Rape, murder of minor in Kathua an unimaginable brutality, says Rahul Gandhi

first_imgCharge sheet reveals Kathua horror Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua in January last as “unimaginable brutality” that cannot go unpunished, and wondered how anybody can seek to protect the culprits.On January 10, the minor, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. A week later, her body was found in the same area.Also Read A special investigation team formed to probe the incident arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.Jammu has been on tenterhooks since the rape and murder. The city’s bar association has opposed action against the accused and alleged that minority Dogras were being targeted. While the local local bar association held a bandh, the Valley saw protests demanding justice for the victim.Mr. Gandhi alleged that politics was being played over the crime. “How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil,” he asked, adding that the violence against the child was a crime against humanity. “It cannot go unpunished,” he said on Twitter. “What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child,” he said.last_img read more

Net Detox

first_imgLast month, on a trip to Mumbai I did my usual homage-giri to a dear, old, respected and cherished friend, Gulzar. The latest recipient of the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was his usual warm, witty, modest and engaging self. Unlike some before him, he accepted the honor with suitable grace and tongue-in-cheek eloquence (“As somebody who has dealt with words all his life, even converting it to a professional calling, for once I have to confess, I am speechless!”) and refused to be cynical and interpret the award as a send-off gesture, choosing instead to perceive it as a gracious acknowledgement of his endeavor across five decades in creativity.One of the rare breed of old timers who, while saluting the past continues to passionately embrace the present, Gulzarbhai is in the habit of cautioning the misty-eyed from getting carried away romanticizing the past and blinkering off the exciting challenges and opportunities offered by the here and now. While he remains totally bullish on the triumphant and relentless march of technology and social media, acknowledging their huge contribution in the area of communication across all frontiers, he however feels that somewhere a line has to be drawn between Facebook and face-to-face! Human contact — touch, feel, see, talk — after all has no substitute, because life, in the real sense, can never be lived by proxy. If human contact is ignored at the altar of technology, he anticipates problems.Bollywood’s Poet Laureate couldn’t have said it better or at a more appropriate time because, as we speak, The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences [NIMHANS] has opened a brand new Technology De-Addiction Clinic in Bangalore, the first of its kind in India! It will cater to anxious parents seeking treatment for their wi-fi’d kids’ unstoppable obsession for social networking, chatting, texting, mobile games, etc.Observations from the health professionals indicate two worrying parental concerns: a steep decline academics and their children’s determined plugging away from social interaction to luxuriate in their own private space where Smartphones and Facebook rule. The moment these are denied or embargoed, pouts of inexplicable loneliness, melancholy and boredom follow.“It’s as if the virtual world is their blissed-out reality and the real world, an intrusive, unwanted and uncomfortable domain,” complains a baffled mother of a 16-year-old net junkie. Mental health professionals admit that this is a very serious mental disorder akin to drugs or alcohol and needs to be urgently addressed on a war-footing at a time when tabs and smartphones are flying off the shelves across the land. A recent report of a 13-year-old girl in Bangalore hanging herself after her mother ordered her to delete her FB account, is, they warn, just the tip of the iceberg.Resurgent and hot-wired India seems to be a soft target for these lethally seductive techno-toys. Telecon giant Ericson reckons that the nation would have a whopping 500 million mobile and broadband users by 2020, a four-fold leap from the present level. The mobile-user base is predicted to grow to 1.14 billion by 2020, up from 795 billion in 2013. Facebook has already crossed 100 million.It is a widespread, rampaging and contagious disease, says Dr. Vivek Benegal, a reputed professor of psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction at NIMHANS, with younger and younger kids joining the party every day. Parents seem clueless, helpless and at sea against this techno onslaught and have begun to actively seek help from counselors and medical professionals. For this disturbing state of affairs, who is to blame — kids, fixated on these gizmos with their astonishing power to connect with anyone, anywhere, in the privacy of their bedroom — or parents, who are conditioned to old-fashioned methods of dealing with raising kids, oblivious to changing paradigms and the need to re-invent the art of engagement with new-age children of Marc Zuckerburg?As always, the views are polarized. Social networking fans insist that online families promote interaction with friends, offer the education community valuable access to funding and materials, facilitate social, cultural and political change and, most importantly, disseminate urgent and useful information at lightning speed.The other side laments that it discourages face-to-face communication, wastes time on frivolous activity, alters kids’ focus and behavioral patterns, exposes users to predators like pedophiles and burglars and spreads false and dangerous information.In her seminal bookAlone Together, MIT social psychologist Sherry Turkle offers a compelling narrative based on research and interviews with teens about how kids today, while more connected to each other than ever before in human history, have never been more lonely, isolated and distant in their unplugged lives, leading to emotional disconnect, mental fatigue and high levels of anxiety.One of the most dramatic change that social networking has had on society, she reckons, is the uncanny ability to be elsewhere at any point in time, to sidestep what is difficult and hard in personal reaction and go to another place where it does not have to be dealt with. “When teens tell me that they’d rather text than talk, they are expressing another aspect of this new psychological affordance of this new technology — the possibility of hiding from each other. A phone can reveal too much, they say.”Turkle also believes that while social networks can indeed help keep real friendship lively and updated, there is another disturbing trend where kids befriend friends, they don’t know, leading to problems. These superficial bondings can provide the comforting illusion of companionship without the demands, responsibilities and commitment of friendship. Turkle makes a telling point when she suggests that teens always complain about having to perform a character on social network, living multiple lives, leading often to performance anxiety. Between the performance, exhaustion and the sense that they never had their parents’ full attention, young people are subliminally nostalgic for something they’ve messed out. Turkle concludes by saying that she is gravely concerned about “kids losing touch with the kind of reality and solitude that refreshes and restores.She could well be speaking about the Indian scenario where to de-tox, the De-addiction clinic has arrived. Can this Frankenstein be tamed? Is the Bangalore clinic only the first volley in the drive to help harassed parents get their young net-junkies back on track? Will Social Network destroy innocence of childhood and adolescence, forever? Will Facebook alter the face of society? It’s a tough call. Related Itemslast_img read more

IPL 2017, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians: As it happened

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of the Indian Premier League match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians. (Points Table) | Scorecard)MI Innings:19.30 IST: Mumbai (143/6) beat Bangalore (142/5) by 4 wickets. Pollard 70, Krunal 37*, Badree 4/9 19.30 IST: Mills to Hardik, SIX!! HARDIK SEALS IT IN STYLE! Fuller ball around off, he clears his front leg and clobbers it over wide long on for a big maximum. The Pandya brothers have finished things off well for their side. What a run chase! Especially after being blown away in the Powerplay. MUMBAI WIN BY 4 WICKETS.19.26 IST: Mumbai need 10 runs from 12 balls. Krunal 32*, Hardik 3*. 19.22 IST: Chahal to Pollard, WICKET!! GONE THIS TIME! But he has probably sealed the deal for Mumbai with his innings. Tries to go big once again down the ground but hasn’t probably got the distance on the shot. De Villiers at long off calmly settles under the skier to end Pollard’s stay at the innings. Brave bowling from Chahal and he has been rewarded. Some relief for Bangalore but it seems to have come too late for them. MI need 17 from 15 balls One of his finest innings in MI colours! Well played, #Pollard ?????????#RCBvMI #CricketMeriJaan #Mi pic.twitter.com/HhEDw9um2A- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 14, 2017Bye bye Pollard! You are out!! @yuzi_chahal takes his wicket! GO #RCB! #RCBvMI #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/ZW8tW9rImK- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201719.14 IST: Negi to Pollard, SIX!! THAT’S H-U-G-E! It’s outta here! Floated outside off, Pollard gets under this one and sends it soaring deep into the crowd at long off for a maximum. That’s a gigantic blow from Pollard and Mumbai are back on top in this chase now.  MI 110/5, need 33 from 24 balls advertisement19.13 IST: Negi to Pollard, SIX!  KABOOM! Super shot and what a clever knock this has been by the big man! Brings up his 10th Indian T20 League fifty in style! Floated around off, Pollard leans into it and lofts it down the ground over long off for a flat maximum. 50 for Polly!This is a very thoughtful knock by #Pollard under the circumstances. He needs to see us home! #RCBvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI pic.twitter.com/TZZfOZU65y- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 14, 201719.07 IST: Mills to Pollard, FOUR! Pollard smashes 11 runs off Tymal Mills’ over. Mumbai 91/5, need 52 off 30 balls. 19.01 IST: Mumbai Indians 80/5 in 14 ovs, need 63 runs to win from 36 balls. Pollard 41*, Krunal 18*. Partnership: 47 off 36 balls.7?0?0?0? T20 runs for the big man, #Pollard! An amazing achievement!#RCBvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI pic.twitter.com/L1cNX9hdgI- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 14, 201718.57 IST: Meanwhile, here’s a recap of Samuel Badree’s hat-trick earlier in the innings.2.2 overs: OUT! GOOD TAKE BY CHRIS GAYLE! Floated delivery around off and lures Patel in an ambitious drive. He accepts the invitation and goes for a full blooded drive on the up. Chris Gayle at short cover is sharp as a hawk and takes a brilliant catch. Patel’s struggle comes to an end and Bangalore are off to a great start.2.3 overs: OUT! The ploy to send in the pinch hitter backfires! Full toss on off, McClenaghan goes for the slog but mistimes it towards Mandeep Singh at wide long on. He is calm over there and pouches it safely. What a start this has been for the hosts and Badree is on a roll. He is on a hat-trick and ruling the roost at the moment. The visitors need 136 from 105 balls.2.4 overs: OUT! BADREE, YOU BEAUTY! Gets to his hat-trick in style! Slips in a googly around off, spins in sharply. Sharma strides forward to defend but doesn’t pick up the googly. Plays down the wrong line and the ball goes through the gap between his bat and pad to dislodge the stumps. The tourists are in all sorts of trouble now. 18.53 IST: Mumbai 65/5 in 12 ovs, need 78 runs from 48 balls. Pollard 29*, Krunal 15*. Stand: 32 (24b) Rohit Sharma is the only player to take a hat-trick and be part of a hat-trick in the #IPL.#RCBvMI- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) April 14, 201718.43 IST: Chahal to Krunal, SIX!! Krunal spoils Chahal’s over by smacking a six off the last ball. MI 48/5 in 10 ovs, need 95 from 60 ballsStraight as an arrow! Krunal releases some of the pressure with a good blow. #RCBvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI pic.twitter.com/4ASCct94FX- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 14, 201718.35 IST: Strategic time-out! Mumbai 37/5 in 9 ovs, need 106 to win from 66 balls. Pollard 16*, Krunal 1*. Samuel Badree’s bowling figures of 4 wickets for 9 runs in four overs is the best performance by a debutant for RCB.And the fans go wild! #RCBvMI #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/zFQ5ljVyFHadvertisement- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201718.30 IST: Badree to Rana, WICKET! Badree has turned the match on it’s head! Bowls a googly this time on a shorter length and it’s spinning away from Rana. It is there to be hit as Rana rocks back but ends up cutting it straight towards Aravind at backward point. He dives in front and takes a fine catch. The hosts continue to rule the roost. MI 33/5, need 110 from 72 ballsTake a bow @qmanbad Take a bow! Rana(11) caught out by Aravind #MI is 33/5 after 8 overs. #RCBvMI #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/pTJh9g1GRy- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201718.23 IST: Chahal to Pollard, SIX!! Kieron Pollard welcomes Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack with a 91-metre six. MI 27/4 in 6.1 ovs18.22 IST: End of the powerplay, Mumbai are 21/4 in 6 ovs, need 122 runs from 84 balls.18.19 IST: STAT ATTACK! Badree’s hat-trick is the 15th overall in Indian Premier League history. He is the 12th bowler to take a hat-trick in the tournament.First Hat-trick for #IPL 2017 – courtesy @qmanbad @RCBTweets #RCBvMI #RCB pic.twitter.com/c6U1oOS9IN- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 201718.04 IST: SAMUEL BADREE YOU BEAUTY!! Gets to his hat-trick in style! Slips in a googly around off, spins in sharply. Sharma strides forward to defend but doesn’t pick up the googly. Plays down the wrong line and the ball goes through the gap between his bat and pad to dislodge the stumps. The tourists are in all sorts of trouble now. MI 7/4 in 2.4 ovs. @qmanbad!!!!!! Hattrick!!!!!!! McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma both out on Duck!! #PlayBold #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/7A62n2cXVu- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201718.02 IST: Badree to McLenaghan, OUT! THE PLOY TO SEND IN THE PINCH HITTER BACKFIRES! Full toss on off, McClenaghan goes for the slog but mistimes it towards Mandeep Singh at wide long on. He is calm over there and pouches it safely. What a start this has been for the hosts and Badree is on as roll. He is on a hat-trick and ruling the roost at the moment. The visitors need 136 from 105 balls. MI 7/3 in 2.3 ovs18.01 IST: Badree to Parthiv, OUT!! GOOD TAKE BY CHRIS GAYLE! Floated delivery around off and lures Patel in an ambitious drive. He accepts the invitation and goes for a full blooded drive on the up. Chris Gayle at short cover is sharp as a hawk and takes a brilliant catch. Patel’s struggle comes to and end and Bangalore are off to a great start. MI 7/2 in 2.2 ovs 17.57 IST: Binny to Buttler, OUT!! The ploy of giving the new ball to Binny has worked as he picks up the wicket of Jos Buttler. MI 7/1 in 1.5 ovs17.53 IST: Badree bowls a tight first over for Bangalore. Mumbai 4/0 in 1 over 17.50 IST: Samuel Badree will open the bowling attack for RCB. The lowest score they have defended at home is 156.The second Innings of #RCBvMI begins, with @qmanbad bowling to Buttler and Parthiv for #MI. #PlayBold Go #RCB! ???- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 2017A brilliant bowling display by Mumbai. No boundaries were scored off the last 32 balls of the innings. On an unusually sluggish Bangalore pitch, the tourists were spot on in their lengths and variations to stifle the batsmen. Kohli made a fab comeback with a fluent fifty but he was the only Bangalore batsman to get going. Gayle was struggling and so was de Villiers who was lucky to be dropped once but couldn’t make it count. The wickets of Kohli and AB derailed the hosts’ innings completely. McClenaghan and Krunal were brilliant for Mumbai while Harbhajan too was tidy yet again. Bangalore are surely about 15-20 runs short on this track. Advantage Mumbai at the break. Join us shortly for the chase.advertisement#RCB is 142/5 after the 20 overs of #RCBvMI Our #Challengers got a tough task ahead but we wont back down! Go #RCB #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/Z3IKdvtMMf- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201717.33 IST: Excellent death bowling from Bumrah and McLenaghan helps Mumbai Indians restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 142/5 in 20 overs. Virat Kohli 62, McLenaghan 2/20, Hardik 1/9.The boys have done a brilliant job with the ball, and now for the batsmen to takeover! #CbvMI #CricketMeriJaan #MI https://t.co/NPqhCQngn0 pic.twitter.com/hZlqOkYkDg- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 14, 201717.25 IST: McLenaghan to Mandeep, BOWLED!  Mandeep Singh departs for a duck after playing on a delivery from McLenaghan. RCB 127/5 17.23 IST: Bumrah to Jadhav, OUT! Superb fielding by Bumrah off his own bowling catches Negi short. RCB 127/4 in 18 ovs 17.18 IST: An excellent spell from Krunal Pandya (1/21) comes to an end. RCB 119/3 in 17 ovs17.15 IST: Krunal to De Villiers, OUT! AB de Villiers is dismissed for 19 thanks to a sensational catch from Rohit Sharma. RCB 115/3 in 16.2 ovs What was that!?????? Rohit Sharma with a flying catch out of no where sends @ABdeVilliers17(19) back to the dugout #RCB is 117/3 #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201717.10 IST: McLenaghan to Kohli, OUT!! That’s a big breakthrough for Mumbai! Bowls this one on a shorter length and offers width, Kohli smashes it well but the ball goes towards Buttler at sweeper cover. RCB 110/2 in 15.3 ovs. @imVkohli(62) is caught out by Jos Buttler after a thrilling return! #RCB is 110/2 after 15.3 overs. #RCBvMI #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201717.02 IST: Bumrah to Kohli, SIX!! Hit with disdain! Fuller length ball outside off, Kohli smokes it over long off and clears the fence with ease. That brings up his 27th Indian T20 league fifty as well. RCB 104/1 in 14 ovs The King @imVkohli hits the half century! #RCBvMI #RCB #PlayBold ???????? pic.twitter.com/rwT0rGYO9G- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201717.00 IST: Bumrah to De Villiers, SIX! AB de Villiers deposits Bumrah into the stands for an 85-metre six. RCB 93/1 in 13.3 ovs16.56 IST: Big reprieve for RCB! Jos Buttler drops AB de Villiers on 7 off Krunal Pandya’s bowling. RCB 76/1 in 12. 2 ovsSome slippery hands by Jos Buttler ??? dropping @ABdeVilliers17 catch. #RCBvMI #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/kyOPYnBP89- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201716.42 IST: Hardika to Gayle, OUT! Massive wicket for Mumbai immediately after the time out. Shortish around off stump, Gayle goes for a mighty pull across the line but gets a tiny feather through to Patel who snaps it up. The caught behind appeal is given instantly and the Mumbai players are mobbing Hardik in delight. The bowling change works for the hosts. RCB 63/1 in 9.2 ovs Match 12. 9.2: WICKET! C Gayle (22) is out, c Parthiv Patel b Hardik Pandya, 64/1 https://t.co/wBr5hfRDTj #RCBvMI- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 201716.39 IST: Time out taken. A good solid start for Bangalore. Mumbai won’t mind the scoring rate but would be mindful of the fact that both openers are well set. Harbhajan’s outstanding spell comes to an end, he’s given away just 23 runs from his four overs at 5.75. RCB 62/0 in 9 ovs(BCCI Photo)Nice to see cheeku @imVkohli back on the field ! Hopefully it’s a cracker of a game enjoy @IPL- yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 14, 201716.30 IST: Harbhajan to Gayle, SIX! Clears the ropes! Wasn’t entirely in control but had enough power to get a maximum. Gayle couldn’t resist playing the big shot any more and charges down the track to lift it down the ground over long on. Just clears the fielder stationed near the ropes. The six has brought up 50 for RCB in the seventh over.. @henrygayle(19) has smashed his 150th SIX! at the Chinnaswamy ??? #RCBvMI #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/NtIqN1inAi- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 14, 201716.27 IST: At the end of the powerplay RCB are 41/0 in 6 overs16.25 IST: McLenaghan to Gayle, FOUR! BANG! Shortish and a hint of width, that’s all Gayle needs as he stands tall to cut it away powerfully through cover-point. Split the gap easily to find the fence.16.22 IST: Tidy over from Harbhajan, concedes just six runs from the over despite being hit for a boundary off the first ball. RCB 34/0 in 5 ovs16.19 IST: Harbhajan to Gayle, FOUR! The big West Indian finally gets going with a boundary off Bhajji.Match 12. 4.1: H Singh to C Gayle, 4 runs, 32/0 https://t.co/wBr5hfRDTj #RCBvMI- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 201716.14 IST: Kohli smashes 17 runs off Tim Southee’s over – 6, 2, 4, 4, 1, 0#ChrisGayle has scored 65 runs off 65 balls from #BhajjiAnd, the Turbanator bowls from the other end. #RCBvMI #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 14 April 201716.05 IST: PEACH! That’s right on the money from the Kiwi pacer. On a length just around off stump, nips away sharply with bounce to beat the outside edge. Gayle didn’t know too much about that one. Royal Challengers Bangalore 6/0 (1 over) vs Mumbai Indians16.00 IST: The players are making their way out to the middle. The destructive opening pair is back for Bangalore, Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle. It shall be Tim Southee to take the new ball for Mumbai.15.58 IST: The players are making their way out to the middle.Our win% against RCB at the M. Chinnaswamy – 8?5?.7?It’s the highest by an away team! #RCBvMI #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 14 April 201715.40 IST: TEAMS!Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Yuzvendra ChahalMumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah15.31 IST: TOSS! Mumbai Indians win toss and have have opted to bowl. Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle return for RCB. Shane Watson misses out.6? wins out of 7? games!We like looking at our record at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium against the hosts. #RCBvMI #CricketMeriJaan- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 14 April 2017. @mipaltan, this is our ? #KFMannequinChallenge! Show us what you’ve got! #UnitedByGoodTimes @kingfisherworld #PlayBold #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/5tRq1VR9lQ- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) 14 April 2017Virat Kohli has returned and will take charge of Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are languishing at 6 on the points table. They have lost two of their three games so far in IPL 2017 and have for most parts looked utterly listless without Kohli. (Kohli keeps my passion for cricket alive, says de Villiers).@RCBTweets @imVkohli And here comes the Pull #IPL #RCBvMI pic.twitter.com/6pbI9s4CPI- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 14 April 2017The 28-year-old India captain had been forced to miss RCB’s opening games thanks to a shoulder injury he sustained. There was some concern that he would take longer to come back but a speedy recovery ensured Kohli is back in time as RCB take on an in-form Mumbai Indians at home.RCB, last year’s runners-up, were totally outplayed by defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad before making a strong comeback against Delhi Daredevils, thanks in no small measure to Kedar Jadhav. While AB de Villiers returned to bolster the team, Shane Watson decided to drop Chris Gayle and failed to give ABD the kind of support he needed. (Kohli is back for RCB and De Villiers is a happy man)MI, on the other hand, have recovered well from their opening defeat to Rising Pune Supergiant. They won a thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders and turned in a strong performance against SRH.Mumbai have their own concerns of course. Rohit Sharma has not been able to get going on his comeback from a long injury layoff while Kieron Pollard continues to disappoint. (RCB will be tough to beat with Kohli and De Villiers back: Clarke to India Today)Our boys were busy travelling from Mumbai to Bengaluru yesterday. Here are some clicks from their journey.#CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/tfAlav0YhH- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 14 April 2017Both RCB and MI have a lot of problems to sort out but at leas the visitors have won two back-to-back games and most of their batsmen including openers Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Krunal and Hardik Pandya are in fine form.Kohli’s return of course balances RCB out nicely. Michael Clarke told India Today he would like to see Kohli open with Gayle which could mean ABD walking in at No.3 followed by Watson and Jadhav at 5. That automatically makes it a line-up to reckon with.There will be plenty to play for both teams. RCB have to win to catch up with the others while a win for MI would see them go to the top of the table.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

ADI: 42V quad output, triple monolithic synchronous buck converter & boost controller

first_imgAnalog Devices announces the Power by Linear LT8603, a 42V input capable, high efficiency quad output monolithic switching regulator. Its flexible design combines a boost controller with two high voltage 2.5 and 1.5A synchronous step-down channels and a lower voltage 1.8A synchronous step-down channel to provide four independent outputs. The LT8603 can be configured with the boost controller to supply the input of the buck converters, enabling it to deliver three precisely regulated outputs. This is the case even when the input falls significantly below the regulated output voltages, such as in automotive cold crank or start-stop scenarios when the battery voltage can drop as low as 3V. Alternatively, the boost controller can be driven from one of the step-down outputs, providing four precisely regulated outputs with a very compact solution footprint.The LT8603’s triple buck synchronous rectification topology delivers up to 93% efficiency while Burst Mode operation keeps quiescent current under 28µA (high voltage channels active) in no-load standby conditions, ideal for always-on systems. For noise-sensitive applications, the LT8603’s low EMI design meets the CISPR 25, Class 5 EMI requirements even when switching at 2MHz. The LT8603’s switching frequency can be programmed from 250kHz to 2.2MHz and is synchronizable throughout this range.The LT8603’s 85ns (max) minimum on-time and cascading topology enables 16VIN to 0.8VOUT step-down conversions while switching at 2MHz, enabling designers to avoid critical noise-sensitive frequency bands such as AM radio, while using a very compact solution footprint. Its 3V to 42V input voltage range is ideal for automotive applications that must regulate through cold crank and stop-start scenarios with minimum input voltages as low as 3V and load dump transients in excess of 40V. Programmable power-on reset and power good indicators for each channel ensure overall system reliability.  The LT8603’s 40-lead thermally enhanced 6mm x 6mm QFN package and high switching frequency keep external inductors and capacitors small, providing a compact, thermally efficient footprint.The LT8603 is available in a thermally enhanced 40-lead 6 x 6mm QFN package. Two temperature grades are available, with operation from –40 to 125°C (junction) for the extended E- and industrial I-grades. All versions are available from stock.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous ADLINK demonstrates Fog Computing at embedded worldNext Express Logic enables sensor and edge/gateway device connectivity to all leading cloud providerslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Tourists seek and find love at Moscow Flirt Zone

first_imgFIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia is not just about goals, VAR, red cards or colourful fans but it is also spreading love among tourists who are in the country to support their national teams.Plenty of these tourists have fallen in love with Russia and many are even doing their best to charm the opposite sex.In Moscow, Argentina fan Augustin Otelo is busy exchanging phone numbers. “Four” he has collected so far and hopes to get some more.”We don’t know what to do between matches, so we thought we could try to get to know the Russian people better,” Otelo said.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”There’s a lot of competition because of the number of men who have come to Russia for the World Cup. And very few girls speak English or Spanish,” Otelo added.In another interesting story, Russian Maria S was eagerly waiting for the World Cup and even took English classes ahead of the tournament to help change Russia’s image.”Tourists come here with cliches in their heads. I think they expect to see easy women dressed provocatively. I would like to change this cliche,” Maria said.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLERussia’s head of parliament’s committee for families Tamara Pletnyova had last week said that when Russian women marry foreigners, the relationships end badly and women are stranded abroad or in Russia but unable to get their children back.Therefore, she suggested that Russian women should avoid having sex with foreign tourists, who will come to the country during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.advertisementAlso read – Fighters from the frozen north: Iceland had also stunned Portugal in 2016The term was used during the Soviet era to describe non-white children conceived at international events after relationships between Russian women and men from Africa, Latin America, or Asia. Many of the children faced discrimination.”We must give birth to our children. These (mixed race) kids suffer and have suffered since Soviet times,” Pletnyova told Govorit Moskva radio station.”It’s one thing if they’re of the same race but quite another if they’re of a different race. I’m not a nationalist, but nevertheless I know that children suffer. They are abandoned, and that’s it, they stay here with mum,” she said.Also read – Salsa essence takes over Russia as Colombia begin World Cup campaignPletnyova said she that she would like Russian citizens to get married “out of love regardless of their ethnicity”.Russian MP, Mikhail Degtyaryov from the ultra-nationalist LDPR party, took the opposite view.”The more love stories we have connected to the World Cup… the more children are born, the better,” he said.Also read – World Cup: Saudi Arabia players safe after plane engine catches fireThe Kremlin however said Russian women were the best.”Russian women can probably manage their own affairs. They are the best women in the world,” Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.last_img read more

Pochettino: Mou put Dier in bad spot

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Pochettino reveals anger at Mourinho and Dier amid Man United interest Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 11:10 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Eric Dier Tottenham IAN KINGTON Tottenham Hotspur Premier League José Mourinho The Spurs boss revealed he was angered by his player and the rival coach after seeing the pair chat and laugh following a game last season Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho put Eric Dier in a compromising position after attempting to lure him to Old Trafford.England international Dier, 23, was linked with a move to Premier League giants United in the off-season before Mourinho opted for Nemanja Matic from Chelsea.Spurs 10/1 to beat Liverpool 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dier – under contract until 2021 having signed a new contract in September last year – was weighing up interest from United in an effort to play more regularly in midfield following the arrival of Victor Wanyama at Tottenham.Pochettino revealed he was angered by Dier, who is also accustomed to defence, and Mourinho after watching the pair chat and laugh following Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to United at Old Trafford last December.”I’ve told Eric he has what it takes to be the best English centre back but he has to be convinced of that himself. We’ve put the conditions in place for him to improve. But he broke into the national team thanks to his displays in the [midfield] holding role and ended up scoring a couple of big goals,” Pochettino said in an extract from the new book ‘Brave New World’ published by the Daily Mail .”After we signed [Victor] Wanyama [in summer, 2016], Eric, who now sees himself as a midfielder, felt that we had treated him badly because Wanyama’s arrival would halt his development. His performances have started to suffer this season. We’ve spoken a lot recently but I’ve felt he hasn’t been telling me everything. Later on, I once again tried to understand why he couldn’t shake off the shackles and I offered to help him with whatever it was.”Nothing. Then I found out that United have made an approach and the player is being destabilised. His people have been putting pressure on him, although United are not promising anything.”In football, you always look ahead.” Mauricio is ready for the Reds – https://t.co/PCXJHcn5Br pic.twitter.com/C7YFX92SD8 — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 21, 2017 “Mourinho and I had finished our interviews at Old Trafford [after the 1-0 defeat by Manchester United, December 2016] and the players were doing their warm-down on the pitch. When Jose was done with the press, he stood by the entrance to the tunnel and regarded the returning players.”He greeted Moussa Sissoko and hugged Dier. They passed by me en route to the dressing rooms, laughing, speaking in Portuguese. Maybe it is a common Mourinho tactic, but he put Eric in a compromising position. You cannot do that after a defeat.”‘Are you friends with Mourinho?’ I asked him. ‘No, but I’ve known him a long time, from my time in Portugal… one of his godsons coached me. He always says hello.'”I sat down with Eric after lunch on Monday and we chatted for four hours about the whole shebang: his agent, family, confusion.”As for the Mourinho incident, ‘What could I have done?’ Eric asked me. He told me about United’s interest since last summer [2016] and I explained the situation to him clearly.”‘Look, you aren’t leaving because you signed a five-year deal with us in August. You’re among the highest-paid players at Tottenham at the age of 22. You’re important to us and you could become the best centre back in the Premier League.'”Ever since that conversation, Eric admits that he could have waited for Mourinho to be out of sight before heading to the dressing room.”last_img read more

Vivo Z1X India launch on Sept 6: Specs, price in India and all we know about this under Rs 20,000 phone

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 10:42 IST HIGHLIGHTSVivo Z1X is coming to India on September 6.The Vivo Z1X will be available on Flipkart.The Vivo Z1X is expected to be priced under Rs 20,000 in India.Vivo is coming up with its next Z-series smartphone in India. The phone is called Vivo Z1X. The Vivo Z1X is all set to launch in India on September 6. After the launch the Vivo Z1X will be available for buying on Vivo’s e-store and Flipkart, the company has officially confirmed. Vivo is teasing the smartphone for quite some time now.With the Z-series, Vivo is looking to expand its online sales in the country. The same strategy was used for the Vivo Z1 Pro as well. Overall the Vivo Z1X will be big on specs but will be an affordable smartphone. To recollect, we at India Today Tech previously confirmed that the Vivo Z1X will be priced under Rs 20,000 in the country. The India price of the Vivo Z1 Pro starts at Rs 14,990. We expect the starting India price of the Vivo Z1X to be around Rs 16,000 – Rs 18,000.Ahead of the launch almost all the specs details and the design of the Vivo Z1X have been revealed. The company has officially confirmed that Vivo Z1X will come with triple rear camera setup on the back panel and single sensor on the front that will sit inside the waterdrop notch on the front. The Vivo Z1X will come with a 48MP main rear camera and 3a 2MP selfie shooter. It is safe to say that the Vivo Z1X will be very big on cameras. The phone will also come with powerful hardware, big sMOLED display, massive battery, among other things.advertisementWith the Vivo Z1X, the company will aim to take on the likes of smartphones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme X, among others. Let’s take a quick look at everything Vivo Z1X will bring to the consumers in India.Vivo Z1X specification and features–As we have mentioned before, the Vivo Z1X will be big on specs. The Vivo Z1X will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE chipset. Yes, the second Z-series phone will also use this Snapdragon chip. To recall, Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE chip also powered the first Z-series phone from Vivo aka the Vivo Z1 Pro. With Snapdragon 712 onboard we expect the Vivo Z1X to deliver smooth and seamless performance.–The Vivo Z1 Pro was criticized for to having an sMOLED display. With the Vivo Z1X, the company resolves this issue. The Vivo Z1X will come with a 6.38-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display. The smartphone will come with waterdrop notch on the screen that will increase the screen-to-body ratio of the device, in turn, offer better and improved multimedia experience.–As noted, the Vivo Z1X will be big on cameras. Both front and back. The Vivo Z1X will come with three cameras on the back and single on the front that sits inside the waterdrop notch. Coming to the rear panel first. The Vivo Z1X will come with a primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 sensor, an ultra-wide-angle secondary sensor and third will be a depth sensor that will enable users to click portrait or background blur shots. On the front, the Vivo Z1X will sports a 32MP camera sensor for clicking selfish. –One of the key highlights of the Vivo Z1X is that the smartphone will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor on the front. Vivo claims that the sensor will be able to unlock the smartphone in just 0.48 seconds.–The Vivo Z1X will pack a massive battery inside. The smartphone will come with a 4500mAh battery with support for 22W fast charging. The smartphone is said to come with USB type C support. Finally, a feature that all Vivo fans have been waiting for.–The Vivo Z1X will be run Android 9 Pie based on the latest version of FunTouch OS.–The Vivo Z1X is expected to come in two storage versions — 64GB and 128GB — and one RAM model – 6GB.Vivo Z1X price in India and availabilityVivo will reveal the India price of the Vivo Z1X on September 6 — the day when the smartphone will go official in the country. In the past, we at India Today Tech confirmed that the Vivo Z1X will be an under Rs 20,000 price smartphone. We believe the Vivo Z1X will be slightly expensive than the Vivo Z1 Pro that sells for starting price of Rs 14,990 in India. We expect the starting India price of the Vivo Z1X to be around Rs 16,000 – Rs 18,000 considering it is an upgraded version of the Vivo Z1 Pro. We will have to wait for Vivo to announce the final price of the Vivo Z1X on Friday, September.advertisementALSO READ | Oppo Reno phone with 90Hz display, super fast charging teased by Oppo VPGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow vivoFollow Vivo Z1X Vivo Z1X India launch on Sept 6: Specs, price in India and all we know about this under Rs 20,000 phoneVivo Z1X is coming to India this week. The India launch date of the Vivo Z1X is set for September 6. The follow up of the Vivo Z1 Pro, the Vivo Z1X will come packed with top-notch features and despite that the phone will be priced affordably.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Chris Gayle not picked in Test squad Giant Cornwall gets maiden callup

first_imgPort of Spain: The flamboyant Chris Gayle is unlikely to get a farewell Test match against India after being overlooked in the 13-strong West Indies squad for the two-Test series starting August 22 at North Sound in Antigua. The only new face in the side is big-bodied spin bowling all-rounder from Leeward Islands Rahkeem Cornwall. The 26-year-old Cornwall weighs 140 kg and stands at 6 feet 6 inch. Gayle, who is just six weeks shy of his 40th birthday, had last played a Test match way back in 2014, against Bangladesh. Gayle looked completely out of sorts during the opening ODI against India where he managed only 4 off 31 balls before being bowled by Kuldeep Yadav. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPrior to the World Cup match against India in Manchester in June, Gayle expressed his desire to play one final Test match, preferably at his home ground Sabina Park in Kingston. However the West Indies selection committee headed by Robert Haynes decided otherwise In fact, former pace great Curtly Ambrose in an interview with the PTI had said that if Gayle is selected, it will be a step in backward direction. “If Chris Gayle wants to play an ODI series or a T20 series, well, that”s not a problem. In terms of Test matches for me is a no no,” Ambrose had said back then. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Gayle hasn’t played Test matches for five years. Bringing him back for one Test, I think, is a backward step. What kind of message are you sending to the younger players? ODIs and T20s are not a problem as he still is a destructive player but Test matches, no, definitely not,” the former fast bowler had added. As far as the squad is concerned, Cornwall, who bowls off-breaks and is a handy lower-middle order batsman made it. Cornwall first played first-class cricket in 2014 and has 260 wickets from 55 first-class matches along with 2224 runs. He recently scored two half-centuries in two unofficial ‘Tests’ against India. The 26-year-old couldn’t be included earlier because of fitness issues. “Rahkeem has been performing consistently over a long period of time and has proven to be a match-winner, so we believe his elevation to the Test squad is merited at this time,” Robert Haynes, the head of CWI’s interim selection panel, said “We believe he can provide an attacking option to our bowling attack with his sharp turn and extra bounce. He can also lend a bit of depth to the batting, so we are looking forward to him coming into the squad and making a valuable contribution.” The selection committee head also informed that young pacer Alzarri Joseph, who got injured while playing IPL is still not ready for the rigours of longer format. “Alzarri is undergoing remedial work and we are monitoring his recovery,” Haynes said. “But we do not think he is ready yet to last five days of a gruelling Test match. He represents a key part of West Indies future and we do not want to rush him back. We have two important series coming up later in the year in India and we want to be very careful how his recovery is managed,” he said. Squad: Jason Holder (capt), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.last_img read more

Political stakes set to change for Opposition Conservatives under new leader

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative members of Parliament emerged Wednesday from their final caucus meeting under the leadership of Rona Ambrose — and landed squarely in politically uncertain territory.In 10 days’ time, the party will choose a new leader, and when the House of Commons resumes sitting afterwards, the game changes.“The public engagement is at a different level, because they will be judging the leader as a potential prime minister rather than as the interim leader representing the Conservative party in a period of transition,” said Conservative MP Tony Clement.“The stakes are higher.”In Wednesday’s final speech to Conservative MPs and senators, Ambrose said the party’s progress of late is testament to its work over the last 18 months, including forcing the Liberal hand on files like Yazidi refugees or electoral reform.“There was no guarantee things would turn out this way,” she said. “It was up to us in this room.”Others attribute it directly to Ambrose herself, who received accolades across party lines for her time as leader, reflective perhaps of her reputation as a less-than-partisan personality.During tributes Tuesday in the Commons, Opposition House leader Candice Bergen described how on occasion, Ambrose needed more than just a pep talk before taking on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in question period.“She (would) look over to one of us and say, ‘Quick, say something to make me mad so that I’ll look a little more mad,’” Bergen chuckled.Changing the tone of the Conservative party was a key goal for Ambrose when she was chosen as interim leader. Whether her successor takes the same approach remains to be seen.There’s only so far the next leader ought to go, said caucus colleague Dianne Watts.“I don’t know that it would be in the best interests of everybody to go back to being hyper-partisan; there is a spectrum of what that looks like,” Watts said.“We are the official Opposition. We will hold the government to account, but there’s a way to do that as well.”The party’s new leader will be announced May 27; voting is currently underway.Two days later, the House of Commons resumes for what could be a busy four-week stretch before the summer break; the Liberals are poised to roll out policy and legislation on defence, foreign affairs and public safety.All three were signature files for the previous Conservative government. Now the party will be in the position of picking apart the Liberal approach just as they are finding their footing with a new leader.Ambrose’s job was to take some of the shine off the Liberal government, but she had the luxury of not having to equally point out how the Conservatives would do things differently if they were in power, said Jason Lietaer, a former strategist for the party.Lietaer likened any political points she scored against the government — and score them she did — to “found money.”“The next leader, they’ve got a longer-term challenge,” he said. “They’ve got to win an election, not just get to the next sign marker on the road.”last_img read more

PC leader backtracks on opening Greenbelt to developers

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford is backtracking on his proposal to open up Ontario’s Greenbelt to developers.Ford has said he’d open the area to construction as a way to ease the housing crisis in the GTHA.That led to huge public backlash.Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger called it a “terrible policy decision to pander to a few select developers.”Ford walked back his comments Tuesday, promising to maintain the Greenbelt.The people have spoken – we will maintain the Greenbelt in its entirety. pic.twitter.com/VcNDZdXtPZ— Doug Ford (@fordnation) May 1, 2018The Greenbelt is a 7,200-square-kilometre area bordering the Greater Golden Horseshoe region around Lake Ontario.It was protected from urban development by legislation in 2005. read more

GOLDEN LEAGUE France won replay of EURO 2014 final

golden leaguegolden league handballkarabaticSloveniaUlrik Wilbek French nationak team won the Golden League tournament by triumph over Denmark 28:26 in a replay of the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 Final. After defeat against Slovenia at the Round 2, Karabatic and Co. again found the rhytm and beat big rival, which head-coach Ulrik Wilbek was the last time at the Danish bench…Norway beat Slovenia 30:28.STANDINGS:France 4Norway 4Denmark 2Slovenia 2 ← Previous Story Poland wins tournament in Lublin Next Story → Serbian “Eagles” beat Slovakia twice read more

Four teams for the EHF Cup trophy in Berlin

← Previous Story LNH: Montpellier only three steps more for the trophy! Next Story → FTC Rail-Cargo are the new queens of Hungary The EHF Cup F4 showdown will take place in the Max Schmelling Arena in Berlin this weekend. Two German teams, Danish Skjern and Slovenian RK Gorenje will fight for the title which was in possesion of Hungarian PICK Szeged from the last May.14:30 Skjern – HSV Handball17.30 Fuchse Berlin – RK Gorenje

The behindthescenes machinations shaping the governments new alcohol laws

first_img The new Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been under consideration by the government since late 2015 but has not yet been enacted. It is a far-reaching bill with new legislation on aspects such as minimum pricing, advertising and product labelling. Over the next few weeks, TheJournal.ie will look at different aspects of the bill, the sides for and against the measures, and the effect the bill will have.THE PUBLIC HEALTH (Alcohol) Bill was published by then-Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in December 2015.It has a wide-ranging set of measures designed to reduce the effects of alcohol-related harm in Ireland.An important aspect of the legislation relates to how alcohol can be advertised, both in shops and supermarkets, on billboards and at sporting events.While the Bill has cross party support, a number of changes were recommended after it was debated at committee stage. Politicians have also highlighted how a great deal of lobbying has been done by industry to try and amend other aspects before it gets signed into law.Advertising RestrictionsSome of the restrictions included in the bill relate to advertising in public spaces, at events and in media outlets.In terms of outdoor advertising, ads promoting an alcohol product would be prohibited in or on public service vehicles, at bus stops and in or at a train or bus station.Outdoor advertising within 200 metres of a school or playground will also be banned.At the committee stage (the third stage, after it has been debated in the Dáil), it was proposed that the following line was put in: “Advertising, indirect advertising and other sales promotion of an alcohol product is prohibited if it is carried out or aimed at the general public in public places.”It was also proposed that alcohol sponsorship of sport would be phased out by the end of 2023, and that sponsorship of any event which is particularly aimed at children is also banned.Another amendment tabled related to the broadcast watershed for alcohol advertising.Addressing the committee, Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy explained: “It states that advertisements for alcohol products cannot be broadcast on television before 9pm and that such advertisements cannot be broadcast on the radio other than between the hours of 10am and 3pm on weekdays.The watershed times have been agreed in consultation with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, which have the intelligence in this area.A spokesperson for Alcohol Action Ireland told TheJournal.ie that while advertising restrictions alone will not solve the public health crisis of alcohol in this country, all of the measures in the legislation “are designed to work together to help create an environment that supports or empowers people to make healthier choices in relation to their alcohol consumption”.Brewers, however, have claimed that the advertising restrictions proposed will effectively freeze them out from the majority of all outdoor advertising space in major cities in Ireland.The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has a twofold argument, saying that the restrictions are “disproportionate” and that they won’t work. Source: Shutterstock/Alexandru NikaThe body, which represents brewers, distillers, brand owners and distributors in Ireland, has also warned that the move will have negative consequences across a variety of sectors, claiming the watershed rule will have “huge financial implications for domestic broadcasters” in terms of revenue.ABFI Director Ross Mac Mathúna said: “We would like to see the sensible implementation of the Bill, however the proposed measures are not fit for purpose and will result in unintended consequences.”Their figures claim that, of the 8261 advertising spots in Greater Dublin, Cork and Limerick, only 969 of these (11.7%) would be available to book for alcohol advertising under the provisions of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.A spokesperson for Alcohol Action Ireland criticised a lack of evidence to substantiate this claim that 88% of outdoor advertisement space would be made unavailable under the new system.They also told TheJournal.ie that the alcohol industry was not “primarily concerned with ‘unintended consequences’ of this legislation, but the intended consequence” which would ultimately aim for a reduction in alcohol consumption.Alcohol marketing and childrenThe ABFI says that the restrictions on advertising will have little benefit on the issue of underage drinking.Countries such as France have banned advertising at sporting events and have implemented content restrictions on other alcohol-related advertising, but the ABFI argues that research on underage drinking in France show that these measures will not work in Ireland.Data published in 2013 did show that there was an increase in the number of underage drinkers consuming alcohol regularly in France, but this is not directly linked to advertising.Mac Mathúna said: “We are concerned about the proposed advertising restrictions given the lack of clear evidence that these measures will address the misuse of alcohol.Underage consumption [in Ireland] is declining.According to the recent ESPAD survey – a European-wide survey on alcohol use among teenagers – Ireland was found to be below average in terms of alcohol use in a number of categories, including regular consumption.One category, however, where Ireland did not perform so well in terms of how many teenagers had been drunk in the previous 30 days, and the average alcohol intake on the last day that they drank. Percentage of prevalence, Irish teenagers versus European average Source: ESPADThe Alcohol Action Ireland spokesperson said: “Children are continuously exposed to positive, risk-free images of alcohol and its use, which are far removed from the reality of the situation.Restricting advertisements for alcohol products to content about the nature of those products will mean that advertisements will be less likely to glamourise alcohol or make it appealing to children. By Sean Murray Source: Frances Black/Twitter 25,863 Views Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 7:10 AM The behind-the-scenes machinations shaping the government’s new alcohol laws The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill aims to impose restrictions on alcohol advertising in Ireland. https://jrnl.ie/3212472 Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/SpeedKingz Independent Senator Frances Black Source: Niall Carson PA Archive/PA Images“We have to stop listening to the industries whose representatives are in here fighting against saving lives.”center_img 42 Comments Feb 5th 2017, 7:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Yesterday I highlighted the intense lobbying by the alcohol industry who are working hard 2 dilute the #AlcoholBill https://t.co/gCcuWlswar— Frances Black (@frances_black) November 18, 2016 Short URL Senator David Norris also drew attention to the issue. He said: “Multinational corporations have been carrying out extensive lobbying of Members of this House. Sometimes, they are clever in how they conceal their origins referring to ‘responsible drinkers’ and all of that rubbish.No one believes it. They have stopped lobbying me because I used to send material back and tell them that I did not believe them.Also speaking in the Seanad on the matter, Fine Gael senator Catherine Noone expressed her fears that the advertising industry would begin to lobby members to reduce to the effect the bill will have.She said: “My concern is that the advertising industry will start to lobby us to reduce the effect the Bill will have on its industry. The objective of the advertising measures contained in the Bill is to protect young people from exposure to alcohol marketing.If there is to be any reduction or removal of measures in the legislation, I hope it will not be a precedent for other industries to start lobbying us. I believe this is only the start of it.Section 20By law, lobbyists are required to register and disclose who they are lobbying and what they are lobbying them about.The register lists details of who has been lobbying politicians on a range of issues and, in the case of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, it is section 20 that has led to a great number of lobbying attempts.Section 20 concerns the “structural separation” of alcohol products for sale in shops and supermarkets.In practice, it will mean the erection of a physical barrier to separate alcohol from other products in shops.On the register of lobbyists, it can be seen that shop owners have been keen to get this part of the Bill amended in particular.Blue Silver Merchants ULC, trading as McInerney’s SuperValu Loughrea, published details on 17 January that they had phone three local TDs on the issue.The intended results of this lobbying was to “avoid the expenditure of €45,000 in our store in order to comply with proposed legislative changes to prevent alcohol from being visible to our customers”.A Centra store in Sligo held a meeting with three local TDs seeking the “elimination of the requirement for structural separation”.Other recorded instances of lobbying politicians on this piece of the legislation can be found here, here, and here.This issue almost caused a rift between Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance in November.The Bill instructs that alcohol must be separated from the other products on sale in the shop by a physical barrier, so that alcohol products and advertising are not readily visible to members of the public.Plans to force small retailers and corner shop owners to segregate alcohol products was a “step too far”, said the Independent Alliance.Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Sean Canney described the section of the bill as “a retrograde step” and said it is simply “inoperable”.“Segregation like this will add nothing to the control of drinking. Drinking is an issue in this country and education about alcohol needs to start in the school.“I am fearful of the fact that this legislation could drive drink further underground and make drink an even less sociable pastime,” he said.Unlike other disagreements the Independent Alliance has had with Fine Gael in the past, this time they might actually have some support from government backbenchers.Corcoran-Kennedy briefed her party colleagues on the new bill at the parliamentary party meeting at a November meeting, where concerns were raised were also raised by Fine Gael TDs about the impacts it will have on small corner shops.At a previous parliamentary party meeting in October, there was a heated discussion about the new bill, with rural TDs raising the same concerns as members of the Independent Alliance.Many stated it would be a non-runner for their constituents.Next week, we’ll take a look at the issue of minimum pricing.Read: ‘His eyes were rolling in his head and there was froth coming out of his mouth’Read: New laws on the way to curb the spread of pubs and off licences Image: Shutterstock/SpeedKingz “Due to weak systems of industry self-regulation, children in Ireland are currently very poorly protected from these sophisticated and powerful influences on their expectations and behaviour in relation to alcohol.”According to research carried out at the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway, over 90% of children reported that they were exposed to traditional, or offline, alcohol advertisements in the week prior to the study being carried out.Dr Michal Molcho at NUI Galway said: “Given that these findings echo previous studies, coupled with the vulnerability of young people to alcohol, there is a clear need for immediate action on alcohol marketing regulation.”The ABFI, however, said: ”The drinks industry in Ireland abides, in the strictest manner, to all codes relating to advertising and marketing.”LobbyingAs amendments to the legislation were under review by members of the Seanad, several came forward to air their frustrations on the amount of lobbying taking place from industry on the matter.Independent Senator Frances Black told the House in November: “Is the Leader aware of the amount of lobbying by the alcohol industry on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill? I am shocked by the amount of lobbying.I have seen it with my own eyes. I saw seven people from the industry standing around one Deputy in the coffee dock some days ago and I was absolutely horrified.last_img read more

Worry over new earthquake in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A magnitude of 5.3 earthquake was felt all over Crete, Greece yesterday at 11:30 p.m. local time (2030 GMT) according to Greece’s Institute of Geodynamics.No casualties or damages have been reported so far, however, three aftershocks, each of a magnitude of 3.5, have occurred within half an hour of the main quake and a minor earthquake of 4.1.The epicenter was off the southern coast of Crete, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), near the coastal town of Ierapetra and about 60 kilometers (37 miles) southeast of the island’s largest city, Heraklion.In the past seven days there have been seven earthquakes in Greece, with 29 tremors in the past 30 days. The largest earthquake this month has been the 5.4 in Pýrgos, Crete topped by last month’s 6.3 near Plomárion, Lesvos.To check daily seismic activity in Greece go to: http://www.geophysics.geol.uoa.gr/stations/maps/recent.htmllast_img read more

Extreme Rules Payback and MITB 2015 PPV buyrate figures

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Shawn Michaels Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Impact Wrestling presents Rebellion this Sunday from Toronto, streaming live globally on FITE.tv As part of WWE’s Q2 2015 earnings report released on Thursday, the following are the buyrates for WWE PPVs in the second quarter of 2015.* WWE Extreme Rules 4/26/15 (headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton) – 56,000 buys (down from 108,000 buys in 2014)* WWE Payback 5/17/15 (headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns) – 54,000 buys (down from 67,000 buys in 2014)* WWE Money in the Bank 6/14/15 (headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose) – 57,000 buys (down from 122,000 buys in 2014)Source: WWE CorporateRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:13Loaded: 100.00%0:14Remaining Time -0:17 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Google+ Pinterest Jon Moxley Joins AEW Ronda Rousey Facebook Twitter Seth Rollinscenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Videos Articles WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Video: Impact announces Rebellion Pay Per View for April 28 live in Torontolast_img read more

ITC chairman YC Deveshwar passes away at 72 PM Modi others mourn

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:05Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:03?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Worlds Biggest Tobacco Company To Phase Out Cigarettes Closecenter_img Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, the chairman of ITC, passed away on Saturday morning at a private hospital in Gurugram and is survived by his wife and son. He was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. The cause of his death is not known.Deveshwar stepped down from an executive role as chairman and CEO of ITC in 2017 but remained with the company as a non-executive chairman. He served at ITC for over half a century and became known for his business acumen which brought the conglomerate to its position today.ITC is one of the biggest diversified conglomerates in the world and the largest cigarette-maker in India. It has 20,000 employees across 60 locations in the country.ITC’s managing director Sanjiv Puri mourned the death while attributing ITC’s successful transformation and growth to Deveshwar’s leadership in a statement, “Spearheading a journey of stellar growth that led the Harvard Business Review to rank him the 7th Best Performing CEO in the world, his leadership transformed ITC into a valuable and admired multi-business conglomerate with a robust portfolio of front-ranking businesses in FMCG, Hotels, Paperboards & Paper, Packaging and Agri-Business.” ITC chairman YC Deveshwar passes awayReuters FileWith regard to the employment opportunities created by ITC, he added, “His death is mourned by many, as he was considered an astute Indian visionary whose cause provided employment to over 60 lakh people.”Born on February 4, 1947, in Lahore, Deveshwar was an IIT Delhi and Harvard Business School alumnus who joined ITC in 1968 and became the chairman in 1996. He led state-owned carrier Air India as the chairman and managing director from 1991 to 1994. He was also a director on the central board of the Reserve Bank of India. Deveshwar received the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour in India, in 2011. ITC LtdReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi was grieved by his passing. He tweeted, “Shri YC Deveshwar made a strong contribution to Indian industry. His efforts helped ITC become a professionally run Indian company with a global footprint. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the ITC group in this hour of grief.”Other political leaders also mourned the loss of the inspirational businessman.Saddened by the death of Yogi C Deveshwar, Chairman ITC. Yogi excelled as a corporate professional and an entrepreneur and took his company to great heights. May God render peace to the departed soul & give to his family strength to bear this loss.— Chowkidar Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 11, 2019In a message CM recalled Deveshwar’s presence when the TS-iPASS was launched in Hyderabad in June 2015 and the way he extended his support to Telangana in that meeting. CM conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family.— Telangana CMO (@TelanganaCMO) May 11, 2019Saddened at the passing away of the longest serving Chairman of ITC group #YCDeveshwar He transformed the company into a world class corporate. May his soul rest in eternal peace.— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) May 11, 2019Saddened to learn of the passing away of Padma Bhusan & #ITC Group Chairman YC Deveshwar. His stewardship transformed ITC into a diversified global conglomerate with focus on Indian brands. His leadership and vision will continue to inspire generations. RIP #YogiDeveshwar— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) May 11, 2019Saddened to know about the demise of longest serving ITC Chairman – Padma Bhushan Shri #YCDeveshwar. He was a visionary leader who stood test of the time and worked relentlessly for sustainable growth.Condolences to his family and everyone associated with ITC the group. pic.twitter.com/XPDeCyzKQQ— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 11, 2019last_img read more

Two wheeler sales February 2017 Royal Enfield posts 19 growth

first_imgThe logo of Royal Enfield is pictured on a bike at Royal Enfield’s flagship shore in Bangkok, Thailand, February 24, 2016.Reuters fileRoyal Enfield motorcycles saw yet another month of robust sales in February 2017. Eicher Motors, which makes the motorcycles, sold 58,439 units during the month, up 19 percent from 49,156 motorcycles sold in February 2016. Exports rose 7 percent to 1,702 units.Read: Domestic car sales February 2017: Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai post robust growth Bajaj Auto, TVS Motor and Hero Motocorp are yet to report their volume sales data.Other entities in the two-wheeler space in India include unlisted entities such as Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI), Yamaha Motor, Suzuki Motors India Ltd. (SMIL) and Vespa India.TVS Motor shares were down marginally to Rs 424 apiece, Hero Motocorp up 1.21 percent at Rs 3,173 and Bajaj Auto almost flat at Rs 2,771.last_img read more

Its Daleks vs Cybermen in New Miniatures Game

first_imgBBCThe initial release comes with DIY snap-fit plastic miniatures of the iconic villains and illustrated rule books with “a wealth of information and photographs.” Future expansion packs will introduce other foes and allies (like Silurians, Sontarans, and UNIT), allowing players to grow their game and collection.“We’ve been tirelessly researching episodes both new and old, sculpting miniatures and working back and forth with the BBC to ensure the results are completely authentic,” the company website said.A number of sets are already available for purchase, including the Tenth Doctor and companions (Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Wilf Mott) and the Twelfth Doctor and companions (Clara Oswald, Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, Strax).BBCFans can also snag The Silence, Judoon, Zygons, and long-forgotten Tetraps—a test piece for a new sculptor, according to Warlord Games’ Head of Product Design, Paul Sawyer—plus two figures (The Ghost and Dr. Sims) from 2016 Christmas special “The Return of Doctor Mysterio,” among others.Warlord hopes to broaden its Doctor Who horizons over the next year with more plastics and more metal.“We are ramping through them at the moment,” Sawyer said in a recent Q&A session with the game maker. “As we speak, I’m awaiting the next batch of [3D-printed] designs through, which includes Victor Kennedy, the Abzorbaloff and Missy, among many others.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. There is nothing miniature about Doctor Who. Except these new releases from Warlord Games.The pewter and plastic models span more than 50 years of stories and characters—including the Doctor himself, as well as companions and enemies.And soon, you’ll be able to recreate the battle in Canary Wharf with Warlord’s first Who-themed tabletop skirmish game, “Exterminate!” Expected for release this spring (so, any day now), the title pits Daleks against Cybermen in a fight to the unemotional finish.Three levels of gameplay—harsh “Battle” environment, “Adventure” world, “Episode” challenges—are each dictated by eight scenarios that come with the game, according to the BBC.last_img read more