Veteran Socialist leader and former Maharashtra minister Bhai Vaidya passes away

first_imgPune: Veteran socialist leader and former Maharashtra minister Bhai Vaidya passed away on Monday evening after prolonged illness. He was 89 and had been admitted to Poona Hospital for treatment for pancreatic cancer.Born on June 22, 1928, in Dapode village in Pune’s Velhe Tehsil, Vaidya was among the last in the fading constellation of socialist leaders. renowned for probity in public life. He was a staunch adherent of socialist values and ideals and was president of the revamped Socialist Party of India in 2011. He was mayor of Pune in 1974-75 and Minister of state for home in Sharad Pawar’s cabinet between 1978-80.Swept in the flush and enthusiasm of the 1942 Quit India movement, Vaidya had his first brush with political activism before he turned 15. In an age of corruption and compromised political ideals, he stood above the squalor of petty realpolitik, maintaining his dignity through his rectitude and near-legendary honesty.He endured prison several times during his political career of more than six decades, most notably while serving as Pune’s Mayor in the mid-1970s when he defied Emergency and staged a massive protest march.last_img read more

1 killed, 2 hurt in clash between two groups in W.B.

first_imgOne person was killed and two others were injured in North Dinajpur district on Sunday after a clash broke out allegedly between supporters of two political parties, the police said.The incident happened at Kamalgach village under the jurisdiction of the Chopra police station, the police said.While Ashok Roy, Congress’ Chopra block president, claimed that the deceased person was a supporter of the party and alleged that Trinamool Congress workers had attacked him, the Trinamool Congress MLA of Chopra, Hamidul Rahman, said workers of his party were not involved in the incident.The deceased has been identified as Md Samiruddin (42), a local resident, a police officer said, adding that both the injured were taken to a primary health centre in Dalua.They were later shifted to Uttarbanga Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri and Islampur sub-divisional hospital in Islampur respectively, the police officer said.An investigation has been initiated, the police officer said, adding a suo motu case has been registered.last_img read more

Arum open to Pacquiao-Matthysse but not in April

first_imgFILE – This file photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows boxing promoter Bob Arum gesturing while speaking at a press conference for boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTOTop Rank chief Bob Arum is open to the possibility of making a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse of Argentina happen.Just don’t expect it to happen soon with Arum planning to pit Pacquiao against a different opponent in Mike Alvarado for the Filipino boxing icon’s scheduled ring return on April 14. Alvarado is also promoted by Top Rank.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City READ: Pacquiao wants Matthysse; Arum picks AlvaradoIn an interview with BoxingScene.com, Arum said a Pacquiao-Matthysse bout is “something that he’s willing to explore in the future,” according to the story.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Well, [it wasn’t possible to do next] because nobody’s ever talked to Matthysse, about whether he’s ready [to even fight in April]. I think some writer asked [Pacquiao] if he’d want to fight, and he said ‘yes,’” Arum explained in a separate interview. “Would he fight Matthysse down the road? Why not? But we were up against a deadline in April, so at that point not having talked to the opponent, it was a non-starter.”The potential duel surfaced after Matthysse called out Pacquiao among the top fighters he want to face this year following his eighth-round knockout of Tewa Kiram of Thailand last month at The Forum in Los Angeles where he won the WBA “regular” welterweight belt.center_img MOST READ The 39-year-old Pacquiao then, added fuel to Matthysse’s comments in a interview with the Manila Bulletin a week ago.“I want Matthysse,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin. “This is the fight that I like… a fight fans would also like to see. I can fight in April or even May.”Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t fought since yielding the WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn in a controversial decision last July in Brisbane, Australia.If the fight eventually comes to fruition later in the year, it promises to be no cakewalk for Pacquiao with the 35-year-old Matthyse armed with knockout power, having won 36 of his 44 fights by stoppage against four losses.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program View commentslast_img read more

Coach’s choking gesture fires up Pons in win over NU

first_imgLOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua responded by choking himself with one of the warmers that was draped on his bench.READ: FEU ends NU’s streak, gets share of second spotFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That could’ve been a crucial point for us,” said Pascua in Filpino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “It’s okay if we lost on kills, just not on service errors. So that was my reaction, and I didn’t even see it on TV.”Although Pascua didn’t see his antics on the replay monitor, Pons saw her mentor commit the gesture live. “I saw it because I was the one who committed the mistake,” said Pons laughing. “That was a crucial one because we were already in the 20s, and the service error really shifts the momentum. NU didn’t even give an effort to score, so when that happened I had the drive to get that point back.”Pons made up for her mistake as she  led the Lady Tamaraws to the 25-22, 25-27, 25-13, 25-20 triumph which put them at a 4-2 record and snapped the Lady Bulldogs’ five-game winning streak.FEU gained a share of the second spot with Ateneo and De La Salle while NU stayed in first place with a 5-1 card.Pons finished with a game-high 18 points, five more than NU star Jaja Santiago, and 11 excellent receptions.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Carlos, Molde relish scoring roles for Lady Maroons Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a gesture borne out of frustration, but Bernadeth Pons saw her head coach’s antics as fuel to lead Far Eastern University in a four set win over erstwhile unbeaten National University in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.FEU trailed NU 22-20 in the second set when Bernadeth Pons threw away a point with a service error and gave the Lady Tamaraws enough momentum to get the period, 27-25, and tie the sets at one apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Footballer Deepak Mondal finally gets the Arjuna

first_imgHaving been overlooked twice after being nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award, footballer Deepak Mondal wasn’t optimistic of receiving the honour when he was informed of his nomination this time round.Deepak Mondal receives the Arjuna Award from President Pratibha Patil.But it proved to be third time lucky for the central defender as he became the first footballer in eight years to receive the award.”I was speechless when I saw so many people cheering for me when I went up to collect my award. Although my parents couldn’t make it, my wife was there with me. I feel the hardwork that I have put in for 12 years bore fruit that day.”When I was receiving the award, my mind went into flashback mode, recollecting all my footballing memories right from the time I first kicked a ball,” he told Mail Today. Hailing from Noamundi in Pashchimi Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, Mondal took to the game at an early age.”We took to playing a game of football whenever we were bored of studying or doing household chores.”The fact that my father, a worker at Tata Iron and Steel Company (TISCO), played the game further fuelled the urge in me to play the game,” he said.”But it wasn’t until the age of 16 that I took a professional approach towards the game. It was during one of my U-16 national district matches that Ranjan Chowdhury, chief coach of Tata Football Academy (TFA), spotted me.” Mondal feels the time he spent at TFA not only polished his footballing skills, but also helped him in other aspects of life.advertisement”I joined TFA in 1995 and the time I spent there (till 1997) changed my overall approach towards life. Not only did I get the best facilities in the country, but also my academic needs were taken care of,” he said.Mondal credits his family for helping him reach a stage where his services were recognised with an Arjuna Award.”My hometown is a small mining town, TISCO runs the mines. During my childhood, TISCO used to organise a lot of football matches. So I used to participate in most of the matches. This is where my parents’ contribution come in. Although most parents ask their children to concentrate on studies, never did my parents discourage me from playing football.”The only advice that came from them was that I shouldn’t ignore my education as it would stand me in good stead in the future,” he said.The only regret he has is the lack of equipments he encountered before joining TFA. “I have been really content in life. But if I have to lament any particular situation, it was the lack of playing equipments which caused quite a problem. I used to play barefoot as I couldn’t afford football boots. I also played bare-chested on many an occasion as I didn’t have the money to buy football jerseys,” he said.Having played for more than 12 years for India-he debuted in 1998-Mondal feels the current team shares a lot more camaraderie, something which was absent in past teams.”Although I have learnt a lot from all my coaches-starting from Sukhwinder Singh in 1998 to Bob Houghton-I believe the main reason for this team’s success is the team spirit that we share. I felt really bad when Sunil Chhetri wasn’t given the Arjuna Award after being nominated,” he said.”But Chhetri should get disheartened as he still has age on his side and I am sure he will get the award in future.” The fact that Chhetri himself was more than happy that Mondal’s hardwork was being recognised ahead of his own bears testimony to the fact that this present team indeed has a lot of solidarity.last_img read more

When Shah Rukh Khan pulled ‘wannabe’ KJo’s leg on Twitter

first_imgWe all know that Shah Rukh Khan is gifted with tremendous sense of humour and intelligence and he never misses a chance to tease his friends and colleagues.The recent victim of Shah Rukh’s razor sharp wit was friend Karan Johar whom SRK taught football in an innovative way.Shah Rukh Khan with Karan Johar. File photoKaran Johar, like everybody, tweeted about FIFA World cup final, despite knowing nothing about the game, openly admitting himself to be a wannabe. Shah Rukh immediately responded to Karan’s amusement (or embarrasment), familiarising with the teams playing the finals in his inimitable style.Here’s the banter:@karanjohar it’s ok to accept.V all like what’s ‘happening’. Just so u know Germany in White Argentima in Blue. The round thing is the ball. SHAH RUKH KHAN (@iamsrk) July 13, 2014Not only SRK but the director too took digs at himself saying,”That awkward moment when your mother and aunt know more about a sport than you do….hanging my clueless head in shame!!!!”, and hashtagging ‘#iamabimbo’That awkward moment when your mother and aunt know more about a sport than you do….hanging my clueless head in shame!!!! Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 13, 2014Uff!!!!! And I kept thinking my mother has too many hygiene issues the amount of times she said Messi tonight!!!! #iamabimbo Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 13, 2014last_img read more

Korea Open: Parupalli Kashyap Beats Daren Liew To Keep Indian Charge Alive

first_imgIncheon: Parupalli Kashyap, the lone Indian in the fray at the Korea Open, defeated Daren Liew of Malaysia in a three-game thriller to qualify for the quarter-finals here on Thursday.Kashyap got the better of the Malaysian 21-17 11-21 21-12 in a 56-minute second round encounter. The 33-year-old will next be facing the winner of another Round of 16 match between Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia.Kashyap in the previous round had registered a comfortable 21-16, 21-16 win over Lu Chia Hung of Chinese Taipei in the 42-minute contest.On Wednesday, PV Sindhu lost in the first round, while Saina Nehwal was forced to retire. In the men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth too made an early exit.Sindhu won the first game comfortably but American shuttler Beiwen Zhang came back strongly to win the next two games. The Indian went down 21-7, 22-24, 15-21 in the 57-minute affair.London Olympic bronze medallist Saina was trailing 21-19, 18-21 and 1-8 against South Korea’s Kim Ga Eun before she was forced to retire.In the men’s singles, Praneeth was forced to retire midway in his first-round match against Anders Antonsen of Denmark. Praneeth had lost the first game 9-21 and was trailing 7-11 in the second when he chose to retire because of injury.There was also disappointment from the doubles event for India as the pairs comprising Manu Attri, B  Sumeeth Reddy and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty also lost their matches.While Attri and Reddy suffered a 21-16, 19-21, 21-18 defeat against the Chinese duo of Huang Kaixiang and Liu Cheng, Satwiksairaj and Chirag lost 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 to Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda.(With inputs from IANS) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. b sai praneethB Sumeeth ReddybadmintonChirag Shetty First Published: September 26, 2019, 10:09 AM ISTlast_img read more

Cardiff City is on a roll as they secure 2 players

first_imgHe’s big,He’s tall,He blocks the goal Smithies, Smithies,He joined us from the QPR Smithies,Smithies,From Loftus Road,To CCS,Alex Smithies knows what’s best,Alex Smithies Cardiff’s number _#CardiffCity#alexsmithies— Rhys Thomas (@Rhys542) June 28, 2018 Read also: FIFA World Cup 2018 : Japan eye top spot as Poland look to bow out on a high.FIFA World Cup 2018: Colombia Take On Senegal Knowing That A Loss Will Send Them Home AdvertisementPhoto Credits: cardiffcity.co.ukIts been a busy day for The Bluebirds so far. The Bluebirds have secured the services of Alex Smithies from QPR, signing the goalkeeper on a four-year deal.After transferring from QPR, Smithies has signed a four-year deal for a fee around the £4million mark included add-ons.#CardiffCity are delighted to confirm the signing of Alex Smithies from @QPR!👉 https://t.co/fqIu0NQ8NA #CityAsOne 🔵⚽️🔵⚽️ pic.twitter.com/jGyFt7UN8s— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) June 28, 2018And the second signing of the day has seen Bobby Reid put pen to paper on a four-year deal. He joins from Bristol City and moves across the Severn following a bid believed to be around £10million.#CardiffCity are delighted to confirm the signing of @BobbyReid93 from @BristolCity!👉 https://t.co/CGZnbqb59t#CityAsOne 🔵⚽️🔵⚽️ pic.twitter.com/0bThtRly7a— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) June 28, 2018Bristol City boss Lee Johnson — despite losing one of his star players to a rival club (and manager in Neil Warnock) has released this benevolent statement wishing Bobby Reid all the best:“I am naturally saddened with Bobby’s departure but he goes with our best wishes.“He has been with the club for 18 years and on a personal level, I am proud of his achievements. He is going to play Premier League football and that’s fantastic for him, he deserves it.“I would like to take this opportunity to give credit to Bobby’s rise, not only to the player, but every coach in the Academy and beyond that’s helped him be the player and person he is today.”Johnson on ReidBobby Reid was born and bred in Bristol and Robins fans are sad to see him leave – some are more angry than sad admittedly.But the new Cardiff City boy has left this heartfelt message for his old fans…I’ve got ambitions and aspirations I want to fulfil and one of those is the Premier League and I have an opportunity now to showcase my talent on the big stage.I want you to understand that for any other reason it wouldn’t have been that.It’s the Premier League and I may only get one opportunity to play there.I didn’t want to let that pass me and regret that in the future.The past 18 years since I was seven I’ve been with Bristol City and I’ve loved every single minute of it.I’ve shared every single moment with you and the memories we’ve made will live with me forever so I want to thank all for that.I gave everything on and off the field for the club, fans may hate me and fans may still like me.You’re all entitled to your own opinions and however you feel I’ll still love the club and will still be looking out for the results and hopefully the club can progress in the future.”Bobby ReidThe Bluebirds fans are genuinely happy with the two signings as was evident by their tweets:Best keeper I’ve seen at Rangers since Seaman, deserves a go in the PL. You don’t realise how good he his. Player of the season guaranteed. All the best Smivs.— All About R’s (@AllAboutRs1882) June 28, 2018 You have an amazing keeper there! Take care of him 😁— iTzSTU4RT (@iTzSTU4RT) June 28, 2018center_img Advertisement What did you, the readers, think of Cardiff City’s latest acquisitions? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Blackhawks Cook Ducks’ Goose, 5-3

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks dealt with Game 7 pressure in the same way they’ve handled just about everything during their incredible seven-year playoff run.Like champions.And after ending a remarkable Western Conference finals with a blowout victory, the Blackhawks get another chance to raise the Stanley Cup.Toews scored two goals in the opening minutes, Corey Crawford made 35 saves and Chicago roared into the Stanley Cup Finals with a 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on the night of May 30.Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook also scored for the Blackhawks, who will play for their third NHL championship in six seasons when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning beginning June 3 in Florida.After six games of tense hockey in an extraordinary series, Game 7 was an incongruous rout. Toews was responsible for it, burnishing his reputation for big-game brilliance with a rebound goal just 2:23 in and another power-play score before 12 minutes elapsed.“There was no easy games,” Toews said. “There was nothing given to us. There was no moments in this series were there any lulls, where we felt Anaheim maybe didn’t play their best hockey and we got away with it. We felt like we had to earn everything against that team. That was an incredible test for both teams.”Anaheim lost a Game 7 at home for the third straight season. The Ducks blew a 3-2 series lead each time, compounding the heartbreak for a talented team that hasn’t developed the postseason poise possessed by Chicago and other champions.“We took another step this year, going a round farther, but ultimately that Game 7 we’ve got to be able to finish,” Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf said. “They played better than us tonight. I’m not telling you they are a better team than us. We didn’t do enough to win.”The Blackhawks led 4-0 before Ryan Kesler scored late in the second period for the Ducks. Corey Perry scored for Anaheim with 8:24 to play, but Seabrook scored on a power play shortly afterward.Patrick Kane had three assists for Chicago, which won three of the series’ final four games to seize another Western Conference title — although the Blackhawks refused to touch the Campbell Bowl during an awkward post-game ceremony punctuated by fans throwing orange towels on the ice.The Blackhawks have defied conventional NHL parity to reach three Stanley Cup Finals and five conference finals in a seven-year stretch under coach Joel Quenneville. That’s because their stars are unmatched: From Toews and Kane to Seabrook and Duncan Keith, nobody knows how to win like Chicago.The Blackhawks bounced back this season after their Game 7 loss to the Kings in last spring’s conference finals. Chicago outlasted Nashville and swept Minnesota this spring before outlasting Anaheim in the franchises’ first playoff meeting.“We’ve had some good accomplishments in here and some things to be proud of,” Kane said. “But at the same time, who knows if these opportunities are going to come around this often? We thought we were right there last year, but we didn’t get the job done, so it’s great to come back a year later and have that same opportunity and capitalize on it.”Keith had two assists while completing the series with a jaw-dropping 230 minutes, 48 seconds of ice time for a team largely relying on four defensemen.Brad Richards, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2004 with Tampa Bay, had two assists for Chicago while improving to 8-0 in Game 7s in his NHL career.Three days after Chicago staved off elimination with a 5-2 win at home, Toews somehow managed to top his last appearance at Honda Center. He tied Game 5 on May 25 with two electrifying goals in the final minutes before Anaheim won in overtime.“He’s an amazing hockey player,” Quenneville said of Toews. “He just seems to excel in big moments, big stages, and shows he’s as good a leader as in any sport.”Captain Serious showed how much he thought of Game 7 pressure when he scored just 2:23 in. Niklas Hjalmarsson’s long shot rebounded straight to Toews, who scored his fourth goal of the series when the Ducks inexplicably failed to mark him.Anaheim immediately showed tension in its game, perhaps remembering its three-goal first period deficit in a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Kings last spring.After Jakob Silfverberg took a hooking penalty midway through the period, Toews capitalized with a high shot through traffic, getting it through Saad’s screen in front.Frederik Andersen made 21 saves for the Ducks, giving up three goals on Chicago’s first seven shots.The collapse came abruptly for Anaheim, which went a record-tying 14 games into the postseason without a regulation defeat until losing the last two games by a combined 10-5.Matt Beleskey scored a power-play goal in the final minute for the Ducks, who finished one game shy of their first Stanley Cup Finals since 2007.“Last year was a tough loss, (and) this year was even worse,” Ducks forward Patrick Maroon said. “We’re one game away. We had them on the ropes. We’re going up 3-2 in their barn. You saw what happened there. Then we’re looking better because we have home-ice advantage and can play in front of our fans, and … I don’t know. I have no words.”(GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek Heritage Night for Giannis Antetokounmpo in Boston

first_imgBOSTON – A Greek Heritage Night will take place at “TD Garden” in Boston this Monday, December 4th, 2017, on the occasion of the NBA game Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics, and to honor none other than the NBA star, Giannis Antetokounmpo (The Greek Freak).Boston is expecting over 1,000 Greeks to be in attendance.Prior to the game, The Niko Galis All-Stars Game on the Boston Celtics court will take place. It will be presented by The Teddy K Classic Tournament, The Teddy Kariotis Foundation and The Harry Agganis Tournament. This will be a short game for Greek American children aged 8-12The national Anthem will be sung by Erini and there will also be a Halftime Performance by The Sons and Daughters of Alexander the Great Dance Group.Picture of Committee with the Consulate General of Greece in Boston. Photo: Courtesy, Toni Kariotis.Tony Kariotis, Director of The Teddy K Classic stated the following: “I personally want to thank Mr. Costa Sideridis for heading this amazing effort and everyone else in the committee that made this possible. Last year it was a spur of the moment event, I sent a message out on Social Media and it was fun. This time we are coming united, hopefully we get Gianni’s attention” .This event was made possible by this wonderful group:Consulate General of Greece in BostonAlpha Omega CouncilThe Teddy K Classic TournamentHellenic Women’s Club, EOKThe Agganis TournamentAHEPA of BostonNew England Hellenic Medical & DentalNational Hellenic SocietyThe Circle of Hellenic Academy of BostonSons and Daughters of Alexander the Great Dance GroupKefi FM RadioThe Greek Program@Greece (Instagram Page)Greekboston.comGrecian EchoesFederation of Hellenic-American Societies of New EnglandOlympiakos Boston Fan ClubTweetPinShare420420 Shareslast_img read more

Why smartphone maker Oppo is discontinuing sponsorship of Indian cricket team

first_imgOppo has discontinued the sponsorship of Indian cricket team in the middle of the contract as a low return in comparison to the sponsorship cost, sources told to India today.The China-based smartphone makers won the sponsorship rights for five years worth Rs 1079.29 crore.Oppo was to support team India for 14 home series matches and 20 overseas series along with International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, ICC Cricket World Cup and the World T20 in the five-year contract.But smartphone maker Oppo found that the deal is not viable.However, International Data Corporation (IDC) data shows that Oppo maintained 7.6 per cent market share in the Indian smartphone market in the first quarter of 2019. Indian smartphone market grew by 7 per cent despite the global market falling by 6 per cent in the same period.Two years ago, Oppo said that “Cricket in India isn’t just a sport, it is also a way of life, a culture, even a religion” but now return on money is not “sustainable’. Indian smartphone market shareOppo said, “We thank each one of you for your untiring efforts because of which we are now a household name in India. In line with Oppo’s growth strategy, as we enter into our sixth year of operations in India, Oppo’s commitment to India is at an all-time high. We are proud to inform you that as we experience rapidly growing consumer demand, we will continue to accelerate our focus and efforts on local production, R&D and retail. This will help strengthen Oppo’s promise to offer Indian consumers cutting-edge technology and an unmatched experience. We look forward to your contribution and support as we continue to take Oppo to new heights of success.”advertisementBengaluru-based learning app Byju’s will replace Oppo on Indian team’s jersey. A source said that the transfer is a “tripartite agreement” between Oppo, Byju’s and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and will be signed on Thursday.”The Oppo and Byju’s are negotiating among themselves on the possible handover of sponsorship deal. The CoA [Committee of Administrators] has been intimated that they are discussing among themselves on the transfer of sponsorship,” a senior BCCI official told on condition of anonymity.As per the deal, Oppo was paying BCCI Rs 4.61 crore per bilateral match and Rs 1.56 crore for an ICC event game. The BCCI doesn’t stand to lose any money as the new company will pay exactly what the old one is paying.”The BCCI has a clause which allows the transfer of sponsorship. Since there is a secrecy clause, the financial dealings can’t be spoken about,” the official said.Another official said the transfer could translate into more money for the board.”The BCCI stands to gain if there is a transfer of sponsorship. The two parties in question will have to pay an extra 10 per cent [between them] and also give notice of six months. They must be negotiating who will carry the burden of those extra 10 per cent,” the official said.(With input from PTI)Also Read | Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic: A battle of power, energy and wits in Wimbledon finalAlso Read | No more Mr. Dependable? How MS Dhoni is adding to India’s middle-order strugglesAlso Watch | World Cup 2019: India were in complete control during win over Bangladesh, says Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

Would You Take a Sip of the World’s Strongest Beer?

first_img The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Editors’ Recommendations The Most Refreshing Sparkling Waters to Sip On Right Now To be called the world’s strongest beer, you need more than just water, hops, yeast, and malt. You need access to some great fermentation technology and the cajones to brew a beer that is higher in alcohol than most hard liquors on the market (not including these, of course). For a while, the record holder was a brew called Armageddon — a 33o ml bottle of malty goodness from the Scottish madmen at Brewmeister. Weighing in at a formidable 65 percent alcohol by volume, it took the title from the previous Titan, Schorschbräu Schorschbock, a 57 percent ABV Eisbock beer from Germany. For a while, too, Scotland’s BrewDog held the title with their Tactical Nuclear Penguin (32 percent) and Sink the Bismarck (41 percent), but these newer beers have blown those out of the water.The beer that beats them all? Well, it’s also made by Brewmeister. Not satisfied with the meager 65 percent of Armageddon, Brewmeister set out to break its own record and did by brewing a concoction called, appropriately, Snake Venom. This is not so much a beer as a behemoth that tips the scales at a staggering 67.5 percent ABV.To achieve such a ridiculously high alcohol content, the brew is fermented with two different types of yeast: a top-fermenting strain used in ales and another that’s generally used in Champagne. The latter strain is known to have a higher alcohol tolerance, and can, therefore, survive longer and make the brew more powerful.However, this only takes the beer so far. Champagne yeast can survive in alcohol concentrations of about 17 to 20 percent, depending on the strain, so in order to make Snake Venom more potent after the initial fermentation process, Brewmeister uses a technique called freeze concentration. Basically, this involves bringing the beer to a specific temperature just below the freezing point of water and just above the freezing point of alcohol. When the water freezes and becomes solid, it’s removed so that all that’s left behind is highly-concentrated and unfrozen booze. (Think of it as a kind of opposite distillation. Either way, alcohol is being separated from water in order to achieve a higher proof.)According to Brewmeister’s website, “The alcohol is very strong but the beer still tastes like a beer rather than a spirit. It’s hoppy, malty, and very pleasant.” Oh, and it’ll knock you on your ass if you have more than a few sips. There’s that too.If you feel so inclined, you can get your hands on a bottle of Snake Venom online for about £50 ($81) per bottle. If you want something a little more attainable, you can always check out these high alcohol beers that are available in the US.This article was originally published on December 6, 2013. Last updated November 5, 2018, to confirm Snake Venom’s current standing as the strongest beer. Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About last_img read more

UWI Partnering with Vision 2030 Jamaica for Research Days 2019

first_img It will get underway with the official opening ceremony on Wednesday, February 6, at which Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon Nigel Clarke, is the slated keynote speaker. Story Highlights The University of the West Indies (UWI) is partnering with Vision 2030 Jamaica to stage The UWI’s Research Days 2019. The event is slated for the Mona Campus from February 6 to 8 under the theme: ‘Driving Research for Social and Economic Development’. The University of the West Indies (UWI) is partnering with Vision 2030 Jamaica to stage The UWI’s Research Days 2019.The event is slated for the Mona Campus from February 6 to 8 under the theme: ‘Driving Research for Social and Economic Development’.It will get underway with the official opening ceremony on Wednesday, February 6, at which Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon Nigel Clarke, is the slated keynote speaker.While this year’s 20th staging will focus primarily on matters related to the long-term National Development Plan, several other critical areas will be addressed.These include the cannabis industry, mosquito-borne diseases and the Zones of Special Operations.The main attraction is the Research Village, featuring over 90 exhibitors with displays covering six sub-themes.These are: energy, the environment and resource-based industries; service and knowledge-based industries; education and culture; supporting industries, institutions and infrastructure; law, governance, security and society; pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, health and well-being.Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Tuesday (Jan. 29), Convener of the activities, Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer, said the theme aims to underscore the correlation between of Vision 2030 Jamaica and economic and social development.Professor Eldemire-Shearer, who is also UWI Director of Graduate Studies and Research, said the three-day event will afford persons the opportunity to see how important evidence-based research is to policy development, while highlighting The UWI’s work.Research Days will also feature special presentations from several notable Jamaicans.They include: former Director of the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit (TMRU), Professor Alan Jackson, who will present on the topic ‘Mission Accomplished’, which will focus on the eradication of child malnutrition in Jamaica; UWI Professor of Practice in International Economic Policy and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Richard Bernal, who will deliver the Sue Cobb Lecture, focusing on the Jamaica/China Relationship; and Planning Institute of Jamaica Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry.Special areas will also be earmarked within the Village, featuring a Policy Wall which is a demonstration of research and how findings influence policy; 20-Year Retrospection; a Postgraduate Wall of Excellence; and a Reading Room.Additionally, for the first time, the work of Law Faculty students will be on display.Through its annual Research Days exposition, The UWI Mona showcases the latest academic explorations being done across its seven faculties.The event also afford stakeholders an opportunity to create partnerships to drive innovation in entrepreneurship, as The UWI’s research covers a number of areas including health, biotechnology, education, energy and science and technology.last_img read more

BravoFACT Partners with Women in Film Television – Toronto for Second Consecutive

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today their continued partnership with Women in Film & Television  – Toronto (WIFT-T) for the second annual WIFT-T BravoFACT pitch competition. An exciting initiative exclusive to WIFT-T members, the contest welcomes teams of directors and producers featuring a woman in a key creative role to submit their short film pitches for a chance to win the $50,000 award. The top five finalists will also receive the opportunity to pitch their project in front of a jury of experts and a live audience at the 2017 WIFT-T Showcase in March.“Through our continued partnership with WIFT-T, BravoFACT remains committed to fostering the development of female filmmakers through this exciting pitch contest,” said Tyson Parker, Head, Artist and Music Industry relations, Bell Media. “The breadth and quality of last year’s submissions was extraordinary, and we look forward to reviewing the compelling and creative pitches sent to us this year.”“We’re thrilled to partner with BravoFACT for a second consecutive year on this pitch competition in support of female filmmakers and diverse voices,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Teams submitting their short film for consideration must include a female producer or director. From the submissions, five teams will be selected to participate in the pitch competition and will receive the following:A pitch coaching session led by an industry professional to help fine-tune pitchesFour tickets to the 2017 WIFT-T ShowcaseAn opportunity to showcase their project in front of a high-profile jury comprised of a BravoFACT representative and other industry expertsThe five teams selected will present to an audience comprised of WIFT-T members, industry professionals, and content creators, affording all presenters excellent exposure for their projects, regardless of the outcome. The winning pitch team will be awarded a cash prize from BravoFACT totaling $50,000.The team that receives an honourable mention will be awarded two WIFT-T programming passes each valued at $500. Both the first place and honourable mention team will receive onstage recognition at the 2017 WIFT-T Showcase.The deadline to submit is Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, with finalists to be announced March 1. Interested teams can download a BravoFACT application form at www.bravofact.com. Applicants to BravoFACT’s Dec. 2 deadline are welcome to submit their application to the WIFT-T BravoFACT Pitch Competition; however recipients are not eligible for double funding.For more information and contest rules, applicants can visit wift.comAbout BravoFACTBell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada having supported over 1,500 short-form projects across the country. BravoFACT is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about BravoFACT can be found at www.bravofact.com.About WIFT-TWomen in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is a member-based organization of women and men working in screen-based media that supports the development and advancement of women in the industry. Membership in WIFT-T enables women to be capable, confident, connected and successful in their careers. For more information, please visit www.wift.com. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Between 12001500 Moroccans Are Fighting With ISIS Report

Rabat – Between 1,200 and 1,500 Moroccan fighters are currently in the ranks of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) war zone, according to a new report by the New York based intelligence consultancy Soufan Group.In May 2015, the Moroccan Ministry of Interior estimated the number of Moroccans who joined the military ranks of ISIS at 1,200 Jihadist fighters.However, the American intelligence consultancy’s report suggests that the true number is likely to be 1,500. The report noted that the majority of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria are from Arab countries, with both the Middle East and the Maghreb supplying over 16,240, out of a total of between 27,000 and 31,000 foreign fighters coming from 18 countries.The number of European jihadists who joined the ranks of ISIS has more than doubled in the last 18 months, while the number of those coming from Russia and central Asia increased by nearly 300 percent, according to the same source.In the Arab world, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are the main suppliers of Jihadists with 6,000, 2,400 and 2,000 respectively.As of October 2015, an estimated 6,000 fighters had traveled to Syria from Tunisia, and in January 2015, around 600 Libyans were believed to have traveled to Syria, according to the same source.The report estimated the number of Algerian Jihadists participating in the civil war in Syria and Iraq at 170, as of May 2015.“For some North African countries, such as Libya and Tunisia, the phenomenon of foreign fighter hubs is even more apparent,” said the report.Libya’s Benghazi and Derna cities are known as a hotbed for recruitment. In Tunisia, Ben Gardane city has provided the largest number of foreign fighters, despite being a city of less than 80,000, according to the same source.Overall, the Soufan Group said the number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria has more than doubled since last year to at least 27,000. read more

Israel Sentences ArabIsraeli Poet Dareen Tatour to 5 Months in Prison

By Dil Bola Rabat – After posting her poetry on social media in 2015, Arab-Israeli poet Dareen Tatour was arrested on grounds of hate speech, initiating an Israeli court case that was finally settled in her conviction and sentencing on Tuesday. Dareen Tatour, a 36-year-old Palestinian poet and photographer who resides in Reinah, Israel, took to YouTube and Facebook in October of 2016 to release her poem “Qawem Ya Shaabi Qawemahum” or “Resist, My People, Resist.” In the recording of her reading, the poem was used as a soundtrack over footage of Palestinian youths flinging stones and firebombs at Israeli soldiers. In May 2018, Tatour was convicted guilty of incitement to violence online and of supporting the Palestinian militant group aimed at the uprising, ‘Islamic Jihad.’ The final sentencing took place on July 31. Official minutes released by the state’s Justice Ministry declared a five-month imprisonment for the poet coupled with a six-month suspended sentence to her jail time. Tatour’s reaction was nonchalant as she “…wasn’t expecting justice to be done.” She maintained in her statement to reporters, “The case was political from the start, because I am Palestinian and support freedom of speech.” ‘Resist, My People, Resist’The most significant lines in Tatour’s poem, as translated by Tariq al Haydar, are: “Resist, my people, resist them.Resist the settler’s robberyAnd follow the caravan of martyrs.Shred the disgraceful constitutionWhich imposed degradation and humiliationAnd deterred us from restoring justice.”After posting the poem, Tatour took to Facebook once again, this time sharing her views in the form of a news story. Coupled with what Israeli officials claim was a call for “a continuation of the Intifada,” she posted three photos exhibiting Israeli security forces and Jewish extremists killing an Israeli-Arab woman and two Palestinian children. Tatour had added a description in Arabic: “I am the next shahid” (referring to the Arabic word for martyr). The Israeli interpretationThe publishing of the poem coincided with an outbreak of frequent and fatal attacks by Palestinians on Israelis coined the “Stabbing Intifada.” The string of attacks led the Israeli government to believe online incitement fueled the violence; thus the government launched a legal crackdown.The number of indictments and prosecutions has tripled since 2014 primarily in charging young Palestinians. Due to the situational context, authorities claimed Tatour’s poem was a call for violence, and she was arrested a few days later. Tatour vehemently denied the charges, claiming the Israeli authorities were misinterpreting her work as she called for non-violence within the struggle rather than an exacerbation of the existing brutality regardless of which side exhibited it.The case quickly became notable in the debate of freedom of speech. Advocates both within Israel and abroad began to advocate for Tatour’s rights. Furthermore, the case drew attention, causing the world to question the Israeli government’s use of technology as they search social media for suspicious users inciting violence or attacks on Israel. read more

Cabinet approves proposal to import sheep for farming

However the Government noted that there has not been any improvement in the industry since 1980.As a result a proposal made by P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to import 25 male sheep and 100 female sheep using Rs. 10 million which is allocated for 2017 following the proper procurement procedure, was approved by the cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) Cabinet has approved a proposal to import sheep to improve farming, the Government said today.Sheep farming is done at farms of the National Livestock Development Board (NLDB) and private farms in the Northern and North-western provinces. read more

Greenland is hurting Denmark very badly Trump pitches a longshot sale

President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that he has asked his administration to explore the possibility of buying Greenland, opining that “essentially, it’s a large real estate deal.”“A lot of things can be done,” Trump told reporters in Morristown, New Jersey, after wrapping up a 10-day vacation at his private golf club. He noted that owning Greenland “would be nice” for the United States from a strategic perspective, but he cautioned: “It’s not number one on the burner, I can tell you that.”Trump’s desire to buy Greenland, which is part of the kingdom of Denmark, was first reported last week by the Wall Street Journal. Two people with direct knowledge of the directive told The Washington Post that the president has mentioned the idea for weeks, and that aides are waiting for more direction before they decide how seriously they should look into it.Trump is scheduled to visit Denmark in two weeks, although he said Sunday that his visit is not related to his interest in Greenland.“Not for this reason at all,” he said.In the days since news broke of Trump’s desire to buy Greenland, the idea has been ridiculed by politicians in Denmark, and Greenland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday that the island is not for sale.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“Greenland is rich in valuable resources such as minerals, the purest water and ice, fish stocks, seafood, renewable energy and is a new frontier for adventure tourism,” the ministry said in a tweet. “We’re open for business, not for sale.” Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen arrives for the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 21, 2019. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP Earlier Sunday, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow confirmed Trump’s interest in Greenland, noting that the self-governing country is a “strategic place.”“It’s developing. We’re looking at it,” Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Denmark owns Greenland. Denmark is an ally. Greenland is a strategic place …. I’m just saying the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look.”Trump said Sunday that owning Greenland is “hurting Denmark very badly” and that “they carry it at a great loss,” although he did not immediately provide evidence to back up those claims.Although many in the United States have mocked the idea, one Democratic lawmaker on Sunday voiced openness to considering it. Sen. Joe Manchin III, W.Va., said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “changes are happening” in Greenland as a result of climate change, “and the people up there understand it and they’re trying to adjust to it.”“We have a very strategic base up there, a military base, which we visited,” Manchin said, referring to his visit to Greenland earlier this year as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. “And I understand the strategy for that in that part of the world and the Arctic opening up the way it is now.”He called Trump’s idea “a very interesting proposal” and said the Senate Armed Services Committee, on which Manchin sits, should be receiving a secure briefing about it in the near future if the plan “has any merit to it.” Piroschka van de Wouw / REUTERS Trump is not the first U.S. president to propose buying Greenland. Kudlow noted Sunday that after World War II, President Harry S. Truman’s administration offered to purchase the country from Denmark for $100 million. The U.S. military had a presence in Greenland during the war as a means to protect the continent if Germany tried to attack.With melting ice making the region more accessible, the United States has been firm in trying to counter any moves by Russia and China in the Arctic. China declared itself a “near-Arctic nation” last year and has defended its desire for a “Polar Silk Road” in which Chinese goods would be delivered by sea from Asia to Europe.China recently sought to bankroll the construction of three airports in Greenland, drawing concern from then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and prompting the Pentagon to make the case to Denmark that it should fund the facilities itself rather than rely on Beijing. Residents of Kulusuk walk in Kulusuk, Greenland on August 16, 2019. – Greenland is not for sale, the mineral-rich island said on August 16, 2019, after a newspaper reported that US President Donald Trump was asking advisers whether it’s possible for the United States to buy the Arctic island. read more

Commentary NFL blackout threats dangerous unfair to fans

The NFL is the most popular sport in the United States. Millions of people tune in week in and week out to watch their favorite teams play or participate in the phenomenon that is fantasy football.Professional football has a stranglehold on the United States, one that in recent years it has been exploiting to its fullest.The most recent exploitation has come on a weekend that is usually celebrated by teams starting their potential runs at the Super Bowl.Wild Card weekend has come and gone seemingly without a hitch, unless you’re a fan of the losing teams. But if it weren’t for an 11th hour push for ticket sales by the NFL, many fans wouldn’t have been able to watch their teams play.The NFL threatened to black out the local television markets in the cities hosting wild card games unless their stadiums were completely sold out.While you wouldn’t expect for it to be difficult to sell out an NFL playoff game, there are two variables that made this task so hard.Weather and money.Temperatures in the host cities this time of year aren’t for the faint of heart.Places like Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Boston, all cities that are scheduled to host playoff games, have below freezing temperatures this time of year. But nothing quite like the legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where wind chill at kickoff of the Packers game against the 49ers Sunday was below zero.If these unappealing, borderline unsafe temperatures, weren’t enough to turn off the fans from wanting to come out to the games, the outrageous ticket prices could very well have been.According to a report by “Forbes,” the average ticket prices at Lambeau Field were $349 for Sunday’s game. Not exactly a cheap price for a blue collar town like Green Bay, especially if you want to bring your family or a couple of friends.By forcing people to purchase tickets to these games just so they aren’t subject to a blackout, the NFL is essentially requiring some fans to put themselves in harm’s way just so their neighbors don’t have to suffer.In a day and age where the NFL is enforcing rules left and right to protect the players, it seems ironic that they would willingly participate in putting the fans in danger.A small part of me hoped the NFL would have blacked out one of the games because it could have motivated someone to stand up the big bad NFL. If a corporate sponsor did not buy up the unsold tickets and the blackout had gone into effect fans would not have stood for it. Outcry against the NFL likely would have erupted. Boycotts, riots, who knows what would have happened.But as it stands, the NFL still has all the power, something that can’t lead to much good in the future. read more