India is Biggest Strategic Opportunity for America, Says U.S. Admiral

first_imgIndia is “a key partner and the biggest strategic opportunity” for the United States as New Delhi displays more openness to fortify bilateral security ties, Admiral Harry Harris, the Commander of the US Pacific Command, said, PTI reported.“We share democratic values, we share the same concerns, and we operate more frequently in the Indo-Pacific region together,” Harris told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing in Washington on March 15. He added that the Quad consisting of India, United States, Japan and Australia, is an important idea on nations that think on similar lines and can go after the challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. The United States cannot have expectations from India to suddenly stop using Russian arms, he said.“Seventy per cent of their military hardware is Russian in origin. You can’t expect India to go cold turkey on that,” Harris said, adding, “I think we ought to look at ways to have a glide path, so that we can continue to trade in arms within India.”Pointing out that the United States and India have a growing confluence of interests, including maritime security and domain awareness, counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and coordinated responses to natural disasters and transnational threats, Harris said that both the countries wish for global stability and support for rules-based international order.With India operating U.S.-sourced airframes, such as P-8s, C-130Js, C-17s, AH-64s, and CH-47s, and M777 howitzers, defense sales are at an all-time high with India. “At the moment, India is considering a number of US systems for purchase, all of which Pacific Command fully supports: the F-16 for India’s large single-engine, multi-role fighter acquisition program; the F/A-18E for India’s multi-engine, carried-based fighter purchase; a reorder of 12-15 P-8Is; a potential purchase of SeaGuardian UAS; MH-60R multi-role sea-based helicopter; and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter,” Harris was quoted as saying in the report.He added that the United States is seeking to pursue a continuing, consistent, routine and institutionalized strategic partnership with India. With a new generation of political leaders emerging, India has exhibited that it is keen to bolster security ties with the United States and is also open to adjusting its historic policy of non-alignment to address strategic interests that are common. The Pacific Command, he said, recognizes a security relationship with India as a major command line-of-effort. Related ItemsDefenseUnited Stateslast_img read more

Intimidated Or Merely Mesmerized

first_imgArjun Rampal, asked about the experience of working with the Big Guy in Ek Ajnabee, said, “The only difference was that in Ankhen I was blind and never had to look at him. I was always wearing shades and was looking away. When I did my first shot with him for Ek Ajnabee, for the first time in my life I looked into his eyes and I forgot what I had to say.” Related Itemslast_img

Almost 8,000 Indians Lodged in Jails Abroad

first_imgThere are 7,850 Indians in jails abroad, and the highest number of Indians is in Saudi Arabia prisons, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh said on March 7 in Lok Sabha.There are 2,181 Indians in Saudi Arabia prisons, Singh said in a written reply. Strong privacy laws in many countries is one of the reasons why local authorities don’t share information about prisoners unless the particular person gives consent to disclosure of the information.“As per the information available with the ministry, the number of Indian prisoners in foreign jails is 7,850 and the number of Indians who have completed their jail terms is 360 as of 28.02.2018,” Singh said.As many as 1,628 Indians are lodged in the United Arab Emirates jails, making up the highest number after Saudi Arabia. Singh added that 63 Indian prisoners were repatriated from foreign prisons because of the enactment of the Repatriation of Prisoners Act in 2003, as a result of which 170 applications for repatriation were submitted.In response to a separate written question about Indian workers missing in Mosul, Iraq, Singh said that the government has completed the DNA testing of the families of 39 Indian workers that are missing since June 2014.“DNA samples, as received from our respective state governments, have been forwarded to the Iraqi authorities for inclusion in their database for matching with the DNA from the human remains being retrieved by them from mass graves. The report of the test is awaited,” the minister added, according to the Press Trust of India.In 2017, 7,448 Indians were in prisons across 81 countries, according to Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar on July 19, 2017, who responded in a written response in the Lok Sabha. In 2017, Saudi Arabia was at the top of the list with 2,046 Indians jailed, followed by the United Arab Emirates (1,376), Nepal (852), Kuwait (506), and Pakistan (468). The top five countries account for 70 per cent of Indians jailed abroad.“The United States of America, Canada, Australia and many countries in Europe do not share information about Indian nationals in their prisons due to the strict provisions of privacy laws,” Akbar had told the Lok Sabha at the time.In August 2015, the Indian government said that 7,772 Indians were in jails in 77 countries. There were 3,842 Indians jailed in the Middle East and most of them were blue collar workers. Related ItemsSaudi ArabiaUAElast_img read more

Indian Diaspora Community Holds Rally to Counter Sikh Separatist Event in London

first_imgA pro-India rally was held at Trafalgar Square, London, on Aug. 12 to counter a march organized by Sikh groups campaigning for a Khalistan referendum.The pro-Khalistan rally was attended by over 2,000 Sikhs who waved yellow flags and chanted slogans like “Khalistan Zindabad,” the Hindu reported.The Indian supporters displayed placards that said “India Jai Ho,” “Vande Mataram” or “Sikhs for a United India,” and played drums to celebrate the country’s Independence Day.The motto of the gathering was “to show the unity of India, it is a country for all religions and in our diversity we are stronger,” the publication quoted Bharathi, who attended the rally, as saying.Both the rallies were held at Trafalgar Square under the watch of a large police contingent. Tension arose when a few Khalistan supporters started walking towards participants of the pro-India rally around afternoon, the Times of India reported. But the police intervened and they were asked to go back to their allotted space.A “handful of un-elected and self-appointed Sikhs,” were behind the pro-Khalistan rally, Dr Rami Ranger, Chairman of the British Sikh Association, told PTI. “If they have any merit in their argument, then they should go to Punjab and fight election on the agenda of Khalistan. There is no point embarrassing Sikhs at large along with their Gurus by behaving in an undemocratically manner in a foreign country with a demand of a referendum which is not binding on any one,” he said.Kudos to Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians of Indian origin in UK who came together this afternoon proudly waving high the Indian tricolour🇮🇳 displaying a united India against the Pakistan ISI sponsored Khalistani terrorists’ led event at the #TrafalgarSquare in London. Bravo! pic.twitter.com/UwkcMW22QH— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) August 12, 2018Spotted this at Trafalgar Square, London. What a brilliant show of strength by Indians against divisive forces. #Sikh Gurus and their followers made supreme sacrifices to protect #India. So humbling to see them still fighting for their motherland. pic.twitter.com/lGVjminqVX— Sweta Raghavan (@raghavansweta) August 12, 2018The pro-Khalistan rally, called the “London Declaration,” was organized by the United States-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) group to initiate a campaign for a non-binding referendum for an independent Sikh nation by 2020.Lord Nazir Ahmed, a non-affiliated member of the House of Lords, expressed his faith in Khalistan for his “Sikh brothers and sisters.” Ahmed, who had organized an anti-India rally outside the Indian High Commission on Republic Day this year, addressed the crowd from the podium, the Hindu reported.Referendum 2020 can NOT be stopped!!! pic.twitter.com/aKCs5RIWTV— Sikhs For Justice (@sikhsforjustice) August 12, 2018Sikh separatist leader Jaswant Singh Thekedar, however, condemned the rally, calling it Pakistan-backed propaganda, ANI reported. He also accused Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a legal adviser to Sikhs for Justice, of being a Pakistani stooge.The campaign had earlier received support from Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, who expressed solidarity with those joining the event, and for those “fighting discrimination and campaigning for a referendum around the world… Sikh people have a right to determine for themselves whether they want to establish an independent Punjabi state,” according to an earlier report by the Hindu.Labour Party legislator Matt Western expressed his concern over alleged religious persecution in India. But, he said in an email to Little India: “The replies I sent to constituents expressed my concern regarding religious persecution in India and did not outline any support or otherwise for an independent Sikh state.”The Indian government had earlier expressed its concern over the Sikh separatists’ event in the United Kingdom, requesting the UK government to ban the rally. However, the UK government rejected India’s request, with a spokesperson saying, “In the UK, people have the right to gather together and to demonstrate their views, provided that they do so within the law.”The call for referendum was a “mischief making by people who have no connections with Punjab,” according to Jasbir Singh Parmar, the Chairman of British Asian Chamber of Commerce UK.Editor’s Note: The article was edited on Aug. 14 to reflect an email statement from Labour Party legislator Matt Western, clarifying in which he clarified, “I have not expressed my support for the aims of the protest and that your article gives the impression that I support the aims of the protest.” Related ItemskhalistanLondonSikhismlast_img read more

Els invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters

first_imgLATEST STORIES AP FILE PHOTOErnie Els says he received an invitation to Augusta National for the first week in April. It just wasn’t an invitation to play in the Masters.Els had to clarify a tweet from Sunday that said: “Thank you for a Great Xmas present! @TheMasters Can’t wait!” That led several media sites to post stories that Els, a four-time major champion, had received a special exemption into the Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year Instead, the 48-year-old South African received a letter welcoming him as an honorary invitee. His five-year exemption into the Masters from winning the 2012 British Open ended last year. Augusta National has a tradition of inviting past major champions as honorary guests for the week.Els tweeted Monday: “Wanted to clarify my excitement getting an invite from @TheMasters. Work continues to qualify to compete!FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderAugusta National occasionally awards exemptions to international players, but those typically are given to players who are not full PGA Tour members and have multiple avenues to qualify on their own. Among ways for PGA Tour members to qualify for the Masters are winning tournaments that offer full FedEx Cup points, reaching the Tour Championship or getting into the top 50 in the world ranking at various cutoff points.“The inclusion of Honorary Invitees has been a great tradition at the Masters Tournament for many years,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said. “This coming year the list includes Ernie Els, and we are once again excited to welcome him and all of these distinguished guests to Augusta National in April.” Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Masters pays homage to major champions more than any of the other majors by giving them special access as honorary invitees that includes two clubhouse badges, a $1,000 honorarium and a gift to commemorate them being there.Honorary invitees used to be able to play practice rounds and compete in the Par 3 Tournament, a practice that ended last year.Els failed to qualify for the 2012 Masters and was not given a special exemption.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang PLAY LIST 00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:50Trending 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 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View commentslast_img read more

Ruthless Nadal powers to 1st round win at Australian Open

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Nadal only conceded three games in the match and had few problems with Estrella Burgos, who has a modest 6-15 record at Grand Slams. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Nadal, 31, wore no strapping on his knee, appeared to move freely and combined his trademark power game from the back of the court.It took his Australian Open record to 52-11 as he chases his second Melbourne Park title after beating Federer in the 2009 final.Nadal, who is gunning for a 17th major title, was hampered by a knee injury at the tail-end of the 2017 season.It forced him to skip the lead-up Brisbane International this month, and he only had a one-match workout at the exhibition Kooyong Classic in Melbourne ahead of the Open.Nadal needs to reach the quarter-finals to be certain of retaining his world number one ranking, with Federer breathing down his neck.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spain’s Rafael Nadal challenges a line call as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Top seed Rafael Nadal ruthlessly brushed aside Victor Estrella Burgos to power into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.The world No.1, a beaten finalist to Roger Federer in Melbourne last year, clinically took apart the 81st-ranked Dominican to forge a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win in 94 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT He next plays Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.“I’m very happy to be back, it’s a very important beginning for me. It’s good news for me,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to enjoy every moment I’m here on this court.”The Spaniard left nothing to chance with eight service breaks and 28 winners in a complete first-up performance, dispelling fears over any knee trouble. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Lady Altas escape Lady Stags in NCAA volleyball BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 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 View commentslast_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Rishabh Pant breaks Indian wicket-keeping record in Australia

first_imgRishabh Pant is grabbing headlines for constantly chirping at Australian batsmen from behind the wickets in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia. The young Indian wicketkeeper, along with his Australian counterpart, has become the broadcaster’s favourite as has been involved in several banters.Despite all the talking, Pant has managed to do his duty from behind the wickets to good effect. While he was criticised in England for his ordinary work from behind the stumps, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman has been on a record-breaking spree Down Under.During the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia, Pant emulated wicket-keeping great Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series.Pant took his 19th catch of the series when he successfully grabbed an under edge to dismiss Australia captain Tim Paine in the third session at the MCG on Saturday. Notably, Kirmani had taken 19 catches in a Test series against Pakistan in 1979-80 while Tamhane had achieved the feat against Pakistan way back in 1954-55.While Pant has achieved the feat in just three Test matches in the ongoing series, Kirmani needed six and Tamhane, seven.But Pant is not one to just level the record but set one and he did just that on the final day of the Test match.Pant broke the record as he grabbed his 20th catch, that of Nathan Lyon, to set a new benchmark for wicket-keepers in Test cricket. It was the final wicket of the match and fittingly, Pant set a new record as India crushed Australia by 137 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.advertisementNotably, he had equalled a world record of AB de Villiers and Jack Russell for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test, taking 11 catches during India’s 31-run win in Adelaide against the Australians.MS Dhoni stands fourth on the list with 17 catches, which he had achieved twice – against West Indies in a four-Test series in 2006 and England in a five-Test series in 2014.Apart from his improved showing from behind the stumps, Pant has also chipped in with some crucial runs for India in the ongoing series against Australia. The young wicketkeeper-batsman, despite throwing away his wicket more often than not, is fifth on the batting charts with 191 runs from six matches at 31.83.Pant stitched a crucial 39-run stand with opener Mayank Agarwal on Thursday, helping India extend their lead over Australia. The aggressive left-hander made a 43-ball 33 as India declared on 106 for 8.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Roberto Bautista Agut sets semi-final date with Novak Djokovic

first_imgNovak Djokovic took what was shaping up as an entertaining, well-played matchup in the Wimbledon quarterfinals and quickly turned it into a lopsided romp with a 10-game run.Down an early break, the defending champion grabbed control midway through the opening set Wednesday and never let go, overwhelming the 21st-seeded David Goffin 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 to reach his ninth semifinal at the All England Club.”Obviously things could have gone a different way,” Djokovic said. “Who knows what the match would look like if I lost the first set?”The No. 1-seeded Djokovic will face No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday in the semifinals. The Spaniard beat No. 26 Guido Pella of Argentina 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.Djokovic is seeking his fifth Wimbledon championship and 17th Grand Slam trophy overall.Roberto Bautista Agut reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by beating Guido Pella 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at Wimbledon.The Spaniard broke Pella in the opening game of the first two sets, and then again for a 2-1 lead in the fourth. He served out the victory on his first match point when Pella sent a forehand long.The 31-year-old Bautista Agut, who had never been past the fourth round of a Grand Slam before, will play defending champion Novak Djokovic on Friday.Bautista Agut was the only player to reach the quarterfinals without dropping a set, while Pella had spent nearly twice as much time on court 12 hours, 47 minutes compared to 6 hours, 48 minutes after coming through two five-setters.Also Read | 15-year-old Coco Gauff thinking about Wimbledon next yearadvertisementAlso Read | Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams battles to reach semis, Simona Halep eases throughAlso Seelast_img read more

Realme 3 review: A good all-rounder, but can it take on Redmi Note 7

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiMarch 9, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 09:40 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Realme 3 price in India starts at Rs 8,999.The Realme 3 touts a waterdrop display and gradient design.The camera gets new Nightscape and Chroma Boost features.Realme has managed to make a name for itself in India in a very short span of time, and this is because the company launched a series of successful phones in 2018. Phones like the Realme 2, Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1 have impressed us with their design, performance and the fact that you’re getting a value smartphone at an affordable price. Realme aims to maintain its streak in 2019 with the Realme 3, which has been launched in India starting at Rs 8,999. The successor to the Realme 2 touts a new gradient design, waterdrop display, Android Pie and some familiar internals.In 2019, the competition is only getting fiercer as companies like Xiaomi and even Samsung are launching smartphones that offer big features (such as 48MP camera, 5000mAh battery) at really affordable prices. To that end, the Realme 3 does offer a few attractive features, but largely follows a tried and tested formula that may not cut it today. I spent a week with the Realme 3 and here’s what I think about the device.Realme 3 designIn terms of design, the Realme 3 look like it belongs in 2019. It gets a dewdrop display like the Realme 2 Pro, a gradient colour design which is all the trend right now. The rear panel has also been upgraded as one, seamless cover that extends all the way around the frame and meets the glass panel on the front. But Realme isn’t using a glass panel, which might disappoint some considering the Redmi Note 7 now offers a glass back under Rs 10,000. That being said, the rear panel of the Realme 3 still looks attractive thanks to an injection molding technique that gives the panel a reflective and smooth finish.advertisementThe Realme 3 comes in two gradient colours – Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. My review unit was in Radiant Blue, which offers hues of blue on the top that gradually shifts towards hues of green on the bottom. The Dynamic Black colour sees a combination of black and purple as well as some glitter effect on the bottom part of the panel. Both the options look attractive, especially in this segment were gradient phones are still rare to find. There is a silver accent around the fingerprint sensor and the camera module as well as a copper ring around the primary camera sensor, all of which add a touch of premiumness to the device, which is appreciated. The vertical camera module and Realme branding on the left side makes the panel look aesthetically pleasing. But this is a glossy shell that may look a little too loud for some people. It is also a magnet for fingerprint and smudges and you will find yourself cleaning the panel a few times during the day.Thanks to the generous amount of plastic being used, the Realme 3 is a lightweight phone at 175 grams, which is impressive considering it comes with a fairly large battery. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back, while the volume buttons are placed on the left side of the frame and power button placed on the right. The bottom sees a speaker grille and a 3.5mm headphone jack on either sides of a microUSB port.Realme 3 displayThe Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch waterdrop display with an HD+ (1520×720) resolution. The droplet notch is an upgrade over the wide, iPhone X-like notch on the Realme 2. It makes it easier and less distracting to view the display. The bezels on the top and side are thin, while the chin is pretty thick. Overall, you get about the same 88 per cent screen real estate as you did on the Realme 2. The 720p display on the Realme 3 does not offer a lot of sharpness or clarity. The pixelation is noticeable on app icons and while watching videos on YouTube or Netflix. The phone also does not support the Widewine L1 standard, so expect less than 720p content on Netflix and other streaming platforms.That being said, the Realme 3’s display does offer good colour reproduction that falls in between natural and vibrant. However, viewing angles are average at best and brightness levels could have been better as it gets difficult to read the screen under the harsh New Delhi sun.Realme 3 performance and softwareRealme’s latest handset gets the same 2.1GHz Helio P70 octa-core chipset as the Realme U1. This is a MediaTek chipset with four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores along with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. This is paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is the variant I received for review. Out-of-the-box, the phone runs smoothly for the most part. Apps take a moment to open and load, but switching between apps to multitask is quite smooth. Browsing through the UI is smooth as well, but I did encounter some lag while scrolling through heavy apps like Facebook. I also encountered frequent crashes, especially with the camera app.advertisementArguably, the one are where the processor really shines is while playing graphic intensive games. The Realme 3 runs games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 really well, offering a consistently smooth, lag-free experience even with the graphics setting on high. Games work well not only because of the Helio P70 SoC, but also thanks to Game Space, which bumps up the performance of the device while gaming. The Realme 3 is the company’s first phone to ship with Android Pie with the latest ColorOS 6.0 on top. With the latest software, Realme and Oppo phones finally get an App Drawer, which needs to be enabled in Settings. ColorOS 6.0 also brings a borderless design and a simpler user interface along with new gradient colours for the background, and smaller app icons, all of which makes the UI pleasing to look at. It certainly looks less cluttered and more current compared to the previous generation skin.You also get an updated Game Space, which aims to improve gaming performance. There is still a fair deal of bloatware and pre-loaded apps that come with ColorOS, which may annoy you. Apps like DailyHunt, Opera and UC Browser, ShareChat and Webnovel are some extra apps that come with the device, but they can be deleted. One of the more annoying issues about ColorOS 5 was the sheer number of spam notifications, which seems to have been reduced a great deal with ColorOS 6.The fingerprint sensor and face unlock are both really fast and snappy to unlock the device, which comes as no surprise. The bottom-firing speaker is loud enough and delivers a decent amount of clarity while listening to music. There is nothing wrong with the call quality as well, and I did not encounter any call drops during the review period.Realme 3 cameraThe Realme 3 gets a pretty standard 13MP + 2MP dual camera system on the back. It’s similar to the Realme 2, but one new feature that the company is offering with the Realme 3 is a new Nightscape mode. This feature aims to offer improved low-light photos by increasing the exposure. Nightscape doesn’t ship out of the box, but it comes with an update that Realme recently rolled out. There is also a new Chroma Boost mode that uses AI to recognise a scene and offer better dynamic range, contrast and exposure.The primary camera does capture good colours and clarity in outdoor setting with good sunlight, but in every other situation pictures look hazy and washed out. Colours often look muted and I found the autofocus to be extremely moody, which often resulted in blurry shots. You should enable Chroma Boost when you feel colours look too dull as the feature indeed offers better dynamic range and contrast. The inbuilt AI was able to detect some settings and scenes and was able to automatically adjust the settings to offer something better, but the change is barely noticeable.advertisementIMAGE SAMPLESThe Nightscape feature uses multi-frame exposure to deliver brighter and sharper pictures in low-light. The Nightscape mode takes a couple of seconds to capture the image, during which time you need to keep your hands as steady as possible. The few shots I captured with Nightscape did offer a lot more clarity and detail compared to non-Nightscape mode. You’ll still notice a lot of oversharpening when zooming in, but overall Nigtscape does a decent job in low-light. Photo clicked without Nightscape mode. Photo clicked with Nightscape mode.On the front, the Realme 3 gets a single 13MP f/2.0 selfie snapper housed in the waterdrop notch with AI beautification, as expected. When it comes to taking selfies, the camera tends to blow out the background in daylight conditions, while the subject looks sharp enough with natural skin tone and good colour reproduction. Selfies taken indoor under artificial lighting look soft and overprocessed.The beauty effect is set to smoothen on default, but you can turn it off if you’re not a fan. The selfie camera offers portrait mode via software, which does a decent job in outdoor settings with a lot of brightness around. Indoors, the portrait effect tends to soften the edges of the subject, but it still does a good job with background blur.Realme 3 batteryThe Realme 3 gets the same 4,230mAh battery as the Realme 2, which is great to see. This is a substantial battery capacity that can easily manage about a day and a half on a single charge with average to above average usage. The Relame 3’s display and chipset barely drain the battery life, and there are a couple of intensive power saving options to get the most battery life out of the device. Unfortunately, the Realme 3 does not offer fast charging support. You get a 10W charger with the box that takes about two and a half hours to fully charge the device. The phone delivers good battery backup for videos and gaming, and standby battery drain is minimal as well. On an average, I managed at least 6 hours of screen on time with the Realme 3, which is pretty great.Should you buy the Realme 3?Realme is keen to take on the best affordable phones from Xiaomi. The company already has its eyes set on challenging the Redmi Note 7 Pro when it announces the Realme 3 Pro next month. And I’m quite excited to see what the Realme 3 Pro has to offer. The Realme 3, however, doesn’t offer that wow factor that we got from past Realme phones.Don’t get me wrong, the Realme 3 is a fine device and works well where it matters most. The phone comes with an A+ battery life and the Helio P70 chipset offers a smooth performance and user experience, especially while gaming. ColorOS 6.0 is also better than before, and a gradient design is always nice to see in this segment. I just feel the Realme 3 lacks that defining feature that can take can help it go head-to-head against the Redmi Note 7. Xiaomi’s device offers a Snapdragon 660 SoC, Type-C port with fast charge support and a glass back design, all of which are quite impressive to see under Rs 10,000.While the Relame 3 may not be a Redmi Note 7 challenger, the phone does get an edge over the Samsung Galaxy M10 in this segment with better cameras and performance. The base model is worth going for if you’re on a strict budget. But if you’re considering the Rs 10,999, you may as well spend Rs 1,000 more and buy the Realme U1 instead, which offers the same chipset but better cameras and a 1080p display.Realme 3 review7.5/10ProsGood battery lifeSmooth performanceGradient designConsDisplay could have been betterSlow chargingAverage camerasGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RealmeFollow android Realme 3 review: A good all-rounder, but can it take on Redmi Note 7The Realme 3 offers a gradient design, dewdrop display, impressive battery life and smooth performance at an affordable price point.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Trudeau on Trump we support North Korea efforts wont engage on comments

first_imgOTTAWA – Donald Trump’s trade adviser is apologizing for saying there’s a “special place in hell” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because of his “bad-faith diplomacy” during the G7 summit in Quebec.Peter Navarro says his job was to send a “signal of strength” after Trudeau’s post-G7 news conference sent the U.S. president into a fit of pique that threw the summit into disarray.However, Navarro says he used inappropriate language in trying to convey that message.He made the apology — something that former U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, among others, was demanding that he do — during a Wall Street Journal event today in Washington.Earlier, Trump elaborated on his abrupt Twitter outburst as he departed the summit Saturday, telling a news conference in Singapore that Trudeau’s assertion that Canada “will not be pushed around” would end up costing Canadians “a lot of money.”Earlier today, Trudeau cheered Trump’s bid to broker a deal to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but he stayed mum on the U.S. administration’s persistent trash talk.Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau on the North Korea summit and President Trump’s continued attacks on him #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1vyM0IyRr1— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) June 12, 2018Navarro, for his part, suggested that he was following orders — but made a poor choice of words in doing so.“My job was to send a signal of strength,” he said. “The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate.“I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words.”Trudeau said the Liberal government looks forward to the details of the agreement that emerged from Monday’s historic meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.“We support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea, (and) we look forward to looking at the details of the agreement,” Trudeau said.“On (Trump’s) comments, I’m going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests.”Trump took to Twitter aboard Air Force 1 on Saturday to call Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak” after seeing Trudeau’s G7 news conference, when the prime minister said he had pushed back against the Trump administration’s hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum.PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018Trump says he watched that news conference on his way to Singapore, and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix.Trump says Trudeau “probably didn’t know that Air Force 1 has about 20 televisions.“I see the television and he’s giving a news conference about how he ‘will not be pushed around’ by the United States. And I say, ‘Push him around? We just shook hands!”’ Trump said.“We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy.”Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America’s biggest trade partners, including Canada — in particular Canada’s supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.“It’s very unfair to our farmers, and it’s very unfair to the people of our country,” he said. “t’s very unfair, and it’s very unfair to our workers, and I’m gonna straighten it out. And it won’t even be tough.”On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons approved a motion denouncing Trump’s name-calling tirade and endorsing Trudeau’s decision to stand his ground against U.S. tariffs and tweeted presidential threats.The motion calls on the House to recognize the importance of Canada’s “long-standing, mutually beneficial trading relationship” with the U.S., “strongly oppose” the“illegitimate tariffs” imposed on steel and aluminum, stand “in solidarity” with the Trudeau government’s decision to impose retaliatory tariffs and remain united in support of the supply management system of regulating Canada’s dairy and poultry industry.And it concludes with a direct shot at Trump, calling on the House to “reject disparaging and ad hominem statements by U.S. officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute.”Former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore, a member of the government’s advisory group on NAFTA, hailed Trudeau’s approach, refusing to react to “the noise, the bluster, the Twitter, the emotional outbursts.”Similarly, former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, also a member of the NAFTA advisory group, said Trudeau is doing the right thing.Ambrose said the government needs to consider what more it’s willing to put on the NAFTA table, keeping in mind that “what’s at stake is just so much bigger than our pride. This is about our economy and millions and millions of jobs.”As well, she said the government should accelerate work on its Plan B in the event that Trump blows up NAFTA or follows through on threats to impose tariffs on autos and auto parts — a move Ambrose said would be devastating to Canada’s economy. Among other things, she said the government should be preparing to keep pace with corporate tax cuts and tax breaks south of the border.The United States has imposed 25 per cent tariffs on steel from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum. The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other U.S. products by July 1.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh urged the federal government to get serious about drafting a rescue plan for steel and aluminum workers, who are going to feel the brunt of the initial impact of the dispute — and soon.“Sometimes when we think about tariffs, when we think about a trade war, we lose sight of the real impact, and that’s on workers,” Singh told a news conference on Parliament Hill.“We’ve got to look at what supports are available to ensure that if their jobs, their livelihoods are compromised, what can the government do to support these folks.”last_img read more

High court ruling allows longterm expats to vote in February byelections

first_imgColin Perkel, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Expat Canadians with ties to one of three ridings now in the throes of byelections may be eligible to vote no matter how long they’ve been abroad given last week’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling.While the government got ahead of the high court ruling with new legislation passed last month, most provisions of Bill C-76 were only slated to take effect after six months — in good time for October’s general election. However, the Supreme Court decision on Jan. 11 took immediate effect.Elections Canada wasted little time advertising the change after the high court struck down a 1993 law disenfranchising Canadians abroad for more than five years as unconstitutional.“A Canadian elector living abroad who has previously resided in Canada is entitled to vote by special ballot in federal elections regardless of how long they have been living abroad,” Elections Canada said. “Elections Canada is currently updating its online forms and information to reflect the ruling, which came into effect immediately and is therefore applicable in the current three byelections.”On Feb. 25, voters living in Ontario’s York–Simcoe, Burnaby South in British Columbia and Outremont in Quebec get to choose a new member of Parliament. All interested Canadians abroad over the age of 18 with certain ties to one of the ridings are now also eligible to vote by way of a “special ballot.”To receive a ballot, expats are required to register with Elections Canada in Ottawa by 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 19. Among other things, they must show either that they were living in one of the ridings before leaving Canada or that a spouse or relative does.Jamie Duong, one of two Canadians who launched their challenge of the old law eight years ago, said on Friday that he was pleased Elections Canada had updated its registration forms less than a week after the Supreme Court decision.“I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to cast my ballot in the upcoming Outremont byelection,” Duong, 35, of Ithaca, N.Y., said on Friday. “Now that I’ve won back my voting rights, I fully intend to exercise them.”While the Supreme Court decision enfranchised an estimated one million or more Canadian expats, only a relative handful have so far asked to vote in the byelections. Latest Elections Canada figures indicate fewer than 100 Canadians abroad have registered to vote, with about two-thirds of those doing so in Outremont.When Bill C-76 is in full force, non-resident voters will only be able to vote in the riding in which they themselves last lived before leaving Canada.“Once registered at an address in an electoral district, the elector cannot change the address as long as they remain registered on the international register of electors,” said Ghislain Desjardins, a senior adviser with Elections Canada.In a separate opinion, Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Rowe agreed the five-year limit was unconstitutional even if its impact might have been minimal in terms of actual election results.“There is almost no evidence of the impact that long-term non-residents would or could have had either locally or nationally if permitted to vote,” Rowe said. “The evidence that exists suggests that the impact would likely be negligible, since a very small number of Canadians living abroad who are currently eligible to vote choose to exercise that right.”last_img read more

DR Congo UN agency steps up efforts to curb spread of cholera

The United Nations refugee agency is intensifying its efforts to combat the spread of cholera in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a spokesman for the agency said today.This week, UNHCR and it partner ASODE, a non-governmental organization (NGO), distributed soap to nearly 20,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in two camps in Mugunga west of Goma in North Kivu. “We hope that these efforts, improved water supply and sanitation, coupled with an intensive public awareness campaign on hygiene will contain the worrying spread of cholera in the camps,” said Ron Redmond.But he warned that poor conditions a nearby makeshift site at Lac Vert hosting more than 10,000 IDPs could contribute to the further spread of cholera. On Wednesday, UNHCR began the transfer of IDPs from Lac Vert to a new camp called Buhimba which the agency built with the necessary basic health, water and sanitation facilities for more than 10,000 people.Cholera broke out in early October in five camps hosting some 45,000 IDPs in the Mugunga area. According to health workers, by the end of October, there were a total of 439 suspected cases of cholera. Mr. Redmond said the latest reports from the camps “indicate that the cholera situation appears to be stabilizing as the number of new suspected cases is slightly dropping.”North Kivu province is facing the worst internal displacement since the end of the DRC’s civil war in 2004, according to UNHCR. Fighting between government forces, renegade troops and rebels forced some 375,000 Congolese to leave their homes in North Kivu since last December, with more than 160,000 newly displaced just over the past two months.“With sharpening inter-ethnic divides and a continuous build-up of military forces, UNHCR remains deeply concerned about the risks of severe human rights abuses and violence against civilians,” Mr. Redmond said. “We welcome all efforts to find a negotiated solution to the ongoing confrontations and prevent further the suffering of the North Kivu population brought on by prolonged instability and fighting.” 9 November 2007The United Nations refugee agency is intensifying its efforts to combat the spread of cholera in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a spokesman for the agency said today. read more

Perfect storm of change debt and Brexit sank Thomas Cook

FRANKFURT — British tour operator Thomas Cook fell victim to multiple setbacks including shifting travel habits, the rise of online booking sites, the sinking pound and even unusually hot weather that encouraged fewer Northern Europeans to travel.Specific problems of its own, like a 1.6 billion-pound ($2 billion) debt pile, made it less able to react to change.It all added up to a perfect storm that led the 178-year-old company to cease operations early Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of travellers.Analysts said Thomas Cook, which rode a package holiday boom that started in the mid-1980s, was too slow to react as consumers moved away from buying trips at bricks-and-mortar stores.It has been overtaken by online services like Airbnb and internet travel companies who may separate or combine hotel, rental car and flight offerings, which puts pressure on prices through comparison shopping.“The company has struggled to adapt to a changing travel and retail environment,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK.The company did push into online business, with 48% of its bookings from the internet as of last year. But not fast enough. Online rivals, meanwhile, didn’t have to bear the costs of owning 200 hotels, 500 travel agency shops and 105 airline jets, but acted as middlemen.Felix Kolbeck, head of the department of tourism at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, said the classical business model with travel agents and tour operators, which was very strong for decades in Britain, “has been out of date for some time.”Kolbeck said that in the current environment, “if as a travel company you do not have exclusive access to certain capacity, hotel facilities, resorts, or market them exclusively and thus can price them higher, then you will have difficulty.” CEO Peter Fankhauser had led the company in that direction but then faced troubles from Brexit uncertainty and the weaker pound.Thomas Cook Group PLC isn’t alone in facing such pressures. Competitor TUI Group AG, based in Hannover, Germany, has shifted its focus from tour operators to its own cruises and hotels.But other factors laid into the British travel company.Company officials have cited uncertainty over Brexit, both from consumers worried about its impact on their finances and from the timing, given that one unfulfilled deadline for Britain to leave the EU fell on March 31, just days before the heavy European Easter holiday travel season this year. Travel agents had to issue guidance on what would happen in case of a no-deal Brexit. Brexit has meanwhile sent the pound lower, given British travellers less purchasing power.After 2010, the Arab Spring revolts discouraged travel to previous U.K. favourites such as Egypt and Tunisia. Travel companies shifted their focus to the Western Mediterranean, such as Spain’s Canary Islands, only to see demand for some of those locations then dwindle.The company’s reputation suffered after the 2006 deaths of two customers in Corfu, Greece, from carbon monoxide poisoning. The case dragged out for years and Thomas Cook would end up being told by a coroner it “breached its duty of care.”As the company struggled to reshape its business in the new environment and cut costs it was hit with an unusually warm summer in 2018, which it said led travellers from the U.K. and Scandinavia to put off plans to head for warmer destinations. When they did decide at the last minute, the sector of the market that focuses on late decision makers turned out to be fiercely competitive on price.“The group, like its peers, has suffered from a perfect storm of turbulence, from political unrest and terrorism at some of its most popular destinations, to unusual weather patterns seeing travellers taking ‘staycations’ and the ever present Brexit uncertainty devaluing the pound and putting consumers off from booking holidays,” said Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre.Heavy debts gave the company less breathing room to manoeuvr.“While other travel groups have suffered from these factors, Thomas Cook’s pile of debt is the differentiating factor,” said Miah.David McHugh, The Associated Press read more

Senate committee amends Trudeau governments signature middleclass tax cut

OTTAWA – A Senate committee has amended the Trudeau government’s signature tax bill to cut taxes even more for some middle-income earners.The amendment changes the tax brackets in Bill C-2, which is supposed to deliver on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise to reduce taxes for middle class Canadians while making the wealthiest pay more.As originally written, the bill would reduce the tax rate to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent on income between about $45,000 and $90,000 and impose a new tax rate of 33 per cent on income above $200,000.Those changes actually went into effect last Jan. 1 as one of the first actions of Trudeau’s fledgling Liberal government and bill would formally enshrine them in legislation.But the Senate’s national finance committee has adopted an amendment which chairman Larry Smith says would better target the tax savings at middle income earners who need it most.His amendment would set a rate of 16.5 per cent on income between $45,000 and $52,999, with the 20.5 per cent applying from there up to just over $90,000.That means Canadians with taxable income of $48,000 would get a tax saving of $190, more than double the $81 contemplated by the bill as originally written, said Smith, a Conservative,Someone earning $60,000 would get $570 instead of $261 and a person earning $89,000 would get just over $1,000 instead of just less than $700.Smith called the changes passed Tuesday “a significant improvement to the actual area where the prime minister wanted to benefit, middle-income Canadians.”Some of his committee colleagues opposed the amendment, saying they didn’t have any time to study it or call experts to comment.Finance Minister Bill Morneau said it’s “surprising” that a Senate committee would change a bill that implements a change specifically promised during last year’s election campaign.The amended version of the bill must now go to the full Senate for a final debate and vote. Should the Senate approve the altered bill, it would have to go back to the House of Commons, which would have to decide whether to accept or reject the unelected upper house’s changes.Morneau did not give a direct answer when asked how the government would respond to an amendment from the Senate, but he hinted broadly that it would be rejected.“We believe that the tax reductions that we’ve made for nine million Canadians are positive and fair and simple, so that’s where that ends,” he said.“To be clear, we’re pleased with what we’ve done. We believe that the outcome that we’ve gotten to in this bill is the right outcome. It’s helping Canadians with lower taxes and it’s done in a simple way.” Senate committee amends Trudeau government’s signature middle-class tax cut by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2016 1:42 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

How to stay in shape and step up support for refugees

UNHCRSocial media graphic developed for the UNHCR’s 2 Billion Kilometres to Safety Campaign.“Every day, we are inspired by the acts of kindness from people who are doing their very best to improve life for refugees: the activists, the communities hosting refugees, businesses, donors, volunteers’” said UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner Kelly T. Clements. “This campaign will encourage people to support refugees through something they are already doing – walking, cycling, running,”There are many falsehoods about the world’s migrants. But we must not succumb to fear or false narratives. We must move from myth to reality. António Guterres, UN Secretary-GeneralMs. Clements added that it is vital to be reminded of the real and dangerous journeys that refugees are forced to take, especially when there are many misconceptions routinely shared about them. As the Secretary-General said, on the adoption of the UN’s Global Compact for Migration on December 10, 2018, “There are many falsehoods about the world’s migrants. But we must not succumb to fear or false narratives. We must move from myth to reality.”The campaign Website contains several stories of those forced to flee their homes, such as Opani, who covered 60 miles with her infant daughter to escape her village in South Sudan, which was threatened by war and violence, arriving at a UNHCR registration centre in Uganda 7 days later.As an example of how you can show solidarity with refugees without straying far from home or enduring the life-threatening journeys they undertake, take a look at this article by UNHCR web editor Tim Gaynor, who trekked 128 miles across France on the Camino de Santiago. The 1 Billion Miles to Safety campaign calls on people around the world to collectively cover the approximate distance travelled by refugees every year, using fitness apps or the campaign website – www.stepwithrefugees.org – to log their contribution towards the global total.UNHCR estimates that in 2016, Syrian refugees travelled more than 240 kilometres to reach Turkey, South Sudanese refugees travelled more than 640 kilometres to reach Kenya, and Rohingya refugees in Myanmar travelled approximately 80 kilometres to reach Bangladesh. read more

Womens tennis Ohio State advances to firstever NCAA semifinal appearance

Buckeyes are @NCAATennis Final Four bound! No. 3 seed Buckeyes will take on No. 7 Stanford at 2 p.m. Monday in the semifinals. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/fE4HE5yrLR— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) May 21, 2017 The Ohio State women’s tennis team punched its first-ever ticket to the national semifinals Sunday.The No. 3 seed Buckeyes (32-2) dominated No. 6 Texas Tech (27-5) 4-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals in Athens, Georgia. After OSU earned the doubles point, senior Ferney Angeles Paz, senior Miho Kowase and junior Anna Sanford won their matches to seal a date with No. 7 Stanford in the NCAA final four.OSU has dropped just one point during its NCAA tournament run, which came in the round of 16 against South Carolina. The Buckeyes haven’t lost a match since March 14 against No. 1 Florida. Including Sunday’s victory over Texas Tech, the Buckeyes have swept 13 of their last 15 matches.OSU is set to play Stanford on Monday in Athens, Georgia, for a berth into the national finals on Tuesday.Buckeyes win! Ohio State 4, TTU 0. Ohio State advances to the @NCAATennis semifinals for the first time in program history! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/bKd28yczMd— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) May 21, 2017 read more

Beside The Points For Monday April 9 2018

See more NBA predictions All newsletters Big Number(s)46 percentThere are only six teams who are on the bubble for a playoff spot in the NBA right now. Three of them are effective locks; the Spurs, Jazz and Thunder each have a higher-than-97 percent chance of making the postseason. This leaves three teams jockeying for two playoff spots. The Pelicans and Timberwolves are in the best position, each projected to finish 47-35 and each with just over an 80 percent chance of getting in. But there’s still hope for the Denver Nuggets, who have a 46 percent chance of making the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackchris.herring:Shoutout to @kyle’s timing this year. He’s had at least 3 stories in which a team or a player had a huge win that same night. Jokic last night, Blazers a couple weeks back. Good stuff, man.Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThis is a pro-Nikola Jokic zone haters go elsewhere We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeWoods and Nicklaus are the only draws in golfTiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only two players where high finishes have a statistically significant effect on Sunday ratings for the Masters tournament. When Tiger finished in the top 10, the average rating was a 10.0, and when Jack finished in the top ten the average rating was a 9.5. [FiveThirtyEight]When Dinosaurs Ruled The EarthThe fullback position is a tough one in the NFL these days. For college fullbacks, they’ve got to make an argument they can also contribute considerably on special teams lest teams overlook them in the draft. This is just part of the position; fullbacks averaged 182.4 plays per season last year, while offenses averaged 1,015.7 snaps per season, meaning you’re only going to see a fullback on offense 18 percent of the time. With a 53-man roster, that’s a tough sell. [ESPN]Sleep; it’s important!I don’t mean to blow your mind with science, but athletes need adequate sleep in order to perform at their peak performance levels. Due to the nature of the NBA schedule and also the width of America, that isn’t always feasible. There were 54 games this NBA season where one team faced a significant competitive disadvantage because of scheduling. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played in Memphis, then left immediately and traveled overnight, then lost an hour en route to Cleveland where they played their third game in five days. Indeed, the Nuggets have been the victims of these “schedule alert” games more than any other team, six of the 54 total games. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Big Ten lost in Frozen FourThe Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs best out Notre Dame this past weekend to win the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament. They were the distinct underdogs; Minnesota Duluth spent just $655,000 on men’s hockey to Notre Dame’s $1.6 million. [ESPN]College Football Playoff probably happens without a Big 12 teamWith Oklahoma sending Baker Mayfield to the NFL, the Big 12 will see its chances of sending a team to the College Football Playoff slashed to 26 percent, lower than any of the other Power 5 conferences. Part of this is that the Big 12 lives and dies based on Oklahoma’s disproportionate performance. The SEC has an 84 percent chance of sending at least one team to the playoff, the Big Ten has an 80 percent shot and the ACC has a 65 percent chance. [ESPN]Cavs should consider preventing the other team from scoring so muchThe Cleveland Cavaliers would ideally prefer to make the NBA Finals, but they have a tough time preventing the other team from scoring the ball a lot, a strategy that other teams have taken to calling “defense.” Yes, interfering with the capacity of opponents to score is, for 28 other teams, a higher priority than for the Cavs and their 29th ranked defense. If they want to beat the Raptors, Celtics or Sixers — again, all who make any attempt, however small, to stop the other team from getting points — LeBron James should consider it! [ESPN] read more

SG Flensburg celebrate Super Cup – Poor Kiel without chances

Bogdan RadivojevicDKB Bundesliga 2013/2014DKB Super CupDrasko NenadicSG FlensburgTHW Kiel SG Flensburg wins German Super Cup with an triumph over the biggest rival THW Kiel 29:26 (15:12). The first match of the season gathered 8400 fans in OBV Arena in Bremen. At the end, it was clear who was better team, while players of Ljubomir Vranjes had advantage most of the time. Despite they weren’t complete (Kaufmann), Knudsen (5) and other guys, especially two newcomers to Bundesliga, Serbian youngstars, Radivojevic (5) and Nenadic (2) showed TOP class performance.Current German champion, THW Kiel had a lot of problems to find a rhytm in the attack. New players in the backline as Lauge and Jallouz need time to get into the system. Serbian right back Marko Vujin was the TOP scorer for his team with 7 goals (5 from penalty). THW Kiel:Sjöstrand (1.-26., 41.-60., 7/1 saves), Palicka (26.-41., 1 save); Toft Hansen (4), Sigurdsson, Sprenger (1), Dahmke (n.e.), Wiencek, Ekberg (3/2), Lauge (2), Zeitz (4), Jallouz (4), Klein, Jicha (1), Vujin (7/5); Trainer: Gislason SG Flensburg-Handewitt:Andersson (1.-60., 15/1 save), Rasmussen (1/1 save; Karlsson, Nenadic (2), Eggert (3/1), Glandorf (3), Mogensen (4), Weinhold (3), Heinl, Gustafsson, Gottfridsson (3), Radivojevic (5/1), Knudsen (5); Trainer: VranjesResults:1. Hz.: 0:1, 2:1 (5.), 2:3, 5:3 (10.), 5:6 (15.), 6:6, 6:7, 8:7, 8:10 (22.), 10:10, 10:11, 11:11, 11:12, 12:12 (25.), 12:15;2. Hz.: 12:16, 13:16, 13:17, 15:17 (34.), 15:19, 16:19, 16:20, 18:20, 18:21 (39.), 19:21, 19:22, 20:22, 20:23 (46.), 22:23 (49.), 22:26 (52.), 24:26 (55.), 24:29, 26:29DKB Bundesliga starts next weekend. ← Previous Story Youth WCh 2013 in Hungary: Germans against Croatia, Spain VS Denmark for the FINAL! Next Story → Christian Dissinger in talks with RK Vardar Skopje read more