before the income tax was abolished. And he pointed to a Senate majority poll that found support for a broad-based tax.“People are saying, yes, they want to see the Alaska they want to live in and they’re willing to pay an income tax like they used to for that privilege of living here and growing old here,” Seaton said.The bill is scheduled for hearings on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and for public testimony Friday, Feb. 17.last_img read more

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Walker orders state agencies to pursue grants to fight opioid epidemic

first_imgGov. Bill Walker, state Emergency Programs Section Chief Andy Jones, Kara Nelson and state Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jay Butler during the Feb. 16 announcement of Walker’s order on opioid addiction. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/Alaska Public Media/KTOO)Gov. Bill Walker took action this week to try to stem the epidemic of overdose deaths from heroin and other opioid drugs.Walker signed a disaster declaration that’s intended to make it easier to give overdose victims the life-saving overdose antidote naloxone.More than 120 Alaskans have died from opioid overdoses over the past three years. Walker said declaring a disaster will enable a coordinated statewide response.“I mean, it’s not one particular region, one particular income strata,” Walker said. “It is widespread, and it’s just, the stories were just horrific from across the state.”Walker ordered state agencies Thursday to apply for grants to prevent and treat addiction. They’ll also work to eliminate illegally imported drugs and help monitor controlled drugs. And they’ll aim to add funding for treatment using methadone and other medications.State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jay Butler is leading a weekly Instate Command System of senior state officials to respond to the epidemic, similar to the response to oil spills and other disasters.“The challenge of the opioid epidemic is that it’s more than just a criminal justice issue, but it’s also a health issue,” Butler said. “We need to address it very broadly in terms of being a health issue, a public safety issue, an education issue, a medical practice issue. We need to have a multi-pronged approach.”Butler said making naloxone more widely available is an important first step. But he said it’s important to transition those recovering from overdoses into withdrawal and addiction treatment.“It’s not a cure-all,” Butler said. “It’s like a tourniquet in a severe trauma case. It saves a life, but it does not cure addiction. That’s why a much broader-based approach is needed.”The state will spend more than $4 million on the effort. All of the funding comes from four federal grants.Butler said more doctors should receive training to provide patients with methadone and other drugs that help treat addiction, including Vivitrol and buprenorphine.“Many of my colleagues I will hear say, ‘Well, I didn’t really go into medicine to treat addiction,’ but I think we all went into medicine to make people well,” Butler said.A key part of the opioid response is the people in recovery who work as peer counselors, connecting those who are using heroin and other drugs with the treatment they need.Juneau resident Kara Nelson is a certified recovery and re-entry coach. She directs Haven House Juneau, a peer-led, faith-based transitional home for women leaving prison. She praised Walker’s approach.“I think it’s just going to give us more ammo when we’re trying to fight to bring different supports, and say we need more treatment, we need more detox, we need to treat this as a public-health issue,” Nelson said. “What that means is long-term recovery supports, which we are lacking so much here in the state.”Walker said he will work with the Legislature for changes to state law to aid the effort.last_img read more

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MRF to invest Rs 4500 crore for tyre project in Gujarat

first_imgMRF, India’s largest tyre maker by capacity, will invest Rs 4,500 crore in a new manufacturing facility in Gujarat. The investment will be in a phased manner, according to the Chennai-based company.”MRF Ltd has informed BSE that the Company has on January 11, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] with the Government of Gujarat expressing its in-principle intention to set up a new manufacturing facility in Gujarat for manufacture of automotive tyres, tubes, flaps and related products,” the company said in its regulatory filing.”The company proposes to invest a sum of about Rs. 4500 crores over a ten year period in a phased manner. The new plant is planned to be set up in Gujarat with the intention of broad basing the company’s manufacturing facilities across India. The project will be funded by internal accruals and / or debt,” it added.The MRF stock was trading at Rs 54,950 at the BSE on Thursday at about 1.50 pm. The company has five tyre manufacturing facilities in India.Other tyre makers in India include Ceat, Apollo Tyres, JK Tyre, Goodyear, TVS Srichakra and Modi Rubber.last_img read more

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