Delhi Daredevils seem to be a changed team

first_imgSports View by S. Kannan.For the die-hard IPL fan, it really doesn’t matter whether TV viewership is soaring or not. And having read plenty about the slam-bang cricket now not being so popular on prime time, I decided to sample a match in the Capital last week.Friends had warned me, entering the Kotla would be a tedious exercise as, from cops to touts pushing black tickets, there would be plenty of irritants. To my surprise, it was a quick entry an hour before the match and everything seemed in place.The excitement of watching a live IPL match cannot be matched by what you see on the television sets where multiple replays and commentators giving their gyaan can bore you to death.So it was no different at the Kotla where a lot has changed. The viewing has improved and seats are better and it really doesn’t matter whether you are in a marquee box or the stands if just cricket is what you need. Yes, in case you want to be seen with the glitterati, then it’s a different case.Of course, that doesn’t mean the DDCA itself has changed drastically. In almost 25 years, one thing is common: People I saw then are still hanging around.And since understanding the power structure of the DDCA is very tough, I am impressed that despite so many impediments, cricket still takes place!Last year, when Delhi Daredevils did badly, I had no hesitation in writing that the team was done and dusted. Mind you, even before the halfway stage was reached, the daredevilry had vanished.advertisementBut the story in this edition of the IPL has been very different, which has prompted a few to ask me if I have become a fan of this franchise. It’s a hard choice when you are a professional sportswriter and also a sports lover.However, much I may admire Roger Federer or Sebastien Vettel, when it comes to writing I cannot let this creep in. So the same holds for Daredevils, whose start has been solid this time. Four wins in five matches is good by any standard and the outcome of the match against Pune Warriors India will not be too significant.One of the biggest criticisms of the IPL is that it is just a batsman-oriented show and bowlers suffer. I have a different view since it’s not just Ajinkya Rahane, Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen who are making waves. The bowlers are also doing their bit.For Delhi Daredevils, it is also about how the bowling has matured under the guidance of TA Sekar, who I happened to meet after years, and Eric Simons. These are two gentlemen with vast experience and the way they have handled the bowlers is evident.It’s not as if the entire bowling mix has been changed in Delhi. It’s the confidence with which they bowl and sticking to the basics which makes them look so good. While I firmly believe statistics don’t always tell the full story, the fact that Daredevils have bowled many more dot balls is very important.In six matches, Daredevils have bowled 269 dot balls, which translates to approximately 45 overs. No doubt, the pick has been Morne Morkel. Apart from being the highest wicket-taker till now (15 wickets), it’s his ability to strike when required that has made a big difference.Here is a fast bowler who essentially loves to use the new ball. Daredevils have used him as first change and he has made the necessary changes to adapt to the new role. All this happens because you have in Sekar and Simons two seasoned guys who have drilled him so hard at the nets.There have been a lot of jokes about Irfan Pathan, the other medium pacer. Sekar, himself has said in an interview that even he was told that Irfan should be played more as a batsman than a bowler.But as I see it, for a man who has been out in the wilderness, he has not been that bad.Umesh Yadav has bowled at a fast clip and impressed us all. And with Varun Aaron almost certain to play in a week’s time, I am sure Sehwag will be happy he has so many options.But the pick has been the unassuming Shahbaz Nadeem, though, on Saturday, he went for runs. Who would have imagined that an unassuming left-arm spinner from Jharkhand would bowl so well? Shahbaz has been a revelation and it’s his variety which lends the Capital’s team a huge edge.advertisementIn all, there are 74 matches in this IPL and with one-third of the tournament complete, Delhi have shown that they have the right mix this time. Talk of their batting, the addition of Pietersen has been explosive.It is clear that from the fag end of the tour in Sri Lanka, the Englishman has played himself into form. And the way he hammered a century against Deccan Chargers was a delight to watch with the ball flying all over.Talk of others who have caught the eye in this IPL, it’s got to be Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, the two senior pros who have grabbed the chance to emerge as good leaders of Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India.I, for one, am convinced that Dravid’s retirement plan is not about chalking out his savings and so on but how he has taken on the role of captain and mentor so well. If someone like Rahane has been going hammer and tongs, be sure Dravid would have given him meaningful advice.And as for Sourav Dada, he has looked sloppy as a fielder but you can’t take away the shrewdness with which he leads the side. And as if to remind his critics that he can still bat, he played an aggressive 41 against Daredevils on Saturday night.Chennai Super Kings seem to be wearing the slow starter tags again and if people are writing off MS Dhoni, it would be stupid.Mike Hussey will be joining them and that could be dangerous. The low of this IPL has been Mumbai Indians. Minus Sachin Tendulkar and now Lasith Malinga, they look weak.Skipper Harbhajan Singh does have a big challenge on his hands if he is to lift the morale of Mumbai.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

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Air India pilots finally take a break from striking

first_imgAir India’s pilots remained on strike for 58 days, which probably makes it the longest rest period an airline’s active flying crew has enjoyed in aviation history. As it is, pilots get to rest for long periods between operating flights in an industry paranoid about crew fatigue bringing an airliner down. May Day! May Day! Air India pilots have even left the cockpit minutes away from takeoff because their duty hours were over.The last time I enjoyed a two-month break was in 1991 after my Class X exams. Then, Air India and Indian Airlines were not today’s conjoined albatross but two separate birds. I lived near the airport and, watching IA jets take off and land, dreamed of becoming a pilot one day. Not to go on strike but to soar like a seagull. There were days when IA’s flights never arrived. One learnt from the papers that pilots were on strike.Twenty years on, little has changed. Pilots still go on strike. IA pilots were the bad boys then. Now, it is the AI pilots’ turn. Already, stories of striking pilots have outrun the MiG-21 crash reports as the longest-running aviation story in the Indian media.I would like to think that pilots are rare birds. When they are not flying commercial jets, they take off in anything with wings. Gliders, light planes, sports planes, sailplanes… The sky is where they find their feet.They also have the best office in the world. Today, you are in Delhi; tomorrow in New York. In my job, headline changes can sometimes be a painful task. But for pilots, it’s a pleasurable exercise. Flying over the French Alps, a heading change can take her over the Arctic Sea.advertisementBeats me as to why they decided to squat like politicians at Jantar Mantar in white kurta pyjamas.Joining duty after a long break, a pilot once tried taking off from a taxiway. To the striking pilots, happy takeoffs.last_img read more

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Mediation best alternative dispute resolution mechanism, says

first_imgHP HC chief justice Shimla, Sep 19 (PTI) Mediation is the best alternative dispute resolution mechanism as it saves time, Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir said today. Inaugurating the state meet of para-legal volunteers and conference on mediation here, Mir laid stress on the importance of mediation in dispute redressal saying it ensures confidentiality as proceedings before the mediator are not disclosed to any person. He said so far 6,268 para-legal volunteers and 1,429 retainer lawyers have been identified to man the Village Legal Care and Support Centres. “Further, 2,628 village legal care and support centres have been set up in Gram Panchayats, which are being manned by trained para legal volunteers and retainer lawyers who sit in their concerned panchayat bhawans every Tuesday from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm,” Mir said. Legal aid clinics in central jail/district jail/sub jail have been made functional and the performance of the para legal volunteers is being monitored by the District Legal Service Authorities under the supervision of HP State legal Service Authorities. Till date, 33,183 persons have been benefited and provided legal Service. As many as 61 mediators and 54 volunteers from all over the state and 11 chairmen of District Legal Services Authorities attended this conference, organised by Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (HPSLA). Para Legal Volunteer Scheme was started by National Legal Service Authority in 2009 for training individuals to assist in making legal services available to poor at grassroot level. Also addressing the conference, HPSLA Executive Chairman Justice Sanjay Karol said justice must reach every section of the society. “Under Article 39 A of the Constitution, the state is bound to provide legal aid by enacting schemes and regulations and each individual should have access to justice,” he said. Emphasising that opportunities for securing justice must not to bedenied for economic reasons or other disabilities, he said the purpose of themeet is to analyse activities carried out by the HPSLSA. PTI PCL HUadvertisementlast_img read more

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Lionel Messi undergoes tests for kidney problems

first_imgBarcelona striker Lionel Messi is expected to play in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final against Valencia despite missing training on Monday to have tests on his kidneys, the La Liga club said.”Barcelona striker Lionel Messi will undergo several tests on Monday and Tuesday to assess the evolution of the kidney problems he suffered last December,” Barcelona said in a statement on their website.”Messi will return to his normal duties with the first team on Wednesday.”The Argentina international missed his team’s FIFA Club World Cup semi-final in December as he was suffering from renal colic, a type of abdominal pain often caused by kidney stones.Despite the problem, he played in the final three days later and has also played in all of Barca’s league games since.Barcelona visit Valencia in the second leg of their King’s Cup semi-final on Wednesday. The La Liga leaders take a 7-0 lead into the match.last_img read more

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10 Things to Do for Your Final Year-End Push

first_imgHeads up, fundraisers. It’s crunch time!Are you ready to win the race to year-end? You can’t ignore the data—10 percent of all online giving happens December 29-31. Do you really want to miss out on those donations because you didn’t do one final year-end campaign push? Here are ten simple things you can do right now to ensure a successful year-end.Make it easy for donors to find you and donate.Post a vibrant year-end donation banner on your website’s homepage that links directly to your online donation page. Go the extra mile and make sure your nonprofit’s information is up-to-date on Charity Navigator and GuideStar, too.Write a stellar, story-driven appeal.An effective appeal is equal parts emotion and urgency. You want to pull people into your message with a compelling story, and then push them to act with a specific, clear, and urgent call to action. Not sure what to write? Check out our chapter, “Write a Story-Driven Appeal,” in our recent eGuide, Last-Minute Tips for Year-End Success.Send an email every day, December 29-31.Last call for giving! This one’s crucial—and we know it scares you. You worry you’ll annoy your donors with too many requests. Guess what…YOU WON’T! Your supporters want to hear from you. That’s exactly why they signed up for your emails. You can always segment out donors who have already given to your year-end campaign. But, if you don’t ask them to support you, there are plenty of other nonprofits who will.Share your donation page on social media—every day.You have plenty to post about. Share photos and memories of the work your donors have helped you accomplish this past year. Build excitement around what you’re looking forward to in the year to come. Give donors the inside scoop on how their gift helps.Make sure your online donation process is easy.Be sure the donation button is easy to find on your website and in all your email blasts, so donors can simply click and give without wasting time hunting for your donation page. Minimize the steps your donors must go through to donate. Don’t lose them because your process takes too long!Make sure your year-end efforts are donor-centric.Make the donor the superhero of your nonprofit’s success instead of talking about the greatness of your organization. Remember, your donors make your work possible. They’re your stakeholders. Show them how their donations will be used and be transparent about your programs, spending, and impact.Have a clear call to action in every message you send.Know your audience and craft a call to action that will motivate them. Tie it into your appeal’s overall story. Focus your appeal on the community you serve and individual stories, rather than statistics. This will resonate at the emotional level.Set SMART goals.It’s essential to have a clear and measurable result in mind. Decide how you will define success, so you can report on it at the end of your campaign. Make sure your goals are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound). Set your goals by answering four simple questions:What am I trying to accomplish?Who am I trying to reach?What do I want them to do?What is the best way to reach my audience?Say thank you.Send a thank you message as soon as you can—and make sure it does just that: says thanks. Your sincere note of gratitude (that doesn’t include donation history or another appeal) will be remembered next year!Track results.Tracking results isn’t just for internal reporting. Let your supporters know about the progress of your campaign, how close you are to your goal, and how much their support matters.This final week is crucial. It’s the last lap in the race. Use these tips to boost your year-end fundraising campaign with one final appeal that inspires donors to give. Download our Last-Minute Year-End Fundraising Appeal template to write your best email blasts of the year. There’s no time to waste!last_img read more

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MS Dhoni kept everyone on the edge of their seat: Virender Sehwag

first_imgMS Dhoni took people back in time on Sunday smashing a career-best T20 score of 79 not out from 44 balls even as Chennai Super Kings lost to Kings XI Punjab by four runs in the Indian Premier League in Mohali.Even with a bad back, when he was struggling to run at his normal pace between the wickets, Dhoni almost got his team home hitting 6 fours and 5 sixes.There was a sense of nostalgia about the match with Dhoni showing his explosive power again, hitting a six off the final ball but alas! Chennai still fell short.With Dhoni putting up a show of the skills he is known for, Twitter did not hold back from showering praises on one of India’s greatest finishers. (Watch: MS Dhoni-Yuvraj Singh bromance in tense CSK vs KXIP battle)Virender Sehwag congratulated his team (KXIP) on winning the match but praised Dhoni for his “excellent knock.”Congratulations to the boys. Good to win this. Excellent knock from Dhoni ,kept everybody on the edge of their seats. But Chris Gayle ,the Universe Boss was magnificent. Our spinners did well to contain in the middle overs. #KXIPvCSKVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 15, 2018Sanjay Manjrekar also said that despite CSK’s loss, Dhoni’s “unbelievable knock” made him the winner on Sunday.CSK loses, but Dhoni clearly the winner tonight. Unbelievable knock! #CSKvsKXIPSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 15, 2018Mohammad Kaif also took to Twitter to laud Dhoni’s herculian effort and called it “quite a show.”That was quite a show by MS Dhoni. Love watching his interviews, loved when he mentioned God has given him enough power he doesn’t need to use his back to hit sixes(referring to injury). Kings 11 will be delighted with this win #KXIPvCSKadvertisementMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 15, 2018Aakash Chopra gave more of an insight into Dhoni’s knock suggesting that he should be sent higher up the order in the national team as well.Dhonis knock was a wonderful reminder of what he can do if he bats higher up the order….most bowlers still dont know where to bowl to him in the death overs. You see fear in their eyes… #Mahi #KXIPvCSK #IPLAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2018No matter the result. MS Dhoni showing why you should never write off a legend! #Dhoni #IPL #CSKAlexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) April 15, 2018Only the third time in his IPL career MS Dhoni has ended on a losing side despite remaining not out in a chase.Two of these instances have come against Kings XI Punjab.#KXIPvCSK #IPL2018Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) April 15, 2018CSK needed 17 runs from the last over and Dhoni managed to knock off 12 of those with a boundary and a six. But Mohit Sharma, who bowled the high-pressure last over, had the last laugh. (IPL 2018: Heroic MS Dhoni doffs his hat to Mujeeb and Gayle after CSK go down fighting)Apart from Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu was the other major contributor with the bat for CSK with 49 runs from 35 balls.Dhoni and Rayudu’s 57-run stand for the fourth wicket had kept their team in the hunt all along with once the latter got out, all hopes were pinned on Mahi, who took his team ever so close even while struggling with a back injury towards the latter half of his innings.Andrew Tye (2/47), captain Ravichandran Ashwin (1/32) and Mohit (1/47) were the star performers with the ball for Kings XI.Earlier, Kings XI Punjab failed to make the most of the flying start given by openers Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul and settled for 197/7 after being put into bat. (‘Feeling like 25, Universe Boss is back’: Chris Gayle after match-winning 63)Rahul (37 runs in 22 balls) and Gayle (63 runs in 33 balls) gave the hosts a rousing start, slamming 96 runs in eight overs. But after their wickets, no other batsman took advantage of it and failed to score runs, thanks to the Chennai bowlers’ disciplined bowling.Rahul fell in the eighth over when the scoreboard was reading 96. After adding a few more runs, Gayle also departed. Pacer Shane Watson took Gayle’s wicket in the 12th over. The West Indian batsman slammed seven boundaries and four sixes. (IPL 2018: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni fifties in vain as RCB and CSK lose)Mayank Agarwal (30) and Yuvraj Singh (20), then tried to maintain the pace set by the openers but in the process both departed after a good start.Aaron Finch was out on a golden duck.Karun Nair (29) and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (14) tried to stretch their team’s total to the 200-run mark but failed and departed one after the other.advertisementFor Chennai, Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir scalped two wickets each.last_img read more

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Crystal Palace sign defender Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool for £26m

first_img Read more Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Liverpool Share on Messenger Topics Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joins Liverpool in £40m move from Arsenal Reuse this content Share on Facebook news Share on LinkedIn Sakho had been out of favour at Anfield since falling out with Jürgen Klopp at the start of last season when he reported late for a training session during their tour of the United States and was sent back to England. He joined Palace on loan in January and was the catalyst for a run of results that helped Sam Allardyce’s side avoid relegation.Palace had initially decided against pushing for a permanent signing at the end of last season and instead looked elsewhere, with Calum Chambers of Arsenal and Bruno Martins Indi among the alternatives considered. But after Frank de Boer hinted last week that Liverpool would have to lower their asking price for Sakho, talks between the chairman, Steve Parish, and his Liverpool counterparts eventually reached a breakthrough on Thursday.Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion had also been interested in the defender, who moved to Anfield for £18m from Paris Saint-Germain in September 2013, but it is understood a return to London was always his favoured option if a deal could be agreed.The fee is the second-highest in Palace’s history after the £27m signing of Christian Benteke from Liverpool last summer and will placate some sections of the home support after a difficult start to life under De Boer. Palace have lost their first three matches and have yet to score a league goal since the Dutchman succeeded Allardyce.But Palace were foiled in their attempt to complete the £9m signing of Everton’s Oumar Niasse in their search to provide backup to Benteke. Niasse, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull, was also due to have a medical last night but will now remain on Merseyside. The Senegal international moved to Goodison Park in January 2016 but has played 175 minutes in the Premier League after falling out of favour with Ronald Koeman. He scored four times in 17 appearances for Hull last season. Meanwhile, Wales midfielder Jonny Williams joined Sunderland on loan as Palace attempted to trim down the first-team squad. Share on Twitter Crystal Palace Crystal Palace have signed Mamadou Sakho after they finally agreed a fee of £26m with Liverpool for the France defender.Palace’s bid of an initial £22m plus £3m in add-ons was rejected earlier this week with Liverpool holding out for £30m for the 27-year-old, who spent part of last season on loan at Selhurst Park.Palace were linked with moves for a number of defenders on deadline day, including Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala and Lamine Koné of Sunderland but Sakho, who was restricted to eight Premier League appearances for the club last season by a knee-ligament injury, was always their primary target. He has signed a five-year deal. Share via Email Transfer windowlast_img read more

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Eimskip Looking to Build and Operate New RoPax

first_imgzoom Reykjavik-based shipping company Eimskip has submitted an offer to build and operate the new Westman Islands car and passenger ferry.According to the public state tender, the new ferry should be delivered in mid-2018 and the company would then operate it until 2030.The total amount of Eimskip offer, which includes the construction of the ferry and its operation for 12 years, is in the range from ISK 8.1 billion (USD 70.7 million) to ISK 9.4 billion (USD 82 million).The offer was submitted under Part B of the tender. The company said that it did not participate in Part A of the tender, which covers only building a new ferry to sell to the state.Should an offer from Part A be chosen, and the state negotiates directly with a shipyard, the state is expected to publicly tender the operation of the ferry later.The state is now granted 18 weeks to evaluate all offers.“Eimskip has operated the ferry Herjólfur since 2006. The company’s experience of this operation is very good, and we believe that we are well suited for building a new ferry, in cooperation with foreign shipyards, and then operating her in the coming years,” Gylfi Sigfússon, President and CEO of Eimskip, said.Sigfússon added that the new vessel is intended to improve transportation to and from Westman Islands.last_img read more

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MSC Grandiosa Aces Sea Trials

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MSC Cruises MSC Cruises’ first Meraviglia-Plus cruise ship, MSC Grandiosa, has successfully completed its first intensive systems tests at sea during three-day trials.The tests were conducted in the Atlantic Ocean from August 28 to 31, 2019, the cruise company said.Floated out in January this year, the 181,000 GT MSC Grandiosa will next receive its finishing touches at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France, before being officially delivered to MSC Cruises on October 31.The ship has a total passenger capacity of 6,334 and will feature some of the latest marine technologies and systems. It will become MSC Cruises’ most efficient and environmentally cleanest ship, according to the company.MSC Grandiosa is due to become the third Meraviglia ship to enter MSC Cruises’ fleet, and the first of three Meraviglia-Plus ships, which feature larger tonnage and guest capacity than the first two Meraviglia ships – MSC Meraviglia and MSC Bellissima.The newbuild is equipped with two new technological innovations including a selective catalytic reduction system to decrease nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 percent and transform it into pure water and nitrogen. The ship is also fitted with a wastewater treatment system that will lead to nearly zero impact on discharges and allow it to operate in delicate environments such as the Baltic Sea and Alaska.The new environmental features add to other effective technologies deployed on MSC Grandiosa to further reduce its environmental impact including an exhaust gas cleaning system, systems for the prevention of oil discharge from machinery spaces, a ballast water treatment system and various energy-saving improvements.The cruise ship will be christened at a ceremony in Hamburg on November 9 ahead of its inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean with maiden calls from its Genoa homeport to Civitavecchia, Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona and Marseilles.last_img read more

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Defence minister Rajnath finds pride of place in key cabinet committees

first_imgNEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has been added to a number of key cabinet committees after being left out of them earlier on Thursday. Singh, who was part of just two of the revamped committees announced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi started a second term last week, will now be in six of them.In what was seen as a confirmation of Home Minister Amit Shah’s position as the de-facto Number 2 in government, the BJP chief was named in all eight key cabinet committees but Rajnath Singh was added to just two. PM Modi himself was in six of them. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was in seven panels and Commerce and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in five.last_img

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Turn monotonous office wear into party ready look

first_imgWhat if you realise that its 6 p.m., and you have a dinner date with your college friends? You need a quick and easy way to take your work look from formal to exceptional. Experts have some suggestions: You can wear a silk blouse tucked into a long skirt or a dress for the evening out. In the day, you can wear a blazer to work, if you want to conceal the glamour in your outfit. Make sure to take the blazer off when you’re stepping out in the evening. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveA chunky piece of necklace on your solid coloured dress can completely transform your look and glam you up. Scarves are just bold and colourful. The contrast of your structured shift dress or skirt with the scarf will look effortlessly easy going and put together at the same time. Try a cool knit, a chic leopard pattern or a pastel and light colour. Adding some serious volume to your dress will help to update your look. Ruffles in skirts and shirts portray feminine vibes with their flowy styles. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painA-line plisse (or pleated slightly unevenly) skirt with sequinned panels, seasonal print or asymmetric hem is perfect for your office look as well as evening parties. The plisse skirt is a very simple pull-on skirt with a dyed-to-match elastic waistband. Sharp lines define this season’s must-have skirt. It can be ankle length with thigh high splits and pleats both front and back. The unique selection of cutouts is fun and flirty without being too exposed. Cutouts in the necklines and waistlines is suitable for office wear to parties. Own the look in a daring and glamorous way. Every woman should have a pair of gorgeous heels that makes her feel more confident. Nude colour for your stilettos will make the outfit gorgeous and stylish for the evening.last_img read more

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Mass movement against dengue only solution says CM Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the involvement of people is the only solution to check and control dengue cases in the city.Speaking at a public event, Kejriwal said experts had told the government that the dengue mosquito operates in a cycle and we should be prepared for a spike in cases. “But the collective efforts by the people of Delhi did not let that happen last year. This year too, we have to inspect our houses for accumulation of stagnant water that becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed.” He said when the AAP came to power in 2015, there were 15,000 cases of dengue in Delhi. “There was chaos all over, I was travelling non-stop from one stop to another. 60 deaths were reported that year. After four years of our government, only 2,700 cases have been recorded in 2018,” he said. Kejriwal on September 1 started the campaign urging people to inspect their homes for 10 minutes for 10 Sundays at 10 in the morning.last_img read more

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Barcelona Celebrates 4-1 Victory Over Villarreal

Rabat – Barcelona forwards, Neymar Santos, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, stunned opponent Villarreal, with a 4-1 victory, May 6 at the Camp Nou stadium.Barcelona’s Brazilian striker, Neymar Santos, opened the scoring in favor of his team 21 minutes into the game. Granada’s Congolese player, Cédric Bakambu, then scored an equalizer 11 minutes later.Granada’s goalkeeper, however, could not escape Messi’s strong strike. Barcelona’s Leo scored the second goal for his club at the 45-minute mark. This was followed by another goal at minute 69, scored by Uruguayan superstar, Suarez. The fourth goal was also scored by Messi, 82 minutes into the match. Barcelona is anticipated to face Las Palmas on May 14.? The other side of FC Barcelona’s win over Villarreal: https://t.co/nbSqYWLCcI #FCBVillarreal pic.twitter.com/4Y2OcaIxev— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 7, 2017 read more

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Canada kicked tires on used Kuwaiti jets now looking down under Sajjan

OTTAWA — Canada kicked the tires on the idea of buying used fighter jets from Kuwait to address a shortage of CF-18s, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan revealed Thursday, but found they wouldn’t be ready in time.The revelation comes amid a bitter and escalating dogfight between U.S. aerospace giant Boeing and Montreal-based Bombardier, which has the backing of Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberal government.The Liberals had planned to buy 18 Super Hornets from Boeing to fill what they claim is a critical shortage of fighter jets, but have since threatened to go elsewhere over the Bombardier dispute.Boeing has accused Bombardier of selling its controversial CSeries commercial liners to U.S.-based Delta Air Lines at a significant discount, thanks to assistance from what it considers improper government subsidies.The dispute took a turn this week when the Department of Commerce ruled Bombardier did indeed receive improper subsidies and proposed a whopping 219 per cent duty on any CSeries planes entering the U.S.The penalties won’t be official until the U.S. International Trade Commission rules next spring on whether the Bombardier-Delta deal actually hurt Boeing’s business.The ruling has nonetheless divided the country — advocates in Quebec and Ottawa have been calling on the Liberals to fight fire with fire, while officials in Manitoba, where Boeing has a large facility, are urging calm.Speaking from Riga, Latvia, where Canada has about 450 soldiers helping guard against Russian aggression in the region, Sajjan said he was disappointed with the Commerce Department’s ruling.The minister wouldn’t say explicitly that the plan to buy Super Hornets is officially off the table, but he suggested as much.“We are going to be moving ahead with filling that capability gap,” Sajjan said. “We are pursuing other options.”There are growing signs that the top option could be to buy used F/A-18s from Australia, which is getting rid of the fighter jets as it upgrades to the controversial F-35 stealth aircraft.Kuwait, too, plans to sell its own used F/A-18s after securing its own deal to buy Super Hornets. There had been speculation the aircraft, which are similar to Canada’s CF-18s, would be in good shape.But Kuwait won’t be ready to sell fast enough for Canada, Sajjan said, and the government is instead working closely with the Australians about possibly buying their jets.“We have looked at the capability of the Kuwaiti fighters,” Sajjan said.“The biggest thing is right now they are not currently available. But we still want to pursue every single option. As you know, we are pursuing this option with the Australians at this time.”The key question appears to be whether any of Australia’s F/A-18s have enough life left in them to serve alongside Canada’s CF-18s until replacements for both begin to arrive in the mid-2020s.The government has repeatedly emphasized the need for speed when it comes to addressing the current fighter-jet shortage, and hoped to buy interim Super Hornets by the end of the year.That sense of urgency remains, Sajjan said, though he would not provide a timeline for when the government would pull the trigger on whatever option it decides to pursue.“That capability we needed a long time ago,” he said. “We had a plan in place, a very good plan that was going to fill the capability gap, invest in our current fleet and start the fighter replacement competition.”The government announced last November plans to purchase the planes to temporarily fill a critical shortage of fighter jets until the entire CF-18 fleet is replaced in the mid-2020s.Many defence experts, including 13 former air force commanders, have questioned Liberal claims the air force doesn’t have enough CF-18s, and said replacement jets could be purchased much faster.The Boeing-Bombardier dispute has become a major international battle, with the Trump administration backing the former and the Canadian and British governments siding with the latter.Bombardier has a large aerospace manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland.Yet it has also pitted different parts of Canada against each other.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, whose government invested $1 billion into the CSeries line, angrily called for a ban on all Boeing imports into Canada after the Commerce Department ruling.But Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman called for cooler heads on Thursday, and said such rhetoric is not helpful.Winnipeg is home to a Boeing manufacturing facility that employs 1,400 people and is the third biggest aerospace centre in the country.— with reporting by Chinta Puxley in Edmonton and files from Steve Lambert in Winnipeg— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter read more

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New UN health chief pledges to focus on Africans and women worldwide

Pledging to devote herself to improving the health of the people of Africa and women across the globe, Margaret Chan, a Chinese doctor who has played a key role in United Nations efforts to prevent bird flu from mutating into a deadly human pandemic, has been elected as the new head of the UN health agency.“What matters most to me is people, and two specific groups of people in particular,” she told the World Health Assembly, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) decision making body, in her acceptance speech in Geneva yesterday. “I want us to be judged by the impact we have on the health of the people of Africa, and the health of women.“Improvements in the health of the people of Africa and the health of women are key indicators of the performance of WHO,” she added. Underlining the importance of strong systems to deliver health, she alluded to a problem recently cited by WHO of trained health workers migrating from poorer countries to richer nations where they are paid more. “All the donated drugs in the world won’t do any good without an infrastructure for their delivery,” she said. “You cannot deliver health care if the staff you trained at home are working abroad.”Dr. Chan, previously top WHO official for communicable diseases and point person for pandemic influenza, was nominated by WHO’s Executive Board earlier this week from a short list of five to succeed Director-General Lee Jong-wook, who died suddenly in May.In 2003, she became Director of WHO’s Department of Protection of the Human Environment. In June 2005, she was appointed Director, Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response, and Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza as well as Assistant Director-General for the Communicable Diseases cluster. Dr. Chan obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978, where her career in public health began. In 1994, she was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong. In her nine-year tenure she launched new preventive and promotive health care services.She also introduced new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance and response, enhance training for public health professionals, and establish better local and international collaboration. She has effectively managed outbreaks of bird flu and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a flu-like disease which over a nine-month period from November 2002 to July 2003 infected more than 8,000 people, killing 774 of them, mostly in China and elsewhere in Asia. Yesterday, she underlined the diverse approaches needed to strengthen health care in different parts of the world. “Many countries in Africa face the challenge of rebuilding social support systems. Others in central Asia and Eastern Europe are undergoing transition from planned to market economies,” she said.“They want WHO support. They want to make sure that equitable and accessible systems built on primary health care are not sacrificed in the process,” she added, pledging to integrate WHO’s research activities to more strategically address a common research agenda and to accelerate human resource reform within WHO based on competence.“As we know, not all of the problems faced by WHO in its efforts to improve world health are subject to scientific scrutiny, or yield their secrets under a microscope,” she concluded. “You know the ones I mean: lack of resources and too little political commitment. These are often the true killers.” read more

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UN chief calls on General Assembly to fulfil moral duty to assist

“People who before had little, now have nothing. No homes. No crops. No livestock and no livelihoods,” Mr. Ban told an informal meeting of the General Assembly today. “Access to the hardest hit areas is difficult. People are in desperate need of food, water and shelter,” he added, recalling his visit to Les Cayes, one of the most-affected areas, along with Jérémie, in the south-west of the country, where the hurricane made landfallon 4 October.Barely a week after the storm, on 10 October, the UN launched a nearly $120 million “flash appeal” to fund its humanitarian response in the aftermath of the disaster. A large part of the request ($56 million) focused on providing emergency food, nutrition and agriculture to the people of Haiti. Other sectors in the appeal included water and sanitation, emergency shelter and non-food items, health, protection, logistics and communication, early recovery and livelihoods, education, and coordination. However, 10 days since its launch, the appeal is only 22 per cent funded, said Mr. Ban. The UN chief stressed that funding is required to step-up response in the fight against cholera on the island. Efforts to address this water-borne disease were also severely affected after Hurricane Matthew hit. “Last Friday, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson briefed the Member States on our efforts,” Mr. Ban reminded delegations today, informing them that the Organization is also developing a proposal to bring assistance to those most directly affected by cholera and that he would present this plan to the Assembly in due course. Appealing to all Member States to respond with financial support needed on both these tracks to ensure success, the Secretary-General emphasized: “We must fulfil our moral duty to the people of Haiti.” read more

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College Football Playoff semifinal Scouting Clemson Tigers

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles in for 4-yard touchdown run during the second half against North Carolina State Oct. 15. Clemson won, 24-17, in overtime. Credit: Courtesy of TNSWeeks of anticipation and buildup have all come down to Saturday’s showdown in the desert. Both No. 3 Ohio State (11-1) and No. 2 Clemson (12-1) have traveled across the country to play in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, and the chance to advance to the College Football Playoff has players chomping at the bit.On paper, OSU and Clemson is a compelling matchup, highlighted by stout defenses and powerful offenses. While the Buckeyes have had a few dominant performances this year, they have yet to face a team quite like the Tigers.Here’s a look at the breakdown of what Clemson brings to the table on both sides of the ball.OffenseClemson’s junior quarterback Deshaun Watson is the go-to guy for the Tigers. For a second straight season, the Georgia native has completed upwards of 67 percent of his passes, while slinging a career-best 37 touchdown passes.Coach Dabo Swinney is well aware he has a gem calling the shots on his offense, and knows just how Watson does it.“To me his poise really makes him incredibly unique, because he just … he just never changes,” Swinney said. “But it’s who he is as a young man that you don’t really know until you’re around him. Most people just see a great player. He handles himself the right way and all that.”Watson has been protected by an outstanding offensive line all season, as he has only been sacked 1.1 times per game. A key to limiting the Heisman finalist quarterback is pressure, but it seems unlikely OSU will have a field day getting to the quarterback.Redshirt junior wide receiver Mike Williams and redshirt junior running back Wayne Gallman are vital pieces to the puzzle for Swinney, racking up a combined 2,276 yards of offense with 25 total touchdowns. Limiting either player will be far from an easy task, especially Williams, who has been a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses all year long.OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker said he felt stopping Williams is a key to defeating Clemson. Watson is prone to forcing the ball into tight coverage, and taking away his No. 1 target could spell trouble for the Tigers.“I’ve been watching film on him and every jump ball that he gets when the ball is thrown his way, I feel like he has the mentality that it’s going to be his ball,” Hooker said. “So, I feel like it’s definitely going to be a task for the secondary especially, because if we stop the pass, I’m almost sure that the line and the linebackers are going to go out there and fill holes and stuff like that.”DefenseClemson senior linebacker Ben Boulware addresses the media during the Tigers’ portion of media day at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorClemson has hit its stride on defense at the perfect time in the season, allowing an average of just 267 yards of opposing offense in the past three games, all while allowing just 18.3 points per game over that span.Anchored on the weakside by senior linebacker Ben Boulware, the Tigers will be looking to create pressure on OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Even though Clemson benefits from a fierce pass rush, the Buckeyes’ offensive line benefits from prepping with some of the best defensive lineman in the nation.“I don’t think I’ve faced a better (defensive) end in practice than our (defensive) ends,” sophomore offensive tackle Isaiah Prince said. “I think it definitely helps prepare us for the game.”On Tuesday, Clemson senior safety Jadar Johnson said he felt Barrett was far from the best quarterback the Tigers have seen all season. Although he did go on to say he felt the Buckeyes’ quarterback was still a good player, the damage had been done.Multiple OSU players were quick to defend their signal caller, while Barrett made his own statement on Johnson’s comments. The veteran quarterback seemed unfazed over the criticism.“There wasn’t a lot to it, I feel like,” Barrett said. “He has his own opinion, which I’m not mad at. I’m comfortable in my skills and what I’m able to do. If he feels like I’m not the best quarterback they went against, I mean, that’s just how he feels.”While Barrett and the entire OSU offense has not been known for turning the ball over this season, Clemson has been able to force an average of 1.8 turnovers per game. The Buckeyes have one of the best turnover margins in the nation with a +1.3, but expect the Tigers to take the ball away at least once.OSU freshman running back Mike Weber summarized the ability of Clemson’s defense in his opening statement on Tuesday.“They’re really fast on the back end,” the Michigan native said. “They have really good, athletic corners and safeties. And their (defensive) linemen are really tough and gritty down there in the trenches. And it’s going to be a tough game.”The Tigers will need big plays from Boulware, Johnson and the rest of their defense if they hope to get a chance at revenge in the national championship after last year’s loss. Even with a solid defense, it will take a total team effort to bring home a win.BreakdownThere is little to no chance of this game being a blowout. Although the Buckeyes have a 55 percent chance of winning according to ESPN, anything short of a 50/50 split seems unfair. The presence of Williams and senior tight end Jordan Leggett in the pass game might be the biggest test of the season for OSU’s secondary. These two standout players, matched with the leadership of Watson, could spell trouble for the Scarlet and Gray.This game has all the makings of a shootout, and even though OSU has been known to keep pass with opposing offense all season in tight games, the luck might finally run out for coach Urban Meyer.Prediction: 41-38, Clemson read more

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HTC M7 leaked ahead of 2013 hero phones launch

first_imgMany think that 2013 could be a make-or-break year for HTC, and the company is reportedly betting big on this year’s hero device — the HTC M7. It will assume the brand leadership role filled last year by the One X (and later the One X Plus) and Droid DNA, and there’s no doubt that the M7 will be positioned to do battle with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5 (or iPhone 5S, should Apple unveil one).A freshly-leaked render that’s making the rounds may give some clues as to what the HTC M7 will look like when it goes on sale. The front face takes a bit of inspiration from the One X, but with the dotted speaker grill now mirrored on the bottom. Missing from the M7’s face are the capacitive buttons — a big design change, since even the two-month-old Droid DNA hadn’t left them behind. While capacitive buttons are out, the IR blaster is back in, which seems to indicate that HTC thinks that some consumers will appreciate being able to use their $600-plus smartphone as a high-tech universal remote control right out of the box.It’s easy to look at the One X and proclaim it an iPhone 5 knockoff, but it seems clear enough that it’s an evolutionary step that followed the One X+ and Droid DNA. It’s also highly likely that this render doesn’t represent the final design, so HTC may have some bold accents or other tweaks it plans to make before reveal day.While this is the first glimpse of anything remotely official in terms of physical appearance, potential specs for the HTC M7 have surfaced before. It’s rumored to feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.7GHz, and a 4.7-inch 1080P HD display. As for cameras, it looks like HTC will match the Sony Xperia L by building in a 13MP rear shooter. HTC is also thought to be prepping the M7 to launch on multiple carriers — unlike the One X which was an AT&T exclusive. To gain ground against Samsung and Apple, HTC needs the M7 to be instantly recognizable and available on as many networks as possible.The M7 should be on display at Mobile World Congress next month, at which point we’ll see whether the render and specs line up with reality.last_img read more

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Gruevski call for unity draws response

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Comments made by the Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Nikola Gruevski  in a speech he made to the FYROM community in Sydney has drawn a strong response from the the Greek deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Dimitris Droutsas.According to a report from fYROM’s news agency MINA, Mr Gruevski urged the FYROM community in  Australia to be united.“Macedonians in Australia enjoy a unique opportunity to live together with their Aegean, Pirin compatriots, which is not the case in their native country, Gruevski said, calling them to not divide on these grounds as there are no Vardar, Aegean, Pirin Macedonians, but only Macedonians,” Mr Gruevski is quoted as saying in the MINA report.Mr Gruevski also asked from the Diaspora to remain united on the issue of the name dispute with Greece.He noted that the negotiations with Greece are due to resume to find a compromise solution that he promised will not harm “Macedonian national interests, language, nation, culture, integrity, identity, pride and dignity, and will become valid only if embraced by citizens at a referendum.”The response from the Greek deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Dimitris Droutsas to Mr Gruevski’s reference to “Aegean Macedonians” was clear cut.“We will not enter into any form of dialogue with Mr Gruevski or Skopje about nonexistent issues, ” Mr Droutsas said. “Greece sees its relations with Skopje with an open mind and always constructively. Skopje’s leadership has to realise that it is up to them to choose between the usual aggressive, nationalistic and irreedentist rhetoric or to invest into a constructive, honest and essential dialogue to resolve the name dispute issue.”He reiterated Greece’s position that the only solution is a definitive composite name with geographical qualification of the term Macedonia, for all purposes (erga omnes) and for all uses.last_img read more

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Greek airtraffic controllers request more resources

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s air-traffic controllers asked to be given more resources, noting that the number of flights they deal with on average has increased by 112 per cent since 2002.According to officials, each air-traffic controller handled 581 flights in 2002, but this figure rose to 1,232 last year.In total, 411,000 flights were handled by 707 air-traffic controllers in 2002, but by last year the number of flights had increased to 678,000 and the number of air-traffic controllers had fallen to 550.The officials stressed the need for Greece to keep updating its radar system, noting that it was installed in 1999 and last upgraded in 2008, as it is estimated that air travel in Greece will increase by 5 percent year-on-year between now and 2022.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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