Three cheers for Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha: Bollywood

first_imgBollywood diva Rekha and cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar have been nominated to the Rajya Sabha and the film fraternity has extended its best wishes to them and said good people would do good work.On Thursday, master blaster Tendulkar, Rekha and businesswoman-social worker Anu Aga were nominated to the Rajya Sabha followed by a stamp of approval from President Pratibha Patil.Sachin has accepted to be a member of the Rajya Sabha, while Rekha’s acceptance is still awaited.This is what the film fraternity has to say:Onir: I wish them all the best, both Sachin and Rekha. Their contribution is immense, Sachin has such incredible contribution to India. I wish them all the best.Juhi Chawla: If they accept and go to the parliament, I wish them all the best. If good people are nominated for good positions, then they will do good work. This will also lead to growth so I wish them all the best.Sujoy Ghosh: I am a big Rekhaji fan. She is allowed to do everything. Anything Rekhaji does is fine by me. He (Sachin) is a good hero, man, he should be there.Chitrangada Singh: According to me, both of them deserve it. Rekhaji is an accomplished actress and she has been maintaining a low profile for a long time. But she is somebody who has so much of grace and she is so accomplished. Sachin, of course, is the pride of the country so it would be great to see him in the parliament.Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor: Awesome! I guess that’s a good thing… it’s great. I think we need all kinds of different personalities in the Parliament.advertisementlast_img read more

Modi in France: List of agreements signed

first_imgParis: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande in a meeting in Paris on Friday.Photo: PTIFrance on Friday called India a “bright spot” in global economy, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his ‘Make in India’ initiative to invite top French businesses to invest in the country, particularly in the areas of defence and infrastructure. Read: Modi says India will buy 36 Rafale Jets in fly-away condition from France The agreements signed are as follows: Defence and Nuclear EnergyMoU between L&T and AREVA: It is aimed at cost reduction by increasing localization, to improve the financial viability of Jaitapur project. It will also enable transfer of technology and development of indigenous nuclear energy industry in India.Pre-engineering agreements between NPCIL and Areva: The PEA studies intend to bring clarity on all technical aspects of the plant so that all parties (AREVA, Alstom and NPCIL) can firm up their price and optimize all provisions for risks still included at this stage in the costs of the project.MoU between ISRO and CNES on Megha Tropiques: The Indo-French Megha Tropiques satellite was launched on board the Indian launch vehicle, PSLV on October 12, 2011. The MoU shall extend by 2 more years, the joint project for sharing and use of data from the satellite.MOU between ISRO, CNES and ONERA for Ka-band propagation experiment over Indian tropical region: The MoU envisages cooperation for implementation of the project concerning Ka- band propagation experiment over Indian tropical region. The main objective is to collect Ka-Band attenuation data using available Ka-Band transmission and perform analysis along with corresponding radio meter and meteorological data.advertisementSpaceProgramme between ISRO and French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES): The Agreement proposes cooperation in the areas of Satellite Remote sensing, satellite communications and satellite meteorology; space sciences and planetary exploration; data collection and location; operations of satellite ground stations and spacecraft mission management; space research and applications. It covers the potential cooperation activities such as joint earth observation mission, hosted payload opportunities and Mars exploration.SportsMoU on Cooperation between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of India and French Ministry of Sports, Youth Affairs, Public Education and Community Life: The MoU envisages cooperation and exchange of experiences in the fields of sports medicine, institutional cooperation, development of practice of sports in the context of proximity sports, support of participation of women and the disabled in sports, management and coordination of sports federations, training of executives and establishment of National Institute of Sports in India based on French model of INSEP.Economic RelationsMemorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of renewable energy between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Government of France: The understanding reached in this MoU will help establish the basis for cooperation and relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy issues on the basis of mutual benefits and reciprocity through exchange and training of technical personnel, exchange of information and data, joint research and transfer of know-how and technology. It would cover solar, wind, bio-energy, tidal and wave energy sectors.RailwaysRailway protocol between Indian Ministry of Railways and French National Railways (SNCF): The Protocol seeks to establish cooperation between Indian and French Railways for semi-high speed rail and station renovation.EnergyGuarantee Agreement with AFD Financing of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL): The Agreement seeks to finance Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)Culture, Heritage Conservation, Tourism, People-to-people contactsAdministrative Arrangement in the field of Cultural Heritage: The Administrative Arrangement between the Indian Ministry of Culture and French Ministry of Culture and Communication, envisages cooperation in the field of cultural heritage, through training of Indian heritage conservation professionals at the Institute National du Patrimoine (INP), a higher education establishment of training for curators and restorers in the field of heritage in France, as well as Development of cultural and scientific cooperation in the fields of conservation and restoration of the heritage, short duration training sessions in India by INP trainers in Indian institutes and training of French training in India etc.Letter of Intent on TourismLoI for increasing cooperation in tourism sector signed between India and France aims to promote sustainable bilateral tourism between the two countries including through mutual promotion of tourism, ensuring safety of tourists and encouraging sharing of expertise and best practices. The LoI also seeks to facilitate twinning of sites having historical, natural and cultural significance in India and France for promoting them as tourist destinations.advertisementLetter of Intent (LoI) between the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP)The LoI envisages collaboration on preventive archaeology projects, initiatives to disseminate culture and promote archaeology, training programmes for specialists of ASI and deployment of expertise, in particular, in the field of underwater archaeology.MOU between School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi and National Architecture Institute in Paris, France: The MoU envisages cooperation to undertake joint planning and geographical studies in India and France and training of local counterparts in modern urban and regional research as well as in techniques of scientific methods in Urban and regional planning, geography, environment, Building engineering and management.MoU between Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation (IHCN) and Association Nationale des Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire et villes a secteurs sauvegardes et proteges (ANVPAH): This MoU envisages cooperation between to cooperate in the fields of sustainable development, urban planning, heritage conservation and up-gradation of basic services.Proposal for twinning of historical monuments: Twinning of historical monuments is covered under the LoI on Tourism Cooperation.VIE scheme to allow Indian students in France and French students in India to stay for a period of 24 months: The Volontariat International en Entreprise (VIE) scheme offers Indian Visa for 12 months renewable once for a period of 12 months for 250 French students and a ‘second residence permit’ of 12 months for the Indian students in France following the 12 months already granted.Letter of Intent on Ayurveda between Ministry of Ayush and University of Strasbourg: LoI allows both the parties to strengthen their relationships and cooperation in the area of Ayurveda education and research by undertaking academic and research activities, exploring feasibility of collaborative research, and drawing up strategies for dissemination of results of completed studies, Conducting joint workshops/conferences on Ayurveda as complimentary medicine in France.Skill DevelopmentMoU between National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), India and the National Commission for Vocational Qualifications (Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle CNCD): For exchange of information regarding the maintenance of National Skills Qualification Framework and the French National Register for Vocational Certifications (RNCP). The agreement will facilitate exchange of information and knowledge about maintenance of qualification registers through information exchanges, visits and other suitable meetings.Science and TechnologyMoU on cooperation in the field of Science & Technology between Department of Science & Technology of India and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS): The MoU is for cooperation between the two countries in the areas of applied mathematics, physics, Information & communication technology, water resources and environment, life sciences, astronomy, climate and energy by exchange of information, organization of meetings/workshops/seminars, exchange of research personnel; joint projects; establishment of Virtual Joint Laboratories, and establishment of Joint Research Centres.MoU between Department of Biotechnology of India and CNRS and UPMC on Collaboration for establishment of a National Institute of Marine Biology and Biotechnology in India: The proposed MoU seeks to establish a National Institute of Marine Biology and Biotechnology in India, with a Hub and Spoke network of laboratories spanning Indias marine regions from the Andaman to Lakshadweep.advertisementlast_img read more

Hobart Test: South Africa take 86-run lead over Australia after 15-wicket day

first_imgVernon Philander took five wickets to help skittle Australia for 85 before South Africa’s batsmen combined to give the tourists an 86-run lead by stumps Saturday on a dramatic opening day to the second cricket Test.A total of 15 wickets fell after South Africa won the toss and sent Australia in to bat on a green-tinged pitch in overcast conditions at Bellerive, with Philander in the thick of the action early. (SCORECARD)South Africa was 171/5 at stumps, with Temba Bavuma unbeaten on 38 and Quinton de Kock on 28.For the first time in a test, Australia lost both openers for one run each and was reeling at 2/2 when skipper Steve Smith went to the crease. He faced 80 balls and was unbeaten on 48 when he ran out of batting partners as Philander had No. 11 Nathan Lyon caught behind to complete an innings-haul of five for 21.The calamitous 85 was Australia’s lowest innings total in a Test on home soil since 1984, although it wasn’t nearly as bad as its record low of 47 – inflicted by South Africa in 2011 when Philander made his debut and also took five wickets.Leading the attack in the absence of Dale Steyn, who damaged his shoulder in South Africa’s 177-run win in the series-opener in Perth, Philander had David Warner (1) out on the last ball of the first over of the day.After Kyle Abbott removed Joe Burns (1), Philander took two wickets on consecutive balls – Usman Khawaja (4) and Adam Voges (0) in the ninth over – to have Australia reeling at 8/4 before he was forced from the field after a mid-pitch collision with Smith in the 13th over.advertisementCallum Ferguson, making a belated Test debut at 31, barely survived the hat-trick delivery but never looked comfortable before being run out for 3.Philander returned after the lunch interval and bowled Test rookie Joe Mennie for 10, triggering a second collapse as Australia lost its last four wickets for 26 runs.South African openers Dean Elgar and Stephen Cook navigated 18 overs without any real trouble to reach tea at 43-0, but the Australians hit back in the first over after the break.Mitchell Starc took the first three wickets, trapping Elgar (17) lbw with a perfect yorker on the first ball after the interval and having Cook (23) caught behind four balls later.He then had J.P Duminy (1) caught at second slip by Smith in his next over as South Africa slipped to 46/3.Josh Hazlewood chimed in with the key wicket of skipper Faf du Plessis, who unsuccessfully reviewed his lbw decision, and South Africa was in serious trouble at 76/4 until Hashim Amla (47) and Bavuma combined to put on 56 in 15 overs for the fifth wicket.Hazlewood took the last wicket of the day when he had Amla caught behind three runs short of a 32nd Test half century.last_img read more

Report: Qatar 2 Lebanon 0

first_imgQatar beat Lebanon 2-0 in their Asian Cup opener thanks to a brilliant Bassam Al Rawi free-kick and a late Almoez Ali strike.Lebanon had a goal ruled out in the first half, with Al Rawi’s superb strike then setting up victory for the 2022 World Cup hosts, who sealed all three Group E points when Ali tucked in a rebound with 11 minutes left.Miodrag Radulovic’s Lebanon will hope for a more positive outcome when they face Saudi Arabia at the weekend, when North Korea are Qatar’s next opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Qatar were on top in the opening exchanges but Lebanon seemingly took the lead against the run of play in the 36th minute, only for the goal to be disallowed.A Hassan Maatouk right-wing corner came through to Ali Hamam at the back post and he tucked away a neat first-time finish, but referee Ma Ning had spotted a foul in the box.Haytham Faour’s ambitious volley flew over the crossbar after the interval as both sides continued to struggle creatively, Hilal Alhelwe’s flicked header failing to test Saad Al Sheeb.And Qatar – who have now scored four of their last six Asian Cup goals from free-kicks – nudged ahead in the 65th minute with the game’s first moment of real quality.A foul by Maatouk 20 yards out handed Al Rawi a chance to fire a free-kick at goal and his powerful effort beat the wall and had far too much pace for goalkeeper Mehdi Khalil.And with Lebanon pushing for an equaliser, Qatar found a decisive late second goal when Ali was on hand to turn home the rebound after Al Sheeb’s save from Abdelaziz Hatim.last_img read more

Commonwealth Games 2018: Indian women beat Malaysia 3-0 to reach Table Tennis semi-final

first_imgIndia easliy brushed aside Malaysia 3-0 in their quarter-final clash of the women’s team Table Tennis event at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Saturday.Manika Batra started off the proceedings with a comfortable 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 win over Malaysia’s Ying Ho in the opening match.Madhurika Patkar slipped up a bit when she lost the opening game of the second match to Karen Lyne.But the Indian recovered by claiming hard fought wins in the next two games before blowing away her opponent in the deciding game to claim a 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-3 verdict.Commonwealth Games 2018, Day 3: Medals TallyIndia at CWG 2018 on Day 3Commonwealth Games 2018: Full CoverageMadhurika then paired up with Mouma Das to beat the Malaysian pair of Ying Ho and Ai Xin Tee to complete the Indian win.Two wins in the Singles by #ManikaBatra, #MadhurikaPatkar & the Doubles Duo of #MoumaDas and #Madhurika in the Women’s Team Quarterfinals at #GC2018 #GC2018TableTennis have taken India through to the Semis.#WellDone #Teamindia @GC2018 #GoldQuest #SHARETHEDREAM @ttfitweet – Team India (@ioaindia) April 7, 2018India will next face England on Sunday April 8. Singapore and hosts Australia will meet in the other semi-final.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Coolpad Note 6 review: Good battery life but that can’t save it

first_imgMost smartphone manufacturers in India are well-focussed on the budget segment. This is where the volumes are, in the segment under Rs 10,000 price point. This is why Xiaomi, Motorola, Nokia and Honor all are focussing on it. Coolpad too used to focus greatly on this segment. But last year it fell silent after a while. Maybe it was reworking its India strategy. Now in mid-2018, the company is taking another stab at the mainstream smartphone market with the Coolpad Note 6. This phone was launched last month at a starting price of Rs 8,999. The price is for the 32GB variant, with the 64GB variant costing extra Rs 1,000 and has a list price of Rs 9,999.The Coolpad Note 6 is the successor to last year’s Coolpad Note 5, which was all about design and good display. We reviewed the Coolpad Note 5 and found it to be one of the best-looking smartphones in its price segment. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with the Coolpad Note 6. I used the phone for a week and can say that I didn’t find any wow factor about the design of the Note 6. Rather it is a phone that you can very well call boring.The “boring” part is hardly a problem with the phone. Unlike the Note 5 that was pitched to consumers as a sleek and good-looking phone, the highlight feature of the Note 6 is its selfie cameras. Yes, there are two front cameras in this Coolpad phone. But while that sounds great on paper, in actual use it’s not that impressive. In fact, in actual use, the whole Note 6 isn’t all that impressive.advertisementCoolpad Note 6 designLook away. It’s a boring phone, even if so are the most of the other phones in this price bracket. As mentioned earlier, the Note 6 has a basic design. From the front, the Note 6 looks like those old Samsung Galaxy J-series models. From the back, the Note 6 looks different, yet mundane. It includes a single camera setup on the rear and an LED flash placed at the extreme left corner. It’s an all-plastic phone but just to add some style to the device, Coolpad has cut through the plastic in a weird pattern around the camera module. It looked odd to me, though this is a matter of taste. If the camera performance is fine, this is hardly an issue.For Note 6, Coolpad doesn’t follow the current industry trend. While most smartphones these days come with 18:9 display and have minimal bezels around the screen, Coolpad Note 6 chooses to use the traditional 16:9 display, accompanied by thick bezels.It’s not all doom and gloom though. The Note 6 is extremely sturdy and lightweight. After one week of using the phone, I get the impression that this phone is sturdy enough to take a beating or two. On the front, the Coolpad Note 6 comes with a fingerprint sensor that sits right below the display. Almost all phones available at this price point come with a fingerprint sensor and most of them are capable of recognizing the finger touch very well. Unfortunately not Coolpad Note 6. The fingerprint sensor in this phone misread a lot of times for me and most occasions I had to enter the passcode to unlock the phone.I was also not very comfortable with the placement of the fingerprint sensor. Next to the fingerprint sensor are the navigation keys that are not backlit, which is again a problem. On the top bezel, the Coolpad Note 6 includes two selfie cameras, LED flash, earpiece and notification light.Coolpad Note 6 screenThe design of the Coolpad Note 6 is boring. What about the display? Is it good enough? Answer: It is just about decent. There’s nothing great about the Coolpad Note 6 display. There are other phones in the market at the same price point which come with much better and vibrant displays compared to the one in the Coolpad Note 6.The smartphone uses a 5.5-inch FullHD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. On top of the display, the Coolpad Note 6 includes a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is to protect the phone from scratches and other external damages.It’s not all doom and gloom though. The Note 6 is extremely sturdy and lightweightCoolpad should have put in extra effort in the display, given how important it is to the overall user experience. The screen on this phone shows dull colours. But there is an even bigger issue. I found that the brightness level of the display inadequate. It was very difficult to use the phone under bright sunlight. I could barely see the screen even though the brightness level was on maximum.advertisementOutdoors most of the time I had to keep the brightness level to max, which also consumed a lot of battery. Indoors it is somewhat better, but even here if you want to watch a video or check your friend’s Instagram pictures, you will need to slide the brightness slider to right.The phone has fairly good viewing angles but the brightness issues mean watching YouTube videos isn’t that great. The touch response, for a change, is smooth and I didn’t face any screen or touch lag while using the phone.Coolpad Note 6 cameraThe front camera first: Interestingly, the Coolpad Note 6, unlike other phones at this price point, comes with dual selfie cameras. The Note 6 comes with an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor, which has the ability to capture 120-degree wide-angle selfies. That is a handy feature to click group selfies. There’s also an additional fill-light feature to help you capture better pictures in low-light situations.IMAGE SAMPLESWhile the features sound great, the actual performance doesn’t match the talk. In my experience, almost all the selfies clicked with the Coolpad Note 6 appeared grainy and lacked details. And this was with both selfie camera — the main one as well as the wide angle one. Even in good lights, the selfie cameras were disappointed.Both the cameras also take a lot of time to focus on the object. The pictures they click not only lack details, but also colours. They look washed out, and occasionally have white balance issues. The Beauty Mode, which smoothens the skin and makes it look unnaturally younger, works well enough if that is something you are into.Coolpad should have put in extra effort in the display, given how important it is to the overall user experienceThe rear camera is more or less in the same boat performance wise, which is average most of the time. On the back panel, the Coolpad Note 6 sports a 13-megapixel sensor with a f/2.2 aperture. The pictures clicked with the Coolpad Note 6 back camera come out grainy in both daylight and low light. It too takes a lot of time to focus, and produces images that have dull colours and low detail. The Coolpad Note 6 comes with several camera modes like slo-mo, panorama, motion, food, note and night shot. They work as intended, but then the overall quality of the Note 6 camera lets them down. This is except the slow-mo mode, which hardly slows down the video footage. Basically, it is a feature that Coolpad shouldn’t have even added.Coolpad Note 6 performanceThe smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The Coolpad Note 6 comes in two variants – one with 32GB of internal storage and the second with 64GB storage. Overall, the Coolpad Note 6 is capable of handling day-to-day tasks but lags in certain situations. For example, it struggles a bit when you switch between open apps. It takes a lot of time to move from one app to another. The phone also gets slow when too many apps run in the background. The scrolling in apps like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp is sluggish. This clearly shows that Coolpad needs to work on the software optimisation for the Note 6.advertisementOverall, the Coolpad Note 6 struggles to handle multitasking. But, surprisingly, the phone handles games well enough, although only if you are not running too many apps in the background. The smartphone works well enough while running games like Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2. It even handles the GPU-intensive games like Asphalt 8: Airborne well. The software of the Note 6 is disappointing. The smartphone runs Android 7.1 Nougat, customised with Journey UI. Android Nougat which is almost two years old now. The Coolpad Note 6 also comes with outdated security patch (December 2017). Sigh, when will Android phone companies realise that security matters? As of now, there’s no word if Coolpad Note 6 will be upgraded to Oreo or not, let alone the Android P that is the flavour of Android this year. The Android in the Note 6 has been customised heavily by Coolpad using Journey UI. The phone comes pre-loaded with apps like UC browser, Facebook, UC News, Prime Video, Amazon, Ola cabs, and more.Coolpad’s Journey UI also brings a new look to the notification shade, which is annoying. You can’t swipe away the notifications to remove them. Instead, you’ll have to click on the delete option after swiping right or left to get rid of the notifications. Basically, Coolpad tried to copy one of the worst features from the iPhone, instead of copying something that is good. To remove all of them together, you can click on the “X” or close option below.Coolpad Note 6 battery lifeBattery is the best part about the Coolpad Note 6. During the launch of the phone last month, Coolpad had promised that the Note 6 will offer at least full-day battery life. And after using the phone for a week I can say that Coolpad delivers on its promise. The Coolpad Note 6 comes with a massive 4070mAh battery, which the company claims can deliver a standby time of 350 hours. For me, the phone lasted for almost 12 to 14 hours of rigorous use, which is fairly good for a phone in this price bracket. A little bit of judicious use, and you will easily see battery life of 18 to 19 hours with this phone. Overall, I can say the Coolpad Note 6 is an ideal buy for people who want a pocket-friendly Android phone with a long-lasting battery life.Should you buy it?Before I take up this question do note this: the Coolpad Note 6 is an offline-exclusive product. The smartphone is currently available across 300 plus retail stores in the country. So you can actually buy it unlike most of the Xiaomi Redmi phones that are rarely in stock.So, should you buy the Coolpad Note 6 for Rs 8,999? No. You shouldn’t until the only feature you want in your phone is great battery life. There are better phones in the market right now. Various Xiaomi Redmi phones are better. And so is the recently-launched Honor 7A, or for that matter the Nokia 3.Coolpad Note 6 review 6/10Good stuffLong lasting battery lifeSturdy designBad stuffOutdated softwarePoor CamerasPoor PerformanceLooks boringlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo’s class act in defeat wins hearts

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo was left frustrated and pained as his dream came to an end at the FIFA World Cup 2018 but the Portugal and Real Madrid superstar still managed to win hearts in a tense match against Uruguay in the round of 16 at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium on Saturday.Cavani scored twice – in the seventh minute and 62nd minute – to earn Uruguay a place in the quarter-final berth against France, who earlier overcame 2014 runners-up Argentina 4-3 in a goal-fest.Edinson Cavani, the 31-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker spread fear in the Portuguese area – he and Luis Suarez combined brilliantly to put fear deep into the hearts of the opposition defenders.World Cup 2018: Messi, Ronaldo dreams dashed as Argentina, Portugal bow outRonaldo, meanwhile, was marked superbly by Uruguayan defenders, who gave nothing away.However, in a heart-warming gesture, Ronaldo came forward to help Cavani walk off the field after he picked up an injury in the 74th minute. By then, Portugal were trailing 1-2 and the World Cup dream was quickly slipping away.Not a fair result. Portugal coach can’t come to terms with World Cup exitYet, Ronaldo, passionate and fiery on the field, came forward to help Cavani walk off the pitch to loud applause from the packed stands.Cavani put Uruguay ahead in the seventh minute when he evaded the Portugal defence to meet Luis Suarez’s pinpoint cross with a bullet header at the far post.Pepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEPortugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving their captain Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.The Real Madrid forward could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

G’Night: Slick Men’s Pajamas from Down Under

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt 17 Essential Non-Fiction Books to Add to Your Shelves What do you typically wear to bed? Boxers? An old beat-up shirt? Absolutely nothing? That’s fine, of course — but you might take a moment to reconsider men’s pajamas.No, we’re not talking about striped Bert and Ernie pajamas that come complete with a sleeping cap, but sharp, modern pajamas that any self-respecting man would feel comfortable in.Like most men, you probably haven’t worn pajamas since you were knee-high to a dingo. Well, two Australian clothing companies — Elk and ALAS — are reinventing pajamas for grown-ass men.Sleeping is a somewhat dirty business that involves a fair amount of sweat and shedding of skin cells. If you’re the kind of fella who goes weeks or even months without cleaning the sheets, some smart pajamas will help improve your hygiene. They can also help keep your mattress clean, delaying the significant cost of replacement.Sleepwear is more than something you wear while you’re sleeping — it’s nice to wear something halfway decent while you’re entertaining an overnight guest in the morning *wink*. It’s also convenient to open the door, get the mail, or take out the trash without having to throw on a pair of jeans. If you work from home, a good pair of pajamas could be your business attire.Related: Get Better Sleep With Sleep ShieldALAS is a sleepwear company based in Sydney. “ALAS” stands for “all light, all shadow,” a nod to the eternal waltz of day and night. So that’s cool. For the cold months, you might try their navy fleece pants. For the warmer months, the sateen shorts and pants are probably your best bet.  So far they’ve only made women’s sleepwear, but they’re about to release a line of good-lookin’ sleepwear for men. So get excited, and stay tuned.Elk is based in Melbourne, about 550 miles southwest of Sydney. They’re proudly affiliated with a number of do-good organizations around the world, including UNICEF and Go Green. Their Sömn collection for men consists of two types of PJs: The Enkel Pajama Set and the Trött Pyjama Set. The Enkel Pajama set comes with stone-washed linen shorts and a cotton drop-shoulder tee shirt, while the Trött Pyjama Set comes with a tee shirt and comfy linen pants.center_img End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health 1. ALAS Navy Fleece Pajama Pants – 2. ALAS Optic Sateen Pajama Pants – 3. ALAS Sateen Boxer Shorts – 4. ALAS Sateen Boxer Shorts – 5. Elk’s Enkel Pajama Set – 5 6. Elk’s Enkel Pajama Set – 5 7. Elk’s Trött Pajama Set – 5 The Best Sunglasses for Men this Seasonlast_img read more

Provincial Film Industry to Develop Longterm Strategy

first_imgN.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–Provincial Film Industry to DevelopLong-term Strategy The Nova Scotia film industry is focusing on a new project — anindustry-wide long-term strategy. A Canadian consulting firm, Nordicity Group Ltd., has beenselected to develop a long-term strategy that will build on therecent successes of various industry participants while preparingthe nation’s fourth largest film industry for an even moresuccessful future. “The initiative now underway will give the industry the strategicdirection needed to reach even greater heights,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernest Fage. “I commend those with thevision and foresight to make it happen, and look forward to theresults.” The strategy — funded by the Nova Scotia Film DevelopmentCorporation, Nova Scotia Economic Development and the AtlanticCanada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) — will consist of two phases. The first is an economic impact analysis, examining the costsrelated to generating film activity and assessing the benefits tothe economy, society and culture. The second phase will be thecreation of a strategic plan. “The film industry in Atlantic Canada is a growing presence,”said Joseph McGuire, Minister for the Atlantic CanadaOpportunities Agency. “With our pool of creative talent, and ourcommitment to the arts, the region — and Nova Scotia inparticular — is well positioned to serve as a centre for thisindustry.” Ann MacKenzie, CEO of the Nova Scotia Film DevelopmentCorporation, said the long-term strategy is expected to identifyopportunities, reduce duplication and set a course for long-termgrowth for a wide variety of industry participants. “A cohesiveand co-ordinated effort is required if we want to continue to beleaders on the global stage,” she said. That united approach will have lasting benefits said SteveComeau, chair of the Nova Scotia Film Industry StakeholdersTaskforce. “Existing infrastructure has carried us far but, forthe most part, support is available for production elementsonly,” he said. “Skills development, education, access to capitaland infrastructure development are just some of the challengeswe’re facing. This strategy will give us the tools we need toaddress them at the community level.” The task force was formed in December 2003 to guide the planningprocess for a five-year industry strategy. Task force membersrepresent a number of industry and government partners includingeducation and training organizations, labour groups, producers,broadcasters, funding agencies and various governmentdepartments. The province’s film industry employs about 2,000 Nova Scotiansand has generated more than $500 million for the provincialeconomy over the last five years. In the past year, localproducers completed 10 feature films, 28 television series, threemovies of the week, 50 television specials and five new mediaprojects. Foreign producers shot one feature film, nine movies ofthe week and three specials. Nordicity Group Ltd. frequently works with industry andpolicymakers in the Canadian film and television productionindustry. It has been involved in such projects as the CanadianFilm and Television Producers Association’s annual economicprofile and has done work for the National Film Board, theSociety of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers and for RadioCanada International.last_img read more

No more VIP stay at Corbett Tiger Reserve

first_imgNew Delhi: Corbett Tiger Reserve authorities have decided that it will not entertain references from VIPs requesting stay and safari facilities among others either for themselves or for their relatives and friends, instead these requests would be reported to their higher authorities.The move comes as the Corbett administration has been receiving a large number of communications, through explicit use/display of official position/state symbols, for arranging safari, stay, other private arrangements of various highly placed authorities, which is otherwise a purely personal activity and has nothing to do with discharge of any official duties of the authorities concerned. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaOn many occasions, even cases of friends/other known ones have been referred to the authorities at Corbett and sometimes the matter has been tried to be pursued in coercive /intimidating manners, according to a recent official order. “This is nothing but brazen abuse of official position for seeking favour for personal ends. Such practices also put stress on an already overburdened administration, primary duties of which are habitat management and protection works,” it said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahTherefore, in accordance with constitutional principles, orders of the Supreme Court and other relevant rules/notifications in this regard, it is hereby ordered that any communication received through use of official positions, except for those entitled, in any manner, for the said purpose will not be entertained at all, by any of the officials posted in the Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand, the order said. Rules framed by the Uttarakhand government regarding state guests allow very few constitutional functionaries like the president, prime minister, chief justice of India, Lok Sabha speaker, among others to avail such facilities. “In future such requests are not to be taken cognizance of at all and the same has to be returned immediately, in original, to the office concerned and the matter has to be reported to the higher authorities of such offices for action against them, regarding such abuse of official positions,” said Sanjiv Chaturvedi, director of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, in the order. Uttarakhand has three tiger reserves – Corbett National Park (or tiger reserve), Rajaji Tiger Reserve and Kalagarh Tiger Reserve. ( With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Funnearn Play Game and Earn

first_imgNew Delhi: Everybody wants to earn money online but it is really tough to comprehend the authenticity of an online platform. Most of the platforms are either scam or involves pure gambling that needs the luck to earn money. However, there are some fantasy games such as poker or rummy that give you a little opportunity to earn money but it requires a certain level of skills and knowledge. These are some problems that actually give the birth of a new gaming platform which is called Funnearn. This amazing gaming application provides ample opportunity to earn real money by playing simple games.Funnearn platform has come up with the following four very popular games:Ascendy: It is a very simple game in which the user only requires to tap some simple ascending and descending numbers which appears in different colors.Splashy: It is another simple game in which the user requires to tap the buttons according to the colors.Zeenos: It is a very simple game in which the user requires to tap the correct answer button when some simple arithmetic operation of addition and subtraction pops up.Virgil: It is another simple game in which the user requires to tap the button based on the resemblance of the pictures that pop up.Major features in the app:Funnearn invented the concept of 1-to-1 in the hyperlocal space.No prerequisite knowledge is required for any game from the players.Each game cycle is of one minute compared to other platforms.The “Make My Contest”, allows users to create their own contests and invite friends.This gives the user full control over the game.The first company to offer one-to-one battles, i.e. players play head on against each other.The range of cash price that is available for the user in Funnearn platform ranges from 2x to 5x. It is a very hassle-free process to receive cash prizes. Funnearn generally uses Paytm gratification service for the instant fund transfer to the wallet of the user. However, the user can also request for the bank transfer to get the cash on their bank account but it usually requires 3 to 5 business days to transfer.Funnearn is mostly used by 93% of the males who are in the age group of 18 to 22 years. It is very popular in UP, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, MP, and Punjab. Till now the total number of active users in this platform is 117934. People mostly use Android-based smartphones for accessing Funnearn. Our vision is to build a platform that gives the player and opportunity to win big in just 1 minute by using basic cognitive skills.Here at Funnearn, we have designed a state-of-the-art customer service. This is severely lacking in this industry but Funnearn is an exception. We mainly build trust in the minds of our customers by clearing all doubts and providing necessary support. Whenever any user faces any problem regarding payment or any other issues we solve it immediately with proper email communication” says Harsha Sachdeva.last_img read more

Subaru recalls 13M vehicles in US for brake light problem

DETROIT — Subaru is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S. because the brake lights may not illuminate properly.The recall covers certain 2014 to 2016 Forester, 2008 through 2016 Impreza and 2013 through 2017 Crosstrek vehicles.Subaru says cleaning products containing silicone can emit a gas that can seep into the brake lamp switch and cut off the electrical contact. That can stop the brake lights from working but brakes will still function.The automaker says the problem doesn’t happen very often. It has only 33 reports in the U.S.Subaru says it discovered the problem. It will reach out to affected customers and replace the switch.The recall is being done worldwide, but information about the number of vehicles affected and the models wasn’t available Saturday.The Associated Press read more

Man dies in three vehicle Armagh crash

first_imgA 66-YEAR-OLD man has died in a crash involving three vehicles in Co. Armagh.The crash happened on the Madden Road near Tandragee shortly before 7pm this evening with a lorry among the three vehicles involved.The PSNI have said that the Madden Road will remain closed overnight to facilitate the removal of the lorry with local diversions  in place.Read: Man dies in overnight crash in south Dublin >Read: Young man killed in Dublin road crash >last_img

Quiz How well do you know Michael D Higgins

first_img You scored out of ! By Sean Murray Feb 25th 2018, 6:31 PM The president performs a song with a band called The Stunning. But what’s the song called? Assumpta Tweet Tweet Saw Doctors Flippin’ good! Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 6:30 PM What are ewe doing!? Venezuela Share242 Tweet Email1 Which of these places has Michael D NOT visited as president? Chile St Patrick’s Athletic Bob Dylan The River Pawsitively perfect. Baaaaaaaaaaad. What department was he Minister of in the 1990s? You scored out of ! Share your result: Delorentos Share your result: What’s his favourite football team? Sean Gallagher Athlone Town It was a photo op to promote his 2018 presidential campaign The Lake Education Villagers The Mountain Quiz: How well do you know Michael D Higgins? Our president may be looking for a second term, but how much do you know about him? Bruce Springsteen Top Dog! Bell X1 University of Manchester PA Images PA Images Foreign Affairs Niall Carson/PA Wire Martin McGuinness Queen Fintastic PA Images Share Who was he going to see at Slane when this photo got taken? You scored out of ! You scored out of !center_img Michael Donnelly 39 Comments Share your result: Share Almost purrfect! Share Which university gave him an honorary degree in 2015? Sabrina Cuba Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Why was he famously photographed on a BMX? PA Images University College Dublin Galway United University of Liverpool Notre Dame University Peru You scored out of ! Bray Wanderers Shell of a bad effort. Which Irish band wrote a song called Michael D Rockin in the Dáil? Share your result: Tweet Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Clever Cat! 28,279 Views David Bowie Agriculture, Food and Forestry PA Images Share Share He was at Electric Picnic and needed to get to the Other Voices stage super quick Share your result: Dana Tweet Short URL IT’S LOOKING INCREASINGLY likely that Michael D Higgins will look to secure a second term as president of Ireland.Over the past seven years, Higgins has acted as our head of State but before that has been in political life since 1981.Think you know about our president? Let’s find out. Tweet He was at Sea Sessions and just fancied having a laugh Who did Michael D Higgins ask Labour councillors not to block from becoming a candidate in the 2011 presidential election? Easy one first, what’s his wife’s name? David Norris The Road PA Images He needed to rush back to the Áras to meet the Taoiseach Turtley awful Answer all the questions to see your result! Sabina Samanthalast_img read more

Important Budget Process Unfolding in Congress Over Next Two Weeks

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are preparing for floor consideration of their respective budget resolutions for fiscal year 2018.  While typically partisan and symbolic exercises, the FY2018 budget process includes reconciliation provisions that Republican leaders hope to use to pave the way for enactment of comprehensive tax reform. The reconciliation process would enable tax reform to pass the Senate with 51 votes instead of the 60 vote filibuster proof threshold.The underlying House and Senate budget resolutions do include specific and assumed reductions for agriculture, however, Agriculture Committee Chairmen in both the House and Senate have indicated the proposed cuts will not be executed and will not become reality. The budget resolution is now viewed merely as a vehicle necessary to pass to carry the tax reform reconciliation instructions. The House budget resolution includes instructions for $10 billion in savings over a decade from agricultural and nutrition programs, but these provisions are expected to be dropped in the final budget agreement with the Senate. The Senate budget resolution includes an assumption that there will be about $21 billion in savings to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm programs over a decade. However, there are no specific instructions included with those assumptions, which makes them unenforceable and all indications confirm the Senate does not intend to pursue them.The American Soybean Association (ASA) continues to monitor the process and communicate with the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to ensure funding for agriculture is not jeopardized.  ASA also recognizes the importance of Congress passing a budget resolution with reconciliation instructions to allow the process for comprehensive tax reform to move forward.  ASA remains actively engaged in tax reform discussions and is communicating our priority issues, including the importance of interest deductions for agricultural operations.last_img read more

Accident victim once critical improving

first_imgA Portland woman’s condition has improved after she was critically injured in a rollover accident May 28 on Interstate 205. Kimberly A. Actkinson, 46, was listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday night at Southwest Washington Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said.The Washington State Patrol said she was driving a 1996 Jeep Cherokee south on Interstate 205 when she overcorrected during a lane change about a half-mile north of state Highway 14. The Jeep rolled and crossed the freeway median into northbound traffic. She wore no seat belt and was ejected.last_img read more

Man damages 4 Washington homes with bulldozer

first_imgSEATTLE — A man angry at his neighbors went on a rampage in a bulldozer Friday on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, damaging four homes, knocking one off its foundation and cutting power to thousands of people, authorities said.Barry Alan Swegle was booked into the Clallam County Jail for investigation of malicious mischief following the incident in Port Angeles, 65 miles west of Seattle. A voice mail message left at a phone listing for the 51-year-old was not immediately returned.Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Borte said investigators were told that Swegle and his neighbors had a long-running dispute, but it’s not clear over what. The rampage knocked over a utility pole and left a pickup truck destroyed, and the downed power lines were preventing authorities from fully evaluating the damage to the homes.Borte said the machine was an International Harvester TD-25, similar to a Caterpillar D-9. Investigators were looking into whether the man owned it.Keith Haynes lives near one of the damaged homes and told the Peninsula Daily News that the man “just went nuts.” Haynes said a woman inside one of the homes escaped unharmed.“He took a skidder and took out two houses,” Haynes said. “I mean demolished.”At one point thousands of people were without power, but within a few hours it had been restored to all but 200 customers, said Clallam County Public Utility District spokesman Mike Howe. He said power would remain out to those customers at least through early Saturday morning.last_img read more

Dumpsters semitrailer catch fire behind Habitat ReStore

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews worked to prevent a fire that broke out behind the Habitat ReStore in Fort Lauderdale from spreading to the building.According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the blaze sparked in a dumpster behind the store located at 505 West Broward Boulevard, just after midnight, Monday.The flames spread to another dumpster and a City Furniture semi-trailer parked outside the building.Even though the semi-trailer was fully engulfed, its contents were not damaged.Firefighters worked fast to put out the flames before they spread to the business.Officials said the building did not sustain any structural damage.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Week In Review 123114

first_imgThursday 1/3Audio PlayerJennifer-on-thursday-0103.mp3VmJennifer-on-thursday-0103.mp300:00RPdTroopers End Holiday Enforcement Campaign With 754 Citations, DMV Begins Issuing ‘Real ID’ Licenses, ID Cards, Judge Dismisses Alaska Bonding Plan Lawsuit, Borough Assembly Looks To Extend Grant For New K-Selo School Wednesday 1/2Audio PlayerJennifer-on-wednesday-1102.mp3VmJennifer-on-wednesday-1102.mp300:00RPdOpening Day Announced For ‘Addie Camp’ Restaurant, Business Owner Assessing Damage Done To Stolen Vehicle, Kaladi Brothers Donate New Year’s Day Proceeds To Boys And Girls Club, Residents Step Up To Deliver Invocation Policy For 2019 Meetings Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Friday 1/4Dunleavy Requests Federal Assistance For Earthquake Relief, Soldotna Parks Dept. Starts Work On Skating Path At Soldotna Creek Park, Statewide Sport Fish Stocking Plan Open For Public Comment, Borough Looks At Resolution Endorsing Ruffner’s Reappointment To BOFAudio PlayerFriday-0104.mp3VmFriday-0104.mp300:00RPdcenter_img Monday 12/31Audio PlayerMonday-1229.mp3VmMonday-1229.mp300:00RPdCook Inlet Energy Fined For Well-Safety Violations, Alaska Businesses Targeted With Fraudulent Direct Deposit Requests, Troopers Respond To Shoplifting At Save-U-More, First Day Of The Year Hike Planned In Homer Tuesday 1/1- Closed last_img read more

A Sexy Dental Magazine

first_imgLike the economy, the health of the magazine industry is a big topic of conversation among publishers and pundits heading into 2009. One, Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni, the University of Mississippi professor who tracks magazine launches, is vying to become the industry’s number one Kool-Aid distributor:I am sure that we all need a touch of bloom in the midst of all the doom and gloom economic climate we are witnessing these days. So, without further due, here is some good news. The number of new magazine launches for the third quarter of 2008 exceeded that of the similar period of 2007 by 29 magazines. For the first time this year, the new magazine launches reversed the huge downturn trend that started with the third quarter of 2007 and continued throughout the first half of 2008.With all due respect to the publishers of Motorpsycho, if the arrival of a “magazine for those who live and breathe for the machines” is a signal of the industry’s health, we’re all, pardon me, screwed. Still, as Dr. Husni points out, it “never fails to remind folks all the time not to write-off the launches of new magazines from the media landscape.” Every new magazine, after all, “is a new media by itself.”So in that vein, I’d like to alert you to what the Philadephia Inquirer calls the “the sexiest dental magazine this side of the Atlantic.”Imagine the “uncommon common sense” of Dear Abby, the no-nonsense expert opinions of Consumer Reports and the sheer star-power of People, and the synthesis would be Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health.That’s from their press release. The “sexy” part comes via its covers, which so far have included Christie Brinkley, Jessica Simpson (Romo), Carrie Underwood and Mario Lopez. The goal of the new consumer magazine, according to the release, is “to put a shiny new veneer on a traditionally mundane subject.”Other magazines covering traditionally “mundane” subjects have gone the celebrity route to sex up their covers (WebMD and Golf Digest’s current Justin Timberlake cover story come to mind).But launches, even sexy dental magazine ones, are not the cure for the industry’s ills. Like Jessica Simpson’s teeth, they may be bright spots, but, ultimately, cosmetic.last_img read more