INLD, BSP launch Jail Bharo agitation

first_imgThe Indian National Lok Dal and the Bahujan Samaj Party on Tuesday jointly started a State-wide agitation, demanding immediate completion of the controversial Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal.As workers and leaders of both the parties presented themselves for court arrest in Bhiwani under the Jail Bharo agitation, INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said the BJP governments, both at the Centre and the State, were conspiring against the interests of Haryana by not constructing the SYL canal despite the Supreme Court’s order in favour of Haryana.“The Centre and BJP government in Haryana have an insensitive approach. They do not realise that Haryana is staring at a disaster with its legitimate share from the river waters getting delayed,” he said, adding that parts of south Haryana have slipped into the ‘dark zone’ with regard to groundwater.‘Land to go barren’“Development in the (south) region was undertaken based on the confidence that the water needs of the region, both agricultural and residential, would be adequately met with the water from the rivers through SYL canal. But now that it appears that this region is on the brink of becoming barren,” he said.The INLD-BSP’s Jail Bharo agitation will be held in Yamunanagar on May 4, in Nuh on May 8, Sirsa (May 11), Narnaul (May 15) and Kurukshetra (May 18).last_img read more

Physical test for men, women candidates held separately

first_imgBundi (Rajasthan), Feb 24 (PTI) After the controversy over male examiners allegedly taking measurements of women candidates, authorities have decided to hold the physical eligibility test here separately for women and men for the post of forest guards.”Female candidates will be examined only by the woman staff,” Bundi District Forest Officer (DFO) Digvijay Gupt said.A controversy had erupted after male forest guards allegedly took height and chest measurements of women candidates during a recruitment drive in Chittorgarh district. Special precautions haveGupt said the physical eligibility test today began in Ishwari Sports Ground here in two phasesThe women candidates have been called on the first day of the test, while the male candidates will appear in the second phase, he said.A total of 1,715 candidates, including 196 women aspirants, from across the state will take part in the drive.He said that every candidates interview will be recorded and the physical eligibility test photograped to maintain transparency.Besides, staff from education, medical and police department have been engaged to conduct the test.Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Ramjeevan Meena also reached the examination venue. PTI CORR RB ISH RT ISHlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Talented players, dull matches and a semi-final place for Portugal

first_imgPortugal continue to be a paradox at Euro 2016, reaching the semi-finals without ever giving the kind of uplifting performance that their talented team should be capable of.Coach Fernando Santos was naturally delighted after his side overcame Poland on penalties in the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw, yet, as far as the neutrals were concerned, it was another soporific display.Portugal’s progress to the semi-finals, without winning a match inside 90 minutes, has drawn parallels with the Paraguay team who managed to reach the 2011 Copa America final by drawing every game.The only difference was that Portugal at least managed to beat Croatia 1-0 after extra-time in the second round while Paraguay won both their knockout games at the Copa on penalty shootouts before coming a cropper in the final against Uruguay which they lost 3-0.In some ways, it seems harsh to criticise a Portugal team whose recent record at the European Championship puts many bigger countries to shame.The Portuguese have reached the quarter-finals on all seven occasions they have taken part and in the last five tournaments have reached the final once and the semi-finals three times. (Santos lauds Renato Sanches’ match-winning effort)UNSATISFYING PERFORMANCEBut there has been something strangely unsatisfying, and even exasperating, about their performances at Euro 2016.Their style of play is not especially defensive, they do not commit more fouls than anyone else and their average of 19 goal attempts per game is the fourth highest at the tournament.On the other hand, their second-round tie against Croatia was dire and the second hour of the match against Poland lulled Marseille’s Stade Velodrome into near silence.advertisementIt has been pretty much the same story since the amiable Santos took over in September 2014, having led Greece to the last 16 at the World Cup.Portugal are unbeaten in 12 competitive matches under his leadership but their nine wins during that period have all been by single goal margins.RONALDO NOT AT HIS BESTTheir line-up suggests they should be capable of more. Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, former Manchester United winger Nani, mercurial forward Ricardo Quaresma and midfielder Joao Moutinho have shown only the odd flash of their abilities.Instead, Portugal have become a team who are difficult to beat, even more difficult to watch, and the talk after matches is invariably about unity, hard work and commitment.They are also clinical in penalty shootouts and converted all five spot-kicks against Poland.”We are a team with great character. I continue to say I’m only going home on 11 July,” said Santos, who has insisted since the start that Portugal will reach the final on July 10.”You need to have courage to take penalties in a shootout, you need to have personality and cold blood, and the players had that.”Ronaldo was equally upbeat.”Maybe nobody gave much for our chances but we are now in the semi-finals,” he said. “It was a very important win, the team took the penalties well and fought hard. We are in the semi-finals and now anything in possible.”last_img read more

Pallekele Test, Highlights: How India clinched their first-ever series whitewash away from home

first_imgIndia defeat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs in the third and final Test to sweep their first ever series overseas. (Scorecard)AP PhotoSRI LANKA SECOND INNINGS:3-0! Handshakes all around #TeamIndia #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2017W W W D W W W D W D W W W D W W W W W L W D W W W WIndias record since losing the Galle Test in 201520 wins, 1 loss, 5 draws#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 14, 2017Most wins by a captain after his 1st 29 Tests:21 – Steve Waugh & Ricky Ponting19 – VIRAT KOHLI#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2017Today 8th time a visiting side has managed to whitewash the home side in series of 3+ Tests.But 1st time achieved by an Asian side!#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 201714.48 IST: THAT’S IT! 3-0 to India! Ashwin bowls the carrom ball outside off, Kumara comes forward to defend but is beaten on the outside edge. The ball crashes into the stumps and that is it for India. India win by an innings and 171 runs! Eighth series win under Virat Kohli and this has been a comprehensive one. Sri Lanka proved to be rather a walkover in the series, let alone this match.3rd Test. 73.4: K Yadav to L Kumara (4), 4 runs, 174/9 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201769.5: WICKET! N Dickwella (41) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Umesh Yadav, 168/9- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201714.20 IST: WICKET! Mohammed Shami strikes. Edged and taken! Good length outside off, Sandakan looks to force it through the off side again but this time he gets an edge. Saha goes to his right and takes a good catch in front of first slip. That is the third wicket for Shami! Sri Lanka still trail by 186. Sri Lanka 135, 166/8 (68.3 overs) vs India 487advertisement14.10 IST: FOUR! Punched! On a good length outside off, punched past the diving cover fielder for a boundary. He has continued to look good.3rd Test. 63.2: R Ashwin to N Dickwella (28), 4 runs, 150/7 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201713.45 IST: WICKET! Perera, what have you done? A tossed up delivery outside off, Perera is enticed to go for the big shot. He doesn’t hold back, goes for the slog and skies it towards deep mid-wicket. Pandya runs to his right, settles under the ball and pouches it safely. A needless shot really. Sri Lanka 135, 138/7 (59.3 overs) vs India 4873rd Test. 57.4: R Ashwin to MDK Perera (7), 4 runs, 134/6 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 20173rd Test. 56.2: K Yadav to N Dickwella (13), 4 runs, 126/6 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201713.29 IST: NOT OUT! Tossed up ball around middle, Perera looks to defend off the front foot but the ball slides in through the defense, hits his pad and goes to first slip. On an appeal by the Indians, it is ruled out. Perera reviews it immediately. Snicko showed that the ball missed the bat clearly. Hawk Eye was summoned for LBW, which showed the ball to be missing the stumps.13.21 IST: WICKET! Sri Lanka lose Mathews as well as a review. And it’s the missed sweep that brings his downfall. Tossed up ball around off and spinning. Mathews got down to sweep, but the ball was too fall and he couldn’t make any contact with the ball. The ball struck his pad, the Indians appealed, which the umpire upheld. Sri Lanka 135, 118/6 (54 overs) vs India 4873rd Test. 52.5: K Yadav to N Dickwella (6), 4 runs, 116/5 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 20173rd Test. 52.1: K Yadav to A Mathews (34), 4 runs, 111/5 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201713.07 IST: WICKET! There comes the breakthrough! Kuldeep bowls it on middle and leg, Chandimal looks to nudge it through mid-wicket. Gets it off his pads and goes straight to Pujara at short leg. That is a wicket gifted by the Sri Lankan captain. Second time he has played one straight into the hands of the fielder. Kuldeep helps India break the 65-run stand. Sri Lanka still trail by 248 runs. Sri Lanka 135, 104/5 (50.3 overs) vs India 48713.00 IST: SIX! Glorious! More air on that ball around off, Mathews charges down to the pitch of the ball and clobbers it straight over the sightscreen for a maximum. Sri Lanka 135, 101/4 vs India 4873rd Test. 47.5: R Ashwin to D Chandimal (35), 4 runs, 95/4 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201712.52 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews in fifty-run stand for the fifth wicket. Sri Lanka 135, 89/4 vs India 48712.39 IST: The men who matter stride out in the middle. Chandimal and Mathews will resume their grind with the bat, while Kuldeep Yadav will start the probe with the ball.advertisementDay 3: Lunch – Sri Lanka trail by 270 runs, SL 135 & 82/4 (42.0 Ovs) Chandimal 26*, Mathews 17*. #SLvIND Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) August 14, 201712.02 IST: LUNCH! 29 overs, 63 runs, 3 wickets – These are the numbers that matter for this session. India started on the right note by sending back the overnight batsmen back to the hut early. Shami bowled a probing spell and the hosts were left searching for answers. They would find solace from the fact that they didn’t end up losing a cluster of wickets to him in that spell. Chandimal and Mathews have done well to guard their wickets since drinks. Join us in a while for the resumption of the Lankan vigil as they stand 270 runs behind India at this moment.3rd Test. 39.6: U Yadav to D Chandimal (24), 4 runs, 79/4 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201711.36 IST: NOT OUT! There hasn’t been a single successful review in this Test so far! Good length delivery outside off, Mathews hangs back and looks to let it go initially. However, he ends up poking at it. There is a sound as the ball goes past the outside edge of the bat. Saha moves to his right and takes it. Virat Kohli consults with his teammates and opts to go for the DRS. Time for the replays. The Snickometer shows a bit of spike but there is daylight between bat and ball. The Ultra Edge comes into play. No movement in that and the on-field call has to be upheld. Mathews survives!10.50 IST: FOUR! STREAKY STROKE! A tad fuller around off, Mathews pushes at it without any feet movement. The ball takes the edge and rolls in the gap between the gully and the slip cordon for a boundary.10.42 IST: WICKET! Shami gets his revenge! Mendis has to walk back now. Length ball around off and middle, angling in to the batsman. He looks to flick but misses and gets a rap on the pads. Once that happens, the appeal and the finger-raising is just a formality, which is completed to end his stay at the crease. Sri Lanka 135, 39/4 (22.5 overs) vs India 48710.41 IST: FOUR! Beautifully played. Shorter delivery outside off, Mendis goes on to the back foot and punches it to the left of point for a boundary. Good to see this.10.32 IST: WICKET! The wonderful seam position from Shami yields him a wicket now. Length ball, slightly on the fuller side just outside off, Pushpakumara just goes for the drive and ends up edging the ball which Saha gobbles up. Too good a delivery to a nightwatchman. Sri Lanka 135, 34/3 (20.2 overs) vs India 4873rd Test. 17.2: R Ashwin to K Mendis (4), 4 runs, 30/2 #SLvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 201710.11 IST: WICKET! Excellent delivery to get early in the morning. Ashwin tosses it around off, which the batsman had to play. Karunaratne gets on to the back foot and pokes his bat at that. The extra bounce means that the ball takes his gloves and lobs straight in to the waiting hands of Rahane at first slip. Sri Lanka 135, 26/2 vs India 487advertisementWords of wisdom for @hardikpandya7 from bowling coach Bharat Arun #TeamIndia #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2017Team talk! Coach @RaviShastriOfc at it #TeamIndia #SLvIND BCCI (@BCCI) August 14, 2017India are in firm control of the match and need nine wickets in three days to down hosts Sri Lanka in the third and final Test to sweep the series. It will be historic as no other Indian team in the past has achieved the feat on foreign soil.Sri Lanka, on the other hand, face their biggest test of surviving against the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav on a pitch that’s turning square. They are still 333 runs behind India’s first innings total of 487 after ending the second day on 19/1. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who scored a century in the previous match, and nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara will start the new day at the crease on unbeaten 12 and 0 not out.India’s bowlers left Sri Lanka staring at a big defeat and a series whitewash after another shambolic batting performance saw the hosts being bundled out for 135 in their first innings in the third and final Test on Sunday.Opening batsman Upul Tharanga made seven before he chopped Umesh Yadav onto his stumps for his second dismissal in the day. Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 12 with nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara yet to score.India fast bowler Mohammed Shami did the early damage to Sri Lanka’s first innings by dismissing both openers cheaply before left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav ran through the middle and lower order with four wickets for 40.last_img read more

I-League: Mohun Bagan return to winning ways against Aizawl FC in Kolkata

first_imgMohun Bagan finally snapped their four-match winless run as new coach Sankar Lal Chakraborty took charge of the club for the first, with a 2-0 victory at home over defending champions Aizawl FC at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday.Masih Saighani gifted an own goal to the ‘Mariners’ in the 54th minute, as Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka won the game in the 75th minute for the home side. With the win, Mohun Bagan rose to the fourth spot in the I-League table.After replacing Sanjoy Sen as head coach, Sankar Lal Chakraborty made six changes to his playing XI from the last game. Cameron Watson made his debut, as he led a new-look midfield as Arijit Bagui returned from injury and skipper Kinshuk Debnath was recalled.The title-holders playing their sixth match of the season had four changes of their own. David Lalrinmuana was dropped from the matchday squad and Alfred Jaryan was rightly replaced with the armband on.  William Lalnufela led the line as Syhlo ‘Mama’ Malsawmtluanga made his first start in the I-League.ALSO WATCHDipendu Dowary, one of the recalled members under Chakraborty missed the target in the eighth minute when Bagui’s cross was dummied off by Aser Dipanda inside the box.Dum Dum Dicka Dicka! �?�️#HeroILeague #MBvAFC Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) January 7, 2018Kareem Omolaja sent in a chill into the Mohun Bagan defence’s spine when his long ranger hit the woodwork in the thirteenth minute with Shilton Paul having no chance to stop that ambitious shot.advertisementWhile Mohun Bagan were wasteful as they failed to convert innumerable chances set up by Arijit Bagui. Dipanda squandered a golden chance to break the deadlock in the 22nd minute as Avilash Paul had come off his box to clear a ball and he played it off from Nikhil Kadam but missed the target in front of an open net.Kadam himself missed three attempts on goal as he was entrusted with the set-piece duties. His left-footed efforts did create some kind of opening but the solid defensive pairing of Omolaja and Saghani held on.Malsawmtluanga pulled off a blinding goalline clearance as Raynier’s corner-kick was headed in by Eze Kingsley. Both teams headed into the break goalless.The mariners �??��??�#HeroILeague #MBvAFC Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) January 7, 2018The Reds had the first chance post the lemon break. Leonce Dodoz’s cross into the box had too much meat for William Lalnufela as he was failed by a horrible first-touch to control the ball in front of Paul.However, it was Masih Saighani’s moment of madness that handed Mohun Bagan the lead in the 54th minute. Ricky Lallawmawma’s cross intended for a striker was guided into his own net by the Afghan defender.Ansumana Kromah then failed to head into the empty net, only hitting the crossbar from a clearance by Hmunmawia and Avilash off his line past the hour mark.Aizawl sacrificed William Lalnufela for an extra winger in Rochharzela as Leonce Dodoz was sent upfront. Impact showed immediately as the winger ran forward but failed to go past the last man from a ball played in by Lalthathanga Khawlhring.Substitute Sheikh Faiaz, brought in the first half for a misfiring Dowary had a few swipes at goal, with each of them going over the bar but with only fifteen minutes on the clock, Dipanda was successful to double the lead.last_img read more

IPL 2019 likely to be scheduled early to give India pre-World Cup rest

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 might be preponed keeping in mind the ICC World Cup next year, which begins on May 30 even as India play their first match against South Africa on June 6.The Indian team management, particularly captain Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, requested the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) to allow adequate rest to the fast bowlers for the World Cup in a meeting held last month.During the meeting in Hyderabad, Kohli suggested resting pacers, especially Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, from the entire IPL to keep them fresh for the World Cup.Mumbai Indians captain and India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma, along with the IPL management, were reluctant about the above suggestion and hence, the CoA might accommodate the same by beginning the IPL a bit early.According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, the IPL is likely to be scheduled for March 23. Cricinfo also states that IPL’s chief operating officer Hemang Amin is understood to have told CoA that the franchises will need to agree if Kohli’s request is to be implemented and that would be difficult.It is also understood that the two-member CoA, Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, also spoke to Kohli and Shastri about the team’s performances overseas despite being the No.1 Test side and also showed their displeasure over some of the grievances and demands put in by the team management and players.The CoA also came down strongly at Shastri for calling this Indian side the best travelling team of the last 15 years. CoA were clear that it is for the people to judge and not for the India coach to state.advertisement”Ravi initially started off by saying that the Indian media always criticises its own players and how this is one of the best ever teams in the last 15 years,” an official present in the meeting told news agency PTI.”When Ravi went on about how great this current team is, one of the COA members just cut him short.”The COA member told him, ‘Let’s stick to the agenda of the meeting and discuss Australia tour policies. You don’t decide if the team is the best travelling side in the world. Let people be the judge’,” the official said.The meeting was attended by COA chief Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji, CEO Rahul Johri, IPL COO Hemang Amin, GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim along with Kohli, Shastri, Rohit, Rahane and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.According to ESPNCricinfo, BCCI is also looking into the chances of organising the IPL in India next year but a final call can only be taken when the Central Election Commission announces the dates of the General Elections.For the same, BCCI has already taken stock of South Africa if the IPL is indeed to be organised outside India.last_img read more

Real Kashmir players anxious over communications crackdown, lose touch with families

first_imgFor the Real Kashmir Football Club, known as the Snow Leopards, this has been a tough week, which is saying something for a team based in one of the most militiarised regions of the world where stone pelting and the sound of gunfire are regular occurrences.Kashmiri members of the team, which plays in India’s top men’s league, have lost contact with their families since leaving Srinagar on Monday to head to Kolkata to play in the Durand Cup, the oldest football tournament in Asia.Their departure coincided with a major crackdown by the Indian government, including the arrival of tens of thousands more troops in Kashmir, the detention of hundreds of local leaders and activists, the severing of phone and internet links, and a curfew-like ban on most movement by local residents.The clampdown was intended to prevent security problems, such as rioting, as the government announced on Monday that it would move to end Jammu and Kashmir state’s right to set some of its own laws. That means outsiders will now be allowed to buy property there and residents will lose their rights to state government jobs and college places.”Once we landed, we tried frantically to talk to our homes but none of the Kashmiri players have been able to do that till now,” said Mohammed Hammad, a defender in the team.They have been stuck like many Kashmiris, both in and outside the region, with no means to check in on loved ones living in Kashmir at a particularly sensitive time, just before the Eid-al-Adha holiday on Monday. The blackout has now lasted almost five days.advertisementThe anxiety was so great that the owner of the team, Sandeep Chattoo, returned to Kashmir on Thursday to reassure their families and to ask for the army’s help in getting some phone or Internet links with the players set up.”We are taking care to ensure that the family members of the players are given curfew passes in Kashmir and their welfare looked after,” said Chattoo. “This will help restore the players’ confidence in the team management.”The team’s squad only has five Kashmiri players, plus six foreign players and several from other parts of India. Much of the management and backroom team are from Kashmir, though the coach David Robertson is from Scotland.As to their performance on the field, that has been good despite the concerns about what was happening back home.They beat I-League champions Chennai City 1-0 in their first Group C game on Wednesday. Next up on Saturday in the four-team group are Army Green, one of the Indian army’s teams. The top team in each of the four groups goes into the semi-finals.Also Read | Premier League made big mistake by closing transfer window early: Mauricio PochettinoAlso See:last_img read more

Silva: Foden can replace me at Man City

first_imgDavid Silva has backed Phil Foden to fill his boots when he leaves Manchester City at the end of next season, saying the 19-year-old reminds him of his younger self.Former Spain international Silva announced his decision to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of 2019-20, which will be his tenth and final campaign for the Premier League champions.Foden has made 38 first-team appearances during his two seasons in Pep Guardiola’s senior squad and his performances have seen him earmarked as a star of the future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Silva sung Foden’s praises as he discussed his departure from City, telling reporters: “I’m sure he’s going to be a fantastic player. He’s a very nice man and he will be a good replacement for me.”Apart from his natural skills, he’s a very competitive person. He always wants to win and that makes a very good footballer.”When you’re young, you always ask people with experience. I’ve given him lots of advice, like how to move on the pitch. He’s taken the information in and he’s getting better day by day.”He reminds me of myself when I was young — especially how he is as a person. He’s very quiet but always there, competing. He hates losing.”The best advice I can give him is always stay calm. Whatever happens in football, the highs and lows, always keep calm.” Silva’s announcement comes in the wake of Vincent Kompany’s decision to swap City for his boyhood club Anderlecht, where he will be player-manager next season.Speaking at the launch of a campaign to stop domestic violence in his native Gran Canaria, Silva spoke about the challenge that awaits his club in replacing the man who won four Premier Leagues, two FA Cups and four EFL Cups during his 11 years as a City player.”It’s going to be very difficult to replace a player like Vinnie, on the pitch and off it,” said Silva, who has made 396 appearances for City, scoring 70 goals.”He was an excellent warrior for City. But with the new generation we will find another one, another Vinnie.”You always need experienced footballers around to help you. But City’s future is in safe hands with Bernardo [Silva], Raheem [Sterling], Leroy [Sane] and Phil there.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A20 goes on sale today: Price, specs and how to buy in India

first_imgSamsung Galaxy A20 goes on sale today: Price, specs and how to buy in IndiaThe Galaxy A20 is Samsung’s latest Galaxy A-series phone that was announced in India last week. The Galaxy A20 will go on sale for the first time on April 8 with a price tag of Rs 12,490. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 09:18 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A20 is priced at Rs 12,490 and comes with 3GB of RAM.The Galaxy A20 touts a Super AMOLED display and 4,000mAh battery.The Galaxy A20 will be available via e-commerce platforms and offline retail stores.Samsung’s newest Galaxy A-series smartphone, the Galaxy A20, will go on sale in India for the first time today. The company announced the Galaxy A20 last week as an affordable mid-range smartphone that touts a Super AMOLED display, 3D glasstic design, ultra wide-angle camera and a large battery, among other things. The Galaxy A20 falls in between the Galaxy A10 and Galaxy A30 as far as pricing is concerned.The Galaxy A20 is priced at Rs 12,490 and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Samsung announced that the Galaxy A20 will be available starting April 8 on the Samsung e-Store, Samsung Opera House, leading e-commerce platforms and retail stores across the country. At the time of writing this story, the Galaxy A20 was yet to be listed on e-commerce stores or Samsung’s official website.In terms of specifications, the Galaxy A20 offers a lot of the same features as the Galaxy M20. It sports a 6.4-inch HD+ (1560×720) Infinity-V Super AMOLED display. Like most other Samsung phones in this segment this year, the Galaxy A20 gets a waterdrop notch to reduce bezels and offer an immersive display.The Galaxy A20 gets a 3D glasstic rear panel that is being offered in Red, Black and Blue colours. The rear panel sees a fingerprint sensor and a dual camera setup. The camera system includes a 13MP f/1.9 primary sensor and a 5MP f/2.2 sensor with ultra wide-angle lens. The waterdrop notch on the front houses an 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture.advertisementPowering the Galaxy A20 is a familiar 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7884 chipset, which is the same SoC inside the Galaxy A10. While the phone comes with 32GB of internal storage, you can expand it by up to 512GB via a microSD card. Notably, the Galaxy A20 ships with with Android Pie-based One UI, which means you get a new interface designed for easier one-handed use and Night Mode, among other things. The Galaxy A20 supports 15W fast charging over Type-C and houses a 4,000mAh battery.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A90 concept video and specs show up: Rotating 48MP camera, 6.7-inch display and moreGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A20last_img read more

Bolt and Colours Very Popular in China

first_img The name Usain Bolt, the Jamaican colours and the national symbols are instantly recognizable Name recognition has incredible potential for Jamaican tourism Story Highlights For a few brief hours, businessman Hugh Graham of Paramount Chemicals knew what it felt like to be an international celebrity.Mr. Graham, who was one of several businessmen accompanying Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on her recent visit to Beijing, China, found himself surrounded by quite a large group of friendly Chinese, in the middle of Tiananmen Square, who simply wanted to take a picture with him dressed in his black, green and gold Jamaican shirt.There was no language barrier as they repeated time after time, “Bolt”, almost with reverence. Soon a long line was formed as repeatedly he patiently posed for photographs. Noticing the line getting longer and starting to feel tired, he made good his escape.“That was a real good feeling, a real moment of feeling proud to be a Jamaican and a deep respect and understanding of what people like Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser (Pryce) did when they came to Beijing in 2008,” Mr. Graham said, a few days later in an interview with JIS News.From the Chinese capital of Beijing to the busy metropolis of Shanghai and right across the world’s most populous country, the name Usain Bolt, the Jamaican colours and the national symbols are instantly recognizable.This was confirmed by Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Yang Xiong, who informed the Prime Minister on her official visit to his city on August 24, that “Jamaica is actually a very familiar name to the Shanghai people because of two things, coffee and sprint athlete Bolt.”Businessman and Chairman, Jamaica Fire Brigade, Jalil Dabdoub, believes this name recognition has incredible potential for Jamaican tourism.  “Just the fact that we are from Jamaica, it is almost like we are celebrities immediately. We are treated at a much higher level than you would normally see and I have been coming here for 25 years and I have seen the changes ever since Bolt won the (2008) Olympics,” he said.Mr. Dabodoub, who was with Mr. Graham during his trip to Tiananmen Square, believes  the time is ripe for Chinese investment in tourism as well as the aggressive promotion of Jamaica as a destination for the thousands of Chinese who travel abroad each year.It is a view shared by Jamaica’s Ambassador to China, His Excellency Ralph Thomas. Both men however, point to one main barrier, the current visa restriction.“When the people came to us about tourism, they were saying that the difficulty that they had in terms of getting visa to get to Jamaica was one of the things that have been holding them back and I think that once that goes, once that opens up, we are going to see a lot of other areas (open up) with it,” Mr. Dabdoub said.Ambassador Thomas explains that with the Jamaican Embassy located in Beijing, the country’s capital, it can be quite expensive and time consuming for residents in other cities to acquire a visa to the island.He supports the call for the removal of visa requirements. “My view of it is that visa abolition is something that could cause many visitors to come to Jamaica,” said Ambassador Thomas.He further points out that with the rise of personal incomes in China, more persons are travelling to far destinations, are staying longer and spending more. Currently, Jamaica receives less than one per cent of its visitors from China.The Ambassador may get his wish. On the final day of her trip to China, the Prime Minister informed that the Government will be revisiting the visa issue. “When we get back to Jamaica, working with your Ambassador to Jamaica, and our Ambassador to China, we are going to be looking at the whole question of the visa situation, so that Jamaica will be able to welcome more Chinese visitors,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said in a meeting with the Shanghai Mayor.She pointed out that with the number of Chinese visiting other countries, “there is no reason that with our strong history and bond of friendship, Chinese visitors should not be visiting Jamaica as well.”According to Mayor Yang, in the Caribbean, Jamaica falls second to neighbouring Cuba in terms of visitor arrivals from China.Statistics show that in 2012 the number of outbound Chinese tourists was some 83,182,700, up 18.41 per cent when compared with 2011. They mostly visit the United States of America, Russia, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Maldives. They repeated time after time, “Bolt”, almost with reverencelast_img read more

Los Angeles Mission To Host End Of Summer Block Party

first_imgThe Los Angeles Mission has a serious reason for the End of Summer Block Party. But don’t tell the kids. They think it’s just for fun.It’s a giant street fair on 5th Street for children – with food, games, prizes, crafts, face painting, bounce houses, giant inflatable slide, dunk tank and more. Children who live in the area will have a day of carefree summer play.But the Mission wants kids to stay in school and graduate. The Mission believes education is a key variable in ending chronic homelessness in future generations. Commands of language and mathematics along with other skills are critical to future employment a fundamental of housing independence.To help each school aged child will receive a backpack full of the school supplies necessary to succeed in class.And this year, Soles4Souls and BOBS from Skechers will be making kids-size shoes available for the young participants.Celebrities and political leaders will join hundreds of other volunteers to help serve the nearly 3,000 kids and their families who will attend. Approximately 1,000 backpacks of school supplies and shoes will be distributed to school-aged children. Scheduled to appear: Donald Faison (the Exes), CaCee Cobb (Jessica Simpson, the Price of Beauty), Janel Parrish (Dirty Little Liars), Brandon Molale (True Blood), and more.Families who receive backpacks won’t have to decide between food and school supplies for their children. The Los Angeles Mission, along with US Bank, In-N-Out Burger, King Taco, Jackson Hewitt, Amcor and many others make the event possible. New shoes for the children were made available by Soles4Souls and BOBS from Skechers.The End of Summer Block Party gives children who often experience fear, hunger, health issues and stress on a daily basis a chance to spend the day just being a kid!WHEN: SATURDAY August 25, 2012, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PMWHERE: Los Angeles Mission, 303 East 5th Street (on the corner of 5th and Wall Street), Los Angeles, CA 90013.last_img read more

Russell Simmons Attends National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives 40th Anniversary

first_imgRussell Simmons attended the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) 40th Anniversary Annual Training Conference last week.Russell Simmons, co-founder of RushCard, addresses 1,200 law enforcement executives at NOBLE’s 40th Annual Training ConferenceCredit/Copyright: Griffin Smith for Griffin Vision PhotographySimmons addressed 1,200 Law Enforcement Executives at the luncheon and spoke at NOBLE’s 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference.Russell Simmons addresses attendees at NOBLE’s 15th Annual Youth Leadership Conference Credit/Copyright: Griffin Smith for Griffin Vision PhotographySimmons also met privately with NOBLE’s Executive Board and police chiefs from across the country.last_img read more

G Grant Machum appointed ViceChair of Telefilm Canadas Board

first_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTREAL, March 22, 2017 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that G. Grant Machum, Chair of the Nominating, Evaluation and Governance Committee, has been named Vice-Chair of its Board. Mr. Machum replaces Elise Orenstein, whose mandate ended in December 2016.“We are delighted with this nomination,” said Michel Roy, Telefilm Canada’s Chair. “Over the last nine years, Grant Machum has been an invaluable member of the Board, providing steady stewardship and ensuring the sound governance of both the Board and the organization.”G. Grant Machum added: “I couldn’t be more honoured. This year, Telefilm Canada celebrates its 50th anniversary, and over these last five decades, the Canadian audiovisual industry has matured into a vital sector of activity at home and abroad. I am proud of the work we do to grow and support this industry, both today and in the future.” Hailing from Halifax, Mr. Machum is a partner of Stewart McKelvey, a leading Atlantic Canada law firm. He has served in various leadership roles, including head of the Labour and Employment Group. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society, the Law Society of New Brunswick and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He represents clients from across Canada and has expertise in board governance.A graduate of Dalhousie University (Bachelor of Commerce) and the University of New Brunswick (LL.B.), Mr. Machum has served on numerous boards and is past Chair and Board member of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University where he also served as Chair of Governance and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. Other current board appointments include Prescott Group, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Advisory Committee for Grafton Connor Group.About Telefilm Canada – Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Thundershower predicted in parts of Bengal today

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore has predicted thundershower in some South Bengal districts as well as parts of North Bengal, on Monday.According to a senior official of the MeT office, there may be intermittent rainfall in the evening hours in several parts of South Bengal, particularly in the Western districts, due to the impact of Nor’wester. There is a prediction of heavy rainfall in North Bengal on Monday. The intensity of rainfall may go up in some districts of North Bengal on Tuesday. People in the districts of West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Birbhum, Bankura and Purulia may witness gusty wind accompanying the rain. In case of South Bengal the situation may improve from Tuesday, a weather expert predicted. “A low pressure trough has been created over Bay-of-Bengal, which will bring some rainfall in various parts of South Bengal. The low pressure zone is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the surface,” a senior official from the MeT office said. The weather office also said that people will get some respite from the scorching summer heat as the temperature may drop by a few notches following the rains. During daytime, the humidity remains high in various South Bengal districts including the city, as a result of which people are witnessing a high level of discomfort. It may be mentioned here that mercury has started soaring in the past couple of days. The temperature may hover around 25-30 degree Celsius in various districts during daytime. The sky may remain overcast in some parts of South Bengal, including the city, on Monday afternoon. However, there may be moderate to heavy rainfall in some parts of North Bengal. It may be mentioned here that rains accompanied by thunderstorm lashed some parts of North Bengal on Sunday morning.last_img read more

Duesling departs for Brant County

Norfolk’s general manager of development and cultural services will assume new responsibilities in Brant County next month.Pam Duesling was appointed general manager last year. Prior to that, she was Norfolk’s manager of community planning.“My last day will be Sept. 3 in Norfolk County,” Duesling said Thursday. “My new position will be a lateral move as the general manager of development services.”Norfolk County will turn its attention to filling the vacancy created by Duesling’s departure once it taps someone to serve as interim chief administrative officer.At a special meeting this week, Norfolk council agreed to hire an interim CAO to take the place of Harry Schlange, who moves on to become the CAO of the Town of Grimsby after Labour Day. Norfolk council went into closed session Wednesday to discuss potential candidates.“We will be appointing a new interim CAO — more to come,” Mayor Kristal Chopp said in an email. “It will be his role to build his own team and fill that position and determine whether or not we will need some structural changes to that department.” read more

UN environment agency recognises three students for contributions to sustainable innovation

At a ceremony in Leverkusen Germany, UNEP declared Adriana Maria Villalobos Delgado of Costa Rica, Mwanyuma Hope Mugambi of Kenya and Dang Huyn Mai Anh of Viet Nam this year’s recipients of the Young Environmental Leader Award for their impactful environmentalist projects.“All of the 2012 Young Environmental Envoys clearly demonstrate that young people across the world have the motivation, creativity and knowledge to provide concrete solutions to the world’s most critical environmental challenges,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said at the award presentation, held on Saturday. The laureates were selected on the final day of the Young Environmental Envoy Programme, a week-long programme co-organized by UNEP and pharmaceutical company Bayer, which brought together close to 50 young leaders from 19 developing countries for a study tour in Germany.Ms. Delgado, a 20-year-old chemistry student at Costa Rica’s Universidad Nacional, pioneered a system for extracting active ingredients for medicine from discarded shrimp shells in an effort to introduce more effect methods of waste management to her country’s shrimping sector. Ms. Mugambi, a 23-year-old student of environmental sciences in Mombasa, developed a project combining the artisanal skills of local Kenyan women with the growing supply of discarded polythene bags littering her city’s streets as well as the municipal dump. She and her team of volunteers brought in local women to sew purses, bags and table mats from the plastic bags found in the community, providing the women with marketable skills as well as a source of income through the sale of their products. Dang Huyn Mai Anh, meanwhile, developed an innovative approach to educating Viet Nam’s households in reducing their energy consumption. After extensive research, the 20-year-old business administration student from Ho Chi Minh City designed, produced and distributed a ‘Green Book for Housewives’ providing valuable information on the economic savings that private households can make through efficient energy usage.“With the right kind of support, these innovative projects can be scaled up and replicated elsewhere, thus providing an important contribution to an inclusive, low carbon, resource efficient green economy, which is vital if the world is to meet the resource needs of a global population of nine billion by 2050,” Mr. Steiner added. Since its founding, the UNEP programme has accepted over 500 young innovators from around the world to partake in the study tour. The programme now covers a wide range of countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Venezuela, and Viet Nam. read more

In wake of attacks UN calls on Libyans to support legitimate institutions

In a news release, UNSMIL called on all Libyans “to rally around their legitimate institutions, both civilian and military, to enable them to carry out their duties of ensuring security and stability.”According to media reports, Libyan special forces clashed with gunmen outside a military base in the country’s second largest city during overnights attacks on Saturday, killing six soldiers and injuring at least five others.Earlier this month, some 20 people were killed and nearly 80 wounded when a militia, also in Benghazi, opened fire on a group of protesters.UNSMIL condemned the attacks, expressing deep regret for the loss of life, and urged Libyans to “reject violence in all its forms and all acts of retaliation. The Mission reiterates the necessity of resolving disagreements peacefully and through dialogue.” read more

Jordan Spieth Forgot How To Putt

In other words, up until his caddie, Michael Greller, pulls his Scotty Cameron Circle T 009 from the bag, Spieth is generally where he has been in recent years: ahead of the field. Only then, however, does Spieth transform into Judge Elihu Smails.“Everyone goes through peaks and valleys of results in any part of your game, and I just got a little off in setup (with the putter),” Spieth said this week. “I’m really starting to bring it back now. It feels very good.”Top golfers often get put into two categories: those who win with the putter and those who win despite the putter. But a closer look at the numbers reveals that it’s not unusual for putting performance among top golfers to be inconsistent year to year. Take Phil Mickelson: He ranked between 40th and 70th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting from 2005 to 2008, fell to between 130th and 145th for the next three seasons, and then stormed back, ranking 11th in 2012 and tied for 5th in 2013. This season, Mickelson ranks second, behind only Jason Day. So it’s possible Spieth could get it back quickly.One can only hope. With so few scoring opportunities this weekend at wind-swept Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, in Southampton, N.Y. — there are only two par-5s and numerous unreasonably long holes on the 7,445-yard course, which boasts undulating, relentless greens — putting will no doubt be crucial. Since the turn of the century, no major has a higher average score to par than the U.S. Open.And if Spieth wants to start winning again, he’ll need to correct his putting problems. A strong showing at Shinnecock Hills, one of the toughest courses out there, would go a long way for his confidence — and for his fans. A week later, Spieth missed a 1-foot putt at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament. “You’ve got to be joking” was the reaction from one broadcaster.As the season whirls into its second half, the yips haven’t subsided for Spieth on the green, where he ranks 190th out of 205 qualified players in strokes gained with the putter, a metric that measures each shot a player takes based on how much it reduces his expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. Considering that Spieth ranked no worse than 42nd in the metric in each season from 2014 to 2017, even ranking in the top 10 in 2015 and 2016, this precipitous decline is perplexing.Spieth doesn’t discriminate, either; he misses putts of all lengths. He ranks outside the top 140 in putts inside of 5 feet, putts from 5 to 10 feet, putts from 10 to 15 feet, putts from 15 to 20 feet and putts from 20 to 25 feet. On putts exceeding 25 feet, Spieth ranks a cool 91st.These marks are made starker by the fact that he’s still performing at an incredibly high level in other areas of his game. It’s as though Kyle Korver suddenly forgot how to shoot free throws but the rest of his arsenal was left intact. Spieth ranks in the top 20 in strokes gained off the tee, strokes gained on shots approaching the green, strokes gained on shots around the green and strokes gained tee to green. Spieth’s putting slumpJordan Spieth’s average strokes gained per round for different aspects of his game, 2013-18 2014+0.03+0.29+0.26+0.40+0.98 2015+0.49+0.62+0.47+0.57+2.15 YearOff the teeApproach the greenWithin 30 yds. of the greenPuttingOverall 2017+0.28+0.91+0.37+0.32+1.87 2013+0.61+0.48+0.20+0.18+1.47 2016+0.40+0.15+0.26+0.76+1.57 Strokes gained represents number of strokes by which a player outperformed the field in each round.Source: PGA Tour 2018+0.55+0.63+0.36-0.44+1.10 Not too long ago, pundits and golfers alike were awestruck by the meteoric rise of Jordan Spieth. The charismatic Texan, who claimed three major championships before he turned 24, ostensibly was en route to perhaps the greatest professional golfing career ever recorded. A fresh-faced kid — who in 2015 confessed to never having heard of the “The Price is Right” — was conquering golf.“Take any field — finance, marketing, other sports, whatever — and few, if any, can boast as impressive of professional achievements as Spieth can in golf,” read a July 2017 article on the official PGA website.Spieth has regressed considerably this season, however. Sure, he made a valiant charge on the final day of the Masters in April. But he has as many missed cuts as top-10 finishes on the season and hasn’t ranked in the top 20 at any event over the past two months. With the U.S. Open scheduled to begin Thursday on Long Island in New York, it’s worth noting that at this juncture in each of the past three seasons, Spieth had claimed at least one victory on tour. This season, he has finished no higher than third at any of the 15 events in which he’s played.That diminished success can be traced to a singular element of Spieth’s game: putting. Perhaps no player on tour has put forth a better Happy Gilmore impression this season than Spieth, who has imploded on the greens.Consider, for example, Spieth’s infamous final-hole performance at the Players Championship last month. After lacing his tee shot into the water, Spieth managed to land his approach shot within 5 feet of the cup. Rather than drain a shot that tour players are making more than 81 percent of the time this season, Spieth three-putted. The quadruple bogey dropped him from tied for 17th to tied for 41st. Average strokes gained read more

Pensioners urged to turn out for Dáil rally against Budget cuts

first_imgORGANISERS OF A rally being organised for outside the Dáil next Tuesday are hoping for a large turn-out, and they’re encouraging those taking part to “bring your colourful and imaginative banners and placards”.Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the massive demonstrations that followed the announcement of the 2008 Emergency Budget, which included both pensioners and students, the protest is being arranged by representative group The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament.Some of the most controversial measures announced on Tuesday as part of Budget 2014 will impact older people hardest: the lowering of the qualifying threshold for medical cards, the increase in the prescription charge to €2.50 and the scrapping of the bereavement grant.SIPTU is also lending its support to the protest effort, which takes place outside the gates of the Dáil at 1pm on Tuesday.According to the chairman of the union’s Retired Staff Countil, Frank Gannon, “Older people have been accused by media commentators of not having been hit by the austerity measures introduced by the current Government.“The fact is they have been hit by cuts that include those to Home Help care packages, respite care grants, the fuel support scheme, rising drug costs and soaring energy bills.“The loss of the death grant could drive vulnerable people into the hands of money lenders; increased prescription charges could see those with multiple illnesses having to make choices about what drugs to take and the lowering of the income threshold for medical cards means an estimated 35,000 people will lose their cards.”Some 15,000 older people and around 10,000 students took part in a rally outside the gates of Leinster House on 22 October 2008.Read: ‘What did older people ever do to you?’: Taoiseach quizzed over Budget 2014 >Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy – it’s scary >last_img read more

1980s crack baby scare overblown

first_imgRESEARCH IN TEENS adds fresh evidence that the 1980s “crack baby” scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.Some studies have linked pregnant women’s cocaine use with children’s behavior difficulties, attention problems, anxiety and worse school performance. But the effects were mostly small and may have resulted from other factors including family problems or violence, parents’ continued drug use and poverty, the researchers said.They reviewed 27 studies involving more than 5,000 11- to 17-year-olds whose mothers had used cocaine while pregnant. The studies all involved low-income, mostly black and urban families.The review, led by University of Maryland pediatrics researcher Maureen Black, was released online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.Widespread use of crack cocaine in the 1980s led to the “crack baby” scare, when babies born to crack users sometimes had worrisome symptoms including jitteriness and smaller heads. Studies at the time blamed prenatal drug use, suggested affected children had irreversible brain damage and predicted dire futures for them. These reports led to widespread media coverage featuring breathless headlines and heart-rending images of tiny sick newborns hooked up to hospital machines.“The field of prenatal cocaine exposure has advanced significantly since the misleading ‘crack baby’ scare of the 1980s,” the review authors said.In recent years experts have mostly discounted any link, noting that so-called crack babies often were born prematurely, which could account for many of their early symptoms. Studies that tracked children beyond infancy have failed to find any severe outcomes.In some studies included in the new review, crack-exposed teens had lower scores on developmental tests than other children but their scores were still within normal limits. Many studies found that the children’s family environment or violence were directly related to the teen’s performance regardless of whether their mothers had used cocaine during pregnancy, the researchers said.The government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that it’s tough to evaluate how drug use during pregnancy affects children’s development because so many other factors play a role, including prenatal care, mothers’ health and family environment.Finding love (or lust) in 4 minutes: The science of speed datingUniversity of Limerick scientists invent new metal to ‘significantly reduce patient trauma’last_img read more