18 Nov

I cursed myself after getting out in World Cup final: Veda Krishnamurthy

first_imgTeam India bat Veda Krishnamurthy said the nine-run defeat to England in the final of the Women’s World Cup last Sunday was a hard pill to swallow but the team is proud of what they achieved in the tournament.”We had it in our hands and it took a couple of days to sink in. Later we told ourselves nobody expected us to reach the final. We gave our best and everyone should be proud of what we have achieved,” she said.Veda, an aggressive bat by nature, was playing a gem of a knock but failed to take her team past the finish line after playing a rash shot to get out. The right-hander was playing aggressively throughout her innings. Although she gave away two chances, it was working for the team until she skied one to Natalie Sciver of the bowling off Anya Shrubsole in the 45th over. Speaking about the knock and how she felt after getting out, she said that she was cursing herself. (Smriti Mandhana reveals moments of heartbreak from India’s dressing room after World Cup final defeat)”I was literally cursing myself and saying what have I done? Everything boiled down to me and I said you have really spoiled the game. At the same time once I went to bat I was looking for runs. I was taking risks. But it was on one occasion that it didn’t come off. Won’t regret it but it will always stay,” said Veda.”Perhaps next time I will get the team through,” she added. (World Cup performance can bring about ‘revolution in women’s cricket’: Jhulan Goswami)advertisementThe Karnataka-born girl also said that she was happy that she got to play her natural game under pressure in a big tournament.”I’m happy I played my brand of cricket. In final I was never under pressure. I said to myself if it’s in your zone, go for it. If I had any self doubt, I would not have scored quickly. I’m happy that I have been able to play this way in a big tournament,” she said.  The 24-year-old said that she has always been an aggressive bastswoman and she’s not going to change her approach.”From the time I stared playing I never liked the defensive approach. Never played the anchor role. Have always been the person who goes there and gets runs as quick as possible. I have always enjoyed it. If I play 10 balls and get 29 runs, it’s more satisfying,” she said.When asked about playing big franchise based tournaments like Women’s Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League, she said that she would love to grab the opportunity and play outside her comfort zone.”If given as choice of playing Big Bash or any league I would be very happy because playing outside your comfort zone is great and teaches you as lot of things. I would be the first one to grab it,” said Veda.”If there’s an IPL for us…nothing like it because Indians would get to come in the limelight like men. So many have played India because of IPL,” she added.She signed off by saying that India will look to make the semis of the World T20 that is coming up next.”Next up is the World T20. We will not pressurise ourselves to win but try to get semis first then final,” said Veda before signing off.last_img read more

28 Oct

24 days ago​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency looms

first_img​Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency loomsby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is coy regarding his future at the club.The Belgian centre-back has been a stalwart for the club in the past few seasons.But with his contract running out at the end of the campaign, there is no sign of him renewing.And the 32-year-old is coy on his future.”I’d prefer not to go into that, but there is always movement there, of course,” Vertonghen said when quizzed about his future by reporters.”It’s my eighth season and I’m feeling great. Maybe the results didn’t come our way [at the start of the season], but they were tough away games and you always have to see how you bounce back from that.”[My future is] not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. It doesn’t distract me. I want to play as many games as possible. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a few good years left at the top level.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 Oct

SaskPower makes agreement to buy more megawatts from Manitoba Hydro

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan’s Crown-owned electric utility has made an agreement to buy more hydroelectricty from Manitoba.A term sheet providing for a new long–term power sale has been signed between Manitoba Hydro and SaskPower which will see up to 215 megawatts flow from Manitoba to Saskatchewan beginning in 2022.SaskPower has two existing power purchase agreements with Manitoba Hydro that were made in 2015 and 2016, but the newest one announced Monday is the largest.SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh says in a news release that the clean, hydroelectric power represents a significant step forward when it comes to reaching the utility’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.Marsh says it’s also reliable baseload electricity, which SaskPower will need as it adds more intermittent generation options like wind and solar.SaskPower says a final legal contract for the sale is expected to be concluded by mid-2019 and be in effect by 2022, and the purchase agreement would last up to 30 years.“Manitoba Hydro has been a valued neighbour and business partner over the years and this is a demonstration of that relationship,” Marsh said in the news release.The financial terms of the agreement are not being released.Both parties say the sale will partially rely on the capacity provided by a new transmission line planned for construction between Tantallon, Sask. and Birtle, Man. that was previously announced in 2015 and is expected to be in service by 2021.“Revenues from this sale will assist in keeping electricity rates affordable for our Manitoba customers, while helping SaskPower expand and diversify its renewable energy supply,” Manitoba Hydro president and CEO Kelvin Shepherd said in the utility’s own news release.In 2015, SaskPower signed a 25 megawatt agreement with Manitoba Hydro that lasts until 2022. A 20-year agreement for 100 megawatts was signed in 2016 and comes into effect in 2020.The deals are part of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2013 involving up to 500 megawatts.last_img read more

29 Sep

Mike Trout Is A 430 Million Bargain

Trout’s most similar group averaged just fewer than 1.0 WAR by age 38. And that group contains eight Hall of Famers, including Griffey, Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Mel Ott. To further complicate matters, the quality of competition in MLB continues to improve over time, and the game is getting younger, making it more difficult to age well.However, if 1 WAR is worth $8 million in 2019, and that value inflates by 3 percent per season (for the first five seasons),2Basic assumptions which, granted, may need re-examining. the average of Trout’s comparable group would be worth about $450 million from age 27 through age 38. And it bears mentioning that Trout has accumulated 48 percent more WAR through age 26 than his comparable group of all-time legends. (Yes, Trout is good.)So Trout seems like a very good bet to deliver more value to the Angels than they’re paying him for in this contract, even if some of the assumptions above are more player-friendly than the current state of baseball’s economics. While many MLB mega-contracts end up looking bad in retrospect, this Trout deal might be the rare one that delivers positive surplus value for the team.Either way, with no opt-outs in the deal and a full no-trade clause, Trout and the Angels are committed to each other for the long haul. If Trout is interested in winning World Series rings, he took a risk in remaining in Anaheim: He has never won a playoff game with the Angels even while establishing himself at the game’s best player. As great as Trout has been, even the best player cannot do it alone — particularly not in baseball, which is a weak-link sport that is less dependent on star talent than other sports.But in some ways, the Angels’ outlook is improving for the second act of the Trout era. Albert Pujols’s albatross of a contract is coming off the books after the 2021 season — $28 million in present-day dead money the Angels can allocate elsewhere.The Angels entered Tuesday with $28 million committed in 2022 salaries, ranking 18th in baseball despite playing in the sport’s No. 2 market in Los Angeles. (The MLB average is $35.2 million committed in 2022, according to Spotrac.) So should the Angels want to compete in the market for high-end free-agent talent in coming years — like, say, Mookie Betts (free agency ETA 2021) or Francisco Lindor (free agency ETA 2022)3Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will be a free agent after 2020. — they will have the flexibility and purchasing power to do so. As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a 12-year contract extension worth at least $430 million with outfielder Mike Trout, setting the all-time mark for both the largest contract (passing Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal from a few weeks ago) and the greatest average annual contract value in baseball history. Trout is a longtime object of fascination for us here at FiveThirtyEight; we’ve frequently extolled his virtues as baseball’s best and most consistent star. Now he has the record-breaking contract to match his talent — but one that might still represent a big bargain for the Angels. And the deal’s long-term nature only renews questions about Trout’s ability to win in L.A., as well as his potential to break through as a star off the field.At first glance, about $36 million per year seems like a tremendous deal for the Angels. According to FanGraphs’ estimated market values based on wins above replacement (WAR), a player with Trout’s 2018 production should have been worth about $79 million last season. That’s nothing new for Trout: FanGraphs estimates that he was worth $55 million (in 70 percent of a full season) in 2017, $78 million in 2016 and $74 million in 2016. So if Trout continues his recent pace, the Angels will basically be paying him half of what he’d be worth on the open market over the next few seasons.Of course, Trout is also 27 this year, traditionally the age at which baseball players peak. Trout’s new deal will take him through 2030, his age-38 season. Even though no player in baseball history has posted more career WAR through their age-26 season than Trout,1According to a mix of WAR from FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. it’s probably safe to assume that Trout won’t continue to be a 10-WAR-per-season machine throughout the entire life of this contract.The old saying that “Father Time is undefeated” remains true — perhaps truer now than ever. And even star-level players peak more quickly than you might expect. While Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were superstars late into their careers, other outfielders similar to Trout — such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones — fell off a performance cliff after age 30 and never recovered.Here’s a plot of the 10 retired outfielders most similar to Trout through age 26 (according to The Baseball Gauge), along with the arcs of their seasonal WAR as aging took hold: Perhaps most important for the club’s long-term prospects is the productivity of its farm system. For much of Trout’s tenure with the Angels, the club had one of the worst farm systems in baseball. The Angels’ system ranked last in baseball in 2014, 2016 and 2017, according to Baseball America. That’s begun to change. The Angels hired Billy Eppler to lead their front office after the 2015 season; they improved to 14th in the rankings in 2018 and 13th this spring.Outfielder Jo Adell, L.A.’s first-round pick in 2017, has quickly become one of the game’s elite prospects, while starter Griffin Canning, a second-round pick in 2017, gives the Angels a second top-100 prospect. And help from the farm is not too far away: Eight of the top 10 Angels prospects are expected to open in Double-A or higher this spring. Moreover, if the Angels’ top prospect from a year ago, Shohei Ohtani, can become a consistent impact performer as a pitcher and hitter, L.A. could have two star caliber players in one roster spot.The Angels’ biggest long-term issue is that they are in the same division as the Houston Astros, who are on the cutting edge of evaluation and player development. The Astros took home the 2017 World Series trophy, won 103 games a year ago project to win 99 games again this season according to the FiveThirtyEight model, all while maintaining a farm system that has ranked fifth or better in three of the past four years. Baseball America ranks the Astros’ farm system No. 5 in the game entering 2019.It will be no easy task to supplant the Astros as kings of the AL West. And if Trout and the Angels can’t do that, it will be more difficult for Trout to raise his own profile, which lags well behind what his talent would suggest. Only one baseball player made ESPN’s list of the 100 most famous athletes in the world, and it wasn’t Trout — it was Bryce Harper at No. 99. This contract extension makes Trout very rich, but it also forces him to forfeit the chance to join a more likely World Series contender — and he’ll miss out on the spotlight that would have shown on him during his own free agency after the 2020 season.So now the pressure is even greater for the Angels to surround Trout with better talent and build a winner around him. By the end of this contract, he’ll have spent two full decades with the franchise. It would be a true shame if Trout’s next 12 seasons contain as little team success as his first eight did. read more

28 Sep

Quick hits Midweek news notes for Ohio State football

DeVier Posey and Dan Herron Receiver DeVier Posey and running back Dan Herron, both seniors, were expected to return from five-game suspensions this week. However, both players’ suspensions will be extended at least one more game because of additional violations, as announced by OSU athletic director Gene Smith on Monday. First-year head coach Luke Fickell said that neither player is in danger of being dismissed from the team as of yet. “This is still something that’s undergoing and I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t have all of the information that they are going through probably just as of yet. Not that I’ve seen anything that we wouldn’t want a guy around right now.” Reinforcements arrive for the offensive line Unlike Posey and Herron, left tackle Mike Adams is back for OSU. Beyond that, Adams is listed as a starter for Buckeyes’ offensive line on Saturday against Nebraska. Adams’ arrival will be a welcome sight for his linemates, which allowed nine sacks against Michigan State last Saturday. Injury Updates Redshirt freshman receiver Verlon Reed, tied for second on the Buckeyes in receptions, has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, Fickell said. The banged-up receiving corps should be aided by the return of sophomore Corey “Philly” Brown this week, after he missed the last three games with a lower leg injury. “We’ll see how he runs around out there (Tuesday),” Fickell said. “Hopefully he’ll be all right.” Fickell said he is doubtful senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams will play this Saturday. Senior defensive end Solomon Thomas, who is returning from his five-game suspension this week, is not listed on the two-deep depth chart. However, Fickell said he expects Thomas to see playing time on Saturday, but did note that he is coming back from a broken leg in the Spring Game. Captaincy carousel slowing down Familiar faces are emerging among OSU’s weekly picks for game captains. Senior center Mike Brewster will make his third appearance as a Buckeyes’ game captain on Saturday against Nebraska. Linebacker Andrew Sweat and defensive back Tyler Moeller are each making their second stint as captains. Long leash for Braxton Miller Fickell said freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will not have a “short hook” if he struggles against the No. 14-ranked Nebraska on Saturday. “We don’t want a guy going in thinking that by any means,” Fickell said. “Braxton is the guy that right now is our starting quarterback, and you know, I would think hook-wise, we don’t want him to ever think that.” Miller was pulled from last Saturday’s game against Michigan State at the end of the third quarter and replaced by redshirt senior Joe Bauserman. Kickoff for the Buckeyes’ game at Nebraska is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ABC. read more

18 Sep

Hamsik confirms China offer

first_imgNapoli captain Marek Hamsik has confirmed that he has received an offer from China and that he has told club president Aurelio De Laurentiis about itThe Slovakian midfielder is expected to leave the Stadio San Paolo for this summer’s transfer window after having previously admitted to being tempted by the prospect of a big-money move to China.The arrival of new head coach Carlo Ancelotti does not appear to have improved things for Hamsik, who could break the club record of the most games played at Napoli for next season.Speaking at a charity event in his native Slovakia, the 30-year-old confirmed that he has been in talks in regards to a move to the Chinese Super League.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’m still a Napoli player, for now nothing has changed,” said Hamsik, via Football-Italia.“It’s true that I told the President [Aurelio De Laurentiis] that there’s this opportunity, but at the moment there’s nothing new.”However, Napoli are reportedly asking around €30m for their captain.A fee of this magnitude would mean that a Chinese club would have to pay €60m due to the 100% tax charge they receive for not using the money towards player development in their own country.last_img read more

18 Sep

Harewood swapped football pitch for tweaking supercars

first_imgFormer West Ham United player Marlon Harewood has revealed he is in the business of tinkering supercars.The ex-Aston Villa striker is pimping up the motors of England and Premier League stars now that he has hung up his boots. His customers include England players like Harry Kane, 25, John Stones, 24, Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph, both aged 28.Harewood, 39, said, according to Daily Star:“We have fitted PlayStations, printers and coffee machines into clients’ cars. We recently did a makeover on an Audi Q7 for a Man United player.”“We gave the car a respray and added a body kit before completely changing the interior, including the seats and dashboard. When you see what the car looks like before and after, it’s exciting. It gives you a buzz.”“There are plenty of other companies who provide similar services, but a lot of footballers struggle to find someone who they can trust.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“But because I’ve played the game, they know I’m not going to try and rip them off.”“There is so much competition between the young players these days. They all want to be seen driving something better than their team-mates.”“Social media plays a huge role. They see flash cars on Instagram and want the same thing.”“Some get bored very quickly and change it after 12 months. I believe Jack Butland has had his car wrapped in six colours over the years.”“I wanted to start a car business so players could avoid losing money. It’s a short career, and when you get to a certain age, you want that money you wasted on that car.”“Hopefully with our help, players will avoid paying over the odds.”last_img read more

18 Sep

Official Southampton sack coach Mark Hughes

first_imgSouthampton have announced the dismissal of Mark Hughes as manager after just eight months in the dugoutThe Manchester United legend was recruited by Southampton on March 14 and helped them avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.Afterwards, Hughes was awarded a three-year contract to continue coaching the club he once played for himself.But the Saints’ 2-2 draw with United in the Premier League on Saturday proved to be Hughes’ final game in charge with the club only 18th in the table.“Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes,” read a statement on the club website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.”Hughes’ assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, have also departed the south coast.The Welshman has now been fired twice in the space of a year following his dismissal from Stoke City in January.Southampton, who have only won once in the Premier League this term, will next face Tottenham away on Wednesday at Wembley.last_img read more

13 Sep

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Urges Hearing on Groundwater Contamination

first_imgPennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) is calling for a congressional hearing to investigate potential groundwater contamination at more than 600 sites at former and active military installations across the country stemming from chemicals in firefighting foam.In a written statement, Boyle acknowledged that DOD is assessing groundwater samples from affected sites for perfluorinated compounds and beginning voluntary remediation.“However, despite the serious health risks posed by prolonged exposure to and accumulation of PFOS and PFOA in potable water sources on these sites, the response has lacked the urgency I believe is necessary to address this public health threat. These investigation and cleanup efforts are seriously undermined by a lack of urgency on the part of the DOD,” Boyle said.The first term congressman’s Philadelphia-area district includes two former installations — Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster — where elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds were found in about 100 public and private wells in 2013 and 2014.“Concern among Horsham’s residents has significantly increased since the EPA tightened its health advisory guideline for these contaminants in our drinking water,” Boyle said. In May, EPA released new lifetime exposure health advisories for PFOS and for PFOA, reported the Intelligencer.Boyle sent his request for a hearing to the chair and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, of which he is a member.“While I appreciate the EPA’s heightened scrutiny of these contaminants and the Navy’s commitment to monitoring wells and taking implicated wells offline, I believe officials have thus far failed to present adequate information to the public regarding the latest science and known health risks posed to our community,” Boyle said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

10 Sep

As the web turns 30 creator Tim BernersLee says dont be defeatist

first_img Comment 2:16 Now playing: Watch this: Internet Services Tech Industry Ralph Breaks the Internet is a fantastic sequel that… Share your voice Tags Tim Berners-Lee offers words of hope for the web’s 30th birthday. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images The web is turning 30 on Tuesday, but its creator, Tim Berners-Lee, is already looking ahead to the next 30 years.In his annual letter on the web’s birthday, Berners-Lee spent less time reflecting on how the web has developed over the past three decades and instead expressed optimism about what can be achieved in the next three.”Given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30,” he said. “If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.”It was March 12, 1989, when Berners-Lee, who was working at the nuclear research organization CERN, published the description of “a universal linked information system” to help academics from across the globe run a complicated particle accelerator. Since that day, the web has evolved to allow billions around the world to connect to the internet, and with each other. If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web. Tim Berners-Lee 1 But like many a 30-year-old, the web still has some growing up to do. In his letter, Berners-Lee identified three specific sources of dysfunction: deliberate misuse (state-sponsored hacking, criminal behavior and harassment), system design flaws that allow people to earn money by spreading misinformation and clickbait, and unintended consequences of benevolent design that enable outrage and polarized discourse.And yet he remains upbeat about our combined ability to quash these threats — if we focus and don’t get distracted by individual problems.”You can’t just blame one government, one social network or the human spirit,” he said. “Simplistic narratives risk exhausting our energy as we chase the symptoms of these problems instead of focusing on their root causes.”Berners-Lee reiterated the opportunity he sees for citizens, companies and governments to all commit and be held accountable for establishing principles to govern the web, which he first described at the Web Summit in Lisbon in November when he launched his “Contract for the Web.”The discussion about what the contract will contain is ongoing — he encourages anyone to contribute — and will yield a result “later this year,” he said. Berners-Lee warned against it being a list of “quick fixes,” saying it needs instead to be a process.”It must be clear enough to act as a guiding star for the way forward but flexible enough to adapt to the rapid pace of change in technology,” he said. “It’s our journey from digital adolescence to a more mature, responsible and inclusive future.” Tim Berners-Leelast_img read more

5 Sep

Issue of sovereign gold bond postponed to November 30

first_imgThe issue date of the first tranche of Sovereign Gold Bond scheme has been extended by four days to November 30 to enable their proper processing, the government announced on Wednesday.A finance ministry statement said a large number of applications has been received by banks and post offices, and “to enable smooth uploading of applications into RBI’s E-kuber system, particularly by the post offices, it has since been decided to shift the issue date of the Sovereign Gold Bonds from November 26, 2015 to November 30, 2015”.Subscription for the sovereign gold bonds, announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the 2015-16 budget as a financial asset serving as an alternative to the precious metal, was open from November 5 to 20.The finance ministry announced last month that the bonds, issued by the Reserve Bank of India on its behalf, would be sold through banks and notified post offices.The scheme, so far, has generated lukewarm response, with bankers pegging the overall collections at Rs.150 crore. This, according to banks, is owing to a higher issue price, which the RBI had set at Rs.2,684 per gram, while the ruling market price was lower.The gold bonds are denominated in multiples of gram(s) of gold with a basic unit of one gram while the minimum investment limit is two grams and the maximum subscription is 500 grams per person per fiscal. For joint holders, the limit will be applied on the first holder.As per the scheme, the gold bonds will be sold only to resident Indian entities including individuals, Hindu undivided families, trusts, universities, and charitable institutions.The issue and redemption price are in Indian rupees fixed on the basis of the previous week’s (Monday-Friday) simple average of closing price of gold of 999 purity published by the India Bullion and Jewellers Association Ltd.The bond tenure will be eight years with exit option beginning the fifth year onwards. The bonds will also be tradable in the bourses.The rate of interest will be 2.75 percent per annum payable semi-annually on the initial value of investment.Bonds can be used as collateral for loans. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is to be set equal to ordinary gold loan mandated by the RBI from time to time.As to the tax treatment, interest on gold bonds will be taxable as per the provision of Income Tax Act, 1961 and the capital gains tax shall also remain same as in the case of physical gold.last_img read more

5 Sep

Indias ecommerce sector likely to grow by 67 to Rs 251 lakh

first_imgThe domestic e-commerce market is estimated to grow by 67% to $38 billion (Rs 2.51 lakh crore) in 2016 from over $23 billion (Rs 1.52 lakh crore) last year, boosted by a rise in Internet and mobile users, according to a study by an industry body.With buying trends during 2015 witnessing a significant upward movement due to aggressive online discounts, rising fuel price and wider and abundant choice will hit the e-commerce industry in 2016, Assocham said in a statement.”Increasing Internet and mobile penetration, growing acceptability of online payments and favourable demographics has provided the e-commerce sector in India the unique opportunity to companies connect with their customers,” it said.India’s e-commerce market was worth about $3.8 billion in 2009. It went up to $17 billion in 2014 and to $23 billion in 2015, said D S Rawat, Secretary General Assocham.”The customer is connected 24×7 through their smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, which is leading to a gradual evolution of e-commerce into mobile commerce, and there is an issue of convenience which also leads to impulsive buying,” said Rawat.Shopping online through smartphones is proving to be a “game-changer”, and the top players in the sector expect m-commerce to account for 70% of their total revenues, it said.It noted that with browsing trends, which have broadly shifted from the desktop to mobile devices in India, online shopping is also expected to follow suit, as one out of three customers currently makes transactions through mobiles in Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities.According to Rawat, 78% of shopping queries were made through mobile devices last year, compared to 46% in 2013.Among the various segments, apparel shopping recorded the highest growth of 69.5% in 2015, followed by electronic items, baby care products and beauty care products at 62%, 53% and 52%, respectively.”The most important contributing factor to the rapid growth of digital commerce in India is the increase in the use of smartphones. Mobiles and mobile accessories have taken up the maximum share of the digital commerce market in India,” said the chamber.It revealed that Mumbaikars have left behind all other cities in India in shopping online in 2015.last_img read more

5 Sep

India callup coming up Shubman Gill makes a huge statement with recordbreaking

first_imgAlthough Shubman Gill is not part of the Indian team, the youngster has been scoring runs for fun against the West Indies ‘A’, which seems to be the best way to make selectors give one a nod.Gill made history when he became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a first-class double ton, after he smashed a double century against West Indies A. He broke the long-standing record of former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir.India A was in trouble when they lost 3 quick wickets but Gill, along with his captain Hanuma Vihari, brought their side back on track with a superb partnership. The young right-hander scored an unbeaten 204 off 250 deliveries and zoomed past Gambhir’s record, which was set against Zimbabwe in a tour match back in 2002. Gill-Vihari partnership resurrected India’s innings Shubman GillMARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia A resumed at the overnight score of 23 for three. Gill lost his partner Shahbaz Nadeem for 13 when Hanuma Vihari joined him in the middle. The two resurrected the Indian innings and Vihari too brought up his century as they shared an unbeaten partnership of 315 runs for the fifth wicket.As soon as Gill went past his double ton, Vihari declared the innings. West Indies were 37 for no loss at the end of the day’s play as they looked to chase down 373 to clinch the match on the final day. Young Gill was one of the strongest contenders to find a spot in the Indian team as the selectors were looking to blood in young names for the ODI unit after India’s ouster from the semi-finals of the World Cup. However, he did not find a spot and the right-hander expressed his disappointment at missing out on selection despite a string of good scores. Hanuma VihariGetty”I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads,” Gill told CricketNext. “It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors.”Prior to the Test series, he had finished the one-day series as the top run-getter with 218 runs in four matches, averaging 54.50 with a strike rate of 98.19. He hit three half-centuries and was also adjudged the Man of the Series.last_img read more

3 Sep

Man killed in Satkhira gunfight

first_imggunfightAn accused of a rape incident was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Hijaldi village of Kalaroa upazila in Satkhira early Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Sohag Dalal of Boalia village and the lone accused of the rape case, filed on Saturday, in connection of raping a class III student.Being tipped off a team of police in a drive arrested Sohag around 2:00am, said Biplab Nath, officer-in-charge of Kolaroa Police Station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, Sohag and his associates hurled brick chips and bombs towards police, prompting them to retaliate, triggering the gun battle, leaving Sohag injured, said the OC.Later, he was rushed to Kolaroa Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead. Two assistant sub-inspectors were also injured during the ‘gunfight’.Police also recovered one shooter gun and five round bullets from the spot.The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

3 Sep

Australia imposes sanctions on Myanmar generals for Rohingya atrocities

first_imgRohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. Photo: ReutersAustralia’s government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar’s powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya Muslims.Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia announced it would freeze the assets of officers including a lieutenant general who commanded a special operations group believed to be behind atrocities.Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said the officers — Aung Kyaw Zaw, Maung Maung Soe, Aung Aung, Than Oo and Khin Maung Soe were “responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command”.The five, some of whom are since believed to have stepped down from their posts, will also be banned from travelling to Australia.Around 700,000 Rohingya have been driven from their homes in Rakhine state, in southwest Myanmar, since 2016.The campaign has been marked by numerous extrajudicial killings, mass rape and the burning of villages by security forces.last_img read more

31 Aug

Mela Phulkari Awakening of Panjab

first_imgTo unify the art, craft, and culture of Panjab (Punjab) in its true essence and spirit, 2019 brings with it the sixth edition of Mela Phulkari – which revolves around ‘Awakening of Panjab’ (Jaago Panjab). The festival will go on until February 17, 10 am – 8 pm, at India Habitat Centre.Mela Phulkari is an organic extension of 1469, the conceptual brand which showcases Panjab through its eclectic range of products that reflect Punjab and Punjabiyat in every piece. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking about the 6th edition, Harinder Singh and Kirandeep Kaur, co-founders of 1469 said, “Time has come for Panjab to wake up and face 2019 head-on, and show the world what it is capable of.” The word ‘Jaago’ is also synonymous with a wedding tradition of waking up the community of a new bride as she readies to enter a new phase of life.” The curator of the Mela, Dr Alka Pande, highlighted how women have held an important position within the social and cultural life of Panjab since time immemorial. “Along with the tradition of musical performance of Jaago, phulkari is synonymous with the new bride, who not just inherits her mother’s phulkari, but also learns the craft from her,” added Pande. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive “2019 is also the year when we celebrate 550 years of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s coming,” Harinder further said in a statement. “Guru Nanak was a revolutionary of his times as he brought about an awakening in the society with his concept of no rituals, no superstitions, no caste, no aayo, woman remarriage, hard work, sharing, and langar. And we, at Mela Phulkari want to highlight the beauty and importance of our first Guru’s teachings,” she stated. These strong topics are being converted into a series of art installations brought together by various designers along with the team of 1469. Each work of art has a story to narrate through the theme of #JaagoPanjab. Like the previous years, we intend to release edition of our Mela Phulkari Journal highlighting these themes through short stories, articles, and poems, informed Harinder. “In this journey of Mela Phulkari, we have been able to not only sensitise the audience to the story of Phulkari but in the process mobilise the rural women of Panjab towards progress and self-reliance,” mentioned the 1469 team. Mela Phulkari 6 has its own unique vocabulary. The overarching idea is Jaago of Panjab, which is manifested in the first-morning cry of the cock. The twelve installations are symbolic of the ‘baramasas’ or twelve months, which have been eulogized by the poets and painters over the aeons. Five beautiful and antique pieces of jewelry have been painstakingly painted in great detail on “Taat” (jute) showcasing the opulence and fertility for a new bride, beautiful “Dolus” encrusted in gold representing the prized tradition of milkmen going to every single house of the neighborhood and delivering fresh milk each day, the Kukkad as the symbolic representation of ‘Jaago Panjab’, the Pakhi (fan) covered in antique Phulkari bagh, in a way stirring movement (Jaago Panjab) – the installation in this edition open doors to the real Punjab. On February 10, don’t forget be a part of cultural programme with celebrities like Imtiaz Ali, Harshdeep Kaur, and Jassi Jasbir who will be singing and dancing to the beats of Bhangra. The cultural extravaganza will begin 3 pm onward.last_img read more

19 Aug

Volcano eruption forces 1500 to evacuate in Hawaii

first_img By: The Associated Press Volcano eruption forces 1,500 to evacuate in Hawaii << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii, Volcano HONOLULU — Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupted, sending molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets.Volcano officials couldn’t predict how long Thursday’s eruption may last, prompting Hawaii’s governor to activate the National Guard to help with evacuations and provide security to about 770 structures left empty when residents sought shelter.There were no immediate reports of injuries.Hawaii County officials said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island.Footage shown on local television showed lava spurting into the sky from a crack in a road. Aerial drone footage showed a line of lava snaking through a forest.The footage of the #Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is extraordinary. It could erupt at any moment now https://t.co/FYahtE2e7S pic.twitter.com/8WBCsw51Zn— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) May 3, 2018Asta Miklius, a geophysicist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that there is no way to know exactly how long the eruption will continue.“One of the parameters is going to be whether the summit magma reservoir starts to drain in response to this event, and that has not happened yet,” Miklius said. “There is quite a bit of magma in the system. It won’t be just an hours-long eruption probably, but how long it will last will depend on whether the summit magma reservoir gets involved. And so we are watching that very, very closely.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsCounty, state and federal officials had been warning residents all week that they should be prepared to evacuate, as an eruption would give little warning. Officials at the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday raised the volcano’s alert level to warning status, the highest possible, meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent, underway or suspected.Nearby community centres have opened for shelter.The U.S. Geological Survey said new ground cracks were reported Thursday afternoon. Hot vapour emerged from a crack and spattering lava began to erupt.Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, releasing lava into residential neighborhood on the Big Island, prompting evacuation orders. https://t.co/8iUCQK0yCd pic.twitter.com/fce4E74wIV— ABC News (@ABC) May 4, 2018Scientists said areas downslope of the erupting vent were at risk of being covered by lava. Leilani Estates appeared to be at greatest risk, but scientists said new vents and outbreaks could occur and it’s not possible to say where.The eruption comes after days of earthquakes rattled the area’s Puna district. A nearby school was closed due to the ongoing seismic activity and several roadways cracked under the strain of the constant temblors. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was recorded hours before the eruption began Thursday.The Puu Oo crater floor began to collapse Monday, triggering a series of earthquakes and pushing the lava into new underground chambers.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles (16 kilometres) downslope toward the populated southeast coastline of the island.USGS geologist Janet Babb said the magma crossed under Highway 130, which leads to a popular volcano access point, on Tuesday night.Lava can be seen spewing from a vent in Hawaii’s Leilani Estates community on the Big Island after eruption of Kilauea volcano. https://t.co/DdDqlKmyV2The county has ordered evacuations for all of Leilani Estates, which according to the last Census has a population of 1,500. pic.twitter.com/v8O2poQGPe— ABC News (@ABC) May 4, 2018Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency closed the area to visitors on Tuesday and ordered private tour companies to stop taking people into the region.Most of Kilauea’s activity has been non-explosive, but a 1924 eruption spewed ash and 10-ton (9-metric ton) rocks into the sky, leaving one man dead.Puu Oo’s 1983 eruption resulted in lava fountains soaring over 1,500 feet (457 metres) high. In the decades since, the lava flow has buried dozens of square miles of land and destroyed many homes.Absolutely stunning drone video of the eruption of Hawaii’s #kilauea volcano. Mandatory evacuations for the Leilani Estates subdivision have been ordered. (: Jeremiah Osuna) pic.twitter.com/Vqxq14ojgX— Nick Dobis (@NickKPIX) May 4, 2018 Share Friday, May 4, 2018 last_img read more

19 Aug

Norwegian Bliss completes first season to Alaska will return next spring

first_img Share Posted by Tags: Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line Wednesday, September 26, 2018 MIAMI — Norwegian Bliss is set to wrap up its inaugural season to Alaska on Sept. 29 when it returns to the Port of Seattle, Washington.From there, the ship will head to Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Oct. 5-27, before repositioning to Port Miami for the fall/winter season in the Caribbean.Following the most successful ship launch in the company’s history, Norwegian Bliss was christened in Seattle on May 30. On June 2, it commenced its first summer season of seven-day Alaska cruises, welcoming nearly 77,000 guests over 17 voyages calling to Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau in Alaska, as well as to Victoria, B.C.The ship will return to Seattle on May 5, 2019 for a second Alaska season. At that time, it will be joined by Norwegian Joy sailing from Seattle, and Norwegian Jewel cruising from Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.“Norwegian Bliss was one of the most highly anticipated ships in the company’s history and was well received by our loyal guests and travel partners,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Her success surpassed anything we could have imagined, and as a result we are very enthusiastic about our decision to introduce her sister ship, Norwegian Joy, to the U.S. market in April 2019, when she joins Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Jewel in Alaska.”center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Norwegian Bliss completes first season to Alaska, will return next spring Travelweek Group last_img read more

7 Aug

The Society for Broadband Professionals SCTE has

first_imgThe Society for Broadband Professionals (SCTE) has opened its 2013 Technological Innovation Awards and Individual Achievement Awards for nominations.The awards, which recognise the achievements of companies and individuals in the broadband arena, will be presented during the SCTE Gala Dinner on March 23 2013 at Drapers’ Hall in London. Previous SCTE Technological Innovation Awards winners include Harmonic, RGB Networks, Technetix and Ineoquest.last_img