Air India ‘touched’ by Sakshi Malik’s wish to fly, offers business class tickets

first_imgSakshi Malik, the Indian wrestler, who brought home the first medal from Rio Olympics this season, touched many hearts when she said she chose sports as a profession so she could fly. It seems the remark has also ‘touched’ national carrier Air India and its chief  Ashwani Lohani.So much so that Air India has now offered two complimentary business class tickets for Sakshi and her companion. (Also read: Sakshi Malik a reminder of what can happen if you don’t kill a girl child: Virender Sehwag)Lohani remarked in a letter addressed to India bronze girl, “Air India is indeed proud to offer you two(for you and your companion) return business class between any two destinations of the entire Air India network valid for a period of one year.”Meanwhile, it’s goodies showering on her. While the Haryana government has promised Rs 2.5 crore and a job, the Ministry of Railways has promoted her. The Uttar Pradesh government will give her Rs 3.11 lakh as part of the Rani Laxmibai award.last_img read more

Turning it on

first_imgOf the many congratulatory messages sent to Ravichandran Ashwin after he took his 200th Test wicket, on September 25 against New Zealand in Kanpur, was this tweet by former Test captain and one of India’s greatest spin bowlers Bishan Singh Bedi: “Two hundred Test wkts in 37 is awesome @ashwinravi99-Weldone,Of the many congratulatory messages sent to Ravichandran Ashwin after he took his 200th Test wicket, on September 25 against New Zealand in Kanpur, was this tweet by former Test captain and one of India’s greatest spin bowlers Bishan Singh Bedi: “Two hundred Test wkts in 37 is awesome @ashwinravi99-Weldone Son..keep up the good work..@ this rate U cn get to 300 end of season! Go fr it!” It may have been written in SMSese, but Bedi, known to be stingy with his compliments, particularly to fellow spinners, was not being facetious. With 12 more Tests to be played at home this season, and with pitches expected to be doctored to suit India, Ashwin could well reach that figure at the rate he’s going. Though the rained-off Port of Spain Test came in the way of Ashwin getting to that milestone in 36 Tests-which would have equalled Australian leg-break bowler Clarrie Grimmett’s 80-year-old record-the 300-wicket record had Ashwin written all over it. The way the wheel has turned for Ashwin is as remarkable as his bowling. Remember, Ashwin started off as an opening batsman at the junior level, and only started bowling off-spin after he was dropped from the team. Soon after, he was spotted by former Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner Sunil Subramanian, and began training at the TNCA Academy. His height and high-arm action allowed him both turn and bounce-a deadly combination, as many a batsman would confess. It was during Ashwin’s Under-19 years that Subramanian added variety to his armoury, and soon word spread that a tall off-spinner was perfecting a carrom ball to go with the classical offspinner, the floater and the arm ball. He made a splash during the 2010 IPL and Champions League tournaments, and within months was drafted into the national team. With Harbhajan Singh’s prowess on the wane, Ashwin became India’s leading Test bowler. With such variety, Ashwin was bound to succeed; and he did, initially, before he overdid it. That, and an ever-growing impatience to take wickets proved to be his undoing. Ashwin was down, and almost out, but for a chance encounter with former Aussie off-spinner Bruce Yardley during the 2015 World Cup. Yardley convinced him to bowl more off spinners, and to spin them harder. Ashwin was soon back in the game-consider that the last 14 Tests have given him 84 wickets and the No. 2 spot on ICC rankings.advertisementAshwin is now possibly India’s most valuable player. As Kapil Dev says: “More than Virat Kohli, I would pick Ashwin first in my XI for any home Test. He can take 10 wickets a match, and can score Test centuries. On these pitches, I am yet to see a foreign batsman picking him properly.”That’s a statement that even Kohli wouldn’t mind. Ashwin is to Kohli what Kumble was to Azharuddin in the 1990s, when he established himself as India’s great match winner and improved Azhar’s captaincy record in the process. Azhar feels the similarity, saying, “In those days Kumble never wanted to give up on bowling and I can see how Ashwin also wants to bowl long spells. When a bowler wants to finish off other teams, the captain knows he is special; so Virat knows that if he is ever in a tight situation, there is someone he can turn to.”In Kanpur, Ashwin was bothered more by a corn on his bowling hand than the Kiwi batsmen. While they showed some resistance early on in the first innings, Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja began varying not just their length but also the angles. And with sharply turning deliveries, the Kiwis made cardinal sin of batting with hard hands and fidgety minds.Virat himself knows the value of bowlers like Ashwin. “As a captain, it always gives you more assurance. Both [Ashwin and Jadeja] obviously know what they are doing and they are going to pitch the ball in the right areas. Both of them are pretty open to hearing suggestions, but when they are convinced about what they want to do, they tell you that. And as a captain, I personally like that.”However, he has not as yet found his bearings on less spin-responsive pitches. While Ashwin takes a wicket every 44 deliveries in matches on the sub-continent, he needs 80 when the team travels abroad-his corresponding bowling averages are 20.59 and 42.73. “I would love to see Ashwin picking up wickets and running through teams outside the subcontinent. That will then turn him into a Great,” says former India captain Sourav Ganguly.Some feel his dislike for the Kook-aburra ball, with its less-pronounced seam, may be a factor – Ashwin’s only 5-wicket haul outside the subcontinent came earlier this year on the West Indies tour where the Indian-made SG Test-like Dukes ball was used. He has sat out or been dropped for Tests in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England. But right now, with India only playing at home this season, the spiral will most likely be upwards.advertisementlast_img read more

Real Madrid hit 10-year low with Clasico defeat

first_imgReal Madrid continued to set unwanted lows, after a heavy 5-1 defeat to Barcelona on Sunday in the Clasico sent them to their longest La Liga losing streak in a decade.A Philippe Coutinho opener sent Barcelona on their way, while a Luis Suarez hat-trick and a late Arturo Vidal goal proved far too much for Madrid, who could only muster a single goal from Marcelo.The defeat continues a run of terrible form for Julen Lopetegui’s side, as the coach’s seat grows increasingly hot with Madrid dropping further down the La Liga table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! While a victory over Vikoria Plzen in the Champions League provided a temporary reprieve for Lopetegui, Barcelona returned his side to their now-familiar struggles in the league, where they have not won in five contests.That stretch saw Madrid set their longest goalless period since 1985, and very nearly surpass their longest streak of all time. A draw against rivals Atletico is the only point Real have managed in the league since a victory over Espanyol on September 22, and Madrid are now on a three-game Liga losing streak.While that type of streak may not be alien to most clubs, it is at Madrid, who have not endured a such a poor run of form in almost a decade.The last time Madrid suffered three straight losses came back at the end of the 2008-09 season, when the club dropped five straight Liga contests to close out a difficult campaign.Barcelona started that ugly run, handing Juande Ramos’ side a 6-2 defeat at home, and Madrid would follow with losses to Valencia, Villarreal, Mallorca and finally Osasuna to finish out the league.Ramos himself had been a midseason replacement for Bernd Schuster, who departed the club in December of 2008.The end of Schuster’s reign had seen two straight defeats in the league that season, with Ramos’ debut coming in the first Clasico of that Liga campaign – also a defeat for Madrid.However, since suffering those two three-match losing streaks in La Liga that season, Madrid had managed to avoid such runs in the decade since until this current sequence of Lopetegui’s side.Whether the ex-Spain boss is at the helm or not going forward, Real Madrid will look to snap this streak next week when they host Real Valladolid.last_img read more

‘Sachin- A Billion Dreams’ relives important moments of my life: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgLegendary Sachin Tendulkar today said that the upcoming film ‘Sachin – A Billion Dreams’ has helped him “relive important moments” of his life. (‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ movie trailer gets a glitzy launch in Mumbai)The trailer of the film was launched today in a packed Juhu auditorium applauding its first screening.”This film has helped me relive the important moments of my life through its making! I remain a private person but realised that there is much I have not revealed or spoken about, to those who have been instrumental to my life and career, especially my fans,” Tendulkar told the mediapersons.”I hope the film will be yet another avenue for fans who have showered their love and blessings on me, to cherish the journey that we undertook together for over 24 years,” he said.Also present at the launch were the director, James Erskine who had flown down from the UK specially to attend the trailer launch.The producer Ravi Bhagchandka of 200NotOut, and Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman of Carnival Group also shared the dias with Sachin Tendulkar and James Erskine after the screening of the trailer.Producer Bhagchandka, said,”Making this movie has been my pilgrimage! This film will give his fans who have watched his cricketing feats on the television screen, the opportunity to see Sachin on the big movie screen!”The trailer gave the eager audience a hint of what the film has in store for Sachin’s fans. With glimpses of key scenes from the film showing moments of cricketing glory, personal moments, unseen footage from the dressing room and much more, the film promises to be every Sachin fan s dream come true.advertisementErskine, award-winning director of a number of international films on sports, took the audience through the making of the film. He said:”Scripting his journey for the big screen involved interacting with Sachin, his family, his teammates as well as players from rival teams and others.Sachin is both gracious, and a perfectionist, and being able to make this film for the Indian people and many more across the globe was a true honour.last_img read more

Amazon Fire TV Stick: What is it, how it works and 5 features you must know

first_imgAmazon, which is primarily seen as an e-commerce site, apparently has bigger dreams as far as India is concerned. First it brought its internet media streaming service Amazon Prime to India and now it has launched Amazon Fire TV Stick , a media streaming device with voice remote in the country. The TV Stick, which comes with a voice remote, costs Rs 3,999 and is available for purchase on the Amazon website.”Fire TV Stick is the powerful streaming media device that plugs into an HDTV and lets customers access thousands of movies, TV shows, apps, and games,” says an Amazon spokesperson.So what is Fire TV Stick? It is primarily a media streaming device that plugs into an HDTV and lets users access movies, TV shows, apps and games. It is like a large pen drive. But despite size, it packs in pretty neat hardware inside it. It comes with a quad-core processor and support for fast Wi-Fi. The Fire TV stick comes with a voice remote that offers spoken language support for Indian customers in Hindi and English. With voice remote users can search Amazon video by using just their voice.Those buying Fire TV Stick by May 31, 2017 and taking an annual Prime membership will receive a credit back of Rs 499 to their Amazon Pay Balance as an introductory offer. Existing Amazon Prime members who purchase a new Fire TV Stick are also eligible to receive this credit for a limited time.Sounds nifty. So how do you use it?advertisementTo make the Fire TV Stick work you will need to have an Amazon account registered with your device. If you don’t already have an account, you’ll see an option to create one during the setup process. This is also needed because the Fire TV Stick primarily serves the Amazon Prime content.To start with, connect the power adapter to Fire stick. Now plug the other end of Fire Stick into HDMI port available on your TV. Switch on the TV and now select the HDMI input channel for the port you used to connect your Fire TV Stick. You will now see a loading screen with the Fire TV Stick logo.  Load battery in your remote and now pair it up with the Fire TV. Follow the instructions to connect your device to the internet via WiFi. You’re done!Also Read: Amazon Fire TV Stick vs Google Chromecast 2: Which is the better fit for your TVAlthough it is quite neat and easy to use, the Fire Stick TV may not be for everyone. Reason? It doesn’t mirror your tablet, PC or phone on your TV like Chromecast does. But it comes with some other cool features. Here are 5 that stand out:Prime content: Amazon says that the Fire TV Stick offers over 1000s of movies, TV episodes, sports, news, music, and games. The selection varies from Bollywood latest movies to all time Hollywood blockbusters like Batman v Superman, and The Legend of Tarzan. It can be connected to Prime, Hotstar, YouTube and Gaana etc.Ease of use: Amazon notes that The Fire TV stick comes pre-registered so user do not have to go through the hassle of registering the device first and then using it. All the users will need to do with the Fire TV Stick is that they will need have Prime subscription and that they will need to connect it to a TV, along with Wi-Fi.Parental controls: Fire TV Stick comes with parental controls settings. Users can set a PIN to restrict access of mature content by children. Company says that all movies and TV shows in the Amazon Prime Video catalogue as well as apps from the Amazon App store come with maturity ratings by age group.Track data usage: Users can keep a check on their data consumption through Fire TV Stick. Using the data monitoring feature on Fire TV, users can select their preferred viewing quality to manage data use. Also user can configure their Fire TV Stick to alert them before data use exceeds their preset limit.Voice search remote: This can be the most unique part of Amazon Fire TV Stick. Voice Remote responds instantly and lets users easily search for Amazon Video content using their voice.last_img read more

Geneva Open: Mischa Zverev beats Kei Nishikori to keep up with younger brother

first_imgMischa Zverev took some of the limelight back from younger brother Alexander when he beat second seed Kei Nishikori to reach the Geneva Open final on Friday.The German, whose younger sibling Alex won the Italian Open last week to reach number 10 in the rankings, produced some dazzling serve-and-volley tennis to beat Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.Moscow-born Zverev, ranked 33, will face home favourite Stan Wawrinka in the final. The top seed beat Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 7-6(4).Zverev, 29, stunned the tennis world at the Australian Open when he beat world number one Andy Murray before losing to eventual winner Roger Federer.The last time he reached an ATP Tour final was in 2010 when he was beaten by Frenchman Gilles Simon at the Moselle Open.last_img read more

Upcoming motorcycles in India that you need to watch out for

first_imgThere is always a buzz when car-manufacturers are close to launch their new products in the market. But, this time around, we decided to bring a list of upcoming motorcycles that will soon make it to the Indian shores. Numerous bike-makers are bringing-in new products for the Indian market right from sportsbike to adventure to touring to cruisers. We compile a list of upcoming motorcycles that will launch in India in the coming months.BMW G310 RThe first in the list is the most anticipated product from BMW Motorrad. The G310R, was supposed to be the first product from the German bike-makers for its debut in India. However, due to some issues, the company postponed its launch, and we expect the new G310R to come to the Indian shores by this year end.Engine:The upcoming BMW G 310 R will come with a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with four valves and two overhead camshafts together with electronic fuel injection producing maximum power output of 34bhp and maximum torque of 28 Nm, mated to a six-speed constant mesh gearbox.We expect the new G310R to come to the Indian shores by this year end.Features:The BMW G310R offers a markedly relaxed seating position for relaxed, stress-free and easy-going motorcycling. Rigid tubular steel frame, upside-down fork and long swinging arm for a high degree of ride stability, precise steering response and sound handling.Price:We expect the upcoming BMW G310R to come for a price of Rs 1.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 2 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).advertisementBenelli Tornado 302RBenelli has been talking about launching the Tornado 302R for quite some time now, with the company teased the new motorcycle a few months back. We had earlier reported that the new Tornado 302R will launch in India by March, this year, the latest reports suggest that the bike will debut on June 2. However, we have no confirmation yet on the launch date.Engine:The new Benelli Tornado 302R will come with a 300cc, liquid cooled, inline 2-cyclinder engine capable of producing peak power of 36 hp and peak torque of 27 Nm, mated to a six-speed gearbox.Benelli Tornado 302RCompetition:The upcoming Benelli Tornado 302R will rival the Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC390 and Yamaha R3 in India.Price:We expect Benelli Tornado 302R to come for a price tag of Rs 4 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Ducati Multistrada 950The new product coming in from Ducati, is the Multistrada 950. The new entry-level small engined Multistrada 950 is the smaller sibling of the Multistrada 1290, which the company launched recently. The Multistrada 950 is one of the company’s much anticipated motorcycle and will be launched on June 14.Engine:The Multistrada 950 is powered by the already renowned twin cylinder 937cc, Testastretta, liquid cooling engine with a maximum of power of 113 hp and maximum torque of 96.2 NM, mated to six-speed gearbox.Ducati Multistrada 950Feature:The Multistrada 950 instrument panel consists of a large easy-to-see LCD that provides the rider with primary and secondary information, four Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro), DSP (Ducati Safety Pack) that includes ABS and Ducati Traction Control. At the rear there is a LED tail light. A hazard warning lights function is also available on the Multistrada 950.Price:We expect the Ducati Multistrada 950 to come for a price of Rs 11.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 13 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Ducati Monster 797Next in the list is the Monster 797. To be launched on the same date as the Multistrada 950, the Monster 797 has been spotted testing on Indian roads for quite some time now. Showcased at the EICMA 2016 in November, the new Monster 797 will be the company’s new entry level motorcycle.Engine:The all new Monster 797 comes with a 803 cc, L-Twin cylinder, 2 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, air cooled engine that produces 75 hp of peak power and 68.9 Nm of peak torque, mated to six-speed gearbox.Ducati Monster 797Design:The design of the Monster 797, elegant and muscular, perfectly integrates the wide handlebar, tank, trellis frame, engine and double-sided swingarm. An agile and dynamic line that transmits sportiness and instils confidence right from first glance: a compact, sports design that is unmistakeably Monster. The classic circular headlight is equipped with LED position lights, the tank reintroduces the fastening hook and the Desmodue twin, advanced and powerful, sees the return of the cooling winglets.Price:We expect the all new Ducati Monster 797 to come for a price of Rs 7 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).advertisementDSK Benelli TRK 502Moving on, the latest from the Benelli stable is the TRK 502, which will most likely come to India before the Tornado 302. Showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, the launch of the Benelli TRK 502 has been delayed as the company is mulling to launch the adventure motorcycle with the proper safety features.Engine:Wrapped in a traditional Benelli steel trellis frame is the all new twin-cylinder four- stroke liquid-cooled 500cc, developed by Benelli for its latest new models, with electronic injection, overhead double camshaft timing system, 4 valves per cylinder. The maximum power is 35 kW at 8500 rpm and the torque is of 45 Nm at 4500 rpm.DSK Benelli TRK 502Dimensions:The Benelli TRK 502 comes with a wheelbase of 1525 mm and measures 2170 mm in length, 912 mm in width, 825mm in height along with a ground clearance of 190mm.Competition:The Benelli TRK 302 will rival against the likes of Royal Enfield Himalayan and the upcoming KTM 390 Adventure.KTM 390 AdventureAt the launch of the 2017 KTM 390 Duke, Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto said that the company will be launching the KTM 390 Adventure very soon in India. While the new 390 Adventure is said to be a Made-in-India product, the adventure motorcycle was recently spotted testing in Europe. KTM will most likely manufacture the components for 390 Adventure from Bajaj’s Pune plant, while the rest will come from the Austria facility.Engine:At the heart of the KTM 390 Adventure will be the same 373.2cc, 1-cylinder, 4-stroke liquid cooled engine from the Duke 390, which can churn out 43.5PS of peak power and peak torque of 37 Nm, mated to a six-speed transmission. The bike will also be BS-IV compliant.KTM 390 AdventureFeatures:The new KTM 390 Adventure will come loaded with features like LED DRL, LED headlight, LED taillight, Colour TFT instrument panel and KTM MY RIDE for smartphone tethering.Competition:At the moment, the KTM 390 Adventure has competition only from Royal Enfield Himalayan, but BMW Motorrad will soon launch new adventure motorcycles in India.TVS Apache RR 310S We had earlier reported that TVS rechristened Akula 310 as the Apache RR 310S. Showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, the Apache RR 310S is the most anticipated product from TVS, as the bike has been spotted several times on Indian roads. The new Apache RR 310S is based on the upcoming BMW G310R.Engine:The TVS Apache RR 310S will be company’s top product in the line-up, with the upcoming bike to get a 313cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine producing peak power of 34bhp and peak torque of 28Nm, mated to a six-speed gearbox.TVS Apache RR 310SCompetition:The TVS Apache RR 310S will rival the KTM RC 390 and the upcoming Benelli Tornado 302R in the market.Price:We expect the upcoming TVS Apache RR 310S to come for a price of Rs 2 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 3 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Triumph Street Triple 765Triumph recently unveiled their entire Street Triple range and will soon make its way to the Indian shores. While the Street Triple 765 comes with 3 variants, the one coming to India is the S variant. Moreover, we recently reported that the company has commenced with the bookings for Street Triple 765 in India for an initial token amount of Rs 1 lakh.advertisementEngine:The new Street Triple comes with a 765cc, Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder engine that churns out 111.5bhp of total power and 73Nm @ 9100rpm of total torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox.Triumph Street Triple 765Competition:The 2017 Triumph Street Triple will rival the Honda CBR 650F, Kawasaki Z800, Ducati Scrambler and DSK Benelli TNT 899 in India.Price:We expect the 2017 Triumph Street Triple to come for a price of Rs 9.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 12.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0Yamaha unveiled the 2017 version of the YZF-R15 V3.0 last year in Indonesia in the presence of Yamaha MotoGP racer Maverick Vinales. With initial bookings for the YZF-R15 V3.0 now on, Yamaha will most likely launch the new bike in India sometime by August.Engine:The all new R15 comes with a 155.1cc, liquid cooled 4-stroke, SOHC engine that churns out maximum power output of 19BHP and 14.7 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed transmission that aids a wet multi-plate clutch.Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0Features:The new R15 comes loaded with features like fully digital speedometer display which include shift timing light that will alert the rider to switch the gear positioning.Price:We expect the 2017 YZF-R15 V3.0 to come with a price tag of Rs 1.2 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 1.4 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).last_img read more

‘Staying strong is the only way forward’

first_imgShoes are a girl’s best friend they say, but for 23-year-old Gurveen Kaur-who has been suffering from a rare autoimmune disease since the age of 12- shoes are her only creative outlet. Hailing from Panchkula, her brand Inara Shoes has found a place on websites such as Koovs and Ajio,Shoes are a girl’s best friend they say, but for 23-year-old Gurveen Kaur-who has been suffering from a rare autoimmune disease since the age of 12- shoes are her only creative outlet. Hailing from Panchkula, her brand Inara Shoes has found a place on websites such as Koovs and Ajio and has sold over 10,000 pairs in the last two years. She has had no formal design training; all her knowledge comes from working in her father’s shoe export factory. She says, “Inara is part of me, my vision drives it.” She talks to us about making it big in the face of adversity.Tell us about your journey?I started experimenting with art and sketching when I was in second year of college pursuing Mass communication from Chitkara University. I learnt how to make shoes while handling the sports section in my father’s factory and ventured out to start my label. I do everything from designing to branding and I have a manufacturing team which makes the shoes. My first collection was sold out within a month of being launched.What were the struggles you faced while establishing Inara?I have had an autoimmune disease since I was 12 years old. My immune system cannot differentiate between good and bad cells and ends up attacking my body. So there are days when I cannot work because my health doesn’t permit it. This is why I choose to work from home at times. I keep pushing myself because my work demands a lot of travelling. However, when I am unable to, my family steps in. My family and friends have been very supportive of me and instrumental in promoting my business.advertisementTell us about your design inspiration?When I started working in my father’s factory, I realised that when it comes to shoes, quality is of utmost importance. My pieces are influenced by European fashion; I mostly design closed shoes such as brogues, oxfords, derbies and flatforms (her signature footwear). Open shoes dominate the Indian market but I feel that for the Indian climate, closed shoes are a better alternative. Synthetic shoes do not allow the feet to breathe, hence I work mostly with leather as it suits our weather.Future plans for your company?I am taking online master classes from shoe designers and makers all over the world to enhance my shoe designing knowledge and learn different shoe styles. I am also looking to scale up my bootstrap initiative and plan to open my own online store.last_img read more

iPhone 8 may launch on September 12, new 512GB variant could be introduced this year

first_imgSeptember 12: That is the date when Apple may introduce the iPhone 8, along with the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. This is according to a report by Mac4Ever, which predicts that iPhone 8,  iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus would be launching on September 12 and that the three phones will go on sale from September 22, just a little over a week after the launch. Although these dates pertain to the market in the US because in India chances are that the iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7s Plus will only arrive in October.Of the three phones, the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus are supposed to be the regular updates to the iPhone 7 and the iPhoen 7 Plus. The iPhone 8, meanwhile, is said to be special version of iPhone that Apple is preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. It will be very expensive — rumours hint at a price of above $1200 — and will have a radically new design.     September 15 launch, September 22 for shipmentWe suggest you to take this news with a pinch of salt as nothing is confirmed yet and these are only speculations. However the dates do seem to make a lot of sense given the fact that Apple may target the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with these dates. The Note 8 is expected to go on sale around mid September. So it can be little worrying for Note 8 if the iPhone 8 actually starts shipping from September 22 as the Note 8 shipment starts from September 15 and it could affect the decision of potential Note 8 buyers. advertisementAlso Read: iPhone 8 face recognition to unlock phone in a millionth of a secondTo recall, the iPhone 7 was launched on September 7 and shipment began from September 16.512GB storage variant of iPhone 8A separate leak from Chinese leaker GeekBar suggests that the iPhone 8 is tipped to come in a new 512GB storage variant. Through past rumours we already know that Apple could launch a 64GB and 256GB variant of the iPhone 8. Furthermore, the tipster hints that this year iPhone’s flash storage could be varied. The 64GB and 256GB could have Toshiba and Sandisk’s flash while the 512GB could house chips from Samsung and Hynix.OLED display, bezel less designThe iPhone 8 will sport an OLED display and bezel less design. This has been rumoured for long. A new leak from a Weibo user has also hinted on the same. The leak hints at a bezel less display. But not only this, the leaked image also shows off a digitizer and a connecting cable in the iPhone 8. When looked closer at the top, you can see three round cut outs which possibly could be for the proximity sensor, a front camera and an iris scanner.  As rumoured before, the leak shows no signs of home button and an additional piece could be seen at the back of the device. It is unclear what is it.Powerful Face IDA recent report from Korean Herald has also hinted that the iPhone 8 could come with a powerful face recognition feature which can unlock the device in millionth of second. This means that the iPhone 8 could ditch the fingerprint sensor and instead come with a face recognition feature. 3D sensor that can mute notificationsA separate rumours predicts that the iPhone 8 could come with a 3D sensor which can also mute notifications by simply looking at the display. If this report is to be believed then there are chances that Apple could ditch its traditional physical mute button.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United set for biggest test yet

first_imgJose Mourinho’s unbeaten Manchester United face the biggest test yet of their title credentials when they visit Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday — a fixture that always has a little extra spice.United are second in the Premier League, level on 19 points with neighbours Manchester City, but so far Mourinho’s side have yet to face any of last season’s top five.Six wins from their opening seven games, with 21 goals scored and only two conceded, have raised expectations at Old Trafford, but the coming weeks should give a stronger indication of just how ready United are for a real push for the title.Ready for the return of the #PL?Here are your Matchweek 8?? essentials to get you prepared ?? pic.twitter.com/Jy26NcSW4T- Premier League (@premierleague) October 11, 2017Spurs visit Old Trafford on Oct. 28 and then a week later United travel to Stamford Bridge to take on defending champions Chelsea, Mourinho’s former club.The North West derby has always had an extra edge and even though the lack of local players for both clubs could take away some of the needle from the game, the passion from the stands continues to create a special atmosphere.”Anfield away is the ultimate test, mentally and physically with the intensity,” former United captain Gary Neville told Sky Sports.”There’s obviously less home grown talent but the atmosphere will be brilliant and it is a game which you dare not lose as a player.”Particular focus will be on United’s 75 million pounds ($98 million) Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who has been in prolific form, scoring in 12 of his last 13 games for club and country.advertisementThe powerful forward joined United from Everton during the close-season and has been an instant success – but there are still some who question whether he can be just as effective against better opponents.While Lukaku – and United – will want to prove that they are the real deal, Liverpool badly need to kick-start their campaign after a shaky beginning.Juergen Klopp’s side have taken just five points from their last four games, leaving them seven points behind the Manchester clubs.Reuters Photo The exciting attacking talent in the team, despite the loss to injury of Sadio Mane who is out for six weeks with a hamstring injury, should test the United defence that has had a relatively comfortable campaign so far.Former Liverpool striker and manager Kenny Dalglish expects Mourinho to protect his defence with a cautious approach, similar to how they played in last season’s 1-1 draw on Merseyside.”Last year, when United came to Liverpool, Jose Mourinho parked the bus. But it wasn’t just the one bus, I think it was a couple of double deckers he put there,” said Dalglish.”I think United will come and set up quite defensively…”I think Jose will try to make sure the pressure is on Liverpool, but the pressure is on everyone when it comes to a game like that.”last_img read more

Rohit Sharma offers to share husband handbook with Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli wants double hundred guide

first_imgVirat Kohli, who recently tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in an intimate ceremony in Italy, has started responding to wishes from his friends on Twitter. However, the India captain had a special request to make to one of his closest friends.Kohli took a short break from international cricket, leaving Rohit Sharma in charge of India’s limited-overs sides against Sri Lanka. In Kohli’s absence, India went down in Dharamsala but bounced back to win the second ODI in Mohali, thanks to Rohit’s unprecedented third double hundred.For years, Kohli has said Rohit was far more talented than him. Over the last few years, the Mumbai dasher has left no stone unturned to prove his friend right.Rohit had smashed his maiden ODI double hundred against Australia back in 2013 and followed that up with a record-breaking 264 a year later against Sri Lanka.Congratulations you two! @imVkohli , I�??ll share the husband handbook with you. @AnushkaSharma , keep the surname �??�- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 12, 2017On December 13, 2017, Rohit was in business once again, hammering his third double hundred in one-day internationals. Four other batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have one each.Although Kohli has twice as many ODI hundreds as Rohit’s 16, there has been very little to choose between the two since 2015.Haha thanks Rohit, and please do share the Double Hundred Handbook as well. �???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 19, 2017The duo is joint-second in the list of most hundreds since 2015 with 11 each, just one behind Australian opener David Warner.Rohit however, has taken just 47 matches to score 11 tons while Kohli has done it in 56 ODIs. During the same period of time Rohit has amassed 2665 runs at an average of 63.45 with 11 half-centuries while Kohli, having played 9 more ODIs than Rohit, has scored 2822 at 64.13 with 12 fifties.advertisement”This year, he’s scored as many hundreds as Virat Kohli. We keep talking about Virat Kohli and how great he is in one day cricket but look at Rohit. He is no way behind, 11 hundreds in 50 odd innings (since 2015).”I have always said that he’s a terrific batsman and a match-winner. Hopefully he can transform his renewed hunger for runs, his renewed ability to convert hundreds into double hundreds in the next 10 months. The shots he played was absolutely breathtaking,” Sourav Ganguly had told India Today last week.Kohli, of course, knows the art of scoring double hundreds pretty well. He has six in two years – three each in 2016 and 2017. During India’s previous season, he became the first man to score double hundreds in four successive Test series.last_img read more

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez fires Arseanl to 3-2 win over Crystal Palace

first_imgForward Alexis Sanchez roared back to form as he netted a brace to power Arsenal to a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace that leaves the Gunners tied on points with Tottenham Hotspur.Sanchez has long been of interest to league leader Manchester City, and his tenure at Arsenal is set to come under renewed speculation ahead of the impending January transfer window.”Nobody knows what will happen. It’s difficult to speculate,” Arsenal manager Wenger said.”We are focused on short-term, that means the next game with the players committed and ready to fight. It’s not a guarantee of how long you stay somewhere. As long as you are somewhere, you give your best.”They are questioned, always, when people don’t have long contracts. The best way to show they are committed is to give that kind of performance.”Sanchez’s double made it an easy looking evening for Arsenal after Palace’s Andros Townsend initially cancelled out Shkodran Mustafi’s opener.The Gunners remained sixth and one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.Crystal Palace had been undefeated in its last eight games and, though it next hosts City on Sunday, it again demonstrated it can survive by often resisting Arsenal. Palace remained one point off the drop zone.Arsenal was off the mark first when Alexandre Lacazette’s shot forced goalkeeper Julian Speroni into a save that reached only the unmarked Mustafi, who tapped in with ease.The equalizer began on the left wing four minutes into the second half; Wilfried Zaha used his footwork to cross towards Townsend, who under little pressure finished first-time into the bottom left corner beyond the diving Petr Cech.advertisementArsenal required time to recover from the setback, and it was only after a lethargic clearance from Christian Benteke after the hour mark that the Gunners were gifted the chance they needed. When Benteke half-heartedly cleared a corner to Calum Chambers, the defender returned possession to the Palace box and watched as Lacazette and Sanchez combined to create space for the latter to strike into the bottom left corner.Despite leading, Arsenal’s form this season meant only another goal would make victory look likely, and its fans had to wait only four more minutes.With a brilliant chipped-pass from inside his own half, Jack Wilshere – often peripheral this season – sent Sanchez into space in the Palace area and, after he impressively controlled, the Chilean routinely poked beyond Speroni.Crystal Palace’s pressure and obvious ambition produced a goal in the 89th minute when, after a corner, Townsend crossed to James Tomkins who, under too little pressure at the back post, headed in. It made for a nervy finish and Arsenal hung on.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Sinha asks Tata Steel to innovate with drones for urban issues

first_imgJamshedpur, Jan 9 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha today urged Tata Steel and its associate companies to make use of drones to solve urban problems.Addressing a gathering as the chief guest in the City Data For India Conclave 2018 – Smart City Initiatives organized jointly by Tata Steel, Tata Trust, Jusco and CII at JRD Tata sports complex here, Sinha said drones are the next big thing as its applications are extraordinary.Drones have varied applications in delivery, transportation, security/surveillance, he said and added that Tata Steel should work on it and develop it as a future industry like it did while setting up the steel plant here.”Drone technology can be utilized to solve many problems and Tata Steel should work on it and start implementing it from their home town here before following it up in other parts of the state and country,” Sinha said.Referring to the steep fall in air fare, which was as low as the fare of an autorickshaw per kilometer, Sinha said cost of air ticket from Ranchi to Delhi, or Delhi to Mumbai is almost equal to the fare of an autorickshaw at Rs 4-5 per km.Sinha said Tata Steel and Tata Motors have efficient management structure and efficient engineers and asked them to figure out whether E-rickshaw with drone technology can be operated in an urban environment.Sinha assured that the government was ready to partner with the Tatas in this regard.Later, addressing a press conference, he said the government was preparing a draft on drone regulation.advertisementHailing the tremendous work done by Tata Steel in addressing urban problems in Jamshedpur, Sinha said the company did exemplary work in improving traffic system and solid waste management, among others. PTI BS JMlast_img read more

India in South Africa: Sad we lost in Cape Town but important to stay positive, says Shikhar Dhawan

first_imgIndia high on their dominating show on home soil, succumbed to rigours of South African conditions in the first Test at Newlands in Cape Town. Virat Kohli & Co. saw a window of opportunity but Vernon Philander shut down of any hopes of a win, as the hosts schooled the visitors by 72 runs.India were bundled out for 135 in their second innings while chasing 208, something skipper Virat Kohli did not take lightly. “The mindset matters when you’re travelling away from home on pitches which challenge you. Need to be positive in defence and when you’re leaving also. You need to grab scoring opportunities,” he said at the post-match presentation.Shikhar Dhawan, who managed 16 in both innings (from 13 balls and 20 balls respectively), is already looking forward to next match. He took to Twitter to post a message on what his approach will be for the second Test in Centurion.WATCH”It’s sad we lost the game! But it is important we stay positive and confident as a team. Looking forward to the next game,” he posted.It’s sad we lost the game! But it is important we stay positive and confident as a team.. looking forward to the next game�??? pic.twitter.com/92t7Jiinuq- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) January 9, 2018And that was not all, India captain Virat Kohli and middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara have slipped in the latest ICC Test rankings. Kohli, who scored 5 and 28 in the match which was dominated by the pace bowlers from both sides, fell one place to No.3 while Pujara’s 26 and 4 saw him slip two places down to No.5. Dhawan on the other hand, has slipped three places to 33.advertisementIndia blew their chance in Cape Town and the challenge is going to be only stiffer up in Centurion for the second Test and Johannesburg for the third Test. South Africa won’t have Dale Steyn in their ranks but they have enough firepower to go with Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. In fact, they might even contemplate adding an extra batsman to the line-up after the way India’s pacers bowled this week.”India will play five bowlers because the problem is not with your fifth bowler batting option. The problem is with your top and middle order batting options. Hardik Pandya played magnificently despite the fact that he went to South Africa without much of match practice. You cannot go in a Test match without a spinner so that chapter closes. Ravichandran Ashwin also got you 30 runs with the bat. The problem is not fast bowling, the problem is not Hardik Pandya, the problem is not Ashwin. The problem is your top-order batsmen,” Ganguly told India Today.last_img read more

Cowboys rally past Lions 24-20 for win in their first playoff game in 5 years

first_imgIn their first playoff game in five years, the Dallas Cowboys needed a rally and some clutch plays.They got them in beating the Detroit Lions 24-20 Sunday in an NFC wild-card game — along with a key reversal on a pass interference penalty.Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Terrance Williams, the second for 8 yards for the winning points with 2:32 to go. That brought the Cowboys (12-5) back from a 14-point deficit.“You just have to stay in the moment and understand the game,” Romo said. “It doesn’t end after the first quarter, second quarter. There’s a long way to go and it wasn’t going well, but usually things dissipate a little bit; it’s not quite as crazy as it is early. You just have to keep calm. I’ve played enough games to understand that.”Next is a trip to Green Bay, their first visit there in the postseason since the Ice Bowl loss to the Packers in 1967.The Lions (11-6) went 99 yards for one of two first-quarter touchdowns. They had the ball and a three-point lead in the final period when officials reversed without an explanation a pass interference penalty against Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens.That led to a fourth-and-1 and Detroit punted. But Sam Martin’s kick went only 10 yards, and Dallas headed the other way to the decisive TD.Indianapolis beat Cincinnati 26-10 in Sunday’s other game. The Colts head to Denver next Sunday.On Saturday, Baltimore beat Pittsburgh 30-17 and will play at New England next Saturday. In the first game of the weekend, Carolina downed Arizona 27-16 and will head to Seattle for a meeting next Saturday night with the defending Super Bowl champions.Colts 26, Bengals 10With the Bengals as their opposition, the Colts didn’t need to be great. It’s the playoffs, after all, and Cincinnati simply doesn’t win in the postseason.Andrew Luck threw for 376 yards and one touchdown, Daniel “Boom” Herron ran for another score, and Indianapolis dominated the second half. The Colts made a fair share of mistakes, but nothing like the Bengals (10-6-1), who became the first team in NFL history to lose four consecutive opening-round playoff games.They also are 0-6 in the postseason under coach Marvin Lewis, 0-4 with Andy Dalton at quarterback.“In the big moments, the guys that are our big guys have to make the plays,” veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “You see it every week. You look at the teams that win, their top guys make the plays that get them where they’ve got to go. It’ll be no different here. When we get in those situations, our big players have to make huge plays.”When the Colts (12-5) head to AFC West winner Denver (12-4), Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gets another shot at his former team and the QB who replaced him.“On to next week,” Luck said. “It’s the playoffs. There’s a difference. You’ve got to move on; you’ve got to keep that journey alive.”All-Pro Adam Vinatieri made four field goals for AFC South champ Indianapolis.SATURDAYRavens 30, Steelers 17Joe Flacco continued his impressive postseason performances, throwing for two second-half touchdowns to beat the Ravens’ bitter AFC North rival. The Ravens (11-6) won in Pittsburgh for the first time in the postseason; Pittsburgh had been 9-0 in third games of a season against the same opponent.The Ravens are 7-4 on the road in the postseason since John Harbaugh took over as coach in 2008 and Flacco was drafted.“We’ve been on the road a lot in the playoffs,” Harbaugh said. “Maybe that’s it.”Now, it’s on to New England (12-4).“Bring ’em on,” linebacker Pernell McPhee said. “We’re going to work hard in practice this coming week and go up there and play our best game. We’re going to play Ravens football. And with a great game plan, I know we’ll be ready for anything.”Panthers 27, Cardinals 16Just the second team with a losing record to win a division title, the Panthers (8-8-1) took their fifth straight game by ending Arizona’s season. It was Carolina’s first playoff win in nine years.The defense held the Cardinals (11-6) and third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley to 78 yards, the fewest in NFL playoff history.“We know who we are — menacing, stifling and we are going to get after you,” cornerback Josh Norman said. “We know when there is blood in the water and when there is, our sharks are going to eat.”They might not find such a meaty opponent next week when the AFC South champs travel to Seattle.BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rangers Top Pens, Take 2-1 Series Lead

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots and the New York Rangers regained control of their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2-1 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night.Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider scored for New York, which dominated for two periods then held on late to take a 2-1 series lead.Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh.Patric Hornqvist scored his third career playoff goal for the Penguins, but Pittsburgh couldn’t overcome another slow start. Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves, but the Penguins couldn’t back up their strong play in Game 2.The Rangers led the NHL in road wins during the regular season and shut down Pittsburgh stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to reclaim home-ice advantage.Pittsburgh’s performance on Saturday night seemed like a reminder of more promising springs.Crosby scored twice to end a lengthy drought. And the Penguins looked — for the better part of three periods anyway — more like the powerhouse that has dominated the regular season in recent years, not the erratic, injury-riddled enigma it has been for most of the past five months.The Penguins believed it was a revival, not a last hurrah. It didn’t look that way, however, as the Rangers spent 60 minutes showing why they were so effective away from Madison Square Garden this season.New York choked off passing lanes, clamped down on Crosby and Malkin and never let Pittsburgh get anything resembling offensive flow.The Rangers overwhelmed the Penguins in the opening minutes and Hagelin gave New York a 1-0 lead at 8:43 following a sloppy line change by the Penguins and a brilliant lead pass from Keith Yandle that split the Pittsburgh defense and let Hagelin break in alone on Fleury.The slap shot from between the circles went between Fleury’s legs as the Rangers did their best to silence a surprisingly raucous crowd at Consol Energy Center.Not that the Penguins did much to generate any sort of enthusiasm.Pittsburgh needed 15 minutes to record its first shot, a harmless flip from behind the blue line by defenseman Ben Lovejoy.It drew a sarcastic roar but also seemed to shake the Penguins to life. Crosby hit the post with a one-timer following a pretty backhanded drop pass by Hornqvist, one of the few highlights of a choppy and chippy 20 minutes that looked more like a pickup game at the local rink than high-level late-season hockey.It’s a style the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Rangers can adapt to easily, one the Penguins are still trying to master.Given an opportunity to put all of the pressure on New York, instead the Penguins reverted to their uneven form that saw them limp to their ninth straight postseason berth.Kreider doubled New York’s lead 11:07 into the second period when a Marc Staal shot from the point deflected off the end boards and right to Kreider on the doorstep of the net.The goal came seconds after the Rangers appeared to get away with hooking Pittsburgh’s Maxim Lapierre while the fourth-line center was on the penalty kill.There was no call and when the Rangers made it back to the Penguins’ zone, Kreider darted to the net and swatted the puck out of the air and by Fleury.Hornqvist prevented Lundqvist from earning his 10th playoff shutout by pounding a rebound into the New York net with 6:48 remaining but the Penguins — who never won a game while trailing after two periods all season — couldn’t make it all the way back.NOTES: The Rangers are 4-1 in their past five series that were tied after two games. … New York, which led the NHL in first-period goals during the season, has outscored Pittsburgh 4-0 in the opening period. … Pittsburgh’s scratches included F Beau Bennett, who sat in favor of Scott Wilson. Wilson was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL last week.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Portugal’s Silva Olympiacos Coach

first_imgPIRAEUS – With its owner facing corruption charges, Olympiacos named Former Sporting Lisbon boss Marco Silva its new head coach.No details about the contract given the 37-year-old were revealed. Silva is regarded as one of the best coaches in soccer-mad Portugal where he took his team to the national title last year.He replaces countryman Vitor Pereira, who lasted just six months before being dumped by owner Vangelis Marinakis, who allegedly was banned from soccer in June during a probe into wrongdoing allegations but he’s stillk largely in charge after being released on bail. He’s been in similar trouble before but nothing happened.The 46-year-old Pereira led Olympiacos to a Greek league and cup double but was fired because he was talking to the Scottish team the Rangers about taking that job.Olympiacos won its 42nd Greek league title and fifth in a row in April before clinching the Greek Cup for the 27th time when it beat Skoda Xanthi 3-1 in the final.Greek soccer has been charged with being a cesspool of corruption, with fixed matches, bribes, and players, owners, referees and other associated with the game said to be taking money.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nationals Catch The Mets, 4-3

first_imgWASHINGTON — New York Manager Terry Collins said the stakes were high enough that he should’ve turned to closer Jeurys Familia before the ninth inning.Instead, with Familia warming up, reliever Bobby Parnell allowed a two-out, two-run single to Michael Taylor and an RBI double to Danny Espinosa as the Mets blew a three-run lead in a 4-3 loss to the NL East-leading Washington Nationals.“That’s on me,” said Collins, who thought his closer wasn’t quite ready. “I could’ve let Jeurys get looser. I could’ve delayed the game a little bit.”Instead of pulling to within a game of the Nationals, the Mets fell three off the division pace after dropping two of three in the series. “It’s a huge loss — it’s a big loss for us,” Collins said.After Ian Desmond walked and Matt den Dekker singled with one out, pinch-hitter Tyler Moore lined out to left.With the tying run on first, Collins elected to have Parnell pitch to Taylor. The equation changed, though, when Parnell (1-1) buried a pitch in the dirt that allowed the runners to move up to second and third, putting the tying run in scoring position.It was at that point, Collins said, he wished he’d done things differently.“You can always send the catcher out and do some other things,” Collins said. “That’s my fault. (Parnell’s) just been pitching so good, I had all the confidence in the world he’d get out of it.”Taylor then ripped a full-count fastball to left to tie it, stole second base, and came around on Espinosa’s double to deep left.Parnell had previously allowed only one earned run in 13 appearances since rejoining the Mets in June following Tommy John surgery.“It’s just poor timing for a bad day on my part,” said Parnell, whose ERA jumped nearly two full points to 2.70. “These guys did everything they were supposed to. I just didn’t do my part. It was totally on me.”Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run double and Kevin Plawecki an RBI single in the fourth to give the Mets a 3-0 lead against Jordan Zimmermann, who allowed seven hits in seven innings.Taylor also singled in the Nationals’ first run in the fourth off rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who escaped further damaged but allowed five hits and five walks in five innings.“Five walks can’t really happen in the big leagues,” Syndergaard said. “I really had to battle out there, I really couldn’t get comfortable.”Desmond had two hits and two walks, and den Dekker walked three times in addition to his single. Drew Storen struck out the side for his 29th save.Matt Thornton (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win.(IAN QUILLEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more