Gaurav Gogoi appointed AICC incharge of Tripura, Manipur

first_imgCongress president Sonia Gandhi late Monday appointed Gaurav Gogoi as All Indian Congress Committee (AICC) incharge of Tripura and Manipur, relieving Luizinho Faleiro of the post. Faleiro continues to be the AICC general secretary incharge for other North eastern states. His removal comes days after former Tripura Congress Chief Pradyot Debbarman resigned from the party writing to Gandhi against Faleiro. According to a party statement, Gogoi will hold the new post “along with his current responsibilities as incharge of West Bengal and Andman and Nicobar Islands”.Gogoi is a sitting MP from Kaliabor in Assam.last_img read more

Malaysian icon thwarts rising PH star

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim READ: More medals from PH gymnastics as De Guzman, Capellan bag silver, 2 bronzes“I knew it was gonna be tough because she (Hadi) had a high-start value and which she executed cleanly,” said women’s artistic gymnastics team coach Jasmin Ortega of the Malaysian, whose face is splashed on LRT and MRT lines all over this city.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHadi won the event two years ago in Singapore and came into the finals at MITEC Hall as the prohibitive favorite for the gold.READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: Bejar fades vs Indonesian, settles for silver “Kaitlin also performed very well and had a clean routine as well,” said Ortega, who sees a bright future for Philippine gymnastics with De Guzman in the fold.“We are very happy to have her with the team,” said Ortega of De Guzman, who only had one month to train with the team. “And she jibes well with the team like she’s been part of it for a long time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kaitlin de Guzman bags the silver medal in floor exercises in Gymnastics in the 2017 SEAG Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Going for gold in her pet floor exercise, Kaitlin de Guzman ran into a Malaysian gymnastic icon Wednesday here in the Southeast Asian Games.The 17-year-old novice, daughter of a former SEA Games champion, ended up settling for silver against Malaysian Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, the very popular defending champion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

West Indies beat Australia by 74 runs, reach final

first_imgChris Gayle smashed a blistering unbeaten 75 as West Indies stormed into their maiden ICC World T20 final with a crushing 74-run victory over a listless Australia at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday. Score Opting to bat, Gayle literally butchered the Australian bowlers with a 41-ball 75-run innings as West Indies notched up 205 for four, which incidentally is the highest total of this edition.The Caribbean team then returned to skittle out Australia for a paltry 131 with 3.2 overs to spare to set up a summit clash with Sri Lanka on Sunday.Australian skipper George Bailey did put up a fight with a 29-ball 63, which was laced with six fours and four sixes but he was let down by the other batsmen, who returned to the pavilion without much to show.Leg-break bowler Samuel Badree (2/27) removed openers David Warner (1) and Shane Watson (7) in his first three overs, while Marlon Samuels got rid of Mike Hussey (18) as Australia were tottering at 42 for three after the six overs of Powerplay ended.Ravi Rampaul then removed Cameron White (5) and David Hussey (0) within a space of three deliveries to make it 42 for five.On a strip where Gayle and Co made batting look easy, the Australians were all at sea. Both Watson and Warner tried to play shots which can’t be played when the ball keeps low while Mike Hussey was consumed by the slowness of the track.David Hussey was rusty and others simply didn’t have it in them to put up a fight.Earlier, Gayle hit five fours and half a dozen of towering sixes as West Indies made a mockery of Aussie attack.Marlon Samuels with 26, Dwayne Bravo with a 31-ball-37 and last but not the least Kieron Pollard (38, 15 balls, 3×4, 3×6) also matched Gayle stroke for stroke to help West Indies cross the 200-mark. Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty, who had looked unplayable on the same track during Super Eights, was hammered for 48 runs in his three overs including 25 from the final one which had four sixes. Half of the 14 sixes in West Indies innings were hit off Doherty’s bowling.Teams have often complained about the Premadasa track and difficulty in stroke-making but Gayle showed that if you have brute power, then nature of pitches become irrelevant.The decision to promote Marlon Samuels up the order also partially paid off as he didn’t take much time to settle down before he started tonking the bowlers.Samuels during his brief stay smashed 26 off 20 balls including a six each off left-arm spin duo of Doherty and Brad Hogg. He was deceived by a slower delivery from Pat Cummins, which send him back to the dug-out.Gayle-Samuels had put on 41 runs in only 4.3 overs in which Samuels was the dominant partner.Gayle, on the otherhand, hit his first six off Shane Watson over long-off and the second one came off Doherty’s bowling as it went sailing into the deep mid-wicket stand.The third six off Doherty was another straight one but the standout one certainly was the fourth six hit of David Hussey’s bowling. The ball just soared into the upper tier in the deep mid-wicket region.Bravo, on the otherhand, had settled down nicely as he first chanced his arms against Watson hitting over long on boundary and then pulled a short one from Hogg over mid-wicket region for another six. The 100 came up in the 12.5 overs and the 50 partnership off 35 balls.The big-bodied Jamaican completed his third half century of the tournament of 29 deliveries when he hit a boundary off David Hussey.Bravo lifted Cummins for his third six but perished immediately when he failed to get elevation of a fuller delivery from the bowler and was caught at the edge of the 30-yard circle.Gayle-Bravo conjured 83 runs in less than nine overs but more importantly nullified the two left-arm spinners attacking them with great gutso. When Bravo was out, West Indies had reached 140 and a commendable total was just there in sight.advertisementlast_img read more

Micromax Canvas Infinity review: Pocket-friendly in more ways than one

first_imgJust like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, the Canvas Infinity phone from home grown brand Micromax, also has an unusually tall screen and an unusual screen aspect ratio of 18:9. Just like the Galaxy S8 and the G6, the Canvas Infinity phone from Micromax, also has been designed to offer more screen in a pint-sized form factor. Unlike the Galaxy S8 and the G6, however, the Canvas Infinity phone from Micromax, costs just Rs 9,999.There’s no denying that Galaxy S8 and the G6 represent the future of all smartphones: a future wherein all smartphones will be continuous sheets of glass with no physical buttons whatsoever. They’ll be high-on specs with exceptionally good cameras. They’ll be the complete package.Having said that, there’s an inherent problem with uber-cool futuristic technology. It is also expensive. While the Galaxy S8 costs around Rs 60,000 the G6 is available for around Rs 40,000: which means that they are still largely inaccessible for a significant chunk of the audience.”The next year will see innovation on screens, be it the bezel less phones, curved screens, sharper resolutions etc. As more visual data is consumed on phones, users will demand screens to be improved and brands will follow,” Rahul Sharma who is co-founder, Micromax Informatics Ltd. explained to me not long ago. “And Micromax would want to get their first, as far as massification of the technology is concerned. Hence, the Canvas Infinity.”Design and build qualityThe USP of the Canvas Infinity is its unusual display that boasts of an aspect ratio of 18:9 as opposed to a regular 16:9. The unusual 18:9 aspect ratio makes phones longer than wider and is harbinger of edge-to-edge screen design that in turn leads to more real estate on a compact form factor. The Canvas Infinity, likewise, is a 5.7-inch phone, something that would make you believe — going by its specs — that it would be a huge phone. Only it isn’t.advertisementMicromax, just like Samsung and LG, has shaved off the top and bottom bezels, as well as the side bezels, stretching the screen on all sides so it occupies a much smaller footprint than a regular 5.7-inch phone. Also the phone comes with subtle curves on the back that seemingly melts into the front that has 2.5D (curved) glass. This further enhances ergonomics and usability of the phone with one hand. The idea, just like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8 and the G6, is to offer more screen in a pint-sized phone and to make every inch of that screen count. The Canvas Infinity, for your reference, offers the same 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio as the Galaxy S8.The Canvas Infinity may look like an engineering marvel from the front, but, its rear is a whole different story altogether. I’ll go as far as to say it’s a missed opportunity because Micromax had a good thing going for itself: the Canvas Infinity with its edge-to-edge screen could easily have gone on to become the most beautiful phones at under Rs 10,000. It is, but, only from the front. The rear, on the other hand, is generic at best. It adds to the crowd, and brings nothing new to the table. On the plus side, the rear panel — which is essentially plastic with a metallic finish — is removable and so is the battery inside. Two different slots for two different (micro) SIM cards and a separate slot for micro-SD card expansion also lie underneath.DisplayMoving on, the Canvas Infinity comes with a 1440×720 pixel (HD) resolution and an IPS screen that gets really bright, but viewing angles could have been better. Although colours on-board are mostly accurate, the phone’s large screen is best enjoyed while viewing straight up. Tilt the phone and there’s definite colour shifting, mostly towards the warmer end of the spectrum. The Canvas Infinity, although it is a phone designed from grounds-up for multimedia consumption looks like it has been designed more for individual consumption than sharing it with your group.This is one area where the Canvas Infinity doesn’t match up to the high-standard set by the more expensive Android phones. In fact, it’s not best in class even in its own price segment.The Canvas Infinity, likewise, is a 5.7-inch phone, something that would make you believe — going by its specs — that it would be a huge phone. Only it isn’tIt is still, pretty much, the only phone in and around its price segment that offers an edge-to-edge screen for all-round immersive viewing experience though. And for that, Micromax definitely deserves a warm applause. In order to make full use of the Canvas Infinity’s 18:9 screen you’ll need content that supports the Canvas Infinity’s native 18:9 aspect ratio. Videos that don’t support the Canvas Infinity’s native 18:9 aspect ratio will play fine, but, with letter-boxing (black bars on either side) of the screen. The phone does give you a stretch to fit option, but, the all-round experience would, at the end of the day, depend on the quality and resolution of videos at hand. The same is true for games as well. Web pages work fine though. In fact, the Canvas Infinity with its long screen is best suited for web-scrolling, jotting down notes and browsing social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.advertisementSoftwareThe Canvas Infinity runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat software and will be up-gradable to the just announced Android Oreo in the days to come, according to the company. Software-wise the phone does pack in more of iOS than Android, but, then that’s the case with a majority of OEMs these days. Micromax has itself toiled with stock Android in the past, and it would have been nicer had the company stuck with stock Android in the Canvas Infinity but that’s not to say that it is lacking or anything as far as all-round experience is concerned.The software — Micromax seemingly doesn’t have a name for it — as mentioned above is heavily inspired from iOS. As usual, you get a springboard of apps and widgets spanning multiple home screens with no app drawer as in stock Android. The drop down notification panel is divided into two sections: incoming notifications and quick settings toggles. Swiping down from anywhere on the home screen brings out universal search, that lets you quickly browse through your apps, contacts, messages and calendar events. The phone supports Android Nougat’s split-screen multitasking and recent apps have a card-based view much like how it is in the iPhone.It’s good to –finally — see Micromax cutting down on bloat or unwanted apps and you can tell it helps in the longer run. Also, Micromax has been — for the most part — able to well-optimise the software so everything runs well unless of course you’re testing its limits. The company has also tried to offer a few customisation options via a personalisation app, and a quick shortcut to a few apps and services via its own dedicated app center. Both these apps can’t be uninstalled.Performance and battery lifeThe Canvas Infinity is powered by an entry-level 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The phone comes with 32GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone supports 4G LTE, VoLTE and USB OTG.The Canvas Infinity with a Snapdragon 425 may not inspire the same level of confidence as a certain Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with a Snapdragon 625, but, that’s beside the point. Simply because Micromax isn’t gunning for raw power here, but, all-round experience.advertisementMicromax seems to be selling complete smartphone experiences with the Canvas Infinity, and as far as smartphone experiences are concerned, the Canvas Infinity seems to be right on trackThe Snapdragon 425 may be an entry-level chipset, but it should get the job done for most users. It may not be as powerful (and as power efficient) as the Snapdragon 625 inside the Redmi Note 4 but it’s certainly no slouch either. It should do just fine as long as you’re aware of its limitations.The Canvas Infinity — during my usage of the device — was quick and responsive in every sense of the word. There were no immediate visible lags or stutter while navigating between home screens and/or multitasking in my review unit. Remember, its speed and multitasking prowess are being compared with phones in this price range. The phone does have a tendency to slow down or stutter when you have too many apps running simultaneously in the background, something that isn’t very surprising if you take into account the hardware that is inside it. One of the first things to do, then, is to ensure you’re not treating the Canvas Infinity as a multitasking beast. Because it is not.Basic games like Candy Crush and Subway Surfers are handled well by the phone, but GPU-intensive games like Asphalt 8: Airborne are prone to occasional lags and frame rate drops even at low graphical settings especially when being played for longer periods. The phone, also, has a tendency to get warm during extended usage.The mono speaker on-board the Canvas Infinity is average at best. It gets loud but there is often some digitisation observed at peak volume. Also, it’s rear placement means sound is muffled when the phone is kept with the back facing down. Voice quality during calls made with the Canvas Infinity was excellent.The Micromax Canvas Infinity is backed by a 2,900mAh battery which is user replaceable. Moderate to extreme usage saw us cross the one whole day barrier with ease, while toning down further should get most users one and a half days out of the phone. Extreme usage scenarios got us close to 12 hours on the Canvas Infinity, which isn’t bad at all. A lot of this, of course, stems from the phone’s entry-level spec-sheet.CameraMoving on to cameras, the Canvas Infinity sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter on the front that comes with its own dedicated bokeh selfie mode that automatically blurs the background for fancy portrait selfies.The autofocus on the rear camera works well for usual shots in normal to good lighting conditions. It is not very fast, but locks in accurately most of the time and brings out sharp outlines in photos. Though in macro shots, you do get to see some focus hunting and you need to adjust it with touch to focus. There is minimal shutter lag and the photos appear for preview as soon as you click it.As for image quality, the Canvas Infinity captures some good-looking photos in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on colours. But, zooming into these photos — more often than not — gives out the real picture. It isn’t that good. Noise is quite evident and resolved detail missing. The phone, for the lack of a better word, has a rather hit or miss camera in good light. Still, it should suffice for most budget-conscious buyers. It is a pretty disappointing camera phone in tricky and low light though. XPreviousNextThe front-facing selfie camera is, meanwhile, a sight for soar eyes in its price segment. The phone gives you plenty of resolution in photos — with good detail and mostly spot-on colours — and that real-time bokeh selfie is a pretty neat feature, if not downright amazing.Should you buy it?The Canvas Infinity may not boast of similar outstanding screen specs — also its hardware may not be in the same league — as that of the Galaxy S8 (or the G6), but, that’s besides the point. The point is Micromax has been able to somehow get hold of the Galaxy S8 and the G6’s USP feature — the Infinity screen/Full Vision display — and put it inside a ridiculously more mainstream package, and as far as multimedia experiences are concerned, it’s not that it is lacking or anything.Surely, it could have done better with a 1080p screen, or with better viewing angles, or with a dedicated colour correction mode, but, at Rs 9,999 you’re more likely to not miss any of these features when you realize what the Canvas Infinity brings to the table: Samsung Galaxy S8-like experiences at dirt cheap price. If that wasn’t enough, the company will offer repair or replace services in 24 hours, should something go wrong with your purchased unit, it has confirmed.Micromax seems to be selling complete smartphone experiences with the Canvas Infinity, and as far as smartphone experiences are concerned, the Canvas Infinity seems to be right on track. It may not be the most powerful phone, it may not have the best in class camera, it may not have the best in class software, it may not have the biggest battery, but, when it comes to bringing the edge-to-edge screens to masses, the Canvas Infinity is definitely up there. It is also the first to get there. You can say that LG’s recently launched Q6 is also a very competitive option, but, also it costs close to Rs 15,000.The Canvas Infinity may not be perfect, but, it should start a trend and push companies to strive for more. More for less.But then again, if you’re someone who is not an early adopter of next-gen technology, the Canvas Infinity may come around as a pretty weak package and it is. There are more powerful phones at around Rs 10,000 now. There are better camera phones at around Rs 10,000 now. There are phones with better screens, and better software, and bigger batteries at around Rs 10,000. The Canvas Infinity, I dare say, will be just another good-looking piece of infinite gimmickry for you. At a pocket-friendly price, that is.Also Read: Micromax Canvas Infinity set to launch in India today, expected to be priced close to Rs 20,000Micromax Infinity6.5/10Good stuffBezel-less screen for cheapSelfie camera with potentialRemovable batteryBad stuff720p screenEntry-level chipsetRear camera could be betterlast_img read more


first_imgExhibition showcases eco-friendly alternatives to plasticMumbai, Jun 23 (PTI) With the plastic ban coming intoforce from today, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)has organised a three-day exhibition at National Sports Clubof India (NSCI) at Worli here to showcase eco-friendlyalternatives to plastic items.At the exhibition, which started yesterday, 61 stallshave been set up which showcase alternatives to plastic, likecloth and paper bags, straw, brush, packaging items made up ofbiodegradable material.State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, BMCCommissioner Ajoy Mehta, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar,star couple Ajay Devgn and Kajol, Yuva Sena chief AadityaThackeray were present at the inauguration ceremony.”We are happy to note that we have become the 18thstate in the country to ban plastic, and we have done thisdespite facing pressures from the manufacturers,” Kadam saidon the occasion.Devgn and Kajol supported the move and said they wouldappeal to the people to avoid the use of plastic.”The decision to ban plastic is better late thannever. Let us give our children a better future, one which isfree from plastic,” Devgn said. PTI APMNP NP NPlast_img read more

BCCI hands over Asia Cup hosting rights to Emirates Cricket Board

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has handed over the hosting rights of next month’s Asia Cup to the Emirates Cricket Board. Asia Cup will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement today for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup,” the BCCI stated in a release.The event was originally scheduled in India with BCCI playing the hosts but Pakistan’s participation was an issue considering the prevailing political situation between the neighbouring countries.The BCCI couldn’t procure relevant clearance from the Indian government to host Pakistan. So, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) shifted the tournament to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but handed India the hosting rights.Also Read – Playing in UAE gives Pakistan edge over India in Asia Cup: Sarfraz AhmedIndia have been pooled alongside Pakistan and the yet-to-be-decided qualifier in Group A. The Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 and two teams will then play the final on September 28 in Dubai.BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri represented the Indian cricket board while His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, singned the agreement on hosts’ behalf.”We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sport’s powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event,” Chaudhary said.advertisementDon’t play Asia Cup: Virender Sehwag slams India’s shocking scheduleHowever, the COA faction was not on the same page with BCCI office bearers regarding handing over the hosting rights to the UAE.Since organisation would involve financial transactions in foreign currency, a senior BCCI office bearer had pointed out that FEMA (Foreign Exchanges Management Act) rules need to be thoroughly checked after the IPL II fiasco when Cricket South Africa hosted the cash-rich league in 2009.ASIA CUP: FULL SCHEDULEThe Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sanctions USD 2.5 million to the hosts for organisational purposes but it was pointed out that operational costs shoots up in the UAE.The BCCI release does not state what will be the profit sharing mode from the ticket sales. The TV broadcast money goes to ACC.The major attraction of this tournament is two assured India-Pakistan clashes.”It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep.”This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success,” His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Tavernier piles pain on Black Cats

first_imgMiddlesbrough 1 Sunderland 0: Tavernier heaps further misery on Black Cats Christopher Devine 22:10 11/5/17 Marcus Tavernier - cropped Getty Images Sunderland’s long winless run now stands at 14 Championship matches after a 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough, who are up to fifth. Marcus Tavernier’s first Football League goal lifted Middlesbrough into the Championship play-off places as a 1-0 derby win over managerless Sunderland kept the Black Cats rooted to the foot of the table.Sunderland, who sacked Simon Grayson on Tuesday after a 3-3 home draw with fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers stretched their winless run to 13 league games, had their chances at the Riverside Stadium, particularly in the opening 15 minutes.However, it was an early strike from teenager Tavernier that proved decisive and earned Boro a third win in succession, moving them up to fifth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sunderland, with Billy McKinlay and Robbie Stockdale in caretaker charge, should have been ahead inside three minutes. Darren Randolph fumbled a long-range effort from Didier Ndong into the path of Lewis Grabban, who looked certain to score but instead fired his shot into the left leg of the Boro goalkeeper.That miss was soon punished as a fine passing move from the hosts ended with the lively Martin Brathwaite latching on to a clever reverse pass from Stewart Downing and crossing for Tavernier to tuck home at the near post..@Tavernier60 #UTB— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) November 5, 2017The initial response was strong from Sunderland, who were forced to substitute Billy Jones after the full-back collided with team-mate Darron Gibson, but the game grew scrappier as the first half drew to a close and it was Boro who looked stronger after the interval.After Ndong had limped off to deal Sunderland another blow, Brathwaite spurned a fine chance to double his side’s lead in the 56th minute, shooting straight at Robbin Ruiter from 12 yards before the visiting keeper reacted sharply to grasp the ball at the second attempt.Ruiter also palmed away a Downing free-kick with 14 minutes remaining, but one goal was all Boro needed as Aiden McGeady spurned a late chance at the other end.last_img read more

When Suspended Clemson TE Braden Galloway Could Return

first_img Head coach Dabo Swinney is optimistic that he’ll have Galloway back next season, but understands the team needs to focus on getting to that point first.From The State:“If we’re fortunate enough to be in a high level postseason game that’s after the middle of December (he is eligible),” Swinney said. “If we’re playing early in December we probably didn’t have a very good year. But he would have the opportunity, I think, to be back for that.”Galloway showed signs of potential in his freshman season, totaling five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.Clemson’s road back to the national championship begins with a home contest against Georgia Tech.[The State] Clemson Tigers huddle before the national championship.SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers talks with his team prior to the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Levi’s Stadium on January 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)While Clemson is poised for another impressive season this year, tight end Braden Galloway must watch from the sidelines. He’s still under suspension for failing a drug test back in December.Galloway was one of three members on the Tigers to fail a drug test heading into the College Football Playoff. The other two suspended players, Dexter Lawrence and Zach Giella, are no longer with the program. Lawrence was taken in the 2019 NFL Draft, while Giella is out of eligibility.Clemson could use Galloway for depth at tight end, where the Tigers , but the NCAA rule calls for the suspension to last a calendar year.Even though Galloway is set to miss the entire regular season, it’s possible that he could return for the postseason. However, the Tigers will have to once again punch their ticket into the playoff.last_img read more

Handle Food Safely This Holiday Season

first_img The fact sheets are available at . how to prepare and serve buffets how to travel with food how to prepare and store holiday foods like egg nog and apple cider how to order and serve take-out foods like meat trays how to save and re-serve leftovers how to buy, thaw and cooking a turkey and store leftovers As Nova Scotians get ready to celebrate the season and enjoy holiday feasts, they are urged to remember simple but important tips for safely storing, transporting and re-heating food for parties and potlucks. “We encourage everyone to be aware of food-safety issues and use good food-handing practices when preparing meals for friends and family,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Keep hot foods hot, cold foods cold, and if in doubt, throw it out.” Department of Agriculture food safety staff provide consumer education and facility inspections throughout the year to help protect the health of Nova Scotians. “Some principles of food handling are to keep work surfaces and utensils clean, separate foods to avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to the proper temperatures and chill food promptly to avoid bacteria growth,” said Mike Horwich, the Agriculture Department’s director of food safety. “Following these four basic rules will help prevent foodborne illness this holiday season.” The Department of Agriculture has several practical food safety fact sheets online, which include: last_img read more

Digvijay remarks on BJP ISI links shameful and condemnable Sambit Patra

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting out at Congress leader Digvijay Singh for alleging a link between the BJP and Pakistani spy agency ISI, the saffron party on Tuesday dubbed his charge as “shameful and condemnable” and sought an apology from Congress president Sonia Gandhi. In a video, Singh was purportedly heard saying at an interaction that the BJP has links with the ISI and that non-Muslims spy more for Pakistan than Muslims. At a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused the Congress of trying to polarise society on communal lines and asked why Singh had to divide people on religious lines while mentioning ISI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “What he has said is of concern, shameful and condemnable. It shows his distorted mindset,” Patra said. He said Singh is among the “navaratna” (nine jewels) of the Congress who have played a key role in its massive defeat in elections. In reality Congress leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Ghulam Nabi Azad, besides Singh, are “navaratna”of Pakistan and it would be proud of them, Patra said.last_img read more

Nova Scotia budget expected to lay groundwork for election call

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal government is expected to present a balanced budget Thursday that many believe will lay the groundwork for an election call that could come as early as this weekend.A government source familiar with the fiscal document said it will contain $2.4 million in annual funding for two existing medical programs, a move that appears aimed at defusing public anger about the provincial government’s inability to keep a promise to provide every family in the province with a doctor.“That will help 50 new family doctors (net) who can practise in the system each year,” the source told The Canadian Press.The funding would create 10 new seats in the family residency program at Dalhousie University and open 10 new spaces in the ready assessment program, which assists international doctors in establishing practices in Nova Scotia.The government has unleashed a flurry of announcements in the last seven weeks, totalling in the tens of millions of dollars, which has led to speculation about a trip to the polls, which Premier Stephen McNeil has done little to squelch.McNeil, who has refused to rule out an election before a legislative vote on the budget, stuck to his script on Wednesday.When asked whether the budget would be a real document without a house vote on the estimates, McNeil was clear.“The day it is introduced it’s considered to be a real budget, even those that have been defeated. This is a real budget. It’s a thoughtful plan and it reflects the hard work of Nova Scotians over the last three-and-a-half years.”Last month, Finance Minister Randy Delorey committed to a balanced budget for 2017-18, on the heels of a forecasted surplus of $12.1 million for 2016-17.But Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie did his best Wednesday to cast doubt on those claims.Baillie said although the document would be presented as balanced, it likely won’t account for certain expenses, such as the coming legal fight over Bill 75, which imposed a contract on the province’s 9,300 unionized teachers.“That exact action in British Columbia cost the taxpayers there hundreds of millions of dollars when the courts finally settled it,” said Baillie. “It would be irresponsible to table a budget that doesn’t account for the significant legal costs the McNeil government has exposed us all to, but I do think that’s what’s going to happen.”The Tory leader said he expects the Liberals to table the budget and then dissolve the house to call Nova Scotians to the polls. He said it would be wrong not to subject the budget to its usual scrutiny.“They don’t want Nova Scotians to see what they’ve done until after an election,” he said.NDP Leader Gary Burrill said such a move would be “undemocratic and sneaky.”Burrill also lamented the government’s expressed intent to table another balanced budget.“That fills me with foreboding that the investments that are needed … are not going to be made,” he said.During a speech last month to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Delorey revealed the budget would see a rise in the threshold for the small business income tax rate to $500,000 from $350,000. The move would shift more than 1,000 companies into a lower income tax bracket, paying rates of three per cent rather than 16 per cent on their income.last_img read more

Florida governor offers no transfer hope for Canadian jailed 31 years

first_imgTORONTO – The governor of Florida offered no glimmer of hope on Wednesday to family and supporters of a Canadian man who wants to be transferred to Canada after 31 years in prison in the Sunshine State.While the federal government has formally agreed to allow William Russell (Russ) Davies to serve out his life sentence for first-degree murder in Canada, the state of Florida has consistently refused to let him go.“In our state, we are very focused on our victims and their families,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “There’s a process in our state you have to go through.”Scott, who was at Toronto’s Union Station to urge Canadians to visit his state, refused to discuss the situation further.Davies, 49, of Richmond Hill, Ont., was barely 18 years old in June 1986 when the self-admitted misfit was accused along with five others of gunning down an acquaintance in Tomoka State Park near Daytona Beach, Fla. Two years later, in a seven-hour trial some have denounced as a sham, a jury convicted him of first-degree murder.A Canadian Press investigation published last year revealed the state’s key witness — one of five co-accused who all pleaded out in exchange for probation or short sentences — admitted to having been drunk and urinating out of a car window at the time of the night-time crime. In addition, Davies’ public defender Carmen Corrente, now an assistant attorney general, made numerous mistakes at trial.His ailing parents and a representative had requested a brief meeting with Scott during his visit to Toronto but the governor refused.Shane Martinez, a lawyer who has recently taken on the case, said Wednesday he had hoped Scott would “do the right thing and have compassion” by allowing Davies to transfer under an international treaty to Canada to serve out his sentence.“Canada has approved (the transfer) but Florida has been silent so far,” Martinez said.A spokeswoman for the Florida governor in charge of prisoner transfers has repeatedly said Davies’ request was “pending.” In recent weeks, he has said he was visited by “officials” and signed what Davies termed “pre-release” papers.Enza Davies, his sister-in-law on hand at the station for Scott’s visit, said Davies has turned his life around and would have strong support if allowed to return to Canada.“It would be a very good thing if he could come on Canadian soil and we could visit him regularly,” Enza Davies said. “His parents are too ill now to travel, so it’s really important that they see him.”Davies, who has always denied firing the fatal shot, has little hope for parole in Florida, and his best hope of getting back onto the streets is in Canada.In a recent interview, Davies’ 74-year-old mother, Carol Davies, choked back tears as she pondered Florida’s intransigence.“Why can’t you bring him back?” Davies said. “Why are you keeping him? There’s no reason that kid should still be there.”last_img read more

Jerry Garcia Foundation Unites Music and Art at Lennon Inspired Holiday Benefit

first_imgIn this “season of giving,” the Jerry Garcia Foundation is once again honored to announce that it will be producing its third annual “Imagine There’s No Hunger” holiday benefit concert in support of WhyHunger and Yoko Ono Lennon’s mission to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide.The “Imagine There’s No Hunger” program draws inspiration from the iconic song Imagine written by Yoko Ono and John Lennon and based on the writing in Yoko’s book, Grapefruit.The “Imagine There’s No Hunger” concert audience will be invited to participate in sing-along presentations of Lennon’s Imagine, Give Peace a Chance, and the Grateful Dead’s Ripple. This year’s production will be presented at 7 PM (doors open at 6:30) on December 16th at the picturesque Viansa Sonoma Winery located in the San Francisco area. Door proceeds benefit WhyHunger.Hot Tuna is headlining the benefit concert featuring Grammy Award-winning artists Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady and drummer Justin Guip.Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady perform with a well-honed and solid power -– always in the groove derived from years of experience and mutual inspiration. What started as a side project during their Jefferson Airplane days, Hot Tuna’s constant has always been Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the very definition of Hot Tuna. The two boyhood pals have never wavered in one of the most enduring friendships in Rock history. “Hot Tuna is a Psychedelic-Blues Institution” – Rolling Stone Magazine.Special guests include: emerging artist, singer-songwriter Greg Winser, Bob Steeler on drums, Waynard Scheller on Hammond B3 Organ, Matt Aaron on violin — all accompanied by gospel vocalists Ariel Marin, Keelin Garcia, Ron Rosson and Dawaun King.Tickets are available here.“The Jerry Garcia Foundation is honored to present the ‘Imagine There’s No Hunger’ benefit concert to support the important humanitarian work of Yoko Ono Lennon and WhyHunger. We are grateful to Hot Tuna, the Viansa Winery and to all that have extended their generosity on so many levels,” said Keelin Garcia, Co- Founder of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.“The Imagine spirit of generosity is a blessing and a gift to the greater community,” added Manasha Garcia, Jerry Garcia Foundation Co-Founder.The benefit’s setting itself is where dreams are made. Located just north of San Francisco, Viansa Sonoma winery is situated on 33 acres of estate vineyards, 97 acres of natural wetlands with 270° views of the Sonoma Valley-San Pablo Bay, Mayacamas Mountains and “King’s Highway.” The beauty of the land pairs perfectly with the beauty of giving.The visual art of Jerry Garcia will be on exhibit in the Grateful Friends Charity Village at the concert. All art proceeds benefit California Wildfire recovery efforts via the “Heart of the Vine” Foundation.Ben & Jerry’s and Levi’s are sponsoring this year’s holiday benefit. Levi’s has donated a sustainable Trucker Jacket inspired by Jerry Garcia’s fine art. Proceeds from the Levi’s Truckers Jacket will benefit WhyHunger.Rock poster artist Stanley Mouse has created a benefit poster for the art/music event. Mouse has produced art for both the Beatles and the Grateful Dead.The “Imagine There’s No Hunger” benefit will be streamed live around the world by Stage Trip Productions. Viewers of the free live stream are encouraged to donate directly to WhyHunger via their website: read more

Utilities commission seeks more data on Site C before final recommendation

first_imgVANCOUVER – The BC Utilities Commission has released a preliminary report into the future of the controversial $8.8-billion Site C dam project in the province’s northeast.But the commission said in its report released late Wednesday night that it does not have enough information in several areas to recommend whether the project should proceed.BC Hydro has said it has already spent $1.8 billion on construction for the massive hydroelectric dam, but Premier John Horgan’s NDP government asked the commission to review the economic viability of the project after taking office.The panel did conclude in its preliminary report that as of June 30 when BC Hydro submitted its must recent quarter-end report, the project was on track for its planned completion in 2024, but did not have enough data to determine whether the project is currently on budget,It also said it also does not have sufficient information to predict possible budget overruns once the Site C project is complete, or the total costs for the project in the event it is suspended and restarted later.Hydro’s 866-page submission to the commission said completing the dam as planned would still be best for ratepayers and terminating the project would cost $7.3 billion on a present-value basis.The commission also warned Wednesday night that if a diversion of the Peace River is not achieved in September 2019, the project will not stay within its budget.The commission said it will now conduct an “extensive consultation process” on the preliminary findings and submit a final recommendation on Nov. 1.The BC Hydro submission said demand for electricity is growing and without the dam, the province will face an energy shortfall by 2031.A report submitted for the commission’s review by the auditing firm Deloitte LLP concluded that putting the project on hold until 2025 would cost about $1.4 billion, while cancelling it outright would cost $1.2 billion.The Deloitte report says that the dam’s construction faces major risks including contractor performance problems, unforeseen geotechnical conditions and cost issues related to major contracts that haven’t been awarded yet.last_img read more

UNESCO chief voices concern over potential boycott of Israeli academic institutions

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today expressed concern over a threatened boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the British University and College Union, stressing that opportunities for peace and dialogue must be seized especially in conflict situations.“Academics are responsible for gathering, processing and distributing information, which are tasks necessary for building stable, prosperous and democratic societies,” said UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. “We need to preserve the universality of research, exchange and learning, and support all joint academic activities that foster the sharing of experiences and expertise.”Academic work and institutions are centred on the free flow of ideas and knowledge, which is the core of all intellectual activity, he added.The request for the boycott is current being circulated to all local Union branches for discussion.“If we are serious about the need to promote sustained peace, democracy and development, I believe that we have the moral responsibility to share knowledge and promote understanding,” said the UNESCO chief, noting that cooperation among the world’s university is a necessity, not a luxury.“We must therefore continue to support all efforts within civil societies to nurture contacts in the spirit of respect and mutual understanding which characterize peaceful relations.” 22 June 2007The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today expressed concern over a threatened boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the British University and College Union, stressing that opportunities for peace and dialogue must be seized especially in conflict situations. read more

Box office reaches new record but international sales flat

by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Mar 22, 2017 12:42 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Box office reaches new record, but international sales flat NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Motion Picture Association of America said Wednesday that the worldwide box office reached a record $38.6 billion in 2016, though international revenues were essentially stagnant.The MPAA’s annual report showed a global increase of .5 per cent in ticket sales from 2015. While China, the world’s second-largest market after the U.S., has long been a priority of Hollywood, it dropped 1 per cent last year with $6.6 billion in ticket sales.Box office in North America hit a record $11.4 billion, although the increase of $300 million was due largely to rising ticket prices. About 11 per cent of North Americans, the MPAA said, are frequent moviegoers — those who go to the theatre at least once a month. They make up 48 per cent of all tickets sold.About 71 per cent of the U.S./Canadian population went to the movies at least once in 2016, up 2 per cent from 2015.Among the year’s biggest box-office hits were “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” ”Finding Dory” and “Captain America: Civil War” — all of them, it’s worth noting, released by the Walt Disney Co. The MPAA noted that three of the top five grossing films drew a majority female audience.“Even with an incredible variety of viewing choices available to audiences, cinema remains the premier way to experience the magic of our movies,” said MPAA chief Chris Dodd. “And the good news is, there are positive signs for growth in the future.”Other notable conclusions from the report include:— Younger moviegoers increased. The biggest jump was for 18- to 24-year-olds, who went on average 6.5 times in 2016, up from 5.9 times in 2015.— The appeal of 3-D continued to slide. Sales of 3-D movies fell about 8 per cent to $1.6 billion, even though there were 30 per cent more 3-D releases.— African-American and Asian moviegoers continue to increase. Per capita, Asians/Other Ethnicities go more than any other group, seeing on average 6.1 movies a year.___This story has been corrected to show the Chinese box office declined 1 per cent, not 3 per cent. read more

General Assembly demands all States comply with UN resolutions regarding status of

Through a resolution adopted by a recorded vote of 128 in favour to nine against (Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Togo, United States), with 35 abstentions, the 193-member Assembly expressed “deep regret” over recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem and stressed that the Holy City “is a final status issue to be resolved through negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions.” Action in the Assembly today follows a failed attempt by the Security Council on Monday adopt a similar text reflecting regret among the body’s members about “recent decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem,” with a veto from the United States, a permanent member of the Council. Ahead of that failed resolution, Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council that the security situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory had become more tense in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision on 6 December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Subsequently, Yemen and Turkey, in their respective capacities as Chair of the Arab Group and the Chair of the Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, requested the President of the General Assembly to “urgently resume’ the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly in accordance with the so-named ‘Uniting for peace’ procedure.This procedure, under Assembly resolution 377 (1950), is a pathway around a Security Council veto. By it, the Assembly can call an emergency special session to consider a matter “with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures,” if the Security Council fails to act or if there is lack of unanimity among the Council’s permanent members, China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States. Since the tenth such meeting, the Assembly has temporarily adjourned the emergency special session and authorized “the President of the General Assembly […] to resume its meeting upon request from Member States,” allowing for speedy consideration by the body of urgent issues. The most recent resumed emergency session was in 2009 when the Assembly called a meeting on East Jerusalem and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Resolutions in the Assembly are non-binding and do not carry the force of international law as do measures agreed in the Security Council. Find out more about the Assembly’s emergency special sessions and resolution 377 (1950) hereToday’s resolution demanded that “all States comply with Security Council resolutions regarding the Holy City of Jerusalem, and not recognize any actions or measures contrary to those resolutions.” The General Assembly further affirmed that “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.” In that regard the Assembly also called upon all States to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to Security Council resolution 478 adopted in 1980. Reiterating its call for the reversal of the negative trends that endanger the two-State solution, the Assembly urged greater international and regional efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East. read more

Tail docking by nonvets to be banned

first_imgVETERINARIANS AND THE DSPCA have welcomed the news that lay people will not be able to dock dogs’ tails.A petition and campaign were set up earlier this month after it emerged that new regulations were being considered that would have allowed the docking of dogs’ tails by lay people, without anaesthetic or pain relief.More than 11,000 people signed the petition.Bray-based vet Pete Wedderburn had explained to that is currently unethical for Irish vets to dock  dogs’ tails.Today, Alan Rossiter MVB of Veterinary Ireland said that at its recent AGM, Minister Coveney confirmed that the surgical procedures of tail docking and dew claw removal on pups will be prohibited except by veterinary professionals, and only when there is a clear welfare benefit to the individual animal.He said that Veterinary Ireland is awaiting the results of a study on tail injuries in working dogs in Scotland as well as the deliberation of a government agriculture committee before it decides whether there should be provision for vets to perform either of these procedures for welfare reasons.Veterinary Ireland welcomed the Minister’s news, and commended him on the decision. Currently, the organisation’s position is that tail docking does not benefit the welfare of animals, based on the studies to date.If the information changes under new studies, it may consider changing its stance on the topic to reflect that.The Department of Agriculture told prior to Minister Coveney’s address that tail docking for dogs is currently banned as part of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, ” with very limited exception being considered relating to working dogs specifically terriers, spaniels and pointers”.The spokesperson added last week:We are currently waiting on international scientific research on this matter to be concluded before a final decision is made in relation to a new regulation on tail docking. Any decision will be based solely on animal welfare grounds and we are consulting widely with all stakeholders. Under no circumstance will tail docking for cosmetic purpose be allowed. The DSPCA said it welcomed the news and said it “had no doubt that this was always the case”.Vet Pete Wedderburn said that he had seen injuries to dogs caused by tail docking by non-vets, and he could not understand why the Minister for Agriculture would allow this to continue.He welcomed the news but also raised the question of how the law would be enforced.Read: Vets ‘shocked’ that tail docking could be allowed under new regulations>last_img read more

Galaxy S Samsung à lassaut de liPhone 4

first_imgGalaxy S : Samsung à l’assaut de l’iPhone 4 Corée du Sud – Samsung entend concurrencer l’iPhone 4 avec son propre smartphone. Le Galaxy S, c’est son nom, est attendu au tournant. Samsung veut retrouver une place de choix sur le marché des smartphones. Battu par Apple en termes de valeur en France (26% contre 25%), la firme sud-coréenne veut retrouver son leadership. Animé par Android, le Galaxy S dispose d’1 Go de mémoire vive, d’un processeur ARM cadencé à 1 GHz, d’une connectique complète incluant le Wi-Fi et d’une capture haute définition. Il possède une mémoire de 8 Go extensible jusqu’à 32 Go et sera vendu au prix de 549 euros ou 129 euros avec un forfait 24 mois chez Virgin.Le 13 juillet 2010 à 13:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more