Demonetized Indian Notes to Play Role in South Africa Elections

first_imgA year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the controversial demonetization move, the scrapped currency notes that were returned to banks are traveling overseas to be used in South Africa’s election campaigns as hardboard for placards and hoardings.The notes, which were recycled into hard boards by Kannur-based company Western Indian Plywood Ltd, will be used for the campaigns in South Africa, which goes to polls in 2019. The company received about 800 tons of demonetized notes from the Reserve Bank of India office in Thiruvananthapuram, Marketing Head P Mehboob told the New Indian Express.“After the currency notes came to the RBI, they were shredded and sent to us because we have the machinery to pulp these notes, which are of high quality,” Mehboob was quoted as saying in the report. “We manufacture hard and soft boards using wood pulp. Once we received the shredded notes, somewhere between 5 per cent to 15 per cent of the pulped currency is added to the wood pulp in order to make the boards. We use the technique of thermomechanical pulping to pulp high-quality currency.”While the company has been making plywood for decades, using demonetized notes in such high volume to make hardboard was an innovation, Mehboob said. Hardboard made with currency pulp is sturdier and has a distinct appearance, General Manager TM Bava told the publication.“Shortly after demonetization was announced, the Reserve Bank based in Thiruvananthapuram approached us. They didn’t how to dispose of the notes. If burnt, it would cause massive environmental damage since the notes are made of special currency paper. We asked them to send us samples. Then our Research & Development wing found a method by which we can use the notes,” he added.The company paid about Rs 200 per ton to the RBI.Western Indian Plywood Ltd was set up in 1945 at Valapattanam in Kannur. It manufactures plywood, block boards and flush doors. While they have earlier supplied material to Gulf and African nations, this would be the first time hardboard made out of Indian currency would be sent out.The RBI said that 98.96 per cent of the demonetized currency, amounting to about Rs 15.28 lakh crore, has come back into the system.Notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination were declared invalid overnight in a midnight televised announcement on Nov. 8 last year, following which citizens were required to return the notes. The move, the government said, was meant to reduce corruption, weed out black money and attack counterfeit currency in the market. Related ItemsDemonetizationDemonetization AnniversaryLittle IndiaSouth Africa Indian currencySouth Africa polls 2019Western Plywoodlast_img read more

Green Card Holds on Hold

first_imgLegislation to eliminate the per-country caps on employment-sponsored immigration that would have significantly reduced waiting periods for highly-skilled Indian workers has been blocked by a Republican Senator from Iowa, who says “it does nothing to better protect Americans.”“Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act” (HR 3012) had been approved overwhelmingly in the US House of Representatives, by a 389 to 15 vote. However,Sen. Chuck Grassley placed a hold on the bill, saying: “I have concerns about the impact of this bill on future immigration flows, and am concerned that it does nothing to better protect Americans at home who seek high-skilled jobs during this time of record high unemployment.”Current law limits the number of employment-based immigrant visas for citizens of any single foreign country to seven per cent of the total for the year. As a result, immigrants from some countries, most notably India, have to wait for as long as 70 years to secure a green card. The new bill would have significantly reduced the waiting time. Related Itemslast_img read more

More Than Meets the Chai

first_imgIt was a fresh, bright, Saturday, winter morning. My fiancée dropped me at the Patel Chawk Metro Station in New Delhi and left for work.As a tea lover, I am attracted to the road-side tea stalls. My love for tea comes from my college life in Pune, which has chai stalls just about everywhere.Delhi tea stalls are different. In and around Central Delhi, there are many juice shops on the footpaths. They look almost identical. They are painted yellow with a firm wooden structure that is half open on three sides and fully open on the fourth, with “Juice Corner” painted in red on the front. It has a list of juices, glued to corner of the counter, slightly askew. The menu list is a sham. That’s not all this shop is about. On looking closer, you discover that this mini juice shop is a shopping parlor with at least five other shops within the juice shop. Yes, at least five, some even manage seven, effectively and efficiently.The juice shop I have walked up to is five meters adjacent to Patel Chawk Metro Station. There are two on this side of the road and two right across. They are all identical, almost like mirror images of each other. A young man, 23, with headphones plugged in his ears, is frying samosas. Tempting indeed, but you know I was looking for tea.I walk up to him and ask, “chai milegi” (Do you serve tea here?). He points to the rear of the stall, where I see a man making tea. The price is Rs 7.The next few minutes stun me. The juice shop is a shopping mall, of sorts. It has eight mini-shops within it, with both food and non-food items for sale.The front of the shop is for juice lovers and the variety (on paper) is commendable. From carrot and coriander to orange and mix fruit, it can serve up drinks for every taste bud. Now imagine a shop stocked with all these vegetables, fruits, cutlery and equipment. One could learn space management and physics of balance in a whole new way.In the front right corner of the juice shop is a mini-shop for cigarettes, biscuits, chips, namkeen, chocolates, water bottles and newspapers — all of which are on display. A boy sitting on a stool on the right corner owns this small shop.Then there is the man with the earphone, frying samosas. This time around, I notice how meticulously, he has boxes stocked on each other, leaning against the shop structure to display his trays of fried items, including five varieties of pakoras and samosas. He has a gas stove and all the basic ingredients for making his snacks very strategically stocked up in his extremely tight space. A set of two chairs comprise his kitchen. Marvelous use of space. I order a samosa. Tempting indeed!To the left of the tea stall is a different world. There is my breed, lawyers, two of them, sitting with a type-writer, a laptop, an HP printer, a data cable, and an extension cord connected to the inside of the juice shop to run these gadgets. Yes, this is their office.A stone slab on the top left end of the juice shop is covered with cartons used to deliver Bisleri bottles. The lawyers mark their territory with their style of dress, which makes them stand apart from the workers at the Juice Corner. The one on the laptop, wearing nerdy spectacles is printing E-Stamps for his clients.The tea seller calls out for me, “Madam apki chai taiyaar hai.” His shop, to the right of the lawyers chambers, is probably the most profitable one, no offence to the lawyers.Sipping my tea, I am startled by the noise of a pressure cooker. It comes from the back end of the juice shop. Seems I had missed the food joint within the juice shop. The menu was limited, but still elaborate for that small space. There was mini-lunch for Rs. 30 and other combinations as well — roti, sabzi, dal, chawal. The man cooking the vegetables had a helper chopping vegetables.I paid the chai-wala and the samosa-wala. As I started to walk toward the metro station, I saw beddings and blankets tied with rope stocked on the top of the juice shop. Seems the workers at the juice shop slept in their little space, if they wanted. Eight people were thus entitled to sleep in and around the juice shop.I am reminded of the B-H-C model from my economics. At this juice shop, B is for Bungalow — the multinationals in India — H is for Haveli — the indigenous companies in India — and C is for the Chawl system, where there is “more to a shop” and “more in a shop” than most of us can possibly imagine. Related Itemslast_img read more

The Brain on Interracial Marriages

first_imgNext year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision ruling bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional.While the ruling in Loving v. Virginia (1967) was controversial at the time — in 1958 just 4 percent of Americans approved of marriages “between white and colored people” — today polls indicate that most Americans (87 percent) accept interracial marriage.Yet incidents of overt prejudice — even violence — against interracial couples keep cropping up. In April, a Mississippi landlord evicted a family after he found out the couple was interracial. Then, this past summer, a man stabbed an interracial couple after seeing them kiss in public.As a social psychologist, I’ve often wondered: are these types of incidents aberrations? Or are they indicative of a persistent, underlying bias against interracial couples – something not captured by self-reported polls?To test this, my colleague Caitlin Hudac and I designed a series of studies to examine how people really feel about interracial relationships.Insights from the insulaThrough the early 20th century, many Americans reacted to the idea of interracial marriage with revulsion. For example, Abigail Adams reportedly said that “disgust and horror” filled her mind when she saw dark-skinned Othello touch pale-skinned Desdemona in the theatrical production of Othello.Yet even though attitudes have supposedly changed, contemporary commentary on interracial marriage will still refer to a “gag reflex” that some people continue to feel — as The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen noted a few years ago.This feeling — disgust — is the one we decided to zero in on.First we asked a predominately white sample of college students to report how disgusted they feel by interracial relationships between blacks and whites. We also had the participants tell us how accepting they were of interracial relationships between blacks and whites.Consistent with polling data, we found that participants claimed to be largely accepting of interracial relationships. We also found that disgust and acceptance were highly correlated; the less accepting people were of interracial relationships, the more disgusted they were by them.The problem with asking people to report on their own attitudes about sensitive topics like race and gender, however, is that people are often either unaware of their own biases or unwilling to report them. For example, although most white Americans self-report little to no racial bias against black people, they’ve been shown to possess robust implicit, or nonconscious, biases.To get around this problem, we conducted a second study in which we measured participants’ brain activity — not their own reports. Using an electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures electrical activity in the brain, we recorded the brain waves of a predominately white sample of college students while they viewed 100 images of black-white interracial couples and an equal number of same-race couples (black and white).We wanted to see what would happen in an area of the brain known as the insula, which has been shown to become activated when people feel disgust. In other words, would the insula of participants light up when viewing interracial couples?We found exactly that: overall, participants showed a heightened level of activation in the insula when looking at interracial couples relative to looking at same-race couples.Although the insula is not exclusively linked to disgust, taken with the results of our first study these findings suggest that people do tend to be more likely to experience disgust when viewing interracial couples.When we’re disgusted, what happens next?In our final study we wanted to look at the ramifications of feeling disgusted by interracial couples.There’s a fair amount of psychological research showing that feeling disgusted by others often leads us to dehumanize them. So we wondered whether the disgust people experience in response to interracial couples might lead them to dehumanize them.To test this, we recruited another predominately white sample of college students and divided them into two groups. One group was shown a series of disgusting images (e.g., people vomiting, dirty toilets) and the other group was shown a series of pleasant images (e.g., scenery, city skylines). This was done to induce some participants to experience disgust — which was expected to make them more likely to dehumanize people.Next, we had participants complete an implicit association test (IAT). During IATs, participants need to make split-second categorizations of concepts and categories; because there’s almost no time to reason or think, it tests our nonconscious associations. For our study, we had participants quickly categorize images of interracial couples, same-race couples, silhouettes of humans and silhouettes of animals. The silhouettes were there to represent “humanization” and “dehumanization,” respectively. In one part of the task, participants were told to use one button to categorize images of interracial couples and silhouettes of animals; they were told to push a different button to categorize images of same-race couples and silhouettes of humans. Next these pairings were switched: we had participants push one button if they viewed images of same-race couples and silhouettes of animals. The other button was used to categorize images of interracial couples and silhouettes of humans. We predicted that participants who were primed to be disgusted (those who viewed the disgusting images in the beginning of the study) would do the task faster when they’d been told to categorize interracial couples and animals with the same key. What we found is that all participants were able to complete the task quicker when interracial couples and animals were categorized using the same button (which is indicative of implicit dehumanization). However, participants who had been primed to be disgusted were able to do it the fastest.Overall, this research suggests that, when it comes to attitudes about interracial relationships, polls don’t tell the whole story. Interracial couples still elicit disgust in many people; this disgust can translate into dehumanization of interracial couples. However, these results do not mean that it’s natural to feel disgust about interracial relationships; we are not born with these biases. Rather, the existence of these biases is evidence of deeply ingrained societal attitudes about race in our culture – and there is a new and growing field of research on methods to reduce these biases. Still, the findings are particularly striking given that all data was collected from college students — and polls show that millennials, of all age groups, say they are most accepting of interracial relationships. Although our research cannot speak directly to the consequences of dehumanizing interracial couples, the implications are startling. When we dehumanize people it frees us from the burden of empathizing with them or having compassion for their struggles. And at its most extreme, dehumanization can lead to acts of violence and cruelty — like the stabbing from earlier this summer. Allison Skinner is a Psychology Researcher at University of Washington.Reprinted from The Conversation Related Itemslast_img read more

Indians Seek Most Engineering Jobs on LinkedIn

first_imgIndians are the top searchers for engineering job profiles on LinkedIn while the rest of Asia looks for consultancy jobs, according to global job seeker trends on the professional networking site.Data indicates that mechanical and software engineering job roles were five of the top 10 most viewed job posts in 2017 in India, while Singapore and Australia sought management consultancy roles and business analyst roles.The most viewed job post in India was that of a KPMG analyst. At the second, third and fifth spots were mechanical engineering job posts from Tata Motors, security product manufacturing company Allegion, and logistics automation company Vanderlande. Among the top 10 most viewed job posts were intern positions in a software engineering role at Microsoft and Amazon, the Times of India quoted Irfan Abdulla, director – LinkedIn Talent Solutions and Learning Solutions, India and South Asia, as saying.“India has always been a hotbed for engineers, and we see close to a million engineering graduates in the country every year. So it is not surprising that many of the most viewed jobs on LinkedIn in India are for engineering roles. In terms of employers, MNCs as well as homegrown companies are expanding and are always looking for good technical talent that is up-skilled and ready for the future,” Abdulla said.The search trends on LinkedIn indicated that jobs in MNCs were favored over Indian companies. Eight of the most viewed jobs were in MNCs while the rest two in the top 10 were in Tata Motors and Paytm (for the role of product manager). This was also the case across Asia-Pacific.In Hong Kong, financial job roles were popular while job roles like management consultant and junior consultant in Boston Consulting Group (BCG) were consistently on the top-10 list in other Asia-Pacific countries.The preference for consulting could be because it includes several transferable skills, Abdulla said.According to last year’s survey, Flipkart, Paytm, Ola and OYO Rooms were the most sought after Indian employers in 2016, according to VCCircle. Flipkart was at the top, with Amazon coming close behind, followed by the local arm of consultancy firm KPMG, and One97 Communications Ltd, the parent firm of digital wallet company Paytm. Taxi-aggregator Ola was ranked fifth. Related ItemsEmploymentlinkedinlast_img read more

A King Lear Set in India, Wild and Tragic as Ever

first_imgCritics, like exterminators and exorcists, are in the business of bringing what is hidden into the light. To make the implicit explicit, as Samuel Johnson had it, to root out elusive associations, half-invisible effects — to identify how a text works, and why.On good days, that is. “We That Are Young,” a hectic new novel by Preti Taneja, a retelling of King Lear set in present-day India, was published last year in Britain to much acclaim. It’s a doorstop, full of sound and fury, more nihilistic than Shakespeare’s original, with all the blunt and dismal machinations of a soap opera.It’s not a subtle novel. Then again “King Lear” is not an especially subtle play. It is, however, mysterious, somehow both cosmic and intimate, which the best adaptations — like Jane Smiley’s “A Thousand Acres” and Edward St. Aubyn’s “Dunbar” — understand. Taneja’s very busy book, in contrast, leaves little room for the reader to experience the strange, shifting identifications the original play makes possible, the way we can turn from pitying Lear to loathing him.Devraj, an aging tycoon (our Lear), plans to divide the shares of his company among his three daughters, steely, ambitious Gargi (Goneril), frivolous Radha (Regan) and his youngest, his beloved Sita (Cordelia), who has a fiery activist streak. The novel maps neatly onto the play; Devraj demands a ritual show of love and loyalty, independent-minded Sita refuses to comply and the tragedy is set in motion — the rivalry, the storm, the brutal blinding. Add to that a handful of subplots involving India’s anti-corruption protests of 2011, the conflict in Kashmir, a slum inspired by one of Dante’s circles of hell, a massacre of peacocks and a poisoned apple.“Too drawn-out,” George Orwell complained of “King Lear,” “too many characters and subplots.” He believed the play is saved by its poetry, by the intensity of its vision. Taneja’s take on Lear suffers, however, from the opposite problem. The narrative is easy enough to track, but where is the emotional truth of the story? We get motifs instead, grist for a dozen stimulating term papers: the inheritance of historical trauma, the unresolved repercussions of Partition, vivid examples of Bakhtin’s theory of the carnival.“’We That Are Young’ is not realist fiction, nor was it ever meant to be,” Taneja has said. “That kind of fiction is predicated on a Judeo-Christian linear understanding of time and mortality inappropriate to the India of the book.” She has taken abundant care to find what she thinks is a more fitting form, one that spirals occasionally into fable and back again, but no such attention seems to have been lavished on the language. On a sentence level, the book is a shambles. Exposition is meted out in clunky dialogue; themes are announced in portentous, nonsensical mantras: “All creatures rush to their destruction, like snowflakes on the breeze.” There are some painfully awkward descriptions; when strands of Gargi’s hair escape her hasty bun, it’s described as a moment when “lose entrails fall around her face.” Although you can sense the influence of Bret Easton Ellis and Martin Amis in Taneja’s broad characterizations of her villains, they lack the savagery and panache. She is fatally attracted to syrupy metaphors and has a tin ear when it comes to humor. “There’s definitely a samosa missing from the high tea selection,” is the sort of thing that passes for wit.Furthermore why make this book so ethically easy on the reader? Good and evil are so plainly signaled (you shall know iniquity by beef-eating and cocaine-snorting). Although each section is written in the first or a close third person, we rarely meld with the consciousness of the characters. The author keeps elbowing them out of the way to telegraph her contempt for them, their venality, their obscene wealth.Still, Taneja is a writer of considerable energy and invention. She is unflinching when it comes to the world she conjures: the “rabid dogs biting each other to death,” the “ragdolly fetuses spat from waste pipes in the back lanes of the city.” At the climax of the book, there is a murder scene recounted with such deliberate and frightening pacing, such a mix of triumph and psychosis, it’s up there with anything Mary Gaitskill or Susanna Moore have ever written.These are the moments when Taneja takes control of the book. It’s when she ceases strenuously “writing” — cracking awful jokes or remarking on the mosques “blushing” at daybreak — and begins to ask questions of her characters and herself, that we get an entirely original take on Lear. We see, for example, a far warmer portrayal of the sisters than we have ever encountered — of their gilded cages, of the wedge forced between them. (“He divided us for his own pleasure,” Gargi thinks of her father. “Like meat torn from bone.”) It’s then that we experience a new, chilling take on one of the oldest stories in the world: “See what happens to all willful girls?”Publication Notes:“We That Are Young”By Preti Taneja479 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95.© New York Times 2018 Related Itemslast_img read more

British Billionaire Sanjeev Gupta To Buy Australia’s Zen Energy Firm

first_imgSanjeev Gupta, the British business tycoon of Indian origin who bought Arrium steelworks in Australia in July this year, has acquired a controlling stake in Adelaide-based Zen Energy for an undisclosed sum.Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance said in a statement that their energy division SIMEC Energy struck an agreement to buy 50.1 per cent shares of Australian solar company Zen to power its mining business and to meet the growing domestic energy needs.Gupta Family Marks Presence in AustraliaThe majority ownership in Zen will provide reliable and environmentally sustainable energy to mining operations conducted by SIMEC in South Australia, and Liberty OneSteel’s operations in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.  Liberty OneSteel is headed by Sanjeev Gupta himself, while SIMEC is run by his father Parduman Gupta.Zen Energy will be renamed Simec Zen Energy, and it will now be a part of GFG Alliance, which holds power generation assets of 600 megawatts in the United Kingdom. The company also has 400 megawatts under development, including tidal, biofuel, hydro, solar and wind energy.“The high cost of energy for Australian consumers is debilitating for the economy and a crying shame for a country so rich in resources. We clearly see a need for industrial groups and energy generators to work together,” said Gupta, the executive chairman of GFG, Reuters reported.“Combining our power expertise developed in the UK, and Zen’s local knowledge in Australia, is a natural partnership. ZEN Energy is proudly Australian and brings unparalleled market and technological knowledge to address the challenges faced by the Australian power sector. We are delighted to partner with them on projects and look to invest for further growth. Our main focus, as in the UK, will be renewable energy,” added Gupta.Gupta also talked about the vitality of formulating long-term sustainable energy solutions, which are economical and environment-friendly.Zen On Partnership with GFG AllianceAfter the deal, Ross Garnaut, the chairman of Zen Energy, said they use a combination of energy from new and existing power plants, and with effective demand management technologies, they are able to deliver energy supply solutions at a very competitive price.“ZEN has spent many years building the strategy, business models and management and technological capacities to introduce new solutions to Australia’s energy problems of weak competition, high costs, low reliability and unnecessary pollution,” he said.“We have been looking for the right capital investor and strategic partner to help realise our plans, and have found the perfect match in Sanjeev and the SIMEC Energy team. Their understanding of the energy dilemma this country faces, which is making much of our industry uncommercial and environmentally unsustainable, means we see the market need and opportunity in the same way. We are excited about the future, as this will yield benefits for Australian jobs, investors, communities and the environment.”Garnaut and company founder Richard Turner will stay with the company.Sanjeev Gupta: All You Need to KnowGupta was born in 1972 as the third of four children of industrialist Parduman Gupta. After studying economics at the Trinity College, Cambridge, Sanjeev Gupta founded the Liberty House Group in 1992. The company is headquartered in Mayfair, London, and it has branches in Singapore, Dubai, and Hong Kong.The Liberty empire, which includes his father’s Simec business, had a net business turnover of $6.7 billion, and pretax earnings of $140 million as of 2016. The group has net assets of $1 billion. Related ItemsIndian ArriumLittle IndiaSanjeev GuptaSanjeev Gupta AustraliaSanjeev Gupta Zen EnergySanjeev Parduman GuptaZen GFG Alliancelast_img read more

Doctor Found Dead of Suspected Drug Overdose in U.S.

first_imgA 50-year-old India American pulmonologist from Manhattan died of suspected heroin overdose. Dr Ravindra Rajmane was found dead inside his Park Avenue South apartment earlier this week.Rajmane had not been seen for some days at the NYU Langone Medical Center where he worked as a pulmonologist, CBS NewYork reported. His body was found surrounded by drugs and things related to it scattered all over along with glassine envelopes with “knock out king” stamped on them.An acquaintance of the doctor stopped by his apartment to check on him at around 9:30 am on Dec. 12 and found him dead on his bed, the police said.The exact cause of death is yet to be ascertained. The medical examiner’s office will perform the autopsy to know what caused Rajmane’s death. Until then drug overdose is presumed to be the reason of his death.Robert Boyce, the NYPD chief of detectives, tweeted about the incident and urged citizens to call the department if they they knew of what the stamps meant.Detectives are investigating an overdose death in #Manhattan which occurred earlier this week. Glassine envelopes with the stamp KNOCK OUT KING were discovered at the scene. If you have any info on this stamp call CrimeStoppers at #800577TIPS #OpioidCrisis— Chief Robert Boyce (@NYPDDetectives) December 13, 2017On Dec.17, 2015 NYU Langone Medical Center tweeted introducing Rajmane as the new pulmonologist who aimed to save more lives. Rajmane attended the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and did his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center in New York. He was also the president of the New York State Thoracic Society during 2010-11.Meet new #pulmonology chief, Dr. Ravindra Rajmane, who aims to save more lives https://t.co/GBUikyb2ZY #brooklyn pic.twitter.com/BK3A3bnu2n— NYU Langone in BK (@NYULutheran) December 17, 2015In 2011, Knockout King, a game where a group would choose its leader and then plan an attack at defenseless victims at random left many injured and some dead in the United States. These gangs would pin the victims to the ground, beat them up and upload the videos on social networking sites. This would in turn prompt others to make similar videos, sometimes done by copying the act.Reports of these attacks poured in from various states in the United States, and the police had identified victims as immigrants, elderly and often alone.Earlier in the year, many fell victim to another online game called the Blue Whale Challenge. The game that lasts weeks is a social media challenge where strangers compel others to commit following a series of 50 acts. While at first these acts seem harmless, they later compelled people to become self-mutilating and the final challenge was suicide. The challenge demanded that the suicide is captured in a video and watched by people. Related ItemsIndian AmericanNew Yorklast_img read more

Narendra Modi, Mukesh Ambani Among World’s Most Powerful People: Forbes

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has retained his position as the ninth most powerful person in the world in the Forbes magazine’s 2018 list, which was released on May 8.Chinese President Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, emerged as the most powerful person on the list, dethroning Russian President Vladimir Putin after four years.U.S. President Donald Trump, who was at No.2 last year, fell to the third position, behind Putin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel came up fourth for winning a “hard-fought election” for her fourth term as the chancellor. The magazine called Merkel, who has been leading Germany since 2005, the “de facto leader of Europe.”The list, consisting of 75 people, features two more Indians. Besides Modi, industrialist Mukesh Ambani and Satya Nadella, the Indian-origin CEO of Microsoft, figure at No. 32 and No. 40, respectively.“Modi has raised his profile as a global leader in recent years during official visits with Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. He has also emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change, as warming affects millions of his country’s rural citizens,” Forbes said.The magazine, which called Modi “populist,” also mentioned his unexpected announcement in November 2016 to “eliminate India’s two largest banknotes in a bid to reduce money laundering and corruption.”Ambani was included in the list as “Reliance sparked a price war in India’s hyper-competitive telecom market” with Reliance Jio and “signed on 160 million customers by offering free domestic voice calls, dirt-cheap data services and virtually free smartphones.” He has a net worth of $41.6 billion.Forbes attributed Nadella for the 150 per cent increase in Microsoft’s stock since he took over. “He has steered the company away from a failing mobile strategy and focused on other segments, including cloud computing and augmented reality,” the magazine said.There are 17 new names in the list this year, including Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, popularly known as MBS. The First Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia entered the list at No. 8. Another new entrant is Jerome H. Powell, who was appointed as the chairman of the Federal Reserve, United States in February 2018. He was ranked 11, and is followed by the new French President Emmanuel Macron, another new name on the list.Macron had taken a “firm stance after Trump announced U.S. will leave the Paris climate accord, noting that the agreement will not be renegotiated,” Forbes said. Related ItemsMukesh AmbaniNarendra Modixi jingpinglast_img read more

Heat rally in 4th, top struggling Magic

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City LATEST STORIES Josh Richardson scored 14 of his 20 points in the final quarter, Ellington made four 3-pointers in that game-deciding period and the Miami Heat finished with a flourish to beat struggling Orlando 107-89 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) — beating the Magic for the first time in the teams’ last five meetings.“We needed that one,” Heat guard Goran Dragic said. “Huge win for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIt was tied going into the fourth, and Miami — which trailed Orlando by 10 in the second half — outscored the Magic 39-21 in the final 12 minutes. All four of Ellington’s late 3s came in a span of 3 1/2 minutes.“He’s a cheat code,” Orlando’s Jonathan Issac said, using the term video-gamers know as something that gives them special powers while playing. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments “We played extremely hard,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “I was proud of how hard our guys played.”Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja had 14 apiece for Orlando, which got 12 from Marreese Speights. After that 10-point lead, the Magic got outscored by 28 in the final 20 minutes.“We had a lot of turnovers so that led to easy buckets,” Fournier said. “They got it going and the momentum changed.”The Heat started 3 for 19 from 3-point range, then made eight of their final 14 from deep. Miami shot 56 percent in the final quarter, after shooting 41 percent through the first three, and outrebounded Orlando 19-6 in the fourth.“We were getting good looks all night,” Ellington said. “The first half they didn’t really fall for us, but we stayed patient.” BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Said Ellington: “I don’t really play video games, so I don’t know exactly what that means. But I’m guessing it’s a big compliment, so I appreciate that.”Tyler Johnson added 17, Kelly Olynyk scored 15 and Dragic had 14 for the Heat, who had their biggest margin in a final quarter this season.Hassan Whiteside returned from an 11-game absence with a bone bruise in his left knee, adding seven points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes.“I don’t expect somebody to miss that many games and come right back in and everybody have terrific rhythm, including him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There’s going to be a little bit of a process.”Elfrid Payton scored 19 points for Orlando, which now has two separate nine-game losing streaks this season. The Magic started 8-4, and are 3-20 since.ADVERTISEMENT Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) defends against Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Wayne Ellington doesn’t play video games, so he doesn’t know what a cheat code is.He gets the term now.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Celtics storm back from 26 to stun Rockets

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics05:08DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 201900:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Houston was able to stall the momentum when Harden drew a foul with 1:56 left and got two extra free throws when Morris and Boston coach Brad Stevens received technicals for arguing. Harden made all four from the line, but a late 3-pointer by Rozier had Boston within 78-69 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Veteran swingman Gerald Green, who signed a free-agent deal with the Rockets earlier Thursday, finished with two rebounds and no points in 11 minutes. … The Rockets’ 62 points in the first half were the most scored on the Celtics in the first two periods of a game this season. … Houston point guard Chris Paul missed his third straight game with a groin strain and the Rockets fell to 10-7 without him.Celtics: Were just 5 of 19 in the first quarter while scoring 12 points, the second-lowest total for a quarter by the Celtics this season. … Boston committed eight turnovers in the first quarter.2-MAN CREWReferee Mark Lindsay missed the game with a sore back, leaving Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to officiate the game on their own.UP NEXTRockets: Wrap up a three-game road trip Friday at Washington.Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.by Taboola Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) and Kyrie Irving (11) celebrate as Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night.Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls against James Harden in the closing seconds to help Boston complete the comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Houston opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at halftime. After committing six turnovers in the first half, Houston had seven in the third quarter and Boston capitalized by outscoring the Rockets 31-16. Irving scored 12 in the third quarter as Boston picked up its defense, holding Houston to just four field goals in the period.Boston got within a point a couple times in the fourth, but couldn’t quite catch the Rockets until the final seconds.Smart drove for a layup and pulled Boston within 96-95 with 13.5 seconds left. Boston pressured the inbounds pass and Houston called time, then another before getting the ball to Harden, who made both free throws and finished 15 for 15 from the foul line. Rather than going for the 3-pointer, Boston went to Tatum for another layup, then Smart took an offensive foul by Harden on the inbounds play.Houston’s lead was in the 20s for nearly all of the second quarter and much of the third before Boston pulled back within range on a 12-0 run.Irving drew another foul while driving to the basket and added two more from the line, then after a shot-clock violation, Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 71-58 — the lowest it had been since Houston led 23-10. After a timeout, Irving stole the ball and got it to Smart for a layup to make it 71-60.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart and Terry Rozier had 13 points apiece.Tatum made a layup with seven seconds left to pull the Celtics within 98-97, then Smart had position on Harden for an offensive foul that gave Boston the ball and a chance to win it. Horford converted from the lane to put Boston up for the first time in a game Houston had led throughout and dominated until midway through the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderHarden finished with 34 points and 10 assists. Eric Gordon scored 24 points for Houston, which shot 25 percent (9 of 36) in the second half and lost its fourth straight.The Rockets had one last chance after Horford’s go-ahead hook shot, but Harden was called for another offensive foul and time expired after Horford missed his second free throw.last_img read more

Gumabao, Gohing form superteam with Valdez at Creamline

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:46Binibining Pilipinas winners dream of becoming president01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Gumabao was the UAAP’s Best Blocker in Seasons 73 and 74 before winning the MVP plum in Season 75, all championship-winning years for the picturesque hitter, while Gohing was Season 71’s top rookie and was a four-time champion.The two joins a Creamline squad that boasts multi-time MVP Alyssa Valdez, who won three in the UAAP and four in the Premier Volleyball League, Risa Sato, Jia Morado, and Cesca Raqraquin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThis signing marks Gumabao’s return to the PVL after leaving Pocari Sweat in 2016 to play for Cocolife in the Philippine Super Liga while Gohing leaves the Lady Warriors, the club she played for in three years.The two were teammates back in 2015 when they played for Philips Gold in the PSL where they gave the Lady Slammers two bronze medals in the All-Filipino Conference and Grand Prix. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gumabao and Gohing also won hardware in the PVL when they led Pocari Sweat to the Open and Reinforced Conference titles. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Tennell completes near-perfect skate to win national title Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline pushed its stockpile of star players to higher levels after it acquired Michele Gumabao and Melissa Gohing in a single day of signing.The Cool Smashers posted a teaser on its Facebook page with all the clues pointing to the two former De La Salle aces.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NCAA football: St. Benilde forces decider for title

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I told the players at halftime that if we score the equalizer in the second half, we’ll win this. And we did,” said Blazers coach Marlon Maro.Game 3 is on Wednesday, still at the historic Rizal Memorial pitch.In the juniors division, Mariano Suba uncorked a hattrick before goalkeeper Jessie Reil Semblano showcased his defensive whiz in the shootout to deliver San Beda to a 3-1 (3-3) victory over CSB-La Salle Greenhills and take home the Red Booters’ 17th juniors crown.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Zark’s, Marinero emerge as favorites in wide-open D-League Aspirants’ Cup Arellano seemed to have gotten in the head of St. Benilde early after Cyrus Sanquilos put his side up 1-0 at the seventh minute.The Blazers, however, couldn’t stomach the idea of a repeat of last season’s runner-up finish and came out as the aggressors in the second half with Major Dean Ebarle knotting the score at a goal apiece which remained until the end of extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs the match went on to a penalty shootout, Arellano’s Sanquilos, Charles Gamutan, and Roberto Corsame and St. Benilde’s Earl Real Laguerta, Vincent Erik Lovitos, and Renz Joseph Tulayba all traded goals to tie the score at 3-3.Bernate, however, went too strong on his attempt for the Chiefs that allowed Alforque to deliver the clincher. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City St. Benilde refused to go down without a fight and edged Arellano in penalty shootout, 4-3 (1-1), to force a winner-take-all Game 3 in the NCAA Season 93 senior football Finals Monday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Blazer Moiselle Angelo Alforque sent the ball to the back of the net as he broke the 3-all deadlock in the shootout after Chief Patrick John Bernarte sailed over the crossbar to surrender the win in the tense Game 2 duel.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Kohli a treat to watch, says Akram; West Indies captain jumps to Gayle’s defence and more

first_imgI will be worried to bowl at Virat Kohli, says Wasim AkramFormer Pakistan captain and arguably one of the best fast bowlers to have played the game, Wasim Akram, may have terrorised many top batsmen during his playing days but the ‘Sultan of Swing’ said he would be worried if he had to bowl at Indian batting superstar Virat Kohli.Gayle a target for headline makers: Darren SammyWest Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy has defended team-mate Chris Gayle after latest allegations of sexism against him, saying that the big-hitting Jamaican has become an easy target for headline writers.Surisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions eye maiden IPL finalEyeing a shot at the title in their debut season, Gujarat Lions will have to fight off the fiery pacers of Sunrisers Hyderabad in today’s IPL Qualifier 2.Sanjay Bangar named India coach for Zimbabwe tourSanjay Bangar has been named head coach for India’s tour of Zimbabwe while Abhay Sharma has been appointed fielding coach.Jose Mourinho returns for more drama in English Premier LeagueManchester United are replacing Louis van Gaal with his former assistant Jose Mourinho, a man Chelsea no longer wanted who has frequently clashed with new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.last_img read more

New import for SMB

first_imgSan Miguel Beer, meanwhile, sitting precariously at fourth spot, isn’t taking any chances as the Beermen prepare to take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Saturday in a road game in Cebu.Prolific import Dez Wells continues to be sidelined due to a foot injury and not even a 99-96 victory over Blackwater on Wednesday could convince the Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel to play all-Filipino for a second straight match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Beermen are bringing in former Cleveland Cavalier John Holland to reinforce their roster while Wells loiters on the injured list.“We’re hoping we can fix the paperwork for Holland tomorrow [in time for Saturday],” said coach Leo Austria in a report published on the league’s official website. San Miguel is expecting Holland to arrive on Friday. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Gymnast Yulo to light cauldron; 6 athletes tapped as flag-bearers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “Wells told us that he can’t play Saturday so we got a backup. We can’t afford to play without an import for the second time,” Austria added.Without Wells, the Beermen relied on five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo against Blackwater and the 6-foot-10 responded with 30 points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes against the Elite.Holland has big shoes to fill in as Wells averaged 37.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks a game before his injury.The Kings are in for a rumble against the KaTropa as the conference is shaping up to be a footrace to the crown among teams affiliated with the two major conglomerates in the league.TNT is tied with the lead with sister team NLEX at 7-1, with Meralco, which also operates under the Manny V. Pangilinan group, at third with a 6-2 card. The Bolts also play on Friday as they face the Columbian Dyip at 4:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img The Beermen, the flagship crew of San Miguel Corp. under Ramon S. Ang, are fourth at 6-3, with sister squads Ginebra (5-3) and Magnolia (5-4) behind.Wins by TNT and Meralco will solidify both teams’ positions inside the top four, which offers twice-to-beat protection in the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Dez Wells Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith just two wins separating the top six teams, the race to one of four playoff slots carrying a crucial quarterfinal bonus will expectedly be a tough one.That puts added weight on the match between TNT and Barangay Ginebra on Friday, with the Kings hoping to drag the league-leading KaTropa lower into an even fiercer dogfight for the top four slots.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis View commentslast_img read more

Samsung Gear Sport dumps the Gear S3’s style for fitness-tracking substance

first_imgThe Gear Sport, launched by Samsung ahead of IFA 2017 in Berlin, is not a Gear S3 replacement. The Gear S3, launched by Samsung last year, still remains to be the king in the North as far as the South Korean major’s trysts with fitness/smart wearable technology is concerned. With the newly launched Gear Sport, Samsung is only looking to give — fitness conscious — buyers one more option to invest in its fitness/smart wearable technology ecosystem: an ecosystem that’s still trying hard to figure out its loyalties. The Gear Sport, as far as first impressions are concerned, looks like a fitness tracker masquerading as a smartwatch, and that’s a good thing.Unlike the Gear S3, the Gear Sport is lighter, thinner, lacks cellular connectivity, and is also swim-proof. It’s also supposedly more affordable than the top-tier Gear S3, although Samsung is yet to announce pricing and availability specifics of its new fitness/smart wearable. Samsung has also gone ahead and made healthy collaborations with Speedo, Under Armour and Spotify to make its new fitness/smart wearable more relevant.The Gear Sport, because it is 5 ATM-certified, is “safe to wear while walking in the rain or showering, and may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or the ocean. However, the Gear Sport should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth,” according to Samsung. And while you’re at it, you can also track your progress with the new Speedo On app. The Gear Sport, in addition, is also MIL-STD-810G certified so it can technically survive harsh environment.advertisementA suit of Under Armour apps — the Gear Sport will offer a one year subscription to go along — will, on the other hand, allow users to track what fitness activities they’re doing. The Gear Sport, for your reference, comes with GPS to allow for that functionality. Samsung’s new fitness/smart wearable will also allow users to listen to their Spotify playlists offline even when they’re away from their phone.Also Read: Samsung Gear S3 is thick and chunky for a reasonIf that wasn’t enough, the Gear Sport, can also be used to stream workout videos to a Samsung TV and remote controlling a Gear VR headset.In terms of hardware specs, the Gear Sport, unlike the Gear S3, comes with a smaller 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a 360×360 pixels resolution which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Just like the Gear S3, the Gear Sport also comes with a Full Colour Always-On Display mode – taken from Samsung’s Galaxy range of phones – which, according to Samsung, allows the screen to display 16 million colours even during sleep mode.The fitness/smart wearable is compatible with any 20mm watch band, and Samsung will additionally sell its own hand-crafted straps for it.The Gear Sport is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor clubbed with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, much like the Gear S3. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS.Just like the Gear S3, the Gear Sport also runs Tizen-based Wearable Platform and features a round dial with a rotating bezel, deeply integrated with the wearable’s Tizen OS. Sensors on-board the Gear Sport include: accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyro, and a continuous heart-rate monitor.Unlike the Gear S3 however, the new Gear Sport is backed by a smaller 300mAh battery, but it is still rated to deliver up to four days of battery life on moderate usage. The Gear Sport is compatible with all Android smartphones running Android 4.4 and upwards with 1.5GB+ RAM with support. It is compatible with iOS devices like the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, 5 as well provided they’re running iOS 9 and upwards.Samsung, at its pre-IFA press briefing, also announced a revamped version of the Gear Fit 2 wearable and the Gear Icon X wireless ear-buds. While the 2018-edition of the Gear Icon X comes with improved battery life: up to five hours of music streaming or seven hours of standalone music playback (with the complimentary charging case offering one complete charge) and support for Samsung’s Bixby AI, the new Gear Fit 2 Pro gets 5 ATM and MIL-STD-810G certifications.last_img read more

Tim Paine dropped, Aaron Finch to captain Australia in ODI series vs South Africa

first_imgTim Paine has been dropped from Australia’s one-day squad while Aaron Finch was named captain in his place for next month’s three-match ODI series, starting November 4.Finch recently led Australia’s Twenty20 side in their 11-run defeat to Pakistan in Dubai, where Pakistan sealed the series 2-0. On the lines of Australia’s Test structure, Finch will be supported by two vice-captain in Josh Hazlewood and Alex Carey.Carey is also the wicketkeeping replacement for Tim Paine, as a 14-man squad was announced for the series, which begins in Perth. The other two matches will take place in Adelaide and Hobart.”We expect Aaron, Josh and Alex to lead the side through a big Australian summer … they’ll also be driving our standards and values as we prepare our defence of the World Cup, which is only seven months away,” chief selector Trevor Hohns said in a news release.”We believe the squad we have selected will give us a great opportunity to not only be competitive at home this summer, but it also allows us to start to build continuity leading into next year’s tournament.”Hazlewood returns to action for his country along with fellow quick Pat Cummins after both skipped the Test series against Pakistan because of injury.The third member of Australia’s much-vaunted pace attack, Mitchell Starc, returns to white ball cricket after missing the series in England earlier this year and despite an injury scare during the Pakistan Test series.Steve Smith and David Warner are still banned for their part in the ball-tampering scandal during the Test series against the Proteas in March, giving the batting line-up an unfamiliar feel.advertisementFinch, Travis Head and Marcus Stoinis look set to be the first three names on the list with Shaun Marsh retained at number four despite his poor Test form.Changes to the squad from the England tour include the inclusion of quick Nathan Coulter-Nile and top order batsman Chris Lynn, who will get a chance to earn his second ODI cap nearly two years after his first.Mitchell Marsh, the Test vice captain, and off-spinner Nathan Lyon were omitted from the squad but Hohns said they had been rested.”We have made the decision to manage Mitch Marsh and Nathan Lyon carefully to ensure they are in the best condition possible to put their hand up for selection either later in the summer or for the World Cup next year,” he said.Squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey (vice captain), Josh Hazlewood (vice captain), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Darcy Short, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

2019 World Cup: Australia look to make 6th triumph a realistic possibility

first_imgSynonymous with World Cup success, Australia will enter the showpiece with realistic hopes of widening the gulf between them and the rest, having tenaciously rallied from the ball-tampering saga that prompted radical changes in their cricketing culture.The five-time winners have showed exemplary resilience in navigating the tempestuous phase that nearly broke their back and spirit, and the recent away series victories against India and Pakistan are proof of their never-say-die attitude.The much-awaited return of David Warner and Steve Smith from their one-year bans has bolstered the team and boosted the morale of those, who will wear the yellow jersey in the United Kingdom.The squad has completed its World Cup preparatory camp in Brisbane and headed to the the United Kingdom via a stopover in the Gallipoli peninsula.Located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, Gallipoli peninsula holds great significance in Australia’s history as this was the place where 11,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost their lives in a disastrous Allied military offensive.The most successful one-day side in history, Australia have lifted the trophy a record five times, including three consecutive wins between 1999 and 2007.Winning three on the trot is no doubt unprecedented but such has been Australia’s dominance in the tournament that they emerged victorious even in the 1987 edition when they entered as rank outsiders after the exodus of some of their best players.Hosting the tournament for only the second time four years ago along with New Zealand, Australia were not overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy but they still became champions at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.advertisementIt will not be surprising at all if the current team, captained by Aaron Finch, triumphs at the hallowed Lord’s on July 14.They certainly have the wherewithal to go all the way and record what could be an unprecedented sixth title.Warner’s year-long international exile has come to an end and with nearly 700 runs in the Indian Premier League, he has sounded a warning to rival bowlers bracing up for the mega event.While he did not quite set the IPL on fire like Warner, Smith showed glimpses of his old touch in the three warm-up matches against New Zealand recently.After finding form in the latter part of the IPL, Smith played well for unbeaten innings of 89 and 91, enough for Justin Langer to say he had “slept better”.Stripped of their roles as captain and vice-captain respectively and banned for 12 months for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during the Test series against South Africa in March last year, both Smith and Warner will be using the sport’s biggest platform to make amends for their indiscretion in Cape Town.It remains to be seen if Warner is given his usual opening slot or made to bat at number three. Only once in 104 ODI innings has Warner not gone in as opener.Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls the selectors had to make to settle on the 15-man squad.The squad does not include in-form batsman Peter Handscomb and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, while the likes of D’Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Ashton Turner and Matthew Wade also missed out, clearly showing the depth in the setup.A depth that augurs well for them in the World Cup.Squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam ZampaAlso Read | Chris Gayle set to be peerless at World Cup 2019 but in danger of unwanted recordAlso Read | Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard included in West Indies reserve players list for 2019 World CupAlso Seelast_img read more

Sysco and SERLs Operations to be Combined

first_img Following the decision to decommission and remove the incineratorfacility at the Sysco site, the province of Nova Scotia hasannounced that it will combine the operations of SydneyEnvironmental Resources Limited (SERL) and Sysco. Bothorganizations are currently involved with continuing clean-upwork at the Sysco site. SERL’s primary purpose was the maintenance of the incinerator.With the decision today, March 4, to decommission theincinerator, one of SERL’s major areas of responsibility hasended. It had another role as a labour-pool co-ordinator for theSysco clean-up activities. In this capacity, it placed formersteelworkers into demolition and clean-up employmentopportunities with Sysco. As the need to hire former steelworkersfor the Sysco clean-up remains, bringing the organizationstogether will improve the co-ordination and efficiency of thisactivity. Sysco and SERL, both provincial Crown corporations, will share aboard of directors. The management team will continue to be ledby John Traves, a senior government official and currentpresident of Sysco. -30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Sysco and SERL’s Operations to beCombinedlast_img read more