Uruguay, Mexico qualify; South Africa France knocked out

first_imgUruguay and Mexico have qualified for Round 2 of the FIFA World Cup from Group A.It means hosts South Africa and 2006 runners-up France will go home.Uruguay beat Mexico 1-0 at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium with Suarez’s goal in the 43rd minute.In the final Group A game, South Africa beat an off-colour France 2-1 in Blomfontein.South Africa took the lead with Khumalo’s goal in the 20th minute. Mphela made the lead 2-0 in the 37th minute.Florent Malouda’s goal in the 70th minute is France’s only strike in their campaign dogged with controversy.South Africa and Mexico were tied for points, but Mexico had a lower goal-difference allowing them to qualify.Mexico had earlier drawn 1-1 with South Africa and beaten the controversy-dogged France 2-0.Uruguay had drawn 0-0 with France before beating South Africa 3-0.last_img read more

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Match-fixing: ICC provisionally suspends tainted Pakistan trio

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) has provisionally suspended and charged three tainted Pakistan players under its anti-corruption code in the wake of the match-fixing scandal during the team’s tour of England.A statement issued by ICC confirmed that Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir “have been officially notified of the offences they are alleged to have committed and have been provisionally suspended pending a decision on those charges.”In accordance with the provisions of the code, this means they are immediately barred from participating in all cricket and related activities until the case has been concluded.”The trio are now due to appear before the Scotland Yard detectives for further questioning on Friday.The players have a right to contest this provisional suspension and a further opportunity to defend these charges at a full hearing before an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal in accordance with Article 5 of the code, it noted.The players have 14 days from their receipt of the charge sheet to indicate their desire for a hearing, the sport’s governing body said.”We will not tolerate corruption in cricket,” ICC’s Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, adding that “we must be decisive with such matters and if proven, these offences carry serious penalties up to a life ban.””The ICC will do everything possible to keep such conduct out of the game and we will stop at nothing to protect the sport’s integrity. While we believe the problem is not widespread, we must always be vigilant.”The game’s integrity is of “paramount importance”, the ICC Chief Executive said.advertisement”Prompt and decisive action will be taken against those who seek to harm it. However, the facts must first be established through a thorough investigation and it is important to respect the right of due process when addressing serious allegations of this sort,” he said.”Make no mistake — once the process is complete, if any players are found to be guilty, the ICC will ensure that the appropriate punishment is handed out. We will not tolerate corruption in this great game.”The alleged offences against Pakistani players, if proved, would involve the imposition of a ban on them. There is also a possibility, at the discretion of the independent tribunal, that a fine would be imposed in addition to a ban.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had announced that it was withdrawing the three players from the one-day series in England until the completion of the inquiry. The Pakistan High Commissioner in the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan later told the media that the trio had themselves asked the Board to not consider them for the one-day series as they were under a great deal of mental stress because of the allegations against them.The players had told him they were innocent of the charges against them and would contest them in court if necessary, he said.But despite the PCB and High Commissioner’s statements, sources had indicated that the decision to ground the players had come on the insistence of the ICC when PCB Chairman, Ijaz Butt met with Haroon Lorgat late last night in London.The PCB has already hired a British lawyer and also sent its own legal counsel, Tafazzul Rizvi to London to defend the players while the Pakistan government has also rushed the deputy attorney general to London for the same purpose.The Foreign Office spokesman had said that it was waiting for a preliminary report and clearance from the UK government before sending a high-level investigation team to London.The ICC Anti-Corruption Code for Players and Player Support Personnel was updated and strengthened in 2009 with the unanimous support of ICC members.last_img read more

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Now is a great time to be young in India: Kalli Purie

first_imgIndia Today Chief Creative Officer Kalli Purie’s welcome address at the India Today Youth Summit in Chennai on December 10, 2011:Vanakam Chennai to India Today’s Youth Summit Mind Rocks. India Today is India’s number one newsmagazine and has been for the last 35 years. We at the group have always believed that ideas should not be restricted by language or boundaries and that’s why we launched the India Today regional editions. The philosophy remains the same.We held a Mind Rock event in Delhi  in september hot on the heels of the Anna Hazare civil movement. It was a rocking success. The youth turned up in huge numbers to connect with their icons and take the anti corruption pledge with Kiran Bedi. Since then close to one and half lac individuals have taken the pledge.The enthusiasm and the engagement at the event convinced us that we had to create more platforms throughout the country for the youth to express themselves and share their ideas. And what better way to do it but to bring it to the heart and nerve centre of the South, Chennai. The hub of education, politics and culture.Besides up in Delhi we were all looking for the answer to the eternal question:Why this Kolaveri Di?Last year has been the year of the youth from the Arab spring to Anna’s civil revolution. 2012 will  always be known as the year…When a I-Me-Myself generation became the We generation. When a demographic dividend became a nation. When a westernized generation sported the tri colour as their favourite accessory. It’s a great time to be young in India.advertisementAnd that’s why it’s a privilege to be here amongst all of you. Individuals who are deciding all our futures. The India of Tomorrow.The India Today group does close to 40 conferences  and events in a year. But none has the vibrancy, the energy, the electricity of Mind Rocks. Our line up today is fantastic, I am confident that Mind Rocks, with its mix of fun, music, and ideas will leave you buzzing.last_img read more

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India find ways to deal with bumpy turf

first_imgIndian hockey team looks well settled when it comes to one of the most important aspect of the game – drag-flicking. With three drag flickers – Sandeep Singh, VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh – at their disposal, India will have the cushion to work out various combinations on the field.Most of the teams, though, have found it difficult to score from penalty corners, particularly from one side of the field at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, where the turf is bumpy as was seen during the warm up series against South Africa when stoppers found it difficult to stop the ball.”The role of stopper will be very important and we are working on that aspect,” Jugraj Singh, who is part of the coaching staff and a drag-flick expert, told Mail Today. “During practice sessions, we are trying to locate the exact area where the pitch is uneven so that we can avoid that part during penalty corners but it needs some practice,” he said.Jugraj said India have a few surprises up their sleeves as well. “We are practising some variations to surprise the teams in the qualifier. It is sometimes important to use the variations because the opponents may be ready for the straight hits.” Jugraj, who has been with the team for some time now, says the team is looking in good shape as far as penalty corner conversions are concerned.”We never had it so good. We have three quality drag-flickers. They have pace and accuracy and all three have different style and techniques. “Sandeep and Raghunath are in good form and Rupinder is getting back to form.” Jugraj said that they are also getting the videos of the dragflickers of other teams to study them.advertisement”France has a very good dragflicker, but I have not seen him. From whatever information I have been able to gather, I can say that he is good.”We are trying to get some of his footages so that we can analyse his game. Canada, too, are good in penalty corner conversions,” he said.last_img read more

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Admitting marijuana use may help Adrian D’Souza’s case

first_imgIt’s not often that hockey players test positive for banned substances. Adrian D’Souza’s dope flunk, therefore, comes as news with the former India custodian testing positive for marijuana.Adrian tested positive during the World Series Hockey (WSH) and now faces sanctions ranging from a mere warning to a two-year ban.Marijuana being a specified substance does not attract provisional suspension and the Mumbai Marines skipper will now have to wait for the result of his ‘B’ sample test before he faces the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has stringent laws to nab athletes found guilty of anti-doping violations but Adrian will do well just to establish how the banned substance entered his body.Besides, Adrian will also have to establish that the substance he took was not intended to enhance his performance during the WSH, which remains an unsanctioned tournament as far as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is concerned.Article 10.4 of the WADA code makes it clear that in the case of an athlete testing positive for a specified substance, the first violation could attract a minimum of a reprimand to a maximum of two years of ineligibility.If Adrian admits taking marijuana, he may get away with a suspension of just three months or may be even less, depending on the arguments he comes up with before the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.However, there have been cases in the past when athletes have denied taking such recreational drugs right through the anti-doping hearings, as was the case with Pune FC footballer Nishant Mehra who was handed a two-year suspension upheld by the appeals panel.advertisementThe amount of banned substance (28.7ng/ ml) found in Adrian’s sample is also surprising and what is amazing is that the substance was taken in the middle of a tournament, raising doubts over the seriousness of the athlete towards the game.WSH not being a sanctioned tournament, there were doubts over the result management of the samples.However, the Sports Ministry recognises the Indian Hockey Federation, under whose aegis the tournament was being run, and therefore Adrian, in all probability, will have to face the anti-doping disciplinary panel.last_img read more

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Changes in ODI rules will improve the format

first_imgThe ICC’s cricket committee needs to be complimented for taking some bold decisions at its meeting in London. It is well known that with three formats of cricket to choose from today, preserving the richness of the ODIs is imperative. This makes the latest changes a step in the right direction.One important move is that bowlers will be allowed to hurl two bouncers per over in a one-day international. With batsmen calling the shots in limited overs cricket, be it the 50-over ODI or T20, the decision to allow bowlers to show more aggression can make for good viewing.The two other decisions-to do away with the bowling power play and allowing only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle in a non-power play over- will also make the game more challenging.The ICC has, however, retained the obsolete Duckworth/ Lewis method for rain-delayed matches. Even so, at a time when almost every sporting discipline is tinkering with its rules to make the game more attractive, the ICC has shown it does not want to be left behind.last_img read more

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Camson willing to apologize to Almazan, says elbow wasn’t intentional

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sharapova inspired by Serena to get back to top SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais The situation escalated after Camson caught Almazan with a punch in the face before players and referees stepped in to restore order.READ: PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“It wasn’t intended. The replay will show that I wasn’t going for his face and I was just boxing out,” Camson told reporters in Filipino after the game. “I hit him and it was something unavoidable. Then he got back at me and it was just my pride at that point.”Both got ejected after being slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2.center_img Eric Camson vs Raymond Almazan. PBA IMAGESKia big man Eric Camson said he was merely getting in position for a rebound it wasn’t his intention to hit Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan with an elbow that triggered an ugly fight on Saturday.While fighting for positioning in the shaded area, Camson landed an elbow to the face of Almazan, who quickly retaliated with his own.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Kia came into the game having lost 16 straight games dating back to last season and Camson said all the losing was a reason for how he handled the situation.“I didn’t like what happened. I guess I just wanted to win so bad because we’re really tired of losing. We don’t want them (Rain or Shine) to make a run because we know that once they do, we’ll lose our morale,” said Camson, who had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 98-94 victory.READ: PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or ShineThe two got into a heated verbal exchange along the Cuneta Astrodome hallway on their way to their respective dugouts but after the game, Camson said he has no problems apologizing to Almazan first.“Being the younger player, I’ll be the one to approach him. I don’t see any problems with that because we’re all playing in the same league and we all have the same job,” he said. “I never wanted any of that to happen. I’m a man and I got hit.”ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Almazan declined to give interviews to the media after the game.PBA Office-In-Charge Willie Marcial said he will summon both players on Tuesday.Camson plans to use the meeting to apologize to Marcial and Almazan for his actions.“I will respect the league’s decision and I am willing to ask for forgiveness and apologize to sir Willie and Raymond.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

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Nagasu becomes 3rd woman, 1st American, to land Olympic triple axel

first_imgNagasu accomplished the rare feat just 21 seconds into the women’s free skate on Monday. She was the first of the five women to compete and led off her routine with the triple axel, drawing huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.“I feel really great,” Nagasu said. “Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, ‘Get on the tracks and get some speed.’ And, I tripped a couple times. I don’t know if you could tell. It was more something I could feel, but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my teammates standing out of excitement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“And at that moment, I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me.”And, she took care of business. Nagasu skated a flawless routine and pumped both fists as she completed it, smiling as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. LATEST STORIES Nagasu also drew lots of compliments from fellow American skaters, incuding Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton and Meryl Davis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mirai Nagasu reacts after her performance during the women’s free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Mirai Nagasu wasted no time making some figure skating history.The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, became the first American woman _ and third woman overall _ to land a triple axel in the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Truth is: Cavaliers rout Celtics on Paul Pierce’s day Nagasu had landed triple axels in previous competitions, but never in such a pressure-packed situation as the Olympic stage.“To complete the performance to the best of my ability is really exciting,” she said.She received a personal-best score of 137.53 points, narrowly edging Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman (137.14) for second place in the free skate. Russian Alina Zagitova won the event, topping even her performance in taking the European title last month with a season-best 158.08 points.Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics. Nagasu, who is also Japanese, joked about the history the three now share.“Maybe it’s the Japanese genetics,” Nagasu said with a big smile. “But lucky for me, I’m American, so I’m the first American to land it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

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Benzema-inspired Real Madrid stun Bayern Munich in UCL semis

first_imgReal Madrid’s Benzema reacts after scoring his goal against Bayern Munich on Wednesday Karim Benzema’s goal gave Real Madrid a 1-0 first-leg victory over title holder Bayern Munich on Wednesday, but the nine-time champions may live to regret the missed chances in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.Madrid endured plenty of pressure in the first leg match, but scored from a 19th-minute counter-attack. Cristiano Ronaldo found Fabio Coentrao speeding down the left flank and Benzema steered his low cross past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Ronaldo returned from a left leg injury but missed a number of scoring opportunities before eventually giving way to Gareth Bale, who had started on the bench after battling with flu.Bayern pressed for an equalizer in the closing stages, forcing Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas to deny Mario Goetze in the 84th minute while fellow substitute Thomas Mueller had no better luck with his late effort from inside the area.But Madrid should have extended its lead ahead of Tuesday’s return leg in Germany, as the team bids to end a three-season semifinal losing streak and reach the final for the first time since winning in 2002.”If you want to do damage, you have to go for the victory – because 1-0 is not definitive,” Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said as he looked ahead to a tough second leg match. “But it’s a good result to take to Munich.”Atletico Madrid or Chelsea await in the May 24 final in Lisbon, with the pair playing to a scoreless draw in their first-leg match on Tuesday.advertisementPep Guardiola endured his first loss at the Bernabeu as coach after seven previous visits with Barcelona, and at times the encounter took on the appearance of a “clasico” with Madrid looking to capitalize on the break while the visitors controlled play.”Madrid thrives off the counter attack, Madrid is the best team in the world on the counter,” Guardiola said. “They get back as fast as they go forward, they’re athletes.”Madrid’s defense did well to contain Bayern in its area and then break quickly, but the Spanish club squandered its other chances after Benzema broke the deadlock.Ronaldo, who looked uncomfortable at times despite passing a late fitness test, followed up a sharp header at Neuer with a first-time shot from Luka Modric’s perfect pass in the 26th minute – only for his effort to fly high over the top with just the Germany ‘keeper to beat.Madrid dug in and did well to clear many of Bayern’s best opportunities as it controlled three-quarters of possession in the first half. The German champions found space between the lines and combined some swift passing movements, with Franck Ribery picking out Arjen Robben inside the area in the 39th.But Madrid weathered each buildup before surging forward, with Angel Di Maria gathering a loose ball at the right post only to wildly shoot over Neuer before halftime.After the break, Neuer had to dive low to keep out Ronaldo’s angled shot after a Bayern defensive mix-up.Ronaldo forced Neuer into another low save before giving way to Bale, who energized Madrid’s attack with his pace. The Welshman was playing for the first time since his stunning winner in Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.”It’s been 20 days Cristiano hasn’t been 100 percent, so it was a sacrifice for him. It couldn’t have been easy for Cristiano tonight,” said Ancelotti, who remained unbeaten against Bayern with his fifth win in seven meetings. “But Cristiano and Bale will be 100 percent” for the return, the Italian coach added.Guardiola brought on Mueller and Goetze for the final quarter and Mueller nearly equalized with a rising shot in the 81st. A chance then fell to Goetze in the Madrid area but Casillas reacted well to stop the German’s powerful volley.”They had chances to score more goals, definitely,” said Guardiola. “We probably should have created a few more scoring chances. (But) they have a very good defense.”Bayern had gone 29 matches without scoring coming into the 20th meeting between the storied European rivals, and will still rate its chances of reaching a third straight final with the return leg at home.last_img read more

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Philips lists i908 smartphone on official website

first_imgSang Fei owned smartphone brand Philips has launched a new smartphone called the Philips i908 following recent releases i928 and the S388 for the Indian market. The handset has made its debut on the company’s official website but awaits any form of official announcement as well as word on its pricing and release.The spec sheet for the i908 runs similar to the i928 and we see a device which packs a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa core processor along with 2GB RAM. This dual SIM device packs a 5 inch Full D screen with a 1080 x 1920 pixel IPS display panel and comes with a pixel density of 441ppi. The Philips i908 measures 143x70x8.8mm and weighs 156 grams.The device also sports a 13MP autofocus camera with a CMOS sensor racked to f/2.2 accompanied by a 5MP front facing camera. This smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and packs in a 3,000mAh battery.Connectivity options include the 3G, GPS/A-GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. The website lists the device in just the Black variant.Philips also recently launched a new flagship, billed the i966 Aurora in the Chinese home territory which lists high end spec like a Quad HD display, a hybrid YunOS 3.0, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP camera and a fingerprint scanner.last_img read more

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Huawei officially launches Ascend GX1 4G LTE tablet with 64-Bit quad-core SoC

first_imgChinese tech major Huawei has officially launched the Ascend GX1 phablet in China at a price tag of CNY 1590 or $255 (roughly Rs. 16,000). There is however no word yet if the device will be made available globally as of now.That said, the launch now confirms an earlier report that a certain Huawei device (the Ascend GX1) was sighted in a TENAA listing. Further, the said device was reported to have obtained the necessary certification from TENAA. There was no official word from Huawei back then. Now, the device has been officially launched.Let’s take a brief look at the specifications of the device. The Huawei Ascend GX1 features a 6-inch HD IPS display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. According to the company, the Ascend GX1 comes with bare minimum bezels such that the screen-to-body ratio of the device is a remarkable 80.5 percent.It is powered by a 1.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box.It sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options on the device include: 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and GPS/ A-GPS. It decks in a 3500mAh battery.last_img read more

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Frankly.me is an app that may connect you to your Bollywood idol

first_imgAt a time when the whole country is abuzz with news and gossip about the Delhi assembly elections, wouldn’t it be cool for any citizen to talk to the two main CM candidates, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi? The newly launched Frankly.me allows people to do exactly that.The app tries to diminish the gap between common people and celebrities by bringing well-known people on its platform and allowing users to ask questions.When it comes to connecting to the followers, most celebrities, actors, and politicians have taken the stage to social media, but it becomes a moot point when the conversation is one-sided as the people don’t get a chance to ask questions or respond directly to the person. This is the problem that Frankly is trying to solve.A user can ask a question to any of the personalities listed on the app. The selected question then gets answered by the respective person, say a politician, actor, or author.Another difference between something like Twitter and Frankly is that the answers on this app have to be in video format. This means you know that your question is getting answered by your idol and not by a person employed to write emails.For example, a tweet by Salman Khan may not actually be written by the actor. But on Frankly.me, the interaction becomes more personal as the celebrity in question has to answer with a selfie video.Interestingly, the selection of a question to be answered is ‘diplomatic’. Other users can up vote a question. Thus the most up voted, or most asked questions, are usually answered by celebrities.advertisementFrankly.me sports a user-friendly UI. You can discover celebrities using Frankly in ‘Discover’ tab and select the ones you want to follow. The chosen ones will then be shown in the ‘Feeds’ tab. Each profile has an ‘Ask’ button next to its name.Launched in December, 2014 Frankly.me has a current user base of about 50,000. Moreover it has roped in over 213 famous personalities, including politicians Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, and Ajay Maken. Also singers/musicians as Mahalaxmi Iyer, Tochi Raina, and Shafqat Amanat Ali are there to answer routine or difficult questions.The app has been updating the list continuously, some recent addition can very well be called inspirational to youth. Frankly.me has brought in poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, author Sandeep Unnithan, young wrestler Sangram Singh, and Snapdeal co-founder Kunal Bahl.last_img read more

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Kiran Bedi’s open letter to fellow Indians on the Delhi debacle

first_imgKiran BediIn an open letter to her “fellow Indians”, Kiran Bedi on Monday defended her decision to contest the Delhi election and admitted that she “failed the test”. “I have failed the test. And take full responsibility for my decision,” the cop-turned-activist-turned-politician said in her blog.”But inside me has not failed (sic). Because given the time I gave to myself I gave it all the energy and experience I had. Obviously it was not enough,” the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate said. Bedi lost from BJP bastion Krishna Nagar in east Delhi by a slender margin.The 65-year-old also said that she entered politics for her love for Delhi. “I stepped into electoral politics because I wanted to give my city all I still had, when i was given the feeling that I could be of value. I wanted to see it get a stable government in alignment with government of India to get all that Delhi needed,” she said.The BJP has attributed what was one of its worst-ever performances in the national capital to its decision to field Bedi against Aam Aadmi Party leader and now Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.Here is the full text of Kiran Bedi’s blog:I opted for electoral politics not for position or power but for serving the city which is my home for last over 40 years. A city which I have served in various capacities, through thick and thin.I saw it through various challenges, international sports events, VIP security, political upheavals, communal riots, agitations, and more …advertisementOn crime front I saw it through when Delhi was hit by terror from outside. I spent years to catch a wink with boots on and with wireless blaring to get on the street any moment.I did crime prevention saving women from being raped in rural areas on dark nights by erstwhile criminal tribes with literally no cops on roles … by involving village young men to patrol at night. While I was personally out 5 nights a week.Conducted traffic management for Asian Games with hundreds of students doing traffic duties, when my senior wanted to send me to Japan on a course, just to edge me out. Traffic was revenue for some.Another time when a district was ridden with bootlegging I managed to dry them out and rehabilitate them to honourable living … or rag picking children sent to schools, now become community colleges and many of the same children become teachers … or opened drug abuse treatment centres from police stations never heard of…All this became a life long mission and will remain …I did it all not for any glory, I did it because the service and situations demanded it …I stepped into electoral politics because I wanted to give my city all I still had, when i was given the feeling that I could be of value. I wanted to see it get a stable government in alignment with government of India to get all that Delhi needed.I also wanted to not die one day with a guilt that I was commenting only and never daring to pass the ultimate test of electoral politics.I have failed the test. And take full responsibility for my decision.But inside me has not failed. Because given the time I gave to myself I gave it all the energy and experience I had. Obviously it was not enough.In such trying situations one does not meet the challenge alone. There are several factors which play a vital role. And each one did. I wish to add nothing more. History will keep analyzing till cows come home. And as I read them, each one of them makes sense. And worth being reflected upon.The wise will read each one, and take due notice …On the election trail I wish to say, we need to rework the way we campaign. Whole city or state comes to a grinding halt. Should it?Roads are in disarray, and work just stops. Everything is too loud, uncouth at times, insulting to thin skinned, false, insinuating, biased, revengeful, corrupt, wasteful, highly disruptive of common man’s needs, breaking all laws, and sending all wrong messages. It’s not a level playing field for the levelheaded serving people. It’s a field for might and muscle in all respects.We need to address these. Hope to see it in my life time.People need services to be delivered. They want integrity, trustworthiness, and professional commitment. But they also want an implementable vision and plans. But they also want freebies … more you give, more you get.advertisementThey do not get it still, that there are no free lunches in life. If you rob Peter to pay Paul, it won’t be long before all get robbed.Also all campaigning must be become lawful, transparent, facts and evidence based, civil, organized, more technology driven, reasonable, unbiased, neutral through different mediums, etc.Space could be allocated through neutral umpires appointed by the Election Commission as per laid down rules based debates and also grass root work done, and let candidates be chosen on the basis of performance or implementable ideas. Which means widespread use of television reaching out to the last mile…Public ‘appeals’ through use of congregations must be not be allowed and considered a violation of laws. Hence must be banned.Its time every public servant becomes a stake holder in governing this country. Needs of people have far outstripped what the country can provide for, be it water, power, roads, public transport, schools, teachers, doctors, jobs, skills, and even girls. Forget about security for women … Only God knows how long women will continue to suffer… In the end, I wish to thank all those who reposed their trust in me. And to say I am sorry I could not measure up to theirs.And also all who called me with foulest possible names.I am relieved my parents were not alive to see this…last_img read more

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Sunil Gavaskar denounces on-field scuffles during India-Lanka series

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar today loathed the way Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers got involved in ugly on-field altercations, saying such incidents are poor advertisement for the sport.Indian paceman Ishant Sharma exchanged a few words with Dhammika Prasad and Dinesh Chandimal today, and yesterday, the gangling bowler argued with Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera.”These are some of the scene that you don’t want to see. The kids are watching and international players are role models. This is just a sport which should be enjoyed. You don’t want the parents to tell their kids that you should not play this sport,” Gavaskar told NDTV.However, the batting legend was impressed with the way Ishant has bowled in this Test. Also read: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test Day 4: As it happened”He was terrific. The wrist position is better, the seam is upright, the away going delivery seems to have come back.It’s good news for the Indian cricket. If he can control (his temperament), it’s good (for the team),” he said.He played as he usually plays. If he can stop thinking about aerial shots, it will be good. He should play his shots but along the ground.” The former captain was also impressed with the batting of the lower-order batsmen.”It was fantastic. It was good to see the application shown. Amit Mishra was promoted and wickets in first innings must have spurred him on. The determination required was there. You just don’t sell your wicket cheaply. Make it hard for the opponents,” he said.advertisementAsked about the struggle of the openers of both the teams in the series, Gavaskar said,” the credit goes to the new ball bowlers. The kind of line and length they bowled made the job of the openers tough. There surely was technical deficiency. They played with foot forward and missed the range of shots on the back-foot.”last_img read more

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Shahid Afridi will regain his best soon: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis

first_imgStating that he is not concerned about the prolong bad patch of national T20 captain Shahid Afridi, Pakistan’s head cricket coach Waqar Younis has said that he is banking on the senior all-rounder to strike form before next year’s ICC World Twenty20 in India.Afridi, 35, who has already retired from Test and One-day cricket, has scored just 110 runs in his last 10 T20 matches and taken just six wickets.”I am not overly concerned with Afridi’s form. He is our most experienced player and a proven match winner. I am banking on him to strike form soon. It is just a matter of having one good match,” Waqar said on Geo Super channel after Pakistan completed a 2-0 win over Zimbabwe in Harare on Tuesday.Also read: Robin Singh all set to coach Pakistan Super League team “We know the World T20 is coming close and it is important for the captain to start contributing to the team.But I think the pitches have not suited Afridi in Zimbabwe and I am sure he will strike form soon,” the former Test captain said.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named Afridi as the national T20 captain till the ICC World Twenty20 early next year after which the flamboyant all-rounder has indicated that he plans to bid adieu to international cricket.Also read: Shoaib Akhtar keen on buying Pakistan Super League franchise “I am sure Afridi himself realizes the importance of striking form with bat and ball. I am sure he wants to end with a bang. So I am not worried he will regain his best soon.advertisementHe is a player for the big occasion,” Waqar said.Waqar noted that Afridi had led the side well in recent T20 matches.Pakistan has won its last six T20 matches taking the team to the number two spot in the ICC T20 rankings.last_img read more

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Tesla burns cash, loses more than $4,000 on every car sold

first_imgIt’s crunch time for Tesla Motors.The Silicon Valley automaker is losing more than $4,000 on every Model S electric sedan it sells, using its reckoning of operating losses, and it burned $359 million in cash last quarter in a bull market for luxury vehicles. The company on Wednesday cut its production targets for this year and next. Chief Executive Elon Musk said he’s considering options to raise more capital, and didn’t rule out selling more stock.Musk has taken investors on a thrill ride since taking Tesla public in 2010. Now he’s given himself a deadline, promising that by the first quarter of 2016 Tesla will be making enough money to fund a jump from making one expensive, low volume car to mass producing multiple models, and expanding a venture to manufacture electric power storage systems.Tesla’s shares fell almost 9 per cent on Thursday and slipped another 2 per cent on Friday as investors and analysts weighed the risks of Musk’s ambitious plans for expanding Tesla’s auto and energy storage businesses. Tesla had just $1.15 billion on hand as of June 30, down from $2.67 billion a year earlier.Automakers consume cash to pay for assembly line equipment, including metal dies and plastic molds, as well as testing to meet safety and emissions standards. A typical new car can cost $1 billion or more to engineer and bring to market.ALSO READ:Hackers turn off Tesla Model S at low speedEstablished automakers such as General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co have amassed far larger cash cushions as they’ve rebuilt balance sheets battered by the 2008-2009 recession. GM, restructured six years ago in a government funded bankruptcy, has targeted cash reserves of $20 billion and had more than $28 billion in cash equivalents as of June 30.advertisementTo be sure, GM sells more than 9 million vehicles a year, while Tesla plans to build between 50,000 and 55,000 cars this year. Tesla, most of whose cars are built to order directly, delivered 11,532 cars in the second period and said it had an operating loss of about $47 million, for an operating loss per car of about $4,000.Tesla’s narrower margin for error is just one more way in which it is different from its century old rivals.The company said it plans $1.5 billion in capital spending this year, mainly to launch its Model X, battery powered sport utility vehicle with eye-catching, vertical-opening “falcon wing” doors. Tesla reported $831 million in capital spending during the first half of the year, indicating it will spend roughly another $700 million.During the second quarter, Tesla said operating costs and research and development spending rose, while average selling prices for the Model S line-up, which starts at $70,000 before federal and state electric vehicle tax breaks, fell 1 per cent as the mix of sales shifted to less expensive models and a strong dollar hit revenue generated overseas. The Model S comes in several different versions, ranging in price up to $106,000 or more, depending on options.CAPITAL SPENDINGTesla has signaled capital spending will drop next year because the company won’t be spending on a major vehicle launch. In 2017, Tesla plans to launch its Model 3 line, which the company says will start at about $35,000 and push total sales toward the goal of 500,000 vehicles a year by 2020.Barclays analyst Brian Johnson disagreed with the company’s estimates, and said he expects Tesla’s capital spending will go up in 2016 and 2017 as the company ramps up its battery factory and Model 3 development. “Their small scale means the cash generation is not as great as they might have hoped for,” he said.Chief Executive Elon Musk said he’s considering options to raise more capital, and didn’t rule out selling more stock.Musk said this week Tesla expects to have $1 billion in cash over the next year, and told analysts “there may be some value” in raising capital “as a risk reduction measure.”Tesla’s stock is still about 70 per cent higher than it was two years ago, and 8 per cent ahead of its level on Jan 1. With a market capitalization of $31 billion, Tesla is worth more than Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, the much larger maker of Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokees.”A capital raise, given the way they’re burning cash today, given the fact that they have future investment needs, seems very likely at some point,” said UBS Securities analyst Colin Langan, who has a sell rating on the stock.Musk has steered Tesla out of tight corners before. In September 2012, the company faced a cash crunch, but raised money by selling shares and renegotiating the terms of a federal loan. The Model S started production in miod-2012.advertisementTesla has made moves to expand sales volume, and lure people to pay more for its vehicles. In addition to adding a lower priced version of the Model S, Tesla last month said it would offer performance upgrades for its Model S 85 and 85D for $5,000 and launched the Model S 90D and P90D high performance cars at a $10,000 price premium.Tesla reports its finances in a different way from the Detroit automakers. Using the generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, used by GM or Ford, Tesla’s operating losses per vehicle have steadily widened to $14,758 from $3,794 in the second quarter of 2014.But Tesla points out in its statements to investors that its GAAP accounting excludes certain revenue and profits from Model S sedans that customers lease. In the second quarter, the deferred gross profits from Model S leases amounted to $61.9 million, Tesla said. Analysts say they add back the deferred revenue to make Tesla’s figures more comparable to the reporting used by other automakers.last_img read more

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Signature Bridge proving to be costly affair for Delhi government

first_imgWith having already missed five deadlines, the much touted Signature Bridge is proving to be a costly affair for the Delhi government.The Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation, the agency responsible for executing the project, has demanded additional Rs 400 crore from the Delhi government for completing the project. Though the matter is under consideration; official sources said cost escalation would further delay the completion of Signature Bridge at Wazirabad, a crucial link for signal-free connectivity between east and west Delhi. Sources said the cost of the project, if approved, would go up to nearly Rs 1,500 crore. Originally pegged at Rs 459 crore, the project saw many cost escalations and the erstwhile Sheila Dikshit government approved the final cost at Rs  1,131 crore.The 675 metre-long bridge is crucial as its opening would ease out traffic from the existing Yamuna Bridge at Wazirabad which has outlived its life span. The bridge connects north Delhi with eastern parts of the city and neighbouring Ghaziabad.Conceived in the year 2000, the Signature Bridge was originally scheduled to be completed by 2008. The project is already delayed by 7 years and almost one-fourth of the work remains to be done, officials said. Signature Bridge is a pet project of former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and it was during her tenure that its cost increased by almost 300 per cent.Well placed sources said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is also considering initiating a probe into the inordinate delay. “The government is in no hurry to sanction the additional cost. It may initiate an inquiry into the matter,” a senior officer said. He also questioned the rationale behind handing over the project to DTTDC instead of the Public Works Department (PWD) which has an expertise in construction of flyovers, bridges and elevated corridors.advertisementA senior Delhi government official said the project is also set to miss the March 2016 deadline for any delay in sanctioning of additional cost. Presenting the annual budget, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had announced that the bridge would be opened for public by March 2016. The AAP government has also planned developing the bridge as a recreation hub with water and sports activities and a viewers’ gallery. “Inordinate delay in its execution has resulted in massive cost escalation. The scope of work has also increased significantly in recent times which requires extra money. Construction of viewers gallery, installation of lifts and developing water and sports activities were not initially included in the project,” a senior Delhi government official said. According to DTTDC, the project cost went up after construction was stalled due to the rocky surface beneath the river. Engineers had to procure special Korean-made boring machines for drilling below the rocky surface.The bow-shaped, cable-supported steel bridge – modelled on the London Bridge – is being built as a tourist spot in collaboration with Gammon India Ltd and two firms from Italy and Brazil. Officials said the bridge will be completed in Phase I while the river bed will be developed under the Phase II of the project.STILL A DISTANT DREAM-> Conceived in year 2000; delayed by 7 years-> Initial cost of bridge – Rs 459 crore-> Final revised cost – Rs 1,131 crore-> Present estimated cost – Rs 1,500 crore-> New deadline – March 2016-> 75-80 per cent work completed-> Crucial for signal free traffic movement between East-West Delhilast_img read more

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Barcelona’s Neymar denies transfer to Manchester United

first_imgBarcelona forward Neymar has dismissed speculation linking him to a world record transfer to English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United.United were reportedly willing to splash a world-record $218 million on the Brazilian superstar who returned from illness to help Barcelona beat Malaga 1-0 in a La liga clash at the Camp Nou on Saturday and record their second win of the season.Also read: City keep up perfect start, Chelsea, Liverpool slump at home The former Santos forward, however, indicated that he was happy to be a part of Barcelona’s feared attacking trinity that also feature Argentine star Lionel Messi and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.”I know nothing of Manchester, I’m out of this and do not hear. I am happy at Barcelona and Barca people can be rest assured,” the 23-year-old was quoted as saying by the Spanish media.”When I hear things like this, I don’t think anything. I just heard it and I am calm. I am very happy at Barca and with my colleagues,” he added. “The people from Barca can be calm.Also read: West Brom sign Man United defender Jonny Evans “I want to stay at Barcelona, no matter how many million pound offers come from England.”Neymar is expected to be offered a new five-year deal at Barcelona with a buyout clause exceeding $279 million.This will come as a big blow to Manchester United manager Luis van Gaal, who is keen to bring a big-name forward to Old Trafford as he seeks to turn the team into genuine contenders for the EPL title.advertisementlast_img read more

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