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Somdev wins men’s singles gold in Asiad

first_imgIndia’s Somdev Devvarman on Tuesday won the men’s singles tennis gold medal at the Asian Games in Guangzhou. Somdev dominated his higher ranked opponent from the start, storming to a 4-0 lead in the first set. Istomin managed to win just one game in that set. In the second set, Istomin put up a better fight as the pair exchanged breaks. But he wasn’t good enough to keep Somdev away from his second gold in the Guangzhou Games. Somdev’s feat has given India’s its seventh gold at Guangzhou.  Somdev and Sanam Singh had on Monday won the men’s doubles gold. They beat the Chinese pair of Zhe Li and Mao Xin Gong 6-3, 6-7, 10-8. Somdev – the highest ranked Indian in the international tennis circuit – had earlier won the men’s singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.last_img read more

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J Dey murder case: Mumbai Police question oil mafia kingpin

first_imgThe police, probing the killing of senior crime reporter J Dey, on Thursday questioned an alleged oil mafia kingpin after interrogating and letting off three suspects apparently finding no evidence against them. Police questioned alleged oil kingpin Mohammed Ali in connection with the murder case at a hospital where he was taken from Arthur Road jail. Ali was interrogated by police after the MCOCA court’s permission. Ali and his four aides had been arrested from here while two sharp-shooters from Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the murder of Sayyed Chand Madar (56), owner of a private firm in south Mumbai, in September last year. Ali and Madar were rivals as both were allegedly involved in smuggling diesel from the high seas. Earlier, the police let off three persons, believed to be associated with Chhota Shakeel, a key aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who were detained on Wednesday in connection with the killing of the scribe. “The suspects, whom we questioned, appeared to have played no role in the crime, as of now,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said. Three suspects Anwar, Mateen Iqbal Hatela and Shaikh were picked up for questioning on Wednesday to ascertain their possible role in Dey’s killing. However, they were let off late on Wednesday night after no evidence was found against them, police said.  The police said that during interrogation Mateen had said that Dey might have been killed as he could be working on a story which would have caused trouble to some people. They also told us several other things but that is not matching with the fact after verification. “We questioned Anwar and Mateen to ascertain as to why they were telling us those stories and whether they were trying to mislead us in the probe and if so, why they were doing this,” a police officer said adding that they did not appear to have played any role in the murder and were allowed to go. 56-year-old Jyotirmoy Dey, Editor (Special Investigation), with Mid-Day, who extensively covered the underworld and crime for over two decades, was shot dead by four assailants last Saturday. Meanwhile, police have found three more witnesses in the case and are trying to figure out the sequence of events that led to the killing.advertisement- With PTI inputs For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Govt has approached Japan, Russia, UK for documents on Netaji

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 2 (PTI) India has approached several countries, including Japan, Russia and the UK, for handing over of documents relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and some of them have responded, Rajya Sabha was told today.Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said the issue of handing over documents relating to Netaji had been taken up with governments of Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.”Responses from the governments of Russian Federation, Federal Republic of Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom have been received. Responses of Austria, Republic of Italy and the USA are awaited,” he said in a written reply.Chaudhary said the government has declassified all the available classified files and transferred these files to National Archives of India for permanent retention.All declassified files pertaining to Netaji received in the National Archive are first subjected to preliminary conservation and digitisation, before being released in public domain. PTI ACB SMN DV SMNlast_img read more

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SUV onslaught to continue with three new entrants

first_imgThere is little to doubt that the world is in love with SUVs. In spite of them referred to as gas-guzzlers, the world keeps coming back to them. However what we must understand is that with time, these big vehicles are getting ever so greener and are comparable to most other class of vehicles. So this year and the next will see some new entrants and we thought that it was about time we shared the same with you.Maruti Suzuki S-CrossWhile you must be thinking that the S-Cross is relatively new, let us tell you that the facelift is coming soon. This is particularly because the S-Cross does not look as aggressive as a proper SUV. Although Suzuki is calling this a minor change, the car will receive quite a massive restyling with a completely new front end including bumper, grille and headlights and even the bonnet.In all the S-Cross will look like a grown up and burly SUV. The Japanese company points out that the S-Cross will get a strong front exterior design with an enhanced SUV-look and a more aggressive front mask.The S-Cross will receive a massive restlying with a completely new front end.ALSO READ: Maruti Suzuki S-Cross to come with a petrol mill; reduced priceThere’s an updated cabin and dash too. Changes to the dash will include a new centre console with a brand new entertainment device which fits in flush. This gives the dash of the S-Cross a more matured look. The instrument panel too has been given a mild uplift in the form of new lettering and colour panel. Also expect a two-tone treatment to the dash and cabin in term of colours.advertisementOn top, the new model will feature a higher ground clearance compared to the existing S-Cross. The updated model will be powered by new BOOSTERJET petrol engines with either a 1.0 or 1.4-litre or a 1.6-litre diesel. All engines can be ordered with a 6-speed automatic transmission.The S-Cross will come with a new colour screen between instruments, two-tone dash treatment and new touchscreen infotainment among other features.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki S-Cross is on par with the Germans In standard guise, however, all but the smallest engines will come with a 6-speed manual. The 1.0-litre entry-level car will come with only five gears. The car will go on sale in June this year.Skoda VisionS ConceptWe have been tracking the full-size SUV from Skoda for a while now and had also shared renderings of the same recently. Now the company has finally unveiled what they are calling the VisionS Concept, a full-size SUV which will be showcased at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.ALSO READ: Will Skoda bring VisionS based SUV to India?Needless to say, we should soon be seeing the production version of the same. But till then here is what we know about the VisionS.The Skoda VisionS incorporates the brand’s new design language, carrying it over into the SUV segment. The design is clearly influenced by Czech Cubism and the tradition of Bohemian crystal art. However we must mention here that the VisionS is unmistakably a Skoda and that is thanks to the large chrome grille up front and the logo which now sits atop the bonnet. We also love the two-tier lamp treatment which all started with the smaller Yeti. Although the idea is toned down considerably, it is still quite obvious.The VisionS Concept features Skodas new global design philosophy. It is the biggest SUV by Skoda yet and will come with three rows of seats.The front bumper too looks smooth and that large air dam works wonders in keeping the fascia looking smooth. With a 2.79-meter wheelbase, at 4.70 meters long, 1.91 meters wide and 1.68 meters tall, the Skoda VisionS  is based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). This is also Skoda’s first vehicle to feature six seats across three rows.  ALSO READ:All new Skoda Yeti confirmed, India launch next yearThe VisionS will be available in both hybrid and standard guise. The plug-in hybrid powertrain offers 225bhp which allows it to get to 100kmph in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of almost 200kmph. The Skoda VisionS can go up to 50km on electric alone, and will travel up to 1,000 km with both systems working in tandem. The internal combustion engine is a 1.4 TSI with 156bhp and 250Nm of torque.This works alongside an e-motor that provides 40kW continuous power and 220Nm peak torque. It is integrated into the six-speed DSG, which directs the power to the front wheels. A second electric motor with up to 85kW and 270Nm of torque drives the rear axle. This works independently of the front axle drive, meaning the show car has a smart four-wheel drive, which requires no mechanical coupling.advertisementNissan KicksIn profile it is clear that things go towards being serious,The huge fender flares mean business and the shoulder lines are sharp. The third SUV we feature today is also a concept, the Nissan Kicks. However what is getting us kicking is the fact that Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co Ltd has recently announced that the Kicks will go into production first in Latin America in 2016 and be sold globally. So there are high chances of this superb looking compact SUV to be sold in India.The new model was inspired by the Kicks Concept car presented at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show, and it will retain the Kicks name for the production version. At first glance the SUV surely looks like eye candy. The lines are very sporty and purely Japanese in nature. Up front one can see the rather large headlamps and the bold Nissan grille.Going by the concept, the Kicks will be 4,300mm long, 1,800mm wide and 1,600mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,620mm.ALSO READ:Nissan Kicks coming to India, launch in 2017There’s very little clutter up front. However in profile it is clear that things go towards being serious. The huge fender flares mean business and the shoulder lines are sharp. The door handles are fitted flush and give the Kicks a clean look. However all that jazz is sure to be toned down a bit.The new model was inspired by the Kicks Concept car presented at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show, and it will retain the Kicks name for the production version. Going by the concept, the Kicks will be 4,300mm long, 1,800mm wide and 1,600mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,620mm. Under the bonnet expect the Kicks to sport both petrol and diesel engines. We are sure to see an iteration of the tried and tested 1.5-litre dCi diesel under the hood of the Kicks.last_img read more

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Thibaut Courtois fulfills ‘childhood dream’ by joining Real Madrid

first_imgThibaut Courtois said that playing at Real Madrid was his childhood dream after he moved to the triple Champions League winners from Chelsea and was unveiled at Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.Courtois agreed to join Real on a six-year deal with the club paying Chelsea an initial fee of 35 million Euros, according to Spanish media reports.Courtois described Real Madrid as the best club despite spending three years on loan at city rivals Atletico Madrid and said that he has worked hard to earn the Madrid colours.”Everyone who knows me knows how hard I’ve worked to get here, and I’m proud to be at the best club in the world. I’ve given my best throughout my career to get here, this was my childhood dream, to step on to this pitch in Madrid’s colours,” the Belgium international told a news conference on Thursday.@thibautcourtois#WelcomeCourtois pic.twitter.com/13eQtbvBTgReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 9, 2018″I received better paid offers but I wanted to be in the best club in the world and be close to my children. Once Madrid’s interest was clear I had no doubts that I wanted to be here.”Courtois, 26, signed for Madrid after winning two Premier League titles as well as the FA Cup and League Cup in England. British media reported that the Belgian, who has played 65 times for his country and helped them reach this year’s World Cup semi-finals, has not shown up for training at Chelsea for the past two days in a bid to force through the transfer.advertisement”I would like to thank Chelsea’s fans for being there for me in the last few years, I always wanted to win the Premier League and I did it twice, but now I have a new chance which I have to take. I also have two children here and that influenced my decision,” Courtois said.”I grew a lot physically in England and now I’m more mature and more experienced. I’ve improved a lot and I’ve come here to be the best I can.”Also read – Keylor Navas will stay at Real Madrid despite Thibaut Courtois signingBefore Chelsea, Courtois spent three seasons on loan at Atletico, lifting an unlikely La Liga title in 2014 as well as winning the Copa del Rey by beating Real in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu.He also sustained a gut-wrenching defeat to Real in the 2014 Champions League final, when his new captain Sergio Ramos’s injury time header denied Atletico glory, leading to Real winning 4-1 in extra-time.”I have the maximum respect for Atletico, they took me on loan when I was young and I won many things, but it was different because I was on loan,” Courtois expressed.”Now I’ve come to the club where I really wanted to be and I want to fight for many years to win trophies.”@thibautcourtois#WelcomeCourtois pic.twitter.com/LtQzRKzaDEReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 9, 2018Courtois’s first game for Real could be against Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on August 15 although the fact he has trained little since reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup with Belgium means coach Julen Lopetegui may opt to play Keylor Navas instead.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Everton sign midfielder Gbamin from Mainz 05

first_imgEverton have signed midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Mainz for £25million ($30.4m)The Toffees have tied the 23-year-old defensive midfielder down to a five-year contract that expires at the end of June 2024.Ivory Coast international Gbamin is seen as a replacement for Idrissa Gueye who moved to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week for £30million ($36.5m). Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It’s a big moment with a lot of emotion and now it’s on me to prove on the pitch why they bought me,” Gbamin told  Everton’s official website . “I’m excited because Everton is a great club here in England with a big history and ambition so I didn’t think for more than a moment – I wanted to come here.”Gbamin, who played for Lens for three seasons before spending the equal amount of time at Mainz, hopes that his style of play will excite his new supporters.“I like to go in the duels,” he said.”I like to run a lot and tackle. I also pass good and have a good transition. “All the rest, the fans will see. I will give everything on the pitch.”Although neither Everton or Mainz have declared the fee, it is reported that the deal could rise to £27.5m ($33.5m).Goodison Park boss Marco Silva was keen to strengthen his midfield ahead of the Premier League season, with Gueye’s move to the French champions likely to be a big miss.It is hoped that Gbamin can fill that void and Silva is excited by his latest recruit. He said: “Jean-Philippe is a player who has developed really well during the last three seasons and achieved a very good level of performance playing in a high level competition like the Bundesliga.“He is ready for this challenge – to come and help us to keep getting better. “He is full of ambition to play for Everton, fits with our model and he will give us different solutions in our midfield..”Gbamin is Everton’s fourth signing of the summer, having also landed Andre Gomes on a permanent deal from Barcelona and Fabian Delph from Manchester City. Jonas Lossl has also arrived from Huddersfield Town and will be a backup for Jordan Pickford in goal.The Merseyside club are also poised to announce the signing of Moise Kean from Juventus.Aged just 19, the exciting attacker is regarded as one of the most-talented teenagers in the game and it will be seen as a major coup when the imminent transfer is completed.Everton begin their new season away at Crystal Palace on August 10. The first chance most of the fans will get to see Gbamin is at home against Watford a week later.last_img read more

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Badminton Nationals: Rituparna Das, Riya Mookerjee enter pre-quarter-finals

first_img Next Badminton Nationals: Rituparna Das, Riya Mookerjee enter pre-quarter-finalsAlso winning on Day 2 of India’s biggest domestic badminton event was former champion Sourabh Verma and 2017 runner-up Lakshya Sen, both of whom made it to the pre-quarters.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 21:56 IST The top eight seeds in singles have been directly placed in the pre-quarters (BAI Media Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRituparna Das needed only 24 minutes to breeze past Namita Pathania 21-10, 21-7Riya Mookerjee staved off some stiff resistance from Gayatri Gopichand to win 21-17, 21-17Lakshya Sen registered a 21-10, 21-10 victory over Bengal’s top seed Arintap DasguptaFormer champion Rituparna Das of PSPB and top seed Riya Mookerjee of the Railways put on a brilliant display to book their berths in the pre-quarterfinals of the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships here on Wednesday.Also winning on Day 2 of India’s biggest domestic badminton event was former champion Sourabh Verma and 2017 runner-up Lakshya Sen, both of whom made it to the pre-quarters.World No.57 Das, who was crowned the champion in 2017, needed only 24 minutes to breeze past Namita Pathania 21-10, 21-7.Riya, placed 114th in the world, staved off some stiff resistance from the ninth-seeded Gayatri Gopichand to win 21-17, 21-17.The 14th seeded Sen continued his fine run from the Inter-Zonal competition with yet another facile 21-10, 21-10 victory over Bengal’s top seed Arintap Dasgupta.Verma, the winner of the Nationals in 2011 and 2017, was equally dominant in his 21-13, 21-14 triumph over Munawer Mohammed.Harsheel Dani of Maharashtra was made to work hard by Kartikey. The World No.131 fought back from a game down to register a 16-21, 21-18, 21-8 win in 56 minutes.Sixth seed Aryamann Tandon beat Madhya Pradesh’s Priyanshu Rajawat 21-15, 21-10 while fifth seed Rahul Yadav from Telangana emerged a 21-12, 21-11 winner over Jaswanth D.In the women’s singles, 14th seeded Malvika Bansod caused an upset by ousting the seventh-seeded Shikha Gautam 21-11, 21-16 in a fourth-round encounter that lasted 33 minutes.Fourth seed Vaidehi Choudhari faced no hassles in her 21-17, 21-13 dismissal of Kerala’s Aadya Variyath.Maharashtra’s sixth-seeded rising star Vaishnavi Bhale too progressed, courtesy of a 21-19, 21-9 win over the 10th seeded Reshma Karthik.advertisementMaharashtra had a double delight on Day 2 of the Senior Nationals as the 15th seeded Neha Pandit showed her admirable fighting spirit in her 21-18, 20-22, 21-16 upset win over third seed Bhavya Rishi.Eighth seed Shruti Mundada and unseeded Deepshikha Singh advanced when their respective opponents, Vrushali Gummadi and Deepali Gupta, retired.Seasoned campaigners Manu Attri and Maneesha K, seeded seventh at this tournament, showed the door to the mixed doubles top seeds Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar 21-19, 21-18 on their way to the quarter-finals.Shlok Ramchandran and Mithula UK also joined them by prevailing over Sanjai Srivatsa D and Kavipriya S 21-17, 21-13.The veteran men’s doubles team of V Diju and Rupesh Kumar KT also kept their impressive run going. Kumar, former South Asian Games gold medallist, and Diju, a former World No. 6 in mixed doubles, required just 20 minutes to dispatch Prince Chaturvedi and Sangram Chutia 21-15, 21-11 en route to the pre quarter-finals.The top shuttlers, led by Saina Nehwal and P.V.Sindhu, will begin their challenge from Thursday.The top eight seeds in singles have been directly placed in the pre-quarters while the top four seeds in doubles will start from the quarters.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow National Badminton ChampionshipsFollow Rituparna DasFollow Riya MookerjeeFollow BadmintonFollow Badminton nationalslast_img read more

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Mi Smart Band 4 review: Best fitness band from Xiaomi

first_imgMi Smart Band 4 review: Best fitness band from XiaomiThe Mi Smart Band 4 is the latest fitness smart band from Xiaomi and in this review we find out that it is useful, well-priced and value for money simolar to the earlier fitness trackers from the company. It other words, the Mi Smart Band 4 is really good product for the price.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 13:15 IST 8.5/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Mi Smart Band 4 comes with a price of Rs 2,299.This is the first Mi Band that comes with a coloured screen.Mi Smart Band 4 can track activities like running, cycling and swimming in real time.Xiaomi on Tuesday launched several smart devices in India at its Smarter Living 2020. One of these products — no, there are no smartphones in the list — is the Mi Band 4. Wait, that’s not the name. The device is called the Mi Smart Band 4. Xiaomi believes that its latest fitness band has more features, or rather smarter features, and hence wholly deserves the new moniker. Well, we will see.The Mi fitness bands have always been popular in India. The price is usually right for these products and the feature set basic but appropriate as well as useful. The Mi Smart Band 4 is no exception. In fact, compared to the earlier bands this one is rather feature-rich. It’s neatly designed. And it has an attractive price. The Mi Smart Band 4 comes with a price of Rs 2,299.Mi Smart Band 4 designThe Mi Smart Band 4 sports a neat design and looks classy on the wrist. To me it does. In a way the Mi Smart Band 4 almost looks like the Mi Band 3 minus the curved screen. The Mi Band 3 includes a screen that is curvy on the sides, but the screen in the Mi Smart Band 4 isn’t as curvy. It’s not flat either like the screen in the Mi Band 2. The new Mi Smart Band 4 follows a middle ground and that offers good end-result.Similar to the previous generation Mi Bands the new one also comes with a removable wrist band that is made of thermoplastic polyurethane — rubber in simple words. There’s a capsule on the Mi Smart Band 4 and that is similar to the Mi Band 3. The capsule includes 3-axis accelerometer and PPG heart rate sensors which allows the band to track activities in real-time and also the heart rate.advertisement Here I will repeat what I said in the review of the Mi Band 3 – the all-new Mi Smart Band 4 feels very durable. The Mi Smart Band 4 feels extremely sturdy when compared to other similar price segment smart fitness bands like the Honor Band 5.Mi Smart Band 4 screenThe Mi Smart Band 4 comes with a bigger screen compared to the previous generation Mi Band 3. Bigger and much brighter, thanks to the coloured display. Notably, this is the first Mi Band that comes with a coloured screen. All the previous generation Mi Bands have black and white screens.The Mi Smart Band 4 packs a 0.95-inch AMOLED screen that offers a resolution of 120 x 240 RGB and brightness of up to 400 nits. Users can also adjust the brightness of the screen by heading to the Setting option on the smart band itself.I mostly had to keep the brightness level to maximum but the good bit is that didn’t affect the battery life much. In all situations – both indoors and outdoors – I mostly keep the brightness level of the Mi Smart Band 4 to maximum. For a lot of people medium brightness may suffice but because I was also checking emails and reading WhatsApp messages on the Mi Smart Band 4, I needed higher brightness.Due to the AMOLED screen, the text messages are clear and easily readable on the Band 4. This means I didn’t have to switch to my smartphone every time to check messages or read emails. The Mi Smart Band 4 also alerts users about incoming calls and lets them silent or reject them. The Mi Smart Band 4, similar to the Mi Band 3, still doesn’t let users pick calls. Users will still need their phone to take incoming calls.Similar to the Mi Band 3 the Mi Smart Band 4 also comes with a Single touch button that helps users navigate – go back and forth, choose an option, change settings and so on. The touch button is easy to use and works very smooth.How to setup Mi Smart Band 4The Mi Smart Band 4 is easy to set up and also connect to a smartphone. It is compatible with devices running on Android 4.4 and iOS 9.0 or above. It took around a minute or so to set up Mi Band 4 and connect it to my smartphone.– Download the Mi Fit app on your smartphone. The application is available on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store.– Switch on the Bluetooth of the phone and pair both the devices (Band and the phone).– Enter details like name, weight, height, among other things to set up the application. This information will let the Band produce better results.– After connecting the Band with the smartphone, remember to toggle on the options like incoming call, event reminder, alarm, app alerts, idle alert, among others on the MiFit app. Doing so will let the Mi Smart Band 4 to be more productive.advertisementMi Smart Band 4 performanceThe Mi Smart Band 4 comes with various smart fitness features. It tracks heart rate. It monitors sleep. It can also track activities like running, cycling, swimming and other outdoor activities in real-time.To test the heart rate, users will need to switch to the heart monitor screen on the Mi Band 4 by scrolling down on the home page and long-press the touch button. Apart from the heart rate monitoring and calculating distance walked or run, the Mi Smart Band 4 also measures how good or bad is the user’s sleep pattern.Besides just showing notifications from different apps, and letting users deal with those notifications the Mi Smart Band 4 also comes with additional features like Find Your Phone. This feature lets users find their misplaced phone. The Mi Band 4 also vibrates and alerts users about alarms. The Mi Band 4 can be controlled using the Mi Fit app. Xiaomi has added a few new features to the Mi Fit app, but overall the application remains unchanged. One of the most interesting features of the Mi Fit app according to me is the night mode which dims the display of the Band 4 automatically at sunset or during the scheduled duration.In my one week of using the Mi Band 4 I found that the Mi Band 4 manages to capture fairly accurate data as far as the sleep and activity tracking are concerned. In exercise mode, the Band 4 uses GPS data from the paired phone for better distance and heart rate tracking.Mi Smart Band 4 batteryThe previous generation Mi Bands were well known for their great battery life. The scenario remains the same with the Mi Smart Band 4 as well. After using the Mi Band 4 for a week now I can vouch for the battery of the Mi Band 4. The battery life of the Mi Band 4 is incredible and in my one week of usage, I didn’t have to charge the Band for even once. Notably, I had the heart rate sensor and sleep tracker switched on all the time. Despite that, the Mi Band lasted almost over a week for me. At the end of the week, the Mi Band had 20 per cent battery left.Should you by the Mi Smart Band 4?Yes, you should.For the price, the Mi Smart Band 4 is an incredible product from Xiaomi. The Mi Smart Band 4 is a great value for money smart fitness band. It brings big and bright display, incredible battery life, various smart and fitness features, decent design and so on. For the price tag, the Mi Smart Band 4 is the best smart fitness band available in India right now.Mi Smart Band 4 review8.5/10ProsAMOLED displayBattery lifeComfortableConsOldish designGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow Mi Smart Band 4 Nextlast_img read more

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Trinamool lashes out at BJP over fake membership card of Mamata Banerjee

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress came down heavily upon the BJP on Tuesday, accusing them of engineering the circulation of a fake membership card bearing the name of party supremo Mamata Banerjee, on social media.”We will take strict and appropriate action against the culprits behind the act, which is an attempt to malign the image of our party chief. We will also lodge a complaint with the cyber crime cell of the police,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, condemning the act. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersChatterjee displayed a printout of the fake membership card before the reporters that carries a photo of Banerjee on its left. It mentions the “member’s” name as Mamata Banerjee and the state as West Bengal. The card, which has Bharatiya Janata Party inscribed on it in a large font with a logo, also shows a membership number. “They (BJP) have been doing similar acts on Facebook and other social media platforms and spreading false propaganda to misguide people and party members. It is a disgrace that they have stooped so low, trying to tarnish the image of Mamata Banerjee. These are the inauspicious signs of democracy,” he said, adding that they are unable to fight Banerjee politically and are thus wrongly using technology for such acts. It may be mentioned that the saffron party had launched its nationwide membership drive on Saturday, on the birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mukherjee.last_img read more

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Facing favouritism charges railways introduces fresh tender system for Train 18

first_imgNew Delhi: With the production of the third Train 18 unit virtually stopped over allegations of favouritism in the tendering process of the first train set, the railways Tuesday said it has introduced a new system for giving all bidders a level playing field and ensuring transparency.Officials said the manufacturing process for the third Train 18 set, or Vande Bharat Express, would go on now with the new tendering process in place. Earlier, stung by allegations of favouritism in the tendering process for manufacturing the first Train 18 set, which was rolled out earlier this year, the Integral Coach Factory had scrapped all existing tenders for the third rake. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A second Train 18 set is ready and is likely to be launched next month on the Delhi-Katra route. Officials said the new tendering process gives vendors three months to apply for bids instead of the present three weeks. It makes it mandatory for the production units to follow Research Design and Standards Organisation, which functions as a technical adviser and consultant to the railways, specifications while issuing a tender, which was not followed by the ICF during manufacturing of first Train 18 set. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”This will bring in more transparency and also give all parties a level playing field,” an official said. The first rake of Train 18 was manufactured in a record time of just 18 months at a cost of about Rs 97 crore. However, the ministry received around 25 complaints from vendors and multinational companies that a domestic private firm was allegedly favoured in the procurement process for electrical equipment for the train set. During the bidding process for the first rake, 18 companies were in the fray for supplying electrical equipment. Eight of these firms were Indian. However, only one consortium could make it on the last day of the tender submission, February 6, 2018, due to “certain pre-bidding conditions”, sources said, though they did not elaborate. This led to the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) red-flagging the process. And the manufacturing of the third train virtually stopped with a vigilance enquiry at the Integral Coach Factory underway. Not just the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, but the Modern Coach Factory, Rae Bareli, also cancelled all tenders pertaining to Vande Bharat Express type of rakes, suburban trains such as Electric Multiple Units (EMU), Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) and Mainline Electric Multiple Units (MEMU) as well. An official said, “We want to offer a level playing field to all suppliers to participate in the making of these trains which will not only have high quality but (will be produced with) much greater transparency.” The Railway Board in a recent meeting with top officials and leading manufacturers of propulsion systems discussed the new timelines to invite wider participation, another official said.last_img read more

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PRODUCTION BEGINS ON SEASON 2 OF BRAVO ORIGINAL SERIES CARTER

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement NORTH BAY, ON – Bravo announced today that production is underway for Season 2 of its lighthearted mystery-crime drama CARTER, starring Jerry O’Connell. Shot in North Bay, ON, the sophomore season is set to debut later this year, exclusively on Bravo. Season 1 of CARTER is currently streaming only on Crave.The 10-episode, one-hour series also sees the return of co-stars  Sydney Poitier Heartsong (HOMECOMING) as Sam Shaw and Kristian Bruun (ORPHAN BLACK) as Dave Leigh, as well as Brenda Kamino (The Glass Castle) as Dot Yasuda.Canadian and CSA-winning actor Lyriq Bent (THE AFFAIR) joins the cast in Season 2 as Joyce Warwick Boyle, the new Interim Police Chief at Bishop PD. Described as a man with both swagger and edge, Boyle quickly establishes himself as a stern law man impressed with Sam and her abilities, while being equally unimpressed with Harley and his antics. As his admiration for Sam turns romantic, Harley and Dave discover Boyle is hiding an alarming and mysterious past. Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Carter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter CARTER revolves around Harley Carter (O’Connell), the star of a hit detective series who decides to take a break from Hollywood. Upon returning to his northern hometown, Harley discovers that his years of playing a fictional detective come in handy when he finds himself immersed in real-life mysteries, including the unsolved disappearance of his mother which culminated in the Season 1 finale.In Season 2, Harley plants deeper roots as a celebrity P.I., using disguises to go undercover and doubling-down on his fame in a world where life continues to imitate TV. As Harley dives deeper into solving mysteries, he discovers that the toughest cases to solve are personal ones, as he finds himself embroiled in a love triangle with his best friend, Sam Shaw (Poitier Heartsong), and her new boss.“CARTER skillfully mocks traditional TV detective tropes while simultaneously honouring them in a self-aware and charming way that generates genuine audience appeal,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “With its exceptional returning cast led by the incomparable Jerry O’Connell, and our production partners at Amaze steering the ship, we are excited to be working on another captivating season of CARTER in North Bay.”“We look forward to growing our audience while bringing the fans an even more hilarious and adventurous second season,” said Teza Lawrence, Executive Producer, and Co-President of Amaze Film & TV. “We’re excited so many people around the world have become fans of our series,” added Michael Souther, Executive Producer, and Co-President of Amaze Film & TV. Outside of Canada, the series was commissioned by Sony Pictures Television (SPT) for AXN, returning for Season 2 in Spain, Latin America, Brazil, Japan, Central Europe, and Russia.  CARTER will also return to WGN America in the U.S. The series is distributed by SPT worldwide, excluding Canada. CARTER is produced by Amaze Film + Television and executive produced by the company’s founders Teza Lawrence and Michael Souther (Call Me Fitz, Saint Ralph) as well as series creator Garry Campbell, O’Connell, and Season 2 showrunner and EP Andy Berman. Season 1 of CARTER made Bravo the #1 entertainment specialty channel in its timeslot. Production Executive for Bell Media is Gosia Kamela. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.last_img read more

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Kodiak spaceport to host rocket launch

KODIAK, Alaska — The Alaska Aerospace Corp. says it is planning a rocket launch test this month at the spaceport on Kodiak Island.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that road, waterway and air closures have been scheduled for July 15 to July 19, and July 22 to July 27.The corporation referred questions about the launch to the U.S. Missile Defence Agency.Defence agency spokeswoman Heather Cavaliere says she can’t release details of any possible launches or activity in the near future.She did confirm, however, that than the agency has a presence on Kodiak.The Associated Press read more

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UN health organization set to vaccinate 40 million in the Americas in

From Barrow in Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, some 40 million people are to be inoculated against such common illnesses as measles during the first United Nations-coordinated Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA), starting on Saturday.The campaign, coinciding with the 10-year-old National Infant Immunization Week in the United States, is being coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), now the regional arm of the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO).It will focus on often-neglected children living in rural border regions and the most vulnerable among other groups, including pregnant women and the elderly in the 42 countries in the Americas, including the Caribbean. The US and Mexican governments and three states – Texas and New Mexico in the United States and Chihuahua in Mexico – will collaborate closely during the campaign. Sister cities along the border are planning joint activities, including San Diego, California, with Tijuana, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.PAHO director Dr. Mirta Roses is scheduled to go to Haiti to kick off the VWA. Vaccine Week “demonstrates our strong commitment to work together to improve the health of the people of the Americas, especially the children,” she said.Most of the countries will vaccinate against measles, polio, rubella, also known as German measles, and congenital rubella syndrome, while other countries will tackle influenza and neonatal tetanus. read more

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Pressure will stay on RIM after launch of BB10 25 per cent

by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 5:16 pm MDT Pressure will remain on Research In Motion and its stock price even after launch of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system later this month as the market gauges consumer response to its new smartphones, analysts said Friday.Will the new generation of BlackBerrys be attractive enough to get Android and iPhone users to switch off those devices and go over to RIM, asked telecom analyst Troy Crandall.“That’s the huge question,” said Crandall, of Montreal-based MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.The BlackBerry 10 is seen as a make-or-break product for Research In Motion (TSX:RIM).“It’s their game to lose at this point,” Crandall said.Shares in the RIM have been volatile for weeks in the leadup to the launch with wild swings amid share shorting.Crandall said about 25 per cent of RIM’s 524 million shares outstanding on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York’s Nasdaq are held by short sellers.These investors have essentially bet against RIM’s success and lose money when the company’s stock goes up. But they can also help drive the stock price up by selling to cover their positions.The share price bounced back sharply Friday as promotional materials for the new BlackBerrys leaked onto some technology blogs a day after three top U.S. cellphone carriers said they would support the new devices.RIM shares were up almost 13 per cent, or $1.52, to close at $13.31 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on very heavy volume of more than 12.4 million shares.Earlier Friday, shares in the Canadian smartphone maker traded at a low of $11.48 after U.K.-based carrier Vodafone said it had a technical problem that disrupted BlackBerry service to customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.The disruption, while relatively minor in terms of the BlackBerry global subscriber base, came as RIM works to improve its image and just weeks before the launch of the BB10.Vodafone said the issue was caused by a router error and that all service was being restored. “We apologize to customers for any inconvenience caused and we will provide updates as necessary,” Vodafone said in an emailed statement.The Waterloo, Ont., smartphone maker has had several outages in the last couple of years, including one in October 2011 that knocked out service for millions of users.RIM stock has traded between $6.10 and $18.23 over the past year.BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long said he’s growing “more cautious” about RIM and has downgraded the stock to “underperform” from “market perform.”“While BB10 should be a meaningful improvement, we are not expecting the new phones to stem market share losses,” Long said in a research note.“We believe the stock will be driven by the reception and results of BB10 products over the next few months, which we don’t expect to be positive,” Long added.BlackBerry’s U.S. market share has dropped to just 1.6 per cent, hurt by Apple Inc.’s iPhone, according to a recent report by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.Crandal said even if the BlackBerry 10 launch is successful, it doesn’t mean consumers will rush to buy RIM’s new smartphones.“If they mess this up, I don’t think their customers will have much more patience,” he said of RIM.RIM hasn’t disclosed when the BlackBerry 10 smartphones will hit shelves or how much they will cost, but is scheduled to unveil the new devices on Jan. 30 in New York. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pressure will stay on RIM after launch of BB10; 25 per cent of shares shorted read more

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UN human rights office urges probe into excessive use of force in

“We urge the Government to promptly conduct a thorough and independent investigation into any excessive use of force by law enforcement officials – and in particular the reported use of live ammunition against protestors,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva today.“Any use of force during demonstrations must be exceptional and, when used, must be proportional and strictly necessary,” Mr. Colville said. “The intentional lethal use of firearms may only be made when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.”“We also call on the protestors to refrain from any acts of violence or vandalism,” he said.Also today, the team of International Envoys for the Great Lakes Region of Africa expressed their deep concern about recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where more than 13 people have reportedly been killed and more than 30 injured in the context of several days of anti-Government demonstrations in the capital Kinshasa, and Goma in the eastern part of the country.The protests, which began on 19 January against the passing of an electoral bill in the lower house of the legislature, had also resulted in the detention of more than 300 individuals across the Democratic Republic of the Congo including prominent members of the opposition and civil society representatives,” Mr. Colville said. “The electoral bill is now before the Senate and there are fears that its passage may escalate the situation and result in more violence,” he warned.The team of envoys called on the DRC Government to exercise restraint, condemned any use of force against peaceful, unarmed demonstrators and arbitrary arrests, and noted that all citizens, including demonstrators and their leaders, have a responsibility to pursue political objectives by non-violent means in conformity with relevant national laws.They also encouraged the Government, the opposition, as well as civil society to avail themselves of the good offices of the UN in facilitating an inclusive and transparent dialogue between all stakeholders as per provisions of relevant Security Council resolutions.The team of envoys are comprised of: UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Said Djinnit; UN Special Representative for the DRC Martin Kobler; African Union Special Representative for the Great Lakes Boubacar Diarra; European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes Koen Vervaeke; United States’ Special l Envoy for the Great Lakes and the DRC Russell D. Feingold; and Belgium’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Frank de Coninck.The OHCHR also said that State authorities have restricted Internet and mobile text messaging services for more than three days now, not only disrupting communication between individuals but also creating disruption in the conduct of economic activities, like banking. “We also call on the authorities to promptly release all those who have been detained for exercising their right to peaceful assembly, for expression of their views, for their affiliation with the opposition or for disagreeing with the amendments to the electoral bill,” Mr. Colville said. “The right to vote in genuine, periodic elections is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political rights,” he added.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged maximum restraint on all sides and flagged the readiness of his Special Representative in the DRC, Martin Kobler, to use his good offices to help narrow the gap between the main actors involved.Mr. Kobler later tweeted that “the freedom of opinion is the basic pillar of democracy. It has to be guaranteed while at the same time handled with responsibility.” read more

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Gardeners warned after neverbeforeseen pest which covers trees in unsightly white strands

The RHS is keen to hear from gardeners who find the pest in their garden so that it can build a picture of host plants in the UK and tailor advice to gardeners.Magnolias, mulberries, elders, sycamores and dogwoods are thought to be a favourite. Gardeners are encouraged, where practical, to remove egg masses with a stiff brush and water. An RHS spokesperson said: “Given that many plants are grown for their blooms, foliage or textured stems and branches, the pest could certainly lessen their enjoyment.”If it proves impossible to remove [with a brush and water] and its aesthetics are considered too much to bear a pesticide can be applied strictly according to label instructions, this is likely to be most effective when the eggs hatch in summer.”Pests which mar and destroy gardens have been brought in from abroad in recent years, sometimes to devastating effect.The RHS identified one new plant disease last year – a Phytophora on a Water Iris – and in previous years their identification includes deadly diseases which have taken hold in gardens across the UK, including Box blight in the 1990s, Escallonia leaf blight in 2007 and Kerria twig blight in 2014.The Fuchsia Gall mite, discovered in the UK by the RHS in 2007,  is now causing real problems for fuchsia growers in the South East. The spokesperson added: “The arrival of the cotton stringy scale in the UK is evidence of the need for biosecurity issues to remain a top priority – not all of them promise to be as benign.”There are currently more than 1,000 plant pests and diseases on the risk register including Xylella – a bacterium which is known to affect more than 350 species of plant, including garden favourites such as lavender, hebe and rosemary – has been found in Italy, France and Spain.” 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. Gardeners have been warned to look out for a new pest, which has never been seen before in the UK, which covers popular garden trees in unsightly white strands.Cotton stringy scale is a pest usually found in Asia and parts of Italy that is thought to be attracted to magnolia, mulberry and dogwood trees – and it is suspected to have been brought to the UK for the first time on a plant imported from abroad.The Royal Horticultural Society has warned of the pest which can be a nuisance to gardeners and is easily spread, as the eggs are carried in the wind.Their head of plant health head of plant health Gerard Clover told The Telegraph: “Many of the UK’s 27 million gardeners take pride in their green space and the unsightly appearance of cotton stringy scale will be an unwelcome addition.”Its anticipated spread is a reminder of the battle we face in preventing new pests and diseases from finding their way into the UK and protecting our gardens for the future. To reduce the risks from new problems it is important that gardeners are aware of plant health threats and how to mitigate them.”The pest has spread around the world because of plant trade and is prevalent in parts of Italy. read more

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Storing power for remote mines

first_imgOne of the important considerations when organising power for remote mines is the ability to store power if using renewable power sources. This will be discussed in the January International Mining magazine article on the subject. Based in Sydney, Australia, Ecoult has answers for this. It is a high-tech energy storage and hybrid energy solution company that has spent much of the past decade at the forefront of the push to making renewables stable and dispatchable, rather than dependent on weather. A focus area for Ecoult has been optimising the mix between renewables and diesel at remote sites, combining battery energy storage with diesel generator systems. The company develops applications and software for the sustainable, energy storage solution – UltraBattery®, invented by CSIRO, which combines ultracapacitor and battery chemistry in a single hybrid cell. Ecoult’s operations span small commercial and industrial energy storage in Australia, through to large megawatt systems both there and in North America.John Wood, CEO, Ecoult notes “many remote sites face a similar set of issues: large swings in load, a diesel power plant, intermittent solar power, and a business requirement for reliability and efficiency.”Ecoult has shown, in both the kilowatt and megawatt scale, that its energy storage and management systems allow a hybrid diesel/renewable power system to operate with greater reliability, using the power from renewables to reduce dependence on diesel.“Ecoult’s UltraBattery excels in remote areas,” Wood explains, “because it is dependable, robust in a variety of climates, highly efficient in reducing diesel usage and fully monitored with hardware electronics and software. This means many power functions of the battery – and indeed the whole power control system – can be monitored and controlled without requiring a visit to the site.“UltraBattery has exceptionally high charge and discharge rates, giving access to faster charging and higher power output than most competing chemistries. The batteries are proven in the toughest multipurpose applications, which means a single installation can do multiple tasks (from smoothing and high peak-power handling through to renewable shifting and UPS), multiplying the overall benefits.“While diesel continues to play an integral role off the grid, there is an ever increasing synergy and optimisation between diesel, renewables and batteries. The key to efficiency is to have the management systems in place so the diesel generator is in one of its two most efficient modes: switched off, or operating at its most efficient operating point, close to its maximum output.”On mines, the benefits of renewables and storage are significant. Not only is there the potential to greatly offset diesel directly using solar power during the day and store for part or all of the night, a battery also allows a diesel generator sized for the peak loads (e.g. large surge loads during machinery start-up) to operate at peak efficiency even when it is powering small intermittent loads. “In the case of the UltraBattery, Wood says, “the high charge power allows it to charge quickly using the peak output of the generator. The generator can then be switched off while the highly-efficient battery reticulates energy at varying rates as small loads are switched on and off across a site.“In smaller diesel-solar-storage microgrids, operators can reduce 30 to 90% of their diesel consumption – benefitting too from longer maintenance cycles and lower servicing costs, because the generator is used not only less frequently, but also at its optimum loading.”Ecoult’s systems are designed for continuous, high-rate applications in harsh-climate, remote sites. For example, Ecoult’s UltraBattery provides 500 kW of PV-smoothing capability at the Prosperity solar energy project in New Mexico (pictured). This solar site experiences 136 kW per second ramp rates during cloud events – too steep for grid operators, who prefer a constant and predictable supply. The Ecoult battery installation allows the PV plant to reduce the ramp rate to a suitable level, and also store the midday PV for the evening demand peak.Unheard of five years ago, examples of megawatt hybrid installations in remote mines are easily found today. A 10.6 MW solar PV plant – with 6 MW storage – is installed at the DeGrussa copper mine in Western Australia integrated with the existing 19 MW diesel generation plant. The use of solar and storage offsets at least 5 million litres of diesel use per annum. See last year’s article (IM, September 2016, pp70-87).Rio Tinto, at its Weipa bauxite operation in Queensland, uses a ‘hybrid’ model where diesel generation is largely targeted to critical mine operations and solar offsets the township’s energy requirements. Rio Tinto’s 1.7 MW solar PV power station offsets around 600,000 litres of diesel per year and enables it to hedge against diesel price fluctuations.“In remote Australia, batteries are fast becoming the alternative to prohibitive transmission infrastructure upgrades,” Wood observes.“Battery storage on remote microgrids is no longer only a ‘green’ option, but one that reduces power overheads, enhances control over the site’s power requirements and quarantines the operator from market-driven changes in grid power and fossil fuel prices.“The mining sector has begun to embrace multi-source generation, and the challenge of ramp rates, power quality, frequency, intermittency and diesel inefficiency is being mastered with battery energy storage.last_img read more

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Igor Vori Referees almost scored goals instead of Danes

croatiaEHF EURO 2014Igor Vori Croatian gin Igor Vori could not get over the chance in the semifinal of the EHF EURO 2014 in Herning against Denmark:– We have a 60-minute bloody work. We did not succeed, as our fault, we did manage to make higher advantage in the first half. Congratulations to my players, place at TOP 4 is sensation. We didn’t come to the final, even we were better in the first 35 minutes. I don’t like to speak about referees, but at this point, such a decision, it’s a disaster. That could see even blind man. At the first half they almost scored goals instead of them. Congratulations Danes. People who organized this are the happiest now – concluded Vori.“Media war” between Denmark and Croatia began at the press conference after the match…. ← Previous Story Linnea Torsteinson joins Viborg HK! Next Story → GOLUZA VS WILBEK: Two Jesus, only one truth… read more

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Teach Kids to Smile Through Electroshock

first_imgOkay, the claims around this product seem dubious–and at present, the only proof of its existence is a site called NewsWeird.com. Still, probably worth a quick paragraph or two, right? The device is called “Electro Smile” (according to the image, it’s also known as “Pout No More.” Catchy). The idea is simple–and terrifying. Teach kids to smile through a constant electric current to their face. Your kids will smile or you get your money back–that’s the Electro Smile guarantee. The only known side effect is a slight twitch, but let’s face it, if you’re the kind of parent who’d buy one of these, odds are your kids were already going to go through life with a facial tick anyway, right?last_img read more

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Giavris The time is now for succession planning in the community

first_imgVasillios Giavris, a lawyer and ex-member of SAE (Council of Hellenes Abroad) might just have the key to addressing one of the leading issues facing the Greek-Australian community. Namely of the dwindling numbers of second and third generation Greek-Australian involved with community organisations.Mr Giavris put forward his ideas on Friday night at a public talk which had as it subject:  “The Politics of Transition: The Need for Succession Planning and Generational Leadership Change in Greek Community Organisations. Will the Post-Partisan 2nd and 3rd Generation Greek/Australians stand up?”The public lecture was held as part of the program of lectures organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Pammessinian Brotherhood Papaflessas.“This is a critical transitionary stage where basically we are seeing the first generation phasing out, and the second and third generations making up the majority of the Hellenic community in Victoria,” he said to Neos Kosmos English Edition.“There are over 200 Greek organisations in Victoria with hundreds of millions in assets but the question is, what will become of these organisations and assets since the organisations are descending into oblivion?”In this he is referring to the lack of membership as second and third generations are declining to become involved.Whilst he agreed that there are organisations such as SAE attempting to unite Hellenism, he said that in reality that it is struggling to meet its original aims.“Having said that, as a Greek community in Victoria and Australia, we must support the concept by electing the right people to represent us, and making sure that SAE and other organisations represents the whole of our community.”Mr Giavris underscored the urgent need for organised succession planning within Greek community organisations; moving away from a focus on politics and bickering.“We need to as a community seriously discuss where we are at the moment, what defines our generation, pin point our needs, and have a united approach to these topics. The only way can do that is by inviting the whole Greek community to participate in an ideas forum of how it sees its future in next 20, 30, and 50 years.” He envisages that a forum could take place through both oral and written submissions, and involve representatives of all Greek organisations, as well as Greek academics, journalists, politicians, those involved in the culture and arts, and the general community. Mr Giavris hopes that his speech will generate momentum amongst the Greek community groups to develop an ideas forum in the near future.“I don’t just want it to be another place where people speak and that’s it. We need to pick up the mantle quick smart and take a co-coordinated approach. Otherwise my feeling is that unfortunately as a community we are not going to live up to our expectations.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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