Roma decimated for Gladbach

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Davide Santon is also out of action for Roma’s Europa League match with Borussia Monchengladbach, adding to the extensive injury crisis. It kicks off on Thursday at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT). The Giallorossi were already without Cengiz Under, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Amadou Diawara, Bryan Cristante and Nikola Kalinic. Santon was going to be repurposed for a midfield role, but the full-back won’t be participating either, as he is struggling with flu symptoms. Coach Paulo Fonseca hinted he could even be forced to change tactical system to deal with the absentees. Roma squad for Borussia Monchengladbach: Pau Lopez, Cardinali, Mirante; Juan Jesus, Smalling, Kolarov, Fazio, Mancini, Florenzi, Spinazzola, Calafiori; Perotti, Veretout, Zaniolo, Pastore, Riccardi; Dzeko, Antonucci, Kluivertlast_img read more

Slew of concept cars unveiled at 11th Auto Expo

first_imgThe first day of the auto expo witnessed a host of launches and concept cars from major automakers in the world’s second fastest growing auto market.The 11th Auto Expo, which began with Maruti Suzuki India unveiling its XA Alpha concept SUV and the Hyundai showcasing the new Sonata and its concept multi-purpose vehicle Hexa Space.German automobile giant Volkswagen on Thursday launched new versions of its sports utility vehicle (SUV) Touareg and its small car Beetle. It also unveiled its concept hybrid car XL 1.”The new Touareg will have a more efficient engine and the body is lighter and more aerodynamic. It is the first in its class to have an eightspeed automatic gearbox,” Volkswagen board member Ulrich Hackenberg said at the 11th Auto Expo here.Maruti’s SUV XA (Alpha)Japanese auto major Nissan Motor Company on Thursday unveiled a seven-seater car, the Evalia. Besides, the company also showcased the zero-emission electric car Leaf, the Nissan GTR and the Compact Sports Concept.Tata Group chief Ratan Tata made an appearance at the expo together with his successor Cyrus P. Mistry, who remained the centre of attraction at the Tata Motors’ pavilion. Tata Motors displayed four concept cars equipped with alternate fuel technology under the brands Tata Nano CNG, Indigo Manza diesel-electric hybrid, Tata Starbus Fuel Cell and Tata Indica Magic Iris CNG.US car maker Ford Motor displayed its compact EcoSport SUV in India for the first time.Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) unveiled an SUV, the Rexton, from the stables of its Korean subsidiary SsangYong.advertisementAmong automobile brands, BMW group’s iconic Mini brand was the highlight of the day as the company announced the India launch of the model, which is priced up to Rs 31.99 lakh.Rival German auto maker Mercedes Benz too, unveiled its AClass concept car.Hyundai’s HexaSpaceWhile only a few auto-makers launched new cars and twowheelers, many showcased new concepts and yet-to-belaunched models.Premium car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz launched its luxury M-Class SUV, priced at Rs 58-60 lakh, along with a powerful open-top vehicle, SLS AMG Roadster, with a price tag of about Rs 3 crore.It also showcased the future of automobiles with its A-Class concept and fuel cell technologies.In the two-wheeler space Suzuki Motorcycles and Yamaha India unveiled new products.Japanese auto major Suzuki launched a 110cc motorcycle Hayate and a 125cc scooter Swish, targeted at the youth while Yamaha unveiled its scootie targeted at young women. Royal Enfield unveiled its 500cc bike Thunderbird 500, which will hit the Indian roads later this year.American motorcycle giant Harley Davidson too, launched two locally assembled models of FXDB Street Bob and FXDC Super Glide Custom at a slashed price saying it was expanding its completely knocked down (CKD) production in India.last_img read more

In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Restaurants Bakes and moreCookery shows on TV have effortlessly brought words like fondants, butter cream and gum paste into common parlance, but the newly opened Buttercupp-A Cupcake Shoppe, actually brings them into your home. The shop is retro in its,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.RestaurantsBakes and moreCookery shows on TV have effortlessly brought words like fondants, butter cream and gum paste into common parlance, but the newly opened Buttercupp-A Cupcake Shoppe, actually brings them into your home. The shop is retro in its decor and restaurateur couple Amar and Darshini Patel serve the quintessential American cupcake here-complete with a mountain of frosting and more than 20 flavours to choose from.The Oreo cupcake is the undisputed favourite, whereas other popular flavours include banana foster (made with banana and yoghurt), tiramisu, pink crush strawberry, lemon, classic vanilla and chocolate. All the flavours are fresh and cakes moist. Servings are generous, and the cupcakes are crammed full of chocolate chips, Oreo biscuits and bananas respectively, which gives them a unique flavour. Order a day in advance, and you can get a lowfat, dairy free, or low cholesterol batch.Price: Rs 60 per cupcake; fondant cakes (Rs1,200 per kg) are made on order. At: Advait Complex, Sandesh Press Road, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 40325838.-Devika ChaturvediNew in townKitsch me quick!Up the quirk quotient of your home with a visit to stylish new store, Nimbu Mirchi-from cushions with silly messages and naughty glasses with Bollywood dialogues to coasters and a lot more, there is no end to the goodies on offer here. There is also a section piled with funky bags for those days when only something eclectic will do. Men will be spoilt for choice here, with their collection of cotton shirts with whacky messages for just Rs 450 and kurtas in varied colours.Price: From Rs 250 to Rs 5,000. At: 21, Shantisadan Society, World Business House lane, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 40009215.StuffadvertisementDecor essentialPerfect for decorating your home or gifting a loved one, this exclusive collection is specially designed for women. Their range of products includes jewellry boxes, statues and photo frames. Price: On request. At: @home store, Centre Square, Vadodara.Tel: 09429827876; 0265 2702743.Bag apart Hidesign has come out with a new range-their SS12 collection that exudes fresh colours, new combinations and clean, crisp lines. Price: Rs 1,295 onwards. At: Hidesign Store, CG Road, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079 2702743.Spunk it up Check out the new range of sporty and comfortable footwear by Activ. Keeping in mind the athletic silhouette, the collection includes round-toed ballets and lace detailed sport shoes. Price: Rs 990 onwards. At: All Metro Shoes and Mochi Outlets.The Bollywood way Add some desi masala to your home with these signboards featuring whacky messages inspired from iconic Bollywood dialogues, songs and scenes from Indian Hippy’s online store. Price: Rs 1,500 onwards.Available at: Hippy.inGadgetsCooler Master XORNETThis new gaming mouse is aimed at casual gamers and its ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use for long gaming sessions. It is also lined with special sweat-proof rubber due to which the movements of the mouse are more precise and tactical. Price: Rs 2,499.Technogym VarioA must-have for fitness enthusiasts, the Vario enables the user to perform a wide range of exercises. Go in for a complete workout or just concentrate on strengthening a particular part of your body. Vario also allows you to determine and measure the movement, the stride, length and shape of your body while working out. Price: TBA.Sennheiser CX 215 Sennheiser electronics have come out with their latest CX 215 ear phones. These stylish ear-canal headphones are available in five trendy colours. It features an innovative design and enables a powerful sound experience. Price: Rs 1,990.Bravia HX925 LED Sony India has launched its biggest screen size yet, the 65 inch Bravia HX925 LED TV powered by X-reality PRO engine, intelligent peak LED and motion flow technology. This monolithic TV has sleek lines and high-quality finishing. The TV comes with a Skype camera and two pairs of 3D glasses. Price: Rs 3,59,900.LG Inverter V Air conditionerThe inverter V compressor is faster than conventional ACs and has the world’s lowest noise level for ACs at only 19 decibels. The compressor’s speed adjusts itself constantly which helps in maintaining desired temperature levels at all times. Price: Rs 42,990.Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery 5 Don’t fret if you have lost important files in your computer, as the Phoenix Mac Data Recovery 5 can recover any lost, missing or deleted files and folders. Price: Rs 4,950.Available at Croma, Himalaya Mall, Ahmedabad; A-233/234, Platinum Plaza, Ahmedabad; Mobile Gallery 1, Satkar Complex, B/H Swagat Complex, C G Road, Ahmedabad.Gadget reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.inlast_img read more

Tango 12 named official ball of Euro 2012

first_imgTango 12, developed by Adidas, will be the official ball of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine.The first Tango ball appeared at the World Cup in Argentina in 1978. It was not used until 1998.Tango 12 will be presented during the finals draw in Kiev on December 2.The 16-nation Euro Championships, slated for June 8-July 1, 2012, will take place in four Polish cities of Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan as well as four Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Lvov, Donetsk and Kharkov.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

first_imgMRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 MOST READ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malditas save PH from shutout The referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st round ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Go, Nieto power Eagles to Finals

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout “I couldn’t allow our season to end like this,” said Nieto, after blowing a defensive cover that allowed Jasper Parker to give FEU a one-point lead late in the game. “We’ve been through so much, we worked so hard, we didn’t want our season to end.”And boy did the Eagles come close to their season’s end.Racking up 13 straight wins in the elimination round, Ateneo missed out on an outright Finals berth after Go bungled a point-black shot against La Salle in the stretch that could have sealed an elimination-round sweep.The 6-foot-8 center endured long nights of scrutiny and doubt after that shot. He completely redeemed himself with a basket much farther and with much more at stake.“For the three, I just have to thank Coach Tab (Baldwin) because he believed in me,” said Go, who finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Then Matt Nieto swooped in and completed the mission.The result? Another dose of the country’s fiercest basketball rivalry on college hoops’ grandest stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGo rescued Ateneo’s season with a clutch triple that forced overtime before Nieto racked up five straight crucial points that provided the needed buffer in an 88-84 victory over a hard-fighting Far Eastern University Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena that gave the Blue Eagles the last UAAP Finals berth.The Eagles, who entered the Final Four as the No. 1 seed, will face defending champion and No. 2 seed La Salle in an expectedly mammoth best-of-three tussle for the crown. “He had more confidence in me than I had in myself. After the game, all I could say was thank you. His belief in me and my teammates and the coaching staff helped me make that shot.”Faced with a three-point deficit and the stunning prospect of an upset at the hands of the fourth-seeded Tamaraws, Go took a feed from Nieto and fired his triple over Richard Escoto to tie the game at 75 with 8.5 seconds left in regulation.And it wasn’t lost on the Ateneo bench just how huge that shot was, especially after Parker put FEU up by three with a pair of free throws.“That seemed like a lost game, but the players really stayed focused,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.After Arvin Tolentino bungled FEU’s final play in regulation—the ball slipped from his hands as he tried a drive-and-pull-up move against Go—the former Xavier star had one more key play left for Ateneo.Nieto put Ateneo up by five in overtime after swishing in a running jumper and a clutch three from the top of the key. Escoto trimmed the deficit to three, 85-82, with a mid-range jumper.Ateneo missed its next attempt, but Go collected the offensive rebound, fell to the ground, and banked in a short stab with a knee on the floor to seal the win.“The last shot, when I got the ball, I just put it up because it might get loose,” said Go. “What’s the worst that could happen [if I missed it]?”Looking sharper than the team that finished the elimination round with just seven wins, the Tamaraws stayed in the coattails of the Eagles, before unleashing an 18-5 blitz starting late in the third period to take a 65-59 advantage on Prince Orizu’s lay-up.Parker was a handful for the Eagles with the fleet-footed playmaker finishing with 19 points only to leave the game briefly in overtime due to cramps. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay But the FEU run exposed the Eagles’ vulnerabilities anew in the same way the Tamaraws toyed with them in an 80-67 win last Sunday that sent their Final Four matchup to a deciding game.The Eagles dug deep heading into crunchtime, slowly clawing their way back into the contest, behind Thirdy Ravena and Mike Nieto, before Go’s big triple bailed them out to force the first overtime game of the season.“We were ready to play a close game, and that’s what happened,” said Arespacochaga. “Of course, credit to our players who never gave up and stayed focused and stuck to the game plan. There were ups and downs but what a great game, and we’re happy that our players experienced that. We could see their growth in the game and we’re happy they got to experience that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH After waiting for almost two weeks to get redemption, Ateneo center Isaac Go came through with the biggest shot of his career to buy the Blue Eagles an extra five minutes to get the job done.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal HD dedicates game vs Sta. Lucia to injured leader MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Timberwolves’ Teague sidelined by sprained knee

first_imgDALLAS, TX – NOVEMBER 17: Jeff Teague #0 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center on November 17, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPMILWAUKEE — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague is day to day with a left knee injury.Teague’s Grade 1 MCL sprain was welcome news for Minnesota, which feared he had a more serious issue. Teague had an MRI at Mayo Clinic on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Teague limped off the court in the final minute of the fourth quarter of the team’s overtime victory over Denver on Wednesday night. Teague had 11 points and 10 assists in the win.Teague is averaging 13.4 points, 7.3 assists and a career-high 34.2 minutes per game in his first season with the Timberwolves. He missed four games last month because of an Achilles injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives “It’s about as good as you can hope for,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “No structural damage. He didn’t have much swelling. He was walking around today.”Thibodeau said Teague had the same issue earlier in his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“The fact that he had this injury once before when he was a rookie, so I think he understands what he has to go through,” he said.The 29-year-old Teague was ruled out for Minnesota’s game at Milwaukee. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Read Next Chiefs flaunt tough roster Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Busmen brace for tough Cambodians

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fallen PAL inspires Canlubang Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BACOLOD CITY—Following a memorable AFC Champions League qualifying run last month, Ceres Negros coach Risto Vidakovic knows his team can’t afford to let up as it braces for a tough title defense of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Asean zone crown starting on Tuesday.Armed with more experience, the Busmen open their campaign in Group F against Cambodian champions Boeung Ket with another huge crowd expected at Panaad Stadium here. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto With Global Cebu losing to Thanh Hoa of Vietnam in its AFC Cup opener on Saturday in Hanoi, the Busmen hope to give the country a breakthrough win in this year’s competition.Home United of Singapore and Shan United of Myanmar are also in Group F with Ceres, which went on a magical qualifying run last month in the top-tier Champions League, stunning Brisbane Roar of Australia and delivering a creditable showing in a 0-2 loss to Tianjin Quanjian of China in the playoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingVidakovic refused to make a huge deal out of their last two games against strong opposition, pointing out that the most important game will be against the Cambodians.“It doesn’t mean anything to us and we have to move forward and focus on the next game,” said the Serbian. “We can’t go [in the AFC Cup] with overconfidence. All our opponents deserve our respect.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READlast_img read more

Specs comparison: Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5

first_imgLast night’s update from Google saw the release of Android Lollipop as well as the Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus 6 smartphone which will replace last year’s Nexus 5 as the Android flagship. So what’s Nexus 6 sporting over the Nexus 5? Let’s find out!DisplayThis is the first noticeable change and it’s a serious upgrade. The Nexus 6 has a massive 5.9 inch screen compared to the Nexus 5’s 4.95 inch display. The screen resolution is now 2560×1440 with 493ppi over the 1920×1080 pixels on the Nexus 5 and 445ppi.Processing powerCore performance on the Nexus 6 sees a logical update from the Nexus 5. The 2.3Ghz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB RAM on the Nexus 5 have been bumped to a 2.7Ghz quad core Snapdragon 805 and 3GB RAM on the new Nexus 6.ImagingThe camera on the Nexus 6 enters double digits with a 13MP sensor primary and a 2MP rear facing camera.  These replace the Nexus 5’s 8MP and 1.3MP combination. The new Lollipop 5.0 update also brings 4K at 30 fps support to the Nexus 6 along with OIS and a dual ring LED flash.SoftwareThe Android version update in itself is the biggest software difference between the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5.  The update brings a new runtime called ART in place of Dalvik which improves performance throughout and also a new Material Design theme with flatter features.StorageWhile the Nexus 5 was available in a 16 and 32GB version, Google’s upped the storage to 32 and  64GB in the Nexus 6.The Nexus 6 device is expected to retail at a price point of Rs 45,000 compared to the Rs 32,000 price of the 32GB Nexus 5. Preorders begin Oct 29 with availability slated for November.   advertisementFeaturesMotorola Nexus 6LG Nexus 5Dimension82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mmWeight184grams130 gramsDisplay5.96 inch QHD AMOLED display / 2560?1440 pixel resolution / 493 ppi pixel density4.95 inch display / 1080×1920 pixel resolution / 445 ppi pixel densityProcessor2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processorRAM3GB2GBGPUAdreno 420Adreno 330Storage32GB & 64GB16GB & 32GBCamera13 MP/2 MP8 MP/1.3 MPOSAndroid 5.0 LollipopAndroid 4.4 KitKatConnectivityBluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFCBluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFCPrice$649$349 for 16 GB $399 for 32 GBlast_img read more

Cyclone Nilofar: IMD again lowers storm’s intensity, landfall in Gujarat tomorrow evening

first_imgNilofar, a cyclonic storm over the west-central Arabian Sea, is steadily moving towards the coast of Gujarat and the Karachi region of Pakistan. The storm is expected to make landfall around Naliya in north Gujarat tomorrow evening and cross the coast at over a speed of 60 kmph. There will be heavy rain in all districts of Saurashtra and Kutch and the sea off the Gujarat coast will be rough. People living in the impact area of the storm have been evacuated. The storm however is not as severe as Hudhud that slammed into Vizag on October 12, causing extensive damage. Here are the live updates on Cyclone Nilofar: 11 am: Cyclone intensity lowered againThe Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday morning again lowered the severity of the storm. Nilofar has now been categorised as a just a cyclonic storm. Till Wednesday, it was seen as a severe cyclonic storm.10.50 am: Landfall speed lowered Nilofar is now expected to hit the Gujarat coast at a maximum sustain surface wind speed of 60-80 kmph, unlike at over 120 kmph as predicted earlier.10.30 am: Storm centered 680 km from NaliyaNilofar, IMD says, was located 680 km southwest of Naliya and 700 km south-southwest of Karachi.10.25 am: Storm to weaken into depression on landfallIMD sasy Nilofar, currently a severe cyclonic storm gusting to 120 kmph, will weaken into a depression over northeast Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast on October 31 evening.  10.15 am: People from 45 villages to be evacuated With the storm expected to damage mud houses, the Kutch administration has decided to evacuate people living 45 villages by tomorrow, said report on As many as 3,800 people have been asked to move to safer places and 450 mud houses have been vacated, said the report.advertisement10 am: Visit to Somnath Temple halted Gir Somnath district administration has appealed to people not to visit the Somnath Temple on Thursday and Friday due to approaching storm, said a report. Hotels there too have been asked stop bookings.9.55 am: Fishermen asked to stay ashoreFishermen have been asked by the IMD not to venture into the sea for the next two days.last_img read more

Supreme Court pulls up Srinivasan for attending BCCI meeting

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday expressed its unhappiness over N Srinivasan participating in a BCCI meeting on February 8. The court has also asked his lawyer Kapil Sibal to apprise it of his stand on Friday.The apex court also said that Srinivasan should not have done this as certainly there is a conflict of interest in his role as cricket administrator.The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) on February 18 moved the apex court seeking contempt proceedings against Srinivasan and other BCCI officials for holding the meeting in alleged violation of court directives.A bench of Justices TS Thakur and Ibrahim Kalifulla heard the petition filed by CAB Secretary Aditya Varma for a direction to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Srinivasan.last_img read more

Fintro Hockey World League: Indian women almost at Olympics doorstep

first_imgIndian girls weathered a Japanese onslaught in the last quarter and a half before hanging on to the 13th-minute goal by Rani Rampal to grab fifth place at the Fintro Hockey World League match on Saturday. In the coming weeks, the win should officially translate into an entry into next year’s Rio Olympics.Japan (No. 10) was ranked three places above India, who had beaten them for the bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. While only the top-3 from the two HWL Semi-Final and five continental champions make the Olympics, places will fall vacant as some of the qualified teams are also likely to win Continental championships. Korea has won the Asian Games; and either Australia or New Zealand (third and fourth here) should win Oceania while Argentina and the United States (fourth and fifth at the Valencia HWL) will be favourites at the Panam Games. Netherlands, who will qualify from Antwerp, Great Britain and Germany, who also qualified from Valencia, will be favourites for the European championships.Saturday’s match could broadly be divided into two halves, the first dominated by India and the second by Japan.India began sharply and won an early penalty corner, which was wasted. But coach Mathias Ahrens’s team took the lead in the 13th minute after Lilima Minz took the ball from inside the Indian half and passed to Vandana Katariya, who ended her fine run with a reverse shot.The attempt was saved by Japanese goalkeeper Sakiyo Asano, but an unmarked Rani Rampal put the ‘near half-volley’ over the custodian’s reach.advertisementFive minutes into the second half, a loose clearance at the 25-yard line put Japan in possession and a long ball into the circle came to Akane Shibata, whose two shots were saved by goalkeeper Savita. But off the second save, the ball bounced and led to a penalty corner, which was wasted.Indians did go on a couple of attacks but no clear shot was taken.The third quarter was dominated by Japan, who launched dangerous attacks and got penalty corners but just couldn’t get the ball into the goal.A 38th-minute penalty corner was saved on the goalmouth by Monika, and Savita took a shot on the body. All the action was within the Indian 25-yard line, but Savita and the defenders held out.In the final quarter, Monika suffered cramps and was replaced by Deep Grace Ekka. Vandana Katariya was also injured and had to leave with three minutes left.Japan kept up the pressure as a defensive India allowed them to dominate. In the last seven minutes, the Japanese girls virtually camped in the Indian circle, but could not find the equaliser despite five penalty corners.last_img read more

‘Shocked’ Hiken Shah denies wrongdoing

first_imgMumbai Ranji cricketer Hiken Shah on Monday said he is “shocked” after the BCCI found him guilty of making a “corrupt approach” to a fellow player and said that he had approached Pravin Tambe for a “coaching thing”.”I am shocked. I have not been involved in any irregular activity. I have replied to the BCCI and there is nothing more that I want to say,” Shah, who is right now in England playing club cricket in Lancashire league told Times Now.The BCCI said that Shah was found guilty of breaching the Board’s Anti-Corruption Code for participants and the matter was referred to its disciplinary committee for further action. It has been learnt that he made a “corrupt approach” to Mumbai team-mate Pravin Tambe, who promptly reported the incident to the BCCI.The 30-year-old batsman, who is not part of any IPL team, has played 37 first-class matches for Mumbai and has 2160 runs at an average of 42.35.”I have no idea what is happening. I had just met Pravin Tambe for coaching thing and not any irregular activity,” Shah said when probed further.last_img read more

Argentina midfielder Di Maria joins Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year deal

first_imgManchester United winger Angel Di Maria will join Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year deal to become the second most expensive player in the French league history.A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Di Maria is expected in Paris later this week to sign the deal after undergoing a medical exam in Doha on Monday.He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly about the deal before it is official. Manchester United has agreed to sell the Argentina winger for a fee that is “in the region of 63 million euros ($69 million)” the person said.At PSG, the versatile Di Maria will be teaming up with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who joined the Qatari-funded club for a reported fee of 64 million euros when PSG broke the French transfer record in 2013.The former Real Madrid midfielder joined United for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) last summer as the most expensive signing in the history of British football, but he had an inconsistent season at Old Trafford.Also read: Arsenal get morale-boosting win over ChelseaDi Maria got off to a bright start early in the season then struggled to adapt to the Premier League. The man of the match in the 2014 Champions League final was quickly reduced to a second-fiddle role in Louis van Gaal’s side and ended the season with a meager tally of three goals in 27 Premier League appearances. However, his 10 assists were only bettered by Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas.Di Maria, who will be reunited with Argentina teammates Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi in Paris, did show signs of his very best with his national team at the Copa America, where Argentine finished runner-ups this summer.advertisementPSG, whose main goal this season is to win the Champions League, will be counting on his energy, incisive dribbles and ability to run with the ball at pace to reach a new level on the European scene, where the French champions failed to advance beyond the quarterfinals over the past two seasons.He will give PSG coach Laurent Blanc plenty of offensive options, either on the left side of the midfield or in a more central role.PSG started to court Di Maria last summer but UEFA financial fair play restrictions, that have since been eased, prevented his transfer to the French capital.last_img read more

Ashes: Australia coach Lehmann admits selection mistakes

first_imgClaiming that his team was more competitive on the Ashes tour to England two years ago, Australia cricket chief coach Darren Lehmann on Sunday conceded that they made a major selection blunder going into the crucial fourth Test at Trent Bridge.Australia surrendered the Ashes with a thumping loss by an innings and 78 runs at Trent Bridge just 39 minutes into the Test’s third day for their fourth consecutive Ashes series loss in England. They trail 1-3 with the fifth and final match scheduled to start on August 20. Australia had lost the 2013 series 0-3.Following the loss, captain Michael Clarke declared that he will retire after the fifth Test match and Lehmann admitted that the change in selection policy went against their historic view that a bowling allrounder was crucial to team balance.”We wanted the extra batter and spoke to the captain about it in this particular game. But we’ve always (previously) wanted five bowlers, so we probably got that selection wrong,” Lehmann was quoted as saying by”(I am) happy to admit when we’re wrong, you don’t get everything right. We’re really strong on having five bowlers and we didn’t do that this game. In the end it didn’t matter, we only bowled once and we didn’t bat well enough.”As a coach and as selectors, we’ve got things wrong at certain times there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got to own up like players have to and everyone else that our performances weren’t good enough, full stop.”advertisementHowever, he said his wards played better than what they did in 2013.”I think we played better (in England) in 2013 to be perfectly honest,” Lehmann said, reflecting on his third Test series loss since taking over from the sacked Mickey Arthur weeks before that campaign began.”We certainly didn’t cope with the swinging or seaming ball in the last two Test matches well enough and that’s something we have to get better at. But we got out-skilled by a very good cricket team in England.”Lehmann also acknowledged that naming a squad more than three months before the first Test was one of them. The 45-year-old pointed out that the decision to announce the touring party for the two-Test series in the Caribbean in June at the same time as the Ashes squad – on March 31 – was taken by the Cricket Australia (CA).The 16 players who went to the West Indies were supplemented by pace bowler Ryan Harris for the Ashes series, to which the Australians travelled direct from the Caribbean. But problems arose early for the selectors with Harris forced into retirement before playing a Test due to the recurrence of his chronic knee injury.And veterans Brad Haddin and Shane Watson both struggled for runs and opportunities in one-sided Tests in the Caribbean and were therefore dispensed with early in the Ashes when they were unable to turn around their form.Lehmann said he understood the logistical requirements of choosing a squad for such a lengthy overseas assignment and the benefits of having a continuity of personnel on each tour. But in hindsight it had left them effectively short on selection options as players fell by the wayside in this tour.”We’ve had that discussion as a selection panel and that was a tough one for us. End of the day, we were guided a bit by above (Cricket Australia) and how we wanted to move around from the West Indies to England,” Lehmann said.”Logistics and other things come into it that are way above my head. But if we had our time again we’d probably like to pick separate squads and then see what comes from the West Indies tour leading into an England tour.”Lehmann confirmed that the Australia team for the dead-rubber fifth Test would be selected from the 17-man squad currently in England.last_img read more

Ram mandir issue: Govt would act on basis of SC verdict

first_imgBengaluru, Jan 18 (PTI) Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today the NDA government would act on the Ram temple issue on the basis of the Supreme Court verdict and not on pro-Ram Mandir rhetoric of saffron leaders.The Lok Janshakti Party leader said there was no question of relations between his party and BJP souring over the issue as the government would act on basis of the apex court verdict.Also, Prime Ministers politics revolves around development, not around controversial issues such as Ram Mandir, Babri Masjid and Common Civil Code among others, Paswan said here.”In the last two-and-half years of Modis rule, thePrime Minister has not even once spoken about Ram Mandir,Babri Masjid, Common Uniform Civil Code and Article 370, among others.”His only aim is that there should be development in the country…how to solve the unrest among the youth, and strengthen the image of India, internationally, which no otherPrime Minister could do as better as Modi,” he said.To a question, he said: “There is no question of Modis image taking a beating and relations between LJP and BJP souring over the Ram Mandir issue because the NDA government will act on SCs verdict, not on pro-Ram Mandir rhetoric of saffron leaders including Pravin Togadia.”Replying to a query, Paswan said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi does not have the moral right to demand capping of taxation percentage in the GST Bill because they did not do anything on it during the decade-rule of the UPA.advertisementPaswan said Congress was misusing the strength of numbers in the Rajya Sabha to stall the GST Bill.”The Bill should have been passed last year. They (Congress) are enjoying majority in Rajya Sabha, and they are misusing this position to their advantage.This is not good.”Asked whether the GST dilemma is spoiling the image of Modi or Congress, he said more than the image of Congress, the image of the country has taken a massive beating.”The image of Congress has taken a beating big time, but the biggest damage has been done on countrys image.” PTI BDN RA BN GVSlast_img read more

Rohit, Murali back in Test Team for Australia tour; Dhoni dropped from T20 squads

first_imgIndia recall Rohit Sharma (R) and Murali Vijay for Australia test tour. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL India have recalled batsmen Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay to their 18-man test squad for the tour to Australia, opting to bank on experience for the four-match series. Parthiv Patel was chosen as the second wicketkeeper along with the 21-year-old Rishabh Pant, who made his test debut during the five-match series in England.Rohit has shown strong form in limited overs matches but was dropped from the test side following a poor return in South Africa earlier this year when he scored 78 runs in four innings. Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan opened for India in the first match of the England series but the duo were dropped during the 4-1 defeat and also left out of India’s two-test home series against West Indies.The right-handed Vijay, however, responded to his exclusion by making a hundred and three half-centuries for Essex in the County Championship. “We felt that Rohit’s nature of play, a very good back-foot player, his game is suited for Australia,” India’s chief selector MSK Prasad told reporters. “Murali Vijay was dropped from the England series. He went back and he played the county and showed his intent and performed and considering the intensity of the series, we’ve considered him for the Australia series.”The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw, who made a sparkling debut with a century against West Indies, and Lokesh Rahul were the other openers in the squad. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who injured his back during the Asia Cup, has not recovered sufficiently to make to the squad and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja will fill the role in Australia.“It’s very difficult to match Hardik’s all-round ability,” Prasad said. “At least we don’t see that kind of ability now in India. That’s why no other alternatives were discussed. And we expect Bhuvi can come good, we know he can bat.”India’s regular wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha continues to be on the sidelines, recovering from a shoulder and thumb injury, which opened the door again for Patel, who has played 25 tests for India. There was, however, good news on the pace bowling front with India travelling to Australia at full strength with Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav all available.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav will be the slow bowling options alongside Jadeja. “If you see the selection we have done, it’s a mix of youth and experience which we really wanted because it’s going to be a high-intensity test series,” Prasad said. “That’s why we fell back on experience.”India will play a three-match Twenty20 series before the first test starts in Adelaide from Dec 6. Perth, Melbourne and Sydney will host the remainder of the tests followed by a three-match one-day international series.Dhoni dropped from the squadMahendra Singh Dhoni was dropped from India’s Twenty20 squad for the home series against the West Indies and the crucial away assignment against Australia, signalling a possible end to his run in the shortest format. In the other major decision, skipper Virat Kohli was rested from the T20 series against the West Indies and Rohit Sharma named the stand-in captain of the side.The committee said that Dhoni, the 2007 World T20-winning skipper, has been “rested” and India are now looking to fill in the second wicketkeeper’s slot. But when asked if Dhoni’s career in T20s is over, Prasad said, “Not yet. We want to try out other keepers for the second keeper’s slot,” said Prasad.The two keepers in the two T20 squads announced Friday are Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. The three T20s against Australia will get underway from November 21, followed by a four-Test series and three ODIs. With Dhoni playing only seven T20Is this year and India’s next ODI assignment only in January against Australia, the former captain won’t be getting any domestic matches with both Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy already over.The 37-year-old, despite being a sharp planner and a safe and agile hand behind the stumps, has been struggling to finish matches with the bat, something that came naturally to him at his peak and made him a modern legend. The decision to “rest” Dhoni might just be the first sign of selectors trying to phase out the maverick former captain in at least one format. A veteran of 93 T20Is, Dhoni has 1487 runs in the format at a strike rate of 127.09. The only T20Is left in the next six months is a three-game series against New Zealand, which is scheduled in February.Limited overs squadIn the limited-overs set-up, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem received his maiden call-up for the T20s against West Indies. Fit-again batsman Kedar Jadhav, whose omission from ODIs came under the scanner, has been brought back for the fourth and fifth ODI.The BCCI has also selected Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel, Prithvi Shaw for the India A tour of New Zealand.The Squads: For three T20I match series against West Indies: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.For four-match Test series against Australia: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.For three-match T20I series against Australia: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed.India A team for first four-day game against New Zealand A: Ajinkya Rahane (C), M Vijay, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel (wk), K Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Md Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, R Gurbani, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharath.Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. SHARE × COMMENT October 27, 2018 India recall Rohit Sharma (R) and Murali Vijay for Australia test tour. File Photo   –  The Hindu Published on cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more

BMW launches updated version of 3 Series sedan for Rs 35.9 lakh

first_imgGerman luxury carmaker BMW on Wednesday launched an updated version of its diesel-powered BMW 3 Series sedan in India, priced between Rs 35.9 lakh and Rs 44.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The new 3 Series is locally produced at the BMW plant in Chennai and can be ordered at dealerships across India from today onwards, BMW India said in a statement.ALSO READ:BMW takes 7 series to the next levelThe petrol variant of the sedan will be launched later this year, it added.”With its everyday usability, dynamic characteristics and attractive design, the new BMW 3 Series will establish a new benchmark in the Indian luxury car segment,” said Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India.The 320d Prestige variant of the sedan is priced at Rs 35.9 lakh, 320d Sport Line (Navigation) at Rs 41.5 lakh, 320d Luxury Line (Navigation) at Rs 41.5 lakh and the 320d M Sport trim at Rs 44.5 lakh (all prices ex-showroom).The sedan, which comes with TwinPower Turbo diesel engine, can accelerate to 100 km/hr in 7.2 seconds with the ability to achieve a top speed of 230 km/hr.ALSO READ:BMW targets annual motorcycle sales of 200,000 by 2020The luxury vehicle comes with various features like on-board driver information system, park distance control, brake-energy regeneration and electronic power steering among others.last_img read more

Blue Star enters air cooler segment, eyes Rs 150 cr sales

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) Air-conditioner maker Blue Star, which recently forayed into air coolers, is targeting sales of about Rs 150 crore in the next three years from the segment.The company, which did a select-market launch of its air coolers in North India, plans to expand the portfolio by April-May.”Our aim is to do at least Rs 150 crore business from the air cooler segments in next three years,” Blue Star Executive Director and President, AC and Refrigeration Products, B Thiagarajan told PTI.After the pilot launch last week, he said: “In next six months, it would have a pan India presence.”Besides, Blue Star has also forayed into air purifier segment.Thiagarajan, who is slated to assume the role of Joint Managing Director from April 1, said the reason for entering the air cooler and air purifier segments is to fill gaps in the companys product portfolio.”Our idea is that as a related product category, we should be present there,” he said.On manufacturing plans for the new segments, he said, at present, the company is sourcing from a third party through contract manufacturing.Blue Star would consider manufacturing when volumes pick up, Thiagarajan added.The firm, which mainly sells a range of air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration products, clocked a revenue of Rs 3,080.79 crore in fiscal 2015. PTI KRH ABK ABMlast_img read more

Start Playing Badminton For This New Year

first_imgAdvertisement                                                              Source.Every new year, we all want to do something different and something for the better. Not only for the better of one’s around us, but better for ourselves and to see it have a positive impact on life.Generally, people list out few resolutions for themselves which they may stick to or may not.Sometimes people make resolutions which only last for small periods of time because either they go back to their old habits, or they lose interest or they are just not capable of abiding by it.                                                              Source.Almost every new year, people vow to themselves that they need to stay fit and join the gym. Some are successful in keeping this vow, some just give up.Having said, do something new this year. Start playing Badminton. This game will not only help you stay fit, but it will also challenge you. If you are a competitive person by nature and have the never say never attitude, then this sport is right up your alley.Badminton is a game that is not only physically exhausting but is quite challenging too. It makes you think all the time, it keeps your brain active and minds fresh too. After playing a bit of Badminton in a day, it is almost certain that you will feel this new energy within you.The benefits and awareness of Badminton are on the rise these days. Not only youngsters but even adults are starting to play Badminton or are going to a professional to learn Badminton. This is because playing Badminton makes you feel focused, alert and even fierce.                                                                Source.Once you start playing Badminton regularly, you will start living a more disciplined life, which is what most people want to achieve every new year. You will tend to watch what you are eating and even make sure that you give a certain amount of time in a given day or two days just for Badminton and not anything else.Once you get your handset in Badminton and you get the hang of out it, there is no going back. And this is meant in every good way possible. Once you find you are able to play correctly and move to the shuttle and return it well, you will absolutely love the game and will never want to stop.This is in a sense is you not giving up what you set out to do in the beginning.Badminton is a lot of fun not just to watch but to play too. It is also a great place to socialise with people from your local area and even to meet new people who are like minded.Badminton is not the easiest sport to play at first, but if you try and pick it up, you will be determined to be successful. There is this indescribable satisfaction you will achieve at the end of a good session of play.In the new year, if you want to do something different, something more fun rather than things that tend to put pressure on you, you should learn to play Badminton. Who knows, you may even have the potential of being very good at it.Watch this video to see how Badminton is just the perfect sport for a new beginning:Conclusion:If you like to push yourself and are always up to a great challenge, take up Badminton; it never disappoints.Original article source – blog playoAdvertisementlast_img read more