I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music,” Albert Einstein once said. And many of our Bollywood stars, who wake up to a tune and sleep to one, would agree.Music is the essential stressbuster for many Bollywood stars, trying to cope with erratic shooting schedules, hectic travel and long hours under the arclights, not to mention the unrelenting paparazzi gaze.The tastes are eclectic. If Amitabh Bachchan’s tastes range from classical to the more contemporary Coke Studio, son Abhishek likes Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan; Bipasha Basu loves it all, soft rock and Sufi both; Priyanka Chopra loves old Hindi film music as does Sonu Sood; and Shahid Kapoor favours progressive house music.And it stays with them — in the gym, in the car or during a make-up session.As Bipasha put it, “music has to be a part of an actor’s life because it’s too taxing a profession.”“If I am stressed, I tell my manager, ‘Give me 30 minutes. I’ll just go and work out and listen to my favorite music.’ When I take a massage and listen to some soothing music, I get very energetic,” Bipasha said.“From the time I wake up, music stays with me. My alarm is always my favorite song, and then right from the time I start brushing my teeth, I hear all kinds of music according to my mood.Priyanka Chopra who recently returned from the US after working on her debut music album love tuning into house, hip hop and pop music.“My driver, my spot boys get fed up of my music. Right from the vanity van to my car to my house to my terrace, music follows me,” said the 33-year-old, who especially loves soft rock, Irish bands and Sufi songs.At 69, veteran star Amitabh enjoys listening to classical and instrumental music.He often mentions on his blog his love for traditional music and how he likes tuning into evergreen melodies before he slips into bed. But he also enjoys new age, fusion music from Pakistan’s Coke Studio during his make-up sessions.Son Abhishek listens international musicians like Tom Petty, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix and David Guetta while driving — and he listens to it all at top volume.Former beauty queen Neha Dhupia admits music either makes or breaks her mood each day.“Music defines my day. The first song that I listen to at the start of the day sets the mood for me. It defines my night and helps me decide if I want to go out,” said Neha, who listens to a lot of rock bands, contemporary pop as much as Bollywood music and old classics.Bollywood’s new kid on the block Parineeti Chopra is a trained singer like her cousin Priyanka.“Music is my stressbuster. I enjoy listening to music, but there is no specific kind of music that makes my mood. I listen to all kinds of music. I am a trained singer; so music certainly keeps me going,” said Parineeti.“Music is a part of my life… I can’t do without that. Music keeps us all going.”Priyanka, who recently returned from the US after working on her debut music album, loves tuning into house, hip-hop and pop music. She gets her dose of Bollywood music as well and wakes up many mornings to evergreen numbers by Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.Priyanka’s rumored former beau and now her Teri Meri Kahaani co-star Shahid Kapoor is as much a music fanatic.“Music is a part of my life… I can’t do without that. Music keeps us all going,” Shahid, who prefers progressive house music, said.Actor Sonu Sood is reserved in his choice.“I am a great fan of R.D. Burman; so I still listen to his songs; I love the melodies he gave in films like Ijaazat, Masoom and Yaadon Ki Baraat,” he said. Related Items
Pakistan spinners struck thick and fast as West Indies caved under pressure and went down by 10 wickets in the first quarter-final match of the World Cup in Dhaka on Wednesday. Score | PhotosElecting to bat at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the Windies batsmen found going tough against the Pakistan spinners who claimed wickets at regular intervals.Skipper Shahid Afridi and offie Mohammad Hafeez shared six wickets between them to push the Caribbean team to the wall. While Afridi fooled them with his leg-break googlies finishing with 30-4, offie Mohammad Hafeez returned with impressive figures of 10-3-16-2.Mohammad Hafeez (61 not out) then came out to deliver the goods with the bat forging an unbeaten opening partnership with Kamran Akmal (47 not out). The duo batted on till the end to see Pakistan home in the 21st over.West Indies innings Earlier, West Indies were all out for 112 in 43.3 overs after winning the toss.No sooner had the match started that Pakistan showed their resolve when Umar Gul scalped Chris Gayle in the third over of the innings.Gayle attempted a big hit off Gul but failed to get the desired elevation and captain Shahid Afridi did the rest. He fell for 8 and the Windies were reduced to 14/1 in 2.5 overs.But, that wasn’t all as a few minutes and some balls later, West Indies were 16/3. Offie Mohammad Hafeez claimed opener Devon Smith and Darren Bravo in the space of two balls to push the Windies batsmen on the backfoot.West Indies misery was far from over as Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi decided to go for the kill right away. First he dismissed Ramnaresh Sarwan with an extra bounce that took the edge off his bat to land in Gul’s safe hands in the point region. He fell for 24 and 58/4 on the first ball of the 25th over.advertisementAfridi had tasted blood and was hungry for more and in his next over the big-hitting Kieron Pollard and Devon Thomas on consecutive balls to reduce the Windies to 69/6.Captain Darren Sammy came in with some hope but could do little as offie Saeed Ajmal trapped him LBW. And West Indies were looking down the barrel 71/1 on board. Tail-ender Devendra Bishoo departed almost as soon as he came with Ajmal scalping him two ball later and West Indies slumped to 71/8.Finally, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and number nine batsman Kemar Roach got on with a partnership that helped the Windies cross 100-run mark. The two wanted to carry on batting and finish off with rest of the overs, but that wasn’t the case to be.The two had put on 40 runs for the ninth wicket when Abdul Razzaq struck. A good lenght ball was hit hard towards the mid-wicket where Younis Khan took an easy catch and West Indies were reduced to 111/9 in 42.2 overs. Roach scored his career-best 16 runs.And then captain Afridi struck to send the last man Ravi Rampaul packing on a duck. West Indies were all out for 112 in 43.3 overs. Afridi finish with 9.3-1-30-4. Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 44.
World number one Serena Williams kept her Wimbledon title defence on track on Sunday, downing Germany’s Annika Beck 6-3 6-0 with a crushing display of power and booming serves. (Latest Sports stories)Williams looked in no mood to follow men’s top seed Novak Djokovic out of tournament after his shock defeat on Saturday and treated the middle Sunday party crowd to an imperious 51-minute performance.She thundered down the biggest women’s serve of the grasscourt major so far at 123 mph (198 kph), followed by an ace, to seal the first set against the unseeded 22-year-old.Williams, who suffered a scare in round two against fellow American Christina McHale, romped through the second set in 20 minutes as Beck’s resistance crumbled.The 34-year-old will play Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova in the last 16 on Monday as she continues her quest to equal Steffi Graf’s record of 22 major titles.
3+32 configuration being available at an affordable3+32 configuration being available at an affordable price range has forced other major brands to follow the LeEco path. But incorporating such a configuration at such prices is not a childs play as smartphone suppliers have to suddenly apply brakes on their existing lines of rolling out below par smartphones and take a new path to deal with this new trend.It takes months of diligent preparations before changing the playing field. LeEcos engineers and marketing team burnt the midnight oil finalising its game plan and strategies before rolling out these high-end Superphones at attractive prices. Realising their goal of giving consumers 3+32 configuration at attractive price range was a watershed moment for the smartphone industry in India.This new standard of 3+32 has come as a silver bullet even from the user experience perspective. The 3GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage means more storage, faster execution of tasks, easier multitasking, and an ultimate multimedia experience.Le Max2: Powerful Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 820 with up to 6GB of RAM Le Max2 is powered by Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 820 chipset with a 2.15 GHz Kryo processor. Constructed with a 14 nanometre manufacturing process, it delivers double the performance and efficiency over the chipsets predecessor, Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 810. With faster connection speed, enhanced visual and longer battery life, this advanced chip will handle high-intensity gaming and multimedia with ease.Le 2: The best Superphone available that comes with 3GB+32GB Le 2 Superphone comes under budget segment but with high-end features. It has an amazingly powerful Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) 652 Octa-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8GHz. With its 3GB of RAM and 32GB built-in storage, the Superphone is an offering for users who love doing heavy multitasking. Some of the technologies like the USB Type C port and Quick Charge stands out in this budget range. In terms of camera, the Le 2 sports a 16MP rear camera with PDAF and f/2.0 lens. MORE PRN BMR PSadvertisement
India’s Kidambi Srikanth made it to the men’s singles quarterfinal but an erratic P V Sindhu went down in straight games in women’s singles competition at the World Tour Super 750 tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.Eighth-seeded Srikanth, who had reached the finals of a BWF World Tour event after 17 months at the India Open last week, defeated Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab 21-11 21-15 in little over half an hour to set up a meeting with Olympic champion and fourth seed Chen Long of China.The 26-year-old is now the lone Indian survivor in the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament.Fifth seed Sindhu blew a 13-10 advantage in the opening game to go down rather meekly 18-21 7-21 to world No 10 Sung Ji Hyun for her third straight defeat to the Korean. The Indian had to the Korean in the first round of All England Championship and 2018 Hong Kong open.Mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 21-15 17-21 13-21 to local combination of Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia India to bow out.Srikanth opened up a 6-2 lead early on and then jumped to a 14-6 advantage. The Indian continued to dominate the proceedings to pocket the opening game.Nothing changed in the second with Srikanth again marching ahead early and holding his fort to comfortably shut out the match.In the women’s singles match, after some good rallies, Sindhu enjoyed a three-point lead at 8-5 but Sung Ji Hyun drew level with a cross court smash. The Indian again managed to held a 11-9 lead after the Korean went wide.advertisementAfter the interval, Sung Ji erased the deficit and grabbed a 16-14 lead after Sindhu miscued two shots.A backhand aimed at the body helped Sung Ji to move up to 19-16. Sindhu then misjudged the shuttle twice at the backline to hand over the opening game to her rival.Sung Ji raced to a 5-0 lead early on before moving to 10-5. A precise down-the-line return helped her to grab a 11-6 advantage at the break. It was a one-way traffic after the breather as the Korean took 10 of the next 11 points as Sindhu made some uncharacteristic mistakes.Eventually two unforced errors from the Indian helped Sung Ji seal the quarterfinals spot.Also Read | Malaysia Open: Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy crash out in round 1Also Read | Can’t describe the feeling: Parupalli Kashyap on playing badminton on Mount TitlisAlso See:
Samsung this week announced a pair of tablets in India that aim to offer sleek, lightweight designs along with useful productivity features while acting as powerful entertainment devices as well. With prices starting from Rs 14,999, Samsung wants to offer quality Android tablets in a market that is seeing very little action. The Galaxy Tab S5e and Tab A 10.1 have been launched in India in a bid to keep the tablet market alive and today we’re looking at the former model.The Galaxy Tab S5e starts at Rs 35,999 in India and it is the company most premium 2019 tablet right now. The Tab S5e brings the thinnest frame yet in the company’s portfolio and it continues the bezel-less trend set out by the Tab S4 last year. Beyond its looks, the Tab S5e is also a powerful mid-range tablet, sporting a Snapdragon 670 chipset, One UI software and DeX support, among other things.I have spent a couple of days with the new Galaxy Tab S5e, so it’s still early for an in-depth review. However, based on my brief time with the device, I can tell you a few notable features about the Tab S5e that should get you excited.Sleek and lightweight designTablets are meant to offer the convenience of portability that PC’s otherwise can’t provide, and the Tab S5e stick to the brief perfectly. This is an incredibly sleek and lightweight tablet that is a delight to hold and carry around. The Tab S5e brings a compact form factor that only around 245mm in height and 160mm in width, which essentially means it’s easy to hold with one hand. In this form factor, the Tab S5e manages to offer a 10.5-inch display, and that’s because of the narrow bezels around the screen. It’s not quite bezel-less, but you do get a screen ratio of over 80 per cent, which is pretty impressive.advertisement What’s great about the Tab S5e is how slim it feels in the hand at just 5.5mm. This is Samsung’s thinnest tablet yet and it is easily one of its lightest as well weighing at just 400 grams. This means that you can hold the tablet for a longer time without feeling a lot of strain on your hands.Super AMOLED displaySamsung makes some exceptional AMOLED displays and we have seen them impress us on smartphones. This is only amplified on the Tab S5e as it gets a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a WQXGA 2560×1600 resolution. Like the Galaxy Tab S4, the Tab S5e also offers a vivid display with punchy colours and excellent viewing angles.I watched a couple of episodes of Dark on Netflix and the 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display has done nothing but impress me so far. Videos look vibrant with great colour reproduction and deep blacks. Picture quality also looks crisp and that’s also because the Tab S5e comes with Widevine L1 certification, so you can stream content in true HD clarity. In our full review we will talk more about how the display holds up while gaming and general day-to-day usage.Quad speakersThe Galaxy Tab S5e does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, and you can definitely chalk that up as a con for the tablet. Samsung says based on internal studies that consumers prefer the quad speaker setup on tablets like the Tab S4 last year, which prompted the company to drop the jack. The Tab S5e, like the Tab S4, gets four speakers in total with two present on the right side and two on the left side when in landscape mode. The stereo effect produced by the speakers should allow for an immersive experience, which we will test out in the days to come. These speakers are tuned by AKG, of course, and support Dolby Atmos as well.DeX modeAs much as the Tab S5e looks like a sleek and portable entertainment device, it also wants to be a productivity device as well. To offer the latter, the Tab S5e comes with DeX support, which when enabled will offer a desktop experience. DeX mode will switch to landscape mode and offer desktop versions of apps, allowing you to multitask as you would on a PC. The DeX mode is best experienced with a POGO keyboard that is sold separately by Samsung. I briefly used the DeX mode and found things to run smoothly. In our full review we will talk about how well the tablet can handle running multiple apps and windows on screen simultaneously.advertisementSnapdragon 670 with One UIThe Galaxy Tab S5e runs on a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 670 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM. The mid-range mobile processor should offer just about enough power to handle day-to-day tasks on the tablet. More importantly, it should run DeX smoothly as well. Based on a brief usage, apps opened quickly and I found no lags or stutters while browsing through the UI.Arguably, the best part about the user interface is that it is one the new One UI software. Samsung’s latest custom UI based on Android 9 Pie has been impressive on Galaxy phones with its system-wide night mode and redesigned UI for easier one-handed use. You get all of that on the Tab S5e as well, although being a tablet you can’t expect one-handed usage despite the new UI. Still, dark mode looks great on the Tab S5e’s Super AMOLED display.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e wearables launched in India: Price, specs and availabilityALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, Tab A 10.1 launched in India: Price, specs and availabilityALSO READ | More Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Pro cases show up to confirm design
MG Hector, one of the most eagerly-awaited vehicles of the year, has finally been launched in India. Ever since its unveil in the country on May 15, there have been so many people wanting to get their hands on it and keeping the premium SUV’s design, features and price in mind, their eagerness to invest in it is not surprising.That MG Hector has already made quite a name for itself can be gauged from the fact that MG (Morris Garages) Motor India has received over 10,000 bookings for the premium SUV. The company has also shocked everyone by keeping the price of the new vehicle between Rs 12.18 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and Rs 16.88 lakh (ex-showroom, India).Now people know that MG Hector is not only powerful but also feature-loaded. However, we give you five reasons why you should go for this premium SUV.MG Hector PricePrice is definitely the USP of the new MG Hector. No one thought that the new SUV will be launched in the price range of Rs 12.18 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and Rs 16.88 lakh (ex-showroom, India). But by doing so, the carmaker has definitely given sleepless nights to rivals like Mahindra XUV500, Tata Harrier, Jeep Compass and Hyundai Creta.MG Hector EngineCustomers can choose from three engines available with MG Hector. There are two petrol options, including a hybrid, and a diesel one. There is the 1.5-litre turbocharged intercooled petrol engine delivering 143 PS and 250 Nm of torque. There is the 1.5-litre hybrid turbocharged intercooled petrol motor making 143 PS and 250 Nm of torque. There is also a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel powertrain producing 170 PS and 350 Nm of torque. All the three engines come with a standard 6-speed manual transmission, with the 1.5-litre turbocharged intercooled petrol variant also getting a 6-speed DCT.advertisementMG Hector FeaturesNo doubt MG Hector has almost all the features that you expect an SUV of that segment to have. Features like front grille with surrounding chrome accent, split LED headlamps, LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, LED tail lamps, LED fog lamps, dual tone machined alloys, shark fin antenna, floating light turn indicators and heated ORVM make the vehicle look fabulous from the outside. The premium cabin has features like 7-inch coloured MID, 10.4-inch HD touchscreen AVN system, 4-way power adjustable co-driver seat, 2nd-row seat recline, fatigue reminder setting, powered tailgate opening and dual-pane panoramic sunroof.MG Hector Connectivity TechnologyMG Motor India claims that the new Hector is the country’s first internet car with iSMART technology. It comes with over 50 connected features. An embedded M2M sim ensures that the vehicle always remains connected. There are also pre-embedded web applications. Hector owners can locate their SUV remotely and geofence it so the vehicle is not taken out of a predefined zone.MG Hector DimensionsOne will probably agree that size does matter in India and MG Hector is quite big. It is longer than Tata Harrier at 4,655 mm. The width and height are an impressive 1,835 mm and 1,760 mm, respectively. A long wheelbase of 2,750 mm translates into a very spacious cabin. At 587 litres, the boot is big enough to fit several big suitcases.ALSO READ | Kia Seltos launch on August 22ALSO READ | Jaguar Land Rover India hands over specially prepared Discovery Sport to NGO for relief operationsALSO READ | Mahindra Thar 700 limited special edition reaches dealerships
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches action against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Don’t let Nebraska’s record this season fool you, the future is certainly bright for the Cornhuskers. Although the program isn’t bowl eligible this year, the coaching staff is doing an excellent job in the recruiting department.The entire Huskers staff visited four-star defensive end Ty Robinson and four-star safety Noa Pola-Gates. With 22 commits already in its pocket, Nebraska continues to pursue talent for its defense.Robinson is listed as the No. 16 strong-side defensive end and Pola-Gates is considered the No. 18 defensive back in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports. The two blue chip players are both among the top five recruits in Arizona this year.Adding these two recruits would certainly help an already strong recruiting class, which is among the best in the Big Ten.Husker head coach Scott Frost and most of the staff are expected in the Phoenix area today where they will visit a pair of key targets in four-star defensive end Ty Robinson (Higley High) and defensive back Noa Pola-Gates (Williams Field). https://t.co/kgGA2MBeSx— Husker Extra (@huskerextra) December 13, 2018The final six games of the regular season were encouraging for the Cornhuskers, and this latest recruiting update just generates more optimism for the fans in Lincoln.It’ll be interesting to see if Nebraska can land either four-star recruit before the early signing period closes on Dec. 21.Stay tuned.[Lincoln Journal-Star]
TORONTO – After years of restricting health-care funding growth, the Ontario budget released Thursday promises new money to reduce wait times and increase capacity at overcrowded hospitals, as well as free prescription medication for children and youth.“BOOSTER SHOT”The budget promises to increase health-care spending by a total of $11.5 billion over the next three years. The government had previously intended to keep annual health-spending increases low during this time, and the new so-called “booster shot” of funding is $7 billion higher than the previous plan.Of that $7 billion, $1 billion is coming this budget year. Ontario will spend $53.8 billion on health care this year, up from $52.2 billion last year. Spending will rise to $58.1 billion in 2019-20, according to the budget plan.This comes after the province’s Financial Accountability Office warned that if the government continued with its plan to restrain health-care funding — without the booster shot — the level of austerity would have been the strictest in 20 years, and possibly unsustainable in the face of a growing and aging population.The budget indicates $1.3 billion of the new funding will be dedicated to reducing wait times over the next three years.OHIP+ CHILDREN AND YOUTH PHARMACAREThe biggest surprise policy announcement of the budget is free prescription medication for Ontarians under age 25. The pharmacare program will cover medication for all of the province’s four million children, regardless of their family’s income. It will be most beneficial for families that don’t have work drug plans and aren’t on social assistance.It will cover the 4,400-plus drugs included in the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, which is used by seniors and those on social assistance. However, children’s caregivers will not have to pay the deductibles and co-pay costs that those groups pay.The program will cover common childhood medications including antibiotics, asthma inhalers, diabetes medication, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder medication. It also includes oral cancer medication, while hospital-based medication is already free in Ontario.The pharmacare program is set to begin on Jan. 1, 2018. The cost of its first full year is estimated at $465 million.Earlier this month, the Ontario NDP announced plans for their own pharmacare program that, if the party is elected, would cover 125 basic medications for Ontarians of all ages.HOSPITALSThe budget includes an increase of $518 million in hospital funding, a three-per-cent boost. It comes after hospitals warned of overcrowding and patients being placed in hallways, boardrooms and even cafeterias when there weren’t enough beds. The Ontario Hospital Association had asked for a larger funding increase of 4.9 per cent.The budget promises an extra $9 billion for hospital construction projects over 10 years, and announced newly approved hospital construction projects in Niagara, Windsor, Hamilton, Mississauga and the Weeneebayko hospital replacement project in northern Ontario, as well as a new $2.5 million for the planning of an expansion to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.SENIOR HEALTHThe budget includes $100 million over three years for the province’s new dementia strategy, which will include helping patients and their caregivers find support, and improving training and education for health-care workers in dementia care.The budget includes an extra $58 million for long-term care homes, a two-per-cent increase. Residents’ food allowance will increase by six per cent, which comes after negative news reports that the province spends more per capita on food for inmates than seniors in long-term care.The budget also increases funding to Behavioural Supports Ontario by $10 million, which will help long-term care homes handle patients with complex behavioural issues related to dementia.ABORTION PILL FUNDINGThe budget promises public funding for the new abortion pill Mifegymiso. Women with a prescription will be able to get it for free at a pharmacy.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried incorrect details about abortion pill funding based on information provided by a government official.
Music legend Prince has passed away, leaving a massive hole in music and the lives of people around the world.As well as being a legend in the pop world, Prince was known as a generous and kind man. In 2007 he launched his 3121 fragrance with a concert and 24 hours of charity fundraising, splitting a portion of the proceeds between City of Hope, Jazz Foundation of America, H.A.L.O., Elevate Hope Foundation, Urban Farming, The Bridge and Edith Couey Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund.He supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation by attending the singer’s annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, and was once voted PETA’s sexiest vegetarian.In 2011, Prince donated $250,000 to Eau Claire Promise Zone in Columbia, South Carolina, a citywide grassroots coalition of community partners committed to doing “whatever it takes” to ensure all of the city’s children are prepared to graduate from college and be successful in their career and in life. And in 2012 he partnered with Rebuild the Dream for a concert in Chicago to support the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of everyday people—from seniors to students, moms, dads, brothers and sisters—who come together to build strong vibrant communities and to fix our economy from the ground up.He performed at many charity events, including Tiger Woods’ annual Tiger Jam, raising money for the Tiger Woods Foundation.“As the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) to which the musical genius of Prince contributed so much, I am deeply saddened by his untimely death,” said Robert L. Johnson, Founder & Chairman of The RLJ Companies, RLJ Entertainment, and the Founder of Black Entertainment Television. “The music world and a world of fans will miss this musical genius. Prince was one of the most brilliant and creative artists and performers, and he was also one of the smartest business music guys I met.“I will miss his idiosyncratic and quirky ways which fascinated me during the times we met when I was running BET, and of course his indelible imprint on the world of music.“Purple Rain is falling all over the world today!”Copyright ©2016Look to the Stars
APTN National NewsThe annual Yukon River Quest Race is underway in Whitehorse.Fifty-eight teams from around the world are racing through one of the world’s longest rivers to reach the Klondike gold fields in two days.APTN’s Shirley McLean has more on rookie team looking for an experience of a lifetime.
Domestic manufacturing sales declined in June, reflecting trade tensions and a slight rebound from large one-time deals in May, according to Statistics Canada.Manufacturing sales fell 1.2 per cent to $58 billion in June after a 1.6 per cent increase in May, Statistics Canada said. Sales were down in 16 of 21 industries, representing more than two thirds of total manufacturing sales, according to the agency. Still, the month-to-month decline in Canadian manufacturing sales was better than expected by a consensus of economists forecasting a 1.8-per-cent drop.The petroleum and coal product and food industries accounted for most of the month’s decline, it said. The Bank of Canada has a dilemma. Instead of looking to the Fed, maybe it should look to Norway No other sector in our economy is getting slammed as hard as farmers in the global trade war ‘The fog will not clear’: Why another volley of tariffs, or tweets, could plunge the global economy into a recession “With recent surges in manufacturing shipments largely driven by one-off transactions, specifically in the transportation equipment category, June’s pullback was to be expected,” Omar Abdelrahman, an economist at TD Economics in Toronto, said in a note to clients.“The outlook for manufacturing remains highly susceptible to the ongoing moderation in global growth and elevated trade tensions.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Reprisals by China, the world’s second-largest economy, after Canada detained Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou last year has snagged Canada in the middle of a trade war with the U.S. as its President Donald Trump considers billions more in tariffs against the Asian nation.For the second quarter, manufacturing sales rose 1.7 per cent to $174.5 billion, the data show. That’s a “still-healthy” amount, according to Abdelrahman, “but suggests soft momentum heading into the third quarter,” he said. After five consecutive monthly increases, sales in the petroleum and coal product industry fell 3.8 per cent to $6.3 billion in June as refineries in eastern and western Canada saw lower prices depress revenue, StatsCan said.Sales of primary metals jumped 11.7 per cent in June, but were partially offset by a 5.6 per cent decline in machinery and 2.7 per cent fewer wood product shipments, the agency said. Durable goods rose 0.7 per cent in the month, it said.Meantime, signs of a looming recession such as an inverted yield curve on bond rates is rattling business confidence. Despite the spectre of a looming crisis manufacturing stocks fell in June, which Scotiabank says is “a welcome sign, as the elevated inventory levels prompted concerns about the durability of growth going forward.“The manufacturing data received today is consistent with an expected slowdown in economy-wide activity in June, with industry-level GDP expected to be flat, leaving the Q2-2019 now cast relatively stable at 2.78 per cent and surpassing the Bank of Canada’s latest forecast of 2.3 per cent,” wrote Nikita Perevalov, senior economist at Scotiabank.The data show sales fell in eight of the 10 provinces with Alberta down 6.5 per cent, Newfoundland & Labrador slumping 17.5 per cent, and Nova Scotia weaker by 12.1 per cent. Saskatchewan declined 6 per cent and Manitoba dropped 5.8 per cent, according to StatsCan.Quebec gained the most with a 1 per cent uptick largely because of a 16.6 per cent surge in primary metals, the agency said.Inventories fell for the first time in seven months, down 1.5 per cent with the inventory-to-sales ratio at 1.51 compared with 1.52 in May, StatsCan said.“Forward looking indicators were disappointing, with new orders down 4.2 per cent and unfilled orders down 1.2 per cent,” TD Bank said.• Email: email@example.com
In what it bills as “the most comprehensive and rigorous international effort to date” to assess student performance, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today that 15-year-old Finns are among the world’s best in terms of reading literacy, while students in Japan, Hong Kong-China and the Republic of Korea lead in mathematics and science. By contrast, students in several Latin American countries lag seriously behind in all three areas, even after taking account of lower national income levels, according to the survey of 15-year-olds in 43 countries published jointly UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The report, Literacy Skills for the World of Tomorrow, based on data gathered in the context of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and released in London today, measures how well 15-year-olds are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s knowledge societies, by administering tests and background questionnaires to between 4,500 and 10,000 students in each participating country. “It is the most comprehensive and rigorous international effort to date to both assess student performance and collect data on the student, family and institutional factors that can help explain differences in performance,” UNESCO says. In this way, it provides policy-makers with a lens through which to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their education systems.” The report analyses data collected in 2002 from 15 mainly middle-income countries and economies – Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Hong Kong-China, Indonesia, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, FYR Macedonia, Peru, Romania, the Russian Federation and Thailand – with data collected in 2000 from nearly all 30 OECD members and first published in 2001. OECD countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States. Among the non-OECD economies, students in Hong Kong-China emerge as star performers, achieving overall scores in reading proficiency equivalent to those of students in the top OECD countries, after Finland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland. Along with students in Japan and the Republic of Korea, they are also ahead of the rest, on average, in mathematical and scientific literacy. On the other hand, students in Latin America are well behind. Peru has the largest proportion of students (80 percent) at Level 1 and below, indicating that students are having serious difficulties in using reading as a tool to advance and extend their knowledge and skills in other areas. Within countries, the performance gap in reading skills between students from rich and poor families was greatest in Argentina, the United States, Chile, Israel, Portugal, Mexico, Peru and Brazil. Higher average spending per student tends to be associated with higher average performance in the three areas of literacy, but does not guarantee it. Italy spends about twice as much per student as the Republic of Korea, but whereas this latter is among the best performing countries in all literacy areas assessed, Italy performs significantly below the OECD average. Analyzing gender differences in the three learning domains, PISA found that girls generally outperform boys in reading literacy in all countries, while boys tend to score better than girls overall in mathematics, except in Albania. There are fewer differences between the genders in scientific literacy, on the other hand.
ZURICH — Manchester City is at the top of the FIFA list of clubs receiving payments from World Cup revenues for releasing players for national team duty in Russia.FIFA says Man City will get $5 million from the total fund of $209 million.Real Madrid is next with more than $4.8 million and Tottenham is third with almost $4.4 million.FIFA says 416 clubs from 63 different countries qualified for payments.The money was paid at a daily rate of $8,530 for each of the 736 players selected.FIFA will also pay $209 million to clubs for releasing players for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The project started in 2010 with a $40 million fund, and increased to $70 million at the 2014 World Cup.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — Ezekiel Charles scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half when New Orleans rallied to beat South Alabama 71-60 on Wednesday night.New Orleans shot 50 per cent in the second half after trailing by six points at the break, taking the lead for good at 52-50 on Damion Rosser’s dunk with eight minutes remaining that began a 21-10 game-ending run.Charles had three 3-pointers as did Jorge Rosa, who finished with 10 points. Scott Plaisance added 13 points, a team-high six rebounds and three blocks. Rosser finished with 11 points for the Privateers (4-3), who made 7 of 12 from the arc.Trhae Mitchell had three 3-pointers and scored 20 points with eight rebounds and three blocks for the Jaguars (4-5). Josh Ajayi added 14 points with seven boards. South Alabama made just 5 of 20 3-point shots.The Associated Press
For NHL fans of a certain age,1Full disclosure: I am of this demographic, albeit one of the younger members. the definitive Los Angeles Kings team is Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings team. The franchise existed for 21 seasons before Gretzky arrived in Los Angeles in 1988, but the banality that he single-handedly made hockey relevant in LA is largely true. Kings attendance soared with No. 99 in the fold,2Increasing 27 percent in Gretzky’s first season with LA and another 11 percent in his second, per Rodney Fort’s data. the team’s value increased sharply during his tenure there,3The Kings ranked as the NHL’s third-most valuable team in 1994, according to contemporary estimates by Financial World magazine. In 1995, the team sold for a price ($113 million) nearly three times its value in 1988, when Bruce McNall bought 51 percent of the team for $20 million. and Gretzky instantly transformed the on-ice product into a legitimate contender by powering one of the best offenses in the game. Behind a 40-point postseason by Gretzky, the Kings reached their apex in 1993 — losing in five games but earning what was, at the time, the franchise’s lone Stanley Cup Final berth. For years, the Gretzky era easily represented the high-water mark of hockey’s four-decade experiment in Southern California.Not anymore. The Kings now are back in the finals for the second time in three years, and are looking for another Stanley Cup victory to follow the one they won in 2012. But this team isn’t Gretzky’s. It’s constructed differently and it plays a different game. And it might be better for it.If you’re looking for an NHL “Moneyball,” the modern Kings may be as close as any team to embodying the ethos of hockey’s sabermetric revolution. As FiveThirtyEight contributor Eric Tulsky has noted before, the current Kings pursue a strategy of constant control of the puck. With a host of possession superstars, the Kings have led the NHL in close-score4To filter out the influence of score effects. Fenwick percentage — a proxy for time of possession that measures a team’s share of all unblocked shots directed at either net during its games — for two years running, and the year before that they dominated the metric down the stretch after swapping defenseman Jack Johnson5A particularly poor Fenwick player, it should be noted. for center Jeff Carter at the trade deadline.No opposing team can score (or even shoot) when it doesn’t have the puck. During the regular season, LA allowed the league’s third-lowest rate of unblocked shots per minute of 5-on-5 play, and its second-lowest rate of total shots allowed per game. Along with decent goaltending from Jonathan Quick, that’s how the Kings helped clinch the William Jennings Trophy, given to the goaltenders on the team that allows the fewest goals all season. Maximizing possession is a hockey hack that helps at both ends of the rink.But all that possession hasn’t guaranteed the modern-day Kings a bushel of goals. The Kings spent most of the 2013-14 regular season struggling to light the lamp, despite firing the league’s second-highest rate of unblocked shots at the opposing net.6Per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play. Their 5-on-5 shooting percentage with the score close, which had been average in 2012-13, slumped to third worst in the NHL this season. Still, LA kept emphasizing possession and putting the puck on net, seeming to trust that shooting percentages tend to regress heavily to the mean.And the Kings rediscovered their scoring touch at just the right time. During the playoffs, they’ve scored on a substantially higher proportion of shots than they did during the regular season. It doesn’t hurt that they also acquired right wing Marian Gaborik — whose career shooting percentage ranks among the best of any active player’s — at the trade deadline. But the biggest reason for the Kings’ offensive resurgence is that they rode out their poor shooting luck and continued to focus on dominating the puck, the way statheads have been calling for teams to do for years.The Kings squad that Gretzky tearfully joined on Aug. 9, 1988, played a very different kind of hockey.We don’t know for sure because play-by-play records from that era are not available, but it’s unlikely that Gretzky’s Kings dominated possession of the puck. According to estimates of close-score Fenwick percentage for older seasons, Los Angeles ranked among the top half of teams in possession rate just once (1990-91) in the eight seasons the Great One wore silver and black. Most of the time, they were actually somewhat bad at keeping control of the puck, ranking 18th out of 26 teams in estimated close-score Fenwick percentage during Gretzky’s tenure.Instead, they lived off a suspiciously high shooting percentage that modern analysts might decry as luck. During Gretzky’s first three seasons as a King, LA finished no worse than second in goals per shot. But Gretzky’s playmaking wizardry was probably a very real effect. Over that span, he paced the league in assists by a wide margin,7He notched 107 more helpers than No. 2 Adam Oates. You could have finished 70th in assists over the same period with the leftovers Gretzky didn’t need to pass Oates. and his teammates shot 9.1 percent better in those seasons than they would over the rest of their careers.The defense couldn’t measure up to the offense, though. Those Kings allowed the league’s second-highest number of shots8Only the miserable San Jose Sharks, in their second year of existence, played softer D. and its fourth-highest number of goals.Gretzky’s squad didn’t have a deep roster, either. According to Tom Awad’s catch-all summary stat Goals Versus Threshold (like Value Over Replacement Player for hockey), the 1992-93 Kings were a notably top-heavy team. They were led by stars such as Luc Robitaille and Jari Kurri. (Not to mention Gretzky, who recovered from an injury in time to post 65 points in 45 games.) But they also lost 17.8 goals because sub-replacement-level talent was on the ice, one of the largest totals in recent memory by a team that won more than half its games.The current iteration of the Kings has superior depth, and nary a Gretzky type to be found. Since LA’s top scorer Anže Kopitar debuted with the club in 2006-07, his best offensive season was 86 adjusted points. Gretzky’s worst full-season mark as a King by far was 83 adjusted points9Adjusted points are, well, adjusted — meaning they remove the influence of scoring environment — so Gretzky doesn’t get an unfair advantage for playing in a more high-flying era. in 1994-95 — and he cracked the century mark in five of his six full seasons in Los Angeles. Today’s Kings rely less on a single superstar to carry the bulk of the offensive workload.Superior depth and puck possession don’t automatically equal a better hockey team, though they often do. The proof is in the results for the current Kings, who over the last three seasons are already twice as close to a quantifiable dynasty as the franchise was during Gretzky’s entire stay in Southern California.10200.0 dynasty points compared to 97.6. If advancing deep into the postseason is the standard for success, today’s Kings beat No. 99’s in a landslide.Gretzky himself has said that the present-day Kings are impressive. Of the Cup-winning 2012 team, the Great One said, “They’re a much better team than we were in ’93.”He’s right. Gretzky’s team was an exciting offensive squad, and one of the last successful relics of the high-octane playing style that had ruled the game in the 1980s. But today’s Los Angeles Kings are exemplars of the modern game. They know that if you always have the puck on your stick, you can’t lose.
The 2015-16 Ohio State men’s basketball season didn’t go as planned: that much is known. With only one junior on the roster and no seniors, leadership, experience and chemistry was a question.Perhaps going into the 2016-17 season, maturity and learning from last season’s second-round exit from the NIT could be OSU’s greatest asset.On Thursday afternoon, the Buckeyes held their annual media day inside the practice facility at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. OSU returns its six leading scorers from a season ago, looking to start a new trend of consecutive NCAA tournament berths — a streak that was snapped last season after seven straight appearances into “The Dance” from 2009-2015.The only returning member not available to the media was redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson. Coach Thad Matta and the rest of the returning Buckeyes fielded questions on the offseason and the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.Matta still hard on Buckeyes after last seasonSince taking over the OSU program in 2004, coach Matta has come to expect, and deserve, to be a top contender in the conference every year. Last season’s team simply didn’t come close to the requirements. Failing to make the NCAA tournament for just the second time in his 12 seasons in Columbus, Matta isn’t letting his players soon forget about it.“The biggest message (in the offseason) was we are going to fight for our culture every single day,” Matta said. “From the littlest of things, there’s going to be a demand of … we aren’t going to take anything for granted. We feel like we know what it takes to win here. I think we have the type of guys who are willing to do that.”Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams said when he misses a shot in practice, Matta shouts, “That’s how you end up in the NIT!” Albeit harsh, Matta said his sarcasm isn’t always understood by his players, but he said that has to be the mindset.When Matta took over the Buckeyes program, OSU was a middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team who often received a whomping by conferences powerhouses Indiana and Michigan State. Matta has been to two Final Fours, one national championship game, won five regular-season Big Ten titles, won four Big Ten Tournament titles and has won more games on the OSU sideline than any coach in school history.For all of that to return, he brought back former coaches Chris Jent and Alan Major to the staff, and Matta said he and the coaching staff have changed the structure of practice. Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle said the players are being held accountable for their actions on the court and, most especially, off the court and in the classroom.“I don’t think we’ll be like we were last year just because we don’t want that feeling again,” Lyle said. “We remember that feeling after the Michigan State game (in the Big Ten tournament) when we knew we weren’t going to the (NCAA) tournament and then playing in the NIT. Nobody wants that feeling again.”Jae’Sean Tate ready to goThe junior forward underwent season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in February. Tate also had a minor surgery in the offseason on his right ankle to remove a loose body that was bothering him for much of the season. Now just six weeks before the team leaves for Annapolis, Maryland, for its first game of the season against Navy, Tate says he’s fully recovered.“If we played today, I could play,” he said.Before Tate went down with injury, he was the undeniable leader on and off the court for a team that was hanging by a thread for an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament. Tate averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 2015-16. He said that not being able to finish the season last year is a chip on his shoulder he’s taking into this season.“I feel like we’re hungrier this year,” Tate said. “Going into it — especially me and (senior forward) Marc (Loving), he’s going into his fourth (year), I’m going into my third (year), I wasn’t able to finish the year last year and we still haven’t won. I’ve won at every level and I feel like to let Marc leave here without any awards, it just isn’t right.”Chris Jent making a differenceWhen assistant coach Jent left OSU after the 2012-2013 season, the Buckeyes just missed out on a Final Four appearance. Now Jent is back next to coach Matta on the sidelines and has been infectious thus far.“With coach Jent coming back, there’s a lot of basketball wisdom from higher levels of playing that guys want to reach here,” senior forward Marc Loving said. “He’s a high energy guy. He’s very passionate about the game. I felt like that just oozes out of him and translates to us, where guys want to get to the gym and are looking for times to get in and get a couple reps before class and after class. Just having him around is definitely a plus.”It’s no secret that Matta wants to get back to his winning ways at OSU. Recently he’s been criticized for letting in-state high-school talent leave the state for other top-notch programs, while OSU continues to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the Big Ten for the past three years. Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop said that Jent only knows OSU as a contender from his time as a player, from 1988 to 1992, and as a coach, so it’s natural for Jent to set high standards for this team.“That’s what he expects of Ohio State,” Bates-Diop said. “No matter who’s the coach, no matter who’s playing.”JaQuan Lyle, year twoJust like OSU’s season, the same can be said about sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle — there were some great moments, and some not so great moments. This season, however, Lyle is noticeably slimmer checking in at 210 pounds, looking to impose his will on the Big Ten and all of college basketball in 2016-17.“Me personally, I think I’m at a good place right now. (I have) pretty much doubled my basketball smarts from last year just off of having that one year under my belt,” Lyle said. “I think the biggest thing for me when the season starts is consistency. Being able to come out every night and compete. When my shot isn’t falling, still being able to do something.”Lyle occasionally showed the immaturity as a freshman, often times in big games. But in other instances, he would explode for a triple-double against Rutgers, 27 points on the road at Wisconsin and 29 points and eight rebounds at Indiana, among others. Consistency is undoubtedly a key for Lyle in his sophomore campaign, but he is attempting to channel the dominating player he knows he can be, which, in turn, might lead to a greater total in the win column.“I want to play more minutes than I did last year,” Lyle said. “I want to compete at a higher level than I did last year for a longer period of time. That really drove me to start getting my body right.”
Stewart from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, was handed a fixed penalty notice for “failure to furnish documentation (waste carriers licence)”.He was ordered to pay £300 within 14 days of May 23, when the incident occurred. He said he plans to settle the fine.A Waltham Forest Council spokesman said: “The waste in this case was being transported in commercial refuse bag in the trader’s vehicle.”Regardless of what the items are, if waste is being stored in a commercial refuse bag in a trader’s van it is necessary that they have a valid waste carriers’ license.” Mr Gosling with standing outside his van (left) with his penalty notice (right)Credit:SWNS A white van man has been hit with a £300 fine after sandwich wrappers and crisp packets were found inside his work van.Roofer Stewart Gosling, 43, was punished with the on-the-spot penalty after a stash of waste he kept in a plastic commercial waste bag was found in the back of his vehicle.Waltham Forest Council workers told Mr Gosling he was breaking the law for carrying the rubbish without permission when they carried out spot checks in east London.Mr Gosling has tried to appeal the fine but has been told he will end up in court if he doesn’t pay the penalty issued at the roadside.He said: “It’s so infuriating. The working-class man gets penalised for going to work basically.”I’ve not fly-tipped. I’ve not left it in someone’s garden. It’s frustrated the hell out of me.”There was just a bag of rubbish, bottles, crisp packets, newspapers and sandwich wrappers. “What gets me is the lack of common sense. It’s a lot of money for one bag of rubbish.”The roofing contractor was driving through Chingford in north east London when he was pulled over by council workers.They searched his vehicle before asking him if he had a waste carriers’ licence, which are required by any business that transports commercial refuse. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Source: Shizuo Kambayashi/PA WireIshiguro has a humanoid version of himself which he sends overseas to give lectures, saying it “cuts down on [his] business trips”.“We want robots to become increasingly clever,” he said. Hmmph.But Kodomoroid? She has plans of her own. ”My dream is to have my own TV show in the future,” she said.If you desperately need to see the androids in action, check out this video from The Japan Times. Shiver. Source: The Japan Times/YouTubeThe Queen didn’t sit on the Iron Throne and disappointed the entire internet>Man uses pint of Guinness to propose in Dublin> Source: Shizuo Kambayashi/PA WireThe Otonaroid (“otona” meaning adult) excused herself after a quick reboot, saying: “I’m a little bit nervous.”Both androids will work at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, interacting with visitors to collect data for Ishiguro’s studies into human reactions to the machines.Ishiguro told AFP:We will have more and more robots in our lives in the future. You can take my androids on planes – the torso in the suitcase and the head in carry-on. The androids and their creator, Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro (second from left) Source: Shizuo KambayashiTHE FUTURE IS here. It’s a scarily-lifelike android that can read the news and tell jokes, but it’s here. Accept it. Ignore the growing sense of dread.Japanese scientists today unveiled what they claim is the world’s first news-reading android, eerily lifelike and possessing a sense of humour to match her perfect language skills.They call the robot Kodomoroid – an amalgamation of the Japanese word for “child” (kodomo) and “android”. Source: Shizuo Kambayashi/PA WireThe android delivered news of an earthquake and an FBI raid to amazed reporters in Tokyo.She even poked fun at her creator, telling leading robotics professor Hiroshi Ishiguro: “You’re starting to look like a robot!”The pitch-perfect Kodomoroid was joined by another grown-up robot, who caught stage fright and fluffed her lines when asked to introduce herself.