India can retain Champions Trophy, pace attack has real firepower, says Kumar Sangakara

first_imgFormer Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara today said defending champions India were capable of retaining the Champions Trophy title as they were a better balanced unit with “real firepower in their fast bowling”.”This year we have four Asian teams in the tournament and clearly India is current the pack-leaders in the region. It won in 2013 and it has a team capable of winning this year too,” Sangakkara wrote in his column in ICC website.”In fact, the team is arguably stronger, better balanced with real firepower in its fast bowling. Its spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are exceptional in ODI cricket and I am sure Virat Kohli is going to be desperate to bounce back after a disappointing IPL,” he added.The wicketkeeper-batsman, however, felt that Indias selection was a “little conservative”.”The only slight concern I have for India is that its selection was perhaps a little conservative, but it is still very strong,” he said.The 39-year-old picked India as one of his favourite teams to make the semifinals of the upcoming tournament, starting on June 1.”I think picking finalists is too tough, but my favourites for the semi-finals would be Australia, England, India and South Africa,” Sangakkara, who won the Champions Trophy 2002 and World Twenty20 2014 with Sri Lanka, said.Sangakkara, who quit international cricket two years ago having scored a total of 28,016 international runs across all formats, said the competition was going to be very tough with 4-5 teams having the potential of making it to the final.advertisement”There was a time, not so long ago, when one or two countries dominated the format, but in the past few years we have seen several teams develop tremendously and now we have four to five teams who are very evenly matched, all with realistic ambitions of winning major tournaments.”Heaping praise on the hosts, Sangakkara said that English team has been a real revelation. “England ODI teams progress in the past two years has been a revelation. It used to trail behind other teams in terms of its strategy and approach, but now it is one of the most progressive teams.”England is playing an aggressive and exciting brand of cricket and it has some world-class players driving that,” Sangakkara said.last_img read more

Roger Federer cruises past Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title

first_imgRoger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.The Swiss 19-time grand slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn’t face a break point and started and ended the match with service breaks.Federer took advantage of three of seven break point opportunities in the match to snap Nadal’s 16-game winning streak, which included his China Open victory last week.Photo Credit: Reuters Federer, who has won the last five encounters between the pair dating back to the 2015 Basel final, also beat Nadal in the Australian Open final, a round of 16 match at Indian Wells and the Miami final this year.The Shanghai Masters is Federer’s 94th career title, moving him into a tie with Ivan Lendl in second place on the Open era list.Nadal arrived on court with a bandage under his right knee, the same leg he twice smacked with his racket after losing his serve for the first time this week in the semifinal.Federer took advantage of a third break point in the first game of the match with a winning backhand passing shot. He broke Nadal’s serve again on a second break point in the fifth game of the second set when Nadal sailed a backhand crosscourt wide. In the final game, Nadal netted a forehand at 15-40 to end the 72-minute match.last_img read more

Sadiku not in 60kg draw; Mary Kom, Sarita get first round byes

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Kosovo boxer Donjeta Sadiku’s chances of competing at the AIBA Women World Boxing Championship are virtually over since her name does not figure in the draw, released on Wednesday. Sadiku, who has not got a visa to travel to the national capital since India does not recognise Kosovo, was to compete in the 60kg category. The IOA has made efforts to have the Kosov boxer in the competition and even sought Sports Ministry’s intervention, but it seems her campaign is over before it could start. Seasoned MC Mary Kom and L Sarita Devi were among seven Indian boxers, who got first round byes even as none of the home boxers will be in action on the opening day of the event, beginning tomorrow. Apart from Mary Kom (48kg) and Sarita Devi (60kg), getting the first round byes were Pinky Rani (51kg), Sonia (57kg) and Lovelina Borgahain (69kg), Sweety Boora (75kg) and Seema Poonia (+81kg). Manisha (54kg) and Kachari Bhagyabati (81kg) will compete with Dina Zholaman and Irina Nociletta on November 16 and 18 respectively. Seema will clash with China’s Xiaoli Yang, who also got a bye in the opening round in the +81kg.Mary Kom, who is bidding for a historic sixth World title, will be seen in action on Sunday. She awaits winner of first round bout between American JazzelleBobadilla and Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kassenayeva. PTI PDS AT ATATlast_img read more

Project to Strengthen Participation in Local Governance Gets $6.5 Million

first_imgA sum of $6.5 million has been allocated to the Enhancing Civil Society Participation in Local Government for Community Development Safety Project, which seeks to strengthen civil society’s participation in local governance.            It also seeks  to establish a co-ordinated local civil society and State response to crime and violence.            This is contained in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives for its consideration.              Activities completed under the project thus far include: the terms of reference for  parish security safety management; drafting a parish safety and security handbook and toolkit; the staging of a two-day technical workshop for participants from parish councils; and enhanced capacity building in the area of parish safety plan development.             Anticipated physical targets for 2013/14 include the development of local authorities’ and civil society organisations’ capacity to promote and secure participatory local governance; and developing local authority level mechanisms under the community renewal programme and the crime prevention and community safety strategy.             The project also seeks to fully establish parish safety committees in targeted parishes; engage design supervision engineers for the construction of drainage structures in four targeted communities; and facilitate additional workshops.             The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development with funding support from the United Nations Development Programme. It is expected to be completed by December 2013.last_img read more

Drydocks World Completes World’s Largest Turret

first_imgzoom Dubai’s maritime engineering business Drydocks World celebrated today the sail-away of the world’s largest turret mooring system from the yard marking the completion of its construction.Drydocks World has constructed the turret for SBM Offshore under a contract awarded in 2012.The turret will be integrated in the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, to be deployed by Shell Development (Australia) Pty Ltd at its Prelude gas field off the northwest coast of Australia.At almost 100 meters high, weighing over 11,000 tons and with a diameter of 26 meters, the turret will ensure the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility can operate safely in the most extreme weather conditions.Prelude FLNG is being constructed in Geoje, South Korea, where the Prelude FLNG hull and topsides are under taking shape at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard – which has one of the few dry docks in the world big enough to construct a facility of this size.“With over 5 million LTI-free manhours completed on the turret project, this is a testament to the impeccable safety record the organization maintains. This project confirms Drydocks World’s position as a leader in turret fabrication, strengthening the company’s position as one of the few worldwide specialists capable of delivering such large-scale projects,” Drydocks World said in a statement.Drydocks World has delivered 5 modules for the Shell FLNG turret mooring system and delivery of module 5 represents the completion of the crown jewel of this project, with the turret being the heart of the Prelude FLNG.last_img read more

Poll suggests majority of Canadians backs outright ban on guns in urban

first_imgOTTAWA – The vast majority of Canadians favours a total ban on guns in urban areas, a new poll suggests.According to the poll, conducted by Ekos Research Associates for The Canadian Press, 69 per cent of those surveyed agreed with the statement “I think that there should be a strict ban on guns in urban areas.”Support was highest in Quebec at 76 per cent and lowest in Alberta at 48 per cent.The federal Liberals are currently at work on legislation to follow through on campaign commitments to tighten up restrictions on guns, though an earlier suggestion a new bill could be introduced before the end of the year now seems unlikely.The Liberal plans don’t involve any kind of total ban and, indeed, no political party has ever suggested the idea, noted Ekos president Frank Graves.But widespread support for the concept suggests there’s room to simply stop tinkering with existing gun laws and put in place something more ambitious, he said.“I’m not saying the operationalization wouldn’t be complex but this isn’t a moon shot and it’s been done in other jurisdictions,” Graves said.“I think Canadians would settle for something close — it wouldn’t have to be a strict ban, but anything to move the needle here.”Guns are not involved in the vast majority of crimes in Canada but there have been increases in gun-related violence.Statistics released last month showed that 2016 was the first time since 2012 that shootings were the most common method of homicide in Canada. Statistics Canada also reported that 2016 was the third year in a row that the number of firearm-related homicides rose.The agency also reported last month that 587 people took their own lives with the use of a firearm in 2014, up from 544 the year before.A standard response to why government doesn’t go further to crack down on guns is politics and the perception that urban Canadians view the issue far differently than rural dwellers, who use guns to hunt for food or protect themselves in remote regions beyond the every-day reach of law enforcement.The political divide has played itself out repeatedly during national debates on gun control. In 2011, two NDP MPs from Thunder Bay, Ont., were disciplined when they broke ranks and voted in favour of the Conservative government’s legislation to repeal the gun registry.During the Conservative leadership race earlier this year, a clear position on firearms-related policy was a must-have for candidates, many of whom actively courted firearms enthusiasts.But the Ekos survey suggests there’s support across the political spectrum for restrictions that are limited to urban areas — 86 per cent of respondents who identified themselves as Liberals, 56 per cent of Conservatives and 75 per cent of New Democrats backed an urban ban.The automated land line and cell phone survey of 2,287 Canadians was carried out Nov. 10-30 and is considered accurate within 2.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.In 2015, the federal Liberals made several campaign commitments related to firearms. They’ve fulfilled some, including a revamp of a national advisory board and increased funding to the provinces to address gun violence.That money was announced last month at an event in Surrey, B.C., where a federal by-election is underway in a community that has a long-standing issue with guns and gangs.The Liberals also pledged to require enhanced background checks for anyone seeking to buy a gun, and prospective buyers must also show a license. Those who sell guns would, among other things, be required to keep an inventory of stock and sales.Their platform also promised to get more weapons off the streets by strengthening controls on handguns and assault weapons.A group that includes family members of women killed at a shooting at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989, as well as survivors of a shooting at Montreal’s Dawson College in 2006 and one at a mosque in Quebec City last year gathered on Parliament Hill last week to press the Liberals to commit to a firm timeline for the changes.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said work is underway on related legislation.“It is an important topic and efforts in the past in dealing with a topic that has the potential to, in some places, be controversial has ended up foundering,” he said.“When I put forward the legislative package I want to make sure that it’s a package that will succeed. That’s my objective and we’ll get it done.”People whose lives have been changed directly by gun violence say they’ve been waiting too long.last_img read more

Handicrafts exporters to get benefits under MEIS scheme for exports to Iran

first_imgNEW DELHI: Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH informed that the exporters especially from Moradabad were facing problem with respect to export shipment made to countries which are in Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list and e-BRC could not be generated by the concerned banks for exports to listed countries including Iran. As a result, the exporters were unable to get MEIS benefits. Kumar further said that EPCH took up the matter regarding non-issuance of e-BRC at the highest level in the Minister of Textiles, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Finance and DGFT and with the constant follow-up, the DGFT has issued Public Notice No. 8/2015-20 dated 14th March 2019 in the matter that a declaration by the exporter along with a self-attested copy of the proof of payment such as Foreign Inward Remittance Certificates/Statements etc. can be given to the DGFT for claiming MEIS benefits. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRK Passi, Chairman – EPCH said that it had been a long pending demand of handicrafts exporters and solution provided by DGFT is a very welcome step and would certainly boost the morale of the exporters for their future endeavors. Rakesh Kumar, DG – EPCH said that with this initiative the exporters are going to get a much needed MEIS benefits for their exports and it will energize them to continue their efforts towards enhancing exports from the country. The Handicrafts exports during the year 2018 -19 is Rs 26590.25 crores registering a growth of 15.46% during the same period last year, however, the exports of handicrafts to Iran is around Rs. 500.00 crores, informed Kumar.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon to attend Quartet meeting on Middle East next week

23 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend a meeting of the Middle East Quartet, the international diplomatic grouping trying to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, in Berlin next week, his spokesperson announced today. Next Wednesday’s meeting in the German capital will take place at a time of mounting concern at the situation in the region after a week of deadly violence involving intra-Palestinian clashes, Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli military operations.Mr. Ban and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour have both issued statements expressing concern about the upsurge in deadly violence and the effect it is having on the civilian population.The Quartet – which brings together the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – has called repeatedly in the past for Israel and the Palestinians to follow the Road Map, which lays out mutual steps to achieve a two-State solution to the conflict, with Israelis and Palestinians living side by side in peace.The Berlin meeting is expected to be attended by Mr. Ban, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, European Commission External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU High Representative for Common Security and Foreign Policy Javier Solana and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU. read more

Current locust crisis in subSaharan Africa potentially worse than 198789 plague

The agency had so far received only $16 million in answer to its urgent appeals for international aid to combat the crop-devouring insects – less than a sixth of the $100 million that has so far been sought, OCHA spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva. The 1987-89 plague cost the international community $300 million.Although the current crisis has not yet reached the level of the previous invasion, it differs from that one in that it is occurring at the time of seed planting instead of harvesting.”If the international community fails to respond to the alarming financial and logistical needs to combat the invasion this crisis will have even more serious consequences than the previous one,” OCHA quoted Ousseynou Diop of the Office for the protection of agricultural produce for Senegal as saying.”This locust invasion risks to produce detrimental consequences for food security for the population in the Sahel zone and some experts are warning of famine,” OCHA said. “Situations could be life-threatening for populations in the rural areas, leading to a possible impact on urban populations as rural exodus into cities would add pressure, decline in macro-economic performance and eventually more fragile social situations that could translate into political instability,” it added. “The locust invasion is in essence a subregional threat against human security and only a regionally coordinated response can unite available resources and halt the invasion.”The OCHA report is the latest in a series of warnings by UN agencies. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported last week that locusts had arrived in Mauritania, Mali and Niger, with the threat of serious damage hanging over several other countries.With a tiny fraction of the average swarm capable of eating as much food in one day as 2,500 people, FAO has throughout the year issued urgent appeals for international aid to stop the situation from developing into a plague. Since July-August 2003, favourable ecological conditions and the regularity of rainfalls in particular have allowed for a more rapid reproduction of locusts in the Sahel. read more

Brands score big with music tieins ahead of the World Cup

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2014 9:53 am MDT Brands score big with music tie-ins ahead of the World Cup NEW YORK, N.Y. – Companies that are advertising for the World Cup are hoping music will strike a chord with fans globally.Because the FIFA World Cup, the international soccer tournament that begins on Thursday, is the most popular sports event on the planet, advertisers want to take advantage of the large viewing audience. But the World Cup poses problems for companies that are used to making a splash at big sporting events like the Super Bowl with a pricey 30-second spot.First off, soccer doesn’t have very many commercial breaks, with two 45-minutes halves played mostly straight through. Additionally, soccer is a global event, so it’s hard to make TV ads that translate across cultures. As a result, brands — both official sponsors and those that just want to capitalize on the event — increasingly are using music to get the world’s attention:Danone’s Activia yogurt teamed up with Shakira to update her wildly popular 2010 World Cup Song “Waka Waka,” about Africa, with a Brazil-centric video for “La La La.” Coca-Cola made a song in English, “The World is Ours,” and then created 32 local versions, each sung by a local artist in the native language. And Beats by Dre launched a splashy new 5-minute video “The Game Before the Game” that shows soccer stars like Neymar Jr. and many others preparing for game time by listening to “Jungle” by Jamie N Commons & The X Ambassadors.The move is an effort by companies to try to capture the attention of one of the largest global audiences for any event. In the last World Cup four years ago, 3.2 billion people tuned in, including 909.6 million for the final match, according to FIFA. That’s compared with the 111.5 million people who tuned into the Super Bowl this year.“Sports is a great unifier and very few sports are as global as the World Cup,” said Allen Adamson, managing director of branding firm Landor Associates. “Music is the other big platform that transcends cultures and languages, so it’s an emotional way to connect with as broad an audience as the World Cup audience is.”The link between music and the World Cup is nothing new. The tournament has had a theme song since 1962 when “El Rock del Mundial” by Los Ramblers kicked off the 1962 World Cup in Chile. But this year, brand song tie-ins are more popular than this year’s official effort.FIFA’s “We Are One (Ole Ola),” has been criticized by Brazilians and other soccer fans as being tone deaf to Brazil culture. Critics complain that it is sung by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull and Bronx-born Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez instead of a Brazilian singer (although it does feature Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte); and it is sung mainly in English and Spanish rather than Portuguese.So marketers have stepped in, and so far, are scoring big. Shakira’s “La La La” video, sponsored by Activia in partnership with the World Food Programme, has garnered 95 million YouTube views since it went up 3 weeks ago. By comparison, the official FIFA song has about 72 million views after five weeks. The video:“When we heard ‘La La La,’ we immediately knew consumers would be swayed by the rhythm and energy of this song,” said Santiago Mier Albert, general manager of Activia and vice-president of marketing of Danone’s fresh dairy products division worldwide.Coca Cola’s song has hit the top 10 charts in 40 countries worldwide. That is a big step up from their last effort in 2010, “Wavin’ Flag” which was done in 24 versions and charted in 17 countries. The video:“The World Cup is universal. Music is universal too,” said Joe Belliotti, director of global entertainment marketing at Coca-Cola. “And if you can find that simple melody and simple lyrical idea that can translate and connect with people around the world, that’s the formula we strive for.”Beats has gotten nearly 8 million views after just four days on YouTube. The five-minute ad cinematically shows rituals athletes use to get ready for “The Game Before The Game.” Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr. takes a motivational call from his father, Serena Williams gets a patriotic manicure, and they all block out distraction with their Beats headphones to the tune of the foot-stomping “Jungle.” Video:’s a chance for Beats, which was recently bought by Apple for $3 billion, to step out onto the global stage for the first time, said Barbara Lippert, longtime ad critic and a columnist for“Beats is a company about music, they really know how to make music videos, it’s a smart strategy and beautifully put together,” she said. read more

UN appoints UB to investigate Bahamas Water Security

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #UB, unesco Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp University of the Bahamas attracts new Royal Donors, a Sir and a Lady Recommended for you EU Ambassador Concludes Hurricane Rebuild Project Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 25, 2017 – Nassau – When the College of the Bahamas, last November became the University of The Bahamas it was discussed that the institution would support research to enhance the quality of life for the country… well last Wednesday, #UB was given a major mandate by the United Nations and it will impact water resource management.UNESCO, which is the education, culture and scientific arm of the UN is working with the Bahamas Ministry of Education, to establish a UB based committee which will take on initiatives to improve how we see and preserve water as a resource.    It was explained in a BIS media release that the committee will focus on water resource education and water governance in The Bahamas.During the meeting of some 60 international delegates at the #UNESCO International Hydrological Programme at the British Colonial Hilton last week, it was agreed that countries have to conjure up ways now to mitigate against climate change and adaptation in order to avoid – year after year – seeing the negative impact of hurricanes on water supplies repeated.  Small Island Developing States were called upon to consider robust ways to ensure water security.#MagneticMediaNews TCI’s International Fashion Designer, Kazz Forbes for Islands of the World Fashion Showcaselast_img read more

Possible contenders arise after RosLehtinen announces retirement

first_imgOn the Republican side, there’s sure to be stiff competition. The Miami Herald reported an abundance of possible contenders, including Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez Cantera, who may be at the top of the list.Several other potential candidates are Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, Florida Representative Jose Felix Diaz and term-limited State Senator Rene Garcia.Republicans who had been unwilling to run against Ros-Lehtinen could also see an opening to run.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – With Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announcing her decision not to seek reelection in 2018, her seat is now open to be claimed by candidates from either party.Ros-Lehtinen was elected to the seat after the death of Democratic liberal icon Claude Pepper in 1989. Now, nearly 30 years later, she announced that she will retire, leaving democrats hopeful at the prospect of regaining District 27.Democrat Scott Fuhrman challenged Ros-Lehtinen in 2016. However, he lost by just 10 points in the district that was redrawn and went for Hillary Clinton.Despite his loss, Fuhrman said he will try again in 2018, and released a statement which read in part, “With her retirement announcement today, I will continue my campaign for the 27th Congressional District so we can elect a strong Democratic member to the U.S. House to take on Donald Trump and this dysfunctional Republican Congress.”A look at Florida’s Department of State candidate listing for 2018 also showed three other democrats, outside of Fuhrman, who may be gunning for the seat.The three include Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, who currently serves as a Miami Beach commissioner; Michael A. Hepburn, the senior academic advisor for the University of Miami’s School of Business and Mark Anthony Person.Hepburn has already set up a Facebook page for his campaign. last_img read more

Microsoft gives entrylevel Surface Book 2 a power boost

first_imgMicrosoft On Sunday Microsoft quietly made a change to its Surface Book 2 line. An entry-level 13.5-inch model now comes with a quad-core eighth-gen Intel i5 processor. This is a considerable power bump from the existing dual-core seventh-gen Intel i5 CPU but without any raise in price. The upgraded entry-level model starts at $1,499, while the older one has dropped $200 to $1,299. The change was first seen on Microsoft’s own online store. Australian and UK editions of the store now feature an eighth-gen option, like the US store, but it can’t be selected in the configuration menu. No price can be confirmed, though the current entry-level models sell for £1,499 and AU$2,199. A model with the previous seventh-gen chip and only 128GB of storage, as opposed to the 256GB offered in all of the above machines, sells for $1,149 (£1,149 or AU$1,799).See new Surface Book 2 options at MicrosoftNote that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $210 at Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tags $6 at Tidal $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See at Amazon $520 at HP Post a comment Boost Mobile Computers Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 1:34 See It $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the AirPods review Share your voice 7 Chris Monroe/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Tagscenter_img Read the Rylo camera preview Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. 0 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The Cheapskate Rylo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Angela Lang/CNET Intel Microsoft,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. We’ll have to run the improved model through its paces to know for sure, but a jump from a dual-core seventh-gen to a quad-core eighth-gen processor should bring with it a solid improvement in power.This isn’t the last Surface news you’ll hear this month, as Microsoft has a Surface event planned for April 17. Comments Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sprint See it Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $59 at eBay Read DJI Osmo Action preview $60 at Best Buy $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 $299 at Amazon Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is bigger, better sequel Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Turo Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Sensex Hits Fiveweek High on Fed Optimism

first_imgThe BSE Sensex and Nifty rose on Thursday, marking their highest levels since Sept.23. The benchmark BSE Sensex was up 0.28 percent while the broader Nifty rose 0.31 percent as of 10:50 a.m.Exporters led the gains on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s optimism about U.S. economic recovery, said traders.Infosys (INFY.NS) was up 1.75 percent while Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories (REDY.NS) gained 1.41 percent.Realty shares rose after the government relaxed rules for foreign investment in construction.DLF (DLF.NS) gained 5.42 percent, Sobha Developers (SOBH.NS) was up 4.22 percent.A lower-than-expected increase in wheat support prices also aided sentiment.last_img read more

Shocking Did Mahesh Bhatt throw a chappal at Kangana Ranaut Rangoli claims

first_imgThe Alia Bhatt vs Kangana Ranaut saga doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. First, it was Randeep Hooda who took to Twitter to share his two-cents on Kangana’s constant allegations and accusations against Ms Bhatt and in a later (now deleted) tweet, Soni Razdan has lashed out at Kangana Ranaut for attacking the daughter of the man who had launched her in the first place.While Kangana hasn’t responded to Soni Razdan’s tweet, her sister Rangoli did. Rangoli claimed that it wasn’t Mahesh Bhatt but Anurag Basu who gave Kangana a break and claimed that when Kangana refused to do a film titled ‘Dhokha’ for him, an upset Mahesh Bhatt not only shouted at her but also threw a chappal at her. Rangoli has claimed that Mahesh Bhatt didn’t allow a 19-year-old Kangana to watch the preview of her own film – Woh Lamhe – and sent her home.Rangoli then went onto say how Kangana is surviving in the industry only due to her talent while others are due to their sugar daddys. When fans claimed that it probably was Kangana tweeting from Rangoli’s account, Rangoli retorted that they weren’t able to handle her and certainly won’t be able to handle Kangana.Rangoli also lashed out at Randeep Hooda for calling Kangana an ‘occassional actor’ and ‘chronic victim’. He tweeted, “Dearest @aliaa08 I’m so glad you are not letting the opinions of very occasional actors and chronic victims affect you and your work .. kudos to you for your continued efforts to outdo yourself.”To which, Rangoli claimed that Randeep Hooda had harassed Kangana Rananut during the shoot of Ungli. She also called him and Alia ‘chaatukaar’ of Karan Johar.last_img read more

Spots not fixed in Indian team for World Cup Virat Kohli reveals

first_imgIndian captain Virat Kohli is very happy with the balanced World Cup squad but has not made any comments on how the middle order will look like in the marquee tournament. India’s top order consisting of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have been a consistent force, but the middle order combinations have been an area of concern for the side.The number 4 conundrum has been a long-drawn issue for Indian cricket and has stretched ever since the 2017 Champions Trophy. India have used as many as 11 players for that particular number, but are no closer to finding out a solution. Ambati Rayudu, who was given the longest rope, lost his spot to Vijay Shankar in the World Cup squad. Verdict on Vijay Shankar and batting positions Virat KohliGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images”He is a proper batsman as well. That just gave us an option, saying why not have that kind of balance which other teams have had all these years. From that point of view we all agreed on it,” Kohli said about Vijay Shankar.So, will he bat at number 4? The captain did not commit and said that the order can only be decided to look at the conditions and the opposition at the World Cup.”We are pretty sorted with how we want to go about the World Cup. Obviously who bats where is the decision for later,” Kohli further added.India have good options to choose from – Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav are good players who can be assigned different roles in the World Cup. Dhoni, who has found form this year with the bat, remains an important member at number 5 and even the skipper believes that India can best utilise the stumper in the middle order. Virat Kohli and Ravi ShastriReutersKohli’s comments are pretty much similar to what Ravi Shastri had made earlier. The coach too believed that flexibility in the middle order is the way to go as far as the World Cup is concerned since it allows the side to adapt and adjust to the different scenarios.”Total flexibility [on No. 4 position] depending on conditions, opposition. I would say the top three… but after that, you can be very flexible,” Shastri said after the squad was announced.He also believed that this Indian side has been dominant for a long time now and that they are not dependent on any one player. “If you look at the last five years, the way the Indian team has performed, they have always been in the top two or three. To be in top two or three for five years in a row, No1 in Tests, again top three in T20 cricket… you can’t depend on one player,” he added.last_img read more

Writers Guild Condemns Harvey Weinstein

first_imgPhoto via Wikimedia CommonsProducer Harvey WeinsteinThe Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein:2:40 p.m. ETThe eastern branch of the Writers Guild of America says it will take steps to make it easier for women to report sexual harassment and assault.In a statement Thursday, guild President Beau Willimon and Executive Director Lowell Peterson condemned Harvey Weinstein’s “deplorable” behavior and said that “sexual harassment and assault have long been hallmarks of the entertainment industry.”The guild said it will review what it can do to facilitate prevention of harassment going forward.The statement acknowledged that accusers often speak out at and face great professional and emotional risk.___2:25 p.m. ETA woman who once interviewed with Harvey Weinstein for a nanny job has gone public with her story about how he interviewed her wearing only boxer shorts and an undershirt.Actor, comedian and writer Sarah Ann Masse said her nanny agency referred her to Weinstein in 2008 for a part-time position to care for his three children from his first marriage. She said that when she rang the bell of Weinstein’s Westport, Connecticut, home she was shocked to see him in nothing but the undergarments when he answered the door.Masse said she remained calm as he led her to a couch and sat down on a couch across from her and went ahead with standard interview questions.At one point, Masse said, two of the children wandered into the room and “he screamed at them to leave.” He then asked whether she felt it was a conflict to be his nanny while pursuing an acting career and smirked when he asked whether she would “flirt” with his friends to get ahead.When the interview was finished, Masse said, Weinstein hugged her tight and said, “I love you.” About a week later she was told by a Weinstein assistant she didn’t get the job because she was an actor.Masse first told her story Wednesday to Variety, saying she was in part inspired by the bravery of other women who had come forward.___12:40 p.m. ETBritish media say London police are investigating a sexual assault allegation against Harvey Weinstein.London’s Metropolitan Police force says it has received an allegation of sexual assault from the Merseyside force in northwest England. It says the claim will be assessed by detectives from the sexual offenses team.Merseyside Police says the allegation was made Wednesday and concerns “an alleged sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s.”British police do not identify suspects who have not been charged. British media including Sky News, The Guardian and the BBC identified the alleged assaulter as Weinstein.New York City police said Thursday that detectives are taking a fresh look at sexual assault allegations against Weinstein.___12:30 p.m. ETActress Kate Beckinsale says she was 17 years old when Harvey Weinstein greeted her in his bathrobe for a meeting in a room at the Savoy Hotel. In an Instagram post Thursday, Beckinsale says she left the meeting uneasy but unscathed.Beckinsale recalls that a few years later Weinstein asked her if he had tried anything with her at the first meeting. She says she realized “he couldn’t remember if he had assaulted me or not.”The actress says she said no to Weinstein professionally many times over the years, and that Weinstein would often respond with anger, profanity and threats.Beckinsale calls for a new paradigm in the industry and says “let’s stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder.”___12:15 p.m. ETTwitter says that Rose McGowan’s account was suspended because of a tweet that included a phone number and has announced that the actress’s account is now unlocked.In a statement, Twitter said Thursday it was a tweet by McGowan with a personal phone number that violated its service terms. The company said it will “be clearer about these policies and decisions in the future.”McGowan’s suspension caused an enormous backlash on social media, with many criticizing Twitter for a move that would silence an alleged victim of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein on its service.McGowan has been among the most vocal in Hollywood about sexual abuse in the industry.___11:50 a.m. ETHachette Book Group, one of the country’s top publishers, says that it has “terminated” its deal with Weinstein Books.Hachette and the book publishing arm of the Weinstein Company had a co-publishing arrangement that included works by Dick Van Dyke, Larry King and Tim Russert.According to Hachette, titles under the Weinstein imprint will be published through the Hachette Books imprint. The staff of Weinstein, which had released around 10 books a years, will be folded into Hachette Books.___10:55 a.m. ETNew York City police detectives are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.Police spokesman Peter Donald said Thursday that investigators are reviewing police files to see if any women previously reported being assaulted or harassed by the media mogul.So far, no past complaints have been found, other than one well-known case that prompted an investigation in 2015.The department is also encouraging anyone with information to come forward.A law enforcement official says detectives also plan to contact women who spoke about their encounters with Weinstein in a New Yorker article this week.The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on an ongoing probe and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sexual conduct with any women.___9:49 a.m. ETRose McGowan’s Twitter account has been suspended, temporarily muting a central figure in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein.McGowan says that Twitter had suspended her from tweeting after the social media company said she broke its rules. On her Instagram account, McGowan says “there are powerful forces at work” and pleads for others to “be my voice.”Representatives for Twitter declined to comment Thursday.The New York Times earlier reported that McGowan was among the numerous women sexually harassed by Weinstein, who paid McGowan a financial settlement in 1997. McGowan on Tuesday tweeted “now I am allowed to say rapist.”McGowan also recently called Ben Affleck “a liar” on Twitter and suggested the actor knew about Weinstein’s conduct. Representatives for Affleck haven’t responded to messages regarding that allegation.___9:43 a.m. ETFilm mogul Harvey Weinstein says he’s “not doing OK” in a video posted on TMZ, but he is hoping for a “second chance” amid the fallout surrounding allegations of widespread sexual abuse.Weinstein spoke in front of media Wednesday as he emerged from a Los Angeles home and got into a vehicle.In remarks captured on video, he says he needs to “get help” and “we all make mistakes.”He concludes with an obscenity-laced remark.___5:11 a.m. ETCannes film festival officials say they have been “dismayed” to learn about the accusations of sexual violence against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.Pierre Lescure, the festival president, and general delegate Thierry Fremaux, wrote in a joint statement: “These actions point to a pattern of behavior that merits only the clearest and most unequivocal condemnation.”Weinstein attended the world-famous festival many times and several movies he produced have been selected in the competition.“Our thoughts go out to the victims, to those who have had the courage to testify and to all the others,” Fremaux and Lescure said. “May this case help us once again to denounce all such serious and unacceptable practices.”___3:46 a.m. ETThe Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal has entangled a former president, a former presidential candidate and now a former presidential adviser.Steve Bannon, the former Trump White House chief strategist and current head of Breitbart News, is the latest politico touched by the scandal.Bannon, whose website has hammered Democrats for accepting Weinstein’s political donations, himself profited from a relationship with the movie mogul, in an ill-fated joint venture more than a decade ago. Bannon served as chairman of a small company that distributed DVDs and home videos, and went into business in 2005 with The Weinstein Co., led by Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob. Sharelast_img read more

NES controller made to work with iCade games on iPad

first_imgOne of the problems with playing games on a touchscreen is the fact that in order to interact with the game you need to cover part of the screen. That’s why when the iCade became a real product it turned out to be a very popular peripheral. The only problem is it is quite expensive.Paul Rickards, a self-professed tinkerer, has discovered you don’t actually need to purchase an iCade in order to use a separate controller for iPad games. You can in fact use your own game pads connected through an Arduino to the iPad via USB.Rickards discovered he could use his own controllers by accident while getting a homebrew C64 keyboard to work with iMAME on the iPad over USB. When he pressed keys on the keyboard, iMAME said it was enabling iCade mode. That’s strange as iCade interfaces with the iPad via Bluetooth, but it looks as though the type of connection doesn’t actually matter.With that discovery, Rickards set about making another Arduino board talk to the iPad via USB using the V-USB library–something he had done previously for the keyboard project. Only this time he set it up for a NES controller. The Arduino is housed in a case made of Lego, which the NES pad and the USB connector plug into. Both are powered over the USB port on the iPad. The end result is iCade-compatible games controlled via the NES pad for significantly less investment than buying an iCade. There’s also nothing to stop you using other controllers as long as you can get them to interface with the Arduino.Rickards has said he will post the code enabling others to create a similar setup, he just needs to clean it up a bit first.Read more at biosrhythm, via toucharcadelast_img read more