Wipro, TCS Slip

first_imgThe financial meltdown and a volatile currency markets has hit some of India’s largest outsourcing companies.Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., reported profits of $256 million in the third quarter on revenues of $1.41 billion. But the company lost $52.5 million from foreign exchange hedges. Wipro’ reported net profit for the quarter of $177 million on $1.38 billion in revenues.    Related Itemslast_img

Will Try My Best to Win Gold: Amit Panghal After Scripting History at World Boxing Championships

first_imgEkaterinburg: Amit Panghal is aiming for gold as he became the first Indian man to reach the final at World Boxing Championships. Panghal defeated Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibissonov 3-2 to give himself a shot at the gold medal in 52kg category.Panghal will next be up against Rio Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov in the final on Saturday. “My bout was very good. I had to put more effort than I thought I would have to before coming on.”I want to thank all the Indians and my fellow boxers for their support as this is a huge achievement for Indian boxing. I will try my best to win a gold medal for the country,” Panghal said after the match.Panghal was a quarter-finalist at the world championship on debut in 2017. He then went on to win consecutive gold medals at the prestigious Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria, before becoming the Asian Games champion in 2018.This year, he already has the Asian Championships gold to his credit after moving to the 52kg category following the dropping of 49kg from the Olympic roster to accommodate more women’s divisions in the 2020 Tokyo Games.While Panghal advanced to the final, Manish Kaushik lost his 63kg category semi-final 0-5 to reigning world champion Andy Cruz Gomez of Cuba and settled for bronze.Kaushik joined the likes of Vijender Singh (2009), Vikas Krishan (2011), Shiva Thapa (2015) and Gaurav Bidhuri (2017), all of whom had won World Championships bronze for India before.”I gave in my full effort but somewhere I lacked something due to which I lost the bout. I will correct those areas of concern and will work hard from here on and will try to win the Olympics gold for the country.”I am happy to have won the bronze medal as well since it is my first World Championships and I played five bouts here, the experience of which will help me further,” Kaushik said post the match. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Amit PanghalboxingManish KaushikWorld Boxing Championships First Published: September 20, 2019, 5:02 PM ISTlast_img read more

Louie Vigil joins Alab Pilipinas on loan from San Miguel

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue The 6-foot-3 Vigil, who is hardly used as a member of the stacked Beermen in the PBA, is just on loan to bolster Alab’s new-look roster, according to Alab team owner Charlie Dy.Vigil isn’t the only PBA cager to join Alab’s bid in reclaiming the title.Former pro Aaron Aban also came out of retirement to give the squad a shot in the arm.Aban, known for his defense, toughness and outside shooting, won six championships as a member of TNT.So far, Alab has officially named eight players on its lineup led by returning reinforcement Renaldo Balkman.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Teaming up with Balkman are former NLEX import Adrian Forbes, crack Fil-American point guard Jason Brickman and versatile wing Jeremiah Gray.Also returning for another season are Brandon Rosser and Lawrence Domingo.Alab, which is coming off a disappointing stint last season, opens its campaign against the Mono Vampire on November 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer guard Louie Vigil is the latest new face to parade his wares at Alab Pilipinas in the coming 10th Season of the Asean Basketball League, the team announced on Instagram Wednesday. Jun Manzo making most of his final stretch with UP: ‘I’m giving it my all’ ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Back injury forces Yasir Shah out of Australia tour match

first_imgPakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah has been ruled out of the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI due to a back injury.Yasir hurt his back during a training session at the Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns and is now battling to be fit for the first Test of the three-match series against Australia beginning December 15 at the Gabba.According to the ESPNCricinfo, Yasir is being treated by a doctor in Cairns, and has been advised a few days’ rest.Yasir, who made his debut in October 2014, has quickly developed into Pakistan’s first-choice spinner and has so far missed just one Test, which was against England in Abu Dhabi in October last year due to back spasms.In July, he became the first leg-spinner since Shane Warne to be ranked the No. 1 Test bowler, and also the first Pakistan bowler since Mushtaq Ahmed in December 1996 to achieve the feat.Pakistan will play a three-day tour game against CA XI from December 8.last_img read more

‘Mourinho to blame for Lukaku’s poor form’

first_imgJose Mourinho has been blamed for Romelu Lukaku’s poor Manchester United form.The Belgian striker started the Premier League season brightly with four early goals – but he has not scored for his club since September and was dropped to the bench for the recent games against Everton and Manchester City.Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says his sluggish performances are down to not getting enough recovery time after the summer’s World Cup. 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! And he points to Stamford Bridge chief Maurizio Sarri’s handling of Lukaku’s Belgium team-mate Eden Hazard as the kind of strategy United manager Mourinho should have adopted with his player.“I watched Belgium play Brazil in the quarter-finals and it was clear that Romelu and Eden were giving their absolute all,” he said in  The Times .“I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hazard work so hard in a game.“Fast-forward to the start of the season and he was eased into the Chelsea line-up by Maurizio Sarri, playing 14 minutes in their first game against Huddersfield Town and then 29 minutes against Arsenal.“Sarri realised that Hazard needed a rest so he took him out of the firing line.“The same cannot be said for Jose’s management of Lukaku.”Romelu Lukaku Eden Hazard BelgiumCascarino believes Lukaku, 25, is worn out and that United’s position – they sit eighth, 12 points off leaders City – is, in part, a consequence of the centre-forward’s struggles.“He came on as a substitute in their opening match against Leicester City but then played every minute of their next 12 matches, despite his form wavering and him looking short of fitness,” added Cascarino, who played for Chelsea between 1992 and 1994.“Modern-day players do everything they can to be as fit as possible and, because they work so hard during the week and in matches, injuries become inevitable.“Someone has to step in and protect players when they are with their clubs, the manager or the medical team.“It is no surprise that the three unbeaten teams this season are ones at which the managers are juggling their squads.“Sarri has used Hazard wisely, Pep Guardiola has rotated his Manchester City midfield to keep them fresh and, at Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum have been outstanding.”last_img read more

Pakistan soak in Champions Trophy glory but what next for the mercurial side?

first_imgWhen the Champions Trophy tournament began on June 1, everybody had their set of favourites which usually comprised of teams like England, India, Australia and South Africa. Most of the cricket pundits and fans were backing the big four teams to battle it out in the semi-finals.Nobody gave Pakistan a chance of making it to the last-four let alone win the tournament. And Pakistan gave no reason for people to believe otherwise after their performance in the first match where they lost to India by a huge margin of 124 runs.That was the lowest point for Pakistan in the tournament and everybody was expecting them to crash out soon as they faced South Africa in the next game. But Sarfraz Ahmed and his boys had other plans. In the span of two weeks the team transformed itself completely and registered four wins on the trot – beating the Proteas, Sri Lanka, joint favourites England and India to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy last Sunday.Pakistan cricket has been on the decline ever since their exit from the 2003 World Cup where they lost to India and the legends in the team – Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammed Yousuf retired in the following years. They have always had talented players in the side from there on and were always labelled as an unpredictable but highly inconsistent side.Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan along with some other senior players in Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq shouldered the responsibility of the side but they were never able to produce results on a consistent basis. They had wins here and there with the 2009 T20 World Cup success being their only ICC trophy since the 1992 World Cup. But the steam somehow died down after that.advertisementBut now all of a sudden in the last two years, Pakistan cricket has stumbled back on its feet and with this Champions Trophy victory the belief and confidence will hopefully return as well.Karachi welcomes @SarfarazA_54, what incredible scenes! Champions return home ??????? #CT17 #AikJeetAur pic.twitter.com/v971el9kcH- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) June 20, 2017For a team, which hasn’t played any international cricket at home since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, to clinch the World No. 1 ranking in Test cricket for a brief period and then to beat four top class teams and clinch the Champions Trophy is an astonishing effort.DECLINE POST IMRAN KHAN ERALegendary all-rounder Imran Khan is the man solely responsible for bringing Pakistan cricket back on its feet during the 1980s and early 1990s. Imran’s leadership and guidance saw Pakistan clinch the 1992 World Cup and become a dangerous side from there onwards.Imran retired soon after bringing the World Cup back home and gave Pakistan some future legends like Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam, Saleem Malik and Mushtaq Ahmed. Other greats like Saeed Anwar, Mohammed Yousuf, Younis Khan, Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi also came along and for the next 7-8 years they became a dominant force in world cricket.This is also the time when Pakistan gained a healthy lead in head-to-head encounters with arch-rivals India, who were struggling to cope up. Pakistan started to dish out consistent performances, won matches both at home and abroad in ODIs as well as in Test cricket.Veterans Wasim and Waqar provided the required guidance and direction to the team for as long as they could but their retirements began the decline for Pakistan yet again.RESURGENCE UNDER MISBAH-UL-HAQPakistan gave opportunities to a number of senior players to lead the team after Inzamam’s successful tenure came to an end while its cricket board also saw regular changes at the top which made matters worse for the team. Younis, Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf all tried their hands at captaining the side with Younis leading the team to the 2009 World T20 triumph.But Pakistan were still in need of a leader who could inspire the team as well as Imran did. Misbah-ul-Haq then took over and proved to be the leader the team was looking for a very long time.It took some time but Pakistan managed to get back up on its feet with Misbah at the helm. Consistency still eluded the team but they regained the threatening factor which has always been associated with Pakistan cricket.PAKISTAN’S RISE DESPITE LACK OF CRICKET ON HOME SOILMisbah’s team shifted base to the UAE after the ICC ruled out any international cricket in Pakistan following the terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009. Since then they have made the Sheikh Zyed stadium in Abu Dhabi their home ground along with the Sharjah cricket stadium.advertisementWhat an amazing welcome u deserve it @SarfarazA_54 pic.twitter.com/wSbBvng9Gp- Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) June 20, 2017Despite their terrific record in the UAE were they have defeated most of the international teams in all forms of the game, Pakistan still miss the experience of playing on home soil and in front of packed stands. India’s refusal to play against Pakistan and in the UAE has also worked against the Men in Green who’s dismal record against its arch-rivals in ICC tournaments continued.Poor infrastructure, dismal state of domestic cricket and lack of support from the board have been the major reasons behind the decline in Pakistan cricket but Misbah and his team still managed to reach great heights against all odds.THE ROAD AHEAD UNDER SARFRAZ(Reuters Photo)More than the Champions Trophy triumph, Pakistan must be happy with the way its team has shaped up in the last two weeks. This tournament was the real test for Sarfraz as captain and for young players in the team like Fakhar Zaman, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan and the likes who were playing on the big stage for the first time.Pakistan #CT17 heroes given rousing welcome at Lahore Airport #AikJeetAur ??????? pic.twitter.com/c5GfGvyTCd- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) June 19, 2017Sarfraz as a captain completely changed after the first loss against India and the way his team responded match after match since then took everybody by surprise. We have not seen Pakistani players this charged up and hungry to win for a very long time now.Fakhar and Hassan especially were a revelation for Pakistan and nightmares for other teams who were playing against these two for the first time. Nobody could figure out a way to stop them. Imad and Shadab also improved along the way and gained confidence with each passing match.Pakistan saved its best performance for the last and hammered India in the final with Mohammed Amir proving his worth as a world class fast bowler and the one to watch out for in the coming years.Goosebumps!!!!! Love the reaction of crowd when they saw first glimpse of @SarfarazA_54 with ??? in his balcony pic.twitter.com/E74Q8Xvtil- Nabeel Hashmi (@HashmeNabeel) June 20, 2017But the biggest question now is – can Pakistan maintain their winning run and consistently churn out performances like these in the coming months?They have ticked all the right boxes from this tournament and have a young captain in Sarfraz who looks to be the best bet for the 2019 World Cup as well. But can the youngsters in the team keep up with the fitness levels required at the international level and deliver on a consistent basis till the next big ICC event?If they do then it will be great news for world cricket and for India-Pakistan cricket as well. After India cut all bilateral ties with Pakistan, the only time we get to enjoy a cricket match involving these two nations is at ICC events where India have been beating Pakistan consistently for more than a decade now.advertisementSince the turn of the millennium we have only seen one-sided matches in ICC events with India emerging victorious. The script was becoming monotonous to say the least.But the Champions Trophy win will hopefully change all that in Pakistan and give them more belief. International cricket has been missing a team like this current side under Sarfraz and we can only hope that they continue to entertain like this for a long time to come.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp rubbishes claims of Mohamed Salah needing rest

first_imgLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been in astounding form throughout the 2016-17 Premier League campaign and Juergen Klopp believes that the Egyptian doesn’t need to be rested. His defense, the club are managing his minutes.Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer with 19 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions, and he has missed just one game, the League Cup defeat to Leicester City in September.”He had time out already. In the last international break he did not play for Egypt, he didn’t start at Stoke, we take him off as soon as possible. That’s how it is,” Klopp said to the Liverpool Echo.”I am not sure he played a lot more minutes than other players in our team, but it is true he starts often. It’s because he is in a very, very good moment and it is difficult to think about leaving him out.”He is always a natural fit player. We talk a lot to the medical department and it is really rare that any issues with him.”Salah is currently the leading goal-scorer in the Premier League with 13 goals in 17 games, but Liverpool is placed sixth and travel to Bournemouth later on Sunday.last_img read more

World will miss Chris Gayle’s aura when he finally retires, say West Indies teammates

first_imgWest Indies cricketers paid glowing tributes to retiring Chris Gayle after he drew curtains on his World Cup career, saying world cricket will badly miss the big-hitting opener’s aura when he hangs up his bat later this year.Gayle played the last match of his fifth and final World Cup against Afghanistan here on Thursday. The West Indies legend has decided to end his international career after playing the home series against India next month.Wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope said it will be a sad day for world cricket when Gayle finally calls time on his illustrious international career.”Probably the whole world will miss him when he goes. It’s going to be a sad day for cricket,” Hope told reporters after West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs in their last outing at the World Cup in England and Wales.Asked what he would miss most about Gayle, Hope, who was adjudged player-of-the-match for his 92-ball 77, quipped: “Probably sunglasses. There are too many things you can pick from Chris.”Gayle has amassed 1186 runs at a strike-rate of 90.53 and an average of 35.93 in 34 innings across five World Cups. He also took 16 wickets with his part-time off-spin.Paying glorious tribute to Gayle, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite said he didn’t understand the importance of the legendary opener when he initially came into the team.”I don’t think I really understood the magnitude of what Chris Gayle had done for West Indies cricket when I came into the team,” he said.”It’s one of my regrets over the course of my short West Indies career but being with him a lot more and sharing a dressing room with him in franchise cricket as well, you get to see the aura he has on and off the field.”advertisement”I now really understand what Chris Gayle means, not only for West Indies cricket but for world cricket as well. Whenever he decides to call it quits, world cricket will definitely miss him so from me to Chris, congrats on a fantastic career and congrats on pushing the game of cricket in the way you have.”Also Read | West Indies can follow England’s footsteps to build team for World Cup 2023: Carlos BrathwaiteAlso Read | Ikram Ali Khil breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s 27-year-old World Cup recordAlso Seelast_img read more

Typewriter review: Kids are the real heroes in this mash up of Enid Blyton mysteries, Stranger Things and gory horror

first_imgLiving in Goa, an idyllic place for many to holiday and in some cases retire, has never been this action-packed. There’s a haunted villa. Shady characters with checkered past wander about only to die in the most bloody manner. But what sets Typewriter, Sujoy Ghosh-directed supernatural series for Netflix, apart is that he puts four nosy children at the centre of the mystery, danger and horror.Sameera aka Sam (Aarna Sharma), the sole girl of the diminutive pack, is also its intrepid and enthusiastic leader. She has memorised the book, The Ghost of Sultanpore, and convinces her reluctant friends that school should be avoided so that the ‘Ghost Gang’ can do something more meaningful such as find the aforementioned ghost. Fitting perfectly in Enid Blyton’s adventure series Sam also has a dog, Buddy, helping the gang with the case.Sam is convinced that something’s fishy at Bardez Villa which has new occupants in Jenny (Palomi Ghosh) and her family. Jenny’s return to her childhood house immediately sparks off a rise in body count in Bardez. Inspector Ravi (Purab Kohli) struggles to make sense of these suspicious deaths and Jenny’s connection to them until Sam, also his daughter, intervenes. Listen to your kids, learn from them seems to be Typewriter’s message to parents most of whom struggle with their roles.Ghosh and co-writer Suresh Nair start off well but are soon scrambling as they cram the five episodes with multiple threads and characters, some superfluous and some with logical loopholes. There’s a half-baked 1950s story involving a mother with special powers and the son to whom she passes them on to; Jisshu Sengupta as a substitute maths teacher with low tolerance for humans is wasted; Elli Avram pops up to show that Jenny’s husband has demons in his closet and there’s a Dr Spirit an irritable celebrity ghost hunter.The elaborately decorated, spacious and little lit bhoot bungalow, perfect for the house of horrors like in The Conjuring, doesn’t deliver as many jump scares as one imagined. Instead more time is devoted to have Jenny piece the puzzle that was her family which includes a grandfather (Kanwaljeet Singh) who wrote ghost stories and his obsession with a man named Fakeer (Abhishek Banerjee, suitably scary). Ravi’s own back story seems fascinating but is left underexplored.With the adults up to no good, the charm of Typewriter lies in the children who in a welcomed change are away from gadgets and more eager to be out and about much to the chagrin of their parents. They are hatching plans, perplexing adults with their innocence and courting trouble with their curiosity. The young Sharma does most of the heavy-lifting here and enjoys the responsibility bestowed on her. Meanwhile, the boys, Gablu (Mikail Gandhi) Bunty (Palash Kamble) and Nick (Aaryansh Malviya), are sporting supporting players in less fleshed out parts. When Typewriter loses momentum and runs out of horror tropes, the foreseeable events are worth following only to see the children finish off the adventure.The ending clearly suggests that Ghosh and Nair aren’t done with the Ghost Gang yet. If they can turn up with more stranger, scarier and plausible things, then there’s a show that can appease both kids and adults.Also read | Sujoy Ghosh on challenges of writing for Typewriter: I had a hard time in the beginningAlso read | Jisshu Sengupta on his role in Typewriter: My character is a complex one, but he is a good sonlast_img read more

Unregulated Asian betting exchanges a threat to British racing, warns BHA

first_img Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Read more BHA forced to row back on chief executive’s comments on whip use Share on Facebook Share via Email Hide Topics Horse racing Sport betting Horse racing tips Trainers and other industry insiders in Britain are in the habit of regarding Betfair, Betdaq and other exchanges as an integrity threat, because they allow customers to bet directly against one horse. But those businesses are regulated and have long had memoranda of understanding with racing’s regulators, which allow for sharing of information when suspicions arise.Unregulated exchanges pose a much greater threat, outlined to the Guardian by Brant Dunshea, chief regulatory officer at the British Horseracing Authority.“Over the past few years we’ve observed a decrease in the number of issues from the domestically based exchanges in relation to betting-related corruption issues,” Dunshea said. “And during that time we’ve also seen a quite rapid increase in the activity of unregulated betting platforms in south-east Asia and other parts of the world. There is significant activity through these unregulated platforms on our British product.“Largely what we’re seeing is south-east Asia and the subcontinent. Sometimes it’s a little difficult to identify exactly where they’re operating out of. In effect they’re not even being regulated by their own governments. Individuals can’t engage directly with these platforms. They’ve set up a network of agents who are able to facilitate the bets, or aggregate them.“If it’s not regulated, it’s a significant threat. But there’s also the commercial impact. I’m not suggesting every pound is bet in a corrupt way, but just think about the legitimate money from punters seeking better prices; it’s lost to the operators that are making a contribution to the industry.”Dunshea’s fears are a restrained version of those expressed by Martin Purbrick, his opposite number at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, who has warned of a “tsunami of illegal betting” threatening the sport’s viability, with one site said to be turning over $50bn (£39.7bn) a year. The Asian Racing Federation set up a taskforce to explore and eventually tackle the problem, with Purbrick as chairman, and has established a link with law-enforcement bodies in Australia.Officials in Europe are increasingly aware that while the threat originates from the Asia-Pacific region, its reach is global. They discussed the issue at a conference in Paris this autumn. Dunshea added: “The next phase of the taskforce’s work will be to broaden its reach and move beyond Asia-Pacific, looking up to the northern hemisphere.“I’ve indicated that we’re prepared to take a lead up here on it and I’ve expressed an interest in joining the taskforce, potentially working collaboratively with it to build the picture and help develop international policy on how we can address the issues.” Since you’re here… Plumpton 12.25 Brandon Castle 12.55 OK Corral 1.30 Mr Pumblechook 2.00 The Tin Miner 2.35 Seaweed 3.05 Chivers 3.35 Simply LovelehFfos Las 12.40 Urbanist 1.10 Ballybreen 1.45 Carole’s Vigilante (nb) 2.15 Financial Outcome 2.50 The Gipper 3.20 Steel Native (nap) 3.50 Stick With BillWolverhampton 4.15 Agent Gibbs 4.45 Dalileo 5.15 Our Man In Havana 5.45 Burtonwood 6.15 Sandridge Lad 6.45 Kheros 7.15 Anycity 7.45 Red Choiscenter_img Thank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter news Racing’s ruling body is preparing to put its weight behind efforts begun in Asia to deal with the increasing problem posed by unregulated betting exchanges. Huge volumes of money are reckoned to flow through a handful of websites that bet on races around the world, including British meetings, but neither the odds nor sums traded are visible to outsiders and there is no way to establish who is placing the bets, typically staked by agents.Such activity poses a twin danger to the sport. There is the obvious integrity threat that comes with a total lack of transparency. But such sites also undermine the sport’s income, since they make no financial contribution while taking business from bookmakers who have signed up to give a portion of their profits to racing. Quick guide Monday tips Show … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

X-Blades ‘Speed’ Promotion

first_imgTouch Football Australia’s official footwear supplier, X-Blades, has another great deal for the Touch Football community.Pre-order any of the new lightweight Speed range – the Legend Speed, Sniper Speed or Sniper Speed ST before Friday, 20 September for delivery in early October, and you will receive a free Blades gym sack and free delivery. For 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships participants, X-Blades will be at next week’s event, so be sure to check out their fantastic range there and pre-order your new Speed boots!To pre-order your pair of boots from the Speed range, please visit the following website:www.bladesfootball.com.au. X-Blades is also running a ‘design your own boot’ competition in the lead up to the Rugby League World Cup in the UK, with the chance to design your own boot or win tickets to the event. For more information, please watch the video below:Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for more great deals from X-Blades. Related Files14_legend_speed-outstep-jpg14_sniper_speed_st-outstep-jpg14_sniper_speed-outstep-jpgRelated LinksX-Blades Promotionlast_img read more

a month agoVitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse Arnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He stated: “Abramovich is a revolutionary in world football.”All the young players of our time should say thanks to Roman Abramovich, who, by joining football, raised the salary level several times. “Now you will not surprise anyone with huge salaries, but Abramovich started everything.”Abramovich has owned Chelsea since the summer of 2003. last_img read more

Notre Dame Releases “We Can Only Get Better” ICON Highlighting Win Over Syracuse

first_imgNotre Dame player standing in front of the "Play Like A Champion Today" sign.YouTube/WatchNDNotre Dame got a much-needed win on Saturday over Syracuse and the latest ICON video takes us behind the scenes of the back-and-forth contest.It hasn’t been an easy season for Notre Dame football. After a heartbreaking Week 1 loss at Texas and back-to-back losses at home to Michigan State and Duke, the Fighting Irish desperately needed a win against Syracuse on Saturday.Notre Dame got its win, in somewhat wild fashion, and the newest “Irish Connection” video takes us behind the scenes of the Irish getting back on track.As always, you get a look inside the team’s locker room and hear pregame speeches from assistant coaches. There’s also the customary footage of coaches and players on the sidelines.The video is complete with plenty of DeShone Kizer highlights as well. After all, he did have 471 passing yards and three touchdowns leading his team to a 50-33 victory.Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly delivers the message that this team can only get better and they certainly did look better as they got back in the win column.Notre Dame travels to North Carolina State this Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon E.T. and can be seen on ABC.last_img read more

The Africa Twin Adventure Sports Motorcycle Will Redeem All Your Routine Weekends

first_imgPrevious How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Austin King Austin King Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Austin King Austin King Austin King Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Mojito Austin King Austin King Austin King Austin King We’re all living for the weekend, or so the saying goes. Each new week brings the same old routine — work, school, chores, and the like — but also the boundless opportunity of two unstructured days. The weekend is our perpetual carrot — the reason we grind through the mundane.Why, then, do we so carelessly waste it?Our plans are ambitious, sure. We talk of restoring that patina-coated hotrod, building an “epic” tree house for our kids, or training for an Ironman. Taking the first steps is easy; we assemble the materials or draft the diet and exercise plan, but following through is exponentially more taxing. Eventually, after enough setbacks, we move these grandiose projects to the back burner, to be resumed when “life settles down.” Austin King 1 of 11 How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail Next Austin King Austin King Laziness has some part to play (Netflix built its business on our lethargy, after all), but it’s not the reason we let the weekend slip through our fingers. The real culprit is hyperbole. The bigger the project, we think, the bigger the reward. In truth, these impressive goals are more discouraging than gratifying. Perhaps what we need instead are some bite-sized accomplishments.Enter the 2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports. Like the overlanding craze afflicting SUV and truck enthusiasts, adventure bikes are a booming trend among riders. The balance of on-road comfort and off-road capability has attracted those with a wayfaring attitude and budget for just one vehicle/motorcycle. The same bike that commutes through the workweek tears up the dirt every weekend.Like the overlanding craze afflicting SUV and truck enthusiasts, adventure bikes are a booming trend among riders.Following the reintroduction of the Africa Twin nameplate in 2016, Honda issued a series of changes for the bike’s 30th anniversary in 2018. Since our last meeting with the Twin, a 2017 model, Honda has added a throttle-by-wire system, revised instrument cluster, larger airbox, new exhaust, lighter battery, and lighter balance shafts.On top of these tweaks, the all-new Adventure Sports trim beefs up off-road capability with almost an inch of additional suspension travel front and rear, a thicker skid plate, crash bars, a steel luggage rack, a taller, flatter seat, taller handlebars, a taller windscreen, larger fuel tank, and heated hand grips.We don’t have to wait for the weekend to begin enjoying the Africa Twin’s smooth, 998cc, parallel-twin engine and slick-shifting dual-clutch automatic. Now about as refined as automotive DCTs, Honda’s transmission works seamlessly through six speeds, blipping the throttle imperceptibly on downshifts. A three-stage sport mode alters the gearbox’s shift points based on preferred aggression, or riders can switch to manual control via left-hand up/down triggers.Austin KingComfort and visibility are the Twin’s core strengths while battling traffic. Spotting slowdowns, even over SUVs, gives us ample confidence – as do the bike’s triple-disc brakes and standard ABS. The Adventure Sports’ taller handlebars lead to some sore shoulders after long trips, but they prove useful while stand-up riding off-road.When the weekend arrives, we forgo the big plans and opt for a casual ride to some local trails. With a 6.3-gallon tank, we don’t even need to fill up before heading out. At the transition from pavement to dirt, we adjust the bike’s ride mode from Tour to Gravel, turn off the rear wheel’s ABS, hit the “G” button to eliminate clutch slip, and dial down traction control.Busting out like its Friday at 5 p.m., the Africa Twin surges through dirt and gravel.Busting out like its Friday at 5 p.m., the Africa Twin surges through dirt and gravel. Our Adventure Sports tester weighs a portly 556 pounds, but it doesn’t let on even slightly while dancing along tricky terrain. Washed-out ruts are no match for the Twin’s extensive suspension travel and 21-inch front wheel. Kicking over mounded ramps, we’re thankful for the 2018 model’s wider foot pegs, which provide excellent stability on landing.On ultra-slow, rocky paths, we might miss the precise control of a manual, but for all other conditions, the tunable DCT is flawless. A generous portion of low-end torque sorts out unstable sections and heeds playful wags of the rear. It’s easy to become familiar with Honda’s adventure hero, and confidence off-road builds as rapidly as on-road.Half a day. That’s all it takes for the Africa Twin to satisfy your weekend yearnings. In the time it takes to visualize the next big project you’ll never complete, you can suit up, hop on your Honda, find a fire road, and resolve every trace of the week’s tribulation. And don’t worry: you’ll still have time for a Netflix binge.last_img read more

Active Transportation in Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_img The Pathways for People Active Transportation Tour is coming toCape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) to encourage people towalk and wheel around town. The tour promotes the value of activetransportation in improving people’s health and physicalactivity, and the community’s air quality and traffic congestion. “Active transportation is something each of us can do — it’scheap and accessible and a great way to become more physicallyactive each day, to improve our health and our community,” saidHealth Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “This tour isempowering communities to encourage and assist people to dothat.” Two-thirds of Nova Scotians are not active enough to achievehealth benefits. Active transportation — walking, biking orusing other modes of non-motorized travel for trips within thecommunity, can make a difference. The tour will focus on youth and challenge communities toincrease active ways to travel. During May and June the tourvisited Yarmouth, Tusket, Shelburne, Lockeport, Bridgewater,Mahone Bay and Chester. Visits included public forums andmeetings with schools, youth groups and community decisionmakers. Each community received a tool kit of best practiceguides and reference materials. Similar tour stops are planned inother part of the province between September and November. “Active transportation is a great tool for residents who want tomake healthy lifestyle changes,” said CBRM Active TransportationCommittee member Yann Artur, of the Cape Breton Wellness Centre,one of many groups represented on the committee. “There is a lotof potential in CBRM to get people involved in this low-cost formof exercise. We hope it gets them thinking about regularlywalking or biking to the corner store or to work instead ofdriving their cars.” Two public forums will be held in the region. The first will beheld today, Sept. 15, at Miner’s Museum, 17 Museum St., GlaceBay, at 7 p.m. The second forum will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16,at 7 p.m. at Cusack Elementary, 500 Birch Hill Dr., Sydney. Remaining tour stops include Annapolis County, Wolfville,Windsor, Truro, Pictou County and Antigonish. The Pathways for People Active Transportation Tour is part ofActive Community Environments, a component of the Active Kids,Healthy Kids strategy. Active Community Environments will receive$208,000 in funding over three years from the Active Kids,Healthy Kids strategy, the Federal Diabetes Strategy and theClimate Change Action Fund. The Pathways for People ActiveTransportation Tour is a partnership between the Office of HealthPromotion, the Ecology Action Centre and Youth for EnvironmentalAction. For more information and tour dates see the Web site atwww.gov.ns.ca/src/pathways . HEALTH PROMOTION–Active Transportation in Cape Breton RegionalMunicipalitylast_img read more

SBI returns to profit on better asset quality higher margins

first_imgMumbai: Lower provisions and higher interest income helped State Bank return to the black during the first quarter ending June with a net income of Rs 2,312 crore as against a net loss of Rs 4,876 crore a year ago. The largest lender said its provision plunged a full 35 percent to Rs 10,934 crore for the reporting period from Rs 16,849 crore, helping the bottomline. A further boost came from higher net interest income which grew 5.23 percent to Rs 22,939 crore from Rs 21,798 crore. This was on the back of a marginal increase in domestic net interest margin to 3.01 percent from 2.95 percent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOverall asset quality improved massively boosted by a dip in both the gross non-performing loan ratio to 7.53 from 9.95 as well as the net NPA ratio to 3.07 from 4.84 percent. Despite a good numbers, the street did not take the numbers positively, primarily due to higher slippages. The SBI counter lost nearly 3 percent at Rs 308.45 on the BSE after the result announcement against a gain of 0.3 percent gain on the benchmark. “This is the fourth consecutive quarter profitable growth for us. It is building up gradually. If we analyse the numbers, the overhead and staff cost is under control and also there is a decline in the cost-to-income ratio at 2.03 percent, down 52 bps annualized,” chairman Rajnish Kumar told reporters on a concall Friday. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHe said the bank has been focusing on pre-provision operating profit and has been successful so far as operating profit grew 10.60 percent to Rs 13,246 crore. “In the current scenario where credit growth is muted, I think it will be very difficult for us to push up the NIM in a very significant manner. We expect domestic NIM to be at 3.1 percent in FY20,” Kumar said, adding he expects to close the fiscal with a 12 percent growth in loan sales. The provision coverage ratio stood at 79.34 percent. However, the bank could not contain fresh slippages during the quarter which rose to Rs 16,212 crore. Explaining the reason for the same, Kumar said in respect of one account worth Rs 2,000 crore, owned by a Maharatna, which is regular in all respects, but because of a lender who could not implement the resolution plan under the Feb 12 RBI circular, the account became NPA in that bank and therefore others had to classify it as an NPA. “Another reason contributing to higher slippages is the agriculture sector, thanks to the debt waiver announced by Maharashtra where incremental gross slippages rose to Rs 2,000 crore. Also, some accounts from SME segment also slipped into NPAs,” he said. Recovery and upgrades stood at Rs 5,769 crore and the bank expects better days on this as it is hopeful of three NCLT accounts nearing completion—Essar, Bhushan Steel &Power and Alok Industries. “Nearly, Rs 16,000 crore can come from these three accounts,” he said. “Every quarter I am looking towards the sky and the god and asking will we get all those decisions and recover the amount. These are NCLT accounts. Every morning I pray to god….” Kumar said. On the troubles in the auto sector, Kumar said there is no concentration risks in the sector. Managing director PK Gupta chipped in saying “we had taken some action sometime in February and Marchthere have been no increase in our exposure and there have been no increase NPAs. Even SMA accounts are at comfortable levels”. Kumar was quick to add that bank is very supportive of the auto sector. “We are not panicking because in these circumstances it does not help that you squeeze everything. The dealership financing is self-liquidating in nature and if there is some built up in inventory we are open.” The bank has an exposure of Rs 11,500 crore to auto dealers, while total retail auto loan book is Rs 71,000 crore.last_img read more

Nationalism vs Xenophobia Tharoor quotes Tagore on NRC

first_imgNew Delhi: “There is a thin line between nationalism and xenophobia,” Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted, quoting Rabindranath Tagore, ahead of the publication of the final National Register of Citizens that determines the citizenship of lakhs of people in Assam.”There is a thin line between nationalism and xenophobia —besides, hatred of the foreigner could later turn into a hatred of Indians different from oneself” — Rabindranath Tagore. The prescience of a great man!” Shashi Tharoor tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe crucial citizens’ list — which was released on Saturday morning — is intended to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants from the north-eastern state that borders Bangladesh. The Congress on Saturday claimed that many genuine Indian citizens were dropped from the final NRC list irrespective of linguistic and religious lines. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi held discussions with top party leaders on issues related to the NRC, after the updated final list of the register was released on Saturday. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The AICC noted that there was sufficient circumstantial evidence to indicate that the 19,06,659 people, who have been excluded from the final NRC, included many genuine Indian citizens, cutting across linguistic and religious lines,” a party statement said here. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had expressed concern over 19.07 lakh people being left out of the final NRC list and said “People have been rendered homeless in their own country,” senior TMC leader Firhad Hakim said. The CPI(M) said the exclusion of over 19 lakh people from the NRC in Assam had raised fears of legitimate citizens being left out of the document. In a statement, the Politburo of the Left party said it was important now to ensure that all genuine citizens of the country, who had failed to make it to the list, were included. Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday accused the ruling BJP of failing to ensure a free and fair NRC even with the entire administrative machinery at its disposal. He further slammed the saffron party for attempting to “hoodwink” the people following the NRC publication. “I am not happy with the way the NRC has been published with names of genuine Indian citizens left out and foreigners included,” he said. Amnesty International India has appealed to the Assam government to ensure that the Foreigners Tribunals function with utmost transparency. It should function in line with the fair trial standards guaranteed under national and international laws, Akar Patel, Head of Amnesty International India, said in a statement here.last_img read more

War Child Presents BRITs Week Gigs

first_imgWar Child is currently in the middle of a week of incredible gigs in London as part of BRITs week.Among the artists taking part are Biffy Clyde, Walking On Cars, The 1975, Craig David presents TS5, Richard Hawley with special guest Paul Weller, Basement Jaxx, Rag’n’Bone Man, Tinie Tempah, Rick Astley, Anne-Marie, Lianne La Havas, Wild Beasts, Jack Savoretti, WSTRN, Stefflon Don, Avelino, Abra Cadabra, Yxng Bane and Darline.All gigs are raising money to support children whose lives have been devastated by war.For more info, click here.last_img read more

Debbie Allen To Be Honored By The Alliance For Women In Media

first_imgGolden Globe and three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards Gala.The event, hosted by The Real’s Jeannie Mai, will take place on June 6 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced today. Ms. Allen’s daughter, Vivian Nixon, and Grey’s Anatomy co-star, Jesse Williams, who plays the role of her son, will make the presentation. The Gracie Awards will continue in its tradition of honoring outstanding individual achievements and programming by, for and about women in television, radio and interactive media.“Debbie Allen’s vision to follow her passion in the face of adversity mirrors everything we stand for at the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation,” said Sarah Foss, chair of AWMF and Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems, for Imagine Communications. “Her commitment to inspire others to follow their dreams, no matter what society may tell us, is a legacy we want to recognize with our highest honor. Debbie’s inimitable achievements over the last forty years have opened doors for women from all walks of life and we are thrilled to celebrate her achievements at the Gracie Awards.”Ms. Allen’s vast body of work as a choreographer, actress, director and producer has helped shape the entertainment landscape into what it is today. Defining history and shattering barriers for women of color in the media, Allen is known for being the first African-American woman to win a Golden Globe for “Best TV Actress in a Musical Comedy or Series” in 1983 for her role in FAME. Allen’s creative force on and off the screen has influenced legendary acts from the likes of Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Will Smith, Phylicia Rashad, Gregory Peck, Mariah Carey and Queen Latifah, among many others. The multi-faceted entertainer is also known for her producer and directorial work in Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Jane the Virgin and Grey’s Anatomy. In 2001, Allen founded the non-profit Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, where she continues to inspire youth who have a passion for dance and performance technique.“I’m truly honored to receive this recognition and be included among such a glorious group of past and present honorees who have been pioneers for women in media,” said Allen. “This award isn’t just for me. This award is for every woman who’s had the courage to stand up for what she believes in and have her voice heard. Thank you to the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation for continuing to celebrate us and pushing women to be at the forefront of our industry.”The Real’s Jeannie Mai will host the gala, where AWMF will celebrate female luminaries including honorees such as America Ferrera, Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee, Mariska Hargitay and Sandra Bernhardt plus outstanding media and programming including LennyLetter.com, This is Us, Hairspray LIVE! and Call the Midwife.“There is so much depth to this talented woman. As a multi Emmy award nominee and Executive Producer of countless shows, Jeannie is a leader and crusader for women, encouraging them to stay true to themselves,” said Foss. “Jeannie uses her talent to bring good to the world and to inspire millions of young women. We are proud that she will take the stage and lead the evening at this year’s ceremony.”Executive Producer and Television Personality Jeannie Mai has spent the past 11 years doing what she is most passionate about – empowering women to become their most beautiful selves. She is best known as the host of the two-time Emmy nominated daytime talk show series The Real airing every day on Fox, and the twice Emmy nominated television series, How Do I Look. Additionally, she is the executive producer and host of Asia’s current number one makeover series How Do I Look Asia, and the stylish correspondent on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Extra, E News and NBC’s Fashion Star.“I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to host the Gracie Awards and continue spreading the message of female empowerment,” said Mai. “This cause is very near and dear to my heart, especially now that we are living in a time in which female representation in the media is more important than ever.”Gracie Awards Gala tickets are available for purchase at the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s website, allwomeninmedia.org/gracies. National Gracie winners in television, radio and interactive media are recognized at the Gracies Gala in June while top local media, and student winners are recognized at The Gracie Awards Luncheon, June 27, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.last_img read more

Top UN envoy welcomes peaceful end to voter registration in Sudan

14 December 2009The top United Nations envoy to Sudan today welcomed the peaceful ending of the registration process for next year’s elections, the first multi-party polls in the country in decades, with more than 75 per cent of people of voting age registering to cast their ballots. More than 15 million people were registered in the most inclusive voter registration exercise ever held in Sudan. Millions registered in person between 1 November and 7 December in centres across the country.Large parts of the country were unable to take part in elections during the more than two decades of north-south strife, one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil wars, in which at least 2 million people were killed, 4 million others uprooted and 600,000 more fled across the borders.The staging of elections is one of the key benchmarks of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the long-running war.“We are now one step closer to the holding of Sudan’s first multi-party elections in 24 years and to achieving a major milestone in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said.He also urged the Sudanese people to help ensure the integrity of the voters’ list by taking part in the so-called “Exhibition and Objection” period, which started on 10 December, when registered voters can confirm their names on the preliminary voters’ list, request corrections for errors and object to the inclusion of ineligible people.The envoy also called on the National Elections Commission to quickly investigate complaints made by political parties about alleged irregularities, stressing that this is “crucial for the credibility of the exercise.”In a related development, Mr. Qazi today congratulated the parties to the CPA on reaching agreement on key milestones to the pact, including referendums.“The road ahead may be long, but this major step forward should make the journey easier,” he stressed.The new agreement between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SLPM), the signatories to the CPA, allows for the adoption of legislation to govern the referendums in southern Sudan and the oil-rich area of Abyei, as well as the Popular Consultations.Mr. Qazi today also commended the parties to the pact for their commitment to working together productively and setting up a positive environment to allow the pact to be put into place.He urged the Government of National Unity to make the most of this agreement between the parties by swiftly implementing legislation, especially by appointing both the Southern and Abyei Referendum Commissions as quickly as possible.Mr. Qazi, who serves as head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), voiced hope that the latest developments will promote understanding on other outstanding CPA issues, including disputed census results and post-referendum security arrangements. read more