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first_imgOff-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin added yet another feather to his cap by becoming the highest wicket-taker in a home Test season. (Scorecard)Ashwin achieved the feat when he snared Mitchell Starc to bundle out Australia for 260 in their first innings on the second day of the ongoing first Test in Pune.You just can’t stop @ashwinravi99. Can you? #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/1wDAdb9889 BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2017The lanky Tamil Nadu bowler, who now has 67 wickets from 10 Tests – the most in a home season, surpassed legendary allrounder and former India captain Kapil Dev, who had 63 wickets from 13 matches in the 1979-80 season. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the No.3 and No.4 spots with 54 wickets in 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons, respectively. With one more wicket, Ashwin will break Indian record of most wickets in a season (home + away Tests). He is currently at level with Kumble, who had also taken 64 wickets in 2004-05 season. The Test record is held by South Africa’s Dale Steyn, who ended with 78 wickets in 12 matches in 2007-08 season. With a possible seven more innings to bowl in, Ashwin has a good chance to surpass Steyn’s tally by the end of the season.Ashwin, who is the reigning world no.1 Test bowler and allrounder, has been the cornerstone of India’s Test success on home soil.Ashwin recently became the fastest to 250 Test wickets, going past Dennis Lillee’s recrod of 48 Tests by three matches. He is the sixth Indian bowler after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), Zaheer Khan (311), Bishan Singh Bedi (266) to reach to 250 Test wickets.advertisementAshwin already has 24 five-wicket hauls and seven man-of-the-series awards in his bag. He has also scored 1850 runs, including four hundreds.MOST WICKETS IN A HOME SEASON SEASONMATCHESWICKETSAVERAGESTRIKE RATE5WI10WIRavichandran Ashwin (IND)2016-17106724.3951.3663Kapil Dev (IND)1979-80136320.2544.9551Muttiah Muralitharan (SL)2001-0265415.3746.7653Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) 2003-0465417.9448.9852Anil Kumble (IND)2004-0595430.9261.7052last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) A Delhi government decision will bring cheer to national and international-level sportspersons in the national capital soon.The government has drafted a policy under which their training, travelling and other expenses would be fully borne by it, according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Speaking at an event, Kejriwal said there was no dearth of youths who can earn medals in sports, but their efforts were strained by facilities and governments assistance.”If they are provided governments assistance and resources, they can do much more,” he said.”In next one or two months, the Delhi government will introduce a policy under which if youths earn a medal at national or international-level, government will bear their expenses, like training, food, travelling,” he said.Kejriwal said a draft of the policy has been prepared and this programme will benefit the youths of rural areas.”At present, these youths cannot do much more due to the dearth of resources. With this policy, they will be benefited a lot,” he said, without elaborating the policy.The Delhi government is also planning to set up a Sports University to ensure sportspersons could simultaneously pursue and complete academic qualifications while pursuing sports careers. PTI BUN ABHlast_img read more

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal has confirmed his participation in this year’s Queen’s Club Championships after a gap of two years, ahead of Wimbledon in July.This year, Nadal will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his memorable triump at Queen’s in 2008 after which he went on to lift his maiden Wimbledon title in an epic battle with Roger Federer.Nadal came into the 2008 event on the back of his fourth French Open title and beat Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the final at West London. He then outlasted his great rival and defending champion Roger Federer in five sets at Wimbledon.ALSO WATCH”It is going to be the 10th anniversary of my victory there in 2008, it’s a great memory, winning there and three weeks later winning Wimbledon,” Spaniard Nadal said in a video posted to the tournament’s Twitter account.”It was an unforgettable year. I am excited to be coming back and playing Queen’s again… I can’t wait to be there.”A video message from @RafaelNadalAccess the priority window for @QueensTennis tickets – https://t.co/AZqRg5YkGF#Nadal #QueensTennis pic.twitter.com/1byZHNf3aFThe Queen’s Club Championships (@QueensTennis) February 6, 2018Nadal last played the Wimbledon warm-up event in 2015 and lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening round. He pulled out of the event in the last two years due to injuries.The 31-year-old retired with an injury in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic last month.Three-times Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, who underwent hip surgery last month, is targeting a comeback at the event he has won five times, the organisers said.advertisementThe tournament will be held from June 18-24.Nadal has had a troubled start to the season where he has had to battle with an elbow trouble.He began his year at a Tie Break Tens tournament to prepare for Australian Open but his Melbourne stint ended in despair when he had to retire from his quarter-final against Marin Cilic.Referring to his disappointing exit at the Australian Open where he was forced to retire while trailing Croatia’s Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 2-0, Nadal said the injury was just “a small tear, but it was impossible to keep going.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgBCCI is expected to earn more than twice the amount it earned from their previous broadcast cycle. Another frenetic day of bidding at the e-auction for the media rights drew to a close without any conclusion.The e-auction of television and digital rights, a first in cricket, will enter a third day but BCCI received a bid of 60.33 billion rupees ($926.44 million) for consolidated global rights from an unidentified bidder before close, a board source told Reuters.Star India paid 38.5 billion rupees for the rights to broadcast India’s home matches for the 2012-2018 cycle.BCCI had secured its position as the world’s richest cricket board in September with the game’s biggest TV deal when it sold Indian Premier League’s (IPL) global media rights to Star India for a staggering $2.52 billion.Six companies, including Facebook and Google, initially entered the fray to bid for 102 matches in India from June, 2018 to March, 2023. Following scrutiny, Star India Private Ltd, Reliance Industries Limited, and Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited were found eligible to submit online financial bids.Before the auction proceedings got underway on Tuesday, technical bids were evaluated following which it was learnt three digital players Facebook, Google and Yupp TV did not place their bids.BCCI media rights e-auction: How much is Team India worth in the IPL era?The three majors left in the race, Sony, Star and Reliance who bid through the day in the consolidated rights category (digital + TV), employed a slow bidding startegy across five bids that were placed during the day. The auction began with a base price of 4176 crores on total payout and finished with the last highest bid of the day amounting to Rs 4,442 crores.advertisementNone of the bidders know whose bids they are counter-bidding in an e-auction. The current valuation of the last bid amounts to 43.5 crores per match, marginally better than the 43 crores per match, Star had paid in the last rights cycle. The IPL rights, last year went for an average of 54.5 crores per match.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_img Minister Vaz said he believes that it is through such methods that farmers will be able to produce more in order to boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and address urgent climate-related threats, degraded soils, water scarcity, food insecurity and combat the negative effects of storms. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, is urging local farmers to be more open to using new technology to increase productivity, while protecting the environment. Minister Vaz noted that farmers, particularly small farmers have been utilising the same methods of cultivation for decades, some of which are not sustainable, especially with the advent of climate change. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, is urging local farmers to be more open to using new technology to increase productivity, while protecting the environment.He cited, for example, the benefits of aquaponics, a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish or other aquatic creatures supplies the nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purifies the water.Minister Vaz said he believes that it is through such methods that farmers will be able to produce more in order to boost Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and address urgent climate-related threats, degraded soils, water scarcity, food insecurity and combat the negative effects of storms.He was speaking at the launch of the Increasing Access to Climate Smart Agriculture (IACA) programme at the Hotel Four Seasons located on Ruthven Road in St. Andrew on September 15.Minister Vaz noted that farmers, particularly small farmers have been utilising the same methods of cultivation for decades, some of which are not sustainable, especially with the advent of climate change.“Methods such as slash and burn agriculture for clearing land, excessive use of chemicals and pesticides, farming on hillsides and other hazard-prone areas can lead to soil depletion, land slippage and loss of crop,” he pointed out.As such, he welcomed the launch of the IACA programme, which aims to train persons in aquaponics techniques.During the function, representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNEP DTU and INMED Partnership for Children signed an agreement to partner with the Ministry for the implementation of the initiative over the next four years.“This programme is another commendable initiative aimed at improving the lives and livelihoods of our farmers, who are among the groups most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, drought, excessive rainfall, flooding, wind damage and hurricanes,” Minister Vaz said.“Partnerships such as these are critical to our efforts to combat climate change and to achieve sustainable development,” he noted further.President and CEO of INMED Partnership for Children, Linda Pfeiffer, noted that the project is aligned with Jamaica’s National Development Plan – Vision 2030.She noted that the objective is to increase economic opportunities for small-scale farmers while reducing vulnerability to climate change and minimising adverse environmental impacts.“The focus is on making aquaponics a commercially viable technology for small and medium Jamaican farmers, including women, youth and vulnerable farmers, while improving their market access and resilience to climate change,” Ms. Pfeiffer said.The IACA programme has three primary objectives: enhancing technical and business capacity for aquaponics production for climate resilience, economic stability, food and water security; building stronger value chain linkages for aquaponics production and market success; and structuring customized financial products in partnership with local and regional financial institutions.Participants will benefit from training both online and in-person in aquaponics, business planning and loan management; access to financing, working with local and regional financial institutions; and access to markets.Chief of Operations, IDB, Adriana LaValley, said her organisation is eager to start working with local farmers in keeping with the objectives of IACA.“We are very excited about this project and its potential to improve the lives of small scale farmers and the agriculture sector in Jamaica. Small and medium scale farmers in Jamaica are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change because they lack the technology, knowledge and financing to implement adaptive measures,” Ms. LaValley pointed out.She noted that climate change poses a challenge to agricultural development and food security in Latin America and the Caribbean.She cited the Jamaicans State of the Climate Report 2015, which indicates that small island states like Jamaica are expected to be severely affected by rising sea levels, an increased frequency of storms, high temperatures and greater scarcity of fresh water resources over the next three decades.“These climate-related events have been identified as major threats to the Jamaican agricultural sector, which represents about seven per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs about 18 per cent of the country’s workforce,” Ms. LaValley said.“Small and medium scale farmers in Jamaica are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change because they lack the technology, knowledge and financing to implement adaptive measures. Through this project, these challenges will be addressed using aquaponics,” she noted.last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command of the Royal CanadianLegion pinned poppies on the premier and members of thelegislative assembly today, Oct. 20. The “pinning” helped launchthe legion’s annual Remembrance Day poppy campaign, whichofficially begins on Friday, Oct. 29. Along with thousands of other Nova Scotians, MLAs will wear theRemembrance Day poppies until Nov. 11 in memory and honour ofCanadian service personnel. “We are proud to wear these symbols in remembrance of those whomade the ultimate sacrifice and to honour those who have servedour country,” said Speaker of the House Murray Scott. “It is asmall thing, but it shows that Nova Scotians will not forget thecontributions made by these men and women.” For more than 80 years, the poppy has been the symbol ofremembrance in Canada. Funds raised by legion members through thedistribution of poppies in shopping malls and other public placesare used to provide assistance to veterans, ex-service membersand their families and to support community-based programs. There are 119 branches of the Royal Canadian Legion in NovaScotia. Members include veterans, serving and ex-servicepersonnel and their immediate families, members of the RCMP,police forces and other concerned citizens. On Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Canadians across the country will stop andpay tribute to those who served Canada in wars and militaryoperations.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government’s nominee for federal ethics watchdog won’t commit to completing ongoing investigations into the prime minister or finance minister if he gets the job.But Mario Dion told the House of Commons ethics committee that if he is appointed, reviewing the files would be a top priority.“One of the first things I would attend to (is) review the whole genesis of those investigations,” Dion said.“I would own the final result and therefore I have to assess what has been done to date to determine whether I am supportive of that, but abandoning an investigation completely without reason is not something I would do.”Outgoing conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is currently looking into a trip Justin Trudeau took last Christmas to a private Bahamian island owned by the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, billionaire philanthropist and family friend of Trudeau’s.She is also investigating Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s involvement in new pension legislation that could benefit the company founded by his father and in which Morneau, until recently, still owned shares.Both issues are hot political potatoes for the government. But there’s no guarantee those reviews will be completed before Dawson leaves her post on Jan. 8 and, more troubling for Opposition parties, there’s no requirement for her successor to do so.During an hour-long committee hearing Tuesday hastily convened after the Liberals announced Dion as their nominee on Monday, both the NDP and the Conservatives pressed Dion on what he’d do with the files if he gets the jobDawson is the first and only ethics commissioner the House of Commons known since the position was created in 2007. Her seven-year term was up in 2014, but has been extended several times.While the search for her replacement has been underway for months, Dion said he didn’t apply until August, as he had specific achievements he wanted to wrap up in his current position as chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board.He said he was interested in the new job because the office is one of the institutions that strives to protect democracy in Canada. He told the committee he interviewed for the position in mid-November for about an hour before getting the call that he’d gotten the nod.The Opposition parties have expressed frustration with how the process has been handled, noting that the government was supposed to consult with them on a new ethics commissioner but instead handed them a letter informing them that Dion was the government’s choice.Trudeau appeared to defend the process during question period Tuesday.“Nominating an officer of Parliament is an extremely important process that we are glad we have engaged in with the members of the opposition,” he said.MPs are getting seven minutes apiece at committee to quiz a person who will hold a government watchdog position for as long as seven years and that, said NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen, is a strange scenario.Also problematic is Dion’s past as the public sector integrity commissioner, where the auditor general found Dion had challenges following through on investigations, Cullen said. Those findings are relevant given the unfinished Dawson investigations, he added.“I guess what it’s hard for me determine because it’s not possible in this interaction — are you tough, are you fair, are you a dog with a bone?” Cullen asked Dion.“Would you describe yourself as somebody who pursues it to the end to make sure that it happens because that’s the confidence that we need?”Dion said he pursued several investigations as public integrity commissioner that involved going to court and noted that the cases flagged in the auditor general’s report “were not in the global scheme of things very important matters to start with, unlike the matters you have been talking about.”last_img read more

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Sam Sessoms had 17 points and Caleb Stewart 16 to go with seven rebounds as Binghamton rolled past Division III Hartwick 89-70 on Saturday afternoon.Chancellor Barnard finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Timmy Rose added 12 points for Binghamton (3-5). Everson Davis chipped in 10 points.Hartwick was just 25-of-60 shooting (42 per cent) from the field, but nailed 15 of 26 from long range and made 5 of 9 from the line. The Bearcats made 13 of 16 free-throw attempts and shot 50 per cent (32-64) from the floor.Binghamton finished the first half on a 29-12 run to take a 46-33 lead into intermission. Hartwick rallied to close to 65-56 following a Kyle Bradshaw jumper with 9:44 left in the game. Rose answered with a 3-pointer and later added another one from deep for a 72-56 advantage. The Hawks did not challenge again.Patrick Garey led Hartwick with 19 points, Bradshaw 17 and Tommy Kelly added 14.The Associated Press read more

Ohio State junior wrestler Kyle Snyder has already become one of coach Tom Ryan’s and the school’s most decorated wrestlers of all time. He has a record of 41-4 in NCAA competition including two finals appearances, All-American recognition in 2014-15, a 2016 NCAA championship and he was the youngest world champion in USA wrestling history in 2015.But there is still one accomplishment the 20-year-old has yet to meet; Olympic gold. On Aug. 5, Snyder will join his fellow Americans in Rio de Janeiro for the XXXI Olympiad.Snyder won the 97-kg freestyle weight class at the Olympic Trials over 2012 gold medal winner Jake Varner to clinch a spot on team USA, giving him a place in his weight class in Rio. After winning the world championships in Las Vegas in September, Snyder told the media on Tuesday that he feels confident, and he understands that wrestlers will begin to prepare for him more.“Some of the guys have wrestled me a little bit differently,” Snyder said. “They know my moves and they are more prepared for a match that I’m going to wrestle. It just takes time for me to adjust and improve as well. They get a little better, I get a little better. Hopefully by the end of the day, I’ll be the one that can compete well.”He competed in Grand Prix of Germany tournament from July 1 to 3 competing against top Olympic talent. Snyder said he faced three wrestlers in the top 20 in the world who will be in his bracket in Rio.He took bronze in Germany amongst five of his fellow USA Olympians.Up until his departure for the Olympics, Snyder’s training has been quite similar to that of his regimen for the NCAA championships. He lifts Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. He then wrestles on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with his training partner Tervel Dlagnev, who qualified for the Olympics by winning the 125-kg freestyle at the trials.Snyder said that the only difference from collegiate competition to training for the Olympics is that there is more focus on he and Dlagnev because coaches are only required to put their energy into two wrestlers instead of the 10 that make up a collegiate roster.Snyder said he has either wrestled against or seen film of every possible competitor at least a couple times. He does not compete until the final day, Aug. 21, in Rio, but said that at least it gives him a little time to enjoy the process of being an Olympian.Snyder said that he still gets butterflies from time to time, but he will enjoy the pressure that comes with being an Olympian.“I love it,” Snyder said about competing on the final day. “End it with a bang, hopefully. It will be the last thing people remember.”As excited as Snyder may be, OSU coach Ryan could speak for hours about his first wrestler to compete in the Olympic games. Ryan has spent 22 years as a coach and is “excited as heck” to cheer on Snyder in Rio alongside his family.“It shows the uniqueness of Kyle and the deep desire he has to be elite,” Ryan said. “These are the things we dream about as little kids. I’m looking forward to watching Kyle represent himself the way I know he will.”When Snyder wears the USA logo across his singlet next month, he said representing OSU will be on his mind.“There have been a lot of great athletes at Ohio State,” Snyder said. “I’m very proud to represent Ohio State and I feel like other than serving in the military, being an Olympian is the next best way to represent your country.” OSU sophomore Kyle Snyder enters the arena during the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: Courtesy of OSU read more

first_imgThe results of the study suggests you should keep your baby photos to yourselfCredit:JGI/Jamie Grill/Blend Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They are notoriously hard to avoid and are often met with fixed, polite smiles. And now a survey has confirmed what many have long suspected.More than half of men and women could not care less about seeing your baby photos.The question was posed by YouGov as part of its daily series of questions answered online by several thousand members of the public: Generally speaking, how do you feel about being shown recent photos of a friend or family member’s baby?Almost 40 per cent admitted they had no burning desire to study snaps of someone else’s little bundle of joy, expressing no like or dislike.Some ten percent said they disliked it and a similar number said they hated it.On the other side, around a quarter of more than 4,200 respondents admitted they did like looking at baby photos while ten per cent went as far as to say they loved it. Men tended to express the most negativity towards the pastime, while more women were in favour. Ben Glanville, Head of YouGov Omnibus UK, said: “Our survey reveals a difference in enthusiasm between genders when it comes to being shown baby photos.“Almost half of women either like or love it, compared to just 22 per cent of men. Similarly, 26 per cent of men either dislike or hate looking at baby photos, against 15 per cent of women.” The results of the study suggests you should keep your baby photos to yourselflast_img read more

There are few moments in the career of an international footballer that bring more pressure than performing at a World Cup when your country is among the favourites to lift the trophy. But for the captain of England’s Lionesses there will be a powerful reminder in the stands at this year’s tournament that win or lose, there is more to life than the beautiful game. Steph Houghton will be cheered on by her husband Stephen Darby, who was forced to leave behind his own football career after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year.  Darby, 30, was diagnosed just months… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Despite his illness, he is expected to make the journey to France to support his wife as the World Cup begins on Friday. read more

first_imgAFTER REVEALING HOW it hopes to shape autonomous driving, Audi revealed its latest addition: a 10.2 inch tablet that integrates with your car.The Audi Smart Display integrates with the car’s systems via WiFi, allowing passengers to access the web and control features like audio and temperature.The tablet uses a custom Android interface to control these features, but it also offers Google Play meaning users have access to all Android apps.It’s also integrated with the car and can be used to control its audio system – allowing it to play audio from the tablet over the car’s speaker system – as well as navigation and climate controls.The company also says it can be used in extreme temperatures, although it didn’t reveal whether the tablet will be included with the car or be available as a separate purchase.Tying in with the announcement, the auto company also announced that its cars would offer 4G LTE connectivity in partnership with AT&T. The feature will be included with the 2015 Audi A3 range.Audi is also one of the companies involved in Google’s Open Automotive Alliance, which aims to integrate Android with the next generation of vehicles.Read: 54 million self-driving cars to be on the roads by 2035 >Read: Ford set to unveil solar-powered hybrid car >last_img read more

first_imgObésité infantile : Michelle Obama dit stop États-Unis – Dans  une tribune du Washington Post datée du 2 août, la première dame des États-Unis exhorte le Congrès à voter une loi permettant de lutter efficacement contre l’obésité infantile.Depuis l’accession de son époux à la présidence, Michelle Obama a fait de l’obésité infantile son principal objet de lutte. Dans un pays où 15% des enfants sont obèses ou en surpoids, ce sujet de santé publique est selon elle un véritable enjeu pour l’avenir. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plagePour convaincre le Congrès de voter une loi anti-obésité, cette ancienne avocate a décidé de plaider sa cause dans l’un des plus grands quotidiens américains, le Washington Post. Michelle Obama y affirme : “Nous devons cela aux enfants qui ne réalisent pas leur potentiel car ils n’ont pas accès aux besoins nutritifs journaliers […] Et nous devons cela à notre pays – car notre prospérité dépend de la santé et de la vitalité des générations futures”.Le projet de loi soutenu par la first lady prévoit notamment le déblocage de 4,5 milliards de dollars afin d’améliorer les menus des cantines scolaires. Une initiative encore renforcée par l’interdiction des distributeurs de friandises et de boissons sucrées dans les écoles, sur le modèle d’une loi française de 2004.Le 3 août 2010 à 09:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Watch: PM Modi’s PUBG Game comment makes everyone laugh at ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0’center_img PUBG Mobile is all the rage in the gaming industry, but people who are not an active part of the gaming fraternity are well aware of the popular battle royale game. On one hand, PUBG Mobile’s success is setting examples of how mobile games should be, while on the other, it is the centre of serious controversies. To balance those scales, PUBG Mobile has taken a step to teach players about responsible gaming through in-game notification.When PUBG Mobile players log in to the game, a detailed pop-up notification appears before reaching the lobby. As tempted as one might be to ignore it, we suggest you give it a quick read-through as it shouldn’t take more than two minutes of your time.The in-game notification with the title “Healthy Gaming Practices” extensively talks about how PUBG Mobile players must play the game responsibly. The move comes only after a series of incidents such as people getting admitted in hospitals for gaming addiction, taking their own lives, or even abandoning families over game feuds.Due to PUBG Mobile’s negative impact on students’ grades, government bodies in various cities banned the game, which appears to have been lifted. But during the ban, cops arrested several individuals for violating a commissioner order under IPC Section 188. PUBG Mobile had also introduced a 6-hour playtime restriction in India, which was removed following a backlash from the gaming community. PUBG Mobile best practicesIBTimes India/Sami KhanIn continued efforts to turn the tables around and fend off controversies in India, PUBG Mobile has an important reminder for all of its players that will only benefit them practice healthy gaming. Take a look at the top tips PUBG Mobile has for you, and some of them are as basic as reminding players to blink, take breaks and drink water.Sitting positionMost of us play games while sitting and PUBG Mobile is no different. While the upright position is ideal for those sitting for long hours, PUBG Mobile suggests otherwise. It is suggested that players take a laid-back posture, leaning back 120-135 degrees, have relaxed shoulders, feet flat on the ground and the phone screen at an eye-level for a stress-free gaming experience.Stay hydratedPhysical activities like sports usually require you to stay hydrated, but PUBG Mobile players would know that gaming for long hours can be exhausting. PUBG Mobile suggests you keep a bottle of water while playing and take sips at regular intervals. This negates fatigue, headaches and dizziness while keeping your mind and body refreshed. PUBG MObile players must stay hydratedANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty ImagesBlinkIt may sound surprising, but it is natural for gamers to be so engrossed in the gameplay that they would forget to blink. As a result, the eyes take a huge strain, get dry and result in itchy eyeballs, blurry vision, exhaustion and even irritation. So as natural as it may be, make sure you blink.Lighting is everythingIf you prefer a dark room with high brightness on your smartphone while playing PUBG Mobile, stop the practice. Make sure the light in your room matches that of the brightness on your phone screen. Preferably use incandescent or halogen lighting instead of fluorescent bulbs and find the right brightness level on your phone that is not too dim or bright. Choose incandescent or halogen lighting while playing PUBG MobileReutersTake breaksTime flies when you are engrossed in an intense match with your buddies. But make sure you take a walk, or even go pee, after a game in order to make sure the blood circulation is in check. Ideally, you would be required to take a break from the game every 45 minutes.With these simple tricks, one can enjoy PUBG Mobile to the fullest and also maintain a healthy body and mind. At the end of the day, it’s just a game and we suggest players treat it that way. Do not disconnect yourself from the world completely. Talk to your friends, family, teachers and peers, play in the physical world or hit the gym, strike a balance between the virtual and real world and game responsibly.last_img read more

first_imgTaksim A Khan, managing director of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA). File photoAlthough the managing director of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) has claimed that the water provided by them is 100 per cent drinkable, he himself does not always drink that water.Taksim A Khan drinks boiled water at home and the WASA’s bottled water ‘Shanti’ outside and tap water at times.He said this at a press conference at the Dhaka Reporters Unity following a recent TIB finding that said city dwellers have to burn gas worth Tk 3.32 billion every year to make the WASA water drinkable.Although the WASA MD made such comments on Saturday, at a press conference at its headquarters in Karwanbazar on 28 March he had said, “You should boil the water a little bit, around 10 minutes.”He also claimed on Saturday that there was no problem at the source of WASA water, but the problem was in the ‘pipelines’. There were holes in the pipelines while they were broken and dirt remain in the clients’ water tanks.”We are replacing the pipelines taking huge initiatives. By 2021, we will ask people to drink tap water,” he said.”We’ve collected 243 samples from different parts of Dhaka from 11-29 November and found the standard of water was satisfactory,” he further said.Many on the social media, following the MD’s comments, asked whether he would take responsibility if anyone gets sick drinking the WASA water while many referred to the extra money they had to spend for making it drinkable.The TIB report on Wednesday said 91 per cent clients boiled the water for drinking. It said natural gas worth at least Tk 3.32 billion is burnt every year for boiling the water. Regarding this Taskim said, “Our water is 100 per cent drinkable. So this is surprising that you are burning gas.”There have been researches over the WASA water before. In 2017, ABM Bodruzzaman, professor of civil engineering at BUET, conducted a research over the quality of the water. Water samples were taken from Dhanmondi, Kalabagan, Lalmatia, Malibagh, Bangshal, Nazira Bazar, Sutrapur. The survey showed the quality of water at various areas of Old Dhaka was much worse than that of Dhanmondi, Kalabagan and , Lalmatia.”Germs were found in the water of 40 per cent of the surveyed areas. It was seen that the water quality was much worse during the monsoon than the dry season. This proves that there are holes in the pipelines that cause the contamination,” Bodruzzaman told Prothom Alo on Saturday.In 2015, BBS (Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics) revealed that 65 per cent people of the country drink unsafe water that contained arsenic and e-coli (bacteria in excretion). According to the survey, water in the cities, including Dhaka, is more contaminated than that of the villages. Also an iccddr,b (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) study in 2014 said 63 per cent water in Dhaka was contaminated by e-colli.The TIB survey findings revealed on Wednesay that overall more than one third of service recipients are dissatisfied over not getting water as per demand, not receiving feedback after filing complaints, being forced to bribe WASA staff while seeking services and so on.At the press conference on Saturday, the WASA MD termed the TIB study ‘one-sided and ill-motivated’.TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said Taskim’s statement did not reflect professionalism. The WASA managing director and two directors were included when the study was carried out, but he did not object then, he added.last_img read more

first_imgAs summer flows into autumn, the AFRO is set to broaden its reach with the expansion of its radio program, AFRO: First Edition, on WEAA 88.9.  The show, which has run on Sunday nights since 2006 with a pre-recorded format, will now be a live, two-hour program running Monday through Friday, creating a greater space for Black voices on national and local news coverage.Sean Yoes, host of AFRO: First Edition“The AFRO is excited about this new expanded outlet for our editorial content and we think it’s consistent with the expansion of the AFRO in many directions so as to address the informational needs of our expanding readership,” said Jake Oliver, publisher of the AFRO-American Newspapers.For Sean Yoes, host of AFRO: First Edition since 2007, and who also hosted the program from 1999 to 2001, that expanding readership, especially online, has uniquely positioned the AFRO to be an information source and voice for Black America.“The AFRO has become, I think, the main online source for news and information for Black Americans,” said Yoes. “And I say that because when you grow at a clip of between 700 and 1,000 people per day on Facebook, as far as people liking us, and listening to us, and reading our stories, that’s a significant statement.”And it is a statement that demands a response. With the AFRO’s online growth outpacing every other Black newspaper in the country, and with the largest digital footprint of any newspaper in Baltimore, the expansion of AFRO: First Edition helps to combat the shortage of Black voices and perspectives in the coverage of national news.“There are not enough resources and outlets that really tell our story,” said Michele Williams, general manager of WEAA 88.9.  “We have a lot said about our culture that does not come from us that sometimes takes center stage.”First Edition, which will run from 5-7 p.m. on weeknights, will be divided into two sections.  The first hour will be devoted to hard news and analysis, with discussions of topical local, national, and international news stories and commentary from AFRO journalists during a regular round-table segment.The second hour will be devoted to lifestyle, culture, and trend segments, including a weekly discussion of race in America.“That second hour is really about giving a little bit of something for everybody,” said Yoes.The radio program will also create new opportunities for marriages across the AFRO’s various news products, according to Oliver. The show offers a much greater ability to provide editorial content than the weekly format of the newspaper does, which does provide commentary but emphasizes news and information. Segments from the radio show can be turned into podcasts and linked to articles on the AFRO website and Facebook page.“We’re excited about the opportunities to expand the AFRO reach by using the content, and implementing it and blending it with our digital products to make those products even more robust,” said Oliver.For Williams, the increased partnership between the AFRO and WEAA 88.9 is an organic outgrowth of the missions of both organizations.“Both entities are structured and are programmed with the African-American and underserved communities in mind,” said Williams. “And it’s a specialty. It’s a special voice. We speak to our unique challenges and objectives that lie just beneath the surface in our community that may not otherwise be covered in traditional media.”last_img read more

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first_img 3 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » December 15, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Samsung took to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in a last-ditch effort to pare back the more than $548 million in damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone.Samsung’s petition must first be accepted for review by the Supreme Court. It is the latest step in a long-running patent lawsuit between the rival companies that epitomized the global smartphone wars.Samsung Electronics paid Apple $548.2 million on Monday, fulfilling part of its liability stemming from a 2012 verdict for infringing Apple’s patents and copying the iPhone’s look.In its petition to the high court, Samsung said it should not have had to make as much as $399 million of that payout for copying the patented designs of the iPhone’s rounded-corner front face, bezel, and gridded icons.It said that awarding total profits from the sale of its devices with those designs, even if they relate only to a small portion of the phone, allows for “unjustified windfalls” far beyond the inventive value of the patents.”A patented design might be the essential feature of a spoon or rug. But the same is not true of smartphones, which contain countless other features that give them remarkable functionality wholly unrelated to their design,” Samsung told the high court.”Samsung is escalating this case because it believes that the way the laws were interpreted is not in line with modern times,” the company said in a statement.Apple did not address the new petition, but said in a statement, “We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy.”The South Korean electronics company’s quest to limit damages to Apple comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., the nation’s top patent court, in May stripped about $382 million from the $930 million Samsung owed following the 2012 verdict. The appeals court said the iPhone’s appearance could not be protected through trademarks.Another trial over remaining damages relating to some of Samsung’s infringing products in the case is set for next spring.In its petition on Monday, Samsung also told the Supreme Court that juries should not award damages on certain “functional” aspects of designs, such as flat screens, which allow for the reading of documents, or rounded corners, which make phones easier to slip into a pocket.last_img read more

first_imgCaribe Hilton ready to showcase its US $150 million refresh Share Posted by SAN JUAN — Caribe Hilton is officially debuting its US$150 million restoration following a 15-month closure.The re-opening marks a major milestone as the property celebrates its 70th birthday, and the Hilton marks its 100th anniversary.General Manager of Caribe Hilton, Pablo Torres says, “The sun is shining, there’s energy and rhythm on the island, and once again our famous piña coladas are flowing. We’re welcoming our return guests back home, as well as introducing new ones to the enduring Caribe Hilton experience and legacy.”Caribe Hilton, restored by owner Park Hotels and Resorts, delivers contemporary guest room and suite renovations, reimagined F&B concepts, fitness centre, spa, tennis centre, and landscaping re-designs, paired with a 65,000 square ft. indoor and outdoor event space.“Caribe Hilton was our first hotel to open outside the continental U.S. and the birthplace of the piña colada, and for that reason, has always been an incredibly important hotel for Hilton. It is with great pride that we say ‘welcome back’ or ‘bienvenidos’ to this emblematic property,” says Danny Hughes, Executive Vice President and President, Americas, Hilton. “We are extremely proud of our new product and the resilient Team Members who worked to re-develop a resort worthy of its history. We can’t wait to welcome guests and members of the community back to the hotel.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthTo celebrate the opening, for a limited time, guests can extend their stay in paradise an additional night with ‘One Night on Us’, a complimentary third night free deal. Travel must be booked by June 30 for travel between May 15 and Dec. 20. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Caribe Hilton Thursday, May 16, 2019 last_img read more

first_imgA 22-year-old man who had crossed to the north through the Ledra Street crossing was arrested on Friday night by Turkish Cypriots for possessing one gramme of cannabis.He was arrested at the crossing point following a body check, reports said.It was not immediately known whether the man is a Greek Cypriot.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more