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Aamer, Asif, Butt charged for taking bribes to fix matches

first_imgPakistan cricket players Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt and their agent were charged with corruption by England’s Crown Prosecution Service in London on Friday.The charges relate to alleged incidents during the Lord’s Test against England last year during which the trio had deliberately bowled no-balls. The incident came to light after a sting by British tabloid News of the World. “We have decided that Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and their agent, Mazhar Majeed, should be charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and also conspiracy to cheat,” said Simon Clements, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division in a statement.The development comes ahead of the key decision by International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal on their cricket career as it is likely to give its final verdict in Doha on Saturday. The trio, suspended provisionally by the ICC, faces a life-ban.An investigation by the London’s Metropolitan Police concluded on Friday and on the basis of its findings the trio was charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat bookmakers. Crown Prosecution Service is a non-ministerial department of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for public prosecutions of people charged with criminal offences in England and Wales.last_img read more

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Giving her a place in our homes

first_imgWearing baby pink hot pants paired with a lace trimmed bikini top and a cross dangling between her breasts, the ethnically ambiguous Sunny Leone leans against a balcony railing bobbing her head up and down as she stares into the camera with an appropriately sullen look on her face.It’s one of her earlier turns at mainstreaming. The video is for the rapper Ja Rule’s hit single “Livin it up”; half way through the video, she’s gone and the rapper moves on to other video vixens (the term for women in hip hop videos). It’s regular hip hop stuff – Krystal Champagne, night club shots, marble floors, bling and hot women grinding at a ratio of twelve is to one for every male.JourneyFor Sunny Leone to have scored a solo spot with Ja Rule is an achievement in the world of hip hop videos. But these were early days, only 2001, the start of a career that would eventually bring her to a country her parents had left decades ago, even before she was born.Meanwhile in India in 2001, the highest grossing film was the patriotic love story – Gadar with Sunny Leone’s name sake Sunny Deol in the lead. The film was a phenomenon and was mentioned in the same breath as Sholay. It was a revisiting of a turbulent time in India’s history; marrying it with a passionate if unnecessarily amplified story track. The other two big movies of the year were Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum – sporting the byline “it’s all about loving your family” and Lagaan, a superlative period piece that went on to compete at the Oscars. If we were to assume that Hindi films are a barometer of pop culture and sentiment, it can be said with some assertion that in 2001, India was looking back and digging her heels in. We were celebrating Indian identity, regional dominance and family values; these films and their success were in some ways a reflection of how India at the turn of the millennium was choosing to view itself. Three years later the BJP would launch its prematurely titled but expansive – “India Shining” campaign, possibly after an optimistic viewing (by its spin doctors) of these films and their mass appeal.advertisementTo imagine that ten years on, an adult film actress would permeate the most democratic and pervasive disseminator of entertainment – cable television, is intriguing. Sunny Leone entered the Bigg Boss house with a strategy that may be summed up in one word – acceptance. One that was quite at odds with the real reason for her entry – trashiness. A good dose of trashiness has never done reality television any harm, not here and not abroad. However, Sunny Leone, chose not to oblige; instead she morphed into the fresh faced girl who spoke halting Hindi and wanted to be loved for herself. HERSELF, had been an evolving concept, from the video vixen, to pent house playmate, she moved on to pornography, initially only with girl on girl action then later with her boyfriend, exclusively. At some point she went the whole hog. Along the way she also set up a company – Sunlust that deals in all things that facilitate “adult entertainment”. There has been a muted debate on how she has managed to stay herself and yet not faced uproar from a judgmental society like ours. Maybe we are changing, getting less judgmental, some discussions suggest. And maybe we just don’t care enough. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Besides, in the last few years we the people have been administered a strong dose of full-fledged raunchiness. In your face item girls, televised cat fights, exhibitionism, provocation and Hindi film actresses, those erstwhile goddesses of virtue who now kiss on screen, make love and titillate unabashedly. Against this backdrop, it couldn’t have been a better time for an adult film actress to make a debut; she was after all the real deal, only she didn’t need to act it 24/7, if anything she managed to prove that she was quite “like us” when the cameras weren’t rolling. Here was an example of an outsider behaving like an insider, while the insiders were intent on being perceived as outsiders.CultureShe was if anything a breath of fresh air from the parade of in your face practitioners of personal “exceptionalism” – riding on a misguided representation of female empowerment that assumed it to be tantamount to lewdness. “Liberated” women who were purporting to define what it meant to be the new Indian women – by articulating what they had to say to the world and society via bawdy actions. Using one’s body as a feminist statement is not unheard of, but using it to gain personal attention makes it a manifestation of what Ariel Levy calls the “raunch culture”: an increased sexualisation of society which leads to its manipulation for the furtherance of personal goals. It is also she believes an articulation of the unresolved tension between the sexual liberation movement and the feminist movement. Women in this culture of heightened sexual awareness are objectified and willing to be objectified.advertisementSignificanceIt’s really this that most women take exception to – objectification. And that is what makes the presence of Sunny Leone in our public domain so interesting, the fact that women have not responded to her in an overwhelmingly negative way. I daresay more public female ire has been directed against women who stand up for errant husbands (think Shiny Ahuja’s wife) than this adult film actress.At a dinner party a few weeks ago, a group of urban housewives sat around discussing Jism 2. “Oh my god, Sunny Leone is so hot” one said. “What an innocent face”, another completed, as the rest nodded along. And maybe between those two statements lies some sort of an answer.last_img read more

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ODI cricket struggling to survive, it needs proper contest: Rahul Dravid

first_imgRahul DravidFormer India captain Rahul Dravid on Saturday said of the three formats of the game, ODI cricket at present was largely irrelevant and struggling to survive and consequently there should be more tournaments like Champions Trophy or World Cup to give it a proper context.”I think one-day cricket is seriously struggling. One-day cricket, without a context, is struggling. One-day cricket, if you look at it from the point of view of Champions Trophy or the World Cup, is relevant,” he said at an interactive session after delivering the 6th Dilip Sardesai Memorial Lecture here.”I think all the other one-day cricket should actually be driven towards playing Champions Trophy and World Cup. I think there are meaningless one-day games and too many one day games can actually be a problem.”So, that is something that can be cut off and people can play less one-day (bilateral) cricket and more ODI tournaments,” Dravid said.”When you have three formats of the game and playing 10 months a year and playing different tournaments, it is going to be harder and harder on players to manage the workload,” the 41-year-old cricketer said.Speaking about the proliferation of illegal bowling actions with highly successful Pakistan off-spinner Saaed Ajmal having recently banned for it, Dravid said ‘chucking’ was not a crime but a technical fault that can be corrected.”The ICC has a rule in place. When they reviewed a lot of old film footage they actually found that having that elbow bent at 15 degrees was actually pretty normal. That is what everyone was doing. Glenn McGrath had a slight bend in his elbow but up to 15 degrees, so he was not chucking. They have a system in place.advertisement”What I am really glad about is that they are enforcing it strictly and they are reviewing it. I give them the benefit of doubt. The ICC is being more vigilant and they are not saying that once you have cleared in 2009, you can’t be checked again. So they have got to keep monitoring it and watching it closely and if bowlers develop different kinds of deliveries, then why not have them checked?”last_img read more

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2017 Skoda Octavia vs Hyundai Elantra vs Toyota Corolla Altis vs Volkswagen Jetta

first_img‘Skoda India on Thursday launched the Octavia facelift to make its way in the premium sedan segment. Not only does the 2017 Octavia gets a cosmetic update, it also comes loaded with features to take on the likes of Toyota Corolla Altis, 2017 Hyundai Elantra  and Volkswagen Jetta. While the Corolla Altis and Elantra received a mid-life facelift in 2016, the Jetta was last updated in 2015. While you can read our first drive review here, we pit the new Skoda Octavia against its main rivals. Read on.Price: Model     Price (ex showroom, India) 2017 Skoda Octavia    Rs 15.49 lakh – Rs 22.89 lakh Hyundai Elantra    Rs 12.48 lakh – Rs 18.46 lakh Toyota Corolla Altis    Rs 14.88 lakh – Rs 18.67 lakh Volkswagen Jetta    Rs 14.33 lakh – Rs 19.79 lakhDesign:Octavia: The Octavia is more stylish than ever before. The 2017 version of the Octavia gets visual tweaks that takes the design language a little further to look contemporary. The updated Octavia comes with a new sports split lamps with the grille cascading onto the two lamps. Skoda calls this Adaptive Frontlight System. The car also features with automatic DRLs which gets activated by the light sensors and fog lamps.2017 Skoda OctaviaElantra: The Hyundai Elantra comes with re-designed hexagonal grille up front and swept-back headlights. The headlamps gets dynamic bending lights. In the front, the bumpers have been modified to give a sporty look with the vertically aligned  DRLs. The new Elantra also gets new alloy wheel design and with the wide LED tail-lights at the back.Hyundai ElantraCorolla Altis: The Corolla gets a sportier look for 2017 thanks to a new front grille and LED headlamps. The L, LE and LE Eco grades gain Bi-LED headlamps, while complex-LED headlamps come standard on SE, XSE and XLE grades. With the base L model adding a back-up camera, that feature is now standard across the Corolla line. Redesigned 16-inch wheels are standard on the LE and XLE, while the SE and XSE step up into standard 17-inch alloy wheels.advertisementToyota Corolla AltisJetta: The immediate changes you notice in the new Jetta is the facelift the car has received. The front grill gets a red line, similar to the one in the Golf GTI. The lower air-intake space is shallow and looks wider than before. The fog lamps on the car have been made a little more square than its previous version. The rear bumper of the car now sports a diffuser. The exhausts stick out a little and have been given chrome tips.Volkswagen JettaEngine:  2017 Skoda Octavia     Hyundai Elantra     Toyota Corolla Altis     Volkswagen Jetta Displacement (cc)     1395cc/ 1798cc/ 1968cc    1582cc/ 1999cc   1364cc/ 1798cc    1390cc/ 1968cc Power     148 bhp/ 177 bhp/ 141 bhp    126 bhp/ 150 bhp    87 bhp/ 138 bhp    120 bhp/ 138 bhp Torque     250 Nm/ 250 Nm/ 320 Nm    260 Nm/ 192 Nm    205Nm/ 173Nm    200NM/ 320NM Transmission     6-MT/ 7-DSG/ 6- MT and 6-speed DSG    6-AT/ 6-MT    7-AT    6-AT/ 6-MT Drive Train     FWD    FWD   FWD     2WDFeatures:Octavia: The 2017 Skoda Octavia gets an 8-inch colour infotainment touchscreen with Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touchscreen is also one of the smoothest to operate in a car of this segment. It also offers an app called BossConnect that allows you to operate the infotainment system through your phone. The car also gets park assist which helps reduce parking effort as sensors help identify a parking space and line the car up.2017 Skoda OctaviaElantra: The top end of the all new Hyundai Elantra comes with sunroof, side and curtain airbags, front ventilated seats and speed sensing auto door lock.Hyundai ElantraCorolla Altis: For the Corolla Altis, the features include LED headlamps along with fog lamps in the front, LED tail lamps, ORVMs, turn indicators on ORVMs and rain sensing wipers.Toyota Corolla AltisJetta: The Jetta too comes loaded with features like dual exhaust pipes, front and rear fog lights, static cornering lights, bi-xenon head-lamps and LED DRLs. Moreover, the Jetta also sports flat-bottomed steering wheel, rear AC vents and rear arm-rest.Volkswagen JettaDimensions:      2017 Skoda Octavia     Hyundai Elantra     Toyota Corolla Altis     Volkswagen JettaWheelbase     2688 mm    2700 mm    2700 mm    2633 mmLength     4670 mm    4570 mm    4620 mm    4644 mmWidth   1814 mm    1800 mm    1775 mm    1778 mmHeight     1476 mm    1465 mm    1475 mm    1453 mmGround Clearance     155 mm    170 mm    175 mm    159 mmColours:Octavia: The updated Octavia comes 4 different colour options- Brilliant Silver Metallic, Candy White, Magic Black Metallic and Quartz Grey Metallic.2017 Skoda OctaviaElantra: The all new Hyundai Elantra is available in five colors- Marina Blue, Polar White, Sleek Silver, Phantom Black and Red Passion.Hyundai ElantraCorolla Altis: The Corolla Altis is available in seven different colour options- Phantom Brown, White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Mica Metallic, Grey Metallic, Champagne Mica Metallic, Super White II and Celestial Black.advertisementToyota Corolla AltisJetta: The VW Jetta comes with 6 colour options- Platinum Grey, Toffee Brown, Reflex Silver, Blue Silk, Deep Black and Pure White.Volkswagen JettaALSO READ:Honda WR-V vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara BrezzaALSO READ:Ford Endeavour vs Toyota Fortuner vs Chevrolet TrailblazerALSO READ:New Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Tata Tigorlast_img read more

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Team India like a fortress, outside opinions don’t matter: Rohit Sharma to India Today

first_imgIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma has talked up the bonding and dressing room morale of the senior national team in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup, saying the 15-member squad is a well-knit group.Rohit Sharma added that Team India don’t get influenced by opinions from the outside and equated the Virat Kohli-led squad to a “fortress”.Speaking to Boria Majumdar, Consulting Editor Sports, India Today Group, Rohit Sharma said: “The team is like a fortress. There are 15 people inside it and whatever anyone can say from the outside, the 15 inside will not get influenced.”Over the years, Rohit has been a mainstay and more importantly, one of the most dependable members of the team. Having broken records at will in the recent past, Rohit will be keen on making a mark in his first World Cup stint as the vice-captain of the team.All eyes will be on Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan as India have been heavily reliant on their top-order for good starts in ODI cricket.Stressing he is aware of the expectations, Rohit said he enjoys the challenge that comes his way and that he has been able to understand his game better in the recent past.”I am aware of my role. Shikhar Dhawan and I know we have to lay the foundation. I enjoy the challenge. I am in the best mental space as a batsman. With maturity, I have been able to understand my game better. I have learnt from my mistakes in the past,” Rohit Sharma said.advertisementWhile a lot has been said about India’s batting firepower, Virat Kohli will be blessed with a top-quality bowling attack as well. With the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking care of the pace-bowling department, India have two wrist-spinners and a finger-spinner in their ranks for the 2019 World Cup.While pointing out that the current bowling set-up is one of the most balanced India have ever had, Rohit also played down the concerns surrounding Kuldeep Yadav’s form in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Kuldeep was dropped by Kolkata Knight Riders after the wrist-spinner struggled for consistency and leaked aplenty. Kuldeep has picked up just four wickets from 9 matches in IPL 2019 at an economy rate of close to 9 runs per over.”Certainly, this is one of the most complete bowling attacks. I am not bothered about Kuldeep Yadav’s lack of success in the Indian Premier League because franchise cricket and playing for India are very different,” Rohit said.Talking up his Mumbai Indians teammate Jasprit Bumrah’s ability to keep it simple and trouble opposition batsmen, Rohit added: “The secret to Jasprit Bumrah’s success is he understands the batsman very very well and keeps it as simple as possible. While he has all the skills and all the balls in his repertoire, he keeps it very simple in his mind.”Also Read | Hungry to smash sixes in World Cup: Andre RussellAlso Read | India vs Pakistan at 2019 World Cup is not ‘war’ but just another game: Shoaib MalikAlso Read | CK Khanna meets Virat Kohli, wishes him luck for 2019 ICC World CupAlso See:last_img read more

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10 months agoConcern grows for Tottenham as Eriksen negotiations stall

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Concern grows for Tottenham as Eriksen negotiations stallby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are concerned that Christian Eriksen has not signed a new deal.The Spurs star has been in riveting form, scoring four goals in the last six games.But he only has 18 months left on his deal and Spurs are no closer to getting him to agree to a renewal.Per the Evening Standard, Spurs still hope he will renew, but there is concern as he has not signed the offer they have presented him.It is unlikely Spurs could match the wage Eriksen could earn at the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid, but they hope his loyalty to the club will see him commit. last_img read more

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Motorola Moto E6s review: Only for stock Android lovers

first_img Next Motorola Moto E6s review: Only for stock Android loversThe Motorola Moto E6s is one of the few phones under Rs 10,000 to come with stock Android interface. However, does the weak MediaTek processor make up for the extra RAM and storage? Find out in our review. Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiSeptember 24, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 10:02 IST 7/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Moto E6s is available on Flipkart for Rs 7,999.The Moto E6s comes with a user replaceable 3000mAh battery and expandable storage.Motorola offers 4GB RAM and 64GB storage as standard.A few years ago, if someone asked a great phone for less than Rs 10,000, the Motorola E series phone for that particular year came up as an easy suggestion. And it was because the Moto E series phone offered a simple smartphone user experience with a neat stock Android interface and all the essentials one would require in a budget smartphone. But soon, Motorola’s rivals started catching up and in recent years, the Moto E series has ‘just been there’ but not quite the absolute recommendation it used to be.But Motorola wants to change that with the Moto E6s. Following on the success of Motorola One Action and One Vision, the Moto E6s wants to bring Motorola’s traditional stock Android interface to the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. In fact, at Rs 7,999, you won’t find many phones with a stock Android interface. Similar to its predecessors, the Moto E6s claims to get the basics right while offering a dash of style and decent camera experience.All that sounds good on paper but how does it fare in the real world? Well, I used it for a couple of days to see whether the old Moto E is back in a new avatar.Looks great for a budget phoneThese days, whether you are buying an ultra-premium flagship phone or an affordable basic phone, your eyes will be treated to gradient patterns on all of them. Motorola too doesn’t miss the opportunity and makes use of a unique gradient scheme on the Moto E6s. The gradient is only exclusive to the Cranberry Red colour variant whereas the Polished Graphite variant offers a simple mirror finish.advertisementI personally preferred the red variant over the one with the mirror finish. However, this is glossy plastic and hence, it picks up smudges, unlike anything. The upside to the plastic build is that the Moto E6s is extremely light and very comfortable to use. And this is where the Moto E6s stops being different from its rivals. The rest of the design is similar to what we have seen on other phones. The rear sports a dual camera setup mounted vertically on the top left corner while the capacitive fingerprint sensor sits in the centre with the Motorola batwing logo imprinted on it. For whom it matters, the rear panel is removable and you can even replace the battery. I personally found it difficult to remove the cover while inserting my SIM card and given that people upgrade to new phones within two years, this feature doesn’t make much sense.Because of the removable panel, the side buttons are tactile, i.e. you will need to press them hard and I doubt how long they will last under regular usage. The front has a modern-day design with a narrow-bezel display accompanying a thick chin and a waterdrop notch that houses the selfie camera.On the whole, the Moto E6s doesn’t look any different from the other phones under Rs 10,000 but it is quite lightweight. If you are buying this one, I would suggest picking up the Cranberry Red variant as it makes the Moto E6s more desirable.Nice display for watching YouTubeAs smartphone users, we consume almost 90 per cent of our daily content on our handsets. Hence, a big screen is a necessity and for a budget phone user, a narrow-bezel display is a basic necessity these days. The Moto E6s offers a 6.1-inch HD+ display and for what it costs, it’s a rather great one. The LCD screen produced fairly vivid colours and adequate brightness to make the regular YouTube binge-watching sessions enjoyable. The viewing angles aren’t wide but that’s the usual case with most budget phones. On the whole, the display does the job and most buyers won’t complain about it.More RAM, storage doesn’t offset the weak chipsetAt the launch, Motorola was proud to point that the Moto E6s come with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage – something that no other phone in its class offers. And on paper, it sounds impressive. However, Motorola is using the MediaTek Helio P22 chipset with an octa-core processor, which is 2019 is quite weak. Motorola also said the stock Android 9 Pie interface shouldn’t be heavy on this chip and will offer a smooth user experience.The stock Android interface is a blessing when compared to the bloaty interfaces on other budget phones. It makes the Moto E6s easy to use and all Google apps such as Phone, Contacts, Messages and others stay updated even if Motorola doesn’t release an update. There are some Motorola bits added to the interface such as custom widgets and a few Motorola apps which make the experience even better.advertisement Sadly, the stock Android interface isn’t enough to make for great daily user experience. The MediaTek Helio P22 chipset is quite weak and compared to the chips other budget smartphones are using these days, it feels barely powerful enough to push through a day effortlessly. Thorughout my time with the Moto E6s, the phone stuttered or lagged while doing basic tasks such as making calls or browsing through WhatsApp messages. App load times are noticeably slow and I also witnessed apps being force closed at times.It is unwise to expect smooth and instant performance from a budget phone but the sub-Rs 10,000 segment has phones that go through the regular UI stuff effortlessly. The Realme 3i costs almost the same as the Moto E6s but the Helio P60 chipset makes for a smooth UI experience even with a heavy custom interface. The Redmi 7 with its Snapdragon 632 chipset also makes a good case for itself on a daily basis. And this is where you start asking whether more RAM and storage can offset the weak chipset. The slow performance is already visible within the first few weeks and I wonder with a few months of usage, whether the Moto E6s will be usable. Motorola could have easily used a Helio P60 or newer chip to ensure smooth everyday performance needs.3000mAh battery stretches to all-day staminaThe Moto E6s uses a standard affair 3000mAh battery and under regular usage, it can last an entire day with 15-20 per cent juice to spare on an average. The regular usage involves texting, watching YouTube videos for at least two hours, streaming music online and occasionally using the camera. The included 10W fast charger takes almost 2.5 hours to refill the battery from nothing.Cameras perform decentlyMotorola always takes pride with its camera performance across all smartphones. With the Moto E6s, Motorola is offering a dual-camera setup at the back with a 13-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel secondary depth camera. The selfies are looked after by an 8-megapixel sensor. Motorola says it is using AI for post-processing images.I won’t beat around the bush – the rear camera performs decently under daylight situations. The images look colourful and there’s enough detail onboard to keep casual photography enthusiasts happy. However, as light levels start to drop, the camera starts losing sharpness in favour of slightly boosted colour profiles. Additionally, the AI post-processing softens human skin tones which don’t seem as desirable. In extremely low light, the AI algorithms try to keep the exposures and colours decent but to suppress noise, the photos lose out on sharpness.IMAGE SAMPLESThe selfie camera works decently too but it tends to soften the skin tones for an enhanced beauty effect, even when you have turned off beautification. The colour tones are muted and for male users, this might be undesirable.advertisementConclusionAs a package, the Motorola Moto E6s seems to be a decent choice considering the price Motorola is selling it for. Motorola is trying to appeal to the semi-urban and rural markets where a phone is preferred with old-school conveniences such as a removable battery, stylish design, clean Android experience and decent cameras. And if this is what you want in your next budget phone, the Moto E6s is for you.However, the competition in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment has been fierce and when you look at what Samsung, Realme, Xiaomi and Vivo have to offer in this category, the Moto E6s feels outdated. Rivals offer more powerful chips, bigger batteries and better cameras, all of which makes the Moto E6s seem a year or two behind the competition. The weak Helio P22 chipset on the Moto E6s defeats the purpose of the stock Android interface and when you look at it as a whole, phones such as the Realme 3i, Redmi 7 and Samsung Galaxy A10s fare better, despite having lower RAM and storage.Motorola Moto E6s review 7/10 ProsLooks stylishStock Android interfaceLightweightConsAverage batteryLaggy performanceSub-par camera performanceGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Motorolalast_img read more

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Grants Improve Seniors Health and Safety

first_imgNova Scotia seniors are safer and able to live more comfortably and independently, thanks to provincial support. Fifteen groups across the province are receiving senior safety grants this year. The grants support non-profit groups that educate and raise awareness of senior abuse, prevent crime and encourage the overall health and safety of Nova Scotia seniors. “Nova Scotia’s seniors have told us they want more options to stay in their homes longer,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex, on behalf of Seniors Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse.”By protecting Nova Scotia seniors from injury and harm, we are making life better for them and supporting their efforts to remain independent.” Grants are used to provide information or services directly to seniors in their homes, or through group presentations and workshops at other locations within the community. This includes one-on-one visits from safety co-ordinators, seminars with professional experts, and the production of various materials. “Without this provincial grant, we wouldn’t be able to offer the same level of support to our seniors,” said Kings County Senior Safety Program Society treasurer Bill Poole. “This year’s contribution will enable our Senior Safety Co-ordinator to reach an increasing number of Seniors that call Kings County home.” In order to qualify, programs must demonstrate financial or in-kind community support. The program also emphasizes better communication between seniors and the police. “This funding allows the RCMP to continue to expand and enhance this modern and innovative-grass root service model throughout the province,” said RCMP Superintendent Sylvie Bourassa-Muise. “The community and RCMP membership benefit from this mechanism that fosters open communication between seniors and police. It is a great preventative tool which helps police deliver a holistic response.” “Crime prevention happens at the community level,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “Having police and community organizations work together is a powerful way to make life better for vulnerable seniors.” The 15 groups each receive up to $20,000, for a total of more than $288,000. For more information and for a complete list of recipients, visit novascotia.ca/seniors/senior_Safety_Grant.asplast_img read more

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Moroccos Ambassador Aims to Promote Kingdom among US Opinion Shapers

Rabat – Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, Lalla Joumala Alaoui seeks to promote Morocco’s position among US opinion makers during talks she held on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. with President of the National Press Club (NPC) Andrea Snyder Edney.The two officials met at the National Press Building, which houses NPC headquarters and dozens of US and foreign media offices, including Morocco’s news agency MAP.The meeting was aimed at discussing the means of strengthening relations between the National Press Club, one of the world’s most influential media organizations, and Morocco. Alaoui affirmed that she will strive to boost cooperation between the two sides, expressing the embassy’s willingness to be an interlocutor with members of the National Press Club.The Moroccan representative went on to list recent reforms implemented in Morocco, particularly those that touch institutional sectors, socio-economic issues, women’s empowerment and the religious field as part of a forward-looking and proactive approach that makes Morocco a haven of peace and stability in the region.The president of the National Press Club said she was delighted to receive Morocco’s ambassador to the US, and she expressed her willingness to push for the consolidation of relations between the NPC and Morocco through training, organizing conferences about Morocco, and future exchange visits.The meeting was also attended by former NPC President Thomas Burr and NPC Executive Director William McCarren.After the talks finished, Alaoui visited MAP’s offices at the National Press Building, where she met with journalists who report on news related to Morocco-US relations, international institutions based in the US and the United Nations, and issues affecting the Moroccan community in the US. read more

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South Sudan Japanese engineers join UN mission to build roads and bridges

21 February 2012A Japanese engineering contingent has arrived in South Sudan to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the young country and help build roads and bridges in areas with very little basic infrastructure. A Japanese engineering contingent has arrived in South Sudan to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the young country and help build roads and bridges in areas with very little basic infrastructure.The group of 120 engineers from the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (GSDF) follows the arrival of an advance team of 34 logisticians from Japan last month, the mission (UNMISS) reported yesterday.By next month a full contingent of 330 engineers will be in place, as will road rollers, excavators, bulldozers and water tankers.South Sudan, which became independent from Sudan in July last year, has hardly any tarmacked roads or other basic infrastructure, a legacy in part of years of civil war in Sudan.Colonel Toru Namatame, who heads the Japanese unit in UNMISS, said his team specialized in “horizontal engineering” and its main role would be constructing roads and bridges.Hilde F. Johnson, the head of UNMISS and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, voiced her gratitude to Japan for the new contingent.“The arrival of the Japanese Engineering Contingent is a welcome addition to the mission and its efficiency will only strengthen our efforts to provide assistance to the new nation,” she said today. read more

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People smuggler arrested

Police have also completed their case against another people-smuggling boss called Jawed Muhmud, or Bilu, who is thought to be linked to four boats, including one which sank in June last year killing about 100 people.Prosecutors will now take the case to court. There were more than 210 people on board, and 189 people survived. The man, who is also known as Rosen, was arrested in Bogor, south of Jakarta, and police suspect he organised a boat which sank off Cidaun on the south-west coast of Java in July. Indonesian police have arrested a man who is understood to be a key people-smuggling boss, with suspected involvement in a fatal boat sinking.A senior Indonesian police source has told ABC News that they have arrested a Sri Lankan man called Akram. read more

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BCE reports Q1 net earnings of 615 million up almost nine per

BCE reports Q1 net earnings of $615 million, up almost nine per cent by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2014 2:52 am MDT OTTAWA – Canada’s new wireless code of conduct is taking a bite out of BCE Inc.’s wireless business, but chief executive George Cope was upbeat about the company results that helped drive higher profits in the first quarter.Cope said the move to two-year contracts from three-year agreements under the new code has pushed up prices.“We’re thrilled with the financial results of the wireless business, but clearly the industry has slowed a little bit as a result of the wireless code,” Cope said Tuesday following the BCE annual meeting.“But, frankly, it was a really good first quarter and, if you look historically, the first quarter is the slowest because the fourth quarter is so strong.”He added that a lack of any big new offerings from the smartphone makers also affected the results.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission brought in a new wireless code of conduct in December. The changes included the right for consumers to cancel their wireless contracts after two years without fees, as well as certain limits on roaming and excess data charges.BCE reported Tuesday a first-quarter profit of $615 million or 79 cents per share, compared with $566 million or 73 cents per share in the same quarter a year ago, helped by growth in its wireless and media divisions.Operating revenues grew 3.7 per cent to $5.09 billion from $4.91 billion a year ago.Adjusted net earnings were $626 million or 81 cents per share, up from $599 million or 77 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 76 cents per share on $5.12 billion in revenue, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.BCE also confirmed its guidance outlined earlier this year for revenue growth in the range from two to four per cent and adjusted earnings per share in the $3.10 to $3.20 range.The results came as Bell added 33,964 postpaid net wireless customers, mostly smartphone subscribers on two-year contracts. That compared with 59,497 in the same quarter last year.Wireless revenues increased 4.5 per cent to $1.47 billion in the quarter, from $1.40 billion last year, as average revenue per user increased 3.5 per cent to $57.90.Barclays analyst Phillip Huang said the overall wireless results were “solid.”“Continued improvement in subscriber mix and data growth drove ARPU growth acceleration,” Huang noted, adding that the turnover of Bell wireless customers also improved slightly.On the downside, the corporate business was a source of weakness in the quarter as companies reduced the number of phone lines and converted to Internet-based services.Bell lost 35,595 lines at businesses, up 43 per cent or 10,706 compared with a year ago.Canaccord Genuity analyst Dvai Ghose noted the weakness in the business segment reflected general economic weakness in Quebec and Ontario.“With no obvious turnaround in key verticals, like manufacturing and retailing, we expect continued weakness in the enterprise segment,” Ghose wrote in a note to clients.Revenues for Bell Media, which includes TV and specialty TV channels, increased by 40.7 per cent to $722 million thanks to higher advertising and subscriber fees from the Astral acquisition. Rate increases in specialty TV services and higher revenues from new mobile content deals also helped Bell Media’s revenues.BCE acquired Astral Media last year and its stable of TV channels and radio stations in a deal worth $3.8 billion.Revenues for subsidiary Bell Aliant (TSX: BA) decreased 1.2 per cent to $676 million in the first quarter due to continued declines in local and long-distance phone customers and competition.As of March 31, BCE said it had 7.9 million wireless subscribers, up 1.2 per cent from a year ago. The number of Internet subscribers grew 3.4 per cent to 3.16 million.Bell Fibe TV added 54,680 net new customers during the quarter, up 15.2 per cent. The company says its total number of TV subscribers rose 8.1 per cent to 2.52 million. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Boil advisory issued for areas of Lincoln County

Please boil your water until further notice. LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The McKinney Water District No. 1 in Lincoln County has issued a boil water advisory for the following areas:Including highway 198 starting at McKinney School to intersection of Hwy 698Short Pike RdHwy 518Norris RdHwy 127All of Geneva=McKinney RdOwens RdHwy 698 starting at Green River Church to intersection of Hwy 198Kings RdRube Brown RdBrown HollowSouth Fork RdToombs HollowHappy HollowSims RdMocassin RdAnd any roads leading off of these- Advertisement – read more

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The worlds longest commercial flight has been cancelled

first_imgAmid Snap’s struggles as a public company, CEO Evan Spiegel gives this advice to founders: ‘Don’t go public’ (SNAP) Just 13% of Americans would support US military going to war over Saudi oil field attack I’ve only been using the new Apple Watch Series 5 for a few hours, but I can already tell its new display is going to be a game-changer (AAPL) THE WORLD’S LONGEST-DISTANCE commercial flight ended its run after nine years of shuttling passengers from Newark International to Singapore’s Changi Airport.According to the International Business Times, Singapore Airlines Flight SQ21 lasted 19 hours and covered nearly 10,000 miles. It operated on an Airbus A340 with only 100 seats, all of them business class.The airline is cancelling the once daily flight because it’s unprofitable, partly due to rising fuel costs.It’s exchanging those A340 planes for larger A380s, which are not designed to fly as far. Passengers who choose to make the trip with Singapore Airlines will now have a stopover in either London or Frankfurt.In commentary, the Center for Aviation (CAPA) said the cancellation of two nonstop routes — Singapore-Newark and Singapore-Los Angeles in October — will “result in a 26% business class seat reduction for SIA in the US market.”Now that it does not offer the nonstop flights, Singapore will “compete head to head against about 20 carriers offering one-stop products in the Singapore-New York market and about 12 carriers offering one-stop products in the Singapore-Los Angeles market.”CAPA notes that the flights were unprofitable, but “had a high volume of corporate traffic and helped win corporate accounts in the US.”For reference, here’s a map of the Singapore-Newark flight. You can see just how long it is, passing over the Arctic Circle:via FlightAware.com- Alex DaviesVirgin America’s airline safety video is brilliantly fabulous>9 intensely irritating rules you’re forced to follow when travelling by plane> WeWork cofounder Rebekah Neumann, cousin of Gwyneth Paltrow, reportedly demanded employees be fired within minutes of meeting them because she disliked their ‘energy’ last_img read more

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Most people agree with the Angelus being broadcast on TV and radio

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3285967 Image: Shutterstock/graja Share Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/graja 16,613 Views By Órla Ryan 93 Comments Monday 13 Mar 2017, 11:35 PM MOST PEOPLE AGREE with the Angelus being broadcast on TV and radio, according to the latest Amárach Research poll for Claire Byrne Live.Six in 10 (62%) of the people polled agreed with the Angelus being broadcast, while 27% didn’t and 11% were unsure.Over 1,000 adults were asked their thoughts on the issue earlier today.They were also asked if the government should seize church land and property to compensate victims of clerical or institutional abuse. Some 69% said Yes, 17% said No and 14% were unsure.People were also asked if they believed that Irish citizens living outside the Republic should be entitled to vote in Irish elections. Half (53%) said Yes, while 37% said No and 10% were unsure.Yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced that a referendum on allowing citizens living abroad to vote in presidential elections will be held.Read: Referendum to be held to give Irish abroad vote in presidential elections Mar 13th 2017, 11:35 PM Most people agree with the Angelus being broadcast on TV and radio Six in 10 people are happy with things as they are. last_img read more

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La téléportation dun humain nécessiterait des millions de milliards dannées

first_imgLa téléportation d’un humain nécessiterait des millions de milliards d’annéesSelon des scientifiques, la téléportation serait très difficile à mettre en place en raison de contraintes liées à la bande passante et à la densité de l’information d’un être humain. Téléporter un individu prendrait alors des millions de milliards d’années avant d’être terminée.Mauvaise nouvelle pour tous ceux qui rêvaient un jour d’être téléportés en quelques secondes dans l’endroit de leur choix ! Ceci serait aujourd’hui tout simplement impossible, ou du moins prendrait tellement de temps que marcher vers l’endroit choisi serait bien plus rapide. C’est la conclusion à laquelle sont parvenus des étudiants de l’université de Leicester, D. Roberts, J. Nelms, D. Starkey, et S. Thomas dans un article paru dans la revue Journal of Special Physics Topics. Le principe de la téléportation consiste à transformer un être humain en information pure, et ensuite de transférer cette information vers un autre endroit avant de s’en servir pour reconstituer la personne. Un procédé qui donne à rêver mais qui implique aussi des contraintes de taille qui le rend tout simplement infaisable. D’après les étudiants cités par Slate.fr, le problème réside dans les contraintes liées à la bande passante et à la densité de l’information d’un être humain.Une quantité de données colossale En effet, le génome humain compte l’équivalent de 6×10 puissance 9 bits de données informatiques et dans la mesure où les cellules humaines contiennent des paires de chromosome, cela monte l’information à 1,2×10 puissance 10 bits par cellule. A cela, se pose aussi la question du cerveau. “Reconstruire mentalement une personne n’est pas simple, dans la mesure où le transfert de toutes les informations du cerveau du voyageur est nécessaire”,  expliquent les scientifiques.Or, du point de vue de la physique quantique, “la quantité maximale de données pour recréer le cerveau humain [ …] est d’environ 2.6×10 puissance 42 bits”. Mais ce n’est pas tout. “Malheureusement des erreurs peuvent se produire lors de l’envoi des données [et] une erreur dans les données pourrait potentiellement avoir des conséquences mortelles”, soulignent les étudiants. Ainsi, en tenant compte des erreurs fatales, “la quantité totale de données serait de 4,55×10 puissance 42 bits”.  Ceci représente une quantité de données colossale à transférer et même avec des bandes de supra-hautes fréquences, transférer tout ces données prendraient de très très nombreuses années. Pour leur calcul, les étudiants ont estimé une bande passante de 29,5-30 Ghz et opté pour une technique appelée en anglais “Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK)” (en français “modulation par changement de phase” avec quatre valeurs de phase possibles). Des milliards d’années de transfert À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avec ces caractéristiques, la vitesse de transfert serait, selon eux, de 2,977×10 puissance 19 bits par seconde. Au final, il faudrait donc “environ 4,5×10 puissance 15 ans” pour transférer un humain vers l’espace. Bref, voyager en marchant reste nettement plus pratique. D’autant que même si on disposait du temps nécessaire, il faudrait utiliser un “transmetteur de 1 600 W soit 5,76 W/h”. “Les critères discutés dans ce papier illustrent le fait que la téléportation rapide et peu énergétique est au-delà de nos moyens actuels et n’existera pas avant très longtemps”, écrivent les étudiants en conclusion de leur article. Toutefois, l’espoir n’est pas perdu pour téléporter des objets. La chose serait faisable pour peut qu’on résolve le problème de la bande passante. Et téléporter une chaise serait comme on peut l’imaginer clairement moins problématique qu’un humain.Le 10 août 2013 à 11:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Morning Press Police officers in fatal shooting IDd School superintendent searches Prairie

first_imgThere’s more sunshine in the forecast this week, but expect to be on the lookout for some rain before we get through the workweek and into another sunny weekend. Check our local weather coverage to get the latest look ahead.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Vancouver police officers involved in shooting identifiedChristopher Douville and Andrew Dunbar are the officers involved in Thursday’s fatal shooting of 29-year-old Michael Eugene Pierce, Vancouver Police Department said Saturday in a press release.Police were called about 4:45 p.m. Thursday for reports of a man waving and pointing guns at people near West 12th and Jefferson streets west of downtown. Shortly after, officers yelled that shots had been fired and a man was down.Douville and Dunbar are on critical incident leave as is standard protocol.Douville, 34, was hired by the department in April 2013 and has been in officer-involved shootings before.Read the full story: Vancouver police officers involved in shooting identifiedSchool superintendents: Finding right boss can be costlyWith John Steach’s resignation from Evergreen Public Schools, the county’s largest district and third largest employer could soon be looking for a new superintendent.last_img read more

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Bahamian Grammy hit and killed 23 Traffic deaths for 2017

Bahamian Grammy hit and killed 23 Traffic deaths for 2017

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Nassau – Three days after the Minister of Transport announced that The Bahamas is outpacing last year’s statistics with 22 traffic deaths so far for 2017, an elderly woman was killed when she was struck by a Mack truck while trying to get across Tonique Williams Darling Highway say Police.The Sunday morning accident seems to have been caused when a motorist allowed the woman to cross, but she was hit by a second vehicle.   The driver of the truck did remain at the scene and is assisting police with their investigation.Minister Frankie Campbell on Thursday shared jaw dropping figures including that 66 accidents resulted in serious injury, that 1,261 are minor injuries, that so far this year there have been 644 hit and run accidents, property damage from traffic accidents stands at 4,533 for the year and he announced that there is sufficient cause for Government to begin considering legislation to make it illegal to use cellular phones while driving.Minister Campbell said that the cost of loss to the Bahamas is too high, and said improving road safety is a shared responsibility.#MagneticMediaNews#grandmotherkilledinhitandrun Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#grandmotherkilledinhitandrun, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Atlanta City Council to increase minimum wage to 13 an hour

Atlanta City Council to increase minimum wage to 13 an hour

first_imgAtlanta City Council is to increase its minimum wage for full-time city employees from $10.10 (£7.97) an hour to $13 (£10.26) an hour.The increase in minimum wage, which will come into effect on 1 July 2017, will impact 360 full-time employees.The minimum wage increase forms part of the city’s $648.6 million Fiscal Year 2018 General Fund Budget, which was approved by Atlanta City Council on 21 June 2017.The council also approved a policy statement that committed to further increases to the minimum wage for city employees. The minimum wage will rise to $14 (£11.05) an hour from 1 July 2018, and $15 (£11.84) an hour from 1 July 2019.Included in the pay increases is a new three-tier pay system for city firefighters, which is based on length of service. Effective from 1 July 2017, firefights with up to 10 years of service will earn base pay of $40,000 (£31,568), firefighters with between 11 and 15 years of service will be paid $43,428 (£34,273), and base pay for those with over 15 years of service will be $46,856 (£36,978).City employees in pay grades 19 or above will also receive a 3% salary adjustment, excluding salaries of $150,000 (£118,380) or more. The minimum salary for a pay grade 19 position is $41,000 (£32,357) a year, depending on the individual’s education and skills.The federal minimum wage is $7.25 (£5.72) an hour, and Georgia’s minimum wage is $5.15 (£4.07) an hour.Andre Dickens, Atlanta City Council member, said: “Through an enormous amount of hard work, we unanimously passed a budget that is highlighted by an increase in the minimum wage, and increase in wages for firefighters, and an increase in wages for most of our clerical and professional staff.“I am proud that the City of Atlanta is continuing its rich history of being a model employer in our state. Atlanta employees deserve to be paid a living wage and today’s budget actions and amendments prove that the city will take care of the employees that take care of the people.“I believe that the quality of services provided to its residents will be advanced because raising the wages reduces costly employee turnover, eliminates disruption in services, increases productivity and creates a more stable work environment.”last_img read more

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Self Boasts MostRead Feature in Q2 According to Survey

first_imgRecent research from Affinity’s VISTA Print Rating Service for the second quarter reports Self’s June “20 Ways to Eat Healthier Right Now” as the most-read story, with 90 percent of the surveyed readers recalling the article (Total Readership), and 85 percent reading more than half of the feature (Extent of Readership).Average readership as measured across all articles was 61 percent from April through June, which bases its data on readers surveyed on over 100 consumer magazines and more than 1,000 articles.While these ratings may not guarantee newsstand longevity—or successful growth in ad pages—these five features can offer insight into what’s resonating with readers.#1: “20 Ways to Eat Healthier Right Now”SelfJune 2009Total Readership: 90%Extent of Readership: 85% Source: Affinity’s VISTA Print Effectiveness Rating Service; Top articles by readership (April through June 2009). Ties in rankings broken by extent of readership scores. “The tips are free and easy to try, so readers can take action right away, which is a successful formula for Self’s editorial content overall.”—Kimberly Kelleher, vice president and publisher, Self #2: “The Green Energy Economy”U.S. News & World ReportApril 2009Total Readership: 89%Extent of Readership: 75%“[Writer] Kent Garber presents a compelling tour d’horizon of one of the nation’s most vexing issues. With a firm command of the material, he explains not just where things are going in the great energy nationalization debate, but also outlines the bumps in the road in getting there.”—Margi Mannix, executive editor, U.S. News & World Report#3: “Hot Nights Out!”People StyleWatch June/July 2009Total Readership: 89%Extent of Readership: 73%“This reinforces what we’ve been sharing with advertisers, which is, readers have a connection with our content and are making purchases directly from the pages of StyleWatch.”—Michelle Myers, publisher, People StyleWatch#4: “How Our Salaries Are Changing”ParadeApril 12, 2009Total Readership: 89%Extent of Readership: 53%“This was the lead article in our annual ‘What People Earn’ issue, which is among our most popular. It provides readers a rare peek into their neighbors’ pocketbooks. At the same time, people are clamoring for information that can help them navigate in this troubled economy.”—Randy Siegel, president and publisher, Parade#5: “I Am So Alone”Us WeeklyApril 20, 2009Total Readership: 88%Extent of Readership: 73%Us Weekly shines in the celebrity gossip category with an exclusive cover story interview with emotional rollercoaster Lindsay Lohan. The feature discusses her split from girlfriend Samantha Ronson, a “humiliating” weekend showdown with Ronson’s family, and why friends’ fears she is suicidal are unfounded. See the full top ten list here.last_img read more

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