Protest against ‘extortion’

first_imgNormal life in Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur was affected on Wednesday as hundreds of people hit the streets to protest ‘illegal taxation’, or extortion, by several extremist groups and criminal organisations.The Public Action Committee of Naga Council Dimapur, which organised the protest rally, asked the Neiphiu Rio government to crack down on the outfits and stop such taxation.At least five extremist outfits such as Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland collect ‘tax’ periodically. Accordingly, government and corporate employees have to shell out 22-24% of a month’s salary while traders and the self-employed are required to pay more.last_img

Playing aggressive key to Ginebra’s success, says Tenorio

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slaughter starts, sets tone for Gin Kings in Game 5 win MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Hunger has been a word constantly thrown through the course of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, with both sides repeatedly saying that whoever wants the game more will win the plum.LA Tenorio has no doubt that Ginebra was the hungrier team on Sunday as it came out like a house on fire and hounded Meralco in Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT “We started really aggressive. We did it the whole game, so we ended up winning the game. I think that’s really the key when we’re aggressive defensively, offensively, it’s automatic that we’ll get the win,” Tenorio said.With Tenorio steering the ship, the Gin Kings took control early before holding off the Bolts in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe veteran playmaker got the job done on offense, orchestrating the flow for Ginebra with 17 points and four assists, while also doing his job on defense as he bullied the Meralco guards to also finish with six rebounds and three steals.Tenorio’s stellar showing, though, didn’t come as a surprise to coach Tim Cone, who asked him to play extended minutes with the loss of Sol Mercado to injury in Game 4. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next But the heavy minutes are the least of his concerns with the Kings only a win away from repeating as Governors’ Cup champions.“Actually, coach Tim was apologizing to me because of my extended minutes. But I don’t care. This is the championship. I’ll just rest after the series. If I have to play for 48 minutes, I’m ready. I told him even in next game, we don’t have Sol now, so I’m ready to extend my minutes,” he said.“Hopefully next game, we can bring this aggressiveness. But for sure, what we did today is not enough for next game. For sure, they’re going to adjust, so we just have to double our effort if we want to close out the series,” he said.“We know what to do, so we did what we’re supposed to do. Next game, we’ll bring it.”Game 6 is on Wednesday, still at the Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals PLAY LIST 01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

India holds significant market opportunities, says Jack Nicklaus

first_imgIt’s been seven years since the legendary Jack Nicklaus retired from professional golf, but he continues to contribute to the game through his design projects across the world-including India. With golf becoming a vital amenity for luxury communities worldwide, the legend continues to be associated with golf-related real estate through his company Nicklaus Design. In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest India Editor Himanshu Singhal, he talks about opportunities in the Indian golf real estate market, designs he would like to see in India, along with his perspective on Indian and international golfers and the state of the game.GDI: What do you think makes India an interesting golf course design destination for real estate developers and course designers like you? JN: Golf has been played in India for decades, but there has not been a great amount of play relative to the incredible population of the country. While cricket and soccer continue to be popular in India, golf has been a bit slow to catch on with the masses. With golf becoming an Olympic sport, combined with the population in India and a large middle class, there’s a real opportunity that exists to introduce and grow a game that really fits the demographics and also the collective talents of an athletic nation. The opportunity truly exists and it’s an exciting one. I think you’re going to see the game of golf grow in India because of golf’s inclusion as an Olympic sport. My hope is that this heightened global awareness will help promote the game.advertisementGDI: Have you ever followed any of the Indian pro golfers, playing outside India? Arjun Atwal & Jeev Milkha Singh have both been your guests at The Memorial.JN: I have met both Arjun and Jeev, but I don’t know a great deal about them. I do know they are both very good players and wonderful ambassadors for India, as well as the game of golf within India. As talented as they are, they are just two from the country and there are more people from India that play the game and could perhaps compete on the world stage. There will be more as time goes on, which will be healthy for the overall growth of the sport in India.GDI: As a player, did you ever hear about India from anyone?JN: Although I have not spent a great deal of time there, I have had the opportunity to visit India for golf course design work. It is a beautiful country, with such diversity in land. The people are kind and welcoming and have embraced us whenever we have visited.GDI: What is it about golf related real estate in India that excites you the most? What’s so unique about the Indian golf real estate market?JN: There is a certain lifestyle that surrounds the game of golf and I think that lifestyle appeals to many potential consumers in emerging markets such as India. I also think there is a greater understanding in these markets about the increased value associated with residential tied into golf. There is a growing market in India of aspirational, second-home buyers and golf-related real estate helps respond to that demand.GDI: What kind of projects would you like to associate yourself with, in India, and where?JN: I think I’d like to be able to design golf courses that display and reflect the beauty of the game of golf and layouts that highlight the beautiful land and destinations within the country. I would like to design courses that help introduce people to the game, attract them into the game and help the game retain its fans. I want to design golf courses that are enjoyable to play on a daily basis, but when needed, you can hide the pins on the right areas of the greens, move the tees back and have the ability to play a tournament on that same golf course. One of the challenges for a designer is to find that balance in design when you can create a beautiful golf course that people can enjoy on a daily basis, but one that can also be a tournament site. It can be a difficult thing to do, because you’ve got to make the design simple enough to encourage new people to learn the game as well. So it’s a combination, but it’s a goal we as a design firm try to meet, each time we are given the opportunity.GDI: Do you think you can contribute to the development of golf in India in any way? How would you like to go about it?advertisementJN:  We have been working hard to contribute to the development of golf in India. But like many emerging markets, India has its own challenges. It can be very difficult to acquire land and assemble people to put it together and commit to it. We’ve done a couple of projects in India but it’s been relatively slow. I can understand that because of the world economy and because of the lack of available land and water. Having said that, I have challenged everyone in our design firm to make certain that if someone comes to us with the desire to create a golf course, no matter how much land they have, we should do everything in our power to provide them a golf experience. Nowhere does it mandate that we have to create for the client an 18-hole golf course of championship length. The best thing we can do for India and the development of the game is to provide every interested owner or developer a ‘golf experience.’ This can be anything from 12 holes to nine to six to just three. It can be a golf academy or even a learning center that has practice holes and greens. The game of golf has always been controlled by how far a golf ball goes. But, I think it should be the other way round. We have a lot of people coming to us with 40-acres, 60-acres and 80-acres of land and an intent  to do a golf course. I think we owe it to the game of golf to introduce them to the game, retain them and design a course on that piece of property. We need to develop a golf ball to fit the property and not the other way round. If we can do that, the game of golf will grow in India and golf will be a far more affordable and accessible sport.GDI: Despite some good starts and tournament victories, Tiger Woods hasn’t been successful in finishing at the majors. How would you rate his game at the moment and where do you see him going? Do you think Tiger will ever be able to break your record of 18 majors?JN: I have said many times before that I believe Tiger will break my records, but he still has to do it. We are in the midst of an incredible streak as it relates to the majors and first-time winners. So what that emphasizes is not only how tough it is to win multiple major championships but the depth of young talent currently out there. Tiger needs to win four majors to tie me and five to break the record. I believe that would be one more major than the career total of any other active player in the game today (Phil Mickelson has won four majors). Tiger has the talent and the work ethic to accomplish it, but he would be the first to tell you that he still has to go out and do it.advertisementGDI: Who is the best player in the world right now?JN:  I would have to say that the actual number one position is up for grabs. The top-ranked player in the world right now is Luke Donald. But if you look back at the recent major championship, when Webb Simpson won the US Open, he became the 15th player to win the last 15 majors. That’s the longest streak in almost 80 years (it matches the longest such streak since the Masters began in 1934). Perhaps more interesting, however, is that Webb Simpson’s win made it nine straight first-time major champions. That shows me that there is wonderful parity and depth in golf. Any one of these players can emerge and win their second and third majors. Then, all of a sudden, they will be looked at as being number one. The game being played at the highest level is very healthy, exciting and positioned well for the future.GDI: What is the secret of your success in golf as a player as well as a designer? Do you have any advice for the Indian pro golfers to help improve their game?JN: There is only a small percentage of golfers-be it in India or elsewhere-who will eventually play tournament golf and hopefully enjoy success, so I don’t think that’s as important as focusing on the average or beginning golfer. I think the important part is getting people to try the game, experience all the wonderful aspects of it and simply enjoy it. Golf is a game you play for a lifetime and one you can enjoy with your sons or daughters, your grandchildren and even your great grandchildren eventually. I picked up the game of golf when I was 10-years old, but I also know people who did not take up the game until their 40s, 50s or even 60s. Golf, as much or more than any sport or game, has the ability to teach valuable, character-building life lessons. That’s why various junior programs, such as The First Tee or SNAG, have enjoyed such success. They not only introduce the game to young boys and girls, but golf becomes a vehicle to teach them important life lessons-be it honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, discipline, or how to interact with adults and other children. The first book I ever wrote was called “The Greatest Game of All,” and I think one of the reasons the sport is so wonderful is because golf is a game for a lifetime and you should have the time of your life playing it.As for any advice I might offer an aspiring professional golfer in India, it would be the same advice I offer to any golfer who wants to develop his or her skills. You need to know who you are, understand your game, and play within yourself. It’s what I tell beginning and high-handicap golfers and essentially what I have told golfers such as Rory McIlroy. I have told this story many times before, but I think the best lesson I was ever taught-and it came from my long-time instructor Jack Grout-was to understand why I play golf, what I thought about when I played golf, how to teach others and most important, how to teach myself. Jack was my first instructor and he was a part of my life until he passed away when I was 49. During my entire career, he rarely stepped foot on a practice tee during a major championship. A successful golfer occasionally has to win without their best game and I won many times. I did so because I could control what I was doing. Because of the lessons taught to me by Grout, I not only understood the game, but understood my game. He taught me to understand why I was doing something on the golf course. He made me use my head, not just my golf swing. When I went out to play golf, I didn’t have to run back to him. He would teach me to be independent. That’s how I became a better player.last_img read more

David Warner 93* steers Sunrisers Hyderabad into maiden Indian Premier League final

first_imgCaptain David Warner’s belligerent innings of 93 not out helped Sunrisers Hyderabad overcome Gujarat Lions by four wickets here on Friday to enter the final of the Indian Premier League. (Scorecard|Full Coverage) SINGLE-HANDED EFFORT After Aaron Finch’s 32-ball 50 lifted Gujarat to 162 for seven in the second qualifier at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, Warner singlehandedly drove his team past the target as he forged a 46-run unbroken stand with Bipul Sharma (27 not out off 11 balls) for the seventh wicket. Incredible innings from @davidwarner31 tonight to guide his team to the final against us @RCBTweets. Can’t wait for Sunday!!! #ipl2016final Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) May 27, 2016Warner, who hit 11 fours and three sixes in his 58-ball stay, ran out of support and his side was reduced to 117/6 in 15.5 overs when the last recognized batsman, Naman Ojha departed. (In Photos: Warner blitz) BIPUL PLAYS PERFECT FOILBut Bipul played a perfect foil to Warner as the duo stunned Gujarat to help Hyderabad enter the final for the first time.  (Also read: Warner targets Kohli in IPL final to defuse RCB’s batting) In the final, Hyderabad will meet Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday in Bengaluru.FINCH LEADS FIGHTBACKEarlier in the match, Australian right-hander Finch hit two sixes and seven fours to register his fifth century of the tournament, even as his team kept losing wickets at regular intervals. (Also read: Here’s how Warner, Bipul showed the door for Gujarat Lions) Hyderabad received a big blow even before the start of the match as left-arm medium pacer Mustafizur Rahman (16 wickets) was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Filling in for the Bangladeshi, Kiwi paceman Trent Boult contributed handsomely, taking a wicket and being involved in two other wickets.advertisementBHUVNESHWAR SHINES YET AGAINMedium pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/27) and Ben Cutting (2/20) also stepped up and contributed significantly and thanks to them, Gujarat struggled from the beginning, losing opener Eklavya Dwivedi (5) and skipper Suresh Raina (1) inside four overs.Eklavya offered a simple catch to Boult at third man off a rising delivery from Bhuvneshwar in the first over. Boult bowled the next over and had left-hander Raina leg before wicket (LBW), as Gujarat reached 19/2 in 3.2 overs.Brendon McCullum (32) and Dinesh Karthik (26) started a recovery process as they started the partnership carefully. They had struck a 44-run stand when tragedy hit Gujarat as Karthik ran himself out while trying to take a single towards short third man (Boult) in the ninth over bowled by left-arm spinner Bipul.After this wicket, Hyderabad took full control of the match as Bipul dealt another blow to Gujarat when he had McCullum caught by Bhuvneshwar at deep cover in the final ball of the 12th over.West Indian veteran batsman Dwayne Smith (1) too joined McCullum soon in the dug-out as he was caught at deep cover by Shikhar Dhawan off medium pacer Ben Cutting, following which Gujarat reeled at 83/5.Finch utilised the long handle to good effect as he milked sixes and fours all around the park to ensure that Gujarat get a competitive score. He scored the bulk of the 51-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja.After completing his fifty in just 31 deliveries, Finch was castled by compatriot medium pacer Cutting but Jadeja (19 not out) and Dwayne Bravo (20 off 10) steered Gujarat past 160-run mark.SHIKHAR DISAPPOINTS ONCE AGAIN In reply, Hyderabad too witnessed a turbulent start, losing Shikhar Dhawan (0), Moises Henriques (11) and Yuvraj Singh (8) cheaply. While Dhawan ran himself out, Henriques drove straight to cover off medium pacer Smith and Yuvraj was caught by Smith at long off in the bowling of chinaman spinner Shivil Kaushik.But Warner kept Gujarat at bay, with his belligerent batting, completing his fifty in 35 balls – his eighth half-century of the tournament.However, wickets continued to tumble at the other end, with Deepak Hooda (4) being adjudged leg before wicket in the bowling of Bravo, as Hyderabad were reduced to 75/4 in 11.1 overs – still needing 88 from 8.4 overs.Cutting’s wicket – caught by wicketkeeper Karthik off Kaushik in the 13th over – raised further hopes for Gujarat, who were on top.In the following over, Warner and Ojha collected 19 runs from Smith’s bowling to raise Hyderabad’s hopes but the 16th over bowled by Bravo put Gujarat again on top as he dismissed Ojha (10) while conceding just two runs. After this, Hyderabad needed 45 off four overs.GREAT SUPPORT FROM BIPULWarner later found great support from Bipul, who stunned Gujarat with his power and grit. With 24 required off two overs, Warner and Bipul milked 20 runs in the penultimate over bowled by Bravo and they completed the formalities in the final over in style.advertisementBrief scores: Gujarat Lions: 162/7 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 50, Brendon McCullum 32; Ben Cutting 2/20, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/27). Sunrisers Hyderabad: 163/6 in 19.2 overs (David Warner 93 not out, Bipul Sharma 27 not out; Shivil Kaushik 2/22, Dwayne Bravo 2/32).last_img read more

PGTI adopts anti-doping rules to marks its 10th anniversary

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 24 (PTI) Indian golfers will now come under the ambit of international anti-doping rules as the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) which marks 10 years of its inception today took the initial steps in implementing the international doping guidelines. With anti-doping regulations and framework already being in place on most of the international golf tours, Indian golfers playing at the international stage had already been subject to the said rules and procedure in the past. As golf became part of the Olympic fold with the 2016 Games in Rio, the need for having an anti-doping structure on the PGTI tour became even more imperative. The PGTIs objective of enforcing international anti-doping rules on its tour has been to provide a level-playing field to all professionals and conform to global standards in this sphere. The PGTI thus took the initiative of introducing its members to the concept of doping over a year back. Players were educated about the Dos and Donts of doping through a series of workshops and the distribution of exhaustive literature on the subject. The deck has now been cleared for the actual implementation of the anti-doping rules later this year when golfers will start undergoing random dope tests on a regular basis. Uttam Singh Mundy, Director, PGTI, said, “As an internationally-recognized tour, the PGTI strives to match global standards in all spheres of the sport of golf. This includes the essential anti-doping mechanism which has today become an integral part of professional golf. “The adoption of international anti-doping rules and procedure by the PGTI will help create an ideal learning environment for Indian professionals with stress on ethics, fair play, honesty, sportsmanship and equal opportunity for athletes. “The PGTIs anti-doping mechanism, due for implementation later this year, will go a long way in further raising the stature of the tour and upholding the spirit of the sport.” PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Gambling tsar among officials jailed in $420m Vietnam betting ring

first_imgHanoi, Nov 30 (AFP) Dozens of people, including two former top cops, were convicted in Vietnam Friday in connection with a USD 420 million online gambling ring run by the official in charge of policing internet betting.The gambling racket is the largest online ring ever busted in communist Vietnam, where most gambling is banned for locals though black market betting thrives online.Following a three-week trial that was guarded by hundreds of police officers in northern Phu Tho province, 91 people were punished Friday in connection with the gambling ring worth USD 420 million.Some were given jail terms, ordered to pay fines or sentenced to house arrest.The harshest sentence went to Nguyen Thanh Hoa, the 60-year-old former head of the “high-technology department” in charge of policing online gambling at the powerful Ministry of Public Security.He got 10 years in jail for “abusing power while performing official duty”, the official Vietnam News Agency reported.Before his arrest in March, the now-disgraced official had gained a reputation for being tough on internet betting and had shut down hundreds of sites linked to illegal football betting.His accomplice Phan Van Vinh, the former head of the police general department at MPS, was sentenced to nine years in jail on the same charge.”(Vinh) caused discontent among the public and distrust of the police force,” judge Nguyen Thi Thuy Huong said, quoted by state-controlled VNExpress news site.Vinh, 63, was not present at the court Friday afternoon because he was admitted to hospital with high blood pressure, VNExpress reported.advertisementIn a testimony to the court, one of Vinh’s co-accused said he gave the former police official hundreds of thousands dollars in bribes along with a Rolex watch, which Vinh denied.Vinh and Hoa are among the most senior officials convicted as part of the government’s anti-corruption sweep that has seen dozens of high-flying executives, bankers and officials put behind bars.The anti-graft campaign with echoes of Beijing’s massive corruption crackdown is being led by a conservative administration in charge since 2016.The crackdown is championed by Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of Vietnam’s Communist Party and the country’s president, who has vowed to stamp out mismanagement at every level.But observers say the drive is also aimed at eliminating political foes.With 6.8 per cent GDP growth last year Vietnam is one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies, but it also ranks among the most corrupt.Transparency International ranks its 107 out of 180 on its Corruption Perceptions Index, behind Thailand and Indonesia.The one-party state has started loosening rule on gambling for locals, announcing last year that Vietnamese citizens could gamble in casinos on a trial basis and opening up some sports betting.(AFP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

Moto G7 Power will be cheaper offline, will come in Ceramic Black only

first_imgA few weeks ago, Motorola unveiled the Moto G7 series in Brazil. The 7th generation of the Moto G series spawns four models – G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power. As with all previous Moto G smartphones, the entire range will be making it to India, with reports of the G7 Power and G7 Play arriving before all the other models. There have been rumours of the new Moto G7 series making it to India by the end of February. And now, the price for the G7 Power is leaked.Update: The source has updated the expected MRP to Rs 15,999. Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom took to Twitter to announce the prices of the new Moto G7 Power before Motorola’s official announcement. The G7 Power is expected to carry an MRP of Rs 18,990, which is similar to the Brazilian pricing of the handset. However, it is also said that the G7 Power will carry a price of Rs 14,500 in the offline sector. This means those purchasing the G7 Power from offline retail can avail a discount of Rs 4,400.Apart from the pricing, it is also said that the Moto G7 Power will only be available in a single colour variant. The G7 Power will sell in India only in the Black variant.Considering the pricing details accessed from Mahesh Telecom have mostly been correct, the G7 Power could be priced around Rs 15,999 for the online market as well. This will put it on par with the Moto One Power, which presently sells for Rs 14,999. The Moto One Power is very identical to the G7 Power, with both the handsets carrying a 5000mAh battery.advertisementThe G7 Power is expected to be Motorola’s second big battery smartphone along with the Moto One Power. The G7 Power carries a 5000mAh battery and is powered by power efficient Snapdragon 632 chipset. The handset will be running on a nearly stock build of Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box along with all the Moto enhancements. It sports a modern curved glass rear panel that was seen on last seen on the Moto G6.Compared to G7 Power, the Moto One Power offers a slight powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Moto One Power also sports a metal body at the rear instead of the glass body from the Moto G series.The rest of the Moto G7 series is also expected to arrive at the Indian shores over the course of the next few months. The G7 Play is also expected to join the G7 Power for an early India launch. The standard Moto G7 and the flagship G7 Plus are expected to come to India later.ALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play launched: Price, Specifications and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play unveiled, to start from Rs 19,000 approximatelyALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Brain goes against brawnlast_img read more

Neymar does not need surgery on injured right ankle: PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain forward Neymar will not require surgery on his injured right ankle and should be fit again within four weeks.Neymar suffered a severe sprain of the outer lateral ligament playing a friendly against Qatar on Wednesday night, ruling him out of the upcoming Copa America tournament.PSG said in a statement Saturday that two of the club’s doctors evaluated Neymar’s injury and decided it will heal without an operation.The 27-year-old Neymar also injured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot this season and last.Wednesday’s match in Brasilia was his first major public appearance since a woman accused him of rape at a Paris hotel on May 15.Neymar has denied any wrongdoing.Also Read | Neymar, sponsors suspend some ad campaigns after rape allegation – statementAlso Read | Gareth Southgate denies Chelsea rumours: I am committed to EnglandAlso Seelast_img read more

Motorola One Vision quick review: The cool Moto is back

first_imgIt has been a while since Motorola unveiled a phone that deserves the adjective uber cool’. Motorola’s bread-and-butter G series phones have been quite plain-jane since the last few years with nothing exciting to look forward to. To keep itself relevant in the lower price segments, Motorola unveiled its One series lineup last year and debuted it with the Motorola One Power. The phone earned positive reviews and consumers have been excited to look forward to its 2019 successors. Well, the rumours suggested early this year that we will see four Motorola One devices this year and the first one is now out in India.Launched in Brazil last month, Motorola has finally unveiled the Motorola One Vision in India and from what it seems, the company has truly spent efforts on this one. It costs Rs 19,999 in India and Motorola says it has designed the Vision to offer a unique smartphone experience in its segment. It offers a new 21:9 format display with a hole-punch camera and a design that departs from the traditional Motorola design language. Also, it is an Android One device, which means guaranteed Android updates for two years. On paper, it seems like Motorola is ready to take the fight to its Chinese rivals. All these make it seem like the cool Motorola phone we have been yearning for long.Before the launch, I was able to spend some brief moments with the phone and it seems that Motorola may have a winner on its hands.advertisementThe Motorola One Vision is an attention magnetAs I said earlier, Motorola’s current crop of smartphones lacks that zing which its phones from a few years ago flaunted. Thankfully, the One Vision is from a different species this one looks stunning. The One Vision is one of the few smartphones in its segment to offer a modern narrow-bezel display with a punch-hole camera. This gives it a unique presence when compared to those phones with a display notch. The hole-punch style design gives a sense of a bigger display with no interruptions. However, the punch-hole camera is bigger than what you see on a Samsung Galaxy S10 or Honor 20. The rear is reminiscent of most 2019 smartphones a vertically stacked dual camera setup on the top-left corner and a capacitive fingerprint sensor. However, Motorola has given it a classic Motorola twist. The Moto dimple houses the fingerprint sensor (this is outright cool) and the camera housing is slightly off-center. The curved edges are pronounced, which makes it easy to hold the phone single-handedly. The narrow 21:9 display also means the phone is narrower and taller than other phones with conventional 19:9 screens. The frame is made of plastic but gets a glossy finish. And yes, you get a USB-C port and a headphone jack.However, what impresses me the most are the colour choices. Motorola is offering Sapphire Blue and Bronze on the One Vision. Both these colours sport a gradient finish that’s subtle and they make the phone look hot. Personally, I adore the Bronze variant with its chocolate brown accents.A unique phone with unique specificationsThe Motorola One Vision is unique in every way. It’s the first smartphone in India to offer the 21:9 wide display that supports the cinema format. Motorola says most YouTube videos and films are shot n the 21:9 aspect ratio and the One Vision will deliver that same experience to its users. The display measures 6.3-inches and uses an IPS LCD screen. The screen surely looks good at first glance and watching videos on this is a new experience. The hole-punch cutout houses a 25-megapixel camera that uses Pixel Binning to ensure high-resolution selfies. For the first time, Motorola is relying on a Samsung-made chipset for its phone. Yes, the One Vision doesn’t use a Qualcomm or MediaTek chipset. Instead, it uses an Exynos 9609 chipset that’s almost identical to the Exynos chipset used in the Samsung Galaxy A50. In my short time with the phone, it seemed fast and smooth I didn’t encounter any lag or stutter. The smooth performance is also aided with a stock Android 9 Pie interface that only gets the useful Motorola additions. The cool Moto gestures are present and you will also find Dolby Audio for enhanced audio performance.Since it’s using a Samsung chipset, Motorola has stuck to the 48-megapixel sensor from Samsung for the primary rear camera (assisted by OIS) and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for mapping depth. The camera seems to perform well in most lighting conditions and the low-light mode delivers impressive results at first glance. Of course, I can only deliver a conclusion after fully testing out the camera. But at first glance, Motorola seems to have tuned the cameras quite well.advertisement The One Vision is focused on delivering a solid camera and display. Therefore, it doesn’t get the massive 5000mAh battery from the One Power. Instead, it has to make do with a 3500mAh battery. Motorola claims a day’s backup and to refill the battery quickly, it comes with Motorola’s proprietary 15W TurboPower charging.Motorola One Vision first impressions: The cool Motorola is backThe Motorola One Vision is a breath of fresh air in the saturating Indian smartphone market. It’s got all the elements that make it seem cool and funky in a sea of sophisticated looking smartphones. With its 21:9 wide display, the One Vision offers a different viewing experience and for those who love to watch movies or binge on YouTube while on the move, the One Vision should be a great device to do so. It’s also an attention magnet thanks to its beautiful and unique design. And at Rs 19,999, this seems like an unbeatable deal. Should you go ahead and buy it then? Well, our full review of the Motorola One Vision will come within the next few weeks and you should probably hold on till then to get a complete overview of what this phone is like to live with on a daily basis.last_img read more

ExCEO of subsidiary helped rating agency official buy villa at discount

first_imgNew Delhi: Investigations into the high-profile IL&FS fraud has showed that the then CEO of the group’s financial services arm IFIN helped a senior director of a leading rating agency buy a duplex villa worth crores at a discount when an important circuitous transaction with a defaulter borrower was underway in 2012-13.The probe by the government’s white-collar crime probe agency SFIO has already unearthed connivance of auditors and independent directors with the then top management of IFIN (IL&FS Financial Services Ltd) in defrauding the company. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCIFIN and several other group companies have been found to have indulged in multiple circuitous transactions involving several illegalities including fast disbursals to some borrowers despite their bad track record in servicing existing loans and also delayed recoveries. As per the investigation report, which is part of the first chargesheet filed by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), IFIN and other entities from the IL&FS (Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services) group continued to enjoy high ratings from various rating agencies, including due to window-dressing of the company books. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAs per the report, a part of a loan disbursed to SIVA Group was used by the borrower to pay IFIN for the liabilities arising out of a debt syndication fee. This fee was paid by SIVA group to IFIN for services rendered by IFIN for debt restructuring carried out by the company. The probe showed that in the year 2012-13, SIVA Ventures had an outstanding liability against Unitech, while an outstanding loan of IFIN to Unitech was also overdue. The SFIO probe has revealed that the IFIN top management decided to bail out SIVA group by funding the repayment of the liabilities of Unitech towards SIVA Ventures. Accordingly, sanction and disbursal of Rs 125 crore was done to Unitech group to help them clear their dues to Siva of approximately Rs 80 crore and consecutively Siva to clear loans of IFIN. In this transaction, IFIN not only self-funded their advisory income of Rs 8 crore but also granted additional loans of approximately Rs 45 crore. However, post completion of transaction, on Siva group’s request, it was allowed to utilise a major portion of the loan, approximately Rs 40 crore, to close a loan of Union Bank of India. This was done in consideration of a mandate of restructuring from Siva group to IFIN with a fee of Rs 12.5 crore. “Further, in the interim of this transaction, Ramesh Bawa (who was then CEO and MD of IFIN) also assisted a senior director in Fitch Ratings, Singapore, who appears to be involved in rating of ILFS in buying a duplex villa of Rs 4.25 crore at a discounted price of Rs 3.25 crore,” as per the probe report. When contacted, a Fitch Ratings spokesperson said, “We are unable to comment on it.” According to the website of IFIN, its borrowing programme was rated by renowned rating agencies – Credit Analysis and Research Ltd (CARE), Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India Ltd (ICRA) and India Ratings & Research Pvt Ltd (FITCH). It also said IFIN enjoyed “the top notch credit rating for its long term and short term borrowing programme”. The website further mentions FITCH had assigned a national rating of ‘AAA(ind)’ to Long Term Borrowing programme and ‘F1+(ind)’ to Short Term Borrowing Programme of the company, which denotes the highest degree of safety regarding timely servicing of financial obligations and carry lowest credit risk.last_img read more

Lahiri regains PGA Tour card with Tied 5th finish at Albertson Boise

first_imgBoise (USA): Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri reclaimed his PGA Tour card after finishing tied 5th with a bogey-free five-under 66 in the final round of the Albertson Boise Open here. With a tied 7th finish achieved in the previous week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Lahiri has now secured enough points to earn one of the 25 PGA Tour cards at stake in the Korn Ferry Tour (KFT) Finals. The 32-year-old former Asian No.1 sent down three closing birdies, to finish three shots behind winner Matthew NeSmith of the United States. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I haven’t experienced any kind of a high. Right now, I’m more focused on my golf and what I want to do in the time to come. I had a lot of belief in myself that I could get my card back and play well,” Lahiri said. “I’m more relieved with the fact that I’m putting some scores together which was satisfying,” added the Indian, who posted rounds of 68, 65, 69 and 66. After finishing a lowly 174th on the PGA Tours FedExCup points list, he needed to play in the KFT Finals to regain his playing rights on the world’s premier circuit. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAnd with his card safely in his back pocket now, he plans to challenge for a victory in the final tournament, the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing and Finance, this week to try and top the ranking. “I’m playing well enough with a lot of confidence and I’m no longer trying to secure my card. Hopefully it frees me up and I can focus on getting into contention again and maybe get third time lucky and win,” he said. “If I can manage that, it’ll help get me into The Players Championship (PGA Tour flagship event) next year and helps me schedule my events a lot better,” he added. Lahiri refocused on his basics with swing coach Vijay Divecha during the summer. He believes his game is now back on track for the season beginning next month. “It’s coming together. It’s been a while since I was in contention and I needed to feel the adrenaline again and how to respond to it,” he explained. “I didn’t wake up on a different side of the bed the past two weeks. I started working on some basics again when Vijay came over in July. We got some rest, recharged the batteries and game wise I started to feel good again,” he said. “I hit it terribly but got up and down each and every time I was out of position. I kept grinding and had those birdies in the end,” added Lahiri. He was delighted to shoot four rounds in the 60s, which was the first time since last November when he enjoyed his lone top-10 finish of the season at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico. “…I’m more relieved to see myself scoring consistently and putting four rounds together. The trend is beginning to change and this gives me most satisfaction,” said Lahiri.last_img read more

Final Walking in Spirit event attacts hundreds in Maskwacis

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsMASKWACIS, ALTA — Hundreds of people walked 17 kilometres in 30 degree temperatures for the fourth and final Walking in Spirit suicide awareness event in Maskwacis Thursday.Holding handmade signs with the names of loved ones who took their own lives, participants braved the scorching heat as a symbol of the pain each person who died  may have experienced in life.In the past three years, 60 people have taken their own lives in the community.The walk originally stemmed from the vision of Mason Buffalo who four years ago decided to take action against suicide that has hit the community hard in the last decade.He set out to walk from each of the four directions over four years and now believes a space has been made for changes to take form.“With our prayers sent from the four directions we lifted the cloud over Maskwacis,” said Buffalo.He said everyone struggles with mental illness and has dealt with some sort of trauma in their lifetime. He too fought his own demons and suffered from suicidal thoughts even in the recent past.“Even the last four years have been the worst. I used to turn to alcohol to not think about anything. But I’ve made a conscious decision to better my life and great opportunities have been coming to me,” he said.The efforts to combat suicide are not stopping here. He is advocating for a healing lodge to be built in the community.“If we had a treatment center here there will be people who will want to get help there. There’s usually waiting lists in other treatment centers and the ones who get in a lot of times are court ordered. The ones who can’t get in turn to suicide because they want to give up.”He said leadership of the four bands that make up Maskwacis are supportive of the idea.His father Patrick Buffalo, a council member at Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis is also supportive, but said effective treatment plans need to be further explored.“We have a long ways to go in healing our community,” said Patrick. “I know for a fact that people can offer all sorts of programs but at the end of the day what is it that works?”Patrick is proud of his son for taking the lead on a grassroots level to tackle suicide. And said now people are more open to talk about it which wasn’t always the case.“This has been a problem for a long, long time. Mason took a huge leap in creating awareness but we need to continue creating awareness, educating, so that there are options and support mechanisms put in place so people can have someone to reach out to,” he said.Buffalo hopes a youth member of Maskwacis will carry on leading the walk in the years ahead.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

President sacks PMs secretary and other state officials

President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked the Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayaka with immediate effect.The President appointed S. Amarasekara as the new Secretary to the Prime Minister. The President also replaced the Director of the Government Information Department.The President appointed Nalaka Kaluwewa as the acting Director of the Government Information Department.

One in three Europeans potentially exposed to asbestos new UN study shows

“We cannot afford losing almost 15,000 lives a year in Europe, especially workers, from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos,” Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, the World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Europe was quoted as saying in a press release issued in Haifa, Israel, where more than 200 delegates met from 28-30 April to evaluate progress on environment and health in Europe.“Every death from asbestos-related diseases is avoidable,” Dr. Jakab said. “We urge all countries to leave the Haifa meeting to fulfil their 2010 commitment and develop policies by the end of this year that will eliminate asbestos-related diseases from the face of Europe.”“There is very little time left for that,” she said.Elimination of asbestos-related diseases was one of the major issues discussed at the Haifa meeting, according to WHO. The report presented at the meeting, indicated that asbestos, a group of natural fibrous minerals, is responsible for about half of all deaths from cancers developed at work. According to new estimates, deaths from mesothelioma in 15 European countries cost society more than 1.5 billion euros annually.“While 37 of the 53 Member States in the Region have banned the use of all forms of asbestos, the remaining 16 countries still use asbestos, especially for building materials, and some continue to produce and export it,” according to the report. “Even after its use has ceased, asbestos lingers in the environment, so it needs to be safely removed and disposed without delay.”The 16 countries that have not yet banned all forms of asbestos are: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Monaco, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, according to WHO.“At its closure, the high-level meeting on environment and health urgently calls upon all European countries to eliminate asbestos-related diseases,” the WHO press release said.Those countries present at the meeting also renewed their pledges to work towards meeting the time-bound targets they adopted in 2010. The five time-bound targets adopted by countries in the European Region in 2010 are to: provide safe water and sanitation to all children by 2020; create healthy and safe environments for children in their daily life by 2020; make children’s indoor environments free from tobacco smoke by 2015; safeguard children’s environments from toxic chemicals by 2015; develop policies to eliminate asbestos-related diseases by 2015. read more

Four of Rembrandts Five Senses reunitedbut hunt is on for the last

first_imgThe Unconscious Patient (Sense of Smell)Credit:The Leiden Collection, New York The Stone Operation (Sense of Touch) The Three Singers (Sense of Hearing) Four of Rembrandt’s earliest paintings are to be reunited for the first time in centuries after one was discovered in a cellar, as the Ashmolean Museum announces the hunt is still on for one final missing work.The quartet, four-fifths of the “Five Senses” series, are to go on public display in the Oxford museum, after “Smell” was sensationally rediscovered last year.It will now go on public show alongside Hearing, Touch and Sight for the first time, with as experts say the missing Taste could still be “languishing in someone’s attic” somewhere in the world. The Stone Operation (Sense of Touch)Credit:The Leiden Collection, New York The Three Singers (Sense of Hearing)Credit:The Leiden Collection, New York The paintings were created around 1624-5 when the artist was still a teenager, and depict the five senses – a popular allegorical theme of the day.Each picture shows three figures depicting a sense, with Sight showing a squinting woman trying on a pair of spectacles and Hearing showing three singers.Smell, long thought missing, was discovered lsat years in the basement of a New Jersey home in the United States, offered at auction for just $500-800 and thought to be by a minor 19th century painting by an unknown artist. But eagle-eyed European collectors spotted its potential, sparking a bidding war which raised the price to $870,000.The painting was eventually bought by the the Leiden Collection, New York, and restored, being attributed to Rembrandt not least because his monogram was on the canvas.The panel was unveiled to the public at the TEFAF art fair in Maastricht earlier this year, and is now united with its series at the Ashmolean. An Van Camp, curator of Northern European art at the Ashmolean Museum, said: “These earliest of paintings by Rembrandt are fascinating in what they tell us of the young artist’s abilities and his immaturity.“The paintings show that at the age of just eighteen, Rembrandt already has a genius for representing human character and emotion, and for packing in amazing amounts of detail into the briefest of brushstrokes – skills that would see him become one of the most celebrated artists of all time.”The fifth painting, Taste, remains lost and possibly destroyed.The Ashmolean is now encouraging visitors to “draw, paint, recreate or just describe” what the painting may look like via its social media channels.  The Unconscious Patient (Sense of Smell) Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Husbands wrongly accused of abuse after changes to legal aid rules charity

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “If they have not done anything abusive, or which they consider to be abusive, they might assume that it’s OK to do certain things, maybe contact their ex-partner and say ‘can I see the children this weekend’, and the next thing you know they are arrested and convicted because they’ve broken an order. He said orders made without the respondent being present were “unhelpful because the judge only hears one side of the story when they issue the order”. However, women’s groups said false reports were rare.Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Given that the police are recording record numbers of domestic abuse-related incidents and offences, we would expect the number of non-molestation orders being applied for and granted to increase over this period as more victims have the courage to report to the police and seek protection through the justice system.” Husbands have been wrongly accused of domestic abuse after changes to legal aid rules, a charity has warned. Figures show that there has been a significant rise in applications for non-molestation orders, which are granted in urgent abuse cases. Parent advocacy group Families need Fathers said that in some cases parents were encouraged to allege abuse in order to be granted an order, which then allows them to access legal aid funding. The law was changed in 2012 to remove legal aid for family court cases, except where abuse is involved. The statistics, obtained following Freedom of Information requests by the group, show that the number of orders made in England and Wales has risen by 30 per cent since 2011. Most of the orders are applied for by women, with more than 22,000 granted in 2017 compared to less than 2,000 which were applied for by men. A spokesman for Families need Fathers said that in some cases the order can be made when the respondent is not present, and they are likely to be unrepresented by a lawyer and may not understand its its implications.”A lot of people are coming to us through our support groups who have received documents through the post, they don’t really understand the significance of them and if they don’t act they make mistakes.  She added that the charity was “not aware of any cases where mothers have falsely applied for non-molestation orders”, adding, “we know from our work with survivors that non-molestation orders can be difficult to obtain and the court process itself can be distressing for victims.”She said the suggestion that the accusations are false “sends out a dangerous message to survivors” and “tells them that they may not be believed”. A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Non-molestation orders are an important means of protecting individuals in abusive situations. “When deciding whether to grant a non-molestation order the judge will consider all the circumstances, including the need to secure the health, safety and wellbeing of the applicant and any children.” read more

Lindener emerges as first female GTT million dollar smile winner

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKuru Kururu benefits from free dental programme spearheaded by GTTDecember 11, 2017In “Business”Social activist is GTT’s latest millionaireDecember 6, 2017In “latest news”GTT’s Pinktober concludes with $4.7M donation to the GCFNovember 2, 2017In “Entertainment” Twenty-four-year-old Gillian Sharon Washington, an insurance sales representative from the Wisroc Housing Scheme area of Linden, became the first female and third winner at the Linden draw of the GTT Million Dollar Smile campaign on Friday, November 17.“I am more than thankful to GTT,” she declared. “Winning this money is very significant for me and my family, since my mom has plenty expenses and I was at my wits’ end wondering how I will be able to help, since I only recently started working,” Washington explained.Gillian Sharon Washington emerged as first female GTT ‘million dollar smile’ winnerThe mother of two said that on the evening before the draw she purchased a GTT handset as a present for her mother’s birthday, and it was this purchase which entered her for a chance to win the million dollars. Her number was the fifth number called, after the holders of all of the other numbers called were absent from the draw location. The promotion requires the winner to be at the draw location when the number is called.Washington says she will remain faithful to the GTT network.GTT Million Dollar Smile campaign has made it quite simple for customers to have a chance to win millions. Every customer who does an electronic top-up of $1,000 or more in a single transaction, or purchases a data plan for a $1,000 or more, or pays any GTT bill in full and on time, or signs up for or upgrades a Blaze plan, or purchases a GTT handset or purchases a ticket for the Chronixx show, has been entered for a chance to win.The first winner, Maynard Carmichael, was entered through his purchase of tickets to the Chronixx show which was held on Saturday evening. David Sital, the second winner, topped up and won.The promotion next heads to Bartica on November 24; Essequibo on December 1; Berbice on December 15; and will return to Georgetown for the Grand Draw on December 18, when four winners will be selected for a million dollars each. read more

Zlatko Saracevic overtakes RK PPD Zagreb

Kasim KamenicaRK PPD Zagrebzlatko saracevic ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Berlin win in Porto – Tatabanya with +1 to Chambery Next Story → World Handball Playmaker 2017? RK PPD Zagreb will present a new coach on today’s press conference, finds out His name is Zlatko Saracevic, famous handball name from 80′ and 90′ who is currently assistant in coaching staff of Lino Cervar in Croatian national team.The 56 years-old coach will overtake team from Kasim Kamenica, who won only two points in eight matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League.Saracevic worked as TV commentator of RTL – in time of big handball competition. He was assistant coach of Boris Dvorsek in PPD Zagreb, afterwards had only one match as the first coach before arrival of Veselin Vujovic in 2014. PPD Zagreb beat THW Kiel in that match… read more

Add Flash to Your Old iPhone

first_imgHave iPhone 4 envy? Your older model will never be as cool as the shiniest, newest version, but at least there’s one thing you can do to help soup the thing up. The iFlash plugs into your iPhone or iPod’s dock connector. It offers 10cd of light, to help you take better shots with your phone.The iFlash has an on/off button and is powered by the phone itself. There’s also a string on the thing, so you can let it dangle from your phone, when not in use. The iFlash is a bit pricey, at $39.95, and, let’s be honest, is a bit less exciting than it could be, given the addition of a flash on the latest version of the iPhone. But if you’ve got $40 and demand sharp phone pictures, you can pick one up today.last_img