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Life as a Gay Couple in India

first_imgIndia’s Supreme Court recently overturned a 2009 court ruling that decriminalized gay sex. Related Itemslast_img

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No Indians No PRCs’: Singapore’s Rental Discrimination Problem

first_imgA quick glance at online rental listings shows many that include the words: “no Indians, no PRCs [People’s Republic of China]”, sometimes followed by the word “sorry”. Related Itemslast_img

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Are Rajasthani Celebrity Marriages Jinxed?

first_imgExotic, colorful, romantic Rajasthan! Ablaze with history and heritage, magic and magnificence, spectacular tales of valor and heroism, matched by awesome forts…. Little wonder that red-hot, super-rich and famous glitterati — showbiz stars, tycoon hoteliers, et al — are seduced and bedazzled by its mesmerizing ambience and feel royal, regal and very, very special.Be it Liz Hurley and her Indian beau, Arun Nayar, Madonna and her ‘Guy’ Ritchie, Priya and Vikram Chatwal and the latest, Kate Perry and Russel Brand, they’ve all fallen hook, line and sinker for Rajasthan’s charms and decided to use it as the perfect setting to get hitched. As a result, Rajasthan has attracted huge publicity from the tabloid press in particular, further hyped with celebs of all shapes and sizes zooming in, from across the globe as special guests of the besotted and about-to-tie-the-knot couple’s pre or post wedding parties. Lavish, extravagant and colorful, these razzle-dazzle 10-star events, often livened with local color through music, dance, elephants and camels, unfailingly blitzed the media and a glorious time was had by all.Alas, not for long. It so turns out that these glitzy Rajasthan-based weddings have usually bitten dust (sand?) in a very short period. Take the case of New York based Hotelier Vikram Chatwal and bride Priya Sachdev, a sexy model. Their 2006 wedding had all the trappings of a big budget Bollywood movie. Chartered jets, glam celebs, spectacular parties, with special reference to the masqueraded theme Fantasia. Reports have it that Priya was diffident about her self-described playboy beau. Priya’s instincts scored. The couple have split. The gorgeous Sachdev is back in India while Vikram is once again rocking it big, according to New York’s tabaloid media, with glam babes in the Big Apple.The hi-pitched drama of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar also panned out in style in Rajasthan. As if their wedding in Winchcombe, England, was not enough, they held a full-on Hindu ceremony at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in 2007. Liz’s pink colored lehenga became a sensation overnight and was copied across markets in India. In 2011, this fabulous dream soured. She filed for divorce and very soon, was caught in a “spin” with Australian Spin King Shane Warne. Ironically, they reportedly hotted up their romance, of all places, in Rajasthan, where Warne was captaining the Rajasthan Royals team in the Indian Premier League. The local cynic insists that should they ever decide to hook-up, they better avoid Rajasthan like the plague, or Warne could be clean bowled for a six, in a disturbingly short time.The Madonna-Ritchie affair too featured hot and heavy on the radar. The rock-star stormed in to, ostensibly, celebrate the successful adoption of Malawian baby Banda and usher in 2008. The couple really whooped it up, taking in the local stuff, absorbing, participating and bonding through dancing with the locals, riding horses, the works. It was perfect. Cut to end 2008 and it was … c-u-t! The seven-year itch seemed to have grabbed them and romantic Rajasthan was nothing more than a regal memory. Sad, na?The latest casualty is the odd coupling of Kate Perry and Russel Brand. The hot American actress and her funny looking whacko British boyfriend were zonked by the magic and mystique of Rajasthan. Their giant leap toward the orange blossoms (at a luxury resort outside the Ranthambore Tiger Resort, no less!) included a full scale Hindu wedding conducted by a proper Panditji. The bride, rising to the occasion and obviously totally in-the-moment, even wore a nath and mehendi. A little over a year later, blazing reports indicate that the nath-mehendi show has gone the way of their starry, celeb predecessors….So, what’s with this place that causes celeb couples to embrace fatal attraction? Is it really a royal jinx for the glitterati, hypnotized by the color and romance of this amazing state, only to be doomed in their relationship?Vikas Agnihotri, an Udaipur-based anthropologist believes that sometimes, some places don’t work for some people. “I wish I could give an exact reason or put my finger on it, but … it happens. It’s the not-made-for-each-other setting, startlingly seductive enough to entice them at first look, excite them early on, but once they leave, the mischief is done. Their doom is decreed.”Kolkata-based social commentator Rashmi Ghosh has a different take: “For Chrissake, gimme a break! These are frivolous, superficial, cardboard cut-out celebs, stinkingly rich, supremely hedonistic and self-indulgent, perpetually living on the wings of their whims and fancies, a continent away from both the real world and real flesh and blood emotions, feelings, passion and sentiments. For these creatures, life is a playground, an amphitheatre, a stadium to play out their version of life, divorced from lesser mortals like you and me. Easy come, easy go. All the world is a stage and relationships like love and marriage are at best — in keeping with the consumerist and promiscuous time we live in — consumer perishables!” What’s with this place that causes celeb couples to embrace fatal attraction? Is it really a royal jinx for the glitterati, hypnotized by the color and romance of this amazing state, only to be doomed in their relationship?“For these creatures, life is a playground, an amphitheatre, a stadium to play out their version of life, divorced from lesser mortals like you and me. Easy come, easy go. All the world is a stage and relationships like love and marriage are at best — in keeping with the consumerist and promiscuous time we live in — consumer perishables!” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Asian Brand Mind

first_imgFrom Louis Vuitton to Chanel, Rolls Royce to Johnny Walker, Asian markets have become vital for the growth of luxury brands. Asia turned over some $90bn (£58bn) in luxuries in 2014 according to Euromonitor, roughly tied with North America and not far behind Western Europe. The region is also forecast to be the main driver for growth among these big markets over the next five years, as the chart below suggests.But there’s a paradox. The marketing strategies for many luxury brands are not producing the desired returns in that part of the world. So what’s the problem – and what can be done about it?We all buy and consume what we believe offers value. It is one of the fundamental drivers of people’s purchasing decisions. For products that we buy regularly, the value that we perceive is largely a trade-off between what it costs, mainly in terms of price, and the benefits in terms of how useful it is. In other words the more useful a product to us, the higher the price we are willing to pay.With luxury goods this equation becomes more complex. Here the costs are high and the benefits are not just about utility, but much more about personal pleasure and social status. But what many luxury businesses don’t understand well enough is how this varies between different countries.Many a time on my travels I have seen the same adverts, messages and communications employed by luxury brands across the world to serve vastly different markets. Sure enough, analysts say one key reason why some luxury brands underperform in Asia is because their owners see Asian and Western markets as homogenous.It seems many luxury businesses have erred in believing in the universality of their brand’s message. This is baffling when analysts and researchers like me tend to emphasize the diversity of individual markets in terms of geography, demography, culture and consumption patterns. To find out more about the distinctions in relation to luxuries, my co-authors and I asked 900 luxury consumers about how they see the value of such products in the UK and in leading emerging luxury markets including India, China and Indonesia.East vs WestIndian luxury consumers are particularly influenced by what others think of them. They consume to achieve societal acceptance, reflecting the hierarchical nature of the society. They use luxury brands to indicate social status, symbolizing achievement, wealth and prestige. Shopping for luxuries is fundamentally not an individual experience. Instead it seems rooted in group decisions, meaning that people’s choices of luxury purchases are directed towards others rather than themselves.Contrast Indonesia, where the culture revolves around how you judge yourself, not how others see you. Indonesians seek to enhance themselves through consumption. Despite the general perception of the country as a collectivist society where people tend to see themselves as similar, consumers won’t follow the recommendations of others if the choice is distasteful to them. They also value luxuries as an enjoyable experience, and may buy such goods as a distraction from the problems in their lives.In China, despite spending more on luxuries than even the US, the country’s attitude to this market has been strained in recent years. In 2013 luxury advertising on television and radio was banned, which may explain why consumers do not strongly attach such purchases to social status or personal pleasure. Even the country’s premier got involved, calling on Chinese officials to refrain from luxury gift giving.But what we found was still very important to Chinese consumers – and also to a lesser extent those in India and Indonesia – is the quality that luxury brands represent. They are willing to pay a premium price as a result.In Britain, meanwhile, consumers attach less psychological meaning to luxury goods than in India, China and Indonesia. They are not swayed significantly by the pleasures offered by these brands – which may partly be because many brands have long since gone mass market. Analysts have observed that the likes of LVMH and Gucci have lost their luster because they are widely available both in the UK and in other developed markets (the report costs £800 – a sign that luxuries is a valuable business).The Execution QuestionThe question for the people who sell luxury brands is how they should be applying these insights in their marketing strategies. Much of it follows logically. Given that consumers in India and the UK care more about what others think of their purchases, for instance, they are likely to be drawn by messages about the product’s social acceptability and by symbolism connected to achievement, prestige and wealth.In Indonesia, you would want to customize the sales pitch to include some emphasis on how a brand could enhance a consumer’s sense of self and make them feel good about themselves. You would also focus on the experiential aspects of buying and using the brand.Because of the way the government has been intervening against luxury purchases in China, pursuing consumers requires a far more subtle approach – away from the bans on television and radio, of course. Connecting the idea of buying luxury brands with personal identity and pleasure may be the best strategy.At the same time it would be important to emphasize quality, not only in China but also in the other three countries too. The fact that consumers in all these markets thought that a product’s functional value was important indicates one area where the same kinds of messages might cut through – pointing to at least some potential for economies of scale.Aside from this, the clear message is that different countries in East and West perceive luxuries very differently. However much it is convenient to treat the world as one market, it doesn’t fit the reality on the ground. – The Conversation Related Itemslast_img read more

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India Set to Play Key Role in Instagram’s Journey to 1 Billion Users

first_imgIndia is becoming a key market for photo-sharing app Instagram as it marches ahead to its one billion monthly-user mark. The country India is a significant contributor and strategic market in the success of the seven-year-old company, Mike Krieger, Instagram co-founder and CTO said in a recent media interview.The company has grown from 700 million to 800 million monthly active users (MAU) in a little over three months, Krieger told the Times of India, adding that India is a huge part of this growth story.Looking back, around three years ago, he said that the figures showed that Instagram had 500 million monthly users and this was when he started brainstorming about the challenges that people were facing while using the application. “We identified a few things. Our app was using a lot of data, so it was difficult to use if you did not have a perfect LTE connectivity,” he recalls, adding that they then put an engineering team in New York to focus on how Instagram would work as well, no matter what phone or network the user was on.“I spent a lot of time with that team and they looked at offline mode and optimizing for data usage,” he said in the interview. “Also, we thought of videos on Instagram,” he added. The engineering and product teams visit India to research on what is working well and what can pose as a challenge to users.Working along these lines has made Instagram quite a star in India as well as in other countries. The android version of the app was launched in 2012, which opened more doors for the app in the international space. It is now 70 per cent international as compared to an even split between the United States and the international space five years ago.Krieger also said Facebook teams helped the company in knowing opportunities and benchmarks in market like India.Talking about the current situation of immigration in Silicon Valley, he says that he has come a full circle. He came to the United States as a student from Brazil and worked on an H-1B visa for some years. But he was constantly working with the Barack Obama administration and things worked out in his favor. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom was able to raise the seed money before Krieger was signed on. “Kevin and I almost didn’t start Instagram together because I wasn’t able to get a visa to be his co-founder. When you are founding a company, you have to move at a startup pace and you can’t wait for months to get the status of your visa,” he said. Related ItemsFacebookInstagramMike Kriegerlast_img read more

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Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

first_imgHurricane Florence is bearing down on the eastern United States. A powerful typhoon, Jebi, tore through Japan last week, and another one, brewing in the Pacific, is headed for the Philippines and Taiwan. Earlier this year, Cyclone Mekunu killed more than 30 people in Yemen and Oman.What makes a storm a hurricane, a typhoon or a cyclone? It comes down to location. They all refer to tropical cyclones — low-pressure circular storm systems with winds greater than 74 mph that form over warm waters — but different terms are used in different parts of the world.The word “hurricane” is used for tropical cyclones that form in the North Atlantic, northeastern Pacific, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Typhoons are storms that develop in the northwestern Pacific and usually threaten Asia.The international date line serves as the Pacific Ocean’s dividing marker, so when a hurricane crosses over it from east to west, it becomes a typhoon instead, and vice versa.The same storms in the Southern Hemisphere are easier to keep straight. In the Bay of Bengal or Arabian Sea, both in the northern Indian Ocean, they are simply called “cyclones.” In the southern Indian Ocean and South Pacific, they are “tropical cyclones” or “severe tropical cyclones.”All these storms exist to move heat energy from the tropics toward the poles, helping to regulate climate.Seasonal differences for stormsAside from having different names, hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones also have different seasons. This year’s Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The Pacific season started slightly earlier. Typhoons can form year-round but are most common from May to October. The cyclone season in the South Pacific will begin on Nov. 1 and end on April 30.In the southern Indian Ocean, the season begins two weeks later and ends at the same time except in Mauritius and the Seychelles, where it ends on May 15. Cyclones are concentrated from May to November in the northern Indian Ocean, which has no official season.Whatever they’re called, tropical cyclones generally become weaker after they arrive on land, since they draw their energy from the evaporation of water in the oceans below them. But they can make it quite far past the coast and wreak havoc through wind damage, torrential rains, flooding and storm surges.Tropical cyclones around the world are named according to a list maintained by the World Meteorological Organization. The names of the deadliest storms, like Typhoon Haiyan or Hurricane Katrina, are retired.Grading a storm’s intensityHurricanes are categorized 1 to 5 according to the Saffir-Simpson scale, which is based on wind speed. According to the National Hurricane Center, storms in Category 3 or higher, which have wind speeds of at least 111 mph, “are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage.” (Florence was a Category 4 as of early Wednesday.)Typhoons are monitored by the Japan Meteorological Agency, which classifies them as “typhoon,” “very strong typhoon” or “violent typhoon,” depending on sustained wind speeds. Storms with wind speeds of less than 74 mph are labeled “tropical depressions,” “tropical storms” or “severe tropical storms.”The Joint Typhoon Warning Center, a U.S. military command in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, also issues storm advisories using the designations “tropical depression,” “tropical storm,” “typhoon” and “super typhoon.”Typhoon Jebi, which killed 11 people in Japan, was this season’s third super typhoon, meaning a typhoon with sustained surface winds of at least 150 mph. It is the equivalent of a Category 4 or 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. This week, Southeast Asia and southern China are bracing for Super Typhoon Mangkhut.Cyclones in the Indian Ocean are classified according to two intensity scales depending on where they are, with names like “very intense tropical cyclone” and “super cyclonic storm.” Australia rates cyclones from categories 1 to 5.So why the three different words? Storm terminology has been highly influenced by the histories and cultural interactions of different regions. “Hurricane” appeared in English in the 16th century as an adaptation of the Spanish “huracán.”“Typhoon” is variously described as coming from Arabic (“tafa”)or Chinese (“taifeng”), perhaps both. “Cyclone” was coined in the late 18th century by a British official in India, from the Greek for “moving in a circle.”But a storm by any other name should still be taken seriously.© New York Times 2018 Related ItemsEnvironmentlast_img read more

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How Jinder Mahal’s Success is A Winning Formula for WWE

first_imgJinder Mahal’s win at the WWE Championship on August 20, when he retained his title after defeating Shinsuke Nakamura at WWE pay-per-view SummerSlam 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, works out just fine for the World Wrestling Entertainment. The American entertainment company, which mainly deals with professional wrestling, has been eyeing the Indian market with keen eyes for a couple of years now.And the recent victory recorded by the Indo-Canadian wrestler, who is known for flaring up the crowd’s passions with fiery rhetoric about his culture and heritage, will serve to boost its presence in the Asian country like no other.Mahal, The MaharajaThe sharp rise of Mahal, whose real name is Yuvraj Singh Dhesi, has made scores of Indians imagine themselves closer to the international fame that WWE provides. “The modern day Maharaja”, as Mahal calls himself, is now the hero of hundreds of children in Indian households, having defeated the likes of Randy Orton and more recently,  Shinsuke Nakamura. WWE’s ties with Indians were earlier limited to Dalip Singh Rana — the Great Khali — who was active until 2014.The popularity of Mahal, the 31-year-old wrestler with Punjabi roots has, however, risen multifold in India in the last few months. Mahal celebrates his wins with Indian music, flaunts his immigrant identity and calls his finishing move, ‘khallas’. His Indian-origin allies, Gurvinder Sihra and Harvinder Sihra — known as the Singh Brothers because of their wrestling names, Sunil Singh and Samir Singh — are increasingly more visible too. In June this year, WWE also signed Kavita Dalal, it’s first female wrestler from India.Mahal’s India ConnectThe rising stardom of Mahal fits into the WWE’s scheme of entering the country’s market. Sidharth Monga writes in a feature on ESPN, “This sudden five-week rise in the fortune of Mahal is a reminder that among other things, WWE is foremost a business. India, with its big population, is a new market for this business…”The return of Mahal in 2016, after a hiatus of over a year, brought about the much-needed thrust for the WWE’s foray into India. Recalling how he got an unexpected call from the WWE asking him if he would like to come back, NYT reports how CEO Vince McMahon wanted him to talk about his immigrant roots. Mahal, though reluctant at first, agreed. At the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines he came wearing a turban and said to the then-champion, Randy Orton: “Randy, you’re just like all of these people!,” the publication recounted. “You disrespect me because I look different! You disrespect me because of your arrogance and your lack of tolerance!” The crowd disapproved. But Mahal was ecstatic. “The reaction was great; I heard the crowd that day,” NYT quoted him as saying. “I was elevated to star status just within that one promo.”There has been no stopping Mahal, and WWE’s plans for India, since then.WWE’s India PlansIn its investor presentation in May 2017, WWE specified that “India and China represent significant opportunity” in the long-term growth for the company. It aims to host at least one event in the country this year, the New  York Times reported, citing Michelle Wilson, the company’s chief revenue and marketing officer. Wilson also told the publication that about 60 million viewers from India watch WWE shows every week, and that the company also launched a new weekly Hindi television show, WWE Sunday Dhamaal.The company began by testing waters in India in 2016, when it organised a two-day event featuring some big names in New Delhi. In March this year, it announced the launch of WWE Shop, the official online source of WWE merchandise, in India for the first time ever. The shop, offering authentic apparel and accessories, replica championship titles, toys, console games, and collectibles, went live online on April 3, the same day WWE’s biggest event of the year, WrestleMania, was broadcast in India. A month later, they announced the appointment of Sheetesh Srivastava as vice president and general manager of WWE India.WWE in India“India represents WWE’s single largest regional contribution to the brand’s massive social media community of 750 million followers globally,” the company said in the media statement released at the time. No wonder then that their official YouTube channel has been posting videos of their events with Hindi commentary. “When it comes to social media support, India is number one and judging by the merchandise sales and fan reactions, we can be looking at a new chapter in our relationship with India,” WWE executive vice president Ed Wells was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times in a May 2017 report.Social media, however, is not the platform where the action will be restricted in the future. The industry is abuzz with the plans of WWE to bring the championship to India.“I know that WWE is working really hard to announce a date shortly,” Mahal said to India Today. “Once it’s finalised, I hope I can bring the WWE Championship to India and defend it on Indian soil.” Considering his run so far, that doesn’t seem such an unlikely prospect, after all. 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MHA Says Foreign Origin Spouse Can Now Have Overseas Citizen of India Card

first_imgForeigners married to Indian origin people or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders can now opt for privileged Overseas Indian Origin Card which will give them multiple entries and life-long visa to India, according to an official notification.The ministry has also simplified the process of giving up Indian citizenship for citizens who are opting for foreign passports.According to Ministry of Home Affairs, foreign origin spouses of an Indian citizen or spouse of foreign origin of an Overseas Citizen of India cardholder registered under section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and whose marriage has been registered and subsisted for a continuous period of not less than two years, are eligible for registering as Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder.The ministry said that OCI card holders can retain the benefits of multiple entry lifelong visa for visiting India for any purpose as well as exempted from registration with Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) or Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) for as long as they stay.Moreover, registered OCI card holders are in parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of all facilities available to them in economic, financial, and educational fields except in matters relating to the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties. Registered Overseas Citizen of India Cardholder shall be treated at par with Non-Resident-Indians in the matter of inter-country adoption of Indian children, the notification said.Notably, registered OCI Cardholders will be charged the same entry fee as domestic Indian visitors to visit national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in India.Last month, the Delhi High Court had asked the Indian government to inform in advance all Overseas Citizens of India card holders and foreigners if they are blacklisted or barred from entering India. The court called the practice of informing people about them being denied entry at the last minute as “disturbing and unreasonable.”Justice Vibhu Bakhru said that several cases were being filed in the high court because of foreigners or OCI card holders not being permitted entry into India when they arrive here, PTI reported. The “disturbing feature” in each case was that, despite having a valid visa, none of them had any prior intimation that they were blacklisted, he added, according to the report. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian Navy notifies recruitment at various posts

first_imgThe Indian Navy has invited applications for recruitment at the posts of stewards, cooks and topass. The interested and eligible candidates can apply latest by June 27.Post details:Post names: StewardsCooksTopassEligibility criteria:Age limit:The candidates applying for either of the posts should be between 17 and 21 years of age as on April 1, 2015.Educational qualification:Stewards: The candidates applying for this post should have passed their class 10th.Cooks: The candidates applying for this post should have passed their class 10th.Topass: The candidates applying for this post should have passed class sixth.Work to be allotted:Stewards: The selected candidates will have to serve food in the officers’ messes as waiters. They will have to look after housekeeping, accounting of funds, wine and stores, preparation of menu etc. They will also be given other duties for efficient running of the organisation.Cooks: The selected candidates will have to prepare food as per menu (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, including handling of meat products) and accounting of ration. They will also be given other duties for efficient running of the organisation.Topass: The selected candidates will have to maintain hygiene in washrooms and other areas. They will also be given other duties for efficient running of the organisation.Selection process:The candidates will be selected based on higher education and percentages acquired. They will have to undergo a physical efficiency test.How to apply:In order to apply, the candidates are required to send applications to “POST BOX NO. 2, Lodhi Road Post Office, New delhi -110003”.advertisementPay Scale:Pay Band Rs 5, 200-20, 200 with GP @Rs 2, 000, plus MSP @Rs 2, 000, plus DA.last_img read more

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Cincinnati Open: Karolina Pliskova on track to defend title after Venus Williams bows out

first_imgKarolina Pliskova celebrated her return to the tournament that helped launch her rise to world number one with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the second round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday.Two celebrated seeds fell, with number three Angelique Kerber and ninth-seeded Venus Williams upset in three-setters , disrupting their U.S. Open preparations.Kerber lost 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(11) to Russian Ekaterina Makarova, while Williams was upset 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 by Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty in second-round matches.Barty will face former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, a 6-2, 6-4 winner against Russia’s Elena Vesnina, in the last 16.Top seed Pliskova rose to the occasion on the key points.She saved all five break points she faced, while losing just three points behind her first serve against the Russian, who reached her first WTA final at Den Bosch in June.Last year Pliskova beat Kerber in the Cincinnati final, stopping the German from ascending to number one with the biggest victory of her career up to then.Pliskova went on to have a brilliant Flushing Meadows run, beating both Venus and Serena Williams on the way to the final, sparking a consistent stretch that helped her succeed Kerber atop the rankings after Wimbledon.Next up for the 25-year-old Czech is a third-round match against Italian Camila Giorgi, who beat Australian Daria Gavrilova 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-3.American 16th seed Madison Keys beat Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 to reach the last 16, where she will face Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain.advertisementFor the second week in a row, American Sloane Stephens defeated 14th seed Petra Kvitova, who was bothered by pain in her right thigh, to reach the third round with a 6-2, 6-3 win.Stephens, sidelined almost a year due to a foot injury before returning at Wimbledon, beat Kvitova last week in three sets in Toronto on her way to the semi-finals.Up next for Stephens will be the on-form Makarova.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Injured Shikhar Dhawan hits the gym as India await his comeback

first_imgInjured Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has hit the gym as he races against time to recover from a hairline fracture that has put him out of three World Cup 2019 matches.With a heavily bandaged left hand, Dhawan was seen doing lower body exercises in a short video posted by him on his Twitter account.”You can make these situations your nightmare or use it an opportunity to bounce back. Thank you for all the recovery messages from everyone,” was the accompanying message from the star batsman.Shikhar Dhawan picked up the injury during his match-winning hundred against Australia at The Oval on June 9.What was initially seen to be a swelling in his left thumb turned out to be a hairline fracture after closer examination.Following the injury, Dhawan has been ruled out of India’s rained out game against New Zealand here on Thursday, the marquee clash against Pakistan on Sunday in Manchester and the match against Afghanistan on June 22, for now.India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar has earlier said that Shikhar Dhawan has been kept under observation and the assessment of his injury will be in the coming week.Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh pant has been brought in as cover for Dhawan but he will only get access to the team’s training sessions for now.advertisementPant will be allowed into the dressing room only if the team management decides to declare Dhawan unfit for the remainder of the tournament.Also Read | England vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Match 19: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan is a fighter and he will come back stronger, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Seelast_img read more

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Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th-anniversary celebrations: Victory Flame to be taken from Delhi to Dras

first_imgA number of events have been planned by the Army in Delhi and Dras in Jammu and Kashmir next month to mark the 20th anniversary of the ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’, officials said on Friday.The anniversary celebrations for this year will be spread over three days from July 25-27.”However, as part of the build-up to the main event, numerous activities have been planned to be organised all over the country from the first week of July,” an official said.The celebrations in the national capital begin on July 14 with the illumination of a ‘Victory Flame’ from the National War Memorial here, which would traverse through 11 towns and cities to finally culminate at Dras where the flame will be merged with the eternal flame at the ‘Kargil War Memorial’, he said.The torch relay team will conduct educational and patriotic talks and will interact with the prominent personalities and students in various educational institutes, the Army said in a statement.The events include expeditions by the units, which participated in the Kargil War, to their respective battlefields at super-high altitude locations such as Tololing, Tiger Hill, Pt 4875, and special national integration camp for NCC cadets hailing from various states and Union territories of the country.The event will last for 12 days in Leh. Essay and drawing competitions are being organised for school children all across the Ladakh region with thematic topics.”The Year 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of victory in ‘Operation Vijay’, popularly known as the ‘Kargil War’. The Kargil War is a saga of strong political, military and diplomatic actions. The nation shall be celebrating the 20th anniversary of victory this year in Kargil War with pride, honour and inspiration,” the Army said.advertisementThe Kargil War will always be remembered for its strategic and tactical surprises, the self-imposed national strategy of restraint in keeping the war limited to Kargil-Siachen sectors, and the swiftly executed tri-services military strategy and plans, it said.The Kargil War will also be remembered for the determination and daring junior leadership and the raw courage of our jawans at the tactical level, Army said.The 20th anniversary of the victory is being celebrated with the theme ‘Remember, Rejoice and Renew’, it said.”We ‘remember’ our martyrs, by revisiting the sacrifices and instilling pride and respect among us, we ‘rejoice’ by celebrating the victory in Kargil and we ‘renew’ our resolve to safeguard the honour of the tricolour,” the Army said.The objective of these celebrations is to evoke a feeling of nationalism and patriotism through nationwide campaigns especially amongst the youth and to pay homage to the valiant soldiers.The events are planned to highlight the stories of valour by our brave soldiers and rekindle the pride among the youth of the country, inspiring those who were too young and those who were not yet born, to form part of the nation’s resolve.”Kargil Vijay Diwas is a special occasion for the people of Ladakh. People of Ladakh shall be participating in the run ‘Ek Daud Shaheedon Ke Naam’ which would include the citizens from the remotest corner of the region and the brave war veterans from far-flung villages of Ladakh. Popular sports and competitions like polo and archery for the local populace are scheduled along with other festivities,” the statement said.A T-20 cricket championship is being organised in the Ladakh region in the NDS Memorial Stadium which is situated at an altitude of 11,500 ft.The event is also aimed at nurturing the cricket talent among the youth in the region. The tournament will see teams from the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, ITBP and local clubs from the entire Ladakh region, the Army said.A wreath memorial ceremony will be organised at the ‘Kargil War Memorial’ in Dras on the Kargil Vijay Diwas (July 26 to honour the Bravehearts who laid down their lives during the ‘Operation Vijay’, it said.In Delhi, a ‘Commemoration Ceremony’ is being organised at the Manekshaw Centre, where a panel discussion with war veterans and serving officers will be organised.The event will be followed by ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas Evening’, a cultural extravaganza, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on July 27.The nationwide campaigns will have numerous activities to evoke the feeling of nationalism and patriotism, and remember the sacrifices by soldiers, the Army said.Also Read | J&K Police rallies behind its brave officer battling for lifeAlso Read | An-32 crash has no survivors, says IAF after two days of rescue operations in ArunachalAlso Watch | Balidan Badge row: Will ICC bow to Dhoni?advertisementlast_img read more

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Timing of Madrid move isn’t my call, says Vinicius Junior

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid move this summer isn’t my call, says Vinicius Junior Tom Webber 20:21 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ViniciusJr - cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Flamengo v Paraná Paraná Flamengo Primera División Serie A The player insists that he does not know if he will be making the move to Santiago Bernabeu in the weeks ahead or if it will be delayed longer An emotional Vinicius Junior said it is not him who will decide whether he remains at Flamengo for another year or leaves for Real Madrid.With the Campeonato Brasileiro going on a month-long break during the World Cup, Vinicius was in tears as he mingled with fans after playing what could be his final match for Flamengo at the Maracana on Sunday – a 2-0 win over Parana.He made his debut for the Rio de Janeiro giants aged 16 in May 2017 and later that month was signed by Madrid for a reported €45 million, the terms of the deal stating he would join this July unless both clubs agreed otherwise. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Vinicius still does not know where he will spend the upcoming year, though he expects clarity this week.”Flamengo is the club that always helped me, took me out of Sao Goncalo and gave me a better life, took care of me. I just have to thank everyone who has helped me since I got to Flamengo,” said the 17-year-old, who was the subject of “Stay Vinicius” chants during the match.”[Flamengo director of football Carlos] Noval is asking for me to stay a lot, but it is not me who will decide.”It’s a difficult moment. I’m where I’ve always dreamed of. I could be saying goodbye to the greatest fans in the world, alongside my family, friends and everyone present.”I did not expect to make my professional debut so soon and at 17 be able to leave and play for Real Madrid.”It’s not yet defined [when I will go], but in the next few days it will be and I’ll let you know.”Flamengo, Real Madrid and my representatives are going to decide.”Vinicius has made a total of 68 appearances for Flamengo and scored 14 goals.The match against Parana provided a definite farewell for Felipe Vizeu, who will leave for Udinese at the end of the month.last_img read more

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Amazon: Woody Allen’s #MeToo comments wrecked movie deal

NEW YORK — A lawyer for Amazon says Woody Allen breached his four-movie deal with the online giant by making statements about the #MeToo movement that damaged prospects for promoting his films.Attorney Robert Klieger (KLEE’-guhr) told a Manhattan federal judge Friday that the company protected itself after Allen made comments that at a minimum were insensitive.The hearing was related to a lawsuit Allen filed in February seeking at least $68 million. The lawsuit says Amazon ended his 2017 contract in June.John Quinn, Allen’s lawyer, says Amazon initially claimed it was ending the deal because of allegations made against Allen decades ago, not because of his recent statements.Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, said in 1992 that Allen molested her when she was 7. Allen has repeatedly denied it.The Associated Press read more

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Provinces considering carbon pricing are watching Ontarios first capandtrade auction

Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray couldn’t comment on his province’s expected results so close to the auction, but has previously said he didn’t think Ontario’s market would see the same problem of oversupply, because the number of available allowances will decline at a more aggressive rate.Ontario is capping emission allowances at roughly 142 megatonnes this year, declining about four per cent each year to 2020, when the Liberals hope to have achieved a 15-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels.As the emissions cap declines, the government hopes companies have more incentive to invest in technologies that cut their emissions.Carbon market expert Nicolas Girod said he expects the first auction to be close to fully subscribed. However, some businesses may sit this one out and some may be waiting until the market is linked with the California-Quebec one, he said.“There will be…excess allowances in California, so they may be cautious about buying in this first auction, or they may not be willing to buy at too high a price in this first auction because they know that there will be excess allowances from California coming next year,” said Girod, responsible for trading and research at Clear Blue Markets.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said all provinces must set up a cap-and-trade system or impose a price on carbon of at least $10 per tonne starting next year. In Ontario, the floor price on carbon is expected to be set for auctions at between $17.50 and $18 per tonne, though demand could push the price higher.I must say I’m hoping for the best for themProvinces without a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system are weighing their options and some say they will be closely watching Ontario’s results.Nova Scotia’s Liberal government is proposing a cap-and-trade system but isn’t currently planning to link its market. It is opting instead for trading of credits among emitters within the province and proposing to not make polluters pay the full cost for the greenhouse gas emissions that are over the capped limits.Jason Hollett, the executive director of Noca Scotia’s climate change division, said the plan is to distribute credits “for free” to carbon emitters, because the province has already met Ottawa’s targeted emission requirements due to changes to its electricity generation.Most large emitters in Ontario will receive allowances for free until 2020, which the government says is meant to prevent them from moving to jurisdictions without carbon pricing.Newfoundland and Labrador will watch what happens in Ontario and may consider a cap-and-trade system in the future, said Perry Trimper, the minister responsible for the office of Climate Change. Emissions caps are being set in that province and emitters who go over them will be required to invest in a low-carbon technology fund being run by the government, or find ways to reduce their emissions.“I must say I’m hoping for the best for them and we see an opportunity in the future to join jurisdictions like Ontario and Quebec in a cap-and-trade system,” Trimper said.Ontario’s results will be made public on April 3.The Canadian Press Mark Blinch / THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Ontario’s cap-and-trade system aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions begins in earnest Wednesday with its first auction, which other provinces said they will be watching closely as they consider their own carbon pricing plans.The provincial Liberal government hopes the auction — held every three months — will bring in $1.9 billion a year, or $8 billion by the end of 2020, to be invested in programs that reduce emissions and help businesses and consumers adapt to a low-carbon economy.Under the plan, businesses will have limits — or caps — on the amount of pollution they can emit. Companies that exceed those limits, which will be reduced each year, can buy permits or allowances through auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.The cap-and-trade system, which came into effect Jan. 1, added 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gasoline and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs, in addition to indirect costs that will be passed onto consumers.Why Canadians are turning against carbon prices — but still support climate actionB.C. proves to Ontario Conservatives that ‘revenue neutral’ carbon taxes are a mythThe Opposition Progressive Conservatives have been critical of those added costs and party leader Patrick Brown said Tuesday he would instead bring in a “revenue negative” carbon tax, with which any increased costs to consumers would be more than offset by tax cuts.A government-commissioned analysis showed that a carbon tax would achieve more emission reductions — almost half through businesses leaving Ontario — but cost more, and an unlinked cap-and-trade model would be the most expensive option.Ontario plans to link its cap-and-trade system with a joint Quebec-California market next year. But when that happens, an estimated $466 million will leave the Ontario economy over three years, because it will be cheaper to buy allowances in those jurisdictions, the auditor general has said. Both the environmental commissioner and the auditor have said that means greenhouse gas emissions won’t actually be cut in Ontario.The most recent Quebec-California joint cap-and-trade auction saw just 18 per cent of allowances sold, with previous results of 88 per cent, 35 per cent and 11 per cent.Mark Blinch / Canadian Press read more

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Former Hague prosecutor Sri Lankas new CAA head

Meddegoda is a PC with 37 years of legal experience. He served in the Attorney General’s department (as Senior State Counsel) for nearly 20 years. Thereafter he joined The Hague’s United Nations International Criminal Tribunal’s Office of the Prosecutor as a Legal Adviser in 1994 and served for 10 years. A one-time trial attorney from The Hague’s International Criminal Tribunal (ICC) has been appointed to the helm of Sri Lankan consumer affairs authority.The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that President’s Counsel Anura Bandara Meddegoda has been appointed as the seventh Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka. “I thank the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen for appointing me. I pledge to discharge my duties to the best of my ability, to safeguard and enhance the rights of Sri Lankan consumers, manufacturers and traders,” Meddegoda said. He was appointed as Secretary Ministry of Justice and Judicial Reform in 2004 but had to skip due to his commitment with The Hague. After returning from The Hague in 2005 he continued with his private legal practice and President Maithripala Sirisena appointed him as a President’s Counsel in April 2017.The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) is the apex Government organization mandated to protect consumers’ interests and ensure fair market competition in Sri Lanka. It has been established under the Consumer Affairs Authority Act No.09 of 2003. read more

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Top UN officials deeply saddened after Russian airline crashes killing all on

“The Secretary-General sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of the Russian Federation,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.Echoing the sentiment, Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) also expressed sorrow after the Kogalymavia flight crashed in Central Sinai.”It was with great sorrow that we learned about this tragic accident and we express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims at this difficult moment”, said Mr. Rifai in a statement.UNWTO conveyed its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims as well as to the Russian people on behalf of the international tourism community.According to media reports, the crash was caused most likely due to an unidentified technical failure, as there is no indication of any terrorist action. read more

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UK car production posts growth again

Export118,6711,101,76814,407122,182133,0781,223,950 ‘Commercial vehicle production looks set to grow by a further five per cent before the end of 2007, which would take the volumes to the highest level since 1998,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘It is promising to see steady growth across light and heavy commercial vehicle segments.’ Home27,565330,2087,62178,98235,186409,190 Commercial vehicle production For more please see the attached 16.0%5.9%-3.1%-3.3%13.6%4.9% 13.7%5.5%3.6%4.4%12.3%5.4% Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles  4.8%4.1%19.4%19.1%7.7%6.7% % of total18.8%23.1%34.6%39.3%20.9%25.1%Car Production DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ‘November has followed the 2007 trend of growth in production, which is a testament to the investment manufacturers have made in the British motor industry,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Production is up 5.5 per cent over the year-to-date and although we aren’t yet out of the woods it is encouraging that volumes exported have remained stable.’ Total146,2361,431,97622,028201,164168,2641,633,140 % of total81.2%76.9%65.4%60.7%79.1%74.9% SMMT LtdNov-07YTD 2007Nov-07YTD 2007Nov-07YTD 2007 read more

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Ping le réseau social dApple démarre mal

first_imgPing : le réseau social d’Apple démarre malÉtats-Unis – Le réseau social d’Apple connaît des débuts difficiles. Entre maladresses, difficultés techniques et spam, Ping a pour l’instant bien du mal à convaincre.Ping éprouve bien des difficultés à faire évoluer ses membres dans un milieu sain. Le réseau social d’Apple, inauguré la semaine dernière, est tout d’abord victime du spam qui envahit ses pages. Et pour cause : l’éditeur antivirus Sophos affirme que la firme à la pomme n’a prévu “aucun filtre anti-spam”. À lire aussiA 17 ans, il tente de hacker Apple pour décrocher un emploiSi d’un côté, Ping apparaît assez étroit et fermé pour un réseau dit social, il est en revanche très accueillant pour les publicités intempestives.Mal pensé, le réseau d’Apple ne permet pas d’écouter ou de partager facilement de la musique, son but premier. D’un point de vue technique, Facebook ayant bloqué la recherche d’amis sur Ping, les utilisateurs doivent utiliser la recherche manuelle ou par mail pour retrouver leurs contacts qui, dans 99% des cas, ne possèdent pas de compte Ping. Dernier couac, mais pas des moindres : les choix musicaux de Ping, peu intéressants par rapport à ceux d’autres sites comme Deezer, Spotify ou même Facebook, qui ne se contentent pas de plébisciter des artistes déjà très (trop ?) médiatisés. Le 6 septembre 2010 à 10:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Apple Iphone 4S le duel

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S3 / Apple Iphone 4S : le duelUn peu âgé et ne présentant qu’une évolution de l’iPhone 4, l’iPhone 4S d’Apple fait-il réellement le poids face au fraîchement débarqué Samsung Galaxy S3 ?A l’occasion de la sortie très attendue du smartphone Galaxy S3 de Samsung, voici un petit comparatif entre le dernier né des smartphones Samsung et le toujours très prisé iPhone 4S d’Apple.DimensionsLe Samsung Galaxy S3 mesure 136,6 X 70,6 X 8,6 mm contre des dimensions de 115,2 x 58,6 x 9,3 mm pour le dernier iPhone en date. Le Galaxy S3 est donc plus étiré en longueur et plus fin que l’iPhone 4S. De plus, le premier présente un écran bien plus grand de 4,8 pouces contre 3,5 pouces pour le terminal d’Apple. Une différence significative. Enfin, le Galaxy S3 est plus léger : il pèse 133 g seulement contre 140 g pour le produit Apple.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 1, Iphone 4S -0Puissance et stockageLe mobile de Samsung est doté d’un processeur Quad Core Exynos 4 cadencé à 1,4 Ghz et d’une puce graphique 4 coeurs Mali 400, cadencée comme son nom l’indique à 400 Mhz. En face, l’iPhone 4S présente un Apple A5 double-coeur Cortex-A9 1 GHz et un processeur graphique PowerVR SGX 543MP2. La différence de génération entre les deux terminaux est palpable, au moins sur le papier… Avantage logique au plus jeune : le Galaxy S3.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 2, Iphone 4S – 0Sur la capacité, les deux appareils proposent les mêmes capacités de stockage variant de 16 à 64 Go. Match nul, donc.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 3, Iphone 4S – 1Capteur Photo/Prise de vidéoSur ce point, les deux smartphones font clairement jeu égal. Malgré une actualité plus récente, le produit Samsung offre finalement un capteur photographique de 8 Mégapixels et non le 12 Mégapixels annoncé. Autant dire, la même chose que l’iPhone 4S. Ensuite, la vidéo pourra être lue et enregistrée en 1080p natif sur les deux appareils. Là encore, match nnul.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 4, Iphone 4S – 2ApplicationsSelon le cabinet Research2Guidance, l’Android Market de Google propose 295.000 applications au 1er mai de cette année, contre 381.000 applications pour l’App Store d’Apple.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Si bon nombre d’applications ne sont pas utilisées d’un utilisateur à l’autre, l’offre globale penche du coté d’Apple, même si cette avance se rétrécit de mois en mois.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 4, Iphone 4S – 3BilanLe Samsung Galaxy S3 est gagnantMême si iOS présente l’avantage d’offrir un parc d’applications colossal,le Samsung Galaxy S3 est pour l’heure ce qui se fait de mieux à l’heure actuelle sur le marché du smartphone. Samsung a frappé un grand coup en dévoilant un produit très haut de gamme mais Apple est prêt à riposter avec son iPhone 5… Le 4 mai 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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